And yet, since the bishops are denying us sacramental grace, they are seemingly asking us to resort to our mere natural abilities to merit eternal salvation. That simply cannot be done; we have that on the highest authority: “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace would no longer be grace” (Rom 11:6).[click to continue...]
What would the US Conference of Catholic Bishops had said two months ago? Imagine if you polled them and asked them if they would voluntarily cancel all the Masses in their diocese, for any reason? What response would you have received? And yet, here we are. I guess we are to make a couple conclusions:
First, it appears our pastors have bought into the lie of the Leftists that our rights come from the state, not from God.
And second, it appears these same pastors are agents of the state—willing to do the state’s bidding.
Otherwise, why are they obeying unjust orders of the state to cancel Church services? Why are they fulfilling their duty to administer the sacraments, only when the state deems it permissible? What would Catholic martyr and loyal priests Blessed Miguel Pro, or St. Pedro de Jesus Maldonado say to such cowardice?
I would like to ask Bishop Kelly (and Bishop Burns, the head of the Diocese of Dallas) this simple question: why were you ordained, if not to administer the sacraments? Why are you denying your priestly duties when your children are in most need?[click to continue...]
They refused to stop to talk to me, but I did manage to point out, “If you are looking for a sign from God you’re not supposed to be here, look! He sent a priest to pray for you.”
They never even went into the building.
Mother calls on all parents to bring their children home. She encourages parents of all education, income, and social levels to homeschool their children. She highlights the common claim that homeschooling isn’t for everybody. She again challenges parents, saying it is not only possible, but necessary, for everyone to homeschool their children. Mother continues, quoting the inside cover of Get Out Now, “Too much is at stake. You don’t get a do-over on childhood.”[click to continue...]
I remember listening to a sermon from the pastor at our former parish years ago on Respect Life Sunday. Within it, he admitted his reluctance to preach on the topic of abortion or other life issues. He explained he was afraid of unsettling anyone who may be post-abortive (those having participated in an abortion in the past).
His mindset is not uncommon. I have heard anecdotally from other pro-life Catholics this is the excuse they hear priests making all too often.[click to continue...]
Instead, the culture has convinced multiple generations in a row now that limited family size is best for all involved. It is supposed to lead to more personal happiness for all couples, too. After all, with few or zero kids around, couples can more easily afford fancier vehicles, a bigger house, more technological gadgets, more vacations, and so forth.
But does it? Does getting married without being ready to start a family lead to personal happiness and fulfillment?[click to continue...]
We all must agree that this has become a dogmatic belief of pop culture. Each child a couple adds after their initial two or three becomes a drain on their happiness—and even a strain on society.[click to continue...]
Baby Uma has come into this world with a preconceived notion of what a family ought to be. It is written into our human nature: children have a right to be raised by their own mother and father. And all these adults in this baby’s life have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure this child is depraved her right.[click to continue...]
Immediately you ought to be waiving a red flag here. To fertilize eggs with sperm outside the confines of the conjugal act is a grave sin. To do so outside of the physical intimacy of sex remains completely unnatural. To do so clearly violates the natural law. Children are not meant to be conceived in sterile labs by technicians in white lab coats. Moreover, children are not commodities to be bought and sold; they are gifts from God.[click to continue...]