Cleansing Fire Defending Truth and Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:08:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DoR co-patron St. Thomas More Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:08:22 +0000 Today is the Memorial of the two patron saints of the Diocese of Rochester: St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More. Often the former, the only Catholic prelate in England under Henry VIII to refuse to recognize Henry as head of the Church of England and thus be martyred, gets more attention than the family man who was martyred for the same reasons as Fisher. It was Sir Thomas More, knighted, who was also martyred and shares today’s remembrance.

From the Tower of London, where St. Thomas More was imprisoned, he wrote with charcoal his famous words of finding forgiveness for even the most heinous crimes. Here are his memorable words, reprinted in his book “The Sadness of Christ”:




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Finally — Dubia moves forward! Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:47:28 +0000 Dubia moves sadly, but relentlessly forward.

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Domine Non Sum Dignus Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:57:09 +0000 The Year of the Eucharist in the Diocese of Rochester begins on Sunday, June 18th, the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi. One element of “change” which will be seen by attendees at the Novus Ordo (Ordinary Form) Mass in English, from now on, will be the congregation’s kneeling right after the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God), and just preceding the “Lord, I am not worthy…”), aka the “Domine non sum dignus.” But is this really a “change?” Yes and no. It is a “change” back to former practice in the DoR and a change to the current widespread practice in the Catholic Church; but it actually is a RESTORATION of a practice that reflects the humility with which we should approach the sacred Body and Blood.

When I researched this issue a few years ago, I remember that there were only five dioceses in the country which did NOT kneel after the Lamb of God. And Rochester was one of those five. I was delighted to find at least one place in the DoR during all those years in which the practice was not absent at this holy moment — the Carmelite Monastery!

ScreenShot600It is annoying and distressing to read in bulletins or to hear that “Bishop Matano is asking us to now kneel after the Lamb of God.” Rather, he is restoring a former practice, not willy-nilly instituting his own personal wishes. What an especially wonderful time to restore — at the beginning of the Year of the Eucharist! It is a blessing for this diocese and its people to ELIMINATE a sad practice of not bending our knees to the Lord at such a solemn moment.


But do listen carefully to the words from the pulpit, ScreenShot601and in reading of bulletins.

It is not a capricious change.

It is a restoration of a sign of honor and glory to God.

How is it being implemented in your parish? Drop us a comment!


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Prayers needed! Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:36:48 +0000 I was shocked by this article. All my experience with African Priests has been so positive; this article boggles my mind. When in doubt — PRAY!


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Vatican Anathema Hurled at Trump … Wed, 07 Jun 2017 04:17:24 +0000 … for Heresy against the Environmentalist Religion

by Christopher A. Ferrara
June 2, 2017

Thanks to PG for sending this link to Cleansing Fire

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This will also pave the way for euthanasia …. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 03:32:22 +0000
Thanks to JL for the heads up on this grievous situation squashing Catholics in the Public Square:
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today (6/4/17) is criticizing the Bay State’s four Catholic bishops for imposing an immediate ban on signature gathering on church property. The likely target of this decision, and the one to suffer the most deleterious impact, is an initiative petition campaign sponsored by two pro-life organizations, the Massachusetts Alliance To Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortion and the Renew MA Coalition.
The effort, led by Attorney Thomas M. Harvey, is aimed the passage of an initiative amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution which would overturn the 1981 Moe v. Hanley decision by the Commonwealth’s Supreme Judicial Court, which created an even more expansive right to abortion, and the public funding of abortion, than that guaranteed by Roe v. Wade.
To get on the ballot, the campaign needs the certified signatures of nearly 65,000 registered voters in the Commonwealth. The most favorable venue for signature gathering for this effort is the front of Catholic parishes. Both the Archdiocese of Boston and the Massachusetts Catholic Conference sought to hamper this campaign during its first attempt in 2015.
In their directive, which removes all discretion from individual pastors, the bishops assert that they received “overwhelming feedback from parishioners” opposed to signature drives on church property. They also said that “Church functions are a place to experience the fullness of community and parish life. In particular, Holy Mass is a place to encounter God through the reception of the Eucharist. The celebration of Holy Mass is a place for prayer, reflection, Reconciliation and hope.”
The directive was signed by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, and the Bishops of Worcester, Springfield and Fall River, the Most Reverends Robert J. McManus, Mitchell T. Rozanski and Edgar M. da Cunha.
The Catholic Action League is characterizing the directive as “a calculated act of obstruction, intended to sabotage an initiative which the archdiocese had previously opposed.”
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “The consequences of this improvident decision will not be content neutral. NARAL and MassEquality do not gather signatures in front of Catholic churches. The only persons disadvantaged by this will be faithful Catholics struggling to defend religious freedom, traditional morality and the right to life.”
“There was no attempt to ‘dialog’ with the groups adversely affected by this, nor was there any ‘transparency’ in the decision making process. This is, at least, the third time since 2008 that the hierarchy has sought to impede a referendum or initiative amendment by pro-life or pro-family organizations. What we are witnessing is another troubling example of the longstanding hostility which the hierarchy and elite Catholic institutions display towards grass-roots Catholic activists who would disturb the comfortable accommodation between the Church and the state’s liberal political culture.”
“Catholic institutions, with the approval and participation of the hierarchy, routinely confer honors and awards upon, and provide platforms to public figures opposed to Catholic moral teachings. Just last month, Cardinal O’Malley attended the Boston College commencement which featured U. S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), a proponent of the public funding of Planned Parenthood.”
“The leader of the Campaign for Catholic Schools, and a major donor and advisor to the archdiocese is Obama fundraiser Jack Connors. The last Chairman of the former Catholic hospital system, Caritas Christi, was James Karam, a prominent supporter of Congressman Barney Frank. The longtime public relations firm for the archdiocese was Rasky Baerlein, founded by Larry Rasky, a close political ally of former Vice-President Joe Biden. The Cardinal’s Communications Director is Terence Donilon, brother of President Obama’s National Security Advisor, and a former aide to Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun, a supporter of legal abortion.”
“The episcopate of Sean O’Malley has been characterized by an unprecedented public deference towards elected officials who reject Catholic moral principles. The late U. S. Senator Edward Kennedy and the late Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, were extolled as faithful Catholics by the Cardinal.”
“Current Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a NARAL award recipient and Planned Parenthood defender who said he wants to make Boston a sanctuary city for abortions should Roe be overturned, was given the Cardinal Cushing Humanitarian Award by the Missionary Society of Saint James the Apostle, whose president is Cardinal O’Malley. This was done while O’Malley was serving as Pro-Life Chairman for the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.”
“Pro-life Catholics in Massachusetts have, for decades, faced a hostile media culture and political environment. Now, with this decision by the state’s Catholic bishops, their isolation has just increased, and their struggle has become lonelier. Shame on the bishops!”
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Sword of St. Michael Mon, 05 Jun 2017 03:24:44 +0000 SeScreenShot588            7 Sanctuaries linked by the Legendary Sword of St. Michael (Aleteia June 4, 2017)


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The Power of Silence by Cardinal Sarah — Part II Sat, 27 May 2017 05:11:43 +0000  

From Cardinal Sarah’s new book “The Power of Silence.” His words are especially relevant as he is the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Paragraph 205:

“Today, some priests treat the Eucharist with the utmost contempt. They see the Mass as a talkative banquet where Christians faithful to the teaching of Jesus, divorced-and-remarried persons, men and women in an adulterous situation, unbaptized tourists who participate   in the Eucharistic celebrations of the large anonymous crowds can indiscriminately have access to the Body and Blood of Christ. The Church must examine with urgency the ecclesial and pastoral appropriateness of these immense Eucharistic celebrations made up of thousands and thousands of participants. There is a great danger of transforming the Eucharist, “the great mystery of faith”, into a vulgar county fair and of desecrating the Body and Precious Blood of Christ. The priests who distribute the sacred species while not knowing anyone and give the Body of Jesus to all, without distinguishing between Christians and non-Christians, participate in the desecration of the Holy Eucharistic Sacrifice. Those who exercise authority in the Church become culpable, by a form of voluntary complicity, in allowing the sacrilege and desecration of the Body of Christ to take place in these gigantic and ridiculous self-celebrations, where so few perceive that “you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Cor 11:26).


“Some priests unfaithful to the ‘memory’ of Jesus insist more on the festive aspect and the fraternal dimension of the Mass than on the bloody sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. The importance of interior dispositions and the necessity of reconciling ourselves with God by agreeing to let ourselves be purified by the sacrament of confession are no longer in fashion today.  More and more, we conceal the warning of St. Paul to the Corinthians….”

“We live at the surface of ourselves too often to understand what we are celebrating. The lack of faith in the Eucharist, the Real Presence of Christ, can lead to sacrilege. Jesus is isolated by the growing hatred of the Pharisees, who form against him an increasingly stronger coalition, forcing his listeners to separate themselves from him. Some Christians are forming a coalition to separate Jesus and his doctrine from those who honestly seek the truth. He is more and more alone among men who hate him or do not know how to love him because they are incapable of knowing him as he is. But there will always be a little flock who will want to know him and love him.”

“It is imperative … to rediscover the Easter we celebrate in each of our Eucharists. The grace of Easter is a profound silence, an immense peace, and a pure taste in the soul. It is the taste of heaven, away from all disordered excitement. The Paschal vision does not consist in a rapture of the spirit; it is the silent discovery of God. If only the Mass could be, each morning, what it was on Golgotha and on Easter morning! If only the prayers could be as lucid, if the risen Christ could always shine in me in his Paschal simplicity …

(Robert Cardinal Sarah in The Power of Silence)

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IMO: Of course there was interference in the election…. Fri, 26 May 2017 03:03:20 +0000 I have been saying to friends: “We should stop denying the allegations of interference in the elections. Of course there was interference, in the very best sense, God’s guiding care.” Why are we so reluctant to witness to His Presence in the whole event, but rather deny it, or worry about Russia or some other 3rd party who might be used by the Lord? What is amazing, and even amusing, is that so many of those who prayed and believe in God  deny that there was interference, (or don’t see it  as intercession or intervention);  but even the atheists sense a Hand was at work in the process. Their biases keep them from admitting it is God! But their “sense” is right on! I think we should acknowledge the allegation, for the sake of evangelizing witness.

If the differences between candidates were just personal opinions or strategy differences, I doubt there would be this feeling of interference.  But the issues are so polarized between sin on the one hand, and striving for obedience to God’s commands on the other, a charge of “interference” is understandable — as it was at Lepanto, when the winds shifted., and at Tarshish when the invading fleet was destroyed.

Let’s remember the words of  the Psalms:

Psalm 97:10 “The LORD loves those who hate evil; He preserves the lives of His saints; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.”

Psalm 125:3 “For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous put forth their hands to do wrong.”

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Primum Non Nocere: “First do no harm” Wed, 17 May 2017 21:20:23 +0000 Genesis 9:6

“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in His own image.”


Ponder this:

If government can’t carry out validly adjudicated death penalties because the chemicals which have usually been used are believed to cause excessive pain and inhumane suffering –

THEN why don’t those executioners use the chemicals being administered to the people who choose euthanasia (or have it chosen for them out of so-called ‘mercy’)? Or is the pain and suffering of those being euthanized one of the very dirty little secrets kept from them until it is too late?


Ponder that!

Could it be that even the chemicals used for euthanasia cause just such reputed excessive pain and inhumaneScreenShot570 suffering, and can’t hold up to the formality of ‘witnessesing’ required for execution? The witnessing in euthanasia is not as public as for an execution; rather it is private, administered in dark secrecy behind a hospital screen, or under the guise of insurance limitations, or as the fruit of a compromised Hippocratic oath, or under pressure from ‘merciful’ heirs, nursing the conflict of interest of their own inheritance?

  • How can there ever be an appropriate informed consent regarding the pain and suffering connected to the risk of using such chemicals on the very people who fearfully seek to escape pain and suffering?
  • Where is articulation of a moral high ground and its accountability and obligation to support life?  Those complicit in such ‘mercy’ killing (including those who enact laws or promote having a choice of euthanasia) would seem also to be the very people referred to in Genesis 9:6 as deserving of death themselves.
  • Why is information withheld that the true end of life from natural death can be pain-controlled without desperate, unrighteous, hideous, guilt-ridden measures?
  • Where is the understanding that freely chosen euthanasia may well be the only sin from which one cannot repent?  (Unless agony from the chemicals is a purgatory for some who may not have complete consent?)

From the Hippocratic Oath:

  “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.”   

What you may not know is that the current Hippocratic Oath has been severely modified to accommodate all of today’s secular values, even abortion and euthanasia.

What is “right” seems no longer to be the public argument, given the widespread moral blindness of the secular culture to so many offenses. But the ‘god’ of reason, practicality and effectiveness still commands attention. How do the fans of euthanasia explain the odd juxtaposition in our society of squeamishness about capital punishment (authorized after the flood for the crime of murder) to encouraging the sick to choose what seems to amount to just such capital punishment for themselves! Ponder that!  And then bring this argument to the attention of anyone who can make a difference, particularly state legislators!


Meanwhile, here are some links for background information:


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