Cardinal Kasper continues to push his destructive course April 21, 2014Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the return.
There was another piece on Cardinal Kasper’s initiative to permit those persisting in a manifest state of bigamy to receive the Blessed Sacrament last week. As I’ve stated in numerous posts, the reason for German prelates pushing this very sad and destructive effort is one of naked self-interest – divorce rates are high in Germany, especially among Catholics, and the bishops hope that if they permit all those divorced people to receive, more will check the “church tax” box on their tax returns and the Church will get more state funding.
But the entire argument has been founded on errors so great it is difficult not to call the outright falsehoods. I’ve already written about the error that is being used to support this move to permit those persisting in a state of bigamy to receive the Blessed Sacrament- that somehow, the early Church permitted this, too. That is simply false.
But as Eponymous Flower related last week, Cardinal Kasper is pushing another falsehood, in the form of a false choice. Kasper is trying to claim there is some moral conundrum facing the Church, that by denying, at least tacitly, the Blessed Sacrament to those who persist in a state of public sin, the Church is somehow being uncharitable or unmerciful:
“The decisive statement in this presentation is: ‘Penance and the Sacrament of Penance are the way to connect both aspects. Commitment to the word of the Lord, and the never-ending mercy of God’ (p. 65) It turns to the question which has not been answered by the critics: Are you allowed to refuse absolution in such a situation in which the penitent has repented and testified honestly and in good will with their best efforts to live by faith? Is it not possible with God that someone could fall into a hole from which there is no way out? If that is impossible with God, then why not in the Church …? “
The part in bold is the attempted conundrum. Kasper is claiming that these people who have divorced and remarried, without ever obtaining an annulment, are somehow being denied “mercy” if they are not permitted to receive the Blessed Sacrament. The insidious claim – which reveals the depths to which Kasper will stoop – that God would be opposed to this denial, or that God would “somehow find a way out” is simply a false dichotomy.
The fundamental error is twin: that those who have divorced and remarried are somehow being “punished,” and that simply stating that one is sorry for their state of bigamy is enough to permit them to receive the Blessed Sacrament. There is actually a third error, which claims that the Church simply doesn’t “know” how to address this situation. All are demonstrably false.
Taking the last first, the Church has counselled people who are bigamists (for whatever reason) for centuries on how to demonstrate atonement for this sin - terminate the occasion of sin! That is to say, end the romantic, physical relationship that is the cause of the sin, in this case, adultery. If there is no annulment for the first marriage, that marriage is still valid and operative in the eyes of God. Whatever relationship takes place outside that first marriage is adultery. Christ Himself stated this very clearly. But Kasper apparently wants to take us back to the days of Moses, when the wickedness of men was so great divorce and remarriage had to be permitted. That is a sad commentary on the state of the Church, and even more so on Her shepherds.
There is a further option: if this relationship has persisted for some time, if children have resulted from it, and if the original spouse (often devastated, often abandoned for little or no cause) has somehow moved on with their life – for truly pastoral reasons such as these, the couple could be permitted to remain together provided they make a solemn vow to live a chaste, celibate life as brother and sister. This would permit the offspring to retain their family life, but can really only be permitted in situations where there is truly great remorse and an advanced spiritual life on the part of the individuals in question. Otherwise, the temptation to relapse into sin would likely be too great.
I do not buy claims that times are somehow different today, and that it is unrealistic to expect people to abandon relationships they have been in for years. The Church defended the sanctity of marriage at great cost for centuries, and somehow people managed to generally abide by Her wisdom during that very long period of time.
The Church has never recognized a simple apology to be sufficient to atone for public sins of this type. There must be some amends in cases such as these, which end the scandal caused by them and assure the faithful (and the souls in question) that the sin is no longer ongoing. Kasper proposes that souls basically be given carte blanche to go into a priest’s office, shed some tears, make a onetime statement of contrition, and then continue doing exactly what they have been doing before! Which is conducting an adulterous relationship. That has never been OK, it has never been permissible for such souls to receive the Blessed Sacrament. It is truly sad we have to even argue this point, with a prince of the Church, no less.
Finally, the bigamists/adulterers are not being punished, per se’. The sanctity of the Blessed Sacrament is being preserved from sacrilege, the faithful from scandal, and the souls of the bigamists preserved from piling egregious sin on sin for receiving the Blessed Sacrament unworthily. Hence, as in the case of the application of Canon 915, the Blessed Sacrament is not being used as a weapon, or politicized, but preserved from disgrace, and the Church is actually extending a great mercy (and medicine, one prays) to the souls in question by preventing them from giving such great offense to God.
I must point out here that the Church’s position on divorce is the only consistent, biblically-based position remaining among all the Christian Churches and sects, and is the only one in accord with Tradition from the earliest Fathers. That the Orthodox and virtually every protestant sect embrace divorce (and often, repeated divorce) is not a testament to their charity or wisdom, but to their falsity, and their separation from the Church Christ founded. They have fallen into error. The Church could not have made this more plain when She permitted one of the most devoutly Catholic countries in the world at that time, England, to be wrested away from Her sanctifying bosom, with great violence and enormous suffering, due to the egregious lusts of one fallen man. That is how much the Church has always valued the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, that it would rather suffer grievous loss than see the dignity of one marriage sulllied.
And yes, I know that fallen men within the Church have sometimes permitted annulments which were/are less than obviously justified, and that such has given great scandal to the faithful. We presently have a situation in the United States where such a scandal persists in truly egregious form today. But the exception only proves the rule. Those cases are departures from the normal, holy practice and belief of the Church.
This Cardinal Kasper is relentlessly pushing an agenda that is very dangerous and poses the threat of wreaking havoc in the Church. I am having a very hard time not comparing him to some of the great arch-heretics of the past. Pray for him! Pray for his conversion! And pray that the Synod stay strong against all the wiles of satan and allurements of the world, preserving constant Catholic Dogma and the plain, merciful wisdom of Christ!
More Minneapolis liturgical abuse – this time, with Moloch! April 15, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Liturgy, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the enemy, the return.
Amazingly, there is a tabernacle somewhere within what I am sure is called “the worship space.” How you like these apples?:
What is the deal with progressives and puppets!
Do you think that leering bull-like figure above looks disturbing like the demonic god moloch/baal? Do they know what used to happen to babies within baal’s searing arms? Human sacrifice?
Oh wait……how many of these folks are perfectly fine with abortion?
Is that supposed to be the Consecration above? Or is that a re-enactment of the Last Supper? Why are their animals in the upper room? Why are their women? This makes no sense. It’s like they crossed the Nativity with the Last Supper. Maybe someone gets this better than I. I’m also not sure how prevalent jackrabbits and raccoons are in the Holy Land.
Why does everything look so hideous and poorly done?
The group that put on this little exhibition is called “Heart of the Beast” puppet theater. Revealing?
Sheesh……die nervous disorder, die. Another 50 kids (or 15, or however many were there) pretty much lost to the Faith forever, invincibly convinced this, this stupidity, this hassattery, is what Catholicism is.
Before I leave for a much needed break during this holiest of weeks, I would feel negligent if I did not share this excellent article which summarizes the maneuvering ongoing at the highest levels of the Church regarding Cardinal Kasper’s seemingly highly dangerous push to radically redefine Catholic Dogma on marriage, divorce, bigamy, and reception of the Blessed Sacrament, while pretending to leave that same Dogma “in place.” The goal is change the practice while pretending to leave the Dogmas untouched. This is impossible. It pretends to separate belief from practice: in theological terms, orthodoxy (right belief), from orthopraxis (right action).
That this entire push is hinged on a silly proposition (the early Church permitted divorce! Wrong.) that has already been shown to be incredibly, demonstrably false, is all the more disconcerting.
The article was originally published in the German site Katholisches. Some of the translation is rough. The article is also very long, much of which is recapping events of the past 6 months or so. But the portion that discusses the February consistory, whence Cardinal Kasper’s erroneous proposition was first broached, then ridiculed, is very important. I am going to try to clean up some of the translation from Tancred, if he doesn’t mind:
Pope Francis, however, despite substantive silence, the one who has called the Synods of Bishops on the topic of family. With his consent, his new secretary of the Synod of Bishops, the present Cardinal Baldisseri, has directed a questionnaire to all the bishops of the world. Dealing with the questionnaire has made visible the determination progressive pressure groups who want to change the Catholic moral teaching. Even so, it did not lead to rethinking in Rome. The path continues. Instead, Pope Francis commissioned Cardinal Walter Kasper, with a lecture at the cardinal consistory in late February. Neutrality is different.[I think this is saying, this was not a neutral presentation. Kasper's talk was engineered as a showcase for his modernist novelties, without rebuttal] For a proper debate about balance and to signal that, the pope could have appointed two speakers of different perspectives. For the dutiful defense of Catholic teaching on marriage, he would have to employ an orthodox advocate for the Doctrine of the Faith. But nothing of the sort occurred. The Pope decided on Cardinal Kasper, whose unorthodox position on the issue has been known at least since the 90s. A position that was rejected by both Pope Benedict XVI., and previously Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Just as they have now been rejected by today’s Prefect, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Cardinal before the consistory. We may recognize in the papal decision in favoring Kasper, a unilateral advocacy, and in Cardinal Kasper if not the voice of the Pope, so at least a trial balloon, which was allowed to ascend, to test the reactions and resistances. [This is an interpretation. Is it correct? I tend to think it may well be, but it's difficult to say. It was very strange that Cardinal Kasper was given the opportunity to, more or less, evangelize the cardinals on his novelty, without presentation of any opposing view. It was also clear Pope Francis was communicating his strong support for Cardinal Kasper's views]
The partisanship engaged unambiguous underlining in effusive praise for Kasper, which Pope Francis on the morning after his speech to the cardinals formulated his response. The reaction to Kasper’s oratory, in whom there was a cunningly palatable formula, was quite energetic. Against the horse trading suggested by the German theologian (to pretend that everything remains the same, but in reality, everything would change), protest arose more loudly. The most vocal of the Cardinals in the discussion disagreed with Kasper.
With fanatical praise it was obvious the Pope wanted to rush to the rescue of the German Cardinal. The downright ecstatic, but not very believable assertion that the strategy formulated by Kasper – a strategy formulated precisely to get rid of the Church’s teaching on marriage – is at a crucial point “theology on his knees”, makes it hard to deny representing the Pope’s closeness to Kasper’s new course. [Many took that to be an endorsement, especially among the cardinals who were there]
……..I’ll condense a bit, you can read the original at the link above. The article then goes on to note the perplexing fact that the cardinals in attendance had absolute silence imposed on them regarding the discussions at the Synod, but then someone obviously close to Kasper and/or Pope Francis leaked the text. The article posits this was done to use the tactic of poisoning the well, which posits that he who gets his message out first, tends to dominate the debate. Was such intentional? Who knows, but it would be far from unprecedented from some of this crowd, including Kasper, to use procedural tricks they then, suddenly, exempt themselves from, to shape a debate to their own advantage.
However, forestalling this advantage, the Italian daily Il Foglio that was to publish Kasper’s talk, first (and very responsibly, I might add) engaged an “opposition” to provide a contrary viewpoint. Thus, Kasper’s text appeared side by side with the great Roberto de Mattei’s rebuttal. This apparently sent Kasper into a rage – if the article is correct. Picking back up:
Kasper foamed. Even days later, he gave his anger free reign in an interview with Vatican Radio. Apparently, in a modification of the original intent and as a countermeasure to the Foglio strike he now had published even in the Osservatore Romano, the semi-official newspaper of the Vatican, the final copy of Kasper’s and the Preface to the speech, now currently under pressure.
The Osservatore Romano could be relied upon to offer strong praise from Pope Francis to Kasper, after numerous cardinals had taken their position against remarried divorcees. This praise opened the privilege to the German cardinal to be printed in L’Osservatore Romano, which would hardly have been possible without such consent of the Pope.
Kasper’s position should therefore be given visibility and authority within the Church. The confidentiality obligation was and is still obvious to all cardinals and their contributions to the discussion in the Consistory, with a single exception: Walter Kasper. Only for him did Pope Francis lift the obligation to secrecy. Why such a privilege when all the “opinions” are taken into account? The Pope hung a muzzle so that all the Cardinals who defended the Catholic doctrine on the sacrament of marriage, and allowed only the dissenting opinion the right to speak. This is a one-sided preference for a certain position and the disability of another equal.
The result was that not only the Osservatore Romano , but also other official Church media, especially the newspapers of some Episcopal Conferences felt obliged to reprint Kasper. In contrast to Il Foglio , however, they lacked any counter position. The only one that was granted the exclusive right to raise his voice in the daily newspaper of the Holy See was Kasper. All the other cardinals and their speeches in the consistory have been kept silent. [Perhaps I'm just too jaded, but I have a hard time not seeing in all this some orchestrated campaign to endorse Kasper's modernist gambit and keep opposing views from print as much as possible.]
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Obviously a lot of inside baseball. But it has all the makings of a very debauched realpolitik power struggle being played out in public, with Church Dogma basically held hostage by a progressive agenda seeking to advance their radical vision for the Church – a vision which after being partially implemented wreaked utter devastation.
The article ends with discussion of the completely discredited 1977 study which pretended to suddenly discover, magically, like!, that the early Church was just fine and dandy with bigamists receiving the Blessed Sacrament. The article points out the very strange coincidence that this unmissed and almost entirely forgotten book from 1977 suddenly – also magically, like! – was republished late last year. Just in time for the consistory and upcoming Synod, just when Kasper was ready for his big push.
The political aspects of this are such that it is truly trying to the Faith, seeing just how much materialist will-to-power is on display. A great exhibition of leftism in action, but within the Church.
I should end with one clear note: what is really being debated here is not so much divorce or remarriage, but whether public sinners can be admitted to the Blessed Sacrament. No one is going to “undo” Christ’s very clear guidance to us: remarriage while your spouse is still alive constitutes bigamy and adultery (yes, we have American annulment factories, but that’s a whole different topic). So what is being debated is whether it’s OK for those who persist in an objective state of mortal sin and in a public manner be allowed to blaspheme the Blessed Sacrament. You probably should read the whole thing.
Yes! Someone else gets it! April 11, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the enemy.
I’ve probably been spending too much time reading secular blogs of late…..if this one qualified. Robert Stacy McCain is at least a moderately devout evangelical protestant and father of 6, even if he does have an unfortunate tendency to give fly to really impure language and imagery. He needs to stop doing that.
But there is no other writer out there I’ve found that has tackled the sick marxist dogma of feminism better than he has. Further, he has made the connection that feminism as a movement is about destroying the family as the prime building block of society, either out of twisted hatred or to better groom souls to accept government as their savior, lord, and master.
He had a post yesterday [content warning, you might not want to go there] discussing the new phenomenon of “heterosexual guilt syndrome.” Primarily afflicting women (but I’m sure men are not far behind), y0uth today are being so groomed into radical feminist ideology (and remember, a feminist is just a marxist lesbian) that they actually feel guilt for NOT falling into this grave perversion. As an indicator of how utterly upside down Western “culture” has become, this is a pretty good one: Sodom and Sapphos are so utterly triumphant among elite opinion-shapers, young people today (well, ok, at least leftist young people, but that’s many if not most of them) actually wish they were sodomites so that they could bask in all the culturally-driven glory:
The “Girls” star thanked her sister Grace, now 22, saying, “I have always felt a strong and emotional connection to members of the LGBTQ community. It was actually a huge disappointment for me when I came of age and realized that I was sexually attracted to men. So when my sister came out, I thought, ‘Thank God, now someone in this family can truly represent my beliefs and passions.’”
So obviously this Lena Dunham character is deeply depraved and deranged, as evidenced by the pornographic show she produces for HBO. But this phenomenon is hardly limited to her alone. A radical feminist university professor has noted that she can no longer teach her students elementary aspects of biology – such as that, men and women, and males and females of any species, are different! – without attracting hoots and catcalls of “homophobia:”
I wanted them to find their way to the notion that it’s not “heteronormative” to recognize that sex is an
evolutionarily adaptive[God-given, my edit] reproduction strategy that, in humans, involves males and females; it’s just our biology, and there’s a complex, mutually interacting relationship between the biological and the social. I’ve been working toward that all semester. But they have not gotten there.
That is to say, this feminist university professor has found that her students already have such deeply ingrained, powerfully shaped notions regarding human sexuality and even biology – notions entirely shaped by radical sodomite rhetoric – that she cannot get them to accept basic facts like: men and women are different, there is a natural order to sexuality that is conceived to perpetuate the species, etc.
As we saw in the Charlotte, ahem, Catholic High School debacle, even Catholic students, or maybe especially Catholic students, are so deeply convicted of these homosexualist errors and depravities that they simply will not be told otherwise, that so-called homosexuality is not inborn, is not natural, and is in fact a profound perversion (something that should be obvious from the natural law, let alone theologically) of the created order. But to say such nowadays is tantamount to heresy. And people are being, effectively, burned at the stake over this nightmare. The poor nun that did nothing but repeat constant Catholic Dogma and some relevant sociological data has now been cashiered and will probably never be seen in public again. That is the power of the sodomite lobby, and all the errors it has perpetuated.
What’s the end game? As I said at the top, and as RS McCain notes, it’s to end the family as the building block of society:
Yet this phenomenon — Feminist Heterosexual Guilt Syndrome — is implicit in contemporary liberal culture, which holds that sex is merely a form of pleasure, without any spiritual or moral dimension, to be regulated only by mutual consent. Liberalism’s apparent neutrality toward the sexual preferences of consenting adults, however, is belied by the incessant cheerleading for contraception, abortion and homosexuality. Contraception and abortion are necessary to the liberal project of diverting women from the path toward marriage and motherhood by suppressing their natural fertility. And homosexuality is celebrated by liberals as part of the same project, to de-legitimize the traditional family as a normative social institution.
And these folks just keep moving the ball forward. The effort heretofore has been to normalize sodomy and its female equivalent – now the effort is to convince people that everyone is at least a latent sodomite and to convince all – or as many as possible – that homosexuality is “naturally” superior. There is a growing movement among marxist lesbians to assail all heterosexual relations as “rape.” They claim women naturally “hate” men and and are repulsed by them, and it is only the oppressive patriarchy and patriarchal cultural conditioning that results in women having sex with men. Black is white, up is down, Laverne is Shirley: there is no depth to the depravity that will come so long as people forget God.
Ultimately, they want everyone to be like them. Having even a small minority reject their claims is enough to drive them nuts, because they still have the law of God written on their hearts. And even if, in some nightmare future, they do convince almost everyone to embrace sodomy, they will still be miserable and angry and refuse to understand why. Because God will remain, and so will His Law, and they will remain counter to it.
You may say, oh TE, slow down, you’re getting too excited. If you chart back all the progressive claims these radicals have made in the area of sexuality, you can see how the most radical claims, the most egregious, laughable stuff, suddenly becomes the accepted norm, and shortly thereafter, required belief, 15-20 years after the first outbreak of the new level of error. Same-sex marriage was first posited on a serious level about 20 years ago. Everyone laughed. Not so funny anymore. Leftist academics first began really arguing for legalized abortion, out in the public, starting in the early-mid 50s. In 1973, they got it. Now they’re arguing that all heterosexual relations are rape.
I wouldn’t laugh.
Sebelius’ Reign of Terror Is Over April 11, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
Cruella Deville has outlived her usefulness for the Zero. She’s been thrown under the bus, like so many before her, ostensibly due to the manifold failures of Obamacare:
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned from the Obama administration, a move that comes just months after Americans started signing up for health insurance coverage under Obamacare.
President Barack Obama accepted her resignation earlier this week and will nominate the Office of Management and Budget’s Sylvia Matthews Burwell, 48, as the next head of the HHS, the New York Times reported.
The new head of HHS is just a younger version of the same:
Is a hair brush too much to ask? What?
Burwell is not Catholic, at least. So maybe she’ll actually have more respect for Catholic belief than an invincibly convinced heretic.
What am I saying?!? She’s a lefty, and already, during the government shutdown theater of last fall, she was the one that directed stupid, draconian steps – like closing national monuments that cost nothing to operate – in order to amp up the pressure on Republicans. She’s a Clinton loyalist, so I think we know her. She’s obviously pro-abort to the core, or she wouldn’t have gotten the job.
Meet the new boss, same as the old.
Does Sebelius have a reputation left to detract from?
Rosary of iron forged by decades of suffering April 8, 2014Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, martyrdom, persecution, Victory, Virtue.
I try to mix the good with the bad on this blog. I don’t want myself or others to get beat down by all the bad news. Here, via Eponymous Flower, is an uplifting story on faith forged in persecution in Vietnam. A man, Nguyen Huu Cau, spent over three decades in communist prisons after the North successfully invaded and subjugated South Vietnam. A former ARVN officer, he converted to the Faith in prison. I pray for such faith and mercy! With the way the culture is going, some of us may have to experience such great trials for our faith:
Persecuted by the communist regime, he used the chains that robbed him of freedom to pray the rosary. Nguyen Huu Cau converted to Christ in prison. A few days ago he was released after more than 37 years in prison and a prison camp. “In 1986, I was baptized at the Easter Vigil by the Jesuit Joseph Nguyen”. Cau described in an interview with Catholic News the hard fate of Vietnamese Catholics. The Jesuit priest was the one who told him about Christ in custody and taught him the catechism. Since then, “I have prayed the Rosary every day seven times and Stations of the Cross five times,” said Nguyen Huu Cau-. [That's awesome]
After futile attempts at reeducation, Cau was released last 22 March. 32 years spent as the “enemy of the people” in prison and more than five years in a concentration camp. After his release, he said: “I thank God that He has forgiven my jailers.”
Due to severe torture during his detention, Nguyen Huu Cau-is now deaf and almost blind. “In prison, I’ve gotten to know Christ and found to faith.”
Cau was born in 1947. He served in the South Vietnamese army and became a captain. As such, he fought against the Communists of North Vietnam and the South Vietnamese Communists. When the Communists won in 1975, he was arrested and disappeared for several years in a concentration camp. In 1980 he was released from the camp, but in 1982 re-arrested because he had made hints on manuscripts of his poetry, that could have been criticism of the Communist regime.
In 1983 he was convicted of “sabotage” and damage to the reputation of the party and sentenced by the government as “an enemy of the people” to death. Later the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. For 32 years Cau had been in the prison camp Z30A K2 in the middle of the jungle. He wrote more than 500 letters to the Communist regime and called for the resumption of his trial. He never received a response. On 22 March 2014 he was released from prison 39 years after his first arrest. The release was due to an amnesty granted by Vietnam’s State President Truong Tan Sang because of the precarious health of Nguyen Huu Cau.
Cau prayed the Rosary “on the chain to which I was chained. It had 90 rings. I have made from the chain that took my freedom, my own personal Rosary…. [that is beautiful, and how martyrs have for centuries turned the tools of their oppression into victories for the Church]
….Before his conversion, Nguyen-Huu Cau kept his hatred against the Communist regime and against his tormentors alive. He hoped someday to be able to take revenge for what they did to him. Several times he thought at the time of suicide to escape captivity. “But the love of God and the Blessed Mother have changed me. I feel no hatred more for my tormentors. The Holy Trinity and Mary helped me to overcome my strife with my fate. Have prevented me from being killed while in custody all these years. “
As difficult as it is – and it is very difficult, at least for me – this is the kind of attitude we must have for those who attack and persecute the Church, even from within. Now in the twilight of his life, this faithful soul can give beautiful witness to the Glory of God and the peace and charity that come only through His Church. I pray that if I am ever called to such witness I may be as faithful and virtuous.
When you pray for the Church in China, you might add the Church in Vietnam as well. The communist government in Vietnam is heavily dominated by its northern neighbor, and implements much similar anti-Church policies at Chinese behest. As such, the Church in Vietnam has been heavily persecuted, and there has been interference in the assigning of bishops, attempts to set up an independent episcopal line, etc. There is frequent violence against the Church in Vietnam, but the Church there is much larger as a percentage of the population and has been much harder to subvert. It is an ongoing struggle between faithful priests, bishops and laity trying to preserve the rights of the Church, and the government constantly seeking to suborn those rights.
A Prayer on the Crucifixion of Jesus April 8, 2014Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, martyrdom, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, Virtue.
We belong to the Cardinal Kung Foundation, helping support the orthodox, non-communist (or anti-communist) Church in China, which stands in opposition to the government-dominated “patriotic Catholic church,” which is heretical and openly schismatic (the kid glove treatment the schismatic acts of the so-called patriotic church have received stand in marked contrast to the treatment some traditional groups have suffered. There are reasons for this, some valid, some craven).
Since we belong to this foundation, we get regular mailings from them. The most recent one included a beautiful prayer card with a prayer penned by Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin-Mei, who was imprisoned by communist authorities for over 30 years for his defense of the Faith. I thought I might share it with you, seeing how appropriate it is for Passion Week and upcoming Holy Week:
Our Lord Jesus is on the Cross. His whole body is covered with wounds, His hands and feet are nailed to the Cross,
His head is crowned with thorns, and for His drink, only vinegar and bitter gall. Although He suffered so much, He knows that many will remain indifferent. The mental anguish is even more painful than His physical torment.
God suffered so much for me. Why am I not willing to give up some worldly pleasure and accept some suffering in this life? I know well that Jesus suffered in reparation for my sins and yet I still go against His Will and commit sin. How can I reject His Grace and increase His sorrow?
Jesus accepted suffering inflicted by every kind of person. The Apostles betrayed Him, the Jews made accusations against Him, the Gentiles cursed Him, high priests, officials, soldiers and people all determined to kill Him. Because Jesus suffered in order to save all classes of people, so He accepted sufferings caused by all kinds of people, including all of us. Are we not increasing His suffering by our lack of faith, committing sin and not loving His Sacred Heart?
Where was our Blessed Mother at that time? She was weeping beside the Cross, watching Her Son suffer. This was not just the human love between mother and son. She united Her love of Jesus with Her love for all mankind, offering it in sacrifice to God the Father for the salvation of the whole world. Our Lady is indeed the Mother of our Salvation.
Each and every one of us should imitate Our Blessed Lady, contemplating Jesus on the Cross. We should offer our sufferings in reparation for our sins and those of others, asking for mercy and forgiveness and not fail to respond to the graces Jesus obtained for us through His Passion.
Pray for the Church in China. It is sorely persecuted. Pray for those who have fallen into this “patriotic church” as a result of the persecution (or for other, baser motives). I personally have prayed for a long time that the Holy Father will take a firm stand and formally identify the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Church as schismatic, due to the huge scandal that persists in the communist government naming bishops, rejecting Church Doctrine (abortion, contraception, a number of other matters), and participating in the persecution of the underground, faithful Church. Doing so would surely cause even more persecution, but I think it’s better to be clear on the Truth and let the chips fall as they may, rather than letting the schism continue to ossify and become more intractable.
Or just pray for the zeal of souls and their perseverance in the Faith, in spite of all persecution and suffering. It is the blood of martyrs that has led to the Church overcoming any and all obstacles in the past, so I pray these faithful souls, who do suffer greatly for their faith, may remain strong in it.
I blogged last week on the sad imbroglio of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who was fired for having made a donation to the Prop 8 cause (protecting marriage in CA) back in 2008. Over the weekend, it seemed the worm had turned a bit, and now it’s the leftists and Mozilla who are on the defensive for their profoundly illiberal intolerance.
It seems Mozilla’s Facebook page, their online comment site, and their switchboards have been overwhelmed with outraged reaction to their firing of Eich, Mozilla’s co-founder and inventor of Java. There is now an effort to turn today, Monday April 7 into “Call Mozilla” day to tell them you will be uninstalling Firefox and no longer using their products – to the extent possible – due to their persecution of a Christian and their craven caving into the San Francisco elite.
I heartily support this idea, here is some Mozilla contact info if you feel inclined to let them know you don’t think it’s OK that a man be fired because he believes marriage is between a man and a woman:
Let this company of fascist cowards hear from you: hear from everyone: Mozilla Corporation – Mountain View, CA 650 Castro St Mountain View, CA 94041
Phone number (650) 903-0800
Current acting CEO is Mitchell Burke. Let her (yes “her”) know where you stand on the issue.
Monday’s Conference Call at Mozilla
Dial-in: conference# 8600
US/California/Mountain View: +1 650 903 0800, x92 Conf# 8600
US/California/San Francisco: +1 415 762 5700, x92 Conf# 8600
US/Oregon/Portland: +1 971 544 8000, x92 Conf# 8600
CA/Vancouver: +1 778 785 1540, x92 Conf# 8600
I read some really good criticisms of this mob mentality that resulted in the lynching of what by all accounts is a good man over the weekend. One of the better ones I excerpt below:
……we are positive that the American legal imagination will come up with a rationale under which an evangelical’s declining to do business with a homosexual is illegal but the reverse is perfectly legal, if not mandatory. [Yep. Won't be long now]
Again, it is in this case a matter of culture. The nation’s full-time gay-rights professionals simply will not rest until a homogeneous and stultifying monoculture is settled upon the land, and if that means deploying a ridiculous lynch mob to pronounce anathema upon a California technology executive for private views acted on in his private life, then so be it. The gay agenda of the moment is, ironically enough, to force nonconformists into the metaphorical closet. If through the miracle of modern medicine you end up with five sets of mixed genitals, you’ll get your own section in the California civil-rights statutes; cling to nearly universal views about marriage for a few months after it’s become unfashionable, and you’re an untouchable.
Some have been asking if this why there is so much vindictiveness and excessive cruelty associated with this sodomite rights movement. This is what they are. It’s because these folks are not well. They are not normal. And they are starting to discover that even now, where they are triumphant in the culture, where they can pretend to be married and have the state pretend right along with them, they are still miserable and unhappy. Now that government has surrendered to their demands, they are going after individuals, and with a vengeance. As one blogger and radio personality says:
Without question and without exaggeration, the ‘gay rights movement’ is the angriest, most ruthless, most controlling, most intolerant of all the ideological enterprises in the country.
This is not to speak of everyone who feels same-sex attraction. But it does describe, generally, those in the militant sodomite advocacy movement. These are people who are so very lost in sin that appeals and decency that there is essentially nothing to which they will not stoop. I have seen a little of their vile hatred of Christians on this blog, and a whole lot of it elsewhere. To say it is diabolical is a great understatement.
Again, I am not describing every soul feels disordered, sinful urges. There are essentially good people who have fallen into bad habits or through various circumstances simply feel these unnatural urges. But there is a core to the sodomite rights movement that is cruel, vindictive, energetic, well-funded, and determined to have its way. And they see Christianity as one of the major obstacles to their desires. They have no qualms about making those who stand in their way suffer, and suffer severely. “Heresy” from their sexular pagan sodomite god will not be tolerated.
I am glad to see a backlash against this firing. It’s a bit like the Phil Robertson situation, although I don’t think Eich will be re-hired (but he probably will get picked up by any of a number of other companies). I think in general it’s too late to avert a persecution fired by sexual immorality, but it’s good to see there are a lot of people outraged by this firing, on many grounds, not just religious. It does give some additional hope.
As for boycotts, I never used Mozilla, anyway, but I think it’d be great to see this company suffer a big hit to the bottom line for this persecution. There are reports it was a revolt among Mozilla’s own staff against Mr. Eich that most precipitated his firing. OK, if these Silicon Valley software engineers need a lesson that their region, a pressure cooker of leftism and disordered sexuality, is not in line with the rest of the country or world, so be it. There are lots of good browsers out there, it’s not exactly rocket science.
Call ‘em and let them know what you think. Oh, and thanks to all those who signed the petition on the scandal at Charlotte Catholic High School.
I have little use for anything Hollywood puts on the big screen anymore. The vast majority of it is either outward leftist agitprop or comic book pulp. So I never had much interest in seeing this Noah movie. But I was still pretty surprised that it got a number of positive reviews from Catholic and other Christian reviewers. I read a few of those reviews and came away feeling the reviewers were really bending over backwards to support something unsupportable. I also came away thinking…….there is something really, really wrong with this movie.
Well, a local priest shared with me over the weekend what the problem is – the movie is a veritable evangelization piece for gnostic heresies and Jewish Kaballah sorcery (black magic), packaged as entertainment. One theologian just absolutely lambasted positive Christian reviewers, including some protestant theologians, for failing to pick up on the extremely overt gnostic and kabbalist (word creation?) elements.
In brief, this movie is a very clever attempt at undermining the faith of potentially millions of viewers by performing a massive misdirect, getting people to think (and attempt to explain away) the movie as being based on the Christian Bible, when it in fact derives its source material from gnosticism and kaballist heresies. For those that don’t know, Kaballah is basically Jewish black magic, and its enjoyed quite a resurgence of late. Gnosticism was an early and very persistent heresy of Christianity, which posited that the material (or flesh) was bad, and that the “spirit” was good. Gnostics – who had an infinite variety – viewed the Christian God as a low-level deity that didn’t understand the spiritual world at all, and mired man in corrupting flesh out of spite. Since the flesh doesn’t matter, gnostics and derived heresies (Manicheanism, the Cathars, new age) generally develop really wacked out sexual immoralities, in addition to having a completely, totally anti-Christian vision of theology and the nature of God.
The kabbalist and gnostic aspects of the film are apparently constant throughout and overpowering. And the creator of this Noah film has already made a film about Kaballah, so he is steeped in these errors (even though he professes to be an atheist). Starting with an early scene depicting Adam and Eve, things start off wrong and get worse fast. The film shows Adam and Eve as being pure spirit initially, and the serpent is actually the goddess “Sophia” coming to bring them true spiritual wisdom. When they listen to the serpent “(which, in gnosticism, was the right thing to do), the bad, judgmental, spiteful, hateful material “god” (our God) casts them out of the Garden and punishes them with material flesh (for a weak, lower level deity, God sure seems to have a lot of power) because Adam and Eve gained some spiritual knowledge superior to his own.
Some of the other, more egregious problems (many spoilers, but you weren’t going to see it anyways):
- the film shows “fallen angels” (that is, demons) being “saved” and allowed to ascend to Heaven or whatever for their help in wiping out humanity. These are the weird “rock people” that have so confused reviewers.
- the evil material “god” in this film does not desire any humanity to survive, he actually wants the complete destruction of all human life, including Noah and his family. Because, environmentalism.
- And, yes, the entire film screens like a masturbatory fantasy of a true die hard environmentalist zealout, where “nature” is pristine and good and man is irredeemably bad.
- There is a scene where Noah, carrying out the bad, materialist “god’s” wishes, goes to kill his grandchildren and is seen threatening them with a knife. This scene was most disturbing to some people I met who had unfortunately seen the movie.
- Noah finally overcomes the will of the bad god by embracing the “wisdom” of the serpent, sparing his grandchildren and carrying on human life. There is a scene that makes this plain.
There are numerous other scandals and heresies, but you get the point.
As this theologian notes, the biggest scandal is that so many Christians fell for this garbage and tried to find Christian interpretations for all these weird, inexplicable elements, which were actually gnostic heresies or kaballist fantasies:
The scandal is this: of all the Christian leaders who went to great lengths to endorse this movie (for whatever reasons: “it’s a conversation starter,” “at least Hollywood is doing something on the Bible,” etc.), and all of the Christian leaders who panned it for “not following the Bible”…
Not one of them could identify a blatantly Gnostic subversion of the biblical story when it was right in front of their faces.
I believe Aronofsky did it as an experiment to make fools of us: “You are so ignorant that I can put Noah (granted, it’s Russell Crowe!) up on the big screen and portray him literally as the ‘seed of the Serpent’ and you all will watch my studio’s screening and endorse it.”
He’s having quite the laugh. And shame on everyone who bought it.
Another reviewer notes that the producer, Darren Aronofsky, seems to have made this film in an attempt to lure souls away from the Faith or to at least corrupt their understanding of it. It is thus blasphemous and sinister.
I think we Christians are going to have to get over being liked or “relevant” to the self-anointed elites in this culture. We can and must pray and work for their conversion, but engaging in debates on their terms is at this point a lost cause. Falling over backwards to explain away blatantly problematic films like this seems a losing proposition. I think we need to assert our rights and the Truth Christ has revealed more boldly and stridently, and cease seeking accommodation with those whose hatred of Christianity is most visible.
Oh, but what did the USCCB think? They gave a rather contradictory review, noting problems, but never saying outright “avoid this film at all costs.” The reviewer also failed to pick up on the deliberately dangerous, heretical elements. They basically say kids shouldn’t see it, but adults might find some value in it. I can’t imagine what that would be.
Finally, I have to note how gnosticism informs and undergirds the entire “new age” false religion. Gnosticism was always a religion of self-anointed elites, the same kind of people who dominate our society today. It was also a religion that posited secret, hidden knowledge as the key to salvation. Thus, the “elect” were a tiny, self-absorbed set. Correlations to new age should be clear, as new age encourages turning inward and finding “the god within.” It is a scandal of massive proportions that many religious, especially female, have fallen into this literal worship of self and serve as eager acolytes to confused, spiritually-starved Catholics, especially women of a certain age. It was one such religious giving a new age “Lenten retreat” in the Dallas Diocese that sparked the creation of this blog.
I didn’t look around to see if there were problematic retreats given this year. Perhaps there were, but our involvement in parishes with the Novus Ordo Mass is essentially over, so I haven’t had the motivation to look.
To the extent this movie might encourage some already profoundly confused Catholics who have fallen into new age practices to fall still further, it is especially dangerous. But overall, Catholics should never willingly expose themselves to heresy. So, stay away from this movie. I have seen so far nothing to recommend it to the faithful Catholic.
A nun went down to Charlotte…. April 4, 2014Posted by tantamergo in asshatery, Basics, Christendom, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, religious, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the enemy.
……she was looking for some souls to save, she was in a bind, cuz she was way behind, she had’ta speak Truth hard and brave.
When she come across these young kids going to school in ol’ Char-lot
They call them Catholic but it seems……they’re not
She said: “You may not believe, but I’m Catholic, true,”
“And if you dare, you’ll see it’s fair, the devil has his hand on you.”
The kids said “we are so Katholyc, and it may be a sin”
“But we don’t care for Truth, we’re such smart youth, we’re jumpin’ on this gay wagon”
Sister get down and pray, the hate is comin’ hard
Cuz hell’s broke loose in Charlotte and the devil’s now in charge
And if you stay true you’ll get a halo made of gold,
but for these kids, the devil’s got their soul……
Alright, enough of that. So they had the outrage session at Charlotte, ahem, Catholic High School Tuesday night, in response to the horrific atrocity of exposing what appear to be horribly formed youth and parents to some very basic Truth. Mind, this was a presentation on Theology of the Body, so it wasn’t like they were hearing the really severe condemnations of sin that are very prevalent in the Tradition.
But it seems the nun who have the talk had the temerity to not only suggest, but demonstrate via sociological data, that those lost in the sins of sodom and sapphos are not “born that way,” but through various traumas or predilections to sin fall into that lifestyle.
And that was simply too much, much, much too much, for the precious dears – and possibly, even more so, their parents – to hear. There is pretty extensive coverage of the talk given here, and while I don’t feel a particular need to give yet more space to the politically ginned-up outrage expressed last night (it seems some activists may have been brought in, last minute like, to insure the meeting went only one direction), I do want to pull out a couple of quotes from the aggrieved for examination.
For instance, one parent said her child came home from school the day of the presentation feeling ashamed and embarrassed.[Perhaps because the nun convicted the child of their sin? Perhaps because the Word of God written even on the natural man's heart was struck by what was said?]The parent proceed to chide Father Matthew Kauth, the school’s chaplain, for arranging the event.
“I have lost confidence. I do not trust your judgment and I do not respect (Father Kauth),” the parent said. [I've been told by a reader who knows the Charlotte area that this Fr. Kauth is known to be pretty orthodox, at least by Novus Ordo standards. He was also, I understand, pretty popular. But hey, he crossed the "third rail" of cultural discourse, a rail that only suddenly sprung into being in the past half-decade or so: thou shalt never criticize even slightly the sodomite lifestyle under any circumstances whatsoever]
Her comments were vigorously applauded.
On the other hand, whenever a parent tried to defend the school and the presentation, they were loudly booed by the crowd. [I think that tells us everything we needed to know about what went down last night. These parents and kids weren't looking for Truth, or even natural "right," but they wanted heads on a platter. How dare you ever make them feel bad for holding sinful, heretical ideas! There is something very strangely powerful about this whole matter revolving around same-sex attraction, those who go over to that side, supporting the trumpeting of this lifestyle as oh-so-good and "holy," really seem to have a diabolical hatred of those who say "No, wait, this is really bad. It's always been a grave sin." They just can't stand it. I can only guess at why emotions become so overpowering when corrected, or even contradicted, on this matter, but all the guesses point in a really dark direction]
As I said, the architects of leftist agitprop were in effect that night. You’ll see that below, plus, a quote that really defines the crisis in the Church and in Catholic education in particular:
This was not enough to satisfy parents, one of whom claimed to be representing lesbian, gay and bisexual students at the school and who said the presentation created an unsafe environment for these students. [Oh for God's sake. This is "PFLAG," a radical pro-sodomy agitprop group. They were in the house, suddenly. I take it there hasn't been much sodomite presence on this campus. I'm sure there will be, now.]
[Here's the money quote....] Another told the school chaplain: “You don’t know what’s best for our children. What are you planning on doing for the healing? [This is codespeak for "when are you going to issue a blanket condemnation of the nun, everything she said, and grovel before us until we feel vindicated?"] We want our children to remain Catholic, but we are being pushed away by the climate of what is going on here.”
Wait. Full stop. What did they just say? Let me rephrase that to say what it really means: “We want our children to retain various trappings of cultural Katholycism, and maybe go to Mass for a few years when their kids are young and then very late in life, kick in a $5 bill on random Sundays, etc……but you are pushing us away by saying we have to believe what the Catholic Church really believes! How dare you make any demands on us!”
That’s it in a nutshell, all the manifold problems that stem from the entire political-cultural-economic system that exists in self-described “liberal democracies” in their late, decaying state. These people have been taught since near infancy that religion is a matter of choice, one of many accouterments with which to adorn one’s life, if one so chooses. So their mental model of Catholicism is one that never offends, never challenges (except in certain, very limited ways, such as occasional exhortations to “be better,” “help the poor,” etc.), and certainly would never put them in opposition to the dominant culture and thus pose even the slightest threat to their comfortable lifestyle.
And that’s the main point: so many folks who claim to be Catholic today are so completely materialist and worldly, they literally cannot imagine suffering for the Faith, leading a counter-cultural lifestyle, or, egad!, standing athwart one of these perverse shibboleths of this hyper-sexualized culture.
So the message to Catholic schools, and parishes, and dioceses, is that you can only present the Faith in tightly circumscribed ways, ways that are guaranteed to never offend and also never challenge. Compared to the traditional practice of the Faith, this Catholicism-Lite is a pathetic imitation of the real thing, and not only that, will not be efficacious of salvation. So a whole ton of souls are persist in a state of grave danger of being lost.
Now, there is a huge culpability here, going back decades, to those within the Church who first allowed this worldly materialism to creep in, and then have done nothing to check it. You can see the massive problems orthodox, or at least conservative, leaders in the Church face today in trying to instill a little bit of the True Faith into souls wholly inoculated against it. But not trying is still a massive dereliction of duty, and we see how quickly one fairly orthodox nun (or order) is thrown under the bus, rather than being defended. You can also be sure any school that is not overtly traditional will now be extremely reluctant to have a nun from this order ever give such a presentation, or any presentation, again.
In reality, a massive part of the Church, by far the dominant part, is no longer, in any meaningful way, Catholic. To be Catholic means to accept, with supernatural faith, ALL that the Church presents as Truth. And there probably aren’t 15% of Catholics worldwide who do so today. That is not to say they “struggle” with some truth, that means, they deliberately, outwardly reject it. Heresy is always a grave sin, and mortal if you know you are deliberately rejecting Church Doctrine.
So, the Vatican II modernist chickens have come home to roost. The situation in the Church is so dire that sad, dried up, agitprop pseudo-religious can hop on a bus and be applauded from coast to coast for their heresy, while a sweet, habited nun who gives what I’m sure was a pretty mild talk on some core truths of the Faith gets pilloried and run out of town on a rail. This is essentially the state of affairs the modernists who drove the agenda after the Council wanted. They wanted a weak, worldly, inoffensive, unchallenging Church.
If you want to read more of the gory details, you can go here and here.
And as I’ve also said elsewhere this week, in the coming persecution, our worst tormentors (God willing we remain faithful) will be fellow so-called Catholics.
OH – there are still competing petitions out there either supporting or opposing Sister Dominic’s talk. The opposition one has been in the lead ever since this sad imbroglio happened, but maybe you would go sign the supportive one and change that? It’s a small thing, but I think it sends a very dangerous message to have even one internet petition indicate that more Catholics oppose this kind of talk than support it.