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Faith Resources Newsletter - Number 83 - February-March 2019
[The 71 year old bishop]
would sometimes enter a church at 8pm and leave at 7am, having
heard confessions, confirmed and married people all
night. I asked if he ever gave general absolution, and he answered
simply: “No, there is no need.” He was a true minister of Jesus Christ,
willing to sacrifice his own comfort so that each soul could have a
personal encounter with the Divine Master.
Fr John Flader in "Why Go to Confession" (published by Catholic
Message from the
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The last of Father’s Handouts from his 2020 Plenary Council
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time to read them. We are now half way through Lent; a time of extra
prayer, sacrifices and almsgiving. Each and every one of our penances
are a pointer to the Church’s greatest feast, the glorious
Resurrection of Christ which we celebrate on Easter Sunday.
Our Church, Christ’s bride, and the beautiful wise truths of
Catholicism are being pummelled on all sides. For some time now the
media and the secular society in which we live sought to destroy the
Catholic Faith, which Christ founded, the Church upon which our
culture has been built. Sadly, these enemies of Christ want to do
away with God, not realising how much God loves them and how much
they need Him. When He died on the Cross, Christ died for all of our
sins, even the sins of His adversaries, and He rose from the dead to
open the gates of Heaven for each and every one of us. In other words
He loves us all. Let us make this a special Lent and intensify our
prayers, increase our works, offer all our sufferings and our
almsgiving to help Christ’s bride recover. We have greater weapons
than all the armies in the world: the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the
sacraments and the Holy Rosary. Along with our prayers, taking the
time for an extra Mass each week, more frequent Confession and an
extra rosary each day can move mountains but more importantly convert
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Matrimony is for
the CONCEPTION of SAINTS in the COMMUNION of Saints
Two other sacraments, Holy Orders
and Matrimony, are directed towards the salvation of others;if
they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to
others that they do so.
They confer a particular mission
in the Church and serve to build up the People of God. (ccc n. 1534)Catholic
Marriage is the Sacrament of
Matrimony, meaning “making
mothers”. Only a womancan be a mother. Only a man can make her so. Its purpose is to populate the earth with imagesof God and to populate Heaven with saints. The word
“marriage” is from Latin maritus, a marriedman, i.e. a husband, from hus,
a house, and band, bound, in other words, “bound to a
“hen-pecked”, but bound by solemn pledge to a home, to wife and their
THE CONCEPTION OF
God’s master plan was revealed to
Adam and Eve:
And God blessed them, and God said
to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it;
and have dominion... over every living thing that moves upon the earth”(Genesis
And after their Fall came the
To Adam He said, because you have
listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which
I commanded you, “You shall not eat of it,” cursed is the ground... in
toil you shall eat of it... thorns
and thistles it shall bring forth... In the sweat of your face you
shall eat bread till you return to
the ground, for... you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”(Genesis
To the woman He said, “I will
greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring
yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”(Genesis
Goodness and God in matrimony can defeat the sexual deviations of contraception, divorce,
perversion, pornography, abortion, euthanasia
negating the conception of a child
From the early 1960s, before Humana Vitae on 25 July, 1968, many Catholics began
practising contraception by pills, condoms, inter-uterine devices,
interrupted intercourse and other deviations.
Contraception is closely linked to
many other evils against marriages — fornication, adultery and divorce;and,
due to a perverted idea of man's sovereignty over his life, to the
perversions of the sexual powers rangingfrom
masturbation to sodomy, and others.
The greatest damage of
contraception is a deeply spiritual crisis in faith, hope and charity,
plus psychological and physical damage. It ignores the spirituality of
ascesis and mortification (ccc n. 2015). It is disastrous for union of
husband and wife. It rejects acceptance of one's sexuality (ccc n..
seminary lecturers and visiting “experts” bullied bishops and priests
into silence. This wasdetrimental to their own chastity, ministry, and
encouraging vocations. It engendered in clergy and laity a revoltagainst the magisterium in many other matters. It is spiritually fatal.
Yet Blessed Paul VI accurately
prophesied four outcomes of defying God, His plan and His law:-
in marriage and general lack of morality;
(2) men, especially youth, with
little respect for women, treating them as things for selfish enjoyment;
promoting or enforcing immorality;
(4) man making up his own morality and losing his self-discipline and capacity to bring
up the youth of the nation as morally responsible to God.
Vitae n. 17)
Today, we can add another five to
(5) Divorcing motherhood and fatherhood from true femininity and masculinity, from home and
family. Wives opt for paid work over being full-time home-makers,
husbands cease to be head of family and primary bread winners.
(6) Feminist unisex doctrine declares the sexes are inter-changeable; hence much
psycho-sexual confusion in adolescents, and a flood of immoral
attitudes and sinful practices.
(7) Sodomy, by social engineering,
is now “political correct”, equated with marriage and reducing it to
nothing: it can’t procreate children or unite man and woman, and
spreads diseases of body and soul to practitioners and society.
(8) Abortion is brazenly claimed
as “a woman’s right”, whereas it is a human wrong;
and “terminating a pregnancy” is in fact terminating a baby which is wilful murder. (Handouts
n. 102, February, 2014)
(9) Sinful communions, few children;
most Catholics lapsed, few for lay apostolate, marriage, priesthood,
REASONS — rationes convenientiae
Spouses who do not contracept need
to tell bishops that Christians in earnest find it quite practical. Contraception
is divorcing what God has joined, namely the procreative primary essential
purpose, and the secondary essential purpose of uniting husband and
wife in a permanent and self-sacrificing complementarity. In George
Bernard Shaw’s blunt language, contraception is mutual masturbation, a
disordered sexuality. Indeed, this was the view of all Christians
before 1930 and even many till the 1950s.
Sinners need encouragement to
recognize contraception as an addictive erroneous attitude, and toconfess
sins of contraception. It is like giving up smoking, and requires a big
PUBLIC WITNESS —
lest vice triumph due to the silence of the otherwise virtuous
Professor Jordan Peterson from
Canada says he is agnostic and not a Christian. His 12 Rules for Sanityand avoiding chaos are a good start. Christians are even
better off with God’s Ten Commandments. We mustemulate
the professor in his courage and courtesy in confronting the aggressive
bullies on the TV panels. Hepractises
without any lack of courtesy. He openly rejects the errors of
feministic unisex and femspeak. We can take to heart the challenge set
for St Paul, in Acts 9:15-16.
of the sexes — say “NO” to unisex interchangeability!
Everyone, man and woman, should
acknowledge and accept his sexual identity. Physical, moral,and
spiritual difference and complementarity are oriented toward the goods
of marriage and the flourishingof
family life. The harmony of the couple and of society depends in part
on the way in which thecomplementarity,
needs, and mutual support between the sexes are lived out. (ccc a 2333;
also n. 2393)
• divorce flows from false ideas
of individualism, unisex, and emotional affection without justice; • it ignores the keeping of
promises even with intolerable consequences ("for better, for
worse"), and observing prohibitions, "Thou shalt not commit
adultery" - these truths are in Sacred Scripture and found even in
nourished by PORNOGRAPHY and sexual miseducation in school
In 1965, VCII referred briefly to
sex-education (Gravissimum Educations §I):
As they grow older they should
receive a positive and prudent education in matters relating to sex.
The context was an upbringing at
home. Sydney's Catholic Education Office usurped the home and applied
it to schools. Since then.. "Sex-education" (even in some
"Catholic" schools) began by reducing human sexual love to mere plumbing,
plus "safe-sex" to avoid diseases - such as pregnancy(!).
Soon sex-education elevated
fornication to a national sport in a fully fornicating· society.
Currently, sex education defends sodomy and same-sex
"marriages". But worse is coming ... with gender-bending.
word than MARRIAGE - and a radical suggestion
In the CCC, "sacrament of
marriage" and "sacrament of matrimony" occur about 15
times each without obvious distinction. However, the Australian
Government has now effectively abolished marriage by reducing it to a loving relationship. The Church might avoid Anti-Discrimination
Commissions by decommissioning priests as civil celebrants. Catholics
could receive the Sacrament of Matrimony in church and not bother with
civil marriage, yet enjoy the legal and financial rights of the de facto.
the SACRAMENT of MATRIMONY, Holy Orders and Religious Life
1. Living virtuously - a minimum
standard is the Ten·Commandments, then add the Sermon on the Mount.
2. Growing in virtue -
minimum is trying to grow each day, along with the mortification·of
saying "no" to oneself.
3. Devout, enlightened and
frequent reception of Holy· Communion and making· regular Confession;
4. Seeking to discern one's
vocation from God's Will revealed in one's talents and the needs of
(CCC nn. 2226 parental help; 784 baptismal priesthood;
1603 marriage, 2369 parenthood&
1656 family; consecrated life of Religious 915).
O MERCIFUL GOD, pour out Your graces on husbands and wives united in the holy
covenant of sacramental matrimony,
so that in all life’s
difficulties, by giving and forgiving, they
may grow in patient kindness as
they co-operate with You, eternal Father, in
forming saints for this world and the next by
sanctifying each other and their children, and
to bring Your light and love into
many blind and loveless lives, through
Christ our Lord. Amen.
Blessed Mary, Mother of God,
and Blessed foster father, Joseph,
pray for us.
St Joachim and St Anne, pray for
us; St Monica, pray for us.
St Stephen of Hungary, pray for
us; St Edward the Confessor, pray for us. St
Margaret of Scotland, pray for us; St Louis of France pray for us.
St Elizabeth of Portugal, pray for
us; St Thomas More, pray for us.
St Louis and St Ze1ie Martin, pray
Father, keep me mindful
that all my powers of body and soul
belong to Thee Who created them,
and at the price of Christ’s Cross
I was bought back
to make me by my Baptism
a living temple of the Holy Spirit:
grant me mastery
of my passions, appetites and
mental life, respect
for the opposite sex and
esteem for my own;
grant me integrity in the virtues for
my Christian state of life, to
consecrate my body and soul to Thy service in
and may Mother Mary ever-Virgin
watch over me, through
Christ our Lord. Amen.
I am not my own, but bought at a
must glorify God in my body, (cf. l Cor 6:20; & 3:16)
• A bishop fulfills his ministry through his priests, his co-workers in Christ's ministry of Prophet,
Priest and King (CCL cc. 375§1
to activate the
lay faithful Contrast sentences 2 and 3:
In the Church there is diversity
of. ministry but unity of mission.
To the Apostles and their
successors Christ bas entrusted the office of
sanctifying and governingin His
name and by His power.
But the laity are made to share in
prophetical and kinglyoffice
they have therefore in the Church
and in the world their own assignment in the mission of the whole
“People of God.”(VCII AA §2, on Apostolate of the Laity)
See pp. 27-28 for Bishops and Priests, Teachers of the Faith, Teachers
• Bishops and priests as pastors guarding Christ's flock, preaching all
that God has decreed, must not
be "dumb dogs that cannot bark" (Isaiah 56:10) or silent spectators, nor
"hirelings that flee when the wolf comes" (cf. St Boniface, Liturgy
of the Hours vol III p. 41*;
also. John 10:12,13).
• Priests must not
"contracept the Gospel", deluding sinners with silence or
falsehoods on contraception, and never become Satan's "a lying
spirit in the mouth of all Baal's prophets (1 Kings 22:22).
• Utilize the parish hall for one-off lectures or courses in Parental
Catechetics and Adult Education.
We need to equip selected laity,
priests and bishops to confront in all courtesy the TV panels where
ex-priests or cafeteria Catholics are usually called upon for their
opinions, but not for the Church's or God's "opinion" - the
agnostic Professor Jordan Peterson shows us how, as long ago did the
Catholic Evidence Guild on Sunday afternoons in the parks, in soap-box
• Unisex interchangeability of male and female was first a feminist falsehood
now taken over (to their chagrin) by the Gender-Benders and their
absurd lack of observation, biology and psychology. Just as in 1939
"the old, old truth dawned on Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister
of England, that ultimately force must be met by force," and he
declared war, so we too must stop appeasing Freudian-Marxists and other
atheists, amoral and/or immoral aggressors, and proclaim the riches of
Christ's Good News.
• A diocese should not burden busy
priests with live-ins and conferences, meetings often held for the sake
of meetings, with topics chosen as an afterthought, and sometimes to
the detriment of faith and ministry. The priest's ministry is disrupted
often enough by parish exigencies. When there is a real need, priests of
the diocese with successful pastoral experiences or scholarship might
be preferred. to imports: it's good for bonding the· priests together
and ensuring orthodoxy of faith and morals.
• Permanent appointments: "The parish priest... is to be appointed for an indeterminate period of time ... " (CCL c. 522).
The next sentence has a concession for a limited appointment which
cannot justify six year appointments as normative. Imagine six year
appointments for bishops - or the Pope! Even fiction mocks it:-
Power goes with permanence.
Impermaneace is impotence. Rotation is castration.
THE COMPLETE YES MINISTER p. 280
Responsibility Without Power - the
prerogative of the eunuch throughout the ages.
YES PRIME MINISTER vol. Ill, p 218
• Each state's Profession Standards Resource Group conducts Towards
Healing to deal with priests
accused of child sexual abuse. Presumption of guilt is automatic,
evidence favourable to the accused is withheld, and Ordinaries of
dioceses impose suspension at once, ignoring canonical procedures:
If the Ordinary believes that the
matter should proceed by way of an extra-judicial decree:
1 ° he is to notify the accused of
the allegation and the proofs, and give an opportunity for defence
2° together with two assessors, he
is accurately to weigh all the proofs and arguments ... (c. 1720).
At any stage of the process, to
prevent scandal, protect· the freedom of witnesses and safeguard the
·course of justice, the Ordinary
can suspend the priest (Canon
However, premature suspension
could be a scandal. Untested accusations ignore the possibility of
false witness. Episcopal approval of Towards Healing is itself ultra vires, a violation of canon 87§1 in dispensing
from procedural law, besides the detailed requirements of canon 1720.
Canon Jaw is meant to safeguard justice for all.
Celibacy is not
the problem, rather celibacy
is the solution. See "Married to the Church", pp 37-38.
Sacrificial or consecrated
priestly celibacy encourages married people to persevere, to banish all
thought of adultery and divorce: it's a sort of "demo"
against sexual sins. Also wives divorce husbands "married to their
work" (cf. Matthew 6:24). And sacrificial celibacy it is of itself
even more noble than marriage:-
recognize the greater excellence
of virginity consecrated to Christ. (VCII OT
“Training of Priests” n. l0b).
Also in fantasy fiction:
When things are in danger, some
one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.
The Lord of the
chapter, J.R.R. Tolkien
Part 1: CHRIST-
restore the Sense of the Sacred and the adoration of God to the liturgy
and rescue lax and lazy Catholics,
disbelievers and unbelievers from the Devil, for Christ.
CATECHETICS- teach the Apostles' Creed:
Trinity, Incarnation, Holy Spirit, the Church,
on which depend the Sacraments and
the Covenant Commandments and the Prayers.
Part 3: CONFESSION-
restore regular repentance for the daily outbreaks of Original Sin
and confess/profess the truths of
reason, faith and morals of Christ's Good News.
CONCEPTION of saints - Matrimony and Priesthood.
Catholic Marriage would be better
spoken of as the Sacrament of Matrimony;
its greatest problem is
contraception and a related surrender to unisex doctrine &
Priesthood is part of the servant
hierarchy, for God's glory and helping sinners to become saints.
Before we can help reform other
Catholics, we must reform ourselves. (See Matthew 7:3-5)
We must take strident measures
against the Devil and his insidious snares. (See 1 Peter 5:8-9)
The Devil works incessantly to
alienate us from the Gospel and whittle away our virtue.
Spirituality is the key to all
reform. The soul of the apostolate is the interior life of the soul.
The interior life with God depends
on oral prayer, meditative prayer, contemplative prayer.
No reformer of self or of others
can neglect prayer. See Catena
p. 8. And:
relationship of mysteries with one another and with the last end of man
An example from the Glorious
Mysteries: the Ascension is. Christ taking His Resurrection into
Heaven; Pentecost is sharing His Resurrection; the Assumption is Our
Lady's share in His Resurrection; her Crowning the Resurrection triumph
of the Incarnation manifested to all the angels and saints.
WHEN REASON, enlightened by faith, seeks diligently, piously and
modestly, it obtains, by God's gift, some understanding of mysteries,
and that very profitable one. It does so partly from the analogy of
those things it knows naturally, partly from the interrelationship of
mysteries with one another and with the last end of man. But never is
reason rendered capable of penetrating mysteries as it penetrates
truths that constitute its proper object. For by their nature, divine
mysteries so far surpass the created intellect that, even when
transmittecl by revelation and received by faith, they remain covered
with the veil of faith itself, and shrouded in a certain obscurity as
long as, in this mortal life, "... we are away from the Lord, for
we walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:6-7)
From Vatican Council I in 1870, Dei Filius chapter 4, Denzinger-Schonmetzer
n. 3013 ( old Denziger-Bannwart n. 1796)
Our values are under attack, and
have been intensely so since the 1960s, and our catechetics has served
only to weaken them further. Catechetical fads have impoverished or
perverted several generations of Catholics who were left weaponless and
naked to the enemies of God and commandments and conscience. Indeed,
the catechetical experts bamboozled the bishops, conned the parish
priests and betrayed the ancient loyalties of the faithful, who were
then expected to finance their own destruction.
This failure has also betrayed our
beloved Australia. Our politicians, public service, academics and media
have surrendered to atheism, amorality and immorality. We might have
saved some of them if the faithful generally and the youth in
particular had been properly evangelized and catechized.
POPE ST JOHN
Pope St John XXIII is chiefly
remembered for inaugurating VCII. Cardinal Lecaro said of him,
"We have the men of the monographs who are helpful on a particular subject;
we have men of the manuals who help with the systematic treatment of theology
of the recent past.
but John XXIII was a man of the sources" (i.e. a true radical; getting to the root
foundation of things).
We too can be "men of the
sources", of Scripture, the Fathers, the Magisterium and the
For the relevant Handouts numbers making up pages 23-40, see Handouts n. 167 page 3
Doctrine: St Vincent de Lerins; Dogma cannot change
"Awesome & Wondrous": changes by VCII, later changes,
Marian Girls: A new
"Children of Mary", a Marian "Girl Guides"
Priests: Teachers, and Teachers· of Teachers
Catechism Disciples' Edition - excerpt of 50 Q&As in two A4 pages
About Catechisms in 50 Q&As in two A4 pages
The ABC of
50 Q&AS in two A4 pages -
illustrates the Q&A techniques
Good Motives and
with Good Means: Humana Vitae
Married to the
Church - Priestly Sacrificial Celibacy
The Apostles' Creed
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to the rest of this submission, i.e. pp. 1-4 and the four parts pp.
5-20, as long as authorship is acknowledged.
Currently, Father Tierney, while
in his old age studying for his "Finals", is working on:
• A Millennium Edition of the
Prayer Book Heart Speaks to
which the new prayers in this submission are destined.
• The Catholic Family CatechIST (sic) being a teacher's manual for the Catholic Family Catechism to help mothers, fathers, older siblings,
other catechists or Catholic school teachers to acts as heralds of the
revelation of the Lord Jesus to His modern disciples and also to help
those slow to believe.
• A Scripture Rosary of 200
scripture texts, one for each Hail Mary, to "see" through the eyes of
Christ's greatest disciple. It is primarily for private meditation, and
not to be "inflicted" by surprise on those unwilling for a
lengthened Rosary - as has sometimes happened with such things.
• Further Handouts on www.cardinalnewman.com.au
appear more or less monthly, as well as posted out about three monthly
on request to the Cardinal Newman Faith Resources Inc. as above.
• A further adventure story, New Boys' Bush Rescue. The Bush Boys stories, written primarily
to entertain and instruct, illustrate the bushy "doctrine" of
Bush Catechism of Camping (pp. 33-34) within a "life-and-death
situational catechesis" of an exciting story. This is in stark
contrast to so-called Religious Education that deals in
"life-situations" without Christian doctrine to guide the
• An index to the themes and
theology of· the Patristic readings in The Liturgy of the Hours.
• This submission to the bishops
for the Plenary Council will appear later as ten Handouts on www.cardinalnewman.com.au.
They will emphasize the New Evangelization of VCII and with the same
purpose "that the Sacred Deposit of Christian Doctrine be guarded
and aught more efficaciously" (see p. 5), in the Church and the
world of today - a New Evangelization and definitely not the negations
of the New Paradigm. ·
A reading from the first notebook
of St Vincent of Lerins
IS THERE to be no development of doctrine in Christ's Church?
Certainly there should be great development.
Who could be so grudging towards
his fellow-men and so hostile to God as to try to prevent it? But care
should be taken to ensure that it really is development of the faith
and not alteration. Development implies that each point of doctrine is
expanded within itself, while alteration suggests that a thing has been
changed from what it was into something different.
It is desirable then that
development should take place, and that there should be a great and
vigorous growth in the understanding knowledge and wisdom of every
individual as well as of all the people, on the part of each member as
well as of the whole Church, gradually over the generations and ages.
But it must be growth within the limits of its own nature, that is to
say within the framework of the same dogma and of the same meaning.
Let religion, which is of the
spirit, imitate the processes of the body. For, although bodies develop
over the years and their individual parts evolve, they do not change
into something different. It is true that there is a great gap between
the prime of youth and the maturity of later years, but the people who
reach these later years are the same people who once were adolescents.
So, although the size and outward appearance of any individual may
change, it is still the same person, and the nature remains the same.
The limbs of infants are tiny,
while those of young men are large, but they are the same limbs. The
man has no more parts to his body than the little child: and if there
are parts that appear with age and greater maturity they are already
present earlier in embryo. As a result, it can be said that nothing new
is produced in old men that was not already present in an undeveloped
form when they were boys.
There is no doubt; then, that this
is the correct and legitimate rule for development and the best and
most striking order of growth, if the passage of years sees those parts
evolve in the adult, which the Creator in his wisdom had prepared in
him beforehand when he was a child.
But if the human form is changed
into some shape that is not of its own kind, or at least if something
is added or taken away·from the full complement of· its members, then
the whole body must perish or become a monster or at least be weakened
in some way. It is fitting, then, that Christian doctrine should follow
these laws of development, so that with the passage of years it may be
strengthened, with time it may make progress and with age may achieve
Long ago our ancestors sowed the
seeds of the faith in the field of the Church. It would be quite incongruous
and wrong if their descendants were·to reap the weeds of error in place
of the harvest of truth.
Rather is it right and fitting
that there should be no discrepancy between the final result and the
beginning. From the seed that was planted, that is the teaching of the
gospel, we should reap a harvest of wheat, that is the doctrine that
has developed. So then, · when something evolves from those. first
beginnings, as from seeds, it should now be received with joy and
cultivated with care.
From The Liturgy of the Hours, 1974, Vol. III pp. 626-628 in Friday of
Meaning of Sacred
Dogmas cannot change
FOR THE TEACHING of the faith, which God bas revealed, has not been
proposed as a philosophical discovery to be perfected by human
ingenuity, but as a divine deposit handed over to the Spouse of Christ
to be guarded faithfully and to be explained infallibly. Hence that meaning
of sacred dogmas must perpetually be retained which Holy Mother Church
has once declared; ·nor is that meaning ever to be abandoned under the
pretext and name of a more profound comprehension. "Let, then,
understanding, knowledge, and wisdom grow and advance mightily and
strongly in individuals as well as in the community, in one man as well
as in the Church as a whole, according to the degree proper to each
age· .and each time; but only within their own domain, that is, with
the same dogmas, the same meaning, the same sense.''*
Footnote: * Vincent of Lerins (as
From Vatican Council I in 1870, Dei Filius chapter 4, DS n. 3020 (DB n. 1800)
The unchangeable fundamentals of
our Faith are. already in a brief formula, namely the Apostles' Creed. It summarizes the whole Bible, and· is the
foundation of morals. Make sure its meaning is kept intact with
Tradition. It holds the place of honour at the·end of these Appendices,
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