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Yes, but what of God? April 30, 2015

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A certain very well known Catholic said yesterday that the increasing problem of delayed or forlorn marriage, divorce, and low birth rates, is due to chauvinism. Or, perhaps, that to “blame women” for this is chauvinism.

Is that true?  Does it matter?

In reality, both sexes bear quite enough shame for the current status of marriage in Western countries.  And there may be some chauvinism in some men, for instance among the “manosphere” “red pill” blogs that increasingly put almost all the responsibility for the crisis afflicting their own marriages (mostly past) and the state of marriage in the US and other Western countries solely on women.  Not that those blogs don’t at times make some important points.  The broader issue is, where does any of this blame shifting get us?  Just who is being helped by singling out men for bad behavior when it comes to the collapse of Western civilization. As I said before, there is plenty of blame to go around, and neither sex has covered itself in glory.

What got me thinking about the significance of that was another article I stumbled across, regarding the recent “climate conference” hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the revelation that the “report” it released was pre-prepared and almost entirely one-sided, having been written by a narrow group of climate activists.  As such, it’s something of a piece with the midterm Relatio of last year’s Synod, and also the final report, which, when the “important” statements from the Relatio failed to gain the requisite votes, was included anyways.  It was almost as if to say there was a conclusion that was supposed to be reached, and it was going to be reached whether the Synod fathers wanted it or not.

But what’s really bugging me is not the frequent progressive-pleasing, PR-friendly quotes that are dropped, nor what was included in this climate report, but what was not.  What is missing from both, and much else besides, is reference to God as the solution to many problems facing us today.

Why is marriage in a shambles in Western countries? Because people have become callow, self-pleasing, and forgetful of God.  If there is really a global environmental crisis, or if free markets really are run amok with greed and lack of concern for either the little man or cute fuzzy animals, doesn’t that also point to a lack of virtue?  And who is the Author of all virtue?  The solution to virtually any crisis is God – either through direct calls for His intervention to avert some catastrophe, or through begging forgiveness for our sins, calling down Grace upon ourselves, and praying that His Grace may move us to amend our lives. In other words, those old Catholic standbys, prayer and penance.

I’m not saying prayer and penance is the only solution to the marriage crisis, or baby-murder, or the gerbal worming scam.  There can certainly be more worldly solutions proposed, as well.  But shouldn’t the bedrock be a call to repentance, a return to God, and a rejection of the very forgetfulness of God and His rights that has caused the entire culture of the world to regress morally to an incredible degree over the past few centuries?  Our collective moral standards are about as bad, if not worse, than those standards that existed, such as they were, before Our Blessed Lord was first Incarnate.  Doesn’t it seem like such calls to conversion at least ought to figure in any major document a Pontifical Academy would produce on a subject it considers vital to the life of the entire world?

Well, I’ve read it, and I can tell you that there isn’t a single such exhortation in the entire document, and, more than that, the words “Lord” or “God” are also entirely absent.  This wretched document is nothing but progressive boilerplate chock full of the same lectures and visions of doom we’ve been bombarded with by commumentalists for years now.  It could have been written by any of dozens of leftist NGOs around the world.  And, in point of fact, it was, because such individuals – including those who have mocked and berated the Church for years, and make no bones of their hatred for God and the Church He created – dominated the panel convened to write it.

For a little bit different approach, this time to the subject of marriage, a brief quote from Dom Prosper Gueranger (The Liturgical Year, Vol 8, Third Sunday after Easter, old Solemnity of St. Joseph):

Glorious guardian of the Holy Family!  The family of Christendom is placed under thy special patronage’ watch over it in these troubled times.  Hear the prayers of them that seek thine aid, when about to choose the partner who is to share with them the joys and the sorrows of this world, and help them to prepare for their passage to eternity. Maintain between husbands and wives that mutual respect which is the safeguard of their fidelity to each other. Obtain for them the pledge of Heaven’s blessings. Fill them with such reverence for the holy state to which they have been called, that they may never deserve the reproach given by St. Paul to certain married people of that day, whom he compares to heathens, who know not God (I Thess IV:5)

And more generally:

How truly may we say of these our times: There is now no saint; truth has vanished from among the children of men (Ps XI:2).  See this world of ours, now it is become one great volcano of danger by the boasted liberty granted to sin and heresy! 

Indeed. And from most surprising sources.

Abandoning the concept of contrition means abandoning souls to hell April 30, 2015

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Noah Moerbeek at Unam Sanctam Catholicam has a great post up regarding the mania over mercy we are seeing so much in the Church today, and its significance for souls.  I personally believe that the heresies of universal salvation and rank indifferentism are the greatest errors abounding in the Church today, forming the background for so many other errors and heresies (after all……if we’re all saved, why go to Mass?  Why not contracept?  Why not get that divorce and screw the annulment?  Why bother with anything?).

If you want to watch people freak out, approach just about any priest or parishioner in a large, suburban (or urban, or ex-urban) parish, and tell them that all are damned who have not been baptized.  See what kinds of reactions you get.

Onto Noah (as usual, I excerpt far more than is fair, because USC is always so good – emphasis in original, I add comments):

The Mercy of God cannot be praised, worshiped, honored or exaggerated too much. As children of wrath, inheritors of that first sin of Adam we are hoping in the Lords mercy to avoid the just punishments which we all have merited through our daily sins and negligence……

…..If one has the Passion as the chief wellspring from which one drinks when one thirsts for righteousness, then you drink also from the well of mercy, for as St Thomas Aquinas teaches:

“But by suffering out of love and obedience, Christ gave more to God than was required to compensate for the offense of the whole human race. ” Summa Question 48

But, perhaps you, dear reader cringe at the mention of the Lords mercy. The Fear of the Lord, one of the gifts of the Holy Ghost, the beginning of wisdom, and a great gift to restrain vice and sin today seems to be despised by many, and if they do grant the idea of it they are quick to dismiss any ideas of a wrathful God (which one would get even from an elementary reading of Scripture). 
In fact to them fearing God is the exact opposite of what we should do, and it is certainly nothing we should ever preach or teach, as that might turn people away they say. People might feel that they are being condemned, and not realize how merciful God is. [Which reminds me of the post  yesterday, where you had an official Vatican news site declaring universal salvation right there on their Facebook page]
The problem with this line of thinking is simple: the entire human race save those who have been regenerated in baptism are condemned! Anyone who has ever committed a mortal sin after baptism, without repentance is also condemned. And you know what, the fact that they feel condemned is actually a good thing! Our Lord explicitly teaches “and He (the Holy Ghost), when he is come, will convict the world in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement” John 16:8 [A wonderful reminder, all too often forgotten today.  This is why there is more to “traditionalism” than just the TLM.  It is regular formation from priests on exactly subjects such as these, seemingly verboten in the “Novus Ordo world,” and much more besides, such as highly efficacious forms of piety dismissed today as “antiquated” – things like praying Novenas for the Poor Souls, or voluntary acts of mortification for to ease their suffering]
I hope no one actually believes they are doing Gods work when they present God to the world as some sort of cosmic muffin man who does not even get the respect you might give to an officer when getting a speeding ticket. [Another great point, though the term I tend to use is “cosmic Pez dispenser,” automatically delivering Grace and salvation to any who pull His top.  It is in fact a view of God that is below childishness, it is only the kind of self-serving construct one lost in sin could come up with]
We spend a lot of time discussing what the enemies are of Tradition, but these attitudes come from the enemies of Contrition. Would you agree that it is too common that many of our brethren forget that our Lord cares for how He is approached?……
Isn’t that the whole root of the problem with giving adulterers holy communion? These people may very well be sorry for their situations, but they are not broken hearted enough, not contrite enough to stop breaking the 6th commandment and remove themselves from occasions of sin. [I added emphasis in that paragraph.  That is the WHOLE problem, aside from the massive blasphemy and sacrilege it will entail]
“For, whilst the sinner is in a state of mortal sin, his back is, as it were turned upon God; but when he is in a state of grace his face is joyfully turned toward God. Now, this change, namely, the sorrow of heart, and detestation of sin, is necessary; as, otherwise, the sinner would be and would not be, at the same time, turned towards God. If there were no contrition, no change of heart required, the sinner could be, at the same time, both the friend and enemy of God, which is absurdFather O’Keefe from  “Contrition” on Alleluia Audiobooks…….
……..Without contrition, without sorrow for our sins, without detesting our sins and turning away from them, without amendment of life we cannot be forgiven. It cannot be any other way.
———-End Quote———-
Absolutely.  And I thank Noah very much for his most charitable reminder.
My concern is that all the fevered typing of all the faithful Catholic bloggers and other commentators in the world is absolutely crushed, in terms of influence, by one disastrous papal pronouncement, whether unfairly interpreted by the media, or not.  Not that I think we should stop – we should redouble our efforts, to reach as many as we can – but it just highlights the fact that we are very much faced with a crisis, and a situation, unprecedented in many, many centuries, if its ever been equaled at all.
While we all get exasperated over all the very bad catechesis emanating from the highest levels of the Church today, please do not forget to pray for the poor souls who hear this bad catechesis and think that’s a free pass to just about any behavior they care to rationalize. Sadly, I know that people do think this way, and I have seen numerous instances of people already choosing to take immoral actions or follow disordered paths because they are convinced “the Church has changed,” and what was a sin 26 months ago no longer is.
Of course, just as a persecution was beginning to ramp up in this country, we should be saddled with a leader such as this – I guess to make our offerings more complete.  Fully expect to have his pronouncements thrown in your face all the way to the literal or metaphorical gallows.

Padre Pio on acceptance of suffering April 30, 2015

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So I’m reading a book that’s a little lighter than my usual fare, Send Me Your Guardian Angel, about Padre Pio, by Fr. Alessio Parente OFM Cap. The book covers Padre Pio’s incredibly intimate relationship with his guardian angel.  If nothing else, the book has furthered my devotion to my guardian angel and reminded me that I am neglectful of my relationship with “him.”

The portion I am excerpting below contains some discussion from Fr. Parente regarding our need to accept suffering with willed joy, and follows with some anecdotes from the great Saint himself.  I thought this was very helpful material below. I hope you find it edifying:

[We] who sometimes want things done our own way; who want to obtain things that please us, but, as Padre Pio’s companion said, must remain “in exile a little longer” even though Jesus delights in having us with him.   And as regards gratitude; I think most of us are inclined to take everything for granted.  We believe, generally speaking, that we should reach Jesus in the easiest manner possible, forgetting that we are in exile and that Heaven can be reached only if we suffer without “any consolation;” if we become victims; if we understand the full meaning of “consummatum est” (it is finished) and “in manus tuas” (into your hands).  “My son,” said Jesus to Padre Pio, “love is recognized through suffering; you will feel it acutely in your soul and even more acutely in your body.”

In his soul, suffering came to him through the continuous trials of the devil, in his body, from the physical suffering which oppressed him throughout the entire span of his life. Sometimes, Padre Pio, like any other human being, complained about his sufferings as can be seen from the following letter which he wrote to Father Agostino: “I complained to my Guardian Angel,” he said, “and after giving me a little sermon, he continued: ‘Thank Jesus who is treating you as one chosen to follow him closely up the steep ascent of Calvary; soul confided by Jesus to my care, I behold with joy and deep emotion this behavior of Jesus towards you.  Do you perhaps think I would be so happy if I did not see you ill-treated like this?  I, who in holy charity greatly desire your good, rejoice more and more to see you in this state. Defend yourself, always reject and despise the devil’s evil insinuations, and when your own strength is not sufficient, do not be distressed, beloved of my heart, for I am close to you'”.

Did we ever experience such love and affection from our guardian angel?  If not, perhaps it is because we do not have so much trust and confidence in him as Padre Pio did in his.  Perhaps if we were to search deep down in ourselves, we would discover that we doubted, to some small degree, the ability of this, our angel, or even his very existence.  “The cleverest trick of the devil is to convince us that he doesn’t exist,” said Carlo Baudelaire. Perhaps, too, it is his work that makes us sometimes doubt or forget this companion by our side.

———–End Quote———-

Not much to add, except to say that it is a great gift to make a close friend of one’s guardian angel.  They are with us always.  They are most powerful intercessors and want nothing but to help us. And yet they are also almost completely neglected and ignored by even many devout Catholics.

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Carmelite Hermits of Christoval need support for beautiful new chapel April 30, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgy, religious, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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No, they are not explicitly traditional, but the Carmelite Hermits of Christoval, TX are a small order that has been near and dear to my heart for many years.  I have met their founder, Fr. Fabian, on a number of occasions.  A few years ago he related to me his dream of building a new chapel for their community.  He fully intended this chapel to be designed to be bi-ritual, meaning, to offer both the TLM and Novus Ordo.  This is a group that was founded entirely within the standard post-conciliar religious environment with no explicit attraction to the TLM, but over time they have developed such an attraction.  Fr. Fabian intended, as of a year or two ago, that the TLM and NO would be offered about 50/50, side by side, as it were……but you know how that goes.  So many groups have found that once they get a taste for the TLM on a consistent basis, they find themselves moving more and more in that direction!

Apparently the time has come for this new chapel to be built, and if it resembles the plans below, it should be a very beautiful one.  I’m jumping the gun a bit, they haven’t started construction, yet, but they have started fundraising.  No word on how much they need to raise, but I’m sure it’s a substantial amount.

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You know, we all whine (especially me) about the terrible liturgical art and architecture we have been cursed with for the past many decades, going back to before the Council. Well……..here is a concrete way to start changing that paradigm and building traditional churches/chapels again.

I know there are so many worthy orders, groups, and charities out there.  But if you have some attraction to Carmelite spirituality or want to contribute to a solid order’s move towards further embrace of Tradition, this could be a good effort to support. I plan on doing so.  And since building funds for new construction are often given a substantial break on assessments taken by higher bodies (such as a diocese), this might be a good choice for those who have qualms about the activities those assessments tend to support (I really have no idea how it goes in the Diocese of San Angelo, but I don’t think they’re particularly great in that regard).

Even more, you’d be helping a young and growing religious order build a chapel that will not only serve their own needs for many years to come, but also provide a liturgical and spiritual oasis for many souls in that arid region.  I understand one motive for the new chapel is to provide more space for souls assisting at Mass…….apparently their present small chapel is often filled to overflowing.

If so moved, you can donate here.

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Speaking of things spiraling out of control: Pope Francis “Christians should kneel before poor,” Vatican conference blames “market economies” for global warming April 29, 2015

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Taking the last first….funny, I thought that communist/fascist China was by far the world’s most pollution-ridden country?  And what of all those areas of Russia that are still so environmentally destroyed from the Soviet days as to be basically devoid of life?  And what of the former socialist Eastern Europe, those are also some of the most polluted places on earth.  And EU countries, which are mostly socialist with a bit of market on top, are also major polluters.

This is just watermelons being watermelons, old commies using so-called environmentalism to advance their agenda and bash their old enemy, free enterprise.  What is surprising is that the Pontifical Academy of Sciences would give a platform to baby- and senior-murder advocating population control zealots.  This kind of thing did not happen under the previous pontificates:

Pope Francis is about to release his encyclical about global warming and is expected to advocate for cutting the fossil fuel use that he and others blame for temperature rises.

A Vatican declaration authored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) and others who attended a meeting Tuesday on global warming. The document from participants of the meeting pushes for ditching market economies to fight global warming and environmental degradation.

“Fossil fuel exploitation has also taken a huge toll on human well being,” the PAS document reads.

“Market forces alone, bereft of ethical values, cannot solve the intertwined crises of poverty, exclusion, and the environment,” the document adds. “The move to a sustainable world will not be cost-free for all: the options we face are not ‘win-win.’”

“Present economic systems have been accompanied by the development of unacceptable gaps between the rich and the poor,” the PAS writes, “the latter still lacking access to most of the scientific and technical benefits that we have developed in the industrial world.” [I think Margaret Thatcher can explain my response to that the best:]

Judging by what participants of the Vatican’s climate meeting wrote, the Papacy could come out hard against market economies that utilize fossil fuels for development. But given the authors of the document, it shouldn’t be surprising[I hope not.  There are general economic and social guidelines that can be laid down, but for a Pope to weigh in and say “fossil fuels are bad” is simply beyond any charism he possesses.  He could certainly give his opinion in a speech, but to do so in an encyclical, intended to be a formal document of formation/doctrine, would set an extremely bad precedent. For one, it would appear to politicize doctrine. And shall it be a sin if my vehicle doesn’t meet certain fuel efficiency standards?]

One of the authors is [screamin’ leftist]  economist Jeffrey Sachs who now heads up Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Sachs has been heavily backed by liberal philanthropist George Soros. Years ago, Soros donated $50 million to a project co-run by Sach’s nonprofit the Millennium Promise.

“To save as much of the sustainable fabric of the world as possible, we need to take many steps, among them reaching a level and sustainable population; [in other words, ever more rampant baby slaughter, fornication, and contraception]just consumption rates throughout the world; [then why doesn’t his backer George Soros adopt the poverty he wants to foist on the rest?  This is out and out communism – just consumption rates means someone deciding how much you get to produce and consume] the empowerment of women and children everywhere and their incorporation into the management of our one planet; [what does that even mean?] and the development of many new and more sustainable technologies that must be made widely available,” reads the PAS document, co-authored by Sachs. [All of which have been lavishly funded for years, and nearly all of which have failed miserably.  There is nothing, not wind, not solar, not hydrogen, nothing that can begin to compete with the economies of scale and efficiency of fossil fuels and nuclear, which is zero omissions but is another boogeyman of the left]

“With such achievements, hunger could be conquered, with one proviso concerning the distribution of food resources,” the PAS ads. “Without taking these steps, there is little hope for societal advance in the future.”

The other comment is even more strange.  Pope Francis, and this is reported on several Vatican news sites, says we should “kneel before the poor.”  That’s certainly an odd turn of phrase, to say the least:

Pope Francis said on Tuesday that poverty is the great teaching Jesus gave us and we can find his face among the poor and needy. Stressing that the poor are not a burden but a resource, he said he wished that both the city of Rome and the local Church community could be more attentive, caring and considerate towards those in need and that Christians could (the lede, and Zenit, have it as should) kneel before a poor person. The Pope’s words came during a video message which was broadcast at a charity theatre performance organised by Caritas Roma.

Some influential Argentines call Pope Francis “the Peronist Papa.”  It was certainly very Peronist to create a sort of idol of the poor.

But wait, there’s more!  In a daily homily at Case Sanctae Marthae, the Pope more popular with the world than with the faithful said:

The Holy Spirit, Francis underscored, not only makes us understand, but makes the Church move forward.

“We can study the whole history of salvation and all theology, but without the Spirit we cannot understand,” he said. [Well, that’s true.  Grace is a gratuitous gift of the spirit, but we can, at the same time, dispose ourselves to be more receptive to Grace by conducting our lives in the way that Christ – through the Church – has instructed us to do]

The Holy Father stressed it is the Spirit that makes us realize the truth or know Jesus’ voice: ‘My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me. ‘

The Church’s going forward, Francis highlighted, is the work of the Holy Spirit. [And sure, that’s true. But God being One, Eternal, and True, He cannot contradict Himself. He cannot say to the Church of 500, “X is bad, don’t do it,” and then to the Church of 2015, “X is actually OK, you can do that.”]

“And how do I do this – you ask the Pope – make sure that voice I hear is the voice of Jesus, that what I feel I have to do is done by the Holy Spirit?”

Responding, Francis said: “Praying.”

“Without prayer, there is no place for the Spirit. [And yet the most faithful Catholics who pray so much are so very, very wrong?]

He invited those gathered to ask God to send them the Holy Spirit so that we may discern at all times what we have to do.

We must discern, the Pope stressed, and to discern, he said we must pray and ask for grace.

Francis warned against the mentality that if we do things the way we have always done, that we are safer, stressing, “The Christian life is not a museum of memories.” 

“But to do as you’ve always done,” he warned, “is an ‘alternative death.'”

And thus, the problem.  Pope Francis, for all his orthodox statements, has a habit of leaving these very nebulous, very leading statements dangling out there, seeming to put prior practice and belief in opposition to the “new direction” the Holy Ghost ostensibly demands.  That may not be what he intends, but that impression can certainly be gleaned from words such as these, and doing so is hardly a stretch.

And then there is the aura of novelty and hostility to the past, or tradition, that surrounds so many of his statements.  “To do as you have always done is an ‘alternative death.;”  What does that even mean?  And how much in contrast is such a statement to the guidance so many great Saints and Doctors have given us?  St. Paul says to reject any man, or even angel, who gives us a Gospel different from the one that Christ gave us.

Pitting these “new promptings” against the perennial belief and practice of the Faith is frankly something modernists like Cardinal Walter Kasper have been doing for generations.  Previously, they were most vociferously denounced by Popes such as Ven. Pius XII, Saint John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Now, however, we receive regular statements that we must be ready for anything, even directions that will seem counter to our “museum of memories,” which I take to mean the past practice of the Faith.  I can’t imagine what else it could mean.

This is very sad.  The Church’s Tradition is a magnificent treasure of supernatural origin.  It is, aside from Grace, God’s greatest gift to His Church.  Perhaps Pope Francis simply has trouble expressing himself well, but statements like the above (and there have been many others that are similar) seem to demonstrate a certain lack of appreciation for the great treasure of Tradition, and seem to view it as an impediment to the Holy Ghost, which is impossible, since the Holy Ghost was its very author!

Goodness me.  I really do pray that Pope Francis is just cursed to constantly make very poorly worded statements, misunderstood by many if not all. I pray that out of charity for the poor man given such a terrible responsibility, but mostly because the alternative is too terrible to countenance. Even though, in the back of my mind……..

These are the times that try men’s souls. Lord, may I not fail.

Reminder – join me praying outside The Men’s Club next Wednesday May 6 @ 8 pm April 29, 2015

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All the details are here.  I will give one more reminder next week, and try to have my trusty friend Steve B send out an e-mail to the Mater Dei men’s group next week, as well.

So you shall have no excuse not to come!

God bless those who provide prayer support, and of course those able to make it!  Thank you all!

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Oh sheesh – Official English Vatican News site promotes heinous error……. April 29, 2015

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…….including, of course, universal salvation.  I mean, it had to be, right, I am convinced that is the core error that underlies all the other heresies, errors, and disorders we see in the Church today.

Vox Cantoris engaged in a bit of interreligious dialogue with ten News.va English Facebook admin, and received some detailed responses. This was not mere boilerplate.  This was an actual attempt to engage.  Which makes what was shared all the more troubling, because it reveals that at least the Vatican’s English language news operation has gone seriously off the rails, and raises grave questions about what other departments in the Vatican are believing these days.  Below are screenshots from Vox’s conversation, I’m sorry I am taking all of them but I pretty much have to for the conversation to make sense:

  • Vox Cantoris Are all religions equal?
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    • News.va English Dear David, please find an excerpt from the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions “Nostra Aetate” proclaimed by Pope Paul VI on October 28, 1965: “Other religions found everywhere try to counter the restlessness of the human heart, each in its own manner, by proposing “ways,” comprising teachings, rules of life, and sacred rites. The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men. Indeed, she proclaims, and ever must proclaim Christ “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), in whom men may find the fullness of religious life, in whom God has reconciled all things to Himself.(4)

      The Church, therefore, exhorts her sons, that through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these men. […] As the Church has always held and holds now, Christ underwent His passion and death freely, because of the sins of men and out of infinite love, in order that all may reach salvation. It is, therefore, the burden of the Church’s preaching to proclaim the cross of Christ as the sign of God’s all-embracing love and as the fountain from which every grace flows.”

      Also, we would like to share an excerpt from the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church “Lumen Gentium”:

      “those who without any fault do not know anything about Christ or his Church, yet who search for God with a sincere heart and under the influence of grace, try to put into effect the will of God as known to them through the dictate of conscience… can obtain eternal salvation”. […] “Nor does divine Providence deny the helps that are necessary for salvation to those who, through no fault of their own, have not yet attained to the express recognition of God, yet who strive, not without divine grace, to lead an upright life. For whatever goodness and truth is found in them is considered by the Church as a preparation for the Gospel and bestowed by him who enlightens everyone that they may in the end have life”.

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  • Vox Cantoris Dearest News.va English please find this Encyclical QUANTO CONFICIAMUR MOERORE of Pope IX on false doctrines http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius09/p9quanto.htm
    How much cause we have to grieve over the…
    PAPALENCYCLICALS.NET
  • Vox Cantoris The Church did not begin at Vatican II. How soon you have forgotten Pope Benedict XVI and the “hermeneutic of continuity.”
  • Vox Cantoris You see News.va English, you are misleading and confusing by putting that statement Nostra Aetate which is the lowest of the Vatican II documents. It is not doctrinal and it is not a Constitution. We are not talking of those “with sincere hearts.” Further, God is not bound by His sacraments. If the “dialogue” does not PROPOSE JESUS CHRIST and salvation through the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, then what are we doing?
  • Vox Cantoris Frankly News.va English, you are imbued with modernism and syncretism. All religions are not equal. There is only One, True Faith and it is the Catholic faith outside of which there is no salvation. Get it?
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  • Vox Cantoris Should they not promote conversion to Christ?
    • News.va English The very concept of “promoting conversion” is not in line with Christ’s message of love of God and of our neighbour. One cannot oblige one person to believe, nor is it the result of rational thinking, rather of humble openness of one’s heart to God’s grace which gives the gift of faith. What we can do is to share with people our joy for the revelation of the message of salvation and the fact that God is our Father and is a God who loves us and that we have no reason to fear death because death and anything evil have been already condemned and defeated on the Cross by Jesus’ sacrifice. We know there will be a new life because Jesus has come back from the dead. We are all saved already and we need to live by Jesus’ teaching of sacrificing our evil instinct and acting for unconditional love.
    • Vox Cantoris What of “no salvation outside of the Church?”

    • Vox Cantoris, News.va English, This is outright scandalous: “The very concept of “promoting conversion” is not in line with Christ’s message of love of God and of our neighbour. One cannot oblige one person to believe, nor is it the result of rational thinking,” All have free will. You are preaching heresy when you say that “promoting conversion” is not Christ’s message or will. “That all be one…” Who is writing this stuff?
      News.va English Dear David the Church brings the message of salvation with love, not with judgement.

Some might say………different religion.  Thus, “interreligious dialogue” up above.

Vox’s comments on the relative importance of Nostra Aetate touch on a critical point.  Even Cardinals of the Church disagree mightily over the degree of assent Nostra Aetate merits.  How are the faithful to sort this out when even cardinals disagree?

So perhaps News.va English should be given some benefit of the doubt.  They have probably been horribly formed. But it is still more than unnerving to find an official Vatican news organization promoting universal salvation as an accomplished fact, even though this error has been repeatedly condemned by popes up until at least Saint John Paul II, and likely Pope Benedict, though I can’t call to mind this moment a concrete instance when he did so.

Digging a little deeper, it is terrifying the amount of biblical ignorance on display in the responses above.  “The very concept of promoting conversion is not in line with Christ’s message of love of God and neighbor?”  So God was not in line with Himself when he commanded “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned” (St. Mark XVI:16) and “Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (St. Matt XXVIII:19).  Or how about the parable at the end of Matthew XXV of the goats and sheep, or Our Lord’s constant references to hell and damnation, and the fact that the way is narrow, and that few take it to Heaven?

We can see how erroneous concepts of religious liberty must inform the second long response above, hinged as it is on “one cannot oblige one person to believe……”  This  is true in the sense that forced conversions may not be real and are generally not desirable, but we see how the libertine understandings of this truth have been twisted to oppose all propagandizing for the Faith.  Sharing of joy and the glory that comes from Grace may have been Saint Francis’ preferred method, and it does have much to recommend it, but it is not the only method, and it seems this sharing of joy has been very ineffective these past several decades at winning converts or even keeping people in the Faith.  That is because our Faith is based on reason, and faith is primarily an act of the will, which includes a profound mental aspect.  Making the faith entirely an affair of the heart, perhaps even as an overreaction to an over-reliance on more cerebral approaches to the Faith in the past, has not worked.  And it tends to lead to the kind of indifferentism and unwillingness to put oneself out there as a proper evangelist, let alone proselyte, that we see above.  It plays to our desire to kind of have it the easy way.

That’s not to say our glorious Faith should not be made attractive to others. Absolutely it should, but in my experience, the Faith tends to sell itself. And it takes good teachers to communicate the glories of Catholic belief to others. It is much more than just an “attract them by our giddy happiness” phenomenon.  In my experience.

Go visit Vox  Cantoris and read some of his other posts!  He’s got some great stuff!  For instance, did you know that Canadian commentator Michael Coren has fallen away and joined the Anglicans, primarily over his endorsement of fake marriage between those lost in the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah?

Things are spinning out of control very rapidly – Obama threatens church tax-exempt status over perverse fake marriage April 29, 2015

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Obama’s Solicitor General, arguing in favor of extending the destruction of marriage by “redefining” it legally to include sodomites and who knows what else before long, has stated that churches will likely use their tax exempt status should the Court rule to extend the current redefinition from the federal to the state level, making it law in all 50 states.  Things are spinning utterly out of control.  This country isn’t even a remote shade of what it was even 40 years ago.  Americans at that time would have been utterly aghast at any and all of these developments:

Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today.

“It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli replied when Justice Samuel Alito asked if schools that support the traditional definition of marriage would have to be treated like schools that once opposed interracial marriage. “I don’t deny that.”

Alito was continuing a line of questioning started by Chief Justice John Roberts. “Would a religious school that has married housing be required to afford such housing to same­-sex couples?” Roberts had asked.

Verrilli tried to defer to the states on that point, but Roberts pressed him about the significance of the court’s ruling as it might pertain to federal law.

And the odds-on favorite to be our next president, the amazingly corrupt Hillary Klint-on, has declared that not only should churches be creamed over their obstinacy against sodomy and the destruction of marriage, but also regarding their opposition to baby-murder:

And the crowd cheered thunderously.  Naturally.

And Catholic Charities is being sued by the ACLU to fund abortions on illegal immigrants that receive aid from the Church.

I agree that Christian schools and homeschools that don’t support the sexular pagan agenda, and especially the pro-abort/sodomite agendas, will probably be shut down by the government within 5 years, and maybe less, unless we somehow rise up and put a stop to this madness.  These people are laying the groundwork for the full-up persecution they have planned.  I’m far from certain being in Texas will provide any protection.

And to think our very lives lie in the hands of “Catholic in full communion!” Anthony Kennedy.  What an absolute farce.

I think it is time to seriously start moving towards secession.  I see many grave problems with that but we are about out of alternatives at this point.  Unfortunately, there is almost no groundswell of opinion to move in that direction.

 

Now I’ll be even more sucked into that terrible rad-trad clique – Patrick Archbold joins The Remnant – UPDATED April 29, 2015

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It’s strange, but for a number of reasons The Remnant traditional Catholic newspaper has become a lightning rod of criticism and calumnies over the past year or so.  Association with The Remnant is taken as prima facie evidence of ill-intent and strongly implies separation from the Church, according to some. That’s a shame, because I like a number of folks who write there, and find some of their videos really informative and “on target” for our times.  It’s a further shame, in that I think the charges that have been made are unfair and beyond ironic, considering the source and the criticism’s they’ve received.

Well, I guess I’m doomed to be sucked even more into this seething black cauldron of traditionalist judgmentalism and neo-Pelagian prometheanism, since another writer I tremendously respect has joined their ranks – Patrick Archbold.  In fact, I’d say he’s one of my favorite Catholic writers around, and since his dismissal from EWTN-owned National Catholic Register for asking too many  uncomfortable questions, I’d kind of wondered where he would turn up, since he possesses a talent too great to go long unused.  I need wonder no longer.  Patrick Archbold makes a very good fit with The Remnant and I think this could be the beginning of a very fruitful relationship.

Some excerpts from Patrick’s first post (I add emphasis):

The Church is experiencing a great crisis, what Bishop Athanasius Schneider calls the fourth great crisis of the Church. Many well-meaning Catholics want to exclusively focus their attention on the culture at large ignoring what is happening in the Church. But this is first and foremost a crisis of faith, a crisis of the Church. I have come to the conclusion that it is impossible for the Church as a whole to effectively engage the culture with the purpose of saving souls when the Church, in large part, ignores the need for souls to be saved. Moreover, Catholics themselves are lost to sin because the Church has given up on them.   Many Catholics who have only attended the Novus Ordo simply have no idea of what has been lost and what is necessary to truly engage the culture as the Church did successfully for two millennia.

The Catholics who generally sense that things are headed in the wrong direction in the Church but that have yet to fully understand or acknowledge the depth of the crisis are not the enemy. In many ways they are the future. They are the folks that cannot imagine that the October Synod will undermine marriage. Focusing on the internal crisis of the Church makes many Catholics uncomfortable, some angrily rejecting the truth or its messengers. They don’t want to believe it is true. I understand. I was like you. [Really a vital paragraph. Especially the second sentence.]

For me, the turning point was the closing years of Pope Benedict’s papacy when I realized that in many dioceses the Pope’s signature achievement, Summorum Pontificum, was simply a dead letter, like it never even happened. That modernist progressivism was much more entrenched in the Church than I had assumed. My opening eyes moved to Japanese Manga cartoon size during the first two years of Pope Francis’s pontificate.   Modernists, sensing their moment, have come out of the woodwork. Even some prelates I thought mostly reliable have firmly established their modernist bona fides. We now have Cardinals openly opposing Cardinals, Bishops openly opposing Bishops. We have the top hierarchy of the Church, with a few notable exceptions, openly and publicly debating how to get around the very words of Jesus Christ so that they can institutionalize the sexual revolution in the Church that has only tacitly accepted it the past fifty years. [I’m afraid this is also spot on.  This is the deliberate intent, and many of us fear it comes from the very top]

The depth of the crisis makes itself more manifest every day and I don’t think it will get better any time soon. I don’t know how far our heavenly Father will allow His Church to go down this road, but I suspect it is a ways more. But as Catholics, our supreme focus should be on saving souls by preaching the Gospel. But we must face the fact that much of the new navel–gazing anthropocentric Church is no longer interested in doing that. To change that, it is necessary to support all those Catholics in the middle as they grow in their unease and understanding of the nature of this crisis and that its only solution lies in tradition and the restoration of all things in Christ.

So very true.  Especially the part about this being first a foremost a crisis of Faith.  As a matter of fact, much of the cultural calamity we see around us can be said to be attributable to the collapse of faith and practice in the Church, and especially among her leaders. It was, after all, Cardinal Cushing of Boston who connived with Planned Barrenhood to get contraception legalized in Massachussetts.  It was Charles Curran and hundreds of other wayward priests and bishops who told Catholics contraception was A-OK. It was New Ways Ministry and many hundreds of perverse priests who have helped regularize the idea of sodomy in many people’s minds.

I redouble his call to reach out to those relatively faithful Catholics in the middle who may not be comfortable with the idea of a crisis in the Church just yet, or who may waver a bit in being willing to assign blame where it properly lies.  As things advance over the next few years, more and more of these folks will have their eyes opened.  We shouldn’t be turning them off by lambasting them for not reaching our individual exalted states of perfection at the same time we have. That’s not to say we don’t respond, necessarily, if they say or do something goofy or unfortunate, but it does mean we should be trying to build as big a tent as possible among those who accept and practice the Faith as best they can in the circumstances in which they find themselves.

So I’ve been asked about this – well, do we then let some Novus Ordo Nerd into our awesome traditionalist camp who thinks Guadium Et Spes is just peachy, or maybe has a bit too permissive view of NFP?  I say, yes, absolutely, provided their heart is in the right place.  That’s what it all comes down to – someone may have been badly formed, but if their heart is in the right place and they honestly desire to conform their mind to the Truth Christ has revealed, those people, when exposed to that Truth, will get it and almost always move in the direction of embracing tradition.  Yes some will not, in my experience it tends to be about a 90-10 or 80-20 proposition; most will be amazed and heartened (before being saddened and even devastated) by what they find in all the glories of the pre-conciliar Faith and piety (and then compare it to what passes for faith and piety now).

It takes discernment. There are others – I’ll name a few, Teresa Tomeo, Pia de Sollenni, Mark Shea -whose heart, it seems, is not suitably disposed to recognizing the fact that the Church persists in grave crisis, and that return to the traditional practice of the Faith is the solution to that crisis. People can always change – look at me – and I pray they do, but based on the evidence available now, I imagine these folks would stay out of even a big tent construct of those who understand that the Faith is in crisis and what is desperately needed is to abandon the massive novelties of the past several decades and return to the timeless, perennial practice of the Faith.

I guess what I’m trying to stress is, don’t be too hard on those who don’t comprehend the crisis to the same degree we do, yet.  I was there some years ago, you were probably there some time back.  And stop being so danged tribal.  Let’s not make the remnant an ever-decreasing number of those who think and act exactly like me – in short, my tribe, and my tribe alone.  There is a ton of that among traditionalists and it is very destructive.

I look forward to seeing more of Patrick’s posts at The Remnant.

UPDATE: So it seems I didn’t convey what I was trying to say very well.  So, I re-wrote part of the paragraph that starts with “It takes discernment.”  I did not intend to imply Tomeo, et. al., were heretics or bad people, per se’.  But apparently my writing was too open to misinterpretation.  All I was trying to say was that some people who are basically good -which I would include those folks, for the most part – will not get that there is a crisis and the proper response to it, whereas others will.  How this went from a post against tribalism and being too hard on others to claims that I was doing just that I’m not sure, but hopefully the revised text clarifies my intent.

But if this is about your hero not getting the adulation you feel they deserve, get over it.

Gueranger on the virtue of Faith, and how heresy destroys it April 28, 2015

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Well this is very timely.  A priest gave a catechesis on Saturday night about the different sins against the cardinal theological (sheesh – my memory) virtues of faith, hope, and charity.  It is possible to sin against all three, of course.  As an example, we sin against charity when we commit an impure act, preferring the love of ourselves and sinful pleasure to the love of God.  However, after we commit such a sin, the virtues of faith and hope remain, so that we may hope we may be forgiven in Confession and have faith that the Confession will be efficacious in removing the guilt of that sin. We can sin against hope and lose charity, but still have faith that we may confess and get back into the state of Grace.  But when we sin against faith, against the Word of God revealed through His Church and all the beliefs of the Church, we are in the most dangerous position, because we are exalting our own paltry reasoning above God’s revelation of Himself and His will for us through His Church, and we are doubting his love for us in giving us all the Truth we need for salvation.  That is why heretics are so difficult to convert, and why they are so dangerous.

Much more from Dom Gueranger below:

We love Thee, and are resolved to be submissive to Thee, O God!  It is Thou that givest rise to the grand virtue, without which it is impossible to please God (Heb XI:6), the virtue which commences the work of man’s salvation, and without which this work could neither be continued nor finished. This virtue is faith. It makes our reason bow down to the word of God. There comes from its divine obscurity a light far more glorious than are all the conclusions of reason, how great soever may be their evidence. This virtue is to be the bond of union in the new society which our Lord is now organizing. To become a member of this society, man must begin by believing; that he may continue to be a member, he must never, not even for one moment, waver in his faith.  We shall soon be hearing our Lord saying these words: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned (St. Mark XVI:16). [So much for universal salvation, then, and so much false interreligious effort?] The more clearly to express the necessity of faith, the members of the Church are to be called by the beautiful name of the faithful: they who do not believe are go be called infidels.  [Would that we had such clarity again!]

Faith, then, being the first link of the supernatural union between man and God, it follows that this union ceases when faith is broken, that is, denied; and that he who, after having once been thus united to God, breaks the link by rejecting the word of God, and substituting error in its place, commits one of the greatest of crimes.  Such a one will be called a heretic, that is, one who separates himself; and the faithful will tremble at his apostasy.  Even were his rebellion to the revealed word to fall upon only one article, still he commits enormous blasphemy; for he either separates himself from God as being a deceiver, or he implies that his own created, weak and limited reason is superior to eternal and infinite Truth.  [And yet we are surrounded by souls today who claim the name Catholic and yet reject whole slews of Dogmas.  How can this possibly be?  How have we fallen so far?  And where are the shepherds condemning the errors and calling the sheep back to the fold? Instead, incredibly, it seems most shepherds no longer condemn error but seek an accommodation with it?!?  How can this be?  But will the Son of Man find faith when He returns? (St. Luke XVIII:8)]

As time goes on, heresies will rise up, each attacking some Dogma or other; so that scarcely one truth will be left unassailed; but all this will serve for little else than to bring out the revelation purer and brighter than before.  There will, however, come a time, and that time is our own, when heresy will not confine itself to some one particular article of faith; but will proclaim the total independence of reason, and declare revelation to be a forgery.  This impious system will give itself the high-sounding name of rationalism and these are to be its leading doctrines: Christ’s mission a failure and His teaching false; His Church an insult to man’s dignity; the twenty centuries of Christian civilization a popular illusion!  The followers of this school, the so-called philosophers of modern times, would have subverted all society, had not God come to its assistance, and fulfilled the promise He made, never to allow His revealed word to be taken away from mankind, nor the Church, to whom He confided His word, to be destroyed. [Oh Dom Gueranger, pray for us!  We have come to a time when even though the truth of the Faith may not have been entirely taken away, it is proclaimed by so few, and so many have lost it.  Our society seems subverted, so that it seems to more and more of us to be nearing the time of our Lord’s glorious return.]

Others go not so far as this. They do not pretend to deny the benefits conferred on the world by the Christian religion; the facts of history are too evident to be contested: still, as they will not submit their reason to the mysteries revealed by God, they have a way peculiar to themselves for eliminating the element of faith from this world. As every revealed truth, and every miracle confirming divine interposition, is disagreeable to them, they attribute to natural causes every fact which bears testimony to the Son of God being present among us.  They do not insult religion, they simply pass it by; they hold that the supernatural serves no purpose; people, they say, have taken appearances for realities. The laws of history and common sense count for nothing.  Agreeably to their system, which they call naturalism, they deny what they cannot explain; they maintain that the people of the past 20 centuries have been deceived, and that the Creator cannot suspend the laws of nature, just as the rationalists teach that there is nothing above reason. 

Are reason and nature, then, to be obstacles to our Redeemer’s love for mankind?  Thanks be to His infinite power, He would not have it so!  As to reason, He repairs and perfects her by faith; and he suspends the laws of nature, that we may cheerfully believe the word whose truth is guaranteed by the testimony of miracles. Jesus is truly risen!  Let reason and nature rejoice, for He has ennobled and sanctified them by the glad mystery. 

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Dom Gueranger knew dark times. He knew left-wing secularism as the greatest, most total enemy of the Faith.  He saw his own Church in France attacked and subverted by that enemy.  But he saw that Church emerge, somewhat tattered and wounded, after decades of harsh persecution.

What would he think of the Church and world today?  What would he tell us as we face perhaps an even more total, more heinous, persecution?  Surely, he would tell us to cling to our Lord and our Lady.  He would tell us to stay new Jesus at the cross, even as we carry our own.  May God have mercy on all of us, especially those so deranged as to hate the Truth and persecute (and subvert) God’s Holy Church.