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Saints Louis and Azelie Martin, Pray For Us and Protect the Synod

Yesterday, Pope Francis canonized the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Louis and Azelie Martin. This is the first time a married couple has been canonized at the same time. There have of course been other married couples who are saints, but they were canonized at different times.

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A couple of months ago, I wrote an article for One Peter Five in which I pointed out that canonizing this wonderful couple and model of Catholic marriage should have been done prior to the Synod on the Family, instead of in its final week. I also give an in-depth look at the lives of the Martin family and how they truly radiate the glow of Catholic holiness.

Please, give the article a read here.

Sts Louis and Azelie Martin, Ora pro nobis.

Jeff October 19, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

2,000+ Signatures and Why I Signed It

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In only a matter of two days, the Petition asking the orthodox synod fathers to perform a walkout has reached a number of 2,000 signatures. This is simply incredible. From my understanding, petitions generally gather about 1/10 of the signatures of those who actually do support the petition. That means that in all likelihood, the petition has the support of 20,000 Catholics. Getting this much attention in only a few days with that many signatures is nothing short than a miracle.

This petition is the most important petition of this century. Requesting the Synod Fathers who are defending Christ’s teaching on marriage and the family to walk out is a slap in the face to the heterodox. It shows that the orthodox fathers are indeed following in the footsteps of Christ and refusing to waste their time with those who refuse to listen to the Gospel (c.f. Matthew 10:14, Mark 6:11, Luke 9:5).

Since this petition’s release, I’ve seen a number of comments arguing how a walk out would be “giving up” on Christ. I’d like to address these concerns.

It wouldn’t be giving up. A Synod’s purpose is to provide advice to the Pope in order for him to make a decision.  Attendance is not mandatory for a prelate. An invitation is extended to him and he can either accept or decline. Likewise, a prelate can leave at any given moment.

It would be similar to you inviting some friends over to have a discussion on how you should approach a problem. You drafted up some rules and gave them all to your friends. But a few days before your friends were to come over, you changed the rules and stated that you won’t listen to some of your friends. If these friends, which you just insulted, were to walk out of your house after an hour of discussion in which you repeated told them you weren’t going to give their opinions any weight, would they be abandoning you? Absolutely not. You abandoned them by ignoring them.

Another argument I’ve heard, which is rather quite immature, is that walking out on the Synod would be abandoning Christ on the Cross. This is solemn nonsense. Christ died on the Cross to restore mankind from their fallen nature and allow them to be brought back into the state of grace through His sacrifice and giving of Himself. Jesus also stated in the Gospel that man and woman come together and are bound. Divorce is not allowed. Standing behind Christ’s teaching on divorce and remarriage is not “abandoning Him on the Cross”. Rather, those unorthodox prelates at the Synod trying their damnedest to change Church teaching are the ones who are abandoning Jesus on the Cross.

There is also a historical precedence of Bishops walking out of an ecumenical council. Steve Skojec, writing for One Peter Five gives us more:

The two bishops who voted on that day against the decree, as soon as Pius the Ninth had confirmed it, at once submitted and made a profession of their faith. They proved by their adverse vote the liberty which the 55 who left Rome equally possessed; and by their prompt submission they showed to the world that their opposition had been offered not to the truth of the doctrine, but to the expediency of defining it.

In the instance of the First Vatican Council, these 55 bishops removed themselves from the proceedings rather than vote against the promulgation of Pastor Aeternus, and by extension, Pope Pius IX, openly. They opposed something which in fact became a dogma; but these were not schismatic men, nor were they accused of being such. They were faithful sons of the Church, loyal to her teaching, concerned about the potential damage such a proclamation might do, and ultimately, obedient to the legitimate exercise of papal authority on the matter.

If bishops can in good conscience and without culpability leave an Ecumenical Council in protest over the promulgation of something proven to be a Divine Truth, how much more liberty should they be afforded when faced with the possibility of removing themselves from a Synod attempting to introduce pastoral practices which will lead the faithful into error and sin?

Finally, if you believe that the Holy Spirit is going to protect the Church from error, then there is no need to worry if the orthodox bishops and Cardinals walk out, after all, the Holy Spirit will protect the Church, right? If the Holy Spirit will prevent heresy from entering the Church, then we might as well go on auto-pilot and let God sort it out, no?

I signed this petition because I the deck has been stacked against the Truth in regards to divorced, remarried, and actively homosexual to receive Holy Communion. Those who uphold Christ’s teachings are not given much time to discuss. The Synod’s rules have changed in that this is the first Synod with closed doors, no reports, no transparencies. The final document was being drafted before the Synod even began. The Synod is just a show and there is no reason for it to go on. The decisions have already been made.

Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/the-synod-fathers-synod-walkout?recruiter=137122220&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink.

Jeff October 16, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

Either Cardinal Marx Had a Conversion or He Is Setting the Stage to Declare Schism

In February, Reinhard Cardinal Marx, the President of the German Conference of Bishops made waves when he announced that the German bishops would not adhere to what the synod determined, unless it favored their position stating “the synod cannot prescribe in detail what  we have to do in Germany.”

“We are not a subsidiary of Rome. Each episcopal conference is responsible for the pastoral care in their culture and has to proclaim the Gospel in its own unique way. We cannot wait until a synod states something, as we have to carry out marriage and family ministry here.”

In short, Cardinal Marx proposed that the German Catholic Church would schism if the Synod on the Family did not yield the results they were wanting. The German Catholic Church is in favor of giving Holy Communion to the divorced, remarried and actively homosexual.

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Either the Holy Spirit has intervened and changed Cardinal Marx’s heart or he knows what the outcome of the Synod is going to be.

Pat Archbold of Creative Minority Report reports some surprising words from Cardinal Marx:

“We must try to remain together,” he said. “The Church is the only institution in the world that can reach unanimous agreement. Thank God we have the pope. We bishops do not have to decide. Church unity is not in danger. And once the pope has decided, we will abide by his decision.

Either Cardinal Marx is no longer in favor of administering the Holy Eucharist to adulterers and sodomites or he knows the Synod is going to lax the rules.

My bet is the latter, as it is highly unlikely, knowing what we have seen come from the Synod thus far that Cardinal Marx is suddenly having a conversion. I’m not saying it’s impossible, only unlikely.

Looking back at my post from Monday in which I outlined the possibilities of this Synod, I wrote:

I see that Option Two is much more likely to happen, simply because those who want to administer Holy Communion to adulterers and actively homosexual, will be able to through a liberal reading of the documents. Meanwhile, those who will actively refuse this reading will accuse the Synod of intentionally allowing this evil to occur. Thus what we will see is those who adhere to the “traditional view” (read: Catholic) will be accused of going the way of the SSPX and causing schism, when the reality simply is that Rome has condoned the practice by not condemning it, all for appearing to be “pastoral”.

Cardinal Marx, by his words today, has set the stage to display that those who do not adhere to what the Synod decides are breaking away from the Church. He is correct only if the Synod upholds Church teaching by denying Holy Communion to those in the state of mortal sin. However, if the Synod decides something contrary to this effect, then he is wrong and the validity of the Synod is left in question.

Let us pray that he had a legitimate conversion to the Truth, and not the other, more likely possibility.

Jeff October 9, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

Federal Government Will Give “Rights” to Queers

It is with great sadness that I write this. There are reports in the media that on Monday morning Attorney General Eric Holder, will go a head and allow those who engage in sins that cry out to Heaven, legal “rights” of a normal couple. That is, they will recognize the same rights that all of those that are currently married in a correct marriage, between a man and a woman.

It’s very clear, that this government is anti-Christian. They do not believe that they have to be subordinate to God. They believe that they are a god. Unfortunately, this is not so. They also believe that they are the ones who are to determine what are sins, and what are not.

Homosexuality and all other sexual disorders are not worthy of becoming legal. These are sins which should be corrected, not endorsed.

When we make immoral actions legal, it allows those that engage in them, to stray from the path of virtue, the path that leads to Heaven.

I suggest that we pray and fast that this decision does not actually occur.

Jeff February 9, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Pedophilia and Sexual Orientation

Two and a half weeks ago, it was brought to my attention that out in California they are trying to define pedophilia or those that would prefer child sex, as an option of the individual, declaring that pedophilia is a sexual orientation, that its a choice or a sexual preference.

Be prepared because now that it is becoming considered a sexual orientation (or at least that is what they are trying to do) we will have to prepare ourselves as Catholics, Christians and really anybody that doesn’t want some pervert having sex with children, to fight this. We will need to be aware of what’s going on because now that this is considered a sex orientation in California, eventually legislation will progress in the country that will pave the way for the legalization of sexual encounters with anybody of any sex and any age. They’re going to use examples of 17 and 19 year olds who are having sex to tug at the heart strings, you know because 17 is so close to 18 as a perfect example why we need to lower the age of consent.

Now some people would say that I’m being extremely pessimistic in thinking that we’re going to start legalizing sex with young children but this is what happened with homosexuality. Way back when, probably in the 50’s or so, it was considered insanity if someone said they were a homosexual. If you were openly homosexual you were considered mentally unstable.

Eventually, they made it a “hey man, its okay if you are a man and want to have sex with a man, or if you have sex with a woman if you are a woman” and then we saw on television over the years that gay men and women were considered better than there straight counter part. They were smarter, funnier, better looking and overall just a better person. Then, many in this country began to support gay “marriage”, as gay “marriage” is now legal in 15 states. It is considered a “hate crime” to dislike homosexual behavior.

I want to make it very clear that this attitude is wrong. We are called to love the sinner and hate the sin. We are not identified based on what our sexuality is, and this is part of the problem. I am not defined for my heterosexuality. I am defined for the person I am. Everybody has struggles and temptations, even heterosexuals. There are many types of evil out there that are attacking them, such as pornography, masturbation, contraception, adultery and divorce to name a few. There are many other temptations, but these temptations and our sins DO NOT DEFINE US.

Unfortunately, we’re going to lose the war with same sex “marriage”. Within the next 5 years I predict that every single state in the country will have some form of legalized sodomy on the record. This is a great shame considering we were once a strong Christian country, but watch, when gay “marriage” is legalized, they will be shouting for the age of consent to be lowered to the point that even children of any age can be tricked into engaging in this act. They will be tricked because in our schools, they will be indoctrinated that “sex is normal, here’s a condom”. This is how the tricking will be done.

The proper role of sex is in a marriage, between a man and woman, husband and wife, to create a family. Yes, there is the enjoyment aspect, but it isn’t purely for enjoyment. This secondary reason is to create unity between a husband and his wife. It creates love. It cements the commitment that they made on their wedding day. The purpose of sex, is to bond a husband and wife, to make children.

We can thank those who are in power and should know right from wrong. And I’m talking about the bishops and the cardinals who would rather be popular and hip and “with it” in regards to society, the secular media for not standing up to the truth. and now seeing the evils of homosexual behavior as a whole and how its seeped its way into the mainstream of this country for the last 30 or 40 years.

Before gay ‘marriage’ is finally legalized, we will see a call for legalizing pedophilia. It’s only the logical next-step. Brace yourself, we’re in for a bumpy ride.

Jeff November 14, 2013 2 Comments Permalink

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