Month: February 2015

“Constant and Very Firm Teaching” on Marriage

Under  Attack

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   Once again, I have to state that this blog site is dedicated to catechesis in the Catholic Faith. However, at times I reserve the right to comment on certain topics that may negatively affect the Catholic Church and her Sacred Doctrine as a whole. Let us be very blunt here, marriage, family, and the Sacraments are under vicious attack from some of those within the Church herself. I cannot pretend that this is not happening when we have an entire Bishops Conference, from Germany “pastorally”  separating itself from Rome. This is one of the rotten fruits of “collegiality”.

   This unofficial schism of the German Bishops  is just the beginning, and it has everything to do with mammon, not souls. The German Bishops conference is willing to compromise with the world at the expense of persons salvation. The German Bishops are united in wanting to change Church teaching that cannot be changed. But, they “feel” it can be changed. They want to find a compromise. They want to wheel and deal at the expense of a person’s salvation. They want our Holy Father to co-sign their heresy, period. We need to pray for our Holy Father and the Church as a whole more than ever during this lent. May we pray and fast for our Beautiful Catholic Church and Her true pastors. This one is a little harder, however, we should also pray for those German Bishops that wish to separate from the ” constant and very firm teaching ” of the Church. Beware of the wolves dressed as sheep, even more, beware of wolves dressed as shepherds!

  Now, I also have to state that their are some Bishops, of German descent, that are remaining true to Christ and His teachings such as  His Eminence Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Mueller  and  His Eminence Walter Cardinal Brandmuller. These two faithful Bishops each wrote a chapter in the book Remaining in the Truth of Christ by Ignatius Press. You may have read about this book recently. This is the  same book that was reportedly confiscated and blocked from reaching the Bishops before the synod started. You can read about this fiasco and deceit here . About this book, Remaining in the Truth of Christ. I have to say that I found it an excellent read. This book leaves no question at all, about Marriage , the Sacraments, family and the duty and obligation of the Bishops to guard and protect these precious Truths from error. You can purchase this book at Branches Catholic Bookstore here in the Niagara Region or from Ignatius Press. I always go to my local Catholic bookstore first. I know for a fact that Branches has a few copies of this wonderful book, that all should read. Also, His Eminence Cardinal Burke  also wrote a masterful chapter in the book,  Remaining in the Truth of Christ.

  Now, a little short catechesis on Marriage by  His Eminence Cardinal  George Pell  – this excerpt is borrowed from the Catholic Thing :

     Interestingly, Jesus’ hard teaching that “what therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Mt 19:6) follows not long after his insistence to Peter on the necessity of forgiveness (see Mt 18:21–35).

It is true that Jesus did not condemn the adulterous woman who was threatened with death by stoning, but he did not tell her to keep up her good work, to continue unchanged in her ways. He told her to sin no more (see Jn 8:1–11).

One insurmountable barrier for those advocating a new doctrinal and pastoral discipline for the reception of Holy Communion is the almost complete unanimity of two thousand years of Catholic history on this point. It is true that the Orthodox have a long-standing but different tradition, forced on them originally by their Byzantine emperors, but this has never been the Catholic practice.

One might claim that the penitential disciplines in the early centuries before the Council of Nicaea were too fierce as they argued whether those guilty of murder, adultery, or apostasy could be reconciled by the Church to their local communities only once—or not at all. They always acknowledged that God could forgive, even when the Church’s ability to readmit sinners to the community was limited. 

Such severity was the norm at a time when the Church was expanding in numbers, despite persecution. It can no more be ignored than the teachings of the Council of Trent or those of Saint John Paul II or Pope Benedict XVI on marriage can be ignored. Were the decisions that followed Henry VIII’s divorce totally unnecessary

         In JM+JT,

               Lee

ps    also see here  , for an earlier post, regarding catechesis on marriage

Vatican Spokesman Suing Faithful Canadian Catholic Blogger!

What is going on here?

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Father Tom Rosica with Pope Francis

It seems that faithful Catholic Bloggers are under attack from high profile Catholic priests or at least one priest, Father Rosica. Is this charitable or just in anyway? This is far from mercy. It seems that we, as Catholic Bloggers are not to question any gross irregularities that may appear in certain priests regular twitter posts or articles that he may be a part of, or we face the threat of law suits and losing house and home.

        Please watch this report by Michael Voris

 

Catholic Teaching on Euthanasia

 Thou  Shalt  Not  Kill

Euthanasia

  Hi everyone, I am back to posting some articles on Catholic Catechesis. I hope you forgive my two weeks away. Our family has had some major situations that have needed tending to, and it has required most of my energy and attention. Please, I ask that all can please keep our family in their prayers, as we are adjusting to the changes.

  Euthanasia  has been a hot topic recently in the Canadian News.

  In a landmark judgment, Canada’s Supreme Court on Friday February 6 2015, struck down laws prohibiting doctor-assisted suicide for patients with “grievous and irremediable medical conditions,” ruling that doctors may now help such patients to end their lives through medications. In other words, Canadian doctors will soon be permitted to murder their patients. This is a very, very slippery slope that Canada is heading down. We have seen this before, in places like Belgium and Holland as of late. First it is for those who have “grievous and irremediable medical conditions,” than it is for those who are depressed, or have treatable cancer, or recently had their heart broken … the list goes on. In Belgium, their are child euthanasia laws. From what I understand, their were 600 children euthanized, actually murdered last year (2014) in Belgium. Can you imagine? Child euthanasia ? A child can request from the doctor whether he or she wants to live or die? The door that has been opened in Canada regarding euthanasia ( murder) ,will be ripped off its hinges in no time if we as Canadians allow this to take place. This is Gods law we are talking about here, natural law is being violated. We all know killing is wrong, or don’t we? Scary times we live in, when we hear killing and mercy used in the same sentence. They use clever catch phrases such as ” dying with dignity ” or ” compassionate care “. Suicide and murder, nothing dignified about that. These phrases, no matter how they package them, all lead to either, murder or suicide, or both.

The reason why I am writing about this topic is because of its gravity. When I say that the doors will be ripped off the hinges if we let this evil into our country, I am deadly serious. Before we know it, the doctors will be deciding who deserves to live and who doesn’t. Maybe, the insurance companies will chime in, I am sure this will happen. OHIP may begin to look at cost analysis for instance. Is it cheaper to euthanize Mr smith ,who has cancer ? Or, should we spend two million dollars treating him over the next three years, knowing that he may  still die. I would not want to be Mr Smith. First it was adult euthanasia in Belgium, now it is the children. This evil will come here once that door is opened. Before we know it, very few of us will have a right to live according to the state. If we have any condition whatsoever, asthma, diabetes, alcoholism, depression…. the state will be able to euthanize/murder us. That is where this law will take us if we allow it to happen. Their is still time to fight this, if we write to our local MP’s and scream bloody murder, literally. Please write your local MP in Canada, don’t just sign petitions, write personal letters. Petitions are good, but personal letters with petitions are even better.

Ok, so what does the Catholic Church teach on this matter. Euthanasia, which means ” good death ” is simply murder. It is a willful violation of the Fifth Commandment  ” Thou shalt not kill “. We read in Genesis Chapter 9 verse”[6] Whosoever shall shed man’ s blood, his blood shall be shed: for man was made to the image of God.”  We, as Catholics are to exercise charity and justice, by respecting the true dignity of each and every person from conception to natural death.

Let us take a look at what Pope St John Paul II has to say in Evangelium Vitae  15 ” As well as for reasons of a misguided pity at the sight of the patient’s suffering, euthanasia is sometimes justified by the utilitarian motive of avoiding costs which bring no return and which weigh heavily on society. Thus it is proposed to eliminate malformed babies, the severely handicapped, the disabled, the elderly, especially when they are not self-sufficient, and the terminally ill. Nor can we remain silent in the face of other more furtive, but no less serious and real, forms of euthanasia. These could occur for example when, in order to increase the availability of organs for transplants, organs are removed without respecting objective and adequate criteria which verify the death of the donor. ”

Euthanasia in many cases is given as an option to relieve a persons suffering. Suffering is never easy, for many, it reaches the point of being almost unbearable. As followers of Jesus Christ, we look to Him and His most Immaculate Mother, for help in these instances. We are called to unite our suffering with His. We do not have to waste our suffering. Our suffering can truly purify us, and help to prepare for our entry into eternal life. Saints such as St Therese of Liseux and Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity suffered tremendously. They never wasted one moment of their suffering, they actually embraced it, like our Lord did. They could not of embraced their suffering and died with true dignity without the supernatural aid of the Sacraments and Gods amazing grace. You can read about these Saints and their last days here and here. They are amazing Saints and still very active today, I ask and pray for their intercession regularly!

til next time   may Almighty God protect us from the world, the devil, and ourselves !

 

In  JM+JT,

Lee