I’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating here. Buy yourselves a Catechism of the Catholic Church and read it before you make any assumptions about the Catholic Church. For anyone who has been told they are going to hell for some sin, read the Catechism and St. Faustina’s diary on The Divine Mercy. Jesus revealed His Great Mercy to her, and appointed her to write down everything He said. Powerful stuff and much needed for our time. Only Jesus can judge a soul, and that is beyond anyone’s scope. However, we can judge people’s actions and warn them about the eternal consequences. Far too many people are fallen away Catholics because they are too lazy to educate themselves in the Catholic faith themselves and rely on others, who may be misguided to guide them. With the internet, and direct links to Canon law, and the Vatican and other sources of Catholic dogma, there is absolutely no excuse for anyone to not be properly educated anymore!
Star of the Sea in SF, of all places, is a wonderful parish and is doing a fantastic job bringing Tradition back into the Catholic Church. As a mother of 7, I personally don’t think that what the kids read is that big a deal, knowing what our kids are being exposed to in our current toxic culture and due to the fact that it wasn’t a “how to guide”. The parents could read it and decide for themselves if the examination guide needs further explanation for their child at this time, or if it is something that they can discuss later.
Better……. read the Bible, it is the only book that is written by God for our instruction and guidance. All other books are suspect. Having said that. For anyone told they are going to he’ll
For some sin read Paul’s Roman letter among others. We are saved through grace not works
Otherwise man could boast that he helped to save himself. Everyone has sinned and fallen
Short of the glory of God. We are not sinners because we sin, we sin because we are sinners.
There is no sin you can commit that will send you to he’ll after you have truely asked Jesus into your heart and asked his forgiveness of your sins. Paul said… I do the things I do not want to do and I don’t do the things I want to do. And believe me that doesn’t mean he had
A habit of running stop signs.
 February 12, 2015 at 9:44am
This insanity is only going to get worse, as these minority atheistic thugs continues to pollute the minds of young children and push God out of our country, starting with the classrooms. Is it any wonder then, that we’ve had mass school shootings? Wake up Christians!! We vastly outnumber the atheists in this country and it is time we put on our Christian hats and be the sign of contradiction that Christ told us we would have to be if we are to love and serve Him. Any law or institution that kicks God out of it should not be forced onto our children, let alone given our tax money to fund. We are to support God’s law over man’s laws, especially when man’s laws offend Him; otherwise He will leave us to our own devices and the result will be hell both here on earth and eternity. Also, parents HOMESCHOOL YOUR CHILDREN. Even if you do a crappy job at it, your kids will be better off in the eyes of God than being forced into these government indoctrination centers 180 days/year.
JESUS only ASKED us to follow... .SHARISJIHADDI DEMANDS UNDER PENALTY OF BEHEADING!!
 January 22, 2015 at 9:21pm
If you look through American and world history, unfortunately abortion is nothing new. Since forever, legal or not women were taking herbal mixtures to end pregnancies. Other methods include keeping a woman’s corset tied extremely tight until the unborn baby died. There were also women who would go around and terminate pregnancies with coils, and advertise their services in local newspapers in the 1800s. Naturally, many mothers died from these procedures and they were subsequently used as poster girls to push for legalized abortion in the 1900s. Interestingly enough, more women die from the complications of abortion today than did before it became legal.
The only silver lining in Roe V. Wade is that for the first time in history, Catholics and other Christians have been gathering in large numbers on the Washington Mall in the middle of winter, as well as forming nationwide organizations to expose the true evil of abortion, supported by medical and scientific evidence that human life begins at conception, and try to educate people about the evil of what is going on in the abortion mills. Many people are alive today because of the pro-life movement’s heroic efforts! In spite of the evil all around us, we are a light in the darkness and I can only imagine that God is well pleased with our efforts and sacrifices.
"Interestingly enough, more women die from the complications of abortion today than did before it became legal."
Since abortion has become a legal medical procedure in the United States, significantly less women die from the procedure (estimated at approximately .6 per 100,000).
I can understand you have religion...and many Americans have religion. However, we are not a theocracy...our civil liberties are not determined by anyone's religious opinion.
If you do not like the procedure...that's fine. Either do not have one or, better yet, make the circumstances in our country such that women would not feel the need to seek one.
There are a lot of things that you can personally do (other than trying to rip the rights from other Americans). Over the last few decades, we've seen a significant drop in the number of teen pregnancies and the number of abortions performed in the United States. This can be attributed to a concerted effort to educate teens and adults about their own sexuality and how to prevent unwanted pregnancies. You can participate in this educational process, and, while it will not drop the number of abortions to nil, it will have a much more dramatic impact on it than trying to outlaw women's reproductive rights.
 January 20, 2015 at 9:53am
If you want to read about how we lost so many religious in the Catholic Church, and how we ended up with the lukewarm Catholics and corrupt clergy, read this article written by Dr. William Coulson, who is a repentant psychiatrist and details exactly how he and a colleague systematically destroyed religious orders in the 1960′s and 1970′s with humanistic psychology @ https://www.ewtn.com/library/PRIESTS/COULSON.TXT. It is a very sad eye opener and a must read for any Catholic who recalls the Church pre Vatican II.
The Jesuits were also affected by their efforts which may help to explain the, shall we say “holes” in this pontiff’s formation. We need to pray for the conversion of this pope!
As a Catholic, it is my job to educate myself and follow the Traditions of the Catholic Church and her teachings. Even if all the religious are corrupt, I can still follow the Truth of the faith and not be lost along with them. The beauty of this faith is that we have a 2,000 year old Tradition, founded by the apostles who were with Christ, and countless dogmas and teachings which have been settled by various councils that cannot be changed, even by the pope. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a spiritual jackpot and explains everything very clearly, including the Church’s teachings on procreation.
The CATLICKCHURCH [IS] a MONARCHY, supported by RICH WHITE [D]EMOCRATS/DNC!!An early RICH--WHITE--PROGRESSIVE-CATHOLIC KING and his BISHOPS helped DESIGN ISLAM out of the COROAN... to DESTROY ALL OTHER RELIGIONS!! Of course, not to mention (oh, but I will!!) THE INQISITION which TORCHERED and MURDERED ALL OTHER RELIGEOUS PEOPLE WHOM WOULD NOT CONVERT!!
G-Whiz is sort of right, despite his absolutely terrible spelling. You will know them (false prophets) by their fruits. Jesus taught turning the other cheek, not Inquistion or burning "heretics" at the stake. Inquistion, pedophile priests, etc. are bad fruits. The "Roman" part of Roman Catholicism waxes strong sometimes, not because it is religiously or morally superior, but because of the political power.
@two Please take it up with the Holy Spirit, you know the One who chose pope Francis.
I agree. However, we have many ill-informed Catholics who really aren't even real Catholics. Many leave to go to other "churches" who allow them to do as they want and not really do what God and his Son taught us. I am an historian and we have a saying: the Church moves 3 steps ahead and then has to back up 2 steps, but are still up one step and we are still here! and will continue because no one else can boast that church is ancient nor the first church Jesus for which Jesus laid the cornerstone. Gee, could it be we are still here because God really is behind us. Yes, we have a pope who wants limits on free speech. He can say but I don't have to listen because we are Americans and he is not and we have freedom by our Constitution. I don't want to hear "social reform" in my parish because those are two true communist words and they mean we take in and support illegal aliens and I ask, what about our own real and legitimate citizens who need us and our care? They can spout, but my Catholic Church is the real Catholic Church, thank you.
 January 18, 2015 at 1:30pm
For anyone who may be struggling with infertility, I want you to know that there are natural methods for correcting many of the problems that lead to infertility called NAPRO Technology, through Creighton NFP. It is a method approved by the Catholic Church and has healed many women and brought many babies into the world. As a former Creighton teacher, I can personally attest to the good that NAPRO has done to not only bring babies into the world, but to the healing of countless women who have gone otherwise undiagonsed with hormonal or structural issues, who have been offered only the pill as a “solution” to all their problems.
 January 18, 2015 at 1:25pm
Man playing God does not make God twisted; it is man who wishes to dominate God that is twisted. God allows us to use our free will to make decisions, and we are free to decide good or bad. We also have to deal with the consequences of our actions. God did not plan, nor does He will that babies be conceived in a petri dish. We are now in uncharted territory and no one knows where this will stop. How dare we expect that God put aside His order in nature, and make our demands for children under our terms work out and then blame Him when something goes wrong!!
For anyone reading this, who is struggling with infertility, there is a natural method for correcting many of the problems that lead to infertility called NAPRO Technology, through Creighton NFP. It is approved by the Catholic Church and has healed many women and brought many babies into the world.
Tragically, this outcome has no happy ending; motherless children who are born premature and will now struggle to survive and a family devastated by the loss.
 January 7, 2015 at 10:08am
Yes, these people are pathetic and it is sad that such inept people are running our lives and we can’t seem to get rid of them. Term limits may help, but for genuine reform we need to turn to God. Sadly, we get the politicians and religious leaders, that we deserve and we are a nation that is attracted to arrogance and sin, so is it really any surprise that we’ve got the leaders that we have? Unfortunately, both church leaders and politicians are weak and caving into the modern humanistic psychology that all but eliminates God and teaches one to live for the moment with no thought of preparation for death. This form of psychology has infested our nation and churches over the past 100 years and includes the progressive movement which also began at that time.
However, Americans need to wake up and reform their own lives through genuine prayer, fasting and by rejecting all that is unholy. Those of us who stand with God understand His laws and must reform our own lives and abide by his laws and live in the place of His love – love meaning to sacrifice all that is unholy and living our lives and pointing out the narrow road to God. God will help us as a nation if we do these things and our light of purity will be seen by all and the darkness of sin will be destroyed. Only then will common sense and God’s laws prevail; until then, He will continue to say “fine, do it your way and let’s see what happens”. We need to stop waiting for politicians to do get in their and naively wave their majic wands and fix everything for us!
 January 2, 2015 at 11:25am
This story reminds me of St.Gianna Beretta Molla who accepted death at age 39 rather than submit to treatment that would result in the abortion of her unborn child. Her daughter lived and became a doctor. Her husband and children were at her canonization by Pope St.John PauI II on May 16, 2004 and met with the Pope during the ceremony. I will never forget the image of radiating joy from this family as they watched their wife and mother being declared a saint.
She was beatified in 1994 by John Paul II. I got pregnant shortly after praying to her and named my daughter Gianna. I am eternally grateful. I am so happy to see others know of this great woman!
Prayer to St Gianna
O God, Who has said that there is no greater love
than that of giving one's life for the beloved person,
we thank You having given us in Blessed Gianna
a shining example of true love and respect for life.
Help us understand, to live and to spread this, her message:
Revive in all wives in the world the sense of their mission
and the respect for every life which is God's gift,
at the cost of sacrifice.
Give us the grace that we await and the joy of proclaiming Saint Gianna who, on the example of Jesus, has generously given her life for the life of others.
Through Christ our Lord.
 November 20, 2014 at 9:52am
Tragedies such as hers and the abortion culture that murdered of over 55 million unborn people continue to echo the mantra “It’s MY body, MY choice!”. What people should be reminding those who are faced with death and illness is that suffering unites us to Christ’s Passion in His salvific sufferings for the world. This a mystery which is not ours to understand, but to be embraced with trust in God who NEVER abandons us.
Our bodies are not our own; we are temples of the Holy Spirit; created beings made in the Image and Likeness of God made to know Him, love Him, and serve Him and be happy with him forever in heaven. As the Author of Life, He brings us into the world at the moment of His choosing, and takes us from this world at the moment of His choosing; otherwise, the soul at risk for eternal damnation which is suffering beyond what you can think of or imagine. Hell is real and Our Lord warned us about it over and over again. He is pure love and His love is a great mystery for us to contemplate here on earth, and understand in heaven; assuming we allow Him to be Lord of our lives. The mystics of the Catholic Church, such as St. Teresa of Avila wrote in the Way of Perfection and St. John of the Cross’ Dark Night of the Soul have detailed this process of transformation. However, we tend to fall in love with ourselves and refuse this process, which requires that we learn to let go of the illusions of this world and allow God to transform us into holiness.
 November 7, 2014 at 8:00am
I stopped watching Fox after Glenn left that time slot, and after the last presidential election I was done with them and moved exclusively to The Blaze for my news source. As for Bob Beckel, I don’t know why Fox keeps him there. This isn’t the first time he’s done something like this, and they laugh it off as no big deal. I’ll bet if one of the prominent, more conservative people did something like that more than once they’d be fired.
[-2] November 3, 2014 at 8:16am
Suicide is the final slap in the face to God, the Creator of your very life, and a victory for the devil who relishes in the loss of souls. What good came of this? A young girl has defiantly ended her life, in the limelight of a culture of death, which cannot seem to get enough of death, and as a result has spread scandal to our society. She has much to answer for.
Jesus told St. Faustina in her Divine Mercy Diary this passage which I think may be good to think about going forward with this unnecessary “debate”:
I want your last moments to be completely similar to Mine on the cross. There is but one price at which souls are bought, and that is suffering united to My suffering on the cross. Pure love understands these words; carnal love will never understand them (Divine Mercy Diary, 324) .
St. Faustina’s Prayer Response:
Jesus, may Your love help me to offer my sufferings in union with Your sufferings on the cross for the salvation of souls. May my last moments be similar to Yours on the cross. All for the love of souls, Lord!
The Church teaches that the sufferings here on earth are nothing compared to the sufferings in Purgatory (which is temporary) and hell (which is eternal). Many saints have written about Purgatory and hell such as St. John Bosco, St. Faustina, the Fatima children, et al. We would be wise to read their accounts. In His Mercy, God gave them these experiences as reminders in our humanistic culture that these places do exist and souls do go there.
I posted this above, but I think it is even more approipriate for your high and mighty pompus remarks:
According to your Bible, there is only one unforgivable sin, that is blaspheming the Holy Spirit. It is easy for you to pass judgment on her, but maybe you God is just a little wiser than you and can understand her heart. Maybe He will forgive her, Maybe He won’t even see this as something that needs forgivness? I don’t understand why some of you are so quick to pass YOUR judgment on her. Somehow you seem to think you know exactly what and how God thinks. I don’t think you are very wise or compassionate.
 October 21, 2014 at 6:57pm
My two cents is that this couple, who is facing insanity with all of this persecution should NOT take the money from this guy. Why don’t Blaze readers start a fund for them instead? It’s time we all put our money where our mouths are and stand up for eachother when times like this arise. I’m sure everyone pulling together could out donate this guy in 2 days.
Maybe Jesus, Son of God and Second Person of the Holy Trinity didn’t say anything about homosexuality, but then again we don’t know that for sure, since everything Jesus said was NOT recorded in the bible. That said, there is plenty to say about it in the Old Testament, spoken by God the Father starting with Adam and Eve. God created Eve for Adam since he found no other suitable mate, and it goes on from there. Then Jesus came and the New Testament began. The Son of God fulfilled all that God the Father had spoken through the prophets. Jesus’ life was an example for us all to follow. He came into the world with a Mother and Father, and even His Mother Mary had parents named Joachim and Anna. He also attended the Wedding at Cana which was a marriage between a man and a woman. In fact, that was the very place that He performed His first miracle by turning water into wine, at the request of His Mother as the couple ran out.
It's because the Blaze readers are mostly Christian in name only unlike this gentleman who shows his Christianity with his actions. The Blaze Christians are a self-righteous lot who would rather spit venom and pass judgement on others while they wallow in denial of their own sins.
 October 20, 2014 at 6:56pm
If you do pull your kids from public or private school, here is a good guideline. For every year they were at school, it will take a month of homeschooling for them to adjust to the new environment. So if they went to school for 5 years, plan on at least 5 months at home before they get the hang of it.
FYI, most (not all) Catholic schools have sold out, and purchase some of their books with government money which means they are purchasing non-Catholic books and can no longer produce the solid Catholic education they once did. Not to mention, many of the people teaching in Catholic schools are not even Catholic, which is a problem when you’re trying to teach Catholicism, and the tuition costs and fundraisers can be very high since these people need to be paid salaries vs. the nuns who taught very effectively for free.
I’ve tried both private and Catholic schools and I have to say that homeschooling has trumped both methods of education. The public schools are a cesspool of evil and chock full of agendas in which the parents usually have NO say over.
As for socialization, there are kids who are awkward that go to public schools, private schools and homeschoolers. The only difference with homeschooled kids, is that if you have a socially awkward child they will not experience 12 years of torment by their peers for not fitting into the government’s idea of the perfect child.
Catholic textbooks stopped being published in the '70's. When I homeschooled my kids, I was able to get reproductions of the old Catholic readers, history books, grammar books, etc.
We are very fortunate at our Catholic school. Tuition is a mere $2500 a year per student. The school does have us sign a waver so that the text books for some classes can be paid for by the public schools. However, my daughter's science teacher is great at incorporating our Catholic faith into their lessons. Such as a discussion on cell structure leading to a discussion of Eucharistic miracles, and stigmata phenomenon for some saints, etc. In fact, we're having a townhall meeting next month so that the principle can address Common core, and how we are getting around the parts that contradict our faith. We have excellent leadership and teachers in our school, and it is a very vibrant community. However, the biggest drawback is that it only goes through 8th grade. :(
"So if they went to school for 5 years, plan on at least 5 months at home before they get the hang of it"
I would say its different for each kid. I was homeschooled after 6years in public school and I adjusted in under a month. I found the challenge that homeschooling gave me was far better than what public school could offer.
 October 18, 2014 at 8:19pm
I’m responding to the comment about the Church and amnesty. Illegal Immigration is evil theologically because every illegal alien commits mortal sin by breaking two of the Ten Commandments: “Thou shalt not lie,” and “Thou shalt not steal.” It is evil socially because it breaks up families in the country of origin; it exploits the illegal aliens themselves in terms of wages and benefits; it deprives legitimate citizens of jobs; it increases the tax burden on taxpayers; and it brews a support system of criminal activity, such as assault, rape, and murder. And, let us not forget, it is evil civilly because it is illegal. Remember, Saint Paul told us to be obedient to authority, because “whoever resists authority opposes what God has appointed, and those who oppose it will bring judgment upon themselves” (Romans 13:2).
 October 14, 2014 at 9:24pm
Yawn. This discussion goes absolutely nowhere with those who refuse to hear or see truth, but I can’t help but comment. A human zygote/fetus/embryo is a human being, not a potential human being; thus it is a human being in the first of the human developmental stages. Is a baby, toddler, teenager, young adult, middle aged person, elderly, a handicap person, etc. not human either because they are in that particular phase of human existence? To deny humanity at any stage means that there is an agenda to call that person less than human because of a death agenda they are trying to impose on them which is pure evil.
If a woman were pregnant with a potential human being, then women would have the potential to give birth to all sorts of species, plants, etc. Other species could potentially give birth to human babies as well with this logic. When was the last time a woman gave birth to anything but a human? So knowing this truth, and trying to get around the truth, the word ‘choice’ comes into play and anything goes, including massacre by the millions with so many refusing to acknowledge the murder that is going on. Bottom line is, the supreme court has stolen the right to play God and decide who will live and die, and have trumped God’s laws against murder in regards to the weakest of human life. Not to mention they have trumped the state’s rights to govern themselves. We are now looking at killing our elderly in the name of ‘choice’ and misguided death with compassion.
American democrats have always had trouble with definitions and the truth. For example, is a b.j. Considered sex and the definition of the word "is". They are not a smart breed.
October 8, 2014 at 9:49pm
Why is she informing everyone that she will kill herself and making this such a public issue? People have been doing this since the beginning of time with or without society blessings. America’s very purpose is to protect human life, so this euthanasia movement – like abortion, is not what we’re about.
From an eternal point of view she might want to think twice about taking her own life. The Church teaches that the worst of all sufferings we may endure here on earth are NOTHING compared to that of hell, which is eternal or Purgatory which is the same fire as that of hell, but a temporary place of purgation to all earthly attachment to sin. By the way, the Church teaches that you only go to Purgatory if you die in the state of grace but still have sins to atone for.
Why don't you get off your high horse and shove your repugnent beliefs up your waste disposal chute. Maybe this woman's story will be of help to others...maybe it helped her to be public about it...who knows. It is her life and not yours, You really don't seem to be a very nice person. Why do people like you love to run around threatening others with Hell or Purgatory? I think somehow you get a sick delight in doing it. Maybe you ought to look at yourself and fix you.
 August 7, 2014 at 6:50pm
Parents take note: if your child’s pediatrician insists on talking to your child without you being in the room, find a new pediatrician. I left a group of Children’s Hospital pediatricians after 18 years of using them because of their ‘new policy’ of doing this. They can prescribe birth control pills, tests, procedures, etc. without you having any input or knowledge of what is going on. That is communism, and they do not have the moral right to do this; although in some states (such as Massachusetts) they may have a legal right to do it.
I had a teacher tell me once that my 9 year old needed to be on Ritalin. I asked her if she was a doctor. Honestly, some of this folks out there whose specialty is something other than what diagnosis they are giving, ARE CRAZY PEOPLE. I got my child out of that class and went straight to the Principal's office. She thought I was a 'follower' and not a leader. WRONG. I could have gotten her fired, but I chose instead to tell her that I would be watching every move she made at that school.
 August 7, 2014 at 6:45pm
I knew where you meant, Cavallo!
They are doing this kind of thing every day; to the young and the old. I live here in Mass. and the countless social programs they have developed only cater to the pocketbooks and ego trips of those employed into them which is devoid of common sense. The programs are designed to protect the butts and jobs of those who run them, but the poor souls who have no choice but to use the programs, are put into a very harmful system that doesn’t work.
April 23, 2014 at 5:46am
I happened to watch the show and he said that the left was not up in arms when the occupy wall street groups did their thing, including taking over parts of Washington DC that you need a permit to occupy, as well as the rapes, drug use, loss to property through vandalism. In fact, Nancy Pelosi was praising them. However, they (Harry Reid, et al) are being very outspoken about the Bundy situation and have called them domestic terrorists. Also, I thought from the interview that It seemed Brit Hume was siding with Harry Reid while O’Reilly was doing a good job pointing out the left’s silence with the occupy group.
March 28, 2014 at 9:50pm
Please remind me again, why does anyone using the public schools to indoctrinate your children? Homeschooling is such a wonderful endeavor for your children, strengthens the family bond and removes your child from the devastating effects of stealing their precious faith by fools like this lunch person. We are all going to be held responsible to God for the way we raise our children. Knowing what we all know about the public schools, can any of us send our children there in good conscience?
Anyone who wants to excel in their education will do so, public school or home school. The idea that the home schooled kids enjoy any advantage over academically savvy public school kids is a pipe dream.
Home schools are fine, as long as... you know... actually teach them with real education material and not creationist garbage.
Home-schoolers tend to be overachievers.
The creation "garbage" that just so happens to have tons of overwhelming evidence.