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Joseph Simon
June 13, 2013
In paragraph 1036, the 1992 "Catechism of the Catholic Church" infallibly defines the doctrine that the eternally lost are many; and the eternally saved are few - even among Catholics. It does so by q...uoting Matthew 7:13-14. In Matthew 7:13-14 Christ is clearly saying that few Catholics are saved, since he is clearly speaking to those who hear and know him. The doctrine that few Catholics are saved, only involves those who have reached the age of reason, and can choose between good and evil. All who die as baptized infants are saved. A catechism is a summary of doctrine. The "Catechism of the Catholic Church" is a universal catechism, imposed on the Universal Church, by Pope John Paul 11. In paragraph 1036, the catechism states, that it is using Matthew 7:13-14 to teach people how to save their souls. In paragraph 107, the catechism declares, that Scripture cannot teach error, when teaching people how to save their souls. Therefore, the doctrine that few Catholics are saved, is infallible. The Saints always taught that few Catholics are saved, therefore, people made greater efforts to save their souls. As a result, many souls were saved. The Saints always pointed out that Matthew 7:13-14 teaches that few Catholics are saved. I believe that it is time for us to follow the example of the Saints, and to defend the doctrine that the lost are many and the saved are few - even among Catholics. See More
Gary Paul Sarsok
November 30, 2012
RE: Catholic Conference of Illinois Support of Illinois General Assembly bill SB 957:

I completely disagree to pandering to illegal immigrants and I resent your removal of the word illegal from immi...grant because that is who this law if for, illegal immigrants.

Between the Catholic Church and their support of the Democrat party on virtually every socialist issue we have been flooded with illegal immigrants who refuse to blend into the American mainstream, who get free benefits from the American taxpayers of whom can barely if at all pay for their own benefits,
and who consistently vote for the party of abortion, homosexual marriage and every other perversion and immorality, because they the government like you the Church will give them for free what American citizens have to pay for themselves plus their taxes. And their votes were bought and paid for.

The Obama administration regards the Catholic Church as just another social agency, a political special interest group which seeks a piece of the American taxpayer dollar. There is virtually nothing that distinguishes the Catholic Church from any other government social agency. And that is YOUR fault that the Church has fallen into such a heretical and oblivious disarray; from the sex crimes of the Catholic priests, to the ill catechized Catholic electorate, to the hierarchy turning a blind eye to heresy.. Christ said give unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's. YOU have sold what is God's for 30 pieces of silver, to a highly secularized modernist socialist bent administration who is now forcing you to pay the piper, through the HHS mandate and who knows what evil there is to come. The Church has been driven from her traditional role, here in Illinois, as caregivers
for orphans and adoptions, and as much as you were driven away, you just plain gave up the fight. And over the years you let so called Catholic Democrat politicians make laws that ran counter to the Catholic Faith, with all the appearance of your tacit approval, all the while, silently letting the unborn children of the masses that you claim to be supportive of, kill their children. You have been sleeping with the devil and you still don't see it.

If this last election says anything, it screams from the roof tops that the Catholic hierarchy has not only failed the American people and God's sheep, they have egregiously failed God Himself.

I had encouraged my Hispanic neighbors to watch the move 'For Greater Glory: Viva Cristo Rey', where heroic Catholic priests and laity fought against a similar Obama government in Mexico, trying to force the closure of the Catholic Church. But they voted for Obama any way. Where in America is there a heroic Catholic bishop or cardinal, willing to give his life up for the Catholic Faith.. where, who? All I see is pandering and groveling but I do not see heroism, I do not see the St. Thomas Mores or the St. Thomas Beckets or the Father Miguel Pros.

Gary P Sarsok
a Catholic first and a Republican Precinct Committeeman
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Paul Repking
October 26, 2011
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· March 6, 2014
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USCCB President Offers Condolences on the Death of the Rev. Billy Graham

February 21, 2018

WASHINGTON—His Eminence, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement on receiving the news of the Rev. Billy Graham’s death:

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“Today, we pray for the soul of the Rev. Billy Graham to the Lord he so dearly loved and offer our condolences to his family. Billy Graham was a preacher of God’s Word not only in his sermons, but also in the very life he lived. His faith and integrity invited countless thousands around the world into a closer relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God for the ministry of Billy Graham.”

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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich on the Catholic National Call-in Day to Protect Dreamers

February 21, 2018

Last week, we watched the Senate fail to protect young immigrants affected by the uncertain future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is set to end on March 5.

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Given our heritage as an immigrant community, I urge the faithful across the Archdiocese to stand together in solidarity with our Dreamers and to join the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for a National Call-in Day for Dreamers, Monday, February 26. I invite you to call your members of Congress, and urge them to protect our young immigrant neighbors who want nothing more than to continue to contribute to the nation they call home.

For more information, please visit: http://www.usccb.org/news/2018/18-038.cfm

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USCCB President, Vice President, and Migration Chair Announce National Call-in Day for Dreamers for February 26
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NOTE: Applications for Tax Credit Scholarships will be taken next Tuesday, Feb. 27, beginning at 7 p.m.

The Empower Illinois scholarship application will be available on Tuesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. The new application will be available at empowerillinois.org an...d will be a two-step process. First, reserve your place in line by completing a brief online form containing name, contact information and your preferred school. This step will determine your place in line for the first-come, first-served scholarships. After reserving your place in line, families will be emailed a unique link to complete the full application. Emails will be sent on a rolling basis and may take several weeks. After you receive your link, you will have 3 days to complete the application and submit all required documents.

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The application is a two-step process. First, reserve your place in line by completing a brief online form. This step will determine your place in line for the first-come, first-served scholarships. After reserving your place in line, families will be emailed a unique link and use their reservation....
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USCCB President, Vice President, and Migration Chair Announce National Call-in Day for Dreamers for February 26

February 19, 2018

WASHINGTON—Late last week, the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to move forward with debate on legislation to provide relief to Dreamers. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB President; Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB Vice President; and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on M...igration, together issued the following statement:

“We are deeply disappointed that the Senate was not able to come together in a bipartisan manner to secure legislative protection for the Dreamers. With the March 5th deadline looming, we ask once again that Members of Congress show the leadership necessary to find a just and humane solution for these young people, who daily face mounting anxiety and uncertainty.

“We are also announcing a National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers. This coming weekend, we will be asking the faithful across the nation to call their Members of Congress next Monday, February 26, to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process.

“Our faith compels us to stand with the vulnerable, including our immigrant brothers and sisters. We have done so continually, but we must show our support and solidarity now in a special way. Now is the time for action.”

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Catch the CCI Radio Hour at 8 a.m. Monday on 750 AM in Chicagoland or catch the livestream here by clicking on the lower right-hand corner: http://legacy.archchicago.org/radiotv/

Guests: 1.) State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, talks about current legislation that seeks to undermine the new Tax Credit Scholarship program; 2.) Kris Cortes of Flossmoor talks about her and her community’s efforts to deal with a new Planned Parenthood clinic; 3.) Fr. Corey Brost and Viatorian Brother Michael Gosch talk about the home they co-founded that houses young men seeking asylum in the United States; and to wrap up the show 4.) Kerry Lester, former political reporter for the Daily Herald, talks about her new book, “No, My Place,” in which she profiles women in state politics and government who have experienced sexual harassment on the job.

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Catch the CCI Radio Hour at 8 a.m. Monday on 750 AM in Chicagoland or catch the livestream here: http://bit.ly/2ECyth2

Guests: 1.) State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, talks about the current legislation that seeks to undermine the new Tax Credit Scholarship program; 2.) Kris Cortes of Flossmoor talks about her and her community’s efforts to deal with a new PlannedParenthood clinic; 3.) Fr. Corey Brody and Viatorian Brother Michael Gosch talk about the home they co-founded that houses young men seeking asylum in the United States; and to wrap up the show 4.) Kerry Lester, former political reporter for the Daily Herald, talks about her new book, “No, My Place,” in which she profiles women in state politics and government who have experienced sexual harassment on the job.

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Terribly sad when a school has to close.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will close its parish school at the end of this school year, the Diocese of Springfield announced Friday.In a
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Statement of Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of the Diocese of Joliet on the Parkland, Florida shooting
February 15, 2018

Today, I ask that the faithful of the Diocese of Joliet join me in prayer for all those affected by the horrible tragedy that took place yesterday in Parkland, Florida. We hope that by God’s grace healing will come for those who suffer in the aftermath,and eternal life will be given to those who were killed. May the Lord grant all of us a deeper respect for the dignity of human life.

Busted Halo explains the significance of the Lenten season of prayer, fasting, and giving, and how you can make the most of this time of repentance and renewal.
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich on the Tragic Loss of Life in Parkland, Florida
February 15, 2018

For the eighteenth time in this short new year, we must join in prayer and sorrow at an act of madness carried out in what should be a safe haven, an American school. These victims have been robbed of their futures, but so have their parents, classmates and our nation. Yes, we ask God's blessing on the families of the victims, their classmates, teachers and community. We ow...e them that as we help them carry the burden of their suffering. But, when it is so clear that direct action can be taken to prevent another day like this one, we cannot stand by and shrug our shoulders. Let us extend a hand to those suffering alienation and illness and help them find understanding, treatment and peace.

Let us make it clear to our elected officials that the weapons and ammunition that facilitate this carnage have no place in our culture. We owe it to our children to protect the cherished freedoms so many have fought and died for: to worship, learn and work in safety. That is true patriotism. Leaders in our country, who are in a position to make meaningful changes, need to hear the cries of the wounded and bereaved and open their hearts to the possibility of peace. Let us work and pray to that end.

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Bishop Conference President Reaction to Shooting at Florida High School

February 14, 2018

WASHINGTON—Following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called for prayer and healing.

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The full statement is as follows:

“We are deeply saddened by the shootings in Broward County, Florida, and by the needless and tragic loss of life. May the mercy of God comfort the grieving families and sustain the wounded in their healing. Catholics and many other Christians have begun the journey of Lent today. I encourage us to unite our prayers and sacrifices for the healing and consolation of all those who have been affected by violence in these last weeks and for a conversion of heart, that our communities and nation will be marked by peace. I pray also for unity in seeking to build toward a society with fewer tragedies caused by senseless gun violence. Our hope is in the Lord, as he promised after his resurrection, ‘behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age’ (Mt. 28:20).”

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"Pause, see and return."

‘Pause, See & Return:’ Pope’s Homily at Ash Wednesday Mass at Basilica of St. Sabina All’Aventino ‘Return without fear, to experience the healing and reconciling tenderness of God’ February 14, 2018ZENIT StaffFrancis Vatican Media Screenshot This afternoon –Ash Wednesday, day of the be...
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In case you didn't know.

Per the instructions of the Roman Missal, ashes for Ash Wednesday are typically supposed to be made from last year’s Palm Sunday palm branches.
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February 14, 2018

WASHINGTON—The President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, is encouraging Catholics across the nation to join with Pope Francis on Friday, February 23, for a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace. The day of prayer and fasting will focus on continued conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and other areas of the world.

Reflecting on the suffering caused by violent conflict, ...Pope Francis said, “Our heavenly Father always listens to His children who cry to Him in sorrow and anguish, who ‘heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds’ (Psalm 147:3). I make a heartfelt appeal so that we also listen to this cry and, each one of us in his/her own conscience before God, ask ourselves, ‘What can I do for peace?’”

Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows:

“Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called us to observe a special day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on Friday, February 23, as Lent begins, with a particular concern for the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Tragically, violent conflict rages in both nations. South Sudan won its independence in 2011 only to find itself a victim to corruption and a bloody civil war. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the government fails to honor the constitution as the Catholic Church courageously promotes a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the ruling and opposition parties. In both countries, innocent families suffer.

Let us answer the Holy Father’s call to pray and fast for peace, especially for the Church and peoples of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And let us turn our fasting into almsgiving and support the work of Catholic Relief Services in both countries.

May God bless South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and our world with peace.”

To learn more about the special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace and for additional resources on how Catholics can respond, please visit: http://www.usccb.org/…/day-of-prayer-and-fasting-for-peace.….

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Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Whole World (Feb. 23, 2018)
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