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Is Mother Teresa Worthy of Canonization?

I’m fully prepared for the onslaught of comments that I am going to receive for this post. “Oh, wow! You don’t think Mother Teresa is a Saint! Well why don’t you help the poor like she did for your entire life and then you can talk!” or “But she did so much good! Are you better than Mother Teresa” or even “Wow look at the Pharisee!” comments. The fun thing is I won’t approve anybody who leaves a comment like that because I’ve heard it all already. As it is my blog, I am free to talk about things that I want to discuss.

Pope St. John Paul II and Blessed Mother Theresa

Here’s where my line of thinking is when it comes to Mother Teresa.

Is she in Heaven? Yes. She received last rites before she died and the Church has made the pronouncement that she is a Saint, so yes, she is obviously in Heaven.

Is she worthy of veneration as a saint? I don’t think so and here’s why.

Her corporal works of mercy in helping the poor is to be lauded as an exemplary example of how all Catholics should strive in their love for neighbor and in assisting them when they are at their lowest. What is lacking from what I have gathered is her apparent disregard for the spiritual works of mercy, that is admonishing the sinner and preaching the Gospel, that Jesus Christ died for our sins and that we must accept Him if we are to have eternal life.

There are many quotes attributed to Mother Teresa in which she says:

I’ve always said that we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslime become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic.

While this statement may appear to be in line with modern Catholic thought thanks to the Second Vatican Council, it is condemned by the Church as given by Pope Pius IX:

15. Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true. — Allocution “Maxima quidem,” June 9, 1862; Damnatio “Multiplices inter,” June 10, 1851.

16. Man may, in the observance of any religion whatever, find the way of eternal salvation, and arrive at eternal salvation. — Encyclical “Qui pluribus,” Nov. 9, 1846.

17. Good hope at least is to be entertained of the eternal salvation of all those who are not at all in the true Church of Christ. — Encyclical “Quanto conficiamur,” Aug. 10, 1863, etc.

The only way we as Catholics can help a Hindu become a better Hindu is by having him renounce his faith and become Catholic, as Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father, but through me.”

This quote isn’t the only disturbing statement from Mother Teresa. Other quotes that raise concern:

Some call Him Ishwar, some call Him Allah, some simply God, but we have to acknowledge that it is He who made us for greater things: to love and be loved. What matters is that we love. We cannot love without prayer, and so whatever religion we are, we must pray together.

Of course I convert. I convert you to be a better Hindu or a better Muslim or a better Protestant. Once you’ve found God, it’s up to you to decide how to worship him.

You could replace Jesus by God if you are not a Christian.

These are, but a handful of quotes and Marian Horvat has two great articles here and here which go into more depth.

One thing that surprises me during this entire discussion on Mother Teresa is how quickly many are willing to ignore these theological errors because they like her. To me, it’s dishonest to be upset with the many heretics who are currently derailing the Church with their false beliefs when Mother Teresa subscribed to many of these beliefs. You can’t be upset with Pope Francis for his religious indifference but be completely fine with Mother Teresa’s.

I have also heard that she baptized 20,000 people in one of her houses, but from details I have heard, she or one of the other sisters in the house would put a wet cloth on the forehead of the person and silently say the words of baptism. It is debatable if this counts as a valid baptism as 1. the individual must have full consent and give his verbal approval, 2. the baptism must be done via pouring of water over the head or submersion, and 3. the words of baptism must be audible.

At the end of the day, Mother Teresa is in Heaven, thanks to the sacraments, her faith, Our Lord’s mercy, and her willingness to repent of all of her sins on her death bed. A well provided for death is something to be truly happy about. But we should look for Saints who model the virtues throughout their entire life, or at least amended their ways as they progressed through it. Many saints did not live holy lives in their younger days, but repented of their evil ways and taught others the Truth.

If you like St. Mother Teresa, that’s fine and dandy and ask for her intercession if you so choose, but realize that there are a lot of sketchy things she said and did that are not in line with authentic Catholic thought. And now that she’s been declared a saint, these erroneous quotes will be immortalized as being “saintly” when they are just flat out wrong.

Jeff September 6, 2016 4 Comments Permalink

Thoughts on the Cancellation of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s Canonization

As you have more than likely heard by now, Cardinal Dolan has cancelled Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s cause for canonization. At least for the time being.

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Ultimately, what the entire squabble was over was the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois requested that the Archdiocese of New York release Archbishop Sheen’s remains to them. The Diocese of Peoria is where Archbishop Sheen is originally from and the diocese that is heading his cause. It makes sense why they would make such a request. In addition, they would need to examine his body to get first class relics for veneration.

Cardinal Dolan didn’t want to transfer Archbishop Sheen’s remains. He even talked to the Vatican and they didn’t want Archbishop Sheen’s remains to be moved. Why?

Because in America it would be taboo. Americans would find it weird.

This excuse is a cop out of the highest degree. When did the emotions of the United States get to rule the decisions of the Catholic Church?

Cardinal Dolan has made it very clear that he will do whatever he can to make himself popular in the eyes of the secular world. He has gone out of his way to squash any scent of Tradition. Holy Innocents in Manhattan is a thriving Latin Mass community that is out of debt and bringing in money. Yet, the parish is one of the few churches that is up for closure. Meanwhile, St. Francis, a parish that promotes openly homosexual pride Masses, and has been losing money for years, is perfectly okay and in the clear.

Cardinal Dolan goes out of his way to support anybody that is even close to homosexual. Now, while we are not allowed to condemn anyone because of their sin, it is a far different story to condone them and even congratulate them in it.

What is even more intriguing is the Vatican’s play in all of this. The Vatican has raced through Pope John Paul 2’s canonization, decreeing him a saint in only 8 years. The Vatican approved of Pope John XXIII’s canonization even though he only had one of the two required miracles. There is now talk that Pope Paul VI and Pope John I are in the works of being canonized with alleged “miracles”. There are many more cases of saints being rushed through without the required miracles.

Meanwhile, real saints like Pope Pius XII, Pope Pius XI, and Archbishop Sheen are stalled because “there is not enough evidence”. All the while the faithful have been sending evidence and petitioning for their causes.

Archbishop Sheen interceded in a miracle that was recently approved a few months ago by his cause. In this miracle, a stillborn baby who was not breathing for over an hour miraculously came back to life. This baby should have had massive health issues due to lack of oxygen to the brain for such an extended time. The child is completely healthy to this day.

Pope John Paul 2 once said to Archbishop Fulton Sheen:

You have written and spoken well of the Lord, Jesus. You are a loyal son of the Church.

Why then would his cause be completely derailed? They are opposing a “Sainted Pope”, an accusation that has been thrown at me for disagreeing with Pope John Paul II on the Luminous Mysteries.

It is clear to me that Archbishop Sheen’s cause has been completely thwarted because of exactly that quote. Archbishop Sheen fought valiantly for Christ and His Church, something that many in the Church leadership today, including Cardinal Dolan, refuse to do.

If you listen to Archbishop Sheen’s talks, he does not mince words and pronounces the Truth the way it needs to be spoken. The Truth does not change over time.

If you compared Archbishop Sheen’s teachings with most of the prelates of today, it would be evident that they are not following the same faith they appear to proclaim.

In the Post-Vatican 2 Church, if you have ever appeared to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and His Church, you are automatically black-listed. Meanwhile, those who have no problem dining with sinners are extolled as joyful witnesses to the “Spirit”.

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The whole scenario smells of cheese. Rotten cheese.

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Jeff September 4, 2014 4 Comments Permalink

URGENT: Cardinal Dolan Cancels Archbishop Sheen’s Canonization

I was just made aware with utter shock and horror that Cardinal Dolan has cancelled Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s canonization process.

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This was released by the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois in a news release today.

You can read the entire thing here.

With the attempted closing of Holy Innocents Parish in Mahnattan and Cardinal Dolan’s adement support for homosexuals, it is clear that this Prince of the Church is not a fan of the actual teachings of the Church which he is supposed to defend.

Cardinal Dolan will be the Grand Marshall of next year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a parade that is well known for its support of homosexuals.

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But, you know, “God bless ’em!”

UPDATE:

On February 9, 2011, the Archdiocese of New York wrote a letter to Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s cause expressing their “satisfaction and joy over the current announcement”. Even though then-Archbishop Dolan was visiting then-Pope Benedict XVI he wanted to “express his congratulations and gratitude for the good news to Bishop Daniel Jenky”.

Read this on Cardinal Dolan’s Blog.

UPDATE #2 (9/4/2014 11:22pm):

I’ve written my thoughts on the entire matter here.

Jeff September 3, 2014 4 Comments Permalink

The Black Mass: An Alternative Solution

Bishop Slattery of the neighboring diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma offered some sound and pastoral words in response to the Oklahoma City Black Mass scheduled on September 21.

I appreciate and approve of His Excellency’s request for some hardcore fasting and prayer leading up to this blasphemous event. Fasting and prayer worked well during the last Black Mass. The event ended up becoming cancelled all together. It was a triumphant victory. As critical as prayer and fasting is, I would like to suggest an alternative approach as well.

These Satanists have taken Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist as hostage, it only makes sense that we send in some strong Catholic men and priests to take him back.

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St. John Chrysostom said when it came to blasphemy:

And should you hear any one in the public thoroughfare, or in the midst of the forum, blaspheming God; go up to him and rebuke him; and should it be necessary to inflict blows, spare not to do so. Smite him on the face; strike his mouth; sanctify your hand with the blow, and if any should accuse you, and drag you to the place of justice, follow them thither; and when the judge on the bench calls you to account, say boldly that the man blasphemed the King of angels!

The Black Mass is a blasphemous affair. These poor souls who violate our Lord in this sacrilege have admitted that they understand what they are doing. Thus, it would make sense to go in there, smiting these blasphemers left and right.

I do not see the saints standing idly by while Our Lord is desecrated upon these Satanic “altars”. The saints would go in and take back Jesus, the laity doing the fighting, the priests handling Christ. St. John Chrysostom would organize a take back strategy, while praying the Rosary for victory over his enemies. The saints would fight for Jesus.

You may accuse me of being angry, but if you aren’t angry that Jesus has been taken hostage, then you aren’t practicing your faith right.

All-Saints

It would only seem appropriate that while these modern day saints are rushing in like soldiers, marching on to battle, that they sing “When the Saints Go Marching In”.

Jeff August 10, 2014 5 Comments Permalink

The Canonizations

I have actually been taking a break from posting because with much that has been going on in the Church, I have decided that a break was in order. In addition to that, I have been rather busy with other personal matters. I will resume posting soon.

I’ve been muddling over in my head for the last month or so about my thoughts in regards to the recent canonizations of now Pope St. John XXIII and Pope St. John Paul II.

While I do not doubt that they are in Heaven because the Church and Her Magisterium say so, to me, they should not have been elevated to the status of Saint.

Before you pass judgment and accuse me of being a sedevacantist, or heretic, or even a Pharisee, let me explain my position.

The purpose of declaring someone a Saint, is that they are those who have demonstrated heroic virtue based on their state in life. As Popes, they are responsible for the sins of the entire world, those Catholic and non-Catholic alike. There is a reason why so few Popes have been elevated to the status of Sainthood. Each Pope may exude personal holiness, but if they have failed in their duties of their office, that goes against them. Just like if you as a parent have failed to properly bring up your child in the faith, Popes too are responsible for the failures of each child of God on this planet.

Pope St. John XXIII started the Second Vatican Council as we all know. We also can see the fruits of the implementation of this council. Mass attendance has sunk in the United States as well as most of the Western World. Mass attendance prior to V2 was about 80% on a weekly basis. Currently, it is somewhere around 30%. The faith has been watered down since then and sound Catholicism is a rarity to be found.

I understand that you can not blame other people’s faults on someone else, but since this was started under his watch and a direct result from his doings, it is only right that he take responsibility. Many Catholics have abandoned the faith. This is a great tragedy.

The most important factor is that the 2nd required miracle was completely skipped. Granted other Saints have had this requirement waived, it is still disconcerting, even in their cases as well.

Pope St. John Paul II may have combated many evils during his pontificate such as abortion, contraception, homosexuality, women priests, etc, but he had his shortcomings.

One such shortcoming was the complete lack of oversight in regards to the sexual abuse scandal. I’m tired of beating a dead horse but, this occurred under his watch. We are looking strictly at facts. He also publicly kissed a Koran (which he never apologized for), he allowed for female altar servers, he allowed the Assissi gatherings in which false religions were allowed to publicly worship together in some form of false ecumenicism. The sacredness of the Mass was ruined by allowing Witch Doctors and false idols to enter the sanctuary.

Many of the Saints that the Church recognizes have been martyred for refusing to acknowledge the “truths” of false religions. Yes, Islam is a false religion. Since Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He is the Truth, any religion that claims otherwise is False.

Much ink has been spilled about these two and many other sources have far better points than I, but these are my thoughts and again I am not denying the Church’s authority or that of Her Magisterium.

I will recognize that these two men are in Heaven and that their personal holiness is what got them to Heaven. I will also recognize that this seems to be a ploy to canonize the Second Vatican Council, even though there are many things that are contradictory to prior councils (such as religious freedom, ecumenicism, and Islam). This is more evident especially since Pope Paul VI will be beatified over what seems to be a phony miracle.

We have two new Saints. I submit myself to the Church’s Authority on this and trust that God is in control as He always is. This isn’t the end of the world, though it can seem disconcerting. I know my Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday (the Second Sunday of Easter) was very painful and distracting. Thankfully, I was able to ignore my computer most of the day and those I was with made no mention of the canonizations (thank God!).

I close in prayer: “Pope St. John XXIII and Pope St. John Paul II, we ask that you intercede on our behalf, and give us Church leaders that are much greater and holier than you.”

Jeff May 6, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

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