REMINDER: All day procession from Dallas to Plano April 18, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Lent, Liturgical Year, manhood, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I blogged on Monday about the all-day procession taking place from Dallas to Plano. The details are at that post if you want to join at the last minute.
But I mentioned how the priest leading that procession is one of those younger priests that fills one with hope for the future. While not traditional per se, he has many leanings in that direction.
Well, here he is today as the procession got started just a short while ago, rocking the cassock and biretta:
God bless you Fr. Marco Rangel, this is an inspired idea. And thanks so much to J Schwartz for his help, as well.
Yes, external signs such as cassock and biretta may not be as critical as what resides in the heart, but they are key aspects of Catholic witness. I am so gratified to see young priests who understand the need for priests to give that witness constantly, and who are proud to wear the visible signs of their awesome vocation in public.
It is interesting that these two have been assigned to a parish that has long had a reputation as among the most liberal in the Diocese. I pray they have a hand in changing that.
Like I said, wonderful witness. I have had an on-again, off-again desire to just stand outside these whorehouses with a placard and pray on Friday or Saturday nights. I should have liked to have joined this procession. We’re so tied up with wonderful things at our parish, but this is wonderful, too.
God bless you guys, this is beautiful.
I know the priest who is helping organize this. He’s one of those young priests so many of us have such hopes for. Another organizer I know well. I haven’t seen him as much as I used to, but he’s also a great young Catholic with a burgeoning family and who has been helping try to restore the Faith.
What is planned is an all day, 20+ mile pilgrimage from Downtown Dallas to the Shops at Legacy in Plano. The hike is scheduled to take 12 hours. Since a lot of folks may find such a long hike a bit beyond their capabilities, the organizers are asking people to fill 3 hour shifts. You can sign up here for one of those shifts. There are various stops along the way where you can join up with the group. At the Shops at Legacy end, there will be prayers and recitation of the Gospel of St. John. After that, the group is going over to St. Sophia Catholic Church for Jerusalem Matins.
That’s my friend J Schwartz you can contact there for more info.
For now, here is more from the Facebook page:
At 9am on Good Friday we will meet in Downtown Dallas (exact place TBA) and we are going to begin with reading the Scriptures, prayer and worship. Then we are all going to carry Crosses (life sized wooden crosses) from Downtown Dallas to the Shops at Legacy near Frisco! Google maps estimates “walking” this will take around 9 hours. We will also take 15-20 minute breaks every 3 hours to read the Scriptures on what happened to Jesus at that time, pray, eat, drink (12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm) and conclude by 9pm at the Shops at Legacy. Who knows whom God will bring into our path on this journey to share Christ with and pray for as we walk across the Metroplex?!
Now I KNOW that not everyone can do this all day because of work and other reasons. So we are asking people to sign up for either one hour blocks to do this or, what I would prefer is, to at least commit to a 3 hour block (9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm, 3pm-6pm, 6pm-9pm). Obviously, we as Catholics should take into account the different devotions at our parishes (i.e. Stations of the Cross and Veneration of the Cross). However, I am asking everyone try to commit to some time block. For those of you interested in the 6-9pm block of time, we will end the walk portion of the pilgrimage at the Shops at Legacy pond, where we will pass out the Gospel of John and pray together. Afterward, we have been invited to join St. Sophia Catholic Church (a Byzantine Rite Catholic Church) to pray the Jerusalem Matins with them at their parish (5600 N Colony Blvd The Colony, TX 75056). What a great way to conclude a phenomenal day of pray and ministry!
In addition, we are asking for volunteers to bring water and food to the 4 rest stops throughout the day. Let me know if you would like to help with that. Here is where you can sign up: http://goo.gl/R2mgXh
We are going to be so involved at Mater Dei literally all day Friday I don’t think I can participate in this, which is a shame, because I’d love to.
This is exactly the kind of activity we need to engage in if we are going to not just evangelize the culture, but to show the world the Church is not going to slip quietly away, leaving the world in darkness and evil. Who knows what hearts might not be stirred to repentance by seeing this procession? It looks like some of the time slots have some pretty good coverage, others, not so much. So if you are not already committed to devotions at your parish all day Friday, perhaps you could try to help out with this. Note, you will be carrying a large cross. But that’s what makes it doubly awesome!
I do have to note, I did see on Facebook I believe this procession will have some ecumenical overtones. I believe some evangelicals are participating. I know that may rub some traddies the wrong way, but in this case, as a nascent effort requiring a substantial commitment, I am tending to overlook it. Hopefully there will be some evangelizing not only of the pagan culture with this procession, but also of any separated souls who participate. Knowing the priest and the other organizer well, I don’t have much concern that there will be any indifferentism or watering down of the Faith.
But just to make sure, you might want to make sure Our Lady is well represented.
I blogged last week on the sad imbroglio of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who was fired for having made a donation to the Prop 8 cause (protecting marriage in CA) back in 2008. Over the weekend, it seemed the worm had turned a bit, and now it’s the leftists and Mozilla who are on the defensive for their profoundly illiberal intolerance.
It seems Mozilla’s Facebook page, their online comment site, and their switchboards have been overwhelmed with outraged reaction to their firing of Eich, Mozilla’s co-founder and inventor of Java. There is now an effort to turn today, Monday April 7 into “Call Mozilla” day to tell them you will be uninstalling Firefox and no longer using their products – to the extent possible – due to their persecution of a Christian and their craven caving into the San Francisco elite.
I heartily support this idea, here is some Mozilla contact info if you feel inclined to let them know you don’t think it’s OK that a man be fired because he believes marriage is between a man and a woman:
Let this company of fascist cowards hear from you: hear from everyone: Mozilla Corporation – Mountain View, CA 650 Castro St Mountain View, CA 94041
Phone number (650) 903-0800
Current acting CEO is Mitchell Burke. Let her (yes “her”) know where you stand on the issue.
Monday’s Conference Call at Mozilla
Dial-in: conference# 8600
US/California/Mountain View: +1 650 903 0800, x92 Conf# 8600
US/California/San Francisco: +1 415 762 5700, x92 Conf# 8600
US/Oregon/Portland: +1 971 544 8000, x92 Conf# 8600
CA/Vancouver: +1 778 785 1540, x92 Conf# 8600
I read some really good criticisms of this mob mentality that resulted in the lynching of what by all accounts is a good man over the weekend. One of the better ones I excerpt below:
……we are positive that the American legal imagination will come up with a rationale under which an evangelical’s declining to do business with a homosexual is illegal but the reverse is perfectly legal, if not mandatory. [Yep. Won't be long now]
Again, it is in this case a matter of culture. The nation’s full-time gay-rights professionals simply will not rest until a homogeneous and stultifying monoculture is settled upon the land, and if that means deploying a ridiculous lynch mob to pronounce anathema upon a California technology executive for private views acted on in his private life, then so be it. The gay agenda of the moment is, ironically enough, to force nonconformists into the metaphorical closet. If through the miracle of modern medicine you end up with five sets of mixed genitals, you’ll get your own section in the California civil-rights statutes; cling to nearly universal views about marriage for a few months after it’s become unfashionable, and you’re an untouchable.
Some have been asking if this why there is so much vindictiveness and excessive cruelty associated with this sodomite rights movement. This is what they are. It’s because these folks are not well. They are not normal. And they are starting to discover that even now, where they are triumphant in the culture, where they can pretend to be married and have the state pretend right along with them, they are still miserable and unhappy. Now that government has surrendered to their demands, they are going after individuals, and with a vengeance. As one blogger and radio personality says:
Without question and without exaggeration, the ‘gay rights movement’ is the angriest, most ruthless, most controlling, most intolerant of all the ideological enterprises in the country.
This is not to speak of everyone who feels same-sex attraction. But it does describe, generally, those in the militant sodomite advocacy movement. These are people who are so very lost in sin that appeals and decency that there is essentially nothing to which they will not stoop. I have seen a little of their vile hatred of Christians on this blog, and a whole lot of it elsewhere. To say it is diabolical is a great understatement.
Again, I am not describing every soul feels disordered, sinful urges. There are essentially good people who have fallen into bad habits or through various circumstances simply feel these unnatural urges. But there is a core to the sodomite rights movement that is cruel, vindictive, energetic, well-funded, and determined to have its way. And they see Christianity as one of the major obstacles to their desires. They have no qualms about making those who stand in their way suffer, and suffer severely. “Heresy” from their sexular pagan sodomite god will not be tolerated.
I am glad to see a backlash against this firing. It’s a bit like the Phil Robertson situation, although I don’t think Eich will be re-hired (but he probably will get picked up by any of a number of other companies). I think in general it’s too late to avert a persecution fired by sexual immorality, but it’s good to see there are a lot of people outraged by this firing, on many grounds, not just religious. It does give some additional hope.
As for boycotts, I never used Mozilla, anyway, but I think it’d be great to see this company suffer a big hit to the bottom line for this persecution. There are reports it was a revolt among Mozilla’s own staff against Mr. Eich that most precipitated his firing. OK, if these Silicon Valley software engineers need a lesson that their region, a pressure cooker of leftism and disordered sexuality, is not in line with the rest of the country or world, so be it. There are lots of good browsers out there, it’s not exactly rocket science.
Call ‘em and let them know what you think. Oh, and thanks to all those who signed the petition on the scandal at Charlotte Catholic High School.
I have little use for anything Hollywood puts on the big screen anymore. The vast majority of it is either outward leftist agitprop or comic book pulp. So I never had much interest in seeing this Noah movie. But I was still pretty surprised that it got a number of positive reviews from Catholic and other Christian reviewers. I read a few of those reviews and came away feeling the reviewers were really bending over backwards to support something unsupportable. I also came away thinking…….there is something really, really wrong with this movie.
Well, a local priest shared with me over the weekend what the problem is – the movie is a veritable evangelization piece for gnostic heresies and Jewish Kaballah sorcery (black magic), packaged as entertainment. One theologian just absolutely lambasted positive Christian reviewers, including some protestant theologians, for failing to pick up on the extremely overt gnostic and kabbalist (word creation?) elements.
In brief, this movie is a very clever attempt at undermining the faith of potentially millions of viewers by performing a massive misdirect, getting people to think (and attempt to explain away) the movie as being based on the Christian Bible, when it in fact derives its source material from gnosticism and kaballist heresies. For those that don’t know, Kaballah is basically Jewish black magic, and its enjoyed quite a resurgence of late. Gnosticism was an early and very persistent heresy of Christianity, which posited that the material (or flesh) was bad, and that the “spirit” was good. Gnostics – who had an infinite variety – viewed the Christian God as a low-level deity that didn’t understand the spiritual world at all, and mired man in corrupting flesh out of spite. Since the flesh doesn’t matter, gnostics and derived heresies (Manicheanism, the Cathars, new age) generally develop really wacked out sexual immoralities, in addition to having a completely, totally anti-Christian vision of theology and the nature of God.
The kabbalist and gnostic aspects of the film are apparently constant throughout and overpowering. And the creator of this Noah film has already made a film about Kaballah, so he is steeped in these errors (even though he professes to be an atheist). Starting with an early scene depicting Adam and Eve, things start off wrong and get worse fast. The film shows Adam and Eve as being pure spirit initially, and the serpent is actually the goddess “Sophia” coming to bring them true spiritual wisdom. When they listen to the serpent “(which, in gnosticism, was the right thing to do), the bad, judgmental, spiteful, hateful material “god” (our God) casts them out of the Garden and punishes them with material flesh (for a weak, lower level deity, God sure seems to have a lot of power) because Adam and Eve gained some spiritual knowledge superior to his own.
Some of the other, more egregious problems (many spoilers, but you weren’t going to see it anyways):
- the film shows “fallen angels” (that is, demons) being “saved” and allowed to ascend to Heaven or whatever for their help in wiping out humanity. These are the weird “rock people” that have so confused reviewers.
- the evil material “god” in this film does not desire any humanity to survive, he actually wants the complete destruction of all human life, including Noah and his family. Because, environmentalism.
- And, yes, the entire film screens like a masturbatory fantasy of a true die hard environmentalist zealout, where “nature” is pristine and good and man is irredeemably bad.
- There is a scene where Noah, carrying out the bad, materialist “god’s” wishes, goes to kill his grandchildren and is seen threatening them with a knife. This scene was most disturbing to some people I met who had unfortunately seen the movie.
- Noah finally overcomes the will of the bad god by embracing the “wisdom” of the serpent, sparing his grandchildren and carrying on human life. There is a scene that makes this plain.
There are numerous other scandals and heresies, but you get the point.
As this theologian notes, the biggest scandal is that so many Christians fell for this garbage and tried to find Christian interpretations for all these weird, inexplicable elements, which were actually gnostic heresies or kaballist fantasies:
The scandal is this: of all the Christian leaders who went to great lengths to endorse this movie (for whatever reasons: “it’s a conversation starter,” “at least Hollywood is doing something on the Bible,” etc.), and all of the Christian leaders who panned it for “not following the Bible”…
Not one of them could identify a blatantly Gnostic subversion of the biblical story when it was right in front of their faces.
I believe Aronofsky did it as an experiment to make fools of us: “You are so ignorant that I can put Noah (granted, it’s Russell Crowe!) up on the big screen and portray him literally as the ‘seed of the Serpent’ and you all will watch my studio’s screening and endorse it.”
He’s having quite the laugh. And shame on everyone who bought it.
Another reviewer notes that the producer, Darren Aronofsky, seems to have made this film in an attempt to lure souls away from the Faith or to at least corrupt their understanding of it. It is thus blasphemous and sinister.
I think we Christians are going to have to get over being liked or “relevant” to the self-anointed elites in this culture. We can and must pray and work for their conversion, but engaging in debates on their terms is at this point a lost cause. Falling over backwards to explain away blatantly problematic films like this seems a losing proposition. I think we need to assert our rights and the Truth Christ has revealed more boldly and stridently, and cease seeking accommodation with those whose hatred of Christianity is most visible.
Oh, but what did the USCCB think? They gave a rather contradictory review, noting problems, but never saying outright “avoid this film at all costs.” The reviewer also failed to pick up on the deliberately dangerous, heretical elements. They basically say kids shouldn’t see it, but adults might find some value in it. I can’t imagine what that would be.
Finally, I have to note how gnosticism informs and undergirds the entire “new age” false religion. Gnosticism was always a religion of self-anointed elites, the same kind of people who dominate our society today. It was also a religion that posited secret, hidden knowledge as the key to salvation. Thus, the “elect” were a tiny, self-absorbed set. Correlations to new age should be clear, as new age encourages turning inward and finding “the god within.” It is a scandal of massive proportions that many religious, especially female, have fallen into this literal worship of self and serve as eager acolytes to confused, spiritually-starved Catholics, especially women of a certain age. It was one such religious giving a new age “Lenten retreat” in the Dallas Diocese that sparked the creation of this blog.
I didn’t look around to see if there were problematic retreats given this year. Perhaps there were, but our involvement in parishes with the Novus Ordo Mass is essentially over, so I haven’t had the motivation to look.
To the extent this movie might encourage some already profoundly confused Catholics who have fallen into new age practices to fall still further, it is especially dangerous. But overall, Catholics should never willingly expose themselves to heresy. So, stay away from this movie. I have seen so far nothing to recommend it to the faithful Catholic.
Dear Lord in Heaven have mercy on this soul April 7, 2014Posted by tantamergo in asshatery, Basics, catachesis, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, sadness, scandals, shocking, sickness, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
Over the weekend, I saw a chilling, horrendous scene from Syria of a Christian being made to apostasize – making the oath that “there is no god but fake allah and mohammad is his fake messenger” – and then being beheaded anyways.
It was so sad on so many levels. There is an extremely, disgustingly graphic video of this barbarity. I won’t put it on my blog. I’ve seen it, but I don’t want want to put it on here. If you really want to see it – and I must tell you, these muslims, they must love being evil, because when they cut off someone’s head, they don’t use a sword and do it in one fell swoop, or even a particularly sharp knife, they take their time about it, so the poor soul actually has time to suffer and even try to resist a bit before expiring – it’s below:
These monsters actually say they’re not going to shoot him because that would be too merciful. I saw some folks criticizing the guy for apostasizing, but courage to resist dozens of armed thugs saying they’ll kill you is supernatural. I pray God is merciful to this poor person.
The reason I’m showing this is because, this may be a fringe movement in islam, but it’s not that fringe. There are millions of muslims who support, actively or passively, this kind of nightmarish extremism. To many in islam, these are the “best” muslims. The entire history of islam is one rife with mindless killing, barbarity, cruelty, backwardness, ignorance, and, more than anything, diabolical hostility towards Christians.
Which is why I have to say what I’m going to say - I wish every prelate in the Church who makes indifferentist statements (and acts) regarding islam would have to sit down for an hour or so to watch such videos (and there are plenty of them) and pray and meditate on what they are doing with their claims that “islam is the religion of peace,” or that “islam is a salvific religion like Christianity.”
For centuries, the Church knew better. For centuries, the Church knew the greatest mortal threat to Christians came from islam. For centuries, Christians died at the hands of muslims. For centuries, muslim preyed on Christians with no provocation. But when Christians, after years of suffering endless cruelties and abuses, finally responded with an offensive to take back former Christian lands – oh, well, this is something to apologize over.
Of course not all muslims are violent, of course there are aspects of islam that are inoffensive, but the history of islam indicates a false religion relentlessly hostile to the Church and far too frequently all human decency.
Church leaders, y0u can talk all you want with muslims, but its pointless and scandalous. They only take it as a sign of weakness and foolishness. I have a very hard time not agreeing. I also have a very hard time not seeing such “ecumenism” as strong indications of weak faith and overt worldliness, but who am I to judge?
The only ecumenism islam has ever understood is the sword.
We live in a new age of iconclasm March 28, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Art and Architecture, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, General Catholic, reading, Saints, scandals, secularism, Virtue.
And, to that, I say, phooey. Here’s some art of that great fighter of heretical iconoclasts, St. John Damascene, for all the iconoclasts out there to get all twisted off about. But first, some words from Dom Prosper Gueranger on the horrid heresy of iconoclasm:
The faithful have not forgotten that on the first Sunday of Lent the Greeks keep one of their greatest solemnities, that of Orthodoxy. History proves that the Church of Constantinople, the new Rome, did not share the indefectibility of that of the old Rome, for it passed through a cycle of heresies on the dogma of the Incarnation. It rejected successively the consubstantiality of the Word, the unity of Person in Jesus Christ, and the integrity of His two natures. It seemed as though there were nothing left for heretical emperors and patriarchs to deny. Yet there was one more error to proclaim before the measure of false teaching was filled up.
Christ enthroned in Heaven could not be belittled, but His images might be proscribed on earth. Heresy was powerless to touch the King even in these pictorial representations, but schism could at least shake off the yoke of His Vicar, and this last denial rolled the stone to the door of the tomb which the Crescent was one day to seal.
The heresy of the iconoclasts or image-breakers represents the last phase of Oriental error with regard to the Incarnation of the Son of God. [They still hold errors regarding the Trinity, viz., the procession of the Holy Ghost from the Father AND the Son] It was right that the feast which commemorates the restoration of the holy images should receive the glorious name of the Feast of Orthodoxy. It celebrates the last blow struck at Byzantine dogma, and recalls all those delivered by the councils of the Church between the first and second of Nicaea. A peculiar solemnity was given to this feast by the fact that all the anathemas formulated in previous times against the adversaries of revealed Truth were renewed in the Church of Saint Sophia, while the Cross and the holy Images were exalted in triumph and the emperor stood at his throne.
Satan, the sworn foe of the Word, showed clearly that he looked upon the doctrine of the Iconoclasts as his last resource. There is no heresy which has caused more martyrdoms or more destruction. Nero and Diocletian seemed to be reincarnate in the baptized Caesars who defended it………The edicts of persecution, published in defence of the idols of former times, were renewed for the destruction of the idolatry which was said to defile the Church.
In the early days of the heresy, St. Germanus of Constantinople reminded the crowned theologian of Isauria that Christians do not adore images but give them a relative honor, which is due to the persons of the Saints whom they represent. The imperial pontiff replied by sending the patriarch into exile. The soldiers, whom the emperor charged to carry out his will, gave themselves up to the pillage of churches and private homes. On all sides venerated statues fell under the hammer of the destroyers. [Just as occurred in the protestant revolt, and even, to some extent, today. How many gloriously outfitted churches in Europe or North America have been turned into cold, modernist shells, almost totally devoid of art? We have an abundance of iconoclasts today, the modernists] Mural paintings were covered with chalk, vestments and sacred vessels mutilated and destroyed on account of images in embroidery or enamel. Masterpieces of art, which had nourished the devotion of the people, were publicly burnt, and the artist who dared to represent Christ, Our Lady, or the Saints, was himself subjected to fire and torture together with those of the faithful who had not been able to restrain their sorrow at the sight of such destruction. The shepherds bowed beneath the storm and yielded to regrettable compromises, and the reign of terror was soon supreme over the deserted flock. [Again, the similarities to today are striking. But in our case, the shepherds haven't been compromising with a civil authority threatening destruction if they do not accept the authority's will, we see the shepherds themselves often leading the charge of destruction of immensely valuable public works of art in Catholic parishes. Modernists hate Catholic imagery because it is offensive to protestant sensibilities.]
Interestingly, a remnant of iconoclasm has remained in the Byzantine Churches to this day. They still allow only painted art, in icons or parishes, with almost no statuary permitted, nor other forms of art. This is due at least in part to a lingering misconception of the nature of imagery and the kind of respect given them.
Now, some good good Icons:
Bill Gates, Catholic? March 25, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, silliness, Society.
Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, revealed in a recent interview that his family goes to a Catholic church and that religious morality inspires a lot of his charity work. He also shared his personal thoughts on God and the biggest issues facing the world today.
“The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We’ve raised our kids in a religious way; they’ve gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I’ve been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that’s kind of a religious belief. I mean, it’s at least a moral belief,” Gates says in an interview with Rolling Stone in the March 27 issue of the magazine.
When asked if he believed in God, he responded, “I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don’t know.” [Sheesh. Then you are an atheist. If your understanding of God is so dim, and your relationship so dead, that you can't imagine how faith in God makes you live differently, then you have none.]
At the same time, he said he agrees with “people like Richard Dawkins that mankind felt the need for creation myths.” [Richard Dawkins is a sad, deluded creature.]
Melinda Gates is a product of Dallas Ursuline. I’ve written on her scandalous beliefs many times. She certainly is a proud alumnus of Ursuline, whose female religious leadership repeatedly defended the Gates’ collective efforts to foist contraception on Catholics in sub-Saharan Africa and other locales. But of course, Gates has given millions to Ursuline, and she most likely learned her indifferentist heresies there.
An interesting aside: studies have shown, and a whole lot of anecdotal evidence tends to confirm, that children mimic, or follow, their father’s religious behavior as adults. That is to say, if a couple has a strong Catholic mom and an indifferent, non-religious dad, the kids will likely wind up indifferent non-religious themselves. If the dad is strong and the mom is weak, the kids will tend to be strongly religious themselves. So whatever the Catholic Faith means to Melinda Gates – she claims it means a great deal, but then she goes right on apostasizing – it is more likely that her children will be non religious agnostics or theists because that is what their dad believes.
That leaves aside, of course, the disorder that tends to creep in when being raised by globetrotting, fake-tan applying, ultra-rich power elite parents. I used the example of satan winning away souls yesterday by taking them to the mountaintop and showing them all the “glories” of the world – well, these kids have been on that mountaintop since they were born. Since almost all the people their parents hobnob with are super-rich worldly left-wing indifferentists, the likelihood of those kids remaining Catholic – even in a notional sense, like their mom – is slim.
So I’ll pray for those three kids. The children of the very rich often lead troubled lives, and with all the enticements with which they are surrounded, it will take a miracle for them to be faithful Catholics as adults.
Thanks to friend and reader MFG for the linka!
More Biblical opposition to modern approaches to Judaism March 21, 2014Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the return.
I posted a few weeks ago a reading from the Gospel on the Thursday after Ash Wednesday and how Our Blessed Lord declared, in a very straightforward manner, that many of the present Kingdom – Israel – would reject Him and in so doing be rejected by God. While this previous Gospel statement on the Jews was more on the lines of an easily visible inference, the Gospel from yesterday, Thursday in the 2nd Week of Lent, is a straight up declaration that the Jews would reject the Christ, and that this rejection would mean their damnation:
At that time, Jesus said to the Pharisees, “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and feasted sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores, Desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. And no one did give him: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. “And it came to pass that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. And the rich man also died: and he was buried in hell. And lifting up his eyes when he was in torments, he saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom: And he cried and said: ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame.’ And Abraham said to him: ‘Son, remember that thou didst receive good things in thy lifetime, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted and thou art tormented. And besides all this, between us and you, there is fixed a great chaos: so that they who would pass from hence to you cannot, nor from thence come hither.’ And he said: ‘Then, father, I beseech thee that thou wouldst send him to my father’s house, for I have five brethren, That he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torments.’ And Abraham said to him: ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them hear them.’ But he said: ‘No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will do penance.’ And he said to him: ‘If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe, if one rise again from the dead.’
Thus, the infallible inerrant Word of God, speaking directly to us. Now Christ’s audience was the Pharisees. Christ had made plain that the Pharisees and most all Jews had gotten severely off track in their religion, thinking mere external acts could justify one in the sight of God. Thus, Jews were far more concerned with the letter of the law than its spirit, and enormous hardness had entered into their hearts. They had been warned numerous times by prophets to amend their ways, but they did not listen. In fact, they often as not killed those prophets for convicting them of sin. God chastised the Jews very severely a great number of times, but still they did not listen. They continued to corrupt the Commandments and have enormous hardness of heart.
Christ knew that even His presence would not sway many Jews to convert. And so He lets them know in the clearest possible terms what will happen if they do not. The Pharisees are obviously the rich man, while Lazarus is a representation of both Jewish underclasses the Pharisees disdained, and all the Gentiles. Those were the groups who would embrace Christ.
This Gospel is just one more example of many, many others (John 3, John 8, etc) from Scripture that seem to dramatically undermine modern Church approaches to Judaism. And it is not just numerous areas of Scripture that militate against the current Church approach, it is virtually the whole of Tradition. While there were many sad excesses towards Jews in the Church’s past, today the pendulum has swung to the other extreme.
It is not an act of charity to leave people in their sin. It is not an act of charity to pretend that somehow, counter to all the guidance of Scripture and Tradition and Our Lord’s ENORMOUS concern that the Jews convert while He was on this earth, Jews have “their own path to salvation.”
This self-styled “ecumenism” towards the Jews is just incredibly problematic. It seems to be totally predicated on a certain worldly indifferentism, because Scripture argues so powerfully against it. This is one of the most significant areas where the post-conciliar praxis has diverged markedly, just obviously, from the whole pre-conciliar Tradition. There has never been such an indifferentist approach to Judaism, the separated sects, or any other of the false religions as we’ve seen in the past 30 years.
And again,the tragedy comes down to the fact that while it may make Jews feel good to hear the Church say they are essentially saved even while rejecting Christ, Scripture and Tradition argue that this is a false charity. And it’s not just the Jews – muslims, pantheists, and others have been told their religious “traditions” are valid.
The other factor is the scandal and confusion such “ecumenism” gives to the faithful. I would bet a tidy sum that people have talked themselves out of the Faith, or at least the active practice of it, based on these faulty notions of ecumenism they’ve heard. It plays into the massive modernist error of universal salvation, as well, which is responsible for loads of people falling away from the Faith.
These efforts ultimately won’t work. They say to the world that the Church isn’t what She has always claimed to be. They weaken the Faith and scandalize the faithful. I pray all this false “ecumenism” stops.
*And yes I know ecumenism relates only to separated Christians, technically, but in the present parlance ecumenism is used to describe approaches to all religions, not just separated Christians
I put education in scare quotes, because it’s really much more oriented towards propagandizing than true catechesis.
Many are probably familiar with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Conference held every March from the abhorrent videos of liturgical abuse that invariably surface each year. This conference is wildly popular in Amchurch circles, attracting thousands of attendees and sparking imitators around the country, including in our own Diocese of Dallas (which, I must hasten to add, is much more orthodox, even if there remain problematic presenters, such as one of last year’s keynote speakers, popular heretic and new age evangelist Fr. Ron Rolheiser).
Michael Voris goes into some depth in this most recent episode of his “Dispatches” series, spending about half an hour exploring the aberrant beliefs and open heresy of many of the LA conference’s speakers. There is a great deal of good info below, even if Michael could have easily produced a 2+ hour video and still not captured even half of the heresies held by those allowed to “educate” Catholics in LA.
This video is very informative and well worth your time if you have a little quiet period this weekend:
As a final note, now that Archbishop Gomez has been in LA for nearly 3 years, it is very sad to see that he has made precious few visible efforts to change the course of the LA trainREC. I’m not convinced Gomez was ever very orthodox (see the desperate condition of the Archdiocese of San Antonio), and he certainly doesn’t seem to be making many waves in reforming an Archdiocese of LA which visibly decayed during Mahoney’s period as ordinary.
Destruction is easy, building up is hard.
Padre Pio’s Stigmata March 12, 2014Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, manhood, priests, religious, Saints, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
I was showing my non-Catholic (but interested) mom some photos of Padre Pio’s Stigmata over the weekend. I have of course seen a number of such photos before, but this time I found some really good ones that clearly show the original wound in addition to the patches of dried and wet blood, stains, etc.
I know secularists just can’t stand Catholic acceptance of these sorts of miracles. I have seen all manner of derogatory attempts to explain away this broadly accepted miraculous phenomenon, from saying Pio gave himself regular chemical burns, to self-induced puncture wounds (once every month or so for 50 years (600 wounds!), apparently, without ever damaging the metacarpal bones or tendons which would have rendered his fingers inoperative for life), etc. They always discount the fact that Padre Pio actually faced an immense amount of hostility and doubt from within the Church, and that he was forced to undergo numerous, invasive medical examinations of his wounds, which never found any natural or human explanation for them. They also ignore the fact that the wounds miraculously healed themselves, leaving no trace of scaring or other natural healing process.
Anyways, you may have seen some of these before, but I stumbled on some photos that were new to me, and here they are (you can click most to make them larger):
The next three really show the stigmata in close detail:
The wounds seem to clearly penetrate the third metacarpal bone. As such, his index and middle fingers should have been inoperative, given the fact that this wound plainly penetrates all the way through the hand, and is of sufficient diameter to damage a great deal of bone, tendon, and muscle. Anyone who has had a hand injury can attest to the fact that wounds such as these would make working the fingers affected completely impossible. And yet Padre Pio was visibly able – as witnessed by millions – to operate his fingers, clasp the Host and Chalice, etc, with no problem. This further speaks to the miraculous nature of the stigmata.
Belief in Padre Pio’s stigmata is certainly not dogmatic, but these miracles do give attestation, to this day, of Our Blessed Lord’s identity as True God, able to work enormous miracles in those who have sufficient faith and cooperation with Grace. The enormous number of miracles associated with the Catholic Christian religion (and the Orthodox) from its inception separate it from all the natural religions out there, including other major world religions. Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, in particular, have few if any unexplainable miracles to attest to their veracity/sanctity. Islam’s founder never performed one public miracle, as opposed to Christ’s constant miracles witnessed by hundreds of thousands.