On Recovering Our Dignity

 

Life is always a good.
This is an instinctive perception and a fact of experience,
and man is called to grasp the profound reason why this is so.
Why is life a good?
—POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II,
Evangelium Vitae, 34

 

WHAT happens to people’s minds when their culture — a culture of death — informs them that human life is not only disposable but apparently an existential evil to the planet? What happens to the psyche of children and young adults who are repeatedly told that they are just a random by-product of evolution, that their existence is “overpopulating” the earth, that their “carbon footprint” is ruining the planet? What happens to seniors or the ill when they are told that their health issues are costing the “system” too much? What happens to youth who are encouraged to reject their biological sex? What happens to one’s self-image when their worth is defined, not by their inherent dignity but by their productivity?Continue reading

The Labor Pains: Depopulation?

 

THERE is a mysterious passage in the Gospel of John where Jesus explains that some things are too difficult to be revealed yet to the Apostles.

I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth… he will declare to you the things that are to come. (John 16:12-13)

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Living John Paul II’s Prophetic Words

 

“Walk as children of light … and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness”
(Eph 5:8, 10-11).

In our present social context, marked by a
dramatic struggle between the “culture of life” and the “culture of death”…
the urgent need for such a cultural transformation is linked
to the present historical situation,
it is also rooted in the Church’s mission of evangelization.
The purpose of the Gospel, in fact, is
“to transform humanity from within and to make it new”.
—John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, “The Gospel of Life”, n. 95

 

JOHN PAUL II’s “Gospel of Life” was a powerful prophetic warning to the Church of an agenda of the “powerful” to impose a “scientifically and systematically programmed… conspiracy against life.” They act, he said, like “The Pharaoh of old, haunted by the presence and increase… of the current demographic growth.[1]Evangelium, Vitae, n. 16, 17

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Footnotes

Footnotes
1 Evangelium, Vitae, n. 16, 17

Schism, You Say?

 

SOMEONE asked me the other day, “You are not leaving the Holy Father or the true magisterium, are you?” I was startled by the question. “No! what gave you that impression??” He said he wasn’t sure. So I reassured him that schism is not on the table. Period.

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Novum

 

See, I am doing something new!
Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
In the wilderness I make a way,
in the wasteland, rivers.
(Isaiah 43:19)

 

I HAVE pondered a lot of late about the trajectory of certain elements of the hierarchy toward a false mercy, or what I wrote about a few years ago: an Anti-Mercy. It is the same false compassion of so-called wokism, where in order to “accept others”, everything is to be accepted. The lines of the Gospel are blurred, the message of repentance is ignored, and the liberating demands of Jesus are dismissed for the saccharine compromises of Satan. It seems as if we are finding ways to excuse sin rather than repent of it.Continue reading

The Most Important Homily

 

Even if we or an angel from heaven
should preach to you a gospel
other than the one that we preached to you,
let that one be accursed!
(Gal 1:8)

 

THEY spent three years at the feet of Jesus, listening carefully to His teaching. When He ascended into Heaven, He left them a “great commission” to “make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt 28:19-20). And then He sent them the “Spirit of truth” to infallibly guide their teaching (Jn 16:13). Hence, the first homily of the Apostles would no doubt be seminal, setting the direction of the entire Church… and world.

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The Great Fissure

 

Nihil innovetur, nisi quod traditum est
“Let there be no innovation beyond what has been handed down.”
—POPE Saint Stephen I (+ 257)

 

THE Vatican’s permission for priests to dole out blessings for same-sex “couples” and those in “irregular” relationships has created a deep fissure within the Catholic Church.

Within days of its announcement, nearly entire continents (Africa), bishops’ conferences (eg. Hungary, Poland), cardinals, and religious orders rejected the self-contradictory language in Fiducia supplicans (FS). According to a press release this morning from Zenit, “15 Episcopal Conferences from Africa and Europe, plus around twenty dioceses worldwide, have prohibited, limited, or suspended the application of the document in the diocesan territory, highlighting the existing polarization around it.”[1]Jan 4, 2024, Zenit A Wikipedia page following opposition to Fiducia supplicans currently counts rejections from 16 bishops’ conferences, 29 individual cardinals and bishops, and seven congregations and priestly, religious, and lay associations. Continue reading

Footnotes

Footnotes
1 Jan 4, 2024, Zenit

A Watchman’s Warning

 

DEAR brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. I want to leave you on a more positive note, despite this most troubling week. It’s in the short video below that I recorded last week, but never sent out to you. It’s a most apropos message for what has transpired this week, but is a general message of hope. But I also want to be obedient to the “now word” the Lord has been speaking all week. I will be brief…Continue reading

Have We Turned a Corner?

 

Note: Since publishing this, I have added some supporting quotes from authoritative voices as responses around the world continue to roll out. This is too crucial a subject for the collective concerns of the Body of Christ to not be heard. But the framework of this reflection and arguments remain unchanged. 

 

THE news shot across the globe like a missile: “Pope Francis approves allowing Catholic priests to bless same-sex couples” (ABC News). Reuters declared: “Vatican approves blessings for same-sex couples in landmark ruling.” For once, the headlines weren’t twisting the truth, even though there’s more to the story… Continue reading