@ Louella, though I agree that more should be done for persecuted Christians ... I think that blaming the Vatican is missing the real target ... what are Catholic politicians doing all over the world? US Vice President Biden is a Catholic ... any words demanding his co-religionists security? German Chancellor Merkl is the daughter of a Lutheran Pastor. Has she uttered a word to ensure the welfare of fellow Christians? It is too easy to blame the Vatican ... but it is the laity that should take … [More]
@ Louella ... yes, there should be a modern day "Catholic League" ... but, unfortunately, that is only a dream. If the Popular Party comes back to power in Spain and if Italy's centre-right government can rid itseld of that reprobate Berlusconi and get a true Catholic [in private actions as well as public words and deeds] ... well there might be a chance. Despite all his personal scandals, Berlusconi's Government did fight, and win, to retain the Cross in all public places. Christus vincit … [More]
@ tbswv - as Catholics we are not free to pick and choose from Ecumenical Councils what we like and dismiss and disparage what we don't like. Catholicism isn't a "smorgasbord" ... unfortunately or fortunately. The Second Vatican Council was the 21st Ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church. Whether we like it or not, that is a fact ... and as you say this Council is "valid". As such one must accept all its decisions. If one does not accept that the 2nd Vatican Council is Ecumenical then one … [More]
Thank you "Ira" ... that DEFINITELY closes the matter. Upon seeing the video, and "mis-interpreting" it, I too had been worried that some "disrespect" had occurred. Your posting completely reassures me. Thank you so much! Christus vincit Christus regnat Christus imperat Viva il Papa!
Sorry everyone, I've been trying to post a cutting from a newspaper but I am NOT computer savvy enough to do so! Anyway, the article was about "Amnesty International" wanting the Canadian Government to arrest George Bush "for authorising torture as he directed the US-led war on terror", when he attends an economic summit in Surrey, British Columbia, next Thursday. This reminds me of those "nuts" who were clamouring for the arrest of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI when he made a Pastoral visit … [More]
Hi SBpfu !!! Well said! There are two things that I don't understand about all this. Firstly, why all the fuss about a miniscule splinter group? I'm sure the Holy Father has far more important and pressing things than to be waiting by the phone for a call from bishop Fellay and his ilk. From how some people talk, however, it sounds like a case of "the tail wagging the dog"! Secondly, what has happened to the fervent Christian hope that should animate us as followers of Christ? Don't we believe … [More]
Far better jokes, funnier and in much better taste, have been posted on this site. Quite frankly, I'd expect this kind of joke on a fundamentalist Protestant [I can't even imagine mainline Anglicans/Episcopalians or Lutherans doing so] or an Islamic site. Christus vincit Christus regnat Christus imperat Viva il Papa!
Hi Trinitas!!! Actually, it was the great Catholic Anglo-French writer Hilaire Belloc [1870-1953] who counted Islam as a Christian heresy [as well as a threat to the West] in his book, aptly named, "The Great Christian Heresies". The following website has further information on this: http://chestertonandfriends.blogspot.com/2010/06/belloc-islam-is-christian-heresy.html Thanks for the welcome ... yes the typhoon was a tad hairy [as we say in Oz!]. Christus vincit Christus regnat Christus imperat [More]
My dear friend Trinitas, I am not sure where you got that [partial] quote supposedly attributable to St Thomas Aquinas regarding Islam. If you go to this website: http://www.catholicapologetics.info/apologetics/islam/thomas.htm you will see that St Thomas Aquinas did not believe that Mohammed was a true prophet and he cogently argued against the Moslem objections to the Blessed Trinity and the Incarnation. Nowhere, however did he say anything about Moslems not worshipping the same God as the … [More]
You state that "the Pope was flat out, and loudly, wrong". You talk of "silliness within the Catholic Church". You refer to actions of a Supreme pontiff of the Universal Church [Pope Paul VI] as "unjust and illegal" and as "nutty-novel". You attack Religious Orders with whom you disagree as "malign and mephitic" [the latter, presumably, a reference to Mephistopheles, a demon] and to their actions as stinking "like the bottom of a monkey cage". You say that you have "excommunicated" yourself … [More]
As you you say, the SSPX has been the carrier of many lights. So was "Lucifer". His sin and that of the Lefebvrists has also been the same: "Non serviam". Christus vincit Christus regnat Christus imperat May the Great Servant of God Pope Paul VI pray for us all!
Naturally, as you have so rightly enumerated, there are myriad doctrinal differences, of fundamental importance, between ourselves and Moslems [actually, as someone has already mentioned on this website, there are some who have categorised Islam as a "Christian heresy"] this, however, does not negate the simple reality that Yahweh, Allah and God are one and the same Deity. In fact, our Eastern Christian brothers and sisters who use Arabic to pray, refer to God as "Allah" because "Allah" in … [More]
In his letter of the 10th of March 2009 His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI wrote: "The fact that the Society of St Pius X does not possess a canonical status in the Church is not, in the end, based on disciplinary but on doctrinal reasons. As long as the Society does not have a canonical status in the Church, its ministers do not exercise legitimate ministries in the Church." Christus vincit Christus regnat Christus imperat Viva il Papa!
Who is one going to believe and follow? The Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church on March 10th 2009 declared that the SSPX has no "canonical status in the Church" and that ministers of the SSPX "do not exercise legitimate ministries within the Church". In a magazine dated July 11th 2008, a Monsignor Camille Perl the Vice President of PCED is quoted as saying that "the SSPX is not in formal schism". [Notice the qualifier "formal".] Christus vincit Christus regnat Christus imperat Viva il Papa!
While we wait for official response from the SSPX to the Vatican ...
What "official response"???? The SSPX has NO CANONICAL standing within the Church. And the Vatican has to wait for the Lefebvrist response??? What, in fear and trembling??? That splinter group should kneel in gratitude that Rome has deigned to re-open dialogue.
In his letter of the 10th of March 2009 "to the Bishops of the Catholic Church concerning the remission of the excommunication of the four bishops consecrated by … [More]
"On September 12th, 2006, Joseph Ratzinger claimed that the god of the Muslims is both transcendental and unreasonable."
Firstly, Pope Benedict would never have referred to "the god of the Muslims" because Jews, Christians and Moslems are all monotheists and all worship the One same God. Secondly, and consequently, the Pope could not have said, and indeed did not say, that this "god ... is ... unreasonable". The point he was very clearly, and correctly, making is that the "understanding" that … [More]
The situation, surely, is simple and anyone with even the most basic ability to think logically and even the most rudimentary understanding of the Sacramental system of the Catholic Church surely comprehends: Marriage is a Sacrament ... a Sacrament before Almighty God between one man and one woman. What is so difficult to understand about that? What is conservative, reactionary about that? There is no "homophobia" here. "Civil Unions"? Go for it! Holy Matrimony conducted in a Catholic Church? … [More]
Thanks Gloria.TV ... I just love your jokes ... and this one is GREAT!!! Not only is laughter the best medicine but a sense of humour is a great way to facilitate ecumenism ... we all tend to take ourselves far too seriously! SboC
Hi ACL!!! The point that I was trying to make, and responding to, turns on whether the Popes have been wrong in beginning the "Assisi Ecumenical Meetings of World Religious Leaders". Philosopher would argue, I think [please correct me if I'm wrong, Philosopher] that those issues do not involve the teaching authority of the Pope and, as such, can not only be criticised by ordinary Catholics but can be openly classed as disasters and mistakes in prudence. I, on the other hand, hold that it is … [More]
Hi Philosopher, please allow me to enter the discussion. You set up an hypothetical situation which, though highly unlikely, is within the realms of possibility. I think that you are correct in saying that in such a situation, [the selling off of St Peters' etc., etc.,] Catholics could openly and rightly disagree with the Pope. They would do so, however, not with the pope as Supreme Pastor of the Universal Church but with the pope as Sovereign of the City of the Vatican. The former institution … [More]
Very true Gregory. I take your point about the "fracturing nature" of those who break away from Rome. The "Orthodox" are nothing but national churches and in some countries there are even 2 or more "Orthodox" Churches. And the protestants ... well, they have continued fracturing and splitting further to this very day. No wonder so many Anglicans have realised that the only road ahead is through Rome. "Ut unum sint!" Christus vincit Christus regnat Christus imperat Viva il Papa!