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Images from the cult of environment meets St. Peter’s confab December 8, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, huh?, Papa, rank stupidity, Revolution, secularism, silliness, Society.
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A lot of monkeys, for some reason.  Notice they rarely show the ugly, ferocious, or gross aspects of Kingdom Animalia, solely the cute, cuddly, and/or majestic ones.

Mahound sees this as demonic.  I don’t disagree.  It’s also tawdry, shallow, and dumb.  It’s tribal signaling of the worst kind that is utterly beneath the dignity of either the papal office or the Church.  Tribal signaling of virtue – belonging to the “good” people, the “right” people – takes on outsize importance when one struggles to practice virtue on a personal level. So you adopt the dominant “virtue” of the culture, and proclaim it as your own.  It’s a fundamentally narcissistic outlook.

The Church has been taken over – at almost every level – by sniveling, signaling social justice warriors.

Yay us:

Monkey 2




I hate to see the Church cheapened like this, turned into nothing more than yet another vehicle for worldly, materialist agitprop.

If you have the stomach, you can watch the whole thing below. Remember this is the main spectacle kicking off the “Year of Mercy!”:

Note, the production does not begin until just shy of 19 minutes in:

So I skipped through it. Even on it’s own terms, quite underwhelming.  For the most part, just a bunch badly displayed stills with an over the top soundtrack of nature sounds.  Like pretty much every other attempt the Church has made at being as cool as the culture, it comes off as hollow, more farce that force.  Which is exactly what the Church’s enemies want.

How Bruce Lee really met his end….. December 8, 2015

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……I know this is totally non sequitur, even for me, but I couldn’t resist.  There have been conspiracy theories about how Bruce Lee died since his death in 1973.  How 33 year old man in the peak of health could simply collapse and die has always attracted a great deal of speculation.  Well, speculate no longer…….<stick with it, stick with it……>

Murder-suicide, all in one?  I knew James Garner had a reputation for being cantankerous, but I had no idea…..

Alright. Gay. I needed a break.

Petition started calling for Pope Francis to convert or abdicate December 8, 2015

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A petition with an attached and very long and detailed list of grievances is being circulated (not sure if promoted is the right word, perhaps it is) by The Remnant. I imagine it’s going to stir quite a bit of excited reaction in some quarters.  I’ll just get right to it, released on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception:

Your Holiness:
Pope Celestine V (r. 1294), recognizing his incapacity for the office to which he had so unexpectedly been elected as the hermit Peter of Morrone, and seeing the grave harm his bad governance had caused, resigned the papacy after a reign of only five months. He was canonized in 1313 by Pope Clement V. Pope Boniface VIII, removing any doubt about the validity of such an extraordinary papal act,confirmed in perpetuity (ad perpetuam rei memoriam) that “the Roman Pontiff may freely resign.”

A growing number of Catholics, including cardinals and bishops, are coming to recognize that your pontificate, also the result of an unexpected election, is likewise causing grave harm to the Church. It has become impossible to deny that you lack either the capacity or the will to do what your predecessor rightly observed a pope must do: “constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to God’s Word,in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it down, and every form of opportunism.”

Quite the contrary, as shown in the annexed libellus, you have given many indications of an alarming hostility to the Church’s traditional teaching, discipline and customs, and the faithful who try to defend them, while being preoccupied with social and political questions beyond the competence of the Roman Pontiff. Consequently, the Church’s enemies continually delight in your pontificate, exalting you above all your predecessors. This appalling situation has no parallel in Church history.

Last year, speaking of Pope Benedict’s resignation, Your Holiness declared that if you felt incapable of exercising the papacy “I would do the same.” On the first anniversary of Benedict’s resignation, you called upon the faithful to “join me in prayer for His Holiness Benedict XVI, a man of great courage and humility.”

With no little trepidation, being under the gaze of the One who will judge us all on the Last Day, we your subjects respectfully petition Your Holiness to change course for the good of the Church and the welfare of souls. Failing this, would it not be better for Your Holiness to renounce the Petrine office than to preside over what threatens to be a catastrophic compromise of the Church’s integrity?

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It continues for a bit and includes a list of signatures.  Then follows that long and detailed libellus.

I had no idea this was coming, though I am not completely surprised that it has.  I am of two minds.  I think we are witnessing a follow-on to the revolution of the 60s-70s that could more permanently cement radical novelties and frankly anti-Catholic belief into the life of the Church.  Certainly, any move towards restoration seems to drift further and further away.  I very, very much understand the feeling that urgent action is absolutely necessary.

But it is difficult for me as a Catholic to speak to the Pope in the manner seen in this presentation.  And even while saying that, I recognize a certain degree of hypocrisy on my part, a certain lack of consistency, maybe, because I’ve certainly been critical in the past.  Mind, I’m not saying I oppose this effort, per se, but I also don’t feel comfortable signing onto this at this time.  I feel a need to pray and reflect about it.

I’m sure there will be a wide variety of opinions on this.  I don’t know if even in the darkest days of the early 70s if Catholics counselled – in private, because I know of no public effort along this line – Paul VI to abdicate.  This effort has a novelty all its own. But then again, the times we are in are unprecedented in the life of the Church.

It’s interesting to juxtapose this petition with Archbishop Fisichella’s comment’s yesterday.  I can imagine some gaskets getting blown, if this ever gets back to Pope Francis.

I’m probably not contributing much of interest.  Sorry if that’s the case. I’m interested to hear what you think.  I’m terribly concerned about this pontificate but I’m having a hard time directly telling the Pope that he’s a heretic and failure and to get out of office.

My other question is………what difference will it make, other than to perhaps make the signers feel better?  I’d have to think any positive response would be miraculous, so since we’re talking about a spiritual affair, why not just pray?

Like I said, I’ll pray about this.


What gave power to the protestant revolt? Greed. December 8, 2015

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Thus claims Hillaire Belloc in his The Crisis of Civilization.  I don’t think it can be universally said that the protestant revolution was always and everywhere about the accumulation of wealth, but greed was the driving force in the conversion of societal elites in England and much of northern Germany to the revolutionary cause.  Given the authoritarian nature of those societies, once the political/economic elites were won over, the course set for those regions was essentially irrevocable, as the long, tortuous history of the English martyrs shows.

Some important considerations below.  The denial of papal authority led directly to the seizure of the quite substantial monastic assets and their being used to buy off support from the aristocracy and governing class:

As a mere negative heretical movement wherein a mass of divergent and even contradictory opinions has free play, the protestant revolt might have been less destructive.  But there was a driving power behind it which was of very great effect; the opportunity for loot.  Here were these great monastic establishments, the numbers of which had decreased, but the revenues of which had been maintained.  The Papacy was the central authority.  Deny the authority of the Papacy and it lay defenseless before attack and spoliation.  Such attack followed almost immediately upon the first years of the great revolt.  Certain of the Swiss cantons and the more or less independent small secular princes especially in the north of Germany……….these and even local squires and petty lordlings fell upon the endowments of religious houses and of parishes, of Sees and all forms of clerical income, swelling their own fortunes out of the proceeds. [And becoming most convicted partisans of the revolution against the Church in the process]  It may be imagined what a temptation lay before all those not restrained by a governmental power above them to indulge this orgy of loot……

……The monasteries and their wealth could not touched as long as the Papacy was recognized, for they depended upon the Papacy and not upon the civil power.  The same was true of the endowments which had been made for the support of secular religion, that is, the revenues of the parish churches, of the bishoprics, of the cathedral chapters.  The same was true of the collegiate revenues, of institutions devoted to education, from the small local schools, every one of which was endowed in such fashion, to the great colleges of the universities.  That wealth could not be touched as long as the Papacy was acknowledged.  Whenever the authority of the Papacy was denied it lay open to general loot.

…..Only where the political revolution had been thorough and the government of a district had become supreme, and independent of all external authority, was it possible for that government to seize goods hitherto under the protection of the Church.  And wherever such complete independence prevailed, the clerical goods were seized in whole or in part.  The monasteries and nunneries were dissolved.  Their wealth was taken wholly away for the benefit of those in power……..

……..In England, by what was n o more than a personal accident the monasteries were seized altogether by the Crown.  Within four years of the breach with Rome (that is, the denial of Papal authority), every monastery and nunnery in England had gone.  And all those great revenues…….passed from the hands of the corporate owners, monastic and collegiate, first to the government and very soon to those who were granted the rents on very favorable terms (about half price), from the government in its pressing desire to raise revenue.  [And by so doing, removed the primary social safety net for the rural poor, who were massive in number.  The monastery lands had been rented at exceedingly generous rates to the many former serfs who had gained their freedom but possessed no land of their own. They also operated numerous charities and hospitals. As even the protestant firebrand William Cobbett shows (and conclusively), the net effect of this huge transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich was to leave millions in utter squalor with virtually no means of income. How to deal with pauperism thus became a leading political issue in England (and other locales) from the 16th through the 19th century]

………The society of Christendom and especially of Western Christendom up to the revolution which we call the Reformation, had been a society of owners, a proprietrial society.  It was one in which there remained strong bonds between one class and another, and in which there was a hierarchy of superior and inferior, but not, in the main, a distinction between a restricted body of possessors and a main body of destitute at the mercy of the possessors, such as our society has become. It has so become through the action of the Reformation, which was at the root of the whole change………

The Reformation has been called in a biting epigram “a rising of the rich against the poor.”  Like all epigrams that brief statement is exaggerated, but it contains much more truth than most of its kind.

——End Quote——

The protestant revolution is a wound from which Christendom has not even begun to recover.  The entire world continues on the arc prescribed by Calvin and the other revolutionaries.  The spiritual life is at a nadir not seen since prior to the Incarnation.  All seems headed to some kind of calamity.  Even the Church has been infected with this false and endlessly destructive spirit.