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Atheist group urges boycott of Mother Teresa stamp

Posted by Efrain Cortes on January 29, 2010 at 7:59 PM Comments comments (3)


Following the U.S. Postal Service announcement that they are featuring the late Mother Teresa on an upcoming stamp, the atheist group Freedom from Religion has urged its supporters to boycott the stamp on the grounds that it violates postal regulations.

Holy Father declares World War II Pope is Venerable

Posted by Efrain Cortes on December 19, 2009 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0) City, Dec 19, 2009 / 12:12 pm (CNA).-


In a recent round of authorizations by Benedict XVI on Saturday, Pope Pius XII was proclaimed as having displayed exemplary and “heroic virtue” in his life. The Holy Father's decision to move ahead with the declaration rebuffs claims that Pius XII did nothing to help the Jews during World War II. He now needs two miracles to be officially attributed to him to become a saint.

John Paul II declared Venerable, moves one step closer to sainthood

Posted by Efrain Cortes on December 19, 2009 at 2:29 PM Comments comments (0) City, Dec 19, 2009 / 11:28 am (CNA).-


Pope Benedict XVI has signed a decree recognizing the late Pope John Paul II's life of “heroic virtue.” With his signature, Benedict XVI throws the door wide open to the beatification of the much-loved Polish Pontiff and gives him the title "Venerable."

Obama Avoids Mention of God on Thanksgiving

Posted by Efrain Cortes on November 29, 2009 at 7:41 PM Comments comments (0)

By Kathleen Gilbert


WASHINGTON, D.C., November 27, 2009 ( -


President Obama's brief proclamation of Thanksgiving Day on November 26 was unique among all recorded Thanksgiving proclamations by his predecessors: it is the first one that fails to directly acknowledge the existence of God.


The beneficence shown by God to America is a theme that traditionally defines the Thanksgiving holiday, and this theme is strongly emphasized in the original Thanksgiving Day proclamations and consistently acknowledged even by modern presidents.

Scientist says to be 'very careful' when interpreting writing on Shroud of Turin

Posted by Efrain Cortes on November 26, 2009 at 7:29 PM Comments comments (1)

Rome, Italy, Nov 25, 2009 / 07:21 am (CNA).-


A researcher in the Vatican secret archives claims to have interpreted a death certificate supposedly imprinted on the Shroud of Turin. However, a leading scientist and researcher on the Shroud cautions against reading too much into the images.

California diocese 'the most gay-friendly in the nation'

Posted by Efrain Cortes on November 25, 2009 at 7:44 PM Comments comments (0)

Catholic World News



A Silicon Valley newspaper is reporting that under the leadership of Bishops Pierre DuMaine (1981-98) and Patrick McGrath (1999-present), the Diocese of San Jose has become “the most gay-friendly in the nation.”

What a Sedevacantist Does Best!

Posted by Efrain Cortes on November 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM Comments comments (7)

Fellow Catholics, what follows is a posting by Sedevacantist, Steven Speray. In it, Speray does what Sedevacantists do best – malign and besmirch!

In this case, the maligned and besmirched happens to be yours truly. Not to worry, I have been blessed with very thick skin. At the end of Speray's irresponsible diatribe, I will proceed to lay out the facts. Which is what Speray should have done before jumping to conclusions.

Yet again, Speray is simply doing what a sedevacantist does best.

Now, let's give Speray the floor:

Days after I wrote a rebuttal to his article that states that Catholics can reject 3 Catholic Councils, I was arded with comments in support of Cortes.

First, Cortes wrote in a comment in attempt to refute me. After I had thoroughly debunked his anti-Catholic attempt, comments came in from a Debbie Samuals, John Dern, Martin Sabel, Andrew Webb, Miguel Cintron, Charlie White, Mike Lewis, and Dave Peterson, supporting Cortes as a champion of orthodoxy and honesty.

However, this group of Cortes supporters is none other than Cortes himself masquerading as eight different personalities.

How do I know?

Computers leave an identification number that can be traced. Service providers such as the ones that Cortes uses assign specific, long term IP addresses to each individual computer.

Four of the comments came from the same computer that Efrain Cortes had first commented using his real name. The other four were also from the same computer. Cortes probably used his work computer since the times from the other four came in at the proper work hours.


In one of his comments from his fake name Mike Lewis, Cortes states, “cortes… is honest.”

In another comment under his fake name Charlie White, Cortes states, “Speray should give up this charade. Why does he feel like he has to respond to every single person that disagrees with him? Cortes is right on. Speray is really childish. can’t he take a little criticism? and by the way, cortes did not put me up to this. grow {up} speray!! “

Other funny comments from Cortes under his fake names include:

“You really are funny Speray. Cortes Rocks!!!”

“Speray just does not see this because he is blinded by Satan.You go Efrain!!!

“Cortes’ contradiction argument is awesomely logical.”

“Sorry Speray, you lose badly!”

The last three comments, I replied to him by hinting that I knew who it was by saying,




What does Cortes do?

He replies back under another fake name John Dern and states:

“You lost the argument fair and square. Get over it Speray and move along. Why does it surprise you cortes has so many supporters? I’ve known Cortes through his website Against All heresies for years. I also have seen his e-mail debates with you and the Haltom fellow.”

“Cortes is light years ahead of you. Not only as it pertains to apologetics but in class and humility.”

How sad it is that Mr. Cortes would go to such great lengths to win an argument.

Perhaps, the line that goes, “He believes the truth is so important, he’s willing to lie about it” applies in this case.

The fact is Mr. Cortes is through. He will never be credible again (not that he ever was.)

Mr. Efrain Cortes is a complete fraud and now the world knows the truth about him.

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Fellow Catholics, a couple of days ago a friend of mine alerted me to this posting by Sedevacantist, Steven Speray. The initial reaction was laughter on my part. Then I began feeling sorry for Speray.

Speray truly believes he has proven something here. However, the only thing Speray has proven is what I have always known about Sedevacantists. That is:

Sedevacantists will jump at the first shred of what appears to be evidence and run with it, so long as they believe the so called “evidence” proves their point.

The problem with implementing such a tactic is that Sedevacantists always end up with egg on their face as a result of employing such a tactic - as will be the case in a few moments.

Now, there is one major flaw in Speray's rash assumption. That is, my “specific, long term IP address” is not, as Speray recklessly asserts. My IP address is 74,131.139.200.

As I am sure Speray is reading this at the moment, if he will go to his website where I visited a few minutes ago in order to copy and paste his poor attempt at investigative reporting, he will see my correct IP address in the stats section of his website.

Now, Speray is partially correct about one thing. That is, and are the IP addresses to a couple of computers at my place of work. So, does this mean Speray is correct, has the Sedevacantist caught me red handed?

Absolutely not!

You see fellow Catholics, I work at an apartment complex in Lexington KY. As I am sure many of you are well aware, apartment complexes offer many amenities in order to lure potential residents. One such amenity offered by the complex where I work is what is referred to as a, “computer center.”

This computer center offers three computers for the residents and are mainly used by college kids.

Now the original comment I posted on Speray's site was indeed posted on one of those computers. I posted it on a weekend on which I had to work. However, The other comments were not mine.

You see, the computer center is open to those who live at the complex. Many of these, as I have stated, are college kids (25% to be exact).

On the day I posted the comment, I did not log off of the computer since I was in a hurry (the computers are for residents, not maintenance staff).

This means anyone could have seen what I had just posted on Speray's site and decided to play games with Speray. Or, these are indeed people who supported my effort, as there are those at the complex who do.

It must further be kept in mind, that I have been running a website – operating it, editing it, writing it, since 2001. Speray is a fool to believe I am unfamiliar with IP addresses and the fact website providers, such as wordpress (Speray's provider), track IP adresses as part of their stats check. I have known this little detail for nearly a decade!

Therefore, I would not be so ignorant as to attempt what Speray has rashly accused me of.

What is one to expect, however, when dealing with those whose nature it is to make rash assumptions? For if Sedevacantists, such as Speray, are accustomed to launching unfounded accusations at the Vicar of Christ, it would surely not be any skin off their back to launch them at yours truly.

Yet this is what happens when a Sedevacantist loses an argument. He gets creative (for lack of a better word).

What Speray does not seem to understand is the minute he refers to the Vicar of Christ, whether he believes this to be true or not, as a “devil” - his, already weak argument, is lost.

Yet again, Speray has proven my point: Sedevacantists will grasp at anything that seems to confirm what they believe, even if they loose all credibility in the process.

Finally, Speray has also managed to prove he has no business whatsoever operating a public forum. For he is an amateur of the highest caliber, in my humble opinion.

Here is a tip for Speray from one who has been in the game for much longer than he:

Double, triple, quadruple check your story before going public with it.

God bless fellow Catholics.



Shocking H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Miscarriage Stories From Pregnant Women - Tell Your Doctors That Vaccines And Pregnancy Do Not Mix!

Posted by Efrain Cortes on November 11, 2009 at 8:41 PM Comments comments (0)

Spirit Daily--


U.S. health authorities have made pregnant women one of the highest priority groups for getting the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, but is it actually safe for pregnant women and their babies? Well, the truth is that miscarriage reports from pregnant women who have taken the H1N1 swine flu vaccine are starting to pour in from all over the nation. Vaccines and pregnancy simply do not mix safely

Holy See says beatification of John Paul II not imminent

Posted by Efrain Cortes on November 4, 2009 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Vatican City, Nov 4, 2009 / 04:49 pm (CNA).-


The Holy See’s press office has denied a report published by the Italian daily La Repubblica, which made claims that John Paul II will be beatified in 2010 and that Rome and Krakow are locked in a dispute over which city will host the ceremony.

Bishop's phone message praises lawmaker who backs legalized abortion, same-sex marriage

Posted by Efrain Cortes on November 2, 2009 at 7:12 PM Comments comments (0)

Catholic World News --


Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn has recorded a telephone call praising Assemblyman Vito Lopez, a state lawmaker who helped derail a bill that would have lifted the statute of limitations in clergy sex-abuse cases. Earlier this year, Assemblyman Lopez sponsored, and voted in favor of, a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York. In 2008-- as in previous elections-- Assemblyman Lopez was endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice New York PAC.