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, July 31, 2008

Latin For A Whole New Generation


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So I took my four-year-old son to a weekday Latin mass a couple weeks ago. It was the first time he had ever gone to one. I chose the weekday mass because it was shorter - no homily - which might be more tolerable for a rambunctious young child. It worked out quite well.

So while I am struggling though my Latin-English Missal, trying to stay on top of the responses, my four-year-old boy kneels quietly next to me intently studying the whole spectacle. About ten minutes into the mass he leans over to me and whispers in my ear; "Daddy, are they talking in a secret language?" I loved his analysis because to a four-year-old a "secret" is something really special. Little boys love to have "secrets." So I replied quietly; "Yes son, that is the secret language. You know, the kind spoken by priests, alter servers and of course knights!" seeking to excite his imagination a little. Immediately his eyes lit up and he gave me a grin. About five minutes later he leaned over and whispered again; "Daddy, I want to learn the secret language?" I then assured him we would learn it together. He gave me another grin. As I continued to fumble through my Latin-English Missal, struggling to pronounce the words correctly and say them on time, I began to hear a little voice coming from right next to me, pronouncing strongly and perfectly "Et Cum Spiritu Tuo!" in response to the priest's "Dominus Vobiscum." I looked down in amazement, and my four-year-old son looked up at me with another grin. I couldn't believe it. Throughout the rest of the mass, I continued to fumble through the missal, while my four-year-old boy matched, and then surpassed, my Latin skills in the course of just 30 minutes. At first I thought he was a genius, and don't get me wrong because he is very smart, but then I realized that at this age a child's mind is like a sponge - especially when it comes to language. This is true with most children. What we adults must "try" to learn, children pick up naturally with ease. There are no mental constraints yet. Their brains are like a blank page, ready to absorb any and all new information, while our adult brains are cluttered with years of notes and scribble.

After mass my boy asked me what the "secret words" mean. When I told him he was even more excited. "Daddy, can I learn the secret language - please? I want to know more!" We've been learning it together ever since.  He eagerly anticipates Latin mass every week now, and he says he wants to be an alter boy.  I've been taking my son to the ordinary vernacular mass every week since he was an infant, but I've never seen this kind of excitement in him before.

At first I thought I would have to wait until he was at least six before I started him on simple Latin. I've since learned that I was wrong. He's only four and he already knows as much as I do. I only wish I could teach him faster. Lord knows he could easily handle it. Believe it or not, we'll be starting him in preschool this fall.

The moral to this story is that we shouldn't cut our kids short. We should never underestimate their mental capabilities. Just because they're children, doesn't mean they can't master subjects you might find difficult yourself. When it comes to the renewal of the Catholic Church, the Latin language plays a big role. We are already seeing a huge resurgence in the extraordinary-form Latin mass all over the world since the pope's motu proprio liberalizing it's use a year ago. In the years ahead, we may see the reintroduction of Latin to the ordinary vernacular mass as well - particularly in such places as the Eucharistic prayers, the Agnus Dei and the Sanctus. Pope Benedict XVI has stated that he would like to see Latin revived among the youth, so that they might have a common prayer language during World Youth Day.

Maybe it's time for you to consider taking up a new hobby with your kids. You could learn Latin together as a family. It's not hard, children usually pick it up faster than adults, and it enhances the Catholic character of your household. The image on the right is the packet my son and I are using. It's the beginner module for Christian Latin, and it's pretty easy to learn. You can get more Latin learning tools at The Knight's Armory HERE.

The Catholic Knight Boycotts McDonald's

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I'm not usually one for boycotts. Frankly, it's because I think they usually don't work. But every once in a while, a boycott comes along that seems to be worthwhile, if for no other reason than to stop putting my hard-earned money toward something I staunchly oppose. Such is the case with the current boycott organizing against the popular fast-food chain McDonald's. From now on my kids can kiss those chicken nuggets goodbye. The food wasn't very healthy anyway, and now that I know my money is going to support the homosexual agenda, eating there has become a lose-lose situation. Not only am I giving my kids bad eating habits, but I'm also giving my money over to the gay lobby. So I'm through with the hamburger clown. Scram Ronald! You're no longer welcome in my family. I would encourage all of my readers to prayerfully consider doing the same...

What the boycott of McDonald's IS NOT about
  • This boycott is not about hiring homosexuals.
  • It is not about homosexuals eating at McDonald's.
  • It is not about how homosexual employees are treated.
What the boycott of McDonald's IS about
It is about McDonald's, as a corporation, refusing to remain neutral in the culture wars. McDonald's has chosen not to remain neutral but to give the full weight of their corporation to promoting the homosexual agenda, including homosexual marriage.


Obama Supports Gay Marriage

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It doesn't matter what he tries to say, or how he tries to hide it, the cat is out of the bag now. Barack Obama SUPPORTS gay-marriage. We can expect an Obama administration to do everything within it's power to promote it...
(LifeSiteNews.com) - As the California Marriage Amendment debate heats up Barack Obama and John McCain have made clear their respective positions on the issue.

Two weeks after the California Supreme Court announced its decision to allow same-sex couples to "marry", opponents of same-sex marriage succeeded in placing on the November ballot a proposed constitutional amendment which states: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." If passed, the measure would reverse the recent court decision.

Mr. Obama recently made his position public in a letter sent to a San Francisco homosexual activist group.

"I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states," wrote Mr. Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

At the same time John McCain has announced his support for the California Protection of Marriage initiative in an email received by the ProtectMarriage.com campaign.

"I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona. I do not believe judges should be making these decisions," Mr. McCain stated....

read full story here
The simple fact of the matter is this. If Obama was neutral on the issue of gay-marriage, he wouldn't oppose the right of Californians (and Americans in general) to attempt constitutional measures defining marriage as between a man and a woman. If he were neutral on this issue, which he tries to present himself as, he would support the rights of both sides of the debate to push their agenda. He doesn't. Instead he opposes the right of Californians (and Americans in general) to come out against gay-marriage, and thereby favors tilting the playing field in favor of the gay-marriage lobby. It's just a little snapshot of what we can expect from an Obama Whitehouse administration.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Artificial Birth Control Is Killing Protestants

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I originally wrote about this some time back, but decided to revisit the topic now that Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae is getting so much attention in recent days. The below article is a reprint from my previous story, with some minor additions...

Mainline church decline caused
by fertility rates, study shows
By Greg Warner

CHICAGO (ABP)—The decline membership in of mainline churches over the last century had more to do with sex than theology, research by a trio of sociologists suggests.

The popular notion that conservative churches are growing because mainline churches are too liberal is being challenged by new research that offers a simpler cause for much of the mainline decline—the use of birth control.

Differences in fertility rates account for 70 percent of the decline of mainline Protestant church membership from 1900 to 1975 and the simultaneous rise in conservative church membership, the sociologists said...
read full story here
Now isn't this a little gem? Could it be that the Catholic Church was right all along? Gasp! No, it couldn't be. Could it? I disagree with the premise of the article that the decline of mainline Protestant churches is not doctrinal in nature. I say it is, and this is why. The acceptance of artificial birth control is itself a doctrine.

Granted, it's reasonable to assume that some people just got fed up with the liberal unorthodoxy coming out of the mainline Protestant churches and left for that reason. But according to the above article, that accounts for only a minority (30%) of the statistical drop. The majority (70%) of the decline can be directly accounted for in demographics alone. On average liberal Protestants just have fewer babies. Fewer children equals fewer replacement members for a church as a congregation ages. If one could sit in the back pew, of an average mainline Protestant denomination, over the last 50 years the trend would be noticeable. Looking over the heads of the people in front of you, the first thing you would notice is gray hair becoming more prominent as the years go by. Then as it seem that more than half of the heads in front of you are gray, some would slowly disappear over the years, one by one until the number of gray heads goes back to it's original ratio. But only one thing is different now. The overall headcount has dropped. Many of the pews are empty now.

The reason for this is the adoption (and in some cases promotion) of artificial birth control. Most Protestants embrace it now, whether liberal or conservative, and ultimately it will be their undoing. The only difference is that liberal Protestant churches have been embracing it a lot longer than conservative Protestant churches have.

The population that refuses to grow will only decline. The current situation in mainline Protestant churches is just a precursor of what will soon be coming to most conservative Protestant churches in the not-so-distant future. It's also a microcosm of what is about to befall western civilization in general.

You see, what a lot of people don't know is that every Christian denomination once considered artificial birth control a grave sin. No Christian church in 2000 years had ever accepted it. It was the Anglicans (Episcopalians) who broke that longstanding Christian tradition at their Lambeth Council on August 14, 1930. Soon after, other mainline Protestant denominations followed. Only the Roman Catholic Church resisted this 20th century influence, and today, only the Roman Catholic Church stands firm as the guardian of traditional Christian teaching on this issue. In today's western society, life without artificial birth control seems impossible to imagine. Most people simply will not stomach the idea of living without it. In North America, most Catholics just ignore the Church's teaching on it anyway. That's why western civilization (as we know it) is doomed. The countries where Protestants once dominated for hundreds of years (Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, England, Canada, Australia and the United States) will soon give way to Catholic majorities if they're lucky. Those that don't can eventually look forward to Muslim majorities. Why? Because artificial birth control will disintegrate the liberal Protestant denominations eventually. Because conservative Protestant churches will soon follow their lead if they don't retract their permissive teaching on artificial birth control. Because when it's all said and done, the only Christians left will be practicing Catholics who reproduce, along with a small ultra-conservative minority of Protestants who do the same. Because these Christians will be accompanied by a growing Muslim population that also rejects artificial birth control. By the time we reach the 100th anniversary of the 1930 Lambeth decision, we may even see this demographic reality start to materialize in noticeable ways.

It's as simple as this. If Roman Catholics in America and Europe obey the teachings of the Church on artificial birth control, they will save western civilization from an Islamic takeover. If they fail to obey the Church on this, within a century, we'll be handing western civilization over to Islamic rule on a silver platter. In this Islamic takeover, no gun will be fired and no shot will be heard. The only sound anyone will hear will be the slap of a hand on a baby's bottom, followed by the cry of his first breath. Muslims will overtake our civilization by sheer numbers alone. When they are the majority, they will be in charge, and that will be that. Only obedience to the Roman Catholic Church's teaching on artificial birth control can prevent this from happening. That's it! Nothing else will do. We only have a few more decades of soul-searching left before it's too late.

You see, mother nature has an unwritten rule. The rule is: "reproduce or die!" She whispers this law not just to individuals, but to peoples, cultures and ethnicities. Holy Mother Church embraces this natural law as truth, and coupling it with God's moral law, she passes it on to her faithful children. Now it's only up to us to listen and obey. Failure to do so now will only spell certain consequences for our civilization later.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Rosary Crusade for the Holy Father

July 28, 2008

Join the SSPX District of Asia's

Perpetual Rosary Crusade

For the Holy Father and or the Liberation of Catholic Tradition

Between August 15 and December 8, 2008

What does it consist of?

It consists of a continuous rosary being said 24 hours a day, seven days a week between the feasts of the Assumption and the Immaculate Conception this year throughout the SSPX District of Asia.

What is the purpose of this Crusade?

1) We are in the last months of the Marian year, of the 150th anniversary of Lourdes. Many people have not yet done anything special during this year to honor Our Blessed Lady. Now is a good opportunity! She wants, she needs our rosaries for her Triumph!

2) Bishop Fellay, the SSPX Superior General, is asking for it.

"If now I launch a perpetual Crusade, it is because today we must consent to an effort which is not momentary but constant and persevering, at the level of what is at stake. The battle for the faith cannot be fought with one-day, or intermittent soldiers. We need tough faithful.

This battle is going to be one in length, but for very precise objects: last time, we prayed for the liberation of the Holy Mass (note: with the spiritual bouquet of 2 ½ million rosary) now, we are asking the Blessed Virgin the withdrawal of the decree of excommunication, that is the liberation of Tradition. Later on, we will have other objectives, other intentions for our prayers.

This crusade, like the previous one, must be well organized by the priests in their priories and chapels. Each faithful must have the possibility to sign in and must commit himself for a rosary at a precise time of the day and for a well defined length of time: a month, a trimester.

With the number and the geographical location of the faithful attached to Tradition worldwide, we are sure that at every hour of the day and of the night there will be souls who will be praying for the liberation of Tradition in this huge Perpetual Rosary."

(Interview in Nouvelles de Chrétienté No. 111, May - June 2008, p.11)

How will this Crusade be organized?

1) Master grids are being sent throughout Asia to our priories and apostolic groups. Each priest and or person in charge will try to fill in the grid as much as possible with the people under his responsibility.

These grids (partially or fully completed) will be sent to Singapore by August 11 at the latest in order to be consolidated and make sure there are no 'holes' in the perpetual rosary.

The combine grid will be posted on line in our website and updated gradually.

2) Fill out the little form and 1) either send it to us in Singapore by email, or b) to the priest or person in charge of filling the grid in your chapel or apostolic group

3) This commitment doesn't require extra rosaries, but simply to say the rosary at a fixed time. You can of course say more at any time!

4) We will use the Singapore time zone (GMT+7) as our base. Other time zones will be incorporated in this. For ex. Midnight in Singapore is the same as 05:00 in New Zealand, or 21:30 in India. We will make no changes when time changes in most countries in October.

Make a copy of the little form below for yourself to remember your commitment. Give another copy to the priest in charge of your mass or mass center or to the person in charge of your apostolic group (Legion of Mary, Knights of Our Lady, Apostles of Mary, etc.)

"There is no problem, however difficult it may be, whether temporal or spiritual, personal or familial, national or international, that cannot be solved by the prayer of the Rosary!"(Sister Lucy)

"Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the church unto God for him." (Acts 12, 5)


God bless!

Fr. Daniel Couture

District Superior for Asia



My Commitment for the Perpetual Rosary Crusade


I promise Our Blessed Lady to offer, between August 15 and December 8, 2008, a rosary:

(please fill in)


Daily at (time)______________________________


Or Weekly (day and time) ______________/__________________/_________________


I live in the following country_______________________ and in the following time zone __________________________ (in case there are different time zones in the same country)


Signature_______________________________________________


Date __________________________________________________

Friday, July 25, 2008

Vatican Letter To Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC)


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Context is as follows. The Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) wrote a letter to the Vatican last year stating that they sought a way to be fully incorporated into the Catholic Church, and asked for recommendations on how to best go about that. While I don't speak Vaticanese, I will offer my humble translation to the best of my ability. I believe this Vatican letter says something to the extent of "Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about you, and we do take you seriously. Sit tight and wait for the dust to settle from the Lambeth Conference. We'll get back to you just as soon as we can." In my opinion, if the Vatican had no intention of allowing a corporate conversion of entire parishes into the Catholic Church, it would have simply responded quickly to that extent, and directed the TAC to pursue individual conversions. In my opinion, the delay in response indicates the Vatican has something else in mind - something more profound and historic. But that is just my opinion.

Will Archbishop of Canterbury Become the Anglican Pope?

(Times) - ....The proposals are a sign of how the Anglican Communion is centralising its authority in an attempt to prevent further schismatic events such as the consecration of a gay bishop.

Although he will resist describing himself as such, the effect of all these measures, if they are successfully implemented, will be to turn the Archbishop of Canterbury into a de facto Anglican Pope....

read full story here
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: This is a very fascinating development, and perhaps a potentially positive one. The proposals include the creation of an office called the "Anglican Faith and Order Commission," which bears striking resemblance to the Vatican's "Congregation for Doctrine and Faith," and an "Anglican Covenant," which member churches would sign to agree on premises of unity and the emerging power structure in Canterbury.

Liberals will oppose it outright, because it threatens their heterodox agenda. Evangelicals within the Communion will probably oppose it as well, because it bears too much resemblance to papal authority. Moderate Conservatives and Traditionalists will probably embrace it to some degree, because it effectively models the idea of an "Anglican Patriarchate" similar to what exists among the Eastern Orthodox churches.

From this Roman Catholic observers can glean a powerful lesson that the ideals of Protestantism within the Anglican Communion have failed. Historically, the Church of England (and the worldwide Communion) have dabbled in Protestantism. Now that dabbling has come back to bite them. What began in the Oxford Movement as a return to Catholic tradition, is culminating at this Lambeth Conference as a call for Catholic hierarchy - or at least something closer to that. It may be the Anglican Communion's last chance at survival, and if accepted, it may be a sign that Anglicanism is choosing to return to Catholicism, rather than continue down the Protestant road that has brought this crisis upon them.

If the proposals are accepted, and that is a big "if," than it remains to be seen how they will be implemented. If this plan is going to work, then the "Anglican Faith and Order Commission" is going to need some teeth. What will be done with the U.S. Episcopal Church (ECUSA), which has gone so far down the road of heterodoxy? Will such a "Commission" have the authority to clean up the American branch of Anglicanism? Or will the ECUSA have to be officially placed in a state of limbo for the foreseeable long term? This is quite a tangled up mess the Anglican Communion has gotten itself into, and if such a "Commission" is actually created, it's going to have it's work cut out for it. As for the Archbishop of Canterbury, there is no question he's going to have to seize the reigns of control, and begin exercising some real authority, or else what's left of the Anglican Communion will disintegrate.

OFFICIAL: The English Mass Has Changed!

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Rome has spoken. The new Ordinary for the the English translation of the mass has been approved by the Vatican. We now have a new English mass. It will go into effect. The only question now is when. Time has been given for the English-speaking bishops to prepare for the change, and I suspect that stonewalling and foot-dragging will not be tolerated. The U.S. Catholic bishops no longer have permission to celebrate the mass according to the "defective" English translation we currently use...
(USCCB) - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has receivedapproval (recognitio) from the Holy See’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments for the new English-language translation of the Order of Mass (Ordo Missae).

This is the first section of the translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal. It includes most of the texts used in every celebration of the Mass, including the responses that will be said by the people.

In its letter, the Congregation pointed out that while the texts are binding, the approval “does not intend that these texts are to be put into use immediately.”

Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation, explained the reasons for providing the text at this time. The purpose is to provide “time for the pastoral preparation of priests, deacons and for appropriate catechesis of the lay faithful. It will likewise facilitate the devising of musical settings for parts of the Mass.”

The text is covered by copyright law and the Statutes of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.

The more significant changes of the people’s parts are:
  1. et cum spiritu tuo is rendered as “And with your spirit”
  2. In the Confiteor, the text “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault” has been added
  3. The Gloria has been translated differently and the structure is different from the present text
  4. In the Preface dialogue the translation of “Dignum et justum est” is “It is right and just”
  5. The first line of the Sanctus now reads “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts”
  6. The response of the people at the Ecce Agnus Dei is “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”
At this time, no date is available as to when the entire translation of the Roman Missal will be released.

source

Sex-Selective Abortion Comes To America - Baby Girls The Target

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Welcome to the brave new world. Thanks to America's Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, the abortion-on-demand policy of the United States has now led to the shocking realization that baby girls are being aborted far more than baby boys. Ah, feminism at it's best....

Thursday, July 24, 2008

You Can Still Vote Catholic

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Please keep in mind that I'm not telling anyone who to vote for in this election. I only advise Catholics to vote against Barack Obama, because a vote for him would be nothing less than a mortal sin (read more here). That being said we don't have to vote for John McCain either. We can vote for Libertarian Bob Barr, Constitutionalist Chuck Baldwin, or for the one man who is the most Catholic option still in the race - Independent candidate Dr. Alan Keyes. That's because Dr. Alan Keyes IS a Catholic - a practicing Catholic. He is also a 3rd Degree Knight. I believe Alan has had such a rough time with the mainstream media specifically because of his Pro-Life and Pro-Family Catholic message. The media doesn't want to hear it, and even more so, they don't want us to hear it.  So they won't give him the time of day. This is where Catholic media needs to come in, and it's going to start right here on this blog. I happen to know that this blog is regularly monitored by some editors of major Catholic news outlets, and so I'm calling upon them right now to help this man get his message out. The following clip is just a short sampling of who Alan Keyes is, and what he's about. Please spread the word about him. Email this post to your friends and family. And as for the rest of you bloggers out there, please put up a link to this post, and do whatever else you can to help Dr. Keyes get his message out. The mainstream media WILL NOT do this for us. It's up to us to do it all by ourselves. So let's just see how powerful Catholic media really is. 

Now, I leave you with a few words from Dr. Alan Keyes...


Dr. Alan Keyes - Practicing Catholic and 3rd Degree Knight

You can visit the Alan Keyes website here. Right now Dr. Keyes is in desperate need of campaign contributions. Any little bit you can spare is better than nothing. There is even an option to contribute just $1.

New Abolition Movement Begins

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Welcome to the second Abolition Movement in the United States. It began on July 21, 2008. Those of you familiar with history remember the first Abolition Movement was over slavery. In time, the United States was eventually divided between "Free States" (those where slavery was prohibited) and "Slave States" (those were slavery was permitted). Now we have just entered the era of the second Abolition Movement, but this time the issue is abortion. South Dakota has just become the first "Free State" in that it is finally abortion free. State laws designed to educate mothers before they murder their preborn babies have caused the last abortionist to pack up and leave the state.

The United States has now entered it's second era of division between "Free States" and "Abortion States." Now that South Dakota has paved the way, other states will soon follow suit. The only question that remains now is this. There was about one generation between the first states banning slavery and the passage of the 13th Amendment which banned slavery in the entire Union. During that time, America endured the worst war in it's history -- the Civil War. While slavery was not the immediate cause of this war, it did play a role in the interstate tensions leading up to it. The only question that remains now is this. How long will it be before the passage of the Constitutional Amendment banning abortion, and during that time, will we endure another Civil War?

Granted, this is not the 1800s, and slavery was not the immediate cause of the last Civil War, so it is unlikely that abortion will be the cause of the next, should it happen. However, there can be no doubt that in the years and decades ahead, it will become an increasing source of interstate tension, as the issue of abortion rips this country into pieces, one state after another...
(LifeSiteNews.com) - On Monday, July 21, eight women arrived at the Planned Parenthood office in Sioux Falls in South Dakota for abortions, but were instead met with locked doors and a hand-written note indicating the only abortion clinic in South Dakota was closed.

Planned Parenthood closed its doors after their abortionists, who are flown in from other states, refused to work under the new law that went into effect last Friday. The law orders abortionists to inform patients of the humanity of their babies and that the procedure could affect their mental health two hours before the abortion is set to be performed. The law also provides that abortionists can be sued if they do not comply.

This law was the brain-child of attorney Harold Cassidy and passed with the help of determined pro-life leaders Dr. Alan and Leslee Unruh, who pushed for the regulation in the face of opposition, even from some in the pro-life movement. The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for the law's enactment last week....

read full story here

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Rome Has Given Up On The Anglican Communion

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: This really comes as no surprise. I think this has been in the making ever since Pope Benedict XVI ascended the Chair of Peter. There can be no doubt that the Anglican Communion is lost. What remains is a fractured body with little hope of ever recovering. Now it would appear anyway, that Rome is finally coming out with this assessment publicly....
(Catholic Online) - Damien Thompson of the Daily Telegraph and the Catholic Herald of London is one of the most accurate journalists covering the unfolding events in the Anglican Communion.

In his daily report entitled “Holy Smoke”, published online for Wednesday, July 23, he wrote the following:

“A senior Vatican Cardinal visiting the Lambeth Conference has delivered an incredible rebuff to its 650 Anglican bishops, telling them they are heading towards "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "ecclesial Parkinson's".

“The comments by Cardinal Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization, must count as one of the rudest things a Vatican prelate has said to Anglicans since the dawn of the ecumenical era.

“It can mean only one thing: Rome - and therefore the Pope - has given up on the Anglican Communion....

read full story here
It remains to be seen what kind of unity the FOCA (Fellowship Of Confessing Anglicans) group will be able to muster in the months and years ahead, but clearly what remains of the Anglican Communion will be found there, not in Canterbury. In many ways, the development in the Anglican Communion over the last couple decades has simply reaffirmed what many Roman Catholics suspected all along. Anglicanism is really a Protestant denomination, that merely longs to return to it's Catholic roots. So it would appear that Pope Benedict XVI is now poised to give some Anglicans the opportunity to do just that.

Should Pope Benedict XVI in the months ahead, expand the Anglican Use Pastoral Provision to worldwide status, the long-term effect will be historic. The following years and decades will be marked by the continued fracture and splinter of the Anglican Communion, along side the continued growth and expansion of the Anglican Use within the Catholic Church. Anglicanism will decrease, while the Anglican-Use increases. Within a century we may be looking at a world upside-down from what it is now, with the larger Anglican body being within the Catholic Church.

The best hope of preserving Anglican customs and liturgical characteristics can now be found within the Roman Catholic Church. Within Roman Catholicism, under the Anglican Use Pastoral Provision, the customs and characteristics of Anglican worship can now be preserved forever. There is no greater guardian of historic tradition than the Roman Catholic Church. Once incorporated under the pope, former members of the ECUSA, the Anglican Church of Canada, and the Church of England can look forward to practicing Anglican-Catholicism in peace, without fear of the latest progressive innovation. Anglican-Catholics will be able to bring their message of the gospel to the world with the full backing of the Apostolic See of Rome.

The first order of business for Anglican-Catholics is the restoration of reverence and solemnity to the English liturgy of the mass. Anglican-Catholics can lead the way by showing other English-speaking Catholics how to do it right. Lord knows, we are in desperate need of such guidance and example.

Sadly, the Anglican Communion is nearly dead now. But in hope we can shout; "long live the Anglican Use Pastoral Provision!"

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Vote For Obama = Mortal Sin

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Yes, these are harsh words, and I don't want them misunderstood. Let me make this clear. 'The Catholic Knight' does not endorse John McCain. I do not like John McCain, and I think he'll make a terrible president.

That being said, I believe Barack H. Obama will make a worse president, and based on the teachings of the Catholic Church, it would be a mortal sin to vote for him. Here is why...
  1. Barack Obama is a militant pro-abortion politician who believes abortion should be allowed all the way until the ninth-month of pregnancy, and tax dollars should pay for it.  While the Catholic Church clearly teaches that abortion is murder of innocent life, and therefore a mortal sin, which incurs an automatic excommunication on anyone who cooperates in procuring one.  The Church also denies the sacrament of holy communion to any Catholic who votes in favor of abortion, or who knowingly votes for an abortion politician.
  2. Barack Obama favors gay-marriage and gay adoptions.  While the Catholic Church clearly teaches that homosexual unions are wrong and that it is a grave mistake for the state to codify that kind of behavior with laws promoting gay-marriage.  Furthermore, the Church teaches that allowing homosexuals to adopt and raise children is a form of psychological child abuse.
  3. Barack Obama has almost a "messianic" appeal in the media, and his campaign has not distanced itself from this.  While the Catholic Church clearly teaches that messianic politics are dangerous and intrinsically evil.  No Catholic can believe in any "savior" other than Jesus Christ, and the very notion that America could have a political "messiah" of any kind is both anti-Catholic and un-American.  

The problem with Barack Obama goes down to the very core of what is wrong with the United States in general. We've become a nation that thinks nothing of killing pre-born babies and getting same-sex couples hitched. This has nothing to do with partisan politics. The Republicans are not much better than the Democrats. As the subtitle of a recent book so accurately said: "Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It."

If the Democrats want to know why they lost the 2000 and 2004 election, they need look no further than the quality of the candidates they put forward. Make no mistake about it, the Republicans also put up a candidate least likely to be president. With a candidate like George W. Bush, a Democratic victory in both elections should have been a sure thing. While Democrats like to point to the Florida debacle in the 2000 election, claiming that Bush "stole" it, the simple fact is that none of that would have ever happened if Al Gore had simply won his home state of Tennessee. Yes that's right, Al Gore lost his own home state of Tennessee to G.W. Bush in the 2000 election. He lost in Tennessee because he ran on a pro-abortion platform. You see, when Al Gore was elected to the U.S. Senate from Tennessee, he ran as a Democrat who opposed public funding of abortion. That's right folks. Al Gore only got elected to the U.S. Senate because he ran on a platform that opposed public funding of abortion. But as soon as he joined with Bill Clinton to run for vice president in 1992, he switched his position to match Bill Clinton's favor of public funding for abortion. That decision later came back to bite him when he ran for president in 2000. Had he simply held to his original position, he probably still would have been elected vice president in 1992, and then he would have easily won his own state in the 2000 presidential election. Thus the whole Florida election debacle in 2000 would have been irrelevant and Tennessee would have carried him into the Whitehouse that year. Pro-life Tennessee Evangelicals are seen as a primary factor influencing the outcome of the 2000 election.

That being said, one would think John Kerry should have snuffed G.W. Bush in the 2004 election, especially after Bush's Iraq nightmare. But the Kerry campaign went down in flames too, losing to G.W. Bush by a much wider margin than Al Gore. Pro-life practicing Roman Catholics in the State of Ohio are credited with being the deciding factor in that election.

Let's put aside the partisanship for a moment and face the truth. Al Gore and John Kerry lost to G.W. Bush for one reason and one reason only. Neither one of them could garner the support of Evangelicals and practicing Catholics. As hard as Obama may try, he will not gain their support either. The best thing Obama has going for him right now is the fact that he's running against John McCain, whom the Evangelicals and practicing Catholics are not enthusiastic about. If Obama wins in November, it will not be because he gained the support of Evangelicals and practicing Catholics, but rather because those groups simply chose to stay home on election day.

If we put aside the partisan rhetoric for a moment, and allow ourselves to be honest, we would have to admit something. If the Democratic Party ever nominated a truly pro-life and pro-family candidate for president, he would win a landslide victory against any Republican who opposed him. Let's face it. Former Democratic Senator Zell Miller would DESTROY Senator John McCain in a presidential race. An overwhelming majority of pro-life Evangelicals and practicing Catholics would vote for Zell in a heartbeat. 'The Catholic Knight' would do it. Such a man would be an example of a strong Democratic candidate for president. He would win in almost any scenario, and because of this, he is the Republican Party's worst nightmare. (Perhaps this is one reason why the GOP has historically been so kind to him.  It's the "keep your friends close, but your enemies closer" routine.) A Democratic Zell Miller campaign for president would spell certain defeat for any Republican hopeful. Zell Miller is not the only plausible threat to the GOP lock on pro-life Evangelicals and practicing Catholics. There are at least four Democratic senators in the U.S. Senate that would qualify, and at least two Democratic governors who would also qualify. All of them staunchly pro-life.

For most Evangelicals and practicing Catholics, this isn't about party affiliation. This is about THE single most pressing question of our time. Will the United States of America continue to promote the unrestrained killing of innocent unborn babies within it's borders? It's the one single question that defines us as a nation. If the Democrats ever figure that out, they will not only start winning elections again, but they will control the U.S. Congress and Whitehouse for decades to come. But so long as they keep putting up candidates like Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama, they're going to have an uphill battle against the Republicans - even when the GOP nominates their weakest link (like John McCain for example) as their presidential candidate.

If you're a Catholic the answer is clear. You can't vote for Barack Obama unless you have no problem committing a mortal sin by voting for a man who will do everything within his power to kill as many pre-born babies as possible. I suppose if you don't mind visiting the confessional immediately after the polling booth, you could theoretically receive the sacrament once again the following Sunday. However, if that were your premeditated plan to begin with, one could question your sincerity during penance. 

Now please don't misunderstand. 'The Catholic Knight' is NOT telling anybody to go out and vote for John McCain. After all, I wouldn't tell others to do something that I myself am not willing to do. What I'm saying is that if you want to be a good Catholic, you shouldn't vote for Barack Obama. That means you could vote for literally anybody but him. Libertarian candidate Bob Barr would be one pro-life option. Constitutionalist candidate Chuck Baldwin is another. Independent candidate Alan Keyes is a third potential choice. Then again, you could always vote "none of the above" by intentionally leaving the presidential portion of your ballot blank - refusing to vote for any of the candidates. Or you could just stay home and forget the whole thing. Any of these options would do more to salvage your conscience, and prevent culpability, than voting for a man like Barack Obama, who is dedicated to killing as many pre-born babies as possible.

One thing we all must remember is this. We are Catholics first. Our party affiliations come second. You cannot be a Democrat before you are a Catholic. You are always a Catholic first. Catholics vote pro-life, or else they don't vote at all. Any Catholic who votes pro-choice (pro-abortion) sacrifices his/her Catholicism, and therefore ceases to be Catholic. You can't be Catholic and "pro-choice." The two are mutually contradicting philosophies. You must choose. It's either one or the other.  Don't believe me?  Check with the Church and see for yourself.

Womenpriests Are Neither Ordained Nor Catholic


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: For the record, women who claim to be "womenpriests," or "priestesses," or just "priests," are neither ordained nor Catholic. Yes, that's right folks. There is no such thing as a female Roman Catholic priest. They do not exist. They never have and they never will.

Now on the other hand, there is such thing as female "clergy" in the Episcopal Church USA and in Anglican churches around the world. They're are also female "clergy" in the schismatic "American Catholic Church" which is really just another Protestant denomination. Likewise, there are former Roman Catholic women who pretended to be ordained using a liturgy similar to the Roman Catholic rite of ordination. However, Church Law now places an automatic excommunication on anyone who participates in such a ceremony. Which means those women who participated not only failed to be ordained, but they simultaneously forfeited their place in the Roman Catholic Church. They are no longer Catholics.

Such women would do well either to repent and seek to have their excommunication absolved, or else they should admit to what they really are - Protestants - and they should seek a place in a Protestant denomination that affirms women's ordination. Since they are no longer Catholic anyway, it would seem like the most logical course of action...
(CNA) - The Archdiocese of Boston has issued a statement in response to a group that planned and performed an ordination ceremony for three women in Boston on Sunday.

In the July 18 statement the archdiocese’s vicar general, Father Richard Erikson, explained Catholic teaching on the male-only priesthood and said the group, which calls itself Roman Catholic Womenpriests, is “not an entity of the Roman Catholic Church.”

Roman Catholic Womenpriests held an alleged ordination ceremony of three women at a Boston-area Presbyterian church....

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The Velvet Backhand

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Pope Benedict XVI just recently gave the European Parliament what I can only call "the velvet backhand." By that I mean the polite and gentle way a pope completely snubs an institution. I can hardly blame him really. The European Parliament had this coming for quite some time...
(Times Online) - The Pope has rejected an invitation to address the European Parliament, amid Vatican alarm at what is seen as a drift towards militant secularism.

A letter from the Vatican said that he was declining the request to speak to MEPs owing to other commitments and his age, The Times has learnt. The rejection came soon after the Pope agreed to spend his 81st birthday visiting President Bush and as his tour of Australia was ending. The Parliament, which wanted the Pope to be principal Christian guest in its Year of Intercultural Dialogue, may resort to a less well-known Eastern Orthodox leader.

The Vatican has favoured the White House as a reward for Mr Bush’s acclamation of faith in God and help for antiabortion causes.

At a Mass held at a racecourse in Sydney yesterday the Pope, who has been celebrating Catholic World Youth Day, told 400,000 worshippers that in many societies, “side by side with material prosperity, a spiritual desert is spreading: an interior emptiness, a quiet sense of despair”....

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Watch The Anglican Use Liturgy Here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The Anglican Use is a Pastoral Provision within the Roman Catholic Church, designed to incorporate former Anglicans and Episcopalians into the Catholic Church along with their liturgy, customs and practices. The liturgy comes from the 'Book of Divine Worship' which is a Vatican approved version of the 'Book of Common Prayer.' The following is a Requiem Mass for all those departed who have worked for the establishment of the Pastoral Provision and the Anglican Use liturgy....






Anglican Use Parishes Are Thriving!

(Catholic Online) - As many of the Bishops of the Anglican Communion meet at their Lambeth conference, Christians throughout the world pray and watch with deep concern.

The global Anglican communion and its American expression, the Episcopal Church, has been beset with division arising over fundamental doctrinal issues which, to orthodox Christians whether they are Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant, derive from the very heart of the Christian revelation.

The late Servant of God, Pope John Paul II responded to the growing requests from priests, deacons and the lay faithful of the Anglican Communion, and its expression in the United States the Episcopal Church.

He instituted what is called the “Pastoral provision”, and placed it under the jurisdiction of the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. The “Pastoral provision” has provided a means for Anglican or Episcopal Priests, married or celibate, seeking to come into the full communion of the Catholic Church, to be considered for Ordination in the Catholic Church.

Though it has been in effect for almost three decades, most Catholics do not even know of its existence.That may soon change! The now annual "Anglican Use" Conference recently concluded in San Antonio Texas, the home of one of the most noted "Anglican Use" parishes, "Our Lady of the Atonement". In addition the effort has given birth to the "Anglican Use Society".

The “Pastoral Provision” also authorized the establishment of what are called "Personal Parishes". These are sometimes called “Anglican use” parishes. They have been constituted in several places in the United States and are thriving. I have had the privilege of attending Holy Mass at one of their parishes and was deeply moved by its beauty....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Yes, they are thriving, and I'll tell you why. Listen closely everyone, because I'm going to say it loud and clear. The Anglican Use parishes are thriving because....

THE PEOPLE OF GOD ARE HUNGRY!!!

They're hungry for good liturgy, sound teaching, and most of all to hear the word of God taught for what it truly is, not some watered-down P.C. version of it. The people of God aren't looking for the newest and trendy highway to the future. The people of God know that in order to reach the future in one piece, they must be firmly anchored to the past. Some things should never change. Morality doesn't change. The doctrines of the Church do not change. And the liturgy of the Church, while it can change, it should not abandon it's links to the past, and when it does change, it should not change too much.

The people of God are hungry to return to an era of common sense, reasonable faith and absolute moral truths. They want a liturgy that strongly ties them with the Christians of the past, in continuity, with beauty and solemnity. They're tired of the contemporary nonsense they can just as easily hear on Christian radio. There is a place for all of that, but not in the mass. That's why the Anglican Use parishes are thriving, and that's why they will continue to thrive for decades to come. It's also why the Tridentine liturgy is thriving as well, and Catholics are turning back to time-honored customs such as the Rosary, Divine Office, and the Stations of the Cross. It's also why Traditional Catholicism is on the rise, and will continue to expand and flourish in the years ahead. The people of God are hungry. They go where the food is.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Pope Taking Ancient Traditions To Liberal Nations

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:  The headline in a local paper recently read "Pope Tending To Visit Wealthier Countries," in what seemed like an attempted slam on Benedict XVI. The paper has a well known liberal bias, so one can easily see why it would go out of it's way to structure a headline that makes this conservative pope look less sensitive the the third-world than his predecessor. But those of us who know this pope understand his travel itinerary. Christianity in the industrialized world is virtually dead. The Catholic Church in these areas is scandal ridden, liturgically bankrupt, and in desperate need of revival. Pope Benedict XVI has made it clear from the beginning, even before he was pope, what his mission would be -- the restoration of traditional Catholicism to the liberal western world, and with that a revival of the Catholic faith...
(Inside The Vatican) - At a press conference this morning, Cardinal George Pell of Sydney in answer to a question from Andrew Rabel, an Inside the Vatican magazine journalist, indicated that at the final WYD Mass at Randwick Racecourse on Sunday, in line with older practices that have been used in the Vatican and inside Italy in recent months, communion will most likely be received by those kneeling, from the Pope.

Australia will be the first place in the world where these changed customs will be used in a papal liturgy, outside of the diaspora. This was first introduced on the feast of Corpus Christi in Rome, where a select group of worshippers received Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue, from Pope Benedict, and was continued outside of the Vatican as well, when the Holy Father visited Brindisi in June.

Australia is a country well known for lax liturgical practices following in the wake of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, and this was particularly evident during liturgies celebrated by John Paul II on visits there in 1986 and 1995....

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

UNBELIEVABLE! MAGNIFICENT! BEAUTIFUL! - The Anglican Use Liturgy



THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Imagine just for a moment, something like an Extraordinary Form (Tridentine) mass, celebrated almost exclusively in Elizabethan English. That describes the Anglican Use Liturgy, which is nothing short of a GIFT to the Roman Catholic Church from our separated brethren who returned to us from the Anglican Communion. You have got to see it to believe it. Afterward, if a clamor resounds, demanding this this kind of liturgy from the Atlantic to the Pacific, one could not blame those who cry out for it. The days of the sanitized Novus Ordo (Ordinary Form) mass will soon come to an end. Between the Anglican Use, and the Tridentine Liturgy, the Novus Ordo celebrations will have no choice but to adopt their form and style, or else in time, their chapels will be empty.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Vatican Confirms: Anglican Communities To Be Welcomed Back Into Catholic Church

(Telegraph) - The Catholic Church will expand its provision of "Anglican Use" parishes in the United States in order to allow whole communities of traditionalist Anglicans into the Roman fold, a senior Catholic archbishop has announced.

The Most Rev John J Myers, Archbishop of Newark and Ecclesiastical Delegate for the Pastoral Provision, told a conference of ex-Anglicans on Friday that "we are working on expanding the mandate of the Pastoral Provision [of Catholic parishes using Anglican-inspired services] to include those clergy and faithful of 'continuing Anglican communities'.

"We are striving to increase awareness of our apostolate to Anglican Christians who desire to be reconciled with the Holy See. We have experienced the wonder of several Episcopal bishops entering into full communion with the Catholic Church and we continue to receive requests from priests and laity about the Pastoral Provision."

This is big news, and makes nonsense of the claim that Pope Benedict wants to dissuade Anglo-Catholics from converting. The obvious interpretation of the Archbishop's words is that the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), a "continuing church" which has hundreds of thousands of members worldwide (though few in the UK), will eventually be given its own Catholic parishes which use a Eucharistic Prayer incorporating Cranmerian language....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: What we are witnessing here is the beginning of the end for the Reformation. As the Anglican Communion implodes over the tyranny of relativism and the trends of liberal modernism, it is merely cutting the trail for the rest of Protestantism to follow along. So as the Anglican Communion goes, so goes the rest of Protestantism. Just give it enough time.

As liberal modernism destroys Protestant churches, one after another, many conservative splinter groups will be formed, but in time, many of these same conservatives will start to realize something. They will realize the only visible institution standing up to liberal modernism is the Catholic Church. Because of this, many of them will eventually convert.

We've seen it going on among the Evangelicals for years now. Evangelical converts, such as Scott Hahn and Steve Ray, have chronicled this trend for some time. Now it's the Anglicans crossing the Tiber.  Though we could say that this has been going on for decades as individual conversions. But for the first time in history, the pope is now providing a way for large Anglican parishes to convert together as a group. This change will certainly spell the end for liberal Anglicanism in England, which is already floundering, as well as the United States and Canada.

The good news is that Anglicanism will be reborn anew within the Catholic Church. Only under Rome can Anglicanism ever hope to survive this century. Now it looks like that will happen.

San Francisco Declares War On Catholicism - Calls Upon Catholics To Abandon Church

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The City of San Francisco has officially declared war on the Roman Catholic religion via a legal resolution calling upon Catholics to abandon their religion. Legal proceedings will begin shortly in a lawsuit against the City of San Francisco for blatant violation of the first amendment by using the institutions of government to condemn a particular religion. This is the very definition of "homofascism" in action, whereby homosexual activists in the city government are so hell bent on pushing the homosexual agenda, that they're willing to trample on everybody else's civil rights to do it - especially Catholics...

(WorldNetDaily.com) - A San Francisco city and county board resolution that officially labeled the Catholic church's moral teachings on homosexuality as "insulting to all San Franciscans," "hateful," "defamatory," "insensitive" and "ignorant" will be challenged tomorrow in court for violating the Constitution's prohibition of government hostility toward religion.

Resolution 168-08, passed unanimously by the City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors two years ago, also accused the Vatican of being a "foreign country" meddling with and attempting to "negatively influence (San Francisco's) existing and established customs."

It said of the church's teaching on homosexuality, "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."

As WND reported, Resolution 168-08 was an official response to the Catholic Church's ban on adoption placements into homosexual couple households, issued by Cardinal William Levada of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican.

The board's resolution urged the city's local archbishop and the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to defy the Vatican's instructions, concluding with a spiteful reminder that the church authority that issued the ban was known 100 years ago as "The Holy Office of the Inquisition."

The resolution also took a shot at Levada, the former archbishop of San Francisco, saying, "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."...

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1/4 Of All Anglican Bishops To Boycott Lambeth Conference

(Reuters Life!) - A quarter of the world's Anglican bishops boycotted on Wednesday a once-in-a- decade gathering of church leaders in a row over gay clergy.

Church officials said that 230 of the 880 bishops in the Anglican worldwide communion were staying away from the Lambeth conference being staged in the English cathedral city of Canterbury, spiritual home of the deeply divided church.

Bishops from Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda, who boast some of the fastest-expanding congregations in the Anglican church, were among those who pledged to snub the conference.

Liberal and conservative clergy have been brought to the brink of schism over the ordination in 2003 of Gene Robinson in New Hampshire, the first openly gay bishop in the church's 450-year history.

Conservative Anglican leaders staged their own conference in Jerusalem last month at which they pledged to form a council of bishops to provide an alternative to churches who they say are preaching a "false gospel" of sexual immorality.

The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) said member churches would continue sponsoring breakaway conservative parishes in the liberal western member countries and called for a separate conservative province in North America....

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Monday, July 14, 2008

An Effective Strategy For Homosexuals

The Three Branches of Christianity 
Catholicism - 1,115,000,000
Orthodoxy - 350,000,000
Protestantism - 528,000,000

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:  If the crisis in the Anglican Communion has taught us anything, it is that Protestantism is incredibly vulnerable to a homosexual takeover.  This is not to say that Catholicism doesn't have vulnerabilities as well.  It does.  But Catholic vulnerabilities (as manifested in the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox churches) are not doctrinal in nature.  The Catholic and Orthodox issues with homosexuality arise when homosexuals lie about their orientation and infiltrate the seminaries in a dishonest way.  In this case, the problem is localized to the deceptive individual and those whom he has direct contact with.  This problem was most clearly demonstrated in the sex-abuse cover-up scandal suffered by the Catholic Church in predominately English-speaking nations.  The overwhelming majority of abuse victims were teenage boys in this case, which indicates a predominately homosexual problem, not a pedophile problem as was commonly misrepresented by the mainstream news media.  That being said, stricter reforms have since been put into place to enforce existing Church law, which has always taught that homosexuality is a sin and that homosexuals cannot be priests.

So the biggest problem the Catholics and Orthodox have had with homosexuality has simply been enforcing their own rules about it.  Protestants, on the other hand, are a completely different story.  Why?  When we look at how many mainstream Protestant denominations have already fallen to the homosexual agenda, accepting homosexuality and gay-marriage, it would appear the religious system itself suffers from a serious flaw that threatens to unravel the whole Protestant world, and effectively nullify the entire Protestant Reformation.  

If homosexual activists were to step back and seriously evaluate their progress in Christianity over the last 30 years, they would have to come to the following conclusions...
  1. Gay pride has gotten nowhere in the Roman Catholic Church.  The harder gays push, the harder Rome pushes back, and it's an obstacle that cannot be overcome.
  2. Gay pride has made virtually no progress in the Eastern Orthodox churches for similar reasons.
  3. Gay pride has had it's most success in the mainline Protestant churches.
  4. Gay pride is starting to make inroads into the more conservative Evangelical churches.
  5. Gay pride activists should give up on Catholicism and Orthodoxy completely, and redirect all of their efforts toward Protestantism - both to mainline denominations and Evangelical affiliations.
If homosexual groups have any kind of organization that is serious about getting their lifestyle "accepted" by Christianity, their best bet would be to completely take over just one of the three branches of the Christian world - Protestantism!  By that I don't just mean older mainline denominations, but the entire Evangelical-Protestant world as well, which would include Baptists, Pentecostals, and all nondenominational affiliations.  But to do this it would take a massive effort that would involve every single homosexual activist available.  There simply wouldn't be enough man-power to go after all three branches of Christianity at the same time.  Thankfully, I don't think the homosexual gay-pride movement is all that organized, nor does it collectively think rational enough to figure this out.  So conservative Evangelical Protestants are probably safe - for now.  The gay-pride activists will continue to waste their time by spinning their wheels in the Catholic and Orthodox churches, only to eventually be swatted down by the hierarchy.  However, if they ever figure out that Protestantism is the weakest branch of Christianity, and therefore the most easy to change, than the days of conservative Protestantism will be numbered.

So the question begs to be asked - why is Protestantism the easiest to change?  The answer is an old one that goes all the way back to the Reformation itself.  It can be described in two words - Sola Scriptura.  Protestants of virtually all denominations, affiliations and sects depend on the "Bible Alone" doctrine of Sola Scriptura.  Essentially it means there is no real definitive authority on any Christian teaching outside of the Bible.  The only problem with this tidy little doctrine is that if there really is no authority on Christian teaching outside the Bible, then there is no definitive way to determine the truth between two opposing interpretations of Scripture.  This is the reason why there are so many Protestant denominations, affiliations and sects.  Without a definitive authority to resolve opposing interpretations of Scripture, opposing groups have no choice but to go their separate ways.  What makes the current crisis in the Anglican Communion so news worthy is that it's the largest Protestant denomination in the world, and it's the only one that has (so far) been able to preserve it's unity in spite of opposing interpretations of Scripture.  All that is about to change now, and Anglicanism will soon go the same way as the rest of Protestantism - fracture, division and schism.

For the conservative Protestant this is a harsh reality and a terrible nightmare.  Because it means that in the end, what he considers to be "legitimate" reformed theology will only become smaller, as the "orthodox" factions continue to splinter and peal away from their parent churches.  Eventually, the "legitimate" theology of the "orthodox" Protestants will become so small that it will be irrelevant in the Protestant world.

For the homosexual gay-pride activist, this is the best possible scenario.  Sola Scriptura is the Achilles' Heel of the entire Protestant world.  By using it effectively, homosexual activists can effectively take over one denomination after another, until they all fall like dominoes.  Conservative Protestants will be unable to resist without appealing to another authority outside of Scripture that is equal in authority to the Scriptures.  But to do that would be very uncharacteristic of a Protestant.  To do that, Protestants would have to admit that the Roman Catholics were right all along, and some might even be forced by conscience to convert to Catholicism.  (Hence the recent news about mass Anglican conversions to the Roman Catholic Church.)  The only alternative for conservative Protestants outside of that would be to continue to splinter off into oblivion, which some will inevitably do, while others will simply give in to the homosexual gay-pride agenda.

In the long run, it may very well be the case that homosexuality will be the undoing of the Protestant Reformation.  But in undoing Protestantism, homosexuals will not totally destroy the institutions set up by these denominations, affiliations and sects.  Rather, they will transform them.  In their place they will create a whole new kind of "Christianity" that appeals to the more carnal tendencies of human nature.  They will effectively create an "anti-church" that will oppose Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy head on, giving these other two branches a challenge they have not faced since the days when they were one Church in direct competition with the disciples of Arianism.

Civil Tribunal In London Rules To Protect Christians Against Homofascists

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: A "homofascist" is a person (usually a homosexual, but not always) who pushes the homosexual agenda at the expense of the civil rights of everyone else. Usually conservative and traditional Christians (Catholics, Evangelicals and Orthodox) receive the brunt of this assault on liberty. Though Orthodox Jews and even some Muslims are victimized by it as well...
(LifeSiteNews) - The Islington Council, by trying to force a civil marriage registrar to participate in homosexual domestic partnership ceremonies, perpetrated a "violation" of her dignity and "created an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment."

In unexpectedly strong language, the Central London Employment Tribunal has ruled that Lillian Ladele, a Christian civil marriage registrar, cannot be forced to act contrary to her conscience in conducting homosexual domestic partnership ceremonies.

The panel ruled, "Islington Council rightly considered the importance of the right of the gay community not to be discriminated against but did not consider the right of Miss Ladele as a member of a religious group."

"[The Council] decided that the service it provided was secular and that the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community must be protected.

"In so acting, Islington Council took no notice of the rights of Miss Ladele by virtue of her orthodox Christian beliefs."

Miss Ladele said, "I am delighted at this decision. It is a victory for religious liberty, not just for myself but for others in a similar position to mine. Gay rights should not be used as an excuse to bully and harass people over their religious beliefs."...

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Liberals Framing The Anglican Debate

“Jesus forbids hate altogether, and will not allow it any rightful place in our hearts. As Yoda said to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: ‘Fear leads to anger, anger to hate and hate to the dark side’.” - Anglican Archbishop of York, 7/13/2008, - source

After they were turned out, the protesters unfolded banners with slogans saying "Church of Hate! Stop Crucifying Queers!", "Defend gays, fight Christian bigots" and "Anglicans Repent Your Homophobia". - Gay Protesters, 7/2/2008, - source

Why do so many pious men, who profess to be working in the name of God, hate women so much? - Online Columnist, 7/13/2008, - source
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Like a spoiled teenage girl, the liberals of the Anglican Communion are hearkening back to the old "hatred" and "intolerance" argument. Imagine for a moment, a 14 year-old girl asking her father if she can stay out till midnight on a date with an 16 year-old boy. Naturally, the father says "no." The teenage daughter responds angrily "Why do you hate me!?!"

Such is the case with Liberal Modernists in general, but this week it is particularly the case with Liberals in the Anglican Communion as they hope to frame the debate about homosexuality and female clergy in the template of "hatred" and "intolerance." It's an old move, to be sure, but historically an effective one. The template is simply this. "Give us what we want, or else you hate us."

In the analogy of the teenage girl, asking her father to stay out until midnight with an older boy, the father's motivation for his negative reply was not hatred at all, but rather love. He knows the intentions of teenage boys, because he once was one. He knows late hours only beckon for heated temptations. He knows that if his little girl allows herself into that vulnerable situation, she might do something she later regrets, and possibly pay a hefty consequence for it. In reality, the father is trying to protect his daughter. He's saying "no" because he loves her, and he doesn’t want her to destroy her self-respect in a situation that is totally avoidable. But the immature teenage daughter sees things differently. She sees here father's negative reply as an obstacle to what she wants, and so she banters the word "hate" as a weapon, hoping her father will give into the pressure and give her what she wants.

Now a real father would hold his ground, knowing that the only way to truly love his daughter is to deny her what she wants for her own good. Only a weakling sycophant would give in, and allow his young teenage daughter to stay out until midnight with an older teenage boy, for fear that his daughter will think he "hates" her if he doesn't. Now a father who holds his ground will take some hard knocks from his daughter's words. She'll accuse him of hatred. Then she'll say she hates him. Then she may even throw a tantrum, run to her room, and cry. But if he's a good father, he will hold his ground, and when she's 24, she will thank him for it.

A similar situation is unfolding in the Anglican Communion right now, and it serves as an object lesson for Roman Catholics. By refusing to accept homosexuality and the ordination of female clergy, the conservatives in the Anglican Communion are attempting to hang on to some resemblance of the apostolic and catholic faith. They know these things defy the plain teaching of Scripture and historic Christian tradition. They know that such things will eventually destroy those who advocate them, as as the whole Anglican Communion. So like the good father, they say "no," and hold their ground. However, by doing so, just like the teenage girl, the Liberals are now crying foul, claiming the conservatives really "hate" them, because they "hate" homosexuals and women.

The argument is ridiculous, illogical, and couldn't be further from the truth. Conservative Anglicans should not allow them to frame the debate in this way. Hopefully, they will be able to put this accusation down for the silly immature and adolescent tantrum it really is. Nevertheless, we Catholics can learn a lot by what's unfolding in the Anglican Communion, for Liberal Modernists try to use this same strategy in our own Church. The only difference is, we in the Catholic Church have the hierarchical structures needed to appropriately deal with it.

'Church of England' Leaders Say They're Ready To Ordain Homosexual Bishops

(Wales Online) - The leader of the Church in Wales has risked inflaming a split in the Anglican Church by declaring: “I would ordain Britain’s first gay Bishop.”

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said practising homosexuals should not be barred from becoming bishops.

He accused opponents of being exclusive and narrow-minded and said the Church should select on ability not sexuality.

His comments will rock a Church already shaking from the decision at this week’s General Synod in York to allow the ordination of women bishops.

Dr Morgan said if his fellow bishops in the Church in Wales voted for a practising homosexual priest to be consecrated, he would back their decision and approve it.

“If there was a candidate who was in a homosexual relationship that would be discussed,” he said.

“It would be my job to say ‘you have to vote according to your conscience, but I’m duty bound to tell you that it will have repercussions as far as the wider Anglican communion is concerned’.

“If they said they want to do that, well so be it. If a priest had a partner and someone nominated them that wouldn’t be a bar to them becoming a bishop."

His comments, which come on the eve of the Anglican Church’s ten-yearly Lambeth Conference next week, will inflame the bitter controversy over homosexuality....

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McCain Reaches Out To Catholics - Obama Avoids Them

(CNA) - John McCain is preparing to ramp up his efforts to reach out to Catholic voters with a “very, very aggressive” campaign, spearheaded by his newly created Catholic Outreach Coalition.

Frank Donatelli, the Deputy Chairman of the Republican National Committee, spoke to reporters and Catholic media on a conference call this morning about the efforts that the McCain campaign is planning to reach Catholic voters.

Donatelli described the Catholic Outreach Coalition, chaired by Sen. Sam Brownback and Frank Keating, as “first-rate” and said that it will be “very well-funded.”

Calling McCain’s Catholic campaign "very, very aggressive," Donatelli said it will involve literature, sending speakers to parishes and Catholic gatherings, a direct mail program and statements by Sen. McCain on issues of concern to Catholics.

The coalition plans to explain to Catholic voters how McCain is a stalwart opponent of abortion, has a strong appreciation for the social conscience of the world and that he is in favor of an immigration policy that defends the nation’s borders but also is humane in its treatment of illegal immigrants....

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(CNA) - ...The Detroit-based radio show, hosted by Al Kresta, founder of Ave Maria Communications and best-selling Catholic author, wanted to invite both Mark Linton and Deal Hudson, the director of InsideCatholic.com, onto his radio show. Nick Thomm, the producer for Kresta’s show, explained to CNA, “[Linton] is the National Catholic outreach guy and he disagrees with Deal Hudson over the facts surrounding Obama’s record on abortion. So we figured we’d have them both on the show to hash it out.”

Hudson has written several articles questioning Obama’s stance on abortion and infanticide due to his refusal to pass the Born Alive Infant Protect Act in the Illinois Senate. Linton responded on July 4 by sending out an email criticizing Hudson and attempting to clarify Obama’s abortion position.

After successfully contacting Hudson, Thomm was unable to find a contact number for Linton on the party’s website. When he contacted Obama’s Senate office, he told that they couldn’t give out Linton’s phone number and that he would have to send Linton an email.

After sending Linton an email on Monday afternoon and another Tuesday morning, Thomm called Senator Obama’s office once again to try and reach Linton in time for Kresta’s 4 p.m. (ET) radio show.

Thomm explained that when he called Obama’s senate office he told the Obama staffer, “we have no choice but to think that he’s trying dodge us. He’s supposed to be a National Catholic Outreach coordinator and we’re a Catholic radio show, so who’s he doing outreach to?”

“We never heard back from him and so we just went ahead and did the show...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I can't really blame the Obama camp for reacting this way. After all, their candidate stands squarely against the teachings of the Catholic Church on the most important moral issues of the day. His views and positions are indefensible from a Catholic point of view. If I were his "National Catholic Outreach Coordinator," I would run and hide too.

Having said that, I think it's only fair to point out that John McCain is no prize either. He's a very weak Pro-Lifer at best, if not a moderated Pro-Choicer. It's his views on embryonic stem-cell research that are the real sticking point with McCain. He stands squarely against the teachings of the Church on that one issue, and Catholics should call him on the carpet for it. Nevertheless, the man's views on abortion are far more reasonable than Obama's views, who believes that abortions should be allowed all the way up to the ninth month of pregnancy, and that your tax dollars should pay for it. Though McCain is weak on issues of Catholic social justice, he has at least a little something in those areas where it counts the most. This is something Obama just cannot boast of.  McCain's aggressive outreach to Catholics is a gutsy move for such a weak candidate, but I believe it will earn him some brownie points in the long run.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Attention California Homeschoolers - Come To Missouri!


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:  This is a message for all persecuted Christian homeschooling families in the State of California.  Get out of there!  The state capital has been overrun by homofascist christophobes who are hell-bent on brainwashing your kids in the California public schools.  'The Catholic Knight' left California about 15 years ago because I saw trends moving in this direction.  Now, like a bad prophetic nightmare, my suspicions have come true.

California homeshoolers can find refuge in the Midwestern and Southern states, but particularly in Missouri.  The state of Missouri is very friendly to homeschooling, with a robust legal defense for homeschooling families.  The State of Missouri actually supports homeschoolers, and state law specifically protects a homeschoolers religious rights.  You can download a PDF on Missouri homeschooling law here.  Homeschooling organizations and support groups are plentiful in Missouri.  You can learn more about them here.

Of all the Midwestern and Southern states, Missouri is probably the most comparable to California, minus the ocean of course.  If you're looking for a strong conservative Christian environment, consider the Southwest corner of the state - like Springfield and surrounding areas.  The cost of living there is significantly lower than in California.

The Northern part of the state is predominately Lutheran and Catholic.  Major cities include Kansas City, Columbia, Independence, Jefferson City and Saint Louis.  Saint Louis is known as the "Rome of the West" because of the thriving Catholic population that once flourished there.  It is also the home of one of the largest Cathedral Basilicas on the North American continent.  The Missouri River was once known as the "Rhine of the West" because of the large number of German Lutherans and Catholics who settled the region.  Northern Missouri is wine country, as the landscape is covered with vineyards surrounded by forrest.

The Southwest corner area is predominately Baptist and Pentecostal (Assemblies of God), with a smattering of Methodist and nondenominational churches.  While the Catholic population is a minority, it is also growing at breakneck speed.  There is a Catholic parish in nearly every large town, and there are multiple Catholic parishes in Springfield.  Saint Agnes Cathedral offers traditional Latin masses (Extraordinary Form) on all Sundays and on most weekdays.

There is plenty of entertainment in the area, as well as lakes and forests.  Branson Missouri is considered the entertainment capitol of the Midwest and boasts of a Christian family centered culture.

'The Catholic Knight' encourages all Christian homeschooling families from California to seek refuge in the State of Missouri, and become active in our homeschooling legal defense network.  If you're Christian and a homeschooler, you won't be disappointed.

Please forward this emergency message to all homeshoolers in the State of California. Here's the link...
http://www.catholicknight.blogspot.com/2008/07/attention-california-homeschoolers-come.html

ALERT: U.N. Schemes To Make Christians Criminals

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Yes, this is the real deal! The U.N. will soon be visiting a resolution that would codify what radical Islamic nations do to Christians as international law, giving radical Islamic nations U.N. cover for killing Christians.

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You can do something about it here!

Be sure to email this message to as many people as possible. Here is the address for this entry:
http://catholicknight.blogspot.com/2008/07/alert-un-schemes-to-make-christians.html

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Archbishop of Canterbury Admits Anglican Communion Not Designed To Control Crisis


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:  Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, essentially admitted today that the structures of the Anglican Communion are not designed to handle the present crisis, and the best Anglicans can hope for is a "plurality of views" on the issues of homosexuality and female ordination.  In other words, there is nothing that he, nor the Lambeth conference, can do to remedy the problems now....
(Church Times) - The Archbishop of Canterbury was in defiant mood this week, as he spoke of his hopes for the Lambeth Conference. He was positive about its strong mission agenda, which he believes should put into perspective the debate about sexuality.

In an interview for this paper, Dr Williams admits to feeling “frustrated”, and even to having “kicked the furniture a bit over the last few weeks”. But he is clear in his analysis that GAFCON (News, 4 July) was not just about the biblical interpretation. “The vast majority of Anglican theologians and Anglican leaders have an absolutely clear commitment to the authority of scripture in the way we always have,” he says. Rather: “There are major ethical and cultural anxieties about sexual ethics here.”

He affirms the Anglican approach as being able to encompass plurality, without any one view undermining the basis of scriptural authority.

In the long term, the Anglican Communion would survive, he argues. “We may be less obviously at one for a few years, but that doesn’t let us off the obligation to keep listening to each other.” The model of diffused authority was part of the essence of Anglicanism: “If we did have a tight central model, we would cease to be the kind of Church we have always set out to be....

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Attention Conservative U.S. Episcopalians - The ECUSA Doesn't Want You!


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: According to the head of the Protestant Episcopal Church USA (PECUSA/ECUSA), traditional Anglicans / Episcopalians, who disagree with the ordination of women bishops, are both intolerant and ignorant. That's right Episcopalians, the head of your own Church is calling you intolerant and ignorant. One would think the leadership of the PECUSA/ECUSA would be happy to get rid of you, should you ever decide to leave. Because Lord knows, if you decide to stay, your views and opinions will not be tolerated....
(Telegraph) - The head of the Anglican church in America has stepped into the controversy over female bishops, claiming those who oppose them simply don't like women.

The Most Rev Katherine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA, also claimed those who believe women should not be religious leaders do not understand church history.

In a rare British interview, she accused the Church of England of taking far too long to modernise, just days after its governing body voted to ordain women as bishops with no compromise measures for traditionalists.

And she dismissed the threat of orthodox Anglicans who are planning to create a rival structure to her church because of its liberal stance on homosexuality...

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