Catholics MUST Be Pro-Life – Action!

This thread is dedicated to sharing news about pro-life issues. 

Where possible, we suggest that bloggers make and respond to calls to action in defence of the unborn child – whether that entails emailing MPs or supporting various vigils etc.  

Try not to simply post a link to news – publish an extract and/or make a suggestion about possible action, that will encourage readers to click your  link. 

Among all the crimes which can be committed against life, procured abortion has characteristics making it particularly serious and deplorable. The Second Vatican Council defines abortion, together with infanticide, as an “unspeakable crime”.54

But today, in many people’s consciences, the perception of its gravity has become progressively obscured. The acceptance of abortion in the popular mind, in behaviour and even in law itself, is a telling sign of an extremely dangerous crisis of the moral sense, which is becoming more and more incapable of distinguishing between good and evil, even when the fundamental right to life is at stake. Given such a grave situation, we need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name, without yielding to convenient compromises or to the temptation of self-deception. In this regard the reproach of the Prophet is extremely straightforward: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness” (Is 5:20). Especially in the case of abortion there is a widespread use of ambiguous terminology, such as “interruption of pregnancy”, which tends to hide abortion’s true nature and to attenuate its seriousness in public opinion. Perhaps this linguistic phenomenon is itself a symptom of an uneasiness of conscience. But no word has the power to change the reality of things: procured abortion is the deliberate and direct killing, by whatever means it is carried out, of a human being in the initial phase of his or her existence, extending from conception to birth.

The moral gravity of procured abortion is apparent in all its truth if we recognize that we are dealing with murder... Pope John Paul II: Evangelium Vitae –  on the Value and Inviolability, of Human Life #58  [Emphasis added]
Click here to read the entire encyclical 

13 March: Ecumenical Scandal In Vatican – An Urgent Call To Reparation!

Once again The Fatima Center’s Rapid Response Team has been mobilized to defend the Faith and make reparation for the latest planned sacrilege scheduled to take place within the very heart of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis smiles with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the end of vespers prayers at the monastery church of San Gregorio al Celio in Rome, on October 5, 2016.

The Vatican is allowing an unprecedented ecumenical prayer service scheduled for March 13, 2017 in Saint Peter’s Basilica, where members of the Anglican church will have a prayer service at the altar of the Chair of St. Peter (symbolic of his primacy and universal jurisdiction). March 13 is the anniversary of Pope Francis’ election as the Successor of St. Peter – yet the Anglican church (the Church of England) was established for the express purpose of usurping papal authority.

Such “ecumenical gatherings” are forbidden and condemned by the constant teaching of the Church because these events expose Catholics to false doctrine and practice, and also imply to non-Catholic participants that there is no need to convert to the one true Church for salvation.

The dogma, extra Ecclesiam nulla salus – “outside the Church there is no salvation” is firmly rooted in the teaching of Holy Scripture, the unanimous agreement of the Church Fathers, the ancient Creeds, and the infallible definitions of Councils and Popes.

Our Fatima Center team will be defending the Faith, distributing our newest leaflet – Ecumenical Madness: Anglican “Vespers” at the Vatican – while doing atonement for this latest and most offensive yet of assaults against Christ’s true Church, coming from within the very heart of the Church.

Please keep our staff members in your prayers and more important, please plan to pray extra Rosaries and Hail Marys in reparation for this planned desecration.  Source

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Distribution of “Ecumenical Madness” leaflet in Rome – Rapid Response Team

Why Catholics are not protesting this Desecration

Coming Desecration of St Peter’s Basilica

Comment:

Catholic Truth received the following email on the above scandal today, with a suggestion for reparation, which we recommend to all our bloggers and readers…

Dear Reverend Fathers and friends,

Tomorrow evening, Choral Evensong (Anglican Evening Prayer) will be sung in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome by an Anglican choir. Recent occurrences of ‘Common Prayer’ between the Holy Father and those belonging to heretic communions have taken place in Lund and recently in the Anglican congregation in Rome. We have seen disturbing images of Justin Welby co-blessing a congregation along with the Holy Father and Bishops of the Church being symbolically sent forth in pairs with Anglican ‘bishops.’ This time, the false ecumenism and joint prayer, the kind of which has been denounced by the Popes, is to take place in the very panting heart of Rome.

As an act of reparation and for the conversion of all of mankind to the one true faith, I would like to invite you to pray Vespers (Catholic Evening Prayer) in your homes tomorrow evening at a time that is convenient. If Vespers is very new to you, perhaps you could pray the Rosary instead.

Feel free to use a familiar form or click this link that will take you to Vespers tomorrow which is in an easy to follow format. 

Click this link and then click Vesperae. The English will be on the right half of the screen.

O God, who guidest that which is gone astray, and gatherest that which is scattered, and keepest that which is gathered together; we beseech thee, mercifully pour forth upon the Christian people the grace of Thy unity; that they may reject the spirit of dissension and unite themselves to the true Shepherd of Thy Church, and may thus be enabled to serve Thee worthily. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen. (Roman Missal)

Indulgence of 3 years. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions if recited devoutly every day for a month.(S.P.Ap.,Nov 22 19 34), The Raccolta.

In Jesus,Mary and Joseph,

A Teacher, Glasgow 

 

SSPX – Is Pope Francis A Heretic?

Discussing the question of Pope Francis’ possible heresy in the context of Amoris Laetitia, Fr Gleize, SSPX, writes…

To use the words of Saint Pius X himself from the encyclical Pascendi, the proponents of the new moral theology proceed with such refined skill that they easily take advantage of unwary minds. They promote heresy while giving the appearance of remaining Catholic.

“Promoting heresy”: this corresponds to the theological note that Archbishop Lefebvre believed he had to use in order to characterize the harmfulness of the Novus Ordo Missae .

“This rite in itself does not profess the Catholic Faith as clearly as the old Ordo Missae and consequently it may promote heresy….What is astonishing is that an Ordo Missae that smacks of Protestantism and therefore favens haeresim [is promoting heresy] could be promulgated by the Roman Curia.” (Mgr Lefebvre et le Saint-Office”, Itinéraires 233 – May 1979, p. 146-1-47).

Without prejudice to any better opinion, we willingly had recourse to it in order to describe the major problem posed today for the conscience of Catholics by the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia.


Editor’s note
 

Fr. Gleize’s precise distinction will surprise more than one. In short, it seems that Pope Francis cannot be considered heretical, since none of the ambiguous statements in Amoris laetitia constitute “a rejection or contradiction of a truth that is not only revealed but also proposed as such by an infallible act of the ecclesiastical Magisterium.”

However, in the popular use of the word “heretical,” one who acts and talks in such a way that he encourages evil and favors heresy is considered heretical. “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck!” The popular expression is not a precise theological judgment; it is rather a common way of designating persons or ideas at odds with the deposit of faith.

The theological expression which can be properly applied to Pope Francis instead of “heretical” is favens haeresim or “promoting heresy.”

That does not change that the fact that the Holy Father is ambiguous in his declarations, refusing to clarify them, and – far from correcting evil- promotes it by practical disposition. It is what Fr. Gleize calls “the scandal of praxis.” Click here to read entire article

Comment

There’s really nothing new in the above article, nothing that we haven’t already discussed and concluded on this blog in past discussions, but since repetition is the mother of education, and with continued questioning of the status of Pope Francis, I thought it might be worthwhile revising the key points. Which part of the article do you find most useful – the commentary on the dubia? The definitions? The conclusion? What then? 

Scottish Government To Impose Named Person Scheme – And Too Bad About The Will of the Scottish People!

Controversial plans to bring in a “named person” for every child in Scotland have been delayed for a second time as the Scottish Government announced it will bring in new legislation on how and when information on youngsters should be shared. Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney [pictured] said the proposed new laws would be brought before Holyrood before the end of June. That would allow for a timetable to be drawn up to bring in the named-person service – which will appoint a single point of contact, such as a teacher or health visitor, to look out for the welfare of all children up to the age of 18 – in 2018. The announcement of new legislation comes after campaigners against the scheme brought a successful challenge to the UK Supreme Court. Judges there ruled last year that elements of the policy were ‘’incompatible’’ with the right to privacy and family life as set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)…

Conservative MSP Liz Smith asked Mr Swinney why the scheme was going ahead and not being abolished entirely. “Every single opinion poll that has been conducted on the named-person policy shows that a majority of the public and a very large number of the practitioners who you mentioned in your statement do not want named persons,” she said. Read entire report here

Comment:

Despite the fact that a majority of Scots not only did NOT vote to remain in the EU last June, the leadership of the SNP insist on bleating about the “will of the Scottish people” being denied due to Brexit. 

Yet, they have no problem denying the will of the Scottish people in the matter of the dreadful Named Person Scheme which is effectively a means of spying on family life and making sure that the SNP politically correct “values” (i.e. immorality) are being upheld across the nation. 

Action!  Contact your MSP here to keep up the pressure – MAKE the point that they use the “will of the Scottish people” when it suits them albeit using misleading statistics, but ignore our will when that better suits their highly questionable agenda.  Feel free to publish your letters to politicians below, or simply share your thoughts. 

Lenten Reflection On Heaven…

SERMON of St Alphonsus Liguori for  SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

On Heaven. ” Lord, it is good for us to be here.” MATT. xvii.

bible-quote-heaven1IN this day’s gospel we read, that wishing to give his disciples a glimpse of the glory of Paradise, in order to animate them to labour for the divine honour, the Redeemer was transfigured, and allowed them to behold the splendour of his countenance. Ravished with joy and delight, St. Peter exclaimed : ” Lord, it is good .for us to be here.” Lord, let us remain here ; let us -.never more depart from this place ; for, the sight of thy beauty consoles us more than all the delights of the earth. Brethren, let us labour during the remainder of our lives to gain heaven. Heaven is so great a good, that, to purchase it for us, Jesus Christ has sacrificed his life on the cross. Be assured, that the greatest of all the torments of the damned in hell, arise from the thought of having lost heaven through their own fault. The blessings, the delights, the joys, the sweetness of Paradise may be acquired ; but they can be described and understood only by those blessed souls that enjoy them. But let us, with the aid of the holy Scripture, explain the little that can be said of them here below.

  1. According to the Apostle, no man on this earth, can comprehend the infinite blessings which God has prepared for the souls that love him. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Cor. ii. 9.) In this life we cannot have an idea of any other pleasures than those which we enjoy by means of the senses. Perhaps we imagine that the beauty of heaven resembles that of a wide extended plain covered with the verdure of spring, interspersed with trees in full bloom, and abounding in birds fluttering about and singing on every side ; or, that it is like the beauty of a garden full of fruits and flowers, and surrounded by fountains in continual play. ” Oh! What a Paradise,” to behold such a plain, or such a garden! But, oh! how much greater are the beauties of heaven!  Speaking of Paradise, St. Bernard says : O man, if you wish to understand the blessings of heaven, know that in that happy country there is nothing which can be disagreeable, and everything that you can desire. “Nihil est quod nolis, totum est quod velis” Although there are some things here below which are agreeable to the senses, how many more are there which only torment us ? If the light of day is pleasant, the darkness of night is disagreeable: if the spring and the autumn are cheering, the cold of winter and the heat of summer are painful. In addition, we have to endure the pains of sickness, the persecution of men, and the inconveniences of poverty; we must submit to interior troubles, to fears, to temptations of the devil, doubts of conscience, and to the uncertainty of eternal salvation.
  2. But, after entering into Paradise, the blest shall have no more sorrows. “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” The Lord shall dry up the tears which they have shed in this life.”And death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow, shall be any more, for the former things are passed away. And he that sat on the throne, said : “Behold, I make all things new” (Apoc. xxi. 4, 5.) In Paradise, death and the fear of death are no more : in that place of bliss there are no sorrows, no infirmities, no poverty, no inconveniences, no vicissitudes of day or night, of cold or of heat. In that kingdom there is a continual day, always serene, a continual spring, always blooming. In Paradise there are no persecutions, no envy ; for all love each other with tenderness, and each rejoices at the happiness of the others, as if it were his own. There is no more fear of eternal perdition ; for the soul confirmed in grace can neither sin nor lose God.
  3. ” Totum est quod velis.” In heaven you have all you can desire. “Behold, I make all things new.” There everything is new ; new beauties, new delights, new joys. There all our desires shall be satisfied. The sight shall be satiated with beholding the beauty of that city. How delightful to behold a city in which the streets should be of crystal, the houses of silver, the windows of gold, and all adorned with the most beautiful flowers. But, oh! how much more beautiful shall be the city of Paradise! The beauty of the place shall be heightened by the beauty of the inhabitants, who are all clothed in royal robes; for, according to St. Augustine, they are all kings. “Quot cives, tot reges.” How delighted to behold Mary, the queen of heaven, who shall appear more beautiful than all the other citizens of Paradise! But, what it must be to behold the beauty of Jesus Christ! St. Teresa once saw one of the hands of Jesus Christ, and was struck with astonishment at the sight of such beauty. The smell shall be satiated with odours, but with the odours of Paradise. The hearing shall be satiated with the harmony of the celestial choirs. St. Francis once heard for a moment an angel playing on a violin, and he almost died through joy. How delightful must it be to hear the saints and angels singing the divine praises! “They shall praise thee for ever and ever.” (Ps. Ixxxiii. 5.) What must it be to hear Mary praising God! St. Francis de Sales says, that, as the singing of the nightingale in the wood surpasses that of all other birds, so the voice of Mary is far superior to that of all the other saints. In a word, there are in Paradise all the delights which man can desire.
  4. But the delights of which we have spoken are the least of the blessings of Paradise. The glory of heaven consists in seeing and loving God face to face. “Totum quod expectamus,” says St. Augustine, ” duaa syllabas sunt, Deus” The reward which God promises to us does not consist altogether in the beauty, the harmony, and other advantages of the city of Paradise. God himself, whom the saints are allowed to behold, is, according to the promises made to Abraham, the principal reward of the just in heaven. “I am thy reward exceeding great.” (Gen. xv. 1.) St. Augustine asserts, that, were God to show his face to the damned, “Hell would be instantly changed into a Paradise of delights.” (Lib. de trip, habit., torn. 9.) And he adds that, were a departed soul allowed the choice of seeing God and suffering the pains of hell, or of being freed from these pains and deprived of the sight of God, “she would prefer to see God, and to endure these torments.”
  5. The delights of the soul infinitely surpass all tho pleasures of the senses. Even in this life divine love infuses such sweetness into the soul when God communicates himself to her, that the body is raised from the earth. St. Peter of Alcantara once fell into such an ecstasy of love, that, taking hold of a tree, he drew it up from the roots, and raised it with him on high. So great is the sweetness of divine love, that the holy martyrs, in the midst of their torments, felt no pain, but were on the contrary filled with joy. Hence, St. Augustine says that, when St. Lawrence was laid on a red-hot gridiron, the fervour of divine love made him insensible to the burning heat of the fire. ” Hoc igne incensus non sentit incendium.” Even on sinners who weep for their sins, God bestows consolations which exceed all earthly pleasures. Hence St. Bernard says: ” If it be so sweet to weep for thee, what must it be to rejoice in thee !”
  6. How great is the sweetness which a soul experiences, when, in the time of prayer, God, by a ray of his own light, shows to her his goodness and his mercies towards her, and particularly the love which Jesus Christ has borne to her in his passion! She feels her heart melting, and as it were dissolved through love. But in this life we do not see God as he really is : we see him as it were in. the dark. “We see now through a glass in a dark manner, but then face to face.” (1 Cor. xiii. 12.) Here below God is hidden from, our view ; we can see him only with the eyes of faith: how great shall be our happiness when the veil shall be raised, and we shall be permitted to behold God face to face! We shall then see his beauty, his greatness, his perfection, his amiableness, and his immense love for our souls.
  7. “Man knoweth not whether he be worthy of love or hatred.” (Eccl. ix. 1.) The fear of not loving God, and of not being loved by him, is the greatest affliction which souls who love God endure on the earth; but, in heaven, the soul is certain that she loves God, and that he loves her; she sees that the Lord embraces her with infinite love, and that this love shall not be dissolved for all eternity. The knowledge of the love which Jesus Christ has shown her in offering himself in sacrifice for her on the cross, and in making himself her food in the sacrament of the altar, shall increase the ardour of her love. She shall also see clearly all the graces which God has bestowed upon her, all the helps which he has given her, to preserve her from falling into sin, and to draw her to his love. She shall see that all the tribulations, the poverty, infirmities, and persecutions which she regards as misfortunes, have all proceeded from love, and have been the means employed by Divine Providence to bring her to glory. She shall see all the lights, loving calls, and mercies which God had granted to her, after she had insulted him by her sins. From the blessed mountain of Paradise she shall see so many souls damned for fewer sins than she had committed, and shall see that she herself is saved and secured against the possibility of ever losing God.
  8. The goods of this earth do not satisfy our desires: at first they gratify the senses; but when we become accustomed to them they cease to delight. But the joys of Paradise constantly satiate and content the heart. “I shall be satisfied when thy glory shall appear.” (Ps. xvi. 15.) And though they satiate they always appear to be as new as the first time when they were experienced; they are always enjoyed and always desired, always desired and always possessed. ” Satiety,” says St. Gregory, “accompanies desire.” (Lib. 13, Mor., c. xviii.) Thus, the desires of the saints in Paradise do not beget pain, because they are always satisfied ; and satiety does not produce disgust, because it is always accompanied with desire. Hence the soul shall be always satiated and always thirsty: she shall be for ever thirsty, and always satiated with delights. The damned are, according to the Apostle, vessels full of wrath and of torments, “vessels of wrath, fitted for destruction.” (Rom. ix. 22.) But the just are vessels full of mercy and of joy, so that they have nothing to desire. “They shall be inebriated with the plenty of thy house.” (Ps. xxxv. 9.) In beholding the beauty of God, the soul shall be so inflamed and so inebriated with divine love, that she shall remain happily lost in God; for she shall entirely forget herself, and for all eternity shall think only of loving and praising the immense good which she shall possess for ever, without the fear of having it in her power ever to lose it. In this life, holy souls love God ; but they cannot love him with all their strength, nor can they always actually love him. St. Thomas teaches, that this perfect love is only given to the citizens of heaven, who love God with their whole heart, and never cease to love him actually. “Ut toturn cor hominis semper actualiter in Deum feratur ista est perfectio patria” (2, 2 quacst. 44, art. 4, ad. 2.)
  9. Justly, then, has St. Augustine said, that to gain the eternal glory of Paradise, we should cheerfully embrace eternal labour. “Pro aeterna requie acternus labor subeundus esset.” ” For nothing” says David, “shalt thou save them.” (Ps. Iv. 8.) The saints have done but little to acquire Heaven. So many kings, who have abdicated their thrones and shut themselves up in a cloister; so many holy anchorets, who have confined themselves in a cave; so many martyrs, who have cheerfully submitted to torments to the rack, and to red-hot plates have done but little.  “The sufferings of this life are not worthy to be compared to the glory to come.” (Rom. viii. 18.) To gain heaven, it would be but little to endure all the pains of this life. 10. Let us, then, brethren, courageously resolve to bear patiently with all the sufferings which shall come upon us during the remaining days of our lives : to secure heaven they are all little and nothing. Rejoice then ; for all these pains, sorrows, and persecutions shall, if we are saved, be to us a source of never-ending joys and delights. “Your sorrows shall be turned into joy.” (John xvi. 20.) When, then, the crosses of this life afflict us, let us raise our eyes to heaven, and console ourselves with the hope of Paradise. At the end of her life, St. Mary of Egypt was asked, by the Abbot St. Zozimus, how she had been able to live for forty-seven years in the desert where he found her dying. She answered: “With the hope of Paradise.” If we be animated with the same hope, we shall not feel the tribulations of this life. Have courage! Let us love God and labour for heaven. There the saint expects us, Mary expects us, Jesus Christ expects us; he holds in his hand a crown to make each of us a king in that eternal kingdom.bible-quote-heaven1
    Comment:

    This thread provides an opportunity to discuss the importance of Lent in the spiritual lives of Catholics.  Should priests preach more about Heaven during Lent – would that serve to motivate us to embrace penance more willingly? Is there enough emphasis on the importance of loving God both in sermons and in our own private spiritual reading?   Share your thoughts, ideas, tips and favourite prayers and books, to help us all gain from Lent this year… 

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“Gays” In UK Government Forcing Their Agenda on Children As Young as Four

From Sky News…

An investigation in the Times newspaper last year revealed that tens of thousands of schoolchildren had been caught sharing sexual imagery.

Children as young as 12 had sent topless pictures to their peers, while one in 10 pupils had “sexted” a “non-school adult”, Freedom of Information data from 50 schools revealed.  Read more

It is against this background, that the Government, led by Education Secretary, Justine Greening, the first openly “gay” woman in the Conservative cabinet,  has announced its intention to introduce four year old children to “relationships” education. And we all know what that means, if you wish to avoid being labelled “homophobic”.   

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Now, if the Education Secretary were a traditional Catholic, introducing compulsory teaching about traditional marriage and virtues such as chastity and purity, whether for four year olds or fourteen year olds, there would be an outcry (no pun intended) and the cry would be to the effect that religious beliefs should not drive Government policy and teachers should not be forced to be prescriptive and so on and so forth.  The sheer hypocrisy of it all is breathtaking.

Key question: should “gays” be permitted to continue to enforce their ideology in school classrooms north and south of the border – because, while this latest announcement refers to England, take it as read that the same ideology will soon come to Scotland, that, if it is not already here, it soon will be –  it’ll be the norm, north and south of the border, before you’ve had time to say “Justine Greening’s out!” 

So far, not a single Bishop has called time on this state sanctioned child sex abuse, nor called attention to the hypocrisy of decrying religious beliefs and the natural moral law as a basis for teaching right behaviour and attitudes, whilst permitting the LGBT etc  lobby to run the show, despite the fact that, in the latest release from the Office of National Statistics, only a tiny minority of the population identify as LGBT etc: In 2015, the majority (93.7%) of the UK population identified themselves as heterosexual or straight, with 1.7% identifying as LGB, the remainder either identifying as “other”, “don’t know” or refusing to respond. Young adults (16 to 24 year olds) are more likely to identify as LGB compared with older age groups, and a higher proportion of males identify as LGB than females.”

Clearly, it should come as no surprise that the LGBT goal is to “get them young” – and it is shocking that churchmen are keeping silent at this time, when even small toddlers as young as four are being targeted for the purpose of brainwashing them with LGBT etc propaganda. They’ll be taught that it is OK to have two daddies, two mummies, or decide to be “trans” – there won’t be any warnings at all about the dangers inherent in the whole LGBT etc experiment.   Click here for some facts about the homosexual etc “lifestyle”

What, if anything, can be done about the undue influence exercised by the LGBT etc minority, in classrooms UK-wide?  Is there a Catholic teacher or priest anywhere in the land who is refusing to go along with this scandal?

Comments invited…