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.
Post-Synod Notes: Kasper’s “Replacement” and reward, the German’s motivation, and the punishments will continue until morale improves October 20, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society, SOD, the return.
There has been copious coverage since Friday on the Synod and its after-effects. I’m sure we will still be processing this most disconcerting and tempestuous of fortnights for some time to come. I did see a few notes I wanted to bring to your attention. Some may be old news. Taken together they do start to reveal a certain picture, if you will.
First, while Cardinal Kasper’s reputation seems badly damaged publicly (one would hope, in fact, he would be finished), it seems the Germans are ready to continue advancing “his” errors to the end. In fact, the head of the German bishop’s conference, Cardinal Marx, seems to have happily taken the mantle of revolution upon himself (my emphasis and comments)
Speaking to reporters in Rome on October 16, Cardinal Reinhard Marx defended the interim report released by the Synod of Bishops and reiterated his early statement of support for a change in Church teaching regarding the reception of Communion by Catholics who are divorced and remarried.
“Saying that the doctrine will never change is a restrictive view of things,” the cardinal told reporters at a Vatican press office briefing. [St. Vincent of Lerins: "To announce, therefore, to Catholic Christians anything besides that which they have received has never been lawful, is lawful nowhere, and never will be lawful; and to anathematize those who announce anything besides that which has been once received has always been necessary. This being the case, is there anyone of such audacity as to teach other than that which has already been taught in the Church, or anyone of such levity as to receive anything besides that which he has once received from the Church? Sadly, Saint Vincent, there is.] Cardinal Marx, who is president of the German bishops’ conference, said that most of the country’s bishops backed the proposal by his fellow German, Cardinal Walter Kasper.
“We cannot change the Church,” Cardinal Marx said, “but we have not understood everything yet.” He stressed that the Church should serve all of the faith, not dividing them “into first class or second class or third class.” [You know, Cardinal Marx is quite right. Which is why I fail to understand why he wants to relegate those few faithful souls who do abide by all the Church's belief - or strive to do so to their utmost - to a "third class" equivalence to those who persist in manifest states of grave sin. Having a marriage fall apart is not a small "oopsie," it is a first class disaster for all involved, horribly wounds children (often irrevocably), and inflicts serious damage on the Church and the entire culture. But that is forgotten in this headlong rush to inflict leftist revolution on the Church.]
I guess I cannot say that Kardinal Kasper’s reputation is that sullied….he is being feted and awarded by the Catholic University of America. The party is Nov. 6 and all are invited. Perhaps some faithful Catholics could let this soul – in such desperate straits, whether he will acknowledge it or not – hear some charitable correction. I think it would be quite hilarious for a large number of African-American Catholics to show up and question him.
So what is up with the German bishops? Why are they so hell bent on inflicting revolution on the Church? While Pope Francis may be the ultimate author of this revolutionary push, it is the bishops of the Germanic countries that make up the core of his support and backing, intellectually, politically, and, especially, economically. So is this just more evil from that most perverse of races (apparently), which has brought us little but error for the past 500 years (Lutheranism, rationalism, modernism, Hegelianism, Heidegger, Nietzsche , Marx, Hitler, etc)? Or is it something else? Hint:
In Germany, Catholics are leaving the Church in droves, as an average of 140,000 formally abandon the Faith annually.* This is easy to track, because numbers are publicly reported in a system where Germans pay 8-9% of their income tax to receive the Sacraments. The church tax is administered by the State on behalf of the Church through a payroll deduction, for a lucrative 2-3% processing fee.
Apparently, more and more German Catholics resent this tax (and especially, the firm declaration that those who refuse to pay it WILL be denied the Sacraments, no exceptions allowed. Thus, most Germans view the Catholic Church as a cold, hard, self-interested bureaucracy that only cares for its own comfort and convenience:
First, the ordinary Germans are correct. The Catholic Church is Germany’s second-largest employer with 690,000 employees. (That’s 7 times the size of Mercedes Benz, folks.) Bishops take home between $10,000 and $15,000 per MONTH, and they don’t pay for their residence, their cars or their upkeep. You can read all about it here, but suffice to say that the German Catholic Church has been a gravy train for clerics for the last 60 years. [Think about that. 700,000 employees. That is twice as many as GM, Ford, and Chrysler - combined. Over $6 billion a year in direct income for the German bishops from the tax, much of which winds up in secular investments, with the bishops themselves the recipients of much of the windfall. The German episcopate is about the most disconnected from the Apostolic example in the entire world. But money buys lots and lots of influence.]
Second, the gravy train is about to come to an end. Fully 140,000 Germans leave the Church every year. Plus, a demographic cliff looms, and the Germans — world masters at corporate planning — can see the end coming very clearly. Estimates vary, but basically in 15-20 years the well will run dry. The old people will die. The young people won’t pay.
And so the whole “mercy” gambit is just a desperate hope that they can keep that gravy train rolling on, that they can woo people to separate with a very substantial part of their income in exchange for happily confirming them in their error and sin. I have no word for it, but disgusting. They are attacking Jesus Christ for filthy lucre.
Finally, I have held out a silent, pious hope that the events of late last week might have shocked Pope Francis out of his present……..support for novelty. I mentioned that to a few folks, who told me they thought my hope forlorn. Well, unfortunately, they were probably right. Rather than reconsider his position viz a viz the mind of the Church after the setback at the Synod, it appears the revolutionaries plan to double down on the authoritarian repression and deform the makeup of the hierarchy even more in their favor:
A couple of Italian papers have mentioned it during the weekend and also this Monday (Il Messaggero; Corriere della Sera). As a punishment for his defense of the orthodox faith against the subversive and heretical attempts of his fellow countryman Walter “A Good African is a Quiet African” Kasper and his position of firm resistance before and during the Synod, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Müller, would be sent to Siberia. Sorry, to Germany.
There are at least two major Sees available in Kirchensteuerland: Berlin, vacant, and his own hometown of Mainz, whose bishop, the Kasperite Cardinal Lehmann, is almost 79 by now.
This should open a wide path for the also widely rumored complete dismantling of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith so that it might become an inefficient ornament…….
……….Speaking of Papa Wojtyla, all reports (also in Il Messaggero this Monday) and rumors also converge in one direction: the new stage of the current purge will not stop at the Ratzingerians (such as Burke or Müller), but would now reach the Wojtylians as well. All conservative Poles in the Curia, and their allies, will be removed when the Curial reform takes place. Their offices could be simply extinguished or merged, and the new leadership would certainly be of a new (actually old liberal) kind.
Some may say “oh, it’s just a rumor!” Yeah, but on how many “rumors” has the Italian press been right in the past 6-12 months? Pretty much every one of any significance. But it’s all my fault for reporting it. Whatever.
Final final thought: Oh Father AG, is this the wagon you have hitched yourself and your order to? Is this what you expected and desired? Are you happy with the direction in which the Church is being led? Or is all this again just the fevered imaginings of us poor lost evil trads, the very worst people in the universe, according to you?
Quick post: Michael Matt on the Synod October 20, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society, SOD, the return.
This came out on Thursday and I meant to post Friday but did not get to it, as usual. Some pretty good comments below. Even with the “triumph” of the “orthodox?” at the Synod and the (temporary?) blocking of the agenda of Pope Francis (from this point forward, I will attribute this synodal gambit to its obvious author), there is still much to be dismayed over the course of events this past two weeks. The disastrous relation is out there, confirming souls in error, millions have been scandalized, radical errors put forward, sin abounds, etc., etc……so perhaps we should not be too cheered that at the 11th hour the wound to the Church turned out not to be life-threatening, but only very serious. We are still in unprecedented times, the threat of schism is real, and it has become perfectly obvious that we have perhaps the most doctrinally radical Pope in the history of the Church.
That is to say, we have a very great deal to still be concerned and vigilant about.
I do think Matt may go a bit too negative at times. I’m not sure what time of day this video was recorded, I tend to think it was before the “revolt” that occurred on Thursday was clear. I am certain he was unaware of some of the vote tallies that have now been leaked on some of these matters – the scandalous comments about sodomites were opposed more than 2:1, and the admission of the divorced and remarried to the Blessed Sacrament by a large majority. So it was not just a small but vocal minority opposing these destructive novelties – it was the large preponderance of the prelates. And further commentary over the weekend implies that this papacy may be badly weakened as a result of being shown to be so distant from the mind of the Church. But we shall see.
I will add this little bit – I do not know how many people answered Cardinal Burke’s call to prayer, and specifically the Chaplet of the Holy Face, but I know we prayed it as a family intently. I am convinced that to whatever extent Doctrine has been preserved and the forces of relative orthodoxy strengthened, it was due to the prayers of the faithful, so please do not stop even though the Synod is over for now. The threat remains.
In the Church’s hour of greatest need, +Dolan fails again October 16, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, SOD, the return.
Seeing as this only has 500 views on Youtube, maybe most folks haven’t seen this, yet. Reader MFG sent this to me this morning. I find this interview disconcerting on many levels. First, his initial glad-handed chuminess is way over the top and appears just overtly insincere. Then he attempts constantly to minimize the divisions in the Synod and gives an unreserved approval of the attempt to redefine Church Doctrine with regard to the groinal issues so sacred to the modernists (adulterers receiving the Blessed Sacrament, regularizing and “solemnizing” divorce through reception of the Blessed Sacrament, gift-bearing sodomites, the whole schmeel). He says there are only some disagreements on a bit of wording. That’s not the impression more honest reports have given – and it is also quite a bit in contrast to the presentations Cardinal Burke has given. He carries himself throughout with all the gravity and sincerity of a bad used car salesman.
But perhaps the worst part to me is that when the newsreader repeats the part of the “Relatio” that has given the most scandal – the bit about sodomites bearing gifts – Dolan says, “hey, that’s great! We’re already welcoming them in New York!” And you know, he’s telling the truth! The link relays that scandalous time when Dolan nodded approvingly as people in manifest states of perverse unchastity presented to receive the Blessed Sacrament. But then when asked what he thinks about Cardinal Burke’s solemn denunciation of the entire Relatio, he says “Of course, I agree! It needs major reworking!”
The end of the interview is, if possible, even more disquieting. This guy doesn’t seem to understand at all what the Church is about – his conception seems almost entirely humanistic.
But more than anything, he’s an empty clerical suit, blowing in the windswept house:
And this is the guy
Archie Bunker Bill Donahue has thrown his reputation away for?
H-town Sappho-mayor backs down on pastor subpoena plot October 16, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
That’s the way with our friends on the left, they constantly test the waters, seeing what they can get away with. Here, they tried to bully a bunch of protestant (no Catholics, naturally – that’s not merciful enough) pastors who had opposed the implementation of one of the most egregiously immoral pro-sodomite ordinances in US history and got caught out by the new media. There was a large and severe reaction. So, they backed off. The city has now apparently pulled the subpoena for retooling – but I bet they don’t go this route again, unless they find some clever and seemingly innocuous way to get what they want. What they will probably do in lieu of the direct attack method of subpoena is to wiretap, hack, and otherwise gain access to what they want but in a covert manner. I strongly doubt the sodo-leftist cabal will simply give up, they never do:
Houston Mayor Annise Parker has backed down from the subpoenas the City of Houston issued to several area pastors, Breitbart Texas has learned.
Breitbart Texas reported earlier about the controversy, stemming from litigation challenging the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance and subpoenas asking the pastors for the content of their sermons, speeches and communications with church members. Texas Senator Ted Cruz weighed in, firmly supporting the pastors in their efforts to fight the subpoenas, while Mayor Parker initially remained adamant that the city had the right to request those records. Despite posting comments on Twitter just hours before that seemed to indicate she would continue to fight this issue, she told a Houston radio station that she had changed her mind. [Well, I'm sure the lavendar mafia is displeased at that. And they must be appeased.......]
As reported by KTRH Mayor Parker admitted that the subpoenas were too broad, and that the pastors’ sermons should not have been included. “It’s not about what did you preach on last Sunday,” she said. “It should have been clarified, it will be clarified.” [What a joke that was a prime matter of interest in the original subpoena. The subpoenas were most clear on this point. So it was hardly an accidental inclusion] City Attorney David Feldman had an odd admission of his own: that he had not reviewed the subpoenas before they were issued. “When I looked at it I felt it was overly broad, I would not have worded it that way myself,” said Feldman. “It’s unfortunate that it has been construed as some effort to infringe upon religious liberty.” [Oh please. Didn't your office generate them? Your name was on them! So who directed you to word them that way, then?]
City officials told KTRH that they would narrow the scope of the subpoenas, but it is not clear how they will address the other concerns voiced by the pastors regarding their free speech and religious liberty issues with the rest of the items requested by the subpoena.
We’ll see what develops.
Completely predictable – Houston’s lesbian mayor and left wing bureaucrats attempt to censor Christian’s speech October 15, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
I have long believed, along with others like Father Michael Rodriguez, that this sodomization of the culture would be the vehicle for persecution of Christians. There is already ample evidence of this in other nations where the false “right” of those lost in sins of the gravest perversion to not feel badly about themselves trumps any kind of “religious freedom” supposedly enlightened liberal states allow. In Canada several years ago, the now largely disbanded “human rights commissions” persecuted several Christian pastors for having the temerity to repeat the constant Gospel Truth regarding the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, including jailing one and directing that he could not broach the topic of sodomy even in the privacy of his own home.
Houston, quite incredibly, elected one of the nation’s first lesbian mayors of a major city and a very left wing city council. That council, earlier this year, passed one of the most draconian, repressive, and immoral “non-discrimination” ordinances in the country, which, among other things, permitted either sex to use public restrooms nominally reserved for women, and attempts to make what was universally accepted morality just a few years ago into “hate speech.” There was a huge recall effort that generated tens of thousands of signatures in record time, but the left wing cabal running the city just ignored the petition and then, in retaliation, demanded of local pastors (who were not directly involved in the recall effort, but certainly did oppose the new ordinance) all the contents of their sermons for the past several months, apparently in the hope to find evidence with which to embarrass and incriminate those who stand in opposition to the advancing immorality. Sermons by a number of pastors – it is unknown if any are Catholic – are now under subpoena by the city, with threat of jail time if the pastors refuse to turn the contents of their sermons over.
The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. [One might wonder on what possible grounds, but the controversial ordinance makes it a "crime" to denounce the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.]
“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.” [Eerily similar to events a couple years ago in El Paso. In that case, too, the city council and mayor who foisted an incredibly unpopular measure extending benefits to "same sex partners" used every devious means of legal trickery and naked force to block the will of the people]
ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.”……
……The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa. The city council approved the law in June.
The Houston Chronicle reported opponents of the ordinance launched a petition drive that generated more than 50,000 signatures – far more than the 17,269 needed to put a referendum on the ballot.
However, the city threw out the petition in August over alleged irregularities.
After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors. [So then this is just political retaliation, yes?]
The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups – from Southern Baptist to non-denominational. [But no Catholics, as far as I could determine. We don't want to be controversial, after all. And with the Synod, oh, who knows how things may change! The prime opposition seems to come from conservative evangelical types. The only traditional Catholic parishes in the Houston area are located well outside the city limits, and thus the authority, of these repressive leftists]
“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF attorney Erik Stanley. “This is designed to intimidate pastors.”
Mayor Parker will not explain why she wants to inspect the sermons. I contacted City Hall for a comment and received a terse reply from the mayor’s director of communications.
“We don’t comment on litigation,” said Janice Evans. [Very similar to the behavior of the Obama Administration. We shall never recover from these 8 years]
However, ADF attorney Stanley suspects the mayor wants to publicly shame the ministers. He said he anticipates they will hold up their sermons for public scrutiny. In other words – the city is rummaging for evidence to “out” the pastors as anti-gay bigots.
It sounds to me like it’s a good time for a whole bunch of hard drives to crash. It works so well for the federal government, after all. It appears none of the pastors in question are going to comply. They face possible jail time for “contempt of court.” It will be interesting to see whether, even if they win in this case, this threat does not have a further chilling effect on opposition to the sodomite cabal.
This is exactly the kind of hateful, vindictive behavior we can expect from those so lost in immorality. There is such a thing as the reprobate sense, which develops in those souls so given over to sin that they no longer have the ability to change right from wrong. Many, perhaps most, who develop reprobate sense start with sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments. Certainly, once one is so lost in sin – as we have seen so often among pro-aborts – sin starts to add unto sin, and the evil and cruel tendencies branch outward into other areas. We also have seen very strong evidence that this radical sodomite cabal that is feeling so empowered of late, having bullied tens of millions into acquiescence of their immoral acts, tends to brook absolutely no criticism whatsoever. Much of what the sodomite cabal is trying to achieve, politically and culturally, is oriented towards seeking that constant affirmation they crave, the better to quell any remaining scruples they may have.
So, this is to me utterly predictable, and something the faithful can expect much more of as time goes by and the institutionalization of gross perversion becomes more and more entrenched. The room in which faithful Christians are allowed to operate will grow steadily narrower. They seek to drive us from the public square, and will not be satisfied there. They will also attempt to insinuate their evils into the churches themselves, punishing those who do not comply and attempting to force even the most recalcitrant souls to embrace their wantonness. They seek to utterly destroy the Church, the constant enemy and eternal target of all left wing groups, as the final impediment between them and ultimate power.
And this Synod may give perfect cover to that large number of Catholic bishops and priests who would eagerly go along.
Good Cardinal Burke gave a long interview yesterday in which he expressed his frustration at the doctrinal chaos Pope Francis has encouraged in the Church and called on the Pope to makes statements reaffirming the constant belief and practice of the Church. Some highlights via LSN, then Burke’s recent interview on EWTN (a different one from the one quoted below) in its entirety:
In a candid interview Monday, Cardinal Raymond Burke voiced the concerns of many of his brothers in the Synod hall and lay Catholic activists throughout the world that the public presentation of the Synod has been manipulated by the organizers in the General Secretariat. [Hmmm......who appointed and controls the General Secretariat?]
He strongly criticized yesterday’s Relatio post disceptationem, or “report after the debate,” which the Catholic lay group Voice of the Family had called a “betrayal,” saying it proposes views that “faithful shepherds … cannot accept,” and betrays an approach that is “not of the Church.” He called on Pope Francis to issue a statement defending Catholic teaching. [It was also not a "report" of the actual Synod debate - which has been dominated by more faithful views - but was a pre-prepared document that advanced the radical secularist viewpoint. Thus, this Synod appears even less a true debate and more an exercise in providing cover for......something. Someone apparently wants the appearance of cherished "collegiality," but that's too messy and unpredictable. Better to manipulate the process to arrive at a pre-determined result?]
“In my judgment, such a statement is long overdue,” he told Catholic World Report’s Carl Olsen. “The debate on these questions has been going forward now for almost nine months, especially in the secular media but also through the speeches and interviews of Cardinal Walter Kasper and others who support his position.” [Good for you Cardinal Burke, calling a spade a spade. May God protect and support you.]
“The faithful and their good shepherds are looking to the Vicar of Christ for the confirmation of the Catholic faith and practice regarding marriage which is the first cell of the life of the Church,” he added.
The relatio, he said, proposes views that many Synod fathers “cannot accept,” and that they “as faithful shepherds of the flock cannot accept.” [So now we see a difference in Cardinal Burke's mind, between faithful and unfaithful shepherds. Otherwise, he would not have used the term. It is not often we hear such language from prelates in this age.]
The document, among its most controversial propositions, asks whether “accepting and valuing [homosexuals’] sexual orientation” could align with Catholic doctrine; proposes allowing Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics on a “case-by-case basis”; [which "reviews" you know will be a sham and quickly deteriorate to mass indifference and acceptance of even more bizarrely immoral situations as posing no problem in the reception of the Blessed Sacrament] and says pastors should emphasize the “positive aspects” of lifestyles the Church considers gravely sinful, including civil remarriage after divorce and premarital cohabitation. [Yes, like how sodomites practice chronic promiscuity, have rates of sexual diseases many times (and often orders of magnitude) higher than others, have stratospheric rates of addiction, severe psychological problems, rampant violent relationships, rampant child abuse in relationships where children are present, extraordinarily high rates of suicide. Yes, there are just SO MANY POSITIVE ASPECTS!]
“Clearly, the response to the document in the discussion which immediately followed its presentation manifested that a great number of the Synod Fathers found it objectionable,” Burke told Olsen.
“The document lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium.[Boy that's an understatement. This document is so extreme it is almost devoid of references to Scripture and Tradition, and get this, can hardly even point back to Vatican II except occasionally, and sometimes in an abusive way, applying the most radical interpretations of Vatican II possible - which is saying something, for the most nebulous Council in history] In a matter on which the Church has a very rich and clear teaching, it gives the impression of inventing a totally new, what one Synod Father called ‘revolutionary’, teaching on marriage and the family. It invokes repeatedly and in a confused manner principles which are not defined, for example, the law of graduality.”
Now, Cardinal Burke’s EWTN interview, which I will not elaborate on:
Cardinal Kasper’s incredible anti-Catholic beliefs October 14, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, disconcerting, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, SOD, the return.
My wife sent me the following over the weekend. Unfortunately, during this most critical of weeks for faithful Catholics, my work would naturally be crazy. So, I haven’t had much time to blog. I’ve had zero until now, today. Please consider in the following, for those who are wont to go apoplectic over such things, simply quoting a source should not be taken as an endorsement – or a denouncement- of that source. It simply is what it is, a handy resource that contains much information on the man “driving” this Synod, or, at least, serving as the implement of another, higher authority. Find below, courtesy of the SSPX, some of Cardinal Kasper’s more egregious errors and, yes, even heresies (I pick a few highlights, or lowlights, you can read the entire panoply of ugliness at the link):
In his book Introduction to the Faith, he opines that dogmas can “be thoroughly one-sided, superficial, obstinate, dumb and rash.”
In his study Jesus der Christus he writes with regard to accounts of miracles in the New Testament:
From a literary-critical standpoint, we can observe the tendency to heighten the importance of, exaggerate and multiply miracles…. Thus the material of the miraculous accounts is substantially reduced. [Perfect representative of modernist sentiment, which is really just new age Gnosticism and Arianism - Christ was just a man, "secret" knowledge available only to the elites is necessary for "salvation," you have to have 10 years of post-doctoral work in theology to even begin to "understand" (re: twist unto meaninglessness) doctrine, miracles are impossible, etc., etc]
About the oldest Gospel account of the Resurrection of Christ (Mk 16:1-8), he comments: “that these are not historical features, but rather stylistic devices that are meant to grab attention and create suspense.” Not only faith in the resurrection of the Lord but the whole Christological dogma is dissolved by Kasper. He writes:
According to the synoptic Gospels Jesus never designates himself the Son of God. Consequently the Son of God himself is clearly proved to be a profession of faith by the Church [Because Christ was just a super-duper man, arguing for social justice and the first revolutionary, right, comrade?!?]
In another passage he says: “Therefore he probably called himself neither Messiah nor servant or Son of God, and probably not Son of man, either.” The dogma that Jesus “is fully man and fully God” is “something that can be overhauled.” [Straight up unequivocal heresy. The fact that Kasper has never had to retract this statement is a sign of the glaring failure of ecclesiastical discipline. See, there is NO Dogma these guys won't touch, even though the definition of Jesus Christ as fully man and fully God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, is something the Church fought and struggled over for more than two centuries. Several Ecumenical Councils, numerous popes, and an unspeakable number of Saints and Fathers all attested to Christ's dual nature as God and man. There is probably no more clearly defined DOGMA in the entire catalogue of Church belief. Simply incredible. As I said, this poor sick lost infinitely egotistical creature is nothing but a modernist, and an exceedingly well developed instance of the breed]
The previous comments were from various of Cardinal Kasper’s books. The following comes from his tirade before the consistory in February of this year:
We find ourselves today in a situation similar to that of the last Council, when they discussed the question of ecumenism or religious liberty. Then, too, there were encyclicals and decisions of the Holy Office that seemed to block the way forward. Nevertheless, without questioning the binding dogmatic tradition, the Council opened doors. [Ahem. Which perhaps says much more than the Cardinal intended to say.]
This is really just a very small selection of many of Cardinal Kasper’s amazingly destructive beliefs. How this man was made bishop and then a cardinal is simply beyond me. But such is the state of the Church today.
All you really need to know about Cardinal Kasper is this: this man is Hans Kung’s best, most promising protege’. And I must wonder, given the manifest and declared heresies of Kung, would one not think that his best student would have absorbed no small part of his errors? How can it be, then, that this man – retired, too (we see once again the liberals break their own rules when it serves their interests) – is the intellectual lodestar of this Synod? It is his ideas that are discussed, his errors that are being challenged, his disastrous proposals that must be fought. And yet, we are told that his theology is “serene.”
Please. This “serene” man has waged an unprecedented PR campaign over the past two months, attacking and calumniating opponents – men of far better faith and good will than him – left and right. That is “serene?” That is “theology that comes from time spent on the knees?”
Something tells me that Cardinal Kasper does not have callouses on his knees like Saint Anne and some others have had. But who am I to judge?
Take action, contact Apostolic Nuncio regarding Synod October 13, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Admin, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Sacraments, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, SOD, the return.
Commenter Kathleen helpfully provided the following contact information for the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Vigano:
EMAIL, TELEPHONE, FAX OR WRITE TO
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Email: nuntiususa AT nuntiususa DOT org
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To help us keep track of how many emails the Nunciate receives
Now armed with the contact information, I provide one potential draft submission. Feel free to add, delete, shoot holes, whatever you like with it:
I have been most dismayed to follow the course of the Extraordinary Synod for the Family and Married Life over the past week and throughout the preceding preparatory period. It seems there is a concerted effort among far too many Synod participants to undermine the sacred Doctrine of the Faith through so-called pastoral solutions, solutions which will have the effect of spreading great scandal and confusion and doing untold harm to souls. I implore both you and the Synod fathers that this madness stop. Already over the past several decades, confusion and uncertainty have surrounded public discussion of what the Church believes. A heart-breaking number of theologians, priests, religious, and, incredibly, even bishops and cardinals, have contributed to that confusion by undermining, or even directly attacking, truths the Church has always held as inviolable. It is simply impossible to put Doctrine into conflict with pastoral applications. That is essentially claiming God’s Mercy wars with His Justice – unheard of!
We also know that untold numbers of souls have fallen away over the past few decades. It is my firm belief that the doctrinal confusion reigning in the Church has played a huge role in this pastoral disaster.
Please communicate my great dismay to the Synod over its reported direction. The “Relatio” mid-Synod report seems wildly at contrast with the Faith handed down to us by the Apostles and Fathers. It seems incredible that Casti Connubbi, Humanae Vitae, the 1997 Catechism of the Catholic Church, and so many other great testaments to our Faith can be tossed aside- in effect, if not in toto – to serve some strange conception of “pastoral” care. But as the past several decades have already shown, whatever the purported purpose of the novel formulations proposed at the Synod may be, doctrinal confusion only results in more pastoral calamities, not fewer. The rapidly shrinking Church in Europe and the Americas is a testament to this fact.
I beg and implore the Synod participants to uphold the timeless Doctrine of the Faith and not undermine it through paeans to modernist sensibilities! I pray for the Truth to be upheld and not undermined or lessened in any way. I pray that God may enlighten the hearts of all Synod participants to strengthen and improve that doctrine and especially its rigorous and thorough instruction to all souls in the Church – an instruction completely missing over the past several decades. And I pray that all the Synod participants, and you, our Apostolic Nuncio, may always cooperate with God’s Grace and be abundantly blessed in performing constant service to the Church.
[choose one] Yours very respectfully in Christ/Ad Mariam per Iesu/In corde Iesu/Dominus vobiscum!/
This sham of a Synod takes a deadly turn October 13, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking, Society, SOD, the return.
First, I have been quietly trying to brace people that this Synod would go well beyond mere “pastoral” approaches and into redefinitions of Doctrine. I felt that clearly the case because, for starters, it is impossible to separate Doctrine – law – from practice. Saying otherwise is like saying we can continue to hold the common definition of murder in criminal courts while excusing all those who commit murder out of a false sense of charity. And what we have going on right now is attempted soul-murder in the first degree. In addition, in reading the tea leaves with the dim eyes of faith possessed by this manifest sinner, it seemed obvious to me the progressives, advanced in age and with 50 years of history showing the utter folly, the evil, of their errors, would go for broke, attempting to finish what they started in the 60s. This is their last, best chance to inflict as much destruction as possible.
Secondly, I say this Synod is a sham because if it does, for whatever reason (the true disposition of the majority of the bishops, or the heavy influence of the Bishop of Rome moving men to unprecedented disassociation with the Gospel and the Inspiration of the Blessed Trinity) try to foist a new “gospel” on the Church, that in and of itself will be……well, I think we know it will be very, very bad, but as the Voice of the Family has apparently already declared, it could also mean this Synod is some false body that does not merit obedience to its declarations. We are entering most frightening and terrible times. I do not know what to counsel but this is just unbelievably bad. You can know how bad it is by observing how the leftists pretending to be Catholics are just wetting themselves with excitement.
For those who do not know what I am talking about, an interim report of the Synod was released this morning, and it was every bit as bad as many feared, going beyond nebulous or poorly worded “pastoral” statements and coming very close to straight up redefinitions of Doctrine. Some excerpts from the “Relatio post disceptationem,” the official name of the interim report, first from Rorate and then from CMR (emphasis in both cases via the respective blogs, my comments):
Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony? [This is so utterly contrary to the Gospel and ALL the Fathers that it is simply staggering]The question of homosexuality leads to a serious reflection on how to elaborate realistic paths of affective growth and human and evangelical maturity integrating the sexual dimension: it appears therefore as an important educative challenge. [Yes, but the Church has utterly failed at catechesis at ALL levels going back decades. Now it's suddenly going to get better?] The Church furthermore affirms that unions between people of the same sex cannot be considered on the same footing as matrimony between man and woman. Nor is it acceptable that pressure be brought to bear on pastors or that international bodies make financial aid dependent on the introduction of regulations inspired by gender ideology.Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners.Furthermore, the Church pays special attention to the children who live with couples of the same sex, emphasizing that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority.
Please. Whited sepulchers, you speak out of both sides of your mouths! How can the children be given “special attention” and “priority” when they are raised in such a profoundly disordered and perverse environment?! What is this? Do the Synod “fathers” not know, or do they just not care, that a child raised in this environment is several times more likely to suffer sex abuse and orders of magnitude more likely to become lost in this sin that cries to Heaven for vengeance themselves?
As Rorate notes, throughout almost the entire Relatio there is a paucity of references to Scripture and/or Tradition, because support for these novelties are utterly lacking in both.
Via CMR, much of the text seems to be nothing but Kasper’s heretical rantings presented at the pre-Synodal meeting early this year transferred into “draft” form for the Synod itself:
In the same way the situation of the divorced who have remarried demands a careful discernment and an accompaniment full of respect, avoiding any language or behavior that might make them feel discriminated against. [Many sinners feel discriminated against. It is a fundamental aspect of our fallen natures to seek justification for our sin, and it appears these men mean to provide adulterer's with manifold justifications] For the Christian community looking after them is not a weakening of its faith and its testimony to the indissolubility of marriage, but rather it expresses precisely its charity in its caring. [Nothing but a naked assertion, completely unsupported by Scripture, Tradition, or even reason. In other words, whoever wrote this is saying "it is so because I say it is so," and nothing else.]
As regards the possibility of partaking of the sacraments of Penance [THIS IS BULL! There is nothing, at all, that stops anyone at anytime from partaking of the Sacrament of Penance. That doesn't mean absolution is guaranteed, you have to show contrition and amendment, but the Sacrament is always available to anyone at anytime - provided they can find a parish that offers it more than one half hour a week.] and the Eucharist, some argued in favor of the present regulations because of their theological foundation, others were in favor of a greater opening on very precise conditions when dealing with situations that cannot be resolved without creating new injustices and suffering. For some, partaking of the sacraments might occur were it preceded by a penitential path – under the responsibility of the diocesan bishop –, and with a clear undertaking in favor of the children. This would not be a general possibility, but the fruit of a discernment applied on a case-by-case basis, according to a law of gradualness, that takes into consideration the distinction between state of sin, state of grace and the attenuating circumstances. [It is impossible to be penitent while the sin is still ongoing, unrepentant-like. See that - unrepentant and "penitent" do not go together!]
It will be most interesting to see how many in the Catholic media will respond as this Synod develops. Should this “relatio” be a firm indication of what comes forth as a final document, I think there will be a very quick and clear division made evident.
Not that that matters in the least, save for how it relates to the salvation of the souls involved. And that is my great concern here, no matter what this Synod says, sin will remain sin and evil will remain evil. All the “tolerant” and “non-discriminatory” language will do is lead more souls to perdition by convincing them that their grave sin really isn’t a sin after all. There could be some exculpatory avenues opened up for a few souls, who convince themselves that because “the Church” says their adultery is not, they can now receive the Blessed Sacrament. But the natural law remains and there are more than a few Bibles laying around. I think trusting that because some Synod says adulterers or sodomites can receive the Blessed Sacrament, that will wipe out the blasphemy and sacrilege of those few lured back to the Blessed Sacrament in the eyes of God, is a very far reach.
As with so much the left does, the stated motives and the true motivations are at 180 degrees from each other. The stated motive is “charity” for those in “irregular” situations, but encouraging those lost in grave sin to add sin upon sin by receiving the Blessed Sacrament is no charity, it is in fact an intolerable cruelty. One does the addict no favors by covering for them, giving them money, making excuses, and permitting them to continue to maintain their habit. Addiction is the sin of intemperance taken to the Nth degree…..but the same reasoning applies to all sins. Simply because a sin has become so popular it is now a veritable cultural monument doesn’t change its ugly, satanic reality. But the German bishops, who apparently still run the entire Church in spite of the collapse of the Faith in their own country, need money, no matter how many souls have to be damned for eternity.
Which brings me to the last point – if you have any question who is driving this Synod and in which direction, I think this report from over the weekend by Rorate makes the matter clear. When it appeared the orthodox elements at the Synod might gain control of many of the national committees who will revise this disaster of a Relatio and turn it into the final report, Pope Francis proceeded to name another committee of 6 reliably progressive cardinals who will now oversee the overseers!
So now bishops and cardinals will know what it is like to have a boss, and a straw boss:
The only thing that can affect the matter now is prayer and penance.