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Lack of Belief in Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus at Root of Crisis in Church November 14, 2017

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You either believe visible communion/right membership in the Church is vital, even required, for salvation, or you don’t.  20th century quasi-modernist formulations aside, both the vast majority of theologians/bishops/fathers/doctors and the vast majority of the laity over numerous centuries took the doctrinal declaration of “no salvation outside the Church” quite literally.  This was the understanding that fired the superhuman efforts at evangelization (even, my oh my, proselytization) the Church undertook for many long centuries, converting most of the world, at least in part.  This was the understanding that led to thousands upon thousands of martyrdoms, where Catholics refused to burn a pinch of incense to Caesar or partake in an English protestant worship service with its barren table altar and iconoclastic environment (rather like most parishes built since 1950).

Extra ecclesiam nulla salus, or rejection thereof, is one of those doctrines at the very core of the crisis in the Church.  In many respects the so-called Feeneyites were right, they were simply both a bit extreme, and a bit late, perhaps.  Had they come to the fore in 1890 instead of 1945, they might have elicited much more of a  yawn than the ecclesiastical hammer blows a hierarchy (especially an American hierarchy) seeking an accommodation with protestantism at any cost delivered.

A priest of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest delivers a solid sermon on this vital matter below.  He is quite correct in noting the foundational role rejection of EENS has played in the past 60 odd years of Church auto-demolition:

The sermon might be more review for many readers of this nutty blog, but if you’re anything like me, it’s good to hear reminders of stuff you “already” know from time to time.  Otherwise, I tend to lose them.

AND, I think this is a topic that can’t get enough coverage.  Even among traditional Catholic priest, Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus seems to be viewed as a bit of a minefield.  Some Fraternity priests give real clear catechesis on this subject, but others wouldn’t touch it with a cane pole.  So I think it merits coverage on that point, as well.

 

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Local Priest Leads Nightly Processions for Four Years, Plans to Continue for Another Fourteen October 17, 2017

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Speaking of processions, I would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that Fr. Paul Weinberger, pastor of St. William parish in Greenville, TX, “concluded” over four years of nightly “Rosary walks” and public processions in honor of Our Lady on October 13.  I say “concluded,” because when Father Weinberger started, his initial intention was to keep up the nightly prayers and processions until the 100th anniversary of Fatima, just concluded.  But since that has now passed, he some months ago announced his intention to continue the nightly devotion until Dec. 12, 2031 – the 500th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego.

The local diocesan paper finally gave Father Weinberger some coverage recently:

For more than four years, St. William Catholic Church’s parishioners and some of the faithful from far beyond Texas have gathered nightly for a 9 p.m. outdoor Bible study and rosary procession honoring Our Lady of Fatima.

Father Paul Weinberger, pastor of St. William since 2004, said that he expects particularly high participation on Oct. 7—the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary—and Oct. 13—the 100th anniversary of the last of the six Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

The parish is celebrating the centennial of Our Lady of Fatima’s appearances to Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto and Lucia Santos and marking St. William’s 125th anniversary this year by not letting an evening go by without opening wide the church doors and processing across the street to a foliage-shrouded park for what has become a beloved tradition.

“By 9 p.m., it is dark and the people of Greenville see the front doors of the church wide open,” said Father Weinberger, who inaugurated the candlelight Rosary walk on June 15, 2013. “The light of the church pours out into the street. The flame from the Sanctuary lamps is taken outside to light the candles that the people are holding. People passing by say, ‘What’s happening at the Catholic Church?’

“We are getting noticed.”

Father Weinberger is who I think of when I recall that a very devout Novus Ordo in Latin definitely paved the way for our family to become full time TLMers, and aided greatly in my general spiritual development.  He is also who I think of when I consider the very best priests out there offering the Novus Ordo and the good they do for souls.  I pray Father Weinberger is allowed to offer the TLM sometime soon (he has offered the Novus Ordo in Latin for years).  I have not spoken to Father Weinberger in quite some time, but he has in the past expressed desire to offer the TLM, but was unable to do so under the previous bishop*.  Some priests were even denied permission and met with threats over offering the Novus Ordo Ad Orientem!  Apparently that last unjust stricture is no longer in place, Deo Gratias, but the situation regarding the TLM remains murkier, at present.

Some very worthy priests like Father Michael Rodriguez have come to the conclusion that, even though they were raised and ordained in a “Novus Ordo environment,” they can no longer in good conscience offer that form of the Mass.  Other priests who have a great love for Tradition and Holy Mother Church may conclude differently, that there remains substantial good they can do in spite of certain unjust restrictions on their priestly ministry (I want to reiterate this is my own speculation, and has nothing to do with Fr. W). I have no problem with either approach – or, perhaps put more accurately, I can easily understand the rationale behind both conclusions, and have sympathy for both of them.  I love and support all priests who are out there doing the best they can, given the limitations placed on them and the current sad state of the human element of the Church, whether they check all the “required” boxes of traditional preference or not.

At any rate, good on you, Father Paul Weinberger, and may God continue to bless you and your apostolate most abundantly.  May our sweet Lord Jesus Christ also move any in authority over you to allow you to conduct your priestly ministry along the lines you feel called to in the light of twin pillars of our Faith, Sacred Scripture and Tradition.

*- previous Dallas Bishop and now Cardinal Kevin Farrell put in place a public policy refusing permission to priests to offer the Mass of St. Pius V, aka the Traditional Latin Mass. That policy included threats for punishment should priests offer the TLM on their own initiative.  It is to be prayed that our new bishop will discontinue that unjust stricture so contrary to the expressed will of the Church in the form of the Pope Emeritus.

Our Lady of Fatima 100th Anniversary Procession October 17, 2017

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First, sorry posting has been almost non-existent for the past week.  It’s just work, and family.  I had expected work to slow down, but, it has not.

But, let me at least do a quick post on the wonderful procession held on the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the miracle of the sun at Mater Dei FSSP parish in Irving on October 13.  I was present for the Mass, but due to a bad upper respiratory infection stayed only for the beginning of the 3 mile procession.  There were probably about 400 people at the Mass, which is more than our little church can hold, but many more came just for the procession.  It is estimated about 600-650 people took part in this procession down public streets to Trinity Park and back.  What a fantastic witness to our Catholic Faith!

The procession lasted about 1 1/2 hours, led and followed by a police escort, at night through neighborhood streets the 1 1/2 miles from Mater Dei to the park.  Rosaries and litanies were prayed, and hymns were sung, there and back.  Along the way, many people came out of their house to see this great mass of people going by, drawn by the lights of the police cars and the many voices raised in prayer and song.

Now, there are pictures and some video, but I warn you on the quality.  I took the before photos of the bier and statue of Our Lady, my wife took a couple of videos on the way back, but in between my kids took the pictures and……..well, they’re a bit blurry and shaky. In their defense they were using my phone and it was dark.  I gets what I paid for.

Anyway, hopefully these convey at least a little what the procession was like.  It was a most blessed event, and I pray we are able to do more processions like this on public streets, giving witness to our Faith and, God willing, perhaps leading some souls to, or back to, the Church.  I know going on public streets with a large crowd involves a great deal of effort and cost to make happen, but I think the potential benefit for souls, both those involved and those along the way, more than justify the cost.  I’m reading a long book about how San Francisco slid into the nightmare it is today, and one of the principle causes, aside from the obvious debauched evil far too many residents there not only embrace, but practically worship, was the failure of Christians to not just resist, but adequately witness their Faith.  This has been one of the prime reasons for the entire slide of this nation into its present state, which is just as bad as Sodom and Gomorrah.  They won’t leave us alone.  They will MAKE YOU CARE.  They will come to take our churches away, eventually, unless we resist, which isn’t always a negative “thou shalt not” attitude/action, but also a positive demonstration of the great love God inspires in us and the great Grace and happiness he brings to our lives.  Sermon concluded.

Thanks to everyone who put this blessed event together. I know it took a great deal of work, especially from Father Longua and Adrian Montes, and I want to thank both of them personally for loving Our Lady, Holy Mother Church, and souls enough to pull off such a wonderful, beautiful procession.

Vatican Responds to Correctio Filialis With Offer of “Dialogue”……. September 28, 2017

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……..which is rather how they treat they encounter different from their own, isn’t it?  The “they,” being the current – and, it must be said in fairness, significant elements of the past several – papal administration in Rome.

At any rate, at least the silence has ended?  Is this just a delaying tactic?  After all, dialogues with the “separated brethren” and others have been as numerous and endless as they have been ineffectual at winning anyone to the Faith (by design).  Look at the Vatican-SSPX “dialogue.”  Years spent talking past each other, adherents to frankly different and irreconcilable faiths trying to find a non-existent common ground?  Nevertheless, perhaps the tactic of mokusatsu, to kill with silence, attempting to ignore the problem of a growing rebellion against this papal administration from an increasing number of the most dedicated Catholics, has been recognized as a failure?

By the way, the number of signatories to the Correctio Filialis, as of late Tuesday, had nearly doubled.  No updates since then:

Rome, September 28 – Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said on Thursday that “it’s important to dialogue even within the Church”, in response to a letter from a group of conservative Catholics accusing Pope Francis of heresy. “People who disagree express their dissent, but on these things we have to reason, to try to understand one another,” he said, speaking on the sidelines of a conference on Iraqi Christians held by ACS, a Vatican-based international non-profit that aids persecuted Christians worldwide. The letter accused Pope Francis of heresy in his 2016 document Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love The conservatives Catholics delivered to the pope in August issuing him a “filial correction” – a measure they said was being using for the first time since the 14th century – over the document, which opens up the possibility of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receiving communion……….

……..The letter accuses the pope of seven “heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments, and has caused these heretical opinions to spread in the Catholic Church”.

The signatories said their initiative does not conflict with the Catholic dogma of papal infallibility “since the Church teaches that a pope must meet strict criteria before his utterances can be considered infallible.

“Pope Francis has not met these criteria,” it added.

The conservatives also accused the pope of having Modernist leanings and of being influenced by the ideas of Martin Luther.

Did the letter merely accuse Francis of heresy, or did it, through the ministrations of several notable theologians among the original signatories, substantially prove both direct heretical statements/acts/policies AND a significant penchant towards embrace of both the Lutheran and modernist heresies on the part of Francis?

Put another way, did the signatories not quite irrefutably establish the fact that Francis is, indeed, a Jesuit?

At this point, has anyone seen any substantive attempts to rebut or refute the conclusions reached by the Correctio Filialis?  I have not, all I’ve seen is endless ad hominems directed at the authors, but then again, I’ve only checked out a few likely sources (Pray Tell, America, US “Catholic,”, etc).

From my standpoint, the Correctio contains not allegations or accusations, but solidly established proofs. Of course, those proofs are limited in their influence pending their adoption by those endowed by God with the authority to hold a sovereign pontiff accountable – the College of Cardinals.  No wonder Francis has hinted at abolishing that body?

Better act quick, Cardinal Burke.

Catholic Answers Akin: Catholics Should Commemorate the Protestant Revolution September 21, 2017

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I’ve never had much truck with Catholic Answers or any of its apologists.  Since my conversion, I’ve always found Jimmy Akin to be pretty squishy.  Both Akin and the broader organization are – and I use the term reluctantly – thoroughgoing neo-Catholics who have unequivocally demonstrated that their faith, if not quite amounting to a cult of personality revolving around the present occupant of the See of Peter, is at the very least far too pliant and far too – it seems – willing to change radically depending on what emanates from the current occupant of the Chair. Now, I’ve heard Akin spend hours arguing extremely detailed points of Scripture with protestants, pointing out their manifest errors.  But once Francis signaled that he found the 500th anniversary of the  protestant revolution/archheresy something to celebrate, even emulate, all those hours went out the window and now Akin proclaims his great sympathy for, even embrace of, these celebrations of the single most destructive event – for the eternal destiny of souls – in human history since the Fall.

Via reader Tim, The Remnant has its own take on this very sad exaltation of mass indifferentism.  I’ll let you go read that on your own time.

But ultimately that is what this is all about – the steady rise of religious indifference, affecting even some of the most core Doctrines of the Faith, which has afflicted the Church since Vatican II.

Ecumania – my silly term for ecumenism run wild – did not start with Francis.  It was going gangbusters in the years immediately following Vatican II, when the first rush of thrill of the “new and greater Pentecost” was still fresh and operative.  Ecumania cooled off somewhat with the surprise election of JPII as pope, but it certainly never went away.  Watch the footage or read the reports of Assisi ’86 for all the confirmation one needs of that.

I’m a former protestant.  My entire family still consists of active protestants of varying degrees of faith and commitment.  So, I have a very strong, personal interest in accepting and promulgating post-conciliar style ecumenism if it can be reconciled with the constant belief and practice of the Faith. But it cannot.  Not by the longest of shots.

One of the greatest evils afflicting our time is the lack of knowledge of history.  Coupled with widespread ignorance of theology in the Church, especially since Vatican II, and the set up is just right for convincing millions of Catholics that protestants are practically just like us, our slightly erroneous (on some tiny points of dogma nobody cares about anymore) brethren who just happen to find themselves outside the Church (and whose proselytizing activities – you know, all that solemn nonsense – are directed at Catholics as much, if not more, than out and out pagans, making tens of millions of Catholic converts to protestantism a year).

The problem is, some of us know a bit of theology.  And some of us know history.  And we know that, no matter what the protestant ecumenists try to say in all those wonderful ecumenical soirees in five star resorts, their understanding of Christianity is not just slightly deficient, it is not just a bit off, but it is directly contrary, on numerous critical points, to both Sacred Scripture and Tradition.  These errors are sufficient to make salvation of the souls holding these errors an exceptionally dicey proposition – many Saints during the age of anti-Church revolution and counter-revolution held that it made such salvation impossible.

But history weighs even more heavily against any “celebration” of the permanent, soul-crushing rending of Christendom.  Protestantism was everywhere founded by men seeking after their own prurient interests.  It started with Martin Luther, progressed through the truly unhinged and evil “Anabaptists,” reached its zenith of self-exalting human reason decoupled from supernatural Grace in Calvin and Zwinglii, and then fell into its gutter-trash denouement in the pathetic fall of Henry VIII into endless vice.

I haven’t got the space in this post to recount even a tiny percentage of the evils and vices of the men who unleashed so-called protestantism on the world.  The only thing they protested against was the idea that there was any moral law above that of their own, self-aggrandizing conception.

And that’s not even the half of it.  It is exceedingly easy to draw a straight line from the first inklings of self-serving, hedonistic rebellion against God’s Law and His vehicle on earth for propagating and enforcing that Law – the Church – and the debauched “man as his own God” neo-pagan, increasingly barbarous society in which we live today.  Protestantism set the stage for the ascendance of rationalism, science divorced from God and the supernatural, the concept of governmental authority arising up from the “will of the people” instead of down from Christ to man, steady and increasingly rapid collapse of the Christian moral order, and far too many other evils to list here.  Protestantism gave us doctrine by “Scripture alone,” salvation by “faith alone,” and made every single man into his own little magisterium, deciding for himself what to believe and what not to believe.  Sadly, over the past 60 years or so, most all of these errors have also found a home in the Church, once it seemed that protestantism and protestant-allied nations would be forever ascendant.

Now protestantism is in total collapse, racing ahead even of the Church, and we are supposed to celebrate it?  Protestantism has fragmented into tens of thousands of different sects and groups, each believing differently from each other and from the solemn Doctrine of the Faith.  Even that is not enough, and as more and more formerly “evangelical” and “fundamentalist” sects degenerate from one man’s rigid interpretation of Scripture to loose acceptance of societal norms (the “gay marriage” issue has been a disaster for evangelicals, with most of their young people eagerly accepting it), now protestants are increasingly devolving down into “house churches” and smaller and smaller groupings of people.  As soon as there is a disagreement, as there must inevitably be among 400 million little popes, the disaffected individuals break off and form their own sect.  This process of atomization will only continue.

In none of this is there anything to celebrate, let alone emulate.  Certainly distinctions can be made, that some protestants are better than others, that there are individual protestants who do lead very pious and holy lives, that there does exist some common ground between protestants and Catholics from which to build efforts against continuing cultural rot, but overall, especially in terms of major events like 500th anniversaries and the like, the core point that protestantism has been an unmitigated disaster for Christianity, and even more so for souls, must always carry precedence.

That doesn’t mean every single time we speak of an individual protestant and something they’ve done well we have to issue a fiery condemnation.  But it also means that we as Catholics don’t see anything, at all, to celebrate, emulate, extol, tout, or even positively mention regarding the phenomenon of protestantism historically, today, or in the future.

This is not the kind of unity Christ sought.  Our Blessed Lord, who died to give us the Truth necessary for salvation, certainly sought unity within His Church – but that’s just the point.  Protestants are not in His Church.  They left it.  Sure, there’s many protestants alive today who “inherited” protestantism culturally, through their families, and not so much as a deliberate act of rebellion.  The Church, however, taught for centuries that once protestants came of age, they DID make at least a tacit choice, to reject the Church and the Truth revealed through her.

Protestants reject whole swaths of the Gospel Christ came to live out and communicate to us.  Among individual protestants, there may be more that “unites us” than “divides,” but, overall, protestantism has been, continues to be, and was in fact created to always be, a force for continuing division and strife among Christians.  It is inseparable from its nature – it is “cooked into” the very idea that individual  men, absent the divine Grace associated with the office of priesthood, bishop, and Pope, can determine for himself what Scripture says, what Truth to believe.

Events like this 500th anniversary should, for Catholics, be a time of great sadness, which sadness pray God will form a wellspring of determination to fight for the true of Christianity again, within the bosom of Holy Mother Church.  “The discredited theology of the return” – to quote Benedict XVI – is not discredited.  It is entirely necessary.  It is only the fallen men within the leadership of the Church, and organizations dependent upon that leadership’s constant good graces, who have given up on that theology.  Because they fear and desire to please men more than God.

Now is a time for deep prayer and sacrifice, not only for our “separated brethren” in the protestant sects, but even more so for the leadership of our Church, and lay “apostolates” like Catholic Answers, which shake like a reed to every change in direction of earthly winds.

Secular Paganism Ascendant: Leftists Attempt to Impose Religious Test for Federal Offices September 14, 2017

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At one time, Christianity was culturally, morally, and, to a lesser degree, politically ascendant in this country.  At least, some notional shade of Christianity, defective at various points and divorced from the Church, but, the United States was culturally and morally recognizable Christian for at least the first 150 years of its existence.  During that time, while the “no religious test” endarkenment error enshrined in the US Constitution always applied (and to eventually a highly destructive degree), one had to at least pay a certain lip service to being a Christian in order to occupy high office.

Over the past century or so, a different, irrevocably hostile religion has gained cultural and moral suzerainty – sexular pagan leftism or rationalistic materialism.  Especially since the 1960s, it has supplanted Christianity as the de facto official religion of the United States, to the extent that nowadays there is increasingly a religious test being applied not only for federal offices, but even for any public role at all, and these tests are rapidly multiplying out into private life.  As a for instance, a private corporation that is a federal contractor embraced the most radical interpretation of Obama’s transgender bathroom executive order, and basically declared that any criticism of transgenderism or sodomy of any stripe would be a fireable offense, even if this criticism occurred outside of work (such as via social meadia).  Basically, Christians were commanded to keep key moral precepts to themselves, or better yet, to jettison them entirely, on pain of losing their jobs.  And, of course, we have seen in recent years numerous careers ruined when individuals are exposed for holding heresies held to be damnable by the sexular pagans.

The end-game for this process is when it becomes completely normalized and enshrined in law (at least common law), such as when despicable leftist senators Dianne Feinstein and thievin’ Dick Durbin tried to apply a religious test to Catholic federal court nominees:

“Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” is an unusual and inappropriate question for a senator to ask a judicial nominee. In fact, the Constitution forbids it.

But that didn’t stop Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., from probing Notre Dame Law professor Amy Coney Barrett about her faith. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. D-Calif., also chided Barrett for being a practicing Catholic, proclaiming, “The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”

Both senators appear to have forgotten Article VI’s admonition that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Officer or public Trust under the United States.” [Well, this has always been a contentious issue.  The attempt to disassociate the government of the United States from an explicit compact with the Christian Faith was the biggest mistake the Founders made.  Over the nation’s history, the degree to which an official’s or candidate’s faith could inform his decision making has varied widely.  John Kennedy more or less had to apostatize the Catholic Faith in order to get elected, stating that he would not allow the Faith – or the “Pope in Rome” – to guide his decision making.  He was not so much opposed by militant secularists at that time -though there were a few – as by bigoted protestants who didn’t want a Catholic president*.  But as I said at the top, in most places in this country, for the first 70% or so of its history, you had to be at least publicly accepted as a fairly decent Christian/Jew in order to get elected.  Certainly there were exceptions, but for the most part, the rule applied.  Much public discourse up till the mid-20th century was heavily populated with references to the Christian God.  Now that is practically forbidden.  Interestingly, however, outside the decadent post-Christian West, acceptance of atheism is plummeting and belief in God is growing rapidly, to the extent that, globally, the number of atheists is actually shrinking.  But in the US, we are still in a period of rapid Christian decline and sexular pagan ascendance, most especially among the cultural, political, and economic elites, but also within the private lives of tens of millions of Americans who, even if they self-identify as Christian, put very little of the Faith in practice in their lives.]

The senators’ hostility to religion was loudly on display as Barrett and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, having been nominated by the president to fill two federal appellate vacancies………

……..Barrett faced numerous questions about her writings, including her criticism of stare decisis or the role of precedent in judicial decision-making in certain circumstances……..

………She also faced questions about a 1998 article that she co-authored as a law student, discussing Catholic judges participating in death penalty cases. In that article she considered situations in which the law and a judge’s religious faith conflict. [And she unfortunately took the JPII neo-liberal stance that the Catholic Church “condemns” the death penalty as gospel, and thus claimed that Catholics must oppose the death penalty.  Well, she is a product of Notre Dame.  As for a Catholic recusing themselves in cases that touch on the Doctrine of the Faith – baloney BS.  Believing Catholics must ESPECIALLY apply themselves to those cases that most closely correlate to the Doctrine of the Faith, otherwise, they are failing in their duty as Catholics.]

Senate Democrats attempted to distort her article, claiming she would put religious beliefs above the law. [The Law of God is above the law of man.  And sexular pagans do this constantly, putting their religious beliefs ahead of the Constitution as written and seeking to re-write it and/or obliterate it] But in fact, she wrote, “The legal system has a solution for this dilemma—it allows (indeed it requires) the recusal of judges whose convictions keep them from doing their job.”

Barrett is not the first to broach this subject. Many Catholic judges have considered and written on this issue, including Judge William Pryor, who sits on the 11th Circuit, and Scalia.

At any rate, these two did finally make it out of committee after this little demonstration by the sodomite-serving leftists.

Had Hillary been elected, I think we would have seen this kind of attack become completely regularized and accepted, if by some miracle any conservative would have ever been able to get elected after her.  Trump is increasingly appearing to be at best a pause, however, he is doing precious little to roll the leviathan back at the governmental level, though he has stirred up a significant cultural resistance.  Well, some of us always knew he wouldn’t be a conservative.  However, if he folds on the wall and caves to corrupt Republicrats on virtually everything else, I don’t know if some less undesirable judicial nominees are enough to vote for him again.  Without the wall, this nation as it was established and intended to be is finished.

*- The best thing Kennedy could have done would have been to implore the leading cardinals of the time – Cushing, Spellman, Meyer, etc – to consecrate the US to Our Lady and Christ the King in a public Mass immediately after taking office.  Doing so would have radically altered this nation’s history.  Alas, he was not remotely interested in doing so, and, probably, few of the cardinals would have been, either.

Amazing Protestant Family Giving Witness Amidst Incredible Danger in Iraq June 20, 2017

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There is a man named Dave Eubank, former Green Beret, devout protestant, husband, father, and – it must be said – extremely dedicated evangelist, who has developed a mission (in a quasi-military sense) over the past several years of serving others in need amidst some of the most violent conflicts in the world. After starting in the jungles of Burma, where a low-level civil war has been ongoing for decades, he transferred his efforts – still called the Free Burma Rangers – to Iraq.

I saw an article about this man, and his family, including three minor children, providing supplies and medical care to souls suffering during the endless fighting in Iraq (fighting that was, tragically, largely caused by the failed policy efforts of these United States).  There is certainly much to be said about the prudence of exposing children to such extremely dangerous situations.  Yes I am sure they are careful, but they are in an active warzone and irreplaceable loss mixed with unspeakable tragedy is just a wrong footstep away.

And these folks are not somewhere miles behind the lines.  All of them are routinely exposed to great danger, especially the husband and father, Mr. Eubank:

Note, the video title has it wrong, none of the men in the video are currently serving US armed forces.  They are all members of Eubank’s Free Burma Rangers organization.  They apparently get into the fighting as part of their efforts, at least as far as giving covering fire for rescue efforts.  Also, there were two children Eubanks attempted to rescue.  He recovered the 5-6 year old girl, but there was also a toddler boy being fired at by ISIS in Mosul he was unable to recover.

That is incredible dedication.  I don’t know about the prudence of a father a family depends on doing that as a mission of charity, but it certainly speaks to this man’s enormous courage and conviction.

And this wasn’t a one time deal.  In the video below, Mr. Eubank gets shot through the arm, and his (presumably) Kurdish escort gets hit far worse:

The video below gives a better idea for what the wife and kids are exposed to:

It’s funny to see the reporter just inundated with body armor – like she’s in EOD or something! – and Eubank just walks around with a shirt and pants.  But I digress…….

Now, this man is certainly brave, has enormous conviction, and appears to be doing quite a bit of good.  But is it right for him to expose his children to such extremes of danger by choice?  There are certainly many ways of giving witness and serving others that don’t entail such grave risk of injury or loss of life.  And one could easily say that the children – even if they seem on board with dad’s very adventurous work – don’t really have a choice in the matter.  Kids might find it very hard to express their real feelings about being drug into this very violent and messy war.

Still, I find much to admire in this man and his family.  Now he’s a former Green Beret and probably well-versed in the situations in which he places himself and his family, but there it takes enormous guts and faith to do what he’s doing.  He states he has faith that God will protect him and his family in their work, and if it is their time it is their time.  One may argue with the morality and prudence of doing that, but I think he’s honest in being motivated by faith.  I do wonder if such extremes of effort, such great demonstrations of charity, make any impact on the hardened muslim mind?  Eubank did make converts in Burma, several of the medics serving with him in Iraq are Burmese.

Unfortunately he is protestant and thus holds a number of errors.  But would I have the faith and courage – even without wife and kids – to do what he’s done and plans to continue doing?  Probably not.  But does he even have a valid call from God to do this? Being protestant, that’s especially problematic (as St. Ignatius makes clear – more on that later, I pray).

That he is doing good is I think undeniable.  I am really amazed by this man’s willingness to help others.  See this rescue of a girl trapped under rubble for three days in ISIS-held territory:

So what do you think?  Is this zeal gone astray, or is this putting John xv:13 into concrete action in about the most literal way possible?  If he were Catholic would you think any differently of his work?

 

Multi-Part Tour through the Spanish Missions of San Antone: Part II, Mission Espada June 14, 2017

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The first part covered Mission Concepion, this post covers Mission San Francisco de la Espada.

I again will give some coverage of the general and liturgical history of the mission, while sharing a number of photographs I took.  Mission Espada – and in particular the chapel – fell into more complete ruins than just about any of the missions.  Mission San Jose experienced a horrific roof/wall collapse in the 1890s during Mass – no death toll was reported, but it gives an idea of the decrepitude into which these structures were allowed to slide.  When locals finally took notice of the significance of these decayed treasures, protestants played a significant role in funding and restoring all the missions.  Strangely enough.

The main facade of the chapel is really about all that is original to the structure.  Most of the rest of the building was replaced in the 20th century.  You can see at the top the local bricks which were made by natives and were used in the construction of this mission.  These are supposed to be some of the first masonry bricks made in Texas.

The door is an interesting shape and attracts a good amount of intention.  It is shaped almost like a keyhole.  I do not think the doors are original.  They are heavily weathered but being cedar I would guess they are somewhere on the order of 80-100 years old.  Again, most of the original doors, furnishings, statues, and even stone structure of the original missions was removed by locals – primarily the descendants of the natives who originally occupied the missions – for their own private use from the 1790s onwards as the missions were forcibly secularized by the Spanish government and the mission communities rapidly fell apart thereafter.

The bells are still functional, and these are the pulls they use to ring them at the start of Mass to this day.  I did not get a clear answer on whether the bells are original or not, but it was great to see a parish that still has real bells and uses them – though not for calling the Angelus, unfortunately.

Another shot showing the interior of the door and the pull cords for the bells.  The stucco interior is a 20th century replacement.

As I said, these chapels are still in regular use.  I had to go to Mission Espada and Mission San Juan twice, in the first case because a Confirmation? was going on, and the second because Mission San Juan is really only on Sundays for Mass and occasionally for special events.

But I’m a trooper, and went back the next day, Sunday, to visit the chapels when I knew they would be open but empty. You can get a sense for the small size of the chapels, this one, I would estimate, is about 3/4 the size of the local Carmelite chapel. Some Dallasites will know how small that is.

Mission Espada has been as thoroughly wreckovated as any of the missions.  While it is gratifying to see a tabernacle in all of them, altar rails and high altars were all removed at some point.

These statues are wonderful, and if not original to the mission they are close period pieces or excellent replicas.  I’m quite certain the statue of our suffering Savior is of Spanish Colonial origin, but I’ll get to that later.

Some kind of structure remains where the proper pre-conciliar altar would have been.  I saw these in two of the missions, a large stone or concrete block.  I am imagining it formed the basic structure of the original altars before they were removed.

Mission Espada contains no trace that I could detect of the original altar or altar rails, which is sad, since at least replicas of the originals or some kind of pre-conciliar replacement would have been in place during the general restoration of the 1920s-30s.

Beautiful statue of Our Lady.  I do love the polychrome.  I don’t what vintage the crucifix is, but it was also very pretty though shunted off to the side and largely blocked by flowers.

Sorry the lighting is so poor on this, even with flash the image was shrouded in shadows. This is a magnificent colonial era crucifix, or a great replica.  The hair would be real human hair, as was the custom min the Spanish colonies.  Polychromed, and possibly carved by local natives, whether they were original natives to these missions or not.  There was no one around to answer any questions about Mission Espada or any of the remaining art.

This is a glorious statue and so evocative of both the period and Spanish liturgical style generally.  The joints are bunched up because the arms can be repositioned for various poses, though I doubt anyone has dared to do that with this statue in many years.  Amazing that such craftsmanship could be achieved with nothing but hand tools.  I imagine all the interior mechanisms are wood.  I have no idea what condition they are in, or whether they have various fabrics with which to dress Our Savior for different festivals or liturgical periods.  I tend to think not.

I also don’t know how old these pews are – they look quite old and worn – but was again amazed by their quality given that they are probably at least a century or so old, and could be quite older.  Again, nothing but hand tools like chisels and awls made such sturdy, long-lasting pews.  Very impressive to an amateur woodworker like me.

Ceiling.  I just love how that aged cedar looks.

St. Francis.

Out of time, I’ll try to post more tomorrow.  And I plan on covering my favorite, the most traditional, liturgically, Mission San Juan Capistrano.

One thing that strikes me is that absolutely NONE of this would exist if the Church had the same attitude towards evangelization then that it has today.  The Church has truly been betrayed by her own, she is almost unrecognizable from her historical self.

Muslims, Incensed by Truth Regarding the False Prophet Mohammad, Cry Bigotry June 6, 2017

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This is the billboard that is the source of muslim ire around the nation:

Every single statement made on that billboard regarding the false prophet and conceiver of the demonic sect of islam is true.  It is that man’s evil vision, literally an inversion of Christianity, that continues to cause mass chaos around the world on a daily basis, with over 100 non-muslims being killed by muslims for religious reasons DAILY worldwide.

And yes I have in previous posts laid out numerous reasons why Mohammad was a completely false prophet (for one, not a single miracle worked to substantiate his claims of divine inspiration, then there are the satanic verses (of the early Koran, later expunged), where Mohammad fell under satan’s influence/domination, then there are the murderous exhortations throughout the Koran, then……….) and inventer of a demonic, deliberately anti-Christian sect.

But muslims gonna muzzle, so they are shouting bigotry at these stark revelations concerning the founder of the most backward, repressive, totalitarian, murderous major religion on the planet:

A billboard on the east side of Indianapolis is catching the eyes of drivers, along with the ire of local Muslim groups.

You can spot the sign from the southbound lanes of I-465 near the Washington Street exit. It claims to list the “perfect man,” but opponents say it degrades the Muslim prophet Mohammad.

“I was a little disappointed when I saw that,” said Farial Khatri of the Islamic Society of North America.

Opponents say the billboard’s bullet points are meant to disparage the Muslim faith and its primary prophet, Mohammad.

“We’ve seen them in New York and several others cities on billboards as well as other transit ads,” said Kahtri.

There’s no company name or identifying group on the display, but Google “Truthophobes,” a word seen at the bottom of the billboard, and you’ll find a range of websites rife with anti-Muslim messages.

“We do support free speech, but we do realize this is also rooted in bigotry,” said Kahtri.

Other groups say they want to do more than just speak out against the display. The Muslim Alliance of Indiana says it’s planning to raise money to put up its own billboard nearby to spread a message of peace and kindness.

Note, they don’t refute a thing said on the billboard.  They cannot refute the message, so they shoot the messenger.

Regarding this counter-campaign, these typically operate on a similar basis of half-truths and selective revelation.  Signs like the below have appeared in certain parts of Dallas:

These signs are placed in locations that obviously seek to capitalize on any frustrations and indignations held by certain minority communities.  But notice they don’t speak of islam’s treatment of women as little more than chattel.  Nor the rampant abuse of children in countries ruled by sharia.  They’ve learned selective messaging very well from their leftist allies/abettors.

If you’d like to take a stand against creeping sharia in the US, right here in the DFW area, there is going to be a protest against sharia this Saturday June 10 2017 at  10a and runs to 2p.  Location is corner of Abrams and Centennial in Richardson.  More details here.  The protest location is directly across the street from a major mosque.  I think most people park at the “Christian World Church” at the same corner.  It is catty-cornered from the mosque.

About this protest.  Previous editions have involved armed Americans.  The most recent one featured some scuffling against antifa.  That one was weird, the muslims turned against the antifa guys.  But at any rate be prepared for something less sedate than your average prayer vigil outside a Planned Barrenhood or March for Life.  These things can get intense, with lots of in your face shouting and pushing.

I sorely wish I could go.  I’ve been wanting to attend one of these for a while now.  They originated in Irving then spread to Richardson. I’ve also wanted to have a go at antifa. But I have a funeral to attend at noon the same day.

Regarding the muslims, I would be polite but firm that they belong to a horrifically erroneous sect.  Explain their dire need for conversion.  I would not be violent, rhetorically or otherwise.  As to antifa, be as violent as you like.  At the last protest they hired Black Panthers to be their “muscle,” since they so pathetically lack their own organic enforcers.  I would strongly recommend body armor and headgear if you have any.  Also a respirator that filters most inorganic gasses (like CS) and something to protect your eyes.  Antifa love to use the bear spray.

But if  you’re local and planning on going, you’re welcome to the Kek flag if you want to borrow it.  I do hope there is a good turnout, as Benjamin Franklin said, we have a republic, if we can keep it:

h/t reader skeinster

Speaking of Kek, some more greatness to get you fired up for the protest:

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is not a Christian…… May 9, 2017

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……..at least not in any conventional sense.  I had taken from some of his many discussions on the subject of the Divine Logos/truth/etc and some interviews he did with a creator of Byzantine iconography that he might be Christian, but he addresses the matter more specifically below and I would have to conclude that, sadly, the Jungian inanity Peterson has absorbed takes him out of any category of comprehensible Christianity and into some netherworld between Christian and deist.  Which, good luck with that, as the man is brilliant and full of conviction but ultimately I do not believe he could repeat the Nicene Creed with any conviction:

 

Perhaps you’ll have a different takeaway, but that’s mine.

It’s a shame because Peterson is a man of prodigious gifts but 30  years being steeped in the modernist/post-modernist social sciences is almost impossible to escape without taking a severe toll.  Still great to see how easily he can take atheist’s conceits apart.

You can see the entire interview here.

I will be out the rest of the week due to a death in the family.  Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Hoelscher, my wife’s uncle.  He died yesterday, Monday May 8, 2017.  May God have mercy on his soul.