The Inner Struggle

Good Reporters …

Good Reporters … report … they don’t spin, they don’t fabricate, they don’t “follow the party line”. Good reporters report the story, the whole story, and nothing but the story, and leave it up to the reader/viewer to put their own interpretation on things according to the viewer/readers own conscience or lack thereof.

Diane Montagna is the Rome correspondent for LifeSiteNews.

Diane Montagna is the Rome correspondent for LifeSiteNews.

It appears to me that Diane Montagna is a “Good Reporter”, one of the few, the blessed few. Diane Montagna is the Rome correspondent for LifeSiteNews.

She began translating papal addresses under the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI for Zenit News Agency, and has served as a translator for the English edition of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.

Her work has also appeared in the National Catholic Register and Humanitas Christian Anthropological Review. Before joining LifeSite, Diane served for several years as Rome correspondent for the English edition of Aleteia.org.

She has also taught children’s and adult faith formation classes, and holds a License in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute, Gaming Austria and a B.A. in Italian.

One of her latest articles is a report on the Final declaration of the recently concluded conference Catholic Church, where are you going? this was an all Italian conference held in Rome. Reading this clearly reveals the difference between true reporting, op-ed, and tabloid media.

“Therefore we testify and confess…”

Final declaration of the conference ‘Catholic Church, where are you going?’

Rome, April 7, 2018

Due to contradictory interpretations of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia, growing discontent and confusion are spreading among the faithful throughout the world.

The urgent request for a clarification submitted to the Holy Father by approximately one million faithful, more than 250 scholars and several cardinals, has received no response.

Amidst the grave danger to the faith and unity of the Church that has arisen, we baptized and confirmed members of the People of God are called to reaffirm our Catholic faith.  

The Second Vatican Council authorizes us and encourages us to do so, stating in Lumen Gentium, n. 33: “Thus every layman, in virtue of the very gifts bestowed upon him, is at the same time a witness and a living instrument of the mission of the Church itself ‘according to the measure of Christ’s bestowal’ (Eph. 4:7).”

Blessed John Henry Newman also encourages us to do so. In his prophetic essay “On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine” (1859), he spoke of the importance of the laity bearing witness to the faith.

Therefore, in accordance with the authentic tradition of the Church, we testify and confess that: 

1) A ratified and consummated marriage between two baptized persons can be dissolved only by death.

2) Therefore, Christians united by a valid marriage who join themselves to another person while their spouse is still alive commit the grave sin of adultery.

3) We are convinced that there exist absolute moral commandments which oblige always and without exception.

4) We are also convinced that no subjective judgment of conscience can make an intrinsically evil act good and licit.

5) We are convinced that judgment about the possibility of administering sacramental absolution is not based on the imputability of the sin committed, but on the penitent’s intention to abandon a way of life that is contrary to the divine commandments.

6) We are convinced that persons who are divorced and civilly remarried, and who are unwilling to live in continence, are living in a situation that is objectively contrary to the law of God, and therefore cannot receive Eucharistic Communion.

Our Lord Jesus Christ says: “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (Jn 8: 31-32).

With this confidence we confess our faith before the supreme pastor and teacher of the Church and before the bishops, and we ask them to confirm us in the faith.

Not much else to say. So refreshing to be allowed to arrive at one’s own conclusions without being directed towards the agenda of the media.

Cheers

Joe

With patience, humility, and charity towards all …

 

 

 

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Christ and Antichrist (part 2)

The Return Of The King” Howard Shore, composer, from the soundtrack of “The Return Of The King”, part 3 of “The Lord Of The Rings”, released on December 17th, 2003.

The snow has finally stopped … my coffee is hot and black, my music clip today is the title piece from Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”.

This trio of films had been dismissed by neo-pagan secular humanist reviewers as a simple “adventure movie, set in a strange world, climaxing with a battle between the forces of good, represented by the heroes and heroines, and the forces of evil, represented by the stranger, the odd, or the mean-spirited (Yes, I guess Sauron and Saruman might be described as odd, the stranger, or even mean spirited, yes mean spirited, that’s accurate I guess, especially for a society which buys into the idea that it is just OK to dismember babies and sell their body parts for profit).

These scenarios, make it all too easy for filmgoers to cheer for the good guys (with whom they quite naturally identify) and boo the bad guys (stand-ins for everything they don’t approve of) (isn’t this exactly what these neo-pagans are actively doing in this very review? I suppose, logically then, there is no “good” and “bad” then … always excepting, of course, that if the neo-pagans don’t approve of any particular Religious or believers then that is “good” because anyone who disagrees with any of the progressive left is “a priori”, even by definition, “BAD”).

The world is seen as the stage for dueling dualisms, “us” versus “them” (BAD GUY ALERT!) where it is perfectly acceptable for one side to completely obliterate the “other.” This kind of simplistic storytelling contributes to the creation of what Sam Keen has called the “hostile imagination”? (So good and evil are not real, it’s just “us” versus “them” or “The Other” …  So I guess, logically, there could be no such a thing as “Sin” in this neo-pagan worldview. Gee, that’s convenient … hmmm … sounding rather “anti christian” here, dare I mention, a subtle flavour of “Antichrist”).

This worldview develops out of prejudice and hatred, two diseases of the mind  ( I guess what they are saying is “believers with a moral compass are actually prejudiced, hating, and diseased” … Wow! Who knew! I bet these reviewers have  weekend part time job crafting sign and posters for all those anti-Trump protestors the MSM so love to cover) but back to diseases of the mind in which we project our feelings of fear, resentment, self-disgust, anger, alienation, and paranoia on others whom we perceive to be different (especially strangers).”

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the hugely popular “Return of the King” was the culmination of nearly 10 years’ work and the conclusion to Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy based on the timeless J.R.R. Tolkien classic.

Aragorn leads the allies to the Black Gate in an attempt to distract Sauron from seeking out Frodo, Sam and the Ring. But Sauron’s army is much larger, and Aragorn is losing the battle. Their hopes rest with Frodo.

“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” presents the final confrontation between the forces of good and evil fighting for control of the future of Middle-earth. Hobbits Frodo and Sam reach Mordor in their quest to destroy the `one ring’, while Aragorn leads the forces of good against Sauron’s evil army at the stone city of Minas Tirith.

Remember, “The Lord of the Rings was written in an era when folks still superstitiously believed that good and evil realy existed in an absolute sense and were not just a matter of opinion. I guess that makes me an anachronism, a man out of time.

Anyway, here we are again, a few hours later and I was explaining the idea of “The Mystical Body of Christ”, and how it came about, as a prelude to positing the idea that the “Antichrist” is not a specific figure who we are striving to identify, but rather “the mystical body of Satan” acting out in “the Spirit of the times”, a perfect example of which is the above review viewed as apologetics for evil as a matter of opinion.

Historically, later on in the story of the Church, after the time of Saint Paul and the world he wrote to, as the Church grew, the Church Fathers, including St. Augustine, reaffirmed and amplified Paul’s assertion that the Christian Church is a spiritual extension of Christ’s body.

His Holiness Pope Pius XII

His Holiness Pope Pius XII (By Michael Pitcarin

Pope Pius XII , who was Pope during my early childhood, popularized the phrase in his encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi  (June 29, 1943).

The Catholic Dictionary explains it thus: “The Church is a body because she is a visible, living, and growing organism, animated by the Spirit of God. (The Church) … is a mystical body because her essential nature is a mystery, and all her teachings, laws, and rites are sacramental sources of grace.

And she is the mystical body of Christ because he founded the Church. He remains her invisible Head and through him all blessings are communicated to her members, and through them to the rest of humankind.”

The Second Vatican Council

The Second Vatican Council

The Second Vatican Council issued the “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church,” or “Lumen Gentium” (November 21, 1964; “Light of the Nations”), which reflected the broader, universal nature of the mystical body by stating that all persons are members of the Church, at least potentially, because Christ came to offer salvation to everyone.

Speaking of full membership in the Church, Pius XII, in his Encyclical on the Mystical Body, said it is the society of those who have been baptized, and who profess the faith of Christ, and who are governed by their bishops under the visible head, the Pope, the Bishop of Rome.

The Church came into being when Christ died on the Cross, but it was formally inaugurated on Pentecost, when He sent the Holy Spirit as He had promised. St. Paul speaks of all Christians as members of Christ, so that with Him, they form one Mystical Body (see 1 Cor 12:12-31; Col 1:18; 2:18-20; Eph. 1:22-23; 3:19; 4:13).

The Communion of Saints

The Communion of Saints

St. Paul did not use the word Mystical. It was developed more recently to bring out the fact that this union is unique, there is no parallel to it. It is not the same as the union of a physical body, nor that of a business corporation.

The Church, the Mystical Body, exists on this earth, and is called the Church militant, because its members struggle against the world, the flesh and the devil. The Church suffering means the souls in Purgatory. The Church triumphant is the Church in heaven. The unity and cooperation of the members of the Church on earth, in Purgatory, in Heaven is also called the Communion of Saints.

Joshua

Joshua

When St. Paul uses the word “Saints” in opening an Epistle, he does not mean they are morally perfect. He has in mind Hebrew “Qadosh”, which means set aside for God, or coming under the covenant. Being such means of course they are called to moral perfection. But of course, not all have reached it in this world.

The word “Saint” in the modern sense means someone who has been canonized by the Church in recent times, or was accepted as such by the Church in earlier times.

Saint John Paul II

Saint John Paul II

If a person is shown to have practiced heroic virtue–beyond what people in general do – in all virtues, the title “Venerable” is given; with two miracles by that one’s intercession, the title is “Blessed”; two more miracles can lead to canonization and the title of Saint.

Now, outside some people within the church and some believers, folks who have even a passing understanding of the process by which the Roman Catholic Church arrives at the point of proclaiming an individual as a “Saint” are rather thin on the ground.

It most certainly is not some “group think” resolution arrived at by a board room meeting of some cabal presided over by the Pope and involving the various department heads (the Curia) of the Roman Church establishment, the executives, so to speak. .

This is an in-depth rigorously developed legal investigation, requiring postulation, presentation, gathering of evidence, a defense team (The Postulator) and a prosecution team (The Devil’s Advocate).

Popular culture, namely the society which seems to embody the spirit of the times, the “Antichrist”, seems to understand “Saints” in the way presented by Hollywood and the MSM, and routinely call their “Saintliness” into question because, after all, the saints make us enlightened moderns look bad, by any standard.

Dan Brown

Dan Brown

Dan Brown, and the Hollywood team who rework his novels as screen plays for those who don’t read, are entertainers and entrepreneurs. Dan and the Hollywood screen writers don’t do in depth research nor do they write Truth, although their publicists go to great lengths to give the gullible customers of their product, the “low information” folks, the impression that in fact that is exactly what they do show and tell.

The plot lines of many modern movies reveal a puerile fascination with the sins and motives of others, preferably “respectable” others, which would not be out of line in the National Enquirer.

Dan and the Hollywoods (Hey! nice name for a new band) are popular and very successful developers of sensationalist entertainment. They want to sell their gloss of reality in the interests of forwarding the Big Lie, and making a boat load of money along the way.

Michael Moore

Michael Moore says the vast majority of Trump supporters are like rapists, Oooo, nice, just feel the love …

Part of that process necessarily involves extensive denigration and belittling of any and everyone who disagrees with their point of view, especially political enemies,  the Church, Christ, and Christians, the currently fashionable victims of choice.

Perhaps part of this choice is because of course Christians don’t retaliate by routinely show up in your office with an AK-47 to fix your breathing problem. This is where we get back to the Christ – Antichrist discussion.

So, as previously stated, “The Antichrist” is the opposite of Christ, the “Not Christ”. The Antichrist manifests the will of Satan among mankind. Satan’s whole ambition is to be like God in power and might, and he works for this with all of his might, night and day.

Remember, “Who opposeth, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:4.

Satan’s stated intention is to replace God, and the mystical body of Satan, “The Antichrist”, is the means to do this.

The mystical body of Satan, an analog of the Mystical Body of Christ, denies mankind’s necessity for God, and asserts himself (the worship of self), that is “man”, as ruler of this world.

It does not matter to Satan whether his mystical body believes in him or not.  In fact, things go easier for him when mankind doesn’t believe in “The Father of Lies”. Ask yourself “what kind of a world would be willing to accept Satan as Lord”?

It seems apparent, given the popularity of every vice and evil in our modern society, that this modern world we live in has come to such a state. The prevailing spirit in the world is the “spirit of the Antichrist,” the mystical body of Satan.

The mystical body of Satan has been working since the earliest days of the church. (1 John 4) and the “Antichrist”, this fervent spirit of rebellion permeating the populace, can be summed up as every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.

This spirit of rebellion alleges that Jesus had something that we don’t have, that He was divine, that He didn’t have lusts and desires as a natural man, and therefore, He couldn’t actually sin.

Hollywood stars

Hollywood stars Mark Ruffalo, Olivia Wilde and Michael Moore led protesters to Trump Tower after the president made comments about the deadly violence in Charlottesville.

That’s  what Hollywood and and the secular humanist coreligionists would have us believe. Christ couldn’t sin because He was special, but we just can’t help ourselves and we are really rather nice people dontcha know?

And anyway, Christ is my buddy, he is all about mercy and forgiveness and get along go along … huh?

But if we believe what’s written in Scripture, Christ had the same flesh and blood that we have. “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same.” Hebrews 2:14.

He had the same lusts and desires, which caused Him to be tempted, and He had to fight to keep from sinning. He had the Holy Spirit to guide Him, and strength and help from His Father in heaven.

Because of His life and His sacrifice He made the same available to us, and therefore we are able to follow Him on the way that He opened up through the flesh and back to the Father, as members of “The Mystical Body of Christ”.

Halloween Party ...

Halloween Party …

But many folks really don’t want to discipline themselves, many folks have no inclination to rein in their worship of self.

As a culture we strongly resist having to put in the effort, take up the same battle that Christ did. Saint Paul explains in great detail that we don’t want to fight against the tendency towards sin that we have in our human nature.

It seems that nowadays, and perhaps it’s been like this in all times, most people, the masses, aren’t willing to fight hard against human nature, the unbridled concupiscence of our flesh. And the result is the ascendancy of the spirit of the Antichrist.

Lust

Just a fashion show … the 7 deadly sins …

This spirit of concupiscence shows people an easier way to exist, a way of self gratification and taking the easy path. The spirit of Antichrist allows the sins that separate us from God to live on by covering them with tolerance, “love”, and freedom.

God’s word clearly states what is right and wrong, what is sinful and what is pure. But when enough people live in sin, for instance adultery, sodomy, pornography, fornication, murder, and so on and so forth, our society gives it a pass. Sin is no longer considered sin, it is considered a “right”.

Our western “civilization” sports a population who are indoctrinated almost from birth in a system of beliefs in which  God’s laws are rejected, and the laws of society, and eventually even the laws of the nations, change to accommodate this adjusted view of what is right and wrong.

For just one example, how did murdering children and elders and other inconvenient people move from a crime punishable by death to a generally accepted right under the sobriquet of “choice”?  Anyone?  Anyone? The mystical body of Satan, the Antichrist, in action I guess.

So impurity and sin are allowed to live, and mankind grows farther and farther away from God – which is exactly Satan’s intention. The majority of the world has given over to this spirit, because it allows them to live comfortably, without a guilty conscience.

Waiting On The Night To Fall”, by “Casting Crowns”, from the album “Thrive” (2014).

“Waiting on the Night to Fall” is a great tune by “Casting Crowns”, I added the lyrics to the tune in my next post “Christ and Antichrist … (part 3)”, in case anyone is interested. But now, back to the subject , the Antichrist in tis world …

This is the mystical body of Satan in action in the world right now. This is “The Antichrist” … this is the “Not Christ”. “Devil’s Advocate”, released in 1997, was an American supernatural horror film directed by Taylor Hackford, written by Jonathan Lemkin and Tony Gilroy, and starring Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, and Charlize Theron. The film did a pretty good job shining a light on “the spirit of the times”.

Mankind is more and more reliant on itself and being governed by itself and worshiping itself in an orgy of narcissistic self gratification, rather than being led by any “higher power.”

Albert Jay Nock

The mass of man, the masses, in the famous words of Albert Jay Nock who wrote (in “Our Enemy The State”) in the 30’s, the following observation:

There is, for example, no human right, natural or Constitutional, that we have not seen nullified by the United States Government. Of all the crimes that are committed for gain or revenge, there is not one that we have not seen it commit – murder, mayhem, arson, robbery, fraud, criminal collusion and connivance.”   Albert Jay Nock, from Our Enemy, the State

These days, in the west, which used to be known as “Western Civilization”, Nock’s mass of mankind, “the masses”,  now believe, in the spirit of the Antichrist, that mankind can accomplish anything.

When that belief is fully realized then Satan will finally have what he has always wanted. Seen or unseen, acknowledged or not, Satan will have control of a world that has no need for God.

Once the mystical body of Satan, “The Antichrist” has free reign then there will be a terrible time on the earth. The true, evil nature of the Antichrist, the mystical body of Satan will be revealed.

Awww, Mom … Are we there yet?

Cheers

Joe

I Think it’s getting out of control !!!

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