Pope: Church Cannot Seek Converts…

Pope: Church Cannot Seek Converts...

Never before in the history of Christian-Jewish relations have a Pope and a Rabbi celebrated their friendship by living in the Vatican together for several days, sharing all meals, including on two Jewish festivals and the Sabbath at which the Rabbi said prayers in Hebrew, and discussing what more they can do together to promote dialogue and peace in the world.

That is what actually happened over the past four days at the Vatican guesthouse (Santa Marta) where Pope Francis lives and where his friend from Buenos Aires, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, has been his guest from September 25 to this day.

“I eat with him at breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. He cares for me, and controls everything regarding my food to makes sure it is all kosher, and according to my religious tradition. These are festive days, and I have to say certain prayers at meals and, I expand the last prayer and translate it. He accompanies me together with the others at table -his secretaries and a bishop, and they all say ‘Amen’ at the end”, the Rabbi said.

By acting in this way, the Pope and Rabbi are sending an extraordinary message of friendship, dialogue and peace not only to their respective religious communities but also to the whole world. And they plan to do even more together, Rabbi Skorka revealed when we talked together at Santa Marta, on September 27.

He and the Pope are planning to travel together to the Holy Land next year. The Israeli and Palestinian authorities have invited Pope Francis, and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew1, wants him to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting of his predecessor, Athenagoras, with Paul VI in the Holy City…

“We come together without burying our identities. I spoke to him about evangelization, and he stated emphatically that the Catholic Church cannot engage in proselytism”, he said.

Click on the picture to read the entire report. And then tell us your thoughts. Me? I’m fresh out of words to describe Pope Francis. TV and radio news broadcasts today announced his intention of canonising both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. I mean, what’s the editor of Catholic Truth to say that she’s not already said – loud and clear?

Over to you, folks…

Church in Scotland – A Tragic End…

The video below actually came to me from the Holy Family Apostolate in Edinburgh, as a PowerPoint slide show. Our webmaster managed to get it into video format for use on this blog, but, unfortunately, without the music. The music served to underline the tragic poignancy of the pictures of this once beautiful Catholic church in the Scottish diocese of Paisley, St Joseph’s, Lochwinnoch (which actually borders Galloway and Paisley) now in ruins. No slip of the keyboard there: both the parish church at Lochwinnoch and the diocesan churches across Scotland lie in ruins. If you think differently, of course, tell us.

Acknowledgement to the Holy Family Apostolate in Edinburgh, for sending us the original, very moving, power-point presentation.

Catholic Schools In Ireland No More…

 Catholic Schools In Ireland No More...

Strange things are afoot in Ireland. It has been announced that from 2014, all children in the rapidly expanding multi-denominational school sector will be taught atheism in a course based on books like Richard Dawkins’ The Magic of Reality. This is the first ever atheist curriculum in Ireland, and – like it or loathe it – it is groundbreaking.

Click on picture of shamrock to read the rest of the article.

Quito – Prophecies For Our Times…

Quito - Prophecies For Our Times...

Our Lady of Good Success was quite clear on what would be the demise of the Catholic Church (in 20th century) — the general theme–a lax and perverse clergy. Certain members of the Catholic clergy would become as thieves stealing that Tabernacle light…thieves that would steal what is rightfully ours by virtue of our baptism in the Catholic Church—our Faith. They would rob us of Doctrine, Dogma and Tradition—ransacking the Church as it were leaving us in total darkness without even as much as the light of the Sanctuary Lamp (which signifies the presence of the Holy Eucharist—Jesus Christ, Himself). Our Lady of Good Success went into great detail to explain what the five reasons were for the extinguishing of the light.

The first reason why the lamp was snuffed out was because in the end of the 19th Century and the 20th Century, heresies would prevail not only in Ecuador but universally. “As these heresies spread and dominate, the precious light of Faith will be extinguished in souls by the almost total corruption of customs.” (8)

The second reason was that in these times the Conceptionist Community would shrink and even be infected with bad attitudes and false charity as a result of the pervading situation of the Church at the time. Many vocations would be lost as a direct result. “The faithful souls would suffer a continuous and slow martyrdom, weeping in secret and imploring that such dire times be shortened.” (9)

The third reason the lamp failed was due to the fact that during this century a worldwide campaign against the virtues of chastity, and purity would succeed in ruining the youth. Our Lady of Good Success affirmed, “There will be almost no virgin souls in the world”(10)

The fourth reason the lamp was put out was to demonstrate how the Masonic and other secret sects would have so much influence on society and even the Church. “During these unfortunate times,” she foretold, “evil will invade childhood innocence. In this way, vocations to the priesthood will be lost, resulting in a true calamity.” (11)

Our Lady of Good Success could foresee that there would still be some good, faithful religious that would be willing to suffer all for the salvation of souls and sustenance of the Holy Catholic Church. “The secular clergy will leave much to be desired because priests will become careless in their sacred duties. Lacking the divine compass, they will stray from the road traced by God for the priestly ministry, and they will become attached to wealth and riches, which they will unduly strive to attain. How the Church will suffer during this dark night! Lacking a prelate and a father to guide them …many priests will lose their spirit, placing their souls in great danger.” (12)

The poor priestly souls that would be left to uphold the Church would suffer greatly.

“Against them the impious will rage a cruel war, overwhelming them with vituperations, calumnies and vexations in order to stop them from fulfilling their ministry. But they, like firm columns, will remain unswerving and will confront everything with a spirit of humility and sacrifice with which they will be vested, by virtue of the infinite merits of my most Holy Son, Who will love them in the innermost fibres of His Most Holy and Tender Heart.(13)

Our Lady of Good Success implored that the people of this time should “clamour insistently” to the Heavenly Father for an end to ‘these ominous times’ sending to the Church a prelate and father who would restore the spirit to the priests”. (14)

The fifth reason the lamp went out was due to those who have the financial means to help the Church but do nothing. Because of their uncaring attitude toward God and His Church, they would have allowed evil to seemingly triumph.

Due to the extreme wickedness that Mother Mariana saw in these visions of our era, she fainted and remained unconscious for two days. The doctor, unable to revive her, expected her death to be at hand. But Mother Mariana miraculously awoke and returned to health to live another year.

So important was this message for the world that Mother Mariana’s last thoughts were of this devotion and the message of Our Lady of Good Success. Recorded in Mother Mariana’s Last Will and Testament she stated:  “While the Divine Master hung from that shameful gibbet of the Cross with His life slowly ebbing away amidst almost infinite pain and torment, He spoke the fourth word or testament which He bequeathed to mankind by giving us His own Mother for our mother. He thus addressed the Virgin, saying ‘Woman, behold thy son,’ the beloved disciple. And turning to him said, ‘Behold thy Mother.’ ……: Behold your Heavenly Mother, Mary Most Holy of Good Success. She will always give you good success.”

Click on the picture to read the entire article…

Archbishop Leo Cushley, new Archbishop of St Andrew’s & Edinburgh: there’s no crisis in the Church in Scotland…

Archbishop Leo Cushley, new Archbishop of St Andrew's & Edinburgh: there's no crisis in the Church in Scotland...

The new Catholic Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh has been consecrated at a ceremony in Edinburgh…

Speaking to the BBC last week, Archbishop Cushley said he did not believe the cardinal (O’Brien) would or should return to Scotland.

But he denied that the Catholic Church in Scotland was in crisis in the wake of the scandal.

He added: “I think the fundamentals are very solid, very sound, but I can’t deny there are important issues that I’m going to have to deal with.” Click on the photo to read the rest of this BBC report.

Then reflect:

According to Edinburgh’s new Archbishop, there’s no crisis in the Church in Scotland. That’s a relief. Either that, or it’s a classic case of “being in denial”, as all the best psychiatrists say…

Personally, I doubt there will be any noticeable change for the better within the Catholic Church in Scotland in the foreseeable future – what do you think?

Pope Francis in conversation with Jesuit priest: I have never been a right-winger…

Pope Francis in conversation with Jesuit priest: I have never been a right-winger...

Click on the photo of Pope Francis to read an “exclusive interview” conducted by a Jesuit priest. The link came to me in an email from a reader down south, with the short and to the point message “Guess you’ve seen this – shocking in parts”

Well, I hadn’t seen it, so thanks for the alert. Another reader emailed a link to The Telegraph, which he described as being “full of Pope Francis” – seems he is very popular with the media, our new pontiff, if not with Catholics of any level of “traditional” leaning. We are increasingly concerned for the health and well-being of the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church.

Are we right to be concerned?

Should Catholics Vote for Scottish Independence?

Should Catholics Vote for Scottish Independence?

The campaigns have devised their sound-bites, booked the billboards, posed for their team photos, and printed off millions of leaflets.

Today, the marathon run up to the referendum on Scottish independence marks one year to go until voters get a chance to have their say on the biggest decision the nation has ever faced.

First Minister Alex Salmond last night described it as a “once in a generation” event.

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore went one further and described it as “once in a lifetime”. Both agreed that it was undeniably “historic”.

Click on photo to read entire Scotsman Newspaper article.

Today marks the beginning of the campaign to get our votes. So how should we vote on September 18th 2014 – should Catholics vote for Scottish independence? Are there any “Catholic” issues?