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Sermon post: Risibility, and Fr. Vincent Capodanno November 5, 2015

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I’m having a short day today.  I think there’s important points in the main part of the sermon about keeping some joy about us even in the midst of all the chaos and darkness, but what I really like about the sermon is the last 5 minutes on Servant of God Fr. Vincent Capodanno, USMC, MoH.  Good stuff.  Hope you have a good day, off to the doctor to see how our baby is doing.  Thank you so much for your prayers, thus far, all is very well.

Catholic Glory: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato November 5, 2015

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Well this is a place I’ll have to visit before I die.  San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico is a historic city with many wonderfully preserved, and amazingly beautiful, Catholic churches.  Prime among these is the Sanctuario de Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco (located in a small town just outside San Miguel and built under the direction of a Father Neri between 1740 and 1776).  I just stumbled on both the town and the Sanctuary accidentally recently on Wikipedia (yes, I’m that bizarre, I actually just sit and read encyclopedias, I have since I was a kid).

Just a bunch of pics below, mostly from the Sanctuario, but also of some other churches in the town of San Miguel.  The town is I guess very much a tourist destination these days which has resulted in many historic churches being well preserved and maintained.  Lots of really well executed baroque art and architecture. The Counter-Reformation at its finest. I pray one day, after the Counter-Modernist reform, we’ll see a new great new revival of beautiful Church art and architecture, perhaps in some new style, just as baroque evolved from Gothic and Romanesque.

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Yeah, one day I’m taking a driving tour of Mexico.  If the narcos war ever ends.

Whatever happened to Pope St. Pius X’s instructions to bishops and priests regarding catechesis? November 5, 2015

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I posted yesterday portions of Acerbo Nimis, Pope St. Pius X’s encyclical on Christian Education and the Teaching of the Catechism.  The encyclical was not simply an exhortation, it contains demands, listed below, to all bishops and priests of the Church to implement the Saint’s catechetical program.  I am not certain whether these demands were ever formally entered into canon law, but the instructions below are very clear. I think they were, at least for a time, more or less observed throughout the Church.  The question is, whatever happened to them?  Were they viewed as superseded by documents of Vatican II?  Or were they just dealt with my mokusatsu, “killed” by being totally ignored and forgotten?

The directives from Acerbo Nimis are below.  See if you have ever experienced any of the catechetical programs specified.  I know that I have not, even within traditional parishes (where there is great catechesis, but not quite what was ordered by Pope St. Pius X):

We, therefore, Venerable Brethren, desirous of fulfilling this most important obligation of Our Teaching Office, and likewise wishing to introduce uniformity everywhere in so weighty a matter, do by Our Supreme Authority enact the following regulations and strictly command that they be observed and carried out in all dioceses of the world.

I. On every Sunday and holy day, with no exception, throughout the year, all parish priests and in general all those having the care of souls, shall instruct the boys and girls, for the space of an hour from the text of the Catechism on those things they must believe and do in order to attain salvation. [This is not parish CCD done by lay people of questionable qualifications and adherence to the Faith.  Not that instruction by priests would have been any assurance of orthodoxy over the past 50 years]

II. At certain times throughout the year, they [the priests] shall prepare boys and girls to receive properly the Sacraments of Penance and Confirmation, by a continued instruction over a period of days.

III. With a very special zeal, on every day in Lent and, if necessary, on the days following Easter, they shall instruct with the use of apt illustrations and exhortations the youth of both sexes to receive their first Communion in a holy manner.

IV. In each and every parish the society known as the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine is to be canonically established. Through this Confraternity, the pastors, especially in places where there is a scarcity of priests, will have lay helpers in the teaching of the Catechism, who will take up the work of imparting knowledge both from a zeal for the glory of God and in order to gain the numerous Indulgences granted by the Sovereign Pontiffs.

V. In the larger cities, and especially where universities, colleges and secondary schools are located, let classes in religion be organized to instruct in the truths of faith and in the practice of Christian life the youths who attend the public schools from which all religious teaching is banned.

VI. Since it is a fact that in these days adults need instruction no less than the young, all pastors and those having the care of souls shall explain the Catechism to the people in a plain and simple style adapted to the intelligence of their hearers. This shall be carried out on all holy days of obligation, at such time as is most convenient for the people, but not during the same hour when the children are instructed, and this instruction must be in addition to the usual homily on the Gospel which is delivered at the parochial Mass on Sundays and holy days. The catechetical instruction shall be based on the Catechism of the Council of Trent; and the matter is to be divided in such a way that in the space of four or five years, treatment will be given to the Apostles’ Creed, the Sacraments, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer and the Precepts of the Church. [Again, it is assumed that priests shall/must conduct the instruction]

Venerable Brethren, We decree and command this by virtue of Our Apostolic Authority. It now rests with you to put it into prompt and complete execution in your respective dioceses, and by the power of your authority to see to it that these prescriptions of Ours be not neglected or, what amounts to the same thing, that they be not carried out carelessly or superficially.………

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I have reviewed the Vatican II Declaration on Christian Education, Gravissimum Educationis, and I can say it in no way countermands, contradicts, or removes the obligations imparted by Pope St. Pius X above.  In fact, the Vatican II declaration is, like so many documents of the Council, so broad and  lacking in specifics that it says very little, other than that education is good, that parents have a right to educate their children, and that Church also has a role in this education and Catholic schools are good.  Really stunning revelations like this: “Among all educational instruments the school has a special importance.”  You don’t say!

I also note that, again like so many other documents, the authors of Gravissimum Educationis appear to have assumed that the Church fell from the sky about 1930, with nary a reference to anything preceding.  That is to say, Acerbo Nimis does not appear in the references, in spite of its very clear calls and powerful exhortation, while John XXIII and Pius XI, are what you might call over-represented.  Pius XII gets rather short shrift, as well. I don’t think this accidental.

I feel a need to say something else, rather unrelated. I made a couple of very favorable mentions of HJA Sire’s book Phoenix from the Ashes.  Through the first 100 pages, I was very impressed.  Since then, I have found myself disagreeing very strongly with the author at times, especially regarding his exaltation of Pope Pius XI above Pius X and XII and some other related matters.  I disagree with his lambasting of the scholastic reforms that Pius X implemented.  I think he’s a bit narrow minded, from his deeply academic point of view, and a bit too casual in dismissing the material gains of the past 200 years as all rotten fruit from an evil capitalist tree.

There is still a great deal of good content, but I should have waited to, uh, you know……read the whole thing……..before giving a full-throated endorsement.  That’s generally not a problem – generally, if the first 1/3 or so of a book is really excellent, the rest will be, too, but in this case I think the author has lost the plot a bit by letting his biases get the best of him and he starts losing focus.  I’m hoping once he gets into the history of the Council things will improve (and I have reason to suspect they will).

I’ll wait to finish before I comment anymore.

Secular conservatives figuring it out: progressivism is a religious cult November 5, 2015

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Even more, it’s a suicidal death cult, but not just for individuals – for entire nations and civilizations.  Want to know how civilizations collapse? Watch TV.

Nevertheless, I’ve been interested to see more and more secular conservative commentators figure out the fact that leftism is another form of religion.  And even more, some are even noting that the religious nature of leftism is inevitable.  It is so because God created us as deeply religious, spiritual beings. We have a built-in need for the understanding and practice of things far beyond us.  That need is of course to be filled by God, but since leftism rejects God (and is in fact a system deliberately contrived to oppose God and, most especially, His Church), those needs tend to get filled by all kinds of things.  Primarily, leftism itself becomes the substitute religion, but since leftism is not spiritually fulfilling and is bound by earthly parameters (containing no real elements of transcendence, aside from its false promise of an earthly “paradise”), it leaves a void that those drawn towards progressive beliefs fill with all kinds of nonsense: belief in space aliens, astrology, tarot, false eastern religions, new ageism, power crystals, and even the deliberately diabolical.

One reason the left is so hard to combat from a secular conservative standpoint, is that it is not just a political movement but a religious one, as well. Thus leftists are filled with a consuming fervor that often goes far beyond what mere political conviction can muster. That is one of many reasons why leftism must be opposed from a religious – a Christian, a Catholic – basis.  Cultural power leads to political power, and conservatives have erred greatly for the past century looking for political solutions to retard or stop the advancing leftist revolution, when in reality what is needed is a powerful cultural basis to create the political will necessary to roll leftism back.  That basis can only be filled by religious belief, and in particular, Catholic culture.

A few interesting comments from PJ media:

There is a sort of orthodoxy required among liberals. Do you believe in climate change? What about the gender pay gap? Those who do not toe the line often find themselves exiled — not just from the fold, but from the conversation.

To some extent, these views are merely what we mean when we say the word “liberal” — they describe a political program roughly supported by one major party. But at some point, these views have become prescriptive; they have morphed into a moral structure to provide meaning and guidance in place of religion. When political beliefs start to explain why bad things happen to good people, they may be crystallizing into something closer to faith. [I disagree. Leftism has always, from its inception in post-protestant revolution rationalism (and a direct result of that revolution), been a profoundly religious construct. It inspires the kind of faith and zeal the only religious conviction engenders.  It is not “starting to crystallize as a religious movement, it always has been, but as leftism gains more and more ascendance, and Christianity retreats, the religious overtones become more and more apparent.]

…….These are not some cheap shots aimed at liberalism merely to discredit the ideas, but current trends in the movement which illustrate how a political ideology can answer human needs usually satisfied by religion. The ability to explain why bad things happen to good people, the need to confess your sins and find absolution, and the desire to attack opposing views as heretical — these traditionally religious activities are increasingly being taken up by a political movement. [But it has been doing this for centuries.  Jacobins first cast Girondists out of their clubs, then went to war against them politically, then cut their heads off as heretics against their new demonic faith.  For two centuries leftism has held sacred dogmas, railed against “heretics,” provided definitions of sin and grants of absolution, and, most of all, promised a new, earthly “paradise” of materialism in competition to the real, eternal paradise of Heaven.  All this did not happen by happenstance.]

……The accusations are endless. If you don’t believe in liberal positions about climate change, the minimum wage or social justice programs, you must have been bought off — there simply is no other possible explanation. How could you hate the poor so much? How could you doubt established facts? How could you hate yourself?…….

…….This move to silence the debate does not end with Twitter. Last month, 20 climate scientists petitioned President Obama to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) – a law intended to fight organized crime — against people who “denied” climate change.

When Brookings scholar Robert Litan dared to analyze the downsides of a new federal regulation backed by Senator Elizabeth Warren, Warren essentially forced him to resign, despite the scholar’s more than 40 years at the organization.

When retired neurosurgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson said that the Nazis confiscated the firearms of Jews prior to the Holocaust, prominent liberals didn’t rebut his arguments. They didn’t even call him a liar. Instead, they wrote “f**k off” and accused him of “blaming the victims.” Carson was right, by the way, even though his comments were politically unwise and a bit oversimplified.

This tendency to shut down debate — through name-calling, accusing critics of ulterior motives or diagnosing their social pathologies — is unworthy even of a religion, but most closely resembles the religious practice of declaring certain views “anathema.”……..[The comparison here is strained, especially with reference to the Church, but the general point is quite right – if you reject leftist shibboleths, you are not just incorrect, you are evil.  With leftism gaining increasingly cultural and political ascendance, how long will they continue to tolerate “heretical” beliefs?  I fear, not long.  If you think the Constitution will protect you, you’ve got another think coming.]

There’s a lot more at the link, if you need more examples of illiberal, frankly coercive, and trending strongly towards totalitarian left-wing actions.

For an example of how supposedly areligious, scientifically-minded, and oh-so-rational left-leaning (or outright leftist) folks very frequently buy into all kinds of nutty beliefs, well…….here’s one:

Like many Europeans, Marianne Haaland Bogdanoff, a travel agency manager in this southern Norwegian town, does not go to church, except maybe at Christmas, and is doubtful about the existence of God.

But when “weird things” — inexplicable computer breakdowns, strange smells and noises and complaints from staff members of constant headaches — started happening at the ground-floor travel office, she slowly began to put aside her deep skepticism about life beyond the here and now. After computer experts, electricians and a plumber all failed to find the cause of her office’s troubles, she finally got help from a clairvoyantwho claimed powers to communicate with the dead. The headaches and other problems all vanished.

People who think themselves too rational for religious belief end up believing in “astral forces”, ghosts and other phenomena. Sometimes these superstitions take the deadly form of political ideologies that fanatical believers take up with religious fervor—communist atheists murdered tens of millions of people in the 20th century in the irrational grip of an ugly ideology. They scoffed at the credulity of religious believers even as they worshipped the infallible insights of Stalin. Similarly, the Nazis presented their faith as an alternative to the “outgrown superstitions” of historic Christianity.

It’s something very much worth remembering: a world without faith in God wouldn’t be a more rational or more humane place.

Wasn’t it Chesterton who said of those who refuse to believe in God, that it’s not that they don’t believe in Him, it’s that they’ll believe anything?  Surveys show that those with a progressive outlook are much, much more likely to believe in things like ESP, space aliens, Bigfoot, haunted houses, and other such “paranormal” phenomenon.  The most tragic thing, however, is that “Catholics” believe in this garbage at almost the same rates as progressives!  Which aligns with most other surveys and cultural behavior, in which Catholics generally vary from middle of the road, at best, to having strongly left-leaning beliefs.  Thus my belief that fewer than 5% of those who answer surveys as “Catholic” actually are.

Thanks Vatican II and all your Church leaders infected with its destructive spirit!

We gots a long road to hoe.  Don’t worry about them, so much, get yourself, and your family, to Heaven.