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Some messages for Cardinal Kasper July 29, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, secularism, shocking.
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A few messages for Cardinal Kasper and his ideological allies, via Fr. Carota and Cardinal Muller.  First, Fr. Carota had the following pics, one quoting a great priest and the other a great Saint, along with an emphatic statement in support for the inability of Doctrine to be contradicted:

We need to scream out a thousand million times: CATHOLIC DOCTRINE CAN NOT AND WILL NOT CHANGE.  We can further develop our understanding of it, we can further define it, but if it changes, it is no longer Catholic or the immutable Deposit of Faith given to us by Jesus Christ.  When people come up with “catholic doctrine” that has changed, it is absolutely no longer Catholic.  It is absolutely and nothing more than heresy.

Today, if you even question the changes in Catholic Doctrines, you are automatically persecuted and ostracized by most bishops, priests, religious and people.

All of us have a responsibility to suffer for defending the purity of Catholic truth.  TheArians, (Jesus is not equal to God the Father) were the majority of “catholics” for around 200 + years (300 – 500 A.D.).  Many “catholics” were Iconoclasts, (condemned painting or sculpturing of Catholic religious art), for hundreds of years too (Late 600′s- Early 800′s).  All those who resisted these heresies were exiled, punished, persecuted or put to death.

We might have such a glorious future to look forward to!

The awesome pics:

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Next, Prefect  of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Cardinal Gerhard Muller has given a book length interview in which he once again forcefully restates Catholic Doctrine on marriage, adultery, divorce, reception of the Blessed Sacrament, etc., and really takes apart the Kasperite gambit (as so many have already done).  At least Cardinal Muller appears much more orthodox on this topic than he is in some of his Marian theology and especially with regard to liberation theology:

Not even an ecumenical council can change the doctrine of the Church, because its founder, Jesus Christ, has entrusted the faithful custody of his teachings and his doctrine to the apostles and their successors. We have a well-developed and structured doctrine on marriage, based on the word of Jesus, which must be offered in its integrity. The absolute indissolubility of a valid marriage is not a mere doctrine, but rather a divine dogma that has been defined by the Church. In the face of the de facto rupture of a valid marriage, another civil “marriage” is not admissible. If it were, we would be facing a contradiction, because if the previous union, the “first” marriage – or rather, simply the marriage – is really a marriage, another subsequent union is not “marriage.” It is only by a play on words that one can speak of a first and second “marriage.” A second marriage is possible only when the legitimate spouse has died, or when the marriage has been declared invalid, because in these cases the previous bond has been dissolved. If this is not the case, we are in the presence of what is called the “impediment of the bond.”

…..“The image of the field hospital is very beautiful. Nonetheless we cannot manipulate the pope by reducing the whole reality of the Church to this image. The Church in itself is not a hospital: the Church is also the house of the Father.”……

……“A simple ‘adaptation’ of the reality of marriage to the expectations of the world does not bear any fruit, but rather turns out to be counterproductive: the Church cannot respond to the challenges of the modern world with a pragmatic adaptation. In opposing an easy pragmatic adaptation, we are called to choose the prophetic audacity of martyrdom. With this we can bear witness to the Gospel of the holiness of marriage. A lukewarm prophet, through an adjustment to the spirit of the time, would be seeking his own salvation, not the salvation that only God can give.”

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There is much more from Cardinal Muller at the link. He goes on to some length refuting this latest attempt to, in effect, destroy the Sacrament of Marriage and blaspheme the Holy Spirit through mass, sacrilegious reception of the Blessed Sacrament.  Cardinal Kasper, if he had any, should be ashamed for even bringing this up. His arguments, such as they are, have been completely refuted from Scripture, Tradition, and even the post-conciliar Magisterial statements of Pope Saint John Paul II.  It is ludicrous this is even being discussed.  Kasper has been strongly opposed by Cardinals Muller, Burke, Collins, Brandmuller, Sebastian, Caffarra, De Paolis, and others.  But he has a lot of support from other corners, such as most of the very disordered Germanic episcopate.

But, in spite of all that, this Synod will likely come down to where the pope stands.  If he strongly supports the Kasperite gambit, we shall have to pray much to the Holy Ghost.

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A small data point from the sodo-marriage debates July 29, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, manhood, paganism, Sacraments, sadness, sanctity, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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Many readers will know that my family and I relocated from  north Dallas suburb to Irving to be nearer to the local FSSP parish.  I have been very glad to make some truly trivial sacrifices along the way so that my family can enjoy assisting at Mass much more frequently and generally being much more involved in parish life.  It has been an enormous blessing for all of us. I am so glad we moved.

We had a bit of a rough time with our first realtor, but after some sturm and drang found a great house just minutes from the parish.  God truly smiled on us in this.  But one thing we did not realize at the time we bought our wonderful house was that our next door neighbors consisted of an all-male couple.  We found out a day or two after we moved in.  There were initially two guys there (yes, this story gets a bit……involved), one of whom is highly “passable” as “straight” and the other less so.  Later there got to be a third guy, and there were also many men (and sometimes women) coming and going at all hours of day and night.  It has been a little bit of a circus.

Now, some of these were family and business associates, so it may not have been completely sordid, but it has been strange.  Nevertheless, through it all there was the “less straight” hispanic guy and the more straight partner.  They moved in several years ago and spent a ton of money fixing up their house into something really very nice.  But I found out last night that the Hispanic guy is moving out and that their relationship is now over.

I have no idea the hows or whys, any relation to the constant stream of visitors, and don’t want to know. It’s quite beside the point.  The point is that these guys were perfect candidates for the kind of couples that demand marriage be “redefined,” or really destroyed, so they can get tax benefits, have a big party, and all the rest.  They were “stable.”  They’d been together for  years.  But when things fell apart, apparently very recently, less straight dude started packing and will be gone within a few days.

The point of all this is that while just one small datapoint, it is illustrative of many of the problems and outright falsehoods being put forth regarding this most morally offensive of lifestyles and the prevarication that it any way can be compared to marriage.  Aside from exceedingly rare exceptions, these couples are not stable. They are not monogamous. There was a lot of obvious ickiness going on.  Living next door has been an object lesson in the mass falsehoods being perpetrated by adherents of this lifestyle and their allies on the ideological left regarding its true nature and radical difference from marriage. Unless one wants to consider 12 time divorced swingers as the default marriage nowadays.

But even more, marriage simply isn’t what these guys or any other perverse combo is.  Marriage is the contract between a man and woman for the reservation of those faculties ordered towards the creation of children exclusively for one another.  On any number of fronts, fake marriage between two men, three women, a man, a dog, and an orangutan, or anything else is just that, fake.

I picked the below from JP Sonnen’s site, I pray we have more defenders of marriage who can speak so clearly and eloquently on this subject. Ryan Anderson absolutely destroys the special pleading and morally bankrupt (and philosphically unjustifiable) argument of the poor lost soul desiring sodo-marriage:

What is tragic is that so many people are so wholly malformed by the culture, their own whims, and the dread effects of centuries of protestant/endarkenment/rationalist thinking that they simply cannot get through their heads: MARRIAGE HAS BEEN, IS, AND EVER WILL BE STRICTLY A UNION OF MAN AND WOMAN!  But as we see above, no matter how eloquently argued, this basic truth that 99.99999% of all people in Western civilization knew as an absolute metaphysical truth even a few decades ago, is now utterly lost on a huge and growing swath of the population.

Because everything, even timeless, bedrock institutions of all humanity, should be subject to the whims of moment and the lowest desires of our loins, and the highly unpredictable but certainly incredibly destructive consequences be damned.

MUST SEE: Chilling vision of Purgatory and Hell July 29, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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I was sent the below by a reader Michael M.  It is the testimony of Marino Restrepo, of whom I knew nothing before watching the video.  I have done a bit of research on him and it seems his testimony and overall theology/eschatology are quite solid if a bit novel on some of the particulars (I am not saying these novelties are bad, they are simply things I hadn’t heard before, on topics that are not doctrinal).  It’s a fascinating and moving account.  I came away wanting to do a very thorough examination of conscience and general Confession.  There is an article from Spirit Daily on him here.  Some excerpts regarding what Mr. Restrepo was told by the Lord regarding the future of the Church:

“Religions are going to be a private activity that can not be  publicly exhibited and will be watched and controlled by the governments,” he claims. “The true Church will live practically as in the beginning of Christianity. He told me that the conversion of Israel has to take place before Jesus will come again.

“That conversion will happen overnight and there is going to be much confusion among the Jews. Many of them will kill each other once the conversion starts. The Lord said that the same way the Berlin Wall fell, so it will be the conversion of the Israelites. He said that the time was not very far. But I learned something about His time: It has absolutely nothing to do with human time at all.”

As for Christians, says Marino: 

“Many will fall away from the faith within the next years. The Lord is cleaning up the house. A lot of dirt is going to be uncovered. All that was hidden is going to come to light. Many will lose their faith. Our Church may become smaller, but it will become a Church of real believers. The times we are facing will not be possible to endure without a faith that is radically centered [as with the apostles; praise God!] in perfect obedience.”

Nothing really radical there. I think many pious souls believe we are headed towards a great reduction in the Church in many regards – in public role and scope, size, etc.  But I think, as Pope Benedict alluded, the smaller Church will be much purer, more fervent, and holy.  Aside from the revelations regarding Israel’s conversion, which are fascinating if certainly not doctrinal, all of the above is pretty much obvious to anyone with eyes to see.

Before I post the video, I will say Mr. Restrepo does talk about his life before his miraculous experience and conversion.  He was lost in many of the same sins many of us have fallen into – drug use, fornication, the whole rock n’ roll debacle.  I wouldn’t say there is really any problematic content, morally, but it is straight and to the point, so caution is advised for children or viewing near children:

 

I found the descriptions of spiritual warfare, and the amassing of “backing” from either demons or angels depending on our sins or virtues, quite compelling.  It speaks to my sensus fidei, you could say.

Mr. Restrepo’s book, upon which this talk is based, is pretty highly recommended in Catholic mystical circles.  That’s not my main cup of tea, although I do read such things on occasion, but I wonder if readers have any comments or thoughts on this man and his experience?

Franciscans of the Immaculate case takes a strange and disconcerting turn July 29, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, religious, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, the return.
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Rorate is reporting that an Italian blogger who has reported on the persevention against the Franciscans of the Immaculate has been charged by Fr. Alfonso Bruno, the new head of the FI’s after the sacking of their founder and former leadership, with a formal case of defamation with the Italian authorities.

Below, Rorate’s summation of the situation.  I’m not sure how confirmed all this is, but the case was reported by a major Italian daily.  Certainly, newspapers of all stripes make errors and are at times given to sensationalism, but at present there is no reason to suspect fabrication, exaggeration, or subterfuge:

By the senior religious correspondent of Italian daily La Stampa, the startling news: those responsible for the intervention on the Franciscans of the Immaculate, after silencing their innocent victims inside the Church, now use the Police to intimidate journalists and bloggers — and their family members ! — in Italy.
It is probably the most serious attempt by an ecclesial authority to make use of the police forces to limit the freedom of the press in Italy in living memory — the attempt is based on scraps of a couple of past posts, but the intent and likely result is obviously to intimidate the future activity of the media on covering some ecclesial activities. It is a shocking new chapter in the grotesque soap opera of the intervention in the Franciscans of the Immaculate.

So the web of persecution surrounding the Franciscans of the Immaculate spreads ever wider. You can read the actual report at Rorate.  I’d like to approach this matter from a slightly skewed angle, if you will.

I’m sure my readers are aware that there is an American priest of the FIs who has been deeply involved in this tragic and very unsettling persevention.  I used to read him regularly, before he began his jihad against his strawman caricature of traditional Catholics in late 2010.  He is certainly very busy writing and blogging hither and yon “(and also “visiting” many FI monasteries, to make sure they understand the new order of things and the powers that now be).  He has been striving to get his interpretation, which is that of the new leadership, of the “intervention” across in many venues.

But he seems frustrated.  He seems to feel that somehow his “side is losing the PR battle.”  And he seems quite exasperated with this.  He feels the “facts” are inseparably on his side, and that his small group saved this formerly growing, stable, and vibrant order from themselves.  Even at the cost of inflicting misery on many hundreds of his confrere’s and shattering that vibrancy, he seems quite invincibly convinced of his being in the right. What he cannot seem to understand is why he is having such a hard time selling his side of the story.

Well, the above, this kind of heavy handed repression is why!  I mean, who sues family man bloggers, other than trolls and thugs?  This is hardly the first time the nouveau leadership of the FIs has stooped to such tactics.  It has in fact been part and parcel of the new regime since its installation.    What have we seen in less than a year?  We have seen the founder locked up under house arrest, surely the most dangerous octogenarian on the planet.  We have seen the former leadership forced under pain of obedience to endure scattering to distant missionary apostolates very far from the center of events.  That certainly appears to be an attempt to get them out of the way.  We have seen ludicrous stories of malfeasance on the part of the former administration, and even some of their lay associates and family members, made up well after the fact.  Stories that have never been even remotely supported by any substantive evidence and, after having served their purpose of disparaging the reputations of certain individuals, have been quietly dropped.

What else have we seen?  We’ve seen the reputations of devout novices trashed because they asked uncomfortable questions of the nouveau leadership and the Pope, through completely fabricated and meaningless (but very revealing) claims that the individual in question “rejected Vatican II.” What would that even mean?  We have seen the same intervention inflicted on the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, even though there was never even a hint of “division,” nor of any moral or doctrinal problem.  Oh, but there was, maybe, a “drift.”  Heavens to Betsy, let’s call out the legions of modernist female religious to set them straight.  We have seen many dozens of priests denied the right to offer the TLM under Summorum Pontificum, a grave injustice that remains to this day. We have seen a formerly vibrant order shattered.  We have seen a mass exodus of devoted souls from this order, which used to be one of the few growing religious orders in the entire Church.

These are not the typical behaviors of those who have the might of right on their side.  These are not the normal behaviors of virtuous souls.  Perhaps the arguments haven’t convinced people, because they are fundamentally unconvincing!  Or maybe actions speak many times louder than words, and the actions speak of repression and a determination to inflict a certain vision on many unwitting and unwilling souls, no matter the cost-  the same vision which has resulted in so much chaos, destruction, and dissolution in so many other religious orders. Already we have seen evidence that the seriousness with which the FIs used to take their vow of poverty has already slipped a great deal.

Now, there are potentially charitable explanations for some of the items above.  But taken in totality, along with many other actions not mentioned, they stretch charitable interpretations beyond the breaking point.  And behind them all, is the strange fact that this most obedient (as their meek submission over the past year has so eloquently demonstrated) and doctrinally orthodox of orders has been singled out for this (what for all the world appears to be) savage treatment, while so many other far more problematic, heretical, and destructive orders have been able to continue on their merry way making chaos and slowly (or very quickly) killing themselves and religious life –  the heart of the Church – generally.

That is why you are having such a hard time convincing people.  The actions are just too repressive, the double standard too massive to ignore.

And the more you use tactics like suing bloggers, the more unconvincing will you be.

 

EWTN jumps on Orange Diocese Crystal Cathedral bandwagon? July 29, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, secularism, silliness, the return.
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The lede’s a slight exaggeration – maybe.  I don’t know that they’ll be broadcasting Mass from the outrageous former protestant Crystal Cathedral of the Diocese of Orange, CA, but they will make their left coast offices on the campus, which seems a bit of an endorsement to me:

Christ Cathedral will be the site of the first West Coast broadcast studio for the largest religious media network in the world, with construction underway in the iconic Tower of Hope for the Eternal World Television Network.

EWTN, which transmits Catholic programming 24 hours a day available to 230 million-plus homes in 140 countries, has long sought a West Coast presence, and after about a year of discussions, has formed a partnership with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.

The initial lease will last 10 years, said Michael P. Warsaw, the chairman of the board and CEO for the television network. The parties, though, have not yet settled on a price, though it should be “nominal,” said diocese spokesman Ryan Lilyengren.

“This is a great opportunity for us to have access to people and organizations on the West Coast,” Warsaw said. “As we learned about the diocese’s vision, it became evident that (Christ Cathedral) would be a great location.”

Do you think Mother Angelica signed off on this?  I doubt it.

Such an interesting choice – an increasingly neo-Catholic network chooses to “Catholicize” the former grounds of a protestant TV ministry.  By so doing they seem to give at least tacit support to the use of the wholly inappropriate glass menagerie as a Catholic Cathedral.

I am certain in their minds this made just absolutely perfect sense.  Somehow, this really evokes the whole turn the network has made in the past 8 or 10 years to me.

Am I the only one that finds this a very strange, if not a very poor, choice?