Saturday, December 3, 2016

French Government Against Freedom of Expression: Its Intention is to Ban Pro-Life Websites in France


Bishop Pontier asks Hollande not to approve law that seeks to close pro-life websites in France.

The French government has decided to accelerate the process of approval of a bill, which seeks to outlaw websites aimed at convincing women not to abort voluntarily. The French Episcopal Conference, through its president, Archbishop Georges Pontier, requests such measure not to be approved.

(InfoCatólica) Monsignor Pontier has written a letter to President Hollande in which he asks that this law, which would endanger pro-life movement in France, not to be approved.

The archbishop of Marseilles warned the ruler that "abortion, whether we like it or not, remains a serious and weighty act that deeply questions the conscience", and that causes many women to have the "need to speak, to seek advice" before taking a "dramatic decision that will mark their whole life."

After recalling that there is no longer a week of reflection before an abortion, which was previously required by French law, Bishop Pontier explained to Hollande that pro-life associations in France "have decided to dedicate their time, especially through digital instruments, to listen to women who are hesitant”, and who are faced with the choice of aborting or not. The success of these organizations, says the French prelate, is also seen in the fact that many of the women who have aborted come to them seeking psychological help.

Mgr. Pontier asked President Hollande where "freedom of expression on the Internet would be. An even more serious limitation since it affects issues of freedom of conscience. This seems to be a very serious violation of the principles of democracy."

The President of Marseille asked the President of the French Republic for the law to be at least subject of a parliamentary debate as wide as that which took place on euthanasia.

Letter from Archbishop Pontier to President Hollande (in French)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Death of Luther

How did Luther Die?

The official Protestant version narrates that the greatest architect of the Christian rupture died of a natural death on February 15, 1546, after a trip to Eisleben and suffering from angina pectoris; Was it really like this?

A contemporary German scholar, Dietrich Emme, offers a very different version in a review of events. In his book "Martin Luther, Seine Jugend und Studienzeit 1483-1505. Eine dokumentarische Darstelleng "[1] ("Martin Luther: Youth and Years of Study from 1483 to 1505. Bonn 1983") points out that Luther committed suicide, and he is not alone in pointing this out.

Likewise, a Freudian psychoanalyst, M. Roland Dalbiez, in his study Luther's Anguish [2], attributes him "... a very serious neurosis of anguish, so grave that one may wonder whether it has not been due to a border-state between neurosis on the one hand and “suicide raptus” on the other, a teleological anti-suicidal automatism"[3].

Indeed, Luther had suicidal tendencies, as it can be corroborated in his own "Tischreden" ("Table Talk"), where one of his conversations with Pastor Güben Leonhard Beyer, in 1551 is documented:

"He told us that when he was a prisoner the devil had wickedly tormented him and that he had laughed heartily when he (Luther) took a knife in his hand, saying:" Go ahead! Kill yourself! "(...). This has happened to me very often, so much as to put a knife in my hand ... and what evil thoughts came to mind in this way, so evil that I could no longer pray "[4].

In 1606, Franciscan Heinrich Sedulius in his "Preaescriptiones adversus haereses", narrates something analogous bringing up the valuable testimony of Ambrosio Kudtfeld, a witness and man of confidence of the "reformer" who, far from accounting a death from angina , says:

"On the night before his death, Martin Luther let himself be overcome by his habitual intemperance and in such excess that we were obliged to take him, completely drunk, and place him in his bed. Then, we retired to our bedroom, without sensing anything unpleasant! The next morning, we went back to our lord to help him get dressed, as usual. Then - oh, what a pain! - we saw our master Martin hanging from the bed and strangled miserably! His mouth was crooked, th right part of his face was black, his neck was red and deformed."[5]

Indeed, at that time raised beds supported by columns were used.

"In the face of this horrible spectacle, we felt great fear! We ran, without delay, to the princes, his guests of the day before, to announce to them the execrable end of Luther! They, full of terror like us, immediately promised us, with a thousand promises and the most solemn oaths, to observe, with respect to that event, an eternal silence. Then they ordered us to remove the rope from Luther's hideous corpse, lay him on his bed, and then report to the people that "Master Luther" had suddenly abandoned this life!"[6]

Maritain himself points out that Dr. De Coster, who examined Luther, explained that the deceased's mouth was crooked with the face black and the neck red and deformed [7].

Likewise, Oratorian priest Bozio, in his book "De Signis Ecclesiae", published in 1592 [8], points out that one of the reformer's household indicated that his lord was found hanged from the columns of his bed; Dr. Géorges Claudin says the same: [9].

As Villa points out, "Luther, then, did not die a natural death, as has been falsely written in all the history books of Protestantism, but died as a suicidal, hanged from his bed after a splendid dinner,  in which, as usual, he had drunk too much and was satisfied with food beyond all bounds!"[10].

Paradoxically, that February 15, 1546, feast of the Chair of St. Peter, he, who had railed against the Church, the Papacy, and the Catholic doctrine, voluntarily abandoned his mortal life at three in the morning, the anti-hour of Redemption that Our Lord Jesus Christ brought to us on Calvary.

It's sad: but that's the end of those who live in a bad way.

Don’t let them deceive you…

P. Javier Olivera Ravasi

SOURCETranslated from Spanish by Catholicity blog.

1] It is worth saying that the two most competent historians in Germany on Luther’s life: Dr. Theobald Beer and Prof. Remigius Baumer, have corroborated both the material and the documents cited by Emme.
[2] Roland Dalbiez, L’angoisse de Luther, Tequi, Paris 1974.
[3] Luigi Villa, Martin Lutero, Homicidal and Suicidal, Civilta, Brescia s/f, 5 (,
[4] Luigi Villa, op. cit., 12 13.
[5] Ibídem, 16. The text in Latin can be seen in Heinrici Seduli ex Ordine Minorum, Praescriptiones adversus haereses, Officina Plantiniana, Antwerp 1606, 257 pp. (online version here:
[6] Ibídem.  An interesting coincidence is that Maritain narrates in his book “Three Reformers” that several friends, companions and first disciples of Luther also committed suicide.
[7] Maritain’s information is contained in the French edition, not the Spanish one.
[8] Tomás Bozio, De signis Ecclesiae, Pedro Landry, Lyon 1593-1594, 3 vols.
[9] Géorges Claudin, La mort de Luther, Noisy-Le-Sec, Paris 1900, 99 (
[10] Luigi Villa, op. Cit., 17.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Christ Enthroned King in Poland By Religious and Civil Authorities

President Andrzej Duda and multiple members of the Executive and the ruling party Law and Justice attended the ceremony this past weekend.

Jesus Christ has become King of Poland, and has done so with the approval of the President, Andrzej Duda, who attended this weekend the ceremony of enthronement accompanied by several members of the Executive and deputies of the ruling party Law and Justice.

This is not the first time that Jesus has been granted the throne of Poland, since in previous occasions (the most recent ones in Jasna Góra, 1997, and Sagiewnikim, in 2000) similar ceremonies took place, although the President had never attended them before.

Polish President (at the front left) next to his mother (right) during the ceremony. (President’s Facebook picture).

Around 6,000 faithful attended the Enthronement Mass, according to local media, which was held at the Sanctuary of Lagiewniki, near Krakow, who fulfilled their longing to see Jesus Christ on the
Polish throne, seven months after the Catholic hierarchy approved of the enthronement.

In addition to Duda, linked to the ruling party Law and Justice, who presided over the act accompanied by his mother, Jadwiga, were also present the ministers of Justice and Environment, Zbigniew Ziobro and Jan Szyszko, as well as many deputies of this assemble.

The presence in the ceremony of high representatives of Law and Justice demonstrates the closeness between the Catholic Church and the government of this party, which has never denied its identification with the postulates of Catholicism.

There are many examples of the weight of Catholic values in the Polish high politics, the last one being the struggle that Law and Justice maintains to achieve the restriction of abortion.

The government's relationship is particularly close with the more conservative sectors of the Polish Church, including the controversial Redemptorist priest Tadeusz Rydyk, founder of the Radio Maryja network, Trwam Television and the Torun University of Social and Media Sciences (located in the center of Poland).

Manifestation to Proclaim Jesus King

In March 2010, several thousand people demonstrated in Warsaw with crosses, banners and national flags to request a joint declaration between the State and the Church to name Jesus Christ honorary king of Poland.

Before that, in 2006, 46 Polish MPs (10% of the chamber), including members of Law and Justice, raised a bill to proclaim Jesus King.

These parliamentarians argued that the son of God should be made king theological and historical reasons, as was the Virgin Mary, who was declared honorary queen of Poland by King John II Casimiro Vasa, 350 years ago.

PICTURES OF THE CEREMONY (taken from the President’s Facebook account)

Source of information: ABC and Blog CATOLICIDAD. Translated from Spanish by Catholicity blog