Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Archbishop Fulton Sheen Podcast #4

This talk has been a long time coming, I feel. With Catholic politicians like our current vice president, along with lay Catholics and clergy in the United States who claim to be practical Catholics publicly, yet continue to vote for and/or support such intrinsically evil things like abortion, contraception, and same sex marriages, etc. need to really listen to this talk by Archbishop Sheen. In this 4th installment of the life is worth living series Fulton Sheen addresses “Conscience” and the choices we make to let us “open the door from the inside” to let our conscience in.

In retrospect, with so many Catholics who voted for and continue to support Obama and his Pro-Death stance, I should have put this podcast up before the election, but I feel it is time to do so now. With our tax dollars, this administration is sending money to Mexico to fund abortion and allow for distribution of contraception, even while millions of Americans are without homes or have lost their jobs due to our economic crisis. Politicians, who claim to be Catholic, voted to continue this aid to Mexico (only 6 of the 24 Catholic senators actually voted to stop it)*.

Just for the record, all you Catholics out there who deny any part of the Catholic teaching in faith and morals have automatically been excommunicated from the Church. In order to be in communion with the Church again, you must go to confession and repent. This form of excommunication is called excommunication “Latae Sententiae” and is automatic, no Priest or Bishop needs to tell you that you have been excommunicated. You, as a Catholic, upon any “Post baptismal denial of the faith” have automatically separated yourself from the Church. For more information on Excommunication Latae Sententiae you can visit the following sites to know more:



* For more information on the senators who tried to stop the funding to Mexico, and those who did not, go to:


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Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm 17, and I know some Protestant kids that question the Catholic Church.

They always quote a Bible verse that they think proves them to be right, and I just wondered what I should tell them.

For example, they say that the Rosary is bad because they quote this verse:

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." ~Matthew 6:7

Another thing they say is that calling priests "Father" is wrong, because:

"And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." ~Matthew 23:9

They also don't like the Pope.

What should I tell them?


Kim said...

The "call no man father" verse is in reference to Jesus speaking about the Jewish Rabbis that were looking for prestige and notoriety.

There are many places in the Bible where men are called father. The 4th Commandment tells us to honor our father and mother, so obviously we can call our biological father "father."

Check our Acts 7:2 and Romans 9:10 for references to spiritual fatherhood.

All too often, Portestants take these verses out of context and it causes a distortion in the meaning. It that same verse, Jesus states that there is only one teacher and that they should not be called teacher. Does that mean that we can't call teachers in schools or pastors teachers? Not at all. Check out 1 Tim. 2:7, 2 Tim. 1:11, 1 Cor. 12:28, and Eph. 4:11.

Hope that helped. :-)

Kim said...

In response to the vain repetition in the Rosary, here is a quote from Catholic Answers:

Jesus...was not condemning repetitive prayer. Rather, he was criticizing the Gentiles’ practice of reciting endless formulations and divine names in order to say the words that would force the gods to answer their petitions. Magical formulas were not the way to get God to answer prayers. Jesus challenged us to approach our heavenly Father not the way the pagans do their deities but rather in confident trust that "your Father knows what you need before you ask him." Indeed, he knows what we need better than we do and is providing for those needs even before we realize them ourselves (Matt. 6:25–34).

Moreover, in the very next verse, Jesus gives us a new prayer to recite: the Our Father. Jesus says, "Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name" (Matt. 6:9).