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Quick Hits: A Little Good, A Little Astroturf, a Little Horror November 14, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, General Catholic, history, horror, pr stunts, priests, rank stupidity, scandals, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Getting to the Astroturf first, ads placed on Craigslist demonstrate the, ah……professional.…….nature of the anti-Trump protest riots:

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$1500 a week to lay about all day and riot/break s–t all night? Probably tax free, too?  Although 77 hours per week sounds like rather more work than most Obama/Hillary supporters are wont to do.  They probably just work a night or two a week to earn enough money to buy their drug of choice.

Just a bit more proof as to the planned, coordinated, and unspontaneous nature of these riots.  This is not a mass reaction of a lot of the people against the President-elect, this is a tiny group of professional agitators looking to get paid.

Now for something a bit happier: at least one reader liked the video of Father Hubbard I posted last week.  The same channel I found the first one at posted another one – they must have liked the linkback.  More awesome natural beauty, more poised if a bit campy commentary, and more plugs.  I think I liked this one a bit more than the first, even without the nearly drowned grizzly cub:

And now for the worst reaction to the election of Trump yet – and that’s saying quite a lot.  A mom completely traumatizes her 8 y/o son by demanding he pack his suitcase and leave the house because he voted for Trump in a mock school election.  Not sure what lesson mom was trying to teach here, but the emotional scars and damage to her relationship with her son will likely last a lifetime, unless his mind mercifully buries this hideous memory:

I am normally very opposed to governmental intrusion into families under the guise of CPS for specious reasons, especially since CPS likes to persecute homeschoolers at times, but this is waaay over the top and might merit quite a bit of counseling if not more.  Given that mom apparently thought this was fit to post publicly, what else is she doing that she’s too ashamed to make public?

It is sickening to think we live in a culture so filled with narcissists that someone would actually do this to their own child over something so trivial.  But there are no depths to the depravity to which people will sink absent faith in Jesus Christ and a powerful role for His Church in the culture.

Sorry to group all these things together but I’m out of time for the day.  I’m giving poor Fr. Hubbard really bad company in this post, God rest his soul.

Francis Had Himself a Busy Week November 14, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, episcopate, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, suicide, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.
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Goodness, it just never stops. And almost always towards the end of the week.

In a presser for the release of a new Vatican-sponsored book containing many of Jorge Bergoglio’s homilies as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, the subject of the Sacred Liturgy came up, and Francis opined very negatively on those younger folks who have an attachment for the TLM:

Asked about the liturgy, Pope Francis insisted the Mass reformed after the Second Vatican Council is here to stay and “to speak of a ‘reform of the reform’ is an error.”

In authorizing regular use of the older Mass, now referred to as the “extraordinary form,” now-retired Pope Benedict XVI was “magnanimous” toward those attached to the old liturgy, he said. “But it is an exception.”

Pope Francis told Father Spadaro he wonders why some young people, who were not raised with the old Latin Mass, nevertheless prefer it.

“And I ask myself: Why so much rigidity? Dig, dig, this rigidity always hides something, insecurity or even something else. Rigidity is defensive. True love is not rigid.”

There is so much to unpack here, so  many errors, both of logic and with regard to the Sacred Deposit of Faith.  One must ask, was the entire pre-conciliar Church similarly rigid and defective, in the Bishop of Rome’s mind?  I think the answer to that is clear, Francis has always, always reserved his most feverish invective towards those in the Church who hold to a different, more traditional practice of the Faith than him.

But that wasn’t all.  In another strange, one might even say scandalously disastrous interview with the noted Italian communist Eugenio Scalfari, Francis let go this whopper:

You told me some time ago that the precept, “Love your neighbour as thyself” had to change, given the dark times that we are going through, and become “more than thyself.” So you yearn for a society where equality dominates. This, as you know, is the programme of Marxist socialism and then of communism. Are you therefore thinking of a Marxist type of society?

It it has been said many times and my response has always been that, if anything, it is the communists who think like Christians. Christ spoke of a society where the poor, the weak and the marginalized have the right to decide. Not demagogues, not Barabbas, but the people, the poor, whether they have faith in a transcendent God or not. It is they who must help to achieve equality and freedom”. [emphasis added]

Apparently, being a Christian is now about being a control freak totalitarian mass-murderer.  How many tens of millions have died as a direct result of communism around the world, and continue to do so to this day?  At least one hundred million, and that is quite frankly a conservative estimate.  If one takes communism as simply leftism taken to its logical, inevitable conclusion, and notes that leftism has been the driving force behind the legalization of abortion worldwide and the mass use of contraception, the total number of deaths attributable to communism must run way into the billions.  Leftism cannot exist anywhere as a ruling force/ideology without inflicting mass suffering on the populations under its rule.  This has been the case from the French Revolution straight through to today, where thousands are starving in Venezuela and North Korea and are mired in abject poverty in Cuba -among other places.

But to Jorge Bergoglio cum Francis the Ideologue, who as a young man waited expectantly for the arrival of communist broadsheets in 50s Argentina and has always been a fervent Peronist, communists think like Christians. This is very close to saying that communism is the apotheosis of Christianity.  Can anyone imagine both a more perverse, and a more materalist, conception of the Faith?

I know these catalogs I make from time to time of Francis’ derangement from the Faith, and his, it must be said, incessant attacks upon both Faith and faithful, are disturbing to some.  But this stuff is incredibly important, and deserves at least a cursory review and rebuttal.  Burying our heads in the sand will not make Francis go away, as much as we might like that (and as much, at times, as it may even feel necessary to maintain our own faith, which I completely understand).

Inadvertently, however, Francis himself has identified the source that drives so many to seek out the TLM, at least in major part.  Just as the extremes of the Left in the United States played a huge role in Trump’s election as a reaction against and rejection of those extremes, it is the extreme errors of the left wing of the Church -of which Francis is most certainly a part – and the extreme destruction they have wrought both on souls and on the Church at large that is a driving factor in leading people to search out and find often not terribly convenient TLMs.  And once they do, these souls find, almost always (though a few do not), that not only is the TLM and the entire traditional liturgical/sacramental practice of the Faith infinitely more efficacious for them in helping them grow in the Faith, it is almost always associated with far more rigorous and traditional (orthodox/faithful/just plain Catholic) catechesis that is equally of enormous benefit to souls.  THAT, and not some secret psychological deficiency, are some of the major reasons why young people like me and my children adore the TLM and find so much fruit therein, both because of its innate goodness, and as an escape from the “communists make the best Christians” garbage (among many, many other errors) the permeates so much of the Novus Ordo establishment Church.

I know for my family, fleeing error was at least as big an attraction in seeking out the ONE parish that makes the TLM available in this Diocese as was our desire for sound catechesis and beautiful, God-given Liturgy (God-given because of the inspiration so many Saints acted under in guiding the organic development of the Mass over centuries).  What Franky George Bergoglio really means by “rigidity or something else” is he finds these people – us – antagonistic ideologically.  Much the same as the Left in this country is now calling everyone – even blacks, hispanics, and women – who voted for Trump racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. – every dirty name they can think of – what they are really saying is “enemy.”

Bearing in mind that projection is an inseparable part of being left-wing, Francis is saying much more about himself than he is those “young” people who “inexplicably” find great solace and sustenance in the TLM.  He is such a child of the 60s and so provincial he is incapable -again, the parallels to the behavior of factions in this country are amazing – of imagining anyone with true humanity (and not some sad, pathetic holdover from the time of the Council who simply never got on board) that could believe differently.

There are a thousand ways to pic these two latest egregious statements apart.  I have only chosen to focus on a couple of criticisms for brevity’s sake.  I’m sure you can come up with many more.

A final note: Francis’ attitude towards the TLM being simply a magnanimous gesture to those old enough to have been around prior to VII to still have an attachment to the TLM implies an expiration date for Summorum Pontificum, does it not, since eventually those folks will die off?

 

What Used to Be Common, Expected, in the Church, Today is Unimaginable November 14, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, history, Revolution, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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Could you imagine finding a nearly full page ad for the Church in a major national weekly magazine, not only encouraging souls to become Catholic, but even arguing – if tacitly – for the Church as the One True Church founded by Jesus Christ?  Can you imagine a piece of evangelization produced by an institutional source like the Knights of Columbus making plain the Precept of the Faith to assist at Mass on Sunday in such a secular environment?

I bought a bound volume containing all issues of Newsweek for the first half of 1954.  About once a month, the ad below ran:

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Bringing out a bit of the text:

Catholics believe that Christ not only called upon us to honor and serve God…..but prescribed the ways in which we should do so.  He did not say how often we must go to church  [I disagree with this.  He did, Author/Inspiration of Sacred Scripture, command us to keep the Sabbath holy, every week]……….nor how many prayers we were to recite.  But He did establish a Church with the power and authority to carry on His work…..and He promised that His Church would last to the end of time-that it would have God’s protection in teaching all men to observe all things.  He had commanded, especially to believe and to be baptized and thereby become members of His Church to attain the purpose of their lives.

And how do Catholics know theirs is Christ’s Church?

Because it possesses the distinguishing marks Christ gave His Church. It covers the earth as Christ said it would.  Unchanged after nearly 2000 years, it continues to live and grow, in fulfilment of His promise that His Church would last to the end of the world.

But the most convincing mark that He gave it is its unity of faith, worship and obedience under the authority of the lawful and historical successor of Peter, the first Bishop of Rome and the “rock” upon which Christ built His Church.  Just as Peter was the first Pope and the first Vicar of Christ, so also is Pius XII the 262nd Pope and the Vicar of Christ today.

If you would like to know more……

First of all…..what effective catechesis and apologetics!  In a couple hundred words, hugely important and key truths of the Faith and brought out in a most convincing manner.  No wonder so many tens of thousands were converting the Church every year in this timeframe!  Geez, it’s almost like believing this Catholic stuff is actually good for winning over souls, rather than constantly apologizing for it (in a negative way), undermining it, and trying to explain it away.

Secondly…..how about the near total implosion of the unity of Faith that could, quite honestly, still be promoted in 1954?  Yes, there were seething currents of modernism and leftism hidden under the surface, but for most believers and those outside the Church, she still presented then a vibrant bastion of faith, truth, and morality.  That vibrant face attracted many millions before the Church began her program of self-demolition just a few years later, with the death of Pius XII.

Thirdly…..while it is not directly stated, it could be understood from the above that the Church is the ONLY TRUE Church.  I do think the wording regarding baptism could have been sharpened up, but we almost all have experience of just how embarrassing Catholics, leader and lay alike, would find even such hints at the Church’s unique, Christ-given role today.  Especially under Francis, but going back decades, such clarion calls to the necessity of conversion through baptism and then membership in Christ’s Church for salvation have been notably absent.  Concomitant with that absence has been the near total implosion of the Church’s evangelization efforts, the hemorrhaging of souls, and the rise of all kinds of errors and demonic sects.

Again, it is important to notice the context: this was not an advertisement in a spiritual magazine, or a mid-50s copy of America (even then, not so spiritual), or anything of the sort, where one might expect a bit more direct language.  This was in a liberal-leaning (at that time) secular magazine.  We haven’t seen anything like this in decades.  And that sums up the crisis in the Faith in very stark terms.