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Voris on the collapse of the Faith in Spain August 11, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, Interior Life, religious, sadness, Saints, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Spain was for centuries one of the most indelibly Catholic countries in the world.  A hugely bloody and divisive civil war was fought between 1936 and 1939 between left wing radicals and communists and those who adhered to a more traditional view of society – paramount in this traditional view was living the Faith openly and forthrightly.  Catholicism was deeply imbued into all of Spanish culture then.  And though Franco tried to keep the Church at the forefront of Spanish life during his long reign (1939 – 1975), the Faith is now in full retreat, almost near collapse, in Spain.  The same cultural forces that led to the brutal martyrdom of thousands of priests, many bishops, and countless thousands more of lay faithful, are still at work in Spain, and they are ascendent now.  There is no Franco to stand in their way:

I have heard it said that Spain cannot be Spain without the Church.  We may be about to find out.  Read The Last Crusade by Dr. Warren Carroll for a good appreciation of the religious aspects of the Spanish Civil War.

Apostolic investigation of women’s religious turning into a fiasco? August 11, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, religious, sadness, scandals.
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Any faithful Catholic who follows events in the Church should know that most women’s religious orders – especially those affiliated with the sadly misguided Leadership Conference of Women’s Religious (LCWR) – are in a dire state in every possible sense.  Philosophically, theologically, financially, physically (age, lack of new vocations) – many are bereft of the Faith and headed towards collapse.  Recognizing this, albeit very belatedly, in 2009 the Vatican, in the form of the Congregation for Religious, instituted a ‘visitation’ of women’s religious orders in the US, similar to the ‘visitation’ of men’s seminaries, the latter meant to curb the orgies of homosexual improprieties and heresies ongoing at those centers of priestly formation.  In the case of the former, from the start, the then leader of the Congregation for Religious, Cardinal Rode’, made plain that he felt there were serious problems among women’s religious.  The women’s religious in the US, especially their leadership in the  LCWR, howled and yelled that they were being persecuted, and claimed that the Vatican was only targeting the most progressive orders (i.e., those most headed for collapse), a claim I refuted on this blog.  But, he was replaced upon retirement earlier this year by a Brazilian Cardinal (not a good sign), and the new ‘secretary’ of the Congregation for Religious (a position with perhaps more hand’s on control over the Congregation), Archbishop Joseph Tobin, has since radically changed direction.  Instead of investigating the problems of women’s religious, we appear to be headed towards a massive whitewash:

Archbishop Joseph Tobin, the secretary of the Congregation for Religious is offering strong criticism of the atmosphere surrounding the Vatican’s apostolic visitation of institutes of women religious in the United States.

The comments by Archbishop Tobin reinforce the perception that the Vatican investigation, which was once seen as a serious challenge to the policies and directions of some American religious orders, is now unlikely to call for major changes. [this will be a tragedy if so.  There are many formerly great orders who will simply disappear in the next 20 years or so because of a collapse in vocations.  Reform is completely necessary for their survival.]

Archbishop Tobin indicated that he was sympathetic toward the leaders of women’s religious communities who felt that they were being accused of a lack of orthodoxy or obedience to the Church. [Why were they accused?  Because they are filled with heresy and heterodoxy, perhaps?] He said that the Vatican is now working to restore their confidence. [This is almost Orwellian.  The Vatican must go, hat biretta in hand, begging for the ‘forgiveness’ of those who have repeatedly rejected the Faith and cast aspersions at the ‘patriarcy’ leading the Church?  This is not true charity, this is a collapse of legitimate authority]

“The trust that should characterize the daughters and sons of God and disciples of Jesus isn’t recovered overnight,” Archbishop Tobin added. “I think women religious have a right to say, ‘Well, let’s see.’” [I think this makes plain this Archbishop Tobin feels that women religious hold the moral high ground over the Church.  Think about that.]

Archbishop Tobin directed his most pointed criticism towards “canonical advisors” who “exploited” rumors that some communities might be dissolved or be given new leadership.

“It’s like Fox News: they keep people coming back because they keep them afraid,” he said. “But certainly, on our side of the river or our side of the pond, we had created an atmosphere where that was possible.” [This is just a stupid shot.  I don’t even have a TV, I don’t care about Fox News, but the implication that the reason why people watch the most highly rated cable TV network is because they are afraid is both uncharitable and egregious.  It’s also very revealing – Tobin is signaling to the far out radical feminist sisters he’s one of them]

This is a tragedy.  Whatever hope (by human means) these orders had of being reformed likely just disappeared.  The only possibly justification I can see for this behavior is that it has been determined at even higher levels of the Vatican that these orders are too far gone to be reconstituted, and they may as well avoid scandal in fighting a hopeless battle.  Or, this could be some kind of political tradeoff – you LCWR ladies keep quiet and we’ll forget about the results of the investigation, which is complete, btw. Both involve a level of realpolitick I would find disheartening in the Church, but I can’t think of another charitable explanation for this behavior.  The problems in the LCWR orders are so legion as to fill entire shelves in libraries.  The fact that these orders desperately need radical reform is apparent to every faithful Catholic I know.

‘Dissenting’ priests support call for women’s ordination – Maryknoll August 11, 2011

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Fr. Ray Bourgeois is a Maryknoll priest who is about to have his faculties suspended because he has been an outspoken advocate in favor of women simulating reception of the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  A large kerfuffle has developed surrounding it, with all the usual suspects being involved – Call to Action prime among  them.  A few weeks ago, Call to Action claimed they had received 157 letters of support for Fr. Bourgeois.  Some questioned whether this was really the case.  Well, CTA has now released the list of supporting priests, which has grown to 200.  Surprise, surprise – it’s a who’s who of dissent and apostasy.  Some prominent names:

  • Charles Curran
  • Richard Aiken
  • Peter Ruggere
  • Bishop Geoffrey Robinson

All are well known to “dissent,” or reject, Church Doctrine in a number of areas.  They claim only to be supporting Fr. Bourgeois’ right to form his own conscience – the dread hand of Dignitatus Humanae strikes again – but, what is his conscience in trouble over?  All of the above have spoken publicly in support of women falsely simulating ordination in the past. 

This is really a “film at 11” story.  At least Maryknoll, in stark contrast to the lax discipline that has raged there for decades, is reigning Fr. Bourgeois in (or being made to do so, possibly by the highest elements of the Church).  When will these other ‘dissenters’ be similarly called to account for their public rejection of Church Doctrine?  I guess one (Curran) has, to a small degree – what about the rest?

Dr. Jeff Mirus has an excellent analysis of this Bourgeois situation here.  Bourgeois, and the other dissenters, claim to be acting on God’s Will through a very well formed conscience.  Mirus disputes that, and establishes that the will being acted on in their own, in contradiction to the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church:

But, as I said, the reflection, prayer and study of Fr. Bourgeois (so easily claimed but so poorly executed) did not include the one thing needful, that is, sitting at the feet of Christ and listening to His voice through the Magisterium of His Church. That is a very good way to learn if something offends God! To do otherwise, for a Catholic who is supposed to understand how Revelation came about and how alone it can be rightly interpreted, is very much like saying: “I reflected that I want women to be ordained; I studied all the arguments that attracted me from modern egalitarianism and feminism; and I prayed that my will would be done.” No doubt Fr. Bourgeois consulted widely as well, as the disobedient always claim to do, with the notable exception of consulting God.

Dare I state the obvious? This attitude does not come from transcending ourselves and listening to God. Instead, it is the attitude of “a person whose political, economic, and social opinions are determined mainly by conventional respectability.” Ironically, this is the definition of bourgeois.

“My will be done,” indeed.

There are misanthropes out there August 11, 2011

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This may not sound like a notable revelation, but there genuinely are people out there who just have a general antipathy to their fellow man.  I have problems with individuals, because I’m a sinner, but I think humanity in general is God’s greatest creation.  Some people despise that view:

Liberals like to describe themselves as the most compassionate ones, the ones that believe like Hubert Humphrey did that the moral test of a society is how it treats its vulnerable citizens in the dawn and the twilight of life. That’s not the party line at the Daily Kos.

Jon Stafford bluntly wrote on Wednesday night that “I often describe myself as ‘Not Pro-Choice, Pro-Abortion.  There are too many goddam people already.’ And while this is meant to be facetious, nevertheless there is a seed of truth in it, because I believe that the world is wildly overpopulated and that we must take steps as a society to reduce it. [The evil that comes from this discredited Malthusian view is monumental]  This will undoubtedly be met with accusations of callousness, but we could really use is a global superplague.  The Black Death may have been horrible, but without it there would never have been a Renaissance” [This statement is patently false.  The seed-bed of the Renaissance was the Scholasticism of the Church and the “rediscovery” of many works of antiquity.  There was also an accumulation of wealth stemming from the Medieval Warm Period that allowed people more leisure to read and think big thoughts.  If anything, the horrific Black Death delayed the Renaissance.]

Stafford also unsurprisingly declared himself a radical atheist, linking back to his recent comments on Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann:

“Rick Perry scares me.  Michele Bachmann too.  Not because they are crazy (although they are), but because they are charismatic and crazy. Because they tap into a strain of crazy that runs deep and strong in this country, a Christian fanaticism that is every bit as ugly as its Islamic counterpart.  And every bit as destructive.”

So wait, this Kosmonaut welcomes a “global superplague,” a new Black Death, and he thinks it’s the Christians who have fanatically destructive wishes?

Far more people have died at the hands of leftist misanthropes (like communists) than have died in all the religious wars combined, ever.  The actual casualties from wars of religion are small in comparison to the hundreds of millions that died from communism in the last century, and are dying in this century (hundreds of millions of Chinese babies aborted in the last 50 years, plus well over 100 million deaths of children and adults).

But we Christians are the scary ones.  We who value the sanctity of life and hold that this earthly life must always be an imperfect, even miserable at times, exile, are the crazies, while those who hold utopian fantasies of perfect societies (denuded, of course, of whole swaths of humanity) are the enlightened ones. 

This may be at the extreme end, but this is ultimately the ideology that fuels many on the pro-abort side. At least he has the honesty to admit what he is – someone in favor of dismembering, scalding, and otherwise brutally murdering the most innocent people in the world.

h/t culture war notes