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Pope Francis Clarifies In Recent Interview His Statements Are Clear and Part of His Magisterium

Many Catholics have argued when it comes to some of the odd statements Pope Francis has made over the last 21 months, it isn’t part of the Magisterium or Church teaching. They have also made arguments calling out the media for misrepresenting the Pope.

Pope Francis did another interview, this time with La Nacion, an Argentinian newspaper. Here is an excerpt (emphasis mine):

Q. As a Pope you are different because you speak with utmost clarity, you are completely straightforward, you don´t use euphemisms and don´t beat about the bush, the course of your papacy is extremely clear. Why do you think some sectors are disoriented, why do they say the ship is without a rudder, especially after the latest extraordinary synod of bishops on the challenges posed by the family?

A. Those expressions strike me as odd. I am not aware of anybody using them. The media quote them. However, until I can ask the people involved “have you said this?” I will have brotherly doubts. In general people don´t read about what is going on. Somebody did say to me once, “Of course, of course. Insight is so good for us but we need clearer things”. And I answered, “Look, I wrote an encyclical, true enough, it was a big job, and an Apostolic Exhortation, I´m permanently making statements, giving homilies; that´s teaching. That´s what I think, not what the media say that I think. Check it out, it´s very clear. Evangelii Gaudium is very clear”.

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Pat Archbold, writing for the National Catholic Register, brings up a very excellent and valid point:

This interview makes clear that Pope Francis does intend that his statements and homilies are to be considered part of his personal magisterium. He also insists that this teaching is very clear.

Pope Francis has effectively denounced all of those who have argued two things.

1. The media is misrepresenting him. We hear it from Pope Francis himself, “that’s what I think, not what the media says I think. Check it out, it’s very clear.” Pope Francis knows what the media is saying about him, and agrees with it. These words he has spoke are what he said.

If you’ve been sitting around waiting for him to offer any further clarification, you shouldn’t. “It is very clear.” We can no longer use this excuse, nor any derivation of it. No more “translation issues”. No more “taken out of context”. The interviews, the news articles, the incorrect homilies are all what he said. Deal with it.

2. This isn’t part of the teaching of the Church. Pope Francis says he is constantly teaching and considers it part of his teachings and his magisterium. He is not offering his opinion, but what he thinks is actual teaching to be included in what he has to offer to the Church.

Pope Francis clarifies he is “permanently making statements, giving homilies; that’s teaching”. Everything he says, no matter how true or erroneous, is part of the teaching he wants to give to you. For those who have defended him using this excuse, you have done so in vain. You are incorrect, because Pope Francis says it is.

If Pope Francis truly believes his off-the-cuff statements are in fact teaching, then perhaps it is time we go back and reassess his entire papacy and every interview, homily, and off-the-cuff comment he has ever given. Let’s start calling a spade a spade.

Jeff December 15, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

A Small Catechism For Catholics a Must Have

I recently received a copy of “A Small Catechism For Catholics” originally written by St. Peter Canisius and translated from the original Latin by Ryan Grant. This is published by Mediatrix Press.

Small Catechism for Catholics

This is an absolutely fascinating translation of a fascinating Catechism. This Catechism is written with precision and clarity. In a question and answer format, it allows for simple questions to be answered quickly and concisely, and encourages memorization of its passages. It is a must have for every single Catholic. At 65 pages in length, it is a very quick read of no longer than an hour. It has not been tainted with modernism, thus we know it holds true to the teachings of the Church. St. Peter Canisius is also a Doctor of the Church.

I would suggest you purchase it. You can do so through Amazon. It appears the new version of the book includes a special Foreword by Fr. Chad Ripperger.

To demonstrate how this book is aligned with the traditions and teachings of the Church, I would like to include this excerpt which discusses who are outside of the Church and  who are heretics. (pgs 13-15)

Who are altogether foreign to the Church?

In the first place, Jews and all unbelievers and also apostates from the faith; thereafter heretics, those who, of course, were baptized, but pertinaciously uphold error against the Catholic faith. Besides these, schismatics, those who separate themselves from the peace and Catholic unity itself; and last of all, those who are legitimately excluded from the communion of Saints, from the participation of the Sacraments and the aid of the Church and from divine offices, throughout Ecclesiastical power, wherefore they are called “the excommunicated”.
All those who are separated and foreign to the body of Christ, which is the Church, and hence remain outside of the spiritual life and salvation, unless they should recover their senses, are guilty and merit eternal death, that is Satan. Moreover, while all these are to be avoided by Catholics, more particularly, heretics and schismatic should be detested and avoided no less than some deadly plague.

At length, what might be a simple, short and upright rule of faith, by which Catholics are distinguished from heretics?

It is this, they confess the faith of Christ and the full authority of the Church; and it behooves them to hold that as certain and fixed, which the Shepherds and Teachers of the Catholic Church have defined must be believed. The others, who do not listen to the Church, should be to you, as Christ himself said “As a heathen and a tax-collector.” (Matthew 18:17) Indeed he who refuses to have the Church as a mother, will not have God as Father.

Yes, this is 100% accurate and Catholic. If you’re Catechism doesn’t include this, it does not cut it.

Jeff December 10, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Catholic Church Founded in 1963, Historians Find

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Vatican City – Historians uncovered shocking documentation Thursday of the Catholic Church’s founding being in 1963, rather than the year 33 as was once thought and believed.

This comes as wonderful news to some. Father Gregory O’Hannity, Pastor of Our Lady of the Small Pond Out Back said “If you think about it, there isn’t any documentation prior to 1963 which supports this claim. Once the Second Vatican Council was called to order, the Holy Spirit descended upon those holy men present and founded the Church upon their faith.”

Zechariah Smith, a Catholic who attends the neighboring FSSP parish argued, “This is outrageous! Another example of anti-Catholics trying to discredit Christ and His Church”. “The Church was founded by Christ in 33 A.D. upon St. Peter and there exists mountains of documents and doctrinal evidence prior to 1963 to prove it” he stated while holding up his copies of Denzinger and Ott.

Vatican Spokesman Fr. Frederico Lombardi, S.J. stated, “I really don’t know what to believe anymore. Just give us a couple of days and we’ll iron it all out.” He then rushed out of the press conference to the nearest bar. Barfly Tim O’Hannigan stated he was unsure of what Father had ordered but knew it was a double and to keep them coming.

This is satire.

Jeff December 10, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

Rorate Caeli Mass and Missa Cantata Evening Mass

This Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7am, Father John Gallas will be offering a Rorate Caeli (Extraordinary Form) Mass at the parish of St. Thomas the Apostle in Corcoran, MN.

For those who do not know, the Rorate Caeli Mass is a special Mass in honor of our Mother, Mary. It is a candlelit Mass due to it being so early in the morning. For more information on the Rorate Caeli Mass, check out One Peter Five’s article.

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Also, I was informed at 6pm on Saturday, December 13, Father John Paul Erickson will be offering a Missa Cantata (Extraordinay Form) at the St. John Vianney Seminary Chapel in St. Paul, MN.

If you can make one or the other, you will be in for a beautiful Mass.

Jeff December 8, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

USCCB Releases American Catholics From Sunday Obligation

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Washington, DC- Late Wednesday morning, the USCCB announced Catholics in America are no longer bound to attend Mass on Sundays.

At a scheduled press conference, Archbishop Scott Wiley stated “with the difficulty it takes for the average American Catholic to attend a weekly Sunday Mass, we determined to abrogate the mandatory requirement. Besides, the Second Vatican Council brought in fresh breath within the Church. We can not spread the Good News if we as Catholics are stuck in Mass for an hour each week.”

Archbishop Wiley cited clear teaching from Pope Francis’ Wednesday audience in February of 2014 when the Holy Father declared “If you do not feel in need of God’s mercy, if you do not feel you are a sinner, then it’s better not go to Mass, because we go to Mass because we are sinners and we want to receive the forgiveness of Jesus, to participate in His redemption, His forgiveness.”

This comes as great news for some Catholics. Josh Peters, parisioner of St. Malarchy in Brooklyn, New York told us, “it’s difficult to get up on Sunday after staying up late with friends Saturday night. Then you’ve got Sunday football which takes up most of the afternoon and evening, plus tailgating and socializing prior to the game. You really don’t have time to fit in Mass.”

At press time, Archbishop Wiley mentioned “most American Catholics have already stopped going to Mass on Sundays anyways. We’ve already lifted the obligation for most of our feasts, so really, this was the next logical step. But don’t worry, Easter and Christmas are still Holy Days, for now.”

Jeff December 3, 2014 6 Comments Permalink

Pope Francis, Tradition and Novelty

There are many Catholics who claim Pope Francis is in line with the traditions and orthodoxy of the Catholic Faith. They will defend his unclear idiosyncrasies until they are blue in the face. They will explain Pope Francis is a loyal Pope who is bringing a new breath of fresh air to the Papacy and how he is a defender of tradition. Every time he says something that is clearly a Catholic position they will shout “See! He is a solid conservative!”

Pope Francis the Traditionalist

An assertion exists declaring Pope Francis a continuation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. However, unlike Pope Benedict, Pope Francis is a media darling, who makes headlines constantly. Pope Benedict was harassed, degraded, and persecuted by the same media.

It seems every other article you read about Pope Francis starts with a similar incantation. “In a Papal first”. “Breaking from tradition”. “In a break from his predecessors” appear to be introductions to many of these news articles.

This strikes me as a clear signal that Pope Francis is not a traditionalist as one is lead to believe. Rather, it paints a vivid picture of what Pope Francis believes.

You can not break from tradition and still be a traditionalist. You can not create novel innovations and still be a traditionalist. You can not label those who adhere to traditions as Pharisees, especially when those who adhere to traditions are faithful to Jesus Christ, the giver of these laws.

St. Paul is very clear in his letter to the Romans, we are to avoid those within the Church who make divisions and offenses which differ from what has been handed down through the Magisterium (emphasis mine):

Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark them who make dissensions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them. For they that are such, serve not Christ our Lord, but their own belly; and by pleasing speeches and good words, seduce the hearts of the innocent. For your obedience is published in every place. I rejoice therefore in you. But I would have you to be wise in good, and simple in evil. And the God of peace crush Satan under your feet speedily. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Romans 16:17-20 DR

A good father gives clear guidance to his children so they understand him and his teaching. A good teacher is one who makes sure his students understand the material given to them, so they may have a proper foundation for future education.

Seeing as Pope Francis constantly seeks the approval of not the faithful, but the world through his actions, leaving ambiguity as his hallmark calling card, it demonstrates his reluctance to be a good shepherd.

Our Lord Jesus Christ is crystal clear in His teaching about those who seek the approval of the world:

If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John 15:18-19 DR

Pope Francis is still the Pope. He is in need of prayers just like you and I. Please in your kindness and charity, pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary and a Glory Be for his prompt conversion.

Jeff November 18, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

Teens Faith on Fire After Local Rock Concert

Nearby Rock Concert

Your Nearest Metropolitan – The faith of local teens are on fire, after attending a rock and roll concert this past weekend.

“You can tell the Holy Spirit descended upon these high schoolers during the concert. They started waving their arms in the air, clapping their hands, and singing along.” commented chaperon William Goldberg. “These kids began to praise God in all of His glory by using their bodies as King David did before the Ark. It really is an inspiration to us older folks.”

“This concert was all about getting these kids active and interested in their faith. They don’t like the classic genres of our parent’s generation. We won’t share it with them because they just won’t understand it or get it. It’s too old fashioned and nobody listens to that anymore, not even our parents!” stated Roger Thomas, another chaperon for the concert.

When asked his thoughts on the event, high schooler Greg Olson told us “This was the best day of my life. I’m going to remember the emotions of this event for the rest of my life. Following this band is like a religious experience.”

At press time, Greg had mentioned that he had no intention of bringing about his conversion to all areas of his life, and maybe he would consider going to Mass more often if he felt like it.

Jeff November 11, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

Everyone’s A Dogmatist

Catholics are well known for their dogma, or at least we used to be. But there are still a few of us around who know what the dogma of the faith is and how it is to be applied.

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When those who are faithful to the Church remind those who are not, whether intentionally or unintentionally, about those dogmas, they are often confronted as a dogmatist. “It is rude and wrong to impose your beliefs on me!” the offended person might respond. “Keep your Dogmas to yourself!” they might exclaim.

The individual who attempts to sound enlightened by stating his disbelief in dogma doesn’t effectively state it at all. Rather he affirms his belief in dogma, just not Catholic dogma.

Believing and imposing the view which one can not impose dogma, is an imposition of dogma. The individual, in trying to keep a distance from dogma reaffirms his conviction in his own dogma. By holding fast to certain beliefs and even imposing said beliefs on others, you become a dogmatist.

The secular dogmatist may claim that the Catholic dogmatist is simply repeating thoughts and ideas which were given to him by an ancient book. Meanwhile, the secular dogmatist received his thoughts and ideas from a book written by a college professor, anti-Catholic bigot or even from the nightly news. The secular dogmatist is not thinking for himself, though he may believe it, but rather he is regurgitating the same talking points which were spoon fed to him from his last choice of media consumption.

One might opine, this is all fine and dandy, but Truth reigns supreme on whether a belief is correct in it’s implementation. And seeing as God is the source of all Truth, we can rationally comprehend the dogma of a particular institution which is present on this Earth who is fully capable of establishing dogma we should all believe.

Seeing as the Catholic Church is the only authority on this planet who can determine Truth and error, it is crucial to every single soul to conform their will and their beliefs to that of Christ and His Church.

Jeff November 5, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

The Only Good Thing About the Synod

With all the chaos, destruction, and confusion to come out of the Synod of the Family, there is still one thing which came out of it we can all be grateful for. Even maybe joyful.

It drew a line in the sand. Those who are faithful to Christ and His teachings on one side, and those who detest those teachings on the other.

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There was no waffling back and forth. There was no middle ground. It was one or the other.

We know who is on the side of Christ, the Church and tradition. We know who are our enemies.

The time has come for you to gear up for battle.

  • Frequent confession, no longer than once every two weeks.
  • Daily rosary(ies).
  • Adoration
  • Frequent Mass
  • Recite the Liturgy of the Hours
  • Scripture
  • Study
  • Fast
  • Do Penance

No more excuse making. The time to act is now. Never in the history of the Church has it been made more clear than now. The Church needs you to stand tall and defend her. Will you do that?

Jeff October 22, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

There Is No Middle Road When It Comes To What Jesus Christ Taught

Many people think Jesus always chose the middle ground. Thus if we are given two options, in order to be like Christ, we are to choose the compromise between the two.

Pharisee and Tax Collector

Unfortunately, this is not the case when we look at what Jesus actually told us.

Jesus Christ said He is “the way, the truth, and the life” c.f. John 14:6. He also tells us we should do all He has commanded us to do c.f. Matthew 28:20.

If Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life and we are to follow His commands, this means we are to do what He has revealed to us and given to us. Likewise, we are also to follow what the Church has given us.

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If Jesus Christ commanded and taught that divorce and remarriage are to be condemned and not allowed, there is no middle road. If you love Him, you will keep his commandments, c.f. John 14:15.

The middle ground between truth and error is not truth, but error. The middle ground between two people arguing whether 2+2=4 or 2+2=5 is not 4.5. There is only one answer. It is erratic to claim otherwise.

Likewise, if Jesus Christ Himself gave us the doctrine and dogmas Catholics stick to, and if someone makes the claim “if the law does not bring someone closer to Christ, then they are obsolete” he is not being honest, but deceitful.

Jeff October 20, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink