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Cardinal Dolan Wall Street Journal interview is very big news

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Yesterday’s report on Cardinal Dolan’s interview with the Wall Street Journal is historic and well worth cheering about. If you understand the culture wars, this is very big news.

There are many pro-life, pro-family leaders who have been suffering for decades while waiting, working and praying for this to finally start happening - because it has to happen.

Our catastrophic social/moral decline cannot be halted until our religious, especially Christian, leaders abandon their fears and negligence, clean house within and do their job, no matter how much they suffer for it. There is no other way. They have to imitate their master who showed the Way.

It is mainly the abandonment of religious belief and practice that got us where we are and it is the renewal of that belief and practice that will restore clear thinking, openness to heroic virtue and respect for the natural order of life. Everyone, Christian and non-Christian, will gain from this.

Today’s report on Martin Sheen’s infantile understanding of his Catholic faith is much more a story about the poor formation he received from his Church than about his own personal failings. Sheen is representative of millions of confused and lost, but well meaning, Christians suffering because of their ignorance.

Religion, especially authentic Christianity, can be a great power for good, confounding all other forces in the world. That is why Communists, Nazis, the de-populationists and all other anti-human ideologues all try to destroy real Christians and genuine Christian thought.

They fear Christianity, especially the Catholic Church, because they know its potential power. It is not of this world. It is based on a powerful love which the other forces do not possess. They can only manipulate, deceive and bludgeon people into conformity to their selfish goals.

That interview took guts on Cardinal Dolan’s part. This current head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops very publicly admitted what we have known for so long, but which so very few bishops have been willing to admit - the bishops have greatly failed to shepherd.

They have especially failed on teaching about the difficult moral issues - not just contraception - although as Pope Paul VI strongly made the now proven case in Humanae Vitae, widespread contraceptive use poisons every aspect related to human sexuality. Why? Because it denies and corrupts the real purpose of our sexual life.

Once that is denied and abandoned, eventually anything, and I do mean anything, goes. We are seeing it all around us and there are much more frightening things to come unless the brakes of faith are put on.

The Cardinal Archbishop of New York admitted that the Church has failed to teach the Catholic teaching on contraception. It therefore, he concludes, “forfeited the chance to be a coherent moral voice when it comes to one of the more burning issues of the day.” He is referring to the Obama mandate on all Catholic and other Christian institutions.

Yes, the Church has less moral authority these days because it has not been much of a spiritual, evangelizing Church anymore. Bishops have tended to be politicians with mitres, business managers, liberal social activists or just plain timid administrators.

Dolan told the interviewer, “I’m not afraid to admit that we have an internal catechetical challenge—a towering one—in convincing our own people of the moral beauty and coherence of what we teach. That’s a biggie,” he said. Yes it is, but he knows, as we all do, that with God anything is possible.

Now the Cardinal has to be convinced that he must also start to forcefully teach Catholics that they cannot vote for any politicians who accept the killing of children in their mother’s womb or who would vote for same-sex “marriage”. And we hope and pray that he will accept the need, out of charity, to finally start denying the sacraments to obstinately pro-abortion, pro-homosexual ‘marriage” Catholic politicians.

LifeSiteNews gets lots of heat for what is labelled as “criticizing bishops”. But you know, everything we report has a purpose, and it is never a negative purpose. Our reports on episcopal failings, as well as our reports on wonderful courage and action by clergy, such as these statements by Dolan, are all meant to help STRENGTHEN Catholic and other religious leaders. We need them. LifeSiteNews staff have zero interest in undermining and hurting religion. That would be counterproductive for the good of life and family.

The sheer “white hatred” (we are told) that we know some clergy have for LifeSiteNews is confounding. But then, in most of those particular cases there has to be something else involved, rather than what is publicly expressed as being the reasons for their animosity. It likely has to do with our defense of all genuine traditional sexual morality, especially regarding homosexuality. Not much else can explain such an irrational response to our reports which are very deliberately never angry or remotely hateful. We report the facts, and for some, that is too much.

Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop Chaput and the growing number of other bishops and orthodox Christian leaders who are experiencing a new awakening to their full call in today’s world (thank you President Obama) need lots of support, encouragement and prayers to stay the course. They are going to be hugely tempted to cave and compromise and not go even further than they already have. However, we want them to become saints, for their own good, and for ours. Let’s all help them to do just that.



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Voices crying in the wilderness over Pope Francis document

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Top of the Drudge Report, one of the world's most accessed websites, on the day Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) was released.

April 8, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Here we go again, having to publish unpopular views about yet another action by Pope Francis, a pope more heavily praised by the secular world than any other in history, it seems, and a pope  who is especially lauded by all Catholic Church progressives and other progressives such as Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders. This has happened so often now that we at times feel like voices crying in the wilderness whom relatively few understand.

John the Baptist, was the person whom that description of a “voice in the wilderness” was applied to in scripture. He was compelled, for love of God and the truth, to publicly castigate King Herod for divorcing his wife and unlawfully taking Herodias, the wife of his brother. God’s Ten Commandments simply did not permit it.

Herod did not want to hear what he knew was the truth, but worse, his new, illicit wife and her daughter, perhaps comparable to today’s radical feminists, wanted the Baptist’s head for his boldness in discomforting them – and they got it.

So, we are treading on sensitivities that cause ferocious reactions from those who have much invested in a loosening of the Catholic Church’s over 2,000 years’ old moral teachings.

Those moral absolutes have been nothing less than Jesus Christ’s – God’s - teachings – for all time.

The Catholic Church is understood to be the most influential and last bastion in the world still in the way of the New World Order in which all those supposedly out-of-date teachings can no longer be permitted to be so absolute, if even taught at all.

As we are now seeing in so many stories on LifeSite, there are many things that the world insists we no longer have any right to even say anymore. That is because they upset certain people. And that is now considered to be a crime punishable by hateful harassment, firing from jobs, large fines and even criminal charges. Truth is no longer considered a defense

It is said that the world has dramatically changed and history and Natural Law no longer apply. Everyone has to quickly move along and get with the modern world - population control, the climate change agenda, the sexual revolution and a complete revamp of the world's economic systems to facilitate forced transfers of wealth. People are supposedly no longer capable of adhering to the demanding, old-fashioned, traditional Catholic religion.

When we received a copy of the “The Joy of Love”, a quick read revealed of course many praiseworthy, strong and inspiring affirmations of Catholic teachings, but it also revealed more than a few clearly problematic statements – time bombs, that will certainly be exploded by those who have been anticipating such opportunities.

Having now observed the reactions and outcomes of many similar Francis items, it has become almost Second nature to understand how certain ambiguous, imprecise, incomplete or oddly worded statements will play out in the real world.

The main analysis emphasis for truly honest and faithful reporters has become, what will those who read or hear these statements and documents actually do with them? What will be the main focus of reactions and the actual impact on the world?

That is the most important effort that should be undertaken, in our opinion, related to any of these documents and statements by Pope Francis. That is, the overall content is less important than the actual impact on the faith, on culture, on the world, which might result from only small parts of the content or from one or two sentences in a dialogue. 

In the third year of the Francis pontificate, it has become fairly easy to predict these outcomes, because the same patterns have repeatedly occurred.

The ambiguous statements, the statements that do not contradict Catholic teaching, but which are also missing necessary related hard teachings and essential clarifications to questions that are certain to be asked – those are the ones that always get the most attention, such as, "Who am I to judge?"

They are interpreted to have finally opened previously always closed doors. They generate the most reaction and are cited all over the world by the media, by progressive Catholics, and by an astonishing number of non-Catholics, to justify behaviors and changes that totally contradict fully explained, related Catholic teaching.

See the fascinating collage of many news headlines on One-Peter-5 that provides evidence of the predicted inevitable response to "The Joy of Love." 

At the same time, many faithful Catholics are determined to see only the predominant orthodox statements. They make it harshly known that they consider any criticism to be disrespectful and malevalently belittling the supposed greater positive impact of those boldly stated orthodox teachings by Francis.

To them, Pope Francis' strong orthodox statements should cause any critics or doubters to accept that everything else in the statement or document must be positively interpreted, with the assumption that Francis could only have intended this or that orthodox point. All else is sensational, slanderous  speculation unbecoming a Catholic.

So, it seems to be a lose-lose for us at times, as it seemed for John the Baptist.

Still, we will continue to report what our faithful readers expect us to report – the truth, especially the truth that most others would prefer to ignore or perhaps just don’t see.

We will continue to be trustworthy, always respectful reporters on these controversial developments – for love of truth and for love of God.

See related articles:

Wildly divergent reactions to Pope’s exhortation: a study on the results of ambiguity

Pope Francis opens door to Communion for ‘remarried’ Catholics in landmark exhortation

Catholics cannot accept elements of Pope’s exhortation that threaten faith and family

The Pope’s confused message undermines his own pastoral program

Pope Francis condemns abortion, euthanasia, same-sex ‘marriage’ in exhortation



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Mother Angelica has been an inspiration to LifeSite for years – pray for her

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March 31, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – EWTN founder Mother Angelica has been a major inspiration to John-Henry Westen and I since we founded LifeSite in 1997. Her example of always telling it like it is as an act of charity to her viewers and her method of just going ahead and doing what she felt God wanted her to do, regardless of criticisms or lack of funds, both made eminent sense to us.

She showed us what we wanted to do, and just had to do, for the pro-life, pro-family world. So very few media were telling the public uncomfortable or politically incorrect truths and among the religious media and many pro-life and pro-family organizations there was too much caution and concern about not rocking the boat or being too "rigid".

Mother was real, she had street smarts, and we have always tried to be real instead of serving our own or other unworthy agendas. We have also just gone ahead and done what we have felt inspired to do, no matter how outrageous it seemed to others, trusting in providence for our needs. 

The video that we posted a few days ago of Mother bluntly calling out the blasphemy of the portrayal of Christ on the Cross by a woman during World Youth day in Denver, Colorado, is something that every Catholic and any other Christian today needs to watch. Mother made it very plain that the liberal laity, religious, bishops and cardinals were trying to destroy the Church and that it should not be tolerated. We must not be afraid to speak up. In fact, she made it plain that we have a serious duty to God to do so.

As far as I am concerned that video shows the type of religious and clergy urgently needed today to save the Church from its ongoing self-destruction by negligence, faithlessness, cowardice, worldiness, corruption and pride.

Mother Angelica is gone, but her legacy lives on, thanks especially to all the television footage we have been viewing these past few days showing the totally up front, street-smart, funny and holy evangelist without any airs that Mother Angelica was.

Steve Skojec of the praiseworthy blog One Peter 5, and another follower and admirer of Mother Angelica, wrote an article yesterday about the need to continue to pray for Mother, which anyone who knew her is what she surely would have wanted. They could see her in their minds wagging her finger at anyone who dared to presume she was already in Heaven, as tends to be the norm in today's progressive Catholicism.

The best thing we can do for her right now, as Skojec emphasizes, it to pray for Mother’s soul, even while knowing that she was among the holier persons we have ever known in this life.

Here is Steve Skojec’s article, reprinted with permission:

We Must Pray for the Dead, Even the Holy

By Steve Skojec On March 30, 2016

Yesterday, I wrote a tribute to Mother Angelica, a woman whose life and work was defined by her willingness to say what God wants us to hear, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us. In fact, as she herself once said, “Those who tell the Truth love you. Those who tell you what you want to hear love themselves.”

She also said, “It’s your obligation to speak the truth, and everyone can either take it or leave it. But truth must be in us. We live in such a poverty of truth today.”

When it came to the way we live our faith, she admonished, “If you’re not a thorn in somebody’s side, you aren’t doing Christianity right.”

As for what drove her? “I’m not afraid to fail…I’m scared to death of dying and having the Lord say to me, ‘Angelica, this is what you might have done had you trusted more.”

You see, Mother Angelica was, by every conceivable measure, a deeply pious and holy woman. A woman who knew the value of suffering offered up to God. But as my old professor, Dr. Regis Martin (who appears frequently on Mother’s own network) used to say, “The real saints are the last people in the neighborhood to know that.”

This is because true holiness places us face to face with the frailty of our humanity. Our sinful, fallen nature. When compared the the ultimate perfection of God, our sins are scarlet, our faults stand out in grand contrast.

St. Catherine of Genoa, a 15th-century mystic who was given the experience of Purgatory during her life and is considered the “theologian of Purgatory,” explains what happens when we come into contact with God’s perfections after death:

“The greatest suffering of the souls in purgatory, it seems to me, is the awareness that something in them displeases God, that they have deliberately gone against His great goodness … I can also see … that the divine essence is so pure and light-filled — much more than we can imagine — that the soul that has but the slightest imperfection would rather throw itself into a thousand hells than appear thus before the divine presence.” Hence “the soul … aware that the impediment it faces cannot be removed in any other way, hurls itself into Purgatory …. That is why the soul seeks to cast off any and all impediments so it can be lifted up to God.”

(As cited in the book, Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages, and Warnings from Purgatory, p. 41)

Mother Angelica died with the last rites of the Church and an apostolic pardon. She lived a holy life doing God’s work. She voluntarily embraced suffering that could be offered up as a sacrifice to God. If anyone has a chance at a straight shot to heaven, it’s her.

But we must not presume. We do not know what God knows about her. We are not privy to the hidden recesses of her soul. This is why praying for the living and the dead are spiritual works of mercy. We are duty-bound to pray for souls that pass from this life, that their sufferings in Purgatory (if any) will be lessened. Most of us will go there. Some for quite a long time. We all need to pray for each other, and I’ve often joked that I will come down and haunt my family members and friends if they forget to do so!

I know for a fact that Mother would want our prayers, and would tell us that even if she made it, those graces might be applied to the Holy Souls in purgatory who are not yet done being purified.

If someone tells you Mother is in heaven before the Church’s process of canonization (which I fully expect will begin on her behalf) is done, do not listen to them. If you loved Mother in this life, pray for her in the next. Know that your prayers will never go to waste.

Particularly when it comes to the death of someone who is well-loved, we are told before the body is cold that they are “in a better place.” It may be true, but we just don’t know. This is what we want to hear, not what’s best for them. Remember, “Those who tell the Truth love you. Those who tell you what you want to hear love themselves.”

Pray for Mother Angelica, and all the souls of the faithful departed. May they rest in peace.

This article by Steve Skojec was re-published with permission from One Peter 5.



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Appeasement to social radicals only feeds their hate

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March 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - The devilish, extreme pressure that has been put on Georgia’s governor, the targetting of North Carolina and the firing of a British magistrate are further examples of a rapidly growing tyranny that good people must strongly oppose. The more we appease those who are imposing these evils, the more they will be emboldened to take away even more of our freedoms and rights.

Appeasement is certain to grow the evil. No matter what the current cost may be, no amount of appeasement will be acceptable to these enemies of life, family and faith. We feed their hate by giving into any of their demands. They will never be satisfied with anything but total elimination from society of the moral standards of Christian civilization.

Mother Angelica showed how we must oppose these evils. To some she seemed extreme. No, she was right on. We must all do the same – call things what they are.

It’s long, but if you can spend the time to either watch my speech to the Bringing America Back to Life conference, or read the full text published today, I am sure you will find it beneficial to understanding our role and yours in this great culture war and how to endure what for many would otherwise be unendurable.



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