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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

What Would Jesus Do? On San Bernardino and the Need to Defend Ourselves

A few days after the San Bernardino, California gun shooting has occurred, it seemed like a good topic to touch on. There has been a huge increase in news stories dealing with the number of terrorist attacks  occurring in just about every single country. It is ever more evident that the time has come that we ourselves take up arms and conceal carry.

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These terrorist attacks are committed by men and women of varying ethnicities and creeds. They occur mostly in “gun-free zones”. Yet we hear the bombardment of squeals from those calling for more “gun control laws” (because that worked out real well in San Bernardino, didn’t it?). Tougher gun laws are being requested, even though the attack occurred in a gun-free zone, and were committed with guns that are banned in the state of California. Even with all of these cries it is critical that we look to the clear teaching from Our Lord Jesus Christ about the need to protect ourselves.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus makes it very clear to his disciples that they should always be armed:

When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, did you want anything? But they said: Nothing. Then said he unto them: But now he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise a scrip; and he that hath not, let him sell his coat, and buy a sword. For I say to you, that this that is written must yet be fulfilled in me: And with the wicked was he reckoned. For the things concerning me have an end. But they said: Lord, behold here are two swords. And he said to them, It is enough. Luke 22:35-38

Obviously, if we were to apply this Gospel to today’s culture, we could easily replace the sword with a pistol as swords are not commonplace in today’s world. Jesus does later criticize Peter for using the sword when Peter uses it against one of the servants and cuts off his ear (” he who lives by the sword dies by the sword”) but it is important to remember what Jesus meant by this.

Those who live by the sword are referring to those who use violence as their first and primary means. If your first response whenever an issue occurs is using a weapon, you will eventually die by this weapon as eventually you will encounter someone who is better than you are. However, there is nothing at all wrong with defending oneself or those around you, even going as far as using deadly force, if the intention is not to kill the aggressor, but to stop him.

While I am calling for all citizens to begin to carry a gun on them at all times, I am not calling for them to go ahead and murder those around them. I am advocating for them to use the gun to stop the force, if necessary. Obviously, these terrorists would not get very far with their mass shootings if a small army of say ten passersby all pulled out their pistols and began firing back.

A lot of these shootings have also been motivated by groups with ties to ISIS. I have heard the argument from several people that perhaps we are at a point in history in which Catholics are being called to martyrdom. While it is possible that some of us will get to be martyrs for Jesus Christ and the Holy Catholic Church, I would like to point out that one, just because we are called to martyrdom, does not mean we can not defend ourselves and those around us, and two, some of us are not called to martyrdom and are called to defend those weaker than ourselves.

When looking back in history, the Mexican government actively attacked and murdered Catholics due to fear that the Catholic Church would overtake their country. The Christeros rose up against the government and fought back, defending themselves, and even bringing some of the battles to the soldiers. As these battles were just in using the theory of just war, many of the Christeros who died could be considered martyrs. In fact, quite a few of them were canonized by both Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. One can defend oneself, but still die for Christ and become a martyr.

While it is important that we all pray for peace and healing during this time, we must also pray for the unity of the world to join the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Until the world converts and lives a holy life, there will never truly be peace as only communion with Jesus Christ and His Church can give that. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and those who deny Him will be denied by His Father. Jesus founded one Church, the Catholic Church, for all of His followers to belong to. A rejection of this Church is a rejection of Christ, and a rejection of Christ is a rejection of your union with Him in Heaven.

Therefore, as we joyfully await the birth of Our Lord this Advent, I humbly implore you to prayerfully consider accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and coming home into the Catholic Church. And if you haven’t been to confession in a while, please, examine your conscience and go. For just as those who deny Christ can not enter Heaven, those who have offended Our Lord by committing any mortal sin have cut themselves off from His grace, and can not enter into Heaven.

Jeff December 4, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Cardinal Danneels Admits To Being Part of “Mafia” Opposing Pope Benedict

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Pope Francis has boarded his plane in Philadelphia and is en route to the Vatican, though he is likely back home by the time you read this. I wanted to bring up a story that came out on Thursday. With all of the Papal news that came out during Pope Francis’ trip to the United States, I wanted to make sure we start the week out with this story, as it is of utmost importance, especially with the Synod of the Family only a week away. Edward Pentin writes over at the National Catholic Register:

Further serious concerns are being raised about Cardinal Godfried Danneels, one of the papal delegates chosen to attend the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family, after the archbishop emeritus of Brussels confessed this week to being part of a radical “mafia” reformist group opposed to Benedict XVI.

 

It was also revealed this week that he once wrote a letter to the Belgium government favoring same-sex “marriage” legislation because it ended discrimination against LGBT groups.

 

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The Vatican listed him second in importance out of 45 delegates personally chosen by Pope Francis to participate in the upcoming meeting. He also took part in last year’s Extraordinary Synod as a papal delegate.

 

At the launch of the book in Brussels this week, the cardinal said he was part of a secret club of cardinals opposed to Pope Benedict XVI.

 

He called it a “mafia” club that bore the name of St. Gallen. The group wanted a drastic reform of the Church, to make it “much more modern”, and for Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to head it. The group, which also comprised Cardinal Walter Kasper and the late Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, has been documented in Austen Ivereigh’s biography of Pope Francis, The Great Reformer.

Even more shocking is this news is coming from the authorized biography about Godfried Cardinal Danneels. Moreso, Cardinal Danneels admits on video that he was a part of a mafia to oust Pope Benedict.

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This appears to conflict with what Pope St. John Paul II wrote in Universi Dominici Gregis:

79. Confirming the prescriptions of my Predecessors, I likewise forbid anyone, even if he is a Cardinal, during the Pope’s lifetime and without having consulted him, to make plans concerning the election of his successor, or to promise votes, or to make decisions in this regard in private gatherings.

 

80. In the same way, I wish to confirm the provisions made by my Predecessors for the purpose of excluding any external interference in the election of the Supreme Pontiff. Therefore, in virtue of holy obedience and under pain of excommunication latae sententiae, I again forbid each and every Cardinal elector, present and future, as also the Secretary of the College of Cardinals and all other persons taking part in the preparation and carrying out of everything necessary for the election, to accept under any pretext whatsoever, from any civil authority whatsoever, the task of proposing the veto or the so-called exclusiva, even under the guise of a simple desire, or to reveal such either to the entire electoral body assembled together or to individual electors, in writing or by word of mouth, either directly and personally or indirectly and through others, both before the election begins and for its duration. I intend this prohibition to include all possible forms of interference, opposition and suggestion whereby secular authorities of whatever order and degree, or any individual or group, might attempt to exercise influence on the election of the Pope.

 

81. The Cardinal electors shall further abstain from any form of pact, agreement, promise or other commitment of any kind which could oblige them to give or deny their vote to a person or persons. If this were in fact done, even under oath, I decree that such a commitment shall be null and void and that no one shall be bound to observe it; and I hereby impose the penalty of excommunication latae sententiae upon those who violate this prohibition. It is not my intention however to forbid, during the period in which the See is vacant, the exchange of views concerning the election.

 

82. I likewise forbid the Cardinals before the election to enter into any stipulations, committing themselves of common accord to a certain course of action should one of them be elevated to the Pontificate. These promises too, should any in fact be made, even under oath, I also declare null and void.

 

83. With the same insistence shown by my Predecessors, I earnestly exhort the Cardinal electors not to allow themselves to be guided, in choosing the Pope, by friendship or aversion, or to be influenced by favour or personal relationships towards anyone, or to be constrained by the interference of persons in authority or by pressure groups, by the suggestions of the mass media, or by force, fear or the pursuit of popularity. Rather, having before their eyes solely the glory of God and the good of the Church, and having prayed for divine assistance, they shall give their vote to the person, even outside the College of Cardinals, who in their judgment is most suited to govern the universal Church in a fruitful and beneficial way.

Taking all of this in, and taking Cardinal Danneels for his own word, it makes one wonder if the abdication of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is indeed valid or not. Also interesting is Cardinal Danneels has been placed in a high post at the Synod of the Family. Not only is he for gay marriage and adultery, but he was partially responsible for the abdication of Pope Benedict.

We are left with a few questions. If this Cardinal is against the family, then why is he given the number two spot on the Synod? If he indeed was a part of ousting Pope Benedict and violated Universi Dominici Gregis in order to elect Pope Francis, why would he admit all of this now, just one and a half weeks (at the time of the announcement) from the Synod of the Family? If Pope Benedict was indeed forced to resign, then is he still our Pope?

This bombshell is a lot to process and it is scary to think of the ramifications for it’s implications. I await to hear more about this story as it develops, and will report more when I have more information. I am aware that a statement came out shortly after the breaking of this story saying that it was in error, but the fact still remains that there is video evidence of Cardinal Danneels admitting to it all. And that is where we need to find out more information.

Jeff September 28, 2015 3 Comments Permalink

Archbishop Neinstedt Resigns; An Ominous Sign?

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As you have likely heard, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop John Neinstedt, of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis . Below is Archbishop Neinstedt’s statement:

In order to give the Archdiocese a new beginning amidst the many challenges we face, I have submitted my resignation as Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and I have just received word that he has accepted it. The Catholic Church is not our Church, but Christ’s Church, and we are merely stewards for a time. My leadership has unfortunately drawn attention away from the good works of His Church and those who perform them. Thus, my decision to step down.

It has been my privilege the last seven years to serve this local Church. I have come to appreciate deeply the vitality of the 187 parishes that make up the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. I am grateful for the support I have received from priests, deacons, religious men and women and lay leaders, especially those who have collaborated with me in the oversight of this local Church.

I leave with a clear conscience knowing that my team and I have put in place solid protocols to ensure the protection of minors and vulnerable adults.

I ask for continued prayers for the well-being of this Archdiocese and its future leaders. I also ask for your continued prayers for me.

Here are a few thoughts I have with the entire situation. The timing seems far too coincidental with Bishop Finn’s resignation, almost two months ago to the day. With both resignations, we find similar language such as “a new beginning” and to allow “healing”. It seems odd at how close these two were, and I would suspect that both of these bishops were forced from their post.

Pope Benedict XVI seems to have established an odd precedent with his abdication. Both Archbishop Neinstedt and Bishop Finn were appointed by Pope Benedict. All three have stepped down due to some form of sexual abuse. At this rate, most of the good bishops that have been appointed by Pope Benedict will be forced out.

Pope Francis will likely appoint a bishop who “smells of the sheep”, a bishop of “mercy”, and one who isn’t always talking about abortion and gay marriage. In other words, another Archbishop Blaise Cupich, We will unlikely see a replacement who is traditional, but one who is charismatic.

All the progress made in the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis to restore the sacred and bring back the Traditional Latin Mass will be for naught. The FSSP will be forced out. The Traditional Latin Mass parishes will be severely punished. Priests within the Archdiocese who feel called to learn the TLM will now fear for their well-being. Suppression will occur. Reverent Novus Ordos will go difficult to find. It’ll be like the days of old with Archbishop Flynn. The Seminary will be reformed again and all the traditional elements the current seminarians are learning will be thrown out the window.

Archbishop Neinstedt is paying the price for his vocal discord with homosexual “marriage”. The gay lobby is powerful and will silence anyone who will try to expose them. Archbishop Flynn, who was in charge during the entire priest sex abuse crisis and who moved these child molesters around should be the one who is publicly tarred, feathered and thrown in jail. But then again, he is a liberal, so he is a “good guy”.

I also would not be surprised if Cardinal Burke’s Solemn Pontifical Mass that is scheduled for September is cancelled.

I hope I am wrong, but seeing how the last two years of this pontificate has revealed poor appointments for bishops while faithful bishops are being removed for the mismanagement of their predecessors, I’m left with a sense that this is bad news for St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Jeff June 17, 2015 4 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!”

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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

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