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Polish Bishops Report: Francis Plans to Devolve Doctrinal Decisions on Episcopal Conferences August 3, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, scandals, shocking, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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You can imagine how that will turn out.  Hey, I needed a quick post, no better place to turn than good ‘ol Life Site News:

The head of the Polish bishops conference says that in a private meeting this week Pope Francis held with the country’s bishops, he spoke of allowing local bishops conferences to make decisions about the controversial practice of giving Communion to those who are divorced and remarried.

“The Holy Father says that general laws are very hard to enforce in each country, and so he speaks about decentralization,” Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki told reporters after a July 27 closed-door meeting with the Pope in Krakow. The pope had traveled to Poland for World Youth Day.

The pope related that in a decentralized Church, bishops’ conferences “might on their own initiative not only interpret papal encyclicals, but also looking at their own cultural situation, might approach some specific issues in an appropriate manner,” Gadecki said.

Which few, if any, expect would actually manifest as a MORE rigorous approach.  The episcopal conferences of almost all Western countries – which I remind, have no real authority even in their unanimous decisions, if that decision contradicts the Doctrine of the Faith – could be expected to use this permission to gravely undermine the sanctity of marriage and the entire moral order, which is crafted around the marital union and its incredibly important realization with regard to Christ’s relationship with the Church.

Doctrinal devolution, even through a fig leaf of pastoral care, would be devastating for the Church.  It’s the short road to Anglicanism, or could be potentially even worse than Anglicanism.  Imagine what episcopal conferences that pretend that Ad Orientem worship is forbidden (or requires special permission), that Communion on the hand is the universal norm, and who have all but buried Catholic Doctrine on contraception, divorce, and a dozen other issues, would do if given a free hand with regard to doctrinal matters.  How much of that devolution would actually be thought out by bishops, anyway, and how much by unaccountable, charism-less lay bureaucrats in the Church?

Vox, who has written some very powerful stuff lately, had this to say:

There can be no denying that Jorge Bergoglio’s hints at the Synod and in Amoris Laetitia will now come to pass, at least, so long as he is alive and in the Chair of Peter.

Catholics, get your heads out of the sand! This is the most dangerous threat to the Catholic Church since Arius.

Cardinals and Bishops, will you stand by and allow this?

You will go to Hell.

So will Bergoglio!

A little strong?  I do wonder if we’re not a bit beyond even the Arian heresy in today’s Church, and that extends far beyond Francis.

Gotta go.

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“We Do Not Sufficiently Remember Our Dead” August 3, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, mortification, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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So said Saint Francis de Sales, and if he cause to make that comment in the 16th century, one can only imagine what he would say today, with mass instant canonizations and Purgatory treated like a bad relic from a benighted past.  Nevertheless, Purgatory remains, whether the modern world wants to believe so or not, and it is one of our most solemn duties to pray for the souls undergoing expiation for the temporal debt of sin therein.

Even more, St. Francis argues quite convincingly that in praying for the souls in Purgatory, all the other corporal and spiritual works of mercy are satisfied.

The excerpt below comes from Consoling Thoughts from St. Francis de Sales:

We do not remember sufficiently our dead, our faithful departed; and the proof of it is, we do not speak enough of them.  We turn way from that discourse as from a sad subject, we leave the dead to bury their dead; their memory perishes from us with the sound of their mourning bell; we forget that the friendship which ends, even with death, is never true.  Holy Scripture assuring us that true love is stronger than death.

St. Francis was accustomed to say that in this single work of mercy, the thirteen others assembled.

Is it not, he said, in some manner, to visit the sick, to obtain by our prayers the relief of the poor suffering souls in Purgatory?

Is it not to give drink to those who thirst after the vision of God, and who are enveloped in burning flames, to share with them the dew of our prayers?

Is it not to feed the hungry, to aid in their deliverance by the means which faith suggests?

Is it not truly to ransom prisoners?

Is it not to clothe the naked, to procure for them a garment of light, a raiment of glory?

Is it not an admirable degree of hospitality, to procure their admission into the heavenly Jerusalem, and to make them fellow citizens with the Saints and domestics of God?

Is it not a greater service to place souls in Heaven, than to bury bodies in the earth?

As to spirituals, is it not a work whose merit may be compared to that of consoling the weak, correcting the wayward, instructing the ignorant, forgiving offenses, enduring injuries?  And what consolation, however great, that can be given to the afflicted of this world, is comparable with that which is brought by our prayers, to those poor souls who have such bitter need of them?

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Our modern age so prizes efficiency and time-saving techniques, one would think praying for the souls in Purgatory would be a wildly popular practice!  It’s a veritable one stop shop for all your works of  mercy!

Seriously, though, I’d never considered that aspect before; it is quite a beautiful thing.  We are called to practice all the works of mercy as often as we can – pray for the poor holy souls in Purgatory, and that objective is satisfied!  Offer works of penance for them as well, of course.  In turn, they will intercede for us both from Purgatory, and from the perfect bliss of the Beatific Vision.

I’m sorry I probably won’t have time to post again today.  This  is one of those days when life must intervene.  I’ll see if I can find something short and quick in the 15 minutes I have left.

Joe Biden NOT a Knight of Columbus August 3, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, blogfoolery, error.
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A commenter kindly informed me that Joe Biden, in spite of occasional claims to the contrary, has not been a member of the KoC since at least 2008, if he ever has been.  Supreme Knight Carl Andersen made this public in 2008 here. Of course, Biden has made a litany of outrageous claims in his troubling career, so perhaps I should have taken his statements with a grain of salt.

There are other pro-abort or culture of death politicians who are, or have been permitted to remain, Knights in good standing, to the scandal of many, as outlined here.

I apologize for the error and the post in question will be updated/corrected immediately with references to the KoC expunged.