Absolution of Abortion during Year of Mercy explained: Confession, Forgiveness, Mercy

Absolution of Abortion during Year of Mercy explained: Confession, Forgiveness, Mercy

Published on Sep 4, 2015

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Papal Letter on Absolution for Abortion Means ‘Forgiveness Is Possible’

Post-abortion healing ministries welcomed the papal initiative, but it also sparked some questions among the faithful.

09/03/2015 
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A woman goes to confession at the Basilica of St. Mary Major`s during the during the Vigil for Life in March.

– CNA/Bohumil Petrik

SAN FRANCISCO — When Pope Francis announced that priests across the world would have the authority to absolve the sin of abortion during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the news drew applause from Mary Ann Schwab.

As the coordinator for Project Rachel, the post-abortion healing ministry in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Schwab regularly meets with women overwhelmed by guilt and grief following an abortion.

“The Pope’s action will make people aware that they can be forgiven, especially those whose guilt is so great they think it isn’t possible,” Schwab told the Register, noting that some women will only speak to counselors on the phone or ask for a priest in another parish, where they won’t be recognized.

“When people ask for our help, it is often to find emotional healing. That healing is not complete until they are free to accept the reality of their situation and go to a priest for the sacrament of reconciliation.”

Pope Francis announced that priests would have the power to absolve the sin of abortion for the Year of Mercy in a Sept. 1 papal letter addressed to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.

In his letter, Pope Francis reflected on the “tragedy of abortion” and recalled his meetings with “women who bear in their hearts the scar of this agonizing and painful decision.”

“The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the sacrament of confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father,” he said.

“For this reason too, I have decided … to concede to all priests for the jubilee year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it.”

He directed that “priests fulfill this great task by expressing words of genuine welcome, combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed, besides indicating a path of authentic conversion.”

Media-Generated Confusion

The move reflected the Holy Father’s long-standing desire to reach alienated Catholics, and it was welcomed by Church leaders and apostolates that work with troubled women who have undergone abortions.

But the papal letter also puzzled U.S. Catholics who believed that priests already had the power to grant absolution for abortion, and led some  wonder whether their previous confession had been valid. Initial media coverage stirred more confusion by framing the Pope’s gesture as an attempt to offer mercy by downplaying the gravity of abortion. Further,  this country.

The headlines prompted a slew of questions from ordinary Catholics as well as canon-law experts.

Would U.S. priests only have the power to grant absolution for the sin of abortion during the Year of Mercy? Were past confessions during which penitents sought forgiveness for their abortion actually valid? And what was different about the sin of abortion that required this special action from the Pope?

After the letter’s release, Church leaders and canon lawyers sought to provide clarification. They began by noting that, while the Pope’s remarks were meant for priests across the world, in the United States local bishops had already delegated to priests the power to absolve the sin of abortion, and those who had confessed their involvement in this procedure had indeed received absolution.

“Pope Francis’ recent remarks on absolution for the sin of abortion demonstrate his commitment to all those in need of healing,” read a Sept. 1 statement from Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

While media coverage of the papal letter gave the impression that absolution was not previously available to Catholic women who had undergone abortions, Archbishop Chaput noted that pastors in the Philadelphia Archdiocese had “been given permission to absolve the sin of abortion.”

He added, “But the practice has not been common in various other regions of the world.”

Canonical Context

Experts provided further context for the papal letter, noting that, in the eyes of the Church, direct involvement in an abortion is not only a grave sin, but a canonical crime that incurs the juridical penalty of automatic excommunication.

Excommunication bars a Catholic from taking part in the sacraments until the penalty is lifted.

U.S. priests have been given the power to remit the penalty when they hear the confession of a woman who has undergone an abortion or the confession of her boyfriend, spouse or parent who may have paid for it or exerted pressure on her to end the pregnancy.

Canonists also noted that many women may be exempt from the penalty of excommunication because they were too young, coerced by others or unaware of the gravity of this action.

Such matters are discussed in the confessional to shed light on the extent of the penitent’s culpability and to help form future choices.

Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life said the Pope’s letter serves as a crucial reminder that in the United States alone close to 30 million women have undergone one or more abortions, and many others might also bear responsibility for the killing of an unborn child.

After the papal letter was released, said Father Pavone, some Catholics contacted post-abortion healing ministries “to make sure their confession was valid.”

“If you went to confession and you got absolution, you are forgiven. There is nothing about this letter that should make you concerned,” Father Pavone told the Register.

Asked to comment on how priests address the issue of excommunication in the confessional, Father Pavone said it is typically handled in a sensitive manner, and the lifting of the penalty may not be directly discussed.

“Priests assure the person, before giving the absolution: ‘Anything that stands between you and God or you and the Church regarding this sin is now resolved,’” he said.

“That is important, because if they hear later about the penalty of excommunication, they won’t be troubled by that.”

During Priests for Life seminars, he added, “I always advise priests to make the person aware that this is a healing journey that should continue beyond the absolution.

“It is a healthy response to feel the pain of this loss. And the priest can explain, ‘When you feel that way, it doesn’t mean you aren’t forgiven.’”

Priests should encourage the penitent to take advantage of post-abortive healing though programs like Rachel’s Vineyard retreats, he said.

Healing Wounds

Yet even as Church leaders like Father Pavone sought to tamp down confusion sparked by the papal initiative, they strongly supported Pope Francis’ effort to make the sacrament of reconciliation more accessible to women wounded by abortion.

“This action in no way diminishes the moral gravity of abortion. What it does do is make access to sacramental forgiveness easier for anyone who seeks it with a truly penitent heart,” said Archbishop Chaput.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, urged women struggling with the pain of abortion to seek help.

“Recognizing the seriousness of the sin of abortion and the implications this can have for those involved, Pope Francis is making particular outreach to women, noting that many women were under great pressure and felt that they had no choice,” said Cardinal O’Malley in a Sept. 1statement.

“My hope and prayer is that all those carrying the burden of an experience of abortion would turn to the Church and her sacraments and experience the Lord’s mercy and love,” said the cardinal, who also drew attention to post-abortion healing ministries.

Dominican Father Joseph Fox, the vicar for canonical services at the  Archdiocese of Los Angeles, drew attention to the fact that the Church’s response to the grave sin of abortion reflects a desire to advance spiritual conversion and moral change.

“If we look at the law simply as a way of punishing people, we lose the point,” Father Fox told the Register.

“The law also guarantees that the persons will receive the kind of pastoral care that will help them mature spiritually and morally and find solutions that will help them avoid repeating their actions in the future.”

Sin and Forgiveness

While canonists continue to evaluate the particulars of the Pope’s directive, ordinary Catholics and the public at large have received a powerful reminder that abortion is a grave sin — and that the Church, through the sacrament of reconciliation, offers mercy to anyone seeking forgiveness.

In the United States, that papal invitation to reconciliation in the Lord comes at the very time that a series of undercover videos appear to show the sale of fetal body parts by Planned Parenthood and include graphic images of dismembered fetuses.

The videos have created a furor on Capitol Hill and disrupted a campaign by Planned Parenthood to remove the stigma of abortion.

Now, Pope Francis has given the brutal impact of abortion new prominence.

Catholic University of America theologian Chad Pecknold described the papal letter as a “typical Francis move” in an interview with The Washington Post.

Pecknold referenced the nine undercover videos that have sparked debate on Capitol Hill and suggested that “a lot of Catholics threw up their hands and said: ‘Why isn’t the Holy Father saying anything?’”

Said Pecknold, “This is him saying something. He is saying: ‘Abortion is a grave sin.’”

But the Holy Father’s jubilee initiative went much further than that, directing all of the world’s priests to extend God’s mercy in the specific context of transgressions as grave as abortion.

In his letter, the Pope expressed his “wish that the jubilee be a living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible, so that the faith of every believer may be strengthened and thus testimony to it be ever more effective.”

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Joan Frawley Desmond is the Register’s senior editor.

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For it is now, in this life, that we are offered the choice between life and death, and it is only by the road of conversion that we can enter the Kingdom, from which one is excluded by grave sin (cf. 1 Cor 5:11; Gal 5: 19-21; Rev 22:15). In converting to Christ through penance and faith, the sinner passes from death to life and “does not come into judgment” (Jn 5:24; CCC: 1470).

Pope Francis compares gossip to “terrorism” in Homily at Casa Santa Marta

Pope Francis compares gossip to “terrorism” in Homily at Casa Santa Marta

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Pope Francis said during his morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta that all Christians must follow Jesus’ example and become men and women of peace. He added that the Church suffers from the disease of division and discord and that its members must come together. He warned against Gossip.

Pope’s Morning Homily: Bite Your Tongue

During Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Says Person Who Gossips Is Comparable to Terrorist Throwing Bombs

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Pope Francis has warned against gossiping, calling the faithful to realize the impact of their words and attitudes and what it does to the Church.
According to Vatican Radio, during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, the Pope said: “We’d do well to ask ourselves: Do I sow peace?  For example, when I speak, do I sow peace or do I sow discord?”

Recalling St Paul’s letter to the Colossians where the Apostle spoke of how Christ was sent by God to sow reconciliation and peace among humanity, the Pontiff stressed that people, in their daily lives, must sow peace rather than discord.

“How many times have we heard this said about a person: He or she has a serpent’s tongue! This is because that person is always doing what the serpent did with Adam and Eve, namely destroying peace. And this is an evil, this is a sickness within our Church: sowing divisions, sowing hatred, not sowing peace. So this is a question that we should ask ourselves every day:  ‘Did I sow peace or did I sow discord today?'”
Francis said sowing divisions and discord is a sickness within the Church, and compared one who gossips to terrorists who throw bombs. Without Jesus, one cannot have peace or reconciliation, the Pope highlighted, reminding those gathered that it is our task to be men and women of peace and reconciliation in the midst of news about war and hatred, even within families.
Like Jesus, Christians — the Pope said — are to be sources of reconciliation and peace. “If a person during his or her life does nothing else but reconcile and bring peace that person can be canonized: that person is a saint. But we need to grow that way, we need to have a conversion: never a word that divides, never, never a word that brings war, small wars, never gossip.”

“I’m thinking: what is gossip?  Oh it’s nothing — just saying words against another person or telling tales: ‘This person did…’  No!  Gossiping is like terrorism because the person who gossips is like a terrorist who throws a bomb and runs away, destroying: with their tongue they are destroying and not making peace. But this person is cunning, right? He is not a suicide bomber, no, no, he takes good care of himself.”

Before concluding, Pope Francis suggested Christians bite their tongues rather than gossip. “Every day that I get the urge to say something that sows discord and division, to say bad things about another person… Bite your tongue!  I can assure you. If you do this and bite your tongue instead of sowing discord, the first few times the wound will cause your tongue to swell — because the devil helps us do this because that’s his work, his job: to divide.”

“Therefore,” Francis said, “my final prayer: “Lord, you gave your life, give me the grace to bring peace and reconciliation. You shed your blood, but what does it matter to me if my tongue gets swollen if I bite it before speaking badly about other people.”

Imposing Insanity: Gender ideology abuses gender dysphoria

by Ryan Fitzgerald  •   September 4, 2015

HILLSBORO, Mo., September 4, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) – Students at a high school in Missouri are rising up against politically correct transgender insanity at their school.

Lila Perry, a 17-year-old boy student who thinks he’s a girl, has demanded access to the girls’ restroom at Hillsboro High School, and the school has given him his way. He currently has full access to the girls’ room in spite of being biologically male. Reportedly, the policy of Hillsboro’s school district is to let transgender students use the opposite sex’s facilities.

Perry had been offered his very own gender-neutral bathroom, but he turned it down, saying he didn’t want to feel separated.

“I wasn’t hurting anyone and I didn’t want to feel segregated out,” he argued. “I didn’t want to be in the gender-neutral bathroom. I am a girl; I shouldn’t be pushed off to another bathroom.”

In response to such political correctness, more than 150 students protested the school’s permissiveness on Monday. They staged a massive walk-out to drive home the point that girls at the school object to sharing their restroom with a boy — perhaps especially one who’s psychologically disturbed. They feel unsafe.

Of course, Perry, along with his defenders, deem such objections “pure and simple bigotry.”

“I’m not going to hurt their daughters. I’m not going to expose myself. I’m not a pervert; I’m a transgender woman; I’m a girl,” insists Perry. “I’m just in there to change, do my business, and that if they have any questions about being transgender, they are more than welcome to talk to me, and I’ll be happy to explain it.”

The only safety concern the school seems to have had in the entire ordeal, however, is Perry’s. He had to be locked in the principal’s office during the two-hour protest, allegedly for his protection.

Apparently, Perry views his struggle to share a restroom with girls as reminiscent of a civil rights battle. “It wasn’t too long ago white people were saying I don’t feel comfortable sharing a bathroom with a black person and history repeats itself,” he asserts.

The Missouri Gay-Straight Alliance Network currently has plans for its own rally in favor of Perry.

Transgenderism has been dominating national headlines as of late. In San Francisco this week, an elementary school announced its plans to get rid of gender-specific bathrooms and become fully gender neutral. And the University of Tennessee has recently advocated for a radically novel set of pronouns such as “ze,” “hir,” “hirs,” “xe,” “xem” or “xyr” — which are supposed to be more gender sensitive.

Proponents of gender ideology within the Church suffered a major setback earlier this week, though, when the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, when asked whether a transgender woman could be a godparent, declared transsexual behavior contrary to the Faith. In a statement, the Church’s doctrinal headquarters asserted that such behavior “reveals in a public way an attitude opposite to the moral imperative of solving the problem of sexual identity according to the truth of one’s own sexuality.”

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Sometimes, oftentimes, it takes a good amount of time to see the fruits of our labors come into existence. We plant, we sow, and only in season do we begin to reap what we have sown. This is true with good seed and bad seed.

In the 1960s and forward, a lot of bad seed was planted in the Church, mostly by clergy, watered by agenda-driven laity — and now it is all coming to fruit — horrible, rotten, putrid fruit.

Take, for example, the GOP debate last Thursday night. In the two separate sessions, seven different Catholics stood on stage fielding various questions. Then came the inevitable — because it is timely — question of same-sex “marriage” and Ohio governor and Catholic John Kasich gave the following response: “I’m an old-fashioned guy and I see things old-fashioned. I believe marriage is between one man and one woman.”

Okay, first problem: “Old-fashioned” — the term means that morality is based around fashions, time constructs, as emphasized and underscored by his use of the world “old.”

Wrong, Governor. That line of thinking alone would disqualify you from ever getting my vote. You can’t reason to truth. I don’t care how pro-life you are. One way or the other you will collapse and fail when you are most heavily relied on. The truth of marriage isn’t based on either time or longevity. It’s based on truth — a truth you do not recognize.

Then he admitted he went to the wedding of a friend who happens to be gay: “Just because someone doesn’t think like I do doesn’t mean I don’t love them. I’m going to love them no matter what they do. God loves them unconditionally, and so do I.”

The idiocy and complete lack of correspondence to objective truth contained in his statement is appalling. He has no true concept of God or love. It is purely arbitrary. He was raised Catholic, but being in the age range where the betrayal of Catholic clergy was reaching great heights, Kasich drifted away from the truth.

That isn’t terribly surprising. It happened to tens of millions of Catholics who had no firm grounding in the Faith coupled with a glut of evil, wicked, self-interested clergy who had no concern for their vows, promises or souls. Kasich has become one of those one in 10 Americans who is now an ex-Catholic — 34 million of them.

But what of now, the current conditions on the ground? Pay close attention, you Church-of-Nice dreamers, who imagine things are not as bad as they were “back then,” that they have improved miraculously, that truth has been embraced without any repentance or recognition of past sin and requisite need for repentance and sorrow. Listen to what what New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan golden boy Fr. Jonathan Morris had to say on Fox and Friends on Sunday morning when the topic of Kasich’s response came up as a discussion point.

“I thought it was brave of him. He knows not everyone is going to like his response. It’s a real issue what you have to say — what does my faith tell me to do in some situation. Other people wouldn’t have gone to the wedding. He looked at it very seriously and decided this is what his faith told him to do. I congratulate him for it.”

Won’t someone rid us of this troublesome priest?

What a pathetic response to this ugly situation. A fallen-away Catholic endorsing a sodomite marriage gets congratulations from a Catholic priest for his “bravery.” Shouldn’t be surprising considering his boss sat on national television himself and declared “Bravo!” for a professed active homosexual, NFL-wannabe Michael Sam.

Fr. Morris couldn’t be more un-Catholic in his response or even less human. First of all, on the mere natural level, how is what Kasich said brave? Please, Father — have you been watching the news, reading anything, looking at anything else besides the mirror? Coming out in favor of sex between two men is anything but brave. Practically the whole world supports it, as evidenced by the thunderous applause which broke out among Republican supporters when Kasich said what he said.

When will this effeminate-minded clergy stop painting the picture that supporting anal sex publicly is somehow brave? It isn’t. It’s evil and misguided. It isn’t brave when everyone supports you. It’s brave when you go against the crowd for the sake of the truth — what you are supposed to be doing, Father.

“He decided this is what his faith told him to do.”

Stop. Stop. Please, Fr. Morris, just turn in your collar. No way in Hades would your Catholic faith — the same faith which teaches this activity is evil and immoral — no way would it tell you to go to such a “wedding” — especially when the rationale stated by Kasich was that God loves everyone unconditionally. That is not what is meant by love, God or unconditional.

Father Morris, sitting on national television, talking to millions, had the perfect opportunity here to teach, to preach truth, to gently, kindly explain why what Kasich said was wrong. But nope! In true Church of Nice “Everyone, look at me being politically correct, never giving offense!” claptrap, he whiffed and chose the popular route instead.

God does love unconditionally. But he does not save us unconditionally.

If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

Our response — the only permissible response to God’s unconditional love — is unconditional obedience. Absent that, you go to Hell. This is the only permissible point for a priest of the Catholic Church to make. But for the umpteen-millionth time in the last month, yet another Catholic cleric refuses to announce the truth when given the opportunity and places his own soul and the souls of others in eternal jeopardy.

Can we expect a clarification from his boss Cdl. Timothy Dolan? Ha! If you are expecting that from the man who not only led a group of militant gays in the St. Patrick’s Day parade but publicly cheered and supported the decision, as they say in New York, fuhgeddaboutit.

Men like Cdl. Dolan, Fr. Morris and countless others have been badly formed in the Faith — and yes, cardinals and bishops can be badly formed just like Pope Benedict said they could. Being a priest or bishop is no guarantee of having supernatural faith or making correct moral choices or statements. The collar or mitre is no safeguard against eternal perdition. In fact, in many ways it is a surer way to condemnation owing to the great responsibility and authority such a man is given. There is almost no margin for error.

We are seeing an almost never-ending stream of the bad fruits in the clergy of the past 50 years or so evidenced in the laity. It is without a doubt something that the clergy will be judged severely for as we hear confirmed for us in the Scriptures. God help those ones.

But to see these errors in the laity continued to be upheld and supported and applauded, congratulated even today in the ranks of the clergy, is beyond wicked. It is a sin which consists primarily in supporting the sin instead of correcting it. It is in the end a sin against the Holy Spirit.

Whatever evil was manifest 30, 40, 50 years ago in those clerics is still going strong today. From Bishop-Elect Barron’s wicked “No one really goes to Hell” implication to Fr. Morris’ supporting of error in cheering a fallen-away Catholic’s misguided immoral decision to attend a gay wedding, the list continues to grow of villainous clergy who will have laid waste attempts to re-energize the Church in Her most critical hour.

‘It is a Heaven or Hell decision’: Why a Kentucky clerk won’t back down on marriage licenses

‘It is a Heaven or Hell decision’: Why a Kentucky clerk won’t back down on marriage licenses

Dustin Siggins

By Dustin Siggins

ROWAN COUNTY, KY, September 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — Kim Davis, the embattled Christian county clerk, says that she has “no animosity toward anyone and harbor[s] no ill will” — but nor will she violate “marriage and God’s Word.”

In a statement released by Liberty Counsel, Davis — who has appealed a lower court decision requiring her to give marriage licenses to gay couples —  said that to provide the licenses would be “to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage.”

“To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience,” she said. “It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will.”

Two presidential candidates, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, and the ACLU have said that Davis should hand out the licenses because she is a public employee, and her duty to the public supersedes her religious beliefs. However, she says, “To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s Word. It is a matter of religious liberty, which is protected under the First Amendment, the Kentucky Constitution, and in the Kentucky Religious Freedom Restoration Act [RFRA].”

According to Davis’ attorney, Liberty Counsel Senior Litigation Counsel Roger Gannam, Kentucky’s RFRA law requires making accommodations for Davis.

“In the bill analysis that was available to all state legislatures, it says that a public employee needing accommodation was acceptable,” Gannam told LifeSiteNews. “Making the accommodation was required, if statutory conditions were met, even at a high cost or expense to the government.”

Those conditions are simple, says Gannam. “It’s not for the government or the courts to say what your beliefs should be, or if they are reasonable, or if they are consistent with other people who say they are of your faith. The only questions for the government to ask are whether your beliefs are sincere, and if those beliefs would lead to substantial burden for you.”

“There is no dispute to the sincerity of Kim Davis’ belief that authorizing and affixing her name to a marriage license for a same-sex couple would violate her faith. She has also clearly faced a substantial burden on her religious exercise, given the lawsuits, threats, and the threat of a criminal case.”

“There are over 130 clerk offices in Kentucky, so the government’s requirement to provide the least restrictive solution would easily allow Davis to keep her job. Nobody would go without a license, and she would keep her job. Even the current governor, who vetoed the RFRA law, has said the legislature could change the marriage licensing law” to accommodate Davis.

Gannam said that Davis’ request for an exemption is not new. “People who don’t want to be combatants, who don’t want to work on Sundays, who oppose abortion” have all received exemptions in the past because of religious beliefs, he explained.

“The general proposition that working for the government means you have no rights is false. Before 15 years ago, no country in the world had a thing called same-sex marriage. Certainly, no Muslim or Jew who has the same beliefs as Kim Davis should have their conscience rights violated in this way.”

Davis says that she “want[s] to continue to perform my duties, but I also am requesting what our Founders envisioned – that conscience and religious freedom would be protected. That is all I am asking. I never sought to be in this position, and I would much rather not have been placed in this position.”

“I intend to continue to serve the people of Rowan County, but I cannot violate my conscience,” says Davis.

Davis has worked in the Rowan County Clerk’s office for 27 years, and was elected to her position in November 2014. She was preceded in the position by her mother, who passed away in 2011 and was the impetus for Davis’ born-again Christianity.

Kim Davis jailing only beginning of what is in store for America as revealed in June 27 “gay” magazine

September 4, 2015 (Mass Resistance) –The judge told her that she’ll stay in jail until she’s willing to change her mind — and go against her conscience and faith. He said that he’d review the situation in a week. The judge said that he jailed her because fining her  “would not bring about the desired result of compliance”.

There are approximately 125 county officials throughout Kentucky who can issue “gay marriage” licenses. But the judge was adamant that every county official must be forced to do it and that religious freedom cannot be allowed, despite the First Amendment.  “The idea of natural law superseding this court’s authority would be a dangerous precedent indeed,” he said.

See video of Kim Davis, turning away very angry same-sex couple demanding a marriage license.

In 2004, 75% of Kentucky voters passed a State Constitutional Amendment restricting marriage to one man and one woman. On Thursday, Sept. 3, County Clerk Kim Davis was sent to jail by U.S. District Judge David Bunning because she refuses to issue “gay marriage” licenses, a decision which she says is rooted in her strong Christian faith.
The post-“gay marriage” revolution

Most pro-family people didn’t see the chilling article that appeared in The Nation, a major left-wing magazine, the day before the U.S. Supreme Court “gay marriage” ruling came out. The article outlines where the LGBT movement is going after “gay marriage.”

The Nation article, “What’s Next for the LGBT Movement?”, quotes four high-profile LGBT activists who reveal that “gay marriage” was never their final goal. The LGBT movement will not be stopping to rest, they say. Their plan is to delegitimize and crush all opposition to their agenda everywhere in America – particularly in the churches — no matter how small.

Some of the things the article outlines:

  • “Dis-establish marriage.”  “Gay marriage” was simply a stepping stone. Their actual goal is that there be no formal marriage rules at all. This means group marriages are next, then incestuous marriages, and later even marriages to minors. It would simply be up to the people directly involved to decide.
  • Pass strong LGBT “non-discrimination” laws across the US. These are the laws that force bakers to bake “gay marriage” cakes or face huge punishments. Such laws would also force schools to include LGBT indoctrination. Most states still do not have the onerous laws the LGBT movement demands. The activists refer to those states (mostly in the South and Midwest) as “zones without rights” in their propaganda.
  • Ban all “religious liberty” laws. They consider religious liberty to be a dangerous ploy to “undermine all civil rights laws” that must be stopped at all costs. All people must be forced to follow the LGBT agenda, with no exceptions.
  • Demonize pro-family conservatives and silence all dissent. They plan to direct “massive amounts of funds” to “expose and defeat the right wing” across America.
  • Push a radical political agenda. They plan to leverage their power to support Marxist economic policies, the right to “early term abortion,” and similar policies.

Starting to happen

Last month the Denver City Council moved to deny the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain permission to do business at the Denver Airport because the company’s president said he does not agree with “gay marriage.” One Council member labeled the president’s pro-marriage beliefs “discriminatory political rhetoric,” and must not be allowed to make profits from the city’s airport. (Chick-fil-A restaurants have never been accused of actually discriminating against anyone.)

The national homosexual group Human Rights Campaign is already raising millions of dollars to fight religious freedom laws around the country.

And of course, there’s the upswing of left-wing hate and demonization of religious people. The day after Kim Davis was jailed, the Boston Globe prominently published an op-ed article titled “Kim Davis follows the footsteps of George Wallace” which states, among other things, that “Davis is just the latest in a long, infernal line of fanatics to contort their so-called faith into an excuse for hatred and division.” The Left’s hatred of religious people is visceral, and now it’s coming to the forefront.
Lots of hypocrisy

The jailing of Kim Davis by Judge Bunning, like most of the Left’s actions, has more than a whiff of hypocrisy. When San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom began illegally ordering county clerks to issue “gay marriage” licenses in 2004, or in 2009 when California clerks (and the Governor) ignored the Prop 8 ruling against issuing “gay marriage” licenses, no judge intervened at all.
Cowards and compromisers

It pains us to say it, but for decades the pro-family movement has been crippled from gaining ground by cowards and compromisers, from top to bottom. Don’t get us started on what led to the disastrous the Supreme Court “gay marriage” ruling.  And it continues with the Kim Davis issue.

While Kim Davis sits in jail, five of her six deputy clerks shamelessly have agreed to abide by the judge’s wishes and started issuing “gay marriage” licenses. (The one holdout is her son.) According to news reports, starting the very next day they were issuing them quite cheerfully, even shaking the hands of the newly “married” homosexual couples.

A disturbing number of pro-family and church leaders across the country have sided with the Federal Judge, saying that Kim Davis should go to jail for “not following the law.”  (Actually there is no “law” on the books – it is only a court ruling. Nor could the judge cite such a law.)

Even the National Review has published an article saying “[R]eligious-liberty protections cannot act as a bar to gay couples: If the law permits a U.S. citizen to get a license, there must be a way for the gay couple to access it, with their dignity intact.”
Wonderful. What a lame movement we’re in!
What can good people do?

We can certainly see what’s coming up. It’s a hardcore take-no-prisoners approach. We must react accordingly. What most of our movement has tried hasn’t worked and isn’t going to work.

MassResistance believes that their whole program must be confronted. Using what resources we have, we believe in taking the offensive. This means challenging that movement everywhere we can. First and foremost means not holding back on telling the unabashed truth, no matter what the consequences. (For example, most conservatives are squeamish about talking about the well-documented medical and psychological destructiveness of homosexual behavior.)

The LGBT movement wins when we become afraid to confront them.

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This article was originally published on the website of Mass Resistance and is re-published with permission.

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“Some Pharisees” who seem “alienated and hostile in mind” pick a quarrel with Jesus. Jesus declares the Sabbath a day of mercies to honor God, a day for doing good, for saving life (cf. CCC 2173). Through the re-creation wrought in Christ, “God has reconciled you.” May self-righteousness cede to the memory of such mercy and to persevering in the faith. Like that growing field of grain, we remain “firmly grounded.”

AMDG+

Opening Prayer

“Lord Jesus, may I honor you in my work and in my rest and treat my neighbor with respect and kindness.  Keep me free from a critical and intolerant spirit that I may seek the good of my neighbor in all situations.” In your Name, I pray. Amen.

Reading I
Col 1:21-23

Brothers and sisters:
You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds;
God has now reconciled you
in the fleshly Body of Christ through his death,
to present you holy, without blemish,
and irreproachable before him,
provided that you persevere in the faith,
firmly grounded, stable,
and not shifting from the hope of the Gospel that you heard,
which has been preached to every creature under heaven,
of which I, Paul, am a minister.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 54:3-4, 6 and 8

R. (6) God himself is my help.
O God, by your name save me,
and by your might defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
hearken to the words of my mouth.
R. God himself is my help.
Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord sustains my life.
Freely will I offer you sacrifice;
I will praise your name, O LORD, for its goodness.
R. God himself is my help.

Gospel
Lk 6:1-5

While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath,
his disciples were picking the heads of grain,
rubbing them in their hands, and eating them.
Some Pharisees said,
“Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Have you not read what David did
when he and those who were with him were hungry?
How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering,
which only the priests could lawfully eat,
ate of it, and shared it with his companions?”
Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection 1 – Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath

It was accepted practice to do what the disciples did, “picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them” but the Pharisees objected to it because it was done on the Sabbath. This brings us back to the Sabbath dispute which the Pharisees have continued to use in downgrading the teachings of Jesus and in finding fault in His ministry.

In response to this matter, Jesus cites the example of David to show that certain basic needs, like HUNGER, should always take precedence over certain laws. He indirectly speaks to us that the spirit of the law should always be considered more than what it tries to spell out. He wanted to remind us that we should never be RIGID in our ways that we forget the very essence of what he hopes and expects from us.

This issue brings to our hearts that doing good should not be matter of WHO, WHAT and WHERE.

God’s law on love was never partial. God is not unjust.  He will not forget our work and the love we have shown him by our past and present service to his people. It should therefore be our desire to give our brethren the same zeal and service at all times and without reservation. If we act accordingly till the end we can be assured of God’s bountiful promises.

Just like the Corinthian Christians in the first reading, we may have grown smug, conceited, self righteous and complacent with our spiritual progress. Let us then take extra care and examine our hearts for we may not be half as spiritual as we think ourselves to be. Let us always seek God to give us the same respectful and balanced disposition and attitude toward every law and statute and its observance.

Law and love are both good. If applied under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they should work and be able to build up people and in turn should glorify God any day and any time whatever the circumstance may be!

“The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is Lord even of the sabbath.”

Direction

Do good at all times.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, bless my heart that I may always have a fuller understanding of the spirit and letter of your law. Help me to apply your law the way you would. Let me love others the way You have loved me.  In Jesus I pray, amen.

Reflection 2 – The Lord of the Sabbath

The observance of the Sabbath rest is one of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15). It enabled the people of Israel to worship God without the distractions of work and recalled God’s original plan of creation: to have man enter into communion with him and share in his rest. The Sabbath expresses the covenant between God and Israel and it was a way for Israel to imitate God and share in his holy rest.

The Pharisees accuse Jesus’ disciples of violating the Sabbath since they are gathering crops (Exodus 34:21). Jesus responds to the Pharisees’ accusation in three ways. He first points out that his disciples are hungry and that, because of their need, their actions of gathering grain on the Sabbath and eating it do not violate the Sabbath rest.

Second, Jesus is also revealing himself as the new David: the exception made for David and his men can also be made for Jesus and his disciples. Jesus is also comparing himself and his disciples to the priests in the Temple, who are allowed to break the Sabbath when they replace the Bread of the Presence on the Sabbath.

Third, Jesus calls himself the “Lord of the Sabbath”. He places himself above the Sabbath and, in doing so, proclaims his divinity. Jesus, with his community of disciples, forms the origin and center of a new Israel (Pope Benedict XVI,Jesus of Nazareth, vol. 1, Doubleday, 114). Jesus’ disciples will ultimately find the rest they seek in him. The new family of God is formed not by adherence to the Old Law of the Torah, but by adherence to Jesus himself and his New Law.

Jesus is God and is able to bring the Old Law (the Torah) to fulfillment in the New Law. In this way, Israel will fulfill its vocation to be a light to all the nations. What Jesus does in his teaching is bring the God of Israel to the nations, so that all the nations now pray to God and recognize Israel’s Scriptures as the word of the living God. Jesus “has brought the gift of universality, which was the one great definitive promise to Israel and the world. This universality, this faith in the one God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – extended now in Jesus’ new family to all nations over and above the bonds of descent according to the flesh – is the fruit of Jesus’ work. It is what proves him to be the Messiah. It signals a new interpretation of the messianic promise that is based on Moses and the Prophets, but also opens them up in a completely new way” (Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, vol. 1, Doubleday, 116-117).

The Apostles are servants of Christ and trustworthy stewards of the mysteries of God. The Corinthians can learn humility from Paul and Apollos, who stay within the limits set out by Scripture, by “what is written”. “Paul reprimands self-righteous Christians for their egotism and unfair criticisms. Although he describes them as wise and prosperous, his rhetorical irony implies the opposite, i.e., they are ignorant and impoverished. Their refusal to embrace the foolishness of Christ exposes their pride and reveals how petty their problems look compared to the humiliation of the apostles” (Ignatius Catholic Study Bible).

On account of Christ, Paul and the other Apostles have become like publicly disgraced criminals, fools in the eyes of the world, weak; they are held in disrepute, hungry and thirsty, poorly clad, roughly treated, homeless; and they have to work and toil to sustain themselves. They are ridiculed and persecuted, slandered and treated like rubbish and scum.

Paul admonishes the Christians in Corinth, not to shame them, but to lead them to Christ through the Gospel. Paul considers himself a father to the Corinthians, having brought them new life through the Gospel (2 Corinthians 12:14). Paul here could be referring to the connection between priesthood and fatherhood. “In the patriarchal age, fathers and first-born sons exercised the cultic ministry of building altars and offering sacrifices for their families (Gen 12:8; 22:9-13; 31:54; 46:1; Job 1:5). In the Mosaic age, God elevated Aaron and his levitical sons (Ex 40:12-15) to be the fathers and priests of the tribal family of Israel (Judg 17:10; 18:19). The same principle carries over on a spiritual level in the age of the New Covenant, where Christ, our great high priest, ordains men to the ministry of spiritual fatherhood for ‘the priestly service of the gospel’ (Rom 15:16)” (Ignatius Catholic Study Bible).

Jesus, then, is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him. Through the calling of the twelve Apostles, Jesus forms the new Israel, the New People of God. As Christians, we are called to imitate Jesus’ humility and meekness of heart. Throughout the centuries many saints, like Paul, offer to Christians models worthy of imitation. – (Read the source: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/daily-homily-the-lord-of-the-sabbath)

Reflection 3 – Blessed Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta)
(1910-1997 A.D.)

Mother Teresa of Kolkata, the tiny woman recognized throughout the world for her work among the poorest of the poor, was beatified October 19, 2003. Among those present were hundreds of Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded in 1950 as a diocesan religious community. Today the congregation also includes contemplative sisters and brothers and an order of priests.

Born to Albanian parents in what is now Skopje, Macedonia (then part of the Ottoman Empire), Gonxha (Agnes) Bojaxhiu was the youngest of the three children who survived. For a time, the family lived comfortably, and her father’s construction business thrived. But life changed overnight following his unexpected death.

During her years in public school Agnes participated in a Catholic sodality and showed a strong interest in the foreign missions. At age 18 she entered the Loreto Sisters of Dublin. It was 1928 when she said goodbye to her mother for the final time and made her way to a new land and a new life. The following year she was sent to the Loreto novitiate in Darjeeling, India. There she chose the name Teresa and prepared for a life of service. She was assigned to a high school for girls in Kolkata, where she taught history and geography to the daughters of the wealthy. But she could not escape the realities around her—the poverty, the suffering, the overwhelming numbers of destitute people.

In 1946, while riding a train to Darjeeling to make a retreat, Sister Teresa heard what she later explained as “a call within a call. The message was clear. I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them.” She also heard a call to give up her life with the Sisters of Loreto and, instead, to “follow Christ into the slums to serve him among the poorest of the poor.”

After receiving permission to leave Loreto, establish a new religious community and undertake her new work, she took a nursing course for several months. She returned to Kolkata, where she lived in the slums and opened a school for poor children. Dressed in a white sari and sandals (the ordinary dress of an Indian woman) she soon began getting to know her neighbors—especially the poor and sick—and getting to know their needs through visits.

The work was exhausting, but she was not alone for long. Volunteers who came to join her in the work, some of them former students, became the core of the Missionaries of Charity. Others helped by donating food, clothing, supplies, the use of buildings. In 1952 the city of Kolkata gave Mother Teresa a former hostel, which became a home for the dying and the destitute. As the order expanded, services were also offered to orphans, abandoned children, alcoholics, the aging, and street people.

For the next four decades Mother Teresa worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor. Her love knew no bounds. Nor did her energy, as she crisscrossed the globe pleading for support and inviting others to see the face of Jesus in the poorest of the poor. In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On September 5, 1997, God called her home.

Comment:

Mother Teresa’s beatification, just over six years after her death, was part of an expedited process put into effect by Pope John Paul II. Like so many others around the world, he found her love for the Eucharist, for prayer and for the poor a model for all to emulate.

Quote:

Speaking in a strained, weary voice at the 2003 beatification Mass, Pope John Paul II declared her blessed, prompting waves of applause before the 300,000 pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square. In his homily, read by an aide for the aging pope, the Holy Father called Mother Teresa “one of the most relevant personalities of our age” and “an icon of the Good Samaritan.” Her life, he said, was “a bold proclamation of the gospel.”

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Read the source: http://www.americancatholic.org/features/saints/saint.aspx?id=1907

SAINT OF THE DAY
Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives. Each saint the Church honors responded to God’s invitation to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to be a saint. 

Pro-Lifers Will Keep Losing, and Babies Will Keep Dying, Until We Do This

Pro-Lifers Will Keep Losing, and Babies Will Keep Dying, Until We Do This

We need a clear-cut objective so that we can develop strategy and tactics that move our cause forward rather than sending it forever in circles.

“You will enter the continent of Europe and, in conjunction with the other Allied Nations, undertake operations aimed at the heart of Germany and the destruction of her Armed Forces.”
—Directive of General George C. Marshall to General Dwight D. Eisenhower

09/02/2015 

General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, gave his newly appointed Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force something that pro-life people have not managed to develop in over forty years of fighting the culture war. He gave him a clear-cut objective.

The paragraph at the top of this post quotes the order that General Marshall gave General Eisenhower at the start of Eisenhower’s tour of duty as Commanding General of the US forces in the European Theater of World War II. Eisenhower carried out this order and won the war in Europe.

Notice that General Marshall did not say one word about such things as whether or not to invade the continent of Europe by crossing the English Channel or by going up the boot of Italy, or even across the Pyrenees in Spain. He did not tell General Eisenhower to focus on a ground invasion or to use saturation bombing. The orders he gave established a clear-cut military objective. They did not dictate strategy. They certainly did not mention tactics.

The pro-life movement has been wandering in the political battlefields, winning tactical points and losing tactical points with each election. It has placed its entire operation in the hands of one political party, and has, by doing this, put the “issue” of abortion — and the lives that are lost by abortion — at the service of partisan electioneering.

Not once in all these years of culture warfare has the pro-life movement attempted to develop an overall objective. That might seem like picayune nit-picking to some pro-life people. But I assure you it is not.

The number one reason that the pro-life movement wanders and ends up getting used politically, is that it does not have a clear-cut objective. We have been laboring all these years toward a strategic goal which, in itself, would not mean the end of legal abortion. Worse, even this strategic goal has proven itself impossible to achieve. Indeed, all our efforts in that regard have resulted in unintended consequences which have actually hurt rather than helped the overall cause we believe in.

I am referring to the strategic goal of packing the Supreme Court with pro-life justices who will return the question of abortion to the states. All our striving toward that goal has resulted in a bitter cultural divide and a nutty Supreme Court. Instead of returning abortion to the states, we have gotten ourselves a Court that legalized gay marriage.

Even if we had succeeded in getting a pro-life Court — and I don’t think there is a consensus on what a “pro-life Court” is in the specific and real-life sense — all we would have accomplished is returning the question of legal abortion to the states. Do you understand what that would mean?

It would mean that we would be setting ourselves up for unending back-and-forth and electioneering on the state level that would go on for decades into the future. We would not save lives. We would instead guarantee more of the same tawdry and destructive politicking we’ve seen so far.

Our problem goes back to what we don’t have. We don’t have an objective. Because we don’t have an objective, we cannot formulate strategies to achieve it. Because we don’t have strategies, we cannot formulate tactics that get us any nearer to the end of the fight.

The most effective voices for pro-life have risen from young people with initiative. Look at Lila Rose’s work at Live Action and the videos currently being released by the Center for Medical Progress. These two groups are building on the passion of young pro-life people. For years now, Feminists for Life has focused on college campuses, where the pro-life movement has been weak. I believe that this is bearing fruit for the pro-life movement now.

However, even this fine work will be wasted if it is not employed as part of a strategic push to achieve a clear-cut pro-life objective. Right now, the outrage rising from the videos that the Center for Medical Progress is being shunted into a push for the 2016 elections. Defunding Planned Parenthood — which would be an enormous strategic victory — is not a serious action item for pro-life politicians. Their plan is to use public outrage caused by the videos as part oftheir strategic planning for their objective, which is to acquire more power for themselves in elections.

Why do they do this? They do it because the strategy that best serves their objectives is to keep this war going. It’s really as simple as that.

I’m going to write about developing real-world, grown-up political objectives, strategy and tactics for the pro-life movement. I have no doubt that in the course of this discussion I will be called a few choice names. That’s OK. I’m telling you the truth, my friends. It’s not a pretty truth, but it’s as real as those tiny baby bodies in the videos.

We need a clear-cut objective so that we can develop strategy and tactics that move our cause forward rather than sending it forever in circles.  We need to stop spinning our political wheels and win this fight for life. Here is a suggested objective: Convert the culture and pass laws that make direct abortion illegal.

(I say direct abortion to account for the distinction between abortion and legitimate medical procedures that save the life of a mother, but that result indirectly and unintentionally in the death of her unborn child.)

This is, as I said, just a suggestion. You may have other ideas about what our objective should be. That’s why I’m writing this post. I want to focus your thinking on developing ideas for an effective and intelligent overall objective for the pro-life movement.

Remember: We are not attempting to develop specifics, such as strategy. The question of whether to go for a constitutional amendment or something else would be a strategy. We are also not trying to develop tactics. Decisions about which candidate to support or how to handle the political parties are tactics.

The question I’m putting in front of you is simply this: What one sentence order would you give to the Supreme Allied Commander of the Pro-Life Forces in the United States of America?

Now I’m going to back off and let you have at it. Let’s see what ideas you can develop.

Read more from the source & comments: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/rhamilton/pro-lifers-will-keep-losing-and-babies-will-keep-dying-until-we-do-this

About Rebecca Hamilton

Rebecca Hamilton
Rebecca Hamilton is a former pro-abortion activist and leader. As the Oklahoma Director of NARAL, she helped establish the first abortion clinic in Oklahoma, and she continued her activism after being elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. After experiencing a profound conversion to Christ, voters returned her to office as a pro-life Democrat and she spent twelve years defending life and families in the Oklahoma Legislature. Rebecca left her political career in 2014, and along with the National Catholic Register, she writes at Patheos on her blog Public Catholic.

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Pope Francis’ Mass in Santa Marta: Don’t just point out the sins of others. Recognize your own

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Pope’s Morning Homily: Admit You Are Sinner, Be Opened Up to Encounter With Christ

Francis Calls on Faithful to See What Is Possible When We Trust in Jesus

By Deborah Castellano Lubov

Vatican City, September 03, 2015 (ZENIT.org)

When we can admit we are sinners, we are opened up to the astonishment of encountering Jesus. During his daily morning Mass at  Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis underscored this as he celebrated today’s Eucharistic Celebration, which marks the feast of a doctor of the Church, St. Gregory the Great, reported Vatican Radio.

The Holy Father drew inspiration from today’s Gospel reading which recounts the story of the miraculous catch of fish. Peter spent a night working in the sea without catching anything, but after trusting in Jesus’ command, casts his net into the sea and has much success.

“This ability to say that we are sinners opens us to the astonishment of the encounter with Jesus Christ, the true encounter,” the Jesuit Pontiff stressed. “Even in our parishes, in our societies, even among consecrated persons: How many people are capable of saying that Jesus is the Lord? So many! But how difficult it is to say sincerely: ‘I am a sinner,’” he said.

“It’s easier to say it of others, eh? When one is gossiping, eh? ‘This, that, the other thing…’ We’re all doctors in that, aren’t we? To come to a true encounter with Christ the two-fold confession is necessary: ‘You are the Son of God, and I am a sinner’ – but not theoretically: ‘[I am a sinner] because of this, because of this, because of this, and because of this.’”

Pope Francis stated upfront how much it pleases him to think of how Jesus spent much of his time in the street, with the people, and then later in the evening, separated Himself for prayer. While still having his quiet moments of prayer, Francis pointed out how Jesus “encountered the people, He sought the people.”

Peter, Francis observed, quickly had forgotten the astonishment of his encounter with Jesus, and went on to deny him. However, because Peter was humble, the Holy Father noted, he was permitted to encounter the Lord: “When their eyes met, the Apostle wept and returned to the confession, saying, ‘I am a sinner.’”

Pope Francis concluded, praying the Lord grant us the grace “to encounter Him, but also to allow ourselves to encounter Him.”

Vatican Rejects Trans Agenda: “Impossible to allow” transsexual godparents

by Ryan Fitzgerald  •   September 3, 2015

VATICAN CITY, September 3, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) – Transsexuals — men who pretend to be women or vice versa — cannot be godparents.

That’s the official word from the Vatican’s doctrinal headquarters, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

The declaration was triggered by a case in Spain where a woman who pretends to be a man was attempting to be someone’s “godfather.”

The pastor took the case to the local bishop, Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta, who ended up asking the Vatican to weigh in. According to the bishop, there had been “confusion among some of the faithful” on the subject, heightened by “the complexity and media attention garnered by this issue.”

On Tuesday, Bp. Zornoza posted the Vatican’s response to his diocese’s website. Essentially, the CDF indicated that godparents have to live in conformity with the Catholic faith, and since transsexual behavior is at odds with the Church’s moral teaching, those who engage in it cannot be godparents.

Regarding the confused woman in question, who goes by the name “Alex,” the CDF says “it is evident that this person does not possess the requirement of leading a life according to the Faith.”

The statement makes clear that transsexual behavior “reveals in a public way an attitude opposite to the moral imperative of solving the problem of sexual identity according to the truth of one’s own sexuality.”

“Therefore,” the CDF states, “it is evident that this person does not possess the requirement of leading a life according to the Faith and in the position of godfather and is therefore unable to be admitted to the position of godfather or godmother.”

The statement appeals to canon 874 §3 from the Code of Canon Law.

“Discrimination is not to be seen in this,” explains the congregation, “but only a recognition of an objective lack of the requisites that by their own nature are necessary to take over the ecclesial responsibility of being a godparent.”

Citing the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the CDF maintains that godparents have to be “firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized — child or adult — on the road of Christian life.”

As Bp. Zorzona mentions, Pope Francis has addressed related points in his recent encyclical, Laudato Sí, in which he says, “[V]aluing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different.”

The Holy Father asserts that “it is not a healthy attitude which would seek to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it.”

Other authorities in the Church have recently highlighted the need for the Church to remind the faithful of the requirements for godparents. Asked about a proposal for remarried adulterers to be permitted as godparents, Bp. Athanasius Schneider called the idea “a dishonesty and a mockery of the institution of godparents and catechists who by means of a public promise took on the task of educators of the Faith.”

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Ryan Fitzgerald is a staff writer and producer for ChurchMilitant.com

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

Here-under are some articles about 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

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

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

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

“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.

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 “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

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

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

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?

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

Discovering Natural Family Planning

Pro-life Song and Video: Stand Up For Life

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?

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.

Best of the Vortex—The Plan to Destroy

Best of the Vortex—The Plan to Destroy

Published on Sep 3, 2015

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Please click this link to watch the video on The Headlines News September 3,2015

Transcript:

As civilization continues to shake apart along its moral fault lines, it’s clear that none of this has happened by accident.

The Master Plan is, of course, engineered by Satan, but it is executed by men who for the most part think that they are running the show and never even give a thought to the idea that they are being used by the diabolical. As far as they are concerned, they run the show.

And what these men have done is create a cultural environment through the use of money, media and marketing whereby major movements are launched which change societies for the bad. They count on the masses being stupid, unable to think critically. It’s an incredibly devilish way of approaching change. Heck, Obama even used the word to get elected.

Let’s look at a group responsible for corrupting the morals of Catholic Ireland and bringing about the eventual success of gay marriage in the land of St. Patrick. The name of the group is Atlantic Philanthropies, a group with the self-admitted aim of changing the culture. It poured tens of millions of dollars into the effort to get Obamacare passed by a strategy of media, messaging and marketing. It also created a movement of various liberal groups who wanted to use forced healthcare to gain more control over the culture. That movement became known as HCAN — Healthcare for America Now — 1000 groups that worked night and day to advance Obamacare by producing TV commercials, internet and publishing propaganda pieces all with an aim to create a cause.

The marketing plan worked perfectly. All of a sudden everyone was talking about healthcare and the great need for reform, when at the beginning of the journey, poll after poll revealed that 85–90 percent of Americans were more than satisfied with their existing healthcare. This created the necessary background noise to fire up the necessary political machinery to get legislation passed.

But notice the sequence: ideology, money, marketing, movement and then the desired resultant change. This has been the pattern for all societal change in the past 60 years. It is in fact why there has been such a crush of changes at such lightning speed in such a short amount of time. And it is precisely why there has been such a lag behind in the response from the faithful laity and clergy of the Catholic Church.

The enemy plays this game way better than we do. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Many in the Church have just accepted it.

The Church has the ideology not just to save the world, but souls. What we do not have is the willingness to donate our money to advancing the ideology. Without that money, that all-in commitment that the other side has — it’s almost a lost cause before we begin.

Without the dollars, the marketing savvy will never emerge. And without the marketing savvy, no movement with a message can really get off the ground. Yet for the first time in human history, regular Catholics have a chance to truly make a difference, at least among their fellow downtrodden Catholics.

That chance is the Internet — while we still have access. There is a window here, at this moment of history, to galvanize faithful Catholics committed to the cause of the Faith by means of the technology at our disposal. There is the chance to begin a real movement, a groundswell among faithful Catholics to fight back.

While it would be nice to have the giant media conglomerates on our side, that isn’t going to happen. But the opportunity to do an end-run around them has emerged. The Internet needs to be seen by faithful Catholics as the moment having arrived.

Outfits like Atlantic Philanthropies — with its hundreds of millions — can buy access to the giant media outlets and twist people’s intellects. We don’t need hundreds of millions, as nice as it would be; we just need hundreds of thousands owing to the considerably cheaper costs of the Internet.

Our efforts at Church Militant are living proof of this. In less than seven years, this apostolate has reached more than 50 million people with thousands upon thousands every day. True, it’s not millions every day like Big Media -— but it is a targeted message reaching the desired audience of Catholics.

We must sense the moment here, the opportunity that Our Lord is opening up to us. For the first time we can fight back. Even David had his sling shot and rock. And now so do we.

Please consider making a donation to our work here. Just click on that blue donate button. But more than that — at your barbecues this holiday weekend, talk openly and clearly about the great struggle unfolding before us. Engage your family. Engage your friends. Lay aside the junk that the culture says you should concentrate on and pick up this challenge.

Talk to people this weekend. Bring it all up, every hot button you can think of. The civilization is tumbling down all around us, and you and I need to step up and shoulder our share.

The rules have changed; they changed a couple generations ago. As long as Catholics are unwilling to sacrifice, to support efforts to fight against the culture of evil, then the culture of evil will keep advancing.

We are the ones now who need to trumpet change. Please make a donation and get involved.