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Baton Rouge Diocese: “Who are we to judge whether public sinners believe or not?” July 22, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, pr stunts, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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Mind you, that is public sinners: as in those who, in some way, publicly proclaim their sin, in this case, rejection of Catholic Doctrine, i.e., heresy.

A case – likely to be increasingly frequent in the near future – developed in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, LA.  A man publicly known to be lost in sins of sodomy and even to have a pretended “marriage” to another man, presented for Communion. This man was publicly unrepentant of his sin.  The priest, aware of this man’s condition, quite rightly protected the sanctity of the Blessed Sacrament and defended the sinner’s soul (in great charity) by refusing to allow him to blaspheme the Blessed Sacrament.  The man, naturally in this day and age, complained publicly over this act of kindness (which he took to be a cruel abuse), and the bishop, equally naturally, promptly caved, issuing a scandalous apology.

Just another day in the American Catholic Church, I suppose (my emphasis and comments):

Tim Ardillo, an avowed aberrosexual “married” to another man, [public declaration of which in and of itself is grounds for excommunication and denial of the Blessed Sacrament] is claiming that he was denied Communion at the funeral of his dead mother on July 10 in St. Helena’s Church in the Diocese of Baton Rouge (Louisiana).  Ardillo wanted to receive the Body of Christ in  Communion, however, he was denied by Pastor Mark Beard.

The magazine The Advocate stated that the Diocese of Baton Rouge has since apologized to Ardillo for the incident, personally from the archbishop of New Orleans himself, Msgr. Gregory Aymond. [This has been widely reported, but was it confirmed?]

According to Ardillo, pastor Beard had justified his refusal by saying it was because he was “not married in church.” The presumed reason, according to the aberrosexual, was that he had previously said  in the obituary  for his mother he was described as being “married” to a man. [There we go, very public declaration of unrepentant grave sin.  The pastor, being apparently aware of the man’s identity and status, should have, in charity, approached him before Mass and addressed the matter, making clear his intent, but perhaps that was impossible for any of a number of reasons.]

The Secretariat of Archbishop Aymond declined to comment. The apology was neither confirmed nor denied. No one from the parish wanted to take a position……..

……..What this meant in practice, at least in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, said the diocesan press officer, Donna Carville, a communion assistant (Eucharistic Minister): The diocese will not tolerate refusal of Communion to Catholics, “just because they are gay.” [This is a very dangerous and unfortunate statement. Would she say the same of some other, less culturally popular sin?  Being possessed of strong attraction for people of the same sex is profoundly disordered. It may or may not be sufficient grounds for denial of the Blessed Sacrament (it depends how it is acted upon).  But this was not the case here. This was the case of a man making a public declaration of grave sin!  Canon Law is exceedingly clear on this point.]

It was “very surprising that Communion was denied. This does not work  … We do not have people refuse communion. Who are we to judge whether they believe [the Church’s teaching on Communion] or not? This is a matter between them and God,” said Donna Carville. [Well we can certainly see the rhetoric of the current pontificate in this statement.  But she’s completely, totally wrong. Once again, we don’t have to peer into anyone’s soul, the man made a public declaration of which the priest became aware.  That’s perfect grounds for the priest’s action. In addition, Canon Law stipulates very clearly, contrary to this bonehead quoted below, that public sin requires public retraction and penance PRIOR to amelioration of the sin and an ability to return to the Blessed Sacrament.  That is why the continued reception of grave public heretic politicians is such an enormous scandal, they have never publicly retracted their heresy.]

It should not be used to deny the Eucharist, because someone is not married in Church, seconded the canon lawyer, Roger Keeler, coordinator of the Canon Law Society of America, and a priest of the Archdiocese of Edmonton in Alberta State (Canada). “The Communion is not a weapon. It is not a reward for good behavior. It is food for tired souls,” said Keeler.  [Once again, direct quotes of Pope Francis, and very damaging ones] The priest could not know the marital status of those who come forward for Communion. [WRONG.  In this case, he did.  And that was manifest sufficient grounds for his actions.  He should be commended by all involved, starting with his bishop, but also the man who attempted to receive, piling sacrilege on top of his other sins.]

Let’s see what Canon Law really says:

Can. 915 Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.

Can. 916 A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to celebrate Mass or receive the body of the Lord without previous sacramental confession unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess; in this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition which includes the resolution of confessing as soon as possible.

Of course Canon 915 is perfectly clear.  “Others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin – like an open declaration of no just sodomy but pseudo-sodo-marriage – are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”  That seems very clear to me, and indeed was, for about the first 1950 years of the Church’s existence.  But now its a matter for apologies and groveling worries about “weaponizing” the Blessed Sacrament.

In all this mass abrogation of duty, it is the souls who ultimately pay the price.  The souls of laity falling into hell like snowflakes, and the souls of bishops, too, paving the floor of hell.

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Unbelief/rejection of their Faith was the cause of the chastisement of the Jews July 22, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Liturgical Year, persecution, reading, sanctity, scandals, secularism, Tradition, Virtue.
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Dom Prosper Gueranger spends a number of pages of his meditations on the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost in The Liturgical Year recounting the final chastisement and destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple, and the Old Covenant.  Just as Jesus Christ our Lord had prophesied, Jerusalem was completely, utterly destroyed by Roman legions under Titus Flavius Vespasianus.  This was after several previous chastisements, most notably the first destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian exile.

Why was Israel, God’s original chosen people, so chastised?  The Bible – and Gueranger – tells us, it was due to constant sin and rejection of the True Faith God had given Israel. Eventually Israel’s crimes became so great that God completely terminated His covenant with them and instituted the New Covenant in Himself, the Second Person of the Trinity.

But as Gueranger warns us, the same fate can befall us, and even almost the entire human element of the Church, if we are similarly unfaithful. Entire nations have been condemned by God to destruction for rejecting His Law and the practice of perversion. A grim reminder for we of the Church – and her leaders – in this time:

[N]ever forget that the same causes which brought about the destruction of the Jews would also lead you to ruin.  They fell, because of their unbelief; you, who once had no faith and yet God showed mercy to you, are now what you are by faith.  Be not, therefore, high-minded with self-complacency; but remember how God, who broke off the natural branches from the glorious tree, will not spare  you, if you cease to be faithful; and whilst you do well to admire His mercy, you do not wisely if you forget His inexorable justice………..

……..But the assurance of salvation, granted to the bride of the Son of God, does not extend to her children, taken either individually or collectively –  that is, men or nations. On each one of us it is incumbent that we meditate on the sad fate which befell Jerusalem; as also on what happened ages before, to the ancestors of the Jewish people, viz., that scarce one of those who were living when Moses led them out of Egypt lived to enter into the promised land.

————-End Quote————

Indeed, of 600,000 adult Jewish men who left Egypt in the Exodus, precisely TWO survived to enter the promised land. Now the Exodus from Egypt and journey to the promised land of Israel is a highly significant type of our earthly journey through the dangers and temptations of the world and our hoped for entry into Heaven. While Christ’s crucifixion, death, and Resurrection has greatly changed the calculus in our favor, it hasn’t entirely altered the validity of this type.  Something to be kept in mind.

As is the testimony of so very many Saints and holy people, who attest from visions or even personal experience that even the vast majority of baptized Catholics go to hell.  Completely contradicting Fr. Barron and other modernist “hopes,” the constant testimony of the Saints has been that many more are lost than are saved.

The unprecedented and terrifying situation faithful souls face today, of course, is that so much of the Church herself seems to be in the very predicament Dom Prosper warns about.  Unprecedented in modern times, and having only a few possible similar instances throughout its 2000 year history, this crisis leaves many souls lost and confused over where to turn, what to believe.  Fortunately we do have Tradition, the Magisterium of the past, to turn to.  The Church can never become something she is not, she can never validly counter her own established Sacred Doctrine, so as long as we cling to that, we can be assured of remaining faithful – in spite of what men today may say.  It should be remembered that when the Jews faltered, there were faithful remnants then, too, and they were likewise chastised as not being with the times, as being unreasonably obstinate, and refusing to go along with what the great mass of people wanted.  A good number of prophets were put to death for their defense of the Faith as it was.

Men cannot change what God has revealed.  Men cannot pretend to take flatly contradictory “pastoral approaches” to matters in ways that obliterate settled Dogma and remain faithful.  No we cannot, and do not want to, become protestant and pick and choose for ourselves what to believe and what to reject.  But that is not the point.  The point is to cling to that which has been clearly revealed and defined in the long course of centuries.

And that’s the very difficult part in a hierarchical Church.  In those rare and terrible times when the hierarchy itself seems to be turning on the Church, it is exceedingly difficult to remain a faithful Catholic.  I pray for the strength to remain so.

 

German Church implosion accelerates under Pope Francis July 22, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, Papa, scandals, secularism, self-serving, SOD, the return, the struggle for the Church.
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I’ve been meaning to post on this for days, but never got around to it.  Rorate has a post alluding to the rapidly accelerating decline in Church membership in Germany.  But Eponymous Flower had even more details days before, and it is to that post that I will mostly refer:

The German Bishops’ Conference (DBK) are in the midst of silly season this Friday and the dioceses have reported the Church statistics in 2014 and again this is explosive, because the number of leaving the Church has risen significantly again. After 178,805 people left in 2013, 217,716 people have left the church in 2014. That’s an increase of about 20 percent. Church attendance has risen with an increase of 0.1 percent to 10.9 percent. The total number of priests is 12,219 (2013 12,336)……

……..The numbers leaving the Catholic Church are still comfortably topped by the Protestant church. There 410,000 people have left.

The numbers leaving the Church in Germany are at present the highest ever.  The numbers on Mass attendance are misleading, raw numbers of attendees has dropped, even if the ratio of those who remain in the Church attending Mass increased very slightly.

Meanwhile, the German Church took in $6.3 billion from the Church tax and remains the largest employer in Germany after government at all levels with 1.3 million employees.  Those who refuse to pay the Church tax are automatically excommunicated in Germany, while those professing rank heresy and even apostasy are given a pass, so long as they pay that almighty tax.

According to Rorate, Mass attendance in Germany in 1990 was 22%. It has fallen by over half in one quarter century.

Msgr. Ganswein, Prefect of the Papal Household and private secretary to Pope Benedict XVI gave reasons for why the German episcopate continues to promote radical, seemingly heretical “pastoral” approaches even as souls flee the Church in unprecedented numbers:

I do not know. Maybe they give in to the Zeitgeist, perhaps they can be  led by  the applause of the people, which is made by the media … to be critical of the mass media, is certainly less enjoyable. A shepherd must not decide on the basis of whether the media applauds or not. The benchmark is the Gospel, the Faith, sound doctrine, Tradition.

Meanwhile, in the US, Pope Francis’ favorability rating has dropped precipitously in the past year, especially among those who identify as conservative.  Overall, his favorability dropped from 75% to 59% overall, but from 72% to 45% among self-described conservatives.  One wonders what the numbers would say were the survey broken down by those who assist at Mass weekly – the bare minimum to count as a Catholic, no?  71% of self-described Catholics in the survey view the Pope favorably – a stupefyingly generic term – whereas 89% did so last year. For whatever that means.

No, the Church is not a popularity contest, and being unpopular is not a sign of being a bad shepherd of the faithful.  To the contrary, a truly good and Catholic shepherd would probably have much lower approval ratings, as Pope Benedict did for most of his pontificate.  But our Blessed Lord told us the world would hate and persecute us, and that we would be blessed when they did so, because it meant we would be living lives contrary to the world and its master. Nevertheless, I think the visibly leftward turn of this pontificate is dismaying a good number of people.

I think the broader point is this: contrary to expectations and what certainly seems to be a deliberate plan of action, positing a very progressive/modernist view of the Faith – whether this is Francis’ intent or not, that is certainly the mass perception – with seeming attempts to gravely undermine moral doctrine held since the Church’s inception, is, once again, not convincing great numbers of souls to enter the Church and is almost certainly precipitating even greater numbers of departures.  Caving on doctrine – or appearing to – only convinces people that you had nothing worthwhile to say in the first place,and confirms them in their error.  We have over 50 years of clear, concrete evidence of this phenomenon fact. Doctrinal revolution under the cover of pastoral changes  will scandalize millions out of the Church but won’t bring more than a handful of wild-eyed revolutionaries in.  But maybe that’s the point, after all.

Admin post – comments, ads, and thank you July 22, 2015

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A Planned Barrenhood-related butcher’s bill for baby parts July 22, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, catachesis, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Not sure how wide a play this item has gotten, my wife found it and forwarded it to me.  It’s a photo of a list of prices a Planned Barrenhood affiliate a company closely associated with Planned Barrenhood charged for various baby parts, as of 1999.  The prices here certainly seem in line with what we’ve seen revealed in recent videos, though I’m sure inflation has taken a bit of a toll.

I’m all for medical research, but who are the Dr. Frankenstein’s ghoulish enough to use aborted babies in their labs?  Isn’t this the kind of monstrous utilitarian mentality warned of in so much fiction, from Shelley to Soylent Green?   Or is it fiction any more?  It is not unreasonable to fear that some perverse medical scientician might create babies deliberately to abort them for their value to “medical science” in order to prolong the lives of those already born (a la The Island).

Generations of leftist  utilitarianism and selfish hedonism have left millions of people, probably a large majority of the population, so morally enervated as to be either too apathetic to care, or perfectly satisfied with this kind of butchery if it helps them:

pp aborted parts

It is so casually gruesome as to be beyond words like chilling and terrifying. I don’t have so much problem with an adult making a conscious decision to donate their body, post-death, to science, but this is entirely different.  If a sufficient market were to exist, it is entirely possible babies are already being created deliberately to be destroyed.  I’m surprised there aren’t calls to try raise up frozen embryos for such a demonic purpose – or if it isn’t already occurring on the QT.

This treatment of human beings as objects to be used rather than infinitely priceless images of God worthy of all respect and dignity in their own right is a direct consequence of centuries of endarkenment anti-Catholic rationalism and materialism.  This rationalism completely forsakes Christian decency and instead posits a “might makes right” philosophy upon the world, where the strong and healthy can dictate to the sick and weak their worth.  It is the direct antithesis of the Christian ethos.  And it will continue to grow far, far worse without a mass cultural conversion.

I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, in a very real sense, this manner in which people feel free to use and abuse others to their own ends – be it a mom killing her child, or a government deciding caring for elderly is too expensive and killing them off, or a company purchasing frozen embryos to later harvest for parts – will eventually lead to the reinstitution of slavery.  That is the inevitable end result of this use of people as objects playing out.  It may take a while, but if we continue on this road, I’m convinced that it will happen, perhaps under a different name, but it will happen.

Thus, the glories of the deliberately anti-Catholic enlightenment.  It’s almost like God is trying to send us a message……”this is very wrong, this is destructive, this will cause massive suffering and even civilizational death.”  But very few have ears to hear anymore.  May God have mercy on us.