National Catholic Register Fires Two Writers Nobody Read Anymore August 24, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, blogfoolery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, pr stunts, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church.
And this is supposed to be big news? In reality, I know both writers (Mark Shea and Simcha Fisher) probably still enjoy followings far larger than mine (not that I care in the slightest), but their influence has steadily shrunk over the last several years, especially among the milieu I am primarily concerned with – orthodox/believing/traditional Catholics, or, just Catholics.
Mark Shea has serious problems. That much has been evident for years for those with eyes to see. He may have even hassled this blog a bit a couple of years ago, in a stupid and immature manner. I never read Simcha. For one thing, mommy blogs bore the daylights out of me. Beyond that, I never found her to have anything interesting to say, nor to be much of a writer (which is sort of a damning condemnation, coming from me), the few times I tried to read her. Shea, however, was something else. He reminds of someone I know quite well and used to collaborate with, another local blogger, a man possessed of such a volcanic temperament that he would literally turn his beliefs upside down in order to score a rhetorical point, to win an ideological victory.
Having said the above, does this mean anything? Is EWTN/NCR turning more orthodox or traditional? I will admit to some skepticism here. I don’t think either writer was canned for their beliefs, but for their behavior outside of NCR, which was frequently scandalous and sophomoric, especially with regard to Shea, but increasingly with Fisher, too. I think these two underwent some tragic transformation, for various reasons (though Fisher’s are more obvious than Shea’s).
Some may say using foul language, going totally unhinged in arguments, or dropping gratuitous sexual innuendos or outright statements doesn’t mean anything, that we should all lighten up, but for someone who puts themselves out as a Catholic (something of a model, whether they want or deserve to be, or not, you become something of a model when you have a large following AS A CATHOLIC), someone whose beliefs and even practices should be emulated, it’s not a good thing. There are times I’m tempted to use foul language on this blog, and I’ve let it slip once or twice in the distant past, but overall I agree that we should expect more from Catholic writers than foul language, gratuitous sex, circular firing squads (oops), constant click-whoring internecine conflicts, blanket condemnation of hundreds of thousands of the most committed, faithful souls in the Church in this country, and the kind of lowbrow, morally problematic conduct we can see on the TV anytime we want, if we still have one.
I think NCR is not leaning Trad. If they were, they’d have never let Pat Archbold go. I think they’re just reaffirming their place in the (shrinking?) EWTN/Catholic Answers/post-conciliar conservativish post conciliar Amchurch circle. They certainly have some solid content, don’t get me wrong, but they’re not going to post/publish anything that undermines that status quo to which they belong, say, penetrating analysis of Guadium Et Spes 12, or the questionable level of doctrinal authority in the various documents of Vatican II, or an analysis of the grave deficiencies, and even dangers, present in the Novus Ordo Missae. It is what it is.
And Shea and Fisher are what they are, or have chosen to become. I regret their loss of livelihood, while being jealous of the fact that mine is in no way dependent on the Church and good will of bishops and others, with all the compromises that invariably involves. Frankly, I pray for them, for many reasons, but most of all that they can find the peace they, it might be said, need, heroic practice of virtue, and fuller adherence to the Truth Jesus Christ has revealed through His Church and its constant, perennial belief and practice. I believe ever more strongly that inward rejection of the traditional Catholic understanding of the Faith tends to manifest itself in outward ways. There were not many Saints who got into virtual daily shouting matches with other people, or who would politically support a rabid pro-abort and completely amoral woman for reasons of material self-interest while posting daily “dick” jokes.
Eponymous Flower was a bit more caustic and to the point, not that I disagree:
Edit: after years of attacking faithful Catholics and clergy, their reign at the Neoconservative news organ, The National Catholic Register, Simcha Fisher and Mark Shea have finally been dealt with. They’ve been what’s wrong with EWTN for a long while. We’ve certainly been calling for these people’s ouster for a long time. Now, how about Steve Graydanus. Has anyone forgot that they fired the Cankerous?
There’s nothing more despicable than these kinds of people who feed off the American Church.
While harsher than I would say, I do not disagree that Shea, in particular, has become extremely destructive in recent years. He is not helping souls, he is in fact undermining the good of the Church.
There is probably better analysis here by Boniface, but it’s late and I wrote this in a terrible rush. Forgive me!
Also forgive me for the blogfoolery. About once a year, apparently, I let one of these fly. For the most part, for me, however, these people were really nonentities. I didn’t read their stuff, I didn’t care what they had to say, as I had long ago determined that they simply did not comprehend the Faith in the same manner I do, and had nothing positive to offer me. I have found that most readers of this blog have come to the same conclusion. I generally try to avoid negatively commenting on those who I perceive as having good will and having a sufficiently shared understanding of the Faith and what it means/how it should be applied, but both of these folks have ceased to be in that camp for a quite some time. So perhaps this is not blogfoolery/circular firing squad after all, but needed clarity.
More time, and better things, tomorrow, God willing.
Prayer Request for a Family in Need August 23, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, family, General Catholic, Interior Life, Spiritual Warfare, Virtue.
Sorry to be all up in your face with demands today, but would you, in your charity, pray for DdlG and the needs of his family? He has been a longtime commenter and friend of this blog and is undergoing some trials right now. Prayers are most needed and appreciated.
Thank you and God bless you.
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Ever get the sense that most everything we’re confronted with is some kind of Potemkin Village of reality? That is, it’s for show, or for some ulterior motive? I’ve always been very resistant to conspiracy theories, 9/11 trutherism, chemtrails, black helicopters, NWO, all that stuff still, to this day, leaves me cold, but I have to say something seems seriously, fundamentally amiss (and that’s putting it mildly) when the FBI, to purportedly investigate child porn rings, becomes itself one of the top, if not the top, child porn distributor in the world. Much like Fast and Furious, when the government sought to catch penny ante arms dealers by distributing thousands of semi-auto rifles (while also furthering Obama’s gun control agenda by deliberately creating calamities), we are way past the looking glass, and into outright deviltry:
In February 2015, the FBI took control of [site name redacted], the largest dark web child pornography site at the time. But instead of shutting the site down, the agency kept it going for just under two weeks, in order to deliver malware to its visitors in the hope of identifying suspects in its investigation.
Newly filed court exhibits now suggest that the site performed substantially better while under the FBI’s control, with users commenting on the improvements. The defense for the man accused of being the original administrator of [site name redacted] claims that these improvements led to the site becoming even more popular.
“The FBI distributed child pornography to viewers and downloaders worldwide for nearly two weeks, until at least March 4, 2015, even working to improve the performance of the website beyond its original capability,” Peter Adolf, an assistant federal defender in the Western District of North Carolina, writes in a motion to have his client’s indictment thrown out.
“As a result, the number of visitors to [site name redacted] while it was under Government control [increased] from an average of 11,000 weekly visitors to approximately 50,000 per week. During those two weeks, the website’s membership grew by over 30%, the number of unique weekly visitors to the site more than quadrupled, and approximately 200 videos, 9,000 images, and 13,000 links to child pornography were posted on the site,” he continues……..
…….. “Indeed, government agents worked hard to upgrade the website’s capability to distribute large amounts of child pornography quickly and efficiently, resulting in more users receiving more child pornography faster than they ever did when the website was running ‘illegally.’”……
………In court documents from other related cases filed on Monday, defense attorneys placed a “conservative estimate” on the number of illegal images distributed by the FBI during its operation of [site name redacted]: 1,000,000.
Is even this extremity of evil unavoidable when you have a government and a culture totally divorced from the Faith of Jesus Christ, who know only “the ends justify the means,” and not “you cannot do evil that good may come of it.” A government construed along Catholic lines would have rejected this kind of promotion of evil from the start.
I’ve written on a number of occasions how devastating child sex abuse is. I have only known abuse victims as adults, but every one of them was horribly damaged by it, even decades later. Rampant promiscuity, the sexualization of everything (their entire conception of reality was fundamentally altered by the abuse and somehow tinged with an overt sexuality), the inability to form and hold mature relationships, job instability, near-unanimous drug and alcohol problems……the results were devastating. I read reports of being past victims of child sex abuse by certain online authors, even Catholics, who seem reasonably well balanced, but that has never been my personal experience.
Every scene in child porn involves direct sexual abuse of children. That is a life being ruined before the camera. Innocence lost can never be regained, and to think of innocence lost in such a horrific, exploitative fashion – it is to weep.
To think that our government officials would have no compunction perpetuating this abuse by helping fuel the demand for it (because there are strong links between porn use and child sex abuse) simply beggars the imagination. At this point in time, however, very little our sick, self-willed, self-pleasing government does surprises me. And in many ways, the behavior of the FBI, ATF, Secret Service, VA, and others, simply puts into government action the kind of immoralities and psychoses that are rampant in the body politic in this supposed government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
There are no limits to the depths to which people will sink absent faith in Jesus Christ and His Church.
Prayer Vigil Outside The Men’s Club 08/31/16 August 23, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Grace, Holy suffering, mortification, secularism, sexual depravity, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Virtue.
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I almost let this month slip by without a prayer vigil! Shame on me. But it’s been a busy month. Woik, woik, and more woik. The two posts I’ve done may be it for the day.
Anyway, usual announcement details below. I’ll be there as close to 8pm as possible.
I will be praying outside The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on WEDNESDAY Aug 31 @ 8:00 pm. I will actually be across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office. This is directly across from the entrance to the inappropriately named “gentleman’s club.”
The post office parking lot is well lit and set back some distance from the very busy roadway. It is public land so we cannot be harassed for being there. It’s really an ideal situation, we are basically impossible to miss by patrons leaving this sexually oriented business (SOB). Men over 18 only. All men are welcome. You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish.
I’ll bring my Catholic flag and Fatima banner. If you have a Catholic flag or hat or whatever, come represent!
This is a small way to push back against the culture of license, perversion, and death. Maybe it’s even a way to get that ballyhooed “smell of the sheep” we hear so much about.
I pray I see some of you out there!
Dear Readers, Could You Help Local Catholics in Grave Need? August 23, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Liturgy, mortification, North Deanery, sadness, Spiritual Warfare, true leadership, Virtue.
My mom, in spite being 80 herself, volunteers at the Plano Community Home-East. This is a home for elderly and disabled individuals who need affordable housing.
There is a crisis among some of the elderly there, and it is most heartbreaking. There is a group of 1o or so Catholics there who have no way to assist at Mass. They have been unable to attend Mass for months or even years, in some cases. These are people on decidedly fixed incomes who both cannot afford, and in many cases no longer have the ability, to drive a car. They have asked for help from local parishes and even the dioceses to provide transportation for them to Mass, or even look into finding souls who might help, but they have received a decidedly cold response (especially from the diocese).
Also, it seems these folks never have priests (or any others) visit them to bring the Blessed Sacrament. More than the infinite Grace of the Eucharist, however, they long to assist at Mass, any Mass, and partake in the Source and Summit of our glorious Faith again.
I am praying volunteers who live in the Plano area can be found to make arrangements with these souls to provide transportation to assist at Mass. I know bringing 10 or more souls to Mass may seem a logistical problem, but if even a few could be brought to Mass each week, over a month over a few weeks all could assist at Mass. Or maybe you have a large van that could take all at once? A further suggestion might be to see if these souls have any desire to assist at the TLM again, as they did in their youth. Many Mater Dei families live in the Plano/Allen/McKinney area – perhaps some rides could be arranged that would have minimal impact on everyone’s schedules?
The good news is that all of these people are generally ambulatory, though some need a cane or a walker. There is no need for wheelchair accessible transportation.
If there are any readers who live near the Plano area who think they could help, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you belong to a local Catholic e-mail list like PARCH or whatever please consider sending out a link to this post! The Plano Community Home is located at Ave L and 18th Street, so it is about 5 minutes from St. Mark or maybe 8-9 minutes from Mission of the Sacred Heart, though I imagine the elderly would feel more comfortable at the former. The desire is most especially for SUNDAY Mass, though there may be an interest for weekday Mass at some point if arrangements could be made.
If any interested parties will get in touch with me, I’ll arrange contact with those needing help at the Plano Community Home to work out arrangements. God bless you and thank you so much for your consideration. You would be helping in a spiritual and corporal work of mercy of the highest magnitude.
Short but Nice Video on St. John Vianney August 19, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, manhood, persecution, priests, Restoration, Saints, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
From this blog’s favorite priest, too! Some very good points below, and it only lasts about 4 minutes, so you have NO excuse not to watch it.
Just a few excerpts from some of the good Saint’s sermons:
“If people would do for God what they do for the world, my dear people, what a great number of Christians would go to Heaven.”
So very, very true. And yet today, not even bishops speak of Heaven, or what it takes to get there, with any regularity. Heck, ever at all.
It’s been a busy week at work, sorry if posting was short and/or lame.
Have a blessed weekend and especially Sunday!
Bishop Farrell Farewell Interview August 19, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, huh?, It's all about the $$$, sadness, secularism, Society, the return, the struggle for the Church.
Via the Dallas Morning News, a farewell interview conducted with outgoing Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell. I found two aspects of the interview quite starkly apparent – I’m sure you’ll see what I mean below. While the questions asked may have led the conversation in a certain direction, I was still struck by the lack of any mention of the supernatural/transcendent. The other aspect I’ll flesh out a bit below. BTW, I found the liberal Morning News’ headline unfair, as I’ll also discuss:
……..Farrell sat down for a conversation looking back at the changes in the Dallas diocese during his tenure — and assessing the needs his successor will face.
His responses have been lightly edited for clarity.
What did you do to assess the needs of the diocese?
“I spent my first three years traveling to parishes. I used to listen to people in the back of churches when they’d be going out of church on Sunday, and I would always stand and listen to them talk and they would complain to me about some things, and some were important.” [You guys here in Dallas remember seeing Bishop Farrell around parishes all the time, right, pretty much every Sunday? Honestly, while there are 70 parishes in the Diocese, do you recall him at your parish more than once or twice, at most? I have heard/read many, many complaints of Farrell’s lack of visibility/accessibility.]
“[But] I never forgot after three or four years when I got an email from Plano, I won’t tell what parish, asking me, now that I’d been there for three years, when was I going to do something about the terrible condition of the parking lot at one of our parishes. People expected me to do everything and anything.” [Like defend the Doctrine of the Faith against heresy and immorality?]
What has changed in the diocese under your leadership?
“I believe that parishes work differently than they used to in many different aspects. I think I have brought lay people in to do the administration, overseeing everything that’s done.” [Is this supposed to be a good thing? In my writing going back to the very beginning, lay staff have been one of the most consistent, gravest problems in the Diocese. From Sister Rupp to Always Our Children, they almost always feature in some scandal or heartbreak]
“We have what we call the diocesan finance council. Here are lay men and women who are involved in all of what I would call the business aspect of the church, I have tried to get them to lead and take responsibility for doing that. In our high schools, I have board of directors and boards of trustees that I have always tried to empower. To empower the laypeople to make the decisions, not me. I’m not a businessman. I’m not even that interested in the business aspect. That’s not my thing and not my vocation. I may be mildly successful at it. But it’s not my desire, neither am I interested in it.”
What are the challenges your successor will face?
“Obviously the challenge we all face is the tremendous growth of this diocese. That is a challenge that will continue. I do hope I have recruited enough young people to enter the seminary over the years so that task will be a little easier. When I came here to the diocese, we had 17 people studying for the priesthood over at Holy Trinity Seminary. Today, we have at this moment 70.” [There is no question the seminary situation is far better than when Bishop Farrell arrived. Now, there has been quite a bit of attrition in the seminaries, where a lot of guys drop out before ordination, but things were in a deplorable state under Grahmann and they’re now quite a bit better, but short of need, sadly.]
“I did not open up many [Was MD the only one? Perhaps some nationality based ones?] new parishes for the specific reason that I didn’t have the staff to staff, the priest staff. I think that after about three more years, that will be alleviated, The diocese will start seeing some of these young men being ordained.”
What else will your successor need to focus on?
“I think the work of trying to integrate and trying to get our communities to work together. You have people on the north side of Dallas who have never been, who have no idea what the south of the Trinity River looks like.” [This is I guess where the DMN got their silly headline about “rich people getting out of their comfort zones.” For those outside the area, the Trinity River acts as a sort of literal and figurative dividing line between North Dallas and South Dallas, “rich” Dallas and “poor” Dallas, although, more and more, the distinction has become blurred. South Dallas historically has lacked investment. I live in Irving but I technically live south of the Trinity. So that’s the reference. As for Bishop Farrell’s statement……I again note that souls, salvation, conversion, rarely seem to enter in. Lots and lots of people I know go south of the Trinity regularly to visit/serve with the Carmelites and the Missionaries of Charity, or to go to the DFW National Cemetery. This is rarely an issue for committed Catholics, for CINOs, maybe so]
How soon do you think Pope Francis will name your successor?
“I think it will be within two months after I leave. I know sometimes that can stretch out for a year. But it will not happen in a diocese as large as Dallas. We grow continually, from migrants coming from the north and immigrants coming from the south. “
Meh. Again with the hints that a successor has all but been selected. As a for instance, I can guarantee you Farrell knew he was leaving Dallas, going to Rome, and probably heading this dicastery months ago. Rome would not give a bishop only 2 weeks to wind up affairs in a diocese after nearly 10 years of leadership. I guess we’ll see.
Well Godspeed Bishop Farrell, thank you for Mater Dei. May your successor give true liberty to the TLM in the Diocese of Dallas.
Our Sick Culture – STD Rates Skyrocketing Among Seniors August 19, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
Remember the days of restraint and self-respect? Neither do I, but my parents do, sort of. I’m sure my grandmother did. I can’t imagine old Aunt Mirandy making the swinger’s scene. Certainly, people have always sinned, but sexual profligacy among elderly folks did not used to be much of a problem. It seems, based on the report below, fornication is rampant in retiree communities. STD rates are rising steeply.
If the elderly are supposed to be the holders and transmitters of the morality and piety of a bygone age, we’re in serious trouble. Of course, for a lot of these folks, the bygone age was the 60s, and these people are just reliving their “glory years:”
But according to the CDC, in some instances the rates of STD infection for people over 65 rivals that of people in their 20s.
“Everybody always talks about the joke of going to The Villages, and the Senior STD rate being so high there,” says fourth year med student Cody Davis, who visited a friend’s grandmother at famed central Florida retirement community The Villages.
“They’re at a constant senior spring break sort of thing, so they’re always partying and who knows what’s going on there, but their STD rate for seniors is very high in The Villages,” Davis says.
The Villages considers itself “Florida’s Friendliest Retirement Hometown,” maybe even a little too friendly — but there’s no denying that seniors are having sex.
“There’s the effect of Viagra, which is extending the sexual activity of many men,” Davis says. [Which shows how technological progress is so often twisted into the service of grotesque activities. I have little problem with the taking of Viagra in the confines of marriage, though I do find it a bit unnatural for 85 year olds to be getting their freak on. But it is apparently used a great deal to fuel fornication and/or adultery, which is manifestly immoral and a thoroughly ugly thing.]
But when it comes to STDs?
“I think that it’s not something they think about, they don’t worry about sexually transmitted diseases,” Davis says…….[God’s justice can fall on anyone, regardless of age. Not that contracting an STD is always a sign of God’s justice, but He does allow our sins to become our chastisements]
………”If you go to the Florida Department of Health website or the Centers for Disease Control, you would notice an alarming trend,” Dr. Merritt says. “Thirty-five percent of HIV cases are now on people 50 years and older.”
Now hold on a minute. In the US, well over 95% of new HIV cases occur in men. That increase, if it is one, in people contracting HIV above the age of 50 is virtually entirely occurring only among those inclined toward male-male sodomy.
Whatever happened to growing old with dignity? I’m not saying people have to maintain a Victorian stiffness, but it’s a bit disconcerting to me to read about elderly people behaving like rutting animals.
Remember being told to “act your age” when you were younger? Do we now have to lecture hyper-sexed boomers to the same end?
This is what comes from the cultural glorification of – worship would be more like it – youth and a kind of wanton sexuality totally detached from any moral moorings. Heck, I used to worship at that altar myself. How many of us lament the passing of another year at our birthdays? Should we not rather rejoice at what God has given us?
Some of the best, most stable societies the world has seen have been those where a strict moral decorum was maintained and where being possessed of many years was something to be venerated as worthy of great dignity. Not anymore. Now even octogenarians are convinced they can act like they’re 22 forever (and not a good 22). No one says as much, but this cult of youth revolves around an enormous fear of death, fear for what will come after.
Well, we don’t have to fear. We know. After death comes judgment, then Heaven or hell, for all eternity. For the worldlings, this is a terror, something to be fled. For those who know and love Jesus Christ, it is a comfort, and, for those possessed of great sanctity, even something to be longed for, as so many Saints did.
At any rate, it’s the total opposite of what we see in the world around us in these sad, last days.
Please Pray for Mr. John Vennari August 18, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Four Last Things, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, manhood, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership.
It has been revealed that Mr. John Verrari has a very serious cancer. He is requesting prayers. His prognosis, according to his own testimony, is very grim. I’ve never been a big reader of Vennari or Catholic Family News, but I have long appreciated his work. But that is neither here nor there at this point, one of the brethren is in grave trouble, and needs our prayers on many counts, at the very least, for his healing, and for his preparation should the Lord call for the separation of his soul from his body in the near term:
I had not yet intended to reveal this news, but today it was leaked on to another website. I am reluctantly compelled go public earlier than I had hoped.
On August 11 I received a grave prognosis.I have a cancerous tumor in my colon and the cancer has spread to the peritoneum.
The only thing the cancer institute offers is chemotherapy. And even this is not something that will cure, but only contain it for a time.
As I am not interested chemotherapy, I am now pursuing alternative/natural means under the guidance of competence medical personnel, including an MD.
I only mention this now because the news was sent out prematurely by a well-meaning individual who circulated a private email on the topic that ended up posted on a website. I had intended for this news to remain private for the moment.
In any case, as time goes on, I will reveal more.
The case is remarkably serious. I am keeping busy and staying upbeat. For now I’ve been feeling well.
The malady first manifested itself in the form of intense indigestion, something that does not necessarily send one running for cancer screening. Through a series of events, however, we received the diagnosis last week.
Saint Philomena has featured heavily in this drama in a manner I will perhaps describe in the future (look at the date of prognosis, the feast of St. Philomena).
My family is making a novena to both Our Lady of Good Success and Saint Philomena.
I ask you to please remember my condition in your prayers and get others to pray, including convents of nuns.
Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.
PS: A number of generous souls have already asked if we need financial assistance in this fight. I regret to say we do, but I have nothing formally set up. In the meantime, anyone who would like to help can go to this temporary webpage. Go to: http://www.oltyn.org/page5/page5.html
It is very remarkable that Fr. Nicholas Gruner, with whom Vennari had a very close relationship, died just over a year ago. It may seem strange that the Lord would call two such men in this time of increasing crisis, but perhaps there is mercy in that, at least for them. Suffice it to say, no one could ever doubt Mr. Vennari’s concern and love for Holy Mother Church. I am reminded of the death of my friend and colleague Vicki Middleton, who felt similar symptoms (serious problems of digestion), received a very grim cancer prognosis in summer 2012, and was dead a few weeks later. I wondered why the Lord would call a woman at the prime of her apostolate, who had done and was doing such great works on behalf of the Church and souls.
Then we saw the re-election of Obama, the abdication of Benedict, and the election of Francis. Vicki had been a late-life convert to the Faith, and even though very much on fire, still had a lot of protestant in her. Perhaps our Blessed Lord knew all those blows would have been very hard for Vicki, and instead of letting her endure more suffering in this life, with all the risks that involved, exercised a mercy far beyond our comprehension. I still pray for her every day.
This may ultimately develop into a sad event with Vennari’s passing, but even that may be a very blessed thing. We should not lament the passing of such souls, but have great hope for them, and pray with great fervor for the repose of their souls.
But, I suppose, I am getting ahead of myself. Perhaps the Lord will work another kind of miracle, which will astound and edify many souls. May that be His Will. Please keep Mr. Vennari in your prayers, which I know you will.
Francis Getting Ready to Betray Church in China? August 18, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, episcopate, error, Francis, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, unbelievable BS.
Cardinal Zen in Hong Kong has, through the Cardinal Kung Foundation in the US, been shouting from the housetops that the Vatican, under Francis, is about to make a poisonous deal with the ChiCom party and throw the underground Church in China, which has suffered for so many decades, under the bus.
Now, Sandro Magister all but confirms the same, saying a secret deal – worked to deliberately avoid Zen’s opposition – which will confirm the heretical and schismatic Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association in place, and allow schismatic and heretical bishops to be recognized by Rome with no conversion, no repentance, and no reconciliation. In addition, the greatest opponent to this deal in China, aside from Zen, has been exiled to Guam, per Francis’ preferred modus operandi.
Magister (my emphasis and comments, throughout):
In Appointing Bishops, the Pope Leans Toward Beijing
He is preparing, that is, to grant the communist authorities the privilege of selecting candidates. And he is exiling to an island in the Pacific the highest ranking Chinese archbishop in the curia, contrary to the agreement. But in China, Cardinal Zen has already taken the lead in the rebellion…….
………..fellow countryman bishop and friend Savio Hon Taifai – he too a Salesian like the cardinal – called by Benedict XVI from Hong Kong to Rome in 2011 as secretary of the congregation for the evangelization of peoples, but now dispatched by Francis to an island of the Pacific Ocean, as apostolic administrator of Guam, with an unexpected appointment last June 6. [From a major player in both Rome and China to Guam? That’s an Francis Urquhart if I’ve ever seen one]
……..In China, among the one hundred and nine Catholic bishops there are eight who have been consecrated at the behest of the communist authorities and who have never received the pope’s approval, thereby incurring excommunication, a couple of them with children and lovers.
But for none other than these eight, by the end of this summer or at the latest before the end of the jubilee Francis is ready to perform a spectacular gesture: a pardon. [So heretical schismatics and pawns of the evil, corrupt Chinese Communist party will simply be instated as bishops with no change of behavior, belief, or allegiance.]
Francis missed another stunning gesture by just a hair’s breadth last September 26, during his journey to Cuba and the United States.
That day, his touchdown in New York on his way to Philadelphia coincided with the landing of Chinese president Xi Jinping, who was expected at the United Nations. Everything had been calculated for the two to cross paths “accidentally” at the airport and exchange a greeting. Xi was aware of this ardent desire of the pope, but in the end he let it drop and the meeting did not take place. [Thus establishing his dominance?]
From that moment on, however, the secret contacts between the Vatican and Beijing underwent an acceleration. [According to Zen, because the Vatican simply started kow-towing to Chinese demands]
…..Since it has been in power, in fact, the Chinese communist party has wanted to equip itself with a submissive Church separate from Rome, with bishops of its own appointment ordained without the pope’s approval, beholden to a Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association that Benedict XVI called “irreconcilable” with Catholic doctrine.
A Church of the regime, therefore, on the verge of schism with its eight excommunicated bishops, contrasted with an “underground” Church with about thirty bishops earnestly faithful to the pope, which however pays all the costs of clandestinity – oppression, surveillance, arrest, abduction.
And in the middle the vast gray zone of the remaining dozens of bishops who were ordained illegitimately but then were more or less reconciled with Rome, or were ordained with the parallel recognition of Rome and Beijing but must still remain under the iron control of the communist authorities.
The bishop of Shanghai, Thaddeus Ma Daqin, ordained in 2007 with the twofold approval of the pope and the government, has been under house arrest for four years for the simple offense of having resigned from the Patriotic Association. Two months ago he retracted, but he is still deprived of his liberty. The eighty-five-year-old Joseph Zen Zekiun (in the photo), who has more freedom of speech in Hong Kong, has called “inevitable” the suspicion that this retraction was also desired by the Vatican, just to reach an agreement at any price. [Can you imagine, requiring a bishop that had suffered due to his fealty to Rome, to abjure, violating his conscience, in order to work a wicked deal with corrupt worldly authority?]
That an agreement has already been reached was confirmed in recent days by Zen’s successor in the diocese of Hong Kong, Cardinal John Tong, with an open letter released in Chinese, English, and Italian that bears all the marks of wanting to prepare the faithful to make the best of a bad lot…
Steve Skojec added the following thoughts:
For his part, Cardinal Zen has reported — and not for the first time — that he is being kept ignorant of the process. He laments that even as one of only two living cardinals in China and as a member of the Vatican’s advisory committee for China, he is “barred from knowing anything about how [in the secretariat of state]they are negotiating the affair of the Church in China.” [He has also remarked this is the deliberate policy of Francis, who wants to keep the outspoken Zen from gumming up his great diplomatic triumph of surrendering to the Chinese]
……..I keep coming back to this thought, to Francis various comments favorable toward Marxists and against free markets, to his gracious acceptance of the blasphemous hammer and sickle “crucifix” (and accompanying medal bearing the same image) given to him by the Marxist president of Bolivia last year, and I find myself unable to shake the suspicion that Francis would almost rather deal with the communists in Beijing than the suffering underground Church throughout China.
“Almost?” I don’t think there’s any almost to it.
If this comes to pass, I cannot imagine how heartbreaking it will be for the millions of Chinese Catholics who have remained faithful to Rome under the harshest possible persecution, only to see Rome turn around and sell them out.
As a salve to that unthinkable spiritual pain and heartbreak, you could adopt a relatively faithful Catholic priest or religious in the underground Church through the Cardinal Kung Foundation. These poor souls who refuse to go along with what they know to be a false and heretical sect, the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, will in all likelihood now have to contend not only with the persecution of the state but also that of the Church. Lord have mercy, what a burden. May they be kept strong.
As for the creme de la creme, via Skojec:
Zhou Enlai was directly responsible for the implementation of policies that killed millions of Chinese. Can you imagine the reaction if Benedict had said: “I remember reading in Mein Kampf…….”? What kind of man can quote him from memory? Did Francis ever scream and wave a Little Red Book?