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October 19, 2014

EWTN Press Release: The Magnificat Day



Irondale, AL (EWTN) – The EWTN Global Catholic Network is proud to partner with Magnificat and the Diocese of Memphis to bring you “The Magnificat Day,” a celebration of prayer, faith and beauty, on Saturday, Nov. 1  live from the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis, Tenn.
The event, hosted by EWTN President & COO Doug Keck and Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe, will include talks by Fr. Robert Barron of the famed “Catholicism” series and Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., Magnificat Editor-in-Chief as well as special interviews throughout the day!
EWTN’s coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET and ends at 8 p.m. ET following a “Magnificat” adaptation of Evening Prayer, and a Eucharistic Procession through the streets of Memphis.
Once again, Magnificat Foundation has been entrusted with the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, and these relics will be available for veneration at the venue.
“EWTN’s airing of ‘Magnificat Day’ last year in Philadelphia went over so well that we decided to travel to Memphis for this year’s celebration,” Keck said. “We’ll be there for Morning and Evening Prayer; for the Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints, which will be celebrated by Bishop (J. Terry) Steib (S.V.D. of Memphis); for speeches by Father Cameron and Father Barron; and for the Eucharistic Procession. We’re also told that viewers can expect to hear some great classical music.”
Please check the television section of EWTN’s website, www.ewtn.com, for exact times of all the events.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33nd year, is available in over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

October 18, 2014

Has Michael Voris finally had it with Pope Francis?

Several Catholic media outlets and bloggers are wondering if Michael Voris is finally ready to admit we have a problem and its name is Pope Francis.

Over at “Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II” and “Mundabor’s Blog” the topic of Voris "finally seeing the light" is being discussed after a recent breaking news video from Voris in Rome.



From listening to Voris for years (Vortex+teaching videos) I personally believe Voris was as unhappy with Pope Francis as the rest of us from at least Holy Week [Voris has been VERY outspoken against women feet washing etc].  I’ve never spoken to Voris personally, so this is just my personal opinion from what I know of him through the Internet.               
                              
What people have to know is that deciding to NOT publicly call out a pope is NOT the same as supporting all a pope says or does.  The message (months back) posted on Church Militant's website was clear.  Voris would not publicly rip apart the Pope, as he does with other Catholic clergy.  That was HIS line in the sand.  People need to respect him for that. 

How much HARDER it must be for him to keep his mouth shut if he feels as so many do about Pope Francis? 

I wouldn't put myself in that position of suffering (and believe me it WOULD be suffering for ME to keep my mouth shut!), but Michael did and I believe it was because he didn't want to cause panic among the faithful.  [Previous post I wrote on this HERE]

If HE, Michael Voris, caused wide spread panic through his Church Militant TV apostolate and he ended up being wrong, that would fall on him and he knows it.  Voris is not an idiot.  He is concerned not only with his own soul but the souls of others. He knows he has the ears of thousands of people through the Internet and  he decided to use caution and drew a line in the sand for himself.  I respect that.  I have no such patience or self control when it comes to the Pope [or anyone else inside the Church] and for that *I* may well spend a very long, long time in purgatory. 

Voris has thus far shown MORE concern for the Catholic faithful that a great many of our own Bishops have and certainly many Catholic bloggers- myself included.

I don't believe Voris is happy with much of anything coming from the Vatican these days - how could ANY devout practicing Catholic be?  And perhaps one day Pope Francis will go 'too far' and Voris will call him out on it.  If that day comes, it will be over a MAJOR INDISPUTABLE BLASPHEMY done -which we might all see in 2017 with the "celebration" of heretic Martin Luther and how the Pope (be it Francis or another) participates in that blasphemy.  I don't think even Voris would hold back in such a situation.  Time will tell.

Voris' videos this week clearly show he is exhausted, not just physically but I believe exhausted in the way a soldier is after years of combat – weary, but in no way finished fighting the battle.


I hope his “Retreat at Sea” revitalizes him because the Catholic faithful need more Michael Voris’s – especially in times like these.



In Christ,


Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner





October 17, 2014

Porsche vs Sistine Chapel: There is no substitute


The disappointments never end for me with this Pope.


As if this weeks Synod reports weren't bad enough, Pope Francis has rented out the Sistine Chapel to Porsche.  

I guess anything for a buck goes these days- charity or not. It's one thing for visitors coming to see the wonders the Vatican has in its rich Catholic history (there is respect and awe in that)- quite another for a car manufacturer looking to promote its self under the false guise of 'charity'.  Greed, self promotion and using holy things for gain.  I have a problem with that, but Pope Francis clearly doesn't.



Anyone else have the scriptures of the money changers being driven out by Christ flash into their heads when you first heard this story?

Matthew 21:12-13New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)Jesus Cleanses the Temple 
 12 Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 He said to them, “It is written,
‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’;    but you are making it a den of robbers.”

Or maybe you were reminded of what helped make Porsche so famous in America during the 1980's?  Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear having sex with a prostitute and taking his parents Porsche for a joy ride?



Poor judgement rules again at the Vatican.  Is nothing sacred and off limits anymore?



Quote: "...the managing director of the Vatican Museums, Monsignor Paolo Nicolini, rejected suggestions the the chapel was available for rent.“The Sistine Chapel can never be rented because it is not a commercial place,” he told reporters on Thursday (Oct. 16)." [end quote]
Such hypocrisy.  The Sistine Chapel has just been bought and paid for on behalf of a commercial event that will give money to the Vatican for the use of the Sistine Chapel by Porsche - a car manufacturer.

Do they really believe their own spin on this?

*sigh*


In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner


Source: http://www.porsche.com/international/motorsportandevents/travelclub/tours/rom/

Source: http://www.religionnews.com/2014/10/16/endangered-sistine-chapel-opened-outside-fundraisers/

October 14, 2014

The Gates of Hell will NOT prevail at the Synod...


So I haven’t been blogging much because I’ve been too busy pounding my head against a wall and fighting back the bile each time I read/hear about what is happening and coming out of the Synod.

Example:  Welcoming homosexual persons
"Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?The question of homosexuality leads to a serious reflection on how to elaborate realistic paths of affective growth and human and evangelical maturity integrating the sexual dimension: it appears therefore as an important educative challenge. The Church furthermore affirms that unions between people of the same sex cannot be considered on the same footing as matrimony between man and woman. Nor is it acceptable that pressure be brought to bear on pastors or that international bodies make financial aid dependent on the introduction of regulations inspired by gender ideology.Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners. Furthermore, the Church pays special attention to the children who live with couples of the same sex, emphasizing that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority."

Let’s be clear…and I don’t give a rats ass what Bishop says what, there are NO GIFTS OR QUALITIES homosexuals IN homosexual relationships have to offer ANYONE- inside or outside the Church.  None. Zip.  Nada. Zilch.  Period.

Mortal sin is NOT a "gift" its an eternal death sentence!

Quote (while fighting back bile): The Church furthermore affirms that unions between people of the same sex cannot be considered on the same footing as matrimony between man and woman.

Well I should freaking hope not!!  Since one is a MORTAL -YOUR GOING TO HELL SIN and the other is a Holy Sacrament!

This blathering blasphemous drivel is just that, blasphemous blather that has driveled out of the mouth of Satan himself through his willing pawns inside the Church.

Catechism 2396 Among the sins gravely contrary to chastity are masturbation, fornication, pornography, and homosexual practices.

Homosexual practices are grave sin- it doesn’t matter if the couple (or polygamous group) are “married” in the eyes of any government.  God does not put Himself under man’s laws, man is supposed to put himself under God’s laws IF he wishes to have eternal life with Christ. 

What can Catholics learn from any gay person in a homosexual sexual relationship? 

How to go to Hell.  

That is ALL you can learn from people who choose mortal sin over God.  Period.

Everyday my heart stands still in fear of what “Satan’s smoke inside the Church” is doing, and then I remind myself of Christ’s words…

Matthew 16:17-19 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
 
17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter,and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Don’t put your trust in ANY man (even those inside the Catholic Church if they reject/oppose or wish to change ANY of Her teachings), put all your trust in Christ.  Jesus promised the gates of hell would NOT prevail against His Holy Catholic Church and it won’t.  

"You cannot please both God and the world at the same time.  
They are utterly opposed to each other in their thoughts, their desires, 
and their actions."
-Saint John Vianney 


This is a test…and those who fail it might end up in eternal hell for their faithlessness. Stand firm in the true teaching of the Catholic faith and pray for the clergy leading people into heresy and mortal sin.

Catechism 2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, 141 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
 Catholic teaching is perfectly clear...even when her priests are not.

Catechism 2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.


Stand strong against the devils in the Church (they are many), trust in Christ’s word and KNOW that the blasphemous drivel coming out of the Vatican is NOT dogma- it is NOT Church teaching.  It is progressive’s seeking to protestantize Christ’s Holy Catholic Church.  They will not suceed any more than Martin Luther did before them.

Perhaps this will be a Great Purging for our Holy Church? 

Instead of opening the doors wide to allow mortal sin to be redefined as a "gift" how about we open wide the doors and allow all those who reject the Faith to get the hell out?  Since when is heresy a special gift to be shared among the faithful?

It is ROT and if you allow it to remain it will spread and corrupt. 

1 Corinthians 5 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)  
Sexual Immorality Defiles the Church 
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living with his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Should you not rather have mourned, so that he who has done this would have been removed from among you?For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present I have already pronounced judgment in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing. When you are assembled, and my spirit is present with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.
Your boasting is not a good thing. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
 Sexual Immorality Must Be Judged
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral persons— 10 not at all meaning the immoral of this world, or the greedy and robbers, or idolaters, since you would then need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother or sister who is sexually immoral or greedy, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber. Do not even eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging those outside? Is it not those who are inside that you are to judge? 13 God will judge those outside. “Drive out the wicked person from among you.”

If nothing else this Synod should open the eyes of blind Catholics who stumble around in the dark clueless about the battle that is REALLY going on inside the Church.  Wake up Catholics!  Your eternal destination may well depend on your alertness.  

When (not ‘if’) the liberal progressive devils in the Church are defeated the media will wail and scream, while devout Catholics praise God for His defeat of yet another attack on Christ’s Church.  She is more than two thousand years old and this Synod will not stop Her or bring Her down.  It can’t.  

There will always be trials and tribulations for the righteous - it's what makes such great Saints.

 "Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to him.
 That is all the doing you have to worry about."
-Saint Jeanne de Chantal


In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner





October 7, 2014

Craigslist plea for exorcism...


                                              
You just never know what you will find on Craigslist.


Last year it was a Vatican apartment, today its a person with demons.





Note: This is under the "lost and found" section.  


source: http://fredericksburg.craigslist.org/laf/4703008106.html


In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner

October 4, 2014

FATHER BENEDICT J. GROESCHEL, DEVOTED RELIGIOUS AND PRIEST, DIES AT 81

Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, beloved priest and preacher, died on October 3, 2014, the vigil of the Feast of St. Francis, after complications with an ongoing illness. He was 81.
Fr. Benedict was a founder of the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR), a reform community started in 1987 by eight Capuchin Friars based in New York City. A priest and psychologist, he was director of Trinity Retreat House in Larchmont, New York, and also taught Pastoral Psychology for many years at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie. Fr. Benedict was a popular writer, preacher, retreat master, and evangelist on Catholic television. His greatest joy was serving the poor and underprivileged.  
Founder of St. Francis House and Good Counsel Homes, he also served as chaplain at Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry for 14 years. Always deeply concerned with the welfare of others, he tirelessly provided food, clothing, and assistance to people in need—people he always considered his friends.
Father Benedict is survived by his sister, Marjule Drury, sister Robin Groeschel, brother Gary Groeschel, nine nieces and nephews, 115 CFR brothers and priests, and 31sisters who were inspired by his authentic witness to religious life and devotion to Jesus and His Church. He was preceded by his brothers Edward and Mark. 
Wrote Fr. John Paul Ouellette, Community Servant, Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: “We are deeply saddened by the death of Fr. Benedict. He was an example to us all. His fidelity and service to the Church and commitment to our Franciscan way of life will have a tremendous impact for generations to come.”

Details for the wake and funeral will be forth coming.  



Press Release: http://franciscanfriars.com/father-benedict/

September 30, 2014

Connecticut Catholic Events



St Pio’s glove will be for veneration following the 5:30 Mass at Our Lady of Pompeii Church 355 Foxon Rd, East Haven, on Friday, October 3, 2014.
The evening will begin with rosary at 5:00PM followed by Holy Mass at 5:30PM.

All are welcome to venerate the glove of this saint

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Exceptional Art: Expressions from the Heart
On Monday, October 6 from 7:00- 9:00 pm at the Caritas Christi Center, Art Instructor Jeffrey Greene, who helps persons in prison develop their artistic talent and also tell their stories, will come to the Caritas Christi Center to talk about his work.
During the month of October, art and craft pieces created by the prisoners will be on display at the Caritas Christi Center. Come and admire the various mediums used and the outstanding talent of the prisoners. A free will donation to the Prison Arts Program would be welcomed.
To register please call 203-281-2569www.caritaschristicenter.org


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Holly Berry Festival
The annual Holly Berry Festival, a juried arts & crafts fair benefitting the Retirement Fund for the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, will take place Friday, November 21 (3-8 pm) & Saturday, November 22 (10 am – 3 pm) at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden.


There is a Pasta Dinner on Friday from 5 – 7 pm ($10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under). Food Court and Home Depot child-friendly activity on Saturday. There are still spots left for crafters. If you are interested in renting a space call 203-248-4225 ext. 406 for more information.

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Annual Rosary Pilgrimage
sponsored by the Dominican Nuns

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 3pm

Rosary, Vespers, Homily, Benediction & Procession to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.

Homilist: Father Jim Sullivan, Archdiocese of Hartford

Monastery of Our Lady of Grace
11 Race Hill Road
North Guilford, CT 06437

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A Bible study on St Paul's Letter to the Galatians (Jeff Cavins) at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 355 Foxon Road, East Haven, CT.  We meet in the rectory meeting room, Tuesdays 9:30 to 11am.

Meetings dates
  1. October 14 and 28
  2. November 11 and 25
  3. December 9
  4. January 13 and 27
  5. February 10 and 24
  6. March 10 (if needed)
Registration and fee for the book is $25. due by October 6. Checks payable to Our Lady of Pompeii Church.




PAX!


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September 29, 2014

Praise God! The Progressives are leaving!

The cleansing of God’s Holy Catholic Church has begun.  Oh it’s a slow process, but its happening and I am thrilled to see it.

When Priests and Bishops STAND UP for the official teachings of the Catholic faith and fight back against the bullying liberals/progressives in the Church a wonderful thing happens… a purging inside the Church.

Here are a few examples...

First an openly gay Jesuit priest left the Church because he was heartbroken that the Catholic Church won’t support gay marriage and he felt hated because he was gay…

Quote:  “Over time, I realized I could not be part of an institution that hated me. I thought of the anti-gay legislation in countries like Uganda and Russia. I didn’t want to be part of an organization with similar policies, where LGBT Catholics are fired for loving their partners, for being the selves God created, the selves God delights in.” [end quote]

Newsflash: God does NOT “delight in” homosexual relationships- He calls them ABOMINATIONS and gays "loving their partners" is called FORNICATION- a MORTAL SIN.  You'd think (hope & pray) that a priest (even a Jesuit) would at least know the basics of the Catholic faith!

The ex-Jesuit gay progressive priest whines some more…

Quote:  “I’ve since left the priesthood and have pursued a different religious life with the Episcopal church.  But I am not the only victim. LGBTQ Roman Catholics are being fired from employment, simply because of their sexuality.”

“victim”?  

How is he a “victim”?  He entered a Church that for THOUSANDS of years has said marriage is between 1 man+1 woman and when he sees the Church live that belief he suddenly becomes a “victim”? 

Oh BOO FREAKING HOO! 

The good news is this progressive ex-Jesuit has now gone to the Episcopalian’s where they vote on what is and is not sin and where he will no longer have the opportunity to corrupt Catholics from inside the Church. Think of all the future Catholics who will now be saved from listening to this progressive homosexual who sees nothing wrong with “gay loving partners”.  This IS a blessing for Catholic laity, though not for him unless he repents.

There is another cleansing victory...

Some gay “marriage” loving progressive 'Catholics' who like their fornicators fornicating, decided to leave their parish (St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Montana) when their Sodomite buddies were told they could no longer have Holy Communion because they were in MORTAL sin.  [Imagine that, a person being told they need to repent of their sin before receiving Holy Communion!]  

It started with a choir director [Shupe] who just couldn’t believe a Catholic parish would deny a fornicating gay “married” couple HOLY Communion and then spread to other parishioners just as stupefied as Shupe.

“Huff [one of the gay ‘marriage’ men in the controversy] walked out of the rectory and decided he better tell choir director Janie Shupe that neither he or Wojtowick would be able to help out that Saturday night. Shupe was distraught. She had moved to Lewistown 23 years before. For 20 of those years at St. Leo’s, she has served as director of music liturgy and choir director.
The choir of 30-plus people was like a second family, Shupe said. After Huff broke the news, “I just felt like my world had fallen out beneath me,” she said in a telephone interview Thursday. She called and spoke with [Father] Spiering. Unhappy with his response, she told the priest she’d turn in her resignation the next day."
“I can’t believe this is the church I believed in for so many years,” Shupe said. “I thought we were moving forward, and we did have a very joyous, very vibrant community going all these years. It feels like we’ve been thrust back in the dark ages.”  At first, she stopped going to church altogether. Then she decided to attend St. James Episcopal Church “because it’s the closest thing I’ve known my entire life.” [end quote]

“Thurst back in the dark ages” for following Catholic teaching about mortal sin and the Eucharist? 
Catechism
 1385 To respond to this invitation we must prepare ourselves for so great and so holy a moment. St. Paul urges us to examine our conscience: "Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself." 218 Anyone conscious of a grave sin must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion.
1395 By the same charity that it enkindles in us, the Eucharist preserves us from future mortal sins. The more we share the life of Christ and progress in his friendship, the more difficult it is to break away from him by mortal sin. The Eucharist is not ordered to the forgiveness of mortal sins - that is proper to the sacrament of Reconciliation. The Eucharist is properly the sacrament of those who are in full communion with the Church.

Is her parish so lacking that she’s never heard this teaching?  That she doesn't know the Church says fornication and gay "marriage" are MORTAL sins?
Guess not, so she too sets off and joins the “vote on sin” Episcopal church where she can fully support fornication and gay sex and no one will tell her it’s a sin. 
More progressives are purged from the Church…
Quote from the priest Fr. Spiering who denied the gay couple Holy Communion:  “About 350 people attend weekend Mass at St. Leo’s. Some people have left since the conflict came to light, [Father] Spiering acknowledged, while others have expressed their gratitude for Spiering upholding the teachings of the church.

You’d think the laity would be more concerned about the mortal sin these gay men are in, sin that sends people to Hell, but oh no!  They were too devastated that the gay lovers were denied Communion- no care at all for the homosexual couple’s souls headed for eternal torment in Hell.

Talk about having your priorities wrong!

 “However, they are called passions of ignominy because they are not worthy of being named, according to that passage in Ephesians (5:12): ‘For the things that are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of.’ For if the sins of the flesh are commonly censurable because they lead man to that which is bestial in him, much more so is the sin against nature, by which man debases himself lower than even his animal nature.” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Super Epistulas Sancti Pauli Ad Romanum I, 26, pp. 27f) 

These type of sinners DO NOT BELONG IN THE CHURCH!  Really, the Bible says so![quote below]

Oh don’t get your panties in a bunch, I am not saying there are no sinners in the Church.  The Church is FULL of sinners as She should be.  She is the only one through Christ’s Sacraments that can absolve the sinner of their sins – provided the sinner confesses those sins and seeks absolution.  These are repentant sinners.  Sinners willing to admit when they fall, accepting Church authority and seeking to do a better job of turning from sin in the future.  That is key issue #1 (there is another).

Those are the sinners the Church was created for.   Sinners with a heart for God, sinners who hate their sin and wish to be forgiven for them.  Sinners who are contrite, humbled and asking for forgiveness.

The prideful sinners who refuse to acknowledge their sins or repent [that is the key issue #2 here] of their sins are NOT supposed to be holding leadership positions [be it religious education teachers, choir directors, ushers etc] in parishes corrupting others.  People in parish leadership positions are to be in GOOD moral standing with the Church.  They should NOT be abortionists, 'married' gay couples, adulterers/fornicators, etc who continue to wallow in their sins with no thought of repenting.

These sinners do NOT have a heart for God, they have a lust and greed and selfishness to continue living in their sin.  And often a desire to change society to accept their sin as “normal” and ultimately to redefine their sin as no sin at all. This happens all the time within assorted Protestant denominations and secular society, but it should NOT be allowed INSIDE Christ's Holy Catholic Church.

Note this scripture [below] is about those INSIDE THE CHURCH- not unbelievers whom we MUST reach out to with the Gospel Message so they can repent and enter the Church.  

The instruction from St. Paul in the Bible is for the Church to be CLEANSED of ALL the sexually immoral MEMBERS INSIDE the Church.  The Sacraments are to be denied to them (to all of us) who remain in Mortal Sin- that is our Faith. 

[*Yes, I know this scripture isn't JUST about homosexuals, but homosexuals and their supporters leaving the Church is the topic of this discussion*] 

The Church used to do this.  It’s call excommunication and it’s a rarity these days hence the tsunami of corruption flooding the Catholic Church today.'


1 Corinthians 5 - New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Sexual Immorality Defiles the Church 
5  1"It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living with his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Should you not rather have mourned, so that he who has done this would have been removed from among you?For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present I have already pronounced judgment in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing. When you are assembled, and my spirit is present with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 you are to hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.
Your boasting is not a good thing. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
  Sexual Immorality Must Be Judged
9 "I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral persons 10 not at all meaning the immoral of this world, or the greedy and robbers, or idolaters, since you would then need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother or sister who is sexually immoral or greedy, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber. Do not even eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging those outside? Is it not those who are inside that you are to judge? 13 God will judge those outside. “Drive out the wicked person from among you.”
 
Notice that bit there?  That we ARE to judge those INSIDE the Church based on their immoral behavior, while God will judge those OUTSIDE the Church.  
THAT is the Word of God.  

Also notice that Saint Paul says he "has already pronounced judgement" on the sexually immoral INSIDE the Church?  If Saint Paul is judging the sexually immoral why can't our Pope? 

I guess Pope Francis never read that verse.

So we ARE to judge those inside the Church by their sins [clearly these are visible sins- like gays getting 'married', etc]. Then we rebuke the sinner in their sin so they can repent.  They can't repent if no one tells them what sin they are in that needs to be confessed and repented of. 

If they repent, we slaughter the fattened calf and welcome them back and the angels in Heaven celebrate!
Luke 15:10(RSVCE) 10 "Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

If they REFUSE to repent and work to destroy and corrupt the Church from inside we are "to have nothing to do with them- do not even eat with such people".  THAT is what the Word of God says.

Saint Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444)  "No sin in the world grips the soul as the accursed sodomy; this sin has always been detested by all those who live according to God.… Deviant passion is close to madness; this vice disturbs the intellect, destroys elevation and generosity of soul, brings the mind down from great thoughts to the lowliest, makes the person slothful, irascible, obstinate and obdurate, servile and soft and incapable of anything; furthermore, agitated by an insatiable craving for pleasure, the person follows not reason but frenzy.… They become blind and, when their thoughts should soar to high and great things, they are broken down and reduced to vile and useless and putrid things, which could never make them happy.... Just as people participate in the glory of God in different degrees, so also in hell some suffer more than others. He who lived with this vice of sodomy suffers more than another, for this is the greatest sin."  [ St. Bernardine of Siena, Sermon XXXIX in Prediche volgari, pp. 896-897, 915. ]

There is NO PLACE inside the Holy Catholic Church for UNREPENTING sinners who seek to corrupt the Faith and turn people away from God's Truth.  These people are protesting the Faith- they are Protestants who live under the title "Catholic".  They seek the RUIN of Christ's Holy Catholic Church and the ruin of souls.  They are dangerous.  Sacred Scripture demands we “Drive out the evil person from among you!” [1 Cor. 5:13] for the good of everyone.

To be clear, I don't want these people to be lost, but I also don't want them corrupting the faithful INSIDE the Church and spreading their heretical beliefs to others.  I would LOVE to see them all repent and return to full communion with Christ's Holy Catholic Church- but that is entirely up to them.  They MUST admit they are in sin, confess their sins to a priest and truly repent- that is turn from their mortal sin, not embrace it and march with banners down Main street proudly trumpeting their sin.  

That is my prayer for them- true repentance, but while they are in mortal sin corrupting others with their ideas/theology I do NOT want to see them teaching religious education to children or adults, leading the choir, being ushers, deacons or priests or anything else. 

I am in fact happy to see these progressive liberals leaving the Church because it means they can do no more damage from inside the Church.  The purging of the Church is damage control.

Jesus doesn’t want the corrupt running loose inside His Church corrupting others and leading them into sin and to eternal Hell.  To prevent that from happening, we have Sacred Scripture's words telling us to “Drive out the wicked person from among you!”  I'm afraid Saint Paul's words are falling on too many deaf ears these days.

If only our Church would heed these instructions and protect us from the corrupt progressives inside our Church.



In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner


One last interesting Saint quote [new to me] …

Saint Bonaventure, speaking in a sermon at the church of Saint Mary of Portiuncula about the miracles that took place simultaneously with the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, narrates this: “Seventh prodigy: All sodomites—men and women—died all over the earth, as Saint Jerome said in his commentary on the psalm ‘The light was born for the just.’ This made it clear that He was born to reform nature and promote chastity.” (St. Bonaventure, Sermon XXI—In Nativitate Domini, in Catolicismo (Campos/Sao Paulo), December 1987, p. 3; F. Bernardei, op. cit., p. 11)
Catholic Catechism: Chastity and homosexuality 
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.




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