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

Saturday, March 31, 2007

OFFICIAL: "Hitler's Pope" Was A Lie -- Pius XII Exonerated

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Those of us who had faith knew better. But the mainstream dinosaur media gleefully looked for any opportunity to defame the name of this good man -- dare I say "a saintly man." The Late Pope Pius XII will be canonized someday, and when he is, the fools who slandered him will look all that much more foolish. His name has been cleared by the abundant evidence in his favor. The plays and books that slandered him have proven to be nothing more than communist propaganda, admitted to by former KGB agents. But will we hear a word about this from the mainstream dinosaur media? By that I mean the alphabet networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and PBS). No. We'll not hear even a whisper from them, not a single word. Why? Because to report on it would mean to admit they were previously wrong, and in the memory of Dan Rather, we know that never happens. In addition to that, such news doesn't fit their biased template. Anything that exonerates a saintly pope, or makes the Catholic Church look good, can never be reported on by the dinosaur media's propaganda machine. At least there are a few objective journalists left in the British media, as we see in this article from Telepgraph.co.uk...

By Malcolm Moore in Rome

Pius XII, the wartime pontiff often condemned as "Hitler's Pope", was actually considered an enemy by the Third Reich, according to newly discovered documents.

Several letters and memos unearthed at a depot used by the Stasi, the East-German secret police, show that Nazi spies within the Vatican were concerned at Pius's efforts to help displaced Poles and Jews.

In one, the head of Berlin's police force tells Joachim von Ribbentropp, the Third Reich's foreign minister, that the Catholic Church was providing assistance to Jews "both in terms of people and financially".

A report from a spy at work in the Vatican states: "Our source was told to his face by Father Robert Leibner [one of Pius's secretaries] that the greatest hope of the Church is that the Nazi system would be obliterated by the war."

read full story here

So based on the overwhelming evidence we can conclude three things. The first is that the myth of "Hitler's Pope" is a complete lie and an admitted product of communist propaganda. The second is that our mainstream dinosaur media in the United States is biased against Catholicism in the worst possible way. The third and final thing we've learned as that we can now say, without a shadow of a doubt, that anyone who says Pope Pius XII cooperated with the nazis is spreading known communist propaganda.

The next time I hear somebody make such an accusation, I'll be sure to ask them if spreading communist propaganda is a regular habbit for them. I might even ask them if they're card carrying members of the communist party. If they get upset, I'll just ask them what I'm supposed to think when I hear known and established communist propaganda comming out of their mouths. Then I'll tell them about Rabbi David Dalin's book (shown above).

Friday, March 30, 2007

Official Catholic News Service Reports On Eminent Papal Document

Tridentine Mass: Pope looks for bridge to tradition

By John Thavis
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Sometime soon, Pope Benedict XVI is expected to broaden permission to use the Tridentine Mass, a long-standing request of traditionalists who favor the rite used before the Second Vatican Council.

The move is aimed at ending a liturgical dispute which has simmered for more than 20 years. In the process, it could clarify how the pope intends to implement what he once described as a "liturgical reconciliation" in the modern church.

The pope will enunciate the new policy in a document to be released after more than a year of debate and discussion at the Vatican. The Roman Curia had mixed views on expanding the use of the Tridentine rite, and so did the world's cardinals and bishops -- all of which has lent a certain drama to the outcome...

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Tribute To Al Gore & Global Warming

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: To Al Gore and all you wacky global warming nuts out there, this one is for you..

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Pope Warns: "Hell Exists and is Eternal"

ROME, March 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a homily delivered Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI stated, "Jesus came to tell us that He wants us all in heaven and that hell - of which so little is said in our time - exists and is eternal for those who close their hearts to His love."

The warning about hell comes in the context of love. In fact, it is because of God's love that He warns us about the possibility of eternal separation from Him. God is, "above all, love," said the Pope. "If He hates sin it is because He has an infinite love for all human beings." The Lord's aim, said Benedict, was "to save a soul and to reveal that salvation is only to be found in the love of God."

While it is true that hell is rarely spoken of even from the pulpit nowadays, some bishops have been moved to warn about hell when motivated by love - by an overwhelming concern for the salvation of those entrusted to their care...

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Vatican to UN: "First Right of Children is that of Being Born"

GENEVA, March 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - "The first right of children is that of being born and educated in a welcoming and secure family environment where their physical, psychological and spiritual growth is guaranteed, their potential is developed and where the awareness of personal dignity becomes the base for relating to others and for confronting the future." The statement was made during a March 23 address by Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi C.S., Holy See (Vatican) permanent observer to the United Nations at Geneva, who spoke during the 4th session of the Human Rights Council.

Archbishop Tomasi recalled that "the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child attributes to the child the fundamental rights of a person; it recognizes the child to have the same equality and dignity as any adult person."

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Canadian Study Blows Lid Off Homosexual Propaganda

PHILADELPHIA, March 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - According to two researchers, the largest random sex survey ever conducted has reported that only 1.4% of adults engaged in homosexual behavior. Analyzing a 2003 Canadian Community survey of 121,300 adults, Drs. Paul and Kirk Cameron told attendees of the Eastern Psychological Association Convention that 2% of 18-44 year olds, 1% of 50 year olds, and only a third of a percent of subjects 60+ considered themselves homosexual. Thus homosexual activity was much more common among younger adults.

"What happened to the older homosexuals? Some may have ceased to be sexually active," said Paul Cameron, "or they may have died. Recent reports from Scandinavia indicate that the life expectancy of homosexuals is 20+ years shorter than that of heterosexuals."

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Traditional Latin Mass Explained

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The following is a traditional Latin mass ("Tridentine" of "Mass of Saint Pius V") explained and narrated. It is a 'low mass,' meaning that it is mostly spoken, not chanted or sung as in a 'high mass.' This takes away from some of the grandeur, but it is still beautiful nonetheless.



Here we have some old footage of a high mass, in all its glory, narrated and explained by the Late Archbishop Fulton Sheen...

Monday, March 26, 2007

DONE! US Episcopal Church Breaks From Anglican Communion

TEXAS, March 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The US bishops of the Episcopal Church have rejected the ultimatum handed down by primates of the worldwide Anglican Communion to cease promoting homosexuality by September 30 or face expulsion.

In an announcement late Tuesday night, the US bishops said they would not follow the primates' requirement that they permit traditionalist congregations to operate under conservative bishops, an attempted compromise set up during the recent meetings in Tanzania to deal with the growing rift over homosexuality in the US church.

Accusing the primates of trying to drag the US Church back into "a time of colonialism," the bishops also rejected the demand that they cease performing same-sex blessings or consecrating homosexual bishops...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It's as good as done. The US Episcopal Church has broken from the Anglican Communion. All that remains now are the formalities. It has become clear, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the promotion of homosexuality has become the number one, most important thing, to the US Episcopal Church. The bishops have decided that it's more important than their heritage and identity. It's more important than Scripture or reason. It's more important than Canterbury, and it's more important than charity with their sister Anglican churches around the world. It's even more important than being Anglican. So be it. So goes the legacy of Liberalism. Everything it touches, it destroys. The US Episcopal Church is no more. All that remains are the formalities of legal schism and division of property.

Pope Says Europe's Great Apostasy Is Here

Rome, Mar. 26, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Europe is sliding into a "apostasy," Pope Benedict XVI warned leaders of the European Union in a sobering March 24 address.

It appears, the Holy Father said, "that the European continent is losing confidence in its future." As a result, he said, the European Union "seems to be on a path that might lead to its twilight in history."

Pope Benedict gave an unsparing account of European cultural collapse in his talk to participants in a Rome conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: the pact that led to the establishment of the European Union. The conference was organized by the Commission of European Episcopal Conferences (COMECE), and centered on the theme of "Values and Perspectives for Europe's Future."

The Pope seized upon that theme, demanding that European leaders recognize the crisis that has been created by the failure to embrace the spiritual and cultural heritage of their continent. His speech reflected his dismay that the Rome Declaration, issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rome treaty, did not mention the influence of Christianity...

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

OFFICIAL: Homosexuality Now Trumps Religious Freedom

You may think the day would never come when preaching the Gospel would be illegal in a Western country—when governments would restrict what Christians can teach.

You would be wrong. The persecution against the Church has taken a decisive turn in the cradle of civil liberty—the United Kingdom (UK). And it will happen in America, also, if we do not wake up to the danger.

In London last month, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights recommended regulations that would make it illegal for private, religious schools to teach that homosexual conduct is immoral. The committee claimed the regulations are needed to combat discrimination against homosexuals.

And we know about this. Last summer, the British government closed down our IFI unit because we teach that sex should be limited to heterosexual marriage. And if these regulations violate the rights of Christians—what does the government say? “Too bad.”

Luke Gormally, a fellow at London’s Linacre Centre, a Christian bioethics institute, put it this way: “The Committee could not be clearer in saying that they believe the freedom to live a practicing homosexual lifestyle trumps the freedom to live a religious lifestyle.”

The committee explicitly said that no exemption should be made for Christian schools. So, unbelievable though it sounds, Gormally notes, when it comes to sexual morality, the committee would make it illegal for Christian schools “to teach that Christianity and its principles are ‘objectively true.’”

Christian schools will not be alone in seeing their religious freedom stripped away. If this law passes, it will be difficult, if not impossible, for ministers to share the Bible’s teachings on sexual morality. Property owners who do not want, for moral reasons, to rent property to homosexuals will be breaking the law. So will Christian printers who refuse to print pro-gay literature...

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Pope To Defy Relativism - Restore Christian Identity

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2007 (CNA).- The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said this week that "the main objective of the Magisterium and ministry of Pope Benedict is to recover the authentic Christian identity and to explain and confirm the intelligibility of the faith in the context of widespread secularism."

The Cardinal made his comments during a gathering of the Ethics and Finance Association in the city of Milan, just a few weeks prior to the second anniversary of Benedict XVI’s pontificate, which falls on April 19th.

In the eyes of the Pope, Cardinal Bertone continued, “Relativism has become the fundamental problem of the faith in our times.” It’s an attitude “that is expressed not only as a way of renouncing unattainable truth, but also by appealing to the ideas of tolerance and the knowledge of freedom,” he said.

“Relativism is presented as the philosophical basis of democracy, which is supposedly founded on the fact that no one can claim to know the correct way,” Cardinal Bertone noted. In this sense, the Pope has become a “passionate promoter” of the truth that is the person of Jesus Christ, “the only and universal Savior,” and for this reason he proclaims to all the nations: “Jesus cannot be relativized as one of many religious geniuses.”

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Germany At It Again - Children Abducted By Government

ZITTAU, Germany, March 22, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A German court in the eastern province of Saxony has revoked custody of five children from their homeschooling parents, placing the fate of the children into the hands of the Jugendamt, the local youth welfare office.

The Christian Broadcasting Network reports the court ordered the Jugendamt, an organization created by National Socialist chancellor Adolf Hitler in 1939, to retain custody of Rosine, Jotham, Kurt-Simon, Lovis and Ernst, the children of Bert and Kathrin Brause of Zittau, until they are returned to public school....

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See previous story on this topic

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Drudge Reporting Chaos on Capitol Hill

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So far, this is the best news I've heard all year...

DrudgeReport (3-22-2007; 7pm Central Time)...

Dem leadership pulls DC voting bill from floor; conservative Dems were supporting DC gun repeal...
Leader Hoyer seen yelling at staff on floor...
Speaker Pelosi absent because she is desperately searching for Iraq supplemental votes...
Holmes-Norton standing silently in disbelief..

THE HOUSE IN DISARRAY


So I was talking with a good friend the other day about politics. He was really worried about "those Democrats" being in power now. I assured him he need not worry about "those Democrats" at all. It's the Republicans we've got to watch out for. Knowing what a conservative fellow I am, he looked at me puzzled. I went on to explain that the new Democratic Party has become nothing more than a loose coalition of extremists who can't agree on anything other than they hate Bush. I told him we could expect the Democrats to propose every radical piece of legislation imaginable under the sun, and we could also expect very little (if any) to pass. I asked him to look back on the last couple months and tell me what legislation the Democrats actually passed since they took power in January. He shrugged his shoulders and responded with one word -- "nothing." "That's right," I said "nothing at all!" I expect we'll be getting a whole lot more of that in the year ahead -- nothing. You see, the new Democratic Party can't get anything done because they don't have anything in common. Too many Democratic congressmen are now indebted to extremist groups, who want legislation that doesn't stand a chance of passing. Even better, if the Republicans play their hand right, as they did today with the DC gun repeal, Congress could be completely gridlocked for the next two years with no chance of anything getting through. Then of course, you've got the President, with his veto powers, and a Democratic majority too thin to override it. So there you have it folks. The new Democratic Congress will get nothing done, because it can't get anything done. They're extremists constituents won't let them.

Now there is one thing all of these extremists can unite on, which was the one thing that drove them to power in the first place. They could reunite on the antiwar and "hate Bush" campaign, to cut troop funding and pursue impeachment. In the end, I think they will have to at least try this, or else they won't have anything else to take home and boast about to their extremists constituents in 2008. So I'm absolutely sure we'll see an impeachment vote sometime within the next year. What I don't know is how successful it will be, and even if it is successful, I highly doubt the Senate will remove him. So there it is. The most you'll get out of this Congress is gridlock, vetos and a great big 'show trial' -- probably without any results.

On the other hand, I was telling my friend it's "those Republicans" you really gotta watch for three main reasons. First, they are probably going to retake the House and Senate within four years, and once in power, they know how to get stuff done. Second, what they get done is usually a watered-down version of what the Democrats wanted. Remember, it was under a Republican Congress, and a Republican President, that the size and spending of government actually increased over the last seven years. Don't kid yourself, Democrats wanted the same thing, just on a bigger scale. Third and finally, a good number of Republicans (not all but many) have a reputation of playing 'political football' with key conservative issues, such as abortion and homosexuality. In other words, a good number of Republicans will promise the moon to their conservative base, but once they get in power, the moon is quickly forgotten. Occasionally, the proverbial "bone" is thrown at the conservative base to "chew" on, but no real change happens. The Republicans had control of Congress for twelve years, and during that time, how many new bills were passed restricting abortion in this country? None. What became of the Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage? Who knows? It never got the votes. My point here is that Republicans have gotten squishy, while simultaneously the Democrats have gone crazy. It's not the looneys you have to worry about, but rather the sane folks who are willing to compromise with them.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Rumors of Latin 'Motu Proprio' Reach Crescendo

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I would like to remind my readers that we've been through this before. Rumors like this circulated last Easter concerning the release of the pope's motu proprio freeing the Tridentine mass. However, I must admit, that this year there seems to be a lot more credibility behind them. I guess we'll all know by Easter, one way or the other...

Rome, Italy – Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro, Rome-based consultant to Una Voce America, confirmed that his Vatican sources have said the long awaited and much-rumored motu proprio easing restrictions on the Traditional Roman rite of Mass should be issued by Easter.

“I have information from a serious high level source that it is likely the motu proprio will be published before Easter,” Msgr. Barreiro said.

“The fact that the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis, will be published on March 13, 2007, may pave the way for promulgation of the motu proprio,” he added.

PCED Interview Moratorium

The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (PCED) would neither confirm nor deny this timetable when contacted on Friday, March 9, 2007. The spokesman answering the telephone said that Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos was not available for any more interviews until it was necessary for him to be available for such interviews...

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Gregorian Chant -- Bring It Back

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: All across the United States and Canada, in places just like this Alabama church, Catholic choirs are training in the beautiful simplicity of Gregorian chant. Pope Benedict XVI called for the return of Gregorian Chant in his recent apostolic exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis. If your church choir hasn't already started training, better tell them to get on the ball.
"Finally, while respecting various styles and different and highly praiseworthy traditions, I desire, in accordance with the request advanced by the Synod Fathers, that Gregorian chant be suitably esteemed and employed as the chant proper to the Roman liturgy."
-- Sacramentum Caritatis:42



Hey! That's not bad for folks more accustomed to whistling 'Dixie.'

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Latest Motu Proprio Rumor - Between March 25 and Easter

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Here's the latest speculation on the pope's "motu proprio" liberating the Tridentine mass. Now they're saying between March 25th and Easter. That just a thirteen day window. March 26th is the Feast of the Annunciation. We've endured a full year of speculations now and still no document. Rumors are currently building to a critical mass about this latest window. We'll see if they amount to anything...

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2007/03/tosatti-ratzingers-motu-proprio-is.html

War of the Worlds

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Let's step back for a moment and engage in an academic exercise. Let's suppose you're God. Now let's suppose you (as God) are trying to deal with the present world. There are two undeniable and unchangeable characteristics about your personality. On the one side, you're all holy and you exercise absolute justice. On the other side, you are all love and you exercise total mercy. You, being the God of nature, have decreed homosexuality to be an abomination because it completely thwarts the procreative processes you designed. You, being the God of life, have decreed abortion an absolute crime against humanity, because once again it thwarts procreation, but worse it does it through murder.

Now, after considering all of this, I have just one question for you. What do you (as God) do with Western civilization?

For two-thousand years, the gospel of your Son (Jesus Christ) has echoed through Europe. For over five-hundred years, the same Gospel has spread throughout the Americas and into the South Pacific. Yet it would appear that the governments of nearly all these regions are enacting policies that fund abortion and encourage homosexuality, even punishing those who object to them.

Now consider this. On the other side of the world, you have a large group of people (about a billion of them) who essentially reject the Gospel of your Son (Jesus Christ) but at least acknowledge his existence as a holy prophet. I'm talking about Muslims. They abhor abortion, homosexuality, and all the other immoralities the Western world currently promotes.

So I ask you again. If you are the all holy, and all merciful God; What do you do?

This is the real situation of our world today. I personally don't know what you would do, and I personally don't even know what I would do. I just consider myself lucky that I'm not God, and I don't have to deal with it. You can consider yourself just as fortunate. But there is a God in Heaven, who is dealing with it, and based on what we've seen so far, this is what we know.

The Western world continues to spiral downward in its path of immorality, even to the point of persecuting those who righteously object, and even to the point of trying to turn the children of the objectors against them. The birthrate of the Western world has fallen to stagnation in most places, and negatively in others. Thus the number of Westerners is dropping every day. Western governments are becoming more tyrannical in their policies, taxes are increasing, along with national deficits and debts. War engulfs the Western world, especially the English-speaking countries, particularly the United States, and there is no end in sight.

Simultaneously, the Islamic world advances. Middle eastern countries rise to become nuclear powers. Arab nations make obscene profits from the oil sold to Westerners. Islamic fundamentalism spreads throughout the globe. Muslim immigrants advance into Western nations, reproducing at three to four times the rate of native Westerners. Now even some Westerners are converting to Islam, seeing in it the order of morality they've been missing in their lives since childhood.

Is it an understatement to say "the writing is on the wall?" Am I just pointing out the obvious here? As it currently stands, Western civilization is in decline -- rapid decline. While the Islamic world is advancing at an alarming rate. I don't know if current trends will continue, but if they do, I know what the final outcome is. I suspect you do too. Could it be that God has made his decision? Could it be that God has decided it would be better to let Islamic heretics run the world, rather than Western apostates? Perhaps things will change. Perhaps the tide will turn. But as it stands right now, I don't see that happening.

In all of this, what are we to make of the Church? Historically speaking I would say Christianity is now reaping what it has sown. One-thousand years ago, a battle of politics and pride separated the the eastern churches from the western Church, and within a few centuries, the entire eastern world fell to Islam. A little less than five-hundred years ago, pride and politics caused western nations to brake away from the Catholic Church, making their own national churches, resulting in the rampant denominationalism we see today. Western Christianity is anything but united. Western Christians haven't been united in nearly half a millennium. Today, as a result, we see the erosion of Christian society in the West, accompanied by the slow and steady takeover of Islam. Anybody see a trend here?

No, I'm not saying that God is a Muslim. Nor am I saying that Muslims are right about God. What I am saying is that if we want to understand what is happening to our world, we need to look at our past -- particularly the lessons taught to us by the ancient nation of Israel. Throughout Israel's hardship in the Old Testament, the nation never ceased to be the chosen people of God. But that did not spare them from being conquered by their enemies. Whenever they succumbed to the immorality in their hearts, they found themselves at war with their neighbors. Sometimes they repented, and God spared them from defeat. Other times they remained hardened in their sin, and as a result, God allowed them to be defeated by their enemies, to the point of slavery and persecution.

The nations of the Western world are not Israel. Not even the great United States can boast of such a designation. But the New Testament Scriptures tell us the Church is the New Israel of God (Galatians 6:14-16), and in many ways she struggles and suffers much in the same way the old Nation of Israel did. A thousand years ago, the Church (the new Israel) allowed herself to be broken in half. As a result she lost half of her territory and her people to Islam. Tragedy turned to mercy as the new continents (Americas and Australia) were discovered, seemingly giving the Church an opportunity to start over anew. But within another few centuries, opportunity gave way to tragedy again as the Church (through pride and sin) lost control of Western civilization via the Reformation, Enlightenment and Modernism. Now she once again faces the real probability of loosing everything to Islam. In many ways, Islam has become the scourge of Christianity, and perhaps, in some ways this is by God's design. Could it be that God allowed Islam to rise to power as a way of keeping Christianity in check? Just as the Philistines were to ancient Israel, so Islam has become to Christianity. Whenever Christians repent of their sins and submit themselves to God's will, Islam is held back. But whenever Christians give in to their passions, and allow sin to run free in society, Islam advances with a fury.

What the people of the Western world don't understand is that Secularism can't save them. In fact, the more secularized the West gets, the more Islam advances. But I personally don't believe this is a lesson our governments are capable of learning. They are blind to their own stupidity, and as a result, they condemn themselves to repeat the same mistakes that are destroying them. The only thing standing between the Western world and Islamic rule is a vibrant and united Christianity, where Christians are obedient to their faith and subject to the will of God. Only then can Islam be turned back. But Western governments will never understand this, and they will do everything in their power to continue making the same mistakes, even punishing those who try to do the right thing. The fate of the Western world lies squarely on the shoulders of Christians themselves, particularly the largest church (the Catholic Church) and those churches willing to work with her in restoring a vibrant and united Christianity.

Individual Christians can help by simply obeying the precepts of the Christian religion -- one of which is to "be fruitful and multiply." Such obedience flies in the face of modern Secularism and Western sensibilities. Christians face an uphill battle, with Islam nipping at their heels all the way. To defy Secular Western culture is to obey God and thus save the very culture we defy. To surrender to the status quo is to eventually submit to Islam. It may not happen tomorrow, but it will happen someday, and when it does, we'll only have ourselves to blame. It's an interesting time we find ourselves in.

Gay Takeover of Western World Underway

BRASILIA, Brazil, MARCH 18, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Debate continues over so-called homophobia legislation, which seeks to criminalize anything considered a condemnation of homosexuality, including priests who speak against the practice in homilies.

Priests could face two to five years imprisonment for preaching against homosexuality. And a rector of a seminary who refuses admission to a homosexual student could face three to five years....

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UK Government Program Teaching Four-Year-Olds about Homosexuality
Program Underway in 14 Schools

By Gudrun Schultz

ENGLAND, United Kingdom, March 16, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Primary schools in the United Kingdom have begun teaching children as young as four about homosexuality, in anticipation of new anti-discrimination laws coming into effect next month, the Daily Mail reported earlier today.

Homosexuality-themed story books are being used in fourteen schools to introduce the children to the homosexual lifestyle. Among the texts in use are "King and King", a fairy-tale about a prince who rejects three princesses before falling in love with another prince, "Spacegirl Pukes", about a little girl with two mommies, and "And Tango Makes Three," telling the story of two male penguins who fall in love at a New York zoo.

The schools are participating in a new government-funded program that is aimed at studying the best approach to familiarize school children with homosexual relationships-the study results will be made available to all schools to assist them in utilizing the books to normalize homosexuality....

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Quebec Readies All out Fight Against "Homophobia" with Pro-Gay Gov't Ministry, Ads, Education

By John-Henry Westen

MONTREAL, March 16, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A report issued at the behest of the provincial government of Quebec directs the government to fight homopshobia and heterosexism in every sphere of public life and especially in schools. Quebec's Justice minister asked the Quebec Human Rights Commission to create a task force in 2005, and that group has published its report called "From legal equality to social equality: toward a national strategy to fight against homophobia"...

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Senators Clinton, Obama, say “Homosexuality is Moral” While Brownback Publicly Supports General Pace

By Gudrun Schultz

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama entered the media furor yesterday over comments General Peter Pace, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made against homosexuality last week, with both issuing statements saying, “I do not think homosexuality is immoral."...

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Homosexual Hate Crime Signed into Law; Chilling Effect on Free Speech, Religion and Importing Materials
Royal assent given to the legislation this morning

OTTAWA, April 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - LifeSiteNews.com was informed by the Governor General's office today that homosexual hate crime Bill C-250 was given Royal Assent this morning, putting the law into effect.

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) said it was deeply disturbed at the passage of the bill and the possible impact on religious freedom in Canada. Bill C-250, a private members bill, includes the phrase "sexual orientation" in the groups protected against the spread of hate propaganda in the Criminal Code. The Senate passed the bill yesterday despite an outpouring of concern from hundreds of thousands of Canadians....

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Free Speech on the Run in the West
By John Leo

...It's not just Europe. In Canada, a teacher drew a suspension for a letter to a newspaper arguing that homosexuality is not a fixed orientation, but a condition that can be treated. He was not accused of discrimination, merely of expressing thoughts that the state defines as improper. Another Canadian newspaper was fined 4,500 Canadian dollars for printing an ad giving the citations -- but not the text -- of four biblical quotations against homosexuality. As David Bernstein writes in his book "You Can't Say That!": "It has apparently become illegal in Canada to advocate traditional Christian opposition to homosexual sex."...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Need I go on?

Refuting the 'Lost Tomb of Jesus'

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Germany Declares War! -- On Christianity

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It pains me to write this. It's a story I've known about for some time, but I've kept quiet to await a hopeful outcome, that has not materialized. I had originally hoped that my ancestral homeland would rise from the ashes of World War II as a shining new leader of the European Union. Sadly, however, the spectre of an evil spirit is alive and well in the fatherland. Germany has declared war on Christianity -- conservative Christianity that is. The nation has embarked on a policy of zero tolerance for Christan homeschooling parents, and resorted to gestapo-like tactics to enforce it. As it stands today, it is illegal for Christian parents to educate their children at home, and as punishment for this "crime," the state reserves the "right" to seize the children of any who try.

A little more than six weeks ago, 15 German policemen stormed into the home of 15 year old Melissa Busekros, taking her from her parents against her will, and admitting her to a psychiatric hospital in Nuremberg for "treatment" in what many believe to be a government indoctrination program disguised as mental health care. Her only 'crime' was homeschooling, and she is now a ward of the state, allowed to see her parents no more than once a week. International human rights groups are outraged at this blatant violation, and yet the German government does nothing to correct the matter. Wolfgang Drautz, consul general for the Federal Republic of Germany, responding to criticism said the government "has a legitimate interest in countering the rise of parallel societies that are based on religion or motivated by different world views and in integrating minorities into the population as a whole." Further comments by other German officials are even more chilling. In response to a complaint filed by concerned citizens, one government letter said: "You complain about the forced school escort of primary school children by the responsible local police officers… In order to avoid this in future, the education authority is in conversation with the affected family in order to look for possibilities to bring the religious convictions of the family into line with the unalterable school attendance requirement."

The move is reminiscent of Adolf Hitler's reign in which homeschooling was banned. In his own words, the German dictator said in 1937: "The Youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing."


March, 12 2007

Dear Sir or Madam,

I was taken away from my family on the first February 2007 and brought with more than 15 police men to the psychiatry in Nuremberg. There I was 2 weeks. I was brought there, because I was homeschooled 2 1/2 years. Now I am in a foster-family and I am allowed to see my parents only once a week. I want to ask you for help, to get my right to go back to my family, as I wish. I am not sick as the doctor said and my family is the best place for me to live.

Yours Sincerely,

Anima Melissa Falona Busekros


To express concerns:

President of the Federal Republic of Germany
11010 Berlin
Germany
Telefon: +49 30 20 00-0
Fax: +49 030 20 00-19 99
E-Mail: Bundespraesident.Horst.Koehler@bpra.bund.de

Chancellor
Angela Merkel
Willy-Brandt-Straße 1
10557 Berlin
Germany
Telefon: +49 180 272-0000
Fax: +49 1888 272-2555
E-Mail: InternetPost@bundesregierung.de

Prime Minister of Bavaria
Dr. Edmund Stoiber
Postfach 220011
80535 München
Germany
Tel.: +49 89 / 2165-0
Fax: +49 89 / 29 40 44
E-Mail: ministerpraesident@stk.bayern.de

Minister for Family Affairs
Christa Stewens
80792 München
Germany
Telefon +49 89 12 61-01
Telefax +49 89 12 61-11 22
E-Mail: christa.stewens@stmas.bayern.de

Secretary of the Interior
Dr. Günther Beckstein
Odeonsplatz 3
80539 München
Germany
Telefon +49 89 2192-2101
Telefax +49 89 2192-12100
E-Mail: guenther.beckstein@stmi.bayern.de

Politician Joachim Herrmann
Chief of the CSU Party, knows the Busekros family personally
Joachim Herrmann
Ludwig-Erhard-Straße 9 a
91052 Erlangen
Germany
Telefon: +49 9131- 53 45 38
Telefax: +49 9131- 61 18 40
E-Mail: joachim.herrmann@csu-bayern.de

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Vatican Addresses Specific Problems With Fr. Sobrino and 'Liberation Theology' in General

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Liberals should take note of this...

From the Vatican...
After a preliminary examination of the books Jesucristo liberador. Lectura histórico-teológica de Jesús de Nazaret (Jesus the Liberator) and La fe en Jesucristo. Ensayo desde las víctimas (Christ the Liberator) by Father Jon Sobrino, SJ, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, because of certain imprecisions and errors found in them, decided to proceed to a more thorough study of these works in October 2001. Given the wide distribution of these writings and their use in seminaries and other centers of study, particularly in Latin America, it was decided to employ the “urgent examination” as regulated by articles 23-27 of Agendi Ratio in Doctrinarum Examine...

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Now Liberal Media Goes Anti-Mormon

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It seems to me the new mainstream Liberal media has an ax to grind against anyone of any conservative religious tradition -- except maybe radical Islam. For the last seven years, the Catholic Church has been the whipping boy of so many media pundits it's almost too many to count. Evangelical Christians also get the distinguished designation of media punching bag. But in what shouldn't surprise us, the Mormons are in no way neglected. This recent piece (of I'm not sure what) was posted in the March 13 edition of 'The Nation,' and was carried on most of the major Internet news wires. (read here) It's an unsigned editorial bashing the Bush administration (no surprise there) over the firing of Kyle Sampson, chief of staff to the Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. The rant reads like most mainstream media hatchet jobs, including this line...

Hence it fell to Kyle Sampson to get rid of the federal prosecutors without bothering the boss. Kyle was the right person to do it. He's a Mormon, a Brigham Young University graduate. You can depend on them.

Now this little screed wouldn't be worth mentioning here if it were directed against Catholics and Evangelicals -- that would just be status quo for the media. But now we have a new group lumped into the mix -- Mormons. Yes dear readers, no church is hands off to the new anti-religion mainstream media. Mormons now find themselves lumped together with Catholics and Evangelicals in the mainstream media's war on decency. You see regardless of the theological details of the religion, Mormonism does officially teach the value of faith, family and virtue. Regardless of their doctrinal interpretations, practicing Mormons do find themselves on the same side as practicing Catholics and Evangelicals in the culture war. Some Catholics and Evangelicals may have issues with Mormonism, but that doesn't change the fact that we march arm-in-arm with them against the forces of hell threatening to take over western civilization. You can tell a lot about someone by who his enemies are. The liberal mainstream media makes virtually no distinction between Catholics, Mormons and Evangelicals. It treats us all equally, and we are their common enemy. As the battle for America's heart and soul heats up around us, Catholics, Mormons and Evangelicals are all finding themselves in the same trench together.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Una Voce Launches Priest Training Workshops

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Be sure to print off the publicity flyer below, and get it to your parish priest as soon as possible...

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Distribution - March 11, 2007

Publicity flyer (PDF)

Una Voce America is pleased to announce a collaborative program with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) designed to provide training for any priest interested in learning how to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass.

"This program may be the most important effort we've undertaken," said UVA director Jason King recently. "We're grateful to the Fraternity for its generous support of this project."

Training will take place in June 2007 at Our Lady of Guadalupe seminary in Denton, Nebraska, which is located in the diocese of Lincoln. The workshop will last for one week and will be repeated three times (the first, second and fourth weeks of June). Each session will begin on a Monday at noon and end Friday at noon of that week. A priest need only attend one of the three sessions, as the same material will be covered in each one.

The FSSP will be responsible for curriculum and instruction, while UVA will assume primary responsibility for funding and promoting the program....

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Pope Offers Suggestions For Liturgy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholics must believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, celebrate the liturgy with devotion and live in a way that demonstrates their faith, Pope Benedict XVI said...

...While he encouraged wider knowledge and use of the Mass prayers in Latin and of Gregorian chant, he also repeated the synod's affirmation of the "beneficial influence" of the liturgical changes made by the Second Vatican Council on the life of the church.

However, he also endorsed the synod's suggestion that at Masses with a large, international congregation, the liturgy be celebrated in Latin "with the exception of the readings, the homily and the prayer of the faithful." ...

...Pope Benedict said the sign of peace at Mass "has great value," especially in demonstrating the church's responsibility to pray for peace and unity in a world too often troubled by division, violence and hatred.

While Catholics at Mass should exchange a sign of peace with those near them, he also called for "greater restraint" to ensure the moment does not become one of irreparable distraction....

...The pope also said the church should consider providing new texts for the rite of dismissal at the end of Mass so that Catholics would understand better the connection between what they have just celebrated and the fact that they are sent out in a mission to bring God's love and truth to the world.

-- Pope Benedict said in order to help Catholics "believe, celebrate and live ever more fully the mystery of the Eucharist," several Vatican offices are preparing a compendium of texts, prayers and explanations of the church teaching on the Eucharist and of the eucharistic prayers used at Mass.

-- He called for a general improvement in the quality of homilies and said bishops have a particular responsibility to ensure that the liturgies they celebrate provide an example for the whole diocese of a liturgy celebrated with dignity, beauty and fidelity to the approved rites.

-- The pope asked Catholics to pay more attention to how their postures and gestures at Mass communicate their faith in the Eucharist, particularly by "kneeling during the central moments of the eucharistic prayer."

"Amid the legitimate diversity of signs used in the context of different cultures, everyone should be able to experience and express the awareness that at each celebration we stand before the infinite majesty of God, who comes to us in the lowliness of the sacramental signs."

-- As for church architecture, Pope Benedict encouraged parishes to ensure their facilities are fully accessible to people with disabilities and that the tabernacle containing the Blessed Sacrament is "readily visible to everyone entering the church."

"In churches which do not have a Blessed Sacrament chapel and where the high altar with its tabernacle is still in place, it is appropriate to continue to use this structure for the reservation and adoration of the Eucharist," he said.

"In new churches, it is good to position the Blessed Sacrament chapel close to the sanctuary; where this is not possible, it is preferable to locate the tabernacle in the sanctuary, in a sufficiently elevated place," he said.

However, the pope said, the "final judgment on these matters belongs to the diocesan bishop."...

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Pope Sets Firm Direction For 21st Century Church

Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday reiterated the Church's ban on Communion for divorced Catholics who remarry and told Catholic politicians that the Vatican's stance against abortion and gay marriage is "not negotiable."

In a 131-page document, the pope also upheld the Vatican's requirement for celibacy for priests in the Latin rite Church. "Priestly celibacy lived with maturity, joy and dedication is an immense blessing for the Church and for society itself," the pope wrote.

The document embraced recommendations made by bishops from around the world at a 2005 meeting at the Vatican that rejected any change in the celibacy requirement. Benedict said bishops should "on no account" lower admission standards to seminaries to compensate for the shortage of clergy in some parts of the world...

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Sacramentum Caritatis

POST-SYNODAL
APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS
OF THE HOLY FATHER
BENEDICT XVI
TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY,
CONSECRATED PERSONS
AND THE LAY FAITHFUL
ON THE EUCHARIST
AS THE SOURCE AND SUMMIT
OF THE CHURCH'S LIFE AND MISSION

INDEX

Introduction [1]

The food of truth [2]
The development of the eucharistic rite [3]
The Synod of Bishops and the Year of the Eucharist [4]
The purpose of the present Exhortation [5]

PART ONE:
THE EUCHARIST, A MYSTERY TO BE BELIEVED

The Church's eucharistic faith [6]

The blessed Trinity and the Eucharist

The bread come down from heaven [7]
A free gift of the Blessed Trinity [8]

The Eucharist: Jesus the true Sacrificial Lamb

The new and eternal covenant in the blood of the Lamb [9]
The institution of the Eucharist [10]
Figura transit in veritatem
[11]

The Holy Spirit and the Eucharist

Jesus and the Holy Spirit [12]
The Holy Spirit and the eucharistic celebration [13]

The Eucharist and the Church

The Eucharist, causal principle of the Church [14]
The Eucharist and ecclesial communion [15]

The Eucharist and the Sacraments

The sacramentality of the Church [16]

I. The Eucharist and Christian initiation
The Eucharist, the fullness of Christian initiation [17]
The order of the sacraments of initiation [18]
Initiation, the ecclesial community and the family [19]

II. The Eucharist and the sacrament of reconciliation
Their intrinsic connection [20]
Some pastoral concerns [21]

III. The Eucharist and the anointing of the sick [22]

IV. The Eucharist and the Sacrament of Holy Orders
In persona Christi capitis
[23]
The Eucharist and priestly celibacy [24]
The clergy shortage and the pastoral care of vocations [25]
Gratitude and hope [26]

V. The Eucharist and matrimony
The Eucharist, a nuptial sacrament [27]
The Eucharist and the unicity of marriage [28]
The Eucharist and the indissolubility of marriage [29]

The Eucharist and Eschatology

The Eucharist: a gift to men and women on their journey [30]
The eschatological banquet [31]
Prayer for the dead [32]

The Eucharist and the Virgin Mary [33]

PART TWO:
THE EUCHARIST, A MYSTERY TO BE CELEBRATED

Lex orandi and lex credendi [34]
Beauty and the liturgy [35]

The Eucharistic celebration, the work of “Christus Totus”

Christus totus in capite et in corpore [36]
The Eucharist and the risen Christ [37]

Ars celebrandi [38]

The Bishop, celebrant par excellence [39]
Respect for the liturgical books and the richness of signs [40]
Art at the service of the liturgy [41]
Liturgical song [42]

The Structure of the Eucharistic Celebration [43]

The intrinsic unity of the liturgical action [44]
The liturgy of the word [45]
The homily [46]
The presentation of the gifts [47]
The Eucharistic Prayer [48]
The sign of peace [49]
The distribution and reception of the Eucharist [50]
The dismissal: “Ite, missa est” [51]

Actuosa participatio [52]

Authentic participation [53]
Participation and the priestly ministry [53]
The eucharistic celebration and inculturation [54]
Personal conditions for an “active participation” [55]
Participation by Christians who are not Catholic [56]
Participation through the communications media [57]
Active participation by the sick [58]
Care for prisoners [59]
Migrants and participation in the Eucharist [60]
Large-scale celebrations [61]
The Latin language [62]
Eucharistic celebrations in small groups [63]

Interior participation in the celebration

Mystagogical catechesis [64]
Reverence for the Eucharist [65]

Adoration and Eucharistic devotion

The intrinsic relationship between celebration and adoration [66]
The practice of eucharistic adoration [67]
Forms of eucharistic devotion [68]
The location of the tabernacle [69]

PART THREE:
THE EUCHARIST, A MYSTERY TO BE LIVED

The Eucharistic form of the Christian life

Spiritual worship – logiké latreía (Rom 12:1) [70]
The all-encompassing effect of eucharistic worship [71]
Iuxta dominicam viventes
– living in accordance with the Lord's Day [72]
Living the Sunday obligation [73]
The meaning of rest and of work [74]
Sunday assemblies in the absence of a priest [75]
A eucharistic form of Christian life, membership in the Church [76]
Spirituality and eucharistic culture [77]
The Eucharistic and the evangelization of cultures [78]
The Eucharist and the lay faithful [79]
The Eucharist and priestly spirituality [80]
The Eucharist and the consecrated life [81]
The Eucharist and moral transformation [82]
Eucharistic consistency [83]

The Eucharist, a mystery to be proclaimed

The Eucharist and mission [84]
The Eucharist and witness [85]
Christ Jesus, the one Saviour [86]
Freedom of worship [87]

The Eucharist, a mystery to be offered to the world

The Eucharist, bread broken for the life of the world [88]
The social implications of the eucharistic mystery [89]
The food of truth and human need [90]
The Church's social teaching [91]
The sanctification of the world and the protection of creation [92]
The usefulness of a Eucharistic Compendium [93]

Conclusion [94]

Monday, March 12, 2007

Why Am I Catholic?

Brave Priest Stands Up To Gay Agenda

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Thank God for brave priests like Rev. Cliff Jacobson. We need a whole lot more just like him. His actions here were an act of love, not only for the Body of Christ, but also for the sinners who were corrupting it...

By BRANTLEY HARGROVE, News-Record Writer

Leah Vader grew up in the Catholic church. She went to Catholic school. She took communion every week. But on March 1, she got a letter from the Rev. Cliff Jacobson, the pastor of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, which she attends.

The letter said that “because of your union and your public advocacy of same-sex unions, that you are unable to receive communion.”

Vader and her spouse, Lynne Huskinson, were married in Canada. They’ve been outspoken advocates for gay rights. Vader brought Huskinson to the church and she was baptized in 2000. The two have been a fixture at the church since 1998...

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Another Liberal Priest Bites The Dust

San Salvador, Mar. 12, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Father Jon Sobrino, an influential exponent of liberation theology, has been silenced by the Vatican, a Salvadoran archbishop has revealed...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: 'Liberation Theology' is the epitome of modern Liberalism, and it is officially condemned by the Roman Catholic Church...
Liberation theology is a school of theology that focuses on Jesus Christ as not only the Redeemer but also the Liberator of the Oppressed. It emphasizes the Christian mission to bring justice to the poor and oppressed, particularly through political activism. Some elements of certain liberation theologies have been rejected by the Holy See of the Roman Catholic Church.

At its inception, liberation theology was predominantly found in the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council although some suggest that it was first articulated by Dietrich Bonhoeffer during the late 1930s. It is often cited as a form of Christian socialism, and it has enjoyed widespread influence in Latin America and among the Jesuits, although its influence diminished within Catholicism after the Vatican issued official rejections of the theology in the 1980s and liberation theologians were harshly admonished by Pope John Paul II (leading to the curtailing of its growth). However, it is recognized within liberal Protestant circles as an important school of thought, enjoying equal standing with neo-orthodoxy, feminist theology, process theology and others. The current Pope, Benedict XVI, has also been long known as an opponent of certain strands of liberation theology, and issued several condemnations of tendencies within it whilst head of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Unfortunately, some Catholics may find this confusing, and that is a shame. Yes, Jesus wants social justice for all peoples, but at the same time, he doesn't want it to come at the expense of their liberty and freedom. This is where liberal Catholics get confused. They forget that justice without freedom is tyranny and Jesus Christ is no tyrant. Holy Mother Church guards against such tyranny in her social justice teachings through a simple (and often overlooked) principle of "subsidiarity," which prevents social justice from becoming socialism. If Catholics would just be be mindful of this cornerstone of Catholic social justice teaching, there wouldn't be a problem...

1883 Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which "a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co- ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good." 7

1884 God has not willed to reserve to himself all exercise of power. He entrusts to every creature the functions it is capable of performing, according to the capacities of its own nature. This mode of governance ought to be followed in social life. The way God acts in governing the world, which bears witness to such great regard for human freedom, should inspire the wisdom of those who govern human communities. They should behave as ministers of divine providence.

1885 The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism. It sets limits for state intervention. It aims at harmonizing the relationships between individuals and societies. It tends toward the establishment of true international order.

Catechism: Part 3, Section 1, Chapter 2, Article 1, SubSection 1

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Roman Catholic Renewal

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: What follows is something EVERY SINGLE Catholic should read. Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, of the 'Institute of Christ the King,' published this article on Feruary 19, 2007. It's a glimpse of things soon to come in the Roman Catholic Church. There is going to be a transformation, a renewal if you will, that will bring old and new together to restore the beauty, glory and dignity of Roman Catholicism. It will bring an end to the extremism on both sides, the right and the left, binding together the best of both worlds. I would encourage everyone to read through the following excerpts, then click on the link at the bottom to read the whole article. Share it with all of your Catholic family and friends, by either forwarding it via email, or directing them back to this blog (use this link: http://catholicknight.blogspot.com/2007/03/roman-catholic-renewal.html). It's important that we get the word out to EVERYONE. Then there is only one legitimate response we can have to what is written below. We must pray. Pray for the pope and pray for the Church, asking God to restore all things according to His will....

On the Motu Proprio:

"I can only tell you at least that the document is ready and that the person who is responsible for all of it does not want to discuss it any longer. We have now only to pray that the appropriate time to publish it will be found soon. This will bring about a great strengthening not only of Traditional Latin Mass groups -- it will bring about a renewal of the liturgy, it will bring about a renewal of the clergy, it will bring about a renewal of the beauty of the Church... that will be Holy Mother Church with the Traditional Latin Rite liberalized for everyone."

On Ad Orientem:

"The Holy Father, as perhaps you know, has written a Preface to a book by a very learned member of the London Oratory, Father Michael Lang, who is a very holy priest, about the direction of the altar. And the Holy Father fosters the results of that book. Father Lang has discovered that never was there anything else in the history of the Church other than an eastward-bound altar. And everyone would look toward the same direction together with the priest, toward the east, toward the resurrecting Son—toward Christ—toward the center of the liturgy. Father Lang makes it very clear that any other direction of the altar is not traditional. It is simply a recent introduction. And even if you go through the Novus Ordo Missae you will find a few rubrics that indicate that this Mass was meant to be celebrated at an altar facing the tabernacle. So even the new liturgy was not meant to be celebrated exclusively facing the people."

On Organic Development:

"In a preface to a book that Dom Alcuin Reid has published about the organic growth of the liturgy, the Holy Father compares the Church to a gardener and says that every change in the liturgy has to be organic growth. So you cannot cut away pieces, you cannot simply destroy a plant that you want to grow, but you must be very careful to find for this plant a good time in the year to plant it, the right nourishment, the best place for it to be and grow, and then you must take care of it with great prudence daily and without interruption. It is very important that our Holy Father has made this remark because this is implicitly a critique of so many things that have happened in the last forty years. People have believed that the wonderful plant of the liturgy that God has planted in the midst of the Church can be treated like a plastic plant, that you can expose it as you want to your whims, that this plant is more beautiful than a real rose."

On the Centrality of the Liturgy:

"We have to understand that the liturgy is not a decoration on a cake, like a little bit of whipped cream that you place on a wonderful birthday cake to make it more beautiful. The Church, even today in the crisis that we are undergoing, is still a very impressive worldwide operation. If you only think that the Church most certainly has the greatest number of charitable organizations in the whole world, that the church has hundreds and thousands of hospitals, of kindergartens, of orphanages, of schools, of universities, of all kinds of operations that take care of the needs of people in our times... But all that is not Her center. All this is only a consequence. The wonderful social doctrine of the Church -- everything we can do in this state and in politics to bring the realm of Christ to real brilliance and to power -- all this is a consequence. A consequence that is very important and cannot be belittled if we do not want to destroy society, but it is still a consequence because the call of the Church is not there. The call is a liturgy. The call is the foremost and grandest liturgical act ever. The call is the sacrifice of the cross that is perpetuated on our altars. If we belittle the fact that the drama of the redemption takes place on the most forlorn altar in Gabon in the middle of the jungle every day, if we belittle in our parish churches that what our parish priest does is the most important action that can ever happen in the world, if we do not understand that the great and magnificent apparatus of the Church is all about protecting and promulgating the flame of love that has been sacrificed for us in the Heart of Jesus on the Cross, we have totally misunderstood the Roman Catholic Church. And therefore, we have to go back to a deeper understanding of the Liturgy."

On the Importance of Beauty:

"If the Church has been subjected to so many heresies in the last forty years, if ever the Church has been subjected to heretical thinking, it is because people have wrongly understood that God acts only on our brain . But God is a God incarnate, and He acts, therefore, as he has shown, in the heart, through the heart, and on our heart. And He does that also in the Church, and the Church has as Her heart the liturgical mystery from which all Her blood, all the pulsations of Her heart, all Her energy comes. If the Devil wanted to destroy the beauty of the handmaid of the Lord, the beauty of Holy Mother Church, he had to attack the liturgy. He had to weaken the heart. He had to undermine the understanding of Catholics that it is more important to be on your knees than to be activists alone. First, you have to be on your knees and then you can be active because God gives you grace for that. If you understand that, then, with our Holy Father, you put emphasis on the celebration of the liturgy."

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Monday, March 5, 2007

"Pelosi Is No Catholic" Says US Bishop

PORTLAND, OR, March 1, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - "It is categorically impossible for the same person to state that he or she believes simultaneously both what the Catholic Church teaches and that abortion is just a choice," says Bishop Robert Vasa in a column released today by the Catholic Sentinel, the diocesan newspaper of the Archdiocese of Portland and the Diocese of Baker.

Although Vasa, the Bishop of Baker, did not mention her by name, he was referring in his column to Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi specifically, and to all politicians of a similar ilk in general.

"Some months ago a prominent Catholic public person," says Vasa, "described as faithful to the church, was asked if being pro-choice or pro-abortion was an issue which conflicted with the Catholic Faith." He goes on to quote verbatim what Nancy Pelosi stated in a highly publicized interview with Newsweek in October last year. "To me it isn't even a question. God has given us a free will. We're all responsible for our actions. If you don't want an abortion, you don't believe in it, [then] don't have one. But don't tell somebody else what they can do in terms of honoring their responsibilities....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Ah, another bishop with courage speaks out. It's a shame he's not Nanci Pelosi's bishop. If he were, he could back his words with actions and excommunicate her. How long must we endure the scandal of pro-abortion "Catholic" politicians. Talk is cheap. When will the shepherds of the Church DO SOMETHING!

Sunday, March 4, 2007

US Congress Prepares Bill Against Catholicism

Americans worried about new "hate crime" legislation that could be used to make criminals of those whose religious faith doesn't endorse homosexuality could be facing a two-pronged attack, according to groups that monitor those developments.

The newest threat is being prepared by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the head of the House Judiciary Committee, whose work is being called "The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007," according to the Rev. Ted Pike, of the National Prayer Network.

He said a letter to other members of the House was intercepted by Focus on the Family and indicated that it "gives the federal government even more power to create a bias motivation justice system, turning America into a police state."

Michael Marcavage, director of Repent America and Pike both had alerted their constituencies earlier to H.R. 254, or the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which could create "anti-hate" restrictions and penalties...

...The H.R. 254 plan, proposed by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, is "stealth legislation at its most devious," Pike said earlier. He said people take a glance, and then say, "This bill just wants federal power to prosecute bias-motivated violent crimes in the states – what's wrong with that?"

"There's plenty wrong with that!" he said. First, the Constitution does not grant federal government the "police state privilege" of being your local law enforcement. "Unless the government finds evidence of slavery in the states, jury tampering, voter fraud, or crimes involving interstate commerce (where jurisdiction is unclear), the Constitution's message to the federal government is blunt and emphatic: 'Butt out of local law enforcement!'"

However, Pike said the authors of the new legislation have been clever, inserting in the proposal assertions that because five states do not have hate laws, the federal government has "no choice" but to "enhance federal enforcement of hate crimes." That includes new ranks of federal agents to address the "serious national problem" that exists.

Worse yet, there are some key phrases that open doors wide that many people don't want opened. For example, Pike said, the bill is to "prevent and respond to alleged violations," meaning "the government does not even have to wait until a hate crime has been committed but may act pre-emptively to 'prevent' crime...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: What does this mean? It means any homosexual can start a federal investigation (leading to a prosecution) of any Christian Church that preaches against homosexuality, claiming that he/she "felt threatened" by such teachings. No other Christian organization stands against the sin of homosexuality more than the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is by far the largest religious organization in the United States, standing squarely against homosexuality as a sin against nature and God. So any such legislation, which makes criticism of homosexuality illegal, is a strike against Christianity in general, and Catholicism in particular. This bill is probably the most anti-Catholic piece of legislation the US Congress has ever proposed. If it goes forward, and becomes law, the United States government will officially become an anti-Catholic regime. No practicing Catholic will be safe in America. Any Catholic who dares to espouse the teachings of the Church on homosexuality will be subject to "hate-crimes" prosecution. Even this blog will become illegal. Readers of 'The Catholic Knight' should take note of who supports this bill -- so they can be asked "Why are you supporting anti-Catholic legislation?" I hate to say I told you so, but its happening in an incredibly predictable fashion. Anti-Catholic bigots operating within the highest reaches of our federal government are now fearlessly taking their hatred of us into the the public spotlight, knowing the mainstream media will give them a free pass on it, and the average American voter will let it slide without consequence. Take note of them readers, take note of who supports H.R. 254, and remember who they are. The 2008 election is just around the corner.

Friday, March 2, 2007

NASA Exposes Global Warming Crock

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Hmmm. Last time I checked, there were no SUVs on Mars...
Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet's recent climate changes have a natural—and not a human- induced—cause, according to one scientist's controversial theory....

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Meet The Antichrist

VATICAN CITY, March 1, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Papal watchers are wondering what message Pope Benedict XVI was giving when he selected retired Bologna archbishop Cardinal Giacomo Biffi to preach the annual Lenten retreat to the Pope and the top members of the Vatican.

Rocco Palmo, expert Vatican reporter for The Tablet, the international Catholic weekly published in London, England, has noted the significance of the selection of the Lenten retreat preacher. "Since time immemorial -- or, at least, the retreat's heightened profile over the 20th century -- the selection of the preacher has become a closely-watched indicator of the prevailing winds in the papal apartment," said Palmo on his blog. "(T)he choice often falling to a voice the Pope might like to tout... and not just for a higher prominence on the preaching circuit."

Palmo added weight to his remarks noting that "Before their respective elections to the papacy, both Joseph Ratzinger and Karol Wojtyla were tapped to lead the annual exercises."

This year's selection when it became known created a stir since Cardinal Biffi, while he is known for orthodox faith and frank words, is most well known, at least in the secular media, for his preaching on the Antichrist. In fact, the Times of London reported in 2004 that the Cardinal described the Antichrist as "walking among us".

The Lenten retreat did not disappoint. Cardinal Biffi picked up on his oft repeated theme of the Antichrist, basing his remarks on the works of Vladimir Soloviev, a Russian theologian who has received praise from Pope Benedict prior to his elevation to the pontificate.

Quoting Soloviev, the Cardinal said "the Antichrist presents himself as pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist."

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It may surprise many Catholics to know that Evangelicals have held a similar view for decades. But then, it would appear some were about a hundred years ahead of the everyone else. John Henry Cardinal Newman thought that liberalism (or modernism) was a figure of Antichrist, and gave such sermons before his conversion to the Catholic Church in the 19th Century. Personally, I've always held to this view, and here is why? The term "antichrist" literally translated means "against Christ." It means to oppose Jesus of Nazarene as the Christ (Messiah). So what this literally means is that anyone who directly opposes the Messianic identity of Jesus Christ is a type of Antichrist's. History has been full of such personalities, and some have even gone so far as to set themselves (or another) up as an alternative Messiah (Christ) to Jesus Christ. For example; at the end of the 1st century, Nero Caesar set himself up as a Pagan "god" and demanded to be worshipped. Here we have an example of a Pagan form of antichrist, who opposes Christ by virtue of claiming to be deity and persecuting those who follow Jesus. In the early second century, the Pharisees hailed Simon Bar Kohba as a militaristic "messiah" while simultaneously rejecting Jesus as the authentic Messiah (Christ). In this case we see Simon Bar Kohba representing a type of antichrist appealing to the Jews of 2nd century Palestine. (Incidentally, modern Jews do not hold to this view at all and reject all messianic claims of Simon Bar Kohba.) So the point I'm making here is that an "antichrist" doesn't have to be somebody seen as evil or destructive. All he has to do is set himself up in direct opposition to the messianic claims of Jesus of Nazareth. Once that happens, you've got an antichrist. The New Testament Scriptures allude to a great and final Antichrist in the last days before the Second Coming (Parousia) of Jesus Christ and the End of the World. Now modern day Liberalism is based in the concept of modernism and relativism, which ultimately results in nihilism (discussed in a previous post). These philosophies, once politically activated, resulted in the regimes of Communism and National-Socialism (Nazism) during the 20th century. Both of these godless regimes espoused the state as a type of deity, and Nazism in particular, elevated a single man (Adolf Hitler) as the embodiment of the state, and thus a type of "messiah" himself. When people think of regimes such as Communism and Nazism, they sometimes attribute them to right-wing hysteria run amuck. Nothing could be further from the truth. Both Communism and Nazism were based entirely in socialism, though they each approached it in different ways. The Communist approach was to deny the existence of God entirely, put the state in his place, and then indoctrinate the people accordingly. Nazism, on the other hand was slightly more tolerant of religious persuasion (believe it or not), but in doing so became more insidious. Nazism permitted the believe in any religion one so desired, so long as deity of such religion was subordinate to the state. In other words, you could worship any "god" you wanted, so long as you acknowledged that the state was higher than your god. Both regimes fell into the ash heap of broken ideas and failed systems, but their foundational ideologies live on in the form of modern Liberalism. The latest manifestation is the global-warming environmentalist scam, coupled with the traditional "there are no moral absolutes" and "can't we just all get along" mantras. Global-warming environmentalism is really nothing more than "ecofacism" - a socialist scheme based on the idea that if you create a crisis, you can get governments to force everyone in the world to surrender their prosperity and personal property rights. "The Greens are Red!" That's all we need to know. What we have in modern-day Liberalism is little more than a socialist agenda, based on pure relativism, resulting in nihilism in which the state is God and we mortals must subject ourselves to it. The only thing lacking is a global charismatic figure to drive the message home, and rally the world's population into a unified crescendo that rejects the message of Jesus Christ in favor of this new messianic hero. Then we will have the greatest Antichrist the world has ever known.