There are a thousand ways to be wrong and only one way to be right.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Over the course of nearly 20 years, former Communist Bella Dodd helped recruit more than 1,100 Communists to enter Catholic seminaries.
Bella Dodd was a “revert”. Raised a Catholic, she rejected her faith in adult life and finally returned to the Church under the guidance of Bishop Fulton Sheen in 1952. She died in 1969.
She told her own story many times and to many people. She also wrote it down in a book:
Read the book here:
Listen to the interview with Alice Von Hildebrand:
The "Prophecy" of Bella Dodd
by Christopher A. Ferrara
In light of the current confusion and moral scandal in the Church, it would be well to consider a neglected bit of recent Church history: the public testimony of Bella Dodd, who served as legal counsel to the Communist Party in the United States until her conversion to Catholicism, after which she spent the rest of her life atoning for her role in the communist infiltration of the Catholic Church.
An article in Christian Order magazine (November 2000) recounts how Dodd and her associate, Douglas Hyde, revealed the plan for communist subversion of the Church:
Ex-Communist and celebrated convert Douglas Hyde revealed long ago that in the 1930s the Communist leadership issued a worldwide directive about infiltrating the Catholic Church. While in the early 1950s, Mrs. Bella Dodd was also providing detailed explanations of the Communist subversion of the Church. Speaking as a former high ranking official of the American Communist Party, Mrs. Dodd said: "In the 1930s we put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within." The idea was for these men to be ordained and progress to positions of influence and authority as Monsignors and Bishops. A dozen years before Vatican II she stated that: "Right now they are in the highest places in the Church" — where they were working to bring about change in order to weaken the Church's effectiveness against Communism. She also said that these changes would be so drastic that "you will not recognize the Catholic Church."
Dodd gave voluminous testimony on communist infiltration of Church and state before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee in the 1950s. In a lecture at Fordham University during that time, Dodd unveiled what would seem to be an uncanny prophecy of future chaos in the Church. The lecture was attended by a monk whose account of the talk is presented in Christian Order:
I listened to that woman for four hours and she had my hair standing on end. Everything she said has been fulfilled to the letter. You would think she was the world's greatest prophet, but she was no prophet. She was merely exposing the step-by-step battle plan of Communist subversion of the Catholic Church. She explained that of all the world's religions, the Catholic Church was the only one feared by the Communists, for it was its only effective opponent. The whole idea was to destroy, not the institution of the Church, but rather the Faith of the people, and even use the institution of the Church, if possible, to destroy the Faith through the promotion of a pseudo-religion: something that resembled Catholicism but was not the real thing. Once the Faith was destroyed, she explained that there would be a guilt complex introduced into the Church…. to label the ‘Church of the past’ as being oppressive, authoritarian, full of prejudices, arrogant in claiming to be the sole possessor of truth, and responsible for the divisions of religious bodies throughout the centuries. This would be necessary in order to shame Church leaders into an ‘openness to the world,’ and to a more flexible attitude toward all religions and philosophies. The Communists would then exploit this openness in order to undermine the Church.
Does any of this sound familiar? Unless you have been comatose since Vatican II, you would be aware that Bella Dodd was describing the state of the Catholic Church today. Today, post-conciliar churchmen wallow in guilt over the Church’s "intolerant" past, make public apologies for the sins of dead Catholics (but not their own sins against the living faithful, including the victims of the homo-priest cover-up), and extol the virtues of other religions, thereby de facto abandoning the defined dogma that there is no salvation outside the Church.
Bella Dodd was no prophet. She merely told us what the infiltrators of the Church were planning to do. And lo, they have done it.
St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest minds the Church has ever known, writes the following regarding the Blessed Sacrament: "Secondly, because the priest is the appointed intermediary between God and the people, hence as it belongs to him to offer the people's gifts to God, so it belongs to him to deliver the consecrated gifts to the people. Thirdly, because out of reverence towards this sacrament [the Blessed Sacrament], nothing touches it but what is consecrated, hence the corporal and the chalice are consecrated, and likewise the priest's hands, for touching this sacrament. Hence it is not lawful for anyone to touch it, except from necessity, for instance if it were to fall upon the ground, or else in some other case of urgency" (SummaTheologica, III, Q. 82, Art. 13).
Please offer a prayer, every single day, for the end of Holy Communion in the Hand.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
BREAKING NEWS: The lead investigator behind the undercover Planned Parenthood videos faces up to 20 years in prison after a Houston grand jury decided on Monday (Jan. 25) not to charge Planned Parenthood with any wrongdoing – and, bizarrely, instead indicted him for offering to purchase human organs from the abortion provider as part of his investigation!
David Daleiden's cameras caught the director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, seemingly admitting to multiple felonies, including making a profit from human organ trafficking and altering the abortion process unnecessarily in order to get “the best specimens.”
“If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers,” she said in the fifth CMP video, which also featured actual graphic footage of the dissection of a fully-formed 20-week-old aborted baby inside its Houston abortion facility. Farrell even states that the fees paid for fetal body parts adds tremendous “diversification of the revenue stream” for the Planned Parenthood affiliate.
But rather than charge Planned Parenthood for illegally selling baby body parts, Center for Medical Progress lead investigator David Daleiden faces a second-degree felony charge of “tampering with a governmental record,” and a misdemeanor charge for violating the state's “prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs.”
That is, jurors in the state of Texas are accusing David Daleiden of trying to illegally traffic in aborted babies' body parts, even though he only did so as part of an undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood's inhuman practices.
The jurors pressed the same charges against Sandra Merritt, who claimed to be “Susan Tennenbaum,” the CEO of BioMax, on its incorporation papers.
The felony charge alone carries a punishment of not less than two, and not more than 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.
It's time for the whole pro-life movement to stand with David Daleiden against the bullying tactics of the abortion cartel and pro-abortion politicians. Tell the Harris County Grand Jury to immediately drop ALL charges against Daleiden and his pro-life associates!
Sign the petition here: sign here
Saturday, January 23, 2016
The Reality of God
The Layman's Guide to Scientific Evidence for the Creator
by Steven R. Hemler
Good Review by Brandon Vogt:
Recent years have seen a slew of books defending the existence of God. Some of the best include Dr. Edward Feser’s , Stephen Barr’s Modern Physics, Ancient Faith, Fr. Robert Spitzer’s New Proofs for the Existence of God, and David Bentley Hart’s The Experience of God.
Each of those titles are tightly written and brilliantly argued, but they can also be a bit intimidating for people with no background on the subject. Last year, Trent Horn released a more accessible introduction to these arguments in his book, Answering Atheism. But a new book by Steven Hemler, The Reality of God, makes the arguments even more palatable.
The book is arranged in three parts.
- Part I focuses on cosmic evidence for God’s existence and covers the Big Bang and the fine tuning of nature.
- Part II examines biological evidence for God, both in evolution and genetic information.
- Part III studies human evidence for God by exploring whether consciousness, our moral sense, and our ability to reason all serve as signposts to the divine.
Hemler’s stated goal is to help ordinary Christians articulate objective reasons why God exists. In that he succeeds well. Most of the book is breezy and clear, making this an ideal introduction to the arguments for God. I would now recommend The Reality of God to most Christians before tackling any of the previously mentioned books.
Read the whole review here: Vogt's review
I should add that Part II deals with EVOLUTION, and, as Hemler says, 'Many people see evolutionary creation as a reasonable synthesis between faith and science.' (The Reality of God, page 66). However, Catholics should be aware that many people also see evolutionary creation [theistic evolution] as very problematic and even at odds with the Faith. There is an open debate. For this reason, Hemler's book should be complemented with additional reading, for example, the interesting articles posted by the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation.