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REPOST: Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Victory and the Holy Rosary October 7, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Liturgical Year, Our Lady, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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We must never forget that in other dark times, when all appeared lost, when the fate of millions of souls hung in the balance, Our Lady has always been our Protectress, if we will only appeal to Her:

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Pray the Rosary daily and devoutly!  It is only by prayer that both we and the Church can be sustained in piety and virtue.

And beg Our Lady to intercede for the continued sanctity and integrity of our great Faith, the only means of salvation for all of us.

So based on so many of Our Lady’s apparitions and interventions, how can we assess Her approach to ecumenism/interreligious dialogue?  Ever read the biography or history of Saint Fernando III of Spain?  That noble Saint believed fervently that it was Our Lady who powered his unprecedented victories against the Mohammadans occupying Spain.  How should the faithful understand the ecumenism and endless dialogue of the past 50 years when it so appears to be acting in contradiction to what can certainly be seen as the plainly expressed will of the Blessed Mother?

Food for thought. By the way, Crusader Cat hasn’t made an appearance in a long time.  HE’S BACK!

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Dom Gueranger prophesied these our times 150 years ago October 7, 2015

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Anyone with a brain can see where things are headed today, but it took (in my estimation) some special perspicacity for Dom Gueranger to extrapolate out from the French Revolution and 70-80 years of liberal government to the kind of crisis that is afflicting the Church today.  Gueranger knew that satanic liberalism would play a major role in the persecutions of the earth’s final days, under the instigation of the devil. However, I was blown away at much of the below, which seems to forecast also a great falling away in the Church, and not only among the erstwhile faithful, but even among those charged with keeping and protecting the Truth handed onto them through the solemn offices they hold.  This is practically a prophecy for the Church since Vatican II, and especially since March 2013.  From The Liturgical Year vol. 11:

It is then at the end of the world, more than at all previous times, when satan is turned loose in all his fury, that the faithful will have to remember the injunction givendownload (19) to us by the apostle in today’s Epistle (Eph V).  They will have to comport themselves with that circumspection which he enjoins, taking every possible care to keep their understanding, no less than their heart, pure, in those evil days.  Supernatural light will, in those days, not only have to withstand the attacks of the children of darkness, who will put forward their false doctrines; it will, moreover, be minimized and falsified by the very children of the light yielding on the question of principles; it will be endangered by the hesitations, and the  human prudence, of those who are called far-seeing men.  Many will practically ignore the master-truth, that the Church never can be overwhelmed by any created power or human reason.  If they do remember that our Lord has promised to uphold His Church even to the end of the world (St. Matt xxviii:20), they will still believe that they do a great service to the good cause by making certain politically clever concessions, not weighted in the balance of the sanctuary.  Those future worldly-wise prelates will forget that our Lord needs no shrewd schemes to help Him to keep His promise; they will entirely overlook this most elementary consideration, that the cooperation which Jesus deigns to accept at the hands of His servants in the defense of the rights of His Church, never could consist in the disguising of those grand truths which constitute the power and beauty of the bride.  They will forget the apostle’s maxim, laid down in his Epistle to the Romans, that to conform oneself to this world, to attempt an impossible adaptation of the Gospel to a world that is unchristianized, is not the means for proving what is good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.  So that it will be a thing of real and rare merit, in many an occurrence of those unhappy times, merely to understand what is the will of God…..[Just a fierce rebuke of so many in the leadership today who seek to obliterate Sacred revealed Truth in practice, for the sake of some erroneous notion of mercy or, more truthfully, to garner the praise of the world.]

Gueranger“Make yourselves sure of the full reward,” says St. John (St. Jn viii:9), which is given only to the persevering thoroughness of doctrine and faith.  Besides, it will be then, as in all other times, that , according to the saying of the Holy Ghost, the simplicity of the just shall guide them, and far more safely than any human ingenuity could do; humility will give them wisdom; and, keeping themselves closely united to this noble companion, they will be made truly wise by her, and will know what is acceptable to God.  They will understand that, aspiring like the Church herself to union with the eternal Word, fidelity to the Spouse, for them as for the Church, is nothing else than fidelity to the truth; for the Word, who is the same object of love to both of them, is, in God, no other than the splendor of infinite truth.  Their one care, therefore, will ever be to approach nearer and nearer to their Beloved…….By so doing, they will be serving their fellow-creatures in the best possible way, for they will be putting in practice the counsel of Jesus, who bids them seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice, and confide in Him for all the rest.  Others may 25443389have recourse to human and accommodating combinations, fitted to please all parties; they may put forward dubious compromises, which (so their suggesters think) will keep back, for some length of time, the fierce tide of revolution; but those who have God’s Spirit in them will put a very different construction on the admonition given us by the Apostle, to redeem the time the Lord gives us for His good. [That is what I see missing in so many of our Church leaders today – faith, seeking God and His Justice, knowing that if they do so ALL these other things will be taken care of, by God.  Instead, our leaders try to outsmart God, they try to “fix” His Church and His Truth, the better to appeal to a world whose faith and reason have grown so cold.  It will fail, of course, and all they will accomplish is to speed the fall of millions of souls into hell like so many snowflakes. That is the great tragedy of this crisis of Faith]

……..When, therefore, the final tribulations shall commence; when exile shall scatter the faithful, and the sword shall slay them, and the world
download (18)shall approve all that, prostrate, as it will then be, before the beast and his image (Apoc xiii) – let us not forget that we have a leader chosen by God, and proclaimed by the Church; a leader
[he refers to St. Michael] who will marshal us during those final combats, in which the defeat of the Saints (Apoc xiii) will be more glorious than were the triumphs of the Church in the days when she ruled the world. [Think on that – our defeats in the coming time – heck, even today – may be more glorious than the triumphs of the past.]  For what God will then ask of His servants is not success of diplomatical arrangements, nor a victory won by arms, but fidelity to His Truth – that is, to His Word; a fidelity all the more generous and perfect as there will be an almost universal falling off around the little army fighting under the Arcangel’s banner.  Uttered by a single faithful heart, under such circumstances, and uttered with the bravery of faith and the ardor of love, the cry of St. Michael, which heretofore routed the infernal legions, will honor God more than the blasphemies uttered by the millions of degraded followers of the beast will insult Him. [Isn’t that incredible!  Beautiful!]

———End Quote———-

Even if we feel abandoned by men, even if we feel all alone, even if those entrusted with the sacred office of preserving and propagating the Truth Christ has revealed to all for the salvation of their very souls, always know that there is an immense, invincible army at our backs, aiding us in ways we cannot imagine.  With this great Host, we can never fail.  Everything may look incredibly dark and gloomy, but so long as ONE soul persists in the Faith the Church remains.  We may experience great sufferings, but so long as we remain faithful, we know that in the end the final victory shall be ours.  What a glorious, inspiring truth God has given us.

Perhaps consider this post to be a bit of plate for your spiritual armor on this Feast of Our Lady of Victory, or the Most Holy ?Rosary.  May she guide and protect us through all our trials.

PRAYER VIGIL 10/07/15 CANCELLED October 7, 2015

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Sorry, right after I put the post out saying it’s on, I got a reminder that Mass will run very late tonight. So I’m just going to cancel.  I’ll try to do it next week 10/14.  Wait and see later announcements.

Yes, I are dumb.

CANCELLED! Prayer vigil outside ‘The Men’s Club’ TONIGHT Oct 7 2015 @ 8pm! CANCELLED October 7, 2015

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CANCELLED!  VERY SORRY I MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT IT’S ON AND THEN HAVE TO CANCEL, BUT THAT’S THE WAY IT IS.  SEE LATER POST.

 

Local Catholic art and a new movie gives another side of the Vietnam War October 7, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, history, persecution, Revolution, sadness, scandals, Society.
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Well, it’s a newish movie, it premiered in California last March, but it’s finally coming to the Metroplex October 30 – November 5 in a roadshow format.  The movie is Ride The Thunder, and it tells the tale of US Marine Colonel John Ripley South Vietnamese Marine Colonel Le Ba Binh.  It is based on a book of the same name.

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A devout Catholic South Vietnamese friend of mine apprised me of the movie.  It is in English with Vietnamese subtitles.  It will be showing, and not accidentally, in Irving, Grand Prairie, and other locales Oct. 30 –  Nov. 5.  This movie is different in that it concentrates less on the battles, less on the American side, but more on the impact of the war on South Vietnamese patriots and the horrendous suffering many underwent for years following the US betrayal and communist triumph.  My friend’s father was a colonel in the South Vietnamese intelligence and was incarcerated in communist “re-education camp” for 7 or 8 years.  My friend managed to escape during the boat lift and made it to Malaysia after everyone on the boat was robbed of every cent they had by pirates (they were very lucky it was only their possessions that was taken, many suffered much worse fates than that).

No matter what one thinks of the US involvement in Vietnam and the US conduct of that war (and I certainly have grave problems, especially with the latter), the South Vietnamese fall to communism was an unmitigated disaster for that forlorn nation.  The Church has had much to suffer in Vietnam, north and south, from the communist regime.  Persecution continues to this day.  And now, Vietnam, fiercely independent for 1000 years, is little more than a Chinese puppet state.

Anyway, local readers may consider checking this movie out when it comes to town in a few weeks.  You’ll have to check the individual theaters for show times.

BTW, local readers might also find my friend in the most recent edition of Texas Catholic (the Dallas diocesan newspaper), in a pull-out spread of certain Dallas area Catholics views on the Faith in commemoration of the Diocese’s 125th anniversary.  My friend’s comments on Tradition and Truth stand out from the rest.

Another local reader sent me some artwork he’s been doing and would like to share.  The first is sort of a Catholic superhero called Marian Knight.  The second is a pastel of an angel inspired by Renaissance works.

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Some good advice with regard to the rising persecution October 7, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, manhood, persecution, Revolution, scandals, sickness, Society, Virtue.
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Many media sites have reported that the deranged man who slaughtered Oregon students in a “gun free zone” at Umpqua Community College deliberately targeted Christians.  While this event has obvious connotations regarding rising hatred towards Christians and more and more open instances of persecution, I found this response from Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey of Tennessee really good advice:

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The secular anti-Christian media has just lost their minds over this, outraged that Christians might contemplate arming themselves in the face of persecution, rather than just being the mewling sheep to be mowed down by our satanic progressives betters.

There has long been a tension that has run through Christianity, between what appear like contradictory bits of guidance by our Blessed Lord – do we turn the other cheek (Mt v:39), or sell our cloak and buy a sword (Lk xxii:36)?

The truth is, both are acceptable, even required, given the circumstances.  There are times when we should submit to opponents and enemies meekly, but other times when we must respond in kind.  The history of Christianity is filled with examples of both.  One particular justification in arming for self-defense is the case where one has responsibility over souls who are not able to defend themselves. In that case, there are strong arguments from moral theology that it can be a positive duty to be prepared to defend them if possible.  Certainly I am one father who feels that I bear a grave responsibility for the safety of my wife and children, and given that we live in one of the bottom quintile zip codes for income and certain crime rates, I feel I would be abrogating my duty as a father and husband not to have the means and ability to defend them.

St. Thomas Aquinas wrote at length on this subject.  Armed intervention, even rebellion, can be morally acceptable (even called for) depending on the circumstances.  Those circumstances include a possibility of success and measured response.  It is perfectly morally legitimate for me to shoot an armed intruder in my home at night – I have a high probability of success and the response is equal to the potential threat.  For 100 Catholics to rise up in armed rebellion against the federal government is much more problematic, because the probability of success would be exceedingly low.  There are a thousand variations that are too involved for a blog post to discuss, but the Faith has always maintained that individuals have the right of self defense even up to taking the life of another.  So there is absolutely nothing “un-Christian” in a political figure advocating that Christians do just that.  To me it sounds like very wise advice in this day and age.

I know most readers (and especially frequent commenters) are fully on board with me on this topic, but I also know there are some lurkers who are not.

So this is for them:

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Bad news coming at a torrent from the Synod October 7, 2015

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Aye yay yay, we’re barely 4 days in and the bad news is coming in droves.  Just a few of the high-, or low-lights:

Quebecois Archbishop urges Pope Francis to consider ordaining women to the diaconate. – Sure to solve all our problems, let’s have women deacons!  Of course, anyone with a few functioning brain cells know this is just a step to the real goal, female priestesses in an even more openly feminized clergy

Moving on from mere divorce and remarriage, now polygamy is under consideration.  Fr. Tom Rosica, the radical’s radical (about whom hints of a sodomite inclination have been swirling of late), says: “There must be an end to exclusionary language and a strong emphasis on embracing reality as it is,” said the Vatican English-language spokesman. So much for Jesus Christ!

In a move obviously coordinated with the Vatican, Spanish daily El Mundo ran a photo of Pope Francis‘ meeting with a gomorrist couple featuring a woman who has mutilated herself with surgeries and drugs to better play at being a man.  Too bad for her, no amount of testosterone shots or body mutilation is going to give her a Y chromosome. The foul image is below:

The sodomite couple that met in a definite audience (not a pretend one like Kim Davis, apparently) with Pope Francis claims it was the Vatican that leaked news of the meeting, including numerous photos and a video of the very happy Pope meeting his BFF.

Hopes were raised on the first full day of the Synod (Monday) when Cardinal Peter Erdo released an introductory document for the synodal discussions that seemed fairly well grounded in orthodox Catholic thought. However, Voice of the Family (VOTF) has related that those hopes were dashed by Pope Francis’ personal intervention on Tuesday, which steered the synod back onto what VOTF calls a much more heterodox trajectory:

The hopes of faithful Catholics were raised on Monday by the reassertions of Catholic orthodoxy made in the relazione introduttiva of the General Relator of the Synod, Péter Cardinal Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest. Yesterday Erdő’s report and position were seriously undermined after an intervention of Pope Francis indicated to the synod fathers that the question of Holy Communion for the “divorced and remarried” was still open. Cardinal Erdő was also undermined by remarks made by synod fathers invited to a press conference organised by Holy See press spokesman Fr Lombardi S.J…….

…….Pope Francis delivered an unscheduled intervention in the synod yesterday morning. He instructed synod fathers that they should consider the Ordinary Synod to be in perfect continuity with the Extraordinary Synod. He told them that they were to consider only three synodal documents as formal documents of the synod; these were his own opening address at the Extraordinary Synod, the Relatio Synodi of the Extraordinary Synod, and his own closing address of that synod. The heterodox nature of the Relatio Synodi, which received the Holy Father’s personal approval, was discussed by Voice of the Family in our Analysis of the Final Report of the Extraordinary Synod. The Holy Father also said that the question of the reception of Holy Communion by the “divorced and remarried” was not the only one for the Synod to consider. This would indicate however that Pope Francis considers the question to be open, despite being clearly resolved by Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the teaching of his predecessors. The content of the Holy Father’s intervention was repeated a number of times by Fr Lombardi and other speakers at the press conference.

The intervention of the Holy Father yesterday has undermined the authority of Cardinal Erdő’s report and has signaled to the synod fathers that the Holy Father would prefer the discussions of the synod to proceed along the lines established by the heterodox Relatio Synodi rather than the orthodox introductory address of Cardinal Erdő. The Holy Father’s actions have gravely weakened the cardinal’s efforts to reorient the Ordinary Synod towards an affirmation and defence of Catholic doctrine……

……..At yesterday’s press conference Fr Thomas Rosica, English-speaking press spokesman for the Holy See, gave what he described as a summary of the interventions of the synod fathers. The interventions summarised by Rosica were almost uniformly “progressive”.

I included that bit about Fr. Rosica, because there are increasing media reports that Rosica is giving a very biased account of the synodal interventions.  That is, he is highlighting and trumpeting the progressive interventions, while ignoring or minimizing the more orthodox ones. Via Edward Pentin, some of the more orthodox interventions were purported to include:

* A number of synod fathers spoke in support of Cardinal Peter Erdo’s introductory speech, including one who underlined the importance of keeping fidelity to truth about marriage, the family and the Eucharist.

* A synod father asked “What are we doing here?” and stressed the synod is about the family, not other relationships such as homosexual ones. He also stressed that if the synod accepts the divorced-remarried issue, the Church effectively “supports divorce”.

* Another said the emphasis should be the sacrament of marriage, so the spiritual beauty of marriage is brought to the fore. Often the Church is not united around the “positive vision” of marriage and family. He said instability around marriage is “against its nature”.

* Another intervention noted the flock are too few, and that one should show respect for families which battle and try to remain faithful, those who in particular remain faithful to their marital vows given before God, although there are controversies and difficulties.

Rosica is apparently not alone in giving a very skewed accounting of the interventions in the other language groups.  They are apparently doing the same, as well, although Pentin claims the French and Germans are at least mentioning some of the more orthodox efforts, rather than ignore them entirely as Fr. Rosica does.

To me, the appointing of Fr. Rosica to be the English language PR man for this papacy is one of the most revealing actions taken to date.  There are few more reliably modernist-progressive priests of public note in service today.  He’s also the consummate Church politician – that is to say, he encapsulates almost all that is most wrong with the priesthood today.  Appointing him to by the PR man for what is probably the most important, influential language group in the Church today (English) was a huge signal – really, something more like an upturned middle phalanges to the orthodox Catholic world.

This is the man who hearts the arch-heretic Gregory Baum, after all.

John Paul II’s personalism created the environment in which the Synod could happen? October 7, 2015

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I found this particular comment at What’s Up With The Synod really important.  Below, Hilary White corresponds with an unnamed Vatican reporter.  This reporter looks back at the enormous degree to which John Paul II, in his incredibly long pontificate, shaped perceptions of the papacy and greatly changed people’s understandings of what constituted “normal” papal behavior.  Even more, he established – deliberately or not – an enormous cult of personality that still infects many soul’s attitudes towards the papacy today.  This almost obsessive obeisance towards the reigning pontiff is something I call hyper-montanism, an almost obsessive obeisance towards the papacy and a willingness to explain away or somehow justify even the most harmful, bizarre papal actions.

The quote:

A Vatican contact writes:

Nota bene: Watch how the Synod is being orchestrated. First, there is a huge emphasis on unity and consensus. This was a theme hit upon over and over during the Pope’s address and during the interventions of Forte, Baldisseri and others. [and was the vehicle by which acceptance of problematic, practically erroneous statements in documents of Vatican II was achieved.  Opposing the documents was “divisive” and was seen as standing in opposition to Pope Paul VI, which no prelate wanted to be seen as doing. Voila – Guadium Et Spes]

The message to the Fathers is clear: Don’t be divisive. Of course, as we all know, divisive only works one way….

Second, they are genuinely worried. They are afraid the Fathers might actually produce a strong, Catholic statement. That’s why they are keeping everything in the hands of the administration, and any statement of the Synod qua Synod will be strictly controlled. [Are they really worried? Or did they simply learn their lesson the last time – this time, no fooling around, don’t even give any opposition a chance to make some impact, simply put everyone but a small cabal around Pope Francis out of the picture, in a good authoritarian way]

The other thing they are doing is setting it up so that everything depends on the Pope. This is another theme that is being reinforced in most of the statements.

“The Pope is the guarantor of orthodoxy and union.” They are setting up the most papalist Synod in centuries… But it is not ultramontane papalism, but pure papal positivism, the fruits of the JP2 emphasis on the personality of the Pope. Back in the day, John Paul set the Pope over against the Synod, an external ‘check’ in case they went too far.

Now, Pope Francis is making himself the Synod..

Back when JPII was pope, his papal positivism/personalism was viewed by many conservativish Catholics as a good thing, since it was fairly frequently used as a check on modernist ambitions in the Church (or at least overt modernist moves……underground, the Revolution continued its advance by consolidating the gains it had made ’58-’78).  On a strict level of personality, JPII was a very charismatic guy, and a lot of people were drawn to that.  Assisi in ’86 and some subsequent developments shook a lot of pious soul’s confidence in JPII (which confidence never really recovered), but for the rank and file, he moved an ancient institution into the media age.  Papal positivists were fine with that, especially since the pope seemed to be more conservative, in their eyes, than not.

So JPII managed to institutionalize in the Church a radical new concept of papacy, one deeply attached to the personality of the Pope and, even more, his media image.  Most conservative neo-Cats were perfectly fine with that, but many trads were not, and for just the reasons we see playing out in this current, very much different pontificate: by turning the holy office of the papacy, the “sweet Christ on earth,” into a media-driven, image conscious personality cult, it was readily apparent that should a different kind of pope come to power, he could use this very much changed understanding of the Chair of Peter for nefarious ends.  Of course, only those crazed rad trads with their delusions of persecution and constant worry over the future (indicative of a severe lack of faith, surely) had such problems – everyone else just basked in the glory of the new positivist, personalist pope, and enjoyed the wild ride.

But now we see where such a vastly changed institution of the papacy can lead us: to a Church virtually defenseless against the unthinkable, a really, really bad pope.  Back in the Medieval or Renaissance times, there were natural checks on the damage a really, really bad pope could do, since the office had not been turned into a three ring media circus and personality cult.  Since a vast misunderstanding of Vatican I has been promulgated in the Church (partly by the popes themselves, at times), and especially since the positivist/personalist approach of JPII, all those natural checks have been stripped away.  The vast majority of the most committed Catholics now stand defenseless before even the most tragically egregious Pope,  as psychologically unprepared to oppose his excesses or deviations from the Magisterium as they are to leave the Faith themselves, because to them, the Pope = the Faith.  Which view is entirely understandable, but I hope we can see now that when taken to extremis, to justify even the most inexplicable or openly destructive behavior, that kind of blind obeisance should have some limits.  The Faith, the Truth, must come first.

But if you can’t trust the Pope, who can you trust?  It’s an extremely dangerous game, I know.  There is an enormous temptation to protestantize and arrogate to ourselves determinations regarding what is Catholic, what is the Magisterium.  But to me, that’s what books, especially good, old, out of print books, are for. Even more, we’re not talking about subtle points of Trinitarian theology or something like that – we’re talking about a full-on, open assault on the entire moral edifice of the Church’s Doctrine.  The attack is occurring in full view during broad daylight.  So while the danger inherent in opposition to a papacy apparently out of control is grave, in this case, the nature and gravity of the attacks are such that they merit – they require – a response.  We simply cannot hope that things will work out.  The spade must be called a spade.

Or, that’s my rationalization for it, anyway.