On October 11, 2017, Pope Francis said the Catechism of the Catholic Church should be revised to reflect his opinion that capital punishment is contrary to the Gospel.
He’s wrong. The teaching of the Church on the permissibly of capital punishment has stood for 20 centuries and it’s taken from Divine Revelation, which means it is infallible, and not subject to change, not even by a pope.
Read about it here:
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From The Catechism of the Catholic Church (excerpted):
2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.
2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.
2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.
A group of clergy and lay scholars from around the world have taken the very rare step of presenting Pope Francis with a formal filial correction, accusing him of upholding seven heretical positions about “marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments” which, they say, has “caused these heretical opinions to spread in the Catholic Church.”
The signatories stress they are not accusing the Pope of formal heresy (when a person departs from the faith by doubting or denying some revealed truth with a full choice of the will), and are making “no judgment about Pope Francis’s culpability in propagating the seven heresies” as it is “not their task to judge about whether the sin of heresy has been committed.”
The 25 page letter was delivered to the Holy Father at his Santa Marta residence on Aug. 11. This is the first filial correction of a reigning Pontiff since Pope John XXII was admonished in 1333 for teaching that the souls in heaven wouldn’t see God completely until after the Last Judgment, a heresy he recanted on his deathbed.
Pope Francis has so far not responded.
Book Description: In recent years, the conflict between his faith and the policies of his party has grown so marked that author Carlin, a cradle Catholic, lifetime Democrat, and longtime Democratic legislator, now feels compelled to consider in his new book whether, in good conscience, it’s even possible to be both a faithful Catholic and a Democratic true believer.
Excerpts from an opinion piece by Salena Zito, a columnist for the Washington Examiner:
In states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and all through the Midwest, the Catholic vote is a very important voting bloc no matter what you are running for. The last thing Democrats should be doing is to purposefully stiff-arm people we are going to need to win.
But that’s what they’re doing.
Last week during a confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, a nominee for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic U.S. senator from California, attacked Barrett for her Roman Catholic faith.
The face of the Democratic Party has increasingly become the face of celebrity, scold, and entitlement. The people they used to attract to their “stand for the working class” creed have faded from their reach; they have lost touch with their needs and values and they certainly have lost touch with any type of meaningful message.
They do not celebrate hard work, they demand supporters are pro-abortion, expect them to be agnostic and also expect them to stand for their multitude of identity politics. Instead of bringing people together and being part of a greater political party, division is the only way forward.
A nationwide exit polling data shows Trump won Catholics by 52 percent to 45 percent over Hillary Clinton. A huge swing from the past two elections for Barack Obama when Catholics voted for him by margins of 9 points in 2008 and 2 points in 2012.
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“This form of constitution ensures peace among the people, commends itself to all, and is most enduring.”
“The best form of government is in a state or kingdom, where one is given the power to preside over all; while under him are others having governing powers: and yet a government of this kind is shared by all, both because all are eligible to govern, and because the rules are chosen by all. For this is the best form of polity, being partly kingdom, since there is one at the head of all; partly aristocracy, in so far as a number of persons are set in authority; partly democracy, i.e. government by the people, in so far as the rulers can be chosen from the people, and the people have the right to choose their rulers.”
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Question 105 (c. 1225–1274)
On July 22, U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke spoke important words to us at the “Church Teaches Forum” in Louisville.
Burke, one of the Church’s leading canon law experts, preached on the fact that “the confusion and error which has led human culture in the way of death and destruction has also entered into the Church, so that she draws near to the culture without seeming to know her own identity and mission, without seeming to have the clarity and the courage to announce the Gospel of Life and Divine Love to the radically secularized culture.”
He particularly discussed the twin dangers of either idolizing every word that comes out of the pope’s mouth on the one hand vs. desiring to leave the church altogether on the other.
Burke, who has previously called the Pope’s controversial 2016 Amoris Laetitia “not an act of the magisterium” but a “personal reflection of the Pope” noted, “It is simply wrong and harmful to the Church to receive every declaration of the Holy Father as an expression of papal teaching or magisterium. “
“The faithful are not free to follow theological opinions which contradict the doctrine contained in the Holy Scriptures and Sacred Tradition, and confirmed by the ordinary Magisterium, even if these opinions are finding a wide hearing in the Church and are not being corrected by the Church’s pastors as the pastors are obliged to do,” he added.
He warned that Catholics in anguish over the current situation within the Church much not even think about schism and laid out a number of practical ways we can respond positively:
- Pray for an increase of faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ “Who is alive for us in the Church and Who never fails to teach, sanctify, and guide us in the Church” and whose “teaching does not change.”
- “Study more attentively the teachings of the faith contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and be prepared to defend those teachings against any falsehood which would erode the faith and thus the unity of the Church.”
- Gather together to “deepen their faith and to encourage one another.”
- Go to the Blessed Virgin Mary…in order to seek her maternal intercession.
- Invoke frequently throughout the day the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel.
- Pray daily to St. Joseph, especially under the title of “Terror of Demons” for the “peace of the Church, for her protection against all forms of confusion and division which are always the work of Satan.”
- Pray for the Pope, especially through the intercession of St. Peter.
- Pray for the Cardinals of the Church that they be of “true assistance to the Holy Father in exercising his office.”
- “Remain serene because of our faith in Christ who will not permit the ‘gates of hell’ to prevail against his Church.”
- “Safeguard especially our faith in the Petrine Office and our love for the Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Francis.”
Read the full text here:
July 2017 – The secretary to one of Pope Francis’ closest collaborators has been arrested while hosting a cocaine-fueled homosexual orgy in a building right next to St. Peter’s Basilica.
Michael Hichborn, president of the U.S.-based Lepanto Institute, says the Church’s enemies are trying to destroy her from within.
“We know for a fact that Communists and homosexuals were specifically recruited as far back as the 1920’s to infiltrate seminaries. It was a concerted effort to destroy the Church from within. What we are seeing is the culmination of nearly 100 years worth of this effort playing itself out,” he said.
Hichborn said that faithful Catholics must not abandon their Mother, the Church, in the face of such evil. “What Capozzi was caught doing is absolutely vile, but his crime was as much against the Church he claims to serve as it was against the faithful who are affected by his actions.”
I am sickened by this, though sadly, not surprised. It’s not that I expected this degree of filth so close to Pope Francis, but that I have suspected for a long time that his closest advisors are devout Leftists whose true agenda is to advance the cause of Satan by weakening the Holy Catholic Church.
It is my sincere prayer that he has been deceived, rather than complicit, and that this appalling scandal will serve as a much needed wake up call.
Please help me pray for my church and for my fellow Catholics.
Catholic doctrine has always held that, upon consecration at Mass, Christ becomes truly and substantially present in the bread and wine on the altar. Over the centuries, however, there have been numerous reports of consecrated Hosts literally turning to physical flesh and blood.
One such miracle happened in 8th Century Lanciano, where a priest who was doubting the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist saw the bread and wine transform into human flesh and blood as he said the words of consecration. Over 1,200 years later, these substances have not decomposed.
These substances and others like them produce the same results when tested for blood type. AB. I think this is super cool, because AB is the universal receptor and Jesus took our blood guilt on Himself to save us from eternal damnation.