Questions raised from Francis’ statements

The following are some of the questions raised from the Bishop of Rome’s various statements.

For full list see: http://en.denzingerbergoglio.com/queries-and-doubts/
• Can good-will replace theology?
• What is the family for the Church? Any type of union?
• The holy anger of Jesus is only pretence?
• Do Catholics and muslims worship the same God?
• Sects no longer exist, and now everyone is the ‘church’?
• Can youth be formed with neither God nor religion?
• Can a Pope defend communist ideas?

• The divorced and remarried are not excommunicated…but, do they enjoy God’s friendship?
• When the Church becomes closed, she becomes an ailing Church, she falls ill! The Church must step outside herself. To the outskirts of existence, whatever they may be?
• Francis says that there is no explanation for suffering. Is that true?
• Ecumenism justifies leaving out Jesus Christ in order to pray with Jews and Muslims?
• Can Catechesis be compared with yoga or zen?
• Can anybody be chosen as godparents? What does the Church think of divorce?
• The blasphemous crucifix of Evo Morales should not offend Catholics?
• Did Jesus rebel against the Father’s will on the Cross?

• What should a Catholic think about the Encyclical Laudato Si´?
• The Church and the Papacy can be transformed into something democratic, horizontal?
• To offer thousands of rosaries is a bad thing?
• Equality is the source of justice and happiness?
• The multiplication of the loaves was only a symbol?
Communism is good? It is concerned about the poor? It has similarities with the Church’s social doctrine?
The Eucharistic fast…a dictatorial burden?!
• Good vibes, positive energies, prayers – all the same thing?

Sins are a motive for joy and salvation?
• The Church learns about God’s will from the people? Her teachings on the family must be adapted to the times?
• Did the Virgin Mary rebel against God?
• What did Saint Paul really say about boasting of our sins?
• “Who am I to judge him?” Is homosexuality a sin?
• Can the Holy Spirit counsel good with evil?
Mercy takes away the gravity of sin?
Society has nothing to profit from the Church’s teachings? What is the much touted ‘culture of encounter’?

• It is impossible to find God with entire certainty?
Holy Communion is no longer the reception of the Body and Blood of Our Lord?
• Alms-giving is preferable to divine worship?
• To look for doctrinal clarity is outdated?
• Having a large family is a sign of irresponsibility?
• The Church should be reduced to a small minority?
• How should the other Christian churches be considered? Are their priestly ordinations valid?
• Is it impossible to know where to encounter God?
• Happiness…Where is it to be found?

• Is Fraternal Correction Good or an Evil?
The Church no longer needs to convert anyone?
• Does the Old Covenant still exist and is Judaism a valid way of salvation?
• God is not omnipotent?
• Did the Church stop looking to Jesus Christ?
• Is it necessary to reform the Church and to reduce the precepts?
• All religions lead to God?
• The Church should not attempt to form the consciences of people?
• Contemplative communities are spiritually sick since they do not go out?
• Are souls punished with annihilation?

• Is salvation guaranteed to all who belong to God’s people?
• Is material charity the most important thing in the Church?
God never condemns, and always pardons?
• In the end, do all go to Heaven?
• Is peace possible without Christ?
• Caution with evil is no longer necessary?
• Should the teaching of Morals be silenced?
Christ will not judge anyone at the Final Judgment?

The Church no longer excludes the divorced in second union from the Eucharist?
• Does the Church still teach the existence of eternal condemnation?
• The Church has no solution for the crisis of the family?
• Is Ecumenism the harmony of all Christian Faiths?
• Can anyone interpret God as he wishes?
Absolute truth does not exist?
• Is there a Catholic God?
Youth who live together shouldn’t be encouraged to marry?
• Is conscience totally free? Can one do evil so that good may result from it?

• Is conscience the last word on what is good and evil?
• Does everyone have a right to receive the Sacraments?
• Should the Gospel be adapted to contemporary culture?

The Error of Indifferentism

The Bishop of Rome once again (January 2016 prayer intention) is showing his true colours – and they are not the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Error:

“Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty we have for all: we are all children of God.” (Bishop of Rome – Jan. 2016)

At the end of the video, (see below) he states that the only way to peace is through the  meeting of different religions.

Truth:

Pope Gregory XVI in ‘Mirari Vos’ explains the Catholic teaching on indifferentism:

“13. Now We consider another abundant source of the evils with which the Church is afflicted at present: indifferentism. This perverse opinion is spread on all sides by the fraud of the wicked who claim that it is possible to obtain the eternal salvation of the soul by the profession of any kind of religion, as long as morality is maintained. … With the admonition of the apostle that “there is one God, one faith, one baptism” may those fear who contrive the notion that the safe harbor of salvation is open to persons of any religion whatever.
14. This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone.”

The Bishop of Rome’s perception of God seem to echo those in the Masonic bible:

“Every man’s conception of God must be proportioned to his mental cultivation and intellectual powers, and moral excellence. God is, as man conceives Him, the reflected image of man himself…” (Morals and Dogma, the “Freemason Bible,” Albert Pike)

See: http://biblefalseprophet.com/2016/01/07/francis-wants-you-to-pray-for-heretical-indifferentism/    for full article.

Comment by D. Webster:
Francis wants you to Pray for Heretical [Religious] Indifferentism
FRANCIS: “There is only one certainty we have for all: we are all children of God.”
So there is nothing certain about anything unique in Christianity or any religion for that matter.
Francis’ conclusion is that love based on the certainty of our divine origin is all we need.
This is utterly false for the content of ALL religion, true or false, is man’s perception of how love is to determine our relationships to others and that is determined entirely by how we view God!
It’s precisely our greatly divergent views of God that creates the problems!
That is why there will not, and cannot be, peace on earth until Christ, the Son of God is LORD!

The pope has in his latest pope video, equated all religions as equal.

See the video here:  https://akacatholic.com/the-pope-video-updated/

Comment by Donna L.
No need for Christ. Any path will do. The videos are via the link above. There are 2. The original with PF and the second where his words are translated and interpreted for Catholics in the other video by Louie Verrechio
PS: The beads featured (towards the end of the video) are NOT rosary beads but Islamic prayer beads. The Crucifix is also not shown as our Catholic symbol because it is rejected by, and offensive to Jews and Moslems who will nevertheless accept that Jesus was a ‘person’ (born as a baby). You will also see a Jewish Menorah, baby Jesus and a statue of Buddha presented.

There IS a certainty anyway! And that is that Jesus is the only Way, the Truth and the Light! Anyone who tries to enter by another gate is a thief and a brigand. (Warning: Words of the Holy Bible, NOT Francis)

+ Choose, this day, who you will serve!! +

Discerning True vs False Prophets: so you think you know?

Discerning True Vs False Prophets.

Discernment is very important. Only a fool would take it lightly or evade responsibility for it. Every prophet should be discerned, by individuals praying fervently to God for His Wisdom. Prophecy should not be despised, as St Paul said:

“Quench not the Spirit.Despise not prophecies. Instead prove all things; hold fast to that which is  good.”

(1 Thessalonians 5:19-21)

Over time, I learnt many ways to discern whether someone is a true prophet. And most of all God taught me that it is sheer pride to believe that you ‘know’ what He would say, because of your knowledge, or intelligence or learnedness or  that you ‘don’t need to know’ or ‘hear’ what He has to say. Repent of this because to reject His true prophets greatly offends Him and arouses His anger. There are plenty of examples of prophecy in the Bible and what happens when people reject His Words and warnings given through prophecy. Read what He says! Do not be ignorant or full of pride.

These are the ways that I have learnt to listen to and discern prophecy and they are all as important as each other.

1. Whether their messages do not contradict any Truths of the Catholic Faith and authentic Church Teaching.

Their words likewise should not contradict the Holy Bible, of course. The words should honour Jesus as we’d expect for Our King and teach or reiterate the truths of our Faith.

These prophets should submit in obedience to a spiritual director. This is so that they themselves can be scrutinised and guided to know what is “of God”, when they are being tested or deceived and to help them discern God’s Will. A good spiritual director has the good of the soul and the whole Church at heart.

2. You will know them by their good fruits (ie. true conversions), growth in faith, hope and love/charity. The Bible tell us that this is a sign of a true prophet.

3. Whether their prophecies come true or are confirmed over the course of time.

Again the Bible tells us this is a sign of a true prophet. This especially applies to specific and unexpected events (not so much to general, expected events such as an earthquake in an earthquake zone.) This does not mean that prophecies involving chastisement cannot be mitigated, reduced, delayed or averted through prayer. They can!  God warns us for a reason. But certainly when specific prophecies can and do unexpectedly come true, they can be considered to be a possible  sign of authenticity.

4. Whether the prophecies shake you out of complacency.

The Bible warns us of false prophets proclaiming only “peace, peace.”

In fact the Word of God cuts like a knife- even to dividing soul from spirit. If it’s not challenging you, it’s not the Word of God!

5. Other genuine signs and miracles.

God gives signs. He has always done so. Pay attention to miracles-especially those which cannot be replicated or incited through emotionalism. Even more so when they are verified or experienced by more than one person.

6. Whether they impart with authority the Holy Word of God.

The sheep know their Shepherd’s voice and follow Him. God is not wishy-washy. He has all authority and power in heaven and on earth. He commands. He imparts His exact Words directly to prophets and they say ” The Lord says thus..” You must read your Bible and learn from Him! Do not think that because you have never seen or known of it in your experience, that it cannot be true.

7. Whether anti-fruits are present indicating a charleton. Eg. If they appear to seek personal gain (such as money, status, power or attention) or only gain for God, is important. Look at what they seek to gain. Examine their motives.

8. Whether the prophet has been greatly changed and affected themselves by their experience. Eg. Are they led to be transformed in holiness? Do they lead good and holy lives? This is best observed over time if possible.

9. Also Jesus says that His sheep know His voice

If you are close to Our Lord and have read many of His Words contained in writings to saints, prophets, seers and visionaries etc as well as the Most Holy Bible, your heart will leap at the sound of your Master’s voice! Inside you may feel a “little flame” burning in your heart whenever you hear the Words that are of the Holy Spirit, just as the disciples on their way to Emmaus felt.

Luke 24:[32]And they said one to the other: Was not our heart burning within us, whilst He spoke in this way, and opened to us the scriptures?”

In all things, pray to the Holy Spirit for enlightenment, with a sincere heart.

9. A true prophet is never accepted in their hometown.

Jesus said so. They are rejected, slandered and persecuted. The more intensely this occurs, the more the devil is trying to stop them. All true prophets are lied about. The more holy the message,the more intense the attack against it. Be careful not to believe stories. Discover the truth for yourself. If in doubt, ask Jesus!

10. Lastly through (sustained) prayer for discernment (detached from any particular outcome).

It is an offence to God and the pinnacle of pride to not ask God His opinion!! No one is above God. He alone knows the answer to what you seek. Ask and you will receive. He will not give a rock when you ask for bread. He will answer you! Be patient though and offer sustained prayer and fasting. Discernment is a precious, precious gift from The Lord. When you receive it, be grateful! Thank Him in the same Spirit and with as much fervency as when you first asked!

 

*Quotes are taken from the Douay Rheims Bible online: http://www.drbo.org

Language of the Synod 3– Error and Truth

The following are extracts from a post on Catholic World Report by Dr. Samuel Gregg: See the whole article here:

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/4288/intrinsic_evils_final_realities_and_the_synod.aspx

Gradualness

Error
This is “the notion that the person who comes to faith works to conform his life and free choices closer to God in a step-by-step manner rather than simply leaping from his original conversion to somehow realizing instantly the perfection to which Christ calls us”

Truth
If certain acts are intrinsically evil, then the law of gradualness cannot mean acceptance or tolerance of such acts at any point of our often difficult journey towards the full embrace of truth.

That’s why John Paul II specified in Familiaris Consortio that the law of gradualness is “not a gradualness of law” (FC 34)—as if it’s somehow acceptable to freely choose intrinsically evil acts along the way on the basis that, at some yet-to-be-determined point, we’ll recognize the need to stop making such choices.

Conscience:

Error
This has been invoked by some prelates as a basis for legitimizing access to communion for someone who is, objectively-speaking, in a state of mortal sin but who believes, in conscience, that he is not. Conscience is certainly binding.

Truth:
“…the well-formed conscience will know that there is never a good reason for someone to engage in an intrinsically evil act…
“… our conscience can never justify what reason itself tells us to be an intrinsically evil act such as torture or genocide. If we, however, conclude that an act of torture or genocide is acceptable, that’s a sure sign that either our conscience is in a state of invincible ignorance or severely malformed, or that we haven’t engaged in an honest discernment of the truth.

Language of the Synod 2 – Error and Truth -Fr. Stravinskas

Published in Lifesite News. Read full article at:
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/my-parents-lived-as-brother-and-sister-for-25-years-so-they-could-receive-c?utm_source=LifePetitions+petition+signers&utm_campaign=3876d53c20-Update_to_Catholic_list11_9_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c5c75ce940-3876d53c20-397770969
Language of Synod: Integration

Integration

In Life site News, in an article by Pete Baklinski, Fr. Stravinskas called the language of “integration” in the final report of the Synod on the Family,… a “Trojan horse” designed to attack at its very heart Jesus’ teaching on the indissolubility of marriage.
“If it’s true that a person remains bound to their spouse, even if the marriage fails, that means that any subsequent sexual activity the person engages in is the sin of adultery…

Communion for Divorced and Remarried:

Fr. Stravinskas explained why it is gravely wrong for Catholics who are divorced and remarried to present themselves for Holy Communion.
“It’s the sin of sacrilege. The sin of sacrilege is unworthily approaching the holiest of Sacraments. St. Paul is very clear on that in his Epistle to the Corinthians. He said a person must examine himself first, and if he is not in the proper disposition, he must not receive the body and blood of the Lord. If he does — and here is the penalty — he eats and drinks condemnation to himself. It’s the gravest of sins,” he said.

Irregular situations:

Fr. Stravinskas said his parents’ testimony to the possibility of living in an irregular situation while being faithful to the teachings of Jesus is pertinent to the Church today.

He said that priests need to begin using their own example of living full happy lives while abstaining from sex as an example to encourage people to be faithful to God’s plan for marriage and sexuality as expressed in the Church’s teaching.
“Using their own witness of celibacy, priests can tell young people that it is possible to wait until marriage. He’s not asking them to do anything that he isn’t doing himself. Likewise, he can encourage people with same-sex attraction to refrain from acting out. Again, he can tell couples living faithfully the Church’s teaching against contraception but struggling with periodic continence that the Church is only asking them to abstain for a period of time, while the priest has abstained his entire life.”

Language of the Synod 1 – Error and Truth – Bishop Schneider

The information below is taken from the interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider (dated Nov. 2nd 2015) and published in Rorate Caeli. (dated Nov. 2nd 2015)
The full article can be read here:
http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2015/11/rorate-exclusive-bishop-athanasius.html

“All is OK. The Synod did not change doctrine”.
Yet such a perception… ignores the back door and the pending time bombs…”

Error: The new concept of mercy (without repentance).

Truth:
The most merciful act …would be to draw the attention to this danger by means of a clear…admonition about the necessarily full acceptance of the Sixth Commandment of God. They have to call the things by their right name exhorting: “divorce is divorce,” “adultery is adultery” and “who commits consciously and freely grave sins against the Commandments of God – and in this case against the Sixth Commandment – and dies unrepentantly will receive eternal condemnation being excluded forever from the kingdom of God.”

The new language used by Synod fathers to promote their concept of “mercy”.

Way of discernment
Accompaniment
Orientations of the bishop
Dialogue with the priest
Forum internum
A more fuller integration into the life of the church

Way of discernment:

“…there is talk of “repentance” (Final Report, n. 85), there remains nevertheless a great deal of ambiguity. In fact,… ,(according to Cardinal Kasper and other clergy) – such a repentance concerns the past sins against the spouse of the first valid marriage and the repentance of the divorced indeed may not refer to the acts of their marital cohabitation with the new civilly married partner.”

Error
Cardinal Kasper and others have repeatedly affirmed that “a judgement in the conscience in that case has to be considered as being correct even when the divorced and remarried continue to cohabitate in a marital manner, and that they should not be required to live in complete continence as brother and sister.”

Truth
In the Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio of Pope John Paul II, it is stated: “The way to the Eucharist can only be granted to those who take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples”.
This statement was selectively omitted from the Final Report.
Saint Augustine affirmed: “Who dismisses his adulterous wife and marries another woman, whereas his first wife still lives, remains perpetually in the state of adultery. Such a man does not any efficacious penance while he refuses to abandon the new wife. If he is a catechumen, he cannot be admitted to baptism, because his will remains rooted in the evil. If he is a (baptized) penitent, he cannot receive the (ecclesiastical) reconciliation as long as he does not break with his bad attitude” (De adulterinis coniugiis, 2, 16).

A more fuller integration into the life of the church

Error:
Numbers 84 -86 of the final Report does not directly say that the divorced and remarried can be admitted to Holy Communion. Statements such as “a more full participation in the life of the Church” and “discernment and integration” are the expressions which were used. These are ambiguous expressions and were a clever tactic. It would be well to remember – “You made void the word of God by introducing your own tradition” (Mark 7: 13).

Truth:
By the use of such tactics, the Final Report in fact put time bombs and a back door for the admittance of the divorced and remarried to Holy Communion. Doctrine has not been changed but such statements can lead to abuses and true meaning of doctrine.

Christ demanded from all His disciples to speak in an extremely clear manner: “Let what you say be ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil” (Math 5: 37). This is valid all the more when the Shepherds of the Church preach or when the Magisterium speaks in a document.

Error:
The Final Report in n. 84 pleads for an admittance of the divorced and remarried to liturgical, pastoral and educational offices.

Truth:
Such a proposal represents an indirect support to the culture of divorce and a practical denial of an objectively sinful lifestyle. The Apostle Saint James said: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1: 22). Their life continuously contradicts their words.

Pope John Paul II ... indicated only the following possibilities of participating in the life of the Church, which for their part aim a true conversion:
“They should be encouraged to listen to the word of God,
to attend the Sacrifice of the Mass,
to persevere in prayer,
to contribute to works of charity
and to community efforts in favor of justice,
to bring up their children in the Christian faith,
to cultivate the spirit and
practice of penance and thus
implore, day by day, God’s grace” (Familiaris Consortio, 84).

As long as they continue giving a public anti-witness to the indissolubility of marriage and contributing to a culture of divorce, the divorced and remarried cannot exercise those liturgical, catechetical and institutional ministries in the Church, which demand by their own nature a public life in accordance with the Commandments of God.

Public violators of the Sixth Commandment, such as divorced and remarried, cannot be admitted to the office of lectors, godparents or catechists.

Accompaniment and orientations of the bishop.

Error:
The Final Report seems to leave the solution of the question of the admittance of the divorced and remarried to Holy Communion to local Church authorities: “accompaniment of the priests” and “orientations of the bishop.”

Truth:
By allowing individual local bishops and priests to guide these people and make decisions about their “worthiness” means that the Church will no longer be one. Doctrine could be interpreted and applied differently all over the world. This cannot be – it “contradicts the very essence of being Catholic”.

The Final Report …avoids confessing the unchangeable principle of the entire Catholic tradition, that those who live in an invalid marital union can be admitted to Holy Communion only under the condition that their promise to live in complete continence and avoid public scandal. John Paul II and Benedict XVI confirmed strongly this Catholic principle.”

At the Council of Nicea in the 4th Century, when the heresy of Arianism was ramoant, similar tactics were used – “who invented continuously other expressions in order not to confess directly the consubstantiality of the Son of God with God the Father.” This resulted in continuous synodal meetings and a proliferation of new doctrinal formula – deliberately avoiding clarity in terminology.

 

Synod Week 2 – Hidden Issues and Selected Quotes

We all thought the main issues at the synod were:

Communion for divorced and remarried and for those cohabitating before marriage and homosexual unions.

But what about the “hidden agendas” – which we have not seen yet.?

Cardinal Burke held a press conference on15 Oct. and we heard from 2 people concerning another shocking issue that is written in the Instrumentum laboris:
• Maria Madise, manager of Voice of the Family… which stated that paragraph 86 of the Synod’s working document (Instrumentum Laboris) “contains a direct attack on the rights of parents.

The paragraph states that “the family, while maintaining its privileged spot in education, cannot be the only place for teaching sexuality.” This statement is directly contrary to Catholic teaching which affirms the right and duty of parents to be the first and foremost providers of education to their children in sexual matters.”
• Also:” Dr Thomas Ward, a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life …told the assembled journalists that:
“In revealing language Section 86 of the Instrumentum Laboris states that courses are to be provided ‘in a proper language of sexuality’. There is no mention of the language of Jesus Christ of chaste love. Indeed the word purity is not mentioned. There is no mention that the courses must be authentically Catholic, nor that Catholic parents must control them and birth-control, abortion and homosexualist agencies must be excluded. There is also no mention that in Catholic schools it will be for parents, without pressure, to decide what if any access to these courses they will make. And there is no mention that parents must be told the content with due warning and then if they wish to opt in not out.”

• We know there were secret meetings before the Synod, and now we find that there are secret meetings being held during the synod. On Wed 14 Oct there was the headline:
Explosive Revelation: Miniature Shadow Synod being held with Pope and outside guests every day at Santa Marta

Some Quotes/ Headlines:

  • “The distinction between sin and sinner no longer works” (Fr Thomas Rosica)
  • “Is there still a sense of sin among the Synod Fathers?” [No]
    Roberto de Mattei, Corrispondenza Romana, October 14, 2015
  • Archbishop Chaput: (commenting on “regional solutions” by bishops)
    “The Catholic Church is described as Catholic in terms of, it reaches everywhere and out to everyone. But also it believes the same thing everywhere.”
  • Polish Bishops’ Conference: “civilly remarried divorcees” can never receive Holy Communion while still in Adultery.
  • Cardinal Pell: ‘no possibility’ of liberals getting their way on Communion for divorced and remarried