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Heresy

For about the last year or so, I’ve been praying and thinking about starting a YouTube channel. The reason for this is because there are some things I would like to talk about, where blog posts wouldn’t make the most sense. For example, I’ve wanted to do analysis on certain music, this includes popular music and even Gregorian Chant.

The other reason, is because sometimes, well, I can just go on and on when I talk as opposed to writing. Sometimes when I sit down at the computer to write, I just can’t think, like, at all. It’s annoying, its irritating, but you know, that’s okay, it happens.

One idea for a series I was thinking of putting together would be called “Heresy!” in which I would take an opinion that is so overly used in our culture that is completely wrong and heretical in nature. It would make for a fun video series, but, I’m just going to have to do this series on the blogosphere, which is fine.

So, what is heresy? As defined in the Concise Catholic Dictionary of 1943 (CCD): “Originally a division among Christians; the false doctrine or false interpretation of true doctrine; formal heresy is a grievous sin; it is a rebellion against God.”

Simple right? Anything that is contrary to the Magisterial teaching of the Catholic Church is heresy. The Church holds the Truth and anything that is contrary to that Truth is heresy.

Its actually good to call out heresy when you see it, as normally you would want to be called out on a heresy that you subscribe to. This way, you can learn the true doctrinal teaching and apply it to your life. So, go ahead and call out heresy when you see it!

Jeff January 15, 2014 3 Comments Permalink

Another Priest Denies The Miracle of the Multiplication of Fish and Loaves

I assume that you have all heard the story of Jesus multiplying the Fish and the Loaves of bread. It is recounted in all four Gospels. As you know, Jesus was teaching 4000-5000 men in the hillside and they were hungry. The disciples said that they did not have enough food to feed them all. Jesus told the disciples to grab what food they had, He said the prayer, blessing the food and had the disciples distribute the food that they had. When they were finished, the several loaves and few fish, had fed not only all the men present, but they had enough left overs to fill a few baskets full.

Taken from www.latinmassmadison.org

Jesus Multiplies the Fish and the Loaves Taken from www.latinmassmadison.org

It’s a pretty easy thing to believe, if you believe that Jesus Christ is truly God. If you do not believe that Jesus is truly God, then you will find this to be difficult to believe. It makes sense really. If Jesus is God, then He can do whatever He so pleases, as the limits of humanity do not apply to Him. If Jesus isn’t God, then He can not do this, as a mere mortal human can not perform this.

Unfortunately, its far too common that there are many priests that would like to commit heresy in this regard. They believe that 2000 years of Catholic Teaching is too beneath them. They have to come up with their own interpretation.

“Clearly, Jesus didn’t actually multiply the food, but He inspired the people that were there to actually share what they have brought.” they say. “I mean, people knew that they were going to be gone for awhile so they brought their own food. The miracle is that they shared.” they continue.

What a load of crap.

I’m certain that you have all heard somebody say things like this. They throw around a lot of sap to make it sound convincing, but we know, Jesus is God, and He did multiply the fish and loaves. We would all agree that these priests are full of bologna, right?

Well, guess who denied this miracle this time? He’s kind of a big deal.

Pope Francis…

And herein is where many people are going to disagree. “But, if Pope Francis says it, he must be right! He’s the Pope!”. Unfortunately, this is not a dogmatic statement, so thus, Pope Francis is wrong,  and again wrong. He denies Jesus’ God-hood without even realizing it (this is the charitable assumption).

The Pope is only infallible when he issues a dogmatic statement. As this is just a homily, it is not dogmatic. I would even say that this view is a heresy.

Here is what Pope Francis said on June 2, 2013 at his Sunday Angelus:

This is the miracle: rather than a multiplication it is a sharing, inspired by faith and prayer. Everyone eats and some is left over: it is the sign of Jesus, the Bread of God for humanity.

Pope Francis has stated it quite clearly. Ignoring the true definition of miracle (taken by the Concise Catholic Dictionary 1943 (CCD)) “An act or event which is above the natural order. A work or thing of wonder done by God, a fact produced by God alone which is above, beside, or beyond the accustomed order of action of all of created nature.” he re-defines it as “sharing inspired by faith and prayer” and flat out denies the multiplication!

Here’s what he said most recently:

The parable of the multiplication of the loaves and fish teaches us exactly this: that if there is the will, what we have never ends. On the contrary, it abounds and does not get wasted.

No, its not even a miracle anymore, its only a parable, you know a parable that is used by Jesus to help the apostles understand by comparison? A parable as defined by the CCD is “An illustrative story pointing to some moral or religious truth; a manner of speaking used by our Lord as related in the Gospel.” According to Pope Francis, this isn’t even a miracle at all, but simply an illustrative story. Good grief!

This is a heresy and probably some blasphemy, sad to say, and I’m not going to pretend otherwise. It’s not an “issue with the English translation”. It’s not “the media having a field day with him”. It’s simply put, Pope Francis is not teaching proper Catholicism. Plain and simple. The Pope is not above error unless he is speaking ex cathedra.

Pray for Pope Francis!

Jeff January 10, 2014 7 Comments Permalink

What Is Blasphemy?

Awhile back, I posted on what the unforgivable sin was. I remind you about it because the other day I received a comment from a reader and I wanted to address it.

Jakob says:

“I don’t understand these words of Jesus fully. Sometimes being in despair and blaspheming against God is the most beautiful and painful prayer which God will fully understand. I mean, my God.
I would take the words more metaphorically: it’s all about the love of God.”

To me, the term in question is the proper definition of blasphemy. Using the Concise Catholic Dictionary of 1943 (CCD), we read that blasphemy is “any word or act insulting to God or to holy things. It is a sin against religion and may be aimed directly at God, or indirectly by contempt for His Church, His saints, or sacred persons or things.”

Based on this definition, it appears that blasphemy, properly understood, is specifically when we insult God or use His name in vain.

Despair is defined also in the CCD as “the contrary of hope; the state of being hopeless; deliberate act of the will by which one turns away from salvation, considering it as impossible of attainment.”

It appears that despair is not necessarily a blasphemous act, as despair is the deliberate act of the will and turning away from salvation. I would argue that Jesus was not in despair when He was on the cross, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Seeing as Jesus was perfect in His Divinity, this would not be sinful. Jesus could not commit a sin. Jesus is actually quoting Psalm 22 by saying this.

Being in a state of true despair and true blasphemy would be completely sinful, as we are not only denying God in His mercy (despair), but we would also be insulting Him (blasphemy).

In my opinion, what Jakob is referring to with “My God”, is similar to the statement of Jesus on the cross. It is not a despair of hopelessness or blasphemy, but it is an honest discussion with God in complete frustration and coming to Him with this frustration. If you are still going to God, then you are not in despair, just be wary that in your frustration you are not insulting to Him.

Jeff January 9, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Catholic Gold – The Concise Catholic Dictionary 1943

One of my favorite activities that I enjoy is going to Protestant Rummage Sales and finding all of the Catholic books they have. Generally, these books are cheap, seeing as Protestants don’t generally care to have Catholic books laying around. Also, a lot of times these books are old as well, but not necessarily. Many times these books came from deceased relatives or recent fallen away Catholics into this particular Protestant parish. Regardless, its a win for me, even if its a huge loss for them.

A few years ago, at one of these sales, I happened to come across a book titled “Concise Catholic Dictionary”. It’s a plain black leather bound book. It had a dollar price tag and I figured it’d be a good book to have, after all, having a book that defines all Catholic terms could prove to be quite useful.

Concise Catholic Dictionary

Well, like most books I have, it sat on the bookshelf for a few years until I decided to thumb through it a couple of months ago. It was compiled in 1943 by Robert C. Broderick M.A. and published by the Catechetical Guild Educational Society of St. Paul, Minnesota. After doing some searching online, you can purchase your own copy at Amazon or you can even view it online here. I *highly* suggest looking at this treasure chest of gold.

The reason I mention this book to you all, is first, it is a treasure to have. If you want great definitions for key Catholic terms, this is the book for you. It is also put together prior to Vatican 2, so it doesn’t have the lengthy definitions that are quite common these days. Secondly, I will be referencing this book a lot in the coming posts, and would like you to be aware that I am using these definitions. After going through this book, I’m saddened to see how some of the definitions of Catholic terms today have been watered down to seem unimportant.

Jeff January 6, 2014 9 Comments Permalink

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