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Pope Benedict XVI Resigns (Video of Full Statement and Text)

Pope Benedict XVIBelow is the statement from the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI announcing his resignation in a written statement and the video of him reading the statement:

Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonisations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013

BENEDICTUS PP XVI

Video (Notice Cardinal Burke’s eyes and body language as he gets the gravity of the Pope’s words.  Cardinal Burke is seated on the right side of the screen in red):

Pray that the Holy Spirit will breathe into the Cardinals as they prepare to select our next Pope.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

The Pope Urgently Calls Catholics to Counter President Obama’s “Radical Secularism” on Freedom of Religion

What did Pope Benedict say?

“… it is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life. Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion. Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices. Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.”

“Here once more we see the need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed CATHOLIC LAITY endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the FUTURE OF AMERICAN SOCIETY.”

– Excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI’s (paragraphs 6 and 7)  ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI TO THE BISHOPS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON THEIR “AD LIMINA” VISIT (Click for full Address):

When did he say this?

On January 19, 2012, the day before President Obama’s religious freedom crushing HHS mandate was announced.

Why didn’t you know about It?

Most Catholics don’t read the Pope’s letters and the letters are not reported on widely in the media.

Who is limiting religious freedom and denying Catholic individuals and institutions the right of conscientious objection with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices?

President Barack Obama

Do you trust Pope Benedict XVI when he says there are threats to religious freedom or do you trust President Obama when he says there are none?

Your answer here.

What are you going to do about it?

Your answer here.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

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Obama Admin’s Impossible Claim that the Pope Supported Deferred Action on Children of Illegals

On Tuesday June 26, 2012 Barack Obama’s White House published a story titled;  Religious Leaders Support President Obama’s Stance on Immigration Reform (click for story)

In that post published by Cecilia Munoz (Director of the Domestic Policy Council for President Obama and formerly of the National Council of La Raza) the White House claims the support of Pope Benedict XVI on President Obama’s deferred action on children of illegal immigrants  (which was made on June 15, 2012) by quoting him on an address he gave about immigrants.

So, what’s the problem?:

  1. Pope Benedict XVI made these comments in an address to the Bishops of the United States on May 18, 2012!  Four full weeks before Obama’s order.  The White House gives a false impression from the Pope!  Below is how Cecilia Munoz wrote it:  Pope Benedict XVI recently stated, “The Catholic community in the United States continues, with great generosity, to welcome waves of new immigrants, to provide them with pastoral care and charitable assistance, and to support ways of regularizing their situation, especially with regard to the unification of families. A particular sign of this is the long-standing commitment of the American Bishops to immigration reform.””                                                                                           Below is the full paragraph from the Pope’s May 18, 2012 address with the link to the entire address:  “I would begin by praising your unremitting efforts, in the best traditions of the Church in America, to respond to the ongoing phenomenon of immigration in your country. The Catholic community in the United States continues, with great generosity, to welcome waves of new immigrants, to provide them with pastoral care and charitable assistance, and to support ways of regularizing their situation, especially with regard to the unification of families. A particular sign of this is the long-standing commitment of the American Bishops to immigration reform. This is clearly a difficult and complex issue from the civil and political, as well as the social and economic, but above all from the human point of view. It is thus of profound concern to the Church, since it involves ensuring the just treatment and the defense of the human dignity of immigrants.”
  2. The White House further gives the false impression of the Pope’s support by thanking him in the final paragraph by Munoz:                                                                                                     “We appreciate the support by the Pope, his fellow Catholic Bishops in the United States, and their Protestant, Jewish and other faith colleagues. We will continue to work with a broad spectrum of faith leaders around the country and the entire growing coalition of leaders urging Congress to pass comprehensive legislative reform.”

This sort of deception is hard to understand and it will not be tolerated by Catholics or our friends of good will.  It shows desperation.  Catholic Democrats must challenge President Obama to deal honestly with Catholics as must all Americans.

I will pray for him.  He is a man with a soul.  Let’s all pray for him.  His friends must insist he deals honestly with us.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

President Obama Excommunicates Catholics from Catholicism and Society effective August 1, 2012

Excommunication, the principal and severest censure, is a medicinal, spiritual penalty that deprives the guilty Christian of all participation in the common blessings of ecclesiastical society.

President Obama has excommunicated Catholics from Catholicism and American society with his new rule on insurance plans paying for contraception, sterilization and some abortion drugs.  We are found guilty of not following his truth. This announcement was made through a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press release on Friday January 20, 2012 and it violates the 1st amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…” and violates Catholicism.

The President, through HHS even offers absolution from this excommunication if Catholics comply by August 1, 2013.

The President says he will force employers to tell employees where to get contraception and he falsely uses the term “common good” to describe via HHS the work faith-based organizations perform.

Below are some egregious excerpts from the HHS press release:

  • “Today the department is announcing that the final rule on preventive health services will ensure that women with health insurance coverage will have access to the full range of the Institute of Medicine’s recommended preventive services, including all FDA -approved forms of contraception.  Women will not have to forego these services because of expensive co-pays or deductibles, or because an insurance plan doesn’t include contraceptive services. This rule is consistent with the laws in a majority of states which already require contraception coverage in health plans, and includes the exemption in the interim final rule allowing certain religious organizations not to provide contraception coverage. Beginning August 1, 2012, most new and renewed health plans will be required to cover these services without cost sharing for women across the country.”
  • “After evaluating comments, we have decided to add an additional element to the final rule. Nonprofit employers who, based on religious beliefs, do not currently provide contraceptive coverage in their insurance plan, will be provided an additional year, until August 1, 2013, to comply with the new law. Employers wishing to take advantage of the additional year must certify that they qualify for the delayed implementation. This additional year will allow these organizations more time and flexibility to adapt to this new rule.”
  • “We intend to require employers that do not offer coverage of contraceptive services to provide notice to employees, which will also state that contraceptive services are available at sites such as community health centers, public clinics, and hospitals with income-based support.  We will continue to work closely with religious groups during this transitional period to discuss their concerns.”
  • “The administration remains fully committed to its partnerships with faith-based organizations, which promote healthy communities and serve the common good.”
  • Click HERE for the full press release from the HHS website. or http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/01/20120120a.html
  • Let President Obama and Secretary Sebelius know what you think of this new rule;  HHS Switchboard Phone: (877) 696-6775

On January 19, 2012.  The day before this new illegal rule was announced, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the Bishops of the United States.  His comments were insightful and prophetic of what came down in America the very next day. See some excerpts from this address below:

  • “When a culture attempts to suppress the dimension of ultimate mystery, and to close the doors to transcendent truth, it inevitably becomes impoverished and falls prey, as the late Pope John Paul II so clearly saw, to reductionist and TOTALITARIAN readings of the human person and the nature of society.”
  • “…it is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a RADICAL SECULARISM which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at EVERY LEVEL OF ECCLESIAL LIFE.”
  • “Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion.”
  • “Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in INTRINSICALLY EVIL PRACTICES. Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.”
  • “Here once more we see the need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed CATHOLIC LAITY endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the FUTURE OF AMERICAN SOCIETY.”
  • “The preparation of committed LAY LEADERS and the presentation of a convincing articulation of the Christian vision of man and society remain a primary task of the Church in your country; as essential components of the new evangelization, these concerns must shape the vision and goals of catechetical programs at every level.”
  • “In this regard, I would mention with appreciation your efforts to maintain contacts with Catholics involved in political life and to help them understand their personal responsibility to offer public witness to their faith, especially with regard to the great moral issues of our time: respect for God’s gift of life, the protection of human dignity and the promotion of authentic human rights.”
  • “There can be no doubt that a more consistent witness on the part of America’s Catholics to their deepest convictions would make a major contribution to the renewal of society as a whole.”
  • “Yet in faith we can take heart from the growing awareness of the need to preserve a civil order clearly rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition, as well as from the promise offered by a NEW GENERATION OF CATHOLICS whose experience and convictions will have a decisive role in renewing the Church’s presence and witness in AMERICAN SOCIETY.”
  • Click HERE for text of the Pope’s full address. or http://email.vervemail.com/ct/24459192%3a5644507882%3am%3a1%3a415784759%3a4327E8970D27442F467006FB45825164%3ar
It is time for all Catholic lay people to rise to the occasion.  The Church is calling us to action.  Presidential candidates must rally Catholics to defeat President Obama.  The President’s actions are totalitarianism at close range and cannot be bargained with.  It must be defeated.  It will be defeated.
President Obama has dared to attempt to slay the Catholic Giant.
But, as President Obama declares Catholicism dead, the CATHOLIC GIANT sits up in his bed.
O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.
Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Now Occupy Wall Street shows denigrating photos of Pope Benedict XVI on its Facebook page!

Now Occupy Wall Street has gotten into the act like Occupy DC by posting denigrating photos of Pope Benedict XVI on its Facebook page.  The first photo depicts Pope Benedict as part of the 1%.  Click HERE.

The second photo shows a doctored image of the Pope and an imam kissing.  Click HERE.

Additionally, Occupy Faith NYC who has the support of some Catholics and Christians of other denominations shows support for Occupy Wall Street.  Click HERE.

Do these Catholics who support the Occupy movements know who they are supposedly standing in solidarity with?  Some surely do.  Some do not.

How long will these photos stay up?  How long will some Catholics still support Occupy?

Peter L. Hodges Sr.