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Pope Francis again declares the inadmissibility of the death penalty

Pope Francis has once again confirmed the abolition of the death penalty in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its inadmissibility in the moral life of the 21st century. Speaking today to the Delegation of the International Commission Against Capital Punishment, Pope Francis said:

“Nei secoli passati, quando mancavano gli strumenti a nostra disposizione per la protezione della società e il livello di sviluppo attuale dei diritti umani non era ancora stato raggiunto, il ricorso alla pena di morte veniva talvolta presentato come una logica conseguenza. Anche nello Stato Pontificio si è ricorso a questa inumana forma di punizione ignorando il primato della misericordia sulla giustizia. Ecco perché la nuova formulazione del Catechismo implica anche assumersi la responsabilità per il passato e riconoscere che l’accettazione di questa forma di punizione era una conseguenza di una mentalità del tempo, che ha sacralizzato il valore delle leggi prive di umanità e misericordia.

“La pena di morte è sempre inammissibile perché viola la dignità della persona. Dio è un Padre che attende sempre il ritorno del figlio che, sapendo di aver commesso un errore, chiede perdono e inizia una nuova vita. Nessuno, quindi, può essere privato della sua vita o della speranza della sua redenzione e riconciliazione con la comunità. Capisco che per raggiungere l’abolizione in certi ambienti potrebbe essere necessario passare attraverso complessi processi politici. La sospensione delle esecuzioni e la riduzione dei reati punibili con la pena capitale, così come il divieto di questa forma di punizione per minori, donne incinte o persone con disabilità mentali o intellettuali, sono obiettivi minimi per cui i leader di tutto il mondo devono impegnarsi . . . c’e’ bisogno di una giustizia che oltre a essere padre sia anche madre” (The Holy See, December 17, 2018).

Translated:

“In previous centuries, when the means at our disposal for the protection of society were lacking and the actual level of development of human rights had not yet been attained, recourse to the death penalty was at times presented as a logical consequence. Even in the Pontifical State there was recourse to this inhumane form of punishment, ignoring the primacy of mercy over justice. That is why the new formulation of the Catechism implicates [the need to] assume responsibility for the past and the recognition that the acceptance of this form of punishment was the consequence of a mentality of the time, which sacralized the value of laws deprived of humaneness and mercy.

“The death penalty is always inadmissible because it violates the dignity of the human person. God is a Father who always awaits the return of the son who, knowing that he committed a mistake, asks forgiveness and starts a new life. No one, therefore, can be deprived of his life or of the hope of his redemption and reconciliation with the community. I understand that to attain the abolition [of the death penalty] in certain circles it may be necessary to pass through complex political processes. The suspension of executions and the reduction of [the number of] crimes punishable by the death penalty, likewise the prohibition of [the use of] the death penalty for minors, women who are pregnant, or persons with intellectual or physical disabilities, are minimum objectives toward which all the leaders of the world have to work . . . There is the need for a [form of] justice that apart from being father is also mother.”

Wrong catecheses – 1

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Incorrect catecheses abound these days about Catholicism even among those who pride themselves on being hard-identity Catholics who try to teach the Faith to others.

Below are three statements that have been made publicly about Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary during ‘evangelization’ efforts. These statements are quite misleading, if not outright distorting, in terms of the One True Faith. For the sake of accuracy, the fullness of the Catholic Faith and the faith of the people, they are addressed herewith:

1) Statement: “She [the Virgin Mary] remains human . . .  she is now a saint sitting at the feet of her Son praising His glory for all eternity.”

The above statement contains two errors: (1) that Mary “remains human,” and that (2) she is “sitting at the feet of her Son.”

Fact in relation to the first error: Mary, as she is in heaven, is human, but not a ‘common’ human. She is a deified human (as are all human persons in heaven) with the level of her deification being the highest attained by all those who have been created from both the angelic and human realms.

Fact in relation to the second error: Mary praises her Son for eternity, but she does not sit at His feet. That is just a romanticized idealization. The Virgin Mary is at the right hand of Christ, namely, At your right hand stands the queen clothed in the gold of Ophir (Ps 45:9).


2) Statement: “Only through the will of her Son . . . only by His will is it granted” [that Mary can hear intercessions].

The above statement contains three errors: two blatant, one hidden.

Fact in relation to the first error: It is not “through the will of her Son” or “only by His will is it granted” that the Virgin Mary can hear people on earth asking for her intercession. It is through the will of the Almighty Father, whose will is supreme. The will of the Unbegotten Father is paramount. Thus it is also the will of both the begotten Son and their Holy Spirit.

Fact in relation to the second error: Mary hears our intercessions in heaven in and through the Holy Spirit – who is nowhere mentioned in the above statement.

Fact in relation to the third error: The ability in heaven to hear the intercessions of people on earth is not restricted to Mary. Everyone in heaven other than God, high status or low status, knows what is happening on earth. This because every creature who is in heaven, whether angelic or human, is living in the overt fullness of the Holy Trinity.


3) Statement: “There can be no greater friend, after Christ, than His mother.”

Fact in relation to the error: The greatest of friends is the Almighty Father because Christ Himself said, The Father is greater than I (Jn 14:28). Further, Christ became incarnate and died on the Cross not so that we could know Him, but so that we could once more regain intimacy with God the Eternal Father through the Way Who is not the end in Himself.

 

 

 

Thy Kingdom Come – 3

The Intermediate Coming – The Coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will

“We know that the coming of the Lord is threefold: the third coming is between the other two and it is not visible in the way they are. At his first coming the Lord was seen on earth and lived among men, who saw him and hated him. At his last coming All flesh shall see the salvation of our God, and They shall look on him whom they have pierced. In the middle, the hidden coming, only the chosen see him, and they see him within themselves; and so their souls are saved.

“The first coming was in flesh and weakness, the middle coming is in spirit and power, and the final coming will be in glory and majesty.  This middle coming is like a road that leads from the first coming to the last. At the first, Christ was our redemption; at the last, he will become manifest as our life; but in this middle way he is our rest and our consolation. 

“If you think that I am inventing what I am saying about the middle coming, listen to the Lord himself: If anyone loves me, he will keep my words, and the Father will love him, and we shall come to him. Elsewhere I have read: Whoever fears the Lord does good things – but I think that what was said about whoever loves him was more important: that whoever loves him will keep his words. Where are these words to be kept? In the heart certainly, as the Prophet says I have hidden your sayings in my heart so that I do not sin against you.

“Keep the word of God in that way: Blessed are those who keep it. Let it penetrate deep into the core of your soul and then flow out again in your feelings and the way you behave; because if you feed your soul well it will grow and rejoice. Do not forget to eat your bread, or your heart will dry up. Remember, and your soul will grow fat and sleek.

“If you keep God’s word like this, there is no doubt that it will keep you, for the Son will come to you with the Father: the great Prophet will come, who will renew Jerusalem, and he is the one who makes all things new. For this is what this coming will do: just as we have been shaped in the earthly image, so will we be shaped in the heavenly image. Just as the old Adam was poured into the whole man and took possession of him, so in turn will our whole humanity be taken over by Christ, who created all things, has redeemed all things, and will glorify all things” (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermon 5 – In Adventu Domini).

For those who may want it

The original Act of Consecration to the Archangel Mikha’El as said at the Celestial Basilica, the Basilica-Santuario di San Michele Archangelo in Monte Sant’Angelo (Gargano). The deep below-sea-level cavern underneath the Basilica was consecrated by Mikha’El himself in 490, making it the only church in the world not consecrated by human hands. It is a UN World Heritage site and has been visited by several Popes and personages including Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, and Saint Pio of Pietrelcina.

Mikha'El

Michele1 Basilica-Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo

Atto di Affidamento a San Michele Arcangelo

Principe nobilissimo delle angeliche Gerarchie,
valoroso guerriero dell’Altissimo,
amatore zelante della gloria del Signore,
terrore degli angeli ribelli,
amore e delizia di tutti gli Angeli giusti,

Arcangelo San Michele,
desiderando io di essere nel numero dei tuoi devoti,
a te oggi mi offro e mi dono.
Pongo me stesso, il mio lavoro,
la mia famiglia, gli amici e quanto mi appartiene
sotto la tua vigile protezione.

E’ piccola la mia offerta
essendo io un misero peccatore,
ma tu gradisci l’affetto del mio cuore.
Ricordati che se da quest’oggi
sono sotto il tuo patrocinio
tu devi assistermi in tutta la mia vita.

Procurami il perdono dei miei molti e gravi peccati,
la grazia di amare di cuore il mio Dio,
il mio caro salvatore Gesù,
la mia dolce Madre Maria,
e tutti gli uomini miei fratelli
amati dal Padre…

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The USCCB and the Vatican: The wrong questions

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And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son (Rv 12:3-4).

Everyone has become aware by now that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), presently meeting in Baltimore, has been asked by the Holy See’s Congregation for Bishops to delay voting on their attempted creation of a Code of Conduct in relation to the clergy sex abuse crisis in America. Statements against statements have been made, with protocols against protocols, charters against charters, policies against more policies, and speeches against speeches galore. Take your pick. A hierarchy and a presbyterate that, at times, might seem rather ‘out of touch’ to the general public. An Americanist Catholic laity so entitled that they attempt to usurp the very powers of the Vicar of Christ, because they treasure their Americanism more than they do their Catholicism. And all this is, obviously, being carried out under the guise of ‘saving the Church’ – as if that were possible by mere human means.

In other words, rebellion and disorder. Seemingly ad infinitum.

Two things are missing in the aforementioned scenario and they are the following:

  1. God is not present where there is chaos, rebellion and disorder, because God is Order in Himself; and
  2. The wrong questions are being asked.

In attempting to understand the abuse of power that has occurred (and reportedly seems to continue occurring in some venues) and to seek wholesome remedies for it without scapegoating, one needs to depart from a very basic question and a very basic fact. Everything else will then flow naturally from there.

The basic question is the following and it needs to be answered with a “yes / no” response:

  • Do you believe that sex (of whatever kind) outside of (at a minimum) natural marriage is a mortal sin and that it results in the withdrawal of the indwelling of the Holy Trinity from the soul?

And the basic immutable fact is this:

  • God cannot live where the darkness of mortal sin resides.

Everything else that is happening, in terms of dialog and discussion, is just self-referential fluff.

Why is this happening?

The Fifth and Sixth Commandments are being violated in a ‘setting-of-the-stage’ scenario, in order to then violate the First Commandment (the ultimate aim). That is the underlying plan and it has been long coming.

Start, therefore, from the above question and the above fact if you want effective solutions, and everything falls into place. Start from elsewhere (as has happened) and you get chaos, disorder and rebellion.

The free-will choice is yours to make.

 

 

The planned violation of Universi Dominici Gregis by wealthy American Catholics

It is well-known that a certain faction of discontented right-wing individuals in the US, mostly converts and traditional conservatives, cannot stand Pope Francis and his return of the Catholic Church to its original Christian synodality, rather than high-brow monarchy, pomp and circumstance. It is also known that a group of such persons will stop at nothing to recreate the Church into their own perceived image and likeness of what it should be.

Their latest attempt, backed by deep capitalist money, is a proposed ‘Red Hat Report‘ on all the cardinals of the Catholic Church. It should be noted that this attempt is a direct and deliberate violation of Saint John Paul II’s apostolic constitution Universi Dominici Gregis with regard to papal conclave rules in terms of the blanket ban on “any external interference [including] in writing or by word of mouth, either directly and personally or indirectly and through others.” In other words they think they can influence papal elections in a parallel manner to how they influenced that of the US presidency.

These people, this group, publicly proclaim they “love the Catholic Church.”

They have forgotten that the Church is not an American Church and it does not belong to them. The Church is neither a committee nor the US Congress. The papacy is not the American presidency. The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ, it is a universal Church, and no one ‘cleans it up’ (if there is any cleaning to be done) except Christ Himself.

The pride and arrogance manifested above do not originate with the Spirit of God.

You are the Judases of the Catholic Church

For all those calling for the resignation of Pope Francis, the valid and licit Vicar of Christ on earth, only the following suffices:

You are the Judases of the Catholic Church and of God Himself, despite all your claims to the contrary.

Ubi Petrus, ibi Ecclesia, ibi Deus.

Clarity and a warning about American Catholics and Pope Francis

This needs to be said without ambiguity: Those American Catholics who judge Pope Francis are doing so at the peril of their own soul. You do not judge the Vicar of Christ; that privilege is reserved solely to God. You do not have the right to determine whether he is humble or not, innocent or not, because you do not reside in his heart, mind and soul.

You are playing with fire. That right does not pertain to you. You certainly do not have the right to employ weasel words in order to maintain deniability, while in effect, carrying out the above. You are furthermore responsible for all the souls you are covertly leading away from God, away from the Church, away from His own Vicar on earth, people – many – who do not know otherwise, by your words and actions under the veneer of ‘true piety.’

This warning goes for those American Catholics who have attempted to claim repeatedly, in public, that they hear and see Christ Himself, while waging years-long battles of libel, calumny and slander against those who stand up to them and say “no” in relation to their underlying infidelity to the entirety of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Yes, this is for you – liars, traitors and betrayers of the Truth. Demagogues in sheep’s clothing.

For the general public, discern for yourselves whether any of the above is from Satan masked as an angel of light or from God Who is Truth.

Satan is a master at quoting Scripture. But the plain, cold reality is that when he does so, there is always a grain of falsehood involved – a falsehood or a temptation designed to drive you incrementally away from the One, True Church; the One, True God. Christ Himself does not go against His own Vicar:

Whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (Mt 18:18).

One of the falsehoods that has currently taken root, in the writings and speeches of current-day American Catholic ‘prophets’, is that lay persons (or lay persons claiming to be non-lay, despite ongoing and repeated denial of this state by their own bishops) have the right to criticize – in public, even – and ‘determine’ the humility or otherwise of Christ’s own Vicar on earth, not to mention calling outright for his resignation in public.

Go to confession! Be ashamed of yourselves!

Develop humility before attempting to call out the purported lack of humility in others. See the mote in your own eye/s before seeing the motes in the eyes of everyone else!

Aborted children do not lose the Beatific Vision forever

For those who keep insisting, wrongly, that children who are aborted in the womb lose the Beatific Vision forever, here is a prayer, given by Christ Himself in 1998 to Barnabas Nwoye, that manifests otherwise:

Heavenly Father, Your love is eternal. In Your ocean of love, You saved the world through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Now look at Your only Son on the Cross Who is constantly bleeding for love of His people, and forgive Your world. Purify and baptize aborted children with the Precious Blood and water from the Sacred Side of Your Son, Jesus Christ, Who hung dead on the Cross for their salvation; in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. May they, through the holy death of Jesus Christ, gain everlasting life, through His wounds be healed and through His Precious Blood be freed. There to rejoice with the saints in heaven. Amen.

To believe that God is not merciful enough to provide in a mystical way for the innocents whose lives are taken against their will by abortion is, in both essence and fact, to believe that God is a cruel god instead of the Father He is.

(Source: Precious Blood of Jesus Daily Devotional).

 

More discernment

A person who publicly incites his or her subjects to hatred or animosity against the Apostolic See or the Ordinary, because of some act of ecclesiastical authority or ministry, or who provokes the subjects to disobedience against them, is to be punished by interdict or other just penalties (Code of Canon Law #1373).

In relation to the voices arising in America, clerical and lay, that are calling for the resignation of Pope Francis, ask the following questions:

  • What spirit/s is/are motivating this voice/these voices?
  • Is this call coming from God or from Satan?
  • What tone is being employed?
  • In what manner are they calling for the pope’s resignation?
  • Are truth and charity both present in the process of the call or is one of them lacking? If so, what exactly is lacking and to what degree?
  • Is the call universal (taken up by the entire Catholic Church in the whole world) or is it parochial (located to a subset of people in a localized region of the Church)?
  • Is entitlement present in the call or otherwise? Does the call further unity or division* in the Mystical Body of Christ?
  • Is peace present or absent in the very process of the call?
  • What is the role of hatred in this call?”

Because something may appear to be desirable or good at face value, especially if it is in keeping with the modus operandi of the secular culture of a particular nation, it does not necessarily mean that the underlying motivation for it is coming from God. And because something may appear to be undesirable does not equally mean that it is not coming from God.

Discern.

The truth underlying this call for resignation of the Vicar of Christ is self-evident if you discern.

Examine all the facts, therefore, and discern. Do not be taken in by ‘famous’ names in American Catholic media and/or reporting. They all have underlying personal-professional agendas at stake.

Discern – and discern wisely.

*The furtherance of division never originates with the Holy Spirit. Neither do confusion, condemnation, and holier-than-thou proselytization.

On discernment by Pope Francis

“It is not of God to defend truth at the price of charity, nor charity at the price of truth, nor equilibrium at the price of both of them. In order to avoid becoming a truthful destroyer or a charitable liar or a confused paralytic, one better discern” (Bergoglio, J. M. 1987. The Doctrine of Tribulation).

An ideological truth must always be judged not for its content, but for the spirit that sustains it, which is not necessarily the Spirit of truth (Fares, D., citing Bergoglio, J. M. Umilta’).

The First See

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A succint reminder in the face of what is unfolding and developing in the Catholic Church in America, Italy, and the Vatican: the First See is validly and licitly judged by no one but God (cf. Can. 1404, Codex Juris Canonici). Every single individual, clerical or lay, at whatever rank or status, who is engaging in judgment of the actions and non-actions of Pope Francis is doing so at the peril of his or her own soul.

Ubi Petrus, ibi Ecclesia, ibi Deus. Where there is the canonically-elected pope, there is the Church and there is God, no matter the personal failings or otherwise of the said pope. What happened this weekend was an attempted coup d’etat, so that an anti-pope significantly increases his chances of being installed and Scripture is then fulfilled.

The anti-pope is not Pope Francis. He is the cleric still behind the scenes who has married a woman on the sly, despite his presumed celibate state in the Latin Rite Church, and become fully possessed by Satan. This is the man who is attempting to take over the First See in order to dismantle the Catholic Church.

Everything else is just a front for this.