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It Shouldn’t Be Up to the Laity to Try to Save the Church…….. September 21, 2016

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……but, apparently – at least publicly, which is really what matters – it is.

The Remnant and Catholic Family News have published what promises to be the first installment in a lengthy accusation and denunciation of Francis and his pontificate.  It was published Monday, but unfortunately I only saw it today.  I am also about out of time, but may cover this more tomorrow.

As Steve Skojec noted, when one starts to catalog Francis’ apparently heterodox statements, dubious pronouncements, grave prudential errors, and general assault against the Faith all in one place, it quickly becomes stupefying.  Even with a first installment of 2300 words, so much more could have been said, which is all the more terrifying. On almost a daily basis, Francis says or does something to cause grave scandal and  undermine the Faith as practiced for centuries.  In terms of undermining of Doctrine and giving scandal to millions, Francis is, most likely, the single most damaging pope in the history of the Church.

One particularly revealing portion of the accusation, which may be its most important part, was the noting of the manifest failure of the Catholic episcopacy to publicly challenge some of the more egregious actions of this pontificate and the effect they are having on Holy Mother Church. We seem sheep without shepherds, a crew adrift in a raging hurricane with all the officers not only distracted and incompetent, but with many in a deranged lunacy deep in the bowels of the ship pulling out the scuttlecocks!  I excerpt a few bits from the introduction to the accusation below, but the whole thing is worth reading.  If you’ve do read it, or already have, bear in mind so very much more could have been included.  That fact alone gives us a very clear idea of just what we are dealing with.

My emphasis:

Your Holiness:

The following narrative, written in our desperation as lowly members of the laity, is what we must call an accusation concerning your pontificate, which has been a calamity for the Church in proportion to which it delights the powers of this world. The culminating event that impelled us to take this step was the revelation of your “confidential” letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires authorizing them, solely on the basis of your own views as expressed in Amoris Laetitia, to admit certain public adulterers in “second marriages” to the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion without any firm purpose of amending their lives by ceasing their adulterous sexual relations.

You have thus defied the very words of Our Lord Himself condemning divorce and “remarriage” as adultery per se without exception, the admonition of Saint Paul on the divine penalty for unworthy reception of the Blessed Sacrament, the teaching of your two immediate predecessors in line with the bimillennial moral doctrine and Eucharistic discipline of the Church rooted in divine revelation, the Code of Canon Law and all of Tradition.

You have already provoked a fracturing of the Church’s universal discipline, with some bishops maintaining it despite Amoris Laetitia while others, including those in Buenos Aires, are announcing a change based solely on the authority of your scandalous “apostolic exhortation.” Nothing like this has ever happened in the history of the Church. [Not even the protestant revolt cum heresy or the Arian heresy were this severe.  Never before in the 2000 year history of the Church has a reigning pontiff so publicly, so repeatedly attacked and undermined the Sacred Deposit of Faith in anything remotely like so comprehensive and relentless a manner]

……….Yet, almost without exception, the conservative members of the hierarchy observe a politic silence while the liberals exult publicly over their triumph thanks to you. Almost no one in the hierarchy stands in opposition to your reckless disregard of sound doctrine and practice, even though many murmur privately against your depredations. Thus, as it was during the Arian crisis, it falls to the laity to defend the Faith in the midst of a near-universal defection from duty on the part of the hierarchs.

Of course we are nothing in the scheme of things, and yet as baptized lay members of the Mystical Body we are endowed with the God-given right and the correlative duty, enshrined in Church law (cf. CIC can. 212), to communicate with you and with our fellow Catholics concerning the acute crisis your governance of the Church has provoked amidst an already chronic state of ecclesial crisis following the Second Vatican Council.

Private entreaties having proven utterly useless, as we note below, we have published this document to discharge our burden of conscience in the face of the grave harm you have inflicted, and threaten to inflict, upon souls and the ecclesial commonwealth, and to exhort our fellow Catholics to stand in principled opposition to your continuing abuse of the papal office, particularly where it concerns the Church’s infallible teaching against adultery and profanation of the Holy Eucharist.

This cry of the heart has raised great umbrage in certain quarters (the typical ones).  Whether there have been interventions from the episcopate against Francis privately, with more and more scandals developing weekly, and especially the “interpretation” of Amoris Laetitia that was leaked, it’s a pretty sad state of affairs that virtually the only condemnations – or challenges – to the direction of this pontificate being made public are coming from laity and a few, mostly anonymous, priests. Yes there have been some scattered statements from individual bishops but they have been few and far between, and nothing the kind of categorical “reply” that the situation so desperately merits. Even if – and it’s not an if I think can be fairly granted – but even if, somehow, everyone of Francis’ scandalous actions, statements, and pronouncements could be reconciled with the Deposit of Faith, could somehow be shown to be within the bounds of prudence, there is still the issue of the mass confusion and pain he is causing.  Should not that, at least, merit more public response from those given the great grace, and terrible duty, to shepherd the souls in their charge?

What do you think of this accusation?  Is it the laity’s place to lay such charges?  If the laity doesn’t do it, who will?  Should we simply pray and do penance, imploring God to free us from this man?

I do believe people of good will and solid observance of the Faith can come down differently on these questions.  I tend to support such interventions due to the desperation in which we are mired,as I think someone has to call a spade a spade, and if the bishops are failing in their duty, then it is up to the laity to stand forth and do their best.  I can, however, comprehend how some could disagree

I am truly out of time.  We’ll see what, if any, discussion this sparks.

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Just in time for the Awesome Quincentennial of protestantism, St. Martin Luther Holy Cards! September 21, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in damnable blasphemy, disaster, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, secularism, silliness, the return.
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I’m sure these will be a huge draw as the Church – under Francis – prepares to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the man, and his acts, that did more to injure and divide Christianity than any other person in the history of the world.  I mean, what’s not to celebrate?!?  He started up the greatest heresy in the history of the Church, he caused endless self-replicating schisms that continue to this day, he started wars of religion that killed millions and devastated Europe for over a century, he encouraged personal immorality so long as one had “faith,” he started the process of the Christian church submitting to the state, and he paved the way for the entire historical arc, with all its misery, that has played out since.  He is easily one of the most pitiable, ruinous souls ever to afflict God’s creation.

But he certainly has a following in the Church today, and has since the modernists burst forth in full flower in the mid-20th century. The current pontiff seems to believe that the protestant revolt/revolution is something to be celebrated, but he’s hardly the first.  Remember, one of the “great” doyens of the Second Vatican Council had such a deep devotion and reverence for this man, he likened him to another Saint Paul!

In other words, it’s all coming together, just as planned!

St. Martin Luther,  Patron of Heretics and Anti-Popes

St. Martin Luther,
You saw the corruption in the Church,
and had the courage to speak out.
You recognized parts of the Bible that did not belong
and took them out
(even though your followers had to put
some of them back in).
You changed Holy Writ to make salvation
depend on “faith alone.”
You tore the Christian West apart
and gave birth to 40,000 sects.
St. Martin Luther, Pray for Us.

Instructions:

Print your official St. Martin Luther Holy Card picture to the desired size on card stock, then print the prayer on the back of it. Optional: have it laminated at Staples.

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Oh, and his personal morality was so corrupted it gave rise to his hatred of Holy Mother Church and his uncountable heresies.

But other than that he was just the very figure of a Catholic Saint, and the movement he inspired completely worthy of Catholic emulation and devotion.

Academic Lays out the Left-Wing Plan: First Your Guns, Then Your Cash September 21, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, scandals, secularism, Society, unbelievable BS.
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Then the day long bread line for you, comrade!  Death to the kulaks!  Imagine the glorious socialist GULAG archipelago that could be constructed in Alaska and the Northwest Territories!

The article below might be a bit more exercised over the threat of this statist professor’s call to ban the accumulation or use of large amounts of cash than I might be, on the face of it, but how many major leftist assaults on individual liberty have started just as small and grown into terrifying significant and intrusive phenomenon?  Why on earth ban cash and bills beyond $10 unless one desires to control people and curtail their freedom of action?  The gains from such a draconian act would be trivial, if they even exist.  But recall that the original gun control legislation passed in this country was all sold as being directed solely against criminals like the inner-city gangsters of the Al Capone and Lucky Luciano type, but very quickly expanded into something quite different indeed.

I’d say this definitely bears watching:

Russian philosopher Fyodor Dostoevsky in the 1800s said, “Money is coined liberty.”

Ken Rogoff, economics professor at Harvard (and previously an economist at the IMF and at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System), wants to take that liberty away.  He has a new book out on the wickedness of cash, calling out the usual suspects – tax evaders and other criminals – to justify doing something about it.  I’m surprised he didn’t claim that Ben Franklins have been known to kill small children or poison the water in Flint, Michigan.  His solution is to eliminate all denominations of currency above ten dollars.

This sounds suspiciously like the argument for taking away firearms from law-abiding citizens to keep criminals from using guns.  It makes no sense unless your ultimate goal is to disarm the population – or, in this case, take one more step to tracing, taxing, and then controlling the spending habits of law-abiding citizens.

The plan is quite devious.  It is probably backed by credit card companies.  Rogoff’s answer is to create state-run banks that provide the services of a Citibank for free or a small fee.

First government got control of the health care industry.  Now this economist wants to give it control of the banking industry as well?

Rogoff generously recognizes that there is something to be said for cash as a guarantor of privacy and by extension liberty, as Dostoevsky proposed so eloquently in just four words, although he is more enamored of the possibility of the Federal Reserve implementing negative interest rates as a way to “stimulate” the economy.  He even matter-of-factly suggests the possibility of  rates as low as negative two or three percent.  Consider that as long as citizens hold cash, they can hedge against the government charging for the privilege of controlling our earnings and savings in the form of negative interest rates.

The Progressive endgame proposed by Mr. Rogoff follows the Communist plan: take away the guns.  Gain control of health care.  Indoctrinate the next generation through control of education curricula.  Demonize Judeo-Christian beliefs.  And then take away currency from the people, thus allowing government control of the flow of funds.

What Professor Rogoff isn’t mentioning in his argument is that this is the same control the Castro brothers have over Cuban currency and how the Kim regime of the DPRK manipulates its citizenry with its currency policies.  It is also the ultimate dream of the Federal Reserve.

In Cuba, they have two separate currencies.  There is one for the government and foreigners and one for the citizens.  Ordinary citizens are not allowed to hold and trade in the much more valuable convertible pesos, or Cuban dollars.  They must use only the virtually useless peso for their everyday needs.

I think we can safely assume that the hundreds of millions of dollars the Castro brothers have accumulated – all in the name of socialist fraternity and equality, no doubt! – is not in worthless Cuban internal currency.  No, it’s in American dollars, British pounds, or other currencies that, at least as far as the international money market is concerned – carry a real value.

It is the same in China and other socialist paradises, as well, of course.  North Koreans may starve and be killed off in their millions, but the Kim family lives very well, indeed.  In the old Soviet Union, party apparatchiks had Zil limousines, private shops with well-stocked shelves including the latest Western wares, personal dachas in the countryside paid for at state expense, and many other perquisites.  They didn’t stand in line for hours to browse almost barren shops.  The left always takes care of its own, that is, those that don’t become inconvenient and don’t fall into the category of useful idiots (almost all), which they kill off without a second thought.

In reality, Leftism, and the transnational global one world government movement, is all about the ascendance of a new, and thoroughly amoral, aristocracy.  The aristocracy of old, tied to the land, at least somewhat Catholic, and bound by tradition and custom to have something of a concern for those landless peasants under their care (that was by and large the case, there were, of course, exceptions) was a far cry from the new one that is being stood up by self-anointed elites.  They don’t care a whit for anyone but themselves. Ideology is all to them, but they see no contradiction in maintaining all the wealth and comforts of advanced 21st civilization for themselves, while denying them to everyone else, all in the name of whatever leftist ideology they care to cite.

But communism/leftism has always been riddled with far more “internal contradictions” such as these than the capitalist system communists like to deplore.  In truth, leftism is really more of a religion for deeply disordered and aggrieved individuals than it is a real economic or governmental philosophy.  It’s really the perfect self-justifying philosophy.  All the founders of the modern Left were deeply disturbed men, Marx among the worst.  A total failure at life all he could do was abuse those around him and rail against the world for not recognizing his “greatness.”  I sense a lot of the same sentiment abroad in our country today – Bernie Sanders has been in his life, and was in his campaign, almost the perfect personification of this.

Well, Orwell said that oligarchical collectivism was simply the revolt of a bureaucratic/technocratic class against a previous highest class and its institution of itself as the ever-ruling oligarchy.  He was just a bit early in prognosticating when it would come about.

Saint Leo the Great on Offering Penance September 21, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Liturgical Year, mortification, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
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Even though the excerpt below was spoken, and primarily intended, for the start of Lent, it is not without its usefulness in an Ember Week.  Saint Leo effectively, gracefully communicates the Church’s steadfast belief in the efficacy of fasting (penance) and its salutary effects on our souls. I don’t know if you ever need inspiration to fast/works of penance, but if you do, I think you’ll find this mighty motivatin’.  What Grace there is waiting for us in penance, and how few avail themselves of it! What a tragedy for the Church and the world!

From pp. 121-3 of The Liturgical Year, Vol. V:

The Holy Church, seeing her children…….speaks to them in her Office of Matins, these eloquent and noble words of St. Leo the Great: dfsasf

“Having to announce to you, dearly beloved, the most sacred and chief fast, how can I more appropriately begin, than with the words of the Apostle, in whom Christ Himself spoke, and by saying to you what has just been read: “Behold!  Now is the acceptable time!  Behold, Now is the day of salvation!For although there be no time which is not replete with divine gifts, and we may always, by God’s Grace, have access to His mercy, yet ought we all to redouble our efforts to make spiritual progress and be animated with unusual confidence, now that the anniversary of the day of our redemption is approaching, inviting us to devote ourselves to every good work, that catholic-penanceso we may celebrate, with purity of body and mind, the incomparable mystery of our Lord’s Passion.  

It is true that our devotion and reverence towards so great a mystery should be kept up during the whole  year, and we ourselves should be at all times, in the eyes of God, the same as we are bound to be at the Easter solemnity.  But this is an effort which only few among us have the courage to sustain.  The weakness of the flesh induces us to relax our austerities; the various occupations of every day life take up our thoughts; and thus even the virtuous find their hearts clogged by the world’s dust.  Hence it is that the Lord has most providentially given us these days, whose holy exercises should be to us a remedy, whereby to regain our purity of soul.  The good works and the holy fastings of this season were instituted as an atonement for, and an obliteration of, the sins we commit during the rest of the year.  [Such a beautiful sentiment. They were also specifically intended for the sanctification of priests and especially those seminarians to be ordained this season/year]

Now, therefore, that we are about to enter upon these days, which are so full of mystery, and which were instituted for the holy purpose of purifying both soul and body, let us, dearly beloved, be careful to do as the Apostle bids us, and cleanse ourselves from all defilements of the flesh and the spirit; that thus the combat between the two substances being made less fierce, the soul, which, when she herself is subject to God, ought to be the ruler of the body, will recover her own dignity and position. [Dang right!]  Let us also avoid giving offence to any man, so that here be none to blame or speak evil things of us.  For we deserve the harsh remarks of infidels, and we provoke the tongues of the wicked to blaspheme religion, when we who fast lead unholy lives.  For our fast does not consist in the mere abstinence from food; nor is it of much use to deny food to our body, unless we restrain the soul from sin.

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