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Friday, September 27, 2013

Renew America Lies about the Catholic Church

On Sept. 25, 2013, protestant Rev. Bresciani wrote “Has the pope taken his first steps into Last Days apostasy?” for an online publication. 

In the article, as you might well expect, Bresciani made lots of wrong statements about the Catholic Church in his attempt to shed speculation on the current pope and the end of the world.  I don’t care about his personal opinions about the end of the world so I am not going to comment on those.
What I am going to do is tell the TRUTH where Bresciani told anti-Catholic lies.  And I will do it using a PROTESTANT BIBLE, so the protestants can’t complain about the interpretation of a Catholic version of the Bible.

So let’s go…

Bresciani says: "Hundreds of traditional or patristic teachings of Catholicism are either in direct conflict with the bible or do not exist in the scriptures at all."

Me:  HORSEHOCKEY! There is NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING in the official teachings of the Catholic Church that conflict with Sacred Scriptures or Sacred Tradition.  The “conflict” is with protestant PERSONAL INTERPRETATION of the Bible.
For example: A Baptist will tell a Lutheran that infant baptism is “merely getting the baby wet” because they PERSONALLY INTERPRET the Bible to neglect children in the New Covenant.  The Lutheran will tell the Baptist they have it all wrong.  A fundamentalist Baptist church will say “No female clergy”, while the American Baptists are loaded with female clergy.  It’s all in their own interpretation if the Bible. The protestants can’t even agree amongst themselves how to interpret the Bible, hence the reason there are tens of THOUSANDS of differing and bickering protestant denominations in the world and growing more and more new ones each day as they break off and write their own theology.  It’s a mess.

Bresciani says: What we must point out is that on two very important levels, those who stand on scripture can't ever recognize the authority of the Pope – it has never been a matter of whether they like him or not, nor is it a matter of personal choosing.  First, Because of the Greek rendering of Matthew 16: 18, "That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" Protestants believe that Christ was referring to himself as the Rock, not Peter. This is supported by other scriptural passages, to wit:"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."(Mt 16: 18b)

Me: Bresciani is CHOOSING to ignore what Scripture says in order to keep his OWN personal interpretation of the Bible.  Protestants might “believe” that Christ was talking about himself as the “rock” in Matthew 16 but those protestants (like so many before them) are WRONG.
First, Peter’s given name was Simon, it was Jesus Christ who CHANGED Simon’s name to “rock” (Peter) because he was making him the first pope to build the Church on.
John 1:40-42 (NIV)
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas”
which, when translated, is Peter.” [End quote]

Don’t like the NIV?  How about these…

New American Standard Bible
He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
King James Bible And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
Holman Christian Standard Bible and he brought Simon to Jesus. When Jesus saw him, He said, "You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which means "Rock").
Aramaic Bible in Plain English And he brought him to Yeshua and Yeshua gazed at him and he said: “You are Shimeon, son of Yona; you shall be called Kaypha.”
GOD'S WORD® Translation Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at Simon and said, "You are Simon, son of John. Your name will be Cephas" (which means "Peter").
Weymouth New Testament He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon, son of John: you shall be called Cephas" --that is to say, Peter (or 'Rock')

World English Bible He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, "You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas" (which is by interpretation, Peter).
Young's Literal Translation and he brought him unto Jesus: and having looked upon him, Jesus saith, 'Thou art Simon, the son of Jonas, thou shalt be called Cephas,' (which is interpreted, A rock.)

So what does “Peter” mean?  ROCK.

Don’t believe me?  Here’s the very PROTESTANT Strong’s Concordance definition:

Képhas: "a rock," Cephas, a name given to the apostle Peter
Original Word: Κηφᾶς, ᾶ, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: Képhas
Phonetic Spelling: (kay-fas')
Short Definition: Cephas
Definition: Cephas (Aramaic for rock), the new name given to Simon Peter, the apostle.


Me: So we see Jesus meets Simon and right off the bat changes Simon’s name to Peter/Rock.  Now WHY did Jesus do that?  
Hmmm… Jesus had an aversion to the name “Simon”?  Nope.
Was Jesus marking Simon with a special position among the disciples?  
Jesus did not change ANYONE else’s name in the Bible- only Simon.  Why?  Because ONLY Simon was to become Pope- Jesus reinforces this in Matt.16:18 [and again in John 21].  The Rock which Jesus WOULD build His Church is Simon.  So let’s look at Matthew 16:18 again- using a Protestant Bible of course!  Now pay CLOSE attention here, because this is where Protestants get struck blind.  WHO is Jesus calling the Rock? Notice all the times Jesus uses “YOU” to clearly point to Simon Peter.

New International Version And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
New Living Translation Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means 'rock'), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.
English Standard Version And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
 New American Standard Bible
"I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
King James Bible And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Holman Christian Standard Bible And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the forces of Hades will not overpower it.

Me: No matter how you cut it, Jesus says “I tell YOU” (speaking to Simon) “YOU are Peter/Rock”. Jesus is the CORNERSTONE, but Simon Peter is the ROCK Jesus built His Church on. THAT is what Scripture says. Jesus is NOT pointing to himself while saying “YOU Simon are Peter”.  Can you even picture such a RIDICULOUS thing?  Jesus is speaking TO Simon, telling Simon that SIMON IS PETER THE ROCK and that Jesus is going to build His Church on Simon Peter.


The next ridiculous falsehood Bresciani makes is: “Secondly, not one word in the bible speaks of 'apostolic succession.' It is a concoction of the Roman church, not a biblical teaching. It is very difficult even to support the teaching in view of the fact that there was no Catholic church for over 300 years after Christ came into the world. Most Catholics are totally unaware of this fact. They have been told they are the 'first church,' but true history betrays them.”

Me:  Not one word about apostolic succession?  Gee Reverend, just HOW was Judas Iscariot replaced in YOUR bible [Acts 1:15-22]??  
Acts 1:15-22 New International Version (NIV)15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”
18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:“‘May his place be deserted;    let there be no one to dwell in it,’
and,“‘May another take his place of leadership.’21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”

Poor Bresciani doesn’t know Christian history or documents any more than he seems to know the Bible - but he will now.  He falsely claims no Catholic Church existed until after the year 300 A.D., then just how do we have these documents Rev. Bresciani?

"See that ye all follow the bishop, even as Christ Jesus does the Father, and the presbytery as ye would the apostles. Do ye also reverence the deacons, as those that carry out the appointment of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is [administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude also be; by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church." Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to the Smyrneans, 8:2 (c. A.D. 110).

"[A]ll the people wondered that there should be such a difference between the unbelievers and the elect, of whom this most admirable Polycarp was one, having in our own times been an apostolic and prophetic teacher, and bishop of the Catholic Church which is in Smyrna. For every word that went out of his mouth either has been or shall yet be accomplished." Martyrdom of Polycarp, 16:2 (A.D. 155).

“…to be in honour however with the Catholic Church for the ordering of ecclesiastical to the Laodicenes, another to the Alexandrians, both forged in Paul's name to suit the heresy of Marcion, and several others, which cannot be received into the Catholic Church; for it is not fitting that gall be mixed with honey. The Epistle of Jude no doubt, and the couple bearing the name of John, are accepted by the Catholic Church...But of Arsinous, called also Valentinus, or of Militiades we receive nothing at all.” The fragment of Muratori (A.D. 177).

Oops there it is!  The Catholic Church AND the Eucharist!  That IS the Holy Catholic AND Apostolic Church!

Now more about that Apostolic succession…(note the dates- long before the year 300 AD)

"And thus preaching through countries and cities, they appointed the first-fruits [of their labours], having first proved them by the Spirit, to be bishops and deacons of those who should afterwards believe. Nor was this any new thing, since indeed many ages before it was written concerning bishops and deacons. For thus saith the Scripture a certain place, 'I will appoint their bishops s in righteousness, and their deacons in faith.'... Our apostles also knew, through our Lord Jesus Christ, and there would be strife on account of the office of the episcopate. For this reason, therefore, inasmuch as they had obtained a perfect fore-knowledge of this, they appointed those [ministers] already mentioned, and afterwards gave instructions, that when these should fall asleep, other approved men should succeed them in their ministry...For our sin will not be small, if we eject from the episcopate those who have blamelessly and holily fulfilled its duties." Pope Clement, Epistle to Corinthians, 42, 44 (A.D. 98).

"For what is the bishop but one who beyond all others possesses all power and authority, so far as it is possible for a man to possess it, who according to his ability has been made an imitator of the Christ off God? And what is the presbytery but a sacred assembly, the counselors and assessors of the bishop? And what are the deacons but imitators of the angelic powers, fulfilling a pure and blameless ministry unto him, as…Anencletus and Clement to Peter?" Ignatius, To the Trallians, 7 (A.D. 110).

"Hegesippus in the five books of Memoirs which have come down to us has left a most complete record of his own views. In them he states that on a journey to Rome he met a great many bishops, and that he received the same doctrine from all. It is fitting to hear what he says after making some remarks about the epistle of Clement to the Corinthians. His words are as follows: 'And the church of Corinth continued in the true faith until Primus was bishop in Corinth. I conversed with them on my way to Rome, and abode with the Corinthians many days, during which we were mutually refreshed in the true doctrine. And when I had come to Rome I remained a there until Anicetus, whose deacon was Eleutherus. And Anicetus was succeeded by Soter, and he by Eleutherus. In every succession, and in every city that is held which is preached by the law and the prophets and the Lord.'" Hegesippus, Memoirs, fragment in Eusebius Ecclesiatical History, 4:22 (A.D. 180).
Me: Now here is where poor Rev. Bresciani gets confused by his own theology as he contradicts himself…now remember he JUST got done saying there is no apostolic succession right?
Bresciani says:Christ relegated his authority to his Apostles and their teachings too are on the same level as his. They were not mere scribes or interpreters of his will they were Holy Spirit inspired and authorized to speak as final authorities.

Me:  Does Bresciani think this authority died with the last Apostle?  That Jesus changed Simon’s name to Rock, told Simon Peter he would build a Church on him and then…what?  The Church died with Simon Peter? No!  That authority has been passed on and will be until the Second Coming.

"Since therefore I have, in the persons before mentioned, beheld the whole multitude of you in faith and love, I exhort you to study to do all things with a divine harmony, while your bishop presides in the place of God, and your presbyters in the place of the assembly of the apostles, along with your deacons, who are most dear to me, and are entrusted with the ministry of Jesus Christ, who was with the Father before the beginning of time, and in the end was revealed…Let nothing exist among you that may divide you ; but be ye united with your bishop, and those that preside over you, as a type and evidence of your immortality." Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to the Magnesians, 6 (c. A.D. 110).

"For, since ye are subject to the bishop as to Jesus Christ, ye appear to me to live not after the manner of men, but according to Jesus Christ, who died for us, in order, by believing in His death, ye may escape from death. It is therefore necessary that, as ye indeed do, so without the bishop ye should do nothing, but should also be subject to the presbytery, as to the apostle of Jesus Christ, who is our hope, in whom, if we live, we shall [at last] be found. It is fitting also that the deacons, as being [the ministers] of the mysteries of Jesus Christ, should in every respect be pleasing to all. For they are not ministers of meat and drink, but servants of the Church of God. They are bound, therefore, to avoid all grounds of accusation [against them], as they would do fire." Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to the Trallians, 2 (c. A.D. 110).

As for the rest of what Bresciani says about apostasy, homosexuality and the end of the world he is certainly entitled to his opinion.  When he thinks he can speak falsehoods about the Church and Church history he will be and should be corrected by ALL Catholics.

As the motto of this blog states: “Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.” Romans 14:16

If I see it, I will not allow it to be spread unchallenged.

In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner
God bless all.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Catholic Events in Connecticut! Retreats, concerts, living Rosary and more...

Invite all parents, volunteers and friends to the workshop sponsored by the Office for Pastoral Services and the Office of Clergy and Religious entitled “Fighting Porn in Our Culture…and Winning!”  on October 9th at 1 pm at St. Catherine of Siena in Trumbull.  Please RSVP to

·      The CATECHETICAL CONGRESS will be held on Saturday, November 16 at Sacred Heart University. Click here for flyer.  Click here for online registration

·      Sean Forrest concert for Haiti 180 in Manchester, CT on November 16. Feel free to share this is anyone who would be interested. Your support on this awesome event will be a blessing for the elderly of Haiti. More info to follow.

·      SHARE FALL 2013 SCHEDULE: 4 courses offered; two at SHU-Fairfield, two at SHU-Stamford.  They are: Synoptic Gospels; Women of the Church; Church as a Sacrament, The Second Vatican Council: Renewing Our Appreciation!; and Christology. 

·      The Ministry for Adult Formation of the Diocese of Bridgeport will be offering a pilgrimage on November 8-10 in conjunction with Magnificat Day.  We will visit four Shrines in the Philadelphia area and attend Magnificat Day.  The speakers at Magnificat Day will be Father Robert Barron and Father Peter John Cameron, OP.  See the attached flyer to share with parishioners, family, and friends. Contact Gina Donnarummo at / 203-416-1446 for more information and the registration form.

·      AN AFTERNOON OF PRAYERFUL REMEMBRANCE AND INTERCESSION:  Saturday, October 12, 2013:  1-4pm, Our Lady Star of the Sea, 1200 Shippan Ave., Stamford, CT.  The hidden wounds of abortion affect each of us.  Whether it be one’s neighbor, co-worker, friend, relative, maybe oneself…as a community we have all been touched.  Join us as we observe an afternoon of remembrance and intercession to heal.  We will gather to pray and intercede on behalf of those who have been touched by abortion, seeking forgiveness and healing in God’s merciful love.  The day will include Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Sponsored by the Diocese of Bridgeport - Respect Life Ministry.  For further information call Maureen Ciardiello, Director of Respect Life Ministry at 203-416-1445 or email

·      Encountering the Word Made Flesh, A Retreat for Lay Ministers.  Join Father Peter Lynch at Saint Ann Church, 481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport for a one-day retreat designed to enrich your ministry and deepen your relationship with Jesus, the Word Made Flesh.  Retreats are offered from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on 9/14/13, 11/16/13, 3/8/14, 5/10/14 for $45 and include lunch, the opportunity for Confession and Mass.  Visit for more information or call the Parish Office at (203) 368-1607.

·      "Take a Walk in Their Shoes" and join the Morning Glory Walkathon to benefit the Morning Glory Breakfast Program in its fight against hunger in the Danbury area Saturday, October 5th. See the attached flyer for all the details or contact Marlene at: 203-746-1142 or

·      Living Rosary for October 19th at St. Margaret Shrine in Bridgeport. See the website for more information:

Discernment Retreat

Clearly one of the dynamic groups of women religious in Connecticut are the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. They're having a vocation discernment retreat in early October. Pass the info onto some women. 

The Apostles are women of prayer and community. They seek the face of Christ revealed in the spirituality of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. They're involved in corporal and spiritual works of mercy in the USA and internationally. In CT, the Sisters work in parishes, offices in (Arch) dioceses of Hartford and Bridgeport, the immigrants in New Haven, working with seniors, and running elementary and secondary schools. Invite....

Discernment Retreat with the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Oct 4 - 6 ; Mount Sacred Heart, Hamden.

Single Catholic Women ages 18 to 30: Is God calling you to be an Apostle? Join us for a weekend of prayer and openness to God's plan for your life. This retreat includes presentations on discernment and the Apostle charism, Mass, Eucharistic adoration, Rosary, praying the Liturgy of the Hours with the community, silent reflection, and an opportunity to get to know the Apostles as women of love, service, and reparation.

Contact Sister Colleen Therese Smith for more info: 203-988-4742

I have also attached a flyer.

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Walk securely and generously along the road indicated for you, keeping yourself strongly attached to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
~Clelia Merloni, Foundress

Dear Friends of the Connecticut Catholic Men's Conference,

Pope Francis has challenged us to rethink our relationship with the Lord. As he said recently at World Youth Day:

"God always surprises us, like the new wine in the Gospel we have just heard. God always saves the best for us. But he asks us to let ourselves be surprised by his love, to accept his surprises. Let us trust God! Cut off from him, the wine of joy, the wine of hope, runs out. If we draw near to him, if we stay with him, what seems to be cold water, difficulty, sin; is changed into the new wine of friendship with him." (Homily of  Pope Francis July  24, 2013)

Are you ready to be surprised by God? Are you ready to be challenged and inspired, to be moved and excited, to be given a charge to change the world and the tools to fulfill that charge?

If so, join us at this year's Connecticut Catholic Men's Conference on October 26, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Goodwin College, 1 Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT 06118.

Go to and purchase your tickets.

Attached is a flyer.

Be another St. Francis! Rebuild our Church!

Holy Family Retreat Center, Women’s Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, Oct 4-6, Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford; Women’s Weekend Retreat, Nothing Less than Everything. Experience a dynamic weekend retreat which explores the meaning and the potential of love to transform our lives. Love is our source and our destination. Christ gave us nothing less than complete love on the cross, and we, in turn, are called to love one another. The retreat includes dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, inspirational liturgies, original music, free time to rest and walk the labyrinth, workshops, and healing arts therapies (additional cost). Begins with dinner from6-8 p.m. on Friday evening and concludes with Sunday brunch at noon. $295, more if you can; less if you can’t.

Holy Family Retreat Center, Youth Sunday Retreat
Sunday, Oct 62-6 p.m. Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford; Youth SundayRetreat. Confirmation classes and other high school youth are invited to experience the tranquility of this holy place through a variety of experiences.  The theme for the Sundayevening retreats incorporates Holy Family's retreat theme for the season.  Included are a catechetical component, prayer experience, cooperation activity, a beautiful Reconciliation service with the help of Holy Family's very talented musicians, and a delicious dinner provided by executive chef Joe Ethier.  $40.

Holy Family Retreat Center, What's in Your Bag? Tools for the Trade:  An Evening Workshop for Parish Catechists
Tuesday, Oct 86-9 p.m. Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford; What's in Your Bag? Tools for the Trade:  An Evening Workshop for Parish Catechists, with Liza Peters and Janine Cote.  Please join us for an evening of energetic conversation and learning as we share some tools for the trade in religious education.  If you are a sacramental preparation catechist or CCD/Religious Education program catechist, this program is for you.  We will share our best practices with each other and also share some of the tribulations we have experienced over the years.  We will additionally provide you with some resources to reinvigorate your lessons.  Program includes dinner, presentation, and discussion.  $

Holy Family Retreat Center, The Journey from a Sacrificial to a Sacramental Relationship with God
Wednesday, Oct 1610 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford; Day or Evening of Reflection:  With What Shall I Come Before the Lord? The Journey from a Sacrificial to a Sacramental Relationship with God, with Bill Walsh. We will talk about the meaning of the Temple system, and how Jesus was moving humanity away from a sacrificial way of life towards a sacramental relationship with God. We will look at ways in which we still struggle with the sacrificial way of life today, and what it means to be in a sacramental relationship with God.  $40, includes lunch or dinner.

Holy Family Retreat Center, Youth Sunday Retreat
Sunday, Oct 202-6 p.m. Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford; Youth SundayRetreat. Confirmation classes and other high school youth are invited to experience the tranquility of this holy place through a variety of experiences.  The theme for the Sundayevening retreats incorporates Holy Family's retreat theme for the season.  Included are a catechetical component, prayer experience, cooperation activity, a beautiful Reconciliation service with the help of Holy Family's very talented musicians, and a delicious dinner provided by executive chef Joe Ethier.  $40.


Additional events outside Connecticut...

Blessed Karl of Austria Events in the Northeast -- October 2013
All Masses are Traditional Latin Masses unless otherwise indicated.
Thursday, 17 October, 5:30 PM
Pontifical Mass & Conference, Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church,
Newton, MA
Friday, 18 October, 6:30 PM
Pontifical Mass, Holy Name of Jesus Church,
Providence, RI
Saturday, 19 October, 11:00 AM
Pontifical Mass, Holy Name of Jesus Church,
Providence, RI
Sunday, 20 October, 2:00 PM
Aliquippa, PA
Monday, 21 October, 7:30 PM (Feast Day of Blessed Karl of Austria)
Pontifical Mass & Reception, St. Mary Mother of God Church,
Washington, DC
Tuesday, 22 October, 6:00 PM
Mass, Reception & Conference, John Paul II Shrine,
Washington, DC
Wednesday, 23 October, 7:00 PM
Pontifical Mass & Conference, Mater Ecclesiae Church,
Berlin, NJ
Friday, 25 October, 8:00 AM
Elysburg, PA
Saturday, 26 October, 5:30 PM
Novus Ordo (in Portuguese), Our Lady of Fatima Church,
Elizabeth, NJ
Sunday, 27 October, 11:00 AM
Pontifical Mass & Conference, St. Anthony of Padua Oratory,
West Orange, NJ
Monday, 28 October, 6:00 PM
Pontifical Mass & Conference, Church of the Holy Innocents,
Manhattan, NY
Celebrant of Pontifical Masses:
His Excellency, Don Teodoro de Faria
Bishop Emeritus of Funchal, Madeira Islands, Portugal
Conference Speaker:
Ricardo Dumont dos Santos
Portugal Delegate of the Emperor Karl League of Prayers
These Masses and conferences were arranged and coordinated by the following Traditional Knights of Columbus councils:
Regina Coeli Council 423, Manhattan, NY
Potomac Council 433, Washington, DC
Woodlawn Council 2161, Aliquippa, PA
Agnus Dei Council 12361, Manhattan, NY
Mater Ecclesiae Council 12833, Berlin, NJ
Grateful acknowledgement to Syversen Touring for arranging air travel.
Additional support provided by:
The Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy
For additional information on Bl. Karl, please visit
Background info on speakers:

His Excellency, Don Teodoro de Faria
Bishop Emeritus of Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal, author of a new book about Blessed Karl.  As Bishop of the diocese in which Blessed Karl died in 1922, Bishop de Faria has long been active in his cause for sainthood, and it was he who formally presented to the Holy Father the petition to beatify Emperor Karl at the beatification ceremony in Saint Peter’s Square on 3 October 2004. A native of Madeira, Bishop de Faria was ordained in 1956 at the age of 26, consecrated bishop of Funchal in 1982, and since his retirement in 2007, has been working on his book about Blessed Karl, which he will discuss during his remarks.
Ricardo Dumont dos Santos
Portugal Delegate of the Emperor Karl League of Prayers.   Mr. Dumont dos Santos is the honorary consul of the Federal Republic of Germany on the Portuguese island of Madeira.   His family's connection to Blessed Karl encompasses three generations. His father, Dr. Alfredo Dumont Machado dos Santos, was leader of the Emperor Karl Prayer League in Portugal until his death in 1989.  His paternal grandfather was one of the doctors called for consultation during the final illness of Emperor Karl, and it was he who signed his death certificate.


If you have any questions please contact the event DIRECTLY - I am just passing along the information.

In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner

EWTN Press Release: WWII, France, Pope Pius XII and more...

EWTN Follows France's Post-War Struggle for Religious Freedom in the World Premiere of
“The War of the Vendee”

Irondale, AL – Where was Pope Pius XII during World War II?  Author Ron Rychlak  has presents evidence that the Pope did more than he is credited for during the Nazi occupation of Rome!  Join us as the facts surrounding “Hitler, The War, and the Pope,” come to light when Doug Keck hosts “EWTN Bookmark,” at 9:30 a.m. ET, Sunday, Sept 28—only on EWTN!
Meet the producer of “The War of the Vendee!” Join “EWTN Live” Host Fr. Mitch Pacwa speaks with guest Producer Jim Morlino about  his role during the production of the award winning film, “The War of the Vendee!” Watch “EWTN Live” at 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 25—and then stay tuned for the premiere of “The War of the Vendee”  right after the show—only on EWTN!
The wait is almost over! Follow the fallout of the French Revolution as several French peasants begin their struggle to restore religious freedom to their country. Don’t miss the premiere of “The War of the Vendee” at 9:30 p.m. ET, after EWTN Live on Wednesday, Sept. 25—exclusively on EWTN!
These treats are simply heavenly! Step into British Journalist Joana Bogel’s kitchen as she prepares feasts for the senses in honor of the Archangel St. Michael! Tune in to see how to prepare St. Michael’s Waffles and the traditional Scottish flat bread, bannock, used to celebrate the Archangel’s “Feasts and Seasons!”
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pope Francis' Female Cardinals?

Yeah, I know, just when you thought the stupid couldn’t get any more stupid they out do themselves.

The author claims "It's not a joke", he's right... it's a delusion and lie.  Women are not now or ever being named Cardinals in Christ's Holy Catholic Church. Period.

After the author claims it's not a joke, he then claims to know what the Pope has been thinking, just how he sees into the Pope's brain is not revealed in the article.  

Reading this is like watching a game of Twister. But when you don't speak clearly, the progressive mental midgets will get brain cramps twisting their minds around what they WISH would happen. Notice the "it was AS IF" he said...blah, blah, blah.  Someone...perhaps Cardinal Burke, will speak clearly and stop this nonsense.  We can only hope.

Here is the insane and false claim ripping through the Internet…

Pope Francis contemplates appointing a female cardinal
 *Observers believe pontiff is likely to make changes to allow a bigger role for women in the Church

By Juan Arias – Rio De Janeiro
It’s not a joke. It’s something that Pope Francis has thought about before: naming a woman cardinal. Those who know the pope, both before and after he took over from Ratzinger, say that the first Jesuit pontiff is not only surprising people with his comments, but also with his actions. And this has been happening throughout his first six months in the role.
Those who think that Francis – who has all the simplicity of a parish priest – is a naïve man are wrong. This pope isn’t an ordinary pope. He has come to St. Peter’s with concrete plans for the Catholic Church: he wants to revive Christianity by taking it back to its origins.
 The symbolism of his actions began when he first appeared on the balcony at St. Peter’s, calling himself “a bishop” and asking the people to bless him. Since then, he has wasted no time in making unexpected decisions, which have shocked those both inside and outside the Church.
And he will continue to do so, especially with his plans to appoint a female cardinal. He knows that a woman’s role in the Church is an unresolved issue that cannot wait any longer. He was clear about this during his interview with La Civiltà Cattolica last week. “The Church cannot be herself without the woman and her role,” he said. “The woman is essential for the Church. Mary, a woman, is more important than the bishops. I say this because we must not confuse the function with the dignity.”
 In other words, it was as if Pope Francis was saying: “The Church isn’t complete because the woman’s role is missing.”
How can he introduce that essential component? He answered the question himself during the interview: “We must therefore investigate further the role of women in the Church. We have to work harder to develop a profound theology of the woman.”And that theology, according to the pope, cannot be construed within the Vatican’s walls.” The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions,” he said. 
He may pave the way with discussions that urgently put the issue of a woman’s role in the Church on the table, or better yet, “in front of the altar.” And one of those gestures could be the naming of the first female cardinal. Is that feat impossible? No, because canonical law states that cardinals don’t have to be priests, they can be deacons.Some would argue that women are not allowed to be deacons as they were 800 years ago among the first Christian communities. But this is one of the reforms that Francis has in mind; it is not based on any dogma. A woman could become a deaconess tomorrow if he so desired. 
As Phyllis Zagano of Loyola University in Chicago, an expert on the issue, wrote: “A female deaconess is not an idea for the future. It is an issue for the present and today." 
Zagano brought up the matter with Cardinal Ratzinger before he became pope. “This is something that is being studied,” he told her. Pope Benedict XVI did not follow through but Pope Francis might.The Armenian Apostolic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church, which have close links to the Vatican, both have deaconesses.Any woman who is appointed deaconess can indeed become a cardinal without having to change canonical law.Cardinals serve as advisors to the pope and their primary function is to elect a new pontiff. 
“Knowing this pope, he wouldn’t hesitate before appointing a woman cardinal,” said one Jesuit priest. “And he would indeed enjoy being the first pope to allow women to participate in the selection of a new pontiff.”

I don’t know if any Jesuit priest actually said the above or if Juan Arias is just delusional.  If the "priest" did say it, I would remind him of what just happened to former priest Reynolds who was defrocked and excommunicated for teaching and supporting the issue of women priests (among other things).  
In any case, THE Holy Catholic Church will NEVER see a woman cardinal, bishop or priest.  This is just another fantasy among the progressives.

Can. 351 §1. The Roman Pontiff freely selects men to be promoted as cardinals, who have been ordained at least into the order of the presbyterate and are especially outstanding in doctrine, morals, piety, and prudence in action; those who are not yet bishops must receive episcopal consecration.

In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner

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