October 31, 2015

NEW SHERWOOD: An open letter to single Catholics

An excerpt of and an excellent read from Jeff Culbreath's New Sherwood blog, to single Catholics who may be considering marriage. Ed.

An open letter to single Catholics

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Dear single Catholics,
Marriage is indissoluble, an ontological reality for as long as both spouses are living. “What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” For Catholics, divorce is never an option for any reason. The rare exceptions of the “Pauline and Petrine privileges” pertain only to non-sacramental marriages with at least one unbaptized spouse.
What is popularly known as an annulment is not a divorce, but a “decree of nullity” – a judicial finding that a valid marriage never existed in the first place. For example, if one spouse was coerced by threats of violence, then true consent was absent and there was never a valid marriage. Nullity depends upon defects (e.g., lack of consent) present when the vows were made, not marital problems that developed later. Thelist of defects that traditionally render a putative marriage “null” is short and sweet:
(1) the male is not yet sixteen and/or the female is not yet fourteen at the time of the wedding; (2) the male is impotent, the female is frigid, or the marriage is never consummated; (3) either party is still involved in a marriage which is not properly dissolved; (4) a Catholic and an unbaptized person marry without a proper dispensation; (5) the male is a recipient of Holy Orders and is not personally dispensed by the pope; (6) either party who publicly vowed celibacy did not receive a dispensation to marry; (7) the female is forced to marry by means of abduction or confinement; (8) one party kills the other in order to enter a new marriage; (9) the parties are closely related by blood; (10) there is prior affinity between the parties such as a widowed person marrying the deceased spouse’s parent or child; (11) someone party to a common-law marriage later attempts marriage with the parent or child of the live-in partner; (12) a person marries a child or sibling he or she has adopted;(13) Catholics enter a marriage “lacking form” and, therefore, validity because it does not take place before an authorized priest and witnesses.
The Church has long been a fierce and uncompromising defender of the marital bond. The entire world knows this, both within the Church and without. As a safeguard, the Church always presumed the validity of every publicly celebrated marriage, whether sacramental or merely natural. Proving invalidity was difficult, and in most cases a decision was made only after an exhaustive investigation. Marital indissolubility, the presumption of validity, and the difficulty of proving nullity combined to make a powerful psychological effect. Spouses were encouraged to persevere in difficult marriages and, most importantly, children were protected from parental abandonment.
Tragically, this all began to change with the anthropocentric emphasis of the Second Vatican Council. The former annulment procedures were concerned exclusively with the objective reality of the marital bond. But the new orientation began to focus on the interests, convenience, and happiness of the discontented spouse or spouses. In the 1970s the procedures for filing for annulment were greatly simplified in the United States. Predictably, the number of annulments skyrocketed. It’s fair to assume that the same modernist orientation that motivated these changes also motivated the decisions of marriage tribunals.
A still more severe attack on marriage came with Canon 1095 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, which states:
The following are incapable of contracting marriage: 1) those who lack the sufficient use of reason; 2) those who suffer from a grave defect of discretion of judgment concerning the essential matrimonial rights and duties mutually to be handed over and accepted; 3) those who are not able to assume the essential obligations of marriage for causes of a psychic nature.
This canon opened the floodgates. “Essential matrimonial rights and duties” and “essential obligations of marriage” could be interpreted as loosely as “the duty to be sensitive and understanding” or, in TOB-speak, “totally self-giving”. But the loophole most often exploited is the idea that defects “of a psychic nature” were present, though unknown, at the time of consent. A spouse who later became unfaithful or who abandoned the marriage could be said to have had, all along, a psychological fear of commitment. A spouse who later developed a drug addiction could be said to have had a secret “addictive personality”. A spouse who developed a mental illness could be said to have had a latent psychological condition. A spouse with inadequacies as a mother or father, or with chronic employment problems, or with unhealthy relationship patterns, etc., could easily be said to have been unable to “assume the essential obligations of marriage for causes of a psychic nature”.
The result? By 1991 the Church was granting 60,000 annulments per year in the United States.



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October 24, 2015

Non Serviam...

Just a few thoughts from a reeling mind, before the Sh@t hits the fan:

If Rome says I must now embrace heresy: Non Serviam...

If Rome says I must now embrace public adulterers who have been given permission to circumvent the penitential path to which all other sinners must still abide: Non Serviam...

If Rome tells me that I must now embrace and be welcoming to unrepentant and public sodomites in my pew and around my children: Non Serviam...

If Rome tells me that homosexual "marriage" has anything approaching a stable family life, when the very thought of such is anti-Biblical in its very name: Non Serviam...

If Rome tells me that Catholics who have willingly violated their marital vows and have willingly caused pain and sorrow to their children in order to find their personal "happy place" and yet are deserving of my understanding as they continue to walk their adulterous path: Non Serviam...

If Rome tells me it is now OK to ignore Our Lord's own words, the 6th and 9th Commandments, all that is written in the Holy Bible against homosexuality, what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah and one of the sins that cry to Heaven for Vengence: Non Serviam...

If Rome tells me I can now follow my Conscience into Hell, but it's OK because I just know that I am right while doing so and they will accompany me to Hell's door (especially Archbishop Cupich): Non Serviam...

If Rome now tells me it is now OK to place a new Crown of Thorns upon the Head of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to add my spit upon His Sacred Person, to yell and jeer at Him and to openly mock His Teachings and to even to drive more nails into His Sacred Hands and Feet: Non Serviam... 

NON SERVIAM! NON SERVIAM!! NON SERVIAM!!!





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October 22, 2015

WHAT WE CANNOT DO ALONE, WE CAN DO TOGETHER!

[Ed note: I have received permission from the Universal Living Rosary Association and Fr. Ivan Kolodiy to reprint the portion of his commentary about marriage that was written for the October 2015 ULRA newsletter. It is a very timely reminder of our marital vows, marriage duty and of the Sacrament itself. Beautifully written, it is also a refreshing reminder that defends well the Sacred Bonds of Holy Matrimony, when so many today seek its devaluation and destruction. 

Below the icon, Father concludes his commentary with an appeal to pray to Our Lady via the Small Paraklesis (Intercessory Prayer) to the Most Holy Theotokos, which "is chanted in times of distress and sorrow of soul." Father also encourages "...all of you who have sorrow in your life and difficult health issues, problems with your children and who need special protection, to flee to the arms of the Virgin Mary."

Please keep this holy priest of Byzantine Rite, Greek Catholic Church, in your prayers.]


WHAT WE CANNOT DO ALONE, WE CAN DO TOGETHER!

My dear married couples, you must remember that God has chosen you for the part you must play in your families and, since He has chosen you for this role, He will supply you with all the strength you need to do your job meritoriously and in a way that is pleasing to Him. You may count on His help to achieve happiness and holiness in the marriage you have legitimately contracted and from which you no longer can withdraw. All regrets as to what might have been had you not married, are idle and futile. The only thing that matters is that you make the most of your situation through good sense and the Grace of God. If you are not fully happy in your married life, it is not a sign that you were not destined for it. 

We are pilgrims in this life steering towards our Eternal Home and the more discomforts and annoyances we undergo, the less we should be disturbed by them. Blessed are they that fear the Lord! Worship God faithfully. Pray aloud as a family in the morning and evening, and before and after meals.The prayer need not be long, but it should be said regularly and constantly by the entire family. Abundant blessings will follow! The family Crucifix should be the most precious object and should form the most cherished and frequented shrine in the entire house. Before this Crucifix, the family pours out their grief and asks solace, courage and strength. In response to blessings, the family kneels before the Crucifix and speaks their appreciation and gratitude.

Other Sacraments are administered outside the Communion rail: Confession, Communion, Confirmation and Baptism. But, in Holy Matrimony, the Church throws open the gates to the sanctuary and introduces the candidates into the Holy of Holies, to the very spot where the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ is offered. The bride and groom are to learn the greatest tragedy and the highest triumph of Love! Each one must die to himself and live for the other as Christ gave His Life for the Church. God appointed the husband as the leader of the family. The husband is the head of the wife. (Ephesians 5:22-24) Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord, because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the Church. Husbands, Love your wives. To the father of the family falls the obligation to organize religious life within the home. He should lead the family in prayer, and devote some time with his family to discuss Scripture thus bringing to them the spiritual food they need for union and strength. The special feasts of the Church should be celebrated in the home with hymns, festive meals and special prayers. Guard must be kept so that the family will remain chaste, moral and respectful of one another. The family is a domestic church. Following these principles, the household will have the greatest possibility of remaining faithful to Christ. 

Icon from the newsletter

"O our most blessed Queen, O Theotokos, our hope, guardian of orphans, intercessor for strangers, joy of the sorrowful, protectress of the wronged: thou seest our misfortune, thou seest our affliction; help us, for we are infirm; feed us for we are strangers. Thou knowest our offence: absolve it as thou wilt, for we have no other help beside Thee, no other intercessor, nor good consoler, except thee, O Mother of God. Do thou preserve and protect us unto the Ages of Ages."





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October 21, 2015

Dear Pope Francis and the Cardinals and Bishops of the 2015 Synod On the Family...

You are scaring me. No. Let me re-phrase that: You have scared me. You have shaken my trust in you almost to my Catholic core. You have shaken the trust that you will continue to guard that Deposit of Faith of that has been entrusted to you by Our Lord Jesus Christ. You have me scared that you will change Doctrine (which you cannot do); change pastoral practice (which you can do) from what it now is to what it should never be; change the notion that sodomites have a place in the Church (which they do), should enjoy full communion (which they should not without repentance and reconciliation to Church teaching and God's Laws). Do you even remember Sodom and Gomorrah of the Old Testament? Or are you going to write that out of the next edition of the FrancisHolyBible?

You have me scared that the Church into which I was Baptized and Confirmed; into which I was married, divorced and annulled (as if the latter two weren't already enough to shake my trust), will be so changed as to be almost unrecognizable as anything but another Protestant heretical sect, which many of you probably are closet members of anyway, judging by the words that have escaped your lips of late. In times of old, in the times of Pope St. Pius X or Blessed Pius IX,  you would more than likely be enjoying the fruits of your excommunication; instead, you are basking in the glory of modern man and your fellow modernist confreres. That alone is enough to start doubting your sincerity and Love of the Catholic Church. I would be less concerned (and more sure you were on the right path) if almost all of the news anchors were reporting on the Synod's rigidity to Catholic Doctrine or the numerous personal attacks upon your honesty, integrity and concern for modern Catholics. At least then I would know you were imitating Our Blessed Lord...

However, imitating Him most of you are not. Mocking Him many of you are. Re-purposing His words some of you are doing endlessly, such as unbinding His Justice from His Mercy. At this moment in time, there are probably more heretical Protestants clinging closer to Catholic Truths than you presently are, though not even they are immune to modernist influence of their sects.

Regardless of my being afraid, I can assure you of my continued prayers for yourselves and the good intentions of the Synod, though honestly I don't know why. Probably for the same reason I still pray for my former spouse - Love. Not the "lurv" you are now promoting, but the Love of Christ shown to the world from His Cross - non-reciprocal; unrequited; all forgiving. Despite your being 180 degrees off the Roman Catholic mark by openly promoting heresy, embracing sodomy and enshrining adultery, you are still the chosen of the Church and of Christ, validly ordained priests and direct Successors to the Apostles - and one of you to St. Peter himself. Those reasons alone demand I pray for you and your good intentions, no matter what my personal beliefs and opinions are. Never will I or any pray for your bad intentions, however, which you can be assured of that many of the Faithful in the pews of your Churches and Cathedrals readily see playing out in your presence. 

As you continue your final deliberations of re-writing the Holy Bible, the Catholic Faith and current Catholic Doctrine, I think it wise you remember also Newton's Third Law of Motion, and especially so, the Creator and Author of both the man and the principle. If you do not, then don't be surprised when its application shows up if you are successful in implementing the bad at the expense of the good. When Newton's Third Law is enacted full force in your dioceses and parishes, you will feign ignorance of why, as you watch from the sidelines the exodus from the pews that will - nay MUST - happen.

Respectfully in Christ, 

A concerned Roman Catholic


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October 19, 2015

I bid you stand, Men of the West [of the Catholic Church]!!!



Hold your ground! Hold your ground!

Sons of Gondor [of Christ], of Rohan [of Catholicism], my brothers,

I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me.

A day may come when the courage of men fails,

when we forsake our friends

and break all bonds of fellowship,

but it is not this day.

An hour of wolves and shattered shields,

when the age of men comes crashing down,

but it is not this day!

This day we fight!!

By all that you hold dear on this good Earth,

I bid you stand, Men of the West [of the Catholic Church]!!!

Lord Aragorn, Heir to Thrones of Gondor and Arnor



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October 18, 2015

Men of Rome, You Who Are Vested in Purple and Red, Hear Ye!


"... [B]rethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power. Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God)."

Paul of Tarsus



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Why 'Francis, Marx & Kasper LLC' Will Not Win the 2015 Synod...

Statue of Archangel Michael slaying Satan represented as a dragon. University of Bonn, Germany. 
It may not need to be said at all, but it certainly needs to be remembered and repeated (all emphasis and formatting is mine):


"The Venerable Pio Brunone Lanteri, who was also a great defender of the papacy, explained it clearly in his book: “I will be told that the Holy Father can do anything, "quodcumque solveris, quodcumque ligaveris etc.”. It’s true, but he can do nothing against the Divine Constitution of the Church;
he is the Vicar of God,

but he is not God,

nor can he destroy the work of God”."

[Original article at Rorate Caeli here]

And lest we also forget, there is always this very much applicable companion quote from St. Michael the Archangel: "Quis ut Deus?"




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October 17, 2015

Archbishop Blase Cupich VS Catechism of the Catholic Church

 “If people come to a decision in good conscience then our job is to help them move forward and to respect that,” he said. “The conscience is inviolable and we have to respect that when they make decisions, and I’ve always done that.” - Archbishop Blase Cupich

During the last October's "Family" Synod of 2014, I wrote a blog post called After the SYNOD: More Changes That Will Be Necessary (and re-posted here).  I posited then that numerous sections of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, The Catechism of the Catholic Church and even the Holy Bible would have to be changed in order for the upcoming changes to Catholic Doctrine and the forthcoming "Up Yours!" to God towards the 6th and 9th Commandments are enforced forced upon an unwilling majority of Faithful Catholics. Well, needless to say, the post may be more than a bit prescient as Archbishop Cupich may have just confirmed all that I wrote.

If one reads Article 6 of the CCC on Moral Conscience and scrolls down to Section III you will find the following (any emphasis mine):

III. TO CHOOSE IN ACCORD WITH CONSCIENCE

1786 Faced with a moral choice, conscience can make either a right judgment in accordance with reason and the divine law or, on the contrary, an erroneous judgment that departs from them.

1787 Man is sometimes confronted by situations that make moral judgments less assured and decision difficult. But he must always seriously seek what is right and good and discern the will of God expressed in divine law.

1788 To this purpose, man strives to interpret the data of experience and the signs of the times assisted by the virtue of prudence, by the advice of competent people, and by the help of the Holy Spirit and his gifts.

1789 Some rules apply in every case:

- One may never do evil so that good may result from it;

- the Golden Rule: "Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them."56

- charity always proceeds by way of respect for one's neighbor and his conscience: "Thus sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience . . . you sin against Christ."57 Therefore "it is right not to . . . do anything that makes your brother stumble."58

Furthermore, if one jumps down to Section IV there are these gems (again, any emphasis mine):

IV. ERRONEOUS JUDGMENT

1790 A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn himself. Yet it can happen that moral conscience remains in ignorance and makes erroneous judgments about acts to be performed or already committed.

1791 This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man "takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin."59 In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.

1792 Ignorance of Christ and his Gospel, bad example given by others, enslavement to one's passions, assertion of a mistaken notion of autonomy of conscience, rejection of the Church's authority and her teaching, lack of conversion and of charity: these can be at the source of errors of judgment in moral conduct.

1793 If - on the contrary - the ignorance is invincible, or the moral subject is not responsible for his erroneous judgment, the evil committed by the person cannot be imputed to him. It remains no less an evil, a privation, a disorder. One must therefore work to correct the errors of moral conscience.

1794 A good and pure conscience is enlightened by true faith, for charity proceeds at the same time "from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith."60

The more a correct conscience prevails, the more do persons and groups turn aside from blind choice and try to be guided by objective standards of moral conduct.61

So then, if an openly homosexual Catholic "couple" or a Catholic heterosexual "couple" living in adultery with each other believes that they are not sinning and presents themselves for Holy Communion (and does so against the current teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church), then how can Archbishop Cupich stand behind his statement "...that pastors should respect the consciences of all Catholics who approach the sacraments" without violating the above Church Teaching and being complicit in another's sin? Can any priest in his diocese "respect the consciences of...Catholics" who approach the Altar rail if it is known they are unworthy through public actions (and at least homosexuality, if not also adultery, is pretty much a public action nowadays, is it not?) and proceed to handout the Holy Eucharist to them? Will they do so to respect the couple or their Bishop on earth? Or will they not do so to respect their Judge in Heaven?

Is it not true that #1791 & #1792 alone preempts any change in Doctrine? Or praxis, practice or whatever convenient term the liberals wish to apply to what they are demanding we must all accept - in violation of our Consciences? How can a priest, Bishop or Cardinal respect the Consciences of of the few while at the same time violating the Consciences of the many? Is this not against the greatest of the Three Theological Virtues - Charity? 

Vox Cantoris places it all in stark perspective with his post Blase Cupich, Judas Priest in which he writes: "Blase Cupich is a disgrace to the priesthood and the Church, Under his logic, as long as a murderer or a rapist or a producer of child pornography or a thief does so in good conscience, then the Eucharist is theirs."

Archbishop Cupich also stated (and I assume his tongue was not in his cheek) that "... I visit regularly with people who feel marginalized...". Well, I fear he and many of his brother Bishops who think like him, will be very, very busy trying to un-marginalize the majority of Faithful Catholics who will feel betrayed - and will have been betrayed - by what many have already written is a done deal. 

It may not be the Faithful Bishops and Cardinals who will walk away from the Synod in protest, but it may very well be the Faithful laity who will will walk run away from their parishes in disgust. 


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October 15, 2015

I Adhuc Resistere

I wan't going to write anything at all about today. It wouldn't really matter anyway to most people, though to me it matters a great deal. But then, it's not all about me, is it? It can't be. It needn't be. It shouldn't be. It's about something far, far greater. 

It's about Honor, Integrity and Duty. It's about standing and delivering on a promise and the Imitation of Christ. It's about HIS Cross and not mine, and why should my actions be any different. It's about the Agape, and not about the Philia or the Eros that seem to permeate our modern society and the modern Catholic Church. It's about the resistance necessary to counteract an inherent evil. It's about embracing selflessness rather than self. It is about my children and their Faith and how to live it. It is about a Sacrament and what it means to rise to its defense, no matter the cost to self.

Today is would have been the 27th Anniversary of our wedding. It is also the 5th Anniversary of the divorce that destroyed a marriage, shattered a family, harmed the innocent and eventually, neutered a Sacrament.  

Raymond Cardinal Burke, in a recent homily on October 10th, said that man's “salvation consists in his fidelity to the existing marriage bond, and he cannot pretend to establish another. His calling is to seek the salvation of the partner, even if he can do so only by praying for her.” And this is one of the ultimate goals of a marriage - the sanctification of the spouses through the patient acceptance of each other's Crosses - is it not? It is also the same salient point that Bishop Sheen often spoke of - the Agape love demanded in marriage to ensure its success. Or, as he put more simply, "to love the unlovable". 

I have no reason to love my former spouse. Could very well, in fact, easily find a multitude of reasons why I have every right to do so. And I have, quite truthfully. Stopped praying for her more than once, but it never lasted more than a day or two. Why?  I believe it is nothing less than the Agape love shown by Christ and that Bishop Sheen speaks of. Do the Graces that come through the Sacrament suddenly cease when a divorce is finalized? Not hardly. Do they cease when a marriage is obliterated via annulment? I don't know for certain, but I would like to believe not because of the children and the fact that one is still a parent even after a divorce and annulment. The Sacrament itself may have been ruled moot, but the effects of the Sacrament (Graces) must still be extant simply because of the children. Such is my belief, but am open to correction if any theologian should know differently. 

So...here I sit, writing this simple defense of my marriage, my vocation and my children - and the Sacrament that brought all three together. It is a defense I do not take lightly, though at the onset of this divorce that is precisely what I was doing. Any man or woman caught-up in the juggernaut of no-fault divorce can barely resist its siren-call and it is only the Graces of the Sacrament that can stop the free-fall. I could not walk away from the vows I made, even though Holy Mother Church now gives me that right via an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of white paper in my file cabinet. I can assure you it will never be used. 

I can't unlove my spouse, for to do so would lessen the love I have for my children. The two are inseparable in my opinion - can one truly love their children as much after a divorce as before if one spouse has now truly "unloved" the other? Can one "unlove" the spouse that helped bring a family into existence? Won't that take once again from the children a part of them that will never truly be replaced? I cannot "unlove" my former spouse, though I am sure there are many who would dispute most vehemently that idea. I don't set and pine away longing for something that is improbable and more like to fantasy, but neither will I - nor can I - separate the reality that I still Love the woman I married 27 years ago. 

I wrote a comment to a blog post recently that asked rhetorically: "Are our vows not meaningless if we allow "irreconcilable differences" to overshadow them? Even if only one spouse does so, does it follow necessarily that the other must also follow along? We are powerless to stop the civil and legal effects of divorce once initiated by a petitioner; what we do have, however, is the power to live our vows as Christ intended; to resist the civil and live the Divine."

That is what I have chosen to do as regards to the ending of my marriage: Resist. I can't undo what has already been done. But as I wrote, "I simply have chosen not to let my future be defined by that and continue to honor my first vows and the woman they were spoken to. I owe as much to her and to Christ, as well as to our children, who will hopefully understand the seriousness of their own vows when they approach by the hopefully good example I try to give."





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October 11, 2015

Vatican II Redux? Please God, No...

From Rorate Caeli comes the following report (emphasis mine):

Since before the Synod, there were doubts about a specific post-synodal papal exhortation, but there were never any doubts that there would be a final Relatio voted by the Assembly. Not anymore! The votes must be in doubt on the side of the manipulators, because since Cardinal Tagle first mentioned the possibility that there might be no final document at all in yesterday's press conference, that has been the general talk.

Plus, there is complete disarray in the order of works. While Cardinal Erdo, formally the Relator-General, should be presenting his reports on the second and third parts of the Instrumentum Laboris, the floor has simply not been yielded to him anymore. Not at all! The third part of the Instrumentum, with its most controversial portions (on "remarried" divorcees and homosexuals) is now being openly debated without so much as a clear order of works. As we indicated onDay 2, the Estates-General have become the National Assembly, and the Jacobins are running the show.

Italian journalist Sandro Magister has the details in his Italian-language personal blog:

But this is not all [that is: the news about the new denial of the Final Relatio]. Because on October 10, Father Lombardi gave the news of another change occurred in this work in progress.

According to the Synod calendar, the discussion in the Hall and in the small groups were to follow the order of each of the three parts of the basic document, the Instrumentum Laboris, with each of them introduced each time by a "presentation of the Relator-General", Cardinal Peter Erdo.

Instead, Cardinal Erdo -- author on October 5 of a remarkable introductory general report that sowed panic among the innovators -- was not given the microphone to return to present the three parts of the Instrumentum, and the interventions in the Hall went ahead on their own.
With the result that, on Saturday, October 10, the [debate on the] Third Part [of the Instrumentum], has already begun in the Hall, the most attractive [part], with the strong dishes of divorce and homosexuality, while in the language groups the discussion should have still been centered on the Second Part of the document until Wednesday 14.

On October 10, Father Lombardi said in seraphic tones that an account of the interventions in the Hall ahead of time, those dedicated to the Third Part of the Instrumentum, would be given to reporters a few days later. In order for them not to be confused.

That the microphone has been denied to Cardinal Erdo so that he could have early direction of the presentation of each part of the Instrumentum Laboris by the direction of the Synod (let us be clear, by Cardinal Baldisseri, certainly directed by the Pope himself, it could not be otherwise, it could simply not be otherwise), recalls one of the most tragic events in Vatican II, when Cardinal Ottaviani, the Prefect of the Holy Office had his microphone cut by Cardinal Liénart. It set the whole tone for a revolutionary council.

Vatican III is here, and the rules are changed at whim.


This is not the way of the Catholic Church. This is not the Catholic Church as instituted by Christ to bring Truth and Salvation to Mankind. This is not the Catholic Church seeking the Objective Truth, maintaining the Faith handed down through the ages or even of its main reason for existence: to convert all men to the one true Faith.

No...this is an earthly church populated by some men intent on seeing their way, having their way and implementing their own modernist agenda without regard to anything Catholic, even at the expense of their own credibility. They care nothing for how they are seen before the Faithful they purport to hold dear; to the Lord and Master they purport to follow; to the rules and regulations they purportedly agreed to.

Is there anything about these men trustworthy enough for the ordinary Catholic to hold on to? Can what they are doing assure the Faithful of the need not to worry about the Salvation of their Soul? Can the Faithful now trust (IF there was such before) that these men won't ask them at the end of October to make a decision any right minded and reasonable Catholic would have to refuse, if what they may demand goes against perennial Catholic doctrine, teaching and God's Commandments? Worse yet is the inevitable line-in-the-sand about to be drawn that will, for all intents and purposes, place many, many more "out of full communion" with Rome, à la the SSPX?

We all need to remember:
Galatians 1:9
As we said before, so now I say again: If any one preach to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema.

2 John 1:10
If any man come to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him, God speed you.

Matthew 5:13
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men.

Pray often for the Bishops, Cardinals and Pope Francis. There is skulduggery afoot and, as much as we care not to see it, it is before us!

The only weapons we ordinary Catholics have for combat are our Catholic Faith, our Catholic Reason and the most powerful weapon in our arsenal - The Rosary of Our Lady. Fight!

There are true Shepard's within the sacred halls of the Vatican that need our assistance before they are forever silenced, as many were during Vatican II.


PRAY!...PRAY!!...PRAY!!!

PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..


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October 7, 2015

SSPX - St. Mary's, KS Rosary Procession for the 2015 Family Synod

A short video below of the Rosary Procession held on the evening of Sunday, October 4, 2015 by the Priests and Faithful of Assumption Chapel "... in honor of Our Lady, calling all to hear the SSPX's request for prayers and sacrifices during the Synod on the Family."

It was also advertised in the local paper, so it is likely there were also other Catholic families participating (at least that is my hope). No one has an official count that I know of, but in a parish that is as large as the city itself, it is safe to say it could have easily approached 1,000 adults and children. 

Fifteen Decades of the Rosary and Marian Hymns were prayed and sung as we processed from the church grounds through town and back again. It was edifying to see so many come together to plead for Our Lady's intercession in this time of great need for Holy Mother Church.

"...Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen."

More links below: 

Rosary procession for Synod at St. Mary's, Kansas

Prayers and penance for the family!


1P5: Absolutely Stunning Candlelight Marian Procession for the Synod





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REPOST and UPDATED: A TRUE WMD

[From last October 7th, with a few timely updates in bold red italics-Ed.]

I posted this a month ago, but in Honor of Our Lady of the Rosary Feast Day today, here it is again....

                                   
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1. Destroyer of Heresies, especially those emanating from the 2015 Family Synod.

2. Destroyer of the Enemies of Christendom, especially those
participating in the 2015 Family Synod.


3. Destroyer of Rebellions, especially the one against the Sacrament of Matrimony at the 2015 Family Synod.

4. Destroyer of Communists, and the homosexual Clergy in charge of the 2015 Family Synod. 

5. Destroyer of Vices, especially those vices that are attempting to be codified at the 2015 Family Synod.

Padre Pio:

"The Rosary is the weapon of defense and salvation." 

"With this, one wins the battles."

"Give me my weapon!"


"Satan always tries to destroy the rosary, but he will never succeed."
                                                              

Sources:

Victories Through the Rosary

Military Victories Through The Rosary
Historical Victories in Prayer


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October 2, 2015

Janet Moore: The Miracles and the Power of the Rosary in Our Fight Against Evil

Janet Moore, who writes the Entering into the Mystery blog, has a well-timed post about the Power of the Rosary throughout the ages of this almost totally non-Christian and secular world. It bears remembering of the power of the Rosary and the loving, Maternal assistance Our Lady is ever ready to provide if we but ask, especially in light of the the Sex Synod masquerading as a Family Synod that is about to rape the Sacrament of Matrimony. 

...Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen. (Ed.)



The Miracles and the Power of the Rosary in Our Fight Against Evil





What do nuclear warfare, satanic priests, and serial killers have in common?
What about corrupt and evil governments usurping the rights of its people, and horrific, unjust wars wrought upon Christians by radical Muslim forces?


Each of these is a very real threat in our lives today; and yet, each of these evils has seen its destructive power rendered useless in the face of those praying the Rosary!
In our fight against evil, it is easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged when the darkness seems to be getting only deeper and its powers more forceful… That is why it’s so important to recall the mighty power of our God and prayer; and realize again, or for the first time, the immense power we have within our grasp!


In this article I will share a very small sampling of the incredible miracles of the Rosary. These miracles demonstrate the power of the Rosary in the instances mentioned above:

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