If there is substance in what these writers have said, then is it possible that souls have already been and are still being lost by the lack of action on the part of bishops? Who would wish this to continue?
Below is a document which claims to set out a course of action which can be taken by bishops who wish to prevent any further harm to the souls in their care.
I should be grateful if you could advise me whether my assessment is reasonable. And if so, what are our bishops going to do?
There is no doubt in the minds of significant numbers of believing Catholics that simple logic indicates that Cardinal Pell is innocent of the crimes for which he is imprisoned. In this they are supported by one of the three appeal judges.
It seems to many that we owe a debt of gratitude to our non-Catholic Christian brethren for their great efforts in his defence.
Why are our bishops luke-warm in, or absent from, his defence? Do they believe him guilty?
All this has happened since the 'survey' on same-sex 'marriage' was translated into law by a triumphant parliament under Malcolm Turnbull.
And without any substantial opposition from Australian bishops.
Yet there are Christians who hold the view that bishops might be expected to form the first line of defence against the forces of darkness.
Is it possible that this lack of real opposition to institutionalising sodomy has not only allowed the sodomites an easy victory, but prepared the ground for the next assault on Christian teaching?
It would seem that this battle has been lost. Does that excuse Christians from continuing the fight? Who knows, we might one day win. Certainly, those lay men and women who oppose abortion have not given up.
Is there a plan for bishops to finally enter the fray and reverse this travesty?
If I have said anything untrue or unfair, please tell me and I shall apologise.
Below please find information revealed by Sr Agnes Sasagawa of Akita, Japan, advising that the world is to be visited by a chastisement from Heaven.
Given the amount of evil in the world, particularly in Australia at present, such a punishment cannot be ruled out.
I do not believe that the coming events can be stopped. But perhaps mitigated through prayer.
Also on this web page is a list of saints who provided similar prophecies, and whose prophecies seem to concur with those of Sr Agnes. Below that is given a list of purported mystics whose prophecies do not have approval.
Given the agreement among these holy individuals, and the dreadful state of society, along with the disgusting activities in the Vatican, should we now be preparing ourselves for the coming events?
It is appropriate at this time to recall, and in prayer reflect on, the words of St. Francis of Assisi, provided in the book “Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis of Assisi,” which on page 248 begins: “A short time before the holy Father’s death, he called together his Children and warned them of the coming troubles, saying: ‘Act bravely, my Brethren; take courage, and trust in the Lord. The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, will abound; the charity of many will grow cold, and the malice of the wicked will increase. The devils will have unusual power, the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff’ and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity. At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death. Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it. There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the· Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God. Then our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us. Those who are found faithful will receive the crown of life; but woe to those who, trusting solely in their Order, shall fall into tepidity, for they will not be able to support the temptations permitted for the proving or the elect. Those who preserve their fervour and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth. But the Lord will be the refuge of the afflicted, and will save all who trust in Him. And in order to be like their Head, these, the elect, will act with confidence, and by their death will purchase for themselves eternal life; choosing to obey God rather than man, they will fear nothing, and they will ·prefer to perish rather than consent to falsehood and perfidy. Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor, but a destroyer.” This book was published in 1882 with the Imprimatur issued by the Most Reverend William Bernard, Archbishop of Birmingham United Kingdom.
Dear Archbishop Coleridge
Until now criticism of the behaviour of Pope Francis has been limited largely to Catholic laymen, although these have been knowledgeable Catholics of good reputation.
Now an active bishop, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, has identified idolatry among the issues associated with Francis.
Others have noted the attempt to introduce female clergy via deaconesses, impossible under formal Catholic teaching.
The danger here being that since the Church teaches infallibly that valid ordination is confined to males, any attempt to negate this teaching is false since it would seek to 'prove' that the Church is no longer infallible.
Proceeding to 'ordain' a female would result in excommunication of those involved. But what about those promoting the idea of women priests? Are they not also subject to excommunication?
How is it that so many Catholics, in the face of formal Catholic teaching, somehow think that females can be ordained? What is being taught in Catholic schools? And seminaries?
Why are Australian bishops silent on what is reported to be open idolatry and the pushing of what seem to be anti-Catholic concepts?
Do ordinary Australian Catholics have the right to know where the truth lies?
In the document below, Michael Voris is claiming that cardinals and bishops are stealing, embezzling and misusing millions of dollars donated by lay Catholics.
He makes the point that the authorities in Rome and their adherents are outraged at the 'theft' of idols from a Catholic church, but their outrage stops short of concern about the theft of billions of dollars in cash and kind. It seems that the police have not yet been notified.
So far I have seen no attempt to deny the criminal activity. Just silence.
If these allegations have any grounding in fact, then from a layman's point of view it would seem that any collection money sent to Rome may not achieve what the giver intends.
Can you advise what Australian bishops are doing about safeguarding the hard-earned money of the laity from theft?
The links below form a sample of headlines which indicate a dysfunctional Vatican, claimed to be run and staffed overwhelmingly by sodomites.
One group has claimed that about 60% of Vatican staff are sodomites. They are the moderates. Others claim that the percentage is closer to 90%.
Neither is acceptable.
These stories below, to which I have so far seen no denial, seem to suggest that the Church structure and authority have fallen into the hands of evildoers.
There are reports which suggest that Cardinal Pell was falsely charged so that Vatican funds could be safely looted, with up to a billion dollars unaccounted-for. Here is a small sample of the links on this subject.
Mr Bernard Gaynor has produced the letter below, detailing proposals for the discussion of the legitimisation of the following topics at the Plenary Council.
An end to priestly celibacy
Communion for all
I have so far heard nothing of outrage from Australian bishops at these ideas.
1 Female ordination is impossible, and anyone who attempts it is automatically excommunicated. Without a return to the Church, Hell becomes the destiny for those who follow this path. Why would our bishops want Catholics to go to Hell?
2 Priestly celibacy is not an issue. There are married priests in many countries. It's just that the bishops and popes of earlier centuries deemed it unwise. Are our bishops somehow able to see more clearly than their predecessors?
Sunday Mass at my parish brings about 4% of Catholics to Mass. Those predecessor bishops of the mid-twentieth century managed to attract more than 80%.
3 Communion for all means giving the Blessed Sacrament to those in the state of mortal sin. It would be a courageous bishop who allowed such an insult to the Divine Majesty. How can this not lead to Hell? And why would bishops want this to happen?
4 Contraception means removing the reproductive element from marriage. That is, marriage without children, and our present catastrophic birthrate. Once the marriage union is limited to recreation without procreation, you open the door to other evils, and sex becomes solely recreational: how can you then argue against bestiality, sodomy etc?
5 Divorce is not the problem. It's the attempt to remarry after divorce. Again, once the door of serial remarriage is opened, where is the defence against polygamy? And what happens to the children? How would this idea appeal to a God Who says that marriage is for life?
6 Euthanasia places man above God. Where God gives life, and takes it in His own time, those who promote euthanasia believe that they know better than God, or that somehow God occasionally gets things wrong.
In a Euthanasian society, those who find themselves on an operating table might well be concerned about whether their lives are considered by medical staff to be of less value than their kidneys.
7 The defence of marriage during the recent debate on 'gay marriage' was on the negative side of feeble. I heard no bishop make the point that sodomites who die unrepentant spend eternity in torment perhaps more intense that that of other sinners.
The evil of sodomy is that it always involves two people, whereas other sins are often restricted to just one. How could a bishop even countenance any discussion of a promotion of an evil that cries out to Heaven for vengeance?
My questions are simple.
1 Why are these sins up for discussion?
2 Why have they not been dismissed as forbidden topics, and the promoters required to learn the faith?
3 One might also ask the question of whether these ideas were generated or supported by professional Catholics. And if so, what is to be done.
4 What benefit would the legitimisation of these evils bring to the salvation of souls?
5 Bishops, like the rest of us, face judgement at the end of their lives. The difference is that the judgement of a bishop is considerably more exacting. Why would a bishop wish to jeopardise his eternal fate by failing to teach the truth about the list above?
6 The ideas listed above are an indication that the proposers somehow know better than God does. Does this not indicate a lack of humility?
7 No one talks about Hell any more. Even Pope Francis tells us that eternal punishment is not the logic of the gospel. A promotion of the list above suggests a disbelief in eternal consequences for sin. Has the concept of Hell now been abrogated?
8 For those who believe that teaching about Hell would cause unnecessary fear, the Church believes that in 1917 Our Blessed Mother showed Hell very graphically to a seven-year-old girl. Was she wrong in doing so?
If I have said anything unfair or incorrect, please advise me.
The information below conforms with that of many other Catholic writers, whose knowledge and honesty I have respected over a period of some years.
The author believes it is time for senior members of the Church to take action to remedy what appears to be a grave situation in the Church, where Satan would seem to be in almost complete control of the management of the Church throughout the world.
It is my belief that God demands and expects swift and determined action, from faithful cardinals and bishops.
Of course, the writer could be wrong. I should be grateful if you could explain his error.
In the article below, it is claimed that the Archdiocese is promoting the concept of 'blessings' for people committing to a life of sodomy. That is, it pushes the idea of a form of sodomitic 'marriage'.
That such a revolting idea can be put forward without a strong reaction from those present does not bode well for the faith in this archdiocese.
After all, the concept of blessing a sin crying out to Heaven for vengeance can come only from Satan.
If there had been a proposal to reintroduce slavery, what would have been the reaction? Yet is sodomy not every bit as evil as slavery?
This proposal needs to be publicly and vigorously opposed by the archdiocese. If not, it suggests in the minds of people that sodomy is being considered for approval, an idea repellent to Catholic teaching, and repellent also to God.
Has error somehow acquired rights.
Just ten years ago your predecessor removed a priest for doing exactly what is here proposed.
I should be grateful if this idea could be publicly removed from consideration.
Of course, if the news item below is incorrect, please accept my apology.
Brisbane Archdiocese Promotes Blessings for Gay Couples
JNow it is quite possible that this photo was taken before Bishop Mackinlay became a priest.
But if not, it would have been better had this photo not been given to the media, since public disobedience on the part of clerics amounts to what used to be called the sin of scandal: against the fifth commandment, since it was regarded until recently as the 'murder of souls'.
Can. 284 Clerics are to wear suitable ecclesiastical garb according to the norms issued by the conference of bishops and according to legitimate local customs.
Of course, if this rule has since been abrogated, please let me know.
There cannot be many daily Massgoers who have not seen the Blessed Sacrament profaned as a result of Communion in the hand.
It makes it easy to take a Host away for satanic rituals, and Catholic children at school Masses who have no belief in the Real Presence might occasionally take a Host to play with back in their seats.
Teachers may not notice, or they may actually go on the offensive against a parishioner who tries to put a stop to this sacrilege.
This is almost unknown where Communion takes place on the tongue, the practice of the Church for many centuries.
In the time of Pope Paul VI, and perhaps earlier, priests in the Low Countries were reported to be experimenting with liturgical innovations. That is, it would seem that they were creating their own variations on the rubrics, in disobedience to the discipline of the Church.
Pope Paul tried to put a stop to this (see Memoriale Domini, which I have copied in entirety below, marking the relevant parts). Having failed, he permitted it on application to Rome. Shortly after, churches in the Western World (particularly in the Netherlands) began to empty. Coincidence?
These changes came about not through the Holy Spirit, but through disobedience. The author of disobedience is not the Holy Spirit (that would be blasphemy). The alternative is that the true author of this practice is Satan, who stands to gain souls wherever there is disobedience, irreverence and sacrilege.
I understand that at present, Communion on the tongue is the Ordinary method. In the hand, the extraordinary. But I have never seen any Queensland first communicants taught the Ordinary method. Priests invariably order them to put out their hands.
I have heard priests condemn Communion on the tongue, giving all sorts of fairy floss in place of logic. In each case, the priests exhibited inventiveness in other areas also.
Since it would appear that Communion in the hand is desired by Satan, then logically it is offensive to God.
Thus it follows that a decision to continue with this practice is, on the face of things, likely to offend God. Sir Humphrey Appleby might call such a decision 'courageous'.
Of course, I could be wrong. Can you advise of any benefit to the eternal destiny of souls stemming from Communion in the hand?
Almost three years has elapsed since four cardinals wrote to the Pope asking him to explain the reason Amoris Laetitia disagrees with Church teaching.
I am yet to hear of a reply. So Catholics are left wondering if the Church is no longer infallible.
I have listed four apparent heresies below. I do not believe that God wishes His people to be left in doubt about the meaning of the teachings of His Church.
I should be grateful for an explanation of how they may be reconciled with divine law and Catholic teaching.
1 Amoris Laetitia 83. Here I feel it urgent to state that, if the family is the sanctuary of life, the place where life is conceived and cared for, it is a horrendous contradiction when it becomes a place where life is rejected and destroyed. So great is the value of a human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life, which is an end in itself and which can never be considered the “property” of another human being. The family protects human life in all its stages, including its last. Consequently, “those who work in healthcare facilities are reminded of the moral duty of conscientious objection. Similarly, the Church not only feels the urgency to assert the right to a natural death, without aggressive treatment and euthanasia”, but likewise “firmly rejects the death penalty”.93
The Church says: Gen. 9:63: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in his own image.” Lev 20:1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death. The members of the community are to stone him. 20:9 “‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. 20:10 “‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death. 20:11 “‘If a man has sexual relations with his father’s wife, he has dishonored his father. Both the man and the woman are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. 20:12 “‘If a man has sexual relations with his daughter-in-law, both of them are to be put to death. There are many passages like this in Leviticus. Who will accuse God of being somehow in error? The same for Deuteronomy 13:20-21. Matt 15:4 and Mark 7:10 sentence men to death for cursing parents, so it's not confined to the Old Testament. Rom 13:4 and Heb 10:28 say quite clearly that authorities have the power of the death sentence.
2 Amoris Laetitia 156. Every form of sexual submission must be clearly rejected. This includes all improper interpretations of the passage in the Letter to the Ephesians where Paul tells women to “be subject to your husbands” (Eph 5:22). This passage mirrors the cultural categories of the time, but our concern is not with its cultural matrix but with the revealed message that it conveys. As Saint John Paul II wisely observed: “Love excludes every kind of subjection whereby the wife might become a servant or a slave of the husband… The community or unity which they should establish through marriage is constituted by a reciprocal donation of self, which is also a mutual subjection”.162 Hence Paul goes on to say that “husbands should love their wives as their own bodies” (Eph 5:28). The biblical text is actually concerned with encouraging everyone to overcome a complacent individualism and to be constantly mindful of others: “Be subject to one another” (Eph 5:21). In marriage, this reciprocal “submission” takes on a special meaning, and is seen as a freely chosen mutual belonging marked by fidelity, respect and care. Sexuality is inseparably at the service of this conjugal friendship, for it is meant to aid the fulfilment of the other.
The Church says: Gen 3:16: To the woman he said, "I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labour you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you." Eph. 5:24: “As the Church is subject to Christ, so also let wives be to their husbands in all things.” 1 Cor. 11:3 But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Col. 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the LORD. Tit 2:3-5 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. 1 Pet. 3:1-5 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behaviour of their wives, 2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery or fine clothes. 4Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands.
3 Amoris Laetitia 159. Virginity is a form of love. As a sign, it speaks to us of the coming of the Kingdom and the need for complete devotion to the cause of the Gospel (cf. 1 Cor 7:32). It is also a reflection of the fullness of heaven, where “they neither marry not are given in marriage” (Mt 22:30). Saint Paul recommended virginity because he expected Jesus’ imminent return and he wanted everyone to concentrate only on spreading the Gospel: “the appointed time has grown very short” (1 Cor 7:29). Nonetheless, he made it clear that this was his personal opinion and preference (cf. 1 Cor 7:6-9), not something demanded by Christ: “I have no command in the Lord” (1 Cor 7:25). All the same, he recognized the value of the different callings: “Each has his or her own special gift from God, one of one kind and one of another” (1 Cor 7:7). Reflecting on this, Saint John Paul II noted that the biblical texts “give no reason to assert the ‘inferiority’ of marriage, nor the ‘superiority’ of virginity or celibacy”166 based on sexual abstinence. Rather than speak absolutely of the superiority of virginity, it should be enough to point out that the different states of life complement one another, and consequently that some can be more perfect in one way and others in another. Alexander of Hales, for example, stated that in one sense marriage may be considered superior to the other sacraments, inasmuch as it symbolizes the great reality of “Christ’s union with the Church, or the union of his divine and human natures”.
The Church says: Council of Trent, 24:10: “If anyone says that the married state surpasses that of virginity or celibacy, and that it is not better and more blessed to remain in virginity or celibacy than to be united in matrimony, let him be anathema”. 1 Cor7:38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better. Pius XII Sacra virginitas, (1954): 45. In the first place, it must be clearly stated that because virginity should be esteemed as something more perfect than marriage, it does not follow that it is necessary for Christian perfection. Optatam totius 10: Students ought rightly to acknowledge the duties and dignity of Christian matrimony, which is a sign of the love between Christ and the Church. Let them recognize, however, the surpassing excellence of virginity consecrated to Christ, so that with a maturely deliberate and generous choice they may consecrate themselves to the Lord by a complete gift of body and soul.
4 Amoris Laetitia 297. It is a matter of reaching out to everyone, of needing to help each person find his or her proper way of participating in the ecclesial community and thus to experience being touched by an “unmerited, unconditional and gratuitous” mercy. No one can be condemned for ever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel! Here I am not speaking only of the divorced and remarried, but of everyone, in whatever situation they find themselves. Naturally, if someone flaunts an objective sin as if it were part of the Christian ideal, or wants to impose something other than what the Church teaches, he or she can in no way presume to teach or preach to others; this is a case of something which separates from the community (cf. Mt 18:17 - And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.). Such a person needs to listen once more to the Gospel message and its call to conversion. Yet even for that person there can be some way of taking part in the life of community, whether in social service, prayer meetings or another way that his or her own initiative, together with the discernment of the parish priest, may suggest. As for the way of dealing with different “irregular” situations, the Synod Fathers reached a general consensus, which I support: “In considering a pastoral approach towards people who have contracted a civil marriage, who are divorced and remarried, or simply living together, the Church has the responsibility of helping them understand the divine pedagogy of grace in their lives and offering them assistance so they can reach the fullness of God’s plan for them”, something which is always possible by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Church says: Matt. 25: 46: “These shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting”. Mt. 7:22-23: Many will say to me on that day, 'LORD, LORD, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' Lk. 16: 26: And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. John 17:12: While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by[a] that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. Rev 20:10: And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Benedict XII, Constitution Benedictus Deus: Moreover we define that according to the general disposition of God, the souls of those who die in actual mortal sin go down into hell immediately (mox) after death and there suffer the pain of hell. Nevertheless, on the day of judgment all men will appear with their bodies "before the judgment seat of Christ" to give an account of their personal deeds, "so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body" (2 Cor. 5.10). John Paul II, Letter of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Recentiores Episcoporum: 7) In fidelity to the New Testament and Tradition, the Church believes in the happiness of the just who will one day be with Christ. She believes that there will be eternal punishment for the sinner, who will be deprived of the sight of God, and that this punishment will have a repercussion on the whole being of the sinner. She believes in the possibility of a purification for the elect before they see God, a purification altogether different from the punishment of the damned. This is what the Church means when speaking of Hell and Purgatory. Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1033 We cannot be united with God unless we freely choose to love him. But we cannot love God if we sin gravely against him, against our neighbour or against ourselves: "He who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him."610 Our Lord warns us that we shall be separated from him if we fail to meet the serious needs of the poor and the little ones who are his brethren.611 To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God's merciful love means remaining separated from him for ever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called "hell." 1034 Jesus often speaks of "Gehenna" of "the unquenchable fire" reserved for those who to the end of their lives refuse to believe and be converted, where both soul and body can be lost.612 Jesus solemnly proclaims that he "will send his angels, and they will gather . . . all evil doers, and throw them into the furnace of fire,"613 and that he will pronounce the condemnation: "Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire!"614 1035 The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, "eternal fire."615 The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs. 1036 The affirmations of Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Church on the subject of hell are a call to the responsibility incumbent upon man to make use of his freedom in view of his eternal destiny. They are at the same time an urgent call to conversion: "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few."616 Since we know neither the day nor the hour, we should follow the advice of the Lord and watch constantly so that, when the single course of our earthly life is completed, we may merit to enter with him into the marriage feast and be numbered among the blessed, and not, like the wicked and slothful servants, be ordered to depart into the eternal fire, into the outer darkness where "men will weep and gnash their teeth."617 1037 God predestines no one to go to hell;618 for this, a willful turning away from God (a mortal sin) is necessary, and persistence in it until the end. In the Eucharistic liturgy and in the daily prayers of her faithful, the Church implores the mercy of God, who does not want "any to perish, but all to come to repentance".
Dear Australian Bishops
As you will see from the links below, there is a move among prelates to introduce female priests by stages. First, let them read the gospel. Then give the homily. And after that give them vestments much like those of priests.
The next step is to let them officiate at other ceremonies such as benediction. When this has been accomplished the priest will stand to one side during Mass while his concelebrating women will conduct the ceremony. The only part left to the priest will be consecration.
Once we have become used to this, there will be the claim that there is so little difference that they might as well be ordained.
This is not just a Trojan Horse. It is a Trojan Hearse, intended to cart away the corpse of the Church in this country.
It is to be hoped that Pope Francis will strongly oppose these attacks from disobedient cardinals and bishops. But if not, then the Church in Australia needs to reject the proposal from the very start, and in the strongest terms, before they get a foothold.
Please tell me what action you will take if these proposals are raised.
This morning's Mass was attended by children about to receive the sacrament of confirmation.
As is usual with Masses for Catholic schoolchildren, many of the children and their parents had no idea about the Mass. They had to be told when to stand or sit. It was clear that they are not attending Sunday Mass.
But a number of them received the Blessed Sacrament. No warning was given by the priest about the dreadful consequences of sacrilege.
There is no point in approaching the parish priest. The last time I attempted to raise a matter involving sacrilege, he put his hands over his ears, and ran into the corner of the vestry.
I believe that God takes sacrilege very seriously. Sadly, it seems that there are priests and people who take a different view, and such people may be in urgent need of a warning, in order to give them a reasonable chance of saving their souls.
I should be grateful if you could point out any error in what I have written.
Islamic leaders are concerned at the large numbers of Muslims, particularly in Africa, who are becoming Christian, often at great risk. This is the result of courage and effort on the part of those who take the time and effort to reach out to them. In effect, they are offering these Muslims a chance to escape eternal damnation.
So far I have not seen any real attempt on the part of Australian bishops to lead our Muslims to Christ. It would seem to be a tragedy for their souls should they not be given an opportunity to reach safety.
There have been bishops' statements on things like global warming, sport, the homeless, illegal immigration. None of these would appear to be related to saving souls.
Would it not be appropriate to issue a similar statement demonstrating that Islam offers no eternal reward, whereas Christianity gives them a chance to find their way to God?
Already Francis is openly claiming that there is no eternal torment for those who die in sin. And that capital punishment is forbidden by the Church. That is, he is directly opposing formal Church teaching.
It is a matter of reason that if the Church is infallible (and we as Catholics must believe that), and if Francis opposes formal Church teaching, then he must necessarily be fallible. And so, if popes are infallible, Francis cannot be Pope.
I believe that much of what Francis says is couched in ambiguity. However, perhaps the final test of the genuineness of the election of Francis will come when he makes a formal heretical statement whose intention is manifest and cannot be masked (although it may be introduced by stealth).
It is not impossible that this will be initiated at the coming synod, and it may well be that his subtle moves toward female ordination will finally open the eyes of many people.
I suspect that Catholics who are not strong in the faith might go along with this heresy, in conformity with modernist trends.
The article below examines this process.
In order to counter this evil, I suggest the following:
1 Females to be forbidden service at the altar.
Restrict servers to boys and men. Service at the altar is a pathway to the priesthood. Where you have altar girls, you tend not to have altar boys who go on to become priests. And so we have a shortage of priests.
In my parish (11 500 people) I know of no vocation to the priesthood or the religious life in 25 years or more. We have altar girls.
But in my schooldays some years ago, there were four vocations in my class alone. This was in a group of just 30 boys.
2 Females not to serve as extraordinary ministers. Nor should they take the Blessed Sacrament to the sick.
3 Females not to enter the area around the altar during Mass, except for the bride on her wedding day and a nun making her final vows.
4 Females not to act as chaplains in hospital.
5 Females not to be employed as parish or diocesan office staff.
6 Parishes to be managed by priests, or when this is not possible, by suitable men.
7 A formal statement to be issued, signed by the bishops of Australia, advising Catholics that:
a. women can never become deacons, priests or bishops, that
b. those who die in the state of sin face eternal torment, that
c. the Church has no stance against capital punishment, and that
d. those divorced and 'remarried' are not to be admitted to the Blessed Sacrament, and are in dire need of repentance.
If these and similar measures are introduced, it might be possible to head off an attempt at schism.
I should be grateful if you would advise me of any errors in the above.
We are not required to believe in private revelation. At the same time, it would be folly, perhaps with eternal consequences, to ignore the approved appearances of Our Blessed Mother.
In 1251 Our Lady gave us the scapular. This might be called the 'Lazy Man's Devotion', since all you have to do to save your soul is to wear it, and to be sure that you are wearing it at the time of death.
Given that Catholics attend Sunday Mass at the rate of around 5% in parts of Australia, Australian bishops are going to see their flocks going to Hell in enormous numbers. Not an attractive prospect.
Given that a simple remedy is available, why is Our Lady's offer of salvation not taken up?
In Grade 3 at the Catholic school I went to, every child was taken to the local church to be enrolled and presented with a scapular. Since that time, I and perhaps others of the class have never been without it. After school days I cannot recall having heard a priest or bishop mention the scapular.
What view is God likely to take of this lost opportunity to bring souls to spend eternity with their Creator?
And who will answer for the many souls lost who could so easily have been saved?
Of course, if I am in error about the eternal benefit of the scapular, please tell me.
There have been arguments that Our Lady was referring to bikinis, or miniskirts. And there is no doubt that these offend God.
However, bikinis are not general wear, and affect mostly those who go to beaches. Miniskirts were fashionable for brief periods but then largely disappeared.
There is a third fashion, which crept into use not long (around 1936) after Fatima, and has stayed with us. In fact, it has become almost universal. Few women of today are able to resist the temptation to wear trousers, so that it has become somehow normal.
Deuteronomy 22:5 A woman must not wear men's clothing, nor a man wear women's clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.
It seems to be an insult to God to see extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at Mass who, while holding an infinite God in their unconsecrated hands, feel comfortable wearing slacks, pedal pushers or jeans. How must it seem to the Lord of Creation, who contains that creation, to look down and see these casually-dressed women holding His Body and Blood?
I have seen Masses for Catholic teachers, who come to school Masses in large numbers wearing male clothing, without a thought for the scandal to the children in their charge.
It is not impossible that since these work for the diocese, Catholic bishops are the biggest private employers in this country of women who have adopted male attire, in defiance of divine law. Is God somehow not aware of this situation?
If what I have said is true, is it not imperative that bishops urgently issue a formal statement on modesty, directing Catholic women to dress in appropriate attire?
If I am wrong here, that is, if God finds it quite acceptable for women to dress in trousers, even when holding the Body and Blood of Christ, then please tell me where I have gone wrong.
But if I am right, then what action will you take?
Dear Archbishop Coleridge
Please see the attached parish bulletins.
Parish bulletins from Holy Spirit Bray Park have in my view descended into absurdity.
The faithful are advised on 7 July that God is a 'mother'.
And on 29 June Jesus 'became the sinner'.
Now it is possible (with some effort) to spin these claims to reconcile with Catholic teaching. But they are being presented to the laity, who should not be expected to consider these subtleties.
Both articles are by a Jesuit, so the author is not a priest of the parish.
I should be grateful if the person responsible for this silliness be advised caution in copying the works of others, particularly when the statements could without effort be interpreted as heretical.
Dear Australian Bishops
The latest battle against Christian morality - the same-sex 'marriage' decision - has been conceded to the enemy.
The forces of Hell now prepare themselves for new battles, seeking to maximise the ruin of souls.
1 Making paedophilia sound harmless. Treating it as an alternative lifestyle. Just as they did with sodomy.
It is not unreasonable to expect that those in authority will have plans to defend the Church against attacks like these.
Would it not assist the laity to provide advice so that the faithful can take part in this defence?
Most Rev Peter Comensoli Archbishop of Melbourne PO Box 146 East Melbourne, VIC 8002 Dear Archbishop Comensoli
Attending the 9:15am Mass at St Christopher's in Syndal, I was concerned to be presented with a number of abuses.
1 An Aboriginal flag was displayed prominently next to the altar. There was a Torres Strait Islanders flag nearby. Political statements have no place in the Mass.
2 The priest began Mass with a 'Good morning everyone'. So far as I know, these words do not appear in the Missal, and thus seem to have been ad-libbed by the priest. The Church is very clear on this. See the foreword in Inaestimabile Donum.
“No person, even if he be a priest, may add, remove or change anything in the Liturgy on his own authority.” And Paul VI of venerable memory stated that: “Anyone who takes advantage of the reform to indulge in arbitrary experiments is wasting energy and offending the ecclesial sense.”
The Church provides a liturgical greeting: "The Lord be with you." In effect, the priest is telling the congregation that this is somehow lacking or inadequate.
3 At each time the priest addressed the people with the Dominus Vobiscum, he stated: "The Lord IS with you." How does the priest know this?
4 After Mass the priest approached and opened the tabernacle without any sign or appearance of reverence.
5 At the Sign of Peace, the priest left the altar and wandered among the pews, attempting to shake hands with everyone at the aisle.
6 For Communion the priest needed 4 extraordinary ministers to help him, in a congregation of about 50. This implies that such a Mass would ordinarily need 5 priests. With just 50 people in the church, the situation did not remotely resemble an emergency.
7 I find it difficult to believe that direct disobedience in Mass can be a trivial affair. Nor can the priest claim ignorance, since it is his job to know how to say Mass according to the Missal. And the priest was hardly under any pressure to perform these abuses. Thus it is logical to conclude that this priest, unless there are unusual circumstances, is in danger of offending God gravely.
8 If such activities constitute grave offences, then each Mass such a priest celebrates without repentance will add sacrilege to his sins.
9 Added to any offence is the public nature of the abuses. He is in effect telling the people that disobedience to God and His Church is no big deal. This used to be called the sin of scandal, an offence against the fifth commandment. The catechism says:
2285 Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it or the weakness of those who are scandalized. It prompted our Lord to utter this curse: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."86 Scandal is grave when given by those who by nature or office are obliged to teach and educate others. Jesus reproaches the scribes and Pharisees on this account: he likens them to wolves in sheep's clothing.87
If I have spoken falsely, please advise me. Alternatively, the above information might be of help to the priest.
Dear Australian Bishops
It seems that Catholic authorities in Australia have a serious problem when parish priests are unashamed of publicly promoting disobedience to Australian laws.
St Dominic's East Camberwell welcomes illegal immigrants. Perhaps they have not read 1 Peter 2:17.
How is this not intended to lead astray the laity? That is, how is it not the sin of scandal?
Dear Australian Bishops
The story below, originating from Vatican media, is an example of the lack of knowledge of Islam among Catholic authorities.
Muslim men marry Christian women, who are then bound by sharia. The man is free to take other wives and concubines, and woe betide the chattel-wife who complains.
Just wait until the local mosque gets a strict imam who decides to enforce Islam law to the letter, and ensure that the children of the marriage will be brought up Muslims.
Let's see some real outreach.
Which bishop will be the first to publicly propose marriage between Muslim women and Catholic men?
It is not impossible that Catholic teachers need to be reminded that since outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation, a mosque has nothing to teach Catholic children. Here are statements which proclaim this. They indicate that those following the teachings of the Qur'an are lost, unless they abandon Islam. It could thus be a grave error to follow them to their eternal destiny.
1 Pope Eugene IV, Cantate Domino, 1441: "The Most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, also Jews, heretics, and schismatics can ever be partakers of eternal life, but that they are to go into the eternal fire 'which was prepared for the devil and his angels' (Mt. 25:41) unless before death they are joined with Her... No one, let his almsgiving be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ can be saved unless they abide within the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church."
2 Pope Innocent III(Fourth Lateran Council, 1215). "There is one universal Church of the faithful, outside of which no one at all can be saved."
3 Pope Boniface VIII, (Unam Sanctam, 1302): "We declare, say , define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff."
The time wasted presenting Islam to innocent children could perhaps be better spent teaching the Catholic faith (Catholic children often lack any knowledge of sin, Hell and Heaven, the commandments, the sacraments etc), and improving on the number of Catholic children still attending Sunday Mass after leaving school, which seems to hover around the 2% mark in this country.
The Catholic Church was founded by Christ. Who founded Islam?
I should be grateful if you could advise me of any errors in the above.
Dear Australian Bishops
It seems almost certain that the coming Pan-Amazon Synod will enter the murky waters of the ordination of women.
An impossibility. And a grave evil, whose sponsor is Satan himself.
Should Catholics not be warned as early as possible that attempts to ordain women lead to excommunication? And thus to Hell?
Just in case some in Australia somehow think it's a good idea?
So far I have seen no correction for this statement.
The information below might assist in explaining the true situation. It encompasses just the last 30 days.
Imagine the length of a list which covers the last five years.
The question of dialogue is also a difficult one. I cannot recall a situation where dialogue between Christians and Muslims has been successful, except for the Muslims. Israel and Hamas come to mind.
DateCountryCityKilledInjuredDescription 2019.06.28PhilippinesJolo59A woman is among five killed when an Abu Sayyaf suicide bomber self-detonates. 2019.06.28AfghanistanSamangan414A blast at a rival mosque is among a series of Taliban attacks that leave four dead. 2019.06.28AfghanistanDaikundi816Armed fundamentalists attack a checkpoint and kill eight local security personnel. 2019.06.28SomaliaToratorow10A 75-year-old man is paraded and executed for violating Islamic rules on marriage. 2019.06.27TunisiaTunis14Suicide bombers kill a guard outside the French embassy. 2019.06.27IraqKhazrajiyah24A woman and her daughter lose their lives when ISIS militants fire into a home. 2019.06.27IraqKirkuk124Terrorists hit a passenger bus with a bomb blast, killing a commuter. 2019.06.26EgyptArish70A suicide attack on a group of police leaves seven dead. 2019.06.26PakistanLoralai11Suicide bombers storm a police station, but manage to kill only one other person. 2019.06.26IraqRashad50Islamic State bombers turn five Iraqis into pulp. 2019.06.26AfghanistanQadir Shah20Two people are brought down by Taliban shrapnel. 2019.06.25AfghanistanGolran816Coordinated Taliban attacks on a district center claim eight lives. 2019.06.25NigeriaKoton-Karfe70Miyetti Allah sympathists pour machine-gun fire into a village, killing seven residents. 2019.06.25IraqHabat40Four Iraqis are laid out by Islamic State bombers. 2019.06.25PakistanLyari20A young couple is honor-killed by family for marrying by choice. 2019.06.24NigeriaNgamngam200Boko Haram slaughter twenty farmers on their way to work in the fields. 2019.06.24NigeriaGuzamala90A brutal attack by Islamic extremists on a village leaves nine dead. 2019.06.24IraqWardiya30Three civilians are smoked by ISIS gunmen. 2019.06.24NigeriaMafa13Boko Haram Islamists murder a village guard. 2019.06.24Burkina FasoArbinda20Two guards for a food and water convoy are shot to death by Muslim terrorists. 2019.06.23AfghanistanKhastak50A family of five is gunned down in cold blood by the Taliban. 2019.06.23IraqTufaha20The son of a mukhtar is among two people shot to death by Islamists. 2019.06.23Saudi ArabiaAbha17Ansar Allah attack a civilian airport with a drone, killing a tourist. 2019.06.23ChechnyaGrozny02A Jihadi stabs two people. 2019.06.22AfghanistanGuzara41Taliban fundamentalists attack a checkpoint, killing four local cops. 2019.06.22EgyptArish45Terrorists attack an airport, killing four construction workers. 2019.06.22Burkina FasoToekodogo20Two villagers are murdered by Islamic terrorists. 2019.06.22IraqMuqdadiya10Terrorists open fire on a farmer in his field. 2019.06.22Burkina FasoSagho130Jihadists invade a village, set fire to homes and leave thirteen dead. 2019.06.21IraqAdhba290A mass grave is discovered, containing twenty-nine victims of Islamic State execution. 2019.06.21ChadMbomouga116Boko Haram stage a cross-border attack, killing eleven security personnel. 2019.06.21IraqMosul13A bomb planted by ISIS near a cemetery claims the life of a little girl. 2019.06.21IraqBaghdad720A suicide blast at a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers scatters body parts. 2019.06.21SyriaTellat al-Ansar10A civilian wanders into an ISIS booby-trap. 2019.06.21YemenHadramawt34al-Qaeda gunmen pump automatic weapons fire into a checkpoint, killing three. 2019.06.21IraqSalahudin22A bomb strikes a group of Shiites, killing two. 2019.06.20AfghanistanBarmal40Four people are shot to death by the Taliban. 2019.06.20AfghanistanJalalabad216Jihadis plant a bomb in a Toyota, killing two bystanders. 2019.06.20SyriaAfrin10A civilian is leveled by a Shahid suicide bomber. 2019.06.19Burkina FasoBelehede170Seventeen villagers are put down by Jihadists. 2019.06.18CameroonGrossi20Islamists murder a Christian woman and a teenager. 2019.06.18NigerNiamey22Sharia advocates ambush and kill two local cops. 2019.06.17NigeriaMonguno186Boko Haram kill eighteen personnel in a brutal attack on a security base. 2019.06.17MaliGangafani380Militant Muslim slaughter forty villagers, some of whom are disemboweled. 2019.06.17PakistanIslamabad10A blogger who questioned traditional Islam is knifed to death. 2019.06.17AfghanistanMamand Bagh11Fundamentalists blow the legs off a woman and vaporize her 10-year-old daughter. 2019.06.17NigeriaUngwan Rimi Kamuru40Three children are among four Christians slain by well-armed Muslims. 2019.06.17NigeriaKangbro30Muslim militants murder three villagers and burn two churches. 2019.06.17NigeriaNakai Danwal60Six Christians are shot to death and their houses set on fire. 2019.06.17IndiaArihal26A late-night terrorist bomb blast claims two lives. 2019.06.17SyriaQamishli12A suicide bomber takes out a civilian at a traffic circle. 2019.06.16NigeriaMaiduguri3042Three suicide bombers murder thirty innocents at a tea shop and film center. 2019.06.16SyriaKafr Naseh10A civilian is aerated by Sunni shrapnel. 2019.06.16SyriaWadehi1215Sunni "rebels" send rockets into a wedding party, killing a dozen, including children. 2019.06.16MaliSokolo20Jihadists are suspected of killing two people with an IED. 2019.06.15NigeriaGubio130Thirteen residents are slaughtered when Boko Haram raid two villages. 2019.06.15ThailandNarathiwat20An elderly Buddhist couple are shot to death while walking home from their work at a restaurant. 2019.06.15NigeriaTcholori20An attack on a Red Cross vehicle leaves two dead. 2019.06.15SomaliaMogadishu1125A suicide car bomber sends eleven bystanders to Allah. 2019.06.15KenyaKonton121al-Shabaab militants murder a dozen border guards with an IED and subsequent shooting. 2019.06.14AfghanistanShah Walikot15Fundamentalists attach a bomb to a police vehicle, killing one occupant. 2019.06.13AfghanistanJalalabad1113At least one child is among eleven innocents exterminated by a Shahid suicide bomber. 2019.06.12IraqBashik10A farmer loses his life after Islamic State activists set fire to his field. 2019.06.12NigeriaKareto200A local Islamist group claims an attack that killed twenty local security personnel. 2019.06.12SyriaTafas10Mujahideen gunmen pick off a civilian. 2019.06.12IndiaAnantnag62Six local cops are ambushed and killed in a suicide attack by Al-Umar Mujahideen. 2019.06.12Saudi ArabiaAbha026Women and children are among the casualties when Ansar Allah sends a rocket into an airport at a resort. 2019.06.12PakistanManzerkhel Berzai12Muslim radicals kill one person with a roadside bomb. 2019.06.12AfghanistanKala Tak10A moderate cleric is silenced by an armed rival outside his mosque. 2019.06.12IraqShirqat10ISIS gunmen take down a civilan from a passing car. 2019.06.11AfghanistanDand60A family of six is put down hard by Taliban bombers. 2019.06.11YemenAbyan34An al-Qaeda cell is suspected of a bomb blast that leaves three dead. 2019.06.10CameroonKolfata20Two civilians are murdered by Boko Haram. 2019.06.10Burkina FasoNamentenga100Ten innocents are murdered in their village by Islamic extremists. 2019.06.10SyriaJalin10Terrorist shoot a civlian to death. 2019.06.10CameroonDarak260Two-dozen souls are lost to a Boko Haram attack on a small village. 2019.06.10MaliSobame Da950A Fulani group, linked to Islamists, slaughters and burns nearly one-hundred farmers and their families, including twenty-four children. 2019.06.10IraqAbu Saida10Roadside bombers take out a passing civilian. 2019.06.10SudanDeleij1715Janjaweed fire into a camp market, killing seventeen refugees. 2019.06.10IranFashafouyeh10A prisoner jailed for 'Insulting' Islam is knifed to death. 2019.06.10PakistanLahore10A young woman is honor-suffocated by her brother for marrying against the family's wishes. 2019.06.09SudanDeleij10A displaced person is shot to death by Janjaweed. 2019.06.09PakistanPul-e-Regi44Islamic militants attack a checkpoint and kill four members. 2019.06.09Burkina FasoArbinda1913At least nineteen villagers are massacred by Jihadists. 2019.06.09LebanonChebaa10A religious party official is assassinated in a suspected sectarian attack. 2019.06.09IraqHamdouniya20Two people are leveled by a Jihadi bomb blast. 2019.06.08IraqAnbar54Five Iraqis are killed in a series of terror attacks. 2019.06.08AfghanistanDawlatyar153A horrific attack by the Taliban leaves fifteen dead. 2019.06.08SyriaShezar13Sunni extremists send mortars into a residential area, claiming a civilian. 2019.06.08AfghanistanPato26An early morning attack on a group of police by fundamentalists, leaves two dead. 2019.06.08Burkina FasoArbinda10Mujahid stop a civilian vehicle along the highway and murder the driver. 2019.06.07PakistanKawas27A targeted attack by suspected Sunnis kills two Hazera minorities. 2019.06.07PakistanKharqamar40Four members of a local security patrol are obliterated by Taliban shrapnel. 2019.06.06YemenAden17Terrorists throw a grenade into a concert, killing a child. 2019.06.06IndiaSadoora10An unarmed soldier on leave is assassinated by Muslim extremists. 2019.06.05AfghanistanAchin14The Islamic State fire a mortar round into a house, injuring four children and killing their mother. 2019.06.05Egyptel-Arish80Eight local security personnel are cut down point-blank by Islamic hardliner gunmen. 2019.06.05IndiaSingoo Narbal11A woman bleeds to death after being shot by Islamic radicals. 2019.06.05IraqHawijah39Various ISIS attacks on farmers and security personnel leaves three dead. 2019.06.04NorwayOslo01A man stabs a Good Samaritan, while screaming praises to Allah. 2019.06.04YemenQiva100An imam and nine worshippers are shot dead by Shiite extremists to settle a dispute over Ramadan prayers. 2019.06.04SyriaBuser al-Harir12A suicide bomber kills a bystander. 2019.06.04AfghanistanNahrin214Two civilians are aerated by a Taliban IED. 2019.06.04IraqTarmiya62ISIS gunmen ambush and murder six local police. 2019.06.04DRCBeni1312ADF Islamists hack thirteen villagers to death. 2019.06.03KenyaDawaduba10al-Shabaab gunmen fire on border guards, killing one. 2019.06.03SyriaAzaz2145Four children are among twenty-one killed by a suicide bomber outside a mosque. 2019.06.03AfghanistanKabul510Terrorists bomb a bus, killing five passengers. 2019.06.03IndiaPanthachowk10Islamic gunmen take down a 32-year-old civilian. 2019.06.03LebanonTripoli40A committed Muslim opens fire on police, killing four, then blows himself up. 2019.06.03IraqMalashah90Nine people are kidnapped and murdered while hunting mushrooms. 2019.06.02IraqAbu Khanzier30Terrorists open fire on a family of three, bringing them all down. 2019.06.02AfghanistanKabul124Islamists hit a bus carrying university students with a bomb, killing one. 2019.06.02AfghanistanKabul13A blast targeting first responders to an early bombing leaves one dead. 2019.06.02AfghanistanGhazni87A Shahid suicide car bomber lays out eight Afghans. 2019.06.02LibyaDerna018An ISIS car bomb claims eighteen casualties. 2019.06.02ThailandNarathiwat11A village head is shot to death in a mosque by suspected 'insurgents.' 2019.06.01YemenHadramout22An al-Qaeda attack leaves two dead. 2019.06.01IraqShura270Twenty-seven victims of ISIS execution are discovered in a mass grave. 2019.06.01PakistanBoya10A lone border guard is ambushed and killed by Islamic militants. 2019.06.01SyriaRaqqa1020A suicide bomber claims ten lives in the former caliphate stronghold. 2019.06.01NigeriaSajeri13Boko Haram enter a rival mosque to pull out and slaughter one person. 2019.06.01IraqAnbar50A mass grave is discovered containing five victims of ISIS execution. 2019.05.31PhilippinesPatikul10A Dutch birdwatcher, held hostage by Abu Sayyaf, is killed as he tries to escape. 2019.05.31AfghanistanKabul47A Shahid suicide bomber claims the lives of four civilians. 2019.05.31IsraelJerusalem02A 16-year-old is among two stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist. 2019.05.30IraqKirkuk518Mujahideen set off a series of blasts at malls and shops, killing five. 2019.05.30AfghanistanBala Murghab1011Islamic extremists kill ten local cops in various locations. 2019.05.30AfghanistanKabul616A Fedayeen suicide blast near a university leaves six dead. 2019.05.30IraqAbu Saida25An ISIS attack on a village leaves two residents dead.
His Excellency Most Reverend Adolfo Tito Yllana Apostolic Nuncio Canberra
Dear Archbishop Yllana
Below this email I have summarised briefly the Israel Folau story, although you will have been following the news over the last few weeks.
Israel Folau is deeply religious, and has stood up to open persecution from homosexuals and their friends without retreating from his defence of divine law.
The issue is one of morals. Attacks on Mr Folau and his wife come from people living a disordered life, and those who would defend such depravity.
All this time I have heard nothing of substance from our bishops. I am at daily Mass, and I have heard no priest ask for prayers on his behalf.
The only sins seemingly recognised these days are racism, sexism and global warming.
Yet this man is doing the work of a bishop, prepared to take his martyrdom without complaint, and wishing only the best for his enemies.
It is my request that you refer this matter to the authorities in Rome, and ask if some action could be taken which would recognise his contribution to the teachings of Christ.
I am of the belief that, if it were possible, the appointment of Israel Folau as a bishop, subject to his agreement and appropriate training, would not find disfavour with Our Blessed Lord. It is not impossible that he would make a better bishop than some of the shepherds we now have.
Mr Folau's stance has reinforced with many Australians the teachings which our bishops should be proclaiming, but instead have remained remarkably quiet. I am reminded of 1 Samuel 18:7.
I should be grateful if you would pass on this message to the Congregation for Bishops. It would cost them nothing to send Mr Folau a statement of gratitude for supporting the Church's teachings.
And perhaps a word of encouragement for our bishops.
His Excellency Most Reverend Adolfo Tito Yllana Apostolic Nuncio Canberra
Dear Archbishop Yllana
In Western civilisation there are means by which senior officers who are dedicated to the service of the public may be examined on their performance and the situation adjusted to the benefit of the people they serve.
Thus in Australia we had a Prime Minister whose behaviour led to his removal by the Governor-General, acting on behalf of the Queen. And there are other precedents, such as the Archer-Shee case, where parliament moved that the salary of the First Lord of the Admiralty be reduced.
Sadly, the Catholic Church, which should be setting an example for the rest of society, does not seem to have such a mechanism. And so we have bishops and cardinals (Cardinal McCarrick comes to mind) remaining in office for years in spite of the harm they do, and long after their peers are acquainted with the sordid details of their personal lives. To the detriment of souls.
This is a proposal to set in place one such mechanism, intended to bring to the attention of the Congregation of Bishops in Rome, a request to have bishops examined on their performance.
Since souls are at stake, I am sure you will agree that an unsatisfactory bishop or cardinal should not be left to continue activity which is likely to damage the souls in his care.
I shall try to set out this proposal, which I hope you will pass on to the Congregation of Bishops.
1 The duties of bishops. Bishops have three main responsibilities:
To Teach. A bishop is the principal teacher in his diocese and has a responsibility to preach the Word of God to his people. He must ensure that those delegated to teach in his name, namely priests, teachers, catechists and others, teach the truth.
To Govern. This refers to meeting the needs of the local community (material, social, personal and spiritual) as well as ensuring that church laws are observed. He is ultimately responsible for training and supplying priests for parishes, for the finances of the diocese and for all church property. A bishop has the power to make church laws, be a judge in church matters and to enforce observance of these laws. These laws generally relate to worship, preaching, administration of the sacraments, safeguarding the faith and morals of the faithful and religious instruction.
To Sanctify. A bishop is responsible for ensuring that the sacraments are administered and has the special authority to ordain priests and to confirm. It is usually the case, then, for a bishop to ordain the priests who are to serve in his diocese and to travel around the diocese and administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. He must also ensure that Mass is celebrated in the diocese every Sunday and on major feast days.
Bishops must teach the faith, lead the people, and administer the sacraments.
3 Teaching the faith.
The great threats to souls in our society are evils like contraception, abortion, and the acceptance of sodomy. I cannot recall hearing a bishop issue a statement on any of these for half a century. Plenty of documents on things like climate change, illegal immigrants (and the bishops seemed in favour of the breaking of Australian laws), economics, the homeless, and so on. But nothing much about real evils listed above, or about sin, the four last things, or abuses in the Mass.
4 Leading the people.
The battle to defeat abortion is waged almost entirely by the laity. Similarly the battle against same-sex 'marriage', in which the bishops produced what has been perceived as a luke-warm defence of marriage, without any real focus on the most dreadful sinful nature of sodomy. As for contraception, the laity is under the impression that this is no longer sinful, and Catholics contraceive at the same rate as others.
5 Administering the sacraments.
The parishes around where I live have weekday Masses at 9am or thereabouts. How can working people get to daily Mass? And we hear that priests are 'entitled' to a day off each week. What? Half an hour a day is a burden? Many parishioners have complained about abuses in the Mass, without any result. Writing to bishops is in many cases a lost cause.
6 What to do?
A typical parish numbers about 10 000 souls. My proposal is that if 10 000 members of a diocese produce a petition asking for the removal of a bishop, this should be considered by the Congregation for bishops. That is, the numbers of a typical parish should be sufficient to validate a formal complaint, which the Congregation will feel obliged to take further.
7 The scope.
A bishop who fails in one of the three areas for which he has willingly accepted responsibility, or has been credibly accused of sexual misbehaviour, should be prepared to face an inquiry into his performance. That is, the scope of investigation should be limited to these areas, to avoid vexatious action against an innocent man.
8 The outcome.
Should the Congregation find that the complaints are valid, the bishop should be reduced to the level of a parish pastor, and his stipend similarly reduced. The purpose of this is to provide an incentive for bishops to actually fulfil their duties. And to allow the appointment of a better bishop should this be of help to souls.
The need for such a process should be obvious. The pushers of immorality are strident in their attacks on those who would defend divine law (the Israel Folau case is an example). Catholics in my area are attending Sunday Mass at the rate of 4%. Children graduating from Catholic schools are continuing with Mass at the rate of 2%. Catholics don't know their faith. Many priests don't know their faith, or their faith differs from that of the Church. Catholic teachers don't teach the faith, and often don't live a Catholic lifestyle. And it seems to Catholic parents that no one cares.
It is my hope that a process such as described here might make them care, and contribute to the saving of souls in the eternity to which they hope to attain.
One problem this proposal will endeavour to solve. That is the lack of wisdom in allowing bishops to investigate themselves. By now we have learned that this is a recipe for failure.
I should be grateful if you would advise if I have said anything incorrect or unfair in the words above. I submit that the only criterion which matters is whether this proposal will save souls.
Dear Australian Bishops
Steve Bannon (see below) says that sodomites fill almost 90 percent of Vatican positions.
If there is any truth in these claims, and so far they have not been denied, then how is it possible for practising sodomites to be openly running Christ's Church, without a public rebuke from bishops?
How awful it must be for Our Blessed Lord to look down and see cardinals, bishops and priests actively engaged in drug-fuelled homosexual orgies.
What does it take to spare Heaven this appalling sight?
Dear Archbishop Coleridge
The links below give some idea of the enormity of the attack by the Lavender Mafia and their leftist allies in the media on an innocent man.
I believe that God expects the Church to defend the innocent, especially when the victim is suffering for proclaiming divine law.
May I suggest that you issue a public statement along the lines of the draft below?
The Catholic Church teaches infallibly that those engaging in homosexual practices, who fail to repent before death, spend their forever in the fires of Hell, subject to torment by demons whose presence adds greatly to their misery. From this suffering there is no escape throughout eternity.
Mr Israel Folau is to be commended for his defence of this truth, whose purpose is to attempt in love to spare homosexuals this eternal torment.
They contain detailed arguments casting significant doubt on the validity of the election of Pope Francis.
I have not seen a serious attempt to refute them, nor any of the multitude of similar articles.
Since the possibility of a false pope can greatly endanger souls through error in teaching (that is, he could lead many to eternal damnation who might otherwise be saved), I believe it is the right of Catholics to be assured of the truth.
I should be grateful if we could have this grave problem clarified as a matter of urgency.
It seems that the Americans have surrendered to Islam. This is claimed to be Brooklyn, subjected to high-powered speakers, telling Americans that the Islamic god is greater than the God of Christianity.
Why are these mosques permitted to destroy peace and quiet in Western countries when there are no church bells permitted in Saudi Arabia? And no churches, either.
It is not unreasonable to conclude that it will be our turn next. Unless militant Islam finally encounters resistance from Catholic authority.
Many Catholics await an authoritative statement on the evils of Islam.
I should be grateful if you would advise when our bishops will produce a paper on things like sin, the pains of Hell, abortion, contraception, judgement, same-sex 'marriage', sacrilege, attendance at Mass, the lack of use of the sacraments, particularly penance, abuses in the Mass, modesty in dress, blasphemy, the evils of Islam, divorce and remarriage, perjury in court and other areas which are likely to have a serious impact on salvation.
Alternatively, please tell me why the topics you have addressed in your statements are more important for souls than those I have listed.
They contain information which in my opinion is of great urgency in relation to the safety of souls.
I believe that the questions they raise are worthy of an answer.
An answer which can come only from bishops.
I should be grateful if you could advise the progress made in clarifying the true status of the present administration in the Vatican.
Dear Australian Bishops
It is my belief that the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin suffers greatly when she looks down on our society and sees its rapid acceptance of homosexual practices.
And God may at this very moment be contemplating a 'correction' not unlike that meted out to Sodom and Gomorrah, and for the same reason.
If I am correct, then God expects us to work to overturn this perverted practice, which was until some years ago unacceptable even to non-Catholic society.
A normal person is disgusted by the practices of sodomites.
Is there any reason why our bishops cannot issue a paper which explains these wretched practices? And is it not likely that such explanation would so revolt normal people that there would be an outcry to once again prohibit these unnatural practices, and sweep them aside from the power they are at present using against us?
It would need to be done carefully and as tastefully as possible.
You have the resources. Your website is full of documentation on social justice and topics related only feebly to teaching the faith.
Much of the work has been done for you. I shall not give a web link, since the matters on these links are far too graphic and disgusting for gentle souls.
But if you google the term 'gay sexual practices', this will provide an introduction to areas normally best avoided.
It seems to me that the punishment in Hell for those involved in these practices, those who promote them, and those who ignore them, are likely to be even more severe than the horrific punishment which accrues to other sins.
Israel Folau has shown us the way. Is there any reason why our bishops cannot follow, and perhaps save souls?
Even if just one soul is saved, is the effort not worth it? And who knows, perhaps the number of souls snatched from the jaws of Satan and presented to Our Blessed Lord might be so significant that Heaven will thank you for all eternity.
Please see the links below, which report on Catholic schools which seem to have decided that God is no longer male.
There are a number of problems associated with the denial of God's male attributes.
1 It would appear to display appalling ignorance of God on the part of those responsible.
2 Christ Himself, Our Lord, cannot be other than male. Is there somehow the suggestion that Christ has changed His sex, and become a transvestite? Or even androgynous?
3 Have teachers never read Christ's words at Matt 18:6-7?
If anyone causes one of these little ones--those who believe in me--to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!
4 How can these words be interpreted in any manner apart from the condemnation to eternal damnation for teachers of error, particularly to children?
5 Assigning a false identity to Christ is nothing short of blasphemy. School authorities would appear to be teaching and enforcing this blasphemy to the children entrusted to them.
6 The promotion of blasphemy is an activity hardly likely to come from anywhere except the depths of Hell. Pushers of error have Satan's thanks.
7 Those responsible are in effect claiming that the Church has got God's identity wrong for 2 000 years, and they have just discovered the error. Such arrogance is what drove Protestants from the Church, a precedent that has had eternal consequences for so many.
8 Not only are those responsible prepared to partake of blasphemy themselves, and to teach others, but they are actually enforcing this evil. This authoritarianism may be at home in Beijing or Pyeongyang, but is hardly appropriate to a Catholic school supposedly teaching the faith.
9 If only Australian Catholic schools taught the Catholic faith as earnestly as they teach error like this, the Church might produce school leavers who continue going to Mass and the sacraments.
10 According to media reports, you have been approached, and have declined to comment. If it is not the place of a bishop to address blasphemy in Catholic schools, then whose responsibility is it?
11 The idea that God somehow does not mind being presented as something other than what he is would seem to be mere silliness. Yet only at judgement are the consequences of such error manifested. Better to correct things now, than leave it until it is too late.
12 Catholic schools were set up to teach the Catholic faith. Catholic parents have a right to expect that these schools stop their adventures into stupidity and start teaching the Catholic faith.
13 This evil will not go away until those responsible are enlightened as to their error. I should be grateful for an indication of the actions proposed in order that those in error may be properly re-educated and the children taught the true faith.
Most Rev Christopher Prowse Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn
Dear Archbishop Prowse
I am sure you will be disturbed by the invitation into a Catholic school for a formal representative of Islam (see below).
Perhaps the most serious concern is the lack of knowledge of the dangers of Islam among those responsible for Catholic education. And this can perhaps be attributed to the lack of teaching provided at Catholic teachers' colleges.
But another concern is the shortage of real Catholic education at Catholic schools, which regularly turn out children who reportedly attend Mass at the rate of around 2%. If this figure is correct, does that not leave around 98% of the next generation of Catholics on the road to damnation?
It could be argued that fewer adventures of this kind might allow more time to teach the truths of the Church. Truths which have been neglected for many years.
I believe that Islam is a great danger to souls, but I may be wrong.
Can you tell me of a study of Islam which has been produced by Australian bishops over the last 50 years?
Alternatively, please tell me if Australian bishops believe that the perceived danger of Islam is exaggerated.
Mrs Carmela Wilson, Head of Religious Education, St Edmund’s College Canberra
I refer to the article reproduced below this email.
I feel sure that you will have received comments from Catholics horrified that Islam has been invited into a Catholic school.
This is nothing to do with an individual Muslim. It has to do with inviting the religion founded on the supposed apparition of a preternatural being into a Catholic organisation. You need to ask yourself if that apparition really was the Archangel Gabriel.
Devout Muslims are bound by sharia to lie to Christians.
It is not possible for Christians to dialogue with devout Muslims. Followers of Islam MUST deceive. Their laws demand it.
Islam not only promotes violence against Christians, it rewards it. Since 9/11 there have been more than 35 000 terror attacks. By Muslims, following sharia, and quoting the Qur'an, the hadith and the sira, without any rebuttal.
It is not too late for bishops to join the fight to defend the unborn. Below is a suggestion that might save the lives of many Australian children.
Please tell me if you find anything incorrect or unjust in the statement below, or if there is any just reason why such action should not be taken.
DECLARATION BY THE BISHOPS OF AUSTRALIA
The Bishops of Australia hereby give notice that all Catholic politicians who are members of political organisations which countenance abortion, such as the Australian Labor Party and the Greens, are given fourteen (14) days from this date to sever their relationship with that party, and make it known that they oppose the killing of babies in abortion or by any other means.
Failing such action, the bishops declare that such Catholics who continue their alliance with the ALP and who have not made known their opposition to abortion will cease to be Catholics. That is, they will become excommunicated.
None of these offending former Catholics will be permitted the Blessed Sacrament. Should the offenders desire to return to the Catholic Church they will be able to apply through their bishop.
Catholic laity who vote for these groups are advised that this very action makes them complicit, along with the promoters of abortion. They also are to be denied the Blessed Sacrament until they have confessed and received absolution.
Dear Australian Bishops
Every survey on charity that I have seen shows that conservatives are more generous by far than those on the left of society, that is, those who tend to prioritise social justice.
On the other hand, those on the left of politics believe in confiscating the wealth of others (via taxation) to give to their favourite causes.
That is, they feel so sorry for their perceived poor that they cannot wait to get their hands into the pockets of others to give them something.
Thus they achieve three goals. They get the credit for generosity, they don't have to put up anything themselves, and they reduce the wealth of workers, who end up paying for the generosity of both sides.
A conservative who may want to help orphan children may have his disposable income reduced by taxation to pay for the causes, legitimate or otherwise, of the social justice warriors.
And this may well result in the starvation or death of the innocent children he has been supporting.
It could be said that social justice gives real justice a bad name.
The Statements published on the website of the Australian Catholic Bishops almost invariably push social justice, promoting the idea that tax money forcibly taken from Australian workers should be given to the pet projects of the bishops, which are fairly typical of left-wing causes.
It might not be so far from the truth to suggest that they are perhaps more appropriate to an alternative religion.
I have not seen any booklet or statement promoting the saving of souls, which it could be argued might be a more appropriate use of episcopal resources.
Can you refer me to serious in-depth publications produced by the bishops on subjects like Hell, sin, the scapular, the rosary, the lives of the saints, apologetics, immorality (abortion, contraception, sodomy), the sacraments, the commandments, the need for weekly Mass and regular confession, the sacrilege of attending Mass once or twice a year and receiving the Blessed Sacrament without going to confession, abuses in the Mass and the like?
If I have said anything untrue or unjust, please tell me.
Dear Australian Bishops
Many defenders of Cardinal Pell have come forward. These include Protestants and even atheists.
I have not seen a spirited defence from any priest or bishop. Yet there has been a large amount of slanted media information from those opposed to the Catholic Church.
Have our bishops concluded that Cardinal Pell is guilty?
Dear Australian Bishops Election day 18 May is almost here, and if the past is a guide, the Catholic vote will decide which party will govern.
This places a great burden on bishops and priests, who must guide their flock in order to ensure that Catholics do not vote for those who promote things like abortion or same-sex 'marriage'. And yet I have heard no warnings from the pulpit or from bishops.
In the short time left, it is my belief that God expects that the ordained will move Heaven and Earth to keep from power all those parties and politicians, including Catholic politicians, who are publicly favourable to immorality.
The logical conclusion is that if bishops and priests make no mention of the dangers presented by those parties in favour of unnatural acts like abortion and sodomy, they will not be fulfilling the task they willingly accepted at ordination.
I cannot see how this failure is not a serious offence to God, given that they cannot claim ignorance or coercion.
The ALP is the most dangerous, as they have the numbers and are openly in favour of abortion and sodomy.
If a priest or bishop fails to inform his people about the dangers of voting to elect members of a party whose aims parallel those of Satan, does he not commit a mortal sin?
If he then fails to repent, does he not commit sacrilege at each subsequent Mass he celebrates without having confessed, thus compounding his sin, and moving him deeper on the path to ever-greater punishment?
For those priests and bishops who are in this dreadful situation, if they fail to reconcile before death, are they then to spend their eternity in Hell, along with those souls who could have been saved had they given a timely warning?
Will those souls lost as a result of this failure be summoned from Hell to witness at the judgement of those who were ordained to warn them?
If I am in error, please advise how. And let me know if it is reasonable for me to use the Bible (see below) to support my case.
Annexe 1: Ezekiel 33. Does this apply to bishops and priests?
Ezekiel 33 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. 5 Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’ 7 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for[a] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 9 But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved. 10 “Son of man, say to the Israelites, ‘This is what you are saying: “Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of[b] them. How then can we live?”’ 11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?’ 12 “Therefore, son of man, say to your people, ‘If someone who is righteous disobeys, that person’s former righteousness will count for nothing. And if someone who is wicked repents, that person’s former wickedness will not bring condemnation. The righteous person who sins will not be allowed to live even though they were formerly righteous.’ 13 If I tell a righteous person that they will surely live, but then they trust in their righteousness and do evil, none of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered; they will die for the evil they have done. 14 And if I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ but they then turn away from their sin and do what is just and right-- 15 if they give back what they took in pledge for a loan, return what they have stolen, follow the decrees that give life, and do no evil—that person will surely live; they will not die. 16 None of the sins that person has committed will be remembered against them. They have done what is just and right; they will surely live. 17 “Yet your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ But it is their way that is not just. 18 If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, they will die for it. 19 And if a wicked person turns away from their wickedness and does what is just and right, they will live by doing so. 20 Yet you Israelites say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ But I will judge each of you according to your own ways.”
Annexe 2: The Greens' Promise to Australia.
Principles The Australian Greens believe that: All people have fundamental human rights and are entitled to equal protection of the law without any discrimination, including on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.
The civil liberties, human rights and democratic freedoms of people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex status must be supported and defended.
Inclusion and celebration of diversity are essential for social justice and equality.
The contribution of people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex status and their communities is unique and valuable to the Australian community.
There is a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities, and the erasure of these can be offensive, hurtful and detrimental a person's wellbeing.
People have the right to self-identify their gender, which is integral to people's lived experiences as citizens and members of the community. We recognise transgender and non-binary gender identities exist and are valid.
Society should be free of harassment, abuse, vilification, stigmatisation, discrimination, disadvantage or exploitation on the basis of the actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status of a person, or someone they are associated with.
The public should be informed about the historic, continuing and endemic discrimination against people with diverse sexualities, gender identities or intersex status and their communities.
Society should be free of discrimination based on family formation, or the sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status of parents and carers.
The health needs of all Australians should be provided for without discrimination of any kind. Everyone has the right to have their specific health needs met with equity, dignity and respect.
All people, including intersex and gender diverse people, have a right to bodily autonomy and physical integrity.
Trans and gender diverse young people should have the freedom to affirm their gender. Any medical interventions involved in this process should be guided by the young person, their families and their medical specialists.
Aims The Australian Greens want: An end to discrimination in marriage against same-sex attracted, gender diverse and intersex people.
All de facto relationships to have equal status in law and government policy regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.
Equal access, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex or marital status, to adoption and fostering, altruistic surrogacy and assisted reproductive treatment.
Equal rights and protections, including recognition of legal parentage, for children with same-sex attracted and gender diverse parents.
The education system to provide age-appropriate information to students, and training and resources to teachers, about respectful relationships and the diversity of sexuality, gender identity, intersex variations and family structures.
Access to a full range of publicly-funded health services for people with needs related to their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.
Adequate funding for services to address the whole-of-life health and welfare needs of people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations including, but not limited to:
alcohol and substance use; mental health;
domestic violence, sexual harassment, physical or sexual assault;
reproductive and sexual health;
self-harm and suicide prevention;
coming out, gender transitioning and affirmation;
counselling and peer support;
aged care; and
housing services and programs.
Increased funding to establish and expand gender clinics at hospitals and health services.
Accessible and inclusive family and domestic violence prevention programs, reporting mechanisms and support services for people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations and their families.
Timely, accurate information and appropriate support services for intersex people and their parents and carers.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics and other relevant agencies to improve statistical data collection on people with diverse sexualities, gender identities, intersex variations and their families.
Intersex, transgender and gender diverse people to be able to alter their sex or gender on all official documents, consistent with how they live and identify, irrespective of their marital status, without the requirement for gender affirmation surgery or hormonal therapy.
Sex or gender information in official records to only be recorded where necessary. When sex or gender is necessary information to collect in official records, gender markers be available that reflect the diversity of the Australian population.
Amended identity documents to not reveal a person’s past sex or gender identity.
Removal of the requirement of a court order to allow access to hormone treatment for transgender young people.
Irreversible medical intervention for children born with an intersex variation to occur only when they are able to give informed consent, unless it is determined to be both in the best interest of the child and necessary for the maintenance of health or the preservation of life.
Governments and their agencies to consult with communities and representative groups of people with diverse sexualities, diverse gender identities and intersex variations, on the development of policies and programs relevant to them.
Core and ongoing funding for community organisations established to support people with diverse sexuality, gender identities and intersex variation.
Relevant training available to service providers involved in the delivery of health, mental health, community and aged care services to people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations and their families.
The development of education, training and accreditation programs directed at achieving diversity and inclusiveness and eliminating homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and prejudice based on intersex status in the workplace.
Tailored support for people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations living in regional areas and their communities in response to their specific needs.
A dedicated Commissioner for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Rights at the Australian Human Rights Commission with equivalent powers to existing commissioners.
The establishment of a federal Office for LGBTI People, as part of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and supported by a separate Minister or Parliamentary Secretary.
Anti-discrimination laws for people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations to be consistent with the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and other international human rights instruments.
The removal of religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws.
Programs and legislation to end hate speech or vilification on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status or sex characteristics.
The harmonisation of age of consent laws across Australian jurisdictions, ensuring there is no distinction between heterosexual and non-heterosexual sex.
The removal of convictions for homosexual acts between consenting adults from legal records. Where a person has been charged under laws in the past against homosexual acts, that are now legal, this should be removed from the criminal record.
The removal of discrimination against transgender, gender diverse and intersex athletes in competitive sport.
Expansion of governmental support for culture, arts, festivals, tourism and events for communities of diverse sexualities, gender identities or intersex variation.
The granting of asylum in Australia to people persecuted in their own countries on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.
A ban on reparative, sexual orientation and gender identity conversion therapies.
[Policy endorsed: November 2017]
Dear Australian Bishops
Israel Folau has now been found guilty of first teaching sacred scripture, and then of defending it.
Are these not tasks entrusted to bishops by God Himself.
So far the only opposition to these perverted men and women comes from atheists and agnostics, who are outraged at the injustice.
Sodomites claim the high moral ground only because they hold their enemies in contempt.
Where are the defenders of Israel Folau? And Divine Law?
And Matt 25:46, Lk 16:26, Jn 17:12, Rev 20:10, 16th Synod of Toledo (DH 574), 4th Lateran Council (DH 801), Benedictus Deus (DH 1002), Laetentur Caeli (DH 1306), Recentiores Episcoporun (AAS 71) 941, Catechism 1033-7.
Can. 751 Heresy is the obstinate denial or obstinate doubt after the reception of baptism of some truth which is to be believed by divine and Catholic faith;
Can. 1364 §1 An apostate from the faith, a heretic or a schismatic incurs a latae sententiae excommunication, without prejudice to the provision of Can. 194.
It follows that a Catholic who obstinately denies or doubts dogma which must be believed has left the Catholic Church.
And logic tells us that the see of Peter cannot be held by a non-Catholic.
Of the three issues above, the first two, if valid, tell us that our real Pope is not Francis, but Benedict, although Francis might be considered Bishop of Rome.
The third seems impossible, since the Holy Spirit guides the Church. The logical conclusion is that issues 1 and/or 2 would appear to be substantiated. And thus we have a situation where Francis can teach heresy because he is not really Pope.
But now we run into uncharted waters.
Can. 1404 The First See is judged by no one. Can. 1405 §1. It is solely the right of the Roman Pontiff himself to judge in the cases mentioned in ⇒ can. 1401:
No one can judge Francis, if he is genuinely the Pope.
At the same time, it would appear legitimate to judge what the Pope does, as in Galatians 2:11, where a bishop, Paul, admonishes Peter, the Pope.
But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong.
So whilst we cannot judge Francis (if indeed he is the Pope), it is necessary to admonish him in charity for his errors, and call on him to either explain his words, or correct them.
Who should do this? Paul set the example for us. He approached Peter and admonished him on the matter of hypocrisy.
Today's problems are an order of magnitude greater, with the possibility of the greater part of Catholics following Francis out of the Church, bishops, priests and laity.
Paul was a bishop, and he showed us the way. The logical choice for approaching Francis and asking him to explain himself falls to bishops. This is an opportunity for Australian bishops to set an example, an example which might result in the saving of millions of souls around the world, if successful.
And it would put Francis on notice that there are Catholics capable of discerning error, even when it comes from a Pope.
Dear Archbishop Coleridge
Israel Folau has suffered constant and vicious attacks for daring to defend the Bible, even though it is not necessarily the place of a sportsman to teach the faith.
Folau took to Instagram in April to proclaim "hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators" unless they repent and turn to Jesus.
Folau is later mentioned in a section titled 'Homophobia: A season of hate'.
I have not heard of any bishop or priest coming to his defence. And yet teaching the faith, especially when it is under attack, would seem to be a task especially suited to bishops and priests.
Can you confirm publicly that what Israel Folau has said is indeed true? That those who knowingly and willingly engage in homosexual practices and fail to repent before death go to damnation, where they suffer unending and unrelieved pain and misery beyond our imagination?
This might help clear up the confusion among those in the media, who seem to think that this particular commandment has somehow been abrogated. It might add strength to an innocent man, and clarify the true situation in the minds of Christians who have become confused by the one-sided nature of the public debate.
It might also assist the general population, who are being told that the Bible contains hate speech.
Folau rejected Rugby Australia payout - report
Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has reportedly turned down an AU$1 million payout to end his dispute with Rugby Australia (RA) over his controversial social media posts.
The Sunday Telegraph reports Folau rejected RA's offer, which would have required him to walk away from his contractual fight, before proceedings began on Saturday. RA announced it would terminate Folau's contract after he posted homophobic content on social media on April 10. The 30-year-old is challenging the decision. The Telegraph suggested RA may fear it'll lose its battle against Folau. RA is bracing for an AU$12 million financial loss for the upcoming season - pushing the code to the brink of collapsing if they have to pay out the entirety of Folau's AU$4 million contract. Folau took to Instagram in April to proclaim "hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators" unless they repent and turn to Jesus. Folau argues it is unlawful for the governing body to tear up his four-year contract. The code-of-conduct hearing will continue on Sunday, but no more witnesses are expected to be called. On Saturday, Folau, RA chief executive Raelene Castle and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika all gave evidence. A decision on Folau's future is not expected to be made until mid-next week. Meanwhile popular French sports magazine L'Equipe has dedicated a special edition to champion sport's fight against homophobia. The front cover of their latest issue showing an image of two male water polo players kissing each other, the title reading: "Kiss whoever you want." In its editorial, the magazine also takes aim at "the stream of abject words, uttered, among others, by a well known Australian rugby player". Folau is later mentioned in a section titled 'Homophobia: A season of hate'.
Please look (below) at what is in store for us if certain political groups meet with success in the coming election.
These threats are straight from the depths of Hell. I cannot see how any Catholic can vote to allow these proposals without serious damage to his soul. Damage which may well become eternal.
Yet so far I have heard no warning from bishops or priests.
Does God not expect, or even require, a bishop to issue such a warning when his flock enters an arena of grave danger?
Ezekiel, at 33:1-9 (see below), would seem to agree.
And also a warning to complicit Catholics who are members of these guilty parties?
Or is this battle to be left to the laity?
According to policies on their website, The Greens will:
make abortion safe, accessible, legal and free,
advocate for the introduction of safe-zones, so that women who have an abortion are not subjected to harassment for undergoing medical procedures,
protect LGBTIQ+ rights in law, through a Charter of Rights and by legislating to remove religious exemptions in federal antidiscrimination laws,
create a national LGBTIQ+ health strategy,
establish a whole of government ministerial advisory group on LGBTIQ+ issues,
stamp out sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts, appoint an LGBTIQ+ Human Rights Commissioner,
appoint a Minister for Equality,
work for a nationally consistent sexual education curriculum, which closes significant gaps in the education of young people in issues such as consent, respect and safe sex.
Tanya Plibersek is the Deputy Leader of the Labor Party and Shadow Minister for Women (wonder who the Shadow Minister for Men is?). She and Catherine King, Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare, have released “Labor’s Plan to Support Women’s Reproductive Rights”. This Plan includes the following promises:
A Shorten Labor Government will deliver Australia’s first ever National Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy to make sure all Australian women can access legal, safe, affordable reproductive health services,
improve access to contraception, improve access to safe, legal ways to end a pregnancy,
support all women to access termination services in public hospitals.
According to a summary put together by Family Voice Australia, Labor will also:
support removal of gender from birth certificates,
require taxpayers to fund sex-change operations, support funding for Safe Schools,
introduce a Commissioner for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status issues,
Ezekiel 33The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. 5 Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’7 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for[a] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 9 But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.
We appear to be entering a new era for the Church, where people may be raised to the altars for defending a political view rather than faith or morals.
There are Catholics who are arguing that in many cases there may be a lack of real evidence for sainthood.
Since an introduction of doubt into the beatification and canonisation processes is likely to affect the reputation and status of many other saints, it is surely a matter of justice that these processes and outcomes be clarified.
I should be grateful if an earnest investigation could be conducted in order to provide reliable advice to the faithful.
The alternative is that it is not impossible that Catholics might be praying for assistance to 'saints' who are not in Heaven, something the Church should go to great lengths to avoid.
Please advise if your believe this request to be unreasonable.
Dear Archbishop Comensoli
What a great idea, to invite the LGBTIs to consult with you on 'what God is asking of us' as part of preparation for the Plenary Council 2020.
In a single stroke you have targeted those sad souls who molest children.
We know this, because almost all of the priests and religious who abused children preyed on boys. That is, they were members of the LGBTI community.
Here is a list of those credibly accused. All you need to do is count those who destroyed the lives of young males. Almost all offenders were homosexual, even though sodomites form only a tiny percentage of adults.
When these poor unrepentants turn up you can then give them a clear idea of the eternal and awful fate which awaits them if they fail to give up their evil and scandalous ways (their sins invariably involve the destruction of partners in crime) and also fail to attempt to undo the damage they have caused.
And you will have set a great example to the bishops of this country, who for so many years have issued literature about social justice, illegal immigrants, sport, building walls, and the environment. But not so much about contraception, abortion, sodomy, sin or Hell. And I suspect that the teaching of these is what God has really been asking of us since the Church began, and continues to ask, perhaps in vain.
I and many other Catholics look forward to a determined effort on the part of our bishops to save these souls, along with all the other souls that the bishops and their priests have volunteered their lives to work for.
It is not impossible that God also looks forward to such an outcome.
It is becoming difficult to demonstrate that Islam has any association with peace.
Khacho Yulo Ling Buddhist Centre will be hosting this event in the beautiful and spiritual space of St Monica’s Cathedral. The evening will allow all the diﬀerent faiths and traditions to oﬀer a prayer, chant or recitation for peace and harmony in our community. His Holiness the 42nd Kyabgon Gongma Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, will also give a short blessing to everyone as part of the evening.
What possible benefit could come from allowing pagans the use of God's own house? To whom does the Bishop of Cairns think that the non-Christians will be praying?
There is a precedent in the bible for the misuse of God's house, at Matt 21:12-17. Luke 19: 45-48 and John 2:13-16. Did Jesus somehow 'get it wrong'?
I should be grateful for an explanation as to how this can be squared with the first commandment.
However, since they die outside the Catholic Church, those committing these acts are doomed to end up in Hell.
And the only females they will see in eternity are those demons who assume female form to add to their torment.
If our bishops could provide a means of converting these unfortunate souls, they would achieve two goals. This would take away their motive to kill Christians and themselves, perhaps saving many innocent lives. And the Muslims would gain access to the grace needed to enter Heaven.
I believe that God does not insist on success, but on the attempt.
Alternatively, is there a downside to the conversion of Muslims?
Dear Dame Lyndsay, Catholics believed in the bible and stand by what it says. You said it was unfortunate re what Mr Folau said, and yes, it is God who judges but Mr Folau never pointed a finger at anyone, he just said what Jesus and the Bible said. With churches having become so pathetic now, how on earth are people to know that they need repentance unless we warn them that what they do is wrong. Imagine if Jesus and the disciples had of kept silent about hell and sin because they said that we must be sensitive to sinners out of so called love for the people. This is one thing that I used to admired about the Catholic church, they would loudly speak out against things like abortion etc., while other churches said nothing. I would have thought that just as Christ died for us so as we can be saved, that we also would love people enough to warn that there is the down side to sinning, so is it not our commission or responsibility to warn people just as Christ and the disciples did. And who better to warn people than someone who is so looked up too for his sporting abilities. As you know, the bible DOES teach that we are ALL sinners, otherwise there was no need for Christ to come and die for us, and I know that you must know all this, as just in one place alone.. Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 3 says that For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; The bible clearly says that the wages of sin is death. So surely it is out of love that we must warn people, and surely repeating word for word what the bible says is not unfortunate, like you said of what Folau said, Mr Folau’s showed that his love for mankind was greater than his exceedingly massive pay and his very successful career and so he should be praised by the church, not criticised.. There is no mistaking that in both the Old and New Testaments that no matter how the world tries to neutralise it, that the homosexual act, (along with others) is identified as iniquity or a vile affection which is a grievous sin to God. Although the word homosexuality is a more modern word, Jesus used words for His day which would have identified the homosexual act …. Leviticus 18:22 You must not lie with a man as with a woman; that is an abomination. Leviticus 20:13 If a man lies with a man as with a woman etc. there are 100 Bible Verses about Men Sleep With Men so it can’t be ignored. God knew that certain acts were a danger to us and he did not have these laws or rules for the fun of it, they are for our mental, physical and spiritual health, and as the numbers of homosexuals are dramatically increasing, here is an example from the medical side of it.. While the CDC estimates that MSM represent only 2 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for the majority (61 percent; 29,300) of all new HIV infections in 2009. Young MSM (ages 13 to 29) were most severely affected, representing more than one quarter of all new HIV infections nationally (27 percent; 12,900 in 2009)." (Center for Disease Control, cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/HIVIncidencePressRelease.html) And the numbers of young people being condemned to this should break the hearts of even the hardest of people,…. it was taken from Is homosexuality dangerous to society? | CARM.org carm.org › Home › Homosexuality …
And for those who have not received the saviour as their own it says.. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 9Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sexwithmen 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
So Folau’s words which repeated what the bible says and so of course the words of Christ, Paul, John etc are not unfortunate, they are in fact showing love.
AND, it is not just religious people against homosexuality as the media and the left would have us believe, but millions of non-religious don’t as well and they are being forced to be silent. Gaye Carman Australia..
Amoris Laetitia teaches these errors at AL83, 156, 159 and 297. The Church's position is given below this email.
Is Pope Francis, then, a heretic, given that he has failed for 941 days to address or even acknowledge, the contents of the Dubia?
And since heresy constitutes a grave danger to the souls in the care of bishops, would it be reasonable for Australian Catholics to expect that their bishops would move swiftly to clarify this situation, and provide definitive and public guidance on the truth?
Alternatively, are the questions asked in the Dubia invalid?
1 The death penalty.
Gen. 9:63, Lev. 20-1; Deut. 13, 21-22; Matt. 15:4; Mk. 7:10; Jn. 19:11; Rom. 13:4; Heb. 10:28; Innocent I, Letter to Exsuperius, PL 120: 499A-B; Innocent III, Profession of Faith prescribed for the Waldensians, DH 7954; Pius V, Catechism of the Council of Trent, Pope Pius XII, Address to the First International Congress of Histopathology of the Nervous System, AAS 44 (1952): 787; John Paul II, Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2267.
2 Sexual submission.
Eph. 5:24, 1 Cor. 11:3; Col. 3:18; Tit. 2:3-5; 1 Pet. 3:1-5; Pius V, Catechism of the Council of Trent, commentary on the sacrament of matrimony; Leo XIII, Arcanum, ASS 12 (1879): 389; Pius XI, Casti connubii, AAS 22 (1930): 549 (DH 3708-09); John XXIII, Ad Petri cathedram, AAS 51 (1959): 509-10.
3 The Status of Virginity.
1 Cor 7:29), Council of Trent, Session 24, canon 10, Mt. 19: 12, 21; 1 Cor. 7:7-8, 38; 2 Thess. 2:1-2; Apoc. 14:4; Council of Florence, Decree for the Jacobites, DH 1353; Pius X, Response of the Biblical Commission, DH 3629; Pius XII Sacra virginitas, AAS 46 (1954): 174; 2nd Vatican Council, Decree Optatam totius, 10.
4 Eternal Punishment.
Matt. 25: 46, Mt. 7:22-23; Lk. 16: 26; Jn. 17:12; Apoc. 20:10; 16th Synod of Toledo (DH 574); 4th Lateran Council, DH 801; Benedict XII, Constitution Benedictus Deus, DH 1002; Council of Florence, decree Laetentur caeli, DH 1306; John Paul II, Letter of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Recentiores episcoporum, AAS 71 (1979): 941; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1033-37.
This is what Israel Folau says: drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters' are sinners.
What the Bible Says: 1Cor6:9-10: Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men; nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Those who follow the clear teaching of the Bible are now labelled 'hardline' and 'extremists'.
It is not impossible that the next step will be a move to make 'insensitive' speech illegal, or a hate crime.
Does this mean that bishops will no longer be able to teach publicly and actively the Church's doctrine on sodomy, abortion, contraception, fornication, indeed sin of any kind?
Israel Folau is filmed giving a hardline sermon in church just weeks before post that saw his $4m rugby contract torn up - showing the once-supporter of gay rugby is now a Christian extremist
Kelsey Wilkie and Adam Mccleery
Israel Folau has been filmed giving a hardline sermon in church slamming Christians for celebrating Christmas and Easter. The 30-year-old rugby star made the comments in a Sydney church just four weeks before his latest anti-homosexual rant on Instagram. Folau, who was once the poster boy for the world's biggest gay rugby tournament, told parishioners that celebrating the two Christian festivals was for 'heathens'. Referencing a passage in the Old Testament of the Bible, Folau pointed out the apparent spiritual dangers of putting up Christmas trees. He also accused the Catholic Church of turning Jesus' mother Mary into an idol, and told the congregation that wetting babies' heads during Christenings was wrong. The previously unseen footage, obtained by the Daily Telegraph, comes as Rugby Australia announced the probable termination of Folau's contract after he took to Instagram to proclaim 'hell awaits' gay people. The Wallabies star's repeated anti-gay slurs are in stark contrast to his position in 2014, when was the face of the Bignham Cup, the 'biennial world championships of gay and inclusive rugby'. He appeared on the cover of the Star Observer, a magazine for the LGBTI community, under the headline: 'Big Boys And Their Balls.' A Bingham Cup spokesman said at the time Folau was a 'strong advocate for ending all forms of the discrimination in sport'. But five years later, it seems the cross-code star's stance has drastically changed. On Wednesday, Folau reiterated previous comments when he said all 'drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters' are sinners. Both Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union made attempts to contact Folau and his representatives, having previously warned him about his online slurs. But he didn't respond to either organisation, Rugby Australia said, as it announced the probable end of his career. 'In the absence of mitigating circumstances, it is our intention to terminate his contract,' an RA statement on Thursday. Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: 2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. 5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. Folau used scripture from the Jewish prophet Jeremiah to justify his criticism of Christmas and Easter in his sermon last month. 'When it comes to the period around December 25 the world celebrates Christmas and things like Easter and all this stuff, again that's another tradition that is man-made, we always have to go back to what the bible says in regards to what He says,' Folau said. He then cited the passage from Jeremiah Chapter 10. 'God is clearly saying, ''Do not follow the way of the heathen'', which is what He's speaking of these people here, the custom, these people do it in vain.' 'There's no point to doing it. 'If we don’t go back to the scriptures and see what God says, we can easily fall into the tradition of man, thinking we’re doing the right thing. He continued: 'The problem with a lot of people today is they don't read the word, they go to church on Sunday, listen to what the pastor says, and that's it. They don't go back home to check for what the word of God says.' In the wake of his expected sacking from rugby union, ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie indicated there'd be no place for Folau in the NRL. 'Israel Folau doesn't pass our inclusiveness culture, which is a policy strongly supported by the ARLC,' Beattie told The Sydney Morning Herald. 'And after talking to some commissioners tonight (Thursday), we don't support him playing rugby league again.' Israel Folau is filmed giving a hardline sermon in church just weeks before post that saw his $4m rugby contract torn up - showing the once-supporter of gay rugby is now a Christian extremist
A man will lose his job because he held an opinion, in a personal document.
Did he tell the truth?
The controversy is over a matter of morals. He says that homosexuals go to Hell. Of course, if they repent, things might be different. But the homosexuals attacking him clearly have no prospect of repenting. So it would seem that he is correct.
But is this not the province of bishops?
Should this man stand alone, while bishops say nothing? He is prepared to lose his lucrative career to follow his belief.
I have not heard mention of Humanae Vitae from an Australian bishop or priest in more than 50 years.
Judging by the small numbers of children at Mass, I am not alone here. It seems that Catholics and Protestants alike have welcomed the pill.
Please watch the attached video. Had the faith been taught, it would be irrelevant. But it suggests that in about 50 years most Australian churches will be mosques, and no new churches will be permitted. Nor will it be possible to repair existing churches.
Bishops and priests will be deprived of their incomes. The sacraments could be forbidden. Muslims will marry Christian girls of their choice, perhaps before they are old enough to go to school. No Christian girl will be safe. Catholics, both clerics and laymen, will be forced to pay the jizya on demand, and subjected to humiliation in doing so.
I should be grateful if you would advise how the video can be refuted, and if you believe things could have been different had we been reminded often of the evil nature of contraception.
Please find below additional information which might shed further light on what appears to be a monstrous injustice.
The details of the Philadelphia case are strikingly similar to those presented by Victorian Police. It is not inconceivable that the accuser was aware also.
The priest attacked in the US died in prison, although clearly innocent.
One item which may be an additional problem. When I was an altar-boy, the sacramental wine was non-alcoholic, and so labelled. This would make it difficult to get altar-boys drunk, and it would make it rather less attractive to those having a sly drink.
The Catholic Church’s Secret Sex-Crime Files
How a scandal in Philadelphia exposed documents that reveal a high-level conspiracy to cover up decades of sexual abuse
The five co-defendants sit close enough to shake hands in the Philadelphia courtroom, but they never once acknowledge one another. Father James Brennan, a 47-year-old priest accused of raping a 14-year-old boy, looks sad and stooped in a navy sweater, unshaven and sniffling. Edward Avery, a defrocked priest in his sixties, wears an unsettlingly pleasant expression on his face, as though he’s mentally very far away. He and two other defendants – the Rev. Charles Engelhardt, also in his sixties, and Bernard Shero, a former Catholic schoolteacher in his forties – are accused of passing around “Billy,” a fifth-grade altar boy. According to the charges, the three men raped and sodomized the 10-year-old, sometimes making him perform stripteases or getting him drunk on sacramental wine after Mass.
The public defence of Cardinal George Pell has appeared to many Catholics to be somewhat muted.
Yet information continues to arrive indicating that a great injustice has been done. And continues to be done.
The absence of corroboration. The media witch-hunt. The lack of cross-examination. The dismissal of the evidence of favourable witnesses. The police trawling operation. The missing pattern of behaviour. And so on.
Below is an article which might have been written by Emile Zola. It seems to put the final cap on this unfortunate event.
I should be grateful if you would advise what assistance will be accorded Cardinal Pell in his appeal, and the reconstruction of his shattered life.
Although many complaints have been made about abuses in the sacraments, I cannot remember news of a bishop investigating and putting them right. The only time I have seen abuses addressed is this example from Canberra.
There have been many examples of abuses in the Mass, but one particular activity has become almost mandatory. The use of extraordinary ministers, in numbers, and on a roster.
Here is Inaestimabile Donum (supported by Redemptionis Sacramentum).
10. The faithful, whether religious or lay, who are authorized as extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist can distribute Communion only when there is no priest, deacon or acolyte, when the priest is impeded by illness or advanced age, or when the number of the faithful going to Communion is so large as to make the celebration of Mass excessively long. Accordingly, a reprehensible attitude is shown by those priests who, though present at the celebration, refrain from distributing Communion and leave this task to the laity.
If the Church says that the laity are forbidden to handle the Blessed Sacrament, except in emergencies, there must be a good reason behind it.
My question is this. If a priest directly disobeys a formal instruction, and does so in the presence of a congregation, is he not telling the people that it is of no consequence to disobey the Church, and thus also God? Is this not the sin of scandal?
This is addressed by Christ at Matthew 18:6-7.
6But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.7Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh.
Given the tiny congregations, why do priests think it necessary to have extraordinary ministers at all? And a roster of such ministers?
Could it be that they are afraid of the women in the parish? Women who demand an active role at the altar? These ministers may come dressed in stubby shorts, pedal-pushers and T-shirts, and in my view are out of place next to a vested priest.
The information below might help. Please tell me if I have said anything untrue or unfair.
The news of the priest (Fr Nicholas Rynne) fired for having 'theological differences' has circulated here and overseas. It seems that he was not just removed from his parish, but exiled from the archdiocese.
If a priest has theological differences with parishioners, this suggests that one side is right, the other wrong.
But the letter circulated indicates that the parishioners opposing this priest hold views that are far from those of the Church. And if the priest believes differently, the chances are that he must be teaching the truth.
So the question arises. Why has the priest been punished for teaching the truth? And what has happened to the violent parishioners who are in error?
There is no 'right' for women to act as altar-servers or to take any other place in the sanctuary. I had thought that women were expected to be silent in church (1Cor14:34). I know of no use-by date on that verse.
If these women hold fast to beliefs at variance to Church teaching, are they not subject to the penalties of Canons 751 and 1364? And do they not lose their right to challenge a priest in his own vestry?
Now it is possible that there is more to the story, but as it stands, it appears that a faithful priest has suffered for the faith. I should be grateful if you could advise whether there are circumstances which excuse the violence and the punishment.
Surely no bishop would fire a priest who had been physically attacked and spat upon, when all he had done was teach the Catholic faith and say Mass according to a rite approved by Rome, and followed by popes, cardinals, bishops and priests for hundreds of years. Were these teachers of the faith all in error?
No, this priest must have done something really serious. After all, over the years we have seen many priests molesting boys, and these were merely shuffled off to another parish.
Is there any reason why the bishops could not make a substantial and sustained effort to convert Muslims to Christ, in order that they might have a chance at avoiding the likely fate of Muhammad? Does God will that Muslims be saved?
In the media available to bishops and priests we hear much about social justice. Not so much about saving souls. Yet isn't our true purpose on earth to save souls, including our own?
Some years ago our parish bulletin listed the number of parishioners as about 11 500. But the total of parishioners attending the four weekend Masses is around 400. If my grandchildren attended the same Mass, they might outnumber all other children attending. Maybe several times over, depending on the Mass time.
Since the Church tells us that those deliberately missing even one Mass are in mortal sin, we have to hope that the 96% who never attend will have a last-minute conversion. But where is the guarantee for that, since St Alphonsus of Liguori tells us that as we live, so shall we die? St John Chrysostom agrees.
Given that the overwhelming majority of Mass-goers is in the elderly bracket, we are not likely to have so many of these around in 5 years. And since children who have completed a Catholic education attend Mass at the rate of around 2%, there are few replacements coming along.
There are some younger families coming to Mass. Few of these have more than one or two children, so it is not impossible that the younger population of our Mass-goers has accepted artificial contraception, and thus live constantly in the state of mortal sin. To make things worse, they receive the Blessed Sacrament, compounding their disobedience with sacrilege.
Then we have the thousands of Catholics who turn up at Easter and Christmas, and go to Holy Communion, without a hint of warning of the horrific danger to their souls from the priest.
And we have the few people who line up for confession during the course of a year. In my parish the numbers are perhaps fewer than 50. Unless we can claim that Christ instituted an unnecessary sacrament, those who never go to confession are likely in fearful danger.
If my claims are correct, we are down to fewer than half of one percent of parishioners likely to achieve eternal life. This figure is not inconsistent with statements of St John Chrysostom, St Jerome, St Alphonsus and others. Below this email I shall copy the sermon of St Leonard of Port Maurice, where you will find considerable support for my argument. It is my contention that our present-day society is unlikely to be holier than that of St Leonard's. What would this saint preach if he saw our present acceptance of contraception, divorce, sodomy and abortion, and our lack of fear (indeed, of knowledge) of Hell? Of falling into the hands of the living God?
The logical conclusion is that if the rest of Australia is much the same as our parish, the best we can expect is that about half of one percent of the Catholics in this country will arrive safely in Heaven, perhaps after a time in Purgatory (but the number saved could be as low as one in a thousand).
So we are faced with the prospect that 99.5% of us will be damned, and spend eternity being tormented by demons who have enormous strength and unlimited energy.
But what will happen to those whose task it was to warn them?
I should be grateful if you would point out any errors in what I have said.
I dedicate this email to St Leonard of Port Maurice.
The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved by St. Leonard of Port Maurice
Saint Leonard of Port Maurice was a most holy Franciscan friar who lived at the monastery of Saint Bonaventure in Rome. He was one of the greatest missioners in the history of the Church. He used to preach to thousands in the open square of every city and town where the churches could not hold his listeners. So brilliant and holy was his eloquence that once when he gave a two weeks' mission in Rome, the Pope and College of Cardinals came to hear him. The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the veneration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus were his crusades. He was in no small way responsible for the definition of the Immaculate Conception made a little more than a hundred years after his death. He also gave us the Divine Praises, which are said at the end of Benediction. But Saint Leonard's most famous work was his devotion to the Stations of the Cross. He died a most holy death in his seventy-fifth year, after twenty-four years of uninterrupted preaching. One of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice's most famous sermons was "The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved." It was the one he relied on for the conversion of great sinners. This sermon, like his other writings, was submitted to canonical examination during the process of canonization. In it he reviews the various states of life of Christians and concludes with the little number of those who are saved, in relation to the totality of men. The reader who meditates on this remarkable text will grasp the soundness of its argumentation, which has earned it the approbation of the Church. Here is the great missionary's vibrant and moving sermon.
Introduction Thanks be to God, the number of the Redeemer's disciples is not so small that the wickedness of the Scribes and Pharisees is able to triumph over them. Although they strove to calumniate innocence and to deceive the crowd with their treacherous sophistries by discrediting the doctrine and character of Our Lord, finding spots even in the sun, many still recognized Him as the true Messiah, and, unafraid of either chastisements or threats, openly joined His cause. Did all those who followed Christ follow Him even unto glory? Oh, this is where I revere the profound mystery and silently adore the abysses of the divine decrees, rather than rashly deciding on such a great point! The subject I will be treating today is a very grave one; it has caused even the pillars of the Church to tremble, filled the greatest Saints with terror and populated the deserts with anchorites. The point of this instruction is to decide whether the number of Christians who are saved is greater or less than the number of Christians who are damned; it will, I hope, produce in you a salutary fear of the judgments of God. Brothers, because of the love I have for you, I wish I were able to reassure you with the prospect of eternal happiness by saying to each of you: You are certain to go to paradise; the greater number of Christians is saved, so you also will be saved. But how can I give you this sweet assurance if you revolt against God's decrees as though you were your own worst enemies? I observe in God a sincere desire to save you, but I find in you a decided inclination to be damned. So what will I be doing today if I speak clearly? I will be displeasing to you. But if I do not speak, I will be displeasing to God. Therefore, I will divide this subject into two points. In the first one, to fill you with dread, I will let the theologians and Fathers of the Church decide on the matter and declare that the greater number of Christian adults are damned; and, in silent adoration of that terrible mystery, I will keep my own sentiments to myself. In the second point I will attempt to defend the goodness of God versus the godless, by proving to you that those who are damned are damned by their own malice, because they wanted to be damned. So then, here are two very important truths. If the first truth frightens you, do not hold it against me, as though I wanted to make the road of heaven narrower for you, for I want to be neutral in this matter; rather, hold it against the theologians and Fathers of the Church who will engrave this truth in your heart by the force of reason. If you are disillusioned by the second truth, give thanks to God over it, for He wants only one thing: that you give your hearts totally to Him. Finally, if you oblige me to tell you clearly what I think, I will do so for your consolation.
The Teaching of the Fathers of the Church It is not vain curiosity but salutary precaution to proclaim from the height of the pulpit certain truths which serve wonderfully to contain the indolence of libertines, who are always talking about the mercy of God and about how easy it is to convert, who live plunged in all sorts of sins and are soundly sleeping on the road to hell. To disillusion them and waken them from their torpor, today let us examine this great question: Is the number of Christians who are saved greater than the number of Christians who are damned? Pious souls, you may leave; this sermon is not for you. Its sole purpose is to contain the pride of libertines who cast the holy fear of God out of their heart and join forces with the devil who, according to the sentiment of Eusebius, damns souls by reassuring them. To resolve this doubt, let us put the Fathers of the Church, both Greek and Latin, on one side; on the other, the most learned theologians and erudite historians; and let us put the Bible in the middle for all to see. Now listen not to what I will say to you – for I have already told you that I do not want to speak for myself or decide on the matter – but listen to what these great minds have to tell you, they who are beacons in the Church of God to give light to others so that they will not miss the road to heaven. In this manner, guided by the triple light of faith, authority and reason, we will be able to resolve this grave matter with certainty. Note well that there is no question here of the human race taken as a whole, nor of all Catholics taken without distinction, but only of Catholic adults, who have free choice and are thus capable of cooperating in the great matter of their salvation. First let us consult the theologians recognized as examining things most carefully and as not exaggerating in their teaching: let us listen to two learned cardinals, Cajetan and Bellarmine. They teach that the greater number of Christian adults are damned, and if I had the time to point out the reasons upon which they base themselves, you would be convinced of it yourselves. But I will limit myself here to quoting Suarez. After consulting all the theologians and making a diligent study of the matter, he wrote, "The most common sentiment which is held is that, among Christians, there are more damned souls than predestined souls." Add the authority of the Greek and Latin Fathers to that of the theologians, and you will find that almost all of them say the same thing. This is the sentiment of Saint Theodore, Saint Basil, Saint Ephrem, and Saint John Chrysostom. What is more, according to Baronius it was a common opinion among the Greek Fathers that this truth was expressly revealed to Saint Simeon Stylites and that after this revelation, it was to secure his salvation that he decided to live standing on top of a pillar for forty years, exposed to the weather, a model of penance and holiness for everyone. Now let us consult the Latin Fathers. You will hear Saint Gregory saying clearly, "Many attain to faith, but few to the heavenly kingdom." Saint Anselm declares, "There are few who are saved." Saint Augustine states even more clearly, "Therefore, few are saved in comparison to those who are damned." The most terrifying, however, is Saint Jerome. At the end of his life, in the presence of his disciples, he spoke these dreadful words: "Out of one hundred thousand people whose lives have always been bad, you will find barely one who is worthy of indulgence."
The Words of Holy Scripture But why seek out the opinions of the Fathers and theologians, when Holy Scripture settles the question so clearly? Look in to the Old and New Testaments, and you will find a multitude of figures, symbols and words that clearly point out this truth: very few are saved. In the time of Noah, the entire human race was submerged by the Deluge, and only eight people were saved in the Ark. Saint Peter says, "This ark was the figure of the Church," while Saint Augustine adds, "And these eight people who were saved signify that very few Christians are saved, because there are very few who sincerely renounce the world, and those who renounce it only in words do not belong to the mystery represented by that ark." The Bible also tells us that only two Hebrews out of two million entered the Promised Land after going out of Egypt, and that only four escaped the fire of Sodom and the other burning cities that perished with it. All of this means that the number of the damned who will be cast into fire like straw is far greater than that of the saved, whom the heavenly Father will one day gather into His barns like precious wheat. I would not finish if I had to point out all the figures by which Holy Scripture confirms this truth; let us content ourselves with listening to the living oracle of Incarnate Wisdom. What did Our Lord answer the curious man in the Gospel who asked Him, "Lord, is it only a few to be saved?" Did He keep silence? Did He answer haltingly? Did He conceal His thought for fear of frightening the crowd? No. Questioned by only one, He addresses all of those present. He says to them: "You ask Me if there are only few who are saved?" Here is My answer: "Strive to enter by the narrow gate; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able." Who is speaking here? It is the Son of God, Eternal Truth, who on another occasion says even more clearly, "Many are called, but few are chosen." He does not say that all are called and that out of all men, few are chosen, but that many are called; which means, as Saint Gregory explains, that out of all men, many are called to the True Faith, but out of them few are saved. Brothers, these are the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Are they clear? They are true. Tell me now if it is possible for you to have faith in your heart and not tremble.
Salvation in the Various States of Life But oh, I see that by speaking in this manner of all in general, I am missing my point. So let us apply this truth to various states, and you will understand that you must either throw away reason, experience and the common sense of the faithful, or confess that the greater number of Catholics is damned. Is there any state in the world more favourable to innocence in which salvation seems easier and of which people have a higher idea than that of priests, the lieutenants of God? At first glance, who would not think that most of them are not only good but even perfect; yet I am horror-struck when I hear Saint Jerome declaring that although the world is full of priests, barely one in a hundred is living in a manner in conformity with state; when I hear a servant of God attesting that he has learned by revelation that the number of priests who fall into hell each day is so great that it seemed impossible to him that there be any left on earth; when I hear Saint Chrysostom exclaiming with tears in his eyes, "I do not believe that many priests are saved; I believe the contrary, that the number of those who are damned is greater." Look higher still, and see the prelates of the Holy Church, pastors who have the charge of souls. Is the number of those who are saved among them greater than the number of those who are damned? Listen to Cantimpre; he will relate an event to you, and you may draw the conclusions. There was a synod being held in Paris, and a great number of prelates and pastors who had the charge of souls were in attendance; the king and princes also came to add luster to that assembly by their presence. A famous preacher was invited to preach. While he was preparing his sermon, a horrible demon appeared to him and said, "Lay your books aside. If you want to give a sermon that will be useful to these princes and prelates, content yourself with telling them on our part, 'We the princes of darkness thank you, princes, prelates, and pastors of souls, that due to your negligence, the greater number of the faithful are damned; also, we are saving a reward for you for this favor, when you shall be with us in Hell.'" 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." Our chronicles relate an even more dreadful happening. One of our brothers, well-known for his doctrine and holiness, was preaching in Germany. He represented the ugliness of the sin of impurity so forceful that a woman fell dead of sorrow in front of everyone. Then, coming back to life, she said, "When I was presented before the Tribunal of God, sixty thousand people arrived at the same time from all parts of the world; out of that number, three were saved by going to Purgatory, and all the rest were damned." O abyss of the judgments of God! Out of thirty thousand, only five were saved! And out of sixty thousand, only three went to heaven! You sinners who are listening to me, in what category will you be numbered?... What do you say?... What do you think?... I see almost all of you lowering your heads, filled with astonishment and horror. But let us lay our stupor aside, and instead of flattering ourselves, let us try to draw some profit from our fear. Is it not true that there are two roads which lead to heaven: innocence and repentance? Now, if I show you that very few take either one of these two roads, as rational people you will conclude that very few are saved. And to mention proofs: in what age, employment or condition will you find that the number of the wicked is not a hundred times greater than that of the good, and about which one might say, "The good are so rare and the wicked are so great in number"? We could say of our times what Salvianus said of his: it is easier to find a countless multitude of sinners immersed in all sorts of iniquities than a few innocent men. How many servants are totally honest and faithful in their duties? How many merchants are fair and equitable in their commerce; how many craftsmen exact and truthful; how many salesmen disinterested and sincere? How many men of law do not forsake equity? How many soldiers do not tread upon innocence; how many masters do not unjustly withhold the salary of those who serve them, or do not seek to dominate their inferiors? Everywhere, the good are rare and the wicked great in number. Who does not know that today there is so much libertinage among mature men, liberty among young girls, vanity among women, licentiousness in the nobility, corruption in the middle class, dissolution in the people, impudence among the poor, that one could say what David said of his times: "All alike have gone astray... there is not even one who does good, not even one." Go into street and square, into palace and house, into city and countryside, into tribunal and court of law, and even into the temple of God. Where will you find virtue? "Alas!" cries Salvianus, "except for a very little number who flee evil, what is the assembly of Christians if not a sink of vice?" All that we can find everywhere is selfishness, ambition, gluttony, and luxury. Is not the greater portion of men defiled by the vice of impurity, and is not Saint John right in saying, "The whole world – if something so foul may be called – "is seated in wickedness?" I am not the one who is telling you; reason obliges you to believe that out of those who are living so badly, very few are saved. But you will say: Can penance not profitably repair the loss of innocence? That is true, I admit. But I also know that penance is so difficult in practice, we have lost the habit so completely, and it is so badly abused by sinners, that this alone should suffice to convince you that very few are saved by that path. Oh, how steep, narrow, thorny, horrible to behold and hard to climb it is! Everywhere we look, we see traces of blood and things that recall sad memories. Many weaken at the very sight of it. Many retreat at the very start. Many fall from weariness in the middle, and many give up wretchedly at the end. And how few are they who persevere in it till death! Saint Ambrose says it is easier to find men who have kept their innocence than to find any who have done fitting penance. If you consider the sacrament of penance, there are so many distorted confessions, so many studied excuses, so many deceitful repentances, so many false promises, so many ineffective resolutions, so many invalid absolutions! Would you regard as valid the confession of someone who accuses himself of sins of impurity and still holds to the occasion of them? Or someone who accuses himself of obvious injustices with no intention of making any reparation whatsoever for them? Or someone who falls again into the same iniquities right after going to confession? Oh, horrible abuses of such a great sacrament! One confesses to avoid excommunication, another to make a reputation as a penitent. One rids himself of his sins to calm his remorse, another conceals them out of shame. One accuses them imperfectly out of malice, another discloses them out of habit. One does not have the true end of the sacrament in mind, another is lacking the necessary sorrow, and still another firm purpose. Poor confessors, what efforts you make to bring the greater number of penitents to these resolutions and acts, without which confession is a sacrilege, absolution a condemnation and penance an illusion? Where are they now, those who believe that the number of the saved among Christians is greater than that of the damned and who, to authorize their opinion, reason thus: the greater portion of Catholic adults die in their beds armed with the sacraments of the Church, therefore most adult Catholics are saved? Oh, what fine reasoning! You must say exactly the opposite. Most Catholic adults confess badly at death, therefore most of them are damned. I say "all the more certain," because a dying person who has not confessed well when he was in good health will have an even harder time doing so when he is in bed with a heavy heart, an unsteady head, a muddled mind; when he is opposed in many ways by still-living objects, by still-fresh occasions, by adopted habits, and above all by devils who are seeking every means to cast him into hell. Now, if you add to all these false penitents all the other sinners who die unexpectedly in sin, due to the doctors' ignorance or by their relatives' fault, who die from poisoning or from being buried in earthquakes, or from a stroke, or from a fall, or on the battlefield, in a fight, caught in a trap, struck by lightning, burned or drowned, are you not obliged to conclude that most Christian adults are damned? That is the reasoning of Saint Chrysostom. This Saint says that most Christians are walking on the road to hell throughout their life. Why, then, are you so surprised that the greater number goes to hell? To come to a door, you must take the road that leads there. What have you to answer such a powerful reason? The answer, you will tell me, is that the mercy of God is great. Yes, for those who fear Him, says the Prophet; but great is His justice for the one who does not fear Him, and it condemns all obstinate sinners. So you will say to me: Well then, who is Paradise for, if not for Christians? It is for Christians, of course, but for those who do not dishonor their character and who live as Christians. Moreover, if to the number of Christian adults who die in the grace of God, you add the countless host of children who die after baptism and before reaching the age of reason, you will not be surprised that Saint John the Apostle, speaking of those who are saved, says, "I saw a great multitude which no man could number." And this is what deceives those who pretend that the number of the saved among Catholics is greater than that of the damned... If to that number, you add the adults who have kept the robe of innocence, or who after having defiled it, have washed it in the tears of penance, it is certain that the greater number is saved; and that explains the words of Saint John, "I saw a great multitude," and these other words of Our Lord, "Many will come from the east and from the west, and will feast with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven," and the other figures usually cited in favor of that opinion. But if you are talking about Christian adults, experience, reason, authority, propriety and Scripture all agree in proving that the greater number is damned. Do not believe that because of this, paradise is empty; on the contrary, it is a very populous kingdom. And if the damned are "as numerous as the sand in the sea," the saved are "as numerous at the stars of heaven," that is, both the one and the other are countless, although in very different proportions. One day Saint John Chrysostom, preaching in the cathedral in Constantinople and considering these proportions, could not help but shudder in horror and ask, "Out of this great number of people, how many do you think will be saved?" And, not waiting for an answer, he added, "Among so many thousands of people, we would not find a hundred who are saved, and I even doubt for the one hundred." What a dreadful thing! The great Saint believed that out of so many people, barely one hundred would be saved; and even then, he was not sure of that number. What will happen to you who are listening to me? Great God, I cannot think of it without shuddering! Brothers, the problem of salvation is a very difficult thing; for according to the maxims of the theologians, when an end demands great efforts, few only attain it. That is why Saint Thomas, the Angelic Doctor, after weighing all the reasons pro and con in his immense erudition, finally concludes that the greater number of Catholic adults are damned. He says, "Because eternal beatitude surpasses the natural state, especially since it has been deprived of original grace, it is the little number that are saved." So then, remove the blindfold from your eyes that is blinding you with self-love, that is keeping you from believing such an obvious truth by giving you very false ideas concerning the justice of God, "Just Father, the world has not known Thee," said Our Lord Jesus Christ. He does not say "Almighty Father, most good and merciful Father." He says "just Father," so we may understand that out of all the attributes of God, none is less known than His justice, because men refuse to believe what they are afraid to undergo. Therefore, remove the blindfold that is covering your eyes and say tearfully: Alas! The greater number of Catholics, the greater number of those who live here, perhaps even those who are in this assembly, will be damned! What subject could be more deserving of your tears? King Xerxes, standing on a hill looking at his army of one hundred thousand soldiers in battle array, and considering that out of all of them there would be not one man alive in a hundred years, was unable to hold back his tears. Have we not more reason to weep upon thinking that out of so many Catholics, the greater number will be damned? Should this thought not make our eyes pour forth rivers of tears, or at least produce in our heart the sentiment of compassion felt by an Augustinian Brother, Ven. Marcellus of St. Dominic? One day as he was meditating on the eternal pains, the Lord showed him how many souls were going to hell at that moment and had him see a very broad road on which twenty-two thousand reprobates were running toward the abyss, colliding into one another. The servant of God was stupefied at the sight and exclaimed, "Oh, what a number! What a number! And still more are coming. O Jesus! O Jesus! What madness!" Let me repeat with Jeremiah, "Who will give water to my head, and a fountain of tears to my eyes? And I will weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people." Poor souls! How can you run so hastily toward hell? For mercy's sake, stop and listen to me for a moment! Either you understand what it means to be saved and to be damned for all eternity, or you do not. If you understand and in spite of that, you do not decide to change your life today, make a good confession and trample upon the world, in a word, make your every effort to be counted among the littler number of those who are saved, I say that you do not have the faith. You are more excusable if you do not understand it, for then one must say that you are out of your mind. To be saved for all eternity, to be damned for all eternity, and to not make your every effort to avoid the one and make sure of the other, is something inconceivable.
The Goodness of God Perhaps you do not yet believe the terrible truths I have just taught you. But it is the most highly-considered theologians, the most illustrious Fathers who have spoken to you through me. So then, how can you resist reasons supported by so many examples and words of Scripture? If you still hesitate in spite of that, and if your mind is inclined to the opposite opinion, does that very consideration not suffice to make you tremble? Oh, it shows that you do not care very much for your salvation! In this important matter, a sensible man is struck more strongly by the slightest doubt of the risk he runs than by the evidence of total ruin in other affairs in which the soul is not involved. One of our brothers, Blessed Giles, was in the habit of saying that if only one man were going to be damned, he would do all he could to make sure he was not that man. So what must we do, we who know that the greater number is going to be damned, and not only out of all Catholics? What must we do? Take the resolution to belong to the little number of those who are saved. You say: If Christ wanted to damn me, then why did He create me? Silence, rash tongue! God did not create anyone to damn him; but whoever is damned, is damned because he wants to be. Therefore, I will now strive to defend the goodness of my God and acquit it of all blame: that will be the subject of the second point. Before going on, let us gather on one side all the books and all the heresies of Luther and Calvin, and on the other side the books and heresies of the Pelagians and Semi-Pelagians, and let us burn them. Some destroy grace, others freedom, and all are filled with errors; so let us cast them into the fire. All the damned bear upon their brow the oracle of the Prophet Osee, "Thy damnation comes from thee," so that they may understand that whoever is damned, is damned by his own malice and because he wants to be damned. First let us take these two undeniable truths as a basis: "God wants all men to be saved," "All are in need of the grace of God." Now, if I show you that God wants to save all men, and that for this purpose He gives all of them His grace and all the other necessary means of obtaining that sublime end, you will be obliged to agree that whoever is damned must impute it to his own malice, and that if the greater number of Christians are damned, it is because they want to be. "Thy damnation comes from thee; thy help is only in Me."
God Desires All Men to be Saved In a hundred places in Holy Scripture, God tells us that it is truly His desire to save all men. "Is it My will that a sinner should die, and not that he should be converted from his ways and live?... I live, saith the Lord God. I desire not the death of the sinner. Be converted and live." When someone wants something very much, it is said that he is dying with desire; it is a hyperbole. But God has wanted and still wants our salvation so much that He died of desire, and He suffered death to give us life. This will to save all men is therefore not an affected, superficial and apparent will in God; it is a real, effective, and beneficial will; for He provides us with all the means most proper for us to be saved. He does not give them to us so they will not obtain it; He gives them to us with a sincere will, with the intention that they may obtain their effect. And if they do not obtain it, He shows Himself afflicted and offended over it. He commands even the damned to use them in order to be saved; He exhorts them to it; He obliges them to it; and if they do not do it, they sin. Therefore, they may do it and thus be saved. Far more, because God sees that we could not even make use of His grace without His help, He gives us other aids; and if they sometimes remain ineffective, it is our fault; for with these same aids, one may abuse them and be damned with them, and another may do right and be saved; he might even be saved with less powerful aids. Yes, it can happen that we abuse a greater grace and are damned, whereas another cooperates with a lesser grace and is saved. Saint Augustine exclaims, "If, therefore, someone turns aside from justice, he is carried by his free will, led by his concupiscence, deceived by his own persuasion." But for those who do not understand theology, here is what I have to say to them: God is so good that when He sees a sinner running to his ruin, He runs after him, calls him, entreats and accompanies him even to the gates of hell; what will He not do to convert him? He sends him good inspirations and holy thoughts, and if he does not profit from them, He becomes angry and indignant, He pursues him. Will He strike him? No. He beats at the air and forgives him. But the sinner is not converted yet. God sends him a mortal illness. It is certainly all over for him. No, brothers, God heals him; the sinner becomes obstinate in evil, and God in His mercy looks for another way; He gives him another year, and when that year is over, He grants him yet another. But if the sinner still wants to cast himself into hell in spite of all that, what does God do? Does He abandon him? No. He takes him by the hand; and while he has one foot in hell and the other outside, He still preaches to him, He implored him not to abuse His graces. Now I ask you, if that man is damned, is it not true that he is damned against the Will of God and because he wants to be damned? Come and ask me now: If God wanted to damn me, then why did He create me? Ungrateful sinner, learn today that if you are damned, it is not God who is to blame, but you and your self-will. To persuade yourself of this, go down even to the depths of the abyss, and there I will bring you one of those wretched damned souls burning in hell, so that he may explain this truth to you. Here is one now: "Tell me, who are you?" "I am a poor idolater, born in an unknown land; I never heard of heaven or hell, nor of what I am suffering now." "Poor wretch! Go away, you are not the one I am looking for." Another one is coming; there he is. "Who are you?" "I am a schismatic from the ends of Tartary; I always lived in an uncivilized state, barely knowing that there is a God." "You are not the one I want; return to hell." Here is another. "And who are you?" "I am a poor heretic from the North. I was born under the Pole and never saw either the light of the sun or the light of faith." "It is not you that I am looking for either, return to Hell." Brothers, my heart is broken upon seeing these wretches who never even knew the True Faith among the damned. Even so, know that the sentence of condemnation was pronounced against them and they were told, "Thy damnation comes from thee." They were damned because they wanted to be. They received so many aids from God to be saved! We do not know what they were, but they know them well, and now they cry out, "O Lord, Thou art just... and Thy judgments are equitable." Brothers, you must know that the most ancient belief is the Law of God, and that we all bear it written in our hearts; that it can be learned without any teacher, and that it suffices to have the light of reason in order to know all the precepts of that Law. That is why even the barbarians hid when they committed sin, because they knew they were doing wrong; and they are damned for not having observed the natural law written in their heart: for had they observed it, God would have made a miracle rather than let them be damned; He would have sent them someone to teach them and would have given them other aids, of which they made themselves unworthy by not living in conformity with the inspirations of their own conscience, which never failed to warn them of the good they should do and the evil they should avoid. So it is their conscience that accused them at the Tribunal of God, and it tells them constantly in hell, "Thy damnation comes from thee." They do not know what to answer and are obliged to confess that they are deserving of their fate. Now if these infidels have no excuse, will there be any for a Catholic who had so many sacraments, so many sermons, so many aids at his disposal? How will he dare to say, "If God was going to damn me, then why did He create me?" How will he dare to speak in this manner, when God gives him so many aids to be saved? So let us finish confounding him. You who are suffering in the abyss, answer me! Are there any Catholics among you? "There certainly are!" How many? Let one of them come here! "That is impossible, they are too far down, and to have them come up would turn all of hell upside down; it would be easier to stop one of them as he is falling in." So then, I am speaking to you who live in the habit of mortal sin, in hatred, in the mire of the vice of impurity, and who are getting closer to hell each day. Stop, and turn around; it is Jesus who calls you and who, with His wounds, as with so many eloquent voices, cries to you, "My son, if you are damned, you have only yourself to blame: 'Thy damnation comes from thee.' Lift up your eyes and see all the graces with which I have enriched you to insure your eternal salvation. I could have had you born in a forest in Barbary; that is what I did to many others, but I had you born in the Catholic Faith; I had you raised by such a good father, such an excellent mother, with the purest instructions and teachings. If you are damned in spite of that, whose fault will it be? Your own, My son, your own: 'Thy damnation comes from thee.' "I could have cast you into hell after the first mortal sin you committed, without waiting for the second: I did it to so many others, but I was patient with you, I waited for you for many long years. I am still waiting for you today in penance. If you are damned in spite of all that, whose fault is it? Your own, My son, your own: "Thy damnation comes from thee." You know how many have died before your very eyes and were damned: that was a warning for you. You know how many others I set back on the right path to give you the good example. Do you remember what that excellent confessor told you? I am the one who had him say it. Did he not enjoin you to change your life, to make a good confession? I am the One who inspired him. Remember that sermon that touched your heart? I am the One who led you there. And what has happened between you and Me in the secret of your heart, ...that you can never forget. "Those interior inspirations, that clear knowledge, that constant remorse of conscience, would you dare to deny them? All of these were so many aids of My grace, because I wanted to save you. I refused to give them to many others, and I gave them to you because I loved you tenderly. My son, My son, if I spoke to them as tenderly as I am speaking to you today, how many others souls return to the right path! And you... you turn your back on Me. Listen to what I am going to tell you, for these are My last words: You have cost Me My blood; if you want to be damned in spite of the blood I shed for you, do not blame Me, you have only yourself to accuse; and throughout all eternity, do not forget that if you are damned in spite of Me, you are damned because you want to be damned: 'Thy damnation comes from thee.' " O my good Jesus, the very stones would split on hearing such sweet words, such tender expressions. Is there anyone here who wants to be damned, with so many graces and aids? If there is one, let him listen to me, and then let him resist if he can. Baronius relates that after Julian the Apostate's infamous apostasy, he conceived such great hatred against Holy Baptism that day and night, he sought a way in which he might erase his own. To that purpose he had a bath of goat's blood prepared and placed himself in it, wanting this impure blood of a victim consecrated to Venus to erase the sacred character of Baptism from his soul. Such behavior seems abominable to you, but if Julian's plan had been able to succeed, it is certain that he would be suffering much less in hell. Sinners, the advice I want to give you will no doubt seem strange to you; but if you understand it well, it is, on the contrary, inspired by tender compassion toward you. I implore you on my knees, by the blood of Christ and by the Heart of Mary, change your life, come back to the road that leads to heaven, and do all you can to belong to the little number of those who are saved. If, instead of this, you want to continue walking on the road that leads to hell, at least find a way to erase your baptism. Woe to you if you take the Holy Name of Jesus Christ and the sacred character of the Christian engraved upon your soul into hell! Your chastisement will be all the greater. So do what I advise you to do: if you do not want to convert, go this very day and ask your pastor to erase your name from the baptismal register, so that there may not remain any remembrance of your ever having been a Christian; implore your Guardian Angel to erase from his book of graces the inspirations and aids he has given you on orders from God, for woe to you if he recalls them! Tell Our Lord to take back His faith, His baptism, His sacraments. You are horror-struck at such a thought? Well then, cast yourself at the feet of Jesus Christ and say to Him, with tearful eyes and contrite heart: "Lord, I confess that up till now I have not lived as a Christian. I am not worthy to be numbered among Your elect. I recognize that I deserve to be damned; but Your mercy is great and, full of confidence in Your grace, I say to You that I want to save my soul, even if I have to sacrifice my fortune, my honor, my very life, as long as I am saved. If I have been unfaithful up to now, I repent, I deplore, I detest my infidelity, I ask You humbly to forgive me for it. Forgive me, good Jesus, and strengthen me also, that I may be saved. I ask You not for wealth, honor or prosperity; I ask you for one thing only, to save my soul." And You, O Jesus! What do You say? O Good Shepherd, see the stray sheep who returns to You; embrace this repentant sinner, bless his sighs and tears, or rather bless these people who are so well disposed and who want nothing but their salvation. Brothers, at the feet of Our Lord, let us protest that we want to save our soul, cost what it may. Let us all say to Him with tearful eyes, "Good Jesus, I want to save my soul," O blessed tears, O blessed sighs!
Conclusion Brothers, I want to send all of you away comforted today. So if you ask me my sentiment on the number of those who are saved, here it is: Whether there are many or few that are saved, I say that whoever wants to be saved, will be saved; and that no one can be damned if he does not want to be. And if it is true that few are saved, it is because there are few who live well. As for the rest, compare these two opinions: the first one states that the greater number of Catholics are condemned; the second one, on the contrary, pretends that the greater number of Catholics are saved. Imagine an Angel sent by God to confirm the first opinion, coming to tell you that not only are most Catholics damned, but that of all this assembly present here, one alone will be saved. If you obey the Commandments of God, if you detest the corruption of this world, if you embrace the Cross of Jesus Christ in a spirit of penance, you will be that one alone who is saved. Now imagine the same Angel returning to you and confirming the second opinion. He tells you that not only are the greater portion of Catholics saved, but that out of all this gathering, one alone will be damned and all the others saved. If after that, you continue your usuries, your vengeances, your criminal deeds, your impurities, then you will be that one alone who is damned. What is the use of knowing whether few or many are saved? Saint Peter says to us, "Strive by good works to make your election sure." When Saint Thomas Aquinas's sister asked him what she must do to go to heaven, he said, "You will be saved if you want to be." I say the same thing to you, and here is proof of my declaration. No one is damned unless he commits mortal sin: that is of faith. And no one commits mortal sin unless he wants to: that is an undeniable theological proposition. Therefore, no one goes to hell unless he wants to; the consequence is obvious. Does that not suffice to comfort you? Weep over past sins, make a good confession, sin no more in the future, and you will all be saved. Why torment yourself so? For it is certain that you have to commit mortal sin to go to hell, and that to commit mortal sin you must want to, and that consequently no one goes to hell unless he wants to. That is not just an opinion, it is an undeniable and very comforting truth; may God give you to understand it, and may He bless you. Amen.
In the first Rules on the discernment of spirits, Saint Ignatius shows that it is typical of the evil spirit to tranquilize sinners. Therefore, we must constantly preach and give rise to confidence and the duty of hope in the Lord's infinite pardon and mercy, for conversion is easy and His grace is all-powerful. But we must also recall that "God is not mocked," and that someone who is living habitually in the state of mortal sin is on the road to eternal damnation. There are last-minute miracles, but unless we contend that miracles are the general run of things, we are obliged to agree that for the majority of people living in the state of mortal sin, final impenitence is the most probable eventuality. Saint Leonard of Port Maurice's reasons have persuaded us. They are worth listening to. With eloquence and clarity, they develop a consideration of Father Lombardi in his public debate with Italian Communist leader Velio Spano in Cagliara on December 4, 1948. "I am horror-struck at the thought that if you continue in this manner, you will be condemned to hell," said Father Lombardi to the Marxist Spano. Spano replied, "I do not believe in hell." And Father Lombardi retorted, "Precisely, and if you continue, you will be condemned; for to avoid being condemned, one must believe in hell." We could generalize Father Lombardi's answer. Perhaps it is precisely such a lack of supernatural faith that is preventing people from arriving at a deep appreciation of the pastoral transcendence of preaching in the manner of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice in its application to our contemporary life. At any rate, it is not because morals are any better now than in the famous missionary's day. No occasion could be finer for us to apply this reproach of Cardinal Pie: "I see prudence everywhere; soon we will not see courage anywhere; rest assured, if we continue in this manner, we will die from an attack of wisdom." Not divine wisdom, surely; for only carnal and worldly prudence give rise to vain knowledge, which mocks at the sermon of Saint Leonard. The doctrine of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice has saved and will save countless souls till the end of time. Here is what the Church says in the prayer of the Divine Office, Sixth Lesson, speaking of Saint Leonard's heavenly eloquence: Upon hearing him, even hearts of iron and brass were powerfully inclined to penance, by reason of the astonishing effectiveness of the sermon and the preacher's burning zeal. And in the liturgical prayer we ask of the Lord, Give the power to bend the hearts of hardened sinners by the works of preaching. This sermon by Saint Leonard of Port Maurice was preached during the reign of Pope Benedict XIV, who so loved the great missionary.
I am sure you know the story of Bernard Gaynor.
Fired from the army for noticing that soldiers in uniform were parading in the sodomite Mardi Gras, and for the crime of referring to a man as 'he', when that man wanted to be a woman.
Now he goes through the courts, while a homosexual charges him with being against sodomy. At enormous expense to Mr Gaynor, but not to his accuser.
A parallel to the attacks on Cardinal Pell, and starting to look like another Dreyfus Affair.
How is it possible for a Catholic to be ruined by public attacks from sodomites without recognition from Catholic leaders that he is just defending his faith?
Mr Gaynor did approach his bishop for assistance. No assistance was forthcoming.
But is Mr Gaynor not simply doing what our bishops should be doing?
He is out at the front in this battle against an enemy which is doing the work of Satan. He is alone.
The last two decades have seen an enormous increase in the effects of Islam on Australian society.
However, there has been little or no instruction from our bishops about the effect of their growing population and its activities.
Is it not time to instruct Catholics on the real situation as regards Muslim believers? Would it not be helpful to Catholics if you issued a statement advising the nature of Islam?
A suggestion is given below. This is a tiny selection of what is wrong with Islam. Your own experts will be able to make a much more comprehensive list.
If you find anything incorrect in this list, please tell me.
STATEMENT OF THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS ON ISLAM
The Catholic bishops of Australia, as teachers of the Catholic faith, encourage parishioners to learn about Islam, whose adherents are increasing in numbers in our society. Here is some information about the nature of Islam.
1 Islam claims that Muhammad, their prophet, received instruction on the Qur'an from the Archangel Gabriel. This did not happen.
2 Muslim authorities teach that Islam should be spread by violence.
3 Throughout history, Islam has made gains as a result of the unprovoked invasion of non-Islamic countries, such as India.
4 Muslims are encouraged to lie to non-Muslims, when those lies will enable them to further their religion. This makes it difficult or even impossible to dialogue successfully with Muslim leaders.
5 There are no Muslims in Heaven. It is in their interest that we convert as many Muslims as possible to Christianity, to assist them in gaining their eternal destiny.
6 Muslim men can divorce their wives by saying the words: "I divorce thee" three times. This is not permitted to Muslim women. Muslim men can marry up to four women at the same time, and have concubines as well.
7 Islam promotes and regulates slavery. There are millions of slaves today held by Muslims.
8 Muslims are encouraged to kill those who leave Islam. If this threat were to be removed, Islam would disappear.
9 Between 15% and 25% of Muslims are militant, prepared to kill non-Muslims. Given that there are 1.3 billion Muslims in the world, this gives us 200 million or more jihadis.
10 Non-Muslims are not regarded as innocent. Thus there is no regret when jihadis kill babies and children.
11 During the early days of Islam, when Muhammad lived in Mecca with few followers, the teachings of the Qur'an were peaceful. After he moved to Medina and became a warlord, the violent verses abrogated those which were peaceful.
12 The Qur'an is not in chronological order. The chapters go from large to small. Muslims attempt to deceive non-Muslims by pretending that an earlier peaceful verse abrogates later more violent verses.
13 Islam is not merely a religion. It is a political system which regulates the whole life of Muslims, and attempts to regulate the lives of non-Muslims. In a sharia-controlled country Muslims cannot drink alcohol or eat pork. Neither can non-Muslims.
14 Even when a minority, Muslims use stratagems to control the host society. Today it is not easy to buy chicken in Australia where some payment has not been made to a Muslim entity.
15 Muslim families produce children. Christian families do not. Even in a fairly short period it is almost certain that Australia will face a Muslim majority.
16 Muslims permit their men to marry Christian women. They do not permit their women to marry Christian men.
17 Many Muslims fly their daughters while very young to their home countries where parts of their genitals are amputated. In some cases they are sewn up, without anaesthetic.
18 Muslims are not interested in integrating and becoming normal citizens. They are interested in enlarging their own footprint and eventually enforcing sharia on us.
19 Muslims tend to play the victim card. When an atrocity is committed by Muslims, their first reaction is to complain about the reactions of others, which never seem to eventuate.
20 There have been more than 35 000 jihad terror attacks on innocent people in the name of Islam since 9/11.
21 When a terror attack occurs, Muslims will say that the terrorists did not really understand Islam, which is peaceful. Yet the terrorists quote the Qur'an, and no one is able to refute them. In a way, the argument is irrelevant, since even if the terrorists misunderstand Islam, their victims are dead anyway.
22 It is unreasonable for a country to be expected to import migrants whose religion promotes the killing of non-believers.
23 In a sharia country such as Saudi Arabia, there are no Churches, no Masses, no bibles, no priests.
24 When Muslims are killed, Christians mourn. When Christians are killed, Muslims celebrate.
24 Islam is at war with us. Only one side seems aware of this. The purpose of this statement is to awaken Christianity and to encourage the study of this religion which claims to be from Heaven, but in reality is from Hell.
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Around the world, many Muslims are converting to Christianity. Others simply leave Islam and become atheists.
Since there are no Muslims in Heaven, the eternal outlook for people who live according to sharia is not promising, if nothing is done.
It would seem an act of charity to actively and openly encourage the conversion of Muslims, to help bring their souls to eternal happiness.
Can you tell me what measures are in place to bring Muslims to the Catholic Church?
But where were they when it was Muslims doing the killing?
There have been around 35 000 Muslim terrorist attacks since 9/11, and the response to these has been comparatively muted.
Below is a list of Muslim terrorist attacks in the last 30 days.
So far as I am aware, there has been just one by a non-Muslim.
Isn't there a bit of imbalance here? Are some lives considered less important?
Date Country City Killed Injured Description 2019.03.17 Israel Ariel Junction 1 2 A rabbi is among two Israelis shot to death by a Palestinian terrorist… 2019.03.17 Syria Qabasin 1 0 A bomb left by ISIS kills a civilian. 2019.03.17 Mali Dioura 23 0 At least twenty-three are killed when Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin attack a local army base. 2019.03.17 Afghanistan Khogyani 1 10 A child is disassembled by a bomb left outside a shrine. 2019.03.17 DRC Kalau 6 0 Three woman and a 9-year-old child are massacred by ADF Islamists. 2019.03.17 Burkina Faso Djibo 3 1 A priest is kidnapped and three security personnal are killed by militant Islamists. 2019.03.16 Burkina Faso Kompienga 2 0 Two are killed by Jihadist shrapnel. 2019.03.16 Afghanistan Bala Murghab 22 20 Twenty-two Afghans lose their lives to Taliban attacks on checkpoints. 2019.03.16 Afghanistan Sar-i-Pul 4 3 Four local cops are cut down by Taliban gunmen. 2019.03.16 Afghanistan Arghandab 4 0 Four people are liquidated by Taliban shrapnel. 2019.03.16 Syria Sawanah 4 0 Four civilians are shot dead by Islamic State gunmen. 2019.03.16 India Shopian 1 0 A female police officer is gunned down outside her home by Muslim terrorists. 2019.03.16 Syria Suqaylabiyah 1 4 Militant Sunnis send missiles into a neighborhood, killing a resident. 2019.03.15 Mozambique Cabo Delgado 13 0 Thriteen villagers are hacked to death by Sharia proponents. 2019.03.15 Syria Baghouz 6 0 Three female suicide bombers strike families fleeing the caliphate, killing six members. 2019.03.15 Afghanistan Helmand 1 0 A TV journalist is shot to death in his car by suspected radicals. 2019.03.14 Cameroon Sandawadjiri 3 0 Three villagers are murdered in the middle of the night by Boko Haram. 2019.03.14 Afghanistan Sawki 1 13 Suspected Taliban clear out a bazaar with a deadly bomb blast. 2019.03.14 India Gulzarpora 1 0 A civilian is abducted and killed by Islamic militants. 2019.03.14 Niger Toumour 4 0 A Jihadist car bombing claims at least four lives. 2019.03.13 Afghanistan Farah 1 0 A local official is murdered by suspected terrorists. 2019.03.13 Afghanistan Farah 10 0 The Taliban storm a checkpoint and massacre ten local security personnel. 2019.03.13 Somalia Gof-Gadud 8 40 al-Shabaab bombers murder eight patrons at a livestock market. 2019.03.13 India Pingleena 1 0 Islamic militants gun down a 25-year-old civilian. 2019.03.13 Iraq Qara Tapa 1 6 Women and children are among the casualties of an ISIS rocket attack. 2019.03.13 Iraq Rutba 1 0 A man collecting truffles is captured and executed by the Islamic State. 2019.03.13 Pakistan Dhok Soba 2 0 Two Ahmadi doctors are abducted and killed by suspected Sunni extremists. 2019.03.12 Syria Amour 4 2 Four people searching for mushrooms are aerated by Sunni shrapnel. 2019.03.12 Mali Dialoube 6 0 Six local security personnel are killed by a landmine planted by extremists. 2019.03.12 Burkina Faso Banh 1 0 Suspected Jihadists murder a local constable. 2019.03.11 Afghanistan Uzbekparida 4 4 Four policemen are shot to death by the Taliban. 2019.03.11 Afghanistan Bala Murghab 16 13 The Taliban massacre sixteen local soldiers. 2019.03.11 Nigeria Anguwan Gamu 46 0 A pastor and his wife are among forty-six villagers massacred by Fulani terrorists. 2019.03.10 Syria Suwaiyah 1 1 Sunni shrapnel brings down a civilian. 2019.03.10 Nigeria Shuwa 0 1 A girl is injured when two suicide bombers detonate prematurely during an attempt to kill church-goers. 2019.03.09 Niger Gueskerou 7 0 A Boko Haram attack on a border patrol kills seven. 2019.03.09 Syria Arak 8 11 ISIS explosives claim the lives of eight civilians. 2019.03.09 Afghanistan Daman 1 0 A local farmer is disintegrated by an Islamist IED. 2019.03.09 Syria Najm al-Zuhour 2 0 Two children are sectionalized by an ISIS landmine. 2019.03.08 DRC Virunga 1 0 A park ranger is murdered by the ADF. 2019.03.08 Afghanistan Anar Dara 3 3 A Taliban attack on a security post leaves three dead. 2019.03.08 Iraq Mosul 2 10 A child is among two Iraqis picked off by Jihadi bombers. 2019.03.08 DRC Beni 6 0 At least one woman is among six civilians hacked to death by ADF Islamists. 2019.03.07 Yemen Aden 1 5 Religious extremists open fire on a police patrol, killing one. 2019.03.07 Somalia Mogadishu 2 5 An al-Shabaab near a theater leaves two dead. 2019.03.07 India Jammu 2 32 Hizb-ul-Mujahideen throw a grenade into a bus station, killing a teenager and one other. 2019.03.07 Afghanistan Kabul 11 90 Sunni bombers strike a Shiite political gathering, killing eleven. 2019.03.07 Somalia Mogadishu 7 9 A group fighting for Sharia sets off a car bomb outside a restaurant, killing seven. 2019.03.06 Afghanistan Khewa 3 0 A schoolteacher is among three gunned down in cold blood by Islamic militants. 2019.03.06 Pakistan Abbottabad 1 0 A man is shot dead by extremists linked to an earlier honor killing. 2019.03.06 Afghanistan Jawzjan 1 0 Fundamentalists shoot an 8-year-old child to death. 2019.03.06 Iraq Makhmur 6 31 An attack by ISIS leaves six dead. 2019.03.06 Afghanistan Qala-e-Zal 10 12 The Taliban storm a government checkpost, killing ten. 2019.03.06 Afghanistan Jalalabad 16 10 Sixteen employees at a construction company are massacred by Fedayeen in a massive suicide assault. 2019.03.06 Syria Jourin 1 6 Sunnis send a rocket into a Shiite village, killing one. 2019.03.06 Iraq Tawakol 1 3 An ISIS bomb blast leaves one dead. 2019.03.06 Nigeria Addamari 5 20 Five farmers are blown to bits by a Boko Haram landmine. 2019.03.05 Syria Sha’afah 2 0 Two civilians lose their lives to an ISIS IED. 2019.03.05 France Normandy 0 2 A 'radicalized' inmate screams "Allah Albar" as he stabs two guards with a knife smuggled to him. 2019.03.04 Yemen Taiz 1 11 A bomb planted at a market kills one bystander. 2019.03.04 Yemen Hodeidah 3 6 Children are among three family members dispatched by an Ansar Allah rocket. 2019.03.04 Afghanistan Yangi Qala 3 7 The Taliban storm a market and kill three civilians. 2019.03.04 Afghanistan Imam Sahib 10 9 Ten people are killed when Islamic militants storm a security checkpoint. 2019.03.03 Syria Masasna 27 0 Ansar al-Tawhid Jihadists kill twenty-seven rivals in a brutal attack. 2019.03.03 Iraq Waqf 1 0 A farmer is shot to death in his grove by terrorists. 2019.03.02 Syria Karamah 3 12 A suicide bomber attacks a group of Religion of Peace rivals, killing three. 2019.03.01 Syria Bassirah 4 0 Four people at a water pump are murdered by ISIS gunmen. 2019.03.01 Syria Idlib 10 0 Ten perceived rivals are rounded up and excuted by Tahrir al-Sham 2019.03.01 Mali Boulkessy 9 0 al-Qaeda militants plant a landmine the kills nine peacekeepers. 2019.03.01 Iraq Rutba 5 0 Five people abducted while hunting for truffles are executed in cold blood. 2019.03.01 India Handwara 4 8 Lashkar-e-Toiba members open fire on police, killing four. 2019.03.01 Syria Idlib 9 18 A suicide bomber opens fire on a restaurant before denotating, killing nine. 2019.03.01 Somalia Mogadishu 29 80 Fundamentalists slaughter thirty civilians during an assault on a hotel. 2019.03.01 Afghanistan Shorab 23 15 A brutal attack by the Taliban on a local security base kills over two dozen. 2019.02.28 Philippines Cotabato 1 0 A young man is shot off his motorbike by Bangsamoro Islamists. 2019.02.28 Philippines Sambolawan 2 1 A car carrying two off-duty soldiers is fired on by Muslim militants, killing both. 2019.02.28 Afghanistan Balkh 5 0 Religious radicals attack a police outpost, killing five. 2019.02.28 Somalia Mogadishu 6 20 Six people are exterminated by al-Shabaab car bombers. 2019.02.28 Iraq Mosul 4 26 Four people at a university are plowed under by a Jihadi car bomb. 2019.02.28 Yemen Hodeidah 5 0 Five children are pulled into pieces by an Ansar Allah rocket. 2019.02.28 Nigeria Kardamari 4 3 A Boko Haram attack leaves four dead. 2019.02.28 Thailand Narathiwat 1 0 Muslim 'rebels' shoot a man as he is leaving a soccer game. 2019.02.27 Iraq Jadida 2 4 ISIS sends mortar shells into a village, killing two residents. 2019.02.27 Kenya Girilley 3 0 Three Kenyan security personnel are brutally killed by an al-Qaeda linked group. 2019.02.27 Somalia Mogadishu 2 2 Islamists hurl a grenade into an Internet café, killing two users in mid-click. 2019.02.27 Thailand Pattani 1 0 A civilian is shot to death by Muslim militants. 2019.02.26 Thailand Narathiwat 2 0 Two off-duty police are pulled out of a tea shop and executed by Muslim terrorists. 2019.02.26 Syria Shoula 1 10 Islamic State members pick off a civilian with a landmine. 2019.02.26 Nigeria Maro 32 0 Thirty-two people are killed in a targeted attack on a Christian community. 2019.02.26 Syria Jibeh 3 1 Terrorists kill three villagers with an IED. 2019.02.26 Iraq Nuaimiya 3 3 Islamic State members bomb a bus carrying construction workers, killing three. 2019.02.26 Thailand Ban Ubae 1 1 Muslim separatists plant two bombs that kill a passing policeman. 2019.02.26 Mali Diankabou 18 15 Jihadists murder a young herdsman, then booby-trap his body with a bomb that kills seventeen others, including family. 2019.02.25 Syria Hama 1 5 Sunni groups send rockets into populated areas, killing a resident. 2019.02.25 Somalia Lafole 9 2 Six woman are among nine street cleaners massacred by al-Shabaab. 2019.02.24 Afghanistan Torkham 1 1 Militants shoot two people on their way home from a restaurant, killing one. 2019.02.24 Syria Idlib 1 3 A car bomb blast in a city square sends a bystander to Allah. 2019.02.24 Syria Hama 24 0 Two dozen innocents are flattened by an ISIS landmine. 2019.02.24 Mali Aguelhok 8 0 Eight African peacekeepers lose their lives to a Jihadist attack on their base. 2019.02.24 Yemen al-Buqa 12 60 Ansar Allah fire a rocket at a group of local soldiers, killing twelve. 2019.02.23 Mozambique Matapata 1 0 Jihadists behead a villager. 2019.02.23 Mozambique Quelimane 3 16 Three locals are murdered by Islamic extremists. 2019.02.23 Syria Baghuz 50 0 The severed heads of fifty Yazidi sex slaves are discovered in the former caliphate stronghold. 2019.02.23 Nigeria Maiduguri 1 20 Boko Haram fire rockets into a city, killing one person. 2019.02.23 Somalia Mogadishu 1 0 An Islamist group assassinates a secular lawmaker. 2019.02.23 Iraq Therthar Lake 5 0 Five fishermen are attacked and murdered by the Islamic State. 2019.02.22 Niger Diffa 4 7 Four people are left dead after Boko Haram attack a small village. 2019.02.21 Iraq Bazwaya 26 0 Twenty-six members of the Shabak religious minority are discovered in a mass ISIS grave. 2019.02.21 Mozambique Bengaluru 1 6 An oil company worker is killed by a local Islamic group. 2019.02.21 Syria Shahil 22 10 Shahid suicide car bombers plow into a bus carrying oil workers, killing twenty-two. 2019.02.21 Tunisia Mkhalfia 1 0 A family man in his fifties is abducted and beheaded by Islamists. 2019.02.20 Iraq Arar 2 1 Two border guards are leveled by Mujahid bombers. 2019.02.20 Burkina Faso Madjori 1 0 An al-Qaeda group abducts and murders a police officer. 2019.02.20 Somalia Hodon 1 0 A prosecutor is assassinated by al-Shabaab. 2019.02.20 Afghanistan Balkh 2 2 Two civilians are shot to death by the Taliban. 2019.02.20 Yemen Hodeidah 3 6 Ansar Allah drop a mortar round into a market, killing three patrons. 2019.02.19 Iraq Mahalibiya 47 0 Forty-seven victims of ISIS execution are discovered in a mass grave. 2019.02.19 Chad Baubaura 5 14 A group fighting for Sharia murders five villagers. 2019.02.19 Thailand Raman 1 0 A 26-year-old man is shot to death in his car next to his wife. 2019.02.19 Iraq Nassaf 2 0 Islamists use an IED to disassemble two children on a playground. 2019.02.19 Afghanistan Qarghaee 6 0 Six civilians are blown to bits by a well-place Taliban bomb. 2019.02.18 Afghanistan Kabul 1 0 Militants attach a bomb to the car of a doctor, killing him as he left his clinic. 2019.02.18 Syria Idlib 24 51 Two bombs planted to kill civilians and first responders leaves two dozen of them dead, including four children. 2019.02.18 Egypt Cairo 3 3 A suicide bomber at a mosque claims three guards trying to stop him. 2019.02.18 Syria Raqqa 1 0 A pharmacist is picked off by ISIS gunmen. 2019.02.18 Iraq Haditha 1 2 Mujahideen blow up a child with a landmine. 2019.02.18 Afghanistan Batikot 8 0 A Taliban leaves eight dead. 2019.02.18 Iraq Rashad 1 0 A shepherd is brought down by Mujahid bombers. 2019.02.18 Iraq Umm Jezan 8 0 Eight people gathering mushrooms are kidnapped and executed by the Islamic State. 2019.02.18 Nigeria Koshebe 18 0 Eighteen people collecting firewood are brutally murdered by an Islamist group. 2019.02.17 Somalia Mogadishu 2 0 At least two bystanders are leveled by al-Shabaab shrapnel. 2019.02.17 Niger Bossa 4 0 Four refugees are murdered at their camp by two suicide bombers. 2019.02.17 Nigeria Banki 2 6 A medical doctor is among two killed by Boko Haram. 2019.02.17 Iraq Rashad 2 0 Two unarmed civilians make easy pickings for ISIS gunmen. 2019.02.17 Pakistan Loralai 2 1 Two guards at a market are smoked at close range by Muslim terrorists. 2019.02.17 Nigeria Buni Yadi 9 0 Jihadists attack a small town, killing ten. 2019.02.17 Saudi Arabia Asser 9 0 A cross-border attack by Ansar Allah leaves nine guards dead. 2019.02.17 Pakistan Turbat 9 11 Nine Pakistanis are sent to Allah by a Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar suicide bomber. 2019.02.16 Afghanistan Ghazni 1 3 A civilian succumbs to injuries following a Religion of Peace bomb blast. 2019.02.16 Afghanistan Sar Asyab 6 0 The Taliban murder six guards at a gas pipeline. 2019.02.16 Egypt Sinai 11 4 Eleven security personnel are left dead following a fundamentalist attack on a checkpoint. 2019.02.16 Iraq Nassaf 2 1 Two shepherds are disintegrated by an Islamic State landmine. 2019.02.16 India Rajouri 1 1 Terrorists plant a bomb that kills a border patrol member. 2019.02.16 Syria Diban 3 0 Three men at a market are gunned down in cold blood by suspected ISIS. 2019.02.16 Afghanistan Mandesar 3 0 A child is among three aerated by a Jihadi bomb blast.
If the information below is factual, then I believe a great injustice has been done.
Your website features heavily on justice, especially social justice.
These follow the apparent assertions (in Amoris Laetitia) that there is no eternal Hell, that God opposes the death penalty, and that wives are not subject to their husbands.
Now I have no training in these matters, but to my mind even an uneducated believer will have problems with all of these, based perhaps on the light placed in him by God. That is, Blind Freddie can see that something does not add up.
And it is not unreasonable for such an uneducated believer to become concerned that a Pope would know less about the faith than he does.
However, the ball does not lie in the court of the laity.
I believe it lies in the court of bishops.
Please tell me if I am wrong.
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1 Natacha Jaitt interview naming a close friend of Pope Francis as human trafficker.
Natacha Jaitt is now dead, just before she was to give evidence in a case which might have proved embarrassing. And you will recall that Archbishop Vigano, who also gave information embarrassing to Pope Francis, is in hiding in fear of his life.
Why would a bishop fear a pope?
2 Here is a summary of the news from Argentina, in which it is alleged that Pope Francis has breached his own zero-tolerance standard.
4 The present situation was brought on by the revelation that Cardinal McCarrick, favoured by Pope Francis, had been raping and seducing seminarians at his beach house, and that Pope Francis was aware of this.
If there are errors in the above, please show me. But if there is truth there, is it not time for bishops to advise Pope Francis that his eternal future and that of millions of others would be greatly enhanced by his handing over the papacy to a man who will serve God and save souls?
Already we have seen transgenders and homosexuals attempt to ruin the lives of Christians who commit new crimes such as refusing to call a man a woman. Here is another example, this time from Canada.
What will happen when a male trans challenges a bishop to refer to him as 'she'? What will be your instructions to priests?
Does this evil not require a response? Before it's too late?
Whether Cardinal Pell has done wrong is not the issue here. But it seems that he was convicted of an offence against a now-deceased man who never complained, claimed it never happened, never appeared in court, and whose alleged offence generated no independent corroboration.
There are so many things wrong with this series of trials that it has been described as a witch hunt.
The injustice done Cardinal Pell is widely discussed in the US. But so far I have seen nothing about this travesty from Australian bishops, into whose territory it seems to fall.
Now that Cardinal Pell is behind bars, has the time come for Australian bishops to explain to Catholics something of the process used by activists to exact an outcome?
A simple statement, listing the known facts of the case, might help those Catholics who are puzzled by the court result.
Below this email I have put together a few points which might offer hope for the coming appeal.
Is there any reason why such a statement could not be offered to Australian Catholics?
STATEMENT OF THE AUSTRALIAN BISHOPS ON THE ORDEAL OF CARDINAL PELL
We, the Bishops of Australia accept that Cardinal George Pell has been convicted on a charge of sexual abuse of a minor.
We note the following:
1 No witness against Cardinal Pell appeared at his trial. The evidence against him was a recording from a previous trial where Cardinal Pell was found not guilty.
2 All other witnesses testified against any wrongdoing on the part of Cardinal Pell, many claiming that the charges were an impossibility.
3 Other charges brought against Cardinal Pell have been dismissed or withdrawn.
4 The Victorian Police had tried on more than one occasion to proceed against Cardinal Pell but were rebuffed by prosecutors.
5 The Victorian Police opened their investigation on their own authority, without having received a complaint.
6 There has been a media campaign against Cardinal Pell, led by the taxpayer-funded ABC and a biased media.
7 In cases of the abuse of children, especially boys, there is a pattern of behaviour which takes place over a period of time. No such pattern is evident in the case of Cardinal Pell.
8 The case is now under appeal. The Catholic Bishops pray for the exoneration of Cardinal Pell, and call upon all Catholics to do the same. We ask all parishes to organise a novena of rosaries for his intentions.
The participants, faithful Catholics, appear to be coming to the conclusion that many senior cardinals and bishops are actively working for the other side. Put plainly, this means doing the work of Satan.
They make the connection that former Cardinal McCarrick and others had (or has) with St Gallen and thus with infiltrators, men whose organisation originated with Stalin. These were men trained to infiltrate and destroy the Church.
They seem to have been largely sodomites and defenders of sodomites, and again the point is made that at the summit those in control avoided mention of the crimes of homosexuals. Those in power want to call it 'clericalism'. Yet around 80% of the offenders have been sodomites.
There also seems to be a growing idea, following discussion on the errors of Pope Francis (eg, an everlasting Hell does not exist), that he has not been elected Pope according to Canon Law.
The very existence of a falsely-elected Pope, coupled with cardinals and bishops working to destroy the Church, seems to me to present a grave danger to souls.
If their arguments are in error, please expose the error. But if they cannot be refuted, then what should be done to remedy this situation? And who should do it?
A recent survey (see below) showed an enormous difference between Catholics who attend the Mass of 1962 and those who attend the Mass of 1969.
It could be summarised as follows:
1 Novus Ordo Catholics believe that contraception is OK. Latin Mass Catholics think it offends God.
2 Novus Ordo Catholics don't have a great problem with abortion. Latin Mass Catholics disagree.
3 Novus Ordo Catholics tend to approve of sodomy. Latin Mass Catholics do not.
4 Latin Mass Catholics attend Mass on Sunday. Novus Ordo Catholics show somewhat less enthusiasm.
5 Latin Mass Catholics like to have all the children God wishes to send them. Novus Ordo Catholics use pills or have abortions to frustrate God's will.
The survey was conducted in the US. There is little hope that Australia would be any better. In my parish Mass attendance is down around 4%, according to figures in the parish newsletter some years ago.
There are few children at Mass, and school Masses show that Catholic children are so unfamiliar with the Mass that one might be tempted to conclude that few children at Catholic schools see the inside of a church at any other time.
Would it be unreasonable to suspect that there is something about attending the Latin Mass which makes for better Catholics?
If not, why is it so difficult to find a Latin Mass on Sundays in Australia?
The findings on key questions were informative:
2% of TLM-attending Catholics approved of contraception vs. 89% of NOM Catholics.
1% of TLM Catholics approved of abortion compared to 51% of NOM attendees.
99% of TLM Catholics said they attend Mass weekly vs. 22% of NOM.
2% of TLM goers approved of “gay marriage” as opposed to 67% of NOM.
Also of note was the rate of giving among TLM Catholics, which was nearly six times the amount of giving (at 6% of income) as NOM parishioners (at 1.2%). TLM Catholics also had a fertility rate of 3.6 vs 2.3 for NOM — indicating “a nearly 60% larger family size”.
In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis appears to have changed a number of formal teachings of the Church which go back 2 000 years.
Here is one example (there are others):
Amoris Laetitia 297: "No one can be condemned forever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel!"
Matt 25:46: "These shall go into everlasting punishment, but the just, into everlasting life."
Mark 9:47-48: "It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, where the worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.
Revelation 14:11 "And the smoke of their torment goes up for ever and ever; and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name."
The alternatives we face are that:
1 The Church is not infallible, since it cannot teach one thing infallibly, and then turn 180 degrees and teach the opposite, also infallibly. Thus Christ would appear to have erred in telling us that He would be with us to the end of the world.
Matt 28:20: ". . teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
2 Alternatively, Francis has erred, and continues to err, since he has not addressed his error in almost three years.
Can. 751 Heresy is the obstinate denial or doubt, after baptism, of a truth which must be believed by divine and catholic faith.
I was surprised to learn (if indeed it is true) that an Australian bishop is inviting those living unrepentant in a state of mortal sin to participate in planning the future of the Church in this country.
Unless Archbishop Comensoli has a guarantee from participants that they are living a chaste life.
If these people are 'gay activists' this would seem unlikely.
It seems a bit like inviting convicted murderers to help plan the laws on violent crime. Or alcoholics to propose amendments to the drinking laws. Or the Victorian Government to provide advice on changes to the Catechism.
The message it sends is that bishops cannot manage their responsibilities without the help of those living an unnatural lifestyle directly opposed to Catholic teaching. Catholics may wonder, for example, why a sodomite is needed to do the work of a bishop.
I should be grateful if this news (copied below) could be clarified. Is the report correct? If not, please advise of any errors.
Abp. Peter Comensoli greenlights LGBT 'listening and dialogue encounter'
MELBOURNE, Victoria (ChurchMilitant.com) - Archbishop Peter Comensoli of Melbourne, Australia is enlisting members of Victoria's gay community to help remake the Church in Australia. On Wednesday, his archdiocese will host a "Listening & Dialogue Encounter with the LGBTIQA+ Community" to determine the way forward for Melbourne Catholics. Faithful Catholics have called on Comensoli to call off the meeting, to no avail. According to insiders, the archbishop has known about the upcoming "encounter" for months. The event was announced — in Comensoli's presence — last November, during a day of reflection for archdiocesan employees. Reportedly, many staff were shocked at the prospect of consulting active homosexuals on how best to steer the Church forward. They expected Abp. Comensoli would later halt the session discreetly, behind closed doors. But he didn't. In fact, it has since emerged that Mary Ryan, coordinator of adult faith formation for the Archbishop's Office for Evangelisation, will facilitate the conference, while Comensoli's auxiliary, Bp. Mark Edwards, will serve as featured speaker.
The Feb. 6 event is part of "Plenary Council 2020," a national consultation ostensibly designed to shore up the Australian Church, which has been decimated by years of sex abuse scandals, collapsing vocations and parish closings. A key component of the Plenary Council process, "listening and dialogue" sessions serve as a platform on which Catholics — and non-Catholics — are invited to lay out their vision for how the Church must change to correspond with the new times. Toward that end, since 2018, Catholics across the country have been weighing in on the central Plenary Council question: "What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?" Organizers explain these encounters "help us to prepare to listen to God by listening to one another." Among Australia's faithful Catholics, concern is growing that these sessions will be used as a pretext to enact radical changes in Church discipline. TweetIn October 2020, episcopal leaders will convene in the city of Adelaide to "discern," based on lay feedback, "what God is asking of us." The Plenary Council will conclude at a final meeting in mid-2021, at which the hierarchy will implement sweeping changes based on "the results of its discernment." The decisions made at the council, organizers note, will become "binding for the Catholic Church in Australia." Among Australia's faithful Catholics, concern is growing that these sessions will be used as a pretext to enact radical changes in Church discipline. Melbourne Auxiliary Bp. Mark EdwardsThey point to the fact that Lana Turvey-Collins, national facilitator for the Plenary Council, is a promoter of same-sex marriage. Turvey-Collins reportedly peppered her social media accounts with rainbow flag images in the lead-up to the national referendum on gay marriage in 2017, removing them only after the country's bishops appointed her facilitator. What's more, the faithful are troubled by the language used by the initiative's leaders. In a video message introducing the Plenary Council, Perth Abp. Timothy Costelloe described the national gathering as "a call to action," suggesting that God is speaking to Australian faithful "in all kinds of ways." "Before everything else, our job is to listen," he urged. "We will need to listen to many different voices, for God speaks in many different ways, some of them likely to surprise us." Costelloe explained that during the "dialogue and listening encounters," God will speak "through the realities of our own lives and the challenges of our times" — an ambiguous statement that seemed to elevate personal experience alongside Sacred Scripture and Tradition. The archbishop seemed to be bracing tradition-minded Catholics for a coming revolution: No matter where you might find yourself in relation to the Church — deeply involved, only partially engaged, uncertain or disillusioned or even angry, on the margins, or perhaps a friendly or critical outsider looking in — we need to hear from you for we are sure that God speaks to us all, and the Church needs to listen to everyone. Listening can sometimes be a difficult or confronting thing. Sometimes when we listen really carefully, we hear things that surprise us or even unsettle us. We might have some of our strongly held views challenged or even turned upside down. "Each person's perspective will be valued," he added. But Australia's beleaguered faithful are questioning Costelloe's claim. Since the launch of the "listening and dialogue" process last year, they've fought to make their voices heard amid a cacophony of dissent. Many report that Church leaders are ignoring their calls for reinforcement of doctrine and liturgical reverence and are instead entertaining demands for general absolution, approval of contraception, relaxation of all sexual morality and ordination of female clergy (priests, as well as deacons) as well as married priests. Melbourne Catholics have experienced all this. But Wednesday's "encounter with the LGBTIQA+ community," they say, is an exceptional cause of scandal. "This is different," a local priest told Church Militant on Friday. "This is different, because it's sponsored by an archdiocese, with the approval of an archbishop and his auxiliary a featured speaker." Victoria Premier Daniel AndrewsCompounding the disgrace, he pointed out, is the fact that session partners include organizations that were instrumental in pushing through same-sex "marriage" in 2017. The radical leftist Victorian State Government of Premier Daniel Andrews, a self-identified Catholic, has named Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality Ro Allen a key session collaborator. Andrews' administration — described as "rabidly anti-Catholic" — actively promotes abortion, euthanasia and "gender ... intersex and sexual diversity in schools." Another major partner is Acceptance Melbourne (AM), a gay advocacy group which lobbies on behalf of Catholics "who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, intersex and queer." Rejecting Catholic teaching on chastity and sexuality, AM is bent on transforming the Church in Australia into a body that "embraces and welcomes diversity, and is inclusive and open to all who identify as LGBTIQ, supporting their integration of faith, sexuality and gender identity." Last June, Melbourne's faithful priests and laity greeted Comensoli's appointment with hope and prayerful support. But now, they're increasingly concerned the archbishop is bent on backing a liberal agenda. His selection by Pope Francis to serve on the central committee of last October's Youth Synod in Rome, they say, coupled with his blessing of Wednesday's "LGBTIQA+ encounter," are ominous signs. https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/melbourne-archbishop-enlists-gay-activists-to-remake-australian-church
Liz Yore provides names of active homosexuals. Not so many years ago, an ordinary layman identified as actively homosexual would be denied the sacraments. But these ordained men are running the Church, actually administering the sacraments. God sees these men celebrating Mass, and surely wonders why no one advises them of the terrible eternal danger they face.
It seems to me that by now there is no need for pretence. The allegation that the Vatican is more than 50% sodomitic is supported by the police raid which winkled out Cardinal Coccopalmerio from a drug-fuelled homosexual party. He was not alone.
The US bishops too are infested with this disgusting perversion. And there are credible claims that Pope Francis was well aware of Cardinal McCarrick's perversion at the time McCarrick was returned to ministry. Cardinal McCarrick was alleged to have preyed on seminarians, destroying body and soul.
Pope Francis has preferred silence to transparency, but it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that he has been viganised, and must eventually offer a real explanation, if he can.
There are now claims that among the ordained in the US a majority is homosexual.
Many in the laity are speaking out against this infiltration into the episcopate by those who can be described as the troops of Satan, organised originally from Moscow with the purpose of white-anting the Church, but now recruiting and operating under their own steam.
Should not our bishops also be publicly denouncing the great evils of episcopal support for sodomy? Might this not be a first step in overturning the recent and demonic success of same-sex 'marriage'.
There is just a chance that I am wrong. I very much hope so. Please advise me.
The Catholic Church seems to be entering a new era in which disagreement with the teachings and discipline of the Magisterium goes right to the upper management of the Church.
There will be comparisons drawn with Arianism, which overtook much of the Church in the fourth century. The difference is that we now have a formal Church document whose wording directly opposes the bible. Amoris Laetitia 156. Every form of sexual submission must be clearly rejected. This includes all improper interpretations of the passage in the Letter to the Ephesians where Paul tells women to “be subject to your husbands” (Eph 5:22). It appears that the word 'improper' refers to interpretation of the plain and open meaning of the text, a meaning for which 'interpretation' would seem to be superfluous. That is, Amoris Laetitia opposes itself to the clear meaning of the sacred text.
AL says that submission is to be rejected. The Bible says that wives must submit to their husbands (and it repeats this in several places). I am unable to detect an 'interpretation' where submission and non-submission are both valid.
To put it more simply, how can wives submit and not submit at the same time? Logic tells us that either they must submit, or they need not.
Would a wife who follows Pope Francis thus find herself in danger of judgement?
In a case where a Pope says one thing, and the Bible the opposite, which of the two must Catholics follow?
THE BIBLE WOULD APPEAR QUITE CLEAR ON THE SUBJECT Gen 3:16: To the woman he said, "I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you." Eph. 5:24: “As the Church is subject to Christ, so also let wives be to their husbands in all things.” 1 Cor. 11:3 But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Col. 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the LORD. Tit 2:3-5 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. 1 Pet. 3:1-5 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands.
Amoris Laetitia 156 would appear to disagree with Peter and Paul. Every form of sexual submission must be clearly rejected. This includes all improper interpretations of the passage in the Letter to the Ephesians where Paul tells women to “be subject to your husbands” (Eph 5:22). This passage mirrors the cultural categories of the time, but our concern is not with its cultural matrix but with the revealed message that it conveys. As Saint John Paul II wisely observed: “Love excludes every kind of subjection whereby the wife might become a servant or a slave of the husband… The community or unity which they should establish through marriage is constituted by a reciprocal donation of self, which is also a mutual subjection”.162 Hence Paul goes on to say that “husbands should love their wives as their own bodies” (Eph 5:28). The biblical text is actually concerned with encouraging everyone to overcome a complacent individualism and to be constantly mindful of others: “Be subject to one another” (Eph 5:21). In marriage, this reciprocal “submission” takes on a special meaning, and is seen as a freely chosen mutual belonging marked by fidelity, respect and care. Sexuality is inseparably at the service of this conjugal friendship, for it is meant to aid the fulfilment of the other.
Please see the links below.
Ann Barnhardt is a prolific and fearless writer and speaker on religious matters.
She is especially knowledgeable on Islam, which she regards as an ideology and not a religion.
I have not seen her refuted.
I have heard nothing from bishops and priests in Australia about Islam, except that Archbishop Coleridge claimed that 'Islam' meant 'peace'. So far as I know he has not retracted this statement.
Female Genital Mutilation, common among Muslim societies, is designed to completely destroy a girl's desire for marriage. Particularly when it involves cutting and sewing up the genital area. Without anaesthetic.
There is no secret about FGM. It is admitted and described quite openly (see below).
It is an unnatural act, directly opposed to divine law, and thus a matter for the Church.
The attached notice advertises a meeting of the Marian Movement of Priests at Holy Spirit church Bray Park.
Father Stefano Gobbi, based in Milan, produced unapproved locutions from May 1972 until his death in 2011. His followers claim that his book records conversations with Our Blessed Mother.
This is a deception. No one can claim contact with Our Blessed Mother until it has been approved by the Church (in this case by his ordinary in Milan).
Until that approval, Fr Gobbi may have been conversing with a cunningly deceitful entity, perhaps Satan himself, whose guile is more than a match for us humans. We simply don't know. Given the published errors of 'Our Lady' this seems to be quite on the cards. Uncomfortably so.
In that case, it is not impossible that this meeting at Holy Spirit Bray Park might be an occasion of honouring a demon. If this takes place in the church itself, as seems to be the intention, then this would amount to a great sacrilege in the immediate presence of Our Blessed Lord.
Some years ago Fr Gobbi was ordered by Rome not to say his locutions came from Our Lady. His book was originally titled 'Our Lady Speaks to Her Beloved Priests'. He was forced to change this to 'To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons'. You will note Fr Gobbi's continued disobedience to Rome's authority. Not a good sign. Fr.. Roux’s letter continues: "Prior to the publishing of the new Italian edition of the book To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, the secretary from the CDF [presumably Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone], in a personal letter to Fr. Gobbi, requested and advised that he should not claim in the book’s introduction that these messages are from the Blessed Mother, but rather that they are the product of his own personal meditation." Fr. Gobbi complied with the request as regards the introduction of his book, but, at the same time, says Fr. Roux, " he [Fr. Gobbi] still unequivocally affirms and continues to maintain . . . that he receives these messages from the Mother of God." Library : The Marian Movement of Priests: Is It Safe for Faithful Catholics?
Below this email I shall provide two brief analyses of the work of Fr Gobbi, detailing examples of his errors, which appear to rule out any contact with Our Blessed Mother. What is beyond doubt is that Fr Gobbi's claim to have received messages from Heaven has never been approved. I am not aware of the existence of any procedure likely to lead to such approval.
I should be grateful if what appears to be a serious offence to God could be prevented.
1 John Loughnan: Fr. GOBBI and THE MARIAN MOVEMENT OF PRIESTS
Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, Message #147(d)(e) February 10, 1978
"Darkness will descend upon the Church and will become even more dense after your heavenly Mother has come to get the soul of the first of her beloved sons, Pope Paul VI, who is consummating on the cross his supreme sacrifice." "As long as he lives, thanks to his grievous martyrdom, I can still hold back the arm of God's justice. But after his death, ALL WILL COME CRASHING DOWN."
Pope Paul VI died in 1978. He was succeeded by Pope John-Paul I who also died in the same year, 1978. Now according to Fr. Gobbi, the Virgin Mary told him that starting with the Papacy of John-Paul I, the Catholic Church was supposed to come crashing down. Has it? No! Again, it is asked, did Jesus not say that the gates of Hades would not prevail against His Church? Not only is this false locution a false prophecy, but it also opposes the Sacred Promise of Jesus Christ. Catholic Doors
Message # 326, June 7, 1986 "In these times, you have need above all of being defended from the terrible snares of my Adversary, who has succeeded in establishing his reign in the world. It is the reign which is opposed to Christ; it is the reign of the Antichrist. In this last part of your century, this reign of his will reach the peak of its strength, of its power, of its great seduction. The hour is in preparation when the man of iniquity, who wants to put himself in the place of God to have himself adored as God, is about to manifest himself in all his power."
Fr. Stefano Gobbi's book "To The Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons" Message # 357, July 3, 1987 "These are the times of the great chastisement. These times are closer than you think. Already during this Marian year, certain great events will take place, concerning what I predicted at Fatima and have told, under secrecy, to the children to whom I am appearing at Medjugorje. These are the times of the great return."
Fr. Stefano Gobbi's book "To The Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons" Message #389(d)(f) September 11, 1988, "In the period of ten years, there will come to the completion that fullness of time which was pointed out to you by me, beginning with La Salette all the way to my most recent and present apparitions." "In the period of ten years, there will come to the completion the time of the great tribulation, which has been foretold to you in Holy Scripture, before the second coming of Jesus."
According to Fr. Stefano Gobbi, September 11, 1998, was supposed to see the completion of all of Mary's promises that have been given to the world since the days of La Salette, including all the promises that she gave to Fr. Gobbi himself, that including the Second Coming of Jesus. As previously mentioned, the Holy Catholic Church refers to this Second Coming as the Antichrist's deception. We do not have to look far for proof of the deception. 1998 came and went - nothing happened. As a general rule, Church approved spiritual manifestations reflect a HONEST Virgin Mary. When she says she will give a sign, she gives it, such as the dancing sun in Fatima on October 13, 1917.
The problem that we have here is that the Virgin Mary that Fr. Gobbi knows is one that lies, that makes broken promises, that contradicts the teachings of the Catholic Church, etc... That is not the Virgin Mary that the Holy Catholic Church promotes, nor is it the Mother of God, nor the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Catholic Doors Message #407 June 17, 1989 "...666 indicated thrice, that is to say, for the third time, expresses the year 1998, nineteen hundred and ninety-eight. IN THIS PERIOD OF HISTORY [Emphasis Mine], Freemasonry, assisted by its ecclesiastical form, will succeed in its great design: that of setting up an idol to put in the place of Christ and of His Church. A false christ and a false church. Consequently, the statue built in honor of the first beast, to be adored by all the inhabitants of the earth and which will seal with its mark all those who want to buy or sell, is that of the Antichrist. You have thus arrived at the peak of the purification, of the great tribulation and of the apostasy. The apostasy will be, as of then, generalized because almost all will follow the false christ and the false church. Then the door will be open for the appearance of the man or of the very person of the Antichrist ! Marian Apparitions Forum Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that the Blessed Virgin Mary, she who is immaculate in nature and from who no lies can come forth, has stated that by year 1998, the Holy Catholic Church would be a false Church, having been overtaken by a false christ.
There are a few problems with this interior locution, namely: It never happened.
The Virgin Mary does not lie.
False prophecies do not come from God, nor are they heavenly inspired. Such a statement serves no other purpose but to corrupt the faith of the believers, leading them to believe that the Holy Catholic Church has been overtaken by a false christ who is managing a false church. As such, it encourages the faithful to disobey the God appointed authorities of the Holy Catholic Church and the inspired teachings of the Church. Catholic Doors
Message #417(b) January 1, 1990 Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him,
"During the last decade of your century, the events which I have foretold to you will have reached their completion." "During these years I am preparing you, by my motherly action, to receive the Lord who is coming." "I am preparing you for his new coming."
In consideration that this alleged private locution was given to Fr. Gobbi on January 1, 1990, the period of exactly 10 years, one decade, would have ended on December 31, 1999.
None of the events which Fr. Gobbi has alleged as coming from Our Lady since 1972 have come to pass. Christ has not been born again! The Kingdom of God did not come on earth because it was already here! The antichrist did not take over the Holy Catholic Church! And the list of deceptions continues... Such lies CANNOT originate from the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Doors
Message #532(i) December 5, 1994 Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, "I confirm to you that, by the great jubilee of the year two thousand, there will take place the triumph of my Immaculate heart, which I foretold to you at Fatima, and this will come to pass with the return of Jesus in glory, to establish his reign in the world. Thus you will at last be able to see with your own eyes the new heavens and the new earth."
This is another deception with claims of the coming triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, new heavens and a new earth and the return of Jesus in glory.
2 Rick Salbato: The Marian Movement of Priests - Father Gobbi
After reading "Apparitions and Mystics - True or False" you ask about Father Gobbi. Using the same criteria stated in the book, this is our report after ten years of research. Not long back a very lovely old lady called. She had been promoting two of our books and arranging speaking engagements for us in her area. She has a pure heart and loves Our Lady and the Church without compromise. She is, however, not too careful when it comes to the supernatural, and has a tendency to believe in everything that sounds holy. With a great deal of excitement she said, "Father Gobbi is coming to Los Angeles, and I have arranged for Rick and I to have a private dinner with him and his interpreter." "You know that we don’t believe in Gobbi.", we interrupted quickly so that there would be no misunderstanding. "Yes, I know, but if you only met him face to face you would change your mind. You can ask him any questions you want to." Suddenly we began to see a great opportunity opening up. Apparently he has no idea that we have been writing against him for over ten years. "Well! Yes, he would love to go with you." On the morning of the appointed day, Rick tried to pray his Rosary but could not concentrate. He went into his office to get the Dolorous Passion by Anne Catherine Emmerich to meditate for a while on the Crucifixion. There on top of his desk was a "Special Bulletin" put out by the Marian Movement of Priests National Headquarters in 1987. How it got there he had no idea. It was not there the night before and none of us had seen it for years. There on that "Special and Urgent Bulletin" was all we needed to close the door on Fr. Stefano Gobbi for good. After that, prayer was easy. We called our friend and asked if it would be OK to bring Tim Staples from St. Joseph’s Catholic Radio Station. Tim had studied to be a Protestant Minister before his conversion to the Catholic faith. She said it would be great to have him, but Gobbi would not be there, only his interpreter, a Capuchin Friar. We were disappointed but decided to go anyway and didn’t want to waste Tim Staples’ time. Rick drove two hundred miles and arrived at the home about 3:00 p.m. Nothing of what we were told was the truth. This was not a private meeting. It was a preliminary meeting for all the special devotees of "The Marian Movement of Priests" to organize all the details for Gobbi’s future arrival in Los Angeles on 11-18-94. The priest was there to make sure everything went as planned. Rick was in the middle of the core group of Gobbi’s devotees, about forty people. They prayed the Rosary and the priest offered Mass. During the Mass he gave a long emotional sermon on Gobbi. Tears came to his eyes as he told of being kicked out of four dioceses in the United States. When Mass was over he said his good-byes to all the people and began to leave. "Hey!" Rick blurted out so that everyone could hear him, "I came two hundred miles to talk to you, because I was told I could ask you some questions. I don’t believe in Gobbi or in the Marian Movement of Priests." The Capuchin priest couldn’t leave now; but he was visibly shaken. "Yes! I would be glad to answer your questions," he said as low as he could in order to bring down the tone of Rick’s voice. He put his bags down. "Would you like to go into another room." "What I want to know is simple," Rick said so that everyone could hear. "Gobbi claims to be a prophet, in that he receives messages from the Virgin Mary and passes them on in his continuing book, ‘The Marian Movement of Priests’. Why should I believe that? What proof is there?" "What do you mean, what proof?" "Exactly that! What proof? Has there ever been any miracles to prove the claims?" "The miracle is that his book has spread throughout the world." "The Late Great Planet Earth spread throughout the world and sold 7,000,000 copies, written by a Protestant. So what? And Lindsay doesn’t give them away!" "Read the messages and you will know that they are from Our Lady." "Father, I have been reading these messages since 1979. In fact, I have a special "Urgent Bulletin" that was sent out in the Marian Year of 1987 that could not wait for the next edition of the book. It says right here on Page Two that the supposed Virgin Mary gave this message, ‘Already during this year, certain great events will take place, concerning what I predicted at Fatima and have told, under secrecy, to the children to whom I am still appearing at Medjugorje.’" "That’s a misprint. Gobbi said he has never supported Medjugorje." "Father, Please! You don’t really expect these people to believe a special bulletin went out all over the world at Gobbi’s insistence, and free to everyone, and that it was a mistake? In fact, I have a 1979 edition of the book and a 1994 edition of the same book and they are not the same. Many of the messages from 1974 to 1994 have been changed. Edited? Can you imagine editing the words of the Mother of God?" Nothing but silence from the priest of the order of Padre Pio. Rick gave up on that question and went on to the next. "OK! If there is no answer to that question, who is Gobbi’s bishop? I can’t seem to find out who he is, or if Gobbi has his permission to run around the world. Has his bishop approved his writings?" "All his writings are checked and approved by his spiritual director." "Is his spiritual director appointed by his bishop or by himself?" Rick new the answer before he asked the question. Silence again. Rick then started reading off all the prophesies that were predicted by the so-called Virgin that did not take place and all the messages that have been edited out of future books. When Rick was through and the priest was leaving, the good father said, "I don’t promote anything but Fatima." We still don’t know if he meant he would not promote Gobbi anymore or not, but after eight more hours with the remaining people in the house, not one (in our opinion) still believed in Father Gobbi. Rick showed them how he edited the different editions, all the prophesies that did not come to pass; of how Gobbi was kicked out of Fatima and told to never return; of how his movement started in 1973 at San Vittorino, with Brother Gino, who has since been removed from the Church for homosexual activity and a false stigmata. Rick explained the criteria of discernment and how Father Gobbi fails on all counts.
CHURCH POSITION What we didn’t know was that at the same time Rick was talking to these people in California, something was happening in Louisiana. In a book we had written about False Mystics, the chapter written about Gobbi was being passed around everywhere and even sent to the Apostolic Nuncio in Washington DC with this cover letter, "Your Excellency, I am sending you a short but concise review of Father Stephano Gobbi’s writings that point out his false teachings and subtle harms to true devotion to Our Lady. I have spoken to our local temporary Superior through Monsignor Richard Monton. And he very well indicated that Monsignor Larroque’s hands were tied. I understand. I am asking for your help. William Begnaud" That same day William Begnaud followed up with another fax to the Nuncio. "Your Excellency, "I am writing to you for possible assistance in the matter of Fr. Stephano Gobbi. Very few people have done as much damage to Our Lady of Fatima and true devotion to Our Lady as he. I pray to the Good God that the truth be protected. I am amazed that he is allowed to confuse and disillusion the faithful and innocent as he does. "According to the schedule I have faxed you he is going to be on Mother Angelica to give another misleading message to the public. I might add that the former Bishop of Fatima has already forbidden him to return due to his false prophecies. I know that it is a delicate matter but I also have trouble remaining silent when he is allowed to be believed as authentic. I pray to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart that you may find a way to bring this matter to the surface. I am also saddened that they use the Holy Father’s picture as they do. When people see this, I remind them that President Clinton also took his picture with the Holy Father. William Begnaud" The following is the reply of Archbishop Agostino Cacciamvillan, the apostolic pro-nuncio of the Pope to the Church in the United States. Dear Mr. Begnaud, I acknowledge receipt of your fax-letter with annexed of October 30, 1994. You may rest assured that your information has been duly noted. As to the writings of Father Gobbi, competent authorities have advised that they are not words of Our Blessed Mother, but his private meditations for which he assumes all the theological, spiritual and pastoral responsibility. With cordial regards and best wishes, I remain, Sincerely yours in Christ [signed] Apostolic Pro-Nuncio" In Catholic Replies of the January 12, 1995 edition of The Wanderer, this was written: "… the apostolic pro-nuncio and representative of the Pope to the Church of the United States, answered an inquiry about Fr. Stefano Gobbi, who claims to have received revelations from the Blessed Virgin Mary, with this statement: ‘As to the writings of Fr. Gobbi, competent authorities have advised that they are not words of our Blessed Mother …’ Thus, Catholics are cautioned not to consider as messages from Heaven those statements which Fr. Gobbi claims to have received from our Lady." Rick attended the final Cenacle in the United States at Mission San Gabriel in California. Over two thousand "cohorts" were there. Gobbi’s talk was good and he said nothing that Rick disagreed with. In fact, if he was not claiming to be the voice of Our Mother, we would have given him our support. But since that was not the case, Rick passed out over 1000 pamphlets of the Nuncio’s letter and an article we wrote called, "SINS AGAINST MARY".
GOBBI’S STORY If your knowledge of Father Gobbi is limited, let us recap his story. It will be helpful if you want to pass this letter around. For years now we have read every single word written in a continuously growing book called "The Marian Movement of Priests". The book is a composite of all the locutions received by a priest named Father Stefano Gobbi. Gobbi claims Mary spoke to him in Fatima in 1972, telling him to form the Marian Movement of Priests. He says that Mary speaks to him in his heart. He writes down what he hears in his heart. His spiritual director accepts or rejects them, then edits them. Then they are sent out to the world as the voice of Mary. His writings are very good. They correspond with other private revelations quite well. Not entirely, as you will see, but good. Then again, they would have to be good to fool the priests of the world. There is no one present at these locutions, so a great deal of time can be spent in preparing and editing them. The first thing that bothered us was the constant insistence that priests simply wait for Mary to tell them what to do. She would do everything. They were to simply do nothing until-- ??? What also bothered us was that this is right about the time that the top communist priest claimed that he had started up an apparitions to help him separate priests from their bishops. (See AA-1025) Then there was the warning of Jacinta of Fatima. Something very bad was going to happen in 1972 throughout the world. Since all 38 prophecies of Fatima came true, what happened in 1972? The following year abortions were made legal. That could be it, but all the other prophecies happened exactly to the day as predicted. The only other thing that happened was that Gobbi went to see Brother Geno and then to Fatima and started up a movement that goes right after all the priests of the World. Why were these books distributed so easily throughout the world? Where did all the money come from? Other mystics, like Faustina and Emmerich would take 40 to 100 years to be known worldwide. Especially, since communist priest, AA-1025, said that they started up a false apparition to get control of the Church, and this one goes right at the priests. It also seemed that Gobbi was becoming Pope to many priests around the world. His influence was becoming greater than the bishops simply because he claimed to have messages directly from heaven. Never in thirteen years has God placed His signature on these locutions to prove Gobbi's claims. Never has there been a miracle. God’s signature is miracles. These things we wondered about, and then, we read a locution claiming that the Anti-christ was alive. Then we knew that he was one of the Twentieth Century False Mystics. PROPHESY: For more than a decade Gobbi has been prophesying the coming Chastisement, but nothing happens. On July 3, 1987, his inner female voice gave an urgent message to the world. So urgent that special fliers were sent out to everyone at great expense to its promoters. What was this desperate warning? "Already during THIS YEAR , certain great events will take place, concerning what I predicted at Fatima and have told, under secrecy, to the children to whom I am appearing at MEDJUGORJE." So we have it. Not only does his predictions not come to pass [Nothing happened in 1987 regarding the predictions of Fatima, and no "great events" have happened for the next ten years except the fall of communism which Gobbi does not believe happened.], but he advocates the support of a condemned apparition. He advocates that we disobey Bishop Zanic. Can he be a messenger of God? No! December 1, 1973: "This year will not end before a great sign is accomplished." April 1978: "This year will not end before a great sign is accomplished." [Same sign as Medjugorje and Garabandal - the warning] November 25, 1978: "This is the hour of my battle." January 1, 1979: "The Church is now emerging from a great trial because the battle between me and my adversary has been waged." January 1, 1980: "In this new year, many things that I foretold you at Fatima will come to pass." [Nothing happened] February 10, 1978: "As long as he lives [Pope Paul VI] ... I can still hold back the arm of God's justice. But after his death, all will come crashing down." [He has been dead for a long time now.] July 1, 1981: "This is the hour of the final battle; the hour of my victory." May 2, 1985: "Not much time will go by before a great chastisement will strike the whole of your poor country." July 5, 1985: "That which I predicted at Fatima... is today becoming a reality ... everything is moving towards its most painful and bloody fulfillment." September 8, 1985: "You are close to the greatest chastisement." October 13, 1985: "The great battle has already arrived." November 12, 1985: "The times of the purification and of the bloody trial are drawing close." July 4, 1986: "These are the years of the painful purification which is about to come to its most bloody finish." January 1, 1987: "Already in the course of THIS YEAR some events will reach their fulfillment. AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR, how much suffering and how many sorrows I see along your paths." [Again nothing happened in 1987.] May 13, 1987: "You are now beginning to live through that which I had foretold to you at Fatima." July 3, 1987: "AS OF THIS YEAR ... [see above] Already DURING THIS YEAR, certain great events will take place, concerning what I predicted at Fatima and told, under secrecy, to the children to whom I am still appearing at Medjugorje." September 8, 1987: "As of THIS YEAR…" December 31, 1987: "You are beneath the sign of the great events which have been foretold to you...THERE ARE OCCURRING GREAT SIGNS IN THE SUN, ON THE MOON, AND IN THE STARS." [Nothing!] January 1, 1988: "The great events for which I have prepared you WILL BEGIN TO TAKE PLACE ..." [There is more, but this is enough. We made our point about Gobbi’s prophesies.] Poor Satan! He is trying so hard to predict the coming chastisement, but he can't figure it out. An unfulfilled prophesy is a sure sign of Satan, as taught by Holy Writ. No, this Gobbi is not a messenger of God; or are we to believe God is stupid? Are we to believe God cannot fulfill His promises? Gobbi said that the great disaster would happen in 1985. Not much of a prophet, is he? And, if you are still following him, you know that he now claims that we will know who the Antichrist is by 1988. You know by the booklet "Apparitions and Mystics - True or False" that the Antichrist cannot be even born in our lifetime, or else all the approved mystics over the past 1000 years were wrong. A chastisement, a period of peace, a one world government , and the unity of all Christians must come first. This would take a minimum of 50 years from now, or 2038 AD, and this date matches five approved prophets. SUPPORTING FALSE APPARITIONS Just as the Pebble is trying to get all the false seers together, so is Gobbi supporting all the false apparitions in the world. If you believe in Gobbi, you must believe in Garabandal, Bayside and Medjugorje. On June 14, 1979, Gobbi went to Garabandal and his voices gave support to this false apparition. On June 19, 1982, Gobbi went to Yugoslavia and gave support to Medjugorje. His messages consistently say that the bishops are wrong and the false apparitions are true. December 31, 1983, "The messages which I give, through simple and little souls chosen by me IN EVERY PART OF THE WORLD, ARE NOT TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION. THE APPEARANCES WHICH I AM STILL MAKING, OFTEN IN FARAWAY AND DANGEROUS PLACES, ARE IGNORED." January 24, 1984: "A fragrant sign of my maternal presence is to be found in the apparitions I am still making in many regions of the world. Yes, in these times I AM APPEARING IN EUROPE, IN ASIA, IN AFRICA, IN AMERICA, AND IN DISTANT OCEANIA." November 14, 1984: "I have chosen this land [Yugoslavia] in which TO APPEAR IN A NEW WAY, MORE PROLONGED AND MORE EXTRAORDINARY." January 1, 1985: "I AM MANIFESTING MYSELF TODAY IN SUCH A POWERFUL WAY, THROUGH THE MESSAGES WHICH I AM GIVING, BY MEANS OF THIS LITTLE SON OF MINE AND THE APPARITIONS WHICH I AM CARRYING OUT, IN A CONTINUOUS AND EXTRAORDINARY WAY, IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD. BELIEVE IN MY INVITATIONS, ACCEPT MY MESSAGES, AND LOOK AT MY SIGNS." July 3, 1987: "...I AM STILL APPEARING AT MEDJUGORJE." By supporting condemned apparitions Father Gobbi is committing a sin against the first law of discernment: OBEDIENCE. He is advocating that we sin. Not only this, whenever he said Mass at Medjugorje he was committing a mortal sin, a sacrilege, and he knew it. He went four times. What is his excuse for disobeying the Bishop? Listen to his own words: Msgr. Kennedy: "What is your position regarding Medjugorje?" Gobbi: "I have been to Medjugorje four times. I have not seen anything externally of which I object ... People are going there as pilgrims [Pilgrimages are illegal], going to confession [not confessing disobedience], Holy Mass [Masses by disobedient priests], praying the Rosary [which ends up in tongues], in great numbers, showing that it must be coming from the Madonna." Msgr. Kennedy: "The Bishop of Mostar has stated that priests leading pilgrimages to Medjugorje are not permitted to say Mass." Gobbi: "Priests who lead a pilgrimage to Medjugorje [already a sin], should go there doing what any priest does who leads a pilgrimage, take care of their spiritual needs [disobey the bishop]. [The comments are ours.] Gobbi: "As for me, I believe in Garabandal." Although Gobbi supports false apparitions, he does not support true ones. June 10, 1987: "If, during this year, THERE BE AT LAST CARRIED OUT MY REQUEST MADE TO MY DAUGHTER, SISTER LUCIA OF FATIMA, THAT RUSSIA BE CONSECRATED TO ME BY THE POPE…" According to Lucia, this consecration has already been done by John Paul II on March 25, 1984. It was done by three past Holy Fathers five times: Pius XII in 1942, Pius XII in 1952, Paul VI in 1964, and John Paul II in 1982. But not until 1984 was it done correctly according to Lucia. So, we must assume Gobbi supports Father Gruner, and his false claims in THE FATIMA CRUSADER. There is a great similarity between Gobbi and the Pebble. There is a great similarity between their messages. We are heading towards a day when all these false mystics will join together in one last attempt to destroy the Church. Dr. Malachi Martin is, as we speak, doing everything he can to undermind the authority of the Pope of Rome. Then, when we have the next pope, the greatest pope in history [Don Bosco], these false mystics will declare him the Antichrist. This is the master plan. EDITING As we have noted earlier, all of these locutions are edited by other priests. Not only that, but if you read a locution from one of the older books and compare it to the newer books, there will be more editing. The reason for this is to avoid followers from seeing the errors. Prior to the 10th edition a locution said; "I will snatch the prey from his hands, AS IF BY MAGIC, he will find ..." The 10th edition deleted the word "MAGIC", since it means the use of charms, spells, incantations, enchantment or the art of illusions. The latest editions will omit any mention of Medjugorje. Can you imagine anyone editing the Bible. Well, yes! Martin Luther did and the N. R. V.’s inclusive language does, but would a real Catholic edit the words of God or Mary? Anyway, since they are busy editing Gobbi's messages, we think they ought to do a better job. SATANIC LANGUAGE Really though, they ought to change a great deal of the wording in these messages if they want to fool the priests of this world who are well versed in the demonic. As we said earlier, there are certain words true messengers from Heaven would never use. We suggest the editors pay close attention to the words we have highlighted. "The NEW CHURCH of Light ... my faithful little COHORT ... Thus a NEW ERA ... you will see NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH ... I am THE mother ... It is THE Archangel Michael ... the perfect glory of THE Father with the frequent REPETITION of the prayer ... Frequently RECITE the holy rosary ... A new world war COULD suddenly fall ... I am THE mother of THE Savior ... Believe in MY invitations, accept MY messages, and look at MY signs! I am THE Queen of Peace; I am THE beginning of THE NEW TIMES; I am THE dawn of THE NEW DAY ... I am asking of you a BODILY FAST ... a SPIRITUAL FAST ... a FAST OF THE HEART ... a FAST OF THE SOUL ... you will form MY COHORT ... always wear your ecclesiastical GARB ... you will know the NEW TIMES, THE NEW ERA, THIS NEW CREATION ... the word of MY POPE." First of all, there can never be a new Church, since the Church Christ founded will last forever. A "cohort" is a group of 300 to 600 Roman warriors. A very poor choice of words, especially when speaking of only one man. There will never be a "new heaven and earth", since that happened when Christ died on the cross and opened the gates of Heaven and to the Church on earth. Mary is never "THE" mother, She is "OUR" Mother, and of course, God is "OUR" Father. "REPETITION" is what Protestants accuse us of when we pray the Rosary. We do not "RECITE" a Rosary, we "PRAY" a Rosary. Mary never used the word "MY" when referring to a mission God gave to Her. She always says "God desires" or "My Son asked me" or "God sent me". A "FAST" is a sacrifice, the giving up of something. How can we give up some of our spiritual life, our heart, our love, our soul? Unless we are giving these things to Satan! NEW TIMES and NEW ERA will be discussed in a following chapter. However, all of CREATION ended on the sixth day, since all was in the mind of the Father and in the hands of the Son. Things are sometimes new to us, but never to God. As we have already said, the Holy Father is not MY POPE. He is "My Son's Vicar on earth". WHY We have many close friends who are followers of Gobbi. One of the greatest priests in Texas has secret prayer sessions with a large group of Marian faithful. They read the messages at each mystery of the Rosary. In the Philippines, one of our very good friends gives free lunches and dinners to any priest who will take one of Gobbi's books or listen to the messages. He owns a chain of restaurants. Even as far away as Damascus, well-known, but uncausious priests read the messages every night. These messages seem God-sent to a priest who is frustrated with liberal Bishops, corrupted priests, immoral societies, and a constantly changing Church. He doesn’t know what to do about all this corruption. Then along comes "Mary" and tells him to do nothing She will do it all.. July 16, 1976: "Pay no attention to all the evil which is spreading more and more and flooding everywhere. Disregard also the great evil which Satan is succeeding in spreading even in the Church." To fail to admonish the sinner, instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, etc., is a sin against love. And yet, Our "Mother" tells us to "pay no attention" and "disregard" these sins????? Over and over in these messages we are told to wait, just wait, Mary will do it all. We are to do nothing. What are we to wait for? If this is one of the apparitions started up by AA-1025, it is a perfect plan. Let the Masons, communists, and liberals take over the Church, and at the same time get the good and conservative priests to strand back and do nothing about it. NEW AGE CHURCH But Gobbi is selling something besides sloth. Have you heard of the "NEW AGE MOVEMENT", also known as the "RAINBOW MOVEMENT"? August 1, 1973: "It will be a NEW CHURCH for a NEW WORLD." October 13, 1978: "The NEW CHURCH OF LIGHT." November 2, 1978: "through the coming into this world of His glorious reign." November 12, 1981: "This a NEW ERA of peace will begin and you will at last see NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH." July 3, 1987: "Jesus will RESTORE His glorious reign. HE WILL DWELL WITH YOU and you will know the NEW TIMES, THE NEW ERA. You will at last see a NEW EARTH AND NEW HEAVENS ... NEW CREATION." August 21, 1987: "…will lead you to the experience of a second, renewed and more beautiful EARTHLY PARADISE. TO TRANSFORM EVIL INTO GOOD." October 9, 1987: "a NEW TERRESTRIAL PARADISE..." October 13, 1987: "The miracle of the sun, which took place during my last apparition, was only a prophetic sign to indicate to you that you should LOOK AT THE BOOK WHICH IS STILL SEALED." January 1, 1988: "By means of you, THE GREAT RAINBOW of the reconciliation of humanity with God will be able to arise and enfold the whole world in NEW LIGHT." What are these messages saying? A new light would mean a new Christ, since Christ is the light of the world. A new Church would mean the Church did not last forever as Christ promised. Since this generation [the last age of the world, the age of Christ] will not pass away until all things will be fulfilled, how do we have a new era? And of course, the New Age Movement is already saying that Christ is on the earth and living in England. This is the whole Protestant line: that Christ will return to this earth and live with them in a Terrestrial Paradise. It is another Jewish dream of Heaven on Earth. The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth is already here and it will be here until the end of this world. It is the Church. The sealed book of Apocalypse that only Christ can open is the Church. For additional information, write to: Brother James, S.D.B. (Salesian of Don Bosco) Saints Peter and Paul Church, 650 Filbert St., San Francisco, CA 94133
Pope Francis has said that Our Blessed Mother was "from a small town, but normal, educated normally, open to marrying, to starting a family."
The idea that the Blessed Virgin was a 'normal girl', open to marrying and starting a family seems to me to belittle a woman greater than all others, and whose whole life was devoted to God. After all, 'normal' girls are sinners.
Does this not call for a defence of the honour of Our Blessed Mother?
About Mary, a Normal Girl Blessed Pope Pius IX: “We declare, announce, and define that the doctrine which states that the Blessed Virgin Mary was preserved, in the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of God Omnipotent and because of the merits of Jesus Christ the Saviour of the human race, free from all stain of original sin, is revealed by God and must therefore be believed firmly and with constancy by all the faithful” Blessed Pope Pius IX, pray for the Pope, pray for us! Saint John Eudes: “Mary was filled with such eminent grace at the moment of her Immaculate Conception that she already surpassed the chief of Seraphim and the greatest of Saints.” Pope Francis: “I imagine her as a normal girl, a girl of today.” St. John Eudes, pray for the Pope, pray for us! Saint John Eudes quotes St. Bernardine of Siena: “All the gifts and graces of the Holy Ghost descended into the soul and heart of this heavenly Virgin in such fullness, especially when she conceived the Son of God within her chaste womb, that her Heart forms an abyss of grace which no human or angelic intellect can comprehend.” Pope Francis: “Mary is normal, she is a woman that any woman in this world can imitate. No strange things in (her) life, a normal mother:” St. Bernardine of Siena, pray for the Pope, pray for us! St. Pio: “She was conceived without sin, and through her came grace to mankind. Protected with Grace by Him who was to be the Saviour of Mankind that had fallen into sin, she escaped all shadow of evil. She sprang from the mind of God as a pure ray of light, and will shine like a morning star over the human race that turns to her.” Pope Francis: “I’ll tell you about Mary, a normal girlˮ St. Pio, pray for the Pope, pray for us! Saint Pio: “She will be the sure guide who will direct our steps toward the Divine Sun which is Jesus Christ. He makes her radiant with divine splendor and points to her as our model of purity and sanctity. No creature surpasses her. After Almighty God, she is the most perfect of creatures; more pure than the angels; God is indeed well pleased in her, since she most resembles Him and is the only worthy repository of His secrets.” Pope Francis: “after the conception of Jesus, she was still a normal woman: Mary is normal,” St. Pio, pray for the Pope, pray for us! St. John Damascene: “Oh blessed Virgin, thou art born to procure the salvation of the whole world!” Pope Francis: “No strange things in (her) life, a normal mother:” St. John Damascene, pray for the Pope, pray for us! St. Alphonsus Liguori quotes St. Bernard: Mary was already prefigured in the ark of Noah; for as by the ark men were saved from the deluge, so by Mary we are saved from the shipwreck of sin; but with this difference, that by means of the ark few only were saved, but by means of Mary the whole human race has been redeemed. Pope Francis: “I’ll tell you about Mary, a normal girl.” St. Alphonus Liguori, pray for the Pope, pray for us!
Prayer of Reparation for Blasphemy Against the Blessed Virgin Mary Most glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, turn thine eyes in pity upon us, miserable sinners; we are sorely afflicted by the many evils that surround us in this life, but especially do we feel our hearts break within us upon hearing the dreadful insults and blasphemies uttered against thee, O Virgin Immaculate. O how these impious sayings offend the infinite Majesty of God and of His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ! How they provoke His indignation and give us cause to fear the terrible effects of His vengeance! Would that the sacrifice of our lives might avail to put an end to such outrages and blasphemies! Were it so, how gladly we should make that sacrifice; for we desire, O most holy Mother, to love thee and to honor thee with all our hearts, since this is the will of God. And because we love thee, we will do all that is in our power to make thee honored and loved by all men. In the meantime do thou, our merciful Mother, the supreme comforter of the afflicted, accept this our act of reparation which we offer thee for ourselves and for all our families, as well as for all who impiously blaspheme thee, not knowing what they say. Do thou obtain for them from Almighty God the grace of conversion, and thus render more manifest and more glorious thy kindness, thy power and thy great mercy. May they join with us in proclaiming thee blessed among women, the Immaculate Virgin and most compassionate Mother of God. Amen. † . † . † Remember Sister Lucia’s words to Father Fuentes (and to us) about the message of the Virgin: She told me that the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Virgin. And a decisive battle is the final battle where one side will be victorious and the other side will suffer defeat. Also, from now on we must choose sides. Either we are for God or we are for the devil. There is no other possibility.“
“From the moment she was born until the Annunciation, to the moment she encountered the angel of God, I imagine her as a normal girl, a girl of today, I can’t say she a city-girl, because she is from a small town, but normal, educated normally, open to marrying, to starting a family."
There are three major reasons why it appears to orthodox Catholics that there is some doubt about the legitimacy of the election of Pope Francis. Any one of them is enough to disqualify him.
1 There are cases where his formal teaching is opposed, without hope of reconciliation, to the formal teaching of the Church, including that of councils and earlier popes.
Example: The Council of Florence, 1439: Those who have done good shall go into eternal life, but those who have done evil shall go into eternal fire (Session 8 — Nov. 22, 1439).
AL 297: No one can be condemned for ever, because that is not the logic of the gospel!
Some of these problems were raised in the Dubia of the four (now two) cardinals. Francis could have explained his position, but after two years has yet to make a clarification. This delay in providing a response does not allay the fears of Catholics.
2 The St Gallen Mafia admits colluding in the conclave which elected Francis. If their claim is true, this nullifies the election and excommunicates the guilty.
3 Benedict's resignation is credibly alleged to have been coerced, and thus null. Also, it has been argued that he did not intend to resign the whole ministry, but part only: that pertaining to the bishopric of Rome.
Now I may be wrong in one or more of these points. I should be grateful if you would explain where the truth lies, and advise whether we as Catholics are expected to follow the teachings of Pope Francis, or earlier formal Catholic teaching, in cases where there is conflict such as that given above.
It appears that Catholic Education staff, apparently on your payroll, have written to parents just before the Longman by-election closed. It is openly admitted by the Australian Labor Party that this action was decisive in electing a politician whose morals are openly anti-Christian.
Further, it appears that the letter promoted not morals but funding. The result is that a militantly pro-sodomy politician was elected on the basis that this might lead to more tax money for Catholic education staff.
It seems clear from the article that the 'Catholic' Education officials referenced only money in their letter. Had they mentioned morals (abortion, sodomy etc), a pro-life candidate might have been successful.
What the Australian Labor Party has done is bought the Catholic Education decision-makers and the votes of Catholic parents, using other people's money.
I have two questions.
1 Who is likely to be more satisfied with this action, and its outcome? God or Satan?
2 What will happen to those officials whose activities caused this result?
If my facts and logic are incorrect, please show me.
Please see the reports below. Pope Francis appears to have attempted to change formal Church teaching, apparently making it sinful to perform an act which God personally sanctioned in Old Testament times. And in New Testament times the right of the state to execute criminals has been upheld by the Church until now. That is, what constituted a right yesterday is today a sin.
I cannot recall a precedent where a Pope reversed Catholic teaching. In recent times, for example, Pope John Paul 2 made it clear that the Church had no authority to reverse long-held Catholic teaching and admit women to the priesthood.
We have seen the Anglican Church reversing their formal teaching on abortion and contraception at the 1930 Lambeth Conference, followed by a decline in authority to near-irrelevance. We are not used to seeing the Catholic Church do likewise.
Does a Pope have the authority to reverse Church teaching? If so, how could the Church claim to be infallible both before and after such declaration?
The video below, one of many, exposes the dangers presented not by jihadis, but by 'moderate' Muslims.
If there is a temptation to 'outreach' or dialogue with 'moderate' Muslims, would it not be prudent to examine things like taqiyya and kitman, and to take note of what Muslims do, rather than what they say?
At the bottom of this email is a table listing the murders carried out by Muslims in the name of religion. It lists the terror acts of just 30 days.
None of these was carried out by Presbyterians. None by Mormons. None by Jehovah's Witnesses. And none by Methodists. The perpetrators were in each case Muslims, obeying the Qur'an and following their 'perfect' man. There is no such thing as a devout moderate Islam.
Many among the laity are wondering why our bishops and priests do not speak out about this barbaric threat to Christianity. Should we not be warning Catholics about the dangers, both physical and spiritual, of Islam?
I should be grateful if you could show if there are errors in the above.
Date, Country, City, Killed, Injured, Description 2018.08.01, Afghanistan, Almar, 2, 2, Two Afghans are killed by the Islamic Emirates 2018.07.31, Mali, Segou, 4, 0, An al-Qaeda group ambushes a local security convoy and kills four members. 2018.07.31, Afghanistan, Bala Baluk, 11, 31, Women and children are among eleven ripped to shreds by a bomb attack on a passenger bus. 2018.07.31, Afghanistan, Jalalabad, 15, 15, Fifteen people are incinerated by a Fedayeen suicide bomber at a refugee administration building. 2018.07.31, Pakistan, Miranshah, 2, 0, Two tribal elders lose their lives to an Islamic drive-by. 2018.07.31, Philippines, Basilan, 10, 7, A woman and child are among ten others eliminated by a suicide bomber. 2018.07.31, Iraq, Dujail, 2, 0, Two brothers are shot to death by Mujahideen. 2018.07.31, Pakistan, Dera Ismail Khan, 2, 0, Islamic terrorists gun down two passing cops. 2018.07.30, Iraq, Ashkej, 4, 0, Four villagers are shot to death by Islamic radicals. 2018.07.30, Afghanistan, Rodat, 4, 0, A candidate for parliament is blown up by a suicide bomber along with three family members. 2018.07.30, Syria, Aleppo, 2, 6, A group fighting for Sharia sends rockets into residential areas, killing two locals. 2018.07.30, Mozambique, Chiloto, 1, 0, A group of Islamists attack a military base and kill a local soldier. 2018.07.29, Afghanistan, Bamiyan, 1, 0, A tribal elder is murdered by Sunni fundamentalists. 2018.07.29, Yemen, Aden, 1, 0, Muslim terrorists shoot an airport official to death. 2018.07.29, Afghanistan, Samangan, 2, 0, Two civilians succumb to injury following a Taliban bomb blast. 2018.07.29, Tajikistan, Danghara, 4, 3, Four foreign cyclists are shot and stabbed to death by an Islamic State operative while touring. 2018.07.29, Afghanistan, Nari, 4, 1, Four security personnel are killed during an Islamic Emirates attack. 2018.07.29, India, Naira, 1, 0, Terrorists shoot a reserve police officer. 2018.07.29, Somalia, Mogadishu, 2, 2, Two Somalis are murdered by suspected al-Shabaab. 2018.07.28, Afghanistan, Jalalabad, 3, 7, A school training midwives is the target of a suicide bombing and shooting attack, with three dead. 2018.07.28, Iraq, Hammam al-Alil, 30, 0, A mass grave is discovered containing thirty victims of ISIS execution. 2018.07.27, Nigeria, Bunari, 14, 0, A woman and child are among fourteen killed during a Boko Haram attack. 2018.07.27, Syria, Aleppo, 1, 2, A civilian is smoked by a Jihadist IED. 2018.07.27, Afghanistan, Sarki, 8, 3, Eight Afghans lose their lives to an Islamic Emirates attack. 2018.07.27, Iraq, Rashidiya, 1, 1, A man at a mosque is shot to death by militant co-religionists. 2018.07.26, Iraq, Baghdad, 2, 2, Terrorists kill one man with a bomb and shoot another. 2018.07.26, Afghanistan, Kabul, 6, 6, A suicide bomber claims six Afghans. 2018.07.26, Kenya, Lamu, 1, 2, Religious extremists ambush and kill a local cop. 2018.07.26, Israel, Adam, 1, 2, The Jewish father of two young children is stabbed to death in his home by a militant Muslim. 2018.07.26, Nigeria, Jakana, 13, 12, Thirteen others lose their lives to a Boko Haram attack on their village. 2018.07.25, Somalia, Wanlaweyn, 6, 3, A convoy delivering food to an airport is hit by an al-Shabaab IED. 2018.07.25, Pakistan, Quetta, 31, 27, A suicide bomber massacres over thirty voters at a polling station. 2018.07.25, Syria, Sweida, 246, 200, Two-hundred and fifty lives are destroyed by a wave of ISIS suicide attacks. 2018.07.25, Syria, Hasakah, 1, 6, A civilian is partitioned by Sunni shrapnel. 2018.07.25, Iraq, Zahra, 3, 0, Mujahideen shoot two people to death and kill another with a bomb. 2018.07.24, Iraq, Khalis, 1, 0, A farmer is murdered at his grove by suspected ISIS. 2018.07.24, Somalia, Lower Juba, 6, 0, A al-Shabaab suicide bombing claims six lives. 2018.07.24, Afghanistan, Atghar, 10, 12, Ten Afghans are shot to death by the Taliban. 2018.07.24, Pakistan, Kech, 4, 10, Terrorists riddle four election workers with bullets. 2018.07.24, India, Batamaloo, 1, 1, Terrorists with silencers sneak up on two traffic cops at a busy intersection. 2018.07.24, Libya, Ajdabiya, 2, 4, Militant Muslims attack a police station, killing two occupants. 2018.07.24, Yemen, Aden, 2, 6, A woman is among two passersby eliminated by a Fedayeen suicide bomber. 2018.07.23, Iraq, Erbil, 1, 0, A returning refugee is blown to bits by a bomb planted by the Islamic State at his home. 2018.07.23, Nigeria, Konduga, 11, 8, Eleven worshippers at a mosque are sent straight to Allah by a co-religionist suicide bomber. 2018.07.23, Somalia, Kismayo, 6, 30, A suicide bomber slams into a local military base, killing six. 2018.07.23, Syria, Bab Limoun, 6, 12, A suicide bomber targets a post office, putting six patrons out of their misery. 2018.07.23, Syria, Akhtarin, 1, 23, An innocent civilian is smoked by a Shahid suicide bomber. 2018.07.22, Canada, Toronto, ON, 2, 13, A 'soldier of the Islamic State' shoots two girls to death, ages 10 and 18. 2018.07.22, Afghanistan, Surkh Rod, 4, 3, Four worshippers at a mosque are shot to hell by Religion of Peace rivals. 2018.07.22, Afghanistan, Kabul, 2, 1, Two children are pulled into pieces by an Islamist bomb blast. 2018.07.22, Afghanistan, Maani Kandao, 15, 5, A brutal attack by a Sunni group leaves fifteen border guards dead. 2018.07.22, Afghanistan, Kabul, 23, 107, Twenty-three people at an airport are flattened by a Fedayeen suicide bomber. 2018.07.22, Afghanistan, Zawaka, 14, 12, A series of Islamic Emirate attacks leaves fourteen dead. 2018.07.22, Pakistan, Dera Ismail Khan, 2, 0, A secular-leaning politician and his driver are blown to bits by a Shahid suicide bomber. 2018.07.22, Mali, Macina, 1, 0, One security personnel is killed during an al-Qaeda ambush. 2018.07.22, Somalia, Baar Sanguni, 27, 0, al-Shabaab claims twenty-seven dead with a suicide bombing. 2018.07.21, Iraq, Zanjili, 5, 0, A family of five returning refugees is vaporized by an ISIS bomb blast at their home. 2018.07.21, India, Kulgam, 1, 0, An off-duty cop is abducted from his home by Islamists and tortured to death. 2018.07.21, Syria, Hasakah, 1, 2, A Sunni IED claims a civilian. 2018.07.21, Afghanistan, Arghandi, 6, 0, Six intelligence officers are ambushed and murdered by the Islamic Emirates. 2018.07.21, Syria, Idlib, 1, 1, A civilian bleeds out following a Mujahideen bomb blast. 2018.07.21, Afghanistan, Kala Sangar, 5, 3, Five Afghans are pumped full of holes by Taliban gunmen. 2018.07.21, Somalia, Mogadishu, 1, 2, A civilian is taken out by an al-Shabaab landmine. 2018.07.21, Somalia, Mogadishu, 1, 2, A bomb targeting a government official kills him and injures his mother and brother. 2018.07.20, Pakistan, Sokh, 2, 0, Two members of a peace committee are ambushed and killed by Lashkar-i-Islam. 2018.07.20, Nigeria, Gajibo, 27, 40, Boko Haram gunmen walk up and down a stalled line of cars and mow down over two dozen passengers. 2018.07.20, Israel, Be'er Sheva, 1, 0, An Israeli border guard is killed by a Palestinian sniper. 2018.07.20, Dagestan, Kizilyurt, 2, 1, Two traffic cops sitting in their car are executed by suspected Muslim insurgents. 2018.07.20, Afghanistan, Kunduz, 14, 9, A dozen security personnel are murdered at their post by the Taliban. 2018.07.20, Afghanistan, Shahr-e Safa, 7, 4, An Islamic Emirate attack leaves seven dead. 2018.07.20, Iraq, Hillah, 1, 0, A shepherd loses his life to Jihadi shrapnel. 2018.07.20, Pakistan, Charikar, 3, 7, An Islamic group is suspected of shooting three people to death. 2018.07.20, Iraq, Khanaqin, 1, 0, A Kurdish citizen is shot in a drive-by by Shiite militia. 2018.07.20, Yemen, Aden, 1, 0, A moderate cleric is assassinated by more radical members of his religion. 2018.07.20, India, Barmer, 1, 0, A Hindu man is tied up and beaten to death for having a relationship with a Muslim woman. 2018.07.19, Chad, Daboua, 18, 12, Islamists slit the throats of eighteen residents of a peaceful fishing community. 2018.07.19, Yemen, Aden, 1, 0, An al-Qaeda linked group shoots a man several times in the chest. 2018.07.19, Iraq, Makhkour, 1, 0, A Kurdish man is abducted and slain by ISIS. 2018.07.19, Afghanistan, Chako, 8, 4, Islamists murder eight local cops. 2018.07.19, Afghanistan, Farah, 6, 5, Islamic Emirates gunmen take down six Afghans. 2018.07.18, Afghanistan, Kandahar, 17, 10, Seventeen Afghans are cut down by the Taliban in two attacks. 2018.07.18, Iraq, Kirkuk, 1, 29, A Jihadi bomb placed outside a restaurant kills a bystander. 2018.07.18, Yemen, Marib, 1, 4, Religious radicals are suspected in a remote-controlled bomb blast. 2018.07.17, Afghanistan, Ajiram, 22, 23, An Islamic State suicide bomber attacks a funeral at a rival mosque, killing twenty-two mourners. 2018.07.17, Yemen, Taiz, 4, 6, Two children are among four dead when an Ansar Allah mortar hits a house. 2018.07.17, Iraq, Hawija, 2, 0, Two children are disassembled by a Sunni bomb blast. 2018.07.17, Afghanistan, Chahar Shanba, 6, 0, Six local cops are machine-gunned point blank at their checkpoint by the Islamic Emirate. 2018.07.17, Nigeria, Mussini, 6, 0, A woman is among six traders murdered by Boko Haram. 2018.07.16, Afghanistan, Nangarhar, 2, 6, A landmine planted by a Sunni group kills two civilians. 2018.07.16, DRC, Kabasewa, 6, 3, A nurse is among six people murdered by ADF Islamists. 2018.07.16, Afghanistan, Ghani Khel, 7, 0, Seven police are slaughtered by the Taliban. 2018.07.16, India, Murran, 1, 1, Terrorists fire on a legislator's car, killing a guard. 2018.07.16, Mali, Injagalane, 14, ,
I have heard on more than one occasion that a parish has told parishioners that only those living within the boundaries of the parish will be given the last rites.
I should be grateful if you could advise me of the circumstances in which priests can refuse to assist a dying person who has been living a Catholic lifestyle.
As an altar boy I was taught that the only hands which should touch the Blessed Sacrament are those consecrated by a bishop. This was reinforced at the Catholic schools I attended.
Not long after Vatican 2, priests in Western Europe began distributing the Sacred Host in the manner of the Protestant 'reformers'.
In Memoriale Domini, Pope Paul recounts how he asked bishops around the world if their people wished to have Communion in the hand. The response was in the negative, so he permitted it on a trial basis. Now it is virtually universal. First communicants in my parish are taught no other way.
Although the Church makes it clear that no one can be denied either method, I have been refused Communion on the tongue on a number of occasions. I have witnessed many times what amounts to sacrilege on the part of priests who insist on the extraordinary method. On one occasion a priest grabbed my hand and thrust the Host into it.
I have heard from others about the misuse of the Host by children at school Masses (Catholic school Masses), and I have been present when this occurred. It is not a myth. Today's Satanists have had the procurement of consecrated Host facilitated beyond their dreams. Would it be unfair to say that Satan prefers Communion in the hand?
The bishops of the past absolutely refused to allow Communion in the hand. Since they could point to about 80% of Catholics attending Sunday Mass, it would appear difficult to dismiss their approach to Church discipline.
The introduction of Communion in the hand came about through disobedience. That is, through sin. Any claim that the Holy Spirit works in the Church through sin would appear to amount to blasphemy. But if not the Holy Spirit, then what spirit is responsible?
Unless there are benefits for souls in continuing this practice, I should be grateful if you could advise me what barriers prevent us from returning to the ordinary method.
I have never heard a priest or bishop of this archdiocese preach about the pains of Hell. Yet, given that the vast majority of Catholics go to Mass once or twice a year, or even not at all, would it not be an act of charity to at least tell them what awaits them at death?
It cannot be an evil act to mention Hell. At Fatima our Blessed Mother showed Hell to a seven-year-old, so it is an Act of Good. Yet my own children learned nothing of Hell from their Catholic school teachers.
Rather than allow the horror of damnation to present itself as an awful surprise at death, would it be possible for priests to provide their parishioners with information which might help prepare them ahead of time. Something like that below?
Please advise me of any errors.
THE PAINS OF HELL
For most of us, the outcome of our final audit is eternal damnation (Matt 7:13). From scripture and the saints we have an idea of what Hell will be like, even though we cannot comprehend its intensity. How foolish of us to ignore the certainty of death, judgement and the likelihood of damnation, because Hell is where the overwhelming majority of us are going. There are hints from the Church Fathers and Doctors that just one person in a thousand will succeed in achieving the beatific vision. So what is there to look forward to?
1 Fire. So intense that St Augustine tells us that the fire we have on earth, compared to that of Hell, is like looking at a picture of a fire. And the fire does not just burn the outside, but goes right through.
2 The worm. We don't know if this is an actual worm which eats us from the inside, or whether this refers to the 'worm of remorse', but either way it adds to our misery.
3 The loss of God. At the moment of death we see God in His loving greatness, so desirable and yet unattainable. We retain this impossible desire forever.
4 How easy. We are left with the knowledge of with what little extra effort we could have been saved, and how unwise we were to make no effort to be saved.
5 Remorse. We spend eternity in regret for how we have wasted our lives, and yet we can never find a way to feel contrition for the offence to God or to feel love for Him. We hate those who prayed for us, and hate God, His saints and angels. We hate especially any of our relatives who are in Heaven.
6 Eternity. This condition will never end. There will be no relief. No rest, even for a moment. There is nothing but despair.
7 Blackness. The whole of Hell is in utter darkness, and yet we can detect the surrounding damned and hear their cries and lamentations.
8 Cursing. We are surrounded by blasphemies, people cursing their former friends, and anyone who partook in the evils that led to damnation. In this way it is possible to sin even after death. And in the midst of this dreadful company there is no companionship, no one to converse with. We are absolutely alone, except for bitter demonic enemies.
9 Stench. The smell of rotting flesh is so strong that it would kill the living if released on earth.
10 Immobility. As we fall, so we lie. We cannot turn over, stretch, or move in any way. Discomfort never ends.
11 Demons. In Hell the only company is that of demons. Far more intelligent that we are, they greatly exceed any earthly torturer in their ability to inflict pain. And they never get tired.
12 Death. There is no time in Hell. Everything happens now. With the help of demons we die, and yet remain alive, constantly.
13 Senses. Each of our senses will suffer, and we hunger and thirst. There are many aches and pains possible.
14 Special pain. According to our sins during earthly life, we face torment from demonic companions. Those who took part in abortion, in which babies are torn limb from limb, will suffer similar torment. Homosexuals in particular will come in for demonic attention.
Sunday attendance at Mass for Catholics is heading down to 5% and below. Thus we have about 95% of Catholics headed to Hell. Of the practising Catholics, how many have used contraceptives? With few children at Mass, the numbers in the state of grace could be closer to 1%.
At least part of the cause is that the Catholic faith has not been taught by our bishops and priests, with a few wonderful exceptions, for more than 50 years. They also will face a difficult reception at death.
The Church tells us that there are no Protestants in Heaven. No Muslims, no Buddhists, no Hindus, no one but Catholics. And perhaps only a few of those.
If all this is true, there are many people falling into Hell right now, all over the world, and they will never get out. God has placed us here as a test, to see if we are interested in joining Him for eternity, and to see if we want to save our families, friends and neighbours.
Soon each of us will have to account for the entries on our book of life. After that, we go to our chosen destination. The time to get ready is now.
Whenever the subject of slavery is raised, invariably it results in condemnation of the US for an activity which was suppressed at the cost of many American lives more than 150 years ago.
Not addressed is the issue of slavery which is going on right now. The victims are mostly blacks or Asians. The slavers are once again Muslims, who are following the teachings of their faith and the example of Muhammad.
In the links below there are stories which are very distressing. Is it possible that our bishops could take up this issue as a matter of justice?
The cover picture shows a close-up of a woman and child. But in the background is a host of men of military age with no apparent disability.
If the ordinary media published this, I believe that there would be a public outcry of bias.
Are these people not illegal immigrants, breaking the laws of the countries they leave, pass through, and arrive at? See the article below.
The Douay-Rheims copy of the Bible, 1 Peter 2:17 says: Fear God. Honour the king. That is, we as Catholics should not break civil laws, nor should we encourage others to break them. Every country has laws governing its borders, and who will deny their necessity?
These people come via people-smugglers from Indonesia. They bear no resemblance to asylum-seekers, and their misdeeds should be condemned.
I should be grateful if you could show me how your support for these law-breakers can be reconciled with Catholic teaching.
Migration and refugees are two entirely different matters. A man who goes to the airline counter in Teheran and buys a ticket to Jakarta, is not a refugee. A man who flies from Teheran and arrives in Jakarta, claiming to be a refugee, is no longer a refugee, because he has found his refuge. A man who then spends $20 000 (each dollar is 5 000 rupiah) on an illegal passage to Australia, is not a refugee. He has enough to set himself up for life in Indonesia, an Islamic country which has the political environment he will insist on generating when he reaches Australia. A man who travels on a ticket given to him by a people smuggler from Indonesia to Australia breaks the laws of both countries, and is not a refugee. He is a criminal. A man who, while in transit, throws overboard all documents identifying himself in order to make it difficult or impossible to determine his status is not a refugee, but a criminal. A man who arrives in Australia and buys a ticket to visit his relatives back home in the land from which he 'escaped' is not a 'refugee' but a thief. A man who illegally migrates to another country and then campaigns to have the laws of his new country altered to reflect the laws of the country from which he 'escaped' is not a refugee but a fraud. Tony Abbott was right. No illegal immigrant should be allowed to settle here. We don't dislike immigrants, especially those who fill jobs where we don't have enough workers, and who respect Australian laws. We just dislike criminals. We already have enough of those. Canberra is full of them.
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This is from the Catholic Leader, the Archdiocesan newspaper:
THE word “Islam” means peace and the “barbarity of extremists” has nothing to do with real Islam or God, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said.THE word “Islam” means peace and the “barbarity of extremists” has nothing to do with real Islam or God, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said.
According to the Catholic Leader, you added the following:
“The situation needs prayer, action and deep reflection,’’ he said. “The extremists’ barbarism seems apocalyptic. “It has nothing to do with real Islam or God and is blasphemy of a kind.”
'Islam does not mean 'peace'. It means submission, and submission to Allah. And if you see the text below this email, the barbarity has everything to do with Islam. The question is whether the 'extremists' are simply normal Muslims following Muhammad.
Islam is derived from the Arabic root 'Salema': peace, purity, submission and obedience. In the religious sense, Islam means submission to the will of God and obedience to His law.
If I am correct, then your words have misled the people of your archdiocese. Many Catholics are now aware of this problem. I have an email from Mrs Babette Francis. In my opinion she has done more than any other Australian to defend the unborn. She originally came from what is now Pakistan, so she knows the evil nature of Islam, and she is greatly alarmed that a bishop should make such a claim about Islam, somehow associating it with peace.
Islam in practice offers three alternatives: convert, become a second-class citizen (a dhimmi), or die. This is what Muslims mean by submission. Can you name a single Islamic country which became Islamic without the sword? Can you name a single country with a substantial Muslim population which has no terrorism?
I believe that it is not possible to show that those committing the barbarities are misquoting Islamic scriptures that they give in support of their jihadi activities, or that they are disobeying the words and deeds of Muhammad.
Please correct me, if you can show that I am wrong. But if I am correct, could we not have the truth?
In the article below, a Canadian Christian has been charged with hate speech for speaking the truth.
A man who identifies as a woman has objected to being identified by this Christian and by his DNA as a man. And this identification, blindingly obvious to a normal person, has managed to find itself somehow overcome in a court.
The truth is not in question. Nor apparently is it a defence.
I seek your assurance that if this perversion raises its head in Australia it will be dealt-with openly and swiftly by our bishops, who will see that justice is done.
Activist judge to Christian charged with LGBT ‘hate’ speech: ‘Truth…is simply not relevant’
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the “truth” of statements made by a Christian about a transgender political candidate’s biological sex is “not relevant” and cannot be used as a “defence” against allegations that the Christian was engaging in “hate” speech.
Christian and pro-family activist Bill Whatcott was hauled before the Tribunal last year on the grounds that he had engaged in “hate” speech for publicly exposing a transgender political candidate who claimed to be female, but who was born a biological male. The complainant, Mr. Ronan Oger, who now goes by Ms. Morgane Oger, was a candidate in the 2017 provincial election.
Oger is the Vice-President of B.C.’s New Democratic Party (NDP).
States court documents: “Ms. [sic] Oger was a candidate in the 2017 provincial election. During her [sic] candidacy, Mr. Whatcott distributed hundreds of flyers in her [sic] riding. The flyers were titled ‘Transgenderism vs. Truth in Vancouver‐False Creek.’ They described Ms. [sic] Oger as a ‘biological male who has renamed himself... after he embraced a transvestite lifestyle.’
“Ronan is running for the NDP in the Vancouver-False Creek riding and BC’s media and the NDP are promoting a false narrative that Ronan is a woman born into a male body,”the flyer explained.
“But the truth is Ronan’s DNA will always be male, he will never have a uterus, and no amount of cosmetic surgery, fake hormones, or media propaganda is going to be able to change those facts,” the flyer continued.
Whatcott stated in his flyer his concern “about the promotion and growth of homosexuality and transvestitism in British Columbia and how it is obscuring the immutable truth about our God given gender.” He called switching gender an “impossibility,” adding that it exposes people to harm.
Oger, who lost the election, filed a complaint with the B.C. Tribunal in May, 2017, alleging that Whatcott’s flyer was “discriminatory” and exposed transgender people to “hatred and contempt.”
When Whatcott and his lawyer attempted to defend the truth of the flyer, namely that Oger was, in fact, a biological male, Tribunal member Devyn Cousineau would have none of it.
Cousineau ruled that “the ‘truth’ of the statements in the flyer is not a defence.”
“Therefore, to the extent that Mr. Whatcott intends to call witnesses to establish the truth of his impugned publications, that evidence is simply not relevant to the legal issue and will not be heard by this Tribunal,” she wrote.
The B.C. Tribunal describes itself as an "independent, quasi-judicial body created by the B.C. Human Rights Code." The Tribunal, composed of unelected members, is responsible for "accepting, screening, mediating, and adjudicating human rights complaints."
Cousineau excluded in the case evidence that Oger is a biological male because she thought it “intrusive.”
“In my view, Mr. Whatcott’s requests are overly intrusive into Ms. [sic] Oger’s privacy and not at all relevant for the disposition of this complaint. Furthermore, the basis for the requests is questionable insofar as they are premised on Mr. Whatcott contesting that Ms. [sic] Oger is a transgender woman. That fact is the very foundation of his publications concerning her [sic] fitness for office.”
Whatcott said that Cousineau’s ruling was biased.
“Her rejection of giving any consideration to the truthfulness of my statements and her admonishment that I can't have any expert testimony that testifies to the truthfulness or accuracy of my statements in my election flyer pretty much means this trial will be no more credible than Stalin's show trials in the former USSR,” he wrote on his blog.
“And I am supposed to expect impartial justice from this leftist kangaroo, who believes the truthfulness of my statements is irrelevant?” he added.
Commenting on Oger’s record, LifeSiteNews asked Whatcott why he had concentrated on Oger’s claims to be female when he opposed Oger’s election campaign.
“Transvestitism (falsely called transgenderism”) is being pushed by the media and the leftist elites seeking to turn the once free and moral west into a sewer,” Whatcott replied. “The issue is much bigger than Ronan.”
“He simply happened to be the transvestite politician that everyone was pretending was a woman. I decided to speak truth to the matter and the rest is history.”
Whatcott believed that Oger’s medical records would have helped in the case as they would have testified to the truth that, as Whatcott stated in his pamphlet, Ogen is actually male.
“We now have a problem as the human rights judge explicitly stated the truth doesn’t matter,” Whatcott said.
These murderers are not Presbyterians. Nor Mormons. And there are no recorded attacks on innocents by gangs of Buddhists. All, without exception, are by Muslims following the dictates of the Qur'an and Muhammad's example.
I should be grateful if you would advise when the bishops will finally issue a statement which tells Australian Catholics the truth that they are entitled to hear. That we are under attack as a Christian civilisation.
To defend Christianity, could we not start with a programme to convert Muslims, whose souls are on the road to damnation? Would God not want them brought to Him?
If I have said anything untrue in the above, please correct me.
The destruction of the sacrament of penance has begun in this country, with almost no resistance.
It will be possible for the enemies of the Church to send a spy into the confessional. There will be a 'confession' of child abuse. Should the priest not report this to the authorities in a timely manner, a recording will be produced to the court.
What advice and support will you give to the priest?
How will people gain absolution for such crimes in future, if they can no longer trust in the security of the sacrament? And who will answer for their souls?
The Catholic Leader spends much of its space on social justice, a concept called by the saintly Bishop Fulton Sheen the 'gospel of Judas'. With good reason.
The latest front page merits your attention. It somehow defends rewarding law-breakers. These people on Manus are the most difficult of the illegals. All others have been processed, and many resettled. But these are refusing to move to new quarters, built at the expense of Australian taxpayers. Instead, they squat in their present housing, complaining that no one has come to clean their facilities.
In a former job, I spent time working on Manus, and these people are the friendliest people in the Pacific. There are reports that the illegal immigrants have been molesting underage Manus children. As you know, this is a feature of the followers of Islam, who regard non-Muslim children as their natural prey.
These people are not asylum-seekers. They come almost exclusively from Muslim countries, where they have left unmolested, bringing large sums of money. Arriving in the safety of Indonesia, they no longer can pretend to be asylum seekers. By purchasing illegal tickets to Australia, they have become criminals.
They are kept at great expense by the Australian taxpayer. They receive more than Australian pensioners, and have free accommodation, food and health care. That is, they are better off than Australians who have spent a lifetime paying tax for their pensions.
Now a priest's job is to lead the people, administer the sacraments, and teach the faith.
It is my belief that you are obliged to represent the parish in bringing to the staff of the Catholic Leader the need to concentrate on matters which affect the souls of Catholics of the archdiocese. We have just lost a battle for souls, and I believe this stems at least in part from the lack of teaching from the pulpit, and the use of the Catholic media for matters which are trivial.
I believe that many Catholics have left the practice of the Faith because of this lack of teaching, and a reluctance to focus on matters which affect souls and their eternal destiny.
I should be grateful if you would present these matters to the editor of the Catholic Leader. As parish priest you bear a great responsibility for the souls in your care. The battle for souls should not be left to the laity.
Alternatively, if you feel that my claims above are incorrect, please advise.
A copy of my email to the Catholic Leader is below this email.
The Editor Catholic Leader
Sunday's Catholic Leader's front page begins like this:
Amid public protests, vigils and picketing of politicians' offices, the Catholic Church and United Nations are spearheading criticism of the Australian Government over its handling of asylum seekers on Manus Island. The future of about 600 men left on Manus remains in limbo after their refusal to leave the processing centre amid fears for their safety.
Let's start at the beginning.
1 Public protests. What public protests? I am aware of a rather insignificant number of thugs who attempted to disrupt a Tony Abbott fundraiser, and of the usual suspects who tried to hinder public transport at a horse race. Do you believe that the Catholic Church should somehow be associated with these people?
2 The Catholic Church is spearheading criticism of the Australian Government. No. The Catholic Church is doing no such thing. It's not impossible that some who claim to be Catholics are opposed to the Australian Government, but it would be an arrogance to claim that they speak for the Church.
3 About 600 men are 'in limbo' because they refuse to move to their new quarters, provide free by the long-suffering Australian taxpayer.
There really needs to be some balance here.
4 The people on Manus, particularly around Lorengau, are perhaps the most friendly of all in Micronesia. Asylum seekers who obey the law have nothing to fear.
5 The 'asylum seekers' have complained about the unsanitary nature of the facilities from which they are to be moved. The bathing and toilet facilities need cleaning. Well nobody cleans my bathroom except me. Why are they entitled to servants?
6 In fact, they could easily return to their home countries, and the Australian taxpayer will pay their fare. The Australian Government is aware of many 'asylum seekers' who, once granted asylum on the grounds of danger back home, soon return for a holiday in their former home towns.
7 Many 'asylum seekers' have come via the people-smuggler pipeline, from Indonesia. However, once they have arrived in Indonesia, they cease to be asylum seekers, and are able to settle there or be resettled elsewhere.
8 But no. They produce $20 000 for a ticket to Australia on the Green Funnel Line. That $20 000 would have set them up like kings in Indonesia. One wonders how a person escaping from an oppressive country would manage to take $20 000 with him.
9 Given that Indonesia is largely Muslim, one would think that these 'asylum seekers' would prefer to live where they can practise their religion, without coming to a Christian country where they will be offended by things like Christmas and Easter, and will want to introduce Sharia law, seeking to make Australia somewhat like the place they wanted to escape from.
10 It would seem obvious to people who have actually read the Qur'an that Islam requires faithful Muslims to kill Christians, just as we have seen them doing daily in the Middle East. Somehow this news seems to have escaped those bishops who claim that Islam is a religion of peace.
11 While Catholic organisations have been pushing social justice (where one group helps the poor with other people's money) there has been a campaign to destroy souls by enforcing unnatural practices on an unwilling populace. It is not impossible that Catholic schools will be forced to teach marriage 'equality', bakers will have to bake cakes for sodomy, and even florists will decorate 'gay' weddings. If a priest or bishop attempts to denounce these activities, on the basis of overseas experience he could find himself in serious trouble with the law. Hate crimes will multiply.
12 Now I am only one person, and perhaps no one agrees with me. But in my parish I have seen the attendance at Sunday Mass drop below 4%. That means 96% are on the way to damnation, unless something is done. I wonder how many of that 96% have left because of issues like those above.
Since Vatican 2 the forces of darkness have increased their attacks on Western Civilisation. These may be summarised as follows:
1 The Battle of Humanae Vitae. Won by Satan. How many children do we see at Mass these days?
2 The Battle of Abortion. Won by Satan. Catholics abort at around the same rate as non-Catholics.
3 The Battle of Sodomy. Won by Satan. A perversion is now 'equal' to a sacrament.
During this last battle, I searched for news of a bishop or priest actually pointing out that sodomitic activity, committed knowingly and willingly, was a mortal sin, and that people dying in this state suffer eternal damnation.
Nor did I learn of any statement from the pulpit or by a bishop that any Catholic who knowingly and willingly voted YES committed a mortal sin, again with eternal consequences.
Come to think of it, I cannot remember hearing a priest mention mortal sin for around 50 years. Is there a belief that somehow we are all going to Heaven? If so, why bother becoming a Catholic? And what about those teachings that outside the Church there is no salvation? Are they now abrogated?
The YES vote could not have succeeded if Catholics voted according to the teachings of the Church. This survey was not helped by clerics who issued ambiguous statements.
It would be naïve to believe that the battles are now over. Priests and bishops could face hate crime allegations if they defend Church teaching on sodomy.
And there are more to come. Already there are calls to legalise child marriage, polygamy, necrophilia, bestiality and cannibalism.
If I have said anything false here, please advise me.
Some time ago I asked a priest why he did not teach a particular doctrine. His reply? "We don't teach that any more."
I raised the subject some time later, and was left with the impression that somehow he was afraid to teach the hard truths of the Church. Things like the four last things, the evils of contraception, abortion, sodomy, Islam and all the other things which don't seem to be mentioned in our archdiocese.
Yet these are hardly forbidden subjects. For example, at Fatima Our Blessed Mother showed a vision of Hell to a 7-year-old, so we can hardly pretend that teaching them can cause harm.
Because I have children and grandchildren who learn these things only from me, and not from those ordained to teach them, I should be grateful if you could determine the reasons priests may fear to teach these truths, and what reprisals they may believe are facing them.
Your new social justice statement looks remarkably like earlier social justice statements.
The Church in Australia produces lots of material on social justice. This would appear to be a good thing.
However, I am constantly surprised by the number of elderly women working in jobs which require constant effort, such as on checkouts in supermarkets.
It does not seem likely that these women prefer to do this work, rather than enjoying retirement with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
But there is the possibility that the introduction of the pill half a century ago has deprived many of the newer generation who are able to care for them.
And the resultant loss of new taxpayers has meant that the burden of carrying government falls on fewer people, making that load intolerable, and forcing wives and mothers into full time work.
I cannot recall hearing a single bishop in all these years mention the damage done by contraception, nor its great offence to God. And when bishops don't speak out, priests tend to follow.
Now there may be a good reason why bishops do not point out the sinful nature of contraception, and its danger to souls. I should be grateful if you would tell me what this reason is.
On the other hand, if no one warns people, what happens to their souls? And to the watchmen?
September 2017 The survey is almost here. It is not what we were promised, but it seems that no one is holding our politicians to account for their failure to deliver a referendum. In any case, if our present prime minister can make the leader of the opposition somehow electable, within 100 days he will overturn the result of the survey, if it is not to his liking. Below this email is an article which indicates that the increase in sodomitic activity is no accident. Indeed, the homosexual eruption may well be attributed to the feebleness of the Australian bishops' defence of Humanae Vitae. Now we face the next step in Satan's campaign - and it will be followed by others, unless we stop this one. Since I have seen nothing from the hierarchy (although I understand that Archbishop Coleridge will issue a statement tomorrow), I should like to submit a draft statement in the hope that some Catholics will think twice before voting for something whose consequences are souls. DRAFT STATEMENT ON CHANGES TO THE MARRIAGE LAWS. There are many arguments against the proposal to permit marriage between same-sex couples. It will deny children their right to live with father and mother. It will inevitably lead to further campaigns for immorality, such as polygamy, lowering the age of consent for children, and further unnatural sexual acts. It is often forgotten, however, that the chief objection to same-sex marriage is that if offends God, and mightily, since He gave marriage as a wonderful gift to mankind. And no one likes to see his gift trashed. But the underlying cause of this campaign is the attempt to 'normalise' sodomy in the community. We have seen the effects of this at 'gay-pride' events, where children have been exposed to disgusting displays from men and women. We hear discussion on the media, including government-funded media, of 'marriage equality'. This is a puerile attempt to muddy the waters by the allocation of new meanings to words which are normally readily understood. On one hand we have a sacrament, marriage. On the other, a disgusting perversion, sodomy. There is no equating good and evil. It is important that we do not confuse homosexual tendencies, which are unfortunate but quite innocent, with the practices of homosexuals, which are unnatural and repulsive. We are not condemning the innocent. We are pointing out the evil of the practices. From this day, we declare that the Catholic Church in this country will oppose with all its strength any attempt to pervert the natural law, the law which is inscribed on the hearts of men, including those of the perverted. Should any politician or public figure claiming to be Catholic openly espouse the destruction of marriage, the Catholic bishops will take steps to ensure that that person is not to be admitted to the sacraments, and information to that effect will be circulated to all Catholic establishments. This will include teachers at Catholic schools, whose employment will be terminated if they confuse the children in their charge on this matter. Should homosexual activists attempt to force a priest to celebrate a union of a same-sex couple, the bishop will ensure that such an approach is instantly and permanently rejected. While this campaign continues, bishops will ensure that all their priests speak at every Sunday Mass on the evils of sodomy until the campaign is over. Each bishop will provide his priests with material to be used from the pulpit. The Australian Bishops PS The Book of Gomorrah, by St Peter Damian should be read by all priests. http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/articles/damian2.htm
Birth Control and Homosexuality: Unintended Consequences In the 1980s, I had a boss who had gotten a masters degree in psychology from New York University. He was a brilliant man; could have been a doctor. He told me a story that explains much of what we see in society today. It seems that while doing his graduate work in the early 1960s, he had to do research on lab rats, which were given the synthetic hormones used in the then new birth control pills. The results, he told me, showed that the grandchildren of these lab rats would have high rates of homosexual behaviors. From what he told me, the findings were suppressed. Apparently, the powers that be wanted “the pill” to pass muster. What happened to the second generation of rats that followed was of no consequence to them. Then my boss told me: The first generation of kids born to mothers using the pill have already arrived. But we should expect in another generation a noticeable increase in homosexual behavior, as they would be the second generation. As that was then still in the future, I was shocked. This was told me in the mid '80s. By his reckoning, we should have seen a societal explosion of homosexuality starting around 2000, and subsequently. And, of course, we have seen such an explosion. His prediction came true. Now, to many classic conservatives – whether religious or merely social – homosexuality is a choice, something which can be learned and/or unlearned. The problem is: There is a degree of evidence that it may be contrariwise in some individuals. I invite one to look at this short CBS 60 Minutes documentary about what happens to lab rats treated with sex hormones early on their development. There is a body of evidence that early hormonal manipulation can have horrific consequences. We have to ask ourselves, what happens to all those women using hormonal contraceptives when they stop their pills in anticipation of wanted pregnancy. Does the normal human cycle return immediately, or is there a rebound effect where, even if ovulation occurs, the ambient hormonal background in the womb is screwed up? This article addressed the question of whether gonadal steroid exposure during prenatal development is one of the factors, in at least one of the pathways, that lead to variability in sexual orientation outcomes. Based on the compelling evidence that prenatal testosterone exposure influences children’s sex-typical play behavior, on the well-established links between childhood play interests and adult sexual orientation, and on the evidence showing altered sexual orientation in women exposed to high levels of androgens prenatally, because of CAH, the answer appears to be “yes.” - National Institutes of Health This next quote seems to confirm what my boss told me that the effect will skip a generation to the grandchildren. According to a newly released hypothesis, homosexuality might not lie in DNA itself. Instead, as an embryo develops, sex-related genes are turned on and off in response to fluctuating levels of hormones in the womb, produced by both mother and child. This benefits the unborn child, however if these epigenetic changes persist once the child is born, and has children of its own, some of these offspring may be homosexual. - SciTechDaily There you have it. The anecdote related to me 30 years ago, by my boss, has some scientific merit. There is a Catholic order of nuns, the Children of Mary, which in 2012 distributed information about this connection – which caused quite some controversy. To be honest, Catholicism's insistence on clerical celibacy sort of undercuts their concern with reproductive health; but the nuns may have a point. Contraception Video, Produced By Children Of Mary Order, Links Homosexuality With Birth Control – Huffington Post The Video – (Click Here) I do not agree with Catholicism's ban on artificial contraception. As long as it is non-abortifacient, I cannot see how it poses a moral issue among married couples. To be fair, it is not just a Catholic issue any more. Some classic Protestants have adopted similar views, such as with theQuiverfull movement. There is also the secondary issue that hormonal pills can lead to chemically induced miscarriages/abortions, even if that is not the intent of the user. The hormones can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. I do agree with those who see problems in altering the hormonal balance in a woman's body, which leads to this abortifacient action.
So while I would take exception to the Catholic/Fundamentalist Quiverfull prohibition against condoms, I would agree with their condemnation of hormonal birth control pills. But this poses a tertiary issue. There is a body of evidence – apparently being suppressed by the popular media – that these convenient chemical alterations of women's bodies is part of the reason for the increase in Western homosexuality. The media now shows homosexuality as a heroic choice. Do they ever admit that it might be a chemically induced aberration? We were taught in school that our makeup was determined by our DNA; but there is a new science called epigenetics which is indicating that environmental effects may alter how our genes are expressed. While conservatives deny that there is a gay gene, per se, they may have to admit that there may be an epigenetic trigger. Normal DNA, in a normal fetus, subjected to unstable hormonal fluctuations in a womb, which until recently had been subjected to artificial hormones, may express itself in developing a child given to homosexual tendencies. The child's DNA may not be unusual, but the chemical bath under which the child developed may have set off triggers which led to an altered orientation or proclivity. New Clues That Sexual Orientation Could Be Epigenetic In addition, evidence has shown that women who are exposed to androgen early in life are more likely to identify as homosexual or bisexual. - Medscape (2015) This leads to a further issue. It is the province of moralists and many conservative Christians to dismiss, as hogwash, the claim of homosexuals that they were born that way. The inability to isolate a gay gene is proof that it is not genetic. However, it may be epigenetic. This further introduces more moral issues, particularly to those who would decry homosexuals as willfully degenerate. It may not be a much of a choice as classic moralists might want to think. Now, I happen to think homosexuality will destroy any society where it is unchecked. I am opposed to gay marriage, because it violates biology. I am also opposed to the media's glorification of homosexuality as the equivalent of normal orientation. It is not. However, a considerable portion of the blame may be with the pharmaceutical companies which push these pills. Initial tests, done 50 years ago, seem to have shown what problems would arise. My boss' fearful predication told to me 30 years ago has come true. No doubt, our culture and media compound the problem by encouraging homosexual behavior in individuals who might be easily persuaded to revert back to normal proclivities. However, we may have to address a frightening problem that even were we to re-Christianize our societal worldview – highly unlikely - there will be a considerable swath of individuals who were irrevocably damaged in utero; and who may be beyond complete re-adjustment. The best that can be suggested is that women be fully informed of the dangers of taking hormonal birth control; and a certain degree of Christian charity – by which I do NOT mean approval – be tendered to those individuals who say they cannot change. In plain terms, society should not allow gay marriage, but should make provisions for individuals who cannot change. Ideally, the withdrawal of hormonal birth control from the marketplace would be a solution, forcing women to revert to older barrier and prophylactic methods. However, our social engineers would remind us that this would result in poorer women – code word for blacks and minorities – having more unwanted babies, as they are too “uneducated” to know how to use simpler birth control methods which require a few seconds of extra effort. And that is the real issue. Social engineers will continue to sacrifice generations of children to the moloch of gender dysphoria to keep the unwanted subterranean Morlocks of society at bay. The unintended consequence is that quite often the individuals hurt will not be in the poorer classes, but in the sections of society they would want to see reproduce. Mike Konrad is the pen name of an American who wishes he had availed himself more fully of the opportunity to learn Spanish in high school, lo those many decades ago. He writes on the Arabs of South America at http://latinarabia.com. He also just started a website about small computers at http://minireplacement.com.
So far I have heard nothing from a Queensland bishop or priest about the coming survey on same-sex ‘marriage’.No one has mentioned that it is a mortal sin to vote for the ‘yes’ case. Yet the final decision threatens the eternal fate of millions of souls. The whole of the debate has been carried by homosexual and leftist activists, who have put their case almost unopposed except for a small number of Catholics and some agnostics. The danger to souls is very great, especially in a parish where perhaps 97% of Catholics do not come to Sunday Mass. Sure, there are some in nursing homes, but the rest are on the road to Hell, including children, since if the parents don’t go to Mass, the children are unlikely to go. There is a Hell.And almost all of our parish is headed there, for eternity. The question arises: who answers for the fate of these souls? Ezekiel 33:7-8 “So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. As a possible remedy, I propose the following sermon.It’s long, and may need to be delivered over half a dozen Sundays, but it’s an example of how seriously the Church used to take the loss of souls. The preacher has been canonised a saint, and his writings have been examined thoroughly by Vatican authorities.However, if you find anything suspect in his sermon please tell me. Alternatively, can you think of a reason why this information should not be put before your parishioners? The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved by St. Leonard of Port Maurice Saint Leonard of Port Maurice was a most holy Franciscan friar who lived at the monastery of Saint Bonaventure in Rome. He was one of the greatest missioners in the history of the Church. He used to preach to thousands in the open square of every city and town where the churches could not hold his listeners. So brilliant and holy was his eloquence that once when he gave a two weeks' mission in Rome, the Pope and College of Cardinals came to hear him. The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the veneration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus were his crusades. He was in no small way responsible for the definition of the Immaculate Conception made a little more than a hundred years after his death. He also gave us the Divine Praises, which are said at the end of Benediction. But Saint Leonard's most famous work was his devotion to the Stations of the Cross. He died a most holy death in his seventy-fifth year, after twenty-four years of uninterrupted preaching. One of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice's most famous sermons was "The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved." It was the one he relied on for the conversion of great sinners. This sermon, like his other writings, was submitted to canonical examination during the process of canonization. In it he reviews the various states of life of Christians and concludes with the little number of those who are saved, in relation to the totality of men. The reader who meditates on this remarkable text will grasp the soundness of its argumentation, which has earned it the approbation of the Church. Here is the great missionary's vibrant and moving sermon. Introduction Thanks be to God, the number of the Redeemer's disciples is not so small that the wickedness of the Scribes and Pharisees is able to triumph over them. Although they strove to calumniate innocence and to deceive the crowd with their treacherous sophistries by discrediting the doctrine and character of Our Lord, finding spots even in the sun, many still recognized Him as the true Messiah, and, unafraid of either chastisements or threats, openly joined His cause. Did all those who followed Christ follow Him even unto glory? Oh, this is where I revere the profound mystery and silently adore the abysses of the divine decrees, rather than rashly deciding on such a great point! The subject I will be treating today is a very grave one; it has caused even the pillars of the Church to tremble, filled the greatest Saints with terror and populated the deserts with anchorites. The point of this instruction is to decide whether the number of Christians who are saved is greater or less than the number of Christians who are damned; it will, I hope, produce in you a salutary fear of the judgments of God. Brothers, because of the love I have for you, I wish I were able to reassure you with the prospect of eternal happiness by saying to each of you: You are certain to go to paradise; the greater number of Christians is saved, so you also will be saved. But how can I give you this sweet assurance if you revolt against God's decrees as though you were your own worst enemies? I observe in God a sincere desire to save you, but I find in you a decided inclination to be damned. So what will I be doing today if I speak clearly? I will be displeasing to you. But if I do not speak, I will be displeasing to God. Therefore, I will divide this subject into two points. In the first one, to fill you with dread, I will let the theologians and Fathers of the Church decide on the matter and declare that the greater number of Christian adults are damned; and, in silent adoration of that terrible mystery, I will keep my own sentiments to myself. In the second point I will attempt to defend the goodness of God versus the godless, by proving to you that those who are damned are damned by their own malice, because they wanted to be damned. So then, here are two very important truths. If the first truth frightens you, do not hold it against me, as though I wanted to make the road of heaven narrower for you, for I want to be neutral in this matter; rather, hold it against the theologians and Fathers of the Church who will engrave this truth in your heart by the force of reason. If you are disillusioned by the second truth, give thanks to God over it, for He wants only one thing: that you give your hearts totally to Him. Finally, if you oblige me to tell you clearly what I think, I will do so for your consolation. The Teaching of the Fathers of the Church It is not vain curiosity but salutary precaution to proclaim from the height of the pulpit certain truths which serve wonderfully to contain the indolence of libertines, who are always talking about the mercy of God and about how easy it is to convert, who live plunged in all sorts of sins and are soundly sleeping on the road to hell. To disillusion them and waken them from their torpor, today let us examine this great question: Is the number of Christians who are saved greater than the number of Christians who are damned? Pious souls, you may leave; this sermon is not for you. Its sole purpose is to contain the pride of libertines who cast the holy fear of God out of their heart and join forces with the devil who, according to the sentiment of Eusebius, damns souls by reassuring them. To resolve this doubt, let us put the Fathers of the Church, both Greek and Latin, on one side; on the other, the most learned theologians and erudite historians; and let us put the Bible in the middle for all to see. Now listen not to what I will say to you – for I have already told you that I do not want to speak for myself or decide on the matter – but listen to what these great minds have to tell you, they who are beacons in the Church of God to give light to others so that they will not miss the road to heaven. In this manner, guided by the triple light of faith, authority and reason, we will be able to resolve this grave matter with certainty. Note well that there is no question here of the human race taken as a whole, nor of all Catholics taken without distinction, but only of Catholic adults, who have free choice and are thus capable of cooperating in the great matter of their salvation. First let us consult the theologians recognized as examining things most carefully and as not exaggerating in their teaching: let us listen to two learned cardinals, Cajetan and Bellarmine. They teach that the greater number of Christian adults are damned, and if I had the time to point out the reasons upon which they base themselves, you would be convinced of it yourselves. But I will limit myself here to quoting Suarez. After consulting all the theologians and making a diligent study of the matter, he wrote, "The most common sentiment which is held is that, among Christians, there are more damned souls than predestined souls." Add the authority of the Greek and Latin Fathers to that of the theologians, and you will find that almost all of them say the same thing. This is the sentiment of Saint Theodore, Saint Basil, Saint Ephrem, and Saint John Chrysostom. What is more, according to Baronius it was a common opinion among the Greek Fathers that this truth was expressly revealed to Saint Simeon Stylites and that after this revelation, it was to secure his salvation that he decided to live standing on top of a pillar for forty years, exposed to the weather, a model of penance and holiness for everyone. Now let us consult the Latin Fathers. You will hear Saint Gregory saying clearly, "Many attain to faith, but few to the heavenly kingdom." Saint Anselm declares, "There are few who are saved." Saint Augustine states even more clearly, "Therefore, few are saved in comparison to those who are damned." The most terrifying, however, is Saint Jerome. At the end of his life, in the presence of his disciples, he spoke these dreadful words: "Out of one hundred thousand people whose lives have always been bad, you will find barely one who is worthy of indulgence." The Words of Holy Scripture But why seek out the opinions of the Fathers and theologians, when Holy Scripture settles the question so clearly? Look in to the Old and New Testaments, and you will find a multitude of figures, symbols and words that clearly point out this truth: very few are saved. In the time of Noah, the entire human race was submerged by the Deluge, and only eight people were saved in the Ark. Saint Peter says, "This ark was the figure of the Church," while Saint Augustine adds, "And these eight people who were saved signify that very few Christians are saved, because there are very few who sincerely renounce the world, and those who renounce it only in words do not belong to the mystery represented by that ark." The Bible also tells us that only two Hebrews out of two million entered the Promised Land after going out of Egypt, and that only four escaped the fire of Sodom and the other burning cities that perished with it. All of this means that the number of the damned who will be cast into fire like straw is far greater than that of the saved, whom the heavenly Father will one day gather into His barns like precious wheat. I would not finish if I had to point out all the figures by which Holy Scripture confirms this truth; let us content ourselves with listening to the living oracle of Incarnate Wisdom. What did Our Lord answer the curious man in the Gospel who asked Him, "Lord, is it only a few to be saved?" Did He keep silence? Did He answer haltingly? Did He conceal His thought for fear of frightening the crowd? No. Questioned by only one, He addresses all of those present. He says to them: "You ask Me if there are only few who are saved?" Here is My answer: "Strive to enter by the narrow gate; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able." Who is speaking here? It is the Son of God, Eternal Truth, who on another occasion says even more clearly, "Many are called, but few are chosen." He does not say that all are called and that out of all men, few are chosen, but that many are called; which means, as Saint Gregory explains, that out of all men, many are called to the True Faith, but out of them few are saved. Brothers, these are the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Are they clear? They are true. Tell me now if it is possible for you to have faith in your heart and not tremble. Salvation in the Various States of Life But oh, I see that by speaking in this manner of all in general, I am missing my point. So let us apply this truth to various states, and you will understand that you must either throw away reason, experience and the common sense of the faithful, or confess that the greater number of Catholics is damned. Is there any state in the world more favorable to innocence in which salvation seems easier and of which people have a higher idea than that of priests, the lieutenants of God? At first glance, who would not think that most of them are not only good but even perfect; yet I am horror-struck when I hear Saint Jerome declaring that although the world is full of priests, barely one in a hundred is living in a manner in conformity with state; when I hear a servant of God attesting that he has learned by revelation that the number of priests who fall into hell each day is so great that it seemed impossible to him that there be any left on earth; when I hear Saint Chrysostom exclaiming with tears in his eyes, "I do not believe that many priests are saved; I believe the contrary, that the number of those who are damned is greater." Look higher still, and see the prelates of the Holy Church, pastors who have the charge of souls. Is the number of those who are saved among them greater than the number of those who are damned? Listen to Cantimpre; he will relate an event to you, and you may draw the conclusions. There was a synod being held in Paris, and a great number of prelates and pastors who had the charge of souls were in attendance; the king and princes also came to add luster to that assembly by their presence. A famous preacher was invited to preach. While he was preparing his sermon, a horrible demon appeared to him and said, "Lay your books aside. If you want to give a sermon that will be useful to these princes and prelates, content yourself with telling them on our part, 'We the princes of darkness thank you, princes, prelates, and pastors of souls, that due to your negligence, the greater number of the faithful are damned; also, we are saving a reward for you for this favor, when you shall be with us in Hell.'" 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." Our chronicles relate an even more dreadful happening. One of our brothers, well-known for his doctrine and holiness, was preaching in Germany. He represented the ugliness of the sin of impurity so forceful that a woman fell dead of sorrow in front of everyone. Then, coming back to life, she said, "When I was presented before the Tribunal of God, sixty thousand people arrived at the same time from all parts of the world; out of that number, three were saved by going to Purgatory, and all the rest were damned." O abyss of the judgments of God! Out of thirty thousand, only five were saved! And out of sixty thousand, only three went to heaven! You sinners who are listening to me, in what category will you be numbered?... What do you say?... What do you think?... I see almost all of you lowering your heads, filled with astonishment and horror. But let us lay our stupor aside, and instead of flattering ourselves, let us try to draw some profit from our fear. Is it not true that there are two roads which lead to heaven: innocence and repentance? Now, if I show you that very few take either one of these two roads, as rational people you will conclude that very few are saved. And to mention proofs: in what age, employment or condition will you find that the number of the wicked is not a hundred times greater than that of the good, and about which one might say, "The good are so rare and the wicked are so great in number"? We could say of our times what Salvianus said of his: it is easier to find a countless multitude of sinners immersed in all sorts of iniquities than a few innocent men. How many servants are totally honest and faithful in their duties? How many merchants are fair and equitable in their commerce; how many craftsmen exact and truthful; how many salesmen disinterested and sincere? How many men of law do not forsake equity? How many soldiers do not tread upon innocence; how many masters do not unjustly withhold the salary of those who serve them, or do not seek to dominate their inferiors? Everywhere, the good are rare and the wicked great in number. Who does not know that today there is so much libertinage among mature men, liberty among young girls, vanity among women, licentiousness in the nobility, corruption in the middle class, dissolution in the people, impudence among the poor, that one could say what David said of his times: "All alike have gone astray... there is not even one who does good, not even one." Go into street and square, into palace and house, into city and countryside, into tribunal and court of law, and even into the temple of God. Where will you find virtue? "Alas!" cries Salvianus, "except for a very little number who flee evil, what is the assembly of Christians if not a sink of vice?" All that we can find everywhere is selfishness, ambition, gluttony, and luxury. Is not the greater portion of men defiled by the vice of impurity, and is not Saint John right in saying, "The whole world – if something so foul may be called – "is seated in wickedness?" I am not the one who is telling you; reason obliges you to believe that out of those who are living so badly, very few are saved. But you will say: Can penance not profitably repair the loss of innocence? That is true, I admit. But I also know that penance is so difficult in practice, we have lost the habit so completely, and it is so badly abused by sinners, that this alone should suffice to convince you that very few are saved by that path. Oh, how steep, narrow, thorny, horrible to behold and hard to climb it is! Everywhere we look, we see traces of blood and things that recall sad memories. Many weaken at the very sight of it. Many retreat at the very start. Many fall from weariness in the middle, and many give up wretchedly at the end. And how few are they who persevere in it till death! Saint Ambrose says it is easier to find men who have kept their innocence than to find any who have done fitting penance. If you consider the sacrament of penance, there are so many distorted confessions, so many studied excuses, so many deceitful repentances, so many false promises, so many ineffective resolutions, so many invalid absolutions! Would you regard as valid the confession of someone who accuses himself of sins of impurity and still holds to the occasion of them? Or someone who accuses himself of obvious injustices with no intention of making any reparation whatsoever for them? Or someone who falls again into the same iniquities right after going to confession? Oh, horrible abuses of such a great sacrament! One confesses to avoid excommunication, another to make a reputation as a penitent. One rids himself of his sins to calm his remorse, another conceals them out of shame. One accuses them imperfectly out of malice, another discloses them out of habit. One does not have the true end of the sacrament in mind, another is lacking the necessary sorrow, and still another firm purpose. Poor confessors, what efforts you make to bring the greater number of penitents to these resolutions and acts, without which confession is a sacrilege, absolution a condemnation and penance an illusion? Where are they now, those who believe that the number of the saved among Christians is greater than that of the damned and who, to authorize their opinion, reason thus: the greater portion of Catholic adults die in their beds armed with the sacraments of the Church, therefore most adult Catholics are saved? Oh, what fine reasoning! You must say exactly the opposite. Most Catholic adults confess badly at death, therefore most of them are damned. I say "all the more certain," because a dying person who has not confessed well when he was in good health will have an even harder time doing so when he is in bed with a heavy heart, an unsteady head, a muddled mind; when he is opposed in many ways by still-living objects, by still-fresh occasions, by adopted habits, and above all by devils who are seeking every means to cast him into hell. Now, if you add to all these false penitents all the other sinners who die unexpectedly in sin, due to the doctors' ignorance or by their relatives' fault, who die from poisoning or from being buried in earthquakes, or from a stroke, or from a fall, or on the battlefield, in a fight, caught in a trap, struck by lightning, burned or drowned, are you not obliged to conclude that most Christian adults are damned? That is the reasoning of Saint Chrysostom. This Saint says that most Christians are walking on the road to hell throughout their life. Why, then, are you so surprised that the greater number goes to hell? To come to a door, you must take the road that leads there. What have you to answer such a powerful reason? The answer, you will tell me, is that the mercy of God is great. Yes, for those who fear Him, says the Prophet; but great is His justice for the one who does not fear Him, and it condemns all obstinate sinners. So you will say to me: Well then, who is Paradise for, if not for Christians? It is for Christians, of course, but for those who do not dishonor their character and who live as Christians. Moreover, if to the number of Christian adults who die in the grace of God, you add the countless host of children who die after baptism and before reaching the age of reason