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Scripture and Tradition with Fr. Mitch Pacwa – 2019-09-17 – 09/17/2019 Mail Bag Show


[GUITAR THEME MUSIC] [APPLAUSE] THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH AND WELCOME. WELCOME TO SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION WHERE WE TRY TO TAKE A LOOK AT SACRED SCRIPTURE THROUGH THE LENS OF SACRED TRADITION AND BASED ON A QUESTION I HAD SOME TIME AGO IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT BY TRADITION WE DO NOT JUST MEAN ANY SORT OF INNOVATION THAT BECAME A TRADITION LATER ON. WHAT WE MEAN BY SACRED TRADITION IS THE TRADITION THAT GOES BACK TO THE APOSTLES, BUT THEY PASSED ON TO THEIR DISCIPLES, SO IT IS ONLY APOSTOLIC TRADITION THAT HAS AUTHORITY. CHRISTMAS TREES ARE PRETTY AND NICE TRADITION IF YOU ARE FROM GERMANY BUT IT IS NOT FROM THE APOSTLES SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO UNDER THE PAIN OF SIN BELIEVING CHRISTMAS TREES. AND THAT IS WHY YOU CAN HAVE A FAKE ONE OR A REAL ONE. BUT WITH APOSTOLIC TRADITION THESE ARE THE TEACHINGS THAT GO ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE APOSTLES AND THE EARLIEST FATHERS OF THE CHURCH. OF COURSE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FOR THE SHOW LET US KNOW. EITHER SEND US AN EMAIL OR GO ONLINE TO OUR FACEBOOK OR YOUTUBE PAGES AND CHECK THOSE OUT. THAT WOULD BE A GOOD THING. WE WILL TRY TO RESPOND TO THEM. BECAUSE TODAY OF A VARIETY OF CIRCUMSTANCES I AM GOING TO JUST DO A MAILBAG SHOW WHICH IS KIND OF GOOD BECAUSE I’M GETTING WAY BEHIND IN MY EMAILS. WAY BEHIND. I TRY TO KEEP UP BUT I CANNOT. SO WE WILL ANSWER SOME OF OUR QUESTIONS. WE WILL START OFF WITH ONE THAT WE HAVE. I GOT THIS A LITTLE BIT EARLIER IN THE SUMMER. . THAT IS STUFFED THAT GOES ON IN JUNE. ( PACWA) JOHN, YOU ARE CORRECT THAT IN THE 4 GOSPELS AND IN THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES THE ISSUE OF HOMOSEXUALITY WAS NOT ADDRESSED. CHRIST NEVER BROUGHT IT UP. I DO YOU THINK THAT MIGHT BE? IT WAS ALREADY PROHIBITED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT UNDER PAIN OF DEATH. AND YOU DO NOT ADDRESS AN ISSUE THAT IS NOT TAKING PLACE ANYMORE. FOR INSTANCE, I DO NOT KNOW IF YOU HAVE NOTICED, I HAVE NEVER CONDEMNED ON MY SHOWS THE STONING OF ADULTERERS. WHY NOT? BECAUSE WE DO NOT DO IT. WHY WOULD I SAY YOU HAD BETTER NOT STONE ADULTERERS? IT IS NOT AN ISSUE IS IT? SOMEBODY ELSE MAY TRY TO KILL THEM THE SPOUSE OR SOMEBODY AND I WILL ADDRESS THAT IF NEED BE BUT THE ISSUE OF PUBLIC STONING OF ADULTERERS, YOU DO NOT BRING IT UP WHY NOT? BECAUSE IT DOES NOT HAPPEN. OUR LORD DID NOT NEED TO ADDRESS IT. IT WAS NOT AN ISSUE WHERE HE LIVED. HOWEVER AS THE APOSTLES TRAVELED AROUND THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD AND CAME IN CONTACT WITH THE GREEK AND ROMAN CULTURE, THEY DID ADDRESS IT BECAUSE THIS WAS A PART OF GRECO ROMAN CULTURE. NOW NEVER DID THE GREEKS OR THE ROMANS EVER HAVE SUCH A THING AS HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE. THAT DID NOT HAPPEN. IT WAS NO SUCH INSTITUTION. IT WAS NOT A PART OF THEIR LAW. BUT THEY TOOK HOMOSEXUALITY AND THOSE KINDS OF RELATIONSHIPS AND PROSTITUTION AND A VARIETY OF THINGS ALONG THAT LINE AS PART OF THEIR CULTURE AND THEY LAUGHED AT IT AND MOCKED VARIOUS PEOPLE. YOU SEE JULIUS CAESAR FOR INSTANCE WAS RIDICULED BY CICERO FOR THAT. AND SOME OTHERS IN THE LITERATURE. BUT IT WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT WAS CONDEMNED IT WAS JUST PART OF THE CULTURE. WHEN ST. PAUL APPROACHED THE ISSUE OR JUDE IN THE LETTER TO JUDE, WE SEE IT CRITICIZED AND I THINK ALSO IN 2ND PETER WHEN THEY CAME ACROSS IT AMONG THE GENTILES, THEN THEY ADDRESS THE ISSUE. BUT JESUS DID NOT HAVE TO. BECAUSE IT WAS NOT AN ISSUE. AND YOU DO NOT CRITICIZE SOMETHING THAT IS NOT HAPPENING. SO THAT IS WHAT WE WOULD HAVE. 1ST ON TERMS OF ATTENDING A GATE WEDDING. THE CHURCH DOES NOT RECOGNIZE THAT THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A MARRIAGE BETWEEN 2 PEOPLE OF THE SAME GENDER. PEOPLE 2 PEOPLE OF THE SAME SEX CANNOT GET MARRIED AS WE DO NOT RECOGNIZE THAT HIS MARRIAGE. THEREFORE ATTENDANCE, IT WOULD BE OF COURSE PROBLEMATIC. THIS IS ATTENDING SOMETHING THAT WE DO NOT RECOGNIZE. NOW THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES DOES. WE DID NOT VOTE FOR THAT DID WE? THIS WAS NOT VOTED ON BY FOLKS IN GENERAL AND IN FACT THESE KIND OF ACTS WERE VOTED ON AS SOMETHING THAT STATES VOTED AGAINST. THAT HAS BEEN THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION. THE STATES VOTED AGAINST IT AND VOTED FOR INCARCERATION. THAT IS WHY PEOPLE YOU KNOW EVERY SO OFTEN HEAR PEOPLE SAY WE SHOULD HAVE SOMETHING MORE DEMOCRATIC. LET US GET RID OF THE COLLEGE OF ELECTORS. THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE. I DO NOT KNOW IF YOU REALLY WANT TO GO THERE BECAUSE YOU MIGHT FIND THAT YOU DO NOT GET MUCH SUPPORT. THERE WAS THE SUPREME COURT THAT DECRIMINALIZED SAME-SEX RELATIONS AND THEN ORDERED THE RECOGNITION OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BUT THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT THE CHURCH RECOGNIZES OR ANYBODY ELSE BECAUSE IT MISSES OUT ON THE COMPLEMENTARITY BETWEEN MAN AND WOMAN THAT IS THEREFORE OPEN TO NEW LIFE. THAT IS 1 OF THE THINGS THAT IS THE KEY. MARRIAGE IS OPEN TO LIFE. AND IT IS A PART OF IT. SO THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ASPECT OF OUR TEACHING. AND THE REASON YOU KNOW THAT BISHOP TOBIN URGED PEOPLE NOT TO GO TO GATE PRIDE PARADES IS THAT FOR THE MOST PART THEY INCLUDE AN AWFUL LOT OF LEWDNESS. IN SOME PLACES TOTAL NUDITY OR PARTIAL NUDITY. THAT IS JUST NOT RIGHT FOR PEOPLE TO BE SEEING. . IT IS NOT PART OF THE ISSUE. IT IS SOMETHING THAT CANNOT GO ON. THIS IS ALSO GOING TO BE HARMFUL TO CHILDREN ESPECIALLY ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU SEE THAT IT IS PROMOTING NOT ONLY A WAY OF LIFE THAT IS CONTRARY TO CHURCH TEACHING AND CONTRARY TO NATURE BUT IT IS ONE THAT IS VERY DANGEROUS. IF WE HAD A PARADE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE IN FAVOR OF SMOKING AND THEY WERE GOING AROUND WITH GIANT CIGARETTES THAT WERE GIVING OFF CIGARETTE SMOKE THAT EVERYBODY IN THE PARADE INHALED WOULD YOU BE IN FAVOR OF THAT? NO. NO. I MOST OF US TODAY DO NOT WANT TO BE AROUND CIGARETTE SMOKE BECAUSE SECONDHAND SMOKE CAUSES CANCER. AND PEOPLE DIE FROM IT, RIGHT? SO WE DO NOT WANT TO BE AROUND IT. WE DO NOT WANT IT PROMOTED. LIKE WE USED TO BACK IN THE 60S. THEY PROMOTED CIGARETTE SMOKING ON TELEVISION AND EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE GOVERNMENT WOULD GIVE YOU CIGARETTES, HOWEVER THE INTERESTING THING IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF SMOKERS IS 69 YEARS. THAT IS 10 YEARS LESS THAN THE AVERAGE. THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF HOMOSEXUALS IS 46. 46. 47 FOR LESBIANS. THAT IS 23 YEARS LESS THAN SMOKERS. DO WE WANT TO PROMOTE SOMETHING THAT HAS PROBLEMS NOT ONLY FOR THE MORAL HEALTH BUT FOR THE PHYSICAL HEALTH. THIS IS A QUESTION WE SHOULD ASK. AND BRING UP. THAT IS SOMETHING THERE. ALL RIGHT. LET US SEE HERE. WE HAVE AN EMAIL FROM CHARLIE. ( PACWA) CHARLIE THIS IS SOMETHING IN OUR CHURCH MISSILES THE MISSILE LET’S WE HAVE NOWADAYS, , IT MENTIONS IN THEIR COMMUNION IS RESERVED FOR CATHOLICS WHO ARE NOT IN A STATE OF MORTAL SIN AND ARE IN A STATE OF GRACE. HERE AT EWTN, WE DO WHAT A LOT OF PARISHES DO WHICH WE MAKE THAT ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE MASS STARTS SO THAT YOU LET PEOPLE KNOW AHEAD OF TIME AND IT IS SOMETHING WORTH MENTIONING PARTICULARLY AT EVENTS LIKE FUNERALS AND HE MENTIONS THAT IN PARTICULAR FUNERALS AND WEDDINGS, THAT WE DO NOT HAVE OPEN HOLY COMMUNION AND IT IS NOT THAT WE DISLIKE OTHER PEOPLE BUT THE ISSUE AT STAKE IS THEIR CONSCIENCE. IF THEY DO NOT HAVE A CONSCIENCE THAT ACCEPTS THE CATHOLIC DOCTRINE OF TRANSUBSTANTIATION THAT WE BELIEVE THIS IS THE BODY, BLOOD SOUL AND DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST, NOT A SYMBOL OF JESUS, IT IS HIS BODY AND BLOOD. IT IS NO LONGER THE BREAD. IT IS THE BODY OF CHRIST. IT HAS THE FORM OF BREAD AND WINE. BUT IT IS NOT. IT’S ESSENCE IS CHRIST. IT’S SUBSTANCE OR ESSENCE HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED BY THE WORD OF CHRIST AND BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. THIS IS OUR FAITH. THAT IS WHY MANY MARTYRS HAVE DIED FOR THE EUCHARIST. IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. THAT HAS BEEN PART OF OUR HISTORY. WE TAKE IT THAT IMPORTANTLY. IF PEOPLE DO NOT SHARE THAT FAITH THEY SHOULD NOT RECEIVE. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT THE CHURCH SORT OF COMES UP WITH. AND YOU KNOW SAYS THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR US AND LET ME GET TO A PASSENGER IN SCRIPTURE. ST. PAUL GIVES SOME CLARIFICATION OF IT. THIS IS IN 1ST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 11. BEGINNING WITH VERSE 27. WHOEVER THEREFORE EATS THE BREAD AND DRINKS THE CUP OF THE LORD IN AN UNWORTHY MANNER WILL BE GUILTY OF PROFANING THE BODY AND BLOOD OF THE LORD. LET A MAN EXAMINE HIMSELF AND EAT OF THE BREAD AND DRINK OF THE CUP FOR ANYONE WHO EATS AND DRINKS WITHOUT DISCERNING THE BODY EATS AND DRINKS JUDGMENT UPON HIMSELF. WHAT WE ARE DOING WITH WITHHOLDING COMMUNION IS NOT SAYING YOU DO NOT BELONG TO OUR CLUB AND YOU DO NOT KNOW THE SECRET HANDSHAKE AND THEREFORE YOU CANNOT RECEIVE. THAT IS NOT WHAT IT IS ABOUT. IT IS ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE DO NOT WANT SOMEONE TO EAT AND DRINK JUDGMENT UPON THEMSELVES AND THAT IS WHAT MANY OF YOU ARE WEAK AND ILL AND SOME HAVE DIED. SO THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE. NOW SOMEBODY IF SOMEBODY DOES BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO INVITE THEM TO MAKE PUBLIC PROFESSION OF FAITH BECAUSE OUR FAITH CONTRADICTS THAT OF MOST OF THE OTHER DENOMINATIONS. THE LUTHERANS BELIEVE IN CONSUBSTANTIATION AND THAT IS SOMETHING ELSE. THE EPISCOPALIANS IN THE 39 ARTICLES OF FAITH HAVE I THINK IT IS 39, YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE IN TRANSUBSTANTIATION. THAT IS EXPLICIT. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BELIEVE WHAT WE BELIEVE. THE CALVINIST TRADITION DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT WE BELIEVE. THE BAPTIST CERTAINLY DON’T. THEY DO NOT BELIEVE IT IS THE BODY OF CHRIST. IT IS SIMPLY AN ORDINANCE TO THEM. IF THEY DISBELIEVE WHAT WE HOLD, WE DO NOT WANT THEM TO RECEIVE BECAUSE IT GOES AGAINST THEIR CONSCIENCE AND HOURS AND AS ST. PAUL TEACHES HERE THAT THEY EAT AND DRINK JUDGMENT UPON THEMSELVES. WE DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT. THAT IS WHAT WE DO THAT. I SOMETIMES HAVE USED THE IMAGE, I LOVE CANADIANS. THEY ARE GREAT PEOPLE. A NICE COUNTRY. I LOVE TO GO THERE TO VISIT. BUT WHEN I GO THERE I DO NOT REGISTER TO VOTE. BECAUSE I HAVE NOT TAKEN AN OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO CANADA. AND THEY CANNOT COME HERE AND VOTE. DOES THAT MEAN WE DO NOT LIKE THEM? NOT AT ALL. WE LIKE CANADIANS. FLORIDA ECONOMY DEPENDS UPON THEM IN THE WINTER. AND IT IS GREAT TO HAVE THEM. BUT THEY CANNOT VOTE WHEN THEY COME TO FLORIDA FOR THE WINTER. THAT IS JUST NOT PERMITTED. AND IT IS NOT BECAUSE THEY’RE BAD PEOPLE. IT IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT TAKEN THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ITS CONSTITUTION. SO THEY DO NOT GET TO VOTE. AND LIKEWISE I CANNOT VOTE UP THERE. THAT IS WHY. BY COMPARISON THAT IS WHAT I I DON’T RECEIVE COMMUNION IN OTHER CHURCHES BECAUSE I DON’T BELIEVE WHAT THEY BELIEVE AND VICE VERSA. WE HAVE AN EMAIL FROM KATHY. ( PACWA) … …CHRIST WILL JUDGE THOSE OUTSIDE THE FAITH BY THE NORMS WE SEE THAT HE MENTIONS IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 25 VERSE 31 AND FOLLOWING WHERE HE SAYS WHATEVER YOU DO TO THE LEAST OF MY BROTHERS YOU DO TO ME. WHAT YOU FAILED TO DO TO THE LEAST OF MY BROTHERS YOU DO TO BE. YOU FAILED TO DO TO ME I MEAN. SOME HE WILL CONDEMN FOR THEIR FAILURE TO HELP THOSE WHO WERE WEAK AND SOME HE WILL REDEEM BECAUSE THEY DO WHAT IS RIGHT. HE WILL JUDGE THEM ACCORDING TO THEIR CONSCIENCE TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY. SO THAT IS SOMETHING THAT HE TAUGHT BECAUSE REMEMBER THAT PARABLE IS ADDRESSED TO THE NATIONS. THOSE OUTSIDE THE COMMUNITY BY FAITH. AND IF ANYBODY HAS ANY JUDGMENT COMING, WE DON’T EVANGELIZE THEM. KEEP IN MIND. WE’LL TAKE A BREAK AND COME BACK WITH MORE OF YOUR EMAILS AND QUESTIONS. SO PLEASE STAY WITH US. [APPLAUSE] [GUITAR THEME MUSIC] [GUITAR THEME MUSIC] [APPLAUSE] ALL RIGHT. WE ARE READY TO GET SOME MORE QUESTIONS. WE’RE GOING TO START OFF WITH OUR WONDERFUL AUDIENCE. HAVE A QUESTION FROM THIS YOUNG MAN OVER HERE. HOLD ONTO IT. JUST DO NOT CHEW ON IT. WHERE YOU FROM?>>COLLEGE STATION TEXAS ( PACWA) HOME OF TEXAS A&M. A GREAT SCHOOL. AND WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION?>>IF THERE IS A SPIRITUAL INFESTATION AND A HOUSE? ( PACWA) HOW DID THEY TELL IF THERE’S A SPIRITUAL INFESTATION IN A HOUSE? THERE IS AN EXORCISM THAT GOES ON. THE EXORCIST NEEDS TO GO AND KNOW WHAT DIFFERENT PHENOMENON ARE TAKING PLACE AND THEN HAS TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THESE CAN BE EXPLAINED NATURALLY OR WHETHER THEY REQUIRE A SUPERNATURAL EXPLANATION. THAT IS THE KEY ISSUE. IF IT CAN BE EXPLAINED NATURALLY THEN YOU TRY TO GO AND LOOK AT THE NATURAL EXPLANATIONS AND SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM. IT IS ONLY WHEN THERE IS NO NATURAL EXPLANATION AND A SUPERNATURAL EXPLANATION BECOMES ABSOLUTELY CLEAR. THAT IS WHEN YOU CALL IN THE EXORCIST. BUT EVEN THEN THE EXORCIST I THINK EVEN FOR EXERCISING A PLACE STILL NEEDS THE PERMISSION OF THE BISHOP AND WOULD HAVE TO GO TO HIM ABOUT ALL OF THAT. ALL RIGHT THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION. SO WHERE YOU FROM?>>TEXAS ( PACWA) WHAT IS THAT CLOSE TO?>>HOUSTON AND VICTORIA. ( PACWA) I KNOW THE ROUTE. I JUST WANTED MORE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT THE GREAT REPUBLIC OF TEXAS. WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION?>>WHEN DEALING WITH THE LGBT MOVEMENT WHAT IS THE GOOD WAY FOR CATHOLICS TO APPROACH PEOPLE THAT ARE PARTICIPANTS WITHOUT WE DO NOT WANT TO CONDEMN THE PERSON BUT WE DO NOT APPROVE WE DO NOT LIKE THE SIN. WHAT IS THE WAY TO APPROACH THEM WITHOUT OFFENDING? WITHOUT STEPPING ON EGG SHELLS. ( PACWA) IT IS STEPPING ON EGG SHELLS. IT IS NOT ONLY THE SENSITIVITY TO THE PERSON INVOLVED BUT YOU ALSO ARE FREQUENTLY ENOUGH DEALING WITH VARIOUS POLITICAL ISSUES AND SOMETIMES ECONOMIC ISSUES. THERE ARE A VARIETY OF THINGS GETTING INVOLVED. IN THAT SPHERE IT IS KEY THAT YOU BEGIN WITH YOUR OWN ATTITUDE INTERIORLY. WHAT DO YOU REALLY THINK AND FEEL ABOUT THESE SITUATIONS? WHAT IS YOUR CONCERN? DO YOU HAVE AN ANGER INSIDE OF YOU OR A FEAR? OR DO YOU ACTUALLY LOVE THE INDIVIDUALS? THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAS TO BE EXAMINED. IF WE ARE ACTING OUT OF FEAR OR OUT OF ANGER OR IN SOME CASES EVEN HATRED, THEN WE SHOULD REFRAIN UNTIL WE GET OUR INTERIOR ATTITUDES BROUGHT FOR OUR LORD. LET OUR LORD TRANSFORM WHAT WE THINK ON THE INSIDE 1ST. THEN ONLY WHEN YOU HAVE THE INTERIOR ATTITUDE OF HOW YOU LOVE THAT YOU DO LOVE FOLKS WHO ARE LESBIAN AND GAY AND BISEXUAL AND TRANSSEXUAL AND SO ON, THEN YOU CAN APPROACH THEM. NOW THERE ARE DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE APPROACH. WHEN I AM DEALING WITH THE MORE ABSTRACT LIKE THE EARLIER EMAIL IT WAS DEALING WITH ISSUES IN THE MORE ABSTRACT, I PRESENT THE ABSTRACT DATA THAT I AM AWARE OF. AND THAT IS DIFFERENT THAN WHERE I WOULD START OFF WITH INDIVIDUALS THAT I KNOW. IN FACT I ENJOY TALKING AND TALKING WITH THE SENSE OF LISTENING TO WHAT IS GOING ON IN THEIR EXPERIENCE. I MAY HAVE IDEAS, EVERYBODY DOES, ABOUT A LOT OF ISSUES, AND OUR IDEAS DO ACT AS FILTERS TO WHAT WE PERCEIVE. THAT IS THE NATURE OF IDEAS, BUT THE FILTERS, THE IDEAS THAT I HAVE, CAN BE FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO LEARN TO INCORPORATE THE EXPERIENCES THAT GAY AND LESBIAN AND TRENDS AND ALL THE OTHER FOLKS EXPERIENCE. LISTEN TO THEIR EXPERIENCE. UNDERSTAND THEM ON THEIR TERMS WITHOUT GIVING UP MY VALUES. THE VALUES THAT I HAVE FOUGHT THROUGH AND THE VALUES I HAVE THAT I MENTIONED ON LIFE EXPECTANCY ISSUES, THAT IS NOT BECAUSE ONE PERSON SAID YOU JUST WANT THEM TO DIE EARLY. NO I DO NOT. IN FACT THAT IS 1 OF THE REASONS I SAY THESE THINGS. JUST AS I SAY THE SAME THING TO HETEROSEXUAL PEOPLE WHO ARE PROMISCUOUS, 20% OF HETEROSEXUAL PEOPLE ARE INFECTED WITH VARIOUS DISEASES. I WILL WARN THE PROMISCUOUS ABOUT THIS BECAUSE I DO NOT WANT THEM TO BE ILL AND I DO NOT WANT THEM TO PASS VERY ILLNESSES ON AND I WANT THEM TO HAVE A LONG AND HEALTHY LIFE AND IF THEY ARE PROMISCUOUS IF THERE HAD A SEXUAL OR OTHERWISE THEY ARE CAUSING TROUBLE. NOT TO MENTION WITH HETEROSEXUAL PEOPLE THAT THEIR INFIDELITIES OFTEN TIMES LEAVE CHILDREN BEHIND WHO ARE IMPOVERISHED AS A RESULT OF THEIR INFIDELITY. AND THE LACK OF COMMITMENT AND THE LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY. I KNOW THOSE CHILDREN. CHILDREN WHO ARE LEFT BEHIND IN POVERTY. A LOT OF OTHER DIFFICULTIES THAT THEY HAVE. I WANT THOSE TO BE ADDRESSED BY HETEROSEXUAL PEOPLE JUST AS THE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR AND DISEASE WANT TO BE ADDRESSED. NOT BECAUSE I AM I HAVE BURIED HOMOSEXUALS WHO DIED IN THE EARLY 40S AND YOUNGER. 46 IS THE AVERAGE. THERE A LOT WHO HAVE DIED A LOT YOUNGER THAN THAT AND NOT MANY WHO LIVE PAST 60. WHAT CAN WE DO TO MINISTER TO THE SITUATION? LET THEM KNOW THAT OUR CONCERN IS FOR YOUR GOOD. GOD HAS GIVEN YOU TALENTS AND GIFTS OF ALL KINDS AND WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO DIE. WE WANT YOU TO LIVE A LONG LIFE AND CONTRIBUTE THAT TO THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD. THAT IS OUR GOAL. ALL RIGHT HOPEFULLY THAT HELPS. WE HAVE ANOTHER EMAIL. THIS 1 IS FROM EVE. ( PACWA) EVE, YOU ARE VERY MUCH CORRECT. IT SOUNDS LIKE A CHOICE IS BEING LAID BEFORE THEM. THE CALVINIST DOCTRINE THAT GOD PREDESTINED YOU TO CHOOSE, PREDESTINED YOU TO SALVATION OR TO CONDEMNATION. THAT WOULD BE TRADITIONAL CALVINIST DOCTRINE. TOTAL DEPRAVITY AND SO ON. IT IS NOT ONLY IN JOSHUA 24 THAT YOU HAVE TO MAKE THAT CHOICE, YOU SEE MOSES TELL THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL CHOOSE LIFE OR DEATH. CHOOSE THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD AND LIFE FOR DISOBEDIENCE AND DEATH. HE TELLS THEM TO CHOOSE. THIS IS BASIC. THIS IS WHAT WE VERY MUCH HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND FOR OURSELVES. ALL RIGHT THEN WE HAVE ANOTHER EMAIL FROM NANCY. ( PACWA) BIBLE STUDIES ARE A BETTER PLACE TO MEET FUTURE SPOUSES THAN BARROOMS. JUST SAYING. BUT I DIGRESS. ( PACWA) NANCY IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE THERE IS A VERY SIMPLE THING THAT YOU MAY WANT TO DO. MORE THAN WANT TO. IT WOULD BE A GOOD THING TO DO. GO TALK TO YOUR LOCAL PASTOR. TELL THEM THE STORY. WE RECOGNIZE THE VALIDITY OF PROTESTANT MARRIAGE. WE BELIEVE THAT. BUT THERE IS ALSO THIS SINCE OF THE RECOGNITION AND PERMISSION BY THE CHURCH, AND YOU CAN HAVE YOUR MARRIAGE REGULARIZED IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH THROUGH A VERY SIMPLE PRIVATE CEREMONY. I HAVE DONE IT IN THE PAST. IT IS VERY SIMPLE. IT IS EASY. THE ONLY THING THAT THEY ARE GOING TO WANT TO DO THAT YOU HAVE NOT DONE YET OR SHOULD, IS TO PUT A NOTE ON YOUR BAPTISMAL RECORD AS A BABY CATHOLIC YOU DO NOT RUN OFF AND MARRY E SOMEBODY ELSE. IF YOU DO MARRY SOMEBODY ELSE THEY WANT TO SEE A DEATH CERTIFICATE FROM THE 1ST 1. THAT IS THE THING TO LOOK FOR. JUST LIKE A MY BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE THERE IS A NOTICE THAT I’M A PRIEST, SO I CANNOT SAY THAT I WANT TO GET MARRIED IN A CHURCH. . WAIT A MINUTE. THERE IS A PROBLEM HEARING. THIS IS ABOUT HAVING THINGS IN GOOD ORDER. I DO NOT KNOW IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN OR NOT, BUT YOUR KIDS CAN DO A GOOD THING BUT NOT NECESSARILY WITH YOUR PERMISSION. YOU WOULD WANT TO GET THAT SETTLED DOWN WOULD YOU NOT? MOM, I FILLED THE CAR WITH GAS BUT YES YOU ARE 15 AND DO NOT HAVE A DRIVER’S LICENSE. YOU WANT TO GET THAT SETTLED DOWN. SO WE RECOMMEND STRONGLY THAT YOU JUST GO TO YOUR PASTOR. AND AGAIN IT IS VERY SIMPLE. SO IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU DO HAVE A WONDERFUL MARRIAGE. PRAYER IN OUR LORD IS VERY MUCH AT THE CENTER. IT IS NOW ALSO GETTING THE SACRAMENTAL HELP. KEEP IN MIND. THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY IS A SOURCE OF GRACE TO BUILD UP YOUR MARRIAGE. CHRIST WANTS TO ACT MORE POWERFULLY. HE IS LOOKING TO GIVE YOU EVEN MORE OF HIS GRACE WITH IN YOUR MARRIAGE. OKAY? WE HAVE ANOTHER EMAIL FROM BRENDA. ( PACWA) THINK ABOUT THIS NOW BRENDA. THERE ARE FAMILIES LIKE THIS. IT HAPPENS. I KNOW. IN VARIOUS PLACES. THEY ARE PART OF THE FAMILY. THE KIDS ARE ALL MENTIONED IN THE WILL. AND MOM AND DAD DIE AND LEAVE AN INHERITANCE TO THE KIDS. BUT, SON JOHNNY, THE REBEL, HAS GONE AWAY FROM HOME AND HE DOES NOT HAVE ANY CONTACT WITH ANYBODY AND DOES NOT EVEN KNOW THAT HIS PARENTS HAVE DIED AND HE DOES NOT KNOW THAT HE IS IN THE WILL AND HE HAS GOT THIS INHERITANCE THAT THE ESTATE HOLDS FOR HIM BUT BECAUSE OF HIS REBELLIOUSNESS HE IS NOT THERE. STILL IT WOULD BE HIS BUT HE DOES NOT COME TO GET IT. WHO’S FAULT IS THAT? MOM AND DAD? NO. THEY DID NOT SEND THEM AWAY. HE RAN AWAY. HE HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT. NOW HE WOULD BELONG TO THE FAMILY. JUST LIKE I HAVE KNOWN KIDS WHO RUN AWAY FROM HOME. THE PARENTS STILL TREAT THEM AND LOVE THEM AS THEIR OWN. BUT THEY STAY AWAY AND THEY DO NOT ENJOY THE PARENTS LOVE. THEY WANT TO ENJOY IT ON THEIR OWN TERMS. WELL IF YOU LOVE ME YOU WOULD GIVE ME THE MONEY NOW. NO. KIND OF A FOOL YOU ARE SO I THINK I WILL WAIT UNTIL I DIE. I DIDN’T WANT TO SEE MY MONEY SPENT FOOLISHLY BY A FOOL. THAT MAKES SENSE BY A LOT OF PARENTS. SOMETIMES THAT IS WHY CODICILS ARE PUT INTO THE WILL. BUT YOU HAVE THE MEMBERSHIP IN THE FAMILY OF GOD BY THE SEAL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. BUT IF YOU CHOOSE TO REBEL AGAINST GOD, THEN IT IS NOT AVAILABLE TO YOU. NOT BECAUSE GOD DOES NOT WANT TO GIVE IT TO YOU, BUT THAT YOU HAVE RUN AWAY. THAT IS WHAT I WOULD SAY TO THOSE WHO HOLD TO ONCE YOU ARE SAVED YOU ARE ALWAYS SAVED. OKAY? IT IS YOURS POTENTIALLY BUT YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT ACTUAL BY YOUR ACT OF FAITH AND ACTIVE REPENTANCE OF SIN AND STAYING AROUND. YOU PERSIST IN THE FAITH AND PERSEVERE IS THE WORD WE USE. WE’LL GET TO THAT IN THE BIBLE STUDY THAT WE ARE DOING. . WE HAVE ANOTHER EMAIL THIS WAS FROM LUCY. ( PACWA) THAT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY AND IT IS DIFFICULT FOR SCRUPULOUS PEOPLE TO DISTINGUISH. WITH SCRUPULOUS CITY YOU USUALLY REACT WITH EMOTIONAL GUILT. THERE’S A BIG DISTINCTION BETWEEN EMOTIONAL GUILT AND ACTUAL GUILT. SOME PEOPLE FEEL GUILTY AS A FEELING FOR ALMOST ANYTHING THEY DO. EVEN WHEN IT IS NOT A SIN. THAT IS NOT HEALTHY. OR MAYBE MY MOTIVE WAS NOT PERFECT. THAT GETS AT 1 OF THE OTHER KEYS OF VELOCITY. THE SCRUPULOUS HAVE A PROBLEM BECAUSE OF THEIR PRIDE. THEY SAY WELL I HAVE TO HAVE A PERFECT ATTITUDE TOWARDS THIS. IF I DO NOT HAVE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT ATTITUDE THAT I AM COMMITTING SIN. THAT IS WHERE YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE YOUR ARROGANCE IS COMING IN. THAT YOU HAVE A HIGHER STANDARD THAN ANYBODY ELSE? NO. SOMETIMES THE IMPERFECTION OF OUR MOTIVE COMES BECAUSE WE ARE NOT PAYING ENOUGH ATTENTION. NOT BECAUSE WE HAVE BAD INTENTIONS. BECAUSE WE ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION. HUMAN BEINGS DO DRIFT OFF INTO OTHER THOUGHTS AND THINGS. THE SCRUPULOUS AS I HAVE TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN. NO. YOU WANT TO EXAMINE YOUR CONSCIENCE TO SEE WHERE SOME OF THE ROLE OF PRIDE OR ARROGANCE COMES IN THAT YOU HAVE TO BE MORE PERFECT THAN ANYBODY ELSE, AND WHERE EMOTIONAL GUILT COMES INTO PLAY WITH THAT AS WELL. THAT ACTUAL GUILT IS NOT A MATTER OF HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT IT. SOCIOPATHS HAVE NO GUILT FEELINGS AT ALL BUT THEY ARE VERY GUILTY. THEY CAN KILL SOMEBODY WITH 0 GUILT ABOUT IT. EVEN THOUGH WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IS A SERIOUS SIN. SO YOUR FEELINGS ARE NOT THE BEST GUIDE TO MORAL DECISION-MAKING AND GUILT. AND PAUL WARNS IN 2ND CORINTHIANS 6 AGAINST EMOTIONAL GUILT VERSUS ACTUAL GUILT. WHERE YOU HAVE BROKEN A COMMANDMENT KNOWINGLY AND WILLINGLY AND FOR THAT YOU WERE GUILTY BUT HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NOT NECESSARILY. THOSE ARE THE 2 THINGS YOU LOOK FOR. PRIDE AND GUILT FEELINGS. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A BREAK. PLEASE STAY WITH US. [APPLAUSE] [GUITAR THEME MUSIC] [GUITAR THEME MUSIC] [APPLAUSE] OKAY LET US GO TO THE STUDIO QUESTION 1ST. ARE YOU FROM?>>SLIDELL LOUISIANA. ( PACWA) WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION?>>I WAS WONDERING IN THE EARLY CHURCH DO WE CONSIDER TRADITION MORE IMPORTANT THAN SCRIPTURE DURING THE EARLY CHURCH SINCE THE GOSPELS WERE NOT COMPLETE FOR GOOD. OF TIME? IN THE BIBLE IS NOT CODIFIED UNTIL THE LATE 4TH CENTURY? WHAT SCRIPTURES DID THEY USE WHEN THEY HAD MASS? ( PACWA) A NUMBER OF GOOD QUESTIONS. THE GOSPELS. THERE IS A LOT OF DIFFERENT OPINION ABOUT WHEN THE GOSPELS WERE WRITTEN. MY OWN CONVICTION IS THAT ST. LUKE WAS WRITING FINISHED HIS GOSPEL AND THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES WERE THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES IS WHERE NAMELY PAUL’S IMPRISONMENT WITH NO KNOWN RESULT. WHAT HAPPENED DID HE GET LOOSE OR WHAT? HE DOES NOT SAY. WHAT HE DID NOT SAY? HE DID NOT KNOW WHEN HE FINISHED WRITING IT. IT MEANS THAT IT ENDS IN 62. THAT IS JUST ABOUT 30 YEARS OR SO AFTER CHRIST’S DEATH AND RESURRECTION, RIGHT? THEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT LUKE AND YOU SEE THAT HE USES TWO THIRDS OF MARK’S GOSPEL IN HIS GOSPEL. HE COPIED TWO THIRDS OF MARK PLUS HE HAD A LOT OF OTHER MATERIAL THAT HE PUT IN THERE ALSO. THAT WOULD MEAN THAT MARK WAS WRITTEN BEFORE LUKE. PROBABLY BY THE 50S LATE 50S. AND JOHN WOULD BE LATER IN 95. BUT I ALSO THINK THAT MATTHEW MAY BE EARLIER THAN A LOT OF SCHOLARS SAY. A LOT OF SAY 85. I DO NOT THINK SO. AGAIN THIS IS NOT TOTAL PROOF BUT THERE IS A TINY FRAGMENT OF MATTHEW THAT THE PATHOLOGIST FROM EAST GERMANY FORMER EAST GERMANY HAD DATED TO THE 60S. IT WOULD MEAN THAT MATTHEW IS ALSO WRITTEN BY THE 60S. BUT THAT WOULD BE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT COULD BE DEBATED AND DISCUSSED IN ALL. IT WAS NOT TOO MANY YEARS. WE SEE MENTION IN ST. JUSTIN MARTYR WHO WAS BORN IN THE HOLY LAND AND 95, BORN IN WHAT IS NOW CALLED THE CITY OF NABLUS IN HIS DAY IT WAS CALLED NAPLES. BUT IN ARABIC IT WAS PRONOUNCED – -. HE WAS BORN THERE IN 95 AND HE IS WRITING IN ROME THAT AT MASS THE READING FROM THE MEMOIRS OF THE APOSTLES. IN FACT I WAS IN ROME LAST SPRING AND WAS SHOWN A PAPYRUS OF LUKE AND JOHN, THEY DID NOT HAVE THE WHOLE PERIOD WAS 22 CHAPTERS LUKE AND 23 CHAPTERS OF JOHN. IT WENT BACK TO 175 A D. AND THEY HAD THESE COLLECTIONS ALREADY AND THEY ARE READING THOSE. THERE IS A COLLECTION OF ST. PAUL’S LETTERS MADE BY THE 90S, SO WE KNOW ABOUT THAT. AND THEY ARE READING THAT AT THE CHURCHES. AND OF COURSE THEY ARE READING FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT. THE IDEA OF HAVING A LECTIONARY WHERE YOU GO THROUGH DIFFERENT READINGS IN A CYCLE THAT GOES BACK TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE. THEY HAD THAT IN THE SYNAGOGUE. SOME SYNAGOGUES HAD A ONE YEAR CYCLE AND SOME HEAVY 3 YEAR CYCLE. WHAT THEY WOULD READ FROM THE TORAH, THE 1ST 5 BOOKS, OVER THAT. AND THAT THEY WOULD HAVE OTHER READINGS FROM THE PROPHETS AND THOSE ARE CALLED THE – -. THAT IS STILL THE CASE. SO THERE IS A LECTIONARY AMONG THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THE CHRISTIANS KNEW THAT THAT WAS A BEAUTIFUL AND GOOD IDEA. SO WE CONTINUED IT. BUT WE ADDED THE NEW TESTAMENT TO THE OLD TESTAMENT. SO THEY ARE READING THE OLD TESTAMENT AS WELL AS THE NEW TESTAMENT TEXT. IN DOING SO FROM FAIRLY EARLY ON. NOW YOU SEE THAT DIFFERENT PARTS OF DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE CHURCH HAD DIFFERENT COLLECTIONS. THEY HAD PRETTY MUCH THE SAME BOOKS BUT NOT ALWAYS ALL OF THEM. SO SOME PLACES DID NOT HAVE BUT 22 BOOKS AND IT WAS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME 22 BOOKS. SO THAT IT WAS NOT UNTIL THE 4TH CENTURY UNDER POPE ST. DAMAS IS THE 1ST THAT THE CHURCH AT HIS DIRECTION CHECKED OUT WHAT ARE PEOPLE READING? THERE WAS FINALLY PEACE DURING THE PERSECUTIONS THEY COULD NOT DO THAT KIND OF EXCHANGE. HE WAS ABLE TO SEND ST. JEROME OUT TO INVESTIGATE WHAT WAS GOING ON ALL OVER AND HE AND THE BISHOPS OF ITALY MET IN 382 AND THEY SAID 27 BOOKS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AND 46 IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. THE BISHOPS OF AFRICA CAME UP WITH THE SAME BOOKS. AND SO HAD ST. ATHANASIUS IN EGYPT. SO THERE WAS THIS CONSENSUS THAT WAS PULLING ALL OF THE BOOKS TOGETHER. THAT IS HOW WE HAVE THAT. BUT KNOWING THE TRADITION OF WHAT THE APOSTLES PASSED ON LIKE THE BISHOP OF EPHESUS GAVE US THE LIST OF ST. PAUL’S LETTERS. HE MADE HE MAY BE THE SAME ONE MENTIONED IN 1 OF PAUL’S LETTERS. THE SLAVE THAT ESCAPED. THESE DIFFERENT CHARACTERS COME INTO PLAY AND THEY WERE ALL PASSED ON AND THAT IS HOW WE HAVE THEM. THE BISHOPS PASSING THEM ON TO THEIR SUCCESSORS WHAT THEY RECEIVED. OKAY? WE HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION FROM THE AUDIENCE. WHERE YOU FROM?>>GEORGIA ( PACWA) NEIGHBORS>>THE BISHOP OF ATLANTA, RECENTLY TRANSFERRED TO WASHINGTON DC, TO DETERMINE THE NEXT BISHOP IS THERE A PROCESS IN THE CHURCH THAT IS SET THAT A PRIEST WILL KNOW HOW TO PROCESS HIMSELF THROUGH TO BECOME A BISHOP? TO BE CONSIDERED TO BE A BISHOP? ( PACWA) THERE IS DEFINITELY A PROCESS. IT IS DONE ON 2 LEVELS. LOCALLY AND IN ROME. SO THAT YOU WOULD HAVE LOCALLY SOME OF THE BISHOPS EXCUSE ME SOME OF THE PRIEST IN THE DIOCESE WHO WERE RECOGNIZED AS VARIOUS LEADERS USUALLY ON THE STAFF OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF ATLANTA OR THE DIOCESE. THEY WOULD SEND A LIST OF NAMES. USUALLY A LIST OF 3 NAMES. SAYING THESE ARE THE ONES WE RECOMMEND. THEN THERE IS ALSO THE COMMITTEE IN ROME, THERE IS THE DIECAST READ THAT IS IN CHARGE OF PASSING RECOMMENDATIONS OF BISHOPS TO THE POPE. THEY WOULD LISTEN TO WHAT IS SENT TO THEM BUT THEY WOULD ALSO HAVE A LIST BASED ON THEIR WIDER EXPERIENCE. SO THEY MIGHT HAVE SOMEBODY THEY THINK IS BETTER ON THAT LIST AND ULTIMATELY IT IS PASSED ON TO THE POPE MAKES THE FINAL DECISION.. THERE MIGHT BE SOME PRIEST WHO WANT THEIR NAMES ON THAT LIST. IT IS NOT ALWAYS THE BIGGEST SOURCE OF RESPECT FROM THE REST OF US. THOSE ARE THE GUYS WE SAY THAT HAVE SCARLET FEVER. (LAUGHTER). THEY WANT TO WEAR THE BISHOPS SCARLET LITTLE TOO MUCH. WE HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION. WHERE YOU FROM?>>TEXAS ( PACWA) ARE YOU WITH THE OTHER YOUNG MAN? WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION>>WHY WAS ABORTION MADE? ( PACWA) I AM AFRAID THAT THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO DO NOT WANT TO HAVE BABIES AND SO THEY STARTED TO KILL THE BABIES INSIDE OF THE MOMS. THEY DID NOT WANT ANYMORE KIDS. FOR SOME REASON OR ANOTHER. AS A MATTER OF FACT I REMEMBER BACK EARLY IN THE SUMMER THERE WAS 150 BIG CORPORATION LEADERS WHO MADE A STATEMENT THAT WE NEED TO HAVE ABORTION BECAUSE IT IS GOOD FOR OUR VALUES AS BUSINESS. WHY? MOST BUSINESSES WANT MORE CUSTOMERS. BUT YOU WANT TO KILL THEM. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? OR DISNEY CORPORATION. WE WILL NOT MAKE ANY MORE MOVIES IN THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA UNLESS YOU AGREE TO KILL YOUR BABIES. NOW WHAT AN EVIL DECISION ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR COMPANY MAKES MOVIES FOR KIDS. DOES THAT EVEN MAKE SENSE? NOT AT ALL. NOT TO MENTION THE FACT, THEY DID NOT GIVE LIFE TO THOSE KIDS. IT IS NOT THEIRS TO TAKE. IF YOU DO NOT GIVE THE LIFE YOU CANNOT TAKE IT. AND THE ONE WHO GIVES THE LIFE IS GOD HIMSELF. SO YOU CANNOT TAKE SOMETHING THAT GOD GAVE. IT IS HIS. WE HAVE TO SHOW RESPECT TO IT. SO IT IS A BAD BAD IDEA. ALL RIGHT WE HAVE COME TO THE END. MAY THE LORD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND KEEP YOU AND KEEP HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON YOU. THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. . AMEN. AND AGAIN I REMIND YOU THAT MOTHER ANGELICA WAS INSPIRED TO HAVE THIS NETWORK BROUGHT TO YOU BY YOU. YOU MAKE IT POSSIBLE. PLEASE REMEMBER TO KEEP US IN BETWEEN YOUR UTILITY BILLS AND WE WILL BE ABLE TO PAY OUR BILLS ALSO. GOD BLESS YOU. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] [GUITAR THEME MUSIC]

Otis Rodgers

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  1. Isabel Medina Posted on September 18, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Good explanation about scrupulosity.

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  2. crsl111 c Posted on September 18, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Great program today as always it’s like a great lecture by FrMitch the faithful catholic and great Professor 🙂

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