“…..suckers!”…said the lesbian threesome that just got “married” in a wiccan ceremony in Massachusetts.
And even more wonderfully, you and I and other taxpayers and insurance holders got to help pay for the in vitro fertilization one of the threesome received so they could have a child! That goes along with state funded hormone therapy being provided even to those who are way under 18 in many state institutions, or simply under Medicaid.
The slippery slope has turned into a steep vertical fall, straight into hell:
The world’s only ‘married’ lesbian threesome are expecting their first child.
Doll, Kitten and Brynn, from Massachusetts, were joined together in a marriage-style ceremony last August and are expecting a daughter in July.Kitten, 27, is pregnant after undergoing IVF treatment using an anonymous sperm donor, and the trio eventually plan to have three children — one for each of them.
The plan at the moment is that Kitten will bear all the children — possibly using her wives’ eggs and donated sperm — but they are open to other options, such as adoption. [People have forgotten about God. This is a Frankenstein's monster]
Brynn, 34, says: ‘The hope is to have three kids altogether. We always joke that the children should never outnumber the parents.’
Doll, Kitten and Brynn Young married in a ceremony in August 2013, when each of their fathers walked them down the aisle. All three women wore white wedding gowns and exchanged rings.
The so-called ‘throuple’ worked with a specialist family lawyer who drew up the paperwork and drafted the ceremony so that all three of them were obligated and bound to each other .
While Brynn and Kitten are legally married, Doll is handfasted [that is an anti-Christian, wiccan ceremony] to both so the threesome are as equally married to each other as legally possible.
This whole deal of sapphic (or sodomite) couples/groups having children is really taking the feminist “you can have it all” mentality to the n-th degree, isn’t it? I mean, by embracing the “homosexual” lifestyle you’ve chosen to be sterile, haven’t you? And yet so many of these folks almost seem to have a compulsion to have kids. The better to insure there are more like them in the future? The data shows, children raised in a lesbian environment have the worst outcomes of all (especially boys, whose childhood could best be described as traumatic).
Folks, it will be a diabolical miracle if this “relationship” lasts more than a couple of years. These pairings/groupings tend to be extremely unstable. I read somewhere, I can’t recall where, that the average lesbian “marriage” in Massachusetts, which has had such marriages the longest, lasts 3 years. Throw in a third person, and you have even more instability. It is just a mockery.
The strange names, the wicca……..these are not well people. That they are attention hounds, I have no doubt. Once the attention wears away, it’s likely some or all of the group will break up. And then there will be a single woman with a highly checkered sexual history with a child left to pick up the pieces. Will the aggrieved exes in this case pursue “alimony” and child support against the primary bread-winner in cases like this?
Which brings up another point – one reason why these folks push so very hard for state recognition of their unions is to gain the benefits that legally come from that recognition. Some of the more extreme advocates, in moments of candor, have written about how great it will be for very loose groups of individuals who form a polyamorist “union” to latch onto one or two breadwinners/benefit-providers in the group, and have 2 or 3 or 5 or 8 people getting medical insurance, tax breaks, etc., for being “married” to one or two gainfully employed individuals. The giddiness which surrounded these admissions seemed to indicate this may be no small driving factor in the drive for the further devolution of the state’s view of “marriage.”
At any rate, we knew it would not be long. And as those of us with eyes to see have prognosticated for a long time, kids will be next. There are already efforts underway from those who have pushed for sodo-marriage to drive the age of consent way down, even to 12 or 14.
And that’s the point. There is no bottom to this slippery slope. There is no limit to the evil to which people will stoop when they deliberately reject not only God but the natural law through the conduct of their lives. This culture is pointed in a truly hellish direction. And, as usual, the ones who suffer the most will be the kids. That has been the case ever since this diabolical sexual revolution was unleashed on the world starting several decades ago.
I just don’t know what is staying God’s righteous wrath at this point. But when the chastisement comes……ho boy, we had better all be prepared, it is not going to be pretty.
Yikes? I know Fr. Z and others are trying to caution, and rightly so,
that this is an unconfirmed story (parts are confirmed, see below), that even if true, this is a private conversation and not a doctrinal statement, and that we don’t know all the details. All Mostly true, but nonetheless, this story fits a pattern of established behavior and also seems to align with public sentiments expressed by Francis elsewhere, so that discounting it as totally implausible seems a bit rash:
Pope Francis called an Argentine woman married to a divorced man and reportedly told her that she could receive the sacrament of Communion, according to the woman’s husband, in an apparent contradiction of Catholic law. [It's not just Catholic Dogma, it's rather straight from Christ Himself]
Julio Sabetta, from San Lorenzo in the Pope’s home country, said his wife, Jacqueline Sabetta Lisbona, spoke with Francis on Monday.
Jacqueline Sabetta Lisbona wrote to the pontiff in September to ask for clarification on the Communion issue, according to her husband, who said his divorced status had prevented her from receiving the sacrament. [Yes, because since he is still married to his first spouse, she is committing adultery with a married man. Plus, this couple was only ever civilly married]
“She spoke with the Pope, and he said she was absolved of all sins and she could go and get the Holy Communion because she was not doing anything wrong,” Sabetta told Channel 3 Rosario, a CNN affiliate. [Dear Lord, I hope not. What, Confession over the phone now? Was Pope Francis wearing a stole for the call? This part seems unlikely. But keep reading, there is more.]
A Vatican spokesman confirmed the telephone call but would not comment on the conversation’s content.
“It’s between the Pope and the woman,” said the Rev. Thomas Rosica, a consultant for the Vatican press office.
Rosica said that any comments made by the Pope should not be construed as a change in church doctrine. “The magisterium of the church is not defined by personal phone calls.” [This from the same man that lauds a manifest heretic in disgraced, laicized Gregory Baum. We're making progress? None of this is a denial of the tenor or crux of the call. Rosica may not personally know, or he could, and is simply trying to defuse the matter. But none of the above is even a slight denial, in fact, it leads one to surmise that the conversation did take place and that the general gist of it is not being wildly misconstrued.]
Pope Francis and other top Vatican leaders have said the issue will be discussed at a gathering of bishops from around the world in October. The Pope was not pre-empting that debate, according to Rosica.
“To draw any conclusions about this particular situation, that the Pope may be setting an agenda, is incorrect,” he said. “The Pope is first and foremost an esteemed pastor, and dealing with a human situation is always complex.” [Yes yes, and that's the selling point of the whole Kasperite movement, isn't it? That these cases are just too darned complex to be governed by some statement from the Christ or 2000 years of Church practice?]
The most detailed coverage I’ve found is here.
Wow. More than wow………this is enough to make one catatonic and/or apoplectic. Or both at the same time.
A provocative thought from Bones:
Clearly, whatever the truth of the matter, someone is doing this undermining of the Magisterium and the Papacy on purpose. The question remains whether that person is one of the Pope’s enemies, or one of his friends, or the Pope himself.
Maybe. There are some odd bits to this report. The pretended Confession, already noted. And the Argentine divorced and remarried man reported that the Pope insisted on calling himself Father Bergoglio – almost a schizophrenic gesture, if true, as no pope can ever be a private priest again. But the scary part is the pope has plainly shown he has at least some sympathy for Cardinal Kasper’s novel approach on bigamists receiving the Blessed Sacrament, and we know he loves phone calls, so the key claim in this report is not like some bolt out of the blue. There is some possible corroboration in other recent events/statements.
I know some folks are just not going to accept this as remotely valid. Others are going to be certain it is. My advice for both is to pray like mad and gird your loins. If this report is true, which may be a big if, but if, it redounds on us all the more to pray for this pope and the entire Church and world. I have made this upcoming Synod on Marriage and the Family a very big part of my intentions for the Rosary and other prayers, I have been offering a perpetual Novena for the Pope and his sanctification, but I will redouble my efforts in both regards.
I had a funny in here regarding Michael Voris, but I took it out. I was just trying to laugh amidst our trials.
Almost 40% of women who seek abortions are victims of abuse April 23, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Abortion, Society, scandals, foolishness, sadness, sickness, disaster, horror, error, contraception, sexual depravity, self-serving.
That data according to a post at Jill Stanek’s site. That post also contains data from the UK that says over 1/3 of women there who seek abortions have suffered physical violence from their partner, while Canadian data quoted shows that women who seek abortions are 3 to 4 times more likely to be the victims of domestic abuse than those who do not.
I am bringing this up, not just because it is pertinent information for all pro-lifers and especially sidewalk counselors to keep in their back pocket, but because of a woman my wife and others attempted to counsel outside the abortion mill this past Holy Thursday.
She was a young girl, kind of plain. She was the kind of girl you could tell she didn’t think much of herself. In fact, it was difficult to discern what this girl thought of anything, save for what her boyfriend told her to do.
She did not want to be there. She did not want an abortion. She was very embarrassed. When my wife would try to talk to her, she would repeat, like a mantra……”my boyfriend, my boyfriend, my boyfriend…..” He wanted the abortion. He put her up to this, with promises that everything would be “normal” and good again after she got this abortion. There were some very gentle efforts made to make this girl understand that abortion almost always ends a relationship like this, but she wasn’t hearing that, or anything else. So she’ll be emotionally scarred, her relationship (such as it is) will end, and she’ll have a dead baby to show for it. And her self-esteem will take another huge hit.
How many girls this guy has on a string like this, who knows? We didn’t really get to interact with him, though we saw him, briefly.
Whether he beats her, or ever has, who knows? I don’t think there were any visible signs. A woman doesn’t have to be a punching bag to be utterly dominated by a man. It seems like such should be rare today, but it isn’t. Sometimes those guys are obviously belligerent, even in public. Sometimes they’re not. It’s really hard to tell.
I think that was part of the reason I felt such powerful demonic oppression outside the mill this last week. For some reason, there were more boyfriends/significant others escorting their women to the mills this time, and they were all, to a man (save for one) just as hostile as all get out. I got the strong impression a couple of times the guys were there to make sure the job got done. I overheard one man complain something about the girl “flaking out” to his buddy (abortion as the new male bonding experience), and that he was there to make sure she went through with it this time.
Regardless of whether there is actual physical violence, that a lot of these women are coerced is a known fact. Since Routh St. is now so busy, women are having to park a couple blocks away to walk in, so you as a counselor get to see them up close and personal for way more time than usual. Such strange faces, brazen mixed with sullen with great sadness and a shade of panic thrown in.
Baaah, it’s all so sordid and evil. I’m glad my mom got to see it all, that was her first time at a mill. She said she’s going to try to move the pro-life ball forward at her Anglican church as a result of her experience. I hope so. That’s going to be a delicate task, there are almost certainly some pretty strong pro-aborts at her church.
Corpus Christi Watershed keeps churning out the gold April 23, 2014Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
The good folks at Corpus Christi Watershed have turned out a number of remarkable products of late. Their Sunday Missal for the TLM is beautiful, if a bit heavy. Rorate noted that shortly before Easter, Corpus Christi Watershed scanned in the entirety of two children’s books for the Mass, one by Msgr. Ronald Knox and one by Fr.Demetrius Manousos.
Since then, Corpus Christi Watershed has also released a full .pdf scan of the Fulton J. Sheen 1961 Missal. This contains a number of interesting features, including a descriptions of the priest’s dressing, numerous prayers for before and after Mass, and the complete text of prayers and responses for certain feasts all in line with each other, so you don’t have to flip back and forth in the book. The format of this Missal is not exactly to my taste, but it is very usable and it is wonderful to resurrect, so to speak, these liturgical treasures from the pre-conciliar period.
Finally – and this one may not be to the interest of many readers, but it is significant nonetheless – Corpus Christi Watershed has produced a companion book for their TLM Sunday Missal for the Ordinary Form. This book is also in Latin and English side by side, and incorporates many more traditional hymns and Gregorian Chant settings for the Novus Ordo Mass. It also contains similar beautiful artwork as is found in their TLM Missal.
I think this last effort is a noble one, but I do wonder how much demand there will be for such a reverent, traditional Missal in the Novus Ordo setting. There are actually far fewer Novus Ordo Latin Masses in this country and around the world than there are TLMs. But there are quite a few people who attend regular Novus Ordo’s who might appreciate a Latin-English Missal as well as the impressive artwork. So maybe it will catch on, though I tend to agree with Rorate, Dom Mark Kirby, and many others that the Reform of the Reform will only be realized through mass, ahem, re-adoption of the TLM.
It will be interesting to see if this Novus Ordo Missal gets much traction. That could be revealing, one way or another, since the liturgical winds over the past year seem to be blowing in a very different direction from the period 2005-2013.
Here is a video about this new Missal:
Why are the Orthodox so hard to convert? April 23, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, General Catholic, scandals, foolishness, Latin Mass, Ecumenism, sadness, disaster, episcopate, Liturgy, error, secularism, Christendom.
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Alright, I’m just ripping stuff off from the CSsR’s like crazy (this from their Youtube channel), but here’s a video that’s been around for a while, but I think it still makes an excellent point:
Uff da……..pseudo women deacons! My stomach turned when I saw that.
- No, this is not a fair comparison. It’s comparing the highest of high Masses in the Orthodox Rite to one of the lowest of low Novus Ordos you can find. A better comparison would be to what goes on at St. Peter’s, where the differences would not be so enormous.
- Not all Orthodox Masses are so glorious. Modernism and habits similar to low-church trends in the Church have crept into many Orthodox Masses.
- Even though the Orthodox Rite is often glorious and very moving, attendance rates in most countries – including the US – are as low as the worst Catholic countries like France and The Netherlands
- Still, having such glorious Masses anywhere, at anytime, can cover a multitude of sins. Perhaps the vast liturgical divide between top-end or even average Orthodox practice and average Catholic practice plays a role in the difficulty in converting Orthodox
- a Solemn High Mass according to the 1962 Missal is more than an equivalent to its Orthodox counterpart, if more austere in certain respects:
A chilling report on persecution in Pakistan April 23, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, sadness, shocking, sickness, Society.
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Do I even have to say who is being persecuted, and who is doing the persecuting? I thought not.
A highly disconcerting report on the plight of Christians in Pakistan, where a drunken charge of “blasphemy” against the false prophet Mohammad can lead to a mass pogrom against Christians with burning, looting, and other associated acts of violence. Told by a Pakistani Catholic who is from nearby and saw the after-effects of this violence:
Growing up as a member of the Christian minority in Pakistan, I have often observed how the laws provide inadequate protection for our community, and those inadequacies have dramatically increased. Another incident of vandalism and madness against Christians over allegations of blasphemy has resulted in the burning of houses and more injured innocents. The list of persecutions against minorities in Pakistan is endless and horrible, as I have often witnessed first hand.
One such ruthless incident happened in Joseph Colony, a Christian enclave southwest of Lahore, where a mob set fire to hundreds of homes and two churches on March 9 last year after rumors spread that a young Christian had insulted the Prophet Mohammed. Police officer Multan Khan said the incident started on a Friday when a young Muslim man accused Sawan Masih of committing blasphemy.
Sawan was booked under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, though it appeared that he had been falsely accused. Police were forced to register a case to placate the mob, a local police official said at the time.
Shortly after his arrest and detention in an undisclosed location, a mob of almost 3,000 people quickly descended on Joseph Colony – led by a barber named Shafiq Ahmed (a close friend of Sawan affectionately known as Bubby) – in search of the alleged blasphemer.
The mob pelted Sawan’s home with rocks before setting it on fire, and then they attacked other homes. Residents, including numerous women and children, abandoned their homes and possessions and fled for their lives. By the time the mob finished its ruthless work, two churches and nearly 200 homes were reduced to ashes.
After hearing about the attack, I made my way with several friends to Joseph Colony near my home. When we entered the day after the attack, I was shocked to see the level of devastation. The sorrow and deprivation was so prominent in that atmosphere that anyone’s heart would have broken to pieces. My eyes filled with tears as I walked through the destruction.
Ashes clung to my clothing. Women, young girls and children sat in the streets mourning their loss – they lost everything from their life savings and homes to all of their everyday utensils, vehicles, everything.
Also among the ruins lay the dreams of parents for their young daughters as looters made off with dowries of jewelry and money saved over many years.
Consumed with rage over alleged disrespect for the Prophet Muhammad, the mob desecrated the sanctity of two Christian churches, burned Bibles and tore up religious books.
There is much more at the link. The Pakistani author of the report continues to hold out hope that the government there will finally start to protect the interests and lives of its Christian minority, but I would not hold my breath over that. Pakistan is 95% muslim and only 1.6% Christian, so the government has typically turned a blind eye to the brutal persecution of such a small minority. Hindus tend to fare better in Pakistan, because they have a powerful advocate just to the east that has twice handily defeated Pakistan in armed conflict and is even better equipped to do so today. The Indian military is a large, well trained, fairly well equipped, and exceedingly disciplined force. Our guys have a lot of respect for them. The Pakistanis, not so much.
As hard as it must be to take – and I have no idea, I can only imagine – this is truly a situation where blessed are the persecuted. If Pakistani Catholics remain faithful and do not resort to violence themselves, enormous fruit will, I pray, result from this persecution. I pray for the hardiness in faith of these poor suffering Christians. May God have mercy on them and support them in all their trials.
The last 100 or so years have seen more blood shed of Christians, for their faith, than any time in modern history, certainly, and possibly any time ever. The past few years have been as bad as any time since WWII for Christians (the Nazis killed far more Christians than they did Jews, both in targeted campaigns, and incidentally). There are persecutions going on all over the world, from pagan sexularist governments in places like Canada to the eternal foe of Christians in islam. May God be merciful and respond to this great flood of martyr’s blood to restore His Church and convert millions of souls around the world!
Did Christ Suffer, Die, and Resurrect in Vain? April 22, 2014Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
Continuing with the accidental theme of the day, a good sermon below via Video Sancto. This one isn’t really about relations with other religions, but whether we, by the conduct of our faith, make Christ’s infinitely valuable Sacrifice vain for us in particular, because of our coldness of heart?
The priest gives many examples of how we might be making Christ’s Sacrifice in vain, in effect, by rejecting what the Church believes. Mortal sin, of course, cuts us off from supernatural Grace, kills Charity in our souls, and makes us unable to receive the saving fruit of that Sacrifice.
One small note: missing prayers, skipping meditation, foregoing religious reading – sometimes, these things happen because something upsets our day, because some unexpected event comes along. This is perfectly understandable. But if we get in the habit of skipping out on daily Mass, or prayers, or whatever, out of laziness or in preference for other more “fun” things to do, that’s an indicator we may be slipping in our interior life. It’s a warning sign.
But there is a corollary to the above: we should not make such an idol of our prayer time, or reading time, or meditation time, that we behave uncharitably to others, just to insure we have time for our prayers. If someone, perhaps, needs us to watch their child because they have a doctor’s appointment, or if they need help with some chore because their spouse just died, it could be a mistake to beg off just so we can have our prayer/meditation time. Or if we have children and family, we should not let this prayer life become so all-consuming that we neglect our duties to others. This is a trap I’ve seen some fall into, and will admit to having a bit of temptation towards that myself, so in all things, charity first.
Isn’t that priest’s voice wonderfully soothing? I actually listen to some of these sermons to fall asleep at night! I don’t mean that in a bad way. If I turn the volume down so the words aren’t real distinct I just sort of hear a very soothing murmur in the background. It just conks me out.
A commenter in a previous post noted that a priest at a local parish, well known for being one of the more orthodox in the Diocese, stated in the Vigil Mass this Easter that Judaism is essentially equivalent to Christianity.
Such indifferentism is impossible to reconcile with numerous statements made by Our Blessed Lord Himself, who made plain that acceptance of Himself as Messiah was utterly foundational for salvation. Numerous passages from Scripture support this belief, which has been elementary to the understanding and practice of Christendom since the first Pentecost:
He came into His own, and His own received Him not (Jn I:11)
Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (Jn III:5)
For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him. He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the judgment: because the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil. For every one that doth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, that his works may not be reproved. (Jn III:16-20)
Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would without doubt have known my Father also: and from henceforth you shall know him, and you have seen him. Philip saith to him: Lord, shew us the Father, and it is enough for us. Jesus saith to him: Have I been so long a time with you; and have you not known me? Philip, he that seeth me seeth the Father also. How sayest thou, shew us the Father? Do you not believe, that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak to you, I speak not of myself. But the Father who abideth in me, he doth the works. (Jn XIV:6-10)
They said therefore to him: Where is thy Father? Jesus answered: Neither me do you know, nor my Father: if you did know me, perhaps you would know my Father also. (Jn VIII:19)
Jesus therefore said to them: If God were your Father, you would indeed love me. For from God I proceeded, and came; for I came not of myself, but he sent me: Why do you not know my speech? Because you cannot hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and he stood not in the truth; because truth is not in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof. But if I say the truth, you believe me not. (Jn VIII:42-45)
Abraham your father rejoiced that he might see my day: he saw it, and was glad. The Jews therefore said to him: Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am. [This is one of the most dramatic passages in the entire Bible. I absolutely love this discourse, it is so brazen in its truthfulness and in its shredding of the conceits of the Judaizers of that time] They took up stones therefore to cast at him. But Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple. (Jn VIII:56-59)
They said therefore unto him: What shall we do, that we may work the works of God? Jesus answered, and said to them: This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he hath sent. (Jn VI:28-29). [The Jews then demand of Jesus a sign, that they may believe in him. This was the very same group that the day before witnessed the miracle of loaves and fishes! And now they ask for another sign!]
And this is the will of my Father that sent me: that every one who seeth the Son, and believeth in him, may have life everlasting, and I will raise him up in the last day. (Jn VI:40)
I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying: How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day. (Jn VI:51-55) [This is a Dogma Jews found especially repellent, as they viewed Jesus as calling them to cannibalism. Jews of today still find this doctrine abhorrent. And yet, they are "equal?"]
I hope I’ve made my point. And this is just the Gospel of St. John. Basically, you have to throw out almost the entirety of this Gospel to pretend that Judaism and Christianity are somehow equivalent, or, that Jews have “their own path to salvation.” Maybe, if you are talking about the conversion of the Jews that will happen at the end of time, that may be true, but for Jews who have lived in history and for those who live today, many of which will die in their sins (Jn VIII: 21).
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Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you, by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him, in the midst of you, as you also know: This same being delivered up, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you by the hands of wicked men have crucified and slain. Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it was impossible that he should be holden by it.(Acts II:22-24)
Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly, that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have crucified. Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart, and said to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles: What shall we do, men and brethren? But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call. (Acts II:36-39) [But most Jews rejected the call, and almost all do today]
You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do you also. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them who foretold of the coming of the Just One; of whom you have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. Now hearing these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed with their teeth at him. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looking up steadfastly to heaven, saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. And he said: Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
And they crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and with one accord ran violently upon him. And casting him forth without the city, they stoned him; (Acts VII:51-57a)
But knowing that man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ; we also believe in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: because by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. (Gal II:16)
Again, I have really only barely scratched the surface, but this post has already gotten very long.
It is simply not possible to reconcile the rife indifferentism towards Judaism in the Church today with either Sacred Scripture or Tradition. I was going to post this week about the controversy, now 10 years old, regarding the great The Passion of the Christ movie. At that time, many Jews just absolutely castigated the movie for allegedly painting them in a bad light, or stirring up the boogeyman of “antisemitism.” With respect to the Jews, all the movie does is quote Scripture. They have no problem with Mel Gibson, they have a problem with Jesus Christ.
But all these Jewish groups appealed to Nostra Aetate, the Vatican II document on relations with the Jews, to buttress their arguments. That’s less an effective argument against Scripture than it is against Nostra Aetate. Interestingly, these Jewish groups claim that Nostra Aetate/Vatican II changed Church Doctrine. Thank God, that is impossible, but it does point to yet another major area where Vatican II has muddied the waters to a terrific degree, to where even Cardinals now debate what the Church “believes” on subjects that have been clear Dogmas for 2000 years. Nostra Aetate is one of the most problematic documents in Vatican II.
Anyway, this post is waaay too long, I may come back to this another day.
Some notes on proper decorum at Mass April 22, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, catachesis, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, priests, reading, sadness, scandals.
I found some good points on proper behavior at Mass in von Cochem’s Explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. While I tend to imagine many of these points will be remedial for many of my readers, there are always new folks coming along and I do get a pretty good amount of random traffic, so I think this effort will not be wasted. This comes from pp. 349-351:
…..how much are they to be blamed who regard the church with no more respect and reverence then their own house [if that much! And certainly, far, far less than they might offer in a movie theater!] , never thinking apparently that it is the house of God, the dwelling place of the Son of the Most High. Some persons are so shameless as to stare about them, watch all who come in or go out, and even talk or laugh, [It is stunning when this occurs. At one local parish, at one time, I could not even hear the words of consecration, despite the PA system, because the people in the row in front of me were having an extended conversation about their lunch plans] while the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, before which the angels fall prostrate upon their faces, is being offered.
To these Christ might well address the words He spoke to those who bought and sold in the temple: “My house is the house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves” (Lk XIX:46). Commenting on this passage, Cornelius a Lapide says, “The Christian Church is in very truth the house of God, for Christ dwells therein in the Adorable Sacrament of the Altar. If He drove the Jews with scourges out of the temple, how much the more do Christians deserve a like treatment who profane His holy house with idle chatter, inquisitive glances, and rude starring at strangers.”
It is more wrong to speak in church than to let one’s eyes wander; besides, not only is it a greater offense against God, but it gives scandal and disturbs others at their prayers. In order to guard against this fault let us remember Our Lord’s words “I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment” (Mt XII:36). IF we shall have to give an account of every idle word that we speak, how severely will the just Judge punish the idle words spoken at Mass-time, whereby we have shown such want of respect for His service.
In order to show the full amount of reverence due to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass it is well to remain on one’s knees all the time…..from the consecration until after the Communion of the priest. For if St. Paul says: “That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth” (Phill II:10). how much more ought we to bow the knee when the Divine savior is present in person upon the altar, and the work of our redemption is renewed………
Again, the above is probably only a confirmation of well established practice for most of the regulars around here, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to hear reminders.
The main point is, behave as one should before the King of the Universe and the Savior of our souls! Don’t be flippant! And even after Mass, don’t immediately talk and laugh and carry-0n, have respect not only for the Sacrifice just concluded but also for souls who may remain praying. This is not much of a problem in traddy parishes, but in others, it is almost a universal problem. People behave with much less decorum than they would at a movie theater or a nice restaurant.
Cardinal Kasper continues to push his destructive course April 21, 2014Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the return.
There was another piece on Cardinal Kasper’s initiative to permit those persisting in a manifest state of bigamy to receive the Blessed Sacrament last week. As I’ve stated in numerous posts, the reason for German prelates pushing this very sad and destructive effort is one of naked self-interest – divorce rates are high in Germany, especially among Catholics, and the bishops hope that if they permit all those divorced people to receive, more will check the “church tax” box on their tax returns and the Church will get more state funding.
But the entire argument has been founded on errors so great it is difficult not to call the outright falsehoods. I’ve already written about the error that is being used to support this move to permit those persisting in a state of bigamy to receive the Blessed Sacrament- that somehow, the early Church permitted this, too. That is simply false.
But as Eponymous Flower related last week, Cardinal Kasper is pushing another falsehood, in the form of a false choice. Kasper is trying to claim there is some moral conundrum facing the Church, that by denying, at least tacitly, the Blessed Sacrament to those who persist in a state of public sin, the Church is somehow being uncharitable or unmerciful:
“The decisive statement in this presentation is: ‘Penance and the Sacrament of Penance are the way to connect both aspects. Commitment to the word of the Lord, and the never-ending mercy of God’ (p. 65) It turns to the question which has not been answered by the critics: Are you allowed to refuse absolution in such a situation in which the penitent has repented and testified honestly and in good will with their best efforts to live by faith? Is it not possible with God that someone could fall into a hole from which there is no way out? If that is impossible with God, then why not in the Church …? “
The part in bold is the attempted conundrum. Kasper is claiming that these people who have divorced and remarried, without ever obtaining an annulment, are somehow being denied “mercy” if they are not permitted to receive the Blessed Sacrament. The insidious claim – which reveals the depths to which Kasper will stoop – that God would be opposed to this denial, or that God would “somehow find a way out” is simply a false dichotomy.
The fundamental error is twin: that those who have divorced and remarried are somehow being “punished,” and that simply stating that one is sorry for their state of bigamy is enough to permit them to receive the Blessed Sacrament. There is actually a third error, which claims that the Church simply doesn’t “know” how to address this situation. All are demonstrably false.
Taking the last first, the Church has counselled people who are bigamists (for whatever reason) for centuries on how to demonstrate atonement for this sin - terminate the occasion of sin! That is to say, end the romantic, physical relationship that is the cause of the sin, in this case, adultery. If there is no annulment for the first marriage, that marriage is still valid and operative in the eyes of God. Whatever relationship takes place outside that first marriage is adultery. Christ Himself stated this very clearly. But Kasper apparently wants to take us back to the days of Moses, when the wickedness of men was so great divorce and remarriage had to be permitted. That is a sad commentary on the state of the Church, and even more so on Her shepherds.
There is a further option: if this relationship has persisted for some time, if children have resulted from it, and if the original spouse (often devastated, often abandoned for little or no cause) has somehow moved on with their life – for truly pastoral reasons such as these, the couple could be permitted to remain together provided they make a solemn vow to live a chaste, celibate life as brother and sister. This would permit the offspring to retain their family life, but can really only be permitted in situations where there is truly great remorse and an advanced spiritual life on the part of the individuals in question. Otherwise, the temptation to relapse into sin would likely be too great.
I do not buy claims that times are somehow different today, and that it is unrealistic to expect people to abandon relationships they have been in for years. The Church defended the sanctity of marriage at great cost for centuries, and somehow people managed to generally abide by Her wisdom during that very long period of time.
The Church has never recognized a simple apology to be sufficient to atone for public sins of this type. There must be some amends in cases such as these, which end the scandal caused by them and assure the faithful (and the souls in question) that the sin is no longer ongoing. Kasper proposes that souls basically be given carte blanche to go into a priest’s office, shed some tears, make a onetime statement of contrition, and then continue doing exactly what they have been doing before! Which is conducting an adulterous relationship. That has never been OK, it has never been permissible for such souls to receive the Blessed Sacrament. It is truly sad we have to even argue this point, with a prince of the Church, no less.
Finally, the bigamists/adulterers are not being punished, per se’. The sanctity of the Blessed Sacrament is being preserved from sacrilege, the faithful from scandal, and the souls of the bigamists preserved from piling egregious sin on sin for receiving the Blessed Sacrament unworthily. Hence, as in the case of the application of Canon 915, the Blessed Sacrament is not being used as a weapon, or politicized, but preserved from disgrace, and the Church is actually extending a great mercy (and medicine, one prays) to the souls in question by preventing them from giving such great offense to God.
I must point out here that the Church’s position on divorce is the only consistent, biblically-based position remaining among all the Christian Churches and sects, and is the only one in accord with Tradition from the earliest Fathers. That the Orthodox and virtually every protestant sect embrace divorce (and often, repeated divorce) is not a testament to their charity or wisdom, but to their falsity, and their separation from the Church Christ founded. They have fallen into error. The Church could not have made this more plain when She permitted one of the most devoutly Catholic countries in the world at that time, England, to be wrested away from Her sanctifying bosom, with great violence and enormous suffering, due to the egregious lusts of one fallen man. That is how much the Church has always valued the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, that it would rather suffer grievous loss than see the dignity of one marriage sulllied.
And yes, I know that fallen men within the Church have sometimes permitted annulments which were/are less than obviously justified, and that such has given great scandal to the faithful. We presently have a situation in the United States where such a scandal persists in truly egregious form today. But the exception only proves the rule. Those cases are departures from the normal, holy practice and belief of the Church.
This Cardinal Kasper is relentlessly pushing an agenda that is very dangerous and poses the threat of wreaking havoc in the Church. I am having a very hard time not comparing him to some of the great arch-heretics of the past. Pray for him! Pray for his conversion! And pray that the Synod stay strong against all the wiles of satan and allurements of the world, preserving constant Catholic Dogma and the plain, merciful wisdom of Christ!