Worth Signing

I don’t sign petitions often. There are so many, and I don’t have time to look into all the issues. This one is straightforward and important, though.

A nun was invited to speak at a Catholic school in North Caroline.She spoke largely from Theology of the Body. 

Her talk, entitled “Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift,” is based on the teachings of Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. The presentation focused on the differences between the genders, the role of the family, importance of real friendships, emotional intimacy and the impacts of contemporary culture on our concepts of sexuality. (Quoted from Women of Grace).

Needless to say, homosexuality was discussed. Some students, faculty, and parents at this Catholic school were so upset they started a petition and, 

In addition, parents called for a letter-writing campaign, sending out emails that listed the addresses of the Diocese of Charlotte, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, even the pope in the Vatican.

On April 2 there will be a school board meeting to discuss this. Rumor is the Bishop will be there. One brave student started a petition in support of the presentation given by this nun. It is important for the Bishop to understand the ramifications to the Church if a nun (or anybody else) cannot give a talk faithful to Church teachings in a Catholic school. The things she teaches need to be encouraged, not stifled.

You can send a message that it is important to uphold Catholic teachings in our schools by signing the petition. You’ll find it here. It will only take a moment.

Thank you! 

In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements. The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?
I Have A Plan!

Mystagogy is a period of further teaching for those who have entered into the Church. It typically extends from Easter to Pentecost. With that in mind, and with a URL of Mystagogy, my plan is to post every day from Easter Monday until Pentecost.

I have several ideas, but what I am mostly interested in  is what YOU want me to discuss. What do you have trouble with when talking to non-Catholics? What are the sticking points in your own faith? What do you want to learn more about? I am open to discussing a range of issues, from specifically Catholic issues to more general Christian issues.

Usually I do not keep my “Ask” open to anonymous, but from now through Pentecost I plan to open it to everybody. I will respond to questions with a regular blog post, so if you do ask with your Tumblr name, it will still remain anonymous to others. That way I can re-word in cases where I get the same question more than once or in cases where people’s questions are good but their wording is in anger.

I’ll be sending out a reminder of this a few times during Lent. I am looking forward to hearing all of your questions!

Catechism A Day: Gospel Verse Mt 19:14

… but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

The Necessity of Baptism (CCC Par 1261)

As regards children who have died without Baptism, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites for them. Indeed, the great mercy of God who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus’ tenderness toward children which caused him to say: “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them,” allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism. All the more urgent is the Church’s call not to prevent little children coming to Christ through the gift of holy Baptism.

Why Solitude? Our words can build us in faith or destroy us in negativity. The power of life and…

Why Solitude?

Our words can build us in faith or destroy us in negativity.

The power of life and death are in the tongue and each who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it (for life or death)
Proverbs 18:21

Words can carry our faith to the kingdom of God  and released angels to help us or carry our faith to the kingdom of darkness

When we speak the right words we
Can build
Encourage
Can heal

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Vatican to debate teachings on divorce, birth control, gay unions

Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times, April 30, 2014

Vatican City—Contraception, cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and same-sex unions: They’re issues that pain and puzzle Roman Catholics who want to be true to both their church and themselves.

Now those issues are about to be put up for debate by their leader, a man who appears determined to push boundaries and effect change.

On Pope Francis’ orders, the Vatican will convene an urgent meeting of senior clerics this fall to reexamine church teachings that touch the most intimate aspects of people’s lives. Billed as an “extraordinary” assembly of bishops, the gathering could herald a new approach by the church to the sensitive topics.

The run-up to the synod has been extraordinary in itself, a departure from usual practice that some say is a mark of the pope’s radical new leadership style, and a canny tactic to defuse dissent over potential reforms.

Within a few months of his election last year, Francis directed every diocese in the world to survey local attitudes on family and relationships and report back to the Vatican, a canvassing of a sort that few of the faithful can recall previously. The results are being tallied and synthesized behind the walls of the Vatican.

The exercise reflects Francis’ desire for less centralized and more responsive decision-making, mirroring his own self-described evolution from a rigid, authoritarian leader as a young man into one who consults and empathizes. His training as a Jesuit has taught the pope to cast as wide a net for information as possible, analysts say.

Taking the public temperature also brings tactical advantages. Nobody at the Vatican will be surprised to learn that vast numbers of Catholics disobey its ban on premarital sex and birth control, or that some are in gay partnerships. Setting down those realities irrefutably on paper, however, could strengthen a bid by Francis to soften the church’s official line and put pressure on bishops inclined to resist, including some in the United States and many in Asia and Africa, conservative areas where the church has been growing.

“It is telling the pope and the Vatican what they already know. But it’s what the Vatican in the past has not wanted to hear,” author and Vatican expert John Thavis said.

“It’s strategic, but it’s also a genuine effort to find out what the voice of the church really is on this,” Thavis said. “It’s very much Pope Francis who wants less of a top-down model—the bishops preaching the rules and doctrine down to the faithful—and more of a dialogue.”

Hardly anyone expects the pope to propose sweeping changes to Catholic doctrine at the synod in October despite widespread criticism that the modern world has left the church behind. Indeed, Francis has unequivocally upheld heterosexual marriage and procreation as God’s established, sanctified ideal.

But liberal reformers have been excited by the Vatican’s shift in tone under Francis. His remark regarding gays, “Who am I to judge?” has gone viral, as has his warning to the church not to obsess over “small-minded rules” and contentious subjects such as abortion.

So, although Francis almost certainly will not call for ditching the church’s policy of denying communion to Catholics who have divorced and remarried, his emphasis on pastoral care and compassion could offer local priests a work-around, with greater flexibility to address individual circumstances. That would fit with the pope’s vision of the church as a “field hospital” that triages people’s spiritual wounds rather than aggravates them.

Likewise, Thavis said, Francis has hinted that same-sex unions, though not “marriage,” could serve a practical purpose, if not a sacred one, by legally protecting the children of such relationships. This month, in an event that made headlines, the infant daughter of a lesbian couple was baptized in a cathedral in Francis’ native Argentina, apparently with the Holy See’s tacit assent.

“When he was cardinal in Buenos Aires, he really had a go at priests who wouldn’t baptize the children of single mothers,” said Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet, a Catholic weekly in Britain. “He takes it back to a human place. It’s more about the person than about sticking to the letter. He’s willing to find a way through things.”

But analysts warn that Francis’ global popularity could fuel inflated expectations of the changes he is able, or wants, to deliver.

Although he’s unquestionably the man at the top, disgruntled underlings can ignore or seek to thwart his injunctions. Conservative bishops in the U.S., most of them appointed by Francis’ conservative predecessors, have grumbled about the direction Francis is taking and oppose relaxation of traditional strictures on marriage and family, said Massimo Faggioli of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

“The Catholic Church is not a military dictatorship where, if they don’t obey, you can send the army. It’s very difficult for a pope to force bishops to do what you want them to do,” Faggioli said.

Some jockeying is already underway.

Prelates in Germany, Switzerland, parts of the U.S. and a few other jurisdictions who favor a softer line have published their survey findings to bolster the case for change. The German bishops reported that many of their parishioners view the church’s teaching on sexual morality as “unrealistic,” its prohibition on artificial contraception as “incomprehensible” and its treatment of remarried divorcees as pitiless.

That the Germans also publicized their results in English “clearly meant they were trying to influence public opinion in a worldwide manner,” said Robert Gahl, who teaches at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

The “extraordinary” synod in October is the first half of a two-phase process. Bishops will discuss the findings of the survey and air proposals to deal with them. They will then settle on new guidelines at an “ordinary” synod next year.

The two-step process should give prelates time to reflect and adjust to reforms proposed by Francis, author Thavis said.

But the pope would need to tread carefully, maintaining a tricky balancing act between ordinary Catholics who desperately want change and those among their leaders who spurn it.

“The pope is the pope, and I think we can expect that even more conservative bishops will listen to what he says,” Thavis said. “In the end, it comes down to a policy that could be changed without causing people to leave the church or causing people to slam the door on the way out of the synod.”

I know that a lot of people who may read this may be Atheist and I respect your choice and I agree with you more then people of my own religion. I don’t really like to share my religious views but there is just something I would like to say. I’m sorry if you don’t agree with me but honestly I don’t care.

So this girl I overheard talking the other day said “OMG! Gay people are so gross! It’s a sin to be gay! God doesn’t love gay people and neither do I!" First of all, mother fucker shut your god damn mouth before I do it for you. Secondly this statement drives me crazy! Doesn’t God love all people? And let’s say we go with the being gay is a sin, okay so doesn’t God love sinners? Didn’t he give us the free will so we can do what ever we want in life. If we want to be gay then good for us, God’s cool with that. He knew that some of us would want to like someone else of the same sex one day and if He wouldn’t have wanted us to do that then he would not have given us free will to be able to make the choice to be gay. 

I’m sorry but I had to say this

Catechism A Day: Gospel Verse Lk 1:42

"Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.."

In communion with the holy Mother of God (CCC Pars 2676/2682)

Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. After the angel’s greeting, we make Elizabeth’s greeting our own. “Filled with the Holy Spirit,” Elizabeth is the first in the long succession of generations who have called Mary “blessed.” “Blessed is she who believed… ” Mary is “blessed among women” because she believed in the fulfillment of the Lord’s word. Abraham. because of his faith, became a blessing for all the nations of the earth. Mary, because of her faith, became the mother of believers, through whom all nations of the earth receive him who is God’s own blessing: Jesus, the “fruit of thy womb.”

Lent!

Hello friends! So this Lent, one of my resolutions is to blog every day about  one of the Church’s billion and a half teachings, because two people told me I should write more about this stuff. So I’m assuming it’s a God-approved thing, not a look-at-me thing, and also I’ll be citing a LOT of sources. Lately I’ve been reading and taking notes on as much as I can on topics ranging from marriage to woman/manhood to evangelization to Mary to the Sacraments to the culture of death and anything else you could imagine. I’ve been so excited about learning all of this stuff about my Church and my faith, and maybe it’s time to help others learn as well, in my small and highly imperfect way. So, I guess let me know if there’s anything in particular you want to learn about?

"Doe Vs Bolton" The "Icing On The Cake " of "Roe Vs Wade"(01/22/1973)

Whenever one hears of “Roe Versus Wade”, one almost forgets “Doe Versus Bolton.”  Both Cases were to be read together. Justice Harry Blackmun wrote the Decision for The Supreme Court of the United States, basing everything on Amendments to the US…

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