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Naturalism vs. Catholicism

originally posted on Novus Ordo Watch

The Fate of Aborted Infants

After the conclusion of World Youth Day in Panama City, Francis’ return flight to Rome came with the usual in-flight entertainment: questions from journalists and answers from Jorge Bergoglio. It’s a combination that in the past five-and-a-half years has led to numerous headlines that were often nothing less than scandalous because you never get more Modernism from this “Pope” than when he is off script and speaks his mind freely. His infamous “Who am I to judge?” came from his apostate lips during the first such press conference, on July 28, 2013.

The Argentinian pretend-pope’s latest off-the-cuff interview aboard Airhead One contained several objectionable remarks, but in this post we’ll only concern ourselves with one that came up in the context of abortion. Here is the entire exchange on the topic:

Q: During the Via Crucis [Stations of the Cross] there were very strong words on abortion. Do radical positions respect women?

A: The message of mercy is for all, also for the human person that is in gestation. After having committed this failure, there is mercy also. But it’s a difficult mercy because the problem isn’t to give forgiveness but to accompany a woman who has become conscious of having aborted. They are terrible dramas. Once I heard a doctor who spoke about a theory according to which a cell of the just-conceived foetus goes to the mother’s marrow and it receives there also a physical memory. This is a theory, but to say what a woman thinks about what she has done . . . I tell you the truth. It’s necessary to be in the confessional, and there you must give her consolation. Therefore, I have given the authority to absolve an abortion out of mercy, because many times they must meet with the child. Many times I counsel them when they have this anguish: “Your child is in Heaven. Talk with him. Sing to him the lullaby you were unable to sing to him.” And I found there is a way of reconciliation of the mother with the child. With God there is already forgiveness; God always forgives. But mercy, you must elaborate on this. To understand well the drama of abortion, one must be in a confessional.

(Source: “Holy Father’s In-flight Discussion with Reporters (Full Text)”, Zenit, Jan. 29, 2018; underlining added.)

Here “Pope” Francis is clearly asserting that aborted children go to Heaven. By saying this, he is implicity saying either that human beings are not conceived in original sin and therefore not deprived of sanctifying grace (Naturalism), or that sanctifying grace is not necessary to enter Heaven (Pelagianism).

Either of these assertions is heretical.

Let’s briefly review some doctrinal pronouncements on this:

“Original sin” is the hereditary but impersonal fault of Adam’s descendants, who have sinned in him (Rom. v. 12). It is the loss of grace, and therefore of eternal life, together with a propensity to evil, which everybody must, with the assistance of grace, penance, resistance and moral effort, repress and conquer. The passion and death of the Son of God has redeemed the world from the hereditary curse of sin and death. Faith in these truths … belongs to the inalienable treasury of Christian revelation.

(Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Mit Brennender Sorge, n. 25)

By [Christ’s] death that bond of death introduced into all of us by Adam and transmitted to every soul, that bond contracted by propagation is broken, in which no one of our children is held not guilty until he is freed through baptism.

(Pope St. Zosimus, Epistle Tractatoria ad Orientalis EcclesiasDenz. 109a)

“The punishment of original sin is deprivation of the vision of God….”

(Pope Innocent III, Apostolic Letter Ex Parte TuaDenz. 410)

“…the souls of those who depart in actual mortal sin or in original sin only, descend immediately into hell but to undergo punishments of different kinds.”

(Council of Florence, Bull Laetentur CoeliDenz. 693)

“Regarding children, indeed, because of danger of death, which can often take place, when no help can be brought to them by another remedy than through the sacrament of baptism, through which they are snatched from the domination of the Devil and adopted among the sons of God, it advises that holy baptism ought not be deferred for forty or eighty days, or any time according to the observance of certain people….”

(Council of Florence, Bull Cantate DominoDenz. 712; underlining added.)

“If anyone denies that infants newly born from their mothers’ wombs, are to be baptized, even though they be born of baptized parents, or says that they are baptized indeed for the remission of sins, but that they derive nothing of original sin from Adam, which must be expiated by the laver of regeneration for the attainment of life everlasting, whence it follows, that in them the form of baptism for the remission of sins is understood to be not true, but false: let him be anathema. For what the Apostle has said: ‘By one man sin entered into the world, and by sin death, and so death passed upon all men, in whom all have sinned’ [Romans 5:12], is not to be understood otherwise than as the Catholic Church spread everywhere has always understood it. For by reason of this rule of faith from a tradition of the apostles even infants, who could not as yet commit any sins of themselves, are for this reason truly baptized for the remission of sins, so that in them there may be washed away by regeneration, what they have contracted by generation. ‘For unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God’ [John 3:5].”

(Council of Trent, Decree on Original Sin; Denz. 791)

“If anyone shall say that baptism is optional, that is, not necessary for salvation: let him be anathema.”

(Council of Trent, Canons on the Sacrament of Baptism, Canon 5; Denz. 861)

“Since infant children have no other means of salvation except Baptism, we may easily understand how griveously those persons sin who permit them to remain without the grace of the Sacrament longer than necessity may require….”

(Catechism of the Council of Trent, Part II: The Sacraments: “The Sacrament of Baptism”; underlining added.)

“Baptism, the gateway and foundation of the Sacraments, actually or at least in desire is necessary for all for salvation….”

(1917 Code of Canon Law, Canon 737 §1)

In a nutshell, the situation is this: From the very beginning when God created man, He ordered him to a supernatural end. This supernatural end is Eternal Beatitude, also called the Beatific Vision, the seeing of God as He is. Its attainment is the ultimate purpose of man’s existence and the reason why God created him. The Beatific Vision is the supreme happiness man can experience. In order to enable man to attain this end, God bestowed upon him, freely and without any kind of necessity, supernatural grace to make him just and holy. This grace is not part of his nature but perfects it. It raises man from the condition of being merely God’s creature to actually being God’s adopted child, worthy of the inheritance of the Beatific Vision (cf. Rom 8:17).

In the Garden of Eden, through the first sin of Adam, man lost the supernatural grace which made him holy and enabled him to eventually enjoy the Beatific Vision. As the physical head of the human race, Adam’s sin triggered the loss of this grace not only for himself but also for all of his descendants. To restore it was not within man’s power, and so a special Redeemer was needed, One who would offer a perfect sin-atoning Sacrifice to Almighty God and merit for man the grace of justification. Since man was unable to provide such a Redeemer, God Himself provided Him in Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate (see Is 35:4; Jn 1:1-17). Being true God, the merits of Christ’s Passion and Death would be infinite in value; being true man, His merits would truly redeem the human race. The sanctifying grace thus merited does not only remit sin, it also makes the souls to which it is applied, positively and supernaturally pleasing to God.

Only souls thus regenerated can be made partakers of the Beatific Vision because God, who is perfectly holy, cannot admit to Heaven souls that do not possess genuine holiness; and this holiness is lacking in any soul that is not in the state of sanctifying grace. Since a baby cannot receive sanctifying grace except through baptism, unbaptized babies who die cannot enter Heaven (being guilty of no personal sin but of original sin only, they go to a permanent place of natural happiness, which is typically called the Limbo of Infants and is thought to be situated on the edge of hell; cf. Denz. 1526).

Speaking to participants in the Congress of the Italian Catholic Union of Midwives, Pope Pius XII addressed this very point of the salvation of infants and the importance of baptizing newborns as soon as possible:

If what We have said up to now concerns the protection and care of natural life, much more so must it concern the supernatural life, which the newly born receives with Baptism. In the present economy there is no other way to communicate that life to the child who has not attained the use of reason. Above all, the state of grace is absolutely necessary at the moment of death. Without it salvation and supernatural happiness—the beatific vision of God—are impossible. An act of love is sufficient for the adult to obtain sanctifying grace and to supply the lack of baptism; to the still unborn or newly born this way is not open.

(Pope Pius XII, Address to Midwives on the Nature of their Profession, Oct. 29, 1951)

Could the Catholic position be any more clear? We have created a meme to illustrate Francis’ latest contradiction with the genuine Catholic Magisterium. You are welcome to share it on social media:

Although an unbaptized adult who has the use of reason can, through perfect supernatural contrition, obtain justification through the so-called “baptism of desire”, this option is not available to babies — born or unborn — since, lacking the use of reason, they are incapable of acts of Faith, hope, or charity.

The Catholic teaching on the matter is really not complicated or difficult to understand. The key to it all is the dogmatic truth that no one is owed the Beatific Vision to begin with. Therefore, God is not unjust if He deprives those who die in original sin of Eternal Bliss.

That “Pope” Francis would say unbaptized children go to Heaven is not surprising at all. After all, Bergoglio is a Naturalist, and the denial of original sin is one of the fundamental components of Naturalism, which is also a bedrock principle of Freemasonry. In 1884, Pope Leo XIII wrote: “But the naturalists and Freemasons, having no faith in those things which we have learned by the revelation of God, deny that our first parents sinned…” (Encyclical Humanum Genus, n. 20). We also saw this Naturalism at work in Francis when he said last year that that “good atheists” go to Heaven.

The denial of original sin — a favorite also of “Pope Emeritus” Benedict XVI — is a most damnable heresy because it effectively dismantles the entire Catholic religion. If man is not conceived in and born with original sin (cf. Ps 50:7), then there is no need for sanctification and consequently no need for a Redeemer. The Christian religion thus becomes nothing more than a gigantic waste of time. This is also the reason why the Vatican II Sect places so much emphasis on the temporal world and its problems — from migration issues to climate change to sustainable farming and integral ecology. In the Novus Ordo Church, the supernatural has been subordinated to, and placed at the service of, the natural, especially in the pseudo-magisterium of Francis, which has replaced the true Gospel with what we call the “gospel of man”.

Modern man has long lost sight of his supernatural end and therefore seeks his happiness and salvation in the temporal world, which must of necessity pass away. Thus he squanders his life on things that can only bring him destruction: “For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he that soweth in his flesh, of the flesh also shall reap corruption. But he that soweth in the spirit, of the spirit shall reap life everlasting” (Gal 6:8).

Image sources: composite with elements from photopin.com (Catholic Church of England and Wales) and Wikimedia Commons / own creation with screenshot from Vatican News video
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What is blockchain?

July 18th, 2018 by Vigilo

Being a proponent of cryptocurrencies, it is obvious that mass adoption is still a long way off.

The price of 1 bitcoin topped at nearly $20,000 in late 2017. While that generated some interest, most people still have no idea what that means, or what they can do with it.

Bitcoin is a decentralized distributed cryptocurrency (digital currency) without a central bank. It has a fixed supply, so no government or administrator can create coins out of thin air, like the Federal Reserve.

Bitcoin is the most popular crypto, but there are thousands of other cryptocurrencies and tokens which address literally all aspects of human life. People are working to improve not only payment systems on the blockchain, but also healthcare, insurance, real estate transactions, information, voting, etc.

Improvement is good right? But before we get into learning all the different coins, what they do, and how to trade them…we all start at this first question. What is the Blockchain?

What is the Blockchain?

Instead of typing out how blockchain works, it may be easier to absorb through some tutorial videos. In about 40 mins, you can see all of the videos, and have a better understanding of what is blockchain. In the final video, you can actually see blockchain in practice.

 

If you are ready for more information beyond “What is Blockchain”, and want to learn how to trade cryptocurrencies, let me know.  I can recommend a full paid course that is not my own. Also, I can personally give you some tips, and if you want some more coaching beyond that, I can do so for a nominal fee.

Any questions or comments, fell free to do so below.

Travis

JMJ – UIOGD

My family advocates informed consent when it comes to vaccines. We also (especially as Catholics) believe in the Principle of Subsidiarity, which is that any activity which can be performed by a more decentralized entity should be. In this case, it is the right of the family to decide what action is best for the family. To help give you more information in deciding what vaccines, if any, you will have injected into your children, you should be mindful of the monetary bonuses involved for the one administering the vaccines, your pediatrician.

Is your pediatrician paid a bonus for vaccinating your kids?! It appears so! And it seems that not reaching a certain threshold of fully vaccinated patients can actually cost them the entire bonus! Below you will find the Blue Cross Blue Shield Provider Incentive Program.

 

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Are we reading this wrong? Is a pediatrician really paid a $400 bonus for every child fully vaccinated by their 2nd birthday?! Any corrections are welcome if this is not so. But assuming we are reading it correctly, you, by not vaccinating your children, can cost the pediatrician thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the size of the practice.

If you look at the “Target: COMM” line, it has the threshold at 63%. The pediatrician stands to loose the entire bonus if 63% of their ‘under-2-year-old’ patients are not fully vaccinated. This is big money and something to consider if you sense any sort of pressure on the part of your pediatrician.

Keep this info in mind as part of your informed decision when choosing whether or not to vaccinate your children.

JMJ – IOGD

-Travis

source: Wellness and Equality

 

Do you think you are Catholic? The actual Catholic Church teaching may surprise you. Let’s check out what the Church teaches about ‘Religious Liberty’.

The teaching regarding ‘Religious Liberty’ is presented as a comparison between what the Church teaches, versus contrary teachings of a religion that many people THINK is Catholic.

 

Think You Are Catholic? Check out Church Teaching on Religious Liberty…

 

religious-liberty

 

If you think you are Catholic, then you MUST ascribe to the teaching of the Catholic Church in the first column. As we know, Church teaching in faith and morals can not be wrong, nor can it contradict itself. That means that to ascribe to the teaching in the second column, you believe the first column to be false.

By thinking that the second column is Catholic, and the first column is false, you are one that believes that the Catholic Church was created sometime in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Because it would be impossible for the Catholic Church to be wrong for it’s first 1900+ years of existence.

Through reason and faith, we can clearly surmise that the teaching described in column one, is truly Catholic. The teaching in the second column is a new teaching from a new church. And the question remains….Do you still think you are Catholic?

JMJ – IOGD

 

Sources:

The teaching from the Catholic Church in the first column is sourced by Pope Pius IX (Quanta Cura), Pope Leo XIII (Immortale Dei, Libertas Prastantissimum, E giunto), Pope Pius VI (Quod aliquantulum),  Pope St. Pius X (Condemnation of the Sillon, Vehementer Nos, Pascendi Dominici Gregis), Pope Gregory XVI (Mirari Vos), Pope Pius IX (Syllabus Errorum), Pope Pius VII (Post tam diuturnitas), Pius XII (Ci Riesce), Pope Pius XI (Quas Primas)

The teaching from the Novus Ordo Church in the second column is sourced from Vatican II’s Dignitatis Humana.

It was only a few days ago that 1 Bitcoin cost more than 1 ounce of gold, but volatility continues to pick up in the digital currency markets as many “coins” move off from their all time highs. In this article, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dash will be discussed. Even with the ongoing volatile swings, the overall market cap of cryptocurrencies is relatively small, and digital currencies will be a player for the foreseeable future. Now, what to do about it?

Bitcoin

bitcoin chart Cryptocurrency Volatility | The Latest Digital Currency News of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dash

Just over 2 months ago, the MASSIVE 50% cryptocurrency gain in 2 weeks was noted on this site, and at that same time, Bitcoin gained 21% in 1 week. Since then, there was a build-up in price to the all-time high of about $1,270 per bitcoin, as the SEC was to rule on the approval of a Bitcoin ETF. An ETF would have given investors easier access to ‘trade’ Bitcoin, and it was speculated that an approval would immediately add several hundred dollars to the price of Bitcoin.

As it turns out, the SEC rejected the ETF, and so Bitcoin trading is yet relegated to alternative platforms, and not easily accessible to institutional traders. (Personally, I think this is better for Bitcoin in the long run, as paper trading has manipulated assets such as gold and silver) However, the price didn’t crash as was expected by some, but was fairly stable for several days…..until now.

Over the last few days, Bitcoin has dropped nearly $300!  This drop is likely attributed to the “forking” of Bitcoin. If you care to learn more, here is a forking op-edAlso, here are 3 ‘forking proposals.’ 

It is doubtful that this spells the end for Bitcoin, but more likely could present a buying opportunity once the price bottoms.  Especially when considering the market capitalization of Bitcoin, compared to other assets. It has realized only a fraction of it’s potential growth, even at $1,000+ per Bitcoin. Keep an eye to see if the 100-day moving average (blue line on chart) acts as support as it did a few months ago.

What is notably actionable now, though, is that this forking issue has increased the desirability of alt-coins like Ethereum and Dash.Cryptocurrency Volatility | The Latest Digital Currency News of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dash

 

Ethereum

Some speculate that Ethereum will catch and exceed the size of Bitcoin in time! This is partly due to it’s ‘smart contract’ functionality. Per wikipedia, smart contracts, are computer protocols that facilitate, verify, or enforce the negotiation or performance of a contract, or that make a contractual clause unnecessary. Ethereum also uses an expanded blockchain technology than that of bitcoin, rendering it as ‘better’ to many people. For example, being able to correct the issues of Bitcoin, Ethereum is believed to have better scalability as more and more digital transactions take place globally.

Other differences to Bitcoin, are that Ethereum:

  • has a faster block time, quicker transactions
  • has more coins yet to be mined
  • encourages decentralized mining
  • has it’s own Turing complete internal code

Ethereum’s smart contract technology is enabling other companies to develop blockchain based applications. As the National Inflation Association reports, Augur (decentralized prediction market) and BTL Group (TSXV:BTL), are among those utilizing the Ethereum blockchain. BTL Group is currently testing their Interbit platform with VISA, among others.

These advances in Ethereum easily explain the drastic price moves of late. The cryptocurrency volatility was evident in March 2017, as in a span of 9 days, the value of Ethereum went from about $17 to $55! A 224% gain in only 9 days! 

ethereum chart Cryptocurrency Volatility | The Latest Digital Currency News of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dash

dash coin vs bitcoin Cryptocurrency Volatility | The Latest Digital Currency News of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dash

 

Dash

Dash coin has quite a few desirable characteristics that make it more appealing to various users. It boasts a quicker transaction, a better future forking transition, and the transactions are truly anonymous. See the infographic at the right for a Dash vs Bitcoin comparison chart.

One of the leaders in cryptocurrency volatility as of late, it’s current price sits at about $109. On Feb. 20, it was nearly $21 per Dash. That is a 420% gain in only 1 month!

 

dash coin chart Cryptocurrency Volatility | The Latest Digital Currency News of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dash

 

 

Bitcoin vs Ethereum vs Dash

All things considered, each type of cryptocurrency has it’s own goal. Really, it is not fully accurate to say one is ‘better’ than the other, because each is developed to achieve different ends, and each user has their own needs. Bitcoin aspires to be more of a stable currency, Ethereum provides the system on which many companies can develop and operate, and Dash points to it’s anonymity and quickness.

They all are susceptible to governments making laws, regulating their use, and the resulting cryptocurrency volatility. But then they all are immune to government central banking. So it’s just like investing in any asset, there are risks and rewards.

Personally, I recommend acquiring some Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dash. Even look into companies like BTL Group (TSXV:BTL) who are utilizing the technology. The market capitalization of all crypto currencies combined is a mere $24 billionThat is comparable to the size of Hershey’s (NYSE:HSY) or Kellogg (NYSE:K).

These digital currencies are still relatively new, and they are open to global inflows of capital. Plus, while we can measure them against companies, they are actual currencies, and cryptocurrency volatility will probably never go away. $24 billion is not that much when the entire world has a GDP of $120 trillion. While not without risk, the potential is astronomical.

 

Hopefully this info was of use to you. Below, I will include links from our last 2 cryptocurrecy articles to do your own research, if you are interested. And with any gains you may realize, please be a good steward.

JMJ – IOGD

Travis

 

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Are we one step closer to mandatory vaccines in Pennsylvania?

Currently, Pennsylvania law requires that children receive certain vaccinations before they may attend school, and the law allows for three exemptions. Exemptions that parents and children may use in exercising their rights and liberty are:

  • a pre-existing health issue
  • a religious objection
  • a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief

 

But now, the rights of the residents of Pennsylvania are under attack. SB217 is a bill that would eliminate the exemption for “a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief.”

 

mandatory vaccine pennsylvania

 

This is dangerous as it moves Pennsylvania one step closer to outright mandatory vaccinations, as we have no guarantee that the other two exemptions are immune from attack. (pun intended)

No matter your position on vaccines, this bill should be opposed as the government has NO right to take over the duties and rights a family has in governing itself. This would be a grave injustice.

There is much information available which is for and against vaccines, and it is the duty of parents and individuals to be informed. Based on their beliefs, their rights must be respected, even if not everybody agrees with them. Governments have no right to take over this duty.

If you live in Pennsylvania, contact your representative and voice your opposition to this intrusion of mandatory vaccines in Pennsylvania.

God Bless.

 

For information on How to Legally Opt out of Vaccinations for a Religious Objection

For the National Vaccine Information Center to be informed

To connect with the Pennsylvania Coalition for Informed Consent