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How to maintain/develop sanctity in the midst of the crisis in the Church July 7, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, manhood, priests, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Sermon from one of my favorite priests (in keeping with Sensus Fidelium‘s policy, I won’t name him, but I’m sure many of you will recognize his voice) on a topic of critical import: how can we not just keep our faith, but grow in holiness in the midst of all the terrible scandal and confusion of the present crisis in the Church?

Father presents a three-point plan:

[1] Fix your mind and heart on eternity.

[2] Strive in all things to conform yourself to the holy will of God.

[3] Meditate upon the grandeur and majesty of God and your own misery and nothingness.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of society in our time is mockery and hostility towards the things of God. Our faith is opposed to the world and so we must be very wary of any attempt to ‘harmonize’ the faith with the ways and culture of the world. The Catholic perspective is always one of eternity, of accepting all things as from the hand of God, and of great humility.

I haven’t time to bring out any more of the excellent points from this sermon, except for this: in this time, we will be far better served, both in terms of our salvation, but also in witnessing to others, by personal sanctity than by arguments from the intellect.  For whatever my recommendation is worth, I strongly believe you’d be doing yourself a favor if you listened to it in its entirety.  May God bless and sustain this suffering priest:

If you do listen, please remember, in your charity, to offer three Hail Marys for the priest and his needs and intentions.  Thank you and God bless you.

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Atrocities against Egypt’s Christians continue to grow July 7, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, persecution, scandals, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
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At least three Christians (all Copts) have been killed in Egypt in the past week and a half.  They included a priest and a nun.  The layman was beheaded.  Some are trying to say the nun was accidentally wounded, but there is some skepticism over this.  A brief roundup on the depredations against Christians in one of the more stable, “permissive” Mideastern states.  Things in places like Syria and Iraq are far, far worse:

Yesterday, July 5, a Coptic nun was shot dead in Egypt.

The police called it a “tragic accident”.  It currently not being treated as a crime. The nun was accidentally caught in a shootout between two rival clans. An stray bullet  killed the nun, says Fides ……..

……..The first reports reported an anti-Christian attack.The investigating police of Guizeh denied this, however, describing the shooting between two local Muslim clans as the reason for the “accidental” death of the nun.

……..On June 24, several Christian homes had been burned in al-Baeda in Alexandria. A Muslim mob had gathered after Friday prayers in front of the house of Christian Naim Aziz because the false rumor was spread among Muslims, that the house may be converted into a church. The Muslims shouted the slogan: “Under no circumstances will there be a church here.” To be sure, deeds followed their  words, and and they burned down the house of a Christian and a few other Christian homes for good measure. [When an area is under muslim suzerainty, generally it is impossible to get permission to build new Christian churches or even substantially improve/repair existing ones.  That’s a powerful means to help keep the Faith in check]

…..The Christians of Egypt have been experiencing a new wave of Islamic violence for months. Last Thursday a Coptic Orthodox priest was murdered on the Sinai Peninsula belonging to Egypt. The priest Raphael Moussa was 46 years old. After the Holy Mass, which he celebrated in the Mar Girgis Church of the city of El-Arish in the north of the peninsula, he was killed in the parking lot in front of the church by a targeted shot. The murder was claimed by the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS).

A separate post from Eponymous Flower deals with the beheading:

on Monday, July 4, a Coptic Christian was stabbed in Tanta (Gharbia Governorate) by Islamists and then beheaded.

The 33-year-old pharmacist and Coptic Christian, Magdy Attia, was lured with a medication order into a house and killed there. According to Egyptian media reports, the house is inhabited by Salafists.

Awful.  What is happening to the Christians of the Mideast is horrific.  I pray their sufferings may bring a great flowering of the Faith there and conversion of millions of muslims.

For the commenter who dropped by this morning and left a profanity-filled rant, buddy, I do cover the persecution of Christians in the Mideast all the time.  I have written dozens of posts on the subject over the years, as longtime readers can attest.  I can’t possibly ride everyone’s hobby horse every day, and, yes, local events tend to get more play than international ones.  I understand your outrage and anger but I ain’t the one to direct it at.  I’ve been a strong supporter of Mideast Christians and your comments were as unjust as they were unhinged.

Any further such comments will result in permanent banning, even granting some leeway for English not being your first language.

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I love Eastern Christian art.  It is so ancient, so warm.  There are incredible treasures of Christian art and architecture in Egypt.  I pray they are permitted to survive.  EG28-8-14JT

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The fact that the Church leadership continues to very often ignore or explain away muslim atrocities against Christians in pursuit of (I guess) the great one world religion project is one of the most galling aspects of being a Catholic today.

I Agree: Excitement Over Card. Sarah’s “Ad Orientem” Remarks Misplaced July 7, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Restoration, the struggle for the Church, Tradition.
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Many folks have been expressing a great deal of excitement that Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made an exhortation calling for the Novus Ordo to be offered Ad Orientem.  I agree with Rorate Caeli in finding this excitement badly misplaced.  That is to say, his words, while nice and comforting to conservative/traditional ears, perhaps, are meaningless in any real, effective sense.  Nothing will change, as they did not change after Cardinal Arinze many times called for Latin in the Mass and Communion received on the tongue. The fundamental issue, as Rorate notes, is that modernists/progressives do not respond to exhortations, even pronouncements of solemn law barely move a few to stop blocking the open offering of the TLM as per Summorum Pontificum.

As for exhortations and blandishments, they just laugh them off and continue secularizing and de-sacralizing the Mass:

Cardinal Sarah in a speech to the Sacra Liturgia conference in London yesterday invited priests to start celebrating (the New Mass of Paul VI) facing the liturgical east (versus Deum), that is, facing the altar.
His words, by way of the Catholic Herald:
“It is very important that we return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction – eastwards or at least towards the apse – to the Lord who comes.” … “I ask you to implement this practice wherever possible.”
He said that “prudence” and catechesis would be necessary, but told pastors to have “confidence that this is something good for the Church, something good for our people”.
Your own pastoral judgement will determine how and when this is possible, but perhaps beginning this on the first Sunday of Advent this year, when we attend ‘the Lord who will come’ and ‘who will not delay’.”
A quick interjection – I’ve written about the “but” statements of Vatican II, where a statement of orthodoxy is obliterated by a following “but” that obliterates all that came before.  So, Latin is to be retained, BUT local need can supersede this, so goodbye Latin.  This statement about “pastoral judgment” is all the excuse the vast majority of priests, even many somewhat orthodox ones, need to never, ever implement Ad Orientem.  Unless this is issued as a command, only a tiny few would ever implement it.  I am thinking of one local priest who might find in this a exhortation to try Ad Orientem again after stopping due to an unhappy bishop, but we’ll see.  I can’t think of many others who would even try.

There have been enthusiastic reactions to these words…unseen since the Prefect of Divine Worship was Cardinal Arinze in the early 2000s…and Cardinal Cañizares!

In the end, it is not for a lack of good words from the Prefects of Divine Worship that the liturgical situation worldwide has remained a mess (we emphasize “worldwide” — it is not because there are interesting celebrations, usually imitating the Traditional Mass, in very specific parishes in Britain, the occasional American haven, or one or other place that the global situation has improved at all).

In the end, especially in our age of over-centralization of liturgical decisions, only liturgical Law really matters. A Cardinalatial suggestion will remain a mere unheard suggestion. In the end, the only act that made a difference was the act of law called “Summorum Pontificum”.

I used to get all excited when an Arinze or a Burke would call for some more orthodox liturgical practice, but even distant observation revealed that nothing ever changed as a result of these.  Even more, over time, I became increasingly convinced, to the point today of absolute metaphysical certitude, that the Novus Ordo is fundamentally disordered and cannot be fixed by even major changes.  The whole thing has to be abandoned, eventually, and a total return made to the Mass of Ages.  Or, I could put it another, more gentle way:  to fix the Novus Ordo completely would be to so change it that it would be indistinguishable from the TLM.  So why not just stick with what God, through revelation and the long effort of Saints and holy souls, gave us?

Then again, a different religion requires a different form of worship, does it not?  I know this may sound exclusionary and even arrogant, but I have also come to very firmly believe that the Novus Ordo as presently constituted (more or less) is inseparable from the crisis in the Church.  It IS the crisis in the Church.  Yes there are much more reverent ways to offer it, some of which are not entirely without merit, but it remains at best a pale imitation.  An imitation that informs and directs so many of the sweeping, humanizing changes we have seen in the Church in the past 50 years.
I believe, fix the Mass, and you will fix the Church – and we are waaaay past band-aid solutions.

The “homosexual” influence on the Novus Ordo Mass July 7, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in catachesis, different religion, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, Liturgy, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Via Fr. Richard Heilman of Madison, WI, a small data point on the “homosexual” influence on the Novus Ordo Mass, especially in the form of those deplorable hymns that so degrade and clutter the Novus Ordo as offered in practically every parish in the country.  Ever notice that so many of them have “show tune” type melodies?  Yeah, there’s a reason for that.

If one browses through one of the many hymnals produced by Oregon Catholic Publishing that fill the pews of virtually every Novus Ordo parish, one will find two names more prominent than perhaps all others – Marty Haugen and David Haas.  As Fr. Heilman shows below, Haas, at least, holds some truly blasphemous beliefs regarding the Second Person of the Holy Trinity and St. Paul:

…..[M]y greatest repulsion for this music stems from the way these “tunes” pull us “out of” a sense of the sacred, rather than drawing us in. There is a “spirit” that has irked me for all these years.

To understand this “spirit” a bit more, see that today the same David Haas posted on FB his “openness” to the sexual activity of Jesus Christ.

Folks … stay very, very clear of this music.

Father then shared the following from David Haas’ Facebook page:

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Blasphemies like this regarding Our Blessed Lord or the Saints always say far, far more about those who make them than their intended targets.  This supposed “debate” is founded on nothing more than the fevered imaginings of those so given over in their own lives to disordered lusts and  uncontrolled appetites that they have to disparage even God Himself in an attempt to justify themselves in their own minds.

We have mountains of evidence from Scripture and Tradition that completely, utterly disprove any notion of Our Lord, especially, was anything other than completely, totally chaste.  This attempt to turn the Christ into a creature given over to sexual appetites is in fact a revival of gnostic perversions long ago refuted.

Even if one rejects Scripture and Tradition, by reason alone, does Haas believe it impossible for souls to remain celibate for long periods of time?  Does he thus throw out the testimony of thousands of Saints and thousands more living religious today, who successfully maintain(ed) celibacy over decades?  Again, much is being revealed here, but it ain’t about the Saints or Our Lord.

And yet this man, apparently comfortable with contemplating such perversions of thought and blasphemies against Our Lord, has a profound influence on the Mass as offered in 99+% of all Catholic parishes in the Anglosphere, at least.  What are we to make of that?

Of course, you know the answer to that.  Haugen-Haas musical influence on the Mass is a core part of its decomposition into a happy clappy festival of mutual admiration and self-appreciation.  It is the quintessence of the reduction of the Mass from transcendent, vertical offering of adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication to God, to a horizontal festival of man in all his “glory.”  Some might even call it a different religion.

But of course, who are we to judge?