Friday, December 31, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
“The Pope is of great authority and power, that he is able to modify, declare, or interpret even divine laws. The Pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts as vicegerent of God upon earth...” — Lucius Ferraris, in “Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica, Juridica, Moralis, Theologica, Ascetica, Polemica, Rubristica, Historica”, Volume V, article on “Papa, Article II”, titled “Concerning the extent of Papal dignity, authority, or dominion and infallibility”, #30, published in Petit-Montrouge (Paris) by J. P. Migne, 1858 edition.
If this were really possible then the Papal Church should have no problem in changing any of the Ten Commandments to whatever they want and whenever they want and just exhorting that they had the authority. I would have expected Catholics to have said the same thing in regards to the second Commandment but when it comes to idolatry, instead of stating they deleted the second Commandment and they were allowed to do this, some Catholics tend to get upset and say that there is no idolatry in the Catholic Church. Like most people, it seems easy to sweep the fourth Commandment under the carpet but not so easy when it comes to something like idolatry.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
The Rev. Kevin Gray allegedly blew the money he looted from his financially struggling parish over seven years on male escorts, rooms at hotels, including the Waldorf, designer clothes, trendy restaurants and tuition for several young studs.
Gray, 64, regularly shacked up in an Upper East Side apartment that he rented for a 35-year-old man, court documents charge.
The priest not only paid for the apartment, but also the Harvard tuition for his male friend, authorities said. Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/gay_priest_commits_sin_eBwNIJe1LREIpLjCSsG4cM#ixzz3mqwMEupD
Gray was ordered held in lieu of $750,000 bond yesterday after appearing in Waterbury Superior Court. His alleged scam was exposed by a recent Hartford Archdiocese financial review of his Sacred Heart Parish, whose overwhelmingly Hispanic congregation he had led since 2003.
Church officials notified cops, whose arrest warrant for Gray tells a tawdry tale of his lust for men and the Big Apple high life.
From 2003 until this past March, that warrant said, Gray charged more than $205,000 to restaurants, including Tavern on the Green, L'Absinthe, Brunelli and Giovanni. Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/gay_priest_commits_sin_eBwNIJe1LREIpLjCSsG4cM#ixzz3mqvyiMxc
Sacramentals are objects, which serve to elevate our minds toward God. Statues are sacramentals blessed by Mother Church. Saint Paul told the Romans to render honor to whom honor was due. Honor certainly is due to Christ and in a different, lower degree, honor is also due to those heroic men and women who died following Christ. That is the basis, the principle for our veneration of images.
Statues adorn our churches and homes. There is a distinctive difference between Catholic and non-Catholic churches. Catholic churches present an atmosphere of beauty and warmth. This homelike feeling is due principally to the Presence of Christ in the tabernacle, but also the welcoming lifelike statues.
During the many ages before the invention of printing, Catholics learned their Faith from studying the figures of the saints and holy scenes in the stained glass windows of our churches.
This photo, which I took when I was in Rome, was taken one hour after the Vatican Guards rejected us entrance to St. Peter's Square with a wooden cross. Yet, they never blinked an eye when they let this "Golden Calf" idol of Mary, seated on a throne, dressed in black velvet, holding a dead Jesus, passed right into St. Peter's Square without question.
The photos he took are below
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows:
Jay Leno called many years ago to apologize for insulting Catholics. I accepted his apology and told him why he crossed the line. At that time, he was making fun of the Eucharist. He got the point, and the conversation ended amicably. But now I know the man is insincere.
The lawsuit, filed in New Haven, alleges that the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra, the pastor at St. Augustine Church in Seymour, abused William Dotson starting in the mid-1980s when Dotson was an altar boy at St. Francis Church in New Haven.
The Archdiocese of Hartford said that it had not been served with the lawsuit and knew about it only from media reports.
The lawsuit alleges that the abuse started one day after catechism class at St. Francis when Dotson was 10. It alleges that Bzdyra took Dotson into the basement and accused him of telling a lie during the class. Bzdyra then pulled down Dotson's pants, whipped him with his belt and anally raped him, the lawsuit said. The priest told Dotson that if he told anyone, he would report Dotson's mother to the welfare department for "having too many jobs" and he would be taken away by the state, never to see his family again.