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July 28, 2014

Catholic Priest tells Atheist the Bible is full of fiction

By Connecticut Catholic Corner

An atheist attempts to prove to a Catholic priest that 1) the Bible is wrong and 2) God doesn't exist.

The Catholic priest tells the atheist 1) the "Bible is full of fiction" 2) God did not create the world in a week and 3) "you're not supposed to take the Bible literally".


The impression I got (could be wrong) is that this priest thinks the entire Old Testament is pure fiction, with made up stories to be used to prove Jesus is the Christ in the New Testament. (Not sure how anyone can or would want to use fiction to prove a Truth, but this priest seems to think he's making his case that way.)

I was very disappointed with the priest denying what God commanded the Jews under the Old Covenant to do (stoning, death penalty etc.).  The priest does this a lot when the atheist mentions the Leviticus Laws.  Just own up to it Father!  It's in the Bible, God commanded it under the Old Covenant. Period!  The priest insists over and over again that it is the "culture" that determined things like stoning- he completely ignores and rejects the fact that God DID command people to be stoned if they were found guilty of certain sins.  Its in the Bible NOT because of "culture" but because it's God's Word.

I do give kudos to the priest for TRYING to educate the atheist on 'free will' but sadly, the atheist still doesn't understand it.  Of course he's not alone, even the Christian Calvinists don't understand "free will".

What do you think of the discussion?

I wish the discussion had continued...perhaps the atheist will meet with the priest again and record that meeting as well.  Since the atheist has such a problem with the Old Testament, I would suggest he also try speaking with a Rabbi about those Leviticus Laws.


In Christ,


Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner


Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CGybXa_dE8


July 27, 2014

Catholic Priest dancing in parish church

Ummm...


...at least this doesn't appear to be happening DURING Mass although the news article covering the story seems to indicate Fr. Pepe often breaks out his dance moves(see link below) in and outside his parish church.

Quote: "Masses are packed, often with queues forming outside the church, all thanks to the priest Father Pepe who delights the congregation by performing the sevillanas – a traditional dance linked to flamenco.Father Pepe – full name Jose Planas Moreno – hitches up his white cassock, raises his arms above his head and kicks his heels in the aisles.
Female worshippers in the district of Campanilla take it in turns to dance with 66-year-old Father Pepe.
Videos of a recent mass taken on the local feast day and uploaded on to YouTube has gone viral on social networks and spread Father Pepe's fame far beyond his parish."

More HERE.


In Christ,


Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner

source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/watch-catholic-priest-dances-aisles-3919536


July 26, 2014

Catholic Nun beaten by male teacher

This is disturbing...

From what I can gather, this Catholic nun, Sister Chakupaleza is being beaten (this is graphic) by a teacher at the Catholic school they both work for.

Apparently, Sister Chakupaleza was following orders to lock the doors of a rental house used by science teacher Mr. Daswell Sichilongo because he owed them back rent.  The nun did what she was told and was terribly beaten for it.

When Mr. Daswell finally gets into the building (shown in the video), he proceeds to violently punch and kick the Catholic nun who tries to get away and avoid his vicious blows.



Quote: "Sister Emma Chakupaleza, an acting head teacher at Roma Girls Secondary School was battered 3 days ago after locking the house occupied by Mr. Daswell Sichilongo, a Science teacher at the same school."
The violent science teacher was eventually arrested for assault- which he attempted to deny (must not have known he was video taped beating the poor nun.

Soon after, Father Kunda a spokesperson for the school made the following statement:

Quote: "ZEC spokesperson Father Winfield Kunda says the violent beating of defenceless Reverend Sister Emma Chakupaleza for executing her duty by a fellow teacher was uncalled for and deserves serious condemnation from all well-meaning Zambia especially in this day when gender based violence has no place in society. Father Kunda says in a society where restraint and mutual dialogue no matter the provocation is being preached, it was expected of Mr.Daswell Sichilongo to control himself unlike resorting to violence especially that he is a teacher who should not only teach science subjects but also morals to his pupils. He says what he portrayed especially on Camera for a widely watched TV station deserves condemnation. Father Kunda adds that to make matters worse, this uncalled for actions have even gone viral on social media and shall be there forever further exposing the Reverend Sister whose noble vocation to serve the entire humanity to more embarrassment and pain."

I wonder if Mr. Sichilongo would have treated the priest with violence if it has been the priest who locked the door rather than a nun?


God have mercy.  I pray the nun is now doing well and recovering from her injuries.


In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner

Sources:
http://tumfweko.com/2014/07/23/roma-girls-teacher-denies-assaulting-catholic-nun/

http://tumfweko.com/2014/07/24/sad-actual-video-showing-how-teacher-attacked-catholic-nun-and-boss/comment-page


http://tumfweko.com/2014/07/21/teacher-hands-himself-over-to-police-after-battering-catholic-nun/




July 25, 2014

Preparing for Sunday...

By Connecticut Catholic Corner





Don't mind me...I'm just preparing for Sunday.



In Christ,


Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner



Pope Francis' new interview to be released Sunday:
Source: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-francis-gives-new-interview



July 24, 2014

EWTN Press Release: EWTN is Expanding!

EWTN TO OPEN WEST COAST STUDIO
AT CHRIST CATHEDRAL CAMPUS

ORANGE COUNTY STUDIO TO SUPPORT
ONGOING NEWS & TELEVISION PRODUCTION



Irondale, AL – EWTN Global Catholic Network has begun construction of its first West Coast television production facility located on the campus of Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange, California. EWTN hopes to begin using the studio to transmit news, televised Masses, and inspiring stories of faith to its global audience by the end of the year. A joint announcement of the new facility was made at the annual Napa Institute gathering in Napa, California on July 24 by EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw and the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange.


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange acquired the former Crystal Cathedral in November 2011 and took possession of the property in September 2013. Shortly after moving onto the campus, the Diocese began an extensive renovation to restore the 34-acre campus and its seven buildings to their former magnificence - upgrading them to modern earthquake and energy efficiency standards in order to accommodate the unique needs of a large and vibrant parish, Diocesan Pastoral Office and Catholic school. As part of the renovations of the campus, the Diocese has worked to develop the capacity to share its events, liturgical celebrations, news and other topics of interest with audiences throughout Southern California and the world.
 
“As we transform the Christ Cathedral campus into a dynamic and inspirational center of Catholic worship and outreach, we are blessed to partner with EWTN to share our community’s energy and faithful witness with the world. EWTN’s partnership will profoundly benefit our Church, enabling us to share the love of Christ with millions across the world in multiple languages from the Cathedral campus, here in Orange County,” said the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange.
 
"EWTN is pleased to be able to collaborate with Bishop Vann and the Diocese of Orange on this important new project. The studio being developed there will be of great benefit to EWTN's programming efforts around the globe,” said Network CEO Michael P. Warsaw. “The location of the facility gives EWTN a presence in an area of the country where the Network will be able to execute programs that would be difficult to produce elsewhere, particularly for our Spanish-language channels.
 
“We are also pleased to develop this West Coast studio in advance of the historic renovation of the Christ Cathedral itself. We will be well positioned and prepared to share news of this closely watched transformation with our viewers,” said Warsaw.
 
As the world’s largest religious media network, EWTN transmits television programming 24 hours a day to more than 230 million homes in 140 countries and territories through cable, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), broadcast TV and digital media platforms. EWTN airs family and religious programming from a Catholic point of view in multiple languages. The network offers inspiring talk shows, entertaining children's animation, exclusive teaching series, live coverage of Church events, and thought-provoking documentaries. Programming originating from the Christ Cathedral campus will be included within its broadcast content mix for global audiences.
                                                                                        ###
EWTN Global Catholic Network, now in its 33rd year, transmits 11 separate television networks in multiple languages to over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. EWTN also distributes a global radio service that is available through satellite radio platforms such as SiriusXM and Sky, a network of terrestrial AM & FM stations, a worldwide short-wave radio station and digital outlets such as iHeart Radio. With its Internet and digital media platforms, including the www.ewtn.com website, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world. Earlier in 2014, the network launched EWTN News Nightly, the first global daily newscast from a Catholic perspective. EWTN also recently announced its acquisition of the Denver-based Catholic News Agency and the ACI Prensa Group headquartered in Lima, Peru. ACI Prensa is the largest Spanish-language Catholic news service in the world.
 

July 17, 2014

We have a pope problem and we can't ignore it.

By Connecticut Catholic Corner


"According to their knowledge, competence and prestige which they possess, [the Christian faithful] have the right and even at the times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful"- Canon Law 212 Section 3 


About once a year I find myself in opposition to something Michael Voris says (most of the time I think he is spot on and an excellent teacher of the Faith - I highly recommend watching his 'Talks' videos).

Sadly today is one of those rare occasions when I disagree with Michael Voris.

God love you Michael Voris for trying to be the calm in the chaos of Pope Francis’ wake yet again, but I think you’ve got it wrong- at least partly wrong.

Today Voris put out an episode of the Vortex telling Catholics to ‘take a chill pill’ and wait a few days each time Pope Francis opens his mouth so that the Vatican has time to come out with numerous statements clarifying what the Pope MEANT to say.




Got that?  

Don’t listen to what the Pope says; only pay attention to what the Vatican tells you Pope Francis MEANT to say.

That is the SAD reality of our Catholic Church today.  We've got a pope problem and the only answer some are giving is 'ignore him'.  

For months, especially this last week, Catholic writers and bloggers (some of them priests) have been suggesting Catholics “IGNORE THE POPE” because he's causing chaos and division within the Church.  And now it seems Michael Voris is telling us the same thing, but for a different reason.

Voris quote: "Did you hear the reports saying the Pope said God doesn’t REALLY exist? Or did you see the headline that said the Pope said all that matters is overthrowing world economic markets?
Those might as well be the headlines, because they are just about as valid as any of the stuff being trotted out under the banner “WHAT THE POPE SAID TODAY”.Really, this nonsense has got to stop. From Rome on down to the Catholic blogasterium, to the secular press to Catholics on Facebook and so forth.This pope has an off-handed way of talking. Ok. Does he guard his every word and consider that he should be much more circumspect in what he says and to whom? It’s clear its not his style. No, he doesn’t do that.He talks a lot – and that’s who he is. And he has perhaps in little more than a year, become the most ill-quoted and misrepresented Pope in the history of the Church.Does he need to stop talking to so many people in such an off-handed fashion. That argument could be made somewhat easily. But face it, he aint gonna do that.So, Catholics around the world need to stop going crazy and just ignore much of this reporting until a few days have gone by after a reported strange comment."-end quote-  
             
Voris says “ignore much of this REPORTING” – what about the actual INTERVIEWS that the Vatican puts on and off and on (again) its website over and over again?  Do we ignore those too?

The issue for me, isn't what the media says, its what the pope ACTUALLY says..."who am I to judge"..."make a mess"...‘The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old".  And what about what he's done?  Washing women's (and Muslims) feet during Holy Week?  I KNOW Voris objects to that (because its WRONG), he's voiced his disapproval for priests who wash women's feet numerous times. These things are a problem, and this problem will not go away by ignoring it.

Many Catholics (bloggers, Facebook, Twitter or other social media junkies etc) are voicing their confusion because we WANT someone to tell us ‘it ain’t so!” but most of the time the Vatican can’t even do that because these ‘interviews’ are done with no proof of what was actually said.

So we either call the person doing the interview a liar (maybe they are, we don’t know) or we point out the fact that the Pope continues to put HIMSELF in a position to BE confusing.

When the pope does that, Catholics (on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc) should NOT be blamed for freaking out.  It's not our fault this stuff comes out of his mouth constantly causing us to feel confused and disappointed and quite frankly nervous.


Voris says:  What’s the moral of the story. Forget the headlines, forget the blogs by the Church of Nice crowd, forget the knee jerk stupidity and just chill out and wait for the ACTUAL facts, or correct translation, or appropriate clarification to be issued.

I am really surprised at Voris for basically stating that Catholics should ignore everything that comes out of the pope’s mouth because only the Vatican can correctly interpret the Holy Father.  That the laity must sit back and wait for the Vatican to tell us what the pope means. 

Really Michael?  Is that where we are now?  Am I misunderstanding Voris here?

I understand the other Catholic bloggers who say 'ignore the pope because he's not THE FAITH and he can't change dogma so why worry', but I don't understand being told to ignore the pope because we must wait for the Vatican tell us what the pope MEANT to say.

Has this ever before happened in our Church history?  That a pope could not speak for himself because no one but the Vatican could understand him?

The problem is, ignoring the head of the Holy Catholic Church is NOT easy- especially when he scares you.  

And let’s be honest here, Pope Francis scares/worries a LOT of people.

I don’t know Michael Voris personally, but have followed his web shows for years now and watched more of his Youtube Catholic teaching videos than I can count.

But to be honest, I get the feeling from listening to Voris for so many years that he isn’t any happier with the current pope than most of the rest of us. (I say this because I recently listened to a talk he gave called “Satan’s Defeat” (excellent by the way) which took place after Pope Benedict resigned, in which Voris was asked who he wished would be our next pope and Voris said Cardinal Raymond Burke whom he wished would take the name Pope Leo XIV- clear indicator he was wishing for a very orthodox, straight talking, no confusion holy pope-like many of us). (note Voris' comment is the final few seconds of the video)

Voris has made it perfectly clear he will not publicly criticize a sitting pope, but that doesn’t automatically mean he’s any happier about what is happening than the rest of us.

He tells us not to have a 'knee jerk' reaction to the pope, but if I were a betting person I would bet Voris has had his own knee jerk moments because of the pope- he just refuses to do so publicly.  

I get a visual of Voris doing a face plant each time Pope Francis does an “interview/non-interview” as the tsunami of chaos ripples over the world.  Once he prays and calms down he has to get to work figuring out how he’s going to steer through the latest storm the Holy Father has unleashed on the world with his next Vortex episode. I admire him for trying and respect him tremendously for NOT going against his view that publicly criticizing a pope is wrong.

Where I disagree with Voris this time, is in laying the blame on the laity and even the media for freaking out when we hear or read what the Holy Father has said.  If this was JUST that the media was at fault for taking something out of context (like with Pope Benedict and the “condom” incident) Voris would have a point.  But the issue is Pope Francis himself- he's purposely putting himself CONTINUALLY in the position to cause chaos.

There are NO MORE excuses for Pope Francis on this- at least in MY opinion.

Pope Francis gives the first interview and chaos erupts.  The interview was on the Vatican website, then taken down from the Vatican website and yesterday it’s back up on the Vatican website and then taken down TODAY- again.

Chaos and confusion.

The Pope does a second interview and the world goes into a tailspin over it.  The Vatican (as Voris points out) has to AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN come out with statements to calm the Catholic world by telling us basically NOT to listen to anything Pope Francis says, just wait for the Vatican to tell you all what he actually MEANT to say.

And last week Pope Francis has done it again.

More chaos and confusion.

Voris puts a lot of the blame on Catholics for freaking out and the media for misunderstanding or misinterpreting the Pope.

Well WHEN is the Pope going to be responsible for what HE says and does?

Why is everyone else getting blamed for what HE says?  What he’s said at times IS scary.  We have a legitimate reason for our unease with this Pope.

Pope Francis said he wanted "a mess" and he's doing a fantastic job of creating a mess in the Church.  


Are we in for YEARS of one mess after another?   
                                                             
This "mess" is on the Pope, not the laity.

If he cared about the confusion and chaos suffered (and it is suffering) by the Catholic laity he would STOP doing these interview/non-interviews, but apparently he’s MORE concerned with his own pleasure in being interviewed, rather than what is best for the Church.

He’s got a priority problem.

And we the Church have a pope problem. 

Some people don’t want to say what needs saying, but it’s the truth.  We have a pope problem.  

It’s an easy fix, just STOP giving off the cuff interviews/non-interviews.  Stick to pre-written statements that the Vatican has looked over to make sure there will be NO chaos or confusion. That way we won't have to wait days for the Vatican to explain what the pope MEANT rather than what he said.

Sadly, I don't think Pope Francis will change for the good of the Church.  He wants a 'mess' and he's determined to continue making a mess within the Church.  

That's a problem we can't ignore.

I pray someone at the Vatican will fix it and be able to clean up Pope Francis' mess.

God help us and give us clarity where we have a mess of chaos and confusion.


In Christ,


Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner


"Is the hierarchy perhaps free to teach what they find most to their liking on matters of religion, or what they expect will be most pleasing to the proponents of certain current views opposed to all doctrine? Certainly not! The prime duty of the episcopate is to transmit strictly and faithfully the original message of Christ, the sum total of the truths which He revealed and confided to the Apostles as necessary for salvation." -Pope Paul VI

"The sacred deposit of truth must be safeguarded. It is absolutely vital that the Church never for an instant lose sight of the holy patrimony of truth inherited from the Fathers ... This is the certain and unchangeable doctrine to which the faithful owe obedience." -Pope John XXIII 




Voris’ wish for next pope: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6FIQOdD024 (see the last 3 seconds of the video; it’s his final comment at the end of the talk).


July 16, 2014

Pope Francis and illegal immigrants rant

Posted by Connecticut Catholic Corner


Since Pope Francis has joined the ‘conversation’ about the tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children flooding into the United States I am going to get political for a moment.  I am sure this will be extremely unpopular with most, but I really don’t care.  I’m fed up so I am going to rant.

The Pope says the ILLEGAL immigrants must be “welcomed and protected”.  

Certainly we want them protected, but why would we ‘welcome’ uninvited ‘guests’ whom we can’t afford to care for, who bring sickness and disease, and who deplete our school systems and funds for the poor who are LEGALLY here?  This is an INVASION (as in UNWANTED), not an open border invitation to migration!  

These are NOT 'refugees' no matter how much a bleeding heart liberal wants to spin it that way.

I am not totally insensitive to these children, it’s a sad situation, but the answer is NOT allowing tens of thousands of ILLEGAL immigrants to walk into the United States and stay here. We simply can not be an open border nation that allows anyone and everyone to simply walk over the border and live here.  We have laws.  If someone wants to come live here DO IT LEGALLY.

And I have to ask Pope Francis, 'just who are YOU to judge us'?

Perhaps the Holy Father will welcome them to Vatican City?? 

I think that is a grand idea!

Grab some petty cash from the Vatican Bank, send it to the United States and we will HAPPILY put them all on planes to the Vatican.

How about that Holy Father?  Will YOU "welcome and protect" them all in Vatican City? 

I think not.

Pope’s statement (translated by Google so there are errors): 
   
Papal message on the occasion of  
"Mexico Holy See colloquium on human migration and development "Mexico City, 14 July 2014  I would like to extend my greetings to the organizers, speakers, and Participants in the "Mexico Holy See colloquium on human migration and development." Globalization is a phenomenon that challenges us, especially in one of its principal manifestations which is emigration. It is one of the "signs" of this time that we live in and that brings us back to the words of Jesus, "Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?"(Lk 12,57). Despite the large influx of migrants present in all continents and in almost all countries, migration is still seen as an emergency, or as a sporadic and circumstantial fact, while instead it has now become a hallmark of our society and a challenge.
That it is a phenomenon carries with it great promise and many challenges. Many people suffer forced to emigrate, and often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes.Faced with this situation, I repeat what I have Affirmed in this year's Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees: " A change of attitude towards migrants and refugees is needed on the part of everyone, moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization - all typical of a throwaway culture - based on attitudes towards cultures of encounter, the only culture capable of building a better, blackberries just and fraternal world."
I would also like to draw attention to the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence: This is a category of migrants from Central America and Mexico itself who cross the border with the United States under extreme conditions and in pursuit of a hope that in most cases turns out to be vain. They are increasing day by day. This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected. These measures, however, will not be sufficient, unless they are accompanied by policies that inform people about the dangers of a journey longer available and, above all, promote 'that their development in countries of origin. Finally, this challenge demands the attention of the international community entire So that new forms of legal and secure migration may be adopted.
I wish every success to the laudable initiative of the Mexican government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in arranging a colloquium of study and reflection on the great challenge of migration and cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing to All Those present.” –end quote-


Since I am sure our Holy Father has no intention of caring for even a single illegal immigrant child or cranking open the Vatican Bank to help pay for them, I suggest the following…

1)  Send back ALL the children/teens/adults we can (that is, if we can find the families).
2)  Put the United States military on our borders (as should have happened after 9/11) and REFUSE access to illegal immigrants WITH THE EXCEPTION of human sex trafficking.
3) The children, who arrived with adults to care for them, send them to inner cities with abandoned houses.  The Federal government will have to cough up the funds to fix up these abandoned properties (they are crime dens when left abandoned anyway) and allow them to live there WHILE THEY WORK.  If they don’t find a job on their own, they can work cleaning the streets of the cities they want the right to live in.
4) ALL illegal immigrant children who REMAIN in the United States (through foster care or adoption or with a parent) MUST JOIN THE MILITARY AND SERVE FOR AT LEAST FOUR YEARS to EARN their “RIGHT” to be here when they turn 18 years old.  Refuse and you are deported on your 18th birthday.
5) They do NOT get the RIGHT to vote until AFTER they have served four years in the military- they must EARN it because they came here illegally.
6) If they refuse any of these terms, we DUMP THEM on the Mexican border and forbid them from EVER coming back or becoming residents of the United States of America. Period.

Too harsh?  I don’t think so.  These people are TAKING/STEALING from ALL legal United State’s citizens the moment they entered ILLEGALLY.  They are bringing sickness and disease that harm OUR legal citizens.  They want to be here illegally?  Let them pay and pay well for it so that others will soon know it is no vacation to enter the United States illegally. 

Enter legally and you have all the freedoms and rights of a United States citizen, come illegally and you will pay for it dearly for many years.

And let’s be clear, these people are FLOODING our borders now, NOT to escape some sudden outbreak of violence, but rather because they heard a twisted version of Obama’s “DACA” policy to allow the children of illegal immigrants ALREADY LIVING HERE to stay and become citizens. The families of these children believe that Obama opened the borders to all kids and promised to make them U.S. citizens.  THAT is why they are flooding into this country now. So the Holy Father's statement about people being "forced to migrate" is WRONG and has ZERO to do with the reason illegals are coming into the United States right now.

The 10-page July 7 report was issued by the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), which according to the Justice Department website is led by the DEA and incorporates Homeland Security. Its focus is on the collection and distribution of tactical intelligence, information which can immediately be acted on by law enforcement.
"Of the 230 migrants interviewed, 219 cited the primary reason for migrating to the United States was the perception of U.S. immigration laws granting free passes or permisos to UAC (unaccompanied children) and adult females OTMs (other than Mexicans) traveling with minors,” the report said.

Pray for this nation and for the illegal immigrants- pray that they go home and are welcomed and protected in their own homeland.  Pray that LEGAL immigrants always find the United States of America welcoming and protecting of them and THEIR RIGHT to be here- they earned it legally.

I've got nothing else to say on this matter.


In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner



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