Cardinal Lamberto: Look at this stone, it has been lying in the water for a very long time, but the water has not penetrated it. [Breaks it open] Look, perfectly dry. The same thing has happened to men in Europe. For centuries they have been surrounded by Christianity, but Christ has not penetrated. Christ doesn’t live within them.

The Godfather Part 3 1990

In a few years the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is coming up, while thousands of Protestant denominations will doubtless celebrate this event and I can’t help but suspect that if Martin Luther knew the result of his break with Rome he would have never done it.

Nary a month seems to pass when passes when we hear of one protestant congregation voting to redefine sin or change doctrine for the sake of getting people back in the pews or getting in touch with the times or whatever such excuse we hear causing schism within schism (it is no coincidence that many people seeing these changes have found their way back to Rome).

While doctrinally the Catholic Church has not gone that way there are plenty in it who would like to see that route taken, particularly in academia and media. This has been the cause of a lot of trouble in the church over the past 50 years. But more importantly than trouble for the church has been what is the risk it has meant for the faithful.

A great example is the doctrine of Hell.

Hoaxes not withstanding this Pope has preached on Hell an awful lot.

However many priests tend to dodge the subject, the media downplays or mocks it plenty of priests tend to duck an issue that generates snickers from our secular world. To this I give a quote from Fr. Marcel Nault who died in 1997 a priest who constantly preached on Hell:

One cannot specialize and preach everything, but the Lord Jesus invited me to preach on Hell. A monsignor said to me, “Marcel, don’t preach on Hell. People don’t like that, you scare them.” And in a very friendly way that Monsignor said to me, “Marcel, I have never preached on Hell and look at the position I have. I will never preach on Hell.”

After a long silence, I looked him in the eye and said, “Monsignor, you are on the road to Hell for all eternity. You preach, Monsignor, to please the crowd, instead of preaching to please Christ.”

Let me remind all that the primary purpose of any priest pastor or minister of any type is to keep people from damnation. That’s the goal and the bottom line and you don’t achieve this avoiding painful truths.

Let me put it another way, yesterday I went for a Colonoscopy, it is a very effective way to check for early signs of Colorectal cancer. Any polyp found and removed is screened for cancer. My radio co-host had cancer discovered in one such screening because it was caught early he was able to receive treatment and has been cancer free for years since.

This is my second such exam and let me tell you the prep work is VERY unpleasant, worse that the exam itself but it can save your life

Now imagine if I decided that because the exam prep was unpleasant I decided not to do it. Or picture if the doctor after finding a polyp decided not to test it or if he found cancer decided not to tell me about it because it would scare me?

The former would be an act of stupidity on my part or an act of malpractice on his.

Whenever a Christian pastor of any denomination entrusted with a flock decides that he is going to preach the popular rather than the truth, who decides that doctrine doesn’t mean a thing, who sacrifices the sacraments and the truth for the sake of popular opinion they are committing malpractice only the price of the settlement is a lot higher than any premium an insurance company will charge.

And in the end that has been the fruit of the Reformation.   Little by little it walked away or abandoned unpleasant or unpopular truths  and since any person could reinterpret scripture or a congregation could decide what was true by a vote it slowly wore faith away.

When it came into being Christianity was the religion of Europe and thanks to the efforts of the Catholic Church it was ready to spread into the new world. It has taken Christianity 1500 years to reach that point.

It only took the reformation 500 years turn Europe into a place where Christianity is so diluted and divided that within a generation or two Islam will take from indifference what it could not take by the sword.

What a shame.

By A.P. Dillon

North Carolina’s Attorney General, Roy Cooper, is taking a page out of the Obama administration’s book in defending the state’s Constitution. Cooper has made a statement that he will no longer be defending North Carolina’s Constitutional Amendment 1 on marriage.

The Amendment 1 ballot measure was born from 3 bills, but  SB 514  came out of the fray and went forward. Amendment 1 was passed by over 61% of the vote on the 2012 ballot. Cooper commented he made this decision after a decision by the 4th Circuit that a similar law in Virginia violates the 14th amendment. I guess the 10th amendment didn’t carry as much weight. The 4th Circuit also covers North Carolina.

RICHMOND — A federal appeals court panel today struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.

In a 2-1 decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges upheld U.S. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s ruling in February that the 2006 amendment to the state Constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
– Winston Salem Journal

Cooper may be right, it may be in inevitability that North Carolina’s Constitutional amendment may be overturned, however that doesn’t excuse him from doing his job.

This is not the first time Roy Cooper has failed to defend North Carolina. The Governor had to hire an independent counsel on Voter ID. It’s important to note here that North Carolina’s Attorney General Cooper isn’t really interested in doing his job. He’s more interested in doing Governor Pat McCrory’s job.

Thirty one states have similar bans with only three overturned to date including Virginia’s.  Utah looks to be letting their Supreme court decide. A district court Judge in Louisiana is taking matters into his own hands not only on same-sex marriage in the state but whether or not Louisiana will recognize such marriages from other states. The same type of maneuvering is going on in Florida where 62% of voters approved that marriage was between one man and one woman.

The question becomes if it is not the decision of the states and voters in those states to determine their definition of marriage, then whose is it?

The North Carolina Constitution under section 6 reads as follows:

Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.  This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.
– North Carolina General Assembly, State Constitution

It’s worth noting that even before Amendment 1 was put into the North Carolina state Constitution, same-sex marriage was not recognized. Neither was Common Law marriage. They’re still not by statute in North Carolina. The North Carolina Statute §51‑1.2  (which still exists) states that “marriages, whether created by common law, contracted, or performed outside of North Carolina, between individuals of the same gender are not valid in North Carolina.”

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AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang.  A.P. Dillon was also a panelist for Glenn Beck’s We Will Not Conform. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

The title of this post might confuse some non-Catholics (and perhaps some catholics as well.  It is not widely known that the Catholic Church considers the prophets and patriarchs of the old testament Saints of the church.

This is actually a most logical conclusion.  The definition a Saint is merely a person who has attained heaven.  My mother for example may have attained sainthood but the church has no definite sign of this and until a formal cause is opened for her and miracles attributed to her the one Holy Catholic Church will not recognize St. Mary of Fitchburg  as a canonized saint.

However this problem does not apply to Moses and the prophets.  Therefore it is not odd that at my church St. Anthony of Padua will see stained glass windows of Abraham, David, Isaiah and this one depicting Moses:

moses

and given Moses status as the deliver of Israel if you are a Christian who wants to pray for Israel, who better to invoke that the person who by following the instructions of God delivered his people from the yoke of slavery and brought them to the land that they are now defending?

I would suggest something like this:

 

St. Moses who through your obedience to the word of God delivered his people Israel to the land promised them and who with Elijah appeared with the Transfigured Christ before Peter James & John , we humbly ask your prayers for the progeny of those same people who you once led through the wilderness.

Through your powerful intercession may the Holy Spirit give their leaders the wisdom to steer them, as you did, safely through danger and withstand the wrath of those who daily seek their destruction.  Be their shield not only in the promised land but in all nations where they are threatened so that as God promised their number shall be like the sands of the beach and the Lord our God shall be glorified through them.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord 

Amen.

I think this would be a fine prayer for any Christian to say daily.