(Mk 3:13-19)
He went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him.

He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons: [he appointed the twelve:] Simon, whom he named Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

This is horrible, and it is hard for me to understand why anyone ever thought otherwise.

However, my post was about disinformation news sources quickly and loudly promote to keep these scandals in front of the public. The anti-Catholic constant drum beat is for the purpose of weakening the Church. It does not shed light on the actual magnitude of this dreadful issue.

@TheAntichrist @devinprater
It is important to deal with facts. This post is about this specific case

This is about serious calumny when the allegations are completely unsubstantiated.

“The implicit assumption of pro-abortion activists is that the female body is somehow a defective version of the male body — which they take as the norm — and that women can be free and equal only if they are permitted to kill their unborn children. Rather than structuring our laws and forming our culture to foster solidarity and support for women, the pro-abortion movement treats the child as an intruder, a 'parasite,' and a threat to neutralize.”

–Ryan T. Anderson and Alexandra DeSanctis

...authors of the forthcoming book: Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing

(found at Catholic Vote)

Last year's shocking and sensational report of "215 children's bodies", at a Canadian Catholic residential school, with the implication of much more than a graveyard, was only SPECULATION OF A SINGLE, YOUNG, INEXPERIENCED ANTHROPOLOGIST. Seven months later, there is NOTHING to support her "report" that was widely covered and repeated over and over. I bet there will be no updated coverage.


(Mk 3:7-12)
Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people [followed] from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.

He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him. He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him.

And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, "You are the Son of God." He warned them sternly not to make him known.

(Mk 3:1-6)
Again he entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched him closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him.

He said to the man with the withered hand, "Come up here before us."

Then he said to them, "Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?" But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out and his hand was restored.

The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

God bless everyone. Please pray for me. The scale says I am down to 43kg, 95 lb. I am feeling fatigued and am eating more than I usually eat which is enough for a good-sized family. I am also down to 3% body fat, luckily I am male and not female which would add even more to the health problems. Please pray that I maintain courage and avoid the sin of fear and the many other sins that come with the sin of fear.

My Physical Therapist knows of the loss of even more weight from an unhealthy weight to begin with. I am hoping that it will level off and start to gain again. On Thursday I will have to get my Primary Care Provider, Gastroenterologist, and Oncologist involved if things do not improve.

If this persists and continues to lower in body weight and loss of body fat I will need to be hospitalized and given TPN for immediate help. Long-term will need to be evaluated for surgery only done at Mayo and Clevland Clinics, LILT, SILT, and STEP procedures for possible long-term help.

I am concerned and maybe even a little scared, but do not feel that I have entered the sin of fear or other sins that come with fear yet. Please pray for me. Thank you

(Mk 2:23-28)
As he was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?"

He said to them, "Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?"

Then he said to them, "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath."

(Mk 2:18-22)
The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to him and objected, "Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"

Jesus answered them, "Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.

No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse.

Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins."


Eve had prompted Adam in his sinful act, separating the world from its loving creator.

The new Eve prompted the new Adam in His first glorious act, leading to and restoring our Hope.

(Jn 2:1-11)
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.

When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine."

[And] Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come."

His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you."

Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter." So they took it.

And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now."

Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.

(Mk 2:13-17)
Once again he went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them.

As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. He said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him.

While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?"

Jesus heard this and said to them [that], "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."

(Mk 2:1-12)
When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home. Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them.

They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Child, your sins are forgiven."

Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, "Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?"

Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, "Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, pick up your mat and walk'" But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth" -- he said to the paralytic, "I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home."

He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this."

To be innocently in error is definitely not even a sin, let alone schism!

All (properly) baptized Christians are part of the family, so to speak, but not in *unity* unless they profess and practice that which Christ's Church declares dogmatically.

There is a lot of room for personal opinion on many topics (e.g. much scripture interpretation, evolution, etc.), but not doctrine.

To be in schism (i.e. outside of unity), one would obstinately deny the dogmatic teachings that every Catholic must accept. For example - life begins at conception and taking an innocent life is murder, or that marriage is a lifelong union of 1 man and 1 woman.

Those Catholics who receive unworthily commit a mortal sin (if conditions are met).

We all commit sins and also make errors, like St. Peter. However, he did not persist but repented and amended his ways.

@jwinnie Brian is a thoughtful and passionate speaker.

Such unity discussions are fine as far as they go, as our Lord quite clearly instituted and protects a visible Church. However, there is a big hole when they focus primarily on institutions.

Unfortunately, among the billion+ who claim Catholicism, there is some deep disunity. Lapsed Catholics, Catholics in name only, cultural Catholics, and even some Mass attending "liberal" Catholics do not believe and practice what Christ and His Church have infallibly taught.

Those who doubt the real presence, those who deny Church authority, those who are "pro-choice" (and other sins against life), those who divorce and "remarry" (and other sins against chastity), those who couldn't bother to address their poor formation, etc. are not in union with Christ but going their own way. They are delusional, in personal schism, scandalizing others, and on a very dangerous road.

The road to perdition is wide because its traffic is so heavy.

(Mk 1:40-45)
A leper came to him [and kneeling down] begged him and said, "If you wish, you can make me clean."

Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, "I do will it. Be made clean."

The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. Then he said to him, "See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them."

The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

(Mk 1:29-39)
On leaving the synagogue he entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon's mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, "Everyone is looking for you." He told them, "Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come." So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

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