How to be a Catholic: Episode #9: How to choose the City of God

In this episode, Br Bugnolo comments on Apocalypse 18:4-8:

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying: Go out from her, my people; that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and the Lord hath remembered her iniquities. Render to her as she also hath rendered to you; and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup wherein she hath mingled, mingle ye double unto her. As much as she hath glorified herself, and lived in delicacies, so much torment and sorrow give ye to her; because she saith in her heart: I sit a queen, and am no widow; and sorrow I shall not see. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine, and she shall be burnt with the fire; because God is strong, who shall judge her.

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7 thoughts on “How to be a Catholic: Episode #9: How to choose the City of God”

  1. Thank you very much for this video. I downloaded The City of God (transl. Marcus Dods) from gutenberg and I will read it. I need it, because I just passed by the local Catholic Church, where today the booster-vax is given. A continuous stream of double-vaxxed and face mask wearing people went in through the side door for their third shot, and out through the main door. Not just the “old” and the “vulnerable”, but mostly the young and able-bodied. A most disturbing sight, accompanied by the Angelus bell at 12:00. Even the churchbell sounded sinister. And this in the traditionally most Catholic part of the Netherlands.
    Br Bugnolo, thank you once again for all your hard work. You are a beacon of light in an ocean of darkness.

  2. Dear Br. Bugnolo,
    Thank you so much for these videos. Please keep them coming!

    Also, grateful you have recovered from your illness.

    Many prayers

  3. I did not know the Cardinal Burke said that Benedict’s renunciation was invalid nor that Benedict said his renunciation was invalid. But I knew something was very wrong when I began to read Amoris Laetitia. And now Bergoglio will make a new catechism? God save us. Thank you, Br. Bugnolo, for your videos. God bless you.

  4. Thank you Br Alexis! It is a true sign of Christ when a man admits his failures and that he was wrong; and even more beautiful when he acknowledges another who was correct when he didn’t see it. Like you, I knew something was wrong from the beginning- just a “feeling of dread” when he stepped out after the conclave. Between Ann Barnhardt and you, I now understand. Pax Christi!


    Q. 279. How many kinds of actual sin are there?
    A. There are two kinds of actual sin — mortal and venial.
    Q. 280. What is mortal sin?
    A. Mortal sin is a grievous offense against the law of God.
    Q. 281. Why is this sin called mortal?
    A. This sin is called mortal because it deprives us of spiritual life, which is sanctifying grace, and brings everlasting death and damnation on the soul.
    Q. 282. How many things are necessary to make a sin mortal?
    A. To make a sin mortal, three things are necessary: 1.a grievous matter, sufficient reflection, and full consent of the will.
    Q. 283. What do we mean by “grievous matter” with regard to sin?
    A. By “grievous matter” with regard to sin we mean that the thought, word or deed by which mortal sin is committed must be either very bad in itself or severely prohibited, and therefore sufficient to make a mortal sin if we deliberately yield to it.
    Q. 284. What does “sufficient reflection and full consent of the will” mean?
    A. “Sufficient reflection” means that we must know the thought, word or deed to be sinful at the time we are guilty of it; and “full consent of the will” means that we must fully and willfully yield to it.
    Q. 285. What are sins committed without reflection or consent called?
    A. Sins committed without reflection or consent are called material sins; that is, they would be formal or real sins if we knew their sinfulness at the time we committed them. Thus to eat flesh meat on a day of abstinence without knowing it to be a day of abstinence or without thinking of the prohibition, would be a material sin.
    Q. 286. Do past material sins become real sins as soon as we discover their sinfulness?
    A. Past material sins do not become real sins as soon as we discover their sinfulness, unless we again repeat them with full knowledge and consent.
    Q. 287. How can we know what sins are considered mortal?
    A. We can know what sins are considered mortal from Holy Scripture; from the teaching of the Church, and from the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church.
    Q. 288. Why is it wrong to judge others guilty of sin?
    A. It is wrong to judge others guilty of sin because we cannot know for certain that their sinful act was committed with sufficient reflection and full consent of the will.
    Q. 289. What sin does he commit who without sufficient reason believes another guilty of sin?
    A. He who without sufficient reason believes another guilty of sin commits a sin of rash judgment.
    Q. 290. What is venial sin?
    A. Venial sin is a slight offense against the law of God in matters of less importance, or in matters of great importance it is an offense committed without sufficient reflection or full consent of the will.
    Q. 291. Can we always distinguish venial from mortal sin?
    A. We cannot always distinguish venial from mortal sin, and in such cases we must leave the decision to our confessor.
    Q. 292. Can slight offenses ever become mortal sins?
    A. Slight offenses can become mortal sins if we commit them through defiant contempt for God or His law; and also when they are followed by very evil consequences, which we foresee in committing them.
    Q. 293. Which are the effects of venial sin?
    A. The effects of venial sin are the lessening of the love of God in our heart, the making us less worthy of His help, and the weakening of the power to resist mortal sin.

  6. The City of God was first assaulted by Vatican II. The focus of the Church was put upon “modernization”. What an absurdity. Now the Marxist elements of the clergy have brought us to the current situation of blatant heresy.

  7. Br Bugnolos videos seem to challenge me to consider things that the entire Vatican 2 Church have seemingly cast aside for 50 years now. Things that are necessary for salvation. Thank God he is challenging us to look at the truth and presenting evidence to support it. A mindset change is hard. I pray God gives everyone the grace to accept the truth and love it including myself

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