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How Cardinal Burke handled the falling away and eventual return of a same-sex attraction afflicted Catholic November 3, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, manhood, Sacraments, sanctity, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Tradition, Virtue.
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This is a great story from LifeSiteNews.  It demonstrates how true charity and true mercy – not the false, world- and elite- pleasing simulacrums of the same – can be put into practical action for the good of souls.

It seems there was a man afflicted by same-sex attraction that became a radicalized advocate for that lifestyle.  He left the Church in preference of his acting out his desires.  But, by the Grace of God, he eventually returned. Cardinal Burke played a role in that return and was the focus of the man’s anger and, you might even say, hatred of the Church, while he was lost in sin.  But like the prodigal son, he was welcomed home by a prelate who knows true charity from the false and self-serving modernist pretensions being paraded before the world by so many other Churchmen today.

There is so much in this post that I’m going to copy almost all of it, because it raises so many prescient points (I add emphasis and comments)

Former homosexual activist Eric Hess, writing three years ago in Celebrate Life magazine, broke with several cherished dogmas of militant homosexuality [they got the terminology right]  in recounting how he returned like the Prodigal Son and found a warm welcome from the man he once spurned.

Hess’ first heresy was to name the cause of his homosexuality—a dreadful relationship with an alcoholic father who frequently beat his mother “in addition to threatening me and my brother.” Hess writes how he reacted by looking for a substitute father in his teens and thought he had found one in a teacher until the latter took advantage of his vulnerability to seduce him[How many, Lord, have been similarly abused and converted into a life of sin and darkness?  I know from personal experience how incredibly a life lost in mortal sin can be, and yet millions are encouraged to fall into that sin even by those with major leadership roles in the Church.  How many of those who give such awful counsel are simply trying to justify their own sins is known only to God]

While this account dovetails with what psychology had concluded by the mid-20thcentury as an explanation for homosexuality and a basis for treatment, fierce lobbying by the homosexual lobby forced both the psychology and psychiatry professions into suppressing it in the mid-70s. Both groups now meekly toe the line dictated by the gay lobby, which preaches, without evidence, that homosexuality is innate, and therefore immutable and untreatable. [No small self-serving argument, there.  In how many other fields has “science” decayed from the pursuit of facts for the benefit of mankind to cooperation with the leftist agenda of certain self-anointed elites?]

But Hess goes further, ascribing to Pope Paul VI’s prediction that the Pill, by disconnecting sexuality from its Divine purpose, promoted not only homosexuality, but adultery, abortion, and embryonic stem cell use—all expressions of people reduced to “sexual objects.” [But what of the “gifts” those lost in sodomy bring to the Church?]

In 1995, after four years of trying to combine sporadic Catholic worship with fulltime homosexual cohabitation, Hess gave up, and melodramatically “boxed up all my crucifixes and Bibles and dropped them off at the office of the bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin with a letter renouncing the Catholic faith.” [Evidence of drama and attention-seeking?  Is this kind of over-dramatic behavior somehow explicable?]

That would be Bishop Raymond “Ivory Tower” Burke. To Hess’ surprise and chagrin, Bishop Burke responded kindly, saying he respected Hess’ decision but would pray for his return. A self-described “gay activist,” Hess was outraged at the bishop’s “arrogance,” and wrote back to accuse him of harassment and instruct him to never write again. But Bishop Burke did write again, one last, kind letter, promising to obey Hess’ dictate, but also promising, “if I should want to reconcile with the Church, he would welcome me back with open arms.”

Of course, Hess was having none of this, he thought, but when he told his lover three years later, after a short but intense period of prayer and discernment led by a parish priest, that he needed to return to the Church, the lover responded, “I knew all along that this day would come. Do what you need to do to be happy.”

Hess then describes the wonderful welcome he received. His parish priest heard his confession and found him a Catholic family to live with until he could find a new apartment. As for Bishop Burke, when Hess called at his office to reconcile, “he embraced me.” He also wondered if Hess remembered the package of Catholic objects he had left there in his anger, which, of course, Hess did. The bishop had kept them, in the belief that Hess would return, and now he gave them back.

Hess recounts how he then considered—and studied for—the priesthood but ultimately concluded his vocation was to “faithfully live the single life” in chastity. [Good discernment]

But some “apostate” priests (mostly in their 50s and 60s) still try to convince him, even from within the Confessional, that God wanted him to reactivate his homosexuality. These men were not helping him, he writes. “As someone who suffered in the state of mortal sin for many years, I assure you that there is no happiness outside of the moral order.” [Well this is just mortifying but is another data point confirming what many of us already know. So many priests are morally lost themselves and unable or unwilling to give direction to others in the right practice of virtue. How many of those priests who advised this man to return to his former life of sin are themselves lost in the same sin and give such counsel as a perverse means of assuaging their own consciences is again something known only to God, but the number is probably frightfully high.]

The man who has helped him was his bishop, who let him leave the Church so he could return to it. “While some malign Archbishop Burke for his fidelity to God, Church and all souls, I say that he is a true shepherd of the faithful and a present day Athanasius,” Hess wrote.

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I do not have to imagine how devastating it can be to be trying to amend one’s life and to hear a priest tell you “Oh, that’s not a sin.  In fact, you need to do X and be yourself.”  Both my wife and I have experienced that directly, whether it be casting doubt on whether I was really an addict or telling my wife that 4 kids is enough and it would be fine to contracept – the latter without her even asking, she would never even consider such but the priest just volunteered it.  And that from one of the more ostensibly “orthodox” priests in our Diocese.

But this issue of whether to be active in sodomy or not is, I think, even worse, precisely because it has become so politicized and is such a cultural lightning rod.  So much ink is spilled on this matter of 1-2% of the population and their behavior it is just insane, but that is where we are at as a culture.  People are so deranged from right moral practice they have literally developed a reprobate sense and can no longer tell right from wrong.  And it is not just the politically liberal that are so afflicted, there are many proud Republicans that are thoroughly lost, morally.

Which is  just what satan wants.  He must be absolutely gleeful right now.  And who knows how many souls struggling to overcome some terrible affliction like sodomy or chemical addiction falls back into their sinful lifestyle based on the words of some possibly well-meaning but incredibly destructive priest?  I doubt the number is trivial.

Well, as much as these matters either edify or scandalize us, the only way to get out of this disastrous crisis is the personal practice of sanctity.  That must be the constant focus of all our efforts in this life of ours.  Begin every act with a prayer.  Constantly appeal to your guardian angel.  Pray the Rosary, stay close to Our Lady, and assist at the most reverent and traditional parish you can find.  Receive the Sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist as often as possible.  And pray without ceasing.  After that, do little acts of charity for those around you just for the sake of loving God and our fellow man, no matter how they may try us.

Dominus vobiscum!



Some local Catholic greatness November 3, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, priests, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Fr. Jason Cargo is pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Corsicana.  He is a good young priest and certainly one well disposed to the perennial practice of the Faith, as I think the photo below from yesterday demonstrates ably his connection to Tradition, as he led an All Soul’s Day Procession to a local Catholic cemetery:

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And even black vestments and a biretta!

No, Father Cargo does not offer the TLM nor any full Mass in Latin that I am aware of but he is known to mix in Latin prayers at times.  What a radical notion, right?!?  Using Latin in the Latin Rite! Wow.

But good for him and God bless him.  I’m sure he loves Corsicana and the people there surely need his pastoral care but it is interesting which priests tend to wind up more on the periphery than in the center of things.

Looks like a good crowd supported this public witness of our Faith and this most charitable act for the poor suffering souls in Purgatory.

Praise be to God, this is a hopeful sign. And may cremation of Catholics cease immediately.  For a very long time, cremation was seen as a denial of bodily Resurrection by the Church.  Cremation was quite specifically condemned.  Like so many other things, what is taught is no longer nearly so clear and many Catholics opt for cremation for various reasons…..reasons I do not understand in the slightest.  Let my bones molder in the ground, I care not, what I want is to demonstrate my trust in the Resurrection.  I’m sure God can raise up souls from even dispersed particles but it’s the message it sends that is concerning.

Refusal to aid a Saint in distress caused the 17th century religious wars November 3, 2014

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Another excerpt from Dom Poulet’s A History of the Catholic Church, this time, quoting another author, CM Anthony.  Anthony proposed that the horrific religious wars that afflicted much of Europe during the latter half of the 16th and much of the 17th centuries were due to the failure on the part of most Christian nations to answer the call of Pope Saint Pius V in meeting the deadliest threat Christendom had faced to that point, the expansion of islam into Europe under Suleiman the Magnificent.  Only those nations that answered the call were not afflicted with religious civil war.  All the rest, in the course of 100 years or so, were.  Only a few nations responded to Pope St. Pius V’s call to form a Holy League to oppose muslim depredations, especially to oppose the mighty fleet Suleiman had constructed to dominate the Mediterranean – Spain, Venice, and Genoa. A very interesting point made below:

One is struck by the extreme difficulty which the Sovereign Pontiff had to form the Holy League; by the brilliant victory; and by the almost immediate rupture of the Christian alliance on the death of the Pope.  It all happened like a flash of lightning at night.  One can only conclude that God, yielding to the supplication of His Vicar on earth, designed for his sake to save the Christian nations, but that these did not deserve what was due only to the merits of the Saint. One reads at the same time in the story of Lepanto the mercy and the wrath of God; mercy towards His threatened Church, anger against the sovereigns and the nations given to heresy at the very moment when the prayers of St. Pius snatched them from peril.  Two nations were chosen for the combat – Venice and Spain.  The others, rejected, were delivered to furious civil and religious wars.  What would have happened to France had she accepted the mission offered by Saint Pius?  God measures His blessings by services rendered.

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All the other nations were afflicted with terrible civil wars shortly after the Battle of Lepanto – France with the civil war between Catholic and Calvinist Huguenot, the Holy Roman Empire between protestant and Catholic in the terrible Thirty Years War that killed fully 1/4 of the German population, England with the English Civil War, and many other nations drawn into these and other conflicts.  Even Spain did not emerge unscathed, her power was broken by the expenditures of fighting in the Thirty Years War and in the Spanish Netherlands – perhaps as a result of the paucity of aid she gave in the dire situation of October 1570.  There was no formal Italy back then but I guess the participation of Venice, Genoa, and the Papal States earned the peninsula a pardon!

Quite an interesting proposition above.  It’s certainly far from dogmatic, but it does reinforce my belief that the Lord uses, or allows, our own sins and failings to be our downfall.  It also demonstrates at least one scholarly opinion on the incredible influence of the prayers of the Saints.  I am not one to argue with that opinion.

Which see, Western Civilization, collapse of: contraception; abortion; fornication; adultery; religious indifferentism; perversion; rationalism; “enlightenment;”  etc., etc.

An English Anglican’s assessment of the 16th Century Church of England….. November 3, 2014

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……and Ireland, where the Tudors, Stuarts, and others tried to force protestantism down the collective throat of a most reluctant population.

Edmund Spenser was and remains a famous poet of Elizabethan England.  Whatever his merits as a poet, he saw much to dislike in the Elizabethan Anglican church.  Spenser made the following observations of the “official” religion of Anglicanism in England and Ireland at the close of the 16th century.  This is reported in Dom Charles Poulet’s decidedly pre-conciliar A History of the Catholic Church:

the-glee-of-smashing-idols-calvinists-in-a-catholic-church-1The state of the Reform church [I still think Catholics have failed miserably in adequately describing the protestant sects.  They are not churches, and certainly did not “reform” anything.  We need to come up with better, more accurate terms, and not use their own self-serving terminology. Protestant revolutionaries is apt, and instead of saying “reformation,” or “reform church,” perhaps “deformation” and “deformed church” would be better.]  at this period is worthy of note.  It is impartially described by Edmund Spenser, an English protestant poet, who had a residence in Ireland.  “Whatever disorders you see in the Church of England,” he wrote, “you may find in Ireland, and many more, namely gross simony, greedy covetousness, incontinence, careless sloth, and generally all the disordered life in the common clergyman…..They neither read the Scriptures, nor preach to the people, nor administer the communion…….It is great wonder to see the odds which are between the zeal of the Popish priests and the ministers of the gospel. [Spenser’s term for Anglican ministers]  For they [Catholic priests] spare not to come out of Spain, from Rome, and from Rheims, by long toil and dangerous traveling hither, where thy know peril of death awaiteth them, and no reward or riches are to be found, only to draw the people unto the Church of Rome; whereas some of our idle ministers having a way for credit and estimation thereby opened unto them without pains and without peril, will neither for the same, nor any love of God, nor zeal of religion, nor for all the good they may do for winning souls to God, be drawn from their warm nests to look out into God’s harvest.

That was the first, and, at the time, the only honest thing that was said about the reform in Ireland.  Penned by an eye-witness, it summed up the whole situation perfectly.  His description is corroborated in every detail by the state papers that have since come to light.

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Indeed.  At the time Dom Poulet’s history was written, the prevailing view in the academy was still that old protestant trope, that the people of England, by and large, welcomed the protestant revolt in their 180px-Iconoclasmland and had little love lost for the Church.  This view was basically just a repetition of the old polemics the victorious protestant nobility and power elite had made since Elizabethan times, and it was as self-serving as it was false.  More recent scholarship has shown just how painful and pitiful the “reform” in the British Isles really was, being born in lust, powered by greed (the sacking of the monasteries and the redistribution of those semi-public lands used for the welfare of the poor, all given in payment to the nobility to support the revolutionary creed), and executed by naked and most cruel force.  The large majority of the population was opposed to the reform, and a quite substantial proportion remained attached to the Catholic Faith even after decades of the most severe and unrelenting persecution possible.

In fact, it took a century or more of this kind of abuse to drive people from the Faith.  It must be remembered that for the vast majority of this long period – in which many families were completely impoverished by taxes levied on them just for being Catholic, or refusing to partake of the “established” religion (such an apt name, established by MAN!) – these faithful had virtually no recourse to any spiritual sustenance of any kind, and might see one of the few priests sent to England perhaps once every few years.  And this is how souls were broken of the Faith in the formerly Christian lands of the Levant and North Africa, left from generation to generation without priest or bishop by an evil, repressive government. It is an amazing testimony to our Faith that even after three CENTURIES of this most violent repression, there were still hundreds of thousands of professing Catholics in England by the time of the “Catholic Emancipation Act” of 1830, an act which allowed for full public worship and, wonder of wonders, the ability of
Catholics to even hold public office. I guess the grave “threat” they posed to the power elite and their ill-gotten riches was judged to have been sufficiently attenuated by then.

Always remember: the protestant creeds were all born in lust, powered by greed, and inflicted by force. I cannot overstate this point. Yes there were millions who willingly – and for as many different reasons – went over to this heresy that has eaten away at Western Civilization for 500 years, but there were many millions more who were more or less forced into protestantism unwillingly, or would at least have been much happier remaining under the “old religion.”