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Last Tango in Argentina for former Cardinal Bergoglio November 13, 2013

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Uff da. I think it’s after Mass.  But Cardinal Bergoglio was definitely there. Not sure when this if from. It looks local to Argentina. What a sad Mass. I bet the median age of those in attendance is well above 70.  I bet not even 10% of the participants are under 60.  This must have been a special Mass to attract the Cardinal Archbishop, but attendance seems moderate, at best. Thank goodness they got elderly women to bear the candles up the processional (not).

The festivities end with a languid tango.  Not the best effort.  Maybe they were a special couple celebrating their 90th wedding anniversary or something.  I had a very hard time hearing the audio (esp. Bergoglio’s, he speaks very quietly), and my verbal Spanish is so-so at best (and its heavily biased towards Castillian – conother, and all that), so I could not really tell what was going on.  I’m sure one of you will enlighten me.

Is the tango after Mass? Does that make a big difference?  Are you like me, and find it offensive when a beautiful old church is gutted and sanctuary moved 50 ft (or much more) out into the nave?  Is it ever appropriate to have dancing in front of the altar?  Does a bishop visiting at a parish bear any responsibility for what goes on?  What is the appropriate response – to walk off when the shenanigans begin?  Is a tango after Mass worse than a balloon Mass?  And where does the belly dancing serpent fondling circus Mass fall in the spectrum?

When can we make the Mass primarily about rendering glory and worship to God, oriented towards our need for forgiveness and utter dependence on Grace for salvation?

h/t Mundabor and reader TG

“The gift of Grace surpasses every gift a creature can receive…” November 13, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, religious, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Sometimes on this blog, I feel like my postings become too negative.  I am not, generally, a negative person. In fact, I would say this blog frequently departs from my overall perspective, which is more positive that what I post here.  In fact, the blog is sort of my way of venting and keeping sanity (and an overall positive perspective) with respect to the crisis in the Faith and all the problems in the world.

But, I am very happy to post more positive things.  One of my very favorite Saints, and one which I cannot recommend highly enough to read, is St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori. You simply must get the books of his Ascetical Works, specifically, those translated from the Italian by Fr. Eugene Grimm, CSSR.  About half of the 25+ Ascetical Works are at least somewhat available as used books. DO NOT BUY THE VERSIONS FROM IGNATIUS OR “PRINT ON DEMAND” HOUSES. They are horribly abridged, taking most of the controversial, modernist-agitating “meat” out of them.  Make sure to get the Grimm versions (search for liguori+grimm), of which 12 volumes of paperbacks were published in the 70s and 80s.  You can also find them in hardback from even older printings (30s and 40s), but these are more expensive. The more rare volumes, usually volumes 15 and above, run well above $100.  Many of these have not been in print for 80 to 100 years.

Long intro – below, from Liguori’s Preparation for Death, Advantages that the Grace of God Procures of Us:

St. Thomas of Aquinas says that the gift of Grace surpasses every gift that a creature can receive, since it is a participation of the Divine nature. And before him, St. Peter said the same: “that by these ye may be made partakers of the divine nature.” (2 Pet 1:4) So great things Jesus Christ has merited for us by His Passion: He has communicated to us the same splendor that He received from the Father. And the glory which Thou hast given to Me, I have given to them (Jn 17:22). In fine, a soul in the state of Grace is one thing with God. He, says St. Paul, that is joined to the Lord is one spirit. (1 Cor 6:17). The Redeemer has said that in a soul that loves God, the Three Persons of the Most Holy Trinity dwell. If anyone love Me, my Father will love him, and We will come to him and We will make our abode with him. (Jn 14:23)

So great is the beauty of a soul in the state of Grace, that God himself extols it. How beautiful art thou! how beautiful art thou! ( Cant. 4:1) The Lord appears never to take his eyes off the soul that loves Him, nor to close His ears to its petitions. The eyes of the Lord are upon the just: and His ears unto their prayers (Ps 33:16). St. Bridget used to say that a man could not behold the beauty of a soul in the Grace of God without dying through joy. And St. Catherine of Siena, seeing a soul in the state of Grace, said that she would willingly have given her life to prevent that soul from losing such beauty. Hence she kissed the ground on which priests walked, because through them souls recover the Grace of God.

How many treasures of merits can a soul in the state of Grace acquire? Each moment it can merit an eternity of glory. St. Thomas teaches that every act of love merits for the soul eternal life. Why then should we envy the great ones of the earth? If we are in the Grace of God, we can constantly acquire far more greatness in Heaven……Moreover, he alone who has experienced it, can conceive the peace which a souls in the Grace of God enjoys in this life. O taste and see that the Lord is sweet (Ps 33:9).  The words of the Lord cannot fail. Much peace have they that love Thy law (Ps 118:165). The peace of a soul that is united with God, surpasses all the pleasures that the senses and the world can give. The peace of God which surpasseth all understanding (Phil 4:7).

———End Quote——–

Always strive to be in the State of Grace! It is an absolute necessity! We never know when the Lord may call us!  If you fall, get to Confession as quickly as possible!

That is why I pray that Confession be available for hours every day in every parish of the world!  Sin, especially mortal sin, is a deadly business!  Mortal sin is a spiritual heart attack!  You wouldn’t wait a week or two to have a heart attack treated!  Get to Confession as soon as possible!

And revel in the state of Grace that God gives us!  It is a gift beyond measure, as the great Moral Doctor made so clear above!

Papal condemnations of liberalism, vol. 2 November 13, 2013

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I posted a summation of papal opposition to liberalism last week, and vol. 1 of direct papal condemnations of liberalism yesterday.  Today, I complete the post listing just some of the highlights of the constant denunciations of liberalism in general, and religious liberty in particular, that a dozen popes made between 1780 and 1950, roughly.  Today, some of the strongest denunciations.

First up, Quanta Cura, the seminal encyclical from Blessed Pope Pius IX, who saw his prime minister, the prime minister of the Papal States, brutally stabbed to death right in front of him by a crazed masonic revolutionary.  Blessed Pius IX was literally drenched in the man’s blood. Pius IX, who some think had flirted a bit with liberalism prior to his election as pope, then and always thereafter realized that there is something demonic at the core of leftist revolutionaries, something that desires to see the world burn:pius ix

It is perfectly well known to  you, Venerable Brethren, that today there  are not lacking men who apply to civil society the impious and absurd principle of naturalism, as they call it: they dare to teach “that the perfection of the governments and civil progress demand absolutely that human society be established and governed without taking any more account of religion, as if it did not exist, or at least without making any difference between the different religions, between the true religions and the false ones.” Furthermore, contrary to the teaching of Scripture, of the Church, and of the holy Fathers, they do not fear to affirm that “the best government is that in which there is not conceded to the authorities the duty of curbing the violators of the Catholic religion with the sanction of penalties, except when public tranquility demands it.” 

As a consequence of this absolutely false idea of social government, they do not hesitate to favor that erroneous of opinions, most fatal to the Catholic Church and to the salvation of souls, which Our Predecessor of happy memory, Gregory XVI, called a delirium, c7aec6cd1b9d1b8abc0c7fa953634dd9namely, “that the liberty of conscience and of forms of worship is a right proper to every man; that it must be proclaimed in every well established state, and that the citizens have a right to full freedom to manifest their opinions loudly and publicly, whatever these may be, by word, by printing, or otherwise, without the ecclesiastical or civil authority’s being able to limit it.” [From Mirari Vos, quoted yesterday in post linked above] Now, by supporting these foolhardy affirmations, they do not think, they do not consider that they are preaching “a freedom of perdition,” and that “if it is always permitted to human opinions to enter into the conflict, there will never be lacking men who will dare to resist the truth and to put their confidence in the verbiage of human wisdom, an extremely harmful vanity that Christian faith and wisdom must carefully avoid, in accordance with the teachings of Our Lord Himself.” [This quote taken from Pope St. Leo the Great, Letter 164, Denziger 1689-90]

Next up, quotes from Blessed Pius IX’s famous Syllabus of Errors, A Collection of Condemned Modern Errors, published at the same time as Quanta Cura.  The propositions proposed below were all condemned as heretical by Blessed Pope Pius IX:

19. The Church is not a true and perfect society, entirely free- nor is she endowed with proper and perpetual rights of her own, conferred upon her by her Divine Founder; but it appertains to the civil power to define what are the rights of the Church, and the limits within which she may exercise those rights.

77. In our time, it is no longer useful that the Catholic religion be considered as the only religion of the state, to the exclusion of all other cults. 

78. Therefore, it is with reason that, in some Catholic countries, the law has provided that the foreigners who go there enjoy the public exercise of their particular forms of worship there. 

79. It is false that the civil liberty of all the cults and the full power left to all to manifest openly and publicly all their thoughts and all their opinions, throws the peoples more easily into corruption of morals and of the mind, and propagates the pestilence of Indifferentism.

Really, the entirety of the Syllabus should be read, studied, and compared to the foundational ideas of this country’s government.  And leo_xiiinot just that, but the Church’s approach to the world and the many states, and how the Church views Herself in relation to civil government over the past 40-50 years.  It is exceedingly difficult for this Catholic to reconcile the Syllabus with the conciliar documents Dignitatis Humanae and Guadium Et Spes.  In point of fact, Cardinal Ratzinger called Guadium Et Spes a “counter-syllabus.” 

Finally, we have Leo XIII and Immortale Dei from 1885. This is an encyclical spelling out the guidelines for a proper approach to forming a constitutional state:

requiem-Mass-2.and from the moment when the people is supposed to be the source of all law and of all power, it follows that the state does not believe itself tied to any obligation towards God, does not officially profess any religion, and is not held to search out which one is the sole true one among them all, or to prefer one to the others, or to favor one in the main; but that it should grant them all equality under the law, from the moment when the discipline of the republic suffers no detriment from this. Therefore, everyone will be free to embrace the religion that he prefers, or not to follow any if none of them please him…..[and thus, the modern liberal state actually encourages indifferentism and even atheism.  Or really, inevitably atheism.]

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All of these denunciations are predicated on some critical key concepts that used to be foundational in the formation of all Catholics but which are now unknown but to a few.  These include the immutability of Truth, the uniqueness of Divine Revelation through Jesus Christ, the Church’s status as sole repository for that Truth and, by extension, Her role as the sole vehicle of salvation.  All of those concepts stand in total opposition to the approach to religion endorsed by John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and the other enlightenment deists who gave us the modern concept of “government by the people, for the people.”  John Locke, the principle architect of constitutional republicanism, made no bones about his view of religion – people could be as religious as they liked, so long as their first and highest duty/love/obedience was to the state.  Thus, the state became the new god.

That is the truth behind the whole lie of “religious liberty.”  The states that espouse “freedom of religion” really don’t – it’s an illusion. As we see playing out with the HHS contraception mandate, as we’ve seen with state coercion of the Church in a thousand areas (and this has gone on for decades, well back to the 19th century in this country), under “religious liberty,” the state ultimately dominates religion.  It becomes, in many ways, the substitute for religion.  And that was Locke’s intent all along.  He doesn’t spell it out, because that would have turned off his 17th century English audience, but this domination of the state of religion lurks behind everything he says on the subject.

Ultimately, the Church embracing “religious liberty” as a sort of level playing field on which to compete is a fool’s game.  It’s the surrender the liberal state most desires. That is why, since the Church has caved to varying degrees to its claims of special rights and spiritual suzerainty over all souls, the advance of secularism has been unstoppable. It was advancing, too, before the Council, but not nearly so fast, because the Church resolutely opposed the advance.  With the acceptance, at least practically if not doctrinally, of “religious liberty,” the Church has given up that opposition and secularism has rampaged as never seen before. Just as all these popes predicted it would.

I know much of this sounds radical. It was radical to me a year or two ago.  I know criticizing, let alone rejecting, what we have been taught to believe is the inalienable right of each individual seems strange, almost heretical.  But I pray for those who find these words, who were unaware of this constant papal opposition towards fundamental aspects of so many modern nation-states, that they not simply tune out or disregard it as obsolete.  What was confirmed by popes for 200 years (and really, always) cannot ever be dismissed, changed, or undone. This Truth still exists, it is still valid, it will always be valid.  Just think about what I’ve written, pray on it, study much more the writings of the 18th, 19th, and first half of the 20th century popes, and perhaps you’ll find, as I did, that what these popes said makes perfect sense, and explains to a very great extent the crisis in the Faith today.


Some good local news on the liturgical front November 13, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, manhood, priests, sanctity, true leadership, Virtue.
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It’s not the Diocese of Dallas, but close enough.  I have been advised by regular reader RC that Blessed John Paul II parish at the University of North Texas (UNT) is a cut above when it comes to Liturgy, locally.  It is Novus Ordo, yes, but RC advises me (for I have never been) that the daily Masses and the 11am Sunday Mass are offered Ad Orientem.  In addition, the priest prays the common parts of the Mass in Latin, at least at that Sunday 11am Mass.  The Roman Canon is in use, and there is Gregorian Chant performed by a UNT/TWU student schola.   Kneeling for Communion is encouraged with a little kneeler/rail.  All in all, a cut far above your usual 0 Rsuburban Mass.

Usually, campus ministries or parishes tend towards the liberal side, thinking that will attract the young people better. I am told this parish attracts a good crowd of young and old, and is surely a refreshing change from the usual warmed over 60s dreck that is the feature of most Masses at university Newman centers. True story: my wife had a crisis of faith, to the point of darned near losing it, do to the errors and abuses she was exposed to at the University of Texas Newman Center back in the late 80s.  Nice.  She started going to a regular parish and things gradually improved.

The parish/ministry has been in rather limited quarters for some time.  Fortunately, they are planning on building what – from the plans – appears to be one of the prettiest parishes build in the DFW area in a long, long time.  They could use financial help. I am also informed that there is strong possibility for some great things – things readers of this blog would really, really like – in the near future.  Unfortunately, I can’t say more.

You can download a .ppt of the plans for the future church at the link.  No interior shots, but the exterior looks as good as anything I’ve seen built or planned in the DFW area in decades.

I know it may not be quite up your alley, but this is a nice effort by a young priest who is attracted to Tradition and really helping form some young folks solidly in the Faith.  For a lot of folks, there is simply no option of a TLM and even a reverent NO is a distant dream.  Even though I’ve transitioned pretty much full time to the TLM, reverent Novus Ordo’s played a big role in helping me to understand what the Liturgy could and should be.  Things like this have my solid support.

Pope Francis’ message to the FSSP on their 25th anniversary November 13, 2013

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Via Rorate Caeli and the Apostolic Nuncio of France, the Holy Father’s message to the FSSP of France on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of that glorious order (all emphasis Rorate’s):

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary
of the foundation of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter
Pope Francis joins the thanksgiving of her members for the work accomplished in this quarter-century spent at the service of ecclesial communion cum Petro et sub Petro.
It was in a moment of great trial for the Church that the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter was created. In a great spirit of obedience and hope, her founders turned with confidence to the Successor of Peter in order to offer the faithful attached to the Missal of 1962 the possibility of living their faith in the full communion of the Church. The Holy Father encourages them to pursue their mission of reconciliation between all the faithful, whichever may be their sensibility, and this to work so that all welcome one another in the profession of the same faith and the bond of an intense fraternal charity.
By way of the celebration of the sacred Mysteries according to the extraordinary form of the Roman rite and the orientations of the Constitution on the Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, as well as by passing on the apostolic faith as it is presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, may they contribute, in fidelity to the living Tradition of the Church, to a better comprehension and implementation of the Second Vatican Council. [Emphasis added]
The Holy Father exhorts them, according to their own charism, to take an active part in the mission of the Church in the world of today, through the testimony of a holy life, a firm faith and an inventive and generous charity.
Entrusting to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of Saint Peter, apostle, all the pilgrims assembled in Lourdes or at the church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris to give thanks to the Lord on this occasion, the Holy Father grants them with open heart the Apostolic Benediction.
Paris, October 28, 2013
On the feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles.
Apostolic Nuncio

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“Living Tradition.”  Now there is a loaded term.  I have been…..ummm……”invited”…… not to criticize or ask pointed questions regarding the Holy Father. So I won’t. I will merely note in passing that performing an internet search for “living tradition” and some of the more progressive or revolutionary figures of Vatican II and its aftermath will reveal a very strong correlation.  But, the term has been used by other conciliar and post-conciliar popes, so maybe it’s just boilerplate in this instance.  I’ll leave it to you, dear reader, to draw whatever you may from these words.

There has always been a tension within the FSSP regarding the Council. Since the founders of the Fraternity came from the SSPX, this should be understandable. But that tension extends to most all of the members of the Fraternity.  I can say that the critique from some traditional Catholics that the FSSP is “forbidden” to criticize or question the Council is not, in practice, true.  But the criticisms tend to be more subtle – I wouldn’t say muted, just subtle, or perhaps less ferocious, than from some other quarters.  It does, at times, take all kinds.

I better quit here while I’m behind.