Pope Benedict Calls on Roman Rota to Safeguard Bonds of Matrimony

Addresses Tribunal on Opening of the Judicial Year

By Junno De Jesús Arocho Esteves

VATICAN CITY, January 28, 2013 (Zenit.org) – On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the Tribunal of the Roman Rota during an audience on the occasion of the opening of the judicial year. The Pope emphasized the relationship between faith and marriage, while emphasizing that a lack of faith may hurt the intrinsic goods of marriage.

The Pope stated that the current crisis of faith “brings with it a crisis of the conjugal relationship.”

“For sacramentality, the indissoluble pact between man and woman does not require their personal faith; what it requires, as the minimal necessary condition, is the intention to do what the Church does. But if it is important not to confuse the problem of intention with that of the faith of those entering into the covenant, nevertheless, it is not possible to totally separate them,” the Holy Father said.

The Holy Father noted that contemporary culture, “marked by an accentuated ethical and religious subjectivism” places a pressing challenge to today’s families. The Pope continued saying that only by opening ourselves to God, can it be “possible to understand the truth of man as His son, reborn in Baptism and to realize this in the concreteness of conjugal and family life.”

“A rejection of the divine perspective leads to a profound imbalance in all human relationships, including marriage, and facilitates an erroneous understanding of freedom and self-realization that, combined with the flight from the patient endurance of suffering, condemns man to being shut up in his egoism and egocentrism,” the Pope said.

“On the other hand, the welcoming of faith makes man capable of the gift of self. Only in opening himself to the other, to others, to children, to the family, only by letting himself be changed through suffering, does he discover the breadth of his humanity.”

Reflecting on the words of Church Fathers and Saints on marriage, Pope Benedict noted the importnace of firm trust in God.

“Precisely these experiences, marked by faith, help us to understand, even today, how precious is the sacrifice made by the spouse who has been abandoned or who has suffered divorce if – recognizing the indissolubility of the valid marital bond – he or she succeeds in not getting involved in a new relationship.

Concluding his address, Pope Benedict XVI called on the Tribunal of the Roman Rota to “safeguard the truth and justice that regard the sacred bond of matrimony, and, thereby, the Christian family.”

“I entrust you to the protection of Mary Most Holy, Mother of Christ, and St. Joseph, Guardian of the Family of Nazareth, silent and obedient executor of the divine plan of salvation, as I glady impart to you and your loved ones the apostolic benediction,” the Pope concluded.



a New Series on Apologetics Lesson #6


A New Apologetics Series 2013

Lesson #6 by Pat Miron

Q #26 . If to the UNSAVED are not the unsaved UNBORN OF GOD? Now, do you give commands to your child BEFORE IT IS BORN or AFTER it is born? Can an UNBORN child obey a parent?

That’s not actually the question being asked is it? It seems to me the correct question is “can an “Unborn” child be saved in the womb?” The answer conditionally seems to be “Yes.” BUT know this is not yet a Doctrine of the CC.

Catholic Catechism: 169 “Salvation comes from God alone; but because we receive the life of faith through the Church, she is our mother: “We believe the Church as the mother of our new birth, and not in the Church as if she were the author of our salvation.” Because she is our mother, she is also our teacher in the faith”

Here is the Latest Teachings on this matter:

Vatican commission: Limbo reflects ‘restrictive view of salvation’

April 27, 2007 … Vatican commission: Limbo reflects ‘restrictive view of salvation’http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0702216.htm
By John Thavis Catholic News Service  ..

“After several years of study, the Vatican’s International Theological Commission said there are good reasons to hope that babies who die without being baptized go to heaven.

In a document published April 20, the commission said the traditional concept of limbo — as a place where unbaptized infants spend eternity but without communion with God — seemed to reflect an “unduly restrictive view of salvation.”

The church continues to teach that, because of original sin, baptism is the ordinary way of salvation for all people and urges parents to baptize infants, the document said.

But there is greater theological awareness today that God is merciful and “wants all human beings to be saved,” it said. Grace has priority over sin, and the exclusion of innocent babies from heaven does not seem to reflect Christ’s special love for “the little ones,” it said.

“Our conclusion is that the many factors that we have considered … give serious theological and liturgical grounds for hope that unbaptized infants who die will be saved and enjoy the beatific vision,” the document said.”

“We emphasize that these are reasons for prayerful hope, rather than grounds for sure knowledge,” it added. …. “    End Quote
The thinking behind this news goes something like this:

God is in charge

God is All Good

God is a God of Mercy and Love

God in the Creation of Humanity “In His Image”

Gen. 1; 26-27 “ [God speaking] …… “And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moves upon the earth.“ The precise manner and form of this emulation is mans mind, intellect and Freewill’s which become a permanent part on our Souls. Like God Himself, these “things” are both Spiritual and Eternal. God then Obligates Himself as He must, being “Fair and Just,” to permit every person [every soul] Created to choose for themselves where they will spend Eternity. Ecclesiasticus 15:18Before man is life and death, good and evil, that which he shall choose shall be given him”.

Through the Powers of God actually and really given to the Apostles and though them by necessity to the CC [a topic discussed and proven multiple times already]; the Church as holder of the Key’s to heaven and the Powers of “Binding and Loosening”; which speak to Unlimited Powers of Governance [Please see the document of the “Key’s Explained“] of the New Church and its New One Faith, uses Her [“Mother Church‘s”] good graces [speaks only of the church itself, NOT Her members]; Her position of Sinlessness and Perfection; Her Powers of Authority as granted by God Himself; combined with the good intentions of the parents to grant a “Baptism of desire” to the unborn. Thus permitting Gods Love and Mercy to become manifest. MY WORDS and MY explanation PJM

While this reflects current thought it is yet to be Officially defined

Q #27. Do you and your Brethren not teach that the COMMANDS of God are given to the UNBORN and that they, the commands are but instruments BY WHICH the UNBORN can obtain BIRTH?

I have just expressed the current thoughts of “Thee Church” on this matter. Because all “Good things” are possible for God; and Salvation of Souls most certainly is a very good thing; and as God desires that ALL attain Salvation; knowing all the while it will not happen [speaking here on the born; not the inborn].

Mt. 7: 13-15Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 

1 Timothy 2:4 “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” … Ecclesiasticus 32:17And for all these things bless the Lord, that made thee, and that replenishes thee with all his good things”

Q #28 . You boast of LOGIC -where is there any LOGIC to this matter?

IMO, this is shocking statement. I can’t ever recall “logic” as being a tool pf Protestant Bible understanding. I mean no lack of charity here. But there are so many obviously and clearly Teachings articulated in the Bible which are regularly ignored or denied; that this seems to ME,  to be an illogical question as framed?

One Church and Only One Faith [because there in ONLY One God]; The Eucharist as Real presence attested to by God and FIVE Bible authors; the Forgiveness of sins [God’s way], and salvation issues all being on the short list.

Q# 29. If you say -Baptism is a command for the SAVED – you find yourself in the BAPTIST position, EXACTLY This you do not teach or believe. See Acts 2:41. WHO was baptized here?

I would LOVE the opportunity to dialog with the author of these Questions. By Making one error [Spiritually Fatal though it be]]; an entire religion is somehow formed. And one wonders why there are ??? Thousands of differing church’s each with it OWN set of beliefs? This explains much. But we ought not male light  of this Because Faith, with its Right wisdom and Understanding are proprietarily gifts of God.

Exodus 33:19He answered: I will shew thee all good, and I will proclaim in the name of the Lord before thee: and I will have mercy on whom I will, and I will be merciful to whom it shall please me.”

Archbishop Fulton Sheen; in his book: “the Life of Christ” had a most memorable manner of explaining this aspect of God’s Mind and Will: cf. “ As the sun shines at the same time on a candle and on a clay pot;  one is melted and the other hardened, yet it is the same sun.”

Acts 2:41“[I added verses 42-45] [41] They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about three thousand souls. ** And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles, and in the communication of the breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: many wonders also and signs were done by the apostles in Jerusalem, and there was great fear in all. And all they that believed, were together, and had all things common. Their possessions and goods they sold, and divided them to all, according as every one had need.”

** “His Word” as a FYI : John 3:5 and Mt. 28:19-20[5] Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. … [19-20] “Go! therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”

Q #30. Do you and your Brethren not also teach and believe- that Jesus Christ was not the Son of God until after His Baptism?

Certainly not! Such a position is clearly anti-biblical. Meaning teaching against what the Bible clearly teaches

Luke 1: 26-35 “And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.  Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

And so dear friends we come to the end of another Lesson. Until next time: Stay close to God so God can stay close to you.

God Bless,

Pat Miron


“Faith” In the Times we Live



                           “Faith” and the World God has placed us in

     Composed and researched by Pat Miron

Recently our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, was heard to make this statement: “

Today, “Faith” is in a greater crisis than at any time in history.” This from a man not prone to hyperbole or even exaggeration. His Holiness went on to say: “ Faith” must gain in both knowledge [what we believe] and in practice [how we live and demonstrate our Faith.]”

So it seems reasonable to ask WHY?

Following the many warnings of his predecessor; Pope John Paul II, who spoke clearly and frequently on the dangers of the current [New] age and “Relativism,” ; the scourge and plague of Satan that has led to an amazing degree of self-reliance. “It’s only Wrong If I say it’s Wrong! That has spread to every nation, and touched people of every faith.

If we don’t have the one TRUE FAITH that Christ lived and died for, that Christ Himself taught, then we stumble [and MANY fall] into the sin-laden pit of:

Self Understanding

Self interpretation of Gods Holy Word which is an anti-biblical position ….

2nd. Peter Chapter One verse 20-21 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. “ 

2Pet.3: 16“peaking of this as he [PAUL] in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. “

Rom.10: 17“So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ”

1Tim.3: 15 “if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth“. [All SINGULAR] The CC. Nowhere is this more true than in the catholic Church where Jesus Christ resides in His Glorified Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.

Self Teaching

Living by the standards we give ourselves

Practicing faith as WE CHOOSE, not the WAY Christ taught

Accepting as truth what we agree with and discarding everything that may require humility, suffering, or others views of truth even when biblically supported.

Abiding by our OWN Moral standards, and at times, rejecting even “intrinsic evils”

Ignoring God’s Commandments in favor of these we have “written” for ourselves

Luke.17: 5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  This was a prayer, a plea of the Apostles. If they needed greater faith; can we safely assume that you and I do not?

Evidence and signs of the urgent need for “TRUE Faith” [SINGULAR]

First, it might be helpful to point out that just as Christ Founded only One New Church, One New Covenant; One New Faith logically and factually which  are intrinsically bound together, and  like the Trinity itself cannot be separated. [Despite the fact that for 400 years the  Protestant communities have with great regularity , done just that.]

They ignore, or seek alternative understanding for Christ very own words. Words from a Perfect God who cannot error in what he meant to say. “Words have specific meanings” and God knowing full well that His words would be read and dissected  for countless generations chose them with utmost care and prudence. Christ KNEW exactly what he was saying and Teaching, as verified by the understanding and practice of His One true Church. His Catholic Church. From “death unto life,” from Christ to the present and onward.

Denial of the ONLY One Church is anti-biblical; teaching against what the bible actual says. Denial of Just One Faith is anti-biblical; teaching against what the bible actually say’s

Matt: 16:15-19 especially verse 19: Matt.16: 19I [JESUS] will give you [Peter and my New Church]  the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Christ Catholic Church was the ONLY Christian Church, as proven by secular history, when these words were spoken, written and included in the Canon of the Bible.

Eph. 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, [singular] built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,  in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; [singular] in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Eph. 4: 4 -8 “There is one body [One Church]  and one Spirit, [One set of beliefs] just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, [One God] one faith, [One set of doctrine and dogma] one baptism,[ By water in the Trinity]  one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. “

Friends, where is the lack of clarity and specificity in these passages?

We live in times where “Fallen away Catholics” are now the second largest religious group in America.

Fallen away Christians seem not to be tracked. Why is that? Perhaps it’s too difficult to tract THOUSANDS of churches and sets of belief?

The number of Protestant Faiths continues to increase daily. Can there logically be THOUSANDS of sets of ”true- faith?” This is illogical and denies what Christ Himself Wills.

Agnostics [those claiming that there is NO GOD] have become MUCH, MUCH more vocal and visible, causing doubts and attracting many who are lazy and by choice, ignorant.

So what’s the answer?

Only God knows for sure.

But if all of us do not use the gifts given to us by God specifically in order that we might be able to Know Him, Love Him and Serve Him; we can expect the current faith crisis to worsen.

Isaiah 43: 7 “every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” 21the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”

Each any everyone of us has been gifted with the Spiritual Gifts [similar to God’s own] of a “Mind, Intellect and freewill” which too, are intrinsically bound together, unable to be separated from our souls.

All of us have to get by the silly notion that we can Share in Christ Glory, without participating in His Suffering. 

Rom.8: 17and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him”

Friends now is the time to review and reflect. Am I where Christ wants me to be? Do I know our faith? Can I explain it to others? Do I live my faith public ally? Am I doing all that I can, all that Christ expects from me?

Each of us is asked to take our Faith to a higher lever. More prayer, more frequent use of the Sacraments, more time with the Bible [knowing that if your understanding does not agree with what the CC Teaches; it’s wrong.]

No-one one “can make you do it.”  But God has placed us here in this time and place in order that we might freely choose to know, to love and to SERVE our God.

Faith and Salvation are at risk. What can, what will I do about it? PRAY for direction friends.

Love and prayers,

























Timely and Profound Message

Silence and Stillness (Reblogged from Connie Lloyd)

by Marie

Gentle Reader,

This was a very timely post for me. I’ve been sick for the last week and with that comes a sense of…guilt. Of being a burden. Of weariness. Of some emotion that I can’t quite put my finger on. The enforced seclusion wears on me, and I’m not one to seek out crowds.

As I read the following, I was reminded that, sometimes, stillness, whether chosen or not, is important.

Silence.  Stillness

When you think of those words, what do you feel?  Relief?  Tension?  Uneasy?  Peace?  Desire to have, or the need to run far from anything resembling them?

In our loud and busy world, silence and stillness are something we tend to forget about, and on a rare occasion when we do have a moment of complete silence, I have noticed it can make many people uneasy, they don’t know how to just sit and be still in silence and enjoy the peace that surrounds them.

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10  I would say that is a pretty strong statement.  If we are running around, filling our heads with continual media outlets, always connected to social media, gaming, noise, we can’t be still.  According to this verse, stillness equals knowing God.  To me, that makes sense because if our minds are always busy, always connected, how can it be quiet and focused on anything.  Instead, it becomes numb because we put it on overload, we don’t think, we don’t read, we don’t put down the phones, computers, tablets, or shut off the TV, to just be, to reconnect with ourselves, our loved ones, and God.  If we did disconnect for a day, we would realize how absolutely exhausted our minds truly are because they were not designed to have continual noise and input.  They were designed to rest.

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness.  God is the friend of silence.  See how nature–trees, flowers, grass–grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence.  We need silence to be able to touch souls.”   ~Mother Teresa We all need to get some silence and stillness in our lives, to disconnect and reconnect with ourselves, and God.  The more we clutter our brains with social media, gaming, TV, noise, the less we know how to think logically because we are being influenced by all the voices going in our head on a continual basis.    The more we fill our heads with noise, the less we hear the beauty of creation-birds singing, children laughing, the wind howling, waves crashing into the shoreline.  The busier we are, the less we notice beauty..sunsets, flowers, eagles soaring, the beauty in a smile. When we quiet the noise and still the busyness, we can see and appreciate God’s creation, we can think clearly, and we can connect with others and with God.

Take some time and put in your schedule time for YOU.  Time for you to disconnect.  Turn your phone off, or leave it somewhere away from where you are.  Leave all devices that connect you to noise behind.  Take time to just sit and be quiet.  Time to listen.  Time to observe beauty.  Time to connect with loved ones, and with God.  During this time, don’t go over your to do lists, just sit and be still.  Look around and find the beauty that God has placed around you.  It’s not easy at first, it can actually be uncomfortable, but the more you do it, the easier it becomes.

We all need this in our lives.  I disconnected some last week, not completely, but took some aspects of social media away, and I must say I really enjoyed it.  I had more time, so much more time.  I read a book.  I thought.  I wrote. I was quiet.  I enjoyed the beauty of creation. I found some of the creative outlets that being over-connected shuts down in us.  I spent time with loved ones.  I chose to do it.  I chose to disconnect.  It is a choice.  It’s worth it.

To read more from Connie, visit her blog at http://livelovelaughhope.blogspot.com/.

Abortion and SHARED Sediments


On the 40th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade

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January 22, 2013by James


I was still an atheist and a liberal when my wife became pregnant with our twin sons (now 26 years old). That’s when I started questioning my assumptions about abortion. From the start, my wife and I started relating emotionally to our child (we didn’t know she was having twins until about twenty weeks gestation) as a personality. I started bonding and loving long, long before they were born. I just couldn’t imagine in my wildest dreams ending their lives at any stage, including before birth. How could I do that?

I know that, in theory, the pro-abortion advocates are supporting “pro-choice.” That is, when a woman becomes pregnant, she can choose to go through being pregnant and give birth, or she can choose to have her unborn child medically “terminated.” But let’s look at this. My guess is that most people who are pro-choice are either parents or will be parents someday. They don’t hate children and they don’t hate people who love their own children. They see their position as one where they want to have control of when they become parents.

 But let’s say that the first time a woman becomes pregnant, for whatever reason, she doesn’t want to have the child (financial difficulties, under-age, unmarried…) and has an abortion. In order to be able to successfully have an abortion, she cannot relate to her unborn child as a child. She has to relate to it as a “thing.” Otherwise, how could she go through with it?

So she has the abortion. A few years later, she purposefully becomes pregnant and begins bonding with her child from the first moment she discovers she’s pregnant, probably within just a few weeks of conception. How can she decide to love one child from the very beginning but totally emotionally and physically disregard the other child? The abortion industry has been very successful in selling this strange dichotomy and mindset, but to me, it is so completely alien.

What’s the difference between a precious unborn baby and a fetus (a term which is used as a synonym for “thing”)? The only difference is that the first is wanted and the second is not. No quality the unborn child possesses makes it more or less worthy of life in the mother’s eyes or in any pro-choice advocate’s eyes. More’s the pity.

I wrote the above commentary on Facebook after reading a New York Times blog post on the topic. In consulting the blog again, I ran across this comment:

We fought and (thought we had) won the war against compulsory childbearing decades ago, so that our daughters would have agency over their own bodies and the ability to make decisions about their health care without government interference. Just as we fought for our daughters’ right to apply to medical school, and law school, and to compete fairly for jobs in any number of professions. We fought for our own and our daughters’ right to own real estate, to buy and own stocks and have bank accounts and credit in their own name, to be free of groping and sexual demands on the job, or to keep a job.

These battles were won within my adult lifetime. And our daughters don’t know a time when they couldn’t not open a bank account, buy a home, attend the medical school of their choice, be a bartender or carpenter or police officer as well as a barmaid.

I think we who fought the battles got complacent, or just plain tired. Maybe the neanderthal right has done us a favor this past election season, reminding us and our daughters and granddaughters that freedom and liberty must be constantly nurtured and protected like a perfect rose.

The phrase “compulsory childbearing” in the above empassioned declaration caught my attention, as if people or organizations outside of the woman’s control were somehow forcing them to engage in sex, become pregnant, and have children against their will. I could go on and I know this is a complex subject, so I won’t say too much more. Some believers treat all this as black-and-white without seeing the anguish many women go through when facing the decision of whether or not to abort their children. A woman having an abortion isn’t a terrible or bad person, she’s someone facing a very difficult choice, and one that is not as simple and clear cut as either the pro-abortion or the pro-life movements make it out to be.

I used to work at a Suicide Prevention hotline in Berkeley in the late 1970s and early 1980s. I typically worked midnight until 8 a.m., so I spoke with many people who felt all alone in the night. Sometimes, I would end up talking to a woman who would be crying inconsolably (there were more than just a few of them) because she had just done the unthinkable sometime yesterday…killed her unborn child

This is the side of Roe vs. Wade that the media, the abortion industry, and the “pro-choice” political advocates never talk about. What it does to a woman after the abortion is over. What is it like when you have exercised what you’ve been told are your “reproductive rights,” taken control of your own body and your own destiny, done what fifty plus years of modern feminism have told you that you must do when you are pregnant and you don’t want to be, and had an abortion? What is it like after it’s all over, the “medical procedure” was successfully performed, you’ve gone back to your home, and you have time to realize what just happened? You’re alone now. It’s the middle of the night, but you can’t sleep. You always imagined having children someday and you know someday you will. But there is one little cry in the night you’ll never hear, one voice you’ll never respond to, one baby you will never feed and comfort. There is one child you’ll never nurture, support, love, hug, kiss, cherish, and help grow and thrive.

What about him? What about her? Your baby wasn’t an “it.” Your baby was a little boy or a little girl. What would you have named him? What would you have called her?

“Happy Anniversary,” Roe vs. Wade. In forty years, how many mother’s hearts have you broken? How many babies never took their first breath because of you and because of the illusion that you’ve drawn over the eyes of all their mothers? How many? Why is this a good thing? End Quote



The Woman Behind “Roe” and why she has dedicated her life to overturning Roe vs. Wade.





Authority; the Pope & the Catholic Church

by Pat Miron

[QUOTE]Well we can know the apostles and their descendants had/have authority (acts 1, Matt 16, John 20)[/QUOTE]

Allow me to share the biblical roadmap to the Authority of Rome and today’s CC.

Mt 10: 1-8 “And having called his twelve disciples [APOSTLES] together, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities.  And the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother…”

Mt. 16:18-19 “And I [GOD] say to thee: [ALONE] That thou art Peter; and upon this rock [SINGULAR I will build my church, [SINGULAR] and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I [GOD] will give to thee [YOU Peter] the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind [“Command /Ordain“]  upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven”

Mt. 18: 17-18 “And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican. Amen I say to you, [MY APOSTLES] whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven” EXTENED now to all the Apostles”

Jn.14:16-17 “And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever. The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive”

Jn. 20:21-23**“He [GOD] said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. ** Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.”

Jn.17:15-20 “I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from evil. They are not of the world, as I also am not of the world. Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for them do I [GOD PERSONALLY ACT AS THEIR WARRNTY OF TEACING ONLY MY TRUTHS] sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me”

Mk. 16:14-15 & Mt. 28:19-20 “At length he appeared to the eleven as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again. And he [GOD] said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature…  Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world“.

THEN THERE IS THE EVIDENCE OF Christ passing on directly and exclusively his own godly powers and authority to the apostles.

Mt. 10:1-2 “And having called his twelve disciples [APOSTLES] together, he [GOD] gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities

Jn.17:18 “As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost”

Jn.20:19 “As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth”

Mt. 28: 18 “And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth; GO!


God Bless you,


a New Apologetics series lesson #4 &#5 Combined



New Apologetics Series Lesson #4 & 5 by Pat Miron

For several reasons I am combing Lesson’s #4 and #5 Questions together. 

They on one and the same topic and show with shocking clarity what can happen with misunderstanding a single passage; a critical Lesson that must be learned. What’s starts as a “snowball” quickly becomes a “snowman.”

Q#16. Did Christ personally, at any time or place say to anyone, He That is Baptized not shall be damned?

In responding to any of these Q’s if the author is seeking his specific language the answer is no. But if he is a seeker of singular truth; then very clearly the answer is YES. It occurs to me that the terms “bible and protestant” do not appear in those precise terms either; yet who would deny their existence?

Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”

Obviously, God had a reason shortly before He departed from their midst for issuing this command. And in John 3:3-5 one finds that reason clearly addressed …  “Jesus answered, and said to him: Amen, amen [TRULY; Truly] I say to thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith to him: How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born again? Jesus answered: Amen, amen I [God] say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

For the sake of impartial clarity; here are both Matthews Henry’s  Protestant  and Haydock’s Catholic commentary of this passage.


. “We are not to marvel at this; for, when we consider the holiness of God, the depravity of our nature, and the happiness set before us, we shall not think it strange that so much stress is laid upon this. The regenerating work of the Holy Spirit is compared to water. It is also probable that Christ had reference to the ordinance of baptism. Not that all those, and those only, that are baptized, are saved; but without that new birth which is wrought by the Spirit, and signified by baptism, none shall be subjects of the kingdom of heaven. End   http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-concise/john/3.html


Ver. 5. Unless a man be born again of water, and the Holy Ghost. Though the word Holy be now wanting in all Greek copies, it is certainly the sense. The ancient Fathers, and particularly St. Augustine in divers places, from these words, prove the necessity of giving baptism to infants: and by Christ’s adding water, is excluded a metaphorical baptism. See also Acts viii. 36. and x. 47. and Titus iii. 5. (Witham) — Except a man be born again. That is, unless you are born again by a spiritual regeneration in God, all the knowledge which you learn from me, will not be spiritual but carnal. But I say to you, that neither you nor any other person, unless you be born again in God, can understand or conceive the glory which is in me. (St. Chrysostom)” End Quote


So it seems quite evident the message Christ; that our Perfect God is sharing IS: No Baptism Means “no access to heaven.” Therefore the only remaining alternative is eternal Damnation.

Q# 17 Is that Statement: HE THAT IS BAPTIZED NOT SHALL BE DAMNED, to be found anywhere in the Bible? If so . . . Where????

John 3:3-5

Q# 18 Do you and your brethren, self-styled CHURCH OF CHRIST, not preach and teach, in word, precept and effect, that “HE THAT IS BAPTIZED NOT SHALL BE DAMNED”?

This I don’t know.  What I do know is that Christ Himself expresses clearly: no entry into heaven without First a Christian Baptism.

Q#19 Do you not further pollute your own imaginary scripture by inserting TWO imaginary requirements: (1) That it must be administered by a Church of Christ preacher, and (2) that when the candidate goes under the water, he MUST BELIEVE that act is for OR IN ORDER TO THE REMISSION OF HIS SINS????

NO and NO. Not in the Catholic Church, for as Haydock say’s there is NO exclusion of infants. 

Acts Of Apostles 22:16 “And now why tarriest thou? Rise up, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, invoking his name.” 

Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemnedThis refers to adult Baptism. One must have Faith and Know God; before worthy reception of any sacrament; however this does not preclude or exclude the Baptism of Infants. 

Acts Of Apostles 2:38 “But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” 

Acts Of Apostles 16:15 “And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying: If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.” 

Acts Of Apostles 16:33 “And he, taking them the same hour of the night, washed their stripes, and himself was baptized, and all his house immediately. 

1 Corinthians 1:16And I [Paul] baptized also the household of Stephanus; besides, I know not whether I baptized any other” 

1 Corinthians 12:13For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, [One Church/ One Faith] whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink” Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ.”

The positions held by various protestant communions is frankly puzzling on this issue as well as some others that too are clearly expressed. The exclusion of “Infants” [I’ve not seen an age applied?] is foolish and unbiblical. Christ says “All” and All  [here] means everyone.

Why? because SOULS are infused by God at the instant of conception. And each and every soul [Except for Mary the Mother of God] bears the mark and stain of Original Sin. A BLOCK to attaining Heaven. Baptism alone can remove this sin. Just as under the Old Testament the act of Circumcision accomplished this task. Therefore unbaptized infants are unnecessarily put at risk of not having access to heaven, if not Baptized.

Ahh, you say circumcision was then necessary? Yes it was. “Well women can’t and were not circumcised.” This line of thought attempts to limit the Power of God to do good. Because of the [unknown today] position of men in the culture; their circumcision  was counted as sufficient for all of the women within the family.

Q# 20  Do you not reject Baptist Baptism because of the absence of these two points????

Certainly NOT! Not if heaven is ones life-goal.

Q #21 Since you and your brethren ADMITTEDLY preach and teach the above doctrine, in word and deed, and since such statement can not be found in the Scriptures. He That is Baptized not shall be damned, Is it NOT TRUE that you teach a doctrine that IS NOT in the Scriptures?

Our friend is the one who does not KNOW the bible. This has been clearly shown to be an untrue statement and a dangerously incorrect understanding.

Q #22. You, furthermore, proclaim, your motto: Where the Bible speaks we speak, where the Bible is silent, we are silent: WHY DON’T YOU REMAIN SILENT ON ABOVE DOCTRINE”. “He that is Baptized not shall be damned”, BE SILENT, SUCH statement is NOT IN THE BIBLE.

Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”  John 3:5 Jesus answered, and said to him: Amen, amen [TRULY; truly] I say to thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Q #23. Since your entire approach is builded on an imaginary scripture which does not exist, your every effort is made to twist other scriptures and compel THEM to MEAN your Imaginary Scripture. NOW IS THIS STATEMENT FOUND IN THE BIBLE: “He that believeth not shall be damned”? Baptists preach that exactly as listed. DO BAPTISTS PREACH WHAT IS IN THE BIBLE?

It would seem more so than does the author. But His point is nevertheless valid. The truth [always only a single prerogative] REST with the KEY”S to heaven

Mt.16:18-19, not in the words; so much as the actual intended meaning of those words.

1 Sam. 6:6 “Why do you harden your hearts, as Egypt and Pharao hardened their hearts? did not he, after he was struck, then let them go, and they departed? 2 Chronicles 30:8
Harden not your necks, as your fathers did: yield yourselves to the Lord, and come to his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: serve the Lord the God of your fathers, and the wrath of his indignation shall be turned away from you. Psalms 94:8 Today if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts” Hebrews 3:15While it is said, Today if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in that provocation.” 

Luke 11:28But he [Christ] said: Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it” …. AMEN!

Proverbs 30:5-6  Every word of God is tested;he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Add nothing to his words, lest he reprimand you, and you be proved a liar.

Mark 7:13 “Making void the word of God by your own tradition, which you have given forth. And many other such like things you do.”

Mark 16:14-15  & Mt. 28:18-20 “At length he [Jesus] appeared to the eleven as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again. And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” & “And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.  Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”

Q #24 . Is there an instance in the Bible where a sinner was saved without Baptism? Acts 15:9; Luke 7:48; I John 5:4; Acts 26:18; Eph. 1:11-13.

Acts 15:9 “[8] “And God, who knoweth the hearts, gave testimony, giving unto them the Holy Ghost, as well as to us; [9] And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith”. … MEANS: Permitted them to Know God. It does not claim to be sufficient onto salvation; which requires among other things, Christian Baptism.

Luke 7:48 [added verses 46-47] “My head with oil thou didst not anoint; but she with ointment hath anointed my feet. Wherefore I say to thee: Many sins are forgiven her, because she hath loved much. But to whom less is forgiven, he loveth less. And he said to her: Thy sins are forgiven thee.” The incorrect understanding here is what God can do and what God Ordains to BE DONE according to His Divine and Perfect Will. God can do any good thing. Amen! God also can Command, Ordain, and Mandate as HE WILLS. We must not error by confusing the two, or assume that one takes precedence over the other. Both reflect God’s Perfect Will. One for the “instant at hand**; the other until the end of time.

** The Instant at hand presumes a Baptism of Desire [Love] which God alone can Judge to accept.

The “end of time mandate” applies equally to all as the manner Christ will accept for the forgiveness of sin.

John 20: 21-23** He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. [By God in heaven]

Act 26:18 “open their eyes, that they may be converted from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and a lot among the saints, by the faith that is in me.” MEANS: To have “faith” in God; requires that one accept, live and practice ALL that God teaches and requires. Not culled passages to make an personal opinion seem to have authority.

Eph. 1: 11-13 “In whom we also are called by lot, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things according to the counsel of his will. That we may be unto the praise of his glory, we who before hoped Christ: In whom you also, after you had heard the word of truth, (the gospel of your salvation;) in whom also believing, you were signed with the holy Spirit of promise.” MEANS: Predestination here means “foreknowledge of”; not selectively chosen by God for salvation. Such a position is impossible for our “Good and Perfect God” and ignores the manner in which man alone is made in the image of God. Gen. 1:26-27 Man alone has a mind, intellect and FREEWILL as permanent parts of our souls; so that we can freely choose to love or to hate God. These like God are both Spiritual and eternal gifts. [See Isaiah 43: 7 &21] “foreknowledge is neither cause nor effects” man’s own choices. Take note of the conditional clause: “according to the counsel of His Will.” GOD CANNOT HOLD CONTRADICTORY POSITIONS ON THE SAME ISSUES.

Eph. 4:2-5 “With all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity. Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. One body [MEANS ONLY ONE CHURCH] and one Spirit; [MEANS ONE SET OF BELIEFS] as you are called in one hope of your calling. One Lord, one faith, [ONLY ONE SET OF RELIGIOUS BELIEFS] one baptism [WITH WATER AND IN THE NAME OF THE TRINITY]

Q #25. Is Baptism a command to and for the Saved or Unsaved? Which? Remember there is only ONE BAPTISM !

Actually both because it is for ALL who desire to merit Salvation and is an essential part of ones salvation path.

God Bless, Pat Miron