….said the surely diabolically-influenced neo-pagan atheist in the comments to the Youtube video of crazed pro-abort feminist gomorrists attacking Catholics in San Juan, Argentina.
I know the video below has made the rounds, but when I finally got around to watching it, and saw that comment, I thought I’d go ahead and do a post.
I had intended to link to the version where I found the comment, but I cannot. While there is nothing even remotely scintillating in the acts of perversion and self-degradation contained therein, some of these acts reach levels of wretchedness and explicitness I simply cannot allow on the blog. So, I’ve posted the sanitized version from LifeSite below.
Long after you are dead and reduced to moldering dust, ladies, the Church will remain. In fact, She will remain forever.
This is the world today. This is what Vatican II calls us to embrace, to find all that glorious worldly wisdom to teach the Church a thing or 200?
These attacks are increasingly brutal. These women were much more aggressive than last year. What is funny, should any of the men have lashed out – and thank God they didn’t – the women would have been the first scream “victim.” Having spray paint liberally applied to the eyes could cause permanent blindness.
But, you know, the more these women assaulted the men, and the less the men responded, the greater the victory for the men became. Even in the eyes of fallen world totally bereft of supernatural sense, the calm, defiant prayer of the men has elicited overwhelming sympathy. But in the supernatural sense, the victory is all the greater, in fact total: the torrents of Grace these men received was enormous. Even in apparent “defeat” – which this wasn’t – the Christian triumphs. In fact, the greater the “defeat,” the greater the triumph, provided we cooperate with Grace.
In contrast, the enormous sins committed by these women, and the damage wrought on their eternal souls, are incalculable. I pray for their conversion, but as Aquinas and certain other Saints have said, those lost in sins of intellectual pride are the most resistant to conversion of all. Hence the reason so few manifest heretics ever converted. Worse, these women have not only developed titanic levels of intellectual pride, but they have also fallen into the gravest sexual depravities. Combined…….I pray for a miracle.
For the second year in a row, where on earth are the police? Is this some game they play in Latin America, give the leftists a free pass for a big, destructive event, then pretend to lay down the law afterward? What good will hundreds of cops around the Cathedral do the night AFTER the big event? Who pays off who? The police were quoted as saying they couldn’t do anything because the radicals were women. Please. If they had been going after a government office, you can be assured the police would have intervened. We know whose side they’re on.
I was at a class the other night, and we talked about the culture. I think agreement was pretty much unanimous of the 80 or so there – we’re headed for a wicked persecution. Our virtue will be tried as we cannot believe. It will be so tempting to lash out at those attacking us, but for the most part we are going to have to submit.
But such submission provided the blood that watered an Empire and gave the Church the Grace to overcome it. That’s the mind-blowing thing about Christianity, no matter how badly we lose, we always win.
What a heroic display of manhood! What virtue! God bless these men!
Defend Our Lady’s Honor from horrific lesbian blasphemy! December 4, 2013Posted by tantamergo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, Our Lady, persecution, pr stunts, scandals, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
A radical homosexualist play on the Passion of Our Most Blessed Lord Jesus Christ is coming to Dallas. Called “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” this nightmare of blasphemy and indecency features the Blessed Virgin as a lesbian and a full cohort of other homosexual characters in a play that mocks and belittles Christian belief.
A protest is being organized for Sunday, December 8 (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception) outside the Kalita Humpries Theater on tony Turtle Creek Blvd. All details below. The vigil starts at 1pm and goes to 2p. This will be a peaceful prayer vigil featuring the Rosary and other Marian devotions.
DATE: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
TIME: 1:00PM – 2:30PM
PLACE: Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd Dallas, TX 75219 (Meet at intersection of Turtle Creek Road and Lemmon Ave. East)
BRING FRIENDS. BRING FAMILY. BRING A BUS!
You may call America Needs Fatima’s member services with
any questions: 888-317-5571.
I will point out, this vigil is being organized by Tradition, Family, and Property/America Needs Fatima. But don’t let that stop you from showing up, if you have a problem with that group. This is about defending the honor of Our Blessed Mother. If we want the culture to change, we’re going to have to step up and make it change. At the very least, I think Our Lady’s immaculate virtue demands redress of this assault.
One a final note, these boneheads can’t even get basic theology right, the play – as so often happens in popular culture – confuses the Incarnation and Birth of Christ with the Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Mother.
How about it, Mater Dei-ers? Shouldn’t we get a group together and go over after Mass?
The most anti-Catholic president in US history December 3, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
Barack Hussein Obama, our first communist-raised president, has displayed an antipathy towards the Church that is just startling throughout his administration. Two recent episodes just highlight this very disdainful attitude towards the Church. The first is the closure of the US Embassy at the Vatican, allegedly on security grounds. This, according to former US Ambassador to the Vatican James Nicholson, was driven equally by Obama’s disregard for the Church, and the increasingly anti-Christian views of the deeply embedded – and dominant – progressive elements in the State Department:
“It’s another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to Catholics and to the Vatican – and to Christians in the Middle East. This is a key post for intermediation in so many sovereignties but particularly in the Middle East. This is anything but a good time to diminish the stature of this post. To diminish the stature of this post is to diminish its influence.
“The State Department has for a long time wanted to do this. It came up when I was an ambassador. I explained the folly of this and it went away. But now they seem determined to do this. The perception is [with this action] that the United States is showing a lack of appreciation for the relevance of its diplomatic partner in the Vatican.”
But coupled with this latent Church bias in the State Department is the Obama administration’s own internal biases against the Church. These biases are most evident in Obama’s incredibly strident support for abortion and the forced dissemination of contraceptives around the world, all at US taxpayer expense. This ties in the other repressive, anti-Catholic action taken by the Obama administration I wanted to mention – the HHS Mandate. In an extremely revealing article at the Washington Examiner, Timothy Carney reveals that the HHS contraceptive mandate is largely a kick-back to huge drug companies like Merck and Phizer for their massive lobbying efforts in favor of Obamacare:
The audacity and mendacity with which the Obama administration defends its illegal contraception mandate is standard fare for politics. What’s distinctively Obamian in this fight is the insidious corporatism underlying it all.
Look at the contraception mandate from almost any angle, and you see the corporatism. Sometimes it’s on the surface, and sometimes it’s implicit in the arguments.
The contraception mandate is nakedly a huge subsidy to the industry that most firmly supported Obamacare: the drugmakers.
The drug industry has spent more on lobbying under Obama than any other industry. Top lobbyists at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) in 2009 met behind closed doors with the White House and Senate Democrats, promising political support for Democrats in exchange for friendly provisions in Obamacare.
Top Obama bundler Sally Susman oversees the lobbying shop at drug giant Pfizer, which sells $7.6 million a year in name-brand birth control pills, while also selling contraceptive injections and generic drugs. Pfizer’s CEO during the Obamacare debate was Obama donor Jeffrey Kindler. In a corporate filing, the company justified his salary increase by pointing to his Obamacare lobbying.
Obama’s contraception mandate requires all employer-sponsored health care plans to cover 100 percent of the cost of all FDA-approved contraception. [And this, of course, includes the coverage offered by the Catholic Church to its myriad employees and agencies in this country] That gives customers incentives to choose Pfizer’s name-brand pills, because the entire cost is passed onto employers and thus onto customers and colleagues. And of course, this means more profit for Pfizer.
Hey, Obama wants his “signature health care law” passed, no matter what. If a few million Catholic consciences have to get hurt in the process, that’s a small price to pay for the advance of socialism, right?
I would also be remiss if I did not mention Obama’s reflexive, almost obeisant support for the pro-abort lobby, which is also the pro-contracept lobby. Tie all these things together, and we have the most anti-Catholic president in US history, and even the most anti-Catholic major politician in about a century. All is done stealthily, under the cover of corporatist socialist wealth transfer schemes and concerns over alleged security failings – concerns which came far too late for several Americans in Benghazi in 2011. Which concerns are just ludicrous political cover for an anti-Catholic bias, anyway – can you imagine the US closing its embassy in Switzerland and relocating it to Germany? It would never happen. The Swiss (or whomever) are “valued partners in X, Y, and Z.” There would never be even an intimation of doing so. But when it comes to the Church and the sovereign Vatican City state, that’s entirely different. Who cares about the Vatican, anyway?
That latent anti-Catholicism built into the fabric of this protestant-founded nation is never very far from the surface.
Dom Prosper Gueranger gives an exhortation for our age November 26, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, Christendom, disaster, episcopate, error, family, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the enemy.
I read the following several days ago, on the Feast of St. Cecilia. Due to other commitments, I was not able to post the below until now. I find in the below exactly the kind of exhortation we need for our day, for the crises that afflict the Church and the entire world. We need great Saints. Saints rarely, if ever, are made through some secret action of Grace, just suddenly emerging one day totally imbued with sanctity and virtue. No, Saints are made through suffering and denial, but also apostolic zeal for the salvation of souls and the conversion of the world. What the Church has been missing most of all these past several decades is that latter, critical part: zeal of souls.
God have mercy on us. Gueranger, via Ars Orandi (which saved me from having to type all this in!), below:
The Church recognizes and honours in St. Cæcilia three characteristics, which, united together, distinguish her among all the blessed in heaven, and are a source of grace and an example to men. These three characteristics are, virginity, apostolic zeal, and the superhuman courage which enabled her to bear torture and death. Such is the threefold teaching conveyed by this one Christian life.
100 million more to lose insurance due to Obamacare next year November 20, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, the return.
The “individual market” aspect of Obamacare that went into effect this year is relatively small potatoes. About 5 million were negatively affected. For many of these people, the effect has been catastrophic. Nevertheless, the overall numbers of those suffering are small. But next year, the “employer mandate” kicks in, and that, according to an independent analysis, will result in 50-100 million Americans losing their currently mostly affordable health insurance, and dump them onto the overpriced, low quality Obamacare “exchanges.”
A new and independent analysis of ObamaCare warns of a ticking time bomb, predicting a second wave of 50 million to 100 million insurance policy cancellations next fall — right before the mid-term elections.
The next round of cancellations and premium hikes is expected to hit employees, particularly of small businesses. While the administration has tried to downplay the cancellation notices hitting policyholders on the individual market by noting they represent a relatively small fraction of the population, the swath of people who will be affected by the shakeup in employer-sponsored coverage will be much broader.
An analysis by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, shows the administration anticipates half to two-thirds of small businesses would have policies canceled or be compelled to send workers onto the ObamaCare exchanges. They predict up to 100 million small and large business policies could be canceled next year.
Remember, the USCCB staff (and, more quietly, a number of bishops) backed this thing to the hilt, and frankly wanted an even more radically socialistic system.
Polish Archbishop – those who gender perversion will be put on “reservations” by 2050 November 20, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, true leadership.
As in Indian Reservations, like for the Hopi and Navajo.
It’s an interesting thought. I’m certain he’s very close to being right. If not out and out reservations, we will, I think, see more and more severe persecution aimed at those who reject all the leftist shibboleths, be they gender ideology, glorification of sodomy, the murder of inconvenient persons (including us?), etc. Another Tancred translation of an original German article from Katholisches:
The Polish Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski of Lodz defended the differences and complementarity of man and woman at a meeting with young people. The Archbishop tried to reject the attempt to flatten “the great and unique differences between man and woman that God thought of so wonderfully.”
The archbishop said he could well imagine if the gender ideology should prevail, that “the few who continue to hold to the fact that man and woman are indeed equal as human beings and are fully equal in dignity, but have a different sex, and that’s a good thing, will be put as Indians are in reservations by 2050.” Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski is known for his vivid and clear language. He told young people at a youth catechesis in Pabianice near Lodz about the importance of accepting one’s own gender and to defy every misanthropic egalitarianism.
The former theology professor had put the gender ideology at the heart of his speech, “which has become fashionable in recent years. To be exact, it’s the only valid ideology according to political correctness,” said the Archbishop. The gender ideology is an attack against “gender identity” of man as male and female and for an attack against the family and the generation of children. “It is an extremely dangerous ideology that leads directly to the death of our civilization,” said Msgr Jędraszewski.….
….The denial of God is unmistakable behind the gender ideology, and it is the base engine of this “ideology of self-destruction.” For it is God who “created man as man and woman,” said Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski. “He created them for a life together, not that each go his way, and not for homosexuality, but for the second unit, for marriage, so that they beget children, continue to give life and rule the world. Then perhaps the deluge might come after us,” said the archbishop. [Interesting that the Archbishop would reference the end times, or a second chastisment of truly vast proportions, allegedly referred to in the unreleased portions of the Third Secret of Fatima. Almost a Providential tie-in with my previous post.]
All of the above is correct, and very refreshing to hear from a prelate. God created us man and woman, complimentary but fundamentally different. He also ordained that we should come together in marriage and “be fruitful and multiply.” Many look around today and say we have multiplied enough, that there are too many of us, already, but we don’t know that. Perhaps God intends to take us to the stars and populate who systems of planets – the point being, it is not up to us to make the determination of when there have been enough people, or when – which is the point of it all, Heaven is sufficiently populated – but simply to obey God’s commands as revealed through His Church.
The ultimate destination of “gender ideology,” and the ultimate perversion of the entire Christian moral ethos, can be found in the modern
acceptance glorification of the most base forms of perversion, condemned in Sacred Scripture for literally thousands of years. It is difficult not to see in the widespread glorification of sodomy and those who define themselves around the commission of this sin which cries out to Heaven for vengeance the very basis for either a chastisement of Biblical proportions – or, the final dissolution of humanity and time itself. Either way, it bodes extremely ill, and God will only tolerate such offenses against His Name and His Word for so long. After that, it will be far too late for any reconsiderations, only heartfelt repentance and begging for mercy will be of any use, then.
Two sermons on the End Times November 20, 2013Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Latin Mass, manhood, persecution, priests, sanctity, Society, the enemy, true leadership.
Ars Orandi has linked two sermons given by a traditional Catholic priest on the End Times. I believe these sermons were given about 4 or 5 years ago, not that it particularly matters. Video Sancto has posted them to Youtube. As with Audio Sancto’s policy, Video Sancto also will not disclose the identity of the priest.
In the videos below, the priest combines descriptions of the End Times, or Parousia, from Scripture, with the opinions of various Doctors and Saints on the subject, especially St. Robert Bellarmine. Some of it is speculative, or private revelation, whereas portions of it are doctrinal – the priest keeps a pretty good distinction between the two in the sermons. It was clear to me which was which, at any rate.
Many souls see in the crisis afflicting the Church, how it developed, its depth and breadth, and its continuing effects, strong signs of what might be considered the early stages of the Parousia. We know from Scripture there will be diabolical disorientation on a mass scale, and that the True Church will be persecuted severely. Our Lady, through various unprecedented apparitions ranging from Quito to La Sallete to Fatima to Akita, has warned us that much of this persecution will come from within the Church itself. But, there are also many contrary opinions who try to downplay any connection between present events and the End Times. Certainly, it is critical not to get lost or obsessive in our concern over trying to discern whether certain current events presage the end of the world. As the priest makes abundantly clear in both sermons, we must be concerned much more with the state of our souls, and insuring we die in the State of Grace, rather than being inordinately focused on trying to divine the date of the end of the world, or freaking out because we see some clear sign of its near-term coming.
Our Lord said that those times would be times of enormous confusion, with the antichrist leading the vast majority of people away from the True Faith. Certainly, the stage seems to be set for that, but we should be forewarned that clinging to anyone or anything save Barque of Peter will be our undoing. We must read the signs of the times, yes, and maintain a calm, prayerful disposition towards foreboding developments, but we must at all times remain focused on our own salvation. It is almost certain we will die well before the world ends.
Nevertheless, the below is great information. I find the videos help me pay attention a bit better, so I appreciate Video Sancto putting them up.
Pat Buchanan on the Church’s “new direction” November 15, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, Christendom, disconcerting, episcopate, error, General Catholic, history, Holy suffering, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, shocking, Society.
Stalwart conservative commentator Pat Buchanan sees a sea change in the recent rhetoric coming out of the Vatican, as evidenced by the recent address by the papal nuncio to the USCCB at their recent annual meeting. Buchanan sees signs of a surrender in the culture war. But as he points out, declaring a one-sided “truce” doesn’t mean the other side will grant you an armistace, and in this case, it means the Church will simply be rolled up and crushed to the greatest extent possible.
It’s a bit of a long commentary, read the whole thing here. Some excerpts below (I add emphasis and comments):
“Pope Francis doesn’t want cultural warriors; he doesn’t want ideologues,” said Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash. [I am not certain I would trust Bishop Cupich's interpretation of Pope Francis' wishes. And they remain that, these are not infallible commands or de fide beliefs, they are wishes and guidance, deserving respect but not, necessarily, lock step obedience. Bishop Cupich is certainly part of the progressive sect of bishops who anticipate Pope Francis "swinging the pendulum back" to the disastrous days of the 60s and 70s.]
“The nuncio said the Holy Father wants bishops with pastoral sensitivity, shepherds who know the smell of the sheep.”
Bishop Cupich was conveying instructions the papal nuncio had delivered from Rome to guide U.S. bishops in choosing a new leader……
…Yet here is further confirmation His Holiness seeks to move the Catholic Church to a stance of non-belligerence, if not neutrality, in the culture war for the soul of the West.
There is a small problem with neutrality. As Trotsky observed, “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” For the church to absent itself from the culture war is to not to end that war, but to lose it. [And lose it in the most catastrophic fashion, with horrendous consequences for souls, which need I remind, is the point of it all]
….Goodstein [Laurie Goodstein, anti-Catholic writer for the New York Times] quotes the Holy Father as listing among the “most serious of the evils” today “youth unemployment.” And he calls upon Catholics not to be “obsessed” with abortion or same-sex marriage.
But is teenage unemployment really a graver moral evil than the slaughter of 3,500 unborn every day in a land we used to call “God’s Country”?
Papal encyclicals like Rerum Novarum and Quadragesimo Anno have much to teach about social justice in an industrial society.
But what is the special expertise of the church in coping with teenage unemployment? Has the Curia done good scholarly work on the economic impact of the minimum wage? [Ha. Indeed. The Church has no special charism when it comes to economics, or engineering, or any of a whole host of policy issues. The Church should instead confine itself to those areas that are its expertise, faith and morals.]
The cultural revolution preached by Marxist Antonio Gramsci is continuing its “long march” through the institutions of the West and succeeding where the violent revolutions of Lenin and Mao failed. [Indeed. Our current "community organizer" president is a disciple of Gramsci, as are far too many bureaucrats in the Church. What the hierarchy must understand is that the Left seeks no accommodation with the Church, it seeks its total extirpation from human society and even its memory obliterated. Any "deals" with the left are destructive of the Church and of souls.]
It is effecting a transvaluation of all values. And it is not interested in a truce with the church of Pope Francis, but a triumph over that church which it reviles as the great enemy in its struggle.
Indeed, after decades of culture war waged against Christianity, the Vatican might consider the state of the Faith.
Our civilization is being de-Christianized. Popular culture is a running sewer. Promiscuity and pornography are pandemic. In Europe, the churches empty out as the mosques fill up. In America, Bible reading and prayer are outlawed in schools, as Christian displays are purged from public squares. Officially, Christmas and Easter do not exist.
The pope, says Goodstein, refers to proselytizing as “solemn nonsense.” But to proselytize is to convert nonbelievers.
And when Christ admonished his apostles, “Go forth and teach all nations,” and ten of his twelve were martyred doing so, were they not engaged in the Church’s true commission — to bring souls to Christ.
Pope Francis comes out of the Jesuits.
Hence, one wonders: Did those legendary Jesuits like St. Isaac Jogues and the North American Martyrs make a mistake proselytizing and baptizing, when they could have been working on youth unemployment among the Mohawks? [A great question. How can so much of the history of the Church be squared with what is being proclaimed today?]
Good article, insightful questions. One would expect nothing less than Patrick J. Buchanan. I think many Catholics would argue, as I would, that we have a duty, in charity, to evangelize others, oppose abortion, contraception, and all the other moral evils, with all the strength and conviction we can muster, for numerous reasons.
The Faith is not an exercise in sentimentality masquerading as charity, where souls are left in sin due to some assumption they will be saved no matter what. And there will be a horrific price to pay, by faithful souls, should the left win total victory in the culture war.
We can be assured of a vicious persecution should that tragedy develop, and along the way, as well.
BTW, yours truly may appear in a near-future Wall Street Journal article.
Wow, and you thought I was hard on Cardinal Rodriguez Mariadiaga November 15, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, awesomeness, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the return.
At least I didn’t call him “mad-dog.”
There is a man in Brighton, England, I don’t know his name and I wish I did, who has run a blog called “That the Bones You have Crushed May Thrill,” which is a lovely bit of Psalms. I have read his stuff before. I generally found him to be rather gentle and thoughtful. I would not have characterized him as a fire-breathing traddy, but he’s got some fire, and he’s breathing it in this post. Which, I think, may not be a bad thing. I think there may be some real benefit to souls from a few strident responses, because a growing body of evidence is suggesting to me that the Vatican/Curia is monitoring blogs for reaction to various trial balloons being floated regarding the potential future direction of the Church. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.
The author belongs to Fr. Ray Blake’s parish in Brighton, I believe. Below, some excerpts of his analysis of Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga’s speech in Dallas that so greatly disconcerted Louis Verrichio and myself. Apparently, the author feels much the same way, if not even more strongly. He raises a critical point: Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga’s vision is one that can easily be seen as utterly separate from Jesus Christ and Grace, a totally worldly view of the Church as a construct of men and not of God (I add emphasis and comments):
On paper, it seems a bit long-winded and tedious, [the Cardinal's speech] but listening to it gives me the chills. It’s not what the Cardinal has to say about the poor and the Church or the poor Church for the poor or about the social mission of the Church or what the Church can contribute to the political and economic sphere. It’s not that. It’s the very near total exclusion of the Church’s primary reason for Her existence that is deeply disconcerting.
It is about everything but Jesus Christ and the Salvation of souls. It does not even really require Jesus Christ and the Cross upon which He shed His blood at all. It is a perversion of the Catholic Faith. There need be no Heaven, since we’re bringing it down to Earth, if not by force, then by sheer wishful-thinking while the Cardinal ignores the terrible realities that Our Lady of Fatima, even in those secrets that are known to be fully published, explicitly informed us about.
These are, namely, the existence of Hell, Purgatory, Heaven, the reality of Judgment, Divine Justice and, apparently, if rumours of the unpublished, inconvenient secret be true, a Chastisement set upon the earth so devastating that it could outdo the times of Noah, as God presses the ‘reset’ button on mankind in such a manner as to leave the living envious of the dead. [This doesn't have to be a 100 km wide asteroid striking the earth, nor a thermonuclear conflagration - God lets us use our sins to destroy ourselves. It could be just like Eliot prophesied, this selfish, non-reproducing, perverse civilization going out not with a bang, but a whimper.] This life, whether we be rich or poor is a preparation for the life to come. If the Church does not have man’s spiritual condition at the top of the Her priorities, not just mankind is threatened, but She Herself, is doomed to irrelevance in every age. [So true. I would argue that to the extent that the Church has not had as Her top priority this mission of saving souls over the past 50 years, the Church has shrunk dramatically in influence in men's lives] Almighty God will judge the poor with equity and knowing we are to be judged by Almighty God, we should treat them with utmost respect and dignity.
And yet, when you read what this Cardinal has to say, you would think that the Church’s message about the poor and the Church was something invented in the 1960s, conveniently forgetting that St Francis of Assisi and St Anthony of Padua and other medieval Saints entire lives lived this aspect of the Gospel message, while blazing a supernatural fire of love for God across their Assisi and Padua! Yes! Oh how they loved and respected the poor, but oh, how they loved Jesus Christ before and above all others! The social teaching of the Catholic Church is indeed a jewel – a veritable gem – in the Crown of the Bride of Christ, but it is not, in itself, the essence of the message of the Gospel. It is one aspect of a whole. It is the overflowing of God’s love in the soul. If it is not that, it is probably of little worth. It is an effect. It is not the cause. [So true, and so well said. Beautiful.] Our greatest need and desire is for the Salvation that comes from the grace and mercy of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Everything else - e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g that is good flows from our salvific relationship with Him in His Church.
Read it and weep for the insanity that is about to take over the Catholic Church now that the ‘errors of Russia’ are emanating from the very heart of Rome! What Cardinal Mardiaga is proposing did not work in Latin America. It will not work either in the United States, or in Africa, or in Europe. What we thirst for is God. What we truly desire is Salvation. Only the Catholic Church can offer it to the World. So why on Earth would a Prince of the Church hide the Church’s very Light, Jesus Christ Himself, under a bushel and offer to the World ‘something else’ instead? Do yourself a favour, readers. Buy yourself a pair of flares [I believe we would call them bell bottoms] now. We’re a-going right back to the 70s. These Princes do not get it yet, after forty years in a spiritual wilderness, that this agenda wins admiration, but not converts or people who desire the Lord Jesus Christ. Cardinal. You may just as well hand the keys of the Vatican over to the UN. Have readers ever noticed that the Orthodox Church does not suffer this kind of insanity? Why? I’ll tell you why. It is because the Devil has no interest in destroying the Orthodox Church. [Another great point. He does not have to, as they have separated themselves from the Church, even though they remain a Church, in effect. Would it not be rather refreshing to hear the kind of plaintive apologias and generous offers of return on a more-or-less "forgive and forget" basis towards the "schismatic" SSPX as we hear towards the truly schismatic Orthodox? Isn't it odd how "bend over backwards to please" ecumenism applies to all groups or sects except traditional Catholics?]
Note to Cardinal Maradiaga. God help you and us. People can find everything but Jesus Christ outside of the Catholic Church. Why would they wish to come and unite themselves to the Bride of Christ if they can find what you desire to offer them outside of the Catholic Church? Is that not, Your Eminence, the story of Latin America, ‘all over’? Spare the Vatican some needless work. The laity do not require a ‘Congregation for the Laity’. The laity need holy, sound, Catholic magisterial teaching from those who Christ has appointed to be Successors to the Apostles to do exactly that and not a great deal else. Grrr!
Just a brilliant piece. That is the failure of worldly Catholicism, trying to mix worldliness into the Faith – the world does worldliness infinitely better than any rump-Catholic worldly mix ever could, and views the attempt as pathetic and sad. The ideological enemies of the Church will applaud the attempt – because they know it means the ruin of the Church – but you will win few if any real converts. The ones you do win will not be there for salvation, they will be there for the party, or the ideology. It is amazing that 50 years of evidence would not reveal the futility of this plan, but that’s how ideologues are – there is no contrary evidence, there is no open-mindedness, there is only pursuit of the ideological goal, Church, world, and souls literally be damned.
The author is a convert. So many on-fire souls are converts. I’m surprised how many converts populate traditional parishes. I think that’s because, we made a conscious choice as adults (under the influence of Grace) to believe what the Church knows to be true! We really believe this stuff! Lord have mercy! We really do!
Thanks to TC/MV for the hat tip.
If you like your suburb…….you cannot keep your suburb November 15, 2013Posted by tantamergo in asshatery, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the enemy.
What you are about to read below, in excerpt, is exactly the kind of program that communist/hard socialist states have implemented around the world. This is exactly their housing program – take away individual housing on some pretext, force people into small, cramped apartments (and there are not even enough of those, so there are waiting lists), provide draconian penalties for those (individuals, communities, etc) who disobey – all the better to control them and achieve some socialist “good.” Welcome to Obama’s plan for America, virtually indistinguishable from Lenin’s, Stalin’s, Honecker’s, Nguyen Tat Thanh’s, etc:
The new HUD rule is really about changing the way Americans live. It is part of a broader suite of initiatives designed to block suburban development, press Americans into hyper-dense cities, and force us out of our cars. Government-mandated ethnic and racial diversification plays a role in this scheme, yet the broader goal is forced “economic integration.” The ultimate vision is to make all neighborhoods more or less alike, turning traditional cities into ultra-dense Manhattans, while making suburbs look more like cities do now. In this centrally-planned utopia, steadily increasing numbers will live cheek-by-jowl in “stack and pack” high-rises close to public transportation, while automobiles fall into relative disuse.
…Recalcitrant suburbs can also be brought to heel by lawsuits claiming violations of federal fair housing law. California’s SB375 facilitates such suits by placing the burden of proof on local jurisdictions accused of housing discrimination. Such legal claims are often brought by leftist community organizations of the type currently funded through the Obama administration’s grant.
This is no joke. Nor is it any exaggeration. If you read the long article linked above, you will find that non-elected bureaucratic entities in the San Francisco Bay area have already begun to implement this agenda, in concert with the Obama Administration, over vociferous opposition from – of all places – Marin County, one of the most leftist counties in the country. But even most leftists still want material comforts and the “good life,” at least for themselves, as they seek to deny it for others (the new, and very selfish, aristocracy).
I have been seeing more and more of this “vision of sustainable development” in recent years. The plan is to design communities – and force people to live in them – that are built around dense multi-story apartment blocs for all, very dense commercial/industrial development, all with strict guidelines prohibiting racial or even economic “segregation.” Thus, very poor families will ostensibly live next to much more wealthy ones (but we all know, the very rich will be exempt, as they always are). The automobile will be essentially legislated out of existence for the vast majority of Americans. Single-family homes, so “destructive” of the ever-sensitive Gaia, over whom human beings have total control, will be a thing of the past. It’s a vision of Stalinist hell, perpetrated by people too stupid, too proud, and/or too ideological to understand they are simply repeating some of the greatest evils of the past.
I’ve seen this kind style of centrally-planned, police-state “living,” in the Czech Republic. Only, people no longer lived in those monstrous, decrepit, soul-less examples of Stalinist brutalist architecture that still blight the Czech landscape. At least, all those people who can possibly escape no longer live in them. They all desire to live in much more livable, human architecture in small apartment blocks or, increasingly, individual homes. Not even socialist European countries are going so far as Obama apparently wants to go.
I don’t know if Obama is our first muslim president, but I’m convinced he’s our first communist one.