Don’t be shocked when it happens: it’s just about certain Communion will be granted to divorced/remarried Catholics December 18, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, error, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, Our Lady, Papa, sadness, scandals, shocking, sickness, Society, SOD.
That is the point made by Dale Price in this post at Dyspeptic Mutterings. I am going to take more of the post than I should, because Price covers several items I have not addressed on this blog, most notably Pope Francis’ interview in the radical Argentine journal La Nacion last week.
I have to say, I briefly felt some elation and relief and the seeming “failure” of the progressives at the first half of the Synod to get their radical program enacted. It has to be said, Pope Francis has indicated in myriad ways his support for this program. But after some weeks of reflection, I have come to feel that whatever “defeat” was suffered towards the end of the October Synod proceedings was minor, at best, and that the progressive forces will continue driving towards the conclusion they want until they get it. That brings me to the other item I have not covered on this blog: the “lineamenta” or survey of questions for the bishop’s conferences for the second half of the Synod (have things changed much in a year since the last survey?!?) is much more full of progressive bias and loaded, leading questions than even the previous one. This lineamenta was produced by the Pope’s hand-picked secretary, and contains like this one below:
38. With regard to the divorced and remarried, pastoral practice concerning the sacraments needs to be further studied, including assessment of the Orthodox practice and taking into account “the distinction between an objective sinful situation and extenuating circumstances” (n. 52). What are the prospects in such a case? What is possible? What suggestions can be offered to resolve forms of undue or unnecessary impediments?
Sorry folks from the declaration at the beginning to the way the questions are worded to what is left out, this is an answer begging for a question, or, even more, a diktat to its recipients: get on board, boys, if you want a future in the Church.
Price quotes the following from yet another episode of the Magisterium of left-wing newspaper interviews:
[Q:] In the case of divorcees who have remarried, we posed the question, what do we do with them? What door can we allow them to open? This was a pastoral concern: will we allow them to go to Communion?
[A:] Communion alone is no solution. The solution is integration. They have not been excommunicated, true. But they cannot be godfathers to any child being baptized, mass readings are not for divorcees, they cannot give communion, they cannot teach Sunday school, there are about seven things that they cannot do, I have the list over there. Come on! If I disclose any of this it will seem that they have been excommunicated in fact! [I mean, really, they only persist in a manifest state of mortal sin, they have very likely gravely damaged the lives of their children and quite possibly their former spouse, massive divorce is incredibly harmful to society at large, but how can they not be godfathers or EMHCs? I mean, everybody should be able to casually handle the Lord and Master of the Universe, right?]
Thus, let us open the doors a bit more. Why cant they be godfathers and godmothers? “No, no, no, what testimony will they be giving their godson?” The testimony of a man and a woman saying “my dear, I made a mistake, I was wrong here, but I believe our Lord loves me, I want to follow God, I was not defeated by sin, I want to move on.” [Now, to me, a mistake might be getting drunk one night, or getting into a fight. Divorce is quite a bit more than just a mistake. But the much more significant problem is this: such people living as concubines with someone not their spouse are in an ongoing state of grave sin and give ongoing scandal. According to the inspired and inerrant word of God in Sacred Scripture, doing such constitutes the gravest sacrilege. Regularizing divorce in this manner goes directly against the Word of God spoken directly by Himself. There is no mention at all of that reality by Kasper or in the text above]
Anything more Christian than that? And what if one of the political crooks among us, corrupt people, are chosen to be somebody´s godfather. If they are properly wedded by the Church, would we accept them? What kind of testimony will they give to their godson? A testimony of corruption? [Ugggh. This is a really weak argument. It’s special pleading and scapegoating]
Things need to change, our standards need to change.
That’s the point. That’s the entire point, and it represents evidence of a progressive mindset. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, when arguing in favor of some special treatment for themselves, or for some progressive pet social project “hey, come on, it’s the 90s now. It’s not the 50s anymore!” Or “it’s 2014, not 1920!”
You get the point. Progressives have an unshakable faith that society must progress, change, and move forward, and that each progressive advance leaves society better than the last. This is as fundamental a part of progressive belief as their focus on sexual libertinism. And that is the only real argument put forward by Pope Francis above: times change, society must advance, and this “liberalizing” of Communion for those in a state of grave sin, even public sin, is a required advance for a more “just” (meaning equal, meaning lowest common denominator) treatment of these people. Tolerance is the highest, and just about only, virtue.
Price closes really well with this:
Those of you who are Anglicans will have seen this movie before: dialogue does not end until the proper result is reached. Then it becomes the Laws of the Medes and Persians, hater. [Dang right. As I showed in the post on Marquette U, once the progressive achieves his goal, further argument becomes illicit and one must simply accept the progressive advance. In that sense, the first half of the Synod was a rousing success, as the progressives got their radical views out in public, with most people now either believing that the Church has “changed its teaching” or that it is at the very least strongly considering doing so. These people never move backwards. They take what they can, regroup, and attack again]
Given what the Vatican just issued, the most recent interview shows the Pontiff’s mind quite clearly (not that it was particularly opaque before). Throw that in with the papal power-invoking rhetoric in the wildly-overpraised speech he gave at the conclusion of the 2014 Synod (reinforced by more explicit authority to depose), and I think it’s more likely than not that he forces through some variation on the Kasper proposal in 2015.
As do I. Naturally speaking, I’d say it’s a lead pipe cinch.
But let us pray that may not happen. Prayer can work great miracles, and perhaps prayer helped galvanize what opposition there was in 2014. Things are very far from over, yet. With God, all things are possible.
And as Noah said in response to my previous post, I’m afraid we are going to have to get used to taking up our cross and enduring some difficult trials for the foreseeable future.
In this crisis, it may be up to the laity? December 18, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, the return.
Pertinacious Papist has some interesting quotes (some of which may have come from Church Militant TV) about times of extreme crisis, and the preservation of doctrinal integrity falling on the laity. The quotes below, and then I add a bit of text expressing my concern about relying on the laity for a “solution” to the crisis:
“I was pleased to see that some Catholic journalists and internet bloggers behaved as good soldiers of Christ and drew attention to this clerical agenda of undermining the perennial teaching of Our Lord.”
– Bishop Athanasius Schneider, speaking on the October Synod of Bishops
“It was mainly by the faithful people that Paganism was overthrown … the body of the Episcopate was unfaithful to its commission, while the body of the laity was faithful to its baptism …”- Blessed John Henry Newman, addressing what transpired during the Arian heresy of the 4th century
“Treachery like that of Nestorius is rare in the Church, but it may happen that some pastors keep silence for one reason or another in circumstances when religion itself is at stake. The true children of Holy Church at such times are those who walk by the light of their baptism, not the cowardly souls who, under the specious pretext of submission to the powers that be, delay their opposition to the enemy in the hope of receiving instructions which are neither necessary nor desirable.”
– Abbot Guéranger, commenting on the Nestorian controversy
in the 5th century, in The Liturgical Year, IV, p. 380.
I fear we are in a situation disconcertingly analogous to the Arian heresy, when the vast majority of priests and bishops embraced the heresy of Arius (save for Jerome, Athanasius, and some other great bishops). However, from what I have read, in that heresy, and some others, either the great Mass of the people remained faithful, or there was at least some geographical redoubt which was spared from the heresy, where orthodox Catholicism was maintained by people and hierarchy alike (I refer here to the protestant revolution).
Having said that, we are faced with a much different problem today. The vast totality of the hierarchy has seemingly fallen into severe error and even diabolical disorientation/reprobate sense, and probably even a higher percentage of the laity has, as well. I think it very safe to say that less than 10% of the hierarchy would be regarded as orthodox if magically transmitted back in time 100 years, and probably more like 97-8% of the laity is the exact same way. Similarly, there is no geographical region where orthodox Catholicism is still intact.
And this gets to my greatest concern: how small is the faithful “Remnant?” Who can be included in that group of still faithful souls? Does it even number a million? If we exclude neo-Catholics and the SSPX (or, from their point of view, everyone outside the SSPX) and many others, that number must be vanishingly small, well under a million. How can so few work a conversion on a Church and world so much larger, and so far gone? Yes, we have (or we pray we have) God on our side, and Gideon with 300 overcame tens of thousands, but that case was basically an enormous miracle of Grace (and even still – 1 million faithful Catholics versus 6 billion lost souls are much longer odds than 300 versus 100,000).
Soooo…….if the natural odds are so enormously against us, do we just focus on prayer and God working that miracle we all long for? But what about maintaining hope and keeping people’s spirits up? I know from experience that many souls have a profound need to feel we at least have a distant chance of seeing the Church drastically improved in orthodoxy in their lifetimes, or they fall pray to despair. I have been told as much many times, anyway.
It’s a very difficult question. Part of me says we should try to work for a big tent of the basically orthodoxish, including many folks we may have very strong disagreements with but who are, by and large, faithful, or at least much more faithful than the great mass of self-styled Catholics today. But having argued a bit for that last week, I’m already feeling pretty dissatisfied with my argument and see many holes in it. Neo-Catholics (which term I really don’t like) are a problem. For one, they often pretend there is no crisis, or that it doesn’t include the hierarchy, or that this pope isn’t someone to be feared.
I don’t know what the answer is. Michael Voris, God bless him, calls passionately for a “Catholic uprising” but we are so few in number, and seem to be facing massive internal pressure if not outright persecution at present. I honestly think we will be amazingly fortunate to come through the next 5 or 10 years with the “gains” made under Pope Benedict intact.
I do not mean to sound hopeless. I do not feel hopeless. I know that if I remain faithful, and cooperate with Grace, I may be saved and spend eternity with God in Heaven, where none of this will matter. So I do not fret. But I do think we face a monumental task.
And yes any great improvement in the Church would be God’s Grace working through souls. But He has to have souls to work through, no?
Discuss, if you feel like it.
Marquette University suspends professor for upholding Catholic Doctrine December 18, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
Most readers have probably already written Marquette University in Wisconsin (a university in the flamboyantly heterodox and neo-pagan Jesuit “tradition”) off their lists of even remotely reputable Catholic colleges, but if you haven’t yet, you might consider doing so now. A professor has been suspended for the grave offense of saying it is ludicrous for Marquette to allow a different professor (a radical feminist) to declare topics like sodomite marriage and gerbal worming “out of bounds” for discussion:
Marquette University, the Jesuit school in Milwaukee, has shot itself in the foot again. Weeks ago in a “Theory of Ethics” class, philosophy instructor Cheryl Abbate listed several possible topics of discussion, but said one of them –gay marriage—could not be addressed because any opposition argument would offend homosexual students, and besides society has already agreed that gays can marry. This is a strong pattern for the campus left: topics they want to talk about (e.g., the Keystone pipeline, abolishing fraternities) are discussed endlessly, even in classes where the topics have little or no relevance. But topics they don’twant discussed are banned as “already settled” or as harassment. [The left could not operate without the double standards it insists upon. Leftism is not founded on rational argument, it is founded on naked emotionalism and even more naked use of force. Thus we don’t have an immigration “debate” in this country, we have a president who acts lawlessly and unconstitutionally by just imposing his will like a banana republic dictator. He learned well how to operate in the hallowed halls of academia, wherein he spent most of his pre-political career accomplishing precisely nothing]
Did Marquette overrule Abbate and say that gay marriage can certainly be discussed in class? Or that Catholic doctrine cannot be off limits at a Catholic university? Well, no. Like so many other universities, Marquette passed on the free speech issue and went after a lone professor—John McAdams–who had criticized Marquette’s woeful reaction to Abbate in his blog, “Marquette Warrior.” The next step was very predictable: Marquette suspended McAdams, said he is under investigation and banned him from the campus, without listing any charges against him.[There are no better places than today’s universities to see how leftism operates. The same lawlessness, double-standards, and hypocrisy that we see rising in politics at the national level, are standard operating procedure at universities and have been for years. Fall afoul of one of the leftist apparatchiks at university, and you are finished] Presumably the unannounced charge is harassment, since the letter from Dean Richard Holz to McAdams ended with a sentence saying “I am enclosing with this letter Marquette’s harassment policy….:” McAdams then wrote: “The fact that Holz sends the ‘harassment policy’ suggests that somebody thinks that merely blogging about questionable conduct by a Philosophy instructor constitutes ’harassment.’” He adds that Marquette “has again shown itself to be timid, overtly bureaucratic and lacking any commitment either to its Catholic mission or free expression.” Yes, it has.
No kidding. Parents – and I speak for myself, as I have children nearing that age – we have a tremendous decision on our hands determining where or under what circumstances our children may matriculate at the collegiate level. This is not an easy decision – there are a handful of fairly orthodox Catholic colleges (but only one that is overtly traditional), and they are very expensive. For those of us with multiple kids, private school may not be an option, and those schools don’t exactly offer degree plans that offer a strong likelihood of a quick payback of any college loans. But state university has it’s own risks. You’re less likely to see the Catholic Faith attacked and undermined in so many ways subtle and gross as at most Catholic schools, but there will certainly be rampant leftism, anti-religious fervor, perversion, and numerous temptations to sin.
So I don’t know. I know some parents who have encouraged their kids to live at home and go to local universities. There are many options in the DFW area, thankfully. I do sort of like that idea, they can jump through the societal hoop while not having to take the huge step of living on their own in a distant and alien place. I’m not sure that’s been a good idea for a long time, especially colleges consciously forsook their role as overseers for the still very young people in their charge. I think our kids are onboard with that idea, too.
Did you get the irony of a professor of ethics declaring criticism of perversion out of bounds? These lefties, they certainly love their rhetorical tricks.
Marquette is in Milwaukee, an archdiocese long administered by radical progressives (Weakland), so it is little surprise that the local Jesuit university would have left the Faith long ago.
Institutionalized “sex education” has resulted in societal-wide disorders and perversion December 17, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, silliness, Society.
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WARNING: THIS POST BY ITS NATURE DEALS WITH EXPLICIT TOPICS. NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. READERS WITH SENSITIVE CONSCIENCES ARE ADVISED TO SKIP THIS POST.
My wife found an old book from American Life League at my father-in-law’s house a month a few weeks ago. It was published back in the late 80s and written by Dr. Melvin Anchell, who, I guess, used to cut quite a wide swath in the psychological community. That was back in the day when there were still many hardcore academics and physicians of prominence not just totally given over to leftism and cultural revolution. Anchell was an advocate for traditional morality and an opponent of the cultural marxists who burst upon the scene (seemingly) in the late 1960s. He wrote the book Killers of Children: A psychoanalytical look at sex education to oppose the growing influence of these destructive cultural trends. Unfortunately, he and his allies obviously failed.
Nevertheless, I found Dr. Anchell’s description of the disorders and sicknesses that creep into both individual lives and the culture at large quite chilling:
What is “normal?” The degree of mental health is not determined by an absence of inner personal conflicts but by the way these opposing emotional interests, ideas, etc., are reconciled.
“Abnormal” often represents a misrepresentation – a perversion – of what is “normal.” Unfaithful, deformed reproductions of normal life are currently being spread by perverted minds. Sick themselves, these purveyors are making the abnormal appear normal. [Man it is refreshing to hear this kind of clarity and truth, after at least two decades of being told how “normal” and “healthy” perversion is]
As a physician I regard any behavior that supports life and allows death to occur from natural causes as normal. Behavior that leads to the destruction of life is abnormal. [Dang right. Thank you. And behaviors that are by definition sterile are equally abnormal, because they do not support life. It is amazing how much more confused our culture’s thinking has become in just the past 25 years. Things were bad then, but they are horrific today]
Sexual morality which has evolved from mankind’s earliest beginnings is essential for life. [I would say, it was given to our first parents by our Creator, not that we picked it up from some lower animal through so-called evolution] Mature sexuality along with its associated sexual morals are antidotes to death instincts. Nowhere in today’s popular school sex programs is mature sexual morality emphasized. [It’s not just in the schools anymore. Disordered use of the marital faculties is taught to all of us constantly through the media in a thousand different ways]
The sexually emancipated-sexually aggressive females who are depicted as normal in movies, current novels and in sex education classes are not examples of special progress but, instead, are examples of social regression. They exemplify females possessed by tremendous inner turmoil; females who are in conflict with their natural femininity. Such women are not liberated and free individuals but are slaves to the demands of the culture in which they live. When the culture in which she lives condones free love, her psyche causes her to assume to some degree the characteristics of a loose woman. Uninhibited sex life is contrary to women’s inner feminine nature. In truth, the sexually uninhibited woman is an artifact that is produced, sometimes, by a woman’s desire to prove herself totally independent or, more frequently, by fantasies arising from man’s erotic desires. [And that is the most ironic part of the left’s efforts to ostensibly emancipate women over the past several decades. Instead of empowering women, they are encouraged to ape the very worst characteristics of the lowest men, turning themselves into nothing but objects of lust to be used and discarded at men’s faintest whim. And yet feminists tell us this is “empowerment” with their “slut walks” and embrace of sordid and damaging sexual escapades]
Many of today’ sexually aggressive females have foregone the ultimate feminine needs of marriage and family life, motherhood and of loving and being loved. [To the point that hundreds of millions have willingly had their own children ripped from their wombs and brutally murdered, in the name – for the most part – of their own convenience] Some attempt to satisfy love needs entirely through acts of copulation. However, these impoverished women derive no real pleasure from the sex act. Many such females are products of premature sexual activity brought about by sex education and the demands made upon them by a sexually pseudo-liberated society. [Quite true. And Dr. Anchell explains in his book how premature exposure to sexually explicit material and the awakening of faculties intended by God to remain dormant until later years has caused many young children to become “frozen” in a state of sexual immaturity that seeks only self-gratification and is incapable of mature romantic bonds]
Not only do popular sexual attitudes destroy the lives of some women, but the lives of many men have been torn apart by the current ‘sexual revolution.’
Some males, who regard free love as a modern day bonanza, aid and abet the state of sexual confusion in promiscuous females. Impressed by sexperts, many men and women regard the sex act as a cure for all mental tensions. This false teaching has been further perpetuated by an ever increasing number of sexperts. [Indeed. While women have traditionally been the guardians of chastity and morality, men have done much to encourage women to embrace this libertine liberated lifestyle. Men create the “sexual marketplace” demand, and women – especially women under 25 or so today, the majority of whom have dozens of partners by the time they leave college – sadly sell themselves cheap. No wonder marriage rates are in a freefall, as are fertility rates]
The argument that the normalcy of today’s common sexual practices is proven by their evident profligacy is as logical as claiming that the bubonic plague in the 15th century was normal because so many people at that time had the disease.
There is one inexorable law in Nature: “When the sexual instincts are perverted, the death instincts take over.”
There is much wisdom in this book. While Dr. Anchell was a psychoanalyst at least somewhat Freudian in outlook (an outlook I disagree with on most points), he does make some very important criticisms throughout this book, which I may delve into more later. But this excerpt above was about as good a summation of the overall thrust of the book that I could find: the “sexual revolution” has been enormously damaging on many levels, it does not create “happiness” but leaves men and women broken and bitter, and it is hardest of all on the children who are often its most innocent victims.
Fighting the sexual revolution on a broad front now is like trying to corral the horses after they’ve jumped the fence, but on an individual, family basis, this is always a battle worth engaging in.
Saint Vincent of Lerins on unworthy shepherds December 17, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Grace, Saints, sanctity, SOD, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
Many of us wonder: how could it be that God could allow the Church to slip into such crisis? How could the Church be afflicted with so many unworthy
shepherds? How could so many souls be allowed to fall into error as a result? Unfortunately, fallen human nature being what it is, the Church has often been afflicted with heresy, error, and men in positions of great power and influence in the Church that embrace both. While today’s crisis might be the greatest the Church has ever endured due to its enormous depth and breadth from top to bottom, from region to region, it is certainly not the first. St. Vincent of Lerins, via FideCogitActio, knew such men. He also knew why God allowed the Church to be afflicted with such unfaithful and inconstant shepherds:
“How is it … that certain excellent persons, and of position in the Church, are often permitted by God to preach novel doctrines to Catholics? … The reason is clearer than day why Divine Providence sometimes permits certain doctors of the Churches to preach new doctrines— ‘That the Lord your God may try you;’ he says. And assuredly it is a great trial when one whom you believe to be a prophet, a disciple of prophets, a doctor and defender of the truth, whom you have folded to your breast with the utmost veneration and love, … secretly and furtively brings in noxious errors, which you can neither quickly detect, being held by the prestige of former authority, nor lightly think it right to condemn, being prevented by affection for your old master. … [Or even your current “master,” or ecclesiastical superior]
“Therefore, as soon as the corruption of each mischievous error begins to break forth, and to defend itself by filching certain passages of Scripture, and expounding them fraudulently and deceitfully, immediately, the opinions of the ancients in the interpretation of the Canon are to be collected, whereby the novelty, and consequently the profaneness, whatever it may be, that arises, may both without any doubt be exposed, and without any tergiversation be condemned. … But whatsoever a teacher holds, other than all, or contrary to all, be he holy and learned, be he a bishop, be he a Confessor, be he a martyr, let that be regarded as a private fancy of his own, and be separated from the authority of common, public, general persuasion, lest, after the sacrilegious custom of heretics and schismatics, rejecting the ancient truth of the universal Creed, we follow, at the utmost peril of our eternal salvation, the newly devised error of one man.” [Or even hundreds or thousands of men]
Great, great advice. We are certainly being tried. And I know many if not all of you are doing your very best to remain faithful and practice this Faith of ours to your utmost during these most difficult times. Pray that God may keep us faithful and that we may not fall into error. I certainly pray that for all of you. As St. Vincent of Lerins says, sometimes errors can be very subtle (and very attractive), and sometimes people we love or have a natural affection towards (or their office) can tempt us to be led astray. Cling fast to the Faith! It is not easy today, because this crisis has been going on so long we are about two full generations into it. That means the vast majority of us probably weren’t real well formed in the Faith (at some point) and may have absorbed – willingly or no – some bad ideas that have the potential to ruin us.
Please find the best confessor you can and really scour your life, in comparison to the Doctrine of the Faith and the writings of the Saints, for any errors you may hold. Through some examination of conscience I called to mind not so much an error, but a sin from my days waaaaaay before being Catholic that I need to confess.
May God strengthen all of us in this time of terrific trial. May we always remain faithful to His Church and in accord with His will for us in our state of life.
Apostolic investigation of LCWR turns into a sham of a whitewash December 17, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, religious, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society.
That takes some doing – turning even a whitewash into a sham of one.
A day or two ago, the Vatican released its final report on the status of women’s religious in the US. It will probably come as no surprise, but with the change in leadership at both the Congregation for Religious and Institutes of Consecrated Life (from the fairly orthodox Cardinal Rode’ to the exceedingly liberal Brazilian Cardinal Braz de Aviz) and in the papacy, what started as a serious investigation oriented towards trying to curb at least the worst excesses of the warped women religious of the LCWR has turned into a shambles and a seeming endorsement of their movement “beyond Christ, beyond the Church” and into frequently perverse sex and wiccan-inspired paganism and new age death.
More comments in line with the report, below:
A sweeping Vatican investigation into Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. that began amid fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up praising the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor — a major shift in tone that reflected the social justice mindset of Pope Francis. [Hmmm…..how can one practice “social justice” while embracing abortion, which has denied any justice to 1 to 2 billion babies over the past few decades alone? In fact, these women religious focus only on a certain kind of progressive “social justice” quite distant from that outlined in Rerum Novarum and other orthodox documents]
The overwhelmingly positive report Tuesday also promised to value their “feminine genius” more, [Oh please……that’s a direct quote of Pope Francis] while gently suggesting ways to serve the church faithfully and survive amid a steep drop in their numbers. [There are more female religious over 90 in the LCWR than there are under 60! In 15 years, these orders won’t exist! I guess it was judged expedient that these orders should die] It was cheered by the American sisters themselves, dozens of whom swarmed the Vatican news conference announcing the results in a rare occasion of women outnumbering men at the Vatican. [Which I’m sure sent a thrill up the leg of reporter Nicole Winfield. You go girl!]
“There is an encouraging and realistic tone in this report,” Sister Sharon Holland [head of LCWR] told reporters. “Challenges are understood, but it is not a document of blame, or of simplistic solutions. [“Simplistic solutions” is leftist code for “Doctrine of the Faith”] One can read the text and feel appreciated and trusted to carry on.” [With the rapid demise of your orders]
The report was most remarkable for what it didn’t say, given the criticism of American religious life that prompted the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI to launch the investigation in 2009.
There was no critique of the nuns, no demands that they shift their focus from social justice to emphasize Catholic teaching on abortion, no condemnation that a feminist, secular mentality had taken hold in their ranks……. [You have to be willfully blind to not see the overwhelming embrace of marxist lesbianism in the ranks of the LCWR leadership, and many rank and file, which just goes to demonstrate that gomorrist behaviors are learned, and not inborn]
…….It was a radically different message than that of another Vatican office that investigated an umbrella group of the sisters’ leaders.
That investigation, conducted by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, resulted in a Vatican takeover of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in 2012. The doctrine office determined that the LCWR, which represents the leaders of 80 percent of U.S. nuns, took positions that undermined church teaching and promoted “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”…… [But in the new order, there are no themes incompatible with the “Catholic Faith”……except the Catholic Faith]
…….The report outlined the bleak reality facing American women’s congregations now: The current number of 50,000 U.S. sisters represents a fraction of the 125,000 in the mid-1960s, although that was an atypical spike in U.S. church history. [It’s actually under 50,000 now, and will drop to a low of under 10,000 within the next 10-20 years. Then the mission of having essentially destroyed female religious life in this country will have been achieved]
The average age of U.S. nuns today is mid-to-late 70s. They are facing dwindling finances to care for their sisters as they age and haven’t had much success in finding new vocations……..
[It appears even the CDF involvement in the LCWR is going to turn out to be a big nothing since the change in Supreme Pontiff…..] Signaling that the change in the Vatican’s tone might also extend to the LCWR crackdown, Holland said she was “working hard and working well” with Vatican-appointed delegates who took over the Leadership Conference and that the process might end sooner than originally expected.
“We’re moving toward resolution of that,” she said [I’m sure you are]
This is immensely sad. I really do pray that some enormous miracle occur and these women be converted, at least on their death beds. I read somewhere that even had the investigation been taken seriously and not turned into a whitewash, it came 20 years or more too late to save the vast majority of these orders, some with very storied histories and founded by great Saints. The damage done to the Church in the spiritual realm by the collapse of women’s religious is incalculable. Holy nuns make holy priests. It is no surprise that the collapse of both hallowed institutions have gone hand in hand.
There is more than a bit of irony that a Jesuit Pope would preside over the release of such a document, given that it was under the spiritual direction of many radically heterodox Jesuits in the 60s and 70s that most orders of women’s religious embraced radically progressive points of view. Some of these women are well and truly broken-hearted, and have embraced man-hating feminism and even worse as a sign of their bitterness. As one traditional priest related to me of what he was told by one of these women: “The Jesuits came into our order in 1966 and they took Jesus away.” Her sadness was palpable, her anger more so.
A final note: for me, when the orthodox Slovenian Cardinal Franc Rode’ left the Congregation for Religious Life and was replaced by the highly radical Joao Braz de Aviz in early 2011, that was the first signal that something was amiss with the Benedictine papacy. It was well known that Ratzinger had no love for Braz de Aviz and the nomination appeared inexplicable. Shortly after that, the Vatileaks campaign against Pope Benedict began in earnest. Obviously there was something enormous going on in the background that led to Braz de Aviz getting this hugely important post (look what he has done to the Franciscans of the Immaculate – that would have never, ever occurred under Rode’, and Fr. Geiger knows it), and that was timed with the start of the Vatileaks campaign.
One day, the story will come out, and many will have much to hang their heads about. If they are even capable of shame.
Sign a petition to support the establishment of a TLM December 16, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, persecution, priests, sadness, secularism, Tradition, Virtue.
My wife found a petition from a group of souls in Staten Island desiring the TLM, who feel their reasonable requests to have this Mass offered there have been blocked for various reasons, most having to do with an antipathy from local pastors with that form of the Mass. This is certainly a situation many Catholics drawn to the traditional Mass and traditional practice of the Faith have experienced. Staten Island is a long way from Manhattan. It seems there is at present no TLM on Staten Island. .
I present this as an act of charity to the group, knowing that some readers would be happy to support those who desire the TLM wherever they may be. Explanation of the need for the petition below:
The mass in the Extraordinary Form is being greatly suppressed out here in Staten Island. As per Summorum Pontificum, written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, all faithful Catholics who wish to worship in this manner have the right to do so. We should not be marginalized or have to travel to attend a Mass we should have closer to our homes. Many priests out here have refused to have this Mass said, despite the fact that it is being requested. Some priests are saying that they do not know how to say the Mass, and need help, but are not reaching out to get that help. Some priests wish to say the Mass, but do not want to upset the parish administrators if they are “against” the Mass.
And the actual text of the petition that will be presented, I guess, to the Archdiocese of New York:
His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and His Excellency Bishop O’Hara
Your Eminence and Your Excellency,
We the undersigned, practicing Catholics of the Diocese of New York, and supporters of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass from elsewhere, in keeping with Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, respectfully request to have the Mass of Saint John XXIII (also called the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass, the Vetus Ordo, or the Old Mass) offered at the Basilica of St. Peter or at another nearby parish on Staten Island. We request that Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite be offered on Sundays, feast days, and week days. We would also like to request establishment of a personal parish or the appointment of a chaplain for the extraordinary form of the Mass, as permitted under Summorum Pontificum. Our ultimate goal is the celebration of a High Mass (Missa Cantata or Missa Solemnis) on all Sundays and holy days, and by our signatures we commit to assisting at such celebrations on a regular basis, should they be offered.
That is a pretty large request. Not just daily TLM, but a personal parish, which pretty much means the Fraternity or Institute coming in and administering a parish. They might be better off starting their request for one TLM each Sunday. I know it is their right to ask for what they are, but given the threat the TLM has been under in Manhattan already, a request like this, asking for the moon, if you will, may not be well received.
I wish them well, however. I’ll sign the petition. Thankfully the capitalized the m in Mass in the actual petition, the explanation, originally, did not have it capitalized.
It will be interesting to see if there is any positive response. If so…….start a petition in your diocese?
How the “campus rape culture” meme and the UVA rape hoax got started December 16, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in error, foolishness, horror, persecution, pr stunts, rank stupidity, scandals, sickness, Society, the enemy.
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I have not covered what has been a huge and ongoing story in much of the secular internet: the fabricated claims of a grotesque and barbaric fraternity “rape initiation” at the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia. Having been in a fraternity and closely associated with many of them, I knew the allegations were complete fantasies from the start. In spite of leftist-feminist fantasies to the contrary (and isn’t the psychology at work there rather revealing), fraternities, while certainly not dens of virtue, are also not the nesting grounds of psychopaths, either. Still, how did so many people come to believe that upper-crust white male college students could be members of what basically amounted to a sociopathic cult that systematically raped and abused women? For well over a week after its first publication, the now notorious (and completely discredited) Rolling Stone article claiming that as “fact” had been accepted unquestioningly by virtually the entire media, until a couple of bloggers started looking into some of the details and finding them false or at least questionable (at first). Now, it is clear the entire tale was likely fabricated from stem to stern, and whatever happened to Jackie Coakley that night, it wasn’t rape, and it wasn’t at a fraternity. It seems she even made up having a date that night, in order to try to gain the attention of another male freshman student.
We’ve also been bombarded for years now with this demonrat-leftist-elite mantra that college campuses are havens of rapine and that women are systematically abused there, with administrations involved in constant coverups. This is laughable, anyone who has been to college knows how radically left-wing the administrations invariably are, and how eager they are to advance every left wing social project that comes along. In fact, the acceptance of virtually every college administration of this false meme is testimony to that fact. But as Department of Justice statistics just revealed, college women are actually less likely to experience the evil of rape than those outside college, and the “1 in 5″ or even “1 in 4″ statistic President Obama and other leftists have promoted as being the “actual” rate of “sexual assault” (defined down to include things like unwanted male stares or even friendly greetings) on campus is actually 0.6%. That is, of 1000 women on campus, 6 have actually reported sexual assault.
I believe all this effort is really about leftist kow-towing to one of its core constituencies: marxist lesbians/feminists, who are pursuing their goal of a matriarchal society in which men are distinctly second-class citizens. That is, this “rape culture” meme is far more about hatred of males and driving even more men from college campuses with kangaroo-court proceedings that eject men from college on the most specious of accusations (that don’t even come close to resulting in actual criminal charges) in order to further increase the preponderance of women on campus (who already outnumber men 60:40). The thinking goes, since a college education is required for entre’ into most professions and leadership positions in society, by driving men from college, eventually women will come to dominate the levers of power and matriarchy will be born. God help us all should this plan come to fruition.
While I generally disdain conservative women who claim to be feminists (that battle being very long lost, and feminism truly being, as Robert S. McCain has shown in a book-length series of posts, dominated by marxist lesbians at its upper levels), I found the following by Christina Summers to be a quite good analysis of how this false meme has been instigated by left-wing media outlets and eager accomplices in the government and academia. I wonder if any Repuglican elected president in 2016 – if such occurs – will have the gumption to overturn the illegal and unconstitutional Department of Education and Department of Justice “rules” that have encouraged college administrations to act as judge, jury, and executioner of male students who run afoul of an aggrieved female student:
You know, part of me actually wants to see the whole collegiate-educational complex implode. It is so completely eaten up with radical leftism and turns out such lousy products (save for a few disciplines), and is so bloated with administration and ludicrously expensive, that I’d like to see the entire paradigm blown up. But college education is seen as such an indispensable requirement that being brave enough to forego that hoop we’re all supposed to jump through (irrespective of the financial sense of doing so for many people) is not an easy thing. And another part of me wants to stick it to the feminists and administrators and just pack colleges to the gills with unabashedly masculine young men.
I do think the present status quo is going to have to change, college is becoming so ludicrously expensive (even state college), and so many degrees are of such little worth in the real world, that I can’t see the current educational bubble (caused, once again, by federal involvement and distortion of economics through loans and grants) lasting much longer. Maybe the problem will take care of itself.
It really needs to die, because academia is the seed-bed, the very core, of leftism in the US and the entire West. By controlling the levers of power in academia, leftists have managed to gain control of much of the broader culture.
Not the abomination of desolation, but still bad: Creole, ummm…….Mass….at St. Peter’s December 16, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Liturgy, Papa, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society.
Rome Reports calls this “creole,” but I’d call it more salsa or………I don’t know. All I know is, what a wreck.
So maybe someone can find an exemption, but did problematic episodes of inculturation occur AT St. Peter’s during the previous pontificate? Maybe early on, before Pope Benedict dismissed the arch-modernist Marini (the bad one) as papal MC, an “affront” to which Marini is said to still hold a huge grudge? But towards the end, at least the last few years, this kind of, I’ll say it, garbage, maybe happened at things like World Yute Day, but not at St. Peter’s? Or am I misremembering?
PS: This gets back to a point last week. Seeing the wildly gesticulating performers, are such performances really about rendering honor and glory to God, or saying “LOOK AT ME!!!”? I think the question not out of bounds, and that tends to be a troubling aspect about all lay involvement in the Mass, the hugely significant switch from Ad Orientem to versus poplum, priests with wireless mikes romping about the nave and sanctuary, and all the rest. In all these things, there exists at least a serious temptation, if not, in all probability, a profound orientation, towards shifting the focus of the Mass – the Source and Summit of our Faith – from Jesus Christ, and onto the various “performers,” be they lectors, EMHCs, dancers, musicians, or whatever.
I sure know I have seen a lot of performers who crowd the very sanctuary seem to really, really get into what they are doing.
But blogging is totally different. Not at all about attention-seeking, I swear.
Atheist vice-mayor opens city council meeting with anti-religious screed December 15, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, damnable blasphemy, disaster, error, foolishness, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare, unadulterated evil.
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Thanks to reader D for the link.
As atheism becomes more and more militant, and more and more just another pagan religion consisting of little more than hostile antipathy towards Christianity, I suspect we can see more of this.
The vice-mayor of Lake Worth, Florida, opened a recent session of the city commission with an anti-religious screed. He invokes satan, allah, and others to make his point. Several members of the city commission, including the mayor, walked out prior to the screed. Good for them, one should never voluntarily expose oneself to mocking, diabolical invective if one can avoid it:
A priest at our local traditional parish opined in a recent sermon that we have not seen such brazen embrace of rank immorality and hatred of the Church, and on such a wide scale, since Roman times. Yes, especially in the past 500 years, there have been many poor deranged souls who become lost in immorality and then take up the banner of Church- and God-hatred, but never in such numbers, and never quite so openly, nor with such temerity. Save for a handful of truly hate-filled extremists like Robespierre and Fouqier-Tinville, most people since the establishment of Christendom who fell into grave immorality maintained at least some semblance of shame for their acts. But since the collapse of Christendom that began in earnest in the late 18th century and reached full bloom in the late 20th, more and more people are not just unabashedly unashamed of even the grossest perversions and cruel immoralities, they often positively bask in them and hold them up as positive goods, like this pathetic soul above.
Well, this is what happens when satan is utterly unleashed and he and his demons take over the lives of millions. There is nothing short of a massive intervention of Grace that can bring such people back from their course of self-destruction.
Presented as yet another datapoint in the ongoing collapse.