Pope Francis in Angelus: Retaliation does not solve conflicts and is not Christian

Pope Francis in Angelus: Retaliation does not solve conflicts and is not Christian

Published on Feb 20, 2017

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Pope at Roman Parish: ‘Desire for Revenge Is Not Christian’

Visit to Saint Mary Josephine of the Heart of Jesus in Castelverde di Lunghezza Marks Holy Father’s 13th Pastoral Visit of This Type

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“The desire for revenge, the ‘you’ll pay for this,’ is not Christian.”

Pope Francis made this strong statement during his visit to a parish on the outskirts of the city of Rome, the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 19, the second visit of this type since the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, and the 13th visit of this nature.

The parish of Saint Mary Josephine of the Heart of Jesus in Castelverde di Lunghezza, is six kilometers east of the circular highway around Rome.

Path to Sanctity

The Pope presided over Mass in the church and improvised his homily, recalling that, as opposed to the law of retaliation, the Gospel invites faithful to turn the other cheek.

“Be holy as God is holy, perfect as your Father is perfect, who makes the sun shine over the good and the bad, and the rain fall over the just and the unjust,” he said, reminding those present that seeking revenge is not Christian.

“That ‘he did it to me’ … must be forgiven in the heart; this is the path to sanctity and this does away with wars. If all men and women of the world learned this, there wouldn’t be wars,” he continued.

“War begins here (he pointed to the heart), the desire for vengeance destroys families, neighborhoods, so much, so much …”

“Someone might ask: What should be done? Jesus’ says it, I don’t say it … love your enemies.

“Do I have to love this person?

“Yes.”

After giving this advice, Francis reminded those present to “pray for the one who persecutes you and does you harm, for him to change his life, so that the Lord will forgive him.”

The ‘Medicine’ to Cure Hatred, Vengeance

“This is the magnanimity of God, who forgives everything,” the Pope stressed.

Pope Francis concluded, asking: “Are you merciful with people that have harmed you or don’t like you?” and stressing that prayer is the antidote, “the only way out and the medicine to cure hatred and vengeance.”

The Pontiff, who had arrived at the parish shortly before 3:30 p.m., was received at the entrance of the church by Vicar of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, and by parish priest, Father Francesco Rondinelli.

As usual, the Holy Father greeted the people who were behind the barriers and shook many hands, blessing the children and the elderly and even allowing some individuals to have a “selfie” taken with him.

After meeting with children and young people, including their youth group, Francis also greeted the sick and the elderly, parents who baptized their children in the last few months, and with families helped by the parish Caritas, including workers and volunteers. The Jesuit Pontiff also heard some parishioners’ confessions.

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On ZENIT’s Web page:

Pope’s Homily: https://zenit.org/articles/popes-homily-at-st-mary-josephine-of-heart-of-jesus-parish-on-outskirts-of-rome/

Pope’s Words to Various Groups at Parish: to be made available shortly

Pope’s Homily at St. Mary Josephine of Heart of Jesus Parish on Outskirts of Rome

‘Rancor … the desire for revenge … ‘You’ll pay for it!’ …. This isn’t Christian.’

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Below is a Zenit working translation of Pope Francis’ homily during his visit to a parish on the outskirts of the city of Rome, the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 19, the second of this type since the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, and the 13th visit of this nature. The parish of Saint Mary Josephine of the Heart of Jesus in Castelverde di Lunghezza, is six kilometers east of the circular highway around Rome:

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Today, there is what I would call a unique message in the Readings. In the first Reading there is the Word of the Lord who says to us: “Be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy” Leviticus 19:2). God the Father says this to us. And the Gospel ends with that Word of Jesus: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect”(Matthew 5:48) – the same thing. This is the program of life. Be holy, for He is holy; be perfect, for He is perfect. And you can ask me: But, Father, what is the way to holiness, what is the path to become saints?” Jesus explains it well in the Gospel: He explains it with concrete things.

First of all: “It was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil” (Matthew 5:38-39), namely, no revenge. If I have rancor in my heart for something that someone did to me and I want to revenge myself, this moves me away from the path to sanctity. No revenge. “You did it to me, you’ll pay for it!” Is this Christian? No. “You will pay for it” does not enter the language of a Christian. No revenge. No rancor. “But he makes my life impossible! …” That neighbor speaks badly about me every day! I also speak badly about her …” No. What does the Lord say? “Pray for her” – “But must I pray for her?” – “Yes, pray for her.” It’s the path of forgiveness, of forgetting offenses. You are slapped on the right cheek? Give the other too. Evil is overcome by good, sin is overcome with this generosity, with this strength. Rancor is awful. We all know it’s not a small thing. The great wars – we see it on the TV news, in the newspapers, this massacre of people, of children … How much hatred there is! But it is the same hatred, the same hatred you have in your heart for this man, for that woman, or for that relative or that mother-in-law, or for that other one, it’s the same. It’s greater, but it’s the same. Rancor, the desire to vindicate myself: “You’ll pay for it!” this isn’t Christian.

“Be holy as God is holy”; “be perfect as your Father is perfect,” who makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). He is good. God gives His goods to all. “But if he speaks badly of me, if he has done a bad thing to me, if he has …” Forgive, in your heart. This is the path of sanctity; and this dispels wars. If all the men and women of the world learnt this, there wouldn’t be wars, there wouldn’t be. War begins here, in bitterness, in rancor, in the desire for vengeance, to make one pay. But this destroys families, destroys friendships, destroys neighborhoods, destroys so much, so much …. “And what must I do, Father, when I feel this?” Jesus says it, I don’t say it: “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). “Must I love that person?” – Yes – “I can’t” – Pray so that you can –. “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Ibid.). “Must I pray for one who does me harm?” – Yes, so that he changes his life , so that the Lord forgives him. This is the magnanimity of God, the magnanimous God, the God of a great heart, who forgives everything, who is merciful. “It’s true, Father, God is merciful.” And you, are you merciful with persons who have harmed you? Or who do not love you? If He is merciful, if He is holy, if He is perfect, we must be merciful, holy and perfect like Him.

This is holiness. A man or a woman who does this merits to be canonized: they become saints. Christian life is that simple. I suggest that you begin somewhat. We all have enemies; we all know that he or she speaks badly of me; we all know it. And we all know that he or she hates me. We all know it. And we begin a little. “But I know he’s calumniated me, he has said awful things about me.” I suggest to you: take a minute, turn to God the Father: “He or she is your child, she is your daughter: change her heart. Bless him, bless her.” This is called praying for those who don’t love you, for enemies. It can be done with simplicity. Perhaps rancor remains; perhaps rancor remains in us, but we are making the effort to go on the path of this God who is so good, merciful, holy and perfect; who has the sun rise on the evil and on the good: He is for all, He is good to all. We must be good to all, and we must pray for those who aren’t good – for all.

Do we pray for those who kill children in war? It’s difficult, it’s very far away, but we must learn to do so, so that they convert. Do we pray for those persons who are closest to us and hate us or do us harm? Ah, Father, it’s difficult. I would like to ring his neck!” – Pray, pray so that the Lord changes their life. Prayer is an antidote against hatred, against wars, these wars that begin at home, that begin in the neighborhood, that begin in families. Think only of the wars in families over inheritance: how many families are destroyed, hate one another over inheritance. Pray so that there is peace. And if I know that someone wishes me evil, doesn’t love me, I must pray especially for him. Prayer is powerful, prayer overcomes evil; prayer brings peace.

The Gospel, God’s Word today is simple. This advice: “Be holy for I, the Lord your God am holy.” And then: “be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Therefore, we must ask for the grace not to remain in rancor, the grace to pray for enemies, to pray for people who don’t love us, for the grace of peace.

I ask you, please, to have this experience: a prayer every day. ”Oh, he doesn’t love me, but Lord, I ask you …” One a day, thus one overcomes, thus we’ll go on this path of holiness and of perfection. So be it.

POPE AND CLERGY OFFER REMARKS AT MARXIST-INSPIRED EVENT

POPE AND CLERGY OFFER REMARKS AT MARXIST-INSPIRED EVENTPope and Clergy Offer Remarks at Marxist-Inspired Event

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“Conferences like these are a replaying of the trial of Our Blessed Lord, where the crowd called for Barabbas, rather than Christ”

MODESTO, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) – Various Catholics offered remarks at the February 16 –19 Marxist-inspired World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto, California.

The focus of the event was domus, terra and labor (housing, land and work) and was represented by known Marxist front groups like theGamaliel Foundation, PICO National Network and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute told Church Militant, “The Catholic Campaign for Human Development had a long history of funding Marxist organizations. The CCHD, as well as PICO and Gamaliel, are the brain-children of Marxist radical Saul Alinsky.”
“When examining these groups in an historical context, it’s pretty clear that they follow the model of communist front groups,” he explained.
Bp. Robert McElroy: President Trump was the candidate of disruption.Well now, we must all become disrupters.Tweet

Pope Francis, the Vicar of Christ, offered comments for the events in a letter titled “Message of His Holiness Pope Francis on the Occasion of the World Meetings of Popular Movements.”

In the letter he said, ” It makes me very happy to see you working together towards social justice! How I wish that such constructive energy would spread to all dioceses, because it builds bridges between peoples and individuals. These are bridges that can overcome the walls of exclusion, indifference, racism and intolerance.”

Hichborn remarked, “Considering the presence of Marxists and population-control enthusiasts at the Pontifical Academy of Social Science, I think the timing of this event in California and the population control meeting taking place in Rome at the end of the month is not a coincidence.”

While these movements appear to be Catholic-friendly, Hichborn clarified that they arise from a spirit of rebellion: “So-called ‘popular movements,’ which are rooted in materialist revolutionist ideals, have no concern for the salvation of souls, but seek to create chaos, division, confusion, and ultimately, violence,” he said. “By agitating poor and uneducated people with speeches and marches about inequality, these movements water the seeds of pride, envy and wrath.”

At the event, the well-known liberal leader of San Diego, Bp. Robert McElroy, said, “President Trump was the candidate of disruption. Well now, we must all become disrupters.”

McElroy made headlines in November when he encouraged the divorced and remarried, as well as those living in gay relationships, to “utilize the internal forum of conscience” when it comes to receiving the Eucharist.

Speaking about communist groups that take on Catholic names, the famous Marxist community organizer Saul Alinsky said, “These two elemental social institutions are, first, the Catholic Church and second, organized labor.”

Joseph Stalin once said, “We have fashioned a number of organizations without which we could not wage war on capitalism: trade unions, cooperatives, workshop committees, labor parties, women’s associations, a labor press, educational leagues, youth societies.”

Hichborn revealed, “Now, as Communist front groups work to promote their philosophies without tipping their hand too much to what their true intentions are, they will lie and lie and lie in order to maintain their cover.”

Conferences like these are a replaying of the trial of Our Blessed Lord, where the crowd called for Barabbas, rather than Christ. Tweet

Alinsky used the Campaign for Human Development — which later morphed into the Catholic Campaign for Human Development — to procure $150,000 from the archdiocese of Chicago to push Marxist ideology and community organizing.

Bishop McElroy was interrupted with applause on Saturday as he added, “We must make the issues of jobs, housing, immigration, economic disparities and the environment foundations for common efforts rather than of division. We must seek prophetic words and prophetic actions which produce unity and cohesion, and we must do so in a spirit of hope, which is realistic.”

Hichborn told Church Militant, “These social justice warriors are fanning the flames of rebellion, and the more power they gain, the more they will persecute those remaining faithful to the Church’s teachings. Conferences like these are a replaying of the trial of Our Blessed Lord, where the crowd called for Barabbas, rather than Christ. ”

Read the source: http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/pope-and-catholic-clergy-offer-remarks-at-communist-inspired-event

Max Douglas

Maxwell Douglas is a member of the PAUSE Program and a staff writer for ChurchMilitant.com.

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THE VORTEX: DRAIN THE CLERICAL SWAMP

THE VORTEX: DRAIN THE CLERICAL SWAMP

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Last week, in Friday’s Vortex, we asked the question directly to Fr. James Martin: Do you identify as a homosexual? Yes or no?

There are many reasons for that question to be asked, and those reasons criss-cross over theological, spiritual and political lines. Let’s begin our further examination of this question about Fr. Martin with the understanding that there are many priests and bishops and even cardinals who are either secret homosexuals, or at least way too friendly to that agenda. Pope Benedict said so. Pope Francis has said so, and the raw facts of the state of the Church these days say so, not to mention the gigantic homosexual priest sex abuse scandal that cost the Church in the U.S. nearly $3 billion.

Men who identify as homosexuals who go on to get ordained are an extreme danger to the Church and the average Catholic. It’s why the Church forbids them from being ordained in the first place — a rule that many liberal and Church of Nice bishops simply ignore — and they were doing it long before Pope Francis arrived on the scene.

Many bishops today still seem unconcerned about ordaining a man who identifies as homosexual — perhaps because they feel an affinity with them — as long as that man doesn’t appear to display traits which might make him a financial or legal liability down the road for abusing altar boys.

For the man who sees himself, his sexuality, as homosexual, something that needs to be incorporated into his spirituality as a priest, such a man is lying to himself. And he will substitute in a heartbeat Church teaching as a result of his own deep, inordinate desire to be accepted.

Father Martin claims that priests who are homosexual are more fit and able to identify with those who suffer. They may feel more at home with them — probably true — but they are considerably less likely, because of their own psychological illness and perhaps guilty consciences, to instruct them in the hard truths of the Church.

In fact, priests who self-identify as homosexual have created a virtual cottage industry of actually undermining those hard truths of the Church. They see the Church and Her teachings as oppressive, hurtful, marginalizing and all that — the very way they feel all the time, precisely because they identify as gay. Their entire self-perception is wrapped up in their homosexuality, and in that great interior struggle which comes from their own longsuffering, they are quick to reject the hard truths because they create a scenario in their minds that these hard truths make them more of a victim class.

So they tell young men in confession that masturbation is okay. They tell other homosexual travelers that sex between them is okay as long as it’s monogamous. And they get into positions of power and influence in the Church and rain down terror on anyone who promotes authentic Catholic teaching. And they feel completely justified in doing so because the pain of their past and present needs to find an enemy on which to seek revenge.

Martin paints the ordained homosexual as approaching sanctity. He conveniently never addresses the vindictiveness present in the homosexual subculture — the personal pettiness and jealousy and rage. Nor does he ever approach the topic of promiscuity present among those who identify as homosexual males.

For a man who spends so much time cheerleading for homosexuality to be accepted in the Church, it’s odd that he almost never mentions these aspects of life in the homosexual world, aspects which are very present on that scene. Men like Martin and many others — so many that the average Catholic would be revulsed if they knew the reality — go about their insidious work not because they care about the “other,” but because they care about themselves and want to be relieved of the desperate guilt and anxiety they feel.

They have this affliction and never moved beyond it. They will not preach the hard truths because what the man who self-identifies as homosexual fears more than anything on earth is rejection. They don’t really accept themselves, and if others reject them, a psychological tailspin of grief and despair sets in that it is nearly impossible to pull out of.

So the self-identifying homosexual priest (whether he is sexually active or not) will want to be crowd-pleaser. The Mass becomes a grand stage for him to be “accepted” by the “audience” in the pews — not the Sacrifice of the Son to the Father. Even those who cannot overcome their personal shyness and be great performers still suffer from the affliction of needing acceptance.

If they can’t get the crowd to applaud them and give them a false sense of self-worth, they can always have security in not offending so as not to be rejected. This particular strategy is a favorite among self-identifying homosexual prelates. Never offend, or at least do everything in your power to give as little offense as possible so nobody rejects you, even if they don’t really applaud you.

What a woeful, crippling platform from which to govern as a successor of the Apostles.

They heard in seminaries — all on the quiet, of course — that it’s okay to have gay sexual partners, as long as they are other priests, that they should never go outside the clerical state to relieve themselves sexually — too much chance of the reality getting known. This has been the standard in at least the American priesthood for decades now.

The priestly ministry has been crippled in its exercise because of the intrinsic disorder of the homosexual priest. The priesthood, which is intrinsically “other”-related, has become largely a “me” experience. Self-identifying homosexual priests, because they suffer from a deep psychological disorder, are not capable of being “Father.” They are only capable of being hurt and deeply wounded son. And because of this, they will throw aside Holy Mother Church any time they perceive a contest between themselves and the teaching.

The priesthood for these men is not a place where, as Abp. Sheen described it, the man burns himself out like a candle for the good of his spiritual children, but rather a place where they can nourish their own hurts at the expense of their spiritual children. And those of them that do ascend to the office of bishop — the destruction to the Faith is multiplied a thousand times over.

Until this ecclesiastical swamp is drained, little is going to change in the Church. There is too much overlooking and embracing of homosexuality in the ranks of Catholic priests and bishops.

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Catholic Activist: Justice Kennedy betrayed Christ in Gay Marriage Decision

Redefining Marriage, Part 1-10: Who’s to blame? The root of the problem.

Catholic Respond to Brave New Roe: One Nation, Divided Over Marriage

11 Most Devastating Quotes from John Robert’s Gay Marriage Dissent

12 Quotes: “Marriage Equality” spells the death of marriage

Supreme Court Decision in Obergefell vs. Hodges on Homosexual Marriage as National Policy

12 Quotes against Sodomy that every Catholic should know

Taking back marriage

The #1 Reason the Catholic Church won’t support same-sex marriage

Surrender to Sodomy: Supreme Court’s Decision on Gay Marriage

The Gospel and “Gay Marriage”

Obergefell destroyed marriage as legal contract. It did not destroy marriage

Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Negates Both Reason and Reality

Fr. Barron on Gay Marriage and the Breakdown of Moral Argument

Why “Gay Marriage” is wrong?

The US Supreme Court: A Despotic Agent of Change

In Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage US Supreme Court Rejects Natural Law and Provokes God’s Wrath

Slowly but surely making gay okay

Unnatural is the New Normal

Satan Hates Marriage

Franciscan University presents: Why marriage matters?

Pope Francis: List of tips to make a marriage work

Why the Episcopalians Voted for Gay Marriage?

40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags

Abandoning the full meaning of marriage

After Obergefell on same-sex marriage: The Effects on Law, Culture & Marriage

Is Catholic Response to Obergefell (Homosexual Marriage) to Obey the State or Disobey it?

How to discuss “gay marriage” (Part 1-3)?

Saint Nero, Patron of Gay Marriage

Sermon: “Transgenderism according to the Bible”

Jason Evert Interview: What is transgenderism?

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘mental disorder’; sex change ‘biologically impossible’

The Vortex: Gay Priests

Nazism and Gay Rights: Key Parallels

Archbishop Gadecki: Gender Ideology is worst than Marxism

Same-sex “marriage” and the crisis of leadership

15 Quotes from Pope Benedict XVI (Cardinal Ratzinger) Letter to the Bishops on Homosexuality

 

Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons

The Vortex: It’s unnatural! Amid the push for transgenderism and same-sex “marriage”

FBI (Faith Based Investigation): Homosexuality

FBI: Homosexuality with Question & Answer

Homosexuality, the Grave Evil Presented as Good

Homosexual and Freemasons Inside the Church

“The Rite of Sodomy” Homosexuality in the Roman Catholic Church

Mic’d Up: “Pink Money and the Homosexual Mafia”

Mic’d Up: Homosexuality is intrinsically disordered

Homosexuality is not sexuality

Sexual Dysfunction: The Latest Progressive Imposition

Where we are and things to come – Message from Jonathan Cahn (August 2015)

The Covenant Theology of the Rainbow & Why the Homosexual Community Uses It

The Coming Plague of Gender Confusion

When a man calls himself a chicken

10 Reasons why you should oppose same-sex “marriage”

An Impossible Right: Why ‘Same-Sex Marriage’ is Wrong Headed

Same Sex Marriage: What the Church Teaches and Why with Bishop Ronald Gainer

Nigerian Bishops: No Shaking on Sodomy

Same Sex Marriage: Why Not? – Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Marriage Equality and Marriage Reality at the Supreme Court – Dr. Ryan Anderson

Gay agenda ‘has never been about gay rights…

A Pastoral Response to the Acceptance of Homosexual Lifestyle and the Legalization of Homosexual Unions

Pope Francis: A bold bishop warns about attacks on marriage

No communion for dissenters – Archbishop Myers: Believe or not receive

Kenya’s Cardinal John Njue determined to be in the thick of the family synod action

Why words matter when it comes to homosexuality?

Homosexuality and the Synod on the Family

Cardinal Robert Sarah: ISIS and Gender Ideology are like apocalyptic beasts

Silencing the Church on Marriage: Australian Archbishop Julian Porteous under threat

Don’t demonize: Why ‘yes’ won in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum?

http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/17/dont-demonize-why-yes-won-in-irelands-same-sex-marriage-referendum/

Reality check: gender diversity is driven by a top-down ideological movement http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/15/reality-check-gender-diversity-is-driven-by-a-top-down-ideological-movement/

Here-under are some articles about family and marriage for you to read or watch: 

  1. Getting to know you, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=284
  2. Be Positive, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=288
  3. Love and Marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=292
  4. Endless Love – Marriage after all, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=294
  5. Say it with love, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=298
  6. Quality family moments, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=300
  7. Secret of successful marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=302
  8. The vocation of marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1968
  9. Marriage as Covenant, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1974
  10. Humility: Foundation for Marital Happiness, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1986
  11. Gratitude: Foundation for marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1980
  12. True Meaning of marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1972
  13. Marriage and incompatibility, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=2112
  14. Love is a garden, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=2116
  15. Three kinds of love, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=2095

The Beauty of Marriage from a Biblical Perspective  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/02/12/the-beauty-of-marriage-from-a-biblical-perspective/

Saint Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body in Video Presentation

Sophia Sketchpad – Marriage

Sacraments 101: Matrimony (Why make it Catholic?)

A love that is life long: The marriage God wants for you

What’s destroying some Catholic marriages?

Divorce’s many victims

What Catholics need to know about marriage and sex, Part 2

Can a Catholic sign a pre-nuptial agreement?

We want Church truth on marriage, young Catholics say

Wives, Be Subordinate to Your Husbands? – John Paul II on Ephesians 5:21-33 http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/12/wives-be-subordinate-to-your-husbands-john-paul-ii-on-ephesians-521-33/

An Open Letter to the Adulterers Outed by the Ashley Madison Hackers

Pro-life, Married & Contracepting: Is there a problem?

Pope Francis’ General Audience: The Family is an irreplaceable source of stability for children

The 4 most important parts of marriage

Pre-Cana with St. John Chrysostom: 7 Tips to a successful marriage

Reflections on the Indissolubility of Marriage and the Trinity http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/12/reflections-on-the-indissolubility-of-marriage-and-the-trinity/

Why Is Marriage Indissoluble? “The first natural tie of human society is man and wife.” St. Augustine http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/14/why-is-marriage-indissoluble-the-first-natural-tie-of-human-society-is-man-and-wife-st-augustine/

44 Sins against the sacrament of marriage

Live-in: Research facts and analysis on cohabitation

Bishop Olmsted Calls Men Into the Breach http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/05/bishop-olmsted-calls-men-into-the-breach/

Pope Francis: When families teach forgiveness, they strengthen society

THIS EUROPEAN NATION JUST FOUGHT THE GAY AGENDA AND WON – Pope Francis lent a hand http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2015/12/23/this-european-nation-just-fought-the-gay-agenda-and-won-pope-francis-lent-a-hand/

Never Date a Feminist: 12 Warning Signs for Young Men http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/07/never-date-a-feminist-12-warning-signs-for-young-men/

Keeping sex for marriage helps marriages last the distance http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/15/keeping-sex-for-marriage-helps-marriages-last-the-distance/

Pope Francis: Most Catholic marriages are null, some ‘cohabitations’ are ‘real marriage’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/19/pope-francis-most-catholic-marriages-are-null-some-cohabitations-are-real-marriage/

Why Christ Will Never Let His Bride Redefine Marriage? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/19/why-christ-will-never-let-his-bride-redefine-marriage/

Gay ‘marriage’: It’s not gay, and it’s not marriage – G.K. Chesterton  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/14/gay-marriage-its-not-gay-and-its-not-marriage-g-k-chesterton/

Church’s Teaching on Marriage Comes From Author of Creation, Say Bishops  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/16/churchs-teaching-on-marriage-comes-from-author-of-creation-say-bishops/

The family in the era of soulmate marriage http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/29/the-family-in-the-era-of-soulmate-marriage/

Why millenials don’t want kids… Are their reasons good enough? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/29/why-millenials-dont-want-kids-are-their-reasons-good-enough/

Real insights about porn and marriage  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/10/28/real-insights-about-porn-and-marriage/

10 Issues You Should Discuss Before You Get Married (otherwise your marriage could be invalid!) http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/12/10-issues-you-should-discuss-before-you-get-married-otherwise-your-marriage-could-be-invalid/

Engaged Couple’s Spiritual Checklist http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/13/engaged-couples-spiritual-checklist/

Should You Get Married in the Church? 7 Couples Share Their Experience  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/13/should-you-get-married-in-the-church-7-couples-share-their-experience/

Must Catholics Marry in a Church? Must Catholics Have Their Wedding in a Church? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/13/must-catholics-marry-in-a-church-must-catholics-have-their-wedding-in-a-church/

Last Video Released in Series on Marriage http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/12/21/last-video-released-in-series-on-marriage/

For Catholics A Woman’s Place is in the Home http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/01/20/for-catholics-a-womans-place-is-in-the-home/

Real Women- The Catholic View Marriage and Family http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/01/20/real-women-the-catholic-view-marriage-and-family/

Real Women- Feminine Virtue and the Moral Life  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/01/20/real-women-feminine-virtue-and-the-moral-life/

The Human Person Is a Bioethical Word http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/01/20/the-human-person-is-a-bioethical-word/

“God himself is the author of marriage” (GS 48:1). The vocation of marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes (CCC:1603)

FBI Homosexuality click below:

FBI (Faith Based Investigation): Homosexuality

Many believe the Freemasons are simply a centuries-old charitable fraternity. However, the Catholic Church has consistently condemned Freemasonry more than any other error in its history because it promotes indifferentism, naturalism, communism, and other dangerous philosophies.

Why Homosexuality is a Natural Law Issue?  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/07/14/why-homosexuality-is-a-natural-law-issue/

PRIEST SEX ABUSE IS ALL ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2015/12/14/priest-sex-abuse-is-all-about-homosexuality/

THE VORTEX: BLACKMAIL? COVER-UP? Did the New York archdiocese buy Fr. Miqueli’s silence? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2015/12/16/the-vortex-blackmail-cover-up-the-vortex-blackmail-cover-up-did-the-new-york-archdiocese-buy-fr-miquelis-silence/

THE VORTEX: HIDING GAY PRIESTS http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2015/12/14/the-vortex-hiding-gay-priests/

NEARLY 50 SEX ABUSE CLAIMS FILED IN NEW YORK ARCHDIOCESE http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/12/14/nearly-50-sex-abuse-claims-filed-in-new-york-archdiocese/

THE VORTEX: DAMAGE CONTROL TIME – This could be the end for Cardinal Dolan http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2015/12/15/the-vortex-damage-control-time-this-could-be-the-end-for-cardinal-dolan/

THE VORTEX: HALF OF PRIESTS AND BISHOPS ARE GAY http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/11/the-vortex-half-of-priests-and-bishops-are-gay/

THE VORTEX: NEW YORK DOUBLES – The blockbuster insider interview! Investigation of Fr. Peter Miqueli sex and embezzlement case http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/04/the-vortex-new-york-doubles-the-blockbuster-insider-interview-investigation-of-fr-peter-miqueli-sex-and-embezzlement-case/

EXCLUSIVE TELL-ALL INTERVIEW—NEW YORK CITY GAY PRIEST EMBEZZLEMENT SCANDAL http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/04/exclusive-tell-all-interview-new-york-city-gay-priest-embezzlement-scandal/

WATCH—NEW YORK’S HOMOSEXUAL PRIEST MAFIA EXPOSED http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/07/watch-new-yorks-homosexual-priest-mafia-exposed/

PRIEST CAUGHT IN GAY SEX STING PROMOTED TO HEAD OF NEW YORK ARCHDIOCESAN TV http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/09/priest-caught-in-gay-sex-sting-promoted-to-head-of-new-york-archdiocesan-tv/

NEW YORK VICAR GENERAL LINKED TO AWOL PRIEST: Msgr. Greg Mustaciuolo allegedly tied to fleeing priest Msgr. Michael Hull http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/14/new-york-vicar-general-linked-to-awol-priest-msgr-greg-mustaciuolo-allegedly-tied-to-fleeing-priest-msgr-michael-hull/

COMPLETE COVERAGE—NEW YORK GAY PRIEST EMBEZZLEMENT SCANDAL http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/16/complete-coverage-new-york-gay-priest-embezzlement-scandal/

SUICIDE, SEX ABUSE AND CRIMINAL CHARGES: Protection of homosexual Franciscan latest revelation in ongoing Pennsylvania scandal http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/16/suicide-sex-abuse-and-criminal-charges-protection-of-homosexual-franciscan-latest-revelation-in-ongoing-pennsylvania-scandal/

THE VORTEX: HOW IT ALL WORKS – There is a homosexual network in the Church http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/23/the-vortex-how-it-all-works-there-is-a-homosexual-network-in-the-church/

TWIN CITIES ARCHBISHOP HAD SOCIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CONVICTED PRIEST: Evidence suggests homosexual relations between Abp. John Nienstedt and Fr. Curtis Wehmeyer http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/07/22/twin-cities-archbishop-had-social-relationship-with-convicted-priest-evidence-suggests-homosexual-relations-between-abp-john-nienstedt-and-fr-curtis-wehmeyer/

THE VORTEX: SIFT THEM LIKE WHEAT- Satan has attacked the priesthood and episcopacy with homosexuality http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/12/the-vortex-sift-them-like-wheat-satan-has-attacked-the-priesthood-and-episcopacy-with-homosexuality/

MIC’D UP: SHOULD HOMOSEXUALS BE PRIESTS? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/19/micd-up-should-homosexuals-be-priests/

HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVIST TO SPEAK AT SAN FRANCISCO PARISH http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/02/homosexual-activist-to-speak-at-san-francisco-parish/

ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART MUZZLES PRO-GAY SPEAKER: Melbourne archbishop disallows pro-LGBT politician from speaking at Catholic event

http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/12/archbishop-denis-hart-muzzles-pro-gay-speaker-melbourne-archbishop-disallows-pro-lgbt-politician-from-speaking-at-catholic-event/

WATCH: U.S. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz push for gay ‘equality’ will ‘destroy everything Christian’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/06/watch-u-s-bishop-fabian-bruskewitz-push-for-gay-equality-will-destroy-everything-christian/

PICTURE JESUS AS A HOMOSEXUAL: Fr. Donal Godfrey: “God is in some sense queer” http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/15/picture-jesus-as-a-homosexual-fr-donal-godfrey-god-is-in-some-sense-queer/

PENNSYLVANIA HOMOSEXUAL ABUSE SCANDAL CROSSES STATE LINES http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/18/pennsylvania-homosexual-abuse-scandal-crosses-state-lines/

COMPLETE COVERAGE—PENNSYLVANIA HOMOSEXUAL CLERGY COVER-UP http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/30/complete-coverage-pennsylvania-homosexual-clergy-cover-up/

HUNDREDS OF SEX ABUSE TIPS RECEIVED IN PENNSYLVANIA HOMOSEXUAL CLERGY COVER-UP http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/31/hundreds-of-sex-abuse-tips-received-in-pennsylvania-homosexual-clergy-cover-up/

THE VORTEX: I ANSWER ONLY TO GOD – A new culture is forming in the Church on Homosexual Clergy http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/31/the-vortex-i-answer-only-to-god-a-new-culture-is-forming-in-the-church-on-homosexual-clergy/

REV. MARTIN BOYLAN: SCRANTON PRIEST SUSPENDED PENDING INVESTIGATION http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/04/rev-martin-boylan-scranton-priest-suspended-pending-investigation-allegations-of-pedophila-is-enough-to-have-priests-faculties-removed-in-scranton-diocese/

ORGANIZED CRIME IN PENNSYLVANIA DIOCESE: Federal authorities seeking racketeering charges over actions of two former bishops http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/04/organized-crime-in-pennsylvania-diocese-federal-authorities-seeking-racketeering-charges-over-actions-of-two-former-bishops/  

SUPERIOR OF LAY APOSTOLATE DECLARES FOUNDER GUILTY OF SEX ABUSE: The community of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has systemic problems http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/06/superior-of-lay-apostolate-declares-founder-guilty-of-sex-abuse-the-community-of-sodalitium-christianae-vitae-has-systemic-problems/

Cardinal Theodore Adrien Sarr: Africans will not accept Western push for gay ‘marriage’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/06/cardinal-theodore-adrien-sarr-africans-will-not-accept-western-push-for-gay-marriage/

PENNSYLVANIA REFORMING SEX ABUSE LAW AMID HOMOSEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS: Legislators seek abolition of statute of limitations http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/06/pennsylvania-reforming-sex-abuse-law-amid-homosexual-abuse-crisis-legislators-seek-abolition-of-statute-of-limitations/

COLOMBIANS MARCH AGAINST GENDER IDEOLOGY FOLLOWING POPE FRANCIS’ COMMENTS http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/14/colombians-march-against-gender-ideology-following-pope-francis-comments/

HEAD OF US BISHOPS’ NEWS AGENCY PROMOTES LGBT ‘RIGHTS’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/12/head-of-us-bishops-news-agency-promotes-lgbt-rights/

HEAD OF BISHOPS’ NEWS OUTFIT RESIGNS AMID CONTROVERSY: Bishops ask Tony Spence to step down after reports of pro-gay activism  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/14/head-of-bishops-news-outfit-resigns-amid-controversy-bishops-ask-tony-spence-to-step-down-after-reports-of-pro-gay-activism/

VATICAN BANS ARCHBISHOP JULIUSZ PAETZ FROM POLAND’S CELEBRATIONS http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/14/vatican-bans-archbishop-juliusz-paetz-from-polands-celebrations/

Michael Voris’s Stunning & Admirable Broken-Hearted Confession http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/22/michael-voriss-stunning-admirable-broken-hearted-confession/

MASCULINITY AND CATHOLICISM: True masculinity involves courage, sacrifice and love of God http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/23/masculinity-and-catholicism-true-masculinity-involves-courage-sacrifice-and-love-of-god/

THE VORTEX: LIMITING GOD – We must not seek to limit God http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/21/the-vortex-limiting-god-we-must-not-seek-to-limit-god/

THREE FRIARS TO STAND TRIAL FOR PROTECTING HOMOSEXUAL ABUSIVE BROTHER http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/29/three-friars-to-stand-trial-for-protecting-homosexual-abusive-brother/

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN PA HOMOSEXUAL BROTHER ABUSE CASE  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/14/settlement-reached-in-pa-homosexual-brother-abuse-case/

THIRD CLERIC CONVICTED IN GAY PRIEST NETWORK IN BRINDISI, ITALY http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/19/third-cleric-convicted-in-gay-priest-network-in-brindisi-italy/

Can You Be Gay and Christian? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/29/can-you-be-gay-and-christian/

EX-GAY CHRISTOPHER SALE RESCUED BY THE POWER OF THE CROSS http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/03/ex-gay-christopher-sale-rescued-by-the-power-of-the-cross/

THE DOWNLOAD: NOT BORN THAT WAY – Interview with Christopher Sale http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/03/the-download-not-born-that-way-interview-with-christopher-sale/

DARTMOUTH COURSE: ORLANDO MASSACRE RESULT OF ‘MASCULINITY, CONSERVATISM’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/03/dartmouth-course-orlando-massacre-result-of-masculinity-conservatism/

STOCKTON DIOCESE VICAR GENERAL CAUGHT IN SEXTING SCANDAL http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/15/stockton-diocese-vicar-general-caught-in-sexting-scandal/

STUDY: NO ONE IS BORN GAY http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/28/study-no-one-is-born-gay/

THE VORTEX: WHAT GIVES? – Playing pattycake with homo-Catholics  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/19/the-vortex-what-gives-playing-pattycake-with-homo-catholics/

CONNECTICUT DIOCESE FIGHTS TO KEEP SEX ABUSE FILES SECRET  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/22/connecticut-diocese-fights-to-keep-sex-abuse-files-secret/

History of the False Ideas Leading to Same-Sex “Marriage” http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/03/history-of-the-false-ideas-leading-to-same-sex-marriage/

Why America Has It Wrong About Homosexuality http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/03/why-america-has-it-wrong-about-homosexuality/

CM EXCLUSIVE: FR. DARIUSZ OKO ON THE HOMOHERESY – About the plague of homosexual clergy in the Church  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/01/18/cm-exclusive-fr-dariusz-oko-on-the-homoheresy-about-the-plague-of-homosexual-clergy-in-the-church/

THE DOWNLOAD: BISHOP ROBERT BARRON ON ‘PELVIC ISSUES’ – HE WOULDN’T REVERSE “GAY MARRIAGE” http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/02/02/the-download-bishop-robert-barron-on-pelvic-issues/

Homosexuality, the Grave Evil Presented as Good with Q & A, Part 1 & 2

Homosexuality, the Grave Evil Presented as Good

FBI: Homosexuality with Question & Answer

Homosexuals and Freemasons inside the Church

Homosexual and Freemasons Inside the Church

“The Rite of Sodomy” Homosexuality in the Roman Catholic Church

“The Rite of Sodomy” Homosexuality in the Roman Catholic Church

Mic’d Up: Homosexuality is intrinsically disordered

Mic’d Up “Pink Money and the Homosexual Mafia” 

Please click this link to watch the video on Mic’d Up “Pink Money and the Homosexual Mafia”

Michael Voris gives a series of short talks, answering questions coming in response to his talk on homosexuality in Nigeria.

In this talk from Nigeria, Michael Voris speaks about the grave evil presented as good – homosexuality. Catechism of Catholic Church teaches that, “Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity (cf. Gen 19:1-29; Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10), tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” (CDF, Persona humana 8). They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved” (CCC: 2357).

The Cost of Abortion & Contraception Deception click below:

The Cost of Abortion and Contraception Deception

RESEARCHERS CRITICIZE STUDY CLAIMING WOMEN BENEFIT ECONOMICALLY FROM ABORTION  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/07/22/researchers-criticize-study-claiming-women-benefit-economically-from-abortion/

Pope Francis Defends Life From Conception to Natural Death During Angelus – February 7,2016 http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/07/pope-francis-defends-life-from-conception-to-natural-death-during-angelus-february-72016/

Do Men Have a Duty to Have More than 2.1 Children? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/26/do-men-have-a-duty-to-have-more-than-2-1-children/

Fighting Poverty by Eliminating Children http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/10/fighting-poverty-by-eliminating-children/

Catholic Bishops: Voting for Candidate who supports abortion is formal cooperation with evil

Eclipse of Reason – Live Abortion Documentary/Pro-Life Anti-Abortion Video

Stojan Adasevic: A communist abortionist turned pro-life after a saint visited him

12-year-old speaks out on the issue of abortion

He performed 1,200 abortions: In new videos, he wants you to see what abortion really looks like http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/24/he-performed-1200-abortions-in-new-videos-he-wants-you-to-see-what-abortion-really-looks-like/

Still think abortion is medically necessary? This abortionist begs to differ (video)

http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/26/still-think-abortion-is-medically-necessary-this-abortionist-begs-to-differ-video/

‘I freaked out’: clinic worker describes first time watching abortionist remove baby’s arms, legs http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/03/i-freaked-out-clinic-worker-describes-first-time-watching-abortionist-remove-babys-arms-legs/

US Congress Subpoenas StemExpress, Which Buys Fully Intact Aborted Babies From Planned Parenthood http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/30/us-congress-subpoenas-stemexpress-which-buys-fully-intact-aborted-babies-from-planned-parenthood/

Breastfeeding: A social justice issue http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/30/breastfeeding-a-social-justice-issue/

MRI Shows Breastfed Babies’ Brains Develop Better/Faster than Formula or Mixed-Fed Infants http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/18/mri-shows-breastfed-babies-brains-develop-betterfaster-than-formula-or-mixed-fed-infants/

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Abortion and Eucharist by Michelle Yax

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‘We’re killing babies all over the place!’ – Dr. Ben Carson

Ben Carson: They say abortion is about women’s rights but what about the baby?

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US Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz backs personhood in powerful new video: “Defend the right to life of born and unborn”

http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/18/us-presidential-candidate-ted-cruz-backs-personhood-in-powerful-new-video-defend-the-right-to-life-of-born-and-unborn/

Pro-life Song and Video: Stand Up For Life

Is Health Care a Pro Life Issue? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/14/is-health-care-a-pro-life-issue/

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Pope Francis: Life must be defended in all its stages

Into the breach: An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men, My Spiritual Sons in the Diocese of Phoenix

Does God want Christians to stand up against the injustice of abortion? Here’s what the Bible says…

‘I made a huge mistake’ – Why one radical feminist changed her mind on abortion http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/06/i-made-a-huge-mistake-why-one-radical-feminist-changed-her-mind-on-abortion/

THE VORTEX: TIME BOMBS IN THE MARCH FOR LIFE – The March for Life has been hijacked by the Church of Nice http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/21/the-vortex-time-bombs-in-the-march-for-life-the-march-for-life-has-been-hijacked-by-the-church-of-nice/

MIC’D UP—PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S STRATEGY

http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/12/micd-up-planned-parenthoods-strategy/

12th Video Catches Planned Parenthood Aborting Intact Late-Term Babies to Sell as Parts http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/03/12th-video-catches-planned-parenthood-aborting-intact-late-term-babies-to-sell-as-parts/

Abby Johnson confessions of a former Planned Parenthood Director: Contraception access increases abortions. And here’s the proof http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/08/abby-johnson-confessions-of-a-former-planned-parenthood-director-contraception-access-increases-abortions-and-heres-the-proof/

Former abortionist: Abortion is never necessary to save a woman’s life http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/21/former-abortionist-abortion-is-never-necessary-to-save-a-womans-life/

Related Articles/ Videos on Euthanasia click below:

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Michael Voris talks an in-depth discussion of the true, financial cost of abortion and its effects to the United States. Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that, “The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being’s right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death” (CDF, Donum vitae III; CCC: 2273).

Contraception & the New Dark Age, Part 1-4: Where we are & How we got here by Dr. Martin Brenner click below:

Contraception & the New Dark Age, Part 1-4: Where we are & How we got here?

Is Contraception a Legitimate Response to the Zika Virus? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/04/is-contraception-a-legitimate-response-to-the-zika-virus/

Contraception gave us divorce and gay ‘marriage’ and will destroy us: here’s how http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/06/contraception-gave-us-divorce-and-gay-marriage-and-will-destroy-us-heres-how/

CIA: The Rockefeller Foundation – Actively Undermining the Catholic Church click below:

CIA: Rockefeller Foundation – Actively Undermining the Catholic Church

We are used to thinking of the Rockefellers as simply a byword for wealth, power and financial success. Perhaps we might think of them as determined businessmen or see them as great philanthropists. But the truth is far different; the Rockefeller Foundation is actively undermining the Catholic Church, and in the process, attempting to erase man’s natural orientation to the eternal.

Global Warming Unmasked click below:

Global Warming Unmasked

Are the environmental movements and groups simply devoted to laudable, correct stewardship of God’s creation, or do they have a more sinister, hidden agenda? Is “global warming” being used as an excuse for something far darker? Is the final goal of the liberal elites behind the push of junk science population control, eugenics and Gaia worship?

Mic’d Up “Is Contraception Killing the Church?” click below:

Mic’d Up: Is Contraception Killing the Church?

This week on Mic’d Up we’ll be tackling the terrible scourge of Contraception on the Church. Michael Hichborn and Rey Flores from American Life League will join us to expose Catholic Relief Services complicity with Organizations who support contraception and to Discuss The Pill Kills Day of Action 2014. Also joining us will be Lynn Mills who will be discussing the continued prayer rally at Providence Park Hospital in the Archdiocese of Detroit because of their complicity in abortion, contraception and sterilization. Following that same thread we’ll break down the announcement from Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron concerning the crisis of parish closings facing Detroit. Also dropping by will be author James Kalb, to discuss the plague of pluralism on the Church’s Hierarchy.

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of Seventh Week of Ordinary Time & Peter Damian, February 21,2017

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of Seventh Week of Ordinary Time & Peter Damian, February 21,2017

Ecclesiastical abuses and political intrigues characterized the 11th– century milieu of Peter Damian. Having embraced a life of prayer and penance at the hermitage of Fonte Avellana in northern Italy, Peter nevertheless took public stands against simony, the practice of buying and selling ecclesiastical offices, and clerical marriage. In 1057 A.D. he was named cardinal and bishop of Ostia, Italy. Peter urged the secular clergy to embrace monastic poverty. His many writings include letters written to influential Medieval personages, recommending detachment from worldly goods. He died in 1072 A.D., and was named a Doctor of the Church in 1828 A.D.

AMDG+

Opening Prayer

“Lord, by your cross you have redeemed the world and revealed your glory and triumph over sin and death. May I never fail to see your glory and victory in the cross. Help me to conform my life to your will and to follow in your way of holiness.”

Reading I
Sirach 2:1-11

My son, when you come to serve the LORD,
stand in justice and fear,
prepare yourself for trials.
Be sincere of heart and steadfast,
incline your ear and receive the word of understanding,
undisturbed in time of adversity.
Wait on God, with patience, cling to him, forsake him not;
thus will you be wise in all your ways.
Accept whatever befalls you,
when sorrowful, be steadfast,
and in crushing misfortune be patient;
For in fire gold and silver are tested,
and worthy people in the crucible of humiliation.
Trust God and God will help you;
trust in him, and he will direct your way;
keep his fear and grow old therein.
You who fear the LORD, wait for his mercy,
turn not away lest you fall.
You who fear the LORD, trust him,
and your reward will not be lost.
You who fear the LORD, hope for good things,
for lasting joy and mercy.
You who fear the LORD, love him,
and your hearts will be enlightened.
Study the generations long past and understand;
has anyone hoped in the LORD and been disappointed?
Has anyone persevered in his commandments and been forsaken?
has anyone called upon him and been rebuffed?
Compassionate and merciful is the LORD;
he forgives sins, he saves in time of trouble
and he is a protector to all who seek him in truth.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40
R. (see 5) Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.
Trust in the LORD and do good,
that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will grant you your heart’s requests.
R. Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.

The LORD watches over the lives of the wholehearted;
their inheritance lasts forever.
They are not put to shame in an evil time;
in days of famine they have plenty.
R. Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.

Turn from evil and do good,
that you may abide forever;
For the LORD loves what is right,
and forsakes not his faithful ones.
R. Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.

The salvation of the just is from the LORD;
he is their refuge in time of distress.
And the LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
R. Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.

Gospel

Mk 9:30-37

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”
But they did not understand the saying,
and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent.
For they had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection 1 – Anyone wishes to be the first

Today Jesus reveals to us that whoever receives a child in His Name, receives Him and the One Who sent Him. “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” Jesus wants us to receive every man in love and never to judge anyone. We have to believe and act that we are all equal in the eyes of God and that we are no better than our neighbor. We should be able to welcome everyone into God’s fold especially those who have been separated from Him. We should care and love them in the Name of our Lord always trying to draw them closer to God. We are tasked to bring them back into the company of God’s people in love and mercy, not condescendingly judge and condemn them. “It is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” To further emphasize the need to love one another, Jesus said in today’s gospel: “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all” implying the need for all to give more and more of self and to deny and empty one self.

Let me share a confession of Whittaker Chambers (a former Communist) in his book “Witness” about one of his heroes as a young man.

His hero was Felix Djerjinsky, a Pole who was ascetic, highly sensitive, intelligent. As a young man, Djerjinsky was a political prisoner in the Paviak Prison in Warsaw where he insisted on being given the task of cleaning the latrines of other prisoners as he had the belief and conviction that the most developed member of any community must take upon himself the lowliest tasks as an example to those who are less developed.

To be a true leader, one should be able to do the lowliest of jobs to set an example for the others to follow. Djerjinsky’s idea of leadership bring us to what Jesus has to say about leadership within the Church: “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”

Jesus is the Head of the Body and as such He had to do the work the Father had for Him. He had to joyfully oblige to the Father’s will, pay for the ransom and die on the Cross! As His followers and workers, let us ask ourselves: How willing are we to serve rather than be served by others?

One of the obstacles to truly serving God’s people and be the last and servant of all is our PRIDE. Combined with covetousness and envy, we impede our service for the Lord. Instead of being fruitful for the Lord, we are lost in the mire of self and fail to see the beauty of one’s work for the Lord. We may become critical of the other person, to the eventual detriment of God’s flock. Our motive and attitude in serving God and His flock becomes so fleshy, so attached to the world such that our works become acts of selfishness, rivalry, dissension, factions and even outbursts of fury and hatred. “The works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

Regrettably, our yearning to be a selfless leader like Jesus, becomes a failed ministry, so dominant and controlling, whose focus would be power, authority and influence. We become God’s foe and an instrument of the evil one. “Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:4

Let us always be reminded that: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Let us then “submit ourselves to God, resist the devil…draw near to God, cleanse our hands, purify our hearts and humble ourselves before the Lord and he will exalt us!” James 4:7-11

Direction

Bring God’s Word to everyone. We have to receive in love our brothers and sisters no matter how unlovable and lowly they may be. Serve others anonymously without hoping for any credits.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, give me the grace to draw people into your fold. Help me serve you and your people humbly and without any consideration for credit and honor. In Jesus, I pray and hope. Amen.

Reflection 2 – Who is the greatest in God’s kingdom?

Whose glory do you seek? There can be no share in God’s glory without the cross. When Jesus prophesied his own betrayal and crucifixion, it did not make any sense to his disciples because it did not fit their understanding of what the Messiah came to do. And they were afraid to ask further questions! Like a person who might receive a bad verdict from the doctor and then refuse to ask further questions, they, too, didn’t want to know any more. How often do we reject what we do not wish to see? We have heard the good news of God’s word and we know the consequences of accepting it or rejecting it. But do we give it our full allegiance and mold our lives according to it? Ask the Lord to fill you with his Holy Spirit and to inspire within you a reverence for his word and a readiness to obey it.

Do you compare yourself with others?
How ashamed the disciples must have been when Jesus overheard them arguing about who among them was the greatest! But aren’t we like the disciples? We compare ourselves with others and desire their praise. The appetite for glory and greatness seems to be inbred in us. Who doesn’t cherish the ambition to be “somebody” whom others admire rather than a “nobody”? Even the psalms speak about the glory God has destined for us. You have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor (Psalm 8:5).

Jesus made a dramatic gesture by embracing a child to show his disciples who really is the greatest in the kingdom of God. What can a little child possibly teach us about greatness? Children in the ancient world had no rights, position, or privileges of their own. They were socially at the “bottom of the rung” and at the service of their parents, much like the household staff and domestic servants.

Who is the greatest in God’s kingdom?
What is the significance of Jesus’ gesture? Jesus elevated a little child in the presence of his disciples by placing the child in a privileged position of honor. It is customary, even today, to seat the guest of honor at the right side of the host. Who is the greatest in God’s kingdom? The one who is humble and lowly of heart – who instead of asserting their rights willingly empty themselves of pride and self-seeking glory by taking the lowly position of a servant or child.

Jesus, himself, is our model. He came not to be served, but to serve (Matthew 20:28). Paul the Apostle states that Jesus emptied himself and took the form of a servant (Philippians 2:7). Jesus lowered himself (he whose place is at the right hand of God the Father) and took on our lowly nature that he might raise us up and clothe us in his divine nature.

God wants to fill us with his own glory
God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble
 (James 4:6). If we want to be filled with God’s life and power, then we need to empty ourselves of everything which stands in the way – pride, self-seeking glory, vanity, etc. God wants empty vessels so he can fill them with his own glory, power, and love (2 Corinthians 4:7). Are you ready to humble yourself and to serve as Jesus did?

“Lord Jesus, by your cross you have redeemed the world and revealed your glory and triumph over sin and death. May I never fail to see your glory and victory in the cross.  Help me to conform my life to your will and to follow in your way of holiness.” – Read the source: http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org/readings/2017/feb21.htm

Reflection 3 – Is your love for God tried and true?

Have you experienced trials that challenge your trust in God? Of course you have! It’s very normal. As today’s first reading says, when we serve the Lord, we should prepare for trials. Why? Because we’re making a difference in the world — in people’s lives — and not everyone wants to accept this change. Therefore, our efforts cause persecution, rejection, and other opportunities for us to practice what we profess.

This point was driven home to me one day when I tried to minister to a woman in church who was shutting herself off from the community. It’s not so much her rejection of my outreach that challenged me, but my reaction to her judgmentalism. I became angry at her, and then God put me in the path of someone else who was angry. This challenged me to recognize my own unforgiveness.

The trials of this world expose us. Are we judgmental about those who are judgmental? Are we unforgiving toward those who are unforgiving? Are we unloving to those who don’t love us? Are we unkind to those who are unkind?

Having our sins exposed by the sins of others can be the most important trials of our lives! These are what stretch us, but only if we accept the challenge to grow. These are what purify us, like gold tested in fire, so that we are strengthened in holiness. These are what help us become faithful to the Lord whom we claim to love.

Are we truly sincere of heart and steadfast in our love for God? Times of adversity reveal the answer. It’s okay to feel sorrowful during hardships, but do we trust God enough to wait on him with patience? Do we cling to him instead of trying to solve problems with short-cuts and retaliation? Do we place whatever befalls us into the context of our love relationship with God, who assures us (see Romans 8:28) that he is going to turn everything into a blessing for us?

A deep relationship with God enables us to trust in his mercy and compassion, even while we cry on his shoulder and moan to him in the pain of our sufferings.

In a deep relationship with God, we’re not discouraged by what we see during the trial, because we remain certain that God is doing something wonderful that we cannot yet see.

In a deep relationship with God, understanding comes not in our minds but in our hearts, where love, not brain-power, helps us realize the help that he is giving.

Our love for God is deepened most when purified and strengthened by testing. – Read the source: http://gnm.org/good-news-reflections/?useDrDate=2017-02-21

Reflection 4 – Candidates For Humility

He who is least among you all will be great. –Luke 9:48

“What do you think of the candidates?” That’s what a reporter for a news magazine asked a young woman at Dartmouth University after a debate among presidential hopefuls. She didn’t say a word about their positions on the issues or their skill at debate. She simply remarked, “None of them seems to have any humility.”

Benjamin Franklin, the early American statesman, made a list of character qualities that he wanted to develop in his own life. When he mastered one virtue, he went on to the next. He did pretty well, he said, until he got to humility. Every time he thought he was making significant progress, he would be so pleased with himself that he became proud.

Humility is an elusive virtue. Even Jesus’ disciples struggled with it. When Jesus learned that they had been arguing about who was the greatest, He responded, “If anyone desires to be first, he should be last of all and servant of all” (Mk. 9:35). Then He took a little child in His arms and indicated that we need to humbly serve others as if we were serving Christ.

If a news reporter were to talk to our friends, neighbors, or fellow church members and ask them to describe us, would they use the word humble?  — David C. Egner

True greatness does not lie with those
Who strive for worldly fame;
It lies instead with those who choose
To serve in Jesus’ name. –DJD

Humility can be sought but never celebrated (Source: Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries).

Reflection 5 – St. Peter Damian (1007-1072 A.D.)

Maybe because he was orphaned and had been treated shabbily by one of his brothers, Peter Damian was very good to the poor. It was the ordinary thing for him to have a poor person or two with him at table and he liked to minister personally to their needs.

Peter escaped poverty and the neglect of his own brother when his other brother, who was archpriest of Ravenna, took him under his wing. His brother sent him to good schools and Peter became a professor.

Already in those days Peter was very strict with himself. He wore a hair shirt under his clothes, fasted rigorously and spent many hours in prayer. Soon, he decided to leave his teaching and give himself completely to prayer with the Benedictines of the reform of St. Romuald (June 19) at Fonte Avellana. They lived two monks to a hermitage. Peter was so eager to pray and slept so little that he soon suffered from severe insomnia. He found he had to use some prudence in taking care of himself. When he was not praying, he studied the Bible.

The abbot commanded that when he died Peter should succeed him. Abbot Peter founded five other hermitages. He encouraged his brothers in a life of prayer and solitude and wanted nothing more for himself. The Holy See periodically called on him, however, to be a peacemaker or troubleshooter, between two abbeys in dispute or a cleric or government official in some disagreement with Rome.

Finally, Pope Stephen IX made Peter the cardinal-bishop of Ostia. He worked hard to wipe out simony (the buying of church offices), and encouraged his priests to observe celibacy and urged even the diocesan clergy to live together and maintain scheduled prayer and religious observance. He wished to restore primitive discipline among religious and priests, warning against needless travel, violations of poverty and too comfortable living. He even wrote to the bishop of Besancon, complaining that the canons there sat down when they were singing the psalms in the Divine Office.

He wrote many letters. Some 170 are extant. We also have 53 of his sermons and seven lives, or biographies, that he wrote. He preferred examples and stories rather than theory in his writings. The liturgical offices he wrote are evidence of his talent as a stylist in Latin.

He asked often to be allowed to retire as cardinal-bishop of Ostia, and finally Alexander II consented. Peter was happy to become once again just a monk, but he was still called to serve as a papal legate. When returning from such an assignment in Ravenna, he was overcome by a fever. With the monks gathered around him saying the Divine Office, he died on February 22, 1072.

In 1828 he was declared a Doctor of the Church.

Comment:

Peter was a reformer and if he were alive today would no doubt encourage the renewal started by Vatican II. He would also applaud the greater emphasis on prayer that is shown by the growing number of priests, religious and laypersons who gather regularly for prayer, as well as the special houses of prayer recently established by many religious communities.

Quote:

“…Let us faithfully transmit to posterity the example of virtue which we have received from our forefathers” (St. Peter Damian).

Read the source: http://www.americancatholic.org/features/saints/saint.aspx?id=1298

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Damian
SAINT PETER DAMIAN
Peter Damian bust.JPG

Bust of Peter Damian. Santa Maria degli Angeli, Florence.
BISHOP, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
BORN c. 1007
Ravenna
DIED 22 February 1072 or 1073[1]
Faenza
VENERATED IN Roman Catholic Church
FEAST 21 February
earlier 23 February (General Roman Calendar, 1823-1969)
ATTRIBUTES represented as a cardinal bearing a knotted rope in his hand; also as apilgrim holding a papal Bull;Cardinal’s hat, Benedictine monk’s habit
PATRONAGE traceurs, freerunners

Saint Peter Damian (Latin: Petrus Damianus; Italian: Pietro or Pier Damiani; c. 1007 – 21 or 22 February 1072 or 1073)[1] was a reformingBenedictine monk and cardinal in the circle of Pope Leo IX. Dante placed him in one of the highest circles of Paradiso as a great predecessor of Saint Francis of Assisi and he was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1828. His feast day is February 21.

Early life[edit]

Peter was born in Ravenna, Italy, around 1007, the youngest of a large noble, but poor family. Orphaned early, he was at first adopted by an elder brother, who ill-treated and under-fed him while employing him as a swineherd. After some years, another brother, Damianus, who was archpriest at Ravenna, had pity on him and took him away to be educated. Adding his brother’s name to his own, Peter made such rapid progress in his studies of theology andcanon law, first at Ravenna, then at Faenza, and finally at the University of Parma, that when about twenty-five years old he was already a famous teacher at Parma and Ravenna.[2]

Religious life[edit]

Saint Peter Damian (far right), depicted with Saints Augustine, Anne, and Elizabeth

About 1035, however, he gave up his secular calling and, avoiding the compromised luxury of Cluniac monasteries, entered the isolated hermitage of Fonte Avellana, near Gubbio. Both as novice and as monk, his fervor was remarkable but led him to such extremes of self-mortification in penance that his health was affected, and he developed severe insomnia. On his recovery, he was appointed to lecture to his fellow monks. Then, at the request of Guy of Pomposa (Guido d’Arezzo) and other heads of neighboring monasteries, for two or three years he lectured to their brethren also, and (about 1042) wrote the life of St. Romuald for the monks of Pietrapertosa. Soon after his return to Fonte Avellana he was appointed economus(manager or housekeeper) of the house by the prior, who designated him as his successor. In 1043 he became prior of Fonte Avellana, and remained so until his death in February 1072.[2]

Subject-hermitages were founded at San Severino, Gamogna, Acerreta, Murciana, San Salvatore, Sitria and Ocri. A zealot for monastic and clerical reform, he introduced a more-severe discipline, including the practice of flagellation (“thedisciplina“), into the house, which, under his rule, quickly attained celebrity, and became a model for other foundations, even the great abbey of Monte Cassino. There was much opposition outside his own circle to such extreme forms of penitence, but Peter’s persistent advocacy ensured its acceptance, to such an extent that he was obliged later to moderate the imprudent zeal of some of his own hermits. [3]

Another innovation was that of the daily siesta, to make up for the fatigue of the night office. During his tenure of the priorate a cloister was built, silver chalices and a silver processional cross were purchased, and many books were added to the library.[3]

Reformer[edit]

Although living in the seclusion of the cloister, Peter Damian closely watched the fortunes of the Church, and like his friend Hildebrand, the future Pope Gregory VII, he strove for reforms in a deplorable time. When Benedict IX resigned the pontificate into the hands of the archpriest John Gratian (Gregory VI) in 1045, Peter hailed the change with joy and wrote to the new pope, urging him to deal with the scandals of the church in Italy, singling out the wicked bishops of Pesaro, of Città di Castello and of Fano.[3]

Extending the area of his activities, he entered into communication with the Emperor Henry III. He was present in Rome when Clement II crowned Henry III and his consort Agnes, and he also attended a synod held at the Lateran in the first days of 1047, in which decrees were passed against simony.
After this he returned to his hermitage. About 1050, during the pontificate of Pope Leo IX, Peter wrote a scathing treatise on the vices of the clergy, including sexual abuse of minors and actions by church superiors to hide the crimes. Liber Gomorrhianus was openly addressed to the pope. Meanwhile the question arose as to the validity of the ordinations of simoniacal clerics. Peter Damiani wrote (about 1053) a treatise, the Liber Gratissimus, in favor of their validity, a work which, though much combatted at the time, was potent in deciding the question in their favor before the end of the 12th century.

Philosophy[edit]

Peter often condemned philosophy. He claimed that the first grammarian was the Devil, who taught Adam to decline deus in the plural. He argued that monks should not have to study philosophy, because Jesus did not choose philosophers as disciples, and so philosophy is not necessary for salvation. But the idea (later attributed to Thomas Aquinas) that philosophy should serve theology as a servant serves her mistress originated with him.[4] However, this apparent animosity may reflect his view that logic is only concerned with the validity of argument, rather than the nature of reality. Similar views are found in Al-Ghazali and Wittgenstein.

Damian’s tract De divina omnipotentia is frequently misunderstood. Damian’s purpose is to defend the “doctrine of omnipotence”, which he defines as the ability of God to do anything that is good, i.e., God cannot lie. Toivo J. Holopainen identifies De divina omnipotentia as “an interesting document related to the early developments of medieval discussion concerning modalities and divine omnipotence.”[2]Peter also recognized that God can act outside time, as Gregory of Riminilater argued.[5]

Papal envoy and Cardinal[edit]

During his illness the pope died, and Frédéric, abbot of Monte Cassino, was elected pope as Stephen IX. In the autumn of 1057, Stephen IX determined to make Damian a cardinal. For a long time Damian resisted the offer, for he was more at ease as an itinerant hermit-preacher than a reformer from within the Curia, but was finally forced to accept, and was consecrated Cardinal Bishop of Ostia on November 30, 1057.[6] In addition he was appointed administrator of the Diocese of Gubbio. The new cardinal was impressed with the great responsibilities of his office and wrote a stirring letter to his brother-cardinals, exhorting them to shine by their example before all. Four months later Pope Stephen died at Florence, and the Church was once more distracted by schism. Peter was vigorous in his opposition to the antipope Benedict X, but force was on the side of the intruder and Damian retired temporarily to Fonte Avallana.

Milan[edit]

About the end of the year 1059 Peter was sent as legate to Milan by Pope Nicholas II. So bad was the state of things at Milan, that benefices (a reward received in exchange for services rendered and as a retainer for future services) were openly bought and sold, and the clergy publicly married the women with whom they lived. The resistance of the clergy of Milan to the reform of Ariald the Deacon and Anselm, Bishop of Lucca rendered a contest so bitter that an appeal was made to theHoly See. Nicholas II sent Damian and the Bishop of Lucca as his legates. The party of the irregular clerics took alarm and raised the cry that Rome had no authority over Milan. Peter boldly confronted the rioters in the cathedral, he proved to them the authority of the Holy See with such effect that all parties submitted to his decision.

He exacted first a solemn oath from the archbishop and all his clergy that for the future no preferment should be paid for; then, imposing a penance on all who had been guilty, he reinstated in their benefices all who undertook to live in celibacy. This prudent decision was attacked by some of the rigorists at Rome, but was not reversed. Unfortunately, on the death of Nicholas II, the same disputes broke out; nor were they finally settled till after the martyrdom of St. Ariald in 1066. Meanwhile Peter was pleading in vain to be released from the cares of his office. Neither Nicholas II nor Hildebrand would consent to spare him.

Later career[edit]

He rendered valuable assistance to Pope Alexander II in his struggle with the antipope, Honorius II. In July 1061 the pope died and once more a schism ensued. Peter Damian used all his powers to persuade the antipope Cadalous to withdraw, but to no purpose. Finally Anno II, Archbishop of Cologne and acting regent in Germany, summoned a council at Augsburg at which a long argument by Peter Damian was read and greatly contributed to the decision in favor of Alexander II.

In 1063 the pope held a synod at Rome, at which Peter Damian was appointed legate to settle the dispute between the Abbey of Cluny and the Bishop of Mâcon. He proceeded to France, summoned a council at Chalon-sur-Saône, proved the justice of the contentions of Cluny, settled other questions at issue in the Church of France, and returned in the autumn to Fonte Avellana. While he was in France the antipope Cadalous had again become active in his attempts to gain Rome, and Peter Damian brought upon himself a sharp reproof from Alexander and Hildebrand for twice imprudently appealing to the royal power to judge the case anew. In 1067 the cardinal was sent to Florence to settle the dispute between the bishop and the monks of Vallombrosa, who accused the former of simony. His efforts, however, were not successful, largely because he misjudged the case and threw the weight of his authority on the side of the bishop. The matter was not settled until the following year by the pope in person.

Having served the papacy as legate to France and to Florence, he was allowed to resign his bishopric in 1067. After a period of retirement at Fonte Avellana, he proceeded in 1069 as papal legate to Germany, and persuaded the emperor Henry IV to give up his intention of divorcing his wife Bertha. This task he accomplished at a council in Frankfurt before returning to Fonte-Avellana.

Early in 1072 or 1073[1] he was sent to Ravenna to reconcile its inhabitants to the Holy See, they having been excommunicated for supporting their archbishop in his adhesion to the schism of Cadalous. On his return thence he was seized with fever near Faenza. He lay ill for a week at the monastery of Santa Maria degl’Angeli, now Santa Maria Vecchia. On the night preceding the feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Antioch, he ordered the office of the feast to be recited and at the end of the Lauds he died. He was at once buried in the monastery church, lest others should claim his relics.

During his concluding years he was not altogether in accord with the political ideas of Hildebrand. He died the year before Hildebrand became pope, as Gregory VII. “It removed from the scene the one man who could have restrained Gregory”, Norman F. Cantor remarked (Civilization of the Middle Ages, p 251).

Veneration[edit]

Peter Damian is a saint and was made a Doctor of the Church by Pope Leo XII in 1828 with a feast day celebrated on February 23.[6]His body has been moved six times. Since 1898, Peter Damian has rested in a chapel dedicated to the saint in the cathedral of Faenza. No formal canonization ever took place, but his cult has existed since his death at Faenza, at Fonte-Avellana, at Monte Cassino, and at Cluny. In 1970 his feast was moved to 21 February.

The saint is represented in art as a cardinal bearing a knotted rope (the disciplina) in his hand; also sometimes he is depicted as a pilgrim holding a papal Bull, to signify his many legations.

Works[edit]

Vita Beati Romualdi

Peter Damian’s voluminous writings, including treatises (67 survive), letters, sermons, prayers, hymns and liturgical texts (though, in a departure from many early medieval monks, no biblical commentaries)[7] reflect the spiritual conditions of Italy: the groundswell of intense personal piety that would overflow in the First Crusade at the end of the century, and his Latinabounds in denunciatory epithets.

His works include:

  • His most famous work is De Divina Omnipotentia, a long letter in which he discusses God’s power.
  • In the short treatise Dominus vobiscum (The Book of “The Lord be with You”) (PL 145:231-252), he questions whether a hermit praying in solitude should use the plural; Damian concludes that the hermit should use the plural, since he is linked to the whole church by faith and fellowship.
  • His Life of Romauld and his treatise The Eremitical Order demonstrate his continuing commitment to solitude and severe asceticism as the ultimate form of Christian life.
  • He was especially devoted to the Virgin Mary, and wrote an Officium Beatae Virginis

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time & Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco Marto, February 20,2017

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time & Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco Marto, February 20,2017

A man face with an impossible problem – a possessed son whom even Christ’s disciples cannot liberate – refuses to give up. Instead, he goes to Jesus. “Everything is possible to the one who has faith.” There is a wisdom in the world greater than all the world’s agonies… and that Wisdom has become flesh. And God has lavished this wisdom upon his friends. Prayer is what unleashes it.

AMDG+

Opening Prayer

Dear Jesus, Help me with my unbelief! Enable me to humble myself to let me turn all of my apprehensions, all my fears, all my disappointments over to you. I beg you to give me the wisdom and the courage that I need so that I may have complete trust in You. Teach me to feel your presence deeply in my life so I can stop clinging to my intellect, my lack of courage and my fear. Let me release anything that holds me back from your love and make me embrace the life You have offered me. Lord, I know that if I only place my trust in You, I can do greater things for the Father’s greater glory. In your Mighty Name, I pray. Amen.

Reading 1
Sir 1:1-10

All wisdom comes from the LORD
and with him it remains forever, and is before all time
The sand of the seashore, the drops of rain,
the days of eternity: who can number these?
Heaven’s height, earth’s breadth,
the depths of the abyss: who can explore these?
Before all things else wisdom was created;
and prudent understanding, from eternity.
The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdom
and her ways are everlasting.
To whom has wisdom’s root been revealed?
Who knows her subtleties?
To whom has the discipline of wisdom been revealed?
And who has understood the multiplicity of her ways ?
There is but one, wise and truly awe-inspiring,
seated upon his throne:
There is but one, Most High
all-powerful creator-king and truly awe-inspiring one,
seated upon his throne and he is the God of dominion.
It is the LORD; he created her through the Holy Spirit,
has seen her and taken note of her.
He has poured her forth upon all his works,
upon every living thing according to his bounty;
he has lavished her upon his friends.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5
R. (1a) The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
The LORD is king, in splendor robed;
robed is the LORD and girt about with strength.
R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
And he has made the world firm,
not to be moved.
Your throne stands firm from of old;
from everlasting you are, O LORD.
R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed:
holiness befits your house,
O LORD, for length of days.
R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
Gospel
Mk 9:14-29

As Jesus came down from the mountain with Peter, James, John
and approached the other disciples,
they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them.
Immediately on seeing him,
the whole crowd was utterly amazed.
They ran up to him and greeted him.
He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”
Someone from the crowd answered him,
“Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit.
Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down;
he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid.
I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they were unable to do so.”
He said to them in reply,
“O faithless generation, how long will I be with you?
How long will I endure you? Bring him to me.”
They brought the boy to him.
And when he saw him,
the spirit immediately threw the boy into convulsions.
As he fell to the ground, he began to roll around
and foam at the mouth.
Then he questioned his father,
“How long has this been happening to him?”
He replied, “Since childhood.
It has often thrown him into fire and into water to kill him.
But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
Jesus said to him, “‘If you can!’
Everything is possible to one who has faith.”
Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”
Jesus, on seeing a crowd rapidly gathering,
rebuked the unclean spirit and said to it,
“Mute and deaf spirit, I command you:
come out of him and never enter him again!”
Shouting and throwing the boy into convulsions, it came out.
He became like a corpse, which caused many to say, “He is dead!”
But Jesus took him by the hand, raised him, and he stood up.
When he entered the house, his disciples asked him in private,
“Why could we not drive the spirit out?”
He said to them, “This kind can only come out through prayer.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection 1 – Everything is possible to one who has faith

But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us. Jesus said to him, “‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.”

Our gospel for today focuses on a man’s need to have complete FAITH in Jesus. Our belief and conviction should be that Jesus could do anything and that He has the power to make things happen. Jesus cannot be shaken neither can He be intimidated.  However, most often our faith is often weakened by our human mind. Doubt and hesitancy somehow bring us down.

One may assume that Jesus was not quite happy with His first disciples especially about their lack of faith.  Yet despite this, one can see how patient Jesus was with them. This brings to light the kind of patience Jesus has with all of us especially with our sluggish faith. As a way of reminder Jesus is making us aware that we cannot take for granted the authority and the anointing He has given us to pursue our renewed life and the work that He wants us to pursue for Him. We must do everything in prayer and in total reliance upon our God. Our lives should be guided by “God’s wisdom as there is but one, wise and truly awe-inspiring Lord Who is seated upon His throne, has poured forth wisdom upon all His works and has lavished her upon his friends, upon every living thing according to his bounty.” Sirach 1:6-8

Jesus comes to us today and reveals that to strengthen our faith we should not look into the power and strength by which He does things. Instead we should be able to confidently proclaim the truth that we cannot do anything without Jesus. We should be able to affirm that, “I can’t but Jesus can.” We should always be guided by the truth that “Everything is possible to one who has faith” and we just need to place our TRUST in Jesus!

Today I place my total faith in our Lord and trust that His grace and blessings will lift me up from my concerns and burdens… that in His own perfect time, He will calm the storms of my life and bring me His peace and make me fruitful in my works not only for myself and those close to my heart but for others and all those whom He may bring into my life!

A man of faith is able to show “his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom that is from above which is first of all pure, peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity and cultivated in peace.”

Having a life of Faith can only bring us to a life of Prayer, which ultimately brings us His blessings and enables us to live according to the Spirit and do His work among His people! His disciples asked him in private, “why could we not drive the spirit out?” He said to them, “This kind can only come out through prayer.”

Faith and prayer mutually build each other up deep within everyone’ s being.

Direction
Our lives and our work for the Lord should be founded on faith and prayer, duly guided by the wisdom we derive from the Holy Scriptures.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, perfect my faith and give me the grace to pursue my life and my ministry with total reliance on You.  In prayer, I seek your anointing. Empower me as your vessel of love and healing. In Jesus I pray. Amen.

Reflection 2 – All things are possible to him who believes

What kind of faith does the Lord Jesus expect of us, especially when we meet challenges and difficulties? Inevitably there will be times when each of us cause disappointment to others. In this gospel incident the disciples of Jesus brought disappointment to a pleading father because they failed to heal his epileptic son. Jesus’ response seemed stern; but it was really tempered with love and compassion. We see at once both Jesus’ dismay with the disciples’ lack of faith and his concern to meet the need of this troubled boy and his anguished father. Jesus recognized the weakness of the father’s faith and at the same time challenged him to pray boldly with expectant faith: “All things are possible to him who believes!”

Prayer and faith go together
Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD), in his commentary on this passage, reminds us that prayer and faith go together: “Where faith fails, prayer perishes. For who prays for that in which he does not believe? ..So then in order that we may pray, let us believe, and let us pray that this same faith by which we pray may not falter.” The Lord gives us his Holy Spirit that we may have the confidence and boldness we need to ask our heavenly Father for his help and grace. Do you trust in God’s love and care for you and pray with expectant faith that he will give you what you need?

When Jesus rebuked the evil spirit, the boy at first seemed to get worse rather than better as he went into a fit of convulsion. Peter Chrysologus (400-450 AD), a renowned preacher and bishop of Ravena, reflects on this incident:

“Though it was the boy who fell on the ground, it was the devil in him who was in anguish. The possessed boy was merely convulsed, while the usurping spirit was being convicted by the awesome judge. The captive was detained, but the captor was punished. Through the wrenching of the human body, the punishment of the devil was made manifest.”

God promises each one of us freedom from oppression, especially from the oppression of sin and the evil one who tries to rob us of faith, hope, and peace with God. The Lord Jesus invites us, as he did this boy’s father, to pray with expectant faith. Do you trust in God’s unfailing love and mercy?

Faith and trust in God’s unfailing love and mercy
The mighty works and signs which Jesus did demonstrate that the kingdom of God is present in him. These signs attest that the Father has sent him as the promised Messiah. They invite belief in Jesus as the Son of God and Savior of the world. The coming of God’s kingdom means defeat of Satan’s kingdom. Jesus’ exorcisms anticipate his great victory over “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31). While Satan may act in the world out of hatred for God and his kingdom in Christ Jesus, and may cause grave injuries of a spiritual nature, and indirectly even of a physical nature, his power is nonetheless limited and permitted by divine providence (Romans 8:28). Jesus offers freedom from bondage to sin and Satan. There is no affliction he cannot deliver us from. Do you make full use of the protection and help he offers to those who seek him with faith and trust in his mercy?

“Lord Jesus, help my unbelief! Increase my faith and trust in your saving power. Give me confidence and perseverance, especially in prayer. And help me to bring your healing love and truth to those I meet”. – Read the source:   http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org/readings/2017/feb20.htm

Reflection 3 – The power of a prayerful life

In today’s Gospel reading, the disciples have failed in ministry, and the father of the possessed boy is wondering if Jesus can grant his request. Both situations are good examples of why our own faith wavers.

Like the disciples, we see failures as reason to doubt our ability to do the works of God. Like the father, we wonder if God really has enough power or enough compassion or even enough time to notice us and answer our prayers.

In the father’s response to Jesus, why did he say “if”? How often do we pray with an “if” attitude? Can Jesus help us whenever we ask him to? Of course he can – if what we seek is within God’s will. Ahh, but there’s another “if”! So let’s turn the “if” onto ourselves. IF we know God, we know his will (it’s clearly explained in the scriptures and Church teachings) and we only want what he wants. Right?

Do we doubt Christ’s compassion? Do we think he’s not kind and caring enough to answer our prayers? Of course he is: God is Love, and no matter how undeserving we are, he is good to us. It’s impossible for him to be uncaring. Even his discipline is good for us, although we might not think so at the time. Therefore, whenever we pray, we should say to him: “Thank you for being so good to me. I do believe; help me to overcome any unbelief that’s still within me.”

Whenever the “IF” word shows up in our prayers, we should ask ourselves why. Are we focused on the evidence of potential disaster or on the goodness of God? If our eyes are not on Jesus and all the good that he’s already done for us, our prayers will be answered in unexpected ways and we won’t realize what he’s done. We’ll miss his solutions to our problems! Or at least we’ll be miserable waiting for it to happen.

Understand what Jesus meant by: “This kind of spirit you can only drive out by prayer.” Surely the disciples had prayed as they tried to cast out the demon. Even a simple “Get out!” with the authority given to us by Jesus is a genuine prayer. What did the disciples do wrong?

Our prayers are merely noise if we’re disbelieving that God truly cares. To prevent wavering between belief and unbelief, our prayers must be more than words. Our prayers need to be a way of life.

We cannot spend a few minutes a day talking to God and then expect to feel his presence when a crisis hits. We have to remain consciously aware, moment by moment, of his constant love, his constant nearness, his constant guidance.

True prayer is a life lived connected to Jesus, imitating Jesus, and being the presence of Jesus for others. In a lifestyle of prayer, our hearts are constantly turning to God, even while our thoughts are busy with the tasks of the day.

To develop this lifestyle, pray each day: “Jesus, I do believe that you care about me; help me to keep my eyes on you.” (Source: Terry Modica, Good News Ministries  http://gnm.org/good-news-reflections/?useDrDate=2017-02-20).

Reflection 4 – Jealousy versus prayer

The hermit St. Anthony while he lived deep in the Libyan Desert was tempted by Satan. So Satan decked himself out as a monk, with cowl and all. He approached Anthony with deep bow and with his arms across his heart like standard archangel, he whispered into Anthony’s ear, “Rejoice my brother, I bring good news. Your brother, whom you have left behind in the big bad city, a simple monk like you, has just been named Patriarch of Alexandria.”

On hearing that, immediately a dark frown crept over the usually sunny face of the hermit. For a split second, envy and jealousy almost curled his lips. And it was then that the master tempter gave this parting advice to his astounded charges, “Jealousy can lead the holiest people into temptation. It is your trump card.”

The Apostle James pointed out, “Where there are jealousy and strife, there also are all kinds of vile behavior. Wisdom from above is first of all innocent. It is also peaceable, lenient, docile, rich in sympathy and the kindly deeds that are its fruits, impartial and sincere. The harvest of justice is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace” (James 3:16-18). How do we drive out jealousy and envy?

Let us see what Jesus did. Jesus cured the possessed boy and the disciples asked him, “Why is it that we could not expel it?” He told them, “This kind you can drive out only by prayer” (Mk 9:28-29).

Prayer is a vital necessity against the temptation of jealousy and envy as used by Satan.. St. John Chrysostom said, “Nothing is equal to prayer; for what is impossible it makes possible, what is difficult, easy… For, it is impossible, utterly impossible, for the man who prays eagerly and invokes God ceaselessly ever to sin.” And St. Alfonsus Liguori said, “Those who pray are certainly saved; those who do not pray are certainly damned.” Origin said, “He who prays without ceasing unites prayer to good works and good works to prayer”.

Jesus assured us, “The Father will give you whatever you ask of him in my name. This, then, is what I command you: love one another” (Jn 15:16-17).

Reflection 5 – Everything is possible in faith

Jesus said, “Everything is possible to one who has faith.” And the father of the boy replied, “I do believe. Help my unbelief.” He believes in Jesus, but he knew his faith is not enough. So he prayed: “Help my unbelief.” That was enough for Jesus to do another miracle of casting out the evil spirit from the boy.

It is not necessary that we have great faith. Jesus said that if we have a faith the size of a mustard seed, we can command a mountain to move. But that has to be accompanied by a great deal of prayer. It is only by asking God to help us that our faith will be much stronger. This is what happened to the father of the boy.

In contrast, let us look at the disciples. They were trying to cast out the evil spirit from the boy, but they could not. Why? Jesus told them, “This kind could only come out through prayer.” In other words, they were not praying. They were trying to cast out the devil through their own power, without asking for God’s help.

It is only through prayer that our faith can grow stronger, and then everything becomes possible. I always like this quotation: “When man works, it is just man who works. But when man prays, God works.” Another quotation says: “The most powerful man on earth is the one who bends his knees and prays.”

Reflection 6 – Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco Marto (1910-1920; 1908-1919 A.D.)

Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three children, Portuguese shepherds from Aljustrel, received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria, near Fatima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. At that time, Europe was involved in an extremely bloody war. Portugal itself was in political turmoil, having overthrown its monarchy in 1910; the government disbanded religious organizations soon after.

At the first appearance, Mary asked the children to return to that spot on the thirteenth of each month for the next six months. She also asked them to learn to read and write and to pray the rosary “to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.” They were to pray for sinners and for the conversion of Russia, which had recently overthrown Czar Nicholas II and was soon to fall under communism. Up to 90,000 people gathered for Mary’s final apparition on October 13, 1917.

Less than two years later, Francisco died of influenza in his family home. He was buried in the parish cemetery and then re-buried in the Fatima basilica in 1952. Jacinta died of influenza in Lisbon, offering her suffering for the conversion of sinners, peace in the world and the Holy Father. She was re-buried in the Fatima basilica in 1951. Their cousin, Lucia dos Santos, became a Carmelite nun and was still living when Jacinta and Francisco were beatified in 2000. Sister Lucia died five years later. The shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is visited by up to 20 million people a year.

Comment:

The Church is always very cautious about endorsing alleged apparitions, but it has seen benefits from people changing their lives because of the message of Our Lady of Fatima. Prayer for sinners, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and praying the rosary—all these reinforce the Good News Jesus came to preach.

Quote:

In his homily at their beatification, Pope John Paul II recalled that shortly before Francisco died, Jacinta said to him, “Give my greetings to Our Lord and to Our Lady and tell them that I am enduring everything they want for the conversion of sinners.”

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JACINTA AND FRANCISCO MARTO
ChildrensofFatima.jpg

Lúcia dos Santos (left) with fellow visionaries Jacinta and Francisco Marto.
BLESSED
BORN 12 June 1908 (Francisco)
11 March 1910 (Jacinta)
Fátima, Kingdom of Portugal
DIED 4 April 1919 (aged 10)
20 February 1920 (aged 9)
Portugal
VENERATED IN Roman Catholic Church
BEATIFIED May 13, 2000, Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Fátima, Portugal, by Pope John Paul II
MAJOR SHRINE Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Fátima, Portugal
FEAST February 20
PATRONAGE Bodily ills, captives, people ridiculed for their piety,prisoners, sick people, against sickness

Francisco Marto (June 11, 1908 – April 4, 1919), his sister Jacinta Marto (March 11, 1910 – February 20, 1920), also known as Blessed Francisco Marto and Blessed Jacinta Marto, and their cousin Lúcia Santos (1907–2005) were children from Aljustrel near Fátima, Portugal, who said they witnessed three apparitions of an angel in 1916 and several apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1917. Mary was given the title Our Lady of Fátima as a result, and Fátima became a major centre of world Christian pilgrimage.

Life[edit]

The Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto in the apparitions of Pontevedra.

The youngest children of Manuel and Olimpia Marto, Francisco and Jacinta were typical of Portuguese village children of that time. They were illiterate but had a rich oral tradition.

According to Lúcia’s memoirs, Francisco had a placid disposition, was somewhat musically inclined, and liked to be by himself to think. Jacinta was affectionate if a bit spoiled. She had a sweet singing voice and a gift for dancing. Following their experiences, their fundamental personalities remained the same. Francisco preferred to pray alone, saying that this would “console Jesus for the sins of the world”. Jacinta said she was deeply affected by a terrifying vision of Hell shown to the children at the third apparition, and deeply convinced of the need to save sinners through penance and sacrifice as the Virgin had told the children to do. All three children, but particularly Francisco and Jacinta, practiced stringent self-mortifications to this end.[1]

Apparitions[edit]

The brother and sister, who tended to their families’ sheep with their cousin Lucia in the fields of Fatima, Portugal, are said to have witnessed several apparitions of an angel in 1916. Lucia later recorded the words of several prayers she said they learned from this angel.

Lucia wrote in her memoirs that she and her cousins saw the first apparition of Mary on May 13, 1917. At the time of the apparition, Francisco was 9 years old, and Jacinta was 7.[2]

During the first apparition, Mary is said to have asked the three children to say the Rosary and to make sacrifices, offering them for the conversion of sinners.[3] She also asked them to return to that spot on the thirteenth of each month for the next six months.[4]

Illness and death[edit]

Francisco Marto

The siblings were victims of the great 1918 influenza epidemic that swept through Europe that year. In October 1918, Mary supposedly appeared to them and said she would take them to heaven soon.[3]Both lingered for many months, insisting on walking to church to make Eucharistic devotions and prostrating themselves to pray for hours, kneeling with their heads on the ground as they said the angel had instructed them to do.[2]

Francisco declined hospital treatment on April 3, 1919, and died at home the next day. Jacinta was moved from one hospital to another in an attempt to save her life, which she insisted was futile. She developed purulent pleurisy and endured an operation in which two of her ribs were removed. Because of the condition of her heart, she could not be anesthetized and suffered terrible pain, which she said would help to convert many sinners. On February 19, 1920, Jacinta asked the hospital chaplain who heard her confession to bring her Holy Communion and give her the Anointing of the Sick because she was going to die “the next night”. He told her that her condition was not that serious and that he would return the next day. The next day Jacinta was dead; she had died, as she had often said she would, alone.[5]

In 1920, shortly before her death at age nine, Jacinta Marto reportedly discussed the Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary with a then 12-year-old Lúcia Santos and said:

When you are to say this, don’t go and hide. Tell everybody that God grants us graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary; that people are to ask her for them; and that the Heart of Jesus wants the Immaculate Heart of Mary to be venerated at his side. Tell them also to pray to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for peace, since God entrusted it to her.[6]

Jacinta and Francisco are both buried at the Our Lady of Fátima Basilica.[7]

Beatification[edit]

From left to right, Jacinta Marto,Lúcia dos Santos and Francisco Marto, holding their rosaries in 1917.

The cause for the siblings’ canonization began in 1946.[2] Exhumed in 1935 and again in 1951, Jacinta’s face was foundincorrupt;[8][9]Francisco’s had decomposed.

In 1937 Pope Pius XI decided that causes for minors should not be accepted as they could not fully understand heroic virtue or practice it repeatedly, both of which are essential for canonization. For the next four decades, no sainthood processes for children were pursued. In 1979 the bishop of Leiria-Fatima asked all the world’s bishops to write to the Pope, petitioning him to make an exception for Francisco, who had died at age 10, and Jacinta, who had died at age 9. More than 300 bishops sent letters to the Pope, writing that “the children were known, admired and attracted people to the way of sanctity. Favors were received through their intercession.” The bishops also said that the children’s canonization was a pastoral necessity for the children and teenagers of the day.[10]

In 1979 the Congregation for the Causes of Saints convened a general assembly. Cardinals, bishops, theologians and other experts debated whether it was possible for children to display heroic virtue. Eventually, they decided that, like the very few children who have a genius for music or mathematics, “in some supernatural way, some children could be spiritual prodigies.” They were declared venerable by Pope John Paul II in 1989.[10]

On May 13, 2000, they were declared “blessed” in a decree from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Jacinta is the youngest non-martyred child ever to be beatified.[3]

In her biography of Jacinta, Lúcia said that Jacinta had told her of having had many personal visions outside of the Marian visitations; one involved a pope who prayed alone in a room while people outside shouted ugly things and threw rocks through the window. At another time, Jacinta said she saw a pope who had gathered a huge number of people together to pray to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

When Pope John Paul II arrived in Fatima for the first time, in 1982, he said that he had come “because, on this exact date last year in St. Peter’s Square, in Rome, there was an attempt on the life of your Pope, which mysteriously coincided with the anniversary of the first vision at Fatima, that of 13 May 1917. The coincidence of these dates was so great that it seemed to be a special invitation for me to come here.”[10]

Sister Lúcia, when questioned about the Third Secret, said that the three of them had been very sad about the suffering of the Pope, and that Jacinta kept saying:Coitadinho do Santo Padre, tenho muita pena dos pecadores! (“Poor Holy Father, I feel a lot of pity for the sinners!”)

Depiction of the three children receiving the vision on azulejo InIronbound, a Portuguese neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey.

Another miracle was found to have been attributed to their intercession and the process that investigated the presumed miracle was validated on 8 February 2013. Reports indicate the canonization could occur on the centenary of the apparitions in 2017.[11]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up^ Santos, Lucia. Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words, Memoir 2, p. 94, online, accessed 2011-06-21.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c “Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto”, FaithND, University of Notre Dame
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b c “Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto”, Catholic News Agency, February 20, 2014
  4. Jump up^ Foley O.F.M., Leonard. “Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco Marto”, Saint of the Day, Lives, Lessons and Feast, (revised by Pat McCloskey O.F.M.), Franciscan Media
  5. Jump up^ A detailed account of the lives, illnesses and deaths of both children is given in de Marchi, John, The True Story of Fatima, 1950 edition, entire text on line, found 2007-10-19.
  6. Jump up^ Madigan, Leo. The children of Fatima: Blessed Francisco & Blessed Jacinta Marto 2003 OSV Press ISBN 1-931709-57-2 page 248
  7. Jump up^ Madigan, Leo. 2003, The Children of Fatima, OSV Press ISBN 978-1-931709-57-6 page 271
  8. Jump up^ “On September 12, 1935, the mortal remains of Jacinta, who died in 1920, were exhumed. Her face was found to be incorrupt.” Solimeo, Luiz. Fatima: A Message More Urgent Than Ever. (2008) pg. 97. “Today, the remnants of both Francisco and Jacinta rest at the Basilica of Fátima.” pg. 99.
  9. Jump up^ Jacinta’s exhumation photo at Catholic Counter-Reformation, and Jacinta’s reburial photo at escuelacima.com. Pages found 2010-05-13. Archived October 29, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Jump up to:a b c

POPE FRANCIS’ ANGELUS ADDRESS: On Loving Our Enemies

POPE FRANCIS’ ANGELUS ADDRESS: On Loving Our Enemies

“Love Your Enemies and Pray for Those Who Persecute You”

Angelus 30 August 2015

PHOTO.VA – OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

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Before the Angelus

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!

In this Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 5:38-48) – one of those pages that expresses best the Christian “revolution” – Jesus shows the way of true justice through the law of love, which surmounts that of retaliation, namely, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” This ancient rule imposed inflicting on transgressors punishments equivalent to the damages caused: death to one who killed, amputation to one who wounded someone, and so on. Jesus does not ask His disciples to suffer evil, rather, He asks them to react, but not with another evil, but with goodness. Only thus is the chain of evil broken: an evil leads to another evil, another evil leads to another evil …  This chain of evil is broken, and things truly change. Evil in fact is a “void,” a void of goodness, and it cannot be filled with another void, but only with “fullness,” namely, with goodness. Reprisals never lead to the resolution of conflicts. “You did it to me, I’ll do it to you”: this never resolves a conflict, nor is it Christian.

For Jesus the rejection of violence can also imply giving up a legitimate right; and He gives some examples: to give the other cheek, to give one’s cloak or one’s money, to accept other sacrifices (cf. vv. 39-42). However, this renunciation does not mean that the demands of justice are ignored or contradicted; on the contrary, Christian love, which manifests itself in a special way in mercy, represents a higher realization of justice. What Jesus wants to teach us is the clear distinction we must make between justice and retaliation – to distinguish between justice and retaliation. Retaliation is never just; we are permitted to ask for justice; it is our duty to practice justice. Instead, we are prohibited from vindicating ourselves and from fomenting retaliation in some way, in as much as <it is an> expression of hatred and of violence.

Jesus does not wish to propose a new civil rule, but rather the commandment to love our neighbor, which also includes love of enemies: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (v. 44). And this is not easy. This word is not understood as approval of the evil done by an enemy, but as an invitation in a higher, a magnanimous perspective, similar to that of the heavenly Father, who – Jesus says — “makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (v. 45). In fact, an enemy is also a human person, created as such in the image of God, even if at present this image is obfuscated by unworthy conduct.

When we speak of “enemies” we must not think, perhaps, of those persons who are different and distant from us; we speak also of ourselves, who can enter in conflict with our neighbor, at times with our relatives. How many enmities there are in families, how many! Enemies are those also who speak badly of us, who calumniate us and do us wrongs. And it is not easy to digest this. We are called to respond to all of them with goodness, which also has its strategies, inspired by love.

May the Virgin Mary help us to follow Jesus in this demanding way, which truly exalts human dignity and makes us live as children of our Father who is in Heaven. May she help us to practice patience, dialogue, forgiveness, and thus be craftsmen of communion, craftsmen of fraternity in our daily life, especially in our family.

[Original text: Italian]  [Translation by Virginia M. Forrester]

*

After the Angelus:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Unfortunately, news continues to reach us of violent and brutal clashes in the region of Central Kasai of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I feel intensely the grief of the victims, especially for so many children torn from their families and from school to be used as soldiers. Child soldiers are a tragedy. I assure my closeness and prayer, also for the religious and humanitarian personnel who work in that difficult region; and I renew my heartfelt appeal to the conscience and the responsibility of the National Authorities and of the International Community, so that appropriate and timely decisions are taken to help these brothers and sisters of ours.

Let us pray for them and for all peoples suffering also in other parts of the African Continent and of the world due to violence and war. I am thinking, in particular, of the beloved populations of Pakistan and of Iraq, scourged by cruel terrorist acts in past days. Let us pray for the victims, for the wounded and for their relatives. Let us pray ardently that every heart hardened by hatred is converted to peace, in keeping with God’s will. Let us pray for a moment in silence. [Hail Mary …]

I greet you all, families, Associations, parish groups and individual pilgrims from Italy and from various parts of the world.

In particular, I greet the students of Armagh, Ireland, the faithful of the dioceses of Asidonia-Jerez, Cadiz and Ceuta and Madrid in Spain; the Guanellian Youth Movement, the Confirmation candidates of Castelnuovo di Prato and the pilgrims of Modena and Viterbo.

I wish you all a good Sunday – a beautiful day! [he points to the blue sky]. And please, do not forget to pray for me.

Have a good lunch and see you soon!

[Original text: Italian]  

CM EXCLUSIVE: INTERVIEW WITH EMILIANO FITTIPALDI: Casting a “spotlight” on sex abuse in the Vatican

CM EXCLUSIVE: INTERVIEW WITH EMILIANO FITTIPALDI: Casting a “spotlight” on sex abuse in the Vatican

CM Exclusive: Interview With Emiliano Fittipaldi

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by Juliana Freitag  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 19, 2017

Casting a “spotlight” on sex abuse in the Vatican

Italian author Emiliano Fittipaldi, one of the defendants in the 2016 Vatileaks 2.0 trial, recently published his book Lust: Sins, Scandals and Betrayals of a Church Made of Men, detailing never-before-known facts about sexual scandals in Rome. He recently spoke with Church Militant in this exclusive interview. 
Editor’s Note: The author’s opinions are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of ChurchMilitant.com.
CM: What prompted you to write this book?
EF: Well, it’s actually quite simple. I’m an investigative journalist; I investigate power. In my previous book, Greed, the one that led me to be prosecuted in the Vatican, I tried to understand how far Pope Francis’ reform had gone. And I actually discovered that the Vatican scandals hadn’t been tackled at all. I went after a monsignor who works inside the Vatican, and he advised me to go ahead and find out whether there had been any actual changes regarding procedures to handle sex abuse charges. And this monsignor himself confirmed to me that there hadn’t been any changes.
During the pontificate of Pope Francis, accusations have doubled compared to the period of 2005–2010.Tweet
He showed me information from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where in the last three years, during the pontificate of Pope Francis, accusations have doubled compared to the period of 2005–2010. More than 1,200 complaints were brought forward. I thought that was interesting and decided to inspect this phenomenon. I wanted to understand if the Church was really doing what She had promised to do, and I found out that no, She’s not doing it.
CM: You wrote an article in La Repubblica stating that you found out there are more than 200 cases of priests accused of sexual crimes in Italy. It’s quite incredible that Italy has never seen a “Spotlight” investigation akin to what took place in the United States when the Boston Globe exposed the sex abuse crisis in the American Church in 2002.

EF: Well, this is what I tried to do with this book.

CM: In recent interviews you spoke of “Catholic shame” and said public opinion has never really paid that much attention to the sexual scandals, but isn’t it a bit simplistic to link a lack of real investigation of such horrendous crimes to the cultural environment, to a lack of interest from the public? After your research, do you think there’s anything else that might actually be preventing a “Spotlight” from happening in Italy?
EF: This is a good question. I am a journalist and I try not to give my opinion. I don’t like opinions and I go straight to facts. And this is not only my explanation, this is the explanation also given by Scicluna, who was the Promoter of Justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2011. I asked him why not in Italy, and I don’t mean only Italy, but generally in Catholic countries like Spain, Portugal, and all South American countries — why haven’t these countries ever seen scandals, or their governments haven’t ever set up committees of inquiry? He answered that it doesn’t happen because there’s omertà (a term that refers to a code of silence among criminals); there’s a culture of silence.
If I had to say more, I’d say that I think that there’s a power of the Church that reaches deeply in Italy, a lot more than anywhere else in the world, especially if we consider the Anglo-Saxon world. And our media, also, the traditional media, newspapers, TV channels, they find it difficult to criticize the Church even if we are speaking of such grave offenses. For this book I have been interviewed by you, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC, yesterday by Die Zeit — and not by one Italian newspaper.
CM: Really?
EF: Really! Not even one!
CM: This is shocking. When we were preparing the articles on those who reported the circle of sex-abusing priests in Brindisi, there actually was a lot of material available, but few of the major newspapers spoke about it. And there weren’t many public manifestations of indignation. 
EF: Yes. But the indignation would come if there was a press campaign, like the one that happened in the United States after Spotlight. I’ll give you another example. In the book I describe how three cardinals of the Council of Nine, three out of nine — George Pell, Francisco Javier Errázuriz and Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga — have covered up for accused priests, there is evidence that proves the cover-ups. Pell made news, especially in Anglo-Saxon countries like Australia, England, the United States, but in Italy the only person who discussed Pell’s case was me. And before he was interrogated. But no one has ever really analyzed Pell’s story.
And the story of Maradiaga has never been told as well. So now what I do is to demonstrate that Francis has promoted cardinals who commit cover-ups. And this is something that could have been written two years ago. When the pope appointed the cardinals for the council, the press could have fact-checked their past, but no one has ever done it. This is a responsibility we, Italian press, have. It’s just that the newspapers prefer to reproduce whatever has been published by the Holy See’s Press Office than try to understand if that news is truthful or not.

And obviously, with some exceptions, at times it happens we are a bit harsh. My newspaper, L’Espresso, put a very harsh cover on the edition reviewing my book.

CM: Compared to other vehicles it wasn’t that bad. Usually we expect a defamation campaign against the Catholic Church. 
EF: No, what we must undertake is an information campaign. We don’t like defamation. But information is important.
CM: It’s very important, and as Catholics we have a responsibility to investigate this cancer in our Church. 
EF: Exactly. But for me the Church has nothing to do with it. I mean, the Holy Church. For me this is about the institution. The Church is one thing, and the other thing is the Vatican institution. I don’t write books against the Faith. I’m an agnostic but I have enormous respect for religions. If you read my books there won’t be a line against the Faith, unlike many others who go on and on about the connection between Catholicism and pedophilia. For me this is foolishness, utter foolishness. It’s stupid. But anyway, concluding the discussion on the Italian media, particularly, but more generally on media in all Catholic countries, there’s a lot of conformism. There’s this will to not create scandal. And not only concerning the Vatican, but concerning power in general, it’s difficult to inquire in Italy; we’re not used to it. I have a bit of an Anglo-Saxon mentality from that point of view. Even if I’m writing about Matteo Renzi [former prime minister of Italy] or about Virginia Raggi [current mayor of Rome], for me it’s important to tell the facts without offering opinions, without trying to propose a thesis. I try to uncover the facts that the power is hiding from us, and I don’t make any comments. The reader then decides whether to comment or not.
Now going back to the Vatican, these 1,200 accusations, which are so many, could also be something positive. It could be that people now have more courage to come forward and press charges, or maybe the bishops are more afraid that if they don’t report they could be expelled. These numbers aren’t necessarily a negative thing. But it is a sign that the phenomenon is still very strong. The United Nations in 2014 asked the Vatican to open the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. They don’t want to do it. Everything is sub secreto Pontificio. And while this rule doesn’t change, it’s too hard to talk about transparency.
CM: About the cases connected to the cardinals, like that of Cdl. George Pell, or the case of Cdl. Timothy Dolan of New York, does your book present any new interviews or documents that have never been published before?
EF: Yes, there are unpublished documents on Pell; they are documents that show that he has helped economically, when he was the archbishop of Melbourne, a few priests when they got out of prison. He has also arranged places for them to live. And this would all be okay, because I think everyone deserves mercy, even these monsters, but at the same time Pell tried his best to defend the Church’s money from the financial reparations requested by the victims.
CM: This seems to be a general problem, these bishops that help accused or even condemned priests. They simply transfer the priests somewhere else and help them re-establish.
EF: Exactly, and this is the fundamental problem. I can understand the mercy, but there must also be severity. We must obviously have mercy for the criminal, but we must have mercy, above all, for the victims. But frequently there’s no compassion for the victims. I’ll give an example: the case of the Antonio Provolo Institute, an institute for the deaf-mute in Verona. This case burst in my newspaper in 2009, and 77 deaf-mute students declared they had been abused, for decades, by 25 clergymen. The students provided a list, the Vatican established a commission and punished, very lightly, with light fines and admonitions, only two priests among the 25 clergymen accused. These poor students have never received any financial recognition, and in practice no one believed them. And what happened two weeks ago? One of these priests, who had been transferred to another branch of the institute in Argentina, not very far from the former diocese of Abp. Bergoglio, was arrested because he sexually abused other children.
CM: His lifestyle wasn’t at all affected. 
EF: Exactly. But the problem is that in the last few years nothing has been done. These deaf-mute students were discredited, this priest that was transferred to Argentina had been accused, and he ended up arrested by the police two weeks ago. This demonstrates how much these cases aren’t taken seriously still today.
CM: So you would say it’s unquestionable that there are many cases of priests and bishops who are undoubtedly guilty but still have ties to the Vatican?
EF: Yes! And another example: Cardinal Bernard Law, the cardinal of Boston exposed by The Boston Globe, who protected Geoghan and other pedophile priests, was expelled — at least he was expelled and forced to resign. But George Pell has even made a career in the Vatican! He’s the number three in the Vatican. The number three, the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, and he himself, although there’s still no proof, is being accused of sexual abuse. And the Vatican has always defended him. I’m not interested in the accusations of direct abuse while he’s not pronounced guilty; we always need to be cautious in these situations, but I have read all the documents, the records of the commission, and these for me prove, undoubtedly, at least from an ethical point of view, how he has not behaved well as a Christian. The fact that he still has the Vatican’s support — I mean, he was by the side of pedophiles when they went to court, he tried to give a very small amount of money to the victims, telling them to either accept it or that the Church would defend Herself. He has lied to victims telling them he didn’t believe them when he knew the accused was indeed a pedophile. And all of this to allegedly save money for the Church. This cannot be done by such an important cardinal like Pell!
CM: Absolutely not. Anyway, soon after “Spotlight,” a research study was commissioned, and many priests and scholars who study the subject agree with the findings, which are that the problem of pedophilia in the Church has an undeniable connection with the active homosexual clergy. Does your research bear this out?
There’s in fact a gay lobby, and the most disturbing thing is that they are able either to block or advance careers, according to their interest. Tweet
EF: No, no, I don’t agree with this, no. I think pedophilia is a very spread-out disease, and it’s spread out in other institutions, not only the Catholic Church, and it has nothing to do with homosexuality. Because homosexuality is not a disease, it’s a sexual condition, but pedophilia, for me, is a disease. Of course it is even more intolerable in the Church because of Her moral authority, for Her spiritual power, Her power of guidance for billions of people, including the children of Catholic families, and this is why I am more interested to analyze it inside the Church than anywhere else. But from all studies that I have read, there’s absolutely no connection between pedophilia and homosexuality. There is, though, a chapter on the Vatican gay lobby in my book.
CM: We read in the Italian Huffington Post an extract of your book that discusses the existence of the gay lobby. What are your thoughts on the gay lobby inside the Church?
EF: I think it exists. It exists not because I think so, but because there were cases that make it evident, and I describe these cases in my book. There are people inside the Vatican with homosexual inclinations, and that in itself wouldn’t be a problem, but it becomes a problem when homosexuality is practiced — not because I have anything against consenting adults engaging in homosexual sex, but because the doctrine of the Church, still today, even under Francis, is still very hard with homosexuals. Francis has certainly promoted an opening, with declarations such as the famous “Who am I to judge?” he looked like a revolutionary. It was an important political opening, but the doctrine of the Church has not changed even by a comma.
CM: And it is not going to change. 
EF: Well, if it’s going to change or not… For you I guess it’s better to remain the way it is, but I would like to see some change. But on the last Synod of the Family the progressive advances of Pope Francis were completely blocked by the conservative majority. The Catechism says that homosexuality is a perversion. [Note: Actually, what the Catechism states is that homosexual acts are “acts of grave depravity.”] Ratzinger has stated that homosexuality is an intrinsically evil act, he has blocked people with homosexual tendencies from entering seminaries, even if they are not practicing homosexuals. All of this imposes a mirrored behavior from the people who set the tone. And well, Pope Francis had to admit, as has admitted Ratzinger in his last biography, from September last year, that there is a gay lobby inside the Vatican. And that has also been told by a former Swiss Guard chief, who complained that his soldiers were constantly harassed for sex, suffering pressure from the cardinals, receiving gifts and invitations from them. The gay lobby exists and according to this former chief of the Swiss Guard it even puts the Pope’s life in danger. I don’t know what he means by that.
CM: Did he declare this directly to you?
EM: Yes, it’s in the book, it’s all in the book. All of this shows that there’s in fact a gay lobby, and the most disturbing thing is that they are able either to block or advance careers, according to their interest. And it should be remembered that for the Church homosexuality is a very grave sin, a violation of the Sixth Commandment, and this is sometimes also used in internal wars, used as calumny, so we need to be very careful to distinguish what’s gossip and what’s real. The examples I give are examples where I actually prove the existence of homosexual relationships, and sometimes also the existence of the economic interests behind it all. Otherwise it’s all unfounded gossip that is eventually used in the “mud machine” [an expression in Italian journalism to describe the coordinated actions of media groups to circulate slander, and also the title of one of Fittipaldi’s previous books].
CM: So you think the Vatican makes use of its own “mud machine”?
EF: Yes, and what we are talking about here goes on inside the Vatican, where certain monsignori accuse one another of homosexuality. At a certain point Msgr. Carlo Maria Viganò, who served as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, accused one of Cdl. Tarcisio Bertone’s secretaries of being gay. At the same time, Dino Boffo, former director of the bishops’ newspaper Avvenire, was publicly destroyed by false accusations of homosexuality. So we need to be very, very careful.
And there’s also the opposite side of it all, where so many stories are invented against the Church, so it’s a lot of work to individualize every case. I hate anti-clerical people. A lot of people think I’m an anti-clerical, when I actually have a lot of respect for the Church. As an investigative journalist I find it important to target the rotten apples, as this is my craft. When people ask me “How come you never speak of the beautiful things done by the Church?” I always reply that the Church in Italy benefits from extremely favorable press; the Church certainly doesn’t need Fittipaldi. Actually, I would say that it’s very important to give a name and a surname to everything that is wrong, because we can then praise even more the vast majority of clergymen, priests and bishops who are doing their best to help families, children, the poor, and this should not ever be forgotten.
CM: Definitely. You just said you’d like to see a “revolution” in the Church, a touch of progressivism; do you reckon that Pope Francis, who for you seems to personify this progress, will manage to at least start to solve this problem of the sexual abuses?
EF: No.
CM: No?
EF: No! It has been only four years, but for now Benedict XVI has done a lot more in two or three years than Pope Francis has in four. Francis has done one fundamental thing: He created the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
CM: If we remember correctly, the Commission has met only twice?
EF: Maybe a few times more, because one of the members has told me they met three or four times. In reality it seems there were six official meetings, but that doesn’t really change the situation. Six meetings in two and a half years is practically nothing. And these have been plenary meetings, with all of the members. The problem isn’t so much the number of meetings, but the fact that this commission has no power whatsoever. They can’t investigate pedophilia cases. They don’t have access to the letters and documents of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where all the processes are. The only thing this commission can do is to give guidelines to the episcopal conferences, it can promote workshops. They have considered instituting a day of prayer. But this is all worthless. It’s all talk, it’s completely useless. And this is so true that abuse survivor Peter Saunders has walked away slamming the door saying that Francis hadn’t really done anything, and that Francis has only served as excellent public relations for the Church.
CM: This seems to be the general idea the world makes of the Pope. 
EF: Saunders was perhaps a bit too severe, but when I went to check what had been done by this commission I discovered they had done nothing. They haven’t even managed to add to Vatican norms the obligation to report, as asked by the United Nations, the obligation to report that would force a bishop go to a Civil Justice Court, not only to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Last year a magistrate was investigating for pedophilia a very powerful priest in Lombardy, Fr. Mauro Inzoli, whose nickname was “Don Mercedes,” owing to his taste for expensive cars. The judge asked the Vatican for the documents, which were refused. He was finally arrested, but the judge had to do everything by himself, so what has really changed? Nothing. Some will say that I’m exaggerating, but the book hasn’t been out for long, and I do hope someone shows up and proves that I am wrong.

CM: Let’s hope it serves as a wake-up call. What would be the fundamental thing to do, according to you?

EF: Transparency, transparency, transparency. The same thing for the Institute for the Works of Religion [The Vatican Bank]. It isn’t transparent, we know nothing about this institution yet.
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CM: So you think the only way to handle this situation is to make public the sub secreto Pontifico documents?
EF: Yes, otherwise how can we make progress? Without transparency, everything remains within the shadows of the Vatican walls, there’s no cooperation with the civil justice system, and this creates a serious problem of credibility for the Church. And as for Francis’ Church, we need more facts and less talking.
CM: Would you like to add further comments?
EF: The important thing for me is to make clear that, unlike what many have already affirmed, I am not an enemy of the Church. No! And in fact there many priests and members of the clergy who keep writing me to thank me and say that mine is very positive work. It’s a cleaning job.

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Juliana Freitag

Juliana Freitag is Church Militant’s Italian correspondent.

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AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICIANS: TRANSGENDERISM ‘CHILD ABUSE’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/08/american-college-of-pediatricians-transgenderism-child-abuse/

Do Pediatricians Believe that Transgender Affirmation is Child Abuse? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/21/do-pediatricians-believe-that-transgender-affirmation-is-child-abuse/

“Gender Ideology” Ignores Biological Facts: Archbishop Cordileone “A Human Being is Born Either Male or Female” http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/07/gender-ideology-ignores-biological-facts-archbishop-cordileone-a-human-being-is-born-either-male-or-female/

Gender Ideology Harms Children http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/21/gender-ideology-harms-children/

PRO-TRANSGENDER ‘BATHROOM RIGHTS’ AD TO HIT AIRWAVES http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/07/13/pro-transgender-bathroom-rights-ad-to-hit-airwaves/

STUDIES SHOW SAME-SEX PARENTING HARMS CHILDREN http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/07/08/studies-show-same-sex-parenting-harms-children/

LGBT Agenda Is a Demonic Attack on the Family, Cardinal Sarah Warns U.S. http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/05/18/lgbt-agenda-is-a-demonic-attack-on-the-family-cardinal-sarah-warns-u-s/

3 Facts About Transgenderism The Media Ignored To Push The Caitlyn Jenner Hero Story http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/05/12/3-facts-about-transgenderism-the-media-ignored-to-push-the-caitlyn-jenner-hero-story/

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON: EASTER DRAG SHOW DOESN’T DEFY CHURCH TEACHING – It’s not heresy, it’s an “interactive experience” http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/04/catholic-university-of-dayton-easter-drag-show-doesnt-defy-church-teaching-its-not-heresy-its-an-interactive-experience/

San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone: Those dissenting from Church teachings shouldn’t receive Communion (VIDEO) http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/05/san-francisco-archbishop-cordileone-those-dissenting-from-church-teachings-shouldnt-receive-communion-video/

Breaking: Supreme Court Redefines Marriage Throughout USA

5 Implications of the US Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision

US Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says Archbishop Kurtz, President of USCCB

US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy replaces the “Laws of Nature” with his own on Gay Marriage

US CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS: COURT NOT THE PLACE FOR POLITICS http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/08/us-chief-justice-john-roberts-court-not-the-place-for-politics/

Courts Becoming Very Hostile to Christianity

Efforts to Silence Clergy Continue Apace

Losing Tax Exemption Will Destroy The Church

Archbishop Gomez: Creation and the Future of Marriage

Bishop Strickland’s Statement on US Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

Cardinal John Njue to Kenyan Americans: On Morality be Kenyans not Americans

What does the legalization of gay marriage mean for the Catholic Church?

Catholic Activist: Justice Kennedy betrayed Christ in Gay Marriage Decision

Redefining Marriage, Part 1-10: Who’s to blame? The root of the problem.

Catholic Respond to Brave New Roe: One Nation, Divided Over Marriage

11 Most Devastating Quotes from John Robert’s Gay Marriage Dissent

12 Quotes: “Marriage Equality” spells the death of marriage

Supreme Court Decision in Obergefell vs. Hodges on Homosexual Marriage as National Policy

12 Quotes against Sodomy that every Catholic should know

Taking back marriage

The #1 Reason the Catholic Church won’t support same-sex marriage

Surrender to Sodomy: Supreme Court’s Decision on Gay Marriage

The Gospel and “Gay Marriage”

Obergefell destroyed marriage as legal contract. It did not destroy marriage

Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Negates Both Reason and Reality

Fr. Barron on Gay Marriage and the Breakdown of Moral Argument

Why “Gay Marriage” is wrong?

The US Supreme Court: A Despotic Agent of Change

In Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage US Supreme Court Rejects Natural Law and Provokes God’s Wrath

Slowly but surely making gay okay

Unnatural is the New Normal

Satan Hates Marriage

Franciscan University presents: Why marriage matters?

Pope Francis: List of tips to make a marriage work

Why the Episcopalians Voted for Gay Marriage?

40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags

Abandoning the full meaning of marriage

After Obergefell on same-sex marriage: The Effects on Law, Culture & Marriage

Is Catholic Response to Obergefell (Homosexual Marriage) to Obey the State or Disobey it?

How to discuss “gay marriage” (Part 1-3)?

Saint Nero, Patron of Gay Marriage

Sermon: “Transgenderism according to the Bible”

Jason Evert Interview: What is transgenderism?

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘mental disorder’; sex change ‘biologically impossible’

The Vortex: Gay Priests

Nazism and Gay Rights: Key Parallels

Archbishop Gadecki: Gender Ideology is worst than Marxism

Same-sex “marriage” and the crisis of leadership

15 Quotes from Pope Benedict XVI (Cardinal Ratzinger) Letter to the Bishops on Homosexuality

 

Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons

The Vortex: It’s unnatural! Amid the push for transgenderism and same-sex “marriage”

FBI (Faith Based Investigation): Homosexuality

FBI: Homosexuality with Question & Answer

Homosexuality, the Grave Evil Presented as Good

Homosexual and Freemasons Inside the Church

“The Rite of Sodomy” Homosexuality in the Roman Catholic Church

Mic’d Up: “Pink Money and the Homosexual Mafia”

Mic’d Up: Homosexuality is intrinsically disordered

Homosexuality is not sexuality

Sexual Dysfunction: The Latest Progressive Imposition

Where we are and things to come – Message from Jonathan Cahn (August 2015)

The Covenant Theology of the Rainbow & Why the Homosexual Community Uses It

The Coming Plague of Gender Confusion

When a man calls himself a chicken

10 Reasons why you should oppose same-sex “marriage”

An Impossible Right: Why ‘Same-Sex Marriage’ is Wrong Headed

Same Sex Marriage: What the Church Teaches and Why with Bishop Ronald Gainer

Nigerian Bishops: No Shaking on Sodomy

Same Sex Marriage: Why Not? – Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Marriage Equality and Marriage Reality at the Supreme Court – Dr. Ryan Anderson

Gay agenda ‘has never been about gay rights…

A Pastoral Response to the Acceptance of Homosexual Lifestyle and the Legalization of Homosexual Unions

Pope Francis: A bold bishop warns about attacks on marriage

No communion for dissenters – Archbishop Myers: Believe or not receive

Kenya’s Cardinal John Njue determined to be in the thick of the family synod action

Why words matter when it comes to homosexuality?

Homosexuality and the Synod on the Family

Cardinal Robert Sarah: ISIS and Gender Ideology are like apocalyptic beasts

Silencing the Church on Marriage: Australian Archbishop Julian Porteous under threat

Don’t demonize: Why ‘yes’ won in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum?

http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/17/dont-demonize-why-yes-won-in-irelands-same-sex-marriage-referendum/

Reality check: gender diversity is driven by a top-down ideological movement http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/15/reality-check-gender-diversity-is-driven-by-a-top-down-ideological-movement/

Here-under are some articles about family and marriage for you to read or watch: 

  1. Getting to know you, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=284
  2. Be Positive, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=288
  3. Love and Marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=292
  4. Endless Love – Marriage after all, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=294
  5. Say it with love, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=298
  6. Quality family moments, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=300
  7. Secret of successful marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=302
  8. The vocation of marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1968
  9. Marriage as Covenant, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1974
  10. Humility: Foundation for Marital Happiness, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1986
  11. Gratitude: Foundation for marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1980
  12. True Meaning of marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1972
  13. Marriage and incompatibility, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=2112
  14. Love is a garden, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=2116
  15. Three kinds of love, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=2095

The Beauty of Marriage from a Biblical Perspective  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/02/12/the-beauty-of-marriage-from-a-biblical-perspective/

Saint Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body in Video Presentation

Sophia Sketchpad – Marriage

Sacraments 101: Matrimony (Why make it Catholic?)

A love that is life long: The marriage God wants for you

What’s destroying some Catholic marriages?

Divorce’s many victims

What Catholics need to know about marriage and sex, Part 2

Can a Catholic sign a pre-nuptial agreement?

We want Church truth on marriage, young Catholics say

Wives, Be Subordinate to Your Husbands? – John Paul II on Ephesians 5:21-33 http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/12/wives-be-subordinate-to-your-husbands-john-paul-ii-on-ephesians-521-33/

An Open Letter to the Adulterers Outed by the Ashley Madison Hackers

Pro-life, Married & Contracepting: Is there a problem?

Pope Francis’ General Audience: The Family is an irreplaceable source of stability for children

The 4 most important parts of marriage

Pre-Cana with St. John Chrysostom: 7 Tips to a successful marriage

Reflections on the Indissolubility of Marriage and the Trinity http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/12/reflections-on-the-indissolubility-of-marriage-and-the-trinity/

Why Is Marriage Indissoluble? “The first natural tie of human society is man and wife.” St. Augustine http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/14/why-is-marriage-indissoluble-the-first-natural-tie-of-human-society-is-man-and-wife-st-augustine/

44 Sins against the sacrament of marriage

Live-in: Research facts and analysis on cohabitation

Bishop Olmsted Calls Men Into the Breach http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/05/bishop-olmsted-calls-men-into-the-breach/

Pope Francis: When families teach forgiveness, they strengthen society

THIS EUROPEAN NATION JUST FOUGHT THE GAY AGENDA AND WON – Pope Francis lent a hand http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2015/12/23/this-european-nation-just-fought-the-gay-agenda-and-won-pope-francis-lent-a-hand/

Never Date a Feminist: 12 Warning Signs for Young Men http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/07/never-date-a-feminist-12-warning-signs-for-young-men/

Keeping sex for marriage helps marriages last the distance http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/15/keeping-sex-for-marriage-helps-marriages-last-the-distance/

Pope Francis: Most Catholic marriages are null, some ‘cohabitations’ are ‘real marriage’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/19/pope-francis-most-catholic-marriages-are-null-some-cohabitations-are-real-marriage/

Why Christ Will Never Let His Bride Redefine Marriage? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/19/why-christ-will-never-let-his-bride-redefine-marriage/

Gay ‘marriage’: It’s not gay, and it’s not marriage – G.K. Chesterton  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/14/gay-marriage-its-not-gay-and-its-not-marriage-g-k-chesterton/

Church’s Teaching on Marriage Comes From Author of Creation, Say Bishops  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/16/churchs-teaching-on-marriage-comes-from-author-of-creation-say-bishops/

The family in the era of soulmate marriage http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/29/the-family-in-the-era-of-soulmate-marriage/

Why millenials don’t want kids… Are their reasons good enough? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/29/why-millenials-dont-want-kids-are-their-reasons-good-enough/

Real insights about porn and marriage  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/10/28/real-insights-about-porn-and-marriage/

10 Issues You Should Discuss Before You Get Married (otherwise your marriage could be invalid!) http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/12/10-issues-you-should-discuss-before-you-get-married-otherwise-your-marriage-could-be-invalid/

Engaged Couple’s Spiritual Checklist http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/13/engaged-couples-spiritual-checklist/

Should You Get Married in the Church? 7 Couples Share Their Experience  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/13/should-you-get-married-in-the-church-7-couples-share-their-experience/

Must Catholics Marry in a Church? Must Catholics Have Their Wedding in a Church? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/13/must-catholics-marry-in-a-church-must-catholics-have-their-wedding-in-a-church/

Last Video Released in Series on Marriage http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/12/21/last-video-released-in-series-on-marriage/

For Catholics A Woman’s Place is in the Home http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/01/20/for-catholics-a-womans-place-is-in-the-home/

Real Women- The Catholic View Marriage and Family http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/01/20/real-women-the-catholic-view-marriage-and-family/

Real Women- Feminine Virtue and the Moral Life  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/01/20/real-women-feminine-virtue-and-the-moral-life/

The Human Person Is a Bioethical Word http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/01/20/the-human-person-is-a-bioethical-word/

“God himself is the author of marriage” (GS 48:1). The vocation of marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes (CCC:1603)

FBI Homosexuality click below:

FBI (Faith Based Investigation): Homosexuality

Many believe the Freemasons are simply a centuries-old charitable fraternity. However, the Catholic Church has consistently condemned Freemasonry more than any other error in its history because it promotes indifferentism, naturalism, communism, and other dangerous philosophies.

Why Homosexuality is a Natural Law Issue?  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/07/14/why-homosexuality-is-a-natural-law-issue/

PRIEST SEX ABUSE IS ALL ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2015/12/14/priest-sex-abuse-is-all-about-homosexuality/

THE VORTEX: BLACKMAIL? COVER-UP? Did the New York archdiocese buy Fr. Miqueli’s silence? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2015/12/16/the-vortex-blackmail-cover-up-the-vortex-blackmail-cover-up-did-the-new-york-archdiocese-buy-fr-miquelis-silence/

THE VORTEX: HIDING GAY PRIESTS http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2015/12/14/the-vortex-hiding-gay-priests/

NEARLY 50 SEX ABUSE CLAIMS FILED IN NEW YORK ARCHDIOCESE http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/12/14/nearly-50-sex-abuse-claims-filed-in-new-york-archdiocese/

THE VORTEX: DAMAGE CONTROL TIME – This could be the end for Cardinal Dolan http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2015/12/15/the-vortex-damage-control-time-this-could-be-the-end-for-cardinal-dolan/

THE VORTEX: HALF OF PRIESTS AND BISHOPS ARE GAY http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/11/the-vortex-half-of-priests-and-bishops-are-gay/

THE VORTEX: NEW YORK DOUBLES – The blockbuster insider interview! Investigation of Fr. Peter Miqueli sex and embezzlement case http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/04/the-vortex-new-york-doubles-the-blockbuster-insider-interview-investigation-of-fr-peter-miqueli-sex-and-embezzlement-case/

EXCLUSIVE TELL-ALL INTERVIEW—NEW YORK CITY GAY PRIEST EMBEZZLEMENT SCANDAL http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/04/exclusive-tell-all-interview-new-york-city-gay-priest-embezzlement-scandal/

WATCH—NEW YORK’S HOMOSEXUAL PRIEST MAFIA EXPOSED http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/07/watch-new-yorks-homosexual-priest-mafia-exposed/

PRIEST CAUGHT IN GAY SEX STING PROMOTED TO HEAD OF NEW YORK ARCHDIOCESAN TV http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/09/priest-caught-in-gay-sex-sting-promoted-to-head-of-new-york-archdiocesan-tv/

NEW YORK VICAR GENERAL LINKED TO AWOL PRIEST: Msgr. Greg Mustaciuolo allegedly tied to fleeing priest Msgr. Michael Hull http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/14/new-york-vicar-general-linked-to-awol-priest-msgr-greg-mustaciuolo-allegedly-tied-to-fleeing-priest-msgr-michael-hull/

COMPLETE COVERAGE—NEW YORK GAY PRIEST EMBEZZLEMENT SCANDAL http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/16/complete-coverage-new-york-gay-priest-embezzlement-scandal/

SUICIDE, SEX ABUSE AND CRIMINAL CHARGES: Protection of homosexual Franciscan latest revelation in ongoing Pennsylvania scandal http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/16/suicide-sex-abuse-and-criminal-charges-protection-of-homosexual-franciscan-latest-revelation-in-ongoing-pennsylvania-scandal/

THE VORTEX: HOW IT ALL WORKS – There is a homosexual network in the Church http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/23/the-vortex-how-it-all-works-there-is-a-homosexual-network-in-the-church/

TWIN CITIES ARCHBISHOP HAD SOCIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CONVICTED PRIEST: Evidence suggests homosexual relations between Abp. John Nienstedt and Fr. Curtis Wehmeyer http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/07/22/twin-cities-archbishop-had-social-relationship-with-convicted-priest-evidence-suggests-homosexual-relations-between-abp-john-nienstedt-and-fr-curtis-wehmeyer/

THE VORTEX: SIFT THEM LIKE WHEAT- Satan has attacked the priesthood and episcopacy with homosexuality http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/12/the-vortex-sift-them-like-wheat-satan-has-attacked-the-priesthood-and-episcopacy-with-homosexuality/

MIC’D UP: SHOULD HOMOSEXUALS BE PRIESTS? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/19/micd-up-should-homosexuals-be-priests/

HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVIST TO SPEAK AT SAN FRANCISCO PARISH http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/02/homosexual-activist-to-speak-at-san-francisco-parish/

ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART MUZZLES PRO-GAY SPEAKER: Melbourne archbishop disallows pro-LGBT politician from speaking at Catholic event

http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/12/archbishop-denis-hart-muzzles-pro-gay-speaker-melbourne-archbishop-disallows-pro-lgbt-politician-from-speaking-at-catholic-event/

WATCH: U.S. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz push for gay ‘equality’ will ‘destroy everything Christian’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/06/watch-u-s-bishop-fabian-bruskewitz-push-for-gay-equality-will-destroy-everything-christian/

PICTURE JESUS AS A HOMOSEXUAL: Fr. Donal Godfrey: “God is in some sense queer” http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/15/picture-jesus-as-a-homosexual-fr-donal-godfrey-god-is-in-some-sense-queer/

PENNSYLVANIA HOMOSEXUAL ABUSE SCANDAL CROSSES STATE LINES http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/18/pennsylvania-homosexual-abuse-scandal-crosses-state-lines/

COMPLETE COVERAGE—PENNSYLVANIA HOMOSEXUAL CLERGY COVER-UP http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/30/complete-coverage-pennsylvania-homosexual-clergy-cover-up/

HUNDREDS OF SEX ABUSE TIPS RECEIVED IN PENNSYLVANIA HOMOSEXUAL CLERGY COVER-UP http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/31/hundreds-of-sex-abuse-tips-received-in-pennsylvania-homosexual-clergy-cover-up/

THE VORTEX: I ANSWER ONLY TO GOD – A new culture is forming in the Church on Homosexual Clergy http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/31/the-vortex-i-answer-only-to-god-a-new-culture-is-forming-in-the-church-on-homosexual-clergy/

REV. MARTIN BOYLAN: SCRANTON PRIEST SUSPENDED PENDING INVESTIGATION http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/04/rev-martin-boylan-scranton-priest-suspended-pending-investigation-allegations-of-pedophila-is-enough-to-have-priests-faculties-removed-in-scranton-diocese/

ORGANIZED CRIME IN PENNSYLVANIA DIOCESE: Federal authorities seeking racketeering charges over actions of two former bishops http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/04/organized-crime-in-pennsylvania-diocese-federal-authorities-seeking-racketeering-charges-over-actions-of-two-former-bishops/  

SUPERIOR OF LAY APOSTOLATE DECLARES FOUNDER GUILTY OF SEX ABUSE: The community of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has systemic problems http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/06/superior-of-lay-apostolate-declares-founder-guilty-of-sex-abuse-the-community-of-sodalitium-christianae-vitae-has-systemic-problems/

Cardinal Theodore Adrien Sarr: Africans will not accept Western push for gay ‘marriage’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/06/cardinal-theodore-adrien-sarr-africans-will-not-accept-western-push-for-gay-marriage/

PENNSYLVANIA REFORMING SEX ABUSE LAW AMID HOMOSEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS: Legislators seek abolition of statute of limitations http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/06/pennsylvania-reforming-sex-abuse-law-amid-homosexual-abuse-crisis-legislators-seek-abolition-of-statute-of-limitations/

COLOMBIANS MARCH AGAINST GENDER IDEOLOGY FOLLOWING POPE FRANCIS’ COMMENTS http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/14/colombians-march-against-gender-ideology-following-pope-francis-comments/

HEAD OF US BISHOPS’ NEWS AGENCY PROMOTES LGBT ‘RIGHTS’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/12/head-of-us-bishops-news-agency-promotes-lgbt-rights/

HEAD OF BISHOPS’ NEWS OUTFIT RESIGNS AMID CONTROVERSY: Bishops ask Tony Spence to step down after reports of pro-gay activism  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/14/head-of-bishops-news-outfit-resigns-amid-controversy-bishops-ask-tony-spence-to-step-down-after-reports-of-pro-gay-activism/

VATICAN BANS ARCHBISHOP JULIUSZ PAETZ FROM POLAND’S CELEBRATIONS http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/14/vatican-bans-archbishop-juliusz-paetz-from-polands-celebrations/

Michael Voris’s Stunning & Admirable Broken-Hearted Confession http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/22/michael-voriss-stunning-admirable-broken-hearted-confession/

MASCULINITY AND CATHOLICISM: True masculinity involves courage, sacrifice and love of God http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/23/masculinity-and-catholicism-true-masculinity-involves-courage-sacrifice-and-love-of-god/

THE VORTEX: LIMITING GOD – We must not seek to limit God http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/21/the-vortex-limiting-god-we-must-not-seek-to-limit-god/

THREE FRIARS TO STAND TRIAL FOR PROTECTING HOMOSEXUAL ABUSIVE BROTHER http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/29/three-friars-to-stand-trial-for-protecting-homosexual-abusive-brother/

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN PA HOMOSEXUAL BROTHER ABUSE CASE  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/14/settlement-reached-in-pa-homosexual-brother-abuse-case/

THIRD CLERIC CONVICTED IN GAY PRIEST NETWORK IN BRINDISI, ITALY http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/19/third-cleric-convicted-in-gay-priest-network-in-brindisi-italy/

Can You Be Gay and Christian? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/29/can-you-be-gay-and-christian/

EX-GAY CHRISTOPHER SALE RESCUED BY THE POWER OF THE CROSS http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/03/ex-gay-christopher-sale-rescued-by-the-power-of-the-cross/

THE DOWNLOAD: NOT BORN THAT WAY – Interview with Christopher Sale http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/03/the-download-not-born-that-way-interview-with-christopher-sale/

DARTMOUTH COURSE: ORLANDO MASSACRE RESULT OF ‘MASCULINITY, CONSERVATISM’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/03/dartmouth-course-orlando-massacre-result-of-masculinity-conservatism/

STOCKTON DIOCESE VICAR GENERAL CAUGHT IN SEXTING SCANDAL http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/15/stockton-diocese-vicar-general-caught-in-sexting-scandal/

STUDY: NO ONE IS BORN GAY http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/28/study-no-one-is-born-gay/

THE VORTEX: WHAT GIVES? – Playing pattycake with homo-Catholics  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/19/the-vortex-what-gives-playing-pattycake-with-homo-catholics/

CONNECTICUT DIOCESE FIGHTS TO KEEP SEX ABUSE FILES SECRET  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/22/connecticut-diocese-fights-to-keep-sex-abuse-files-secret/

History of the False Ideas Leading to Same-Sex “Marriage” http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/03/history-of-the-false-ideas-leading-to-same-sex-marriage/

Why America Has It Wrong About Homosexuality http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/03/why-america-has-it-wrong-about-homosexuality/

CM EXCLUSIVE: FR. DARIUSZ OKO ON THE HOMOHERESY – About the plague of homosexual clergy in the Church  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/01/18/cm-exclusive-fr-dariusz-oko-on-the-homoheresy-about-the-plague-of-homosexual-clergy-in-the-church/

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‘JANE ROE’ OF ROE V. WADE DIES: 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion

‘JANE ROE’ OF ROE V. WADE DIES: 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion‘Jane Roe’ of Roe v. Wade Dies

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by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 18, 2017

Pro-life Catholic Norma McCorvey has passed away at age 69

KATY, Texas (ChurchMilitant.com) – Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion, passed away quietly Saturday at the age of 69.

Finding herself pregnant with another child in 1971, McCorvey had never actually wanted an abortion. But an ambitious feminist attorney named Sarah Weddington made McCorvey the posterchild for the abortion lobby, using her case to argue not only that Texas’ pro-life laws should be overturned, but that all such laws throughout the United States should be declared unconstitutional.

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The result was Roe v. Wade, a case that has resulted in the murder of as many as 60 million unborn children over the last 44 years.

They “were looking for somebody, anybody, to use to further their own agenda,” McCorvey said. “I was their most willing dupe.”

“For their part, my lawyers lied to me about the nature of abortion,” she went on. “Weddington convinced me, ‘It’s just a piece of tissue. You just missed your period.'”

McCorvey had endured a difficult life, suffering abuse as a child, and struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, along with sexual promiscuity. Decades after Roe, she admitted to having lied about being gang raped in order to obtain an abortion — a lie used by Weddington to argue her case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973.
McCorvey never actually ended up having an abortion, giving birth to three children: “At the time I fought to obtain a legal abortion, but truth be told, I have three daughters and never had an abortion.”
A 1994 Seattle Times profile notes:

First — shaking, sick to her stomach and fortified by vodka and Valium — she told a Dallas television reporter she was Jane Roe of Roe vs. Wade, the anonymous pregnant plaintiff whose case led to the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

Next, she admitted she had lied about that pregnancy in the hope it would help her get an abortion: It was a casual affair that made her pregnant, not rape as she told her Roe lawyers.

And, little by little, through occasional interviews, sporadic speaking engagements and a 1989 television movie, she revealed that before she gave birth to the Roe baby and gave her to adoptive parents, she had given birth to two other children (one adopted, she believes, by its father; the other adopted by McCorvey’s mother).

McCorvey worked for 20 years as an abortion advocate, but admitted in a later autobiography that her job at an abortion mill left her so disgusted that she only got through each day self-medicating with alcohol and drugs.

In 1995, she experienced a conversion after encountering the group Operation Rescue. She became a Christian, was baptized on television, and wrote a book on her life titled Won by Love. From that moment on she began to fight to undo the work she had done for the abortion lobby, becoming a pro-life activist.

“I think it’s safe to say that the entire abortion industry is based on a lie,” McCorvey said in an ad. “I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name.”

In 1997, McCorvey launched an initiative called Roe No More, and went on to give multiple pro-life speeches and appearances. She also sued the federal government to reverse Roe, arguing that abortions cause long-term emotional harm. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the case in 2004.
In 2009, McCorvey was arrested on the campus of the University of Notre Dame for protesting President Obama’s appearance. A few months later she was also arrested for disrupting Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination hearings.
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Through her encounter with Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, as well as other faithful priests, McCorvey converted to Catholicism in 1998, received into the Church at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Dallas, Texas. She recounts the day in her own words:

I did not want this day to be a media event. No part of my journey of conversion was for the media; it was for God. I did not want distractions, or a distortion of the day’s true meaning. So it was a small and intimate gathering, with about 60 people who have been close to me. My sponsor was Lynn Mills, a pro-life activist from Detroit. Five priests concelebrated the Mass, including Fr. Ed Robinson, Fr. Frank Pavone, and Fr. Jonathan Austin, who was assigned to St. Monica’s parish.

I made my profession of faith standing before these five priests, and Fr. Frank placed the oil upon my forehead, signifying the strength of the Holy Spirit and imparting the Spirit’s gifts that come in Confirmation. Then the Eucharistic Sacrifice was offered.

I had been taught what this meant. Jesus was not dying again. Rather, He was drawing us all into His sacrifice, making it present to us, allowing us to join our lives, our sufferings, to His. This was and is the sacrifice that saves the world, that conquers the power of death and destroys the power of abortion. There and then I could place in the chalice all the tears I had ever shed over the aborted babies, all the shame I ever felt from having worked in an abortion clinic and having been a poster-girl for the pro-death movement. There and then, just as the bread and wine were being transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ, the former Jane Roe could once again rejoice in her own transformation into a new creature in Christ.

“I started getting cold chills right before I went up for my first Holy Communion,” she continued. “I knew somehow that it was Holy Spirit. Then when I received the flesh of Christ’s body and his blood, I felt a real sense of inner peace.”
In the last years of her life, McCorvey kept a low profile, maintaining a more private life. She passed away from a heart ailment Saturday in an assisted living home in Katy, Texas. She is survived by her daughter Melissa and two grandchildren.

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Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.

Christine Niles is executive producer and editor-in-chief at ChurchMilitant.com. Follow Christine on Twitter: @ChristineNiles1

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Is Contraception a Legitimate Response to the Zika Virus? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/04/is-contraception-a-legitimate-response-to-the-zika-virus/

Pope Francis and Contraception: A Troubling Scenario Commentary http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/23/pope-francis-and-contraception-a-troubling-scenario-commentary/

Exclusive: Bishop Schneider takes up Pope Francis’ remarks on contraception for Zika virus http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/23/exclusive-bishop-schneider-takes-up-pope-francis-remarks-on-contraception-for-zika-virus/

Abby Johnson confessions of a former Planned Parenthood Director: Contraception access increases abortions. And here’s the proof http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/08/abby-johnson-confessions-of-a-former-planned-parenthood-director-contraception-access-increases-abortions-and-heres-the-proof/

Women on IUDs and LARCs more likely to have multiple abortions: new study http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/25/women-on-iuds-and-larcs-more-likely-to-have-multiple-abortions-new-study/

Catholic Bishop James Conley: “Abortion is a Moral Evil Which Can Never be Accepted Under Any Circumstances”  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/05/catholic-bishop-james-conley-abortion-is-a-moral-evil-which-can-never-be-accepted-under-any-circumstances/

Catholic Bishops: Voting for Candidate who supports abortion is formal cooperation with evil

Stojan Adasevic: A communist abortionist turned pro-life after a saint visited him

Eclipse of Reason – Live Abortion Documentary/Pro-Life Anti-Abortion Video

12-year-old speaks out on the issue of abortion

He performed 1,200 abortions: In new videos, he wants you to see what abortion really looks like http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/24/he-performed-1200-abortions-in-new-videos-he-wants-you-to-see-what-abortion-really-looks-like/

Former abortionist describes horrific dismemberment abortions during Planned Parenthood hearing http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/10/14/former-abortionist-describes-horrific-dismemberment-abortions-during-planned-parenthood-hearing/

Abortion Methods and Abortion Procedures Used to Kill Unborn Babies http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/27/abortion-methods-and-abortion-procedures-used-to-kill-unborn-babies/

If late-term abortion isn’t torture, it’s hard to imagine what is http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/16/if-late-term-abortion-isnt-torture-its-hard-to-imagine-what-is/

Abortion Backers Become Pro-Life After Watching This Eye-Opening Video on Abortions http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/16/abortion-backers-become-pro-life-after-watching-this-eye-opening-video-on-abortions/

Still think abortion is medically necessary? This abortionist begs to differ (video)

http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/26/still-think-abortion-is-medically-necessary-this-abortionist-begs-to-differ-video/

‘I freaked out’: clinic worker describes first time watching abortionist remove baby’s arms, legs http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/03/i-freaked-out-clinic-worker-describes-first-time-watching-abortionist-remove-babys-arms-legs/

This is Jack. His mom aborted him. But he miraculously survived. http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/14/this-is-jack-his-mom-aborted-him-but-he-miraculously-survived/

Think this woman should be dead? Amnesty International does http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/14/think-this-woman-should-be-dead-amnesty-international-does/

Pro-abort witnesses: It’s ok to deny care to babies born alive after botched abortions http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/17/pro-abort-witnesses-its-ok-to-deny-care-to-babies-born-alive-after-botched-abortions/

Former abortionist: Abortion is never necessary to save a woman’s life http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/21/former-abortionist-abortion-is-never-necessary-to-save-a-womans-life/

Polish baby left screaming for an hour before dying after botched abortion: reports http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/21/polish-baby-left-screaming-for-an-hour-before-dying-after-botched-abortion-reports/

Lila Rose explains what it takes to perform an undercover investigation—and why abortionists deserve to be exposed http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/07/lila-rose-explains-what-it-takes-to-perform-an-undercover-investigation-and-why-abortionists-deserve-to-be-exposed/

SAN FRANCISCO PROFESSOR DR. DIANA GREENE FOSTER: LET BABIES BORN ALIVE DIE http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/21/san-francisco-professor-dr-diana-greene-foster-let-babies-born-alive-die/

UK Bishop Philip Egan: Denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians is ‘an act of mercy’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/14/uk-bishop-philip-egan-denying-communion-to-pro-abortion-politicians-is-an-act-of-mercy/

FDA changes RU-486 protocol to fit abortion industry’s illegal practices  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/31/fda-changes-ru-486-protocol-to-fit-abortion-industrys-illegal-practices/

http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/01/florida-becomes-eleventh-us-state-to-defund-planned-parenthood-scandals-riddling-abortion-giant-continue-motivating-states-to-cut-funding/

POLAND: NO ABORTIONS, NO EXCEPTIONS – Poland’s prime minister wants a total ban on abortion without exception http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/04/poland-no-abortions-no-exceptions-polands-prime-minister-wants-a-total-ban-on-abortion-without-exception/

‘This baby won’t stop breathing!’: Abortionist strangled baby born alive while nurses stood and watched http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/07/this-baby-wont-stop-breathing-abortionist-strangled-baby-born-alive-while-nurses-stood-and-watched/

Cardinal Burke rebukes Notre Dame University for honoring pro-abort Vice President Joe Biden  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/07/cardinal-burke-rebukes-notre-dame-university-for-honoring-pro-abort-vice-president-joe-biden/

Very Surprising Quotes From Abortion Doctors Make it Clear Abortion is Wrong http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/25/very-surprising-quotes-from-abortion-doctors-make-it-clear-abortion-is-wrong/

Watch abortion supporters change their mind about abortion in minutes http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/05/24/watch-abortion-supporters-change-their-mind-about-abortion-in-minutes/

JOURNAL REFUSES TO RETRACT STUDY WRONGLY CLAIMING UNBORN FEEL NO PAIN http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/16/journal-refuses-to-retract-study-wrongly-claiming-unborn-feel-no-pain/

This Communist Abortionist Turned Pro-Life After a Saint Visited Him in a Dream http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/22/this-communist-abortionist-turned-pro-life-after-a-saint-visited-him-in-a-dream/

Irish Archbishop Eamon Martin: Seek a ‘revolution of tenderness’, not legal abortion http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/10/05/irish-archbishop-eamon-martin-seek-a-revolution-of-tenderness-not-legal-abortion/

PREGNANCY CENTERS SAVED HALF A MILLION UNBORN LIVES  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/10/06/pregnancy-centers-saved-half-a-million-unborn-lives/

These 27 Universities Purchased Body Parts From Aborted Babies for Experimentation http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/02/09/these-27-universities-purchased-body-parts-from-aborted-babies-for-experimentation/

NEW YORK BISHOP SCOLDS CATHOLIC POLITICIANS’ SUPPORT OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/02/16/new-york-bishop-scolds-catholic-politicians-support-of-planned-parenthood/

Who is behind the murderers in abortion?

Abortion and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Is there a link between abortion, contraception and breast cancer?

Abortion and Eucharist by Michelle Yax

Please click this link to watch on Abortion with Movie: From Old Testament, New Testament & Fathers of the Church Teaching to Present Day

Bible’s Teachings Against Abortion

US Representative Nancy Pelosi vs. The Catholic Church on Abortion Issue

Is there Ethics of Abortion?

Abortion Warns of Something Worse?

‘We’re killing babies all over the place!’ – Dr. Ben Carson

Ben Carson: They say abortion is about women’s rights but what about the baby?

United Nations Committee Calls Abortion a Human Right, Punishes Country That Protected Unborn Baby http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/05/united-nations-committee-calls-abortion-a-human-right-punishes-country-that-protected-unborn-baby/

Unborn babies “sing & dance” to music proving that learning begins in the womb

8 Unbelievably heartbreaking quotes from women who aborted their babies

Help to abolish abortion: Turn the tide 2012 Pro-life video

Discovering Natural Family Planning

US Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz backs personhood in powerful new video: “Defend the right to life of born and unborn”

http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/18/us-presidential-candidate-ted-cruz-backs-personhood-in-powerful-new-video-defend-the-right-to-life-of-born-and-unborn/

Pro-life Song and Video: Stand Up For Life

Is Health Care a Pro Life Issue? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/14/is-health-care-a-pro-life-issue/

Pro-lifers will keep losing and babies will keep dying until we do this…

Planned Parenthood Videos Put a Spotlight on Another Issues: Procurement Companies

Top Planned Parenthood Abortionist Admits She Dismembered & Killed Born Alive Babies

Video: Laughing abortionists ‘pull out baby hearts after abortion, just for fun’. It’s cute.

Undercover pro-life investigator: I saw evil in the face of late-term abortionist

Does God want Christians to stand up against the injustice of abortion? Here’s what the Bible says…

Fidelity to fertility

THE VORTEX: THE PILL KILLS – Contraception is destroying the faith http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/07/the-vortex-the-pill-kills-contraception-is-destroying-the-faith/

Scientific Fact: Human Life Begins at Conception or Fertilization

‘I made a huge mistake’ – Why one radical feminist changed her mind on abortion http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/06/i-made-a-huge-mistake-why-one-radical-feminist-changed-her-mind-on-abortion/

THE VORTEX: TIME BOMBS IN THE MARCH FOR LIFE – The March for Life has been hijacked by the Church of Nice http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/21/the-vortex-time-bombs-in-the-march-for-life-the-march-for-life-has-been-hijacked-by-the-church-of-nice/

THE VORTEX: GHOST ABORTIONS – The cost of abortion is too high to count  but it can be calculated http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/22/the-vortex-ghost-abortions-the-cost-of-abortion-is-too-high-to-count-but-it-can-be-calculated/

WATCH: U.S. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz push for gay ‘equality’ will ‘destroy everything Christian’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/06/watch-u-s-bishop-fabian-bruskewitz-push-for-gay-equality-will-destroy-everything-christian/

She Had an Abortion at 15, Now She’s Had 5 Miscarriages and Can’t Ever Have Children http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/09/she-had-an-abortion-at-15-now-shes-had-5-miscarriages-and-cant-ever-have-children/

Low Natality, Low Growth: The Economic Consequences of Fewer Babies http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/17/low-natality-low-growth-the-economic-consequences-of-fewer-babies/

Study: IUD use puts girls at risk for STDs http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/22/study-iud-use-puts-girls-at-risk-for-stds/

US Congress Subpoenas StemExpress, Which Buys Fully Intact Aborted Babies From Planned Parenthood http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/30/us-congress-subpoenas-stemexpress-which-buys-fully-intact-aborted-babies-from-planned-parenthood/

Breastfeeding: A social justice issue http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/30/breastfeeding-a-social-justice-issue/

MRI Shows Breastfed Babies’ Brains Develop Better/Faster than Formula or Mixed-Fed Infants http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/18/mri-shows-breastfed-babies-brains-develop-betterfaster-than-formula-or-mixed-fed-infants/

ABORTIONS EASIER THROUGH NEW FDA REGULATIONS: Abortion pill can now be taken up to 10 weeks after conception http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/01/abortions-easier-through-new-fda-regulations-abortion-pill-can-now-be-taken-up-to-10-weeks-after-conception/

My mother was advised to abort me, says Cardinal Raymond Burke in new book http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/07/26/my-mother-was-advised-to-abort-me-says-cardinal-raymond-burke-in-new-book/

THE DOWNLOAD—A SPIKE IN MEDICAL ABORTIONS  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/07/27/the-download-a-spike-in-medical-abortions/

‘Catholics for Choice’ Draws Clarification From Bishops   http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/16/catholics-for-choice-draws-clarification-from-bishops/

NEW STUDY YOKES BIRTH CONTROL TO DEPRESSION  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/10/10/new-study-yokes-birth-control-to-depression/

Michael Voris talks an in-depth discussion of the true, financial cost of abortion and its effects to the United States. Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that, “The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being’s right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death” (CDF, Donum vitae III; CCC: 2273).

Contraception & the New Dark Age, Part 1-4: Where we are & How we got here by Dr. Martin Brenner click below:

Contraception & the New Dark Age, Part 1-4: Where we are & How we got here?

Contraception’s dark fruits

CIA: The Rockefeller Foundation – Actively Undermining the Catholic Church click below:

CIA: Rockefeller Foundation – Actively Undermining the Catholic Church

We are used to thinking of the Rockefellers as simply a byword for wealth, power and financial success. Perhaps we might think of them as determined businessmen or see them as great philanthropists. But the truth is far different; the Rockefeller Foundation is actively undermining the Catholic Church, and in the process, attempting to erase man’s natural orientation to the eternal.

Global Warming Unmasked click below:

Global Warming Unmasked

Are the environmental movements and groups simply devoted to laudable, correct stewardship of God’s creation, or do they have a more sinister, hidden agenda? Is “global warming” being used as an excuse for something far darker? Is the final goal of the liberal elites behind the push of junk science population control, eugenics and Gaia worship?

Mic’d Up “Is Contraception Killing the Church?” click below:

Mic’d Up: Is Contraception Killing the Church?

This week on Mic’d Up we’ll be tackling the terrible scourge of Contraception on the Church. Michael Hichborn and Rey Flores from American Life League will join us to expose Catholic Relief Services complicity with Organizations who support contraception and to Discuss The Pill Kills Day of Action 2014. Also joining us will be Lynn Mills who will be discussing the continued prayer rally at Providence Park Hospital in the Archdiocese of Detroit because of their complicity in abortion, contraception and sterilization. Following that same thread we’ll break down the announcement from Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron concerning the crisis of parish closings facing Detroit. Also dropping by will be author James Kalb, to discuss the plague of pluralism on the Church’s Hierarchy.

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