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Priest Martyred by ISIS Gave Land for Mosque August 1, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, disaster, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, persecution, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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While avoiding speaking ill of the dead, especially those martyred, I am overwhelmed with a sense of irony, and a sense that the Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways.

Father Jacques Hamel, murdered by crazed islamists (is there any other kind, I ask only somewhat in jest?), ostensibly in retribution for something that happened nearly 1,000 years ago (the Crusades – muslims will never, ever forget the time Christians came in and forcibly pried loose a small part of formerly Christian lands from the islamic death grip – that is such a grave offense to their sense of the “ummah,” and that what “allah” has granted to islam, shall always be a part of it), had donated some land so that a mosque (another one) could be built near his parish.  This can certainly be filed under no good deed shall go unpunished, but I wonder if there isn’t a more important message being conveyed by Him Who is infinitely Just. Not that God would be the author of evil, but………..I’m sure you can discern what I am driving at.

While trying to maintain charity for this poor departed soul, who desperately needs prayers, as do all un-canonized souls, I will say that Father Hamel certainly appears to be a man of his generation, the generation that found Vatican II and the “new pentecost” so intoxicating:

Father Jacques Hamel, the 86-year-old assistant priest at the church in St Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Normandy, met his Creator last Tuesday when two Muslim men armed with knives slit his throat while chanting the Islamic takbir. The killers claimed they were sacrificing blood to avenge the 11th century Crusades. It turns out that Fr Hamel was actually a dear friend to Islam. According to his fellow members of clergy, Fr Hamel helped put aside a plot of land near the church, where he would ultimately be murdered by Islamic jihadists, for the purposes of building a mosque to serve the Muslim community in the area.

“Church authorities facilitated the giving of land beside his church to local Muslims to build a mosque, and they were given use of the parish hall and other facilities during Ramadan,” stated Father Mark Ephrem Nolan, Prior of the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross. [Was this true charity, with the eternal end of souls always in mind, or was this more worldly sentiment?]

Despite the ongoing wave of Islamic terrorism, Christians in the Rouen community where Fr Hamel was killed have made an earnest effort to welcome Muslims with open arms and open hearts.

“Efforts have been made by the Christian community to be welcoming to Muslims,” saidFr Nolan. “The Sisters even give reading lessons to Muslim kids in tower blocks.”

Both parishioners and clergy alike all attest to the fact that Fr Hamel was a humble man who put his life’s work in building personal relationships. “He led a pure, simple life, with an emphasis on building friendships,” added Fr Nolan. [Did he also instill a powerful sense the Doctrine of the Faith, especially the extreme dubiousness of salvation outside formal communion with the Church?]

…….. In the final pastoral letter to his parish before his unexpected death, Fr Hamel reminded the Christian congregation to “accept each other as they are,” without judgment or ridicule. [Even souls bound for hell?  Is that how Saint John Vianney preached, or practically any other Saint one might care to name?]

And still, Islamic terrorists took his life in a fit of hatred and rage.

Well, of course they did.  Expecting otherwise requires willful ignorance, or obstinance, in the face of 1400 years of unequivocal testimony to the nature of islam.  Only a West totally denuded of Faith, aside from a few souls here or there, and so blinded by a false and damnable ideology of “religious tolerance” (a tolerance originally dreamed up to drive the Church from the public square, and assert a permanent ascendancy of the secular state over Her), could think otherwise.

And yet, even in the face of this diabolical act of evil, even as muslims throughout the West throw down the gauntlet of challenge, openly advocating that they will force Europe, and, if possible, the entire West, to submit to their false, demonic cult of violence and cruel repression, Church leaders in France and in the Vatican STILL refuse to see the truth in front of their face. The secular leaders of the West are, if anything, even more blind.  Of course, for partisans of sexular paganism, which is pretty much all elites everywhere, their true enemy has always been orthodox, believing Catholicism.  They are quite happy to submit to the man-made religion of islam if it means seeing their archenemy vanquished.

I fear – or perhaps I should say, the evidence strongly indicates – that applies equally if they wear a red- or pink-piped cassock, or a Saville Row suit.

Lord, have mercy on Your Church. We are in desperate need of it.

Pope John Lennon – If I Condemned Islamist Violence, I’d Have to Condemn Catholic Violence August 1, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, different religion, Ecumenism, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, huh?, Society, SSPX, Tradition.
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This is after he exhorted World  Youth Day goers – which one commenter who attended one in the past likened to a Catholic orgy – to be a “A humanity that rejects hatred between people, one that refuses to see borders as barriers.”  Imagine there’s no countries…..and no religion too.  Groovy. Right on.  Make love, not war.  Peace Now.  Leave your first wife for a Japanese freak and break up the most overrated I mean greatest rock n’ pop band ever.

More substantially, Francis emoted, when pressed, that he did not criticize islam as the source of the hatred that led to a Catholic priest being beheaded, because, if he did that, he’d have to criticize Catholic violence, too, because sometimes baptized Catholic steal or do other bad things:

“I don’t think it is right to equate Islam with violence,” he told journalists during his return from a trip to Poland [on July 31].
Pope Francis defended his decision not to name Islam when condemning the brutal jihadist murder of a Catholic priest in France in the latest of a string of recent attacks in Europe claimed by Islamic State (or Isil).
“In almost every religion there is always a small group of fundamentalists. We have them too,” he said.
“If I have to talk about Islamic violence I have to talk about Christian violence. Every day in the newspapers I see violence in Italy, someone kills his girlfriend, another kills his mother in law, and these are baptised Catholics.” [Source[Does it even have to be said how dumb and false this comparison is?  It literally makes no sense, it’s comparing apples to Chevrolets.  I’m surprised he didn’t mention the Crusades]
This statement is akin to that made by John Kerry the other day, that use of flourocarbons poses a greater threat than ISIS, calling for a total ban of a substance that plays a critical role in numerous areas of modern life, not the least of which is providing a safe, non-poisonous refrigerant for all manner of air conditioners and industrial chillers. Apparently he proposes we return to using ammonia as a refrigerant, which has the slight downsides of being incredibly poisonous and prone to exploding.  Either that, or is proposing that we plebes be denied the right to air conditioning in the very near future.  Both statements, from Kerry and Francis, are similar in that they are totally divorced from reality and appear quite insane to anyone not steeped in their shared ideology.

Remember, he also attributed attacks like the one last week to things like poverty, lack of jobs and opportunity, and frustration at current political events.  That is to say, wholly materialist reasons – which, at least, would be consistent.

So this is the man who is going to “regularize” the SSPX?  I’m having a hard time getting excited over Msgr. Pozzo’s interview, he’s said the same thing many times before. Way back in 2012/3 we were told that an agreement was just seconds from being signed, and then the whole thing suddenly exploded.  He admits doctrinal issues remain. Well, the entire SSPX “situation” has hinged on doctrine all along, hasn’t it? So what exactly has changed?  Sure, Bishop Fellay seems to think that a personal prelature could work for the Society, but he’s said that for years, too.  Some people claiming inside knowledge – like the link – seem to firmly believe it’s different this time, but have offered little firm evidence.

As for my opinion, should it be true, I’m of two minds.  Predominately, I want the SSPX to be fully regular and to be able to continue their present work without the nagging doubts of canonical irregularity hampering the good they do, which is not inconsiderable.  At the same time, I have a nagging voice that tells me to fear regularization with the current conditions in Rome, especially under this Pope.  The example of the traditional Catholics of Campos is something to bear in mind.  And the dangers spread far beyond the SSPX – there is no question the FSSP and other Ecclesia Dei groups exist in “full regularity” because of the pressure the SSPX exerts on the Church.  Should that pressure go away, will the Ecclesia Dei groups be persecuted, or forced into moral conundrums?

Nevertheless, if the situation is ever going to be resolved, it’s going to take a huge leap of Faith by all involved.  Surely there are long, sharp knives waiting for an “exposed” Society to be made vulnerable to them, but we have to trust in Our Savior and His promises.  May God’s will be done.

I could’ve really freaked you out……. August 1, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, priests, silliness, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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……..if I had appended this to Friday’s post:

I had a hard time finding a video of that song that wasn’t wholly immodest.  I do enjoy that opening bass riff.

Sorry for the drama.  It was not intentional. I found that little letter from St. Francis de Sales right before I had to leave on Friday, I typed it up in Word and just pasted it, already running late.  I did not mean to cause folks any concern, I simply didn’t have the time to provide the customary preface/conclusion to the text. I may have also had a subconscious thought that it had a great deal more impact if I just left it stand on its own, but I guess because I never envision just walking away like that, I didn’t consider the conclusion that could obviously be drawn from leaving a post of a sort of goodbye letter hanging.

So, sorry again. As I replied to one reader over the weekend, rest assured, if I start feeling like quitting I’ll give plenty of notice.  I have no plans to do so.  I still enjoy it quite a bit, though it’s not as easy to do as it was for a number of years.  For now I plan to keep ‘on truckin.

BTW, I guess I/we just continue to be lucky in our local FSSP parish, but our new priest delivered a very forceful criticism of Guadium Et Spes in his sermon yesterday.  It was very specific and really more than a criticism, more like a full-on denunciation.  I was barely able to restrain myself from standing and doing fist pumps.  That makes 4 of 7 priests assigned since 2010 who have publicly criticized/denounced Vatican II in clear terms.  I understand there is a divergence of opinion among Fraternity priests regarding both the doctrinal correctness of the documents of Vatican II or the prudence of criticizing them, but in my experience I have seen quite a bit of willingness to say those things that need to be said.  Maybe that is one reason the local parish has experienced such phenomenal growth.

After some of the discussion from the comments last week, I found the timing of this sermon most providential………