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Francis equivocates between Catholic evangelizing and muslim conquest? May 17, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, different religion, disaster, Ecumenism, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the struggle for the Church.
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The semi-official publication of the French episcopal conference, the magazine La Croix, conducted an interview with Francis recently.  There have been two portions of that interview that have caused a good deal of comment.  The first contains some conciliatory, if non-committal, words from Francis regarding the SSPX.  He claims they are working towards full communion.  That’s not exactly explosive to me, but it is a far cry from the cries of “protestant” and “schismatic” directed towards the Society by some in the hierarchy over the past 40 years.

What has caused far more controversy is this statement below, following a question from La Croix regarding islam (I’m sure there will be some argument over translation):

La Croix:  The fear of accepting migrants is partly based on a fear of Islam. In your view, is the fear that this religion sparks in Europe justified?

Pope Francis: Today, I don’t think that there is a fear of Islam as such but of ISIS and its war of conquest, which is partly drawn from Islam. It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest.

Who, of any substance, has ever interpreted the Great Commission in such a tawdry manner?  Who has ever drawn comparisons between the almost entirely peaceful spread of Christianity through Europe and much of the world (I know there have been exceptions), with the almost entirely violent spread of islam?  Islam is a religion that has only and ever been spread by conquest.  It has made very few converts, historically, save with the threat of physical violence and other means of repression.  Only very recently, in Europe and other parts of the West, has islam begun to attract more than a handful of disaffected, disillusioned souls, souls who have never known the Truth of Jesus Christ?

One of the most disturbing qualities of Francis is his tendency to believe things which are not.  Yes, many in Europe (and elsewhere) are extremely concerned over the spread of islam, and not just ISIS.  No, there is no reasonable equivocation between Catholic evangelizing and muslim conquest.  No, it is not possible to reconcile those who persist in manifest grave sin with reception of the Blessed Sacrament.  Yes, protestants absolutely should and indeed must convert to the Catholic Faith.  And so on…….

What we are witnessing in so many aspects of this pontificate (including numerous statements in his official, magisterial works) is a fundamental failure of rational thought.  Much of what is posited is not simply contrary to the Faith but an attack on reason itself.  Such thinking is very prevalent among progressives, who at the same time tell us that sexuality is absolutely fixed at birth and utterly immutable (in spite of mountains of evidence to the contrary), while sex (as in “gender”) is as fluid as can be, subject to change on a whim, including the whim to watch women undress.  One can see a certain analogy in claiming that what has always been a sin now somehow isn’t, or at least isn’t an impediment to reception of the Blessed Sacrament.  Or that the peaceful spread of Christianity somehow mirrors the spread of islam.

I read at One Peter Five a statement by Steve Skojec that Francis is the most authoritarian pope the Church has seen in decades, but that he is using all that papal authority to destroy it, long term, in a sort of kamikaze fashion.  That is to say, Francis is using, or intends to use, a sort of papal absolutism to drive fundamental change in the Church, in the process, transferring (it hasn’t happened quite yet?) authority from the papacy to new dicasteries (headed by women?) and especially national conferences.  His successor will then be hobbled with an office denuded of much of its authority and unable to change what he hath wrought.  An interesting theory, which I pray does not come to pass.

I’m out of time.  Let me know what you think.

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Confident says Ratzinger claimed not all of Fatima Secret was released May 17, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, different religion, disaster, General Catholic, history, Our Lady, Papa, sadness, scandals, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition.
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Shocking, I know.  This is strictly hearsay, but a priest who claims a long association, and confidant status, with Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI has claimed that the Pope Emeritus told him that not all of the Third Secret of Fatima was released in 2000.  He also claims the excluded portion deals with apostasy/mass error at the highest levels of Church Authority.

See what you make of this (emphasis in original):

Today, on the Feast of Pentecost, I called Fr. Ingo Dollinger, a German priest and former professor of theology in Brasil, who is now quite elderly and physically weak. He has been a personal friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for many years. Father Dollinger unexpectedly confirmed over the phone the following facts:

Not long after the June 2000 publication of the Third Secret of Fatima by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told Fr. Dollinger during an in-person conversation that there is still a part of the Third Secret that they have not published! “There is more than what we published,” Ratzinger said. He also told Dollinger that the published part of the Secret is authentic and that the unpublished part of the Secret speaks about “a bad council and a bad Mass” that was to come in the near future.

Father Dollinger gave me permission to publish these facts on this High Feast of the Holy Ghost and he gave me his blessing.

………This sensitive information pertaining to the Third Secret, which has been circulating among certain Catholic groups for a few years now, has now been personally confirmed to me by Fr. Dollinger himself, at a time in history where the Church seems to have fallen into a pit of confusion. It might help explain, at least in part, why we are where we are now.

Importantly, it shows the loving mercy of the Mother of God to warn us and to prepare her children for this battle that the Church now finds herself in. In spite of the decision of those in responsible places within the Church, She has made sure the fuller truth would still be revealed and spread………

There follows some discussion about how then Cardinal Ratzinger apparently contradicted himself with regard to the publication of the Fatima revelations in 2000, stating at one time that the entire secret had been revealed, and at another hinting that there were unrevealed portions.

I have personally long believed that the entirety of the Third Secret is yet to be revealed, and that the Consecration of Russia demanded by Our Lady is also yet to be properly done.  The last is arguable, but that’s my personal sentiment.

Having said that, all these tales of revelations pointing to a “bad council and a bad Mass” tend to come from the mid-60s on, by which time concerns over both the most recent council and changes to the Mass were prevalent (and with good reason).  That is to say, they tend to confirm a reality that was already in existence, so they are less prophetic than they are descriptive.  I’m not certain the unrevealed portions of the Third Secret are quite so specific as to point to a “bad council and Mass.”  My reading is that they pointed more to a general apostasy or crisis of faith within the leadership of the Church – something that was increasingly obvious to those who paid close attention to internal Church matters from the early 20th century on.  After all, Pope Saint Pius X did not chase after bogeymen when he wrote Pascendi.

At this point, do we need a prophecy from the 1930s or 40s to tell us that there is a crisis in the Church, and that the crisis is especially prevalent among those in positions of authority?  The evidence for this crisis has been overwhelming for decades now.  Perhaps knowledge of this prophecy direct from Our Lord and Lady might move a few souls to accept the reality of the situation regarding the Church at present, but I’m reminded of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus even as I type this.  If they won’t believe the accumulated evidence of the past several decades (and it is prodigious), why would they believe an “ancient” prophecy?

Well, make of it what you will.  As for me, I don’t need any more convincing.

St. Bernard – The Yoke and Burden of the World Crushes, that of Christ is Sweet and Light        May 17, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, mortification, reading, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Another excerpt from a series of sermons and letters written by St. Bernard of Clairvaux on various subjects.  This one explodes the false logic of the world, which posits the burden of Christianity to be hard and unsustainable, while the pleasures of the world are sweet and easy.  St. Bernard shows that nothing could be further from the truth, that the way of Christ is far easier and His burden far lighter than the lies and deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  This is a truth that should be shouted from the rooftops in these days, as more and more souls fall to the lie of a worldly bliss, supposedly so much easier than the “impossible” demands of the Gospel – something even many in the highest reaches of Church leadership now seem to believe.

St. Bernard (with my emphasis and comments):

Furthermore, the slave and the hireling [of the world] have a law, not from the Lord, but of their own contriving; the one does not love God, the other loves something else more than God.  They have a law of their own, not of God, I say; yet it is subject to the law of the Lord.  For though they can make laws for themselves, they cannot supplant the changeless order of the eternal law.  Each man is a law unto himself, when he sets up his will against the universal law, perversely striding to rival his Creator, to be wholly independent, making his will his only law. [This sublime truth clearly demonstrates just what a grievous blow the protestant revolutionaries inflicted on the Church and world with their manifold errors, so many of which asserted man’s will above God’s.  That is where Christendom took its first disastrous wrong turn, from which it has never recovered, and it has been a linear descent from the peak of the 13th century to today, with the irrevocable path marked out from Luther’s first non serviam.  Tragically, such thinking has now infiltrated deep into the Church, after the bastions which successfully kept it out for 400 years were deliberately torn down.]  What a heavy and burdensome yoke upon all the sons of Adam, bowing down our necks, so that our life draweth nigh unto hell…….

……The eternal law of righteousness ordains that he who will not submit to God’s sweet rule shall suffer the bitter tyranny of the self; but he who wears the easy yoke and light burden of Christ (Mt xi:30) will escape the intolerable weight of his own self-will. [That is so contrary to the ways of the world that it takes transformation by Grace to understand it, but it is so very, very true!  I have lived under my own will, and all I knew was misery.  I still go back to asserting my will today, and all it gets me is trouble. But when I am docile to the Will of God, I find peace.]  Wondrously and justly does that eternal law retain rebels in subjection, so that they are unable to escape.  They are subject to God’s power, yet deprived of happiness with Him, unable to dwell with God in light and rest and everlasting glory. [Thus the misery under which so many languish today]  O Lord my God, ‘why dost Thou not pardon my transgression and take away mine iniquity?” (Jb vii:21).  Then freed from the weight of my own will, I can breathe easily under the light burden of love.  I shall not be coerced by fear, nor allured by mercenary desires; for I shall be led by the Spirit of God, that free Spirit whereby Thy sons are led, which beareth witness with my spirit that I am among the children of God (Rom viii:16).  So shall I be under that law which is Thine; and as Thou art, so shall I be in the world.  Whosoever do what the apostle bids, “Owe no many anything, but to love one another” (Rom xiii:8), are doubtless even in this life conformed to God’s likeness: they are neither slaves nor hirelings but sons.

——–End Quote———

The way of Jesus Christ is not the way of the world.  It is not the way of men.  There have been times when the Faith has so influenced the culture at a given time and place that many, perhaps most, people comprehended the kind of truth St. Bernard conveys above, at least at some basic level.  Unfortunately (a massive understatement), centuries of very concerted, deliberate effort to drive that comprehension from the minds of virtually everyone have been a near total success.  And so now not only is basic Catholic morality and spirituality regarded as strange and impossibly hard by the world, it is even viewed as such by almost the entirety of the laity and leadership of the Church, for perhaps the first time ever.

The truth is still there for those who want to find it.  I pray fervently that more will.