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But the Pharisees hearing that he had silenced the Sadducees, came together, and one of them, a doctor of the law, asking him, tempting him: Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets. Matthew 22:34-40 (Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition)

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. The Nicene Creed AD 381

Apostasy and Heresy
Perfidiæ is the complete and voluntary abandonment of the Christian religion, whether the apostate embraces another religion such as Paganism, Judaism, Mohammedanism, etc., or merely makes profession of Naturalism, Rationalism, etc.
The heretic differs from the apostate in that he only denies one or more of the doctrines of revealed religion, whereas the apostate denies the religion itself, a sin which has always been looked upon as one of the most grievous.
Source: New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia (Late 19th Century and early 20th Century Version)

This is what happens through neglect.  Jon O’Brien (JB), posted an article in the Huff Post blog dated 10/5/2012, Nobody Gets to Say Who Is and Who Is Not Catholic.

His claims are as follows:

If you are baptized Catholic, no one can say you are not, not even those in authority in the Church.

This is a form over substance argument. Apparently, one may claim to be Catholic even if they are a heretic, an apostate, a hypocrite who says one thing and does another, or someone who does not practice the Sacraments with a true heart, for example, weekly Mass, confession, and receiving Communion free of grave sin. Of course, this is nonsense. JB is nothing more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Catholic Social Justice activities, as defined and practiced by JB, outweigh the Church’s teachings on faith and morals, if such teachings come in conflict with his views.

It seems that JB practices a theology of killing the unborn which justifies the killing, and which far outweighs the notion that God is the maker of all things, including the unborn, and to God does our love and duty precede all else. Does JB not see that in killing the unborn, he “unmakes” what the Maker has made? Is this what JB wishes to profess to God on Judgment Day?

JB considers the Church as simply one brand of religion and not “one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.”

There are over 30,000 Protestant sects in existence. At least Ps have the backbone to leave their mainline faith groups if they believe in something else. Not that I believe that what the Ps do is proper. Anti-Catholics like JB are cowards who do not have the gumption to get up and leave and start their own religious group based on their own profession of faith. Instead they want to make over the Church from within, installing their own false modern theology. Certainly JBs is not a Christ-centered theology, with the goal of steering all souls to Heaven. Sounds more like Hell to me.

JB believes that his positions on faith and morals, which deal with matters considered by the Church to be of great intrinsic evil and cause mortal sin, are a simple matter of legitimate dissent.

Catholics who believe that it is OK to kill babies in the womb are not a legitimate voice of dissent within the Church. Enabling abortions in general, coercing family members to get abortions, having your own abortions, and acting as abortion practitioners are all contrary to Church teachings; these actions are considered evil and the perpetrator commits mortal sin. If JB does not believe in the application of Church teachings to grave matters of life and death, then it is time for him to move on. JBs dissent is illegitimate because there is no “recognition of God” in it.

JB believes that each person must follow their conscience in matters of belief. Therefore each person is guided by their own interpretations of Christ words, the New Testament, and later writings of the Church Fathers, etc. In effect, JB denies the power of the Holy Spirit to guide the Church towards a true understanding of Christ’s words, and he also denies Apostolic Succession. Each person can reject or accept any Church teaching as they see fit and still make claim to their “Catholicity.”

The “right of conscience” is a ridiculous argument used to justify sin. The Church never forces a person to believe. We have free will, so we may choose to believe or not; we have reason, so that we may recognize the baby body parts in a bucket and know that it was once whole and inside the womb; and we have our conscience–in the case of true Catholics, informed conscience, which tells us that the baby is a human being and a gift of God and that the first nine months of life is inside the womb.

JB uses the conscience argument to deny the free will of an unborn human being, to deny that what he sees in a body bag was once a growing human being, and to reject the notion that life is a gift of God. So be it. He distorts the moral basis inherent in conscience and converts immoral notions to moral ones.

JB and his kind believe they have the right to speak for the Roman Catholic Church and its lay members on matters of Faith and morals even if their views are anti-Catholic to the extreme.

I would like any pretend Catholic like JB to prove they are true Catholics by justifying their killing of the unborn with the opening statement of the Nicene Creed. I would like any pretend Catholic like JB to justify the killing of the unborn with the words of Christ regarding the two greatest commandments. Afterall, “the whole law dependeth on these two great commandments.” Pretend Catholics cannot do it!

If they cannot justify their claims to authority, then they cannot make a further claim that they speak for the Catholic Church!

A  reflection on the lost generation of Catholics:

Figlio Perduto

Walls of wind
Night has fallen
Father and son are together.

With a horse
They progress
Through the intense darkness.

But suddenly
The boy trembles with fear.
It gets cold.

Father oh father,
Haven’t you seen
The king of the elves
There he is.

Lost son,
Do you want to play?
I bring you joy,
Come with me.

Father oh father
Have you heard
What he said
And what he will do.

Lost son
If you don’t come with me
I’ll use my power

Father oh father
It’s the king of the elves.
He is touching me,
He hurts me.

 And the boy,
Eyes closed
He doesn’t move
He’s already lost.

Lost son,
If you don’t come with me
I’ll use my power

Father oh father
It’s the king of the elves
He is touching me,
He hurts me.

And the boy,
Eyes closed
He doesn’t move,
He’s already lost.

…he’s already lost.


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