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Pope Benedict XVI

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The “Gay Mafia” Report

I was reminded today of Pope Benedict’s abdication of the throne. Within a week after his announcement, the news was ablaze with a 300-page document detailing an intricate “gay network” within the Vatican.

Pope Benedict

When news of this broke, many people were shocked. Questions were asked as to what would happen with this document. We were told Pope Benedict would pass this along to his successor and let him deal with it as he saw fit. Pope Benedict felt the amount of work which would be needed to clean up a mess like this was unfitting and too daunting a task for the aging Pontiff.

Hilary White, writing for LifeSiteNews, details the story in greater depth. After a year and a half of her publication, the urgency surrounding this document has disappeared. Read the article and see for yourself. It is odd.

The sudden disappearance of this document leaves many questions to be answered. Was it given to Pope Francis? Was it destroyed? After all, to my knowledge and understanding, there only existed one copy of this document. Regardless, you would think those who spent the time working on this document would have tried to come up with a copy to give to His Holiness.

Perhaps he does have a copy and is saving it for the upcoming Synod of the Family. Either way, it is strange something so pressing around the abdication of Pope Emeritus Benedict, has completely vanished into thin air.

Jeff September 18, 2014 3 Comments Permalink

The Pope Is Not Perfect: What Infallibility Actually Means

During the last few decades, Catholics have become subject to a form of Papolatry. They have fallen into a false notion that the Pope is faultless and without error. Since Pope Francis was elected to the Petrine Office, this belief amongst Catholics has become more evident by each passing day.

I have witnessed this sentiment with differing examples where Pope Francis makes a statement contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Immediately, Catholics run to his defense. In December of last year, Pope Francis denied the miracle of the multiplication of fish and loaves, and Jimmy Akin rushed to his defense. In February of this year, he stated that if you do not feel like you are a sinner, then you shouldn’t go to Mass. The latest fiasco is with Pope Francis’ 10 Things That Bring Joy, not one of them having to do with Christ and His Church.

Pope Francis

This attitude was around during the pontificates of Popes Benedict XVI and St. John Paul II. In 2010, Pope Benedict mentioned that “condoms may be ‘first step’ in moralization of sexuality”. Pope John Paul II kissed a Koran. Jimmy Akin also wrote about that as well.

This conviction leads one to believe that the Pope is free from error at all times. It is a misunderstanding that assumes that the Pope is constantly guided and formed by the Holy Spirit. This is simply erroneous and conflicts with Catholic Church teachings.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states (my emphasis):

“The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office, when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful — who confirms his brethren in the faith he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. … The infallibility promised to the Church is also present in the body of bishops when, together with Peter’s successor, they exercise the supreme Magisterium,” above all in an Ecumenical Council. When the Church through its supreme Magisterium proposes a doctrine “for belief as being divinely revealed,” and as the teaching of Christ, the definitions “must be adhered to with the obedience of faith.”  CCC 891

This infallibility extends as far as the deposit of divine Revelation itself.

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How can a man be a sinner one minute and upon being announced the Pope, transform into a Saint the next? The answer is simple: he cannot.

God does not readily bestow such omnipotent qualities, even on the highest of men. He created only two perfect beings, His Son Jesus Christ, and His Mother Mary. These two are the only humans to have walked the Earth who were blameless in the eyes of the Lord. Only these two could be described as being in perfect unity with the Holy Spirit.

Pope Francis, when asked who he was in an interview by America Magazine, responded “a sinner”. A phrase that many Catholics and non-Catholics have remembered that the Pope has publicly categorizes himself as. A sinner who in a Papal audience admitted to going “to confession every two weeks”. A sinner with free-will. Free-will that allows him to choose to do the opposite of what the Holy Spirit may be calling him to do.

Think about it another way. If you were elected to the Papacy, would you not need the Sacraments? Would you do everything God wants you to do? Unless you are the Immaculate Conception, the answer would be “no”.

Pope Francis began his pontificate by asking for our prayers. If the Pope is free from error in all that he does, why would he need prayers? Because he is not flawless or free from error in his day to day operations.

If the Pope is impeccable due to his office, then every Pope in history should be canonized today. This would even include the Borgia Popes who were known for their debauchery, sexual immorality, thievery, and dishonesty to name a few. By today’s standards, they would not be considered saints because of the public scandal that they caused by their words and deeds.

Are they automatically saints because of their office? Knowing that a saint is someone who lived a holy life, both publicly and privately, I would gander that they are not.

Scrutinize the life of the  Pope based upon his teachings and the life he lives. It should closely resemble that of Jesus, in many ways.

Jeff September 2, 2014 3 Comments Permalink

Muslims Will Pray IN the Vatican

From the site Al Arabiya:

For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Francis issued the invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas, Peres, and Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders, a statement released by Peres’s spokesperson said, according to the Times of Israel.

Holy See officials on Friday said the evening prayers would be a “pause in politics” and had no political aim other than to rekindle the desire for Israeli-Palestinian peace at the political and popular level, according to the Associated Press.

Reading this saddens me greatly. Pope Francis is the Vicar of Christ. He is Peter. Pope St. Peter was martyred upside down in Rome by spreading and evangelizing the One True Faith. He was martyred for defending that only worship of God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Ghost the Paraclete was the only true path, the only path that God cares about. All others will lead to Hell.

Yes, I know that Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI had their Assisi gatherings. From my point of view, that was a “I will pray with you over there”. In regards to this, this is a “Let’s pray in my house”.

Jesus Christ hung out with tax collectors and prostitutes, but he did not condone them in their faith, nor their sin. I hope and pray that this is an evangelization opportunity and Pope Francis talks about the need to accept Jesus Christ and convert into the Catholic Church. I am not going to hold my breath though.

Comments on the Supposed "Split" Within The Church

We have never, and I would venture to say will ever see Muslims invite Christians into their Mosques to pray. Likewise, we will not see Jews invite Christians into their Temples to pray. If we are following the True Religion, then why do we invite these false worshipers in to pray?

The world will only experience peace when they follow Jesus Christ and His Church. Following false religions or creeds will not lead to happiness. Only Christ can lead to everlasting life and happiness.

Jeff June 6, 2014 5 Comments Permalink

Don’t Make Medals of Living People

If you are Catholic, you know that you can get many different sacramental medals of various Saints and Blesseds. This is a good way to help spread devotion to a particular Saint.

Generally, each medal has the Saint’s or Blessed’s name on it, and underneath it, the words “Pray For Us”. The great thing about this, is we ask the Saint to intercede for us, by taking our petitions before God.

However, on Facebook, someone posted that there is a new medal, one of Pope Francis. I did some more researching and apparently they have one for Pope Benedict XVI as well.

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These medals are highly inappropriate. Both Popes Francis and Benedict are still alive. They are not dead, nor can they intercede for us like the Saints that have gone before us can. When we wear say, a St. Therese of Lisieux or St. Dominic medal with the “Pray For Us” inscription, as we know for sure that those Saints are indeed in Heaven, they will know that we are wearing their medals and thus will be able to intercede and pray for us.

Popes Francis and Benedict can not.

It is in poor taste and rather silly to make these medals. When they pass from this life and go to their eternal reward (after making whatever amends they need to in Purgatory first, of course), then it would be appropriate to make these medals.

I as a human being living on this Earth, have no clue if you are wearing my medal or not, thus I can not intercede for you, unless you come to me directly and ask me to pray for you. Thus, the medal is not going to do anything. It would be best not to even make them.

While Popes Francis and/or Benedict are alive, don’t buy them, don’t wear them, don’t use them. If you go to a Catholic store that happens to sell these, talk to the manager and explain why they shouldn’t have them. They are not Saints yet, so they should not be treated as such. We all are sinners and have their own struggles and sins. It is uncharitable to assume or act otherwise.

Since these two Popes have not yet passed, we should be praying for them. This way, they have the graces necessary to lead a holy life here on Earth and will be able to pass their particular judgment. Pray for Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict.

When they pass away, it would be one thing to have the medal, but living people should not have their own medals asking for their intercession.

Jeff March 10, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

Bishop Olson Suppresses Traditional Latin Mass

Over at Rorate Caeli, they have the sad story that apparently the newly installed Bishop Olson of the Diocese of Fort Worth Texas has BANNED the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to be said on the chapel of Fisher College.

Unfortunately for Bishop Olson, he has no right to do this. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote in Summorum Ponficum, that the Bishop of a diocese can not ban or permit the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to be said. This is the law of the land.

This just goes to show that there is an attack for those who hold to the traditions of our faith.

Bishop Olson in the letter states that they “do not have permission” (which is too bad for him, but he doesn’t have to give it to them in order for them to celebrate it) to celebrate the Extraordinary Form any day of the week, as a nearby church already has it (huh, I’m pretty sure every other parish in the diocese celebrates the Ordinary Form regularly…). He also states that they may only celebrate the Ordinary Form. Finally, if they do not comply, Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will be removed and they will not be allowed to celebrate Mass at all, or have Eucharistic Adoration.

Bishop Olson even went as far as to say that he was doing this “pastorally” out of concern for the students of Fisher college and the President of the college Mr. Michael King’s soul. Reading this, you can tell that Bishop Olson feels that the Extraordinary Form, that is, the Mass that has been said for how many centuries within the Catholic Church, is dangerous to their souls. The same Mass that produced how many saints?!?

After seeing what is currently going on with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, it comes as no surprise that this is going on, and I expect it will get worse if that is the case. We are living in odd times. Times in which a Bishop who is in charge of the care of the souls in his diocese, will withhold Jesus from Catholics who truly love Him, for celebrating the Form of the Mass that is most reverent to Him. Sickening.

If there is a reason for doing this, the Bishop should have stated it, but he doesn’t. He’s a bully and a coward (my own thoughts).

I suggest first and foremost you pray and fast. I also suggest sharing this story (whether it be mine or the original from Rorate) with all of those you know who care. Have them pray and fast as well. Finally, it might be worth it to either email or mail the Bishop’s office. I also think it might be worth it to pass it along to Rome.

Pray the Rosary daily, and entrust this issue into the hands of our dear Mother Mary.

Jeff March 2, 2014 3 Comments Permalink

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