Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Holy See- use Technology to the benefit of man

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; Catholic Culture 30/09/08; Vatican Information Service 30/09/08)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Catholic Culture reports- that in announcing their theme for "World Day Of Social Communications"(Sunday 31 May 2009)(Vatican Information Service 30/09/08)- the Vatican emphasizes building relationships, dialog and friendship.

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, is the source of these words, and pointed out that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, believes media can create the atmospheres that create dialog and trust.

Rome- Synod to focus on bible

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; Southern Cross (Fidelity issues, link removed: new link explains why) 01/10/08)

Article by Marc Aupiais

In light of the coming synod on the Bible, the Southern Cross- is emphasizing the role of the bible in the church. What is not mentioned in their article- is that one of the Oldest popular Catholic bibles- the Douay Rheims- was published before the King James version, or that many of the so-called bible translators- were killed not for translating- something common at the time- but rather for heresy, schism, opposition to church and state- and a revolting appetite for mocking Catholic practice. They were of course killed according to the biblical principal that Aquinas emphasizes- that when acting for justice- and as just authority- a just authority- and not an average citizen- for the good of the nation's people- in Catholic morality has the right to rid the nation of such a citizen (c.f. Augustine- Just War).

Certain anti-Catholic groups may particularly focus on people such as Wycliff- whose translation was so bad- that the Catholic church had him killed. Wycliff was also a heretic- who certainly was not a modern Protestant in belief, or Tyndale- whose bible was such a purposeful mistranslation- to support Martin Luther, and whose footnotes were so anti-Catholic- that not only did Henry the 8th appose him as a heretic, before and after his split with the church, but he was eventually arrested by the secular "Holy Roman Empire"'s representatives and killed- at a time when the church had a waning influence in England (This Rock Magazine 2002;).

In fact- for all the bible martyrs fronted by those apposing the views of the church- there is a similar story.

To be in any real hatred of the Catholic church- one often must discount reason and history!

Another appearance of Catholic disrespect from the bible came about when the American government made the King James Version compulsory in schools- forcing Catholics of the time to veto these classes out of obedience to their bishops.


Further Reading

Tyndale

http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/2002/0212fea3.asp

Translations on both sides
http://www.scborromeo.org/truth/b4.htm

Related to Tyndale- perils of the "Left Behind" Series, and it's apparent links with anti-catholicism- according to Catholic Answers Apolostate
http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/2001/0109fea3.asp

Indian, and Asian continent Bishops again appeal for aid on violence!

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; Agenzia Fides 29/09/2008)

Article by Marc Aupiais

The Asian Catholic Bishops- representing the entirety of the Asian continent's Catholic Bishops- have repeated unsuccessful appeals by Indian Bishops, and international Catholic sources to bring an end of the anti-Christian Genocide occurring in large regions of India. The Federation of Asian Bishops voiced their concerns- and noted that India's constitution should invoke their protection, saying that Christians too are citizens of India who should be entitled to protection from religious violence!

There has yet to be retaliatory attacks from the Christians, who have been urged to take non-violent means, peace and forgiveness. These Perpetrators of Human dignity- must be brought under strict punishment, surely- we must pray that these poor persons- whose only crime is hope in Christ- may survive this harsh genocide!

Their statements may be seen here:

http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=17771&lan=eng

India- More persecution of Christians- Nun dies after fleeing to jungle

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; c.f. Catholic World News 29/09/08 as seen at Catholic Culture)

Article by Marc Aupiais

After contracting Malaria in the jungle among Christian refugees fleeing the Anti-Christian Hindu Extremist mobs- who have burnt over 4 000 Christian homes, and killed directly and indirectly- many Christians- 30 year old nun- Sister Mable, died of Malaria- despite getting to a hospital.

The Indian Government has set up 14 refugee camps. Christian refugees report that these camps are not safe- with attacks succeeding within these as well- and therefore many Christians have fled to the jungles.

Refugees face daily threats to their existence- and not only from mobs, who force conversions, but from nature, having fled to places in the jungle.

The international community has yet to mention this recent genocide- in any way so as to reach us! To prove to the mops that their conversion really "has" happened- Christians must take violent actions against peers, and sign- lying that of their own free will they convert to Hinduism.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Vietnam- communists- still clash with Catholics- Vietnamese Government won't return Catholic Diplomatic Building- Take Catholic Artifacts

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; c.f. Catholic Culture; UCAN News; CNS 01/02/08)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Catholic Culture, basing an article on the United Catholic Asian News service reports more trouble in Vietnam.

Catholics in Vietnamese Ha Noi, were mobbed by Communist youth, as the Vietnamese Government confiscated a cross and statue of the Madonna- from a former nunciature, which the government had promised in February to return to the church. The symbols of faith were placed under a tree months ago after prayer.

The Catholics were praying outside of Iron Barriers erected by the communist government, outside the disputed building. Communism is considered an evil ideology by the Church. The building was surrounded by hundreds of police- apparently seeing the catholics as a threat- these were supported by communist youths- who forced the praying Catholics back. Prayer is a powerful weapon- but this shows just how far certain governments are prepared to go to protect their own interests.

A nunciature is the building in which a nuncio resides, the highest rank of diplomat from the Holy See- dispatched permanently to a Civil Authority.

Pope- Giving Catholic church religious liberty helps everyone

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; c.f. Zenit New Service)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Speaking to the Czech Ambassador to the Holy See (Vatican City State), the Pope today congratulated the Czech government on progress made with religious rights, but called for further liberty to to be given to Catholics, the Ex-Communist country's government still owns lands the church claims as her own. Communist regimes were famous for confiscating Catholic and other lands.

Pope- Giving Catholic church religious liberty helps everyone

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; c.f. Zenit New Service)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Speaking to the Czech Ambassador to the Holy See (Vatican City State), the Pope today congratulated the Czech government on progress made with religious rights, but called for further liberty to to be given to Catholics, the Ex-Communist country's government still owns lands the church claims as her own. Communist regimes were famous for confiscating Catholic and other lands.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Bishop gives admirable speech- to gay audience that invited him

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; c.f. Creative Minority Report; Cal Catholic Daily)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Sacramento Coadjutor Bishop Jaime Soto recently was keynote speaker at a gay and lesbian catholics conference in America- where he was expected by many to do what some American bishops have done on issues ranging from salvation, to the mass, to abortion- and endorse the heretical* view of the group....

Instead- and I will quote his words of wisdom, and disapproval of the sin these poor persons where they manifested a heretical* view of marriage and were perhaps are separated from the Ecclesiam by-

"[Cal Catholic Daily] But there was noting ambiguous about Bishop Soto’s remarks to the group. “Sexual relations between people of the same sex can be alluring for homosexuals, but it deviates from the true meaning of the act and distracts them from the true nature of love to which God has called us all,” Bishop Soto said. “For this reason, it is sinful. Married love is a beautiful, heroic expression of faithful, life-giving, life-creating love. It should not be accommodated and manipulated for those who would believe that they can and have a right to mimic its unique expression."

At least five members of the audience walked out during the bishop’s address. When he finished speaking, there was general silence -- with only a very small number applauding.

The chairman of the conference then announced that the bishop would answer questions at a reception that would be held in another room. That led to widespread expressions of disapproval from members of the audience, who said they wanted to be able to express their responses immediately. It was agreed that those who wanted to speak would line up. The bishop was told twice by the chairman that he was free to leave if he wanted -- or to stay and listen. Bishop Soto stayed and sat quietly listening to every response.

A series of about eight speakers came to the microphone to express their unhappiness with what the bishop had said -- and what they felt he had not said. One woman said, in essence, "We know what the Church says. What we wanted you to talk about is the value of our lived experience as lesbian women and gay men."

Two speakers -- one man and one woman -- thanked the bishop for his address and voiced their agreement with what he had to say.

While the audience members were responding to the bishop’s remarks, a board member of the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries came up to one of the tables in the room and said, "On behalf of the board, I apologize. We had no idea Bishop Soto was going to say what he said.""

http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/2008/09/soto-voce.html








*Official church definition- one who rejects a doctrine they are obligated to believe

90% of JHB Archdiocese Catholics in substance of Mortal sin, and lack of priests?

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Statistics apparently from the recent Synod- say only 100 000 of the 1 000 000 Catholics in the Archdiocese regularly attend mass- as not attending mass on purpose is a mortal sin- this is very serious.

Some parishes only can have communion once every three months-

This is because of a shortage of priests- our local seminary has had to close large sections- and two schools have become one.

What's the problem- well- we think people need to stop watering down the faith- or lying about the seriousness of sin- if people knew they would go to hell for certain actions, many wouldn't do as they do...

Sadly- often the culprits are representatives of the church- and the diocese, to whom we have sent twice reports of misuse of authority- does not usually respond well- we have even been told to join in, having reported an incident- when on holiday I and another attended a mass where the priest encouraged the parish to commit an abuse of the mass, and also sang happy birthday to a parishioner (a seemingly common event).

One of our foundational doctrines is Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Sallus- outside the sacraments and the church- there is no salvation- except to those who for no fault of their own are not actively in union with the Divine teachings of the church! We are told to attend mass on sundays and days of obligation- and to attend confession yearly.

The issue is grave and until we determine to halt our politically correct talk- or stop the craziness of not preaching, or at least speaking of our religion- a secular value- disobedient to the gospel- we will continue to see short ques at confession- and lax Catholicism at church. God is in the detail- not some sketchy outline- when we gain respect for our ancestors who burnt heretics at the stake- perhaps we realize how important the immortal soul is- we only have one- while our body will be replaced after death.

I don't advocate burning anyone- that only can happen when a just Authority asks for it- and usually when that is that in charge of the land- and I don't say it is any solution- my real point is that we need to clearly preach our religion- to read the bible and catechism as a family at night- and to debate like anything about our beliefs- until such time as we promoted the faith boldly- and decide- not to spare the nation of our values- but to cement them in law- and in vocal objections to immorality- with insistence not to permit evil people to get away with public scandal-

Until we choose to rise as one- and rid our land of the yoke of ignorance- we will continue to hell preaching the secular humanist Philosophy - "don't judge- forgive", rather than the Catholic one- "forgive your brother 77 times a day if he truly repents and asks genuinely for forgiveness- otherwise- treat those who offend against the church- those who call themselves Christians- but aren't- as foreigners..."

Now we treat these people with love- but the bible shows that sometimes love is to tell them they are in sin- and to encourage change by any means possible... Of course- due to business needs and other things- and the nature of the world- we do need to associate with these people- but it does not mean we neglect judging- and truly letting them know the requirements for their salvation!

The Church Militant exists to preach the gospel- to administer the Sacraments- and to manifest glory and bring its members their due.

Judge not the church with the world's eyes- judge the world as the spiritual man- who the bible says "judges all things!", especially within the church!

Prayers to prevent Abortion Bill- Australia- Fides

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; Agenzia Fides)

Article by Marc Aupiais

The Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne has sent a request for prayer to Catholic citizens in Melbourne- to combat an abortion bill- similar to those present in South Africa- which would force hospitals to partake in abortion- and be excommunicated from our church, or break the law. A third of births in the region are delivered by Catholic health care- and this follows announcements by the Archbishop that if the bill passes through successfully- the Catholic hospitals will close their maternity wards to not partake in this grievous, scandalous sin- proposed in legislation.

The Archbishop has set up a "Day of Intercession for Life," (Sunday, October 5, 2008), including a vigil at the Saint Patrick's Cathedral- for those planning to pray against this.

Indian Bishops on Persecution- AsiaNews.IT

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; AsiaNews.it)

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http://southafricancatholic.blogspot.com/2008/09/indian-bishops-on-persecution.html

Friday, September 26, 2008

Condoms could increase disease- percentage goes up with awareness/"protection program"

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; Catholic League - For Civil And Religious Rights)
Article By Marc Aupiais
Quotation from Catholic League

Direct Quotation from a Catholic League Article- they permit their articles to be distributed with correct attribution!
"September 18, 2008

Do Condoms Increase STDs?

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office yesterday released the annual Mayor’s Management Report. It shows that the Health Department gave away 39,070,000 male condoms to community groups in fiscal year 2008, which ended June 30. News story are reporting that this figure is more than double the rate from the previous fiscal year.

What is not being discussed by the media, however, is what the data show regarding the incidence of syphilis: while the distribution of condoms increased by 120 percent in one year, the number of syphilis cases increased by 20 percent.

If condoms are the answer to STDs, then syphilis cases should have declined markedly. The fact that syphilis cases spiked should prove sobering. But, alas, New York City has learned absolutely nothing: next year it plans to distribute 51.6 million condoms. Watch for the rate of STDs to increase as well.

Do condoms increase STDs? It would be difficult to prove that they do, though it is entirely possible that the promiscuous distribution of condoms by government agencies fosters a climate of complacency, one ill-suited to inducing the virtue of self-restraint. One thing is for sure: condom distribution does not curb STDs. Indeed, Mayor Bloomberg is perpetuating a dangerous hoax on young people by ratcheting up condom distribution—even when it is crystal clear that this policy is backfiring."
http://www.catholicleague.org/chatterbox.php?#177

How is it, that South Africa, with the biggest pro-condom program I know of- has one of the highest aids and Sexual Diseases rates- perhaps this is because condoms- as the bible says (c.f. Onan's death; Deuteronomy 23 v 1,2; etc)and the Church says (Humane Vitae), condoms are evil- the use of them is a mortal sin- so perhaps what is evil causes evil as is to be expected. After all- forming the atmosphere of false safety that people do- or teaching children to wear condoms instead of abstaining- generally makes them think they've been given a licence- especially when you give them certificates for it.

Perhaps we need an end of this condom distribution, a start of valuing marriage, and a real input into giving out medication- not items of sin!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Anti-abortion prayers started yesterday

(c.f. 40 Days for life)

A campaign to end abortion via prayer rituals for 40 days outside abortion clinics across states in the US has been launched.

"40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion in America." says their mission statement
http://www.40daysforlife.com/about.cfm?selected=campaign

It started yesterday.

UN's Developed World chooses not to focuss on development goals- Vatican

"(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Zenit)

Article by Marc Aupiais

The Holy See is asking why the developed world's US is prepared to put 700 billion US Dollars into supporting their own failed banking sector- rather- while only giving tricklings of aid to the developed world. "...

http://southafricancatholic.blogspot.com/2008/09/yesterday-vatican-un-nations-could.html

click link to read on

South Africa's new president- no general election!

(Scripturelink Voters guide; c.f. E News Channel)

Article By Marc Aupiais

With a quarter of Parliament voting for the DA's candidate over the ANC's, and an oddly chummy atmosphere given by the MF and IFP- towards the ANC over the past few days- the ANC has gotten their way with a new president.

The PAC used this to appeal to get some of their members out of jail- while some opposition parties used this to cannibalize on their fellows for ANC approval.

The way in which the ID allied with the ANC in the past against the DA- was not overly present today- rather- they brought attention to the facts- and asked for justice over the arms deal. The DA- using their Democratic right sent forth their own, black candidate to combat the election- where 400 people alone got to choose our president. The spunk of the opposition is to admired- sadly many of the parties, including the so-called ACDP- seemed more interested in praying for the new "President" to have wisdom, or in telling stories than in bringing up how irregularly this procedure occurred. Some brought up that Mbeki was being fired- not for being guilty of crime- but for mere insinuation by a judge not judging him.

The factional infighting of the ANC- which is so damaging our Nation's image was credited by some for this quick election.

With many spoiled papers and absent parliamentarians- this new election is truly a sad manifestation of both the power of one political party- one which a Catholic cannot justly vote for- due to their connection with the communist party and support of abortion- but also of how politics have degraded our nation.

The speaker and others insulted some speakers as I watched- and when one parliamentarian spoke- there were false roaring sounds in the crowd of parliamentarians. This reminds one of the disrespect shown once when a DA parliamentarian took the role of speaker- and was insulted for her attire, and disrespected quite shamefully.

Sadly- as long as one party has such majority- South Africans are not likely to see much progress- because a powerful party is not accountable to its voters.

Persecution of Christians in India continues... Authorities gag nuns

(c.f. Vultus Christi; Asianews.it)

Article by Marc Aupiais

While militant groups continue unopposed, and not denounced- to ravage Indian Christian populants- threatening violence- unless they sign that they have freely and of their own will converted to Hinduism- the Indian Government has gaged the Sisters of Charity (Mother Theressa's organization) from speaking of their recent arrest by Police on trumped up kidnapping charges. While their persecutors are marching to the streets against them- they themselves have been silenced- as the Indian government continues to deny armed protection to those suffering these terrorist mops' attacks on Christians. Christian refugee camps- still are not protected- and Christians are still being killed- their houses burnt, and their hair shaved off.

These brutish attacks on human dignity continue to be unopposed in the UN, whose involvement in legislature to try force contraception and abortion on the Philippines, along with an abortion company - is still questionable.

Those who do "convert" are forced to burn others houses- and where authorities are paying for the goods of burnt houses- the mobs now simply take the furniture and refurbishments- so as to prevent recovery of damage!

Mother Theressa protected the poor- these terrorists, without great opposition- are trying to take all wealth from her fruits- and to destroy their salvation in Christ, and their human rights!

What Peter had to eat? Prophesy and the church!

( c.f. Karl Keating Newsletter sept 23)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Saint Peter is Famous for being told to eat unclean food on a sheet- by God- and being told he was wrong to call it unclean.

The notable thing is not that God calls all unclean- or clean- he doesn't- acts 15 proves this- but that he shall determine that- not Peter- but Peter's authority in this is instantly accepted by all the important Christians he speaks with on this.

Karls point, unlike my own- is not on Peter though- but his belief that Cornellius has a more important conversion than that of Saint Paul- as he opened the way for us Gentiles to receive Christ! The fulfillment of Isaac's prophesy- when he appears to lie to Abraham about being firstborn!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Injustice always a concern

Commentary by Marc Aupiais

What people sometimes do not comprehend- is that since God took human form- every injustice- however small- whether against a Catholic or not matters- whether or not the victim cares.

When evil is fighting itself- if it is left to this- will not the worse evil benefit- in that when evil is divided- either it is between less and worse evil- or else between strong and weak.

It is always in the interest of the prudent Catholic to ensure justice in Natural Law occurs- in that an environment of injustice- where life is not treated justly is the open doorway to the persecution of good by evil- and the training ground in which this first occurs.

Why Catholic media needs support- and the fight for truth

commentary by Marc Aupiais

So often- we see it- things we know as true- portrayed otherwise- and more- people mimic what they see and hear.

With so much bad- it is learnt of others- with so much good- we must refine it.

The weapon we are given is dynamic- but stable- to the untrained- it is deadly and like a whip or many martial weapons- it can hurt us more than it hurts others if not wielded adequately.

The Catholic is a master of truth- or rather- a conduit for Her power-

When we see any form of media- what is said has slight hinting- which alters us if we allow alteration- our social conscience is molded by what we see- and we sense this if we view different media with different persons- not only is truth objective- but the viewer is oft influenced by experience- and ideals of others.

To influence for good- we must fight for truth in every nook and cranny- and through every inch of time- we must secretly conquer the enemy-

Christians must become the creative minority they were born to become-

the Spartan Warriors- who are like calm masters of form- who control themselves first- and let their form be molded by intuitive truth- and the urge for reality- we must open ourselves to sorrow and joy- so that in both- hope is blown into existence in this storm of our existence.

What is instilled in the home- is so powerful- and we must fight this battle to our last breath- what is instilled by others also has impact- yet in even the nuances of speech- of medias- we must fight for the value of life- and of existence and of seeing reality as it is.

Those who fight the small battles for truth- often are able to fight titanic monstrosities- all the while swirling truth about as a hidden weapon- and springing like a tiger, or wild animal- with that energy below the visible boundary- so as to teach truth- and dispel falsity and false world-view.

Our world-view is the front on which our soul is won- this is what we mean when we say faith saves- the correct view of reality- is paramount to navigating this ocean we find ourselves barely visible against- as we sail the impossibility of the hurricane of life.

We must protect this- and mold it- so as to better channel the saints triumphant- and our God- Reality (a Translation of the Tetragrammaton)- who is truth himself, whose strands we rely on to lift us and move us in our floating dance of truth!

Sanity and the divine pursuit of Orthodoxy

Article by Marc Aupiais

When we speak of Orthodoxy- often we actually mean fidelity- or else remaining within an organization's party line.

We sometimes also believe the Orthodox way- to refer to the better, or true, or historic means of doing something!

But what is Orthodoxy? It is not the go-between between liberalism and conservatism, nor liberalism and traditionalism- neither is it traditionalism, conservatism or liberalism- each of which periodically changes meaning.

Orthodoxy- cannot be subjected to any one viewpoint- yet- it often refers to what a viewpoint believes as true.

In truth- orthodoxy is the pursuit of truth above all- and the determination to obey this truth utterly- the problem then is how one defines truth.

If truth is what an organization, or consensus says it is- then Orthodoxy is perhaps fidelity to that Organization- otherwise- Orthodoxy is fidelity to Reality- to the pursuit of manifesting to the world what is as it is.

Ultimately- the early Christians were killed for being what society saw as insane- they preached that someone recently alive had risen from a horrid death- had eaten on rising, and could be eaten body and soul in the Eucharist, and survived- and would spare or condemn us all for our single smallest thoughts- and lifestyle- more than that- that this person was God himself- and gives ceremonies to people- which could free them from bad lifestyles.

For this- they were whipped, slaughtered and martyred. Even they admitted they appeared insane- "foolish" (Saint Paul) to all apposing them!

Those who were martyred, believed it was the most sane course of action- they were loyal to their view of truth- to their take on sanity- and for this utter pursuit- show that they absolutely believed what they taught.

Those who use words like liberty- use a word referring to freedom- therefore- whenever the status quot changes- that which is more liberal changes- and also that which is more traditional or conservative.

Orthodoxy- the form given by God- is the pursuit of truth with all our soul, and body- and manifestation of this in obedience to sanity in truth in every moment of existence.

True Orthodoxy is the pursuit of truth above all else- not scientific truth- nor philosophical truth- but rather truth itself- which manifest so often in the intuitive!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Indian Catholics under persecution- international community remains silent

( c.f. Zenit news, Vatican Radio, EWTN)
article by Marc Aupiais

The Indian government- and international community, especially Europe have been called upon to do more for the Christian communities in India, facing waves of mass violence- and who have been forced to flee to camps- under Hindu Extremist attacks. This includes the arrests of "sisters of charity" nuns- based on charges which proved false- by local authorities- and other events.

The Sisters of Charity are founded by Mother Theressa- and are known more for their charitible works than for evangelism-

The thousands of Christian homes and buildings burnt to the ground of late- are testimony to the sickening silence of the press on this issue- once again the international community is silent as a tactical genocide is being conducted.

Analysts believe the attacks could spread to Europe and other nations unless some action is taken!

South African Catholics need to pray for their own protection and that of Indian Christians- silence always aids the oppressor-

Whenever one is witness to persecution of Christians- or Catholics, or caimpaigns of disinformation as in India- it is the duty of the Catholic to stand firm- as Saint Paul writes in the Bible- "The spiritual man judges all things"-

We must not remain silent in this- or in any persecution of our faith!

Pope- bishops must be Holy

(c.f. Zenit news)Today the pope addressed many bishops- saying that if they desire to create fruit of salvation- they must live holy lives- seeking sanctity!

Friday, September 19, 2008

How to reconcile what is taught with what we believe- or how to clarify if another is not to be saying as they are!

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa )As a watchdog organization, and myself as a lay Catholic Theologian, and apologist- I often deal with persons scandalized because on decisions by bishops, or the church- which they dissagree with.

As we grow in faith- there are some ways to retain it when you disagree with doctrines.
Further- we must know that either there is a misunderstanding or an error- truth does not contradict truth.

And we must never be at odds with the magisterium- for this is schism or heresy- but must always seek the truth to have a foundation to faith and love!

1) We should seek to understand Mother Church's thinking- perhaps her experts see what we don't- have we never been wrong before- perhaps we should change our view and not her servants. Of course there are persons who teach heresy and this is wrong, but shown as not a disproof of truth- by Jesus choosing Judas as an apostle!
2)People are human- make mistakes, and are misunderstood- these could be enough to help us.

3) Talk to someone- always consider help from within the church- have you considered talking to Opus Dei or a parish priest- ask for an hour's spiritual guidance- at least one of the many in the area should give it.

4) Pray about it- ask for guidance- and God's will in both your lives- and determine to begin prayers for the salvation of those leading in the church- and their aid in the Spirit of our Lord.

5) Consider a second opinion- and perhaps attempt to save the person in the wrong- or prevent them from further damage!

Remember- mother church is a teacher-

We may not agree with her- but as our 2000 year old mother- she has got wisdom- even as parts of her go astray.

Recommended reading- acts 15, acts 5 verse 4.

See how in both cases- a human authority is acting validly in God's name-

this Authority is our beloved church!

-Marc

Heresy watch- how to spot bad doctrine- even from bishops, and why sometimes the heirachi errs!

Now, we know that the magisterium of the church speaks from God- but that the individual bishops do not divinely preach the faith- but rather are trained to be good judges of heresy.

Unfortunately- many bishops- the heirs of Arius, and Eusebus- choose to front ideas not from inside the church- but from their culture and society.

Politics makes this worse- people are told to attend protestant churches, or not to put their moral code on others- or not to judge in any circumstance- or to forgive without justice or repentance-

So, how do we attempt to save our beloved church from such-

from an environment where Orthodoxy is often punished,
and separatist groups sometimes grow faster than the church?

The answer firstly is to focus on yourself!


If the litergy is abused- make sure this is in no way your sin.
If you read something from a church authority- judge it according to what you are accustomed to hearing from a bishop, and try to find what the source of this information is.

Is it the infallible Magisterium, or a bishop's personal opinion.

Opinion is oft unfortunately disguised as dogma- books like the "Modern Catholic Encyclopedia", carrying imprimatur often attack the teachings of the magisterium- this particular book's one author attacks the divinity of Christ.

Another popular book to be sold by Catholic bookstores is "a concise history of the church", it claims to be more conserative- but its statements about confession fall under the anathemas of Trent, and it often misrepresents information.

Other heirachical structures say that all religions are equal- and we must not judge or preach to those of other faiths- or must keep away from making laws in accordance with our morality.

Simply put- those things which come from the Traditions we are told in the bible to always hold to, those who hold to what we heard in the start- are those who are not pruned off of the vine, which is Christ.

When listening to a priest, confessor, bishop, diocesan official-

Be realistic- they are as likely to fall into heresy as any person here-
They are better trained at times, though often Seminary can be the source of their problems- rather - look into the backing of what they say- see where in the magisterium and tradition their words corrolate-

If you cannot find a correlation, but only a rough meaning they wrongly believe to be the "spirit" of works, like the spirit of a crowd, then discount their statement, and look into what the truth is- further- try to aid your fellows in this truth.

Unfortunately two things often occur- firstly, the best of speakers are misquoted, or misunderstood- or speak in a specific context.

Secondly- some bishops and priests and deacons and laymen believe they have a grasp of Catholicism, but without the true Reality of it within- and so front what their culture tells them to, or what that more radical teacher at seminary said.

With both- discussion of your scandal (harm caused by another's sin on a fellow) at this- may either clarify the issue, or save your fellows from the heresy of but one small section of the church- acting in isolation from truth.

Now- a small amount of good in an evil organization has an evil effect- in justifying and maintaining the evil, but a small amount of evil in a good organization- while it should be cleaved off- does not always affect the working of the whole- and it is God who works in the Divine Magisterium, and in the Sacraments- the mortal state of the worker of these- is not needed to be safe for them to work.

As even the Early church said- the feet are not to be the head of the church-
yet, the bishops will have to answer for how they pruned the flock of God.

It is those guilty of sin, or who are silent about this- who partake fully in it.

Admittadly the Church, in western society- has in some places a deadly cancer-

But organizations like Opus Dei, and like internet apolostates, and the Vatican website- are there- but we must not rely on others solely to grow us- we must ourselves research the truth, even as the inspiring Catechism of Baltemore- tells us to!

-Marc Aupiais

Thursday, September 18, 2008

South African Catholic

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