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Support the TLM in Mexico! April 16, 2015

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Another video on Fr. Romanowski, FSSP, a priest of whom I have heard several glowing reports.  This is a priest who understands that in the present crisis all faithful Catholics need to band together and oppose the revolutionaries who would seek to radically change our Faith.

They died shouting long live Christ the King.  They did not die shouting long live the liberty of conscience, long live the liberty to do as you please. They could not accept that Christ would be treated as an opinion, among many.  They could not support that God would be subordinate to wicked man.

This is a pretty good talk.  Please consider supporting the creation of a traditional seminary for Latin American vocations here.

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Proof that the Greek Church accepted papal primacy prior to the Photian Schism? April 16, 2015

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Another excerpt from Dom Prosper Gueranger, and this one is most interesting.  It is from the Greek Menaea for Pope St. Leo the Great, written, according to Dom Gueranger, many centuries before the Great Schism of 1054.  The words from this hymn certainly do seem to establish a strong St_Leo_the_Great_2_CNA_US_Catholic_News_11_2_12

belief in Papal primacy.  They also highlight how the early Church viewed doctrinal orthodoxy/purity/correctness as one of the most vital characteristics of a bishop, especially the Sovereign Pontiff.  No bonus points for saying Catholic things 99% of the time……they are demanded 100% of the time. See what  you think below:

O happy Pontiff! Glorious Leo, thou hast been made companion of the faithful priests and martyrs; for thou was t most invincible in battle, and immovable as a tower and fortress of religion.  Thou dist proclaim, with most prefect orthodoxy and wisdom, the unspeakable generation download (10)of Christ.

O ruler of orthodoxy, teacher of religion and holiness, light of the whole earth, divinely inspired glory of true believers, wise Leo!  Thou enlightenest all men by thy teachings, O harp of the Holy Ghost!

Heir of the See of Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, thou didst preside over the Church: thou hadst his spirit and wast inflamed with zeal for the Faith.

Beaming with a most bright light, thou, O holy Leo, didst admirably preach the ineffable and divine Incarnation, teaching the two natures, and the two wills of the Incarnate God.800px-Leoattila-Raphael

Resplendent with the knowledge of divine truths, thou didst scatter on all sides the brightness of orthodoxy, and dispel the darkness of heresy.  Departing this life, thou, O blessed one! now dwellest in the light that knows no setting.

O inspired minister of God’s mysteries, thou didst admirably preach that Christ is the Only Son and Lord, begotten of the Father before all ages, born for us of the Virgin, and dwelling on earth like unto us.

2012125421leo_2_300Seated with glory upon the throne of the pontificate, thou didst stop the mouths of lions, and madest to shine upon they flock the light of the knowledge of God, by proclaiming the divine dogma of the adorable Trinity.  Therefore hast thou been glorified as a holy Pontiff initiated in the Grace of God.

Thou, as a dazzling sun, didst rise in the West and wisely dispel the error of Eutyches, who mingled and confused the two natures, and that of Nestorius, who divided tehm as though they were tow Persons. Thou taughtest us to adore one Christ in two natures, inseparably, unchangeably, unconfusedly, united.

Inspired of God, thou didst appear to the people of God as another Moses, showing them the Commandments of religion written, as it were, on tables…….

———End Quote———

It goes on for some time with such effusive praise.  I’d say several of the bits highlighted above, if not conclusive, argue very strongly for an acceptance of the Papal primacy by the Greek Church, and on terms that are pretty close to what the Church believes.  As such, it seems pretty damning evidence 43ccf68859that, as Dom Gueranger claimed, it was not the Latin Church, but the Greek Church which changed its belief regarding the Primacy of the See of Peter.

“Presiding over the Church” could be a statement open to some interpretation, but it would seem difficult to conflate that with the mere “first among equals” approach the Eastern Orthodox have argued for the past 1000 years.  Presiding seems to imply more than a mere “first in honors” position that would leave the Sovereign Pontiff an equal with the other ancient sees, at least, if not the thousands of bishops around the world. Presiding strongly implies governing, but, perhaps the translation is debatable.

What of the claim that he was inspired of God?  Is that significant?  I guess any Saint or holy bishop could be inspired of God, but again, there is a reference to such a universal teaching and governing office (that of Moses, the clear leader of the Jewish nation and religion) that this seems a pretty strong endorsement of Papal primacy.  Moses was the leader of his Church, and claiming that Leo was “another Moses” suggests powerfully to me that he was viewed as the sole leader of the Universal Church, heir to the office Moses first undertook.

What say you?

 

Christians may not rest equally with a toleration extended equally to Christ and Satan April 16, 2015

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Where we’ve arrived at today, with a culture completely given over to the most hideous immorality, didn’t happen overnight.  It’s been coming for a very long time……two hundred years, five hundred  years……it depends on your viewpoint.  Regardless, 150 years ago, when Dom Prosper Gueranger was crafting his great series on the Liturgical Year, it was quite apparent even then that the culture was forcing Christians to choose between Christ and Satan.  And so here we are today, where the choice is much more stark.  Some guidance from Gueranger on how to weather these times, in his exegesis on the life of St. Justin Martyr, the Saint referenced below.

Though so many centuries have since passed….the Mother of all mankind wishes her children to pay thee [St. Justin Martyr, and by extention, Our Lord] greater honor today than they have done in past ages.  She was once recognized as Queen of the nations, but now her situation is what it was in the days when thou didst defend her against hostile powers. Raise up new apologists.  Teach them that the assaults of hell may be repelled by zeal, firmness, and eloquence.  But they must not have false ideas as to the nature of the combat entrusted to their honor by the Church.  They have to defend a Queen.  The Spouse of the Son of God could never permit her champions to solicit for her the protection accorded to a slave. Truth has its rights – or, rather, it is truth alone that has the right to claim liberty.  Our apologists, O Justin, must, like thee, make the State ashamed not to grant to the Church a liberty accorded to all sects. But Christian champions may not rest satisfied with a toleration extended equally to Christ and Satan.  They must cry with thee, even when fresh violence is threatened: ‘Our cause is just, for we, and we alone, speak the Truth.”  [Need I say more.  That is simply brilliant. This must be our response to the Frank Bruni’s of the world, who would try to bully the Church into silence: We will never be silenced, because we alone speak the Truth revealed by Jesus Christ!  And all who oppose that truth are damned.”]

Pray for us, O holy martyr, that our lives may henceforward be such as will honor this year’s Pasch. Pray also for the Church of Rome, your Mother; her days of trial have returned; She has a right to count upon your intercession for the help She needs.

———-End Quote———

When I read the above last night, I had not yet seen Father’s response to the question regarding Catholic businesses serving immoral causes, even under great duress.  I have felt many times in the several years I have blogged that I have been touched by Providence through various things I have read, or how certain events have developed, to reveal a greater truth to me than I would have ever gained on my own.  This is one of those times. Father let us know the moral parameters in which to operate, and gave us an exhortation to check our consciences, to see if we are really doing all we can to oppose the evil gathering around us.  Now Dom Prosper comes along, so to speak, to further highlight that guidance and, even more, to show us how we should respond.

Lord, thank you so much for raising up such holy priests and great Saints to guide us!  Even though the sun seems to be setting for a very long night, the light provided by the Saints, Fathers, holy souls, and all the great Tradition of our Faith can never be dimmed!  So long as we cling to that, we shall be fine, no matter what the world and its master try to inflict on us.  You are such a great God, providing Your Church with such splendid examples, as  You knew this time would come, and that we would have to look most often to the past for that guidance and example we, your little, frail sheep, so desperately need.

God bless you all. I pray your find the above not just edifying but also consoling.

A sacerdotal response to yesterday’s query on bakers, sodo-marriage, and sin April 16, 2015

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This is a very good response to yesterday’s query: is it a sin for a Catholic baker to make a cake for a sodo-marriage, or for one involving already married Catholics (with no annulment)?  The answer below is along the lines Noah proposed, dealing with formal and material cooperation with sin.  This is one very good priest’s opinion.  I am not saying it is the final answer, but I tend to agree with everything he says (I add emphasis and comments):

There is formal and material co-operation in another person’s sinful act.  Formal co-operation is always sinful, and this occurs when A helps B in an external sinful act and A intends the sinfulness of it.  In the case of the Catholic baker or florist, it is safe to assume there is no formal co-operation.  [Catholic……..as opposed to katholyc. In the latter case, the assumption may not be entirely safe]

Material co-operation occurs when A helps B to accomplish an external act by an act that is not sinful, and without approving of what B does.  Perhaps some might argue that the baker/florist is not helping the sodomites to sin (i.e. engage in a fake wedding), but I would not accept such an argument.  Material co-operation in the sin of another is in general sinful.  Material co-operation can be immediate or mediate and the mediate can be proximate or remote.  In this case, I think it’s true that the material co-operation of the baker/florist is the “least possible,” i.e. mediate and remote.  It is certainly possible that mediate and remote material co-operation not be sinful, but I find no way to make such an argument in the particular case we are addressing.  Why?

(1) For material co-operation in the sin of another to not be sinful, there must be sufficient cause for permitting the sin of another.  Unless the baker/florist is starving and has to make a sale in order to live, one cannot even begin to put forth an argument that there is sufficient cause for permitting such a grave sin, i.e. desecration of marriage and public acceptance of sodomy.  I will admit, however, the matter can get quite complex, because what if the baker/florist loses his job or gets a hefty government fine if he refuses to service the marriage desecration?  Is this sufficient cause?

(2) The most serious reason for the sinfulness of material co-operation in this particular case is that the sinful act (the fake wedding) is causing great harm to the Church and society (not to mention scandal), and is about the gravest possible offense against God Himself!  In this particular case of a “gay wedding,” the stakes are so high (for example, desecration of marriage, public approval of sins against nature and sins that cry to heaven for vengeance, the total corruption of public morality), that in my priestly opinion, there is no possible “sufficient cause” to justify any form of co-operation, even if one were to lose one’s life for not co-operating. [This is the crux of the argument, and what caused me to feel that cooperation would be sinful.  The priest expresses the argument much more accurately and formally, but basically he’s saying what I was saying: in the present context, this matter is so heated, and cooperation in the sin, even against one’s will, is so loaded with meaning, as to be cooperating in an act that has import enormously larger than just providing a cake, or some flowers, or whatever.  And that is why a few souls have chosen to suffer enormously rather than cooperate in the act, even if most of those so “outed” for doing so have not been Catholic, but evangelicals.  Another commentary on the state of the Church today, is it not?]

One final point:  I think we need to beware of isolating this question from the larger context.  Yes, if the baker/florist is being threatened with prison if he/she does not perform the service, this does affect his/her personal culpability regarding his/her material co-operation, but what are we doing as Catholics on a daily and constant basis to oppose and fight against the subversion of society, i.e. the diabolic corruption of a society to the point where said society now penalizes bakers and florists who refuse to service sins that cry to heaven for vengeance?  If we Catholics are not “hitting it hard” on a daily and constant basis to fight against the diabolical “gay agenda,” how sinful is our dereliction of duty?

Dang right.  I agree totally with that.  Maybe we should be praying outside “gay” bars, rather than outside strip clubs.  But that’s for a later day.  If there is cause for concern over a violent reaction outside a strip club, it must be orders of magnitude higher for praying outside places occupied by the perverse.  We’re just not there yet.  Maybe eventually……

Thanks very much to Father for providing this opinion.  It is both edifying and clarifying.  Know that this is one priest who has suffered greatly for his strong stand for the Doctrine of the Faith and opposition to to sins that are, as he so aptly says, totally corrupting the morals of our society.  May God have mercy on him and all of us in this time of darkness and evil run amok.

100 “prominent” Crisco Catholics call of Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Cordileone April 16, 2015

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Back in the 60s, US troops returning from Vietnam called the SF Bay area “Crisco Bay.”  I’m sure if you use your imagination you can understand why.

That silliness aside, several dozen people I’ve never heard of, but who the left-wing SF area paper is calling “prominent,” took out an ad in the local paper calling for Archbishop Cordileone’s removal by Pope Francis, for having the temerity to try to reinstate just a tiny shade of doctrinal certainty into the disastrously heterodox Catholic schools there.  The vehicle for accomplishing this is the insertion of “morality clauses” into teacher’s contracts, requiring them to sign an oath assenting to the Doctrine of the Faith.  Hardly surprising for a Catholic school to require of ostensibly Catholic teachers, but, as we know all too well, things have gotten to the point in the Church today that a bishop daring to ask his teachers to assent to the Faith they purport to profess is now such an affront that he should be removed over it.  There are not words to describe the lunacy that has afflicted the Church in the past several decades:

In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Chronicle that calls on Pope Francis to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.”

The plea follows months of dissent within the archdiocese over Cordileone’s emphasis on traditional, conservative church doctrine — including asking high school teachers and staffers at Catholic schools to sign a morality clause that characterizes sex outside of marriage and homosexual relations as “gravely evil.” [Ummm……because they are!  But not in Sodom on the Bay, apparently]

In their open letter to the pope, Cordileone’s critics say his morality-clause push is mean-spirited and “sets a pastoral tone that is closer to persecution than evangelization.” 

The ad drew swift condemnation from the archdiocese, which said those who signed it don’t speak for San Francisco’s Catholic community.

The list of signatories includes Brian Cahill, the retired executive director of Catholic Charities, former city commissioner and Boudin Bakery executiveLou Giraudo, retired Swinerton Builders Chairman David Grubb, businessman and former political consultant Clint Reilly and his wife,Janet, San Francisco attorney Michael Kelly, and Charles Geschke,chairman of Adobe Systems and former head of the University of San Francisco Board of Trustees. Also on the list is Tom Brady Sr., father of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady[These are the people who will jeer us all the way to the gallows, for being what they are not: faithful Catholics. A fair number of these folks are former deep Church insiders who have been given posh assignments within the Archdiocese for decades.  They are as upset to now be on the outside of the circle of power (see below) as they are about Cordileone’s orthodoxy.  In fact, there is a huge amount of inside baseball going on here, a power struggle between a newer generation of more orthodox priests and the rapidly aging (and dying) progressive old guard]

Among their complaints, they say Cordileone:

•Picked a pastor for Star of the Sea parish in the Richmond District “who marginalizes women’s participation in the church by banning girls from altar service” and who provided elementary-school children with a pamphlet about sexuality that asked whether they had masturbated, engaged in sodomy or undergone an abortion.[It’s a quite orthodox parish.  So we can see this is not just about this silly “morality clause” issue, but it’s about re-instilling a modicum of orthodoxy to the Diocese overall, which these progressives – whose (by and large) real religion is leftism, not Catholicism – cannot abide.]

•Disregards the advice of his own priests and retired priests in favor of “a tiny group of advisers recruited from outside (the) diocese and estranged from their own religious orders.” [As I said, this is the former insider elite being more than piqued at their exclusion from influence.  To which I say, viewing the Archdiocese of SF for the past 10 years – good riddance]

•Threatens the long-term health of the archdiocese by adopting a “single-issue agenda” against same-sex marriage. [Really…….that’s the best they’ve got.]

[I like the response by the Archdiocese……] A statement by the archdiocese provided to us Wednesday called the ad “a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the archbishop. The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers presume to speak for ‘the Catholic Community of San Francisco.’

“They do not.” [Can you see the kind of Church these ranting progressives would like to have?  A Church that is pointless and almost useless when it comes to the one thing that matters – salvation.  They want just another NGO that confirms their sacred left-wing shibboleths and never, ever challenges them. A Church that will be as dead as the Episcopalians or the Unitarians in a few short years.  Really, for all the sodomite fury, I fear these rotten Catholics far more than I do the other.  We can also see just how much universal salvation has infected the Church – that is one of the key errors that underlie the broader Katholyc heresy]

Keep praying for Archbishop Cordileone.  He is revealing himself to be a rare prelate.  The vast majority would have caved at the first sign of criticism from the left.  Very few would continue to wage this kind of battle over months.  Good for him.  I am not saying he’s perfect, but he has shown he’s got some stones in this matter.  We need many, many more bishops like him – which those who took out this full-page temper tantrum know only too well.  Even if they can’t get rid of Cordileone, they will try to make such a ruckus there won’t be many more like him.

Am I the only one who sees the hand (or the prayers) of the Traditional Carmelites across the Bay in Oakland in much of this strength Cordileone is displaying?  He is quite close to that community.  Having a holy group of nuns at your back is a source of enormous spiritual power.  May they keep praying for him, as well.

h/t reader skeinster!