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And I thought I had some hot opinions on Francis August 29, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, disaster, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church, true leadership.
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Some blogs I don’t get to read often enough.  St. Corbinian’s Bear is definitely one of those.  I have read a few posts in recent weeks, and meant to rip off some of his stuff, but never got around to it. That is, until today.  I knew Bear had always been very concerned about Francis’ pontificate, but I thought he sort of followed the Voris line for a while of not overtly criticizing the Bishop of Rome.  That apparently has gone out the window, because the Bear rips Francis limb from limb in his most recent post (and not for the first time, I might add).

But I don’t excerpt heavily below simply for that fact, I think the Bear reaches conclusions that are very important and worth sharing.  In short: we can and must remain Catholic in spite of all the antics in Rome, and it might serve many of us well to simply stop being concerned with following papal novelties/atrocities from one day to the next (my emphasis and comments):

Exhibit A: the latest Pope-on-a-Plane game. The elderly and ridiculous gentleman from Argentina will not condemn Islamic terrorism. Instead, he points out “fundamentalists” who “believe in absolute truth,” who inhabit both Islam and Catholicism.

In other words, if you are an orthodox Catholic, you are a fundamentalist and therefore a potential terrorist. Terrorism is not an Islamic problem, but a fundamentalist problem all religions are subject to. (No doubt this is why when we hear of a terrorist attack, we immediately think of radical Christians.)

Thus spoke the greatest traitor to the West now living, Jorge Bergoglio. The most despicable quisling, and cuck-in-chief of the throw Western Civilization overboard, mutiny so more victims of a failed and violent religion can fit on the Barque of Peter, now on a course for the fabled One World Religion. Captain Queeg was a regular Admiral Nelson compared to this guy. [That’s pretty strong, but, while some of the points are perhaps arguable in detail, I don’t think they are flat out wrong, or the inverse of the truth, so to speak. I, for one, do think Francis believes in a nebulous religion of man where traditional doctrine has very little importance, good works are effectively superfluous, but having the right intentions and adhering to the right talking points (largely, the piety of the transglobal elite) is paramount]

Being a practical Bear, not inhibited by superstitious dread of being struck by lighting for speaking the truth, he says “screw that.”……..

……..He especially hates Catholics who actually believe in all that crap, i.e. believe they possess the absolute truth. Pope Francis calls faithful Catholics “fundamentalists,” and puts them on a level with Muslim terrorists. See how easily the man lies? How can we trust anything a liar says? [Is it a lie if he believes it to be the truth? But that would be far more condemning than if he simply lied, because it means he cannot SEE the truth]

We can’t.

Yes. I believe the Catholic Church holds the absolute truth. If I did not, I would not – could not – be a Catholic. [Dang right. I went through an enormous amount of self-inflicted pain trying to run from the truth.  But I know I have found it in the Church of Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.  I know it is in the Church of the Fathers and Dogma of the Faith.  Anything contrary to that is false]  If that makes me a terrorist, well, then I’m a Bearrorist. As for Jorge Bergoglio, he obviously doesn’t believe in all that crap anymore. How can a man who says Catholics who actually believe the Church has the absolute truth are potential terrorists be Catholic? How can a man who apparently believes the Church holds only a partial and provisional truth that must be supplemented by non-Christian religions, be Pope?

Buh bye, Jorge Bergoglio. I don’t know what you are, but I know what you aren’t.Jorge Bergoglio has found the crack from which the smoke of Satan entered the Church and sits over it, breathing deeply of the fumes, like the Oracle at Delphi, so he can walk out and try to pollute Christ’s Church with the open sewer of his always-open mouth. [Wow.  As I said, it’s pretty strong stuff.  More than I would tend to say, but I do agree that in Francis we have a man who is truly problematic with respect to the Doctrine of the Faith and the 150 year conception of the Petrine office – a conception which has, I fear (though I do not know, with certainty), been misshapen into a cult of personality very dangerous to souls. Is it possible the crisis in the Church is God’s way of trying to steer the Church back from an erroneous implementation of the understanding of Papal Infallibility, by allowing the dangers in this understanding to play themselves out?  That is to say, papal infallibility, so narrowly defined, has transmogrified over the last century plus into a kind of universal impeccability applied to every papal act and statement no matter how non sequitur, where even the most egregious abuse or error is accepted or explained away as somehow being required of belief- at least on some nominal level – because of a kind of hyper-montanism?  This is the old “2+2=5” game that I have literally heard some papaloters say they would accept if the pope said it, even off-hand.  Anyway, I’m getting a bit fur afield…….]

What do you do when you can’t take the Pope seriously anymore, and you’re a Catholic? You know, it’s not really that hard. You know how to Catholic. If you read this ephemeris, the Bear bets you know how to Catholic hard. Be Catholic. Be Catholic if your local parish is crappy, with dancing girls and idiotic homilies. The less attention you pay to that demented man in white calling himself the Pope, the happier you will be. It’s all just PR, anyway. [As I said, I don’t get to read SCB much.  But I don’t think he’s sede vacantist, not in any declarative way, certainly, he simply is reacting to the unavoidable mountains of evidence. As a prescription, however, I think it a very good one.]

Someday soon, there will be a popular uprising, and Pope Francis will be thrown into the Tiber. If not, he’ll die, having ensured there will never be another nutjob from a southern hemisphere country that thought it could win a war using WWII ships bought from the U.S., against a first world country with nuclear submarines.  [Argentina, like so many South American countries, has been doomed in the worldly sense from being far too susceptible to being ruled by individuals who appeal to negative passions – envy, pride, sloth, etc. The same is transpiring in this country, but 100 years later. I do not think Francis can be understood outside the Argentine socio-political context, and, in that sense, he is the ultimate provincial]

Pope Francis disregards reality in the same way. If he were an animal, he would be dead. Beasts don’t have the luxury of ignoring reality. But there is no human so stupid or wicked that he cannot be put upon the highest pinnacle by schemers smarter than him.

Indeed.  Within the Church, I’m not certain Francis is a pawn.  From what I understand, he spent decades cultivating his position as a leader of the Cardinal Martini modernist-progressive faction, and asserted himself as the torch-bearer for that group after Martini’s death.  He certainly globe-trotted a great deal cultivating support among progressive and progressive-leaning bishops, while at the same time presenting himself as at least a moderate to his two “bosses,” John Paul II and Benedict.  Among the progressives at the conclave of 2013, there were few with more support and a better “presence” than Jorge Bergoglio.

But when it comes to the wider world, certainly, there are many who are at least very happy to co-opt Francis’ message and use it for their political, economic, and cultural ends.  To the extent that few of these powerful people give a whit about the state of souls or the good of the Church, I think it not unfair to view Francis as a pawn, even as he courts the support and attention of the George Soros’ and Jeffrey Sachs of the world.  Much of this is just the usual politics, finding support where it appears, making strange bedfellows, etc.  I would not, however, rule out the idea that there are extremely powerful people/groups who have been working for decades if not centuries to see the Church reduced to a masonic-type indifferent pseudo-religion of man, and who may have an inordinate influence on the entire progressive-modernist bloc in the Church.

Start Novena for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin 08/30/16 August 29, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, Our Lady, Restoration, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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The Novena below is also for the intention of increased holiness in our marriages and families.  It is from marriage and the family that societies are built, or fall.  It is from the family that the sanctity or worldliness of the Church flows.  There are few things for which we could possibly have more cause to pray than for holy marriages and families, including, of course, our own. This Novena starts tomorrow 08/30 and ends on the Vigil of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Novena
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Prayer for Marriage and Family

Jesus, I trust in You. Please grant through Your mother’s intercession that I may always bring Your hope into my family.

Jesus, I trust in You. Please grant through Your mother’s intercession that I may always bring Your love into my family.

Jesus, I trust in You. Please grant through Your mother’s intercession that I may always bring Your mercy into my family.

Our Lady, on this feast of your birth, please pray for stronger and holier marriages.

Amen.

Day 1

Most lovable Mother Mary, our Father in Heaven created you with delight. You are His creature whom He made worthy to become the holy Mother of His Son. You were born into a family of Saints. Pray for me today that my joy in your Son will increase and that my family may become more holy.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 2

Oh most holy daughter of Adam, your precious Son chose you as the vessel for his entry to the world. Where our first mother, Eve, fell short, you fulfilled God’s call for a Mother’s holiness. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may be born to new life through your Son.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 3

Immaculate daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne, you are the door to the Eternal Word who made you the source of His Sacred Blood. You are a model for all Christian sons and daughters. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul and that I may have a greater devotion to your Son’s Precious Blood.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 4

Oh most holy daughter of the line of King David, the Redeemer of the world loves you with the singular love of a Child for His mother. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may have a greater love and devotion to my Mother and Father.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 5

Most holy Mary, the Holy Spirit preserved you from sin so that our Lord would have a fitting vessel to enter the world. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may remain faithful to your Son until the end.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 6

Oh holy Mother, St. Joachim and St. Anne were delighted to love and care for so holy a child. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may show greater charity to my parents and grandparents in word, prayer and deed.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 7

Holy Mother, your birth caused great joy to the angels, because they saw your holiness caused by your Son’s resurrection. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that your graces may rain down on all married couples.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 8

Heavenly Mother, your birth gave great joy to all the world because it signaled the coming of Jesus Christ, who would save the whole world by His life, death and resurrection. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may be exceedingly patient with my family and loved ones.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 9

Mother Mary, you pray for me as your child. Thank you for welcoming me into the Holy Family. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may increase my devotion to the Holy Family.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary……

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Is Europe Finished? August 29, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, demographics, disaster, error, General Catholic, Immigration, rank stupidity, secularism, self-serving, Society.
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Not to raise the ire of European readers – I would probably bristle somewhat at an outsider proclaiming the US finished (though, I must admit, things look decidedly bleak at present) – but as the article below notes, more and more ominous trends affecting Europe’s future continue to surface.  Probably foremost among those are the negative demographics affecting the Continent, where the native population has seemingly decided to gradually die out, to be replaced by those exotic muslim “others” so beloved of the self-anointed elite.

It’s almost as if Europe’s political masters had decided the populace could not be relied upon to support their agenda, and so are voting themselves in a new population:

Deaths that exceed births might sound like science fiction, but they are now Europe’s reality. It just happened. During 2015, 5.1 million babies were born in the EU, while 5.2 million persons died, meaning that the EU for the first time in modern history recorded a negative natural change in its population. The numbers come from Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union), which since 1961 has been counting Europe’s population. It is official.

There is, however, another surprising number: the European population increased overall from 508.3 million to 510.1 million. Have you guessed why? The immigrant population increased, by about two million in one year, while the native European population was shrinking. It is the substitution of a population. Europe has lost the will to maintain or grow its population. The situation is as demographically as seismic as during the Great Plague of the 14th Century. [I would say it is even more so, because then, Europe was not importing millions of young muslim men of military age (and often, militant disposition) who refuse assimilation and in fact demand the assimilation of Christendom to islam.  It would be fantastic if it were not true]

This shift is what the British demographer David Coleman described in his study, “Immigration and Ethnic Change in Low-Fertility Countries: A Third Demographic Transition.” Europe’s suicidal birth rate, coupled with migrants who multiply faster, will transform European culture. The declining fertility rate of native Europeans coincides, in fact, with the institutionalization of Islam in Europe and the “re-Islamization” of its Muslims.

In 2015, Portugal recorded the second-lowest birth rate in the European Union (8.3 per 1,000 inhabitants) and negative natural growth of -2.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. Which EU country had the lowest birth rate? Italy. Since the “baby boom” of the 1960s, in the country famous for its large families, the birth rate has more halved. In 2015, the number of births fell to 485,000, fewer than in any other year since the modern Italy was formed in 1861. [Revealingly, some of the sharpest demographic declines have come in what have historically been viewed as Catholic countries – Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland.  The different religion imposed 50 years ago is yielding its poison fruits]

Eastern Europe now has “the largest population loss in modern history“, while Germanyovertook Japan by having the world’s lowest birth rate, when averaged over past five years. In Germany and Italy, the decreases were particularly dramatic, down -2.3% and -2.7% respectively…….

…….As Lord Sacks recently said, “falling birth rates could spell the end of the West“…… [Can the West persist without Europe?  An interesting question.  I really don’t know.]

……Liberals and secularists tend to dismiss the importance of demographic and cultural issues. That is why the most important warnings come from some Christian leaders. The first to denounce this dramatic trend was a great Italian missionary, Father Piero Gheddo, who explained that, due to falling birth rates and religious apathy, “Islam would sooner rather than later conquer the majority in Europe”. He was followed by others, such as Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, who leads the Eastern Catholics aligned with the Vatican. Rai warned that “Islam will conquer Europe by faith and birth rate“. A similar warning just came from yet another cardinal, Raymond Leo Burke[To the degree there have been warnings from the Church, they have not been nearly persistent or loud enough. Furthermore, what warnings there have been have been drowned out by the constantly repeated mantras: “Islam is good.” “Religion of Peace.” “Only bigots oppose immigration.”  Etc.]

In one generation from now, Europe will be unrecognizable…….[2 million x 30 years = 60 million, which, coupled with muslims already there and an accelerated death rate of natives, means a Europe about 20% muslim if not more so]

……..Demographic suicide is not only experienced; it appears to be wanted. The xenophile European bourgeoisie, which today controls politics and the media, seem imbued with a snobbish and masochistic racism. They have turned against the values of their own Judeo-Christian culture and combined it with a hallucinatory, romanticized view of the values of other cultures. The sad paradox is that Europeans are now importing young people in large numbers from the Middle East to compensate for their lifestyle choices. [Great commentary. It does appear to be desperately wanted by the political/economic elites, who appear to desire the destruction of the culture that bred/created them, and yet there is still insufficient political reaction to stop their culture-destroying policies]

An agnostic and sterile continent — deprived of its gods and children because it banished them — will have no strength to fight or to assimilate a civilization of the zealous and the young. The failure to counter the coming transformation seems to come down on the side of Islam. Is what we are seeing the last days of summer? [Many in the West have chosen their favored religion.  A religion of life – Catholicism – or a religion of death – secularism. It’s really as simple as that]

Who has the greater will to fight?  Who is willing to suffer more to attain their ends?  Who has the more single-minded purpose and a clear objective?  Who has the resources to succeed? That will tell you which side will win out in virtually every major conflict.  At present, Europe fails in all areas save the last, and that won’t last for long at present rates.

Then what?

Are you ready to be a dhimmi?

Mexican Bishops Opposing Pseudo-Sodo-Marriage A lot Better than US Bishops – UPDATED August 29, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, persecution, pr stunts, Revolution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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Remember how the US bishops organized nationwide protests against the Obergefell decision, including a vast March on Washington, DC to indicate the Church’s total opposition to this tyrannical decree from nine unelected lawyers in black robes?  Yeah, me neither.

But faced with a similar threat, the Mexican episcopate is taking a much more militant stand.  While I know there are grave problems in the Mexican episcopate (like the disastrous “gay bishop” Vera), as there are among the bishops of every nation, it seems there still breathes at least a little of the spirit of the Cristero among much of the Mexican Church leadership.  Or, at least, there doesn’t seem to be the same degree of capitulation to the civil power as we tend to see in this country:

The recent initiative of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to impose homosexual “marriage” on the country has led to the greatest confrontation between the government and the Catholic Church since the 1920s and 1930s, warned a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico in a recent interview.

Fr. Hugo Valdemar told Mexico’s Proceso magazine that the president’s attempt to pass a homosexual “marriage” amendment has caused “a cooling of his relationship with the bishops, who are very troubled by his initiative.”

“There hasn’t been a confrontation so strong between the government and the Church since the anticlerical laws of Plutarco Elías Calles were promulgated and since General Lázaro Cárdenas introduced socialist education” in the country, Fr. Valdemar added…….. [For those of you who follow Church-related items south of the border, does this ring true, or is this a bit over the top?  I wonder how Dismas or some of our other well-informed and very fluent readers judge the situation in Mexico?]

“In launching his initiative to legalize marriages between people of the same sex, President Peña Nieto betrayed the Church, because he had promised that the agenda of Pope Francis would be his own,” Valdemar said. “So his initiative has been received by us like a terrible stab in the back.” [WELL……many have taken Francis’ very broad and amazingly novel agenda and applied it to their own pet projects. Francis has maintained a certain formal opposition to pseudo-sodo-marriage while doing many things that have encouraged its supporters and undermined his own stated opposition.  Nevertheless, the bishops have the right and duty to decide what constitutes the Faith in their own diocese/country, and so long as they are upholding the perennial Doctrine of the Faith, all souls have the duty to obey]

The Catholic bishops have jointly called for Mexicans to join massive protests against the proposed amendment that will take place throughout the country on September 10 and in Mexico City on September 24.

A previous round of protests held June 1 led to a retreat by the president’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) on the issue. The PRI went on to lose a majority of state governments for the first time since the party’s founding in 1929, a massive electoral defeat that party leadership blamed on the president’s homosexual “marriage” initiative.

It does seem there is at least some connection between the sodo-marriage push and the electoral defeats suffered earlier this year, but there were a variety of other factors as well.

I can’t claim to follow the goings on of the Church in Mexico to any real degree, so if there are readers who could shed some light on this I’d love to hear their appraisals.  Are the bishops standing fast for the Faith in a way clearly superior to the milquetoast behavior of US bishops, or is this coverage a bit overly fawning?

h/t reader JB

UPDATE: Format fixed.  Thanks to reader MFG for the tip.  LifeSiteNews runs on blogspot, which seems to have an almost deliberate incompatibility with wordpress.  It makes for all kinds of messes.  Sorry for the problems.

A Couple of Notes on the Transgender Agenda – Including, My Mom’s Encounter with a Man in the Lady’s Room August 25, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
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So my mom went to the movie theater last weekend.  As a form of entertainment, I don’t generally recommend it, but you know parents these days, they just refuse to listen.

After the movie, my mom availed herself of the women’s restroom, as you tend to do, and encountered in there a 6′ man – dressed entirely as a male, with not even an attempt to appear female – standing, urinating in a stall with the door wide open. Now, my mom is a 4’11” Norwegian woman, and my 6′ 3″ dad was not around.  My mom stood outside the entrance, while another woman went in, and then came right back out.

“Is that a man in the lady’s room?”, she asked?  “Yes, I think it is.”

An usher was around and they told him of the situation, and the teenager looked as if his worst nightmare had just come true. But before he had to figure out what to do, the man came out – apologized, for some reason – and then went on his way.

You can imagine how eager I am to take my 6 daughters to the movies at this point.

What can I say?  This is what a satanic culture looks like.  That man, generally speaking, has the weight of the law on his side.  If someone took severe exception to his presence in the woman’s room when, say, his wife was in there, it would be the invading man who the law would probably tend to support.  That’s arguable perhaps at present, but if Obama and the sexular pagans have their way, it won’t be for long.

Which, speaking of, a lawsuit has been filed by doctors and several states against the Obama Administration for its demand that doctors perform sex reassignment surgery genital mutilation whether they think it is medically called for, or not.  Basically, if a sick and wounded soul desires to have their bodies permanently mutilated and their reproductive capacity destroyed, the Obama admin says doctors have to do it, no matter how counterindicated such irreversible procedures may be, because transgender bathroom something something.  No, seriously:

Five states and a group of religiously-affiliated hospitals and physicians are suing the Obama administration over a federal mandate that forces doctors to perform gender transition procedures on adults and children against their medical judgment.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a Texas federal court, attempts to roll back a rule imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services in May that expanded the interpretation of “sex” under the Affordable Care Act to include “gender identity.”

In doing so, the Obama administration added transgender people to the list of protected classes under the Affordable Care Act, which states that individuals can’t be denied certain federally-funded health benefits because of their “race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.”

The move was part of a broader push by President Barack Obama to further transgender rights in the U.S[pander to an unbelievably small minority that has equally unbelievably become one of the most powerful special interest groups in the country over the past 18 months].

The implications of the HHS mandate are broad. By its own estimates,HHS said the rule would “likely cover almost all licensed physicians because they accept federal financial assistance.”…….

………The lawsuit challenging the HHS mandate was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, which is the same court thattemporarily blocked the Obama administration’s bathroom mandate on Sunday. In putting a halt to the policy that mandates public schools must open their restrooms, locker rooms, and showers to transgender students based on their gender identity instead of their biological sex, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor argued the administration overstepped its authority.

When HHS issued the new gender identity rule on May 18, the agency cited as authority the Obama administration’s bathroom mandate, whose legitimacy is now in question.

That’s circular logic if I’ve ever seen it – issue an unprecedented, unconstitutional, unpopular rule – which has the effect of a law, but never passed Congress, nor was even debated – and then cite that rule in expanding the unpopular policy further and further.  The idea that doctors must perform totally voluntary, irreversible and incredibly destructive procedures against their will and medical judgment is incredibly offensive, and would never be tolerated – if it weren’t for the fact that the procedures in question are parts of the sexular pagan agenda and thus amount to a literal religious belief that can never be questioned or opposed. This is part and parcel for the sexular pagan left, which has similarly elevated other medical acts – provision of contraception (even to celibate religious), abortion, sterilization, etc – to the level of sacred shibboleth.

Note the mechanism by which doctors are forced to perform these procedures is their acceptance of federal funds, I guess through remittances for Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare.  No wonder more and more doctors are refusing to accept patients covered by government-sponsored health plans.

Enjoy your brave new trans-world.  Leftists may laugh, but how long before refusing the advances of a sodomite or transsexual is taken as prima facie evidence of bigotry and is persecuted by the Leviathan state?

I would not argue it could never happen.

From Indifferentism to Apostasy August 25, 2016

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Some good material from Catholicism.org of the St. Benedict Center of New Hampshire, on how the attitude of religious indifference that crept deeply into the Church in the mid-20th century has transmogrified into open, practical apostasy.  The wounds to the Church have been unbelievable, and continue to grow and spread.

I cut and paste below some of the parts I found most interesting (adding my own emphasis and comments):

Indifferentism is the condemned heresy that advances the possibility of salvation in any religion. Apostasy (according to Father Hardon) is the “complete abandonment of the Christian religion and not merely a denial of some article of the creed.” There is a certain inexorable logic — or at least a psychologically coherent dynamism — that facilitates the journey from indifferentism to apostasy. It may take some time — a few generations perhaps, which is a brief span in the life of the Church — but indifferentism will feed the beast of apostasy.

Do we live in a time of widespread apostasy? [I don’t see how this can even be open to question at this point. If you want to read the “proofs” for this, go to the link]

………So, too, to speak of a “silent” apostasy of the former Christendom is to make a very loud denunciation of a people who once produced saints but have now forgotten God.

For decades, we here at Saint Benedict Center have warned that, to advance the possibility of salvation for non-Catholics who live and die in their various religions — without the benefits of baptism and without the divine and catholic faith — will seriously harm the Church’s missionary zeal. We have further warned that it will confuse Catholics themselves, who will wonder why they have to live the strict moral code of the Catholic Church when the rest of humanity can apparently be saved without it. [EXACTLY!  Why on earth can’t I contracept,  divorce, commit usury, etc., and be a “good Catholic,” when all these other people abide by religions that tolerate or even promote such and are apparently “saved?”]

Whatever the details of his own theology concerning these questions, “Pope Emeritus” Benedict has agreed with us that such fears are not only warranted, but, indeed, have also been realized in our day as a “deep double crisis”……[A good quote from Benedict follows basically emphasizing what was contained in the preceding paragraph.]

………..So, according to the Pope Emeritus, the abandonment of the conviction that infidels are lost led to a double crisis of the death of the missions and the questioning, by the faithful, of the “obligatory nature of the faith and its way of life.”

It is the second half of this crisis that led to the “silent apostasy” mentioned by Benedict’s predecessor. [I think it is much more accurately termed a practical apostasy, if not a formal one, but it is increasingly indistinguishable even from formal apostasy] It may be summarized in the following rhetorical questions: If Catholicism is not necessary for someone born into a Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist family, why is it necessary for me? If natives of desert islands can be saved by living according to what they know of the law of nature, why do I have to believe something supernatural? If Jews do not need Jesus Christ, His teaching and His Church, why do I? [And, of course, tens or hundreds of millions of “Catholics” have answered this question for themselves, and determined that, of course, they don’t have to.  Thus, Catholic rates of divorce, contraception, and even abortion are generally indistinguishable from the general populace, if not a bit worse]

Ireland’s online newspaper, Independent.ie, recently ran an article entitled, “Bobby Kennedy: the parish priest of the clan.” It gives us a some insight into how indifferentism and apostasy — at least in its beginnings — go hand-in-hand. [The Kennedy’s do make an object lesson in how this process occurred, aided and abetted by modernists in the Church who co-opted the Kennedy clan in their own plan to remake the Church into a liberal protestant denomination that moved absolutely no one to any kind of piety or devotion but which played very well with the powers of the world]

“Back in his undergraduate days, he joined other Harvard Catholics at lectures by Father Leonard Feeney, an influential Jesuit priest who… preached that only Catholics could be saved. Bobby was embarrassed enough by those diatribes to discuss them with his brother Ted and his father, who arranged for him to meet Archbishop Cushing to convey his concern.” [Boy was that a fateful meeting for Fr. Feeney and the St. Benedict Center]

This same Bobby Kennedy, who, as I was told by Brother Francis, argued with Father Feeney that his Protestant friends were going to be saved as Protestants, was not exactly a stickler for the Catholic Faith on other points, as that same Independent.ie article witnesses: “He called it ‘an awful thing’ that the Church taught that babies, his or anyone’s, were born in sin.”

So this indifferentist rejected the doctrine of original sin? At least according to his biographer, Larry Tye, who penned that piece, which is an excerpt from his book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon.

And that Archbishop to whom Bobby went “to convey his concern” about Father Feeney? He not only persecuted Father Feeney for teaching that there is no salvation outside the Church, but also helped to legalize the sale of contraceptives in Massachusetts. [Very true, and that’s only a small part of it.  Cushing worked mightily to break the natural opposition of Catholic politicians in Mass to approve contraception.  He actually went around pressuring people to abjure their faith, so he could have contraception legalized.  And, of course, he closely coordinated his activities with Planned Butcherhood]

It should be remembered that Bobby’s brother, John, thought Jesus Christ essentially had no business in politics.

I asked my friend Joe Doyle, frequent SBC conference speaker and Executive Director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, whether there was ever a formal apostasy in the political family. He could not think of one, but sent this informative reply:

Over the course of five generations, the Kennedys have transitioned from being nominal Catholics to being liberal, nominal Catholics, to being dissenting, liberal, nominal Catholics, to being non-practicing, dissenting, liberal, nominal Catholics. To use an accurate phrase disfavored by the post-conciliar church, they are all obstinate and notorious heretics. [In addition to being scandal-mongers and deeply immoral people]

Nor should we forget that, as has been said before, when it comes to morals, they not only refuse to impose Catholic teaching on others, they refuse to impose it on themselves. [In which sense, they are standard bearers for the kind of politicized, worldly Catholicism we see promoted by most bishops and clergy in the Church over the past 50 years.  That such Catholicism has very little appeal to souls and seems very poor at inspiring them seems to matter very little to these folks]

This is what comes of not wanting to appear “unreasonable,” or “harsh,” of fudging on absolutely vital Dogmas of the Faith in order to win worldly approval and not upset those with power and influence.  The story of the “Feeneyites,” whatever their “sin,” is a microcosm and antecedent of the story of the Church as a whole in these very dark days.

Ultimately, many, many leaders in the Church have decided -and this goes back decades or a century or more – that they would much rather serve men than God.  Maybe they don’t think that consciously, but, effectively, that is the decision they have made.

Pray for Norcia August 24, 2016

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I had heard, vaguely, about an earthquake in Italy this morning, but I had no idea it struck so near to Norcia, a site very dear to all Catholics, but orthodox American Catholics especially, due to the admirable Benedictine community there.  In fact, at this very multinational company at which I now work,I heard a co-worker from Italy being queried about this earthquake and lunchtime; apparently, he had been in touch with some family and they were ok, but some could not be found.  So, I certainly pray for him.

The good news is that the community in Norcia relates that none of the monks were injured.  That’s especially cheering to me, since we know one of them at least a little.  The bad news is that the basilica and other facilities they have spent such great effort refurbishing and restoring have suffered significant damage. Even worse, ongoing aftershocks have forced all the monks but two to relocate to Rome for the time being.  They are being hosted by the generosity of the Benedictine international headquarters at St. Anselmo, while two brothers remain in Norcia to watch over their monastery, sleeping in tents outside for safety.

The monks are asking for, first, prayer support, and, secondly, financial support.  They are going to incur significant expenses, it may be expected, returning the basilica and other facilities to their former condition.  Donations may be made here.

This is a very good community that is doing quite a bit of good work to try to restore a much more authentic practice of religious life in the Church today. One of their foremost concerns in this time of trial, as related by Rorate, was their ability to maintain the order of the Rule while they must relocate and undergo what must be a severe trauma.  I am certain that with God’s grace they will succeed in doing so with little difficulty.  The final note from the monks, that I’ve seen:

Please continue to pray for our community, and consider giving a gift (https://en.nursia.org/donations/) to help our effort to rebuild.

May God bless and sustain them, and shower them in His infinite mercy.

Please also, of course, maintain all those others suffering through this disaster in your prayers.  The last I heard was 140 dead, with many more injured.  The toll may continue to rise.  Apparently, many of the small villages around Norcia were particularly devastated.  We do not know why it pleases God to allow such things to happen, but we do know that He causes great good to come from them if we cooperate with His Grace.

Damage to the sanctuary, courtesy Rorate:

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That is so sad.

 

CDC: Majority of HIV Cases Afflict Tiny Population August 24, 2016

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And I’m quite certain you don’t need my help to discern what population that is.  In fact, as noted below, over 90% of new HIV cases in the US occur in those who engage in male-male sodomy, and sodomites have 55% of all HIV cases in the country.

But everyone keep pretending this behavior is perfectly natural, healthy, and beloved of God, even as the lightning bolts strike all around. BTW, CDC is being a bit liberal in their assessing sodomy-inclined men as being 2% of the population.  I read a lot of data and polls on this subject and they show that it is more like 0.5% – 1.5% depending on the source, with the mean a little over 1%:

Although homosexual men are a tiny sliver of the U.S. population, they account for the majority of all Americans living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced.

Men who have sex with men (MSM) are two percent of the population but make up 55 percent of people who were HIV-positive in 2013, according to a CDC fact sheet released last Wednesday.

More than nine out of 10 new HIV diagnoses (92 percent) come from young gay and bisexual MSM, ages 13 to 24…….

……..“Gay and bisexual men are also at increased risk for other STDs, like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia,” the CDC added.

“Two things never change when it comes to the U.S. government and homosexualism. First, the CDC is constantly providing evidence like this of the high risks associated with male homosexual behavior; and second, the CDC and pro-LGBT politicians never admit that the problem is unnatural homosexual behavior itself,” Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth, told LifeSiteNews.

The CDC reported that men who have sex with men are 44-times more likely to contract HIV than heterosexual males, and 40-times more likely than women. Earlier this year, the CDC estimated that half of all black MSM will get the disease, a statistic that is repeated in the latest fact sheet.

“In a sane world, the CDC would encourage all men, but especially young men and teenage boys, to avoid homosexual sex,” LaBarbera said. “Instead, the CDC blames societal ‘homophobia’ and ‘stigma’ for the rising disease rates, even though the American public’s acceptance of homosexuality is at an all-time high.” [It’s not a sane world.  A world divorced from Jesus Christ is categorically insane, and grows more so daily]

It’s almost as if God designed a disease that was specifically associated with an abhorrent behavior.  That’s a bit pat, and harsh, but there is some truth to it.  Aside from lung cancer and habitual smoking, there are few deadly diseases that so tightly correspond to a specific behavior. Whether HIV is really some scourge from God or not I don’t pretend to know, but its rapid onset and virulent spread to epidemic proportions are fairly unprecedented in the annals of epidemiology, as is its resistance to a cure.

And, of course, it’s far more than just one disease.  Nor is disease the only problem.  There is herpes, chlamydia, antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, syphillis, alcoholism, drug addiction, mental illness, deliberate self-harm, and suicide, to name a few.

The excuse that some of these evils stem from “homophobia” is wearing excessively thin, now that the pro-“homosexual” lobby has decisively won the culture war, at least for the time being.

I think it no surprise that sodomy and other moral evils have become increasingly ascendant in the culture wars at a time when more and more Americans are falling away from Christianity entirely and embracing all manner of other false, demonic beliefs, be they “sciencism,” the worship of science as a religion, leftism, new age, eastern mysticism, hedonism, etc., etc.  It’s difficult to discern which is the chicken and which the egg in this collapse of moral standards and Christian faith – does immorality cause people to fall away from Christianity, or falling away cause them to become more immoral?  In reality, it doesn’t matter much.

This is the sewer in which we now are forced by circumstance to live.  Stay very, very close to Our Lady at the Foot of the Cross.

Trust in Saint Joseph! August 24, 2016

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My dear readers, I have intended for some time to share some testimony I have of good St. Joseph’s incredible intercessory power.  As St. Teresa of Avila said, I have stjoseph34_000never known St. Joseph to fail in a intercessory request made with a fervent heart.

Longer-term readers will recall that I was laid off from my job this past February.  I already had a very strong devotion to St. Joseph, offering daily prayers and two perpetual Novenas to this great Saint, so very powerful and so perfectly suited for the needs of fathers and workers.  I of course turned to him in this time of need, less for myself, but so that I could continue to provide for the many souls who depend upon me.

Needless to say, St. Joseph – with the help of my reader’s many prayers, I am sure – came through in spectacular fashion. I am sort of “maxxed out,” if you will, in my Go-to-Josephcareer field and profession.  Without a move into some kind of mid- or upper-management, it would be very difficult for me to find a job with compensation to match the one I lost in February, let alone improve upon that.  And yet, within a week of being laid off, I was already in discussion on a new job that did just that!  And I had that job offer within 5 weeks of being laid off!  The compensation was even a little better than I had previously, which I thought would be almost impossible, humanly speaking, to obtain.  I was not out of work for even two months.  If you recall the circumstances of my layoff, getting notified just days after the birth of our seventh child, you can see how well the Lord, through St. Joseph’s intercession, provided for me and my family!

But that’s not the half of it.  I have had a continuing, ongoing need for the st-josephpast several months. It’s rather personal and I’d rather not go into what it is, but it’s sort of a constant need that requires continuous intervention or intercession.  And, to be quite frank, meeting this need requires what amounts to a miraculous intervention, because, by human  means, there is really no way this need could be met.  There are far too many variables, far too many unprecedented coincidences, for this need to have not only been met once, but over and over again over months.  I attribute this amazing benefit I’ve received to the intercession of St. Joseph, along with the Blessed Mother and my Guardian Angel. All I can say is, St. Joseph, Deo Gratias!

I must also say that St. Joseph played a critical role in my initial conversion and my abstinence from drugs and alcohol, as well as other, even more deeply attached sins.

family-driven-faith-3 St. Joseph has played a huge role in the transformation of my life, and continues to provide amazing, really supernatural blessings to myself and my family.  I cannot recommend an ongoing, deep devotion to the foster father of the Lord strongly enough.

In mentioning that need above, which has required truly miraculous intercession, this is the prayer I have used as a perpetual Novena going back 2  years or more now.  I pray this every day with my family, and St. Joseph has always provided for us in our needs:

O Glorious St. Joseph, you who have power to render possible even things that are considered impossible, come to our aid in our present trouble and distress. Take this important and difficult affair under your particular protection that it may end happily. (mention your request)

O dear St. Joseph, all our confidence is in you. Let it not be said that we would invoke you in vain; and since you are so powerful with Jesus and Mary, show that your goodness equals your power. Amen.

St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.

We follow that with an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be.

That’s it!  I think it does help that we pray on our knees and with great devotion. 51josephworker1 Such a short prayer, but one that is very, very powerful.  I can attest to that.

I am not doing this post to brag, or to toot my horn in the slightest.  I have done nothing, other than rely on one of the best gifts Our Lord makes available to us through His Church.

I am doing it to express my heartfelt gratitude to St. Joseph and to encourage others to rely on this benefactor of such sublime power and efficacy.  He is my most trusted Saint and heavenly friend/intercessor, after Our Lady, of course.

St. Joseph, pray for us!

St. John Vianney on the Torments of Purgatory and Our Duty to Pray for the Poor Souls August 24, 2016

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Sort of a long excerpt, so the intro and conclusion will be brief.  One of the great forgotten acts of charity in the Church of the past 50 years has been the duty to pray for the souls in Purgatory.  With seemingly almost every Requiem Mass turning into an instant canonization, most people no longer bother to pray for the departed souls, blithely assuming they have no need to do so.  But Saint John Vianney, and our Catholic ancestors, knew far better.  From pp. 171-3 of The Sermons of the Cure of Ars:

Oh! How we suffer, they cry to us.  Oh!  You, our brethren, deliver us from these torments.  You can do it!  Ah, if you only experienced the sorrow of being separated from God!  Cruel separation!  To burn in the fire kindled by the justice of God!  To suffer sorrows incomprehensible to mortal man!  To be devoured by regret, knowing that we could so easily have avoided such sorrows!  Oh!  My children, cry the fathers and the mothers, can you thus so readily abandon us, we who loved you so much?  Can you then sleep in comfort and leave us stretched upon a bed of fire?  Will you have the courage to give yourselves up to pleasure and joy while we are here suffering and weeping day and night?  You have our wealth, our homes, you are enjoying the fruit of our labors, and you abandon us here in this place of torments , where we are suffering such frightful evils for so many years!  And not a single almsgiving, not a single Mass which would help to deliver us!  You can relieve our sufferings, you can open our prison, and you abandon us!  Oh!  How cruel these sufferings are!

Yes, my dear brethren, people judge very differently, when in the flames of Purgatory, of all those light faults, if indeed it is possible to call anything light which makes us under such rigorous sorrows. What woe would there be to man, the Royal Prophet cries, even the most just of men, if God were to judge him without mercy.  If God has founds spots in the sun and malice in the angels, what, then, is this sinful man?  And for us, who have committed so many mortal sins and who have done practically nothing to satisfy the justice of God, how many years of Purgatory!  [A quick note: I know the belief widespread in the Church in recent years has been that Purgatory is out of time, and thus the idea of “years” or “decades” in Purgatory has no meaning.  This belief is attributed to God being outside time, and so Purgatory/Heaven/hell must be outside time, too.  But I think this idea is a bit reductive, in addition to being quite counter to the wisdom of the Saints from the earliest Church through to at least the mid-20th century.  God may exist outside time, but He also created time, and has chosen to enter into time when it has pleased Him to do so.  As such, it is entirely possible that He could have instituted a temporal sense outside of creation, even in Purgatory.  Human beings are contingent creatures bound by a sense of time. We cannot escape contingency, or, perhaps better said in this case, our changeable nature, until we reach our final destination, be it Heaven or hell. Thus, it seems to make eminent sense to me, that while we remain contingent or changeable, while we are still not at our final destination, that a temporal sort of existence could remain.  Something to consider, anyway]

“My God,”  said St. Teresa, “what soul will be pure enough to enter into Heaven without passing through the vengeful flames?”  In her last illness, she cried suddenly: “O justice and power of my
god, how terrible you are!”  During her agony, God allowed her to see His holiness as the angels and the Saints see Him in Heaven, which caused her so much dread that her sisters, seeing her trembling and extraordinarily agitated, spoke to her, weeping: “Ah Mother, what has happened to you; surely you do not fear death after so many penances and such abundant and bitter tears?”

“No, my children,” St. Teresa replied, “I do not fear death; on the contrary, I desire it so that I may be united forever with my God.”

“is it your sins, then, which terrify you, after so much mortification?”

“Yes, my children,” she told them. “I do fear my sins, but I fear still another thing even more.”

“Is it the judgment, then?”

“Yes, I tremble at the formidable account that it will be necessary to render to God, Who, in that moment, will be without mercy, but there is still something else of which the very thought alone makes me die with terror.”

The poor sisters were deeply distressed.

“Alas!  Can it be hell, then?”

“No,” she told them. “Hell, thank God, is not for me.  Oh!  My sisters, it is the holiness of God. My God, have pity upon  me!  My life must be brought face to face with that of Jesus Christ Himself!  Woe to me if I have the least blemish or stain!  Woe to me if I am even in the very shadow of sin!”

“Alas,” cried these poor sisters. “What will our deaths be like!”

What will ours be like, then, my dear brethren, we who, perhaps in all our penances and our good works, have never yet satisfied for one single sin forgiven in the tribunal of Penance?  Ah!  What years and centuries of torment to punish us!……How dearly we shall pay for all those faults thatw e look upon as nothing at all, like those little lies that we tell to amuse ourselves, those little scandals, the despising of the graces which God gives  us at every moment, those little murmurings in the difficulties that He sends us!  No, my dear brethren, we would never have the courage to commit the least sin if we could understand how much it outrages God, and how greatly it deserves to be rigorously punished, even in this world.

———-End Quote————

I try to make prayer for the poor holy souls in Purgatory my number one prayer intention every day.  I try to give special focus to those souls who have been forgotten or ignored for who knows how long.  May God have mercy on them, and on us.  And may the holy souls during and after Purgatory pray for us always!

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