Monday, April 14, 2014

Pope Benedict and Cardinal Luiz Ladaria's doctrinal error extends to Bishop Peter J.Jugis and the Dominican Aquinas College ?

Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Luiz Ladaria S.J have made a doctrinal error in two theological papers of the International Theological Commission.
 Vatican Council II, itself, has changed. This is the new reality.
The Council without the doctrinal error does not contradict  Tradition.
Once this is acknowledged by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith or the Society of St.Pius X  they will be saying that Vatican Council II does not contradict the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus or the Catechism of Pope Pius XII.
The  Catechism of the Catholic Church (846) affirms all need to enter the Church as through a door ( Buddhists, Hindus, Protestants, Orthodox Christians etc) and all need faith and baptism for salvation (AG 7, CCC 846). CCC 847 and 848 do not contradict CCC 846 and AG 7.
Vatican Council II refers to those saved in invincible ignorance(LG 16), seeds of the Word (AG 11), good and holy things in other religions (NA 2),elements of sanctification and truth(LG 8). These are hypothetical cases for us and so they are not known realities in 2014, we cannot see the dead saved as such.
Vatican Council II also refers to all needing faith and baptism for salvation( AG 7) and this is in agreement with the Catechism of the Catholic Church 846, Outside the Church No Salvation, which says all need to enter the Church 'as through a door'.So in general the ordinary means of salvation for all is faith and baptism.
The ordinary means of salvation is not being saved in invincible ignorance(LG 16) , seeds of the Word(AG 11) etc.?
Since I cannot meet a non Catholic on the streets of Rome who I know will be saved in invincible ignorance etc , every non Catholic I meet is oriented to Hell, with Original Sin and mortal sins committed in that state, unless he converts into the Catholic Church (with faith and baptism ) and has access to the Sacraments.
So there is nothing in Vatican Council II to contradict the traditional Catholic teaching on other religions and Christians communities unless one is assuming that implicit for us cases (LG 16 etc) are explicit for us and so are exceptions to Tradition.
Vatican Council II does not contradict the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus when it mentions only hypothetical cases , which we accept are possibilities for salvation but are not known in our reality?
The doctrinal error of the International Theological Commission is being made by the Dominicans at Aquinas College ( there has been no denial) and the diocese of Charlotte ,USA.The  Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte, USA  stated     "All of our Catholic schools are committed to hold and teach the Catholic faith in its fullness and with integrity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains an explanation of our faith and is accessible to all."

There is the same Catechism but there can be two interpretations.

Same Catechism of the Catholic Church but different interpretations 

At the Dominican  Aquinas College, Nashville,USA do they teach  that those saved in invincible ignorance and the baptism of desire are visible only to God and that we cannot see these cases in 2014 ?

 There is nothing in Vatican Council II which contradicts the dogma extra eccelesiam nulla salus unless  the Dominican sisters are  assuming that the dead-saved are known exceptions. Similarly the Catechism of the Catholic Church is in agreement with the literal interpretation of extra ecclesiam nulla salus unless Bishop Peter J.Jugis assumes that CCC 847 and 848 refer to visible in the flesh cases in 2014.

-Lionel Andrades



Archdiocese of Westminster CCRS study day

An account of dissent and political correctness at an Archdiocese of Westminster CCRS study day for teachers by Patrick Lawler
“One of the teaching days on the Westminster CCRS course I attended was specifically for teachers in ‘Catholic’ (you’ll see why I place it in parentheses as we go along) diocesan schools, mostly primary schools, as it turned out but with a few from secondary. The theme of the day was “What makes a successful Catholic School?”
The state of ‘Catholic’ schools (Primary and Secondary) can be illustrated by the following points, all of which are real responses, views and official policies I read and heard on the day. I am not making any of this up:
  • It may not be said or taught at any time and in any context that the Roman Catholic Church is the One True Faith.
  • All religions and faiths are equally valid and worthy of respect.
  • Sodomite ‘marriage’ is to be celebrated and approved of.
  • Children are “sexual beings” from an early age and sexual experimentation and questioning are to be encouraged and accepted.
  • There is no such thing as “normal” in terms of sexuality, marriage or family structure; these things are fluid, changeable and not subject to any fixed morality.
  • There is no such thing as absolute Truth; truth is relative.
  • There is no such thing as objective morality; morals are relative.
  • One’s own conscience is the ultimate guide, not a fixed system of rules “imposed upon us by a patriarchal Church”.
  • As long as one has love and good intention, one need not attend Mass.
  • The Eucharist is symbolic.
  • The Koran is a holy book.
  • Islam is a religion of peace.
  • Hell does not exist.
  • Satan does not exist.
  • All people are saved.
  • There is no such thing as sin (apart from being “judgemental”, obviously!).
  • The Labour Party is the champion of the “Poor and Oppressed”.
  • The European Union is an unalloyed good.
  • The United Nations is an even bigger unalloyed good.
  • Abortion is a woman’s choice; no patriarchal “Church run by celibate old men” has anything of value to say on the matter.
  • Contraception is a really, really good thing (no patriarchal “Church run by celibate old men” has anything of value to say on the matter).”

    Patrick Lawler :
    However, there is one glaring and crucial exception; “Extra ecclesiam nulla salus” – EVERYONE present either openly did not accept it or, while somewhat uncomfortably accepting it, maintained it simply could not be taught in “Catholic” schools because:
    i) It is exclusionary and would offend or upset people (ditto mentioning Hell and/or sin)
    ii) It simply can not even be said because “Ofsted would come down on us like a ton of bricks” (direct quote from a participant)

    Uganda: Sheikh converts to Christianity, is poisoned by Muslim relatives

    Uganda: Sheikh converts to Christianity, is poisoned by Muslim relatives

    By on Apr 10, 2014
    Hassan Muwanguzi
    Islamic apologists in the West routinely claim that Islam has no death penalty for apostasy. Unfortunately, misunderstanders of Islam abound in large numbers, and for some reason they cannot shake the notion that Islam does mandate death for those who are considered to have left the faith. Why do they persist in this misunderstanding? Maybe it’s because Muhammad commanded: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi`i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-`ashriyyah, Al-Ja`fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”
    There is only disagreement over whether the law applies only to men, or to women also – some authorities hold that apostate women should not be killed, but only imprisoned in their houses until death.
    “Convert from Islam in Uganda, Former Sheikh, Says Muslim Relatives Poisoned Him,” by Jeremy Reynalds for Assist News
    Muslim relatives of a convert from Islam in a village in eastern Uganda last week tried to poison him to death, the Christian told Morning Star News.
    According to a story by Morning Star News, Hassan Muwanguzi, who lost his wife and job as a schoolteacher shortly after his conversion in 2003, was hospitalized on March 31 in Mbale. That was after an aunt who called a family gathering in Kadimukoli village, Budaka District, put insecticide in his tea, he said.
    “After eating and taking tea, I started feeling stomachache, then I realized that she was the one responsible for it – and I believe she did not do it alone, since they have been hunting for me directly and indirectly, because when I left them and converted to Christianity it pained them so much,” Muwanguzi said in an email.
    He added, “The reason they want to kill me is very clear – it is because of being a convert to Christianity; above all, to them it is like I brought shame by converting, as a (former) sheikh. But to God the Almighty Father, this was His plan for me to expand His Kingdom.”
    A physician who treated him, identified only as Dr. Rashid, told Morning Star News that the substance Muwanguzi ingested was possibly diazinon. That’s an organic acid used in insecticides, as his condition slightly improved under atropine, the antidote for diazinon.
    “When Hassan Muwanguzi was brought in to our clinic, he was not able to take in food, including liquids, as he had vomiting with abdominal cramps,” Morning Star News reported Dr. Rashid said.
    He added, “He had to be given (intravenous) drips. He looked confused with slurred speech. His vision was getting very poor, and he could not even recognize the friend who brought him in.”
    Doctors immediately suspected diazinon or other organophosphates used for pest control, he said.
    “We had to treat him with atropine drugs, which led to his improvement,” Dr. Rashid said.
    The doctor recommended a more specialized diagnosis at a larger hospital in Kampala, but Muwanguzi, who left the hospital on April 7, said he cannot afford it.
    “We left yesterday in the evening hours due to lack of funds for treatment,” Muwanguzi said. “I appeal to all brothers and sisters in the Lord to help me and send us some funds so I can I pay the medical bills and also to finish the treatment, because if I fail to continue and finish the treatment, then I may die and my family will perish.”
    A pastor close to Muwanguzi agreed that he needed further treatment.
    “He needs to be taken to Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala for more diagnosis to ascertain the extent of the poison in his blood,” said Bishop James Kinyewa…

    Pakistan: Muslim seminarians plot to launch jihad attacks

    Pakistan: Muslim seminarians plot to launch jihad attacks

    By on Apr 11, 2014 
    Muslim studentsWe are constantly told in the West that Islam rightly understood teaches peace and tolerance, and that jihad terrorists are not Muslims, but criminals, who are twisting and hijacking their religion’s true, peaceful teachings. If that were true, however, then the last people whom one would expect to get involved in jihad terror plots would be Muslim seminarians, who spend all their days studying the Qur’an and learning how to understand it properly. So how is it that these seminarians were involved in jihad plotting? The fact that they were explodes the entire mainstream narrative that prevails in the West. Not that anyone will notice.
    “Pakistani Taliban plot with seminaries to assault capital – police,” by Mehreen Zahra-Malik for Reuters, April 11 (thanks to Lookmann):
    (Reuters) – The Pakistani Taliban will coordinate with Islamist activists at major seminaries in or near the capital, Islamabad, to launch attacks if peace talks with the government fail, police said in a report obtained by Reuters.
    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took power last year promising to end Pakistan’s insurgency through negotiations. Talks got going in February but have achieved little.
    The Pakistani Taliban, allied with but separate from the Afghan Taliban, are fighting to overthrow the government and impose a strict version of Islam on the nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people.
    They called a ceasefire beginning on March 1 to facilitate the talks but it officially ended on Thursday. It is unclear if the ceasefire will be extended.
    Police said in the report that two well-known seminaries would support attacks in the capital and its twin city of Rawalpindi if the talks break down and the military moves against Taliban bases in areas bordering Afghanistan.
    “If talks between the government and the Taliban fail … like-minded religious seminaries and mosques have been given the target of fully contributing in carrying out attacks,” police said in the report, which was prepared last month.
    Police identified two well-known seminaries, or madrasas, on the outskirts of Islamabad. They said the two had already helped launch several attacks, including a 2009 assault on the army’s headquarters in Rawalpindi.
    One is led by a cleric called Azizur Rehman Hazarvi. It provides “brain washing courses and lessons on sacrificing oneself for jihad”, police said in the report.
    The other is run by Fazlur Rehman Khalil, who is on a U.S. terror watch-list and signed a 1996 fatwa or decree from Osama bin Laden in which he declared war on the United States.
    At Khalil’s seminary, commanders provide “jihadi weapons training classes” to students from the ethnic Pashtun tribal areas which have long been militant recruiting grounds, police said.
    The two seminaries also host fighters who come to carry out attacks and help with “all last minute preparations”, they said.
    Militant fighters have set themselves up with activists at hardline mosques in Islamabad before.
    In 2007, more than 100 people were killed when security forces assaulted the Red Mosque in the heart of the capital after well-armed fighters from the tribal areas and followers of the mosque’s radical clerics running a Taliban-style movement refused to surrender.
    Police and government spokesmen declined to comment on the report but security officials who requested not to be identified said the information was correct. One police officer said 20 seminaries in Rawalpindi were being investigated for similar Taliban links.
    Khalil denied any connection with the Taliban and said his seminary was being threatened by insurgents for being pro-government.
    “We openly believe that any attacks against Pakistan are wrong and against Islam,” Khalil told Reuters. “Ask the police to show me one arrested person who is linked to my seminary.”
    The other cleric identified in the report, Hazarvi, was not available for comment.
    The Pakistani Taliban spokesman was also not available to comment but a member of the Taliban leadership council said fighters were present in all major cities and would be “unstoppable” if the talks with the government broke down.
    “If the government attacks us in the tribal areas, we will kill them in the cities,” he said. “By the grace of god, the Taliban today are more united and present everywhere.”
    A bomb in a market on the outskirts of Islamabad on Wednesday killed 24 people. The Taliban denied responsibility.
    Despite Khalil’s denial of militant links, police say he runs a faction called Ansarul Ummah, which draws support from several groups linked to al Qaeda. Investigators say Ansar is a front for the banned Harkat-ul-Mujahideen that Khalil founded in 1985.
    Harkat was one of several militant groups patronised by Pakistan’s intelligence agencies, who have long considered such groups useful assets in case of war with arch enemy India and in promoting Pakistani interests in neighbouring Afghanistan.
    A cleric knowledgeable about hardline seminaries said he believed that Khalil had links with the Taliban and described him as a middleman for Taliban and government negotiators. Khalil’s role in trying to get talks going has been reported in the media.
    Muneebur Rehman, chairman of an alliance of seminaries, dismissed the findings of the police report and asked, if it were true, why authorities had not done anything.
    Maybe because they’re sympathetic and/or compromised?

    US government promoting Islam in the Czech Republic

    US government promoting Islam in the Czech Republic

    By on Apr 14, 2014 s
    IslamCzechIs this Constitutional? No one particularly cares — to care about such questions would be “Islamophobic.” But imagine the outcry if American taxpayers were funding grants from US Embassies to promote Christianity. That would make the front page of the New York Times and be the top story on all the nightly news shows.
    “US Government Promoting Islam in Czech Republic,” by Soeren Kern at the Gatestone Institute, April 14:
    The Czech government has approved a new project aimed at promoting Islam in public elementary and secondary schools across the country.
    The project—Muslims in the Eyes of Czech Schoolchildren—is being spearheaded by a Muslim advocacy group and is being financed by American taxpayers through a grant from the US Embassy in Prague. (The US State Department is also promoting Islam in other European countries.)
    The group says the Czech Ministry of Education has authorized it to organize lectures and seminars aimed at “teaching Czech schoolchildren about Islamic beliefs and practices” and at “fighting stereotypes and prejudices about Muslims.”
    But critics—there are many—say the project’s underlying objective is to convert non-Muslim children to Islam by bringing proselytizing messages into public schools under the guise of promoting multiculturalism and fighting “Islamophobia.”
    The group’s website says the first phase of the project involves “analyzing the accuracy of the information about Islam in Czech textbooks on history, geography and social sciences, and mapping the level of teaching about Islam in Czech grammar schools and other secondary schools.”
    The second phase of the project involves the implementation of a three-level program that will “acquaint both pupils and teachers with Islam and Muslims” and help them to develop better “critical reception skills” when analyzing supposedly Islamophobic information.
    According to the group’s website:
    “The first level acquaints the reader with the history of Islam, the basic religious concepts of tradition and contemporary issues such as family [Sharia] law, the veiling of women and Islamophobia.”
    “The second level offers a deeper look at the issues and puts more emphasis on the involvement of the pupils.… Pupils will be divided into three groups within which they will study any of the following topics: the veiling of women, media coverage of Islam and Muslims in the Czech Republic. Each group will be led by an experienced tutor, who will acquaint students with the problems by means of prepared materials and subsequent debate.”
    “The third level provides schools with artistically oriented projects or discussions with Muslims and professionals dealing with Islam. Artistic activities would involve making a film or taking photographs focused on a day in the life of a Muslim or art workshops and competitions focused on the possibility of integrating Muslims into Czech society.”
    The group also organizes thematic lectures, workshops and debates for schools or groups of students, many of which are held at the Municipal Library in Prague—and which are more openly geared toward converting Czech youth to Islam.
    One such lecture entitled “Paths of Young Czech Women to Islam” answers questions such as: What makes a young Czech woman want to become a Muslim? It is the main motive always falling in love with a Muslim man or are there other reasons? How does one convert to Islam? How can new Muslims cope with non-Muslim relatives?
    Another lecture entitled “Koran, Sunna and the Internet: Where to Do Muslims Get Their Information?” answers questions such as: Where can one get information about the Muslim faith? Is the Koran the only source of information about Islam or are there other sources? Where can one find information that is not mentioned directly in the Koran? The lecture is supplemented by providing students with hands-on opportunities to work with various Islamic texts, including the Koran and the Hadiths [sayings of the Prophet Mohammed].
    Students wanting to participate in the lectures but lacking previous knowledge of Islam are advised to attend a 15-minute introductory course that “represents the characteristics of Islam and advocates it in the context of Christianity and Judaism.” The lectures are “suitable for children from about the age of 15, although it is possible to customize the program for younger pupils.”
    A statement on the group’s website justifies the project this way:
    “The Muslim community in the Czech Republic is small, but it raises strong emotions. Issues relating to Muslims or Islam appear almost daily in television news, newspapers and Internet debates. But the topic is discussed only marginally in regular school lessons. This condition leads to acceptance and subsequent consolidation of prejudices and stereotypes that are supported by latent Islamophobia. We would like this project to contribute to improving the situation. We provide information about Islam that is factually accurate. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with Muslims and get to know them before forming an opinion of them.”
    One of the co-founders of the project, a Czech-Palestinian named Sadi Shanaah, was quoted by the Prague Post as saying, “School lessons do not pay sufficient attention to Islam. Pupils want to learn more about it.”
    But the group recently ran an advertisement promising to pay 250 Czech korunas ($13 dollars) to any student aged 15 to 18 years who would agree to attend a two-hour presentation about Islam.
    The ad—which indicates that the American embassy in Prague was financing the April 2 event—states: “Event will take place at a school in New Butovice (7 minutes’ walk from the metro station). You get a brief introduction to Islam through which you can learn more about the veiling of Muslim women, media coverage and Muslims in the Czech Republic. Then you will have the opportunity to meet with Amirah, a Malaysian Muslim who is studying medicine in Prague, and to ask her everything you want about Islam or Muslim life in the Czech Republic.”
    The Czech Republic is home to a small but rapidly growing Muslim population. Although reliable figures do not exist, it is estimated that the number of Muslims in the country now exceeds 10,000 (some say the figure is closer to 5,000, while others say it exceeds 15,000), up from 3,699 in the 2001 census, and 495 in the 1991 census.
    Using 10,000 as the baseline figure, the Muslim population currently comprises around 0.1% of the total Czech population of 10.4 million. This percentage is far lower than most European countries, but the rate of increase is nearly 2,000% since 1991, and 170% since 2001.
    Most Muslims in the Czech Republic are immigrants from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria and Turkey. But a study produced for the Czech Interior Ministry in 2007 (it estimated there were a total of 11,235 Muslims in the country in 2005) found that there were also a large number of Czech converts to Islam.
    It is estimated that at least 2,000 Czechs have converted to Islam since the end of Communist rule in 1989. Many are women who have married Muslims, but just as many are young males who are “looking to Islam in their search for spirituality,” according to Radio Free Europe.
    The Interior Ministry report says the majority of Muslims in the Czech Republic are well educated and economically successful. “Muslims who belong to the core of the community are often university-educated people. Among them are doctors, architects, teachers, economists, businessmen and others,” the report says.
    On the other hand, as the Muslim population grows, so do tensions with the population at large.
    In November 2013, two Muslim women threatened to file an anti-discrimination lawsuit against a nursing school in Prague after they were asked to remove their hijab head covering in class.
    “The principal summoned me and told me: ‘If you want to be in the school, you must not wear the scarf.’ I said this was against my religion as I am a Muslim,” Nasra, one of the women, told Czech Television.
    The school defended itself, saying that although Czech law does not regulate the wearing of headgear, the school’s dress code bans the practice. The school also said the women, one from Somalia aged 23, and another from Afghanistan aged 25, disagreed with the compulsory physical education and the conditions of compulsory practice.
    More recently, Muslims in the Czech Republic have tried to ban a book about Islam they say is Islamophobic.
    The book, Islam and Islamism, was written by Lukas Lhot’an, a former Muslim who is now an apostate from Islam. Released in 2011, the book describes how some Muslims are abusing the ideology of multiculturalism to infiltrate Czech schools.
    Lhot’an, who spent 12 years among Muslims in Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic, says Muslim institutions in the country are now headed by Islamists who dominate the entire Islamic community. He accuses Muslim extremists of giving lectures aimed at recruiting converts and new jihad fighters, and alleges that Czech mosques are being controlled by Saudi Arabia.
    The Islamic Center of Prague has filed a ten-page criminal complaint against Lhot’an, accusing him of promoting hatred, while the head of the Muslim community in Brno, Muneeb Hassan Alrawi has this to say about Lhot’an: “He is a hyperactive idiot, but also an unhappy man. He makes his living from doing harm. The police investigation will only provide publicity to him. He desires nothing but this.”
    But others say the objective of the criminal complaint is obvious: Its aim to prevent Lhot’an from disseminating his view of Islam. According to Týden, the book describes extremist tendencies inside the Czech Muslim community and tries to highlight their contempt for democracy and women’s rights and their justification of suicide bombers.