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Cardinal Tagle: evangelist for the new Church paradigm March 16, 2015

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No, it’s not me claiming it’s new.  It’s Cardinal Tagle himself.  Via the estimable Patrick Archbold (he’s a better writer), Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila was in the UK for a big conference of “young Catholics” in London recently, and made some rather novel comments in an interview.  The below was reported in the Telegraph, I’m sure one could quibble with the accuracy of the quotes, but this is what they had:

The “harsh” and “severe” stance adopted by the Catholic clerics towards gay people, divorcees and single mothers has done lasting harm, one of the most prominent members of the Church’s new generation of Cardinals has acknowledged. [So this is a reporter summarizing.  What did he really say?  We’ll see]

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila in the Philippines, said the Church had to learn lessons from changing social attitudesand a greater understanding of psychology and recognise the “wounds” its judgmental approach had caused in the past[First of all, in the past 50 years, that is the life experience of the vast majority of Catholics living today, has the Church really been “harsh” and “judgmental?”  Is it not the Church’s role to judge and establish acceptable moral behavior?  But even at that, hasn’t the concern of many souls been that the vast majority of Church leaders and priests have failed to enunciate on these grave moral issues to any marked extent?]

……..Cardinal Tagle told The Telegraph: “We have to admit that this whole spirituality, this growth in mercy and the implementation of the virtue of mercy is something that we need to learn over and over again.

Part of it is also the shifts in cultural and social sensibilities such that what constituted in the past an acceptable way of showing mercy, … now, given our contemporary mindset, may not be any more viewed as that.” [That’s an interesting claim.  But the general cultural trend has been towards permissiveness and the constant excusing of even the gravest of sins as somehow permissible or not the fault of the individual.  Should the Church be influenced by this kind of mindset, always excusing sin, or establish clear moral guidelines and not waver from them?  Is allowing the world’s sentimentality masquerading as mercy/virtue not simply going to encourage more souls to remain in their sins and never really convert?  How can this be reconciled with the perennial practice of the Faith until, oh……the past several decades?]

He said that the past approach in Catholic schools and other institutions had often been to dictate rules and tell people that they were “for your own good”. [Well…..past when?  20 years ago?  Are schools in the Philippines much stricter and more doctrinal than schools in the West have been in decades?  Was catechesis really so bad, that people were just told “obey for your own good, you simpletons?”  Are people today remarkably dumber than they were 100 or 200 years ago, when the great preponderance of souls could not only grasp these moral truths but accept them and inculcate them into their lives?]

“Now with our growing sensibilities, growth in psychology, we realise that some of them were not as merciful,” he said.

“Now with the growth of insights in child psychology we see some of the wounds inflicted with that – and so we learn.”

Asked whether clerics must find new ways of dealing with people once treated as outsiders, he said: “Yes, I think even the language has changed already, the harsh words that were used in the past to refer to gays and divorced and separated people, the unwed mothers etc, in the past they were quite severe. [So there’s the “harsh” and “severe.”  But when and where is he speaking of?  And is clearing establishing certain behavior as sinful, is that “harsh,” or is that the greatest form of charity?  When one thinks of judgment and eternity, and the Church thought with this mind for a very, very long time, almost any earthly suffering (in overcoming/avoiding sin and growing in virtue) is not just trifling in comparison, but can also be highly efficacious of salvation.  Is there any sense of that in these comments?]

Many people who belonged to those groups were branded and that led to their isolation from the wider society. [Again…..in the past 50 years, and all I can speak to is predominately the Church in Europe and the Americas……where/when has this really been the case? I certainly haven’t picked up on a stigma on single mothers or “homosexuals” in many local parishes. And is labeling what has always been a sin a sin, and holding forth that there might even be worldly consequences for sin in the form of a certain social ostracism (or more), really beyond the pale of acceptable behavior?  Is that not exactly what people expect churches, and especially the Church, to do?  So what is being said here?  Even more: there are “sins” that to the leftward side of the Church constitute crimes so heinous they demand exclusion not just from the Church but from society.  This includes ostensible environmental degradation, rapacious capitalism, even membership in the Mafia.  But the old sins, they are to receive endless mercy with no consequences in this world…….or the next?]

“I don’t know whether this is true but I heard that in some circles, Christian circles, the suffering that these people underwent was even considered as a rightful consequence of their mistakes, so spiritualised in that sense. [He is basically hitting the same point over and over.  The past was bad, the future, which “we” (meaning he and his confederates) will make, is “golden.”  A “new springtime,” and all that.]

“But we are glad to see and hear shifts in that.” [Is there a mouse in your pocket?  Who is “we?”]

He insisted that the Catholic Church could not abandon its traditional teaching on sexual ethics but added: “Here, at least for the Catholic Church, there is a pastoral approach which happens in counselling, in the sacrament of reconciliation where individual persons and individual cases are taken uniquely or individually so that a help, a pastoral response, could be given adequately to the person.

It is almost as if they are speaking from a script, so similar is the rhetoric.  Cardinal Marx, Cardinal Kasper, Cardinal Baldiserri, Cardinal Maradiaga-Rodriguez…….Cardinal Tagle, they all use the same phrases, they all set up the same false dichotomy between Doctrine and practice.  I am sorry, but I simply must reiterate what I have said many times before, it is impossible to separate doctrine from practice, and to establish “merciful” practice that ignores/defeats/belittles doctrine will have the effect of destroying that Doctrine – “pastorally,” that is, in practice.

In the late 60s, many priests and some bishops argued for a “pastoral approach” on the subject of contraception.  While they did not “change” the Church’s immutable law on that subject, they did establish an environment where the vast majority of Catholics ignored that law and used contraception with grim abandon, even though various papal documents and a goodly number of statements reiterated the Church’s constant opposition to contraception as always and everywhere immoral.

Now we see a much broader effort on even more key, central dogmas to establish what certainly seems to be a vast dichotomy between the law, so to speak, and how it is applied.  The contraception issue gravely wounded the Church, but to, in effect, formalize, even at very high levels of the Church, the unraveling of the sacred bonds of matrimony and undo 2000 years of practice in that regard will be to fatally wound the Church’s entire moral edifice.   As Fr. Hunwicke said recently, the Church’s belief is a rich, interwoven tapestry, the pulling of one thread of which can lead to incredible and likely unforeseeable follow-on effects, such as undermining the understanding of the nuptial union between Christ and His Church.  The only thing that can be reliably seen in these future effects is their negative effects on the doctrinal integrity of the Catholic Faith.

There is a final aspect to all this, and that is the constant implied snubs and attacks on the Church of the past.  There is some excuse given above, that perhaps standards were different then, but overall, the Kasperite gambit and most (all?) those associated with it really seem to have a hostile view of the Faith as it was handed onto them, and see in it not something to be preserved but as some faulty entity in dire need of “perfecting” at their hands.  Is that going too far, or is that the sense you get, as well?  Or, even more….not so much from Tagle in his words above, but certainly from Kasper…….that the Church of the past, the “prior Magisterium,” is an enemy to be subdued.  Am I the only one that gets that?

Can we even admit of such, if it were true?  If we chop through some of the careful wording above, and we really think on what is being said……just what are we faced with?  What would a Leo XIII or (then) Bishop Anthony Marie Claret think of such words if transported to our time?

Beautiful thoughts on the Blessed Sacrament from St. Peter Julian Eymard March 16, 2015

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I haven’t written enough from Saint Peter Julian Eymard of late.  There just aren’t enough hours in a day much of the time.  To make up for the deficiency, some excerpts from Volume 9 of The Eymard Library, In the Light of the Monstrance:

The soul, physically speaking, has received from God a life which cannot die; it is immortal.  But the life of Grace – received at Baptism, recovered and restored by the Sacrament of Penance – the life of holiness, a thousand times more noble than the natural life, is not light-of-the-monstrancesustained without nourishment; and its principle food is Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.  The life found anew in Penance will be perfected by the Eucharist, in a way, or which will purify us of our attachment to sin, will blot our our daily faults, will give us strength to remain faithful to our good resolutions, and will drive away from us occasions of sin.

Our Lord has said it: “He who eats My Flesh, and drinks My Blood, lives continually in Me, and I in him.  As I live because of the Father, the living Father who has sent Me, so he who eats Me will live, in his turn, because of Me.” (St. John VI:52,54)……..Jesus will not change Himself into us; He will change us into another Himself……..

……Now the closer we want to draw to God and the more we want to practice virtue, the more struggles we must expect. Consequently, we ought to store up more strength so as not to be overcome. Well, the Eucharist alone will supply you with the needed strength for all these images (1)struggles of the Christian life…..

…….The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Life because it gives us perfection of living, a life in its full development……We must communicate often under pain of growing ever weaker.  How will the Christian lead the life of angels? Assuredly we can acquire merit and work for Heaven provided we are in the state of Grace, but to keep it up a long time we must eat the Food of the strong. No other means will give us the needed strength to stand the hard struggle of everyday life.

Prayer is good and necessary, but it will tire you, and you will end by dropping it if Communion does not sustain it.  In order to lead a life of penance, to advance in the narrow and crucifying way of death to self, we must obey a divine impulse which is nothing other than the presence of Jesus Christ often renewed in our heart……..the holier is the life we want to lead and the purer we want to be, the greater is the need andm_mass the more pressing is the necessity of our communicating often. Such a life calls for more sacrifices.  We must therefore have more strength.……Look upon Communion as a means to sustain and strengthen yourself.  If is not an act of a high and difficult virtue; neither is it proposed as a reward for your virtues. You ought to receive Holy Communion not because you are holy, but to become so.  That is the principle.

……The Eucharist, according to the Council of Trent, is a divine antidote which delivers us from faults and preserves us from mortal sins: It is a fire which in an instant consumes the chaff of our spiritual infirmities.

Holy Communion is God warring in us against our concupiscence, against the devil, who holds a standing invitation from our evil passions and who owns a part of us through the connivance of our disorderly appetites.  Has not Jesus said: “All that labor under the burden of slavery to past sins, come to Me, and I will refresh you, and deliver you?” (St. Matt XI:28)

……..I do not understand how one can keep oneself pure in the world without Communion. [The truth is, you can’t. Not for any length of time]

———–End Quote———-

Good Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Apostle of the Eucharist, pray for us!  Restore love in souls for the most august of all the Sacraments, the holy Sacrament of the Altar!  Most of all, restore this love in the hearts of our priests and bishops!  Instill in all of us that fervent, insatiable love for the Blessed Sacrament that you had and preached to the world!  Beg God to forgive our coldness of heart to His Eucharistic Presence!

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The scandal of divorce – and its impact on government/culture – make “gay marriage” pale in comparison March 16, 2015

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So says Steven Baskerville in a retty good post below that re-hashes many points made on this blog in the past regarding the ongoing destruction of marriage, the most recent (but not final) attempt to trivialize marriage down to nothing but a convenient tax break (how long will that last?) in so-called “gay marriage,” and the failing efforts to resist this steady advance of radical family deconstructionism.  The author notes that even conservative Catholics writing in First Things still get the big picture wrong, by pretending that the destruction of marriage was more or less sealed by mass contraception use, errors asserting the pleasure/unitive aspect of marriage above the procreative, and no-fault divorce.  Until Catholics start to oppose those evils and reject them in their own lives, the destruction of marriage will continue apace (up to an including groups and animals, and I am not kidding).  Some excerpts:

…..Same-sex “marriage” is symptomatic of a much larger and more ambitious agenda of determined and defiant sexual liberation being pushed by radical political ideologues. The destruction of true marriage and the traditional family is not merely a consequence of the radicals’ program; it is its stated purpose. And it will not stop with marriage. Other manifestations of the radicals’ growing power have already demonstrated their eagerness to incarcerate their opponents……

….Same-sex “marriage” and the radical agenda of which it is but a small part cannot be stopped on the cheap. [Meaning, as a stand-alone evil to oppose.  This attack on marriage is part of a broader assault going back literally centuries and is tied into the fundamental destruction of Christendom which began in 1517.  Until the Church again begins to oppose evils like divorce and contraception with a true effort, marriage will only continue to be eviscerated] We must accept and act upon some unpleasant but obvious truths—truths that may cost us something. And they are precisely the ones [the First Things article] appears determined not simply to avoid but to deliberately obfuscate.

First, same-sex “marriage” and homosexuals did not kill marriage; they are merely picking over the carcass. Same-sex “marriage” is the direct result of precisely the divorce and cohabitation epidemics that [the First Things article] tells us are less important. These brought the “abolition of marriage” and devalued it to the point that it became attractive to some homosexuals. Others have long warned that Christian leaders are shockingly silent on these matters, and their warnings now stand vindicated. Same-sex “marriage” is the logical result. [Well, I don’t expect the very sects that normalized divorce from the start (or were founded based on acceptance of divorce!) to get it, but I do expect the Catholic Church to, and yet, as this writer notes, the Church has been “shockingly silent” on this point for decades, the occasional papal statements notwithstanding]

……..Same-sex “marriage” concerns tiny numbers. By contrast, divorce and illegitimacy devastate the lives of tens of millions and constitute the engine driving the welfare system that is bankrupting entire societies……. [Agree in principle, but sodo-marriage involves such a tremendous evil and is such a complete inversion of the meaning of marriage that it will have impact incalculably larger than the bare numbers involved]

……Under the gargantuan and repressive divorce gestapo, legally unimpeachable citizens are separated forcibly and permanently from their children, evicted from their homes, plundered for everything they possess, and incarcerated without trial for such transgressions as unauthorized meetings with their own children. Not only do they lose their jobs; they are then summarily jailed for having inadequate income. They are even incarcerated for criticizing government officials.

This has been going on for years, during which Christian leaders have been silent. It is hardly surprising that similar (but so far much less serious) authoritarian measures are now being meted out to Christians. [for opposing sodo-marriage]  A glance at the sexual revolutionaries’ other targets reveals that it can and will become much worse……..

…….Cheap compassion for the poor without attention to their sexual morality merely exacerbates the problem. Earlier generations of Christians did not flinch from this obvious, irrefutable, and necessary principle. But who preaches against adultery or fornication now?

Having neglected these age-old truths until the family crisis attains the absurdity of same-sex “marriage,” we now want to draw a line in the sand just short of the latest, most absurd manifestation and hope we can extricate ourselves without serious sacrifice. But it does not work that way. [That is a brilliant paragraph.  It really condenses the mass failure to oppose all these evils over the past 5 decades down to a nutshell]

……..Current bravado about pastors “going to jail” to defend marriage[from sodo-marriage]is nothing like the number that would face summary incarceration once they began to threaten the ill-gotten gains of the divorce industry by intervening to defend spouses and parents against its injustices and depredations. This is why the subject is simply off-limits for a Christian leadership that refuses to rock the boat and prefers the media spotlight. [Where is Cardinal Dolan when you need him?]

Those were merely some excerpts from a fairly long piece (probably 1800-2000 words).  But, it’s very good, you should read the entire thing, even if it is not strictly from a Catholic perspective.

I really haven’t much more to say.  The former Christendom has been attacking marriage for 500 years in some areas, and with increasing vigor and fervor for 220 years since leftism was first really unmasked and unleashed in the French Revolution.  The Left seeks absolute power for all time, the ‘boot stamping a human face forever” per Orwell.   The family is the largest impediment to that end.  So, they have waged war on the family for 200 years, and with amazing success.  However, final and total destruction of the family – if that is even possible – will not get them their end (for any length of time), what it will get all of us is a civilizational collapse that will make the Fall of the Roman Empire look like high Victorian quietude.

But the broader issue is the surrender the Church has made on these matters since the late 50s/early 60s.  I don’t care what sects are doing, they were founded in error and will remain there, but the Church is supposed to be the Light of the World, but for too long the shade has been drawn and the light dimmed to a barely discernible glow.  The calamities afflicting marriage are just one of the more visible aspects of that mass shirking of duty.  Unfortunately, there is no fix of any kind to deal with that failure of duty – it took decades, even centuries, to get to the point of collapse, and it will take about that long (barring some great miracle) to return from it.

I’ll add a bit more – even in traditional Catholic communities, the scandal of divorce remains.  That is one particular evil that even among these often most fervent of Catholics still seems to occasionally raise its ugly head.  I was recently brought into a particularly sad and sordid situation in that regard, which perhaps doesn’t quite “count” since one of the parties has totally fallen away from the Faith over the course of a few months.  That makes the second individual I’ve known that came out of a pretty messed up background to convert to a strong, even traditional Catholicism in the past year to fall away.  Satan never lets up, so never let your guard down.  Tragedies like divorce can afflict any of us – or those close to us – if we are not fervent in prayer/piety and blessed by God.

Huh – former SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson to illicitly consecrate another bishop or two March 16, 2015

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This is all more or less beyond me, though I am not surprised given Bishop Williamson’s stridency.  Rorate Caeli is claiming Bishop Williamson is going to consecrate at least one, and possibly two, men as bishops of his breakaway “SSPX-Strict Observance.”  Rorate exclusive below:

It was only a matter of time. Ever since Bishop Richard Williamson eventually caused the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) to force his own expulsion from that Society in 2012, the watch has been on for him to consecrate one or more bishops. This became even more inevitable as he has failed to recruit any significant number of clergy or faithful away from the SSPX in a so-called “Resistance” attempt. [Is that right?  How many have joined Williamson?]
Rorate can now report at least one consecration will occur on March 19 (Feast of St. Joseph).  [Jeez, Thursday.  Wow, that’s quick]
According to our sources, Bishop Williamson plans to consecrate Fr. Jean-Michel Faure at the monastery of Santa Cruz (that also broke with the SSPX in 2012) in Nova Friburgo, a city in the state of  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [near Campos? I think actually a good bit north of there]
Fr. Faure, who is 73, entered the SSPX seminary of Ecône in 1972 and was ordained a priest by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1977.
He had previously been Superior of the SSPX District of South America and Rector of the Seminary of La Reja in Argentina. He openly manifested his disagreement with Bishop Fellay, the Superior General of the SSPX, and left the Society in 2013.
We have also heard, but cannot confirm, that Bishop Williamson may also consecrate Fr. Innocent Marie……
…….Note that the SSPX is absolutely and completely unrelated to any activities of Williamson since his removal from that Society in 2012.
So what do you make of that?  And if possible, try to keep comments from being a general commentary on the SSPX’s broader situation.  As for me, I’ve long had the suspicion that Bishop Williamson has sought a sort of cathartic confrontation with “modernist Rome,” while also thinking  he rather enjoys being in charge, the big man.  So……two birds one stone, and all that?

Beautiful book on the Traditional Latin Mass March 16, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, catachesis, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, reading, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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My wife received one of these books yesterday, which a kind woman at our parish had ordered for a number of interested persons. We actually ordered two, but a woman who had not ordered one liked it so much we gave one to her.  We plan on ordering more for our family.

The book is called Treasure and Tradition and comes from St. Augustine Academy Press.  I guess the book was actually mentioned on Rorate some months ago (I missed that, apparently), but hey…..more is better, right?!  It is a beautiful book, not really a missal though it does contain the common prayers of the Mass, but it is lavishly illustrated with both photos and drawings and every part of the Mass is explained in concise, clear detail.  The book is billed as the “ultimate guide to the Latin Mass,” and I have to say , if it’s not the ultimate, it’s very close.

The photos below come from both the publisher and some Catholic blogs (thank you in advance), and provide a good indication of the layout of the book (click for larger view):

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The blog Shower of Roses has a very nice review of the book that provides a good amount of detail, in addition to one of the pics above.  My wife thought to get these for our children, to help in their appreciation and understanding of the Mass, and while I’m certain it will benefit them immensely, it will be of even greater benefits to adults, even those who have a long familiarity with the TLM and who have made some study of the Sacred Liturgy.  I have certainly done such for years, but I learned a number of things in a brief perusal of the book.  There are many gems contained therein.

The book is very well done.  Editing and formatting are top notch.  Illustrations are clear and often quite moving in their beauty.  The book is large in format but thin, so it is not heavy or difficult to handle. It will probably require two hands, however, for those considering toting it to Mass.  Again, it’s not a Missal, but a loving, involved examination of the Mass in the details of the prayers and actions of the priests and a catechesis on how all those relate to this glorious Faith we all share.  I would say the book is a triumph, a tremendous achievement and something that, if made widely available, should surely draw many more souls to the Traditional Mass.

But even for those who do not or cannot assist at the TLM, this book has many attractions.  It will likely greatly increase your understanding of the Mass in the Ordinary Form, and will highlight differences between the two forms of the Mass.  This book could be a way to induce an open minded priest into either adding more reverence and traditional elements to the Novus Ordo, or to even learn to offer the TLM.  I think it really is that good.

Package deals at reduced pricing are also available for (3 or more) volume orders.  I really do recommend you acquire one for yourself and/or loved ones, if you have the means to do so (and even the base price is quite reasonable).