I wish you all a most blessed Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

 

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I wish you all a most blessed Feast of St. Clare of Assisi!

 

Franciscan tertiaries may obtain a plenary indulgence this day by renewing their profession and performing the usual conditions required for a plenary indulgence.

 

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For the sake of argument, let us take for granted that Ambrose Moran truly underwent an episcopal consecration ceremony in 1976 by an Orthodox bishop, and since the Catholic Church has historically accepted the validity of the sacraments administered by the Orthodox, would we not therefore be able to conclude that Ambrose Moran is truly a bishop?  The simple answer is “no”.  Let me explain.  When the Catholic Church teaches that the Orthodox have valid sacraments, we must understand that there are some general assumptions being made, such as:

 

1. The priest or bishop is truly a priest or bishop.
2. The priest or bishop has the right intention, that is, to do what the Catholic Church does.
3. The rite itself has valid matter and form.
4. The rite is scrupulously adhered to.

 

Now when the administration of the sacraments is under the control of the Catholic Church, the above assumptions are generally not questioned and therefore one may have a moral certitude as to the validity and consequent acceptance of the sacraments administered by Catholic clergy.  However, this is not the situation with the sacraments administered by the Orthodox; rather, each case must be investigated.  We must remember that the Orthodox have been in schism with the Catholic Church for nearly a millennium.  During that time there have been many factions that have broken off from each other and even disagree with each other for one reason or another regarding, for example, who is a valid priest or bishop.  What has happened to the Orthodox is akin to what has happened to the Protestants after they broken off from the true Church of Christ in the 16th century; they have become a mess.  Understanding this, then, and even when one can prove that he underwent an episcopal consecration ceremony by an Orthodox bishop, we cannot as Catholics claim to have a moral certitude that he is truly a bishop without a thorough investigation being done, which needs to consist of the following, at a minimum, by the competent authorities1:

 

1. That the rite used was a received and approved rite of the Catholic Church.
2. That the rite was scrupulously adhered to.
3. That the supposed bishop performing the consecration was truly a bishop.  This would involve investigating points 1 and 2 for him and all those in his line going all the way back to the last Catholic bishop.

 

You can foresee that this could be an exhausting and time consuming process, and yet still end up with uncertain results.

 

In regards to Ambrose Moran’s case, even if we take for granted that he truly underwent a consecration ceremony by an Orthodox bishop, we cannot have a moral certitude that he is a valid bishop.  The above formula would have to be applied by the competent authorities.  But what if we can prove that his consecration was probably valid?  Would not this, then, make it morally lawful to receive the sacraments from him?  The simple answer again is “no”.  The following proposition was condemned by the Holy Office in 1679 under Pope Innocent XI:

 

“It is not illicit in conferring sacraments to follow a probable opinion regarding the value of the sacrament, the safer opinion being abandoned, unless the law forbids it, convention or the danger of incurring grave harm.  Therefore, one should not make use of probable opinions only in conferring baptism, sacerdotal or episcopal orders.”
(Denzinger 1151)

 

Therefore, even if we take for granted that Ambrose Moran underwent a consecration ceremony by an Orthodox bishop and that we can prove that his consecration was probably valid, it would still be morally unlawful to receive the sacraments from him.  We must first have a moral certitude that he has the power to confer the sacraments, which would need to consist of the competent authorities first proving with a moral certitude each point of the formula stated above.

 

In addition to needing to prove with a moral certitude each point of the the formula, note that I qualified that the investigation be done “by the competent authorities”.  Can we consider Fr. Pfeiffer and/or Fr. Hewko competent authorities to prove with a moral certitude that Ambrose Moran is a true bishop?  One of the requirements of a competent authority should be that he have no vested interest in the case in question.  Otherwise, he will be biased to seek evidence in favour of his wish or determined position. Now the Kentucky Fathers have made their position clear; they accept Ambrose Moran as a true bishop.  They originally arrived at this conclusion almost three years ago because of statements made by Ambrose Moran and documents received from him, despite the evidence presented to the contrary.  From the start, the original investigation on their part was biased because they needed a bishop for their seminary.  Since then, they have become more desperate for a bishop, so much so that they approved the recent conditional ordination of Fr. Poisson from the hands of Ambrose Moran.  Now I hear that Fr. Pfeiffer is likely to come out soon with some presentation providing evidence of the validity of the episcopacy of Ambrose Moran.  Will this evidence be evidence already presented or new evidence?  If it is the former, then this evidence has already been sufficiently refuted to at least place a positive doubt on the matter; if it is the latter, then how unbiased will this evidence be when Fr. Pfeiffer has already doubled down by the approval of the conditional ordination of Fr. Poisson?

 

In conclusion, even if we take for granted that Ambrose Moran truly underwent an episcopal consecration ceremony in 1976 by an Orthodox bishop, we cannot state with a moral certitude that he is truly a bishop unless a thorough investigation is done, which needs to consist of the following, at a minimum, by the competent authorities1:

 

1. That the rite used was a received and approved rite of the Catholic Church.
2. That the rite was scrupulously adhered to.
3. That the supposed bishop performing the consecration was truly a bishop.  This would involve investigating points 1 and 2 for him and all those in his line going all the way back to the last Catholic bishop.

 


If the validity of one’s priesthood is in question, then a thorough investigation would need to be done, which needs to consist of the following, at a minimum, by the competent authorities:

 

1. That the rite used was a received and approved rite of the Catholic Church.
2. That the rite was scrupulously adhered to.
3. That the supposed bishop performing the ordination was truly a bishop.  This would involve investigating points 1 and 2 for him and all those in his line going all the way back to the last Catholic bishop.

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The August 2018 issue of The Catholic Candle is available here for download.

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In September 2017, without any solicitation on my part, I was contacted via e-mail by a Mr. James DeSantis.  He wrote that he saw pictures on this Ambrose Moran website and that he recognized Ambrose Moran as a Catholic elementary school teacher that he had in Grade 8 of the 1970 to 1971 school year at Incarnation School in Queens Village, New York.  One of the pictures that most caught Mr. DeSantis’ attention was that of William Moran as a seminarian in 1971 (see below).  According to Mr. DeSantis, that is the way William Moran looked at that time, but that he was not a seminarian; rather, he was a school teacher.  William Moran was introduced in September 1970 as Brother William Moran.

 

Mr. DeSantis graduated from Incarnation School in June 1971.  Therefore, he no longer had contact with William Moran after that.  However, he had friends in earlier grades that could vouch that William Moran remained a school teacher in the 1971 to 1972 and 1972 to 1973 school years.  It was in 1973 that Mr. DeSantis learned that the school discovered some time in the 1971 to 1972 school year that William Moran was not actually a brother and that some time in the 1972 to 1973 school year he was dismissed from the school.  Furthermore, Mr. DeSantis learned that William Moran was dismissed from a seminary prior to his arrival at Incarnation School (I believe this may be the seminary written about in this post).

 

As evidence of William Moran being a teacher during at least two of the mentioned years, Mr. DeSantis provided me over the course of our communications (via e-mail and over the phone) class pictures of the 1971 to 1972 and 1972 to 1973 school years that were provided to him by students of earlier grades.  You can find William Moran to the left hand side of the pastor who is in the middle of each picture.  Unfortunately, Mr. DeSantis could not find a class picture of the 1970 to 1971 school year, but is willing to put his testimony on the line by communicating with anybody interested in doing so.  Mr. DeSantis can be reached at “jvdesantis@gmail.com”.  Please forgive Mr. DeSantis if he takes several days to get back to you as he is a businessman often on the move.

 

I provided the two class pictures to Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko (one picture was provided in September 2017 and the other in December 2017) shortly after I received them from Mr. DeSantis.  I questioned the Fathers on how William Moran could be ordained a priest by Cardinal Slipyj in 1974 when he spent the three previous years as a school teacher rather than as a seminarian.  Neither of the Fathers responded to me.

 

My friends, if we take the testimony of Mr. DeSantis and the evidence of the two class pictures presented in this post along with the several other pieces of evidence presented in my other posts, the story given by Ambrose Moran that he was ordained a priest in 1974 and consecrated a bishop in 1976, both by Cardinal Slipyj, just doesn’t add up.  Furthermore, it is dangerous to assume that Ambrose Moran’s alleged ordination in 1974 and consecration in 1976 by Orthodox bishops were valid.  Even if one accepts that the Orthodox ordination and consecration ceremonies did truly occur and that they were probably valid, it is still not sufficient in the moral order to receive the sacraments from him (refer to Denzinger 1151).  Yet recently we had Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko approve of Ambrose Moran conditionally ordaining Fr. Poisson, former priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter.  Now that the Fathers have gone down this road, do not be surprised if Ambrose Moran sooner or later administers the Minor and Major Orders to their seminarians.

 

Things are getting really messy in Boston, Kentucky!

 

 

 

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Why?

 

http://www.roderickrichards.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMrUtf1oKdQ

 

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August 12, 2018 Update:  I was informed by Martin Dougherty that he marked this YouTube video as private due to complaints he received.  Therefore, unless one knows the direct video link, the video is almost as good as non-existent.

 

August 4, 2018 Update:  I have been informed that the YouTube video is available (see below).  However, I could not find it in the list of videos on the channel itself, so I assumed that it was removed.  If someone can find the video in the channel list, please write to me at “info@ecclesiamilitans.com”.

 

 

August 3, 2018 Original Publication:

 

Why?

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2ZFU2amJsNolPTD2FVDxDA

 

Scrubbed.

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Why?

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV1QyIsnVeRDWNLvKsLSveA

 

Scrubbed.

 

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Monastery in Columbia – Three years of construction and hard work…..

…..and then taken away from Fr. Rafael in one fell swoop.

Leased monastery in Ecuador

Girls trying out their vocation at a convent in Ecuador

Building of the new St. Joseph’s Monastery in Mexico

Field view of St. Joseph’s Monastery in Mexico with three new cells finished

Chapel inside the walls of St. Joseph’s Monastery in Mexico

Hike with brothers in countryside around St. Joseph’s Monastery in Mexico

Brothers taking a break

Chapel outside the walls of St. Joseph’s Monastery in Polotitlan, Mexico

Another picture of the chapel outside the walls of St. Joseph’s Monastery

Yet another picture of the chapel outside the walls of St. Joseph’s Monastery

Mission in Monterrey, Mexico

Mission in Cuenca, Ecuador

Mission in Chiclayo, Peru

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sermón X d Pentecostés

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