Join thousands of bishops, priests and faithful declaring fidelity to the teachings of the Church on marriage


                     “Let marriage be honored among all”                                                                                                       Heb. 13: 4  

      “Foundations once destroyed what are the just to do?”                                                                                     Psalm 11:3

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Dear friends and followers,

In October 2015, prior to the Synod on the Family, 879,451 persons, including 8 cardinals and 203 archbishops and bishops, asked for clarity on the confusion being fostered on access to the Holy Eucharist by divorced and civilly “remarried” Catholics.

The requested clarity was never given and the confusion has instead been increased. Greatly increased.

Recently four prominent Cardinals, including Cardinal Raymond Burke, have released a historic letter to Pope Francis in which they express concern about the “grave disorientation” and “great confusion” caused by the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and plead with the pope for clarity.

The letter dated September 19, 2016, asked the pope five short questions which call for ‘yes or no’ answers which would immediately clarify the meaning of the confusion-plagued document, on the issue of Communion for the divorced and remarried. To date Pope Francis has declined to answer, which is why the Cardinals have chosen to go public with their letter.

Also a recent article in Life Site news headlined:
Cardinal Burke’s Critics fall into serious errors about the true nature and authority of the Papal Magesterium 

Quoting from that article:
“We agree that no one has the right to make a juridically-binding judgment of the pope’s official magisterial acts because, as the Code of Canon Law (c. 1404) states, “The First See is judged by no one” and acts of the Papal Magisterium are legally acts of the Holy See itself. Moreover, the following canon, in paragraph 2, specifies that “a judge cannot review an act or instrument confirmed specifically (in forma specifica) by the Roman Pontiff without his prior mandate’ This would seem to apply to apostolic exhortations approved in a specific way by the pope himself, like Amoris Laetitia.

Jeffrey Mirus, the founder of CatholicCulture.org, is concerned that Cardinal Raymond Burke might have confused the faithful by stating his intention to possibly make a “formal correction” of Pope Francis if Burke does not receive a response to several queries or dubia he and three other cardinals submitted to Francis regarding questionable affirmations in his recent apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

Mirus recognizes that a cardinal might carry out a personal, “fraternal” correction of the pope if he is personally misbehaving or straying from his apostolic mandate. He notes that St. Paul did as much to the first pope, St. Peter, when the latter was showing an undue favor to those Christians who wanted to require gentile converts to be circumcised.

It’s not clear what Cardinal Burke precisely meant by “formal” act of correction although it seems doubtful that the Cardinal means anything more than a statement written in precise and formal language. However, Mirus takes his critique of the Cardinal’s words further than this, and falls into his own ambiguous language that could mislead readers regarding the authority of papal acts and the infallibility of the pope.”

Read more…. https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/cardinal-burkes-critics-fall-into-serious-errors-about-the-true-nature-and

Given these circumstances, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, has suggested that, while respectfully waiting for these clarifications, all Catholics who still take their baptismal vows seriously should make a declaration of fidelity in unison, to Catholic Truths.

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Please consider joining Cardinal Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider in declaring your fidelity to 27 fundamental moral truths of the Church. The pledge can be found at this link: http://www.filialappeal.org/

I also ask that you consider passing this along to your family, friends and online followers asking for their prayerful consideration to support this appeal.

May God Bless You,
Spera Rose, OCDs

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Saint Andrew’s Christmas Novena


It is piously believed that whoever recites the St. Andrew Christmas novena prayer FIFTEEN times each day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas Eve will obtain the favor requ…

Source: Saint Andrew’s Christmas Novena

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Recounts? What’s Going On?


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Dear Spera Rose ,

A recount?

Nationwide protests. Safe zones. Wall-to-wall coverage of irrelevant fringe groups.

Are you seeing a pattern?

I suspect you are annoyed. Or just plain angry at the double standard and media frenzy to stall the momentum we created on November 9th.

The people financing and organizing the recount and phony protests know they can’t make Hillary president. The results are in — Donald Trump will be our next President. Republicans will control Congress. And pro-life victories are on the horizon.

But the groups opposing Trump have a plan.

The extreme left-wing (alt-left) is using the close election results as the catalyst to discredit the election while preparing their supporters for the coming political war — while distracting you. They want millions marching in the streets, and are willing to spend millions of dollars to make it happen. They’re already gearing up to create chaos on January 20, when Trump will be sworn in as our 45th president.

So what’s the point? Why are they doing this?

Because the real fights are coming — starting with the Supreme Court.

They are prepping their supporters to fight to protect the taxpayer millions for Planned Parenthood, to defend Obamacare by whatever means necessary, and to divide and divert attention from the success we have achieved.

The day Donald Trump announces his nominee to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court, the alt-left movement will shift their energies to smearing that judicial nominee as a bigoted, sexist, racist, homophobic extremist.

So what’s next?

We cannot can’t sit on our hands for the next 52 days. The other side sure isn’t. Jill Stein has raised over $7 million alone on the bogus “recount” effort. Just imagine what they have in store for the Supreme Court nomination battle!Make no mistake, this will be an epic clash from the first day of the Trump administration. And it will set the tone for the next four years.

Chip in $10 now to fight back!

Catholic voters in the four Rust Belt states of Wisconsin,Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvaniagave their support to Donald Trump. And exit polls all showed that the Supreme Court weighed very strongly on voters’ minds.

Each of these four states feature a Democratic Senator up for re-election in 2018. Three of these states feature pro-abortion extremists funded by Planned Parenthood. The fourth candidate claims to be “pro-life” but has a 65% lifetime score from Planned Parenthood — and voted to keep funding the abortion giant with our tax dollars!

Right now we are putting together our SUPREME COURT VICTORY FUND to ensure we fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court with a judge that respects the law. Our plan will focus on vulnerable Democrats in the rust belt where we just spent most of our time and money during the election campaign.

Will Tammy Baldwin (WI), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Sherrod Brown (OH) and Bob Casey (PA) listen to the voters? Or will they play political games to stop a vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee?

Remember the adage: elections have consequences?

That’s true.

But our victory will ring hollow if we give up now.

Donate now to the CV SUPREME COURT VICTORY FUND.

 
Brian
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School OK’s SATAN Oppose the “Satan Club” for 5-Year-Olds at Point Defiance Elementary School…


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TFP Student Action Newsletter

Dear Sister Rose, Ocds ,
This darkness is spreading because…

Another “After School Satan Club” received approval to begin working with students — children as young as 5 — at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington.

According to The News Tribune, the Satan Club will start on Dec. 14, 2016.

Sign your protest now

Your petition will go to Lisa Boyd, the principal of Point Defiance Elementary School, as well as to Carla J. Santorno, Superintendent for Tacoma Public Schools.

I need your prayers too.

And here’s why:  Because I’m planning to send a team of TFP Student Action volunteers to Tacoma to coordinate a prayerful rally with concerned parents right in front of the school.

You see, satanism is breaking its way into public life… targeting 5-year-old children.

And you and I must push back.

In fact, the Satanic Temple plans to open “After School Satan Clubs” at other elementary schools (at least nine), using the ploy that the program is “religious.”

However, these clubs expose very young and impressionable children to the greatest possible spiritual danger — the destructive influence of Satan.

As you can see, they’re targeting our youth.  Big time.

They want to rip God out of our culture.

And we cannot allow school children to be exposed to this dark danger without a proper and effective response.  Don’t you agree?

Push back now.

Click here to sign the petition to Keep Satan Out of Schools

We need to emphasize the danger Satanism poses for children and education.  And we must help other schools to resist the pressure coming from the Satanic Temple to allow other Satan Clubs.

Please help the nation avoid this devastating spiritual attack by…

Signing the anti-Satan petition!

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us!

Thank you for fighting the good fight.


John Ritchie
TFP Student Action, Director
www.tfpstudentaction.org

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Urgent Petition To Pope Francis: I support the 4 cardinals’ letter pleading for clarity


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Support Cardinal Burke and others by signing the petition and sending a postcard to Pope Francis.

Dear Spera Rose,
Four prominent Cardinals, including Cardinal Raymond Burke, have released an historic letter to Pope Francis in which they express concern about the “grave disorientation” and “great confusion” caused by the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and plead with the pope for clarity.

Dated September 19, 2016, the letter asked the pope five short questions which call for ‘yes or no’ answers which would immediately clarify the meaning of the confusion-plagued document, including on the issue of Communion for the divorced and remarried.

To date Pope Francis has declined to answer, which is why the Cardinals have chosen to go public with their letter.

Right now, the Holy Father needs to know that the cardinals’ concerns about the confusion caused by Amoris Laetitiaare also shared by many of the faithful.

So far, nearly 10,000 people have signedthe petition to the Holy Father expressing support for the Cardinals’ letter, while nearly 100 have sent personalized postcards to the pope expressing their concern. Please take a moment to sign the petition (click here) and then to share it far and wide! 

SIGN THE PETITION!

 

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A Prophetic Voice of Four Cardinals of the Holy Roman Catholic Church


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EXCLUSIVE: Bishop Athanasius Schneider, in defense of the Four Cardinals

NB: The following post was submitted toRorate Caeli today by His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider. We not only allow but encourage all traditional media and blogs to reprint this post and carry his critical message far and wide. Also: We know for a fact there are other prelates possessing both the true Faith and real backbone. You cardinals and bishops may also take advantage of our global readership by submitting your defense of the Four Cardinals here on Rorate. We urge you to do so.

By Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Special to Rorate Caeli

November 23, 2016

“We cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth” (2 Cor. 13: 8)

A Prophetic Voice of Four Cardinals of the Holy Roman Catholic Church

Out of “deep pastoral concern,” four Cardinals of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, His Eminence Joachim Meisner, Archbishop emeritus of Cologne (Germany), His Eminence Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop emeritus of  Bologna (Italy), His Eminence Raymond Leo Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and His Eminence Walter Brandmüller, President emeritus of the Pontifical Commission of Historical Sciences, have published on November 14, 2016, the text of five questions, called dubia (Latin for “doubts”), which previously on September 19, 2016, they sent to the Holy Father and to Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, along with an accompanying letter. The Cardinals ask Pope Francis to clear up “grave disorientation and great confusion” concerning the interpretation and practical application, particularly of chapter VIII, of the Apostolic ExhortationAmoris Laetitia and its passages relating to admission of remarried divorcees to the sacraments and the Church’s moral teaching.

In their statement entitled “Seeking Clarity: A Plea to Untie the Knots in Amoris Laetitia,” the Cardinals say that to “many — bishops, priests, faithful — these paragraphs allude to or even explicitly teach a change in the discipline of the Church with respect to the divorced who are living in a new union.” Speaking so, the Cardinals have merely stated real facts in the life of the Church. These facts are demonstrated by pastoral orientations on behalf of several dioceses and by public statements of some bishops and cardinals, who affirm that in some cases divorced and remarried Catholics can be admitted to Holy Communion even though they continue to use the rights reserved by Divine law to validly married spouses.

In publishing a plea for clarity in a matter that touches the truth and the sanctity simultaneously of the three sacraments of Marriage, Penance, and the Eucharist, the Four Cardinals only did their basic duty as bishops and cardinals, which consists in actively contributing so that the revelation transmitted through the Apostles might be guarded sacredly and might be faithfully interpreted. It was especially the Second Vatican Council that reminded all the members of the college of bishops as legitimate successors of the Apostles of their obligation, according to which “by Christ’s institution and command they have to be solicitous for the whole Church, and that this solicitude, though it is not exercised by an act of jurisdiction, contributes greatly to the advantage of the universal Church. For it is the duty of all bishops to promote and to safeguard the unity of faith and the discipline common to the whole Church” (Lumen gentium, 23; cf. alsoChristus Dominus, 5-6).

In making a public appeal to the Pope, bishops and cardinals should be moved by genuine collegial affection for the Successor of Peter and the Vicar of Christ on earth, following the teaching of Vatican Council II (cf. Lumen gentium, 22); in so doing they render “service to the primatial ministry” of the Pope (cf. Directory for the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops, 13).

The entire Church in our days has to reflect upon the fact that the Holy Spirit has not in vain inspired Saint Paul to write in the Letter to the Galatians about the incident of his public correction of Peter. One has to trust that Pope Francis will accept this public appeal of the Four Cardinals in the spirit of the Apostle Peter, when St Paul offered him a fraternal correction for the good of the whole Church. May the words of that great Doctor of the Church, St Thomas Aquinas, illuminate and comfort us all: “When there is a danger for the faith, subjects are required to reprove their prelates, even publicly. Since Paul, who was subject to Peter, out of the danger of scandal, publicly reproved him. And Augustine comments: “Peter himself gave an example to superiors by not disdaining to be corrected by his subjects when it occurred to them that he had departed from the right path” (Summa theol., II-II, 33, 4c).

Pope Francis often calls for an outspoken and fearless dialogue between all members of the Church in matters concerning the spiritual good of souls. In the Apostolic ExhortationAmoris laetitia, the Pope speaks of aneed for “open discussion of a number of doctrinal, moral, spiritual, and pastoral questions. The thinking of pastors and theologians, if faithful to the Church, honest, realistic and creative, will help us to achieve greater clarity” (n. 2). Furthermore, relationships at all levels within the Church must be free from a climate of fear and intimidation, as Pope Francis has requested in his various pronouncements.

In light of these pronouncements of Pope Francis and the principle of dialogue and acceptance of legitimate plurality of opinions, which was fostered by the documents of the Second Vatican Council, the unusually violent and intolerant reactions on behalf of some bishops and cardinals against the calm and circumspect plea of the Four Cardinals cause great astonishment. Among such intolerant reactions one could read affirmations such as, for instance: the four Cardinals are witless, naive, schismatic, heretical, and even comparable to the Arian heretics.

Such apodictic merciless judgments reveal not only intolerance, refusal of dialogue, and irrational rage, but demonstrate also asurrender to the impossibility ofspeaking the truth, a surrender to relativism in doctrine and practice, in faith and life. The above-mentioned clerical reaction against the prophetic voice of the Four Cardinals parades ultimately powerlessness before the eyes of the truth. Such a violent reaction has only one aim: to silence the voice of the truth, which is disturbing and annoying the apparently peaceful nebulous ambiguity of these clerical critics.

The negative reactions to the public statement of the Four Cardinals resemble the general doctrinal confusion of the Arian crisis in the fourth century. It is helpful to all to quote in the situation of the doctrinal confusion in our days some affirmations of Saint Hilary of Poitiers, the “Athanasius of the West”.

“You [the bishops of Gaul] who still remain with me faithful in Christ did not give way when threatened with the onset of heresy, and now by meeting that onset you have broken all its violence. Yes, brethren, you have conquered, to the abundant joy of those who share your faith: and your unimpaired constancy gained the double glory of keeping a pure conscience and giving an authoritative example” (Hil. De Syn., 3).

“Your [the bishops of Gaul] invincible faith keeps the honourable distinction of conscious worth and, content with repudiating crafty, vague, or hesitating action, safely abides in Christ, preserving the profession of its liberty. For since we all suffered deep and grievous pain at the actions of the wicked against God, within our boundaries alone is communion in Christ to be found from the time that the Church began to be harried by disturbances such as the expatriation of bishops, the deposition of priests, the intimidation of the people, the threatening of the faith, and the determination of the meaning of Christ’s doctrine by human will and power. Your resolute faith does not pretend to be ignorant of these facts or profess that it can tolerate them, perceiving that by the act of hypocritical assent it would bring itself before the bar of conscience” (Hil. De Syn., 4).

“I have spoken what I myself believed, conscious that I owed it as my soldier’s service to the Church to send to you in accordance with the teaching of the Gospel by these letters the voice of the office which I hold in Christ. It is yours to discuss, to provide and to act, that the inviolable fidelity in which you stand you may still keep with conscientious hearts, and that you may continue to hold what you hold now” (Hil. De Syn., 92).

The following words of Saint Basil the Great, addressed to the Latin Bishops, can be in some aspects applied to the situation of those who in our days ask for doctrinal clarity, including our Four Cardinals: “The one charge which is now sure to secure severe punishment is the careful keeping of the traditions of the Fathers. We are not being attacked for the sake of riches, or glory, or any temporal advantages. We stand in the arena to fight for our common heritage, for the treasure of the sound faith, derived from our Fathers. Grieve with us, all you who love the brethren, at the shutting of the mouths of our men of true religion, and at the opening of the bold and blasphemous lips of all that utter unrighteousness against God. The pillars and foundation of the truth are scattered abroad. We, whose insignificance has allowed of our being overlooked, are deprived of our right of free speech” (Ep. 243, 2.4).

Today those bishops and cardinals, who ask for clarity and who try to fulfill their duty in guarding sacredly and faithfully interpreting the transmitted Divine Revelation concerning the Sacraments of Marriage and the Eucharist, are no longer exiled as it was with the Nicene bishops during the Arian crisis. Contrary to the time of the Arian crisis, today, as wrote Rudolf Graber, the bishop of Ratisbone, in 1973, exile of the bishops is replaced by hush-up strategies and by slander campaigns (cf. Athanasius und die Kirche unserer Zeit, Abensberg 1973, p. 23).

Another champion of the Catholic faith during the Arian crisis was Saint Gregory Nazianzen. He wrote the following striking characterization of the behavior of the majority of the shepherds of the Church in those times. This voice of the great Doctor of the Church should be a salutary warning for the bishops of all times: “Surely the pastors have done foolishly; for, excepting a very few, who either on account of their insignificance were passed over, or who by reason of their virtue resisted, and who were to be left as a seed and root for the springing up again and revival of Israel by the influences of the Spirit, all temporized, only differing from each other in this, that some succumbed earlier, and others later; some were foremost champions and leaders in the impiety, and others joined the second rank of the battle, being overcome by fear, or by interest, or by flattery, or, what was the most excusable, by their own ignorance” (Orat. 21, 24).

When Pope Liberius in 357 signed one of the so called formulas of Sirmium, in which he deliberately discarded the dogmatically defined expression “homo-ousios” and excommunicated Saint Athanasius in order to have peace and harmony with the Arian and Semi-Arian bishops of the East, faithful Catholics and some few bishops, especially Saint Hilary of Poitiers, were deeply shocked. Saint Hilary transmitted the letter that Pope Liberius wrote to the Oriental bishops, announcing the acceptance of the formula of Sirmium and the excommunication of Saint Athanasius. In his deep pain and dismay, Saint Hilary added to the letter in a kind of desperation the phrase: “Anathema tibi a me dictum, praevaricator Liberi” (I say to you anathema, prevaricator Liberius), cf. Denzinger-Schönmetzer, n. 141. Pope Liberius wanted to have peace and harmony at any price, even at the expense of the Divine truth. In his letter to the heterodox Latin bishops Ursace, Valence, and Germinius announcing to them the above-mentioned decisions, he wrote that he preferred peace and harmony to martyrdom (cf. cf. Denzinger-Schönmetzer, n. 142).

“In what a dramatic contrast stood the behavior of Pope Liberius to the following conviction of Saint Hilary of Poitiers: “We don’t make peace at the expense of the truth by making concessions in order to acquire the reputation of tolerance. We make peace by fighting legitimately according to the rules of the Holy Spirit. There is a danger to ally surreptitiously with unbelief under the beautiful name of peace.” (Hil. Ad Const., 2, 6, 2).

Blessed John Henry Newman commented on these unusual sad facts with the following wise and equilibrated affirmation: “While it is historically true, it is in no sense doctrinally false, that a Pope, as a private doctor, and much more Bishops, when not teaching formally, may err, as we find they did err in the fourth century. Pope Liberius might sign a Eusebian formula at Sirmium, and the mass of Bishops at Ariminum or elsewhere, and yet they might, in spite of this error, be infallible in their ex cathedra decisions” (The Arians of the Fourth Century, London, 1876, p. 465).

The Four Cardinals with their prophetic voice demanding doctrinal and pastoral clarity have a great merit before their own conscience, before history, and before the innumerable simple faithful Catholics of our days, who are driven to the ecclesiastical periphery, because of their fidelity to Christ’s teaching about the indissolubility of marriage. But above all, the Four Cardinals have a great merit in the eyes of Christ. Because of their courageous voice, their names will shine brightly at the Last Judgment. For they obeyed the voice of their conscience remembering the words of Saint Paul: “We cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth” (2 Cor 13: 8). Surely, at the Last Judgment the above-mentioned mostly clerical critics of the Four Cardinals will not have an easy answer for their violent attack on such a just, worthy, and meritorious act of these Four Members of the Sacred College of Cardinals.

The following words inspired by the Holy Spirit retain their prophetic value especially in view of the spreading doctrinal and practical confusion regarding the Sacrament of Marriage in our days: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Tim. 4: 3-5).

May all, who in our days still take seriously their baptismal vows and their priestly and episcopal promises, receive the strength and the grace of God so that they may reiterate together with Saint Hilary the words: “May I always be in exile, if only the truth begins to be preached again!” (De Syn., 78). This strength and grace we wish wholeheartedly to our Four Cardinals and as well as to those who criticize them.

+ Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana

 

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Sometimes a lesser good must be chosen to prevent a future greater evil. This presidential election is one of those times!


The future consequences of an uninformed or indifferent vote will be a disaster for Christians and the Church. The long-term consequences for Christians in America may be devastating as the next president will nominate at least 2 new Supreme Court Justices.

There are very high stakes in this election on crucial moral issues which the media ignores. Does that surprise you? Out of site out of mind!  I will certainly will not sin by voting for Trump even if another 3rd party candidate proves to be morally a better candidate! A well informed conscience with common sense allows you to vote for the lesser evil even over a present good, if a future greater evil can hope to be prevented. Persecution of the church (by appointing liberal Supreme Court justices), is a future greater evil if Hillary is elected.

A recent LA Times article stated Trump is gaining in the polls. http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-trump-gains-ground-against-clinton-1471817853-htmlstory.html  A third party vote or worse those who do not vote at all will do the country and the church irreparable harm.

Source: Sometimes a lesser good must be chosen to prevent a future greater evil. This presidential election is one of those times!

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