Bioethics expert says ‘de-valuing’ human beings is 21st century malady

[Excerpt] The Catholic Church has developed a very, very rich moral tradition to address these kinds of questions. The Church realizes that our ultimate destiny is to be with God forever in Heaven, and we have a limited finite life here. A lot of people have the mistaken belief that the Catholic Church teaches that you have to do everything possible to keep somebody alive as long as possible, which is not true at all. The Catholic Church says that if a medical treatment is not going to offer a reasonable benefit without an excessive burden, the patient is not obliged to take on that treatment. It’s no longer morally obligatory. It’s optional, they can do it, but they’re not obliged.

We’re actually preying on other human beings, and using them to benefit those who are wealthy and powerful.

We have all kinds of proposals for thawing frozen embryos, which are left over from in-vitro fertilization procedures, procedures used to overcome infertility. Human beings are engendered in a petri dish by putting the gametes, the sex cells, in a petri dish, and embryos are engendered. Some are implanted in the woman, in the hope they will ‘take,’ and the rest are left over and frozen. We have hundreds of thousands of embryos in suspended animation, in liquid nitrogen, which again is a de-valuing of the human person. There are many who call for the thawing of these embryos so they can be disaggregated and used for research. In fact, many embryos are being engendered, human beings are being brought into existence, so scientists can do research on them and then discard them when they’re finished.

So, it’s really this de-valuing of the human person that’s the biggest problem, and gives rise to these individual problems. No one is better equipped to address that broad social and cultural issue than the Catholic Church. We’re so fortunate to have the rich moral tradition of the Church, which gives us tools to work through these problems.

Read the article here:

Source: Bioethics expert says ‘de-valuing’ human beings is 21st century malady


Cardinal Sarah says we shouldn’t pray with our phones. I agree!

There are risks, but many Catholics find electronic devices helpful

Since I heard about these remarks from Cardinal Sarah, I stopped using my phone and the internet to pray the Office of Readings and Daytime Prayer. I always use the breviary and the Magnificat Magazine when I pray Morning Prayer, Vespers and Compline. The only problem I have is I need to access the 2nd Reading of the Office of Readings online as I do not have the four volume edition of the Liturgy of the Hours, Just the 1758 page shorter one and that one does not have all the Second Readings for the day. I’m always searching for a cheap used version of the 4 volume Office but so far have not found any for sale. But I believe Cardinal Sarah is correct. We should be using the official prayer books that the Church has provided us and that way we can be more united in prayer as the Mystical Body of Christ. What do you think?

Read this article here:

Source: Cardinal Sarah says we shouldn’t pray with our phones. I’m not so sure |

Walking, Cycling & Playing Ball At 93…. Some Good Advice from Suzanne

To me, age is just a number. It does not hold me back from doing whatever I want to, as long as I am able to do so. On that note, I have just taken up cycling as yet another way of keeping fit – especially at the age of 93!

I begin the day with arm and leg exercises while still on my bed, before I get up and out of bed.  In the bathroom, I do another set of exercises, which I will elaborate on, in another post.

I go for two walks in a day, each time for about ten minutes (I walk briskly). It is refreshing for the eyes and mind, to focus on the lush greenery of my immediate surroundings and to literally smell the flowers along the way.



Sometime in the afternoon, I will cycle for about 10 minutes which is a good way to get the circulation activated. This can be done 5 minutes at a time, twice a day too. It helps to keep my knees in good shape, and prevents them from feeling stiff.


At tea-time, Anne, my friendly neighbor comes to carry out her exercise routine and we take the opportunity to play ball! This gentle throwing and catching action helps to sharpen our reflexes and works our arm muscles too.


Keeping fit with simple exercises daily is ALL FUN and ALL PLAY to me. I hope you will agree with me and get out of that chair to exercise!!

God bless.


Source: Walking, Cycling & Playing Ball At 93…. | suzannetony

Wherein Fr. Z responds to some points made by Bp. McElroy 

[Excerpt] In the English speaking world, in the wake of the withdrawal of speaking gig invitations to Jesuit Father James Martin, Jesuits and their allies have coagulated.  They now pour it on,  to create a critical mass of hatred against those Catholics who stick up for clear traditional moral teaching.  That means that their well-established Big Jesuit Machine, and those who aid and abet their agendas, are picking on the little guy who dares to raise their heads to object.


The other thing I thought about as I read the Bishop’s unfortunate phrase is that Our Lady of Fatima warned about sins against chastity.

Our Lady said:

“More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”

That was exactly 100 years ago.  Human nature hasn’t changed since then and sins against chastity are far more widespread now than they were then and even more horrifying.  It sound to me as if the Mother of God thinks that chastity is more than “very important”.  It might even be “singularly” important, given the stakes.

Read this important post by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf here:

Source: Wherein Fr. Z responds to some points made by Bp. McElroy | Fr. Z’s Blog

Müller criticises Francis papacy for lacking theological rigour, and hints at comeback

The cardinal criticised the Latin American approach to theology, in a thinly veiled critique of the Argentinian Pope

The Vatican’s former doctrine chief has criticised Francis’ papacy for lacking theological rigour, while suggesting he is ready to make a comeback and work in the Roman Curia. 

During a book presentation in Germany last Friday, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, dismissed from his job by the Pope in July, recalled how the Jesuit Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) told Pope Clement VIII that he did not understand anything about theology. 

According to reports of the event in Mannheim the German cardinal then pointed out that Bellarmine was sacked from the Curia three times. Muller added he thought it possible he could return to the curia – a suggestion which was greeted with great applause. 

Read more here:

Source: Müller criticises Francis papacy for lacking theological rigour, and hints at comeback



Tribulation Times

September 20, 2017

(Rev 11:19) And the temple of God was opened in heaven: and the ark of his testament was seen in his temple. And there were lightnings and voices and an earthquake and great hail.

BLOG: Our Lady of Revelation and the Newly Published Diaries of Bruno Cornacchiola

MARK MALLETT: Fatima and the Great Shaking

A MOMENT WITH MARY: La Salette is a message of hope

“The wide diffusion of the event of La Salette (Marian apparition in a village of the French Alps in 1846) bears convincing attestation that the message of Mary is not contained solely within the suffering expressed by her tears. The Virgin called for spiritual composure, penance, perseverance in prayer, and especially fidelity in the observance of Sunday. Through the witness of the two children, Melanie and Maximin, the young seers, Mary asked that her message be made known to all her people.

Indeed, the children’s voices were heard. Pilgrims came. There were many conversions. Mary appeared in a light reminiscent of the splendor of a humanity transformed by the Resurrection of Christ. La Salette is a message of hope… sustained by the intercession of her who is the Mother of all peoples. Our alienations are not irreparable. The night of sin surrenders to the light of divine mercy. Human suffering properly accepted can contribute to purification and salvation. The arm of the Son of Mary will not weigh upon, nor condemn, the people who walk humbly in the ways of the Lord. Christ will take the outstretched hand into his own, and lead to new life the sinner reconciled by the grace of the Cross.”

Saint John Paul II Letter to Bishop Louis Dufaux, Bishop of Grenoble, May 6, 1996, for the 150th anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady at La Salette.

TED FLYNN: When Our Lady Speaks…

There are a few things in Catholic circles and well beyond as controversial as the Blessed Mother’s apparitions in world history. C.S Lewis once remarked that he left the Blessed Mother out of Mere Christianity because she was such a divisive subject. What are people afraid of if they listen to her or openly talk about her? What do they have to lose? Why are they hostile or ambivalent? Is she to be admired, but nothing more?

There are approved apparitions in Catholic history and those unapproved. To be cautious or judicious of those unapproved is healthy and wise. Time will always weed out those that are bogus. Immediately being skeptical implies negativity often before knowing the facts. There are ongoing apparitions like Medjugorje where the Blessed Mother has been appearing since June of 1981 (the Vatican has recently given approval of the first seven apparitions) in Bosnia-Hercegovina, and those approved like Fatima by the Magisterium of the Church. Then there are others like Rwanda, Our Lady of All Nations in Amsterdam, Our Lady of America, and many others approved by the local Bishop. In the authentic messages there is always a plea to an amendment of life that is not contrary to the deposit of faith in any way. So why are some people skittish about speaking about Our Lady’s messages?

Many Catholics are highly guarded or worse when it comes to these phenomena. Sometimes persons will often become pegged as a bit of a lunatic or a bit odd as fast as one gives an opinion of acceptance of what may be taking place. Minimally, people will just pay lip service, but if Our Lady speaks there is often a price to pay for social acceptance. To those who express acceptance these people are often kept at a healthy distance as they and their friends may become tainted through association. At authentic apparitions, it is a timeless message often repeated: the Rosary as a daily exercise, the Mass being the center of one’s life, Scripture reading, regular confession, adhering to the sacraments, and the timeless message of the Gospel, “Do whatever He tells you.” I can’t find a radical message in this contrary to the gospel. Yet, woe and behold if one brings these issues up in many circles, with the most virulent coming from those sects more traditional. These people will often venerate Our Lady on her feast days, but as long as she doesn’t speak, things are fine and it is business as usual. They are often unaware that Our Lady has been appointed by the Trinity to a very special role in these times. She is bringing many people back to her son, Jesus Christ. As long as the conversation publicly is political or on “safe” subjects, a person will be accepted.

Why is there often a negativity and abhorrence to what the Queen of heaven and earth is saying when the message is only meant to help humanity? What mother would not speak up if she saw her children in danger? We will name just a few apparition sites where what was foretold happened as it was written. Dozens more could easily be mentioned.

At Fatima in 1917 (approved), the Blessed Mother appeared to three young illiterate children and gave the most prescient message of the 20th Century. She said, if mankind did not amend their lives, then “Russia would spread her errors throughout the world,” and if mankind complied there would be peace in the world. Most know about the Russian communist connection, but few know that one of those errors was the Russian promotion of abortion globally starting in 1921. There were specific requests made, but there was a lack of compliance by church leaders to consecrate Russia by name. The results of not complying are felt in every living room of the world to this day. Fatima was the cornerstone of apparitions for the 20th Century. The Blessed Mother promised peace if her requests were made. 70,000 people witnessed the Miracle of Sun on October 13, 1917, yet people still doubted the authenticity of the messages immediately after the event. It was asked at Fatima “Why was the Blessed Mother here?” Her response was “So people would believe.” The question must be asked, “Do we have peace in the world?” Mankind had everything to gain and nothing to lose by complying with her requests.

In Rwanda (approved) the Blessed Mother appeared to young children in April of 1981, just two months before the apparitions of Medjugorje. Her message was again the same to a new group of people now in Africa versus those in Europe or elsewhere. Our Lady requested that they live the sacraments, repent, go to confession and attend Mass. Again, nothing too radical here that should cause a Catholic concern. She asked for fidelity to her Son. She said, “Rwanda would become a river of blood” unless the people heeded her messages. In 1994, approximately 800,000 Rwandans were hacked to death with approximately two million refugees in about 100 days. It was payback for the same type of occurrence that happened in the 1950’s where millions of Rwandans were driven into the jungle of the Congo by another tribe. Neighbors who lived side by side for two generations hacked each other to death over previous grievances and disputes. After the events, many Rwandans said, “If only we had listened.” Time and Newsweek magazine covers showed the same photo of a river of blood with dead corpses floating downstream. There is a price to pay for not listening.

At Akita, Japan, 1973, (approved), the Blessed Mother said the future church would be “Cardinal opposing cardinal, bishop against bishop, priest against priest….” If you are watching the news, the dissent of the Dubia is just the tip of the iceberg on the dissent in the Church. Many clergy in the rank and file are angry, and largely silent due to potential pushback from their bishop if they go public with their views as they watch the disintegration of doctrine.

Many more apparitions can be discussed here that are authentic with the same points being made, but the larger issue is why are there such obstructionists with a negative attitude coming from those who say they pledge fidelity to the Church?

We have been told by the Blessed Mother if the statue of Our Lady of America is processed into the Shrine of the Immaculate in Washington, D.C by the U.S. Bishops, America would be restored to purity. So why would it not be done? With the destruction and free fall of the U.S. political system well advanced in conjunction with the moral obliteration of the family, what do we have to lose to process the statue as she asked? So the question is, why do people doubt her words, thus her promises? We have seen in hindsight the destruction and confusion for a century of not abiding by the request made at Fatima and the Consecration of Russia? There are powerful evil forces at work here. Let us pray that Our Lady’s plan for peace is fulfilled.
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 15- “On incorruptible purity and chastity”

34. As long as sorrow and despair are present, we do not so easily abandon ourselves to further sin. But when sorrow and despair are quenched, the tyrant speaks to us again of God’s mercy.

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23 September 2017: Look! Up in the sky! | Fr. Z’s Blog

The old phrase forever to be associated with Superman, “Look!  Up in the sky!” denotes wonder and curiosity about something unknown.On 23 September we will look up in the sky and see something wondrous and curious.

All sorts of planets and stars and constellations will be lining up in way that makes you ponder the significance of heavenly signs.   After all, we are in the 100th anniversary year of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima and Our Lord said to watch for signs.

Here is a wiki entry about the 17 Sept event.   YES!  It has its own entry!  HERE

Is this alignment and the patterns of retrograde motion, etc., something to do Revelation 12?

Hard to say.

However, it is going to be beautiful!

Source: 23 September 2017: Look! Up in the sky! | Fr. Z’s Blog