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Wait till you check out the ‘Year of Mercy’ chasuble for sale in Rome’s premier priest vestment shop November 17, 2015

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Sodomize much?

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Via Bones, this is for sale in Mancinelli’s, one of the top, if not the top, source of priestly vestments and clothing for the Diocese of Rome.

The question is, is this just a one off in horrible taste, or is it the prototype for the Year of Mercy, at least in Rome?

Meanwhile, Fr. Thomas Rosica, English-language spokesman for the pontificate of Francis, claims that “allahu akbar” was never a call to violence, but is…….??????

“Allahu akbar” was never a call to violence & destruction.

This in spite of the fact that it has been quoted for centuries by islamists on jihad.  It was used by the Mahdi in the Sudan rebellion that Churchill covered as a war correspondent in the 1890s, it was used on the Northwest Frontier of India, it was used at Lepanto, and it is used daily in muslim atrocities from Paris to Mosul and beyond.  Please.

Modernists trade on ignorance.  They trade on people’s general ignorance of the topics on which they make their outrageous claims. Whether that topic be liturgy, or early Church history, or the historic barbarism of other religions, they always depend on ignorance to at least cause people to doubt whenever they make utterly fabulous claims like the above.  Ignorance is the fabric out of which modernists weave fables to support their noxious, destructive, and self-serving fables.

The modus operandi is this: start with a desired sociological/cultural goal (advancing leftism), search for means to advance that goal (weaken the priesthood, institute a New Mass much less edifying than the old, attack the accuracy of Scripture, etc), and then create evidence, often out of thin air or at best the most mendacious “scholarship,” and then run with it.  Be ever so bold, get groups of like-minded individuals to fervently support your claims, castigate those who doubt or reject them in the strongest terms as dolts, fundamentalists, integrists, etc. (all clearly described by St. Pius X in Pascendi), and get the friendly media to trumpet your absolute novelties as new, unimpeachable “knowledge.”

Fortunately, the internet, and a number of good books examining the falsehoods that have been peddled for 100 years, and especially in the past 50, in a critical light is having a significant impact.  The internet has largely ended the monopoly on information that existed prior in the progressive media, and the intellectual resources increasingly available arm faithful souls with more and more resources to point up the lack of real historical, evidentiary support for modernist claims.

Common sense also plays a vital role.  In this case, Fr. Rosica’s fantasies are contradicted by far too many current and historical examples to ignore.

Consider: Archbishop Parolin’s statement regarding islam on the Year of Mercy, and now Fr. Rosica’s patently false statement. We are being fed Pope Francis’ response to the Paris terror attacks, and that response could not be more clear: nothing will change, the cult of interreligious dialogue will continue unimpeded, the push towards a great, indifferent religious “reconciliation” grounded in a false conception of mercy will move forward.

 

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Protestant lack of proper Liturgy has de-sacralized the entire culture November 17, 2015

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Some edifying thoughts from Dom Prosper Gueranger below (from Vol. 1 of the Liturgical Year).  I’m also reading Phoenix From the Ashes as many readers will also know, but also A Sense of the Sacred on the medieval liturgy.  Both completely detonate all the modernist myths, drawn from faulty, faked, or tendentious “scholarship,” regarding the supposedly “impure” Liturgy of Trent and the modern “reform” movement that gave us the Novus Ordo.  The only way the modernist revolution was able to happen was widespread ignorance within the Church of long-past liturgical forms and doctrinal evolution.  They basically made it up as they went along, often creating extremely “weak” evidence to support their claims. I especially enjoyed the destruction of the ridiculous notion of the priest “presiding” at Mass, like a “first among equals” from an 18th century Congregationalist revival meeting.

Anyway, Dom Gueranger, writing ~150 years ago, notes how protestant impoverishment of the notion of liturgy has played a substantial role in the de-sacralization of the former Christendom:

But in nothing is the excellency of the Liturgy so apparent, as in its being mild for children, and solid food for the strong; thus resembling the miraculous bread of the desert, and taking every kind of taste according to the different disposition of those who eat.  It is, indeed, a divine property, which has not unfrequently been noticed even by those who are not of the true fold, and has forced them to acknowledge that the Catholic Church alone knows the secret of prayer.  

Nay, might it not be said that the reason that the protestants have no ascetic writers, is that they have no real liturgical prayer? [Name one.  Bonhoeffer?  Was he really ascetical, or polemical?  There is no equivalent of Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Alphonsus Liguori, or many others among the sects.] It is true that a sufficient explanation of the absolute want of transcendent spirituality, which characterizes all that the reformation has produced, is to be found in its denying the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, which is the center of all religion: but this is virtually the same as saying that protestants have no liturgical prayer, inasmuch as the Liturgy is so essentially and intimately connected with the Eucharist.  So true is this, that wheresoever the dogma of the Real Presence has ceased to be believed, there also have the canonical Hours ceased, and could not but cease.

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Wow.  Now think on that a bit.  Wheresoever the dogma of the Real Presence has ceased to be believed, there also have the canonical hours ceased.  Is this not the situation in the Church today, where most frequently by the deliberate mal-intent of the teachers, belief in the Real Presence has almost totally collapsed, and along with it, the prayer of the Divine Breviary.  You might say, aren’t the Liturgy of the Hours the same?  The answer I would give is no, absolutely no, as the Divine Breviary developed over centuries with the input of thousands of Saints known and unknown, while the Liturgy of the Hours was constructed in barely 30 months as a banal, manufactured product of committee, with heavy influence from modernist heretics.  So, in a very real sense, Gueranger is exactly right, and he is right as regards the Church.  Praying the Breviary has collapsed almost entirely along with disbelief in the Real Presence.

Which…..duh.  The “reformers” themselves, from Bugnini on down, made plain their intent to make the new Liturgy – which encompasses much more than the Mass – as inoffensive to protestants as possible. Those were the days of great ecumenical dreams of the immediate implementation of the indifferentist one world church.  Bugnini and company did all they could to bring that about, and went far more than halfway in brutalizing the Liturgy and destroying the faith of millions in the process of protestantizing the Mass and all the other sacramental rites.

Maybe the lede was a bit off target. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that official Catholic conniving in protestant rejection of the Liturgy has played the decisive role in the final desacralization of the culture?

Michaes (Micah) Chapter 3: God’s wrath on unworthy shepherds November 17, 2015

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The prophet Michaes, or Micah, was a contemporary of the great prophet Ezekias (Ezekiel).  Both of these men lived in a time of general Jewish apostasy, an apostasy that was punished by God with the fall of the Kingdom of Judah, the sacking of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Temple, and the Babylonian exile.  This is what God allows to happen when His people, and especially His priests, become unfaithful.  There was great unfaithfulness in the time of Michaes, especially serial fornication, even fornication within the Temple itself, adoption of pagan beliefs and practices including the sacrifice of infants to the demon Moloch, excessive greed and lust for material comfort, and rejection of the plain command of God as revealed through Scripture and prophets.

Michaes Chapter 3 is a specific warning to the priests and Levites as to what was to befall them for their heretical unfaithfulness:

1 And I said: Hear, O ye princes of Jacob, and ye chiefs of the house of Israel: Is it not your part to know judgment,

2 You that hate good, and love evil: that violently pluck off their skins from them, and their flesh from their bones?

3 Who have eaten the flesh of my people, and have flayed their skin from off them: and have broken, and chopped their bones as for the kettle, and as flesh in the midst of the pot. [This was said in response to decades of abdication of duty on the part of the priestly caste, who failed to call the people back to the truth faith and far too often fell into error and grave immorality themselves]

4 Then shall they cry to the Lord, and he will not hear them: and he will hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved wickedly in their devices. [They shall do this once the chastisement begins in earnest, in this case, when the Assyrians had 200,000 troops ringed around Jerusalem]

5 Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people err: that bite with their teeth, and preach peace: and if a man give not something into their mouth, they prepare war against him. [Those few who remain faithful were despised for so doing, and were the subject of vicious attacks from those who had fallen into sin and error]

6 Therefore night shall be to you instead of vision, and darkness to you instead of divination: and the sun shall go down upon the prophets, and the day shall be darkened over them.

7 And they shall be confounded that see visions, and the diviners shall be confounded: and they shall all cover their faces, because there is no answer of God. 

8 But yet I am filled with the strength of the spirit of the Lord, with judgment and power: to declare unto Jacob his wickedness, and to Israel his sin. [The faithful prophet persisted in spite of all persecution and opposition]

9 Hear this, ye princes of the house of Jacob, and ye judges of the house of Israel: you that abhor judgment, and pervert all that is right.

10 You that build up Sion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. 

11 *Her princes have judged for bribes: and her priests have taught for hire, and her prophets divined for money: and they leaned upon the Lord, saying: Is not the Lord in the midst of us? no evil shall come upon us. [They’ve been condemned. Now come the consequences]

12 Therefore, because of you, *Sion shall be ploughed as a field, and Jerusalem shall be as a heap of stones, and the mountain of the temple as the high places of the forests.  

I’ve written about Old Testament types of the New.  It is always a bit dodgy reading too much into particular bits of Scripture, but given the chastisements of the church of the old covenant and the parallels with the present crisis in the Church, there is certainly grounds for concern.  This isn’t to say the world is about to end.  But I don’t think it takes any special knowledge of prophesy to forecast that the Church as a whole has some very dark days ahead, and the leadership, for its role in the crisis, could be coming to an account with God.

Or not. Either way, we do need to pray for our Church leaders, no matter how they may disappoint us.  It is our duty.  I like some of the intentions for Church leadership I’ve heard from readers, praying for their faithfulness and fidelity to Church belief.  Those are very good starting points.

Vatican response to Paris terror attacks – more sucking up to Muslims! November 17, 2015

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Rorate had this post yesterday.  The extremely left-wing Secretary of Vatican State, Pietro Parolin, issued a statement in response to the Paris terror attacks wherein he declared the proper response to unyielding, unremitting muslim atrocities was more of the same failed kumbayah policies that have worked so well over the past 40 years.  If muslims are either at one’s feet or at one’s neck, as Churchill maintained (and he had extensive experience in the matter, having fought in two wars against islam), and if muslims are heavily influenced by perceptions of overt strength (the strong horse theory), this kind of indifferentism run wild will likely only encourage further muslims acts of barbarity.

But there is great joy in Francis’ Vatican Mudville, the Year of Mercy is “open to muslims:”

The Secretary of the Vatican State, Pietro Parolin, has confirmed that the Jubilee (from December 8th 2015 to November 20th 2016) is on schedule, as the spokesman for the Holy See, Padre Lombardi had already said, and that, in fact, will be open also to Muslims. “In a world torn by violence, it is the right time to launch the campaign of mercy” said the Cardinal in an interview with the French Catholic  newspaper La Croix. “It is understandable that there are sentiments of revenge after the attacks, but we really need to resist them. The Pope wants the Jubilee to be used for people to meet each other, understand each other and  rise above hate”, explains the Secretary of the Vatican State.

After the attacks, this endeavor appears more pressing. We receive the mercy of God in order to adopt this behavior with others. Mercy is also the most beautiful name of God for Muslims, who can also be involved in the Holy Year, as this is what the Pope wants.” … [So maybe more muslim prayers in St. Peter’s.  But don’t hold your breath on Catholic prayers in Mecca. “Dialogue” with muslims is always a one way street.]
The attacks in France show that “nobody can think they are safe from terrorism. The Vatican may be a target for its religious importance. We are able to increase the level of security measures in the Vatican and its surroundings. Let’s not allow ourselves to be paralyzed by fear” Parolin added.
“These events change nothing in the Pope’s agenda.”……[Of course…….]
How do you dialogue with a force that for 1400 years has waged unremitting war against Christendom?  The Byzantine Empire occasionally tried dialogue with islam, but always had to have recourse to force of arms for 800 years to keep from being washed away in the sea of muslim conquest.  Islam is unique among all major world religions in only and ever being spread by the sword.  Islam has attacked Christianity orders of magnitude more times than Christendom reacted in kind.  For centuries people along the Mediterranean coast from Gibraltar to Constantinople lived in constant fear of muslim raids and invasions. Millions were killed or carted off as slaves in these raids.
Nothing has changed on the side of islam. Islam is re-energized and has a renewed commitment to armed combat.  Only Christendom has imploded and even the Church fails to possess the moral certitude sufficient to stem this rising tide of islamic jihad.  Instead, we offer bland platitudes about “mercy” and “meeting people,” as if such meetings are anything but opportunities to murder for sword-wielding, head-chopping jihadis.
This will not end well.  There is at present NO moral or physical defense of the Vatican sufficient to keep it from being overrun at some future date by the forces of the jihad.
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Gutted: wife of protestant friend walks out after 17 years November 17, 2015

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I just spent a most agonizing hour listening to a friend and co-worker bewail the seeming destruction of his marriage.  His wife has filed for divorce, and given the absolute lack of legal recourse abandoned spouses have under the present “no fault” environment, there is very little he can do to stop it.  He claims he has been blindsided by a sudden and radical change in his wife’s disposition since this year began, which culminated in her filing divorce in July.  She had secretly been making arrangements to abandon her husband for months prior to that – getting a PO box, setting up a separate bank account, retaining a lawyer, etc., etc.  From the way my friend tells it, there problems have been trivial and routine – disagreements over share of housecleaning, little hurts from misunderstandings, etc.  The way he tells it, she’s just tired of being married, and she’s done.  The impact this will have on her children, which is almost universally negative save in rare instances of severe abuse and neglect, seems not to bother her a whit.  She’s been sold a divorce fantasy, and she has turned into an eager buyer.

These are not your average sexular pagans.  They are – or at least, he is – a very committed and active evangelical protestant.  Yes, that is an incredibly disordered environment from a Catholic perspective but there is a basis for a rightly ordered and successful marriage within that milieu.  His soon-to-be ex wife feels that the peace and contentment she now feels indicates this divorce must be God’s will.  My friend is flabbergasted at this, since his wife had previously always maintained an acceptance of literal-traditional interpretations of Scripture on things like the adulterous nature of post-divorce “marriage.”  They come from the kind of extremely conservative protestant environment that purports to teach such things.

Ah, but there’s a rub.  Oh yes, they teach such things in theory.  But when push comes to shove and the woman wants to leave, my friend has noticed that his small church community suddenly isn’t applying the standards in practice they purport to hold in theory.  Instead, there is not acceptance and even affirmation of his wife’s “empowering choice.”  This is a frequent lament of many in these kinds of conservative protestant environments……not that our practical situation in the Church is any better. In many respects, it’s worse.

Divorce fantasy is the many movies, books, TV shows, talk programs, websites, etc. (an entire industry, really), that sell divorce to women as something noble, necessary, and vital for their future growth and happiness in life.  They show women like Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love abandoning her family and leading an exciting life bedding exotic men in exotic locales.  But for large numbers of divorced, male or female, the reality is far different: they are middle aged, well past their prime, and generally wind up much lonelier, must less happy, and much more materially poor than before.  Like all things satanically inspired, the fantasy is swank and sexy, the reality is frequently miserable.

We are still sold an image of the divorced woman as having been abandoned by her husband.  But women now instigate divorce 80% of the time in the United States.  No fault divorce laws make it impossible for many distressed and abandoned fathers to stop the process.  And of course the children are the ones who pay the ultimate price for this process of female marriage abandonment.  Of course there are men who step out, it happens all the time, but the statistics do not lie – over the past 35 years, women have filed the overwhelming number of divorce claims in this country.  Many of those have been filed for frivolous or entirely self-serving reasons.

I will say this of my friend, however: in spite his relatively orthodox Christian beliefs, being a protestant, he had the usual areas of departure from traditional Christian practice.  That includes using contraception, focusing inordinately on money, and having a quite blase’ attitude regarding fornication.  There were surely bases for dysfunction in the marriage. Beliefs like these, shared with his spouse, provided a fertile seed bed for future divorce.  But I still have an enormous problem with the modern divorce industry and millions of women’s free-wheeling and giddy use of it.

Arrgh, I’ve got a huge headache now.  This guy is really a stand up guy.  He’s a very good engineer.  I’ve known him since 2001 at two different companies. He’s a native Texan, an avid outdoorsman and hunter. Even though he’s an Aggie, I hate to see this happen to him. He is very broken up.  He does not want the marriage to end. He says he now realizes his past beliefs and abuse of Christian moral standards played a role in his marriage ending. He says he plans on remaining faithful to his wife and fighting for their marriage even as he has had to distance himself from her due to her quick descent into manic immorality.  That’s easy to say now while emotions are riding high, the divorce not yet final, and the years of loneliness have not drug on, but I will be praying that he does so.  If more abandoned spouses did not jump on the remarriage bandwagon it would go a very long way towards undermining the cultural exaltation of divorce.

Please pray for my friend P.A.  Thank you.