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Posts by Brian Kopp DPM

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  • Officer in Shooting Will Not be Charged [Rumor]

    08/20/2014 9:33:31 AM PDT · 44 of 102
    Brian Kopp DPM to anton

    How about you display your marksmanship skills immediately after suffering a crushed eye socket with a 6’4” 300lb perp on drugs bearing down on you?

  • Nurses on Home Visits to Patients Told to Ask: Can We Kill You?

    08/20/2014 9:12:55 AM PDT · 10 of 14
    Brian Kopp DPM to wagglebee

    Why are we acting like DNR orders are big news? This goes on every day here in the States. My dad was admitted to home hospice care in April for CHF and COPD. One of the first questions the hospice nurse asked was, “You don’t want to be resuscitated in case of a medical emergency, right?”

  • In 2000, Cardinal Ratzinger admitted Russia has not been consecrated

    08/07/2014 9:28:18 PM PDT · 8 of 26
    Brian Kopp DPM to 2ndDivisionVet
    Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Fatima and the 2009 H1N1 Flu Pandemic

    Fatima and the 2009 H1N1 Flu Pandemic

    In the fall of 1918, two young Portuguese shepherds contracted a virulent form of swine flu during a global pandemic that took the lives of 50 to 100 million. Francisco Marto barely survived the flu and died of complications, most likely a secondary bacterial infection, in April 1919. His sister Jacinta subsequently developed tuberculosis and died in February of 1920. With their cousin Lucia dos Santos, they are better known today for having witnessed the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.

    Francisco and Jacinta likely would have survived the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic if modern antibiotics had been available. Science has subsequently assembled an impressive database for virology and immunology as well as more effective vaccines, antiviral medications and intensive care interventions for flu complications. Despite these advances there are increasing deaths, especially among pregnant women, the young and the healthy due to the current swine H1N1 pandemic, which has striking similarities to the Influenza A (H1N1) virus responsible for the 1918 pandemic. Both are noted for precipitating “cytokine storm,” an overreaction of the immune system that floods the lungs and can lead to multi-organ failure and death. Unlike 1918, the feared second wave during September of 2009 failed to produce a massive surge in fatalities. Complicating the debate, the scientific world is split on the implications of recent minor genetic changes in the virus and the best available options for prevention and treatment in the face of a possible third wave later this winter.

    A good illustration of the dissension within the scientific community can be seen in the work of David Fedson, MD. Specializing in the epidemiology of influenza and vaccination, Fedson served as Director of Medical Affairs for Aventis Pasteur MSD and was a member of numerous US and World Health Organization (WHO) committees on influenza immunization. Having worked extensively within the field, he continues to believe that safe effective vaccines are the gold standard in preventing deaths from pandemic flu, but also grasps the inherent shortcomings of our reliance on flu vaccines and antiviral medications such as Tamiflu. A December study in the British Medical Journal has drawn into question the general effectiveness of Tamiflu, and due to a minor genetic mutation (known as H274Y) seasonal H1N1 flu is now 99% resistant to Tamiflu. There have been increasing reports of the H274Y mutation in 2009 swine H1N1 samples. Viral genetic drift, which helps a virus evade a host’s immune response, can also render pandemic vaccines ineffective, and global pandemic vaccine production capacity is only sufficient to immunize approximately a billion people, less than 1 in 7 of the world’s population. Fedson is an ardent promoter of adjuvants as an essential antigen sparing method to stretch limited supplies to vaccinate as many as four times as many individuals.

    An interview with Fedson exploring these issues was published in July in L'Osservatore Romano as part of their coverage of the G8 Summit meeting. For over five years Fedson has been campaigning for research on the use of currently available generic medications to help control the “cytokine storm” precipitated by novel influenza strains. Targeted drugs include statins and fibrates (currently used for lowering cholesterol and triglycerides), glitizones (used in managing diabetes) and Resveratrol (a chemical in red wines and peanuts thought to be responsible for lowering rates of heart disease). Until recently, his pleas fell on deaf ears at the CDC, WHO, The Gates Foundation, and other major philanthropic organizations. Headlines this fall finally vindicated his efforts. Research funded by the CDC indicated that among people hospitalized with seasonal influenza, those taking statins were 50% less likely to die.

    Susan Chu, MD was a cosigner of Fedson’s seminal 2006 letter to The Times (UK) urging research on this issue. An editor of the popular newfluwiki2.com website, Chu parts company with Fedson when it comes to the use of adjuvants in flu vaccines. Chu has posted a series of essays at newfluwiki2.com about the possibility of adjuvants causing autoimmune disease and spontaneous miscarriages. The medical literature and vaccine manufacturers simply have not provided adequate documentation to allay Chu’s concerns, though Fedson maintains that, with 40 million adjuvanted vaccines administered so far in Europe, such complications would already have been widely reported. Adjuvant promoters also point to a possible additional benefit, the potential of cross protection via broader immunity to pandemic viruses that displays genetic drift away from the original vaccine target. Recent minor genetic mutations (known as D225G) that have been noted in samples from the Ukraine and Norway were also seen in the 1918 and H5N1 influenza strains. These mutations are associated with infections that strike deeper in the lungs, causing widespread damage to alveolar cells and triggering cytokine storm, increasing virulence and death rates. One Ukraine specimen with this minor genetic mutation was characterized as a low reactor, indicating that current vaccines might not be as effective against strains with this mutation.

    An additional concern is an immunological concept called, ironically, Original Antigenic Sin (OAS). According to the OAS theory the immune system will create a robust immune response to a novel virus, but if the individual is subsequently infected with a strain of virus closely related to the first strain, the body reacts as if it were being reinfected with the original strain, failing to confront the mutated virus. This could have implications for the minor genetic variations noted between waves of any given pandemic flu. Individuals infected with the spring 1918 pandemic wave had at least partial immunity to the fall 1918 wave, but little or none to the Winter 1918/1919 wave. Fortunately, the 2009 H1N1 Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV) nasal spray appears to have included the D225G variant. The injectable inactivated vaccines do not, and no one in the medical community can foretell the significance of this at present.

    The evolutionary explanations for these mutations are being hotly debated among the scientific community and point to one of the greatest controversies among virologists. The current genetic theories of random mutation and viral reassortment, representing the reigning orthodoxy at the CDC and WHO, simply cannot explain the appearance of some of these mutations among widespread samples and differing genetic backgrounds. Henry Niman, PhD, is the leading proponent of a relatively new theory of homologous recombination to explain and predict such mutations, and his company, Recombinomics, hopes to cash in on the ability to predict such changes to better guide vaccine production. By shear tenacity he has managed to drive the online flu community towards his point of view, and in the process has precipitated wider access to genetic sequence data online. His signature comments, “Release of sequences would be useful” and “[the genetic mutation du jour] is cause for concern” have become both a thorn in the side of mainstream science as well as a rallying cry among the online flu community seeking transparency from government labs and influenza researchers.

    The scientific establishment points to a lack of peer reviewed publications supporting Niman’s theory of recombination, but the recent ClimateGate controversy has illustrated the tyranny and political correctness of the peer review process. As in the global warming debate, the mainstream position isn’t holding up to scrutiny. Tamiflu resistance is becoming too widespread to continue to claim it is randomly popping up in multiple patients simultaneously, or that resistance to Tamilflu makes the virus less able to spread. In France, one fatal case contained both D225G and Tamiflu resistance mutations. According to Niman, low reactors to current vaccines due to the virulent D225G mutation along with increasing prevalence of Tamiflu resistance could create the perfect storm for a deadly third or fourth pandemic wave later in 2010.

    Fortunately, some common concerns expressed since early in the pandemic cycle have been settled. Current pandemic vaccines do not utilize any technologies that are intrinsically objectionable from a pro-life perspective, and there never was any validity to claims that current pandemic vaccines might be used for population control purposes. Brian Clowes, PhD, is director of research at Human Life International, and exposed the use of abortifacient hCG hormone-linked Tetanus vaccines in third world countries in the early 1990's. When asked if current pandemic vaccines might be used for population control purposes, he stated that although sterilization vaccines are still being researched, they are only used by western nations against the third world countries targeted in the 1974 National Security Study Memorandum 200.

    By mid December, at least 200 million doses of pandemic flu vaccine had been administered globally, and the complications that were feared, based on the infamous 1976 Swine Flu vaccine campaign, have simply failed to materialize. Though Guillain–Barré syndrome has not become an issue in the current vaccine campaign, there have been some credible reports of increased allergic reactions and anecdotal reports of miscarriages associated with adjuvanted vaccines. The non-adjuvanted pandemic vaccines have displayed a safety level similar to seasonal flu vaccines, but it is still too early to tell whether current vaccines will actually prevent deadly infections during subsequent waves of influenza.

    Most of the hysterical claims regarding the current pandemic have originated among promoters of alternative medicine, who insist that herbs, vitamins and other natural remedies can prevent and cure influenza. While proclaiming that the pandemic declaration itself is a hoax or conspiracy, they’ll be happy to sell supplements to the credulous, and adjust their flow of energy for optimum immune response. A central theme of the new age Gnostic alternative health field is the notion that the human body should be symptom and disease free, simply as a result of living a "healthy" lifestyle, and therefore able to overcome any illness. Unfortunately, this concept implicitly denies that disease entered human history as a result of Original Sin and continues due to personal sin. Gluttony and sloth aren’t bad lifestyle choices because they disturb karma or displease Gaia, they are cardinal sins that have temporal consequences. Obesity, diabetes and heart disease are the highest risk factors in the current pandemic.

    Mainstream medicine has been neutered in its ability to address modern lifestyle choices, be they nutritional, behavioral, or sexual, because the “scientism” that animates modern medicine is non-judgmental. This “scientism” promised a utopia of health, happiness, and freedom from disease, and eventually the answers to all human questions and problems, but also forbids the intrusion of traditional morality into modern mainstream medicine.

    December’s headlines, “H1N1 Pandemic a Dud,” may be true. Or the mounting viral mutations could cause a brutal third wave later this winter. Regardless, it is apparent that scientism has failed to deliver on its grand promises, at least in this current pandemic. The new age Gnosticism inherent in the alternative medicine industry is blind to the reality that human suffering comes from The Fall, the answers to which can be found only in the Cross. Disease will not be eliminated by science or by a healthy lifestyle. It will only end in that place where all tears are wiped away.

    There are messages for us in the midst of this pandemic, in the message of Our Lady of Fatima. Blessed Francisco and Jacinta, please pray for us, and help us discern.

  • In 2000, Cardinal Ratzinger admitted Russia has not been consecrated

    08/07/2014 9:23:34 PM PDT · 6 of 26
    Brian Kopp DPM to steve86

    Any moment now...

  • In 2000, Cardinal Ratzinger admitted Russia has not been consecrated

    08/07/2014 9:20:57 PM PDT · 5 of 26
    Brian Kopp DPM to 2ndDivisionVet

    I searched, and have not found this information posted anywhere on the Internet. For Catholics, it has immense importance.

  • In 2000, Cardinal Ratzinger admitted Russia has not been consecrated

    08/07/2014 9:10:35 PM PDT · 1 of 26
    Brian Kopp DPM
    This may not mean much to many outside the Catholic Church, or for that matter to many within the Catholic Church, but for any committed Catholic paying close attention to Russia, it will have very deep meaning.
  • The Catholic Blogosphere: Q&A with Father John Zuhlsdorf

    08/07/2014 8:44:23 PM PDT · 6 of 7
    Brian Kopp DPM to markomalley

    Superb interview. America Magazine better give duct tape to all their regular readers with instructions to wrap their head tightly prior to reading this.

  • IRS has a “Political Activities Referral Committee” which spies on preaching

    08/06/2014 6:34:03 AM PDT · 7 of 28
    Brian Kopp DPM to The_Media_never_lie; markomalley

    Isn’t there a method for concerned citizens to submit requests of which churches need monitored? If so, the IRS needs to be inundated with demands that minority churches that openly endorse Democrats and permit them to use their pulpits be monitored.

  • WJAS to flip to talk

    08/04/2014 7:14:22 PM PDT · 6 of 9
    Brian Kopp DPM to raccoonradio

    I listened to Quinn & Rose daily here in Johnstown on 104.7 WPGB. Not much chance of picking up an AM station out here. I guess I’ll just have to hope for internet simulcasts/podcasts from the WarRoom.

  • Have Conservatives Become Cafeteria Catholics? (Catholic Caucus)

    08/02/2014 4:22:40 PM PDT · 4 of 10
    Brian Kopp DPM to NYer

    Schismatic trads? Maybe. Conservative Catholics? No.

  • Vatican Announces Desire for More Restrained Sign of Peace at Mass

    07/31/2014 7:56:27 PM PDT · 33 of 123
    Brian Kopp DPM to cherry

    Go ahead and kneel after communion just like your mother did. That is the norm. Standing after communion is an insidious deviation from the norm. I’ve only seen standing after communion when traveling in the more liberal areas and I have always refused to stand at that point. No one ever threw me out for it.

    I also think all of us who are physically able should at a minimum genuflect prior to receiving and receive on the tongue. I admire those who have the courage (and good knees and balance) to kneel and receive on the tongue at all masses, regardless of the availability of a kneeler, an option that all Catholics are free to use and the Vatican has made clear that no priest or bishop may violate. Standing to receive and receiving on the tongue are both indults which could be withdrawn at any time Rome wakes up, while kneeling and receiving on the tongue are still the universal norm and cannot be denied to the communicant.

  • Their Economy Will Collapse, Including Ours (Harry Dent)

    07/30/2014 11:45:40 AM PDT · 4 of 10
    Brian Kopp DPM to wagglebee; narses; Salvation; NYer

    Demography is destiny ping.

  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

    07/23/2014 9:19:29 PM PDT · 35 of 48
    Brian Kopp DPM to spyone
    Yes. He subsequently posted this at the bottom of his blog entry:

    UPDATE 2 – 7/20/2014 @ 8:55AM: My thanks to one of my priestly readers, who kindly pointed out my error in attributing authorship of 2 Timothy to St. John instead of St. Paul. It was the result of some incautious Googling, and the fact that I’m an absolutely terrible exegete. Something in the back of my mind told me to go back and check that before posting, but I completely forgot. It’s nice to have readers who help you correct your silly mistakes instead of exploiting them. The post has been corrected to reflect the correct author.
  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

    07/23/2014 8:51:06 PM PDT · 27 of 48
    Brian Kopp DPM to Talisker; fatima

    We owe obedience to the Pope on matters of Faith and Morals. But popes are infallible only in matters of Faith and Morals. They are not impeccable. They can and do sin. They can and do make imprudent judgments. And when they do Catholics are free to express their opinions in that regard without being accused of “attacking” the Pope.

  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

    07/23/2014 8:46:07 PM PDT · 26 of 48
    Brian Kopp DPM to fatima

    I don’t remember this kind or level of infighting among Catholics faithful to the Magisterium on FreeRepublic or the blogs under Popes JPII or BXVI.

    Wonder why that is?

    Don’t shoot the messenger.

  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

    07/23/2014 8:35:20 PM PDT · 23 of 48
    Brian Kopp DPM to fatima

    I am not attacking Pope Francis. I am defending the Faith.

  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

    07/23/2014 8:34:06 PM PDT · 22 of 48
    Brian Kopp DPM to Talisker

    Another troubling irony is that those who usually attack Catholicism and the papacy seem to want to defend this Pope, and those who usually defend the papacy in general are troubled by him.

    He is popular with the world, often the wrong elements of the world, and I’m not seeing people pouring into the Church and embracing Catholicism as a result of his worldly popularity.

  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

    07/23/2014 8:30:24 PM PDT · 20 of 48
    Brian Kopp DPM to Talisker

    That one case, taken in isolation, I would simply interpret the same as you. Under any other pontificate it wouldn’t raise an eyebrow.

    The problem is that it’s not an isolated case. Taken into consideration with many other cases in this pontificate, it has become a pattern that is very troubling.

    Time will tell.

  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

    07/23/2014 8:23:28 PM PDT · 19 of 48
    Brian Kopp DPM to fatima

    I have a few friends “at the Vatican” too. They’re just as concerned as I am. In fact, if they weren’t so concerned, I wouldn’t be as concerned.

  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

    07/23/2014 8:10:43 PM PDT · 16 of 48
    Brian Kopp DPM to Technical Editor
    How can anyone honestly know Pope Francis' meaning? I'm tired of being told its all just a misunderstanding, that people are lying about what the Pope said, that the media is spinning what the Pope said.

    If any of that were true, the Pope and the Vatican possess more than adequate means of clarifying what the Pope meant and really said, but every time this kind of nonsense happens, all we get from the Vatican is spin and prevarication.

    For the Record: The Essential Rule of Interpretation of Pope Francis

    We had missed the chance to quote this when it first appeared in The Atlantic a couple of months ago, so we post it here for future reference -- since, despite its immense relevance, for the present and for future historians, it is buried deep inside a very extensive article on Benedict XVI.

    Fr. Bernd Hagenkord SJ
    Head of the German-language Section of Vatican Radio
     __________________________________
    Francis knows exactly how power is spelled,” says Bernd Hagenkord, a Jesuit who is in charge of German programming for Vatican Radio. “He’s a communicator in the league with Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. They say he’s being unclear, but we know exactly what he means.
  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

    07/23/2014 8:04:41 PM PDT · 14 of 48
    Brian Kopp DPM to HiTech RedNeck
    Ought there to be an office of Pope at all

    If it was good enough for Jesus, its good enough for us. There are plenty of scriptural proof texts to prove the Papacy was the Will of Our Lord, and early Christian writings that fully back up that interpretation of those proof texts. I'm not interested in rehashing that old debate though.

  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

    07/23/2014 8:01:54 PM PDT · 12 of 48
    Brian Kopp DPM to fatima
    I loved Pope Benedict XVI. I'm very concerned about our present Pope, for the reasons in this article and other reasons. He does not seem to want to promote orthodoxy and orthopraxis; his words and actions seem those of someone more concerned with everyone liking him than with actually saving souls. And compromising the Catholic Faith does not save souls.

    "Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets. "

    - Luke 6:26

  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

    07/23/2014 7:53:07 PM PDT · 8 of 48
    Brian Kopp DPM to fatima

    I love the Church, thanks.

    Loving the Church means asking questions when leaders in the Church may be straying from the deposit of Faith, or leading the Faithful astray. Yes, that even includes the Pope.

    God bless,

    Brian

  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

    07/23/2014 7:19:07 PM PDT · 1 of 48
    Brian Kopp DPM
    "Who am I to judge?"
  • Neb. priest contributes to article linking contraception, breast cancer

    07/21/2014 3:16:26 PM PDT · 3 of 16
    Brian Kopp DPM to NYer
  • Ten Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You

    07/18/2014 3:23:04 PM PDT · 58 of 59
    Brian Kopp DPM to Zionist Conspirator
    if you're afraid to...

    Keep attributing my silence to whatever you like, if it makes it easier for you to live with rejecting Christ. But once you've know Him, he'll chase you till you draw your dying breath, no matter what you post here. You know that in your heart, just accept it and move on.

  • Pope Francis: Man is Center of Universe

    07/17/2014 1:13:27 PM PDT · 22 of 23
    Brian Kopp DPM to RitaOK

    You’re not a blockhead so much as many of us traditional Catholics are cynics. I go to the Novus Ordo Mass five or six days a week. I usually attend a diocesan Extraordinary Form Mass on Sundays. That doesn’t make me a “rad trad.” But even run of the mill trad Catholics faithful to Rome and the Magisterium find this Pope to be at best puzzling and imprudent. Many find him to be exasperating and some think he is a heretic.

    Meanwhile the mainstream Catholic apologetics are doing mental and verbal gymnastics trying to explain away what is terribly clear: we’ve got a Pope who doesn’t care to speak or defend orthodoxy and ortho praxis. That is troubling and most don’t know how to deal with it.

    The easiest thing to do is ignore him and hope for an orthodox replacement in God’s good time.

  • Ten Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You

    07/17/2014 11:56:50 AM PDT · 53 of 59
    Brian Kopp DPM to Borges

    So be it.

  • Ten Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You

    07/17/2014 9:26:36 AM PDT · 51 of 59
    Brian Kopp DPM to Zionist Conspirator

    No, I just don’t care about false religions. I don’t have time to debate them.

  • Ten Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You

    07/17/2014 9:25:41 AM PDT · 50 of 59
    Brian Kopp DPM to Cap'n Crunch
    Prepare yourselves for war, pestilence, persecution and famine.

    Yep. Anybody who has any Faith and spiritual common sense knows it's coming, soon. I'm betting on the collapse starting ... Right after the Synod on the Family. Anyone else want to make their own predictions?

  • Pope Francis: Man is Center of Universe

    07/17/2014 9:03:03 AM PDT · 13 of 23
    Brian Kopp DPM to RitaOK

    Well, consider this:

    According to Fr. Bernd Hagenkord SJ, Head of the German-language Section of Vatican Radio:

    “Francis knows exactly how power is spelled.”

    “He’s a communicator in the league with Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. They say he’s being unclear, but we know exactly what he means.”

  • Pope Francis: Man is Center of Universe

    07/17/2014 8:27:56 AM PDT · 6 of 23
    Brian Kopp DPM to plain talk

    Viva Cristo Rey!

    Anyone who thinks man is king of the universe is practicing and preaching something other than orthodox Catholicism. Yes, man is the pinnacle of God’s creation but man is not and never will be “king” of the universe.

  • Ten Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You

    07/17/2014 8:05:51 AM PDT · 48 of 59
    Brian Kopp DPM to Zionist Conspirator

    Sorry, my plan is to go onward and upward, not backwards. I’m not interested in your justifications for rejecting Jesus Christ. Yes, all Christians sin. No, that is not a good enough reason for rejecting Christ.

  • Ten Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You

    07/16/2014 8:33:00 PM PDT · 41 of 59
    Brian Kopp DPM to Rides_A_Red_Horse
    Possibly, but popes behaving badly does not disprove Catholicism itself. It just proves we're a Church of sinners and at times dolts.

    One Apostle betrayed Christ, the rest fled. That doesn't make the Faith Christ founded wrong either.

  • Ten Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You

    07/16/2014 8:05:48 PM PDT · 40 of 59
    Brian Kopp DPM to Zionist Conspirator
    You think if chrstianity is wrong, then every religion must be?

    Judaism ceased to exist 2000 years ago. Old Testament Judaism is NOT the Judaism practiced today. The latter is a false religion. Not an option, sorry.

  • Ten Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You

    07/16/2014 1:22:46 PM PDT · 33 of 59
    Brian Kopp DPM to Talisker
    you might just end up in...

    ...The Protestant Zone.

    Not a chance. If the Catholics are wrong, then all Christians are wrong, and I won't become a Protestant, I'll become an agnostic or an atheist.

  • Is There Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?

    07/16/2014 6:00:12 AM PDT · 16 of 468
    Brian Kopp DPM to NYer
    Is the growing confusion over Church teaching?

    'Who am I to judge?'

  • Ten Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You

    07/15/2014 8:25:03 PM PDT · 7 of 59
    Brian Kopp DPM to Thane_Banquo
    Maybe some clergy who want to sound nice so the world will like them ought to think about that.

    I think this is Pope Francis' primary weakness. He wants everyone to like him. So he tells people what he thinks they want to hear, or what he thinks will make them like him.

    That is bad enough for a priest in a small hamlet somewhere inconsequential, but it has serious repercussions when you're the Pope.

    And as you said, the world likes this Pope. A lot.

    "Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets."

  • Ten Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You

    07/15/2014 8:02:32 PM PDT · 3 of 59
    Brian Kopp DPM to NKP_Vet

    I sat down with a good holy priest last night, a priest in good standing and in full communion with Rome, and the subject of our Pope came up. He just rolled his eyes. I asked him what the priests who he knows and respects think of this Pope. He said they all just try to ignore him now. Yeah, its that bad.

  • Ukraine crisis poisons Catholic-Orthodox relations

    07/14/2014 1:16:11 PM PDT · 6 of 7
    Brian Kopp DPM to vladimir998

    He made a lot of ecumenical noise while Pope BXVI was still Pope. Now that Russia is squaring off against the Ukraine he has retreated into the stereotypical hysterical Russian myopia. Yes, I am disappointed. I had hoped he was different, not so easily swayed by the former KGB puppet masters that still pull the strings of the ROC.

  • Ukraine crisis poisons Catholic-Orthodox relations

    07/14/2014 11:35:21 AM PDT · 3 of 7
    Brian Kopp DPM to Tailgunner Joe

    Metropolitan Hilarion is a grave disappointment.

  • Desmond Tutu’s Push for Assisted Suicide in England Fuels Prejudice Against Elderly, Disabled

    07/14/2014 11:16:06 AM PDT · 17 of 26
    Brian Kopp DPM to wagglebee

    Gird your loins. This will ratchet up the battle here in the USA by an order of magnitude.

  • The Hermeneutic of...Oh I Give Up.

    07/12/2014 10:05:49 AM PDT · 27 of 229
    Brian Kopp DPM to Mrs. Don-o

    That makes the contrast even more difficult to bear. Can we have our Pope BXVI back now, please?!?

  • The Hermeneutic of...Oh I Give Up.

    07/12/2014 9:38:31 AM PDT · 20 of 229
    Brian Kopp DPM to Legatus

    Years ago, my wife and I attended a Serra club dinner for vocations. It was in a gymnasium at a Catholic university and packed with over 1200 faithful. The keynote speaker was a relatively well known, crusty old orthodox priest who pulled no punches. He said in the times we are living, you keep one eye on your local bishop, and the other on the Pope. If the local bishop goes against the Pope, close that eye. The local bishop was in attendance and was not known for his orthodoxy. He was visibly irritated.

    I guess the corollary now is, we have two Popes. Keep one eye on each, and if one goes against the teachings of the perennial Church, close that eye.

  • Pope Francis “Doesn’t Want to Convert Evangelicals”?

    07/12/2014 9:03:26 AM PDT · 34 of 54
    Brian Kopp DPM to marshmallow
    The Hermeneutic Of Cont...Oh I Give Up

    Some Papal Quotes that somehow and in some way beyond my meager intellect are in continuity with each other, or something.

    First Quote

    Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441. ex cathedra (infallibly defined):
    “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this ecclesiastical body that only those remaining within this unity can profit by the sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and they alone can receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, their almsgivings, their other works of Christian piety and the duties of a Christian soldier. No one, let his almsgiving be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved, unless he has persevered within the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church.” http://www.ewtn.com/library/COUNCILS/FLORENCE.HTM#4

    Second Quote

    “I’m not interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism. I want people to find Jesus in their own community. There are so many doctrines we will never agree on. Let’s not spend our time on those. Rather, let’s be about showing the love of Jesus.” --Pope Francis 2014

    Yeah. Umm. So. Discuss. Or something.

    Bonus Quotes for discussion purposes.

    Pope PIUS IX, the Holy Office-- THE SYLLABUS OF ERRORS CONDEMNED :
    15. Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true. --condemned Allocution "Maxima quidem," June 9, 1862; Damnatio "Multiplices inter," June 10, 1851.
    16. Man may, in the observance of any religion whatever, find the way of eternal salvation, and arrive at eternal salvation. --condemned Encyclical "Qui pluribus," Nov. 9, 1846.
    17. Good hope at least is to be entertained of the eternal salvation of all those who are not at all in the true Church of Christ. -- condemned
    Encyclical "Quanto conficiamur," Aug. 10, 1863, etc.

    18. Protestantism is nothing more than another form of the same true Christian religion, in which form it is given to please God equally as in the Catholic Church. --condemned Encyclical "Noscitis," Dec. 8, 1849.
    http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius09/p9syll.htm

  • Pope Francis “Doesn’t Want to Convert Evangelicals”?

    07/12/2014 9:02:33 AM PDT · 33 of 54
    Brian Kopp DPM to marshmallow

    “I’m not interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism."

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    Pope Francis, who will soon preach at a Pentecostal church in Rome — and plans to offer them “an apology from my church for the hurt it has brought to their congregation.”

    (No word on whether the Penetecostals will apologize for their propagation of heresy.)

    In any case, the Vicar of Christ evidently doesn’t want anything to do with that solemn nonsense known as “evangelization.” Again, he tells a non-Catholic he has no intention to try to convert anyone:

    It’s fair to ask what kind of Catholic Church we as Evangelicals want to see. At lunch I asked Pope Francis what his heart was for evangelism. He smiled, knowing what was behind my question. His comment was, “I’m not interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism. I want people to find Jesus in their own community. There are so many doctrines we will never agree on. Let’s not spend our time on those. Rather, let’s be about showing the love of Jesus.”

    I’ve talked before about Cardinal Kasper’s dismissal of the “ecumenism of return”. People who question why Kasper is a hand-picked adviser of the pope fail to recognize the congruencies in their theology (or anti-theology, as the case may be.) All one needs to do is refrain from projecting the orthodoxy they desire in a pope on a man who holds the office but has little interest in what it is meant to signify, and the mystery solves itself.

    Matthew 7:15-20 comes to mind.

    (Source)

  • Illegal Alien Minors Spreading TB, Ebola, Dengue, Swine Flu

    07/08/2014 12:40:06 PM PDT · 29 of 85
    Brian Kopp DPM to gleeaikin

    Yeah, I call BS on the Ebola claims too. No way is Ebola circulating here without word getting around on the Internet. Let’s see some independent verification of this before believing it.

  • Conservatives on the Supreme Court: All Catholic (vanity)

    07/03/2014 8:31:15 PM PDT · 56 of 157
    Brian Kopp DPM to Religion Moderator

    This thread is hate mongering. But that point seems lost on some.

  • A Church Renovation Worth Celebrating

    07/03/2014 6:11:36 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    Brian Kopp DPM to Salvation

    Unfortunately no. This is in the Diocese of Scranton, northeastern PA, about 4 hours from here.