Sunday, July 31, 2016

TIME CHANGE: Fight the Ideology of Gender in our Schools; witness at the Charles County School Board Meeting on Tuesday, August 9th at 3:30 pm


Fight the Ideolog of Gender in our County Schools: Attend and witness at the School Board Meeting on Tuesday, August 9th at 3:30 pm (not at 6 pm as originally scheduled).

Dear parents and all members of our Charles County community,

I am asking for your prayers and active participation against the current transgender policy in Charles County Public Schools.  Even if you do not have children in the school system, I urge you to come and pray with us as we stand united in upholding truth.

Thanks in part to your support and participation on June 14th, concerned county residents of all faiths filled the Charles County School Board room resulting in a Board action to readdress the issue of transgendered student use of bathrooms of their choosing regardless of their biological sex at the August 9th Board meeting.

In addition to twice drawing local media attention and a number of editorials, we were contacted by two members of the School Board.  It was suggested by one member that we aim to fill the room to overcapacity on August 9th in order to garner enough attention which may possibly spur discussion at a State level.

I would ask your assistance in disseminating this request as widely as possible.  Contact your pastors and get them involved.  Further, I would ask your help to ensure we pack the next School Board Meeting to overflowing on Tuesday, August 9th at 3:30 (3:00 pm for Public Forum statements) at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, 5980 Radio Station Road., La Plata to express our displeasure at this intrusion on our beliefs.

Also, I would ask that you prayerfully consider making an up to 3-minute Public Forum statement.  You will need to arrive by 3:00 p.m. to sign up to speak.  We will also gather at 2:00 to pray the rosary beforehand in front of the Starkey Building.

Attached at the end of this email is the letter sent out to all Charles County School parents for your reference.

In Christ,


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion General Principles by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

Note: The following memorandum was sent by Cardinal Ratzinger to Cardinal McCarrick and was made public in the first week of July 2004.] 

Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion

General Principles

by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

1. Presenting oneself to receive Holy Communion should be a conscious decision, based on a reasoned judgment regarding one’s worthiness to do so, according to the Church’s objective criteria, asking such questions as: "Am I in full communion with the Catholic Church? Am I guilty of grave sin? Have I incurred a penalty (e.g. excommunication, interdict) that forbids me to receive Holy Communion? Have I prepared myself by fasting for at least an hour?" The practice of indiscriminately presenting oneself to receive Holy Communion, merely as a consequence of being present at Mass, is an abuse that must be corrected (cf. Instruction "Redemptionis Sacramentum," nos. 81, 83).

2. The Church teaches that abortion or euthanasia is a grave sin. The Encyclical Letter Evangelium vitae, with reference to judicial decisions or civil laws that authorize or promote abortion or euthanasia, states that there is a "grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection. [...] In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to 'take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law or vote for it’" (no. 73). Christians have a "grave obligation of conscience not to cooperate formally in practices which, even if permitted by civil legislation, are contrary to God’s law. Indeed, from the moral standpoint, it is never licit to cooperate formally in evil. [...] This cooperation can never be justified either by invoking respect for the freedom of others or by appealing to the fact that civil law permits it or requires it" (no. 74).

3. Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia.

4. Apart from an individual's judgment about his worthiness to present himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, the minister of Holy Communion may find himself in the situation where he must refuse to distribute Holy Communion to someone, such as in cases of a declared excommunication, a declared interdict, or an obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin (cf. can. 915).

5. Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.

6. When "these precautionary measures have not had their effect or in which they were not possible," and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, "the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it" (cf. Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts Declaration "Holy Communion and Divorced, Civilly Remarried Catholics" [2002], nos. 3-4). This decision, properly speaking, is not a sanction or a penalty. Nor is the minister of Holy Communion passing judgment on the person’s subjective guilt, but rather is reacting to the person’s public unworthiness to receive Holy Communion due to an objective situation of sin.

[N.B. A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia. When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favour of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.]

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