It’s good to hear from Fr. Rodriguez Again…….. October 27, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, persecution, priests, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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……even if only for a minute or two. The video excerpt below came from a sermon he gave at the 2016 Fatima Conference held in Chicago recently. I certainly hope The Fatima Center will upload the entire sermon soon. Father Rodriguez’ is a voice we hear far too seldom:
The 100th anniversary of Fatima will begin in just over 6 months. That same year will mark the 500th anniversary of protestantism. I don’t think one needs a great deal of imagination to note the ominous portents of such an alignment of dates of the utmost significance. Then again, Our Blessed Lord said He would come as a thief in the night. My personal judgment is almost certain to come before any general judgment, so I work out my salvation with fear and trembling.
Father’s point is well taken: have we listened? Yes, of course, the hierarchy most obviously has not. But have we? Are we doing all we can to abandon ourselves to Divine Providence and live in accord with God’s Will for us at all times, or do we perhaps reject that will in preference for our own. We would not be human if, at the very least, we did not struggle mightily with the battle between God’s will for us and our own fallen natures. I have no problem admitting that far too often, I assert my own will in preference to God’s. We may be small cogs in a great machine, but if a few million of us really abandoned ourselves to God’s will, the Church and the earth, could, and I dare say would, be transformed.
Another recent video featuring Father Rodriguez I had failed upload records a Mass he offered on Mount Cristo Rey in Sunland Park, New Mexico. I am uncertain of when the Mass was offered. The weather was far from ideal, but the Mass is beautiful. Perhaps you will find this video as edifying as I did when I first watched it a few weeks ago:
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There is a blog entry of the pilgrimage made up Mt. Cristo Rey and the Mass here. Lots of photos. Some regular readers of this blog figure prominently in the photos. Can you guess who they are? One is a stunningly handsome man of some years and great wisdom and experience. Yeah, you’d think it’d be me, but I wasn’t there. I don’t know who put this Mount Cristo Rey together, nor who owns the property, but it looks most impressive! I pray we may have similar devotional pilgrimages here locally. Actually, I do know of one upcoming on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, but that’s a private event as far as I know, for now. Perhaps one day it may be more open to the public.
For those with inquiring minds, to my knowledge, Father’s situation in El Paso remains the same. He remains a priest in good standing, but with no official assignment or apostolate in the Diocese. Father continues to remain very active, however, as the videos above attest. There is much more he does for the care of souls, but I’ll leave that lie for now.
May God support and defend Fr. Michael Rodriguez, and may has manifold gifts, piety, and sufferings be amply rewarded by our merciful God. May His Will be done in all things.
REPOST: Upcoming Novenas for All Saints/All Souls Days October 27, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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I know I am late with this reminder. Days late. This post was originally uploaded last year. It’s really never too late to start a Novena, but sorry the timing is very off on this. I just plum forgot.
Sorry folks, I have been so busy with work today I have had little chance to post. A quick one on some upcoming Novenas to offer up!
Even as you continue your Novena for Christ the King, Friday October 23 and Saturday October 24 start the Novenas for All Saints and All Souls Days. Novenas below, I pray you find them useful!
Novena Prayer to All Saints
My heavenly brothers and sisters, from those most renowned to those of greatest obscurity, I come before you now in all humility and commend myself, and all who are dear to me, to your intercession.
Pray for us always, that we may awake each day with a burning desire for the Lord whose Face you behold, that we will maintain an intimate personal relationship with Jesus, our Savior and Head, and that we will not hesitate to proclaim God’s greatness to others, and love them as the Lord loves us.
As you offer your continual praise before the throne of God, I raise my heart to you now to implore your powerful intercession for these special needs: (………).Mention your intentions
I am confident that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard by our loving and merciful Lord. By his grace, may we someday join you in the glory of the Father’s house.
Novena Prayer for All Souls O God, the Creater and Redeemer of all the faithful,
grant to the souls of Thy servants and handmaids departed,
the remission of all their sins;
that through pious supplications
they may obtain the pardon they have always desired.
Who livest and reignest with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Ghost,
God, world without end.
Amen. Litany of the Poor Holy Souls in Purgatory
Lord, have mercy on us,Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us,Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed.
God the Holy Ghost,Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed.
Holy Trinity, one God,Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,Pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
St. Michael,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
All ye angels and archangels,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
All ye orders of blessed spirits,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
St. Joseph,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
All ye holy patriarchs and prophets,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
All ye holy apostles and evangelists,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
All ye holy martyrs,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
All ye holy bishops and confessors,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
All ye holy doctors,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
All ye holy priests and Levites,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
All ye holy monks and hermits,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
All ye holy virgins and widows,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
All ye saints of God,pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
Be merciful, Spare them, O Lord Be merciful, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
From all evil,O Lord, deliver them. From the rigor of Thy justice,O Lord, deliver them.
From the power of the devil,O Lord, deliver them.
From long-enduring sorrow,O Lord, deliver them.
From cruel flames, O Lord, deliver them.
From horrible darkness,O Lord, deliver them.
From dreadful weeping and wailing,O Lord, deliver them.
Through Thy holy nativity,O Lord, deliver them.
Through Thy most sweet name,O Lord, deliver them.
Through Thy most profound humiliations,O Lord, deliver them.
Through Thy infinite love,O Lord, deliver them.
Through Thy bloody sweat,O Lord, deliver them.
Through Thy scourging,O Lord, deliver them.
Through Thy crowning with thorns,O Lord, deliver them.
Through Thy carrying of the cross,O Lord, deliver them.
Through Thy most cruel death,O Lord, deliver them.
Through Thy five most holy wounds,O Lord, deliver them.
In the day of judgment, We sinners, beseech Thee, hear us.
Thou Who forgavest Magdalen,and didst grant the prayer of the thief, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst be pleased to deliver the souls of our parents, relations, friends, and benefactors, from the pains of hell, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst be pleased to have mercy on those of whom no special remembrance is made on earth, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst be pleased to grant them all the pardon and remission of their sins, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst be pleased to receive them into the company of the blessed, we beseech Thee, hear us.
King of awful majesty, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Son of God, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, grant unto them eternal rest. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, grant unto them eternal rest. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, grant unto them rest everlasting.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy,
From the gate of hell, deliver their souls, O Lord. O Lord, hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.
LET US PRAY: O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant unto the souls of Thy servants departed the remission of all their sins; that, by pious supplications, they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired. Grant this, O God, Who livest and reignest for ever and ever, Amen. O eternal God, Who, besides the general precept of charity, hast commanded a particular respect for parents, kindred, and benefactors; grant, we beseech Thee, that, as they were the instruments by which Thy providence bestowed on us our birth, education and innumerable other blessings, so our prayers may be the means to obtain for them a speedy release from their excessive sufferings, and admittance to Thine infinite joys. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,And let the perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
White Rose Fundraising Dinner 11/05 @ 7 pm October 27, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Virtue.
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A couple of local pro-life announcements. A fundraiser for the White Rose crisis pregnancy center – which, being in Texas, is not required to tell women where they can get abortions, as CPCs are in California, now – will be held Saturday Nov. 5 2016 at 7pm at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas. Admission is $150 per person but the evening features a talk from Steven Mosher of Population Research Institute, a guy I respect greatly. Yes it’s expensive but the money goes directly to help keep women from having abortions. All details below:
In addition, though I missed its start by weeks (oopsie!), 40 Days for Life is ongoing. This is what I get for almost never paying attention to the news, local or otherwise!
They are having a 40 Days for Life rally this Saturday Oct. 29. It is an ecumenical confab being held at Christ for the Nations Conference Center at the junction of I-35E and US67. This effort ties in with others occurring in all 50 states, ostensibly. More details here. I, for one, would be very wary at that locale. There is a really good sidewalk counselor going to speak there, though. May well be worth it.
There, I guess I can call this blog Dallas for another month.
PS – If any reader attends the White Rose dinner, I’d love to get a synopsis of the talk by Dr. Mosher. Thanking you in advance!
Good News for Christians on the Nineveh Plain October 27, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, horror, martyrdom, persecution, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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A couple of videos showing Christians – probably Orthodox – retaking some churches and returning home. The devastation of their communities has been extensive. The churches were ransacked and looted. Religious art was deliberately destroyed by the satan-worshipping monsters of ISIS. To a very large extent, however, the United States created this situation, first by invading precipitously, then by committing insufficient forces to pacify the country, then allowing a counterinsurgency to drag out, building hatreds and attracting jihadists from all over, and then by evacuating the country prematurely under Obama’s campaign pledge. Obama and his administration were even more directly complicit in the formation of ISIS by arming rebels against the Assad regime. Thus the entire situation can really be laid at our government’s feet.
A 360 view of the devastation, including the hateful sign of nun, for Nazarene, the islamists applied to everything Christian, so it could be identified for ransacking:
Poor Christians. Assyrian Orthodox, I would guess. Even after ISIS is driven out, it’s not going to be beer and skittles for them. I don’t think the Shia-dominated Iraqi army is going to be overly friendly. It seemed secular strong men – Hussein, Mubarak, Assad – were really the best friends Christians in the Mideast could have. Popular government there quickly leads to venting of ancient hatreds.
The Paramount Duty of Shepherds to Guard the Flock Exposes the Manifest Failure of So Many Today October 27, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, error, General Catholic, reading, Restoration, scandals, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, true leadership, Virtue.
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From Dom Prosper Gueranger’s exegesis on the life of St. Thomas of Canterbury from the 2nd volume of The Liturgical Year, some commentary on the first and foremost duty of bishops, to guard the flock through defense of the Faith, especially in its most sacred beliefs, from all attacks, and to be willing to suffer even the most outrageous abuses and persecutions in this effort. Obviously, the bishops of the Church have, almost to a man, fallen far, far short of this lofty ideal in recent decades, and have in many cases not only abandoned their sacred duty but have taken positive action to deliberately undermine the Faith and the good of souls. Whether one calls this treason or something else, the evidence is overwhelming that the Church has been cursed with shepherds wholly unworthy of the name for a lifetime or more.
In reality, truly saintly bishops like Thomas of Canterbury have always been far too rare, but never in the history of the Church, outside, perhaps, the Arian heresy, have so many bishops not only failed in their duty, but have taken up arms against the constant belief and practice of the Faith.
As per usual, I will add emphasis and comments:
But in what does this sacred liberty consist? It consists in the Church’s absolute independence from the secular power in the ministry of the Word of God, which she is bound to preach in season and out of season, as St. Paul says, to all mankind, without distinction of race or age or sex; in the administration of the Sacraments, to which she must invite all men without exception, in order to aid the world’s salvation; in the practice, free from all human control, of the Counsels, as well as of the Precepts, of the Gospel; in the unobstructed intercommunication of the several degrees of her sacred hierarchy; in the publication and application of her decrees and ordinances in matters of discipline; in the maintenance and development of the Institutions she has founded; in holding and governing her temporal patrimony; and lastly in the defense of those privileges which have been adjudged to her by the civil authority itself, in order that her ministry of peace and charity might be unembarrassed and respected.
Such is the Liberty of the Church. It is the bulwark of the Sanctuary. Every breach there imperils the Hierarchy, and even the very Faith. A bishop may not flee, as the hireling, nor hold his peace, like those dumb dogs of which the Prophet Isaias speaks, and which are not able to bark (Isa lvi:10). He is the Watchman of Israel; he is a traitor if he first lets the enemy enter the citadel, and then, but only then, gives the alarm and risks his person and his life. [Would that we had shepherds that would at least do that! From the first “opening of the windows of the Church,” and the accompanying “razing of the bastions,” not only have virtually all bishops failed to oppose the smoke of satan rushing into every corner of the Church, many have happily joined in its dissemination and penetration into the Body of Christ! These weak men have been complicit in the Church’s destruction, often willingly aiding and abetting that effort] The obligation of laying down his life for his flock begins to be in force at the enemy’s first attack upon the very outposts of the City, which is only safe when they are strongly guarded.
The consequence of the pastor’s resistance may be of the most serious nature; in which event we must remember a truth which has been admirably expressed by Bossuet in his magnificent panegyric on St. Thomas of Canterbury, which we regret not being able to give from beginning to end. “It is an established law,” he says, “that every success the Church acquires costs her the life of some of her children, and that in order to secure her rights she must shed her own blood. Her Divine Spouse redeemed her by the Blood He shed for her; and He wishes that she should purchase on the same terms the graces He bestows upon her. It was by the blood of the Martyrs that she extended her conquests far beyond the limits of the Roman Empire. It was her blood that procured her both the peace she enjoyed under the Christian, and the victory she gained over the pagan emperors. So that as she had to shed her blood for the propagation of her teaching, she had also to bleed in order to make her authority accepted. The discipline, therefore, as well as the faith of the Church, was to have its Martyrs.”
That’s a really beautiful analysis by Bossuet. Does anyone know of a good collection of his writings in English?
That aside, we can see in this lesson the major reason why the Church’s role and influence has diminished, and why her lifeblood is hemorrhaging away on an almost daily basis. Her leaders have abandoned that missionary spirit and willingness for martyrdom that has provided that great torrents of Grace in the past to sanctify and vivify the Church. That sense of abandonment of duty is really at the core of the crisis in the Church. Almost all leaders fear men more than God, and desire earthly comforts and plaudits more than heroic sanctity, even martyrdom. Again, there have never been huge numbers of souls in the Church possessed of such great holiness, but there have always been enough – and even more, when crises arose in the past, there tended to be more souls who cooperated with Grace to achieve great holiness, to serve as an antidote and restorative for the sources of the crisis. That is something very much missing in the Church today.
Lay people and lower clergy and religious can fill that vitally needed role to a degree, but at some point, it often requires a very holy prelate to really turn things around and get the Church back on track, a Charles Borromeo or Anthony Marie Claret. I shall pray with even greater fervor that our own age may finally have such saintly shepherds, the lack of which is at the very core of the dissolution of the Body of Christ we see all around us.
Is Francis’ Theology Dominated by the Heresy of Total Depravity? October 25, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, different religion, Ecumenism, error, Francis, General Catholic, Revolution, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church.
A most provocative, but, I think, illuminating post, from Non Veni Pacem. I’ll just get to it – anyone who has paid attention to Francis’ many disturbing pronouncements has almost certainly observed more than a slight whiff of Calvinism. But docmx001 argues that far from being simply tainted by Calvinism, Francis is in fact a wholehearted proponent of the central thesis of Calvin: total depravity. This is part of the incredibly noxious and heretical TULIP theology, which is predicated on the notion that humans are totally depraved, devoid of any good, and utterly dependent on Grace freely given and totally unearned for salvation. This also figures in with their sicko vision of predestination, that God deliberately creates the vast majority of souls to be damned.
The argument put forth that Francis embraces total depravity is pretty convincing. It would make a great deal of sense, and could also reveal the hidden psychological motivation, very similar to Luther’s, that gives power to Francis’ wholesale assault on the Faith – unable to overcome whatever sins he himself is attached to, he posits a perverse theology in order to provide an escape clause for himself. Thus, men are unable not to sin, and sin gravely, but God is so awesome all we have to do is make a one time profession of faith and we are saved, irrespective of our actions. This would certainly seem to explain Francis’ enormous affinity towards evangelical protestants of the American sort. Anyway, Non Veni Pacem’s argument:
Francis yesterday continued his twisting of the One True Faith by demonstrating, once again, that Calvinist/Lutheran theology is at the core of his own false religion. All the “mercy” that Francis talks about is NOT the mercy of God, but rather a false mercy, because it is grounded in this false idea of Total Depravity. You absolutely MUST understand Total Depravity, and why it is false, if you want to make sense of how Francis operates.
First, here are the comments from yesterday: HERE
“Behind an attitude of rigidity there is always something else in the life of a person. Rigidity is not a gift of God. Meekness is; goodness is; benevolence is; forgiveness is. But rigidity isn’t!” he said. [Rigidity is not a virtue. But other ways of saying what Francis means – and this is clear through dozens of statements on this topic – certainly are: zeal, conviction, love for the Truth, all these things most certainly are virtues, and were found in all the Saints]
In many cases, the Pope continued, rigidity conceals the leading of a double life; but, he pointed out, there can also be something pathological.
Commenting on the difficulties and suffering that afflict a person who is both rigid and sincere, the Pope said this is because they lack the freedom of God’s children: “they do not know how to walk in the path indicated by God’s Law”.
“They appear good because they follow the Law; but they are concealing something else: either they are hypocritical or they are sick.” [That’s a particularly nasty way to view those holding differing views. Need I mentions such speech is both unprecedented and unworthy of a pope? This is not virtuous speech, either. This is the speech of an ideologue, of one who views those who hold differing ideas as enemies. Enemies so corrupt in thinking there is something very much wrong with them]
I’ve written so many times about this: Francis thinks mankind is INCAPABLE of resisting sin and living a Christian life, because he personally is completely lost in sin. He doesn’t just think it is difficult, he thinks it is impossible. Instead of renouncing sin as the path to freedom, he thinks trying to live by God’s Law takes away freedom. [This is possible, I suppose, but I don’t know what evidence we have for Francis being totally attached to personal sin, over and above the errors he very commonly promotes. I think it possible to fall into the error of a basically Calvinist comprehension of free will and Grace without being completely attached to sin. Luther certainly was, but then, he had a little bit different conception of will and Grace. I think the point can stand even if one does not try to prove that Francis has embraced this philosophy out of a personal inability to resist sin. It could simply stem from what may be his essential rejection of Catholicism and seeming view that protestants are much more right than Catholics on most of these matters]
Kids, this is the very definition of Total Depravity. Please go look it up. This is why the Lutherans, Calvinists, etc are not simply “variations” of a “reformed” Catholicism. No, they are a completely different religion, because they deny that men have free will. They deny that a sinful act is the result of a person making a conscience choice to do wrong, because they believe man is so utterly inclined toward sin that resisting it is futile. [I totally agree on the assessment of protestantism as a different religion. This is absolutely true, and is what made the Lutheran-Catholic understanding on justification such a farce. Of course, Lutheranism, along with most all the other sects, has radically altered, or toned down, the extremist views of their founder]
Like every wretched heresy, this one is mixed with some truth to make it plausible. In this case, that men must cooperate with God’s grace on the path to salvation. Don’t be distracted by this. Of course we need to cooperate with God’s grace.
But that’s not all! Total Depravity goes even further, in claiming that even our GOOD choices are evil, because those choices are ultimately always grounded in selfishness. We simply are not capable of doing good, because even when we do good, we do so for our own interests. Our Will is not just impeded by concupiscence, but rather our Will is totally fallen, and we are not capable of choosing to love God.
So, why is this false? Because Total Depravity violates God’s perfect justice. If we truly don’t have free will, then we can’t be held responsible for our actions. It wouldn’t be fair. But we see throughout scripture that man is absolutely held accountable for his decisions. I mean, isn’t this the whole point? God created us to know, love and serve Him in this world, and be with Him forever in the next. God laid out how to know, love and serve him, and now expects us to do just that. He wouldn’t do that if we were incapable of it.
Again, I agree very much with this assessment of these protestant heresies. But does that mean Francis shares them? I think a goodly number of his statements imply, at the very least, a strong sympathy with these protestant beliefs, if they are not consciously embraced by the Bishop of Rome.
We know a number of things: Francis is exceedingly hostile towards Catholics who hold to what might be called the “old Faith,” or the Faith of the Fathers, Saints, and Tradition. He totally rejects “rigid” understandings of morality and Church Doctrine. He favors a very modernist, Jesuitical, worldly approach to morality and doctrine. He is also extremely friendly towards protestants and their beliefs, he has taken part in numerous protestant worship ceremonies, he has lionized and feted the most Calvinist evangelical protestant leaders, and he has even submitted to being blessed (cursed might be a better world) by protestant preachers.
And then we have the upcoming ecumaniacal confab in Lund, Sweden celebrating the greatest tragedy in the history of Western Civilization, the protestant revolt against Christ and His Church. Already many signs are pointing at an “extraordinary gesture,” an attempt to declare that Lutherans may receive the Blessed Sacrament freely.
Then we have the ongoing synodal process, which has been little but a thinly concealed war against the Church’s entire moral edifice, to bring it in line with…….protestant understandings, more or less.
There is, of course, another possibility, which is the way I have leaned for some time: that Francis is simply a modernist of left-wing sensibilities who completely disregards the idea of unchanging Divine Revelation and Dogma in favor of a morally relativistic approach. This philosophy would equally propel Francis to attack so-called rigidity and to constantly belittle those who reject his modernist comprehension. It causes him to feel the Church is horribly behind the times in holding to outdated “medieval” beliefs and practices that are not only unrealistic but unmerciful in today’s world, which he pretends is so very much different from past times. Of course, human nature never changes and the modernist claim that the Church must change to suit the vagaries of whatever age she finds herself in is nothing but a self-serving excuse for perpetual revolution, but it’s there nonetheless.
With this leftist modernist belief, he would naturally find repugnant those who hold to the constant belief and practice of the Faith, and would seek to radically change practice and doctrine to be more amenable to the ways of the sick and twisted culture in which we live.
So, which do you think has a better basis, or neither? Is Francis a furtive Calvinist seeking to remake the Church along protestant lines, or is he a left-wing modernist, or some combination of both (or neither)? It’s an interesting debate and this post is already running very long, but I’m interested to know where you feel the preponderance of the evidence lies.
As for myself, I think the answer is along the lines of both and. Francis is plainly very favorable to modernists, especially of the evangelical/Calvinist stripe, but he is also I think very strongly tainted with modernism through his Jesuit Latin American background and timeframe. He is definitely the Bishop of Rome most radically at odds with the perennial belief and practice of the Faith for which a detailed historical record exists. He is also the one with the means at his disposal – instant communication, constant coverage, every word blasted to the four corners of the world – to do the most damage.
I thank Non Veni Pacem for the stimulating post.
De Mattei: Francis Prefers Leftist Lutherans to Orthodox Catholics October 25, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, damnable blasphemy, different religion, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the struggle for the Church.
From one of Rorate Caeli’s most recent posts, several significant if perhaps unsurprising revelations from Francis I had missed, given that I now generally avoid him and his pronouncements as much as possible. Was the Church better off before instant worldwide communication? Hard to say. It was probably a lot easier on individual souls, however.
The slight – it can certainly be taken as such, and may well have been intended – against Our Lady in ignoring the 99th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in order to receive Lutheran heretics and schismatics in audience (while displaying a statue of the arch-heretic Luther in the Vatican) on the same day is truly breathtaking. But that’s just the start, as it always seems to be with the Argentine Bishop of Rome (my emphasis):
…..The start of the centenary of the Fatima apparitions on October 13th 2016 was buried under a blanket of silence. That same day, Pope Francis received in the Paul VI Audience Hall, a thousand Lutheran “pilgrims” and in the Vatican a statue of Martin Luther was honoured, as appears in the images Antonio Socci published on his Facebook page. Next October 31st, moreover, Pope Francis will go to Lund in Sweden, where he will take part in a joint Catholic-Lutheran ceremony commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. As can be read in the communiqué drawn up by the World Lutheran Federation and the Papal Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, the aim of the event is “to express the gifts of the Reform and ask forgiveness for the division perpetuated by Christians of the two traditions.”…….[Which expression seems to imply at least an equal sharing of blame for this “division,” if not that more share falls on the Catholic side. Naturally, this is a complete inversion of reality, but that should hardly be surprising]
…….During his audience with the Lutherans on October 13th, Pope Bergoglio also said that proselytism, is “the strongest poison” against ecumenism. “The greatest reformers are the saints – he added – and the Church is always in need of reform”. [This strongly implies sainthood for Luther, does it not? How many of the Saints warred with all their being not just against protestant heretics but heretics of all stripes? I guess that fact just has to go down the memory hole for Francis] These words contain simultaneously, as is frequent in his discourses, a truth and a deception. The truth is that the saints, from St Gregory VII to St. Pius X, have [indeed] been the greatest reformers. The deception consists in insinuating that the pseudo-reformers, like Luther, are to be considered saints. The statement that proselytism or the missionary spirit, is “the strongest poison against ecumenism” must, instead, be reversed: ecumenism, as it is understood today, is the greatest poison against the Church’s missionary spirit. The Saints have always been moved by this spirit, beginning with the Jesuits who landed in Brazil, [No, it started long before that, with the first Apostles] the Congo and the Indies in the XVI century, while their confreres Diego Lainez, Alfonso Salmeron and Peter Canisio, at the Council of Trent, fought against the errors of Lutheranism and Calvinism.
Yet, according to Pope Francis those outside the Church do not have to be converted. At the audience on October 13th, in an off-the-cuff response to questions from some young people, he said: “I like good Lutherans a lot, Lutherans who truly follow the faith of Jesus Christ. On the contrary, I don’t like lukewarm Catholics and lukewarm Lutherans.” With another deformation in language, Pope Bergoglio calls “good Lutherans” those Protestants who do not follow the faith of Jesus Christ, but its deformation and “lukewarm Catholics” those fervent sons and daughters of the Church who reject the equalizing of the truth of the Catholic religion with the error of Lutheranism. [Indeed. Still more, what is being extolled here is one religion – modernist sexular paganism – while warring against the Faith instituted by Jesus Christ. That’s what this conflict has always come down to, from Tyrell and Loisy to Congar and Rahner to Bergoglio and Kasper]
All of this brings us to the question: what will happen in Lund on October 31st? We know that the commemoration will include a joint celebration based on the Liturgical Catholic-Lutheran guide, Common Prayer, elaborated from the document From Conflict to Communion. The Common Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017, drawn-up by the Catholic-Lutheran Commission for the unity of Christians. There are those who rightly fear an “intercommunion” between Catholic and Lutherans, which would be sacrilegious, since the Lutherans do not believe in Transubstantiation. Above all, that it will be said Luther was not a heresiarch, but a reformer unjustly persecuted and that the Church has to recuperate the “gifts of the Reform”. Those who persist in considering the condemnation of Luther proper and think his followers heretics and schismatics, must be harshly criticised and excluded from the Church of Pope Francis. But then again, what Church does Jorge Mario Begoglio belong to?
A rhetorical question, obviously, as to ask the question is to answer it.
As for just where Francis may stand in the grand scheme of things, including the state of his soul, a reminder from Saint Paul’s Letter to Titus, Chapter iii:
10 A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition, avoid:
11 Knowing that he that is such a one, is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned by his own judgment.
There have, of course, been multiple admonitions directed at Francis. We are generally not privy to the tack those interventions have taken, however.
I think one thing it is safe to say, Francis will not be the Bishop in white of the Third Secret? I can’t see the world taking shots at him, when he’s doing such an awesome job for them.
A Completely Unexpected Endorsement of Trump October 25, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disconcerting, foolishness, fun, General Catholic, Revolution, secularism, self-serving, sickness, silliness, Society, The End.
h/t reader TT:
In this strangest of election years, that actually makes sense. I think one thing is certain: the left is convinced they are a hair’s breadth from irrevocably changing this nation along lines they find amenable to their diabolical purposes. All the amazing torrent of revelations that have come out in the past several weeks, including 6 figure payoffs to important bureaucrats to keep Hillary out of court, if not prison, and the open admission of massive electoral fraud, show both the lengths to which the Left is prepared to go in this election, and their firm belief that any and all means are acceptable when they are this close to their final goal – a permanent demonrat majority, at least at the national level.
Regarding yesterday’s post – I really don’t want or intend to hash out those extremely emotional arguments that tend to surface whenever whether or not to support Trump runs up against those squarely in the Never Trump camp. I have never been wholly in that camp, but neither have I been wholly convinced I would vote for Trump. Over time, I’ve drifted away from the former and towards the latter, however. I don’t think emotionally charged and little-supported arguments claiming either that one is morally obligated to vote for Trump, on pain of sin, or, conversely, that voting for Trump is betraying the conservative movement (whatever that means, anymore), are going to sway me or anyone else.
In reality, I think this country is finished no matter what, and that this election is far more kabuki theater than reality. As such, who I vote for probably makes little difference. At this point, I’d put Trump’s chances of winning at no better than one in five, and probably more like one in ten. That doesn’t mean I won’t vote, but I do so with near total resignation. No matter who wins, I think the long slide into oblivion will continue with quickening pace. I’d be very happy to be proven wrong, of course.
Sorry if that harshes your mellow.
Leftists Exist in a Parallell Universe of Their Own Creation….. October 24, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, Revolution, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
……where fact and fantasy are perfectly inverse according to the dictates of their ideology cum religious conviction. No group believes in more unsupportable fantasy masquerading as “fact” than the Left. No wonder they have such a hatred for Christianity, it is a religion founded on and informed by right reason, and thus incompatible with their mass belief in unicorns, climate change, Bigfoot, power crystals, and African witch doctor lightning powers.
As a case in point, a really offensive leftist named Russell Simmons – I’ve seen him cover himself in dung before – makes the preposterous claim that there are more “extremist” Christians in the world than muslims, and that the number one problem facing the world today is……..wait for it!……. so called islamophobia. This is such a perfect inversion of reality, only a leftist could come up with it, but given that such beliefs are increasingly prevalent among especially young people today, indicates dark portents for the future:
Russell Simmons joined Trevor Noah on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Monday to talk about “Muslims Speak Out,” a project he formed to deal with Islamophobia, which he called “the worst scourge we have.” [This is where most people 35 and under get their “news” and supposedly informed political opinion. No wonder a majority of millenials think socialism just grand]
He told Noah that people misunderstand the Muslim community and that “99.99-tenths of them are not radicalized, right?” And then he added the kicker: “Probably more Christians are radicalized.” [This is, a) numerically illiterate, b), demonstrably false, and c) stultifyingly stupid in the sense that his definition of radicalized means “I perceive it as a threat to my ideology”. 99.99-tenths means nothing, I guess he means 99.99 percent, but per cent, as in per centum, means per hundred, not tenths. Secondly, simply based on the numbers of militants engaged in combat on behalf of islam around the world today – some 7 million, minimum – out of a population of around 1.5 billion, indicates that 0.5% of muslims are actively engaged in radical activity. Aside from those, some 170 million, by the best reckoning, adhere to Wahhabist sects worldwide, which are nothing if not radical. Add into that the number that adhere to extremist forms of Shiaism, and something like 20% of muslims are fully radicalized even if not actively engaged in/supporting combat of one form or another. Even more, the problem with islam is that it has always been defined by the most radical elements, and has always been unique among major religions in always being spread through violent conquest, and never peaceful conversion.]
Of course, nothing of the sort is true, unless you accept the left’s definition of radicalization, which says that religious objections to sex outside of the biblical definition of marriage—and perhaps refusing to bake a wedding cake or having the expectation of privacy in the bathroom—is exactly the same thing as throwing homosexuals off buildings and stoning them to death. Simmons apparently thinks saying words that people find objectionable is the same as blowing people up. It’s hard to reason with individuals whose minds have been turned to mush by years of moral relativism. [I don’t think it’s mush, and I don’t think it’s moral relativism. I mean, yes, of course the idiocy of moral relativism informs all his thinking, but that’s just a means to an end. Leftism doesn’t adopt anything accidentally, and moral relativism is just another tool with which to attack Christ, His Church, and the values therein that built Western Civilization. I think he and his ilk know exactly what they are doing, and they are doing it on purpose, because the Left hates Christianity more than it hates anything else on earth, and that’s saying a lot. To him, Christianity is the uniquely evil religion in the world today, just as Western Civilization which was created by Christianity is uniquely evil and responsible for all the evils in the world today. Of course, leftists choose to think this, as they recognize in Christianity the only true obstacle to their goal of an Orwellian/Huxleyian world devoid of religion with an all-powerful left-wing government. To this end, islam is a valuable ally. Think on what this guy says, however, when I maintain, with mounting fervor, that once the Left and Islam are done crushing Christianity, they will not turn on each other, but leftism will happily, even eagerly, be absorbed into islam. Yes, there will be some who will not, but the vast majority will happily don the hijab and embrace Mecca, because the underlying objectives and orientations of leftism and islam are the same: a repressive society based on force and the will of the powerful, not on reason, charity, and liberty. In fact, leftism and islam are simply two sides of the same coin, dedicated to the overthrow of Christianity, and seeking the same ends: a cowed and ignorant populace with a narrow few at the top enjoying all the power, freedoms, and spoils. Plus, islam, especially for the powerful, is not at all inconsistent with false “pleasures” the Left likes to push – hedonism, easy access to women, even sodomy. This growing pact between Western leftists and islam is thus not surprising at all, it’s all about opposition to Christ and His Church, and thus has the same father. I must also add, in conclusion to this long comment, that the leftists/liberals/modernists in the Church have essentially the same modus operandi and goals.]
Simmons then turned his attention to Donald Trump, saying that until the GOP nominee came along, America had been moving toward a peaceful, loving “collective.” But now, “people need to blame their discomfort on someone else,” he said.
Which is also BS, it’s just a Hillary ad with a very thin disguise. Every four years, the Republican nominee – or, perhaps in future, whoever is opposing the demonrat – is presented by such people as the devil incarnate, as the uniquely evil threat that simply must be destroyed no matter how vile the democrat nominee may be.
Heck, they tried to turn the total RINO, milquetoast Mitt Romney into a seething racist, sexist, and crazed right-wing radical. It’s always, always about moving the ball forward, keeping the leftist momentum moving ahead at all times. It’s always about the next election, the next court case, the next referendum. They have a singular focus we should really try to emulate. And given that Hillary is the most singularly corrupt, narcissistic, incompetent, and downright evil candidate any of us have ever seen in our lifetimes, it has forced – even coerced – me to plan to vote for Trump, even though I have the gravest doubts about his conservative credentials and find his personal behavior not only toxic, but heart-breaking. To think my country has fallen to the point that either of these people could be elected president is the most damning condemnation of all, but there it is.
Twenty eight years ago, it would have been impossible. But that is how far we have fallen in such a short space of time. And Russell Simmons and his ilk are directly responsible for it. My vote for Trump will be as much a Francis Urquhart to them as anything else.
You Ever Hear about this Bohemian Grove? October 21, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare, unadulterated evil.
You folks know I have made clear, I am not a big conspiracy theorist. I guess I’ve lived a sheltered life, but I just now stumbled on this 16 year old video of Alex Jones and this place called Bohemian Grove in northern California, where Repubnik big wigs have met for over a century to hobnob, make plans, decide the world’s future, and, oh, by the say, partake in what sure looks like satanic sacrifice. Reagan, Hoover, both Bushes, Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, Nixon, Eisenhower, all went there, though apparently Nixon did not like the place.
This sicko druidic/devlish/satanic ceremony starts about 55 minutes in, but the whole things is worth a watch. I’ve never been a big fan of Jones or his schtick, but this is pretty good investigative journalism. Even if the highest up attendees didn’t think they were participating in a pagan sacrifice, isn’t it just plain bizarre enough to say “no thanks” to any kind of return visit?!!! Yet most of these guys go multiple times.
The implications are more than ominous. This would, in fact, explain everything. I have known Jones to say the New World Order types are into really sick stuff……..this is the first real bit of evidence I’ve seen. One thing I can say for certain, this is not Catholic or Christian. I would think any convicted Christian would be at least very much concerned and put off by this kind of stuff. But it seems our ruling elites of the supposed party of goodness have been steeped in it for a century or so.
This is some messed up stuff. I’m not sure I got the evidence of supposed human sacrifice taking place that Jones claimed, but it was definitely perverse, pagan, and far from Christian.
If this is what the Repubniks do, can you imagine what the demonrats get up to? I tell you, this is beyond disturbing, as I said, it explains pretty much everything, if this is what our perverse “elites” are into.
It seems to clearly indicate why this country’s government and culture have veered so profoundly pagan and anti-Christian. What else would one expect with the highest of the high taking part in this kind of thing?!?