It's official. The Catholic Knight is retired.  I'm hanging up the helmet and passing the torch. There will be no more articles, no more commentaries, no more calls to action. THIS BLOG IS CLOSED. I've spent a very long time thinking about this, I believe the time has come, and is a bit overdue.  I want to thank my readers for everything, but most especially for your encouragement and your willingness to go out there and fight the good fight. So, that being the case, I've spend the last several weeks looking for bloggers who are fairly active, and best represent something akin to the way I think and what I believe.  I recommend the following blogs for my readers to bookmark and check on regularly. Pick one as your favourite, or pick them all. They are all great..... In His Majesty's Service, THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT

Friday, June 30, 2006

Pope Benedict Is About To Change Everything!


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Well folks, it looks like the recent translation revision and return of gregorian chant were just the tip of the iceberg. I have a feeling I might know what he's up to. If I'm right, the much needed reformation of Vatican II is underway, and by the time it's done, the Church of the 21st century is going to look a lot more like the Church of previous centuries. I knew there was a reason why I love this pope. Go Benedict GO!!!!

Vatican analyst says Pope Benedict on verge of implementing real liturgical reform

Vatican City, Jun. 30, 2006 (CNA) - Vatican analyst, Sandro Magister, of the online magazine “L’Espresso” says in an article to be published soon that Pope Benedict XVI will implement real liturgical reform in his upcoming Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist.

Magister bases his analysis on an interview with Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, published in the French Catholic daily, “La Croix.”

He says that while the 15 cardinals and archbishops that make up the Synod council have already presented their recommendations, “It’s the Pope who will have the last word.” Magister predicts there will be surprises “from Benedict XVI himself, who has very clear ideas on topics such as the Eucharist and liturgy. And he is very critical of some aspects of the post-conciliar liturgical reform.”

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Developing....

ROMA, July 3, 2006 – More than eight months after its conclusion, the synod of bishops held in the Vatican last October on “the Eucharist, source and summit of the Church’s life and mission” is still awaiting the document that will finalize its results.

The concluding document for a synod usually takes the form of an apostolic exhortation, and is written by the pope. But it is the synod itself – through the elaborative work of a council of 15 bishops and cardinals – that writes the outline and presents this to the supreme pontiff.

The council of 15 met in Rome for the last time at the beginning of June. And Benedict XVI, in greeting its members, urged them to move the work along more quickly.

This is what he said:

“I must say that during the ‘ad limina’ visits, a number of bishops ask me: ‘But when will the post-synodal document finally arrive?'. And I reply: ‘They’re working on it. And it certainly can’t take them much longer’. I see gathered here so many competent men that I cannot help but hope to see this document soon, and learn from it myself, so that it can be published for the benefit of the whole Church, which truly is waiting for it.”

Spurred on thus by the pope, the 15 accelerated the work, and in their final communiqué, released on June 10, they guaranteed that the text was almost ready, and “it can soon be delivered to the Holy Father.”...

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

The coming conflict between same-sex marriage and religious liberty


CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF BOSTON made the announcement on March 10: It was getting out of the adoption business. "We have encountered a dilemma we cannot resolve. . . . The issue is adoption to same-sex couples."

It was shocking news. Catholic Charities of Boston, one of the nation's oldest adoption agencies, had long specialized in finding good homes for hard to place kids. "Catholic Charities was always at the top of the list," Paula Wisnewski, director of adoption for the Home for Little Wanderers, told the Boston Globe. "It's a shame because it is certainly going to mean that fewer children from foster care are going to find permanent homes." Marylou Sudders, president of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, said simply, "This is a tragedy for kids."

How did this tragedy happen?

It's a complicated story. Massachusetts law prohibited "orientation discrimination" over a decade ago. Then in November 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordered gay marriage. The majority ruled that only animus against gay people could explain why anyone would want to treat opposite-sex and same-sex couples differently. That same year, partly in response to growing pressure for gay marriage and adoption both here and in Europe, a Vatican statement made clear that placing children with same-sex couples violates Catholic teaching.

Then in October 2005, the Boston Globe broke the news: Boston Catholic Charities had placed a small number of children with same-sex couples. Sean Cardinal O'Malley, who has authority over Catholic Charities of Boston, responded by stating that the agency would no longer do so.

Seven members of the Boston Catholic Charities board (about one-sixth of the membership) resigned in protest. Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, which lobbies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equal rights, issued a thundering denunciation of the Catholic hierarchy: "These bishops are putting an ugly political agenda before the needs of very vulnerable children. Every one of the nation's leading children's welfare groups agrees that a parent's sexual orientation is irrelevant to his or her ability to raise a child. What these bishops are doing is shameful, wrong, and has nothing to do whatsoever with faith."

But getting square with the church didn't end Catholic Charities' woes. To operate in Massachusetts, an adoption agency must be licensed by the state. And to get a license, an agency must pledge to obey state laws barring discrimination--including the decade-old ban on orientation discrimination. With the legalization of gay marriage in the state, discrimination against same-sex couples would be outlawed, too.

Cardinal O'Malley asked Governor Mitt Romney for a religious exemption from the ban on orientation discrimination. Governor Romney reluctantly responded that he lacked legal authority to grant one unilaterally, by executive order. So the governor and archbishop turned to the state legislature, requesting a conscience exemption that would allow Catholic Charities to continue to help kids in a manner consistent with Catholic teaching.

To date, not a single other Massachusetts political leader appears willing to consider even the narrowest religious exemption....

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Will Same-Sex Marriage Collide With Religious Liberty?


Will Same-Sex Marriage Collide With Religious Liberty?

by Peter Steinfels The New York Times

Is same-sex marriage on a collision course with religious liberty? It wasn't surprising that before the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage died in the Senate this week, several senators supporting it raised that danger.

But when highly respected legal experts on civil liberties, including ones favoring same-sex marriage, raise the same possibility, their concerns cannot be dismissed as partisan debating points.

Marc D. Stern, whose many years handling religious freedom cases for the American Jewish Congress have made him an expert in the area, can hardly be identified as a conservative agitator. Yet he firmly believes that legal recognition of same-sex marriage will make clashes with religious liberty "inevitable."

"No one seriously believes that clergy will be forced, or even asked, to perform marriages that are anathema to them," Mr. Stern has written. But for other individuals and institutions opposed on religious grounds to same-sex marriage, its legal acceptance would have "substantial impact."...

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Vatican Fears Church Will One Day Answer to International Court

Ominously the Cardinal warned during the interview that the Vatican fears that the Church will one day be brought "in front of some international Court" if more radical demands are listened to. He explained that "speaking in defense of the life and for the rights of the family is becoming in some societies a type of crime against the State, a form of disobedience to the Government, a discrimination against women."

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:
Okay, I'm going to make a prediction here. Not only is this likely to happen, but it probably WILL happen. Why would I make such an outlandish claim? Simple. I understand militant Liberals well enough to know that if they ever get control of such an international court, they will use it to attack the Church. They've used everything else at their disposal, so why not this?

Church Promises Excommunication for Stem-Cell Research Scientists

Jun. 28 (CWNews.com) - Scientists who conduct research involving the destruction of human embryos are subject to excommunication, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family has warned.

In an interview with the Italian weekly Famiglia Cristiana, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo said that the canonical penalty of excommunication, which is applied to those involved in abortion, also applies to involvement in stem-cell research....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Just a point of clarification here. Excommunication is the penalty for those involved in EMBRYONIC stem-cell research -- meaning the kind that results in the death of babies (fetus, embryo, etc.). This penalty does not apply to those involved in ADULT or CORD-BLOOD stem-cell research -- which does not result in the death of babies.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

SCHISM!!! It has begun in the U.S. Episcopal Church

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It has begun! The beginning of the end for the U.S. Episcopal Church is underway. Behold the fruit of Liberalism. This is what becomes of national denominations that embrace it. The largest Episcopal churches are now breaking away from the national denomination (ECUSA). The schism in Plano has signaled the course of action soon to be followed by conservative Episcopal churches all across the USA....

Texas Episcopal Megachurch to Leave Denomination

PLANO, Texas (AP) — Christ Church Episcopal has announced that it will leave the denomination because it can no longer abide by the national church's decisions.

Leaders of the conservative Plano congregation announced their plan Monday, a week after the Episcopal Church elected Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as its first female presiding bishop.

Jefferts Schori supported the 2003 consecration of V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. She also supported the creation of locally authorized blessings for gay unions.

"The mission of Christ Church is to make disciples and teach them to obey the commands of Christ," said a statement approved by Christ Church's leaders this weekend. "The direction of the leadership of the Episcopal Church is different and we regret their departure from biblical truth and the historic faith of the Anglican Communion. ... We declare our intention to disassociate from ECUSA as soon as possible."

A spokesman for the Episcopal Church did not immediately return phone messages left by The Associated Press early Tuesday.

The Episcopal Church is the U.S. branch of the international Anglican Communion. Anglican leaders and some churches overseas broke ties with the American church over Robinson's elevation, which also disturbed conservatives in the American church.

Members of a conservative network within the national church have scheduled a meeting for the end of July to consider a response this month's convention.

The Plano church is one of the largest Episcopal churches in the nation, drawing about 2,200 worshippers each weekend to the Dallas suburb...

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Homofascists Use Protestants To Attack Catholic Church

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: "The only good Catholic is a bad Catholic." That's the mantra of mainstream Liberalism these days, and now that mantra has transferred over to liberal Protestant churches. It's ironic, but not surprising. A hundred years ago, these same mainline denominations attacked the Catholic Church for slightly different reasons, but one thing has become consistent over a century later. The attacks continue. Yes, the reasons are a little different, but mainstream Protestantism is up to it's old anti-Catholic ways again. This time it's taken up the mantra of mainstream liberalism (relativism or modernism). "The only good Catholic is a bad Catholic," meaning one who doesn't practice his faith, or is ashamed to defend it. The mantra dictates that Catholics should be seen and not heard. They should keep their religious beliefs in the closet, especially when they pertain to moral issues of a sexual nature. Case in point; self-loathing Catholics, like Senator John Kerry, are the little darlings of mainstream liberalism. They tow the party line on liberal issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. And when it comes to their religion, they will even allow themselves to be excommunicated (de facto) for the liberal cause. Now that's a "good Catholic," as far as mainstream liberals are concerned. Then you have Catholics like Justice Samuel Alito, who actually believes in his faith and practices what it teaches. He is considered a "radical" by mainstream liberalism, and a "threat" to the American way of life. So the mantra continues: "The only good Catholic is a bad Catholic," and American anti-Catholicism has taken on a driving force. But history has a way of repeating itself, and once again things have come full circle. Mainstream Protestantism is attacking the Catholic Church once again, and this time it's the homofascists (gay and lesbian alliance) that's pulling their strings...

Multifaith coalition targets O'Malley
Members support same-sex marriage

In an unusual incidence of religious leaders in Massachusetts publicly criticizing one another, a multifaith coalition of clergy who support same-sex marriage plan to accuse Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley and other Catholic leaders of ``religious discrimination" today.

The gay-marriage supporters plan to call on O'Malley and the other three Catholic bishops of Massachusetts to stop campaigning for a repeal of same-sex marriage, arguing that it is discriminatory to deny civil marriage benefits to gay couples whose marriages are sanctioned by other religious denominations and that it violates the principle of church-state separation to deny civil marriage rights based on Catholic teaching.

``While their magisterium teaches one thing, there are plenty of other faith traditions that don't agree," said the Rev. Anne C. Fowler, an Episcopal priest who is the rector of St. John's Church in Jamaica Plain and president of the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry. ``Who are the religious voices who get heard? It's the religious right, and around here it's the Catholic Church, so here is the progressive interfaith community trying to take some action."

The coalition, which has been actively campaigning, plans to hold a press conference today on Beacon Hill. It will release a letter calling on the Catholic bishops to stop campaigning against same-sex marriage rights...

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Heretic John Kerry Does it Again!

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: He's done it again folks, and this time his fellow Massachusetts heretic, Ted Kennedy, did it with him. Heretical Catholic politicians, like John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, frequently do this sort of thing for photo ops. Though they have both been bared from receiving communion (a defacto excommunication), due to their heretical public stand on abortion, it is not uncommon to see them sneaking into communion lines, and hurriedly receiving the host, whenever a press entourage is present in the Church. Senator John Kerry is particularly notorious for doing this. He's done it in Catholic Churches, from which he has been officially bared. And he's done it in non-catholic churches, which is a violation of Catholic canon law. (Catholics are not supposed to receive communion in non-catholic churches at all.) But you see his pattern indicates that it really isn't because of a hunger for the body and blood of Christ. Rather, it's an insatiable appetite for good P.R. It would appear that John Kerry is just using the Church so he can use the press, all for the purpose of getting more votes. Though John Kerry is not up for reelection this year, Ted Kennedy is, and that may explain why the two of them jumped into the communion line together at mass this last Thursday. It almost seems as if Kerry leaned over to Kennedy during the benediction, and whispered: "pssst. Hey, you want some good PR? I'll show you how to get it. Just follow my lead." Unfortunately for Kennedy, it was Kerry that got the press photo instead of him.

Regardless of the real reason, both Kerry and Kennedy's actions demonstrate a profound disrespect for Church authorities and the Roman Catholic faith. By their actions, they've demonstrated that either they don't know what it means to be Catholic, or else they just don't care. (I think it's the latter.) Personally, I think these guys sneak into communion lines for one reason and one reason only. The only consistency to their actions is that press entourage. I think they use these photo ops to send a clear message to two main groups.

The first main group is the little old Catholic ladies who have voted Democratic all their lives. A picture speaks a thousand words and they know it. A photo of Kerry receiving communion on the hand, sends a message to little old Catholic ladies that they shouldn't worry about those nasty rumors in the press. You see, here is Senator Kerry receiving communion recently. The Catholic Church is "okay" with him, and you should be too.

The second main group is the orthodox conservatives within the Catholic Church. By receiving communion, Kerry sends a strong, clear and undeniable message to us. It doesn't matter what the Church says about abortion, gay-marriage, or any other issue. I (John Kerry) will continue to use the Church to my political advantage, and you see, there is nothing anyone (not even the pope) can do to stop me.

Papal Nuncio Gives Communion to John Kerry - Likely Unintentional

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - At the installation Mass of the new Archbishop of Washington, Donald W. Wuerl, Thursday, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the representative of Pope Benedict XVI, was seen giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion Senator and former Presidential candidate John Kerry. The incident was reported by the Catholic News Service (CNS), the official news service of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

CNS states: "During the Mass, Kerry, who supports keeping abortion legal, received Communion in the hand from Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States and Pope Benedict XVI's representative to the U.S. bishops."

LifeSiteNews.com formally requested a clarification from the office of the Apostolic Nuncio. No reply was sent from Archbishop Sambi's office though LifeSiteNews.com was informed that the nuncio received the request for clarification.

LifeSiteNews.com also spoke with the Communications Assistant of the Archdiocese of Washington about the matter. Mark Adkinson indicated that the incident was likely not intentional by indicating that Archbishop Sambi was administering Holy Communion on the side where the dignitaries were seated.

CNS also reported that Archbishop Wuerl shook hands with Senators Kerry and Ted Kennedy as he processed into the church. "During his entrance procession, the archbishop shook hands with Democratic Sens. Edward Kennedy and John Kerry of Massachusetts, seated side by side in the third row along the center aisle," reported CNS.

However, Adkinson also downplayed the significance of the greetings telling LifeSiteNews.com that the Archbishop shook hands with "hundreds of people" as he processed into the church...

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Pope Wants To Bring Back Gregorian Chant


Pope urges recovery of traditional sacred music

Pope Benedict XVI has called for preservation of the Church's heritage of sacred music.

Genuine renewal in Catholic music "cannot be achieved except by following the great traditions of the past, of Gregorian chants and sacred polyphony," said the Holy Father, speaking after a June 25 concert at the Vatican. This musical tradition, he said, is "a priceless spiritual, artistic, and cultural heritage."

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Pope John Paul II Was Jewish


The Pope was Jewish says historian

A MANCHESTER historian has claimed that Pope John Paul II was Jewish.

Yaakov Wise says his study into the the maternal ancestry of Karol Josez Wojtyla (John Paul II's real name) has revealed startling conclusions.

Mr Wise, a researcher in orthodox Jewish history and philosophy, said the late Pope's mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were all probably Jewish and came from a small town not far from Krakow.

The Pope was a priest and cardinal archbishop in the Polish city before his election to the papacy.

Mr Wise said: "According to orthodox Judaism, a person's Jewish identity is passed down through the maternal line. I saw a photograph of the Pope's mother and I showed it to people who didn't know who she was...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Somehow I'm not surprised by this. It is now common knowledge that Karol Wojtyla fell in love with a Jewish woman prior to enrolling in the seminary. Had she not been taken away by the Nazis, it is very probable that Wojtyla would have married and had children with her. Sadly, she was taken away, and Wojtyla's sadness over this eventually led him to the priesthood, where he would find comfort in serving God. This makes a lot of sense to me. The man's mother was Jewish (which officially makes him Jewish), and she died when he was very young. Then he fell in love with a woman just like his mom. I find it interesting that Pope John Paul II (Wojtyla), during his 27 year papacy, fostered within the Church a revived devotion to Mary -- a Jewish mother.

Jewish popes are nothing new to the Catholic Church. We know the first ten popes were Jewish (especially St. Peter), and it is speculated that many more popes were Jewish as well...

  • Pope Zephyrin (199-217)
  • Pope Siricus (384-399)
  • Pope Hormidas (514-523)
  • Pope Analdet II (1130-1138)
  • Pope Callistus III (1455-1458)
  • Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503)
  • Pope Pius III (1503)
  • Pope Leo X (1513-1521)
  • Pope Clement VII (1523-1534)
  • Pope Paul III (1534-1549)
  • Pope St. Pius V (1566-1572)
  • Pope Gregory XIII (1572-1585)
  • Pope Pius XI (1922-1939)
  • Pope Pius XII (1939-1958)
  • Pope John XXIII (1958-1963)
  • Pope Paul VI (1963-1978)
  • Pope John Paul II (1978-2005)

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Society Of Saint Pius X

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Just as a matter of clarification for those interested, I am posting the following. If I understand the document below correctly, the following apply in relation to the controversial "Society of Saint Pius X"...
  1. The Society consists only of priests and religious. Laymen cannot be members, but they can (and frequently do) attend masses celebrated by a priestly member of the Society.
  2. The ordination of priests in the Society are valid, but these priests are currently suspended by Rome, therefore, the Eucharist offered in a Society mass is a legitimate sacrament, even though the celebration of the mass itself is "illicit" meaning not approved by Rome.
  3. Roman Catholic laymen may attend a Society mass without any fear of disciplinary action by the Roman Catholic Church, however, Rome discourages such attendance.
  4. The layman who attends a Society mass solely to observe and participate in the traditional Latin litugy commints no sin, and is not in schism, nor is he excommunicated.
  5. The laymen who attends a Society mass because of a refusal to accept the Second Vatican Council, or the teachings of the pope, does commit sin, is in schism and can incur automatic excommunication.
  6. The reason why Rome discourages attendance of Society masses (at this time) is because a pervasive attitude of schism often permeates Society congregations. Occasional attendance may do no harm to the lay faithful, but more frequent attendance may cause the faithful to pick up schismatic attitudes which could jepordize the laity's communion with Rome.

PONTIFICIA COMMISSIO "ECCLESIA DEI"
N. 539/99 Rome, 28 September 1999

Mr. Joseph E. Rebbert
10024 Piebald Lane
Dewey
Arizona 86327
U.S.A.

Dear Mr. Rebbert,

We wish to acknowledge receipt of your letter to His Eminence Cardinal Ratzinger. It has been transmitted to this Pontifical Commission as dealing with matters that come within our particular competence. With regard to the schismatic Society of St. Pius X we can say the following:

1. The priests of the Society of St. Pius X are validly ordained, but suspended, that is prohibited from exercising their priestly functions because they are not properly incardinated in a diocese or religious institute in full communion with the Holy See (cf. canon 265) and also because those ordained after the schismatic episcopal ordinations were ordained by an excommunicated bishop. They are also excommunicated if they adhere to the schism (cf. Ecclesia Del, #5, c). While up to now the Holy See has not defined what this .adherence consists in, one could point to a wholesale condemnation of the Church since the Second Vatican Council and a refusal to be in communion with it (cf. canon 751 on the definition of schism). Further, it is likely that these priests, after eleven years in a society whose head is now an excommunicated bishop, effectively adhere to the schism. . .

2. Concretely this means that the Masses offered by the priests of the Society of St. Pius X are valid, but illicit i.e., contrary to Canon Law. The Sacraments of Penance and Matrimony, however, require that the priest enjoys the faculties of the diocese or has proper delegation. Since that is not the case with these priests, these sacraments are invalid. It remains true, however, that, if the faithful are genuinely ignorant that the priests of the Society of St. Pius X do not have the proper faculty to absolve, the Church supplied these faculties so that the sacrament was valid (cf. Code of Canon Law c. 144).

3. The situation of the faithful attending chapels of the Society of St. Pius X is more complicated. They may attend Mass there primarily because of an attraction to the earlier form of the Roman Rite in which case they incur no penalty. The difficulty is that the longer they frequent these chapels, the more likely it is that they will slowly imbibe the schismatic mentality which stands in judgement of the Church and refuses submission to the Roman Pontiff and communion with the members of the Church subject to him. If that becomes the case, then it would seem that they adhere to the schism and are consequently excommunicated. For these reasons this Pontifical Commission cannot encourage you to frequent the chapel of the Society of St. Pius X. On the other hand it would seem that you are among those who attend Mass in chapels of the Society of St. Pius X because of the reverence and devotion which they find there, because of their attraction to the traditional Latin Mass and not because they refuse submission to the Roman Pontiff or reject communion with the members of the Church subject to him. At the same time it must be admitted that - this is an irregular situation, even if the circumstances which have caused it have come about through no fault of your own, and it should be remedied as soon as circumstances permit. With prayerful best wishes I remain

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Msgr. Camille Perl
Secretary

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Republican Governor Turns Anti-Catholic

Governor Robert L Ehrlich Jr.
Republican, Maryland


Ehrlich slammed for firing official

Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is receiving criticism nationally and locally for his decision last week to fire a Metro Board member who said in a public forum that he thinks homosexuals are "persons of sexual deviancy."

"Mr. Ehrlich is using his power as governor to declare that a tenet of the Catholic faith is a form of bigotry. That's a bigoted act on Mr. Ehrlich's part," said Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute of Concerned Women for America, a national Christian group based in the District.

"Shame on Governor Ehrlich for capitulating to this kind of pressure and dismissing a good man who was doing a good job," Mr. Knight said.

Chris Core, a conservative talk-show host on WMAL-AM (630), and the American Family Association, based in Tupelo, Miss., have started e-mail petition drives asking Mr. Ehrlich to reinstate Robert J. Smith, a Gaithersburg architect and Republican activist.

In addition, the Archdiocese of Washington has expressed displeasure over Mr. Ehrlich's decision.

"It would be unfortunate if it was [Mr. Smith] trying to express his faith teachings in a context also unrelated in his position on the Metro Board that resulted in him being dismissed from the board," archdiocese spokeswoman Susan Gibbs said.

Mr. Ehrlich has declined to explain why he fired Mr. Smith last Thursday. Hours earlier, a fellow board member -- D.C. Council member Jim Graham, a Ward 1 Democrat who is openly homosexual -- had demanded that Mr. Smith apologize, resign or be fired...

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Is Catholicism now 'unacceptable'?

On the political roundtable "21 This Week," on Maryland's tiny Access Montgomery cable channel 21, Robert J. Smith has been a regular panelist. Introduced as a "Republican activist," Smith was also Gov. Robert Ehrlich's appointee on the Metro Transit Authority board.

No more. Smith has been fired for remarks that the GOP governor considers "inappropriate, insensitive and unacceptable." What did Smith say? Did he cut loose into some racist rant using the "n" word?

Nope. One of the panelists on "21 This Week" had volunteered that Mary Cheney, the vice president's daughter who has come out of the closet, would not want the federal government interfering in her life. Smith interrupted: "That's fine, that's fine. But that doesn't mean that the government should proffer a special place of entitlement within the laws of the United States for persons of sexual deviancy."

Parsing that statement, what was Smith saying? That the feds should not intrude into private lives, but neither should the feds grant special privileges to homosexuals. Smith was also saying that, in his view, homosexuals are "persons of sexual deviancy." In short, Smith was saying what most Americans have always thought.

But at the next meeting of the Metro board, he was confronted by D.C. member James Graham, a homosexual activist, who demanded that Smith recant and apologize, or be fired by the governor.

Smith held his ground. "Homosexual behavior, in my view, is deviant," Smith said. "I'm a Roman Catholic."

He added, "The comments I make outside of my (Metro board job) I'm entitled to make." Moreover, said Smith, these were personal beliefs that have "nothing to do with running trains and buses, and have not affected my actions or decisions on the board."

Five hours later, Gov. Ehrlich, in a tight re-election race, fired Smith. The episode is instructive for what it says about the correlation of forces in America's religious war.

To save himself, Ehrlich threw Smith to the wolves. He declined to defend traditional Christian teaching on homosexuality – i.e., that it is unnatural and immoral, ruinous to body and soul alike. Ehrlich sacrificed one of his own to appease the homosexuals and their media auxiliary, rather than defy their moral authority.

Smith was fired by a Republican governor for standing by a truth rooted in 2,000 years of Catholic doctrine, Natural Law, the Torah, the Islamic faith, the teachings of every Christian denomination and the laws of every Western nation up to the late 20th century. One has yet to hear a word in defense of this faithful son from the Catholic hierarchy of the Washington area...

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Ehrlich Appoints Openly Gay Judge

Annapolis (AP) - Governor Robert Ehrlich has named an openly gay judge to serve on the Baltimore District Court.

Erlich appointed 47-year-old Christopher Panos as a special master in the city Circuit Court family division to a fill a court vacancy.

Panos and his partner of 17 years, Dennis Cashen, are raising a young daughter, Cate.

Panos tells The Baltimore Sun the appointment is indicative of social progress within the form of a judicial nomination.

The governor's appointment comes a little more than a week after he fired one of his appointees to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Robert J. Smith, for saying on a cable talk show that homosexuals lived a life of "sexual deviancy."...

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

A Little "Arch-Conservatism" Is Just What the Doctor Ordered

Pope promotes 'hardliner' in reshuffle of his top team

Pope Benedict XVI carried out a long-awaited reshuffle of his top team at the Vatican today, naming Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Archbishop of Genoa, as Secretary of State — in effect, the Pope’s deputy.

Cardinal Bertone, 71, led the Vatican campaign last year against Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, saying that it propagated "a sackful of heretical lies" about the history of Christianity and would mislead the gullible...

...Critics said that putting a Ratzinger-Bertone alliance at the top of the Vatican hierarchy meant that the Church would be in the hands of "arch-conservatives"...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: "Arch-conservatives"!?! We can only hope!!! (You gotta love that term.) A little "arch-conservatism" is exactly what that Catholic Church needs right now. Just stop and think for a moment how far we've fallen since Vatican II. Prior to the council, the Catholic Church (though a bit mysterious to outsiders) was a beacon of piety and morality to the whole world. Today, Catholics are best known for how well they DON'T practice their faith, and as for the whole morality thing -- do I even need to go there? Granted, these problems are mainly local in nature. Catholics in Africa and Asia just don't have to deal with the same kinds of problems we do. It is mainly westernized (particularly English speaking) nations where these problems are the most prominent. The problem wasn't Vatican II mind you. It was the pervading liberalism that subsequently infiltrated the westernized Church in the post-conciliar years. While the rest of the Catholic world took Vatican II at face value, western liberals grossly misinterpreted it as a license to do whatever they wanted. Examples of this are plentiful. It begins with a paraphrase translation of the English mass that waters down its meaning. It continues with the redesign of churches to resemble anything but churches. On it goes into the physical defacement of traditional alters used in the pre-conciliar years. Marching on, it continues into the deconstruction of time-honored religious customs. Then of course, we must not forget the corruption of the priesthood, where men struggling with homosexuality were unrealistically chided, and foolishly accepted, into a life of celibacy. There they would be close quartered with other men during their training. Then of course, we have the reshuffling of predatory priests when they acted out in public. I think you get the picture.

Here is a novel concept. Do you suppose that the Second Vatican Council was INTENDED to be interpreted in the CONTEXT of previous Church practices? Judging by the way liberal clergymen here in the United States have been running things, you wouldn't think so. So much was changed in the ambiguous "spirit of Vatican II" that you would think everything prior to Vatican II was somehow "bad." You would think that Vatican II told us to completely discard everything Catholics had learned in the 2000 years leading up to the council. Liberal clergymen and activists tell us to "follow the spirit of the law, and not the letter of the law." But when talking about an ecumenical council of the Church, where the bishops assembled are supposed to be guarded by infallibility in whatever they write, could it be that in the case of Vatican II, the spirit of the law literally WAS the letter of the law? Could it be that the spirit of Vatican II, literally IS the letter of Vatican II? It's time to stop and think about what we believe as Catholics. If we truly believe what the Church teaches about infallibility, than we must concede that the spirit literally IS the letter when it comes to an ecumenical council or a papal decree from the chair (ex cathedra). Thus anything beyond the letter, is going beyond the spirit, and in the case of what liberals have done to the western Church since Vatican II, I would say things have gone way too far.

Vatican II must be interpreted in the CONTEXT of the pre-conciliar Church. That is the foundation upon which any interpretation must rest. It must be read carefully, and implemented exactly as it says -- no more and no less. New innovations done in the name of the "spirit of Vatican II" must be undone if they cannot specifically be accounted for in the text of the Vatican II documents. Yes, it sounds to me like what the Church really needs today is a little "arch-conservatism."

Una Voce (One Voice)

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Una Voce is an organization within the Catholic Church that is faithful to the magisterium, acknowledges the authority of Vatican II, and lobbies for the return of the traditional Latin mass for those who want to participate in it. It does this through the lawful means provided under canon law. It is an ideal organization for conservative Catholics, who believe the Church should allow the faithful to celebrate the traditional (Tridentine) mass, but at the same time do not wish to do anything that might hinder their communion with Rome...


"The International Una Voce Federation has played an important role in supporting the use of the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal in obedience to the directives of the Holy See. For this valuable service I express my gratitude to the members of the Federation and extend my blessing."
-- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith
speaking to the Una Voce Federation
25 July 1996

A discussion of Gregorian/Tridentine liturgical and spiritual life will often touch upon theological, historical, aesthetic, ecclesiological, or social influences and factors in the life of the Church. As such, it is often beneficial to provide a range of thought, all within the limits of orthodox doctrine and practice, to give a broader view of the issues of importance to this organization.

Una Voce does not support or countenance any schismatic or heretical movements. Its mission is to support only the celebration of the Tridentine/Gregorian Rite Mass within the Church, in union with the Holy See and the bishops united with the Supreme Pontiff of the Church as permitted through the 1988 indult, Ecclesia Dei adflicta.

Una Voce's objective is to help support reconciliation within the Church and we carry out that service in union with her lawful pastors and under their guidance.

The mission of Una Voce is, and has been since its founding in 1964, the promotion and support of the traditional Latin Mass within the Church, in union with Rome. Our mission is not directly concerned with other political or social teachings such as the correct understanding of Church/State relations, theological explorations into the question of baptism or salvation outside the Church, and the canonical status of separated Christian groups. The mission of Una Voce is limited to a promotion of the celebration of the Gregorian/Gelasian Latin Mass.

Una Voce accepts the 1969 Novus Ordo of Pope Paul VI as a valid rite of Mass. It accepts the Second Vatican Council as a valid Ecumenical Council of the Church and holds that its teachings are to be given the appropriate respect in relation to authority of its decrees.

In those cases where criticism of reformable policies or pastoral decisions of the Church is warranted, Una Voce offers opinions not as a means of judging the Church or her leaders, but only as permitted to the faithful in accordance with Canon 212 paragraph 3 of the Code of Canon Law.

I encourage all the Catholic faithful to consider full support of Una Voce in its mission and work. The Una Voce website is here: http://www.unavoce.org/

The Spineless USCCB

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The following is an example of what happens when Liberal clergymen get a hold of a plain and simple instruction...

The Pope's Instruction on Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion...

5. Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.

6. When "these precautionary measures have not had their effect or in which they were not possible," and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, "the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it" (cf. Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts Declaration "Holy Communion and Divorced, Civilly Remarried Catholics" [2002], nos. 3-4). This decision, properly speaking, is not a sanction or a penalty. Nor is the minister of Holy Communion passing judgement on the person’s subjective guilt, but rather is reacting to the person’s public unworthiness to receive Holy Communion due to an objective situation of sin.

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The USCCB response on the same matter:

The question has been raised as to whether the denial of Holy Communion to some Catholics in political life is necessary because of their public support for abortion on demand. Given the wide range of circumstances involved in arriving at a prudential judgment on a matter of this seriousness, we recognize that such decisions rest with the individual bishop in accord with the established canonical and pastoral principles. Bishops can legitimately make different judgments on the most prudent course of pastoral action. Nevertheless, we all share an unequivocal commitment to protect human life and dignity and to preach the Gospel in difficult times.

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Okay, what's the problem here guys? (I speak to the USCCB now.) Why can't you follow a simple instruction? This paragraph above is ridiculous! It has no teeth, and further demonstrates that the USCCB is nothing more than a paper tiger. (Maybe I should say "paper kitten.") The pope's instructions, (as Cardinal Ratzinger), were simple and clear. Do you think he's changed his mind since becoming pope? Are you planning on forcing him to have to repeat himself? When you pass statements and resolutions like this, is it any wonder why so many Catholic Americans no longer take your organization that seriously?

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

U.S. Episcopal Church Implodes -- Anglican Communion Crumbles

Anglicans 'are close to anarchy' in dispute over female bishop

THE Anglican Church descended into “ecclesiastical anarchy” last night as American traditionalists refused to accept the authority of a woman and asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to lead them instead.

Liberals celebrated the election of Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church while the traditionalist Fort Worth Diocese appealed to Dr Rowan Williams for “alternative primatial oversight”.

The appeal, being mulled over at Lambeth Palace, is expected to be the first of several. It represents the first formal step towards a schism that evangelicals say began with the consecration of the openly gay Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003...

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New US church leader says homosexuality no sin

Newly elected leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said on Monday she believed homosexuality was no sin and homosexuals were created by God to love people of the same gender.

Jefferts Schori, bishop of the Diocese of Nevada, was elected on Sunday as the first woman leader of the 2.3 million-member Episcopal Church. the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion. She will formally take office later this year.

Interviewed on CNN, Jefferts Schori was asked if it was a sin to be homosexual.

"I don't believe so. I believe that God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into this world with a different collection of things that challenge us and things that give us joy and allow us to bless the world around us," she said...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Thus ends the legacy of English Protestantism. The late great Anglican Communion was first conceived when King Henry VIII broke with Rome, and created the 'Church of England' back in 1535, because he wanted a divorce and the pope would not grant him one. This forced religious blessing of sexual immorality signaled the birth of English Protestantism, and almost five-hundred years later, another blessing of sexual immorality is now signaling it's death.

What value is the bloody sacrifice of Jesus Christ, on the cross at Calvary, if there really is no sin. If sexual immorality can be explained away (and excused) by genetics, even to the point of the claim that "God made them that way," than there really is no such thing as sexual sin. If this is true with sexual sin, than why not other forms of sin as well? Thus, the whole economy of salvation crashes into a kind of spiritual depression, in which there really is no sin, and Jesus Christ's death on the cross really means nothing at all.

Some Protestants, blinded by the politically correct culture, will not be able to see this. To them, religion is just a spiritual fix anyway. They file into church, to get their Sunday shot in the arm of ritual, so they can feel good about themselves in the week ahead. The "feel good" religion of "anything goes" has now completely penetrated, and taken over, the U.S. Episcopal Church. Lacking any real episcopal authority, we can expect the leadership of the worldwide Anglican Communion to do nothing. Disgusted with what's going on in the USA, and frustrated with the lack of leadership in Canterbury, we can expect conservative Anglican provinces in Africa and Asia to soon break away, while small conservative refugees in North America and England will either do nothing, or else try to start their own province separate from the ECUSA. This, even though similar attempts to do so have failed in the past.

Meanwhile, the real solution to the Anglican/Episcopal dilemma sits right under their noses. It requires some soul-searching, and a little uncomfortable questioning of the history of English Protestantism. They may have to face the prospect that perhaps breaking away from Rome wasn't such a good idea after all. They may have to face the fact that sexual immorality actually played a role in the founding of Anglicanism, and that might actually explain the spiritual dimension behind it's contemporary collapse. Worse yet, they may even have to admit that returning to Rome, under the protection of the pope, might be the only way to stop the complete collapse of English Christian tradition.

For nearly 30 years now, the Vatican has bent over backward to accommodate spiritual refugees from the failed Anglican Communion. The 'Anglican Use Liturgy' was established under Pope John Paul II, just for this purpose, and yet only a handful of Anglicans/Episcopalians have taken advantage of it. Maybe this is the last call for the faithful in the Anglican Communion. Maybe it's time for them to return to Rome, and reestablish the ancient and orthodox 'Anglican Rite' of the Roman Catholic Church.

RELEVANT LINKS on 'Anglican Use Liturgy' in Roman Catholic Church:

http://www.atonementonline.com/
http://www.pastoralprovision.org/
http://www.atonementonline.com/anglican_use.php
http://vatican-to-anglicans-women-bishops.html

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Knights Pledge To Keep Pushing Constitutional ‘Marriage Protection Amendment’

Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said today [June 7] that the U.S. Senate’s failure to approve the Marriage Protection Amendment is “deeply disappointing,” and noted the irony of the fact that the 49-48 vote “comes one day after Alabama became the 20th state to adopt a state constitutional amendment protecting marriage....

“Next month, the U.S. House of Representatives will also vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment, and we will once again join with the Catholic Bishops of the United States in urging them to vote to approve it,” Anderson said.

“We will support the efforts to adopt state constitutional amendments protecting marriage at the polls this fall. And we will redouble our efforts to build momentum for adoption of the Marriage Protection Amendment.

“It is absolutely essential that elected officials and citizens everywhere recognize the urgent need to act before the courts destroy society’s most valuable building block,” Anderson concluded.

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Here is something the Left Wing in this country just doesn’t understand. We, the Catholic Knights in America, by enlisting the aid of millions of registered voters WILL eventually get this Amendment passed. Our motivation is religious fervor. As far as we’re concerned, this is a crusade! Year after legislative year, we will not rest -- EVER -- until our mission is accomplished. Each legislative year we just get a little bit closer to our goal. The radical Left just doesn’t understand who they’re dealing with, or what they’re up against. Victory will be ours, and unrelenting persistence is the method through which we will attain it. After the Congressional elections in November, expect this issue to come up again in the following legislative session, and again the year after that, and so on, and so on, and so on... You know what I mean.

New Mass Translation Is More Biblical

Changes to Mass to reflect Latin translation and Biblical origins

Los Angeles, Jun. 16, 2006 (CNA) - Following Thursday’s approval of a new translation of the Mass in English, by the Bishops of the United States, several Catholics are wondering how the Mass changes will affect their experience. Below are listed a few of the more notable changes to the words the congregation prays:

On of the most commonly used exchanges between priest and people during the Mass is currently translated "The Lord be with you" / "And also with you". The new translation would read, "The Lord be with you" / "And with your spirit". Bishop Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds (England) and Chairman of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, briefly explained this change yesterday.

The translation of the phrase “et cum spritu tuo,” Bishop Roche said, “cannot be understood without reference to St Paul, who will often address a person, for example Timothy, by referring to ‘your spirit’ rather than simply to ‘you.’ What is the significance of this? Well, he is addressing someone close to God who has God’s spirit. So when we reply, ‘and with your spirit,’ we are indicating that we are part of a spiritual community, it is God’s spirit that has gathered us together.

The prayer Catholics say prior to communion, which currently reads, “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,” would now be translated, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof.” This response, Roche said, is supposed to be reminiscent of the Centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant. (found in Matthew 8:8 and Luke 7:6)....

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Friday, June 16, 2006

It Is Done!

The new translation of the Novus Ordo Mass has been approved by the U.S. Catholic bishops. It is now being submitted to Rome for final approval. Within a matter of months now, we should all be celebrating a much more accurate English translation of the new mass.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Vatican to Anglicans: 'Women Bishops Would Destroy Unity'

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Rome has drawn its line in the sand. There is a point where ecumenism with other Christians reaches it's end. If the Anglican Communion continues down its current trend, any hope of unity will be forever lost. It would seem to me that such action on the part of the Anglican Communion would open the door to a restoration of the "Anglican Rite" within the Roman Catholic Church, through which Anglican bishops can convert to Catholicism and retain their Anglican customs. Since all hope of unity would be lost with the Anglican communion, there would be no ecumenical hindrance to restoring the Anglican Rite within Roman Catholicism...

LONDON (CNS) -- A Vatican cardinal has warned the Church of England that a move to ordain women as bishops would destroy any chance of full unity with the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said that if the Church of England adopted such a resolution the "shared partaking of the one Lord's table, which we long for so earnestly, would disappear into the far and ultimately unreachable distance."

"Instead of moving toward one another, we would simply coexist alongside each other," he said.

His remarks came in a speech to a private meeting of the Church of England bishops in Market Bosworth, England, just four months after the bishops agreed to set up a working group to outline a process through which women might be consecrated as bishops...

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Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Top Democrat Blasts Catholics Over Gay-Marriage

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Well, it looks like the Party of Gay-Marriage (Democratic Party) has spoken again...

Ted Kennedy to Cardinals: "You're All Bigots!"

“A vote for this amendment is a vote for bigotry, pure and simple.” Thus spoke Sen. Ted Kennedy in reference to the Marriage Protection Amendment being debated in the Senate today.

One cannot help but wonder what His Eminence Sean Patrick Cardinal O’Malley of Boston thinks of Sen. Kennedy’s thunderous pontificating. Cardinal O’Malley, along with all seven other U.S. Catholic cardinals, signed a statement on behalf of the Religious Coalition for Marriage supporting the amendment and urging the Senate to pass the measure along to the states for ratification.

Presumably, by Sen. Kennedy’s lights, Cardinal O’Malley and the three score other religious leaders who signed the Coalition statement all are bigots. This would include Cardinals Roger Mahony of Los Angeles and Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C., two liberal-leaning prelates not known for their right-wing zealotry. And doubtlessly Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit, too, would be chagrined to find himself relegated to the company of the bigoted.

Among other notable bigots signing the Religious Coalition for Marriage’s pro-amendment statement are included Cardinals Egan of New York, Keeler of Baltimore, and George of Chicago; His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America; Bishop Charles E. Blake, First Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, a predominantly African-American denomination; the Most Reverend Jose H. Gomez, the Catholic bishop of San Antonio; Elder Russell M. Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, with its associated 43,000 churches comprising the largest Protestant denomination—bigots all, according to the Sage of Hyannis.

Sen. Kennedy’s humbuggery is part of the narrative the mainstream media has adopted on the marriage amendment. Either it’s simply an expression of raw bigotry toward gay people, or it’s another example of the Republicans’ pandering to their conservative base to advance the party’s chances going into the November elections. This week’s vote on the amendment is all about Majority Leader Bill Frist’s presidential aspirations, and President Bush’s pro-amendment radio address Saturday and Monday’s marriage event in the White House are motivated solely by politics and meant to energize the social conservatives.

Again, it would probably come as a shock to Cardinals Mahony and McCarrick to discover that they have now been declared to be part of the Republican Party’s conservative voter base...

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666

OK, you know that 666 is the Number of the Beast, but did you know that:

660Approximate number of the Beast
DCLXVIRoman numeral of the Beast
666.0000Number of the High Precision Beast
0.666Number of the Millibeast
/666Beast Common Denominator
1010011010Binary of the Beast
Beast1-666Area code of the Beast
00666Postcode of the Beast
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$665.95Retail price of the Beast
$699.25Price of the Beast plus sales tax
$769.95Price of the Beast with all accessories and replacement soul
$656.66Target price of the Beast
Route 666Way of the Beast
666FOven temperature for roast Beast
666mgRecommended Minimum Daily Requirement of Beast
Netscape 6.66BetaBrowser of the Beast
i66686CPU of the Beast
666IBMW of the Beast
668Next-door neighbour of the Beast


I thought it would just be some helpful information everyone should know. ;o)

Saturday, June 3, 2006

The Coming Liturgy of Pope Benedict XVI


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The following excerpt was featured in the Mexican newspaper Milenio, and was translated from Spanish...

Nicola Bux, author of the acclaimed book "The Lord of Mysteries: The Eucharist and Relativism" and professor of comparative liturgy, states, regarding this theme, that ''the liturgy of Pope Benedict XVI will be more spiritual, without post-Conciliar abuses. Following the Second Vatican Council, there was much confusion in the liturgy. Much of the responsibility lies with the diocesan bishops, who are not vigilant. I believe that Benedict XVI will renew the value of Latin, a language which was never abolished, and the Gregorian repertory."

And his words proved true. This Thursday, the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops assembled at the Vatican to develop and approve the schema of the [post-Synodal] "Apostolic Exhortation", the papal document regarding the liturgy. Everything seems to indicate the solemnity and ceremony of another era shall be return to the Mass. This document is expected in October, along with the indult favoring the Tridentine Mass....

source in spanish

Bush Administration Caves To Gay Activists

US gay-rights groups claim victory after US switches vote in UN

A coalition of radical homosexual groups put heavy pressure on the Bush administration to change its vote to allow accreditation of homosexual groups seeking UN recognition, the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-Fam) notes in its latest "Friday Fax.". Although they were unsuccessful in gaining accreditation for the groups, the gay-rights groups are claiming credit on their web sites for getting the US to change what was a No vote to a Yes...

...Thomas Jacobson, the UN representative for Focus on the Family Action, said, "We commend the countries that successfully opposed the homosexual-rights groups. But we are disappointed that the Bush administration, after opposing such groups seeking NGO status for five years, changed its position."

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Friday, June 2, 2006

Democratic Party Supports Gay-Marriage

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: On the eve of next Tuesday's Senate vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment, Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean has lobbed a rhetorical grenade at Catholic voters around the country by calling the Marriage Protection Amendment "discrimination", as well as "hateful, (and) divisive." It's hard to believe that the Chairman of the National Democratic Party would speak so disdainfully of an initiative that is so strongly supported by a majority of Catholic voters and Catholic organizations such as the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Knights of Columbus. I guess the Chairman of the National Democratic Party thinks the Catholic Bishops and Knights of Columbus are "hateful and divisive."

But such is the status quo of today's far-left Democratic Party. This latest Dean flare-up is another clear reminder why so many Catholics (such as myself) have left the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party of our grandfathers' time has sold out to the far-left of our society while now supporting partial-birth abortion, higher taxes and a redefinition of the millennia-old definition of marriage. Worse yet, they have sought to impose this extreme liberal vision for America through the courts, while circumventing the legislative process. For nearly a decade I've been saying this, and it rings true now more than ever. The last great Democratic President we had was John F. Kennedy, and when he was shot, the Democratic Party died with him. Make no mistake about it. I hold no loyalty to the Republican Party either, but in these dark days I would just assume walk through a nest of pit vipers, before I would support the latest filth coming out of the national Democratic Party.