MASCOT CUTENESS: Just got this from Mama Buzz – Bunny is playing doctor with her dolls. She called for a priest who declared that they needed to “get her to church, STAT!” and then they had to sing. Part of the singing was a beautiful chant and part of it was “Hallelujah, please get better. Hallelujah!” And now she is helping her doll pray. [Happy Grammy!]
TISSUE ALERT! Make that two. Or three.
VIDEO: End Time Apostasy – It’s happening.
ROSENSTEIN RESIGNS: He stayed on until the Mueller report was finished.
SOCIALISM: This article about Alexander Solzhenitsyn is a good read – “Solzhenitsyn forever demolished this fantasy by conclusively showing how the Soviet system—which indeed represented itself to the world, and was represented to the world by Leftist intellectuals, as the banner-carrier of Socialism—was completely reliant on oppression, violence, and tyranny. …
“This imposition of group-identity was, for Solzhenitsyn, at the heart of Soviet evil. It was based on Marxist philosophy, which held to the ‘materialist conception of history’—an explicitly atheist concept which saw history as the result of material conditions, rather than ideas. … Thus, all human beings could be … divided into one of two categories: oppressor, or oppressed.
“Solzhenitsyn, on the other hand, affirmed that moral good and evil were not dependent on one’s group-identity, but one’s individual actions and conscience. He thus affirmed a fundamentally religious and Christian conception of the human person.”
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GOOD GUY WITH A GUN: The rabbi wounded in Saturday’s deadly shooting at his Southern California synagogue praised an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent who fired at the fleeing suspect.
“I had spoken to him in the past about coming to the synagogue armed because he’s trained, and I want trained security as much as possible,” Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein told CNN, speaking from a local hospital.
U.S. President Donald Trump praised Morales, writing on Twitter: “He may have been off duty but his talents for Law Enforcement weren’t!”
SEAL OF THE CONFESSIONAL: California is considering a bill to force priests to report claims of sexual abuse heard in the confidentiality of the confessional. Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, OP, writes in the USA Today that if this bill passes, “no religion is safe.” Neither will the priests of California, who will be forced to choose between jail or apostasy.
Quoting Canon 983.1 of the Code of Canon Law, the Catechism states, “…It is a crime for a confessor in any way to betray a penitent by word or in any other manner or for any reason” (No. 2490).
A priest, therefore, cannot break the seal to save his own life, to protect his good name, to refute a false accusation, to save the life of another, to aid the course of justice (like reporting a crime), or to avert a public calamity.
The Catechism (No. 1467) cites the Code of Canon Law (No. 1388.1) in addressing what the penalty is for a priest who violates the seal. “A confessor who directly violates the seal of confession incurs an automatic excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See; if he does so only indirectly, he is to be punished in accord with the seriousness of the offense.”
APOSTASY or CHRIST: The Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) have rejected the traditional Christian teaching that marriage is between one man and one woman and that homosexual activity is sinful.
But the United Methodist Church (UMC) has upheld these traditional Christian teachings, while allowing dissenting liberal churches to leave while still holding on to their property.
CRISIS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: Twenty prominent clergymen and scholars including Fr. Aidan Nichols, one of the best-known theologians in the English-speaking world, have issued an open letter accusing Pope Francis of committing heresy. They ask the bishops of the Catholic Church, to whom the open letter is addressed, to “take the steps necessary to deal with the grave situation” of a pope committing this crime.
The authors base their charge of heresy on the manifold manifestations of Pope Francis’ embrace of positions contrary to the faith and his dubious support of prelates who in their lives have shown themselves to have a clear disrespect for the Church’s faith and morals.
“We take this measure as a last resort to respond to the accumulating harm caused by Pope Francis’s words and actions over several years, which have given rise to one of the worst crises in the history of the Catholic Church,” the authors state.