Many faithful Catholics feel – for many reasons, and it’s certainly a strong point of contention – that Our Lady’s command to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart has never been properly fulfilled. Yes, there have been consecrations, but they did not follow the formula or include all the elements Our Lady expressed at Fatima.
I use that comment as an introduction to another, strikingly similar situation, which is Our Lord’s communication to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque that the sovereign of France – at that time, Louis XIV – must explicitly consecrate France to His Sacred Heart and take other certain steps as evidence of that consecration (such as building a national basilica explicitly dedicated to the Sacred Heart, seeking permission for a national Feast to the Sacred Heart, etc). Saint Margaret Mary inveighed upon her superiors in the Order of the Visitation to contact Louis XIV to inform him of this command, and the evidence strongly suggests this contact was made, repeatedly. But Louis XIV never acted. For whatever reason, whether want of faith, concern over the prudence of the matter, belief that the time was not yet “ripe” since the apparitions had at that point not been formally endorsed by the Church…….the consecration never occurred. It never occurred during Louis XV’s time, either.
So, over 100 years passed, and the fearful vengeance of Our Blessed Lord then fell upon France and the monarchy in the form of the French Revolution. The Church was persecuted as never before in a Catholic country. Satanic acts were everywhere, the faithful suffered horribly, and the plight endured by priests and religious was unspeakable. Our Lord had informed Saint Margaret Mary that things would not go well for France if His command was not obeyed. There was a special inference to the destruction of the monarchy, should those given such awesome power and privilege by the Hand of God would not be obedient to His demand. And even on a strictly human level, the fact that the Faith had grown so distorted under generations of Gallicanism and the baleful influence of Jansenism, where a cold, sterile, and crushing legalism sucked the lifeblood of the Church (charity) away, without a visible commitment to re-center the Church in the living seat of Our Lord’s loving Heart, the mass practice of the Faith in France was in a perilous state, anyway. More and more souls developed a resentment towards the hard, unyielding demands of Jansenist priests and bishops, and in their ardor, turned away from the very Church Herself. All that was needed was a spark to start a conflagration that would threaten to consume the entire Church in France, and very nearly did.
The third heir of this command from Our Lord, King Louis XVI, was of course swept along by events. Far from a great king, he was also far from a bad man. Languishing in prison awaiting his inevitable execution, Louis XVI poured out his heart to Our Lord in the form of a promissory note, wherein Louis took the solemn vow to finally consecrate France to Our Lord’s Sacred Heart should he be restored as sovereign of France. This note promised satisfaction of all Our Lord’s demands, including the formal consecration in union with bishops and Pope, the establishment of a national feast to the Sacred Heart on the First Friday after the Octave of the Blessed Sacrament, public processions imploring forgiveness of the Sacred Heart, the repudiation and removal of all the terribly repressive acts taken against the Church by the revolutionary government, annual renewal of the consecration, the construction of a basilica to the Sacred Heart, etc. In short, every detail of Our Lord’s revelation to St. Margaret Mary was to be satisfied.
Sadly, it was too late. 100 years to the day had been given to satisfy this “request,” and it had not occurred. On June 17, 1789, the all-powerful monarchy ruling France was terminated, forever. Louis XVI promised to make a consecration in 1791 while imprisoned, but he had no power to put that promise into effect. So he died, as did so many others, and the Revolution continued on its course until it consumed its own and was replaced with a tyranny – a tyranny that then not only afflicted France, but almost all of Europe, and spread France’s errors around the world.
Since that time, Saint Margaret Mary has been canonized, a national basilica to the Sacred Heart constructed, but still, there has been – to my knowledge – no consecration. Of course, there is no longer to perform such an act, but even the various democratic (and not) governments which have ruled France since the Revolution have not taken such an act in the name of the people. The closest this came to occurring was when a small subset of the National Assembly informally embraced the Sacred Heart at a major pilgrimage to Paray, the location of the convent where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque lived and where her relics remain today. That act seems to have been incomplete.
It struck me when reading about this in The Life of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque that this failure to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart represents, in microcosm (as a quite literal type), the situation surrounding Our Lady’s command that Russian be consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart. In both cases, in spite of continuing arguments, it seems that this direct command has not been obeyed, or not observed in all its critical details, and that the disasters promised to come in the wake of a failure to obey have indeed happened. The Church in France, after enjoying a brief resurgence in the 1800s, is as secularized and moribund as any in the world today, especially in its institutions. A pretty strong argument could be constructed that what happened to France is now occurring to the Church throughout the world, as the “errors of Russia” (shorthand for leftism generally) spread and even inculcate themselves in the Church, as we see the Church suffering more and more egregious persecutions and as more and more souls grow cold, disinterested, and even fall away from the Faith. Our Lady has repeatedly warned of a diabolical disorientation in the Church’s hierarchy and grave disasters that will afflict the world if the Church does not take some great leap of Faith, if Her leadership does not turn away from worldly considerations and plainly, simply obey Her command.
The price of failure in both consecrations was prophesied to be mass suffering on a natural and supernatural level, suffering unprecedented in the life of the Church.
Such has already occurred in France. Must it occur in the world at large, as well?
Some fascinating (and frightening) details on the above:
At Rianjo, Spain in August 1931, Our Lord communicated to Sister Lucy His dissatisfaction with the Popes and the Catholic bishops failure to obey His command to consecrate Russia. He said:
Make it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My requests, they will follow him into misfortune. It is never too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.
The reference by Jesus to the King of France’s disobedience and punishment is as follows:
On June 17, 1689 the Sacred Heart of Jesus manifested to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque His command to the King of France that the King was to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart. For 100 years to the day the Kings of France delayed, and did not obey.
So on June 17, 1789 the King of France was stripped of his legislative authority by the upstart Third Estate, and four years later the soldiers of the French Revolution executed the King of France as if he were a criminal.
In 1793 France sent its King, Louis XVI, to the guillotine. He and his predecessors had failed to obey Our Lords request that France be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and thus misfortune had befallen both the King and his country.
German bishops threaten schism February 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, Papa, pr stunts, Sacraments, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking, Society, SOD, the return, the struggle for the Church.
I imagine most readers have already seen the report on Rorate, coming out of the German bishop’s annual conference, that they are basically threatening schism over the matter of Communion for divorced and remarried but unanulled Catholics (those who persist in a state of adultery/fornication).
It may be my hopeful side, but I see this as perhaps a tactic to try to manipulate the Synod into accepting the German position. Post-conciliar history shows that threats of schism are extremely effective. The Dutch bishops threatened to go into schism over Communion in the hand, and an ostensibly reluctant Pope Paul VI yielded. There are other examples, as well. In fact, it is reported that threats of schism rendered neuter a goodly number of attempts during the JPII/Benedict era to re-instill doctrinal discipline.
Having said that, the rhetoric below is pretty heated. It may be just that, but, reading carefully, it is obvious the German bishops are already in schism, at least in terms of professed belief. My Lord how they have deluded themselves in believing that permitting this mass sin and sacrilege will keep them in their billions of euros of Church tax money. As a commenter said recently, money is the root of all evil. Amazing:
.. Reinhard Cardinal Marx underlined in view of the family synod in autumn the bishops’ attempt to “go down new paths” and to “help that doors be opened”. In the universal church there were “certain expectations” of Germany. [for repeated manifest heresy, the systematic murder of millions, and just about every disastrous, anti-Christian philosophy to emerge in the last 500 years?] He hoped that some questions could already be tackled before the synod, Marx told journalists in Hildesheim on Tuesday [Feb 24].The synod would have to find a text that would “further encourage” discussion and find a common position in fundamental questions. Doctrinally, one would remain within the community of the [Universal]Church, but in detailed questions of pastoral care “the synod cannot prescribe in detail what we must do in Germany”. Therefore, the bishops wanted to publish their own pastoral letter on marriage and family after the synod. It was not the duty of the bishops to wait for permissions. [And Luther did not wait for approval from Rome to begin his “reforms,” either]“We are no subsidiaries of Rome. [Wow. FU universal Church] Each conference of bishops is responsible for pastoral care in its culture, and must, as its most proper task, preach the Gospel on our own. We cannot wait for a synod to tell us how we have to shape pastoral care for marriage and family here”. [And thus we see the grave disorder – one might even say evil – of the post-conciliar system of national episcopal conferences made manifest]
According to the German bishops’ position, the reality of life constitutes an important factor for the doctrine of the Church.[Luther said just about exactly the same, did he not?] “We also learn from life in doctrine,” underlined Cardinal Marx. Franz-Josef Bode, Bishop of Osnabrück, called in this context the synod “historically important.” According to his view the participants do not only debate questions of marriage and family, but the possibility of a paradigm shift.The basic question was, are only Scripture or Tradition sources for theological understanding, or are [such sources] also “the reality of men and of the world.”[That question has been answered definitively over 2000 years. I would say even asking the question implies heresy, if it is not manifest evidence of such] [Bode,] The chairman of the pastoral commission of the bishops’ conference reminded his audience of the “dialogical structure” of reality, which had already been mentioned in the pastoral constitution “Gaudium et Spes” of Vatican II, and quotes this conciliar document: “there is nothing truly human, that has no resonance in their hearts.” Thus Bode concludes: “Not only does the Christian message have to find resonance with men, but also men must find resonance with us.” Bode stated that it was important for him that the Sacrament [of the Eucharist] was not only a sign of unity, but also a means to unity, and could contribute to healing.Cardinal Marx announced a bishops’ statement on the synod that should be published within the upcoming weeks.
Coptic Christians march on White House February 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, persecution, scandals, secularism, Society, unadulterated evil.
Wearing orange jump suits, a group of Coptic Christians marched on the White House calling on President Obama to protect Christians in the area. Doing so across 1500 miles of open desert would be a neat trick, but I understand their sentiment. Unfortunately, this nation has twice decided to elect an islam-protecting narcissist as president, who has repeatedly shown his attitude towards Christians…….disdain, comes to mind.
Naturally, the mainstream media consigned this non-event to the memory hole, and the omnipresent intelligence machine probably marked every name and face for possible reprisal, later. Non-events and unpersons, that the United States these days (and yes, I’m being negative, but I think I have every reason to be):
A group of Coptic Christians marched to the White House on Tuesday, demanding that President Obama protect Christians from the genocide that is taking place in the Middle East.
“Obama, Obama, did you see? Christian blood in the sea,” they repeated as they marched in D.C.
As U.S. allies push back against ISIS, [half-heartedly and ineffectually] the Islamist militants take every opportunity to inflict acts of barbarism across Iraq and Syria. Even in retreat, they’ve taken over small villages, kidnapping Christians, and separating the men from woman and children.
No one can be certain of their fate, [unfortunately, I think we can….] but if recent history is any indication, the men will be paraded out, tortured and murdered. And the Christian women and children will be sold as sex slaves. [Ah, the pleasures of jihad…..murder, barbarity, theft, rapine, and endless quenching of bloodlust. Of course islam is the “religion of peace!”]
………“These women were sobbing, saying, ‘What is our fault? Why is the West silent? Why is the Church not talking about our persecution?” Taimoorazy said.
“And they’re asking, they’re questioning the foreign policy of America and also other world powers and Europe, saying, ‘Why is it that there’s nothing; there’s no agenda.’ There’s really nothing being done to help the persecuted in the Middle East,” she said.
Without starting a debate on how broke this country is or anything else, first and foremost, little is done to protect Christians because the West’s elites have absolutely no interest in doing so. Their multi-culti sensibilities and latent (or openly avowed) disdain for Christianity (and especially the Church) mean they have no interest in protecting Christians terrorized by muslims. The effort against ISIS – such as it is, and it isn’t much – is about geopolitics, not saving persecuted religious minorities. We only do that for muslims, as we did in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Chechnya.
These Christians, monophysites or not, have my prayers, and a little bit of money, but that’s probably all they can expect from us at this point.
If we Christians want to be defended – and I mean that as much in this country as any around the world – we are going to have to do the defending ourselves.
On a side note, perhaps we’ll see the first Egyptian Coptic “doctor of the Church” soon?
Sorry, it was just hanging there, waiting for me to bat it out of the park. But instead I hit a dribbler down the third base line, but the third baseman errored out and I got on base, anyway.
A large part of me would still like to be a rah-rah yay America we’re always on the side of good kind of guy. But the America I would like to root for exists only in my memory now, and it may be a false memory, at that. As for now……..while I still love my country, I am increasingly ashamed of it. Especially when it openly uses its enormous wealth, influence, and naked power to advance all manner of the gravest immoralities possible, from abortion to contraception to usury to defrauding workmen wages to, now, the radical sodomite agenda.
Yes, the United States, under muslim communist god-emperor Barack Obama has announced its first international envoy for the promotion of the sodomite lifestyle, with open plans to advocate for sodomy in dozens of unwilling countries around the world (and with likely punishments to be meted out to those who resist).
The United States is naming its first international envoy for homosexual rights. This is a historic event, because no nation, even the United Nations, has ever appointed a homosexual ambassador for global homosexual rights.
Every single major news outlet in the U.S. is covering this historic event.
In a press release, the U.S. State Department said Randy Berry, an openly homosexual diplomat, will be its special envoy to promote homosexual rights. State Department Secretary John Kerry said, “We’re working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world.” [The US is the new sodom. I don’t think there can be any question. From “shining city on a hill” to the filthy whore found dead in a gutter with a needle in her arm…….that’s us.]
The U.S. government’s concern is not only the more than 75 countries that criminalize homosexual activity, but also to target nations trying to resist the onslaught of homosexual groups from United States and Europe, especially because of several pro-family laws that have taken effect around the world in recent years. The Washington Post gave some examples, “Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation in 2013 banning ‘homosexual propaganda,’ and Nigeria banned same-sex marriage and restricted homosexual behavior, including public displays of affection between gays.”
Putin was named by The Advocate, the largest homosexual magazine in the U.S., as the most prominent opponent of the gay agenda. [Putin is no moral paragon, but on this at least, he is right]
……..The appointment of an openly homosexual diplomat as a LGBT envoy sends a message that the United States will remain on the forefront and leadership of promoting the gay agenda around the world. It shows also its determination of pushing back Russia, Nigeria and other nations.
Now the United States will make the world freer to adherents of homosexual acts and ideology and less free for Christians and others who do not accept homosexual depravity, including Russia and Nigeria that are trying to protect their children from homosexual propaganda.
Every single homosexual activist around the world is benefited by the U.S. move.
Every single practicing Christian is threatened by it…….
Thus, the view of a Brazilian evangelical, who a friend describes as “more Catholic than the bishops of that country.” And I think it’s exactly right. It is heartbreaking to watch the country I have always loved sink rapidly into the morass of the worst possible evil. Literally, this country has been turned upside down. The communist-inspired left is culturally and (for the most part) politically ascendant in this nation. How on earth did this country manage to win the Cold War but lose the peace? I guess Catholic convert Whitaker Chambers was right to be depressed……..he thought he was on the losing side, too.
How many of the four sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance is this government openly committed to supporting? Let’s see……sodomy, check. Defraud workmen his wages – oh check check. Murder? Absolutely. Oppressing the poor? I think this would be a yes.
How long will God’s hand be stayed on a nation that is so openly defiant to His Law? In point of fact…….His hand is already well in motion, and has been since this nation (at least in its governing elites) became a hideous purveyor of every moral evil possible.
She is the very model of the modern Catholic school product February 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, sickness, Society.
……..has no information animal but spouts gender the-o-ry.
I won’t spoil the surprise. You have to watch and see for yourself – especially from 1:10 on – what are probably pretty close to the median views of the median graduate of the Catholic school system in North America today:
As Stacy McCain said, “You had me at pansexual.”
I swear I have seen this girl 100 times before, up close and in person. It’s like they come out of a factory: the same shrill, smug superiority, the same aping of all the most trendy leftist shibboleths of the moment, the same superciliousness, even the same voice and the same appearance. And always, always the stupid chants (a long time far-left tactic to prevent too much thought, and to prevent uncomfortable questions from being asked) and the omnipresent bullhorn.
As if you needed another reason to homeschool.
Catholic schools in Ontario for much of the 00’s taught a deeply disordered and highly perverse perversion indoctrination curriculum at the behest of the Ontario government. It was briefly overturned (covered here), but is coming roaring back under the very liberal, very lesbian new premiere of Ontario. The curriculum includes such disgusting topics as the below:
Did you know that Grade 8s will have to “demonstrate a full understanding” of terms like “two-spirited,” and the difference between “transsexual” and “transgendered”?
From “anal fluid” to the “nine genders,” it’s obvious that this curriculum is pushing a political agenda, not a scientific one.
And that’s really just the beginning. There is a lot more below:
I’m sorry, I cannot see this as being anything but grooming and indoctrination, with a minimal goal of insuring all children grow up with a thorough acceptance of perversion as normal and fully equal in the eyes of God and everyone else to normal marital relations, and to turn as many young people as possible onto these “alternative lifestyles.” And the best part is, YOU (in Canada) are paying for this.
Man have leftists managed to cobble together one heckuva of a social revolution machine, formed by them, administered by them, advertised in the media by them, and paid for………by you.
PS – I should have added, it seemed to me a lot of the group protesting this new sexual indoctrination curriculum were probably not Catholic. There were quite a few muslims and a good number of eastern Europeans (Russians?) in the mix. Hard to tell, but I didn’t get the impression of a heavy Catholic presence with Rosaries, crucifixes, etc.
The radical left hasn’t answered, yet, but this is more or less what I expected to happen: the radical left and islam would eventually come together to work to crush their most dread enemy, Christendom. Or what remains of Christendom.
Lord, have mercy on all of us:
The Islamist terrorist group ISIS is instructing Muslim sympathizers in Europe (and presumably the United States) to seek out leftist activists to form an “armed combat” alliance.
The armed alliance against European governments will further ISIS’s goal to conquer Rome by 2020.
The call to recruit leftists is in an eBook entitled Black Flags from Rome. The eBook is the subject of a two part report by Bridget Johnson at PJ Media. (Excellent reporting in bothpart one and part two.)
Leftist terrorism in the West of late has been largely about the environment and animal rights. There were some attacks planned by leftists allied with the Occupy movement that were mostly ineffective or were disrupted by law enforcement. The anarchist Black Bloc groups have mainly attacked property and mostly used non-lethal weapons in protests.
……ISIS writes that a good place to recruit leftists is at anti-Israel protests. [Well they’re nothing if not practical. Pretty astute tactic]
ISIS is counting on frustration among some leftists at their inability to change the system combined with admiration for the strength of Islamists “to fight against the injustices of the world” to prove fertile in recruiting them to form a terror alliance against the West………
I had an offline discussion a while back with a reader who thought that eventually the Left would rise up in opposition to islam and fight it, because islam is so repressive of so many cherished Leftist shibboleths. I thought that wrong, the political Left, and especially its extreme wing, is based on self-loathing and a visceral hatred for the established order of Western culture, based on the Catholic Faith, reason, the rights of the individual, and ownership of private property. Their hatred is stronger than their love. And, deep down, even committed leftists know the worldly, materialist, sexualist lifestyle they promote is unfulfilling and bereft of meaning. Fundamentally, the left’s greatest enemy, going back to well before the French Revolution, is the Catholic Church/Christianity. It is thus a diabolical movement at least to some degree, and many on the left, I believe, will willingly submit to islam when it comes down to it. In fact, many are already doing so today, it is not young men (and women) of the right who are joining ISIS in large numbers from Europe, but mostly those on the left and the disaffected.
Yes, there will be committed leftists of a more libertarian stripe who will be violently opposed to an encroaching islam, but many will eagerly hop on what they perceive as the “strong horse” either out of conviction or convenience. We may even get to see in our lifetime former libertines who used to advance the grossest immoralities calling for women to wear the hijab (or burqa) and barbaric repression of sodomites.
Anyway…….I think that a greater likelihood than some great left wing resistance to the advance of islam. What resistance there is will come from Christians, because only a competing religious conviction can stand against another.
May the blood of all the Catholic martyrs of islamic atrocities, and their prayers, lead to the restoration of our Church!
Obama Administration demands Catholic charities provide abortion for immigrant children February 26, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
I am sorry to say, before getting into the latest act of barbarity enacted by Obama against the Church (and believing Christians generally – and compare this to his approach to muslims, with the kid gloves on ISIS and constant apologias and “fabric of the country” and all that – I still cannot believe that most mainstream conservative commentators view calling Obama a marxist muslim Manchurian candidate out of bounds), I should say this: do we not know how this will play out? Even with public demonstrations of opposition and most likely court challenges, do we not know that Amchurch, and especially the charitable organizations associated with the USCCB, already cooperate with the federal agenda of evangelizing for the sexular pagan religion and already cooperate with abortion providers and distributors of contraception (including abortifacients) on a wide basis? Is that not what the continual scandals coming out of Catholic Relief Services tell us? Even more, have not CRS and other organs basically said they have to cooperate with the sexular pagan agenda (in the form of these wicked collaborating organizations) in order to maintain that oh-so-wonderful federal funding?
Maybe I’m getting jaded, but while I’m sure the USCCB and other Church authorities and others pray hope the courts may provide some relief, if push comes to shove, I am pretty skeptical that Catholic organs will stand on sacred Doctrine and take the admittedly huge hit of losing federal funding should it actually come to that. I think Obama knows this, which is why he continues to press and press and press.
The Obama administration is getting ready to issue new rules requiring charities to provide abortions to child refugees entering the US without their parents. Faith-based groups say this is a contravention of the rights of parents and a violation of the conscience rights of faith-based groups helping resettle the children.
The public has until Monday to comment on the fast-tracked new rules, which were issued on Christmas Eve. [Obama is fast-tracking everything in his bid to “fundamentally transform” this nation into a muslim communist kleptocracy] The administration says it would be “contrary to the public interest” to wait “until a public notice and comment process is complete.” [Meaning, contrary to his political interest] The administration also asserts that no Congressional review is required and that there is no issue with federalism or any impact on families in the new guidance.
The rules require faith-based providers to make referrals for emergency contraception, partner with groups which provide abortion, or notify the federal government which would make arrangements for the abortion. If groups do not do so, they are not eligible for federal aid. Staff associated with Catholic agencies told the Friday Fax that they had conveyed their objection to the new rules to the Obama administration. They are required to comply no later than June 24, 2015.
[And that’s not all!…..] The rules also require care provider facilities to train their staff in “LGBTQI” and identifying “transgender and intersex” unaccompanied children. The rules assert that “‘Gender’ refers to the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a given culture associates with a person’s biological sex,” and that “This term is not to be confused with ‘sex’ [which] refers to a person’s biological status and is typically categorized as male, female, or intersex.” [And, if that “transgender” 10 year old demands hormone treatment, under rules approved by the Obama administration recently, the aid agency would be required to provide those, too. This is beyond incredible, and, with abortion on demand for underage youth and even gender mutilation being provided gratis per the American taxpayer (my God this Obama hates this country with white hot passion), what enormous new avenues will be available to the child sex trade! Not only will the Obama administration make it incredibly easy to sneak children into this country and allow them to stay permanently, but with no parental involvement slave traders can get them abortions when pregnant, get boys turned into more lucrative girls, etc. Has anyone even remotely thought of the potential for the gravest evils in all this? Or is that bug actually a feature? How many times has Bill Clinton been to “pedophile island?”]
I hate this sick world more and more and more. I’m sure the USCCB will go to court, and may even win. But if they somehow don’t…….don’t you imagine a papered over face saving non-change “change” and then continuation with business as usual?
Scandal!? Vatican official intercepted orthodox book at 2014 Synod? February 26, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, SOD, the return, the struggle for the Church.
The report below is getting wide coverage. Something may come along to refute or cast doubt on it, but, then again, we have seen apologias for pretty much iron-clad events for the past two years solid.
The book Remaining in the Faith of Christ, an anthology of contributions from relatively orthodox sources such as Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Muller, and others, which was intended to be distributed to all Synod members this past October, was apparently intercepted by Pope Francis’ hand-picked Synod administrator, Cardinal Baldisseri, who asserted that the book would “interfere” with the conduct of the Synod.
The source for the below is the generally reliable Edward Pentin. If true, this is utterly amazing, and rather puts the lie both to the talk of “mercy” we’ve been hearing as well as the calls for “open and honest” discussion. Apparently, “open” discussion can only be had from one side:
A Vatican department allegedly intercepted over a hundred copies of a new book written by five cardinals to prevent it being read by the majority of participants of a synod last October called by Pope Francis.
“Remaining in the Truth of Christ,” a commercially successful book reaffirming Catholic teaching on marriage and the family, was mailed to all the synod fathers in the Paul VI Hall, where the meeting was taking place.
Reliable and high level sources allege the head of secretariat of the synod of bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, ordered they be intercepted because they would “interfere with the synod.”
A source told me that Baldisseri was “furious” the book had been mailed to the participants and ordered staff at the Vatican post office to ensure they did not reach the Paul VI Hall.
Those responsible for mailing the books meticulously tried to avoid interception, ensuring the copies were sent through the proper channels within the Italian and Vatican postal systems. The synod secretariat nevertheless claims they were mailed “irregularly,” without going through the Vatican post office, and so had a right to intercept them.
The book’s mailers strongly refute this, saying they were legitimately mailed. Some copies were successfully delivered…….
…….Sources say it’s not clear where the intercepted copies of the book ended up, but believe they may have been destroyed. Asked in December about the claims, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said he “knew nothing” about the allegations and said the sources did not seem to him to be “serious and objective.”
Since then the allegations have become more widely known and have been corroborated at the highest levels of the church.
Is this not stunningly similar to the “lost votes” scandal of Vatican II, when a progressive apparatchik deliberately misplaced the requests of many more orthodox council fathers regarding concerns over the document that became Dignitatis Humanae? Several hundred interventions were made, but then claimed to be lost, later found, after the deadline for submittal had expired? Am I remembering that right?
Is this not the kind of thing that occurs more when you have a predetermined outcome you’re trying to arrive at, rather than during “open and honest” discussion? And is it not strongly indicative that maybe many Synod members, even, are not terribly well formed in the Faith, that this book would be considered dangerous enough to block?
Amazing. Just amazing.
The manifest modernism of Cardinal Walter Kasper February 25, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Bible, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Papa, scandals, secularism, self-serving, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
Joe Sparks at the Catholic Household site has done a great service in reviewing a number of Cardinal Walter Kasper’s early works. Never repudiated, excerpts from the works of the “Pope’s theologian” reveal a man steeped in leftist-modernist “higher criticism” and gravely detached from a Catholic understanding of Sacred Scripture and the Tradition that informs it. In fact, he is at many points in direct contradiction to solemn points of Dogma, the import of which I don’t think I have to tell you. And yet this is the man, more than any other, guiding the direction of the Church under Pope Francis, and especially the attack on the moral Doctrine of the Faith.
Some select quotes below, it is useful to read the whole article, which I encourage:
A number of miracle stories turn out in the light of form criticism to be projections of the experiences of Easter back into the earthly life of Jesus, or anticipatory representations of the exalted Christ. Among these epiphany stories we should probably include the stilling of the storm, the transfiguration, Jesus’ walking on the lake, the feeding of the four (or five) thousand and the miraculous draught of fishes. The clear purpose of the stories of the raising from the dead of Jairus’s daughter, the widow’s son at Naim and Lazarus is to present Jesus as Lord over life and death. It is the nature miracles which turn out to be secondary accretions to the original tradition.
“The result of all this is that we must describe many of the gospel miracle stories as legendary…….The probability is that we need not take the so-called ‘nature miracles’ as historical.
This is nothing more than straight-up modernism. The very concept that Christ’s Life and miracles could be “theologically true,” or “true in a sense of faith,” but historically false, as if they never occurred, is a heresy condemned by Pope Saint Pius X in Pascendi Dominici Gregis.
Furthermore, it is highly convincing circumstantial proof of Arianism, meaning Kasper views the real living Jesus Christ as just a man, separate from God and the “Jesus Christ of faith.” And yet we more traditional Catholics are the Pelagians now.
[Mark 16] begins with a definite improbability. The wish to anoint a dead body, which has already been put in its shroud in the tomb, three days later, is not given any explanation, such as being a custom of the time, and is unintelligible in the climatic conditions of Palestine. The fact that the women do not realize until they are already on the way that they would need help to roll back the stone and enter the tomb betrays a degree of thoughtlessness which is not easy to explain. We must assume therefore that we are faced not with historical details but with stylistic devices intended to attract the attention and raise excitement in the minds of those listening….
In addition to the repetition and amplification of the heresies noted above, Cardinal Kasper -mind, he has never publicly changed his stance on these writings – also reveals the sneering contempt of the modernist left for anyone but themselves. Everyone else is dumb, everyone else is silly, everyone else needs wild eyed tales and imagined miracles to convince them of the reality of Jesus Christ as God Incarnate. This especially applies to those of earlier historic periods, who are almost always presented by modernists as bumbling simpletons wowed by fantastic stories. But isn’t it odd how the modernist contradicts himself – while the early Church allegedly made up these fables to win converts, we are told by these same modernists that the earliest Mass was the purest, and thus we must emulate it in the Novus Ordo (even if many if not most all the claims regarding the conduct of the earliest Mass either do not apply to the Church today, or were complete fabrications). Which is it….was the early Church closest to the Truth revealed by Jesus Christ or was it filled with lying fabulists who told tall tales in order to sway the slobbering, stupid ancient masses? We see here as evidenced in so many other areas the double dealing of the modernist-leftist academia. BTW, the historical evidence contradicts this view, Christianity appealed at least as much, if not more, to the well-educated and very sober, even cynical elites of the Roman Empire as much as it did to the “peasants” of the day. I would argue that in many respects, the elites of that time were probably better educated that their contemporaries today.
The final quote does not concern Scripture. It is quite long, so bear with me, but it is incredibly important. By now it should be clear that Cardinal Kasper – how on earth such a man was even ordained, let alone made a prince of the Church, is only for God to know – is an intellectual heir and ally of the extreme end of the modernist-leftist cabal that dominated Vatican II, Hans Kung, Schillebeeckx, Cardinal Alfrings, and all the rest. But in the below, he directly states that the Council did not achieve the full flowering of modernist dreams due to a reaction from “antimodernist” elements and thus remains an imperfect realization of the progressive left’s vision for the Church (which is becoming completely irrelevant episcopals). Yes Cardinal Kasper is a modernist, yes he holds views that I cannot describe other than heresy, and yes he has a dog in the fight, but given that he is such a scion of the extreme progressive wing of the Church (if they can be called “of the Church), and given that he was so close to such major players, should not his description of the Council as being one oriented towards departure from the Church’s 2000 year belief and practice seriously?
An influential minority [of Council Fathers]…remained captive to the structure of neoscholasticism and defended the post-Tridentine tradition in a one-sided manner. [Gee……you mean they were Catholic? And the progressives didn’t defend their novelties “in a one sided manner!?”] Pope John XXIII’s successor, Pope Paul VI—unjustly a too much forgotten pope—was in principle inclined toward the concerns of the majority but also sought (in accordance with the ancient conciliar tradition) to achieve, if at all possible, a united consensus on the passing of the council documents. He succeeded: all sixteen documents were passed almost unanimously. But that came at a cost. In many places, as in previous councils, there were found compromise formulations in which the position of the majority often stands directly side by side with the position of the minority with their concern for demarcation. [Well that latter half is just BS. Certainly, there was division in early councils and theological formulations were not always as precise as they could be in the very early Church, but there were always as clear a definition of orthodoxy and error as humanly possible (in cooperation with Grace). This is a self-serving and doubtful, at best, claim. Later councils, in particular, were exceedingly clear in their formulations and condemnations, especially Trent]
So the council’s texts contain enormous conflict potential; they open the door for a selective reception in one or the other direction… So the question arises: In which direction does the compass of Vatican II point, and where is the church heading in this still young third millennium? Will it maintain the confident trust of John XXIII [hyper-montanism, exalting a pope over Dogma and Tradition. the image presented of John XXIII as the scion of progressive dreams is highly doubtful, as well.] and the renewal from the sources or take the path back to defensive antireform and antimodernist attitudes? That is the question facing post-conciliar reception. (Address at the University of Notre Dame, April 24, 2013)
So Cardinal Kasper plainly admits he is on the side of modernism, does he not?
How many serious figures from Vatican II, on both sides of the theological divide that has riven the Church, do we have to read before serious consideration can be given to the possibility that they may be right, and that Vatican II is, or was intended by the dominant faction to be, a radical rupture with the preceding Magisterium? I am not the one to answer that question. No blogger is. I have my personal beliefs, but they count for nothing. However, I agree with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Msgr. Brunero Gherardini, and many others, that the time is very long since past for a critical examination of the documents of Vatican II in the light of Tradition, and their clear explication purely in that light. Anyone with a brain can see a huge tension between a number of statements of Vatican II and the pre-conciliar Magisterium. Just wrapping them in the warm blanket of denial and saying “continuity” over and over is not cutting it. Those statements – and I have no idea how many there are – are a source of huge amounts of tension in the Church, and the obvious “restatement of doctine BUT some novelty” or vice versa formula of so many statements of Vatican II, which Kasper describes above (one thing he gets right) is an enormous temptation to abuse.
The way Vatican II is written, especially in its novel parts (which is the distinct minority), progressives and faithful Catholics can argue literally forever on their correct interpretation and implementation. That was what it took to get the cherished “unanimity” in the conciliar votes (otherwise, a number of the documents would not have passed with the requisite majority). But the damage this see-saw formula of many conciliar statements is plain to see. I do pray we may finally get a Pope firmly grounded in the traditional practice of the Faith to either pass over (which I don’t think is possible), or re-examine Vatican II on the basis of the Church’s perennial belief.
But I shan’t hold my breath. “Serene theology,” and all that.
Sorry for such a long post!
Mark Steyn has an article about the incredible duplicity of the Obama administration in its approach to worldwide muslim extremism and acts of barbarity, which they blithely call “violent extremism.” To Mr. Steyn, this moral cowardice is simply indicative of a much broader cultural trend (I agree), in which post-Christian elites lack the moral conviction to stand against this existential threat. While he doesn’t make the point explicitly, my firm belief is that without Christianity (re: Catholicism), the former Christendom will be defenseless against an increasingly militant (and ignorant) islam.
This article contains some material from a letter Mark Steyn received from a reader, asking how other religions might react if they saw Western culture cowering before their demands and making all kinds of special provisions for them. There is no reason, at present, for muslims to stop making demands and stop their campaign of violent conquest, so long as the West’s leaders behave as neutered ninnies more beholden to cultural marxism than they are to defending their own people and the work of millenia they inherited. What I found most interesting in the letter was the litany of accommodations already made to islam, and the portents for the future:
- No shopping laws on muslim holy days are being introduced in some European regions
- Public schools allow the offering of muslim prayers but not Christian
- Offensive comments about the “prophet” are condemned, even excoriated
- Other religions are persecuted or driven from the public life as islam is extolled as part of “the fabric of the nation.”
- Cultural leaders, including academia, media, politicians, etc., are driving to support insitution of islamic customs in the culture while Christian customs are often summarily blocked from public practice
- Muslims should be allowed to offer prayer to allah during citizenship ceremonies, when other religions are not permitted to do so
- Sharia is being de facto enforced in increasing swaths of Europe, including much of England, including requirements for women to wear the hijab and generally cover themselves from head to foot
- There are rampant cases of muslim child rape that go on with government compliance and rarely any criminal charges. Grooming of young non-muslim girls to be targets of male muslim lust are increasing rapidly.
- Governments constantly apologize to their muslim citizens for attacking radical muslim sects in the Mideast and other locales
- Governments (like our own) seem far more concerned about muslims being victims of some kind of prejudice than they are about the attacks muslims perpetrate
That’s only a very partial list. In fact, even that partial list reveals that the sway Catholicism held for centuries in terms of being recognized as the One True Faith and being deserving of special treatment is now being accorded islam.
More and more, islam is becoming the de facto official religion of the West, or at least, that which receives deference and approbation from its political and cultural elites. Meanwhile, belief in Christianity is basically non-existent in most of Europe, and is often weak and ineffectual even in the Western Hemisphere, at least as regards understanding religion as being the sole moral force capable of motivating the decaying remains of Christendom to stand in opposition to the muslim threat. This fact is simply never discussed. Liberalism is a belief set, and becomes a false religion in many (especially on the left, but also on the “right”), but it is not a sufficient grounds to resist the kind of moral firepower religious belief – no matter how erroneous – can inspire. That is the prime reason behind why tens of thousands of youth, even non-muslims, have flocked to Iraq and Syria to fight for ISIS. They see in islam, more than in the weak, limp-wristed Christianity to which most have been exposed (if they have been exposed at all), something real and cohesive to believe in. Liberalism is, at root, the exaltation of the self, but God did not create us to be endlessly selfish creatures, and the natural law written on our hearts causes many, probably even most souls awash in sexular pagan materialism to feel empty and devoid of meaning. A muscular islam offers these disaffected souls what they are looking for, which is an answer for their longing for something larger than themselves, faith in god (however deformed), and something more than just acquiring more and more things.
But islam is especially well disposed to be attractive to materialist Westerners. Islam is a far more materialist religion than Christianity (especially Orthodoxy or Catholicism), and promises the kinds of earthly rewards (virgins, feasts, cold, clear fountains of water, etc) that appeal to people lost in a materialist mindset.
What doesn’t appeal to many people (especially young men of fighting age) is the watered down, worldly, very nearly equally materialist, and feminized version of Christianity to which most Westerners have been exposed. And in this sense, the revolution that has afflicted the Church in the past several decades plays a huge part in seeing souls walk away from a Catholic Christianity that does not move them, and seek something more “real” to them in libertine or muslim materialism. It is absolutely incredible, but at the same time perfectly true, that millions of Catholics have walked away from the bland, unfulfilling post-conciliar practice of the Faith for something as empty as atheistic materialism or as deranged as islam. Certainly, the adoption of the latter is in its nascent stages and many other Catholics do seek out a more meaningful practice of Christianity in the evangelical sects (and, it must be said, from the point of view of horribly catechized former Catholics, the more robust evangelical-type sects are more meaningful in their practice of Christianity than most “large, suburban parishes” they have experienced), but to one who knows what the Church is, and what She alone can provide, seeing any souls fall away is simply incredible. And yet the badly disordered if not outright faulty practice of the Faith over the past several decades has led to tens, if not hundreds, of millions doing just that.
The Church, and the West, will not be able to stand against islam long-term until traditional Catholicism is once again the predominant practice of the Faith. I am not overly optimistic at the prospects of this at present, and am much less optimistic than I was a little over two years ago. This modernist resurgence ongoing since March 2013 is only going to delay the absolutely vital return to traditional Catholicism for more long years, if not decades. And the Church increasingly faces grave threats from militant sexular paganism, so the future does not seem to bold well for us, in a worldly sense. God is obviously displeased (gee…..I can’t imagine why, what with child sacrifice in the billions, exaltation of the grossest perversion, materialism and lust for power run amok, etc), and His Church is going to be made to suffer for a good, long while. I am skeptical anything resembling the pre-conciliar Church on a mass basis will return in my lifetime, and so we can continue to expect islam to continue its long advance into the historic Christian areas. I would say there is at least a 1 in 3 chance that even Rome may be, if not conquered, subsumed in a majority muslim population. It will probably take a century or more, from now, to recover from the great modernist revolution of the mid-20th century.
I really don’t think I can stress enough the absolutely vital need for prayer in circumstances such as these. Without a very strong prayer life, we shall not stand the storms that will buffet the Church for the rest of our lives. One key area for prayer, is to pray that the blood of the many Catholic martyrs in the Mideast, Nigeria, and elsewhere will lead to this great flowering, this great restoration the Church so desperately needs. We have great experience that the blood of martyrs will water the Vine of Christ and make it grow and bloom anew. There have been so many martyrs……may their sacrifice redound to God’s glory!
And, I know much of the above is obvious to many long-time readers, but there are always new ones, some folks are just starting to figure this out, etc.