Catholic Bandita http://www.catholicbandita.com It is not by chance that in the old popular Mexican language, a mad person was called bandito, that is, blessed. - Cardinal Barragan Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:59:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Christian Morality Makes Good Citizens http://www.catholicbandita.com/christian-morality-makes-good-citizens/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/christian-morality-makes-good-citizens/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:59:28 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=7731   Christian morality has become the enemy to many in politics, but Christian morality makes good citizens, provided that “good citizenship” is defined as upholding the principles of our American republic. In The Sacred Heart Review, December 30, 1893, Father Stephen Lyons wrote: The teaching of Christian morality will serve as the surest guardian of […]

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The Lord is my Shepherd

The Lord is my Shepherd

Christian morality has become the enemy to many in politics, but Christian morality makes good citizens, provided that “good citizenship” is defined as upholding the principles of our American republic. In The Sacred Heart Review, December 30, 1893, Father Stephen Lyons wrote:

The teaching of Christian morality will serve as the surest guardian of our God-given liberties, the best guaranty of the perpetuity of American institutions, and popular government, as well as the most effective barrier against infidelity, communism, socialism and anarchy. The man who is thoroughly cognizant of the sacred duties due to Almighty God, and conscientiously performs them, will prove faithful at all times and places to our Republic.

Some things never change. This is one of those things that will not change, that Christian morality makes good citizens. It is an objective truth, so it will not change even if many are deluded today.

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John Paul II: a man indispensable to the fall of the Soviet Union http://www.catholicbandita.com/john-paul-ii-a-man-indispensable-to-the-fall-of-the-soviet-union/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/john-paul-ii-a-man-indispensable-to-the-fall-of-the-soviet-union/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:01:52 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=7729 Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bl. John Paul II’s key role in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact can be attributed to his vision of the human being, informed by personalism and the Catholic faith. The foundations for his role as Vicar of Christ in the […]

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Catholic-News-AgencyVatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bl. John Paul II’s key role in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact can be attributed to his vision of the human being, informed by personalism and the Catholic faith.

The foundations for his role as Vicar of Christ in the fall of Soviet communism were laid by his predecessors, particularly Bl. John XXIII; the two will both be canonized April 27.

The first exchanges between the Vatican and Moscow since 1917 were made on the occasion of Good Pope John’s 80th birthday, and a now opened line of communication allowed Paul VI to pursue a policy of Ostpolitik, dialoguing with officials behind the Iron Curtain to improve the conditions for Christians there.

Crucial in John Paul II’s policy toward the Warsaw Pact was Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, his secretary of state from 1979 until 1990. Cardinal Casaroli had represented the Holy See in negotiations with the communist governments of Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia.

Bl. John Paul II was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Krakow in 1946, shortly after a Soviet-backed communist government had come to power in Poland. Fr. Wojtyla was non-confrontational, but did promote religious liberty and Christianity.

As Archbishop of Krakow he participated in Vatican II and effectively led the Polish bishops’ role in the revision of what became the council’s declaration on religious freedom, Dignitatis humanae – a matter of great concern to the shepherds living under communist governments.

“It is beyond question,” wrote Fr. Andrzej Dobrzynski, director of the Center for Documentation and Research of the Pontificate of John Paul II, in an article in a 2013 issue of Communio, that Dignitatis humanae “provided the Church behind the Iron Curtain with a powerful resource for operating in a complex political situation – and Karol Wojtyla took full advantage of it.”

He largely avoided direct criticism of the communist Polish government, but did work to create new parishes in his archdiocese and to processions.

In 1977, after 20 years of effort, he was able to consecrate a new parish in Nowa Huta, a suburb of Krakow meant to be a “workers’ paradise.”

In his homily at the consecration, as translated by Fr. Dobrzynski, he said: “When Nowa Huta was built with the intention that this would be a city without God, without a church, then Christ came here together with the people and through their lips spoke the fundamental truth about man. Man and his history cannot be reckoned by economic principles along, even according to the most exact rules of production and consumption. Man is greater than this. He is the image and likeness of God himself.”

Shortly after his election as Bishop of Rome, Bl. John Paul II returned to Poland for an eight-day trip in June 1979, which his biographer George Weigel has said “began to dismantle” the Soviet Union.

“I earnestly hope that my present journey in Poland may serve the great cause of rapprochement and of collaboration among nations,” he said June 2 on arriving in Warsaw, and “that it may be useful for reciprocal understanding, for reconciliation, and for peace in the contemporary world. I desire finally that the fruit of this visit may be the internal unity of my fellow-countrymen and also a further favourable development of the relations between the State and the Church in my beloved motherland.”

He reminded the civil authorities of the nation that “peace and the drawing together of the peoples can be achieved only on the principle of respect for the objective rights of the nation, such as: the right to existence, to freedom, to be a social and political subject, and also to the formation of its own culture and civilization.”

Consecrating his homeland to Our Lady at her shine at Czestochowa June 4, he entrusted to her “all the difficult problems of the societies, systems and states—problems that cannot be solved with hatred, war and self-destruction but only by peace, justice and respect for the rights of people and of nations.”

And when leaving Poland on June 10, he said, “Our times have great need of an act of witness openly expressing the desire to bring nations and regimes closer together, as an indispensable condition for peace in the world. Our times demand that we should not lock ourselves into the rigid boundaries of systems, but seek all that is necessary for the good of man, who must find everywhere the awareness and certainty of his authentic citizenship. I would have liked to say the awareness and certainty of his pre-eminence in whatever system of relations and powers.”

“Thank you, then, for this visit, and I hope that it will prove useful and that in the future it will serve the aims and values that it had intended to accomplish.”

Bl. John Paul II’s example inspired Lech Walesa, an electrician who founded the Solidarity trade union the following year. Solidarity was an anti-Soviet social movement which the Pope subsequently supported and protected.

The Soviet-backed government was eventually forced to negotiate with Solidarity, and Poland held semi-free elections in 1989, which led to a coalition government.

That year, a series of revolutions led to the fall of communism in Europe, the destruction of the Berlin Wall, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet head of state, visited John Paul II at the Vatican Dec. 1, 1989, in what was considered Christianity’s triumph over Soviet communism.

Source: Catholic News Agency, published with permission.

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A Reminder of the Truth, To the Radical Left Wing http://www.catholicbandita.com/a-reminder-of-the-truth-to-the-radical-left-wing/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/a-reminder-of-the-truth-to-the-radical-left-wing/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:44:01 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=7727 It is true that many Catholics are abandoning the core principles of the Faith in America, but it is also true that the Church is bringing in large numbers of converts. In the Archdiocese of San Francisco, this Easter the Church will welcome 400 new Catholics. In Orlando, we welcome 500 new Catholics. Truth be […]

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It is true that many Catholics are abandoning the core principles of the Faith in America, but it is also true that the Church is bringing in large numbers of converts. In the Archdiocese of San Francisco, this Easter the Church will welcome 400 new Catholics. In Orlando, we welcome 500 new Catholics. Truth be told, thousands are becoming Catholic, including 2,000 in Galveston-Houston alone.

One particular argument that I hear from the radical left, that Catholics are eager to give up the Faith, is reminiscent of what is often claimed by protestants about the so-called ‘reformation’ in England. This “Reminder of the Truth” appeared in the November, 1892, Sacred Heart Review, a publication of Boston College. I think it is helpful to show what lengths some people have been willing to go to in history before realizing that the Faith, to the faithful, means offering up our bodies, not only our minds, to God. Many may abandon the Faith, but many also will endure martyrdom, which is our calling as sheep in carrying our crosses with the Lamb of God on His Cross.

A REMINDER OF THE TRUTH.
If Protestant writers and speakers are to be believed, the English people, at the time of Luther and Henry VIII., were all ready and waiting for the reformation, anxious and eager to be Protestants, and only too glad to ” turn ” as soon as they were delivered from the authority of the Church. This is a theory invented to fit other theories. It has no foundation at all in fact. ” Whatever may be said of individuals, it is certainly true,” says Father John S. Vaughan, “that the solid mass of English people did not give up the faith in the 16th century. It was torn from them. It was wrenched from their grasp by cruel, inhuman and diabolical laws. No argument but the dungeon, the rack, the beheadings, the hangings, the disembowellings and the quarterings could ever have forced the heretical vagaries of a lustful, murderous and adulterous King upon an unwilling nation. Brute force and physical violence, the sword of the executioner and the hangman’s rope have made England what it is to-day. They alone are responsible for the irreligious state of the country, with its 250 different sects, ‘ battling,’ as Macaulay says, ‘ within one church.’ ” The truth is, as Father Vaughan says, that when the wicked King Henry VIII. commanded the English people to turn Protestants, they refused and resisted, and only yielded gradually and when worn out after long years of bitter and savage persecution. Tne Irish people, under like persecution, only longer and worse, preserved their faith ; but at least the English nation did not give up theirs because they were tired of it, or because of any eagerness to become Protestants.

For the protestant who demands that “belief in Christ” alone is Christian, and to the radical leftists who demand that “belief alone” can be Christian as they try to move the country from “freedom of religion” to “freedom of worship,” we say that our bodies are our offering to God. Our conscience is just the means He uses to reach us to show us His light and that we should turn ourselves, our whole selves, to Him. To be Catholic only within the walls of the Church building is to abandon the Cross of our Lord.

It is Holy Week. Pray for those who must decide whether to walk with our Lord on His journey to the Cross, that they may understand that salvation is only found through, with, and in Him, but especially in His Cross.

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In the Catholic Church, ‘Doctrine’ is ‘Teaching’ http://www.catholicbandita.com/in-the-catholic-church-doctrine-is-teaching/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/in-the-catholic-church-doctrine-is-teaching/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:24:02 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=7724 Just so you’ll know, in the Catholic Church, “doctrine” is “teaching.” I thought I should mention that in case you read this. “It is a great honor for me as a Scholastican to be recognized by my alma mater. When I was in high school here, I always knew that St Scho was different from […]

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Just so you’ll know, in the Catholic Church, “doctrine” is “teaching.” I thought I should mention that in case you read this.

“It is a great honor for me as a Scholastican to be recognized by my alma mater. When I was in high school here, I always knew that St Scho was different from other Catholic schools in that it didn’t let doctrine get in the way of the true teachings of its church,” Sison said in a speech read by a representative during the awarding ceremony.

 

“The fact that the committee chose to award a writer who focuses on gay and lesbian issues is proof that the concepts of love, tolerance, acceptance, and equal and fair treatment are not foreign to any nation or religion,” her statement said.

Who said that? An openly homosexual woman who was honored by a Catholic school that “didn’t let doctrine get in the way of the true teachings” of the Church said that. In other words, it’s a non-Catholic school that is marketing itself as a Catholic school.

I hope someone in Manila reports this to Cardinal Tagle.

 

 

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60 Minutes Scandalizes Pope Francis http://www.catholicbandita.com/60-minutes-scandalizes-pope-francis/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/60-minutes-scandalizes-pope-francis/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:12:30 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=7720 I do not watch television, but the report from last night’s 60 Minutes about Pope Francis is online. I found it last night in a Twitter search for tweets about Pope Francis. The tweet is just the beginning of what I saw from 60 Minutes that scandalizes Pope Francis. How Pope Francis is changing and […]

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I do not watch television, but the report from last night’s 60 Minutes about Pope Francis is online. I found it last night in a Twitter search for tweets about Pope Francis. The tweet is just the beginning of what I saw from 60 Minutes that scandalizes Pope Francis.

 

Scandal is a Catholic term referring to “any action or its omission, not necessarily sinful in itself, that is likely to induce another to do something morally wrong.” The report from 60 Minutes was teeming with it.

First, there is the tweet itself which implies that anything that is old needs “changing and energizing.” The teaching on the Holy Trinity, that God is one in three persons, Father Son and Holy Spirit, is an old teaching, but it does not need “changing and energizing.” It is we ourselves who are changed and energized by this old teaching, and many other teachings besides.

Perhaps the most egregious scandal was that 60 Minutes dedicated a great deal of time to interviewing a “journalist” named Robert Mickens. Though I haven’t checked the exact time given to each person interviewed, it seems Mickens got much more time than others. Mickens recently made news when he was suspended from his job at The Tablet for wishing death on Pope Emeritus Benedict. That 60 Minutes would hold Mickens up as an authority on the papacy is scandalous.

Another scandal is found in 60 Minutes’ claim that Pope Francis is the first pope to personally apologize for sexual abuse in the Church. This is a blatant falsehood as Pope Emeritus Benedict also personally apologized during his papacy.

Scandalous, as well, is 60 Minutes’ interview with Barack Obama in which the president claimed that his conversation with Pope Francis focused on poverty. This is not what the Vatican says about the meeting. Pope Francis expressed concerns to Barack Obama about abortion, and also about religious freedom which is currently under attack in America by his administration through Obamacare’s requirement that Catholic institutions approve of abortion and contraception. Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes did not challenge Barack Obama when he expressed support for “conscience,” as opposed to “freedom of conscience” for all. Further, the president said that Pope Francis “emphasizes the spiritual over the material.” Obama’s position on religious freedom has been that we are not free outside the Church walls. He expresses that we have “freedom of worship” in that we can continue to go to Mass on Sundays, but that we cannot use our flesh to act out those beliefs outside the Church walls where they conflict with his agenda. Catholicism is inherently Incarnational, however. It is not enough to simply “believe in Jesus.” One must become Jesus out there in the world. Pope Francis says that if the spirit leads us to “abstract thought” rather than in service to others in the world, that spirit is “the spirit of the antichrist.”

From Catholic News Agency

“Every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ come in the flesh belongs to God, and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus does not belong to God,” the Pope noted, “this is the spirit of the antichrist.”

To fully recognize that “that the Word is come in the flesh,” Pope Francis explained, means to recognize “the path of Jesus Christ” and that Jesus, “being God, He emptied Himself, He humbled Himself” even to “death on the Cross.”

“If a thought, if a desire takes you along the road of humility and abasement, of service to others, is from Jesus,” noted the Pontiff, “but if it brings you to the road of sufficiency, of vanity, of pride, along the path of an abstract thought, it is not from Jesus.”

Finally, I should mention that at the beginning of their report, 60 Minutes referred to the Church as “fossilized by tradition.” Excuse me, but, Sacred Tradition makes up part of the Deposit of Faith.

From a church bulletin, which offers a correct assesment of the role of Sacred Tradition in the Deposit of Faith:

The Deposit of Faith: The Deposit of Faith is the body of doctrines handed down from Jesus to the Apostles, from the Apostles to their successors, and so forth to our times. The Deposit of Faith contains the complete body of doctrines that make up the Catholic Faith. Nothing new can be added that is not at least implicitly contained within the Deposit of Faith, and nothing can be taken away, for public revelation ceased with the death of the last apostle. The means by which the Deposit of Faith has been passed down to us is through the written word of God, as contained in the New Testament, and the unwritten word of God, handed down orally by the Apostles. The written word of God – the Holy Bible – exhorts us to hold fast to both the written and unwritten Traditions we have received – “therefore, brethren, hold fast to the traditions which you have received, whether by word or by epistle” (2 Thess. 2:14). Holding fast to both the written and unwritten Traditions is necessary to preserve the integrity of the Gospel.

Tradition does not “fossilize” the Church. It is integral to the Gospel. Some examples of Sacred Tradition include: The Holy Trinity (as already noted above), that Mary is the New Eve, and the Canon of the Bible. The Bible itself is Sacred Tradition. Does the Bible “fossilize” the Church?

At one point in the program, Scott Pelley was taken aback by the use of the word “scandal” by a woman describing Pope Francis himself as being “scandalized.” I don’t expect him or 60 Minutes to have a clue about what they are doing here, since they clearly have no idea what scandal is. It is important that Catholics let them know what they have done here is scandal, and why it is scandal. If they do not know what they are doing, they won’t stop.

 

 

 

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