There is an angle concerning the Roy Moore case that nobody is talking about and that’s the Theological Aspect.

One of the things we are hearing from the Harvey Weinstein left and the Bill Clinton defending media concerning Moore is the hypocrisy of a person who is associated with Christianity in general and the Ten Commandments doing horrible things and then lying about them. How can he do this?

While that statement is rife with irony given that less that 20 months ago they were trying to return Bill Clinton to the White House and worshiping Harvey Weinstein was a God it’s not a bad theological point and deserves an answer, particularly if they actually believe Moore is lying and aren’t looking for a non-democrat to join the ranks of the exposed.

So for the sake of the theological point I’m about to make and to answer the question asked, let’s presume that despite the Harvey Weinstein left and the prevaricating media, that spent decades defending the Clintons and hiding the actions of the predators of the Hollywood and political left, are actually in this case correct about both Moore’s past actions and him lying about them today. If this is in fact the left’s Anders Breivik in terms of sexual harassment how and why would a presumably God-fearing man be so willing to tell such a blatant lie about past since rather than simply admit bad behavior in his younger days that he has gone beyond?

Well assuming that the “God-fearing” part isn’t an act the answer may come from Protestant concept of One Saved Always Saved.

Under this theory, because, as all Christians believe, Jesus Christ died for the sins of all mankind, past present and future (which is how Christ opened the gates of heaven for the righteous who died before he was crucified) once you accept Christ as your savior all your sins, past present and future are forgiven.

Thus if Roy Moore belongs to a denomination that subscribes to this once saved always saved concept (not all Protestant Denominations do) then Moore has no fear of losing heaven by lying past sins or even committing new ones because even a sin of prevarication being committed for the sake personal advancement would already be forgiven, covered by the blood of Christ and of no risk to his eternal salvation. Christ has done the heavy lifting so he can coast.

If Roy Moore was a Catholic of course he wouldn’t have this dodge. The Catholic Church has consistently taught for two thousand years that this is nonsense. Saint Paul himself talks about running the race to keep himself from being disqualified ( 1 Cor 9:2-27) and St John talks about sin that leads to death (1 John 5:16-17), we Catholics call such sins Mortal sins.

For a sin to be Mortal Sin it has to be a question of a grave matter, done deliberately with full understanding that it was wrong.

Furthermore to a Catholic in this case there would be two mortal sins here, the sin of the lie itself and the sin of presumption, that is, committing a mortal sin in anticipation of confessing said sin to be absolved of it.

This is important because for a person to be absolved of sin, they have to have contrition for that sin, either perfect contrition, meaning you hate the sin because of the love of God, or imperfect contrition, meaning you hate the sin because of their fear of damnation (imperfect contrition requires sacramental confession.) If a person is committing a sin with the intention of confessing it after the fact demonstrates a lack of the necessary contrition for forgiveness. After all Jesus himself taught that not all who cry Lord Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matt 7:21-23).

Now again we don’t know if Roy Moore is telling the truth or lying, and as of this writing I’m still giving him the benefit of he doubt but if he IS lying and figuring it is no big deal because it’s covered by the blood of Christ, believe he has a lot more to worry about than the potential of losing a senate seat.

Closing thought. If he is lying now but later confesses and repents, as Christians we are obliged if asked to forgive the sin. We aren’t however obliged to support his election.

Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.

Matthew 5:37

James Hacker: Will you answer a direct question?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: I strongly advise you not to ask a direct question.
James Hacker: Why?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: It might provoke a direct answer.
James Hacker: Never has yet.

Yes Minister: The Moral Dimension 1982

I’ve been too busy with other things to talk about Pope Francis and the formal Filial Correction sent to him, the first such document sent to a pope since 1333.

With profound grief, but moved by fidelity to our Lord Jesus Christ, by love for the Church and for the papacy, and by filial devotion toward yourself, we are compelled to address a correction to Your Holiness on account of the propagation of heresies effected by the apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia and by other words, deeds and omissions of Your Holiness.

We are permitted to issue this correction by natural law, by the law of Christ, and by the law of the Church, which three things Your Holiness has been appointed by divine providence to guard. By natural law: for as subjects have by nature a duty to obey their superiors in all lawful things, so they have a right to be governed according to law, and therefore to insist, where need be, that their superiors so govern. By the law of Christ: for His Spirit inspired the apostle Paul to rebuke Peter in public when the latter did not act according to the truth of the gospel (Gal. 2). St Thomas Aquinas notes that this public rebuke from a subject to a superior was licit on account of the imminent danger of scandal concerning the faith (Summa Theologiae 2a 2ae, 33, 4 ad 2), and ‘the gloss of St Augustine’ adds that on this occasion, “Peter gave an example to superiors, that if at any time they should happen to stray from the straight path, they should not disdain to be reproved by their subjects” (ibid.). The law of the Church also constrains us, since it states that “Christ’s faithful . . . have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence, and position, to manifest to the sacred pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church” (Code of Canon Law 212:2-3; Code of Canons of Oriental Churches 15:3).

Scandal concerning faith and morals has been given to the Church and to the world by the publication of Amoris laetitia and by other acts through which Your Holiness has sufficiently made clear the scope and purpose of this document.

The Document lists seven heretical positions that directly contradict the faith as taught for centuries. and these positions have been propagated via Amoris Laetitia’s

Ironically as I’ve written the vast majority of Amoris Laetitia is pretty good. Paragraph after paragraph contains teaching that a Catholic should take to heart but the infamous footnote included has been used by those on the left in the church have used to drive a bus through doctrine. Much like this exchange from Yes Prime Minister

PM Jim Hacker: I can read between the lines, Some politicians have a feeling for foreign affairs. I could tell that you were warning me that St. George Island might need our help
Luke: Oh Yes, Well No actually, only on one paragraph on page 107!
PM Jim Hacker: It was enough I can take a hint.

Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986

It didn’t matter how much good was in that document, that footnote was used by several Bishops around the world to directly counteract Catholic Doctrine in their areas of communion for the divorced and remarried, doctrine that has been clearly established as long as there has been a church.

Now a year ago a set of Cardinals sent a Dubia asking the Holy Father to clarify this footnote.  The cardinals and the dubia have alternatively been ignored and attacked at the Vatican but most importantly nobody has answered them.

There are many things I like about Pope Francis, his emphasis on Mercy, on Confession and his direct statements about the Devil being real are first rate.  He has also been very explicit on life in all of his encyclicals (something that I keep urging the GOP to bring up every time a Democrat quotes one but I digress).  Furthermore I certainly get the idea of trying to get those in mortal sin back into the Church to aid their salvation as that is the primary job of the church.

It my opinion, however, that his silence on this matter has been a huge mistake.  It is promulgating division in the church and the sooner these questions are directly answered, our yes meaning yes and our no being no, the better for the Church and the people it serves.

It is the job of the Vatican to emulate Christ, by refusing to answer a direct question we have reached this point, that it is instead emulating Sir Humphrey and the civil servants of British comedy.

Two years ago (before we found the reality of Catholic front group” I famously asked Catholic Call to action this question in response to their tweets on Synod 2015.

They declined to answer and I wrote at the time:

Now I’m not a professed catholic organization with a big leadership team, chapters around the nation holding national conferences with a list of keynote speakers and endorsements as famous a Christian an ex-president of the United States but I know this much:

Any christian individual or organization whether Catholic or Protestant should give Catholic Call to Action the widest birth possible because any organization that can’t clearly and without hesitation proclaim: “Jesus Christ is the son of God and died and rose from the dead” yet claims to be “Catholic” can’t be trusted.

I urge the Vatican not to mimic the silence these fellow’s silence in response to a direct question.  It speaks volumes and none of it is good.

My advice to my fellow Catholics, continue to Pray for the Pope and the Church and continue on as you have before, because even at a time like this we should remember that while we have no idea what the Holy Spirit is doing, God does so we must answer this challenge in the words made famous by St. Faustina:

Jesus I trust in you.

I told my story of the 2nd day of the EWTN family celebration in this post on Stacy McCain in Massachusetts. Because of the Buffet Books and Blather event I was not able to attend Saturday but Sunday was a grand time with Sunday Mass celebrated by Bishop McManus, Confessions throughout the day an area for kids with Brother Leo from the Brother Leo series and an Adoration Chapel for prayer and reflection.

However while I as usual, conducted interview after interview with the folks from EWTN the post from the day only included a single one of those interviews, this one with the National Catholic Register,  This was necessary since that post was a part of the series concerning Stacy McCain’s trip and it was evident during the writing of the post that the EWTN interviews simply overwhelmed everyone else

So without further ado here are the  interviews from the EWTN Family Celebration in Worcester.

I spoke to Jack Williams the head of EWTN Radio

and the man over his head Michael Warsaw the EWTN Chairman of the Board:

I spoke to Marcus Grodi who hosts The Journey Home one of the most popular shows on the network

And author and frequent TV guest Susan Conroy

Dorothy Radlicz who I had the pleasure of meeting in Chicago showed me around the EWTN religious catalog setup which was very popular

Finally I spoke to Fr. Mitch Pacwa who remembered me from our previous interviews.

Everyone at the Family Celebration was working hard but Fr. Mitch had the longest day as the line to meet him seemed to never end

I can’t end this post without giving singling out Dorothy Radlicz pictured below with Elena Rodriguez both of whom I interviewed in Chicago.

She gave me a bunch of her time, either introduced or pointed out people for me to interview and treated me not like a member of the media who she had encountered one day 1000 miles away but as an old friend that she was delighted to see.

I am in her debt.


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Last weekend was the 2nd weekend in August so once again it was time for the Madonna Della Cava Festival at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fitchburg Mass.

As always the festival began with a procession

The 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus were on hand as an escort as the Roma band of Boston played

The Banner processed into the Church to its spot as hymns were sung

Fitchburg Mayor Steve DiNatale gave a short talk on the history of the festival and his memories of it over the years

Fitchburg Mayor Steve DiNatale

After the mass the Banner again with the Roma Band and Knights Processed to the Church all where all were fed

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