“American Catholicism has a long history of cowardice and complicity” in the face of the liberal culture August 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, history, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Brother Andre Marie from Catholicism.org sent out a letter the other day, portions of which I thought merited sharing with readers. It’s a very good summation of the abrogation of duty that has marked the Church in this country since its inception. Happy for years just to be relatively free to practice our Faith with relatively little government interference (until recently), the Church in these United States has long failed in its primary duties to proclaim the Truth revealed by Jesus Christ through His Church and especially the notion of the Church as the unique institution created by Our Blessed Lord for the salvation of souls. America has been permeated with endarkenment ideals since its founding, and perhaps the key ideal absorbed from the 18th century philosphes is that of religious indifference. Regarding all religions as basically equal is a particularly American quality, and it is one that, through Dignitatis Humanae and other portions of Vatican II came to become dominant within the entire Church.
I’m getting ahead of myself, however, below find some insightful analysis on the historical failure in duty of the Church in this country:
By and large, American Catholicism has a long history of cowardice and complicity in the face of the dominant, non-Catholic culture around us. It is a tradition going all the way back to our first Bishop John Carroll (Yes, there are notable and edifying exceptions). As long as public morals in our democratic republic were more generally on the side of the natural law and vague “Judeo-Christian values,” this cowardice and complicity did not look as obviously terrible as it in fact was. Now that the never-ending protestant revolution and its related cultural revolutions have brought us Bruce “Call me Caitlyn” Jenner, gender-neutral “marriage,” and the constant discovery of previously unheard of “fundamental human rights,” this cowardice and complicity looks really bad.
While the name of this sickly Catholicism is legion, one of its faces is seen in the obsequious way Catholic prelates deal with evil politicians, and in the sickly reaction of some of them to the Obergefell decision. But it goes back to a sort of Norman Rockwell approach to religion that makes up part of the national air we breathe: the indifferentist Catholicism of the “good old days” before Vatican II…….
…….American freedom is not enough. Democratic tolerance of our religion is insufficient. The faith, hope, and charity of the Catholic Church in America will be put to the test. Only then will they become what they ought to be. We may not content ourselves with practicing our faith because it is permitted by society. We must no longer rely on the love of this world, or the protection of laws, or the civility of our countrymen. We need to do what is right, because it is God’s Will – period; a point we seem to have missed of late.
When the nanny state turns on us, it will be payback time for the sloth of American Catholics. WE have failed to convert the nation, and failed (on the whole) even to challenge our countrymen with the Faith. From the beginning, we have sucked from the breast of American prosperity (now quickly vanishing), and basked in the liberties of our nation – but for what? Has it been to achieve our fundamental purpose in life; sanctity, God’s glory, and the salvation of souls? Or have we been merely content to have “equal rights” for truth and error? We will be hoist on that petard; for, when we oppose “equal rights” for all manner of unnatural perversion, blasphemy, and sacrilege, the formerly tolerant system will turn on us because we are now against equality. [I think this is the paragraph that is really the key. Catholics today and going forward are going to have to pay the price for the historic failings of American Catholics to take advantage of their past comfortable position to declare ALL the Truth Christ has revealed – including the vital truth regarding the need to be visibly, actively Catholic to insure salvation – to the dominant protestant libertine culture. There have been very few major voices in the Catholic Church in this country, going back decades, who have forcefully preached the necessity of being Catholic for salvation. Yes, yes, I understand there are narrow exceptions, but those exceptions have in practice been presented as the rule, a sort of prototype “fundamental option” that has declared for centuries that pretty much everyone of even remotely good will is saved, and certainly that conversion to the Church Jesus Christ established was not even normally necessary for salvation. The Church in this country (and, with its mighty influence, other countries as well) has by and large embraced the false doctrine of “tolerance” and, as Brother Andre points out, is going to be most painfully hoisted on this petard of its own making. It will not be fun, but it will be cleansing, if we accept the nascent persecution as God’s will and preach the Gospel in season and out.]
Some will accuse me of being too negative. They will say I am dwelling on evil and not on God’s goodness and mercy. True, the Religion is fundamentally an affirmation, not a denial. Denial comes in the face of sin and error, and it can only be proper if ti is based on what we affirm – namely, truth and virtue. But, if we do not oppose sin and evil, then we are weak or defective in our affirmations – i.e., in the actual content and practice of our divinely revealed Religion; then, too, our love of God is lackluster at best.
To those who would sissify us in our resistance, we say, with holy Job, “The life of man upon earth is a warfare” (Job vii:1); with Saint Jude: “contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude i:3); and with the gentle Good Shepherd, “Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth; I came not to send peace, but the sword” (Matt x:34).
And to those in whom bitter zeal (Jas iii:14) might be inclined to turn Catholic militancy into something rancorous, proud, or self-serving, we need to recall that sanctity is evinced by the living of seemingly contrary virtues…….The saint is zealous and meek, prudent and bold, fearless in the defense of God’s glory and humble concerning his own glory, and so on. ‘Tis not easy. But it is God’s will.
Sursum corda! Obergefell, my brothers and sisters, calls us to become saints!
I’m out of time! I hope you found this edifying, sorry if some of my points were not fully developed, I’m already very late for Mass!
No man can serve two masters, says the Lord August 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, It's all about the $$$, Liturgical Year, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
A very good study on excessive love of money from Dom Prosper Gueranger:
No man, says our Lord, can serve two masters; and these two masters are, God and mammon. Mammon means riches. Riches are not, of their own nature, bad. [Which, thank God for us, because we Americans and indeed all developed countries are fantastically rich today compared to even the very wealthiest in a historical sense. Two hundred years ago even the richest had no refrigeration, forced air heating, telephones, smart phones, etc, but today almost every one does but the very, very poorest] When lawfully acquired, and used agreeably to the designs of God, riches help the possessor to gain true goods for his soul; he stores up for himself, in the kingdom of his eternal home, treasures which neither thieves nor rust can reach. Ever since the Incarnation, wherein the Divine Word espoused poverty to Himself, it is the poor that are heaven’s nobility. And yet, the mission of the rich man is a grand one: he is permitted to be rich in order that he may be God’s minister to make all the several portions of material creation turn to their Creator’s glory. God graciously vouchsafes to entrust into his hands the feeding and supporting of the dearest of His children, that is, the poor, the indigent and suffering members of His Christ. He calls him to uphold the interest of His Church, and be the promoter of works connected with the salvation of men. He confides to him the upkeep and beautification of His temples. [Would that more money had been spent to that purpose, and much better spent, over the past 70 years or so!] Happy that man, and worthy of all praise, who thus directly brings back to the glory of God the fruits of the earth, and the precious metals she yields from her bosom.
Let not such a man fear: it is not of him that Jesus speaks those anathemas uttered so frequently by Him against the rich ones of this world. He has but one Master – the Father, who is in Heaven, whose steward he humbly and gladly acknowledges himself to be. Mammon does not domineer over him; on the contrary, he makes her his servant, and obliges her to minister to his zeal in all good works. The solicitude he takes in spending his wealth in acts of justice and charity, is not that which the Gospel blames; for, in all such solicitude, he is but following our Lord’s precept, of seeking first the Kingdom of God; and the riches which pass through his hands in the furtherance of good works, do not distract his thoughts from that Heaven where his heart is, because his true treasure is there…..[Rather contrary to much rhetoric we hear in the Church today, no, where there is frequently the sneering implication that one cannot become wealthy without somehow doing over the poor, like wealth is a zero sum game?]
……It is quite otherwise when riches, instead of being regarded as a simple means, become the very end of a man’s existence, and that to such an extent as to make him neglect, yea, and sometimes forget, his last end. ‘The ways of the covetous man.” says Scripture, “destroys the souls of the possessors” (Prov i:19). The Apostle explains this by saying that the love of money drives a man into temptation and the snares of the devil, by the countless unprofitable and hurtful desires it excites within him; it drowns men in destruction and perdition, making them even barter away their faith. And yet, the more an avaricious man gets, the less he spends. [I have known people, God rest their souls, like this, but I think the problem tends to be the opposite today even among the wealthy – living beyond their means, spending every cent they earn] To nurse his treasure, to gaze upon it, to be thinking of it all day and night…..that is what he lives for; and his money becomes at last his idol. Yes, mammon is not merely his master, whose commands are obeyed before all others, but it is his god, before which he sacrifices friends, relatives, country, and himself, for he devotes, and……..throws away his whole soul and body to his idol.
Let us not be astonished at the Gospel (Mt VI) declaring that God and mammon are irreconcilable enemies; for, who was it but mammon that had our Lord Jesus sacrificed for only thirty pieces of silver? Of all the devils in hell, is there one whose hideous guilt is deeper than the fallen angel who prompted Judas to sell the Son of God to His executioner? It is teh avaricious who alone can boast of deicide! The vile love of money, which the Apostle defines as the root of all evils (I Tim vi:10), can lay claim to having produced the greatest crime that was ever perpetrated!
So, if you’re wealthy, be generous, I think the narrow point this can be reduced down to is, in our president’s words, to share the wealth, both with the Church, and with the poor and indigent. I believe my kids qualify, since their independent income is very low, the bums. By that standard, I’m amazingly charitable, probably 90+% of my net income goes to the wife and kids. Oh yeah…..duty.
Here’s a small aside: how many of you readers with older teens encourage them to work? I started working when I was 13 but my oldest two teen daughters have not, aside from some occasional babysitting. My wife is worried about what they’d be exposed to in most entry-level jobs. I’m not sure how valid a concern that is. For me, I’d like them to start to learn about how much work it takes to earn a certain amount of money, the effect of taxation, and lessons about the value of skills in terms of earning power. It’s one thing to understand these things theoretically, and another to see all those dollars disappear from your paycheck into the black hole of government wealth transfer schemes.
Any thoughts or shared experiences?
When will Christians wake up? Iraqi priest: “There is no such thing as moderate islam” August 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, martyrdom, persecution, sadness, scandals, Society, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
Well, that’s what many Saints and great Christians of the past would advise those lost in the ecumania of interreligious dialogue and the policy of appeasement the West has adopted towards islam over the past 30 years. Islam always strikes when it senses Christendom is weak, and Christendom is as weak as it has been in many, many centuries. While there are still nation states that appear, on the surface, very powerful, the moral innervation flowing from the steady abandonment of Christianity has left the West mortally weakened. Islam senses this, and thus its increasing militancy.
I’m sorry, but living in an area with a high number of muslims and never seeing, even once, even the slightest indication of embarrassment or opposition on their part towards ISIS and the most militant sectors of islam, I have been forced to conclude on the preponderance of the evidence that the vast majority of muslims at least tacitly support the extremists, and would very happily see the United States, Germany, England, and other adopted homelands become extremist sharia states. Why the leaders in the West are so hell-bent on importing millions of these muslims every year into the heartland of Christendom can only be explained, I believe, by a self-loathing death wish.
Great commentary below from persecuted Iraqi Christian Father Douglas al Bazi on the true nature of islam, via Rorate:
“THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS MODERATE ISLAM” [That’s the core of a problem, in a nutshell. Certainly some muslims will be happy to feign tolerance when it suits them, perhaps out of the practice of taqqiyah or lying to advance the interests of the ummah, or islamic world, but in the end, you’ll never see a muslim advising Christians to stay Christian or that conversion to their diabolical religion is not desirable or required. I think an interesting study could be made of the comparison between the rise of islam and the collapse in the moral fiber of the Christian religions, and especially the Church. Specifically, how has interreligious dialogue and massive indifference aided the rise of militant islam?]
“Please, if there’s anyone who still thinks ISIS doesn’t represent Islam, know that they are wrong. ISIS represents Islam one hundred percent.” Father Douglas al Bazi, an Iraqi Catholic parish priest in Erbil, raised his voice during an intervention at the Meeting in Rimini – in a provocative way and in hard tones that very few were brave enough to support.
He carries on his own body the scars of the torture he underwent nine years ago, when a band of Jihadists kidnapped him for nine days, keeping him in chains and blindfolds along with a broken nose from being kneed: “For the first four days they didn’t even give me anything to drink. They would walk past me saying ‘Father, do you want some water?’ All day long they would listen to the reading of the Koran to let the neighbours hear what good believers they were.”…..
……..Father Douglas’s intervention is not very much in line with some western social and cultural debaters and ‘preachers’ but more along the lines of the local Bishops, such as the Patriarch of Baghdad, mar Louis Raphaël I Sako, who, in his book “Stronger than Terror” (Emi) accused the Ayatollah al Sistani, the highest authority of the Iraqi Shiites, of having remained silent regarding the Jihadists’ persecutions against minorities because “they won’t listen to me anyway”.
Father Douglas Al Bazi is in charge of two refugee shelters for Christians who survived the advance of the black horde – not far from Ankawa. After the marking of houses with the “n” of the Nazarene plus the Christians displaced on the Nineveh plain, a year ago, “from morning to night we receive thousands of refugees” and the exodus continues. “I’m proud to be an Iraqi, I love my country. But my country is not proud that I’m part of it. [This. This is what inevitably happens when islam gains dominance in a given area. Large regions of France, England, and Sweden are basically no-go areas for non-muslims. It will happen here, too.] What is happening to my people is nothing other than genocide. I beg you: do not call it a conflict. It’s genocide”, said the priest, who doesn’t want to hear anything about “moderate Islam”: “When Islam lives amidst you, the situation might appear acceptable. But when one lives amidst Muslims, everything becomes impossible. I’m not here to instigate you to hate Islam. I was born amid Muslims and I have more friends among them than I have with Christians. But people change and if we go to my country, no-one will be able to distinguish the light from the darkness. There are those who say: “but I have lots of Muslim friends who are very nice”. Yes, certainly! They are nice over here! Over there the situation is very different!” [So what tends to happen is that as an area becomes increasingly islamist, dominated by the more devout and militant, former moderates tend to get drug into extremism and soon they are murdering anyone who is not of their islamist sect. It is a process of radicalization and it has occurred at regular intervals throughout islam’s history. Islam has never been able to separate itself from its marriage with the sword]
…….“In the world, Christians are being persecuted, hunted down, deprived of work, imprisoned, tortured and murdered. All means are being used to force them to deny their faith, including the ritual of collective rape, considered in some states a form of penal sanction. Owning a Bible has become a crime, religious worship is prohibited and there has been a return to the times of Masses in the caves and the first martyrs”. And the fault, Drouiche had added in a discourse which had not been highlighted very much by the European media”, is contemporary Islam”…….
……..“I believe in the end they will destroy us” [They will unless we wake the hell up and stop being such sexular pagan indifferentist pansies]
………“We need to have patience and carry the cross each day, but we also must react”, said Father Ibrahim Alsabagh, parish priest in Aleppo, echoing him, and reported how the city is now “divided in tens of parts, each one of them in the hands of a different group of Jihadists. Our Church of St. Francis is sixty metres from the firing line. They have already hit many churches, we don’t know when it will be our turn”. Here is why Father Douglas, at the end of his intervention, launched a warning to the feeble West:
“Wake up! The cancer is at your door. They will destroy you. We, the Christians of the Middle East are the only group that has seen the face of evil: Islam”.
Is it remotely possible for a Catholic to support Donald Trump? August 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, pr stunts, rank stupidity, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society.
I know I’m not the only one who thinks Trump a complete fraud and charlatan. I don’t know what the heck he’s doing, he isn’t building a normal campaign organization or wooing delegates to win a nomination, he’s on a massive self-promotion tour.
He is all over the map on policy, and he has already come out with many policies that are decidedly not conservative. He has in fact been an exceedingly liberal New Yorker all his life.
And yet he’s polling 40% support among self-identified Republicans. Judging from much of the commentary I’ve seen from his supporters, they apparently believe him when he says he’s an outsider and anti-establishmentarian. Please. He’s a multi-billionaire. He has bragged many times in the past at how he has bribed local, state, and national level politicians. Some of that may be hubris from his titanic ego, but I doubt he’s gotten those many sweet deals without greasing a lot of wheels. Atlantic City, for one.
And yet his supporters are just manic that he is going to “teach the establishment Republicans a lesson,” that he’ll build a wall along the southern border, etc. It all feels very scripted to me. I think he’s a stalking horse for the very establishment he is being crafted to oppose, a way to get Republican voters to support a hyper-liberal candidate who lauds the Canadian health care system and has been a fervent supporter of abortion on demand without limitation, pseudo-sodo-marriage, and many other moral atrocities.
From the Catholic standpoint, I have to conclude the man is a joke. He is the epitome of the areligious self-serving “if it feels good do it” sexular pagan crowd. Several times now he has been questioned regarding his self-declared Christian beliefs and he has revealed himself to be utterly ignorant of even the most basic aspects of anything even remotely related to Christianity. As a for instance, see the below:
You have be pretty ignorant of Christianity to be unable to name an Apostle or even a book of the Bible. Throwing out “Ringo” isn’t cute, it’s profoundly disrespectful, bordering on blasphemy. Dismissing the Apostles as “they’re all great guys, really super guys, great people”……..why speak in the present tense when the last Apostle died over 1900 years ago?
Judging by the comments from Trump supporters, they apparently either feel he is trying to declare himself above this kind of “gotcha” question (is it a gotcha if he makes being a Christian a significant part of his campaign, and when so many Republicans are Christian?) by giving flippant responses, or they just explain it away as unimportant along with all the other liberal, incoherent responses he’s given.
But none of this seems to matter. His campaign is like a replay of ’08, where Obama said all these ridiculous things, real portents of doom for his administration, and yet people just loved him the more for it, constantly projecting their own vision on the false, blank canvas of the man the media and his campaign team created.
There’s something else, though. A lot of his support seems to be built around the desire among a good number of conservatives for revenge upon the culture they feel has turned on them. Witness this comment (language warning):
I cannot believe I’m typing this, but Trump is turning me. He has been nothing but a lib in the past, but honestly, I don’t see how he’ll be any worse than than the other R’s and will in fact be better because he is not beholden to the donors or the donor’s butt boys in Congress and will in fact kick them and the media in the nuts. So yeah, if we are going off the cliff, I want to ride in the Trump jet.
So it’s a gotterdammerung campaign, that’s the attraction? Elect the most destructive candidate possible to speed the collapse of the United States, and if you can work in a lot of schadenfreude on your perceived enemies in the process, so much the better?
The question is, can actively conspiring to help destroy a nation be even remotely acceptable for a Catholic? All my study, limited though it is, says no, as does my basis sensus fidei.
Pretty sad that we’re at a place in this nation’s decline where a good 40 or 50 million people see their best alternative as bringing about a national moral, economic, and political collapse, or who are just so twisted off at being ignored, belittled and put upon by the Republican establishment that they’ll go with a far left con artist just to stick it to ’em. But this kind of death wish assumes that whatever comes in the wake of the collapse has to be better. History shows that is a losing bet. Collapse is almost always followed not by enlightened, benevolent government, but by ever increasing levels of despotism, as people will sacrifice almost anything to restore order.
So, vote for Trump, America’s Kerensky?
I tend to doubt many readers are feeling drawn towards supporting Trump, but if there are any, I’d be interested in hearing the reasons for that support. I do agree that the Republican party has undergone an institutional crisis and transformation into something almost totally indistinguishable from the demonrat party, but how does Trump address that crisis?
An interesting exegesis from Dom Prosper Gueranger on the vital role of penance and mortification in the development of virtue and growth in sanctity. Penance and mortification have tended to get short shrift among Catholics in the past century or so, with today’s minimal penitential requirements being a faint shadow of those regularly practiced by our forefathers in the Faith. The direction given below may seem harsh, and we should not go off into penitential extremes without the approval of a good confessor, but at the same time, I think there is a bit too much resistance toward these kinds of penitential acts which at one time were quite routine. I think priests should perhaps be a bit more open-minded when it comes to permitting souls to engage in penances they feel called towards.
From the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Vol. 11 of The Liturgical Year:
Penance and mortification differ in this; that penance is a debt of justice, incumbent on the sinner; mortification is a duty commanded by prudence; which duty becomes that of every Christian who is not foolish enough to pretend to be out of the reach of concupiscence. Is there anyone living who could honestly say that he has fully acquitted himself of these two duties, that he has satisfied the claims of God’s justice, and that he has stifled every germ of his evil passions? All spiritual masters, without exception, teach that no man who is desirous either of perfection or of salvation should limit himself to the rules of simple temperance, that cardinal virtue which forbids excess in pleasures of every kind. This, they tell us, is not enough; and that the Christian, taking up another virtue, namely fortitude, must from time to time refuse himself even lawful gratifications; must impose privations on himself which are not otherwise of obligation; must even inflict punishment on himself in the manner and measure permitted him by a discreet director.
Amidst the thousands of holy writers who treat of this point of asceticism, let us listen to the amiable and gentle St.Francis de Sales. ‘If’,’ says he, in his Introduction to a Devout Life – ‘if you can bear fasting you would do well to fast on certain days, beyond those fasts which the Church commands us to observe….’even when one does not fast much, yet does the enemy fear us all the more when he sees that we know how to impose a fast on ourselves. Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays were the days whereon the Christians of former times most practiced abstinence. Therefore, do you choose out of these for your fasts, as far as your devotion and the discretion of your director will counsel you to do…..The discipline, when taken, with moderation, possesses a marvelous power for awakening the desire for devotion. The hair-shirt is efficacious in reducing the body to subjection…….on days which are especially devoted to penance, one may wear it, the advice of a discreet confessor having been previously taken.” Thus speaks the learned Doctor of the Church, the saintly Bishop of Geneva, whose sweet prudence is almost proverbial; and there to whom he address these instructions are persons living in the world. In the world, quite as much as in the cloister, the Christian life, if seriously taken up, imperatively requires this incessant war of the spirit against the flesh. Let that war cease, and the flesh speedily usurps the sway, and reduces the soul to the state of torpor, be either seizing her very first attempts at virtue and chilling them into apathy, or by plunging her, at a single throw, deep in the the filth of sin. [Thus we can see how laxity in penance, even encouraged for various well-meant but perhaps utlimately unhelpful reasons by those in Church authority, has played a leading role in participating the crisis in the Faith, reducing souls to torpor and weak against the wiles of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Practice as much penance as you can, and pray for me, for I am weak! I will pray for you! And yes my wife+baby are doing fine, so far, thank you!]
Neither is it to be feared that affability in the Christian’s social intercourse will be in any way impaired by this energy of self-mortification. That virtue which is based on such forgetfulness of oneself, as to make him love discomfort and suffering for God’s sake, does not render such a man one whit less pleasing in company, or rob the friendly circle he frequents of one single charm……….The Day of Judgment will give a strange lesson to those many good-for-nothing and cowardly Christians who feel sure that everyone of their acquaintance is as fond of easy going softness as they themselves are!
Well, perhaps Dom Gueranger could make that claim 150 years ago, not so sure about today. But we might have a surprise here or there.
Rome names square after Luther; Vatican says great! August 26, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Papa, pr stunts, secularism, self-serving, silliness, Society, the return.
The Vatican has given its backing to a central Rome square being named after Martin Luther, a church reformer excommunicated by the pope nearly 500 years ago……..
……..Luther was excommunicated in 1521 and was never allowed to return to the Catholic Church, but now the Vatican’s views have changed. [As much as I’d like to, I really don’t think I can rebut this statement]
Next month a hilltop square in Rome is due to be named Piazza Martin Lutero, in memory of Luther’s achievements. The site chosen is the Oppian Hill, a park area that overlooks the Colosseum.
The move has been six years in a making, following a request made by the Seventh-day Adventists, a Protestant denomination, Italian daily La Repubblica said. The original plan was to inaugurate the square in time for the 500th anniversary of Luther’s historic trip to Rome in 2010. City officials were not able to discuss the process behind naming the square or the reason for the holdup.
Despite Luther being thrown out of the Catholic Church during his lifetime, the Vatican reacted positively to news of the square’s upcoming inauguration. “It’s a decision taken by Rome city hall which is favorable to Catholics in that it’s in line with the path of dialogue started with the ecumenical council,” said the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, deputy director of the Vatican press office, referring to a gathering of churchmen to rule on faith matters.
The move contrasts sharply from views held by Luther around the time of his visit to Rome, when it was said he repeated the saying, “If there is a hell, Rome is built over it.”…… [also: “Rome is a satanic city,” “Rome is the seat of the antichrist,” and “The Pope is the devil’s servant.”]
…….within Italy there are very few Protestants; just 435,000 Italian citizens identify as Protestant, according to research published in 2012 by the Center for Studies on New Religions. Catholicism continues to be the dominant religion, with 97.9 percent of Italy’s 60 million residents having been baptized Catholic as of 2009.
Which makes one wonder if this was really an innocent decision made by Roman city authorities, of if there might even have been Vatican pressure applied to induce them to rule favorably. Given that the officials sat on the request for 6 years, and then, a couple of years into Francis’ reign, there is suddenly a change, I have to wonder if there is not a connection.
But with only a handful of Italian protestants, it seems incredible than a major Roman piazza would be renamed in Luther’s honor. What an affront to the millions of Catholics killed at protestant hands, and the great sufferings of so many Saints to win souls back to the Faith!
This different religion thing is getting out of hand, is it not?
Priest comes under heavy fire for preaching the Truth to souls! August 26, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, It's all about the $$$, manhood, persecution, priests, sanctity, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
A priest in the Diocese of Peoria, Ill has drawn ire for a supposedly “anti-gay” letter he sent to all people residing in the zip code that most corresponds with his parish boundaries. Fr. Timothy Sauppe’, in great charity, advised all souls – even those that are not Catholic, but being the pastor over which he has spiritual responsibility nonetheless – of the great evil of pseudo-sodo-marriage and the Catholic duty to resist this false, government-imposed redefinition of marriage.
Naturally the people and especially the media there just freaked out, labeling him a bigot and calling him every name imaginable, all for sending this very mild reminder to all the souls in his charge:
I’m sorry, but how is any of this “anti-gay?” Apparently, anything that disagrees with even the most outrageous, radical notion of the perverse community is now “anti-gay.” All the good priests says – and he is a rare priest for having true pastoral concern not merely for the active members of his parish but for all those who live within the parish boundaries, Catholic or not – is that the Church does not condone pseudo-sodo-marriage and neither does he, and that we have a right to oppose this imposition. He also says something completely unremarkable, that children have a right to both a natural mother and father, and should not be used as pawns in revolutionary social causes and experiments. He invites all to the saving Grace of Jesus Christ…….I’d call this a wonderfully charitable, concerned, and truly pastoral letter.
But the denizens of Westville, Ill, and even many self-described Catholics, apparently feel quite differently about the matter:
Father Timothy Sauppé sent the letter to residents with a 61883 zip code on Aug. 11 “in order to evangelize and protect St. Mary’s Catholic Church from future attack,” according to the church’s website. Sauppé was not available to comment when Commercial-News reached out to him Thursday.
The same flyer also names seven local organizations as sponsors and lists upcoming community events, including a Community Tent Revival “led by a Black Robed Regiment member” and upcoming Labor Day events in Westville.
Westville Lions Club President and village trustee member Darren VanDuyn wants to ensure the community that the message does not represent Westville, the businesses and organizations listed on the flyer, or the upcoming Labor Day Celebration sponsored by the Lions Club.
“I was furious because we are a diverse group of people and I didn’t want to be tied to this belief that we don’t all share this opinion of,” VanDuyn said. [OK, Mr. Van Duyn, you advertise in the parish bulletin for years, but why is that?]
VanDuyn said he was mostly concerned that the flyer would hurt the Lions Club Labor Day Celebration – the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year. [Oh, I see. Money. Got it. Money more important than salvation]
“The flyer lists the Labor Day event and as you can see from Facebook posts from people, it’s very damaging,” VanDuyn said. “We wouldn’t be able to help the community and do what we do if we don’t make money from that event and I would hate for this [flyer] to ruin it.” [All that “good” you are doing is utterly undone by tolerating this great perversion in your midst, and actively opposing the priest who is trying to save souls. Like so many organizations like this, they lose sight of the real purpose of whatever good they think they are trying to achieve, and it becomes all about the money – more than last year, always more! I must say even certain Catholic fraternal organizations tend to fall into this common trap. How about subordinating your perceived temporal good for the supernatural good of souls, something of infinitely greater value?]
………Sauppé has recently published an article onCatholic-church.org entitled “The Merging Swarm: Identifying and Preparing for the Homosexual Agenda,” where he refers to the President as “Barack Hussein Obama” [um, that’s his full name, much like many called the previous president George W. Bush, but the media hate the obvious muslim connotation to that name and don’t want it broadcast] and refers to anyone who supports gay marriage as a “homosexualist.” The article is linked to St. Mary’s website. [I thank God for a true shepherd such as this.]
“I know a lot of good people from St. Mary’s and Sauppé’s opinions just don’t represent the church as a whole,” VanDuyn said. “This is the action of one individual. Throw the flyer away and be done with it.” [So what? So he hasn’t gotten through to a number of people, that’s too bad for them, because he speaks the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church. There have always been Judases and heretics, that is our fallen nature.]
VanDuyn encourages the community to attend the Labor Day events that are sponsored by the Lions Club. Margaritaville, an annual event in Westville held on Labor Day weekend, is a separate event sponsored by St. Mary’s.
“I just hope that this doesn’t affect our attendance. We have a lot of great things planned for that weekend. [Man this guy is just really hung up on the $$$]
Sauppé told the Commercial-News on Tuesday he felt he needed to inform the public the Supreme Court ruling gave churches the right to continue to advocate against same-sex marriage.
“This was a dual-purpose letter with community events on one side and a public notice on the other,” Sauppé said “As pastor, I’m not only over Catholics, but I’m over everyone within my parish boundaries and a lot of those people don’t know about the other side to this issue. [All true. But the for the millions who have bought into the mass psycho-sexual rationalization surrounding sodomy, fornication, pornography, divorce, abortion, etc., the mere reminder of the Truth is incredibly painful and must be stamped out of existence at all costs]
“So I was doing a public service to them by explaining that we have a constitutional right not to condone [same-sex marriage].”……
……Sauppé said he didn’t think the message was political.
“I’m trying to reach the people who aren’t Catholic who oppose this for religious or philosophical reasons because same-sex marriage goes against the natural law,” Sauppé said. “If they oppose me and St. Mary’s for speaking out in the public square, that would make them a religious bigot.” [Good turnaround. If they’re going to call us bigots for being faithful Catholics, we can call out their anti-Christian bigotry]
This priest is under heavy fire for his sending out this letter. Perhaps tying organizations to the letter without their explicit approval was imprudent, but we can also see how so many mainstream organizations like the Lion’s Club and many others have contributed to the collapse of Western culture through their single-minded pursuit of their own interest rather than standing for the true greater good.
Judging from the parish website and some articles he has written (here and especially here) this is a far-above average orthodox Novus Ordo priest. God bless him. We need so many more like him. I pray he find his way to offering the Traditional Latin Mass, but other than that, he seems an exceptional pastor willing to speak the truth in season and out, and to suffer the repercussions that may come. He has received some very nasty comments for having to close the parish school due to lack of attendance and for being, um……Catholic, but that’s the state of the Church today, where so many have fooled themselves into believing that being Catholic is just one of many lifestyle choices one can choose to self-apply, but which carries no onus regarding behavior or belief, and damn you if you try to tell them they’re not! Pastors like this are red meat for katholycs who believe what the TV/media tells them to believe and who don’t want their enormous rationalizations challenged. He deserves support.
You can write to him here if you want to send a brief message of support. I sent him one.
I’m sure most readers are aware that the radical pro-perversion organization New Ways Ministry – condemned repeatedly by the Vatican and CDF under John Paul II and Pope Benedict, including the forced laicization of one of its founders and numerous interventions against another – has long been a beacon of heresy and support for immorality under the guise of a false charity. Given that, it is damning with faint praise when they issue a giddy report on Archbishop Blaise Cupich’s recent homily endorsing the progressive faction at the upcoming Synod. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised by that, Cupich has revealed himself to be a thoroughly progressive man and one frequently at odds with the constant belief and practice of the Faith.
What I find particularly egregious and disturbing in this most recent episode is the abuse of Scripture these characters always deploy to make their erroneous points (I am not linking to a bad site, you can find it if you want):
Preaching on Ephesians 5, a troubling text [Why is that “troubing?” It wasn’t troubling for the first 1900+ years of Christianity, why is it suddenly troubling now? What they really mean is, this is a text we find inconvenient and thus reject.] given its exhortation that “wives be submissive to your husbands,” Cupich said the text is actually quite subversive because it exhorts that husbands to be subordinate to their wives as well. This mutual submission between spouses is a teaching the early Church “would have found quite astonishing, if not revolutionary.” [Based on what evidence, other than the self-serving opinion of a dedicated revolutionary?] The archbishop explained:
“Christ was doing something utterly new in the human family, changing how people understand their relationships with each other as family. With the upcoming synod, it is clear that the Holy Father is calling the Church to examine our categories of expression about what we believe and be open to new avenues and creativity when it comes to accompanying families. All of this has much to say to us in Chicago, that we not settle for solutions that no longer work, expressions that no longer inspire and ways of working that stifle creativity and collaboration.”
Mind what he’s saying: traditional family arrangements of husband, wife, and children “no longer work” and “no longer inspire” but “stifle creativity and collaboration.” The Church can’t possibly call people to adhere to the family as always understood because, having not taught people to live according to this constant belief for decades, most bishops are now collectively throwing up their hands and declaring it an impossible standard to meet.
But notice the rhetorical sleight of hand: even if we take at face value all of Cupich’s claims, he works in a subtle reverse of logic upon which his entire point depends. OK, let’s say Christ was doing something “utterly new with the human family, etc.” in the early Church, that “new paradigm” became the accepted standard for all Christendom (treating women with more respect, making husband-wife relations more equal, whatever) and was the bedrock of Catholic moral teaching for 1900+ years. But note, this is because it was the implementation of something that was divinely revealed! What he is proposing now is the opposite, to allow the culture to dictate to the Church what is an acceptable arrangement for the family, and for the Church to bend to this new, incredibly compromised standard. It is the exact opposite of what happened in the early Church, where revelation worked a revolution on society (again, granting him his point) – what he proposes is to have society work a revolution on revelation! Do you see how he is twisting his rhetoric there most cleverly, if diabolically?
Also note, this was not just any homily, this was a significant salvo being fired in service of the progressive faction that seeks to destroy the entire moral edifice of the Faith:
Cupich was preaching in Holy Name Cathedral the at Mass for Investment of the Pallium. where Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Viganó presented the Chicago archbishop with the pallium, a small woolen stole worn metropolitan archbishops to signify their unity with the papacy. This pallium Mass was the first in a new model of investiture instituted by Pope Francis whereby archbishops receive the vestment in their local archdiocese rather than in Rome, reported Michael O’Loughlin of Crux. This is part of Pope Francis’ attempts to decentralize church power and affirm local communities’ participation. [Only overturning centuries of tradition in the process, but to make a modernist omelette, some eggs will be broken]
Much of the homily centered around the papacy however, presenting messages of Pope Francis by citing both Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato Si. In my view, what Cupich was really doing was calling the archdiocese to be a truly catholic church that is “home for all” where all are welcome. [This is a radically new interpretation of “Catholic,” which never in the history of the Church meant “every living soul,” but those who submit to the Doctrine of the Faith.] Citing Pope John XXIII, the archbishop told those at Mass:
“He called the entire Church to a fresh appreciation of the ancient teaching of the medicine of mercy in an era when many in the Church preferred the narrow path of severity and condemnation. [B as in B, S as in S. Even in the late 50s standards of doctrinal integrity had severely eroded. The “severe condemnatory” Catholic priest was always infinitely more a figment of progressive fever dreams than reality] .It is the pope’s ministry that draws us out of a narrow provincial view that reduces our experience of Church to just what is happening in my parish, my diocese, my country. [A hilarious claim regarding this most provincial of pontiffs] . . .[The pope in his travels] introduces us to our brothers and sisters in places we never visited, reminding us of what it means to be Catholic, a Church whose universality must be reflected in every particular Church.” [This is a most revolutionary sermon. It’s not a homily, it’s a sermon, departing far from merely explicating on the Scripture readings. This is a declaration of a progressive-modernist viewpoint. Note what he is saying, that JPII’s and Benedict’s massive and novel travels did not “introduce us” to others, it was only when the great progressive paragon came on the scene that the Church came to be enlightened. EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANTLY, he appears to be setting up a dichotomy between “particular Churches” and the Church, whether that means sects or local dioceses or both, I’m uncertain.]
Cupich’s words are worth noting not only for the message given to the congregation gathered, including twenty bishops, but for their broader significance given this church leader’s rising significance. He was Pope Francis’ first major episcopal appointment in the United States, coming with a largely positive record on LGBT issues that was further confirmed when he said last yearon CBS’ “Face the Nation” program that all families deserve legal protection
Yet, Cupich’s remarks are forward looking because he is expected to be appointed a special delegate to the Synod and his weight as a voice in the American Church will only grow…….
…..As for the October synod, Pope Francis is hoping for a miracle, and his appointments are raising the stakes that something positive for LGBT families might just happen.[Only at the cost of a vast number of souls, all true families, and the moral doctrine of the Church. To a progressive, that’s nothing for another great advance in the great liberation of mankind from God] Judging from Cupich’s words, he is open to the Spirit’s guidance and to new ways of accompanying families. [Once again, progressives pit the Holy Ghost against Himself, positively contradicting what He has revealed through Sacred Scripture. What a farce.] He commented on the Risen Christ “always doing something new” before quoting Evangelii Gaudium:
“Jesus can always break through the dull categories with which we would enclose him, and he constantly amazes us with his divine creativity.[So Cupich, too, sees no problem with Christ contradicting Himself, of even Sacred Dogmas having to change in the service of “mercy” and “creativity,” which are nothing but euphemisms for revolutionary doctrinal change. Thus, he is a MODERNIST, one who believes there are no constant Truths but only the most ephemeral, temporary, personal ones] . .[to the point that] new avenues arise, new paths of creativity open up, with different forms of expression, more eloquent signs, and words with new meaning for today’s world.”
Two words sum this guy up: different religion.
If Archbishop Cupich, whose depraved radicalism becomes more apparent every day, is indeed appointed to the Ordinary Synod by direct intervention of Pope Francis, it will be a very telling moment, will it not. It would reveal even more clearly where this pope’s sympathies lie, and the course he desires the Sin-nod to take. Of course, such has already been made quite plain by the appointment of such soulless characters as Daneels and Bonny. In truth, the real miracle will be if the perennial Doctrine of the Faith is not completely shredded at this Synod.
I don’t think it any exaggeration to state that this Synod and the encyclical which will follow represent the greatest threat to the doctrinal integrity of the Church since Vatican II. We must conclude that after the accumulated evidence of 50 years of ruin directly attributable to the implementation of the “spirit of the Council” that the men driving this new push towards revolution simply want to see the Church destroyed or at least turned into a completely ineffectual NGO. Please pray and do penance in the weeks leading up to the Synod most fervently. Pray especially for true shepherds among priests and bishops to emerge not only to oppose this nightmare but also to properly catechize souls in the real Doctrine of the Faith.
Another survey, another confirmation of the near-total failure of catechesis in this country August 25, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
I don’t know if it is even meaningful to report this stuff anymore. Another survey out from yet another group shows that self-identified American Catholics hold views utterly indistinguishable on matters of grave moral import from the general population. A majority of self-described Catholics – which includes the nearly half who haven’t darkened the door of a Church in years if not decades – thinks abortion should be legal in most or all cases, right along with the overall population. A strong majority favors pseudo-sodo-marriage. I’m sure if they asked about contraception a whopping majority would be in favor of that, too.
Acceptance of any of these items constitutes such a departure from the Faith revealed by Jesus Christ through His Church that it places the holder outside communion with the Church. Their eternal salvation is in the gravest jeopardy and they do not have sanctifying grace within them. Almost all responders are aware of the Church’s Doctrine on these matters. They simply reject it out of hand.
The loss of each individual soul is a tragedy of infinite proportions. And yet, as Our Lady of Fatima said to Lucia and the other children, souls today fall into hell like so many snowflakes. Tragically, unbelievably given the mission of the Church, many of these souls are being actively encouraged in their fall by men who have betrayed their calling to be shepherds and spiritual fathers for souls. The accounting these men will face will be a most horrible one. Pray for them.
51% of Catholics favor abortion in most or all cases. 60% favor pseudo-sodo-marriage. A ginormous 73% think the US government “needs to do more to address the issue of climate change.” 72% think the trillions already spent on wealth transfers from more productive to less productive sectors of the economy are insufficient.
American Catholics are, thus, thoroughgoing progressives far more informed by the platform of the democrat party than they are the Doctrine of the Faith.
The abortion matter really steams me, there isn’t a soul alive with an IQ above 70 who doesn’t know what the Church believes regarding abortion, nor that abortion, stripped of all the euphemisms, involves murdering perfectly innocent babies. It is also about the only moral issue on which there has been at least some catechesis at the parish level, but apparently not enough, since most American katholycs think it should remain legal.
Some more disturbing data, read this and see if you can keep your stomach from churning:
Catholics also do not differ markedly from the American public on the issue of same-sex marriage. A majority (55%) of Americans and six in ten (60%) Catholics favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. Notably, roughly equal numbers of white Catholics (59%) and non-white Catholics (61%) support same-sex marriage. [No, Catholics actually favor pseudo-sodo-marriage substantially more than the general population. 5% is not a trifling amount. Compared with believing protestants, the comparison is even more stark, and reveals the total failure to effectively catechize souls on this very important matter. But it gets much, much worse….]
Most Catholics also do not believe same-sex marriage violates their basic religious principles and commitments. A majority (53%) of Catholics disagree that same-sex marriage goes against their religious beliefs, while 42% agree. However, white Catholics are far more divided than non-white Catholics. Nearly half (45%) of white Catholics believe gay marriage goes against their religious beliefs, compared to only about one-third (35%) of non-white Catholics. [If you read the data above, you will find that self-described Hispanic Catholics are as progressive as they come, holding progressive opinions by huge margins on all matters but abortion. Continued mass immigration from Hispanic lands means making the United States into a much, much more socialistic and left-wing country, with all the implications for the destruction of morality, the good of souls, etc]
An even greater share (76%) of Catholics favor laws that would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people against discrimination. Roughly one in five (21%) Catholics oppose this policy. [Not only are most katholycs progressive, they’re dumber than a box of rocks]
Notably, relatively few Catholics support a broad religious liberty exemption to nondiscrimination laws. Roughly two-thirds (65%) of Catholics oppose a policy that would allow small business owners to refuse products or services to gay and lesbian people, even if doing so goes against their religious beliefs. Twenty-eight percent of Catholics support such religious liberty exemptions. Also of note, a majority (58%) of Catholics who attend religious services at least weekly and a slim majority (51%) of Republican Catholics also oppose allowing small business owners to refuse services to gay and lesbian people on religious grounds.
I’ve written many times that we would be tortured by self-described Catholics being our worst persecutors, even escorting pious souls to their martyrdom with hoots and jeers. Believe me, now? A HUGE majority (58% is huge) of those who assist at Mass weekly (probably most of them quite aged) oppose religious exemptions from servicing sodomites! Keep praying to your god the TV, Amchurch katholycs!
One more bit, which provides some background for the bishop’s strenuous efforts in favor of continued, unconstrained Hispanic illegal immigration to this country:
Currently, roughly six in ten (59%) Catholics are white non-Hispanic, more than one-third (34%) identify as Hispanic, and seven percent identify as some other race or as mixed race. The ongoing ethnic transformation of the Catholic Church can also be seen in the stark ethnic differences among U.S. Catholics by age. Catholic seniors (age 65 and over) are roughly twice as likely as young Catholics (age 18-29) to be white (79% vs. 40%, respectively). And these younger Catholics—at 49% Hispanic—are on the cusp of becoming majority Hispanic.
So the Church, such as it is, will become only more progressive with time as the Hispanic portion of the Church increases.
Taking in all the above, it appears the average Amchurch katholyc wants money money money and to believe whatever the mass media tells them to believe, even to the point of seeing their co-religionists persecuted for accepting the constant belief and practice of the Faith.
Poor lost souls! They must have fooled themselves – or allowed themselves to be fooled – into believing that no one goes to hell this side of Stalin or Hitler! They wouldn’t know a Bible verse from Shakespeare. Their priests and bishops have failed them to a degree that beggars the imagination. This Church is headed for a most severe reckoning, but we should rejoice if we have the Grace to remain faithful and suffer persecution in imitation of our Blessed Lord.
If we take the survey data above, and accept the survey’s finding that 22% of Americans self-identify as Catholic, also taking into account the fact that there is probably a lot of overlap between those holding heretical views on various matters but that the overlap is not total, I ask…….are there even 3 million actual believing Catholics in these United States, people who accept all the Doctrine of the Faith?
Gabriel Garcia Moreno’s sure-fire plan for sanctity! August 25, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, manhood, persecution, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Victory, Virtue.
Having almost completed the biography of Gabriel Garcia Moreno, former president of Ecuador, by Fr. Augustine Berthe’, CSsR, I must agree with the good father that there have been few Catholic leaders of the past 200 years who have held the personal sanctity of this man. I am just about convinced no man has done more to publicly protect and proclaim the Faith of Jesus Christ and Holy Mother Church than Garcia Moreno. I imagine Fr. Berthe’ is right in feeling strongly that Garcia Moreno possessed heroic sanctity. Bearing all that in mind, I thought this personal recap from Garcia Moreno on his personal resolutions to inculcate sanctity and grow in virtue might be helpful to many people. I can say that having read the biographies of many Saints, Garcia Moreno shared many holy habits with the Elect in Heaven:
Every morning when saying my prayers I will ask specially for the virtue of humility.
Everyday I will hear Mass, say the Rosary, and read, besides a chapter of the Imitation, this rule [of St. Benedict] and the annexed instructions.
It will take care to keep myself as much as possible in the presence of God, especially in conversation, so as not to speak useless words. I will constantly offer my heart to God, and principally before beginning any action. [Something I need to do with much greater regularity]
I will say to myself continually: I am worse than a demon and deserve that hell should be my dwelling place. When I am tempted, I will add: What shall I think of this in the hour of my last agony?
In my room, never to pray sitting when I can do so on my knees or standing. Practice daily little acts of humility, like kissing the ground, for example. Desire all kinds of humiliations, while taking care at the same time not to deserve them. To rejoice when my actions or my person are abused or censured.
To make every effort, by the thought of Jesus and Mary, to restrain my impatience and contradict my natural inclinations. To be patient and amiable even with people who bore me; never to speak evil of my enemies.
Every morning, before beginning my work, I will write down what I have to do, being very careful to distribute my time well, to give myself only to useful and necessary business and to continue it with zeal and perseverance. I will scrupulously observe the laws of justice and truth, and have no intention in all my actions save the greater glory of God.
I will make a particular examen twice a day on my exercise of different virtues, and a general examination every evening. I will go to Confession every week.
I will avoid all familiarities, even the most innocent, as prudence requires. I will never pass more than an hour in any amusement, and in general, never before eight o’ clock in the evening.
This was the only man who condemned Garibaldi’s invasion and sacking of the Papal States. He was repeatedly commended by Blessed Pius IX for his defense of the Faith and the reintroduction of government by Catholic principles in Ecuador. He was the only Ecuadorian leader in over a generation who did not enrich himself at the public expense while in office. He reintroduced religious life into Ecuador after almost all orders were driven from the country by revolutionary forces and oversaw the greatest period of sustained economic growth in Ecuador between its founding and the 1960s.
For his great zeal and selflessness, Garcia Moreno was rewarded with nothing but hatred, calumny, and ultimately, assassination, from the revolutionary camp. The revolution cannot abide the Catholic Faith, it stands in constant opposition to the Faith and the supernatural good of souls.
Something to remember as the fruits of progressivism increasingly turn rotten in this nation.