Cardinal Kasper continues to push his destructive course April 21, 2014Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the return.
There was another piece on Cardinal Kasper’s initiative to permit those persisting in a manifest state of bigamy to receive the Blessed Sacrament last week. As I’ve stated in numerous posts, the reason for German prelates pushing this very sad and destructive effort is one of naked self-interest – divorce rates are high in Germany, especially among Catholics, and the bishops hope that if they permit all those divorced people to receive, more will check the “church tax” box on their tax returns and the Church will get more state funding.
But the entire argument has been founded on errors so great it is difficult not to call the outright falsehoods. I’ve already written about the error that is being used to support this move to permit those persisting in a state of bigamy to receive the Blessed Sacrament- that somehow, the early Church permitted this, too. That is simply false.
But as Eponymous Flower related last week, Cardinal Kasper is pushing another falsehood, in the form of a false choice. Kasper is trying to claim there is some moral conundrum facing the Church, that by denying, at least tacitly, the Blessed Sacrament to those who persist in a state of public sin, the Church is somehow being uncharitable or unmerciful:
“The decisive statement in this presentation is: ‘Penance and the Sacrament of Penance are the way to connect both aspects. Commitment to the word of the Lord, and the never-ending mercy of God’ (p. 65) It turns to the question which has not been answered by the critics: Are you allowed to refuse absolution in such a situation in which the penitent has repented and testified honestly and in good will with their best efforts to live by faith? Is it not possible with God that someone could fall into a hole from which there is no way out? If that is impossible with God, then why not in the Church …? “
The part in bold is the attempted conundrum. Kasper is claiming that these people who have divorced and remarried, without ever obtaining an annulment, are somehow being denied “mercy” if they are not permitted to receive the Blessed Sacrament. The insidious claim – which reveals the depths to which Kasper will stoop – that God would be opposed to this denial, or that God would “somehow find a way out” is simply a false dichotomy.
The fundamental error is twin: that those who have divorced and remarried are somehow being “punished,” and that simply stating that one is sorry for their state of bigamy is enough to permit them to receive the Blessed Sacrament. There is actually a third error, which claims that the Church simply doesn’t “know” how to address this situation. All are demonstrably false.
Taking the last first, the Church has counselled people who are bigamists (for whatever reason) for centuries on how to demonstrate atonement for this sin - terminate the occasion of sin! That is to say, end the romantic, physical relationship that is the cause of the sin, in this case, adultery. If there is no annulment for the first marriage, that marriage is still valid and operative in the eyes of God. Whatever relationship takes place outside that first marriage is adultery. Christ Himself stated this very clearly. But Kasper apparently wants to take us back to the days of Moses, when the wickedness of men was so great divorce and remarriage had to be permitted. That is a sad commentary on the state of the Church, and even more so on Her shepherds.
There is a further option: if this relationship has persisted for some time, if children have resulted from it, and if the original spouse (often devastated, often abandoned for little or no cause) has somehow moved on with their life – for truly pastoral reasons such as these, the couple could be permitted to remain together provided they make a solemn vow to live a chaste, celibate life as brother and sister. This would permit the offspring to retain their family life, but can really only be permitted in situations where there is truly great remorse and an advanced spiritual life on the part of the individuals in question. Otherwise, the temptation to relapse into sin would likely be too great.
I do not buy claims that times are somehow different today, and that it is unrealistic to expect people to abandon relationships they have been in for years. The Church defended the sanctity of marriage at great cost for centuries, and somehow people managed to generally abide by Her wisdom during that very long period of time.
The Church has never recognized a simple apology to be sufficient to atone for public sins of this type. There must be some amends in cases such as these, which end the scandal caused by them and assure the faithful (and the souls in question) that the sin is no longer ongoing. Kasper proposes that souls basically be given carte blanche to go into a priest’s office, shed some tears, make a onetime statement of contrition, and then continue doing exactly what they have been doing before! Which is conducting an adulterous relationship. That has never been OK, it has never been permissible for such souls to receive the Blessed Sacrament. It is truly sad we have to even argue this point, with a prince of the Church, no less.
Finally, the bigamists/adulterers are not being punished, per se’. The sanctity of the Blessed Sacrament is being preserved from sacrilege, the faithful from scandal, and the souls of the bigamists preserved from piling egregious sin on sin for receiving the Blessed Sacrament unworthily. Hence, as in the case of the application of Canon 915, the Blessed Sacrament is not being used as a weapon, or politicized, but preserved from disgrace, and the Church is actually extending a great mercy (and medicine, one prays) to the souls in question by preventing them from giving such great offense to God.
I must point out here that the Church’s position on divorce is the only consistent, biblically-based position remaining among all the Christian Churches and sects, and is the only one in accord with Tradition from the earliest Fathers. That the Orthodox and virtually every protestant sect embrace divorce (and often, repeated divorce) is not a testament to their charity or wisdom, but to their falsity, and their separation from the Church Christ founded. They have fallen into error. The Church could not have made this more plain when She permitted one of the most devoutly Catholic countries in the world at that time, England, to be wrested away from Her sanctifying bosom, with great violence and enormous suffering, due to the egregious lusts of one fallen man. That is how much the Church has always valued the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, that it would rather suffer grievous loss than see the dignity of one marriage sulllied.
And yes, I know that fallen men within the Church have sometimes permitted annulments which were/are less than obviously justified, and that such has given great scandal to the faithful. We presently have a situation in the United States where such a scandal persists in truly egregious form today. But the exception only proves the rule. Those cases are departures from the normal, holy practice and belief of the Church.
This Cardinal Kasper is relentlessly pushing an agenda that is very dangerous and poses the threat of wreaking havoc in the Church. I am having a very hard time not comparing him to some of the great arch-heretics of the past. Pray for him! Pray for his conversion! And pray that the Synod stay strong against all the wiles of satan and allurements of the world, preserving constant Catholic Dogma and the plain, merciful wisdom of Christ!
As the video I have ripped off from CMR indicates, the media has long had a very soft spot in its heart for totalitarian population control measures. This interview from 1940s era BBC of Margaret Sanger is particularly egregious. Note the very domestic setting, the easy set up questions, the lack of rebuttal for answers that are nothing but naked assertion, and the final close up camera angle showing her oh-so-earnest demeanor. Notice she even got the interviewer to call her “Mrs. Slee,” which she never accepted in other venues (remaining, always, Margaret Sanger, her maiden name), a further bid at domestication:
Now CMR is making hay over the fact that, at the end, Sanger appears to say that the best baby is one that doesn’t exist. The edit seems a bit rough, so who knows what got cut off, but if that edit is genuine, wow did Sanger foul off a fat softball of a question. Irrespective of the genuineness of that particular response, we can see what kind of thinking a life of sanctimonious self-aggrandizing pleasure seeking can get up to. Sanger is, after all, a woman who:
- freely admitted marrying for money to fund her pet leftist causes
- freely admitted to constantly cheating on her spouses (she had two) and engaging in what could be described as orgies. Mind you, this was in the period 1900-1920, when such things were essentially unheard of.
- freely admitted to believing white people were/are inherently superior to those of other races and advocating for satanic population control measures, up to and including government-forced sterilization, in order to keep the wrong sorts of people (non-white, non-liberal) from being born. But Sanger was hardly alone, the early 20th century “progressive” movement widely embraced both totalitarian government and the murder of whole swaths of people for the “greater good” of mankind. These progressives were the spiritual fathers and grandfathers of today’s American left, and are essentially indistinguishable from Nazis.
- freely admitted to having no faith whatsoever in a transcendent god, and opposed Christianity in general and the Church in particular for encouraging people to adhere to timeless, God-given morality, which she, again, rejected.
- spearheaded the development of the birth control pill, which she knew would catch on like wildfire, and, more importantly, spur demand for her ultimate goal: legalized abortion.
- was, of her own admission, highly conflicted regarding being a mother. Which, I think, is obvious.
In her private, early writings, Sanger reveals a white-hot hatred for traditional female roles and motherhood in particular. This was one sick woman.
But the BBC tries to present her as Mrs. Rational Forwardthinker. So you can see where they were at, even 70+ years ago. We did not arrive at this point of cultural decay by accident. The culture has died because it was murdered, murdered by people who wanted to be free from having to answer to God – or at least, fool themselves into believing such.
Good luck with all that.
Report – Easter TLM in Brownsville April 21, 2014Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, priests, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
Reader La Gallina sent in a photo and a report on the Easter Sunday TLM offered yesterday at the Sacred Heart church in downtown Brownsville. A few details from this reader:
As you can see, there was a decent turn out. This church normally only has one Mass a week — at 11:30 on Sunday. So this 9:30 Mass had a pretty good crowd. What was interesting was that pretty much every one was brand new to the TLM. I’m sure this was the first traditional Mass for nearly every one.
About half the women wore veils. The congregation was on the youngish side, with a few older folks who seemed to be there out of curiosity. We brought my 75-year-old father who served as an altar boy in his youth. I found it exciting that all these people are discovering the Mass, and I pray and pray that they will become truly devoted to it.
Not only did the churchgoers seem new to the TLM, but most of the people involved were new to it. One altar server, a young man, knew the Mass pretty well, and he whispered instructions to the other alter server, a boy of about 12. The choir practiced for two months, and I’m pretty sure it was their first TLM. I spoke with the organist afterwards. He said they will try to celebrate a Missa Cantata on the big feast days.
The website for Sacred. Heart said that the TLM is celebrated every Thursday, but I also found a little flyer with a schedule of weekday TLMs. It is a sporadic schedule. Some months have 2 Masses, some months have eight. Usually on Thursday, Fri, or Sat. (So I’m not sure which schedule is correct.) The flyer included some information on summorum pontificum, and had a note asking women to please wear a veil. I find it very encouraging that this priest seems to have a dedication to the TLM. His name is Father Michael Amesse, OMI, and he is rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception a few blocks from the Sacred Heart Church. (Sacred Heart is considered a mission of the cathedral.)
The cathedral is undergoing renovations and I asked the organist, “They aren’t going to make any drastic changes to the cathedral, are they?” (The cathedral is a beautiful 150-year-old building.) The organist looked at me with a mischievous gleam. “Actually they are going to make some drastic changes,” he replied. I started to panic. Then he continued, “They are going to restore the high altar so that they can celebrate the Traditional Mass there too!” So there it is. The cathedral’s organist told me that there are plans to celebrate the TLM in the cathedral itself!! [That is such a great blessing. I long for the day when the Traditional Mass will be offered at our own cathedral in Dallas! It really seems to come down to having a bishop that is in favor of doing so. I had been told that Bishop Flores in Brownsville was going to be a good bishop. That seems to be the case. You can see how other bishops in other dioceses have also made offering the TLM at the cathedral a priority. Bishop Slattery certainly comes to mind, among others]
It was truly a blessed day, and such an answer to prayer to find a TLM in the Lower Rio Grande! I pray that people in the area will embrace it. Thanks be to God!!
That’s not a bad crowd. Deo Gratias! I pray we’ll see the TLM grow and grow and grow, in Brownsville and everywhere else!
As an aside, I’ve noted before, this certainly seems to be a very appropriate parish for the TLM. And now that rather sad figure who didn’t like their pictures being shared can’t say anything about it!
Thank you very much for the report!
Area abortionists sue to get privileges back April 21, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, disconcerting, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
So we spent half the day on Holy Thursday outside the death house called Routh Street Women’s Clinic. Business was booming. I was pretty defeated by the end of our time there, I saw no turnaways and encountered only truly demonic hostility in all my attempts to engage with the moms and dads seeking to have their children killed. There was one bright spot, a young Hispanic couple was wandering around looking for a place to get an sonogram, and they almost walked into Routh Street. Once in, who knows what lies they might have been told to convince them to get an abortion they weren’t even seeking. I got them into White Rose and they were taken care of in a Catholic manner.
The mill was tragically busy. People were parking literally blocks away. That’s what made the refusal to respond to counseling all the more difficult, we had some pretty good opportunities but I am telling you, I have not seen such hardened hearts in a very long time, if ever. Just rough brushoffs or stone-faced passing by. The men in particular were rough, it’s been some time since I’ve been threatened by a very lost father, but it happened to me twice on Thursday. I was told by another counselor that she had several turnaways, for which I give thanks, but I did not see them.
Anyway, the mill was so busy because they are absorbing business from Robinson’s abortuary, which stopped performing abortions when his privileges were pulled by University General Hospital (UGH) – and God bless them for it. Unfortunately, Robinson lawyered up, bringing in, I am told, some high-priced attorneys from the diabolically named Center for Reproductive Rights to do his arguing for him. Whether it was the slick Manhattan attorneys, or the judge’s own personal predilections, Judge Ken Molberg (remember his name when election time comes around) issued an order demanding the hospital reinstate the privileges for two local abortionists, including Robinson:
In a lawsuit filed Thursday, two Texas abortion doctors allege a Dallas-area hospital revoked their admitting privileges shortly after it became the target of anti-abortion protesters. [That's not at all what happened. What happened is that the hospital found out what the two doctors did for a living, and didn't want to be associated with murder]
The plaintiffs, Dr. Lamar Robinson, owner of Abortion Advantage, and Dr. Jasbir Ahluwalia, the medical director of Routh Street Women’s Clinic, allege that University General Hospital in Dallas revoked their admitting privileges four days after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled new abortion regulations requiring doctors to have nearby hospital admitting privileges were constitutional. The lawsuit does not seek monetary relief but asks the court to require immediate reinstatement of their admitting privileges. [Yeah, they'll make enough money off the abortions they perform, they don't need any from the hospital]
Dallas County District Judge Ken Molberg granted the doctors’ request for a temporary reinstatement of admitting privileges and scheduled a hearing on the merits of the case on April 30. [I understand Robinson will start performing abortions again April 28. There is nothing in state law that says hospitals have to provide privileges for any "physician" that petitions for them. This judge way overstepped his bounds, there shouldn't be anything to debate.]
New abortion regulations passed by the Republican-led Texas Legislature last summer require doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of where the abortion is performed, among other terms. The rules took effect in November.
Think of how many hospitals there are in Dallas. There are dozens and dozens within 30 miles of Robinson’s mill near Mockingbird and I-35. That extends even over into Fort Worth. And yet, he can only get privileges at a small start-up hospital, and that only because the hospital was new, did not understand the details of his “practice,” and quickly moved to disassociate themselves from him once they did. That says quite a bit.
Speaking of, the “doctor” that is butchering babies at Routh Street while Abhuwalia tries to get his privileges back is 80 years old. Just top-notch care at those places.
Please pray this reprieve for these abortionists is only temporary! We are making great strides, it is getting very much harder for these abortionists to operate, but they are not going away without a fight.
I tell you what Routh Street needs now is a heavy presence of priests. The demonic oppression associated with that place, always palpable, has grown ever heavier as their business has ramped up. Seeing that place ringed with priests performing at least minor exorcisms, praying, sprinkling holy water…..that would run the demons that power that place off for good. It’s worked before……..
Resurrexit Sicut Dixit! April 21, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
Just a quick reminder, if you aren’t already aware, the Regina Caeli replaced the Angelus starting on Easter. We will keep with the Regina Caeli until Saturday noon before Trinity Sunday.
I pray you had a most blessed Easter. We certainly did. I thought I might share some scenes from the Triduum at our local parish. For the first time at Mater Dei, we assisted at the Vigil Mass. It was most impressive. I must say, I am unused to staying up so late, and I was unable to take a nap during the day, so I was sort of dragging during the actual Mass portion. But aside from that, it was something I was very glad to have been able to participate in, to assist in something so ancient, timeless, and sublime.
I’m glad someone took these and posted them to Facebook, my camera was on the fritz at the Vigil Mass. I do have some items I took on Holy Thursday and Good Friday I hope to upload later.
It was quite a scene seeing the church suddenly light up and the vestments change from somber violet to radiant gold.
REMINDER: All day procession from Dallas to Plano April 18, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, General Catholic, Admin, awesomeness, Lent, Ecumenism, Virtue, Glory, Tradition, Liturgical Year, true leadership, Grace, manhood.
I blogged on Monday about the all-day procession taking place from Dallas to Plano. The details are at that post if you want to join at the last minute.
But I mentioned how the priest leading that procession is one of those younger priests that fills one with hope for the future. While not traditional per se, he has many leanings in that direction.
Well, here he is today as the procession got started just a short while ago, rocking the cassock and biretta:
God bless you Fr. Marco Rangel, this is an inspired idea. And thanks so much to J Schwartz for his help, as well.
Yes, external signs such as cassock and biretta may not be as critical as what resides in the heart, but they are key aspects of Catholic witness. I am so gratified to see young priests who understand the need for priests to give that witness constantly, and who are proud to wear the visible signs of their awesome vocation in public.
It is interesting that these two have been assigned to a parish that has long had a reputation as among the most liberal in the Diocese. I pray they have a hand in changing that.
Like I said, wonderful witness. I have had an on-again, off-again desire to just stand outside these whorehouses with a placard and pray on Friday or Saturday nights. I should have liked to have joined this procession. We’re so tied up with wonderful things at our parish, but this is wonderful, too.
God bless you guys, this is beautiful.
Now for something a lot better… April 15, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin.
I’ve probably given into way too much grousing already during this Holy Week. No more. If I do any more posts, just good stuff, like this:
The FSSP doing a solemn tone Salve…….fantastic. Compare with my other favorite version of this prayer:
This is kind of neat, the Stations in video, haven’t seen it all, hope it doesn’t get goofy, but I am out of time:
That’s what I do when I’m late for Mass, I just dump out videos.
More Minneapolis liturgical abuse – this time, with Moloch! April 15, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Liturgy, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the enemy, the return.
Amazingly, there is a tabernacle somewhere within what I am sure is called “the worship space.” How you like these apples?:
What is the deal with progressives and puppets!
Do you think that leering bull-like figure above looks disturbing like the demonic god moloch/baal? Do they know what used to happen to babies within baal’s searing arms? Human sacrifice?
Oh wait……how many of these folks are perfectly fine with abortion?
Is that supposed to be the Consecration above? Or is that a re-enactment of the Last Supper? Why are their animals in the upper room? Why are their women? This makes no sense. It’s like they crossed the Nativity with the Last Supper. Maybe someone gets this better than I. I’m also not sure how prevalent jackrabbits and raccoons are in the Holy Land.
Why does everything look so hideous and poorly done?
The group that put on this little exhibition is called “Heart of the Beast” puppet theater. Revealing?
Sheesh……die nervous disorder, die. Another 50 kids (or 15, or however many were there) pretty much lost to the Faith forever, invincibly convinced this, this stupidity, this hassattery, is what Catholicism is.
Before I leave for a much needed break during this holiest of weeks, I would feel negligent if I did not share this excellent article which summarizes the maneuvering ongoing at the highest levels of the Church regarding Cardinal Kasper’s seemingly highly dangerous push to radically redefine Catholic Dogma on marriage, divorce, bigamy, and reception of the Blessed Sacrament, while pretending to leave that same Dogma “in place.” The goal is change the practice while pretending to leave the Dogmas untouched. This is impossible. It pretends to separate belief from practice: in theological terms, orthodoxy (right belief), from orthopraxis (right action).
That this entire push is hinged on a silly proposition (the early Church permitted divorce! Wrong.) that has already been shown to be incredibly, demonstrably false, is all the more disconcerting.
The article was originally published in the German site Katholisches. Some of the translation is rough. The article is also very long, much of which is recapping events of the past 6 months or so. But the portion that discusses the February consistory, whence Cardinal Kasper’s erroneous proposition was first broached, then ridiculed, is very important. I am going to try to clean up some of the translation from Tancred, if he doesn’t mind:
Pope Francis, however, despite substantive silence, the one who has called the Synods of Bishops on the topic of family. With his consent, his new secretary of the Synod of Bishops, the present Cardinal Baldisseri, has directed a questionnaire to all the bishops of the world. Dealing with the questionnaire has made visible the determination progressive pressure groups who want to change the Catholic moral teaching. Even so, it did not lead to rethinking in Rome. The path continues. Instead, Pope Francis commissioned Cardinal Walter Kasper, with a lecture at the cardinal consistory in late February. Neutrality is different.[I think this is saying, this was not a neutral presentation. Kasper's talk was engineered as a showcase for his modernist novelties, without rebuttal] For a proper debate about balance and to signal that, the pope could have appointed two speakers of different perspectives. For the dutiful defense of Catholic teaching on marriage, he would have to employ an orthodox advocate for the Doctrine of the Faith. But nothing of the sort occurred. The Pope decided on Cardinal Kasper, whose unorthodox position on the issue has been known at least since the 90s. A position that was rejected by both Pope Benedict XVI., and previously Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Just as they have now been rejected by today’s Prefect, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Cardinal before the consistory. We may recognize in the papal decision in favoring Kasper, a unilateral advocacy, and in Cardinal Kasper if not the voice of the Pope, so at least a trial balloon, which was allowed to ascend, to test the reactions and resistances. [This is an interpretation. Is it correct? I tend to think it may well be, but it's difficult to say. It was very strange that Cardinal Kasper was given the opportunity to, more or less, evangelize the cardinals on his novelty, without presentation of any opposing view. It was also clear Pope Francis was communicating his strong support for Cardinal Kasper's views]
The partisanship engaged unambiguous underlining in effusive praise for Kasper, which Pope Francis on the morning after his speech to the cardinals formulated his response. The reaction to Kasper’s oratory, in whom there was a cunningly palatable formula, was quite energetic. Against the horse trading suggested by the German theologian (to pretend that everything remains the same, but in reality, everything would change), protest arose more loudly. The most vocal of the Cardinals in the discussion disagreed with Kasper.
With fanatical praise it was obvious the Pope wanted to rush to the rescue of the German Cardinal. The downright ecstatic, but not very believable assertion that the strategy formulated by Kasper – a strategy formulated precisely to get rid of the Church’s teaching on marriage – is at a crucial point “theology on his knees”, makes it hard to deny representing the Pope’s closeness to Kasper’s new course. [Many took that to be an endorsement, especially among the cardinals who were there]
……..I’ll condense a bit, you can read the original at the link above. The article then goes on to note the perplexing fact that the cardinals in attendance had absolute silence imposed on them regarding the discussions at the Synod, but then someone obviously close to Kasper and/or Pope Francis leaked the text. The article posits this was done to use the tactic of poisoning the well, which posits that he who gets his message out first, tends to dominate the debate. Was such intentional? Who knows, but it would be far from unprecedented from some of this crowd, including Kasper, to use procedural tricks they then, suddenly, exempt themselves from, to shape a debate to their own advantage.
However, forestalling this advantage, the Italian daily Il Foglio that was to publish Kasper’s talk, first (and very responsibly, I might add) engaged an “opposition” to provide a contrary viewpoint. Thus, Kasper’s text appeared side by side with the great Roberto de Mattei’s rebuttal. This apparently sent Kasper into a rage – if the article is correct. Picking back up:
Kasper foamed. Even days later, he gave his anger free reign in an interview with Vatican Radio. Apparently, in a modification of the original intent and as a countermeasure to the Foglio strike he now had published even in the Osservatore Romano, the semi-official newspaper of the Vatican, the final copy of Kasper’s and the Preface to the speech, now currently under pressure.
The Osservatore Romano could be relied upon to offer strong praise from Pope Francis to Kasper, after numerous cardinals had taken their position against remarried divorcees. This praise opened the privilege to the German cardinal to be printed in L’Osservatore Romano, which would hardly have been possible without such consent of the Pope.
Kasper’s position should therefore be given visibility and authority within the Church. The confidentiality obligation was and is still obvious to all cardinals and their contributions to the discussion in the Consistory, with a single exception: Walter Kasper. Only for him did Pope Francis lift the obligation to secrecy. Why such a privilege when all the “opinions” are taken into account? The Pope hung a muzzle so that all the Cardinals who defended the Catholic doctrine on the sacrament of marriage, and allowed only the dissenting opinion the right to speak. This is a one-sided preference for a certain position and the disability of another equal.
The result was that not only the Osservatore Romano , but also other official Church media, especially the newspapers of some Episcopal Conferences felt obliged to reprint Kasper. In contrast to Il Foglio , however, they lacked any counter position. The only one that was granted the exclusive right to raise his voice in the daily newspaper of the Holy See was Kasper. All the other cardinals and their speeches in the consistory have been kept silent. [Perhaps I'm just too jaded, but I have a hard time not seeing in all this some orchestrated campaign to endorse Kasper's modernist gambit and keep opposing views from print as much as possible.]
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Obviously a lot of inside baseball. But it has all the makings of a very debauched realpolitik power struggle being played out in public, with Church Dogma basically held hostage by a progressive agenda seeking to advance their radical vision for the Church – a vision which after being partially implemented wreaked utter devastation.
The article ends with discussion of the completely discredited 1977 study which pretended to suddenly discover, magically, like!, that the early Church was just fine and dandy with bigamists receiving the Blessed Sacrament. The article points out the very strange coincidence that this unmissed and almost entirely forgotten book from 1977 suddenly – also magically, like! – was republished late last year. Just in time for the consistory and upcoming Synod, just when Kasper was ready for his big push.
The political aspects of this are such that it is truly trying to the Faith, seeing just how much materialist will-to-power is on display. A great exhibition of leftism in action, but within the Church.
I should end with one clear note: what is really being debated here is not so much divorce or remarriage, but whether public sinners can be admitted to the Blessed Sacrament. No one is going to “undo” Christ’s very clear guidance to us: remarriage while your spouse is still alive constitutes bigamy and adultery (yes, we have American annulment factories, but that’s a whole different topic). So what is being debated is whether it’s OK for those who persist in an objective state of mortal sin and in a public manner be allowed to blaspheme the Blessed Sacrament. You probably should read the whole thing.
Liturgical Abuse: Blessing pagan stones at Mass in Minnesota April 14, 2014Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Liturgy, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
Warning, the music in the video below will require significant amounts of brain bleach to eradicate.
It seems there has been a severe abuse ongoing at Masses in the troubled Archdiocese of Minneapolis for some time. Stones used in what seem obviously to be pagan worship services are blessed during Novus Ordo Masses. According to Tancred at Eponymous Flower, these stones are said to be the bones of the “Earth Mother” and are heated by fire for use in sweat lodges and accompanying spirit journeys:
This profanation you see above? The priest calls it “The Transubstantiation of the Blessed Earthen Rock Ceremony.” It is confirmed this takes place as part of the, ahem, Mass. So, what….the rock turns into our Lord and Savior? That is straight up blasphemy, in addition to being the gravest sacrilege.
First of all, much Native American spirituality is animist and overtly pagan. Secondly, these rituals and their use have strong new age overtones, finding the “god” within, and all that. Thirdly, the entire practice of sweat lodges and “spirit journeys” (the latter very common in new age, which has adopted a great deal of Native American spirituality) is disordered to say the least, since it involves self-hypnosis and opens one up to potential demonic influence. Some might argue the entire pagan, animist practice is demonic.
As such, do we really have to say it has no place in a Catholic Mass? Is this the much vaunted “inculturation” about which we hear so much with regard to disordered/abusive presentations of the Novus Ordo?
Tancred reports this has gone on in Minneapolis for years, and that the Archdiocese is well aware. In a normal time, one would have to ask, how can this be, but we are not in a normal time. In fact, things like this are so common, and exasperation so rife among the faithful, that many have become either beaten down or cynical.
It is difficult not to see scandals like this, and the failure to terminate them immediately, as just one more sign of a profound lack of faith among our Church leaders, and one more tendency towards being far more concerned with men and their opinions, than with God and His just Rights. It is also difficult not to see in this, once again, the perversion of incredibly sacred Catholic practice with some foolish, uninspired, and dangerous “ecumenism.” This seems the trend in almost all Catholic ecumenism: sacred rites are profaned to grant some special privilege to a separated sect or some completely alien (and incompatible) religion, while there is rarely if ever a quid pro quo from the other side. It’s just more banality, more watering down, more humanism, more laziness, more cowering, and more soft leftism.
I’m very tired of it. But I don’t matter. What matters, I wholeheartedly believe, is that it is profoundly offensive to God. And all these abuses will have to be answered for some day.
This priest, Fr. Michael Tegeder, obviously needs a lot of prayers. An aging hippy with a well receded hair line and a sad ponytail…….he’s like a walking cliche of the nightmare post-VII priest. I also strongly suggest making Communions of reparation for this blasphemy against Our Crucified Lord and the Holy Ghost.
Here’s some brainwash:
Mas. If have a hard time seeing that lollipop garbage in the nightmare video at the top as being in the same religion: