Category Archives: God’s Words or Man’s Words

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: Evangelization of America by ending proselytizing of the sects

God’s WORD

    Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep
    of my pasture! saith the LORD.”—Jeremiah 23:1, 2

    “Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies
    in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded
    them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you
    a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and
    the deceit of their heart.”—Jeremiah 14:14

    “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; re-
    prove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

    “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

    “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and
    shall be turned unto fables.”—2 Timoth 4:2–4

The end of Pope Paul II’s Ecclesia in America exhortation contains some real mind torquers. My interpretation of what Pope Paul II said in the excerpt below.

• Preaching the true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is hindering our (Roman Catholic Church’s) evangelization, so STOP it.

• We (RC Church) don’t like proselytizing/religious propaganda because unlike us
(RC Church), these malicious proselytizers do not respect the freedom of others.

• Quit proselytizing—it is wrong, even if you are separated brethren. We (RC Church) choose not to proselytize, [oh but you do], though we could because
only in us (Roman Catholic Church) is the means of salvation.

• Catholic families/homes will be true centers of evangelization.

• Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Mother of America, prays for us.

from Ecclesia in America: The Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America, Pope John Paul II, Mexico, 1999

    73. The proselytizing activity of the sects and new religious groups in many parts of America is a grave hindrance to the work of evangelization. The word “proselytism” has a negative meaning when it indicates a way of winning followers which does not respect the freedom of those to whom a specific kind of religious propaganda is directed. 280

    The Catholic Church in America is critical of proselytism by
    the sects and, for this reason, rejects methods of this kind
    in her own evangelizing work…

    This must be borne in mind especially with regard to the sisters and
    brothers of the Churches and Ecclesial Communities separated from
    the Catholic Church, long-established in some regions. The bonds of
    true though imperfect communion which, according to the teaching
    of the Second Vatican Council, 281 these communities already have
    with the Catholic Church must enlighten the attitudes of the Church
    and her members towards them. 282

    These attitudes, however, must not be such that they weaken the firm conviction that only in the Catholic Church is found the fullness of the means of salvation established by Jesus Christ. 283

    76. I therefore invite all the Catholics of America to take an active part in the evangelizing initiatives which the Holy Spirit is stirring in every part of this immense continent…I invite Catholic families to be “domestic Churches”, …If they live up to the ideal which God places before them, Catholic homes will be true centers of evangelization…

    Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, pray for us!
    Given at Mexico City, January 22, in the year 1999, the twenty-first of my Pontificate.

God’s WORD

    “And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity…through deceit
    they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.”—Jeremiah 9:5, 6

    “For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.”—Jeremiah 6:13

The Roman Catholic Church enlists the help of others (ecumenism), but they believe that they alone have the means of salvation and the source to evangelize the Americas, of whom Our Lady of Guadalupe is apparently the Mother.

There seems to be no end to the folk who are or have been willing to go along with the pope’s message. This includes many people that are called evangelicals. The last several posts have focused on the ecumenicalness of a number of people and organizations, so this post will only mention an article Bill Bright wrote.

    Evangelicals And Catholics Together:
    The Christian Mission In The Third Millennium,

    by Dr. Bill Bright, December 1994
    “…Some are concerned about the agreement not to proselytize one another. In this sense, proselytize does not mean evangelize.

    “In fact, I believe the agreement will enhance our evangelistic efforts among Catholics. Campus Crusade for Christ has always been and will continue to be dedicated to sharing the gospel with everyone, including those who claim to be Protestants, Catholics, Jews, nonbelievers or anyone else. We have never recruited for any church or denomination…

    “For almost 25 years, we have helped to take the gospel to tens of millions of Catholics in cooperation with Catholics who know our Lord all over the world. There are probably a billion people who profess Catholic affiliation, but many have never received Christ. I believe this agreement will help open doors to them for the gospel…”

God’s WORD

    “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

    “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

    “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

    “Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ
    our Saviour;

    “That being justified by his grace, we should be made
    heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”—Titus 3:3–7

    “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day;
    lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness
    of sin.”—Hebrews 3:13

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: Evangelization of America through Politics

God’s WORD

    “But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and
    the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.”
    —Jeremiah 10:10

    “For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.”
    —Jeremiah 16:17

    “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men…For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.”—Proverbs 4:14, 17

    “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in
    whom there is no help.”—Psalm 146:3

    “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while
    some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and
    pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
    —1 Timothy 6:10

    “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.”—Hebrews 13:14

from Ecclesia in America: The Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America, Pope John Paul II, Mexico, 1999

    The content of the education they impart should make constant reference to Jesus Christ and his message as the Church presents it in her dogmatic and moral teaching.

    Only in this way will they train truly Christian leaders in the different spheres of human activity, and in society, especially in politics, economics, science, art and philosophical reflection. 267

The goal of this next-to-last post regarding the Ecclesia in America of Pope John Paul II, is to show that the Roman Catholic Church and its related groups, both obvious and secretive ones, are very much intertwined with US politics and our government leaders.

While there may be some people that are true believers, the so called fundamentalist right wing of our government has many Roman Catholic influences from the RC Church itself, Knights of Columbus, Opus Dei,
Knights of Malta, and the many ecumenical groups, to mention a few.

The Fellowship Foundation which puts on the National Prayer Breakfast
wears a cloak of Evangelicalism, but on closer look, it is very ecumenical
and it too has a number of Roman Catholic influences, and political goals.

I have found much research regarding the influence of the Roman
Catholic Church on politics (like the pope advised) and have posted
the following links on my areyouaware site.

The Mass/Eucharist/Real Presence and US government/politics
Nothing has changed:
13th Century: The English King and the Pope

Red Mass, Blue Mass

    Since 1952, many of our own United States government leaders have annually celebrated the Roman Catholic Red Mass for judges, prosecutors, attorneys, law school professors, students, and government officials on the Sunday before the opening session of the Supreme Court.

    The Red Mass includes a “lecture” (homily) on how to vote the “Roman Catholic” way, and the Eucharist [eating the real body of Jesus and drinking his real blood], which is presumably just for the Roman Catholics in attendance. The Red Mass is now celebrated annually in more than half the states of the United States.

Recent Presidents and two Popes

Roman Catholics and the Religious Right

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Malta (Sovereign Military Order of Malta)

Opus Dei (God’s Work) Posts
Joseamaria Escriva felt his Opus Dei (a rather secretive group) group was to help “ordinary” people attain holiness by their good works.

    “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
    —Ecclesiastes 12:14

    “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…”—Romans 3:22

Josemaría Escrivá, founder of the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei

Excerpts from Escriva’s The Way

The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei

Opus Dei, Monsignor Vladimir Felzmann, Father John McCloskey, Scott Hahn

Some American Opus Dei “Works” and a few Prominent American Members

Excerpts from “2030 Looking Back” by Opus Dei’s Father John McCloskey
This is a very unnerving post. Opus Dei folk think pain and suffering make you holy.

The Family (Fellowship Foundation) Posts
The National Prayer Breakfast and the Fellowship Foundation (The Family)

History of the Fellowship Foundation

Some National Prayer Breakfasts 2007–2009

Presidential Candidates and the Family Foundation

Colson, The Family, Born Again

God’s WORD

    “Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand…the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.”—Jeremiah 51:7

    “…Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
    —Revelation 14:8

    “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”—Revelation 17:18

    “…and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”—Revelation 18:3

    “…for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.”—Revelation 18:23

    “…Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities”—Revelation 18:4-5

    “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.”
    —Jeremiah 23:5

    “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”—2 Corinthians 5:20

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: Evangelization of America through Culture

God’s WORD

    “…The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

    “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

    “But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

    “…The servants said unto him [the householder], Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

    “But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest…”—Matthew 13:24–30

    “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-
    block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;”—1 Corinthians 1:23

This post compares the quotes of the Pope and others regarding the Roman Catholic Church’s evangelization through culture goal (which they have
had for at least 1500 years) with quotes of Christian/Biblical Worldview folk/organizations and family/morals/values folk/organizations, which
seem to have a political agenda.

from Ecclesia in America: The Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America, Pope John Paul II, Mexico, 1999

    The evangelization of culture
    70. …the Synod Fathers rightly felt that the new evangelization calls for a clearly conceived, serious and well organized effort to evangelize culture”. 264

    In America, the mestiza face of the Virgin of Guadalupe was from the start a symbol of the inculturation of the Gospel, of which she has been the lodestar and the guide.

    Through her powerful intercession, the Gospel will penetrate the hearts of the men and women of America and permeate their cultures, transforming them from within. 266

from the Discourse to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture, John Paul II, January 1987

    5. This leads me…to insist upon…a central objective in our work…inculturation (newly-coined word)…

    When the Church enters into contact with cultures, she must welcome all that is compatible with the Gospel…to be enriched herself by the manifold wisdom of the nations of the earth…inculturation commits the Church to a path that is difficult, but necessary…

Redemptoris missio, On the permanent validity of the Church’s missionary mandate Ioannes Paulus PP. II December 1990

    Incarnating the Gospel in Peoples’ Culture
    52. inculturation “means the intimate transformation of authentic cultural values through their integration in Christianity and the insertion of Christianity in the various human cultures.”85 …

    Through inculturation the Church makes the Gospel incarnate in different cultures…She transmits to them her own values…Inculturation is a slow journey…

    53. Missionaries…must immerse themselves in the cultur[e]..evangelizing the culture of the environment in which they are working…

    54. …inculturation must be guided by two principles: “compatibility with the gospel and communion with the universal Church.“94

    …In effect, inculturation must involve the whole people of God…The safeguarding of traditional values is the work of a mature faith.

Religious Cleansing, Keith Fournier (Roman Catholic Deacon), 1993

    It is essential for Christians of the twentieth century and the beginning of a new millennium…to contend once again for the culture…to rescue a civilization which is heading toward barbarism. p. 6

Defending the First Right and First Freedom: A Call for Collaboration, Deacon Keith Fournier, 2004

    For decades I have tried in my own little way to take the social teaching of the Catholic Church and offer it as a resource for building a culture of life, family, freedom and solidarity. This beautiful teaching is not just for Catholics, other Christians or even other people of faith but intended for all men and women.

Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis
of Faith
by C. John, III McCloskey, Russell Shaw, 2007

    “So now we face the need to do again what our forebears in the faith did all those centuries ago—I mean evangelize a largely pagan society and convert the pagans

    “And as that kind of growth takes place, it will lead inevitably to the transformation of the contemporary culture into one that faithfully reflects Christ’s teaching as mediated by the Church.

    “Primarily through her laity,” Pope John Paul II told the American bishops in 1987, “the church is in a position to exercise great influence upon American culture.”

    “Then he asked, “But how is American culture evolving today? Is the evolution being influenced by the Gospel? Does it clearly reflect Christian inspiration?

    “Your music, your poetry and art, your drama, your painting and sculpture, the literature that you are producing—are all those things which reflect the soul of a nation being influenced by the sprit of Christ for the perfection of humanity?” p. 25, 26

“Preaching” a Christian/Biblical Worldview to redeem culture; supporting and voting for conservative morality in the form of family/traditional/pro-life values; or spending massive amounts of money for such—NONE of this saves you from your own wicked deceitful heart; Nor does it nor can it make culture or society better.

The Lord Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross to rescue and redeem culture? NO! Jesus died on the cross (taking the punishment for all sin), so that people (individuals, YOU specifically) could be rescued, redeemed and freed from sin, darkness, and from this wicked world. Jesus Christ and repentance are to be preached, not culture or values.

God’s WORD

    “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world…”
    —John 18:36

    “…our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins,
    that he might deliver us from this present evil world…”
    —Galatians 1:3, 4

    “And that repentance and remission of sins should be
    preached in his name among all nations…”—Luke 24:47

    “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord…”
    —2 Corinthians 4:5

    “And from Jesus Christ…the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”—Revelation 1:5

Rather than proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who live in darkness, the ecumenical “religious” and “spiritual” leaders of our world are promoting transformation through culture. Many of these groups have political agendas, and have a major influence on our current government.

The Ecumenical/Common Good/Dialogue Way or Evangelization of culture with the help of Christian Worldview, Values, the Family
Through ecumenism/common good and focus on culture/values, Evangelicals, Methodists, Baptists, Orthodox, Reformed, Roman Catholics, Calvinists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Mormons, Moonies, and Muslims, the poor and the very wealthy (to mention some groups)—all can agree that society (culture) needs to have morals and values such as family, marriage, sanctity of life.

The Roman Catholic Church believes that the Eucharist is Jesus’ real body and real blood. As I have discussed in this Real Presence series, the RC Church believes the Eucharist is the center of worship, they are NOT going to change, and they are out to get YOU to agree with them so they can once again rule the world.

Any group that is ecumenical—including worldview and transforming culture, or focusing on pro-life, family values and/or the social gospel—is, whether they know it or not, participating in the Roman Church agenda.

    “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”—Ephesians 5:11

The following are posts on my AreYouAware site and give more information on some of the Christian Worldview and Family/Values groups.

1. Christian/Biblical World View
Background information on the Christian/Biblical Worldview.
Some Christian/Biblical Worldview groups
Starting with Awana and ending with YWAM.
Christian Worldview Weekends
Timeline of Norman Geisler’s education, books, etc.

2. Cultural/Political Groups
Some Culture/Family/Values Groups
Alliance Defense Fund
Arlington Group Links
Howard Center Links
Values Voters Summits
World Congress of Families, funding, sponsors, supporters

God’s WORD

    “In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.”—Psalm 143:2

    Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.”—Isaiah 29:13

    “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”—Acts 20:21

    “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

    “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

    “For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”—2 John 9–11

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: American Evangelism through Education; Jesuit— Part II

God’s WORD

    “Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key
    of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that
    were entering in ye hindered.”—Luke 11:52

    “Ye have wearied the LORD with your words…When ye say,
    Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD…
    —Malachi 2:17

    “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put
    darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter
    for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”—Isaiah 5:20

    “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments…”
    —Psalm 11:10

    “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the
    knowledge of the truth.”—1 Timothy 2:4

Ignatius Loyola and the Society of the Jesuits
from “Sweet Land of Liberty,” by Charles C. Coffin, originally published 1879

“…Ignatius Loyola, who founded the society of the Jesuits…inspired others with his own lofty zeal. The members of the society went forth to convert the world…To bring about that end by any means were justifiable…

If they have been charitable and kind, they have also blackened history by the darkest of crimes.

If they have lifted men to higher and nobler lives, they have also sent myriads to prison, and burnt hundreds
of thousands at the stake.

Time has not quenched their zeal; and though three hundred and fifty years have passed since their organization, they are still making their power felt in every country, controlling the consciences and actions
of men.

Ignatius Loyola, the Roman Catholic Church, Jesuit Education

“Jesuit schools are a part of the apostolic mission of the church in building the Kingdom of God…The aim of Jesuit education is the
formation of principled, value-oriented persons for others…”
—#93, “Go Forth and Teach”

“Jesuit education…is faithful to the teachings of the church, especially in moral and religious formation…”
—#95, “Go Forth and Teach”

Jesuit Education then and now
The first Jesuits schools were started around 1545. 463 years later, Jesuit thought and goals have infiltrated and permeated all levels of society and culture around the world through the fields of education, intellectual research, cultural pursuits and centers for the training of lawyers and public officials, just as Pope Paul II encouraged in his Ecclesia America.

Jesuit high schools and colleges tout their teaching of academic excellence and their emphasis on the formation of the whole person: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, morally and spiritually. Theology is taught for the religious education of their Catholic students as well as to strengthen the faith of non-Catholics.

As of January 2008, there were over 160 Jesuit educational institutions—elementary, middle, and high schools; colleges, universities, seminaries, technical institutes, and centers for adult learning—located in over one hundred nations around the world. Jesuits also serve on the faculties of both Catholic and secular schools, just as Pope Paul II requested in his Ecclesia America.

There are 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and 46 Jesuit high schools in the
United States, and one in Puerto Rico.

These 28 US Jesuit Colleges/Universities enroll more than 183,000 students
and offer more than 260 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs
of study. There are well over one million living alumni who have shared in the
Jesuit tradition of educating men and women for others. jesuit.org/JesuitSchools/JesuitCollegeUniversity/default.aspx

The first Catholic and Jesuit higher education institution in the United States, Georgetown University, in Washington, DC, was founded by the Society of
Jesus in 1789. 

The Curriculum of Jesuit Schools
The official set of goals and objectives Jesuit educators were to follow in teaching the early grades through college, called in its shortened form, Ratio Studiorum, or Plan of Studies, was begun in 1586, and finalized in 1599.

Besides teaching the Roman Catholic faith, the Ratio Studiorum emphasized the study of Latin, Greek, classical literature, poetry, and philosophy as well as non-European languages, sciences and the arts. The study of literature written in the native tongue (not Latin) and rhetoric were also encouraged.

Go Forth and Teach: the Characteristics of Jesuit Education
Today’s vision for Jesuit schools is found in the 1986 document, Go Forth and Teach: the Characteristics of Jesuit Education, an updated version of the Ratio Studiorum.

Excerpts from Go Forth and Teach are posted on Are You Aware.

The influence of Jesuit education in today’s world
The terms and phrases in Go Forth and Teach: the Characteristics of Jesuit Education, reminded me of educational input I have received in my almost 40 years of involvement in education, either as a student, including a Master’s degree in elementary education; or as an elementary teacher for ten years in a public school system in the 1970s, and as a homeschool teacher for 22 years.

In the 1970s, the college classes I took and the elementary education workshops
I attended emphasized developmental stages of growth, independent learners,
values clarification, children working at their own pace, and the need
for continuing education for adults (since education is a life-long process)—
each of these phrases, as well as others, are discussed in Go Forth and Teach.

Some of the predominant themes and emphases in Homeschooling—worldview, critical thinking, classical education, training leaders, and character training
(to mention a few)—are also characteristics of a Jesuit education.

Warning from Charles Chiniquy 1886
In four chapters of his book, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, written 120 years ago, (and reviewed on Just the Book), Charles Chiniquy (1809–1899), who had grown up in the Roman Catholic education system and become a priest, well aware of the influence of the Jesuits, warned against getting entangled with a Catholic or Jesuit education.

More research to read
The following links go to my AYA site. I suggest reading them to get a glimpse of the massive Jesuit influence on our American society.

The Training to Become a Jesuit

Jesuit High Schools and a Few Alumni

Ignatian Worldview and Jesuit Education
Go Forth and Teach: The Characteristics of Jesuit Education, excerpts

Georgetown University, Georgetown Law, Mission and Ministry

A Few Georgetown University Alumni

28 Jesuit colleges and Universities in the US and some of their Alumni

God’s WORD

    “Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:”—Psalm 144:11

    “The light of the body is the eye…but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.”—Luke 11:34

    “For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”—Proverbs 2:6

    “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

    “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

    “And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
    —2 Timothy 2:24–26

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: American Evangelism through Education, Part I—Catholic

God’s WORD

    “When wisdom entereth into thine heart…understanding
    shall keep thee:

    “To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man
    that speaketh froward things;

    “Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways
    of darkness;

    “Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of
    the wicked;

    “Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:”
    —Proverbs 2:10–15

    “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain
    deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the
    world, and not after Christ.”—Colossians 2:8

Evangelizing centers of education, Ecclesia in America, John Paul II

    71. Education can play an outstanding role in promoting the inculturation of the Gospel.

    …Catholic centers of education, and those which, although non-denominational, are clearly inspired by Catholic principles, will be able
    to engage in authentic evangelization only if at all levels including that
    of the university they clearly preserve their Catholic orientation.

    The content of the education they impart should make constant reference to Jesus Christ and his message as the Church presents it in her dogmatic and moral teaching.

    Only in this way will they train truly Christian leaders in the different spheres of human activity, and in society, especially in politics, economics, science, art and philosophical reflection. 267

    Hence, it is essential that the Catholic university be truly both things at once: a university and Catholic...

    Pastoral work in Catholic universities will therefore be given special attention: it must encourage a commitment to the apostolate on the part of the students themselves, so that they can become

    the evangelizers of the university world. 269

    In addition, cooperation between Catholic universities throughout America needs to be encouraged, for their mutual enrichment; 270

    this will help put into effect, at the university level too, the principle of solidarity and interchange between the peoples of the whole continent.

    In the overall work of the new evangelization, the educational sector occupies a place of honor.

    For this reason, the activity of all Catholic teachers, including those working in non-denominational schools, should be encouraged.

    I also make an urgent appeal to men and women religious not to abandon this field which is so important for the new evangelization. 274

Pope Benedict to Catholic Educators, Catholic University 4/17/2008
Wash., D C publicaffairs.cua.edu/Releases/2008//PopeBenedictSpeech.cfm

    “…Again, we see why fostering personal intimacy with Jesus Christ and communal witness to his loving truth is indispensable in Catholic institutions of learning.

    The Church’s primary mission of evangelization, in which
    educational institutions play a crucial role
    , is consonant with
    a nation’s fundamental aspiration to develop a society truly worthy of the
    human person’s dignity…the Church never tires of upholding the essential
    moral categories of right and wrong… 



    Teachers and administrators, whether in universities or schools, have the duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruc-
    tion in Catholic doctrine and practice.

    This requires that public witness to the way of Christ, as found
    in the Gospel and upheld by the Church’s Magisterium, shapes
    all aspects of an institution’s life,
    both inside and outside the
    classroom. Divergence from this vision weakens Catholic identity…

    
”…lay and Religious teachers of catechesis…must also be
    ready to lead the commitment
    made by the entire school community
    to assist our young people, and their families, to experience the harmony between faith, life and culture.

Roman Catholic Education
To help the pope out with his goal of evangelization through education,
is the Roman Catholic education system with 200,000 Catholic educators,
7.6 million students and 8000 Catholic elementary and secondary schools,
religious education programs, seminaries, colleges and universities. (ncea.org/about/index.asp)

As far as higher education, there are 245 Catholic higher education institutions
in the United States. In 2006, it was estimated there were more than 686,000
students enrolled in 215 Catholic higher education institutions in the US.

According to the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, approximately 12.5% of the world’s Catholic colleges and universities are located in the United States. There are approximately 1,861 Catholic colleges and universities worldwide.

To be right in everything, we ought always to hold that the white which I see, is black if the hierarchical Church
so decides it.
—Thirteenth Rule of Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises

Ignatius Loyola, The Society of Jesus, and Jesuit Educators
Major help for the Pope and his goal of evangelization through education has been in place since the mid-1500s from The Society of Jesus or Jesuits started by the Spaniard, Ignatius Loyola, also the originator of the Jesuits’ Spiritual Exercises. Considered Ignatius’ greatest contribution to the Church, the Spiritual Exercises are the basis for the Spiritual Disciplines of today’s emergent church.

    Benedict XVI 4/22/2006 to the Society of Jesus

St. Ignatius of Loyola was first and foremost a man of
God who in his life put God, his greatest glory and his
greatest service, first. He was a profoundly prayerful
man for whom the daily celebration of the Eucharist
was the heart and crowning point of his day.

    Sketches from Church History, S. M. Houghton, p. 135

The Jesuits were a Catholic order founded in 1534, by
Ignatius Loyola, a Spaniard, their chief aim being the
complete extermination of Protestantism. They called
their Order the Society of Jesus.

Responsible only to the Pope and exempted from all
other jurisdiction, they bound themselves by oath to unconditional obedience to the Pope.

Country, friends, personal interest, even private opinion and conscience were nothing; the rules of the Order were everything to them.

They specialized in providing a high standard of education for the sons of the nobility, and by this means their influence was enormous.

They penetrated into all the relationships of life and obtained possession of secret information that would further their aims.

The most notorious principle of the Society of Jesus was, “the end justifies the means”. Hence they would engage in murder
if they judged that the Catholic Church would benefit by it…”

Some background links to read
The following links on my Are You Aware site give the necessary background
for my next post, The Real Presence in the Eucharist: American Evangelism
through Education, Part II—Jesuit.

Catholic Schools in the US and Four conservatives with some Roman Catholic Education.

Ignatius Loyola and the Society of Jesus.

Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises/Ignatian Spirituality.

God’s WORD

    “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge
    of the truth.

    “…so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.”—2 Timothy 3:7. 8

    “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:”
    —Titus 2:1

    “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

    “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”
    —2 Timothy 1:9, 10

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: American Evangelization Through Media

God’s WORD

    “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”—Psalm 118:8

    “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud,
    knowing nothing…”—1 Timothy 6:3, 4

“For the new evangelization to be effective, it is essential to have a deep understanding of the culture of our time in which the social communications media are most influential…knowledge and use of the media…is indispensable”.—John Paul II

Evangelization through media, Ecclesia in America, John Paul II

    72. Using the media correctly and competently can lead to a genuine inculturation of the Gospel…initiatives to make the Gospel effectively present…

    the training of pastoral workers for this task;

    the support of high-quality production centers;

    the careful and effective use of satellite and other new technologies;

    teaching the faithful to be “critical” in their use of the media;

    joining forces in order to acquire and manage new transmitters and TV and radio networks, as well as coordinating those already in operation…

    Business people should be encouraged to provide economic support for quality products promoting human and Christian values. 278

NEA: New Evangelization of America Mission Statement
“NEA is a Pan-American organization which seeks to use and help coordinate media communications to bring about the “New Evangelization.”

letter of recommendation for NEA from the Vatican
From the Vatican, January 4, 1999
Dear Bishop Grahmann,
The Holy Father was pleased to receive your letter forwarding the plan of evangelization approved at the NETA 200 Conference held in Dallas last month. He wishes me to assure you and your Brother Bishops of his gratitude for your efforst to promote the new evangelization of America according to the vision…set forth in his Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America…

NEA and movies

    NEA has been blessed to present early previews of some of the finest Catholic Christian movies produced in recent years.

    Thérèse
    January 2003 conference featured…[the] true story of St. Thérèse of Lisieux…in the movie Thérèse.

    The Passion of the Christ
    In January 2004, NEA hosted a special preview of The Passion of the Christ, by Mel Gibson, with…Jim Caviezel as special guest…

    Bella
    The 2007 NEA Conference…played a special preview of Bella…

Star Quest Production Network
Leading the way in Catholic New Media

(SQPN)’s first Catholic New Media Celebration, 6/22/2008
in conjunction with the Eucharistic Congress, Atlanta, Georgia

It’s a day of learning about the technologies that make up the heart of Catholic New Media.

It’s Catholic: the Eucharist will be the heart of the celebration!

    “The new media—telecommunications and internet in particular—are changing the very face of communication
    —Pope Benedict XVI, message for the 42nd World Communications Day

Catholic Radio Association

    Global Catholic Radio Conference
    October 8–11, 2008
    It is now necessary that the Good News be spread by the invaluable medium of radio available to us.

Institute for World Evangelism, ICPE Mission
Theme: To Know Christ and make Him known

    NEA (New Evangelisation of America) has had an alliance with the Institute for World Evangelization—ICPE Mission, since January 2007. Founded by Mario and Anna Cappello, the Catholic ICPE Mission was dedicated to the formation and training of Catholics so that they may become more effective evangelisers.

Inspirational Films and Institute for World Evangelisation sign Jesus Film agreement

    The Jesus Film originated by Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade,
    was distributed in 1979. In 1981, Bill created the Jesus Film Project organization with the goal of accurately translating Jesus into other languages and showing them around the world.

    In April 1999, Inspirational Films and the ICPE Institute for World Evangelisation signed an agreement in which the Pontifical ICPE
    Institute for World Evangelisation
    was given permisssion to prepare a Catholic Edition of the film JESUS.

    The ICPE Institute also prepared their own literature, for the follow-up
    of Film JESUS which would be used as “evangelization” worldwide.

    The Institute for World Evangelisation established Millennium Films International (MFI) to proclaim the “gospel” through the distribution
    of the film JESUS.

Millennium Films International

    The International Office of the Institute for World Evangelisation,
    in Rome since the summer of 1998, is also the main headquarters of Millennium Films International.

    Millennium Films International has translated the film in various languages. Our goal is to reach every nation, tribe, people and tongue, helping them see and hear the story of Jesus in a language they can understand…

    [JTB comment: Is this the Jesus of the Bible?]

film JESUS

    Through the use of the film JESUS and other means of mass communication, Millennium Films International aims to evangelise
    and to help parish communities, families and individuals worldwide
    to renew their personal faith and love for Jesus.

      Film Jesus Statistics
      May 2000: Jubilee Edition of the film JESUS won the Grand Prix
      of the XV International Catholic Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland.

      Rome in 2000: over 1.5 million videocassettes in 7 languages were given as gifts…

      World Youth Day—film JESUS was shown to an estimated 2.2 million people..

      Eucharistic Congress, Argentina—60,000 packages of the film JESUS in Spanish distributed

      Ukrainian version—20,000 copies crowds gathered with Pope
      John Paul II in Ukraine

      Malta —110,000 videocassettes of film JESUS distributed to every household.

      In 2002, distribution of approximately 2,000,000 copies of the film JESUS in various Asian countries started…

      Thousands of copies of the film JESUS in Arabic were distributed
      in Middle Eastern countries.

      World Youth Day in Germany—50,000 DVDs were distributed…

      June 2006 meeting of Pope Benedict XVI with Ecclesial Movements: 10,000 DVDs of film JESUS were distributed.

    Bill Bright letter

    March 18, 2002
    Mr. and Mrs. Mario Cappello
    Institute for World Evangelisation
    Rome, Italy
    Dear Mario and Anna:
    Warm greetings with Christ’s great love from our beautiful Lake Hart campus!

    Thank you so much for your letter of February 15, and your kind and gracious words. I am humbled and honored that our great God and Savior has used us and Campus Crusade for Christ in some small way to help impact souls for His Kingdom. To Him be all praise and glory!

    I rejoice over every report of what God is doing in the Catholic world. My special prayers for you and Pope John Paul II.

    It is so exciting to hear about what you and your ministry are accomplishing for the cause of our Lord. I consider it a privilege to work alongside you in the greatest spiritual harvest of all time.

    Warm affection in Christ.

    Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
    Bill Bright
    Founder of Campus Crusade International

    More reference on Bill Bright:
    Fellowship of the Burning Heart 1947
    Evangelicals and Catholics Together

    God’s WORD

      “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”—Psalm 119:130

      “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.”—Psalm 119:133

      “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”—2 Timothy 2:15

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: The Evangelization of the Americas

God’s WORD

    “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works,

    but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given
    us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

    “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

    “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
    —2 Timothy 1:9, 10, 13

Ecclesia in America: The way to conversion, communion and solidarity in America—Pope John Paul II, Mexico, 1999

    Ecclesia in America, subtitled, The way to conversion, communion and solidarity in America, is an exhortation that John Paul II addressed to the “Church in America” [Roman Catholic Church], and lays out a plan for the evangelization of the Americas.

    Ever since the publication of Ecclesia in America, Canada’s bishops have actively promoted the document, describing it as a “pastoral road map for the Catholic Church in the Americas” that guides us in living the Gospel in the new millennium…” Ecclesia in America emphasizes the need for a new evangelization…”

The Roman Catholic Plan for Evangelizing the Americas
The plan for Evangelizing the Americas by the Roman Catholic Church will
be the subject of my next posts, and will complete my Real Presence in the
Eucharist
series.

It was unnerving to me to read the evangelization plan for America as I have heard some of these same words spoken by folk that I did not think were
Catholic and my observation is that some of the objectives mentioned in this
“evangelization” plan are already happening.

This post will quote excerpts from the first part of the exhortation to show that the document, Ecclesia in America, is very much connected with the Eucharist which is believed to be the source and summit of the Roman Catholic Church’s life, and the way of globalization of solidarity—unity or agreement.

The remaining posts in the series will concentrate on the end of John Paul II’s Ecclesia America, in which he specifies ways to carry out the evangelization of America. I will be using quotes from the Ecclesia America document regarding use of Media, Culture, Education and Politics to implement the agenda and then show how these directives are already happening.

Two comments before presenting excerpts from the Ecclesia in America text.
The text mentions the pilgrim church but actually is referring to the Roman Catholic Church. The Ecclesia in America is NOT promoting the true gospel
of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Of possible interest: A History of Catholic America: From Columbus to the 20th Century Written and Edited by E. Phillips Mantz and Rev. Michael J. Roach

Excerpts from Ecclesia in America—The Church in America: On the Encounter with the Living Jesus Christ: The Way to Conversion, Communion, and Solidarity in America,
Pope John Paul II, Mexico City, January 22, 1999

    Introduction
    1. …the Church in America has recently celebrated the fifth centenary of the first preaching of the Gospel on its soil. The commemoration made all American Catholics more deeply aware of Christ’s desire to meet the inhabitants of the so-called New World so that, gathering them into his Church, he might be present in the continent’s history.

    The evangelization of America is not only a gift from the Lord; it is also a source of new responsibilities

    This command applies to the whole Church; and, in this moment of her history, the Church in America is called to take it up and respond with loving generosity to the fundamental task of evangelization. This was what my Predecessor Paul VI, the first Pope to visit America, stressed at Bogota: It will be our task…

    “…Realizing the greatness of the gifts received, the pilgrim Church in America wishes to bring the whole of society and every man and woman to share in the riches of faith and communion in Christ.

    2. On October 12, 1992, the very day marking the five hundredth anniversary of the first evangelization of America, I spoke at the opening of the Fourth General Assembly of the Latin American Bishops in Santo Domingo…

    11. …Throughout the continent, from the time of the first evangelization, “the Gospel was proclaimed by presenting the Virgin Mary as its highest realization. From the beginning ” invoked as Our Lady of Guadalupe”, Mary…

    Chapter II. The Christian identity of America
    14. “…America’s Christian identity is not synonymous with Catholic identity. The presence of other Christian communities, to a greater or lesser degree in the different parts of America, means that the ecumenical commitment to seek unity among all those who believe in Christ is especially urgent.32

    31. …Therefore, the Church in America “must give a clear priority to prayerful reflection on Sacred Scripture by all the faithful”.90

    This reading of the Bible, accompanied by prayer, is known in the tradition of the Church as lectio divina, and it is a practice to be encouraged among all Christians….

    Chapter IV
The Path to Communion
    The Church, sacrament of communion

    34. “…The journey of Christian initiation comes to completion and reaches its summit in the Eucharist, which fully incorporates the baptized into the Body of Christ. 104

    “These sacraments are an excellent opportunity for an effective evangelization and catechesis…

    35. The Eucharist is more than simply the culmination of Christian initiation…the Eucharist is the living and lasting center around which the entire community of the Church gathers…it is at one and the same time a Sacrament of Sacrifice, Communion and Presence. 109

    The Eucharist is the outstanding moment of encounter with the living Christ. For this reason, by their preaching and catechesis, the Pastors of the People of God in America must strive “to give the Sunday Eucharistic celebration new strength, as the source and summit of the Church’s life

    Leading children to encounter Christ
    48. Children are God’s gift and a sign of his presence. “There is a need to accompany children in their encounter with Christ, from Baptism to First Communion, since they are part of the living community of faith, hope and love”. 182 …

    Elements of communion with other Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities
    49. Between the Catholic Church and the other Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities there exists a drive…nourished by prayer, dialogue and joint action…

    It was suggested in the first place “that Catholic Christians, Pastors and faithful foster cooperation between Christians of the different confessions, in the name of the Gospel, in response to the cry of the poor, by the promotion of justice, by common prayer for unity…” 187

    Also to be promoted…are meetings of experts from the different Churches and Ecclesial Communities aimed at facilitating ecumenical dialogue. Ecumenism should be a subject of reflection and shared experience between the different Catholic Episcopal Conferences in America.

    Although the Second Vatican Council refers to all those who are baptized and believe in Christ as “brothers and sisters in the Lord”, 188 it is necessary to distinguish clearly between Christian communities, with which ecumenical relations can be established, and sects, cults and other pseudo-religious movements.

    Chapter V
The globalization of solidarity
    55. The Church in America is called not only to promote greater integration between nations, thus helping to create an authentic globalized culture of solidarity, 204

    but also to cooperate with every legitimate means in reducing the negative effects of globalization, such as the domination of the powerful over the weak, especially in the economic sphere, and the loss of the values of local cultures in favor of a misconstrued homogenization.

    “…The Church in America must be constantly concerned to provide for the effective evangelization of those recent arrivals who do not yet know Christ. 238

    Chapter VI
The Mission of the Church in America Today:
    The New Evangelization

    66. “…the new and unique situation in which the world and the Church find themselves at the threshold of the Third Millennium…calls for a new program which can be defined overall as a “new evangelization”. 244

    As the Church’s Supreme Pastor, I urgently desire to encourage all the members of God’s People, particularly those living in America…to take up this project and to cooperate in carrying it out…

    The encounter with Christ spurs evangelization
    68. “…This mission has become particularly urgent today in America, five hundred years after the first evangelization…

God’s WORD

    “Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous
    and very faithful.

    “My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.

    “Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it

    “I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.

    “Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy
    law is the truth.”—Psalm 119:138–142

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: The Eucharist as Evangelism and the resulting Eccumenism

God’s WORD

    “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”—2 Timothy 3:13

    “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”—2 Corinthians 6:14

    “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”—Ephesians 5:11

    “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:”—1 Corinthians 2:4

    “And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.”—Colossians 2:4

“…Marsha was baptized, confirmed, and married, and received her First Communion, all in about thirty minutes.

“‘I was never so happy as that day,’ she recalls, ‘and I remember telling you how extraordinary it was to take communion at last, and you spoke about Communion as coming together in an incomparable way with God…in such a complete, loving way. That was the first time I experienced it. Since then I have experienced it in so many different ways!’

“In case you wonder, this almost intuitive sense of the centrality of the Mass and Communion is far from being uncommon among prospective Catholics. Another woman, formerly an Evangelical Protestant and now an enthusiastic Catholic, says that when she was looking into the Church, she quickly realized that if she could settle ‘the issue of the Eucharist,’ then ‘eventually all the other things—the infallibility of the Pope, praying to Mary and the saints, and the rest—would fall into place.’ And they did. When you think about what Mass and Communion are, that stands to reason.”
Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis of Faith
by C. John, III McCloskey, Russell Shaw p. 24

The Eucharist: Focus of the New Evangelization of the R C Church
Instead of forcing the Eucharist belief on people through threat of torture or death as in old times, (not that there isn’t still persecution for those that don’t believe as the Roman Church in some countries), the more recent plan has
been (not that it is the only plan) ecumenical—to entice separated brethren or those of different beliefs, back to the worship of the Eucharist through dialogue about things they believe in common or Common Ground thinking.

Part of the dialogue/common ground/eccumenical agenda has been to find terms and causes such as culture, worldview, family, pro-life, conservative government, “Christian” nation, morality, and values which many evangelicals (and others) can agree with.

The plan is that through dialoguing about these “good” things all can agree on (common ground), eventually, evangelicals and others will be brought into the Roman Catholic Church and their Eucharistic Jesus which is the source and summit of their belief as stated in the Roman Catholic Catechism.

One of the main emphases is making the culture moral/biblical. Putting a moral template on people, culture, or nations is not the answer God gives in his Word for man’s wicked heart. The true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ tells how He wants to rescue everyone from this evil world.

    “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…”
    —1 Timothy 1:15

    “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”—Galatians 1:4

But the ruler of the kingdom of darkness, a murderer and father of lies (John 8:44), continues to deceive people through dialog/common ground/ecumenism
to get all people everywhere to worship the Eucharist (as the real Jesus), and fall in line with the agenda of the Roman Catholic Church.

Eucharistic Evangelisation/Evangelization
Before continuing with my series of posts on the Real Presence in the Eucharist,
I think it is necessary to stress that there really is a massive push for Eucharistic Evangelization using dialogue about beliefs held in common to bring all into the Roman Catholic Church. This is not a recent plan. Different facets of it have been in effect since the early 1900s, possibly as early as 1850s. [There has always been a plan, I’m referring to the ecumenical thrust.]

The following research is posted on my new site: Are You Aware.

There is a plan to evangelize using the Eucharist.
The Roman Catholic Catechism and the importance of the Eucharist.

Eucharistic Evangelization

The New Evangelization

Rekindling the Amazement of the Eucharist

How Evangelicals have come to agree with the RCC
Ecumenism
The Roman Catholic Church believes they are the Universal Church. They are enticing people by implying all can agree on something for the good of “the Church”, but they (RCC) have no idea of ever changing their doctrine.

Dialogue
Did you know there have been dialogues with different church denominations going back to 1965?

Common Ground

World Council of Churches Document: Excerpts on the Eucharist

Pre-Evangelicals and Catholics Together
Events before the Evangelicals and Catholics Together Document, 1992

Evangelicals and Catholics Together
Read about Bill Bright, Chuck Colson and others.

World Youth Day
223,000 registered pilgrims, including 110,000 from 170 nations officially attended WYD 2008 in Sydney Australia.

God’s WORD

    “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”—1 John 2:2

    “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”—1 John 5:19

    “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world…”
    —Revelation 12:9

Are You Aware—a site for JTB Research Information

I have started a blog called Are You Aware to post research I can link to from my usual Just The BOOK blog. I have a few more posts to put on Are You Aware, and then I will continue with the Real Presence in the Eucharist Series.

Here are the Posts so far at Are You Aware

The “Real Presence” in the Eucharist Part 5 B cont’d: Council of Trent’s Anathemas—Now

Pope Benedict revives The Tridentine Mass from 1570–1572, ok’d by the Council of Trent, contained in the 1962 Roman Missal

Pope Poised To Revive Latin Mass, Official Says
By Alan Cooperman 10/13/2006

Old rite wins new Mass appeal July 30, 2007

“Don’t pray at Holy Mass, but pray the Holy Mass.”
Pope Saint Pius X

Listing of Latin Mass Churches and Communities
This page was updated on January 9, 2012. “…Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite (previously called the Latin, traditional or Tridentine Mass per the 1962 Missal) in the USA and Canada.

Mel Gibson and the Latin Mass
Exactly what type of Catholic is Mel Gibson?
“…Several years ago, Mel Gibson told the press: ”I go to an all-pre-Vatican II Latin mass…”

“According to various sources, Gibson shares many beliefs of the Traditionalist Catholic movement which rejects some or all reforms started by the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.

“…Mel Gibson funded the construction of a church not affiliated with the local Roman Catholic diocese, the Holy Family Chapel in Agoura, California. This church conducts a Latin mass and observes Traditionalist Catholic doctrine.”

‘The Passion’…for its author, is a Mass 2/18/2004
Vittorio Messori on Mel Gibson’s Work

The Passion of Mel Gibson 02/20/04
Why evangelicals are cheering a movie with profoundly Catholic sensibilities. by David Neff

The Return of the Latin Mass October 12, 2006
By Jeff Israely, Rome and David Van Biema, New York


The Roman Church still believes the Eucharist is
Jesus’ real body and real blood

John Paul 2 and the Eucharist
On the Mystery and Worship of the Eucharist
Promulgated by Pope John Paul II on February 24, 1980
“…Therefore in eucharistic Communion we receive Christ, Christ Himself; and our union with Him…brings it about that in Him we are also associated in the unity of His body which is the Church.

Only in this way…is there brought about that building up of the Church, which in the Eucharist truly finds its “source and summit,” according to the well-known expression of the Second Vatican Council.[18]”

On the Way to Jesus Christ
by Joseph Ratzinger, Current Pope

This book…concludes with reflections on Jesus’ Presence in the Holy Eucharist, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s presentation of the Christian mystery as seen through the Catechism’s dynamic view of Sacred Scripture.

Chapter 6. Daily Bread and Eucharistic Bread:
A meditation for the Feast of Corpus Christi
Chapter 7. Eucharist–Communio–Solidarity:
Christ Present and Active in the Blessed Sacrament

On the Eucharist, “‘Treasure’ of the Church”
From Benedict XVI’s address at Vatican City,
June 18, 2006.


“The Eucharist is, in fact, the “treasure” of the Church, the precious heritage that her Lord has left her. And the Church guards this heritage with the greatest care, celebrating it daily in the holy Mass, adoring it in churches and chapels, distributing it to the sick, and as viaticum to those on their last journey.

“…the Eucharist is the Lord Jesus…

“…the Eucharist also has cosmic value: The transformation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ constitutes, in fact, the principle of divinization of creation itself.

“This is why the feast of Corpus Christi is characterized particularly by the tradition of carrying the Blessed Sacrament in procession, a gesture full of meaning.

“By carrying the Eucharist through the streets and squares, we wish to submerge the bread descended from heaven in the everyday of our lives; we want Jesus to walk where we walk; to live where we live. Our world, our lives, must become his temple…

“Mary is the “Eucharistic woman…Let us pray to the Virgin that all Christians may deepen their faith in the Eucharistic mystery, so that they live in constant communion with Jesus…”

College Student steals “Jesus” (the consecrated host)
The Student That Stole The Body of Christ
University of Central Florida student, Webster Cook, took the Eucharist, a small wafer that represents the Body of Christ during communion, out of the church to show a friend a sample of the wafer. Now the student claims that he fears for his life, reporting that he has received death threats and other disturbing messages from Catholic enthusiasts…

Catholic League comments:
Florida Student Abuses Eucharist July 7, 2008
“…Catholic League president Bill Donohue offered the following remarks today:
“For a student to disrupt Mass by taking the Body of Christ hostage—regardless of the alleged nature of his grievance—is beyond hate speech. That is why the UCF administration needs to act swiftly and decisively in seeing that justice is done. All options should be on the table, including expulsion.”

“Body Of Christ’ Returned To Church After Student Receives Email Threats: July 9, 2008 Orange County, FL

The Roman Catholic Church wants All, Everyone (that means YOU) to celebrate the Eucharist as “Jesus’ Real blood and body”

Ecumenism ultimately points toward a common Eucharist,
Pope tells Christians
Sydney, July 18, 2008 (CNA)
Fifteen leaders of the Australian Christian church met the Pope in an Ecumenical event held in the St. Mary’s Cathedral Crypt on Friday morning. In his address to the church leaders, Benedict XVI called on them to not view doctrine as divisive since that view can prevent Christians from working to improve the world…

While Baptism is the starting point for ecumenical dialogue, the Pope said that, “The road of ecumenism ultimately points towards a common celebration of the Eucharist. We can be sure that a common Eucharist one day would only strengthen our resolve to love and serve one another in imitation of our Lord.”

God’s WORD

    “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.”
    —Psalm 82:5

    “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”—Psalm 14:3

    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”—Luke 4:18 (Isaiah 61:1)

    “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”—Luke 19:10