Saturday, February 28, 2015

Trent affirmed that the Catholic Church has had a canon of Scripture since 400 ad

MICHAEL TAYLOR February 10, 2015 at 4:50 pmFalse dichotomy. He gave us both. You might as well say God didn’t give us bread, but only bakers.
Apparently you hold to the view that there is no canon until someone tells you there is a canon. Does that mean there was no canon until Trent?
More proof that you don’t know what you are talking about.
Trent affirmed that the Catholic Church has had a canon of Scripture since 400 ad. That is when the Vulgate was put together:
Council of Trent Session IV
….It has thought it proper, moreover, to insert in this decree a list of the sacred books, lest a doubt might arise in the mind of someone as to which are the books received by this council.[4]
They are the following:
Of the Old Testament, the five books of Moses, namely, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy; Josue, Judges, Ruth, the four books of Kings, two of Paralipomenon, the first and second of Esdras, the latter of which is called Nehemias, Tobias, Judith, Esther, Job, the Davidic Psalter of 150 Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Canticle of Canticles, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, Isaias, Jeremias, with Baruch, Ezechiel, Daniel, the twelve minor Prophets, namely, Osee, Joel, Amos, Abdias, Jonas, Micheas, Nahum, Habacuc, Sophonias, Aggeus, Zacharias, Malachias; two books of Machabees, the first and second.
Of the New Testament, the four Gospels, according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; the Acts of the Apostles written by Luke the Evangelist; fourteen Epistles of Paul the Apostle, to the Romans, two to the Corinthians, to the Galatians, to the Ephesians, to the Philippians, to the Colossians, two to the Thessalonians, two to Timothy, to Titus, to Philemon, to the Hebrews; two of Peter the Apostle, three of John the Apostle, one of James the Apostle, one of Jude the Apostle, and the Apocalypse of John the Apostle.
If anyone does not accept as sacred and canonical the aforesaid books in their entirety and with all their parts, as they have been accustomed to be read in the Catholic Church and as they are contained in the old Latin Vulgate Edition, and knowingly and deliberately rejects the aforesaid traditions, let him be anathema.
I ask because that is the first time your church issued an allegedly infallible definition of the canon.
And she infallibly declared the Old Latin Vulgate, which was in use from the 4th century, to be sacred and canonical.
Of course. But the supposition that the RCC is the church Christ founded is just that–a supposition.
On the contrary, it is absolutely true. The only way you can deny it is by rejecting the truth.
Luther didn’t want a new church. None of the Reformers did. But Rome forced the issue in defining a false Gospel as the Gospel.
It is Luther who invented a new gospel.
You exaggerate your own unity. You don’t split into denominations, you polarize from within….
On the contrary, Catholics may have certain theological disagreements, but most of us will submit to the authority of the Pope when he settles the argument.
The fact that some who have been Catholic would rather be cast out of the Church then submit, only proves that the disciplinary procedure which Jesus Christ put in place is still working:
Matthew 18:17New International Version (NIV)
17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
But you only think you know what to believe because you believe Rome gets to tell you what to believe and you believe this because Rome tells you so.
So does Scripture.
Ephesians 3:10New International Version (NIV)
10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,
And if Rome tells you Mary was conceived without sin you gulp that down hook, like and sinker as if this were the “default” belief of the church catholic.
It is. You see, the beliefs of the Catholic Church existed before the New Testament. It is based upon the beliefs which Jesus Christ passed down that the New Testament was written.

Daily Readings March 1, 2015 Daily Readings March 1, 2015

Lectionary: 26

Reading 1 GN 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18

Abraham is the epitome of faithfulness in the Bible.  We first meet him in Genesis 12, where he is known as Abram.  God invites him to leave his father in the land of Ur and go where God leads.  Abram obeys.  In Genesis 15, Abram is now 100 years old.  He has obeyed God for approximately 30 years.  And God has not yet fulfilled His promise.  God reiterates the promise and Abram believes Him.  Therefore, God renames him and calls him, Abraham, the father of nations.  This episode, in Gen 15, in my opinion, is why Catholics are called the children of Abraham.  When we submit to the Sacraments, we believe God and He counts it to us as righteousness.  Just as He did to Abraham.  Except, He gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit.
If you notice, though, we're in Genesis 22.  And Abraham will undergo yet another test of faith. 
God put Abraham to the test.
He called to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am!” he replied.
Then God said:
“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,
and go to the land of Moriah.
There you shall offer him up as a holocaust
on a height that I will point out to you.”
A holocaust is a sacrifice.  God is literally instructing Abraham to kill his only son.  

When they came to the place of which God had told him,
Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.
Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
There is a lot of imagery skipped before we arrive at this point.  Take a little time and read the entire thing.
Notice the following.  A father is sacrificing his son.  The son is carrying the wood of his sacrifice.  The father says that God will provide the sacrifice. 
Then we get to the point where Abraham is literally going to kill his son.  And we need to read something else to understand what is going through this man's mind:
Hebrews 11:17  By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer his only son, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name.”19* He reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead, and he received Isaac back as a symbol.
Do you see the connection between Isaac, the son of Abraham and Jesus, the Son of God? 
But the LORD’s messenger called to him from heaven,
“Abraham, Abraham!”
“Here I am!” he answered.
“Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger.
“Do not do the least thing to him.
I know now how devoted you are to God,
since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.”
As Abraham looked about,
he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket.
So he went and took the ram
and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son.
So, God spared Isaac and provided a lamb (i.e. ram) to be offered in his place.  Jesus, however, would not be spared.  That is why Jesus is called, the Lamb of God.
This mount Moriah, where Isaac was going to be sacrificed was renamed during the course of history.  It is Golgotha, the same hill where Christ was crucified. 

Again the LORD’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said:
“I swear by myself, declares the LORD,
that because you acted as you did
in not withholding from me your beloved son,
I will bless you abundantly
and make your descendants as countless
as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore;
your descendants shall take possession
of the gates of their enemies,
and in your descendants all the nations of the earth
shall find blessing—
all this because you obeyed my command.”
WE are Abraham's descendants.  Because everytime we go to the Sacraments, we express our faith in God's promises.  Just like Abraham.

Responsorial Psalm PS 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19

R. (116:9) I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

I believed, even when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
Although we're talking about Abraham today, I always look to Job when faith in the midst of great affliction is mentioned.

R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
That, is the Eucharist, in a nutshell.  Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself and we continue to offer His Sacrifice in His name.

R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the house of the LORD,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
We owe God our love.  Therefore, repay Him by loving His people.

R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

Reading 2 ROM 8:31B-34

Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
This is love.  From all eternity, God knew that His Son would be sacrificed for our sins.

Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us, who will condemn?
Christ Jesus it is who died—or, rather, was raised—
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.
It is Jesus, who now sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us.

Verse Before The Gospel CF. MT 17:5

From the shining cloud the Father's voice is heard:
This is my beloved Son, listen to him.
St. Peter was there and heard it. 
2 Peter 1:17  For he received honor and glory from God the Father* when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory, “This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”18 We* ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain.

Gospel MK 9:2-10

Jesus took Peter, James, and John
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
The three pillars of the Apostolic Church.  Sts. Peter, James and John.  Jesus took them up the mountain.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
There, He showed them His glory.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
And demonstrated the New Dispensation of the communion of Saints.  It is on this Mountain that we walk with the Saints.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.
This Cloud is a mystical representation of the Holy Spirit.  It is the same Cloud which overshadowed the Virgin Mary and which overshadowed the Ark of the Covenant.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.
And Jesus commanded them to keep this secret until after all had been accomplished and He had resurrected from the dead.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Yes. Only those who fulfill the law will be justified:

ROBERT February 10, 2015 at 12:51 pmNo, James is warning against making an empty profession of faith.
True. He is warning against claims to be saved by faith alone.
If a man says he has faith…can that kind of faith save him? He’s warning against professing faith but not possessing it.
Exactly right.
So, are we justified because we fulfill the law,
Yes. Only those who fulfill the law will be justified:
Romans 2:13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
or do we fulfill the law because we are justified.
Those who are justified are already fulfilling the law. Otherwise God would not declare them righteous.
The former would seem to go against the notion that by works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
On the contrary. We don’t justify ourselves. God justifies those who obey Him.
Read it slowly.
Romans 2:13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight,
Those who hear the law but do not obey the law are not declared righteous by God.
but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
God declares righteous, those who obey His law.
Therefore, we are not justified by the law, or by the works of the law, but only those who do the law of God are declared righteous by God.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Why? Because it doesn’t say, “j-u-s-t-i-f-i-e-d”?

MITCH February 10, 2015 at 3:45 pmLane, except that verse isn’t taking about justification…..
Why? Because it doesn’t say, “j-u-s-t-i-f-i-e-d”?
Galatians 5:6
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
To what do you think the words “avail any thing” are in reference?
Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
For what do you think the words “has any value” is about?
Making pancakes?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Amazing Pilgrimages with Steve and Janet Ray

Provide proof of this statement or admit that it is a blatant lie.

ROBERT February 10, 2015 at 2:22 pm
Well, considering that Rome says both pro-abortionists and antiabortionists are good faithful RCs entitled to the Eucharist, it doesn’t look like the CHURCH is doing its job…..
You’re lying, again, Robert. Do not proceed any further until you provide proof of this statement or admit that it is a blatant lie.
Note:  He ignored my response, altogether.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Priests for life - February 23, 2015

On his website,, the post-abortive father tells a story that is heartbreaking even though it is familiar to those in pro-life ministry.

David, now a pastor who reaches out to young men, will share his story on Radio Maria at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, Feb. 24 on “The Gospel of Life” with Janet Morana, Priests for Life Executive Director, and Father Frank Pavone, National Director. They also will be joined by Kevin Burke, a Priests for Life pastoral associate who spearheads the Silent No More Awareness Campaign’s Fatherhood Forever initiative.

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David was 19 and a sophomore in college when his first girlfriend got pregnant and they decided to abort their child. But the young woman was traumatized, and the relationship ended soon after the abortion. He began to drink heavily and became promiscuous, but somehow kept up with his studies and graduated with honors.
After he graduated from college and was working his way up the career ladder, David got involved with a woman at work, and she soon discovered she was pregnant. He knew he didn’t want to go through another abortion, so he became, in his words, “pro-life by default.” He married the mother of his child, even though he knew he didn’t love her. “Nothing changed about me except I had a ring on my finger.”

He was still drinking, still sleeping with other women, and he began to develop the same kind of anger that had plagued his father and ended his parent’s marriage. When his son was born, he found he couldn’t even get excited. When he and his wife separated, he felt like he had the best of both worlds. He could see his son when he wanted to, and continue his wild life “without feeling bad about it.”

But the day he watched his wife and son driving away in a U-Haul, and then attended a niece’s birthday party, he felt like “someone took a pin to the hot air balloon of my life. The weight of my sin had become too great.”
Later, when he was alone at home, “it was like God found me in my apartment.” He asked for help with his drinking, his cursing, his promiscuity. From that day, when he was 26, until he married four years later, he was chaste and sober.

But even with his new wife and their children, he still had eruptions of anger and depression. He found it hard to bond with his children, and couldn’t grieve for his mother when she died.

It wasn’t until he was asked to speak at a pregnancy center banquet and was working on his talk that he realized he had never sought forgiveness for his abortion decision, nor forgiven his mother for supporting that choice.
“The Lord allowed me to see the weight of that sin as I had never seen it before,” he said, “and as I spoke that night, I realized God was calling me to be a champion of the unborn.”

His frank talks about abortion, grief and the healing possible through Jesus are now reaching men all over the country.

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Within Catholicism we have Theological disagreement which can be resolved by Church authority

ROBERT February 10, 2015 at 1:42 pmThat’s demonstrably and historically false. Luther wanted to reform the church. And got the bum’s rush.
Rome can perhaps use this criticism when it can start disciplining either the liberals or conservatives. There is rampant theological disagreement in your communion. Far more than there is between me as a Presbyterian and Michael who is a Reformed Baptist. Yeah, our church doesn’t have the same visible home office. Having the same visible home office isn’t helping you guys stay together.
Lol! THAT is demonstrably false.
Theological disagreement is totally different than Theological revolt. That is the difference between Catholics and Protestants.
Within Catholicism we have Theological disagreement which can be resolved by Church authority. Within Protestantism you have Theological revolt and disarray which is resolved only when one party leaves and establishes his own flavor of religion.

One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

That church (in Scripture) certainly isn't the Catholic Church.
It certainly is and there is no other. Scripture tells me so.

First, Jesus Christ appointed a Pastor as head of the entire Church: 
John 21:17 
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 

I see only a few Churches with such a Pastor. Further, Jesus Christ said that the Pastor over His Church would be infallible: 

Matthew 16:17-19 (King James Version) 
17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 

The list of Churches accept this teaching gets smaller. Certainly, all Protestant denominations can now be eliminated. 

Jesus Christ not only said that the Pastor was infallible but Scripture describes the Church as infallible: 
Ephesians 3:10 
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 

The list remains the same, but now I can certainly eliminate all Protestant denominations. 

Back to Matt 16:18, Scripture says that Jesus Christ established one Church. History shows that all the Churches sprang from the Church which is frequently described as the Mother Church. The Catholic Church. 

By simple logic of elimination, that leaves only the Catholic Church. Further, the Catholic Church can produce records tracing back to Apostolic times. 

Therefore, I conclude that it is the Catholic Church which is described in Scripture. 

The Catholic Church is neither one,
Sure it is. There is only one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

It is the Church which is responsible for all the Saints. From St. Matthew to St. Kateri and still going.

Unlike the Southern Baptists and many other landlocked Protestant denominations, the Catholic Church is truly universal, existing in every nation on this earth.

or apostolic.
Yeah, it is the only Church which is so. Historical records prove that she has been around since Jesus said, "On this rock I will build my Church."

That makes your slogan 0/4.
Nah. That makes you 0/4. The Catholic Church is the Church which Christ built. There is no other. Certainly not your man made denomination.


De Maria