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A Beautiful Story on the Persecuted Catholics of Elizabethan England October 4, 2017

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I just finished reading a book on the English revolt against the Church, entitled the Rise and Growth of the Anglican Schism.  It’s a long book and a bit strange, containing contributions from several authors across different periods and consisting of almost as much commentary as it does the original upon which it was based – Fr. Nicolas Sander’s critique of the Tudor persecution of Catholics.  Still it’s a very worthwhile read, and an eminently timely one given the recent trend in some circles of the Church to celebrate the greatest single revolt against Church authority in history, the revolt of the myriad, multiplying, always disagreeing protestant heretics.

It is impossible to read any Catholic – or even unbiased, non-protestant – history of the so-called Reformation and not come away with the impression that the men who led and foisted this panoply of divergent sects upon the people were, to a man, the furthest possible exemplars from the original Apostles.  This is particularly true in England, where “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” is an almost laughable compendium compared to the torrents of Catholic blood spilt not over a few years, but over centuries.  Even more laughably, many promoters of modern sexular paganism and the notion of libertine democracy point to the English Reformation as the first blooming of the supposedly new ideals of liberty and freedom, when, in fact, the Tudor state under Henry VIII and Elizabeth the Sterile (and not for want of trying) was probably the first example of a modern authoritarian totalitarian state.  There were spies everywhere, liberties for “recusants” (faithful Catholics) were non-existent, new laws were made up on the fly and retroactively applied, and parliament was just a stacked body of unthinking yes men who did whatever the King or Queen demanded of them –  on pain of a wretched death if they refused to go along.  Both Henry and his illegitimate daughter Elizabeth (born from Anne Boleyn, who Sanders argues was actually Henry’s own daughter – yuck) led amazingly immoral lives, and used their hatred and fear of the Church as a vehicle to acquire absolute power for themselves.  The degree to which the state expanded and intruded into the deepest corners of conscience and privacy was unprecedented for the time, and yet, it was sold as being this great harbinger of “freedom from the tyranny of Rome,” when Rome had never dared, nor desired, to ever make such unyielding demands of the people.

The article excerpted below gives just a few examples of both how the totalitarian Tudor state persecuted Catholics, and how the Catholics of England  and abroad, under unbelievably difficult circumstances, managed to keep their faith through nearly three centuries of unprecedented, unrelenting persecution (seriously – the English persecution of Catholics made those of the Roman Empire seem modest by comparison).  You should read the whole thing, it’s not long and tells some history that is far too little known, even among Catholics:

A strange sight greeted those assembled at Tyburn one January morning in 1601. The executions of two Catholic priests – Mark Barkworth and the Jesuit, Roger Filcock – and one Catholic lay woman, Anne Line, were set to provide the day’s spectacle………..[Such executions, sometimes of single individuals, sometimes of entire groups, occurred almost monthly, and sometimes weekly, at Tyburn]

……….However, the gathered throng must have been momentarily taken aback, for Barkworth had somehow procured a Benedictine habit and was tonsured. Such an attire had not been worn in England since before Elizabeth I had ascended the throne more than 40 years earlier but there, before the mob, stood a Benedictine monk.

Any hesitation caused by such a spectacle was not enough to save Barkworth – in fact, some cruel wretch even shouldered the monk’s body weight during his hanging to ensure that he was fully conscious for the subsequent drawing and quartering. Yet Barkworth’s death marked the start of an English Benedictine presence that remains to this day.

Barkworth himself had been trained as a priest at the English College, Valladolid, but, on his way to England as a missionary, he had been received as a novice at the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria in Irache, and was told he would die a martyr, in the Benedictine habit. Many of the first wave of Englishmen to become Benedictines after the Reformation similarly entered the religious life in Spain………

……The significance of what they represented was not lost on them: as several monks testified at their martyrdoms, they were from the same order as the first missionary to England, St Augustine of Canterbury, “from whom,” as George Gervase, executed in 1608, put it, “England acknowledged that she had received the Christian faith”. [A sick sad note: toward the end of his reign, Henry VIII figured out that devotion to St. Thomas Beckett represented a threat to his false rule over the schismatical and heretical “church” of England.  After all, Beckett was martyred over his refusal to permit the self-serving Henry II to dictate policy and belief to the Church.  So, Henry had Beckett’s shrine at Canterbury trashed – and it was a major one, it’s the shrine described in The Canterbury Tales – with his bones removed from the church and burned. He had all the precious artifacts, works of art, and gifts taken from the shrine and delivered to his treasury. And he had the income from this shrine, along with many other dioceses and abbeys, diverted to his treasury.  Thus, the great leader and founder of the English church.]

Like the other missionary clergy who had been secretly entering England since the 1570s, these missionary monks brought with them the Catholic Reformation. Imbued with the zeal of a movement then sweeping Catholic Europe and, increasingly, far-flung parts of the globe from Asia to America, they were agents for the transfer of religious and intellectual ideas gaining ground in mainland Europe.

But nor were they solely about the new: they also tracked down the last surviving monk of Westminster Abbey. By the start of the 17th century, the infirm Sigebert Buckley lived under a form of house arrest. In 1607, he aggregated two of the new monks to him, thereby ensuring the continuity of the English Benedictines from the medieval period. [Heck, from the end of antiquity] As the new monastic movement grew and the monks re-founded the English Benedictine Congregation in 1619, this symbolic act took on greater significance.

It meant that the English Benedictines of the 17th century could lay claim to the old monastic properties which the Order had once enjoyed. As such, the English Benedictines throughout the period elected priors of, for example, Durham, Canterbury and Ely cathedrals, ready for the moment when England – as they believed, inevitably – returned to the Catholic faith.

This did not stop the monks forming new houses in exile, three of which remain to this day. St Gregory’s, founded at Douai in northern France in 1606, is now better known as Downside Abbey; St Laurence’s, founded in the town of Dieulouard in Lorraine in 1608, is now Ampleforth Abbey; St Edmund’s, Paris, founded in 1616, is now settled at Woolhampton, Berkshire, as Douai Abbey.

As I said, go read the rest.  Very interesting.  What a scandal protestantism represents.  It is unbelievable how men in leadership positions in the Church at all levels have chosen to forget or ignore this.  There but for the grace of God……

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Hundreds of Thousands of Polish Catholics to Pray Rosary Along Polish Border October 2, 2017

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Wow. I wish my country was as Catholic as Poland:

Poland’s bishops have urged Catholics to join a mass rosary prayer along the country’s border to mark the end of the Fatima centenary, and pray for the salvation of their country.

Organisers expect up to a million people to join the “Rosary on the Borders” event on October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto – where “the Christian fleet” saved Europe from “Islamisation”. [Why the scare quotes, Catholic Herald?  It was not a Christian fleet, but an entirely Catholic one.  The protestants were allied with the rampaging, marauding Turk. And yes, it is widely believed by most historians that had the Catholic fleet under Don Juan of Austria been destroyed, much of Christendom would have been lost.  It was only a few  years before that the Turk made his first siege of Vienna, and he was still occupying vast tracts of Christian lands.  But the protestants were allied with the mohammadans, and so declined to participate in the defense of the Christendom they had sundered, and left.]

“We believe that if the rosary is prayed by about a million Poles along the borders of the country, it may not only change the course of events, but open hearts of our compatriots to the grace of God,” the organisers say on their website.

The Polish bishops’ conference has endorsed the event, and asked all Catholics to join the rosary prayer even if they are physically unable to make it to the border. [Even with Francis all but canonizing every muslim economic migrant/invader into Europe?  OK I exaggerate, but he heaps praise on them and speaks in their defense constantly.  Good for the bishops of Poland, though they may have distanced themselves from the political nature of the event (I really don’t know)]

“Families may pray in their homes, sick in hospitals, and parish communities in their churches,” they said.

“A hundred years ago, Mary gave these three Portuguese children a message of salvation: repent, give reparation for sins against my Immaculate Heart and pray the rosary,” the bishops added. Rosary on the Borders is a “special opportunity” to fulfill that calling.

How beautiful.

Poland is having a major fight with the EU-trying-to-be-totalitarian-superstate over acceptance of muslim invaders/”immigrants” (a term far more worthy of scare quotes).  The EU is demanding all member states take their quota of muslims. Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic have refused to accept any significant number of these immigrants.  Poland in particular has apparently refused to accept any.  If you look at a map of terror attacks in Europe,, you see that Poland has, by some astonishing freak of nature, had none!

So perhaps a rump Christian Europe will remain, centered not in the west but in the east?

Defining the Post-Conciliar Ethos in a Single Tweet October 2, 2017

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So helpful for Massimo Fagglioli to help us out, showing us just what the “new springtime of endless new pentecosts infinitely better than the first” crowd believe:

Fagglioli – yes, I know – is a prominent adherent to, and advocate for, the “Bologna School,” the primary remaining intellectual force behind the radical reinvention of the Church as a man-made construct post-VII.  Think Cardinal Martini, Yves Congar, and you get the picture.

“Not Catholic anymore.”  The dream being, of course – and it is proudly proclaimed by some of Francis’ most intimate associates – to so radically change the Church that “reform” or, more properly, restoration, is impossible.

Even the logic behind that kind of statement tells us that holders of this view believe the Church is a human, rather than a Divine, construct.  As the good old Jewish Pharisee Gamaliel (reputed to be St. Paul’s teacher before his conversion) says in Acts of the Apostles: if this thing be of God, we cannot destroy it and we will war against God, but if it be of men, it will die out of its own.

Fagglioli, “Tucho” Fernandez, Tagle, Maradaiga-Rodriguez – they proclaim very loudly they view the Church as a man-made construct, to be bent and shaped into any image they see fit (as good leftists would – and being good leftists, they naturally assume that THEY, and only they, are smart enough, caring enough, and just plain good enough to deserve, by right, the role of Church-redefiner).

Note also the admission that the Mass is the fulcrum around which this revolution has been worked, and it is also the means by which the Restoration will take place.  For we know, contra so much of the hierarchical, institutional Church these days, that the Church, our Holy Mother, is ultimately the creation of God and that His Will shall be done, no matter how hard it may be to see that Will at this time.

I have become totally convinced that the best, the only way by which the Church will be restored is through the mass re-adoption of the Mass of St. Pius V and all the traditional rites of the Sacraments.  It was no mistake at all that the revolutionaries at VII, contrary to the established agenda, chose to act on the revolution against the Liturgy first.  They knew if they could remake the Liturgy into a pseudo-protestant, modernist-infused hootenanny then everything else would be not just wide open, but a matter of time.

So the spread of the TLM should be our highest priority, a sentiment echoed by the good Rodriguez brothers, one a priest, one a layman, speaking at the recent Fatima Center conference:

 

Videos from Fatima Rosary Procession 09/13/2017 September 14, 2017

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For the fifth month in a row, Mater Dei FSSP parish in Irving, TX, held a Rosary Procession in honor of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima.  The final centennial procession will be held Friday, October 13 at 7pm and will process along public streets (SH 356/Irving Blvd) from Mater Dei to Trinity View Park at the Irving/Dallas border.

Attendance was very good last night.  I would guesstimate between 250 and 300 people attended.  And this isn’t even the “big” procession! See below.  

I love what the organizers have done with the lighting of Our Lady for these night processions.  It was really beautiful.

Videos below.  I did not capture every moment of the procession, which took over half an hour, but did get most major portions.  It gives a flavor for it, anyway, which is not bad, considering I didn’t plan on recording ahead of time, I just decided to on the spot.

Filmed by hand.  There is some jiggly screen, but not too much, I don’t think.  If that bothers you, you might not want to watch.

Errors of “Big Bang” Cosmology and Other Good Sermons September 13, 2017

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I posted a link to the first sermon below – back when Audio Sancto was a going concern – back in 2013.  It’s been on Youtube for some time, but the timing felt right again to bring up this subject, what with all the comments received in the post I did on evolution being at the foundation of the collapse of Christianity in the 20th century.

The priest giving the sermon is a trained scientist, in the field of biology.  I am not a scientist, but as I said in the previous post on evolution, I have been steeped in the scientific indoctrination establishment throughout my education and professional career, and I have worked as a practicing engineer for nearly 25 years now.  I am not scientifically illiterate.  Neither is Father in the sermon.

This priest has given numerous sermons against the errors of modern science, cosmology, and evolution in particular.  I feel the one below is the best, but here are links to several of his other sermons on this subject (Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4).  Thanks to Steve Cunningham for putting all these truly edifying videos up.  Some of the visuals are outstanding.

Appeals to authority may constitute logical fallacies, but I can state that, from my personal experience that, with the possible exception of Father Michael Rodriguez, the priest in this video is probably the best teacher and most convincing catechist I’ve ever been blessed to learn from.

I don’t want to beat this subject to death, and I have other videos I’d like to present as well, but I think this is as good a sermon on the subject of modern cosmology as I’ve ever heard.  At the very least, it presents serious challenges and asks penetrating questions. In terms of the other videos linked above, this one is probably most worth your time.  It notes the truth, which is that evolution was deliberately construed not as simply a scientific theorem, but as a thoroughgoing philosophy which undergirds a competing and inveterately hostile religion, that of materialist rationalism or, as I call it, sexular paganism.

The comments are interesting.  There are some substantial (if very brief) criticisms of Father’s arguments.  But mostly there are ad hominem attacks against religion in particular and metaphysics in general.  Stupid Greeks, didn’t they know  they were just wasting their time thinking about truth, when the material is all there is?  One thing these proselytes of modern science either do not know, or refuse to admit, is that when they laud “science” for only considering the material, they fail to acknowledge that it wasn’t always thus, and that it required both the sundering of Christendom through the protestant revolution, and the subsequent ascendancy of rationalism, to create a new scientific philosophy that, as a matter of deliberate choice, not evidence or reason, excluded the non-material.  You can think Descartes and Bacon, largely, for that, and they were not wholly dispassionate in their motives.

Hopefully less controversially, another excellent sermon from a very good priest, one I which I knew better, on the grand matter of humility.  There is nothing really ground-breaking in the sermon, but good, solid catechesis on an absolutely vital virtue that is so little understood and practiced in our time.  This priest is associated with an apostolate I think is so key, which is the re-evangelization of Latin America to authentic Catholicism through the spread of the Traditional Mass.  Please consider supporting this apostolate.

This final sermon is actually from the great Moral Doctor Saint Alphonsus Ligouri.  It’s read by someone, I know not whether they are a priest or no.  In this sermon, St. Alphonsus expostulates on the fact that, for each one of us, there are only a certain number of sins each person is allotted before God forgives no more of them. He bases his sermon on Scripture, the Fathers of the Church and common sense. A most powerful sermon and on a topic that many either do not know or are reluctant to countenance.  I believe I have blogged excerpts from others of St. Alphonsus’ voluminous writings on this subject, but darned if I can find them now.  This might be the most important of all the sermons listed in this post:

 

Multi-Part Tour through the Spanish Missions of San Antone, Part III September 13, 2017

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Sorry this tour got sidelined for far longer than I hoped or planned.  In late June one of my children set my work laptop down in a puddle of water (water they had been told to wipe up already!) and the fan sucked water up into the computer.  End result was a completely fried hard drive.  I had transferred all my mission pictures to the lap top some time before.

Fortunately I still had the originals on my phone, it just took me a long time to get them transferred.  I finally got around to that today, and so here is part 3 in the four part series, covering the largest of the four missions, Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo.

Of all the four missions, aside perhaps from Mission Espada, Mission San Jose was in the worst shape when San Antonio and local historical societies got serious about restoring them in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Indeed, the entire ceiling and the east wall collapsed during a Mass held there around the turn of the 20th century.  The Mission looked like this before meaningful restoration began:

Today the Mission is quite restored, which is both bad and good – it’s great that we have something to look at, and that the church is whole enough to offer Sacraments, but the down side is that we never know whether what we are looking at is authentic or not.  Fortunately, the west walls and the facade of the church remained standing, and these contained some of the most artistically significant elements.

Today, approaching the Mission from the parking lot, this is the view one finds:

The former refectory and cells for the religious who worked this mission are gone, but the outline of the structures remains:

Mission San Jose has by far the finest stonework, hand-carved, sometimes by natives, sometimes by artisans brought from Nuevo España (Mexico) into local limestone, of all the San Antonio missions:

An arrow slit to defend the church against hostile indians.  I kid, it’s a light for a very narrow circular stairway that leads up to the bell tower.

Moving around to the front of the church, we see what is probably the most elaborately carved stone facade on any mission in North America.  That is a historical treasure, even though many of the statues and individual flourishes had to be recreated to replace damage caused by vandalism over the years.  Horribly, incredibly, almost unanimously protestant soldiers in the Texas Revolution and, even more, the Mexican-American War of 1848 (American forces used the missions as storage facilities for grain and other logistics materials), used these irreplaceable pieces of art for target practice.  There is more evidence of damage inside the church proper.

The more detail one captures, the more amazing the artistry is:

Now moving inside the church proper, this is the overall view down the nave:

Let me tell you, that reredo is a massive improvement over what existed in Mission San Jose for decades, especially after the council. Then, there were simply bare stucco walls with a moderately sized – and none too artistically significant – table altar.  This new reredo was added a few years ago, I think under the impetus of then Archbishop Jose Gomez, and really transformed the church into something far more aesthetically pleasing.

The view back towards the choir loft:

This choir loft is still accessible and used during Mass.

I don’t know when these pews were fabricated, I don’t think they are anywhere close to original to the Spanish Mission period, but as a woodworker I was impressed with their craftsmanship nonetheless.  I would hazard they are in the vicinity of 90-100 years old.

I mentioned further damage inside the church itself.  The carved sconces at the juncture where the vertical beams meet the arched ones for the ceiling had extensive damage.  Several popes and saints had their heads shot off, as seen below:

This one was relatively intact:

Some closeups of the reredo.  Very nicely done.  Not real high on the color but the design with alcoves for Saints is very Spanish.  I love this as something for local traditionally-inclined parishes to adopt if they ever have the opportunity to do a remodel along orthodox/traditional lines (sorry for the blurriness in some images.  It was super-humid that day and going from the outside to the inside caused the camera lens to keep fogging up. I tried to wipe it clean but was not always successful):

They were getting ready for Pentecost, thus, the decorations.

Nice crucifix. The crucifix and statues are definitely Spanish colonial era polychrome, but I do not know if they are original or not.  Most original art not permanently affixed (and even some that was) was lost from the four missions during their century or so of near abandonment and neglect.

To gauge how much the reredo improved things, compare with this shot from the mid-2000s:

Night and day, no?  Plus, much additional artwork was returned from this stark, iconoclastic post-conciliar wreckovation.

That artwork includes some period paintings:

I love them both, one is such a great example of Spanish Colonial Catholic art, the other, I believe, is of much more recent vintage.

OK just a few more things.  A nice statue of Our Lady, unfortunately image is a little blurry:

And then finally, in what amounts to something akin to a side chapel, though it’s really used more today like a room for exhibits of certain kinds, is what I believe is a remnant of an old high altar that was probably chopped up in the post-conciliar period:

I had to stretch through a narrow space between some kneelers and a wall to get this shot.  Otherwise it was almost entirely blocked.

Or perhaps I am wrong, and this is a post-conciliar altar that used to be in the main church and got moved into this side chapel?  My gut says, though, that with this degree of detail, this is a more ancient altar, probably not original to the 1700s, but perhaps early- or mid-19th century?  The altar stone was obviously missing, but altars of primarily wood construction were not at all unheard of, especially in colonial environs.

I could find no one to give me the history of this altar. Most people either didn’t know what it was or knew nothing of its history.

I thought I had some more pics, especially of the re-created mission palisade and living quarters for natives, but I am not finding them now.

Check Out This Site Dedicated Towards Counter-Revolution…… August 14, 2017

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………and monarchy.  The latter seems so “extreme” and “anti-American” to many that merely proposing the concept is enough to get one branded a crazy – which goes to show just how thorough the cultural dominance of the revolutionary rhetoric of the “Enlightenment” and the left-libertine ethos it encourages has been.

The current left-liberal socio-political paradigm is, to a very great extent, built, and I increasingly believe deliberately so, upon ignorance of history.  Here I’ve lived in Texas my entire life, have been a Catholic for nearly 20 years, yet I had never heard of the Cristiada or the 100+ year war by the various totalitarian Mexican governments against the Church until 2009 or so.  I had no idea there was a mass popular reaction against repressive, authoritarian “liberal” government in a huge nation that borders  on my native state, and with a huge population of expatriates living right there among us.  Many Mexicans themselves are wholly ignorant of the Cristiada or its justifications.

And that is hardly the only example of Catholic reaction to the left-liberal or sexular pagan zeitgeist.  The Austrian government under Dolfuss and, to a lesser extent, Schuschnigg, Francoist Spain and to a lesser extent again the Estado Novo of Salazar’s Portugal,  the Carlist uprisings in Spain against creeping leftism in the 19th century, the War in the Vendee in France, the ……..these are but a few of the better known (and that isn’t very well) examples.

Unfortunately, to date, none of these reactions have been outwardly successful in permanently forestalling the advance of the “enlightenment” ethos.  There are current movements in Hungary and Poland, and possibly some other European states, that are reactions to this ethos and which have a religious (Catholic) flavor, but they have not yet come sufficiently to fruition to dominate the direction of their respective nations.

The endarkenment – my pithy term for the left-liberal/sexular pagan ethos – almost requires this environment.  It insists, and in effect requires all opposition to be presented as “extreme,” the abode of crazies and malcontents of one stripe or another.  This is probably the most valuable and well demonstrated point proven in The Gentle Traditionalist.  This definition causes the endarkenment values to present themselves both as the only reasonable alternative and as inevitable, the practical result of a “scientific society” that has finally pulled itself out of the dark ages of religion and superstition.

Of course, this left-liberal society also contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction.  Critics of the dominant left-liberal culture have noted this for 200 years – unfortunately, most of those critics were even more erroneous, even more extreme in their programs to overcome and ultimately displace the liberal democratic state.

But since that destruction seems to loom before us more and more every day, becoming ever more likely to come to fruition in a cataclysm perhaps even worse than the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, it behooves thinking souls to consider what may come after the crash – or how the crash may be averted if, by some miracle, society can be brought to its senses.

This is a long introduction to a website recommended by good reader MFG comes to mind, a site dedicated towards counter-revolution – for the “enlightenment” has always been first a foremost a revolution, a revolution especially dedicated towards unseating God and His Church.  I haven’t perused all the site  yet, and am not giving an endorsement of all the content therein, but there is at the least some edifying historical content (such as on the Carlist counter-revolutions of Spain), and some serious food for thought on monarchy and the role Tradition must play in shaping a rightly ordered Catholic society.  I am not quite as willing to endorse the denunciations of capitalism and embrace of agrarianism on the site, unless the authors make clear what they are proposing – a basically mid-19th century existence, with most people engaged in exhausting manual toil out in the fields.  Materialism has been a great evil in the world, it is a primary vice of the endarkenment, but I am still dubious of  policies that condemn the vast majority of souls to lives of endless, exhausting manual labor.  On a practical level, it’s an impossible sell.  That is why distributists virtually never get into specifics about what the world would look like should their economic views be put into practice.  It sounds nice to say “well, each village would be self-supporting, with farmers growing food and blacksmiths making tools and tailors sewing dresses, etc…….”  But few are willing to admit there would be few or no cars or trucks, little or no electricity, likely no trains or planes, no computers, little communication with the outside world, little if any medicine (antibiotics failing to grow on trees), much less variety of food and a strong likelihood of periodic want if not outright starvation, etc. – everything that was common in the late 18th century.

I’m being a bit harsh, there are some ways some of this could be avoided on a semi-distributist model, but overall it would mean mass sacrifice in standard of living (and life expectancy) for virtually all but the most elite in the monarchist/nobility driven society.  Which, if that’s your program, if you are really convinced that returning to a Catholic moral and social order requires abandoning “capitalism” (whatever one means by that term, capitalism at its essence to me is the free exchange of goods and services at mutually agreed rates) and a return to an agrarian 18th/early 19th century level of existence, fine, but be honest about what this will mean in practical terms, and don’t sell it as a no-cost (or even superior, in material terms) alternative.

But who knows what may come if this massive but fragile beast that is the interconnected socio-political-economic structure of the world today collapses?  Distributism may arise of itself naturally in that case.

In any event, the website does have some good content and I am happy to engage with and be supportive towards any effort aimed at the institution or restoration of a Catholic moral and social order  It also invites you to join the counter-revolution if you are so moved.  The site claims joining may enable you to engage with other like minded individuals. I joined and I will see what results.  I do not know if this website or group has any relation to Tradition, Family, and Property.  Some concerns over TFP were expressed to me recently, and they are not the first I have heard, but I have not really seen these concerns substantiated to any serious degree, as of yet.  Perhaps I will soon enough.

At any rate I have spent far too much time on this today!  Check out the site if you are interested in learning some aspects of little-known Catholic history, and/or are looking for alternatives to the “inevitable” left-liberal materialist ethos.

 

Trump Emphasizes Christians in Refugee Admission August 3, 2017

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Some really good news out of the Trump Administration.  Not only has Trump switched focus on refugee admissions from Middle Eastern countries disastrous US policies have left ravaged from muslims (radically preferred under Obama) to Christians, the rate of change is growing rapidly – while Christian refugees were a slight minority in March (from being a huge minority a year ago), they are now the solid and growing majority:

The first six months-plus of the Trump administration have brought a discernible shift in the religious affiliation breakdown of refugees admitted into the United States, with a larger proportion of Christians to Muslims among those resettled.

Most of those who have arrived since President Trump’s inauguration would have begun the application process long before – it can take 18-24 months – but the change is nonetheless striking: More than half of those admitted under Trump (51.2 percent) are Christians, compared to 43.3 percent of those who arrived during the same period one year earlier under President Obama. [While the process may take a long time, policy swings can quickly result in huge shifts in terms of who gets admitted.  The Obama admin had long favored muslim “refugees” (re: economic migrants?) to a marked degree. Note I have seen much different data from what CNS is reporting at the link.  In the past I had seen data that declared the vast majority of Syrian refugees admitted to the US were muslim, with Christians virtually unable to get admittance. The data at CNS is worldwide, which I think makes up much of the difference]

Some graphs that put things in perspective quickly:

This is entirely right and just, not only are these Christians far more suited to assimilation in this country, they have also been the victims of a concerted genocide (or attempted one) by jihadi muslims, who seek to wholly depopulate Christians from their ancient ancestral home (where they predated muslims by 5-6 centuries, depending on the locale).  Plus, we as a nation put these sorely afflicted nations, or most of them – Iraq, Syria, Egypt, etc – on their path of endless internecine conflict and religious persecution.  We owe these people a very great deal.  The aggressors in this campaign of cultural and religious extinction should be looked at with a much more callous eye, at least so far as their admittance to this nation as so called refugees is concerned (bear in mind the European example, 80-90% or more of those refugees are just economic blood suckers looking for generous welfare benefits).

So good on Trump. While his legislative agenda is being killed by the Grand Ol’ Party of 2/3 leftist hacks pretending to be conservatives, at least on the executive side he is doing a great deal of good.  Now hopefully he’ll be able to make another Supreme Court appointment or two, and provided they are good, I’d be quite satisfied with him as a president.  At the very least, he’s not Hillary Clinton.

A word about this Russia act being put on by the Left, which again includes essentially every elected democrat and probably half to 2/3 or more of Repubniks at the federal level – of course it’s utter crap, but it’s also a display of brilliance on two fronts.  First of all its a brilliant display of the Leftist tendency to always project their own evils onto others – there is far, far more evidence of collusion between democrats and the Russian government (re: the Clintons) on an illegal basis (such as those revelations last week, of course swept under the rug by the media, of this Fusion GPS outlet being both the primary source of all this Russia material in the press and being a front for Russian gov’t intelligence work) than the tiny hints of impropriety pointed at Trump, that the media steadfastly works into a constant frenzy.  But at the same time, it is a brilliant tactical move, because when the evidence eventually comes out, and it will, that it is the democrats who were colluding with the Russians far more than Trump or any Republicans, and it is the democrats who routinely rely on vote manipulation/fraud to win elections, the dems can simply shout that the revelations are all political, that it’s all cover for Trump, that it doesn’t matter, etc., etc, knowing the leftist media will carry water for them 24/7.

In the Gospel for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost our Blessed Lord tells us that the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light.  We’re seeing this displayed on a daily basis.

Oh, and Mueller is a corrupt statist hack who is BFFs with disgraced Clinton protector and former FBI head James Comey.  Mueller has now convened a grand jury to continually harass Trump as part of the statist campaign to kneecap his administration before it even starts.  We are learning a very great deal about both the real beliefs of many players in DC (including the self-anointed “conservative” commentariat and political class) and the way the game is rigged, and it is absolutely shocking how correct “conspiracy theorists” like Alex Jones and others have been all along.  I do not see how this is going to have a happy ending.  Things are not settling down, they are building to a crescendo.  I cannot prognosticate what that will look like, but I don’t think it’s going to be Ozzie and Harriet.

What do we do with a Republican party so corrupt and so unwilling to even pretend to govern according to the will of the people?  We are always told third parties don’t work but the Republicans and Democrats have not always and forever been the two choices. There have been third parties that have held vast influence up to and including the presidency (the Whigs, for one).  But what has to form, and very quickly and adroitly, is a mass movement away from the existing party structure and into a new one.  I don’t know if this is possible, and there is always the risk that a split in the right will lead to Lefitst “ascendance” through power gained after winning a plurality, a la Spain in 1931 and Chile in 1970.

It’s beyond me what to do.  I haven’t had the time to think about it.  Perhaps you have some good suggestions.  As confirmation of my claim that the Republican party, at least at the federal level, is still dominated by statists/secret leftists/friends of Leviathan, you can be sure that this Congress will fail miserably in funding legislation to build a southern border wall, which was the primary reason people elected Trump.  You can tell just how effective walls are by the opposition that exists among the powers that be to allow one to be built.

Traditional Book Review: The Gentle Traditionalist by Roger Buck July 27, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, cultural marxism, General Catholic, history, Latin Mass, paganism, Restoration, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
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Kind reader skeinster, who I know and value so much in real life for her perspectives as a longtime trad and observer of trads, gave me a copy of Roger Buck’s The Gentle Traditionalist to read.  Bucks two books – The Gentle Traditionalist and Cor Jesu Sacratissimum – have attracted rave reviews from the likes of Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Charles Coulombe, and Joseph Shaw.  Both books have received almost unanimous 5 star reviews on Amazon.  A few people gave it 4 stars.

I would probably have to fall into this latter camp as well, for while I appreciate the work – especially the first half – and find its lighthearted approach refreshing in a traditional Catholic tome, I felt the author missed the point on two key subjects – the “evils” of capitalism and the pernicious influence of the United States –  and glossed over the liturgical revolution in the Church and its effects a bit much.  I am no longer entirely certain that “the Mass is the Mass is the Mass” irrespective of how disordered, abusive, or downright heretical it is.  Having said that, I also know there are much more beautiful, uplifting, and reverent means of offering the Novus Ordo.  Call me a bit agnostic on this subject.

First, the good parts.  The author very skillfully exposes that the ultimate struggle ongoing in the West (and, through the Anglosphere’s overpowering influence, the world) is not one of politics, not even one of culture, but one of religion.  He adroitly reveals what has been obvious to this blog for years, but which took me other years to discover on my own – the modern left-libertine cultural-political-social agenda movement is not, as it likes to present itself, simply the natural product of a scientific inquiry and rationalist thought, but is in fact a highly organized, tightly controlled religion, and one that is inveterately hostile to it’s longtime nemesis and competitor, the Catholic Christian Faith.  Even more, the author notes that this religion – which he calls the New Secular Religion, and I, more clumsily, refer to as sexular paganism, creates enormous power and room to maneuver for itself by steadfastly denying its religious basis, even though we see the religious nature of sexular paganism exposed more and more everyday, with heresies declared, anathemas issued, and (un)holy wars proclaimed.  As author Buck notes, because it is the religion of the shapers of mass popular culture – the media, academia, virtually all corporate titans, and the vast majority of politicians – secularism literally gets away with murder.  And mass murder at that, given the ongoing genocide of abortion and the rising genocide of the old and infirm in so-called euthanasia.

All this is brilliantly conveyed and powerfully argued – but in a folksy, approachable way missing in many books related to the traditional Catholic – or, I should say, Catholic – critique of both the culture and the Church.  In fact, I found myself wishing at times this book had been available in, say, 2010 or so – it would have saved me 3 years or more of figuring this out for myself!

There author also touches on elements of Catholic history that have been deliberately glossed over, if not ignored entirely, in the propaganda machines cum education-industrial complexes in the West, and in particular in the Anglosphere.  When For Greater Glory came out in 2012, I was shocked to find how few Catholics had ever heard of the Cristiada or know that there had been a violent, bloody persecution of Catholics persist for decades literally right next door to the US.  Similar elements of Catholic reaction to the ongoing sexular pagan revolution – the Carlists, the Spanish Civil War, the War in the Vendee, various Irish uprisings against protestant English rule – receive mention.

I also found absolutely fantastic the distinction the author makes between being gentle, and being “nice.” I would be remiss in not mentioning this detail – the spiritual adviser, the “gentle traditionalist” of the book, is very much just that. I do appreciate his gentleness and think this is a great example of how to do evangelization, even proselytization, in a way that is probably very well suited to this era of easily hurt feelings and mass emasculation.  Nevertheless, Buck notes that very much of what is wrong with the culture, especially with regard to decaying moral (and ecclesiastical) norms stems from a fear of not being “nice,” which means, ever causing anyone to feel uncomfortable or have their feelings hurt.  The Gentle Traditionalist would be a terror on today’s college campuses among generation snowflake.  The author also, at least tacitly, exposed much of what is wrong within the Church herself these past several decades: the triumph of the feminized “Church of Nice” over the Church of the Apostles, Fathers, and Doctors.

Even more importantly, the author rightly notes that the original source of the New Secular Religion, as he calls it, is the protestant heresy and revolt.  How the author can then turn around and declare that protestantism merely represents an “imperfect confession” of the Faith was a bit puzzling, for protestantism is the seed bed of literally everything sexular paganism represents – rejection of authority, exaltation of human “reason” above God’s revealed Truth, tolerance (and eventual promotion of) sexual license, a wholly distorted understanding of virtue and the the nature of right piety and devotion, etc., etc.  I felt there was some unfortunate influence of the post-VII ecumenical movement, here.  But, in truth, this was a brief and unfortunate departure from the book’s fairly comprehensive attack on protestantism as the ultimate root of the assault on Christendom by the New Secular Religion (I will say, however, that I think the author also glosses over grave problems in the Orthodox Churches, as well, and the growing number of heresies stemming from those bodies, but, given what’s been emanating from Rom in the past few years and decades, who am I to judge?).

More systemic problems throughout the book are the author’s obvious lack of understanding of the United States and its people, and his wholesale attacks on capitalism.  Now, we all have baggage from our past. I quite frequently wonder the degree to which my lifelong conservatism/right wing nuttiness may be influencing my conception of the Church and Church belief.  It is probable I color various understandings on these weighty matters with my own preferences.

The author was a longtime liberal, even, it seems, a devoted member of the unchurch of sexular paganism himself.  He is also a Britisher, and seems to derive much of his understanding of both (what is represented as) capitalism and the United States from incredibly biased British media coverage (the author also seems to believe that climate change is real, caused by humans, and is largely the fault of what he calls capitalism.  But ever seen the environmental record of communist/hard socialist states?).  His numerous snide comments regarding the United States and our supposed embrace of “capitalism run riot” aside  (I really don’t think the author has much experience of the United States or Americans, and fails to note hugely important distinctions, such as the massive socialist welfare state that has existed in the US for decades, or the fact that Americans on average, and Christian Americans in particular, are far, far more generous in giving to charity than any European populace, which points up a hugely important distinction: the fact that the US has a relatively smaller welfare state than most Eurozone countries does not mean that the US is a hard-hearted, un-Christian place.  It means that many Americans would rather do their charity themselves, rather than have the government do it for them, all the while keeping a huge proportion for itself and gravely injuring civil liberties given by God in the process), the main weakness with his arguments, to me, are his constant denunciations of capitalism, or what he believes capitalism is.

Now, again, taking into account differing life experiences and preferences, when I repeatedly encounter phrases like “wage slavery,” lifted directly from Das Kapital, I take a bit of exception.

Without going into too much detail, or becoming overly critical, I would simply say that the author shares a very prevalent bias, one that is even more common in Europe in the United States, when it comes to understanding capitalism.  Capitalism is simply, at its essence, the free exchange of goods and services among private individuals at agreed upon rates.  Capitalism was not invented by Adam Smith.  It is the default economic system that has virtually always arisen among groups of men at all stages of history, whether it be based on barter, gold coins, or paper dollars.  This system has sometimes, naturally, had elements of collectivism, and at other times and places, been much more individualistic.

What we have today in the United States, and even more so in Europe (and have had for decades, even a century or more in some nations) is a capitalist-socialist hybrid, highly influenced and controlled by government, with government often picking winners and losers.  Those winners tend to be established players who already have great wealth and influence, and who, almost unanimously, adhere to the New Secular Religion.  The distortion of the free market, and government’s almost total dominance over it in many nations, is a huge factor both in the spread of the New Secular Religion and in the inability to fight back against it. In fact, many Americans, at least, view a free market as being a vital means to resist the spread of the New Secular Religion, just as many other Americans view socialistic policies as being vital to its continuing spread.  In brief, I think the historical evidence and that from the present day both strongly indicate that the New Secular Religion, as Buck calls it, is inseparable from the socialist state, and the more socialist the state, the more secularist it is, at least in the West.  (I won’t even go into the numerous mentions of the US’ lack of a government-forced single payer health care scheme, which is presently causing thousands of murders a  year in Holland and has moved Britain to ration health care to a draconian decree – no heart surgery for you if you are fat or smoke too much!  I doubt the author has any idea how terribly health services have declined, and costs increased, even with the semi-single payer Obamacare.  It’s been an unmitigated disaster for the vast majority of Americans who constitute the middle class).

At any rate, suffice it to say that we disagree on this rather substantial point.  I would also say that, politically, the New Secular Religion has always been primarily promoted by the political and economic Left, and that it is no accident that both the communist governments that have taken root, and the more socialist governments of the world, have all been profoundly anti-Christian and especially anti-Catholic. Meanwhile, capitalism happily coexisted with Catholicism from its founding up until about 150 years ago.  Distributism, which the author seems to promote (but doesn’t really flesh out to any degree), is a nice dream, but I have grave concerns that it is not simply another economic utopian fantasy that would wind up getting a whole lot of people dead, of necessity, in order to implement it.  But I won’t rehash those arguments now.

I would simply rebut with this: no economic system has lifted more people out of poverty more quickly than capitalism, even in its limited, distorted, and government-dominated form of today.  Professor Jordan Peterson claims that more people (300 million) have been lifted out of poverty in the last decade than at any time in human history, and the rate is actually increasing, with 35-40 million growing out of poverty every year now.

All of this is not unimportant.  As I noted, to me, there is far, far greater correlation between the rise of totalitarianism, religious persecution, and the advance of the “New Secular Religion” or sexular paganism,  with socialism/Leftism than there is between these terrible features of the modern world and capitalism.

Not that there are not serious problems with both capitalism and the United States. There are, and I have discussed them at length, especially regarding the latter.  Modern capitalism, with government encouragement, too often descends into usury. And the US – along with every other similar nation – is fundamentally disordered in not having Jesus Christ as its visible Head and the Catholic Faith as its state religion.

I should regroup here, and say that even with these points of disagreement, I still liked the book, I recommend it (with some caution regarding the points above), and would give it 3 1/2 to 4 stars out of 5. [On reconsideration, I would say more like 3 stars.  The anti-capitalist rants are really quite extensive and actually form a key part of the book’s argumentation, while socialism/Leftism as economic factors in the decline of Christendom (and inextricably linked with the rise of the New Secular Religion) are passed by virtually without comment. I have a serious problem with that] I will almost certainly purchase the author’s other book Cor Iesu Sacratisissimum, since it it much longer and, I believe, is supposed to explain his understanding of ecclesiology, theology, and related matters in much greater depth.

I did particularly enjoy the excerpt from The Deer’s Cry, or St. Patrick’s Breastplate, the author included.  This is an ancient Irish prayer attributed to St. Patrick, and I found it quite moving and beautiful.  I hope to find time to post that tomorrow or sometime soon.

Overall, there is much more good in the book than anything I can find fault with.  Many other readers, apparently, did not find nearly so much to be concerned over as I did, or they were willing to let those things pass by.  That’s fine.  I’m interested to know if any of you have read the book, and, if so, what you thought of it.  I went on at length in some of my criticisms, but that’s really more an indication of my inability to unpack and criticique thoughts efficiently, than it is of the amount of book that is devoted to the subjects I find less perfectly cogitated.  Really, the vast majority of the book is quite solid, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Whew, longest post I’ve done in a while.  If you’re still here, you deserve a beer or a cigarette or a gold star…..something.  How about a nice glass of Skittlebrau?

Kind of an inside joke if you haven’t read the book.

 

The Innovators/Modernists in the Church are Either Heresiarchs or Demoniacs July 19, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, cultural marxism, different religion, Francis, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, manhood, priests, Revolution, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership.
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An excellent sermon below from a priest much loved by this blog, dealing with the subject of attempted radical changes to Church belief which fallen men have tried to impose on her almost from the Church’s inception.  The specific matter addressed here has to do with a small portion of the First Catholic Epistle of St. John, but there are obvious implications for all those attempting to foist different and novel beliefs upon the Church.

The priest’s key point is that the Church has been empowered by God to be THE reliable witness to the Truth of Jesus Christ in the world for all time.  Father uses a secular analogy to describe the impact the innovators have on the Church’s credibility – if the sole eyewitness to an alleged murder radically changed his testimony on the witness stand, even contradicting himself, would such a witness be considered reliable?  Of course not.  In the even more weighty matter of giving testimony of the Truth absolutely necessary for salvation, if the Church changes her testimony, what will the result be?  The result will not be to win the appraise and lauds of the world – those these may occur, they will be fleeting, and more a self-congratulatory chorus from enemies of Christ and His Church on finally having “vanquished” an eternal foe – the result will be the total collapse of the Church’s moral and spiritual authority and its dismissal from the ranks of seriously considered belief systems.

Of course, even before Francis, immense damage along this line had already been done, as Vatican II and the revolution which afflicted the Church from the early 60s on produced numerous priests and prelates who promoted everything from practical apostasy to subtle undermining of ancient beliefs.  But it’s one thing for individual priests and prelates to promote error, it is something else for the highest authority in the Church to do so.  While Francis is never mentioned by name in the sermon, it is obvious that the specter of Francis looms large over all the priest says.

There is some good news, however.  The priest relates that during the Arian heresy, something like 95-97% of all the priests and bishops in the Church fell into the error that Christ is not God.  How many laity fell likewise is not as well known, though most historians describe the laity as being the main source of orthodoxy during this widespread heresy. Today, I’d say similar figures probably apply to the hierarchy, but in the current crisis, a vast majority of the laity has also fallen away.  I do think, in most respects, this current crisis of sexular paganism/modernism is the worst the Church has ever faced.

May God have mercy on us all.

PS – I saw on Rorate last week how one of Francis’ closest collaborators in wreckovating the doctrinal edifice of the Church, Fr. Anthony Spadaro, attacked Church Militant by name (and at length) in an official Vatican publication.  While I have no time and little interest in following Church Militant anymore, reading it did remind me of a saying an old Senior Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy used quite frequently: what would you expect from a pig, but a grunt?   I would say this attack (which was basically superficial, ill-informed, and full of spite for the United States via a wholly distorted view not only of the US but of the Church herself and her ancient conception of proper Church-state relations) is actually a good sign, in that some of the efforts at resistance (whatever we may think of their particular merits or lack thereof) to the revolutionary agenda are reaching even the highest levels of the Church.  Keep up the fight, and keep to that Faith which has always been believed and practiced.  You can learn this Faith by studying the Saints of old and reading pre-conciliar, and especially early- or pre-20th century books on morality, theology, and the like.  They are available, and a small but growing number of publishers are turning out reprints (or wholly new translations) of traditional Catholic works.

This pontificate lusts to be adulated by modernism on it’s own terms.