"The Latin language is venerable on account of its origin and its antiquity; it is the language in which the praises of God resounded from the lips of Christians during the first centuries. It is a sublime and solemn thought that the Holy sacrifice is now offered in the same language...with the very same words as it was offered in times long past, in the obscurity of the Catacombs." The Catechism Explained, The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Spirago & Clarke (1927)
"There is also an element of mystery about the Latin tongue; it is a dead language not understood by the people. The use of an unknown tongue conveys to the mind ... that a mystery is being enacted. In the first centuries of Christianity a curtain used to be drawn during the time from the Sanctus to the communion to conceal the altar from the sight of the worshippers. This is now no longer done, but the use of an unknown tongue has something of the same effect, by inspiring awe..." The Catechism Explained, The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Spirago & Clarke (1927)
The use of Latin also protects the Church against error and Read More...
“Today is the era of the arranged couple who fall into love around the birth of the first child," said Marian Salzman, co-author of "Next Now: Trends for the Future."
"It sounds traditional, but in some ways so much of the future is back to the past, turbo-charged,” she said.
Arranged marriages have been part of many cultures for thousands of years, primarily born Read More...
From Irish Examiner: Convicted sex offenders in Sweden are free to read pornography in their cells following a court ruling that has angered the prison service.
The Supreme Administrative Court in Stockholm last week ruled that the Swedish Prison and Probation Service had no right to deny a rape convict access to his adult magazines.
Prison officials had argued that reading porn would interfere with the man’s rehabilitation programme.
They also said the magazines posed a security problem for staff and other inmates because they could increase the risk of the man relapsing into criminal behaviour.
This comes on the heels of a nationwide removal of religious books from prisons in the United States. On the one hand the Swede's must permit sex offenders their pornography magazines, while on the other, prison officials are removing religious books, including Christian books, from prison bookshelves because they Read More...
GERMAN CARDINAL CONDEMNS UNCRITICAL TOLERANCE TOWARD ALL RELIGION--CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM ARE NOT EQUALS
German Cardinal Karl Lehmann, head of the German conference of bishops, recently expressed concern about all faiths being treated equally regardless of the size of their flock and their history.
"The neutrality of the state regarding individual religions must not be confused with indifference and uncritical tolerance toward the impact of religions on society".
There are those that agreed with Cardinal Lehmann's arguments:
"Ronald Pofalla, the general secretary of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union party, said Lehmann was right to say Islam could not be afforded the same legal standing in Germany as Christianity.
"Unlike Christianity, Islam is not in Europe's cultural centre and is not reflected in everyday life in the same way," Pofalla said in a statement.
The irony of this seemingly benevolent uncritical tolerance toward religion is that it is ultimately destructive to Christianity. It relegates Christianity to the same status as the heretical newcomer Read More...
I recently met a woman at a party from this group who informed me that there was no Pope. It turned out to be an interesting afternoon. It seems that Pope Benedict XVI is having an impact on Sedevacantism.
From Spokesmanreview.com: Countless tears have been shed this month up at Mount St. Michael's. As they watch their fellow nuns pack their belongings and leave the convent, the remaining sisters of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen are grieving.
"It's been painful for all the sisters – for those who felt the need to leave and those who remain here," said Sister Mary Dominica, the acting superior of the religious order, a group that most people recognize as "The Singing Nuns."
"We've been a family for so many years," she said, her voice Read More...
A U.S. Republican congressman has proposed using condoms to halt immigration of Mexicans into the United States.
"[A] slower rate of growth would...reduce the long-term illegal immigration pressure on America's borders," reasoned Rep. Mark Kirk, who also supports stronger border security in the short-term."
Kirk made the statement during a heated debate in the House of Representatives over whether the US government should be allowed to donate condoms and other contraceptives to foreign family planning agencies.
This was proposed as Mexican birth rates are already in steep decline:
"[F]ertility rates have plunged in Mexico since 1980, when an average couple would have five or more children. Now, the country's fertility rate has dropped to 2.5 children, compared to 2.1 for the United States, according to United Nations data."
In its revisionist view of religion and world history, the left condemns the West as imperialistic, and insensitive to indigenous cultures. But the left fails to see its own modern-day ascendancy and imperialism. From the inane and destructive pop culture that is spread all over the world, to Read More...
From Reuters: A call for descendents of Muslims expelled from Spain in the seventeenth century to be given preferential terms for Spanish citizenship has highlighted the country's uneasy relationship with its Islamic heritage.
The proposal was made at a meeting this week in Cordoba, a city in Andalusia which was the centre of Islamic civilization in the Iberian peninsula during nearly eight centuries of Moorish rule of much of what is now Spain and Portugal.
In 1609, Spain's King Philip III ordered all Muslims to leave his kingdom, leading to the expulsion of about 300,000 people. Their descendents today mainly live in North Africa and still regard themselves as "Andalusians", after the old name for Muslim Spain -- "Al Andalus"
Giving them preferential terms for Spanish citizenship would be an act of symbolic reconciliation, said Mansur Escudero, head of Spain's Islamic Board, the biggest group representing Spanish Muslims.
"The Andalusians who live in North Africa, most of them in Morocco, in Tunisia, in Libya, they're Read More...
"[PGS] is based on the concept that the entire chromosomal constitution of an embryo can be represented by a single cell, which is removed from the embryo. If one biopsied cell is found to be abnormal, there is a 90% chance that the rest of the embryo is also abnormal or mosaic, where two or more cells with different chromosomal constitution exist in a single embryo."
Well it seems that embryos have the ability to self-correct.
"We found that embryos which were abnormal on day 3 demonstrated a high rate of mosaicism However, on day 5 some of them had undergone 'self-correction' into normal embryos. Others kept the same abnormalities, while some had VCV Read More...
Here is an interview with Cardinal Bertone on the condition of faith in Europe. The interview is reprinted from the Polish Catholic publication niedziela:
Q: WLODZIMIERZ REDZIOCH: - Some political powers regard the presence of the Church as a threat to the secular character of the state...
A: CARDINAL TARCISIO BERTONE: - One should not mix secular character and laicism. A healthy laicism means the autonomy of the political sphere in relation to the religious sphere but not to morality. Faith is not a private act. Therefore, I am sad to see that some countries, for example France, strongly opposed the idea of including 'Christian roots' of the continent into the project of the European constitution.
Q: Why does Europe need faith?
A: I will begin by quoting the brief statement of Alexis de Tocqueville (the French historian, politician and specialist in American democracy, who lived in the years 1805-1859), 'Despotism can do without faith, but freedom Read More...
So often we hear that the sex abuse claims in the Catholic Church were brought about by the requirement of celibacy. But what of the sex abuse claims within protestanism where there is no requirement of celibacy? And what of the sex abuse claims in the secular world? One could argue that those who are not celibate are therefore "satiated" and are less likely to engage in sex abuse crimes. But this is not the case. Below are sex abuse statistics for three of the nations largest insurers of protestant churches:
Church Mutual Insurance Co. insures a total of 95,000 churches and worship centers and 1,000 religious groups. Church Mutual has received an average of about 100 reports a year alleging child sex abuse, and an average of about 100 reports a year alleging other sexual misconduct over the past decade.
GuideOne Insurance Co. insures a total of 43,495 churches-worship centers, and 1,505 religious groups. GuideOne has received an average of about 160 reports of child sex abuse a year, and 40 reports of sexual misconduct each year for the past two decades. The total amount in claims paid over the last five years has averaged approximately $4 million per year excluding attorney fees.
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. insures 27,000 churches-worship centers and 3,000 religious groups. Brotherhood has received an average of 73 reports of BOTH child sex abuse and other sexual misconduct each year for the past 15 years. A total of approximately $7.8 million has been paid out in claims for sexual misconduct and child sex abuse over the past 15 years.
Today moderation of the sexual appetite is seen as unhealthy, while its uninhibited expression is seen as virtuous. The steep decline in sexual morality is the great indicator of our times. Knowing our nature Satan has placed irresistable temptations all around us in the modern world that render our sexual appetites Read More...
On Wednesday Jerusalem authorities issued a permit for a gay pride parade sponsored by the homosexual-lesbian Open House organization. The parade is to take place in the heart of Jerusalem on Thursday, and is expected to go forward with 7,000 police officers assigned to keep order. Both the organizers and the police fear violence during the march, after an Orthodox man stabbed and wounded three marchers during the 2005 parade.
A poll conducted last week by Geocartography Knowledge Group found that 64 percent of Jewish Israelis oppose holding the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem. The 64% either voiced complete opposition to the parade or agreed with the following statement:
"Even if authorities permit the homo-lesbian pride parade in Tel Aviv or in other cities, it should be banned in Jerusalem due to the sanctity of the city in the eyes of many in Israel and in the world, and because of the sensitivity of more than half of Jerusalem's population who are religious."
Jerusalem Open House Director Noa Satat said the survey reflected a marked rise in support for the parade, which would go ahead on Thursday as planned.
"The Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem is not a provocation and not a party," Satat said. Holding it in Jerusalem, with its heavily religious population, "expresses a [special] message of both pride and tolerance.
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, the honorary president of a revived version of the Sanhedrin, issued a press release calling on Jews to protest the parade. He stated: "The previous parade brought upon us the Second Lebanon War, with Read More...
Cologne cocktails' killing men: Russian men are risking death by drinking aftershave and cleaning agents, a study has suggested. UK researchers estimated that half of all deaths in working age men in the country are due to hazardous drinking. The products, which also include herbal tinctures sold in pharmacies, are widely available, cheap and contain up to 97% alcohol, the Lancet study Read More...
"The church's windows are broken, its beige bricks are sooty, its paint is chipped. The 300-foot steeple, a hallmark of the St. Louis skyline, is pulling away from its foundation. One day it could tumble into traffic on Gravois Avenue.
St. Francis de Sales church, often called the Cathedral of South St. Louis, is an ideal home for a group of Roman Catholic priests devoted to restoration. But restoring this 19th-century neo-Gothic church to its former glory is only one reason St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke assigned the priests to oversee St. Francis de Sales.
The real mission of the group, called the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, is the restoration of the traditional Latin Mass.
The 1,600-year-old Mass isn't used much today, but it's making a comeback.
That effort will get a boost Friday when Burke — one of the most devoted supporters of the old Latin rite among U.S. bishops — will ordain two deacons of the Institute at the Cathedral Basilica. Burke has ordained members several times in Italy, where the institute is based outside Florence. But Friday will mark the first time members of the 17-year-old institute will be Read More...
"The large number of multiple-burial sites, some containing skeletons of dwarfs and deformed children accompanied by ornate grave goods, suggests that human sacrifice was a custom in Europe between 28,000 and 10,000 years ago, says biologist Vincenzo Formicola of the University of Pisa in Italy.
"These findings point to the possibility that human sacrifices were part of the ritual activity of these populations," writes Formicola.
"Elaborate burials, selected individuals, rich ornamentation, and site of inhumation continue to raise questions... and stimulate reflections about social organization, conceptions of life and death, and the perception of diversity," writes Formicola.
Housley said that evidence of cannibalism has been found at sites 12,000 years ago in the same area, so if Formicola's conclusions are correct it could be part of a pattern." CBSnews
Many may be shocked at such findings, however, Christians should not be. Such atrocities are the rule and not the exception for man without the grace of God. "Left to itself, human nature tends to death, and utter apostasy from God, however plausible it may look externally." Card. Newman.
Historically, it was only Christianity that elevated human life, and man from the depths of such evil. Lest we doubt the veracity of such a claim, one can look at the fact that post-Christian Europe (and most of Western "civilization") has come full circle and is now once again engaging in Read More...
Likewise, God has granted the grumblings of this generation that prefers the enslavement of sterility, and pill-popping infertility to the promise of a fertile future, and entrance into the eternal paradise. Nations and peoples who have adopted, endorsed, and promoted this suicidal, sex-obsessed lifestyle will be quietly eliminated pursuant to their own desires.
Here are excerpts of an interview with Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy. From Charlotte.com
Q. Give us some insight into Western Europe's so-called "birth dearth."
A. Right now the European Union average is below 1.5 children per woman. It takes 2.1 to replace the population under modern conditions. Population demographers call anything less than 1.5 children "very low fertility." As you move towards one child per woman, you are talking about cutting your population in half Read More...
The church's vocal campaign to defeat a proposal to legalize abortions in Mexico City in April stepped over the line, politicians said in a complaint, after some prelates suggested voters should remember who voted for the law at election time. The law passed anyway.
On Saturday, the government dismissed the complaint, saying the church had done nothing wrong. But prelates say they are tired of being challenged over their every word.
If the Mexican Constitution's articles six and seven guarantee the right of free speech to all individuals ... then any law that limits that speech is like making priests second-class citizens, Carlos Villa, a church spokesman in Mexico City, said Monday.
Armando Martinez, president of Mexico's Catholic Lawyers College, said the church has asked his group to draw up a proposal to be presented in about two weeks to Read More...
The head of Italy's influential bishops' conference has received a second envelope containing bullets and Read More...
Is it any wonder that the family is unable to fight the lures of the world without the grace of a sacramental marriage?
"Terrence C. Donilon, an archdiocesan spokesman, said the church has launched a long-term effort to revitalize parish life and increase Mass attendance, marriages and baptisms."
"The document, which Donilon called “unofficial,” points out that evangelical Christians and Mormons have success in committing teens to their faith, while evangelization is a “low institutional priority” for the Catholic Church.
“There is a disconnect between what youth believe about God, themselves, their lives and Read More...
Since God was banished from the schools, the family, and the souls of man, we are expected to believe that all is well. Our children are now in good hands under the new secularist regime.
But what's wrong with you holdouts? You overly protective parents --just relax! Get back to work--make money, send your kids to the local public school. When you're burnt out after work --entertain them with the latest pop-culture fare--why make your life so difficult?
Don't worry. The highly educated secular experts are on the job trying to figure out why our children are sex obsessed deviants. Thus far there has been alot of guesswork and they have not come up with the cause of the problem yet--but they might--someday. In the meantime --just enjoy all your stuff!
Courts have seen the number of sex offense cases involving juvenile offenders rise dramatically in recent years, an Read More...
Northern Ireland's largest Protestant church yesterday adopted guidelines to help clergy deal sensitively with gay church members.
The Presbyterian General Assembly in Belfast adopted the pastoral guidelines by 159 votes to 120.
It calls on the church to repent for times when gay people have been treated in ways that lack "grace."
They ask for the church to create a "PCI Safe Space" which can be phoned or visited anonymously by people who wish to discuss their sexuality.
Church members are also told to modify their language and avoid phrases such as "Love the sinner, hate the sin," or "Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve."
The report also dispels the myth that gay people are paedophiles.
Former moderator Rev Dr Ken Newell said it was his hope that the whole church would apologise to gay people "for any hurt that you have experienced."
He said: "To put it simply, Read More...
A CULTURE NEARING AN END--EUROPE'S LACK OF NATIVE WORKERS LEAVES NO CHOICE BUT TO LIBERALIZE IMMIGRATION
"We need more children to support our societies
into the future, but it is very clear now: No
children are coming."
German urban-affairs expert Albrecht Goeschel
If you are not yet
convinced that the battle to save Europe is NOW-- and
not in the year 2050 when the demographics have
inalterably taken hold of the continent, then here is
a bit more information to bring any skeptics up to
A recent report shows that Germany's birth rate continued to decline in 2006. The government's socialistic incentives designed to increase baby-making have failed, and the upbeat predictions of a baby boom are now bust. There were more deaths than births which means that Germans failed to replace themselves. There are now widespread reports of a loss of workers to do menial labor throughout Europe. Without native born workers Europe is left with no choice but to liberalize immigration laws in order to sustain its economy. This is a quandry since many fear that a liberalization of immigration laws may bring terrorism, or worse yet, the creation of Eurabia.
The battle to save Europe is now because the only way to prevent the seemingly inevitable disintegration of civilization as we know it-- is for the inhabitants of the continent to return to the faith--not to mere christianity, but specifically to the only religion that stands against the sins that have brought about this crisis --Catholicism. Nothing else can pry the contraceptives out of the hands of Europe's populace. Here is a report from McClatchy:
Last spring, as farmer Gerald Simianer was preparing to harvest white asparagus, one of Germany's culinary delicacies, he followed the instructions of his local labor office and employed at least 20 percent German
From Clickon Detroit: University of Michigan Dearborn announced on Tuesday plans to renovate two bathrooms with foot baths. School officials said the project is estimated to cost $25,000. The renovation will accommodate the school's Muslim students.
Muslims ritually wash their hands, hair, and feet five times a day before prayer.
But some are opposed to the school's decision, saying it's too much Read More...
“The poll results indicate that 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women are addicted to pornography,” said Clay Jones, founder and President of Second Glance Ministries...60% of the women who answered the survey admitted to having significant struggles with lust, 40% admitted to being involved in sexual sin in the past year, and 20% of the church-going female participants struggle with looking at pornography on an ongoing basis.
“There have been dynamic paradigm shifts in the behavior of Christians over the last four years,” explained Jones. “Technology [the Internet] has allowed pornography to flood the market place beyond a controllable level.”
The paradigm shift which Mr. Jones is referring to is not caused by the proliferation of the internet, rather it is the inevitable consequence of christianity that is starving for the Body Read More...
find joy in the sufferings I endure for you. In my
own flesh I fill up what is lacking in the sufferings
of Christ for the sake of His Body, the Church" (Col.
The West rejects
suffering as lacking dignity, purpose, and meaning.
In times past a good or happy death meant a person
had an opportunity to conduct a thorough examination
of conscience and repent of all sin. The Catholic
Church has always acknowledged the powerful
redemptive nature of uniting one's suffering with
Christ's Cross. But death with dignity has been
diabolically twisted to rob one of the chance at
reflection, and the grace of a possible death bed
conversion. Now the ideal death is speedy, with
minimum hassle on family or friends, and is totally
pain-free due to mind altering drugs. A people that
reject sacrifice and suffering as meaningless and
something to escape from have lost the ability to
love and thus the purpose of life.
The Swiss have gone so far as to set up suicide clinics for those with "incurable pain" called among other names "Dignitas" and "Exit". Dignitas has recently come under fire for killing foreigners who travel to Switzerland to die and are merely depressed.
Prosecutors are calling for tougher regulations on Switzerland's assisted suicide clinics after uncovering evidence that some of the foreign clients they help to die are simply
Despite the cries to the contrary from feminists and historical revisionists, the female was elevated by Christianity, and harmony was promoted between the sexes. At every turn Islam demeans the woman, from the burka to the ease of divorce, and now the proposal of temporary marriage. This is what we can expect when bad dogma is translated into action. I am somewhat surprised that the secular left failed to introduce this as a "liberating" concept for women prior to Islam. As a woman--I fear the secularists and Islam equally.
"Iran's interior minister has faced criticism from women activists after advocating the practice of temporary marriage as a way to meet the needs of young people in the Islamic state, which bans extramarital sex.
"Is it possible that Islam is indifferent to a 15-year-old youth into whom God has put lust?" newspapers Read More...
From Buzzle : Eastern Germany is facing a demographic crisis as huge numbers of women abandon the former communist region leaving behind an underclass of poorly educated, jobless and disillusioned men.
The population imbalance in the former communist state is worse than anywhere else in Europe, social scientists say. Even communities that traditionally have more men than women - such as the polar regions of Sweden Read More...