A Novena for our time – Mary, Undoer of Knots October 22, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, foolishness, silliness, Our Lady, blogfoolery, Interior Life, Glory, Tradition, error, Spiritual Warfare, sanctity, Grace.
And boy do we have some knots surrounding us these days! Father Carota yesterday posted this Novena to Maryh Undoer of Knots. What are these knots? Fr. Carota explains:
There are the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution … knots of discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and children, pornography, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between husband and wife, the absence of peace and joy at home. There are also the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution of the family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated from home or God, knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion, depression, unemployment, fear, solitude…Ah, the knots of our life! How they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and separate us from God.”
I might add knots of Synods, bishops, cardinals, and perhaps even popes. And then there are other knots, knots between faithful souls of good conscience all struggling their best to respond in the greatest charity they are capable of to the crisis which surround, subsumes, and envelopes all in the Church. These knots of internecine strife between those who should be supportive of one another are sad and pointless. We would all do well to remember that none of us have all the answers.
It is a great danger to believe that one is possessed of such unique and full understanding of all these complex and difficult matters of conscience that all that disagree with “our” viewpoint are just terrible Catholics and bad people.
It is also quite amazing for some to believe they have arrived at the only unassailable “right answer” after a few months study on subjects that even the greatest minds in the history of the Church struggled with for a lifetime.
I’m not talking about those who denounce the clear error of modernists, I’m talking about the fratricidal conflict between those most faithful and devout Catholics who should be aiding and assisting each other to form a united front against perhaps the greatest threat to orthodoxy the Church has ever faced. This is exactly the kind of behavior the modernists (and satan) love to see. Here we have the Church facing probably the greatest existential threats in the form of militant islam and sexular paganism She has endured in 1700 years or so, and yet all some folks seem concerned about is whether group A is criticizing prelate X too harshly, group B too softly, group C doesn’t have the right relation to authority, group D has caved in too much to authority, group E has…….Blah blah blah. Count me out!
Now for the Novena:
“Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in you heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound up by the Knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the Evil One himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot… I beg you to undo it for the glory of god, once and for all. You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge.
If the radical modernists have won, it has been because the elements of orthodoxy in the Church have been too distracted, too self-interested, and too disorganized to form effective resistance.
City of Houston reissues subpoenas against area pastors October 22, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
I’ve reported on this persecution before. The gomorrist mayor of Houston a few weeks ago, in a very politically motivated act, launched extremely invasive subpoenas against Houston area evangelical pastors who had opposed her radical pro-sodomite ordinance (including, among other things, provisions that allow men to use women’s public restrooms). This subpoena demanded all texts of sermons, e-mails, letters, recordings of conversations, texts, Tweets, or any other correspondence of any kind that touched on the mayor, the ordinance, “homosexuality,” and several other broad categories. There was a big uproar, and the City retrenched. But now a new and narrower but still egregious subpoena has been launched against the same pastors. It must be remembered this subpoena carries a strong stench of political retribution because the pastors supported a ballot petition to have the offending pro-sodomite ordinance put to a direct vote of the people. The City of Houston threw the petition out (even though it garnered 3 times the required signatures) – for unnamed “irregularities” – and opponents of the ordinance then sued the city. As punishment for such insolence, the city then subpoenaed the pastors, even though they had no direct involvement in the matter.
A few more details in the article quoted below, including the fact that Houston gomorrist mayor Anise Parker may be doing all this to further her post-mayoral political career by playing to the radical leftist/sodomite base:
……the city issued a revised subpoena, which narrows the information sought. From the City of Houston’s filing on Friday:
Request No. 12 originally read: All speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuals, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.
Defendants hereby revise Request No. 12 as follows: All speeches or presentations related to HERO or the Petition prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.
…..It makes complete sense that Parker would make such a politically aggressive move. She is term limited. This is her lame-duck year in office. This national-news-attracting subpoena is base outreach, and I must compliment her because it is a much savvier move than any Wendy Davis has made. Davis is done. She had flash-in-the-pan popularity among a vocal minority on a widely unpopular issue, which she has long since squandered in issue ignorance and gross insensitivity. Parker is looking to replace Davis as the “It” Woman of the Progressive Left. She has the story, the polish, a better political resume, and intelligence. She just needed name recognition and Progressive cred outside of Houston. Facing off against churches will work for her…….
And thus, persecution of the Church will become a regular feature of left wing (including some Repubniks?) politics from now on, and Father Rodriguez and I have often opined. The Church continues to be compressed into a narrower and narrower space by the twin forces of islamism and sexular paganism.
The author of the piece, an attorney, also opines that Parker’s move is actually in line with current IRS law, which she claims does inhibit 501(c)3 charities from engaging in anything even remotely political. I think that a doubtful interpretation, but I was not surprised to see that it was dirty ol’ Lyndon Baines himself who instituted that law in order to crush church opposition to his senate run in 1954. And we see how the gifts of the progressive left just keep on giving!
The author does feel that Supreme Court would overturn any real IRS enforcement of this law, but I, for one, have little confidence that any matter brought before the Supreme Court can be predicted with any confidence. It’s a crap shoot with those “Catholics in good standing” on the Court every time.
One piece of advice the author gives to churches I do share: gird your loins. We are going to see much, much more of this as it becomes increasingly politically popular to persecute Christians.
I must also reiterate this subpoena apparently affected no Catholic churches or pastors in Houston, because none had taken a strong stand against this immoral ordinance.
Prepare for All Souls Day October 22, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
Some helpful links and input from MJD regarding the upcoming Feast of All Souls Day, at which time we in the Church Militant can do such good for those in the Church Suffering. Some of the links are not to explicitly traditional groups but they are all very orthodox and faithful. I really love Fr. Weinberger and the Carmelite Hermits. We must remember that the Poor Souls cannot pray for themselves, they are utterly dependent on us for prayes, penance, having Masses offered, all the sources of Grace that can end their sufferings and allow them to spend eternity in the Beatific Vision of God. And those souls will then certainly pray for us in this life, and perhaps in our own time in Purgatory, should we be so fortunate. Purgatory is an utterly beautiful and necessary gift from God to His Church, strongly supported by Scripture and a constant belief in the Tradition. For most souls, we will not be sufficiently holy and devoid of earthly attachments to spend eternity with God at the moment of our judgment, so Purgatory is a literal gift to us poor weak souls, a great mercy from God to allow us to become worthy of being in His Presence even after death. Without it, many souls now in Heaven would have never made it there:
Sunday, Nov. 2 is the Solemnity of All Souls on the Church Calendar
The Latin Mass Community at Mater Dei Parish in Irving, TX and other FSSP Parishes and Traditional Latin Mass Communities will celebrate All Souls Day on Monday, Nov. 3
Prepare now to assist in helping the poor souls in purgatory. Many poor souls (also known as holy souls because they can no longer commit any sins) have no one to pray for them. Less than 1% of those who die go straight to heaven. We can never assume our recently deceased friends and relatives are in heaven, even if they were fortunate to receive an apostolic blessing before they died. [Great points. The 1% figure may be debatable but great evidence from Scripture and Tradition indicates that very few fly to Heaven at death]
(1) compile your list of deceased relatives and friends
and enroll them in novena masses and prayers during the month of November
suggestions: Novena of Masses from Nov. 1 – Nov. 30 http://www.stwilliamtheconfessor.org
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter www.materdeiparish.com
Carmelite Hermits www.carmelitehermits.org Mt. Carmel Hermitage
(2) Plan to go to confession on or before Nov. 1 to offer indulgences for the holy souls
Mater Dei Parish in Irving, TX offers an excellent explanation: http://materdeiparish.com/2014/10/mass-schedule-saints-day-111-commemoration-souls-113/
The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls. On all the days from November 1 to November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed (standard requirements for indulgences apply*).
Partial indulgences are granted to those who recite Lauds or Vespers of the Office of the Dead, and to those who recite the prayer, “Requiem aeternum, dona eis, Domini, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace” (“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace”).
*Requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence:
Do the work while in a state of grace,
Receive Sacramental confession within 20 days of the work (several plenary indulgences may be earned per reception),
Receive Eucharistic communion (one plenary indulgence may be earned per reception),
Pray for the pope’s intentions (Our Father and Hail Mary, or other appropriate prayer, is sufficient),
Have no attachment to sin (even venial) – i.e., it is sufficient that the Christian makes an act of the will to love God and despise sin.
Requirements for a partial indulgence: The work must be done while in a state of grace and with the general intention of earning an indulgence.
Only baptized persons in a state of grace who generally intend to do so may earn indulgences.
Indulgences cannot be applied to the living, but only to the one doing the work or to the dead.
Only one plenary indulgence per day can be earned (except for prayer at the hour of one’s own death).
Several partial indulgences can be earned during the same day.
If only part of a work with plenary indulgence attached is completed, a partial indulgence still obtains.
If the penance assigned in confession has indulgences attached, the one work can satisfy both penance and indulgence.
Confessors may commute the work or the conditions if the penitent cannot perform them due to legitimate obstacles.
In groups, indulgenced prayer must be recited by at least one member while the others at least mentally follow the prayer.
If speech/hearing impairments make recitation impossible, mental expression or reading of the prayer is sufficient.
For an indulgence attached to a particular day requiring a church visit, the day begins at noon the day before and ends at midnight.
Via Eponymous Flower, it seems Archbishop Wilton Gregory’s Atlanta archdiocese has tacked into the new direction of the wind blowing in the Church, and now has a Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – perhaps to make the blasphemy even greater – supporting the Atlanta
gay pride parade of self-loathing and perversion run wild. This event already took place on Tuesday past:
Archbishop Wilton Daniel Gregory, former President of the UCCB and current Archbishop of Atlanta, has authorized the use of The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and support for participating in the secular Gay Pride Parade. The event took place on October 14th and the Shrine is listed as a sponsor endorsing the event.
The laity in Atlanta has done nothing, and a cursory search of the internet shows no concern about this event, either.
It’s on the site of the first church built in Atlanta and was first referred to as a shrine in 1954.
Here’s an image of the daily bulletin, where the Shrine promotes the “Gay Pride Parade.”
Do note the “LGBT” potluck at lower right. It seems this parish has had a longtime problem comprehending 2000 years of unchanging Christian belief regarding the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. They are listed on the heretical and condemned “New Ways Ministry” website as “gay friendly.” I do note that list at the link is a fair bit longer than it was a year or two ago. Lord have mercy.
You really, really do not want to check out their parish website. Photos of pastor, deacon, and many others set my gaydar ringing at level 9.
The future of the new worldly church?
“A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.”
If you want to know, at least in fair part, how this came to be, read this. It was the WWII and “silent” generations that, while being perhaps fiscally and politically somewhat conservative, were truly radical morally. It was this generation that embraced contraception en masse and oversaw (without much criticism) the explosion of sexual immorality it produced. It was this generation that constantly patted itself on the back for exploding old social mores as obsolete and counterproductive. Now they look back on what they’ve wrought and pat themselves on the back. Not all, of course, but the vast majority. Yes, I’m being harsh and judgmental, but civilizational collapses don’t just happen, they happen because millions of people drop the torch handed down to them by their predecessors. And it was the generation born roughly 1910-1940 that really, truly, screwed the pooch. The boomers just built on what was already a large and broad foundation of social revolution inherited from their parents, uncles, teachers, etc. Again, the “60s” didn’t just emerge out of a vacuum, it was the natural response to decades of shirking traditional morality and undermining Christian belief in formerly Christian countries.
A Saint for our time October 21, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, manhood, martyrdom, persecution, religious, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
Saint Edmund Campion was a noted English scholar, revert to the Faith, Jesuit, priest, and martyr to the atrocious Elizabethan persecution of Catholics. Campion had been an Oxford scholar with some sympathies to the Faith when the English persecution got restarted under Queen Elizabeth. He chose to leave the country, entered the famous seminary at Douai, and wound up becoming a Jesuit. Some years later, he was sent by the Jesuits and the Pope to help sustain the many suffering and still faithful Catholics of England after decades of protestant repression. He knew that his mission to England would be his last, that he would be inevitably caught, tortured, and killed, as had virtually every other priest sent or remaining in hiding in England.
When he first arrived in England, it came to Campion’s mind to record a testament to the real motives behind his efforts, knowing that the Elizabethan authorities would try to portray him as a treasonous wretch set upon destroying Elizabeth and her totalitarian Tudor state. This document became known as “Campion’s Brag” and recorded not only his motives, but also his denunciation of some notable protestant errors. The letter quickly became public and there was a furious response from the authorities. More publishings from Campion, destroying more protestant errors, quickly ramped up the pressure, and Campion was inevitably betrayed and brought to incredible suffering.
But I thought the closing portion of Campion’s Brag, as contained in Evelyn Waugh’s very readable little biography of the Saint, was most appropriate for these very trying times. They reveal such a wonderful Catholic sense of being, an ethos, that perseveres joyfully even in the midst of unimaginable suffering and repression. It is the endless charity of the Saints, and their upholding of constant Truth, that has sustained the Faith for these many centuries. I found Campion’s witness very edifying and helpful as we continue to worry over the future of our beloved Church:
….Many innocent hands are lifted up to Heaven for you daily by those English students, [at the seminary at Douai] whose posterity shall never die, which beyond the seas, gathering virtue and sufficient knowledge for the purpose, are determined never to give you over, but either to win you Heaven, or to die upon your pikes. And touching our Society, be it known to you that we have made a league – all the Jesuits in the world, whose succession and multitude must overreach all the practices of England – cheerfully to carry the cross you shall lay upon us, and never to despair your recovery, while we have a man left to enjoy your Tyburn, [where the executions of priests took place] or to be racked with your torments, or consumed with your prisons. The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God, it cannot be withstood. So the faith was planted; so it must be restored. [We should keep this in mind within our own struggles and concerns today]
If these my offers be refused, and my endeavors can take no place, and I, having run thousands of miles to do you good, shall be rewarded with rigor, I have no more to say but to recommend your case and mine to Almighty God, the Searcher of Hearts, Who send us His Grace, and set us at accord before the day of payment, to the end we may at least be friends in Heaven, when all injuries shall be forgotten.
Such beautiful sentiment! What great charity, to beg that even one’s tormentor and oppressor may happily meet with you in Heaven! That is truly a great example for our times, when many may be tempted to wrath, hatred, and despair. It is so very difficult to maintain charity for those we see working, striving to destroy our glorious Faith, planted indeed by God Incarnate in the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, but it is also absolutely necessary.
Our Blessed Lord told us that we shall be judged on the judgment we mete out to others. Ouch. I need to stick that to my monitor and look upon it every time I write! Our Lord also commanded us to be merciful to all, especially those who treat us cruelly or harm us. Again, so very counter to our fallen natures, but absolutely key to our sanctification!
So do not let yourself be scandalized out of the Church! It has happened to many, and cognizance of that should probably temper more of my writings. Yes we must oppose error at every turn with great force, as the great Saint Edmund Campion did to his death, but we must also do so with love in our hearts and not the hatred of factionalism. I know I struggle with that personally, this writing, it does take a toll. Don’t let them take your peace!
And Saint Edmund and his cohort did triumph in the end, the Faith was sustained – crippled, stunted, but remaining – in England in spite of literally centuries of the cruelest persecution, and bloomed back into full flower in the 1830s when the persecution was finally lifted. It breathed anew for a century or more before the new dark times fell, before the worldwide heresy of modernism became so dominant. But the experience of these English Catholics and martyrs should give us hope as Campion’s example did them. We must remain faithful, even as the giants in our Church seem to fall to the world, the flesh, and the devil.
God bless all of you! May He sustain you to endure these terrible trials.
It is worse than useless to attempt conciliation with the revolutionary spirit abroad in the world October 21, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, SOD, the enemy.
So said Pope Leo XIII’s biographer Fr. Bernard O’Reilly, writing in 1886. I think his comments are a rebuke to many in the Church who think they can make nicey-nice with the world and still keep some semblance of doctrinal integrity. In fact, what the world demands, what the secular elite demands, is total apostasy. A few quotes from Life of Pope Leo XIII, published 1887:
In truth, it would have been worse than useless to attempt to conciliate the spirit which rules the governments, and administrations, the legislatures, or the revolutionary press during all these fateful years. Conciliation, so far as they were concerned, meant more than to compromise on the most sacred principles; it meant virtual, if not formal, renouncement of one’s most cherished and conscientious convictions. It meant apostasy.
End quote. But even 130 years ago, there were far too many priests and even, then, a handful of bishops who were ready to suborn the Church to the errors of the world, especially those most revolutionary errors unleashed in 1789, which became the replacement religion for a growing number of Churchmen as the 1800s advanced. As Father O’Reilly notes, these internal enemies of the Church were the worst right religion has ever had:
It is not to be denied that among the very worst enemies of religion in Italy from 1846 to 1886 were some of her own ministers. Among these may have been men of unimpeachable moral conduct, who, carried away by the powerful current of revolutionary ideas and sentiments……….deemed the established religion as an obstacle and an enemy, and combated it with all their might.
End quote. So, the crisis we face today has had a long history of preparation. Satan loves to make use of priests and bishops of God’s Holy Church who have fallen into sin and error (almost invariably, both – as Aquinas and many other Doctors have said, public error is almost invariably driven by private sin). But I don’t know if ever in the Church’s history satan has been able to capture so many priests, so many bishops, so many cardinals, and then we have the special problem of the moment, the Holy Father himself. I stop short of tying the Holy Father directly to satan’s influence……..I just can’t do it, right now.
There have been some really excellent, if very troubling, articles on the Synod of Darkness in the secular press of late. Rorate quoted one, and I read this one last night. Really very strong and disconcerting commentary. I highly recommend reading both pieces.
Both authors reach the same conclusion I reached a year ago, and have repeated from time to time since: this Kasperite gambit attacking marriage, the family, and now the Church’s opposition to sodomy, is of such significance that even a slight weakening of “pastoral” practice in their regard will be – not could be, but will be - sufficient to utterly obliterate not just the Moral Doctrine of the Faith, all of which is so tightly interrelated and intertwined, but also destroy any and all remaining moral authority the Church has. As Rorate stressed, these radical modernist cardinals and bishops are actually pursuing the destruction of their own office and influence, but I’m not sure if they view that as a feature or a bug. New Catholic got it exactly right: “No Marriage, No Infallibility, No Papacy, No Catholic Church.”
I believe many in the Church, especially in the West and most especially in the episcopate in Western countries, are thoroughgoing modernists who have exchanged faith in worldly sexular paganism for faith in Jesus Christ. Some or perhaps even many or most may be actively, consciously seeking out the destruction of the Church. These men are essentially unreachable absent a moral miracle. But I do suspect there are also a good number who have simply not thought the logic of their actions through, who are so swept up in their own narrow concerns, their church taxes, the applause of the world, and enormous peer pressure, that they are contributing to a course whose resolution they would not want to see realized. Now is a very good time for these men to step back and take a very hard, very prayerful look at what they are unleashing on Christ’s Church. Because I do fully agree that the Church Herself, or at least Her human element, hangs in the balance with the radical, soul and doctrine destroying heresies some are trying to codify in Church practice if not formally in law (but I wouldn’t hold my breath on the latter, either).
I’ll conclude with some of Rorate’s comments on the fate of the Church hanging in the balance with a dangerously novel Holy Father and a group of radicals in the episcopate eager to divorce the Church from the Bridegroom:
If divorce and remarriage are acceptable, in “specific circumstances” and after a “path of penance”, then certainly Our Lord Jesus Christ can rightfully repudiate and divorce his newly-adulterous Catholic Bride.Yes, the stakes are that high, though some have not completely grasped that they are digging their own grave…….………Anarchy and subversion are not a one-way street, cardinal Marx, two can play that game: if you like to destroy Divine Law by dismissing it as “taboo”, then beware:the next taboo to fall is your claim to speak for anyone but yourself.
Progressive Synod spokesman Fr. Thomas Rosica: Holy Family the ultimate “irregular” family! October 21, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, SOD.
These guys, they just don’t get it. The below is such an outrageous attack on the sensus fidei that only someone essentially outside the Faith – Roman collar or no – could make such a statement.
What did Father Rosica, head of the “Salt+Light” network that nobody watches, say? In a now deleted tweet, he said that when it came to irregular families, the Holy Family was the exemplar!
Vox Cantoris has apparently known Fr. Rosica for a looong time and diagnoses his mentality:
Father Tom Rosica is Executive Producer at Salt + Light (a failed Catholic cable channel of no hope with 1000 viewers, I get more blog hits a day than they have viewers). He is President of a 200 year old Catholic University which just sold off its property, has no students is reduced to a chaplaincy and exists only now as a “charter,” — it has a charter!). He is a Consultor to the Pontifical Council on Social Communications and a former Chaplain at Toronto’s Newman Centre (where he attempted to have Catholics arrested for protesting the appearance of Vatican II peritus, ex-priest and heretic Gregory Baum). [Oh, the heavy, repressive hand of the "merciful!"]
….. To refer to the Holy Family as irregular is repugnant, it is blasphemous.
It also reveals clearly the intent.
This sham of a Synod, the secrecy engineered by Urdo, Forte, Lombardi and yes, Tom Rosica and sanctioned by the Pope himself and their intent to change doctrine by stealth is now plain to the world.
I know Tom Rosica. I know how he works since 20 years ago when I volunteered to teach Gregorian chant at the Newman Centre. This is pure Rosicanism.
They are not finished, they are coming back with a vengeance and we must be vigilant to stop them.
Calling the Holy Family “irregular’ was no accident.
It was intentional – it was a signal to canonise those “irregular” families such as divorced and remarried, same-sex couples with adopted children or those conceived through a turkey-baster!
Of course. And a prime part of the agenda – which is the destruction of the entire doctrinal edifice of the Faith, moral and otherwise, the better to accord with their true religion, leftism – is to make statements just like this and then retract them, under pressure, the damage already having been done. Now some left wing Katholyc can gaily quote the Consultor to the Pontifical Council on Social Communications and the English language reporter on the Synod as having “canonized” the perverse and the adulterous.
Tweets like this are of a piece, and part of the same program, as the midterm “Relatio” that bore absolutely no resemblance to the actual Synod interventions and was in fact written days or weeks in advance of the Synod even starting. The final report was to be the same save for the revolt that broke on on Thursday, October 16. That revolt resulted in the final report being less egregious, but many problems, and threats, remain. Even after the Synod closes next year – and what a happy day that will be! – there remains the usual post-synodal apostolic exhortation that will be penned by Pope Francis, ostensibly guided and informed by the Synod discussions, but who can have any confidence in that.
One major coup that has already been pulled is that even most orthodox Catholics are now assuming a Synod like this has some actual doctrinal authority. I would say, this is by and large false, and could be totally false. These synods are a post-conciliar novelty, first off. Secondly, the Synod itself claimed to be strictly “pastoral,” rather like the claims of Vatican II, but we know how that has worked out in practice. But finally, I am dubious to the authority a very small subset of the episcopate meeting, granted, under the supervision of the pontiff, has. A Synod is not an ecumenical council. And if it defines no doctrine, then it really has no doctrinal authority.
But again, we know how the modernists have played fast and loose with these types of affairs, dating back to Vatican II. Even at the Synod, the Vatican never corrected the press when it took the mid-term relatio and proclaimed the Church had changed its Doctrine. That demonstrates a willing connivance in the profusion of doctrinal error, which also would obliterate the authority of whatever body proclaimed such, like the various “robber councils” early in the Church or the disgraced Synod of Pistoia in 1786. These are exceedingly difficult judgments to make and in sane times it would be up to the normal bastion of orthodoxy,the Holy See, to make such determinations. But we have been in unprecedented times now for some decades and we don’t have a lot of past experience in the Church to look to for a guide when the Holy See, the Curia, much of the episcopate, the whole panoply of institutions intended to guard and defend the Truth Christ has revealed go off the rails themselves.
Thus I do not know what to counsel other than to pray and to continue to present that Truth and oppose the errors that are being promoted, from whatever source. I do not know what else we possibly can do. That opposition can take many forms, from just silently rejecting error to angry (if respectful) protests made to the Nuncio or the Vatican itself. But we cannot allow these scandals to take away our peace and our virtue or derail our sanctification. Easy to say, hard to do, I know.
He’s just a peach of a man. And this is the one who does “serene theology” and is the most influential theologian for this pontificate?
But when you’re the big man’s boy, the “designated success,” you can get away with anything. Anyone who follows the news knows that the self-anointed elites are above the rules they create for the rest of us, and I’m certain Kasper the Klown Kardinal (KKK for short) counts himself in that camp.
First, KKK made the amazing statement to the unquestioning, fawning German Catholic mainstream media that he didn’t even speak at the Synod. It took about 5 seconds for that lie to be exposed:
This Monday, Franca Giansoldati in Il Messaggero reported Kasper’s words on the outcome of the Synod: among other things, he said the following:
“I am not disappointed. There was just a discussion, and now the issue will be deepened. I did not speak at the Synod, I did not want to push my positions. It will be seen, I am calm.”Why did he say that? Because the atmosphere in Rome is so heavy for him after the defeat of the manipulation strategy of which he was the centerpiece during the historic debates of October 16, as well as due to his anti-African words and his lying about it, that he wanted to appear “above the fray,” and save his doomed position safely for the 2015 assembly.Well, that did not last for long. Shortly after this declaration became public, Matteo Matzuzzi, religious correspondent for Il Foglio,tweeted back:
“Card. Kasper: ‘I did not speak at the Synod’. But the official records of the Press Office show that he spoke on October 8, in the afternoon.“Could it be that lying is the entire foundation of his theology? No wonder, as Roberto de Mattei proved, his entire thesis on “communion for remarried divorcees” is based on an immensely and embarrassingly deceptive presentation of historical evidence. Is it possible that this is just the way his mind works always? If so, it does not appear that more “Church Tax Money” is the right answer.
Lie and threaten, lie and threaten, with the occasional disdainful remark: it seems to be his modus operandi. Does this merit a theological award or perhaps, rather, another kind of more thorough evaluation?
Even if he had not spoken, what of it? It is his proposal that drove the discussion, it was his minions in the German episcopate that made the favorable interventions (primarily)……so even this false claim is preposterous and dumb on its face.
But that’s not all KKK’s been up to. He’s evidently hopping mad at Cardinal Burke for having the temerity to question his most exalted and serene authority:
Another comment made by Cardinal Kasper in speaking with Kath.net is quite breathtaking: he talked again about a “deliberate dirty trick” to denounce him. [Oh, now speaking one's mind in defense of the Faith is a "deliberate dirty trick!" Just how exalted an opinion does KKK have of himself?] “The fact that Catholic media (and unfortunately a cardinal in person) should participate in it, in order to tear down another position morally, is shameful,” Kasper opined.[Hello? Pot, kettle? The claim is outrageous anyway. He hasn't hesitated to tear down his opposition. He just doesn't like return fire]When Kath.net asked as a follow-up question who that cardinal was, Kasper unfortunately gave no answer. The retired Curial Cardinal announced, however, that “other journalists” are going to take action against such “undignified machinations”
So now it’s with threats! How is that for “undignified machinations?” KKK, you are a prince among men, I tell you what! A one man demonstration of all that is wrong with the Church. Please keep talking! Please please please don’t shut your mouth! A few more months of this and you will have so discredited yourself and your position that no one with a conscience will be able to approach within 15 feet of you.
But, then again, I would take that threat pretty seriously. This is pretty conclusive evidence that much of the “mainstream Catholic” media is deeply in bed with the modernists – as if we needed confirmation of that! It does further indicate the bankruptcy of the modernist’s position and their own incredible immorality, at least as evidenced by their own chosen leader. Once again, sort of restating the obvious, but there is some benefit when the wolf in sheep’s clothing shows his teeth.
What a scandalous little man. Incredible.
Francis versus the Church, or Francis versus Jesus Christ? October 20, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, SOD, the return.
The writer at That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill (a sublime bit of Scripture, but I’m not so sure as a blog name) has two excellent posts up on the aftermath of the Synod and Pope Francis. I will quote extensively from one, you can go read the other.
First, is it really in the “God of surprises” to contradict Himself and change eternal Truth? How can we reconcile this belief with the idea that one is “a loyal son of the Church?” The post below starts out with an excerpt from Pope Francis’ “media via,” or “middle way” approach in his closing speech to the Synod, in which the Holy Father posits a path between the “extremes” of adherence to the Faith handed down to us and rank apostasy:
“And since it is a journey of human beings, with the consolations there were also moments of desolation, of tensions and temptations, of which a few possibilities could be mentioned:
One, a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises, (the spirit); within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve.
From the time of Christ, it is the temptation of the zealous, of the scrupulous, of the solicitous and of the so-called – today – “traditionalists” and also of the intellectuals.”
In his speech at the close of the Synod it is true that Francis talked of other temptations, but it is noteworthy that ‘traditionalists’ were first in the line of fire. So I guess that before the ‘liberals and progressives’ (Cardinals Kasper, Madriaga, Schoenborn etc) are punished, we can assume Cardinals Mueller and Napier as well as the already demoted Burke will be first for the chop. [It is the actions that speak much more loudly than words. Pope Francis may proclaim the need for a "middle way" in the Church, but his actions show that he sees the middle far, far more to the modernist/progressive side than any of his predecessors. The modernists are promoted and given influential sinecures, while the more faithful prelates are railroaded out of office and banished to the hinterlands. So the "middle way" seems a farce, a rhetorical tool at most, a hypocrisy at worst.]
…… It is only in the reign of Francis that to hold fast to the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church, to defend with one’s speech the Church’s teaching, as Cardinal Burke has done, on the Sacrament of Marriage and the institution of the family, that it has been posited, by the Pope himself, that to do so is a ‘temptation’. The Church, in her teachings and her law has never been ‘flexible’ with sin. It has always shown leniency to repentant sinners. [Repentant being the key word, meaning recognizing one's actions as evil, having true contrition for them (meaning willing to remove oneself from the occasion of sin and do one's utmost to avoid that sin in future), and having a firm purpose of amendment. Remaining in your adulterous situation with your third "spouse" indicates none of the above. I know those situations are very difficult, there are probably a few souls who have been divorced and remarried w/o annulment who now have happy relationships, possibly even with children, and who would like to be faithful Catholics. But they remain in sin, and by endorsing their sin, permitting the Blessed Sacrament to be blasphemed, would be only to further encourage more such terrible situations. We must also recognize, at the same time, that many divorces are made simply for convenience or due to a great deal of flippancy. The basic problem with the Pope's position, however, is that it is no charity to permit people to add sin upon sin, that no matter what he says or what disastrous "pastoral" approach is adopted, the sin will remain, and these souls will be judged accordingly. It is truly frightening to contemplate how far von Balthasar's destructive errors regarding Hell: Population Zero have reached into the minds of even great prelates.]
In his condemnation of the ‘temptation’ to uphold marriage, the moral law, and the sanctity of marriage, presumably Pope Francis is also rather annoyed with Jesus Christ Who said, “Anyone who puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery” and Who said to the woman caught in adultery, “Go and sin no more.”……. [And that is the point of this equally important post. This second post notes that it is not Francis versus the Church, by which secularists mean the "rigid hierarchy," but it is Francis versus Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom espoused for all eternity to His Church. And then we get back to all the false mercy which just happens to accord perfectly with what the world - or the self-anointed elites - demand from the Church. I do not think anyone, even a Pope, can trust themselves to be truly unbiased or uninfluenced by this utterly dominant worldly view, unless they know without doubt they are clinging with all their might to the Doctrine of the Faith. Anything else carries the greatest danger, if not the moral certainty, or worldly self-seeking.]
Clearly, once Francis has purged the episcopate and Roman Curia of liberals, progressives and traditionalists, he will be there, all alone, because he alone can embody the Holy Faith of Christ! Nobody else gets it but him!
And that’s a pretty funny point, which I think is true in the sense that I have increasingly felt over the past year or more that Pope Francis seems to think nobody quite understands the Church like he does, that all of the rest of us – perhaps excluding Kardinal Kasper – are deficient to various degrees in our understanding and practice of the Faith.
So often Pope Francis’ rhetoric is very negative. He has castigated almost every variation in the practice of the Faith imaginable. He very rarely seems positive and uplifting when describing the efforts of millions of pious souls. He seems much more comfortable with those outside the Church, than within. He seems to think, especially, that those of us who adhere to the traditional practice of the Faith are the worst enemies the “Church” – or his reductive vision of the same – has. It is interesting to contemplate how that mentality has seeped into those now leading the Franciscans of the Immaculate. Or maybe it was there all along.
I do bear in mind that I think the rhetoric in Pope Francis’ closing address regarding the errors of progressives/modernists was pretty much just that – he criticized faithful Catholics, and probably felt obliged to throw those pious souls a bone by criticizing the other side. But as I said above, actions speak much louder than words, and Pope Francis’ actions have all been of one kind – advancing and aiding the most egregious modernists, and punishing and inhibiting the more faithful - in proportion to their faithfulness! And that says a lot.
It reminds me of our own leftist President’s dictum to reward his friends and punish his enemies.
I want to maintain that in spite of the criticism and the increasing clarity of my comments I do have a strong filial love for Pope Francis. He remains my father in the Faith. He is the Pope. I find much of what he does and believes disconcerting and destructive, I pray he changes many of his beliefs and practices, but I am in union with him as the Vicar of Christ. God permitted him to be elected Pope, probably to remind us all how short we fall in our practice of the Faith. I am a Catholic, he is my father, and I love and pray for him, even if I disagree with him. But that does not mean I am blind to reality, or have to behave as a sycophant and pretend everything he does or says is just wonderful and the very embodiment of Catholicity.
That kind of hyper-montanism, on even the most trivial of prudential issues, is how we have gotten into this mess. God could be chastising the Church and bishops for turning the Holy See into a cult of personality over the past 120 years or so.
Now I’m just spitballing. I’ll stop.
Helpful tips for our times…….. October 20, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, catachesis, episcopate, error, foolishness, fun, General Catholic, Grace, Holy suffering, manhood, Papa, persecution, scandals, secularism, sickness, silliness, Society.
…….I thought at least the male readers might find this useful:
Maybe it’s just better to wear pants.
This is more romantic:
Whatever the motivation, we’ve got to keep up the fight. The Synod, whatever it was – minor setback, major defeat, or pre-planned retrenchment after the introduction of soul-destroying novelties – will be back next year. We’ll see much more that is disturbing and upsetting between now and then. So keep ‘em girt, strap on your armor, or whatever you need to do to be ready to fight.