Updates on the Oklahoma City black mass debacle August 21, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
So in spite of many souls who abstained from meat in the Diocese of Tulsa (at the behest of Bishop Edward Slattery) and elsewhere, it appears the diabolical black mass is still planned for the OKC civic center next month. At this point, organizers are asking poeple to call the OKC mayor and city council. There is also some more background from someone who has already called and spoken with Oklahoma City officials:
Debbie Martin, from the OK mayor’s office, returned my call this morning. She was very sympathetic and said that although the mayor and council all opposed the black mass, the city attorney had informed them that they couldn’t deny the rental of the space because of freedom of speech. I thanked her for her opposition (I’m sure all those opposed haven’t heard “thank you” enough), and pointed out three possible ideas, which she said she would pass along to the attorney.
- The Eucharist is stolen property (already under investigation)
- OK State law prohibits blasphemy
- This group already states that their services is a perversion of the Catholic mass (which implies that it is anti-religion, not religion, which would have been constitutionally protected).
Debbie also stated that police officers would be attending the “event” to make sure laws are not violated, and to make arrests, if needed.
I also heard from a board member that this event had occurred last year, [this is different from what I thought. I read somewhere they had attempted it but switched to a private venue last year] but apparently only one person attended in the audience. I wasn’t aware of that. May all the prayers and good efforts this year overwhelm all the evil from these events and put a stop to them, at least on public property.
Please keep up the calls, especially to Heaven
Yes, especially the last part. Here is a list of numbers to call. Would you strongly consider, in your charity, calling at least one of the below? From what I have gathered, calls to the Mayor and/or city council members are most likely to be effective. They are listening, apparently, even if they feel – maybe conveniently, maybe not – bullied by their attorney into having to allow this blasphemous travesty. I am skeptical the OKC city council would allow something particularly offensive to pentecostals or baptists, but who knows? Even if true, that would not necessarily prove prejudice, but could simply reveal lack of understanding of the actual Christian Faith, which is of course the Catholic Faith – and the utterly central role the Mass plays in that Faith.
Mayor Oklahoma City, Mike Cornett, 405-297-2424
James Greiner 405-297-2404
Dr. Ed Shadid 405-297-2402
Larry McAtee 405-297-2404
Pete White 405-297-2402
David Greenwell 405-297-2569
Meg Salyer 405-297-2402
John A. Pettis Jr. 405-297-2569
Patrick J. Ryan 405-297-2404
The following are some of the members of the Board of Directors of the OKC Civic Center:
Elizabeth Gray (she is a Catholic, I am told)
Walters Power International
2915 N. Classen Blvd. #400
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
6301 Waterford Blvd. #101
Oklahoma City, OK 73113
Price Edwards & Company
210 Park Avenue #1000
OKC, OK 73102
You know what leftists, and especially sodomites do, right? They would picket and threaten the places these commissioners work for, asking them how they could allow such a raging anti-sodomite “bigot” (i.e., someone who understands marriage to mean what it has always meant) to work for them? Such tactics are immoral and unfair, but have been startlingly effective. It is through such pressure tactics that many folks have been “converted” to the embrace of rank immorality, as it is much easier to just go along to get along.
The following is Bishop Slattery’s announcement from August 4, 2014 of his Diocese’s response to this black mass, which included the aforementioned period of fasting/abstinence, in which many good souls participated (I know some local priests did). The video below, when I watched it two weeks ago, really impressed me, as I felt that Bishop Slattery conveyed true pain and umbrage at this most despicably evil of acts, conducted in broad daylight in full public view. We are headed for most dark times, that such a thing would be permitted. And if we ever needed conclusive evidence that this nation, founded on the false principle of “religious freedom” (or, officially endorsed agnosticism if not atheism), has a highly disordered system of political organization, I can’t think of a better example than this current one to give that proof. As we have seen over and over again of late, when it comes to made up rights like “freedom of expression” or even freedom of speech, they inevitably trump the purported “freedom of religion” and, even more, the rights of Jesus Christ our True and Sovereign King. Thus, it certainly appears that very soon, sodomites will be able to petition the government to try to force churches to change their teachings and commit depraved acts of immorality in order to suit them. And furthermore, it appears the government is growing more and more amenable to doing so every day. Which only proves that any nation not founded with Jesus Christ as its visible head is profoundly disordered and doomed to eventual failure, and by failure I mean cruel repression of religion. Anyway, the video, and watch closely from 1:15-1:30 for Bishop Slattery’s obvious pain at the idea of profanation of the Blessed Sacrament:
Please Pray for Father Michael Rodriguez! August 20, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, General Catholic, Latin Mass, manhood, martyrdom, mortification, persecution, priests, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
A little birdie has communicated to me that Father Michael Rodriguez’ situation in the Diocese of El Paso may be increasing in difficulty. There is nothing certain or public, of course, but due to his steadfast proclamation of the Truth and his firm attachment to all Holy Mother Church believes, he has become a veritable pariah among his brother priests in that Diocese. There is a new bishop in El Paso, Mark Seitz, and Bishop Seitz has done a good thing or two in his short time there, but Father Rodriguez’ position remains quite awkward. He is still serving in the furthest possible extremity of the Diocese in Presidio, Candelaria, and his “home” in Shafter.
Probably many readers have a list of priests they pray for. Or perhaps you pray for all priests. And I’m also confident many of my good readers already maintain Fr. Rodriguez in your prayers, but on the off chance you don’t, please pray for this good and holy priest who has done so much to bring the great Tradition of the Church to many starving souls. I cannot go into detail, but some of the things I’m being told are quite dark, quite worrisome. So please keep him in your prayers!
Thank you and God bless you!
Below, a few videos from Father Rodriguez. He hasn’t been making any lately, and there is, of course, a reason for that.
I do miss hearing from good Father Rodriguez! Maybe he could join the Fraternity (but I won’t hold my breath):
By the way, you can help Father Rodriguez, JMJHF productions, and many other good Catholic resources by supporting the Saint Vincent Ferrer Foundation. They provide a great deal of assistance to Father Rodriguez, some Carmelite monks associated with his apostolate, and other good works. This is a tax deductible foundation.
Pope Francis supports intervention to stop ISIS….. August 18, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disconcerting, Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Holy suffering, martyrdom, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
…….but believes any such intervention should proceed through the UN, which……..Ah pbmit mah ton owff
I would just say the United Nations, as a venue for achieving conflict resolution, has, over its 7 decade history, shown itself to be amazingly ineffective and generally ordered to just accepting whatever the new status quo is after some people gets devastated by another. They are then happy to sit down with the victors and perhaps admit them to the Security Council within a few years.
I exaggerate, but not much.
The first paragraph is good, helpful Catholic just war theory. It’s wonderful to stop an unjust aggression without using force, but often that is simply not possible. The kinds of groups/nations/whatever that would resort to an unjust aggression are not the kind that tend to listen to verbal reason. They only know one language, force. The United States could fit into that category in many minds.
Second paragraph, perhaps, but I don’t think there have been too many colonial wars of conquest in the past century or so, at least with first world powers as the aggressors. I think appealing to the US invasion of Iraq in 20033 as a war of conquest would be a pretty far reach, but I have no clear idea if that is what is being referred to.
Para 3 is a bit muddled and seems more like personal opinion – one could even interpret from the language that the nation or group suffering unjust attack must wait a judgment from the UN that such attack is indeed unjust before responding! There is nothing in Catholic just war doctrine that a nation under attack must achieve some kind of balance of world opinion or a majority vote declaring the depredations being committed against it unjust. In the time it can take to achieve such a consensus many nations have been wiped out, so I find this more than just slightly strange. But it is very consistent with a progressive world view. I would agree the arguments seem directed against the US acting alone, but, once again, history has shown that by the time one can get the bloated, almost inevitably corrupt UN to act, it is very often far too late to do anything but evacuate the few survivors and pick up bodies from the rubble.
This is another transcript of a famous airplane interview, so who knows. I think it important to note this is not a doctrinal document. I’ll admit to being torn on this matter of US intervention, I am scandalized and sorrowful by the ongoing atrocities in the Mideast against Christians (and others) and want it to end now, and I know there is not really another nation that can do any intervening with the level of effect the US can achieve, even alone, but I am pretty reticent to see another Mideast conflict involving the US, especially with the current leadership. I do not have much confidence any real long term results can be achieved; at most, I can see perhaps a temporary reduction if not elimination of the suffering.
I do get the sense from the statement above, with the usual caveats for “translation errors” and all that, that Pope Francis is torn himself. There is reality, and then there is the great ecumenical/interreligious project, and the two don’t always align very nicely.
Nevertheless, I pray these words hearten the suffering Iraqi and Syrian Catholics and encourage them to resist this horrific onslaught with whatever means they can find, and with whatever help is given them. I pray this ISIS nightmare be utterly crushed and returned to the pit from whence it came.
I wrote a rather strongly worded post last week in which I stated my rather firm belief that the postconciliar Church is a radical new construct implacably hostile to the “bad, old church.” Another data point in that direction emerged recently from Pittsburgh, where, via CMR, the diocese appears ready to sell a parish it can no longer afford to anyone so long as they are not those damnable schismatics in the SSPX:
By fall of 2013, as the diocese was laying off employees due to a $2.3M deficit in their budget, the price of St. Michael’s had dropped down to $150,000 despite the readiness of our checkbook. At that time a local reporter contacted the diocese about the sale of St. Michael’s and asked why the diocese had previously sold churches to the Lutherans and Baptists while they would not sell to the SSPX. The response that was posted in the newspaper was, “those groups [Lutherans and Baptists] are not schismatic in the eyes of the Church.” What a losing battle this was! There was no use trying to reason with the diocese. It became clear that they might sell this church for Protestant “worship” or to a developer for making apartments, but not to a group that would use it according the purpose for which it was built—the Mass of All Time and the perennial teaching and sacraments of the Church.
Patrick Archbold notes that the SSPX agrees with far more of the sainted Council than does any lutheran or baptist. That may or may not be true, as there are heretic baptists and lutherans as much as their are Catholics, the lutherans in particular having gone pretty heavy into sexular pagan indifferentism, but I get the point. There is a special enmity reserved for the Society, as they are the living embodiment of what newchurch absolutely cannot countenance, which is the way things were. It is interesting to note how much tolerance there is in the postconciliar Church for every kind of error, novelty, destructive trend, etc., imaginable, save for that most hated of enemies, the pre-conciliar religion.
None of the above is to say that there are not legitimate concerns over the SSPX and their conduct in given locales at times, but the same could be said of any organ within the Church. Jesuits used to be known as heavy-handed and possessed of a superiority complex, too. It might seem difficult for diocesan administration to consider allowing such a transfer of Church property, but the willingness to sell to destructive heretics over alleged schismatics (the schism being far from clear, especially officially, and even more especially since 2007) is, I think, more than just a bit revealing.
So is the willingness to turn down good money when it comes from just one particular organization, but should an even more problematic organization from within the Church, like some group of heretic female religious offer to buy the place, I would imagine the diocese would find a way to make it happen. And what if the Orthodox desired to buy the parish? Are they not schismatic “in the eyes of the Church?” But do you think a very public row would be allowed to play out against our “ecumenical partners?”
So we see, once again, that there is an unfathomable animosity against the terrible old pre-conciliar Church and its supporters, once again. Yes there are legitimate problems with the SSPX, but the above smacks more than just a little bit of a huge double standard.
Bishops treat Traditional Mass worse than child rape August 14, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, the return, Tradition.
Wowzer, that’s a pretty clear and evocative way to put things. But for the most part, I don’t think it’s false. Prior to Summorum Pontificum, and even to some degree since, priests who raped boys (and abused a few girls) were given far, far more gentle treatment than those who had the temerity to offer the Traditional Latin Mass. So says Michael Brendan Dougherty (I wonder if he is related to the family I know), via Rod Dreher, via Pertinacious Papist:
Summorum came too late to save that community in Poughkeepsie. In the New York Archdiocese as then ruled by Cardinal Edward Egan, the offense of saying this Mass and publishing tracts in its favor was treated as a far more serious crime and scandal than clerical pederasty. Cardinal Egan suspended my Poughkeepsie priest, and effectively exiled him from the life of the church. Priests who knew about the situation observed darkly that if he had raped children instead of saying this Mass, his career would have been better off.
The modus operandi then was that these Latin Mass people — “the crazies,” as they were called in the archbishop’s office [and often still are] — should be contained in Saint Agnes in midtown Manhattan or in a few obscure parishes along the Hudson River. Egan was all too happy to see that Poughkeepsie parish closed and the building sold. He smudged us out like a penciled mistake. [And that was certainly the dominant treatment most priests and laity could expect prior to SP, and even since then. It is generally better today, the hostility is less open, the closures less frequent - but it remains. El Paso and New York have both experienced this heavy hand of official opprobrium towards the TLM in recent years. And "containment," or "ghettoizing," is likely operative even where the TLM is tolerated relatively......relatively.....well.]
Dreher goes on to add:
This is a provocatively stated point, but nevertheless a sound one. The current cardinal archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, had a South African priest sent packing after he had the temerity to defend the Latin mass community in a homily (partial transcript here), and now threatens to shut down Holy Innocents, the parish where NYC has its only daily Latin mass. Meanwhile, Cardinal Dolan tolerates things like the “Pre-Pride mass”.
Why does Cardinal Dolan consider the Latin mass a greater threat than a mass said as part of a Gay Pride festival? It’s mind-boggling. As you know, I’m no longer Catholic, and never was a Traditionalist Catholic, but for the entire time I was a Catholic communicant, I never understood the fear and loathing so many within the Catholic institution had for the Latin mass. [Dreher's falling away was precipitated by knowing a little too much about too many bishops and priests in the boy rape scandal. It shattered his faith, whatever it was]
By the way, under the plan Cardinal Dolan is considering, Holy Innocents parish will be merged with nearby St. Francis of Assisi parish — which hosts the Pre-Pride Mass. Priorities, I suppose. [If that comes to pass, it would seem a particularly nasty, thuggish way of flipping the bird at traditional Catholics]
That the disparity in treatment is true is simply indisputable….under a former bishop, a priest was almost cashiered in this Diocese for having the temerity to offer even the Novus Ordo in Latin. That same bishop was deeply implicated in a number of sex abuse cases, but had the good fortune to have the cases in Dallas break early in the scandal, before public outrage had really grown to stratospheric heights.
Dreher tries to contemplate why this disparity exists. He thinks it has something to do with the fact that the Mass is a rebuke to the excessive “optimism” of the post-conciliar religion. I think it’s a little more substantive than that: there are many priests, prelates, chancery staff, religious, etc., who recognize the plain difference between the pre- and post-conciliar Church – these two things are not the same. They reject the former as something strange, alien, and incompatible with the new religion. They also view the Mass as the greatest single threat to the coup that was executed against the Church from within and which installed the new, much more worldly, accommodating, and indifferent religion stood up in place of the old.
Yes yes, hermeneutics and all that. Balderdash. I mean, that was a nice, rather desperate attempt by one of the early architects of the revolution, who later recoiled from it, to mute its effects and reconcile the irreconcilable. Sorry. Mirus and all the neo-cats aside, you can’t paper over these differences. It’s like Evel Knievel trying to jump the Grand Canyon – nice try, not gonna happen. Old is old, and new is new, and ne’er the twain shall meet.
I think it simply something that has to be acknowledged, kept in mind, and then moved on from. The TLM is punished by bishops and others because they are members of an inveterately hostile, competing religion. And that new religion doesn’t have “hang ups” about child rape and all the rest that the old does. So you get what we got. We should probably be thankful it wasn’t worse.
And yes I realize that much abuse occurred before the Council, but that was hardly accomplished by the defenders of orthodoxy. Vatican II did not materialize out of nowhere, there was a large underground movement in the Church that sought a revolution, and executed it when it had a chance (I have described it before as a seething cauldron of heresy). It was members of that movement, by and large, especially in wayward religious orders, that performed most of that early (and later) abuse.
85 yo Assyrian takes up arms to defend his people August 14, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, horror, manhood, martyrdom, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, Virtue.
I don’t know if he’s Catholic or not, but he has a Christian name: Moses George. Could be Assyrian Orthodox, I guess.
An 85 yo Assyrian man has had enough of muslims tormenting and killing his people and is ready to fight. Thanks to reader D for sending this in:
85-year old Moshi Gewargis (Moses George), an Assyrian resident of Dohuk, has armed himself and volunteered to defend his town from the Islamic State. Three days ago he told his son he wanted to go to Mosul and fight to protect the Assyrians. In 2003, after the fall of regime, he joined in the effort to liberate Tel Kepe and was armed and drove in to help the local Assyrians. Mr. Gewargis has 10 children and 40 grandchildren. [That's my kind of man. 10 kids, knows how to use a gun, has fought before.....greatness. And maybe the most epic mustache ever]
“I will proudly remain here and not leave,” he told one of his sons who lives in Chicago.
The question of arming the Assyrian Christians is now at the forefront, as they are not being protected by Iraqi or Kurdish security forces. On August 7 as ISIS advanced into the Nineveh Plain the Kurdish and Iraqi forces withdrew, leaving the area unprotected, which caused the flight of 200,000 Assyrians to the north and to the East.
Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako issued a statement on August 10 expressing disappointment at President Obama for appearing to commit only to the protection of Arbel, saying “The position of the American president Obama only to give military assistance to protect Erbil is disappointing. The talks about dividing Iraq are threatening. The Americans are not up to a rapid solution to give hope specifically as they are not going to attack the ISIS in Mosul and in the Nineveh Plain.”
Assyrian leaders throughout the world are now calling for arming the Assyrians, as they are the only ones that can protect themselves against ISIS.
That last bit is key. The Kurds are mostly concerned about defending their own people and territory. They do not have much excess force to extend there area of control into the Christian dominated Nineveh plain, nor do they have much interest in doing so. They did so before mostly to keep ISIS away from Kurdistan. They are pretty hard pressed doing even that, now, so if the Christians are going to be helped, they’re going to have to help themselves.
But they need the tools to do so. I know it is always a risk to put capable weapons into the hands of irregular forces, but dire times call for expedient measures. At least give these people a chance. I understand end user certificates, always a dubious means of controlling who ends up using a supply of weapons, are being waived already in arming the Kurds. If that’s the case, there is no reason not to arm the Assyrians, as well. It’s going to take more than AKs and side arms. It’s going to take some heavier weaponry.
Please continue praying. It is making a difference.
Evidence of previous Arab (and Kurdish!) atrocities against Assyrians in 1933. The Kurds are not great friends of the Christians in the area:
Catholic religious attacked in the Netherlands…….. August 14, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Ecumenism, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
…….for wearing a T-shirt demonstrating solidarity with the persecuted Catholics in Iraq. This shirt, here:
Amazing……I think Rorate started that meme. The report via Tancred below:
A Catholic seminary student from Colombia has been threatened and spat upon in Utrecht by radical Muslims: Brother Jaider Chantré Sanchez who upon just leaving church on the weekend, while walking alone through the park when two Muslims began to pursue him, cursing and spitting . They are supposed to have shouted, “We will kill all of you Christians.” [Anti-semitism among muslims and many European leftists is becoming an epidemic. During the most recent war against Gaza, there have been many ugly demonstrations directed against Jews and attacks on synagogues. Much of that hatred can easily be redirected towards Christians, and likely will. The Nazis killed nearly as many Catholics as they did Jews, after all]“I was so scared. It is the first time something like that’s happened to me,” Chantré Sannchez recently explained in the newspaper “De Telegraaf “. “I was told in Colombia, the Netherlands is a tolerant country. But this does not seem to be so,” continued the student, who was able to escape. [Oh, they are very tolerant, provided you do and think exactly what they want all the time] The attackers had apparently been traveling to an anti-Israel demonstration. Yet Sanchez believes he has an explanation as to why they had become so aggressive, however, with this explanation: “I wore a T-shirt with the logo Nasrani. This is used by the IS-terrorist group in Iraq to mark houses of Christians. Many Christians wear those shirts now in solidarity with their fellow Muslims in Iraq. The logo must have seemed to the two Muslims like a red flag.”
Stark comparison between the reaction to Robin Williams death and the Mideast persecutions…….. August 13, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, error, foolishness, Four Last Things, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
……truly reveals the banality of our times. Given that many of those who are now so lamenting the death of this Hollywood star Williams, and who could not be bothered in the least to spare a concern for the suffering of millions of Christians in the Mideast, call themselves Christian, we see the emptiness that pervades so many souls. From commenter Steve, who in a later comment bent over backwards to insure that he does not bear Robin Williams any ill will and prays for the repose of his soul, some very insightful thoughts (I add some comments of my own):
May a certain Hollywood celebrity rest in peace.
I referenced that to call attention to the following:
If you are an Iraqi Catholic persecuted to the hilt and on the run from maniacs who at least rival (and may even surpass) the viciousness of the Nazis and Imperial Japanese, do not expect many people to cry for you. [And if you are an Iraqi Catholic who worked with the US presence in Iraq for a number of years, and now seek asylum as someone on the run in fear of his life, don't expect the US to hustle to help you out. Expect to be ignored, just as we left the many South Vietnamese who worked with the US during our intervention there, only to be left in the lurch when we got tired of that conflict. Many of those Vietnamese "only" had to serve time in reeducation camps and many were later able to emigrate to the United States (and what immigrants they have been!), but Iraqi Christians can expect their entire family to be beheaded, or perhaps see their daughters passed into sexual slavery for these amoral cretins. The lesson is, never trust the US government, I guess. We tend to coddle our enemies and betray our friends.]
Conversely, America’s news media and countless Americans will not only cry for but grind their lives to a halt to focus their attention upon a suicidal Hollywood celebrity (I wish him peace) who trafficked in dirty comedy and attacked the Holy Catholic Church as “Christians” in his audiences roared with laughter. [He certainly did do that. He had a penchant for attacking the Church. I pray he received some amazing conversion in the last milliseconds of his life, even as he took it himself. As for the Christians who laughed at his jokes, mocking Holy Mother Church, I pray for their conversion]
Countless folks will parade about in public to express their appreciation for said person’s raunchy, dirty antics.
They will leave teddy bears and tie balloons to objects to pay tribute to said celebrity. [This has always driven me a little nuts. I remember when Princess Diana died and just the orgiastic outpouring of grief. It is a strange culture that grieves for those who knew nothing but the ultimate in comfort and wealth, and ignore those among them who suffer so much]
The news media will devote around-the-clock coverage to said person.
In light of the above unsettling reality and in absence of a miracle, what realistic human hope exists for Iraqi Catholics? [Not much. Maybe the best argument against US involvement is that we'll somehow manage to make things worse, as we did when we invaded Iraq in the first place. I do understand Europe is moving to act, which means we should see a massive commitment of at least an unarmed platoon of Dutch military police, or somesuch.]
The message is clear: The life and demise of a person (requiescat in pace) who did not hesitate to deliver raunchy, filthy “entertainment” to America and the world is of greater interest to countless folks than the genocide of Iraqi Catholics.
Dang straight. But they’re so very far away, don’t you see! They’re foreigners with strange names and a funny language! They’re not quite human. Not like good left wing Hollywood stars. Those are “real” human beings.
Is that last bit not part of it? Because of TV and films, do not many people put media stars on some kind of higher plane of existence than the rest of us? And is that not a big reason why we have such a sick culture of celebrity seeking, with people willing to abandon any moral restraint and have themselves objectified, even as idiots, in order to garner a few minutes fame?
Meanwhile, more and more souls continue to suffer and are all but ignored. Our own president has made clear he is almost completely unmoved by their plight. And so the wheel turns. Shoot your TV, if you haven’t already. The sooner this cult of celebrity ends, the better.
Invoke Saint Clare for the defense of Christians! August 13, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, martyrdom, persecution, religious, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
As good Father Peter Carota notes, on two separate occasions St. Clare of Assisi, foundress of the feminine branch of the Franciscans, stopped armies through her intervention. What Fr. Carota does not note, is that in the first case, the army of Frederick II seeking to sack Assisi was made up largely of muslim, or saracen, mercenaries. Such a great affront against Christendom, to use the infidel dogs against his religious brethren. But then again, Frederick II was always a haughty atheist apostate (a prototype of the modern sexular pagan left, which is why he is so beloved by them) and was excommunicate at the time:
One of the greatest miracles know about St. Clare was when the army of Frederick II, in 1234, began to invade Assisi and even had ladders up to the windows of the sisters convent. The whole community was in great fear. But St. Clare, calmly rose from her sick bed, took the ciborium from the chapel, and proceeded to face the invaders through an open window. As she raised up the Blessed Sacrament, the soldiers, who were about to enter their monastery, became confused like and left the sisters and Assisi alone.
Again, later on, General Vitale di Aversa began another offensive against Assisi. St.Clare gathered her community around her and they knelt in prayer that Assisi might be spared. Instantly, a powerful storm arose that tore up and scattered all the soldiers tents. They began to panic and quickly departed in great fear. The people of Assisi knew that it was St. Clare, and her sisters prayers, that had saved them again.
As St. Francis had the joy of seeing his order spread all over Europe, St. Clare also was able to see many Poor Clare convents open up all over Europe in her own lifetime…..
Father Carota also notes some similarities between Saint Clare and traditional Catholics:
St. Clare had two very important goals in her life. It “was to bring about a restoration of discipline in the Church, and of morals and civilization in the peoples of Western Europe” These two goals are also what we traditional Catholics have in common with her. We want to see:
1) The restoring of the Catholic Church back to Jesus’ Biblical teachings.
2) Return to the 2000 year old Catholic Traditions.
3) Return of the sacred Catholic Rites, like the Latin Mass and all other Latin Sacraments.
4) The use of the traditional blessings of Holy Water and other sacred objects.
5) Society subjected to Jesus’ Rule and Laws.
6) The restitution of the indissolubility of the Sacrament of Marriage, (only between a man and a woman).
Yesterday was of course that great Saint’s Feast day. Speaking of lost ars traditionis, check out how Bishop Hugolin of Ostia addressed her in a letter:
To his very dear Sister in Jesus Christ , to his mother the Lady Clare, handmaid of Christ, Hugolin of Ostia, unworthy bishop and sinner. Ever since the hour when I had to deprive myself of your holy conversation, to snatch myself from that heavenly joy, such bitterness of heart causes my tears to flow, that if I did not find at the feet of Jesus the consolation which His love never refuses, my mind would fail and my soul would melt away. Where is the glorious joy of that Easter spent in your company and that of the other handmaids of Christ? I knoew that i was a sinner; but at the remembrance of your supereminent virtue, my misery overpowers me, and I believe myself unworthy ever to enjoy again that converation of the Saints, unless your tears and prayers obtain pardon for my sins. I put my souls, then, into your hands; to you I entrust my mind, that you may answer for me on the day of judgment……..
Would that we had frequent witness to such holy and edifying correspondence from our bishops today! What complete focus on Christ, what acknowledgement of our unworthiness, what great example of humility and piety! Oh Lord, give us such men as Hugolin of Ostia again! And we pray raise up great Saints like Clare of Assisi to give us great example of purity, holiness, piety, strength, and succor in these times of trial! May Saint Clare intercede for persecuted Catholics everywhere, but especially in the Mideast, and use her great intercessory power to stop the terrible sufferings, and make those sufferings endured thus efficacious of great Grace!
May all the souls lost in this horrible persecution be saved through their martyrdom and Saint Clare’s intercession!