Catholic Hispanics joining radical islam en masse? October 24, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Interior Life, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
I read some of the below last night and was most disconcerted. This is a disaster of the largest proportions, and it simply confirms for me what has been obvious to any faithful souls with eyes to see: the rejection of Doctrine and practice handed down to us by preceding generations is at utter disaster for souls.
It seems thousands of American Hispanics, who have to be at least nominally Catholic (or were not very long ago), are now embracing not just islam, but its most radical varieties. Even more amazingly, the preponderance of those Hispanics doing so are women. And they tell us why that is. They say islam, especially radical islam, gives them doctrinal certainty and a sure moral guide in a Western culture rapidly spinning out of control. It gives them a framework around which to build their lives more substantial than “if it feels good, do it, and the consequences be damned.”
It also demonstrates conclusively the utter failure of the humanist, secularist “opening to the world” the Church has engaged in, by and large, for the past 50 years. We already know millions of souls have fallen away – and each one of those is a tragedy of a magnitude we simply cannot calculate – but now those souls are opting for islam, the most repressive, backward, anti-Christian religion possible. They are telling the Church, in so many words: “You have failed me so completely I now spit you out of my mouth and join your enemy of 15 centuries.”
More Hispanics are turning towards Islam and interestingly, more than half of Miami’s 3,000 Hispanic Muslims are female…….
……A new phenomenon is occurring in the backdrop. More Latinas, such as Greisa Torres and Stephanie Londono, are turning to Islam. They are not alone.
Arriving from Miami four years ago, Torres said she had “lost her identity in the move and found it in the Prophet Muhammad”, according to a report on Voice of America.
Torres explained: “It was very hard for me because we do not have family here, just my husband and my kids. On this day, my baby – Mahdi – he was going to be born. That is why I converted to Islam because I was scared.” [Another way of saying I feel lost in this perverse culture and I need something strong and seemingly authoritative to cling to. The Church, in Her watered down, indifferentist, ecumenical and interreligious present incarnation, simply fails to offer that to the vast majority of souls who do not know or comprehend the right practice of the Faith, especially in traditional communities.]
…….“When people see you with the hijab, they respect you first. Second, it’s the emotion you feel because you are different. You believe in something. It’s amazing.” Londono said. [Yeah, well, I believe in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, as well as His Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament]
“It defines their world on a clear grid of what’s permitted or ‘halal,’ and what’s prohibited which is ‘haram’. So they know exactly where they stand. So the Qur’an becomes this guidebook that tells you exactly what to wear, what to eat, how to wash, how to behave, when to pray.”
According to the same report on Voice of America, there are more than 3,000 Hispanic Muslims in Miami and more than 40,000 nationwide across the United States……
Great, so our own government is encouraging Hispanics to convert to islam. Big surprise.
Now, before I get too carried away, I must note that there is some other verbiage I did not include that paints the convert as a wacked out leftist. And that re-emphasizes for me the choice the left in this country and in all the West will gleefully make in increasing numbers: since leftism has always had at its foundation hatred of Christianity, and yet it is still an utterly bankrupt and unfulfilling philosophy, it is inevitable that as islam gains more and more cultural cache, more and more leftists will embrace it either through formal conversion or through willing dhimmi participation.
But once again, I do think there is something very significant here with respect to the Church: these souls are lost, they were allowed to either fall away, or felt utterly malnourished by the Faith, were encouraged to embrace leftism through so many of the bad parishes/dioceses/schools, whatever…….the Church is being rejected because of the conduct of the Faith these past 50 years. That conduct is atrociously worldly and does not give that sustenance souls desperately crave. And so they seek it out elsewhere.
It is incredible if it were not true. Data point 1,987,438 for the disasters inflicted on the Church, world, and most importantly, souls by “aggiornamento.”
Remnant video on the Synod October 24, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, SOD, the return.
The video below was posted yesterday. I agree with the sentiments expressed almost in toto, although I do hold out the possibly forlorn hope that the opposition that developed towards the end of the first portion of the Synod may coalesce into something significant. As it is, for now, it seems Pope Francis ably sidestepped that opposition and went ahead and had the disastrous paragraphs included in the final report, anyway, if in a different section and with a bit of discussion regarding the “controversy” they caused.
I can’t say I know for certain what happened at the Synod – was it everything going just about totally according to modernist revolutionary plans, who figured in advance there would be some opposition and just moved the ball as far forward as they could? Or was the “revolt,” such as it was, a sign of serious setback? I know opinions vary even among some of the best, most orthodox/traditional Catholics out there.
Michael Matt and Chris Ferrara below seem to veer predominately on the side of the Synod being almost an unalloyed victory for Pope Francis and the modernist cabal associated with him. Some of the language below (a quite small amount) gets a bit harsh and goes beyond what I would typically endorse, but there is so much good commentary it merits airing. I pray Ferrara and Matt (and D) and others are not right, but I fear they are. If they are……Lord have mercy, I have no idea what the Church looks like in a year, but it will not be good:
If criticism of the Holy Father means falling out of full communion with him, then we have an increasing number of prelates doing so. Fortunately, that is not now nor has it ever been the case.
Several things as way of a brief introduction. The man who introduces Bishop Gracida – a long time friend and supporter of the TLM and one of the most orthodox bishops in entire post-conciliar US Church -is Jim Graham, President of Texas Right to Life. There are two major pro-life political action organizations in Texas, Texas Right to Life, and Texas Alliance for Life. You really, really, really want to support the former and not the latter. Texas Right to Life is completely pro-life up and down the whole panoply of life-related issues and is very strongly Catholic. Texas Alliance for Life is much weaker on end-of-life issues and has equivocated on critical matters a number of times.
Secondly, Bishop Gracida below addresses the really pernicious error of current “end of life” declarations that have been formulated over the past 50 years to support the organ harvesting industry. Organs for transplantation MUST, with present technology, be taken from a living human being. The organs deteriorate to uselessness within just a few minutes of actual death. That is why destructive ideologies like “brain death” have been created, in order to pretend that people with still beating hearts, even those who breathe on their own, are somehow “dead,” and thus suitable victims for organ harvesting. But far too many entities in the institutional Church have accepted this illusory definition and have given the “moral OK” to perform such practices. Bishop Gracida has opposed this form of murder for decades.
Finally, I must agree with Jim Graham’s introductory notes, the reason that we have seen Western culture collapse to the terrific extent it has in the past several decades – an incredibly rapid acceleration of a process building for 500 years – is due to the failure of the Church to uphold traditional morality and Doctrine and instead try be a never challenging, often indifferentist “friend” of the world.
Some really very good comments below from Bishop Gracida, it is worth watching:
That man is 93 years old. Can you believe it? He looks and sounds 20 years younger. Which sort of explodes the mandatory retirement age program put in place after Vatican II. I can imagine how blessed the Diocese of Corpus Christi would now be had Bishop Gracida remained in office until now – over 30 years. Ad multos annos! My father-in-law looks and works 15 years younger than he is at 85 but I think Bishop Gracida might put him to shame.
We need a good laugh October 23, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, fun, General Catholic, Holy suffering, scandals, silliness, SOD.
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This laugh brought to you by Bones, and it is much appreciated (by me). It seems a compilation of music to listen to the Synod will hit Vatican shelves this week:
When your sitting back, reading that glorious “Relatio,” think how well hearing “Losing My Religion” or “Heartbreak Hotel” will sound?
How about Lonesome, On’ry, and Mean? That’s how it makes me feel.
Ralph Mooney’s steel guitar played a huge role in defining Waylon’s unique sound. That and the driving bass line. Best steel guitar man ever. Waylon was my age when this was filmed. I must say, though both addicts, he looked a good bit more chewed up at that age than I do. Heh. Maybe.
Another good laugh, via Eye of the Tiber. Cardinal Kasper proposes three more Sacraments:
Citing the need for the Church to “update herself with modern times,” Cardinal Walter Kasper declared that the Church has now added three Sacraments to the original seven instituted by Christ. In an interview with America, Kasper explained his decision: “Christ challenged the Pharisees to look deeper than the Mosaic Law, and he challenges us to the same. The original seven sacraments were sufficient for their time, but times have changed, and the Church owes the world a greater number of spiritual life rafts.”
Kasper’s new list of Sacraments is as follows:
6. Holy Orders
7. Anointing of the Sick
9. That YouTube video of that Lifehouse song with that Jesus skit
10. Christmas trees
I don’t know what to think of Providence, RI Bishop Thomas Tobin. Under Pope Benedict, he was noted for being one of the more vocally orthodox bishops – he even criticized Pope Francis early on – but seemed to have made a turn toward the heterodox over the past year or so (understand the terms orthodox and heterodox are made relative to the present standard in the Church). Perhaps he was tacking into the prevailing winds. But now Bishop Tobin seems to be saying that the Pope has made a doctrinal mess of the Church:
Thomas J. Tobin, the Catholic bishop for the Diocese of Providence, R.I., commented on the recent Synod of Bishops on the Family held at the Vatican as “being rather Protestant” in having bishops vote on “doctrinal applications,” and added that in terms of Pope Francis’s fondness for a “creating a mess,” you can say, “mission accomplished.”
“Pope Francis is fond of ‘creating a mess.’ Mission accomplished,” said Bishop Tobin in his Oct. 21 blog post at the Diocese of Providence website. [Which isn't absolutely a criticism. It certainly can be taken as such, but if one was into modernism it could be looked on as a good thing. But I don't think that's what Bishop Tobin meant.]
……Commenting further on the Synod, Bishop Tobin said, “The concept of having a representative body of the Church voting on doctrinal applications and pastoral solutions strikes me as being rather Protestant.” At the close of the Synod, the bishops voted on all 62 paragraphs in the final document, the Relatio Synodi. [Yeah, you're not the only one. But see what he says below.]
The Synod of bishops will meet again in one year to review the document, make more changes, and then Pope Francis will review that material and write a public letter on the family and marriage issues examined. [Oh goody. I just can't wait. Be still my heart.]
As for more of his “Random Thoughts about the Synod on the Family,” Bishop Tobin said:
– “Have we learned that it’s probably not a good idea to publish half-baked minutes of candid discussions about sensitive topics, especially when we know that the secular media will hijack the preliminary discussions for their own agendas? [Please. It wasn't half-baked, it was written weeks in advance. What a joke. And the man who wrote it, Archbishop Forte, is a disciple of Kasper/Kung/Rahner/von Baltasar and the whole school of Tubingen, and slippery as an eel.]
– “Wherever he serves, Cardinal Burke will be a principled, articulate and fearless spokesman for the teachings of the Church.” [Dang straight. And possibly emerge as a desperately needed leader.]
Thanks to reader D for the link. Some more of Bishop Tobin’s comments, perhaps less reassuring:
In addressing contemporary issues of marriage and the family, the path forward will probably be found somewhere between the positions of Fr. Z and the National Catholic Reporter. [Amazing he knows who Fr. Z is. Probably 2/3 of American bishops would have no clue, while they would have intimate familiarity with Michael Sean Winters, the Heretic Reporter, and Thomas Reese. Nevertheless, here we see another bishop pretending Doctrine - eternal Truth revealed by Jesus Christ - can be compromised on. Muy malo.]
Pope Francis encouraged fearless and candid discussion and transparency during the Synod. I wonder if the American Bishops will adopt the same protocol during their meeting next month in Baltimore. [Heh. Nice zinger.]
I for one am extremely saddened to see yet another American prelate, like Cardinal Burke (who surely deserved his stunning demotion), fall out of that precious full communion with the pope. So sad.
It’s called sarcasm, people.
Seriously, though, how much are the apparitions at Fatima, Akita, and Quito being borne out? Bishop against bishop, cardinal against cardinal……..it’s 1517 all over again. Just great!
Great sermon on the horrid evil of admitting manifest sinners to the Blessed Sacrament – FIXED October 23, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Bible, Christendom, damnable blasphemy, disaster, episcopate, error, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, SOD, Tradition, Virtue.
I do not know this priest’s name, and even if I did they like to be anonymous, anyway. But this is the 5th or 6th sermon of his I’ve heard that has extremely solid.
The priest goes over very solid ground rules regarding the state our souls must be in for valid and holy reception of the Blessed Sacrament, reception that fills our souls with Grace instead of bringing condemnation upon us. The priest notes that sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments have always been understood as placing a soul in a position that it is unworthy to receive Christ Real Presence. A dead body cannot be fed, the priest notes, and in the state of mortal sin, our souls are dead.
After solid background, the priest shifts to the recent Synod of Darkness. He notes how it appears that many bishops are not interested in guarding the Holy of Holies. The priest goes on to list aspects of the egregious elements of the midway “Relatio” which has served as an awesome tool in advancing the modernist agenda and the destruction of souls, hardly ameliorated by the “revolt” of October 16 and some changes to the final document. As far as millions of souls are concerned, including some either badly informed or willingly duped Catholics, the Church has formally changed 2000 year old Doctrine. The damage is incalculable.
Lots and lots of good stuff below. I strongly advise dedicating 18 minutes to listen:
“Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the Kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, [transgenders, cross dressers, etc] nor liers with mankind, [sodomites, gomorrists] nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the Kingdom of God.” [1 COR VI:9]
And thus we know why there is such a powerful movement among liberal Christians, especially those ludicrous sects dedicated towards producing a mockery of Christianity to serve the sodomite interest, either totally downplay Saint Paul or actually advocate for the exclusion of all his Epistles from the Bible. There is no limit to which error and sin will not stoop.
I pray you find this edifying, as I did.
UPDATE: Thank you to the commenter for letting me know it was the wrong video. It’s those darned Youtube playlists, if I go to VideoSancto’s page on Youtube, and see the list of all their videos, if I click on one, it doesn’t give me the direct link to that video, but a link embedded in a playlist. So when VideoSancto uploads a new video, the list updates, and the video I wanted is no longer there – same link, different video. My apologies, that always gets me.
Via Eponymous Flower, it seems Archbishop Wilton Gregory’s Atlanta archdiocese has tacked into the new direction of the wind blowing in the Church, and now has a Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – perhaps to make the blasphemy even greater – supporting the Atlanta
gay pride parade of self-loathing and perversion run wild. This event already took place on Tuesday past:
Archbishop Wilton Daniel Gregory, former President of the UCCB and current Archbishop of Atlanta, has authorized the use of The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and support for participating in the secular Gay Pride Parade. The event took place on October 14th and the Shrine is listed as a sponsor endorsing the event.
The laity in Atlanta has done nothing, and a cursory search of the internet shows no concern about this event, either.
It’s on the site of the first church built in Atlanta and was first referred to as a shrine in 1954.
Here’s an image of the daily bulletin, where the Shrine promotes the “Gay Pride Parade.”
Do note the “LGBT” potluck at lower right. It seems this parish has had a longtime problem comprehending 2000 years of unchanging Christian belief regarding the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. They are listed on the heretical and condemned “New Ways Ministry” website as “gay friendly.” I do note that list at the link is a fair bit longer than it was a year or two ago. Lord have mercy.
You really, really do not want to check out their parish website. Photos of pastor, deacon, and many others set my gaydar ringing at level 9.
The future of the new worldly church?
“A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.”
If you want to know, at least in fair part, how this came to be, read this. It was the WWII and “silent” generations that, while being perhaps fiscally and politically somewhat conservative, were truly radical morally. It was this generation that embraced contraception en masse and oversaw (without much criticism) the explosion of sexual immorality it produced. It was this generation that constantly patted itself on the back for exploding old social mores as obsolete and counterproductive. Now they look back on what they’ve wrought and pat themselves on the back. Not all, of course, but the vast majority. Yes, I’m being harsh and judgmental, but civilizational collapses don’t just happen, they happen because millions of people drop the torch handed down to them by their predecessors. And it was the generation born roughly 1910-1940 that really, truly, screwed the pooch. The boomers just built on what was already a large and broad foundation of social revolution inherited from their parents, uncles, teachers, etc. Again, the “60s” didn’t just emerge out of a vacuum, it was the natural response to decades of shirking traditional morality and undermining Christian belief in formerly Christian countries.
It is worse than useless to attempt conciliation with the revolutionary spirit abroad in the world October 21, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, SOD, the enemy.
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.
Progressive Synod spokesman Fr. Thomas Rosica: Holy Family the ultimate “irregular” family! October 21, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, SOD.
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!
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.
Francis versus the Church, or Francis versus Jesus Christ? October 20, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, SOD, the return.
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.