From Indifferentism to Apostasy August 25, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, priests, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
Some good material from Catholicism.org of the St. Benedict Center of New Hampshire, on how the attitude of religious indifference that crept deeply into the Church in the mid-20th century has transmogrified into open, practical apostasy. The wounds to the Church have been unbelievable, and continue to grow and spread.
I cut and paste below some of the parts I found most interesting (adding my own emphasis and comments):
Indifferentism is the condemned heresy that advances the possibility of salvation in any religion. Apostasy (according to Father Hardon) is the “complete abandonment of the Christian religion and not merely a denial of some article of the creed.” There is a certain inexorable logic — or at least a psychologically coherent dynamism — that facilitates the journey from indifferentism to apostasy. It may take some time — a few generations perhaps, which is a brief span in the life of the Church — but indifferentism will feed the beast of apostasy.
Do we live in a time of widespread apostasy? [I don’t see how this can even be open to question at this point. If you want to read the “proofs” for this, go to the link]
………So, too, to speak of a “silent” apostasy of the former Christendom is to make a very loud denunciation of a people who once produced saints but have now forgotten God.
For decades, we here at Saint Benedict Center have warned that, to advance the possibility of salvation for non-Catholics who live and die in their various religions — without the benefits of baptism and without the divine and catholic faith — will seriously harm the Church’s missionary zeal. We have further warned that it will confuse Catholics themselves, who will wonder why they have to live the strict moral code of the Catholic Church when the rest of humanity can apparently be saved without it. [EXACTLY! Why on earth can’t I contracept, divorce, commit usury, etc., and be a “good Catholic,” when all these other people abide by religions that tolerate or even promote such and are apparently “saved?”]
Whatever the details of his own theology concerning these questions, “Pope Emeritus” Benedict has agreed with us that such fears are not only warranted, but, indeed, have also been realized in our day as a “deep double crisis”……[A good quote from Benedict follows basically emphasizing what was contained in the preceding paragraph.]
………..So, according to the Pope Emeritus, the abandonment of the conviction that infidels are lost led to a double crisis of the death of the missions and the questioning, by the faithful, of the “obligatory nature of the faith and its way of life.”
It is the second half of this crisis that led to the “silent apostasy” mentioned by Benedict’s predecessor. [I think it is much more accurately termed a practical apostasy, if not a formal one, but it is increasingly indistinguishable even from formal apostasy] It may be summarized in the following rhetorical questions: If Catholicism is not necessary for someone born into a Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist family, why is it necessary for me? If natives of desert islands can be saved by living according to what they know of the law of nature, why do I have to believe something supernatural? If Jews do not need Jesus Christ, His teaching and His Church, why do I? [And, of course, tens or hundreds of millions of “Catholics” have answered this question for themselves, and determined that, of course, they don’t have to. Thus, Catholic rates of divorce, contraception, and even abortion are generally indistinguishable from the general populace, if not a bit worse]
Ireland’s online newspaper, Independent.ie, recently ran an article entitled, “Bobby Kennedy: the parish priest of the clan.” It gives us a some insight into how indifferentism and apostasy — at least in its beginnings — go hand-in-hand. [The Kennedy’s do make an object lesson in how this process occurred, aided and abetted by modernists in the Church who co-opted the Kennedy clan in their own plan to remake the Church into a liberal protestant denomination that moved absolutely no one to any kind of piety or devotion but which played very well with the powers of the world]
“Back in his undergraduate days, he joined other Harvard Catholics at lectures by Father Leonard Feeney, an influential Jesuit priest who… preached that only Catholics could be saved. Bobby was embarrassed enough by those diatribes to discuss them with his brother Ted and his father, who arranged for him to meet Archbishop Cushing to convey his concern.” [Boy was that a fateful meeting for Fr. Feeney and the St. Benedict Center]
This same Bobby Kennedy, who, as I was told by Brother Francis, argued with Father Feeney that his Protestant friends were going to be saved as Protestants, was not exactly a stickler for the Catholic Faith on other points, as that same Independent.ie article witnesses: “He called it ‘an awful thing’ that the Church taught that babies, his or anyone’s, were born in sin.”
So this indifferentist rejected the doctrine of original sin? At least according to his biographer, Larry Tye, who penned that piece, which is an excerpt from his book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon.
And that Archbishop to whom Bobby went “to convey his concern” about Father Feeney? He not only persecuted Father Feeney for teaching that there is no salvation outside the Church, but also helped to legalize the sale of contraceptives in Massachusetts. [Very true, and that’s only a small part of it. Cushing worked mightily to break the natural opposition of Catholic politicians in Mass to approve contraception. He actually went around pressuring people to abjure their faith, so he could have contraception legalized. And, of course, he closely coordinated his activities with Planned Butcherhood]
It should be remembered that Bobby’s brother, John, thought Jesus Christ essentially had no business in politics.
I asked my friend Joe Doyle, frequent SBC conference speaker and Executive Director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, whether there was ever a formal apostasy in the political family. He could not think of one, but sent this informative reply:
Over the course of five generations, the Kennedys have transitioned from being nominal Catholics to being liberal, nominal Catholics, to being dissenting, liberal, nominal Catholics, to being non-practicing, dissenting, liberal, nominal Catholics. To use an accurate phrase disfavored by the post-conciliar church, they are all obstinate and notorious heretics. [In addition to being scandal-mongers and deeply immoral people]
Nor should we forget that, as has been said before, when it comes to morals, they not only refuse to impose Catholic teaching on others, they refuse to impose it on themselves. [In which sense, they are standard bearers for the kind of politicized, worldly Catholicism we see promoted by most bishops and clergy in the Church over the past 50 years. That such Catholicism has very little appeal to souls and seems very poor at inspiring them seems to matter very little to these folks]
This is what comes of not wanting to appear “unreasonable,” or “harsh,” of fudging on absolutely vital Dogmas of the Faith in order to win worldly approval and not upset those with power and influence. The story of the “Feeneyites,” whatever their “sin,” is a microcosm and antecedent of the story of the Church as a whole in these very dark days.
Ultimately, many, many leaders in the Church have decided -and this goes back decades or a century or more – that they would much rather serve men than God. Maybe they don’t think that consciously, but, effectively, that is the decision they have made.
Why is Diocese of Ft. Worth Encouraging Catholics to Support Radical Pro-Abort, Pro-Sodomy Congressman? – UPDATED August 16, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.
Wouldn’t you call allowing one of the most immoral politicians in the state to speak and canvas for votes at a Catholic parish giving support? That’s exactly what the Diocese of Fort Worth has done, giving Representative Marc Veasey (Leftist – TX) – who coincidentally happens to be my representative, thanks to rampant gerrymandering – permission to speak, in the sense of promoting himself for re-election, at All Saint’s Catholic Church.
Marc Veasey is a pro-abort’s pro-abort. He staunchly supports abortion through all nine months of pregnancy and is as solid a supporter of Banned Parenthood as you can find:
Not only that, but I received the following reply from Rep. Veasey regarding the USNS Harvey Milk imbroglio. He had this to say about his general position with regard to the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah:
As your member of Congress and a staunch supporter of LGBT issues………
He (his staff) apparently completely misread my communique, because it then goes on to tell me how I can further “work with him” to lobby on behalf of LGBTQRSTUV “rights.” As if error has rights, amiright?
It is also certain that Veasey holds any number of other grave errors and immoral beliefs: contraception, divorce on demand, fornication, government repression of the Church, a completely secularized society, etc. As I said, he is one of the most reliably left-wing members of Congress, who only holds office as the result of a court-ordered gerrymandered district. For instance, the streets on either side of mine are not in Veasey’s district, while mine is.
But but bu- the Diocese of Fort Worth says, “seamless garment!!” Look at all the good things Rep. Veasey supports, and, also,
Francis more or less commands we vote for him! The Affordable Care Act and unlimited immigration are pretty much new Dogmas of the Faith, according to FW communications director Pat Svacina, who apparently approved this event. Thus, we have so much we “agree with” – including, apparently, agreeing that murdering perfect innocents in their millions is somehow forgivable, or at least ignorable, if one supports providing high-cost, really crappy insurance to a tiny segment of the population.
It is amazing how fast the deplorable, completely discredited “seamless garment” has come roaring back to vitality in chanceries around the land under this pontificate. Of course, it never really went away, those same progressives who have always filled the chanceries since VII were simply more circumspect under preceding pontificates.
For what it’s worth, you can contact the FW diocesan communications director, the individual most responsible for putting this event on, at the below:
Director of Communications
If you are one of those who like to believe that all kinds of highly politically charged stuff goes on at various Dioceses without the knowledge of the Bishop (I, for one, am not one of those), you could also try to make Bishop Olson aware of this situation, assuming your communique even gets to him, and is not shunted into some unread folder or filtered out by a secretary or other interloper, you could make use of the below:
If you do decide to contact Bishop Michael Olson, I do recommend you be brief, to the point, and polite. No cussy words or accusations of sin, they tend to obliterate the point you are trying to make, as well as your credibility.
For my money, the idea that the Bishop would not know that a Congressman is coming to speak at one of his parishes is incredible. Of course he knows, and of course he approved. The only reasons I can think of for such approval are worldly – it would be bad to offend a Congressman, he has power to help/hurt the material condition of the Church, etc. While the reasons which most militate against his speaking are all spiritual in nature, cutting to the heart of the Church, the truth, and her identity.
But such considerations as the latter, so important for so many centuries, even to the point of countless souls enduring unspeakable hardships to defend them, have gotten decidedly short shrift in the past 50 years of the new, “open,” post-conciliar Church.
UPDATE: Another excuse given by the Communications Director of the Diocese of Fort Worth for hosting this event is that of “hearing all sides.” But can you imagine this director giving the OK to have Donald Trump speak at a Catholic parish, and can you imagine the howls of protest from many priests and chancery bureaucrats should such an invitation be extended?
This is all about holding certain (liberal) opinions individuals with influence in the Church share.
Videos- the Lives of St. Alphonsus and St. John Fisher August 12, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, Interior Life, Restoration, Saints, sanctity, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
One short, and one very long, video on the lives of two great Saints, both of which suffered greatly for their love of Holy Mother Church and their adherence to the Doctrine of the Faith. Saint John Fisher was, of course, persecuted and martyred by protestant heretics, the same heretics the current leadership of the Church apparently sees fit to fete and lionize in the celebration of their diabolical rebellion against Christ and His Church, the 500th anniversary of which will be “celebrated” next year. Of course, St. John Fisher was one of hundreds of martyrs who died for the Faith in England, it what was the longest, most draconian, and most total persecution the Church has endured in her 2000 year history.
Saint Alphonsus – who might be considered the patron Saint of this blog – was, like many founders of great religious orders, persecuted by those within the Church herself, who, through lack of understanding or more prurient motives felt compelled to obstruct and silence a man of evident sanctity and enormous learning. There is a certain sad irony in the presentation below – the priest who tells us of Saint Alphonsus’ life has himself suffered greatly for his adherence to the Faith and his unwavering efforts to bring the Truth of Jesus Christ to souls, even those which are unpopular within and without the Body of Christ. The video below is less a biography than a study of some of Saint Alphonsus’ most important teachings, but it is of perhaps of all the more value for that:
The bio on St. John Fisher comes from the amazing Mike Church Show, and goes into a fair amount of detail on both the Saint and the history of the protestant revolution – a literal revolution of the rich against the poor – in England:
Ah, heck, how about a bonus video. I would think these three would about tide one over for the weekend! Below is an interview of Dr. Catherine Wilhelmsen, daughter of the great expert on the Spanish monarchy and Catholic Spain Dr. Frederick Wilhelmsen, on the amazing life of San Fernando III, King of Spain. I have heard Dr. C Wilhelmsen, a professor at the University of Dallas, give a talk on this great Saint’s life before, and it is very edifying. Saint Ferdinand III reconquered more of Spain from muslim oppression than any other Spanish ruler, retaking about half the Iberian peninsula during his long and pious reign. San Fernando is another Saint canonized at least somewhat, if not primarily, for his martial exploits – another rebuff to the pacifist notions so prevalent in the Church today:
A nice little story about an intervention from Our Lady that provided critical financial assistance to the struggling Militia Immaculata started by St. Maximilian Kolbe in the early 1920s (he actually conceived the idea in 1917, but because of the war and other factors the group did not start in earnest until a few years later). It’s one of those little events that might seem small at the time but which help yield great dividends later on. That so specific a need was met so precisely, and in so mysterious a way, seems to strongly indicate Divine intervention to me, as it did to the Saint. The heritage of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s original apostolate had been carried forth – or reignited – by the Franciscans of the Immaculate, at least until the disastrous intervention of Rome against that formerly rapidly growing order.
A bit more background: one of the primary ways Kolbe wanted to carry out his evangelizing efforts was through the use of media, specifically, print media, state of the art for the time. He wanted to produce faithful Catholic publications to counter the lies and false propaganda of many secular publications that frequently attacked the Church. But money in post-war Poland, so recently liberated from Russian domination, was very hard to come by. The primary publication, called The Knight of the Immaculata, was produced on a shoestring budget, but after the first issue was published there wasn’t even enough money left to pay off the debt incurred. Without an infusion of what was then a substantial amount of cash the publication would almost certainly fold. We’ll take up the story from there, from the book St. Maximilian Kolbe, Apostle of Our Difficult Age:
The situation facing Father Maximilian after the publication of the first issue of The Knight was extremely difficult. The debts he had contracted were so high that the initiative was in danger of falling at any moment. Fortunately, a good priest, Father Tobiasiewicz, pastor of St. Nicholas’ Church in Krakow, was inspired to help. He understood the holiness of the initiative and the financial difficulties of Father Kolbe and gave a generous donation. Following in his footsteps, other priests gave contributions. It was thus possible to collect half the amount needed to defray the expenses of the first issue. But what of the other half, which according to the sources was about 500 marks?
Father Maximilian decided to appeal to his Lady. Kneeling at her altar he invoked her with fervent supplications.
After he had ended his fervent prayer, a true outburst of the heart of a son who sought shelter in the heart of the Mother full of love, he was starting to leave when his eyes saw a non-liturgical object lying on the altar cloth. He went closer. It was an envelope. In his love for order and harmony and the decorum of the church, he ascended the steps and to his grateful surprise read – written on it, in very small letters – ‘For You, Immaculate Mother.’ He opened it, and marvel of marvels, he found inside the exact amount of the remaining debt for the printing of the first issue of The Knight of the Immaculata.
He understood everything, and in an outburst of tears knelt in grateful adoration.
Possibly simply a coincidence, or the pious act of some noble soul, but, then again, possibly not. Saint Maximilian Kolbe certainly understood. Let those with eyes to see, see……..
Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for our beloved Holy Mother Church, in this time of desperate need.
Khizr Khan Believes Sharia Should Trump US Constitution August 4, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, paganism, persecution, scandals, Society, the struggle for the Church.
I do not hold the US Constitution as an unassailable paragon of truth and ideal governance. There are many legitimate criticisms to make about this nation and the document upon which its government was founded. But those criticisms stem from a Catholic perspective, primarily, or perhaps a protestant perspective in those cases where protestants have not deviated from the Deposit of Faith. Criticisms from, say, an islamic perspective, are not only false, they are dangerous given the aggressive nature of islam and the command inherent in that false religion to impose the “law of Allah” – sharia – wherever muslims go.
Khizr Khan has made great waves in the presidential election of late from his exchanges with Donald Trump. I think it’s a huge mistake for Trump to stoop down to the level of engaging in tete a tete’s with democrat plants, but I also find the notion that because a man lost a son in service of this country a dozen years ago he is above criticism ludicrous. However, since Khan has chosen to make himself such a public figure in the service of electing Hillary Clinton, his background and beliefs are open to scrutiny. And my goodness, what that scrutiny has revealed.
It’s been a while, but 33 years ago, at least, Khan was a serious advocate of imposing sharia over established national laws in the West, finding all other forms of jurisprudence faulty with regard to what muslims perceive as God’s command:
Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim-American soldier killed in Iraq in 2004 — who lampooned Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention last week while holding a copy of the U.S. Constitution — has a history of supporting the notion that Islamic Sharia law takes precedence over the Constitution.
Khan attacked Trump for his proposed Muslim immigration ban and questioned whether the nominee had even read the Constitution. Several papers published by Khan, first discovered by Breitbart, found that Khan has a long history of supporting Sharia law over “man-made” Western law…….
……..”The invariable and basic rules of Islamic law are only those prescribed in the Shari’ah,” Khan wrote. “All other juridical works … must always be subordinated to the Shari’ah.”
Khan also praised two infamous Muslim Brotherhood members as sources in his works: Muhammad Hamidullah and Said Ramadan.
Look, pretty much any honest muslim (however many there are, considering taqqiyah) of strong devotion pretty much has to default to this belief. The belief in the ascendancy of sharia over other forms of government/rule of law is so deeply ingrained in islam that only the weakest muslims reject it. In Britain, a majority of muslims now favor the sharia, marking a steady increase in this belief over the past decade or so, which tells us something else: muslims will be more circumspect regarding their true beliefs when they feel weak and surrounded in a given nation/culture, but become more bold as they feel themselves gaining influence.
Which, again, duh. That so many in the West cannot figure this out is not due to any mystery surrounding islam, or its true nature as an aggressive, expansionist religion of conquest, but it is due to the massive loss of faith in the West, and especially in the Church, where few if any have such a strong faith as to actually believe that, say, Catholic Doctrine should form the basis for the orientation of government and a culture’s moral order. I mean, that’s just crazy talk! Religion is something for old people and fearful spinsters to do on Sundays (for now, while they’re allowed), it’s never something to be taken seriously!
The root of the crisis between islam and the West is the West’s crisis of faith. The crisis of faith has created the conditions for the expansion of islam into the West, and indeed made that expansion appear to be something of an imperative to the powers that be. Of course Angela Merkel wants to import a few million more military age males into Germany and the rest of Europe – Europeans aren’t having babies and those Volkswagens aren’t going to build themsevles (yet). The vast majority of Westerners are hard-pressed to develop a strong resistance to this creeping invasion because they lack the strength of conviction to do so, a conviction that must be founded on the True Religion that created Christendom, or the West, in the first place. But that is the one option both the elites, and the great masses of Western people, steadfastly refuse to countenance.
Trying to fight back islam, or even slow its advance, with paeans to liberalism – the western pseudo-religion of the day – is simply doomed to fail. Islam is a false religion, but it’s more true that liberalism, and is thus stronger. Islam proposes a transcendent belief set that sexular paganism cannot hope to match, which explains why disaffected Western youth make up more than a few of ISIS’s military forces. That belief set may be false and even diabolical, but it still rings more true to Western ears who have never learned anything substantive of Christianity than the decadent perversion of present-day liberalism.
I’ve said it many times before, but the Church is being crushed between the immovable object of islam and the irresistible force of secular liberalism. Incredibly, even many in the Church seem unable to comprehend islam’s inherently aggressive nature, acting as useful idiots for its steady penetration deeper and deeper into the inmost fabric of the West. From a worldly standpoint, things look bleak, but, of course, we know that no matter how bad things look, our Blessed Lord will triumph in the end. In fact, His triumph will be all the more impressive for the direness of the situation to be overcome, and the strength of the forces currently ranged against the Camp of the Faithful.
May it please God for that day to come very soon.
In the meantime, I think staunch opposition to continued muslim immigration to this country is one of Donald Trump’s strongest selling points, and one of his sanest policy prescriptions. The muslim scorpion, like Khizr Khan, cannot help but to sting its host, even to death. It’s in its nature.
ISIS explains why they hate us, crushes liberal fantasies……. August 2, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, horror, paganism, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
…….but mostly crushes liberal fantasies regarding the “religion of peace.”
ISIS has a slick and glossy magazine called Dabik or something. It’s basically a propaganda piece. It does contain a number of semi-scholarly articles on subjects related to islam – how many white Christian slaves a jihadist is entitled to, the do’s and don’ts of raping the promised virgins of paradise, how to sell slaves in a buyer’s market, that kind of thing. Mostly, though, it argues for the islamist’s vision of islam, and justifies jihad as the quintessential muslim act.
The latest issue has very harsh words for Western liberals committed, by dogma, to seeing islam as a “religion of peace” in spite of mountains of historical evidence to the contrary, and the testimony of our own lyin’ eyes. It’s an interesting analysis of the pathologies of Western culture from an outsider’s perspective, even noting the profoundly political nature of Western elite’s refusal to recognize the reality of islam. That is to say, Western leaders – including those within the Church – refuse to see the violence endemic to islam as a political act, because they believe recognizing the truth about islam would be highly inconvenient to their
true religion political program:
The 15th issue of Dabiq, published on July 31, is titled “Break The Cross” and appears to be primarily directed at those that ISIS considers its enemies, particularly Christians. One section is devoted to the words and actions of Pope Francis and is headlined “In The Words Of Our Enemies.” An editorial titled “Why We Hate You and Why We Fight You” takes aim at Westerners and “apostate ‘Imams’ in the West” who refuse to define ISIS’ motivation as being Islamic. ISIS calls this rhetoric purely political. [Yes, Christ told us to be kind to our enemies, but that is on a personal basis. When we have responsibilities for the safety and faith of others, we also have a responsibility to oppose, even to the level of physical violence, those who would threaten both in those too weak to defend themselves.]
“Many Westerners, however, are already aware that claiming the attacks of the mujahidin to be senseless and questioning incessantly as to why we hate the West and why we fight them is nothing more than a political act and a propaganda tool,” the article says. “The politicians will say it regardless of how much it stands in opposition to facts and common sense just to garner as many votes as they can for the next election cycle.”
The argument echoes a current debate in the U.S. between some on the right who have been vocal about challenging high-ranking left-leaning politicians to specifically label the ISIS threat as “radical Islamic terror.” President Obama has said on multiple occasions that he has refused to use the term in an effort to avoid lending religious legitimacy to the terror group.
The ISIS author of the “Why We Hate You” piece aims to settle the argument, and “clarify” in “unequivocal terms” that ISIS is Islamic. The author says that those on the “social fringe” who identify Islam with ISIS are correct.
While it is perhaps arguable that ISIS represents “true islam,” what cannot be argued is the evidence from history and modern-day sociology: the more involved, committed a muslim, the more they tend to embrace the notion of violent conquest and the subjugation of islam’s enemies. There are exceptions, of course, there always are, but what is even more troubling concerning islam is the tendency of the more “moderate,” less convicted members of this false man-made religion to give the jihadist a free hand, to almost never rise up in opposition to them, and, more importantly, to secretly agree with many of their goals: the imposition of sharia, the expansion of the ummah, and the right of islam to be imposed on unwilling peoples.
So, even to the extent that islam has a large, non-combatant element, it is immaterial, as this large cohort almost always defers to the demands of the most convicted, when push comes to shove. The most convicted are able to paint themselves as the “best muslims,” and there are few within islam who are willing to strenuously argue against this.
In the end, then, it makes no difference whether the jihadists are the “true muslims” or not. Again, the testimony of both history and current events is irrefutable: Western attempts to appease and “dialogue” with islam are doomed to failure. There is nothing in the modern West that can provide sufficient motivation to resist the steady encroachments of islam outside of Catholicism, which has been roundly rejected by almost all Westerners, even those who claim the name of Catholic for themselves. We also have to bear in mind at all times taqqiyah, islam’s “holy lying,” wherein it is not only permissible, but even expected, to lie to the infidel in order to advance the spread of islam. Thus, “moderate” muslim leaders claiming to seek dialogue on an equal footing – and there are very few of those! – have precious little credibility, as they could simply be seeking to serve islam’s expansionist interests in a different manner.
Thus all attempts at appeasing islam by Christian and especially Catholic leaders are not only foolish and fruitless, they are actually damnable in that they only demonstrate to islam the West’s weakness and lack of belief and its readiness for conquest. That is to say, they only encourage the violent elements within islam, while undermining the morale of the few Westerners still possessed of enough determination to stand in opposition to islam. There is essentially zero practical up-side to dialogue with islam, and the downside grows more hideous every day. But the aforementioned is based on having a Catholic outlook; those belonging to different religions, such as sexular paganism, will likely draw very different conclusions.
Priest Martyred by ISIS Gave Land for Mosque August 1, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, disaster, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, persecution, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
While avoiding speaking ill of the dead, especially those martyred, I am overwhelmed with a sense of irony, and a sense that the Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways.
Father Jacques Hamel, murdered by crazed islamists (is there any other kind, I ask only somewhat in jest?), ostensibly in retribution for something that happened nearly 1,000 years ago (the Crusades – muslims will never, ever forget the time Christians came in and forcibly pried loose a small part of formerly Christian lands from the islamic death grip – that is such a grave offense to their sense of the “ummah,” and that what “allah” has granted to islam, shall always be a part of it), had donated some land so that a mosque (another one) could be built near his parish. This can certainly be filed under no good deed shall go unpunished, but I wonder if there isn’t a more important message being conveyed by Him Who is infinitely Just. Not that God would be the author of evil, but………..I’m sure you can discern what I am driving at.
While trying to maintain charity for this poor departed soul, who desperately needs prayers, as do all un-canonized souls, I will say that Father Hamel certainly appears to be a man of his generation, the generation that found Vatican II and the “new pentecost” so intoxicating:
Father Jacques Hamel, the 86-year-old assistant priest at the church in St Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Normandy, met his Creator last Tuesday when two Muslim men armed with knives slit his throat while chanting the Islamic takbir. The killers claimed they were sacrificing blood to avenge the 11th century Crusades. It turns out that Fr Hamel was actually a dear friend to Islam. According to his fellow members of clergy, Fr Hamel helped put aside a plot of land near the church, where he would ultimately be murdered by Islamic jihadists, for the purposes of building a mosque to serve the Muslim community in the area.
“Church authorities facilitated the giving of land beside his church to local Muslims to build a mosque, and they were given use of the parish hall and other facilities during Ramadan,” stated Father Mark Ephrem Nolan, Prior of the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross. [Was this true charity, with the eternal end of souls always in mind, or was this more worldly sentiment?]
Despite the ongoing wave of Islamic terrorism, Christians in the Rouen community where Fr Hamel was killed have made an earnest effort to welcome Muslims with open arms and open hearts.
“Efforts have been made by the Christian community to be welcoming to Muslims,” saidFr Nolan. “The Sisters even give reading lessons to Muslim kids in tower blocks.”
Both parishioners and clergy alike all attest to the fact that Fr Hamel was a humble man who put his life’s work in building personal relationships. “He led a pure, simple life, with an emphasis on building friendships,” added Fr Nolan. [Did he also instill a powerful sense the Doctrine of the Faith, especially the extreme dubiousness of salvation outside formal communion with the Church?]
…….. In the final pastoral letter to his parish before his unexpected death, Fr Hamel reminded the Christian congregation to “accept each other as they are,” without judgment or ridicule. [Even souls bound for hell? Is that how Saint John Vianney preached, or practically any other Saint one might care to name?]
And still, Islamic terrorists took his life in a fit of hatred and rage.
Well, of course they did. Expecting otherwise requires willful ignorance, or obstinance, in the face of 1400 years of unequivocal testimony to the nature of islam. Only a West totally denuded of Faith, aside from a few souls here or there, and so blinded by a false and damnable ideology of “religious tolerance” (a tolerance originally dreamed up to drive the Church from the public square, and assert a permanent ascendancy of the secular state over Her), could think otherwise.
And yet, even in the face of this diabolical act of evil, even as muslims throughout the West throw down the gauntlet of challenge, openly advocating that they will force Europe, and, if possible, the entire West, to submit to their false, demonic cult of violence and cruel repression, Church leaders in France and in the Vatican STILL refuse to see the truth in front of their face. The secular leaders of the West are, if anything, even more blind. Of course, for partisans of sexular paganism, which is pretty much all elites everywhere, their true enemy has always been orthodox, believing Catholicism. They are quite happy to submit to the man-made religion of islam if it means seeing their archenemy vanquished.
I fear – or perhaps I should say, the evidence strongly indicates – that applies equally if they wear a red- or pink-piped cassock, or a Saville Row suit.
Lord, have mercy on Your Church. We are in desperate need of it.
Pope John Lennon – If I Condemned Islamist Violence, I’d Have to Condemn Catholic Violence August 1, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, different religion, Ecumenism, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, huh?, Society, SSPX, Tradition.
This is after he exhorted World Youth Day goers – which one commenter who attended one in the past likened to a Catholic orgy – to be a “A humanity that rejects hatred between people, one that refuses to see borders as barriers.” Imagine there’s no countries…..and no religion too. Groovy. Right on. Make love, not war. Peace Now. Leave your first wife for a Japanese freak and break up the most overrated I mean greatest rock n’ pop band ever.
More substantially, Francis emoted, when pressed, that he did not criticize islam as the source of the hatred that led to a Catholic priest being beheaded, because, if he did that, he’d have to criticize Catholic violence, too, because sometimes baptized Catholic steal or do other bad things:
“I don’t think it is right to equate Islam with violence,” he told journalists during his return from a trip to Poland [on July 31].Pope Francis defended his decision not to name Islam when condemning the brutal jihadist murder of a Catholic priest in France in the latest of a string of recent attacks in Europe claimed by Islamic State (or Isil).“In almost every religion there is always a small group of fundamentalists. We have them too,” he said.“If I have to talk about Islamic violence I have to talk about Christian violence. Every day in the newspapers I see violence in Italy, someone kills his girlfriend, another kills his mother in law, and these are baptised Catholics.” [Source] [Does it even have to be said how dumb and false this comparison is? It literally makes no sense, it’s comparing apples to Chevrolets. I’m surprised he didn’t mention the Crusades]
Remember, he also attributed attacks like the one last week to things like poverty, lack of jobs and opportunity, and frustration at current political events. That is to say, wholly materialist reasons – which, at least, would be consistent.
So this is the man who is going to “regularize” the SSPX? I’m having a hard time getting excited over Msgr. Pozzo’s interview, he’s said the same thing many times before. Way back in 2012/3 we were told that an agreement was just seconds from being signed, and then the whole thing suddenly exploded. He admits doctrinal issues remain. Well, the entire SSPX “situation” has hinged on doctrine all along, hasn’t it? So what exactly has changed? Sure, Bishop Fellay seems to think that a personal prelature could work for the Society, but he’s said that for years, too. Some people claiming inside knowledge – like the link – seem to firmly believe it’s different this time, but have offered little firm evidence.
As for my opinion, should it be true, I’m of two minds. Predominately, I want the SSPX to be fully regular and to be able to continue their present work without the nagging doubts of canonical irregularity hampering the good they do, which is not inconsiderable. At the same time, I have a nagging voice that tells me to fear regularization with the current conditions in Rome, especially under this Pope. The example of the traditional Catholics of Campos is something to bear in mind. And the dangers spread far beyond the SSPX – there is no question the FSSP and other Ecclesia Dei groups exist in “full regularity” because of the pressure the SSPX exerts on the Church. Should that pressure go away, will the Ecclesia Dei groups be persecuted, or forced into moral conundrums?
Nevertheless, if the situation is ever going to be resolved, it’s going to take a huge leap of Faith by all involved. Surely there are long, sharp knives waiting for an “exposed” Society to be made vulnerable to them, but we have to trust in Our Savior and His promises. May God’s will be done.
Islam doubles in US in Seven Years July 29, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
Picked this up from Mahound’s Paradise. The percentage of Americans citing islam as their religion more than doubled in a mere seven years, outpacing any other religion save for militant atheism. Not good, really not very good. BAD:
Some commentary from Mahound:
The survey relied on similar interviews conducted in the two different time periods. Roughly, people were identified as what they said they were or what they want to be identified as, without going into what being a member of X religion actually meant to them, or whether they were “practicing,” etc.
I’m not surprised that the Christian numbers went down. Nor am I surprised that the Muslim numbers went up. But I was very much surprised that the Muslim numbers more than doubled in just seven years.
I was surprised that Mormonism went down. I had always assumed that the exponential growth of that group was unstoppable. [Nah. They have huge turnover. Only so many people can be convinced to believe in unspeakable blasphemy (I’m “god!”) and magic underwear] I was also surprised that Judaism went up.
As you can see, the “Asian” religions – Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism – are now roughly tied in numbers, though Islam has moved ahead, almost certainly to stay. Hinduism went sharply up, though not as much as Islam, while Buddhism held the line………
…….obviously the momentum is with Islam. The proportion of Muslims in the United States more than doubled in seven years. I would assume the absolute numbers (given the increase in total population) came close to tripling in the last ten years.
Well, it’s been deliberate government policy, throughout the West, to import as many
militant jihadists muslims as possible. AND, this mass importation began under Bush ’43, so party has little to do with it. The elites have decided multikulti is a positive good, it gives them their good progressive feelz, and if a few thousand bible-thumpers have to die for those feelz, so be it! It does get a bit inconvenient, however, when the muslims attack the wrong sorts. Bah! No matter, never let a crisis go to waste, so it’s all good in the end.
If trends continue, in about 40-50 years, more Americans will be atheist or belong to a heathen religion than Christian. And that’s ultimately what’s dooming this nation, and the entire West. Western Civilization was built on a Christian (Catholic) basis and will not survive long apart from that basis. There is no political solution for a fundamentally moral/cultural crisis.
Francis Not Very Welcome in Poland July 27, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, Ecumenism, error, Francis, General Catholic, manhood, persecution, scandals, secularism, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
Some countries are more sensible than others. Some countries have been through the leftist wringer, watched their priests martyred and seen their churches sacked for decades. They know where modernist-progressive rhetoric always leads – suffering, misery, and moral decadence. They also know that inviting in adherents to an implacably hostile religion that has always refused conversion or even assimilation is a recipe for cultural suicide and endless internecine warfare.
Some peoples also know what it is to be denied the Faith, they know Truth from error, and know that the latter always leads to great suffering. For these reasons and many more, Francis is not being very well received in Poland:
Pope Francis is set to arrive Wednesday in Poland, but the homeland of Saint Pope John Paul II – Francis’ most popular modern-day predecessor — is not rolling out the red carpet for the pontiff whose social agenda has alienated many in the conservative nation.
Francis will be in Krakow to celebrate World Youth Day, the event initiated more than 30 years ago by Pope John Paul II in which hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world gather. But unlike the favorite son the Eastern European nation sent to the Vatican, Francis has received a chilly reception. [World Youth Day has frequently devolved into scandal and indifference, and should be done away with. If you were wondering……]
“The Pope, an inconvenient guest,” was the headline on an article earlier this month in Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s largest circulation newspaper…..
….Polish bishops circulated a letter publicizing the event that was read in churches throughout the nation on July 3. The letter praised the late Pope John Paul II three times, yet made no mention of Pope Francis. [Well, if you can’t find anything nice to say, let your silence speak]
“Here in Poland – a papal country – we have a very unusual situation,” journalist Katarzyna Wisniewska wrote. “Nobody here is waiting for the pope.”
Francis’ liberal social positions clash with the Polish church’s conservative orientation and alignment with the far-right Law and Justice Party government. [Not “far right” – visibly Catholic, probably the most Catholic government in Europe, which should be praised, not belittled] Church support for Law and Justice was an important factor in the party’s landslide victory in the 2015 national elections. [I’d say good on the Church, even though the government is far from perfect]
The nationalist party is committed to defending the Catholic identity of a homogeneous Poland. [good again]
“Francis is seen as someone strange, alien, and Poles don’t relate to an Argentinian Pope,” journalist Adam Szostklewicz, who writes about the Church and international affairs for the weekly news magazine Polityka, told FoxNews.com…….
……In his first speech in the country, to an audience including President Andrzej Duda at Krakow’s Wawel Castle, the pope is expected to renew his support for refugees. Three days later, a young Syrian will speak during a prayer service presided over by the pope. [So Francis will go to a Catholic country and speak a more contradictory message than he did in Cuba, or Bolivia? He’s down with a sort of false “speaking truth to power” when it comes to a Catholic country, then?]
Poles reject that papal call. Seventy percent of Poles don’t want any Muslim refugees, according to a recent survey by CBOS, a leading pollster…….
…..According to Father Pawel Guzinski, an outspoken Dominican priest, the Polish Church gravitates more to popes like John Paul II and Benedict XVI, for whom obedience to Catholic doctrine is paramount.
“For Pope Francis, his commitment to the poor and disadvantaged is most important, while doctrine remains in the background,” Guzinski said. [that’s a fairly mild way of putting it]
The Polish Church is also anxious about the tide of Western secularism. [And quite rightly so]
Bishop Piotr Libera, in a speech in Radom, equated secularism with multiculturalism. [How about with evil?]
“It is a leftist policy in which all religions and cultures are equally important,” he said. “But not the one they grew up in. Christian, of Christ.”
Some other quotes, from a different, more liberal source (a good amount of nastiness towards Polish Catholics in this article, which I’ll skip):
……Arch-conservative [meaning faithful, accepting of the Doctrine of the Faith] Catholic journalists have gone so far as to question the legitimacy of his election, even accusing Francis of wanting to destroy the Church. Senior Polish clerics have stopped short of condemning such views. [Well well………]
One rightwing conspiracy website accuses Francis of “selling out to environmentalists, Freemasons, Islamists, pseudo-refugee invaders”.
“What nerve to require each parish to host an Arab refugee, while also saying that Catholics should not procreate like rabbits.”
………Francis’s progressive views on contraception — which he dubbed “not an absolute evil” — and allowing divorcees to receive communion have also long sparked mixed feelings among conservative faithful here. [Francis did say contraception is not an absolute evil, committing a grave error because contraception use has always been defined, since the earliest days of the Church, as intrinsically evil. But praying out loud in a Catholic church sanctuary hosting a muslim i
nvaderrefugee, now that’s an intrinsic evil. Not]
It’s gratifying to know some folks, even most of a nation, apparently, have caught on. Francis…….he’s not our kind of guy.