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Friday, July 21, 2017

What's up with Life Teen Catholic Youth Ministry?

So I'm on Twitter when I see Ryan Fitz retweet a Creaky tweet about Catholic Life Teen Youth Ministry that caught my eye. 

Something about the Virgin Mary and "poop" to be specific. Be prepared, I'm gonna get all fire and brimstone in this post. 

Before I click on the blog post "Seeing Beyond the Poop: Mary’s Perfect Love" by RACHEL PENATE, I go see what "Life Teen" is all about. 
Our Mission"As a Eucharist-centered movement within the Roman Catholic Church, Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as our intercessor and guide, Life Teen seeks to unleash the fullness of the Sacramental power present within the young Church."

That part sounds great, so I clicked on the video...

...and I was more than a bit disappointed. As a convert to the Catholic Church, seeing anything remotely Protestant-like used to bring anyone (especially our youth) to a deeper understanding and love of our Faith is very bothersome to me. We are Catholic, we don't need Protestant gimmicks! Folks, this is NOT what Catholicism is supposed to look like. This is not the Catholicism of our great Saints and the Apostles in the Bible. This is what happens when Catholic clergy think they need to be "hip" and mimic Protestant mega churches and televangelists to keep the attention of Catholic youth. Life Teen claims their mission is "Eucharist centered"...I have to ask after watching that video, just what do they believe the Eucharist to be?
"When the Eucharist is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar." ~ St. John Chrysostom 
From watching the video, this screenshot (below) seems to be a Mass (I hope it's not,and if anyone knows for sure please share). But if it is...
...Mass is NOT a rock concert. Put your arms down, shut up, get on your knees and worship God the way the King of Kings is supposed to be worshiped! These youth sadly seem to have little idea what they are participating in. It's all about the happiness they feel, the joy, the music and holding hands and swaying back and forth. Isn't this fun?! Shout if you love Jesus! Woohoo! 🙌

The Mass IS Calvary. Does anyone seriously think, if they traveled back in time, that this how they would act on Calvary while Jesus was nailed on the cross suffering for our sins? If you wouldn't behave like this THEN don't do it at Mass now! 
"At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the centuries until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us" (Sacrosanctum Concilium 47)

Before anyone gets on my case about shredding Catholic youth ministries, I am all for it. I love to see Catholic youth get together for love of their Faith. That's great, I'm not criticizing everything in the video. But lets keep it Catholic. Authentic Catholicism, not to ever be confused with Protestantism- who reject the Eucharist as the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. When you blur the lines you get folks leaving the Church because hey, they're all the same right? The Church had no problem before the spirit of Vatican II came along, raising Catholic kids who stayed in the Church and became Catholic adults - without all the hands in the air and Kumbyah moments. Okay, enough about the video.

I clicked back to the "poop" post and read in part...
"Even the Poop - Have you ever felt as though you can’t relate to Mary because she is so perfect?
Being a mom has taught me that Mary actually doesn’t mind all of our “poop.” Before my daughter was born, I probably changed a total of three diapers, and each time I gagged a whole lot. I was a little bit surprised upon spending the first few days with my little girl that I didn’t care one bit about her poop. It was still poop, it was still gross, but it was somehow different – she was my daughter. Mary looks at all the “poop” in our lives – those dumb situations we often weasel ourselves into – and she
doesn’t bat an eye. It doesn’t bother her, but (the best part is) she doesn’t leave us in our filth. She sees the messiness in our lives, and with her assistance, she offers us a change of heart and practice.
For Real -Do you ever feel undeserving of Mary’s attention and love?
Me too. But the good news is this: By simply being her child (despite any insecurity or impurity), Mary loves us. My daughter hasn’t done much of anything to win my love. She poops, she sleeps, she does smile, but she also has a terrifying scream. There has been no conversation, no plea in which she’s vied for my attention or poetically tried to win me over. She is my daughter regardless of what she has, says, or does. And, I love her intensely. Mary’s love for us is even deeper than this, and thank goodness for that! Because, my insecurities and impurities are overwhelming sometimes and a life in which we need to constantly prove ourselves is exhausting. We don’t need to prove anything to Mary. Her love is unconditional.


Really? "Mary looks at all the “poop” in our lives – those dumb situations we often weasel ourselves into – and she doesn’t bat an eye. It doesn’t bother her..." Maybe I am wrong here, but is "poop" supposed to be sin? If so, then the author is wrong. Any time we sin it bothers Mary because it hurts her Son and separates us from God! Duh! How anyone can say that the Holy Virgin Mary, the Mother God "doesn't bat an eye" when we sin is beyond me. But hey, maybe the "poop" the author is talking about is not sin. To be honest, its hard for me to tell from her post just what she is talking about by "those dumb situations we often weasel ourselves into". Like what? The author doesn't tell us so we are left guessing. 
'There are many who arrive at the faith, but few that are led into the heavenly kingdom.' -Pope St. Gregory the Great, Doctor and Father of the Church
All this "unconditional love" talk can be misleading. No one should confuse "unconditional love" with a free pass to sin -which is a mistake most Protestant groups make. Does Mary love us? Sure! Doesn't Jesus? Sure Jesus loves us and we are sinners, but he didn't come so we could stay in our sin and end up damned. That's the link that is missing in all this "poop" talk. Sin leads to Hell. I sincerely hope no Catholic of any age, actually believes that Mary "doesn't bat an eye" at people in sin. 

Read what the Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God told Saint Bridget of Sweden about sin: 
'They pierce his side when they have the intention of persevering in sin. 
I tell you truly, and you can tell this to my friends, that in the sight of my Son such people are more unjust than those who sentenced him, worse enemies than those who crucified him, more shameless than those who sold him. A greater punishment is due to them than to the others. . . 
Pilate sentenced him due to fear, in accordance with the petition and intention of others. These people sentence him for their own advantage and without any fear, by dishonoring him through sin that they could abstain from, if they wanted. But they neither abstain from sin nor are they ashamed of their already committed sins, for they do not take into consideration their unworthiness of the kindness of the one whom they do not serve.' -Our Lady, 'The Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden'

Anyone still think Mary "doesn't bat an eye" at sin?

I think our youth and their parents need to learn more about the reality of hell and understand that they might very well end up there if they insist on following heretical nonsense because it gives them the warm-fuzzies. 
'Meditate on the horrors of Hell which will last for eternity because of one easily-committed mortal sin. Try hard to be among the few who are chosen. Think of the eternal flames of Hell, and how few there are that are saved.' - St. Benedict Joseph Labre
The confused author goes on to say: 
"There is nothing we can do to lose her favor as her children. Even when we don’t deserve it. I think of my own mom who always stood right by me in the mess I made but then pointed me to something greater. I want to be just like that – always there by my daughter’s side guiding the way; always there with her while she chases her dreams, even running right by her side if necessary. This is Mary, Our Lady. She has hope for our future and is always leading us back to the One — the only One — who has the power to fulfill our every hope and desire."
That my friends is NOT the Gospel message. Jesus is NOT there to "fulfill our every hope and desire." Sure, He's got the power, but the author is being misleading here. Jesus came as our SACRIFICE, our SAVIOR. He is not our genie in a lamp to grant us wishes so all our hopes and desires are *poof* magically given to us. 

Jesus was tortured and died so we could have eternal life in Heaven with Him, IF we repent of all sin, live our Catholic Faith as it was handed down from the Apostles. Jesus told us to pick up our crosses and follow him. He didn't say He'd give us "our every hope and desire" in this life. If we make it to eternity with Him in Heaven, then and only then will we have "our every hope and desire" precisely because we are in Heaven for eternity with Christ! What more could anyone want? The issue is, very few ever make it to Heaven. Our Catholic youth would do well to understand this and never forget it.
'Woe to you who command others! If so many are damned by your fault, what will happen to you? If few out of those who are first in the Church of God are saved, what will happen to you? Take all states, both sexes, every condition: husbands, wives, widows, young women, young men, soldiers, merchants, craftsmen, rich and poor, noble and plebian. What are we to say about all these people who are living so badly? The following narrative from Saint Vincent Ferrer will show you what you may think about it. He relates that an archdeacon in Lyons gave up his charge and retreated into a desert place to do penance, and that he died the same day and hour as Saint Bernard. After his death, he appeared to his bishop and said to him, "Know, Monsignor, that at the very hour I passed away, thirty-three thousand people also died. Out of this number, Bernard and myself went up to heaven without delay, three went to purgatory, and all the others fell into Hell."' -St. Leonard of Port Maurice
The road to salvation is not easy and along the way Jesus is NOT giving us "our every hope and desire", that is pure Protestantism and no one should be teaching our Catholic youth this heresy! What Jesus gives us in this life is the GRACE we need to get to eternity with Him. What we do with that grace is up to us. 

Our youth don't need gimmicks folks! Just the Truth. Tell the youth the Truth, teach them reverence and holiness and scare the Hell right out of them! Teach them that the Mass is Calvary and how to properly behave, dress and worship. Priests must feed the sheep with what God gave His Holy Catholic Church alone, and for the love of God Himself, quit feeding them Protestantism! It's poison! 
'I truly am supreme charity itself; for all things that I have done from eternity, I have done out of charity; and, in the same way, all things that I do and shall do in the future proceed entirely from my charity. For charity is as incomprehensible and intense in me now as it was at the time of my passion when, through my death and out of exceeding charity, I freed from hell all the elect who were worthy of this redemption and liberation. For if it were still possible that I might die as many times as there are souls in hell so that for each of them I might again endure such a death as I then endured for all, my body would still be ready to undergo all these things with a glad will and most perfect charity. But, in fact, it is now impossible that my body could once more die or suffer any pain or tribulation. And it is also just as impossible that any soul that after my death has been or will be condemned to hell would ever again be freed from there, or would enjoy the heavenly gladness that my saints and chosen ones enjoy at the glorious sight of my body. 
No, the damned will feel the pains of hell in an everlasting death because they did not will to enjoy the benefit of my death and passion and did not will to follow my will while they lived in the world.' - Christ, to St. Bridget of Sweden, 'The Revelations'

In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Father Rosica won't dialogue with me...

...and I'm all broken up about it. 😉 I guess Father Rosica didn't like my post about him (HERE). So much for dialogue, meeting people where they are and building bridges. Clearly dialogue, meeting people where they are and building bridges only works if you're draped in a rainbow flag marching in parades and whining. 

What cracks me up is that Father Rosica thinks blocking my @CtCatholicCorner Twitter account accomplishes anything. Who only has ONE Twitter account these days? 😎 And if all my accounts were blocked or closed I could still see using my family members and friends accounts. You can't hide on social media Father, so put your big boy pants on and deal with it. 

The progressives in the Church today seem to be under the idea that they can silence the Catholic laity on social media. They can't. They can demand we stop using the word "Catholic" like they did to Michael Voris so many years ago, but that didn't silence Voris- it just made him more militant- hence the perfect name for his apostolate 'Church Militant'. I think they did him a favor as 'Church Militant' is much more fitting a name than his previous "Real Catholic TV" for the times we are living in. 

That said, the future for Catholic bloggers who voice their opinions on all matters Catholic may very well find themselves silenced in one media field as Deacon Nick Donnelly was when his bishop forced Donnelly to shut down his blog. So Nick popped back up on Twitter and continues to voice his Catholic opinions on social media. 

You will not silence us! And you only look like spineless cowards when you try. 

*FYI: Excellent article on Deacon Nick Donnelly over on Archbishop Cranmer website:
Quote: "It appeared, then, that Deacon Nick Donnelly was just a bit too Catholic for the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. For as long as Pope Benedict XVI sat upon St Peter’s Throne issuing the occasional motu proprio favouring the old paths (Jer 6:16), Deacon Nick’s commitment to immutable truths and infallible moral law were tolerated, not least because they chimed with the Vatican under Benedict, if not quite with the CBEW. But under Francis, the traditionalists appear to be on the retreat: they are sidelined or censored while those progressive Roman Catholics who advocate a more tolerant approach to priestly celibacy, same-sex unions, abortion or divorce and re-marriage are not merely tolerated but actively promoted.
Benedict XVI was a Catholic Herald kind of pope; Francis inclines toward The Tablet. Or at least that’s how it appears. Certainly, the Diocese of Lancaster isn’t averse to promoting the latter on its website, giving high profile coverage to liberal bishops who are calling for a “radical re-examination of human sexuality”, while downplaying (/ignoring) the traditional teaching.
For Deacon Nick, such a radical re-examination is unnecessary, unholy and un-Catholic. Indeed, for him it amounts to apostasy: such teachings do not ‘develop’ through synodical debate and legislative resolution, for that would incline toward the more heterodox Anglican view. No, if the Magisterium is infallible, its teaching must be protected and the Deposit of Faith defended. Dissenting bishops and cardinals must be called out, corrected and rebuked using Scripture and referencing the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Those who do not repent ought to be excommunicated."[clipped]
Back to Fr. Rosica on Twitter...
...I still see you Father. 😄

This is the same priest who a few years ago threatened to sue a Catholic blogger, Vox Cantoris Blog, for daring to voice his opinions on the failings of Father Rosica and other progressive Catholic clergy. 

Father Rosica lost that battle badly, but he didn't learn much from it as he still seems to be trying to shut down and block authentic conservative Catholic laity who speak out against the progressive agenda in the Church. 

Why bother blocking Catholic laity from your social media? What are you trying to hide Father Rosica?

What don't you want us to see?

In Christ and on social media whether the progressives in the Church like it or not

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Michael Voris & Christine Niles vs Fr. Antonia Spadaro on Twitter


That's all I can say. 

Antonio Spadaro begins with another jab at voters who opposed abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, etc., by once more calling us "haters" for supporting Trump over The Butcher Killary...

To which Voris responds with...

And Christine Niles jumps in...

...and then quickly followed with (LOL)

And then Michael gets back into it with... which point Spadaro picks up his ball and goes home. 😄

God I love Twitter! 

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 

Church Militant article on today's tweet storm: 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Facebook silences Catholic voices

It's really time Christians had an alternative to Facebook. 

While Facebook continues to allow live streaming of sex acts, assaults, rape, child porn and murders on their media outlet, they are working hard to silence Catholics. 

Over at ChurchPop today there are two articles on popular Catholic Facebook pages being shut down by the Zuckerberg zombies. 

These are clearly widely popular Catholic Facebook pages with millions of Likes and followers. 
ChurchPop quote“It is extremely heartbreaking,” Kenneth Alimba explained. “It’s too horrible.”
Alimba, a Catholic who lives in Nigeria, was the owner of the Facebook page titled “Catholic and Proud.” It had over 6 million Likes when it was removed by Facebook today without explanation. He had another page titled “Holy Mary Mother of God,” which had around 200,000 Likes and was also removed.
His pages are just two of possibly dozens of Catholic Facebook pages simultaneously removed around the world in the last day or so, including the “Father Rocky” page (3.3 million Likes) and a popular Portuguese-language Pope Francis page called “Papa Francisco Brasil” (3.8 million Likes).
“I’ve worked on the page for over five years,” he told ChurchPOP, “and have put in all I am into it.”
Godwin Delali Adadzie, the owner of another removed Catholic Facebook page “Jesus and Mary,” with 1.7 million Likes, also shared his story with ChurchPOP.
“This page is the joy of my apologetics ministry online. It is like the digital heartbeat of my ministry.”
Earlier a Catholic priest was suspended from his Facebook account for posting about the history of Islam. (We know how much the left hates true history)

Church Militant has an article about Facebook silencing conservatives who use Facebook to try to educate the public about the dangers of Islam terrorism and the push for sharia law in numerous countries around the globe. 
CM quote: Facebook is continuing to censor Conservative websites critical of Islam.
Steve Amundson, founder of Counter Jihad Coalition, told Church Militant that Facebook has been locking him out of his page, Counter Jihad Coalition, since July 11.
Amundson uses his Facebook page and website to "educate people on political Islam, the threat of sharia and the violence that's in political Islam."
In another timely article on Church Militant's website, Christine Niles warns about the silencing of anyone the Zuckerberg zombies deem "racist" or "zenophobic". 
CM quote: Shortly after, Facebook implemented its "Initiative for Civil Courage Online" to delete what it deemed "racist" or "xenophobic" comments. But Douglas Murray at the Gatestone Institute warned it was a tool for further censorship of legitimate conservative voices. 
"The sinister thing about what Facebook is doing is that it is now removing speech that presumably almost everybody might consider racist," said Murray, "along with speech that only someone at Facebook decides is 'racist.'"
Church Militant's Michael Voris is clearly seeing the writing on the wall and is taking steps to protect his Catholic voice on the Internet by purchasing CM's own internal server so that it's material doesn't suddenly disappear at the whim of some leftist media platforms that could pull the plug on them at any moment like Facebook has done to so many Catholics. 

What will become of my fellow Catholic bloggers and I if Blogger and WordPress etc, decide to silence us? 

If anyone knows of a Catholic platform or has been toying with the idea of creating one such platform, now is the time my friends. 

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fr. Thomas Rosica and Fr. James Martin

Over at Salt & Light Media, Fr. Thomas Rosica is once again defending the indefensible ramblings of Fr. James Martin, in particular the ramblings of "building bridges" in Martin's lastest pro-homosexual book "Building a Bridge" (which I read and reviewed HERE). 

Father Rosica (it pains me to use the word Father), begins with a trip down memory lane to a time when he visited Most Holy Redeemer Church in the heart of the gay community in San Francisco. 

Most Holy Redeemer's Facebook page promotes New Ways Ministry- condemned by the US Bishops

Father Rosica writes: "Many of the gay persons who I met that week revealed a deep spirituality and faith. And most interesting of all, the people I met asked that we, as ministers of the Church, be people of compassion and understanding, and not be afraid to teach the message of the Gospel and the Church with gentleness and clarity even in the midst of ambiguity of lifestyle, devastation, despair and hostility. As a Church and as pastoral ministers, we still have a long journey ahead of us as we welcome strangers into our midst and listen to them.

A few things about what Rosica says here...

1) "a deep spirituality and faith"... in what exactly? Surely not Catholicism or they wouldn't be marching in support of the gay marriage agenda! 

2) "asked that we, as ministers of the Church, be people of compassion and understanding..."[clip] Priests should be compassionate enough to help people get to Heaven not Hell. That is done by telling them what sin is, that they must repent (confess and turn away from sin) or they WILL suffer eternal torment in Hell. If priests aren't warning the sheep about eternal Hell, then they aren't caring for their eternal souls. 

3) continuing "...and not be afraid to teach the message of the Gospel and the Church with gentleness and clarity..." The "message of the Gospel and the Church" should be one and the same. Unfortunately, these days one can't always be so sure of that. Again, our only options for eternity are Heaven or Hell. Priests should treat ALL people the same and help them get to Heaven by helping them avoid sin -whatever that sin may be. How much more "gentle" do you want the Church to be? She is here for the sole purpose to SAVE SOULS, not coddling the sinner in his/her sin! 

4) " we welcome strangers..." this one goes back to my #1 above about the gay people Rosica met having "a deep spirituality and faith"...if they are now "strangers" just what sort of "spirituality and faith" did/do they have? 

Rosica goes on: "Over the past weeks, I read many of the critical comments of Jesuit Fr. James Martin’s book, ‘Building a Bridge.’ I shook my head in bewilderment several times as I read venom and vitriol in some of the critiques. It is one thing to critique and raise questions. It is another to condemn, disparage and dismiss. I sensed palpable fear and anger in some of the negative commentaries. I made it a point to read the book in one sitting last weekend. I was astounded that what I read in commentaries, blogs, some bishops’ messages, had very little to do with what I considered to be very mild, reflections offered by a well-known Jesuit priest who simply invited people to build bridges with those who are on distant shores. Fr. Martin’s book is not dogma or doctrine. It is by no means revolutionary It is merely an invitation to sit down and talk, face-to-face with people we consider to be different."

1) "palpable fear and anger..." I seriously doubt anyone felt "fear" reading Martin's book, except perhaps for Martin's soul and the souls of the people he is leading to Hell. "...anger..." yes! It makes me angry when priests fail to do what Christ ordered them to do... Matthew 28:18 "And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. 19 Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world." 
That is what priests are called to do, not coddle people IN their sin, but help bring them out of it by preaching the Truth and telling people they MUST obey the Faith to obtain salvation. 

2) "...people we consider to be different." Who considers homosexuals to be "different"? They are people. Period. People who have a disordered sexuality yes, but still just people. Sinners in need of a Savior, that is what we all are. There is no difference in our humanity. The natural order, is as God created them male and female to bring together in marriage for procreation. That is the natural order God created. If you have a sexual preference that goes against the natural order, it is "disordered". Period. 

Rosica: "Whereas Fr. Martin and Pope Francis invite us to build bridges and become instruments of dialogue, critics of both Fr. Martin, the Pope, and many of us who support Pope Francis thrive in erecting high, impenetrable walls and noisy echo chambers of monologue."

A bridge to where? 

Seriously, if clergy (be it pope or parish priest) aren't telling people that sex outside of marriage (true marriage, not these false homosexual unions the United States is currently calling "marriage") is a mortal sin that leads to eternal damnation during their "dialogue" then that "bridge" they are building is leading people straight to Hell. 

Priests who warn people about mortal sin and tell people they MUST repent are building bridges that lead to Eternal Life with Christ! That is the "dialogue" and sort of "bridges" mankind needs from the Church. 

Now, Fr. Martin who has been out defending his book since its release against those in the Catholic world who see the errors in it has come out once against trying to explain the errors in his book. (*Father Murray's review at EWTN's The National Catholic Register HERE.)

Over at America, Martin writes a five point article where he basically says nothing new and again makes the homosexuals the victims of the big bad mean Catholic Church for not changing its doctrines. 

*Why didn't Martin mention Church's teaching on gay marriage? Oh because, ya know, everyone's already heard that tune, so why bother? 

*Why does Martin insist on the term "gay" rather than "same sex attraction" or the Church's use of "homosexual"? Because (and I quote) "if Pope Francis can say “gay” so can the rest of us."

*What sort of "conversion" is Martin talking about in his book? Does he mean repenting from homosexual acts? Nooooooooo...he means (and I quote) "a conversion of minds and hearts."  Repenting of homosexual acts is never mentioned in Martin's book. 

*How can homosexuals be expected to treat the big bad mean Catholic Church with respect when the Church is so mean to them? Martin offers this drivel, "Yes, it can be a tough pill for L.G.B.T. people who have been ignored, insulted and excluded in the church. But this is coming from Jesus, not from me. Even if you still think that some church leaders are your enemies, you are asked to love them and pray for them. Surely that love includes respect. It is hard but it is Christian."

Martin ends his five points by stating its his belief that it is the Holy Spirit guiding this train wreck bridge and he's excited to see where all these bridges lead. 

I can tell him where his bridges without repenting will lead. Hell. 

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


My book review of Fr. Martin's "Building a Bridge" book:


Friday, July 14, 2017

Vatican removes Bible from its website...

Another, why am I shocked moment brought to me by the Holy Catholic Church under the current direction of Pope Francis. 

What possible reason could the Vatican have for removing Sacred Scriptures...our Holy Bible from the Vatican website?

And what mental midget thought this was a good idea? 

Did Pope Francis give his approval? Was it his idea? 


What purpose does it serve to remove our Sacred Scriptures from the Vatican website? 

I just don't get it. 

Vatican link to no where:

*hat tip to Da Tech Guy Blog

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Vatican takes a swipe at Michael Voris and other Catholics

In a stunning article written in Civiltà Cattolica, shared on Rorate Caeli, the Vatican takes a swipe at Michael Voris and Catholics in the United States for our politics and more. It's written by Fr. Antonio Spadaro SJ and Argentine Presbyterian Pastor Marcelo Figueroa, who are (according to Rorate Caeli) "two of the Pope's own closest confidantes". 

I was stunned reading this article. I shouldn't have been, but I was. Here are a few of the things that I have to comment on. 

First up, the authors whine that they don't like the sort of "ecumenism" they are seeing between protestant evangelicals and Catholics because these protestants and Catholics are coming together against things like abortion, same-sex marriage, religious education in schools and other moral issues. You heard that right, God forbid protestants and Catholics agree on a moral issue and base their votes on such things!
Quote: "Appealing to the values of fundamentalism, a strange form of surprising ecumenism is developing between Evangelical fundamentalists and Catholic Integralists brought together by the same desire for religious influence in the political sphere.Some who profess themselves to be Catholic express themselves in ways that until recently were unknown in their tradition and using tones much closer to Evangelicals. They are defined as value voters as far as attracting electoral mass support is concerned. There is a well-defined world of ecumenical convergence between sectors that are paradoxically competitors when it comes to confessional belonging. This meeting over shared objectives happens around such themes as abortion, same-sex marriage, religious education in schools and other matters generally considered moral or tied to values. Both Evangelical and Catholic Integralists condemn traditional ecumenism and yet promote an ecumenism of conflict that unites them in the nostalgic dream of a theocratic type of state."
I have to stop the quote here because I question just what the authors mean by "Both Evangelical and Catholic Integralists condemn traditional ecumenism..." 

Number one, if this wasn't so sad I'd be laughing my head off! 

It's the Church that STOPPED real know, converting people and bringing them into the Only Church Jesus Christ founded on earth. Now the Church just wants to "dialogue" with people and walk with them where ever it is they are wandering off to these days. 

Pope Francis has made it perfectly clear he doesn't want to bring anyone into Christ's Holy Catholic Church, he wants to leave them right where they are, where ever that may be. That my friends is NOT ecumenical! 

Number two, "Catholic Integralists"...really? The contempt oozing from the Vatican to authentic Catholics knows no limits. 

Let's continue with Civiltà Cattolica's ("the journal considered the official voice of the Vatican") article depiction of American Catholics who still believe the faith...
Quote: "However, the most dangerous prospect for this strange ecumenism is attributable to its xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations. The word “ecumenism” transforms into a paradox, into an “ecumenism of hate.” Intolerance is a celestial mark of purism. Reductionism is the exegetical methodology. Ultra-literalism is its hermeneutical key.Clearly there is an enormous difference between these concepts and the ecumenism employed by Pope Francis with various Christian bodies and other religious confessions. His is an ecumenism that moves under the urge of inclusion, peace, encounter and bridges. This presence of opposing ecumenisms – and their contrasting perceptions of the faith and visions of the world where religions have irreconcilable roles – is perhaps the least known and most dramatic aspect of the spread of Integralist fundamentalism. Here we can understand why the pontiff is so committed to working against “walls” and any kind of “war of religion.”
Let's take this one at a time. 

-"...the most dangerous prospect for this strange ecumenism is attributable to its xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations." 

"dangerous prospect" - I'm baffled by this and insulted by it. Catholics and evangelicals agreeing on a sovereign nation is suddenly a "dangerous prospect"? We have laws and we want them upheld, how on God's green earth is that a "dangerous prospect" for Catholics and evangelicals to agree on? 

-"The word “ecumenism” transforms into a paradox, into an “ecumenism of hate.” - Suddenly the Catholics and evangelicals in the United States are "hateful" because we agree we need walls for protection against terrorists and we want stronger vetting policies so that we are allowing into our sovereign nation, people of good will, not heinous killers. That's rich coming from the Vatican sitting behind huge walls with armed guards stationed everywhere, while people line up outside the walls waiting for the Vatican's permission to let them in. Can we say hypocrisy?  
 This is what the Swiss Guard carries to protect Vatican City & Pope Francis...(my post on this HERE).

Let's move on to the Vatican's jab at Michael Voris and Church Militant
Quote: "There is a shocking rhetoric used, for example, by the writers of Church Militant, a successful US-based digital platform that is openly in favor of a political ultraconservatism and uses Christian symbols to impose itself. This abuse is called “authentic Christianity.” And to show its own preferences, it has created a close analogy between Donald Trump and Emperor Constantine, and between Hilary Clinton and Diocletian. The American elections in this perspective were seen as a “spiritual war.”[3]This warlike and militant approach seems most attractive and evocative to a certain public, especially given that the victory of Constantine – it was presumed impossible for him to beat Maxentius and the Roman establishment – had to be attributed to a divine intervention: in hoc signo vinces.Church Militant asks if Trump’s victory can be attributed to the prayers of Americans. The response suggested is affirmative. The indirect missioning for President Trump is clear: he has to follow through on the consequences. This is a very direct message that then wants to condition the presidency by framing it as a divine election. In hoc signo vinces. Indeed."
The irony here is that Michael Voris and Church Militant have been staunchly solid in their defense of Pope Francis and their unwillingness to utter a word against him because he is a sitting pope. Other Catholic media from little blogs like my own, to much, much larger well known Catholic media like The Remnant and even EWTN's National Catholic Register and EWTN's own "The World Over" with Raymond Arroyo have spoke out in deep concern over many of the things Pope Francis has said and done, but not Church Militant. Voris has been very clear, they drew a line in the sand long ago to never publicly speak against a sitting pope, and so far they've kept to their word. 

So here we have the Vatican taking a swipe at one of Pope Francis' staunchest defenders in the United States, it's insane really. I'll be interested in seeing how, or even if, Church Militant responds to this. 

My response is Fr. Antonio Spadaro SJ and the Argentine Presbyterian Pastor Marcelo Figueroa don't know what the hell they are blathering about. 

The whole thing began with people of faith dreading the pro-butchering of babies in the womb Hillary Clinton possibly becoming our next president. Cardinal Burke saw this and prompted Catholics to unite in a 54 day Novena to Our Lady to please help our nation to bring our citizens to holiness - this would not happen under Hillary Clinton A.K.A. "Killary". 

This is the official endorsement of “Novena for Our Nation” by His Eminence, Cardinal Raymond Burke:
“There is no doubt that our beloved nation is in one of the worst crises which it has ever experienced, a profound moral crisis which generates division on all levels and results in an ever-greater more pervasive violence and killing. For Roman Catholics, who have always been known for their faith-filled patriotism, the first response to this crisis is fervent prayer and, in particular, prayer through the intercession of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Mary Immaculate who is also the patroness of our nation.
One of the most powerful prayers which is ours in the Church is, in fact, the Holy Rosary. I think, for instance, of the Battle of Lepanto and the victory which was won on October 7, 1571, over the Saracens who were bent on conquering Christian Europe. Let us now turn to the powerful prayer of the Holy Rosary, asking Mary Immaculate to intercede with Our Lord to bring healing to our nation and to inspire in her citizens the holiness of life which alone can transform our nation.
I wholeheartedly endorse the Novena for Our Nation (Starting August 15) and the Rosary Rally on October 7th next, the 445th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto. I urge as many as are able to participate in these great spiritual works for the sake of our entire nation. In a special way, as the spiritual advisor to the Holy League, I urge all members of the Holy League to give strong leadership in this great campaign of prayer for our nation.”
That prayer was answered! Trump ran on a Pro-life platform while Hillary Clinton ran on a pro-death platform. Trump won and many Catholics, including myself place much of our thanks to Our Lady and the Novena we prayed for our nation. 

What Fr. Antonio Spadaro SJ and the Argentine Presbyterian Pastor Marcelo Figueroa have written about Catholics and evangelicals in the United States is disgusting and highly insulting. Shame on them!

Please read the full article over at Rorate Caeli, link below.

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 



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