For those of you who have nothing to worry about…..

For those of you who have nothing to worry about…

He predicted the Sept. 11 attacks, and now Islam expert Dr. Robert Morey warns there are three small nuclear devices within the U.S. on standby for more terror, according to Assist News Service (ANS).

The story posted on World Net Daily says that Dr. Morey told the FBI that his sources said a nuclear device was brought into the US through Niagara Falls several years ago.

CNN reports the Bush administration received information last October outlining a plot to smuggle a stolen Russian nuclear weapon into the United States, most likely New York City. The intelligence was deemed “not to be credible” after a polygraph test determined the informant was “bogus,” one official told CNN. The perceived threat was one reason the president activated a shadow government, assigning about 100 senior officials to “bunker duty” to keep the government running in the event of a catastrophic attack.

Perhaps this is what we should meditate upon during this Holy Week as we recount Our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection…our need for a savior to rescue us from death. Let us pray for each other that God will protect us and save us!

Evidently the Carpocrates were relativists too. He…

Evidently the Carpocrates were relativists too. Here is what St. Irenaeus wrote about them:

So unbridled is their madness, that they declare they have in their power all things which are irreligious and impious, and are at liberty to practise them; for they maintain that things are evil or good, simply in virtue of human opinion.

The book I worked on with Father Benedict Groesch…

The book I worked on with Father Benedict Groeschel and Father Andrew Apostoli is doing very well. Praying in the Presence of Our Lord with Fulton J. Sheen is available from either Amazon or Barnes and Nolbe online.

While reading a commentary on the Passion narrativ…

While reading a commentary on the Passion narrative in the Gospel of Mark (C.S. Mann’s Anchor Bible) last night, I came across an article, (pages 423-426), contained within the commentary that I found quite interesting. It dealt with a document that was discovered in the late 1800’s that was attributed to Clement of Alexandria. It doesn’t seem that anyone questions the veracity of the document but it does raise questions about a so called more “spiritual gospel”of Mark that supposedly existed in the early Church.

The subject of Clement of Alexandria’s letter is that a certian group of gnostic heretics called the Carpocrates had perverted the text of this “spiritual gospel” in order to justify their behavior…which essentially justified homosexual encounters with young men, (this is in the second century!)

Of course, Clement of Alexandria condemns them and history records the gnostics as a heretical version of Christianity.

What struck me about this article of course was the relevance of this account to the daily revelations of clerical abuse. If you listen to the victims of these cases you find that the usual scenario is some perversion of the gospel or the church’s teaching that justifies the abuse.

If the church is really serious about “purifying” itself of these priests it will begin by declaring them as heretics and excomunicating them. There is a long history of this and it seems this is where the Vatican should step in this case.

I believe it was St. Augustine who declared that, “every heresy comes from the altar,” meaning the “clergy.” At one time a third of the bishops were heretics (Arians), it could be today that a third of the clergy are Carpocrates. If so, they should be removed.

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