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Pope Leo speaks to the Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family, Mark II September 30, 2014

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Great minds think alike?  I just posted a little excerpt from Pope Leo XIII, whose comments are as relevant to the upcoming Synod as any I’ve seen from any prelate in the Church in the past 2 years.  Lo and behold, I stroll over to FideCogitActio, and I find he’s also posted from a different encyclical by Pope Leo material which is also highly relevant to doctrinal issues being forced in the Church today. It does not redound to my charity, but I cannot help thinking that this sudden “crisis” regarding adultery, re-marriage, divorce, non-annulment, and all the rest, matters which have been addressed repeatedly in the past 50 years at the highest level, and which are the result of failures to proclaim many truths believed by the Church, is simply the work of a narrow and self-interested cabal – just as it was in Pope Leo’s day.  As Ecclesiasticus says, there is nothing new under the sun (emphasis in original, I and comments):

“The Church … has done nothing with greater zeal and endeavour than she has displayed in guarding the integrity of the faith. Hence she regarded as rebels and expelled from the ranks of her children all who held beliefs on any point of doctrine different from her own. … ‘There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole cycle of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, infect the real and simple faith taught by our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition’ (Auctor Tract. de Fide Orthodoxa contra Arianos). [Exactly.  And the Church has suffered horrible wounds, historically, for that defense of Doctrine, because it was the defense of Divine Truth.  But today, it seems fewer and fewer are concerned about things like divinely revealed Truth, and only care about getting along, palling around, cocktail soirees at 5-star resorts, endless ecumenical confabs, and all the other attractions the world holds out for those who will only turn their backs on Jesus Christ.]

“The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her authoritative Magisterium. … [As I said in the previous post, this is not complex stuff.  It is only (OK, primarily) since the ill-wind of aggiornamento started blowing that doctrine suddenly became so convoluted, nuanced, and difficult to comprehend.  Luther, Arius, and other arch-heretics also loved nuance and shades of grey.]

“Wherefore, from the very earliest times the fathers and doctors of the Church have been accustomed to follow and, with one accord to defend this rule. Origen writes: ‘As often as the heretics allege the possession of the canonical scriptures, to which all Christians give unanimous assent, they seem to say: “Behold the word of truth is in the houses.” But we should believe them not and abandon not the primary and ecclesiastical tradition. We should believe not otherwise than has been handed down by the tradition of the Church of God’ (Vetus Interpretatio Commentariorum in Matt. n. 46).”

I could not agree more.  I post this as  yet another reminder that timeless truths are being called into question, or swept under the rug in the name of “pastoral” sensitivity – but is it sensitive to admit individuals in a manifest state of public mortal sin to receive the Blessed Sacrament?  This question can only be answered two ways, and it all comes down to the same narrow, exclusive claims the Church has always made, because it is the Truth: that Jesus Christ is God Incarnate, that He revealed how we are to live, that we will be judged according to our lives, and that we will face an eternity of either Heaven or hell.  I simply cannot comprehend how anyone can doubt, call into question, or seek to evade any of the Truths always held by the Church unless they reject one of those four core truths listed above.  And I think anyone who is a thinking, praying Catholic knows that the excuses peddled for shucking Doctrine for the sake of pastoral expediency are just that, excuses, and they will not result in any great flood of souls into the Church, but will only result in more falling away, less respect for the Church and Her beliefs, less of that cherished “relevancy,” and more and more ruin.

Maybe this is getting tiresome.  I don’t say the above just to complain, but in the fervent hope that someone, somewhere is listening. I know my many good readers listen, but, we laity don’t have a great deal of say.  And I feel it necessary to counter all the error emanating from some very high places.  I have heard it said, that it takes 15 words to utter some heresy, and 15,000 words to refute it.  Well, there you go.

The core point is, there is a religion being pushed that is not that which was held by great popes like Leo XIII, and Blessed Pius IX, and Saint Pius X, and Gregory XVI, and so many others.  I will not shut my big trap or pounding fingers  until that false, erroneous religion is defeated.

Pope Leo XIII speaks to the Synod…… September 30, 2014

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……and, quite possibly, the current Bishop of Rome.   Pope Leo XIII wrote in his 1899 encyclical to the American episcopate, Testem Benevolentiae, denouncing the heresy of Americanism, the following bit below.  Reading it again last night, I was struck by how much the “new problems” afflicting the Church, of huge swaths of the world being lost in sin and demands to contradict Doctrine in practice if not directly in order to somehow “excuse” the inexcusable, are not new at all.  They are in fact the same old temptations the Church has always faced to please men and not God.  Pope Leo was countering a grave problem he saw in the late 19th century US episcopate, that of indifference and a tendency to reduce the Church to an inoffensive worldly do-good society.  Unfortunately, Pope Leo’s denunciation of widespread problems in the US hierarchy were ignored then and more or less openly repudiated later on, so that by the mid-20th century many bishops in the US were  proclaiming their indifferentist beliefs and tacit rejection of rather large swaths of Doctrine.

Fast forward 115 years from when it was written, I think we can plainly see that the warnings were not heeded, the errors not addressed, and now the errors, even the openly promoted heresy, has spread like a cancer to include vast swaths of timeless, constant Church belief, up to an including solemnly defined Dogmas.  But I am poor and ineloquent, it is far better to let Pope Leo speak for himself (I add emphasis and comments):

…..For they [the Americanists, still very much with us today] contend that it is opportune, in order to work in a more attractive way upon the wills of those who are not in accord with us, to pass over certain heads of doctrines, as if of lesser moment, or to so soften them that they may not have the same meaning which the Church has invariably held.  Now, Beloved Son, [This encyclical was addressed quite specifically, and pointedly, at Cardinal Gibbons, who, whatever his merits, had pushed the idea of national conferences and episcopal agitation for social concerns] few words are needed to show how reprehensible is the plan that is thus conceived, if we but consider the character and origin of the Doctrine which the Church hands down.  On that point the Vatican Council says: “The doctrine of faith which God has revealed is not proposed like a theory of philosophy which is to be elaborated by the human understanding, but as a divine deposit delivered to the Spouse of Christ to be faithfully guarded and infallibly declared  [It is precisely this sense that is apparently very nearly extinct in the entire, worldwide episcopate today]………That sense of the sacred dogmas is to be faithfully kept which Holy Mother Church has once declared, and is not to be departed from under the specious pretext of a more profound understanding” (Constitution of Catholic Faith, C. IV). [That is, later "understandings" of dogmas cannot be contradicted by later "explanations" or even 'pastoral applications." REALLY, THIS STUFF IS NOT VERY HARD!]

……Far be it, then, for any one to diminish or for any reason whatever to pass over anything of this divinely delivered doctrine; whosoever would do so, would rather wish to alienate Catholics from the Church than to bring over to the Church those who dissent from it. [And is this not precisely what has happened in the past 50 years, as millions of spiritually starved Catholics have fallen away, exhausted from a diet of progressive pablum?] Let them return; indeed, nothing is nearer to Our heart; let all those who are wandering far from the sheepfold of Christ return; but let it not be BY any road other than that which Christ has pointed out.

———–End Quote———–

We have sadly had a chance to see, lo these past several decades, just how that kind of softer, “more attractive” presentation of “difficult” Doctrine works out.  Most of the time, it is simply dealt with as mokusatsu, killed with silence, if not relativized into meaningless, innocuous nothingness.  That’s been the case with contraception and fornication, and looks to be spreading to include fake marriage, divorce, blasphemy of the Blessed Sacrament, etc., etc.  “Oh, it’s too hard to talk about X” our bishops living in multi-million dollar mansions say.  “Oh, we will turn people away from the Church,” say the men who have overseen the greatest collapse in Church attendance, vocation rates, donations, you name it in recorded history.  What an utter collapse in authority.

It would be unbelievable if we were not living through it. Catholic bishops being the prime agents of the destruction of Dogma.  For the vast majority of the history of the Church, such would have been unthinkable, a few very notable exceptions aside.

On a lighthearted side note, I cannot tell how great is the temptation I feel to write “Pope Saint Leo XIII.”  I know he hasn’t even a cause, but I have long felt this great pontiff has been ignored and overlooked to our collective shame.  I do very much love and admire this pontiff.  I am really enjoying his biography.

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Jihad comes to Oklahoma September 29, 2014

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Is there any coincidence, that mere days after a satanic black mass was held in Oklahoma City, a woman – a complete stranger – was beheaded in yet another case of “sudden jihad syndrome” in nearby Moore?  I think we would be wise not to discount the possible connection:

Police are charging a man accused of beheading a woman at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Okla.

The Moore Police Department says charges filed against Alton Alexander Nolen will include first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Law enforcement will officially file the paperwork in the District Attorney’s office Monday.

Alton Nolen is also accused of stabbing another woman before being shot himself by an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy, Mark Vaughan, who is also the company CEO.

Nolen, a recent convert to Islam, allegedly attacked a woman Thursday at a Vaughan Foods processing plant, soon after he learned he’d lost his job there.

Police said he walked into the front office and attacked one of the first people he encountered, Colleen Hufford, 54.

He severed her head with a knife and then attacked 43-year-old Traci Johnson.

Johnson has been released from the hospital after being treated for numerous wounds.

Nolen, 30, was interviewed by investigators on Friday. Police have not revealed what he said.

The FBI said there are no indications linking Thursday’s attack to terrorism……… [Of course not!  Beheading random people is just your normal, everyday murder!  There isn't a prominent muslim group in the world trying to terrorize a vast region into submission using beheadings and similar terror tactics, including against children!]

……..The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after converting to the religion himself.

Lewis says the FBI is working in conjunction with the Moore Police Department, especially when it comes to the religious aspect of the case.

No, it’s not. The FBI is involved to try to hush-up and intimidate all involved to drop any notion that this man’s religious belief had anything to do with the crime. Even though his Facebook was pasted with tributes to jihadis, he had very vocally converted to islam in prison, and he had been proselytizing his co-workers for some time, and to such a degree that he had to be fired.  But nothing to see here, move along!

I tell you, our government has rapidly devolved into a situation where coverups and constant lies are the standard operating procedure, all at the service of the agenda of the entrenched elites. By that, I do not just mean the present administration, but most of the bureaucracy from the local to the federal level, which seems to have gone whole hog over the past 10-15 years into being little more than taxpayer-funded agents of leftism.

This is a joke.

Regarding the mosque where Nolen was apparently radicalized, or further radicalized, no, nothing to see here:, yet again

went to the same mosque the Oklahoma Muslim who beheaded his co-worker today. I live ten minutes away!

The Imam was Imad Enchassi the last I heard. He was a friend of mine. He is a Lebanese-born Sunni who hates Israel. He once gave a sermon that the Israelis were trying to collapse al-Aqsa mosque by digging tunnels underneath it. They have no issue with Palestinian suicide bombings because, as it was explained to me, that is the only weapon the Palestinians have.

They sold Milestones in the book shop while I was there, which as you know calls for replacing all non-Islamic governments with Islamic ones. I remember listening to a tape a friend of mine, Yahya Graff, another white convert to Islam, had that prayed for the destruction of Israel and America.

The imam when I first converted, Suhaib Webb, is hailed as a moderate by liberals in the United States but he was the one that explicitly told me that according to Islam, three choices are to be given to non-Muslims: convert, pay the jizyah tax and live under Islamic rule, or jihad.

I’m sure that’s just your average run of the mill radicalism for Saudi- and Emirate-funded mosques.  So how common is this?

Perhaps becoming more so:

In a bizarre coincidence, a fired Oklahoma City nursing home employee was arrested Friday after a co-worker reported he threatened to cut her head off.

Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, 30, is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on a terrorism complaint. His bail is set at $1 million…….

……..Muriithi was identified as a native of Kenya who is living in Oklahoma City. He worked at Bellevue Nursing Home in northwest Oklahoma City, police reported………

……She said Muriithi identified himself as a Muslim and said he “represented ISIS and that ISIS kills Christians,” the detective told a judge in the affidavit. The two had not worked together before…….

…….The FBI said Friday about the tragedy in Moore that there is no current indication of any additional threat to residents of Oklahoma related to that incident. [Well, that statement could be true, if you steadfastly refuse to recognize reality.  Once again, it's all about perception and perceived threats to the leftist agenda, so nothing to see here. The more these events are so obviously related to the false religion of islam, the more the relation has to be denied.]

 Our government has become an utter joke. There are banana republics looking down on us now.  I guess this is what comes from having a muslim president.

Everything is upside down.  Having babies is bad (global warming), but sodomy good.  Humility means ostentatious displays of false simplicity.  Marriage is for sodomites, while heterosexuals don’t even bother anymore.  Thus, the world, absent the saving balm of Jesus Christ and His Church.  It is Kafka-esque madness.

On the upside, martyrdom atones enormously for sin, so we’ve got that going for us.

Our Brave New World…… September 29, 2014

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…….predicted nearly 100 years ago:

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I have noted with increasing discomfort for a few years now, the growing similarities between our present culture and that prognosticated by Huxley back in the 1920s.  Huxley believed that the ultimate in totalitarianism would not come with an iron boot, but a velvet glove.  Through an intentional godlessness, elevation of the material over all else, and people’s constant hunger for pleasure, pleasure, pleasure.  While there was some subtle and even overt totalitarianism in Huxley’s Brave New World, it was nothing like Orwell’s “boot, smashing a human face, forever.”  Most of all, it was a perfect prediction of how perverse and evil society can and by necessity will become, absent Faith in God.  Which is odd, because Huxley was a secular atheist.  I guess that just goes to show that even those who see the perfect evil of their own ideology, cannot overcome their attachment to it.  Grace alone suffiices, I guess.

If you’ve never read Brave New World, now might not be a bad time.  I warn you, though, parts of the book – never fully shown in any of the lousy movies made – are very difficult to stand.

Thanks to reader D for the timely reminder.

Bishops who promote error, cave to culture just covering their own sins? September 29, 2014

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That is the message conveyed by two very important, if incredibly disquieting, recent posts on Rorate. The posts consider the forced resignation of British bishop Kieran Conry for having carried on, it is reported, multiple affairs with women, some of them married, over the past several years.  While he says such incidents “only” started six years ago, I judge that highly unlikely – he has probably never taken his vow of celibacy seriously in the slightest.  And what is worse, as a lawsuit being filed in England seeks to prove, the hierarchy in England and probably all the way to Rome well knew this man was not only conducting multiple affairs, but often with women already married!  How many marriages has he helped destroy?  How many children’s lives have been irrevocably ruined by his out of control libido and those of the slatterns he’s dallied with?  And this is a supposed successor to the Apostles?  How many like him are there?

As Rorate notes below, when bishops refuse to teach the Truth, or, even more disturbingly, suddenly turn tail in the face of the culture and become a public opponent of Church Doctrine, as we have seen some very highly placed bishops do, of late, it almost certainly means something very, very bad:

This collapse of Bishops’ moral position, their personal moral position, is a tumor destroying the credibility of the Church from the inside and from all sides. When a bishop (or priest) who certainly knows better says something bizarre and completely outside Catholic Tradition, or begins to waver when faced with secularism, Catholic faithful should increasingly ask themselves the questions:

Is the bishop speaking for himself, or is he speaking on behalf of those blackmailing him? Is there truly such thing as a “moderate” bishop, or is he being “moderated” by the enemies of the Church out of fear that his duplicitous behavior will be revealed?  

Rorate notes the following comments by this disgraced former bishop:

‘It has been difficult keeping the secret,’ he told the Mail. ‘In some respects I feel very calm. It is liberating. It is a relief. I have been very careful not to make sexual morality a priority [in his sermons]. I don’t think it got in the way of my job, I don’t think people would say I have been a bad bishop. But I can’t defend myself. I did wrong. Full stop.’

Rorate has commentary here, but I’ll interject my own.  What self-serving tripe.  What unmitigated gall.  He has been caught performing acts of wanton immorality, of conducting himself in a completely shameful manner (even if most people, in these shameful days, do the same), and his only concern is his own relief?  And then he trumpets the fact that he has helped undermine Catholic Doctrine precisely because of his utter unfaithfulness and seeming happiness to continue in sin?  Has he sworn off any of these “relationships” (I doubt they rise even to that level)?  Has he evidenced true remorse for the scandal he has caused not just the faithful of Arundel and Brighton, but the entire Church? Not to my knowledge.  This man evidences absolute no sorrow over the scandal he has caused and the sins he has committed, he is sorry because he has been caught.  And, sir, by definition, you are not just a bad bishop, you are a demoniacal one.  

Picking up with Rorate again:

When, regarding any point of doctrine, but in particular sexual morality and marriage, you see a bishop who is speaking less about it, or less often, or is distorting it, or hiding or criticizing those points he dislikes, or calling it old-fashioned, or dismissing its relevance, or who suddenly turns away from his formerly courageous modus operandi when feeling the pressure of secular activists, watch out. [As in the case of Cardinal Dolan, perhaps?  Or Bishop Tobin?  Or Bishop Armand Ochoa?  Or Bishop Robert Lynch?  I could go on for quite some time]
This means a lot.
 
A lot.
IT MEANS A LOT.
……..This sad episode is relevant in itself, but also as a powerful symbol of a global problem — a grave warning to all the Catholic faithful, a fundamental breach of trust in the very core of the transmission of the Truth that is the very reason for the Apostolic Succession, a wound that can hardly be repaired afterwards. How many souls are thus lost?
Well, if you are one of many priests and bishops who believe steadfastly, contrary to all evidence from Scripture and Tradition, that All Dogs Go To Heaven, then you probably don’t much believe in Dogmas like the reality that many souls are damned to hell for all eternity.  It certainly makes being both an apostate and a manifest grave sinner much more convenient.  And note the tight relationship between the two: as Saint Thomas Aquinas and several other great Saints have said, heresy is almost always rooted in grave personal sin.  The heresy comes about to cover up for the soul’s inability to eschew grave sin, especially sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments.
But I fear Rorate is right – when bishops (or priests) suddenly start acting screwy, if they suddenly equivocate where they didn’t before, or are one of the many who simply refuse to proclaim the full Truth, especially regarding those sins which have come to be commonplace among the great majority of the faithful, WATCH OUT!  There might be some hideous scandal coming down the road, sooner rather than later.  And I have the understanding that there might be many more revelations of such scandals in the next few months or years.

This matter brings to mind a questions regarding that most toilsome of terms: “full communion.”  As in, are the individuals in the hierarchy who have been aware of his numerous infidelities for years in “full communion?”  What about all those bishops who preach error, ore refuse to teach difficult truths?  Is “full communion” so reductive as to mean nothing more than not doing something the Pope tells you to not to do, or vice versa?  Everything else is up for discussion? This is not to argue the point of view of the SSPX, this is a question of vital relevance for every Catholic striving to be faithful.

A final thought: Yes, former Bishop Conry is very deserving of prayers.  As are those women who knowingly  (or, doubtfully, unknowingly) aided in the corruption of a priest/bishop.  And we must always bear in mind our own sins, which, for some of us, might even exceed those of Bishop Conry.  But at the same time, we are discussing Doctrine, duty, and the manifest failure of the vast majority of bishops in these key elements of their apostolates.  This is a matter that goes beyond mere personal failings or judging individual sin* and extends to the core reasons for the crisis in the Church.  I shan’t apologize for taking a hard line on that.

Speaking of, another hint from “Boney” (what’s his name?!?  Help me out!), who lives in this afflicted Diocese (we, in Dallas, know how you feel), that there have been indicators for some time that things were far from right with former bishop Conry:

Whenever I met him he was kind, warm, interested in us and courteous, though I was a bit taken aback when he asked if we “really believed all that stuff” about Marian apparitions and sites of Marian pilgrimage. I got the impression he did not understand people’s devotion to Our Lady and the Saints, nor those who genuflected towards the Tabernacle and knelt for Holy Communion. 

My emphasis.  The great Moral Doctor Saint Alphonsus tells us that the lack of a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother is a moral, if not absolute, sign of pending damnation.  Or, more accurately, he says that a great devotion to the Blessed Mother is morally, if not absolutely, necessary for salvation. And he quotes other great Saints and theologians in his defense.

So perhaps there is no great mystery in former Bishop Conry’s fall, and the whole scandal. It all has to do with the widespread lack of respect and devotion given to Our Lady, Mother of God and Mother of the Church.

Our Lady, pray for Bishop Conry, the women, all those who knew and said nothing, and for all of us poor, weak, sinful souls.  Beg Your Son to have mercy on us!

* – Having said that, perhaps more judgmentalism, and more repercussions for such scandalous acts, might result in fewer people committing them?  Is that not how shunning in polite society used to work, before Western Civilization morally collapsed?

Below, “Lady Conry,” chosen over another Lady (via Daily Smail):

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Those who purport to love God must not fear men September 26, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, martyrdom, persecution, priests, sanctity, secularism, Society, Virtue.
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Some excellent commentary from Fr. Carota.  He outlines the beliefs Catholics must hold which will get us chastised – and possibly severely – by the dominant, fallen culture (emphasis in original):

Jesus warns us very clearly what will happen when we follow Him.   “Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’ s sake.  Be glad in that day and rejoice; for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For according to these things did their fathers to the prophets.”  Luke VI: 22-23

Everyone who truly loves and fears God will be persecuted.  This especially takes place when:

1) Out of love for God’s Catholic Church you criticize or point out what has happened in the Church since Vatican II. [Emperors hate being told of their nakedness]

2) When you bring up your love for the Latin Mass because of its sacredness and rubrics that protect Jesus’ Body and Blood that have been removed from the New Mass. [Don't tell Fr. Tedeger that!]

3) When you attempt to stop women from offending God by dressing immodestly at Church and on the streets.  Our Lady at Fatima said it very clearly: “Certain fashions will be introduced which will offend My Son very much.”  These people will happily offend God to not offend people[I actually took part in a discussion on this last night.  The dominant view at our local Latin Mass parish is that such corrections should be left to a priest.  Fr. Carota is certainly a priest, but also seems to take a more activist stand on this kind of correction.  It is very hard to do.  And any such correction must be done with great tenderness and charity.  But is Fr. Carota's more activist view worth consideration?]

4) Stand up for the indissolubility of the sacrament of marriage between a man and a woman.

5) Condemn homosexuality. [To my mind, the vehicle by which persecution may (will?) come.]

6) Correct those living together before sacramental marriage.

7) Speak up against the murder of pre born babies and pray at abortion mills.

8) Remind Catholics that they are forbidden to use any birth control, have an IUD inserted or have any operation that sterilizes, like a vasectomy or tubal ligation. [People surely do not like to be told of their sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments]

I have brought these subjects up many times.  But I am doing it again precisely to remind us that we are in this very short life, we make sure that everything we do, say or write is only done to please God and not offend Him.

People come and go, are born and die.  One day they are your best friend, and the next day they are your worst enemy.  You may be very popular today and tomorrow the laugh of the town.  Again Jesus says it very strongly: “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.”  Luke 6: 26.

All the prophets and saints were despised in this world by the worldly.

————-End Quote————-

I am just about out of time, but there is also a corollary to what Father points out above: if we fail in many of our duties to proclaim the Faith, we may receive many rewards, or at least lead a much more comfortable life. Has that not been the “trade,” or even the surrender, the Church has made, in order to gain cultural acceptance?  Was that not the driving force behind much of the desire for “aggiornamento” and all that followed?

If only…….Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI demands reinstatement as pope September 26, 2014

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As only Eye of the Tiber could possibly report:

According to reports today, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is seeking the chair of his pontificate months after his resignation. The news has sent shock waves around the world.

Vatican spokesman Fr. Vitateli Devitiamani told EOTT that, “He came for a dinner as scheduled and then proceeded to return to his old living quarters. That wouldn’t be a problem, since His Holiness Pope Francis chose to live elsewhere, the room is open. However, once we asked him where he was going, he simply said, ‘I’m back,’ then proceeded to put his sunglasses on even though we were inside.”

Sources say that the next morning, he walked down the hall asking for his valet and his red Prada shoes, and was overheard asking an adviser to “get Burke on the line.”

This comes 19 months after his official resignation from the Holy See.

Well…….stranger things have happened.  And I strongly suspect there will be a book written on the events of early 2013 in the Vatican someday, and it will be a barn-burner.

A most pre-conciliar commentary on the idol of democracy September 25, 2014

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There is a great conceit held by many Americans and other Westerners; that democracy, whatever reality it has even in our own country, is the only acceptable form of government for not just advanced nations, but for peoples everywhere.  A veritable cult has grown up regarding notions such as popular sovereignty, the will of the people, representative government, and all the rest. Surely, there are arguments to commend this very Anglo-American system, but there are also powerful arguments against.  For one thing, what may be suited – but perhaps far form ideal – for some nations under certain favorable circumstances, may harbinge death for peoples in other places and times.  Such was the commentary of Father Bernard O’Reilly in his biography of Pope Leo XIII, commenting on the foisting of democracy, often  unwittingly, on Catholic peoples in Europe after the catastrophe of the French Revolution. I thought there were some edifying points below, perhaps you will agree:

The political quacks who think that the constitutional forms which suit the English race at home or in the United States ought also to suit Belgium, or France, or Spain, or Italy, forget that the institutions of of a country are the natural growth and outcome of a people’s habits and social life.  Where, as in Great Britain and in the American Union., the form of government, with the laws and the judiciary, has ever been a part of the people’s existence, it needs no political education to train the masses to the knowledge and exercise of their political rights.  They are matters of course, as familiar to the farmer in the country as his implements and methods of agriculture; as handy to the craftsman in the cities as the rules and practice of his trade.  How different among the Latin nations of Continental Europe and their offshoots was the use of the suffrage, whether open or secret, in electing to municipal or national offices!  What a farce the ballot was from the beginning, and is still in countries we might name! [And is, perhaps, becoming in this country?  Or has already become?]  And what oppression is practiced, in the name of liberty and under the sham of constitutional forms, by peoples among whom anti-Christian teachings destroy the religious and moral sense, with the elementary and essential ideas of individual right, making what they call free government the most hideous intolerance and the downright and unrestrained proscription of all opinions, convictions, and acts which differ from their own false and narrow notions!  [So true, as I think we can see in our own country more and more today, where the rights of minorities, especially religious minorities, and even more, Catholic minorities, are dashed upon the altar of “tolerance” – except for us and our beliefs!  Thus, every kink, every perversion, is held to trump the most dearly and deeply held Christian convictions.  And never forget, the most repressive countries in history, like the Soviet Union, had constitutions full of flowery language about rights, the power of the people, and all the rest – as they crushed the people, and especially the Church, under an iron boot!  

……….Belgium, Catholic Belgium, became especially the paradise of the occult force, not of the purely or professed benevolent and kindly associations which go by different names wherever the English language prevails, but of those bodies of conspirators against Church and State, against the entire social order inherited from the Christendom of the past, who are the legal and legitimate descendants of the masons and their illuminism.  English and American societies long and blindly refused to acknowledge the evidence offered them that this occult force on the Continent of Europe, as well as in Spanish and Portuguese America, was a vast and mighty conspiracy against God.  [This paragraph compares the differences between the relatively benign practice of mason in the Anglosphere, and the dark, even occult, conspiracies of the Lodge in the Latin countries, always directed at usurping the Church and seeing Her demise.  Of course, the masons in the Anglosphere did not have to trouble themselves to achieve the idol of "religious liberty" in England, the US, and other countries, as the triumph of protestantism in those lands, from long ago, made such efforts unnecessary.  But they gave much willing help to radical masonic elements in Mexico and other countries struggling to destroy the Church.  They have been all too successful.]

……..the battle…..has been fought from the beginning, between the supporters of Christianity, the advocates of a thorough religious education, on the one hand, and the conspirators against religion, who wanted to get possession of the youth and extinguish in their souls all knowledge or all love of the ancient faith of Christendom.

…...we in America are beginning to see that the public school system was from the first open to two serious and unanswerable objections. It levied a heavy tax on those who objected conscientiously to schools where no religion whatever was taught, [Aye, and I must pay handsomely to see others taught dread errors and be led down the wide path of destruction] and refused to grant any share of the school fund to denominations who insisted on a religious teaching in their schools; [No longer entirely true, at least at the federal level.  And how was that achieved?  Some very cogent criticisms argue that Church schools were only judged acceptable for federal funding when they became so thoroughly secularized and indifferent to our Faith that they were no longer seen as problematic from the reigning secular point of view.  The refusal to teach Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus figures prominently in such arguments] and it tended practically (as it has now, confessedly, ended in doing) to turn out young men and women indifferent to all religious principle and practice – men and women all the more dangerous to the community that their trained intellect and acquired knowledge are a terrible agency in the service of their passions, whereas no fear of God is there to restrain them from evil courses or to encourage them to well-doing.

Besides, in a country like the United States, where so many sects exist side by side, with equal rights before the law, [a foundational error in its own right] if the majority must decide the school question like all others of public importance, the minority must perforce submit.  Still, that minority will deem it oppression to be taxed for an institution which they cannot approve of or profit by without violating their conscience…….. [Sadly, the vast majority of Catholics no longer deem it a violation of conscience to have their children taught, or they themselves, the dreadest of errors.  And for all the world, it appears our leadership has simply exited the struggle, proclaiming the world and its errors right all along, does it not?]

……..Yet the English-speaking world, through its organ, the public press, has invariably sided with the tyrannical majority, and h eld up the struggles of Catholics to educate their children according to the Faith as the battle of the ignorant and intolerant fanaticism against the enlightenment, intellectual progress, and modern civilization.

And the struggle still goes on……in the year 1887.  It is still the contest between two antagonistic and diametrically opposed forces, that of religion on the one hand and that of irreligion on the other, for the possession of education, the mightiest means ever devised for the moral elevation or the utter destruction of the human race.

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So, one hundred and twenty seven years long, who, does it appear, won that battle, at least to this point?  It might also be asked, which side has decided to entirely give up the fight and surrender to the dominant culture, with its conceits of “enlightenment” and “reason,” which are really darker, and more ignorant, than any ideology since Christianity gained ascendancy 1700 years ago?

Something, perhaps, to ponder this weekend.

Great scot! Saint Peter’s in Rome renamed “Tiber Creek Community Church” September 25, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, Ecumenism, foolishness, fun, General Catholic, secularism, silliness, Society, the return.
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Always seeking to be more ecumenical, and more “open” and “inclusive” towards worldly types, Pope Francis has ordered the unspeakably beautiful and symbolic Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome to be renamed Tiber Creek Community Church:

Pope Francis has changed the name of St. Peter’s Basilica to “Tiber Creek Community Church,” Vatican spokesperson Fr. Federico Lombardi announced this morning.

“The greatest church of Christendom, built on the holy grave of the martyr-prince of the Apostles, has been known as ‘St. Peter’s Basilica’ for 1700 years,” Fr. Lombardi explained. “It was long 306_Bergoglio01overdue for a rebranding.”

He continued that this was just the next step in Pope Francis’ greater program of trying to make the church more relatable to the average person.  [I think the word is "relevant."  The Holy Father has shown he thinks highly of megachurches]

“How many Catholics today even know who St. Peter is?” Fr. Lombardi asked reporters, eliciting murmurs of agreement. “And besides, referencing St. Peter is a dead giveaway that we’re Catholic.”  [Can't have that!] Fr. Lombardi said that naming the church after it’s geographic location without any denominational identifiers was more in line with how modern people felt about religion.  [Which is to say, about the same way they feel about their favorite store.  Or mall.  A great place to visit, but you don't want to get too caught up in what goes on there.]

Fr. Lombardi also announced that projectors and screens would be installed throughout the basilica in the coming week, that a “totally rocking” worship band was being formed……..[I love those completely meaningless megachurch names like Woodcreek, Lakepointe, and Watermark.  I think Tiber Creek too specific, they should just say "Rock Creek."  Or is that too evocative of Christ?]

……….“The Trinity, the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth, these are all interesting — to dead theologians,” Fr. Lombardi said dismissively.  [Folks I think you and I would be utterly shocked if we knew how many high figures in the Church felt exactly that way.  For them, the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, the Miracles, all are meaningless; the only things that matter are inclusiveness, social justice, ecumenism - the whole left wing project.  That's their faith.] “But how does that apply to my everyday life? How will that help me advance in my career? That’s what Pope Francis is going to be focusing on.” [Uh huh.]

It’s on the internet, it has to be true!  See, there’s a sign and everything!

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How about bingo?  Shouldn’t they get that rolling, too?

The sad part is, many people could easily believe in this really happening.  Who could have possibly believed that 18 months ago?

 

Local pro-life news: 40 Days for Life starts, HB2 under trial again September 25, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, sickness, Society.
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So, Forty Days for Life got started yesterday in the Diocese of Dallas and around the country yesterday on the Commemoration of Our Lady of Ransom.  You can sign up for vigil time outside mills at the Dallas 40 Days for Life website.

If you wonder why there are still so many mills to pray outside, that is because the same leftist Austin judge (Yeakel) who has constantly struck down pro-life laws on flimsy pretexts (almost always having his decisions overturned on appeal), declared the provisions of 2013’s HB2 requiring all abortion mills to meet minimum health and safety standards verboten. The decision was appealed to the 5th Circuit, which heard arguments September 12.  A final decision has not yet been made.  It is important to note that the 3 judge panel on every federal circuit court changes over time – the judges rotate in and out of assignments.  The current 3-judge panel is not as favorable to pro-life concerns as previous ones that have upheld all aspects of HB2 that have been appealed to the circuit thus far.  The current panel features one solid pro-life conservative female Bush 43 appointee, one leftist Obama appointee, and 1 Reagan appointee.  The matter of whether the ambulatory surgery center requirements will be upheld appears to be in his hands, and his behavior during arguments two weeks ago seem to indicate he could go either way.  As usual, an incredibly important judiciary decision which will either uphold or overturn the popular will, amounting to often usurping the supposedly sacrosanct democratic process, will come down to the opinion of just one man, peering into his magic eight ball in his pointed hat with crescent moons and stars on it.

A decision is expected any day.  Please pray that HB2 is upheld and the court rules that the ambulatory surgery requirements – absolutely minimal health and safety requirements mills have been able to avoid for decades – can be implemented immediately.  There is some speculation the court may uphold the requirements but give mills several more years to implement them.  They won’t, it will just allow the many shady mills like Routh Street and Robinson’s to stay open longer.  If HB2 is upheld and allowed to be implemented now, Routh Street and Robinson’s are expected to close immediately and Dallas will be left with two mills – Curtis Boyd’s Southwest Women’s abattoir on Greenville and the new Planned Barrenhood super-murder center in, where else?, south Dallas.

It is also doubted the Supreme Court would hear any of these cases, so the 5th Circuit’s decision will likely be final.

Oh, by the way, notorious pro-abort Ruth Vader Ginsburg has confirmed, yet again, what a vicious eugenicist she is.  You might pray for her conversion, too.

Circuit Court Judge, deciding case

Circuit Court Judge, deciding case

 

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