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More disastrous statements from another disastrous Jesuit bishop October 19, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, different religion, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
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These guys are really coming out of the woodwork, aren’t they?

So my local diocesan newspaper – generally unremarkable for its somewhat liberal bias – ran a front page article on the Synod of Bishops.  That article featured quotes from Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, of Youngstown, OH, and Archbishop Martin of Dublin, Ireland.  The viewpoint presented is very biased.  It fails to mention in any detail the enormous division in the Synod nor the rapidly growing reaction to its more liberal promoters.  I can only describe this piece as promoting a radical change in Church practice and Doctrine.

See what you think. The entire article was ripped right off the web (I, however, only copy portions of it):

Just like a family, the Catholic Church should challenge members to grow and behave better, but also like a family, it should not exclude those who still have some growing to do, said Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio…….. [So, then, unrepentant murderers, rapists, robbers, and, God forbid, grasping capitalists and polluters are now all welcome to receive the Blessed Sacrament?  Why condemn Mafioso when “all are welcome?”  Or is it only portions of the sacred progressive coalition, advocating the kind of sexual license progressives practice/prefer, that are welcome?”]

…….The Youngstown bishop told the assembly that while there are many “effective, traditional families” among Catholics in the United States, there are also single-parent families, divorced couples, blended families, families separated by migration and many others. [Almost all of which have one thing in common: they are all the result of personal acts of the will.  Women don’t just walk down the street and are somehow afflicted with single parenthood like a cold.  It results from deliberate acts of the will.  Yes there are many women unfairly abandoned by men, just as there are many men unfairly abandoned by women.  That doesn’t mean we should gravely undermine marriage and the family by politicizing the Blessed Sacrament and using it as a reward for bad behavior.]

“Many of these adults and children feel left out of pastoral care,” Bishop Murry said. [HOW MANY HAVE EVEN TRIED TO GO TO MASS OR CONFESSION IN DECADES?!? WHERE ARE THESE POOR, FRUSTRATED SOULS?  How many have had even a modicum of involvement in the Church in years?  Does the experience of the protestants indicate that mass liberalization will attract souls, or turn them off?]

“One universal and distinguishing feature of all families is that family members, regardless of how errant they become, are not rejected from the family,” the bishop said. “For them, the light is always on; the door is always open. Good families use ‘tough love’ among themselves to challenge each other to grow, but they never exclude.” [I can think of over a dozen examples of how false this is just off the top of my head.  This is not even remotely serious discussion, this is emotional pablum for the uninvolved and uninformed.  IOW, par for the course with the intellectually denuded Jesuits of Loissy and de Chardin]

The Catholic Church, he said, must continue to advocate for traditional families and explain the Scriptures that present them as God’s plan for human beings.

At the same time [obliterating what came before] Bishop Murry said, “we also intentionally should reach out to those families that do not fit into traditional categories. We must help them to see the benefits of following Jesus Christ. That requires that we welcome them, be open to listen to their needs, walk with them and be courageous in inviting them into the fullness of the truth of the Gospel.” [This is exactly the same failed program of the past 50 years, only this time, they intend to destroy the Doctrine formally, rather than simply ignore it]

Many of them, he said, will disagree with the church’s teaching on morality, but Catholics cannot be faithful to the Gospel while allowing “these new families to continue to be alienated from the church.” 

WHAT?!?  WHAT?!?  Catholics cannot be faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ without allowing that Gospel to be reduced to a mockery, a laughing stock, a complete sham?!?   What kind of manipulative junior high girl talk is this? What about: “Be holy, because I am holy” (I Pet i:16)?   What about “Be ye perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect?” (Mt v:48)  We continue to see the Faith stood on its head, and it’s replacement, a worldly bizarro-world version of the Faith advocated in its stead.

That’s about all that was in the print article in my local paper.  But the CNS article went on and included these even more troubling quotes:

Like Bishop Murry, Maltese Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo told the synod Oct. 10 that some families feel “discouraged in the church because they sense that some of us give more importance to principles than to the person in his or her concrete situation.”……. [“Concrete situation” has become a euphemism for “Do whatever you want”]

…….Bishop Grech pointed to the Orthodox churches’ [completely novel, Biblically contradicted] principle of “oikonomia,” meaning economy or dispensation, which is at the basis of their permitting, in some cases, a second church marriage. The Orthodox recognize marriage as indissoluble and see the breakdown of a marriage as a result of sin, but through “oikonomia” they give people a second chance, although the liturgy for a second marriage is different and includes penitential prayers. [So now the schismatic Orthodox are our betters?  This “second marriage” directly contradicts Scripture and is a strong indication of the kind of error that occurs when one is divorced from the See of Peter. Or it used to be such an indication.  This is only being cited because it supports this Grech’s liberalism, I doubt he would want to emulate Orthodox Advent or Lenten fasts, for instance]

The Orthodox principle, Bishop Grech said, is similar to a Catholic insistence on a relationship between “justice — understood as observance of the law — and pastoral mercy. These are not two aspects in opposition, but two dimensions of one reality.”

If theology and church practice are reduced to a “‘closed system’ theology becomes an ideology” and is no longer Christian, he said. [SAYS WHO?!? ON WHAT BASIS?  DEFEND THAT PROPOSITION FROM SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION?!?  Please include quotes from Saints and Church Fathers?  This is just a made up tagline, it’s just leftist will to power speaking.] “We must be careful that knowledge of Jesus is not transformed into an ideological and also regulatory knowledge and that we close the doors with many rules.”

So when I teach the Faith to my children I “close the doors with many rules?”  This kind of frankly stupid, broad, sweeping judgment could be used to promote anything.  It is also verbatim from any of dozens of modernist/leftist texts from the past 100 years.

It appears my diocesan newspaper supports only the most heterodox elements at the Synod. There was absolutely no orthodox rebuttal nor mention of the titanic struggle ongoing.

Am I to understand that this, then, is the position of Bishop Farrell on the Synod?

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Instead of bishop’s walking out on the Synod of Death, maybe we should be calling for Pope Benedict to intervene? October 19, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, disaster, General Catholic, Papa, Revolution, scandals, SOD, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church.
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The problem with the Synod is not, so much, the bishops.  Or there appears to be significant resistance from the bishops.  I’ve seen some tweets and other coverage the past few days that indicate Pope Francis has lost the support of a large majority of the Synod in recent days (if he ever had it).  Sure, staging a walkout would be a huge slap in the face and a very public rebuke, but I imagine – or maybe it’s hope run wild – that the rebukes have been communicated in many other ways, including the now famous intervention of 13 cardinals.  But the only response we’ve seen from Pope Francis is a doubling down on the radical rhetoric and programs for irreformable revolution inflicted on the Church.

That’s because, ultimately, this entire revolution of the past 30 months rises and sets with one man: Pope Francis.  And because no one else in the Church, in normal circumstances, has anything like the power and influence of a pope, no matter what the bishops do, a stubborn, ideologically-motivated pope could always just do what he was going to do, anyways.  And, we really don’t know just how much support or opposition Pope Francis has for his very, very broad program of reform cum revolution among the episcopate. It appears most Synod fathers are opposed, but the Synod represents maybe 5% of the world’s bishops.  Certainly there is great division in the episcopate, but overall Francis could surely find hundreds or thousands of bishop-supporters for even the most egregious acts.

However, there is a bit of an ace card on the side of orthodoxy.  We are not living in normal circumstances in the Church.  There is another living pontiff.  Not only is he living, but by all available evidence, one must believe that he is bitterly opposed to much of the program being laid out by his successor.  And even though I know many are loathe to consider this aspect, I suspect largely to preserve their faith, there is increasing evidence that not only was Pope Benedict forced to abdicate under extreme duress, but that the election of his successor was badly compromised by illicit politicking and conniving among the modernist element in the Church (just as, very explosively, a new book claims the election of Pope Paul VI was).

Now, Pope Emeritus Benedict is probably about as constitutionally unlikely to make any kind of dramatic intervention against the revolution taking place as can be imagined.  For one, he may well be a broken man.  Secondly, even if not, he has never favored the dramatic gesture Thirdly, for all his problems as pontiff (don’t they seem rather small today!), he is very cognizant and appears to have great respect for precedent and he has a sense of propriety and respect for the office of Pope that would almost certainly keep him from announcing his views on the process to unalterably remake the Church that appears rapidly heading towards a conclusion.

But what if there were to be a great groundswell of faithful Catholic voices asking him to intervene in some manner?  What if a petition could be put together and widely advertised that garnered a million-plus signatures in the next few weeks?  What if that petition called on him not to contest the office of papacy, but to simply comment on and (one would hope) refute many of the radical notions being promoted by Pope Francis? Would not such opposition from another living Pontiff gravely compromise the modernist’s efforts?

Does anyone think this could have a remote chance of succeeding, on either level?  That is to say, could Pope Benedict be moved to make a statement or statements, and might that be sufficient to derail the ongoing “reform?”  Would such an intervention cause more division and angst than any good that might result?  As to that, I’m of a mind that desperate times make for desperate measures……I think any possible unknown bad stemming from an intervention is outweighed by the bad we see staring us in the face at present.

Having said that, I would bet my house that Pope Benedict has already been approached by more orthodox prelates a number of times and has probably refused to intervene just as often.  So maybe my idea is a pipe dream.  But to me it seems more likely to disrupt the ongoing revolution than a walkout or any other intervention I can imagine.

Obviously, our prime warfare against any ongoing revolution must be spiritual. But that does not mean we are blocked from using human means.

What say you?

Pope Francis proposes an Anglican model for the Church October 19, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, Papa, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
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The “synodality” and devolution of Doctrine to regional episcopal conferences strongly hinted at by Pope Francis in his watershed speech before the Synod on Saturday struck me as being amazingly similar to the structure and operation of the Anglican and Episcopal so-called churches.  Those bodies, riven with strife and dividing and re-dividing against themselves on an almost annual basis, feature local decisions on Doctrine and practice so at odds with one another that many within the “Anglican communion” cannot comprehend how it can persist very far into the future.

Most all of the doctrinal revolution has occurred in the developed world, with the smattering of Anglicans in South America not far behind, while the only region in the world where Anglicanism is really growing – Africa – remains much more steadfast in adherence to traditional Christian beliefs.  What exists today is several sects within the communion at war with each other, the Africans frequently lambasting the doctrinal deviations of the Episcopals in North American and the Anglicans in Europe.  Many, many splinter groups of relative conservatives have broken union with the Episcopal Church USA and have placed themselves in a tenuous relationship under some African prelate.  There is so much chaos in these conservative groupings that frequently even very involved lay people have no idea who their bishop is.  Meanwhile, no one is quite sure what to believe and division and animosity between the various groups are amped up to the point that they literally refuse to have anything to do with the others.  The radical leftists who dominate the leadership of the Episcopal church in particular (primarily due to conservative flight) have been savage in their repression of dissenting (meaning, much more traditional) views and very hard-hearted in their treatment of those who break away, frequently suing small groups to deny them possession of the church property they themselves paid for.

The failure of the Anglican/Episcopal model is apparent for anyone to see.  Both are in the midst of a total freefall in membership, donations, conversions…..in every measure of a Christian sect’s vital life.  Pope Francis appears to wish to visit this experience on the Catholic Church, which has already experienced its own free-fall due to the flirtation with leftism/modernism stemming from Vatican II and its “spirit.”  As the 13 relatively orthodox cardinals noted, any further departures down this line of leftism/modernism will only lead to more implosion in the Church.  No wonder Pope Francis was so desired by the heterodox bishops and cardinals who illicitly and illegally arranged for his election.

Francis’ speech, as Rorate Caeli noted, simply expanded on thoughts already released in Evangelii Gaudium, perhaps the most problematic apostolic exhortation in the history of the Church (emphasis from Rorate):

32. Since I am called to put into practice what I ask of others, I too must think about a conversion of the papacy. It is my duty, as the Bishop of Rome, to be open to suggestions which can help make the exercise of my ministry more faithful to the meaning which Jesus Christ wished to give it and to the present needs of evangelization. Pope John Paul II asked for help in finding “a way of exercising the primacy which, while in no way renouncing what is essential to its mission, is nonetheless open to a new situation”. We have made little progress in this regard. The papacy and the central structures of the universal Church also need to hear the call to pastoral conversion. The Second Vatican Council stated that, like the ancient patriarchal Churches, episcopal conferences are in a position “to contribute in many and fruitful ways to the concrete realization of the collegial spirit”.Yet this desire has not been fully realized, since a juridical status of episcopal conferences which would see them as subjects of specific attributions, including genuine doctrinal authority, has not yet been sufficiently elaborated. Excessive centralization, rather than proving helpful, complicates the Church’s life and her missionary outreach. [So why did Rome and the papacy, in the fullness of time, gradually come to accumulate ALL doctrinal authority vice local synods?  It was because heresies inevitably arose out of these synods and patriarchates, especially the eastern ones!  It was done because, doctrinally, only Peter is preserved from doctrinal error, should he choose to invoke that protection.  Pope Francis appears to want to send the Church 1500 years back in time and leave the Church exposed to endless heresy, strife, and division.]

33. Pastoral ministry in a missionary key seeks to abandon the complacent attitude that says: “We have always done it this way”. I invite everyone to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelization in their respective communities. A proposal of goals without an adequate communal search for the means of achieving them will inevitably prove illusory. I encourage everyone to apply the guidelines found in this document generously and courageously, without inhibitions or fear. The important thing is to not walk alone, but to rely on each other as brothers and sisters, and especially under the leadership of the bishops, in a wise and realistic pastoral discernment.

Now Rorate comments:
When Evangelii Gaudium was published in November 2013, we at Rorate immediately grasped the central importance of this passage, which is why we chose to highlight it. The reality is that for all the talk of “conspiracies” and “muddling through” in this pontificate, Francis and his closest advisers (Cardinals Maradiaga and Abp. Tucho Fernandez in particular) have been nothing if not clear about their intentions for “deep, total and irreversible” change in the Church. This passage in EG could not be any clearer about the direction where Francis wants the Church to go. [And his speech seems to indicate he wants to go there NOW]
If ever a measure of doctrinal authority were to be devolved to the bishops’ conferences, then Rome would be faced with a never-ending battle to regulate, limit or claim back that authority. The damage to the papacy’s authority and the chaos that would spread throughout the universal Church are too terrible to contemplate. If we were talking here of local Churches deeply rooted in Tradition and jealous in guarding their ancient theological, liturgical and canonical heritage then there would be much less disquiet (even though the idea of doctrinal “devolution” would still be thoroughly unacceptable from a traditional Catholic point of view). Unfortunately, a genuine sense of Tradition has largely disappeared in our Church, and any “devolution” of “doctrinal authority” will most certainly result in numerous hierarchies hastening all the more to be guided by the spirit of the world. [My emphasis.  I could not agree more. This is a program for the irrevocable liberal prostestantization of the Church, which is what this wicked, perverse generation of prelates has wanted all along.  
You can see how the game has been rigged – we’ve had 50+ years of devolution of the episcopate around the world, with more and more men elevated to the episcopate who simply lack essential elements of the Catholic Faith.  The vast majority of bishops today are heterodox – even heretical – on one subject or another.  Most are heterodox on a very many subjects, because the Faith is a tightly interconnected whole, rejection of one thread of which leads to the rejection of scads of others.
So now, after the episcopate has been, by and large, divorced from orthodoxy, now comes the push to give them genuine doctrinal authority.  What chaos will result from this, only God knows, but anyone with a brain and a modicum of knowledge of the very poor state of the episcopate today has to be terrified by this proposal.

I’ll be damned if I left Episcopalianism for the Catholic Church just to see the Church become Episcopalian.  But that is just what the 13 cardinals prophesy will occur in the Church should Pope Francis’ simply un-Catholic proposals be enacted.

We’re down to faith and hope now. My charity is long gone out the window.