Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin: Homophobia ‘insults God’

From the Independent.ie

HOMOPHOBIA is “insulting to God”, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has warned.

In the wake of the so-called ‘Pantigate’ controversy over homophobia comments made on RTE and a defamation settlement, Dr Martin said: “God never created anybody that he doesn’t love.”

Speaking to the Irish Independent, the senior cleric said this meant that “anybody who doesn’t show love towards gay and lesbian people is insulting God. They are not just homophobic if they do that – they are actually Godophobic because God loves every one of those people”.

MOCKED

Referring to the revelations made last week by TD Jerry Buttimer, that he was beaten, spat at, mocked and harassed because he was gay, Dr Martin expressed concern saying: “Certainly the sort of actions that we heard of this week of people being spat at because they were gay or ridiculed . . . that is not a Christian attitude. We have to have the courage to stand up and say that.”

He added: “We all belong to one another and there is no way we can build up a society in which people are excluded or insulted.

“We have to learn a new way in Ireland to live with our differences and for all of us to live with respect for one another.”

Concerns have been raised that debate could be stifled ahead of the upcoming referendum on gay marriage, after the national broadcaster paid compensation and apologised to officials from the Catholic advocacy group The Iona Institute over comments on homophobia made on ‘The Saturday Night Show’ by gay rights activist Rory O’Neill, who performs under the drag name Miss Panti Bliss.

Dr Martin called for the debate around marriage equality to be carried out “in a serene and sober way in which people can express themselves and differences can emerge”.

Dr Martin also noted: “Just because a person isn’t in favour of gay marriage doesn’t mean that one is homophobic – let’s be very clear on that.”

But he added that “all of us have to be careful about the way we speak and the language we use”.

Abp. Diarmuid Martin of Dublin: ‘Church Teachings are Disconnected from Real Life’

From The Journal (Ireland)

Church’s teachings on marriage and family ‘disconnected from real life’

[No, Archbishop, the 'real life' of today is disconnected from the Truth of God as taught by His Church.]

The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin addressed a group of priests this evening having received the results of questionnaire distributed in his diocese.

Acchbishop Diarmuid Martin

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
ARCHBISHOP OF DUBLIN Diarmuid Martin has said a growing disconnect between the teachings of the Catholic Church and real life was apparent in a recent survey carried out in his diocese.

The questionnaire, distributed by Pope Francis to bishops ahead of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, addresses topics such as family planning, pre-marital cohabitation, and same-sex relationships.

“The general response was that the teaching on marriage and the family is poorly understood and that it was poorly accepted and disconnected from real life experience of families – and not by just younger people,” he told a meeting of priests and parish councils this evening.

Consulted

However, the Archbishop said that many respondents welcomed the survey, noting that it was first time they had been consulted on church matters.

He warned that Catholic Church needs to be wary of the “mechanics of consultation”.

“We should not become an inward-looking Church, possessed by our problems,” he said.

“We have to recreate such a culture in the real world of our times. ”

I am convinced that we can do it and part of my conviction comes from witnessing how our Parish Pastoral Councils have shown that they want to move forward in this way and they want to do what is best for the Church.

The Archbishop said responses to the survey also showed:

  • A ‘clear hesitancy’ towards same sex unions from many, while others saw the Church’s position as ‘negative and judgemental’.
  • A “theory-practice” gap between teachings and real life.
  • Concern at “the high number of those who were living in what the Church regards as irregular situations” such as couples living together before marriage.
  • A feeling that the Catholic Church had been ‘silent’ recently.

Francis’ Chrism Mass Homily

2014-04-17 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis delivered the homily at the Chrism Mass of the Rome diocese on Holy Thursday morning, in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Chrism Mass is the traditional liturgy, during the course of which the oils to be used in the sacraments of initiation, Holy Orders and healing throughout the coming year are blessed. It is also a particularly profound moment of unity among the clergy of the diocese together with the bishop. The theme of the Holy Father’s homily was the joy of priestly service. Below, please find the official English translation of the Holy Father’s prepared remarks.
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“Anointed with the oil of gladness”

Dear Brother Priests,

In the eternal “today” of Holy Thursday, when Christ showed his love for us to the end (cf. Jn 13:1), we recall the happy day of the institution of the priesthood, as well as the day of our own priestly ordination. The Lord anointed us in Christ with the oil of gladness, and this anointing invites us to accept and appreciate this great gift: the gladness, the joy of being a priest. Priestly joy is a priceless treasure, not only for the priest himself but for the entire faithful people of God: that faithful people from which he is called to be anointed and which he, in turn, is sent to anoint.

Anointed with the oil of gladness so as to anoint others with the oil of gladness. Priestly joy has its source in the Father’s love, and the Lord wishes the joy of this Love to be “ours” and to be “complete” (Jn 15:11). I like to reflect on joy by contemplating Our Lady, for Mary, the “Mother of the living Gospel, is a wellspring of joy for God’s little ones” (Evangelii Gaudium, 288). I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that priest is very little indeed: the incomparable grandeur of the gift granted us for the ministry sets us among the least of men. The priest is the poorest of men unless Jesus enriches him by his poverty, the most useless of servants unless Jesus calls him his friend, the most ignorant of men unless Jesus patiently teaches him as he did Peter, the frailest of Christians unless the Good Shepherd strengthens him in the midst of the flock. No one is more “little” than a priest left to his own devices; and so our prayer of protection against every snare of the Evil One is the prayer of our Mother: I am a priest because he has regarded my littleness (cf. Lk 1:48). And in that littleness we find our joy.

For me, there are three significant features of our priestly joy. It is a joy which anoints us (not one which “greases” us, making us unctuous, sumptuous and presumptuous), it is a joy which is imperishable and it is a missionary joy which spreads and attracts, starting backwards – with those farthest away from us.
A joy which anoints us. In a word: it has penetrated deep within our hearts, it has shaped them and strengthened them sacramentally. The signs of the ordination liturgy speak to us of the Church’s maternal desire to pass on and share with others all that the Lord has given us: the laying on of hands, the anointing with sacred chrism, the clothing with sacred vestments, the first consecration which immediately follows… Grace fills us to the brim and overflows, fully, abundantly and entirely in each priest. We are anointed down to our very bones… and our joy, which wells up from deep within, is the echo of this anointing.

An imperishable joy. The fullness of the Gift, which no one can take away or increase, is an unfailing source of joy: an imperishable joy which the Lord has promised no one can take from us (Jn 16:22). It can lie dormant, or be clogged by sin or by life’s troubles, yet deep down it remains intact, like the embers of a burnt log beneath the ashes, and it can always be renewed. Paul’s exhortation to Timothy remains ever timely: I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands (cf. 2 Tim 1:6).
A missionary joy. I would like especially to share with you and to stress this third feature: priestly joy is deeply bound up with God’s holy and faithful people, for it is an eminently missionary joy. Our anointing is meant for anointing God’s holy and faithful people: for baptizing and confirming them, healing and sanctifying them, blessing, comforting and evangelizing them.

And since this joy is one which only springs up when the shepherd is in the midst of his flock (for even in the silence of his prayer, the shepherd who worships the Father is with his sheep), it is a “guarded joy”, watched over by the flock itself. Even in those gloomy moments when everything looks dark and a feeling of isolation takes hold of us, in those moments of listlessness and boredom which at times overcome us in our priestly life (and which I too have experienced), even in those moments God’s people are able to “guard” that joy; they are able to protect you, to embrace you and to help you open your heart to find renewed joy.

A “guarded joy”: one guarded by the flock but also guarded by three sisters who surround it, tend it and defend it: sister poverty, sister fidelity and sister obedience.

Priestly joy is a joy which is sister to poverty. The priest is poor in terms of purely human joy. He has given up so much! And because he is poor, he, who gives so much to others, has to seek his joy from the Lord and from God’s faithful people. He doesn’t need to try to create it for himself. We know that our people are very generous in thanking priests for their slightest blessing and especially for the sacraments. Many people, in speaking of the crisis of priestly identity, fail to realize that identity presupposes belonging. There is no identity – and consequently joy of life – without an active and unwavering sense of belonging to God’s faithful people (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 268). The priest who tries to find his priestly identity by soul-searching and introspection may well encounter nothing more than “exit” signs, signs that say: exit from yourself, exit to seek God in adoration, go out and give your people what was entrusted to you, for your people will make you feel and taste who you are, what your name is, what your identity is, and they will make you rejoice in that hundredfold which the Lord has promised to those who serve him. Unless you “exit” from yourself, the oil grows rancid and the anointing cannot be fruitful. Going out from ourselves presupposes self-denial; it means poverty.

Priestly joy is a joy which is sister to fidelity. Not primarily in the sense that we are all “immaculate” (would that by God’s grace we were!), for we are sinners, but in the sense of an ever renewed fidelity to the one Bride, to the Church. Here fruitfulness is key. The spiritual children which the Lord gives each priest, the children he has baptized, the families he has blessed and helped on their way, the sick he has comforted, the young people he catechizes and helps to grow, the poor he assists… all these are the “Bride” whom he rejoices to treat as his supreme and only love and to whom he is constantly faithful. It is the living Church, with a first name and a last name, which the priest shepherds in his parish or in the mission entrusted to him. That mission brings him joy whenever he is faithful to it, whenever he does all that he has to do and lets go of everything that he has to let go of, as long as he stands firm amid the flock which the Lord has entrusted to him: Feed my sheep (cf. Jn 21:16,17).
Priestly joy is a joy which is sister to obedience. An obedience to the Church in the hierarchy which gives us, as it were, not simply the external framework for our obedience: the parish to which I am sent, my ministerial assignments, my particular work … but also union with God the Father, the source of all fatherhood. It is likewise an obedience to the Church in service: in availability and readiness to serve everyone, always and as best I can, following the example of “Our Lady of Promptness” (cf. Lk 1:39, meta spoudes), who hastens to serve Elizabeth her kinswoman and is concerned for the kitchen of Cana when the wine runs out. The availability of her priests makes the Church a house with open doors, a refuge for sinners, a home for people living on the streets, a place of loving care for the sick, a camp for the young, a classroom for catechizing children about to make their First Communion… Wherever God’s people have desires or needs, there is the priest, who knows how to listen (ob-audire) and feels a loving mandate from Christ who sends him to relieve that need with mercy or to encourage those good desires with resourceful charity.

All who are called should know that genuine and complete joy does exist in this world: it is the joy of being taken from the people we love and then being sent back to them as dispensers of the gifts and counsels of Jesus, the one Good Shepherd who, with deep compassion for all the little ones and the outcasts of this earth, wearied and oppressed like sheep without a shepherd, wants to associate many others to his ministry, so as himself to remain with us and to work, in the person of his priests, for the good of his people.

On this priestly Thursday I ask the Lord Jesus to enable many young people to discover that burning zeal which joy kindles in our hearts as soon as we have the stroke of boldness needed to respond willingly to his call.

On this priestly Thursday I ask the Lord Jesus to preserve the joy sparkling in the eyes of the recently ordained who go forth to devour the world, to spend themselves fully in the midst of God’s faithful people, rejoicing as they prepare their first homily, their first Mass, their first Baptism, their first confession… It is the joy of being able to share with wonder, and for the first time as God’s anointed, the treasure of the Gospel and to feel the faithful people anointing you again and in yet another way: by their requests, by bowing their heads for your blessing, by taking your hands, by bringing you their children, by pleading for their sick… Preserve, Lord, in your young priests the joy of going forth, of doing everything as if for the first time, the joy of spending their lives fully for you.

On this priestly Thursday I ask the Lord Jesus to confirm the priestly joy of those who have already ministered for some years. The joy which, without leaving their eyes, is also found on the shoulders of those who bear the burden of the ministry, those priests who, having experienced the labours of the apostolate, gather their strength and rearm themselves: “get a second wind”, as the athletes say. Lord, preserve the depth, wisdom and maturity of the joy felt by these older priests. May they be able to pray with Nehemiah: “the joy of the Lord is my strength” (cf. Neh 8:10).

Finally, on this priestly Thursday I ask the Lord Jesus to make better known the joy of elderly priests, whether healthy or infirm. It is the joy of the Cross, which springs from the knowledge that we possess an imperishable treasure in perishable earthen vessels. May these priests find happiness wherever they are; may they experience already, in the passage of the years, a taste of eternity (Guardini). May they know the joy of handing on the torch, the joy of seeing new generations of their spiritual children, and of hailing the promises from afar, smiling and at peace, in that hope which does not disappoint.

Video: CBS News Program on Francis – “progressive puff piece”

See the videos at http://thepassionists.org/blog/2014/04/14/pope-francis-60-minutes/

Creative Minority Report summarizes it this way:

“It was a completely progressive puff piece on the Pope that reiterated all the liberal talking points about the Church and about Pope Francis’ first year. It was essentially a representation of every stupid article that construed every papal utterance as supporting a complete reformation of the Church in the model of secular-atheist ethics.”

[Of course, that is the intent of the One World Church, secular atheist ethics.]

The Pope in the Attic: Benedict in the Time of Francis

Excerpts from The Atlantic

Benedict was as surprised as anybody. In a stroke, the Argentine [Bergoglio] had outdone him in simplicity. Benedict had retired to the summer palace in Gandolfo while the monastery was being renovated, and all at once his retirement appeared to be a life of luxury. When the renovations were complete, he returned to the Sacred City—by helicopter, the way he had departed—and settled himself at the monastery for good.

It’s odd enough that there are two living popes. It’s odder still that they live in such proximity. But what’s most odd is that the two popes are these two popes, and that the one who spent a third of a century erecting a Catholic edifice of firm doctrine and strict prohibition now must look on at close range as the other cheerfully dismantles it in the service of a more open, flexible Church.

[That is the trajectory towards the One World Religion]

 

Another Analysis on the Washing of Feet

From Harvesting the Fruit

The Same Liturgical Abuse – Holy Thursday Foot Washing To Include Muslims, Women

From the Huffington post

Pope Francis’ Second Holy Thursday Foot Washing To Include Muslims, Women

On Thursday Pope Francis will visit the Don Gnocchi Center, a home for the elderly and disabled in Rome, to wash the feet of 12 residents for the Holy Week ritual.

According to the Catholic News Service, those 12 will include a woman and a Muslim, which falls in line with Pope Francis’ actions during last year’s Maundy Thursday.

The ceremony, which is rooted in the story of the Last Supper, made headlines last year when the pope visited a youth detention center and washed the feet of several young women.

Silvia Stefanoni, the Deputy CEO and Director of Policy and Programs at HelpAge International, told Vatican Radio the pope has shown a commitment to bring attention to those most often forgotten in society, including the elderly and disabled. “It is giving a voice,” Stefanoni said. “It’s showing respect for their dignity.”

In November Pope Francis critiqued society’s tendency to “hide physical fragility,” which he rejected by greeting hundreds of people in wheelchairs and encouraging them to become “protagonists” in the Catholic church.

The New Sanhedrin Condemns the Second Coming Prophet

The Archdiocese of Dublin statement is here.

As the Bible says: “That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

The archbishop is as accurate as were the Sanhedrin in condemning Jesus. Completely wrong. What happened at Jesus’ First Coming will happen in the same general way at His Second Coming. Just like Jerusalem stoned the prophets, the new Sanhedrin – the prelates in the Church hierarchy today – stone the prophets using words rather than physical stones. They intentionally kill also – not in body – but in spirit and in reputation. The devil doesn’t want God’s Prophetic Word to be spread and the devil’s agents on earth – which definitely includes church leaders – wants to silence it or make everyone ignore it, exactly as was done when Jesus walked the earth. Just as there were bishop traitors within the Apostles themselves – Judas Iscariot – so are there traitors in today’s successors to the Apostles. As Jesus told the stone-hearted, “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you are like to whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear to men beautiful, but within are full of dead men’ s bones, and of all filthiness.” (Matthew 23:27). Just look at the drop in vocations over the last 30 years to get the true idea of Catholic leadership there.

UPDATE: In fact, you can see that this archbishop thinks the Church’s teachings on marriage and family are out of date, out of touch with ‘real life.’ Spoken like a true modernist, as you can read one account here. Not only that, but not accepting homosexual lifestyles makes one ‘not just homophobic if they do that – they are actually Godophobic.’ Will a prelate who cannot even accept Church teachings, which are the Truth, possibly discern a prophet correctly? In no way. The new Sanhedrin at work.

First, you will notice there was no mention whatsoever of a formal investigation. This is a travesty of basic justice. The Sanhedrin did not practice justice either.

Second, while the claim is made that various messages contradict the Faith, yet not one was mentioned, and not even the type or topic which purportedly contradicts Church teaching. The Sanhedrin called false witnesses. Here there is not even that referenced, i.e. no witnesses.

This is the usual smoke screen of abusing authority without justice,  without facts and without truth.

So we obey TRUTH, not mere authority. If a bishop told you to accept women priests (a real world occurrence), would you submit to his authority even though he promotes lies? You shouldn’t, although many blindly obey such abusive authority.

We in the Remnant Church are the Church hierarchy’s good servant, but God’s first! You may recognize that type of quote from what St. Thomas More told King Henry VIII, who had the authority at that time but was outside the Truth. Of course St. Thomas More was a martyr, and that process will repeat itself in a major way in our days, the Latter Days. “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying: How long, O Lord (holy and true) dost thou not judge and revenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given to every one of them one; and it was said to them, that they should rest for a little time, till their fellow servants, and their brethren, who are to be slain, even as they, should be filled up”  (Revelation 6:9-11, the Fifth Seal).

The Biblical version of this same situation is in Acts of the Apostles. “But Peter and the apostles answering, said: We ought to obey God, rather than men. The God of our fathers hath raised up Jesus, whom you put to death, hanging him upon a tree” (Acts 5:29-30). Today, the God of our fathers has raised up prophets regarding Jesus’ Second Coming, like MDM but also others, who are put to death through condemnation, in imitation of their Master. The new Sanhedrin will become part of the One World Church promoting Antichrist, but only until Jesus returns, Who will then eradicate them and their infestation on earth. Not all prelates will be part of the new Sanhedrin, but the majority will be, just as it was at the time of the First Coming. “So there is nothing new under the sun.” Watch for the great schism, when the prophecy of the approved Akita (Japan) apparition will be completely fulfilled, although we see partial fulfillment already: “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against other bishops.” (Our Lady on October 13, 1973).

This archbishop’s condemnation of MDM, therefore, is a sign that the One World Church is soon upon us, to be established by Francis and his Freemason friends, as the real Church is crucified and killed and buried. Only the underground Remnant Church will be providing true Sacraments to faithful souls. Recall that Jesus was condemned near the end of His earthly life, right before His crucifixion. The Church today will be crucified also, since the servant is not greater than her Master.

What we see instead within the Church, all the way to Francis’ level, are approval of prelates like Cardinal Kasper (see many articles at http://biblicalfalseprophet.com/tag/cardinal-kasper/) who promotes acceptance of the graves sins of adultery and sacrilege by promoting the idea that those people living in invalid “second marriages” (e.g. divorced and remarried without first having obtained an annulment on the prior marriage) should be able to receive Holy Communion. Such is part of the great apostasy. All of these devilish lies are dressed up under the usual smoke screen of being “pastoral” and “merciful.” Whenever you hear of a “pastoral approach” being used rather than a “doctrinal approach” or “lawful / legal approach,” know this is a great sign of hiding abuses and heresies. As bad as that is, the saying “you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet” is the understatement of the millennium. Watch for the signs (http://biblicalfalseprophet.com/category/signs/).

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Demolition In Instalments: Maundy Thursday

Originally posted on Mundabor's Blog:

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Saint Thomas Aquinas explains all the meanings of the name “Maria”

Saint Thomas Aquinas explains all the meanings of the name “Maria”

That an Angel reverence a man was never heard of until the Angel reverently greeted the Blessed Virgin, saying: “Hail.”

She is grace-filled, and exceeds the Angels in the plenitude of grace. And for this reason she is fittingly called ‘Maria,’ which interprets ‘enlightened in herself,’ whence Isaiah (58:11) declares, “then shall your light rise.” And again, it means, ‘the enlightener of others’ (cf. Is.60:3: “And the nations shall come to your light”). This is to be understood of the whole world, and therefore she is likened to the sun and to the moon.

(…) This expression “the Lord is with you” is the most noble that can be addressed to anyone. Deservedly, therefore, does the Angel revere the Blessed Virgin, because she is the Mother of the Lord, and hence, (our) Lady. Here again the fittingness of the name ‘Mary’ which in Syrian means ‘Lady.’

(…) She was immune from every malediction, and consequently “blessed among women,” since she alone took away the malediction and brought the blessing, and opened the gate of paradise. And again the name, ‘Mary’ befits her, which is (also) interpreted as ‘Star of the Sea,’ for as by this star seafarers are directed to port, so are Christians guided to glory by Mary.

Saint Thomas Aquinas
Sermon on the “Hail Mary”