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How Would Catholics React if the Synod Were Related to Abortion?

With the Synod of the Family looming only a months away, it is important that all Catholics realize what is at stake. There have been numerous attempts by many bishops, cardinals and even the Pope to look for ways which would allow those who are divorced, remarried, or engaged in homosexual behavior to receive the Holy Eucharist. We are told that we need to extend an olive branch; we need to show them mercy.

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This message is in spite of St. Paul’s warnings from Scripture:

Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 11:27-29

The reality of the situation is this: those who are actively engaged in any immoral behavior and are both unrepentant and have not been absolved are living in mortal sin and thus cannot receive the Holy Eucharist. There is no tiptoeing around the issue. There are no loopholes. Only those in the state of grace may receive our Lord.

A number of Catholics who are considered good, faithful, conservative Catholics are viewing this Synod in a positive light. In mistaken attempts to be viewed as “good Catholics” they will submit to the decisions of the Synod. If the Synod decides that adulterers can receive the Holy Eucharist, then they will assume that is what the Holy Spirit wants, and it is now acceptable to allow the practice, regardless of almost 2,000 years of Church teaching against the matter.

This response does not make one a faithful Catholic in good standing, but rather a sheep who only follows orders, and uses neither the brain nor the intellect with which God has endowed him. It is crucial we view the Synod with a different example of Mortal Sin. Let’s view the Synod in terms of abortion.

Hypothetically, let us imagine this upcoming Synod is not the “Synod of the Family”, but rather, the “Synod of the Child”; bishops and cardinals from around the world and the Pope gather in Rome to discuss the need to be merciful to abortionists, their lobbyists, and those who are in favor of the abortion “option”. We hear the need to be merciful to these poor misunderstood sinners. We are told that there are avenues by which a person who supports abortion in some form or another needs to be accepted at Holy Eucharist, so that they too may not be excluded and may feel welcome.

We see reports from prominent bishops and public figures holding key positions within the Church hierarchy explain the great need for this dialogue. It is important that all of God’s children feel welcome and accepted at the Lord’s Supper. There are numerous articles by several cardinals who are themselves in favor of allowing unrepentant murderers to receive Holy Eucharist, without amending their lives. These same cardinals tell us that even the Pope is on their side. The Pope is even on record as saying that one particular Cardinal’s theology is serene and an example of “doing theology on one’s knees”.

But there are bishops and cardinals who are against this idea. They cite the Church teaching on abortion by citing the recently canonized Pope St. John Paul II. These faithful bishops and cardinals are told that these teachings are “too extreme”. At the end of the first “Synod of the Child” the Pope issues a statement declaring that we can’t be too strict, and we can’t be too liberal. He explains we need to find a happy medium. But we know that when the life of an innocent child is about to be brutally ended that there is no happy medium. The “strictness of the law” protects the innocent child. The Synod even releases a mid-session relatio explaining how abortionists “have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community” and asks if the Church is “capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities?”

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It seems to me that without a doubt this hypothetical situation would not only fall flat on its face in being implemented, but the faithful would rise up in unison to decry this heinous act against the magisterial teaching of the Church. Under no circumstance should an individual whose job is to destroy the life of an innocent unborn child, mutilate her, and sell off her parts to the highest bidder be able to receive our Eucharistic Lord. The evil of abortion is so strong amongst the faithful that they would not accept any teaching given by Rome that stated anything to the contrary.

Yet, the majority of the faithful seem ready to accept what the Synod might say in regards to adulterers being allowed to receive Holy Communion.

If the Church were to be wrong in coming out with some sort of plan allowing abortionists and pro-abortion individuals to receive Holy Communion, then the Church would be wrong in coming out with a plan allowing adulterers to receive Holy Communion. In both cases, we have evil and heinous acts (divorce, remarriage, and homosexuality are all condemned by Our Lord and the Church). If you are one of those Catholics who would accept the Synod’s decision to depart from Church teaching on divorce, remarriage, and homosexuality, then you must also accept a hypothetical future in which the Church might one day accept those in favor of abortion to Communion as well. This isn’t an either/or situation, but rather an all or nothing situation.

Jeff September 2, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Father Corapi Is Back

News is spreading around the internet that Father John Corapi has returned to the priesthood. He is currently living his life in seclusion.

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This is good to hear as it comes at a time where there is much conflict and bad news within the Church. It is uncertain whether Fr. Corapi will be returning to TV or giving talks like he used to. Though wouldn’t it be awesome to see him come back on full fire and start lambasting the Synod, it’s key players, and their biggest supporters? That’d be pretty awesome.

I know Fr. Corapi has been influential in many people’s faith, whether they were coming in to or back to the Church, or even learning more about Catholicism. His fire and brimstone preaching was much needed during a time where the average preacher talked about the niceness of being Catholic and how we should be “good people”.

It’s also unclear whether or not his mistress is returning to practicing the faith either. I would continue to offer up prayers for her as well seeing as she is also in need of them. Continue to pray for Fr. Corapi.

Jeff September 2, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Cheaters Gonna Cheat

With all of the news about the adult affair site Ashley Madison filling their database with fake female profiles, I was left with one thought:

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A bunch of cheaters are surprised that a cheating website lied about the number of female cheaters they actually had? What is the world coming to when cheaters can’t trust cheaters?

Jeff August 27, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

The Church. Is. Not. Well.

Almost 500,000 signatures have been collected on a petition asking Pope Francis to reiterate Church teaching at the Synod of the Family. Which Church teaching? That the divorced, remarried, and those who actively engage in homosexual activity are to not receive Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist.

Pope Francis Upset

Let that sink in for a minute. Half a million Catholics felt the urgency to sign a petition asking the Pope to teach Catholic doctrine. The Church estimates there are 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, even though it is likely that only 10% actually practice their faith. Yet we are led to believe by those in the Catholic media that everything is going fine. There is no crisis of the faith they tell us. Pope Francis is being mistranslated and used by the secular media, they say. He will reign in the Synod and proclaim Catholic teaching.

If that is so, then why do 500,000 Catholics feel the need to ask the Pope to do his job? The Church is amidst a crisis of faith unseen since the days of St. Athanasius, and we are to believe that everything is fine and that the Church is strong.

Remember the days when the only people petitioning the Pope were the ones asking him to change Church teaching? These days Catholics have to petition the Pope to uphold Church teaching.

The Church is not healthy. The Church is not well.

Jeff August 22, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

The Battle Leaves One Weary

Today is a day that I do not feel like writing. But I am going to force myself to, because staying silent only allows the enemy to continue his onward march while the Truth is suppressed at every turn.

I’m finding it difficult to write mainly because I have lost hope in humanity. Now if you read my blog on a regular basis, I’m not speaking of you. On the contrary, I’m speaking of those who refuse to recognize and submit to the Truth no matter how it’s presented to them. We see the truth take the forms of the Gospel and the humanity of aborted babies.

In the last month, there have been seven videos released that explain the corruption behind Planned Parenthood and their destruction of little babies. The abortionists and other PP employees even admit to these babies as not clumps of cells or a fetuses, but as babies. They harvest the organs of these poor babies and sell them to the highest bidder.

A couple of months ago we were fighting the battle that the baby was a clump of cells or a fetus. Pro-abortionists would not recognize the humanity of these innocent children. We now have visual proof that these are indeed human babies (because somehow pro-choicers don’t understand science), and instead of admitting how disgusting, revolting, and evil these acts are, they tell us that it’s okay, because it’s legal.

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We are dealing with the utmost evil of individuals when they will look at an aborted baby and continue to support it, despite that they are looking at an aborted baby. There is no way one can look at the above image and not come to the conclusion that they are looking at a baby, a baby who has no ability to defend himself as he has the slightest inkling as to what is occurring around him. A baby who relied upon his mother to nurture him and take care of him, only for his mother to end his life because he was likely deemed “an inconvenience”.

Too many people are engrossed in their own wills that they refuse to look at reality and submit. They choose to be their own gods by destroying the most vulnerable of children, all the while throwing a temper tantrum because a dentist shot and killed a lion in Zimbabwe in which the Zimbabweans could care less about. The astonishing take away from this is the utter hypocrisy we see from these people in which they act as if they are completely free to do as they please, while infringing upon the rights of everyone around them, denying them up to the point of death as in the case of abortion.

Meanwhile, many Catholics are completely in denial or gullible in their belief that the Synod of the Family is going to be good for the Church, or thinking that Pope Francis will reign in these dissident bishops. They claim to love Jesus Christ Truly Present in the Eucharist, but their love for Jesus in the Eucharist is so minute that they have no problem in allowing those who are in public mortal sin to receive Him, despite the doctrinal teachings that say otherwise.

There is a lot of evidence to demonstrate how Pope Francis is trying to run the Synod into the ground, especially with his remark on how Cardinal Kasper’s theology is serene. But no matter what evidence we present to our fellow Catholics to demonstrate these truths, we are met with resistance, papolatry, and are returned with spiteful, venomous, and uncharitable retorts. The unforgivable sin today is not denial of the Holy Ghost, but rather, to not stick to the status quo of the post-conciliar Catholic Church, even though the PC Church has failed Catholics and Jesus Christ for the last 50 years.

I believe we are at a point where those who want to be on the side of God are already there. There are very few fence sitters that need convincing. Everything has been thrown onto the table and those who want to follow the Truth have already done so.

Even though the battle is beginning to wear us all down, I think it is important that we continue to evangelize in whichever medium you are called to. Whether that is writing, blogging, debating on Facebook or Twitter, talking to your friends, family or colleagues. At a minimum, we might grab a few more over to God’s side. More importantly, we will continue to encourage each other to live a good, holy life that is pleasing to God.

While the world is falling apart around us, we must keep our eyes toward Heaven and know that our trust is in the Lord, and that we are not alone in this fight. It will get rougher, but we need to stay strong. GO TO CONFESSION WEEKLY. GO TO MASS. PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY. Stay in a state of grace so that you may have the graces necessary to overcome adversity when it presents itself, as well as to be ready for judgment if you are called by Our Heavenly Father.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us.

Jeff August 20, 2015 3 Comments Permalink

Saints for the Synod: A Missed Opportunity for Intercession

I have a new post over at One Peter Five. In it I ask if it wouldn’t have made more sense to canonize the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux prior to the Synod, as oppose to its conclusion.

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Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Louis and Azelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, at the conclusion of the Synod of the Family this October. For devotees of St. Therese and married couples looking for models within the Church Triumphant, this is exciting news.

<<<Please read the rest over at One Peter Five>>>

Jeff August 14, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

These Ominous Storms Keep Rolling Through

As I write this post, the thunder rumbles in the distance. The lightning illuminates the sky to the south, breaking apart the darkness on this late night. This has been one of many summer thunderstorms that we’ve had this year. The quantity of storms isn’t much different than other summers, but the quality of these storms is more aggressive. These storms have been darker, louder, and scarier. I’m not sure why, whether it’s because I’m getting older and have more responsibilities with a wife and child, but it seems to me that these storms are an ominous sign of things to come. God is not happy.

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This summer has been the first time I have witnessed lightning storms in which the lightning dances across the sky as if it were a strobe light setting the atmosphere at a club on Saturday night. These storms are not isolated to the area either; they are massive, ranging across several states at once. I fear they will only get worse.

Both the Church and the World are in utter chaos. The World has gone the way of Sodom and Gomorrah, approving homosexual “marriage” and abortion in just about every country. Countries once known for their rich Catholic heritage have been aggressively plummeting into moral chaos as if the world was going to end tomorrow. Unfortunately, the Church is being steered into this direction as well, thanks to a select number of prelates who would love to prove Christ wrong when He said the gates of Hell would not prevail against His Church. Their hatred for God and the Church is so strong that they will stop at nothing to lead as many souls astray.

The Synod on the Family is approaching, now only two months away. I fear that we will see the blasphemy of the divorced, “remarried”, and actively homosexual allowed to receive the Holy Eucharist, without the necessity of conversion. This will anger God greatly.

We must be steadfast in our prayer and always in a state of grace, avoiding any sin, including venial. While our prayer can be strongly effective in begging for Our Lord to intervene, I think He is looking for a fresh start. God will allow these heinous sins to continue through His permissive will, and His justice will rain down upon the Earth, destroying all of His enemies. We must also be humble enough to pray for our own sanctification and salvation during this time, as well as for that of our families, friends, and those we care about. We must always remember that no matter how bad it gets, Jesus Christ is still God and has given us the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. We must follow Him and observe all that He has taught us. Double your efforts to live a holy life. Go to confession, pray the Rosary daily, and avoid the near occasion of sin.

Jeff August 6, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

Ann Barnhardt on the Novus Ordo Mass

Over at Creative Minority Report, Pat Archbold has interviewed Ann Barnhardt. The topic? The Novus Ordo Mass. Ann raises good points in regards to the LICITITY of the Novus Ordo compared to the Traditional Latin Mass.

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You might remember I weighed in on the topic a couple of months ago.

Unlike myself, Ann is more eloquent than myself.

Please, read her interview over here. The paragraph that struck me the most:

Before there can be any discussion of the Novus Ordo the concepts of  ”validity” and “licitness” must be understood.  If a Mass is INVALID, Our Lord does NOT come down on the altar, the Eucharist is NOT confected and the Holy Sacrifice is NOT offered.  If a Mass is ILLICIT, the Eucharist is confected and Our Lord does come, but He is, depending on the severity of the infraction and motivation of the malefactor, in a range from displeased to very, very angry.  But with whom is He angry?  According to St. Thomas Aquinas, Our Lord is angry not only with the priest, but also with the PEOPLE who tolerate and embrace the liturgical faults and crimes of the clergy.  In fact, St. Thomas said that people who consent to liturgical abuse do not “obtain the reality of the sacrament”.

What’s the Purpose of This Papacy?

The purpose of this papacy is to cause division within the Church. It is to separate the flock, those who adhere to the Church and her teachings, from her enemies, heretics, modernists, etc. This papacy provides clear lines in the sand to separate ourselves.

Dont Sit on the Fence

Those who have been sitting on the fence are being forced off by God’s grace to choose a side. Stand up and defend Christ and His Bride, or perish in the flames of the upcoming persecution.

This papacy invites those on the enemy’s side to repent and join Christ’s side.

This papacy has removed the blinders that have been holding back many on Christ’s side from fulfilling their potential. But those who choose to keep them on will face the wrath of God when His Just Hand smashes into “Mother Earth”.

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That being said, pray the Rosary daily, stay in a state of grace, go to confession frequently, attend Mass, make reparation to the Sacred Heart for the blasphemies this world commits. It is only going to get worse from here on out.

Praying With Other Christians

Over at Catholic News Services, I read that Pope Francis spoke to members of the Renewal in Spirit in St. Peter’s Square. This group is a Catholic charismatic group consisting of Lutherans, Anglicans, Orthodox, and Catholics.

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It is entirely possible that Pope Francis has not read any of his predecessors work. But that does not negate that his predecessors had strong words to say in regards to ecumenism and praying alongside other Christians.

From the article:

If the devil “unites us in death, who are we to divide ourselves in life?” he said, adding that all Christians can and must pray together, as they have all received the same baptism and are striving to follow Christ.

Pope Pius XI wrote in his encyclical Mortalium Animos (1928):

“This being so, it is clear that the Apostolic See cannot on any terms take part in their assemblies, nor is it anyway lawful for Catholics either to support or to work for such enterprises; for if they do so they will be giving countenance to a false Christianity, quite alien to the one Church of Christ.”

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Pope Pius XI is very clear that we do not recognize their false Christianity because of their rejection of the One True Church of Christ, the Catholic Church.

With the aforementioned paragraph, Pope Pius XI condemns this next statement from Pope Francis:

“Some people may not realize they can pray with Christians of other denominations”, adding that people must do so because “all of us have received the same baptism, all of us are following the path of Jesus, we want Jesus.”

No, the Catholic Church has condemned this act that you are trying to push forth. Those people who don’t pray with other Christians do so because the Church has forbidden it. For you to utter falsities like this demeans the authority of the papacy, as well as the Magisterium of the Church.

The Protestants have used the baptismal formula that the Catholic Church gave us by order of Jesus Christ. Some Protestants do not even use the Trinitarian formula and do not have valid baptisms.

In terms of ecumenism, Pope Francis stated “Christian unity was the work of the Holy Spirit” and “Christians need to pray together in a spiritual ecumenism, an ecumenism of prayer.”

While this does sound lovely on the outside, it is nothing but error. St. Maximilian Kolbe, when talking about false ecumenism says:

“Only until all schismatics and Protestants profess the Catholic Creed with conviction, when all Jews voluntarily ask for Holy Baptism – only then will the Immaculata have reached its goals. … In other words there is no greater enemy of the Immaculata and her Knighthood than today’s ecumenism, which every Knight must not only fight against, but also neutralize through diametrically opposed action and ultimately destroy. We must realize the goal of the Militia Immaculata as quickly as possible: that is, to conquer the whole world, and every individual soul which exists today or will exist until the end of the world, for the Immaculata, and through her for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.”

St. Maximilian Kolbe does not mix words. Our Lady wants all souls to be a part of her Son’s Church. Those who are not a part of His Church are outside and will not take part of the Heavenly banquet. No matter what Pope Francis may say about praying with other Christians and how the Holy Spirit wants it, even though he has no way of knowing what the Holy Spirit wants, he speaks in error.

Fortunately, he was not speaking ex cathedra, but it doesn’t matter. The damage has already been done, and this papacy continues to march on, spreading as much error as possible.

Jeff July 6, 2015 3 Comments Permalink