May God have mercy on our country June 26, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking, Society.
Even though I am still in glorious deep rural Kansas I am aware that 9 unelected, unrepresentative, elitist oligarch lawyers in black robes just destroyed this nation as it has been known.
See previous post. It was spot on. We are beyond done. Major D’s are already speaking of eliminating tax exempt status for churches that do not comply. That will only be the beginning.
May God have mercy on us all, especially “Catholic” Anthony Kennedy AND those prelates and priests who allow him to continue gravely wounding the Church and souls, heap sin upon sin, blasphemy the Our Lord in the Flesh, and basically wage a one man war against all that is good, decent, and holy.
Pray, fast, and receive the Sacraments as much as you can, while you still can. The future of this country unfolds before us like an endless night.
America Is Done June 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
So says Patrick Archbold, and I am danged if I can argue with him on this one. The people of the United States (probably, who knows what voter fraud went on, especially in 2012) elected twice a man who openly hated this country and its former orientation and vowed to “fundamentally transform” it. Mission accomplished. We have seen the federal government grow more monstrous and invidious in almost every imaginable respect over the past 6+ years, and there is still a year and a half to grow. Religion, especially Christianity, is in retreat under the combined assault of federal leviathan power and a hostile, hate-filled culture like never before.
I don’t know for certain what the future holds, but I don’t think it’s going to be pleasant:
……….[T]he decision on the manufacturing of a constitutional right to gay marriage looms large. More on that in a moment. But the passage in the Senate of TPA is just another indicator that signals the end of limited constitutional government and the separation of powers.
I won’t bore with the details of this decision, but what I want to impress upon you is that elections, the throwing out one party for another, made absolutely no difference. The federal behemoth grows unabated and our sovereignty is bartered for political support from the Chamber of Commerce. What is wrong with America is beyond the normal powers of elections and the electorate to fix. [It’s not just TPA. It’s Obamacare (which Repubniks plan to save if the Supreme Court throws out the exchanges), it’s illegal immigration, it’s Export-Import, it’s the growth of the federal budget, the Republicans haven’t followed through on a single campaign promise of any substance (20 week abortion ban still pending). This is what we’ve seen from the Republican party going back since the late 90s, they are as on board with big government and radical social change as the democrats, they just lie to their base about it]
America, as we knew it and thought we understood it, is done. I know people don’t want to hear that and I understand. I know they don’t want to believe that and I understand. But it is true none the less. [I thank God I have a farm in Kansas. How to get there, and how to live there, is another matter]
If you haven’t accepted that truth yet, perhaps the decision on gay marriage will clue you in. When they invent a constitutional right to gay marriage, your first amendment rights for the free exercise of religion and speech, will be under constant assault from the very government that should be protecting our first freedoms. We may win some of the battles, but I assure you the war is lost. You will not be able to practice your religion or speak the truth without oppression from the government over employment, student loans, business permits, and the list goes on and on. People will go to jail for believing and speaking the truth. [And parishes that refuse to get on board with the new order may well be closed. And it may not be the government doing the closing]
But the truth is America has been done for a while. There is a financial reckoning coming like nothing you can imagine and likely much sooner than you can imagine. And when it comes, the government will come after everything you have.
Sorry to leave you on such a downer note. But look on it this way, standing against persecution should gain you a lot of time off in Purgatory!
Various and Sundry as I wind down the week June 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Papa, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
It’s harvest time at the farm, so I am going to be out for the next several days. I might come back with a scintillating combine video I’m sure you’ll just be wracked in anticipation thereof. Sorry, you’ll just have to wait.
A few items of ephemera for the interim. I took a couple of these from JP Sonnen’s blog. First up, a lovely evening/night pilgrimage at La Salette:
I love our Lady’s apparitions. I need to learn more about La Sallete. I like the idea of a night procession. That’s beautiful. Looks like quite a suitable church, too.
These are good ones:
All three are essential. Since our culture has chosen to forget the God part, it was inevitable that marriage would fall to the state it has.
I also wanted to put up this video from The Remnant, for two reasons. For one, there is a very interesting quote from Elizabeth Yore regarding the recent “climate change” conference held at the Vatican and, of course, the encyclical Laudato Si. But even more there is a plug for a small but deserving online video Catholic apostolate called JMJHF Productions. I’ve posted a number of their videos on the blog before, and they are apparently working on a documentary on this year’s pilgrimage to Chartres, which is something I eagerly await. It might even inspire me to consider going sometime, though I’ve never been a fan of long distance travel.
Have a watch:
I do find it significant that the Vatican has apparently relied so heavily on input from the radical environmental lobby for both the recent conference and the encyclical, to the point of calumniating other viewpoints, even from very devout children of the Church. That is a most troubling development, because it points to a politicization of the Vatican we have not seen in a very long time, and represents the ascension of an ideology that has been at war with the Church for hundreds of years. The message from certain curial figures of late to faithful Catholics has been: buzz off. And they don’t say it quite so nicely.
Were you aware that the Vatican collaborated with the Obama administration to tie the encyclical to various federal policies, which I assume includes the attempt to label carbon dioxide (which we all exhale) a hazardous pollutant subject to EPA control?
I’ve been pretty skeptical of the New World Order rhetoric, but now…….I’m not so sure. There certainly seems to be a tremendous amount of coordination going on around the world, directing events on a score of different fronts in a common direction, coordination that speaks of a high level of organization and conducted by individuals with a huge amount of influence.
But Chartres does give one a good deal of hope. It looks like many hundreds if not more participated?
Finally formally announced: Fort Worth gets FSSP parish June 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Sacraments, sanctity, Tradition, Victory, Virtue.
Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth paid a surprise visit to the Fort Worth Latin Mass community parish (Our Lady of theAssumption) to make a special announcement: Fort Worth will soon have its own full-time FSSP parish. The names of the two priests to be assigned have already been determined: Fr. Karl Pikus and Fr. Peter Byrne. Approvals are already essentially complete, it is expected the priests could arrive as early as August. More below:
This past Sunday The Fort Worth Latin Mass Community had a surprise visitor…Bishop Olson.
He came to announce that an official apostolate parish for the FSSP will soon be established in the diocese.
He said all of the paperwork should be finalized some time in July. After that we will be welcoming two new priests, Fr. Karl Pikus and Fr. Peter Byrne, no specific date was given.
The Bishop welcomes all of the members of the Fort Worth Latin Mass community to email him, firstname.lastname@example.org, with name suggestions. He only asks that it not be a duplicate name of a parish already in the Fort Worth Diocese.
I have heard a rumor, and it is only that, that the new parish will be in White Settlement. If so, that’s a bit out of the way for a lot of folks. It’s on the northwest side of Tarrant County. Nice if you’re stationed at Carswell, though.
I feel rather vindicated. When Bishop Olson blocked the offering of the TLM at Fisher-More College during its final days, due to numerous administrative and other problems ongoing at the former college, I was about the only traditional-leaning blogger who defended his action (and I took it on the chin pretty good for doing so). I knew a lot more about the situation at Fisher-More and the reasons for Olson’s action than the vast majority of those who commented, almost all of whom really attacked the bishop for an alleged animus against the TLM. I also knew that Fort Worth would not be long in getting a permanent, full-time TLM parish. I thank Bishop Olson for his generosity and his patience in putting up with some pretty hardcore attacks.*
And so now 1 1/2 years later Fort Worth is going to have a full-time TLM staffed by two priests with daily Mass and Confession. That’s an enormous good for the entire Diocese and region, and indicates anything but a bias against the TLM. Fort Worth will now be among a minority of US dioceses to have the TLM available daily. The DFW area will now have 3 FSSP parishes with two or more priests within about an hour’s drive of central Dallas. That is awesome.
* – no I’m not saying Bishop Olson is Mr. Traditional nor is he my hero, I’m just saying the situation with the Mass at Fisher-More was all to do about Fisher-More and nothing to do with Bishop Olson’s views on the TLM.
If it was belief fit to be included in an 1899 Catechism, how can the opposite be true today? Or is cremation simply yet another one of those many areas where a doctrine remains “on the books,” but few bishops or priests know it or enforce it? And, hey, columbaria are a good source of income for relatively little investment, so, what’s not to like?
From The Catechism Explained: An Exhaustive Exposition of the Catholic Religion by Fr. Francis Spirago and published in 1899 by Benzinger Brothers, NY, from an Italian original:
Cremation is condemned by the Church as being an abominable abuse.
Originally the custom of interring the dead in the ground was common to all nations, for the most ancient human remains that have been discovered bear no signs of having been subjected to fire. Vaults containing skeletons have also been met with, closed by a slab of stone. We know that the Jews buried their dead; Holy Scripture constantly speaks of the burial of kinds and prophets. That his corpse should be left unburied was a chastisement threatened to the transgressor (Dt XXVIII:26). Only during a time of pestilence were the Jews allowed to burn individual corpses (Am VI:10).
The Romans in earlier times buried their dead. Cicero tells us that their graves were considered as sacred, and the profanation of a tomb was severely punished, even by the loss of a hand……..
…...In later times, when manners became corrupt, cremation was practiced among them……It is a noteworthy fact that all barbarous nations, who in an uncivilized state burned their dead, substituted the grave for the funeral pyre as soon as civilization shed its light in their land. Christianity, did, in fact, abolish cremation. But in these days, when Christian Faith is on the decrease, cremation is once more becoming a fashion. St. Augustine denounces the practice as horrible and barbarous. It offends our Christian instincts. For we are taught to regard death as a sleep; the dead sleep in Christ (I Cor XV:18), for they will rise again; they are laid to rest in peace, and the idea of the repose they enjoy is connected with the churchyard, not with the crematorium. When we commit our dead to the kindly earth, we tacitly express our belief that our body is like a seed, which is cast into the ground, to germinate and spring up: “It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption” (I Cor XV:42). [Two additional points: Christian people used to strive to emulate Christ and the Saints in all ways possible. Our Lord was buried in the ground for 3 days, and there has never been a record of a Saint not being laid to rest in the ground. By partaking of cremation, those who call themselves Christian are deliberately choosing to end their lives in a way different from Our Blessed Lord and His Saints.]
As Christians we have a higher esteem for the soul, which partakes of the divine nature, and consequently for the body, which is the servant and tool of the soul. No true Christian can fail to shrink from the horrors of cremation; only those who are lost to all sense of the dignity of human nature, to all belief in the truths of religion, can desire it for themselves. [I will admit I am somewhat taken aback by this really forceful language, because all opposition I have read to cremation previously has been much softer than this. That only shows how much standards have slipped in the last 116 years?] Let us remember that Christ, our great Exemplar, was laid in the tomb and rose again. [The key…….] For pagans such considerations naturally have no weight; they disliked the sight of the sepulchral monument, the mount raised over the dead, because it reminded them of death, which would put an end to their earthly enjoyments. For the same reason unbelievers in our own day advocate cremation. Burial suggests to them too strongly the immortality of the soul, whereas cremation appears to promise the annihilation that they desire as their portion after death. Yet let no one imagine that the Christian dreads the destruction of the body by fire as an impediment to its future resurrection, for God can effect the reintegration of the body after it has been dissolved into gaseous elements.
That concluding argument is very interesting, because in previous objections I’ve read on cremation, the idea that cremation implied a denial of bodily resurrection was a primary reason to oppose cremation’s use. The above seems to say that Christians never feared that God could not resurrect cremated remains, and so it was strictly the act of defiance that was problematic.
I think the excerpt above hits on the key point: the reason for cremation’s sudden spike in popularity over the past few decades has to do with the general paganization of the culture and the desire by people to never have to face reminders of death, but more importantly, the afterlife. More and more people conduct their lives as if there will be no judgment; they certainly hope so, anyway. Seeing a cemetary is to them a grim reminder of death, whereas columbaria are generally so well hidden one would never know what they were looking at. Furthermore, most people don’t even bother to have their ashes reposed in some sacred or sentimental place, they simply have them scattered to the four winds. All of this speaks, at least subliminally, of a great fear of death and judgment.
When some folks say: “Well, I know this good Catholic or that good Baptist, and they’re planning on being cremated,” I’d answer with: a) how do you know they are so good?, moral standards have slipped so much across the boards mere visible membership in a Church is hardly a guide to sanctity (as if it has ever been, there were plenty of depraved souls who attended church every Sunday when such was more or less a cultural requirement), and b) it really doesn’t matter what others do, what matters is what you do and how that correlates to emulating our Blessed Lord in every possible respect. The latter alone is all the argument I need to dissuade me from being cremated. I’ve never had an interest in doing so, anyways, I want my bones in the cool, green earth, not burned to ash in a hellish fire.
Then there are other factors not mentioned above: if a loved one were buried somewhere near me, I would visit that cemetery every chance I got to pray for them. I cannot say the same for a columbarium. Secondly, very ancient cemeteries are occasionally forgotten, but for the most part, cemeteries are treated as hallowed ground and not often subject to simply being paved over. At the very least, the remains are relocated, and quite often, whatever development needs to occur happens around the existing cemetery. We had a case of the latter near our former home. Can the same be said for a wall filled with urns? We’d like to think so, but what if the church associated with that wall no longer exists? What happens when the wall starts to decay and fall down? You can lift a head stone pretty easily, but walls have to be rebuilt, most often from scratch. I think there’s going to be a bit of a problem and/or scandal in a few decades when developers come across these strange walls nobody knows or cares much about, whatever legal “guarantees” may have been made aside.
One last point…….the symbolism of cremation is to me inescapable. Do you really want your last earthly act to be being cast into a fire? I’d rather be buried at sea……..
The problem of the modern papal encyclical June 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in catachesis, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Papa, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the return, the struggle for the Church.
Great piece by Boniface at Unam Sanctam Catholicam, as usual. I have to heartily second his sentiments……problematic papal encyclicals did not start with Laudato Si. Encyclicals have grown increasingly long-winded and off-topic for decades. The problem really exploded after the Second Vatican Council, when the clarity of the prior Magisterium was replaced by a nebulous hopefulness and a subliminal sense of doubt. Encyclicals no longer simply declare the Faith as they used to, they seem to beg the world permission to be Catholic while hoping to possibly convince a few to come along.
That’s the gist of Boniface’s point, and I think it’s a very important one (my emphasis and comments):
“Nowadays however, the Spouse of Christ prefers to make use of the medicine of mercy rather than that of severity. She consider that she meets the needs of the present day by demonstrating the validity of her teaching rather than by condemnations.”
This principle has effected the manner in which the post-1965 ecclesia docens functions. Essentially, the post-Conciliar encyclical doesn’t know what it wants to be when it grows up. The popes have still utilized them as a means of teaching, but rather than teaching what Catholic doctrine consists of, they have increasingly become occasions for popes to explain why Catholic doctrine is what it is. [In a sort of desperate, if I make this clear enough won’t you accept it kind of way, instead of just laying down the law]
(b) Even when its has opted for explaining rather than declaring the Church’s teaching, the Church has done a poor job of it because it has chosen to explain its teachings in terms of humanist phenomenology rather than having recourse to the Church’s traditional pedagogy. [Another great point. And more and more true, with rare exceptions, as time has gone on. Now we have two whole generations of priests who have been formed thoroughly in this humanist phenomenology, and it has affected their thinking to a great degree. Not just these priests, but almost all of us have to be very nearly de-programmed from the toxic modernist/humanist filth in which we stew in order to come to an appreciation for the Faith That Was (and shall be again).]
(c) By focusing so much on the explanation and presentation over the declaration, the Church has unwittingly given the false impression that the validity of its teachings are bound up with the force of her argumentation, a kind of false intellectualism. [That is a HUGE point. I think it plays a very large role in much of the progressive attempts to subvert doctrine. They think if they can come up with a better argument, the Doctrine must fall by the wayside. We’ve seen that in so many respects when they attack the accuracy of Scripture, when they try to insinuate that the early Church somehow believed differently, etc. Great, great point] She feels shaky and inadequate simply saying, “Such is the voice of the Church; such is the teaching of our Faith”; she feels she must offer a humanistic centered explanation for everything – an explanation that will “suit” the needs of “contemporary man” – with the effect that her message has become completely man-centered. [and watered down] “He taught as one who had authority” (Matt. 7:29) said the people of old about Christ; but when the Church forgets the supernatural force that stands behind her teaching and opts instead for an anthropomorphized message, she no longer “speaks with authority”, in the sense that her words lose their force. Hence people shrug at the latest papal document and move on. [Which is only exacerbated by their length and the numerous segues into side topics, like so-called climate change]
(d) Finally, because the popes have sought for novel means to propose their teachings, encyclicals lose their strenght as teaching documents and become instead opportunities for the popes to foist their own theological or literary tastes on the Catholic people. [Ahem, Laudato Si, but also others]
I’ll conclude with this: some of my best posts have been my shortest ones. Brevity is the soul of wit, and all that. Who besides a few specialists and hardcore believers is really going to struggle through 187 pages (nearly 100,000 words) of carping text? I think it utterly brilliant that Unam Sanctam was one page long. That’s the stuff of Catholic greatness, and Boniface VIII was a great pope.
Here’s a question – how many post-conciliar encyclicals aside from Humanae Vitae, have you read cover to cover? I’ve read a number of the pre-conciliar encyclicals but I have to admit I have never made it through one post-conciliar encyclical all the way (I may have finished Caritas in Veritate, but I’m not sure). I just get too exhausted by the effort. Mind, I’m a guy who reads the Bible cover to cover over and over and is typically reading at least a dozen books on Saints and catechisms and general Catholicism simultaneously. I have fought through a lot of so-so and more than a few bad books, but I simply cannot muster the strength to fight through many of these encyclicals, and I doubt I am much alone.
The great prophet of the Old Testament, Jeremiah, is a type for the faithful priests of today’s Church. The situation of the Israelites before the fall of Jerusalem and the Babylonian captivity is a type for the crisis in the Church. Both have been precipitated by mass desertion from the Faith as God has revealed it to His chosen people, and especially by the failures and even apostasy of those given the great grace, but also responsibility, of spiritual leadership. Our Lord revealed in inspired and inerrant Scripture that those pastors who are really wolves in sheep’s clothing are to face a terrible reckoning, even more terrible than those fallen Levites who worshiped satan by sacrificing babies and led immoral lives. But there is also hope offered by our Lord, who promises that the Remnant that remains faithful shall be protected and eventually return to their home and be multiplied.
From Jeremias(h) Chapter XXIII:
Woe to the pastors, that destroy and tear the sheep of my pasture, saith the Lord.
Therefore thus saith the Lord the God of Israel to the pastors that feed my people: You have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold I will visit upon you for the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.
And I will gather together the remnant of my flock, out of all the lands into which I have cast them out: and I will make them return to their own fields, and they shall increase and be multiplied.
And I will set up pastors over them, and they shall feed them: they shall fear no more, and they shall not be dismayed: and none shall be wanting of their number, saith the Lord.
Behold the days come, saith the Lord, and I will raise up to David a just branch: and a king shall reign, and shall be wise, and shall execute judgement and justice in the earth. [An obvious reference to the coming of our Lord incarnate in the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, but since the Old Testament is a type for the New, and the old temple for our Church, it also refers to the apostasy that will afflict (or is afflicting) the Church prior to the Second Coming]
…….Because the land is full of adulterers, because the land hath mourned by reason of cursing, [false oaths and blasphemies] the fields of the desert are dried up: and their course is become evil, and their strength unlike.
For the prophet and the priest are defiled: and in my house I have found their wickedness, saith the Lord.
Therefore their way shall be as a slippery way in the dark: for they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evils upon them, the year of their visitation, saith the Lord.
And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria: they prophesied in Baal, and deceived my people Israel.
And I have seen the likeness of adulterers, and the way of lying in the prophets of Jerusalem: and they strengthened the hands of the wicked, that no man should return from his evil doings: they are all become unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. [How hideously literally has this prophecy played out in our time, where so many priests have indeed become as the inhabitants of Sodom, and so many female religious as Gomorrah. And think on this, for all the times our Lord references Sodom in Scripture, and it is many (over a score, at least), His wrath is always kindled and He speaks of their evil as ultimate. What a rebuke that is to those given over to perverse inclinations, and their apologists, who pretend Sodom was destroyed not for the rank immorality of its inhabitants, but because of a failure of hospitality! Please, they turn our Lord into a spiteful, vengeful God who wipes out cities for trifling offenses in order to try to justify their sin. Poor deluded souls. St. Ephraem’s counsel must be remembered in dealing with people like this]
Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts to the prophets: Behold I will feed them with wormwood, and will give them gall to drink: for from the prophets of Jerusalem corruption has gone forth into all the land.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Hearken not to the words of the prophets that prophesy to you, and deceive you: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord.
They say to them that blaspheme me: The Lord hath said: You shall have peace: and to every one that walketh in the perverseness of his own heart, they have said: No evil shall come upon you. [And to those who are adulterers, they say, “come to Communion,” and for those who are sodomites, they say, “bring us your gifts!”]
For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord, and hath seen and heard his word? Who hath considered his word and heard it? [Say the lying temporizers]
Behold the whirlwind of the Lord’ s indignation shall come forth, and a tempest shall break out and come upon the head of the wicked.
The wrath of the Lord shall not return till he execute it, and till he accomplish the thought of his heart: in the latter days you shall understand his counsel…….
……..How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies, and that prophesy the delusions of their own heart?
Who seek to make my people forget my name through their dreams, which they tell every man to his neighbour: as their fathers forgot my name for Baal.
The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream: and he that hath my word, let him speak my word with truth: what hath the chaff to do with the wheat, saith the Lord?
Are not my words as a fire, saith the Lord: and as a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
Therefore behold I am against the prophets, saith the Lord: who steal my words every one from his neighbour.
Behold I am against the prophets, saith the Lord: who use their tongues, and say: The Lord saith it. [When they contradict the very Truth our Lord has revealed to us]
Behold I am against the prophets that have lying dreams, saith the Lord: and tell them, and cause my people to err by their lying, and by their wonders: when I sent them not, nor commanded them, who have not profited this people at all, saith the Lord..….[who lead the people to err by their lies, who have not profited this people at all, saith the Lord. My my]
….Therefore behold I will take you away carrying you, and will forsake you, and the city which I gave to you, and to your fathers, out of my presence.
And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame which shall never be forgotten.
It’s pretty plain to me. I know Scripture is open to varying interpretations at times, but given that the Levitical priesthood was all but wiped out during the fall of Jerusalem, this is the kind of warning I would tend to heed.
More on Confession – Resolution/Amendment of life June 23, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Sacraments, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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I posted an excerpt from Treasure and Tradition on the Mass last week, always intending to cover two of the four necessary aspects of Confession – contrition and resolution/purpose of amendment. I discussed contrition last time, so below is the excerpt on resolving to change our lives to not sin again. Note there are many aspects of this depending on the sin in question and its severity. Just a brief background which I’m sure is old news to you, but the four aspects of Confession are:
1. We must heartily pray for Grace to make a good confession (preparation)
2. We must carefully examine our conscience (examination)
3. We must take time and care to make a good act of contrition
4. We must resolve by the help of God to renounce our sins and to amend our life (amendment)
Now on resolving by the Grace of God to renounce our sins and to begin a new life for the future.
Remember we have to make a purpose of amendment. Now a purpose is not a mere passing wish, it is a strong intention or determination, it is the making up of our mind about something. Clearly, then, it needs time and thought. This purpose, as as been said, is really part of our act of contrition, for there can be no true sorrow for the wrong we have done unless we intend not to do it again. The purpose of amendment we are bound to have is a firm determination to avoid all mortal sin and the proximate occasion of mortal sin. [if you are an adulterer, and desire to stop adulterating, continuing to see your adulterous partner, even without the intent to consummate the act, would be a grave proximate occasion of sin and would not indicate a purpose of amendment]
When we have fallen into sin we must look back to see what was the occasion. Any circumstance leading to sin is called an occasion of sin. It may be proximate or remote. A proximate occasion is one which usually leads us into sin. A remote occasion is one in which we sometimes, though seldom, commit sin. Persons, places, and things may all become occasions of sin, some to one person and some to another. Certain things, such as bad companions, improper conversations, and bad books, are always proximate occasions of sin. Should there be any person, place, or thing which, no matter what we do, always leads us into mortal sin, we are bound to keep away from it at any cost. [upon pain of sin]
We should of course resolve to avoid all venial sins, too, and if we have these only to confess, we should pick out one at least, and make a firm resolve about that. If you cannot make up your mind what to choose, think what our Lord would advise, and you will make a good choice.
Our natural character lays us open to the same temptation, and the routine of our daily life brings round the same occasions. And therefore it is not surprising if we take the same faults to confession again and again. What we have to do is to lessen the number; to rid ourselves of them by degrees; to turn occasions of sin into occasions of victory; thus, as Saint Augustine says, using them as steps by which to climb up to Heaven.
We do not make a purpose of transfiguration – to become all at once entirely different from what we were – but a purpose of amendment. Mending is a gradual and a laborious process, whether it be the mending of a stocking or of a man-of-war. No one expects it to be done all at once. If God is patient with us, and willing to wait whilst we mend, why should we be so impatient with ourselves! [Great point. I struggle with one stubborn attachment that still persists to this day. I have overcome other things I feel were much more insidious and difficult to resist and yet this one remains. It’s not a mortal sin, thank God!, but it is annoying. But I will overcome it with God’s help and in His time. When I get frustrated I think about the much worse things I have been blessed to overcome and give thanks for those, rather than allow the frustration to gnaw at me.]
In a few minutes you will be confessing your sins before Almighty God and the grandees of the court of Heaven. Think how ashamed you would be if you had to confess them before your father and mother, brothers, sisters, schoolfellows. Should you feel less shame to confess before God, the Holy of Holies; before Blessed Mary, conceived without sin; before angels and saints, standing without spot before the great white throne? [And yet one day, at the general/final judgment, all our sins will be known to all.] The sense of shame does us good and helps us to sorrow. Think, too, that all that heavenly court looks down lovingly upon you, and is praying for you, and rejoices to see you purifying your soul in the Precious Blood to be ready for their company some day.
It happens, however, sometimes, that we have to wait, not a few minutes, but a long time at the confessional, and that having finished our preparation, we begin to look about and get distracted. This is a pity. If we like, we may say our Rosary then, or read some holy book. These will not distract us, but on the contrary, will help us to make a good act of contrition when our turn comes to go in.
I think that will wrap up my excerpting from Treasure and Tradition. I hope you’ve found these edifying and useful. If it is all repetitive and just obvious, you’d actually be helping me out letting me know so I can fine tune what works I spend time copying for you to read. There is an element of self-benefit in everything I blog, but mostly I post things like this because I think and hope they will help others.
Pray like mad: working document for upcoming Synod pushes Kasper proposal, “gifts” of sodomy June 23, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, episcopate, error, Eucharist, family, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, SOD, the return, the struggle for the Church.
Noted fire-breathing, knuckle-dragging raddest of trad sites Whispers in the Loggia (I kid) has announced the release of the instrumentum laboris, or working document, for the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family
and the Destruction of Marriage (I’m sorry, getting a bit jaded). The text, in spite of having significant portions fail to gain the requisite approval at the Extraordinary Synod, includes the full Kasperite proposal (and goes even further in some respects), as well as the ground-laying language on sodomy which is sure to lead to an eventual push to declare sodomy no longer a sin and some kind of recognition of pretended sodo-marriages.
If you haven’t been praying like mad, now would be a very good time to do so (my emphasis and comments):
And after a second round of global consultation, it has arrived – at Roman Noon, the instrumentum laboris (baseline text) for October’s climactic Synod on the Family was released… for now, however – much like last year’s first volume – the full sequel is only available in Italian.….
……..Among other highlights, the final portion of the framework deals with the proposed changes of practice cited by their supporters as necessary for the church to better respond to families in challenging situations amid current pastoral practice.
On the assembly’s most hot-button issue of all, the instrumentum speaks of a “common accord” among the world’s bishops toward “eventual access” to the sacraments for divorced and civilly remarried couples, but only following “an itinerary of reconciliation or a penitential path under the authority of the [diocesan] bishop,” and only “in situations of irreversible cohabitation.” [No there was not “common accord.” These texts were highly divisive.] The text cautions that the proposal is only envisioned “in some particular situations, and according to well-precise conditions,” citing the interest of children born in a second union. On a related front, ample treatment was given to the state of marriage tribunals, with calls for a “decentralization” of the annulment courts and the floating of the “relevance of the personal faith” of spouses in terms of their understanding of the marital bond as a means for declaring the nullity of a marriage. [I’ll just say it: BS. Just as contraception was put forth by people like Charles Curran as a recourse for well-formed Catholic married couples capable of discerning fine moral points, in practice, the Church has all but abandoned preaching the evil of contraception on a regular basis, and it is used by the large majority of self-described Catholics. The same will happen with divorce, the “precise conditions” (also a feature of the initial Anglican embrace of divorce AND contraception) will disappear overnight and we’ll have mass distribution of the Blessed Sacrament to those in adulterous unions – not that such does not already occur in this country, but the point is, these bishops are tired of fighting the culture, they’re disinclined to accept perennial Church Doctrine and practice, and they are looking for an easy way out. Period, end of sentence.]
In particular, the latter point echoes a longstanding line of the Pope’s – having quoted the impression of his predecessor in Buenos Aires, the late Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, that “half” of failed Catholic marriages there “are null” solely on the grounds of unformed faith, a papal commission formed quietly by Francis last summer is studying possible changes to the annulment process independent of the Synod itself. No timeline is set for its work. [But this is not how the Church traditionally viewed matters. The only grounds for annulments prior to the US circa 1970 were grave incapacity, failure to consummate, or evidence of marriage against one’s will. Now in the American context, excuses are sought after the fact to annul a marriage that has, by the bishop’s demand, already failed (the bishops demand a civil divorce before an annulment can be pursued). And of course the vast majority of the few US annulments appealed to the Roman Rota are rejected. So something is amiss. But it seems the desire is to apply the quite scandalous US practice to the universal Church.]
Elsewhere, three paragraphs were devoted to pastoral ministry to families “having within them a person of homosexual orientation.” While reaffirming the 2003 CDF declaration that “there exists no foundation whatsoever to integrate or compare, not even remotely, homosexual unions and the design of God for the family,” the text urges that “independent of their sexual tendency,” gays “be respected in their dignity and welcomed with sensibility and delicateness, whether in the church or society.” [While being clearly apprised of the depravity of their acts and their exclusion from the Blessed Sacrament until they repent of them, right?]
Perhaps most boldly – reflecting a key emphasis of one of the gathering’s three presidents, Cardinal Chito Tagle of Manila – the text emphasizes that “The Christian message must be announced in a language that sustains hope.
“It is necessary to adopt a clear and inviting communication [style],” the instrumentum reads, one that is “open, which doesn’t moralize, judge, nor [aim to] control, and bears witness to the moral teaching of the church, while at the same time remaining sensible to the situations of each person.” [In spite of the lip service to Doctrine, who really believes this will not mean in practice the complete abandonment of the moral doctrine of the Faith, at least as it relates to the groinal issues so sacred to the left?]
Along the same lines, the theme of “mercy” – the core of the extraordinary Holy Year conceived by Francis and opening in December [including non-ordained ministers of mercy empowered to somehow, I know not how, remit all sins and even the temporal punishment stemming therefrom, to, more or less, “re-baptize” people] – runs pointedly throughout the document, with the term cited over 30 times. Arguably in a hand-showing of the Pope’s intent, the Synod’s conclusions will be entrusted to the pontiff for him to decide upon, with the results likely to emerge sometime in mid-2016, squarely in the midst of the Jubilee Year he’s chartered.
All that said, especially given the topic’s place at the core of the church’s long polarization on family issues, one word was especially conspicuous by its absence: “contraception.” [The Japanese term is mokosatsu – to kill with silence]
All I can say is to again exhort readers to as much prayer and penance as possible. The writing is clearly on the wall. As
Rollo Tomasi Rocco Palmo at Whispers intimates, it is more that slightly significant that the final papal interpretation and enactment of the Synod’s efforts will be introduced at the high point of the Holy Year of Mercy. All the pieces point in a direction quite opposite to a Humanae Vitae moment, where Pope Paul VI, contrary to the recommendations he had received and his own inclinations, was compelled to repeat the perennial Church judgment of all contraceptive-use as inherently immoral.
But the indications at that time similarly pointed to a change in Church Doctrine, and that somehow did not happen, much to the consternation of the progressives of the world. We can only pray the Holy Ghost will intervene again if necessary and insure the doctrinal cohesiveness of the Faith. Speaking from a human point of view, things don’t look too hopeful right now. Who knows, maybe the bishops will surprise us again and not approve the more problematic aspects. Our God is a God of surprises, we’re told, right?
So…….they have that going for them. I’ll preface the post by saying this explosive comment as quoted below is confirmed by Zenit in its entirety. In fact, I’m going to switch from the Reuters report below to Zenit as I go along, so you can get see the quote in context.
I really don’t know what to say anymore, this comes from the endless stream of off-the-cuff, rambling discourses made after the Pope spikes his prepared text, in this case, in Turin. Blanket condemnations like these lacking any distinction or apparent charity for those concerned have been the hallmark of this papacy. This kind of statement is not only imprudent, it approaches calumny. Weapons of all kinds are tools and while they may be unpopular in certain quarters (especially among progressives, whose distaste for weaponry is only exceeded by their ignorance of it) simply designing, building, and selling them cannot be said to be immoral. It depends entirely on the circumstances:
People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.
Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.
“If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after putting aside his prepared address.
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” he said to applause.
OK, so here I cut to Zenit, for the entire quote:
It makes me think one thing: people, leaders, entrepreneurs that call themselves Christians, and produce arms! This gives some mistrust: they call themselves Christians! “No, no, Father, I don’t produce them, no, no …. I only have my savings, my investments in arms factories.” Ah! And why? “Because the interest is somewhat higher …” And a double face is also a current coin today: to say something and do another. Hypocrisy…….[That’s a pretty nasty little comment about being two faced. He immediately segues into genocides (Armenia, Jews in WWII), as if the arms manufacturers somehow precipitated them.]
Now back to Reuters:
He also criticised those who invest in weapons industries, saying “duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another”.
Francis also built on comments he has made in the past about events during the first and second world wars.
He spoke of the “tragedy of the Shoah,” using the Hebrew term for the Holocaust.
“The great powers had the pictures of the railway lines that brought the trains to the concentration camps like Auschwitz to kill Jews, Christians, homosexuals, everybody. Why didn’t they bomb (the railway lines)?”
OK, no offense to His Holiness, but his comments are internally contradictory. He makes plain in this last quote that military force/weaponry CAN do good things. He claims the Allies were bad for not bombing the railways to the concentration camps. There were many reasons for not doing so, which I won’t go into now, but the matter is not so simple as Pope Francis makes it out to be.
And what if they had? The Germans were past masters at overcoming the effects of incredibly heavy bombing. Reading the biography of Kurt von Schuschnigg makes clear that even in 1945 the trains ran nearly on time, with only periodic delays to repair tracks that were cut by bombing (which were usually repaired in hours if not minutes). The point being, the Allies could have bombed the railroad tracks till they were blue in the face and it would have had only the slightest of impacts on the death toll in those camps, but it would have had a very negative impact on the main goal of the war – the defeat of Nazi Germany. In fact, such a campaign could have prolonged the war and led to MORE deaths, not fewer. All this criticism of the Allies for their failure to “do something” about the death camps is just so much after the fact liberal hand-wringing with more than a tinge of moral superiority. The Allies did in fact do much to stop the killings in the death camps, by invading and conquering Germany at the earliest possible moment. That was the only really effective way to stop the attempted extermination of the Jews.
There is an aspect of tragedy about this Pope. Moments before he made these silly, reflexively progressive statements about arms manufacturers, he have a really very moving exegesis on the virtue of chastity. It was very good, but it is also completely forgotten and ignored, washed away in the media firestorm over these strange statements the Pope seems incapable of restraining himself from making. The good this Pope says or does gets washed away in the constant stream of media-friendly, progressive-friendly rhetoric.
As to his more general comments on the arms industry, others have already pointed out instances where military force and armaments have certainly been used for moral good. Goodness, the conversion of the Roman Empire to Christianity was marked by a decisive military victory.
I think this is yet another instance where Francis’ provincialism really shows. The military has been persona non grata in Argentina since 1983 when the last of the juntas fell. Due to their role in the ugly shadow civil war that gripped Argentina (initiated by attempted marxist takeover of the country) for decades prior, the military is viewed highly unfavorably by a large majority of Argentines, especially those associated with the Peronist camp (which, ironies never cease: Peron came to power through military coups, being an army general, and the present government is hardly innocent when it comes to use of force against dissent). Argentina has almost no arms industry to speak of (though I did get a nice gun from BERSA recently). There once was a decent sized one, but as part of the general falling out of favor of all things military it has been allowed to collapse. This lack of respect for the armed forces is a pretty common feature of Latin American life, since the military in most of those countries is used much more to deal with internal threats rather than external ones.
So Pope Francis comes from a milieu that sees the military as populated by sickos who want to work their fantasies of violence on innocents, and armaments as the tools they use to do so. It is the polar opposite of how most people in the Anglosphere tend to view the military, with a 3 or 400 year history of its use primarily to deal with foreign threats rather than as a tool to crush internal dissent.
The tragedy of Francis’ provincialism is that contra a much more cosmopolitan Pope like Benedict XVI or John Paul II, Pope Francis seems to have a great deal of difficulty expanding his worldview beyond his own narrow experience. He views the world from a profoundly Argentine, but even more, Peronist viewpoint, with all the biases and limitations that implies. He seems to have a great deal of difficulty recognizing that other people have had radically different experiences with whatever – the military, capitalism, technology, industrialization – aspect of society he wants to decry, and that their experience gives them a very different appreciation of these matters. And since so many of these matters he gets exercised about, from how to deal with ostensible global warming to the right conduct of the arms trade, are matters of prudence, he winds up casting an awful lot of people out of the Church for what are disagreements on prudential matters.
I feel bad for my many friends who serve in the military or work for Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Vought, General Dynamics, Bell Helicopter, and many other places. This is surely a a discomfiting thing for them to hear. Given how many people attracted to the TLM work in these kinds of industries, I hope some good traditional priest can give a sermon that sets the record straight on the morality of being employed in such endeavors. I’ve tried a a bit above, but I’m neither a theologian or priest, and so my response is necessarily limited.
And so the sadness continues. A little more Pope coverage today, then I’m going to take a break for a while, barring any really momentous events.