sign of the times

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  1. Oakline

    Oakline Tadhg

    I'm living in cork all of my 38 years and only found out 2 years ago that there is a freemason centre in my town.
    They have been in the city since 1926.
    I past this the today to see their after getting a sign put up it amazes me that the state of so called Catholic Ireland is gone so bad the freemasons are coming out from under their rock
  2. Julia

    Julia Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

    Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know. And according to the Sufi mystic mentioned on another post. The evil ones will be more and more open and visible as evil progresses.

    Here in the UK there have been masonic places open to view for as long as I can remember. There have also been spiritualist meeting places too; but we just have to avoid being contaminated by never entering them.
  3. Oakline

    Oakline Tadhg

    I entered one before on culture night it was a horible experience.
    I told a man I heard they were a secret society and his reply was no we are society with a lot of secrets!!!
    I also asked is there devil worshiping going on in their. His answer was no we don't pray or worship. I found a prayer book on a chair and I asked who do you offer then up to and be muttered who ever you believed in.
    I had to stop because I feared I wouldn't leave alive lol
  4. Oakline

    Oakline Tadhg

    I asked how do you get voted in he said you have a black bean and a green bean if you get more green beans in the count from the head people you can apply to join.
    I was talking to an American pastor once and he told me that the final thing you have to do before you can be a 33rd degree Mason is called the judes kiss you kiss the bible.
    That creeped me out
  5. Dolours

    Dolours Guest

    I was listening to one of those phone-in radio programmes about a year or so ago and some guy phoned in saying that he was a Freemason and Catholic. He made it out to be a harmless club and, of course, was well received by the guy hosting the show. Have a look at this: It's their Hall in Dublin. In the comments section beneath the article, someone quoted this and asked whether the law had been repealed:
    "Government of Ireland Act of 1920

    65. Special provisions as to Freemasons. – (1) It is hereby declared that existing enactments relative to unlawful oaths or unlawful assemblies in Ireland (to not apply to the meetings or proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ireland, or of any lodge or society recognised by that Grand Lodge.

    (2) Neither the Parliament of Southern Ireland, nor the, Parliament, of Northern Ireland shall have power to abrogate or affect prejudicially any privilege or exemption of the Grand of Freemasons in Ireland, or any lodge or society recognised by that Grand Lodge which is enjoyed either by law or custom at the time of the passing of this Act, and any law made in contravention of this provision shall, so far as it is in contravention of this provision, be void."

    Secret or not, they sure had a lot of influence.
  6. Oakline

    Oakline Tadhg

    That's scary
    Thats scary stuff !
  7. Dolours

    Dolours Guest

    Scary indeed.

    While acknowledging my ignorance of these matters, I imagine that Bunreacht na hEireann replaced the Government of Ireland Act in the Republic but I'm not so sure whether it still applies in the North. It's anyone's guess where and how they still have influence because they didn't just fade away.

    Ireland needs prayers now more than ever before.
  8. Julia

    Julia Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

    The masons have been around for a very long time in Ireland.

    My mother RIP told me her aunt who was widowed a hundred years ago was invited by the masons to join. Yes, a woman even then was in their sights. They recognised her as a person who was a good business woman, even then. She of course refused.

    I have a lifetime of little stories about masons, to take to the grave, they are only worth dead mans bones in my eyes.

    Lets keep them where they belong. I have heard the Triumph of Immaculate Heart of Mary will be their downfall. Lets rejoice in that. For I surely will for the harm they have done to me and my family in my lifetime. Yes, I have much to offer for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Praise God.
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  9. Fatima

    Fatima Powers

    No Catholic prophecy has spoken more on the evils of freemasonry then Father Gobbi (Marian Movement of Priests). Mark Mallett's last two posts speak much on this and does a masterful job of tying freemasonry into the book of Revelations.
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  10. sparrow

    sparrow Exitus ~ Reditus

  11. Fatima

    Fatima Powers

    UNPRECEDENTED: Pope Francis moves Roman Corpus Christi procession from Thursday to Sunday
    [​IMG] Diane Montagna | Mar 30, 2017
    Photo courtesy of AFP

    Pope’s historic decision said to be based on wanting to attract more faithful
    VATICAN CITY — In an unprecedented change, Pope Francis has decided to move the traditional Roman Corpus Christi procession from Thursday to Sunday, Italian media is reporting.

    The candlelight Eucharistic procession traditionally begins after Holy Mass at the basilica of St. John Lateran, travels along Rome’s via Merulana, and ends at the basilica of St. Mary Major, just over a mile away.

    According to Italian media reports, the pope has taken this unprecedented decision for two main reasons.

    First, Francis wants to follow the Italian liturgical calendar, which observes Corpus Christi on the Sunday following the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

    Read more: An Example to Imitate: Pope Francis Celebrates Corpus Christi with Eucharistic Procession in Rome
    Although numerous bishops’ conferences (including in Italy and the United States) have transferred Corpus Christi to Sunday to accommodate the faithful, the Vatican had kept the traditional liturgical observance of Corpus Christi, marking the Solemnity on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.

    Beginning this year, Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate Corpus Christi on Sunday evening, June 18, 2017 instead of the preceding Thursday. The change has been indicated on the papal household’s calendar of liturgical celebrations.

    According to reports, there is another reason for the shift.

    Pope Francis thinks a greater number of faithful, pilgrims and tourists will participate in the Eucharistic procession through the heart of Rome if Corpus Christi is celebrated on a Sunday.

    In recent years, the number of faithful attending the Mass before the procession has decreased considerably. The main obstacle, it is said, came from the feast coinciding with a work-day. By moving Corpus Christi from Thursday to Sunday, reports say, Francis hopes attendance among the faithful will increase.

    In the first year of his pontificate, Pope Francis surprised everyone by following the Corpus Christi procession on foot, behind the Most Blessed Sacrament, instead of kneeling before the Eucharist on a modified “pope-mobile,” as his predecessors had done. Then, in 2014, no longer able to make the journey on foot, the pope chose to travel to the Basilica of St. Mary Major by car, ahead of the arrival of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

    According to FarodiRoma (Rome’s Lighthouse),“the pope wanted all the attention of the faithful to be on the Eucharist that was being carried in procession, and not on him.” Once the Blessed Sacrament has arrived at St. Mary Major, the pope would then preside at solemn Benediction.

    This year, the possibility of eliminating the vehicle that holds aloft the Most Blessed Sacrament, in favor of two deacons carrying the monstrance on foot, is also being considered.

    INTERESTING FACT: In August 1264, Pope Urban IV issued the Bull Transiturus, ordering Corpus Christi to be celebrated annually on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday throughout the Latin Church.

    The papal bull begins with the words: Transiturus de hoc mundo ad patrem salvator dominus noster Iesus Christus, that is: “As he was about to pass from this world to the Father, our Lord Savior Jesus Christ,” referring to the Last Supper (cf. John 13:1). It was the very first papally sanctioned universal feast in the history of the Latin Rite.

    St. Thomas Aquinas contributed substantially to the bull, mostly in parts concerned with the liturgical text the new feast. Aquinas composed the sequence Tantum ego sacramentum for this purpose.

    Pope Urban IV died on October 2, 1264.
  12. Fatima

    Fatima Powers

    Pope ‘grateful to God’ for Vatican conference on Martin Luther
    2017-03-31 Vatican Radio

    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday greeted participants in a conference promoted by the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, entitled “Luther: 500 Years Later: A rereading of the Lutheran Reformation in its historic ecclesial context", which took place in Rome from 29 to 31 March 2017.

    The Pope expressed his gratitude to God for the event, calling it a “working of the Holy Spirit”.

    Listen to Devin Watkins’ report:


    Gratitude to God and surprise, Pope Francis said, were his first responses upon hearing of the conference on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther presenting his 95 theses.

    He called the initiative promoted by the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences “praiseworthy” and said, “not long ago a meeting like this would have been unthinkable.”

    “Truly we are experiencing the results of the working of the Holy Spirit,” the Pope said, “who overcomes every obstacle and turns conflicts into occasions for growth in communion.”

    He notes that the title of the joint document commemorating the fifth centenary of Luther’s reform is “From Conflict to Communion”.

    Pope Francis went on to say he is “happy” such an historical event has given scholars an opportunity to “study those events together”.

    “Serious research into the figure of Luther and his critique of the Church of his time and the papacy certainly contributes to overcoming the atmosphere of mutual distrust and rivalry that for all too long marked relations between Catholics and Protestants,” he said.

    The Holy Father said “an attentive and rigorous study, free of prejudice and polemics” is the correct way to find “all that was positive and legitimate in the Reformation, while distancing themselves from errors, extremes and failures, and acknowledging the sins that led to the division.”

    He said “the past cannot be changed”, but “it is possible to engage in a purification of memory”, that is, to “tell that history differently”.

    In conclusion, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the successful outcome of the conference, inviting all to “offer one another forgiveness for the sin committed by those who have gone before us and together to implore from God the gift of reconciliation and unity.”

    Please find below the official English translation of the Pope’s remarks:

    Greeting of His Holiness Pope Francis to participants in the Meeting promoted by the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences: “Luther: 500 Years Later”

    Clementine Hall, 31 March 2017

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    Ladies and Gentleman,

    I am pleased to greet all of you and to offer you a warm welcome. I thank Father Bernard Ardura for his introduction, which summarizes the purpose of your meeting on Luther and his reform.

    I confess that my first response to this praiseworthy initiative of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences was one of gratitude to God, together with a certain surprise, since not long ago a meeting like this would have been unthinkable. Catholics and Lutherans together, discussing Luther, at a meeting organized by an Office of the Holy See: truly we are experiencing the results of the working of the Holy Spirit, who overcomes every obstacle and turns conflicts into occasions for growth in communion. From Conflict to Communion is precisely the title of the document of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission prepared for our joint commemoration of the fifth centenary of the beginning of Luther’s reform.

    I am particularly happy to know that this commemoration has offered scholars from various institutions an occasion to study those events together. Serious research into the figure of Luther and his critique of the Church of his time and the papacy certainly contributes to overcoming the atmosphere of mutual distrust and rivalry that for all too long marked relations between Catholics and Protestants. An attentive and rigorous study, free of prejudice and polemics, enables the churches, now in dialogue, to discern and receive all that was positive and legitimate in the Reformation, while distancing themselves from errors, extremes and failures, and acknowledging the sins that led to the division.

    All of us are well aware that the past cannot be changed. Yet today, after fifty years of ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Protestants, it is possible to engage in a purification of memory. This is not to undertake an impracticable correction of all that happened five hundred years ago, but rather “to tell that history differently” (LUTHERAN-ROMAN CATHOLIC COMMISSION ON UNITY, From Conflict to Communion, 17 June 2013, 16), free of any lingering trace of the resentment over past injuries that has distorted our view of one another. Today, as Christians, all of us are called to put behind us all prejudice towards the faith that others profess with a different emphasis or language, to offer one another forgiveness for the sin committed by those who have gone before us, and together to implore from God the gift of reconciliation and unity.

    I assure you of my prayers for your important historical research and I invoke upon all of you the blessing of God, who is almighty and rich in mercy. And I ask you, please, to pray for me. Thank you.

    (from Vatican Radio)
  13. Fatima

    Fatima Powers

    From the book God Speaks Will You Listen
    10/28/07 "Do you realize one of the worst events in the history of the world was the protestant reformation. For it caused division in my church. Here is an example. If you plant a seed and do not water it, it will not grow. But if you water it, it will germinate and in the midst of a garden of flowers a weed can sprout. Many weeds can destroy gardens. So it is with my church. The author of confusion, Satan, spread doubts in my priests, like Martin Luther. Instead of rebuking these doubts, he let Satan water his doubts, weeds grew and confusion and schism came in my church. This was not my will. Let me ask you a question how much truth do you want? 100%, 50% or 25%? Anything less then 100% of my truth will cause confusion. There is only one source of truth in the universe, the Holy Trinity. Anything else comes from Satan. Here is a rebuke to you. When you read and study protestant ministers and prophets, who do not teach 100% of my truth, where is there source of truth coming from? It is not from Jesus. It is from their own imagination or Satan. Remember Satan loves to sow confusion. He is infinitely smarter than humans and he knows the truth. His goal is to deceive mankind. When you read a prophet who denies my church, blasphemes my blessed mother, and profanes my Eucharist, why listen to that prophet, for that teaching comes from one place,the pit of hell. That is not to say I do not work through protestant ministers, because any words of mine are truth. I desire all men to be saved. But many are held in ignorance of not their own fault. But you are different. You have been presented with the whole truth. So why allow doubt and confusion to arise in your mind? If you allow Satan a small seed of doubt, he can make it grow and cause you confusion and even loss of faith. Remember you will be held accountable on the day of judgment to a higher standard for you have the fullness of truth found in the Catholic church".
  14. garabandal

    garabandal Powers

    The pontifical council of historical sciences can study Martin Luther until their hair is blue. Nothing is going to be found that can redeem the rogue of history.

    His rallying call sola scriptura and sola fide are still heretical beliefs and shattered Christendom.

    Even some protestants today have difficulty with the anti-Semite.
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  15. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Guest

    A Non-Catholic German Warns Against Protestantization of Catholicism
    Maike Hickson April 19, 2017 0 Comments
    In the wake of a recent critical overview of the four years of Pope Francis’ papacy as presented by the German Catholic journalist Matthias Matussek, another German journalist (who is not a Catholic) has now raised his voice of resistance with respect to Pope Francis. We speak here about Jan Fleischhauer, who is an editor of the influential secular weekly magazine Der Spiegel, and who, in 2009, wrote a book about his change of conviction away from a leftist to a more conservative viewpoint.

    On 17 April, Fleischhauer published a column in Der Spiegel which is entitled “Self-Secularization: The Sponti-Pope [i.e., the spontaneous Leftie Pope](“Selbstsäkularisierung: Der Sponti-Papst”). With its subtitle, the author already indicates what he criticizes the current pontiff for:

    Among Church critics, Pope Francis is much appreciated due to his pandering to the zeitgeist. Unfortunately, he thereby repeats the mistakes which the evangelical church has already committed.

    Fleischhauer himself knows what he is speaking of here, because he himself was for many years a member of the Evangelical Church in Germany – mainly for political reasons. However, he later left the Protestant church and now describes himself only as a conservative. But he now also shows some admiration for the unmodernized Catholic Church when he writes:

    The only Church which one can take seriously is the Catholic Church. I know that this sentence is for many readers an imposition, and I am also sorry that, of all years, I have to write this sentence in the Luther Year [of 2017].

    Especially because he has seen some of the gravely defective adaptations of the Protestant church to the zeitgeist of his time, Fleischhauer now regrets that Pope Francis is now leading the Catholic Church into a similar ethos and direction. First, he describes his own admiration for the Catholic Church when he says that

    Everything that critics bemoan about the Catholic Church – the Marian devotion, the cult of the Saints, the priesthood, the liturgy – is what, in my eyes, speaks for Catholicism. In addition, of course, to the length of time: an institution which is 2,000 years old has to be taken more seriously than one, let’s say, that is only 500 years old. Whoever was there first as Church, clearly has, when one deals with the last questions, the first position. Everything that [innovatively] comes later is, up to a certain point, heresy.

    When speaking about his own final leaving of the Evangelical Church in Germany – at the moment of his own analogous change of political views – Fleischhauer explains just how weak the spiritual roots of Protestantism actually are:

    Since the spiritual roots of Protestantism are thin, there is little that holds one back if one changes one’s worldview. A church in which not even the very existence of Heaven and Hell is binding becomes – for everyone who could only be kept in [the church] with the help of faith – a lost cause.

    It is here that Fleischhauer sees that Pope Francis is now committing a comparably grave mistake:

    If I am not mistaken, then, the Catholic Church is right now repeating the mistake of the Protestants. At its peak stands a man who shows a strange disdain for everything gradually grown and rootedly traditional and who enjoys surprising the Church people with thrown-down follies and jokes.

    The German journalist then makes the explicit reference to Matthias Matussek’s own recent “fulminating text” and says that the Catholic Matussek “understands much about the importance of Dogma as a dam against the relativizations of the zeitgeist.” Fleischhauer places Matussek next to the German author Martin Mosebach, “another great Catholic reactionary.”

    It seems that Fleischhauer understands more about what has happened to the Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council than many Catholics of today, as he attempts to explain:

    One could, if one wishes, see in [Pope] Francis the perfecter of a development which started with the Second Vatican Council. The first blow was taken against the liturgy between 1962 and 1965 – not accidentally a decade in which everywhere in the world the iconoclasts leaped greatly forward.

    Here we Catholics are being rightly instructed by a German journalist as to how the Catholic Church removed “important elements of the centuries-old rite” because “she wanted to adapt to the zeitgeist”: “Priests no longer stood before the altar, but behind it, like behind a moderator’s table of the “Tagesthemen” [a German TV news show].” He also mentions here the thorough removal of the Latin language and the dubious permission of Communion in the hand. Piercingly, Fleischhauer adds:

    Where they also took it especially seriously with the change of times, the clergymen themselves dragged the altars into the fields and chopped the Saints’ statues into pieces. For those without faith, these things might appear to be minor things, but, of course, it is not. Whoever has once assisted at a Mass in the old Tridentine Rite knows what the Church has lost when she succumbed to the 68-rush [cultural revolution of the 1960s].

    Fleischhauer makes a prediction for the future of the Catholic Church, namely: if she follows the road the Protestants have taken, she will lose Church members and, consequently, will then consider adapting even more so to the zeitgeist in order to be purportedly more attractive. In the end, says the German journalist, the Catholic Church will have the same dilemma as the Protestants: “If the Church dissolves that which differentiates her from those other secular offers professing to give life a meaning – why then is the church still needed?” It is in this context that Fleischhauer sees the growth of Islam in the world which seems to move into the vacuum and to “fulfill spiritual needs better than the Christian competitor.”

    This article written by Jan Fleischhauer is an uplifting as well as sobering event. It shows to us how elements of truth will always find their way into the minds of honest people. We have seemingly come to a point where modern man is becoming tired of the pervasive relativism – and its accompanying ideologies – for, they do not correspond to reality. Man has a thirst for the true, the trustworthy binding, and the beautiful. The modern world has mostly produced ugliness, loneliness and a lack of love.

    Is it not time for all of us – inside and outside the Catholic Church – to make an effort to free ourselves cooperatively, to come out from under the “rubble” and thereby to find the way back to the deeper sources of trust and joy which can only be found in and through Jesus Christ Our Savior – and in His Sacramental Church?
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  16. sparrow

    sparrow Exitus ~ Reditus

    Yes. Excellent article. Thanks SgCatholic.
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  17. Carol55

    Carol55 Ave Maria

    Fatima, Thank you for posting this along with all of your other posts. Hmmm, June 18th rings a bell, probably just another odd coincidence.
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  18. Pray4peace

    Pray4peace Ave Maria

    Our society has reached a new low.

    Couples are turning extra IVF embryos into jewellery
    Lisa Mayoh | May 3, 2017

    The difficult decision of what to do with the unused embryos after a cycle of IVF has been solved by an innovative Australian company.


    After a six-year IVF journey to receive miracles Lachlan, 4, and 21-month-old twins Charlotte and William, Belinda and Shaun Stafford didn’t know what to do with their remaining embryos. Their babies.

    Donation wasn’t an option, the annual storage fee was an added financial strain, and disposing of them unimaginable.

    So when the NSW couple heard about Baby Bee Hummingbirds, an Australian company turning embryos into keepsake jewelley, they jumped at the chance.

    Now Ms Stafford has all of her babies with her every day – including seven embryos in her heart-shaped pendant worn close to her heart, always.


    Belinda and Shaun’s embryos were turned into a beautiful necklace.


    Belinda and Shaun had a difficult time with their IVF.

    The couple looked into donation of their embryos but found the emotional toll too much
    “Shaun and I started thinking of having kids fairly early and realised quite quickly something was a miss, so we went to see doctors and had genetics testing to find we couldn’t have children without IVF,” the 31-year-old told Kidspot.

    “Our journey took a lot longer than most, but after seven cycles we had our first son Lachlan.

    “Then we started trying for a second, it took another seven cycles only to be surprised with two little miracles, Charlotte and William.

    “After completing our family, we looked into the donation of our remaining embryos.

    “I wanted to keep having more babies but the emotional toll, plus financially it was too much.

    “Donating our embryos wasn’t an option for us and I couldn’t justify the yearly storage fee.

    “I’d heard others had planted them in the garden but we move a lot, so I couldn’t do this.

    “I needed them with me.”


    The keepsakes are created through ‘embryo straws’. Source: supplied.


    Families say the jewellery gives them comfort and joy. Source: Supplied

    She now carries her babies with her everywhere she goes
    Ms Stafford chose a heart pendant through Baby Bee Hummingbirds, so she could carry her babies close to her heart, where they should be.

    “We had been on a six-year journey of IVF,” she said.

    “It was painful, tormenting, a strain on our marriage and just plain hard.

    “Finding this has brought me so much comfort and joy.

    “I finally at peace and my journey complete.

    “My embryos were my babies - frozen in time.

    “When we completed our family, it wasn’t in my heart to destroy them.

    “Now they are forever with me in a beautiful keepsake.”


    The company create jewellery from many different things. Source: supplied.

    The company use breastmilk, placenta, ashes or embryos to make their designs
    Amy McGlade, founder of Baby Bee Hummingbird, said since starting in 2014, they have crafted over 4000 pieces of jewellery using breastmilk, placenta, hair, ashes, or cord stumps – including 50 made with embryos.

    They cost anywhere from $80 to $600, depending on the piece, and can be sent worldwide.

    “I don’t believe there is any other business in the world that creates jewellery from human embryos, and I firmly believe that we are pioneering the way in this sacred art, and opening the possibilities to families around the world.”

    Ms McGlade, who has been a midwife for 10 years, said families send them ‘embryo straws’ which the company expertly preserves and cremates, creating a type of ‘embryo ash’.

    “We are experts in preserving DNA so that it can be set in a jeweller’s grade resin,” she said.

    “We knew the costs of storage are huge, and donation isn’t always possible or wanted solution.

    “The families we craft for are very educated, loving people who are aware of the options.

    “We are giving them another option.

    “It’s special because the embryos often signifying the end of a journey, and we are providing a beautiful and meaningful way to gently close the door.

    “Reactions from families who understand the journey are amazing and heartfelt. “They are so grateful for our service.

    “What a better way to celebrate your most treasured gift, your child, than through jewellery?

    “It’s about the everlasting tangible keepsake of a loved one that you can have forever.”
  19. Sanctus

    Sanctus "Jesus I trust in you!"

    "Our society has reached a new low."
    I agree Pray4peace. How long more all this is going to go on for, we can only guess...
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  20. Praetorian

    Praetorian Powers

    This is absolutely one of the most disgusting things I have ever heard of. Macabre in the extreme.
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