Around the world some bishops have attempted dialogue with Muslims. Unfortunately these do not seem to generate movement on the part of Muslims to become Catholics. This is perhaps understandable, as Islam requires its followers to lie when dealing with Christianity.
The Church teaches that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church, and it follows that there are no Muslims in Heaven.
Instead of dialoguing with Muslim leaders, would it be possible to make an attempt to attract Muslims to the Catholic faith? This would necessitate a programme of instruction in Islam, without which our priests would be no match for Islamic expertise in taqiyya.
We have seen large numbers of Anglicans become Catholics, in spite of the disarray in the Church. Is there any reason why we could not bring large numbers of Muslim souls to Christ?
The papal document Amoris Laetitia has raised concerns among cardinals and bishops to the point where many believing Catholics are doubting the legitimacy of Pope Francis' election to the papacy.
Given that some bishops appear to interpret the Pope's words as legitimising Communion in the state of mortal sin, there is no doubt that the laity could feel entitled to interpret the words the same way.
And given that a number of senior cardinals are reported to have admitted colluding in the election of Pope Francis, which act is claimed to incur the penalty of excommunication for all concerned, and voiding of the election, this would appear to raise the question of the status of Pope Francis.
I should be grateful if you could clear up these two matters: the status and meaning of Amoris Laetitia (ie, does the document permit the reception of the Blessed Sacrament in the state of mortal sin, and should those bishops who believe that it does be provided with a clarification?), and the legitimacy of the election of Pope Francis.
Some recent documents on the controversy are linked below. I have included only the milder analyses.
Maltese Bishop: Those who oppose communion for adulterers are ‘prophets of doom’
Malta’s bishops tell the remarried: take Communion if you feel at peace with God | CatholicHerald.co.
Francis officially promulgates the heresy within Amoris Laetitia - Where are the Cardinals?
Heresy and the Pope
The Dictator Pope - a quick review
Pope's Letter on Argentinian Communion Guidelines for Remarried Given Official Status - OnePeterFive
THE CHORUS EXPRESSING INCREDULITY GROWS LOUDER
INCREDIBLE: BERGOLIO WAS ABOUT TO RETIRE WHEN HIS FRIENDS IN ROME TOLD HIM THAT BENEDICT WAS ABOUT TO RETIRE AND SO BERGOLIO RESURRECTED THE SAN GALLO MAFIA THAT GOT HIM ELECTED
THE DEPOSITION OF A POPE IS BECOMING MORE THAN A THEORETICAL QUESTION AS THE CHAOS GROWS IN ROME
A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE. A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WILL STILL SMELL AS SWEET. NOT SO WITH AMORIS LATITIA
VIEWER “IMPRIMI POTEST” COMMENTED ON THE USE OF ACTA APOSTOLICA SEDES BY FRANCIS
CANON 915 STILL RULES IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING THE LIBERALS AND PROGRESSIVES HAVE THROWN AT IT’S SUBSTANCE
For the Record: Franciscan Friars & Sisters of the Immaculate status update -- Bergoglio's destruction nearly complete
A Call for Cooperation between Catholicism and Freemasonry?
Vatican Issues Far-Left Declaration on Climate Change, ‘Very Fabric of Life on Earth at Grave Risk’ - Breitbart
Michael Voris Makes An Appeal
Guidelines by the Bishops for the Application of Chapter Eight of Amoris Lætitia
Pope Francis Thanks Maltese Bishops for ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Guidelines
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.
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.
In the words of Crocodile Dundee, here is a social justice statement.
You won't believe why this woman fled away from North Korea. #SHARE
And here is another.
10 examples of human rights abuses by Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia: Five worst human rights abuses in the reign of King Abdullah
Saudi Arabia’s problem with human rights
Saudi Arabia's human rights violations
How Bad Are Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Violations?
Saudi Arabia executions: ‘Not just human rights violation, violation of pure humanity’
A documentary about human rights in Saudi Arabia
Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia: Human Rights
Why is Saudi Arabia on UN Human Rights Panel?
Saudi Arabia and Human Rights
How do these social justice statements compare?
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?
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.
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?
“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.
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, 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!
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.
A priest, apparently on Church property, gives a talk which does not appear to conform with Catholic teaching.
Pro-gay priest slams the tyranny of tradition that forbids communion for adulterers-Cath Caucus
Fr Timothy Radcliffe, OP addresses questions from Amoris Laetitia | Order of preachers
Vatican appointee says gay sex can express Christ’s ‘self-gift’
Some may consider that this is not an unusual event. But priests who hold a papal appointment tend to be more discreet.
This happened in Brisbane, in the O'Shea Centre.
Did the priest in fact mislead members of your flock? If so, what action should be taken?
I don't watch TV much, but whenever I happen to see it there is some talking head telling me how we need marriage 'equality', and denouncing the intolerance of those who defend traditional marriage.
During this campaign I have not seen a bishop or priest defending the natural law or Church teaching, and I have heard nothing from the pulpit. So it seems that the field has been left to Satan.
If this most awful concept becomes law, we have lost another battle. After contraception, abortion and the Family Law Act we have become pretty good losers.
Worse. We have become Sodom.
What can we do?
I offer the proposals below. They may not succeed, but at least we have made an attempt, albeit late, to halt the slide to Hell.
1 All those Catholic members of parliament and public servants and members of the media who have in any way supported this evil campaign must be declared excommunicated. By name.
2 They must thus be refused the Blessed Sacrament. And this must be enforced.
3 Any priest who defies this ban is to be removed from his parish.
4 All priests must speak at every Mass about the evils of sodomy. The bishops will provide daily sermons so that no Catholic is left in doubt about the seriousness of this sin. If you are concerned about children, you will recall that they have been well and truly exposed to homosexuals at 'gay' pride events. That horse has bolted.
5 A statement (example below) is to be recorded and given to the press and all TV channels for publication, explaining the evil of sodomy.
6 All homosexual and lesbian teachers at Catholic schools to be removed immediately.
7 All homosexual priests to be removed from contact with parishioners.
8 A realistic plan be quickly developed to overcome the forces of darkness.
9 All parish priests to promote and lead the daily rosary in the parish church until this evil is overcome.
We seem to spend significant resources on social justice. A Catholic TV channel is not unknown overseas, and a modest timeslot on one or more channels should not be impossible. For many years in the Philippines, TV stopped at 3pm for the Divine Mercy. Is it possible that Filipino bishops can do things that Australian bishops cannot?
Of course, if you have everything under control, then please disregard this email.
Example of Public Statement
There has been an energetic campaign to change our laws on marriage. Activists in the media and political arena have decided to introduce a 'marriage' between people of the same sex.
We bishops regard this as a great evil, whereby a small number of people who desire an unnatural act to be legitimised, are imposing their perversion on the general populace.
It is not marriage, and it is not equality. The idea that a disgusting unnatural act can somehow be equated with a marriage between husband and wife is repulsive.
The bishops put on notice those Catholics who are in the public arena that if they become part of this evil campaign, they are automatically excommunicated, and are henceforth forbidden from approaching the Blessed Sacrament.
Sodomy is a grave sickness of the soul. It has no place in civilised society.
The people of Sodom were destroyed because of this evil. Let no one pretend that there are no consequences for this Satanic act.
The Bishops of Australia
A furious debate is raging about ways to enforce the imposition of same-sex 'marriage' on an unwilling populace, and I hear nothing from the pulpit about the merits of the case.
Homosexuals are a tiny minority, but they are greatly overrepresented in our parliament, the media and activist organisations.
They talk non-stop about 'marriage equality', somehow equating a disgusting immoral act with a sacrament.
A glance at your newspaper does not inspire confidence. Below this email are the latest articles on line. There may be others which address more urgent issues, but I could not find them.
The Lavender Mafia want to push their disgusting lifestyle on innocent children, producing eternal fodder for Satan. Without some sort of defence of natural law, they look like succeeding.
Now I may be wrong. Could you refer me to where you have used the Catholic media and the pulpits of your priests to provide a strong defence of God's laws?
Alternatively, we are left with the impression that morals are the concern of parliament, the public service and the media, whilst the Church limits itself to social justice.
From the current issue of the Catholic Leader on line.
Features | The Catholic Leader
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Could this be Kedron’s best kept secret for over-65s? | The Catholic Leader
Don’t feel like cooking? Try a little Tender Loving Cuisine | The Catholic Leader
Find your lifestyle at St Vincent’s Care Services | The Catholic Leader
Boronia Heights residential facility owned by religious sisters offers full spectrum of options | The Catholic Leader
Education changes lives | The Catholic Leader
Catholic kindergarten making Jesus known to children turns 50 | The Catholic Leader
Hospital annual charity day will boost next stage of growth, expansion of specialised care | The Catholic Leader
Faber tapping a rich tradition | The Catholic Leader
Thousands of Queenslanders who can’t afford electricity headed towards ‘energy poverty’ | The Catholic Leader
Casino students’ rocket up their with the nation’s best | The Catholic Leader
Lay Catholic says Adani coalmine project ‘makes no sense’ in light of Church teaching | The Catholic Leader
From three weeks to 40 years: Longest-serving worker retires from The Catholic Leader | The Catholic Leader
Agencies in Toowoomba help warm refugees this winter | The Catholic Leader
Farming couple fight hard to keep miners including Adani off their land | The Catholic Leader
Townsville Mercy Sisters blessed with golden years | The Catholic Leader
Sr Carmel Arnold’s 21 years of service in Bowen comes to an end | The Catholic Leader
Report shows Australia headed towards a male teacher drought | The Catholic Leader
Am I the only Catholic disappointed at the muted episcopal response to the barrage of propaganda against marriage?
Once again politicians are gearing up to destroy marriage, leaving the door open to further slippery-slope perversions such as polygamy, bestiality, necrophilia and paedophilia.
It must have occurred to some Catholics that the bishops of half a century ago might have reacted differently. Here is what I think they might have done:
1 Declared that sodomitic unions are not marriage at all. The term 'marriage equality' means equating a disgusting perversion with a Christian sacrament. That's 'equality'?
2 Forbade the sacraments to any politician or public servant supporting in any way the campaign to make sodomite unions the law of the land.
3 Commanded priests to read out at Masses appropriate extracts from the Book of Gomorrah, and the life of St Peter Damian.
4 Required priests to inform Catholics of the teachings of the saints and the Church Fathers on the evils of sodomy.
The saints on sodomy: why the Church Fathers were harsh on homosexual sex
5 Announced publicly that the Australian Bishops were united in their defence of the Catholic Faith, and would disobey any government requirement to be complicit in the implementation of any perversion of marriage. Even if that meant imprisonment or other punishment.
6 Ordered that any priest or other Catholic attempting to conduct or become associated with a same-sex 'wedding' would be automatically excommunicated. An example of such association would be preparing a wedding cake or providing flowers.
But that was then.
Here (below) is what appears to be the next step in the campaign to destroy Christian morality. Hardly a day goes past without another attack from the army of darkness. Yet from our bishops, we get crickets.
There are a few lay organisations engaged in the battle. But from our bishops we get what Archbishop Fulton Sheen called the Gospel of Judas.
What does it take to get a proportional response from our bishops?
Just to remove any doubt about the connection between Islam and peace, I have copied Sura 9 below. Just one chapter of the Qur'an, yet it contains sufficient verses of the sword to demonstrate the threats of Islam.
These verses have not been abrogated, nor influenced by later chapters, since the Qur'an is not in chronological order.
There is no possibility that this call to violence, carried out daily by devout Muslims, can be explained away by taqiyya.
Many Catholics are ignorant of the true nature of Islam.
I should be grateful if some action could be taken to educate Catholics, especially priests, of what this Satanic organisation seeks to achieve.
I once mentioned to a priest that only about 3% of his parish go to Sunday Mass. His reply? "I think it's closer to 4%."
What? About 96% of these Catholics on the road to Hell? I suppose they could be saved by the last rites, but these are not guaranteed, and the saints tell us that as we live, so shall we die. Is it reasonable to expect that in the rest of the archdiocese the figures are much better?
Our Blessed Mother has given us the scapular. According to Catholic saints, wearing this sacramental at death guarantees Our Lady's help. It is difficult to imagine Our Lady's help being somehow insufficient.
Of course, this is private revelation. We don't need to believe it. Yet at Fatima Lucia reported that Our Lady wants us to wear it. The Church says that Fatima is worthy of belief. It would seem foolish to ignore it.
Given that the wearing of the scapular provides the amounts to a guarantee of salvation, and given that the overwhelming majority of Catholics in this archdiocese are headed for eternal damnation, it would appear legitimate to ask why bishops and priests are not shouting about the scapular from the rooftops.
Or am I missing something here?
Thanks to a prolonged silence on Catholic Teaching on contraception and abortion, Catholics are no longer having sufficient children to populate our society.
Muslims, however, have multiple wives and many children. If this continues - and there seems no opposition - Muslims will eventually form a majority here. What sort of a society are we leaving for our grandchildren?
Here are sixteen reasons for Catholic bishops to start teaching the evils of contraception. Because it's this lack of teaching which has placed Western civilisation (ie souls) in such great peril.
1 Bacon and eggs will disappear from the menu. No more roast pork and apple sauce, ham, pig farms or pork butchers.
2 Women will be covered in burqas, except for slaves who may be kept naked from the waist up. The fashion and clothing industry will disappear. Women and girls will not be allowed outdoors without a male escort. A woman who is alone out of doors risks being raped, and then punished by stoning (no such punishment for the rapist - it was her own fault). A woman who is raped must provide four male witnesses to save her life. Small girls will have their genitals mutilated.
3 Men suspected of homosexual activity will be seized and thrown from high buildings. If they survive the fall they will be shot. Nothing will happen to the murderers. Vigilante street justice will be permitted.
4 Anyone who joins Islam and then changes his mind becomes an apostate, liable to be killed by the nearest Muslim.
5 The lives of Jews will be made so uncomfortable that their population will quickly drop to zero.
6 Christian schools will be banned. Islam will be taught from an early age. Blasphemy laws will be introduced to ensure that there is no criticism of Islam. No one will be permitted to say that Jesus is the Son of God.
7 A percentage of taxes will go toward international jihad.
8 Muslims will be permitted to own Christian slaves. No Muslim is permitted to be subordinate to a non-Muslim. No Christian will be permitted to build a house whose roof is higher than those of local Muslims. No church bells, no churches, no Mass permitted except in foreign embassies.
9 Anyone caught consuming or displaying alcohol will receive 100 lashes.
10 In court, a woman's testimony will be half that of a man. Similarly, and woman's inheritance is half that of her brother. Non-Muslims cannot inherit from a Muslim.
11 Animals will be killed with great barbarity.
12 Banks cannot charge interest. They must conform to sharia. The economy will sink to the level of other Islamic nations.
13 Suspected thieves will be seized and have hands and feet amputated.
14 Men will be able to divorce their wives by text message. Women will not. Men will usually get to keep the children. A woman will lose custody if she remarries. If a man regrets divorcing his wife, he cannot remarry her until she has married another man and consummated the marriage, and the new husband divorces her.
15 Old men will marry very young girls, and be able to begin sexual activity immediately.
16 Men will beat their wives when this suits them. They will have up to four wives, and if their wealth allows, concubines and slaves.
There are other features of sharia, but this should be enough to worry Australians. It is my concern that the lack of teaching from priests and bishops could bring about this appalling danger for souls.
Rather than enter into dialogue with Muslims, a dialogue in which Muslims are obliged to deceive Christians, I believe that bishops should instead concentrate on actually teaching the Catholic faith, including the difficult parts like contraception, abortion, the dangers of sodomy, eternity, Hell, Purgatory and so on.
I should be grateful if you could demonstrate any errors in the list above.
PS Who among our society will become Muslim? Bishops and priests will be called to submit. How many will do so? Does the French Revolution provide a guide?
When Christ instituted His Church, He gave us bishops to teach and defend the faith.
Bishops sometimes make mistakes. This is part of being human. But it's also human to correct mistakes. Here are two examples which in my view need urgent correction.
1 The Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, recently condemned the barbarism of the Islamic State, but for some reason felt compelled to add: “It has nothing to do with real Islam….”
2 “Historically Mohammed brought peace to the warring tribes of Arabia by summoning them to worship of the one God,” he said.
What? IS has nothing to do with the real Islam? Muhammad brought peace by 'summoning' the tribes?
Catholics do not expect their bishops to be perfect, but they do expect bishops, when advised of confusion arising from their statements, will waste no time investigating the truth and informing their flocks of the true situation. I believe that Christ also has a similar expectation.
The above statements are not only false, but to those who have actually looked at Islamic scriptures, they are beyond folly.
First, of all religions, only Islam openly promotes violence to the innocent. See Surah 9. And yes, I am aware that to Muslims only Muslims are innocent.
Can you point to anything which shows that IS is not following Surah 9?
Second, there are three major sources of Islamic teaching. The best-known is the Qur'an. In this book alone there are more than 100 verses dealing with violence.
Third, Muslims will claim that peaceful verses abrogate those of the sword. This will fool nobody who has studied Islamic scripture.
They sometimes get away with this because the Qur'an is not in chronological order, and verses later in the Qur'an may come from an earlier time (the Mecca years, before Muhammad became a warlord).
Fourth, Muslims are required to lie about their religion in order to deceive infidels. You cannot engage in dialogue with Muslims who know their religion.
I should be grateful if you would either demonstrate that I am in error (eg show that IS is somehow disobeying Muhammad and his teachings), or correct your false statements. If IS is not Islamic, then Muhammad was not a Muslim. Those active in IS are hardly ignorant of Islam.
This is serious. Australian Catholics are losing jobs for being Christian.
What are our bishops doing about this?
I cannot recall hearing anything from the Australian bishops on abortion, contraception, sodomy, the Family Court, or human rights for more than 50 years.
Now it may be that society has improved to such an extent that no words are needed. However, it seems to me that abortion and contraception are more or less accepted, since only about 3% of my parish goes to Sunday Mass, and there are few (very few) children.
I am not a bishop, and I have no authority. That authority rests with you.
So I have tried to generate a statement (see below) which would defend the Church against the increasing involvement in morals by our political leaders. One which is concise, but enough to let the enemies of God know that they face a formidable foe, who will not allow this country to be destroyed by immorality.
This is a draft only, intended as the centre only of a real statement which will make it clear where the Church stands on morals.
I should be grateful if you would advise me of any errors in the text below.
(DRAFT) STATEMENT BY THE BISHOPS OF AUSTRALIA
It has been the custom that religious organisations do not normally get involved in political issues. These are left to those in the political arena.
However, recently it has become the custom for the activists among politicians to invade the moral sphere, which is normally inhabited by religious institutions.
There are some topics which need to be debated, and not shut down by cries of ‘hate speech’, which seems to be the way a certain group of political activists like to shut down all speech.
1 Human rights.
We have seen a number of cases in which the true rights of Australians were suppressed in favour of manufactured ‘rights’. One Catholic bishop was the target of government-backed activity for the ‘offence’ of stating doctrine that all Catholics are bound to hold and defend. It has been thus for two millennia, and it is not going to change.
There have been other instances equally unjust, and these have been aired at length in the media. Sadly, there has been no apology for the injustices.
Bishops are commanded to defend the Catholic faith. They do not have the option of standing idly by while human rights are abused. If politicians wish to get into the moral arena, they will be met by bishops equally determined.
2 Same-sex ‘marriage’.
Marriage is intended to permanently join a man and a woman. It is God’s way of engaging with us as humans in the creation of new humans. Same-sex ‘marriage’ is not just wrong. It is impossible.
But this is not the core of the problem, which is that the act of sodomy is a gross perversion of the body, and the destruction of the soul. In some ways sodomy is worse than cannibalism, necrophilia and bestiality, for these lead to the destruction of just one person. Sodomy destroys two.
Sodomy seeks young boys in order to corrupt them. Of all the priests who abused young children some years ago, whose behaviour has recently come to light, around ninety percent molested boys. Yet at the time sodomites formed about one percent of the population. That is, sodomites offended at a rate approximately a thousand times more than did others.
We have seen that the best way to stop abuse of children is to ensure that no more homosexuals are permitted into seminaries.
3 Islam and immigration.
There is much that the public does not yet understand about Islam. Whilst we appreciate Muslims as individuals and respect them, their religion is another matter.
The large majority of Muslims have not read the Islamic scriptures, and have no idea that their religion, if properly observed, requires them to kill non-Muslims. Any Muslim who shrinks from conforming with the verses of the sword may be killed by the nearest Muslim.
The first difficulty in having dialogue with Muslims is that Islam requires them to lie to non-Muslims. What Muslims say to non-Muslims, particularly when they are a small minority, is very different to the words they use among themselves.
The second is that their sacred book the Qur’an, is not in chronological order, but mostly from the longest chapter to the shortest. So a verse offering peace may appear to come after a verse offering the opposite.
The third is that many verses have been abrogated. That is, you may get a peaceful verse, followed by a violent verse, but they appear in the opposite order in the book. That is, there are many contradictions. These are explained as substituting for an earlier verse another which is better.
Australia has been inundated with illegal immigrants from Muslim countries which have very poor economic circumstances. The Australian government, along with the states, has the obligation to take care of the physical safety of its citizens. Australian human rights require that the government do nothing which is likely to endanger any of its citizens.
It thus cannot bring in migrants whose religion requires them to kill us.
And it cannot allow a religion to tax our chickens and chocolate without requiring meaningful labels; nor allow the mutilation of the genitals of Australian girls.
We are now seeing the effects of the destruction of the laws which protected babies. Not so many years ago, we had perhaps five children who, in their productive years would be supporting their aging parents, whether personally or through their taxes.
Today we are headed for a lifestyle limited by a ratio of five pensioners to one taxpayer. It is not likely to be alleviated by Muslim immigrants, who are permitted four wives, and resist assimilation.
Abortion is murder. It cannot be disguised. Those who perform abortions are murderers. The baby they dismember will never see sunlight, play games, go to school, or marry and have children.
It would be foolish to imagine that there is no retribution for murder, even where a government fails to perform its true function.
5 The Family Court.
The body is the centre of an industry whose function is to destroy marriage, remove children from parents, and to destroy lives. It is in large part responsible for the destruction of what was once a more moral (and happier) society.
Since we seem to have bishops who still believe that Islam is a religion of peace, I have attached to this email an electronic copy of Harry Richardson's book, the Story of Muhammad.
I should be grateful if you would distribute this book, so that bishops will have the opportunity to learn what Islam really teaches, and may come to understand why dialogue with 'moderate' Muslims is of little or no value.
Centuries ago government and religious leaders were greatly concerned about a religion in which marriage was suppressed, women were corrupted and sodomy and euthanasia promoted.
There was no doubt at the time that Catharism was inspired by the forces of Hell.
Why is this not true today of their spiritual successors, the Greens? And if this is so, why are they not exposed as such?
Killing was abhorrent to the Cathars. Consequently, abstention from all animal food (sometimes exempting fish) was enjoined of the Perfecti. The Perfecti avoided eating anything considered to be a by-product of sexual reproduction. War and capital punishment were also condemned—an abnormality in Medieval Europe. In a world where few could read, their rejection of oath-taking marked them as social outcasts.
Cathars also rejected marriage. Their theology was based principally on the belief that the physical world, including the flesh, was irredeemably evil—as it stemmed from the evil principle or "demiurge". Therefore, reproduction was viewed by them as a moral evil to be avoided—as it continued the chain of reincarnation and suffering in the material world. It was claimed by their opponents that, given this loathing for procreation, they generally resorted to sodomy. Such was the situation that a charge of heresy leveled against a suspected Cathar was usually dismissed if the accused could show he was legally married.
There seems to be a groundswell of opinion among the laity that our bishops have not defended the faith as vigorously as is needed under the current attacks of Islam and atheism.
Here are two articles which may encapsulate this view. One of the attached comments is reproduced below. Much of the concern of the laity is aimed at those bishops who claim, quite erroneously, that Islam is somehow a religion of peace. In spite of what Islam actually says of itself.
Ireland's Archbishop Eamon Martin's Public Indictment
I should be grateful for your opinion on whether the comments are justified.
The article below paints a frightening picture for the loss of souls. A loss on an almost unimaginable scale.
But that is for the US. It couldn't happen here.
Or could it?
I have seen statistics which claim that around 30% of Americans go to Sunday Mass.
But in my own parish, the figure is around 3%. Not very encouraging.
But worse. It appears that children leaving Catholic schools continue Mass at the rate of 2%.
Many parishioners attending Mass are now in their seventies or eighties. In five years quite a few of these will be gone to nursing homes or elsewhere.
What then? Will the churches be sold to those with petrodollars, to become mosques?
Yet the 'hymns' sung in my parish push the idea that all are saved.
Is this not madness? Do we somehow believe that a loving God would never send anyone to Hell? St Faustina's diary says otherwise.
"...I saw two roads. One was broad, covered with sand and flowers, full of joy, music and all sorts of pleasures. People walked along it, dancing and enjoying themselves. They reached the end without realizing it. And at the end of the road there was a horrible precipice; that is, the abyss of hell. The souls fell blindly into it; as they walked, so they fell. And their number was so great that it was impossible to count them. (Diary 153)
Michael Voris gives the American Church just eleven years.
How much time does Australia have?
Given that it is a serious (excommunicable) offence for cardinals to conspire around or during a conclave, and given that some cardinals are claiming that they did so conspire (see below), I believe that this casts doubt on the legitimacy of the election of Pope Francis, since such a conspiracy also nullifies the election.
Can you clear this up please? Have these cardinals been misreported or misinterpreted?
I am particularly concerned that Masons were reported to be claiming inside knowledge of the election of Pope Francis at a time when no one had really heard of him. In fact, some time before his actual election.
Below is part 2 of a 3-part series. Other links are above the article.
The Huffington Post is not a dependable source of religious news, but OnePeterFive and Abyssum would appear quite credible Catholic sources.
Are bishops engaged in dialogue with Muslims aware that the dialogue goes only one way?
Video: John Guandolo Claims Muslims are 'Obligated' to Lie, Talking to Imams is 'Unprofessional'
Muslims MUST lie to non-Muslims in any discussion in which their religion may be advantaged.
Unlike Christianity, Islam mandates the death sentence for those who leave Islam. They CANNOT engage in any process which may lead to conversion.
How many bishops know this?
Are there still bishops who believe that Islam is a religion of peace? Or that the word 'Islam' means 'peace'?
I have heard nothing from Australian bishops about the great danger to souls of Islam. Why?
For years we have read the material put out by our bishops on the problems of 'refugees', the poor and minorities.
Far worse than anything of these is the plight of the people in North Korea, where Satan rules.
North Korea report: drawings reveal horrific scenes witnessed by former inmate as he tells of life in prison
What North Korean Defectors Think Of North Korea | ASIAN BOSS
North Korea is a prison camp and torture chamber. Why not go there on holiday and take some hilarious selfies?
Hoeryong concentration camp - Wikipedia
Holocaust Now: Looking Down Into Hell at Camp 22
North Korea: 'We were forced to eat grass and soil' - CNN.com
From our bishops I have seen nothing of the tortures, which exceed even the barbarities of Islam (which also appear to go unnoticed among our clergy). Nothing about the lack of freedom. Nothing of the punishment of whole families. Nothing of the gulags, estimated to contain between two and three million, including women and children, out of a total population of 24 million. Nothing of the persecution, perhaps total elimination, of Christianity. And nothing of the starvation.
There is no suffering in Australia to compare with those suffered daily in North Korea, where a bandit, criminal and illegitimate government steals everything and kills the innocent for non-existent crimes.
Imagine the Australian government executing a man whose 'crime' is evacuating a house on fire and failing to bring to safety, before his wife and children, the picture of Malcolm Turnbull, compulsorily displayed in every house.
Is their suffering not worth at least a few paragraphs?
From conversations with teachers at Catholic schools I have learned that there is a significant proportion of teachers who appear to be living in a constant state of mortal sin.
There is a fear among some to teach the Catholic faith. Having had children and grandchildren at Catholic schools I have not heard of their learning about Heaven and Hell, sin, abortion, contraception or sodomy, even in their later years.
Not that we hear anything of these from the pulpit either, so it seems that many of these sins have been eliminated from our most fortunate society.
Thus there is no need for confession any more, and in our parish around 5% or fewer go to confession in the course of a year. Did Christ institute a sacrament which was not really necessary?
I see the result each week at school Masses. Teachers don't have any idea when they should stand or sit. And none of them kneel. The conclusion I draw is that few of them go to Mass at other times.
The same goes for the children they are supposed to be teaching the faith.
The argument I hear is that among them are homosexuals, lesbians, and cohabiters whose numbers are so significant that they may even be in the majority at some schools. And it is these who would seem ready to oppose presenting to children the hard teachings of the Church.
If it is true that a large proportion of teachers is living in the constant state of sin, what would happen if Catholic discipline were to be enforced? That is, if bishops investigated and removed those reluctant to submit to the Church?
How many Catholic schools would survive?
And if the answer is few (or perhaps none), whose responsibility is it?
I don't think you will deny that at Easter and Christmas thousands come to their only Mass of the year, without having received the sacrament of penance.
And you will certainly not deny that in the vast majority of cases, not a word comes from priests and bishops warning them of the state of their souls.
If a priest or bishop fails to warn people, does he not become part of the sin? Does he simply look the other way, as our bishops did during the homosexual molestation of boys which led to the Royal Commission (for which they now express regret).
Below is a transcript from Michael Voris. Mr Voris appears to believe that bishops and priests who fail to warn those committing sacrilege will share their fate.
Can you point to anything he says that is wrong?
This is not news. It has been happening since Islam was created by its architect, Satan himself. Unless you believe Muhammad's claim that it was dictated by the Archangel Gabriel.
There were Catholic lands in the Middle East once. Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and much of North Africa.
Nowhere has Islam been introduced by debate and argument. Always it's the sword. But try to say this, and the Islamic world riots.
Muslims are required to kill Christians. It is commanded by Islamic scripture.
Yet we have bishops who believe that they can dialogue with taqiyya.
Surely there at least one bishop who has read the Qur'an. Perhaps not, or you would not produce unfortunate and misleading documents like this one.
So far the Muslim invasion has not impacted on priests and bishops. But the time will come when they will be targeted, as they are in other countries with a sizeable Muslim population.
We are already seeing churches being closed, and sold to become mosques.
I believe that it is time for bishops to take action to counter the propaganda of Islam. And your first task must be to provide advice to those bishops who claim that Islam is a religion of peace, or that the word 'Islam' means 'peace'. It does not become bishops to defend the claims of a false religion.
Suppose Satan founded a religion whose declared purpose was to kill Catholics.
And suppose this religion espoused slavery, the mutilation of the genitals of very young girls, polygamy, easy divorce for men (but not for women), marriage of girls around the age of six (and without their consent) to older men.
Was comfortable with the sodomy of very young boys (bacha bazi), the killing of women who have been raped, but who cannot summon four male witnesses, with bestiality and necrophilia.
What should be the reaction of our bishops to such an organisation?
Dialogue? Interfaith discussion?
Or should it be to learn exactly what is the threat to Christ's Church, and inform the laity about the very real dangers?
Catholics are concerned at the danger to souls from the increase in the presence of Islam in our society.
I should like to propose inviting Mr William Kilpatrick to address the Australian bishops, in order to provide us with detailed information about the goals and dangers of Islam. But chiefly to put an end to the taqiyya that Islam is a religion of peace.
Others who would be extremely helpful would include Robert Spencer, who might ask us that if Islam is a religion of peace, why does he need a 24-hour bodyguard?
Then Ann Barnhardt, who will give instructive details about FGM, bacha bazi, and other perversions of Islam; Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who herself experienced FGM; and Fr Zakaria Botros, who will describe in appalling detail the perversions of Muhammad, removing any doubt about his being a 'perfect man'.
All have a knowledge of Islam which I have not seen among Australian Catholic clergy. And all are Catholic except Ayaan Hirsi Ali (I am not sure if Fr Botros is a Copt). In such a list I should normally include Wafa Sultan, but she is an atheist.
One Australian who should also be on the list is Mark Durie. He is an Anglican.
Below are links which will provide details of each of the above.
If you felt that a conference which included all of those below would be a great way to inform Catholics about the nature of Islam, then I believe that this might be the first time all of them took part in the same event. This might generate substantial interest around the world.
When our bishops allowed sex education for primary schools, it was inevitable that they would be exposed to addictive porn.
Designed to destroy souls.
Well here it is.
At Fatima we were told that most people in Hell got there through sins of the flesh than for any other reason.
I should be grateful if you would advise me of your plan to save souls from this attack on innocence.
If indeed there is one.
Attached please find photos of a disgusting display in a Catholic church not far from where you live.
I believe that this was carried out in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
So far I have not learned of any action taken by you in relation to those who allowed this to happen. Or to ensure that no other activities like these are permitted in future.
I should be grateful if you would advise me what measures have been put in place.
In church foyers we are bombarded with waffle in the form of booklets pushing social justice. I know of no one who reads them, but they seem to keep some professional Catholics in employment.
What we never see is bishops addressing problems like these:
5 Horrible Human Experiments in North Korea
Many of my Catholic friends have children who no longer go to Mass, after years of Catholic education in this archdiocese. This in spite of the danger to their immortal souls.
I know of only one Catholic parent whose children all attend Mass. They did not go to Catholic schools. I asked him what made the difference, and his answer was so simple. He taught them about Hell.
It would appear logical that for you to improve the chances of eternal life for children in this archdiocese, you need to introduce into the Catholic syllabus the Church teachings on Hell, and ensure that they are actually taught. It might require additional training for Catholic teachers.
Now there are professional Catholics in the Catholic education industry who will oppose this, and they will give all sorts of illogical objections.
But suppose Our Blessed Mother appeared in this archdiocese and showed a seven-year-old girl a vision of Hell, as she did at Fatima. What would be the reaction of your school principals? Support or opposition? Who will claim that Our Lady has committed an offence?
I should be grateful for your own views on this. Do you believe that teaching children about Hell would improve their chances of saving their souls?
The article below gives a list of allegations against Pope Francis.
A number of religious sites on the internet make the claim that these may have some substance.
Given the seriousness of the allegations, I feel that it is vital for the sake of souls that we in the laity be advised if there is anything amiss in what Pope Francis has said.
For example, there are claims from cardinals that Amoris Laetitia could be read as giving approval to sacrilege, and the bishops' conferences in some countries are reported to have announced that they have approved giving the Blessed Sacrament to the divorced-and-remarried, in response to the words of Pope Francis.
I should be grateful for your advice as teacher of the faith in this archdiocese, to assure us that there is nothing for us to be worried about.
At Mass this evening the priest played a recording in which you referred to the final session of the Royal Commission into Child Abuse. You mentioned that the Commission sought the cause and the remedy.
This would appear to be quite simple. In reports about Queensland priests who have offended, I have not heard of any case against a heterosexual priest. All the priests I have heard about were homosexual.
Australia-wide the situation is much the same. Here is a list of the offenders.
Black Collar Crime | Broken Rites Australia
Count the offenders who molested girls only. They are around 10% of the total. Given that only about 1-2% of men were homosexual at the time of the offences, this makes homosexuals 500 to 1 000 times more likely to offend.
So we know the cause. It is the infiltration into the priesthood in the fifties and sixties of those men who wanted to associate sexually with other men and boys. That is, the problem arose from those bishops who failed to prevent sodomites from being ordained.
Now the remedy. Simply do what the Church requires. Remove all homosexual men from the active priesthood and the seminaries, and ensure that no homosexual is ever considered for the clerical state.
It will also be necessary to remove all practising homosexuals and lesbians from Catholic schools. Even when this makes it necessary to close the school.
Once you have reported to the Royal Commission that you have ensured that the Church will keep children safe from homosexual predators, I am sure you will have their approval. And you will have God's approval also.
One archbishop at least has begun to understand the disaster unfolding in Western society. He blames the Church.
Is there anything in this article with which you would disagree?
Or is Islam still a religion of peace?
It is my understanding that Eve was created as Adam's helpmate (Gen 2:18).
Please tell me if the following statements are true.
1 God intends that wives remain at home and raise all the children that He wishes to send them.
2 Wives who daily leave the home to work compete with fathers who are required under God's law to provide for their wives and children (Eph 5:22-33).
3 It would seem an injustice for a married couple to hold down two jobs, when there are whole families without any job at all. Particularly if the jobs are well-paid.
4 An over-supply of workers tends to depress the income of everyone, including fathers who must support their children, so it could be argued that working wives are stealing from fathers of other families.
5 Women who work must limit the number of their children, using contraceptives and abortion, in which Catholics participate as much as do other groups. Families tend to limit children to one or two. Half a century ago, families of six or more children were normal.
6 Australia now has a population of working women who use contraceptives as a normal part of their lives.
7 The Australian bishops, in employing married female teachers, would appear to be the greatest private employers of women who live constantly in the state of sin. These women cannot pretend ignorance, since the atheist media vociferously reminds the world whenever the Vatican makes a statement on marriage.
My questions are these: Who is responsible for this situation, what should be done, and when should it be done?
Please have a look at the text, photos and comments at this website.
I learned about these activities from overseas media, so the story has gone around the world. It purports to show some perverted cavortings in (I believe) St Patricks, Fortitude Valley.
Catholics will hope that the Blessed Sacrament was not present at the time. It is a matter of some surprise that the archdiocese permits this type of use for a Catholic church.
There has been much controversy among Catholics about the clarity of the recent Papal document, Amoris Laetitia.
Four cardinals have issued a request for an explanation.
Other cardinals and bishops have joined them, and still others are no doubt waiting on the sidelines to see which way the wind blows.
Another group of bishops has attacked those cardinals, but I have not seen any clarification from these clerics, nor from the Pope.
Cardinal Pell, on the other hand, has asked why asking a question should be a problem.
But now we have the possibility that some bishops will start to give the Blessed Sacrament to those divorced and remarried.
At this website we find the following statement.
Urged development of education and "formation in the areas of conscience formation and the internal forum, not only to implement the pathway to sacramental participation [for divorced and remarried] outlined in 'The Joy of Love,' but even more fundamentally to illuminate a core element of Christian discipleship itself;"
Your own position can be found here:
After all this, I still have no idea whether it is now permissible for Catholics who are divorced and remarried are free to receive the Blessed Sacrament.
I should be grateful if you could explain exactly what is the situation. I believe that there are souls who depend on such an explanation.
Dear Australian Bishops
Another social justice booklet.
Is it about the innocent Christians being murdered in their thousands? No. Well then, about the horrible mutilation of six-year-old girls? No. The throwing of homosexuals from high buildings? Not really.
It's about the elderly. Here are a couple of highlights.
"Removing Barriers To Employment For Older People"
Yes, we see women in their seventies serving at checkouts in supermarkets. Is this what we want as a society?
"The Need For Adequate Resources"
It's hard to imagine a social justice booklet without an appeal to confiscate more money from the unwilling so that the SJWs can give generously without actually spending their own money.
But what this booklet fails to address is the cause of this problem.
Back in the sixties, the Pope reiterated divine law that contraception is forbidden and mortally sinful, leading, if unrepented, to Hell.
The Australian bishops responded somewhat later with an uncertain trumpet and then fell silent.
As a result we have two generations of Australians where Catholics have not been raising the children God wished to send them. So there are few children, and very few grandchildren. Family networks are fading from society. No wonder the elderly are lonely and unsupported.
A second result is that there are now fewer young people to share the tax burden. Instead of having six taxpayers supporting one pensioner, we are headed for a situation where one taxpayer supports six pensioners. So there goes future financial support.
The elderly are going to be left without a family network, and without the ability to support themselves.
All this stems from a failure to teach the faith. This is not a government failure. It's the failure of the Church in this country.
But now we are faced with a new danger. I am not referring to same-sex 'marriage'. That battle seems to engage only the forces of darkness, and bishops are nowhere to be seen.
Today we have an uncertain trumpet from Rome itself. Following Amoris Laetitia, no one seems to know if divorced-and-remarried couples (ie people living in a continued state of sin) are now permitted to receive the Blessed Sacrament, an act regarded hitherto as sacrilege.
Here are a few links to the confusion. There are bishops who believe that Amoris Laetitia allows those in sin to receive. So how can laymen be expected to work out their salvation?
German Archbishop Expects the German Bishops to Allow Soon Communion for the “Remarried” - OnePeterFive
Theologians & Scholars Formally Request Correction of Amoris Laetitia - OnePeterFive
Theological Censures Against Amoris Laetitia Revealed - OnePeterFive
Pope Francis Praises Amoris Laetitia as Sound Doctrine - OnePeterFive
Pope Francis confuses himself over gender theory and same-sex, so-called "marriage." Frankly, he thinks you're an idiot!
Cardinal Schönborn Says Amoris Laetitia is Binding Doctrine - OnePeterFive
Congratulations to you Pope Francis, you are leading souls to Hell!
Pope Francis The Trannie
Heresiarch Bishop Bonny seeks to bless sodomite "unions"
Cdl. Schönborn's Vienna Cathedral Bulletin Depicts Homosexual Couple with Adopted Son - OnePeterFive
I should be grateful for an explanation of what Amoris Laetitia actually does mean, and if it's binding.
Having lost battles on divorce, abortion and contraception, we now look like losing the battle which seeks to make sodomy the norm. We have 'marriage' on TV for homosexuals.
This MAFS couple had actually met before the show
THE WHOLE concept of reality dating show Married At First Sight is that experts match up two singles who have ne...
One day Catholics, led by their bishops, are going to be forced to make a stand. Better that this happens while there is still a chance of success.
I cannot see why you are unable to make a public statement like this, using the Catholic media and the pulpit:
STATEMENT OF THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF AUSTRALIA
1 The Catholic bishops view with horror and disgust the parading of unnatural practices in public.
2 In particular we refer to the overt thrusting of the evils of sodomy into the public gaze, including that of children.
3 We regard sodomy as a great evil, even more repugnant than cannibalism, as inevitably it corrupts two or more people.
4 As teachers of the Catholic Faith, we advise that any Catholic politician or person in public office responsible for the promotion of or compliance with the homosexual agenda is automatically excommunicated, and forbidden the sacraments until he or she formally publicly rejects that position.
5 No people who engage in unnatural practices are to be employed in any capacity by Catholic institutions.
In a short period, I shall face my Divine Judge. I do not know how I shall be judged. But there seem to be two possibilities.
For myself: You have been writing to bishops and wasting their time. Instead of writing about trivial abuses in the sacraments and moral peccadilloes, you should have done more for social justice, the environment and refugees.
For a bishop: Well done, good and faithful servant. You worked so hard, supporting documents on sport, warning people about global warming, helping refugees, defending Islam against allegations of violence, and supporting the environment.
More or less the opposite of what I have written above.
Please tell me if what I have written is incorrect or unjust.
Below this email is an article which your Justice and Peace Commission might profit from reading. It might even be helpful for Catholics in the archdiocese to know how Christians are treated under the religion of peace.
I acknowledge that the Commission has other work to do. But perhaps energy-saving tips (see the link below) might be left to other organisations, leaving the Commission time to devote to issues of justice.
Please see attached page 3 of the current edition of your newspaper.
An excellent example of Catholic journalism, it describes how a priest pronounces a judgement following 'evidence' presented by that paragon of virtue, the ABC. No report on fact-checking with those condemned. No hint that there might be another side to the story.
What happened to Matt 7:1?
This morning's Mass at St Xxxxxx was attended by Year 7 of St Xxxxxx'x College.
A number of the boys misbehaved during and after the consecration, but what concerned me was that two boys took the Sacred Host back to their seats. Perhaps I should have said, 'at least two boys'.
Who knows how often this occurs in this archdiocese?
I no longer bring such matters to the attention of the Parish Priest, Fr Xxxxx Xxxxxxx. The last time I attempted to do so, he put his hands over his ears and ran away.
Below is an extract from your newspaper of 21 July.
I believe that a reasonable person reading Fr Brennan's words would come to the conclusion that there are stages of a pregnancy where abortion is acceptable.
“And what I am arguing is that I think not only ought the law protect the post-viable foetus, I think such a law can be made workable.
“And in regard to a pre-viable foetus I think in Australia at the moment we are a society where there is such respect given to the woman’s own decision that to have the law intervene in there, I don’t think would be a workable law.”
As for making a law workable, Australian laws in all states banned abortion, except where the mother's life was at stake. It was quite workable in other countries, too, for hundreds of years.
Since this is supposedly a Catholic news outlet, should the editor not ensure that the Catholic view on abortion is made less ambiguous?
I believe it is legitimate for the laity to wonder what it takes for our bishops to stop telling us that Islam is a religion of peace, and start telling Catholics just what lies ahead if we continue to ignore Islam.
See the four stages of conquest below.
1 Priests may be forced to 'marry' homosexuals.
In the near future it is not impossible that same sex 'marriage' will become the law. And sodomites will present themselves for their right to a church 'wedding'. Their first port of call will be the local Catholic church.
2 We cannot be sure that all priests (and bishops) will resist.
The history of the French Revolution tells us that some priests may well conform. Others may resist, and end up behind bars. Those in control may even try to ensure that these priests are placed in the company of homosexual prisoners. There is also the likelihood that some bishops may be put on trial, if the soldiers of Satan feel sufficiently confident that the rest of the hierarchy will lay low.
3 Churches will have to close.
That could leave much of the country without the sacraments.
Although it is possible that the bishops have plans to cover this contingency, I'd like to propose something which could prevent the sodomites from succeeding.
4 Priests are not essential for the sacrament of matrimony.
Catholics are aware that in marriage, the sacrament is not administered by a priest. It is the province of the bride and groom to perform the act which marries them. It can be done without the formal witness of a priest.
5 For the time being, confine the sacrament to the bride and groom.
I believe that the Church has the power to allow the bride and groom to complete a form in the presence of a witness authorised by the bishop. This form is then presented to the parish priest for filing. There is no public ceremony. Should homosexuals attempt to file such a document, the priest could indeed file it, but separately from the evidence of valid marriages.
I believe that we should not wait until after the law has been changed. Then it might be too late.
I have never heard a bishop or priest of this archdiocese speak on Hell.
Perhaps it is no longer a teaching of the Church.
If so, can you tell me when this teaching was abrogated?
If not, can you tell me why it is not taught?
I may be wrong, but I find it hard to believe, as some priests and bishops do, that we are all saved. I know of no saint who believed this.
With around 96% of my local parish not attending Sunday Mass, would it not be an act of charity to let them know where they might spend eternity?
See the article below.
The march of the army of darkness has broken into a run. We have seen this progression over half a century, with contraception, abortion, easy divorce, the promotion of sodomy, all without a great deal of resistance. If anything, the debate has been managed by politicians and activists, who have taken the high moral ground (eg marriage 'equality').
Having succeeded in making the unnatural somehow acceptable, Satan now turns his attention to Christian matchmakers, who are now going to be forced to 'match' sodomites and lesbians.
The next step, I believe, is quite logical. They will insist on having their nuptials in Catholic churches. After all, they are entitled to marriage 'equality'. If bishops and priests object, could the enemies of the Church then reply, "Why are you complaining only now?"
What will be your answer?
Here we have an organisation paid by our taxes attempting to get the government, also paid by our taxes, to forbid speech they disagree with. That is, they want us to pay for our own muzzling.
The handbook on this tactic was written by Nazism, and perfected by Communism, both enemies of the Catholic Church and of God, and responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of innocents.
It would not seem inappropriate, therefore, for the representatives in Australia of the Catholic Church to fire a warning shot across the bows of these