The suffering people experience in trying to find an orthodox presentation of the Faith is immense…….. October 30, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, Liturgy, North Deanery, sadness, Tradition, Virtue.
……..especially in this Diocese, which is, strangely enough, somewhat on the liberal side of the spectrum as such things go. Which fact is very odd, considering the overwhelming political (if not cultural, which is so much more critical) conservativism of this area.
A commenter and fellow blogger of this Diocese of Dallas has a post up that describes experiences I think many faithful souls suffer through. Trying to find a parish home that provides the spiritual sustenance many so desperately need can be a very daunting prospect. The vast majority of spiritual “product” out there is unnourishing pablum, as offensive to the aesthetic sense as it is to the sensus fidei, the sense of faith.
This blogger relates her own experience as a protestant convert to the Faith who left protestantism behind due to its internal contradictions and flight from reason in its theology. This blogger noted how barren and devoid of sign and symbol the protestant experience is, at least in most of the US. Expecting to find a much more enriching experience in the Church, she instead found almost exactly the same thing: casual, barren liturgies, ugly buildings, insipid music, and an appalling lack of an appropriate sense of reverence as beings in the Presence of God Incarnate. While her experience has varied, she has f0und only one parish in the Richardson/Plano/Allen/McKinney area acceptable, and with rest being inhibited by the same litany of deficiencies so many of the rest of us have lamented and, ultimately, fled:
So I’ve tried three parishes close to my home, and here is a partial list, in random order, of horrible things I have experienced:
- Protestant style “worship music” with a full band, lead singer, and backup singers. Even the liturgical music is in this style, so that I am listening to a guitar and drums and a woman wailing like Christina Aguilera while the priest prepares the altar and I approach to receive Communion. This has been the case at 2 of the 3 churches I’ve attended, and at one of those the band included – I am not making this up – bongo drums. In one of them, the band blocked 1/4 of the congregation from being able to view the altar. In another, the woman – in a tight, low-cut tank top – canted the psalm Christina Aguilera-style, replete with making “I’m hitting a high note right now” faces. [Heh. Pretty apt description. Choirs were put in a loft at the back for a reason. It's not a performance, it's an act of service and, yes, worship.]
- People wearing t-shirts, yoga pants, shorts, flip-flops, and baseball caps to Mass. [Well I've literally seen women in a tank top over a bikini during the summer]
- In one church, there was a bathroom right off the sanctuary, and people constantly came and went – yes, throughout the liturgy of the Eucharist and even during the blessing of the Body and Blood. I glanced up from prayer at one point during this and saw someone standing there right outside a bathroom door pumping hand sanitizer onto his hands and thought Where am I?
- A priest looking at a cell phone in the confessional. [Just horrible. Abomination of desolation, indeed.]
- A priest, after giving announcements before Mass, asking all the visitors to stand up and be welcomed. (I did not stand up.) When a few stood, everyone clapped. I do not go to Mass to be singled out and clapped for, or clap for other people – not even Christina Aguilera. I am here to receive Christ. That is the kind of crap I hated about the Baptist churches of my youth, and I was totally bummed that it happened at a Catholic church. [And this blogger noted that it was the lack of reverence and way over developed focus on me, ME, ME! that drove her from the protestants. Expecting to find much better, she has been disappointed. Unfortunately, I know far more than a handful of Catholics who have fled the other direction for the exact same reasons. They may find some relatively reverent small protestant community and it gives them at least some saccharine, if not the D5W they need in their state of spiritual emergency. When you're spiritually starved, you'll take anything. And that is the condition far too many souls find themselves in. The NO Mass in most parishes is a thin spiritual gruel that neither nourishes nor appeals to the taste, when it should be the smorgasbord of the TLM with the finest in fare and 5 star execution. How's that for beating a metaphor to death!]
- People letting their children act like they are in a doctor’s office waiting room: taking off their shoes, digging around in Mom’s purse for gum, etc. [how about video games complete with sound!]
- A marked lack of reverence: hardly anyone genuflects; hardly anyone receives on the tongue; hardly anyone even seems to care that they are in the presence of Christ. They don’t sing (although young people seem to love singing along loudly to the horrific “worship music,” probably because they know it from the radio.) I’ve seen only two other women in veils throughout all these visits, and we get stared at like museum curiosities.[A woman walked up to my wife after Mass in Bandera, TX at a pretty little parish run by Polish priests that was actually pretty orthodox - at least for San Antonio diocese. Anyway, she walks up to my wife and says "Are you Byzantines?" And I turn around with a great big s---eating grin and say "NO, WE'RE TRADDIES!" She had no idea what I meant.]
- Spaces that are at best modern and Protestant-looking, even if beautiful (St. Joseph is a good example) and at worst resemble converted gyms or community centers.
This is the same lament I made about 50 times on this blog in the period 2009-2010. Then I found the TLM, and I was even more outraged. How could the Church have ever traded this glorious Mass for what we have now?!? What were they thinking?!
At the same time, I recognize that even for me it took some time to “build” to the point of assisting at the TLM. That seems absurd now, but Catholics have been conditioned by hostile priests, laity, media, etc. for decades to view the TLM and the traditional practice of the Faith in general as something strange and alien, reserved only for kooks. I recognize not everyone is ready to step from your average spare to fair NO Mass to the glorious TLM. So, in the interests of helping souls find better sustenance short of the only TLM parish in the Diocese (ever? It’s been threatened!), here are a few alternatives in descending order of orthodoxy and reverence, at least so far as I know. Note, this list is biased towards the northern suburbs because that’s where the commenter lives:
1. St. William the Confessor, Greenville: Far and away the best non-Mater Dei alternative. Fr. Paul Weinberger has been pastor here since 2003. A very good priest and even better man, Fr. Weinberger makes his NO Latin Mass as traditional and reverent as he is allowed to make it. He would offer the TLM if he were permitted. NO Latin Mass on Sundays. Chant in Sunday morning Masses. Communion received kneeling and on the tongue at the altar rail. Benedictine arrangement of the altar (again, would offer Ad Orientem, but not allowed to do so). Takes Confession very seriously and it is available almost every day, and for hours on Sunday. Fr. Weinberger has endured many sufferings and unjust persecutions. Please pray for him.
2. Saint Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Church, The Colony: Reverent liturgy. Consecration behind iconostasis, per Byzantine custom. Old Slavonic liturgy, at least on Sundays. Beautiful eastern liturgy. Very small but gorgeous church. Confession not nearly so frequent as St. William.
The video below gives you some idea of what the parish looks like. I cannot vouch for the content of the video, just watch the first bit to see how the iconostasis looks!
3. Our Lady of Lebanon, Lewisville: Parish somewhat famous for being Fr. Mitch Pacwa’s “home” parish. Maronite Rite. Some or all of the liturgy in Aramaic, the language of Christ. Another pretty church. I really can’t comment too much as I’ve never been but I know those who have and they would probably put Our Lady of Lebanon somewhere between St. William and Saint Thomas Aquinas for overall reverence, beauty, symbolism, and orthodoxy.
From here things drop pretty fast. Really, the more time I spend at a TLM parish exclusively, the more the rest of the Novus Ordo parishes seem pretty much the same. I’ll list a few more, in no particular order, that are either pretty, tend toward the orthodox side, and/or are known for not being very abusive:
St. Mark the Evangelist, Plano: Horridly ugly church, built as a descending pit/amphitheater with the altar BELOW most of the people, at least there is a large true stained glass window, but full of modernist imagery. However, the liturgy on Sunday especially at 9 and 10:30 is pretty orthodox as are the priests. Incense generally used at 10:30. Choir is improving and I think mixing in some chant. Don’t go to the yute Mass at 6:30, many others in Spanish. Also avoid those, they are less reverent and orthodox.
St. Thomas Aquinas, Dallas: Nice old church, somewhat wreckovated, I understand the liturgy swerves all over the map. I know my dear departed friend Vicki Middleton, God rest her soul, got very fed up with abuses here. Still, it is generally known – or used to be known? – for being somewhat on the orthodox side. YMMV.
St. Edward Dallas: One of the most beautiful parishes remaining in the Diocese, it has not been wreckovated to death but the altar rails were ripped out. I cannot vouch for the liturgy, it may be bad as the parish is almost entirely Spanish speaking now, but on the other hand the parish is still very traditional looking, so maybe it’s not so bad. Only English Mass is at noon, Sunday.
Christ the King, Dallas: Located near Highland Park and attracts the richy-rich crowd. Gorgeous parish, still has altar rails and high altar, Msgr. Zimmer is on the liberal side but the liturgy was OK 15 years ago. Tabernacle in the right place. Lots of photos online, the parish is very popular for weddings, etc, for its traditional Catholic appearance and beauty. But if you’re looking for real liturgical and catechetical meat, this is probably not the place. Best for aesthetes who aren’t much interested in liturgy.
St. Anthony, Wylie: Ugly church, can’t say the pastor is Mr. Orthodoxy, laity are actually quite faithful and well informed, by and large. As for Mass…….meh.
I’m way out of time. There are a few other pretty churches that haven’t been ruined like the new St. Cecilia (the namesake of my dear departed mother in law), but as for liturgy and homoletical catechesis, that list above is probably most of the tops north of say downtown Dallas, roughly. You could pick a fight over some left out or included. This was just a real quick, super large brush-stroke presentation.
Remnant video on the Synod October 24, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, SOD, the return.
The video below was posted yesterday. I agree with the sentiments expressed almost in toto, although I do hold out the possibly forlorn hope that the opposition that developed towards the end of the first portion of the Synod may coalesce into something significant. As it is, for now, it seems Pope Francis ably sidestepped that opposition and went ahead and had the disastrous paragraphs included in the final report, anyway, if in a different section and with a bit of discussion regarding the “controversy” they caused.
I can’t say I know for certain what happened at the Synod – was it everything going just about totally according to modernist revolutionary plans, who figured in advance there would be some opposition and just moved the ball as far forward as they could? Or was the “revolt,” such as it was, a sign of serious setback? I know opinions vary even among some of the best, most orthodox/traditional Catholics out there.
Michael Matt and Chris Ferrara below seem to veer predominately on the side of the Synod being almost an unalloyed victory for Pope Francis and the modernist cabal associated with him. Some of the language below (a quite small amount) gets a bit harsh and goes beyond what I would typically endorse, but there is so much good commentary it merits airing. I pray Ferrara and Matt (and D) and others are not right, but I fear they are. If they are……Lord have mercy, I have no idea what the Church looks like in a year, but it will not be good:
If criticism of the Holy Father means falling out of full communion with him, then we have an increasing number of prelates doing so. Fortunately, that is not now nor has it ever been the case.
I don’t know what to think of Providence, RI Bishop Thomas Tobin. Under Pope Benedict, he was noted for being one of the more vocally orthodox bishops – he even criticized Pope Francis early on – but seemed to have made a turn toward the heterodox over the past year or so (understand the terms orthodox and heterodox are made relative to the present standard in the Church). Perhaps he was tacking into the prevailing winds. But now Bishop Tobin seems to be saying that the Pope has made a doctrinal mess of the Church:
Thomas J. Tobin, the Catholic bishop for the Diocese of Providence, R.I., commented on the recent Synod of Bishops on the Family held at the Vatican as “being rather Protestant” in having bishops vote on “doctrinal applications,” and added that in terms of Pope Francis’s fondness for a “creating a mess,” you can say, “mission accomplished.”
“Pope Francis is fond of ‘creating a mess.’ Mission accomplished,” said Bishop Tobin in his Oct. 21 blog post at the Diocese of Providence website. [Which isn't absolutely a criticism. It certainly can be taken as such, but if one was into modernism it could be looked on as a good thing. But I don't think that's what Bishop Tobin meant.]
……Commenting further on the Synod, Bishop Tobin said, “The concept of having a representative body of the Church voting on doctrinal applications and pastoral solutions strikes me as being rather Protestant.” At the close of the Synod, the bishops voted on all 62 paragraphs in the final document, the Relatio Synodi. [Yeah, you're not the only one. But see what he says below.]
The Synod of bishops will meet again in one year to review the document, make more changes, and then Pope Francis will review that material and write a public letter on the family and marriage issues examined. [Oh goody. I just can't wait. Be still my heart.]
As for more of his “Random Thoughts about the Synod on the Family,” Bishop Tobin said:
– “Have we learned that it’s probably not a good idea to publish half-baked minutes of candid discussions about sensitive topics, especially when we know that the secular media will hijack the preliminary discussions for their own agendas? [Please. It wasn't half-baked, it was written weeks in advance. What a joke. And the man who wrote it, Archbishop Forte, is a disciple of Kasper/Kung/Rahner/von Baltasar and the whole school of Tubingen, and slippery as an eel.]
– “Wherever he serves, Cardinal Burke will be a principled, articulate and fearless spokesman for the teachings of the Church.” [Dang straight. And possibly emerge as a desperately needed leader.]
Thanks to reader D for the link. Some more of Bishop Tobin’s comments, perhaps less reassuring:
In addressing contemporary issues of marriage and the family, the path forward will probably be found somewhere between the positions of Fr. Z and the National Catholic Reporter. [Amazing he knows who Fr. Z is. Probably 2/3 of American bishops would have no clue, while they would have intimate familiarity with Michael Sean Winters, the Heretic Reporter, and Thomas Reese. Nevertheless, here we see another bishop pretending Doctrine - eternal Truth revealed by Jesus Christ - can be compromised on. Muy malo.]
Pope Francis encouraged fearless and candid discussion and transparency during the Synod. I wonder if the American Bishops will adopt the same protocol during their meeting next month in Baltimore. [Heh. Nice zinger.]
I for one am extremely saddened to see yet another American prelate, like Cardinal Burke (who surely deserved his stunning demotion), fall out of that precious full communion with the pope. So sad.
It’s called sarcasm, people.
Seriously, though, how much are the apparitions at Fatima, Akita, and Quito being borne out? Bishop against bishop, cardinal against cardinal……..it’s 1517 all over again. Just great!
Great sermon on the horrid evil of admitting manifest sinners to the Blessed Sacrament – FIXED October 23, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Bible, Christendom, damnable blasphemy, disaster, episcopate, error, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, SOD, Tradition, Virtue.
I do not know this priest’s name, and even if I did they like to be anonymous, anyway. But this is the 5th or 6th sermon of his I’ve heard that has extremely solid.
The priest goes over very solid ground rules regarding the state our souls must be in for valid and holy reception of the Blessed Sacrament, reception that fills our souls with Grace instead of bringing condemnation upon us. The priest notes that sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments have always been understood as placing a soul in a position that it is unworthy to receive Christ Real Presence. A dead body cannot be fed, the priest notes, and in the state of mortal sin, our souls are dead.
After solid background, the priest shifts to the recent Synod of Darkness. He notes how it appears that many bishops are not interested in guarding the Holy of Holies. The priest goes on to list aspects of the egregious elements of the midway “Relatio” which has served as an awesome tool in advancing the modernist agenda and the destruction of souls, hardly ameliorated by the “revolt” of October 16 and some changes to the final document. As far as millions of souls are concerned, including some either badly informed or willingly duped Catholics, the Church has formally changed 2000 year old Doctrine. The damage is incalculable.
Lots and lots of good stuff below. I strongly advise dedicating 18 minutes to listen:
“Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the Kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, [transgenders, cross dressers, etc] nor liers with mankind, [sodomites, gomorrists] nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the Kingdom of God.” [1 COR VI:9]
And thus we know why there is such a powerful movement among liberal Christians, especially those ludicrous sects dedicated towards producing a mockery of Christianity to serve the sodomite interest, either totally downplay Saint Paul or actually advocate for the exclusion of all his Epistles from the Bible. There is no limit to which error and sin will not stoop.
I pray you find this edifying, as I did.
UPDATE: Thank you to the commenter for letting me know it was the wrong video. It’s those darned Youtube playlists, if I go to VideoSancto’s page on Youtube, and see the list of all their videos, if I click on one, it doesn’t give me the direct link to that video, but a link embedded in a playlist. So when VideoSancto uploads a new video, the list updates, and the video I wanted is no longer there – same link, different video. My apologies, that always gets me.
It is worse than useless to attempt conciliation with the revolutionary spirit abroad in the world October 21, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, SOD, the enemy.
So said Pope Leo XIII’s biographer Fr. Bernard O’Reilly, writing in 1886. I think his comments are a rebuke to many in the Church who think they can make nicey-nice with the world and still keep some semblance of doctrinal integrity. In fact, what the world demands, what the secular elite demands, is total apostasy. A few quotes from Life of Pope Leo XIII, published 1887:
In truth, it would have been worse than useless to attempt to conciliate the spirit which rules the governments, and administrations, the legislatures, or the revolutionary press during all these fateful years. Conciliation, so far as they were concerned, meant more than to compromise on the most sacred principles; it meant virtual, if not formal, renouncement of one’s most cherished and conscientious convictions. It meant apostasy.
End quote. But even 130 years ago, there were far too many priests and even, then, a handful of bishops who were ready to suborn the Church to the errors of the world, especially those most revolutionary errors unleashed in 1789, which became the replacement religion for a growing number of Churchmen as the 1800s advanced. As Father O’Reilly notes, these internal enemies of the Church were the worst right religion has ever had:
It is not to be denied that among the very worst enemies of religion in Italy from 1846 to 1886 were some of her own ministers. Among these may have been men of unimpeachable moral conduct, who, carried away by the powerful current of revolutionary ideas and sentiments……….deemed the established religion as an obstacle and an enemy, and combated it with all their might.
End quote. So, the crisis we face today has had a long history of preparation. Satan loves to make use of priests and bishops of God’s Holy Church who have fallen into sin and error (almost invariably, both – as Aquinas and many other Doctors have said, public error is almost invariably driven by private sin). But I don’t know if ever in the Church’s history satan has been able to capture so many priests, so many bishops, so many cardinals, and then we have the special problem of the moment, the Holy Father himself. I stop short of tying the Holy Father directly to satan’s influence……..I just can’t do it, right now.
There have been some really excellent, if very troubling, articles on the Synod of Darkness in the secular press of late. Rorate quoted one, and I read this one last night. Really very strong and disconcerting commentary. I highly recommend reading both pieces.
Both authors reach the same conclusion I reached a year ago, and have repeated from time to time since: this Kasperite gambit attacking marriage, the family, and now the Church’s opposition to sodomy, is of such significance that even a slight weakening of “pastoral” practice in their regard will be – not could be, but will be - sufficient to utterly obliterate not just the Moral Doctrine of the Faith, all of which is so tightly interrelated and intertwined, but also destroy any and all remaining moral authority the Church has. As Rorate stressed, these radical modernist cardinals and bishops are actually pursuing the destruction of their own office and influence, but I’m not sure if they view that as a feature or a bug. New Catholic got it exactly right: “No Marriage, No Infallibility, No Papacy, No Catholic Church.”
I believe many in the Church, especially in the West and most especially in the episcopate in Western countries, are thoroughgoing modernists who have exchanged faith in worldly sexular paganism for faith in Jesus Christ. Some or perhaps even many or most may be actively, consciously seeking out the destruction of the Church. These men are essentially unreachable absent a moral miracle. But I do suspect there are also a good number who have simply not thought the logic of their actions through, who are so swept up in their own narrow concerns, their church taxes, the applause of the world, and enormous peer pressure, that they are contributing to a course whose resolution they would not want to see realized. Now is a very good time for these men to step back and take a very hard, very prayerful look at what they are unleashing on Christ’s Church. Because I do fully agree that the Church Herself, or at least Her human element, hangs in the balance with the radical, soul and doctrine destroying heresies some are trying to codify in Church practice if not formally in law (but I wouldn’t hold my breath on the latter, either).
I’ll conclude with some of Rorate’s comments on the fate of the Church hanging in the balance with a dangerously novel Holy Father and a group of radicals in the episcopate eager to divorce the Church from the Bridegroom:
If divorce and remarriage are acceptable, in “specific circumstances” and after a “path of penance”, then certainly Our Lord Jesus Christ can rightfully repudiate and divorce his newly-adulterous Catholic Bride.Yes, the stakes are that high, though some have not completely grasped that they are digging their own grave…….………Anarchy and subversion are not a one-way street, cardinal Marx, two can play that game: if you like to destroy Divine Law by dismissing it as “taboo”, then beware:the next taboo to fall is your claim to speak for anyone but yourself.
Progressive Synod spokesman Fr. Thomas Rosica: Holy Family the ultimate “irregular” family! October 21, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, SOD.
These guys, they just don’t get it. The below is such an outrageous attack on the sensus fidei that only someone essentially outside the Faith – Roman collar or no – could make such a statement.
What did Father Rosica, head of the “Salt+Light” network that nobody watches, say? In a now deleted tweet, he said that when it came to irregular families, the Holy Family was the exemplar!
Vox Cantoris has apparently known Fr. Rosica for a looong time and diagnoses his mentality:
Father Tom Rosica is Executive Producer at Salt + Light (a failed Catholic cable channel of no hope with 1000 viewers, I get more blog hits a day than they have viewers). He is President of a 200 year old Catholic University which just sold off its property, has no students is reduced to a chaplaincy and exists only now as a “charter,” — it has a charter!). He is a Consultor to the Pontifical Council on Social Communications and a former Chaplain at Toronto’s Newman Centre (where he attempted to have Catholics arrested for protesting the appearance of Vatican II peritus, ex-priest and heretic Gregory Baum). [Oh, the heavy, repressive hand of the "merciful!"]
….. To refer to the Holy Family as irregular is repugnant, it is blasphemous.
It also reveals clearly the intent.
This sham of a Synod, the secrecy engineered by Urdo, Forte, Lombardi and yes, Tom Rosica and sanctioned by the Pope himself and their intent to change doctrine by stealth is now plain to the world.
I know Tom Rosica. I know how he works since 20 years ago when I volunteered to teach Gregorian chant at the Newman Centre. This is pure Rosicanism.
They are not finished, they are coming back with a vengeance and we must be vigilant to stop them.
Calling the Holy Family “irregular’ was no accident.
It was intentional – it was a signal to canonise those “irregular” families such as divorced and remarried, same-sex couples with adopted children or those conceived through a turkey-baster!
Of course. And a prime part of the agenda – which is the destruction of the entire doctrinal edifice of the Faith, moral and otherwise, the better to accord with their true religion, leftism – is to make statements just like this and then retract them, under pressure, the damage already having been done. Now some left wing Katholyc can gaily quote the Consultor to the Pontifical Council on Social Communications and the English language reporter on the Synod as having “canonized” the perverse and the adulterous.
Tweets like this are of a piece, and part of the same program, as the midterm “Relatio” that bore absolutely no resemblance to the actual Synod interventions and was in fact written days or weeks in advance of the Synod even starting. The final report was to be the same save for the revolt that broke on on Thursday, October 16. That revolt resulted in the final report being less egregious, but many problems, and threats, remain. Even after the Synod closes next year – and what a happy day that will be! – there remains the usual post-synodal apostolic exhortation that will be penned by Pope Francis, ostensibly guided and informed by the Synod discussions, but who can have any confidence in that.
One major coup that has already been pulled is that even most orthodox Catholics are now assuming a Synod like this has some actual doctrinal authority. I would say, this is by and large false, and could be totally false. These synods are a post-conciliar novelty, first off. Secondly, the Synod itself claimed to be strictly “pastoral,” rather like the claims of Vatican II, but we know how that has worked out in practice. But finally, I am dubious to the authority a very small subset of the episcopate meeting, granted, under the supervision of the pontiff, has. A Synod is not an ecumenical council. And if it defines no doctrine, then it really has no doctrinal authority.
But again, we know how the modernists have played fast and loose with these types of affairs, dating back to Vatican II. Even at the Synod, the Vatican never corrected the press when it took the mid-term relatio and proclaimed the Church had changed its Doctrine. That demonstrates a willing connivance in the profusion of doctrinal error, which also would obliterate the authority of whatever body proclaimed such, like the various “robber councils” early in the Church or the disgraced Synod of Pistoia in 1786. These are exceedingly difficult judgments to make and in sane times it would be up to the normal bastion of orthodoxy,the Holy See, to make such determinations. But we have been in unprecedented times now for some decades and we don’t have a lot of past experience in the Church to look to for a guide when the Holy See, the Curia, much of the episcopate, the whole panoply of institutions intended to guard and defend the Truth Christ has revealed go off the rails themselves.
Thus I do not know what to counsel other than to pray and to continue to present that Truth and oppose the errors that are being promoted, from whatever source. I do not know what else we possibly can do. That opposition can take many forms, from just silently rejecting error to angry (if respectful) protests made to the Nuncio or the Vatican itself. But we cannot allow these scandals to take away our peace and our virtue or derail our sanctification. Easy to say, hard to do, I know.
He’s just a peach of a man. And this is the one who does “serene theology” and is the most influential theologian for this pontificate?
But when you’re the big man’s boy, the “designated success,” you can get away with anything. Anyone who follows the news knows that the self-anointed elites are above the rules they create for the rest of us, and I’m certain Kasper the Klown Kardinal (KKK for short) counts himself in that camp.
First, KKK made the amazing statement to the unquestioning, fawning German Catholic mainstream media that he didn’t even speak at the Synod. It took about 5 seconds for that lie to be exposed:
This Monday, Franca Giansoldati in Il Messaggero reported Kasper’s words on the outcome of the Synod: among other things, he said the following:
“I am not disappointed. There was just a discussion, and now the issue will be deepened. I did not speak at the Synod, I did not want to push my positions. It will be seen, I am calm.”Why did he say that? Because the atmosphere in Rome is so heavy for him after the defeat of the manipulation strategy of which he was the centerpiece during the historic debates of October 16, as well as due to his anti-African words and his lying about it, that he wanted to appear “above the fray,” and save his doomed position safely for the 2015 assembly.Well, that did not last for long. Shortly after this declaration became public, Matteo Matzuzzi, religious correspondent for Il Foglio,tweeted back:
“Card. Kasper: ‘I did not speak at the Synod’. But the official records of the Press Office show that he spoke on October 8, in the afternoon.“Could it be that lying is the entire foundation of his theology? No wonder, as Roberto de Mattei proved, his entire thesis on “communion for remarried divorcees” is based on an immensely and embarrassingly deceptive presentation of historical evidence. Is it possible that this is just the way his mind works always? If so, it does not appear that more “Church Tax Money” is the right answer.
Lie and threaten, lie and threaten, with the occasional disdainful remark: it seems to be his modus operandi. Does this merit a theological award or perhaps, rather, another kind of more thorough evaluation?
Even if he had not spoken, what of it? It is his proposal that drove the discussion, it was his minions in the German episcopate that made the favorable interventions (primarily)……so even this false claim is preposterous and dumb on its face.
But that’s not all KKK’s been up to. He’s evidently hopping mad at Cardinal Burke for having the temerity to question his most exalted and serene authority:
Another comment made by Cardinal Kasper in speaking with Kath.net is quite breathtaking: he talked again about a “deliberate dirty trick” to denounce him. [Oh, now speaking one's mind in defense of the Faith is a "deliberate dirty trick!" Just how exalted an opinion does KKK have of himself?] “The fact that Catholic media (and unfortunately a cardinal in person) should participate in it, in order to tear down another position morally, is shameful,” Kasper opined.[Hello? Pot, kettle? The claim is outrageous anyway. He hasn't hesitated to tear down his opposition. He just doesn't like return fire]When Kath.net asked as a follow-up question who that cardinal was, Kasper unfortunately gave no answer. The retired Curial Cardinal announced, however, that “other journalists” are going to take action against such “undignified machinations”
So now it’s with threats! How is that for “undignified machinations?” KKK, you are a prince among men, I tell you what! A one man demonstration of all that is wrong with the Church. Please keep talking! Please please please don’t shut your mouth! A few more months of this and you will have so discredited yourself and your position that no one with a conscience will be able to approach within 15 feet of you.
But, then again, I would take that threat pretty seriously. This is pretty conclusive evidence that much of the “mainstream Catholic” media is deeply in bed with the modernists – as if we needed confirmation of that! It does further indicate the bankruptcy of the modernist’s position and their own incredible immorality, at least as evidenced by their own chosen leader. Once again, sort of restating the obvious, but there is some benefit when the wolf in sheep’s clothing shows his teeth.
What a scandalous little man. Incredible.
Post-Synod Notes: Kasper’s “Replacement” and reward, the German’s motivation, and the punishments will continue until morale improves October 20, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society, SOD, the return.
There has been copious coverage since Friday on the Synod and its after-effects. I’m sure we will still be processing this most disconcerting and tempestuous of fortnights for some time to come. I did see a few notes I wanted to bring to your attention. Some may be old news. Taken together they do start to reveal a certain picture, if you will.
First, while Cardinal Kasper’s reputation seems badly damaged publicly (one would hope, in fact, he would be finished), it seems the Germans are ready to continue advancing “his” errors to the end. In fact, the head of the German bishop’s conference, Cardinal Marx, seems to have happily taken the mantle of revolution upon himself (my emphasis and comments)
Speaking to reporters in Rome on October 16, Cardinal Reinhard Marx defended the interim report released by the Synod of Bishops and reiterated his early statement of support for a change in Church teaching regarding the reception of Communion by Catholics who are divorced and remarried.
“Saying that the doctrine will never change is a restrictive view of things,” the cardinal told reporters at a Vatican press office briefing. [St. Vincent of Lerins: "To announce, therefore, to Catholic Christians anything besides that which they have received has never been lawful, is lawful nowhere, and never will be lawful; and to anathematize those who announce anything besides that which has been once received has always been necessary. This being the case, is there anyone of such audacity as to teach other than that which has already been taught in the Church, or anyone of such levity as to receive anything besides that which he has once received from the Church? Sadly, Saint Vincent, there is.] Cardinal Marx, who is president of the German bishops’ conference, said that most of the country’s bishops backed the proposal by his fellow German, Cardinal Walter Kasper.
“We cannot change the Church,” Cardinal Marx said, “but we have not understood everything yet.” He stressed that the Church should serve all of the faith, not dividing them “into first class or second class or third class.” [You know, Cardinal Marx is quite right. Which is why I fail to understand why he wants to relegate those few faithful souls who do abide by all the Church's belief - or strive to do so to their utmost - to a "third class" equivalence to those who persist in manifest states of grave sin. Having a marriage fall apart is not a small "oopsie," it is a first class disaster for all involved, horribly wounds children (often irrevocably), and inflicts serious damage on the Church and the entire culture. But that is forgotten in this headlong rush to inflict leftist revolution on the Church.]
I guess I cannot say that Kardinal Kasper’s reputation is that sullied….he is being feted and awarded by the Catholic University of America. The party is Nov. 6 and all are invited. Perhaps some faithful Catholics could let this soul – in such desperate straits, whether he will acknowledge it or not – hear some charitable correction. I think it would be quite hilarious for a large number of African-American Catholics to show up and question him.
So what is up with the German bishops? Why are they so hell bent on inflicting revolution on the Church? While Pope Francis may be the ultimate author of this revolutionary push, it is the bishops of the Germanic countries that make up the core of his support and backing, intellectually, politically, and, especially, economically. So is this just more evil from that most perverse of races (apparently), which has brought us little but error for the past 500 years (Lutheranism, rationalism, modernism, Hegelianism, Heidegger, Nietzsche , Marx, Hitler, etc)? Or is it something else? Hint:
In Germany, Catholics are leaving the Church in droves, as an average of 140,000 formally abandon the Faith annually.* This is easy to track, because numbers are publicly reported in a system where Germans pay 8-9% of their income tax to receive the Sacraments. The church tax is administered by the State on behalf of the Church through a payroll deduction, for a lucrative 2-3% processing fee.
Apparently, more and more German Catholics resent this tax (and especially, the firm declaration that those who refuse to pay it WILL be denied the Sacraments, no exceptions allowed. Thus, most Germans view the Catholic Church as a cold, hard, self-interested bureaucracy that only cares for its own comfort and convenience:
First, the ordinary Germans are correct. The Catholic Church is Germany’s second-largest employer with 690,000 employees. (That’s 7 times the size of Mercedes Benz, folks.) Bishops take home between $10,000 and $15,000 per MONTH, and they don’t pay for their residence, their cars or their upkeep. You can read all about it here, but suffice to say that the German Catholic Church has been a gravy train for clerics for the last 60 years. [Think about that. 700,000 employees. That is twice as many as GM, Ford, and Chrysler - combined. Over $6 billion a year in direct income for the German bishops from the tax, much of which winds up in secular investments, with the bishops themselves the recipients of much of the windfall. The German episcopate is about the most disconnected from the Apostolic example in the entire world. But money buys lots and lots of influence.]
Second, the gravy train is about to come to an end. Fully 140,000 Germans leave the Church every year. Plus, a demographic cliff looms, and the Germans — world masters at corporate planning — can see the end coming very clearly. Estimates vary, but basically in 15-20 years the well will run dry. The old people will die. The young people won’t pay.
And so the whole “mercy” gambit is just a desperate hope that they can keep that gravy train rolling on, that they can woo people to separate with a very substantial part of their income in exchange for happily confirming them in their error and sin. I have no word for it, but disgusting. They are attacking Jesus Christ for filthy lucre.
Finally, I have held out a silent, pious hope that the events of late last week might have shocked Pope Francis out of his present……..support for novelty. I mentioned that to a few folks, who told me they thought my hope forlorn. Well, unfortunately, they were probably right. Rather than reconsider his position viz a viz the mind of the Church after the setback at the Synod, it appears the revolutionaries plan to double down on the authoritarian repression and deform the makeup of the hierarchy even more in their favor:
A couple of Italian papers have mentioned it during the weekend and also this Monday (Il Messaggero; Corriere della Sera). As a punishment for his defense of the orthodox faith against the subversive and heretical attempts of his fellow countryman Walter “A Good African is a Quiet African” Kasper and his position of firm resistance before and during the Synod, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Müller, would be sent to Siberia. Sorry, to Germany.
There are at least two major Sees available in Kirchensteuerland: Berlin, vacant, and his own hometown of Mainz, whose bishop, the Kasperite Cardinal Lehmann, is almost 79 by now.
This should open a wide path for the also widely rumored complete dismantling of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith so that it might become an inefficient ornament…….
……….Speaking of Papa Wojtyla, all reports (also in Il Messaggero this Monday) and rumors also converge in one direction: the new stage of the current purge will not stop at the Ratzingerians (such as Burke or Müller), but would now reach the Wojtylians as well. All conservative Poles in the Curia, and their allies, will be removed when the Curial reform takes place. Their offices could be simply extinguished or merged, and the new leadership would certainly be of a new (actually old liberal) kind.
Some may say “oh, it’s just a rumor!” Yeah, but on how many “rumors” has the Italian press been right in the past 6-12 months? Pretty much every one of any significance. But it’s all my fault for reporting it. Whatever.
Final final thought: Oh Father AG, is this the wagon you have hitched yourself and your order to? Is this what you expected and desired? Are you happy with the direction in which the Church is being led? Or is all this again just the fevered imaginings of us poor lost evil trads, the very worst people in the universe, according to you?
In the Church’s hour of greatest need, +Dolan fails again October 16, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, SOD, the return.
Seeing as this only has 500 views on Youtube, maybe most folks haven’t seen this, yet. Reader MFG sent this to me this morning. I find this interview disconcerting on many levels. First, his initial glad-handed chuminess is way over the top and appears just overtly insincere. Then he attempts constantly to minimize the divisions in the Synod and gives an unreserved approval of the attempt to redefine Church Doctrine with regard to the groinal issues so sacred to the modernists (adulterers receiving the Blessed Sacrament, regularizing and “solemnizing” divorce through reception of the Blessed Sacrament, gift-bearing sodomites, the whole schmeel). He says there are only some disagreements on a bit of wording. That’s not the impression more honest reports have given – and it is also quite a bit in contrast to the presentations Cardinal Burke has given. He carries himself throughout with all the gravity and sincerity of a bad used car salesman.
But perhaps the worst part to me is that when the newsreader repeats the part of the “Relatio” that has given the most scandal – the bit about sodomites bearing gifts – Dolan says, “hey, that’s great! We’re already welcoming them in New York!” And you know, he’s telling the truth! The link relays that scandalous time when Dolan nodded approvingly as people in manifest states of perverse unchastity presented to receive the Blessed Sacrament. But then when asked what he thinks about Cardinal Burke’s solemn denunciation of the entire Relatio, he says “Of course, I agree! It needs major reworking!”
The end of the interview is, if possible, even more disquieting. This guy doesn’t seem to understand at all what the Church is about – his conception seems almost entirely humanistic.
But more than anything, he’s an empty clerical suit, blowing in the windswept house:
And this is the guy
Archie Bunker Bill Donahue has thrown his reputation away for?
H-town Sappho-mayor backs down on pastor subpoena plot October 16, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
That’s the way with our friends on the left, they constantly test the waters, seeing what they can get away with. Here, they tried to bully a bunch of protestant (no Catholics, naturally – that’s not merciful enough) pastors who had opposed the implementation of one of the most egregiously immoral pro-sodomite ordinances in US history and got caught out by the new media. There was a large and severe reaction. So, they backed off. The city has now apparently pulled the subpoena for retooling – but I bet they don’t go this route again, unless they find some clever and seemingly innocuous way to get what they want. What they will probably do in lieu of the direct attack method of subpoena is to wiretap, hack, and otherwise gain access to what they want but in a covert manner. I strongly doubt the sodo-leftist cabal will simply give up, they never do:
Houston Mayor Annise Parker has backed down from the subpoenas the City of Houston issued to several area pastors, Breitbart Texas has learned.
Breitbart Texas reported earlier about the controversy, stemming from litigation challenging the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance and subpoenas asking the pastors for the content of their sermons, speeches and communications with church members. Texas Senator Ted Cruz weighed in, firmly supporting the pastors in their efforts to fight the subpoenas, while Mayor Parker initially remained adamant that the city had the right to request those records. Despite posting comments on Twitter just hours before that seemed to indicate she would continue to fight this issue, she told a Houston radio station that she had changed her mind. [Well, I'm sure the lavendar mafia is displeased at that. And they must be appeased.......]
As reported by KTRH Mayor Parker admitted that the subpoenas were too broad, and that the pastors’ sermons should not have been included. “It’s not about what did you preach on last Sunday,” she said. “It should have been clarified, it will be clarified.” [What a joke that was a prime matter of interest in the original subpoena. The subpoenas were most clear on this point. So it was hardly an accidental inclusion] City Attorney David Feldman had an odd admission of his own: that he had not reviewed the subpoenas before they were issued. “When I looked at it I felt it was overly broad, I would not have worded it that way myself,” said Feldman. “It’s unfortunate that it has been construed as some effort to infringe upon religious liberty.” [Oh please. Didn't your office generate them? Your name was on them! So who directed you to word them that way, then?]
City officials told KTRH that they would narrow the scope of the subpoenas, but it is not clear how they will address the other concerns voiced by the pastors regarding their free speech and religious liberty issues with the rest of the items requested by the subpoena.
We’ll see what develops.