I Wish the Catholic Media Would Tell the Truth

The Cave from Plato's Republic

Only the shadows are real. Ignore the people behind the wall

This is part one of a series of three articles this week where I comment on the 2015 Synod on the Family in Rome. Hold onto your seats.

When I look at how the mainstream Catholic news services report on this year’s Synod on the Family, I am immediately frustrated. Most major Catholic news sites (ETWN, National Catholic Register, Catholic Herald, Patheos, and others) put on a cheery face and ignore all the errors and craziness coming out of the Synod. You have archbishops proposing giving Holy Communion to people who openly live in sin or people who are non-Catholic, but are married to a Catholic spouse. You have cardinals who want to “widen” the definition marriage to allow all kinds of perverse relations to be considered the norm. This is what these “professional” Catholic newsmen (and women) should report on, but they don’t.

The problem goes further. If a Catholic has the audacity to report something that goes against the mainstream Catholic media, like the stories I mentioned above, the “professional” Catholics attack them. For example, one of my main sources for Catholic news is a site named PewSitter, basically the Drudge Report of Catholic news. PewSitter does not host articles but points to important articles on other sites. PewSitter has been attacked by “professional” Catholic commentators such as Mark Shea and Fr. Dwight Longnecker.

I used to respect Fr. Longnecker because he appeared to be Traditional in his views, but he recently attacked PewSitter by saying it must be a liberal joke site because no real Catholic could believe the headlines. In fact, my previous post “Catholics are Destroying Christianity” was written in response to an article he wrote.  (Interestingly, last year Fr. Longnecker wrote an article defending the Muslim religion by incorrectly stating that the Koran does not justify beheading. You can read more here.) Father Longnecker, St. Gregory the Great said, “It is better that scandals arise than the truth be suppressed.” The Church has always sought to tell and preach the truth, why are you afraid to do so?

Why do I call these people “professional” Catholics? Well, to be honest (which as Catholics, we are supposed to be) I picked it up from Michael Voris. The term “professional” Catholic refers to people who get paid to promote the Catholic establishment’s slogan “Everything is okay. Everything is alright.” These people receive large salaries to hide and obfuscate the truth, so you will not become alarmed by the destruction of the Church and civilization around you. One the other hand, independent Catholic, like myself, receive little to no financial support. In the years that I have run this blog, my donations totaled a whole 99 cents. For me and others this is not a money-making proposition, it is our feeble attempt to help wake up enough Catholics to get the Catholic Church back on the path to saving souls.

By now, you may be wondering “What does that picture at the top the article have to do with any of this?” Simple. It is a reference to the cave allegory in Plato’s Republic. For those of you who never heard of it or barely passed Philosophy in college (just like me), let me explain. In a cave, there are several people chained so they can only face the wall of the cave. Behind them, there is a light source and between them and the light source is a short wall. Behind the short wall, people pass by carrying different items. The people chained only see the blurry shadows of the items on the wall and think that is reality. When one of the prisoners gets loose, he goes outside and sees the true reality of the world. He returns to the cave and tries to convince the remaining prisoners that what they are seeing is not reality. They refuse to believe him, content with only the shadows of reality.

In this instance, the prisoners staring at the cave wall are the majority of Catholics. The people casting the shadows on the wall are the “professional” Catholics, who deal in fluff and half-truths. The prisoner who escaped to the outside and returned to tell his fellows the truth stands for all Catholics who cannot stand by meekly and see the Church they love ruined by clerics who are heretics.

We must pray for our fellow Catholics and spread the truth of what is happening around us before it is too late.

In my next article, I will ask the question “What the hell are the bishops thinking?”

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Catholics are Destroying Christianity

The other day, I ran across an article on a Catholic website entitled “Protestant are Destroying Christianity”. As a Catholic who attended a Protestant university, I had to investigate. The majority of the article concerned the heresy of “Sola Scriptura” or “Scripture Alone”. While the article was correct about the error of “Sola Scriptura”, it was incorrect about where to lay the blame for the destruction of Christianity. The blame lies squarely at the foot of the Catholic Church.

Before you get out the pitchforks and plan a lynching mob (if you’re Catholic), let me make one thing crystal clear: I am a baptized, practicing Roman Catholic who attends Mass everyday. I plan to stay that way until the day I  die.

Now to my argument.

Why would I say such a horrible thing about the Catholic Church? We all know that the Catholic Church is the one and only true Church created by Christ to save souls. That is a given. As part of that mission to save souls, the Catholic Church leads by example. While many Protestants spend their time attacking the Catholic Church, the truth of the matter is that many Christians look to the Catholic Church for guidance. I will give you two examples of that in my life.

Example #1. When I was in college, there was a pro-gay group called Soulforce that was visiting campuses across the country spreading their flawed gospel. One of the colleges on their itinerary was the Christian university I was attending. One day, my Dad and I ran into the guy who was basically the campus pastor. He told us that the leaders of the university had been praying and studying what to do when Soulforce showed up. He told us that they had read some Catholic documents concerning homosexuality. My Dad told him that Pope John Paul II had written on the subject (this was when Pope John Paul II was still alive). He eagerly asked my Dad to send the Pope’s writings to him. In the end, the university told Soulforce they could not come onto the campus because it was private property. A couple of them did anyway and were arrested by local police. They went to another protestant college down the road and were welcomed with open arms.

Example #2. In an economics class, we were discussing an article which stated that abortion reduced poverty (I think it might have been a chapter from Freakonomics.) The feeling of the class and the professor was that their argument was baloney. In fact, the professor (who knew I was Catholic) said that if it was not for the Catholic Church, Protestant churches would not be as pro-life as they are. On a side note, the university passed out a little booklet on health to all the students. In this booklet, there was a page promoting. contraceptives. On that page, the university had added a neon green sticker saying that the university did not agree with the use of contraceptive. In fact, this university just won an exemption from paying for contraceptives through Obamacare.

If you look at the example of the Catholic Church over the last 60 years, it is horrible. There has been a drastic drop in the number of Catholics attending Mass regularly or entering religious life. Discipline in the Catholic Church only exists during Advent and Lent (if then). Annulments have drastically increased. Catholic politicians attack the Catholic sacrament of marriage and support the murder of the innocence. For example, Nancy Pelosi (a good Catholic grandma) is pushing for gay “marriage” and increased abortions. In fact, she wants to investigate the investigators who have been releasing those damaging videos about Planned Parenthood. Here’s an interesting fact: Catholic judges helped legalize both abortion and gay “marriage”. In both cases, Catholics made up the majority of the judges involved.

burk-how-did-we-get-to-this-pointCatholic education has deteriorated to such an extent that many Catholics know very little about the Catholic Faith and what they do know is polluted with heresy and error. Very few Catholics have read the Bible and would probably fail a Bible quiz. (Remember, St. Jerome said, “Ignorance of the Bible is ignorance of Christ.”) Because of this lack of education, many Catholics are starved for knowledge and abandon the feel-good. puff sermons found in many Catholic Churches for the Bible heavy sermon of the Protestant churches. Archbishop Chaput was asked once during an interview how he would bring young Catholics back to the Faith. He hemmed and hawed and seem genuinely stumped by the questions. It didn’t occur to him that those young Catholics were sick of this modern fluff and wanted solid Catholic teaching.

And where is the leadership of the Catholic Church while the laity fall away or wallow in error? They encourage the error. Now days, most are busy fighting the phantom that is “global warming” or working to silence those like me who point out the problems in the Church. They stick their fingers in their ears and say, “La-la-la. I can’t hear you. The Church has never been better. La-la-la.” Where are the denouncements of the evils of our age? Why didn’t the USCCB condemn the legalization of gay “marriage”? Because there is no leadership anymore.

burke-magisteriumThe clerics who do speak up are silenced. Take Fr. Justin Wylie who have the gall to point out the persecution by local bishops and priest of traditional Catholics who only to able to worship God as their ancestors. He was sent back to Africa by Cardinal Dolan and given a dangerous parish in the boondocks. What about Cardinal Burke being banished from the Apostolic Signatura by Pope Francis? Burke was and still is one of the strongest voices for orthodox in the Church, so Francis had to move him out of the spotlight.

How can we expect to lead by example if we set such a horrible example? How can most take us seriously when the Bible says “what God has joined let no man put asunder”, but Catholic marriages are annulled right and left. How can anyone take our defense of traditional marriage seriously if some of the highest cardinals call for gay unions? We can no longer truly leave by example if our example is so flayed.

What can we fix this? How does the Catholic Church regain Her position as leader of the Christian world? First, we need to pull our heads out of the sand and realize the mess we are in. Just like an addict can’t get over his addiction if he doesn’t admit to the addiction, the Catholic Church cannot begin to heal until all Catholics, whether they are lay, consecrated, or ordained. admit the Church is in bad shape. Second, start pointing out the errors of the age, ie homosexual marriage, abortion, the murder of the Christians in the Middle East. You’ll lose many friends, but you’ll save many souls. After all, what is more important having many friends on earth or having many friendly souls waiting to greet you in Heaven? Many will say that this plan sounds over simplified or the steps are too big. I ask you to look at the empty churches around the world, listen to the blood of the slain innocent. We don’t have time to wait. It is time to choose what size your are on: the side of Christ and His Gospel or on the side of the Devil and his earthly works. The time is now.

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Planned Parenthood and Resurrection Men


Resurrection men going about their grisly business.

Unless you are a fan of Victorian history or literature, chances are that you have never heard of the term resurrection men. Resurrection men (also known as body snatchers, but I prefer the term resurrection men) were men paid by doctors to dig up the bodies of the dead. These corpses were then used for dissection so that the doctors could learn how the body works. This job was highly illegal and had to be done under the cover of darkness.

When I first heard of the five videos (so far) exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts, I thought of the resurrection men. In many ways, the two are very similar. Both disturb the rest of the dead for use in medical experiments. Both are also highly illegal. Both are for profit. However, back in the day there was a lot more outrage over body snatching than there is over Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts. In fact, there were several riots when people learned about loved ones being dug up for use in experiments.

Those who support Planned Parenthood are making arguments that could have been used to defend the use of resurrection men hundreds of years ago. These heartless people claim that PP is not profiting from the sale of these body parts, that they are going used to further medical research. What the bodies are used for is beside the point. PP is profiting from the murder of those who cannot defend themselves. These people claim that PP is only charging a transportation fee. Based on the prices that PP is charging in the videos, they must be making deliveries in a fleet of Hummers.

There was a pair of resurrection men who operated in a similar fashion to Planned Parenthood. The infamous Burke and Hare operated in the 1820s and decided that the best way to get fresh corpses for their clients (and more money) was to commit murder. The two men murdered sixteen people before they were caught. Hare was able to testify against his partner in exchange for immunity and Burke was hanged. Like I said, the public was more outraged about this behavior in the past.

As a country, we have to awake from our slumber and realize the evil that is going on in our world. This Planned Parenthood scandal did not come into being overnight. It had been happening for a long time and no one did anything about it. That time is past. We must storm heaven with prayers and our politicians with calls, texts and emails demanding that this madness stop. If we do not stop soon, I have no doubt that the US will feel the wrath of an angry God.


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Stand By for a Great Catholic Ebook Sale

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This coming week the members of the Indie Catholic Authors Google+ group are having a sale. From June 24th to 26th, 16 great Catholic books (including Church Triumphant) will be available for 99 cents or less. Visit the Indie Catholic Authors blog post for more information: https://indiecatholicauthors.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/major-catholic-ebook-sale-next-week/.

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Cardinal Burke Fighting Heresy


Source: St. Peter’s List

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Saint eBook Now Available for Pre-Order

Church Triumphant ebook

Church Triumphant ebook

I’m happy to announce the release of my new ebook about the saints, Church Triumphant: 25 Men and Women who Gave Their Lives to Christ. This new ebook is available for preorder from Amazon, Barnes and NobleKobo, and iTunes. Church Triumphant will be officially released on April 5th, Easter Sunday.

This book includes the biographies of the following saints: St. Gonsalo Garcia, St. Andreas Wouters, Blessed Charles I of Austria, Blessed Charles de Foucauld, St. Clement Maria Hofbauer, St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Gerard Majella, St. Gianna Molla, Blessed John Henry Newman, St. Maria Goretti, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Nicholas, St Peter Julian Eymard, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Pope St. Pius X, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, St. Charbel Makhluf, Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Marianne Cope, Blessed Miguel Pro, Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton.

If you have friends who enjoy reading about the saint, please tell them about Church Triumphant: 25 Men and Women who Gave Their Lives to Christ.

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What is Laetare Sunday?

Today is Laetare Sunday, also known as the fourth Sunday of Lent. Laetare Sunday is one of the most solemn days of the year. It takes it’s name from the first word of the entrance antiphon or introit: “Laetare Jerusalem: et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam: gaudete cum laetitia”, “Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her: rejoice with joy”. On this one day, the Church interrupts the solemn and penitent air of the previous days and weeks of Lent with words of joy and rejoicing. Why? It seems so out of place during a time when we have been constantly reminded since Ash Wednesday to drive sin out of our lives with prayer and fasting. To suddenly be called to rejoice seems to be out of character for the season.

"Weltliche Schatzkammer Wien (129)" by MyName (Gryffindor) - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Weltliche_Schatzkammer_Wien_(129).JPG#/media/File:Weltliche_Schatzkammer_Wien_(129).JPG

Golden Rose by Giuseppe and Pietro Paolo Spagna. Rome, around 1818/19. Kept today in the Imperial Treasury in Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna.

However, this one day of rejoicing in the middle of Lent is a sign that the Church deeply understands the needs of her children. She knows the we need all the encouragement we can get. So in the midst of our penance and mortification, the Church gives us a preview of the coming joys of Easter to give us the courage to finish the race, to fight the good fight.

On Laetare Sunday, the priest wears rose colored vestments, instead of the Lenten purple, as a sign of rejoicing. This tradition originated from an ancient papal ceremony called the Blessing of the Golden Rose. The practise is thought to have originated in the Middle Ages. The pope would often bless a golden rose either before or during the Laetare Sunday Mass. Afterwards, the newly blessed rose would be sent to a Catholic monarch, church, or city as a sign of honor. Pope Innocent III said the following: “As Laetare Sunday, the day set apart for the function, represents love after hate, joy after sorrow, and fullness after hunger, so does the rose designate by its colour, odour and taste, love, joy and satiety respectively.”

Now, go forth and rejoice for the glories of Easter are close at hand.

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