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BLM, Agenda 21 & Sanitary Church
Ex-BLM Member Warns against Infiltration
Here is a guy [below] that was part of the BLM (Black Life Matters) and took time to record a video for his fellow blacks warning them that the movement had been infiltrated and been used to promote unrest and civil war. The video was recorded in 2017, but it's become more timely than ever with today's spotlight on BLM.
There is some bad language in it, but it is a valuable document coming from a quite reliable source. It is worth the time to watch.
Truck Drivers Refuse Delivering
I am not sure whether or not
is sensationalist, but it reports the news that truck drivers are refusing to deliver their loads into cities that defunded the police departments. If I were one of them, I would do the same.
It seems very much that if the Federal Government does not take action shortly to stop these riots they will escalate to total chaos. Without police and inaction of the authorities we will have to take our defense on our own hands. This is tantamount to saying that the constituted order is in the brink to cease.
It is not too much to be prepared for it.
Keep the good work.
Revolutionary Elites Enforcing Agenda 21
I believe you would benefit from knowing, in case you aren't aware yet, about what author Rosa Koire says is behind the Green Revolution. She is an expert on Agenda 21 and gives very useful information that puts what is happening now in the U.S. in perspective.
I hope you and your readers will agree with me.
The interview is
The Sanitary Church
I'm not kidding. This [check picture below] was really posted on the outside of my old
Church. I was going by and decided to see what they were doing in this Covid-19 aftermath and this is what I found posted on the door.
How can this be a house of God? What a sad commentary on what is going on in the
world, certainly no concern for the salvation of souls or the glory of God.
Getting a ticket at a ticket booth to reserve your social-distanced place marked with an X. Lining up on the yellow line at least 30 minutes before the so-called mass - it sounds like Communism not Catholicism...
This is not the Church I remember and love - but it still exists. We just have to find it, and do our part to preserve and save it and bring it back!
Thanks for the work you do.
Mary help you,
Blessing for Same Sex Couples
FYI.this was in the international news.
Austrian liturgists argue for ‘benediction’ of same-sex couples
La Croix - June 17, 2020 - A recent book commissioned by the Austrian Catholic bishops' office for liturgy, which argues for the sacramental blessing of same-sex couples, has roused considerable interest in and beyond the German-speaking world.
And this week it got even more attention after the outgoing head of the liturgy office,
Archbishop Franz Lackner OFM of Salzburg
, was elected president of the Austrian episcopal conference.
The new book, which exists only in German, is called
Benediction von gleichgeschlechtlichen Partnerschaften
or "The Benediction of Same-Sex Partnerships."
Co-authored by Fr. Ewald Volgger, OT, and Florian Wegscheider, respectively professor and assistant professor of liturgy and sacramental theology at the private Catholic University of Linz, the work enters uncharted territory.
Can same-sex couples pursue a baptismal commitment to love one another?
The first half of the text is concerned with same-sex marriages in Austria from an ethical and biblical point of view. The second half offers liturgical suggestions for blessing celebrations for same-sex couples.
Volgger, a priest of the Order of Germany (or Teutonic Knights), said the decisive question for him is whether same-sex partners who love each other can pursue their baptismal vocation for a life together and receive the Church's official blessing.
"The pastoral dimension lies in the Church's basic recognition of this way of life," he explained in a long interview published June 5 on katholisch.de, the German bishops' conference's official website.
He said the Church could show its appreciation of this partnership, which symbolically expresses God's love for human beings, by offering an official blessing – that is, a benediction.
"A great deal of disappointment and suffering would be avoided and discrimination rescinded," the 58-year-old priest said.
Benediction: more than a simple blessing
"It would make clear to the partnerships concerned that they could publicly present themselves as people blessed by the Church. That is more than a simple blessing. Like a marriage, a benediction is officially recorded in the baptismal register," he explained.
Asked why he doesn't go all the way and advocate the Sacrament of Marriage for same-sex couples, Volgger said he's come to the conclusion that the best way forward is to move ahead one step at a time and with a certain restraint.
"The crux of the recognition, of course, lies in admitting that sexual intimacy is a precious human good," he pointed out.
That's why he is calling for a benediction, an official act of blessing known as a "benedictional". In liturgical theology, he said, a benedictional is something very precious.
But is same-sex marriage nevertheless the long-term goal?
"If Church teaching respects a same-sex relationship as a common unfolding of our baptismal vocation, this expresses that God is present and works in Jesus Christ. That constitutes the sacramental character of the relationship," he said.
"The designation is not the primary goal. What is essential is the recognition of the shared life of two same-sex partners whom God has brought together. The theological dimension from the aspect of the theology of grace has not been given adequate consideration up to now," he argued.
Bishops are calling for discussion on same-sex partnerships
His interviewer asked about those who would prefer a simple blessing celebration that's not sacramental, which would not require any amendment to Church teaching. In contrast, his suggestion seems unnecessarily to complicate things.
But Volgger said an ecclesial celebration had to conform to Church teaching.
He insisted that the official Church should discuss this issue openly and explain why such a benediction should not be possible.
The priest-professor said experts from different theological and human science disciplines have found a positive answer and have argued why it is possible for the Church to recognize this way of life.
Moreover, he pointed out that several bishops have called for the questions regarding same-sex partnerships to be answered.
"That is why the Magisterium is duty-bound to think about the consequences that must be drawn," Volgger emphasized.
The Catholic Catechism, which states that homosexual partnerships are "intrinsically disordered" and "under no circumstances can they be approved", is diametrically opposed to Volgger's proposal.
So does he think it's possible that the Church will eventually make a 180 degree turn on the issue, especially since a global consensus of Catholics appears to be a long way off?
Discussion does not lead to schism
"There might be some truth in such doubts," he admitted.
"But at the same time, a significant number of bishops are telling those concerned and committed priests that it is essential to make honest headway regarding this issue," he said.
Volgger recalled that Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of Germany's episcopal conference, had only recently said he hoped that there would be coalitions between dioceses who wanted to recognize homosexual partnerships and remarried divorcees.
Among the considerable feedback he's received after the book was published, he said many letters approved of his initiative and emphasized how important it is to discuss and advance this issue with the aim of changing Church law.
"Even if the wording in the Catechism is still very apodictic, that does not mean it cannot be revised," the priest said.
, Pope Francis has inspired new momentum and new insights on the subject that have been provided by Biblical studies, moral theology and ethics," he pointed out.
"But, of course, I can see that we still have a long way to go on account of the non-simultaneity in the different countries, within the Church and the ecumenical and interreligious fields. But a way means that we want to proceed along it and that we have an aim to pursue," Volgger said.
He rejected any fears of schism if the homosexual issue were to be taken further.
"Whosoever uses such killer arguments as fear of schism to prevent discussion, also wants to prevent objective debates," he said.
"Those who threaten us with a Church schism are invited to allow discussion and dialogue. That would be an expression of respect and prudence in the struggle for valuable decisions," he claimed.
After all, he said, the basic mission of the Gospel message is to seek to work with each other and for each other and that included partnerships.
Volgger recalled and underlined that homosexuals had the same right to responsible partnership as heterosexuals.
Posted June 18, 2020
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