Before I go for the weekend (and what a week it has been!), here is some disturbing polling data – that confirms many other recent polls – that anywhere from 50-60% of Americans now favor state recognition of so-called same-sex marriage, with those opposed falling in some polls down to only 1/3 or so of the population. We are plainly losing badly on this matter, even if individual polls tend to exaggerate the degree of support.
I agree with Father Michael Rodriguez, sodomite marriage will be the law of the land in these 50 states within a few years, at most, and this nightmare will be the vehicle of the persecution.
What is even more disturbing, is that this support may not be as much due to cultural pressure as I thought. There is a tendency in polling – which can be dramatically exaggerated by how questions are formed – to give what the respondent feels is the “correct” response. For example, people who answer a religious survey as to religious affiliation as Catholic, tend to overestimate their Church attendance by a factor of two – that is to say, 40% claim they assist at Mass weekly, when the real number is under 20%. But Catholics are expected to assist at Mass regularly, so people tend to give what they know is the expected answer – at least, good number of people do so.
So, if people think most others believe homo-marriage is preferred by others, they would tend to answer that they support it, even if they are waffling or unsure, because that is the expected “correct” answer. But further poll data actually shows Americans are pretty clueless on the degree of public support for this radical redefinition/destruction of marriage, so that bias may not be as significant as I once thought.
Nevertheless, there does remain heavy cultural pressure in favor of this state recognition of immorality as “marriage,” through films, music, TV, etc. This pressure is slowly converting people to a position that would have utterly mortified virtually every preceding generation of Christendom going back many, many centuries.
Bring on the persecution. It will open the doors of Heaven to many faithful, and will plant the seed of a glorious restoration of Christendom – provided we are not nearing the Parousia!
I’m out of time, have a blessed weekend.
Matthew VIII and ecumenism with Jews March 7, 2014Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, Bible, catachesis, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
The Gospel for the Thursday after Ash Wednesday in the 1962 Missal (actually, mine is 1945, but the reading is the same) is from Chapter VIII of St. Matthew’s Gospel (verses 5-13). Towards the end, Our Blessed Lord says some things that would appear, to me, to contradict much of the modern “ecumenical” attitude in the Church, especially with regard to the Jews:
At that time, when Jesus had entered into Capharnaum, there came to Him a centurion, beseeching Him, and saying: Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy and is grievously tormented. And Jesus saith to him: I will come and heal him. And the centurion making answer, said: Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers, and I say to this: Go, and he goeth; and to another: Come, and he cometh; and to my servant: Do this, and he doeth it.
And Jesus hearing this, marveled, and said to them that followed Him: Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel. And I say to you that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven: but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said to the centurion: Go and as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee. And the servant was healed at the same hour.
While this Gospel is normally taken as a glorious exegesis on faith, which it is of course is, this second half is also most significant. In it, Christ refers to the Gentiles being the prime recipients of the New Covenant, and prophesies the Jewish rejection of the same. There were certainly many Jewish converts to the early faith, and the Apostles were entirely Jewish in origin, but we also know from 2000 years of history that many Jews, and especially the Jewish religious establishment, rejected Christ’s Sacrifice, the life of Grace, and the entire New Covenant.
And, Our Blessed Lord seems to make clear that this rejection will result in their damnation. He refers specifically to the children of the present kingdom – the Old Covenant, the Jewish religious state, then under Roman domination, but formerly with their own kings – as being cast out for their refusal to accept Christ.
Unfortunately, the post-conciliar ecumenical movement, extending even to the very highest level of the Church in the form of the past several popes, routinely not just implies, but directly states, that the Old Covenant is somehow still operative and that Jews have their own “path to salvation” even while deliberately rejecting Christ – which many modern-day Jews make it a point to do. It is not true charity to leave people in error, to tell them their religious heritage, which they certainly hold dear, is somehow salvific. It reeks of universal salvation and indifferentism of a kind that would have shocked Catholics just a few decades ago.
Beyond this one quite, there are of course numerous portions of Sacred Scripture which would seem to directly contradict the underlying rationale for the entire ecumenical movement, especially that portion of the movement directed at non-Christians. This is just one small reference point. There are dozens of others.
But as we see abroad in the Church today, more and more, there are efforts to undermine if not obliterate Dogmas founded on an incredibly sure foundations of direct references from Scripture as well as 2000 years of Tradition. The Church in Germanic speaking countries is just about totally run amok, with bishops claiming fornication is no longer a sin, that contraception use is morally acceptable (in spite of direct statements claiming this use is mortally sinful going back to the very, very earliest Church – and before), and of course that maybe bigamy is OK, and go ahead and present for the Blessed Sacrament while you remain married to two people, at least in God’s eyes.
To the extent that the Holy Father seems to be at least toying with some of these notions, as well, it is certainly scandalous and profoundly unnerving to faithful Catholics. I don’t have a big point with this post, other than to relate that I was struck by this seeming condemnation in advance of the modern ecumenical movement by Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ. Christ was always very direct and plain with regard to salvation: either you accept Him as Son of God, observe the commandments, and practice virtue in cooperation with Grace, or you will not be saved. You will suffer eternal torments in hell.
It is amazing that there are people in the Church – uneducated or educated to the point of imbecility, I know not – that appear to have utterly forgotten their Scripture. Or, they are simply so overwhelmingly influenced by the world and its errors that they have grown cold in the Faith.
Difficult times, to be certain. I can only advise more prayer and penance, for ourselves and our Holy Mother Church.
Divine Mercy Conference this week in Dallas March 7, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, fun, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, sanctity, Virtue.
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Sorry for the late notice, the conference actually opens tonight. I’m a little unsure on Saturday attendance, I get the impression that while Friday and Sunday events are open to all, those on Saturday are only open to those who have made a donation to some organization. Anyway, here are the details via MJD:
Father Mitch Pacwa from EWTN will be giving talks. Mass, Confession, Holy Hour, Procession, Benediction, Veneration of First Class relic of St. Faustina.
FRIDAY- March 7, 2014 OPENING LITURGY (OPEN TO ALL)
at Divine Mercy of Our Lord Catholic Church [Mesquite]
-7:00 PM- Opening Mass with Bishop Douglas Deshotel-
Auxiliary Bishop of Dallas (to be confirmed)
-8:00 PM- Exposition, Sung Chapel, Holy Hour, Benediction
and Procession (Fr. Zmudzinski, C.P.M.)
SATURDAY- March 8, 2013 CONFERENCE ON THE DIVINE MERCY
at Divine Mercy of Our Lord Catholic Church
(WITH DONATION RECEIPTS ONLY) $25
AM -8:00 Praise and Worship Songs [Ummm.......]
-8:40 Welcome and Orientation and Initial Prayers
-9:00 First Talk: The Love and Mercy of God in Human History
-9:50 (Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.) (Meditation Song)
10:00 Second Talk: The Divine Mercy Message to St. Faustina
10:50 (Dr. Bryan Thatcher) (Meditation Song)
11:00 Third Talk: Healing of humanity through the power of the
(Fr. Chuck Zmudzinski, C.P.M.) the Love and Mercy of God
11:50 Songs of Praise and Thanksgiving
PM 12:00 LUNCH (available from Cafeteria at minimal cost)
12:45 Praise Songs
-1:00 Fourth Talk: Talk on the Holy Eucharist, source and
(Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J) summit of Love and Mercy
-1:50 Meditation Song
-2:00 Fifth Talk: Daily Living experience of the Gospel of Love
(Dr. Bryan Thatcher) and Mercy, through the Cenacle
Practical Living of Love and Mercy
-2:50 Exposition and Holy Hour:
-3:00 Sung Chaplet, Holy Hour (Talk), Benediction and
(Fr. Chuck Zmudzinski) Procession of the Blessed
-4:00 Confessions (in the Classrooms) and Veneration of
St. Faustina’s Relic
-5:00 Mass for the FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT-2014
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. (OPEN TO EVERYONE)
SUNDAY- March 9, 2014- CLOSING CEREMONIES OF THE CONFERENCE (Bilingual)
(OPEN TO ALL)
(at the Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr., Mesquite, Tx. 75149)
-2:00 PM- Divine Mercy Stations of the Cross
and Consecration Prayers
-2:50 PM- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (Deacon Bill Jasmin)
-3:00 PM- Sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy
-4:00 PM- Solemn High Mass and Closing Ritual with [This means a sung NO - I'd love to hear a report of how this Mass was offered. I won't be able to attend. Key details would be Ad Orientem, any Latin, male servers, incense, communion rail (heh - unlikely), etc]
Most Rev. Kevin Farrell, D.D. Bishop of
Dallas, Texas (to be confirmed)
After my conversion, I attended a number of Fullness of Truth conferences, and they certainly helped guide me in a better practice of the Faith. I wouldn’t say they played a role in my embracing the traditional practice of the Faith, and while I might at present take issue with the direction of some of the presentations at these conferences, I would say overall they actually helped guide me towards a more traditional practice of the Faith. They certainly helped reveal the dearth of catechesis available at most parishes.
Check it out if you have interest/time.
Reminder – First Friday at the Carmel tonight, 03/07 March 7, 2014Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Lent, religious, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
All Night Adoration at the Carmel of the Infant Jesus of Prague and St. Joseph starts at 5pm, goes until 7am.
TLMs at 8p and 3a, Confession available before and after each.
Join the nuns as they storm Heaven. There is a group Stations of the Cross at Mater Dei at 7p.
All details here——>>>>>> Allnightcarmelites_march_april 2014
Start St. Joseph Novena Monday, 03/10 March 7, 2014Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Good St. Joseph, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Just a reminder, I’ll try to do another one on Monday, but sometimes I’m so late the reminder isn’t very helpful. Or, I forget until it’s waaaay too late. So here you go, make sure you’re ready for your St. Joseph Novena Monday!
EWTN, as is typical, has a very long Novena here.
Here is a shorter version:
Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. I have special confidence in you. You are powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me, to your intercession. By the love you have for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon me during life, and assist me at the hour of my death. Glorious Saint Joseph, be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary. Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. Through Christ, our Lord. AMEN. (MENTION YOUR INTENTIONS)
Grow in charity during Lent March 6, 2014Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Lent, priests, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
It’s been a while since we heard from Fr. Michael Rodriguez (I don’t think I’m really “outing” him here, violating any policy, he’s pretty open about what he says and doesn’t mind being identified by name). Here is his sermon from Quinquagesima Sunday, highlighting the fact that Lent is a time of Grace given us by God through Holy Mother Church so that we may grow in the supernatural practice of charity.
I really advise everyone to listen to this. There is much fruit for reflection here, especially in light of recent events. I have not enjoyed having to bring to light certain revelations, repeatedly made to me by souls in desperate straits. It is a very fine line, between revealing necessary and pertinent information to correct possible (likely) calumny of one party, while not crossing over into sinful derogation of the one originating the calumny. That is why in posts I have tried to keep things vague, while still conveying the sense of many, many people’s concerns. Not an easy job!
I have not been one to hold back in criticism of bishops. I think anyone trying to describe me as a tool of the Amchurch machine would be pretty laughably off-base. But in this case I think there were very, very important factors in play that put the bishop’s action in an entirely different light. Far from being an act of traddy- or TLM-hatred, I believe Bishop Olson was motivated by great charity for one particular individual. In fact, if there was an error on Olson’s part, it was that his concern over one soul (or a handful of souls) may have blinded him to the impact his action would have on other, much more innocent souls.
And that is the saddest part of this imbroglio, the total innocents who have been made to suffer almost as mere pawns in this little war going on in the Diocese of Fort Worth.
I pray for them, and for the quick, final, and positive resolution of this conflict.
Saints Perpetua and Felicitas March 6, 2014Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Liturgical Year, martyrdom, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
Today is the Feast of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas in the traditional calendar. From Dom Prosper Gueranger’s The Liturgical Year. As St. Augustine notes, these Saints very names remind us of the perpetual felicity of our heavenly home. These Saints beckon us there! Since this is such a long history of these Saints and Martyrs, that’s all the intro you get:
It is the Year of Our Lord 203:
During the reign of the Emperor Severus, several catechumens were apprehended at Carthage, in Africa. Among these were Revocatus and his fellow servant Felicitas, Saturninus and Secundulus, and Vivia Perpetua, a lady by birth and education, who was married to a man of wealth. Perpetua was about twenty-two years of age and was suckling an infant. She ha left us the following particulars of her martyrdom. “As soon as our persecutors had apprehended us, my father came to me, and our of his great love for me, he tried to make me change my resolution. I said to him: “Father, I cannot consent to call myself other than what I am, a Christian.” At these words, he rushed at me threatening to tear out my eyes. But he only struck me, and then he left me, when he found that he arguments suggested to him by the devil were of no avail. [Oh that parents would support their children more when called to great acts of piety, or even offering up their lives from Christ in religious life or some other means!] A few days after this, we were baptized; and the Holy Ghost inspired me to look on this Baptism as a preparation for bodily suffering. A few more days elapsed, and we were sent to prison. I was terrified, for I was not accustomed to such darkness. The report soon spread that we were to be brought to trial.
‘My father left the city, for he was heart-broken, and he came to me, hoping to shake my purpose. There were his words to me: “My child, have pity on my old age. Have pity on thy father, if I deserve to be called that. Think of thy brothers, think of thy mother, think of thy son, who cannot live without thee. Give up this mad purpose, or thou wilt bring misery upon thy family.” Whilst saying this, which he did out of love for me, he threw himself at my feet, and wept bitterly, and said he besought this of me not as his child, but as his lady. I was moved to tears to see my aged parent in this grief, for I knew that he was the only one of my family that would not rejoice at my being a martyr. I tried to console him, saying: “I will do whatsoever God shall ordain. Thou knkowest that we belong to God, and not to ourselves.” He then left me, and was very sad.
‘On the following day, as we were taking our repast, they came upon us suddenly, and summoned us to trial. We reached the forum.. We were made to mount a platform. My companions were questioned, and they confessed the Faith. My turn came next, and I immediately saw my father approaching towards me, holding my infant son. He drew me from the platform, and besought me, saying: “Have pity on thy babe!” Hilarian, the governor, too said to me: “Have pity on thy aged father, have pity on thy babe! Offer up sacrifice for the emperors.” I answered him: “I cannot; I am a Christian.” Whereupon, he sentences all of us to be devoured by wild beasts; and we, full of joy, return to our prison. But as I had hitherto always had my child with me in prison, and fed him at my breasts, I immediately sent word to my father, beseeching him to let him come to me. He refused; and form that moment, neither the babe asked for the breast, nor did I suffer inconvenience; for God thus willed it.’
All the above is taken from the written account left us by the blessed Perpetua, and it brings us to the day before she was put to death. As regards Felicitas, she was in the eighth month of pregnancy, when she was apprehended. The day of the public shows was near at hand, and the fear that her martyrdom would be deferred on account of her being with child, made her very sad. Her fellow martyrs, too, felt much for her, for they could not bear the thought of seeing so worthy a companion disappointed in the hope, she had in common with themselves, of so soon reaching Heaven. Uniting, therefore, in prayer, they with tears besought God in her behalf. It was but three days before the public shows. No sooner was their prayer ended, that Felicitas was seized with pain. One of the jailers who overheard her moaning, cried out: “If this pain seem to thee so great, what wilt thou do when thou are being devoured by the wild beasts, which thou pretendedst to heed not when thou was told to offer sacrifice.” She answered: “What I am suffering now, it is indeed I that suffer; but there will be Another in me, who will suffer for me, because I shall be suffering for Him.” She was delivered of a daughter, and one of our sisters adopted the infant as her own.
The day of their victory dawned. They left their prison for the amphitheater, cheerful, and with faces beaming with joy, as though they were going to Heaven. They were excited, but it was from delight, not from fear. The last in the group was Perpetua. Her placid look, her noble gait, betrayed the Christian matron. She passed through the crowd, and saw no one, for her beautiful eyes were fixed upon the ground. By her side was Felicitas, rejoicing that her safe delivery enabled her to encounter the savage beasts. The devil had prepared a savage cow for them. They were put into a net. Perpetua was brought forward the first. She was tossed into the air, and fell upon her back. Observing that one side of her dress was torn, she adjusted it, heedless of her pain, because thoughtful for modesty. Having recovered from the fall, she put up her hair which was disheveled by the shock, for it was not seemly that a martyr should win her palm and have the appearance of one distracted by grief. this done, she stood up. Seeing Felicitas thrown down she went to her, and given her hand to her, raised her from the ground. Both were now ready for a fresh attack: but the people were moved to pity, and the martyrs were led to the gate called Sana-Vivaria. There Perpetua, like one that is roused from sleep, awoke from the deep ecstasy of her spirit. She looked around her, and said to the astonished multitude: “When will the cow attack us?” They told her that it had already attacked them. She could not believe it, until her wounds and torn dress reminded her of what had happened. Then beckoning to her brother, and to a catechumen named Rusticus, she thus spoke to them: “Be staunch in the Faith, and love one another, and be not shocked at our sufferings.”
God had already taken Secundulus from this world; for he died while he was in the prison. Saturninus and Revocatus were exposed first to a leopard, and then to a bear. Saturus was exposed to a boar, and then to a bear, which would not come out of it den’ thus was he twice left uninjured; but at the close of the games, he was thrown into a pit with a leopard, which bit him so severely that he was all covered with blood, and as he was taken from the amphitheater, the people jeered at him for this second Baptism, and said: “Saved, washed! Saved, washed!” [We like to think that the Roman people, who were not Christian, were not so out of ignorance for Christ's Promise. That is not the case. By this time, pretty much any half-educated person had some idea of what Christians believed, though generally erroneously and not in great depth. They were certainly aware the Church purported to offer salvation. So, it was not just some revelation, as some moderns like to postulate, of the possibility of redemption through Christ that converted many people, but the whole depth and breadth of Christian Doctrine. Doctrine was key to the early Church, the key to be accepted into the Church and the key to remain in it as a faithful soul. Those who rejected Doctrine were cast out. It was not as so many progressives like to paint it, just a ancient hippy love-groove society. It was a hard doctrinal Church, which was part of what so incensed non-Christian Romans.] He was then carried off, dying as he was, to the appointed place, there to be dispatched by the sword, with the rest.
But the people demanded that they should be led back into the middle of the amphitheater, that their eyes might feast upon the sight, and watch the sword as it pierced them. The martyrs hearing their request, cheerfully stood up, and marched to the place where the people would have them go; but first they embraced on another, that the sacrifice of their martyrdom might be consummated with the solemn kiss of peace. They all received the fatal stroke without a movement or a moan; Saturus being the first to expire. Perpetua was permitted to feel more than the rest. Her executioner, who was a novice in his work, thrust his sword through her ribs: she slightly moaned, then took his right hand, and pointing his sword towards her throat, told him that that was the place to strike. Perhaps it was that such a woman could not be otherwise slain than by her own consent, for the unclean spirit feared her.
Thus ends one of the best documented early Church martyrdoms, a martyrdom which was widely known among Christians of the third century.
Long martyrology! But very good. It is amazing to see how eagerly the early Christians suffered. They were so sure in their faith! Our Lenten sufferings are paltry in comparison, no? Such bravery! Such nobility! I pray you find this inspiring for your Lent. Our brilliant Mother the Church knows how to inspire her children, we should thank Her for the example of the glorious Martyrs.
Two more Texas abortion mills close March 6, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Victory.
Good news. HB2, while far from perfect, is working. Two more Texas abortion mills have closed. I have a feeling one more mill in the DFW area will have to close before too long. The requirement that abortionists have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles is proving too difficult for many of these “doctors” (most of whom are abortionists due to past legal/substance abuse/other problems that basically removed their ability to practice respectable aspects of medicine) to obtain.
Two more Texas abortions clinics are closing because of new restrictions placed on the facilities by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Ten clinics have already closed because of a new law, which strictly limits where, when, how and from whom women can obtain abortions. [Well, if by "strictly limit," you mean, "finally requires abortionists to meet minimal health and safety standards other surgical centers have long had to meet," then OK]
Amy Hagstrom Mill owns the Whole Woman’s Health Clinic. She said Thursday that Republican lawmakers have made it impossible to keep her clinics open in Beaumont and McAllen.
The McAllen clinic is the last in the Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas, while the Beaumont clinic is the only one between Houston and the Louisiana border. [Awww, too bad, baby murder is not so convenient]
Abortion rights groups are challenging the law in court, arguing it has no medical basis. One of the law’s provisions requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. [Given how frequently women require emergency medical assistance after botched abortions, this is a highly charitable, if absolutely minimal, requirement]
I know some folks who say that even laws like HB2 cannot really be supported, because they leave the grave evils of abortion and contraception in place. Some feel the ONLY acceptable laws that can be fully supported are those that would make abortion and contraception completely illegal again.
Such would, of course, be wonderful, but they are wildly unreasonable in the present environment. That doesn’t mean we can’t continue to note that these laws are faulty, that as much good as they accomplish, they still keep a barbaric, immoral act legal. However, they are very significant steps in getting us where we want to be, which is a nation with zero abortions and no contraception use, and they measurably decrease the availability of baby-murder, at least.
And we should of course continue reminding all those opposed to abortion, including many Catholics and most all protestants, that so long as contraception remains legal and widespread, we’ll never be rid of legalized abortion. Contraception is the foundation upon which abortion is built, and creates the very “need” for the vast majority of abortions, in the first place, as our very own Supreme Court has recognized.
I pray this law is not overturned, it is doing a great deal of good. We pray outside mills regularly, and we know women are keeping their children because abortion is not so readily available as it was just a few months ago.
Thanks to reader SB for the hat tip!
I wasn’t going to cover this kind of thing very much (if at all) over Lent, but it is absolutely exploding in the secular media (which is how I found it, I was browsing for some secular news, and this is what I see. I’m going to cry). Pope Francis gave another of his famous “wide-ranging” interviews, and hinted that the Church might be OK with civil unions for same-sex couples. So much for a sin that “cries out to Heaven for vengeance:”
Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church could tolerate some types of nonmarital civil unions as a practical measure to guarantee property rights and health care. He also said the church would not change its teaching against artificial birth control but should take care to apply it with “much mercy.”
Pope Francis’ words appeared in an interview published March 5 in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera…..
……..”Matrimony is between a man and a woman,” the pope said, but moves to “regulate diverse situations of cohabitation (are) driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care.” [It is almost a cliche' among Catholic progressives to suborn doctrine in favor of ostensibly more "pastoral" solutions, solutions that always tend towards materialist concerns. Is this what the Pope is doing?] Asked to what extent the church could understand this trend, he replied: “It is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety.” [Doctrine is clear. Christ spoke in terms of black and white. The devil loves shades of grey. In practice, "looking at diverse cases and evaluating them" has involved a whole lot of grey]
In the interview, Pope Francis praised Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” which prohibited the use of contraception.
In contradicting contemporary pressures for population control, Pope Paul’s “genius was prophetic, he had the courage to side against the majority, defend moral discipline, put a brake on the culture, oppose neo-Malthusianism, present and future,” Pope Francis said.
But he also noted that Pope Paul had instructed confessors to interpret his encyclical with “much mercy, attention to concrete situations.”
“The question is not whether to change the doctrine, but to go deeper and make sure that pastoral care takes account of situations and of what each person is able to do,” Pope Francis said. [To, in effect, absolutely neuter the doctrine by giving carte blanche in "pastoral" situations? Has this not been the practice in most of the Church since Humanae Vitae was released, and has that not led to mass apostasy from a formally defined doctrine? Contraception is an intrinsic evil. You either use it or you don't. What "pastoral situations" can there be that would permit the use of contraception?]
The pope said birth control, like the predicament of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, [How is sin a "predicament" for the Church? The Church has been healing souls for two millenia. Sin only becomes a predicament when we don't want to call it sin anymore] would be a topic of discussion at the Vatican in October at an extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. [I dread this synod more and more.] He said the synod would approach all such problems “in the light of profound reflection,” rather than casuistry, which he described as a superficial, pharisaical theology focused exclusively on particular cases. [In other words, a theology hung up on "rules"......does Pope Francis consider St. Thomas, the Angelic Doctor, "pharasaical?" ]
The pope said he had welcomed the “intense discussion” at a February gathering of cardinals, where German Cardinal Walter Kasper gave a talk suggesting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics might sometimes be allowed to receive Communion even without an annulment of their first, sacramental marriages.
And Pope Francis heaped great lauds on Kasper both during and after this gathering.
Wow. I know people will say “nothing’s happened yet,” and “it’s just an interview,” but so much of what we’re seeing from this pope confirms time and time again that he plans on enacting – or is at least very favorable to – those items the progressives really wanted in Vatican II but could not get. It’s a veritable laundry list of progressive dreams for a notional “Vatican III.” I’m sure I’ll hear I need to calm down (and perhaps I do), but I’m actually feeling quite dispassionate at the moment. It’s not like this is the first time the Pope has made statements that cause Catholic hearts to palpitate. I’m just reviewing very public statements dating back nearly a year.
As if we needed more motivation for this Lent, but this Synod is shaping up as the most critical, pivotal event in the history of the Church since the Council. We must do penance for all those lost in sin. And for the good of our Church, and for our own sins and failings that have brought us this leadership in the Church we apparently deserve.
Belgian King signs child euthanasia bill into law March 5, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
How long before the sexular pagans have altars of sacrifice set up to burn children to death? That is, after all, what their satanic “god” ultimately wants. Of course, he already gets that in abortion, so maybe such visible demonstrations are passe’. Still, God put a need for worship in man’s heart, but modern paganism has rejected God and seems headed towards truly perverse forms of diabolical worship. I cannot but see the below as yet another step in this process of moral and spiritual degradation.
I blogged about the legislation passed in Belgium a short while back, legalizing euthanasia for children. In a supposed act of mercy (how perverse understanding of the virtues has become!), this bill requires the children to agree to their being killed! Can you imagine! My little boy has been very sick for the past week, and at times he became afraid because he did not know how much more sick he would become, or even if he would die. He was so sweet if sad and scared……and yet now parents are going to “ease the suffering” of their children (or is it themselves?) by asking them to die!
All hinged on the King of the Belgians. There was hope he would be as stout-hearted as his uncle, who resigned his monarchy rather than sign a pro-abortion bill. It was not to be. The King duly signed, and children can now be murdered in hospitals across Belgium.
Good Lord, it makes me sick:
The head of state has completely fulfilled his constitutional role despite various pressures.
King Philippe signed the law this Sunday on the extension of euthanasia to minors. This was the final act expected in the tracking process of the law since its adoption by the House, two weeks having elapsed after having been in the Senate. [that means this was the last act needed to promulgate the law]
There’s more, including an international petition signed by over 200,000 asking the king to refuse to sign, but obviously it was all for naught.
And so now we have yet another via media for the slaughter of the innocents. At least these children have a chance to be baptized, not that many in Belgium do that anymore.
And the sinking of the ship that was western culture accelerates a little bit more. A few of us are scrambling with buckets to bail the thing out, but we are so few, and the maddened masses continuing to pull out the hull cocks are so many.