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

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Frightening Video Of Children Singing Praise To Obama



THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Supporters of Barack Obama are creating "Obama Youth" camps, in which children are indoctrinated with a form of political messianism. Here Obama is presented to these young minds as a kind of political savior, in whom they may place all their hopes and trust. The concept of "reform" and "change" is linked directly to one man - Barack Obama - without whom neither can take place. These children are learning from a very young age to put their faith in a man, the kind of faith that belongs to God alone, as their parents applaud in approval.

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UPDATE (10/2/2008): It would appear that Obama supporters are now frantically trying to erase these videos from YouTube. I found another one and updated my post. I'll endeavor to keep it current. If it doesn't work, please check back later. You may want to send people the link above, as quickly as you can, because it may be your best shot at getting the message out. Obama supporters are going to great lengths to cover this up. The video just hit FoxNews Channel this morning, hopefully they'll have it up on their website soon. Until then, 'The Catholic Knight' may be your best chance at getting the message out.

McCain And The Catholic Vote


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Recently, John McCain visited the shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. He was accompanied by his wife, Cindy, Senator Joe Lieberman, and former Governor Jeb Bush. Of the four, only the former governor is Catholic. So their visit is a curious one. We could be cynical and attribute the whole thing to a political photo opportunity, but I have a feeling it was more than that. If all McCain really wanted was the Catholic vote, there are multiple ways he could attain it, without having to travel so far. Indeed, press coverage of this event was minimal in the United States, hardly the kind of public relations one would expect for someone angling for more Catholic voters. He could have easily arranged photo opts at various Catholic venues around the United States, which would have gotten him much better press coverage. He could have used talking points in his speeches aimed at gaining the sympathies of Catholics - such as immigration reform, healthcare, and option for the poor. He could have stacked his rally stages with nuns, monks and members of the clergy. In fact, there are a number of things he could have done just to get the Catholic vote. Instead however, we have this curious pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady in a foreign country, which aside from these photos, little press coverage can be found. Why?

'The Catholic Knight' considers two possibilities. It could be either one, or possibly both.

The first is that McCain himself is having some kind of religious epiphany. Though he prides himself on having a pro-life voting record, McCain does have one skeleton in his closet on the issue of life. That being his previous support of public funding for embryonic stem-cell research -- an issue the Catholic Church has come out strongly against. At the Saddleback Civil Forum McCain seemed to indicate some regret over this. While he stopped short of reversing himself on the matter, he did say that he believed future developments in the research of adult stem-cells would soon render the whole embryonic stem-cell issue to academics. From this we can glean a hint at McCain's possible presidential policy toward embryonic stem-cells. If a "President McCain" believes that the debate over embryonic stem-cells will soon be academic, it would be reasonable to assume that he wouldn't be inclined to support any future legislation toward funding such academics. Why the change? Could his previous visit to Our Lady's shrine have had some kind of spiritual impact on McCain? Our Lady of Guadalupe is venerated not only as the 'Mother of the Americas' but also the 'Defender of the Unborn.' Surely while touring the site, this message was conveyed to the Senator from Arizona.

The second is that McCain is trying to send a message, not only to Pro-Life Catholic voters, but all Pro-Life voters in general. Both presidential candidates covet the Catholic vote, make no mistake about it, but in doing so we have to ask ourselves what kind of Catholic vote does each candidate want. The Catholic vote is not uniform. Perhaps it could better be described as the "Catholic votes" in plural form. Mainly because there are really two different kinds of Catholic votes. There is the "Cafeteria Catholic vote," and then there is the "Practicing Catholic vote." The difference between the two groups has to do with attitude. Cafeteria Catholics may practice Catholicism to some degree. They may even attend mass regularly. But when it comes to the teachings of the Church, particularly on matters of social doctrine, Cafeteria Catholics tend to "pick and choose" what they wish to believe and practice. Nowhere is this more evident then in the Cafeteria Catholic who attends mass regularly, claims to be devout, and yet holds to a "pro-choice" (i.e. "pro-abortion") voting record. Conversely, the Practicing Catholic may also attend mass regularly, and claim to be devout, but when it comes time to enter the polling booth, he/she votes in accord with the social doctrine of the Church -- thus translating his/her faith into tangible political action. If Senator John McCain is trying to send a message to Catholic voters with this pilgrimage, then it's specifically to a certain kind of Catholic voter, and that would be the Practicing Catholic kind. By visiting the largest pro-life shrine in the world, McCain is not so much seeking the endorsement of Catholic voters, but rather he's saying that he endorses the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church. This action does nothing to gain him Cafeteria Catholic votes, but it does put him in good position to pick up Practicing Catholic votes. However, something else should be pointed out. Even if McCain loses the presidential race, his political career is not over. He is still a U.S. senator. If he goes back to the Senate, then he does so as a transformed man, one who has sent a clear signal to Practicing Catholic voters that he endorses the Church's teachings on human life, and we can expect him to uphold them. These images of John McCain at Guadalupe will follow him for the rest of his political career. He is bound to them, and because of that, he is bound to meet a certain expectation in his political actions. God help him if he doesn't, because nobody else will.

If we contrast this with Senator Barack Obama's bid for the Catholic vote we can get a better picture of what is going on. Barack Obama does not endorse the social teachings of the Catholic Church, especially on matters related to the sanctity of human life. Yet Obama needs the Catholic vote to win the election. Therefore, by nominating Cafeteria Catholic Senator Joe Biden to the vice presidential slot, Obama makes a direct appeal to the "cultural identity" of Cafeteria Catholics who identify themselves as "Catholic" but who (like him) oppose the Church's social teachings. You wouldn't catch Obama making a pilgrimage to a pro-life Catholic shrine, because to do so would invite criticism of hypocrisy from the Catholic Church. So Obama appeals to the "cultural identity" of Cafeteria Catholic voters, while McCain, with his very presence at Guadalupe, visibly endorses the pro-life message of the Catholic Church. Obama's commitment to the Catholic voter ends with the close of the presidential election in November, whether he wins or not. McCain's commitment to the pro-life social teaching of the Catholic Church is ongoing, whether he wins the election or not, due to the visible nature of the pilgrimage he made.

Secret Foreign $$$ Money $$$ FLOODS Into Obama Campaign!

(NewsMax.com) - More than half of the whopping $426.9 million Barack Obama has raised has come from small donors whose names the Obama campaign won't disclose.

And questions have arisen about millions more in foreign donations the Obama campaign has received that apparently have not been vetted as legitimate.

Obama has raised nearly twice that of John McCain's campaign, according to new campaign finance report....

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Barack Obama And Democrats Helped Cause Financial Crisis

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The following video from 2005 is very educational and revealing. Barack Obama, and Congressional Democrats, have a direct hand in the financial crisis we are currently experiencing in the stock market. Though Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Barack Obama, feverishly try to shift blame to the Republican Party, video records like this keep coming back to haunt them...


Please forward this video to as many people as you can. The political doctors of spin are trying to hide the truth from us, but if we are diligent in getting this news out, they will not be successful. You can make a difference. Remember, the 2000 presidential election was decided by less than 500 votes. Share this video with as many people as you can.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

VATICAN: Democratic Party = "Party Of Death"

(CNS) -- The Democratic Party in the United States "risks transforming itself definitively into a 'party of death,'" said U.S. Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Vatican's highest court.....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: In a stunning rebuke of the U.S. Democratic Party, a high ranking Vatican official (Archbishop Raymond Burke) has accused it of becoming a "party of death," leaving no doubt how some Vatican officials view this American institution. It's a serious blow with long lasting effects. The Prefect of the Apostolic Signature, which is comparable to the "chief justice" on the Vatican's "supreme court," (to use an American analogy), is the archbishop who overseas all matters relating to the ecclesiastical court system. His position in the worldwide Catholic Church is extremely significant and powerful, and makes him a serious future contender for the papal throne. Ergo, his condemnation of the U.S. Democratic Party is very damning. 

Rarely do Vatican officials take such strong stands of condemnation against political parties. This condemnation effectively puts the U.S. Democratic Party in a rare and distinguished "Hall of Shame," accompanied by such organizations as the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and the Nazi Party of Hitler's Germany. In comparison to such extreme examples of political thuggery, it seems shocking that a high ranking Vatican official would characterize the U.S. Democratic Party this way. Why would he do this?

It's important to note that the good archbishop prefaced this characterization by stating that the Democratic Party "risks becoming" a party of death, and he did not say it had "already become" this. That's important, because the good archbishop is leaving room for a way out - an "exit strategy" if you will - for the Democratic Party to cease supporting the "culture of death" and mend it's wicked ways.

That being said, the reasons for his condemnation should be clear to anyone who knows the slightest bit about Church teaching on the sanctity of human life and traditional marriage.
  1. The Church teaches that abortion is a "grave sin" tantamount to murder and terrorism, while the Democratic Party asserts it is simply a matter of "personal choice."
  2. The Church teaches that euthanasia is also "murder" comparable to the eugenic programs of Nazi Germany, while the Democratic Party asserts it is simply "death with dignity."
  3. The Church teaches that embryonic stem-cell research is "baby farming," and "murder," similar to the kinds of human experiments performed by German doctors during the Third Reich, while the Democratic Party asserts it is simply "for a good cause."
  4. The Church teaches that gay-marriage is a "perversion of the natural law," and an "abomination before God," while the Democratic Party asserts it is simply a matter of "civil rights."
  5. The Church teaches that homosexual behavior is "perverse sin," and that young children should be sheltered from seeing it, while the Democratic Party asserts that it's "normal" and children should be taught to "embrace it" and be "tolerant" of it.
With such a dichotomy outlined like this, it becomes a bit more easy to understand why some Vatican officials might be inclined to think of the U.S. Democratic Party in such a negative light. Suspiciously absent is the voice of Pope Benedict XVI, which has been strangely silent, as high ranking Vatican officials make claims such as this. Those who are familiar with the nuances of "vatican-ese" (the diplomacy of Vatican words and actions) realize this could only mean one thing. The pope approves of the message. There are some things a pope simply cannot say in public. That should be well understood after the fallout following the pope's comments on Islam at the university in Germany a couple years back. Dozens of Christians lost their lives in Muslim riots after the pope quoted a medieval emperor simply in a rhetorical sense. A slip of a Vatican official's lips, exposing a message the pope does not endorse, is almost immediately followed by a disclaimer from the Vatican press office. Such is not the case following Archbishop Burke's comments harshly criticizing the U.S. Democratic Party. It simply leads one to believe the pope agrees.

"The Catholic Knight" also agrees, but as is typical of my character, I would like to take it a step further. In my opinion, the U.S. Democratic Party does not "risk" the possibility of becoming a "party of death," it instead already has, and there may be no turning back now.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Why Does Catholic Bible Have More Books?


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: A wonderful book has recently been published detailing this topic in more detail. It's called Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger: The Untold Story of the Lost Books of the Protestant Bible.

The long and short of it is this. The reason why Catholic Bibles have more books than Protestant Bibles is because in the 16th century, the Protestants took some books out of the Bible, and they significantly edited a few books as well. In addition to that, some key books from the New Testament were initially removed (Hebrews, James, Jude and Revelation) by the German reformer Martin Luther. However, his followers put them back in after his death.

The Protestant Reformation is a lesson in historical revisionism. Key reformers didn't like certain books in the Bible, so they just removed them. They didn't like certain historical Christian traditions either, so they just got rid of them. Granted, they used all kinds of academic reasoning to justify their actions, and many Protestants still do today in defense of those actions, but after all is said and done, it is a historical FACT that Protestants were the group chiefly responsible for altering the number of books in the Christian Bible. Academic reasoning cannot justify this, because after all is said and done, the only people who have the AUTHORITY to alter the Bible are those responsible for publishing the original compilation (version) of it. The original compilation of the Bible, consisting of 46 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books, was first published as a single volume in 367 AD by St. Athanasius in northern Africa. This compilation was confirmed and canonized as the universal Christian Bible by 400 AD. Prior to that, there was no universal Christian Bible, and the holy scriptures used throughout the Christian world varied based on geographical location. It was the Catholic Church that standardized (canonized) it, and made St. Athanasius' list of books the standard Bible for the whole Christian world. This was done based on St. Athanasius list of 27 New Testament books (Matthew through Revelation) and the universal acceptance of the Greek Septuagint as the Old Testament throughout the Christian world. (The Greek Septuagint was the standard Old Testament most commonly used by the apostles of Jesus during their 1st century ministry.) For over 1,000 years (AD 400 though 1530) this remained the same. Then in the 16th century, the Protestant reformers changed all that, based on their academic assumptions (many of which were later proved wrong). As a result they truncated the Old Testament down to 39 books, and deleted entire chapters from the Old Testament books of Daniel and Esther. Simultaneously, Martin Luther (the father of the Reformation) also deleted four books from the New Testament (Hebrews, James, Jude and Revelation), but as I said above, his followers placed those books back in after his death. Now to this very day, most Protestant Bibles are still missing 7 key Old Testament books, and entire chapters of Daniel and Esther. In summary, Protestant Bibles are INCOMPLETE.

I should point out here that in an effort to unite Catholics and Protestants in England, and restore some of English Christian tradition, King James I authorized the translation of all 46 Old Testament books. Thus the famous 1611 Authorized King James Version contained the entire Bible, including the 7 books deleted by the Protestant reformers as well as the lost chapters of Daniel and Esther. These portions of the Bible were inserted into a separate section of the King James Version called the "Apocrypha" which means "disputed books" recognizing the conflict between the Catholic Church and the Protestant reformers. The Apocrypha remained a part of the King James Version until the 1880s, when it was removed by the publisher in England to "save paper." Some King James Version publishers in the United States continued to publish the Apocrypha until as late as the 1930s, but eventually dropped it for similar reasons. It is interesting to note that in recent years, some publishers of the King James Version have gone back to their original practice, and are publishing the Apocrypha in their Bibles once again. To find one, you have to shop around. One such example is the Holy Bible: King James Version 1611 Edition, which is a literal reprint of the actual 1611 version published 400 years ago. It's a beautiful example of historic English literature.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Is The Archbishop of Canterbury Leading Anglicans To Rome?

(CNA).- This week the Archbishop of Canterbury became the first Anglican leader to visit the Marian shrine at Lourdes in France. During his three-day visit, he preached a homily at an international Mass and made remarks which critics construed to mean that he accepted the reality of the Marian apparitions at Lourdes and the Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception which the apparitions communicated.

One critic called the archbishop’s presence a “wholesale compromise” and labeled him a “papal puppet.”

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, had been invited to the shrine by Jacques Perrier, the Catholic bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes. He was joined by an unprecedented pilgrimage of eight Church of England bishops, about 60 Anglican priests and about 400 Anglican laymen and women, a number of whom are considering converting to Catholicism as a result of the theological turmoil in the Church of England....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: What a curious development. Just a month after the functional breakdown at Lambeth, that marked the end of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury makes this historic pilgrimage to Lourdes, where he acknowledges a apparition of Mary, (recognized only by the Catholic Church), as a legitimate visitation by the Virgin Mother. There he also acknowledges Mary as the "Mother of God," a title traditionally used only by Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. For this he receives a tongue lashing by Liberals and Evangelicals within the Church of England.

I have a curious proposition for everyone's consideration. Right now three things are happening simultaneously. First, the complete disintegration of the worldwide Anglican Communion, combined with the functional breakdown of the Church of England in the rise of the female episcopate. The former being a fallout over the acceptance of homosexuality by Anglican churches in North America, and the latter being a step Rome has made clear would make an ecumenical reunion with the Holy See impossible. The second is this pilgrimage by the Archbishop of Canterbury to Lourdes, accompanied by his very "Catholic" declaration of Mary as the "Mother of God" (Greek: "Theotokos" or "God Bearer"). While the third is more on the political front, as the English monarchy has now put into motion the steps necessary to rescind the prohibition of Catholics in the royal family...
(AFP) — The government is drawing up plans to end a 300-year-old exclusion of Catholics from the line of succession, as well as ending the priority given to male heirs, according to a newspaper report.

The Labour government would introduce the necessary legislation after the next election, according to The Guardian, which has long petitioned for a change in the law that critics have condemned as discriminatory.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's office declined to comment, although Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw said in March that the government was "certainly ready to consider" reviewing the "antiquated" ban on Catholic monarchs.

Rules laid out in the Bill of Rights 1688, the Act of Settlement 1700 and the Act of Union 1706 state that the monarch must be a Protestant, and any royal who marries a Catholic is barred from the line of succession.

Earlier this year, a Catholic engaged to one of the Queen's grand-children, Peter Phillips, had to be accepted into the Church of England before the couple could marry, or her husband would have lost his claim to the throne...

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By themselves, these separate events may seem unrelated, but taken together in their close proximity of time, it would appear that something much bigger is going on. The Anglican Communion crumbles, as the Church of England apostates, while the monarchy reopens the throne to Catholics, and the Archbishop of Canterbury makes a "Catholic" pilgrimage. Could we be witnessing the undoing of the English Reformation before our very eyes?  Did you ever think you would live to see this day?

Question: What if the Archbishop of Canterbury actually converts to Catholicism while he's still in office? What happens then? I would fully expect the Anglo-Catholic population of the Church of England to follow him, along with Anglo-Catholics from all over the Anglican world. What would happen to the Archbishop's office? Could he take the "chair" of St. Augustine of Canterbury with him? Would that effectively make the Church of England, and all her sister national churches fully Protestant, without even a perceived link to apostolic succession? Would Anglicanism effectively be "reborn" as an entirely new "rite" in the Roman Catholic Church? Something is afoot here. What is it? What do you think?  I solicit your thoughts...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Urgent Need For Catholics To Stop Exodus To Pentecostal and Evangelical Churches

(Spirit Daily) - Pentecostalism has between 250 million and 500 million adherents, most of them in developing nations such as Brazil, China, the Philippines and Nigeria. It is the fastest-growing Christian movement in the world. Thirty years ago, Pentecostals or similar charismatic groups represented six percent of all Christians; today that figure is 25 percent -- according to the World Christian Encyclopedia.

Long academic homilies and a lack of healing, deliverance, and miracle-preaching have shoved many to churches where the Spirit is invoked in a more "charismatic" fashion.

Of course, many of those who say they don't feel the Holy Spirit in Catholicism can be blamed for not doing their own part. The Church presents powerful, incomparable tools in the way of the sacraments (especially Adoration). That can invoke the Holy Spirit like nothing else. It is the True presence.

But it still behooves the Church to use that sacrament for actually healing and to bring in more direct charisms -- replacing theological homilies with ones that relate to the personal lives of those in the pews (or perhaps altogether abbreviating homilies).

Let's note that in Singapore, the local "mega-church" (surprise) is not evangelical (as in the States) but a Catholic one -- the Church of St. Alphonsus, which draws 25,000 to its ten half-hour novena services on Saturdays. (There is a devotion centered on the Blessed Mother -- who, when she has appeared at apparition sites, has at times held her hands upwards). Why do so many go there -- half non-Catholic?

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Speaking as an Evangelical convert to the Catholic Church, I can testify there is a lot of truth to this article. Yes, the Catholic Church in America is hemorrhaging members, and has been for some time. It's easy to point fingers, but if we're going to be honest with ourselves, part of it is our own fault.

My analysis of the problem is based on personal observations and personal experience. Part of the problem can be found in the typical Catholic home. While the other part is in the typical Catholic parish. 

I'll deal with the Catholic home first. When I was growing up as a Protestant, I lived in a heavily Catholic neighborhood. Just about every boyhood friend I had was Catholic. But in all that contact I had with these Catholic homes, I can't remember a single incident that caused me to think my friends were Catholic for any other reason than family obligation. The typical Catholic home in my childhood neighborhood featured a statue of Mary (or St. Francis) in the flower garden outside. Inside the house was a fairly large crucifix, usually near the front door. Occasionally, I would hear my friend's parents mention "Father so and so," and once in a while the family would go to mass. It was usually done very early on Sunday morning, not because they were that eager to get there, but because the earlier masses were shorter. Beyond that, there really was no evidence of Catholicism among my boyhood friends. They were just like all the other boys at my public school. They ran with the same crowds, smoked cigarettes behind the gym, stole liquor from their parent's wet bar, looked at dirty magazines, played pranks on their neighbors, and generally got into plenty of trouble. How do I know all this? Simple. I ran with them too.

Their parents where not always much better examples, but I won't get into that here. So besides all of this being a terrible example of what a Catholic home is supposed to look like, what exactly was the root of the problem here? I believe it all started with laziness. Yes, that's right - sloth - especially on matters relating to spiritual things. You see, somewhere in our nation's history, Catholic parents got the foolish idea that it was the sole responsibility of the Church to educate their children on religious matters. If they could afford the tuition, they sent their children to Catholic schools. If they could not, they sent them to catechism classes at least once a week. At home there was little to no reinforcement. As a result, Catholic Americans grew up with the idea that Catholicism was all about the local institution, and the message of the faith itself was essentially lost. My own Protestant home wasn't much better. But I knew a few boys who's parents did put a lot into their religious education. They were the local Pentecostal boys. Their parents read the Bible to them everyday, along with booklets explaining their Pentecostal religion. One of the boys' fathers had a guitar, and he led the family in praise and worship music every night. These parents were INVOLVED in their children's religious upbringing. They used their local Pentecostal church just for reinforcement purposes. The primary teachers of faith were mom and dad - and they took it seriously. Needless to say, those Pentecostal boys didn't run with the rest of us troublemakers nearly as often. They also had less problems when they got older. While my Catholic cohorts and I had to learn our lessons in life the hard way. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, and please don't shoot the messenger, but the Evangelicals and Pentecostals are kicking our behinds on this one. It's nobody's fault but our own.

The moral to this story is that Catholic education MUST begin in the home. Catholic parents need to start thinking of themselves as their children's PRIMARY teachers on matters of religion. The Catholic Church is there to back you up, but that's all. It's not designed to be your child's sole source of religious education. Catholic parents need to remember that they cannot give to their children that which they do not have themselves. If you want your kids to grow up to be good Catholics, than guess what, your going to have to teach by example. Show me a Catholic home where this doesn't happen, and I'll show you some Catholic kids who are going to leave the Church eventually.

Having dealt with the typical Catholic home, I'll now move on to the problems associated with the typical Catholic parish. This is what the article above deals with. There has been a historical tendency in the American Church to go to opposite extremes. It's something the popes have reprimanded us on, and they continue to try to show us the reasonable middle path. Few pastors get it, but I think a growing number are starting to understand. Catholic parishes must seek to walk a fine line between liturgical orthodoxy and charismatic renewal. On the one hand we must recover our historic Catholic tradition, particularly as seen displayed in the Tridentine mass, and maintain strictly orthodox doctrine in our teaching and homilies.  (Remember, watered-down Catholicism never accomplished anything.  We're not going to experience a "Catholic" renewal by becoming more protestant.)  At the same time however, we must reach out to those who are needing to experience God personally in ways that are both natural and supernatural. Believe it or not, the Charismatic Catholic Renewal (read more here) does have a place within every Catholic parish, but because of many parish priest's understandable reluctancy to embrace it, the renewal is often pushed aside to small groups who often meet apart from the main congregation. One of the problems historically seen in Charismatic Catholicism is the practice of “speaking in tongues” which quite frankly causes many Catholics to “freak out.” Honestly, who can blame them. The experience of hearing such a thing can be quite unnerving. Sadly, I believe this is the very thing that pushed the renewal to the side in most parishes.

In embracing the Charismatic Renewal, parish priests must take full control and ownership of it. That means steps should be taken to prevent abuse. For starters, every Charismatic Prayer Meeting should always open and close with eucharistic adoration. Next, every member of such a group should be properly catechized on what is the proper use of spiritual gifts, and what is not. In case you're wondering, the whole instruction manual can be found in 1st Corinthians chapters 13 and 14. If a parish priests INSISTS that these Biblical guidelines be followed scrupulously, and he puts himself, or a deacon, or even some trustworthy laymen in charge to monitor, he will never have a problem with the Charismatic Renewal in his parish. Personally, I think such Charismatic Prayer Meetings should be merged with eucharistic adoration, and the priest should coordinate with trustworthy helpers, to make sure everything is done in order, according to the writings of St. Paul in 1st Corinthians chapters 13 and 14.

Along with this, parish priests should offer special times weekly, when parishioners can come to the church for the sacrament of healing and times for prayer over those in need. Perhaps these can be coordinated just after eucharistic adoration and/or charismatic renewal meetings.

Homilies should be more focused on the mass readings for the day, and if parish priests would take the time to carefully explain each reading by itself, what it means, rather than using topical homilies, it would certainly do much to invoke a hunger for the Scriptures in the average congregation.  All of this would go a long way to "stop the bleeding" so to speak, of Catholics making exodus to Evangelical and Pentecostal churches.

The reason why Evangelicals and Pentecostals siphon so many Catholics away from the Church has more to do with the way they do things, and less to do with how much they badmouth Catholicism. Sure, that kind of stuff does go on in Evangelical and Pentecostal churches, but for the most part, it's used to keep former Catholics from going back to Catholicism. It is not usually the main thing that pulled these Catholics away from Catholicism in the first place. The reason why so many Catholics go into these churches is because they're looking for something they mistakenly don't think they can find in the Catholic Church. They're looking for a faith that transforms lives. They're looking for a church that makes them feel important and loved. They're looking for families where religion is taught in the home first and foremost above all things. They're looking for a place where they can feel “joy” in being a Christian. All of these things are attainable within the Catholic Church, but because parishes haven't been too responsive to parishioner needs, many Catholics mistakenly believe those things just aren't to be found within the Catholic Church.

Make no mistake about it, Catholics become Evangelicals and Pentecostals not because of anti-Catholic propaganda, but rather because they are drawn to the positive features of Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism. They don't get into the anti-Catholic rhetoric until later. The purpose of that rhetoric is to keep them from flirting with the idea of going back to the Catholic Church. Thankfully, we now have excellent apologetic resources for Catholics, on the radio and Internet, that are designed to counter the anti-Catholic rhetoric that keeps Catholics from returning home. Such apologetic resources have their place, but at the same time, it's our own sloth that drives most Catholics away from the Church to begin with.

Again, the Evangelicals and Pentecostals are kicking our behinds on this one, and it's mainly because we've failed to learn from them. Anything these religious organizations have to offer, the Catholic Church can provide in a much more Biblical way, if only we would take it upon ourselves to actually do it.

Don't think for a moment this problem is native only to Catholicism. I was raised in a Protestant home that had a lot in common with the Catholic homes of my childhood friends. Believe it or not, mainline Protestant churches are experiencing the exact same problem as the U.S. Catholic Church, except it's much worse for them. Right now, over a quarter of all people who used to attend mainline Protestant denominations, now go to some kind of Evangelical or Pentecostal church. In fact, the congregations of these Evangelical and Pentecostal churches consists mostly of former Catholics and former members of mainline Protestant denominations. I began attending such and Evangelical church in my early 20's, and by the grace of God I actually converted to Catholicism before my 30th birthday. I am indebted to my Evangelical experience, and I carry it with me into my Catholic faith. Trust me when I say the problem is fixable. Catholics can stop the hemorrhaging of members away from Catholicism. We can do it by returning to our Catholic roots, traditions and heritage. All the while embracing those things that made Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism so great without compromising our Catholic character. Yes, we can do it. Yes, it is possible. All we have to do is swallow our pride, learn from our opponents, and start working.

Do you want to make a difference? You can. Simply email this article to your parish priest, and then schedule some time to have a chat with him about it. Tell him your concerns, and how you would like to do what you can to "stop the bleeding" of Catholics in your parish to Evangelical and Pentecostal churches. Regardless of his response to the article, any good pastor would be pleased with your concern, and would be proud of your desire to make a difference. Just cut and paste the following link into your email:
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Students Have A RIGHT To Religious Education

(Zenit.org).- Catholic schools are a concrete manifestation of the right to freedom of education, says Benedict XVI.

The Pope expressed this conviction today during an address in the apostolic palace at Castel Gandolfo to representatives of Italian Catholic educational centers, who are taking part in a meeting organized by the Italian episcopal conference's Center of Studies for Catholic Schools.

"The Catholic school is an expression of the right of all citizens to freedom of education, and the corresponding duty of solidarity in the building of civil society," said the Pope, quoting a document of the Italian episcopate....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The pope is 100% right, but I would like to take it a step further. Not only is it a RIGHT for every student to have a religious education, but for every Christian student, it's and ENTITLEMENT!

Sure, governments need to get on board with this, and stop denying basic civil rights to religious students. If a parents wants to send their child to a religious school, then the state should reimburse the parents for the tuition. But unless you live in a Scandinavian country, that isn't going to happen. (It's nice to know the Scandinavians are doing something right.)

I believe the greater responsibility lies at the feet of pastors in this nation. We have a moral and education crisis in this country. Like fools however, we look to the state for solutions. Asking the government to solve a moral and education crisis among our children is like trying to use a toaster to make a telephone call. The machine simply was not designed for the task. If pastors (both Catholic and Protestant) would take it upon themselves to become LEADERS, they could solve this problem almost overnight, with no help from the government at all. Here is how to do it...
  1. Every church of reasonable size (say greater than 500 members) starts a school.  It doesn't matter how small it is.  Smaller churches can pool together to do the same.
  2. Non-members of these churches, who want to send their children to these schools, must pay tuition.
  3. Members of these churches are guaranteed a FREE education for their children.
  4. To fund this, the PASTOR of the church simply reinforces a "stewardship" message at every Sunday mass/service.  
  5. ALL members of the Church are expected to give at least 10% of their income "for the sake of the children."
  6. Those who truly cannot afford 10%, can give 5% instead, and those who are truly destitute, unable to even give that, are just the very kind of people the churches are supposed to be helping anyway.  The donations of older members, who's children are grown, will offset this deficit.
That's how it's done folks - plain and simple.  The nice thing about this system, is that members who donate their 10% to the Church, a good portion of which is used for their children's tuition, can now use the whole thing as a tax write off.  

It's a crying shame that so few pastors in our nation are willing to take a leadership role on this.  Our nation suffers a moral and educational crisis, and it is within their power to do something about it.  Sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet people.  So when is it going to happen in your church?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hitler's Pope

(Philadelphia Evening Bulletin) - ...Hitler's Pope has been criticized for its accuracy and dedication to objective history, and Mr. Cornwell admits that since its publication, his views have undergone revision.

"While I believe with many commentators that the pope might have done more to help the plight of the Jews, I now feel, 10 years after the publication of my book, that his scope for action was severely limited and I am prepared to state this," he said....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Ten years after the bombshell book, hyper media criticism, and forty years after the communist propaganda first hit the American public, Pope Pius XII has finally been vindicated....
(ANSA) - Vatican City, September 17 - New research clears controversial wartime pope Pius XII from the accusation that he did not do enough to save Jews, Pope Benedict XVI said on Thursday.

It is the first time the pope has come out publicly to defend the record of his WWII predecessor, who is moving towards sainthood despite accusations of keeping silent about the Holocaust....

.... The pope thanked the Pave the Way Foundation, made up of Catholics and Jews, for uncovering the evidence in favour of Pius.

He voiced the hope that further studies can reinforce ''the historical truth, overcoming all remaining prejudice''. Benedict's statement on the new research - which has not yet been made public - follows last year's assertion by his No.2, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, that people ignore evidence disproving Pius was indulgent towards Hitler.

Pius was the victim of a ''black legend'', said Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State....

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(CWNews.com) - The Vatican has confirmed the existence of a directive from Pope Pius XII, asking Catholic clergy and religious to shelter Jews from the Holocaust.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (bio - news), the Vatican Secretary of State, acknowledged in short April 19 announcement that Pope Pius XII issued instructions for all religious institutions to open their doors to Jewish people. The catacombs of Rome were also made available for shelter....

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(CNA).- A former high-ranking officer with the KGB claims that the Kremlin and the Russian intelligence agency in the 1960s were set on executing a smear campaign against the Catholic Church, and the main target was Pope Pius XII.

In a recent issue of the National Review Online, Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa, who eventually defected from the former Soviet bloc, recounts how the KGB and the Kremlin designed the deliberate campaign to portray the Pius XII “as a coldhearted Nazi sympathizer.”

“In February 1960, Nikita Khrushchev approved a super-secret plan for destroying the Vatican’s moral authority in Western Europe,” writes Pacepa. “Eugenio Pacelli, by then Pope Pius XII, was selected as the KGB’s main target, its incarnation of evil, because he had departed this world in 1958. ‘Dead men cannot defend themselves’ was the KGB’s latest slogan.”

The code name for this operation against Pope Pius XII was “Seat-12.”

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There was no "Hitler's Pope." The whole thing was a fabrication, a lie, invented by the Soviet KGB, in a plan called "Seat 12," devised for the sole purpose of undermining the moral authority of the Catholic Church over the western world. It was enthusiastically embraced by the enemies of the Catholic Church on both sides of the political spectrum. The Secular Left loved it! The Religious Right used it. (I even had a Jehovah's Witness at my door preach it to me.) Oh how eager so many where to believe the lie! Even some Catholics jumped on the bandwagon. The criticism from the Left-wing biased media was unending. We heard it from all the major television and cable networks. After Cornwell's 'Hitler's Pope' was published, literally dozens of knock off books followed. The television preachers, oh how many television preachers, included it in their sermons. Some Evangelical authors included it in their own books on apologetics and eschatology.  Millions upon millions of unsuspecting Evangelicals were subjected to this lie, many of whom still believe it, because they trust the television preacher who told them. (I can't even count the number of times I've been confronted about it by misinformed Evangelicals.) It was perhaps one of the greatest lies of our time - the whopper of the century!

We can learn a lot about those who enthusiastically embraced it, who went out of their way to spread it around, and took every opportunity to rub it in the face of any Catholic who would dare defend the Church on anything. Shall we call it "prejudice?" Perhaps "bigotry" might be a better word. So what are we to say of those Catholics who actually embraced it, using it as an excuse to rationalize their opposition to the Church on this issue or that? What shame! What scandal! What embarrassment! Shame on all those who engaged in this nonsense! Dishonor and disrepute upon those who eagerly embraced such a lie, that so seriously defamed the Church, without even questioning it!

So what are we to say of the mainstream news media? Do we see primetime retractions in their news broadcasts? Do we get so much as an inkling of regret for having slandered the Church for so many years? No. Not a peep out of them. How about the Secular Left-wingers out there? Any apologies? None. There is nothing but silence. What about the Religious Right-wingers? I'll give them credit. At least some have apologized.  A few (especially those who understand what it's like to be slandered) never believed it to begin with.  To them I give thanks. 

Don't get me wrong. I'm not holding a grudge here, and I wouldn't advise that any of us do. Rather, I would like to use this whole thing as an object lesson for Catholics, Protestants and non-religious people alike. Prejudice can just as well be defined as eagerly embracing bad news about somebody (or some people) without ever questioning the validity of the news itself, or even the credibility of the source who reported it.

The fabrication of "Hitler's Pope" is the epitome of this. The KGB introduced this lie to the western world in 1963 via a German author and playwright named Rolf Hochhuth. The play, entitled "The Deputy," was introduced as fiction. The pope in the play was never mentioned by name. The incriminating accusations against the pope were made by suggestion and insinuation. Hochhuth himself was raised in Nazi Germany and was a member of Hitler's Youth. While that itself is not incriminating, since service was compulsory, his refusal to talk about it, combined with his defense of those who deny the Holocaust, does tarnish his reputation a bit. It is not known if Hochhuth was directly hired by the KGB to write the play, or if the KGB simply used his material as an opportunity. Only two things are known as fact. The first is that the KGB was authorized by the Soviet Kremlin to smear the reputation of Pope Pius XII after his death in a plan named "Seat 12." The second, is that Rolf Hochhuth wrote the play that started the job. Beyond that we can surmise that Soviet involvement helped to promote the ideas of the play throughout Europe and North America, eventually coming to a climax in John Cornwell's 1999 bombshell book "Hitler's Pope." It can be reasonably assumed that Cornwell was simply operating on the momentum of the propaganda itself, and was probably not working for the KGB, since the Soviet Union fell almost a decade earlier. By this time the KGB's lies had taken on a life of their own, that outlived those who originally promoted them. Cornwell might be considered a victim of this by some, but the obvious distortions in the book causes 'The Catholic Knight' to question his culpability. It would seem to me that Cornwell may have been a victim of Soviet propaganda, but it was his own prejudice that caused him to write his book the way he did. Just to cite a small example of this, the cover of the book features a black and white photo that appears to show the image of Pope Pius XII being saluted by a Nazi officer. In fact, the photo is doctored. A comparison of the original photo with the book cover, reveals that the supposed Nazi officer is actually a civilian cab driver. Deception begins even before the book is opened, while the fables and inaccuracies written therein have been exposed and rebuffed by many historians. Cornwell is responsible for his own libel against Pius XII. Thankfully, for his sake, he is finally starting to admit his error.

Soon Pope Pius XII will be canonized as a saint, and when he is, all of this will be drudged up again for a public to see. This time, however, they'll be given the other side of the story, the whole story, and the world will see just how low the enemies of the Church will sink to slander the name of a good man in the hopes of tarnishing the Church's moral authority. A word to the wise for critics of the Catholic Church, especially those in the mainstream media. You've been played! You've been suckered! Nearly half a century ago a lie was concocted by communists on the other side of the world, and you bought it! They used you. You fell for it, and now it's come out that you unwittingly cooperated with communists to spread KGB propaganda. Are you feeling a little sheepish now? You should. If you don't, you should be worried about yourself. So the lesson is this. Next time you hear a supposed "fact" about the history of the Catholic Church, you might want to do a little research before you believe it. Maybe you ought to check the sources. Maybe you should allow a little skepticism to enter your mind, the next time somebody tells you a "scandalous" tale about the world's largest Christian organization.  It's just a little friendly advice.  Take it for what it's worth.

Vatican Take On U.S. Financial Crisis

(CNS) -- The current financial crisis pummeling the United States and beyond is a sign that the so-called "new economy" and its risky investments have failed, the Vatican newspaper said.

The booming growth of financial markets did not correspond to real growth or concrete development for society because it created an artificially robust gross national product, said a Sept. 24 article in L'Osservatore Romano.

The only real growth registered in this crisis has been "the commissions, profits of the banks and bonuses for the managers," it said.

The article, with the headline "A costly illusion," was written by Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, an Italian economist and professor of financial ethics at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy.

The U.S. financial meltdown has been blamed on "the greed of managers and lack of regulations. But curiously, no one ever refers to the indirect responsibility of the government's economic policy" which, he wrote, tried to cover the lack of any real economic development with a booming Wall Street.

He said the U.S. government's proposed bailout may stave off any worst-case scenario for its troubled financial markets, but it will not repair the root causes of the crisis....

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Does Financial Bailout Harken To One World Government?

(Spirit Daily) - Lost in the hullabaloo over the economy is the trend toward global consolidation. Astonishingly, the United States has taken over private financial institutions and may now send hundreds of billions into additional private interests on Wall Street, as it absorbs debt and assumes a degree of control. It is a "soft" socialism -- something that would have been unthinkable just a couple years ago and places tremendous power in the hands of the Federal Reserve, which long has been feared as a behind-the-scenes player that will control the economy and work toward a consolidation (first of businesses, then of nations) which in turn would lead to a new world order, and perhaps even a single world system of finance and governance.

For many years, this has seemed in the realm of wild conspiracy, but to increasing numbers, it is not quite so wild any longer. No one here is saying that a single small group of strategists is controlling the world, but terms like "secret governing" directed by a relatively small number of officials are a consideration that has grown more acute in recent days. We have long said the conspiracy is more a spiritual one -- a spiritual trend -- than the work of any single brilliant Geneva-or-Brussels-based cabal. Many different entities, some large, some small, some open, some secretive (see: "Bohemia Grove," or the Bilderberg Group), are moving in the same direction: consolidation first of finances, then of governments. One sees this most starkly with the United Nations, the European Union, and now the move (at least at the level of finances) to dissolve borders too in the Western Hemisphere (a former leader of Mexico even used the term "North American Union" as a goal for his nation; and a number of U.S. presidents -- including Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush (Sr.) -- have employed the term "new world order"). Recently, former British leader Tony Blair, a Catholic, was at Yale speaking of the need to merge faith with globalization.

Now, we believe that one can go too far with all of this. Not everything is a conspiracy. But something about what is occurring on Wall Street (and at the Treasury) does not seem right. In the wake of the reputed financial crisis (no one is really sure what is occurring), we see headlines to the effect that "global firms" (as one article put it) are "set to move in." That's disquieting. Do powerful financiers actually manipulate developments and markets to such a degree as to change the landscape almost single-handedly, and for the strategic goal of a single governance (and perhaps also a single spirituality)? This is the fear because a single system could be controlled, then, or at least decisively influenced, by a personage of evil....

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Fall of American Christianity

(Christian Post) - While many Christians today are closely monitoring the growth and activity of Islam, especially after 9/11, another religious movement has been steadily growing “under the radar” and could become among the largest religions in the United States in less than five years.

“Wicca is the fastest-growing religion in America, set to be the third largest religion by 2012,” claims Marla Alupoaicei, who co-wrote the recently released book “Generation Hex” with fellow Christian author Dillon Burroughs.

“The numbers of adherents are doubling every 30 months,” she says.

Furthermore, every major city in the United States has networks of Wiccans, adds Burroughs.

“Certain parts of the country, such as the Pacific Northwest, the mountain states (New Mexico and Colorado) and areas near Salem, Mass., are the strongest in the U.S.,” he says. “However, I live in Tennessee and have found pockets of Wiccans in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia to interview. I didn't have to travel far or even outside of the so-called Bible belt to find Wiccans....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: This trend is extremely important to monitor because it signals the beginning of the end for Christianity in the United States. It is virtually identical to the trend that existed in Europe during the middle of the 20th century. The rise of occultism is the result of the vacuum created by Secular Humanism. When governments and media push Secular Humanism upon a population, the effectively create a spiritual vacuum. Nature abhors a vacuum, and seeks to fill it as quickly as possible with anything it can. First to fill the void are unorganized natural religions, such as Wicca (pronounced as "wick-ka" or "witch-ah"), formerly known as "Witchcraft." Wicca is a naturalist religion, in which adherents worship nature and a spiritual "goddess." There is a strong sexual component to Wicca as well, which makes it very attractive to young men as well as women. Unlike spiritism, the New Age, and other forms of the occult; Wicca is highly successful, and has a history of an extremely fast growth rate. It mostly attracts young people who are disillusioned (or bored) with traditional Christian religion. This is the first generation of Wiccans.

Besides the obvious problems associated with Wicca's occultism, there is another serious problem that has become quite obvious in Europe, but completely ignored by the secular media. Wicca has a short half-life. By that I mean, it has the same problem as all unorganized religion. It doesn't last but two generations before it weakens enough to give way to the aggressive proselytism tactics of more organized religions. In Europe we see this happening with Islam. The children and grandchildren of European Wiccans are acutely aware of the problems associated with unorganized occultism, and seek a deeper meaning of existence in the spirituality of a more organized eastern religion - Islam. Try as they may to hold on to their children, European Wiccans have discovered that their unorganized spirituality is exactly everything Muslims claim it is; a form of Paganism that Allah (the God) abhors. As Europe enters it's third generation of occultism, massive conversions of Europe's native population to Islam are underway. The trend has become so prevailing, that some European countries (such as the U.K. for example) are instituting state enforced versions of Sharia (Islamic) Law to those who want to live by it. Europe has discovered, as a matter of historical fact, that Wicca cannot withstand the aggressive proselytism of Islam. In the end, little 'Harry Potter' always bows the knee to Allah.

Now we are witnessing the same trend emerging in the United States. Take a good look at these Wiccan communities, because that is the pool from which Islam will soon draw it's newest converts. It will happen within one or two generations at most. By the time the infants of today reach adulthood, we can expect to see a native Muslim population that is thriving in the United States.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

MILESTONE: Catholic Knight Reaches 100K Readers

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It happened late in the afternoon on September 21st, 2008. The 100,000th visitor logged on to 'The Catholic Knight' blog...

100,000

I remember starting this blog just three years ago and thinking it would be a milestone to gain just 1,000 readers. Little did I know then.

Known readers of 'The Catholic Knight' now include the following distinguished regular visitors...
  1. Two Vatican officials,
  2. Some U.S. Congressmen,
  3. At least one bishop in the U.S. Catholic Church,
  4. Multiple priests from around the world,
  5. Religious brothers and sisters from various locations,
  6. At least one editor from a major online Catholic publication,
  7. The editors of several Catholic blogs,
  8. A good number of U.S. soldiers fighting overseas,
  9. Somebody from the Chinese government who seems very interested in just about everything I publish here,
  10. Last but not least - you.
Thanks for reading.  God bless!

The Jewish Roots Of Catholicism



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Evangelicals are well aware of the Jewish roots of Christianity, but they are mostly oblivious to how deeply this manifests itself within the Catholic Church. Many of the mysteries within Catholicism cannot be adequately explained without going back to the Jewish roots of the faith. Indeed, when Evangelicals learn of this, they gain a special appreciation for Catholicism, and some of them even convert over to Catholicism directly because of this. Catholics miss a huge window of opportunity for ecumenical relations with Evangelicals by glossing over the Jewish character of Catholicism. Emphasis on this element in Catholicism would not only help Evangelicals better understand the Catholic Church, but would also result in more Evangelical conversions to the Catholic faith.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Joe Biden May Cost Obama The Election


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: In nominating Senator Joe Biden as the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama hoped Biden's "Catholic" identity would help him net the Catholic swing vote. However, in nominating a backsliding Cafeteria Catholic, Obama made a catastrophic miscalculation, and now that just may cost him the Catholic vote entirely.

The idea that Obama was specifically targeting the Catholic vote with his V.P. nominee pick is almost indisputable. During the selection process, news agencies across the nation reported Obama's probable short list - the overwhelming majority of those on it being "Catholic." All of them, however, would have backfired this year, because of the Vatican's crack down on pro-abortion "Catholic" politicians. However, the selection of Biden was quite possibly the worst pick imaginable at this time.

This is the fist presidential election held in the United States during the reign of Pope Benedict XVI, and he is definitely having an impact. Indeed, it is no secret that the current pontiff wants to influence the world's social politics - especially on matters of human life. In short, he wants Catholics to put aside their partisan politics, and start voting like Catholics. That means Catholic voters must be educated, and communion must be withheld from them when they knowingly vote for pro-abortion politicians. It also means that bishops must take an aggressive stand against Catholic politicians who espouse heresy in a public setting (such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Joe Biden) and deny them communion so long as they fail to uphold the Church's teachings on life. It also means that Catholic organizations, like the 'Knights of Columbus' must aggressively work toward educating the general population about authentic Church teaching, and squarely oppose Catholic politicians who misrepresent it. All of these things, Pope Benedict XVI has aggressively pushed for during the last few years, and he's indicated he'll continue to push harder.

If Senator John Kerry thought he had it rough in his run for president in 2004, he had better thank his lucky stars that his name isn't Joe Biden who is running for Vice President this year. Indeed, Obama miscalculated severely, and picked a supposed "Catholic" who only irritates more Catholic voters than he draws. The last two elections has done nothing but prove that the selection of ANY pro-abortion Cafeteria Catholic (like John Kerry or Joe Biden) has become more of a political liability than an asset. This doesn't just apply to Democrats. Mayor Rudy Giuliani, also a pro-abortion Cafeteria Catholic, discovered this during the Republican primary season. Obama's pick of Biden, in this Benedictine papal era, may very well cost him the election.
(WorldNetDaily) - Members of the Knights of Columbus Catholic organization have taken out ads to appear tomorrow in USA Today, the Washington Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and Delaware News Journal asking Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden to correct his statements about abortion.

Reminding him that under Catholic teaching, "abortion is a grave sin to be avoided at any time during a pregnancy," the organization attributes to Biden a "unique responsibility" to be correct when making public statements about the faith.

"Sen. Obama stressed your Catholic identity repeatedly when he introduced you as his running mate, and so your statements carry considerable weight, whether they are correct or not. You now have a unique responsibility when you make public statements about Catholic teaching," the letter says.

The issue of abortion has become a flashpoint in the 2008 presidential election for the Democratic nominees, Sens. Obama and Biden, at least in part because Obama is an ardent abortion proponent who has gone beyond the desires of even the National Abortion Rights Action League in advocating for the controversial procedure....

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

McCain Gets Catholic Vote

(NewsMax) - The McCain-Palin ticket may be locking its huge lead on a crucial voting bloc: church-going Catholics.

The development — contained Thursday in a poll by the Pew Research Center and backed by other polls — could be crucial to victory in November.

Why? Catholics are the ultimate swing voters and make up as much as one-third the population of battleground states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Moreover, some 40 percent of U.S. Catholics have no affiliation with either party.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain now has opened a 16-percentage-point lead over Democratic rival Barack Obama among observant Catholics, according to the Pew poll. The lead began to widen with the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate, who, unknown to most voters, was baptized in the Catholic Church but raised in primarily Protestant evangelical churches....

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

OFFICIAL: Vatican Insists Theory Of Evolution Is Acceptable

(CNA) - The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture has said that evolutionary theory is “not incompatible” with the teachings of the Catholic Church, insisting that the theory of biological change over time was never condemned by the Church.

Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi made such remarks while presenting the new interdisciplinary conference to mark the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species. The conference, which is a Vatican initiative to promote dialogue between scientists and theologians, is scheduled to take place in Rome in March 2009.

“Evolutionary theory is not incompatible a priori with the teaching of the Catholic Church, with the message of the Bible and theology, and in actual fact it was never condemned,” Archbishop Ravasi said....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I've written on this extensively. The teaching of the Church is that God created - period. Beyond that, most scientific theories are acceptable provided one acknowledges the basic premise that God created. How God created things is another matter. The Biblical accounts of creation should be taken as truth, but they don't have to be taken as literal scientific truth. The Bible is not a scientific textbook. The truth contained in the Biblical accounts of creation can be taken as moral truth and theological truth. Meaning these texts are designed to convey an important moral and theological message, not necessarily a literal scientific one. I say "accounts of creation" in plural, because there are three. The first is in Genesis 1, the second in Genesis 2 and the third is more general in John 1.

The most important thing for Catholics to remember is what separates humanity from the animal kingdom. Our bodies may be fashioned of the same stuff animals are made of. Our genetic code may have indeed evolved from lower forms of ape like creatures. However, our souls are NOT the product of evolution at all. They are a direct gift from God, complete from the beginning, and in no need of "evolution." The second creation story accounts for this in Genesis chapter 2. Therein we learn that God created the man out of the "slime" of the earth. One could take this as a literary reference to evolution if one wants to. But then God blew his breath (Hebrew: "Rauch" meaning spirit) into the nostrils of the man, and the man from then on became a living soul. This is a reference to the "divine spark" if you will, the moment when mankind ceased to be a member of the animal kingdom, and became a member of the spiritual kingdom. It is when man turned into a creature that could have an actual relationship with the living God, something animals can never have (read more here). That's the difference. That's what we must remember about ourselves, no matter what we learn about scientific theories and fossil evidence.

I've written on this topic extensively here, and here. They are excellent articles on the subject, and I think they give a much more balanced view on science from a Catholic perspective. Those links again are here...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Britain Falls To Islam - Sharia Law Enacted - The Queen Must Be Mad!

(Times) - ISLAMIC law has been officially adopted in Britain, with sharia courts given powers to rule on Muslim civil cases.

The government has quietly sanctioned the powers for sharia judges to rule on cases ranging from divorce and financial disputes to those involving domestic violence.

Rulings issued by a network of five sharia courts are enforceable with the full power of the judicial system, through the county courts or High Court....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Behold the beginning of the end for Western civilization. Liberal Secular Humanism has finally reached it's logical conclusion. The fruit of Liberalism is Islam! 'The Catholic Knight,' along with many others, has been warning of this for three years now. As Liberals try to sterilize society of all Christian influence, as Secular governments continue to aid and abet them in this endeavor, and as churches compromise their morality to accommodate this trend; the final result is a spiritual vacuum in the collective society. Once that vacuum exists, the laws of nature take over.

Nature abhors a vacuum. That's a fundamental law of this universe. Wherever a vacuum exists, nature seeks to fill it as quickly as possible - with literally ANYTHING! The same holds true with human conscience and man's religious nature. When a society becomes devoid of religious conscience, human nature (which is very much a part of mother nature) seeks to fill it as quickly as possible - with literally anything. Thanks to liberal Secular Humanism, Europe has been devoid of it's historic Christian conscience for nearly half a century now. This is especially true in Great Britain, where the number of practicing Christians, who attend a church weekly, has now been reduced to a mere 10% of the British population. This Christian decline, spanning four decades, was accompanied by a dramatic increase in occult practices in the U.K..   It appeared that even in a religiously sterile environment, a good number of Brits still found a way to exercise their natural need for spirituality. Witchcraft (Wicca) and New Age occultism blossomed in England during the latter half of the 20th century. But that eventually gave way to a something much bigger and more organized - the rise of British Islam!

How could this happen!?!

With all civil remnants of Christianity having been neutered, and the churches of England having debased themselves with elements of Liberalism, the English population was ripe for the picking. Foreign immigrants from Africa and Asia were imported to the British Isles (as well as many other European nations) to shore up the population gap created by the Liberal exercises of abortion and artificial contraception. This was necessary to keep the country's social security system afloat. (In order for social security to work, you have to have an increasing population.) Since you can't force a liberal society to make babies, you've got to get your future taxpayers from somewhere, and immigrants from Africa and Asia were more than willing to fill the gap. Unfortunately, these immigrants also brought their religion with them - Islam.  Muslim immigrants to Britain reproduced at four to five times the rate of native British. So while the practice of British Christianity was shrinking, the practice of British Islam was expanding at an exponential rate. As Islam was introduced to a spiritually hungry British population, a growing number of native Brits began to convert, thus increasing the exponential growth of Islam in the British Isles to include home-grown "White Muslims" (as they were sometimes called). Currently, the number of practicing Muslims in the U.K. now exceeds the number of practicing Christians. Along with this demographic shift came a growing clamor for Sharia Law. That's because English Common Law, steeped in Christian morality and watered down by Secularism, is not good enough for the average Muslim. They demanded to be accommodated, and treated differently than the average Brit. They wanted their women to submit to Islamic laws, and their children to be raised and disciplined according to Islamic practices. A growing fear of social unrest (i.e. "Muslim Riots") has been driving the British government's quiet moves to pacify them. The institution of Sharia Law across the entire country, to those who want to submit to it, was not the first step toward this goal, and it certainly won't be the last.

The queen must be mad!!!

Yes, she is, but it's not just her. It's her Prime Minister and the entire British Parliament, as well as much of the political elites in the U.K..   Anyone who would surrender the sovereignty of one's national laws, to the religious institutions of a foreign culture, is perfectly insane, without a doubt. 

They're mad with Liberalism, to the point where they've gone beyond Secular Humanism, allowing it to be abandoned and replaced with Islamic Sharia Law. Yes, the queen could have stopped this from happening. Though mostly thought of as a figurehead monarchy, the queen still reserves some constitutional powers which can be exercised at her discretion. One would think that if the entire House of Lords and Commons had gone completely mad enough to allow this, the queen herself might have stepped in to save England from this catastrophic historical blunder. No. Instead, she quietly sat in her palace and did nothing - absolutely nothing. Sadly, the English monarchy has just proved it's worthlessness - again.

So now the birthplace of our culture, the cradle of English civilization, has given itself over to Islam - not just culturally, but legally too. Currently, submission to Sharia Law in the U.K. is voluntary, but as the Islamic population of Britain continues to explode at an exponential rate, and the influence of Christianity continues to subside, how long can we really expect it to remain voluntary? How long before Muslims gain control of the Parliament? How long before they gain control of the Prime Minister's office? How long before they gain control of the English crown itself!?! When they do, what can we expect? I think a quick look at other nations that use Sharia Law will give us the answer to that question.

Nature abhors a vacuum. Human nature demands a religious conscious - some form of spirituality. Liberals love Secular Humanism, because it gives license to their sexual liberation. But Secular Humanism seeks to purge human society from all influences of the Christian religion. History is now demonstrating to us that the fruit of Liberalism is Islam. That's because when Liberals get what they want, Secular Humanism wipes all remnants of Christianity from public view. When that happens a spiritual vacuum is created, and as we all know, nature abhors a vacuum. It seeks to fill it with anything it can find, and Islam is more than ready to rise to the occasion. So Liberals eventually find themselves forced to embrace Islam, partly because of politically correct nonsense, and partly because they fear what Muslims will do if they don't. It's a natural progression, just as natural as nature itself. The only thing standing between Liberals and Islam is a healthy and robust Christianity. Eliminate Christianity from the scene, and it won't be long before it's a public call to prayer five times a day, and our daughters are forced to cover their faces.

We know that other European nations are already going down the same path, but I'm interested in who's next in the English-speaking world. Will it be South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada!?! What about the United States? Thankfully, the U.S.A. has a steady flood of illegal aliens from Mexico streaming into the nation - most of them Catholic. These people may be illegal now, but many of their children will eventually be taxpayers, and that may help keep the social security system afloat without having to import Muslim immigrants from Africa and Asia.

Liberalism has it's price. With the rise of Sharia Law in the U.K., we've now seen what it is. The only question that remains is, are we ready to pay it?  Believe it or not, there is a way out of this, even for Britain.  We must return to our Catholic roots, and take ALL the sexual ethics of the Church seriously.  Only then can there be a Christian revival in Europe, and the Islamic threat can at least be contained for the short term, and hopefully overcome in the long term.  Outside of this, there is no other way.  

Barack Obama Supports Infanticide

"We are blessed in the 21st century with crystal-clear photographs and action films of the living realities within their pregnant mothers. No one with the slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the world outside the womb. In simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live.... They are not parts of their mothers, and what they are depends not at all upon the opinions of theologians of any faith. Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being “chooses” to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name."

Edward Cardinal Egan
Archbishop of New York
August 26, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

OFFICIAL: Catholics May Not Vote For "Pro-Choice" Candidates

(LifeSiteNews.com) - During the opening day of the Catholic Leadership Conference yesterday, Baker Oregon Bishop Robert Vasa clarified the teaching of the US Bishops Conference regarding voting in favor of pro-abortion politicians. The question of whether Catholics may remain in good standing with the Church while voting for pro-abortion politicians was raised.

Bishop Vasa responded referencing the document of the United States Catholic Conference titled "Faithful Citizenship", noting a pro-abortion stance disqualifies candidates from consideration by faithful Catholics...

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Friday, September 12, 2008

BREAKING! Catholic Vote Goes Overwhelmingly To McCain/Palin

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Polls are coming in from multiple sources. Vice Presidential nominee, Governor Sarah Palin, has won the Catholic vote! McCain benefits from this, and Obama loses with his VP pick of a pro-choice, cafeteria Catholic (Joe Biden), who defies the Church's teachings, and cannot lawfully receive communion.

Obama's pick of Biden irritated a lot of Catholics. The man represents everything that is wrong in the U.S. Catholic Church today. Then McCain gave us a pro-life, pro-family, school-choice mother of five as his running mate. Catholic voters went wild. Catholic support of Barack Obama had been declining for months, and saw no recovery after his pick of Biden for VP. Now, with Sarah Palin on the McCain ticket, Catholic support for Obama/Biden has plunged to an all time low, while Catholic support for McCain/Palin sores to new heights. All of this comes on the heels of what appears to be an unofficial Vatican approval of Sarah Palin as an American Vice Presidential nominee. Here is a small sampling of what's going on...
(NewsMax) - Sarah Palin’s firm opposition to abortion and her status as a mother of five prompted a Vatican official to describe the Republican vice president nominee as a “dream candidate.”

“I couldn't be more happy,” a U.S. church official at the Vatican told Newsmax on the condition of anonymity. “She is, in many ways, a dream candidate, at least among Americans here....

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(The Campaign Spot) - Fritz Wenzel, a spokesman for the Zogby polling organization, is on XM POTUS08 right now, and he says that according to their numbers, McCain's surge in the polls started during the Democratic convention... which strikes me as rather odd.

Then he says that Sarah Palin is helping McCain by "double digits" among Catholic voters, particularly in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Michigan. While I don't find that impossible, it's interesting that a non-Catholic political figure would move the dial for Catholic voters. (Having said that, it's easy to picture her "hockey mom" style playing with Catholic voters in those states...

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(Huffington Post) - Catholics are the ultimate swing voters. No other large group has switched sides so often -- or been so consistently aligned with election winners. Catholics have backed the winner of the national popular vote for the last nine presidential elections: they've helped elect five Republican presidents, three Democratic presidents, and the popular-vote-winning but presidency-losing Democrat Al Gore.

Not only because of their winning track record, but also because they make up nearly a quarter of all registered voters in the United States, Catholics could determine who wins the White House in 2008.

That's why I'm curious to hear what young, traditional Catholics -- Generations X and Y -- think of Sarah Barracuda. Is Palin winning their support?

Thomas N. Peters posted that question online at AmericanPapist.com, winner of "Best Political/Social Commentary Site" in the 2008 Catholic Blog Awards. Peters, 23, who runs the site, has appeared on CNN, BBC World News, and The Today Show. AmericanPapist.com attracts visitors who are disproportionally in their 20s, and disproportionally traditional in their religious beliefs.

"My poll saw a 19% net increase in support for Sen. John McCain because of his choice of Gov. Sarah Palin," Peters told OffTheBus. "Plenty of my Catholic friends got swept up in palinmania. Many had pro-Palin Facebook statuses the day of the announcement, and even more had pro-Palin Facebook statuses after her convention speech. It's nice to have an attractive figurehead for our ideals, as opposed to someone from our grandparents' generation."

With 605 votes tallied after Palin was chosen to be McCain's running mate, here is the breakdown among mostly 20-something Catholics who adhere to the moral teachings of the pope...

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Nine Bishops (And Counting) Respond To VP Nominee's Heresy

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Obama's Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Joe Biden, has earned the rebuke of at least nine U.S. Catholic bishops so far...

1. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver
2. Bishop James Conley of Denver joined him
3. Bishop Robeert Morlino of Madison devoted his Sunday homily to it
4. Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC
5. Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa
6. Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia
7. Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, CT
8. Bishop Fran Malooly of Wilmington, DL (Biden's diocese)
9. Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo

The gist of their rebuke is over Senator Biden's heresy that one's views on abortion are a "private religious matter," and should not be imposed on the general public. The bishops rightly point out that human life is a public matter of civil rights. It has nothing to do with religion, and that any public figure who would endorse the killing of helpless innocent babies is not worthy of public office in a civilized society. Senator Biden is a "Cafeteria Catholic" who opposes the Church's most important issues of Social Justice and defies the authority of the pope and bishops. He has been officially banned by automatic Vatican interdict from receiving communion in every Catholic diocese throughout the world.

Democrats Abandon Obama - Plan To Persecute Christians

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: In a strange twist of events, the Democrats in Congress have calculated the risk of the Obama campaign, as his poll numbers continue to drop. Realizing that convention delegates may have made a huge mistake in nominating this "newcomer" to national politics, they are now planning to distance themselves from Barack Obama. Simultaneously, Congressional Democrats are trying to shore up their reelection chances by appealing to their radical Left-wing base. Legislation is now being introduced that would make it a criminal act to criticize homosexuality or read Bible Scriptures aloud that condemn homosexuality as sin. Read stories below for details...
(NewsMax) - ....One Democratic fundraiser said some congressional candidates are planning to distance themselves from Obama and refrain from attacking McCain.

“If people are voting for McCain, it could help Republicans all the way down the ticket, even in a year when the Democrats should be sweeping all before us,” the fundraiser told the Times.

“There is a growing sense of doom among Democrats I have spoken to....

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(WorldNetDaily) - A federal "hate crimes" plan to criminalize speech or thoughts critical of homosexuality – dropped from Congress' agenda earlier because of a veto threat from President Bush – may be resurrected before the election, according to an opponent of such advocacy laws.

"Here's ultimately what we expect," Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University School of Law, told WND today. "The hate crimes plan is to be offered as an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2009 Department of Defense reauthorization bill. That's what the word is, that it's going to be offered as an amendment."

Pro-homosexual advocates long have sought such a law but opponents fear it would be used to crack down on those who maintain a biblical perspective that condemns homosexuality as sin. Observers note that it would criminalize speech and thought, since other criminal actions already are addressed with current statutes.

Canada already has an aggressive "hate crimes" law, and there authorities there have gone so far as to tell a Christian pastor he must recant his faith because of the legislation that bans statements that can be "perceived" as condemning another person...

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The so-called "hate crimes" bill, which would criminalize certain types of Christian speech and practice, is to be attached to the 2009 Defense Reauthorization Bill. It's an old congressional trick - as old as Congress itself. Bush has promised to veto such legislation, but by attaching it to funding for national defense, it's designed to put President Bush in an awkward situation, which would force him to veto funding for national defense. This legislation is unconstitutional and un-American.  'The Catholic Knight" challenges the patriotism of anyone who would support restricting freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  Only a massive national outcry against this kind of political trickery, can stop it in it's tracks. 'The Catholic Knight' provides the following link for your convenience. Please forward this message to an many people as possible...