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This is all you get for your pathetic Flightline Friday October 24, 2014

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I’m out. A commenter brought up the A-4 Skyhawk and why it seemed I was bashing it in last week’s post on the A-7.  So here is the Skyhawk – still in service! – in all its glory:

A-4AR FightingHawk still in Argentine service. Pope Francis approves!

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Nice cockpit upgrade by Lockheed.  It sure didn’t look like that in the original Skyhawks!

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On long flights the crew can watch cartoons on their TV screens.

Catholic Hispanics joining radical islam en masse? October 24, 2014

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I read some of the below last night and was most disconcerted.  This is a disaster of the largest proportions, and it simply confirms for me what has been obvious to any faithful souls with eyes to see: the rejection of Doctrine and practice handed down to us by preceding generations is at utter disaster for souls.

It seems thousands of American Hispanics, who have to be at least nominally Catholic (or were not very long ago), are now embracing not just islam, but its most radical varieties.  Even more amazingly, the preponderance of those Hispanics doing so are women.  And they tell us why that is. They say islam, especially radical islam, gives them doctrinal certainty and a sure moral guide in a Western culture rapidly spinning out of control.  It gives them a framework around which to build their lives more substantial than “if it feels good, do it, and the consequences be damned.”

It also demonstrates conclusively the utter failure of the humanist, secularist “opening to the world” the Church has engaged in, by and large, for the past 50 years.  We already know millions of souls have fallen away – and each one of those is a tragedy of a magnitude we simply cannot calculate – but now those souls are opting for islam, the most repressive, backward, anti-Christian religion possible.  They are telling the Church, in so many words: “You have failed me so completely I now spit you out of my mouth and join your enemy of 15 centuries.”

Unbelievable:

More Hispanics are turning towards Islam and interestingly, more than half of Miami’s 3,000 Hispanic Muslims are female…….

……A new phenomenon is occurring in the backdrop. More Latinas, such as Greisa Torres and Stephanie Londono, are turning to Islam. They are not alone.

Arriving from Miami four years ago, Torres said she had “lost her identity in the move and found it in the Prophet Muhammad”, according to a report on Voice of America.

Torres explained: “It was very hard for me because we do not have family here, just my husband and my kids. On this day, my baby – Mahdi – he was going to be born. That is why I converted to Islam because I was scared.” [Another way of saying I feel lost in this perverse culture and I need something strong and seemingly authoritative to cling to.  The Church, in Her watered down, indifferentist, ecumenical and interreligious present incarnation, simply fails to offer that to the vast majority of souls who do not know or comprehend the right practice of the Faith, especially in traditional communities.]

…….“When people see you with the hijab, they respect you first. Second, it’s the emotion you feel because you are different. You believe in something. It’s amazing.” Londono said. [Yeah, well, I believe in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, as well as His Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament]

It defines their world on a clear grid of what’s permitted or ‘halal,’ and what’s prohibited which is ‘haram’. So they know exactly where they stand. So the Qur’an becomes this guidebook that tells you exactly what to wear, what to eat, how to wash, how to behave, when to pray.”

According to the same report on Voice of America, there are more than 3,000 Hispanic Muslims in Miami and more than 40,000 nationwide across the United States……

Great, so our own government is encouraging Hispanics to convert to islam.  Big surprise.

Now, before I get too carried away, I must note that there is some other verbiage I did not include that paints the convert as a wacked out leftist.  And that re-emphasizes for me the choice the left in this country and in all the West will gleefully make in increasing numbers: since leftism has always had at its foundation hatred of Christianity, and yet it is still an utterly bankrupt and unfulfilling philosophy, it is inevitable that as islam gains more and more cultural cache, more and more leftists will embrace it either through formal conversion or through willing dhimmi participation.

But once again, I do think there is something very significant here with respect to the Church: these souls are lost, they were allowed to either fall away, or felt utterly malnourished by the Faith, were encouraged to embrace leftism through so many of the bad parishes/dioceses/schools, whatever…….the Church is being rejected because of the conduct of the Faith these past 50 years.  That conduct is atrociously worldly and does not give that sustenance souls desperately crave.  And so they seek it out elsewhere.

It is incredible if it were not true.  Data point 1,987,438 for the disasters inflicted on the Church, world, and most importantly, souls by “aggiornamento.”

Remnant video on the Synod October 24, 2014

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The video below was posted yesterday.  I agree with the sentiments expressed almost in toto, although I do hold out the possibly forlorn hope that the opposition that developed towards the end of the first portion of the Synod may coalesce into something significant.  As it is, for now, it seems Pope Francis ably sidestepped that opposition and went ahead and had the disastrous paragraphs included in the final report, anyway, if in a different section and with a bit of discussion regarding the “controversy” they caused.

I can’t say I know for certain what happened at the Synod – was it everything going just about totally according to modernist revolutionary plans, who figured in advance there would be some opposition and just moved the ball as far forward as they could?  Or was the “revolt,” such as it was, a sign of serious setback?  I know opinions vary even among some of the best, most orthodox/traditional Catholics out there.

Michael Matt and Chris Ferrara below seem to veer predominately on the side of the Synod being almost an unalloyed victory for Pope Francis and the modernist cabal associated with him.  Some of the language below (a quite small amount) gets a bit harsh and goes beyond what I would typically endorse, but there is so much good commentary it merits airing.  I pray Ferrara and Matt (and D) and others are not right, but I fear they are.  If they are……Lord have mercy, I have no idea what the Church looks like in a year, but it will not be good:

If criticism of the Holy Father means falling out of full communion with him, then we have an increasing number of prelates doing so. Fortunately, that is not now nor has it ever been the case.

 

Corpus Christi Bishop Emeritus Gracida speaking on “end of life” definitions October 24, 2014

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Several things as way of a brief introduction.  The man who introduces Bishop Gracida – a long time friend and supporter of the TLM and one of the most orthodox bishops in entire post-conciliar US Church -is Jim Graham, President of Texas Right to Life.  There are two major pro-life political action organizations in Texas, Texas Right to Life, and Texas Alliance for Life. You really, really, really want to support the former and not the latter.  Texas Right to Life is completely pro-life up and down the whole panoply of life-related issues and is very strongly Catholic.  Texas Alliance for Life is much weaker on end-of-life issues and has equivocated on critical matters a number of times.

Secondly, Bishop Gracida below addresses the really pernicious error of current “end of life” declarations that have been formulated over the past 50 years to support the organ harvesting industry.  Organs for transplantation MUST, with present technology, be taken from a living human being.  The organs deteriorate to uselessness within just a few minutes of actual death.  That is why destructive ideologies like “brain death” have been created, in order to pretend that people with still beating hearts, even those who breathe on their own, are somehow “dead,” and thus suitable victims for organ harvesting.  But far too many entities in the institutional Church have accepted this illusory definition and have given the “moral OK” to perform such practices. Bishop Gracida has opposed this form of murder for decades.

Finally, I must agree with Jim Graham’s introductory notes, the reason that we have seen Western culture collapse to the terrific extent it has in the past several decades – an incredibly rapid acceleration of a process building for 500 years – is due to the failure of the Church to uphold traditional morality and Doctrine and instead try be a never challenging, often indifferentist “friend” of the world.

Some really very good comments below from Bishop Gracida, it is worth watching:

That man is 93 years old.  Can you believe it?  He looks and sounds 20 years younger.  Which sort of explodes the mandatory retirement age program put in place after Vatican II.  I can imagine how blessed the Diocese of Corpus Christi would now be had Bishop Gracida remained in office until now – over 30 years. Ad multos annos!  My father-in-law looks and works 15 years younger than he is at 85 but I think Bishop Gracida might put him to shame.

The fundamental immorality of protestantism October 23, 2014

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A quick excerpt from Dom Charles Poulet’s A History of the Catholic Church, published in the 1920s.  Dom Poulet was a monk of the great abbey of Solesmes.

On the fundamental errors and immorality of protestantism:

The pivotal dogma of Lutheranism is immoral, because justification by faith alone implies that good works are useless, and the absence of free will implies that it is impossible to be virtuous.  For this reason Luther regarded virginity as an impossible state, [Ha!  Due strictly to his own inability to remain continent.  The man was lost in a sea of lusts, and rather than turn to Grace for help, turned virtue upside down and made sin into good. Incredible that so many people bought it, but that is our fallen nature, always looking for ways to sin and still remain in God's good pleasure.  Just like today]  and looked upon marriage as as physical necessity to every man, a purely animal act devoid of any sacramental character.  No wonder that his most violent attacks were directed against the monastic vows, and that he himself married (1525) Catherine of Bora, an ex-Cistercian nun.  However, he admitted: “I have made myself so base and  despicable by this marriage that I hope all the angels will laugh and all the demons cry.”  He took to liquor, and according to his own expression, “devoured food like a Bohemian and drank like a Teuton.”  [One is rarely intemperate in only one area, intemperance once committed tends to exert dominance over all aspects of life. Thus, Luther was a drunkard,  there is some evidence of womanizing, and he certainly had a volcanic and unstable temper.] The effects of his teaching upon his contemporaries was equally disastrous.  “License and vicious habits of all sorts,” he was wont to say, “have developed to a degree never attained under papism.”  He was quite conscious that his followers justified their evil manner of living by his own teachings. “If men are not saved by their good works,” they argued, “why should we impose privations upon ourselves?”  In the presence of such results Luther gave way to despair.  “If I had to begin all over again,” he exclaimed, “I would leave the great masses of the people under the direction of the pope; for these people are not amending their ways with the Gospel and are only abusing the freedom than has been granted them.” [You would have thought this might have moved him towards contrition for the infinite evil he had committed, but it was PRIDE that drove Luther more than anything, and he refused to admit, publicly, that he could have been even ever slightly in error.”

Yet hatred of the pope was a salient characteristic of the ex-monk of Wittenberg. “No one,” he said, “can attain to salvation if he does not oppose the dictates of the pope with all his strength.”

[End Quote]

And thus Luther’s biggest failing – hypocrisy – reveals itself.  Luther was incredibly hypocritical.  He claims that man is saved by faith alone and that only the Bible, interpreted by each individual conscience according to the light it receives from God (and never a demon?), and yet in his volcanic temper he cast down all kinds of anathemas of those who took his very principles and started applying them in ways he did not like.  Those who went to far in the revolution he damned, and those who adhered to the Holy See he damned.  Luther was such a hypocrite, as time went on, it became clear that he viewed HIMSELF as the sole authority for the interpretation of Scripture, and that all must conform to his highly variable will.

In reality, Luther’s radically destructive Doctrine, which would have meant the death of Christianity and the end of the protestant revolution in short order, had to be Catholicized by Melanchthon, his close confident.  Melanchthon, especially after Luther’s death, worked to “Catholicize” Lutheranism and expunge much of its more ludicrous elements. While “justification by faith alone” remains a Lutheran tenent to this day, in practice, Lutherans quickly but quietly began to reassert the need for virtuous acts of good for salvation. The other way, Luther’s way, led directly to immense chaos, immorality, and suffering, such as the nightmares of the Peasant’s Revolt and the anabaptists of Munster.

Another salient feature of protestantism is its constant warring against itself into an infinite number of bickering sects.  Indeed, within 3 years of Luther nailing his false “theses” to the door of Wittenberg cathedral, there were already 6 or 8 new groups, spousing new errors, sprung up.  Ten years in, this number had increased to well over a dozen, although some of these sects wound up getting reabsorbed by the state churches that emerged in Germany to take the place of the One True Church founded by Jesus Christ.  Today, of course, there are tens if not hundreds of thousands of competing protestant sects, although most are so indifferent on various matters of belief that they are difficult to distinguish from one another.  But when pressed to the limit, it can be found that the pastor at “Woodcreek” disagrees mightily with the pastor at “Lakepointe” who disagrees violently, on some point, with the pastor at “Watermark.”  And so satan’s plan of division, error, enmity, and, most critically, the loss of souls, continues.

And yet after hundreds of years of opposition, after hundreds of years of seeing the incredibly destructive effects of so-called protestantism, up to and including the destruction of the greatest culture God has ever blessed the world with, Christendom, there is a large majority of prelates, priests, and laity who are more protestant than Catholic, to the extent they are even Christian at all.

I just had the sad experience of debating with a self-described “lukewarm Catholic” or “Catholic Reformed Druid” (no kidding!) various aspects of the Faith.  Even when he admitted his rejection of Church Doctrine was based solely on his own comfort and preference, he still would not be moved.  What shocked me the most is when he said he acknowledged the Real Presence but found it not really that big a deal.  He can’t possibly truly understand what the Real Presence means.

Amazing. That is what 50 years of the formal inculcation of error in the Bride of Christ has wrought.  Lord, have mercy on us.

I hope the above also highlights just how hideous, how wrong the “Joint Declaration on Justification” brought about by…….you guessed it!…….Kasper the Klown Kardinal between the Church and Lutheranism really is.  It is an affront to every faithful soul and yet another example of Christ’s Truth being suborned to worldly ends.

Bishop Tobin: “Pope Francis wanted to make a mess. Mission accomplished.” October 23, 2014

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I don’t know what to think of Providence, RI Bishop Thomas Tobin. Under Pope Benedict, he was noted for being one of the more vocally orthodox bishops – he even criticized Pope Francis early on – but seemed to have made a turn toward the heterodox over the past year or so (understand the terms orthodox and heterodox are made relative to the present standard in the Church). Perhaps he was tacking into the prevailing winds.  But now Bishop Tobin seems to be saying that the Pope has made a doctrinal mess of the Church:

Thomas J. Tobin, the Catholic bishop for the Diocese of Providence, R.I., commented on the recent Synod of Bishops on the Family held at the Vatican as “being rather Protestant” in having bishops vote on “doctrinal applications,” and added that in terms of Pope Francis’s fondness for a “creating a mess,” you can say, “mission accomplished.”

“Pope Francis is fond of ‘creating a mess.’ Mission accomplished,” said Bishop Tobin in his Oct. 21 blog post at the Diocese of Providence website. [Which isn't absolutely a criticism. It certainly can be taken as such, but if one was into modernism it could be looked on as a good thing. But I don't think that's what Bishop Tobin meant.]

……Commenting further on the Synod, Bishop Tobin said,The concept of having a representative body of the Church voting on doctrinal applications and pastoral solutions strikes me as being rather Protestant.”  At the close of the Synod, the bishops voted on all 62 paragraphs in the final document, the Relatio Synodi. [Yeah, you're not the only one.  But see what he says below.]

The Synod of bishops will meet again in one year to review the document, make more changes, and then Pope Francis will review that material and write a public letter on the family and marriage issues examined. [Oh goody.  I just can't wait.  Be still my heart.]

As for more of his “Random Thoughts about the Synod on the Family,” Bishop Tobin said:

“Have we learned that it’s probably not a good idea to publish half-baked minutes of candid discussions about sensitive topics, especially when we know that the secular media will hijack the preliminary discussions for their own agendas? [Please.  It wasn't half-baked, it was written weeks in advance.  What a joke.  And the man who wrote it, Archbishop Forte, is a disciple of Kasper/Kung/Rahner/von Baltasar and the whole school of Tubingen, and slippery as an eel.]

– “Wherever he serves, Cardinal Burke will be a principled, articulate and fearless spokesman for the teachings of the Church.” [Dang straight.  And possibly emerge as a desperately needed leader.]

Thanks to reader D for the link.  Some more of Bishop Tobin’s comments, perhaps less reassuring:

In addressing contemporary issues of marriage and the family, the path forward will probably be found somewhere between the positions of Fr. Z and the National Catholic Reporter. [Amazing he knows who Fr. Z is.  Probably 2/3 of American bishops would have no clue, while they would have intimate familiarity with Michael Sean Winters, the Heretic Reporter, and Thomas Reese.  Nevertheless, here we see another bishop pretending Doctrine - eternal Truth revealed by Jesus Christ - can be compromised on.  Muy malo.]

Pope Francis encouraged fearless and candid discussion and transparency during the Synod. I wonder if the American Bishops will adopt the same protocol during their meeting next month in Baltimore. [Heh. Nice zinger.]

I for one am extremely saddened to see yet another American prelate, like Cardinal Burke (who surely deserved his stunning demotion), fall out of that precious full communion with the pope.  So sad.

Burke Galero

He comes for you, Frankie.

It’s called sarcasm, people.

Seriously, though, how much are the apparitions at Fatima, Akita, and Quito being borne out?  Bishop against bishop, cardinal against cardinal……..it’s 1517 all over again.  Just great!

Great sermon on the horrid evil of admitting manifest sinners to the Blessed Sacrament – FIXED October 23, 2014

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I do not know this priest’s name, and even if I did they like to be anonymous, anyway.  But this is the 5th or 6th sermon of his I’ve heard that has extremely solid.

The priest goes over very solid ground rules regarding the state our souls must be in for valid and holy reception of the Blessed Sacrament, reception that fills our souls with Grace instead of bringing condemnation upon us.  The priest notes that sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments have always been understood as placing a soul in a position that it is unworthy to receive Christ Real Presence.  A dead body cannot be fed, the priest notes, and in the state of mortal sin, our souls are dead.

After solid background, the priest shifts to the recent Synod of Darkness.  He notes how it appears that many bishops are not interested in guarding the Holy of Holies.  The priest goes on to list aspects of the egregious elements of the midway “Relatio” which has served as an awesome tool in advancing the modernist agenda and the destruction of souls, hardly ameliorated by the “revolt” of October 16 and some changes to the final document.  As far as millions of souls are concerned, including some either badly informed or willingly duped Catholics, the Church has formally changed 2000 year old Doctrine.  The damage is incalculable.

Lots and lots of good stuff below.  I strongly advise dedicating 18 minutes to listen:

“Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the Kingdom of God?  Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, [transgenders, cross dressers, etc]  nor liers with mankind, [sodomites, gomorrists] nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the Kingdom of God.” [1 COR VI:9]  

And thus we know why there is such a powerful movement among liberal Christians, especially those ludicrous sects dedicated towards producing a mockery of Christianity to serve the sodomite interest, either totally downplay Saint Paul or actually advocate for the exclusion of all his Epistles from the Bible.  There is no limit to which error and sin will not stoop.

I pray you find this edifying, as I did.

UPDATE: Thank you to the commenter for letting me know it was the wrong video.  It’s those darned Youtube playlists, if I go to VideoSancto’s page on Youtube, and see the list of all their videos, if I click on one, it doesn’t give me the direct link to that video, but a link embedded in a playlist.  So when VideoSancto uploads a new video, the list updates, and the video I wanted is no longer there – same link, different video. My apologies, that always gets me.

A Novena for our time – Mary, Undoer of Knots October 22, 2014

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And boy do we have some knots surrounding us these days!  Father Carota yesterday posted this Novena to Maryh Undoer of Knots. What are these knots?  Fr. Carota explains:

There are the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution … knots of discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and children, pornography, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between husband and wife, the absence of peace and joy at home. There are also the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution of the family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated from home or God, knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion, depression, unemployment, fear, solitude…Ah, the knots of our life! How they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and separate us from God.”

I might add knots of Synods, bishops, cardinals, and perhaps even popes.  And then there are other knots, knots between faithful souls of good conscience all struggling their best to respond in the greatest charity they are capable of to the crisis which surround, subsumes, and envelopes all in the Church.  These knots of internecine strife between those who should be supportive of one another are sad and maryknotspointless.  We would all do well to remember that none of us have all the answers.

It is a great danger to believe that one is possessed of such unique and full understanding of all these complex and difficult matters of conscience that all that disagree with “our” viewpoint are just terrible Catholics and bad people.

It is also quite amazing for some to believe they have arrived at the only unassailable “right answer” after a few months study on subjects that even the greatest minds in the history of the Church struggled with for a lifetime.

I’m not talking about those who denounce the clear error of modernists, I’m talking about the fratricidal conflict between those most faithful and devout Catholics who should be aiding and assisting each other to form a united front against perhaps the greatest threat to orthodoxy the Church has ever faced.  This is exactly the kind of behavior the modernists (and satan) love to see.  Here we have the Church facing probably the greatest existential threats in the form of militant islam and sexular paganism She has endured in 1700 years or so, and yet all some folks seem concerned about is whether group A is criticizing prelate X too harshly, group B too softly, group C doesn’t have the right relation to authority, group D has caved in too much to authority, group E has…….Blah blah blah.  Count me out!  

Now for the Novena:

heart of mary raysVirgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in you heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.

You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound up by the Knots.

Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.

No one, not even the Evil One himself, can take it away from your precious care.  In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.

Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot… I beg you to undo it for the glory of god, once and for all.  You are my hope.

O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.

Hear my plea

Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge.

Our Lady of the Expectation

If the radical modernists have won, it has been because the elements of orthodoxy in the Church have been too distracted, too self-interested, and too disorganized to form effective resistance.

 

City of Houston reissues subpoenas against area pastors October 22, 2014

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I’ve reported on this persecution before.  The gomorrist mayor of Houston a few weeks ago, in a very politically motivated act, launched extremely invasive subpoenas against Houston area evangelical pastors who had opposed her radical pro-sodomite ordinance (including, among other things, provisions that allow men to use women’s public restrooms).  This subpoena demanded all texts of sermons, e-mails, letters, recordings of conversations, texts, Tweets, or any other correspondence of any kind that touched on the mayor, the ordinance, “homosexuality,” and several other broad categories.  There was a big uproar, and the City retrenched.  But now a new and narrower but still egregious subpoena has been launched against the same pastors.  It must be remembered this subpoena carries a strong stench of political retribution because the pastors supported a ballot petition to have the offending pro-sodomite ordinance put to a direct vote of the people.  The City of Houston threw the petition out (even though it garnered 3 times the required signatures) – for unnamed “irregularities” – and opponents of the ordinance then sued the city.   As punishment for such insolence, the city then subpoenaed the pastors, even though they had no direct involvement in the matter.

A few more details in the article quoted below, including the fact that Houston gomorrist mayor Anise Parker may be doing all this to further her post-mayoral political career by playing to the radical leftist/sodomite base:

……the city issued a revised subpoena, which narrows the information sought. From the City of Houston’s filing on Friday:

Request No. 12 originally read: All speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuals, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.

Defendants hereby revise Request No. 12 as follows: All speeches or presentations related to HERO or the Petition prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.

…..It makes complete sense that Parker would make such a politically aggressive move. She is term limited. This is her lame-duck year in office. This national-news-attracting subpoena is base outreach, and I must compliment her because it is a much savvier move than any Wendy Davis has made. Davis is done. She had flash-in-the-pan popularity among a vocal minority on a widely unpopular issue, which she has long since squandered in issue ignorance and gross insensitivity. Parker is looking to replace Davis as the “It” Woman of the Progressive Left. She has the story, the polish, a better political resume, and intelligence. She just needed name recognition and Progressive cred outside of Houston. Facing off against churches will work for her…….

And thus, persecution of the Church will become a regular feature of left wing (including some Repubniks?) politics from now on, and Father Rodriguez and I have often opined.  The Church continues to be compressed into a narrower and narrower space by the twin forces of islamism and sexular paganism.

The author of the piece, an attorney, also opines that Parker’s move is actually in line with current IRS law, which she claims does inhibit 501(c)3 charities from engaging in anything even remotely political. I think that a doubtful interpretation, but I was not surprised to see that it was dirty ol’ Lyndon Baines himself who instituted that law in order to crush church opposition to his senate run in 1954.  And we see how the gifts of the progressive left just keep on giving!

The author does feel that Supreme Court would overturn any real IRS enforcement of this law, but I, for one, have little confidence that any matter brought before the Supreme Court can be predicted with any confidence.  It’s a crap shoot with those “Catholics in good standing” on the Court every time.

One piece of advice the author gives to churches I do share: gird your loins. We are going to see much, much more of this as it becomes increasingly politically popular to persecute Christians.

I must also reiterate this subpoena apparently affected no Catholic churches or pastors in Houston, because none had taken a strong stand against this immoral ordinance.

 

Prepare for All Souls Day October 22, 2014

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Some helpful links and input from MJD regarding the upcoming Feast of All Souls Day, at which time we in the Church Militant can do such good for those in the Church Suffering.  Some of the links are not to explicitly traditional groups but they are all very orthodox and faithful.  I really love Fr. Weinberger and the Carmelite Hermits.  We must remember that the Poor Souls cannot pray for themselves, they are utterly dependent on us for prayes, penance, having Masses offered, all the sources of Grace that can end their sufferings and allow them to spend eternity in the Beatific Vision of God.  And those souls will then certainly pray for us in this life, and perhaps in our own time in Purgatory, should we be so fortunate.  Purgatory is an utterly beautiful and necessary gift from God to His Church, strongly supported by Scripture and a constant belief in the Tradition.  For most souls, we will not be sufficiently holy and devoid of earthly attachments to spend eternity with God at the moment of our judgment, so Purgatory is a literal gift to us poor weak souls, a great mercy from God to allow us to become worthy of being in His Presence even after death.  Without it, many souls now in Heaven would have never made it there:

Sunday, Nov. 2 is the Solemnity of All Souls on the Church Calendar

The Latin Mass Community at Mater Dei Parish in Irving, TX and other FSSP Parishes and Traditional Latin Mass Communities will celebrate All Souls Day on Monday, Nov. 3

Prepare now to assist in helping the poor souls in purgatory.  Many poor souls (also known as holy souls because they can no longer commit any sins) have no one to pray for them. Less than 1% of those who die go straight to heaven.  We can never assume our recently deceased friends and relatives are in heaven, even if they were fortunate to receive an apostolic blessing before they died. [Great points. The 1% figure may be debatable but great evidence from Scripture and Tradition indicates that very few fly to Heaven at death]

(1) compile your list of deceased relatives and friends

and enroll them in novena masses and prayers during the month of November

suggestions:   Novena of Masses from Nov. 1 – Nov. 30  http://www.stwilliamtheconfessor.org

Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter www.materdeiparish.com

Carmelite Hermits www.carmelitehermits.org Mt. Carmel Hermitage

(2) Plan to go to confession on or before Nov. 1 to offer indulgences for the holy souls

Mater Dei Parish in Irving, TX offers an excellent explanation: http://materdeiparish.com/2014/10/mass-schedule-saints-day-111-commemoration-souls-113/

The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls. On all the days from November 1 to November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed (standard requirements for indulgences apply*).

Partial indulgences are granted to those who recite Lauds or Vespers of the Office of the Dead, and to those who recite the prayer, “Requiem aeternum, dona eis, Domini, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace” (“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace”).

*Requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence:

Beautiful images of All Souls day from around the world

Beautiful images of All Souls day from around the world

Do the work while in a state of grace,
Receive Sacramental confession within 20 days of the work (several plenary indulgences may be earned per reception),
Receive Eucharistic communion (one plenary indulgence may be earned per reception),
Pray for the pope’s intentions (Our Father and Hail Mary, or other appropriate prayer, is sufficient),
Have no attachment to sin (even venial) – i.e., it is sufficient that the Christian makes an act of the will to love God and despise sin.
Requirements for a partial indulgence: The work must be done while in a state of grace and with the general intention of earning an indulgence.

Notes:

Only baptized persons in a state of grace who generally intend to do so may earn indulgences.1351870483-all-souls-day-celebrated-in-dhaka_1567405
Indulgences cannot be applied to the living, but only to the one doing the work or to the dead.
Only one plenary indulgence per day can be earned (except for prayer at the hour of one’s own death).
Several partial indulgences can be earned during the same day.

If only part of a work with plenary indulgence attached is completed, a partial indulgence still obtains.
If the penance assigned in confession has indulgences attached, the one work can satisfy both penance and indulgence.
Confessors may commute the work or the conditions if the penitent cannot perform them due to legitimate obstacles.1351887094-all-souls-day-celebrated-in-bangladesh_1567874
In groups, indulgenced prayer must be recited by at least one member while the others at least mentally follow the prayer.
If speech/hearing impairments make recitation impossible, mental expression or reading of the prayer is sufficient.
For an indulgence attached to a particular day requiring a church visit, the day begins at noon the day before and ends at midnight.

other sources:

http://www.piousunionofstjoseph.org/

http://www.piousunionofstjoseph.org/the-pious-union/become-a-promoter/

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