December 8, 2014

MY ANSWERS TO THE HOLY FATHER'S "I AM NOT AFRAID" COMMENT...

From an interview of the Holy Father by La Nación, posted on Rorate Caeli here, I give my reply to his reply of:

- "...I am not afraid." (Pope Francis)

- Afraid of what? (La Nación)


In the case of divorcees who have remarried, we posed the question, what do we do with them? [YOU CAN TELL THEM TO GO BACK TO THEIR FIRST MARRIAGES AND STOP LIVING IN MORTAL SIN, WHICH WILL SEND THEM TO HELL IF THEY DIE UNREPENTANT] What door can we allow them to open? [THE CONFESSIONAL DOOR] This was a pastoral concern: will we allow them to go to Communion? [YES, AFTER THEY DO WHAT THE REST OF US SINNERS DO - CONFESS OUR SINS TO A PRIEST] Communion alone is no solution. [CORRECT -THE SOLUTION IS EXAMINATION, CONFESSION, CONTRITION AND THEN COMMUNION] The solution is integration [NO IT IS NOT. SEE ABOVE.]
- Afraid of following this trail, the road of the synod. [WELL, YOU SHOULD BE BECAUSE OF THE DOOR YOU'LL BE OPENING TO NEGATE OTHER SINS] I am not afraid because it is the road that God has asked us to follow. [REALLY, YOUR HOLINESS? I THOUGHT HE WANTED US TO FOLLOW HIS PATH TO HOLINESS, WHICH REQUIRES US TO FORGO SINNING.] More so, the Pope is the ultimate guarantor, the Pope is there to care for the process. We must move forward. In my last address I said something interesting, [WHAT?] I pointed out that we had not addressed any part of the doctrine of the Church concerning marriage. [GOOD] In the case of divorcees who have remarried, we posed the question, what do we do with them? [SHOW THEM THE DOOR...] What door can we allow them to open? [...THE CONFESSIONAL DOOR] This was a pastoral concern: will we allow them to go to Communion? [NO, BEFORE CONFESSION and YES, AFTER CONFESSION] Communion alone is no solution. [YES!! SOUND CATHOLIC TEACHING!!] The solution is integration. [WHAA? UH, ONLY AFTER CONFESSION] They have not been excommunicated, true. But they cannot be godfathers to any child being baptized, mass readings are not for divorcees, they cannot give communion, they cannot teach Sunday school, there are about seven things that they cannot do, [AND THIS IS THE CHURCHES PROBLEM? SEEMS TO ME IT'S THE PROBLEM OF THE SINNER TO CORRECT THE "I CAN'T DO THIS or THAT... MEME"] I have the list over there. Come on! If I disclose any of this it will seem that they have been excommunicated in fact! [NO...THEY'RE JUST DENIED COMMUNION IN FACT, UNTIL THEY ARE WORTHY TO RECEIVE HIM] Thus, let us open the doors a bit more. [UH...JUST HOW HARD ARE CONFESSIONAL DOORS TO OPEN? BUT... I SUPPOSE IF WALMART HAS GREETERS...] Why cant they be godfathers and godmothers? [BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT PRACTICING THEIR FAITH PROPERLY] "No, no, no, what testimony will they be giving their godson?". [NONE. BECAUSE THEY CAN'T OF THEIR OWN VOLITION]; The testimony of a man and a woman saying "my dear, I made a mistake [EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE], I was wrong here, [CONTRITION FOR THE SIN] but I believe our Lord loves me, I want to follow God, [SINCERITY] I was not defeated by sin, I want to move on [FIRM AMENDMENT TO SIN NO MORE]". Anything more Christian than that? [NOPE. THEY'RE THE BASIC BUILDING BLOCKS OF A GOOD CONFESSION] And what if one of the political crooks among us, corrupt people, ate chosen to be somebody´s godfather. [IF ITS A PUBLIC SIN, THEN THEY SHOULD BE DENIED THE PRIVILEGE ALSO] If they are properly wedded by the Church, would we accept them? [SURE. AFTER PROPERLY DISPOSING THEMSELVES] What kind of testimony will they give to their godson? [NONE, UNLESS THEY CHANGE] A testimony of corruption? Things need to change, our standards need to change. [NO, THEY DON'T. IT'S NOT THE STANDARDS THAT NEED TO CHANGE, HOLY FATHER.  IT. IS. WE. WHO. NEED. TO. CHANGE. TO REPENT. TO CONFESS. OUR SINS! DO NOT MAKE IT MORE EASY TO STAY IN SIN! IT IS ALREADY SO VERY EASY TO GET OUT OF SIN, WHY NOT JUST PROMOTE THAT?]

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FEAST of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Photo Credit
His Holiness Ven. Pope Pius IX
King of Rome(1846 – 1878)

From piustheninth.com:

POPE PIUS IX PROCLAIMS THE DOGMA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

On December 8, 1854, having spent all of his holy life – his boyhood, his priesthood, as bishop, cardinal and Pope – at the feet of the Mother of God, the most Blessed Virgin Mary, and having deeply considered also, in his exile at Gaeta, the earnest petitions of Catholics all over the world in its behalf, Pope Pius IX defined ex cathedra, in the glorious Basilica of Saint Peter's before one hundred and seventy bishops and innumerable pilgrims come literally from the ends of the earth, the divine dogma of Our Lady's Immaculate Conception. The voice of the Sovereign Pontiff broke and tears filled his eyes as he paused before uttering the infallible words:

"We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind, was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin, has been revealed by God, and therefore should firmly and constantly be believed by all the faithful...."

As the Holy Father finished speaking, the cannon of the Castle of Sant' Angelo boomed and the bells of the basilicas and churches of Rome long rang out the glorious news, which ushered in the Age of Mary – the last age of the world. The Catholic faithful rejoiced, and grace flooded their souls as they prayed the prayer Our Lady herself had given twenty years before to Catherine Laboure, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."

                                                           
 



Consecration to the Immaculate Conception

In the presence of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and with heaven and earth as our witness, we prostrate ourselves at thy feet, O Mary, Our Lady.

We acknowledge Thee as our Mother, as the Immaculate Conception, living tabernacle of the Divinity, as Queen of angels and of men, as Mother of the Church and of the Catholic priesthood, and as refuge of the afflicted. That is why, small and weak that we are, we wish to consecrate to Thee our Institute, our families, our persons, our works, our future, all that pertains to us and is in us, and which God, in His immeasurable goodness, has entrusted to us for our good use.

We also consecrate to Thee the value of our good actions, past, present, and future, leaving to Thee the entire and full right of disposing of us and all that belongs to us. Mary, be our Mother; sanctify us, purify us, correct us, guide us, pray for us and protect us.

Help us to perfectly fulfill the duties of our state of life. Extinguish in us all self-love, which prevents Thy Divine Son, King and Sovereign Priest, from reigning in and around us.

Cover abundantly with thy maternal protection all the parishes, chapels, schools, works and missions entrusted to the Institute, and mayest Thou forever impede the devil from reigning, in any manner, in this Institute which desires to be entirely Thine for the greater glory of God, the exaltation of our Mother the Holy Catholic Church, and for the conversion of sinners. Amen.





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