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God Makes No Mistakes

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I read this in Magnificat this weekend and thought it was so beautiful & inspiring I had to share it. The countess lies in her bed, weeping freely. In her arms she cradles a newborn lump of humanity covered with blood, a boy child. His face seems jolted out of shape, and his body — it is a body, somehow. "You are so pitiful," she cries, "my poor little boy."The count looks on. "Fetch the priest," he says to one of his servants. And the thought passes through his mind that it might be a mercy if the child died after he had been baptized. He fights the thought with prayer. "My dear," he says, "we will give this child to God. He will do what is best." The priest comes, and they christen the boy Hermann, "fighting man" in the old German tongue. He will be one of fifteen children, and Werner, one of his brothers, will indeed be a fighter at the side of Hildebrand, the great reforming Pope Gregory VII. Carried to school

Eyewatering sums of money transferred from Vatican to Australia

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The above graph posted by Edward Pentin shows the value and number of wire transfers from the Vatican to Australia 2014-2020 totalling AUS $2.3 billion (USD $1.7 billion) The Australian’s Dennis Shanahan reports on a discovery that the Vatican and associated entities - from 2014 - have transferred $2.3 billion to accounts in Australia that don't seem to be connected to either the church or the government. When Shanahan contacted senior church officials about the matter "they hadn't heard about it".  The Australian Federal Police have been investigating the matter after it was discovered large amounts of money were being transferred from the Vatican to Australia around the time Cardinal George Pell was being accused. The amounts doubled every year from 2014, the year Cardinal Pell was appointed Vatican treasurer, reaching a peak in 2017 when Pell returned to Australia to face sexual abuse allegations. “Most of the time if you speak to senior church figures, they say

Cardinal Burke Absolutely Nails It!

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Cardinal Raymond Burke is a most excellent shepherd of the Church. He is not the most engaging speaker, not the most charismatic individual you will ever meet, but he is, nevertheless, very inspiring, because he is intelligent, wise and courageous in his preaching of the Gospel. This is an excellent recent homily from him which must be listened to carefully. He berates those who spread confusion about what the Church teaches, responding to the laity not as shepherds, but as secular managers. Incredible that Cardinal Burke makes these points now, I have been thinking along similar lines for a while now. I feel hurt by those who constantly work to obscure the crystal clear truth of the Gospel by constantly adding "nuance". Jesus says: "Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one." (Mt 5:37)   When studying the faith, I was blown away by how coherent, clear & reasonable it is. Those who work to occlude that clar

Catholic bishops are pushing anti-Catholic sex education for children

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  Writing  in Lifesite  yesterday, Dr. Joseph Shaw makes a point that cannot be over-stressed regarding Catholic education. As the deadline for the introduction of new PHSE legislation draws ever closer, Dr. Shaw is speaking out, having tried to discuss the matter with bishops and even instigating a prayer vigil outside Westminster Cathedral . As any of us who have tried to engage have come to expect, the only received responses were formulaic & patronising telling Shaw and his co-enquirers that everything would be fine. The incoming legislation is deeply problematic. As Dr. Shaw writes , this "legislation is imposing a program of “Personal, Health, and Sex Education” (PHSE) that demands that choosing not to kill the child in the womb is just one acceptable option among others, and that Christian marriage is just one lifestyle choice alongside same-sex unions and every other possibility. We know from the lesson plans, produced not only by the government, but by the bishops’ ow

Do most people go to Heaven or to Hell?

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Ralph Martin makes some great points in this clip from a longer interview with Matt Fradd. What Ralph says here is BASIC CHRISTIAN TEACHING - it is extraordinary to see how far away we have come away from that basic message. The default situation of the human race is damnation: this is why we need to change our ways, this is why Jesus died on the Cross. God doesn't ignore or overlook our sin, He IS justice so for Him to do so would create an unresolvable paradox. Instead God has paid the price for our sin in Jesus Sacrifice, reconciling us to Him and opening a way to heaven.

Cardinal Wilton Gregory Begins...

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  On Tuesday 24th November, a few days before the consistory in which  Wilton Gregory was made a cardinal of the Catholic Church, JD Flynn posted an analysis of recent comments by the Archbishop of  Washington that he is happy to give Holy Communion to Joe Biden. Gregory, who was then made a cardinal at the weekend, told a journalist on Tuesday that in his diocese, he will not deny Holy Communion to a politician who has pledged to enshrine access to abortion in federal law and permit federal funding of abortions. This seems to be in defiance of the recent US Conference of Catholic Bishops statement which, though massively hypocritical in itself , did point out that there were serious problems with some of Biden's policies. The conference president, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, closed the meeting on Nov. 17 by announcing the creation of a bishops’ working group to prepare for the Biden presidency. The USCCB president noted several Biden policies that “pose a serious thre

The “death” of the devil in people’s minds is accelerating the “death” of God in de-Christianized Western societies.

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  Father François-Marie Dermine, promoter of an annual international course on exorcism in Rome, discusses his recent popular work about the devil, offering keys to discernment on this controversial and sensitive topic in this article in the National Catholic Register. Fr François-Marie Dermine OP says:  "If the figure of the devil is missing, one also loses sight of the figure of God itself. In this sense, the death of the devil can accompany or precede or favor that of God because it makes the concept of God very abstract. It makes faith arid and intellectualistic and makes us forget that we really need to be saved, helped and protected by the Lord. We must bear in mind that our faith consists in the effective presence of a loving God, and reasoning is not always the best way to reach God." In response to the question of why he decided to write a new book: Ragioniamo sul demonio. Tra superstizioni, mito e realtà (“Let’s Reason About the Devil: Between Superstitions, Myth