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Archbishop Cordileone defends marriage, and quite well April 30, 2013

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This from USAToday.  Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, a friend of the Traditional Latin Mass, offers a very strong defense of marriage. Some excerpts:

To legalize marriage between two people of the same sex would enshrine in the law the principle that mothers and fathers are interchangeable or irrelevant, and that marriage is essentially an institution about adults, not children; marriage would mean nothing more than giving adults recognition and benefits in their most significant relationship……

If the Supreme Court overturns Prop 8, this will not go down in history as the Loving v. Virginia but as the Roe v. Wade decision of our generation….. [I couldn’t agree more!  And I am increasingly certain the Supreme Court will Roe us on this matter]

…..No matter what the Supreme Court rules, this debate is not over.  Marriage is too important and the issues raised by treating same-gender unions as marriages are too fundamental to just go away.  Just as Roe v. Wade did not end the conversation about abortion, so a ruling that tries to import same-sex marriage into our Constitution is not going to end the marriage debate, but intensify it. 

We will have a bitterly polarized country divided on the marriage issue for years if not generations to come….. [Yep, and the slowly shrinking Christian minority will be increasingly viciously persecuted primarily on the basis of their oppostion to the state giving marriage-like recognition to rank immorality]

…….But the larger picture that’s becoming increasingly clear is that this is not just a debate about what two people do in their private life, it’s a debate about a new public norm: Either you support redefining marriage to include two people of the same sex or you stand accused by law and culture of bigotry and discrimination.

If you want to know what this new public legal and social norm stigmatizing traditional believers will mean for real people, ask David and Tanya Parker, who objected to their kindergarten son being taught about same sex marriage after the Massachusetts Supreme Court legalized it in that state and wanted to pull him out of class for that lesson. He was arrested and handcuffed for trying to protect his son’s education, and they were told they had no right to do so………

…….Treating same-sex relationships as marriage is the final severing by government of the natural link between marriage and the great task of bringing together male and female to make and raise the next generation together in love……..

And the best one:

…….there are really two different ideas of marriage being debated in our society right now, and they cannot coexist: Marriage is either a conjugal union of a man and a woman designed to unite husband and wife to each other and to any children who may come from their union, or it is a relationship for the mutual benefit of adults which the state recognizes and to which it grants certain benefits.  Whoever is for one, is opposed to the other. [This is really key.  What we are seeing is a society that is increasingly narcissistic, to a degree that puts the pagans of Roman times to shame. Marriage is about ME. It’s what I want it to be!  We see more and more people turning other people into little utilitarian tools for themselves. This all stems from the cultural rejection of Christianity, which in terms stems from all the errors that have come to represent “Christianity” in the cultural mindset. The whole protestant, rationalist notion of “liberty” is at the root of all of this.]

Those of us who favor preserving the traditional understanding of marriage do not do so because we want people who experience attraction to their same sex to suffer.  We recognize and respect the equal human dignity of everyone.  Everyone should be treated equally, but it is not discrimination to treat differently things that are different.  Marriage really is unique for a reason.

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I might briefly add, not only do we not want those with same sex attraction to suffer, but we might take our own experiences with being fallen and then, by the Grace of God, finding a path towards true fulfilment and happiness, to counsel others how to amend their lives. Because that is the point. The point is to save souls (which Cordileone, to his credit, makes in an unquoted part of the text). The point is to bring people to the Light of Christ. But we are so fallen, many of us spend many years not wanting to hear the Truth.  We run from it. We even hate it, and those who proclaim it. But it remains.  And in the end, we will all confront that Truth.  It is infinitely better to confront that Truth now, in this life, than to experience the shock of confronting it unprepared in the next.

German bishops increasingly out of control April 30, 2013

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The German episcopal conference was at the very root of the most progressive faction at Vatican II.  It was their leaders, along with the Dutch and Belgians, who really drove the most radical ideas at the Council. Things have not gotten better, since.  Cardinal Kaspar has made numerous statements regarding “ecumenism” that make a faithful Catholic hearts break, saying things such as “the outmoded ecumenism of the return is not something the Church is interested in anymore,” essentially dismissing the idea of trying to convert protestants. The German episcopal conference steadfastly refused Pope Benedict’s efforts to correct their translation of the Consecration, the most critical aspect of the Mass by far. The Germans insisted on keeping the theologically highly damaging “for all” instead of “for many.”  This in spite of years of cajoling by the Pope Emeritus – it is sad he never used the power of his office to truly enforce this extremely necessary change.

Since the election of Pope Francis (but it was certainly ongoing before), the Germans have gotten even more extreme, with their episcopal conference now planning for women deacons who will perform baptisms and, for the first time in the history of the Church, marriages, and also calling for allowing those who have divorced and remarried, but not obtained an annulment for their prior marriage(s), to be readmitted to Communion.  As Creative Minority Report says, the progressives know their days are rapidly ending (well, we can pray, anyway), and they are determined to inflict as much worldliness and heterodoxy as possible in their remaining time (emphasis in original, I add comments):

Germany’s top Roman Catholic has called for women to be allowed to become deacons, which would enable them to perform baptisms and marriages outside of mass – a novelty for Catholic women.  [I love how progressives selectively pick and choose antiquities to promote. The reason why women were used as deacons in the early Church is because baptism was performed in the nude on adults. Obviously, modesty was observed, hence the female deacons. But that practice went out 1500+ years ago, when infant baptism became more the norm, and I don’t see calls for naked baptisms. The deal with marriage – can a woman even confect the Sacrament?  I don’t know enough about marriage as a sacrament to speak intelligently on this. But this would be an enormous novelty]

The conference, the first of its kind, invited 300 Roman Catholic experts to propose reforms. [The German church has been out of control for decades. There is mass apostasy in the clergy. There are huge calls for radical deformations of the Faith, euphemistically called “reforms.”  This all stems from long-standing progressive trends in the hierarchy. It is also, so to speak, the final escape of radicalism kept barely under control so long as Ratzinger was around. Now, look out! Anything is possible with this group] Zollitsch’s comments echo year-long calls from the Central Committee of German Catholics to permit women to become deacons. On Sunday, Zollitsch said that aim was no longer a ‘taboo.’

Zollitsch said the Catholic Church could only regain credibility and strength by committing to reform. He described an “atmosphere of openness and freedom” at the conference. [So, the only way to proclaim the Truth is to become just what the fallen world wants us to be.  How has that worked for the protestants you so openly admire? How is that Lutheran sect doing?  Even worse than the Church?  Great plan.]

Deacons assist priests during church services and can perform baptisms and marriages outside of mass. Their primary role however is to serve the needy in their community and their duties are considered secular rather than pastoral. [???  What? Is that really the prime role of a deacon?  No, no it’s not.  Does anyone else feel certain this will lead to women playing a deacon’s role in Mass in no time?  I have not the slightest doubt.]

Another proposal to emerge from the conference was to extend the rights of remarried divorcees to sit on church bodies such as parish councils. Conference members also discussed the possibility of granting them the right to receive Holy Communion and attend confession. [Sure, why not?  After all, what’s a little mortal sin to stop one from profaning the Body and Blood?]

CMR says the Pope must put an end to this nonsense, before it gets out of hand.  It already is out of hand!  It’s been out of hand for decades!  But I must note that the Pope has not yet made a significant statement in opposition to radical redefinitions of marriage, in spite of error being proclaimed by a number of highly placed sources in the Vatican.  The Pope has not addressed these continued heterodoxies from Germany.  I pray he does. The Pope has said many good things. But there are crises that need to be addressed, right now.  For things are beginning to look like the 70s, again.

May is the best month for the Rosary April 30, 2013

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Perhaps you already pray the Rosary daily.  If not, starting tomorrow May 1, Mary’s month begins. What a great rebuke to the communist atheists, the fact that their eternal enemy, She who will eventually crush them under her heel like satan (their paragon), has her month begin on their “great” holiday, “May day.”

I stole some of the below from Mundabor, it’s excellent advice:

May is the Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

What better occasion than to make a resolution to start to pray the Rosary every day, than the month of May!

Among the heavenly investments  I have mentioned in a past blog post, the Rosary is – after Mass attendance, of course – very probably the best. Padre Pio and countless other saints insisted on the Rosary. Praying the Rosary devoutly every day is a beautiful sign of predestination. I cannot imagine a better way to enrich your prayer life – nay, your life – than to pray the Rosary.

When I die, I want my last rosary to be not older than the day before. And I can die every day. Therefore…

If you should read this blog for years and take from it the habit of praying the Rosary, the benefit taken from this blog would be spectacular even if I have written rubbish for now almost three years and in more than 2,000 posts (which I do not think, at all; but I’m not you, either…).

The last bit made me laugh, because MY blog is now 3 1/2 and I’m coming up on 4,000 posts before too long – my OCD nature being so difficult to escape – but I happen to know I write almost entirely rubbish.  I’m amazed how many good people read the inarticulate ramblings of a sinner like me. But I must agree, that if this blog has resulted in any souls, even one, praying the Rosary more often, or any pious activity, then my efforts have been worth it.  I started this blog to hopefully inspire some change for the better in the local Church, but over time my concern has been more for conversion of souls, even if the subject matter, perhaps, doesn’t always reflect that.

But I must agree, if you want to have a personal devotion, and I think every Catholic must, the Rosary is the place to start.  There is no question it has been foundational in the interior lives of thousands of Saints for the past several hundred years. And I have personally found Our Lady to be so very efficacious of Grace, and so wonderful to commune with, that I cannot recommend any better way to grow in love for Christ than through His Mother.

I also strongly recommend the family Rosary, if not every day then at least a few times a week. I have found that praying the Rosary together immensely helps transmit the Faith to children and builds mightily the unity of the family, our domestic church.

Our Lady of the Expectation

Evolution April 30, 2013

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There has been some talk on some blogs I read of late about evolution.  A certain sermon by a priest I know and love has been in circulation.  It’s linked below, and I can’t recommend listening to it enough.


I’ve had a huge change on this issue. I was a technocrat, a firm believer in technology and all things related to ostensible human progress. I pretty much accepted evolution lock, stock, and barrel, but I did hold out some belief that God had somehow directed evolution or used it to produce mankind.  I know, I obviously didn’t think very much!   Now, I accept the first three Chapters of Genesis as real, literal history.  I am not “required” to believe that as a Catholic, but I do know that if one starts thinking things like “Adam and Eve were theological poetry,” or “these are just folklore the Jews handed down, they don’t mean much,” the entire practice of the Faith is in grave danger of collapse.  For if Adam and Eve weren’t real, then was Original Sin?  And if not Original Sin, wherefore the Savior?  Very rapidly, the entire Christian edifice can collapse.  My personal belief is that Adam and Eve as real, literal people who fell into sin has been such an omnipresent belief of the Church for 2000 years, that it constitutes part of the Ordinary Universal Magisterium.  I know that when people start to doubt Adam and Eve, modernist heresy is rarely far behind.

There is more debate regarding whether the world was created in 6 literal 23 hour 59 minute 59.6 second days.  There is debate over the age of the earth.  St. Augustine argued that God created everything in a day, or perhaps an instant. In the early Church, such views were somewhat common, with learned minds doubting it would take God days to make everything.  They knew the All-Powerful could make whatever He willed instantaneously.

Today, the opposite belief has been drummed into people’s heads, that the earth is very old, billions of years, that man has been around for a million or more, etc.  I certainly used to believe such.  But, as I said, now I tend to accept this aspect of Genesis 1-3 literally. Even if the science behind all this is debatable or poorly understood, and even more pressingly, even if there have been recent equivocations from the Vatican (or even worse, statements from prelates that the Church could somehow mold evolution and traditional belief into some kind of thesis/antithesis “synthesis” – a true Teilhardian nightmare) on this critical issue, I believe more and more it is foundational to accept the traditional Creation narrative.  I think so many problems in the current Church stem from failure to accept this ancient belief.

Anyway, listen to the sermon!  It bears, at the very least, serious consideration.


April 30th – a sad and glorious day April 30, 2013

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I had a most edifying lunch today. I saw a friend and coworker I had not seen in a year or more.  He is a Vietnamese expat.  In point of fact, his family was profiled in the centerfold of the diocesan newspaper, Texas Catholic, in the most recent issue.  He did not make it for the group photo, but most of his family _45718989_saigonwas there and you can see them in the paper on page 13.  His parents were awesome Catholics, they had 8 kids and have 15 or 16 grandkids.  Perhaps God may bring a few more.  And I should say congratulations to Hiep, for he and his wife just had another child.

My friend and I share many interests: history, virulent anti-communism, some military affairs, our profession, our Faith, etc.  It’s always very good to see him.  But he reminded me today, because I had forgotten, that today is a sad anniversary.  Today marks the 38th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, the “final” if temporary victory of the communist north over South Vietnam. I say temporary, for there are still millions of practicing Catholics in Vietnam and I have every confidence that God will permit them to throw off this godless enemy of His Church someday soon.

But it was interesting that I saw my friend at this time, and that I the Texas Catholic would have this special edition on some of the Asian Catholics in the Diocese, because I had just finished reading the section of Dr. Warren Carroll’s monumental The Rise and Fall of the Communist Revolution that covered the 31FCCDPC4CL__SY300_Vietnam war.  Dr. Carroll confirmed a view my friend and I have held for a very long time, that the Vietnam War was not lost on April 30, 1975, but on November 2, 1963, with the murder of the only man capable of leading South Vietnam to victory over the communist north (I’m not saying he would have, but he was the only one even remotely capable of it), Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu. Carroll dispels many of the myths and outright lies the media has spread regarding Diem and his rule, and argues persuasively that it was the callous and stunningly amateurish murder of Diem that sealed Vietnam’s fate.  The northern communists certainly said so, Carroll quotes several North Vietnamese sources as being joyously stunned at the murder, which convinced the North to ramp up their pressure on the now leaderless South. On November 3, the North Vietnamese politburo released this statement:

“The consequences of the 1 November coup d’état will be contrary to the calculations of the U.S. imperialists … Diệm was one of the strongest individuals resisting the people and Communism. Everything that could be done in  an attempt to crush the revolution was carried out by Diệm. Diệm was one of the  most competent lackeys of the U.S. imperialists  … Among the anti-Communists in South Vietnam or exiled in other countries, no one has sufficient political  assets and abilities to cause others to obey. Therefore, the lackey administration cannot be stabilized. The coup d’état on 1 November 1963 will not be the last

Full on invasion by the North followed.  The war was now America’s to fight and lead more and more, to the detriment of the South Vietnamese will to fight Vietnamese_refugees_on_US_carrier,_Operation_Frequent_Windand grow as a nation.  Just like welfare, having someone come in and provide for your nation, even in terms of defense, is stultifying and leads to all manner of emotional and psychological ailments.  South Vietnamese society, which had been forming up fairly well under Diem (to be sure, there were many problems), fell into corruption and decadence.

From an American Catholic perspective, this whole sad history reveals yet another enormous failing by the Kennedy Administration. For it was the Kennedy Administration that drove the coup that resulted in Diem’s death to fruition.  Diem had made a powerful enemy in the bungling, communist-friendly (he wasaccused of being a Soviet spy, which he may in fact have been) W. Averill Harriman, who as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs had travelled to Vietnam and suggested to Diem that his policies were wrong.  Diem gave Harriman a good lesson in Vietnamese culture, showing Harriman’s rank ignorance, leaving Harriman feeling personally insulted and determined to remove Diem from power. He got his chance 2 years later, when communist infiltrators within the Vietnamese buddhist community had stirred up international angst through a series of staged immolations of heavily drugged monks. The Kennedy Administration was wavering in its support for Diem, and one Sunday afternoon at the State Department, Harriman, with no official role in government whatsoever, drafted a cable to Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge of S. Vietnam telling him to encourage a coup against Diem. This Lodge did.  It must be noted that neither Kennedy, nor Secretary of State Dean Rusk, nor SecDef 800px-Saigon-hubert-van-esMcNamara, nor any senior figure in the Kennedy Administration reviewed or OK’d the cable save for Undersecretary of State George Ball, one of the most liberal members of the Kennedy Administration and an avowed opponent of Diem’s.  On Monday, when it was discovered what had occurred, significant infighting developed within the Kennedy Administration, with McNamara, to his rare credit, and many others being aghast at the proposed murder and removal of the leader of a major US ally while that ally was fighting for its life.  But Kennedy, to his profound discredit, failed to be moved by the many warnings of disaster should Diem be removed (and the implications that South Vietnam really was nothing but a US puppet, making the war entirely ours), and stuck with the direction of the original cable no one approved.  The rest, is history.  It’s one of the many shameful acts the only “Catholic” President of this nation routinely committed.  It also completely blows out of the water the claim by the Kennedy sycophants that he planned to pull the US out of Vietnam.  It was in fact Kennedy’s actions that made it inevitable that huge US forces would be committed.

When reviewing these events, what once again stands out, more than anything, in precipitating this disaster, is the extreme arrogance of Kennedy and his “best and brightest.”  They were so sure they knew everything, could do no wrong.  Never have so few who thought they knew so much actually known so little.

I mentioned it’s also a glorious day – it’s the Feast of the glorious Sienese lay Dominican, Catherine!  I pray that St. Catherine of Siena will fervently implore the Lord to forgive the injustices this nation visited upon the Vietnamese people and to free them from the yoke of oppression.  I know her intercessions are very efficacious – I pray her intercession will work a great miracle!

There is another glorious aspect. Had it not been for the ineptly conceived, led, and fought Vietnam War, this country would not have benefited from the presence of several millions of Vietnamese, including my friend and his family.  In a sense, I have benefited from their suffering.  I know this nation has been greatly blessed by their presence.


Michael Voris on the lukewarm April 30, 2013

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I guess I’m a bit late on this one, it came out last week, I think, but it’s a very good video.  The comments that Michael addresses at the beginning of his video, regarding souls leaving the Church because they are starved of the Faith within it by progressive modernist ideologues I have heard from so many souls. This is a very painful situation.  I have had numerous comments on my blog, and conversations with people in various situations, explaining how they left the Faith because it left them starved of spiritual sustenance. When they returned, by an act of Grace I know not how, they almost universally gravitated towards the TLM to get that spiritual support they desperately needed. This is a very widespread phenomenon. Even more common, however, are the souls who leave and never return. For each starved soul that leaves and eventually finds his way back, I would hazard to guess that 6 or 8 never make it back.  And each one of those souls lost is a tragedy of infinite proportions:

The testimony Michael presents is a stunning indictment of the current state of the Church.

I should write about the experience with spiritual starvation my family had recently at a parish in Plano, but I’m out of time.  Perhaps another day.

An apology to Bishop Farrell April 29, 2013

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I wrote a post regarding some views expressed by Bishop Farrell on gun control policy earlier today. I’ve decided to delete the post. I had inadvertantly left a statement in at the bottom of the post that is not indicative of my genuine feelings but was more an exercise in venting, which I do sometimes when writing and I’m stuck. I had a very hard time writing that post, for various reasons.  It was an unfortunate statement I did not intend to be published and I was mortified when I found it had been. I express my sincere regret to any and all I may have scandalized, especially those who receive posts by e-mail.

Papal spokesman backs homosexual civil unions? April 29, 2013

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This is becoming a veritable rush, and for Fr. Lombardi to say this gives me pause, because of proximity to the Holy Father. That does not mean Lombardi hasn’t said some silly things in the past that had to be corrected/retracted, but this is turning into a veritable chorus for support for some state recognition of homosexual and other non-marital “unions,” and I have to remind that there is still some question as to whether or not Pope Francis supported civil unions while still in Argentina. Anyway, the quote:

“[I]t is a good thing for the child to know that he has a father and a mother”; [it must be] “made clear that matrimony between a man and a woman is a specific and fundamental institution in the history of mankind. This does not prevent that other forms of union between two persons may be recognized“.


Chrysostom on proof of the Resurrection April 29, 2013

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Blech, I hated writing that last post, but felt I had to. I like this one much better.

One of the great Greek Doctors of the Church, St. John Chrysostom, lived in a time where there was still much pagan antipathy towards the Church. The Church was, at that time, very far from being dominant, even if it was no longer so brazenly persecuted as it had been a few years before.  There were still many in the culture who could not grasp the Catholic conception of a Triune God, of a God who loved man so much as to expiate our sins through horrific suffering on the Cross, or of a Resurrection from the dead. It was a time of having to use many arguments to convince frequently educated, jaded, libertine pagans that there was a larger Truth worth living through and for.  I found this excerpt from Chrysostom’s sermons on the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles very interesting (Faith of the Early Fathers, Vol. 2, p. 104):

If Christ died and did not rise how is it that those in the account who fled from impending danger while He was yet alive surrounded themselves with a thousand dangers for His sake when He was dead? The others all fled, but Peter even deined Him three times with an oath; and though he denied Him three times with an oath and was struck with fear before an insignificant serving girl, after Christ’s death he wanted to persuade us by his very deeds that he had seen Him who had risen; and he changed so completely that he scorned the ridicule of the whole assembled crowd and even went into the midst of the Jews [On Pentecost, when Peter spoke to a huge throng of Jews (and all the Apostles spoke in tongues, each man hearing the Gospel in his own language), facing ridicule but also converting and baptising 3000 that day] and said that the One who was crucified and buried had risen from the dead on the third day and had ascended into Heaven; and never did Peter show himseolf fearful again. When did such courage come to him? Whence indeed, if not from his certitude of the resurrection?

This is something that might be obvious to some, but it really does go counter to logic.  Christ dies, and the Disciples are dejected. Then there are reports of resurrection. Then, Christ appears to them.  They begin to change.  Then, after Pentecost, there is a massive change. Now, if the resurrection were simply a myth construed by the Disciples to make sense of Christ’s death, to give it some false meaning, would we really see such commitment, and so quickly?  Would we see such radical changes in people over the course of a few weeks?  I agree that one can be worked up to a point of zealoutry by all kinds of false ideologies, but over just a few days or weeks? That would be exceedingly rare, to put it mildly.  And to undergo such a massive shift, from fear of any confrontation and hiding out from the authorities, to supreme confidence and challenging the authorities to their face with the hideous theocide they had committed?  Again, that would be unprecedented even over a period of years, but in a period of 6 weeks?  Unprecedented.

Something truly radical and marvelous occurred to these men. We have the solemn testimony of all of them that what occurred was the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, a man known to them who was killed in their site, buried in the ground, and then came back to life, performing feats impossible for humans. And we have the testimony of non-Christians that Christ did, indeed, exist, so we can put the deliriums of Hitchens and other violent atheists to bed.

Unfortunately, most people fail to grasp the suddeness in the change in the demeanors of the disciples. Largely uneducated men who had never held leadership positions were suddenly refuting some of the greatest arguments of classical philosophy and converting millions to a new Faith.  And they did so entirely peacefully, without the sword (as islam) or government force (as so many pagan religions relied upon). Again, totally unprecedented.

So, just one small example of the very unique heritage and initial transmission of our Faith.


Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark April 29, 2013

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7pm. St. Mark in Plano.