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Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

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AMERICAN PROTESTANTS RECEPTIVE TO POPE AND CATHOLICISM AS NEVER BEFORE

I am thoroughly apprehensive and skeptical of all of the silly and nonsensical analyses being produced by the mainstream media about the Pope and his visit to America. On the one hand, there are the irrelevant and outdated lefties who claim that the Pope will be confronted with dissatisfied and disheartened Catholics who strive for woman priests, and who seek to be liberated from all the hard teachings involving birth control, divorce and remarriage, and all things orthodox. Then there are the half-informed, ill-informed or uninformed who attempt to weave earth shattering meaning into everything that Pope Benedict does or says. In the midst of all this, I came across an interesting article by Gerald R. McDermott, that asserts that the pope "may...find less Protestant hostility to Rome and the papacy than at any previous time in American history".

I believe this to be true despite the abysmal shape of American culture. Our world has shrunk due to the internet and globalization, and now faces problems and questions which are unprecedented historically, and often involve the very survival of civilization as we know it. The world needs a voice to counter the lies of the culture of death and the religion of death--Islam.

No single Protestant denomination --no matter how large, no matter how influential-- can match the voice and authority that the Pope possesses when he speaks. No Protestant denomination no matter how orthodox or conservative in their interpretation of scripture, can match the ability to identify and enunciate the Truth as that of the Catholic Church-- which has made it her business to seek and decipher God's truths for 2007 years. It is indeed the only voice remaining in the wilderness that possesses the full truth and delivers it in all of its unpopularity. This is of course no accident since the Catholic Church is the only Church that possesses Jesus Himself --in the Eucharist.

From Mercator.net: In America, "[t]he Protestant market share is shrinking Read More...

ST CLARE, THE EUCHARIST AND THE FLEEING OF THE MUSLIMS

"Amen, Amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life within you" Jesus

Years ago a sweet lady from my church offered me a very large and beautiful statue of St Clare of Assisi after I named my daughter Clare. I gladly accepted not knowing much about St Clare at the time except that she had bravely driven vicious soldiers from her convent while carrying Jesus in the Eucharist. It wasn't until I recently read Frank M. Rega's book St Francis and the Conversion of the Muslims that I realized that the Saracen soldiers that St Clare drove off-- were actually Muslims.

Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who founded an order of nuns called the "Poor Clares." She was converted upon hearing St. Francis of Assisi preach. Thereafter, she developed a great desire to live a poor humble life for Jesus. She ran away from home, and in a little chapel outside Assisi, gave herself to God. St. Francis cut off her hair and gave her a rough brown habit to wear tied with a plain cord around her waist.

In the year 1240, St Clare saved her sisters and her convent from plundering hordes of Saracen mercenaries through the miracle of the Eucharist. As the Saracens were placing ladders
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JESUS AND MOHAMMAD COMPARED


The following article was written by best-selling author William J. Federer. His latest book is
"What Every American Needs to Know about the Quran: A History of Islam and the United States."

"What motivates fundamental Muslims to violence?

Much effort has gone into answering this. Muslim apologists are quick to point out Christians have also committed violence. Secularists suggest anybody who believes in God is prone to violence, conveniently ignoring the atheistic killings of the French Revolution, Stalin's purges and Mao Tse-tung's Cultural Revolution.

In an attempt to uncover motivations, founders of the world's two largest religions can be compared. According to the http://www.CIA.gov World Factbook, the world's 6.5 billion people are 33.32 percent Christian and 21.01 percent Muslim.

If a computer acts up, the technician resets it to the default settings it had when it left the factory. If followers of a religion act up, one should examine the default settings the religion had when it left its founder.

One can examine the life of Jesus from the
four Gospels.

One can examine the life of Muhammad from the Quran, Hadith and sources like the Sirat Rasul Allah.

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Quran is a collection of private revelations Muhammad received between A.D. 610-632. Conflicting Read More...

COMMUNION IN THE HAND CONDEMNED--AS A BISHOP I CANNOT REMAIN SILENT


Here is Auxillary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Karaganda in Kazakhstan, who takes his vocation seriously. He has written a book with the purpose of re-introducing the Church to what takes place at the consecration and WHO we receive. He most importantly condemns the practice of Communion in the hand, and states that it was introduced against the laws of the Church.

Here is what Fr John Hardon had to say about Communion in the Hand:
"Communion in the hand [came]...with the publication of the Dutch Catechism with nobody's permission except the bishops—in effect, in principle separated themselves from the Holy See. One country after another began then to ask for permission, which the Dutch Read More...

THE ENORMITY OF SIN AND THE NECESSITY OF THE LAMB OF GOD


"We ought to immolate to God the daily sacrifices of our tears, the daily offerings of His Flesh and Blood. For this Victim peculiarly preserves the soul from eternal death, as it renews to us in a mystery the death of the Only-Begotten; Who, although being risen from the dead He dies no more and death shall have no more dominion over Him, yet while in Himself He lives immortal and incorruptible, for us is immolated again in this mystery of the sacred oblation. For it is His body that is there taken, His flesh that it is divided for the salvation of the people, His blood that is poured, not as before into the hands of unbelievers, but into the mouths of the faithful. Hence let us estimate the importance of this sacrifice for us, which for our absolution ever imitates the Passion of the only-begotten Son. For what Christian can doubt that at the very hour of the offering, at the words of the priest, the heavens are opened, the choirs of angels are present in that mystery of Jesus Christ, the lowest things are knit with the highest, the earthly things are united with the heavenly, the visible and the invisible are made one." Pope St. Gregory the Great (6th cent)

A CATHOLIC HERO DEFENDS THE FAITH AND THE CRUCIFIX

A hospital employee in Britain who also happens to be a devout Roman Catholic recently found himself literally defending the the faith and in particular the crucifix against Muslims who had covered Catholic items in a hospital prayer room. He may now face charges of a religiously motivated assault.

From Manchestereveningnews: A hospital porter was quizzed by police after a row over a crucifix being covered in a prayer room has denied allegations of assault.

Joseph Protano, 54, was interviewed on suspicion of religiously aggravated assault at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Pendlebury.

Mr Protano, a devout Catholic from Salford, was released without charge but was suspended four days after the incident and has now been at home for two weeks.

The row centres round a prayer room available to staff and visitors of all faiths at the hospital.

Mr Protano entered the room when three Muslims
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JESUS DEMANDS BELIEF IN HIS BODY AND BLOOD TO HAVE ETERNAL LIFE


Michael Voris is on fire with the faith and is making waves in Detroit and all around the nation. He is a graduate of Notre Dame and a former news anchor with CBS. He gave up his career in television to spread the One True Faith far and wide.

I am personally tired of hearing so many protestants claim that they have a personal relationship with Jesus while denying his words in the Gospel of John chapter 6. There is nothing closer or more personal than eating the flesh of the Son of God who fills us with His life so that we can live with Him eternally.

We need more modern day missionaries like Michael Voris and friends to re-convert Western Civilization and bring it back to Jesus Christ in the most personal way known to man.

CONSUMING CHRISTMAS WITH GREED AND MATERIALISM

"Riches are acquired only at the expense of pain and labor; they are preserved only by care and anxiety; and they are never lost without bitter vexation and grief.  But worse than this, they are rarely accumulated without offence against God...". The Sinner's  Guide, Venerable Louis of Granada.  

Why has the celebration of the birth of Christ been adulterated to such an extent that we act as if we are deserving of so much more materially than He had on His day of birth?

Christ "so loved poverty that He chose for His mother not a rich and powerful queen, but a poor and humble Virgin.  He willed to be born, not in a palace, but in a bleak stable, the manger of which, covered with a little straw, was His only couch." The Sinner's Guide, Venerable Louis of Granada.    

The Pope also recently cautioned the world about materialism: Too many children are growing up in a world saturated with
"false models of happiness" and being lured by unscrupulous adults into the "dead-end street of consumerism".

Where did it all go wrong?  The West's wealth
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HOLY DRINKING WATER

Your eyes are not deceiving you--"holy" or "spiritual" water is being marketed to the public for drinking.

One company called Wayne Enterprises, a California-based company, is marketing "holy water" for consumption. They claim the water is blessed in a warehouse by an Anglican or Roman Catholic priest.
"Like a crucifix or a rosary, a bottle of Holy Drinking Water is a daily reminder to be kind to others" says Brian Germann, Wayne's CEO.

Another company called Spiritual Water uses purified municipal water which is sold with 10 different Christian labels.
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RELIGION AND POLITICS DO MIX

Here is an excerpt of QUAS PRIMAS, by Pope Pius XI with respect to the mixing of politics and religion. This encyclical was promulgated on December 11, 1925--some 85 years ago --however it is just as relevant and applicable to our times as it was then:

"It would be a grave error...to say that Christ has no authority whatever in civil affairs, since, by virtue of the absolute empire over all creatures committed to him by the Father, all things are in his power...Thus the empire of our Redeemer embraces all men. To use the words of Our immortal predecessor, Pope Leo XIII: "His empire includes not only Catholic nations, not only baptized persons who, though of right belonging to the Church, have been led astray by error, or have been cut off from her by schism, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith; so that truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Jesus Christ."

"...[A]ll men, whether collectively or individually, are under the dominion of Christ. In him is the salvation of the individual, in him is the salvation of society. "Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given to men whereby we must be saved." He is the author of happiness and true prosperity for every man and for every nation. "For a nation is happy when its citizens are happy. What else is a nation but a number of men living in concord?"

"If, therefore, the rulers of nations wish to preserve their authority, to promote and increase the prosperity of their countries, they will not neglect the public duty of reverence and obedience to the rule of Christ..."With God and Jesus Christ excluded from political life, with authority derived not from God but from man, the very basis of that authority has been taken away, because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has
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MARTYRDOM IS A REALISTIC POSSIBILITY FOR EVERY CHRISTIAN- SAYS POPE

Father Hardon used to say that heaven was very, very expensive. Christianity is a hard road--but Christians do not hear this critical message today. "Come as you are" Christianity waters down the message of Christ to the point where true conversion is unnecessary.

The time has come to cease the talk that the Christian walk is easy, and that heaven awaits all despite their works. The time has come to stop compromising Christ's message for the sake of human respect-- because in the end anything less than the truth is not persuasive.

We must reveal the truth about the Christian life-- that it is a radical battle against self and the dominant culture in which martyrdom may be a real possibility. While we may not be asked to shed our blood, our witness
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DENIAL OF JESUS REQUIRED FOR PEACE WITH ISLAM


"Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two, and two against three..."
Luke 12:51

"But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven."
Matthew 10:33

The liberal media gushed at the so called "unprecedented letter of peace" from Islam to Christians. But to those who actually read it and understand the critical differences between Islam and Christianity-- the letter was at best a sham and more likely a threat to Christians. The letter began with the following damming preface which defined the terms of negotiation at the outset:

"In the Holy Qur’an, God Most High enjoins Muslims to issue the following call to Christians (and Jews—the People of the Scripture):

Say: O People of the Scripture! Come to a common word between us and you: that we shall worship none but God, and that we shall ascribe no partner unto Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside God. And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him). (Aal ‘Imran 3:64)"


Rather than an offer of peace it amounts to a threat--the only way peace can be obtained is to bow down and worship Allah. All negotiations naturally cease when Christ's divinity is denied, and

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BELGIAN BISHOPS DEMAND WITHDRAWAL OF TV AD DEPICTING POT-BELLIED HIPPY JESUS


BRUSSELS Compiled from (AFP) and BBC — Catholic bishops in Belgium have protested a TV ad depicting a pot-bellied, hippy Jesus performing miracles and picking up scantily-clad girls up in a nightclub, a church spokesman said Friday.

The ad shows a long-haired hippy Jesus grooving along as he tries to get into a nightclub and is refused entry by the bouncers. Jesus makes the sign of the cross and sweeps aside the bouncers, shrinking them so they are left in his wake as dwarves. This Plug TV version of Jesus then drinks whisky at the bar and magically turns two brown haired frumpy women into blonde babes wearing bikini tops and red horns. The Jesus character then
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WHY ME? THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST IN YOUR LIFE



This is a very inspiring and courageous human being. He shows us that we have no excuses when we fail to evangelize. As Fr. Hardon used to say: "Evangelize, Evangelize, Evangelize--if you fail to evangelize you will not reach heaven".

MORE OFFENSIVE "ART" -- BLESSED VIRGIN MARY IN A BURKA AND HOLOGRAPHIC JESUS MORPHS INTO BIN LADEN

A controversial entry in a prestigious Australian art show features the Blessed Virgin Mary in a burka and a holographic image of Jesus that morphs into Osama Bin Laden. No doubt a further attempt by an atheist-relativist-leftist to equate Islam with Christianity.

It has raised the ire of many Australian leaders including Prime Minister John Howard who described it as "gratuitously offensive".

BUT--Surprise! Muslim leaders are not taking offense to the Blessed Virgin Mary donning a burka.

"...Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Ikebal Patel said the statue was "not at all offensive", because both the Virgin Mary and Jesus were revered figures in Islam.

"So [Mary wearing a burqa is] no different to how our mothers and sisters are expected to be modest in their dressing," he said.

On the other hand, Mr Patel said he was affronted by the image of bin Laden's face blending into that of Jesus, who is deemed a prophet in Islam.

"You have a revered prophet of Islam being equated to
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THE NAME OF JESUS-THE NAME WHICH IS ABOVE ALL NAMES


The recent advice from a dissident cleric in the Netherlands who suggested that peace between Islam and Christianity could be obtained by calling our Lord and Savior "Allah", is not only futile but wicked. While this cleric seeks to compromise the Word of God to appease the violent and heretical, God's people are perishing for lack of knowledge of the power and value of Jesus' name. God does indeed care what we call Him

St Paul tells us that "Jesus" is
"a name above all names".

And that
"in the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend in Heaven, on earth and in Hell" (Phil.2:10).

Further
"there is salvation in the Name of Jesus and...there is no salvation in any other name except that Name." (Acts 4:12.)

But why is Jesus name so powerful?

Because He is God made man. The incarnation is a mind-boggling concept that is unique to Christianity. That the Creator of Heaven and Earth would actually humble Himself to not only become one of us, but willingly sacrifice Himself to appease the Father for our transgressions is beyond comprehension without
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