Fr. Pontifex – We Hold These Truths

Fr. Pontifex – We Hold These Truths

“We Hold These Truths” is a video that we felt needed to be produced in order to clearly state the main issue in regards to the (HHS) Health and Human Services Mandate. The main issue is Religious Liberty. The mandate, as it stands right now, violates the Constitution and specifically the 1st Amendment. We have a right to the free exercise of our religion without violating our consciences. Every American should see this as an important issue. It is not a Catholic issue. It is an American issue. Join the movement at



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Music by Tony Anderson (used with permission):

Behind-the-Scenes Photography:

Directed, Shot & Edited: Rob Kaczmark
Lyricist: Fr. Claude (Dusty) Burns aka Fr. Pontifex
Producers: dUSt, Danny Hidalgo, Kyle Escamilla, Rob Kaczmark
Re-Recording Mixer: Manuel Lopez III

Special thank to St. Thomas More and Rev. Charles Fanelli, Pastor for allowing us to film in the church.

At this time in America we’ve come to the crossroads
Standing with our religious freedom and what we have been told.
We hold these truths to be self evident all men created the same
Endowed with certain unalienable rights that can’t be taken away
They cannot be taken away by man, they were given by the creator
God almighty in Heaven, greater than any legislature
No system, No policy, No mandate has the power
To trample on our conscience and rob us of what is ours
Things that violate health, we are told we must provide
Using faulty percentages to justify conquer and divide
This is not about one issue that we need to just let go
It’s not simply about contraception but about government control
A Year to comply? A Year to deny?
A Year to turn the other way and let our conscience die?
A Mandate that violates the corporate conscience of our faith
And once this door is open every religion and creed is at stake
Every American should see this as a threat to our country’s foundation
Religion doesn’t make us second class, settling for an accommodation
Our conscience is sacred; our freedom of religion is a treasure
Handed to us by Soldiers who fought and sacrificed beyond measure
The 1st amendment protects the free exercise of Religion
To exercise our freedom without living a contradiction
As faithful Americans we HOLD THESE TRUTHS
Life, Liberty and Happiness’ pursuit
This isn’t to be partisan or to endorse a candidate
This is about a plea to the administration to rescind this mandate
And as you deliberate for freedoms sake just remember
We get to use our rights and cast our two cents in November

Fr. Claude (Dusty) Burns
Aka Pontifex

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  1. He may be quoting from the Bible, which includes all the books for 1567 years before the Reformation, the Catholic Catechism,which contains everything we hold as Truths of the Church, and believe in faith, and that are not made up on the moment. The Magistrum is the Teaching body of the Church. The Pope is simply the succor to Peter. Not all he says is infallible; but a body the Church, must have a head, or leader. Peace and goodness

  2. You imitate our virtues, and say they can be lived without God or Creed, but they follow our Moral Structure, and you deny you follow our lead.

  3. Hear the word of the LORD:"If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. If any mischief follows, then you shall give life for life" Human life begins at conception.If God demanded the death penalty on accidental deaths when a woman was pregnant who will defend the wicked murder of babies for profit? Ex 21:22-23

  4. I view it more as a contrast! This is my favorite part: “Our conscience is sacred. Our freedom of religion is a treasure, handed to us by soldiers who fought and sacrificed beyond measure. The First Amendment protects our free exercise of religion. Free to exercise our faith without living a contradiction. As faithful Americans we hold these truths…” RESCIND OBAMA!

  5. Beautifully said: “Our conscience is sacred. Our freedom of religion is a treasure, handed to us by soldiers who fought and sacrificed beyond measure. The First Amendment protects our free exercise of religion. Free to exercise our faith without living a contradiction. As faithful Americans we hold these truths. ”

  6. what denomination though? You’re misinterpreting scripture. Only 144,000 are said to be the ones who will minister to the earth, not only 144,000 are going to heaven…

    Your church is misleading you. What did Jesus come to do if not to save us? Why would God send his son if he planned to stick to only saving 144,000?

  7. Lol.

    Since this is a Religious video, im not going to enter the fray of addressing all of your ignorant comments. Goodbye!

  8. God doesn’t work magic, his work is what we call rationality, pure rationality, as God is pure holiness. Holiness is perfection so yes, God would use the same method every time to lead us back to him in holiness.

  9. I am not Catholic I am non-denominational, but I love God and believe in Jesus Christ. I have viewed Fr. Pontifex and his video’s and I find them profoundly challenging and have a biblical foundation that is undeniable no matter what your denomination is. We may not agree on all things, but at the end of the day what is important is that we agree on this one fact God is God and he uses us people to make a difference in other people’s lives. Love the video’s! Blessings!

  10. I’m not a joke, your projecting your life on me. Look at thing through the Truth of God and you will understand.

  11. there are lots of stupid people here, who do not understand the meaning of religious freedom and how that is guaranteed by the constitution.

  12. Pax!Avé Maria!Santo Padre,em nome de Maria,a Santissima Senhora e como a mais pobre das Suas filhas venho rogar prostrada que passemos das palavras aos actos.É a hora de cumprir ipsis verbis e de coraçao contrito o qu foi pedido com insistência pela Senhora:CONSAGRAÇÂO AO IMACULADO CORAÇÃO DA RÚSSIA! Não ousemos mais ignorar a escada que o PAI nos oferece!Amen.

  13. You’re trying to prove that only 144,000 people are going to go to heaven… Just so I can understand where you’re coming from, what religion are you?

  14. Also, who is the other faithful chosen one you are referring to? I can’t think of any human more favored by God than the woman, who was without sin, that he chose to bear his son. He entrusted many people with important tasks, but none more important than Mary’s. Joseph was also very important, as was John the Baptist, but no one more than Mary. After them, the next most "chosen" was Peter, to whom he entrusted the Church, which is the Catholic church as St. Peter was the first pope.

  15. Oh by the way, JPI280978 also claims that:

    1) Pope Benedict is the literal son of a prostitute and a bishop
    2) Priests killed in the french revolution and spanish civil war had it coming

    Remember that when he’s spewing some crap or another.

  16. I think you should stop copying Jefferson Bethke video format. Be a little more creative on your own maybe?

  17. I am not even Catholic, and I find this man amazing. He has a powerful message, and it needs to be heard.

  18. The scripture actually does not say that only 144,000 Jews go to heaven. What the scripture says is that 144,000 Jews are SEALED. These Jews are sealed for the purpose of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ during the tribulation period. The reason that they needed to be SEALED is because their enemy, Satan, has super natural powers where he seeks to destroy them and stop them from sharing the gospel. The 144,000 Jews are set apart to do the work of God.

  19. I at no point said that no one else was "chosen," rather I said that Mary was the most important of His chosen people. And I feel that you are interpreting that verse entirely wrong. "and the gates of Hades will not overcome it" doesn’t mean people are going to stop dying earthly deaths. I think that is one of the most absurd arguments I have ever heard. If you are any kind of Christian, you know that life does not end with death or the grave. After earthly death, we continue in heaven or hell.

  20. Be more respectful to those trying to lead moral lifes, if anything you are the one brainwashed not to believe their is a God by the common lies of society. Peace.

  21. Oh look, another post by JPI280978, another self-contradiction. In one sentence, the pope apologizes for past harms. In the next sentence, the same does not live the Catholic faith.

    Logic, facts, consistency, mental stability…. things that badly escape JPI280978

  22. No, that is the Holy Spirit. You just attack what your puny human mind cannot, and at this RATE, WILL NOT understand God The Most High Triune God ways. I shudder at where this society is heading. I see a future of murder, adulterers, mass famines, deadly diseases, and more as a consequence from sinning against existence. CHOOSE YOUR PATH WISELY.

  23. When someone dies, he isn’t conscious of his dying. Obviously. Nobody is arguing that. And are you saying that heaven doesn’t exist and that no one goes to heaven? that seems to be your argument, which confuses me because I was under the impression that you were Christian. People live earthly lives, then after they die they go to heaven if they are worthy. How do I know this? because He told us. I have not been mislead.

  24. I wouldn’t bother trying to engage with JPI280978. He’s a conspiracy theory nutjob who literally claims that Opus Dei and the church were behind 9/11, the killing of JFK and RFK, causing earthquakes in Mexico to scare the people, etc. Complete and total bonkers.

    He’ll project his own illness using scripture or apparitions, or some made-up facts. If you don’t buy into it, he’ll claim you have no oil for your lamp, demand "proof" that he could never provide, and generally act like an ass.

  25. We don’t NEED to go through Mary to get to God. We do so because Mary was selected and favored by God himself and is the holiest of saints. She, therefore, has a much greater pull when it comes to God than a typical person. I’m not at all saying God doesn’t listen to our prayers, but when there are so many saints in heaven who can be praying for you too, why not get the extra help? look up "why do catholics pray to mary" on google and click the second link at catholicdoors. its got scripture.

  26. Keep preaching Father. We must stand resolute. Life matters. I am adopted. My spouse and brothers and sister-in-law. All adopted and all of us mattered. God bles our birth-mothers who knew this simple truth. Life mattered even in the womb; it is special and holy. Thank you to them and to you father. Keep up the good work.

  27. The church never persecuted anyone. It calls on everyone to believe the Gospel. Jews and moslems. Some leaders made mistakes but that does not represent the catholic religion as a whole. Maybe thats what National Geo and Discovery channel showed but thats not really it.
    Evil? certainly not. There may be evil acts by clergymen or laity alike but certainly not the Teachings of the Catholic Faith.

  28. You don’t like Catholics because of what? Because you do not know who Jesus is? Because you don’t know the ONE who sent him? Or because his message of Love is to great, and it is hard for your mind to imagine mercy triumphing over Justice. Laoi, when you write these comments you are offending the Moral Law, which cannot contradict itself without consequence. The moral law says to Practice what you preach and be mindful before you speak.

  29. Our Catholic Priests are annointed by God they are sent by Jesus Himself. unlike those sects who just mushroomed around the corners of the world feasting on third world Ignorance.

  30. Speak the truth! you just keep saying this. I am adopted as are many in my family. We mattered from the moment of our conception. The HHS will attempt to force us to violate this most basic belief. I will not comply with laws that violate my deepest held religous principles; no matter the cost to myself. If not resolved, I stand ready to peacefully resist an over reaching government. God bless us all, even if you do not agree.

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