Saint Thomas Aquinas

Friday, October 31, 2008

The Feast of All Saints.


The Western Church celebrates The Feast of All Saints on Nov 1st. I wanted to post some information on some of my favorites Saints to celebrate it. Unlike the those outside the Church we as Orthodox Catholic Christians celebrate the glory of God and the work he has done in His Saints. When we give honor to the Saints in veneration we give glory to God almighty, for without him we would have no Saints! We can also have the hope of reaching the same level of holiness with God's grace as well.

1. Padre Pio in one of my favorite Saints. Here is a good website to check out on him
http://www.padrepiodevotions.org/

2. Saint Maximos (Maximus) the Confesssor is another one of my favorites. He withstood the pressures of heresy in the 7th century and would rather have his tongue cut out than confess a heresy. He was instrumental in fighting the Monothelite heresy which proclaimed that Christ had only a divine will and no human will (Monothelite is derived from the Greek for "one will").
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10078b.htm

3. Saint Athanasius is also a great Saint of the Church who fought against the great Arian heresy which proclaimed that Christ was not a Divine person.
http://www.ewtn.com/library/mary/athan.htm

4. Saint John of Damascus fought against the iconoclast movement in the 8th century. Unfortunately this mentality is alive and well in the heretical Protestant sects.
http://www.balamand.edu.lb/theology/WritingsSJD.htm

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

If you are thinking of voting pro-abortion you may want to listen to this.


I heard one of the best sermons this past Sunday by Fr. Justin Nolan FSSP on the upcoming election and how we as Catholics should approach it. I could not wait to post it since the upcoming election is so close. Click here to listen. It is the first file on the list.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Taking a short blog break...


News flash.....Break time over the blogosphere....For the rest of the month I am taking a break on the blog to work on some research regarding Vatican II. I have enabled comment moderation temporarily and have set the user comments to registered only temporarily as well. I will change it back when I return to blogging. Catholicchampion.com will still be updated and new articles and information will be added to it. I want to focus on writing more essays rather than blog posts which sometimes eat up my time. Thanks for visiting!. God bless you.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Focus: Music and the Liturgy, by Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI


I posted an article a few months ago on how music effects the mind and how it can pose an influence on it. In the then Cardinal Ratzinger's book, the Spirit of the Liturgy he spoke of this very topic in relation to the Liturgy. I wanted to post a part of this writing pertaining to modern pop and rock music, which obviously does not belong within the Sacred Liturgy. I highly recommend buying this book, which expounds on the sacredness of the Divine Liturgy. It is published by Ignatius Press.



The Challenge of Popular Music

After the cultural revolution of recent decades, we are faced with a challenge no less great than that of the three moments of crisis that we have encountered in our historical sketch: the Gnostic temptation, the crisis at the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of modernity, and the crisis at the beginning of the twentieth century, which formed the prelude to the still more radical questions of the present day. Three developments in recent music epitomize the problems that the Church has to face when she is considering liturgical music. First of all, there is the cultural universalization that the Church has to undertake if she wants to get beyond the boundaries of the European mind. This is the question of what inculturation should look like in the realm of sacred music if, on the one hand, the identity of Christianity is to be preserved and, on the other, its universality is to be expressed in local forms. Then there are two developments in music itself that have their origins primarily in the West but that for a long time have affected the whole of mankind in the world culture that is being formed. Modern so-called "classical" music has maneuvered itself, with some exceptions, into an elitist ghetto, which only specialists may enter--and even they do so with what may sometimes be mixed feelings. The music of the masses has broken loose from this and treads a very different path.

On the one hand, there is pop music, which is certainly no longer supported by the people in the ancient sense (populus). It is aimed at the phenomenon of the masses, is industrially produced, and ultimately has to be described as a cult of the banal. "Rock", on the other hand, is the expression of elemental passions, and at rock festivals it assumes a cultic character, a form of worship, in fact, in opposition to Christian worship. People are, so to speak, released from themselves by the experience of being part of a crowd and by the emotional shock of rhythm, noise, and special lighting effects. However, in the ecstasy of having all their defenses torn down, the participants sink, as it were, beneath the elemental force of the universe. The music of the Holy Spirit's sober inebriation seems to have little chance when self has become a prison, the mind is a shackle, and breaking out from both appears as a true promise of redemption that can be tasted at least for a few moments. (The Spirit of the Liturgy, pp 147-8)

Music and Logos

Not every kind of music can have a place in Christian worship. It has its standards, and that standard is the Logos. If we want to know whom we are dealing with, the Holy Spirit or the unholy spirit, we have to remember that it is the Holy Spirit who moves us to say, "Jesus is Lord" (1 Cor 12:3). The Holy Spirit leads us to the Logos, and he leads us to a music that serves the Logos as a sign of the sursum corda, the lifting up of the human heart. Does it integrate man by drawing him to what is above, or does it cause his disintegration into formless intoxication or mere sensuality? That is the criterion for a music in harmony with logos, a form of that logiké latreia (reason-able, logos-worthy worship) of which we spoke in the first part of this book." (The Spirit of the Liturgy, p 151)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bishop Frank J. Dewane supports FSSP, and Pope Benedict's Motu Proprio. New church in Sarasota Florida





Recently Bishop Frank J. Dewane of the Catholic Diocese of Venice Florida has authorized the purchasing of an old Anglican Church for the use of the FSSP. The Church will be of service to the extra-ordinary form of the Mass operated by the FSSP. Fr James Fryar who has been in the Diocese now for almost a year and a half will be the pastor. Another FSSP priest will most probably be joining him next year. Fr. James Fryar FSSP currently says Mass at Saint Martha in Sarasota FL, as well as traveling Ft. Myers and Naples. This is a huge step in the implementation of Pope Benedict's Motu Proprio which called for this acceptance of the Tridentine Liturgy. God bless Bishop DeWane in his efforts to support the Tridentine Liturgy. An open house was held already to display the new facilities. Visit Catholicchampion.com for more photos of the church and visit Venicelatinmass.org for more info on the FSSP in the Diocese of Venice Florida.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Catholic League responds on the 50th Anniversary of Pope Pius XII's death



Here is the original link.

POPE PIUS XII:
50th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Pope Pius XII. Thus, it is an appropriate time
to reconsider his legacy. Here are some indisputable facts:
• In 1939, the New York Times quickly lauded the pontiff’s first encyclical as “a powerful attack
on totalitarianism,” adding that “It is Germany that stands condemned above any country or
movement in this encyclical—the Germany of Hitler and National Socialism.”
• In 1940, Einstein lauded the pope: “Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler ’s
campaign for suppressing the truth.”
• In 1941, a New York Times editorial said, “The voice of Pius XII is a lonely voice in the silence
and darkness enveloping Europe this Christmas.”
• In 1942, a New York Times editorial said, “This Christmas more than ever he [Pius XII] is a
lonely voice crying out of the silence of a continent.”
• In 1943, Hitler told his military command “we must occupy Rome” and “destroy the Vatican’s
power, capture the pope, and say that we are protecting him.” Assassination was not ruled out.
• In 1944, the chief rabbi of Jerusalem opined that “The people of Israel will never forget what
His Holiness and his illustrious delegates…are doing for our unfortunate brothers and sisters
in the most tragic hour of our history, which is living proof of Divine Providence in this world.”
• In 1945, the World Jewish Congress donated $20,000 to Vatican charities “in recognition of
the work of the Holy See in rescuing Jews from Fascist and Nazi persecutions.”
No wonder that three years before he died, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra flew to Rome
to give the pope a special concert. Similarly, when he died in 1958, Leonard Bernstein of the
New York Philharmonic called for a minute of silence “for the passing of a very great man,
Pope Pius XII.” Golda Meier, as well as Jewish leaders from around the world, paid tribute to
his heroics. No one said it better than Pinchas Lapide, an Israeli official who researched the
Yad Vashem archives: He suggested that 860,000 trees be planted in the hills of Judea to
honor the pope—one for every Jewish person he saved.
It is for reasons like these that the Catholic League supports the beatification of Pope Pius XII.
Bill Donohue
President
CATHOLIC LEAGUE for Religious and Civil Rights
450 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York 10123
(212) 371-3191 Fax: (212) 371-3394
www.catholicleague.org

Cardinal Avery Dulles


I ran across a very cool website today. It is Cardinal Dulles' site. He has loads of cool stuff on it including many of his writings. I recently purchased his new book titled, Church and Society: The Lau J. McGinley Lectures, 1988-2007. It is loaded with great essays on many topics. Check it out.
http://www.ratzingerfanclub.com/Dulles/index.html

James White Responds, Doesn't Quote My Full Post



OK, just a little fun before I get into my post. Doesn't James White look a little like Cyrus the Virus from the movie Conair? Just a little chuckle here, nothing more. White's picture is on his AOMIN.org website under the webcast tab.

Now let's get into the issue at hand. I posted a blog article a few days ago in regards to Dr. White's conversion story he posted on his blog site of a Catholic who was amazingly converted by Dr. White's poor arguments. I posted this because Dr. White is constantly criticizing Catholic conversion stories. He is having some ridiculous 25 year anniversary where he is posting emails etc to show how great he is. Dr. White posted this blog article against me while he was attacking Art Sippo the other day and lumped me in with him. What I found so funny is that Dr, White selectively cut and pasted only a portion of my post and left out the part where I quoted his words in regards to posts like the one he posted. He then conveniently dodged the issue by saying I was taking him out of context. I guess since it is his 25 year anniversary that is a good enough excuse for him to set up a double standard. How convenient indeed! Below is his post....The link is here to his full article titled "a quick look across the Tiber"..

He posted...My responses in all caps for easy reading..

Meanwhile, Sippo is not the only one making quite the spectacle out of himself over on the far side of the Tiber. TurretinFan pointed me to the outrageous comments(OUTRAGEOUS?, MAYBE YOU COULD BE HONEST FOR A CHANGE AND POST MY FULL WRITING WHICH INCLUDES QUOTES FROM YOU!) of "The Catholic Champion," Matthew Bellisario, this morning as well. As most of you know, this month is the 25th anniversary of the founding of Alpha and Omega Ministries. (A GREAT EXCUSE TO GLORIFY YOURSELF AND POST UP CATHOLIC CONVERSION STORIES WHICH ARE OF THE TYPE YOU DESPISE) We set up an e-mail address (testimonies@aomin.org) so that those who have been blessed by this ministry could share how the Lord has used our little ministry in their lives. I have been posting some (SOME? HOW MANY IS ENOUGH TO STROKE YOUR INFLATED EGO?) of them, and have a lot more to go, to be sure. They are very encouraging (ENCOURAGING? PLEASE!), and folks have enjoyed reading about others who have had similar experiences to their own. Of course, I have never presented these as apologetic arguments. (UHMM ITS AN APOLOGETICS BLOG! HELLO!!!!) They are simply testimonials related to celebrating a quarter century of God's goodness to us in this ministry. (HIS ARE SIMPLE "TESTIMONIES", WHILE THOSE OF ROME ARE NOT. HOW CONVENIENT!)


Well, I shouldn't be surprised that a guy who would write about my hats (YES SOMEONE WHO IS SO FAR OFF HIS ROCKER THAT HE HAS LIKE 15 DIFFERENT HATS AND COLORS WHICH HE CHANGES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SAME VIDEO SOMETIMES!) (here) would write this. Let's ignore the context, (THE CONTEXT IS YOU ARE AN APOLOGIST FOR YOUR "REFORMED" POSITION AND YOU ARE USING THIS IN YOUR APOLOGETICS MINISTRY, THAT IS THE CONTEXT DR WHITE. BUT IF A CATHOLIC DOES IT, WELL THATS OFF LIMITS)let's ignore the reality that these testimonials are not only wide-ranging (SO WHAT? YOU SAID THE FOLLOWING IN REGARDS TO CONVERSION STORIES. IN THE TEXT I DON'T SEE ANYTHING ABOUT WHETHER THEY ARE CATHOLIC OR NOT! YOU SAID AND I QUOTE!!!!.."Within Reformed circles, there is not a tendency to write about how one became a Calvinist....") but are not presented as apologetic arguments, and let's create a simply inane basis for an accusation of hypocrisy. Evidently, wild-eyed fanaticism is not limited to Islamic responses that ignore context, either. (WHO IS THE WILD EYED FANATIC HERE? ONE WHO IS SO BIASED TO ANYTHING OUTSIDE OF HIS "REFORMED" WORLD, OR MYSELF WHO HAS MERELY PRESENTED AN OBVIOUS OBSERVATION? YOU CAN'T STAND CONVERSION STORIES DR WHITE YOU SAID IT YOURSELF. YET WE HAVE SEEN SEVERAL OF THEM POSTED ON YOUR WEBSITE. I GUESS IF YOU RE-TITLE IT TO A "TESTIMONIAL" THEN ITS OK. HERE IS SOME ADVISE FOR PATRICK MADRID, STEVE RAY AND THE LIKE. MAKE SURE YOU TITLE ALL OF YOUR CONVERSION STORIES AS TESTIMONIALS! THEN DR WHITE CAN'T ATTACK YOUR CATHOLIC CONVERSION STORIES. MAYBE PATRICK CAN RE-TITLE HIS BOOK SUPRISED BY TRUTH, SURPRISED BY TESTIMONIALS!) Here are Matthew's words:

NO DR. WHITE THESE ARE ONLY PORTION OF MY WORDS. READ BELOW TO SEE MY FULL POST!!!


EDITED POST FROM DR WHITE BELOW

I recall reading many times on Mr White's blog how he just could not stand all of these Catholic conversion stories. Now, on his blog his latest entry is a Catholic who converted to the "Reformed" church because of Dr. White. You see, this "Dr White" is two-faced when it comes to these types of things. It's not OK for a Catholic to post a conversion story, but it is quite OK for him to do so, blowing his own horn so he can show just how great he is. The latest entries on his blog have been littered with people hailing him and his ministry as if he were some sort of prophet. And of course he just cannot resist posting these letters or emails. He also thought it was so great to have professional photos of himself posted on his blog as well. Talk about pride and arrogance. No one Catholic is permitted to post a conversion, but for White it's OK. Well, I will call this for what it is. Two-faced arrogant pride.


FULL POST

I recall reading many times on Mr White's blog how he just could not stand all of these Catholic conversion stories. Now, on his blog his latest entry is a Catholic who converted to the "Reformed" church because of Dr. White. You see, this "Dr White" is two-faced when it comes to these types of things. It's not OK for a Catholic to post a conversion story, but it is quite OK for him to do so, blowing his own horn so he can show just how great he is. The latest entries on his blog have been littered with people hailing him and his ministry as if he were some sort of prophet. And of course he just cannot resist posting these letters or emails. He also thought it was so great to have professional photos of himself posted on his blog as well. Talk about pride and arrogance. No one Catholic is permitted to post a conversion, but for White it's OK. Well, I will call this for what it is. Two-faced arrogant pride. Just so that you do not think I am exaggerating, here is what Mr White wrote in one of his blogs:

"Within Reformed circles, there is not a tendency to write about how one became a Calvinist.......Rather, when one explains the basics of Reformed theology, Bibles are open and pages are flipping. What happened to me really doesn’t matter. Rather, It’s about 'what are you going to do with the clear teachings of Scripture?'"

Need I say more? This guy loves to have it his way no matter what he says about Catholics. Does anyone remember the Martin Luther farce he made a video of a few months back?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Martin Luther's Hatefilled Attacks Against the Saints


Martin Luther who is often hailed by many Protestants as some kind of hero is anything but. His pride and arrogance put him in the front ranks of Lucifer's army of darkness. He hated the Church and the Saints and composed his own gospel from his own demented interpretations of Sacred Scripture. Let us look at some of his comments on the Saints to see how off of his rocker he really was.

Luther once wrote about the great Saint Jerome in this fashion. "I know no doctor whom I hate so much, although I once loved him ardently and read him voraciously. Surely there's more learning in Aesop than in all of Jerome" (LW 54,33)

He wrote of Saint Chrysostom, "I have no use for Chrysostom either for he is only gossip."

And with Saint Basil he wrote, "Basil doesn't amount to anything; he was a monk after all and I wouldn't give a penny for him."

He attacked the character of Saint Augustine as well saying that he "had no real faith."

We can see here that this man was nothing short of demonic. He attacked at least 4 great Saints who were faithful to the Church and to Christ. But that of course is how the devil works. He always tries to attack the truth, and then sets up a false counterfeit version of it. It is this snare that the devil loves to use. It is quite plain to see that Luther was a primary instrument of the devil. One could say that he was a wretched tool of hell indeed. Neither Martin Luther, John Calvin, Philipp Melanchthon or any other member of the heretic league even came close to the faithfulness and scholarship of these early Saints of the Church. Only the devil could utter these malevolent hate filled attacks against Christ and His Saints.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

James White, or shall we call him 2 face!


I recall reading many times on Mr White's blog how he just could not stand all of these Catholic conversion stories. Now, on his blog his latest entry is a Catholic who converted to the "Reformed" church because of Dr. White. You see, this "Dr White" is two-faced when it comes to these types of things. It's not OK for a Catholic to post a conversion story, but it is quite OK for him to do so, blowing his own horn so he can show just how great he is. The latest entries on his blog have been littered with people hailing him and his ministry as if he were some sort of prophet. And of course he just cannot resist posting these letters or emails. He also thought it was so great to have professional photos of himself posted on his blog as well. Talk about pride and arrogance. No one Catholic is permitted to post a conversion, but for White it's OK. Well, I will call this for what it is. Two-faced arrogant pride. Just so that you do not think I am exaggerating, here is what Mr White wrote in one of his blogs:

"Within Reformed circles, there is not a tendency to write about how one became a Calvinist.......Rather, when one explains the basics of Reformed theology, Bibles are open and pages are flipping. What happened to me really doesn’t matter. Rather, It’s about 'what are you going to do with the clear teachings of Scripture?'"

Need I say more? This guy loves to have it his way no matter what he says about Catholics. Does anyone remember the Martin Luther farce he made a video of a few months back?