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A Saint for our time October 21, 2014

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Saint Edmund Campion was a noted English scholar, revert to the Faith, Jesuit, priest, and martyr to the atrocious Elizabethan persecution of Catholics.  Campion had been an Oxford scholar with some St Edmund Campionsympathies to the Faith when the English persecution got restarted under Queen Elizabeth.  He chose to leave the country, entered the famous seminary and Douai, and wound up becoming a Jesuit.  Some years later, he was sent by the Jesuits and the Pope to help sustain the many suffering and still faithful Catholics of England after decades of protestant repression.  He knew that his mission to England would be his last, that he would be inevitably caught, tortured, and killed, as had virtually every other priest sent or remaining in hiding in England.

When he first arrived in England, it came to Campion’s mind to record a testament to the real motives behind his efforts, knowing that the Elizabethan authorities would try to portray him as a treasonous wretch set upon destroying Elizabeth and her totalitarian Tudor state.  This document became known as “Campion’s Brag” and recorded not only his motives, but also his denunciation of some notable protestant errors.  The letter quickly became public and there was a furious response from the authorities.  More publishings from Campion, destroying more protestant errors, quickly ramped up the pressure, and Campion was inevitably, betrayed and brought to incredible suffering.

Img_1082But I thought the closing portion of Campion’s Brag, as contained in Evelyn Waugh’s very readable little biography of the Saint, was most appropriate for these very trying times.  They reveal such a wonderful Catholic sense of being, an ethos, that perseveres joyfully even in the midst of unimaginable suffering and repression.   It is the endless charity of the Saints, and their upholding of constant Truth, that has sustained the Faith for these many centuries.  I found Campion’s witness very edifying and helpful as we continue to worry over the future of our beloved Church:

….Many innocent hands are lifted up to Heaven for you daily by those English students, whose posterity shall never die, which beyond the seas, gathering virtue and sufficient knowledge for the purpose, are determined never to give you over, but either to win you Heaven, or to die upon your pikes.  And touching our Society, be it known to you that we have made a league – all the Jesuits in the world, whose succession and multitude must overreach all the practices of England – cheerfully to carry the cross you shall lay upon us, and never to despair your recovery, while we have a man left to enjoy your Tyburn, or to be racked with your torments, or consumed with your prisons.  The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God, it cannot be withstood.  So the faith was planted; so it must be restored.

If these my offers be refused, and my endeavors can take no place, and I, having run thousands of miles to do you good, shall be rewarded with rigor, I have no more to say but to recommend your case and mine to Almighty God, the Searcher of Hearts, Who send us His Grace, and set us at accord before the day of payment, to the end we may at least be friends in Heaven, when all injuries shall be forgotten.

———–End Quote———–

Such beautiful sentiment!  What great charity, to beg that even one’s tormentor and oppressor may happily meet with you in Heaven!  That is truly a great example for our times, when many may be tempted to campion-imageswrath, hatred, and despair.  It is so very difficult to maintain charity for those we see working, striving to destroy our glorious Faith, planted indeed by God Incarnate in the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, but it is also absolutely necessary.

Our Blessed Lord told us that we shall be judged on the judgment we mete out to others.  Ouch.  I need to stick that to my monitor and look upon it every time I write!  Our Lord also commanded us to be merciful to all, especially those who treat us cruelly or harm us.  Again, so very counter to our fallen natures, but absolutely key to our sanctification!

So do not let yourself be scandalized out of the Church! It has happened to many, and cognizance of that should probably temper more of my writings.  Yes we must oppose error at every turn with great force, as the great Saint Edmund Campion did to his death, but we must also do so with love in our hearts and not the hatred of factionalism. I know I struggle with that personally, this writing, it does take a toll.  Don’t let them take your peace!

And Saint Edmund and his cohort did triumph in the end, the Faith was sustained – crippled, stunted, but remaining – in England in spite of literally centuries of the cruelest persecution, and bloomed back into full flower in the 1830s when the persecution was finally lifted.  It breathed anew for a century or more before the new dark times fell, before the worldwide heresy of modernism became so dominant.  But the experience of these English Catholics and martyrs should give us hope as Campion’s example did them.  We must remain faithful, even as the giants in our Church seem to fall to the world, the flesh, and the devil.

God bless all of you! May He sustain you to endure these terrible trials.

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It is worse than useless to attempt conciliation with the revolutionary spirit abroad in the world October 21, 2014

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So said Pope Leo XIII’s biographer Fr. Bernard O’Reilly, writing in 1886.  I think his comments are a rebuke to many in the Church who think they can make nicey-nice with the world and still keep some semblance of doctrinal integrity.  In fact, what the world demands, what the secular elite demands, is total apostasy.   A few quotes from Life of Pope Leo XIII, published 1887:

In truth, it would have been worse than useless to attempt to conciliate the spirit which rules the governments, and administrations, the legislatures, or the revolutionary press during all these fateful years.  Conciliation, so far as they were concerned, meant more than to compromise on the most sacred principles; it meant virtual, if not formal, renouncement of one’s most cherished and conscientious convictions.  It meant apostasy.

End quote.  But even 130 years ago, there were far too many priests and even, then, a handful of bishops who were ready to suborn the Church to the errors of the world, especially those most revolutionary errors unleashed in 1789, which became  the replacement religion for a growing number of Churchmen as the 1800s advanced.  As Father O’Reilly notes, these internal enemies of the Church were the worst right religion has ever had:

It is not to be denied that among the very worst enemies of religion in Italy from 1846 to 1886 were some of her own ministers.  Among these may have been men of unimpeachable moral conduct, who, carried away by the powerful current of revolutionary ideas and sentiments……….deemed the established religion as an obstacle and an enemy, and combated it with all their might.  

End quote.  So, the crisis we face today has had a long history of preparation.  Satan loves to make use of priests and bishops of God’s Holy Church who have fallen into sin and error (almost invariably, both – as Aquinas and many other Doctors have said, public error is almost invariably driven by private sin).  But I don’t know if ever in the Church’s history satan has been able to capture so many priests, so many bishops, so many cardinals, and then we have the special problem of the moment, the Holy Father himself.  I stop short of tying the Holy Father directly to satan’s influence……..I just can’t do it, right now.

There have been some really excellent, if very troubling, articles on the Synod of Darkness in the secular press of late.  Rorate quoted one, and I read this one last night.  Really very strong and disconcerting commentary. I highly recommend reading both pieces.

Both authors reach the same conclusion I reached a  year ago, and have repeated from time to time since: this Kasperite gambit attacking marriage, the family, and now the Church’s opposition to sodomy, is of such significance that even a slight weakening of “pastoral” practice in their regard will be – not could be, but will be - sufficient to utterly obliterate not just the Moral Doctrine of the Faith, all of which is so tightly interrelated and intertwined, but also destroy any and all remaining moral authority the Church has.  As Rorate stressed, these radical modernist cardinals and bishops are actually pursuing the destruction of their own office and influence, but I’m not sure if they view that as a feature or a bug.  New Catholic got it exactly right: “No Marriage, No Infallibility, No Papacy, No Catholic Church.”

I believe many in the Church, especially in the West and most especially in the episcopate in Western countries, are thoroughgoing modernists who have exchanged faith in worldly sexular paganism for faith in Jesus Christ.  Some or perhaps even many or most may be actively, consciously seeking out the destruction of the Church. These men are essentially unreachable absent a moral miracle. But I do suspect there are also a good number who have simply not thought the logic of their actions through, who are so swept up in their own narrow concerns, their church taxes, the applause of the world, and enormous peer pressure, that they are contributing to a course whose resolution they would not want to see realized.  Now is a very good time for these men to step back and take a very hard, very prayerful look at what they are unleashing on Christ’s Church.  Because I do fully agree that the Church Herself, or at least Her human element, hangs in the balance with the radical, soul and doctrine destroying heresies some are trying to codify in Church practice if not formally in law (but I wouldn’t hold my breath on the latter, either).

I’ll conclude with some of Rorate’s comments on the fate of the Church hanging in the balance with a dangerously novel Holy Father and a group of radicals in the episcopate eager to divorce the Church from the Bridegroom:

If divorce and remarriage are acceptable, in “specific circumstances” and after a “path of penance”, then certainly Our Lord Jesus Christ can rightfully repudiate and divorce his newly-adulterous Catholic Bride. 
Yes, the stakes are that high, though some have not completely grasped that they are digging their own grave…….
………Anarchy and subversion are not a one-way street, cardinal Marx, two can play that game: if you like to destroy Divine Law by dismissing it as “taboo”, then beware:the next taboo to fall is your claim to speak for anyone but yourself.
And the Church shuddered and awoke to find itself episcopalian.  Indeed.

Progressive Synod spokesman Fr. Thomas Rosica: Holy Family the ultimate “irregular” family! October 21, 2014

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These guys, they just don’t get it.  The below is such an outrageous attack on the sensus fidei that only someone essentially outside the Faith – Roman collar or no – could make such a statement.

What did Father Rosica, head of the “Salt+Light” network that nobody watches, say?  In a now deleted tweet, he said that when it came to irregular families, the Holy Family was the exemplar!

Rosica

Vox Cantoris has apparently known Fr. Rosica for a looong time and diagnoses his mentality:

Father Tom Rosica is Executive Producer at Salt + Light (a failed Catholic cable channel of no hope with 1000 viewers, I get more blog hits a day than they have viewers). He is President of a 200 year old Catholic University which just sold off its property, has no students is reduced to a chaplaincy and exists only now as a “charter,” — it has a charter!). He is a Consultor to the Pontifical Council on Social Communications and a former Chaplain at Toronto’s Newman Centre (where he attempted to have Catholics arrested for protesting the appearance of Vatican II peritus, ex-priest and heretic Gregory Baum). [Oh, the heavy, repressive hand of the "merciful!"]

….. To refer to the Holy Family as irregular is repugnant, it is blasphemous.

It also reveals clearly the intent.

This sham of a Synod, the secrecy engineered by Urdo, Forte, Lombardi and yes, Tom Rosica and sanctioned by the Pope himself and their intent to change doctrine by stealth is now plain to the world.

I know Tom Rosica. I know how he works since 20 years ago when I volunteered to teach Gregorian chant at the Newman Centre. This is pure Rosicanism.

They are not finished, they are coming back with a vengeance and we must be vigilant to stop them.

Calling the Holy Family “irregular’ was no accident.

It was intentional – it was a signal to canonise those “irregular” families such as divorced and remarried, same-sex couples with adopted children or those conceived through a turkey-baster!

Of course.  And a prime part of the agenda – which is the destruction of the entire doctrinal edifice of the Faith, moral and otherwise, the better to accord with their true religion, leftism – is to make statements just like this and then retract them, under pressure, the damage already having been done.  Now some left wing Katholyc can gaily quote the Consultor to the Pontifical Council on Social Communications and the English language reporter on the Synod as having “canonized” the perverse and the adulterous.

Tweets like this are of a piece, and part of the same program, as the midterm “Relatio” that bore absolutely no resemblance to the actual Synod interventions and was in fact written days or weeks in advance of the Synod even starting.  The final report was to be the same save for the revolt that broke on on Thursday, October 16.  That revolt resulted in the final report being less egregious, but many problems, and threats, remain.  Even after the Synod closes next year – and what a happy day that will be! – there remains the usual post-synodal apostolic exhortation that will be penned by Pope Francis, ostensibly guided and informed by the Synod discussions, but who can have any confidence in that.

One major coup that has already been pulled is that even most orthodox Catholics are now assuming a Synod like this has some actual doctrinal authority.  I would say, this is by and large false, and could be totally false.  These synods are a post-conciliar novelty, first off.  Secondly, the Synod itself claimed to be strictly “pastoral,” rather like the claims of Vatican II, but we know how that has worked out in practice.  But finally, I am dubious to the authority a very small subset of the episcopate meeting, granted, under the supervision of the pontiff, has.  A Synod is not an ecumenical council. And if it defines no doctrine, then it really has no doctrinal authority.

But again, we know how the modernists have played fast and loose with these types of affairs, dating back to Vatican II.  Even at the Synod, the Vatican never corrected the press when it took the mid-term relatio and proclaimed the Church had changed its Doctrine.  That demonstrates a willing connivance in the profusion of doctrinal error, which also would obliterate the authority of whatever body proclaimed such, like the various “robber councils” early in the Church or the disgraced Synod of Pistoia in 1786.  These are exceedingly difficult judgments to make and in sane times it would be up to the normal bastion of orthodoxy,the Holy See, to make such determinations.  But we have been in unprecedented times now for some decades and we don’t have a lot of  past experience in the Church to look to for a guide when the Holy See, the Curia, much of the episcopate, the whole panoply of institutions intended to guard and defend the Truth Christ has revealed go off the rails themselves.

Thus I do not know what to counsel other than to pray and to continue to present that Truth and oppose the errors that are being promoted, from whatever source. I do not know what else we possibly can do.  That opposition can take many forms, from just silently rejecting error to angry (if respectful) protests made to the Nuncio or the Vatican itself.  But we cannot allow these scandals to take away our peace and our virtue or derail our sanctification.  Easy to say, hard to do, I know.

Kasper continues to lie, and threatens retaliation towards Cardinal Burke October 21, 2014

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He’s just a peach of a man.  And this is the one who does “serene theology” and is the most influential theologian for this pontificate?

But when you’re the big man’s boy, the “designated success,” you can get away with anything.  Anyone who follows the news knows that the self-anointed elites are above the rules they create for the rest of us, and I’m certain Kasper the Klown Kardinal (KKK for short) counts himself in that camp.

First, KKK made the amazing statement to the unquestioning, fawning German Catholic mainstream media that he didn’t even speak at the Synod. It took about 5 seconds for that lie to be exposed:

This Monday, Franca Giansoldati in Il Messaggero reported Kasper’s words on the outcome of the Synod: among other things, he said the following:

“I am not disappointed. There was just a discussion, and now the issue will be deepened. I did not speak at the Synod, I did not want to push my positions. It will be seen, I am calm.”

Why did he say that? Because the atmosphere in Rome is so heavy for him after the defeat of the manipulation strategy of which he was the centerpiece during the historic debates of October 16, as well as due to his anti-African words and his lying about it, that he wanted to appear “above the fray,” and save his doomed position safely for the 2015 assembly.
Well, that did not last for long. Shortly after this declaration became public, Matteo Matzuzzi, religious correspondent for Il Foglio,tweeted back:

“Card. Kasper: ‘I did not speak at the Synod’. But the official records of the Press Office show that he spoke on October 8, in the afternoon.

Could it be that lying is the entire foundation of his theology? No wonder, as Roberto de Mattei proved, his entire thesis on “communion for remarried divorcees” is based on an immensely and embarrassingly deceptive presentation of historical evidence. Is it possible that this is just the way his mind works always? If so, it does not appear that more “Church Tax Money” is the right answer.

Lie and threaten, lie and threaten, with the occasional disdainful remark: it seems to be his modus operandi. Does this merit a theological award or perhaps, rather, another kind of more thorough evaluation?

Even if he had not spoken, what of it?  It is his proposal that drove the discussion, it was his minions in the German episcopate that made the favorable interventions (primarily)……so even this false claim is preposterous and dumb on its face.

But that’s not all KKK’s been up to.  He’s evidently hopping mad at Cardinal Burke for having the temerity to question his most exalted and serene authority:

Another comment made by Cardinal Kasper in speaking with Kath.net is quite breathtaking: he talked again about a “deliberate dirty trick” to denounce him.  [Oh, now speaking one's mind in defense of the Faith is a "deliberate dirty trick!"  Just how exalted an opinion does KKK have of himself?] “The fact that Catholic media (and unfortunately a cardinal in person) should participate in it, in order to tear down another position morally, is shameful,” Kasper opined.[Hello?  Pot, kettle?  The claim is outrageous anyway.  He hasn't hesitated to tear down his opposition.  He just doesn't like return fire]When Kath.net asked as a follow-up question who that cardinal was, Kasper unfortunately gave no answer. The retired Curial Cardinal announced, however, that “other journalists” are going to take action against such “undignified machinations”

So now it’s with threats!  How is that for “undignified machinations?”  KKK, you are a prince among men, I tell you what!  A one man demonstration of all that is wrong with the Church.  Please keep talking!  Please please please don’t shut your mouth!  A few more months of this and you will have so discredited yourself and your position that no one with a conscience will be able to approach within 15 feet of you.

But, then again, I would take that threat pretty seriously.  This is pretty conclusive evidence that much of the “mainstream Catholic” media is deeply in bed with the modernists – as if we needed confirmation of that!  It does further indicate the bankruptcy of the modernist’s position and their own incredible immorality, at least as evidenced by their own chosen leader.  Once again, sort of restating the obvious, but there is some benefit when the wolf in sheep’s clothing shows his teeth.

What a scandalous little man.  Incredible.

 

Francis versus the Church, or Francis versus Jesus Christ? October 20, 2014

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The writer at That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill (a sublime bit of Scripture, but I’m not so sure as a blog name) has two excellent posts up on the aftermath of the Synod and Pope Francis.  I will quote extensively from one, you can go read the other.

First, is it really in the “God of surprises” to contradict Himself and change eternal Truth?  How can we reconcile this belief with the idea that one is “a loyal son of the Church?” The post below starts out with an excerpt from Pope Francis’ “media via,” or “middle way” approach in his closing speech to the Synod, in which the Holy Father posits a path between the “extremes” of adherence to the Faith handed down to us and rank apostasy:

“And since it is a journey of human beings, with the consolations there were also moments of desolation, of tensions and temptations, of which a few possibilities could be mentioned: 

One, a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises, (the spirit); within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve.  

From the time of Christ, it is the temptation of the zealous, of the scrupulous, of the solicitous and of the so-called – today – “traditionalists” and also of the intellectuals.”

In his speech at the close of the Synod it is true that Francis talked of other temptations, but it is noteworthy that ‘traditionalists’ were first in the line of fire. So I guess that before the ‘liberals and progressives’ (Cardinals Kasper, Madriaga, Schoenborn etc) are punished, we can assume Cardinals Mueller and Napier as well as the already demoted Burke will be first for the chop. [It is the actions that speak much more loudly than words.  Pope Francis may proclaim the need for a "middle way" in the Church, but his actions show that he sees the middle far, far more to the modernist/progressive side than any of his predecessors.  The modernists are promoted and given influential sinecures, while the more faithful prelates are railroaded out of office and banished to the hinterlands.  So the "middle way" seems a farce, a rhetorical tool at most, a hypocrisy at worst.]

…… It is only in the reign of Francis that to hold fast to the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church, to defend with one’s speech the Church’s teaching, as Cardinal Burke has done, on the Sacrament of Marriage and the institution of the family, that it has been posited, by the Pope himself, that to do so is a ‘temptation’. The Church, in her teachings and her law has never been ‘flexible’ with sin. It has always shown leniency to repentant sinners. [Repentant being the key word, meaning recognizing one's actions as evil, having true contrition for them (meaning willing to remove oneself from the occasion of sin and do one's utmost to avoid that sin in future), and having a firm purpose of amendment.  Remaining in your adulterous situation with your third "spouse" indicates none of the above.  I know those situations are very difficult, there are probably a few souls who have been divorced and remarried w/o annulment who now have happy relationships, possibly even with children, and who would like to be faithful Catholics. But they remain in sin, and by endorsing their sin, permitting the Blessed Sacrament to be blasphemed, would be only to further encourage more such terrible situations.  We must also recognize, at the same time, that many divorces are made simply for convenience or due to a great deal of flippancy.  The basic problem with the Pope's position, however, is that it is no charity to permit people to add sin upon sin, that no matter what he says or what disastrous "pastoral" approach is adopted, the sin will remain, and these souls will be judged accordingly. It is truly frightening to contemplate how far von Balthasar's destructive errors regarding Hell: Population Zero have reached into the minds of even great prelates.]

In his condemnation of the ‘temptation’ to uphold marriage, the moral law, and the sanctity of marriage, presumably Pope Francis is also rather annoyed with Jesus Christ Who said, “Anyone who puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery” and Who said to the woman caught in adultery, “Go and sin no more.”……. [And that is the point of this equally important post.  This second post notes that it is not Francis versus the Church, by which secularists mean the "rigid hierarchy," but it is Francis versus Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom espoused for all eternity to His Church.  And then we get back to all the false mercy which just happens to accord perfectly with what the world - or the self-anointed elites - demand from the Church.  I do not think anyone, even a Pope, can trust themselves to be truly unbiased or uninfluenced by this utterly dominant worldly view, unless they know without doubt they are clinging with all their might to the Doctrine of the Faith.  Anything else carries the greatest danger, if not the moral certainty, or worldly self-seeking.]

Clearly, once Francis has purged the episcopate and Roman Curia of liberals, progressives and traditionalists, he will be there, all alone, because he alone can embody the Holy Faith of Christ! Nobody else gets it but him!

And that’s a pretty funny point, which I think is true in the sense that I have increasingly felt over the past year or more that Pope Francis seems to think nobody quite understands the Church like he does, that all of the rest of us – perhaps excluding Kardinal Kasper – are deficient to various degrees in our understanding and practice of the Faith.

So often Pope Francis’ rhetoric is very negative.  He has castigated almost every variation in the practice of the Faith imaginable.  He very rarely seems positive and uplifting when describing the efforts of millions of pious souls.  He seems much more comfortable with those outside the Church, than within.  He seems to think, especially, that those of us who adhere to the traditional practice of the Faith are the worst enemies the “Church” – or his reductive vision of the same – has.  It is interesting to contemplate how that mentality has seeped into those now leading the Franciscans of the Immaculate.  Or maybe it was there all along.

I do bear in mind that I think the rhetoric in Pope Francis’ closing address regarding the errors of progressives/modernists was pretty much just that – he criticized faithful Catholics, and probably felt obliged to throw those pious souls a bone by criticizing the other side.  But as I said above, actions speak much louder than words, and Pope Francis’ actions have all been of one kind – advancing and aiding the most egregious modernists, and punishing and inhibiting the more faithful - in proportion to their faithfulness!  And that says a lot.

It reminds me of our own leftist President’s dictum to reward his friends and punish his enemies.

I want to maintain that in spite of the criticism and the increasing clarity of my comments I do have a strong filial love for Pope Francis.  He remains my father in the Faith.  He is the Pope.  I find much of what he does and believes disconcerting and destructive, I pray he changes many of his beliefs and practices, but I am in union with him as the Vicar of Christ.  God permitted him to be elected Pope, probably to remind us all how short we fall in our practice of the Faith.  I am a Catholic, he is my father, and I love and pray for him, even if I disagree with him.  But that does not mean I am blind to reality, or have to behave as a sycophant and pretend everything he does or says is just wonderful and the very embodiment of Catholicity.

That kind of hyper-montanism, on even the most trivial of prudential issues, is how we have gotten into this mess.  God could be chastising the Church and bishops for turning the Holy See into a cult of personality over the past 120 years or so.

Now I’m just spitballing. I’ll stop.

 

That didn’t take long – Idaho preachers threatened with jail if they don’t perform sodo-weddings October 20, 2014

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A federal court just last week overturned Idaho’s law defining marriage as it has always been understood (can we even comprehend anymore how INSANE it is that such laws were even necessary, but not only that, are now being overturned by judicial fiat!?!).  We denizens of the 5th Circuit Court are now, I believe, the only part of the nation that have not had sodo-marriage foisted on them, yet.  But it’s only a matter of time.

OK, so a judge contradicts probably the teachings of his own “faith” and 10,000 years of human civilization and decides that Idaho must allow sodomites and lesbians to pretend marry, and then recognize that pretension as actual marriage.  But we’ve always been assured that our “religious freedom” enshrined in the 1st Amendment would mean that Christian churches would have an out.

Ha!  That’s so yesterday, bible-humper!  Get with the program!  They will force themselves on the churches, just wait and see:

City officials in Coeur d’Alene Idaho have told a married couple who are both ordained ministers that they will go to jail if they refuse to perform wedding ceremonies for gay couples.

The Alliance for Defending Freedom has filed suit against the city and asked for a temporary restraining order to prevent officials from carrying out their threat…..

……City officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

The couple would face 180 days in jail and up to $1000 in fines per day if they dared to adhere to their religious beliefs………

….This is a law that manifestly violates the Constitution so I wouldn’t expect any court in America to uphold the city statutue.

Oh please!  20 years ago not a judge in the country would have found a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman UNconstitutional, so don’t tell us how much protection that piece of paper gives us now!  It gives none!  It fact, it is often used as a pacifier to lull us to sleep, believing the Constitution really will protect religious believers, the family, etc, etc, until one day, like magic, it doesn’t.  That’s another damnable aspect of this so-called representative democracy.

According to the state of Idaho, if a person or church marries anyone, it must “marry” these people who define themselves according to their perversion.  How long will the Church herself be able to refuse?

This ludicrous redefinition of marriage will be the law of the land in all 50 states within 6 months.  Then what?  It won’t be five minutes before the Catholic Church is sued for refusing/failing to “marry” these poor lost souls.  And how many parishes/dioceses will cave without a fight?

I know a large number of nominal conservative Christians who think this issue is no big deal.  They think it doesn’t really affect them, so they don’t really care.  Well, guess what?  They will be made to care?  This sodo-lobby will not stop until they receive unending adulation from everyone, or at the very least have the obvious ability to bend whomever they desire to their will.  Resistance will be crushed. Disagreement will not be tolerated.

Thus, the vehicle of the persecution.  With how many agents already not just in the Church, but serving as Her priests and prelates?

Post-Synod Notes: Kasper’s “Replacement” and reward, the German’s motivation, and the punishments will continue until morale improves October 20, 2014

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There has been copious coverage since Friday on the Synod and its after-effects.  I’m sure we will still be processing this most disconcerting and tempestuous of fortnights for some time to come.  I did see a few notes I wanted to bring to your attention.  Some may be old news.  Taken together they do start to reveal a certain picture, if you will.

First, while Cardinal Kasper’s reputation seems badly damaged publicly (one would hope, in fact, he would be finished), it seems the Germans are ready to continue advancing “his” errors to the end.  In fact, the head of the German bishop’s conference, Cardinal Marx, seems to have happily taken the mantle of revolution upon himself (my emphasis and comments)

Speaking to reporters in Rome on October 16, Cardinal Reinhard Marx defended the interim report released by the Synod of Bishops and reiterated his early statement of support for a change in Church teaching regarding the reception of Communion by Catholics who are divorced and remarried.

Saying that the doctrine will never change is a restrictive view of things,” the cardinal told reporters at a Vatican press office briefing.  [St. Vincent of Lerins: "To announce, therefore, to Catholic Christians anything besides that which they have received has never been lawful, is lawful nowhere, and never will be lawful; and to anathematize those who announce anything besides that which has been once received has always been necessary. This being the case, is there anyone of such audacity as to teach other than that which has already been taught in the Church, or anyone of such levity as to receive anything besides that which he has once received from the Church? Sadly, Saint Vincent, there is.]  Cardinal Marx, who is president of the German bishops’ conference, said that most of the country’s bishops backed the proposal by his fellow German, Cardinal Walter Kasper. 

“We cannot change the Church,” Cardinal Marx said, “but we have not understood everything yet.” He stressed that the Church should serve all of the faith, not dividing them “into first class or second class or third class.”  [You know, Cardinal Marx is quite right.  Which is why I fail to understand why he wants to relegate those few faithful souls who do abide by all the Church's belief - or strive to do so to their utmost - to a "third class" equivalence to those who persist in manifest states of grave sin.  Having a marriage fall apart is not a small "oopsie," it is a first class disaster for all involved, horribly wounds children (often irrevocably), and inflicts serious damage on the Church and the entire culture.  But that is forgotten in this headlong rush to inflict leftist revolution on the Church.]

I guess I cannot say that Kardinal Kasper’s reputation is that sullied….he is being feted and awarded by the Catholic University of America.  The party is Nov. 6 and all are invited.  Perhaps some faithful Catholics could let this soul – in such desperate straits, whether he will acknowledge it or not – hear some charitable correction.  I think it would be quite hilarious for a large number of African-American Catholics to show up and question him.

So what is up with the German bishops? Why are they so hell bent on inflicting revolution on the Church?  While Pope Francis may be the ultimate author of this revolutionary push, it is the bishops of the Germanic countries that make up the core of his support and backing, intellectually, politically, and, especially, economically.  So is this just more evil from that most perverse of races (apparently), which has brought us little but error for the past 500 years (Lutheranism, rationalism, modernism, Hegelianism, Heidegger, Nietzsche , Marx, Hitler, etc)?  Or is it something else?  Hint:

In Germany, Catholics are leaving the Church in droves, as an average of 140,000  formally abandon the Faith annually.*  This is easy to track, because numbers are publicly reported in a system where Germans pay 8-9% of their income tax to receive the Sacraments. The church tax is administered by the State on behalf of the Church through a payroll deduction, for a lucrative 2-3% processing fee.

Apparently, more and more German Catholics resent this tax (and especially, the firm declaration that those who refuse to pay it WILL be denied the Sacraments, no exceptions allowed.  Thus, most Germans view the Catholic Church as a cold, hard, self-interested bureaucracy that only cares for its own comfort and convenience:

First, the ordinary Germans are correct. The Catholic Church is Germany’s second-largest employer with 690,000 employees. (That’s 7 times the size of Mercedes Benz, folks.) Bishops take home between $10,000 and $15,000 per MONTH, and they don’t pay for their residence, their cars or their upkeep. You can read all about it here, but suffice to say that the German Catholic Church has been a gravy train for clerics for the last 60 years. [Think about that.  700,000 employees. That is twice as many as GM, Ford, and Chrysler - combined.    Over $6 billion a year in direct income for the German bishops from the tax, much of which winds up in secular investments, with the bishops themselves the recipients of much of the windfall.  The German episcopate is about the most disconnected from the Apostolic example  in the entire world. But money buys lots and lots of influence.]

Second, the gravy train is about to come to an end. Fully 140,000 Germans leave the Church every year. Plus, a demographic cliff looms, and the Germans — world masters at corporate planning — can see the end coming very clearly. Estimates vary, but basically in 15-20 years the well will run dry. The old people will die. The young people won’t pay.

And so the whole “mercy” gambit is just a desperate hope that they can keep that gravy train rolling on, that they can woo people to separate with a very substantial part of their income in exchange for happily confirming them in their error and sin.  I have no word for it, but disgusting.  They are attacking Jesus Christ for filthy lucre.

Finally, I have held out a silent, pious hope that the events of late last week might have shocked Pope Francis out of his present……..support for novelty. I mentioned that to a few folks, who told me they thought my hope forlorn. Well, unfortunately, they were probably right.  Rather than reconsider his position viz a viz the mind of the Church after the setback at the Synod, it appears the revolutionaries plan to double down on the authoritarian repression and deform the makeup of the hierarchy even more in their favor:

A couple of Italian papers have mentioned it during the weekend and also this Monday (Il Messaggero; Corriere della Sera). As a punishment for his defense of the orthodox faith against the subversive and heretical attempts of his fellow countryman Walter “A Good African is a Quiet African” Kasper and his position of firm resistance before and during the Synod, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Müller, would be sent to Siberia. Sorry, to Germany.

There are at least two major Sees available in Kirchensteuerland: Berlin, vacant, and his own hometown of Mainz, whose bishop, the Kasperite Cardinal Lehmann, is almost 79 by now.

This should open a wide path for the also widely rumored complete dismantling of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith so that it might become an inefficient ornament…….

……….Speaking of Papa Wojtyla, all reports (also in Il Messaggero this Monday) and rumors also converge in one direction: the new stage of the current purge will not stop at the Ratzingerians (such as Burke or Müller), but would now reach the Wojtylians as well. All conservative Poles in the Curia, and their allies, will be removed when the Curial reform takes place. Their offices could be simply extinguished or merged, and the new leadership would certainly be of a new (actually old liberal) kind.

Some may say “oh, it’s just a rumor!” Yeah, but on how many “rumors” has the Italian press been right in the past 6-12 months?  Pretty much every one of any significance.  But it’s all my fault for reporting it.  Whatever.

Final final thought: Oh Father AG, is this the wagon you have hitched yourself and your order to?  Is this what you expected and desired?  Are you happy with the direction in which the Church is being led?  Or is all this again just the fevered imaginings of us poor lost evil trads, the very worst people in the universe, according to you?

 

Quick post: Michael Matt on the Synod October 20, 2014

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This came out on Thursday and I meant to post Friday but did not get to it, as usual.  Some pretty good comments below.  Even with the “triumph” of the “orthodox?” at the Synod and the (temporary?) blocking of the agenda of Pope Francis (from this point forward, I will attribute this synodal gambit to its obvious author), there is still much to be dismayed over the course of events this past two weeks.  The disastrous relation is out there, confirming souls in error, millions have been scandalized, radical errors put forward, sin abounds, etc., etc……so perhaps we should not be too cheered that at the 11th hour the wound to the Church turned out not to be life-threatening, but only very serious.  We are still in unprecedented times, the threat of schism is real, and it has become perfectly obvious that we have perhaps the most doctrinally radical Pope in the history of the Church.

That is to say, we have a very great deal to still be concerned and vigilant about.

I do think Matt may go a bit too negative at times.  I’m not sure what time of day this video was recorded, I tend to think it was before the “revolt” that occurred on Thursday was clear.  I am certain he was unaware of some of the vote tallies that have now been leaked on some of these matters – the scandalous comments about sodomites were opposed more than 2:1, and the admission of the divorced and remarried to the Blessed Sacrament by a large majority.  So it was not just a small but vocal minority opposing these destructive novelties – it was the large preponderance of the prelates.  And further commentary over the weekend implies that this papacy may be badly weakened as a result of being shown to be so distant from the mind of the Church.  But we shall see.

I will add this little bit – I do not know how many people answered Cardinal Burke’s call to prayer, and specifically the Chaplet of the Holy Face, but I know we prayed it as a family intently.  I am convinced that to whatever extent Doctrine has been preserved and the forces of relative orthodoxy strengthened, it was due to the prayers of the faithful, so please do not stop even though the Synod is over for now.  The threat remains.

Synod Fathers in full revolt, modernist schemes smashed? Hold your horses! October 17, 2014

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I have been as heartened as anyone to read about developments late this week at the Synod of Darkness (or Death, or Doom, or…..), when it seems an orthodox counteroffensive has made plain that at least most of the Synod Fathers are strongly opposed to the extreme, Doctrine-destroying novelties a narrow modernist-leftist cabal – centered, it must be said, on this Pope of unprecedented radicalism – and will not go along with the Kasperite (or is that Bergoglian?) gambits.  However,  the modernists set up this entire Synod process incredibly in their favor, there is still the matter of the final report AND the entire second session next year, and as Rorate notes, they still control all the organizational elements in the Synod through Francis-appointed Cardinal Baldiserri and other apparatchiks, and thus tremendous power to manipulate events.  While I happily repeat Rorate’s translation of an Italian article on yesterday’s orthodox counter-offensive (and add some commentary), I would caution folks to keep praying intensely because this thing is far from over.

And I fear, as I stated  yesterday, the final report was written weeks or months ago and will be unleashed in spite of what the Synod members do.  But we’ll see:

Rome. They say that a confrontation like this had never been seen before, perhaps not even at the Council.  [Oh, if only it had.  But the modernists were less bold and more clever (they were the originals, not the reproductions), the hyper-montanism was stronger, there was no alternative media, and few orthodox could imagine the direction things would take]

Soon after nine yesterday morning, cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, General Secretary to the Synod, takes the floor and announces that the relationes of the circuli minores would not be made public. A reverse course from what had always happened in the past and affirmed in the previous days. In other words, only the Relatio post disceptationem, signed by Cardinal Erdo and written by Abp. Bruno Forte, would have been fed to the press. Against the novelty presented by Baldisseri, rose up Cardinal George Pell, who strongly contested the decision. After him, a long line of Fathers, from the Archbishop of Brussels, Abp. Léonard, to that of Durban, Cardinal Napier, asked for the matter to be at least put to a vote. Even the Secretary of State took the floor. And all in the atmosphere of a stadium, with standing ovation and even some booing. The Pope, seated at the presidency table, looked on, impassive. At the end, as Cardinal Christoph Schönborn would say some hours later at the press conference, “the decision to render public the relationes of the circuli was taken by large majority.” The texts are clear, and go in an opposite direction as the one upheld by Cardinal Walter Kasper.  [Rorate is claiming the influence of Kasper and Forte (he of the highly questionable orientation) is finished.  We'll see]
A taste of what was to happen had already been given on late Wednesday by the Cardinal-Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, who sided himself in a clear way to positions taken in the Hall by Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke.  [Then why oh why did he give such a weak tea interview yesterday, after his intervention!  Always the politician, I guess. He shows occasional flashes of having great potential but he always falls back into his glad-handing antics!] The Major Archbishop of Kiev, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, spoke directly of the need of “sending a clear message to the faithful and to the Pope” on the fact that “the family is the stable, faithful, and sacramental union between a man and a woman.”  [The clearest quote we've had yet that the Synod members understand it is the Pope behind this assault on the perennial belief and practice of the Faith, and that he needs, it can be said, conversion on many matters.]  The most controversial and delicate points, from the question of the approaching of remarried divorcees to the Eucharist to the overture to homosexual unions, were dismantled almost unanimously. That also because, as more than one Synod Father said, very little had been said of the unions between persons of the same sex – not more than three interventions in the assembly -and yet Monday’s Relatio spoke about it ad abundantiam. The conclusions of the group [Gallicus B] moderated by Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, were particularly stern. On the third point, that of difficult pastoral situations, the thrashing was total: “The doctrine of the Church on the indissolubility of matrimony and non-admission of the remarried divorced to the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist cannot be changed.” Those who open up to it (fewer than half of the ten groups), do so with conditions or asking for further studies on the matter. The first Italian group [Italicus A], moderated by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of Propaganda Fide, notes that, “the Fathers, though moved by the problem, propose that the argument be re-studied under the light of n. 84 of [John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortation] Familiaris Consortio, with the goal of specifying eventual conditions different from the current discipline.” … [Source, in Italian]
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Those last bits make me nervous – “less than half” of the small groups were “open” to the idea of changing Church discipline regarding admitting adulterers to the Blessed Sacrament, but how much less than half?  “Specifying conditions different from the current discipline” is a potentially huge opening. May it be thoroughly squashed.
All this is most heartening.  I know some would like to see this Synod go into full bore apostasy for the clarity it would provide but that would have an unbelievable cost.  I am fine with reaffirmations of Doctrine and moving along. Even more, I am increasingly fine with seeing this pontificate neutered, which seems possible.  Far from definitive – Pope Francis and his progressive allies now face a choice, either continue with more intimidation and repression to try to advance their agenda, or accept defeat. Past experience indicates it won’t be the latter.  I do think it enormously important that the ultimate source behind this unbelievable attempt at destroying Doctrine be revealed.  It is not just Cardinal Kasper.  Having said that, hearts can change.  I do pray for that.
It is extraordinarily painful to make this realization regarding Pope Francis, but the evidence is simply overwhelming, as is the reaction of the Synod Fathers.  Much of this group was apparently selected for its, ahhh……agreeableness…….but things were pushed too far.  The mid-week “Relatio” was perhaps less of a coup than an enormous mistake, a too early tipping of the hand to show what the ultimate intent was.  That Relatio made clear this was about more than extending some “mercy” to a group of people in manifestly sinful situations, it was about rolling back and ultimately obliterating the entire Moral Doctrine of the Faith.  That is why that bit about sodomites was included.  Francis/Kasper – Frasper – must have misread the situation very badly, or they just did not care.  The Pope does have the ability to act unilaterally, and if he so wills, he could still foist this on the Church without cover of Synod.
That’s why I say we are far from out of danger and this is much less a war-winning maneuver than a small tactical victory.  It’s the 1st Marines landing on Guadalcanal, not Leyte Gulf.
I will continue to pray for this Synod even after it’s over for this year, because we still have next year.  Huge threats remain.  I do hope Kasper is finally and totally discredited in the public eye – no one deserves that more – but there are other characters ready to step up and bring their “serene theology” to the fore.  Having both Pope as ally is an enormous advantage.  How do you think Vatican II happened?  But I do think this is not 1962, and things are very much different.

In the Church’s hour of greatest need, +Dolan fails again October 16, 2014

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Seeing as this only has 500 views on Youtube, maybe most folks haven’t seen this, yet.  Reader MFG sent this to me this morning.  I find this interview disconcerting on many levels. First, his initial glad-handed chuminess is way over the top and appears just overtly insincere.  Then he attempts constantly to minimize the divisions in the Synod and gives an unreserved approval of the attempt to redefine Church Doctrine with regard to the groinal issues so sacred to the modernists (adulterers receiving the Blessed Sacrament, regularizing and “solemnizing” divorce through reception of the Blessed Sacrament, gift-bearing sodomites, the whole schmeel).  He says there are only some disagreements on a bit of wording. That’s not the impression more honest reports have given – and it is also quite a bit in contrast to the presentations Cardinal Burke has given.  He carries himself throughout with all the gravity and sincerity of a bad used car salesman.

But perhaps the worst part to me is that when the newsreader repeats the part of the “Relatio” that has given the most scandal – the bit about sodomites bearing gifts – Dolan says, “hey, that’s great!  We’re already welcoming them in New York!”  And you know, he’s telling the truth!  The link relays that scandalous time when Dolan nodded approvingly as people in manifest states of perverse unchastity presented to receive the Blessed Sacrament.  But then when asked what he thinks about Cardinal Burke’s solemn denunciation of the entire Relatio, he says “Of course, I agree!  It needs major reworking!”

The end of the interview is, if possible, even more disquieting.  This guy doesn’t seem to understand at all what the Church is about – his conception seems almost entirely humanistic.

But more than anything, he’s an empty clerical suit, blowing in the windswept house:

And this is the guy Archie Bunker Bill Donahue has thrown his reputation away for?

 

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