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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Priest: "I am coming out for gay equality because its what Jesus would do."

Openly gay priest, Fr. Gary Meier of the archdiocese of St. Louis speaks out for gay equality but refuses to tell homosexuals that homosexual ACTS are a mortal sin that will lead to eternal damnation.  

He has written books for gay rights and has begun his own gay rights activist outreach program called "Rising Voices of Faith" - don't be fooled, the Catholic Faith is nonexistent in this program.

Father Meier rejects Catholic teaching on homosexuality in favor of Pew polls.

No really...Here is what Father Meier states on his website:


Got that?  

This Catholic priest is teaching that a mortal sin is "a gift from God".

When Pope Francis said "Who am I to judge?" back in 2013, Father Meier said;

"At the very least, perhaps now others will follow the Pope’s lead and be a little less judgmental themselves.  If the only good that comes out of the Pope’s statement is that others will be less judgmental, than that would be a great place to start. For years, members of the LGBT community have been judged and told that they are disordered; that they have a disease like alcoholism; that they are defective in some way; that they are wrong when they should be right, that they are unfit and unworthy of ordination – and today, our Pope seems to be opening the door for what I hope will lead to a conversation about homosexuality in our church.  LGBT Catholics who have come to the church looking for love and acceptance have instead found an atmosphere of silence and shame.  And it’s not just the gay population who suffers, it is all those who have accepted a member of their family and all of those who have allied as friends.  They too have been silenced and shamed, ostracized by a church teaching and hierarchal positioning that will not allow us to support, love, nurture and foster positive gay relationships in our church I am optimistic, that our Pope’s comments can lead to greater love and acceptance of the LGBT community.  And at the same time, I am cautious – cautious that the change in tone and attitude represented by the Pope’s statement will not lead to a change in theology and doctrine which so desperately needs to change." 

Got that?  Another Catholic priest wants theology and Church doctrine to CHANGE so that what God calls mortal sin (homosexual acts) can be redefined as "love" and then allow Catholics (clergy and laity) to "support, love, nurture and foster positive gay relationships in our church."

"positive gay relationships"?

Are those anything like "positive adulterous relationships"?  How about "positive fornicating relationships"?

Where (if at all) do progressive liberals in the Church STOP attempting to redefine sin?  As if God made a mistake and now, after more than two thousand years of the Catholic Church He has decided to fix this teaching so that what was once mortal sin is now 'love'.  

Ridiculous and blasphemous at the same time!

I just can't understand how a priest (presumably well educated) can read Catholic doctrine, the catechism, the Saints, Papal Bulls, encyclicals etc. and yet still come out with this heretical drivel.

That these priests SEEM to believe what they are saying is the most baffling part of it for me.  How can *I*, a mere member of the laity- without the extensive theological education our priests have- see what is wrong with this sort of thinking, and they so oblivious?

Father Meier continues his harmful heretical rhetoric with assorted non-approved gay website links on his "Rising Voices of Faith" website.

But perhaps even more harmful and damaging is Father Gary Meier's personal website where he offers his services to guide and counsel people in HIS beliefs rather than the Church's official teachings.  He also offers to do speaking engagements to spread his heretical beliefs to others.

Why is this allowed?

Does the Bishop approve?

Does Father Meier have the SILENT approval of the Archdiocese of St. Louis?

Looks that way since nothing has been said about Father Meier's personal website offering his services or his gay activist outreach program.

As a matter of fact the only thing the Archdiocese has said has been about Meier's gay book.  

Does that mean they have no problem with his doing speaking engagements and guiding others in his beliefs that oppose Catholic teaching?

Again, it would seem so.

In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner

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


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EWTN Press Release: National Catholic Register Grows

National Catholic Newspaper
Reports Unprecedented Circulation Gains

The National Catholic Register Grows Paid Circulation by 71% in Three Years

Irondale, Ala., October 27, 2014 — The National Catholic Register continues to defy the challenges of the newspaper publishing industry, reporting a 71% increase in circulation since February 2011. In this three-year timeframe — under the management of its owner EWTN Global Catholic Network — circulation rose from 22,825 subscribers to today’s 39,041subscribers. The gains in circulation for 2014 alone have included nearly 4,000 new subscribers.
These consistent and record gains for the largest and one of the oldest Catholic newspapers in the U.S. can be attributed to a comprehensive blend of factors, including timely and trustworthy reporting, solid editorial content, inspirational features, and expanded marketing efforts.
Online web traffic to has also increased from 294,886 to 903,557 in the same three-year time period — a 206% growth. Recently, the National Catholic Register’s Facebook page surpassed 100,000 likes, and the publication also reaches digital readers via its new mobile site, iPhone/iPad and Android apps, and Kindle. Finally, the organization also produces Register Radio, a weekly radio show that airs on EWTN’s Global Radio Network.
“The Register is experiencing a wonderful, prolonged period of growth that speaks to our ability to deliver thorough news coverage that resonates truth,” said Michael P. Warsaw, EWTN’s chairman and chief executive officer and publisher of the National Catholic Register. “It’s exciting to see both long-time and new readers respond to our efforts with the enthusiasm and loyal support that is fueling our growth.”
“Our media organization — with a staff of only 16 full-time employees — continues to meet the needs of our audience — in print, online and via Register Radio,” notes Editor in Chief, Jeanette De Melo. “Our print and digital subscription numbers, as well as overall website and new media traffic, continue to climb, as we reach Catholics in the many varied ways they seek their news today.”
The award-winning National Catholic Register ( provides its readers with timely news reporting from across the United States, the Vatican, and around the world. As the newspaper of record for the Catholic Church in America, the Register and its online presence,, have become America’s most complete and faithful Catholic news source. It is published bi-weekly, 26 issues per year. The National Catholic Register also produces Register Radio, a weekly program that airs on EWTN’s radio network.

EWTN Global Catholic Network is available in more than 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, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Upcoming Catholic Events in Connecticut

The parish Music Committee
of St. Mary's Church
5 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut
 will sponsor a lecture/workshop 
presented by Muriel Maharidge, DMA
Singing Gregorian Chant
 Come experience the sublime beauty of Gregorian chant and discover the unique qualities that make it especially suited to sacred liturgy. 
 Monday, October 27 at 7:00 in the Parish Hall


The St John's Bible exhibit at the KofC Museum (New Haven) closes on November 2.     DON'T miss this exhibit!!!


Fr. Chris Cleary to Address Needs of the Caregiver in Nov. 8
Retreat for Health Care Professionals

West Hartford, Conn. – Are you a nurse or other health care professional whose job it is to take care of people? Professional caregivers are special individuals who give of themselves selflessly, but who gives to them?  How are they nurtured and sustained?  How do they manage the stress, worry, and flat-out exhaustion to which their challenging roles so often give rise?

Fr. Chris Cleary, a Passionist priest and former cardiac intensive care nurse, will explore the delicate balance between caring for yourself and caring for others in a daylong retreat for health care professionals titled “Care for the Caregiver:  A Day of Spiritual and Physical Renewal.”The retreat takes place on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford. 

“I’m hoping this will be a small oasis for health care providers, a place where they can be nurtured,” said Fr. Chris. “We’ll look at how they can cultivate resilience amid the many challenges they face, and we’ll examine practices that will enable them to serve others in a way that is spiritually sustainable and life-giving.”

In additional to his nursing experience, Fr. Chris has worked in retreat ministry, spiritual direction, training in religious formation, and youth ministry.  He holds a B.S. in nursing from Widener College and a Master in Divinity degree from the Catholic Theological Union. 

The retreat will include inspirational talks, dialogue, yoga, and free time to rest. Healing arts therapies will be available at an additional cost. The offering to attend is $65 and includes lunch. Holy Family Retreat Center is located at 303 Tunxis Road in West Hartford.  For more information and to register, call 860-760-9705 or visit


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Catholic nun sings Madonna's "Like a virgin" song...

Good grief, what was she thinking?

Music video by Sister Cristina performing Like A Virgin. (C) 2014 Universal Music Italia Srl

QuoteIn an interview with the Catholic daily Avvenire this week, Sister Cristina explained why she picked Like a Virgin as one of the tracks on her album, which will be released next month."I chose it myself, without any desire to provoke or cause a scandal. By reading the text, without letting yourself be influenced by previous [interpretations], you discover that it is a song about the ability of love to renew people, to redeem them from their past. And that’s how I wanted to interpret it."
Original Madonna lyrics (Sister Cristina removed the BLUE parts in her version)

"Like A Virgin"

I made it through the wilderness
Somehow I made it through
Didn't know how lost I was
Until I found you

I was beat incomplete
I'd been had, I was sad and blue
But you made me feel
Yeah, you made me feel
Shiny and new


Like a virgin
Touched for the very first time
Like a virgin
When your heart beats [after first time, "With your heartbeat"]
Next to mine

Gonna give you all my love, boy
My fear is fading fast
Been saving it all for you
'Cause only love can last

You're so fine and you're mine
Make me strong, yeah you make me bold
Oh your love thawed out
Yeah, your love thawed out
What was scared and cold


Oooh, oooh, oooh

You're so fine and you're mine
I'll be yours 'till the end of time
'Cause you made me feel
Yeah, you made me feel
I've nothing to hide


Like a virgin, ooh, ooh
Like a virgin
Feels so good inside
When you hold me, and your heart beats, and you love me

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Ooh, baby
Can't you hear my heart beat
For the very first time?


In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Good cause, but glad they're not my neighbors...

This is not only a really good Halloween house light display, its also a great opportunity to give to charity.  They are accepting donations for children with Down Syndrome - specifically for Gigi's Playhouse.

Youtube quote:
Published on Oct 5, 2014Thomas Halloween 2014, Conan Doyle Rd, Naperville IL. 96 LOR Channels
Donations are being collected for Gigi's Playhouse this year. Come out and see the light show and donate, or donate here:

Gigi's Playhouse...

In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Feminist video of little girls highly offensive [graphic warning]

[Warning: graphic language]

This should be hard to watch for decent people- especially decent Catholic and all Christian parents.

This is a video promotion to sell liberal/LBGT/feminist/gaylove/equality t-shirts using little girls dropping the f-bomb and other vile language.

Who are these vile people?
They are "FCKH8.COM"...

 What does the mainline entertainment media think of this offensive video?  They don't find these little girls yelling obscenities offensive, oh no.  They agree with the video that the words "inequality" is what is offensive.

EOnline states:

 Warning: What you hear in this video may shock you.But we're not talking about the fact that these little girls (ages 6 to 13) are swearing like sailors. We're talking about the phrases they are using regarding gender inequality.
In a video produced by starring the "Potty-Mouthed Princesses,"
young girls all dolled up in pastel gowns drop F-bombs to remind everyone that society shouldn't be offended by curse words; we should be offended by the fact that women are still paid 23 percent less than men in the work force and the fact that one in five women is sexually assaulted or raped. 

At least the readers of EOnline showed they have a brain.  See their comments...

Why isn't this child abuse?

Earlier this year, a swearing toddler was taken into Child Protective Services because of a video made and posted on Facebook of the child repeating profanities and the adults around him laughing.

This was enough to send in Child Protective Services to take the toddler and the other children from the home.

 A Nebraska toddler who repeated a slew of profanities in an online video has been taken into child protective custody, Omaha police said Wednesday.
While authorities found nothing criminal in the video, officials from the Omaha police's Child Victim Unit and the Nebraska Child Protective Services took the infant and three other children into custody on Wednesday, the police department said on its Facebook page.
In the "Potty Mouth Princesses" video these children are being used (with their parents full support) to use horrible profanity all in the name of "FEMINISM".  I was asking myself "What were their parents thinking to allow their daughters to do such a horrible thing?"... the answer is they aren't really 'parents'.  This isn't parenting a child.  This is manipulating, corrupting and using a child.  It's child abuse, though I doubt our secular society will see it that way.

Tragic.  These poor little girls.  What monsters they have for 'parents'.

For a Catholic view of feminism how it should be, I suggest reading Pope Benedict's "Holy Women".

In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Holy Spirit thwarts Progressive Pope

To be blunt I don’t like anything Pope Francis said in his final speech of the Synod (more below).  I believe (as Cardinal Burke said) Pope Francis is harming the Catholic Faith*.  Yes, I know Burke was talking about the Pope not setting the record straight and allowing progressive views to grow and spread through the media- but isn’t that EXACTLY what Pope Francis has done all along? [Holy Week washing Muslim women’s feet, ‘who am I to judge’, etc]

Pope Francis IS a progressive Catholic.  There can be no question about that after all his interviews and off the cuff comments.  This Synod was a progressive attempt to change the Church.  At first I believe progressives thought they had it in the bag- hence the “working document” about welcoming gay couples in mortal sin because they have “gifts” to offer the Church.  They seemed completely stupefied by the large outcry heard around the world. These people don't know their own Faith or the Saints who kept and taught the faith.
“If one yields ground on any single point of Catholic doctrine, one will later have to yield later in another, and again in another, and so on until such surrenders come to be something normal and acceptable. And when one gets used to rejecting dogma bit by bit, the final result will be the repudiation of it altogether.” –St. Vincent of Lerins

If anyone thinks Pope Francis wasn’t completely behind this progressive push, you’re fooling yourselves.  Everything he’s done since day one has pointed to that “working document” so adored and fawned over by progressives.

What he didn’t expect was the complete spanking he got for his efforts.
Pope Francis during heated Synod discussion.
Church Militant TV’s Michael Voris says it’s because faithful Catholics around the world heard Catholic media reporting these events as they happened and they rightly protested what was going on.  

I see it differently. 

The gates of hell will not prevail” against Christ’s Holy Catholic Church. Sure faithful Catholic media and laity voiced their unhappiness and anger at what was going on, but it was the Holy Spirit who stopped Pope Francis and his progressive gang in their tracks. 

They [progressives] can waste all their efforts TRYING to change doctrine, but it won’t happen.  What they WILL do, is lead people to Hell with their heretical beliefs and THAT is what angers me.

“What shall a Catholic do if some portion of the Church detaches itself from communion of the universal Faith? What other choice can he make if some new contagion attempts to poison, no longer a small part of the Church, but the whole Church at once, then his great concern will be to attach himself to antiquity (Tradition) which can no longer be led astray by any lying novelty.” –St. Vincent of Lerins

I completely trust the Holy Spirit to protect the Church.  Pope Francis cannot destroy Her or change Her, but Pope Francis [and other progressive clergy] CAN be the Piped Piper leading ignorant people into heresy and subsequently Hell.  That is what faithful devout orthodox Catholics have to fight against.  We have to help save people from misleading 'off the cuff' comments and bold heresy- even from our own clergy.

“The Church of the Lord is built upon the rock of the apostles among so many dangers in the world; it therefore remains unmoved. The Church's foundation is unshakable and firm against assaults of the raging sea. Waves lash at the Church but do not shatter it. Although the elements of this world constantly beat upon the Church with crashing sounds, the Church possesses the safest harbor of salvation for all in distress.” – St. Ambrose of Milan

Back to Pope Francis’ final speech … guess he didn’t like the smack down, because he (at least in my opinion) struck back at all the Catholics who dared oppose the progressive agenda he had so hoped would be accepted.

 - One, a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises, (the spirit); within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve. From the time of Christ, it is the temptation of the zealous, of the scrupulous, of the solicitous and of the so-called – today – “traditionalists” and also of the intellectuals.

He just had to slap traditional Catholics across the face (again) didn’t he?

 - The temptation to a destructive tendency to goodness [it. buonismo], that in the name of a deceptive mercy binds the wounds without first curing them and treating them; that treats the symptoms and not the causes and the roots. It is the temptation of the “do-gooders,” of the fearful, and also of the so-called “progressives and liberals.”

Guess traditionalist are the “fearful” “do-gooders” ignoring the cause and root of the wounds in the Church.  Those “wounds” are of course caused by telling people what sin is and that it must be confessed before Holy Communion.  And the “wounds” of telling homosexuals they can’t get ‘married’ because it’s a mortal sin.  Pope Francis believes to heal the ‘causes and roots’ of these wounds we need to shut up about gay ‘marriage’ and abortion etc.  His idea of “curing them” is leaving them ignorant and in a state of mortal sin.

 - The temptation to transform stones into bread to break the long, heavy, and painful fast (cf. Lk 4:1-4); and also to transform the bread into a stone and cast it against the sinners, the weak, and the sick (cf Jn 8:7), that is, to transform it into unbearable burdens (Lk 11:46)

What Pope Francis calls “unbearable burdens” is what the rest of us call “picking up our crosses and following Christ”.  Christ didn’t promise anyone life would be easy- Mary, sinless Mother of God suffered pain in this life (Luke 2:34-35) why shouldn’t the rest of us?  No one is casting stones at sinners, but we are telling them to REPENT and sin no more because that is what Jesus taught us to do.  That is the key: repenting.  If the Church doesn’t tell people what sin is, how can sinner’s repent?  The Church is COMMANDED by Jesus to teach the FULL Truth to all people so that they might be saved (Matthew 28:19-20). That is the mission of the Church.  That is how wounds are healed.

 - The temptation to come down off the Cross, to please the people, and not stay there, in order to fulfil the will of the Father; to bow down to a worldly spirit instead of purifying it and bending it to the Spirit of God.

He must have choked on that one.  Continually we see Pope Francis and progressive Catholic clergy attempting to 'bow down to worldly spirit" by watering down the Faith and telling Catholics to shut up about abortion and gay marriage. Rather worry about the worst crisis in the world- youth unemployment and lonely elderly people.  Ahuh.  Last I checked those weren't mortal sins that send a person to Hell.  But what progressive is worried about the souls of people?  None.  They are worried about being welcoming, not offending and finding the "gifts" in homosexual relationships!

 - The temptation to neglect the “depositum fidei” [the deposit of faith], not thinking of themselves as guardians but as owners or masters [of it]; or, on the other hand, the temptation to neglect reality, making use of meticulous language and a language of smoothing to say so many things and to say nothing! They call them “byzantinisms,” I think, these things…"

If ANYONE is tempting to “neglect the depositum fidei [deposit of faith]" its progressive clergy.  They don’t want to be guardians of the faith, they want to change the faith- just like Martin Luther before them.

And another slap to devout orthodox Catholics with “…on the other hand, the temptation to neglect reality, making use of meticulous language and a language of smoothing to say so many things and to say nothing!”  Clearly, traditional Catholics to Pope Francis’ mind are “neglecting reality” because we don’t believe the MORTAL SIN of homosexual relationships are a “gift” to the Church.

“It is an error to believe that Christ did not teach a determined body of doctrine applicable to all times and to all men, but rather that He inaugurated a religious movement adapted, or to be adapted, to different times and different places.”–Pope St. Pius X

This Synod has only reaffirmed my already none to favorable views of our current Pope.  I don’t trust Pope Francis and I don’t like him.  I wanted/want to trust him, like him and love him like I did Pope Benedict before him, but the honest truth is I don’t- and I probably never will.  I’ve accepted that.  I also accept Pope Francis 100% as our current pope.   God (for His own reasons) has allowed Pope Francis to be pope, I accept it.  Let’s remember, God also allowed such popes as Alexander VI to hold the papal office for a time.  Just because you’re pope doesn’t mean you’re a good one or that the faithful will love you. 

“Given the breakdown in family life, the wholesale attack on innocent and defenseless human lives, and the violation of the integrity of the union of marriage in our society, the call to the martyrdom of witness is ever more urgent.” –Cardinal Raymond Burke

Many Catholics are rightly pointing their fingers at progressive Bishops/Cardinals who pushed their liberal agenda’s at the Synod.  Like Cardinal Kasper, who is about as Catholic as my dead dog.  I don’t like Kasper, not because he’s liberal, but because he’s a heretic.  He wishes (and is attempting) to change the Church.  Kasper is a closet protestant- he doesn’t love the Church as She is, he wants to change her to be more Protestant.  Then he will love Her.  Along the way, his heretical beliefs are destroying the weak faith held by many Catholics.  Catholics who don’t properly know their faith.  He is putting his heretical ideas into the heads of Catholics who sadly, will follow him and his theology away from the Church.

Kasper is today’s Martin Luther.  Only instead of opposing the pope, he's working with him to push a progressive agenda that is in direct opposition to Church teaching.

And sadly… Kasper has Pope Francis patting him on the back all the way for months now.  Encouraging Kasper to continue spreading heretical beliefs.  This is tragic. 

Not a single word of public correction has been given to Kasper for all the misleading and heretical views Kasper has PUBLICLY made before, during or after the Synod. Instead we get the above.  That’s wrong.

"Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it; and indeed to neglect to confound evil men, when we can do it, is no less a sin than to encourage them." -Pope St. Felix III

 "If the faith is in imminent peril, prelates ought to be accused by their subjects, even in public." -St. Thomas Aquinas

 "According to their knowledge, competence and prestige which they possess, [the Christian faithful] have the right and even at the times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful"- Canon Law 212 Section 3

In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner

*Yes [to answer the emails on this], I know Church Militant TV took down the video about Cardinal Burke’s comment that “Pope Francis is harming the Church”.  Why was the video taken down?  I have no idea. Perhaps Burke requested it?  Perhaps Voris saw the video as harming the faithful in some way?  Or perhaps it was simply to controversial, I honestly don’t know and don’t really care.  I saw the video and I agree with Cardinal Burke- though I go much further in my belief that Pope Francis has been damaging the Church since his first Holy Week- that is my opinion and it hasn’t changed.

Sunday, 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,, 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, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

Saturday, 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

Friday, 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?


In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner


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