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If a person claims to be Catholic, they should know what the Catholic Church teaches regarding the morality of the following subjects:

1. Abortion

2. Contraception use

3. Homosexual behavior

4. Same-sex "marriage"

5. Premarital sex

6. In-vitro fertilization

7. Embryo-destructive stem cell research

8. Human cloning
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These are hot issues of the day, but what about usury, modernism (and heresy in general), and others that are no longer much discussed?
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PeaceHealth is a large Catholic heathcare network on the west coast that is pro-abortion. Please sign the petition to urge them to be true to the Catholic faith and protect life.
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Last night I sent an email to the staff of the Most Holy Family Monastery (MHFM) website (http://www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com) about an article they wrote about a video speech Pope Francis gave at an inter-faith gathering on Christian Unity. The full transcript of the speech that Pope Francis gave can be found here:

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/text-of-pope-s-videomessage-for-day-of-christian-unity-in-us

The article that MHFM wrote about Pope Francis's speech twisted what he said, much like the secular media does from time to time. I wrote an email to the staff at MHFM informing them that their article contained errors. Here is what I wrote:

* Beginning of email *

Hi,

I just saw an article on MostHolyFamilyMonastery,com that contains incorrect information about a video speech Pope Francis gave for an ecumenical gathering for Christian unity. Here is the article in question:

http://www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/catholicchurch/antipope-francis-i-feel-like-saying-something-that-may-sound-controversial-or-even-heretical

In the article it said that Pope Francis "teaches that it’s not necessary to be Catholic and that it makes no difference whether one is Catholic." That isn't true. In his speech, Pope Francis said the following:

"He doesn’t care if they are Evangelicals, or Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics or Apostolic… he doesn’t care!"

What the author of the article doesn't realize is that Pope Francis was referring to the devil when he said "he", not Jesus. Of course the devil doesn't care what denomination a Christian belongs to. He hates all Christians equally.

I request that the article be corrected as soon as possible, or taken down. Thank you so much for the help.

In Christ,

Paul Schlenker

* End of email *

Here is the first sentence of their response:

He making the Devil's message his own, you moron.

Need I provide the rest of their response for you to be convinced that something is rotten in Denmark? As far as I can tell, the MHFM website is run by sedevacantists, who consider themselves Catholic but believe that all of the popes since Pope John XXII are invalid, and that the Vatican II council was an invalid council. I'm not surprised by the tone of their response. The sedevacantists I've run into on social media tend to be very angry and verbally abusive. Their response is par for the course. I recommend that you stay clear of their website, especially if you are a true-to-the-magesterium Catholic.
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Awesome. At least they had the decency to do the right think.
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The first reading from today's Catholic Mass gives us good advice on how to be at peace.

_"I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord; I repeat, what I want is your happiness. Let your tolerance be evident to everyone: the Lord is very near. There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good and pure, everything that we love and honour, and everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise. Keep doing all the things that you learnt from me and have been taught by me and have heard or seen that I do. Then the God of peace will be with you."_

Philippians 4:4-9
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There's more to understanding the Bible than picking it up and reading it. Here's a Catholic's guide to understanding the Bible.
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+leo  I 1st got The history of the Church, next Understanding the Scriptures and beginning  introduction to Catholicism. They also have a Didache Bible.
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No human being is a mistake. God has a plan for each one.
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I don't know if I like the "bowels" translation. I prefer the "womb" translation. :)
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I hope that the religious in Ireland who voted for the legalization of same-sex marriage don't complain when the government starts taking their religious freedom away.
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+Paul Schlenker
Regarding "don't do to others..."  let me ask you a question, Paul. Have you considered if you would be able to be a catholic priest? Looking back at your life, would you have been able to refrain from loving any woman in any way?
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The family is the cornerstone of society.
 
~Catechism of the Catholic Church on The Family~

THE FAMILY IN GOD'S PLAN

The nature of the family:

2201 The conjugal community is established upon the consent of the spouses. Marriage and the family are ordered to the good of the spouses and to the procreation and education of children. The love of the spouses and the begetting of children create among members of the same family personal relationships and primordial responsibilities.

2202 A man and a woman united in marriage, together with their children, form a family. This institution is prior to any recognition by public authority, which has an obligation to recognize it. It should be considered the normal reference point by which the different forms of family relationship are to be evaluated.

2203 In creating man and woman, God instituted the human family and endowed it with its fundamental constitution. Its members are persons equal in dignity. For the common good of its members and of society, the family necessarily has manifold responsibilities, rights, and duties.

The Christian family

2204 "The Christian family constitutes a specific revelation and realization of ecclesial communion, and for this reason it can and should be called a domestic church."9 It is a community of faith, hope, and charity; it assumes singular importance in the Church, as is evident in the New Testament.10

2205 The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit. In the procreation and education of children it reflects the Father's work of creation. It is called to partake of the prayer and sacrifice of Christ. Daily prayer and the reading of the Word of God strengthen it in charity. The Christian family has an evangelizing and missionary task.

2206 The relationships within the family bring an affinity of feelings, affections and interests, arising above all from the members' respect for one another. The family is a privileged community called to achieve a "sharing of thought and common deliberation by the spouses as well as their eager cooperation as parents in the children's upbringing."11

II. THE FAMILY AND SOCIETY

2207 The family is the original cell of social life. It is the natural society in which husband and wife are called to give themselves in love and in the gift of life. Authority, stability, and a life of relationships within the family constitute the foundations for freedom, security, and fraternity within society. The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom. Family life is an initiation into life in society.

2208 The family should live in such a way that its members learn to care and take responsibility for the young, the old, the sick, the handicapped, and the poor. There are many families who are at times incapable of providing this help. It devolves then on other persons, other families, and, in a subsidiary way, society to provide for their needs: "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world."12

2209 The family must be helped and defended by appropriate social measures. Where families cannot fulfill their responsibilities, other social bodies have the duty of helping them and of supporting the institution of the family. Following the principle of subsidiarity, larger communities should take care not to usurp the family's prerogatives or interfere in its life.

2210 The importance of the family for the life and well-being of society13 entails a particular responsibility for society to support and strengthen marriage and the family. Civil authority should consider it a grave duty "to acknowledge the true nature of marriage and the family, to protect and foster them, to safeguard public morality, and promote domestic prosperity."14

2211 The political community has a duty to honor the family, to assist it, and to ensure especially:

- the freedom to establish a family, have children, and bring them up in keeping with the family's own moral and religious convictions;

- the protection of the stability of the marriage bond and the institution of the family;

- the freedom to profess one's faith, to hand it on, and raise one's children in it, with the necessary means and institutions;

- the right to private property, to free enterprise, to obtain work and housing, and the right to emigrate;

- in keeping with the country's institutions, the right to medical care, assistance for the aged, and family benefits;

- the protection of security and health, especially with respect to dangers like drugs, pornography, alcoholism, etc.;

- the freedom to form associations with other families and so to have representation before civil authority. 15


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Amen to that, Mr. Walker!
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Jesus is just alright with me. Oh yeah!
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Beautiful rendition of Crown Him With Many Crowns, by Tim Janis
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Following Jesus isn't easy, but the rewards are eternal.
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+Paul Schlenker do you under stand what I'm saying yet? No matter what you do in life people are going to hate you. It's part of life.
With Jesus you can handle it. 
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A little humor on this beautiful Memorial Day.
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+Paul Schlenker When the occasion & my schedule allows, I persuade myself to do 15-28 min. stand-up comedy sessions...at 'Pro/Am & Charity venues. This behaviour extended itself to playing a one-legged, comedic, pirate at my kids school.
Starting  With:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-f7pujas9U
After milking the wee ones for all the laughs that they could muster...I got serious & explained how losing something of great importance, did NOT mean that the Divinely-given joy that is in their heart must also vanish.
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My passions are my faith, my family, software development, music, and photography. I am an orthodox Catholic who is doing his best to be faithful to Jesus Christ by being faithful to the teachings of the Church He founded on the apostle Peter (Matthew 16:18). I am fervently pro-life, and believe that every human life should be protected from the moment of fertilization until natural death. For a career I develop web application software using the Java programming language, and provide technical mentoring to other developers.

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