Faith of Our Fathers

  • “…ideologues call sexism being treated equally to men (and perhaps being treated with more leniency). It is the tiresome tactic that the politically-correct and ideologically-possessed left always utilize when things don’t go their way. It goes something like this: “disagree with our ideology and we will call you a sexist, bigot, racist, fascist, Nazi, xenophobe, transphobe, homophobe, etc.” It is merely a tactic to create fear for expressing opposing viewpoints and to stifle any constructive dialogue…The social constructionist position promoted by the postmodernist left denies biological differences…Scientific fact is consistently being questioned to advance political agendas…Men and women should be equal under the law, albeit they are distinguishable biological beings. Wishing away sex differences, and creating imaginary narratives about the power of socialization in shaping all sex differences, is idiotic…This was all planned by the sovereign Creator, ever since the incipient moment of creation…”

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  • a new website today dedicated to providing U.S. Catholics with evidence of whether their bishop is faithful or unfaithful to perennial Church teaching. Faithful Shepherds helps hold American bishops accountable by providing years, sometimes decades, of past tweets, public speeches, sermons, actions, pastoral letters, and diocesan guidelines. Faithful Shepherds currently gives evidence of where U.S. bishops stand on ten issues: Archbishop Vigano’s testimony, Amoris Laetitia, pro-life leadership, homosexuality, abortion politics, contraception, “LGBT” ideology, liturgy, marriage and family life, and education. More will be added as new evidence is gathered…”

  • “…It is not clericalism,” says Müller, “whatever this might mean, but, rather, the turning away from the truth and moral license are the roots of the evil…The corruption of doctrine always brings about the corruption of morality and manifests itself in it,” adds the cardinal. “The severe sin against the holiness of the Church, without any remorse, is the consequence of a relativization of the dogmatic foundation of the Church. This is the real reason for the shake-up and the disappointment of millions of faithful Catholics.” In this context, Cardinal Müller points to the Protestant “reform” of the 16th century and adds a quote from a scholar who states that “the word reform covered up the heresy and the growing split of the Church…Just as then, today there is also talk about reform…reform of the curia and reform of the whole Church…The true reform is not the secularization of the Church, but the sanctification of man for God…”

  • “…long before the opening session of the Second Vatican Council, the popularity of these observances had atrophied. So why care about them now? To answer this question, we must first determine what they are. The #Ember days, which fall on a Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of the same week, occur in conjunction with the four natural seasons of the year. Autumn brings the September #Embertide (Sept. 19, 21 & 22 this year), also called the Michaelmas Embertide because of their proximity to the Feast of St. Michael… #Fasting and partial #abstinence during the #Ember days were also enjoined on the faithful from time immemorial until the 1960s…The Didache, a work so old that it may actually predate some books of the New Testament, tells us that Palestinian Christians in the first century A.D. fasted every Wednesday and Friday…” (Bishop Morlino of the Madison, Wisconsin USA diocese has called for the observation of September Embertide in his diocese, in reparation for the clergy sex abuse scandal. Any parish that celebrates weekday Latin Mass will observe these)

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  • “… #Flax burning was abrogated by Paul VI ipso facto along with the coronation rite, as part of that generation’s apparent disgust with the “detritus of imperial Rome.” Its disappearance is in complete harmony with the principles of the new liturgical order, under which the Church’s historic #penitential discipline and rites have been all but abolished as unattractive relics of medieval piety. But as the Church and her Petrine office enter deeper into this season of humiliation and repentance perhaps it is time to reconsider the fittingness of ceremonial acts of #penance . One hopes a more judicious generation will soon rediscover, in this picturesque rite borrowed from the Byzantine court, a fulsome and timely reminder that the Petrine ministry is a ministry of #repentance , an example of conversion for the whole world, founded when Christ raised the over-zealous Peter from the dung-heap of his betrayal.”

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    • Very informative. And it’s interesting to know that John XXIII committed time to participate.

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 week ago

    What NOT to Blame Clerical Sex Abuse On: Vows of celibacy and chastity; male-only priesthood; Pedophilia; secular media; priesthood today; Catholic faith

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 week ago

    3rd & 4th century Church Fathers on Sacrament of #Confession : “…Treatise on The Lapsed, AD 251: Speaking of receiving Holy Communion in a state of sin, #Cyprian taught: ‘The Apostle bears witness and says, “Whoever eats the Bread or drinks the Cup of the Lord unworthily, will be guilty of the Body and the Blood of the Lord” (1 Cor. 11:27). But they spurn and despise this warning; and before their sins are expiated, before they have made a confession of their crime, before their conscience has been purged in the ceremony and at the hand of the priest, before the offense against an angry and threatening Lord has been appeased, they do violence to his Body and Blood; and with their hands and mouth they sin against the Lord more than when they denied Him….”

  • “When an aggressive Evangelical challenges me for having a crucifix in church, one of my favorite apologetic one liners is to say, ‘We believe the Bible. Don’t you know 1 Corinthians 1:23, where Paul says, “We preach Christ and him crucified?”’ As a convert one of the stunning eye-openers was when I stopped to realize that it is only the Catholic Church (and the Eastern Orthodox) who not only preach, but venerate Christ and him crucified. We have crucifixes. Crucifixes ‘R’ Us…”

  • “…the story of Theodore #McCarrick isn’t just a story about sexual abuse. It’s about institutions and power… Without the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, we would know much less about the evil inside the church. (It is also instructive to note that authorities within the church opposed the release of this report.)… The institutional damage is done not by the abusers but by the structures that cover for them, excuse them, and advance them… It is difficult to disentangle the hundreds of cases of abuse in the church from the subject of #homosexuality … 1.6 percent of Americans identify as gay. Yet 80 percent of the abuse cases involve priests abusing other males…despite the fact that everyone wants to insist that abuse by priests has nothing to do with homosexuality, it’s strange that the people who most want to open the church sacramentally to homosexuality are the ones strenuously ignoring the abuse…”

  • Need a systematic (preferably national) process to address the impediments to being buried as a Catholic: “…The Catholic Church still officially prefers earth burial, as imitative of Jesus Christ who lay in a tomb, to cremation…the Church has always frowned on cremation, whether motivated from pagan motives (think Vikings) or materialist philosophy that denied the Resurrection of the Body (think the Enlightenment). Even though the Church tolerates cremation, it still prefers the burial of its faithful. In 2016, the Holy See issued an instruction, Ad resurgendum cum Christo, reiterating the Church’s preference for earth burial and making clear that certain increasingly common contemporary practices, such as keeping the ashes of one’s deceased at home or scattering them on beaches, at sea, or in the Grand Canyon, is incompatible with the regard a Catholic should show for the human body (which was the temple of the Holy Spirit). The most cursory survey of dioceses shows that instruction has generated neither a bang nor a whimper….”

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  • “Does your bishop allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion? Does he publicly rebuke pro-abortion politicians? If you don’t know, Faithful Shepherds is here to help. We make sure you know exactly where your bishop stands on Church teaching…and we give you the opportunity to tell him about it. In brief, Faithful Shepherds encourages bishops to be faithful to Christ. Learn More:…”

  • “…Satan’s logic is simple: if there is no heaven there is no hell; if there is no hell, then there is no sin; if there is no sin, then there is no judge, and if there is no judgment then evil is good and good is evil. But above all these descriptions, Our Lord tells us that he will be so much like Himself that he would deceive even the elect…there is no single false prophet or counterfeit church. Instead these false systems of thought have infiltrated all the Christian churches and the Catholic church is no exception. When I hear prelates talk more about saving the environment than saving souls I’m smelling sulphur. When I hear priests and prelates justifying a sexual immorality that breaks the sacrament of marriage and the natural order in the cause of “peace and mercy” I’m smelling smoke–and it ain’t incense…the only thing #Satan knows how to do is to lie. He is the Father of Lies and the Father of Flies, and where the flies gather there is already a corpse…” [Fr. Longenecker is a former Episcopal priest, now Catholic]

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  • “…People have a lot of misguided assumptions around Gregorian chant…. often assume only expert musicians can “pull off” Gregorian chant…This is the same music that was sung in thousands of ordinary parishes over thousands of years by people who not only did not know how to read music, they didn’t know how to read. #Gregorian #chant is something the ordinary parish can handle” At my own parish I sing in a men’s group called ‘Viri Galilaei’ (‘Men of Galilee’). Besides the very talented director, I am the only member with previous experience singing chant. We now have about 15 members, sing #Vespers every Wednesday evening, Vespers with Benediction every first Sunday of the month at 5 PM (using the traditional #Latin rite) and sing for an occasional ‘extra’ Traditional Latin Mass (my favorite being the annual ‘Rorate’ Mass on an early Saturday morning in #Advent ). A few of the men also sing every Wed. evening for the Latin Mass at 6 PM and join with the professional schola to sing the Propers at the Sunday 9:30 AM Solemn High Mass . Offer it, they will come…

  • “…the #Bible was copied on individual scrolls. The Old Testament was already separated into paragraphs and sections, but did not have a specific numbering system. Also, traditionally both the New and Old Testaments were transmitted orally. In particular, chanting sacred scripture was an ancient way of passing on the words of Divine Revelation to the next generation. Christians learned this method from the Jewish people, who have been chanting the words of scripture for thousands of years…The laity did not have access to any physical copies and passed on the Bible to their children from what they heard at Mass as well as through the artwork seen in paintings and church architecture. Then everything changed with Cardinal Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury in the 13th century. He divided up the Latin Vulgate into chapters, upon which all other modern Bibles have based their own numbering system. Later, it was the work of Robert Estienne, a Protestant layman in the 16th century, to further separate the Bible into verses…”

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  • “…One prayer card tucked away in one of the books said that reciting the prayer would grant 500 years’ indulgence! So, does that mean I’d get 500 years off of my time in Purgatory by saying that prayer?…There’s a common misunderstanding about time and #indulgences : When they come across old prayer books like this, people often assume the time mentioned refers to days or years spent in Purgatory. But that is not and was never the case. Let’s review the history of indulgences…”

  • “…The Church must indeed once again become a sign of contradiction. But to be such a sign, it is not sufficient for the Church simply to maintain doctrinal orthodoxy. Something more is needed: a collective recovery of the old sense of certainty of the Church’s teaching and the self-sufficiency of the Church’s spiritual resources. The world will not be converted by a Church who comes to make an alliance with its spiritual decay. It is the Church in her old garb, the garb of confidence and strength in the truth of her teaching and the gravity of spiritual error, and she alone, who will be recognized by the world as the sign of contradiction her Bridegroom long ago became and still is.”

  • “…since 2002 when all this broke, the bishops keep on coming back to the same point, pedophilia, its pedophilia, it’s pedophilia, its pedophilia. No, it’s not…this is a #homosexual problem. 86.6% (if I recall correctly) of all of the abuse cases were on post-pubescent males, and the bishops told them “no you go back, and you rewrite it and you say that it isn’t a homosexual problem.” So, they came back and said well 86.6% of this is all about post-pubescent males, but it’s not a homosexual problem; like really?… the Church recognizes that that orientation is not evil, it is the activity which is evil…The guy who is struggling and trying to live a good life is a good person with a weakness. And that is the distinction that we need to keep in mind…those are not the people that we are having a problem with. The people that we are having a problem with come from two different groups and understand there is an intentional and malicious infiltration of the Church for the purpose of destroying her from within…”

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  • “This year marks the bicentennial of Karl #Marx ’s birth, and Alexandria #OcasioCortez , the new political star in New York, is making #Marxism glamorous again…she credits her Catholic background for her devotion to it. But historically, the Catholic Church has denounced #socialism , from Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical “Rerum Novarum” to the latest Catechism of the Catholic Church to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s “Instruction on Certain Aspects of the Liberation Theology” in October 1984…The Church has repeatedly warned that socialism endangers not only the faith, but family…There are two levels on which socialism and Catholicism are antithetical. One is at the practical level of the family, and the damage socialism wreaks on it. The other is at the level of basic moral principles that shape a culture. They are necessarily connected… That anyone sees socialism as a solution, while it robs people of their individual dignity and rights, is a critical turn to a post-Christian worldview…Socialism supplants God with the State…”

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  • “…The devotion of the nine First Fridays was requested by Our Lord Himself in the revelations He made regarding His #SacredHeart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a nun of the Visitation Order who lived in France in the 17th century. These revelations precipitated a great increase of devotion to the Sacred Heart, including the establishment of the feast day that takes place on the third Friday after Pentecost…In these days of great turmoil in the Church, it is of particular urgency that we begin or renew our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the spirit of reparation…” @sacredheart8

  • “….Today, in the Catholic world (or at least in the American Catholic world), the old heresy that flourishes underground and unwittingly is that of #Marcion . Marcion taught that the God of the Old Testament (OT) and the God of the New Testament (NT) were two quite different Gods. The God of the OT…was a God of justice, and therefore it was his duty to punish the many sins of humanity with the pain and suffering we deserve…In the #Marcionite view, the God of the NT, by contrast, is a God of mercy. In keeping with his loving, merciful nature, this higher and better God does not punish sin…there are many who embrace (Marcion’s) central point, namely that the true God is a God of pure mercy, not a God of justice. The true God forgives sins, he doesn’t punish them. It’s not only Catholics who embrace this #heresy . Modern persons generally embrace it…”

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