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

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Prominent Church Leaders Condemn 'Christian Zionism'


Jerusalem, Aug. 31 (CWNews.com) - Four of Jerusalem's most prominent Christian leaders have issued a public statement condemning Christian Zionism.

In their strongly worded statement, the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant leaders describe Christian Zionism as "a worldview where the Gospel is identified with the ideology of empire, colonialism, and militarism." That outlook, they charge, is "detrimental to a just peace within Palestine and Israel."

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: In short, these Christian leaders are right. Please don't misunderstand. I am personally a supporter of Israel, even though I am not a Zionist. I believe Israel has just as much a right to exist as Canada does. Israel is a soveriegn nation, which was built and established under international law. Israelis have just as must of a right to defend their nation as American do for our own nation. In addition to that, Israel is the only western-style nation in the middle east. It has the best track record on religious liberty among all middle eastern nation. Israel has proven to be good stewarts of the religious shrines and churches dotting the lanscape throughout the Holy Land. So there are a whole lot of good reasons why Israel should be favored by Americans, and American foriegn policy.

Having said that, we should not allow this legitimate favoratism to be directed by religious motivation, because in the end, it only clouds our judgment both as a nation, and as a Christian people. Christian Zionism tends to leave Christians with the notion that Israel can do no wrong. It also tends to leave Christians with the idea that Israel is entitled to do whatever it wants. It was Christian Zionists who helped Jewish Zionists build settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, which only added fuel to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. As Christians we should be more focused on what is a fair and equatable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Homofacists Take Over California


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has just signed into law a reglulation violating the seperation of Church and State, in which the State of California may now dictate to religious charities what is "acceptable" religious teaching on homosexuality. Any religious charity which does not fully accept and condone homosexuality will be cut off from all state funds and blacklisted. Thank you "girlie man" Schwarzennegger. Who would have thought he would be so pro-gay.

Currently, California is in the midst of several legislations involving sexual orientation and public policies including:

  • SB 1437 which prohibits textbooks, instructional materials, and school-sponsored activities from “reflecting adversely” on transsexuality, bisexuality, or homosexuality;
  • AB 606 which authorizes the California superintendent of Public Instruction to withhold state funds from any district that does not “adequately” promote the State Department of Education’s “model policy” promoting transsexuality, bisexuality and homosexual curriculum in public schools; and
  • AB 1056 which would use $250,000 tax dollars to promote transsexual, bisexual, and homosexual lifestyle under the name of “tolerance education.”

Rosary Crusade for Missouri

Archbishop Raymond L. Burke of the Archdiocese of St. Louis launched a Rosary Crusade on May 9, 2006, to safeguard embryonic human life and prevent human cloning. The need for the Crusade in Missouri is heightened because of a proposed state constitutional amendment that will permit the use of public funds and guarantee scientists the constitutional right to clone human beings and destroy tiny human embryos for research purposes. The research in view violates both the sanctity and the dignity of human life.

The power of praying the Rosary through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe is long-recognized in the history of the Church. “Like the Christians before the Battle of Lepanto, we must call upon God’s help by praying the Rosary, calling especially upon the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America and Star of the New Evangelization,” said Archbishop Burke when he announced the Crusade.

To join the Crusade, members pledge to pray the Rosary faithfully from now until November 7, 2006, the day that Missourians will vote on the proposed amendment. To join the Crusade, click here.

Please spread the word about this crusade.

Germany's Chancellor Pushes for 'Christian' EU Constitution


In remarks which will reopen the debate on religion in the EU, Angela Merkel threw her weight behind Pope Benedict's campaign to recognise Europe's Christian heritage. "We spoke about freedom of religion," she said after talks at the Pope's summer residence near Rome. "We spoke about the role of Europe and I emphasised the need for a constitution and that it should refer to our Christian values."

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:
The Vatican has just found a strong ally in Germany's new chancellor, Angela Merkel, daughter of a Protestant minister and leader of the strongly Catholic "Christian Democratic Union Party." Germany will take charge of the EU next year, and Chancellor Merkel is expected to revive efforts to pass an EU constitution. Under Merkel, the revised constitution is expected to take on a more "Christian" appearance. If passed, the EU Constitution will actually be a document more friendly to Christianity than the US Constitution. There is no indication yet as to how this will translate into government policy or cultural acceptance. Christianity is virtually dead in Europe, with the exception of just a few localities. The continent faces a real threat from Muslim missionaries hoping to take Europe in the name of Islam by converting European youth. The movement has had shocking success in France, Britain and the Scandinavian countries. Secularism has proved to be a miserable failure in Europe, and yet it still has its diehard supporters.

The Catholic Knight has a prediction. I predict that Chancellor Merkel will have far greater success pushing a new constitution under her vision of an EU built on the Christian principles of 'free will' and 'religious liberty.' Her chief opponents will be France, Great Britain, and covertly the United States of America. You see, a Christian Europe, built on 'free will' and 'religious liberty,' poses a significant threat to the Novus Ordo Seclorum ('New World Order') of the United States government. If the new EU Constitution passes, it will prove that you can have complete religious freedom under a Christian system of government. This undermines secularism entirely, and makes the current understanding of America's "establishment clause" obsolete and irrelevant. Politicians and pundits alike would have to admit that the United States was once a Christian nation, and could be again, without any threat to religious liberty. That will just never do, and the liberals running the USA (both Democrats and Republicans) will never have it. Look for the US government to do everything within its power to undermine Merkel's constitutional push, and in doing so, the USA will posture itself squarely against Germany, the Vatican, and Christianity itself. I would expect this of secular France and liberal Britain, but for the USA, this is truly a tragic event that will shock most Christian Americans.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Missouri Voters Taken for Suckers!

Archbishop Raymond Burke has accused proponents of embryonic stem-cell research of using "a tremendous amount of misinformation and disinformation" to promote their cause.

Speaking at a rally organized by opponents of a statewide ballot initiative that would ease legal limits on stem-cell research in Missouri, the archbishop said that embryonic research of the sort being proposed would constitute "the legalized destruction of human life."

The key issue in dispute in the Missouri debate is the meaning of the term "therapeutic cloning." Proponents of the embryo research say that although human embryos may be reproduced, there is no danger of human cloning because no children will be born through the process. Opponents point out that the embryos that are created and harvested for their stem cells are already human beings....

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Go Burke go! Preach it! It's the truth. We're being LIED to folks. The whole Missouri Stem Cell bill is a LIE! They're making it look like we're voting against human cloning, when in fact, a vote for the bill is a "yes" to human cloning! It's a trick! We have to get the word out. Vote "NO" on Amendment 2. Pass this message on to at least five Missouri voters now, before it's too late.

Arnold Schwarzenegger -- Traitor and Tyrant!

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law yesterday, Senate Bill 1441, a bill that would potentially remove state assistance from organizations which stand-by religious beliefs deemed discriminatory towards homosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals, and the like. The bill is being assailed by groups who say that the bill violates their first amendment rights by penalizing them for holding certain religious beliefs....

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The real scary part of this story is that this man actually believes he's a Roman Catholic, let alone an American patriot. What ever happened to freedom of religion? That part of Vatican II seems to have slipped "The Governator's" mind, along with that part about the 'first amendment' on his U.S. citizenship exam. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger just sold out his Catholicism and his patriotism to pander to the fascism of gay lobbyists. Who would have thought this "tough man" would so easily slip into the back pocket of the homofascist special interest. It would appear the governor has been bought and paid for. Who's the "girlie man" now Arnold?

Monday, August 28, 2006

CBS ADMITS: Public School Sex-Abuse and Cover-Up Dwarfs Catholic Church Scandal

Any institution that has allowed children to be harmed by predators deserves to be taken to task for it. No institution should get a pass. And no profession should get a pass. Not preachers, not priests — not even teachers.

Especially not teachers. And yet …

Consider the statistics: In accordance with a requirement of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act, in 2002 the Department of Education carried out a study of sexual abuse in the school system.

Hofstra University researcher Charol Shakeshaft looked into the problem, and the first thing that came to her mind when Education Week reported on the study were the daily headlines about the Catholic Church.

“[T]hink the Catholic Church has a problem?” she said. “The physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.”

So, in order to better protect children, did media outlets start hounding the worse menace of the school systems, with headlines about a “Nationwide Teacher Molestation Cover-up” and by asking “Are Ed Schools Producing Pedophiles?”

No, they didn’t. That treatment was reserved for the Catholic Church, while the greater problem in the schools was ignored altogether.

As the National Catholic Register’s reporter Wayne Laugesen points out, the federal report said 422,000 California public-school students would be victims before graduation — a number that dwarfs the state’s entire Catholic-school enrollment of 143,000.

Yet, during the first half of 2002, the 61 largest newspapers in California ran nearly 2,000 stories about sexual abuse in Catholic institutions, mostly concerning past allegations. During the same period, those newspapers ran four stories about the federal government’s discovery of the much larger — and ongoing — abuse scandal in public schools....

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: A few opinion columnists are starting to see the light on this one, and their big media keepers are finally letting them speak freely on the subject. Catholic pundits have been warning about this anti-Catholic media bias for years, but their warnings have fallen on deaf ears, until now. The sex-abuse cover-up scandal in the public schools has just gotten too big. It's become the "elephant in the living room" that nobody wants to talk about, but it can no longer be ignored.

As I pointed out in a previous story, the problem in the Catholic Church was not pedophilia, but rather homosexual abuse of teenagers. This fact was also neglected by the mainstream media. Likewise, when we take into consideration the non-pedophilia cases of sex-abuse in the public schools the number of cases rises exponentially. As I've said on many occasions. The Catholic sex-abuse scandal of 2003 was not reflective of a Church problem, but rather a cultural problem. Western culture is decadent and corrupted by sexual deviancy. Sexual predators naturally gravitate toward positions that put them in close contact with their prey, and give them some level of authority over them. Naturally, the position of a priest would be desirable to a sexual predator, but the position of public school teacher would be far more accessible.

Great Britain "Criminalizes" Sign of the Cross

A ROMAN Catholic footballer who blessed himself during a match has been cautioned by police after it was decided his behaviour had been provocative and had led to crowd trouble.

Fans complained after Artur Boruc, the Polish goalkeeper for Glasgow Celtic, crossed himself during a derby with arch-rivals Rangers at Ibrox stadium, Rangers’ home ground, in February...

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: You think it can't happen eh? Well it does happen, and it has been happening for a long time. Ever since the times of Queen Elizabeth, Catholics have always gotten a raw deal in the United Kingdom, which is why so many Irish Catholics eventually fled to the USA in the last century. This is just one more example of the type of persecution some British Catholics face every day. Now it's just done under the guise of Political Correctness.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Head of Anglican Communion Tells Gays to REPENT!

The archbishop of Canterbury has told homosexuals that they need to change their behaviour if they are to be welcomed into the church, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

Rowan Williams has distanced himself from his one-time liberal support of gay relationships and stressed that the tradition and teaching of the Church has in no way been altered by the Anglican Communion's consecration of its first openly homosexual bishop.

The declaration by the archbishop - rebutting the idea that homosexuals should be included in the church unconditionally - marks a significant development in the church's crisis over homosexuals. According to liberal and homosexual campaigners, it confirmed their fears that the archbishop has become increasingly conservative - and sparked accusations that he has performed an "astonishing" U-turn over the homosexual issue...

read full story here


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Finally! The Church of England is showing some backbone. I was beginning to think it didn't have any left. It looks like the Archbishop of Canterbury has finally realized that the only way out of this mess is through REPENTANCE. The Anglican Communion must abandon its pro-homosexual stand entirely, and tell the homofacists within their organization, that if they won't repent of their sin, they can get out. Now all we have to do is wait to see if this glimpse of a spine is just a temporary phenomenon, or a sign of things to come.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Democrats AND Republicans Loosing Ground with Christians

A poll on U.S. views on religion and politics finds that the Republican Party is losing ground among white evangelical Protestants. The percentage of white evangelicals who believe the GOP is "friendly to religion" has dropped by 14 percent in the past year, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life said. Overall, the percentage of respondents who say Republicans are friendly to religion dropped to 47 percent from 53 percent...

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Liberal or progressive Christians, who make up 34 percent of the population, are disunified on key issues, and only one out of four Americans considers the Democratic Party friendly to religion, a Pew poll shows.

Released yesterday, the wide-ranging poll on religion as it intersects with politics, public life, science, law and world affairs also showed an increase among Christians in sympathy for Israel...

...Only 7 percent of those polled identified themselves as members of the religious left in the poll of 2,003 adults, conducted last month by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. As a movement, the religious left lacks cohesive issues that define its views, said the poll, which has a sampling error of 3.5 percentage points.
Moreover, no political party welcomes the religious left with open arms. Twenty-six percent of those polled said the Democratic Party is friendly toward religion, 42 percent thought it was neutral and 20 percent thought it was unfriendly. Three years ago in a similar Pew poll, 42 percent said the party was friendly toward religion....

read full story here

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Homofacists Prepare To Take California


...The four proposals are SB1437, SB1441, AB1056 and AB606. Some already have been approved by lawmakers, others await their final outcome.

Among the new laws would be one to ban the state from doing business with any company or group that does not provide benefits to workers with "domestic partners" equal to the benefits offered workers with spouses, according to Concerned Women for America.

Penny Harrington, who is the legislative liaison for Concerned Women for America of San Diego and Imperial Counties, noted there's no conscience clause, which usually is included to allow religious organizations to continue to be faithful to their beliefs.

"It's pretty ironclad," she said.

Another has a requirement for "sensitivity" training for foster parents, group home staff members and social workers about "challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender youth."

It also leaves to social workers to decide whether children are old enough to "consider himself or herself affiliated with a particular religion."

Perhaps the worst, Dobson said, is SB1437, which would ban any instructional materials or public school activities that "reflect adversely" on homosexuals and other alternative sexual lifestyles...

read full story here

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Good News! Liberals Heading Toward Extinction

...Simply put, liberals have a big baby problem: They're not having enough of them, they haven't for a long time, and their pool of potential new voters is suffering as a result. According to the 2004 General Social Survey, if you picked 100 unrelated politically liberal adults at random, you would find that they had, between them, 147 children. If you picked 100 conservatives, you would find 208 kids. That's a "fertility gap" of 41%. Given that about 80% of people with an identifiable party preference grow up to vote the same way as their parents, this gap translates into lots more little Republicans than little Democrats to vote in future elections. Over the past 30 years this gap has not been below 20%--explaining, to a large extent, the current ineffectiveness of liberal youth voter campaigns today....

...The fertility gap doesn't budge when we correct for factors like age, income, education, sex, race--or even religion. Indeed, if a conservative and a liberal are identical in all these ways, the liberal will still be 19 percentage points more likely to be childless than the conservative. Some believe the gap reflects an authentic cultural difference between left and right in America today. As one liberal columnist in a major paper graphically put it, "Maybe the scales are tipping to the neoconservative, homogenous right in our culture simply because they tend not to give much of a damn for the ramifications of wanton breeding and environmental destruction and pious sanctimony, whereas those on the left actually seem to give a whit for the health of the planet and the dire effects of overpopulation." It would appear liberals have been quite successful controlling overpopulation--in the Democratic Party.

Of course, politics depends on a lot more than underlying ideology. People vote for politicians, not parties. Lots of people are neither liberal nor conservative, but rather vote on the basis of personalities and specific issues. But all things considered, if the Democrats continue to appeal to liberals and the Republicans to conservatives, getting out the youth vote may be increasingly an exercise in futility for the American left.

Democratic politicians may have no more babies left to kiss.

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:
Well my wife and I have done our duty and replenished the population with two kids (one boy and one girl) to replace us when we're gone. We've already begun the brainwashing and indoctrination process with our 2-year old, and we'll be getting an early start on our infant just as soon as she can talk. That's two more conservative Catholics marching in lockstep folks! Now if I can only talk my wife into a couple more kids, we will have doubled our number. I'm just doing everything I can to please God and piss off the radical Left. ;o)

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

<-- Back to the Future

Archbishop Burke
Bishop Rifan and his priestly society achieved full canonical recognition and regularization with the Church on January 18, 2002.

It is hoped by many traditionalists and the Holy See that the positive example of this group of priests, which offers all the sacraments exclusively according to the ancient rites, will serve as a model for other traditionalist priestly societies such as the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), to potentially reach full regularization with the Church.

Archbishop Raymond Burke, a notably obedient son of the Church, particularly with applying Pope John Paul II’s request in Ecclesia Dei Adflicta to be “wide and generous” in allowing the Classical Roman liturgy for those Catholics who desire it, agrees with Bishop Rifan’s assessment, but with a nuance.

“I wouldn’t think that the Holy Father would be doing this simply as a strategy [for ecumenical relations with the Orthodox], but I do think it will be an effect of a restoration or in the ‘reform of the reform’ of the liturgy,” Archbishop Burke said.

“It seems to me for the Eastern rites, and for those of the Orthodox Churches, the reform of the liturgy after the council and the concrete expression is so stripped of the transcendent, of the sacral elements, it is difficult for them to recognize its relationship with their Eucharistic Liturgies,” he said.

Archbishop Burke agreed that the Eastern Churches would most likely identify more readily with the Classical Roman rite of liturgy, and its similarities with their own Divine Liturgies, than the Novus Ordo liturgy.

“It would be easier for them to see the unity, the oneness in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, by a rite of the Mass, just limiting ourselves now to talking about the Holy Mass, that it was richer in those dimensions -- the elements of the transcendent -- the symbols of the transcendent element of Christ -- Christ in action in the Mass -- the unbloody renewal of the Sacrifice of Calvary,” Archbishop Burke said...

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Now this is an interesting article, and worth the read. It gives us a glimpse into the mindset of our new pope. Could it be that in this one man (Joseph Ratzinger) the ecumenical concerns of Pope John Paul II and the traditionalist concerns of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (SSPX founder) meld into one cohesive symphony? Could it be that this same man (Ratzinger) plans to end 1,000 years of schism with the Eastern Orthodox by bringing Catholics back to the traditional Roman Rite of their fathers? Could it be that the key to Catholicism's future is found in its past? It would appear that the position of our current pope is that the reforms of Vatican II have yet to be enacted correctly, and the post-conciliar Church is supposed to look a lot more like the pre-conciliar Church. Your thoughts?

Bush 'Flip-Flops' on Abortion Issue

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Dear Mr. President, you really screwed up on this one. I don't know if you just blundered, or decided to stab us in the back. Whatever the case, you just broke a MAJOR promise to your core constituency, and you now have the blood of unborn babies on your hands. Shame on you! ....

WASHINGTON, August 21, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - For his pro-life supporter base, President George W. Bush stepped into one of the biggest political landmines of his Presidential career today with his approval of over the counter status for the abortion-causing morning after pill Plan B.

A press release by Human Life International underscored the seriousness of the move as it was titled, "President Bush Files for Divorce with Catholic Base." Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, president of Human Life International commented, "President Bush's implied support for the abortion-causing drug Plan B is completely inconsistent with his recent veto of the embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) funding bill. What the president apparently fails to realize is that Plan B kills the same innocent unborn children that the ESCR process does."

read full story here

Monday, August 21, 2006

Catholic Sex Scandal Revisited

In spite of what the media said three years ago, recent studies into the matter have found...

The [Catholic] Church had no pedophilia scandal. Though it has become media boilerplate to refer to a “pedophile priest scandal,” the reality is quite different. When the John Jay College of Criminal Justice thoroughly researched clergy sex abuse for the U.S. bishops, it found not a pedophilia crisis but what Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, described as “homosexual predation on American Catholic youth.” McHugh called that information a “bombshell” and said, “I’m astonished that people throughout America are not talking about it, thinking about it and wondering about what the mechanisms were that set this alight.”

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:
Michael S. Rose answered that question in his book "Goodbye Good Men." It all began when liberals took over most of the seminaries in the west, and started letting active homosexuals in. Once homosexuals were put on the path to priesthood, a certain large percentage of them turned out to be sexual predators, looking to take advantage of naive and vulnerable teenage boys/men in the Church. Add a little homosexual blackmail of bishops to the mix, and you've got yourself the perfect recipe for a cover-up sex scandal. That's why Pope Benedict XVI has effectively mandated that all Catholic seminaries become a "no gay zone." Not only will homosexuals no longer be admitted as candidates, but homosexual priests will no longer be able to work in the seminaries either. The pope rightfully understands that the best solution to the problem is to eliminate the source of the problem. If you've got a homosexual sex-scandal to deal with, than just get rid of the homosexuals. They shouldn't have been there in the first place.

World War III

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Tomorrow (8/22/2006) marks an important date on Islamic calendars, and God only knows what Islamofacists have in store for the world on that date. As for the greater war on terror, I believe history will one day record this clash of civilizations as a war between two evils -- Western Liberalism vs. Islamic Fascism. The evil of Islamic Fascism is obvious and plain for the naked eye to see. The evil of Western Liberalism is a bit more subtle, but just as insidious. If you’re wondering which side God will favor, the only question that remains is which one is worse.

  • Islamic Fascism kills innocent civilians in the name of jihad. While Western Liberalism kills unborn babies in the name of 'choice,' as well as the sick and elderly in the name of 'mercy.'
  • Islamic Fascism humiliates women under sharia law. While Western Liberalism exploits women through pornography and “adult entertainment.”
  • Islamic Fascism subjugates non-Muslims as second class citizens. While Western Liberalism denigrates non-Liberals as subhuman Neanderthals.
  • Islamic Fascism embraces socialism as the most ideal of economic systems. While Western Liberalism also embraces socialism as the most ideal of economic systems.
  • Islamic Fascists obsess on converting others to their ideology by force if necessary. While Western Liberals impose their ideology on others through legal and judicial force when necessary.
  • Islamic Fascists distort reality with propaganda. While Western Liberals create their own reality through propaganda.

Which is worse? God will decide. Perhaps the best way to win World War III is to make sure it’s not a war between Islamic Fascism and Western Liberalism. If Western civilization can be rescued from Liberalism, and return to its Christian roots, than maybe (just maybe), we can define a clear difference between us and our enemies. Then and only then will we stand a chance at winning this global conflict.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Western Liberalism to Rival Nazi Facism Soon


Bishop Doran's Column
(8/10/2006)

I want to touch on this matter before we get too close to the November madness. As human beings, as citizens of a "first world country," as Americans, and as Catholics, most importantly, we have to take count of the circumstances in which we live. We know that the only creatures of God that outlast time are those created having intellect and will. All other things, with the passage of time, break up or break down.

Many of the issues that confront us are serious, and we know by now that the political parties in our country are at loggerheads as to how to solve them. We know, for instance, that adherents of one political party would place us squarely on the road to suicide as a people.

The seven "sacraments" of their secular culture are abortion, buggery, contraception, divorce, euthanasia, feminism of the radical type, and genetic experimentation and mutilation. These things they unabashedly espouse, profess and promote. Their continuance in public office is a clear and present danger to our survival as a nation.

Since the mid-1940s we have been accustomed to look askance at Germans. They were protagonists of the Second World War and so responsible for fifty million deaths. We say, "How awful," and yet in our country we have, for the most part, allowed the party of death and the court system it has produced to eliminate, since 1973, upwards of forty million of our fellow citizens without allowing them to see the light of day. They have done their best to make ours a true culture of death. No doubt, we shall soon outstrip the Nazis in doing human beings to death.

I do not think that we should spend a great deal of time in lamentation over the children whose lives have been snuffed out by the barbaric practice of therapeutic abortion. They passed from their lives quickly in this world and have gone into the hands of the Lord of Life and Mercy for all eternity. We must make it clear too, that many who have sought to have practiced on themselves therapeutic abortion are in many instances driven to it by persons heedless of their welfare, or by well-meaning but inept parents or guardians who regard abortion as a solution and not as what it is--an immense problem. There are some, I think few, largely given over to immoral lives who regard abortion as a good, but their number is not great.

What we have to remember is that violence breeds violence. When we tolerate unjust attacks upon the tiniest innocents among us, we habituate ourselves to violence. And so we have allowed these barbaric practices to corrupt our laws, our medical practice, and even our ordinary lives. How accustomed we have become to the immense loss of life in our wars throughout the world! Those who have killed millions under their mother’s hearts cannot be expected to balk at a mere few thousand killed in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Somalia, in Darfur, in Bosnia, in Madrid, in London, in Baghdad, in Beirut, in Washington, in New York. The violence of abortion coarsens the lives of all of us.Once it was said, "... for all who take the sword will perish by the sword." (Matthew 26:52) So we see the rise in the number of predations among youth, even among the youngest, the rise of domestic violence. We speak of road rage as a common thing. It is true what the theologians have said, that sin darkens the intellect, and weakens the will.

Having sown the wind of abortion we now reap the whirlwind. This appears in every quarter of our culture and on every day. And that just from the first of the "sacraments of death" of our secular human culture. The toleration of sexual perversions among inverts, widespread contraception, easy access to "no fault" divorce, the killing of the elderly, radical feminism, embryonic stem cell research--all of these things defile and debase our human nature and our human destiny. Should we cry out with the prophet "To the mountains, 'Cover us,' and to the hills, 'Fall on us'" (Hosea: 10:8), lest other peoples see and, God forbid, imitate us?.

I ran across, in one parish, prayers of the faithful with the intention that "we pray for those who work and demonstrate for the cause of life and the unborn, the aged and the defected, that they may persevere in spite of the ridicule they receive sometimes, even from pastors and priests." I shudder to think that might be true. We know from the sad experience of recent years that some Catholics (even among priests) are so warped and perverted from their Catholic vocation, that they are capable of enormities. But, they should know that it was no prelate or bishop or pope that said, "Suffer the little children to come to me and do not hinder them" (Matthew 19:14).

The Invisible Head of the Church will one day come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire, particularly those who have either by acts of omission or commission, destroyed innocent human life.It is the duty of every Catholic to support the work of the parish Pro-Life directors and commissions and to work for the extirpation from our society of all those who in any way foster or promote these things. I wholeheartedly endorse the activities of our Pro-Life Office in the sure and certain knowledge that divine justice will not allow those who act against human life to prosper.

These unholy sacraments of our secular culture are the seeds of the destruction of our nation.Think for yourself: what nation that kills its young, perverts marriage, prevents new life, and destroys the family, kills those deemed useless, makes the war of the sexes into a real war, and manipulates the genetic basis of human nature, can long endure?

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

San Francisco Sued for Anti-Catholicism

SAN FRANCISCO - The City’s stance against Catholic Church officials who oppose the adoption of children by same-sex couples is under attack by a powerful church group.

The Catholic League, the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization, has filed a lawsuit against the Board of Supervisors for adopting a resolution in March criticizing a high-ranking church official for directing Catholic leaders in San Francisco not to allow same-sex couples to adopt children.

The Catholic League maintains that the resolution violates the First Amendment, which prohibits government from passing laws against religious groups.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed a motion with the San Francisco District Court to dismiss the case on the grounds that it has no merit.

“Church officials weighed in on a matter of public policy and they are certainly free to do that. But the fact they are a religious institution doesn’t constitutionally shield them from being criticized,” City Attorney’s Office spokesman Matt Dorsey said.

The Catholic League is asking the judge to rule that the resolution is unconstitutional and is seeking an unknown sum in damages as well as reimbursement of legal fees.

The resolution, authored by Supervisor Tom Ammiano, urged local Catholic leaders to “defy all discriminatory directives” from Cardinal William Levada, who instructed them to “not place children for adoption in homosexual households.”

The resolution also characterizes Levada’s directive as “hateful and discriminatory rhetoric.”

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The following is the actual text of the resolution passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Judge for yourself. Is it a flagrant violation of the first amendment? I am convinced that it is, because not only does it make a few anti-Catholic remarks, but it specifically urges San Francisco bishops to defy two major tenets of the Catholic faith -- which are obedience to the pope, and refusing to cooperate with sin. The City of San Francisco has effectively legislated what it defines as "acceptable religion" and "unacceptable religion."

RESOLUTION 060356

Resolution urging Cardinal William Levada, in his capacity has head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican, to withdraw his discriminatory and defamatory directive that Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco stop placing children in need of adoption with homosexual households.

WHEREAS, It is a insult to all San Franciscans when a foreign country, like the Vatican, meddles with and attempts to negatively influence this great City's existing and established customs and traditions such as the right of same-sex couples to adopt and care for children in need; and

WHEREAS, The statements of Cardinal Levada and the Vatican that "Catholic agencies should not place children for adoption in homosexual households," and "Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such unions would actually mean doing violence to these children" are absolutely unacceptable to the citizenry of San Francisco; and,

WHEREAS, Such hateful and Discriminatory rhetoric is both insulting and callous, and shows a level of insensitivity and ignorance which has seldom been encountered by this Board of Supervisors; and

WHEREAS, Same sex couples are just as qualified to be parents as are heterosexual couples; and

WHEREAS, Cardinal Levada is a decidedly unqualified representative of his former home city, and of the people of San Francisco and the values they hold dear; and

WHEREAS, The Board of Supervisors urges Archbishop Niederauer and the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to defy all discriminatory directives of Cardinal Levada; now, therefore, be it Resolved, that the Board of Supervisors urges Cardinal William Levada, in his capacity as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican (formerly known as Holy Office of the Inquisition), to withdraw his discriminatory and defamatory directive that Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco stop placing children in need of adoption with homosexual households.

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: All Catholic Americans should be warned about the ramifications of this lawsuit, regardless of your position on homosexuality. If the city wins, than other U.S. cities will follow through with similar measures, effectively sending a clear, though non-legally binding, message to all U.S. Catholics -- that Catholicism (as defined by the pope and the Vatican) is no longer welcome in the United States of America.

Monday, August 14, 2006

The REAL Vatican II


If you...

  • prefer a more extensive use of Latin in the sacred liturgy,
  • are upset by liturgical experiments or practices such as lay distribution of Holy Communion or Communion in the hand,
  • hold that God wants every human being to be a Catholic,
  • can’t understand why religious wear lay attire,
  • treasure the charism of priestly celibacy,
  • think our seminaries have been derailed,
  • find it difficult to comprehend the lack of support for Catholic schools,
  • accept the teaching authority of the pope and bishops in union with him,
  • accept the Gospel portraits of Jesus as real and historical,
  • prefer to see laity representing Christ in the world rather than in the sanctuary,
  • believe it is your responsibility to evangelize the world for Christ,
...then rejoice, and stake your claim as a true disciple of the Second Vatican Council. And make sure to tell others who hold opposing positions to find another Church council to appeal to for their private projects and agendas...

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Ein geöffneter Buchstabe zu den deutschen Leuten...

DER KATHOLISCHE RITTER: Der groben Natur dieser übersetzung bitte verzeihen. Meine Familie hatte Englisch für die letzten 100 Jahre gesprochen, und mein Deutsch ist sehr arm…

Das letzte Jahrhundert holte zwei Weltkriege und mit ihnen fand sich Deutschland auf der falschen Seite der Geschichte. Manchmal erlaubt geheimnisvolle Vorsehung des Gottes Einzelpersonen, vollständig zu fallen unten, bevor sie wieder aufstehen können. Die selben konnten von den Nationen besagt sein. Heute die Nation von Deutschland steht an einer Gelegenheit, den Kurs von Geschichte Europas in einem neuen Jahrhundert zu ändern und an einem neuen Jahrtausend. "Nicht durch Macht und nicht durch Kraft, sondern durch meinen Geist, spricht der HERR der Heerscharen." (Zechariah 4:6) keine europäische Nation versteht dieses Sprichwort besser als Deutschland, das die bittere Qual der Niederlage in zwei Weltkriegen erlitten hat, und der Versuch des Aushaltens eines Dolches der nationalen Abteilung, Aufspalten des Landes in zwei während des Kommunisten Besetzung. Seit dem Fall des kommunistischen Reiches, Deutschland ist schließlich frei gewesen, aber die Suche nach seinem korrekten Platz in der Geschichte hat nicht beendet.

Heute war eine neue Art Führer aus Deutschland entstanden -- ein Weltführer. Sein Name ist Joseph Ratzinger, aber die Welt kennt ihn als Papst Benedict XVI. Dieser Sohn von Deutschland führt jetzt die größte organisierte Religion in der Welt, und er ist vermutlich die größte einzelne Kraft für gutes innerhalb Deutschlands, das jedermann innen über ein Jahrhundert gesehen hat. Bis jetzt würde es scheinen, daß die Jugend von Deutschland bereits hat umfaßt ihm. Wenn sie fortfahren, ihn und besonders seine Anzeige zu umfassen, als stellt dar Gelegenheit, damit Deutschland in der Tat Führer aller europäischen Leute steht. "Nicht durch Macht und nicht durch Kraft, sondern durch meinen Geist, spricht der HERR der Heerscharen." Europa ist in der hoffnungslosen Notwendigkeit einer christlichen Wiederbelebung. Wenn es nicht bald geschieht, wird Europa die moslemische Grenze im folgenden Jahrhundert. Wenn deutsche Jugend dem Papst folgt, als können sie den Ausweg von diesem führen. Deutschlands weltlicher Kopf kann neue Klarheit und Richtung mit einem christlichen Herzen gegeben werden, zum sie zu führen. Deutsche Jugend hat innerhalb ihrer Energie, eine Zivilisation der Liebe jetzt zu bilden, weltlich in der Regierung (Haupt) und im Christen in der Kultur (Herz). In der Zeit können andere europäische Nationen Leitung Deutschlands folgen. Die, die nicht willen, erleiden nur die natürlichen Konsequenzen von ihren Selbst Untätigkeit. Meine Hoffnung für meine ancestral Heimaten ist die Deutsche Jugend ergreift den Moment und nimmt diese einzigartige Gelegenheit, die barmherzige Vorsehung des Gottes ihnen gegeben hat, wahr und ändert den Kurs der Geschichte.


---English Translation---

An Open Letter to the German People...


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:
Please forgive the crude nature of this translation. My family has spoken English for the last 100 years, and my German is very poor...

The last century brought two world wars and with them Germany found itself on the wrong side of history. Sometimes God's mysterious providence allows individuals to fall all the way down before they can get up again. The same could be said of nations. Today, the nation of Germany stands at an opportunity to change the course of Europe’s history in a new century, and a new millennium. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6) No European nation understands this proverb better than Germany, who has suffered the bitter agony of defeat in two world wars, and the trial of enduring a dagger of national division, splitting the country in two during the communist occupation. Since the fall of the communist empire, Germany has finally been free, but the search for its proper place in history has not ended.

Today, a new kind of leader has arisen from Germany -- a world leader. His name is Joseph Ratzinger, but the world knows him as Pope Benedict XVI. This son of Germany now leads the largest organized religion in the world, and he is probably the greatest single force for good within Germany that anyone has seen in over a century. So far, it would appear that the youth of Germany have already embraced him. If they will continue to embrace him, and most especially his message, than there presents an opportunity for Germany to indeed become leader of all the European people. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord Almighty.” Europe is in desperate need of a Christian revival. If it doesn’t happen soon, Europe will become the Muslim frontier in the next century. If German youth will follow the pope, than they can lead the way out of this. Germany’s secular head can be given new clarity and direction with a Christian heart to guide it. German youth have within their power now to form a civilization of love, secular in government (head), and Christian in culture (heart). In time, other European nations may follow Germany’s lead. Those that do not will only suffer the natural consequences of their own inaction. My hope for my ancestral homeland is that German youth will seize the moment, taking this unique opportunity that God's merciful providence has given to them, and change the course of history.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The New Liturgical Movement -- Are You Ready?


That there is need today for a new liturgical movement seems so self-evident as to not require explanation. In fact, if one stops and looks at the developing landscape of the Church as its members mature beyond the infancy and rebellious stage of the immediate post-conciliar era, it is fair to say that this new liturgical movement has already started. As lay organizations continue to be formed, papers, journals, blogs and websites spring up, books written and resources created, new or re-born religious orders and priestly societies develop and grow in vocations, the manifest momentum of this new movement becomes self-evident to any honest on-looker. With Benedict XVI now on the throne of St. Peter, this movement is poised to explode even further and reach into the very depths of the Curia, as it has already begun to do.

A liturgical movement is something, it would seem, that ought to be characterized by a few dominant features: on the one hand, authentic, scholarly study of the sacred liturgy -- its history, development, theology and spirituality -- and on the other, the practice and promotion of authentic, solemn worship. This movement further ought to encompass not only the rites themselves, but also ought to include that which further surrounds and ornaments these sacred rites: namely sacred architecture, sacred music and sacred art. Each of these have an important part to play in the restoration and renewal of an authentic liturgical life and spirituality, akin to the original goals of the Liturgical Movement, and it is necessary that all of these aspects come together in a synthesis....

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Pope To Explore Creation-Evolution Debate

Creationists versus Darwinists, “intelligent design” versus random selection, the controversy is as heated as ever. The pope is studying the issue with a team of experts. Keep reading to find the truth he wants to reassert. And the confusion he wants to clear up

by Sandro Magister


ROMA, August 11, 2006 – All those who are expected to attend Benedict XVI’s private seminar with his former theology students at Castel Gandolfo in early September will come with the necessary documents tucked away in their briefcases.

Among the papers, an article published by “L’Osservatore Romano” on January 16, 2006, stands out. It is signed Fiorenzo Facchini, who is both priest and scientist, and teaches anthropology at the University of Bologna. He has written extensively on the question of evolution.

The importance of this article – which appears in its entirety below – is confirmed in the latest issue of “La Civiltà Cattolica”, a Jesuit journal published in Rome under the control and with the authorization of Vatican authorities.

In the August 5-19 issue of “La Civiltà Cattolica”, Jesuit Giuseppe De Rosa reserves ten pages to evolution and its workings, from Lamarck and Darwin up to today. He signs off his piece with a reference to Facchini’s “L’Osservatore Romano” article which he considers the most up-to-date synthesis of the position of the Catholic Church in the matter.

In his article, Father De Rosa sums up where the scientific controversy now stands point. He writes:

“A clear distinction must be made between what evolution is and what theories try to say about it. While it is certainly true that phenomenon itself is real, theories about it must be experimentally verified before they can be considered scientifically valid. So far this has not happened. And for this reason, the last word on evolution has not been said. Ahead of us therefore there is much work to do before we can fully understand the mechanisms of the evolutionary process.”

In Father De Rosa’s opinion, not only do we need to look at the issue from the point of view of science, but we must also face its philosophical and theological implications, and they “must be dealt with separately.”

Implicitly, Father De Rosa is telling us in his article that blurring these points of view can lead to a great deal of misunderstanding – especially by those who believe in the scientific nature of the anti-Darwinian theory of “intelligent design” in which God is given the title role in creation, a theory that is currently at the center of heated discussions in the United States.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2006

The Demise of the Democratic Party

Sen. Joe Lieberman has conceded the U.S. Senate primary to challenger Ned Lamont but vowed to petition his way onto the November ballot as an independent.

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The inmates are now running the asylum at the DNC. When a strong and loyal Democrat like Senator Joe Lieberman (former Vice Presidential candidate) looses the primary to a radical left-winger with the party's blessing, it marks the end of an era. The Democratic Party has been dead for a long time. Now it's buried. No more the big umbrella of moderates and liberals alike. The DNC now panders to the radical left-wing fringe exclusively, thus sealing their doom in the November congressional elections.

Baby Farming is Here!

Concerned Women for America says that poor women are being paid up to $200 dollars to have their unborn children killed between 8 and 12 weeks gestation when the foetuses are “harvested” for their stem cells, which are then sold to exclusive cosmetic clinics....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Can everybody say "Sieg Heil!"

Catholic Church to Sidestep Mainstream Media

Archbishop Angelo Amato, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) said in an interview, published this week, that the Catholic media needs to be different from secular news and should seek and transmit the truth of the faith.

In an interview with Polish Catholic weekly “Niedziela”, the Archbishop said that the secular media often chooses to transmit manipulations of the Church’s teaching rather than what it is truly saying....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Gosh! Who would have thought?

Seriously though, I'm glad to see the Vatican is finally catching on to this tactic of the secular media 30+ years after they started implementing it. It seems that these days, you can't trust ANYBODY in the mainstream press. The only way to get the truth out is to broadcast it yourself.

Monday, August 7, 2006

Novus Ordo Mass Needs Yet MORE Reform!?!

According to the Vatican it does...

Every day, the archbishop [Abp. Ranjith] disclosed, the Congregation for Divine Worship receives new complaints about serious liturgical abuses, and complaints that local bishops have failed to correct them. If the Church fails to curb these abuses, he said, "people will attend the Tridentine Mass, and our churches will be empty."

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I think the post Vatican II Roman Catholic Church has finally reached "crunch time." The council itself may not have been a failure, but many of the "reforms" that have resulted from it were. The liturgy of the new mass (Novus Ordo) has remained devoid of the sort of reverence and awe found in the traditional Roman Rite for centuries. Liturgical abuses have become so widespread that the Catholic mass has nearly become a "free-for-all" in some parts of the western world. The content of the new lectionary is questionable, if not suspect in some places. While it would seem that more Scriptures are read in the new 3-year cycle, there remains some question about the fullness of the selected text. Some have questioned if the language of the Gospels has been "sanitized" through omission of certain key verses. The translation of the lectionary text itself has been revised and revised again, only to remain unsatisfactory to most, and subject to further revision. Today, you can't even get a Bible that matches the new Lectionary text verbatim. Modern churches have been gutted of traditional Catholic art, and in some cases the tabernacle has been misplaced so profoundly, that many worshippers become confused about which way to genuflect before entering the pew. All of this, and I haven't even touched upon catechisis abuse. I wouldn't even know where to begin there. When you have a large number of Catholics who believe there are many paths to God, and Catholicism is just one, it would probably be safe to say we have a problem.

Indeed, what Catholicism has experienced in the last 40 years has been more of a revolution than a reformation, and insofar as revolutions go, this one has been the wrong kind. In a very real sense, Pope Benedict XVI (B16) tends to agree with the semi-schismatic Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) at least in principle. Both believe the mass should be a more solemn and reverent event. Both believe many of Catholicism's ancient traditions should be restored. Both tend to believe that Vatican II was hijacked! Both tend to agree that it was liberal modernists who did the hijacking. What they disagree on is the matter of when. The Society (SSPX) tends to believe this hijacking occurred within the council itself, thus nullifying the validity of the documents produced from Vatican II. While our current pope (B16) would appear to believe this hijacking occurred only after the council was closed. This would make the Vatican II documents valid, but their interpretation and implementation skewed by the bias of those attempting to hijack their meaning. Thus Holy Father (B16) hopes to rescue the council from those who abuse it, and restore unto the faithful its rightful interpretation. When it comes to the mass, that would mean a conformity of the Novus Ordo to many of the traditions from the old Tridentine mass.

But one nagging question remains; is the new really any better than the old? In other words; how much re-reformation do we need to reform the supposed reformation? Indeed, it almost seems hopeless. With all that has happened since Vatican II, is it even possible to do everything that needs to be done to "get it right?" That is the question of the day. Regardless of the answer, it would appear that one thing is guaranteed to come out. The election of Cardinal Ratzinger (B16) to the papacy, has secured one thing in history that cannot be changed. The Catholic Traditionalists were right! All that remains now is to see just how much they were right.

Jewish Comic Defends Mel Gibson and Slams ADL

Liberal Media Slanders Traditional Catholicism -- Again

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So it begins -- again. According to the secular media, traditional Catholicism is nothing more than anti-Semitism. Now the LA Times (another liberal rag) jumps on board with the Boston Globe (see previous story) in denouncing those who love the Latin Mass as anti-Semitic bigots...

Finally, there's the matter of the faith Mel Gibson inherited from that father — his so-called traditional Catholicism. Without making a tedious detour into the fetid theological swamp in which this movement was spawned, it should be clear to anybody who looks that it involves a lot more than simple nostalgia for the Latin Mass. Spend 15 minutes with literature of the independent traditionalists — like Gibson father and son — or their more organized brethren in the Societies of St. Pius X or St. Pius V and what jumps out at you is a pervasive, actually obsessive antagonism toward Jews and Judaism. Moreover, traditional Catholicism's American variants all are infected to one degree or another with the ideas of the Jew-baiting Boston Jesuit Leonard Feeney, who was excommunicated by Pope Pius XII. Yet the commentators and clergy who applauded "The Passion of the Christ" treated Gibson's traditionalism as a kind of minor eccentricity — sort of like a guy still holding onto his eight-track tapes....

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Tiny New Member in God's Family

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Yesterday, my 3-month old daughter was baptized into Christ and his Church. She was well behaved, fell asleep afterward, and woke up with a big smile on her face. It was one of the most wonderful moments of my life. Members from my extended family drove in from all around the country to see the blessed event. (Most of them weren't even Catholic!) My 2-year old son was also part of the ceremony, and he did a wonderful job delivering the offerings to father during the mass. I am so proud of both of them!

Catholic Knights Embark On American Crusade

The Knights of Columbus have adopted, this week, significant resolutions on a number of critical social issues including marriage, the sacredness of life, the Pledge of Allegiance, school choice, and support for military men and women.

The resolutions, adopted yesterday at the 124th Supreme Council Meeting, held in Orlando, Florida, serve to formally state the Knights’ stance on the issues, most of which they have been involved with previously.

The first resolution states that Marriage, which is the foundation of society and provides the best environment for raising children, “is under siege in our culture” by the movement to legalize same-sex unions.

In this context, the Knights resolved to defend the principle that marriage is based on a love between one man and one woman and to oppose all attempts to legalize same-sex marriage. They resolved that they would join with the bishops throughout the world in their efforts to achieve legal and constitutional protection for the traditional definition of marriage.

Regarding life issues, they resolved to live up to their reputation as “defenders of life” and to encourage elected officials to pass legislation which prohibits the use of public funds to finance programs that degrade the value of life, whether that be abortion or embryonic stem-cell research. They also resolved to call for a law that protects the right of conscience for medical professionals and to make known their opposition to the death penalty.

They expressed their support for parental notification laws and resolved to demonstrate compassion for distressed pregnant women by supporting programs that offer alternatives to abortion.

The Knights resolved to defend the inclusion of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. They will be interveners in the lawsuit challenging the wording of the Pledge currently pending before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The Catholic men’s organization further resolved to encourage legislation that would establish educational choice programs, providing financial assistance to parents who wish to send their children to Catholic schools.

Finally, as they have done for decades, they reaffirmed their support for and expressed profound gratitude to, the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces. They pledged to continue praying for military personnel deployed around the world and for their safe return home.

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Sunday, August 6, 2006

Europe Killed 10,000 Civilians

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert:

"European countries attacked Kosovo and killed ten thousand civilians. Ten thousand! And none of these countries had to suffer before that from a single rocket.

"I'm not saying it was wrong to intervene in Kosovo. But please: Don't preach to us about the treatment of civilians."

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Saturday, August 5, 2006

America Goes Prophecy Crazy

Prophecy-related products continue to be popular among WorldNetDaily readers, with two books on Israel's involvement in End-Times predictions coming in at No. 2 and 3 on ShopNetDaily's weekly best-seller list – Dave Hunt's "Judgment Day! Islam, Israel and the Nations" and Greg Laurie's "Are We Living in the Last Days?"...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So why is this a problem? Simple. The whole concept of pre-tribulation dispensationalism is based on a faulty understanding of Scripture. As a result, American Christians are getting a tainted view of current events, which causes them to ignore the causes of world problems and gives them a false sense of security. Indeed, even as Catholics we know that Christ could return at any second without warning, but we don't expect to escape the world's problems in the process. The Church teaches us that before Christ returns, the Church will follow our Lord's example in glorious martyrdom. (So much for the secret rapture!) Such a world view causes Catholics to cope with reality, and work toward being the "salt and light" that Jesus called us to be. In contrast, pre-tibulation dispensationalism causes non-Catholic Christians to expect that certian signs in the middle east will fortell the Second Coming of Christ. So when things start to get heated up in the middle east, these Christians often ignore solutions to the problems around them, figuring the secret rapture will take them away from their problems any day now.

Another problem associated with America's prophecy craze is the fact that a good number of and-time prophecy promoters also happen to be strong anti-Catholics, and a good deal of that bias comes through in their books on prophecy. The general rule of thumb these authors often follow is the concept that the Catholic Church is part of the "last days" apostasy from the "true" Christian faith. The notion being that the Catholic Church will either sponsor, or else be co-opted by, the Antichrist. Thus people who are members of the Catholic Church (i.e. "all Catholics") are being led astray to hell by the powers of hell through the Church they belong to -- the Catholic Church. This of course works to bolster Protestantism in general, and Evangelicalism in particular. Make no mistake about it, that is by design.

Thursday, August 3, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI’s Keys to Christian Unity

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: And here we have yet more evidence that solid orthodoxy begets true ecumenism...

‘That They May Be One’

The Russians are suddenly accepting Vatican delegations that were cold-shouldered in the past. Greek patriarchs approvingly cite Pope Benedict XVI. And evangelical Christian leaders applaud his writings, from Introduction to Christianity to Dominus Iesus.

What’s going on here?

Pope John Paul II was urgent about Christian unity and effective in his efforts to seek it. Benedict is reaping what John Paul sowed — but he’s also expanding his work and honing its focus.

This week, as a series of Register articles begins to look at the ecumenical drive of Pope Benedict’s pontificate, we discuss the foundation upon which he is building bridges to other Christians....

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Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Boston Globe Blames Gibson's Religion

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I pointed this out in the last post with my final comments about the ADL. This whole flap with Gibson isn't so much about him personally, as it is with his movie "Passion" and Christianity in general. Now the Boston Globe has spilled the beans. According to the Boston Globe, the reason Mel Gibson had a drunken anti-Semitic tirade, had more to do with his religion than the amount of alcohol he consumed that night. That's it -- case closed.

This isn't about Mel Gibson, or his drinking problem. This is about Christianity in general, and Catholicism in particular. The media frenzy on Gibson's ordeal is designed to destroy his credibility to be sure. But it's also designed to destroy the credibility of Christianity, the Catholic Church, and of course anyone who actually believes and practices what the Catholic Church officially teaches. According to the Globe, if you're a practicing Catholic, than you're automatically under suspicion of being an anti-Semite. But you still might be "okay" if you declare your independence of Church teaching. Once again, another liberal rag (The Boston Globe) has found a new way to make its favorite liberal argument: "the only good Catholic is a bad Catholic."

see Globe article here

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
PART 1, SECTION 2 2, CHAPTER 3 3, ARTICLE 9, PARAGRAPH 3, SUBSECTION 3, HEADING 5

"Outside the Church there is no salvation"

846 How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers? 335 Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body:

Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.

847 This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church: Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience - those too may achieve eternal salvation.

848 "Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men."

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

'The Catholic Knight' Weighs in on Mel Gibson's Arrest

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Mel Gibson has a problem. He's an alcoholic and a drunk driver. He also has a problem of losing control when he gets drunk. But these are problems he's admitted to. He's confessed that what he's done, and the things he's said, are inexcusable. He's begged forgiveness from everyone he's offended, and he's shown remorse by admitting himself into a rehab program. Clearly these are the actions of a man who is truly sorry, and truly appalled by his own behavior. Indeed, Christian charity demands forgiveness of this man.

Prior to the release of his blockbuster movie 'The Passion of the Christ," the ADL accused Mel Gibson of being anti-Semitic, and trashed his movie as an anti-Semitic smear flick. They predicted a sharp rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes after the release of his movie, and called for "responsible Christians" to boycott it. In truth, however, there was nothing anti-Semitic about the movie at all. The main character and hero -- Jesus Christ -- was himself a Jew, along with all of his disciples. Gibson went out of his way to portray the Sanhedrin (the Jewish court that condemned Jesus) as divided, with some Jews protesting the treatment of Jesus. That is a historical point of likely probability, but it's not even mentioned in the New Testament. Gibson made sure the divided nature of the court came out in the movie. He also made sure that the real brutal villains in the movie were the Romans, along with just a select group of Jewish leaders who conspired against the will of the Jewish people. He made sure to portray many of the Jews in the crowds as shocked and appalled by what was going on. He even focused in on the heroic nature of a particular Jewish character named Simon, who helped Jesus carry his cross to Golgotha. The Simon portrayed in Gibson's movie is wearing the distinctive Jewish kippah (or yalmukah) to make sure the audience knows he's Jewish. Gibson takes an artistic license with this character, by filming a scene in which Simon stops and protests the Roman soldiers' brutal treatment of Jesus. He demands they cease from their brutality or he will no longer participate in carrying the cross. One Roman soldier responds by reluctantly agreeing to his terms, and then calls him what he is -- "Jew!" None of this is recorded in the New Testament account of the passion. Not only was Gibson's movie anything but anti-Semitic, but it actually portrayed Jews in a more positive light that the New Testament does! I dare say, in some cases, it portrays Jews in a more positive light than the Old Testament does!!! There was nothing anti-Semitic about Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ," and the whole world knows that now. The ADL was spinning Gibson's movie, and it is my belief it did this to frighten more ADL contributions out of this nation's Jewish population.

But during the whole controversy, one sad fact did come out. Gibson's father apparently has some mental problems, and would himself appear to be an anti-Semite. Mel has himself referred to his father as "ill," but refuses to discuss the matter any further. When Mel was asked point blank if he was an anti-Semite, he responded very plainly that he was not. He said you can't work in Hollywood if you are, and that such an accusation is both hurtful and ridiculous. I believe him. Gibson may have been raised by an anti-Semite, but that doesn't automatically make him an anti-Semite.

Knowledge of his background does help to explain Gibson's drunken anti-Semitic slurs during his arrest. Alcohol can have the effect on people of changing their personalities. Case in point; I personally haven't been drunk in 15 years. My last binge was in my early 20's. People who know me will tell you I'm a talkative fellow, but relatively courteous toward others, and fairly well mannered in my speech. But those who know me now have never seen me fully intoxicated, and if I can help it, they never will. But I do have some college friends who know exactly what I'm like when I'm drunk. They'll tell you that I'm rude, obnoxious, and swear like a drunken sailor. This doesn't fit my sober personality at all. It's a complete transformation from one type of person to another. There is, however, a good reason that might explain my vulgar speech while under the influence. The fact that I swear like a drunken sailor might have something to do with the fact that my father was a sailor, and he had the mouth of one. My father worked in profanity like an artist in paint. That man could draw a mental picture that was just as vivid as it was vulgar. He remained that way until a religious experience he had in his late 40's, when he finally got rid of that potty mouth. But for the young impressionable ears of his son (myself), the damage had already been done. I'm not one to talk that way at all, but once sufficient alcohol removes all of my inhibitions, I am suddenly able to recall many of the creative metaphors my father used, and have no problem using them myself.

My point in all of this is that I sort of understand what happened to Mel Gibson, and why he said what he said in that drunken fit. He was intoxicated, and his father was an anti-Semite. Without any inhibitions, the man was simply vocalizing a voice from his past -- perhaps his father's voice?

Regardless of the reason, Mel Gibson's behavior and speech was inexcusable. He has acknowledged that and apologized. But the ADL doesn't care. I believe the ADL still has an ax to grind against Mel Gibson, for making fools of them with his "Passion" movie. And this is their opportunity for revenge. I believe they truly hate Mel Gibson because of his movie, and no apology in the world (no matter how sincere) will ever satisfy them. Now it's "payback time," and they'll show no mercy in smearing him. This is just as much about Mel Gibson's movie as it is about him. It's their chance to attack the "Passion," as well as the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and of course anyone who believes in the New Testament.

Catholic Priest Blasts ADL's Spiteful Attack on Mel Gibson






Father Tom Euteneuer, president of 'Human Life International,' responded to Abraham Foxman's (ADLs national director), statement on the Gibson arrest. Father Euteneuer's response is as follows:

Mr. Foxman claims that Mel Gibson did not give a 'proper apology.' Can this man ever be satisfied? Gibson said that he disgraced himself and his family by his behavior and apologized for his anti-Semitic remarks which, by his admission, he spoke in an altered state and does not believe to be true. And that's not enough? According to Catholic principles Mel exhibited all the elements of a proper reconciliation: contrition with a firm purpose of amendment, confession and (he is in the process of doing) penance. The greatest penance is that this all came out in the public forum: Foxman and the ADL should get off his back.

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