Marcus Talks with former Episcopalian Fr. Donald Calloway, former hippie and criminal…
Then he met Mary and through her, Jesus…
“If you have people like Fr Don Calloway coming to talk at these conventions they will never end – he is just fantastic!” This was the reaction of a person of the Baptist Christian Denomination who came to hear Father Calloway talk about his conversion to the Catholic Faith and his eventual ordination to the priesthood. Learn all about it by watching this video
I am a member of the K of C (in fact, I am the current Grand Knight of our council). I never knew ANY of this until recently!
Sadly, out of ignorance, many people slam the Knights of Columbus as being something that it’s not. I thought this would be a good glimpse of reality.
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel.
“We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it. . . .How many times has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood! It will not be different this time.”
– Bicentennial talk given in the United States by the future St. John Paul II, then Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Kraków, Poland
Pope St John Paul predicted this in 1976: when are we going to wake up?
The same elements of communism which is definitely a tool of the devil are present in secular humanism that is embraced readily in our American culture: lack of respect for God and religious freedom, lack of respect of the dignity of the human person, substituting government for family life, attacks on the family in many forms…
Pope St John Paul 2 warned us, and so did Our Lady of Fatima (who incidentally saved his life).
When are we going to wake up??? – Toni Aceto
“The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes . . . she will lose many of her social privileges. . . As a small society, [the Church] will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members.”
“It will be hard-going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek . . . The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution – when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain
But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.
And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already with Gobel, but the Church of faith. She may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but she will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.” –Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
Time to gird up…
And an interesting take on how they may affect evolutionary theory.
According to Tesoriero, by one of the examining scientist’s own admission, the documented findings should send ripples through the scientific community.
Zugibe had said: “The heart of the person from which this tissue has come has been injured and has suffered trauma. … This is the sort of injury I see in cases where someone has been beaten severely around the chest. … The sample shows evidence of having come from a living person, not a dead person.” When he learned the source of the sample, and that it had been kept in water for three years, he said there was no way to explain that scientifically.
If ever there was a time for American Catholics, and Christians in general, to come together to the aid of our country, THIS IS THE TIME!!! The American nation and our Christian faith are both under attack and our best weapon is the Rosary.
Are you familiar with the Battle of Lapanto? Read about it. The Rosary did it.
In the Rosary, we have an assault weapon with a fifty round clip.” Fr. William Casey
Millions of Americans witness how, in the wake of the 2015 Obergefell decision that legalized same-sex “marriage,” congressional and state legislation, executive actions and court rulings conflict increasingly with God’s laws on marriage and family values. Since the enshrinement of Roe v. Wade into law in 1973 and the enactment of subsequent state laws to allow for assisted suicide, unborn children and the elderly and weak are under attack like no other time in U.S. history.
And now, an acrimonious presidential campaign has exacerbated the differences among Americans, leaving many with seemingly nowhere to turn.
A Wisconsin priest offers an answer…
The “54-Day Rosary Novena” will begin on Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption. The faithful are asked to pray daily for the nation to return to holiness, through the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on Oct. 7.
We are all saddened by the violence and racial tension that has come come
about in our nation. We can point fingers, make accusations and, generally,
be angry over what is going on. (And I feel that righteous anger is
However, we also need to take positive steps toward peaceful solutions. The
Knights of Columbus has announced a national Novena to take place between
July 14 and July 22 and I would encourage each of us to participate.
Please click the link below to learn more about it.
St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer for peace:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Rest in peace, Mother Angelica… Heaven is a happier place tonight…
Irondale, AL (EWTN) Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, P.C.P.A., known to millions around the world as Foundress of the EWTN Global Catholic Network, died peacefully at 5 p.m. CDT, Easter Sunday, March 27, surrounded by the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Ala.
Amazing how many people will completely disregard anything from the main stream media EXCEPT when it’s about Pope Francis.
If you can’t get it from the Vatican Sources, he probably didn’t say it – or, at least – mean what everybody is saying he meant…
Vatican Clarifies False Statements Attributed to Pope Francis
FALSE STATEMENTS ATTRIBUTED TO POPE FRANCIS
Dear friends, we have been notified by many readers that there are stories currently circulating all over the Internet spreading statements by Pope Francis with regard to a number of issues, concerning the Bible’s content, the relations between religions, the renewal of the Church’s doctrine, and even the calling of an alleged “Third Vatican Council”, which are FALSE. These statements were spread by unknown sources. Therefore, we would like to alert all readers to be careful and not to trust too soon news about the Pope that are not from the Vatican.
About 100 wealthy Catholics in the Arch Diocese of San Francisco wrote an open letter to Pope Francis and placed it into the San Francisco Chronicle. They are not happy with Archbishop Cordileone for various reasons.
I think these two excerpts from the letter pretty well sum up their feelings…
“It seems he is going in a direction that is completely opposite where Pope Francis is going and creating an atmosphere of complete intolerance,” said Peninsula attorney Frank Pitre who, along with his wife, Diane, signed the letter. “Hopefully, this is going to get someone’s attention.’’
“The crux of our worry is that the faithful are going to become very disenchanted and stop going to church because they don’t like the message, and the message is not the way they lead their lives,” Nibbi said.
I would just like to add my two cents worth…
The folks who signed the letter are portrayed as “devout Catholics” in the Arch Diocese of San Francisco. They may go to Mass, but their demands betray a cavernous ignorance of their professed faith.
On point one, I don’t think that the Holy Father’s statements mean what they think they mean. Pope Francis has never given any indication that he thinks the Church should change her teaching on gay marriage or illicit sexual activity. To act as though they believe so displays monumental misunderstanding of what the Church is and how the Church works.
The Catholic Church does not, has never and will never change it’s teachings on faith and morality. Again, to think that it will ever do so indicates a lack of proper catechesis.
Regarding point two, the ‘crux of their worry’, I would like to say just one thing…
The Church is not here for your convenience. The Church is here to guide you to salvation.
Each day I pray for my own conversion, because conversion isn’t a one time thing – it has to happen each and every day. We all need it. I also pray for your conversion and salvation…
Commence to belly laughing.
Regarding the Concluding observations on the second periodic report of the Holy See report released by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, I have gone through most of the report (see link above) and wanted to comment on a few of the findings and provisions that I have read. There’s just too much here to cover in a blog post, but I wanted to hi-light a few things that illustrate the lack of understanding and baselessness with which the report was prepared.
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has decided that it is now God and (in Article 4, section F, Paragraph 55) has directed the Church to, among other things,
“55. The Committee urges the Holy See to review its position on abortion which places obvious risks on the life and health of pregnant girls and to amend Canon 1398 relating to abortion with a view to identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services can be permitted.”
The Church does not change doctrine. There will be no amendment to “Canon 1398 relating to abortion with a view to identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services can be permitted.”
Truth is an interesting thing. In the end, it cannot be changed, it can only be proven. That’s because the truth is always true.
And abortion is not a service to be rendered, and it is not an act to be performed. Rather, it is a sin which can only be committed and there is not a power on Earth which can change that fact or change the Church’s teaching regarding it.
Not even the United Nations.
The committee also wants the Church to Change its existing teaching so that they become pretty much what the Church currently teaches (with the exception of the last point), as indicated in article 4, section B, paragraph 26 of the report:
“26. The Committee recommends that the Holy See bring all its laws and regulations, as well as its policies and practices, in conformity with article 2 of the Convention and promptly abolish the discriminatory classification of children born out of wedlock as illegitimate children. The Committee also urges the Holy See to
make full use of its moral authority to condemn all forms of harassment, discrimination or violence against children based on their sexual orientation or the sexual orientation of their parents and to support efforts at international level for the decriminalisation of homosexuality.”
The Church does not promote, and in fact condemns, harassment, discrimination and violence against everybody (homosexuals included: CCC 2358) now. And it most certainly does not discriminate against children born out of wedlock as evidenced by the Church’s massive work to protect the unborn, provide assistance for unwed mothers, provide support for orphans, promote and provide adoption services, etc.. All children are children of God and, therefore, legitimate.
There are no “illegitimate” children, only illegitimate parents.
The report goes on to say in paragraph #30:
30. The Committee draws the Holy See’s attention to its general comment No 14 (2013) on the right of the child to have his or her best interests taken as a primary consideration and recommends that the Holy See strengthen its efforts to ensure that this right is appropriately integrated and consistently applied in all legislative,
administrative and judicial proceedings as well as in all policies, programmes and projects that are relevant to and have an impact on children. In this regard, the Holy See is encouraged to provide guidance to all relevant persons in authority for making the best interests of the child a primary consideration in every area, including when dealing with cases of child sexual abuse, and to disseminate them to all Catholic churches, organisations and institutions worldwide.
OK – let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that this “recommendation” is fair enough. The committee fails to define the word “children”.
Apparently, judging by their demand that the Church revisit its teachings on abortion, they exclude the unborn from their definition. While the point of the paragraph appears to be to remove a speck from the Church’s eye as regards to the sex scandals, they would do well to remove the plank from their own eyes in regards to the murder of defenseless children in the womb.
In section D – Violence Against Children, They register a complaint about the Magdalene Laundries of Ireland and demand that the Church investigate the cruelty that, allegedly, though not really, took place there. I’m including the whole section here along with a link to the actual findings made by the McAleese investigation at the end.
“Torture and other cruel or degrading treatment or punishment
37. The Committee is concerned that the Holy See has not taken the necessary measures to protect and ensure justice for girls arbitrarily placed by their families, State institutions and churches in the Magdalene laundries of Ireland run by four congregations of Catholic
Sisters until 1996. The Committee is particularly concerned that:
(a) Girls placed in these institutions were forced to work in slavery like conditions and were often subject to inhuman, cruel and degrading treatment as well as to physical and sexual abuse;
(b) Girls were deprived of their identity, of education and often of food and essential medicines and were imposed with an obligation of silence and prohibited from having any contact with the outside world;
(c) Unmarried girls who gave birth before entering or while incarcerated in the laundries had their babies forcibly removed from them; and
(d) Although the four Catholic congregations concerned function under the authority of the Holy See, no action has been taken to investigate the conduct of the sisters who ran the laundries and to cooperate with law enforcement authorities in holding accountable those who were responsible for the abuse as well as all those who organised and knowingly profited from the girls’ unpaid work.
38. With reference to the recommendations made by the Committee against Torture in 2011 to the Republic of Ireland (CAT/C/IRL/CO/1 para. 11) to prosecute and punish the perpetrators with penalties commensurate with the gravity of the offences committed, and to ensure that all victims obtain redress and have an enforceable right to compensation, the Committee urges the Holy See to:
(a) Conduct an internal investigation into the conduct of religious personnel working in the Magdalene laundries in Ireland as well as in all countries where this system was in place, and ensure that all those responsible for the offences be sanctioned and reported to national judicial authorities for prosecution purposes;
(b) Ensure that full compensation be paid to the victims and their families either through the congregations themselves or through the Holy See as supreme power of the Church and legally responsible for its subordinates in Catholic religious orders placed under its authority;
(c) Take all appropriate measures to ensure the physical and psychological recovery and social reintegration of the victims of these offences; and
(d) Assess the circumstances and reasons which have led to such practices and take all necessary measures to ensure that no women and children can be arbitrarily confined for whatever reason in Catholic institutions in the future.”
Personally, I think they forgot to:
(A) Take steps and all appropriate measures to ensure that they weren’t talking out of the wrong ends of their torsos; and
(B) Assess the circumstances and reasons which have led to such slovenly conclusions and take all necessary measures to ensure that they are able to face God with good consciences when their time comes.
The main problem with these “crimes” is that they never happened. The problem with the UN report is that they never bothered to read the results of the investigation. You can click here to see the history of the “scandal”, and the results of the actual investigation.
This shabby reporting by the UN committee is either a case of complete ineptitude or a case of intentional slander. Ineptitude requires no motivation. In fact, it requires laziness and inaction. Slander, on the other hand, does require a motive…
Additionally, the committee is unhappy with the Church’s positions on contraception, same sex marriages and families, Homosexuality in general, gender based teachings, corporal punishment and a host of other topics as outlined in the document.
Then there’s the demand that the Church change the curriculum throughout Catholic schools around the world.
Like I said – there’s just too much to get through here.
These people have no concept of what the Church is or how she sees matters of faith and morals. The Catholic Church does not change doctrine. It never has and it never will. And the Church is not accountable to the United Nations, the United States or the entire world for her teachings. The Catholic Church is accountable only to God.
At some point, everybody in history is going to realize that. Obviously, we’re not there, yet.