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Post-Synod Notes: Kasper’s “Replacement” and reward, the German’s motivation, and the punishments will continue until morale improves October 20, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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.

Supreme Court overturns 5th Circuit ruling reinstates abortion mills in Texas October 15, 2014

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I guess I should not have been surprised, but apparently Anthony Kennedy and John Roberts (those well known Catholics in good standing) are once again having scruples about limiting the availability of abortion in this country.  So, in spite of strong opposition from Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court overturned the 5th Circuit’s ruling of two weeks ago permitting the implementation of aspects of House Bill 2 that would have shuttered 80% of the abortion mills in the state. These are the aspects having to do with abortuarys – where major surgery certainly takes place, as anyone who has ever seen the blood-stained women leaving mills can attest – having to meet minimal ambulatory surgery center requirements.  While the 5th Circuit had ruled that the health and safety requirements could be implemented while the final ruling was still pending at the circuit level, the Supreme Court overturned that ruling and said they could not.  They also lifted the requirement that doctors have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals for mills in McAllen and El Paso.

I guess I should not have been surprised, as the Supreme Court has already noted, abortion is the vital backstop to one of the main, defining elements of the current American lifestyle, contraception, and hence cannot be made too inconvenient.

Abortion mills that have been closed for over a week are now free to reopen with this ruling.  How many babies will be brutally slaughtered as a result is known only to God:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America’s second most-populous state.

In an unsigned order, the justices sided with abortion rights advocates and health care providers in suspending an Oct. 2 ruling by a panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that Texas could immediately apply a rule making abortion clinics statewide spend millions of dollars on hospital-level upgrades. [No they are not "hospital level."  They are the same requirements any day surgery center has to meet.  Guess what, when you rip a living, growing entity intimately connected to the mother's body, that constitutes surgery!  There is blood and infection and all manner of risk. This is a long, long overdue requirement, but the abortion mill hates it, because it will so cut into the abortionists bottom line that most choose to close their mills rather than meet the requirements, proving once again that abortion, for most child-murderers, is about filthy lucre, as it always has been.  Only a narrow group of pro-abort ideologues like Planned Barrenhood are so committed to abortion as their dark sacrament of hate that they will take the hit and upgrade facilities to meet the requirements.]

The court also put on hold a separate provision of the law only as it applies to clinics in McAllen and El Paso that requires doctors at the facilities to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The admitting privileges remains in effect elsewhere in Texas. [The tenor of these rulings makes me suspect the Supreme Court will overturn them even if the Fifth Circuit rules in favor of HB2]

Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas said they would have ruled against the clinics in all respects.

The 5th Circuit is still considering the overall constitutionality of the sweeping measure overwhelmingly passed by the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry last year. [Can you believe we live in a country where this is even a question?  But this is far from the only one]

But even as it weighs the merits of the law, the appeals court said that it can be enforced in the meantime — opening the door for the emergency appeal to the Supreme Court……..

……Until the nation’s highest court intervened, only abortion facilities in the Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth areas remained open. And none was left along the Texas-Mexico border or outside any of the state’s largest urban areas. [28 of 35 - 80% - were closed.  Even Planned Barrenhood's new super center in South Dallas - which is supposed to meet the new requirements -  was closed last week, apparently]

It will be interesting to see whether the Supreme Court will allow all aspects of HB2 to stand. I am confident that the Fifth Circuit will rule favorably in all respects.  I fear the “Catholic” majority on the Supreme Court is just a dice roll – we never know how they are going to rule, and they are darned clear about the fact that they never, ever allow the Faith to guide their judgments.  Even Scalia declared as much.  Incredible.

Pray this law remains in full effect. Yes, it is far from perfect, yes, it leaves abortion legal, but it did go very, very far in dramatically limiting the availability of abortion in this state. I am confident that if fully implemented tens of thousands of babies will be saved a year.  It is one of the most effective and far-reaching abortion-limiting laws passed anywhere in the country.

El Paso Bishop Seitz: I’m down with whatever the Synod comes up with on “gays/lesbians”! October 14, 2014

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You know there will be a very large number of bishops who feel and act this way, whatever their motivation.  It could be due to that very prevalent hyper-montanism present in the Church today, due to their own preferences, or simply because they constitutionally simply cannot be seen as somehow in “opposition” to the Pope, even if the Pope makes no direct statement on this subject and continues to work through underlings at the Synod.  Nevertheless, this is probably something we’ll see quite a bit of.  My general impression of the episcopate today is that there are a few solid orthodox types who are strongly attached to the perennial belief and practice of the Church, there are probably even more wildly heterodox bishops, there are the career climbers who don’t care a whit for doctrine, and  you have those who are happy where they’re at and just generally go with whatever they perceive to be the flow.  I fear that perhaps a majority fall into that latter category, but I, of course, am not one to judge our ecclesiastical superiors (umm…..).

Nevertheless, Bishop Mark Seitz, formerly of Dallas and now ordinary of El Paso, has made his statement.  By the way, you should also see how the secular media is playing this story, just as many feared: that the “bishops” have decided to embrace sodomy, adultery, and all the rest, with nary a peep of challenge to these sinful acts.  This is totally false, the “Relatio” was produced in advance and didn’t represent the views of the Synod at large at all, but it was certainly a danged neat trick by the wolves, wasn’t it?  As for Bishop Seitz, he’ll blow with the wind:

Catholic bishops showed unprecedented openness Monday to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays had gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there were “positive” aspects to a couple living together without being married.  [Right off the bat, the "Relatio" has done its work.  What a travesty.  This is of course probably not at all what the majority of bishops at the Synod believe, at least according to the few reports we've had, and there is no way on earth a 6,000 word document was developed and translated into several languages in a day, but these critical factors are ignored by the media, who want to turn the Church into another toothless, useless, unthreatening-to-the-leftist-agenda body like the episcopalians.]
    
A two-week meeting of bishops on family issues arrived at its halfway point with a document summarizing the closed-door debate so far. No decisions were announced, but the tone of the report was one of almost-revolutionary acceptance, rather than condemnation, with the aim of guiding Catholics toward the ideal of a lasting marriage. [And many individual bishops, and even some national conferences, have already said the "Relatio" is utterly unacceptable.]
    
Bishops clearly took into account the views of Pope Francis, whose “Who am I to judge?” comment about gays signaled a new tone of welcome for the church. Their report also reflected the views of ordinary Catholics who, in responses to Vatican questionnaires in the run-up to the synod, rejected church teaching on birth control and homosexuality as outdated and irrelevant. [I want to throw up.  The Synod members are going to have to have cast iron you know whats to keep from caving on this coup executed by the heretics in mitred hats]
    
The bishops said gays had “gifts and qualities” to offer and asked rhetorically if the church was ready to provide them a welcoming place, “accepting and valuing their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony.” [As Rorate has noted, it appears this addition to the document was written by one man, a man known for his extreme leftism and his comfort around the perverse]

[Now for the truly disturbing part]  El Paso Catholic Bishop Mark Seitz did not seem shocked that the church could shift its its approach to gays and lesbians.

“I think Pope Francis from the very beginning has signaled that he wants to reset the button a little bit and help people to see the church, not just as a place where there are certain knows ["knows?"  I think they mean "no's] - thou shalt not,” Seitz said. “But as a place of love and welcome and mercy and that applies to every person. … It applies to people who struggle with same-sex attractions, with homosexuality. That is what the church is all about. And it’s our task to walk with people in whatever situation they find themselves.” [Lord have mercy!  And so it's "love" to tell people in the gravest of sins that they are fine, that they don't need to change, that everything is just wonderful, even as they walk their way to hell!  Do you even believe in hell anymore, Bishop Seitz, or that anyone actually goes there?]

A bishop who is a part of the Roman Catholic Church does not have leeway to not follow the new doctrine toward homosexuals if the bishop disagrees with the doctrine. [WAIT!  I THOUGHT THE SYNOD WAS ALL ABOUT "PASTORAL" APPROACHES, AND NOT DOCTRINE!  WHAT IS THIS?!?  Do you not see what will happen?  No matter how "pastoral" the Synod will claim to be, it will be turned into another danged super-dogma by the media and many willing collaborators in the Church!  We have been reassured again and again that Doctrine would not be touched - just as it wasn't "touched" at Vatican II.  And how has that worked out for us?]

I’m a member of the church and a disciple of Jesus. And I trust that the guidance I receive from the teaching authority of the church – of which I am a part – is something that will be consistent with our constant teaching and something that I have resolved to follow whether I fully understand it or not,” Seitz said. “So, I have no problem saying whatever conclusion that the church comes to is something that I will gladly support.”

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To be charitable to Bishop Seitz, in some sense, that is what a bishop has to say, I suppose.  Although I think it a very dangerous and sad sort of excuse.  What if, just supposing, the Synod “pastorally” declared that Jesus Christ – only for the purposes of “outreach” to those outside the Church, of course – was just a man?  Would Bishop Seitz go along with that?  I don’t think the old cop-out of “Oh, but that’s impossible, it would never happen!” holds anymore.  Who among us 2 years ago would have imagine a Synod document proclaiming that the Church should accept active sodomites as is, without any conversion or repentance, or toying around with admitting adulterers to the Blessed Sacrament?  Oh…….  But hopefully you get my point.  And from this potential cave on such a hugely important topic, how else can ANY remaining Doctrine of the Faith be taken seriously?

Not to mention the fact that I think it wrong to assign some kind of huge doctrinal significance – which Bishop Seitz seems to do – to a novel new body that consists of only a tiny fraction of all the bishops in the Church and has no authority to craft doctrine, anyway.  But he’ll go along with whatever they say, anyway?

Look, if these left wing Synod members and the rest of the crew want to chuck Church Doctrine, you have to chuck all of it.  That means many of their pet projects they love to beat people over the head about must be chucked, too.  Things like opposing “corporate greed,” capitalism in general, gerbal worming, having corporal charity for others, helping the poor, visiting the sick, engaging in their cherished “social justice,” etc., etc.  If we can chuck 2000 years of Doctrine and the literal, direct Word of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity on one subject, why can we not chuck the rest?  And you know, that is exactly what will happen – the Church will have absolutely no moral authority on ANY subject, not just the ones in which the media and their leftist fellow-travelers would like to see the Church change.

I mean it!  How on earth could the Church be welcoming to sodomites, of all people, not chastising or criticizing their behavior in the slightest, inviting them to blaspheme the Holy Spirit by receiving the Most Precious Body and Blood of Our Savior in the Blessed Sacrament while in a state of wretched sin, and not welcome corporate raiders, abortionists, the most corrupt politicians, or even mafiosos?  Or is the Church, then, to be just what our Pope ostensibly opposes – just another worldly NGO? Because that is precisely what it will be if the direction outlined in the “Relatio” is adopted.

 

 

Cardinal Burke: Pope must make statement defending Doctrine on marriage, family October 14, 2014

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Good Cardinal Burke gave a long interview yesterday in which he expressed his frustration at the doctrinal chaos Pope Francis has encouraged in the Church and called on the Pope to makes statements reaffirming the constant belief and practice of the Church.  Some highlights via LSN, then Burke’s recent interview on EWTN (a different one from the one quoted below) in its entirety:

In a candid interview Monday, Cardinal Raymond Burke voiced the concerns of many of his brothers in the Synod hall and lay Catholic activists throughout the world that the public presentation of the Synod has been manipulated by the organizers in the General Secretariat. [Hmmm......who appointed and controls the General Secretariat?]  

He strongly criticized yesterday’s Relatio post disceptationem, or “report after the debate,” which the Catholic lay group Voice of the Family had called a “betrayal,” saying it proposes views that “faithful shepherds … cannot accept,” and betrays an approach that is “not of the Church.” He called on Pope Francis to issue a statement defending Catholic teaching.  [It was also not a "report" of the actual Synod debate - which has been dominated by more faithful views - but was a pre-prepared document that advanced the radical secularist viewpoint.  Thus, this Synod appears even less a true debate and more an exercise in providing cover for......something.  Someone apparently wants the appearance of cherished "collegiality," but that's too messy and unpredictable.  Better to manipulate the process to arrive at a pre-determined result?]

“In my judgment, such a statement is long overdue,” he told Catholic World Report’s Carl Olsen. “The debate on these questions has been going forward now for almost nine months, especially in the secular media but also through the speeches and interviews of Cardinal Walter Kasper and others who support his position.” [Good for you Cardinal Burke, calling a spade a spade.  May God protect and support you.]

“The faithful and their good shepherds are looking to the Vicar of Christ for the confirmation of the Catholic faith and practice regarding marriage which is the first cell of the life of the Church,” he added.

The relatio, he said, proposes views that many Synod fathers “cannot accept,” and that they “as faithful shepherds of the flock cannot accept.” [So now we see a difference in Cardinal Burke's mind, between faithful and unfaithful shepherds. Otherwise, he would not have used the term. It is not often we hear such language from prelates in this age.] 

The document, among its most controversial propositions, asks whether “accepting and valuing [homosexuals’] sexual orientation” could align with Catholic doctrine; proposes allowing Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics on a “case-by-case basis”; [which "reviews" you know will be a sham and quickly deteriorate to mass indifference and acceptance of even more bizarrely immoral situations as posing no problem in the reception of the Blessed Sacrament] and says pastors should emphasize the “positive aspects” of lifestyles the Church considers gravely sinful, including civil remarriage after divorce and premarital cohabitation. [Yes, like how sodomites practice chronic promiscuity, have rates of sexual diseases many times (and often orders of magnitude) higher than others, have stratospheric rates of addiction, severe psychological problems, rampant violent relationships, rampant child abuse in relationships where children are present, extraordinarily high rates of suicide.  Yes, there are just SO MANY POSITIVE ASPECTS!]

“Clearly, the response to the document in the discussion which immediately followed its presentation manifested that a great number of the Synod Fathers found it objectionable,” Burke told Olsen.

“The document lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium.[Boy that's an understatement. This document is so extreme it is almost devoid of references to Scripture and Tradition, and get this, can hardly even point back to Vatican II except occasionally, and sometimes in an abusive way, applying the most radical interpretations of Vatican II possible - which is saying something, for the most nebulous Council in history]  In a matter on which the Church has a very rich and clear teaching, it gives the impression of inventing a totally new, what one Synod Father called ‘revolutionary’, teaching on marriage and the family. It invokes repeatedly and in a confused manner principles which are not defined, for example, the law of graduality.”

Now, Cardinal Burke’s EWTN interview, which I will not elaborate on:

Oh, no: priest uses smart phone in confessional October 13, 2014

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I had the following related to me by a new commenter recently.  This is simply their allegation, I have no other evidence.  The allegation is that a priest at a parish in McKinney was using their smart phone while hearing Confessions.  That is not to say that they were talking on the phone, but there are many other avenues of communication with a smart phone – text, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, the whole panoply of social media.  I have reviewed the matter with several knowledgeable lay people and two trusted priests.  First, the allegation:

A priest was hearing my confession the other day – one of the gravest confessions of my life – and I could see his iPhone glowing behind the screen, and his thumb moving across it. (I haven’t shared this on social media – in fact this is the first time I’ve said it “out loud.”)

There was much more in the comment left, but that was the only bit about the confessional.  I was quite scandalized when I first read the comment, and replied with one of my own that was probably a bit too strong.  I see no reason why the commenter would be making this matter up. I am taking the allegation at face value, but do bear in mind that it is only one side of the story.

But, having discussed the matter with the aforementioned faithful souls and reflected on it for some time, and assuming the comment was genuine and related the facts correctly, I can say the following (the conditions were, auricular Confession with the penitent separated from the priest by a screen that could be somewhat seen through.  I have no idea if at this parish the priests can ID the penitents, but the penitents can apparently see something of what the priest is doing):

  • This is an egregious abuse of charity.  Even if the priest was only looking up some matter related to the case of the penitent (dubious), it gives the appearance of being disinterested at a most critical and sensitive time.  It is terrible pastoral practice.  If the priest does feel it necessary or helpful to research some matter while in the confessional, he should make what he is doing plain to the penitent, to assuage them of scandal.
  • The risk of scandalizing the penitent is enormous.  For all the penitent knows, the priest could have been texting someone saying “get a load of what this person just said!”  I pray that is not the case, I think it unlikely, but to operate a communications device of any kind while in the confessional casts serious doubt on the sanctity of the Sacrament and the validity of the seal.  Again, disastrous pastoral practice.  It could probably never be proved that the priest was communicating with someone – or that he was not – but to even give the impression that such could be occurring could be devastating to many souls.
  • This matter has apparently come up in the Diocese of Rome and the diocese issued a dictum of some kind banning priests from using cell phones in the confessional.  That should be clear, I think, in every diocese.
  • One can only imagine the hurt and violation a penitent would feel in this situation.  There they are, pouring their soul out, and the priest gives the impression he is at the least giving them something less than his full attention.  That could cause wavering souls, souls who have perhaps been away from the Church and the Sacrament for a very long time, to never return.  What an incalculable loss that would be.
  • A letter should be sent to the Diocese of Dallas reporting the incident.  If the commenter reads this post, be charitable and focus on the scandal and hurt this cell phone use caused you.  You could send a copy of the letter to the priest/parish in question – the Diocese will almost certainly forward your report to the pastor of the parish in question, regardless.
  • This is not a matter that will result in laicization or any kind of heavy disciplinary action against the priest – unless there was clear evidence the seal had been violated – but it is very important and certainly should be conveyed, charitably, to local authorities.  One would hope that a letter or other communique by Bishop Farrell would be made to the priest in question and that he be advised to stop with the smart phone in the Confessional.

Confession is such a crucial, helpful, but at the same time personal and sensitive Sacrament, its sanctity must be guarded with great vigilance.  Over the past several decades, Confession has been downplayed and ignored in so many dioceses and parishes. I know this is something Bishop Farrell has made a point of trying to rectify in our own Diocese of Dallas. So I am certain Bishop Farrell would take this matter very seriously and respond appropriately.

Confession is the great, forgotten Sacrament of our post-conciliar age.  So many Catholics erroneously believe that Confession is either no longer necessary or doesn’t apply to them – apparently, they are sinless, like our Blessed Mother.  Even among the few Catholics who always satisfy their Sunday obligation, Confession is quite rare.  Few receive Confession even yearly, let alone every week or two as many Saints prescribe.  To scandalize those few who do avail themselves of this beautiful and utterly vital Sacrament is simply unconscionable.

I made this post more public because I think it a matter that is deserving of wider attention and consideration.  Let us not see smart phones in the confessional (I know some priests already object if they observe penitents using smart phones or other such devices).  I think this is a matter of common sense and decency.

Some dialogue I can get behind: Nigerian bishop calls fanatical islamists satanic October 8, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, true leadership, Virtue.
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If we’re going to have dialogue, it may as well be honest, and not the endless, indifferent and inconsequential torrents of pointless verbiage (but always in the most pleasant of settings) that characterize the ecumenical/interreligious “movement” of the past 50 years.  Here’s a little honesty from a shepherd of souls who knows exactly what islam is in its purer, more undiluted form:

“Christians must do everything within their powers to protect their lives from being snuffed off by Satanist-driven Islamic organizations,” Bishop Joseph Bagobiri, the Roman Catholic head of Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese, said Sunday, according to Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper.

Bishop Bagobiri also noted, according to the Vanguard, that Christians have a “grave duty” to use “moderate and proportionate force” to defend their families against Islamic groups such asBoko Haram, which is responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians since 2009.

Boko Haram became internationally known after it staged a mass kidnapping of more than 250 Nigerian schoolgirls in April. Only one has reportedly escaped in nearly five months.

Not fighting back is a “gross act of irresponsibility,” the bishop said at a Sunday reception, pointing out that “Christian communities that observe absolute pacifism have all ceased to exist…….. [It can also be gravely immoral, a failure of charity for those around us unable or unwilling to defend themselves]

…….On Monday, the Nigerian Catholic Church released a statement: “As a church, we are really going through a severe moment of persecution,” particularly in the three Northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.”

The statement was signed by Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, director of social communication for the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, who lamented the fact that “in the last few weeks our churches numbering 154 have been deserted. [I have read elsewhere that 185 Catholic parishes have been destroyed by satanic islamists in Nigeria alone in the past year or two]

“While our people perish, inaction, or rather slow action is what we get. Political activities in neighbouring communities are ongoing as though nothing is at stake,” Obasogie added…….

……“While Muslims are sometimes targets of these destructive attacks, Christians, churches and non-Muslims in general are the principal targets for extermination, expropriation and expulsion by the Boko Haram insurgents, the perpetrators of all these destructions,” they emphasized.

Regarding the point above about it being a failure of charity to fail to defend oneself, one’s neighbor, loved ones, etc, from external threat, obviously, prudence, geographic separation, and many other factors enter in.  But it may be desirable, from many points of view, to engage an enemy to one’s religion far abroad when possible, rather than waiting for the threat to get closer to home.  And, even our most “ecumenical” Holy Father has, in a sense, decreed a crusade, in saying that the egregious atrocities of islamists around the world warrant a proportionate armed response.  I’m still fairly equivocal about the US performing this role, for a number of reasons – one of the foremost being that any armed intervention conducted by the US most certainly would not be for religious reasons, but for general humanitarian reasons, at best, and there are always the lurking possibilities of dire ulterior motives or unforeseen problems arising from the ineptitude of the current administration.  There is also the fact that we’re beyond broke, but maybe that’s less a bug than a feature, if one looks to a future beyond the current political organization of middle North America.

I do think it high time that nations like Nigeria start protecting their Catholic populations and stop all the corruption those African kleptocracies are so infamous for.  But, I may as well hope to be King of the Moon that there will be any change in the nature of African (or Mideast) governance anytime soon.  In this day and age, there are precious few good guys to root for.  And the pious innocents just continue to suffer.

Speaking of anti-islamist combat, a couple of rather cool photos from recent US airpower activities over Syria, including an image from one of the first F-22 strike missions and a great shot of a Bone going full afterburner after refueling.  The Bone is beloved of ground troops because it can remain in full burner for a loooong time and travel almost half again as fast as other aircraft (~700 kts), most fighters being limited to about 450 kts by external ordinance, and cuts reaction time down quite a bit.  The F-22 may be even better, if it has the gas for it, able to cruise at almost 1000 kts in supercruise mode.  The F-22 is not slowed down by external ordinance (most folks have no idea of how much penalty there is from hanging all those bombs, fuel tanks, missiles, etc, on the outside of an aircraft), because it carries all ordinance internally.  There are times when an A-10 can cruise almost as fast as a heavily laden F-16!

Raptors refuel

Raptors refuel

Air strikes in Syria

That’s 124,000 pounds of screaming go power right there.  A B-1 in full afterburner is the loudest aircraft I have ever heard.

 

Synod considers dropping language condemning sin October 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, SOD, the return.
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I do not know what the Holy Ghost has planned, but I’m well past concerned at this point.  Of course, we must consider the source, the uber-progressive Father Tom Rosica, but this Synod is shaping up as the 60’s generation’s last, great, flipping of the bird to God:

Speaking at this afternoon’s Vatican press briefing on the Synod on the Family English-language spokesman for the Synod, Fr. Thomas Rosica noted there has been much discussion about language in the Synod’s deliberations.

Fr. Rosica explained what he believed to be “one of the salient interventions” of the day, noting that according to the presenter, “language such as ‘living in sin’, ‘intrinsically disordered’, or ‘contraceptive mentality’ are not necessarily words that invite people to draw closer to Christ and the Church.” 

“There is a great desire that our language has to change in order to meet the concrete situations,” he added.  [The Kasperite gambit, plain and simple.  This is the attitude of the progressive elements in the Church.  Who knows how numerous they are?  And will there be pressure from the highest authority on the bishops to support that gambit?]

“Marriage is already seen by many as being filtered in harsh language in the Church. How do we make that language appealing, and loving and inviting. We’re not speaking about rules or laws we’re speaking about a person who is Jesus who is the source of our faith, the leader of our Church, he is the one who invites us into a mystery.” [That almost sounds like he's quoting either Kasper or even Pope Francis directly.  Why don't they just go ahead and canonize Congar?  His false division between Doctrine and "pastoral" is the driving force behind all this.  What that means in effect is that while Doctrine may still exist, it will be obliterated in practice, just as the episcopals still pretend to adhere to the Nicene Creed, even if most episcopals reject transubstantiation, among other articles.]

While the Vatican is providing summaries of the content of some of the interventions at the Synod, it is not releasing the names of the person who gave the presentation. [And, I understand, they never will publish a formal description of the interventions with names, dates, etc.  So we may never know all the authors of these highly heterodox approaches.]

I don’t know what to say again, folks.  These are exceedingly dark times.  The sexular pagan progressives in the Church are (mostly) old and they know history and the future are ultimately against them, so they are going all out to try to finally and permanently (even if it won’t be) implement their obsession with destroying the Doctrine of the Faith.   They may cause enormous destruction, certainly will cause even more souls to fall away, and will wound the Church grievously, but eventually, possibly long after I’m dead, there will be a Pope or a Council that will not just correct, but will rebuke the actions of this Synod and anything else that develops, if need be.  Even if such is done in a way that does not call out Vatican II or this Synod directly, Doctrine will be restored, eventually.

Unless, of course, we are in the final Great Apostasy and are heading towards the Parousia.  In either event, cling to Our Lady, pray the Rosary, and do the best you can to preserve the Faith of yourselves and those you love.  If need be, just cut yourself off from Church news and all blogs, if it gets to be too much.  Better that, than to lose your faith.  There must not be anything more precious to any of us than our Faith, no matter what this Synod may do.

What is funny, in a sad sense, is that no matter how much they try to attack, downplay, or marginalize the Truth, It will always remain.  The Truth is a Person, and as much as progressives may hate that fact and rail against it, it was a Person who instituted all these Doctrines they are now attacking.  You cannot kill God.  In the end, He will always win.

Thank you to TG for the link.

I can add this: I have been praying the Chaplet of the Holy Face as requested by Cardinal Burke, and I think his choice of prayer incredibly significant. The main prayer repeated throughout the Chaplet is:

“Arise, O Lord, and let Thy enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Thee fly before Thy Face!”

In the present context, that is more than just a little bit significant.  I think we can see most clearly why he was forced out of the Curia.

Pray as much and as intensely as you can.  Prayer will keep us whole in this time of incredible chaos, suffering, and confusion.

Thanks to reader TG for the head’s up.

Supreme Court declines to hear state sodo-marriage challenges, now certain to be legal in most states October 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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I think it was last year about this time, even before fully-in-communion Anthony Kennedy peered into his crystal ball and discerned that people of the same sex could “marry,” that I said that sodo-marriage would be “legal,” whatever that means, in all fifty states within 3 years.  I was probably too optimistic, only months after one man arrogated to himself the right to rule on the nature of an institution as old, or older, than human civilization, marriage will be effectively destroyed and trivialized in most states during this year of Our Lord 2014:

In a move that surprised most commentators, the Supreme Court declined to accept for review (PDF) any of the seven petitions pending in same-sex marriage cases. There was no circuit split on this issue, which (as I wrote just this morning) tends to militate against the high court stepping in.

This means same-sex marriage is now the law of the land in Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Virginia, which were seeking to preserve state laws and state constitutional amendments limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. Moreover, the Supreme Court’s decision not to intervene in sweeping circuit courts of appeals decisions in the Fourth Circuit (covering Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the Carolinas), the Seventh Circuit(covering Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin), and the Tenth Circuit (covering Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming) makes it all but a certainty that same-sex marriage will be legalized in the remaining states in those circuits.

Same-sex marriage cases remain pending in the Fifth Circuit (covering Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi) and the Sixth Circuit (covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee). It’s conceivable, although not very likely, that either court could reject same-sex marriage, which would give us the circuit split necessary for the Supreme Court to take up the issue.

So those of us in Texas and a few other states can continue to enjoy marriage as it has always been understood for perhaps a few more months. For most of the rest of the union, such as it is, marriage is made a laughingstock and a tool to advance the agenda of the tiniest of aggrieved, perverse minorities.

But recall, those seeking most this cherished “right” make plain their interest is not really to enjoy “marriage” as it has always been practiced as the union of two individuals, but to destroy marriage as a cultural and legal institution.  Their goal is government subsidies for any individuals or groups to engage in their preferred perversion without respect to any legal definition of “marriage,” which the more extreme but probably honest partisans of the sodo-marriage acknowledge – and hope – will bring about the ultimate destruction of the basic building block of human civilization.

Ours is a truly sick and twisted age.  I don’t know what to say beyond that.

Pity the children.  The vast majority will be raised in such perverse and twisted manners that finding the Truth will be all but impossible for them.  It will take a moral miracle to penetrate the hard armor of leftist error and diabolical lust turned loose.  God always finds a way to reach certain souls, but many who are touched by God will be too enervated to notice.  And that last bit, finally and completely cutting people off from God, has always been the ultimate goal of the left.

Catholic? Anthony Kennedy has played a huge part (and far more than once) in helping to assure the ascendancy of leftism in this country, anyway.  But he remains in such good standing he at least annually receives the Blessed Sacrament from the very hands of a prince of the Church.

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