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When the torturers struck the transcendental God who became immanent in creation, the suffering dealt was not only for the person of Jesus. With every lash of the whip, two lashes were felt. Every thorn was felt twice. Nails pierced four hands, and four feet as well. “Every blow rending the body of the son had its cruel echo in the heart of his Mother.” St. Bonaventure exclaims, “Why wouldst thou, most honored Lady, be immolated for us? Is not our Savior’s passion sufficient for our salvation?” (1)

Yet, as she has revealed in recent centuries, her suffering did not stop there. In light of numerous mystical writings and apparitions, we could now rightly echo Bonaventure and say, why wouldst thou, most honored Lady, continue to suffer for us? Is not our Savior’s passion sufficient? Is not your earthly suffering sufficient? […]

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In recent years, many people have been greatly amused by films such as National Treasure and its sequel. In those movies, Freemasons of history helped to build society by passing secrets of hidden national wealth, keeping it out of enemy hands, and in doing so safeguarding the fate of the upstart nation. And who would not enjoy such cleverly conceived tales about these enlightened social builders?
And the list of Freemasons is a veritable who’s who of history (some more favorable than others) – Paul Revere, Napoleon, Benjamin Franklin, Mozart, Churchill, Voltaire, more than a dozen U.S. presidents, and nearly three-dozen U.S. Supreme Court justices. The list goes on and on.
But what about masonic membership? Did not the Church in recent decades change her position? After all, isn’t it just a conspiracy theory that the Freemasons worship Satan? No one can seriously hold that anymore, can they? Plus, it cannot be that bad because so many people are in it. That many people would not be part of a bad thing. Right?
So clearly, according to such reasoning, there can be nothing contradictory between freemasonry and Catholicism?
Quite the contrary: The Church’s position on masonry is and has always remained the same.
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Many of Professor Paul Zachary Myers’ atheistic disciples have followed his lead, engaging in desecration of the Most Holy Eucharist. Myers has stated that the Eucharist is freely given out, therefore, it’s not stealing to take the Eucharist. Au contraire. The Eucharist is freely given to all those who confess the Catholic faith. Presenting oneself to receive the Eucharist is the equivalent of professing as truth the entire sacred deposit of the Catholic faith. Perhaps Myers’ disciples should consider that. In fact, anyone who receives the Eucharist while renouncing any part of the Catholic faith is doing something far worse than stealing.

Yet, I have felt from the beginning of this tragic series of events that the Eucharistic sacrilege and desecration that has been coming at the hands of religiously anti-religious atheists goes hand in hand with the sad reality of Eucharistic indifference on the part of so many Catholics—those Catholics who receive Jesus while in a state of mortal sin and those Catholics who receive Jesus while in open dissent to one or more Catholic teachings. Somehow, the atheists’ gross display of anti-Catholicism is a manifestation of what we have been failing to perceive for so long—many professing the Catholic faith receive Our Lord unworthily.

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Ben Stein—he’s shown himself to be a pretty solid philosopher in “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.” And he’s catching a lot of heat for it. Just have a look at the tone of the majority of movie reviewers: resentful, dismissive, sarcastic.

Much criticism is being levied upon Ben Stein for his use of Holocaust footage to hammer home his point about the debate over Darwinism and Intelligent Design. However, some ideas have dire consequences. Stein is justified in his choice to use these images.  It would be wrong to use the images if Darwinism and concentration camps were two unrelated realities.  However, the connection is all too real.

Darwinian philosophy, regardless of whether a direct link may be established between itself and Nazi policy, is identical with the practice and propaganda of the Nazis. If one could put Darwinism into action, what would it look like?  It would look a lot like Nazism: forced sterilization, ethnic cleansing, survival of the … policymakers. Darwinism indeed was the philosophy that Nazi scientists held. Darwin’s theory of natural selection was the foundation of policies and propaganda that helped build the menace of the Nazi regime. And Darwinism is today building the menace of academic totalitarianism and the abortion machine.

And yes, this is the problem: Atheistic scientists have squelched philosophy as a pseudoscience, and in doing so have themselves become the philosophers. Moreover, so many Christians have feared to enter into the sphere of human reason, believing that reason itself is totally untrustworthy.  This, too, has effectively separated philosophy and theology. Now, where is human reason, the middle man? There is no mediator to be found, no line of communication between science and theology.  But Darwinism and Intelligent Design are both philosophies at their core.  What is needed for an acceptable dialogue is a return to philosophy. […]

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Messages from Heaven (2004 Eternal Productions) looks innocuous enough—perhaps sitting on a shelf at a local Christian bookstore, perhaps given as a gift by a non-Catholic family member, perhaps even purchased thinking this might be a solid video produced by good, daily-Mass-going Catholics. It looks innocuous, but looks—and producers of videos—can deceive.

Make no mistake, Messages from Heaven is a flagrant anti-Catholic polemic. Listed among their “Catholic Witnessing Resources,” Eternal Productions attempts to put Church-approved Marian apparitions to the test, but devolves into a diatribe against Catholicism in general, taking shots at dogma and doctrine on the Blessed Mother of God and the Church. The presentation of this video begs the question: If these Fundamentalist producers have the corner on the truth of the Gospel, why would they cloak the production in deception for wider distribution and viewership? Have they not seen it written that God “never lies” (Tit 1:2) and that the devil is the one who is the “the father of lies”? (Jn 8:44) Why, then, would these producers use so much deception? Let’s consider some of these works of deception.

First of all, the cover is a stark misrepresentation of the contents. The title itself is a gross misnomer, Messages from Heaven. In fact, the conclusions of all the studio commentators of this video are that the messages are not from heaven at all, but are the work of Satan. In fact, nowhere on the cover does the video indicate the position its commentators will unilaterally take—that the Virgin Mary has not appeared in Church-approved Marian apparitions, but rather that the devil has deceived Catholics. The cover features a traditionally Catholic image of the Blessed Virgin standing on the globe. The video touts itself as “A Biblical Examination of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the End Times.” The back cover features similarly innocuous language with real photos from real apparitions. One could easily be duped into buying this polemic, thinking it’s a Catholic presentation. One could mistakenly confuse this “Eternal Productions” piece with one from the internationally known Eternal Word Television Network, watched by millions around the globe. […]

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Mariology: A Guide for Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, and Consecrated Persons is an extraordinarily complete and rich tool for coming to a deeper knowledge of the teaching of the Church on the Blessed Virgin Mary, for growing in Marian devotion and for developing the means of communicating knowledge and love of the Mother of God to others,” writes St. Louis Archbishop Raymond L. Burke in the foreword to the text.

The text is a Mariology course unto itself, providing a thorough treatment on Mary in the Scripture and early Church, and Marian dogma, doctrine, and devotion. Dr. Mark Miravalle, editor of the anthology, has brought together 15 of the very best contemporary Marian theologians for the compilation of Mariology: A Guide for Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, and Consecrated Persons. “A Marian work of this scale hasn’t been done since Juniper Carol’s work in the ’50s before the Council,” Miravalle says.

“The specific thrust of this anthology,” Miravalle writes in the Editor’s Introduction, “is to provide a guide in classical and current Mariology for ongoing clergy and religious education and formation, seminary instruction, and the edification of consecrated persons, all of who possess a special call to benefit fully from a greater knowledge and love of the Mother of the Lord.” […]

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Five cardinals, with the support of a number of cardinals and bishops throughout the world and throughout the years, have sought to dogmatically define the spiritual motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary as mother of all humanity. The Church has long taught that Mary is the Mater Dolorosa (Suffering Mother), Co-redemptrix with Christ (“co” meaning with, not equal to), Mediatrix of all graces (because all grace comes through Christ, and Christ comes through Mary), and Advocate (because she prays for each of her children).

Additionally, to bolster our excitement at the actions of the Cardinals and the papal message from the World Day of the Sick, we receive the following news. Javier Cardinal Lozano Barragán stated in a Feb. 11 homily from St. Peter’s in the Vatican that the Mother of God is “corredentrice” with the Savior, the Italian word for Co-redemptrix.

The reason for our encouragement is fourfold.  First, consider the location of the quote; second, consider the date of the quote. This is no passing comment.  This quote, which was first reported on Vatican Information Services, fell on not any ordinary day and not in any ordinary place.  Cardinal Lozano Barragán made this comment in a homily in the Vatican Basilica, St. Peter’s, on the sesquicentennial of the apparitions at Lourdes. […]

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On my way to becoming a graduate student, I began to orient myself toward the study of theology. I picked up my dust-covered Catechism and read it. I started to open myself more to the mysteries of the faith. I had long resisted Marian devotion, but I felt a tug.

Meanwhile, I had heard a fellow Catholic endorse “The Last Temptation of Christ” as a thought-provoking and faith-inspiring film. Having heard many bad reports regarding the movie, I decided to give it a critical viewing. One especially repugnant portrayal in the movie, which on the whole I found grossly offensive in nearly all conceivable ways, was Martin Scorsese’s portrayal of the Blessed Mother. I could not quite put my finger on it, but my budding faith resisted his portrayal of her as a nuisance and obstruction to his mission. The Spirit within me convulsed, rising up to defend his spouse, though my mind did not fully grasp why just yet.

I have since come to discern the frustration of the Spirit over the precious good name of his spouse. “The Last Temptation of Christ” deprives her of her loving consent. She resists her son’s sacrifice for sinful man, his immolation. The Mary portrayed in the movie is not Mary at all, but a satanic anti-Mary disguised as the Blessed Mother. There is no total enmity, but cooperation with Satan. Though my indignation preceded understanding, the Spirit has led me to that full understanding. The words of Scorsese’s Mary sound more like Peter’s words; and in that biblical episode, the real Jesus knew who was speaking—Satan. (1) […]

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