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Sunday, June 5, 2016

This weekend's must reads...

Here is a list of what I think are "must reads" for Catholics...

LifeSiteNews article on the bizarre things Pope Francis has said and done since becoming pope.  This one is very telling about the problems/chaos/confusion/you name it, that Pope Francis has caused the world: 


quote (in part):  Pope Francis was quoted as saying:It concerns me; when I was elected, I received a letter from one of these groups, and they said: “Your Holiness, we offer you this spiritual treasure: 3,525 rosaries.” Why don't they say, “we pray for you, we ask...”, but this thing of counting... And these groups return to practices and to disciplines that I lived through - not you, because you are not old - to disciplines, to things that in that moment took place, but not now, they do not exist today...
 “There is no way,” I remember thinking to myself, “a Pope would ever say anything slighting the rosary.” That aspect of the interview made me question whether any of it was authentic. Thus, I resisted the pressure to publish a story on the Pope’s remarks on the ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican. A few weeks later I was in Rome and finally got a chance to ask someone in the know about the leaked interview. I was shocked to hear: “of course it was true.” 

Bishop Athanasius Schneider's letter to The Remnant. 



Judge sentences a Catholic man to attend Baptist services.


I'd have taken the jail time, before I'd let a judge force me to attend another religion's services. This should be unconstitutional and illegal and I'd fight back. 


Crisis Magazine has an article on trans-gendered teachers in Catholic schools- and the nuns who don't seem to care or see a problem with it...

Quote: "The sisters who run Mercy High School clearly think it does not. Sister Laura Reicks, president of the 16-state region of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community, told the San Francisco Chronicle, “Their personal lives are completely separate from their qualifications as teachers. We are concerned about the education of young women, and we do not consider personal criteria when we hire the best person for each position.”
This unfortunate position violates Canon Law, which requires that “teachers are to be outstanding in correct doctrine and integrity of life.” Further, the National Directory for Catechesis instructs Catholic school administrators to, “Recruit teachers who are practicing Catholics, who can understand and accept the teachings of the Catholic Church and the moral demands of the gospel, and who can contribute to the achievement of the school’s Catholic identity and apostolic goals” (p. 231)."



And, in case you missed it (like me), just WHAT happened on Good Friday at the Vatican? 

quote (in part): "If this wasn’t enough, there was a cherry to top off the Bergoglian Holy Week…and those of us who were present in the Saint Peter’s Basilica encountered the greatest shock of our lives. Who could have imagined this nightmare? The Bishop of Rome, in the presence of the cardinals and bishops, and all of the faithful, listening to Martin Luther himself preaching in the capital of Catholicism. Sounds unreal? No, in fact the only difference from what we just affirmed is that Luther vomited his heterodoxies through the mouth of the “Preacher to the Papal Household” Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM. Some faithful left the ceremony saying… “this is the end!”
   Given the shocking dimensions of such an unheard of happening in the history of the Church, — the principle heresy of Luther condemned by the Church, being proclaimed from the papal pulpit in the central Basilica of Christianity, before those who should defend the opposite truth with their own lives — we cannot help but make a parallel with the very Passion of Christ.     The fact that this occurred on a Good Friday couldn’t make matters more poignant. Let us take a look at the words that were pronounced on the same day that Christ was condemned to death:
    “There is a danger that people can hear about the righteousness of God but not understand its meaning, so instead of being encouraged they are frightened. St. Augustine had already clearly explained its meaning centuries ago: “The ‘righteousness of God’ is that by which we are made righteous, just as ‘the salvation of God’ [see Ps 3:8] means the salvation by which he saves us.” [6]    In other words, the righteousness of God is that by which God makes those who believe in his Son Jesus acceptable to him. It does not enact justice but makes people just. Luther deserves the credit for bringing this truth back when its meaning had been lost over the centuries, at least in Christian preaching, and it is this above all for which Christianity is indebted to the Reformation, whose fifth centenary occurs next year. The reformer later wrote that when he discovered this, “I felt that I was altogether born again and had entered paradise itself through open gates.” [7] (Fr. Raniero Cantalamess, Saint Peter’s Basilica, Good Friday, March 25, 2016)
   Never, not even during his wildest deliriums, could Luther have ever imagine that his primary doctrines would be proclaimed on a Good Friday, by the official preacher of the Papal Household, before those who he had labelled as the “diabolical scum of Rome”. Never could he have imagined that his entire ecclesial revolution would be celebrated five centuries later by the Church itself, which he had denominated as a “diabolical institution” and the “great prostitute of Babylon”. [8]
   Now all that is left is for Luther to scale the altars…and perhaps be placed between St. Robert Bellarmine and St. Theresa of Avila for public veneration!" 



God bless and save us! 

In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 

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