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Wow – great sermon that highlights the revolution…..and it’s leaders September 17, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Papa, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the enemy, the return.
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OK, maybe I highlighted the leaders.  I have often wondered what it must have been like, as a Catholic, to have lived through the revolution that was inflicted upon the Church between 1962 and, say, 1972.  I know there was much other insanity going on at the time, so it was only a signficant part of a larger picture, but, nevertheless, I have wondered why there wasn’t more opposition, more “thus far and no farther.”  Well, it seems there is a determined effort to relive those halcyon days (for the progressives) again.  It is odd seeing geriatric men thinking their decades old ideas are “hip” and “with it.”

But the broader question is, if there is a revolution, and it is obvious, what are we going to do about it?

I really like this sermon below.  Thanks to reader D for sending it. I am sure it comes from Audio Sancto.  There is a real zinger in the last minute, quoting, it is said, Paul VI, in response to a question posed to him, as to why he was so severely against the Traditional Latin Mass, and kept pretending it was “abrogated:”

He would never permit the “Old Mass” to remain, for to allow the TLM a home within the Church, would mean that many of the other changes made by the ‘modern church’ might be brought into question, and it might, even, bring some elements of the recent Council, perhaps, into doubt.”

The priest then concludes by asking whether many of the destructive changes of the past 50 years ought to be brought into question.  A year a go, that question could still be fairly asked, now, I think the question is, what will be left even of that rump of Catholicism that existed, say, in 2012.

The sermon——Oh, you don’t know what a battle I had to get this uploaded. I am sorry for the picture but I am out of time for the day.  Just disregard the pic and listen. I do not have time to figure out the movie making software, upload umpteen pics, and do all the rest. Suffice it to say, I will not be providing much competition to Video Sancto anytime soon.

This gets me back to a post I mentioned earlier, another post from Rorate, regarding how the Novus Ordo, or new Mass, was developed.  I sometimes feel bad picking on the Novus Ordo, because I know there are many people who simply do not have the TLM as an alternative. I pray every day for that to change. But I think the below is so key in describing what a false, fabricated, underdone, poorly thought out a product the Novus Ordo is.  It also reveals how the arch-modernist Bugnini used a weak Paul VI and the still incredibly strong unquestioning, almost unthinking obedience to the Holy See to achieve his most nefarious end:

It was Bouyer who had to remedy in extremis a horrible formulation of the new Eucharistic Prayer II, from which Bugnini even wanted to delete the “Sanctus”. [Knowing how truly awful EPII was and is, can imagine what this must have been like, if what we got was an improvement?] And it was he who had to rewrite the text of the new Canon that is read in the Masses today, one evening, on the table of a trattoria in Trastevere, together with the Benedictine liturgist, Bernard Botte, with the tormenting thought that everything had to be consigned the following morning. [And for this, the Roman Canon, 1700 to maybe 1900 years old, was thrown over]
But the worst part is when Bouyer recalls the peremptory “the Pope wants it” that Bugnini used to shut up the members of the commission every time they opposed him; for example, in the dismantling of the liturgy for the dead and in purging the “imprecatory” verses from the psalms in the Divine Office.
Paul VI, discussing with Bouyer afterwards about these reforms “that the Pope found himself approving, not being satisfied about them any more than I was,”asked him. “Why did you all get mired in this reform?” And Bouyer [replied], “Because Bugnini kept assuring us that you absolutely wanted it.” To which Paul VI [responded]: “But how is this possible? He told me that you were all unanimous in approving it…”  [But Bouyer was far from innocent. One of the original agitators demanding they had the right to change the immortal Mass, to "improve" it, he did recoil when the revolution quickly got out of hand.  But see how Bugnini skillfully played one side off the other to keep the revolution always moving forward.  This is the dominant view of how the liturgical aspect of the revolution - the driving force for the whole revolution - was carried out.  Fr. Cekada argues in his book, however, that Paul VI was far from a  hapless dupe in this process, and that he got exactly the "reform" he wanted.  Not too many have argued that point as strongly as Cekada, who claims to have seen Paul VI's handwritten notes all over developmental copies of the Novus Ordo.  The quote from the sermon above seems to indicate Paul VI had a certain motive for the liturgical deform, doesn't it? But who am I to judge?]
Bouyer recalls in his “Mémoires” that Paul VI exiled the “despicable” Bugnini to Teheran as Nuncio, but by then the damage had already been done. [Of course, many reports attribute that sacking to the irrefutable evidence found of Bugnini's masonic membership.  It did take place in 1975, after Bugnini had been given over a decade to wreckovate the Mass and entire Church, and over 5 years after the grave deficiencies of the Novus Ordo were well known] For the record, Bugnini’s personal secretary, Piero Marini, would then go on to become the director of pontifical ceremonies from 1983 to 2007, and even today there are voices circulating about him as the future Prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship. …
Everything old is new again:
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Sources Confirm – Burke gone from Rota, given debasing position September 17, 2014

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I’m sure it means something to the Knights of Malta, an invitation only charitable organization composed almost entirely of blue bloods, but this is a truly stunning development.  The mask is off, and it’s straight up war.  LifeSiteNews has confirmed that Burke will be gone from the Rota and may even be demoted before the Synod so that he cannot take part. This is huge, because I think Cardinal Burke was leading much of the opposition to the Kasperite gambit to destroy marriage and the perceptions of sanctity of the Blessed Sacrament:

Sources in Rome have confirmed to LifeSiteNews that Cardinal Raymond Burke, the head of the Vatican’s highest court, known as the Apostolic Signatura, is to be removed from his post as head of the Vatican dicastery and given a non-curial assignment as patron of the Order of Malta.

The timing of the move is key since Cardinal Burke is currently on the list to attend October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family. He is attending in his capacity as head of one of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, so if he is removed prior to the Synod it could mean he would not be able to attend. [I bet money the goal is to remove him before the Synod, but that may depend on the reaction.  We need to get louder, folks.  The only thing the new order seems to care about is public perception, so let's give them a very, very bad one]

Burke has been one of the key defenders in the lead-up to the Synod of the Church’s traditional practice of withholding Communion from Catholics who are divorced and civilly remarried.

Most of the Catholic world first learned of the shocking development through Vatican reporter Sandro Magister, whose post ‘Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke’went out late last night.

Things are happening fast, no?  It’s almost like they’re building to a thundering crescendo?

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BFFS!

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That last one reminds me of:

 

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Birds of a feather.

+Burke to be cashiered? September 17, 2014

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I tell you, Rorate had some very troubling posts in the past 18 hours or so.  The focus of this post, the possible (likely, certain?) removal of Cardinal Burke from a position of influence to one of so little value as to be a mighty slap in the face, is, while very newsworthy and immediate, perhaps the less significant of the two posts I am referring to.  I will get to the more significant matter later, God willing.  Hopefully NC and the other good posters at Rorate do not mind my “ripping off” so much of their material!  I do try to be good about attribution!

Anyway, Sandro Magister is reporting that Cardinal Burke will be removed from his role as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the court of final appeal in the Church, and will be named not to a see, not to some other curial post, but to the obscure and strictly ceremonial role of “Cardinal Patron” of the Sovereign Military of Malta, a fine and storied organization to be sure, but one usually given to retirees or strictly as a side job:

The next victim would in fact be the United States cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, who from being prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura would not be promoted – as some are fantasizing in the blogosphere – to the difficult but prestigious see of Chicago, but rather demoted to the pompous – but ecclesiastically very modest – title of “cardinal patron” of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, replacing the current head, Paolo Sardi, who recently turned 80.
If confirmed, Burke’s exile would be even more drastic than the one inflicted on Cardinal Piacenza, who, transferred from the important congregation for the clergy to the marginal apostolic penitentiary, nevertheless remained in the leadership of a curial dicastery.
With the shakeup on the way, Burke would instead be completely removed from the curia and employed in a purely honorary position without any influence on the governance of the universal Church.
This would be a move that seems to have no precedent.

Rorate adds some strong commentary:

If this rumor is confirmed (which seems quite possible, considering Magister’s excellent sources), it is obvious that this very gentle Cardinal will accept it humbly and silently — but, make no mistake, it will the palpable symbol of the hatred (yes, unfortunately that is the precise word) for the person of Cardinal Burke and especially for all that he represents, that is, a life of complete and absolute fidelity to the Authority, Tradition, and Magisterium of the Apostolic See…… [Fr. Blake notes that Cardinal Burke is one of a very few prelates who have never played the episcopal game, never compromised their virtue or ethics.  Is there no room for such men in the new order?]

……It would be the greatest humiliation of aCurial Cardinal in living memory, truly unprecedented in modern times: considering the reasonably young age of the Cardinal, such a move would be, in terms of the modern Church, nothing short than a complete degradation and a clear punishment (for what?).

And this disturbing bit, which is, perhaps, the point of it all:

Now, should Magister’s prediction come to pass before the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops convenes in October, this will have another dire effect: the removal of Cardinal Burke from the Synod, which he is set to join on the strength of his position as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. A silencing and removal that will be all the more significant because willed by Pope Francis, and so ill-timed (or so well-timed, depending on which side of the Kasperite proposal one stands.) [And bear in mind, the boy-rape cover up poster boy of Belgium, an extreme dissident, has been appointed to this Synod, as well.]

In the same post, Rorate also quotes an influential Brazilian cardinal as saying the Church has always been seeking a way to recognize “stable” sodomite unions!  Think about that word, perhaps carelessly chosen, but nonetheless……always.  Do you think this prelate defines the Church as beginning in AD 1965?  Even if you grant that, his comment is ridiculous, but when we think of the stand the Church has always taken against this sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance, one has to wonder, to what church does this prelate belong? Even many of the sects would have more than a small problem with this statement.

They are sure coming out of the woodwork, are they not?  It’s a veritable Night of the Long Knives at the Vatican.  Our new progressive overlords are not so very tolerant towards those who espouse the bad, old religion.  For them, there is no mercy, only the mailed fist of naked power.

Pope Francis gives stirring reflection on the need for unity with the Church September 16, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Our Lady, Papa, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the return.
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One could even say it is beautiful, in parts.  It is occasional statements like this that make me uncertain as to what Pope Francis really believes, how he rationalizes relatively strong statements like this with some others that seem to cause such confusion.

But enough with my impressions, a commenter left a link to another site covering this same info yesterday, and I did not have time to read it. I hope L understands that my return comment to her was general and not in reference to this particular exhortation from the Pope:

Without the Church, which is our mother, we can not go on. This was confirmed by Pope Francis in his sermon for the feast of the Dolors of Mary at Holy Mass in the chapel of the Vatican guest house “Domus Sanctae Marthae.” 

After the liturgy of the Exultation of the Cross, we are shown in the present day, a humble and gentle mother. In the Letter to the Hebrews (Heb 5:7 to 9), the apostle Paul emphasizes three powerful words: “Jesus taught, he obeyed and he suffered” (“Though he was a Son, he learned obedience through suffering”; V. 6). The Pope explains this is the contrary to what happened with the progenitor, Adam. He did not want to learn the Commandments of the Lord, nor did he want to suffer or obey. Though he was God, Jesus offered Himself on the other hand, He humbled Himself by becoming the servant: “This is the glory of the cross of Jesus”. [And I like this thought very much, but is it undermined by certain statements to other religions that reject both Christ as God and Mary as Mother of God?]

“Jesus came into the world,” said Francis, “to learn to be human, to be human, to go with the people. He came into the world, to obey, and he obeyed. But he has learned this obedience through suffering. [OK, since I know nits will be picked, I may as well jump the gun.  I think this statement can be true in a sense, but Christ, being God, is the perfect embodiment of all virtue, and was just as omniscient as God the Father, being always part of the Trinity even while man, and so He knew obedience perfectly before enduring any suffering.  But He did give us the example of obedience through suffering. The translation on Eponymous Flower could be spotty.] Adam has left from paradise with a promise, the promise that has been going on over the many centuries. Today, with this obedience, this self-destruction, with this self-humiliation of Jesus, that promise is to hope. And the people of God go ahead with this certain hope. The Mother, ‘the New Eve,’ as Paul called her, would share this way with her Son: she learned, suffered and obeyed. And she became a mother.”

The Gospel (Jn 19:25 – 27) shows us Mary at the foot of the Cross. Jesus says to John: “Behold your mother” (verse 27). Thus Mary would be “anointed as the mother:”

“And this is our hope. We are not orphans, we have mothers: Mother Mary. But the Church is the mother, and the Church is anointed as mother and she strikes out on the same way as Mary and Jesus, the way of obedience, the way of suffering, and if it continues that attitude to keep learning the way of the Lord. These two women – Mary and the Church – bring forward in hope, which is Christ, they give us Christ, they bear witness to Christ in us. Without Mary, there would have been no Jesus Christ. . “Without the Church, we can not precede.” [And I think that is true. But what is the understanding of the "Church?"  Is it the Church of Rome, of the Apostles and the constant line of bishops since and formal communion with Her, or does it exist invisibly and include even people who reject and attack Her?  How can we be full "brothers" with protestants who spit on the Blessed Mother? This is where I get confused, not about what I believe, but about what Francis believes. I find it very difficult to reconcile a strong Marian ecclesiology with such a fervent embrace of protestants.  Being a former protestant, I well know the degree to which most protestants despise their caricatured understanding of Marian theology, and how much their erroneous understanding of the Blessed Mother distorts their whole approach to Christianity.]

——————–End Quote———————

There is more at the link.  The lede at Eponymous Flower said, in quotes: “Pope Francis: “No Way For Christians Without the Holy, Hierarchical, Mother Church”, which I didn’t see directly in any of the text, so it’s possible some good parts got left out.  Sorry if that is the case. I am out for the day.

Centuries of anti-Catholic propaganda have wreaked havoc on the Church September 16, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, General Catholic, history, Holy suffering, horror, martyrdom, paganism, Papa, persecution, secularism, sickness, Society, the enemy.
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I found the following excerpt in the neat biography my wife gave me of Pope Leo XIII.  Now, the bio was published in 1877, nearly 140 years ago, but even at that time the Church had been under direct and sustained attack from the forces of leftism for over a century.  Beginning with Luther’s satanic revolt, building in the rationalism that inevitably followed, and reaching full flower in the socio-political theories of Hobbes, Locke, and others, the state we are in today is the result of 500 years of direct, hate-filled attack on the Church.  And it has been hate-filled; n-lplfrom Luther on down, all those who have taken up pen and sword against the Church have been motivated by a perverse self-love which feeds a hatred of the Church that has the temerity to say “no.”

I thought you might find some of the below, taken from pp. 47-52 of Life of Leo XIII:

The more privileged a people is in all the rarest gifts of intellect and heart, the more lavish toward them has been the bounty of Providence in the supernatural order, the deeper will be the perversion effected by an anti-Christian propaganda. What ruin, what desolation is comparable to the sowing of the minds of an entire nation [or an entire Church] with errors, prejudices, passions, which, taking deep root, prevent the possibility of cultivating or planting therein the most necessary and salutary religious notions?

Such had been the process carried on among all classes of the Italian population ever since the days of Voltaire……As in France, so in Italy, skepticism first tainted the upper classes, and from them and by them the intellectual pestilence had been spread downwards through the ambitious middle classes, reaching at length the laboring population in city and country.  And so, when pope-leo-xiiithe revolution of 1789 first startled Europe by its utterances and innovations, every one of its doctrines found a wide echo in Italy, and too willing apostles among the titled and the learned devoted all their energy and influence to the work of popularizing it.  When Voltaire and the Lodge had become incarnate in the Revolution of 1793, and sent their armies into Italy a few years later, there were found, unhappily, but too many influential Italians to hail their advent as the hosts of the new Liberty which denied God and declared war on the existing order of things.

[The people were taught by the revolutionaries......] to despise, to hate, to ridicule, to outrage religion and its ministers; taught Catholics to look upon the august Head of the Church as a usurper in temporal affairs……

The confiscations, the plunder, the destruction, the violation of the most sacred rights, and the disorder thereby caused in the popular mind and heart, in the most deep-seated notions, beliefs, and customs, constituted a condition of things so chaotic that no length of time, no labor of restoration, no efforts of the “discredited” ministers of religion to build up anew the material temple or to win back the confidence of the alienated populations, have achieved anything like a real success, even down to our very day.  [Yes, down to our very day.  The world never recovered from 1789, or 1776, it's "conservative" progenitor.  It is really impossible for us to even know how much our thinking has been altered - compared to Catholics of 300 years ago - by the intervening intellectual "progress."  And now the sickness is well-ensconced in the Church.  What now?] Pope_Leo_XIII

How were they to preserve [their children] from the irreligious indifference, the contempt, the hatred of all things holy, the habit of deriding the past, the false notions about liberty, the seductive theories about equality, which were floating forever in the atmosphere, and carried on the wings of the wind like germs of intellectual and moral distempers more fatal than the cholera……

…..The first great triumph of irreligion, in the last half of the 18th century, was to obtain, through the tyranny of the demonic influence of the united Bourbon sovereigns, the suppression of the Jesuits – and to substitute for their numerous colleges in all Latin countries a thoroughly organized system of national non-religious education, as in Spain and Portugal, where the anti-Christian philosophers had it all their own way, on the Voltairean methods which prevaled in France till Napoleon created his National University – the most potent engine, next to the masonic secret societies, ever devised by Caserism to take the youth of a nation out of the hands of Christian parents and the influence of the Church.

————End Quote————-

That last bit is interesting, because it is my contention the Jesuits never recovered from the 1773 disbanding of the order and even when reconstituted absorbed some of the choleric atmosphere mentioned above, which laid the seeds for the Jesuit’s future and ongoing destruction.  It is amazing how influential the Jesuits have been in spreading many of the most egregious and damaging leftist/modernist beliefs in the Church over the past 150 years or so – it’s almost as if, chastened by their earlier  (and unjustified) disbandment, they resolved to learn some of the new order so as to be more acceptable, insuring they never met the same fate twice.  But they learned the lesson too well, and became what they had always, always fought against.

For the past 100 years, Jesuits have done more damage to the Church than any other group, perhaps leaving aside the Germanic episcopate.  Maybe they should never have been reestablished?

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Blasphemous satanic black “mass” still scheduled for Sunday, Sept 21 September 16, 2014

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And I read somewhere it is “sold out,” whatever that means. Satan is indeed having a field day and then some.  How sad is that?

The infinitely evil affront against the Living God that is the black mass will, barring a miracle or some unforeseen event, take place this Sunday – although, it is believed, without a consecrated Host.  On Our Lord’s day, naturally. I do not know what kind of response is planned in OKC – I hope a very crowded and vociferous one.  At one time I did plan to travel to OKC to participate in any protests, but this dang staph infection  just doesn’t quite want to go away (please keep praying).  And, we must keep praying that this mass – which, by its very nature, recognizes in its blind hatred the existence of not only God but the Real Presence, but rejects the Love of both – will be cancelled.  The affair in Boston at least resulted with the satanists, as they should be, on the run, and having to conduct their evil under cover.  And that was all decided at the last minute, so there is still hope.

TFP Student Action, whatever you think of their parent organization, has pushed a petition that has over 50,000 signatures and is seeking to hit 100,000 before Sunday. The petition will be presented to Oklahoma City civic leaders prior to this sacrilege taking place.  If you haven’t signed it already, you might consider doing so:

I regret to inform you that satanists are still planning a “Black Mass” on city property at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

Please spread the word to all your friends so we can stop this sacrilege.  Your voice and prayers were decisive at Harvard University ­– the “Black Mass” there was stopped.  Canceled.  Saint Michael won a great victory that day. And God can win again.

Our first goal of 50,000 petitions has been achieved.  The new goal is now 100,000.  Your petition, together with many more, will be presented to the Civic Center, as well as the Mayor of Oklahoma City and the Governor of Oklahoma before September 21.

One news item refers to the “Black Mass” in these terms:  “A Religious Black Mass will be conducted as a public event to help educate the public about Religious Satanism.  Enjoy the delights of the Devil.”  [Was that proselytism for satan done by some newsie in ignorance, or forbearance? 

Registered sex offender Adam Daniels will be leading the anti-Catholic satanic ritual on public property.

Every black mass is a direct, deliberate and sinful act of hatred against God.  Typically, a Consecrated Host is stolen from a Catholic Church and then used to desecrate, mock and insult the Catholic Mass.  The Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ is attacked in a most vile and unspeakable manner.  These insults against God are not only offensive to Christians, but also repulsive to everyone of good will.

In this instance, maybe we should be like democrats – voting early and often.  If you have multiple e-mails addresses and a few convenient aliases…..

Locally, I know some parishes will be having Adoration in reparation for this diabolical sickness.  I know Bishop Slattery, at least, plans Eucharist Processions and Adoration in Tulsa.  Are there acts of reparation planned for your diocese or parish?

Lord what a dark time!  Have mercy on us for having so offended You!  Please change our hearts through Your Grace!  Help Your poor suffering Church.

 

Prayers urgently needed for Father Michael Rodriguez September 15, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, Liturgy, manhood, priests, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I was blessed to have the opportunity to speak with Father Michael Rodríguez for an extensive period of time over the weekend. As usual, the conversation covered a broad range of topics and was truly edifying. I will not go into any details in this post, but did want to give readers some updates on this faithful priest who is enduring his share of trials:

  • Father Rodríguez no longer serves in Presidio. His bishop has assigned him as parish administrator for Sacred Heart Mission in Shafter, TX. He offers the Mass only according to the 1962 Missal and conducts his entire apostolate in line with the traditional practice and teaching of the Church.
  • Father Rodríguez’s position in the Diocese of El Paso is not without difficulties, especially on account of his commitment to exclusively offer the Traditional Latin Mass. That is why I repeat my request for prayers.
  • Father Rodríguez did however suggest one recommendation to readers, and that was to obtain a book by Father Nicholas Gruner called Crucial Truths to Save Your Soul.  I really know nothing of the book aside from Father’s recommendation, but I told him I would faithfully pass the recommendation along. Father feels this book contains very concise, easily readable material that is very important for Catholics to know, particularly at this point in time.  I could not find a place online, even at the Fatima Center website, to order this book.  It is very recent, but this site reveals the book can be obtained by calling this number: 1-800-263-8160.  Faithful to Church teaching, the book stresses that the Deposit of Faith (Truth!) revealed by Christ through His Church cannot be changed, and certainly not contradicted, not even by any member of the Church, no matter their position or influence.
  • Father Rodríguez is very appreciate of all those who have been praying for him and all who support and pray for priests who are promoting the Traditional Latin Mass and working to restore the Catholic Faith, irrespective of particular group affiliations. He encourages all Catholics to familiarize themselves more with the Traditional Latin Mass and exhorts traditionally minded Catholics to defend the truth while practicing charity and fostering unity. He asks that you continue to pray for these intentions, especially the Holy Rosary as revealed to St. Dominic and requested by Our Lady at Fatima.

All in all, Father’s spirits, as always, remain high and he is full of love for Our Blessed Lord and Our Lady and a great charity for souls.  I know I have asked prayers for Father Rodríguez in the past, as he has been persecuted for his steadfast defense of the Faith.  But I must ask again, and with special emphasis this time, because Father Rodríguez continues to face numerous trials and his situation is not ideal.  There is a lot being left unsaid, but if you could, in your charity, make Father Rodríguez and his needs and intentions a regular intention of yours, it would be most helpful.  I have prayed regularly for Father Rodríguez for years now, but having said that, I can say that at this time and in the coming months there will be a particularly urgent need for continued prayer on his behalf.

You can also support the effort to recover and restore the Traditional Catholic Faith by giving to the St. Vincent Ferrer Foundation of Texas, a non-profit corporation active in West Texas and beyond. Although it is founded and run entirely by faithful Catholic laity, they share similar goals to Fr. Rodríguez and he is supportive of their efforts.

God bless you and thank you for your continued generosity and works of true mercy.

A photo of Father offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at the beautiful chapel in Shafter:

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The Saints against islam and Cardinal McCarrick’s egregious errors September 15, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, pr stunts, rank stupidity, Saints, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, Tradition.
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There is so much confusion in the Church today regarding islam.  Many – heck, almost all – leaders in the Church seem to be almost eagerly dhimmi in their attitudes towards religion.  Atrocities committed by mohammadans are routinely explained away as aberrations, while the mythical “moderate islam” is praised to the skies.  We had a particularly disgusting instance of that recently, when retired Cardinal McCarrick, whose predatory behavior towards young males is well substantiated, gave this sad example at an interreligious confab with some muslims in DC:

Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick offered Islamic religious phrases and insisted that Islam shares foundational rules with Christianity, during a Sept. 10 press conference in D.C.

In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate,” McCarrick said as he introduced himself to the audience at a meeting arranged by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. [Which routinely apologizes for islamic violence]  That praise of the Islamic deity is an important phrase in Islam, is found more than 100 times in the Koran, and is akin to the Catholic prayer, ”In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” [Which a muslim would never, ever allow to pass his lips.  But they have faith, even if it is blasphemous and false]

McCarrick next claimed that “Catholic social teaching is based on the dignity of the human person… [and] as you study the holy Koran, as you study Islam, basically, this is what Muhammad the prophet, peace be upon him, has been teaching.” [Especially the part about putting infidels to the sword.  What the Koran actually preaches is that muslim men have dignity, everyone else, including muslim women, not so much.  But none is so blind as a fervent adherent to the religion of sexular paganism]

McCarrick was 71 when 19 Muslims brought Islam to the public eye by murdering 3,000 Americans on 9/11. He is one of the 213 Cardinals of the Catholic church, but is too old to vote in church debates. [Good grief.  Move on]

“Either the cardinal has studied the whole thing and does not know what he’s talking about, or he is making a somewhat misleading statement,” said Michael Meunier, head of the U.S. Copts Association. “The practice of the Muslim majority people that adhere to the Koran… have proven that [claim of equivalence] is not correct,” he told The Daily Caller during a Sept. 11 trip to Jordan. [To draw even a remote equivalence is offensive not just to the virtue of faith but also to plain reason. Even Church-hating atheists note this.]

“Has Cardinal McCarrick converted to Islam?” asked a scornful critic, Robert Spencer, the best-selling author of many books on Islam.

“‘Peace be upon him’ is a phrase Muslims utter after they say the name of [their reputed] prophet… [so] probably he is unaware of the unintended Islamic confession of faith he has just made,”said Spencer……[I would not make that assumption. He may be quite aware.  The point is, he doesn't care, the false idol of "dialogue" trumps all]

Now, what have some great Saints said, as a form of rebuttal to the above, regarding islam?

Whoever does not embrace the Catholic Christian faith is lost, like your false prophet Muhammad.”
-St. Peter Mavimenus (d. 8th century), martyr from Gaza. Response reported in the Martyriologum Romanum when he was asked to convert to Islam by a group of Muslims.

“There is also the superstition of the Ishmaelites which to this day prevails and keeps people in error, being a forerunner of the Antichrist…. From that time to the present a false prophet named Mohammed has appeared in their midst. This man, after having chanced upon the Old and New Testaments and likewise, it seems, having conversed with an Arian monk, devised his own heresy. Then, having insinuated himself into the good graces of the people by a show of seeming piety, he gave out that a certain book had been sent down to him from heaven. He had set down some ridiculous compositions in this book of his and he gave it to them as an object of veneration.” [Saint John Damascene, who fought against the islamic-inspired iconoclast heresy, understands the etymology of islamic belief well.  Islam is a completely man-made religion founded by a man lost to lust and incorporating perverse beliefs from apostate (Arian) Christian and Jewish sects, prevalent in Arabia in the 7th century]
-St. John Damascene (d. 749), Syrian Arab Catholic monk and scholar. Quoted from his book On Heresies under the section On the Heresy of the Ishmaelites (in The Fathers of the Church. Vol. 37. Translated by the Catholic University of America. CUA Press. 1958. Pages 153-160.)

We profess Christ to be truly God and your prophet to be a precursor of the Antichrist and other profane doctrine.”
-Sts. Habenitus, Jeremiah, Peter, Sabinian, Walabonsus, and Wistremundus (d. 851), martyrs of Cordoba, Spain. Reported in the Memoriale Sanctorum in response to Spanish Umayyad Caliph ‘Abd Ar-Rahman II’s ministers that they convert to Islam on pain of death.

“On the other hand, those who founded sects committed to erroneous doctrines proceeded in a way that is opposite to this, the point is clear in the case of Muhammad. He seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected, he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity. He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the contrary, Muhammad said that he was sent in the power of his arms—which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants.
-St. Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274), Theologian and Doctor of the Church. Quoted from his De Rationibus Fidei Contra Saracenos, Graecos, et Armenos and translated from Fr. Damian Fehlner’s Aquinas on Reasons for the Faith: Against the Muslims, Greeks, and Armenians (Franciscans of the Immaculate. 2002.)”

As we have seen, Muhammed had neither supernatural miracles nor natural motives of reason to persuade those of his sect. As he lacked in everything, he took to bestial and barbaric means, which is the force of arms. Thus he introduced and promulgated his message with robberies, murders, and bloodshedding, destroying those who did not want to receive it, and with the same means his ministers conserve this today, until God placates his anger and destroys this pestilence from the earth.[…]

(Muhammad) can also be figured for the dragon in the same Apocalypse which says that the dragon swept up a third of the stars and hurled down a third to earth. Although this line is more appropriately understood concerning the Antichrist, Mohammed was his precursor – the prophet of Satan, father of the sons of haughtiness.[…]

Even if all the things contained in his law were fables in philosophy and errors in theology, even for those who do not possess the light of reason, the very manners (Islam) teaches are from a school of vicious bestialities. (Muhammad) did not prove his new sect with any motive, having neither supernatural miracles nor natural reasons, but solely the force of arms, violence, fictions, lies, and carnal license. It remains an impious, blasphemous, vicious cult, an innvention of the devil, and the direct way into the fires of hell. It does not even merit the name of being called a religion.” [Saint Juan de Ribera would not be popular in today's Church!  But, while his language may be harsh, there is none of it that is false.  Islam alone among major religions has been spread almost totally by the sword.]

-St. Juan de Ribera (d.1611), Archbishop of Valencia, missionary to Spanish Muslims, and organizer of the Muslim expulsions of 1609 from Spain. Quoted in several locations from his 1599 Catechismo para la Instruccion de los Nuevos Convertidos de los Moros (my translation).

“The Mahometan paradise, however, is only fit for beasts; for filthy sensual pleasure is all the believer has to expect there.”

St. Alphonsus Liguori (d. 1787). Quoted from his book, The History of Heresies and their Refutation.

FSSP Seminarian update September 15, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, Admin, awesomeness, Latin Mass, priests, Virtue, Glory, Tradition, sanctity, Grace, Christendom.
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Reader MFG sent me an update on the FSSP seminarian in need of financial support I blogged about a couple of weeks back.  Thanks to your generosity and that of many others, the seminarian has reached his goal and has both his debt from last year and expenses for this year fully covered:

I just wanted to thank you all again for all the support you have given Mike and his family. I think it is safe to say, that we are all shocked by all of this, and we are extremely grateful. Our goal for the $13,000 has been reached. The grace of God is just awesome!! Please remember Mike in your prayers, and remember there are other seminarians, as well, who need financial help too.

It is so encouraging to see people showing such generosity for strangers and having such concern for the future of the Church.  Thank you to all who were so generous in your support.  May God bless you!  And may God continue to bless His Church with such worthy young candidates for the priesthood.

Pope Francis to wed couples living in sin? September 13, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, Papa, pr stunts, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, shocking, the return.
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That’s the strong implication of this article from the Daily Telegraph, quoting a spokesman or the Diocese of Rome.  The actual term is cohabiting….whether they have repented of and confessed their sin, and have abstained from fornication for some time, is anyone’s guess:

Couples who have been “living in sin” and women who had children out of wedlock will be married by Pope Francis at a ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday, in a further sign of his determination to make the Catholic Church more inclusive and compassionate.

They will be among 20 couples from Rome who will tie the knot in St Peter’s Basilica, in the first such ceremony led by the Pope in his role as Bishop of Rome since he was elected in March last year.

For the Vatican, it will be the first such event since Pope John Paul II joined eight couples in matrimony in 2000.

The prospective brides and grooms had varying personal backgrounds, the diocese of Rome said in a statement.

“There are those who are already cohabiting, those who already have children, who got to know each other in Church,” the diocese said.

One of the women getting married has a grown-up daughter from a previous relationship and will marry a man who was previously married but obtained an annulment.

The woman, named only as Gabriella, said she never imagined that she would be married by the Pope in St Peter’s.

We didn’t feel worthy or able to meet the requirements of a good Catholic couple,” Gabriella told La Repubblica newspaper. “But the Church under the leadership of Pope Francis has welcomed and embraced us.”

There is just so much wrong with that statement it’s hard to know where to start.  If you have confessed any previous sins and have no currently valid marriage, where is he impediment?  It seems to me rather likely something very significant has been left out of this brief description.  As in, was the previous “relationship” a marriage?

I did see one constant apologist say this is no big thing!  The Church is full of sinners!  These people are getting their relationships regularized, that’s good!  And it is…….but the traditional practice was and is that those persisting in that kind of relationship had to stop their fornication (and cohabitation in almost all cases) to give an indicator of good will and to have their sins washed away through repentance and confession prior to receiving such an august Sacrament.  Simply getting married does not remove the guilt of grave sin due to fornication/cohabitation – it takes Confession to do that.  We also have the reception of the Blessed Sacrament to consider.

But that was in the bad old days.  The obvious doubleplusungood think of back then was that one must show both a true compunction for the sin by abstaining from fornication for quite a while before receiving either marriage or the Blessed Sacrament, and give visible testimony to that by terminating the scandalous aspects of the relationship. I know people who have had to do so at traditional parishes today. Pray God, someone has at least thought to get these souls to Confession before they possibly blaspheme the Holy Ghost.

What do you make of this?  Just hype, no big deal, happens all the time, or something more ominous?  And what does this act mean in light of the upcoming Synod, if anything?

I’m too tired to figure it out.

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