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A one time emergency measure becomes the new normal, then a right, and finally……. December 14, 2011

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…….a moral obligation.  Historically, unemployment compensation provided by taxpayers to their unemployed fellow citizens was capped at 9 months.  But after the long recession (still ongoing?) of 2008 and Obama coming to power, unemployment insurance was first increased to beyond a year, and then to 99 weeks – almost 2 years.  Some argue that such is necessary in difficult economic times, with a large percentage of Americans unable to find work.  But some point out that such largesse has led to crippling problems in Europe, where long term unemploymennt benefits has led to a permanent, “professionally unemployed” class that have been a significant drag on the economy.  Either way, these benefits were intended to be a temporary measure.

But, as I said, a one time “temporary,” “emergency” measure soon gets taken for granted, becomes the new “normal,” then an inalienable right, and finally a moral obligation.  Such seems to be the logic of the always fun Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, CA, in calling for a continued maintainance of these long term unemployment handouts:

Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California encouraged federal congressmen to work to continue policies that assist the unemployed and their families in times of economic hardship.

“When the economy fails to generate sufficient jobs, there is a moral obligation to help protect the life and dignity of unemployed workers and their families,” said the bishop in a Dec. 12 letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives. [But even in boom times, there are always some unemployed.  Some people just aren’t very employable. I’m sure many of us have had experiences with such individuals.  Where does society’s – the taxpayers – responsibility end?  Should we have an open-ended, “benefits forever” system like in Scandanavia, which standard of living is very negatively impacted as a result?]

He asked the congressmen to ensure the continuation of unemployment insurance and emergency unemployment compensation in order to help families with members who are out of work.

Bishop Blaire, who serves as the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, urged the federal representatives to “protect jobless workers and their families” as they work to “finalize federal spending priorities.”

The bishop made his remarks as House leaders pushed approval for their version of a spending package on Dec. 13 which will move on to a Senate vote. Although their proposal would extend soon-expiring unemployment benefits, it would ultimately slash the amount of time long-term unemployed people could receive payments from 99 to 59 weeks. [see what I mean?  This extension is now being presented as the long-standing norm, as if the federal government has always supplied up to 2 years unemployment benefits, when that has never been the case]

Bishop Blaire called to mind the economic hardship that continues to grow for many American families, observing that the average length of joblessness is now 10 months.

Economists estimate that there are now more than “four job seekers for every opening,” he added.

Bishop Blaire said that the U.S. bishops have repeatedly promoted “the availability of decent work at decent wages” as the most effective means of building a “just economy.” [well, maintaining these kind of benefits may well work against that, both as a disincentive to get off unemployment but more importantly as a significant drain on the economy due to increased government spending] 

Every time there is a potential cut in social welfare spending – every single time – the USCCB is quick with a ready made statement about the obligation for unceasing wealth transfers, preferably growing rapidly but certainly never to be cut, no matter the fiscal circumstances we find ourselves in. 

I’m out of touch, I don’t know how much the cuts, if they even go through, are expected to “save,” but I doubt the USCCB has done an extensive cost benefit analysis, either.  They just reflexively issue a press release on certain subjects, with the same rhetoric that has been dished up increasingly cold for years.  Does anyone listen?  Does making such seemingly statements undermine the bishop’s voice on truly important matters of faith?  I fear it does.  People get used to not listening to statements on prudential matters like this, so why should they listen on truly de fide matters?

Fr. A on taquiyya and islam December 14, 2011

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I’m short on time at the moment, but Fr. Larry Adamcyzk has a post on islam and the practice of intentionally deceiving those of other faiths regarding the true nature and ambitions of islam:

One of the major principles of Islam in dealing with  non-Muslims is Taqiyya.  The command of the qu’ran to deceive non-muslims on order to bring about the dominance of Islam.  I urge to to watch this video, Undercover Mosques, from a British television station.  One of their reporters videos, undercover, the speeches which imans give to the congregation calling for the need to overthrow democracy; kill Jews, Christians, and homosexuals; beat women and children; marry girls before puberty, etc.  Yet, when asked to comment on these accusations, the Muslims claim that they have no knowledge of these things or that they were quoted out of context.  If you think that Islam is a religion of peace, you are wrong.  The peace that Islam wants is for the entire world to be Muslim.  Watch UNDERCOVER MOSQUES, here.  The video is about 40 minutes long. It may take a few minutes to load and after loading you may have to click on the timeline bar to start.
Here is another shorter introduction to Taqiyya.

Unfair?  It reads and sounds reasonable to me, but my knowledge of islam is dependent on what I’ve read on western sites, mostly hostile to doubtful. 

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The Modernist as Reformer December 14, 2011

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I promised a short while back a review of the book A Catechism of Modernism, based on Pope St. Pius X’s encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis.   Since modernism in the Church is an ongoing cause of great concern, and informs the thinking of many of those who seek to “reform” the Church in ways that are incompatible with Tradition, I will start today with Chapter VII – The Modernist as Reformer.  Again, the book presents itself in a question and answer format – I will stick to that format, while condensing and editing some of the content, and adding more from other sections of the book to highlight various points:

Q.  What is the first area on which the reforming mania of the modernists fasten?

A. The reform of philosophy, especially in the seminaries. [Why the seminaries?  By forming the next generations of priests in modernism, most or all the Church will be converted to it]

Q. What is the characer of the reform in philosophy which they hope to introduce into the seminaries?

A. Scholastic philosophy [Thomism, which philosophy had guided the Church for 8 centuries]  is to be relegated to the history of philosophy among obsolete systems, and the young men are to be taught modern  “philosophy.” 

Q.  What further reforms do the modernists which to make?

A.  They then wish to reform theology, drawing from rationalist sources which reject the traditional view of the Divinity of Christ and replace him with a vision of him as the “perfect man” (Arianism), a being who perfectly embodied the cultural needs and desires of man at that point and place in history – Israel, around AD 30.  Rational theology is to be founded on modern philosophy, and positive theology on the history of dogma.

Q.  How will this relate to instruction in history?

A.  In the future, only modernist history will be conveyed, which completely accepts the rationalist views of the “enlightenment” and relegates biblical history to mere fairy tale, a mythological sort of history which never happened in reality, but which was created to provide some moral lesson.  This especially applies to the creation story in Genesis, the existence of Adam and Eve as two real, living persons, and even extends right through to the time of Christ, whose miracles are to be doubted and debated as to their historical reality.  Thus, the entire history of salvation will be fatally undermined.

Q.  Must dogma also be subjected to reform?

A. Dogmas and their evolution are to be harmonized with rationalist views of science and history.

Q. What msut be reformed in the Catechism?

A. In the Catechism no dogmas are to be inserted except ithose that have been duly reformed and are “within the capacity of the people.”

Q.  And in worship?

A. Regarding worship, the number of external devotions [such as Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, devotion to the Saints, etc] are to be reduced.  [Modernist “reformers” like Dr. Richard O’Brien make a huge point of this.  Many of the changes to the Mass after Vatican II were driven by this modernist hostility to traditional devotions – many “useless” repetitions were removed from the Mass, in spite of the fact that indulgences were attached to them (indulgences themselves were mere medieval superstition), numerous instances of crossing oneself were also removed, etc]

Q. What reforms of a structural nature do modernists demand for the government of the Church?

A. Ecclesiastical government must be completely reformed, but especially in its disciplinary and dogmatic parts.  Its spirit and its external manifestations must be put in harmony with the public conscience, which is now wholly for democracy; a share in ecclesiastical government should therefore be given to the lower ranks of the clergy, and even to the laity, and authority should be decentralized . [Here visible are portions of the Americanist heresy, which argued for less centralized and more “democratic” or, really, congregationalist government in the Church.  We see this often today with calls for elected bishops (as there are major efforts along this line in Germany and Austria), womynpriests, demands for lay running of parishes, and of course the whole national and regional conference system which has developed since Vatican II.  In 1907, Pope St. Pius X is rejecting all of this – he  must have been a last holdout of the “confessional” church.]

Q. Do the modernists demand further reforms?

A. Yes, The Roman Congregations, and especially the Holy Office, are to be reformed. [And, such reform did in fact take place at, and in the wake of, VII.  The Holy Office is now the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  It does not function in the same manner of its predecessor, or at least not with the same force in terms of defining error and issueing excommunications, which are today exceedingly rare in spite of mass apostasy]

Q. What do they require of the ecclesiastical authority in the “social and political world?”

A. The ecclesiastical authority must change its line of conduct in the social and political world; while keeping outside political and social organization, it must adapt itself to those which exist, in order to penetrate them with its spirit. [Ahem…..aggiornamento?]

Q.  What do the modernists advocate in the moral world?

A. With regard to morals, they adopt the principle of the Americanists, that the active virtues are more important than the passive, both in the estimation in which they must be held and in the exercise of them. [This is a constant complaint of mine.  So many efforts in the Church today, especially in this country and from the USCCB on down to many individual priests, are focused on temporal concerns.  This is a valid concern and certainly should get focus, but not at the expense of the spiritual aspects of the Faith, for if we lose our profoundly spiritual nature, we become just another social service organization.  Sadly, many in the Church today from the highest levels to the lowest have precisely this view]

Q. What further could the modernists demand?

A.  In fact, they also demand an end to ecclesial celibacy, like their protestant masters, and we must ask, what is their left of the Church which they do not seek to “reform?”  That is why we refer to modernism as “the synthesis of all heresies.”

[End Quote]

Thus, Pope St. Pius X in 1907, all of 104 years ago.  Truly, truly ancient and irrelevant……….

When was this written? December 14, 2011

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An excerpt from a certain book……..I wonder if you can determine when and under what context it was written?

………they moved from church to church……Behind closed doors, they took down the sculptures and smashed them up, turning them into cobblestones; they took down the wooden panel paintings and the altarpieces, smashed them and had them disposed of; they carried out all the objects made of precious metals and stones and broke them up, melted down the metals, and turned them all into money for good earthly works, particularly for the poor…………All the images, carved, painted, sculpted, gilded, cast, and all the objects human skill had made beautiful, were returned to the substances from which they had been made – stone, wood, marble, gemstone, metal – and then were put to use as building materials, heating material, and currency for the poor.  When the committee members were finally done, they washed the walls white so that none of the paintings would be visible………

From whence comes this cataclysm, this assault on God and the efforts of generations to raise up beautiful temples of worship?  When did this happen?  If you said, in the Swiss Canton of Zurich in 1521  under the terror of the Zwinglians, you win the prize.

But what struck me about reading the above was that virtually all of the above could have been applied to another, far more

Former high altar in Dallas

recent time – the years following Vatican II.  Numerous beautiful churches were wreck-o-vated by newly empowered “liturgical committees” that read in the Vatican II documents an desire or an instruction to be nearly iconoclastic at times.  In Dallas, the high altar at the then Sacred Heart Cathedral was removed and destroyed.  The marble altar rails were also removed and, some say, used as curbs in a local parking lot.  In the Hill Country, many beautiful old German parishes had beautiful murals on the ceilings and walls whitewashed over, forever lost.  I know that St. Louis in Castroville is one such parish.  The labor and love of generations was casually tossed aside as being contrary to the will of the Holy Spirit.  As one local priest has said “many mistakes were made.”  I would  say that there was indeed a certain spirit in the air, but what it was is open to question.

As it says in Sacred Scripture, “there is nothing new under the sun.” (Eccl 1:9)  The old errors or excesses get dressed up and paraded as something new.   Protestantism revived many of the heresies of the early Church – Donatism, Pelagianism, iconoclasm, etc.  Are such still abroad in the Church today, 45 years on from the close of the last Council?  Perhaps our sensus fidei can tell us……….

The new St. Cecilia Dallas