Father Carota on the attraction of islam for even faithful Catholics September 18, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, paganism, priests, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, true leadership.
Some good points below. When one’s Church and culture are a mess, sometimes the grass seems greener on the other side. Western nations have sunk into an historic abyss of immorality. Many people are dismayed at what they see around them. Muslim countries, for all their many problems, errors, and even evils, do seem to be able to enforce some cultural moral standards.
And they seem to have some doctrinal consistency (from the outside) and definitely the fervor of the convicted. To some people, that’s attractive, as Father notes below:
A young man came up to me Sunday after Holy Mass, very very concerned asking if he could just have a few minutes to speak with me.
He had seen on the news all the atrocities that the muslims are doing to the Catholics and christians in the Middle East. His first reaction was to enlist in the military to go to battle against them.
But he thought it would be wise to investigate about the muslim people and their religion before he did so. To his surprise he became very confused. In spite of his predisposition of anger against them, he began to admire them. He saw how they pray, how they strongly believe in Allah and have their countries living by Allah’s rules. [Islam, being a perverted form of Christianity, does contain some truth, just enough truth to be attractive to fallen man (as good Father pointed out in this sermon). And some of "allah's rules" seem to be virtuous and good. But others are absolutely terrible, like polygamy and the general treatment of women as chattel. There is also a culture of lying and thievery that is tacitly embraced within islam, at least with respect to outsiders. But if we do evil to our enemies, does that make us any better than them, Our Blessed Lord asked?]
One web site really moved him when it stated that: “if you were to see Jesus walking down the streets, he would be a muslim with robes and a beard”. [I'm not sure what a beard has to do with Jesus, and He certainly wouldn't be muslim, but he would be virtuous and calling out sin]
“If you were to run into Mary, she would be a muslim with her head covered and modest clothing”. This really made an impression on him. [THIS is a very interesting point. I think it makes a brilliant question. If Our Blessed Mother were to return to earth today, would she not be dressed rather as muslim women do? Has She not appeared so in Her many apparitions? Is that, perhaps, significant? If the Blessed Mother is the model for all women (and men, in a slightly different sense), if She is the embodiment of perfect womanhood, should Her appearance not be emulated? Discuss]
After reflection on all that he knew, he was again convinced that Catholicism is greater than Islam. But he just had to share what he had discovered and how what he had discovered had attracted him and caused him to doubt his faith. Let us never forget, our founder of the Catholic faith, Jesus Christ, never killed anyone. He was murdered on the cross.
I am sure there are many other good people, including Catholics, becoming muslims because as he stated: “We, as Catholics, have become very weak and passive”. [Thousands of post-Christian Europeans have flocked to join ISIS and other islamist groups. Many of these are descendants of muslim lineage, but some are not. While there are always a crazy few, I think there is a growing trend among people in Western culture to be profoundly alienated and disaffected from the culture around them and to seek out something that seems more real. They may write off Catholicism at present precisely because, in the vast majority of what they will find, it is very weak and passive. And they want something strong, committed, and vibrant. Dialogue, is not very attractive to all but committed leftists and academic types.]
As most of you already know and lament, the feminists (that run and have feminized the Church), and the homosexual cardinals, bishops and priests, (whom Pope Benedict called “The Homosexual Mafia”), [I'm not sure Pope Benedict used that term, but he did lament and fight the reality.] have made the Church passive to evil that is everywhere around us. And if you or I might criticize what is happening in the Church, we are silently silenced. [Or loudly silenced. Or just ignored. Or sent to Shafter. Or we have our TLMs taken away. Or......]
It is exactly like in the Old Testament, when everything in Israel was crumbling down, the False Prophets kept saying, “everything is just fine”. And when the True Prophets spoke of doom, they were shunned, beaten, exiled and killed. The pope, the cardinals, the bishops, the religious, the priests all read all about the True Prophets in their Novus Ordo Liturgy of the Hours, yet it goes in one eye and out the other. [Heh. Yes, it sure seems to.]
Do go read the rest. Especially you, DoTDO. You’ll like it.
I think the broader point is an important one to make: not many people, and very few men, are attracted to a weak kneed, lisping, emasculated, self-doubting church. People want certainty in religion, they want to know the Truth and abide by it – unless they simply use religion as a justification to continue in their sin, which certainly fits many people today. I’m talking about people who are honest with themselves, have some desire towards virtue, and are seriously looking for something to fill the void in their lives. Post-conciliar Catholicism simply does not offer that, in the vast majority of locales, which is why most of the Masses are filled with elderly women. I’m speaking broadly, of course, but in many places, that’s the exact truth. People clinging to a religion of their childhood which no longer exists in any discernible way, outside a few well hidden, broadly ignored locales.
I think that is one reason why traditional Catholicism has been growing at an impressive rate. It’s not just the smells and bells, it’s not just the Latin Mass (which is, however, the heart of it all),
traditional real Catholicism satisfies that hunger for Truth and certainty that many people are craving – but it is so little known most of those people never find it and fall into weird cults and false religions which may contain some kernel of what they are looking for. I am struck by how few people I meet even know there is a TLM available in the Dallas Diocese (if they even know what that is), even though quite possibly the largest TLM parish in the world is right here! One might find that a newsworthy item, but apparently not, from the silence that generally surrounds the place.
But still, souls do find their way there, almost entirely by word of mouth. As souls finding the world wanting have always found such places. The difference is that, in the past, great men like Francis Borgia would have numerous witnesses to the Faith that could make them whole, and convert under their influence. Today, such influences are very rare, and so people completely lost, with no sacred hand to guide them, drift into unspeakable evil in their starving hunger to be filled. That is the great tragedy of our times, when so many in the Church have given up on Her sacred mission because it is too hard, too unpopular, too contrary to false shibboleths they hold more dear.
Something fun for a change September 18, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, fun, General Catholic, Holy suffering, manhood, mortification, Papa, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the return, true leadership.
I don’t know if Patrick Archbold at CMR created this or not, but I do thank him for posting it:
I’d certainly like to believe that it’s true.
I am certain Cardinal Burke will take this debasement with the same good grace and faithfulness in which he accepted previous roles in the Church. I pray he will use the suffering this embarrassing demotion will cause for the good of his soul and that of the entire Church. I imagine, like Cardinal Canizares Llovera, Cardinal Burke learned of this development in the press. What a shoddy way to treat people who have, in good faith, dedicated their lives to the Church. Such treatment says something very revealing about those doling it out.
Just a rumor, or? Italian daily reports bishops who accept former FI priests being blacklisted by Pope Francis September 18, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, martyrdom, Papa, religious, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the return.
Tags: deliberate cruelty
The news, every day, just becomes more and more ominous. What we have experienced in the past few weeks is almost surreal in its display of hard-hearted vindictiveness and lock-step authoritarian demands for compliance with the new order, or else. Whatever that new order is.
If the below is true, the animus that is being displayed towards the Franciscans of the Immaculate truly knows no bounds. It seems very difficult to find a reason for such extreme measures, which, as Rorate notes, are unprecedented in the past several CENTURIES of Church history, if true. I have a very difficult time comprehending what possible threat could be posed by these men, dispersed in ones or twos or even in small groups in various dioceses of the world, that could make this kind of action necessary, or anything but a cruel and naked exercise of power – IF TRUE:
Because of the harsh intervention that has brought about the near-destruction of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, many priests of that institute have tried to find refuge by asking to leave the order and be incardinated as secular priests of regular dioceses. Marco Tosatti, the senior religious correspondent for ancient Italian daily La Stampa reports the following:
The transferral of Cañizares to Spain had appeared in the Iberian press – with no small irritation to the interested party – some months before the decision had been made official. And the same thing happens with Burke. [The author of the original Italian piece upon which the Rorate post is based is saying the leak regarding Burke may have been made months before it was intended to take effect. There is a great deal of gossip in the Francis papacy] It is astonishing because no pope before this one – to my knowledge – has anathematized gossip and rumor-mongering, repeatedly and often, as much as the current one; and yet, clearly, his close entourage is not without sin.
And we hope that the unconfirmed report, according to which the Pope is said to have asked for the list of bishops who incardinate in their dioceses the friars of the Franciscans of the Immaculate who wish to abandon the order after its intervention and compulsory re-education, is not true. But unfortunately, we fear the opposite.
Just to be clear, this report is unconfirmed. Even if true, it is possible a report like this could lead to a backlash that could result in an opposite course being taken. But from what we have seen in the past year or so, I fear it is true. My gut tells me it’s true. And if so, it is shocking how much the public rhetoric departs from the behind the scenes acts, is it not? It would seem all that rhetoric about mercy is just to advance a certain ideology, and is not to be practiced, especially not with one’s perceived “enemies” – even if those “enemies” have never harmed you in the slightest. What did our Blessed Lord have to say about that?
Again, just what have these men done that is so absolutely forbidden and evil that they must be so utterly, completely crushed?
I have to wonder if the author(s) of all this destruction will ever lament what he has , what they have, done – will he ever admit it has gone way, way too far? Or are they too ideological, too committed to the process, to ever do so?
I do wonder.
On the plus side, there may be many Saints being formed in this crucible of unending suffering. May God have mercy on them, and on their order.
Too bad they prayed too much, fasted too much, contemplated Our Lord too much, and weren’t “Vatican II” enough. Which latter bit means whatever the progressive overlords want it to mean, from one second to the next.
It’s not easy to stay faithful to a constantly moving target.
This is all so Orwellian it is incredible, but I guess I have to say it one more time – if true.
I think we all know it is.
Islam is a Christian heresy posing as another religion September 18, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, history, priests, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, Spiritual Warfare, true leadership.
I believe this is the same priest that I tried to post yesterday. He’s certainly hitting on all cylinders. I’m sure this one will work, since this is a Video Sancto product, and not my own fumblings.
The priest below lays out the origins of islam as I have always understood them, although I have tended to think the influence upon Mohammad was more Arian than Nestorian, but I could be wrong. I had understood, and it seems supported by many statements from that false religion, that Jesus Christ was a man and great prophet but just a man. Perhaps the greatest of men, but just a man. That is a highly Arian position. But I may have misunderstood subtleties in their position, that may make it more Nestorian.
It is important to understand the etymology of all these early Eastern heresies, still very much with us today in the Church. All of these heresies were dedicated towards stealing honor from Christ and reducing Him to something more natural, less mystical. So you had the Arians claiming Christ was just a man; that was squashed, so the Nestorians came along and said he was not one person with two natures, perfectly melded, one human, one divine, but was somehow two persons, one human and one divine, melded into one body. That was declared heretical, and so the Monophysites came along and said Christ was God, and man, but that his divine nature squashed his human nature and so Christ was not tempted, did not struggle with human desires, etc. That was also declared heretical, and the Monophysites are still around in the Coptic Church today.
I think the priest makes a brilliant point in saying that the many Eastern Church heresies so weakened the Church by the 7th century that it was ripe for the picking by islam’s terrible sword. The priest also notes that islam, unique among all major religions, makes almost all its converts by forced conversion, instead of appealing to people’s reason and the better angels of their nature. There are also very strong pagan and heretical Jewish overtones in islam, which makes sense, since even islam’s own history of Mohammad makes plain he took pieces from various religions extant along the Red Sea coast of Arabia and forged a new religion from the parts. Not only that, but he would try out various beliefs, see which ones appealed to the various tribes he was trying to win over, and then adopted those. Then there is the manifest immorality so prevalent in islam from its very inception, the lack of any miracles to attest to its veracity, and Rushdie seems even tame in the title of his book.
By the way, it pays to pause the video from time to time and read the statements from various Saints on islam. They are quite edifying.
I may have a fatwa against me tomorrow.
May God have mercy on the adherents of all false religions and sects and convert them to His Church.
UPDATE: Dear Readers, sorry for the video problem. It played for me – which I don’t understand, it’s like Google somehow “knew” I was the same person who uploaded it, even through the blog software, and it would play for me on the blog. Can you tell me if it plays, now? It was really a bear getting that thing activated, because it’s longer than the 15 minute limit. Again, excuse the picture, although, in some respects, it does seem apropos.
OK, maybe I highlighted the leaders. I have often wondered what it must have been like, as a Catholic, to have lived through the revolution that was inflicted upon the Church between 1962 and, say, 1972. I know there was much other insanity going on at the time, so it was only a signficant part of a larger picture, but, nevertheless, I have wondered why there wasn’t more opposition, more “thus far and no farther.” Well, it seems there is a determined effort to relive those halcyon days (for the progressives) again. It is odd seeing geriatric men thinking their decades old ideas are “hip” and “with it.”
But the broader question is, if there is a revolution, and it is obvious, what are we going to do about it?
I really like this sermon below. Thanks to reader D for sending it. I am sure it comes from Audio Sancto. There is a real zinger in the last minute, quoting, it is said, Paul VI, in response to a question posed to him, as to why he was so severely against the Traditional Latin Mass, and kept pretending it was “abrogated:”
“He would never permit the “Old Mass” to remain, for to allow the TLM a home within the Church, would mean that many of the other changes made by the ‘modern church’ might be brought into question, and it might, even, bring some elements of the recent Council, perhaps, into doubt.”
The priest then concludes by asking whether many of the destructive changes of the past 50 years ought to be brought into question. A year a go, that question could still be fairly asked, now, I think the question is, what will be left even of that rump of Catholicism that existed, say, in 2012.
The sermon——Oh, you don’t know what a battle I had to get this uploaded. I am sorry for the picture but I am out of time for the day. Just disregard the pic and listen. I do not have time to figure out the movie making software, upload umpteen pics, and do all the rest. Suffice it to say, I will not be providing much competition to Video Sancto anytime soon.
This gets me back to a post I mentioned earlier, another post from Rorate, regarding how the Novus Ordo, or new Mass, was developed. I sometimes feel bad picking on the Novus Ordo, because I know there are many people who simply do not have the TLM as an alternative. I pray every day for that to change. But I think the below is so key in describing what a false, fabricated, underdone, poorly thought out a product the Novus Ordo is. It also reveals how the arch-modernist Bugnini used a weak Paul VI and the still incredibly strong unquestioning, almost unthinking obedience to the Holy See to achieve his most nefarious end:
It was Bouyer who had to remedy in extremis a horrible formulation of the new Eucharistic Prayer II, from which Bugnini even wanted to delete the “Sanctus”. [Knowing how truly awful EPII was and is, can imagine what this must have been like, if what we got was an improvement?] And it was he who had to rewrite the text of the new Canon that is read in the Masses today, one evening, on the table of a trattoria in Trastevere, together with the Benedictine liturgist, Bernard Botte, with the tormenting thought that everything had to be consigned the following morning. [And for this, the Roman Canon, 1700 to maybe 1900 years old, was thrown over]But the worst part is when Bouyer recalls the peremptory “the Pope wants it” that Bugnini used to shut up the members of the commission every time they opposed him; for example, in the dismantling of the liturgy for the dead and in purging the “imprecatory” verses from the psalms in the Divine Office.Paul VI, discussing with Bouyer afterwards about these reforms “that the Pope found himself approving, not being satisfied about them any more than I was,”asked him. “Why did you all get mired in this reform?” And Bouyer [replied], “Because Bugnini kept assuring us that you absolutely wanted it.” To which Paul VI [responded]: “But how is this possible? He told me that you were all unanimous in approving it…” [But Bouyer was far from innocent. One of the original agitators demanding they had the right to change the immortal Mass, to "improve" it, he did recoil when the revolution quickly got out of hand. But see how Bugnini skillfully played one side off the other to keep the revolution always moving forward. This is the dominant view of how the liturgical aspect of the revolution - the driving force for the whole revolution - was carried out. Fr. Cekada argues in his book, however, that Paul VI was far from a hapless dupe in this process, and that he got exactly the "reform" he wanted. Not too many have argued that point as strongly as Cekada, who claims to have seen Paul VI's handwritten notes all over developmental copies of the Novus Ordo. The quote from the sermon above seems to indicate Paul VI had a certain motive for the liturgical deform, doesn't it? But who am I to judge?]Bouyer recalls in his “Mémoires” that Paul VI exiled the “despicable” Bugnini to Teheran as Nuncio, but by then the damage had already been done. [Of course, many reports attribute that sacking to the irrefutable evidence found of Bugnini's masonic membership. It did take place in 1975, after Bugnini had been given over a decade to wreckovate the Mass and entire Church, and over 5 years after the grave deficiencies of the Novus Ordo were well known] For the record, Bugnini’s personal secretary, Piero Marini, would then go on to become the director of pontifical ceremonies from 1983 to 2007, and even today there are voices circulating about him as the future Prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship. …
Sources Confirm – Burke gone from Rota, given debasing position September 17, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, mortification, Papa, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the return.
I’m sure it means something to the Knights of Malta, an invitation only charitable organization composed almost entirely of blue bloods, but this is a truly stunning development. The mask is off, and it’s straight up war. LifeSiteNews has confirmed that Burke will be gone from the Rota and may even be demoted before the Synod so that he cannot take part. This is huge, because I think Cardinal Burke was leading much of the opposition to the Kasperite gambit to destroy marriage and the perceptions of sanctity of the Blessed Sacrament:
Sources in Rome have confirmed to LifeSiteNews that Cardinal Raymond Burke, the head of the Vatican’s highest court, known as the Apostolic Signatura, is to be removed from his post as head of the Vatican dicastery and given a non-curial assignment as patron of the Order of Malta.
The timing of the move is key since Cardinal Burke is currently on the list to attend October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family. He is attending in his capacity as head of one of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, so if he is removed prior to the Synod it could mean he would not be able to attend. [I bet money the goal is to remove him before the Synod, but that may depend on the reaction. We need to get louder, folks. The only thing the new order seems to care about is public perception, so let's give them a very, very bad one]
Burke has been one of the key defenders in the lead-up to the Synod of the Church’s traditional practice of withholding Communion from Catholics who are divorced and civilly remarried.
Most of the Catholic world first learned of the shocking development through Vatican reporter Sandro Magister, whose post ‘Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke’went out late last night.
Things are happening fast, no? It’s almost like they’re building to a thundering crescendo?
That last one reminds me of:
Birds of a feather.
+Burke to be cashiered? September 17, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, martyrdom, Papa, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, the return.
I tell you, Rorate had some very troubling posts in the past 18 hours or so. The focus of this post, the possible (likely, certain?) removal of Cardinal Burke from a position of influence to one of so little value as to be a mighty slap in the face, is, while very newsworthy and immediate, perhaps the less significant of the two posts I am referring to. I will get to the more significant matter later, God willing. Hopefully NC and the other good posters at Rorate do not mind my “ripping off” so much of their material! I do try to be good about attribution!
Anyway, Sandro Magister is reporting that Cardinal Burke will be removed from his role as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the court of final appeal in the Church, and will be named not to a see, not to some other curial post, but to the obscure and strictly ceremonial role of “Cardinal Patron” of the Sovereign Military of Malta, a fine and storied organization to be sure, but one usually given to retirees or strictly as a side job:
The next victim would in fact be the United States cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, who from being prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura would not be promoted – as some are fantasizing in the blogosphere – to the difficult but prestigious see of Chicago, but rather demoted to the pompous – but ecclesiastically very modest – title of “cardinal patron” of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, replacing the current head, Paolo Sardi, who recently turned 80.If confirmed, Burke’s exile would be even more drastic than the one inflicted on Cardinal Piacenza, who, transferred from the important congregation for the clergy to the marginal apostolic penitentiary, nevertheless remained in the leadership of a curial dicastery.With the shakeup on the way, Burke would instead be completely removed from the curia and employed in a purely honorary position without any influence on the governance of the universal Church.This would be a move that seems to have no precedent.
Rorate adds some strong commentary:
If this rumor is confirmed (which seems quite possible, considering Magister’s excellent sources), it is obvious that this very gentle Cardinal will accept it humbly and silently — but, make no mistake, it will the palpable symbol of the hatred (yes, unfortunately that is the precise word) for the person of Cardinal Burke and especially for all that he represents, that is, a life of complete and absolute fidelity to the Authority, Tradition, and Magisterium of the Apostolic See…… [Fr. Blake notes that Cardinal Burke is one of a very few prelates who have never played the episcopal game, never compromised their virtue or ethics. Is there no room for such men in the new order?]
……It would be the greatest humiliation of aCurial Cardinal in living memory, truly unprecedented in modern times: considering the reasonably young age of the Cardinal, such a move would be, in terms of the modern Church, nothing short than a complete degradation and a clear punishment (for what?).
And this disturbing bit, which is, perhaps, the point of it all:
Now, should Magister’s prediction come to pass before the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops convenes in October, this will have another dire effect: the removal of Cardinal Burke from the Synod, which he is set to join on the strength of his position as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. A silencing and removal that will be all the more significant because willed by Pope Francis, and so ill-timed (or so well-timed, depending on which side of the Kasperite proposal one stands.) [And bear in mind, the boy-rape cover up poster boy of Belgium, an extreme dissident, has been appointed to this Synod, as well.]
In the same post, Rorate also quotes an influential Brazilian cardinal as saying the Church has always been seeking a way to recognize “stable” sodomite unions! Think about that word, perhaps carelessly chosen, but nonetheless……always. Do you think this prelate defines the Church as beginning in AD 1965? Even if you grant that, his comment is ridiculous, but when we think of the stand the Church has always taken against this sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance, one has to wonder, to what church does this prelate belong? Even many of the sects would have more than a small problem with this statement.
They are sure coming out of the woodwork, are they not? It’s a veritable Night of the Long Knives at the Vatican. Our new progressive overlords are not so very tolerant towards those who espouse the bad, old religion. For them, there is no mercy, only the mailed fist of naked power.
Pope Francis gives stirring reflection on the need for unity with the Church September 16, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Our Lady, Papa, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the return.
One could even say it is beautiful, in parts. It is occasional statements like this that make me uncertain as to what Pope Francis really believes, how he rationalizes relatively strong statements like this with some others that seem to cause such confusion.
But enough with my impressions, a commenter left a link to another site covering this same info yesterday, and I did not have time to read it. I hope L understands that my return comment to her was general and not in reference to this particular exhortation from the Pope:
Without the Church, which is our mother, we can not go on. This was confirmed by Pope Francis in his sermon for the feast of the Dolors of Mary at Holy Mass in the chapel of the Vatican guest house “Domus Sanctae Marthae.”
After the liturgy of the Exultation of the Cross, we are shown in the present day, a humble and gentle mother. In the Letter to the Hebrews (Heb 5:7 to 9), the apostle Paul emphasizes three powerful words: “Jesus taught, he obeyed and he suffered” (“Though he was a Son, he learned obedience through suffering”; V. 6). The Pope explains this is the contrary to what happened with the progenitor, Adam. He did not want to learn the Commandments of the Lord, nor did he want to suffer or obey. Though he was God, Jesus offered Himself on the other hand, He humbled Himself by becoming the servant: “This is the glory of the cross of Jesus”. [And I like this thought very much, but is it undermined by certain statements to other religions that reject both Christ as God and Mary as Mother of God?]
“Jesus came into the world,” said Francis, “to learn to be human, to be human, to go with the people. He came into the world, to obey, and he obeyed. But he has learned this obedience through suffering. [OK, since I know nits will be picked, I may as well jump the gun. I think this statement can be true in a sense, but Christ, being God, is the perfect embodiment of all virtue, and was just as omniscient as God the Father, being always part of the Trinity even while man, and so He knew obedience perfectly before enduring any suffering. But He did give us the example of obedience through suffering. The translation on Eponymous Flower could be spotty.] Adam has left from paradise with a promise, the promise that has been going on over the many centuries. Today, with this obedience, this self-destruction, with this self-humiliation of Jesus, that promise is to hope. And the people of God go ahead with this certain hope. The Mother, ‘the New Eve,’ as Paul called her, would share this way with her Son: she learned, suffered and obeyed. And she became a mother.”
The Gospel (Jn 19:25 – 27) shows us Mary at the foot of the Cross. Jesus says to John: “Behold your mother” (verse 27). Thus Mary would be “anointed as the mother:”
“And this is our hope. We are not orphans, we have mothers: Mother Mary. But the Church is the mother, and the Church is anointed as mother and she strikes out on the same way as Mary and Jesus, the way of obedience, the way of suffering, and if it continues that attitude to keep learning the way of the Lord. These two women – Mary and the Church – bring forward in hope, which is Christ, they give us Christ, they bear witness to Christ in us. Without Mary, there would have been no Jesus Christ. . “Without the Church, we can not precede.” [And I think that is true. But what is the understanding of the "Church?" Is it the Church of Rome, of the Apostles and the constant line of bishops since and formal communion with Her, or does it exist invisibly and include even people who reject and attack Her? How can we be full "brothers" with protestants who spit on the Blessed Mother? This is where I get confused, not about what I believe, but about what Francis believes. I find it very difficult to reconcile a strong Marian ecclesiology with such a fervent embrace of protestants. Being a former protestant, I well know the degree to which most protestants despise their caricatured understanding of Marian theology, and how much their erroneous understanding of the Blessed Mother distorts their whole approach to Christianity.]
There is more at the link. The lede at Eponymous Flower said, in quotes: “Pope Francis: “No Way For Christians Without the Holy, Hierarchical, Mother Church”, which I didn’t see directly in any of the text, so it’s possible some good parts got left out. Sorry if that is the case. I am out for the day.
What are they thinking? September 16, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, error, foolishness, non squitur, paganism, rank stupidity, secularism, sickness, silliness, Society.
This is a bit non sequitur, but what the heck are these truckers thinking? I see more and more of this lately, truckers sporting huge spikes on the lug bolts of their front tires. Do you know what that could do to some car’s tire? Or another truck? Or even the car itself?
I would say about 1 in 10 or 15 trucks these days has these things. And the number is growing rapidly – I never saw these even a year or two ago. I caught these two in a traffic jam on 635 within a minute or two of each other a few days back.
I don’t know if this is some attempt to be cute, some theft deterrent, or just being “bad,” but I’ll say this – they are dangerous, and I can’t believe they are legal. How would someone like it if I had spinning saw blades mounted on the side of my vehicle? Well……when travelling at any speeds, that’s exactly what these things are.
I suppose, being understanding and all that, they could be just for appearance and are really made out of soft plastic and designed to break away upon contact? But that would still leave a potential to hose up the finish on someone’s car pretty good. On the other hand, they could be a sign of the growing indifference many people have towards their fellow man. I could see someone’s tire getting blown out by these things and then their vehicle flipping and getting run over by the trailer. And wouldn’t that be fun?
Anyone know what’s up with these things?
Centuries of anti-Catholic propaganda have wreaked havoc on the Church September 16, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, General Catholic, history, Holy suffering, horror, martyrdom, paganism, Papa, persecution, secularism, sickness, Society, the enemy.
I found the following excerpt in the neat biography my wife gave me of Pope Leo XIII. Now, the bio was published in 1877, nearly 140 years ago, but even at that time the Church had been under direct and sustained attack from the forces of leftism for over a century. Beginning with Luther’s satanic revolt, building in the rationalism that inevitably followed, and reaching full flower in the socio-political theories of Hobbes, Locke, and others, the state we are in today is the result of 500 years of direct, hate-filled attack on the Church. And it has been hate-filled; from Luther on down, all those who have taken up pen and sword against the Church have been motivated by a perverse self-love which feeds a hatred of the Church that has the temerity to say “no.”
I thought you might find some of the below, taken from pp. 47-52 of Life of Leo XIII:
The more privileged a people is in all the rarest gifts of intellect and heart, the more lavish toward them has been the bounty of Providence in the supernatural order, the deeper will be the perversion effected by an anti-Christian propaganda. What ruin, what desolation is comparable to the sowing of the minds of an entire nation [or an entire Church] with errors, prejudices, passions, which, taking deep root, prevent the possibility of cultivating or planting therein the most necessary and salutary religious notions?
Such had been the process carried on among all classes of the Italian population ever since the days of Voltaire……As in France, so in Italy, skepticism first tainted the upper classes, and from them and by them the intellectual pestilence had been spread downwards through the ambitious middle classes, reaching at length the laboring population in city and country. And so, when the revolution of 1789 first startled Europe by its utterances and innovations, every one of its doctrines found a wide echo in Italy, and too willing apostles among the titled and the learned devoted all their energy and influence to the work of popularizing it. When Voltaire and the Lodge had become incarnate in the Revolution of 1793, and sent their armies into Italy a few years later, there were found, unhappily, but too many influential Italians to hail their advent as the hosts of the new Liberty which denied God and declared war on the existing order of things.
[The people were taught by the revolutionaries......] to despise, to hate, to ridicule, to outrage religion and its ministers; taught Catholics to look upon the august Head of the Church as a usurper in temporal affairs……
The confiscations, the plunder, the destruction, the violation of the most sacred rights, and the disorder thereby caused in the popular mind and heart, in the most deep-seated notions, beliefs, and customs, constituted a condition of things so chaotic that no length of time, no labor of restoration, no efforts of the “discredited” ministers of religion to build up anew the material temple or to win back the confidence of the alienated populations, have achieved anything like a real success, even down to our very day. [Yes, down to our very day. The world never recovered from 1789, or 1776, it's "conservative" progenitor. It is really impossible for us to even know how much our thinking has been altered - compared to Catholics of 300 years ago - by the intervening intellectual "progress." And now the sickness is well-ensconced in the Church. What now?]
How were they to preserve [their children] from the irreligious indifference, the contempt, the hatred of all things holy, the habit of deriding the past, the false notions about liberty, the seductive theories about equality, which were floating forever in the atmosphere, and carried on the wings of the wind like germs of intellectual and moral distempers more fatal than the cholera……
…..The first great triumph of irreligion, in the last half of the 18th century, was to obtain, through the tyranny of the demonic influence of the united Bourbon sovereigns, the suppression of the Jesuits – and to substitute for their numerous colleges in all Latin countries a thoroughly organized system of national non-religious education, as in Spain and Portugal, where the anti-Christian philosophers had it all their own way, on the Voltairean methods which prevaled in France till Napoleon created his National University – the most potent engine, next to the masonic secret societies, ever devised by Caserism to take the youth of a nation out of the hands of Christian parents and the influence of the Church.
That last bit is interesting, because it is my contention the Jesuits never recovered from the 1773 disbanding of the order and even when reconstituted absorbed some of the choleric atmosphere mentioned above, which laid the seeds for the Jesuit’s future and ongoing destruction. It is amazing how influential the Jesuits have been in spreading many of the most egregious and damaging leftist/modernist beliefs in the Church over the past 150 years or so – it’s almost as if, chastened by their earlier (and unjustified) disbandment, they resolved to learn some of the new order so as to be more acceptable, insuring they never met the same fate twice. But they learned the lesson too well, and became what they had always, always fought against.
For the past 100 years, Jesuits have done more damage to the Church than any other group, perhaps leaving aside the Germanic episcopate. Maybe they should never have been reestablished?