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

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Crucifixion Returns To Palestine!

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Be careful when visiting the Holy Land, or you just might find yourself nailed to one of these....

(Jerusalem Post) - Both Iran and its Hamas proxy in Gaza have been busy this Christmas week showing Christendom just what they think of it. But no one seems to have noticed.

On Tuesday, Hamas legislators marked the Christmas season by passing a Shari'a criminal code for the Palestinian Authority. Among other things, it legalizes crucifixion.

Hamas's endorsement of nailing enemies of Islam to crosses came at the same time it renewed its jihad. Here, too, Hamas wanted to make sure that Christians didn't feel neglected as its fighters launched missiles at Jewish day care centers and schools. So on Wednesday, Hamas lobbed a mortar shell at the Erez crossing point into Israel just as a group of Gazan Christians were standing on line waiting to travel to Bethlehem for Christmas...

read full story here

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Catholics Called To Abandon Public Schools

"Masonry has taken control of the public schools, leaving private schools, paternal schools, and those directed by zealous ecclesiastics and religious of both sexes to compete in the education of Christian youth. Christian parents especially should not entrust the education of their children to uncertain schools."
-- Pope Leo XIII
CUSTODI DI QUELLA FEDE 18
December 8, 1892
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: What began as the secular influence of Freemasonry a hundred years ago has become nothing less than Marxist Humanism in recent decades. We Catholic parents need to separate ourselves from all institutions that oppose our Christian civilization and culture. One of those institutions is government education in the form of public schools. Both Sacred Scriptures and Holy Mother Church instruct us that it is the primary responsibility of parents to educate their children, with the assistance of the Church -- not the state! We cannot save, nor can we rebuild, a Christian culture on a Secular Humanist foundation. That's what public schools are. They are institutions of Secular Humanism designed specifically for the purpose of producing adults prone toward Humanist and Marxist ideas. You simply cannot counter five days of a Marxist Humanist education in public school, with a one hour Sunday school, PSR or catechism class per week. To raise holy families we must completely eliminate the unholy influence of a godless government eduction.

So it's time for Catholic parents to make whatever sacrifices it takes to send their children to religious schools or else homeschool. The alternative is to send our children to a public school system where they will get a sub-standard education saturated with a curriculum and atmosphere designed to inhibit and oppress Catholic moral teaching. (Remember, by the time parents usually find out what their children are being taught, it's already too late. The damage is already done.)

Not all Catholic parents can afford parish and parochial schools. This is extremely unfortunate, and the bishops of diocese where this takes place ought to be pressured to find a way for Catholic schoolchildren to be educated at an affordable rate. That being said, as Catholic parents we can't always wait on our bishop to fix the problem for us. In such cases it may be appropriate to make some sacrifices, so for the sake of our children, we may take matters into our own hands.

Homeschooling is a reasonable and affordable alternative for parents seeking to save their children from the godless schools of government education. One doesn't need to be a teacher, or have an education degree, to be a homeschooler. The curriculum is provided by the homeschooling academy, and homeschooling parents only need to follow the materials provided. As for socialization, homeschooled children can be well socialized via homeschooling networks, along with community athletic and music programs, typically provided by the YMCA, or a local office of city parks and recreation. Homeschooling academies and networks for Evangelical and Protestant children are already well established and promoted nationwide. Therefore, 'The Catholic Knight' would like to provide homeschooling links for Catholic parents wanting to get plugged into similar networks tailored for Catholic homoschooling families....
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Friday, December 26, 2008

Science And The Exodus

(Philstar.com) - Did Moses really lead the Israelites across the Red Sea? How did he part its waters? How come no Israelite drowned, but Pharaoh’s charioteers all perished? Scientists have found proof of the biblical event 3000 years ago recorded in Exodus.

It appears the Chosen People did walk seven days through desert and wadi (dried up riverbed) till they reached the shores of the Red Sea. Scholars cannot explain the pillar of cloud that escorted the Israelites by day and pillar of fire by night. Those can only be credited to the Divine. But the cloud apparently shielded from intense day heat, it was noted, and the fire from night chill and attacks. And the Israelites came upon an exact spot in the Red Sea where a natural formation — a submerged land bridge — spanned both sides. Archaeological finds further show traces of the crossing....

read full story here
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Allow me to stress the most important thing for any Catholic to know regarding the historical accuracy of the Old Testament. First and foremost, as Catholic Christians, our faith is NOT based on this historical accuracy of the Old Testament at all. Our faith is based on the historical accuracy of the New Testament alone. The Old Testament simply serves as a historical, religious and cultural context in which to interpret the New Testament. That is all. So as Catholic Christians, we don't need the Old Testament to be 100% historically accurate to have faith in Jesus Christ and the writings of the New Testament.

That being said, however, it's fun to learn when the Old Testament is historically accurate! As a Catholic Christian, and convert from Evangelical Protestantism, I have always believed the story of the Book of Exodus was indeed a historically accurate account. Granted, the whole thing is told exclusively from the side of the ancient Jews, and I would love to read the Egyptian version of this tale, but one record is better than no record at all.

It is the opinion of this blogger that the events of the Old Testament probably do represent actual historical events, starting with the life of Abraham (about Genesis chapter 12) onward. Prior to the life of Abraham, the style of the Book of Genesis is different. It has an almost mythic quality, as if it were recounting stories and legends. From Abraham (chapter 12) onward, Genesis takes on the form of a historical narrative, which is why I believe it is an account of an actual historic event.

That being said, anything written after Abraham (Genesis 12) seems to follow the historical narrative pattern, and is therefore probably a relatively accurate portrayal of historic events, as seen through the eyes of the ancient Jews. So as fantastic as the entire Book of Exodus sounds, it is probably a relatively accurate depiction of historic events, as seen through the eyes of those who penned it. I've seen actual photographs of the submerged gold chariot wheels in the Red Sea. These wheels have been found exactly were they should be based on the Biblical accounts, along with the coral remains of human bones.

If we look at the events from Abraham (Genesis 12) onward, we find that archaeological evidence seems to corroborate just about every major pace and event recorded in the Old Testament - at least in those areas where archaeology is suited to do so. In other areas we might have to look toward astronomy or geology for corroboration. However, when those scientific disciplines are consulted, they often do support the Biblical claims.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pope Takes On Gay Fascism

(Reuters) - Pope Benedict said Monday that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.

The Church "should also protect man from the destruction of himself. A sort of ecology of man is needed," the pontiff said in a holiday address to the Curia, the Vatican's central administration.

"The tropical forests do deserve our protection. But man, as a creature, does not deserve any less."

The Catholic Church teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are. It opposes gay marriage and, in October, a leading Vatican official called homosexuality "a deviation, an irregularity, a wound."

The pope said humanity needed to "listen to the language of creation" to understand the intended roles of man and woman. He compared behavior beyond traditional heterosexual relations as "a destruction of God's work....

read full story here
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: There is no reason for practicing Catholics to fear the intolerant fascism of homosexualists. Those who protest Catholicism, simply for teaching the sexual ethics of Catholicism, are nothing but bigots. Yes, that's right, I said BIGOTS! Homosexuals are free to do whatever they want in the privacy of their own bedrooms without fear. But when homosexualists (whether they be gay or straight) push the so-called "gay lifestyle" down the throat of society, attempting to force others to call homosexual sex "normal," allowing sodomites and lesbians to get "married," they have become "homosexualists," and they've gone too far. Saving our society from them is just as necessary as saving the rainforest from land developers.

The Holy Father is right, and because he speaks the truth he is sure to suffer for it. The bigoted and intolerant homosexualists will surely attack him just for defending Catholic teaching, but these same cowards will never attack Islam for fear of what Muslims will do in reprisal. The ONLY reason why they attack the pope, Catholicism, and Christianity in general is because they know we will live by the civility our religion teaches us. They know they have nothing to fear from us. Which is why they attack us so ferociously.

I would love to see them attack Islam with similar zeal. Ah! but that would require courage. We shouldn't expect such things from this group.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Ordinary Mass To Look More Tridentine!

(MoLatinMass.Com) - A question comes from someone who prefers to remain anonymous: Can a priest who is offering the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Novus Ordo), use the so called "prayers at the foot of the altar" or recite the so called "Last Gospel"? The answer to both questions is yes. Let me explain....

read full story here
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Regular readers of 'The Catholic Knight' are by now very familiar with the liturgical reforms underway by Pope Benedict XVI. Let's review a few...
  1. A better English translation of the mass will soon be implemented in the United States, scheduled for 2010, which will more accurately reflect what the mass really says in Latin.  The current English translation we use is very "Episcopalian" in style.  The Vatican has labeled it "defective," and revoked permission for the U.S. bishops to keep using it.
  2. The pope is considering moving the "sign of peace" to just after the creed, so as to maintain the solemnity of the eucharistic prayers.
  3. We can expect to so some instruction on the arrangement of the alter in the not too distant future, in which the old six candle arrangement will be encouraged for high masses, and a crucifix will be placed on the alter at all times.  
  4. Optional use of the "ad orientem" position, facing east toward the Lord, rather than toward the people, will probably be encouraged in the near future.
  5. While the faithful have always been free to kneel and receive communion on the tongue, we may see a Vatican instruction to restore the alter rails in every case where it is possible to do so.

However, the above article explores an even more interesting area of reform. Apparently, there is nothing stopping a priest celebrating the Ordinary Form of the mass (Novus Ordo) from reciting the "prayers at the foot of the alter" just before ascending to the sanctuary, as is universally done in the Extraordinary Form of the mass (Tridentine). The prayers are very beautiful and a rich part of our Catholic heritage. In addition to that, it would also appear there is nothing stopping a priest, celebrating the Ordinary Form of the mass, from adding the "last gospel" after the dismissal, and even concluding with the prayers typically used at the end of the Tridentine low mass. I encourage all of my readers to click on the "read full story" link above to read more details about this. The blogger who posted it (Mike) would invite your questions and love to provide some more answers.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Merry Christmas! - America's Chastisement Is Here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:  I know it's considered politically incorrect, even socially inappropriate, to deliver bad news so close to the Christmas holy days, but I'm afraid this cannot wait.

America's chastisement has come. God sends it to us because of abortion, and failing to protect the sanctity of human life. It began with 9/11/2001, in which we lost in one day the same amount of people abortion takes from America in one day. In one day God took peace away from America, and delivered us into perpetual war, that has continued non-stop for seven years, with no end in sight.

Now exactly seven years (almost to the month) after we were delivered into war, the second phase of God's chastisement of America has come. In one day all of our economic wealth was gone, with no sign of it returning anytime in the foreseeable future. It's going to get worse people, much worse...


I know this is difficult (perhaps impossible) for people unfamiliar with God's moral law to understand. All of this is linked to abortion-on-demand. All of this is linked to our moral bankruptcy. A nation that does not honor human life cannot by morally responsible in any other area either, and that includes money. Nearly 40 years of fiscal irresponsibility by our federal government, compounded by the fiscal irresponsibility of the people in general, has brought this upon us, and it all begins with abortion. Yes, there is a connection. Yes, things will get worse. Yes, one way or another, Americans will learn to respect human life. Even it it means losing EVERYTHING. God has already taken our peace and our wealth. Within another seven years, our very freedom may be next.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Vatican Prefect On Kneeling For Communion


[La Razón:] Nevertheless, Benedict XVI has reiterated in some instances the propriety of receiving communion kneeling and in the mouth. Is it something important, or is it a mere matter of form?

[Cañizares:] - No, it is not just a matter of form. What does it mean to receive communion in the mouth? What does it mean to kneel before the Most Holy Sacrament? What dies it mean to kneel during the consecration at Mass? It means adoration, it means recognizing the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist; it means respect and an attitude of faith of a man who prostrates before God because he knows that everything comes from Him, and we feel speechless, dumbfounded, before the wondrousness, his goodness, and his mercy. That is why it is not the same to place the hand, and to receive communion in any fashion, than doing it in a respectful way; it is not the same to receive communion kneeling or standing up, because all these signs indicate a profound meaning. What we have to grasp is that profound attitude of the man who prostrates himself before God, and that is what the Pope wants.

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So while traditionalist Catholics have been ignored and berated for years, it finally turns out that they've been right all along - at least on this issue.

It's been a long time coming. Once again the Vatican points us back to our historic traditions. We Catholics need to start acting like Catholics again. As the new prefect points out; standing or kneeling for communion is not the same, and it is not just a matter of form. That's why Protestants don't do it. You'll notice that Protestants don't kneel at the consecration, when they visit a Catholic mass, simply because they don't believe in the real presence. They know EXACTLY what kneeling means. To kneel is to show adoration. That's why they don't do it. Funny how so many Catholics seem to have forgotten this when it comes time to receive the blessed sacrament.

So the question is what to do now. Should Catholics take it upon themselves to begin kneeling and receiving on the tongue during the Ordinary Form liturgy, or should they wait for the USCCB to come out with some kind of statement on the matter. If the latter, we may be waiting for a hundred years. Maybe it's time to just do what we know is right, and what the Vatican confirms is right. Based on papal liturgies, and now these words from the CDW prefect, the official position of the Vatican is that Catholics should kneel and receive communion on the tongue. While the official position of the USCCB is that Catholics should stand and receive communion on the hand. So which is it? Do we obey the Vatican or the USCCB? After all is said and done, that's what it comes down to. We must chose between the USCCB, which has no real governing authority, or the Vatican, which is the apostolic See of Peter. What's it going to be? Peter or the USCCB? I know my position. 'The Catholic Knight' will be kneeling and receiving communion on the tongue no matter what mass I'm attending.  The only exception to that would be if kneeling might hold up the line or cause some kind of disturbance.  In which case I will at least receive the sacrament on the tongue while standing, as they do in the Eastern Rite of the Catholic Church.

The point is we've got to take a stand somewhere - (no pun intended). If we don't boldly show our reverence for the eucharistic Lord at mass, when shall we do it? Now I'm not talking about making a scene. The mass should never be a place for calling attention to one's self, but at the same time, it should not be a place for the disciples of modernism to strip our faith of everything we hold dear. Now is as good a time as any to do something about it, and the Vatican has affirmed our right to do it. So let's do it in a spirit of true reverence for our eucharistic Lord, and with no spite or malice toward anyone. Let's all agree to boycott the hand for starters. No more communion in the hand. From now on communion on the tongue in all circumstances. Then when the opportunity presents itself, and doing so will not cause a disruption of any kind, we kneel down to receive the Lord. Is there anybody out there with me on this?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

LIFETEEN Founder Excommunicated

Teenagers Gather Around the Alter During the Consecration
As Was A Common Practice In LIFETEEN Masses Some Time Ago
Only A Few LIFETEEN Parishes Still Continue This Practice
(AP) - Phoenix's Catholic bishop has excommunicated a priest who started a nondenominational ministry after the priest was charged with misdemeanor sexual misconduct.

The action announced Monday against Monsignor Dale Fushek, once the diocese's second highest-ranking administrator, was a response to his creation of the Praise and Worship Center in Chandler....

read full story here
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It's time for Catholic parishes around the nation to rethink what they're doing. Yes, as Catholics we MUST reach out to the youth in our own congregations, but we need to reconsider how we're doing it.

For starters let's look at the English version of the mass itself. We're currently using a translation of the liturgy that the Vatican has labeled "defective" (read more here), and has revoked our permission to keep using it. That's why a new English translation has been approved by the Vatican and the USCCB, which will be put into use sometime in 2010.

The pope has also made it clear that we should expect more changes to the Ordinary Form of the mass, that will reintroduce traditions long since forgotten by most Catholics. For example, we can expect to see the use of high alter candle configurations, wherein the priest always faces a crucifix, and sometimes (when appropriate) the use of the ad orientem posture, where the priest faces east. We can expect to see the reintroduction of bells at the consecration, along with the use of more incense. The pope has also suggested the use of Latin at the consecration itself in all masses, no matter what language it's celebrated in. He is also planning on moving the "sign of peace" closer to the creed so as to create a greater atmosphere of solemnity during the eucharistic prayers. He has already indicated he would like to see greater use of traditional sacred music (such as Gregorian chant) during mass. The list goes on and on.

What's the message being sent here? It should be obvious. The Catholic Church needs to start being "Catholic" again, embracing our historical traditions, and giving them new life in the modern world. The changes coming out of the Vatican should serve as a guide for the average parish liturgist and choirmaster. We're heading toward a period of greater solemnity, greater reverence, and more tradition. Parishes that resist this change will only get left behind and ultimately hurt themselves.

But what about the youth? How will they be able to relate? Those who seriously ask such questions are operating on a template that is about 30 years old. The pop culture folk masses (which are epitomized by LIFETEEN) are an antiquated relic of the last generation. Youth may still be seeking out loud contemporary music, but mass is not where they really want to find it. Contemporary Christian music is a huge industry now. There are radio stations around the nation 100% dedicated to playing these songs around the clock. Youth can listen to these songs on their car radios, iPods and MP3 players. In fact, they often do. Over the last 30 years a new phenomenon has developed called the "Christian rock concert," wherein Christian youth can scream, dance, wave their hands in the air, etc. This didn't exist in the 1970s and 80s, but it does now, and it's bigger than ever. The youth hear this music all the time, outside of mass, and in fact, it's usually a lot better than anything the local parish choir can produce. Yes there is an outlet for Catholic youth in contemporary music, and Catholic parishes SHOULD be promoting it, but not at mass!

The point is the youth of today can get their pop culture music, in Christian variety form, anywhere they want. There is even a "Catholic flavor" of Christian pop music -- believe it or not. What, you've never heard? Ask any Catholic teenager. Many surveys are now perplexing Church leadership with results finding that the majority of practicing Catholic youths are more "pre-Vatican II" in their mentality. How could that be? and why? For starters, Vatican II has nothing to do with it. What it really has to do with is the sense of solemnity. When Catholic youth visit mass, they're not looking to hear the same thing they can get on their iPods and MP3 players. They're looking for something completely different. They're looking for a sense of the sacred. They want mystery. They want other-worldly. They want to escape the trappings of this earth to meet the Lord in sublime reverence and awe. That's why so many of them are flocking to the Extraordinary Form of the mass. It has nothing to do with Latin. It has nothing to do with the 1962 Missal. It's about solemnity, mystery, reverence and transcending everyday reality. That's something they can't get on their iPods and MP3 players. That's something they don't hear on the car radio, and it's something they will never experience at a Christian rock concert. It's something that only the Catholic Church can give them, that is, IF their local parish is willing.

The excommunication of LIFETEEN founder Dale Fushek should be an eye opening watershed to most LIFETEEN parishes, and contemporary Catholic parishes in general. Fushek's excommunication had nothing to do with LIFETEEN, directly, but it did have a lot to do with the attitude and mindset of the man who created LIFETEEN. It was an attitude and a mindset that got him into trouble with the law, and ultimately led him to create a "nondenominational worship center" outside of the Catholic Church -- effectively a schismatic act. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying LIFETEEN is schismatic, but I am saying that it was produced by a schismatic mind, and that in itself should be cause for alarm. When you compound this with the obvious problems associated with the current English mass translation (soon to be retired), and a general loss of historic Catholic traditions, you can begin to see the possible dangers. The tragic and saddening event of Dale Fushek's excommunication should be a wake-up call to Catholic parishes all around the nation. Perhaps it's time to look to the pope for new guidance and reconsider the direction of the American Church.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Constitutional Convention Just Two States Away From Approval


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Did you know that thirty-two U.S. states have recently voted in favor of having a Constitutional Convention? Did you know that approval from only two more states are needed to make this Convention become reality? Did you know that one of those states (Ohio) will be voting on the matter shortly? If that state approves the measure, a "yes" vote from just one more state would start a process that would effectively undo 200+ years of American history, scrapping our current Constitution, and rewriting a new one.
(WND) - A public policy organization has issued an urgent alert stating affirmative votes are needed from only two more states before a Constitutional Convention could be assembled in which "today's corrupt politicians and judges" could formally change the U.S. Constitution's "'problematic' provisions to reflect the philosophical and social mores of our contemporary society."

"Don't for one second doubt that delegates to a Con Con wouldn't revise the First Amendment into a government-controlled privilege, replace the 2nd Amendment with a 'collective' right to self-defense, and abolish the 4th, 5th, and 10th Amendments, and the rest of the Bill of Rights," said the warning from the American Policy Institute.

"Additions could include the non-existent separation of church and state, the 'right' to abortion and euthanasia, and much, much more," the group said.

The warning comes at a time when Barack Obama, who is to be voted the next president by the Electoral College Monday, has expressed his belief the U.S. Constitution needs to be interpreted through the lens of current events.

Tom DeWeese, who runs the center and its education and grassroots work, told WND the possibilities stunned him when he discovered lawmakers in Ohio are considering a call for a Constitutional Convention. He explained that 32 other states already have taken that vote, and only one more would be needed to require Congress to name convention delegates who then would have more power than Congress itself....

read full story here

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Year 2012 And The End Of The World


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I've refrained from blogging on this for some time, as I truly hate getting into this stuff, but as the year 2012 approaches I'm afraid if I don't chime in, I will be negligent in letting people know what is likely to happen. So here it is.

In all realistic probability, the world will not end in 2012. In all realistic probability, the world will not even drastically change in 2012, unless man does something particular to change it - like a major war for example. Yes, we could have some big earthquakes, a tsunami, some major storms, but these could happen in any year. They've happened in years past, and they will most certainly happen in years future.

The doomsday consensus on the Internet and the blogosphere seems to center around our solar system's crossing of the galactic plane, and the supposed end of the Mayan calendar. My readers deserve facts not conjecture, so let's examine them.

The Mayan Calender
There is really nothing mystical or magical about this system of dating. Nearly all ancient civilizations developed methods of calculating time, and the Mayans were no different. The civilizations of ancient Central America have always been a fascination to western culture, simply because they were so far removed from everything known by the Old World (Europe, Africa & Asia). Their exotic character however, doesn't make them any more special than the ancient civilizations on other continents. Might I also point out that there is substantial evidence of ancient Mayan culture engaging in human sacrifice. That's not necessarily a virtuous characteristic. Still, in spite of their flaws, they did manage to organize a pretty elaborate calendar, that spans an incredible amount of time, and is fairly accurate as far as ancient calendars go. Yes it is true that the Mayan calendar ends in the year 2012, and that has been the source of much speculation by occult New Agers. However, it should be pointed out that the Mayan calendar is cyclic in nature, and just because one reaches the end of a cycle, that doesn't necessarily imply something bad is going to happen. There is no archaeological evidence to suggest that the Mayans themselves made any such prediction.
(Wikipedia) - "For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle," says Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. in Crystal River, Florida. To render December 21, 2012, as a doomsday or moment of cosmic shifting, she says, is "a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in."

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By "cash in" she means they're making a lot of money on the ignorance of any poor fool who will believe them. Ancient calendars were not designed to predict the end of the world, or even the start of natural disasters. No, the ancients were far more practical than that. They spent great amounts of time and energy perfecting these calendars for only one reason -- farming. Yes, that's right. They needed to know exactly when would be the best time to plant seeds, and when would be the best time to harvest. Watching the weather can be very unreliable. The position of the stars, moon and sun could much more accurately determine what time of year it was, and thus when would be best for planting and harvesting. I'm sure the ancient Mayans, if they could see us today, would be very amused by the way our technologically advanced civilization is fretting about their humble means of calculating the seasons. They would be very amused indeed.

The Mayan calendar does not predict the end of the world, or even the end of an age, or the start of a new one. The end of the Mayan calendar predicts one thing, and one thing only, which is the end of the Mayan calendar. It amazes me how easily people ascribe mythic qualities to sources that obviously don't deserve them. My favorite example is Nostradamus, who according to tabloid magazines, has accurately predicted every major disaster and political event since the middle 16th century. A careful examination of his writings reveals that he really didn't predict anything. I mean to say he never really committed himself to any one prediction. He wrote in parables and symbolism, which was so incredibly vague, that much of it can be interpreted any number of ways. That was the beauty of his craft though. Like fortune tellers and astrologers, his descriptions vaguely touch on so many common characteristics, that it's easy for the interested reader to immediately assign those vague descriptions to something personal in his or her own life. Likewise, the interested reader in Nostradamus does the same with his vague descriptions and history, connecting today's headlines with his writings, in ways Nostradamus himself could have never imagined. The average believer in Nostradamus today has never actually sat down to read any of his writings. Instead the average believer gets his/her information straight from the tabloid press, and what these tabloids say he said. Of course we know how accurate the tabloid media is -- a real source of "solid" information I'm sure. Then we have the predictions of supposed psychic Edgar Cayce, whom many would have us believe is a wellspring of prophetic information, even though he predicted the lost continent of Atlantis would resurface in either 1968 or 1969. Yet still, there are entire schools devoted to the study of this one man and the supposed "predictions" he made. Proponents of the Mayan calendar doomsday scenario frequently point to supposed "parallel predictions" made by Nostradamus and Cayce. To the Catholic mind this can't mean much, considering Nostradamus never committed to any of his predictions, and Cayce was so blatantly wrong on the biggest one he ever made.

The best advice I can give to all of my Catholic readers is to distance themselves from this kind of nonsense. It is the stuff of New Age occultism, something expressly forbidden by the First Commandment. It's bad enough that most of this is derived from the occult, but to make matters worse, many of those using the Mayan calendar to predict "something big" are really just after big money. They may be trying to sell you a book, or a magazine, or even worse some kind of "survival kit." Don't be fooled. These people are charlatans.

The Galactic Plane
It's quite common for doomsday fanatics to take a skin of the truth, and stuff it with lies. On the issue of the galactic plane, they're definitely on to something true, but their time tables are too heavily dependent on the Mayan calendar thing. There is no way the ancient Mayans could know exactly when the earth's solar system will cross the galactic plane, and there is no way they could have calculated it based on the observations of their time. Yes, the earth's solar system is scheduled to cross the galactic plane some time in the near future, but scientists do not know exactly when, and "soon" in galactic terms could mean anytime within the next one million years.

What is the galactic plane? Well think of our galaxy as a spiral disk spinning through space. It's about 100,000 light-years across, and about 10,000 light-years thick. Just to give you an idea of size, light travels at about 186,000 miles per second. Now that means a particle-wave of light travels about 11 million miles a minute, and about 670 million miles an hour. So to figure the size of the galaxy, just figure that it takes about 100,000 years for that same particle-wave of light to travel from one end of the galaxy to the other. 

Within this spiral disk are billions (maybe even trillions) of stars. They all revolve counterclockwise around the center of the disk, which is powered by the gravitational force of a massive black hole - a star so dense that light cannot escape it. Time and space itself implode within the massive gravitational pull of this black hole, creating what scientists call a "singularity." This singularity is a "pinhole," if you will, reaching back to the first cause from which the universe sprang forth, and it is the final end in which our universe will eventually return. It could best be described as a window into eternity, and it is the closest this universe will ever come to encountering God face to face, outside the incarnation of Jesus Christ of course.

This black hole is rotating at an incredible speed, and the centripetal force of it's rotation causes the center of it's gravitation well to get spread out, like a micro thin disk spanning the center of the galaxy. That micro thin disk of gravity collects a lot of cosmic dust, particles and for lack of a better term -- space junk. It is spread uniformly (as far as we know) from one end of the galaxy to the other, and it is around this disk that all the stars in the galaxy bounce up and down through like a wooden horse on a carousel. Our nearest star (the sun) is no different. In fact, astronomers at NASA have calculated that our solar system (which includes the earth of course) bounces through this galactic plane about once ever 32 million years. When it does, we tend to pass through a very messy part of space, filled with all sorts of dust particles, rocks, ice and space junk. All of this increases our chance of a collision, and based on the geological history of the earth, a collision with something is almost guaranteed. To describe this, I'll quote the only source I trust on such things, and that is NASA...
(GISS NASA) - In the early 1980s, a GISS scientist, Richard Stothers, discovered that the impact cratering record on Earth displays a certain regularity. Wholesale bombardments by large meteoroids seem to have recurred at intervals of 30 to 35 million years. He also noticed that this magic number seems to be close to the length of time the Solar System needs to move up from and back down to the plane of our disk-like galaxy of stars, the Milky Way. Astronomers have known for a long time that, in its revolution around the central mass of our galaxy, the Solar System performs such an up-and-down motion quite regularly, like a horse on a merry-go-round. Material lying mostly near the galactic plane tugs with its gravitational force on objects only loosely bound to the Solar System, like the distant comets that occupy a vast halo far beyond the orbit of Pluto. Many of these shaken comets then rain down in a shower toward the Sun, much as ripe apples drop from a tall tree during a windstorm. Our Earth intercepts some of the infalling comets. The biggest gravitational disturbances of the outer comet halo are believed to be made by close encounters with very massive objects, like the huge clouds of gas and dust that lie between the stars....

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The only question is how big of a collision, and what the damage will be. The last time we were hit was about 35 million years ago, by two meteors (one hitting Russia and the other creating a large crater at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay.) These caused mass extinction of animal species on the planet, but it wasn't nearly as bad as the mass extinction cased by the previous crossing of the galactic plane some 65 million years ago. That collision with just one huge meteor killed off all the dinosaurs and left a magma crater just off the Yucatan Peninsula which is so big that it's only visible by special satellite imaging. So based on all the evidence and calculations, we are due to cross the galactic plane anytime now, but keep in mind that the word "anytime" in galactic terms could mean anytime within the next one million years. The odds of that happening in 2012, based on the cycle of an agrarian calendar, designed by the Mayan civilization thousands of years ago, are extremely slim. In fact, if I were a betting man, I would put my money on the world NOT ending in 2012, and laugh all the way to the bank on January 1st, 2013.

Yes, astronomical science, along with the geologic record, seem to indicate that our world will soon end -- soon meaning within a million years. It could be a smaller catastrophe that will simply change the world as we know it. Or it could be a larger cataclysm that will end the age of the mammals much in the same way the meteor 65 million years ago ended the age of the dinosaurs. Our Catholic Christian religion teaches us that mankind's demise will come a different way, involving a final trial against the forces of evil, resulting in a general judgment of God upon all the nations. How this relates to earth crossing the galactic plane, if at all, is completely unknown, and it would be foolish to speculate on such things. So let's not.

Gays Pave Way To Their Own Persecution

(LifeSiteNews.com) – A group of about a hundred homosexualist activists and media gathered outside the perimeter of St. Peter’s Square in Rome on Saturday, claiming that the Catholic Church has an unspoken agenda to “kill” homosexuals. The protest was organised by Italy’s leading homosexualist activist organisation, Arcigay, a representative of which told LifeSiteNews.com that the group was there to protest “the pope and the Vatican....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Homosexual activists must be clinically insane, and yes, I do mean that literally. I'll tell you why. They're paving the way for the very kind of homosexual persecutions that happen in the middle east to someday happen in the West. Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised. There are those who would say homosexuality is a self-destructive form of insanity in and of itself. Based on what's been going on at the Vatican, homosexual activists may have just proved them right.

Allow me to explain. Gays may not be willing to admit it, but Christianity was the best thing that could have ever happened to the homosexual community. Oh sure, we all know how much they hate traditional Christian religion, how they would like to change it, and how they blame it for all the evils in the world. But without Christianity, homosexuals would be completely and totally at the mercy of Islamic Shariah Law. You see, about a thousand years ago there were a few military campaigns called the crusades. I know, I know; another example of Christian intolerance right? Wrong. The crusades were actually a retaliation. Christians didn't instigate the violence, they were responding to it. What? Is that true? Yes, it's a matter of recorded history. I guess they didn't teach you that one in public high school did they. You see, Christians lived in peace throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East in the years following the fall of the Roman Empire. In fact, Christians owned most of the Middle East, and all of Northern Africa, from AD 300 to 600. After 600 AD came the invention of Islam, with it's extremely aggressive and militant proselytism. The Koran authorized the subjection of Christians as infidels, and so the Muslims took the Middle East and Northern Africa by jihad. After capturing the Holy Land, Asia Minor, and moving into Eastern Europe by force, the Church finally retaliated with military force and pushed the jihadist back into the Middle East. Overall the crusades were a failure, in the sense that they failed to permanently recapture the Holy Land from Muslim occupation. However, they did manage to give Muslims a "bloody nose" they would not soon forget. Europe was saved from the advance of Islam for another one-thousand years, and that gave Christian civilization time to flourish.

During that time (AD 1000 - 2000) came the discovery of the New World (the Americas), a period of intense colonization and evangelism. Europe saw some of it's greatest cultural achievements, along with the invention of secular government, and the taming of brutality left over from the days of the Roman Empire. Along with this came leniency toward people of "alternative lifestyles." It is Christian charity that balances the sin of sodomy with the principle of "don't kill the sodomite." The story of Jesus, and the woman adulterer at his feet, is the inspiration - "He who is without sin cast the first stone" - Jesus told the mob of angry pharisees. They all dropped their stones and left from the oldest to the youngest. "Woman," he asked "where are your accusers?" They were gone. "Nor do I condemn you. Go and sin no more." Jesus taught his Church to condemn the sin but not the sinner. He never condoned sin, but spoke quite harshly against it, while dining with sinners and forgiving their iniquities. So developed the saying that "Jesus died to forgive sin, but not condone it." Along with that came the principle that sinful activities may be illegal, but both the Church and the state are to be merciful toward those caught in the act.

The advent of secular government (a Christian invention theorized by Saint Thomas Aquinas centuries before it's institution) brought a sense of practicality to this form of leniency. In addition to merciful punishment, laws must be practically enforceable, and so with that many of the so-called morality codes were dispensed over the last two centuries. Some secular governments took this further than others. In the United States and Canada for example, sodomy codes were considered unconstitutional. However, in some western nations, they were allowed to stay on the books as minor infractions, but never really enforced. Such anti-sodomy laws usually carry with them minor fines, assuming sodomites are ever caught in the act, which would practically never happen when homosexuals do their business privately. In some ways this is like the anti-kissing laws in Maryland. Theoretically a man could be fined for simply kissing his own wife on the lips in public, but no police officer in his right mind is ever going to enforce such a thing. The law exists on the books to make a social-political point about public decency, and what kind of affection is considered morally acceptable in Maryland's society. Likewise, nation-states that still have anti-sodomy laws in the West are also making a social-political statement about physical relationships, and what kind are considered morally acceptable by that society. There is no circumstance or situation wherein one finds police breaking down the doors of homes occupied by homosexual couples. That doesn't happen in a Western society built on the principles of European Christian civilization. If you want to find that kind of persecution, you've got to go to the Middle East, particularly in Islamic countries ruled by Shariah Law.

This brings us back to the relationship between Christian civilization and Islamic civilization, which for the last thousand years has been defined by the crusades. Muslims, after taking Africa and the Middle East by force, sought to jihad their way into Europe. But they were met by crusaders who pushed them all the way back to the Jordan River in Palestine, before allowing them to retake everything up to Istanbul and no further. Christianity essentially drew a line at the Bosporus Straits‎, and said here is where your empire ends and ours begins. Ultimately, that line got pushed back in Europe a little further, but the message was sent. You bring your jihadists up here, and they'll be met by our crusaders. This military confrontation is the only thing that allowed Europe to escape Islamic rule, and thus allowed Christian civilization to mature.

The beauty of Christian civilization is the way it avoids the self-destructive extremes that societies have historically taken in ages past. The hedonistic decadence of the Pagan Romans finds it's place on the far Left, wherein sexual perversity became an established trademark of Roman culture. Toward the end of the Roman Empire, homosexuality was seen as a way for a man to be macho, assuming he was the one doing the sodomizing of course, and not the one receiving it. Young boys were frequently used as the playthings of rich and powerful men.  Because you see, back then there were no laws protecting youth from such abuse. Young girls were frequently sold by their parents as prostitutes to the Temple of Venus, which was seen as a noble and honorable profession. Throwing political dissidents to lions was a favorite pastime and sport for the ancient Romans. After all, anyone who dared to question the "political correctness" of the time deserved to take their chances with the wild beasts. I could go on, but you get the picture. While the religious zealotry of Islamic Sharia Law finds it's place on the far Right, wherein any and all forms of sexuality are forbidden and punishable by extreme measures. Women are forced to cover almost every square inch of their bodies, and men are forbidden to even speak to them in public. Homosexuality is a crime punishable by death, and even those who would dare advocate civil rights for sodomites might find their own necks stretched out on the chopping block.

Whether it be Pagan Hedonism or Islamic Zealotry, they are both extremes that seem to come naturally as part of the human experience, except in Christian civilization, which seems to nicely avoid them both. It all comes back to the teachings of Jesus really; a man who condemned the sin but not the sinner, a man who acknowledged the right of society to punish the condemned, but urged mercy in spite of it. Herein lies the balance. The necessary measures are left in place to guide society toward a higher moral plane, but at the same time, they are designed not to destroy those who don't measure up. It's a delicate balance to be sure, but it works, and in return it has given us the most culturally, socially and technologically advanced civilization the world as ever seen.

So when homosexual activists protest the Vatican for simply being what it has always been, they are in effect working to tear down the very institution which built the civilization that gave them the right to protest in the first place. Shall we call it a self-destructive psychosis? Maybe. Or maybe it's just incredible ignorance. Either way it doesn't help them at all. For the only thing keeping Islamic civilization at bay is a healthy and robust Christian civilization. In recent decades however, Christianity hasn't been doing so well in Europe. In fact, we could say the Church is just struggling to survive. Secularism has taken on a life of it's own, but what Secularists fail to realize is that Secularism by itself is the most weak form of social governance ever devised, and it cannot survive without a strong Christian culture propping it up. Without Christianity, you see, Secularism is just a religious vacuum, and the number one rule of physics is that nature abhors a vacuum. This holds true in social sciences as well. All vacuums are eventually filled with something, even religious vacuums, because Mother Nature insists you see. I didn't make that rule. I just live by it, and so must you, and every other human being on the planet. So as Europe jettisoned her Christian past, she thought she was getting a sterile Secularism in return, but instead she only saw a rise in the occult followed by the overwhelming advance of Islam. Already certain cities within Europe are governed by Shariah Law, and it's only going to get worse in the years ahead.

So in irony, to protest the persecution of homosexuals in Muslim countries, as Muslims are slowly taking over Europe, the homosexuals target their demonstration against Christians, and in this case, the capitol of Christian Europe (the Vatican). It's sort of like the farmer who goes out and shoots his milk cow because a wolf has been devouring his sheep. It makes about as much sense. Why not just shoot the wolf? Of course, if the farmer were afraid of the wolf, that might explain his irrational behavior of shooting the milk cow instead -- sort of. I suppose this might explain the irrational behavior of homosexuals who protest the Vatican. Perhaps they're afraid to protest Islam? Maybe they're too scared to stage a protest in Istanbul, Damascus, Amman, Cairo, Baghdad, Tehran or Riyadh. That is the home of their real persecutors -- no? That is where the real problem lives -- right? Okay, so maybe it's too dangerous to stage a protest in one of those cities. So why not stage a protest in front of the United Nations building in New York, against those regions of the world, and the laws that persecute them? For that matter, why not combine with feminist protesters who have similar grievances against such regions? Why not give the United Nations no rest until reforms are made? That would at least make sense. Unlike their current course of action to protest the home of Catholicism for abuses committed by Islam.

Ah, but you say they protest the Vatican for refusing to condemn Islamic persecution of homosexuals. To which I can only point out that the Vatican has already condemned the killing of homosexuals for any reason. Yet that's not good enough, so it would seem, because what these homosexual protesters really want is to pressure the Vatican into condemning all laws against homosexual behavior entirely, even those that don't call for the death of homosexuals as punishment. Such demands can never be met by authentic Christianity, for the hallmark of Christianity is one of balance between hedonism and zealotry. The Church built Christian civilization, and sustained it, on the Christian principle of condemning the sin but not the sinner, setting the bar high, without persecuting those who can't reach it. This was what made western civilization great, and without it, western civilization must fall.

As Christianity retreats from Europe, Islam makes it's much anticipated advance, while homosexuals help to drive out whatever vestiges of the old religion that remain. In doing so they insure their own demise, and they work to advance the very kind of persecution they currently protest. For when Islam takes Europe, and it eventually will, the old Secular order of Christianity will melt away, and what remains will be Shariah Law. It's a form of governance not particularly noted for it's kind treatment of homosexuals.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Why Islam Will Conquer The West



THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So another year rolls by and 'The Catholic Knight' is at it again. Dispensing of all political correctness, I point out a cold hard truth, no matter how uncomfortable it may be. Western society and culture is falling. If trends continue, and we have no reason to believe they won't, the complete and total collapse of the entire Western world is eminent - perhaps within a generation or two at the most. Islamic society and culture will eventually take over the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia. It will do this without terrorism, without extremism, and without firing a single shot. Westerners will literally just hand the world over to Islam - on a silver platter. How? The answer is simple - demographics.

Islam will eventually conquer the world not by making war, but by making love, literally. Specifically I mean the kind of love making that produces babies - lots of babies.

The video displayed above addresses this concept, but it takes it to an extreme that is not likely to happen. While the innovations of abortion-on-demand, artificial contraception, and "alternative lifestyles" will remain a part of Western society and culture until it's demise, Islamic society can literally outlaw these things with a simple decree. Currently in many parts of Europe, nation-states have had to import potential new taxpayers from other counties just to keep their social security systems afloat. Why? Because native Europeans just don't make babies anymore - not in large enough quantity anyway. In a region heavily dependent on various socialist wealth-redistribution schemes, in order to make the system work, you got to have more givers than takers. As the population ages, and begins to depend on that system, you've got to have more young people than old putting money back into the system. You can't MAKE people have babies in a free democratic society, so if the majority of them won't, then you've got to get your tax base from somewhere. That's why Europe has been importing Muslim immigrants from Africa and Asia, who reproduce at four to five times the rate of native Europeans. However, these immigrants bring their Islamic religion and culture with them. The result; Europe is quickly becoming Islamic territory, and some areas are already governed by Shariah Law. The decline and fall of Secular Europe to Islam will happen quickly, and most of the people reading this entry will see it happen within their lifetime. North America is not much different than Europe, except the trend here is slower. Yes, Islam will eventually get a strong foothold on this continent as well. Historically, the United States has tried to slow this trend even further by allowing millions of illegal aliens from Mexico to settle within the nation, bringing with it a whole host of new problems. However, the secret hope of many politicians is that in addition to building tomorrows tax base once these people are legalized, their Catholic religion and culture (which shuns artificial contraception) will produce more tax payers for a future generation, thus holding off the Islamic invasion for another 50 years or so. The problem is that artificial contraception (and even abortion) is making strong inroads into hispanic culture as well. So within another generation, America will be facing the same problem. Because of the contraception and abortion inroads being made into hispanic culture, Central and South America will be subject to the same problem as well. In time, the only people reproducing at a sustainable rate will be Muslims. When that happens, Western nations will have no choice but to import as many Muslims as possible to support the social security system. When that happens, it's over for western society and culture. We will have faded into history like ancient Rome. How long do we have? Give it 30 to 40 years for Europe, and that's being conservative. Some trends indicate things might move along much faster in Europe. Give the United States and Canada about 60 to 70 years. Australia is in a similar situation. We can expect Central and South America to last about 100 years, or slightly more, assuming they are not taken by force.

Is there a way to stop this? Yes. It's very simple really. Catholics need to start being good Catholics, stop using birth control, and raise larger families. Like minded Protestants should do the same. If every Catholic and Protestant family did this, the problem would be solved within a generation.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Chant Revival

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The reform of the reform is underway. Pope Benedict XVI assured us it would happen, though he said it would take time and that we must be patient. Eventually, the day will come, when all the novelties and innovations we know will pass. Remember, nothing is more "dated" than a contemporary mass. Within this reform of the reform is a return to chant, both Gregorian and Plainsong. Below are some examples of the kinds of renewals underway in various places.

Anglican chant is based on Roman Plainsong, and it is becoming the standard for Anglican Use parishes within the Roman Catholic Church. However, this form of Plainsong can find it's usefulness within English masses of the Ordinary Form as well, as it is best suited for the English language. Here's an example...



Of course Latin Gregorian chant is the heart of sacred music in this reform of the reform. A great awakening in North America is happening right now.  Be patient, but be of good cheer, the time for our renewal has now come...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christian Dignity of Women


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The following are some writings from Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand - one of the great minds of the modern Church. No blog composition on the Chapel Veil would be complete without giving proper attention to the Christian dignity of women...
(Priests4Life) - My dear young friend:

I know that young girls like secrets, and I am going to share one with you. God has chosen your sex for you; He made you to be a girl. You know that girls today are often told by feminists that the Church is "sexist" and has "discriminated" against them from the very beginning. She is accused of having treated them as "inferior", less talented, less gifted, made to be man’s servants. She has denied them power in the Church, and prohibited them from receiving the highest honor, to be ordained to the priesthood and so on.

No doubt, you have heard this siren song, because the media are good when it comes to spreading this negative message. And this is why, to rebut these false claims, I would like to make you realize that women – far from being discriminated against – have been granted a unique place by God in the work of redemption. The beauty of their mission is already hinted at in the Old Testament, but it finds its fulfillment only in the New, that is in the sweet Mother of our Savior; in Mary, the gentle Maid of Nazareth who was chosen from all eternity to be the Mother of the Redeemer.

Let us take off our "secular" eyeglasses, and then we shall be able to see that women, far from being "discriminated" against, are in many ways privileged. And this is the "secret" I wish to share with you. The body of every little girl born into this world is mysteriously sealed by what is properly called the "veil of virginity". That is to say, a "secret" is entrusted to her body, and a secret is always "veiled". According to Christian teaching, this veil closes the entrance to a mysterious garden which belongs to God in a special way, and for this reason cannot be entered into except with His express permission, the permission that God grants spouses in the Sacrament of Matrimony. Any little girl aware of this "mystery" will feel that her body is to be modestly clothed, so that its secret will be hidden from lewd looks.

Little girls, of course, grow up. How beautiful when a bride can say to her husband on their wedding night, "I have kept this garden virginal for you, and now, with God’s permission I am giving you its key, knowing that you will enter into it with reverence".

Moreover, when a wife conceives a few hours after her husband has embraced her, God creates the child’s soul in her body, (as you certainly know, neither husband nor wife can produce the human soul; God alone can create it.) In other words, there is a personal "contact" between God and the woman which, once again, gives to the female body a note of sacredness. Don’t forget that He whom the whole universe cannot contain, was "hidden" in the womb of the Holy Virgin for nine months. Once you realize this, you will be awe-filled for the double mystery that God has confided to you: to conceive a human being made to God’s image and likeness, and to give birth to it in pain and anguish. Do not forget that it was also in pain and anguish that Christ re-opened for us the gates of paradise – which had been shut by sin. To women has been granted the awesome privilege of nobly suffering so that a new human being, made to God’s image and likeness, might come into the world. Meditate upon this for a moment, and you will feel a deep reverence for your body. It belongs to God, and is not a "play thing" that you can dispose of as you please.

If you ever study pagan art, you will discover that it pays tribute to the male reproductive organ, representing it in various sculptures and paintings as a symbol of strength, virility, creativity, power. But from the very moment that the Catholic Church became a recognized religion, she fought relentlessly against this pagan cult. But the Church introduced a prayer uttered millions of times every single day in which the female organ par excellence, the "womb" is mentioned. "Blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus". I am sure, my dear young friend, that if you meditate on this, you will understand that it is a privilege to be born a woman, and will respect the mystery that God has put in the female body.

Thank God that He has made you to be born a woman; I am sure now that you understand that it is a great privilege.

Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand

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(Casorosendi) - Woman’s religious mission

But let me turn to the question of feminism which has been one of my great concerns. Feminism started as a sort of revolt against sometimes very unfair and unjust treatment of women and one of my delights at City University, day after day, was how stupid my colleagues considered me. For a long time I was the only woman in the Department. And they used to say "A woman, how can you teach philosophy?" It’s very tragic, but what can you do? There is a history of male accomplishments.

If you read the Gospel, women play a very secondary role. Even the Holy Virgin is mentioned very rarely and speaks very little. The very moment that you put on supernatural lenses you are going to come to the strange conclusion that it is a privilege to be a woman. It is a privilege precisely because, to be in the background, from a secularistic point of view, to be humiliated, which often happens, is a tremendous supernatural advantage.

This is something St. Teresa understood so profoundly. It is not true that to be humiliated is to be inferior. It is not true that to be subject to one’s husband is to be inferior. If you read the Gospel of St. Luke when Christ was found in the Temple in Jerusalem and then went back to Nazareth with Mary and Joseph, it is said "He was subject to them".

Would you like to be in the situation of St. Joseph or in the situation of Mary? St. Joseph had original sin and was a creature. Mary had no original sin and was a creature. And the Child Jesus was God. And Who was subject to whom? God was subject to these creatures. It’s not a comfortable position to give orders to someone who is Divine. Therefore to be subject does not mean to be inferior, but it means simply the supernatural outlook that to accept humiliation is to come very close to God, because that is our way to Paradise. It’s a blessing. But I claim that women have a particularly religious mission.

Why a religious mission?

Because women, by their very nature are more receptive than men. You see this in the mystery of the sexual sphere. The woman is receptive, which doesn’t mean passive. That was one of the dreadful confusions made by Aristotle, that he identified passivity and receptivity and then declared the male superior to the female, which is a pagan nonsense.

The woman has a great advantage over the human male, she is receptive and religiously speaking, receptivity is a crucial virtue. The Holy Virgin taught us that when she said at the Annunciation "Be it done to me according to Thy Word". She wasn’t doing, she said "be it done". In other words she was receptive and her receptivity enabled the Holy Spirit to fecundate her and at that very moment the Son of God was made incarnate in her womb.

St. Teresa of Avila and St. Peter Alcantara say that many more women than men receive extraordinary mystical graces, and if you study the history of mysticism you will be amazed how many more women than men were mystics. Why? They are more receptive and you see, towards God we are all females. A saint becomes a male saint because he learned to be receptive to God’s grace. "Give it to me, O Lord, I cannot do it by myself".

The mystery of femininity

The woman is in a very particular way the guardian of purity and in the world in which we live, the world of sexual perversions and disaster, maybe it can be said this is because women have failed in their mission to stand for purity.

And why do I say she stands for purity and for virginity?

There’s something very interesting. If you look at the liturgy there are special Masses for popes, for apostles, martyrs, non-martyrs, confessors, non-confessors and when you turn to women, you have only two categories, virgin/non-virgin, martyr/non-martyr. This is something extremely interesting. There is no Mass for celibates, none, but there is a Mass for virgins.

This indicates very plainly that there is something extraordinarily great and mysterious about femininity. And why do I say it is so great and so mysterious? Because you all know that every little girl that is born, is born with a seal, so to speak, protecting the mystery of her femininity, which is the womb. There is a seal and if you understand, a seal always indicates something which is sacred. The seal, which doesn’t exist in the male body, is profoundly symbolic and says this belongs to God in a special way. This is a sphere which is so beautiful and so profound that it cannot be touched upon, except with God’s permission, in a Catholic marriage.

When a girl or young woman is permitted to give the keys of this mysterious domain, this closed garden, to her husband-to-be, she says: "Up until now I have kept this garden virginal, now God has given me the keys and is allowing me to give them to you and I know that you will penetrate into it, with trembling reverence and gratitude". The moment that a woman is embraced by her husband and a few hours afterwards she conceives, in this very moment, something absolutely amazing happens which once again illuminates the greatness of femininity. Neither husband nor wife can create a human soul. God alone can.

Of course there is the male seed and there is the female egg. These are material realities that God has put into the bodies and when they are united, an amazing thing happens. God creates a new human soul, totally new, which never existed before. Where? In the mystery of the female body. This is where the soul is conceived. It has nothing to do with the husband. The husband is out of the game at this point and the very moment that God creates a soul he implies that there is a special contact between God and the female body, so to speak, touching it in creating it. Once again, what an extraordinary privilege.

Sacred veiling

And this is why the female body should be veiled because everything which is sacred calls for veiling. When Moses came down form Mount Sinai, he veiled his face. Why did he veil his face? Because he had spoken to God and at that very moment there was a sacredness that called for veiling.

Now the stupid feminists after Vatican II suddenly "discovered" that when women go to Church veiled, it is a sign of their inferiority. The man takes off his hat and the woman puts on a veil. My goodness, how they have lost the sense of the supernatural. Veiling indicates sacredness and it is a special privilege of the woman that she enters church veiled.

You see the Church recognises things so profoundly that in some way you can say she has always recognised the special dignity granted to women. You cannot be a Christian and not recognise the privilege that it is to be a woman, because the most perfect of all creatures, the only creature born without original sin, is a woman and therefore once again you understand the extraordinary privilege of being one and having this image of the Holy Virgin, who was both Virgin and Mother and the two go beautifully together.

Virginity and maternity

It’s not so that if you remain a virgin you are going to have no children. The women who have most children are virgins. Mother Teresa of Calcutta had millions of children. You know in the best of cases women can have 18 or 20. Today they no longer do that, but it used to be the case. But if you are a virgin and you give yourself completely and totally, you become a mother to millions of people, begging for your help and begging for love because basically, what is maternity? Maternity is so holy, because it is to accept to suffer that someone may be born and therefore there is a beautiful parallel between maternity and the sacrifice of the Cross.

Christ accepted to die that we may be re-born to Eternal Life. In some way you can see this charism of women. Either virginity which can be combined with maternity or maternity without virginity are so sublime and are so beautiful that these two charisms are incompatible with the priesthood. They just don’t go together. The moment that you realise you have a maternal vocation, the moment that you realise you are called to virginity, it excludes the priesthood. They don’t go together. You cannot have all the charisms and what a blessing that men have the priesthood, because otherwise they could develop complexes of inferiority which would be a catastrophe because they don’t like it. As a matter of fact I think they would be very disturbed suddenly to realise the greatness of femininity.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta said "A woman cannot become a priest. There was only one creature on earth who could say with truth ‘This is My Body, This is My Blood’, the Holy Virgin and she was not chosen to be a priest." Therefore let us accept and realise to be a priest as St. Paul says quite explicitly, God chooses who is going to be a priest and he happens to have chosen the male sex. However, some stupid women would like to sell the privilege of their femininity, the mystery of their femininity, the sacredness of their femininity, their maternal vocation, to become priests and to steal it from men who have received it from God Himself. The Church has always honoured women in an extraordinary way.
Overcoming the evil of feminism

If you study pagan art, you will see that the pagans glorified the male genitals. The male organ was considered to be the symbol of strength and power. If you go to Pompeii or to Athens, to pagan countries, the male organ was always the one that was honored.

When the Church took over, she waged war on this pagan cult. She eliminated it, she fought against it. Sometimes you find remnants in pagan cultures, but the very moment the Church came it was officially eliminated and what did she do? She replaced it by a prayer, prayed by millions of people, day after day, century after century, which makes an explicit reference to the female organ par excellence, the womb: "Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus". That is the place that the Church gives to women in the Church.

Therefore let us realize the tremendous greatness of the mission women have received and make them realize that they have to wake up to the greatness of this mission, to fight for it and to overcome the catastrophe and evil of feminism.

I have not chosen to be a woman, but the more I meditate on the Christian message, I am grateful I am one.

Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand

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BIG ONE Is Coming Soon

(NewsMax) - Israel’s military is drawing up plans for a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities without cooperation from the United States, the Jerusalem Post reports.

“It is always better to coordinate [with the U.S.],” a top Defense Ministry official said. “But we are also preparing options that do not include coordination.”

Israeli officials have said it would be difficult but not impossible to launch a strike against Iran without codes from the U.S. Air Force, which controls Iraqi airspace....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Whether Israel coordinates an attack with America or not is a moot point. For once Israeli bombs fall over Tehran the rogue Islamic state will counter-strike American interests in the region. Thus Iran will drag the United States into the war. This one threatens to make the Iraq War look like a boy scout excursion. Better pray for peace now, because only a miracle is going to get us out of this one.

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Obama Taps Socialist For Economic Advisor

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Great! Just what we need. Before reading this story I should remind my readers that Socialism is 100% incompatible with Catholicism (read more here)....
(WND) - The man recently appointed to President-elect Barack Obama's economic transition team was a bona fide member of a major U.S. socialist organization, according to literature from the group.

Former Rep. David Bonior, D-Mich., reportedly being considered for the Labor secretary position in the incoming Obama administration, has had a longstanding close relationship with the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, an organization dedicated to transforming America into a socialist society.

Now WND has learned the DSA's official newsletter in 2007 identified Bonior as a DSA member at the organization's Boston branch. Neither the DSA in Boston nor Bonior returned repeated WND calls seeking comment. Obama's transition team did not return a phone call or e-mail inquiry...

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Media To Crucify Pope & Catholicism

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Liberal Catholics, marginal Catholics, cafeteria Catholics and the like, will be shocked to learn that in spite of all their compromises with secular culture, and their endeavor to "blend in" with the rest of society, the world still hates them. Not only that, but the world still hates the Catholic Church and Catholicism in general. No matter how may compromises they may, it will never be enough, at least not until the final compromise it made - total apostasy.

You see the message of modern secularism to Catholics is one of total apostasy. "The only good Catholic is a bad Catholic" - so the popular media says. Only those Catholics who are ashamed of Catholic teaching, refuse to obey the Church, and espouse moral relativism are considered the little darlings of the mainstream media. Any Catholic who would dare to adhere to Catholic teaching, obey the Church, and stand by the church's morals are labeled as "dangerous" and "religious zealots." The message of the secular world is simply this. "You can't be a practicing Catholic and loved by the media." Not even the pope himself is exempt from this rule....
(Catholic Culture) - Upset by the prospect that Father Roy Bourgeois risks excommunication if he does not repudiate his participation in a woman’s ordination, the editors of the Los Angeles Times on Sunday criticized Catholic teaching on women’s ordination. The editorial also took issue with Cardinal Roger Mahony’s recent reminder to parishes that laypeople are not permitted to preach the homily at Mass....

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(Reuters) - Gay rights groups and newspaper editorials on Tuesday condemned the Vatican for its decision to oppose a proposed U.N. resolution calling on governments worldwide to de-criminalise homosexuality.

The row erupted after the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations told a French Catholic news agency the Holy See would oppose the resolution, which France is due to propose later this month on behalf of the 27-member European Union.

Archbishop Celestino Migliore said the Vatican opposed the resolution because it would "add new categories of those protected from discrimination" and could lead to reverse discrimination against traditional heterosexual marriage.

"If adopted, they would create new and implacable discriminations," Migliore said. "For example, states which do not recognise same-sex unions as 'matrimony' will be pilloried and made an object of pressure," Migliore said...

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(Time) - Those nicknames from the past — God's Rottweiler, the Panzercardinal — don't seem to stick anymore. After acquiring a reputation as an aggressive, doctrine-enforcing Cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI has surprised many with his gentle manner and his writings on Christian love. But with the Christmas season upon us, there is growing proof that the 82-year-old Pope is also quite willing to play the part of Scrooge to defend his often rigid view of Church doctrine.

Benedict's envoy to the United Nations, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, has announced that the Vatican will oppose a proposed U.N. declaration calling for an end to discrimination against homosexuals. At first blush, no one should be surprised to find the Catholic Church hierarchy butting heads with gay rights activists. But this particular French-sponsored proposal, which has the backing of all 27 European Union countries, calls for an end to the practice of criminalizing and punishing people for their sexual orientation....

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Conservative Episcopalians Form New North American Province

(NewsMax) - Theological conservatives upset by liberal views of U.S. Episcopalians and Canadian Anglicans formed a rival North American province Wednesday, in a long-developing rift over the Bible that erupted when Episcopalians consecrated the first openly gay bishop.

The announcement represents a new challenge to the already splintering, 77-million-member world Anglican fellowship and the authority of its spiritual leader, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

The new Anglican Church in North America includes four breakaway Episcopal dioceses, dozens of individual parishes in the U.S. and Canada, and splinter groups that left the Anglican family years, or in one case, more than a century ago.

Its future status in the Anglican Communion is unclear.

It is unprecedented for an Anglican national province to be created where any other such national church already exists. But traditionalists say the new group is needed to represent the true historic tradition of Anglican Christianity....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I've got a better idea. Just come home to Rome. We've already made provision for you, and we're waiting with open arms. read more here

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