…thus does Nancy Pelosi “professed” Catholic misuse the faith. Update: She doesn’t have brass ovaries Joy, she just has no belief. Maybe I should send her a scapular.

I am not as angry as the Anchoress, I actually just spent the last two hours debating in a podcast a lapsed Catholic on the existence of God (more on that later tonight) so this doesn’t hit me so big. I am however wondering how sad St. Joseph must be at the moment.

Nancy just to remind you here is the link to what is required for Mortal sin. I think you’ve managed all three. If you want to know what real Catholics think click here.

I think the proper prayer for her would be the Litany of St. Joseph I’m going to pray it for her after this post goes up. I know it is very tempting to do otherwise but consider. You will not find hell any more bearable if someone you dislike is burning with you.

Continue reading “When you don’t actually believe in the Church it is easy to use it as a prop…”

…you know, ones that take church teaching seriously:

Recent statements from groups like Network, the Catholic Health Association and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) directly oppose the Catholic Church’s position on critical issues of health care reform.

The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, the second conference of Major Superiors of Women Religious in the United States, believes the Bishops’ position is the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church.

Protection of life and freedom of conscience are central to morally responsible judgment. We join the bishops in seeking ethically sound legislation.

Via the American papist who also notices some math issues concerning the only Catholics the MSM like as does OSV:

Network’s letter, about health care reform, was signed by a few dozen people, and despite what Network said, they do not come anywhere near representing 59,000 American sisters.

The letter had 55 signatories, some individuals, some groups of three to five persons. One endorser signed twice.

There are 793 religious communities in the United States.

The math is clear. Network is far off the mark

In the words of the Curt Jester:

The numbers don’t really matter. After all nuns who lie about the numbers they represent would never lie about the bill not supporting funding of abortion.

I do find it rather odd the people using the the phony numbers of nuns think this is an argument in favor of the bill. So most Americans being against the bill doesn’t matter, but somehow this does?

For reasons that don’t have to be explained, memeorandum doesn’t find this worth reporting, nor I suspect doesn’t the MSM. At least when I report you know that I have a bias. The MSM will show this the same due diligence that they gave the John Edwards story when it actually mattered.

Adrienne said it best on Wednesday:

We could use a St. Patrick right about now to drive the snakes out of Washington…

Yup that’s about it.

It’s stuff like this.

Some 60 leaders of religious orders representing 59,000 Catholic nuns Wednesday sent lawmakers a letter urging them to pass the Senate health care bill. It contains restrictions on abortion funding that the bishops say don’t go far enough.

Of Course that fine Catholic Norah O’Donnell who I’m sure as a good catholic is opposed publicly to the intrinsic evil of abortion celebrates this stuff. Maybe the St. Patrick’s day people might want to consider who they have lead parades celebrating saints in the future.

I’m told that Joe Scarborough reads this blog, before he talks about the split between the bishops and nuns and beclowns himself doing so I suggest he read a few people who are actually in the know such as, oh I don’t know the Anchoress:

The sisters (not nuns) who signed this endorsement are part of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). While they do represent some 59,000 sisters in the US, that should not be taken representative of the feelings of all those sisters. Just as the Firefighters Unions regularly endorse Democrats while the firefighters themselves tend to vote more conservatively, not all of the sisters whose leadership belongs to the LCWR will endorse or agree with this December/March statement.

I wrote a little about the LCWR here, from which I invite you to draw your own conclusions.

These religious are basically what is left of the leftist sisters – the mostly boomer sisters who have issues with the authority of the hierarchy and have come to rather delight in sticking their fingers into the eyes of Catholic orthodoxy. I would never recommend anyone casually passing judgment on their overall faithfulness; that would probably be unwise and uncharitable, too. But I do not think it is inaccurate or uncharitable to suggest that some of these sisters “self-actualized” in 1972, and have decided to stay right there, in that heady chapter, as the narrative has moved on.

Most of the orders these women are attached to are dying out because young Catholics are not attracted to their way.

And of course big Journalism notes (via the Jammiewearingfool) that the going rate of 30 pieces of silver has increased with inflation:

You see, the Catholic Health Association is a for-profit company that works for some Catholic hospitals as a sort of trade association. It isn’t part of the Church nor does it represent any official group of religious Catholics, nor does it serve as a source of Catholic teachings.

The truth is that CHA chief Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity nun, is paid around $800,000 a year to advocate for this trade association, not the Catholic Church. She is not an altruist like nearly every other member of the actual Church that serves in an official capacity.

As I said there is a reason why the Vatican has spent a year investigating religious orders in the US.

Lets remind my fellow Catholics (such as Norah O’Donnell) and inform non Catholics (such as Joe Scarborough) about the rules concerning Mortal Sin:

1857 For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: “Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent.”

1858 Grave matter is specified by the Ten Commandments, corresponding to the answer of Jesus to the rich young man: “Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and your mother.”132 The gravity of sins is more or less great: murder is graver than theft. One must also take into account who is wronged: violence against parents is in itself graver than violence against a stranger.

1859 Mortal sin requires full knowledge and complete consent. It presupposes knowledge of the sinful character of the act, of its opposition to God’s law. It also implies a consent sufficiently deliberate to be a personal choice. Feigned ignorance and hardness of heart do not diminish, but rather increase, the voluntary character of a sin.

Ironically Little Miss Attila had a post yesterday quoting a slew of different bibles all using different wording but all of the same quote:

NIV: It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied round his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin…I hope and trust that the message is coming through.

It isn’t an easy thing at times to resist membership in the millstone club, there can be incredible incentives to lead others to sin. $800k is a pretty incredible incentive.

I have the same thing to say about “Sister” Keehan as I did about another nun Donna Quinn, and her public and active support of abortion:

As I’ve said before Catholicism is a voluntary activity. If sister Quinn wants to push Abortion and aid at abortion clinics, it’s a free country, she just shouldn’t do it as a Catholic nun. If she insists on doing it as a Catholic Nun and her superiors do nothing then they ought not to be whining about the Vatican investigating them. It’s a variation of the murder your parents cry as an orphan business.

Sr. Keehan will do what she wants and the left, the White House and the media will fawn on her as we saw today on Morning Joe and she will be celebrated for the rest of their lives…

…after that they’re on their own.

Your choice ladies. I’m include you in my prayers today.

…which churches in town stay open and which ones close.

The Bishop’s letter is going to be read at all Masses tomorrow, 4 of the 8 parishes in town are going to be kaput. The priests in town already know, but to my knowledge they haven’t said a word, I know my pastor didn’t.

We have an active faith filled parish with a strong pastor a popular Catholic school and no debts, however our building is one of the smallest if not the smallest in the city. Normally I’d make book on things like this but since it is something that means so much to everyone I’ll just keep my mouth shut and hope for the best.

another organization operating under the banner of the CABC (Catholics against being Catholic).

There is a word for people with said beliefs, it is a perfectly good word that has been around for centuries. They are called Protestants.

If a person doesn’t like the church there are plenty of other denominations out there that are bleeding members and would welcome them with open arms.

This is one of the most solemn days in the Catholic Calendar. Unlike yesterdays celebration of All Saints Day, where we celebrate those who have gone through the great trial and succeeded. All Souls is when we pray for and with the souls in purgatory to help them along their path to heaven. Although they are destined for heaven and are part of the communion of saints as they have not yet achieved heaven they would not be considered Saints in the colloquial usage of the term to wit:

When we talk about Saints in terms of the communion of saints we refer to all souls in heaven. Any soul in heaven is by definition a saint. The only difference between canonized saints and all the others is the Church’s direct acknowledgment of their presence in heaven.

It should be mentioned that in the list of saints there are also some that may never have existed. When the initial lists of saints was compiled centuries ago they included names from various traditions and area. In the current lists such saints are marked as such.

Souls in purgatory are all destined for heaven and “sainthood” but are in the state of purification necessary for the presence of God, Isaiah gives a quick biblical example:

Then I said, “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, holding an ember which he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with it. “See,” he said, “now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, your sin purged.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am,” I said; “send me!” Isaiah 6:5-8

They combined with us on earth equal the Communion of Saints. Our combined prayers are a powerful resource for all. The Saints in heaven get no direct benefit other than the joy of helping those toward God, the souls in purgatory get the benefit of shortening the time to their destination and we on earth get the benefit of helping to find the way along that path.

The prayers and sacrifices of the canonized saints, uncanonized saints and the holy souls in purgatory are yet another example of the many tools available to Christians in general and Catholics in particular to steer one on the road to the salvation of Christ.

In my opinion the divorcing of so many Christians from the Church in general and these aids in particular constitutes one of the greatest victories by Satan over the last 500 years. Through the grace of Christ many have found salvation even without them, but how many more have been stolen away for the want of that extra help that was simply there for the taking?

As usual the anchoress puts it better than me.