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I actually thought it would be Calvinism, but I guess the “god” of surprises has shocked again. From Eye of the Tiber, which I have neglected for too long:
Just hours after Pope Francis published his latest work Reformatio Si, Catholic theologian Cardinal Walter Kasper told reporters that, though Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation mandating all Catholics convert to Lutheranism might be tough to comprehend, he nevertheless prayed that they have faith in the same Holy Spirit that not only chose Francis to become pope, but also “was the instrument behind the works of St. Martin Luther.”
“I would like to say that, though this new exhortation is a few hundred years coming, it’s finally here,” Kasper said. “Honesty, I think that controversies surrounding Reformatio Si are ludicrous. Luther reformed a corrupt Church, meaning that his ideas were superior to the Catholic faith, and since God calls us to greatness, we then ought to except the superiority and greatness of Luther’s teachings.”
“Listen, and listen to me clearly,” Kasper went on to say. “I got 95 thesis but a pope ain’t one. I understand that and Francis understands that. And that’s why, as of tomorrow, Pope Francis will relinquish his title as Head of the Whore of Babylon, and will kindly ask to simply be called ‘Pastor Jorge.’ He has been given a part-time job as Associate Youth Pastor in Training at Atonement Lutheran Church in Louisville Kentucky. We ask everyone to pray that he does well.”
I needed a laugh. But then again, maybe it’s not so funny after all. A little too close to the mark. More on that tomorrow, God willing and time available.
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They were at home, smokin’ bud and enjoying some internet porn, silly. Leftist concern for others stops where their political convictions end. If you don’t advance their political agenda, they couldn’t care less for you or your suffering. Christians are the hated enemy, not part of their coalition of the damaged. Thus, the Christians of Iraq and Syria (among many other places) could go suck an egg for all leftists care. No political advantage, no protests for you!
I guess I should do a quick reset before I jump into the block quote – President Trump executed a very narrow and temporary ban against muslims from certain terrorist-supporting/afflicted countries last weekend. The left has gone nuts over this supposed tyrannical and wholly racially motivated ban on all muslims, simply because Trump is Racist McHitler. As the Iraqi Archbishop notes, however, these same leftists seemed a lot less, ah…….energized…….when it was simply Christians being slaughtered in their thousands, rather than a few hundred muslims potentially inconvenienced by having their travel plans delayed. Ah…….priorities. The Left always has them:
The Catholic Archbishop of Erbil has denounced the hypocrisy of those protesting President Trump’s recent executive order on immigration, wondering aloud where all of the demonstrators were when Islamic State fighters were slaughtering Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.
In an interview with the online journal Crux, Archbishop Bashar Warda said that from his perspective in Iraq, he couldn’t help but ask “why all of these protesters were not protesting in the streets when ISIS came to kill Christians and Yazidis and other minority groups.”
Warda also criticized the policies of the Obama administration, which offered no financial assistance to displaced Christians in Islamic State territory and instead favored Syrian Muslims when it came to accepting refugees into the United States.
“They were not protesting when the tens of thousands of displaced Christians my archdiocese has cared for since 2014 received no financial assistance from the U.S. government or the U.N.,” he said. “There were no protests when Syrian Christians were only let in at a rate that was 20 times less than the percentage of their population in Syria.”
“I do not understand why some Americans are now upset that the many minority communities that faced a horrible genocide will finally get a degree of priority in some manner,” Warda added. [Great point. Under Obama, persecuted Christians found it virtually impossible to obtain a visa to come to the US. Only a tiny fraction of “refugees” from Iraq and Syria have been Christian, in spite of the fact that Christians made up 15-20% of the pre-war Syrian population and have been the most targeted people in this terrible conflict. Fortunately, Trump seems to be finally giving them the priority they deserve. That’s what happens when you have a nominally Christian president versus a muslim one.]
The archbishop also suggested that the inconvenience posed by a three-month moratorium on visas is nothing compared to the suffering of minorities in Iraq and Syria during the past several years, and yet no one seemed to think that was worthy of a protest.
“Most Americans have no concept of what it was like to live as a Yazidi or Christian or other minority as ISIS invaded,” he said. “Our people had the option to flee, to convert, or to be killed, and many were killed in the most brutal ways imaginable.”
“But there were none of these protests then of ISIS’s religious test,” he said. [Of course not! Muslims are perceived by leftists as part of their political coalition, whereas Christians are, as I stated above, the hated and despised enemy that must be crushed at all costs. They didn’t protest because not only did they not care, but probably thought the Christians had it coming (speculative, but quite probably true).]
In his lengthy interview, Warda underscored the hypocrisy of protesters who are willing to side with Muslims but won’t lift a finger to aid Christians facing genocide in the Middle East.
“Our people lost everything because of their faith—they were targeted for their faith, just like the Yazidis and others too,” he said. “Now these protesters are saying that religion should not matter at all, even though someone was persecuted for their faith, even though persecution based on religion is one of the grounds for refugee status in the UN treaty on refugees.”
“From here I have to say, it is really unbelievable,” he said. [That’s the Western Left, as unbelievable as it is despicable. How was last night in Manhattan near NYU, by the way?]
Warda also blasted the careless journalists who have called the order a “Muslim ban,” noting that this label is not only false but also dangerous to Christians and other minorities living in lands dominated by Islamic terrorists.
“All those who cry out that this is a ‘Muslim Ban,’” Warda said, should understand clearly that they are hurting Christians and “putting us at greater risk.”
“Here in Iraq we Christians cannot afford to throw out words carelessly as the media in the West can do,” he added. “I would ask those in the media who use every issue to stir up division to think about this.”
“For the media these things become an issue of ratings, but for us the danger is real,” he said. [Not just ratings – also advancing their dearly held religious-political agenda]
The Archbishop said “it is very hard for me to understand why comfortable people in the West think those who are struggling to survive against genocide, and whose communities are at extreme risk of disappearing completely, should not get some special consideration.”
Everyone possessed of any sense and decency agrees. I pray God many of those Christians suffering horrible atrocities as a direct result of deliberate (and disastrous)US policy decisions by the preceding administration can finally obtain some redress from our nation, which put them into this nightmare situation to a large degree in the first place. It may be too little and too late, but it’s better than the status quo.
Laudits to Archbishop Warda for having the wherewithal to tell it like it is, at least on this particular matter. May God give him strength to better proclaim the Truth of Jesus Christ and the plight of his people as time moves on.
PS – So, I work with an Iraqi Christian. His name is David. He has led a most remarkable life. He was a graduate student in mechanical engineering when the US invaded in 2003. He very much wanted Saddam gone and was glad for the initial US intervention. He served as an interpreter in combat operations with US forces (mostly Marines) in some of the most horrific fighting in Iraq. He was at Fallujah in 2004 and 2007. It was there that the jihadis identified him and he had to flee. So he – get this – walked out of Iraq, across hundreds of miles of barren desert, to Jordanian refugee camp. From there, he somehow wound up in eastern Ukraine. There he met his wife and obtained a visa to come to the US. He then joined the US Army and went back to Iraq for two tours. He got his citizenship and US degree in 2015 and has been working at our company ever since.
Did David vote for Trump? Yes. Does he hate Obama? Yes. Does he think Obama more or less permitted/encouraged the destruction of his country? Yes. Does he support the “travel ban?” Yes. Does he think muslims are fundamentally incompatible with Western civilization? Hell yes. He was fortunately able to get his family here last year. They are all Christian. He knows many Christians still in Iraq. He is very happy that they may now have a much better chance of escaping the hell that Iraq has become. He is an Orthodox from the Nineveh plain outside Mosul. Good guy.
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On January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany (for episcopals as well as Catholics), an episcopal community in Scotland invited a muslim individual to preach, for some reason inescapable to logic and good sense. That muslim chose to sight a sura from the quran that denied Christ’s divinity (revealing islam’s clear roots in Arianism and perverse Jewish zealotry). A row developed in the anglican sect over this episode, a different anglican “preacher” with some title doing with the Queen complained over this episode, and that preacher has now been dismissed by the Queen/Buckingham Palace (most probably through the islamophiles Phillip and the idiot leftist Charles). Complicated, I know, but it goes to show how much ground has already been surrendered by purported Christians in Europe, the home of Christendom, and how much cultural suzerainty has already been gained by the muslim hordes invading the continent:
Rebel Media has lots of good stuff, of late, over and beyond Gavin McInness.
Here’s another good production – Canada is preparing to pass federal laws forbidding blasphemy against islam. Do they have such laws against Jesus Christ or Our Lady? Of course not. That would be a violation of church and state, and utterly impermissible! But we all know islam is the de facto state religion of many western countries – or at least of their progressive ruling elites – and so special status merit special treatment:
Ah well, you may say, Canadians have always been crazy. But laws enacted in Canada have a tendency to show up – if not in law, than at least culturally – in the US. It’s just a further sign of the retreat of Christendom and the advance of islam. The measure discussed in the video are almost sure to pass with a left-leaning majority in the Canadian parliament.
More interesting analysis of the recent feminist’s march held last weekend. Tiffany Gabbay feels this march revealed more than just vulgarity, hypocrisy and extreme political bias, they also revealed the ugly face of hate. Never has so much been said by so many over something that so barely exists and affects so few (purported sexism and racism in the US). There is unfortunately some vulgar and offensive content simply because it’s impossible to discuss the feminist march without including some of that, so overwhelmingly prevalent it was:
The presenter is cute but where did you get that dress and those shoes and that coat, jeeeez!
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Saint Matthew Chapter xiii verses 11-13, to be exact. The verses are directly below, followed by handy commentary from Fr. George Leo Haydock. Some brief and powerful refutations of protestant errors are contained in the commentary, and I think very strong, almost prophetic refutations of modern errors can easily be extrapolated from the commentary for verse 13, including those promoted by the clique surrounding the Bishop of Rome, as he frequently styles himself. I add a few comments of my own:
11 He answered and said to them: Because to you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven: but to them it is not given.
12 *For he that hath, to him shall be given, and he shall abound, but he that hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath.
13 Therefore do I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Commentary from verse 11 (edited in some respects):
To you it is given. The mysteries of the kingdom of God are not disclosed to the Scribes and Pharisees, who were unwilling to believe in Him, (though it was the duty and occupation of the Scribes to expound the sacred oracles to others) but to those who adhered closely to Christ, and believed in Him: let us therefore run in company with the apostles to Jesus Christ, that He may disclose to us the mysteries of His gospel. (St. Thomas Aquinas) — Can we then suppose, for a single moment, that the mere putting of a Bible into every man’s hand, will convert the world. The command given to the apostles and their successors in the ministry is, Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, &c. teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you all days, even to the end of the world. (St. Matthew xxviii. 20). There is not a single word to them about writing.During 2,500 years, from Adam to Moses, were the patriarchal families and other servants of God in a state of ignorance, concerning either the positive instructions of the Almighty respecting the sabbath-day, the rites of sacrifice, or their moral duties? Yet there was no Scripture during all that period. For more than 400 years after Jesus Christ, the canon of Scripture, as now generally received by Protestants, remained unsettled. Had the apostles and evangelists done nothing more than publish their writings, and disseminate them to every pagan country, not a single nation, not a single pagan, would have abandoned their gods to believe in a crucified Jesus.
Now the commentary from verse 12:
But he that hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath. We read again, (Matthew xxv. 29.) That also which he seemeth to have, shall be taken away; and in St. Luke, (Chap. viii. 18.) That also which he thinketh he hath. One passage helps to expound another: so that each of these texts, with a little reflection, will be found true; and such a truth, as ought to be a subject of fear and apprehension to all that are negligent and indolent in the service of God. For, as St. Augustine observes, they who have received graces and favours from God, and have not made good use and profited by them, they may be said not to have them, although they are not yet taken from them. And why but because they make no more use of them, than if they had them not. See the parables of the talents, Matthew xxv, and Luke xix. (Witham) — He that hath, to him shall be given the knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God. But such as are incredulous, and resist my words, like the Pharisees and other Jews, so far from being enriched with my spiritual gifts in my kingdom, shall even be deprived of the benefits they now possess. Thus the Jews were deprived of their temple, priesthood, kingdom, and even the true worship of God. (St. Jerome) [And so we may fear the human element of the Church may be deprived of much, if it continues to stray from right belief and worthy worship of God. Yay, perhaps even Rome itself may be overrun by the heathen.] — They rejected Jesus Christ, the fountain and corner-stone of virtue; all therefore they had acquired, or possessed, shall be taken from them, and given to the apostles. (St. Jerome) — Whoever has a desire of complying with the divine precepts, that desire shall not only be increased, but all other virtues shall be added unto him; but if he be devoid of this desire, the virtues he already possesses, or seems to possess, shall be taken from him, not that God will deprive him of these without cause, but he will render himself unworthy of them. (St. Chrysostom)
And the final commentary from verse 13:
Therefore do I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not, &c. This passage, by which the prophet Isaias (vi. 9.) was ordered to foretell the obstinate blindness of the Jews, in refusing to receive and believe in their Messias, is cited six times in the New Testament; to wit, here in St. Matthew, also Mark iv. 14[12?]; Luke viii. 10; John xii. 40; Acts xxviii. 26; and Romans xi. 8. In all these places we must detest the false interpretation of those who, not without heresy and blasphemy, would have God to be the author and cause of sin. [And yet isn’t this heresy and blasphemy rife in the Church today, even, I might say especially, among the hierarchy, when they pretend that God does not provide sufficient Grace to souls to overcome sins like fornication and adultery, who claim it is “too difficult” to abstain from grievous sin when one is in “difficult circumstances?” Is this not virtually the entirety of the “Franciscan” moral program, proclaiming to the world that God is fine with sin and fails to provide the means to overcome it? I agree with Father Haydock, such claims should be detested for the hideous blasphemy and heresy they are] When it is said, (Isaias vi. 9.) blind the heart of this people, &c. the prophet is only commanded to foretell their blindness, of which, by their willful obstinacy, they were the true cause. And when we read in St. Mark, that to those that are without, all things are done in parables, that seeing they may see, and not see, &c. the word that does not signify the cause, nor the end, but only the event, and the consequence of what would happen by the willful blindness of the Jews, and by the just permission of God. St. Matthew here expounds to us the words of the prophet, by which it clearly appears that they were the cause of their own blindness; and that, by their obstinacy, they had made themselves unworthy of particular lights from God. For the heart of this people (ver. 18.[15.?]) is grown gross … and their eyes they have shut, &c. The Jews therefore shut their own eyes, hardened their own hearts, which God only permitted. [Has God not permitted a similar blindness to descend upon the minds and hearts of the progressive modernists in the Church?] — If this blindness were natural, then indeed I would have opened their eyes to see and understand, but since this blindness is voluntary, he says, that seeing they see not, and hearing, they hear not; i.e. they have seen me cast out devils, and they said, in Beelzebub he casteth out devils; they heard I drew all to God, and they say, this man cometh not from God. Since, therefore, they assert the very contrary to what they both see and hear, the gift of seeing and hearing me shall be taken away from them.
Regarding that last, ominous statement, this occurs to men when they have chosen lies over truth, sin over virtue, for so very long, God allows their sense of faith to become so corrupted they are said to develop a contrary sense, a diabolical sense – the reprobate sense. I would not hazard to guess whether individual souls are afflicted with this terrible, almost always irreversible state – readers may draw their own inferences as they like – but I would say there is serious danger of a general reprobate sense descending upon the great mass of people who claim the name Catholic. That would be if they continue to accept the protestantization of the Church, other modern errors, and the immorality rampant in our times. Such is to be greatly feared and lamented, so disastrous it would be not only for the souls in question, but for the entire Church and world.
Take this as a corollary to Fr. Rodriguez’ excellent video from yesterday, which I highly recommend all of you to watch. Anyone attached to the Traditional Latin Mass and the traditional practice of the Faith will be enormously impressed by Father’s catechesis, and his strident denunciations of the heresies, blasphemies, and impurities which have deeply invaded the (human element of the) Body of Christ.
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If by “right,” one means in the direction of promoting traditional Christian values and beliefs, I’d say that’s correct, and what a damning indictment that is, given how many errors the Russian Orthodox hold, in spite of the ancient nature of that Church and its many beautiful elements.
Reader TE sent a link to an article examining the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in Putin’s Russia. As in the days of the tsars of old, the relationship between Putin’s government and the Russian Orthodox Church is one of complex interdependence, each supporting and strengthening the other. Post-Christian libertine Westerners are aghast at this relationship, but it’s very similar to how Church-state relations were conducted in western Christendom for centuries. It would be fascinating – and one hopes instructive – to see if Putin’s close integration of the Church into Russian society/government leads to an increasingly stable, united, morally upright Russia. That would serve as a powerful counter-example to the direction of the decadent West.
Some highlights from the piece, which is not exactly what I would call a ringing endorsement of these close Church/state relations:
Putin may not be religious in the traditional sense, but he certainly realizes that Christianity- specifically the Russian Orthodox Church- is the common glue that holds the Russian people together. It has deep historical roots that were dampened, but never extinguished by 75 years of communist rule. And it extends beyond the borders of Russia itself into neighboring lands, especially the Ukraine.
Putin has carefully nurtured his relationship with the Church. He has demanded that the oligarchs fund the rebuilding of almost 25,000 Orthodox churches in Russia. A recent law passed forbids the practice of religion outside of an established church- a law that targets Western religions like Jehovah’s Witnesses that practice in their home……..The Church is consulted on legislation of any nature that may touch upon religion.
Putin, like the Church, view themselves as a bulwark against Western decadence. [In spite of the many problems in Russia’s government, the endemic corruption and continued rot and decay, this is not an unfair assessment, and Russia’s re-embrace of religion (along with that ongoing in much of the former Soviet satellite states) is a damning indictment on the Western belief that the irreversible trajectory of history is towards more secularization, more libertinism, more hedonism, and less and less influence on religion. We simply have not yet learned the lessons learned in the former communist states, which is that a society that explicitly rejects God is a dystopian nightmare where all manner of evils are prevalent in appalling abundance] He has criticized Western values and “tolerance” as “genderless and infertile.” To Putin, the new Cold War is one of Western values versus Russian conservatism.
As a result, Russia has rising birth rates. [But still far from adequate] It is perhaps the only developed country where religion is taking on a greater role rather than a diminished one. His stance has been intolerant of divorce. He has banned the advertisement of abortion services. Pornography is banned as is “homosexual propaganda.” Putin’s Russia has moved considerably to the right of the Pope’s Vatican….. [Which is equally a commentary on the radicalism emanating from Rome as it is on Russia’s nascent return to its Christian roots]
……..There is nothing new here as concerns the Putin regime and the Church. Since the time of the czars, the Patriarchate and the Kremlin were allies- each doing the other’s bidding. The Church saw the czar as God’s chosen leader. But underlying the alliance was the belief in a shared and almost sacred vision of Russian exceptionalism and a unique national identity- neither Western nor Eastern.
Perhaps this explains why some have called upon Putin- not the EU, not the UN, not the Pope and not the US despite who occupies the Oval Office- to save Christianity. In fact, the Orthodox Church has specifically asked Putin to do just that and he enthusiastically responded, “Consider it done.”
Such a contrast to our decadent Western elites, who, even among those who do not outwardly mock and scorn Christianity, rarely do more than pay lip service to orthodox Christian belief. Religion for the vast, vast majority in the West, especially among the elites, is at best a quaint relic from a benighted past, and at worst the most dangerous, corrosive, hateful element of society – something to be fought and crushed at all costs.
I think we shall see over the coming decades which vision produces the best effects. Russia still faces enormous problems, and while the religious revival may be a mile wide, it is yet only an inch deep. Massive problems including rampant alcoholism and the lackadaisical work ethic resulting from a lifetime of communist rule remain. But the post-Christian West very apparently has a suicidal death wish, forlornly refusing to learn the lessons of history and embracing the exact same ideologies that have led to endless misery and societal collapse around the world. Should Russia’s religious revival intensify and work more deeply into the day to day lived experience of Russians, I have no doubt which society, which culture will be the more robust, the more vibrant 50 years from now.
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From the Preface to the New Testament in the Haydock Study Bible, some excellent commentary on common protestant claims regarding Sacred Scripture as the sole rule of faith under the private interpretation of each individual (or the leader of each sect, as is more typical). Much of the commentary below comes from Archbishop Rene Fenelon. All of it is great. Some of the key points addressed below:
- The absolute need for a sole authority to settle questions of Scripture
- The extreme danger that results from private interpretation and the pride that inspires this interpretation
- The error of protestant use of supposedly superior knowledge of the Bible against Catholics as a weapon to rend souls from the Church, when in fact they simply twist Scripture to their own ends. Those souls would be far better off with a Catechism than a panoply of biblical studies.
- Scripture cannot be the sole rule of Faith
If there be no infallible authority, which may say to us all, “this is the true meaning of the holy Scripture:how can we expect that illiterate peasants, or simple mechanics, should engage in a discussion wherein the learned themselves cannot agree? God would have been wanting to the necessities of almost all men, if, when he gave them a written law, he had not at the same time provided them a sure interpreter, to spare them the necessity of research, of which they are utterly incapable. Every man of common understanding has need of nothing more than a sincere sense of his ignorance, to see the absurdities of the sects, who build their separation from the Catholic Church upon the privilege of deciding on matters far above their comprehension. [Or even if not above their comprehension, per se, we still see the effect of private interpretation in the proliferation of warring sects, each holding a different view of various parts of Scripture and their meaning. Most of those have to be wrong. And in point of fact, much of protestant Scripture “scholarship” is nothing of the sort but simply an exercise of ex post facto effort to twist Scripture to find in it the doctrines they’ve already decided upon, as Luther and Calvin did in identifying “total depravity” as a rule of Scripture in order to justify the elimination of works as necessary for salvation and thus most of the 10 Commandments] Ought we then to hearken to the new reformers, who require what is impossible; or to the ancient Church, which provides for the weakness of our nature?” If we listen to the former, we should soon be found to resemble those men of latter days, who St. Paul tells us to avoid: ever learning, and never attaining to the knowledge of truth; (2 Timothy chap. iii. ver. 7,) because they trust to their own lights, and not to the visible authority appointed by Jesus Christ. How evident does all this speak for itself, when we behold a Voltaire extracting mental poison from the Song of Solomon; or, another Cromwell reading to a ruthless soldiery God’s ordinances concerning the smiting of the Ammonites and Chanaanites, in order to induce them to kill every Catholic, man, woman, and child; or the fanatic, maintaining from the Revelations, that no king is to be obeyed but King Jesus; or, finally, when we hear those dangerous comments of our modern Moravian and Antinomian Methodists on St. Paul’s Epistles, importing, that they being made free by Jesus Christ, are not subject to any law either of God or man. Surely, in such cases, it would be advisable, if possible, to withdraw the Bible from every such profaner of it; and instead of it, to put into his hands the Catechism, in which he would find the bread of God’s word, broken and prepared for his weak digestion, by those prelates to whom this duty particularly belongs. This the Protestant owns, when he finds the Socinian [Society of Friends – Quakers] abusing private interpretation, by repeatedly citing and expounding the sacred text against the divinity of Jesus Christ, and the Presbyterian against the episcopacy……
……..The learned Walton (Prolegom. chap. iv. 56,) asserts, what every one versed in antiquity must allow, that “some parts of the New Testament were doubted of for some ages, till at length by consent of the whole Church, all the Books, as they are read at present, were received and approved.” [Indeed. The Canon of Scripture was settled by the Church. The protestants accept all of the New Testament canon, even though Luther wanted to exclude at least the Catholic Epistle of James because it was too contrary to his new doctrine. He was only prevented from doing so by allies of his due to human concerns – rejecting portions of the New Testament so long settled would cause even more division and scandal and undermine his new sect. But from a standpoint of logic, the protestants have no reason not to exclude all manner of books from Old or New Testament, nor to add works like the Epistle of Barnabas, Gospel of Thomas, or the Shepherd of Hermas – they have rejected Authority in favor of their own private judgment to arrive at answers predetermined in advance, so why not use these other works? The only reason they do not has to do with human concern, e.g., what people would think] Here then we see that for a chief proof of the inspiration, authenticity, and due rendering of the word of God, we are referred to the general consent of Christians; therefore Scripture, though the rule of faith and life, cannot be the whole rule;since from Scripture alone, an exact canon of the sacred books cannot by human art be learned…………
………St. Augustine goes so far as to say: I would not believe the gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not determine me. (Epis. cont. Fund. chap. v, n. 6.) “This, says Fenelon, is the most simple, short, and decisive of all controversies.”……..[This is the key. Scripture has authority because the Church determined it to have it, not the other way around. It was the Church that predated the Canon of Scripture or indeed any individual Gospel or Letter. Tradition ultimately is greater than Scripture, and it is a sad testimony that far too many priests and bishops today, cowed by supposed protestant knowledge of the Bible, mimic their arguments in favor of Scripture, turning reading the Bible into an end in itself rather than as simply being the support and basis for what the Church believes. Priests would be far better off advising the souls in their charge to read a solid Catechism like the Catechism of the Council of Trent or This Is The Faith than the Bible, honestly. Mind, I am not discouraging those sound in the Faith from reading the Bible, I read it every day, but I am saying that in this time when so few people are really able to understand much of Scripture, and with the proliferation, especially in this country, of erroneous protestant biblical studies, and very aggressive “bible study groups” seeking to make converts of poorly formed Catholics, that it is more prudent to first form souls deeply in the Faith before turning them loose on Scripture.]
………..There are such inimitable instructions in the five letters of Fenelon, to a lady who wished to be admitted a member of the Catholic Church, that a brief analysis of the same cannot but be very acceptable to the biblical scholar: — In the first, the prelate shews that there can be but one true religion, and one only Church, the spouse of Jesus Christ. Our Lord would have only one; men are not entitled to make more. Religion is not the work of human reasoning; but it is our duty to receive it, such as it has been given us from above. One man may reason with another man, but with God we have only to pray, to humble ourselves, listen, be silent, and blindly follow. This sacrifice of reason is the only proper use we can make of it, weak and contracted as it is. Every consideration must yield, when the supreme reason decides…….. [Awesome]
……..In the second, he shews the necessity of a visible authority. Religion, he says, is all humility. The mysteries are given us to subdue the pride of reason, by making us believe what we cannot comprehend. Without this authority, the Scripture can only serve to nourish our curiosity, presumption, jealousy of opinions, and passion for scandalous disputes: there would be but one text, but as may interpretations as religions, and as many religions as heads……..
……..In the third, he teaches how to hear the Church, and to obey it without any apprehension of error. The infallible promises of God are our surety. He tells the lady, if she wish for any reform, not to seek it, like Dissenters, out of the Church, but by frequently reverting back to her thoughts upon herself, and by reforming every thing amiss there; by subduing all that savours of self; by silencing the imagination, listening in silence to God, and imploring his grace for the perfect accomplishment of his will……….
……..In the fourth, he gives her comfort and instructions how to act under her trials. The kingdom of God suffers violence. We cannot die to ourselves without feeling it; but the hand that afflicts us, will be our support……..
………..In the fifth, he give excellent instructions, on the promises of Jesus Christ to his one true Church. He remarks the Jesus Christ does not say, if you will not hear the church of this country or that; he does not suppose a plurality of churches, but one universal Church, subsisting through all ages and nations, and which is to speak and to be obeyed from one extremity of the globe to the other. Not an invisible church composed of the elect only, but a Church that can be pointed out with a finger. A city elevated on the summit of a mountain, which all can see from a distance. Every one knows where to see, to find, and to consult her. She answers, she decides; we listen, and believe: and woe to those who refuse to believe and obey her: if he will not hear the Church, &c………
Such sage wisdom! Thank God for providing us – even if in the somewhat distant past – shepherds whose cooperation with Grace and docility to the will of God inform all they said and make of them a great light to souls of this and every age. We live in a time when such souls are few, almost non-existent, among the men given the sacred charge of holding watch over the souls of millions, but we have the inestimable gift of Tradition and the wisdom of the past to guide us still, even in this our own faithless age. That is a gift beyond measure. And one that, in spite of herculean efforts on the part of modernists, cannot be taken away.
Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Ecumenism, family, firearms, General Catholic, Immigration, Restoration, Society, the enemy.
That’s a novel approach, especially for Europe:
A couple of months ago, Czech President Milos Zeman made an unusual request: He urged citizens to arm themselves against a possible “super-Holocaust” carried out by Muslim terrorists.
Never mind that there are fewer than 4,000 Muslims in this country of 10 million people [that’s supposed to be a bad thing?!? Good for the Czechs from keeping the invading hordes of military-age males out of their country]— gun purchases spiked. One shop owner in East Bohemia, a region in the northern center of the Czech Republic, told a local paper that people were scared of a “wave of Islamists.”
Now the country’s interior ministry is pushing a constitutional change that would let citizens use guns against terrorists. Proponents say this could save lives if an attack occurs and police are delayed or unable to make their way to the scene. To become law, Parliament must approve the proposal; they’ll vote in the coming months.
The Czech Republic already has some of the most lenient gun policies in Europe. It’s home to about 800,000 registered firearms and 300,000 people with gun licenses. Obtaining a weapon is relatively easy: Residents must be 21, pass a gun knowledge check and have no criminal record. By law, Czechs can use their weapons to protect their property or when in danger, although they need to prove they faced a real threat.
This puts the country at odds with much of Europe, which has long supported much more stringent gun-control measures. In the wake of the 2015 terror attacks in Paris, France pushed the European Union to enact even tougher policies. The European Commission’s initial proposal called for a complete ban on the sale of weapons like Kalashnikovs or AR-15s that are intended primarily for military use. Ammunition magazines would be limited to 20 rounds or less.
That bill subsequently passed in slightly modified form over the Czech government’s opposition, meaning that this vote is more than a bit of kabuki theater – the EU’s laws will supersede whatever laws the Czech government puts in place. it also means a great many weapons currently legal in Czech and some other nations will soon be illegal. If I were the Czechs, I’d be working towards a Czexit right now.
Most of Europe has long been much less free with basic human rights – like the right to self defense – than this nation has been. While Europeans will giggle and say that’s why Europe has a lot fewer firearms deaths than the US, I would retort that the US also hasn’t ever had a concentration camp nor an endless cycle of totalitarian regimes. The Czechs used to live under one of those. That has more than a little to do with Czechs’ desire to own firearms, which is something I’ve seen personally (though I think the number of firearms and firearms owners listed above severely under-represents reality).
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, different religion, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, It's all about the $$$, Revolution, scandals, self-serving, sickness, Society.
Oh, the post-conciliar Church is nothing if not completely mesmerized by cultural marxism. Of course Church authorities in this country would be making a major play to help bring hundreds of thousands of almost entirely un-screened muslims into this country, both for the virtue it would signal to those they so desperately want to be recognized a part of (the leftist social-political elite) and for the government funds that are in it. And naturally Dallas would also have to somehow be involved, in this case, Catholic Charities of Dallas, which helped bring Abdul Razak Ali Artan into this country along with SEVEN other members of his family.
It’s all so entirely predictable:
The Somali-born man suspected of plowing his car into a group of pedestrians on the Ohio State University campus Monday and stabbing people with butcher knife had ties to Dallas.
Abdul Razak Ali Artan, his mother and six siblings got help from Catholic Charities after they arrived in Dallas on June 5, 2014, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reported.
“We gave them aid and comfort and some shelter as part of the government resettlement program,” Catholic Charities C.E.O. Dave Woodyard told the station.
Artan and his family “arrived at DFW Airport by way of JFK International Airport, and stayed in temporary housing in Dallas for 23 days,” according to NBC5.
A spokesperson for the State Department tells Breitbart News that 98 Somali refugees arrived in Texas in June of 2014, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing System database.
Twenty-six were resettled in Dallas, 47 in Fort Worth, 19 in Houston, and 6 in Austin.
NBC News reported
earlier that Artan was born in Somalia, then moved to Pakistan with his family in 2007. [Given that few countries are more embroiled in islamic extremism than Pakistan, and given how many jihadis have already hailed from that broken, backward nation, should not every single emigre from there receive extreme scrutiny, if emigration from that nation is to be allowed at all?]
Presumably, Artan and his family were processed by the UNHCR while in Pakistan, where they completed the current security vetting process and overseas medical screening. At some point, they were approved to enter the United States as participants in the federal refugee resettlement program by an officer of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the Department of Homeland Security………..
…….After determining the “head count” of arriving refugees for a particular city and state, the local authorized resettlement agency (the affiliate of one of nine major voluntary agencies, or “VOLAGs,” who are paid more than $1 billion per year by the federal government to resettle refugees), is paid to resettle the refugees. Those payments include allocations for housing, food, education, and other financial benefits.[Oh, it’s just all a great game. Everyone gets theirs off the taxpayer’s teat. The Church in this nation has become so utterly addicted to federal money, both because it’s easy and because the local “product” is so enervating few are moved to donate more than a pittance (which, why bother, when the agencies are so corrupt and compromsed, and when they receive 90% or more of their funding from the US taxpayer), that there would hardly be Catholic charitable works in many regards without that federal money]
Local resettlement agencies typically submit annual resettlement plans, which identify the number of refugees they intend to resettled, and the countries of origin of those refugees.
In the case of Artan, his mother, and six siblings, all eight were made the responsibility of Catholic Charities of Dallas, which “began resettling refugees operating under the auspices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) contract with the federal government. . . in the late 1970s,” according to its website……..
…….“Catholic Charities of Dallas works with the United States government to shelter refugees and victims of circumstance. The Resettlement Program makes arrangements for the refugee to be met at the airport and begins the process of helping the refugee resettle in their new community,” the website says. [How were these people “refugees?” They voluntarily left Somalia, perhaps to simply claim they were refugees in order to come here? Perhaps the intent of at least this one man was jihad mayhem all along? How many others are there like him?]
Some major US cities are rapidly becoming enclaves of inveterately hostile, unassimilable religious minorities:
Newberry’s dissertation included a case study of the Somali community in Columbus, Ohio, which is a magnet of secondary migration for Somali refugees. The city has the second largest Somali community in the United States, surpassed in size only by that of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Catholic Charities of Dallas adherence to the already far-too-lax law in this one particular case is also open to question:
Breitbart News asked Woodyard if Artan and his family completed the initial domestic medical screening recommended for all refugees within 90 days of their arrival during their brief stay in Dallas, but the voice mail message was not returned.
Breitbart News also asked Woodyard if Artan and his family repaid the promissory note for their air travel from Pakistan to Texas, and asked who paid for the family’s travel and subsequent stay in Ohio. Breitbart received no response to those questions.
Woodyard, a 1982 graduate of Ohio State University, has been CEO of Catholic Charities of Dallas since February of this year.
“Annually in the Resettlement and Placement proposals, VOLAGs report out migration and refugees move for welfare, family and other community connections, jobs, etc,” the attorney familiar with the refugee resettlement program says.
“Could they have had a clan issue in Dallas? Why temporary shelter? That would not be in compliance with the Cooperative Agreement that Catholic Charities signs, unless they knew upon the arrival of Artan and his family that they were going to move on to another city,” the attorney says.
“Technically, Catholic Charities in Dallas would have received the R&P grant, so did they refund the unused portion of that to the government once the family left? Supposedly the R&P money does not follow the family but the VOLAG in Columbus could still choose to assist the family,” the attorney adds. [So is this how it works – receive in a family you know will quickly relocate to an area with a like-ethnic enclave, but collect extra funds which are provided because it is assumed the family will remain in the originally assigned area for at least some period of time? Why were none of these questions answered?]
After building the wall, whether literal or figurative (but of similar effectiveness), or right along with it, is seriously reducing if not eliminating immigration from muslim countries. We have the experience of Europe to guide us, allowing this immigration to continue en masse unchecked is simply a recipe of disaster on every level. This nation’s identity is being erased and remade by a narrow, self-interested elite with sufficient resources to effectively shield themselves from the consequences of their actions. They get all the “benefits,” be it cheap labor, government money, or that all important leftist virtue signaling, while we, the people, get stuck having to deal with the consequences of their supposedly high-minded policies. There is simply no reason to flood this country with muslim immigrants when this nation – along with so many others – has repeatedly been the target of religiously motivated attack by these same people, including the worst single-day attack on civilians this nation has ever experienced.
It is insane that our political leaders would consider mass muslim immigration a good thing. It is a testament to the moral and doctrinal bankruptcy of today’s Amchurch that they would happily glom on. How many other islamists settled/sponsored by Amchurch will go on to perform religiously motivated terror attacks?
Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, self-serving, silliness, Society.
For solidarity, ostensibly.
I’ve argued for years, that once the Left finally feels it has crushed Christianity sufficiently, and is left with no effective rhetorical, ideological, or physical defense against islam, leftists will happily don the hijab (or force their women to – aren’t a lot of “liberated” women in for a shock) and take up the mantle of this false religion. Leftism has always been primarily a force created to oppose Christianity. That is its primary purpose as an ideology. Were its reason for existence to go away, leftism would rapidly whither (there would be exceptions, to be sure) while its devotees cast about for an alternative set of religious beliefs. With a militant islam at the doorstep demanding obeisance, most will submit.
Hastening the day, in response to yet another jihadist attack in the United States (in a safe space, gun-free university, to boot!), a CNN newsreader has decided that this jihadist was somehow justified in feeling put upon in the country which welcomed him and showered him with material largesse totally unknown in his totally dysfunctional, decrepit home-nation, and that American women should don the hijab to show their solidarity with the horrible suffering muslims are enduring, to the extent that 3 million or more have moved here in the last 10 years alone:
Americans should wear hijabs to show solidarity with Muslim women who fear being attacked for wearing the religious head covering, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota suggested on Monday, just hours before an Islamic radical stabbed students at Ohio State University. [Oh, excuse me. She said this BEFORE the attack? That makes my point all the more forcefully. Part of them longs for this kind of domination, as the Leftist ideology has always been riddled with souls working out “daddy issues” well into adulthood, or even into the grave]
“Maybe there will be a movement where people wear the head scarf in solidarity. You know, even if you’re not Muslim,” Camerota said during an early-morning broadcast on CNN’s “New Day.”
“Maybe it’s the way people shave their heads, you know, sometimes in solidarity with somebody who is going through something,” she added.
Camerota was responding to a CNN segment about Muslim women who say they live in fear of being verbally or physically attacked for wearing head scarves. [Once again the Left conflates disagreement with something akin to a physical attack. I fully endorse women dressing modestly, but I do have a problem when the men in their lives more or less force them to do so. And things like the burqa are just grotesque, ludicrous, a commentary far more on the muslim man’s total inability to practice self-control than it is the “wanton” nature of woman]
The segment tied a spate of alleged incidents in which Muslim women have been targeted for wearing hijabs to Donald Trump’s presidential win. [BS]
“The Trump Transition: Fearful Muslim women take steps to be safe,” read the chyron that CNN chose for the segment.
“I hope I can wear it one day again. I hope I can feel safe enough to do so,” Marwa Abdelghani, a Muslim-American woman, told the network.
The piece did not note that some of the alleged hate incidents in the aftermath of Trump’s win have been found to be hoaxes. An 18-year-old University of Louisana-Lafayette student was charged with filing a false report after she claimed that a group of white Trump supporters hurled racial slurs at her and stole her hijab several days after the election.
Ummm, as far as is known, every single one of these claims has either been a hoax, or completely unsubstantiated. There may be a handful of real instances – there are boneheads everywhere – but this is hardly a mass movement. Once again, the Left turns the aggressor into the victim and creates bigotry where there is none, or is in actuality not prejudice at all but rational concern based on a mountain of evidence.
Islam and Leftism are two sides of the same coin, forged in hell and flipped by satan.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, history, Revolution, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Could you imagine finding a nearly full page ad for the Church in a major national weekly magazine, not only encouraging souls to become Catholic, but even arguing – if tacitly – for the Church as the One True Church founded by Jesus Christ? Can you imagine a piece of evangelization produced by an institutional source like the Knights of Columbus making plain the Precept of the Faith to assist at Mass on Sunday in such a secular environment?
I bought a bound volume containing all issues of Newsweek for the first half of 1954. About once a month, the ad below ran:
Bringing out a bit of the text:
Catholics believe that Christ not only called upon us to honor and serve God…..but prescribed the ways in which we should do so. He did not say how often we must go to church [I disagree with this. He did, Author/Inspiration of Sacred Scripture, command us to keep the Sabbath holy, every week]……….nor how many prayers we were to recite. But He did establish a Church with the power and authority to carry on His work…..and He promised that His Church would last to the end of time-that it would have God’s protection in teaching all men to observe all things. He had commanded, especially to believe and to be baptized and thereby become members of His Church to attain the purpose of their lives.
And how do Catholics know theirs is Christ’s Church?
Because it possesses the distinguishing marks Christ gave His Church. It covers the earth as Christ said it would. Unchanged after nearly 2000 years, it continues to live and grow, in fulfilment of His promise that His Church would last to the end of the world.
But the most convincing mark that He gave it is its unity of faith, worship and obedience under the authority of the lawful and historical successor of Peter, the first Bishop of Rome and the “rock” upon which Christ built His Church. Just as Peter was the first Pope and the first Vicar of Christ, so also is Pius XII the 262nd Pope and the Vicar of Christ today.
If you would like to know more……
First of all…..what effective catechesis and apologetics! In a couple hundred words, hugely important and key truths of the Faith and brought out in a most convincing manner. No wonder so many tens of thousands were converting the Church every year in this timeframe! Geez, it’s almost like believing this Catholic stuff is actually good for winning over souls, rather than constantly apologizing for it (in a negative way), undermining it, and trying to explain it away.
Secondly…..how about the near total implosion of the unity of Faith that could, quite honestly, still be promoted in 1954? Yes, there were seething currents of modernism and leftism hidden under the surface, but for most believers and those outside the Church, she still presented then a vibrant bastion of faith, truth, and morality. That vibrant face attracted many millions before the Church began her program of self-demolition just a few years later, with the death of Pius XII.
Thirdly…..while it is not directly stated, it could be understood from the above that the Church is the ONLY TRUE Church. I do think the wording regarding baptism could have been sharpened up, but we almost all have experience of just how embarrassing Catholics, leader and lay alike, would find even such hints at the Church’s unique, Christ-given role today. Especially under Francis, but going back decades, such clarion calls to the necessity of conversion through baptism and then membership in Christ’s Church for salvation have been notably absent. Concomitant with that absence has been the near total implosion of the Church’s evangelization efforts, the hemorrhaging of souls, and the rise of all kinds of errors and demonic sects.
Again, it is important to notice the context: this was not an advertisement in a spiritual magazine, or a mid-50s copy of America (even then, not so spiritual), or anything of the sort, where one might expect a bit more direct language. This was in a liberal-leaning (at that time) secular magazine. We haven’t seen anything like this in decades. And that sums up the crisis in the Faith in very stark terms.