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WHAT WE HAVE WAITED TO HEAR, IN VAIN, FROM A CATHOLIC BISHOP IN AUSTRALIA

A suggested diocesan, or archdiocesan, letter from a Catholic bishop, one whose sole focus is on Christ and His Church and is not distracted by the zeitgeist of the age.  more

MOVING FEEDBACK FROM A “GAY” READER
Posted 22nd September, 2017 by Fr John Zuhlsdorf
http://wdtprs.com/blog/2017/09/moving-feedback-from-a-gay-reader/ ]

We reproduce for the edification of our readers the content of a post on Fr Z’s Blog in America—http://wdtprs.com/blog/2017/09/moving-feedback-from-a-gay-reader/—posted 22nd September 2017.

This is the kind of note that makes all the flak worthwhile:

“A thousand times, thank you for your blog.  I’m a Catholic in no small part because of this blog.  When I first entered the Church ten years ago, I fell under the influence of liberals who taught me it was OK to live in sin as a gay man.  I fell away from the faith eventually.  Through the years, my own conscience told me this was not the life I wanted to live.   Your faithful words have supported my decision to leave the homosexualist life, that was death.  I could tell I was on the slippery slope again you spoke of last Sunday.  Today I went to Confession and the FSSP priest (which I also learned about from your blog) reminded me that though this cross is “big and bloody and difficult,” the Lord will help me bear it.  Thank you for standing up for the truth on which I have staked my life and eternal salvation.  Please pray for me, as I do for you.”

I am sure that God will bless this fellow a hundred fold for the suffering that he has had to endure in trying to live a good and holy life.  It is hard for me to imagine the trials people with such attractions feel.  However, I am convinced that if they bear their crosses and persevere, their place in heaven will be very high indeed.

Here’s another point.

When we fall and commit a sin, we can get back up again, go confession and move forward.    I say the same thing to straight couples who may be living together in an irregular situation which, for some reason, they can’t change, as I might say to a same sex couple: live continently and be ready to suffer, don’t put yourselves in occasions of sin if you can help it, again be ready to suffer, use the sacraments well, use sacramentals to help to keep off the attacks of the Enemy of the soul.

If you fall… get back up and keep trying.

Our Church is for sinners.  The only Church I want to belong to is the Church Christ gave to sinners.  This is not the Church of the pure, only.  We are all in this together.
If we ponder the gift Christ gave us as a Church, the effects of absolution are quite simply breathtaking.

With absolution, provided that you are sincere, that you’ve done your best to confess your mortal sins without intentionally hiding anything, that you want sincerely to amend your life, then…

Your sins are taken away, obliterated, gone from your soul never to be held against you. They are not merely covered over.  They are eradicated forever.  They are washed clean out of your soul by the Blood of the Lamb.  You might remember them (with sorrow), but they are no longer yours.  Penance must be done in reparation for them, but they have been irrevocably forgiven.
There is nothing that we little mortals can do that is so bad that that absolution given by the priest – who is Christ in that moment – can’t perfectly forgive.  Therefore, never hold back.

With absolution also come graces not to sin in the future.  God doesn’t just forgive us and forget us.  His care is ongoing through graces.  You can also call upon the baptismal and confirmed character that you have in time of temptation and trial…
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THE BISHOPS & MARRIAGE

We reproduce here a copy of an extract from Don Pietro Leone’s The Family Under Attack which lists the causes that have left us with such ineffectual bishops.  more

 

DOGGEREL

A ditty about current concerns by a guest contributor

 

I know you will think it odd o' me

But I'm votin' to legitimize sodomy.

    My friends all insist

     And because I resist

They're beginnin' to think not a lod o' me.

 

I know that you think it a sin

An' can't abide the state they live in,

     But the bishops don't care,

     Say “it's not our affair”,

So I think that I'll vote this lot in.

 

You say we'll all end up in Hell

And cripple society as well;

     But if they were concerned

     That we might all get burn'd

Then surely the bishops would tell.

 

Alright, I hear what you say,

That a bishop can't tell night from day!

     So I'll give it some thought

     And perhaps I'll report

I've decided to vote Nay and not Yea.

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LESSON 17 – IT MATTERS HOW YOU LIVE

We cannot make progress in the life of prayer (the spiritual life) unless we live well.  Here is the advice on the subject from St Teresa and St John of the Cross.  more

THE BETRAYAL OF MARRIAGE BY AUSTRALIA’S CATHOLIC BISHOPS & MR TURNBULL’S PLEBISCITE

The ideological circus surrounding attempts to modify the reality of marriage by altering Australian law to “redefine” it to include the “marriage of homosexuals” is in full swing.  We are to vote on the issue, for heaven’s sake !   An understanding of what is at stake has been comprehensively obscured by the neglect and irresponsibility of Australia’s Catholic bishops.  more

LESSON 16 – WHERE ARE WE GOING ?

In this lesson we look at the most fundamental questions concerning human life.  What is our life for?  What is its end?  What are the means to get us there?  more

THE STUPIDITY OF VOTING ON 'GAY MARRIAGE'

What marriage is, its essence, is of nature, not of human will.  It follows that no matter what men may think, they can’t alter it.  more

LESSON 15 - THE VIRTUES & THE GIFTS—PART II

A little more on the powers given us as member of Christ’s mystical body. more

GRAVITATIONAL THEORY & WEIGHTLESSNESS—PART II

Some further thoughts on the shortcomings of current gravitational theory and showing how Aristotelian theory supports the view that God is the Author of the universe.  more

LESSON 14 – THE VIRTUES & THE GIFTS

It’s time to look at the spiritual life and the part God plays in it, and the part we play in it.  more

GRAVITATIONAL THEORY & WEIGHTLESSNESS

Observations of the behaviour of fluids on the International Space-station appear to confirm metaphysical theory concerning the cause of gravity.  more

THE PROTESTANT IMPOSITION

Here is a further extract from the admirable study by H J A Sire, Phoenix from the Ashes, which we reviewed at http://www.superflumina.org/PDF_files/review-phoenix-from-the-ashes.pdf   We commend the book to all visitors to this website.

The author demonstrates the clumsy attempts by the reformers to justify their rejection of God’s authority in selective appeals to Councils of the Catholic Church even as they insisted on the rejection of the authority of His Church and of His popes.  Typical of their hypocrisy is the acceptance of the Church’s position on the procession of the Holy Spirit from Father and Son (against the view of the eastern Orthodox).  He writes : “The Filioque doctrine, which all the Protestant churches retain in the Creed, is not defined by the first four councils, or indeed the first eight.  It derives its dogmatic status from its incorporation into the Creed by papal authority in the eleventh century; in other words it stands or falls by papal infallibility.”   The extract is available here.

DEVASTATION OF THE CHURCH’S TEACHING ON MARRIAGE & SEXUALITY

Commentator Don Pietro Leone has performed a singular service for Christ’s Church in publishing, on rorate-caeli, an analysis of the degradation that has befallen the Church’s teaching on marriage and sexuality at the hands of popes and bishops over the last 60 years.  There are five sections : the references are as follows :

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-church-and-asmodeus-part-1.html#more

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-church-and-asmodeus-part-2.html#more

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-church-and-asmodeus-part-3-and.html#more

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-evils-of-amoris-laetitia-church-and.html#more

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-church-and-asmodeus-part-5.html#more

There are one or two inaccuracies which do not disturb the trust.  The Master General of the Dominican Order referred to at the time of the debating of the issues was not Fr Michael Browne (who was not, in any event, created  a Cardinal until 1971), but Fr Aniceto Fernandez.  Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae did not precede, but followed, Gaudium et Spes, whose alteration of the Church’s constant teaching on the end of marriage to accommodate the Protestant view he adopted.  The reader should note carefully Don Leone’s reference in the text to the critical issue of finality, and the systematic failure of the Council’s bishops, as of the popes and heads of Vatican dicasteries thereafter, to advert to it.  This failure, which as Don Leone rightly says, demonstrates aversion to scholastic  thinking (read “thinking grounded in the philosophy of St Thomas”) justifies the contention that the Second Vatican Council was not an ecumenical, or general, council of the Catholic Church.  Don Leone puts the issue in a nutshell : “The end, or finality, of a thing determines its nature”.

We recommend the paper in all its parts for our readers’ close attention.  For those who wish to read it at one sitting, we have reproduced it here.

SPLENDOUR OF THE MIDDLE AGES : THE MAJESTIC INFLUENCE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ON MANKIND

This is a reproduction of part of chapter 2 of H J A Sire’s Phoenix from the Ashes (Kettering Ohio, 2015) where the author nails the lies purveyed by Protestant and agnostic commentators down the centuries about the effects wrought in society under the influence of the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages.

The author notes the adoption, under the Church’s influence during that splendid time of all that was best in other civilisations ; of her insistence on the universality of truth across every discipline and the acceptance, and worth, of the need for debate and disputation to arrive at the truth ; of the laying then of the foundations of the science of logic and of modern science ; of the elaboration, in the face of great opposition, of the one true philosophy grounded in reality (to the exclusion of all ideology) ; of the establishment of the roots of democracy ; of the origins of the university, the hospital, and of a dozen other institutions we take for granted in the modern world, institutions over whose provenance we never trouble ourselves such is the arrogance of modern parochialism.

We recommend the entire book.  A review of its content may be found here—http://www.superflumina.org/PDF_files/review-phoenix-from-the-ashes.pdf  The reproduction of the part of chapter 2 may be found here.

THE MISGUIDED FR EMMET COSTELLO

A recent biography of the eminent Australian barrister T E F Hughes QC reveals an erroneous assessment of the Church’s moral teaching by the late Fr Emmet Costello SJ.  Lest that assessment should mislead members of Christ’s Church, we have hastened to expose its errors.  more

MERCY & THE DEATH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

The beheading of John the Baptist brings a timely reminder of the immutability of Catholic doctrine.  Here, we address an aberration in papal teaching which has led to the current dalliance with heresy over divorce.  more

PROFESSOR SOLOMON'S INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

Professor Solomon's Introduction to Philosophy - First Series is available as a booklet from Cardinal Newman Faith Resources for the price of $15 plus postage - click here to order. It is available also as individual chapters in Adobe Acrobat form on this website -  more