Faith of Our Fathers

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

    “…Fr Martin’s charge that straight employees are not removed from their jobs at Catholic institutions for breaking their employment contract over matters of sexual #morality is simply wrong. The comments on his Twitter feed provide multiple examples of heterosexual employees being fired for breaking their contract by giving bad #moral example and violating Catholic morality… all sins are not the same because some are formal and public while others are private and informal… Therefore, from a Catholic point of view, if the #marriage is in any way illicit, they are saying, “We know what we are doing. We know it is wrong. We are making this formal and public, and we intend to stay in this sinful condition for the rest of our lives.” In that respect their action is formal, public and irreformable unless they repudiate their decision and change their life. This second aspect of the objection therefore applies to both heterosexual couples who remarry after divorce as well as to #homosexual persons who attempt to marry…”

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  • Read the #Bible in one year with daily readings in your choice of five patterns: Beginning to End, Chronological, Historical, New/Old Testament, or Old/New Testament. You can read the Bible in one year with one of these Bible reading plans in over 50 translations.
    Start Scripture reading on the 1st or 15th of any month, or choose any date to customize your plan. Reading the Bible in one year is easier than you think when you follow a schedule!
    (I’m following the chronological plan, using the New Revised Standard translation. The plan does not include the additional 7 books found in the #Septuagint –and included in all Christian Bibles until these 7 were deleted by Martin Luther–so I’ll read those when the plan is about to start the New Testament.)

  • “…Let’s clear up a major misconception people have about the Dead Sea Scrolls: they are not Christian documents, although their composition overlaps with the life and times of Jesus and the early Church (they were generally composed between the third century B.C. and first century A.D.). However, they do show us what many Jews who were roughly contemporaneous with Jesus believed about the coming messianic age. These beliefs were expectations that were common to many Jews of Jesus’ day. When we read the scrolls through this lens, we see many points of contact between what the authors of the scrolls expected of the Messiah and Jesus’ own words and deeds…”

  • “Several important new studies on the serious risks to young women for #depression and #suicide from the use of #hormonal #contraceptives should be presented to male youth and adults who are considering or who are using #hormones in preparation for sexual reassignment surgery…A 2017 retrospective review of 201 #transgender patients aged between 18 and 64 revealed that overall, 95 percent of them were prescribed hormones…These new research findings may also explain, in part, the elevated risk of depression and markedly increased risk of #suicide after sexual reassignment surgery (SRS)… a twofold to threefold increased risk of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety disorder, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, self-harm without lethal intent, and both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment…’ #genderDysphoria treatment should not be directed at the body as with surgery and hormones any more than one treats obesity-fearing anorexic patients with liposuction’…” #NaturalLaw

  • “…figures from 2012, when one in five adults over age 25 had never married (a record high), predict that by the time those unmarrieds reach their mid-40s (the end of most women’s childbearing years), a full 25 percent of them won’t have found spouses, even for the most short-lived of conjugal unions. Grace’s story suggests why… in promoting a “ #sexualRevolution ” that has all but destroyed any Judeo-Christian notions about the sacrality of #sex and its connection to lifelong commitment and child-bearing, we have told Grace and the other women of her generation that there is nothing wrong with becoming carnally entangled with a man you hardly know, and then becoming beside yourself with vengeful anger because the experience turned out not to be as pleasurable and emotionally fulfilling as the sexual revolutionists said it would be…”

  • School shootings: “The cause of all of this is America’s war on God, America’s war on life, on #family …The schools have become moral-free, God-free zones. And how did they get this way?…Without Christ, without His visible Church, without His voice in society, without His law, there’s only chaos and more chaos…”

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 2 days ago

    “…If we simply stop to look and contemplate, the beauty of the world becomes a mirror by which we see more clearly how graced the world really is…Even the most inspiring surroundings can become ordinary without an interior life. By contrast, even the most mundane surroundings can blaze forth in glory with it. Squirrels and ants are every bit as interesting as grizzly bears and elephants, and a suburban front porch every bit as conducive to contemplation as is a Cape Cod beach.…Whatever the surroundings or circumstances, whether we’re in the suburbs, the city, or the countryside, there is always an inner mystery to contemplate.”

  • “…Women’s rights changed once Jesus Christ preached the Good News… many of the early converts were #women who then converted suitors, husbands and sons. St. Cecilia is one example. Since the earliest days of the Church, Catholics have been taught that women have a dignity equal to that of men and that all of us are created in the image and likeness of God. Catholicism’s respect for women is not a relic of the past, it is today’s objectification of women which is on the wrong side of history… numerous women are honored in the years immediately following Christ’s ascension into Heaven, including Priscilla (Acts 18:2-3, 26; Rom 16:3), Lydia (Acts 16:13-15, 40), Phoebe (Rom 16:1-2), Eunice and Lois (2 Tim 1:5; 3:15). This alone should be considered amazing, since there are Apostles who suffered torture and brutal deaths to build the Kingdom of God, but were barely named in Scripture…In Catholicism, equality does not try to masquerade as “the same”, it celebrates the unique differences of each person as best explained through St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body…”

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  • Cardinal Cupich and Lack of Clarity “…There have indeed been #paradigm shifters in Christology, but there have been no Doctors of the Church among them, and none has been salubrious in the annals of grace. To skim the surface, they have included Arius, Nestorius, Priscillian, Montanus, Mohammed, Waldo, Luther, Calvin, Jansen, Joseph Smith and Phineas Quimby who coached Mrs. Eddy….Cardinal #Cupich has cited Newman on conscience to represent the very opposite of what Newman lived and exhausted himself to declare: that conscience must be informed by the Holy Ghost and not left to wander about like a ghost of the subjective human ego, validating uninformed impulses. In his ‘Letter to the Duke of Norfolk’, #Newman distinguished between the operation of conscience and the exercise of private judgment. Such distinctions may be too delicate for hasty doctors of theology, but they are matters for which men were made martyrs. Errors must not be the template for the formation of consciences…”

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  • “Back in my New York days, when I was the greenest of greenhorns, I used to watch the three card monte players around Times Square…The red—that was RIGHT THERE—was no longer there. It was palmed by the con man running the game who would then pocket your twenty and goad you into going again.
    The Seamless Garment is a little like that. The political left in the Church says let’s include all these other issues in with abortion. Let’s include the minimum wage, and the environment, and disarmament, and gun control, open borders, and whatever other liberal shibboleth they are peddling this year. This will mean we are consistent because all of these are life issues. Pick the red. Pick the red. The funny thing you end up seeing is that the political left never really gets around to abortion. Or they won’t get to the heart of the matter—that is, stopping abortion—but would rather talk about other issues they say reduce the need for #abortion . But when it comes to straight up votes to stop abortion, well, that’s divisive and partisan and we can’t have that…”

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  • “…when it comes to #sex , Catholics often get a bad rap. Many people look at our beliefs about sex, specifically our belief that it should be reserved for #marriage , and conclude that we are simply puritans who think it’s dirty and needs to be limited as much as possible. However, this is about as far from the truth as you can get. We don’t believe that sex is bad or dirty; rather, we believe that sex should be reserved for marriage because it’s great. In fact, Catholics view sex as #sacred , so we actually have a much higher opinion of it than the secular world does…”

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

    Informed Conscience “…There are some who believe that the Church should #respect the #consciences of people, even if that means that they live in opposition to or distant from her teachings. Exactly what “respect” means in this context is debatable, but too often it means affirming people in their erroneous conclusions.…Too many people today have reduced the #conscience to a mere “sense” of what is right or wrong. Even worse, some believe that whatever they think or feel is directed by their conscience. Thus, a person might say, “My conscience tells me that what the Scriptures or the Church solemnly teaches on ‘X’ is wrong or is outdated and no longer applies.” In so doing he acts as if his conscience is an authority that can overrule even Divine Law. None of this is even close to what conscience really is in the Christian and Catholic understanding…”

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

    #Transubstantiation “…the whole substance of the bread and wine becomes the body and blood of Christ… In nature, however, every substantial conversion (rearrangement of bonds) also causes an accidental conversion (change in physical and chemical properties). This is not so in transubstantiation, which is why the new word was adopted. Transubstantiation is a conversion to a new substance, but it is unlike any natural conversion… the atoms and molecules continue doing their thing, just as they are, completely unaffected, as if nothing miraculous had happened at all. There is no chemical reaction and no accompanying physical change. The consecration breaks no chemical bonds and synthesizes no new ones. But the substance is converted anyway! And that is the uniqueness… They change in full form by pure being. This is a mystery*…” *In the most ancient versions of the Roman Canon/’Eucharistic Prayer I’, the words “this is the Chalice of My Blood, of the new and eternal testament” are followed by the words “mysterium fidei”/’a mystery of faith’. In the 1969 Mass these words were relocated as the introduction to the novel “memorial acclamation”.

  • #Parolin ’s #Paradigm Shift: Division or Development? “…since the close of the Biblical revelation, #doctrine develops, it doesn’t do sudden paradigm shifts. In the fifth chapter of his famous essay, Bl Cardinal Newman’s essay delineates the necessary factors of proper #development of doctrine as opposed to the corruption of doctrine… authentic development is organic and it leads to consolidation, assimilation and unity. #AmorisLetitia has led to fracture…’…This fragmentation is not Catholic. Catholicism means one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and unity is one of the four distinctive marks of the Church. That unity means that the Church embodies the principle of non-contradiction, such that a grave sin on the Polish side of the Oder River can’t be a source of grace on the German side of the border…’…”

  • “…The first accelerant here is the birth control #pill , approved by the FDA in 1963…The second accelerant is the legalization of #abortion on demand in 1973… Modern #contraception and legalized abortion changed not only behavior, but also attitudes. Around the world, social tolerance of non-marital #sex in all its forms has risen…If the foundation of the revolution was the availability of cheap, reliable birth control, why the unprecedented rise in both abortions and pregnancies outside of marriage?… contraceptives do not work as advertised… abortion and unplanned pregnancies have both proliferated, despite contraception… it has become harder to have what most women say they want: #marriage and a family…a diminished incentive for men to marry, due to the flooded sexual marketplace of potential partners…”

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    • And we’ve been reaping the bitter fruit ever since with a trail of broken hearts and broken families. We’ll never learn…..

  • “… Unlike what we see and read and hear every day, happiness isn’t found in improving our lives and seeking our benefit. The Catholic Church teaches that happiness is found in seeking to improve the lives of others, through a sacrificial donation of self…”

  • There is no love without truth. “…Over the past few weeks, a number of senior voices in the leadership of the Church in Germany have suggested (or strongly implied) support for the institution of a Catholic blessing rite for same-sex couples who are civilly married or seeking civil marriage…any such ‘blessing rite’ would cooperate in a morally forbidden act, no matter how sincere the persons seeking the blessing. Such a rite would undermine the Catholic witness on the nature of #marriage and the family. It would confuse and mislead the faithful. And it would wound the unity of our Church, because it could not be ignored or met with silence.
    Why would a seemingly merciful act pose such a problem? Blessing persons in their particular form of life effectively encourages them in that state — in this case, same-sex sexual unions…”

  • “…for all the claims of ‘settled science,’ there is still much that is controversial in #evolution , which contains truth, but also much that is misleading, or, perhaps missing…we will focus briefly on two aspects left open by Darwin’s theory: First, presuming species can change, how far does this change go, and is there any limit to their mutability? Second, how does evolution apply to Man, a question that #Darwin himself raised…The primary problem with the theory is not so much the scientific difficulties of its more extreme varieties, of which there are any number (both difficulties and varieties), but the metascientific or, more properly, the metaphysical ones…whatever the theory of evolution implies about the production of animal and even human bodies, we should hold on to the deeper spiritual truth of what being ‘created’ really means…at the end of the day, or more properly the end of own lives, where we are going is far more important than whence we came.”

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