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Overnight reading August 14, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, reading, secularism, self-serving, Society, Tradition.
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Pertinacious Papist linked to this most illuminating history of the Church in France, and especially the more traditional elements of it, which eventually led to the formation of the Society of St. Pius X.  It’s quite long, much too long to effectively excerpt, but I’ll just say it gives a great history of how modernism became dominant in France even before the last council, how that modernism then exploded throughout the Church after the Council, and then the traditional reaction against that explosion.  Even if one is not traditional in practice, it’s still very interesting history.  I highly recommend it.  OK, I will give one brief excerpt:

In 1926, a new drama occurred in the Church in France: brutally and inconsiderately, Pope Pius XI condemned Action Française, a counter-revolutionary movement which was secular in itself, but in which there were many of the most anti-liberal Catholic militants. Judging the condemnation to be unjust (and this with some grounded arguments), the majority of the leaders and members refused it: they were excommunicated (they disputed the validity and existence of the excommunication), and the censure was lifted only in 1939, by Pius XII, at the beginning of the Second World War. After this condemnation, French bishops and other Church authorities (the press, Catholic Action, etc.) were methodically purged in favor of Catholics who were more liberal and leaning more to the Left. [I’ve read about half this document, and this is the only portion thus far that has made me go….hmmm.  I’m not familiar with the suppression of Action Francaise, but I do know it’s controversial.  I know some folks feel it was a necessary coralling of an organization rapidly spiraling into acceptance of modernism, while others disagree.  The rest of the history seems fine, but it is certainly from a traditional point of view.]

In 1940, the French Army was crushed in a few weeks by the German forces. A hero of the First World War with immense prestige, Marshall Pétain, was appointed by the Chamber of Deputies (for the most part composed of leftists) to conclude an armistice with Germany. French bishops massively and publicly sided with the government of Marshall Pétain, and incited the Catholics to support his action. But in 1944 and 1945, the government of Pétain found itself in the “camp of the defeated”, and those who had supported it fell victims to a bloody “purge.” In the meantime, the bishops had cleverly changed sides, and the Catholics who had obeyed them four years earlier found themselves alone to assume the consequences of their acts. A lasting mistrust towards the hierarchy, at least in the field of politics, struck its roots in some French Catholics. On the other hand, the direction of the Church in France underwent a new purging to the benefit of a Catholicism leaning more towards the Left.

The aftermath of these events was tragic after the Second World War. In the theological field, France was at the heart of the “New Theology” with Fathers Jean Daniélou, Henri de Lubac, Yves Congar, Marie-Dominique Chenu, Henri Bouillard, Gaston Fessard, Yves de Montcheuil, without forgetting the fact that the works of Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin were clandestinely flooding France, especially the seminaries. On the political and social level, France experienced a strong deviation of Catholic institutions towards the Left. In many cases, it resulted in the elimination of all association with Catholicism (for instance, Christian trade unions became simply “democratic” trade unions). In the religious realm, the Church in France made a choice in favor of “the missionary option,” which essentially consisted in neglecting practising Catholics (considered as “obstacles to the mission” with their “bourgeois and routine habits”) in order to go to the non-practising, the non-believers, and the non-religious. Evidently, this implied reducing the Christian message to its humanitarian dimension. Lastly, in the liturgical domain, France was at the forefront of the “liturgical experiments” and trivialized the concept of “liturgical pastoral care” (which would prove devastating) through the National Center of Liturgical Pastoral Care (Centre National de Pastorale Liturgique or CNPL).

Labels, labels, labels August 14, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, sadness, Society, Tradition.
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We’ve seen an awful lot of talk in the Catholic blogosphere of late about rad-trads, mad-trads, neo-Catholics, etc.  While labels are probably unhelpful at times, when writing about broad movements of millions of people, their use becomes almost inevitable.  As unfair as stereotypes may be when dealing with an individual, when dealing with mass movements, they tend to be more correct than not.  And when you’re an amateur writer trying to put out some appealing, relevant material, it’s pretty much a complete certainty that you’ll wind up using these various terms.

Louis Verrecchio has put together a chart he calls an “ideological-theological” spectrum of self-identified Catholics, and I think it’s pretty interesting.


Verrecchio himself notes that this chart is far from perfect, and I’d have to agree.  I do like the term “wacko liberal,” though.  I also like how he put the LCWR in the most extreme liberal camp…….I think that’s right.  On the right side of the chart, I might argue a bit more.  I’d say that the Baltimore Catechism is more on the conservative side than traditional, or maybe, sort of part of a transition between the two.  And, I’m not sure “radical” traditionalists are any more dedicated to proclaiming the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ than regular traditionalists, but, whatevs.  I think, overall, the groupings and their characteristics are pretty accurate, although I’ve typically always seen progressives as more liberal than liberals.

For a very long time, I’ve tried to stay away from using the term “neo-Catholic,” which is a term I’ve seen more and more of late, especially in response to the unfortunate attacks on traditional-type Catholics mounted from certain, EWTN affiliated quarters.  One thing I’m certain of, if Mother Angelica were still possessed of all her faculties, those attacks would not have ben made.  But the term “neo-Catholic” just seems really loaded with perjorative, denigrating not only the outer but the inner aspects of certain people’s faith lives.  Believe me, I think some of those frequently labeled as “neo-Catholics” hold very problematic, even dangerous or damaging views, but I’ve just always found the term “neo-Catholic” overly harsh.  And coming from me, that ought to be saying something!

It’s like another term I generally avoid – sodomite.  While sodomite might be an apt description for certain militant homosexual activists, and while “homosexual” may be a modernist, communist-inspired made up term, sodomite is just so harsh, and carries such a weight when looked at by someone outside my own narrow community, that I think it’s best to be used sparingly.  I know, I get in high dudgeon and have used it at times, but, overall, I try not to fling it about too much. I think it’s one of those words that, when read by those not in at least somewhat familiar with Sacred Scripture and a traditional/orthodox approach to Christianity, is just an ender.  They just walk away, dismissing me, or whoever else uses it, as outside rational discourse.

I’d really like to spend some time parsing the “conservative” column, but time is something I haven’t got much of right now.  However, I’d say hermeneutic of continuity – viewed from the perspective that even a pastoral council can do no wrong – and “new evangelization” really are apt.  As is “Santo Subito!” and RNC.  Those made me laugh.  Novus Ordo and ecumenism, indeed – George Wiegel, whose credentials to be some great authority on the Faith are as thin as anyone in the whole bishop’s approved speaker’s guild – has just about made a fetish out of ecumenism as part of his AmChurch approved new evangelization effort.  His writings are just totally suffused with acceptance of ALL the shibboleths of post-enlightenment classical liberalism (formally rejected by the Church from 1650-1960) and blatant Americanism that I just can’t see how he’s taken seriously.  But, he seems to be……..I guess.

Oh…..one more thing……..I would say that there is one substantial error in the Verrechio’s chart.  On both left and right, I think the word protestant should be moved between the liberal and wacko liberal categories, and I think the assumption that “radical traditionalists” are the “most Catholic” is a questionable one.  The wacko progressives are not even Christian anymore. And, sede vacantists, certainly, are outside the Church, and I fear SSPX-SO is trending in that direction, as much sympathy as I have for some of their positions.  Nevertheless, I’d rather just see the right half of conservatives, all traditionalists, and most “rad-trads” simply be called Catholics.  It is interesting, that what is called “conservative” Catholic today, would have been quite, quite liberal 100 or 150 years ago.

Discuss.  And sorry, posting will probably be lighter than usual from now until early September.  But I promise to make up for it with quality.  Ummmm…..

Tomorrow is the Great Feast of the Assumption…. August 14, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, Liturgy, North Deanery, Our Lady.
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….a Holy Day of Obligation, even in these United States, where we have been told by our episcopal leadership we are too lazy and indifferent to be bothered by more than one or two Holy Days a year.

Do you have your plan for when and where you’re going to Mass?  Many churches will be filled, best to get there early!

If it’s been a while since you’ve been to Confession, perhaps you could check around and see if some local parishes offer Confession before or after Mass?  I know one that does, for sure.

Get thee to Mass!


I’ve got to say, I’ve been talking with my mom Mary more and more lately, and it’s been very moving, very helpful.  She loves us so very much.  She is always there to listen.   And she always goes to Her Son with whatever we need.  Talk with God, yes, absolutely, but also talk with Mary.  She loves to hear from you.

It must be noted – Pope Francis to consecrate world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary August 14, 2013

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As part of the climax of activities marking the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, Pope Francis will consecrate the world to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart this October:

In response to the desire of Holy Father Francis, the Statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, venerated in the Little Chapel of Apparitions, will be brought to Rome on October 12/13 to be present at the Marian Day promoted by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. On October 13, next to the Statue of Our Lady, Pope Francis will make the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. [Awesome!]

[The] Marian Day is one of the great pontifical events marked down on the calendar of celebrations of the Year of Faith which will bring to Rome hundreds of movements and institutions connoted with Marian devotion.
In a letter addressed to Bishop Antonio Marto, of Leiria-Fatima, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, [Abp.] Rino Fisichella, informs that “all ecclesial entities of Marian spirituality” are invited to take part in this Marian day, a gathering which includes, on the 12th, a pilgrimage to the tomb of Apostle St. Peter and other moments of prayer and meditation and, on the 13th, a Mass presided over by Pope Francis, in St. Peter’s Square.
In that letter, [Abp.] Fisichella wrote: “The Holy Father strongly desires that the Marian Day may have present, as a special sign, one of the most significant Marian icons for Christians throughout the world and, for that reason, we thought of the beloved original Statue of Our Lady of Fatima”.
Now, for the formal consecration of Russia……….
I’ve been thinking about Pope Francis a great deal.  I know his pontificate, thus far, has been troubling to many who love and reverence the traditional practice of the Faith. I’m coming to think (but, I would not say this is well thought out, yet) that Pope Francis is very much like Blessed Pope John Paul II.  He’s very Marian, very good with crowds, wins over the media, and just generally suited for the tastes of the world at this time.  Like JPII, the world is inclined to love his personality, even if both popes were inconveniently…….Catholic……at times.  But I am wondering if Pope Francis’ reception hasn’t been marked with some trepidation, within some quarters in the Church, because the Church has changed since JPII was young and vigorous?  I’m wondering if the Church hasn’t moved quite a bit in the direction of orthodoxy and tradition, so that things that JPII did without much reaction at all, say, back in the 80s, now elicit a strong reaction 25 years later?  Or, perhaps, those attached to Tradition have grown much louder, thanks to the internet?
Please don’t take any of the above as some great theory I’m staking in the ground, prepared to defend to the last.  Just some thoughts that have been coalescing of late.

Useful note for LCWR: feminist expert claims feminism ends in lesbianism August 14, 2013

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Well, that’s surprising.  Robert Stacy McCain has had a recent series of posts regarding radical communist feminism.  In one of those, he quotes “famous” American communist feminist (but I repeat myself) Bettina Aptheker:

Professor Bettina Aptheker is by her own proud admission both a Communist and a self-described “lesbian activist.” . . . Aptheker’s course syllabus describes lesbianism as the “highest state of feminism” . . . In other words, change in sexual orientation is an inevitable final stage in the development of the socially conscious individual.

Given the very high correlation between feminism, communism, and LCWR leadership, I thought I might alert them to this important revelation.  One of the high goddesses of radical feminism has said that lesbianism is the highest form of feminism, while also inadvertantly tipping her ilia-delio1hand that this involves a change in sexual orientation – I guess they’re not “born that way” after all.  Dang, and it was such a good selling point for further cultural revolution.

I will further note, however, that it is possible to dig up little bios on various websites for religious orders, which describe nicgorskiSister X as living with her long time companion Sister Y, and whatnot.  It’s not always easy to find, but it’s out there.

Of all the various LGBTQ cultural marxist self-classifications, the “L” has always been the most fluid, while the Ls, Gs, Ts, and Qs try to pretend the Bs don’t exist, as they also discredit the “born that way” notion.  The T’s are gravely wounded individuals with a severe mental illness leading to self-mutilation, and the Gs are part of one of the most unhappy and unhealthy lifestyles possible, one which has been almost universally derided throughout time and culture (the few exceptions proving the rule).  The saddest part of all, is that I now suspect a number of people are claiming to be one of the above, simply because its very chic and popular to do so.

Nevertheless, I thought the LCWR might want to be alerted to this command from one of their cultural superiors – you’re not a true feminist if you’re not a lesbian.