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when Texas falls the rest of the entirecountry will fall
As I was watching this vortex, I don't know why I bagan to feel a sudden joy and exhilaration. I have been asking in my masses and Rosaries for the Lord to intervene directly and stop all this insanity, nonsense and vertical fall into darkness. This move by the Texas Bishops, shooting themselves in the foot, might be the answer to my prayers. If all of a sudden the Texas Catholic Church is stripped of Her tax-exempt status, how would these bureaucrat laden chanceries survive? How would many chancery and other officials would keep their six figure salaries? How would some bishops keep their mansions and beach houses and other properties? Yes, I agree that such a move would be catastrophic and perhaps handicapping, certainly very painful, but it would be a loving purification of a loving Father that is disgusted to look at his vineyard so full of cockle and bad weeds! Let the chips fall where they may. Everything works for the good of those who love the Lord. Pray, pray and pray hard and fast, this time of Lent is the appropriate time for conversion. Blessed be God forever!
Don't you know devil always lurks and uses the women to do his infiltration? The Catholic church of Vatican II allowed women entered the sanctuary, allowed new mass of mockery, women hold positions that Christ did not call them for... and for decades. Now look at their church, it is no longer a real Catholic but a Pseudo Catholic church of the Synagogue of Satan.
The loosing of the Tax exempt status may just be a blessing in disguise. Free us from the slavery of economic dependence to Caeser. Let us embrace Lady poverty. God's will be done.
I live in Houston , Texas. Cardinal Dinardo was at a Young Catholic Proffesional gathering and a Young man asked him what was his big surprise being President of USCCB , he response "meeting President and having to speak all the time about pro -LIFE issues when I wanted to speak immigration."We are in TROUBLE folks. My daughter's conservative Catholic school just accepted the first children from a gay couple. The pastor response to me was "We all sin."
The school, St. Vincent Dr Paul Catholic school is a classic example of how we have stayed silent to long. Make some NOISE people now. Now. Take our churches back. Firm up the holy priests. Gather people to pray, protest. But stay engaged in your parishes and others. Write letters, call churches that burden the faithful by their actions. Make Noise, Now.
I am a mexican immigrant and I came to this country with my family in 2003, because my father, a U.S. citizen (may Our Lord rest his soul) filed a petition for my legal residence 10 years earlier. We had to undergo rigorous health exams, x-rays and tests for certain diseases. We had to be given some vaccines that the U. S. DHSS deemed necessary. Our criminal background was checked thoroughly and we had to submit a lot of paperwork to prove that we would not become a burden to the U.S. We also had to answer a questionnaire under oath, stating that we were not communists, terrorists, criminals of any sort, having nothing to do with drugs or drug organizations, etc. Over all, the process took about 4 months. All of these procedures made perfect sense to us and made us have a lot of respect for a country that took great care and was concerned about who were they allowing to enter the country, so as not to put their own citizens at risk. For a real Catholic perspective on the real teaching of the Church about the issue of immigration, read this important essay: http://www.returntoorder.or...
I don't know what the church is like in Mexico or Central America. Do their bishops favor sending their own to America?
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI truly prophesied rightly. The Church will be poorer, smaller, but more fervent. Honestly, let it be. Let the faithful be filled with righteous indignation so that they will finally lay themselves out as an offering unto the Lord. Engage the enemy on their own turf. Go to the sodomite-pride festivals and engage in conversations about how disgusting sin is. Don't even talk about their sin. Talk about others and watch their faces still curdle.
Bingo! You got that right: Hang on to the reins of the state to church grants coming to the USCCB and trash pro life to keep the money flow. So sad to see how low they will go to sell off life for pieces of silver.
Our American Cranmer NO Modernist Bishops will not stand against evil!!! They'll fold faster than The Bishops in England did during the time of Henry VIII... Will there be a few John Fishers? Sure but not a lot... Our Bishops are very 'enlightened' and progressive. They are deep in The Americanist Heresy. They'll be happy to continue to offer a pinch of incense to Caesar (501c3 & Receiving Caesar's Pork Payouts)... Lord protect us and Your Bride from these progressive modernist wolves!!!
The Johnson Amendment is from 1954 (not the 1960's) when Lyndon Johnson was a United States Senator (not President).
"How is it that the bishops of Texas would collectively sign on to an agreement that could potentially bankrupt the Church in the United States?"
Gee, if I didn't know any better I'd say traitors infiltrated the Church to undermine her, bankrupt her and betray all her teachings and all her believers. But may that's just me...?
Oh and the fact the bishops of Texas turned in their man cards and allowed a WOMAN, Jennifer Carr Allmon, to be the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the Texas BISHOPS' Conference, is beyond laughable. What could you not find ONE, single (male) bishop to hold that post? I'm embarrassed for you.
Michael, where do you get your ties?
There was a fantastic BOGO sale at Jos A. Bank last week. According to a number of viewers in the last few years - I was in SORE need of some new ones. ;)
Yes, Michael has great ties. Very stylish.
RINOs are Democraps....just two or three decades behind. And Cinos are Protestants...liberal Prots....2 or three decades behind. They all eventually get to the same view that Dems and liberal Prots hold today...They just get there slower .
This is utter nonsense. There is no way the Catholic Church will lose its tax exempt status over this. Just more CM sky-is-falling hucksterism.
True. They will just go along with some other political ploy to keep their tax exempt status. (will sell their soul to the highest bidder)
Good, good, good! lol The Church doesn't need to be aligned with the unrighteous king (US/Feds/Washington DC). The Church needs a fresh start through independence and practice of the right of self-determination, self-governance, yes! without the United States/Washington DC/Fed. Gov. and its people need to start lifting its eyes to God and His Kingdom to bring it down here on earth.
Don't be surprise those bishops know what they are doing. They depend on the ignorance of Catholic parishioners that don't know what the right of self-determination and self-governance is. It is too late for the old parishioners to ever practice this awesome right because they are too dependent on the system. It is a great opportunity for the young Catholics to pick up the cross of independence and live and build the Church again with God and aligned with Christ the King and Mary the Queen.
Is it really that difficult to understand this? I know it is. It took me 5 years to shift my way of thinking. It is possible, though.
The IRS should take over that church of nice and destroy it because from it a new Church, the old Church, should rise.
Do you see? Probably not, but that's alright. It's God's will for all men to owe allegiance to Him alone and not worldly systems of government. Jesus didn't, why should any of us Christians? It will happen whether you believe any of what I am saying or not, His Church will be again His, and believers will devote their lives to Him and Her, the Church, like saints always did.
What is wrong with these Bishop's heads? Do they so enjoy engaging the world that they have forgotten the love of God?If so, they will soon be experiencing His wrath, and being crapped on from a great height is the least they have to worry about! Lord, we need holy priests & bishops & we need them NOW!
SO...I let my 11 year old watch the occasional Vortex (when the topic is suitable).
AND...his response to this one was...
"Those people in Texas should vote for ELEPHANTS instead of R(H)INOS."
Bless your heart for your kindness - he was pretty proud of that pun. 😊
All unborn human beings need protection from abortion, from conception to birth. Thinking about protecting only SOME unborn babies is, in my opinion, not pleasing to God because EACH ONE needs protection. I believe in protection for ALL unborn babies with "no exceptions" as did Lila Rose and does Judy Brown of the American Life League. Trying to protect them without total trust in God and Mary is a victory for Planned Parenthood. I think we need to believe in total protection for each age and condition, and that the victory will be ours by the grace of God and Mary, Mother of God.
The Johnson law was enacted before the 1960s after Lyndon Johnson narrowly won a Democratic primary for the US senate (tantamount to election in those days). He had been openly opposed by a clergyman. The Johnson amendment was the punishment meted out to religion because of this one person's exercise of his right to freedom of spech.
I wonder, if the Bishops' diocese in Texas loses exempt status, will all of the Catholic Churches become traditional again? I really do want all Catholic churches to be traditional again, and no more Church of Nice.Michael is right. This is all mind-boggling.
If the Catholic Church loses their tax exemption then they would have to go after Black Churches which does politics as usual all the time.
Texas right to life thank you for your steadfast leadership.I will use your guide as it is as good as it gets.
The Texas bishops’ pastoral letter is clear on their reasons to bar TRL from our parishes. Your use of the immigration issue is a red herring. This is a tactic of the socialists. It can be found in a book written by a socialist that was dedicated to the devil. Please stop doing this. So let’s stick to the 3 issues that were sighted by the bishops. The 1st is that TRL opposes incremental pro-life legislation. Check. The 2nd is that TRL has opposed the bishops on end of life legislation. Check. And the 3rd is that TRL voter guide unfairly judges many legislators. Check again. You also claimed that Texas is no longer a leader in Pro-Life reform. I pray that you are just confused. The pro-life world looks to Texas for her leadership in her advancements of pro-life legislation. Finally, your claim that this will somehow lead to the loss of our tax exempt status is laughable. The bishops simply barred a political activist group from our parishes. I pray the next time you wade into Texas business, you won’t do it half-cocked. May God continue to bless you and your ministry/apostolate.
Speaking as a fellow Texan, the Texas right to life guide ranked people based on their political leanings - liberal, moderate, conservative, very conservative. The Bishops did elect to jump in when several of their Moderate/liberal incumbents were rated justly. One comment on Kel Seliger, that he had voted 100% pro life, was correct for the last Legislative session. However, if you look at his record, he always voted 100% pro life when coming into a potentially contested election, while voting an average of less than 50% prolife for non-election years. I believe (since he is my state senator) his off year voting reflects either his personal preferences, or those of his wife, who was the local head of Planned Parenthood for several years.
1) Our bishops point out that St. John Paul II wrote that we are allowed to vote for incremental improvements when it comes to issues like abortion, but not that we are required to support incremental legislation over absolutist legislation. I support incremental improvements, but when Texas Right to Life (TRL) works for absolutist legislation to end abortion that is *also* allowed. Also, TRL *has* supported incremental legislation.
2) I do *not* think that if I and my relatives determine in accord with our Catholic faith that we should receive life-saving treatment that a doctor's conscience rights should over-ride our right to treatment if the doctor thinks we would be better off dead because of his views on quality of life, availability of resources, or whatever else would inform *his* (or her) conscience. If a particular doctor cannot in good conscience give treatment, a doctor should be found who can. I agree with TRL on this issue.
3) The bishops wrote that the TRL voter guide opposes some pro-life legislators, but their voters' guide clearly supports pro-life legislators. What is wrong with that? They aren't promoting pro-abortion candidates over pro-life candidates, they are promoting some pro-life candidates over some *other* pro-life candidates. How is that worthy of rebuke?
Please watch tomorrow's vortex where the report goes into the multiple errors in the "statement".
I have my TRTL voters guide ready for tomorrow.
Funny that those 30 pieces of silver could wind up bankrupting the Catholic church of USA. (TM)
The image of Our Lady offensive? Such a thought brings me to tears. How backwards can one’s thinking be to find Our Lady’s image offensive? Worse, why should a bishop prefer than to hide her in appeasement of those who don’t know her rather than to praise her?
“Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?” Sg. 6:9
Michael, if I could like this post 10,000 times - I would.
These bishops obviously have no shame.
These bishops have no faith.
The tax exempt status of the Church insulates it from political and economic realities. While taxes on income earners rise, the deductions keep charitable organization floating. This means that bishops do not feel the economic distress that pew-sitters do when taxes rise and when those in power spend more money than they have. And then, we must not forget the ability of the tax man to intimidate Church leaders into silence on abortion, homosexuality and similar issues.
I am praying that the church loses her tax exempt status. Maybe then the Church will have no distractions from being Holy.
Yes! My nephew told me of this idea a couple of years ago, and I haven't been able to get it out of my head. Wouldn't it be wonderful to engage in corporal AND spiritual works of mercy WITHOUT hiding our Catholic identity while doing so?
I agree. Also, the Church may gain some sympathy for the ordinary tax paying Americans, and stop pushing for Democrat elected officials.
Praying for the wright outcome in Texas.
Michael does need to check some of his facts. The "Johnson Amendment" dates from 1954, when Lyndon Baines Johnson was in Congress (a decade before he became president). Following his election (from a district in which more dead people voted than live ones) he was criticized vigorously by pastors of several Protestant churches, and, in retaliation, introduced a bill prohibiting all 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates.
Nor are all Bishops in Texas outwardly providing support for the letter from the TCCB. In our diocese, there has been no mention of the letter by the Bishop, from the pulpits, or even in the Diocesan newspaper (the most recent edition, dated March 4, was received on March 1). The only way we know of this story is because of stories in Church Militant and Church Militant Resistance.
BTW, there are NO abortion clinics in our diocese - the alliance of majority protestant and minority Catholic pro life groups forced the closure of the last one years ago, and drove the only Planned Parenthood clinic to change its name and mission. However, one hospital will still permits OB-GYN doctors to perform "medically-needed" abortions on a case-by-case basis, so there is still work (and prayer) to be done.
Lyndon Baines Johnson was one of the most crooked and evil politicians in the history of the USA. If you don't believe me, just ask JFK!
Thank you for saying that.