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“Highlights” from the 2013 World Youth Day Mass in Rio September 4, 2013

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Uff da. I have nothing more to say.  The video speaks for itself:

Is this really the future of the Church?  I am told by commenters that World Youth Day confabs produce just scads of converts, or set otherwise somnolent souls on fire.

It can’t be because of the Mass.

 

Homosexual bullies now intentionally driving Christians out of business September 4, 2013

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Welcome to “tolerant” America, where we all must embrace your sexual deviancy but the practice of the Faith vital to our immortal soul is just “discrimination.” Like a photographer in New Mexico who got wrung through the court system, and still lost her case (being told that embracing immorality is now the “price of citizenship”), and others in California and other states, an Oregon bakery has decided it must shut down in order to avoid the bad publicity, distraction, and extreme expense of fighting a “discrimination” suit brought by a sodomy-loving couply who wanted a cake for their wedding:

The business owners in this case said no when a lesbian couple came into the shop looking for a wedding cake. The latter filed a complaint with the state under the relevant antidiscrimination law and an investigation, which could have taken up to a year, was launched. The bakers, having already been targeted for a boycott by opponents and likely fearing the expense and aggravation of a long court battle themselves, decided to close the shop and move operations into their home, which presumably renders the business “distinctly private” and therefore beyond the reach of the state’s public accommodations law. (Does it?)

Good question.  I bet our new ruling aristocracy will decide there is essentially no such thing as “private” anymore. Ace notes:

A bakery has decided it has no choice but to sell cakes from home — hopefully turning a business into a “private endeavor” beyond the power of the state to coerce.

And thus Americans are forced into unemployment by a movement drunk on self-righteousness and acting with every bit of the bullying cruelty they complain of in others. [Yes, it’s a bit ironic, is it not?  But the woeful cries of “bullying” were always more about political power, anyway.]

I have little doubt that these operations are not being chosen haphazardly– I believe they’re being targeted for just this purpose. [You don’t need to wonder. There is no question. It’s been part of the plan all along, to punish apostates from the new godless sexular pagan sodomy-loving state.]

But what we see here in Oregon — as we saw earlier in New Mexico, and as we will see everywhere, unless we do not pass a law sharply delimiting people’s right to sue people for unamerican, subversive crime of nonconformity with the current temporary government’s ephemeral cultural allegiances — is the attempt of a group of people who have long contended that they merely wish to be left alone to live their lives in peace suddenly feeling a little power and deciding that now that they have a short-term burst of political muscle, they may now indulge in the bullying and coercion they once thought was kind of a bad thing…….

As I’ve said all along, this “everyone must love sodomy” movement will be the vehicle of the persecution.  Until the Musselmen gain enough power and influence, then, things will change, and rather nastily for those presently enjoying government favor……

The review of Roberto de Mattei’s The Second Vatican Council I should have written! September 4, 2013

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I never really got around to dwelling on Robero de Mattei’s seminal work, The Second Vatican Council: an unwritten history.  I moved onto other things, and never gave it the in depth review and analysis is deserved. I did do a couple of posts, but the work really deserved much more.

Thankfully, Boniface at Unam Sanctam Catholicam has written the post I should have.  He explains in depth the numerous qualities that make this book probably the best single volume on the Second Vatican Council.  Although de Mattei is a very solid Catholic, he doesn’t need to engage in traditional polemics to establish the many grave problems surrounding the Council, and, in particular, the personalities that dominated it. HeSecond Vatican Council - An Unwritten Story-800x800 just quotes the personalities themselves. Rather than belabor the point, I’ll just get to my extensive excerpts of Boniface’s post, adding emphasis and comments as usual:

The Second Vatican Council: An Unwritten Story is a total vindication of the traditionalist critique of the Council and its relation to the current state of the Church. Using only documentary evidence – including records of Council proceedings, texts of interventions by the Council Fathers, personal correspondences of John XXIII and Paul VI, and personal diaries of the periti – Dr. Mattei reconstructs the tumultuous days leading up the Council and thoroughly documents the thoughts and aspirations of the Council Fathers as the event that was Vatican II exploded on the world stage.

This is where Mattei’s book has its greatest value: in revealing the intentions, thoughts and opinions of the participants in the Council. Reading the words of the actual Fathers on this subject demolishes a lot of canards about the Council. For example, it is often asserted that the ambiguity of the Council documents is an accusation made by Traditionalists who seek to blame the Council itself for the Church’s problems; however, the comments of the Council Fathers themselves reveal that even while the Council was in session, ambiguity and vagueness were serious concerns for many of the participants in the Council (see here). [I would add that numerous recent statements from Curial Cardinals themselves point up this deliberate ambiguity.  From Cardinals Koch to Kaspar to Canizares-Llovera, all have either contradicted one another on the Council or pointed out its ambiguities. If Cardinals cannot agree, what is a lowly lay person to think?]
novamissaAnother example: it is commonly asserted that the Council itself was carried out in perfect continuity with previous ecumenical councils and the problems came only with a hijacking of its implementation. However, Mattei’s book reveals that the participants in the Council viewed it even then as something revolutionary, from the first meetings of the first session when the Fathers revolted to throw out the documents prepared by the Theological Commission, to their replacement of the heads of all the commissions with liberals, to their setting up of a permanent body of four Cardinals that effectively served as a meta-commission to organize all the other commissions and push them towards liberal ends [These four mostly Germanic Cardinals – Dopfner, Frings, Suenens, and Konig – were very liberal, even radical.  Their vision of the Church was inspired almost entirely by Karl Rahner’s modernism. That is a point Fr. Ralph Wiltgen makes in The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber – that because the Germanic episcopal conferences dominated the Council, and they in turn relied almost entirely on Rahner for guidance, what really developed was that much of the conciliar documents became dominated by the thoughts of one man, and not a very good one at that – Karl Rahner, SJ.  It is also important to note that the rhetoric of the progressives at VII was inherently revolutionary and warlike, speaking of “victories,” “battles,” “enemies,” etc.] We learn that it was not a liberal who first proposed interpreting the Council in light of its “spirit”, but Paul VI himself who first referred to the “spirit of Vatican II” in his opening address of the Fourth Session in September of 1965; it was not dissenting bishops who did away with Latin, but Paul VI who first celebrated Masses in the Italian vernacular in 1965 and urged his bishops to imitate him. It was a corbusierdominant clique of the Council Fathers themselves who asked for vernacular, versus populum Masses, cultural Masses, and many other deviations. Yes, this book demolishes the argument that the problems did not come until implementation; the problems were present at the outset. [And, as I wrote yesterday, these “problems” didn’t just magically appear at Vatican II, they were the result of years of liturgical “experimentation” tending towards revolution and modernist agitation.  But de Mattei does make clear that some of the “radical interpretations” of Vatican II came from the highest levels of the Church, including Pope Paul VI.  He was very much on board with the liturgical reform/abuse movement from well before Vatican II, which is a prime reason why Pope Pius XII refused to make him a cardinal. Pope Paul VI pushed for and strongly encouraged some of the more lamentable aspects of the “reform” of the Mass that occurred, under his very specific direction and involvement, after VII, including those items mentioned above.  This is a point Fr. Anthony Cekada makes clear in his book – the Vatican archives themselves reveal that Pope Paul VI carefully reviewed pretty much every document the Concilium (the group led by freemason Fr. Anibale Bugnini to manufacture the new Mass) produced, and that his handwritten notes are all over the documents.  That pretty much explodes the myth held by some VII apologists, that Bugnini, et., al., somehow “pulled a fast one” on Paul VI with the Novus Ordo. Completely untrue. Paul VI was involved in its production in a detailed manner.]
gods-ecstacy-scaled10001Also of note is the manner in which several theologians come off as not just questionable but as total heretics. Sure, we already knew about Kung and Rahner, but even some of the more “respectable” theologians are outed for the heretics they were. For example, Yves Congar, whom Scott Hahn has praised many times and often cites as a source, comes off as a radical heretic in his desire to undermine papal primacy and redefine the nature of the Church,[see comments on collegiality below]  even invoking Martin Luther at the tomb of St. Paul, “who had wanted to reaffirm the Gospel for which Paul had struggled” (pg.487). I was appalled at some of the statements from Congar’s diary quoted in the book. Jean Danielou and Henri de Lubac also are revealed as hypocrites, dissenters and heretics – and this not by any insinuations of slander by the author, but by the words of these theologians themselves. Mattei as an author does not need to make any argument; he allows these periti to hang themselves by simply citing their own words. [All true, true, true.  I was shocked by many statements from Congar’s diary that de Mattei included in his book.  They weren’t just heretical, they revealed a very immoral, very vindictive, very troubled man. In their private thoughts, expressed in letters to friends or diaries, the extreme radicalism of these men, and their desire to essentially re-create the Church from scratch in an ecumenist, modernist mold, is wildly apparent. I at one time started a series on the words of the “fathers” of Vatican II, but stopped after de Chardin.  But, I hope to take that up again. de Mattei’s book will serve as a central source in that effort.  I will say now that de Mattei’s book makes clear that almost all the most influential figures at Vatican II were disciples of the modernist Teilhard de Chardin. ]
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We also see that the controversial issues today were not necessarily the controversial issues then. While post-Conciliar critiques have focused on the liturgy, there was really not that much debate at the Council about liturgical matters. The most controversial subject was undoubtedly the Council’s teaching on “collegiality”, which many conservative bishops believed was in flat contradiction of Vatican I and was plainly invented in 1962. [It has not been discussed as much, outside the SSPX, because the revolutionaries did not get nearly so much as they wanted in terms of collegiality.  They wanted to somehow undo the dogmatic statements of Vatican I and greatly limit the power of the papacy.  There has been a resurgence in the rhetoric of “collegiality” and “synodality” in recent months, ever since March 1 or so.  The progressives are all atwitter, giddy that their vision for collegiality (essentially, transferring most authority in the Church to the national episcopal councils, which the progressives largely control) will finally be implemented.]More debate was held on this question than any other, with the concept of religious liberty as expounded in Dignitatis Humanae coming in second (a tidbit I found awesome was that Karol Wojtyla found grave problems with the religious liberty schema and thought the concept of truth found therein was too disassociated with Christ, who is truth). Communism also looms large in the debates, with the vast majority of the Council Fathers asking for a condemnation of communism and Paul VI categorically refusing it. [John XXIII refused, as well. That was, it certainly appears, due to a secret deal made between John XXIII and the KGB-led Russian Orthodox Church, to get a couple of Russian Orthodox bishops to observe the Council.  That deal required a less “militant” attitude towards the Soviet Union and communism than had been extant under previous Popes, especially Ven. Pope Pius XII, and thus the number 1 desire of pre-conciliarthe-glee-of-smashing-idols-calvinists-in-a-catholic-church-1 popes regarding the Council – that it make some statement condemning the horrid evil of communism – was consistently blocked at the papal level.]
 
One of the fundamental themes of Mattei’s work is the teachings of the Second Vatican Council as theology versus the Second Vatican Council interpreted as an event. Mattei argues that the failure of the conservative/traditional bishops to halt the liberal onslaught was due to the fundamental inability of the conservative bishops to understand that Vatican II as an historical event, a defining occurrence in the history of the Church that was widely viewed as the beginning of a new epoch. [This is the modernist/progressive interpretation of the Council, the “second and greater Pentecost,” (such hubris!) the “council of the media” according to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.]  The conservative Council Fathers, naturally interpreting Vatican II in continuity with previous Councils, focused excessively on the strict theological meaning of the wording of various documents, ultimately making noble and profound objections to the ambiguities of the texts, but never fully grasping the nature of the revolution that the Council unleashed. They did not understand the manner in which the liberals wanted to use the Council, at least not until it was too late. And why would they? No Council in the Church’s history had ever been used in such a way – what Benedict XVI referred to as a “meta-council.” Paradoxically, the conservative bishop’s view of the Council in continuity with tradition rendered them incapable of perceiving the vastness of the looming threat………. [Not entirely true. There was a conservative opposition that became cohesive during the second session of the Council in the fall of 1963, but even back in the first session, there was strong opposition.  But when matters came to a head, and a decision had to be made on which direction to follow in some conciliar debate or, even more importantly, matter of procedure (remember those four progressive cardinals who pretty much 1566_Dutch_Calvinist_Iconoclasmdominated the Council mentioned above), the two conciliar popes almost invariably ruled in favor of the progressives. It all really started in the first session, when John XXIII agreed to allow the very orthodox preparatory schemas to be more or less dumped, in favor of documents cobbled together during the Council itself. That signal decision, and the decision to name four progressive cardinals to direct the conciliar efforts, left the Catholic bishops in a very bad spot, from the very beginning.]
….We all know there is a liberal narrative of the Council, what Benedict called the “Council of the Media”; but there is also a conservative narrative, one which tries to absolve the Council itself of all possible wrongdoing and place the blame squarely on post-Conciliar innovations. That narrative is no longer plausible after reading this book. [I fully agree.  I don’t think that conservative narrative ever stood up to close scrutiny, it has _65598738_de43always depended on ignorance of the acts of the Council and the conciliar documents themselves, and, even more, prior councils. When one gains a knowledge of how prior councils were conducted, and the documents they produced (with their clear formulae and denunciations of anathemas), Vatican II stands out in very marked contrast.  But, we have the saving grace that Vatican II, as both John XXIII and Paul VI repeatedly declared, was merely a pastoral, non-dogmatic council.] I highly recommend it for any student of the Council, and I want to emphasize again that this book is not a polemic, not some Traditionalist attack – everything I said above is deduced simply from the speeches and writings of the Council Fathers, which this book reproduces en masse and hence becomes an indispensable resource for this important period in ecclesiastical history. It is not inexpensive, but it is certainly worth the money. When I finished the book, I was sorry it was over.  It was that good.
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I agree with all Boniface has to say.  It is truly a seminal, career-defining book.  It should be read by all Catholics.  As I said, I hope to revisit this book several times in the upcoming days and weeks. Hopefully, in posts that are not quite so long!

If ye ever be in Denver….. September 4, 2013

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…..and you’re looking for a Mass, might I suggest Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish in LIttleton?  It’s run by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.  Basic construction of the church was just completed a few months ago. It’s very, very nice, even though all the details have not been completely finished, yet.  I must say, in some respects, it makes me desire to see a bit more for our own Mater Dei!  But that will come in time, because MD is rapidly outgrowing its current building.

Anyway, a few pics below.  The high altar only fits under the roof by 3/4 of an inch!  Because of the sheer size of the altar and the variant lighting it received, my pics came out a bit fuzzy. The phone camera could not decide what to focus on!

This is where we met PG and her family.  I can’t stress what a great time we had – where else could I talk traddy Catholic stuff and F-111 avionics?!?

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Glorious Buffalo Church to be Demolished – UPDATED September 4, 2013

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I wonder if the fact that this parish seems eminently suited to offering the TLM, and is so redolent of that “negative ecclesiology” so hated by the modernists in the Church, has anything to do with the plans for its destruction?

Saint Ann’s Church and Shrine, an unparalleled Buffalo and Western New York treasure that equals or even tops Paris’ Notre st ann 5250Dame and New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, has been decreed profane and now faces an unforgiving wrecking ball by order of newly arrived Bishop Richard Malone. [OK, comparing this church to Notre Dame may be a bit over the top, but it does seem an irreplaceable treasure, worth great effort and expense to preserve]

Bishop Malone is a non-Western New Yorker but his decree is with the full concurrence of recently retired Bishop Kmiec who also is not a local cleric.

St Ann’s was built in the 1880’s by German immigrants from Bavaria, Austria and Bohemia, who prepaid for every quarried block before it was floated down the historic Erie Barge Canal from quarries in Lockport to the docks of the Village of Buffalo. Once there, these monstrous blocks were hauled, foot by foot, with horse drawn dredges, to the Sacred Site selected for their soon to be incomparable sanctuary.

All told, hundreds of thousands of unpaid man-hours of backbreaking work were performed over years as this magnificent edifice rose, block by block, to become one of the most important and beautiful structures in the Niagara region.

The decree to demolish this treasure was issued by Bishop Malone without accepting one of many invitations of Saint Ann’s parishioners to visit the church.

st ann tridentine250I read similarly that French officials are now opining that thousands of little-attended parishes in France are likely to be demolished over the coming decades.  Many of thse also contain incomparable works of art and treasures of the Faith. But, these parishes are so little attended, and bring in so little income, the French government (which owns and operates all the churhces of France, and has for around a century) sees clear justification in shutting them down and destroying them.

But, then, they tip their hand a bit.  Knowing that there would be many Catholics without a church within even an hour’s drive if they did demolish 3000 current churches, most of which were built in the 19th century or earlier, the French government plans to spend even more money to replace those large, mostly country, churches, with small chapels. Now, who thinks those chapels will be just a bit on the modernist side?  Who thinks those chapels will be far less compatible with those “bad, old” Catholic ideas of “negative ecclesiology” (sin, judgment, Heaven, hell, atonement, propitiation, sacrifice, mortification, etc)?  So, perhaps there are more motives than simply monetary considerations. I note that it is highly possible that the church in France – at least as far as those whoSt.Anns 1250 observe the Precepts of the Faith – will be as much as half SSPX in 20 or 30 years. This could be a preemptive move to make SSPX growth more difficult, the Society being equally disliked by the socialist government of France and most of the French hierarchy.

Back to Buffalo, there is no question it is yet another Rust Belt city whose best days are far, far behind it.  The population of Buffalo has fallen by naerly 60% since its peak in the early 50s. In fact, the population of Buffalo today is only slightly larger than it was when construction on the parish in question began.  So, it’s very likely attendance at this parish has plummeted, and this could be one of many parishes in formerly vibrant Cathoilc urban areas which can no longer pay for its own upkeep.  But, I could be wrong, I really don’t know.   I do know this parish has apparently been used for TLMs in the recent past.

One would think, and hope, that such a great treasure would be worth some investment from the Diocese of Buffalo to help keep the parish open.  In the Diocese of Salina, KS, there are a large number of beautiful 19th century parishes built by German immigrants, the membership of most of which has also collapsed.  Somehow, those parishes stay open, and are still architectural delights, as I’ve reported on this blog. I don’t know much about new Bishop Malone, but I know his predecessor, like most of the upstate NY hierarchy, was on the progressive side.

Wasn’t there some old, beautiful church, due to be torn down in Buffalo, that was bought and moved by some parish in the South?  But, It hink it was quite a bit smaller than this one.

If this was some modernist catastrophe from the 60s, no one would care if it was destroyed.  But stop tearing down our few remaining gorgeous, uplifting, holy churches!

UPDATED: Tancred at Eponymous Flower found a story that, probably due to the pushback, the Diocese is now looking to find a developer to purchase the property.  But it still won’t be a church, so what’s the point? Do we need a glorious, sacred structure like this turned over to profane uses?  Does that really help the Faith?