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Eucharistic Miracles Display @ Sacred Heart Cathedral

December 2nd, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

The Cathedral Community – Rochester, NY | Parishes Online

The December 5th bulletin at Sacred Heart Cathedral will contain an invitation to visit a Narthex display during Advent of more than 30 Eucharistic Miracles.

What a marvelous subject for a worthy pilgrimage! Click the link above for more detail from the bulletin, and to learn how to receive an email copy of that bulletin weekly.

 

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Yale finds natural immunity is 3x vaccines

November 26th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Somebody’s wrong. Very wrong.

Several claims that the manufactured covid ‘vaccines’ are more effective than natural immunity have been around for a few months but were not (IMO) particularly well documented or citing from prestigious reputation. Thus, extracts from the Yale study seem more credible and, well, “studied.” The defensive comments not citing data have been excised.

After the Yale Report appeared during the third week of October, CF posted the link and so it remains on the ticker:

Yale study finds natural immunity lasts almost three times longer than vaccines – LifeSite (lifesitenews.com)

Here are some of the highlights from LifeSiteNews to whet the appetite, but the entire Yale report should be read.

Excerpts from LifeSiteNews

“A new study from the Yale School of Public Health has reaffirmed that natural immunity from prior COVID-19 infection lasts far longer than immunity from the currently-available COVID-19 vaccines ….”

“Undue public confidence in the long-term durability of immunity following natural infection by SARS-CoV-2 has been shown to contribute to vaccine hesitancy, perhaps because of a false equivalence with the long-term immunity after natural recovery from evolutionarily divergent viruses causing diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella,” the study continues.

“A news report on the study by The Hill’s Jenna Romaine echoes this narrative, claiming the ‘study determined that natural immunity is somewhat short.’ But the article neglected to mention that this ‘short’ immunity period is substantially longer than the immunity period following vaccination.”

“All told, more than a dozen studies have been identified that conclude natural immunity lasts longer and is more protective than vaccination. By contrast, a growing body of data indicates that the mass vaccination strategy for defeating COVID-19 has failed. The federal government considers more than 189 million Americans (57% of the eligible) to be “fully vaccinated,” yet ABC News reported on October 6 that more Americans died of COVID-19 this year (353,000) than in all of 2020 (352,000), according to data from Johns Hopkins University.”

“Beyond doubts about the need for the COVID-19 vaccines for most Americans, significant concerns remain about the shots’ safety, stemming largely from the fact that they were developed and released far faster than any previous vaccine.”

“While cases of severe harm reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) after taking COVID shots represent less than one percent of total doses administered in the United States, a 2010 report submitted to the US Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) warned that VAERS caught “fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events.” May reporting from NBC News quotes several mainstream experts acknowledging “gaps” in federal vaccine monitoring.”

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Update from Brother Bugnolo

November 23rd, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

“We are now in Armageddon.”  Br. Bugnolo

See:   https://www.bitchute.com/video/w7vz0ViXw2FS/

This is an update from Brother Bugnolo, in an earlier post: Cleansing Fire – Too Frightening to Post …

 

 

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I just do not believe …

November 19th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Have you ever noticed that the closer we get to Truth, Himself, the more glaring is untruth by contrast. One wants to scratch it off, like a chicken pox or a poison ivy rash. We just can’t get comfortable with ‘it’ in the room, yet ‘it’ is too glaring to be ignored.

No, it’s not about dogma or theology; it’s about the incongruency of what we are being told to what we observe and sense from the “shepherds of our souls,” most of whom we can no longer trust.

What’s Not to Believe?

Simply put, I do not believe that there were only 8 bishops,  about 3.5%, who voted to enforce Canon 915, and that all the rest (reported variously as 222 to 228) voted to perpetrate and perpetuate the sacrilege. I find it difficult to understand how any man who comes so close to the Eucharist can become so corroded in spirit.

No Wonder the USCCB Moves Under the Shadow of Secrecy

But let’s consider whether or not “8 bishops” can possibly be all that is left of an episcopal remnant. Why was it necessary to have a secret ballot when the teaching of the Church is clear? Secrecy has a place of course in the confessional, and in some aspects of confidential pastoral care, and hopefully in electing a pope at a conclave, but not in deciding whether or not to obey Church Teaching. It perpetuates the Protestant myth that truth can be changed by a vote! It illustrates the trap of implementing the German Synodal “Way.” And a vote by over 95 % of the bishops to not obey sounds remarkably like the Satanic “I will not serve.”

In spite of the secrecy invoked over this vote “to obey or not to obey,” the secrecy is only as effective as keeping secret the identity of the 8 bishops obeying Church teaching. I would like to see the “8” come forward and let us know who they are. The laity should have a right to protect themselves from a bishop who deserts his own role as Eucharistic guardian.

Why Exposure is Important

Since release of the detail of who comprise the “8” seems unlikely to come from the conference organizers, the “8” should identify themselves. Surely Bishop Strickland is one of that group. If invited to come forward, perhaps even to Bp. Strickland, might “8” or fewer come forward? Or might 30 or 50 come forward, exposing a manipulation of the voting?

Why might such a number be manipulated? Perhaps to overwhelmingly defeat the matter, and to crush those who want to do their duty from ever re-visiting the issue? Perhaps as one more obeisance to their handlers? As another move toward making One World Religion more palatable to those who do ‘vote’ their personal version of ‘truth?’

Another good choice to verify the voting would be for a voter to admit to both Cardinal Burke and Bp. Strickland that he is one of the “8” so that the total can be verified. The secrecy needs to be pierced to have any confidence that the vote count is accurate.

Presumably the secretive voting utilized some kind of voting machine. Maybe one of those unaccounted for during the audit of the 2020 Presidential election? Well, there must be a lot of voting machine expertise among the bishops’ Democratic ‘friends,’ and it seems that secrecy is part of the problem. When a bishop has to hide his vote from his peers, something is seriously wrong.

If the number of faithful bishops is really as low as “8,” then most of the lay members of the Church cannot trust their own bishops and they might need to find a good and trustworthy bishop to follow, including reading their publications, listening to their live streaming, and avoiding those who are executing a different plan, regardless of where that bishop is located.

Cleansing Fire has been following the problems of the USCCB for many years, bringing to our readers’ attention the abuses, for example, associated with their CRS and CCHD abuses. No pastor can any longer be trusted when they cow to diocesan facilitation of those annual collections. For a full list of articles regarding the USCCB, CRS and CCHD, just use the white search bar on our home page. Meanwhile, here are a few links you might find worth exploring:

Cleansing Fire – USCCB Day of Reckoning May Have Arrived

Cleansing Fire – If I fund sin, I should confess it … shouldn’t I?

 

 

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La Palma Volcano, Earthquakes & Tsunami Warning

November 12th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

As the eyes of the world continue to focus on the runaway volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma, its incredible lava flow to the ocean, the record-breaking number of daily earthquakes and increasing evacuations, there is a slowly growing awareness of the greater risk, more deadly, even if less likely — a mega-tsunami risk to millions of residents of the Atlantic basin, with estimates of loss of life up to a third of the US population.

The threat of a tsunami was initially discounted as not being of any real consideration, but most recently there is quite a bit of exploration of elevations and the risks that would ensue to all the countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, plus much of Western Europe, parts of Africa and Central America. Here is just one such site for exploration:

How Far Inland Can A Tsunami Travel On The East Coast USA? (modernsurvivalblog.com)

Escape is frustrated by  expecting to have only 5-7 hours notice that a tsunami is on the way!

La Palma warning: Volcano landslide ‘could kill millions of people’ with megatsunami | Science | News | Express.co.uk

La Palma Eruption and North Atlantic Tsunami Risk | RMS

La Palma volcano, live updates today: eruption, tsunami warning and latest news | Canary Islands – Bing video

Are islands going to be in special danger in the end-times? Consider  Revelation (aka Apocalypse) 6:14 and 16:20:

“… the sky vanished like a scroll that is rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.” Rev 6:14

And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found; ….” Rev 16:20

More will be posted in next few days. Check back!

Update November 28:  La Palma: New vent opens in active Canary Island volcano – CBBC Newsround

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+to+use+lifejacket+in+a+tsunami&qpvt=how+to+use+lifejacket+in+a+tsunami&FORM=VDRE

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Are Catholics wrong in seeking vax exemption?

November 4th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Most of the activity in seeking “Religious Exemption” from the covid vax has centered around abortion arguments. That may have been a very serious tactical error, not because abortion isn’t a vital issue, the most  vital of issues, but rather because it is almost TOO important, TOO vital to be allowed to succeed as an issue!

Why? Because the enemies are so well lined up, funded and trained to protect the billions of dollars of funding that flows out to the abortion infrastructure. This is not the strategic time to seek exemption individually, when the Supreme Court is or will be hearing arguments on multiple LIFE issues, with the looming potential  even to challenge Roe vs Wade. Not an inch of argument can be ceded to or by the abortion lobby.

Consider the persecution of David Daleiden with 9 felony charges for exposing the egregious selling of baby parts. He is a hero who may spend decades in Federal Prison for having done the right thing. Then there is the Texas heartbeat challenge which is bound to emerge in various forms in multiple  states, red or blue. Simply stated, the anti-abortion argument as the source (usually given as the single source) of argument for Religious Exemption, is a political ‘hot potato’ which the abortion lobby can’t allow to prevail. Thus, opposition to a Religious Exemption on such a basis attracts an extreme level of resistance.

Further, the anti-abortion argument is seriously wounded by the traitors to the Faith among the bishops, and higher, who decline even to take the opportunity to catechize the world on the LIFE issues because….why? “WHY” IS the issue … why are the Church’s own leaders sabotaging the effort of ordinary Catholics to protect their own lives, and now their children’s lives as well?

The sinful failure of the hierarchy to defend the Catholic Faith abandons souls by not tending the  sheep. It is sad that so many Catholics made their worst mistake in trusting their own bishops. Think about it! If they are too weak to discipline the sacrilege of political leaders who receive the Sacred Body on Sunday and sign laws on Monday to kill the body of a just born healthy baby, why should we be surprised if those same bishops won’t stick their necks out to sign a Religious Exemption? (We do note exceptions such as Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Vigano, Bishop Schneider and Bishop Strickland who are excellent examples of risking themselves in order to witness to Catholic Teaching.

How are Catholics who seek Religious Exemption failing their own Church and themselves?  It is by treating their own resistance to the vax as a single issue that is already deeply politicized. The Church is much more than any single issue and there are many additional teachings already transgressed. What about coercing of free-will? What about the statistics now available on risks to adult lives of people who are providers for the weakest and most vulnerable? What about the very issues of violation of conscience itself causing depression and other health problems? These off-the-cuff ideas are not the answer but are a beginning — to find, in the richness of the Faith, many more issues to raise than the one least likely to succeed by being the most politically volatile.

Personally, I would choose to seek Religious Exemption on the basis of God’s order to us in Revelation NOT to accept the Mark of the Beast. Oh, but you say that we don’t know for sure if the covid vax IS the Mark of the Beast! Well, we certainly don’t know that it ISN’T the Mark of the Beast! Read, study and pray over all the text in Revelation (Apocalypse), especially Chapter 13. Use the search bar on Cleansing Fire to find the articles on the Mark of the Beast. Decide whom to serve.

 

 

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Bp. Schneider calls out Vatican Error

October 27th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Bp. Schneider: There’s a ‘basic error’ in Vatican documents on ‘material cooperation’ with abortion-tainted vaccines – LifeSite (lifesitenews.com)

“If you want or not, it’s undermining the Fifth Commandment of God and the absolute maximum determination of the Church to oppose the evil of abortion and the evil of exploiting and commercializing of tissues and cells of assassinated babies.”

“The essential point of the argument is this: the use of abortion tainted vaccines brings us to a close collaboration with the fetal industry and their products, a use which is because of this proximity immoral, and furthermore it gives a scandal, since by such a use we are de facto supporting that immoral industry; furthermore that use considerably weakens our necessary and public protest not only against abortion itself, but also against the growing fetal industry. Fetal industry is so exceptional immoral and horrible that it cannot be compared with other common issues of a collaboration or a benefitting of evil acts of others, such as e.g. products of slavery work etc.”

 

 

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La Palma Volcano one month later

October 18th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

It is exactly one month since the volcano on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma began its spewing. In short, there is no good news. The eruptions and the earthquakes are more frequent and more severe; evacuations continue, but not at a rate to remove 80,000 La Palma occupants quickly. The airport was closed due to ash, which was reported as reaching heights of tens of thousands of feet; hundreds of homes have been lost, and the lava has now reached the island’s shoreline, adding new toxic gas concerns to the plight.

None of the news reports sheds any light on whether or not this activity increases the likelihood of a tidal wave or not, a question of interest to so many populated areas of the Atlantic Basin, giving an expected warning notice of only about 7 hours before rolling over cities.

The pictures are quite extraordinary; one feels it is like peering beyond the gates of hell itself. Can we ever justify NOT praying for those in such a situation? What we pray for them, we are praying for ourselves, for ‘no man is an island’ and we can’t expect to be untouched, can we?

Meanwhile, we might contemplate what is being feared, theoretically of course.  It is not a new fear. This conceptualization is from 2011: Mega Tsunami to wipe out East Coast of the United States (interestingeverything.com)

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What almost nobody is talking about — yet!

September 24th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

With apologies, please “skip ads”. Thank you.

Megatsunami Scenario – La Palma Landslide – YouTube

 

La Palma volcano eruption today. Evacuation, possible tsunami and live updates – Bing video

 

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=tsunami+warning+east+coast&qpvt=tsunami+warning+east+coast&view=detail&mid=B44A43B2C8FDA2AC23DBB44A43B2C8FDA2AC23DB&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dtsunami%2Bwarning%2Beast%2Bcoast%26qpvt%3Dtsunami%2Bwarning%2Beast%2Bcoast%26FORM%3DVDRE

 

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=canary+island+volcano+collapse+florida&&view=detail&mid=90DB7A27E15D46E3695790DB7A27E15D46E36957&rvsmid=C9590B1152CAAA9B71D0C9590B1152CAAA9B71D0&FORM=VDQVAP

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/toxic-gas-fears-as-la-palma-lava-reaches-ocean/ar-AAOVSD4?ocid=msedgdhp

 

Newsweek says, without meaningful explanation, that there is no threat; but who trusts the major media these days? It brings me no less concern; just the opposite! And the projection that striking the U.S. eastern seaboard would be about 7 hours after a major fault collapse in La Palma, gives little time for evacuation to any significant higher ground. The other cause for concern, still relatively unmentioned, is an expected continuation of the volcanic activity over the next 3 months; i.e. the major force behind causing collapse.

Advice?

There is never a bad reason to make a good confession!

There is never a good reason to make a bad confession!

Update 10/3/21: Photos show the Canary Island volcano in the Atlantic, which is becoming ‘much more aggressive,’ say scientists (msn.com)

 

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Aspirin and the not-so-hidden vax agenda?

September 18th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Less than a day ago, the Cleansing Fire Ticker added the ‘aspirin et al’ story here: Hospital system makes workers vow to give up antibiotics, Tylenol to get COVID vaccine exemptions – LifeSite (lifesitenews.com)

One needs to get to the 7th mini-paragraph before the word ‘aspirin’ shows up, but it is there, nonetheless, invoked as a test of the sincerity and commitment of  people seeking a religious exemption from the controversial ‘vax jab.’

Conway Regional Hospital in Arkansas gives its employees who seek a religious exemption the following statement:

  • “Based on your religious exemption request, we ask that you complete the below attestation,” the form, dated September 3, states. “This will help to validate your understanding of the ubiquity of fetal cell use in the testing and development of common medicines and consumer products and support your claim of a ‘sincerely held belief’.” 

The LifeSiteNews article states: “The form features a list of 30 medicines that it claims ‘have used fetal cells in … development,’ including aspirin, Tylenol, ibuprofen, Benadryl, Tums, azithromycin, Sudafed, acetaminophen, and Pepto Bismol.”

The theory behind requiring abstention from aspirin and certain other popular drugs is ostensibly to test the willingness of the user to abstain from other drugs claimed to be dependent upon abortive materials in their development and, we might add, possibly ‘to punish the recipient of the waiver too.’

But it seems highly unlikely that some such drugs have any connection to abortive materials at all, unless sitting side-by-side on a pharmacy shelf qualifies as a connection! Aspirin is a particularly noteworthy case.

LifeSiteNews points out that “Many of the drugs listed by Conway Regional, were actually developed decades before the advent of aborted fetal cell lines in the 1970s.” And, we might add, well before the commercialization of aborted baby parts. “Aspirin, discovered in 1853, began circulating in the United States in 1899” and some of those early forms are still readily available especially in animal husbandry.

  • So, aspirin was used in North America long before the Bayer product reached our shores! The American Indian chewed willow bark aspirin precursors for pain relief. But the vax advocates have an especially serious reason for putting aspirin on their list of the forbidden….

During the early stages of COVID-19, when some autopsies were done on the deceased, before they were forbidden, it was noted that the victims’ lungs were filled with blood-clots. Recently, the death of a nursing infant was tied to its mother’s recent vax, death caused by blood-clots in the infant.  It was noted that a fair number of early Covid victims would have survived if they had taken aspirin to dissolve the clots! So, the question is whether or not banning aspirin use by recipients of a waiver is really about a ‘teaching moment’ or about serving a depopulation agenda.

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Michael Matt joins lay Catholics around the world

September 8th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

by Michael Matt (Remnant)

“In light of so much bad news, I’m pleased to bring you some good news. An international group of laymen (journalists, professors, writers, activists) has signed an open letter to Catholics of the world, demanding retraction of Francis’ cataclysmic motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes, attempting to abrogate the Traditional Latin Mass.

I was very pleased to join this august body as one of the signatories of this letter, which includes the following as its penultimate paragraph:

“Before God and before all men, we solemnly affirm that

we will not allow anyone to deprive the faithful of this treasure which is first and foremost that of the Church. We will not remain inactive in the face of the spiritual suffocation of vocations that the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes will bring about. We will not deprive our children of the unique means of transmitting the faith that is faithfulness to the traditional liturgy.”

Rumors out of the Vatican just now are not good, as they suggest Francis is about to make yet another move against the Traditional Latin Mass. Whether these rumors are true or not, the time to strike back is right now.

For the sake of your children as well as the future of our Church, please share this letter with everyone you know.

We will not back down. We must not back down, not this time, not again! The line in the sand is drawn, and Francis drew it.

If he wants a war, he’ll get one. Traditional Catholic laymen are united in one purpose, and we will not let them take the Mass from us again.

Thanks for helping me get the world out.  It’s this Mass that matters.

In Christo Rege,
Michael J. Matt

WE WILL NOT DEPRIVE OUR CHILDREN: International Group of Catholic Lay Leaders Call for Revocation of Traditionis Custodes

 

“What man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will he reach him a stone?” (Mt 7:9)

Letter from the Faithful Attached to the Traditional Latin Mass, to Catholics of the Whole World

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We have been deeply saddened to learn of Pope Francis’ decision to revoke the main provisions of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI on July 7, 2007. After decades of division and quarrels, Summorum Pontificum was a source of peace and reconciliation for all Catholics.”

Read Full Article on the Remnant Website…

 

The Remnant Newspaper | P.O. Box 1117 | Forest Lake, MN 55025
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What else will abortuaries be used for?

September 7th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Consider that all the covid vaccine manufacturers caution against administering the vax to pregnant women. Consider that nursing babies have died soon after their mothers received the vax. Consider that it has yet to be proven that teenagers, male and/or female, administered the covid vaccine, will ever be able to conceive healthy babies.

With such considerations, one might reasonably project that fewer pregnancies will occur, and therefore fewer abortuaries will be built. (And none of this requires a projection of successful political and moral opposition, because the ‘vaccine’ will ‘handle’ the problem, i.e. ‘vaccine as contraceptive.’)

In the Rochester, NY area there is a strong political push to build a new abortuary in the Brighton suburb, for the alleged purpose of attracting the out-of-state business, especially where state legislation (like the recent Texas heartbeat bill) is not as wildly permissive as the Cuomo legacy of death at birth. But what can one expect when the babies and the pregnancies are reduced beyond the operating margins of the bricks and mortar? Will at least some of the abortuaries be closed? Or will they be converted to a different purpose?

A different purpose? Yes. What could that possibly be? What else would fit neatly into the ‘mission statement’ of killing the newborns? How about euthanasia! Cuomo tried several times to coerce the legislators to support euthanasia, with less opposition each time. Now he lacks the power of the gov, but has more time to creatively pursue his most sinful projects, and maybe to name them after his father, since the Tappan Zee was a “bridge too far.” We’ll see.

My sad expectation is that the abortuary so much of Brighton is lobbying for in their own backyard will be catering to euthanasia in the lifetimes of their currently ardent supporters. How ironic!

But here is the true irony. Demographically, the Brighton suburb has a large and strong Jewish population. I learned first-hand of their comital to life when two tragedies rocked the community, both as a result of drunk drivers. One killed two sisters returning home to their family being rear-ended by a drunk driver of a large truck on, I think it was, Route 81. The other was of a teenage Jewish girl walking with friends on the side of the road near Utica, being struck and killed by a car driven by a drunk driver.

Because my own brother almost died from being struck head-on by a drunk driver, I became involved with formation of RAID, Rochester Against Intoxicated Driving, and in being President for about 5 years. When I had to relocate to Texas for business reasons, the members gave me a glass plate with the quote of an ancient sage:

“To save one life is as to have saved the whole world.” 

I treasured that sentiment when I received it, and still do. I knew how sincerely it was meant, not just talking about, but doing. We could always count on a strong showing from Brighton to a variety of events, including the annual motorcade for life, for victim support efforts and in court watch. We could always count on those from Brighton being life-centered.

That is why I am so personally shocked at that community’s support for an abortuary in their midst, and the culture of death which it brings. And which it would likely continue to bring in the future.

Also, it reminds me of how much the Jews suffered in concentration camps in World War II. My husband’s Company liberated Dachau at the end of the war and he sometimes spoke of those still alive as “walking skeletons.” And he spoke of how the German neighbors ‘outside the walls’ insisted they knew nothing of what was happening there, despite the smoke from the crematoria and trainloads of Jews who arrived and never left. My own visits to Auschwitz and Birkenau gave similar testimony.

It is hard for me to understand why Jewish voters in particular would want to bring such a painful reminder into their own community, and not fear what else it might become. Every such decision reminds me of the Birkenau Concentration Camp, where moving a switch sent a train full of people to forced labor, or to death. Like any decision, like a vote, for life or death.

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If you plan to be here for the battle …

September 2nd, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

… Abp. Vigano’s #100 Letter “Libera Nos a Malo” is necessary reading for spiritual survival. It is complex, difficult and painful reading, but necessary. And, at this point, I think it would be grossly inappropriate to try to summarize or excerpt. Here’s the link: Letter #100, 2021, Tuesday, August 31: Viganò – Inside The Vatican

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God gives, and NYS takes away

August 31st, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

The difference between a religious exemption and a conscientious objection is wrapped in confusion. The powers-that-be seem to prefer the term “religious exemption” at least for the reason that the state exercises many controls over the tax-exempt entity and can more easily put pressure on such an entity than on the mind and heart of a committed individual.

The conscience ‘knows’ when something is or is not justified, especially after a diligent effort to discern. Government has had an unholy alliance with the power behind the pulpit for decades, threatening preachers, at least in their own minds, that to speak out against abortion, for example, was illegal and could lead to loss of tax exempt status. And, as an extra measure, government silenced the locked-down religious voices for months in 2020, without even an after-the-event peep.

So the state makes it a matter, not of conscience, but of whether or not some religious entity is aligned, as a matter of faith, with the issue in dispute by the individual. Simultaneously, churches and other religious entities conveniently play the game of providing exemptions, which they are powerless to do. All they can do, if inclined, is verify their own teachings, and witness or not to the laws of that faith.

Thus, each case is a one-off, keeping the pool of objections to government manageably small, and miserably weak.

Today’s LifeSiteNews reports the activity in NYS. There are 450,000 healthcare workers whose jobs are being threatened if they do not take the vax. Unless they act as a group they will cave one-by-one, with the strongest consciences suffering the most. Even the exemptions already awarded are being revoked, showing how powerless the individual really is. It explains much about the need to have formed labor unions at the turn of the last century.

If 450,000 (or some relatively large portion thereof) refuse the vax, the outcome might well be different. NYS cannot function healthcare-wise, missing even 100,000. But it takes courage to see the threat as an opportunity to be heard, and as a real tipping point. Will New Yorkers be the ones to stand up? They were the ones who ran into the burning buildings, weren’t they?

I’m praying for the voice in people’s hearts to be heard. And 9/11 is a good time to speak up. NYS is a good place to do so. Now. Here is the relevant article from LifeSiteNews: New York ends religious exemption for COVID vaccine mandate: 450,000 healthcare workers affected – LifeSite (lifesitenews.com)

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Top Doc: mass vax will be deadliest in history

August 29th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

DALLAS, Texas (LifeSiteNews) – “The forced mass vaccination of Americans will be regarded as one of the most deadly and costly medical mistakes in history, renowned pioneer in the early treatment of COVID-19, Texas cardiologist and internist Dr. Peter McCullough, has said.”

Citing recent data from U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and from Israel and Britain, where COVID cases are multiplying among the vaccinated, McCullough, who is editor-in-chief of two medical journals and author of over 600 peer-reviewed studies, including 46 dedicated to COVID-19, said he is “deeply worried” about the future of America.  

“Americans are going to bear the brunt of what invariably is going to be a failed mass vaccination program that will go down as one of the most deadly, one of the most injurious and costly in human history,” McCullough said in a recent podcast. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in April that it has stopped tracking COVID cases among the vaccinated that do not result in hospitalizations or deaths. The agency is now assuming that new cases are among the unvaccinated unless otherwise advised, which skews numbers to paint the unvaccinated as spreaders of disease.

“This intentional misinformation and propaganda scheme has been used to drive an incredible fury of vaccine mandates” for government agencies, veterans administrations, and hundreds of schools and colleges, even though here have been no outbreaks in these places, McCullough said.

Israel was the first country to mass vaccinate its population under an agreement with Pfizer to exchange vaccine supply for public health data in an experiment on the people “to evaluate whether herd immunity protection is observed during the Product vaccination program rollout.” 

Eighty percent of adults are fully vaccinated there, yet COVID cases and serious hospitalizations have risen 20-fold since early July. The media has highlighted that most serious new cases have been among the unvaccinated, while neglecting to report that the majority (more than 80 percent) of new cases reported by the Israeli Health Ministry are among vaccinated individuals.   

In response, Israel introduced a third “booster shot” of Pfizer’s vaccine which has been administered to more than one million people as of August 16. (See CF Ticker for info on how Pfizer CEO refuses to take the vax.)

In the United Kingdom, more than three-quarters of the adult population (76 percent) have received two doses of vaccine and almost 90 percent of adults have received at least one dose. Yet, the number of COVID patients hospitalized has soared sevenfold since early June this year.  

The most recent U.K. report on “variants of concern” revealed that 54 percent of COVID deaths are among the fully vaccinated. A further 12 percent of deaths are among the partially vaccinated who have received one dose.  

Nonetheless, citing the new, circulating Delta variant, the Biden administration is expected to follow Israel’s example and introduce a third booster shot for all nursing home residents and healthcare workers for September.   

The vaccines were never tested for the Delta variant, and their protection has lasted only months. “It’s clear we can’t vaccinate our way out of this,” McCullough said.

COVID-19, no matter what the variant, is easily treatable at home with simple, available drugs, according to McCullough, who has stated that “about 88 percent of hospitalizations and deaths can be avoided” with early treatment.

Since he came out publicly advising early treatment of COVID patients where the government protocol is to send them home and wait for them to get sick, McCullough has found himself targeted by public health institutions and academia. 

A graduate of Baylor University who worked as a Vice Chair of Internal Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center from January 2014 until February 2021, he recently addressed the Texas Senate Health and Human Service Committee about early COVID-19 treatment protocols.

His contract was then cancelled, and he was recently sued by the Texas-based health system Baylor Scott & White after his affiliation with the system was noted during a public interview. 

The lawsuit coincides with a decision by BSWH to mandate vaccination for its 40,000 employees. 

“I’m deeply worried concerned regarding the future of America and also deeply afraid of loss of freedom of speech and of scientific discourse,” McCullough said. 

“There are deep threats out there to doctors who are really doing their best—to help patients and save lives,” he said 

He cited a July 29 statement from the Federation of State Medical Boards which threatens doctors who spread medical “misinformation” about vaccines with losing their medical license. The federation defines scientific information as “consensus-driven for the betterment of public health.” 

McCullough openly criticized the “totalitarian” nature of vaccine mandates and pointed to government vaccine adverse event data noting that “already 11,221 declared disabled due to the vaccine.” That number has since grown to 16,044.

“These safety events are way out of line. This vaccine is nowhere close to be safe. Every person who takes the needle is thinking about the scoreboard.”

Instead, he said, “Americans are flying blind. They don’t know which vaccine is the safest.”

“Americans are given no information on this. It is basically impossible for them to navigate this vaccine decision. They say simply: ‘Take the vaccine, and it doesn’t matter which one.’”

“None of this makes sense in terms of the program being about COVID-19; it almost seems like it’s about submissiveness, or coercion, or control. The population is basically being forced into mass vaccination.”

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Too important, too “right!”, not to share

August 20th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Vaccination and conscience: a challenge to Church authority

By Phil Lawler ( bio – articles – email ) | Aug 19, 2021

Let’s get something straight. A Catholic priest cannot “give” anyone an exemption from a vaccine mandate. Except in those very rare cases (at least I hope they are very rare) when the priest himself imposes the mandate, he has no authority to issue exemptions.

What a priest can do is support a request for an exemption, by testifying that the request comes from a faithful Catholic, who is spurred by the demands of a conscience formed by principles of Catholic moral teaching. When he offers that support, the priest is not claiming that the Catholic Church bans vaccination. He is not even necessarily saying that he himself opposes vaccination. He is only saying that this individual—his parishioner, presumably—cannot take the vaccine in good conscience. And if vaccination would violate his conscience, then—here the teaching of the Church is crystal-clear—he must not take the vaccine.

Thus even if many Catholics conclude that they should take the vaccine, a priest could remind public authorities that for his parishioner, who has conscientious objections, a requirement to be vaccinated would be a violation of his freedom to act in accordance with his religious beliefs. Indeed I would argue—have argued—that a priest would have a moral obligation to support a parishioner’s conscientious objection.

It is relevant, certainly, that many Catholic moralists have found it possible to endorse vaccination. But issues of conscience are not decided by majority vote. It is noteworthy that prominent bishops— including the Bishop of Rome—have encouraged everyone to be vaccinated. But no responsible Catholic moralist has suggested that vaccination should be compulsory. In fact the closest thing to a definitive Vatican statement on the question, the advisory from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, explicitly states that Covid vaccination “is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and… therefore it must be voluntary.”

Therefore, when some public or private authority calls for compulsory vaccination—in clear violation of the Vatican directive—shouldn’t Catholic priests do what they can to defend the rights of individual Catholics who resist?

If the resistance came from people who could not frame their objections in terms of Catholic moral principles, their pastors could remain indifferent. But in this case, the objections come from Catholics who are strongly motivated by their faith, and well versed in the Church’s moral reflections on the use of vaccines. The conscientious objectors can cite that same document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which says that the use of ethically tainted vaccines is permissible “if there is a grave danger,” and exhorts pharmaceutical companies to produce other vaccines “that do not create problems of conscience.” Here the Vatican explicitly recognizes that the available Covid vaccines do create problems of conscience for a faithful Catholic.

So a conflict arises: between Catholics who cannot in conscience accept vaccination, for reasons the Vatican acknowledges; and public or private authorities who insist on compulsory vaccination, which the Vatican condemns. In these circumstances, it is absurd (if not outright dishonest) to say that priests must not support the conscientious objectors. And a priest who has been ordered to be silent in the face of injustice may find that he faces a crisis of conscience himself.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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Nat’l Catholic Bioethics Center re Vax Exemption

August 18th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris
The NCBC published a ‘Vaccine Exemption Resource for Individuals’ on July 21 as a guide to those Catholics whose ‘informed conscience’ has come to the ‘sure judgement’ that the experimental COVID-19 vaccines are either morally, medically, or legally impermissible.

The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) has produced a template for those seeking a religious exemption from vaccine requirements, explaining “the principled religious basis on which a Catholic may determine that he or she ought to refuse certain vaccines.”

The NCBC published a “Vaccine Exemption Resource for Individuals” on July 21 as a guide to those Catholics whose “informed conscience” has come to the “sure judgement” that the experimental COVID-19 vaccines are either morally, medically, or legally impermissible.

The NCBC based its determination that freedom of conscience must be respected on documentation and instruction from within the Catholic Church, including works from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Pontifical Academy for Life, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).

The NCBC laid out four key principles by which individual faithful may determine their responsibility to take or refuse medical interventions:

  • Vaccination is not morally obligatory in principle and so must be voluntary.
  • There is a general moral duty to refuse the use of medical products, including certain vaccines, that are produced using human cells lines derived from direct abortions. It is permissible to use such vaccines only under certain case-specific conditions, based on a judgment of conscience.
  • A person’s informed judgments about the proportionality of medical interventions are to be respected unless they contradict authoritative Catholic moral teachings.
  • A person is morally required to obey his or her sure conscience, even if it errs.

In line with the principles set out, the NCBC affirmed that “there is no authoritative Church teaching universally obliging Catholics to receive any vaccine,” thus determining that no binding civil mandate can justly exist.

To aid Catholics who object to medical interventions based on these principles, the NCBC produced a template letter July 7, formulated from the same vaccine exemption criteria laid out in the July 21 letter, for those who might need to satisfy employer vaccination requirements, for example.

The foremost objection to COVID vaccine uptake lies in the moral repugnance of the connection to abortion found in the currently available and experimental COVID jabs. But beside this, the NCBC noted that “a Catholic might refuse a vaccine based on the Church’s teachings concerning therapeutic proportionality.”

A judgement of therapeutic proportionality “must be made by the person who is the potential recipient of the intervention in the concrete circumstances,” the guidance reads, meaning that public health officials cannot determine that a vaccine ubiquitously serves the common good, for instance, on the behalf of individual consciences.

In fact, the NCBC clarified that the “sure judgement” of one’s own conscience regarding the moral liceity of taking any medical intervention “must be obeyed,” rather than instructions from church or secular officials which contradict that judgement.

This is borne out in CCC n.1777, the guidance emphasized: “In all he says and does, man is obliged to follow faithfully what he knows to be just and right. It is by the judgment of his conscience that man perceives and recognizes the prescriptions of the divine law.”

NCBC doubles down on commitment to conscience freedom

While the NCBC made clear that the guidelines enunciated above do not address the medical, moral, or legal objections to vaccinating against COVID-19 in themselves, the Center has previously announced its opposition to mandating the currently available coronavirus shots.

The NCBC emphatically stated that it “does not endorse mandated COVID-19 immunization with any of the three vaccines that have received Emergency Use Authorization as of July 1, 2021, from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA).”

On Tuesday, the NCBC doubled down on its commitment to conscience freedom, drawing again upon the teaching from the Church on obedience to one’s conscience and the common good.

An August 17 press release from the bioethics group explained the basis of its call for the freedom of conscience relating to medical intervention on “the full range of the teachings of the Church, including its social teachings, which provide guidance on appropriate respect for persons while building up the common good.”

While acknowledging that “the Church encourages people to receive vaccination for COVID-19, even though the currently available vaccines in the U.S. have a remote connection to abortion through the use of certain cell lines,” the NCBC maintained that the production and authorization of a “vaccine that did not rely on abortion-derived cell lines for manufacture and/or testing would remove a major obstacle to COVID-19 vaccination for many.”

Continuing, the Center insisted that “[it] is extremely important to embrace both respect for the common good and conscience as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) did in December 2020,” which itself states that “vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation” and “therefore, it must be voluntary.”

Owing to the complexity of moral and medical factors pertinent to the conscientious determination to take or refuse the COVID jabs, the NCBC committed to “continue to help people to draw upon the deepest resources of the Catholic faith to address the many challenges posed by COVID-19 with integrity and charity.”

A number of Catholic dioceses and universities in the U.S. are mandating coronavirus vaccines, or instructing their priests not to assist Catholics with religious exemptions. However, religious exemptions filed with most secular employers and institutions in the U.S. do not require the signature or involvement of a pastor.

Catholics also have recourse to general Christian exemptions that are compatible with Catholic doctrine but not based on the magisterium of the Catholic Church.
See also Cleansing Fire – Has the Bible warned us NOT to take the Vax? especially re statements by Colorado Bishops
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Has the Bible warned us NOT to take the Vax?

August 12th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

When the Bible was written, nearly 2000 years ago, the word ‘vax’ or vaccination was not used. The people of that time would not have known what a vaccination is or would be! But that doesn’t mean the LORD didn’t provide His flock adequate warning about the danger to souls in the ‘end-times.’ One such caution is against submitting to the “Mark of the Beast.” A particular warning in Revelation 13:15-18 is startlingly close to threatened government, medical and social efforts to punish those who won’t accept the COVID-19 vax. And, as Revelation warns, refusal has a penalty of death.

But first, now, the effort to force the vax is focused on incentives, financial payments or lottery-type rewards. Already there is a cry of ‘unfairness’ from among those already vaxxed without such reward. We can expect more ratcheting up of rewards (which itself slows down acquiescence by waiting for a ‘better deal,’) even celebrity notoriety, as we noted when the first US Bishop (Bp. Wenski, Miami) rushed to have his picture taken getting ‘the jab.’ It speaks volumes regarding what ‘society’ really values. But moral, ethical or religious pressure initially had been left to the churches, which gives to the evil one a ‘bonus’ of having split the flock, induced mistrust of the shepherds, and confused the lambs.

 

Why doesn’t Cardinal Dolan ‘get it’?

Pope Francis, according to the Curia of the Archdiocese of New York, “… said we have the moral responsibility to get vaccinated.” WRONG! We have the responsibility to consider all our individual moral responsibilities, in the hierarchy of good / better / best, and versus the risks associated with each, making a sincere Prudential Judgment of conscience. In addition to considering our own health, medical history, dependents’ needs and other responsibilities, the numerous serious health impacts experienced by some recipients of the vax, the degree of trustworthiness of the experiential data, and many other unknowns, we seek to form our consciences in Faith. The NY Curial representation of Pope Francis’ order is woefully lacking recognition of our right to follow the Prudential Judgment of a well-formed conscience. Moreover, it is surprising to find nothing supportive of a supposed order from Pope Francis with a biblical basis or catechism reference. Cardinal Dolan ought to be ashamed of his curia. Or at least of himself.

Another problem with the NY Curial Letter is the opening sentence of the 3rd paragraph: “There is no basis for a priest to issue a religious exemption to the vaccine.” Then the writer expresses concern for diocesan “embarrassment” and “personal liability” of the priest. Now we get a peek at what is really driving decisions in the NY Diocese and what they weigh for the good of souls on the other side of the balance. Nada. While there may be no basis for a religious exemption on a case per se, which would require judging each individual’s discernment and conscience, nevertheless there is plenty of opportunity to reply to the civil authorities with Church Teaching on respect for conscience, and application of relevant biblical references.

But apparently Cardinal Dolan’s Curia doesn’t recognize the relevant Word of God, handed down biblically and consistently with Church Teaching for nearly two millennia. The NY House of Card’s asserts that there is a moral obligation to receive the vax without any discernment, which will obviously be read by government authorities as confirming NO basis for dissent, and therefore using the Church’s silence against her own members.

We could also add here the failure to criticize the use of abortive materials in the vaccines, a position so well-articulated by Bishop Athanasius Schneider here:  Bishop Schneider explains why Christians must never take abortion-tainted COVID vaccine (lifesitenews.com) and by Lifesite News here:  THE PROOF: Many aborted babies are used in vaccine creation – LifeSite (lifesitenews.com)

Further, Cardinal Dolan endangers souls and speaks falsely to millions of Christians under his influence by not using the teaching moment to point out the obviousness of the warning in Revelation 13:15-18 as a match between the vax and the Mark of the Beast. Moreover, the reference clarifies that the Mark of the Beast has a satanic source, not charity for neighbor!

To find out what the oft-erring “Cardinal” has done, visit his July 30, 2021 pronouncement here:  Cardinal Dolan Throws His Flock To The COVID Inoculation Wolves – Complicit Clergy

 

Statement of the Colorado Bishops:

Please read the foregoing in conjunction with the Colorado bishops’ statement on Conscientious Objection in this matter, which can be found here:  Colorado Bishops Back Conscientious Exemption for Coronavirus Vaccines| National Catholic Register (ncregister.com)

  • “We always remain vigilant when any bureaucracy seeks to impose uniform and sweeping requirements on a group of people in areas of personal conscience,” said the bishops, adding, “human-rights violations and a loss of respect for each person’s God-given dignity often begin with government mandates that fail to respect the freedom of conscience.”
  • “… the city of Denver said that employers should make “reasonable accommodations to persons who have either medical or religious exemptions from the vaccine,” with each employer responsible to determine these accommodations.  Colorado’s bishops said that refusal can be reasonable in an individual’s judgment. The Catholic Church teaches that a person may refuse a medical intervention, including a vaccination, if his or her conscience leads them to that decision,” they said in their letter.
  • The Colorado bishops stressed Colorado Catholic dioceses’ commitment to working with public-health officials and other authorities to protect communities, while also “urging that personal freedoms of conscience and expression be fully supported, and the integrity and autonomy of religious institutions be respected.”
  • The National Catholic Bioethics Center lists a form letter on its website for individual Catholics seeking religious exemptions from vaccine mandates. The article also comments on the New York Diocesan ‘approach.’

 

Survey of reasons for refusing the vax

A survey seems to indicate (by omission from the template) that there are no significant religious or spiritual reasons for refusing the vax.  Although it may be that people are not sharing such concerns, or surveyors cannot ‘imagine’ such a concern, it seems likely that the survey is merely superficial by missing a relevant determinant, and/or that Christians aren’t articulating their justifiable concerns:

Side effects 53%

Waiting to see if safe 40%

Don’t trust vaccines 37%

Don’t trust government 27%

Don’t believe I need it 26%

Other 16%

Think other people need it more 11%

Don’t like vaccines 10%

Doctor has not recommended 7%

Concerned about cost 3%

 

How is the vax connected to the Bible?

Within the last year, there was a doctors’ group’s assertion that those rejecting the vax, or the jab as they call it, should be pressured by not being able to travel, to buy food, to go to Church, to even leave their home, and should suffer other egregious withdrawals of common necessities of life. One suspects that group, and others, knew at least in part that there were good and sound reasons the vax would be rejected, as we are seeing now. The frequency of the call to ‘punish’ those who don’t take the vax implies the likelihood there will be some retribution, perhaps even much retribution, with 79% currently blaming the un-vaxxed for the Delta Variant.

 

The Religious Reason

Where does their idea come from? Well, actually, from the Bible, from nearly 2000 years ago, in the Book of Revelation (Here are the Revelation quotes in Chapter/verse order.)

Rev 13:11-18 “Then I saw another beast which rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. It works great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men; and by the signs which it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast, it deceives those who dwell on earth, bidding them make an image for the beast which was wounded by the  sword and yet lived; and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast should even speak, and to cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six.”

Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment goes up for ever and ever; and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”

Rev 16:2 So the first angel went and poured his bowl on the earth, and foul and evil sores came upon the men who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.

Rev 19:20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur.

Rev 20:4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom judgment was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Revelation, aka The Apocalypse, is enough for me to not want to take the mark which God’s Word warns us against. But why isn’t this considered as a religious reason to refuse the vax? Why isn’t the Church using such quotes to defend us against the powers of the beast? Or at least to witness openly to God’s WORD? It seems like the voices of those doctors making the threat have a connection to the beast, like the evil one’s bragging about causing so many to go astray and to self-identify as being behind the Marks, i.e. the COVID ‘jabs.’

So, how much simpler could it be? Why aren’t we taking the vax? Because God told us nearly 2000 years ago not to do so. Why aren’t the priests and bishops, standing up for us who are individually facing the oppression of being pressured to do what could cost us our souls?

My friends, perhaps we do not yet see how wounded the Church is from starving the sheep for 80 days during lockdown, and how few even acknowledge their own participation, let alone repentance.

“For the time has come for judgment

to begin with the household of God;

and if it begins with us,

what will be the end of those

who do not obey the gospel of God?”

1 Peter 4:17

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King of Kings Regains His Throne

August 2nd, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

News from St. John the Evangelist Parish in Spencerport, NY

Fr. Justin Miller, the new Parochial Administrator at St. John the Evangelist Church in Spencerport, NY, is pleased to announce that the Tabernacle has been moved back to the center of the Sanctuary behind the main altar. It had been in a reposition chapel since a renovation around 2004.

Many have already commented how grateful they are for this change, and for the increased reverence and visibility of Jesus in their midst. Fr. Miller expressed appreciation for all the work done by the prior pastor, Fr. Peter Mottola, to establish this project and move it forward, as well as the current church renovation begun under his direction and effort.

Regarding further developments, Fr. Miller noted that the prior Mass schedule provided for Mass in the Extraordinary Form (TLM: Traditional Latin Mass) every Friday and on First Saturdays as well.

Fr. Miller has been in contact with the diocese regarding the future possibility of learning the TLM and receiving a faculty to celebrate Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

In the meantime, a number of Masses in the Extraordinary Form will be scheduled as able, beginning with a High Mass for the Feast of the Transfiguration, with Fr. Peter Van Lieshout, Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral, as guest celebrant:

High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (TLM)
8:00 AM on Friday, August 6th
Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Fr. Peter Van Lieshout, Celebrant
Fr. Justin Miller, in choir, and preaching

St. John the Evangelist Church is located at 55 Martha St., Spencerport, NY 14559

https://stjohnschurchspencerport.org/

 

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Flavors, foods and cosmetics containing aborted materials?

July 30th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Aborted Babies In Pepsi, Kraft, And Nestle – Shocking Report | Genuine Christianity Now

The report referred to in the link above appeared in October 2019; i.e. just before covid-19 entered the world stage. The report seems to have then been lost in media frenzy of lockdown, masks, and isolation from support or political action networks.  It was a most timely release of information under the radar!

The surprise is how many well-known products are alleged to be compromised according to these 2019 lists. What  is a consumer to do? Is it a sin to consume products with such allegations? To consume  any products without verification that they are ‘clean’ of aborted materials? When approached by a penitent wanting to confess the very real possibility that he or she may have ingested aborted remains or used them cosmetically or medically, either because of lack of information or because the penitent has done insufficient research to assess the truth, or that the truth is unknowable, the routine pastoral response may be to waive any responsibility on the part of the penitent.  But is such repeated dismissal a willful ignorance? or not? Should consumers be demanding an ethical labeling of products which represent they  use no body parts or abortion technology?  Shouldn’t that same law codify serious penalties for misrepresentation?

Not so strange a concern?

In June 2012, a U.S. election year, there was a two week effort by the USCCB to focus on pro-life issues. Locally, there was a program held at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua with a wide range of invited speakers, called “Festival for Freedom.” I remember, as part of the background and preparation work, reading (for the first time) that China was providing capsulized protein supplements containing abortion matter. Somehow, it no long seems as unbelievable as it did in 2012! As a people, we seem to find such dire possibility unthinkable, until it arrives on our front doorstep, with a note in its mouth! Yet, notice a thread which holds together strategies of contraception, abortion, euthanasia, plague and war, and even Bill Gates becoming the largest farmland holder in the U.S. At some level, isn’t the culture of death impelled by fear of starvation, and lack of knowing and trusting a loving God? We don’t pray “Give us this day our annual bread ….”

Warning:

The list from the October 2019 article is attached; click to continue but, beware, it is hard to “not know” after having read through the list. There are denial references too to consider. For those tired of being phoo-phooed by their confessor on these matters, why not bring a copy of the whole article (from the link) to confession and leave it for the confessor to consider? It isn’t enough to merely say “Well, I’ll just avoid the food from, say, China.” No, indeed. China just bought Hellmann’s Mayo.

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