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Is There a PR Campaign Against Traditionalists…….. May 25, 2017

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…….or is there a resurgence in stereotypical “bad Trad” behavior in parishes that offer the TLM?

Dear reader SB, who I value so much in real life as a great sounding board to bounce ideas off, since SB has been around the TLM since ’91 (two decades more than me), sent me a link to this post at Unam Sanctam Catholicam some time ago.  I had been meaning to get to it, but then a few days ago another reader, MFG, sent me links to two other similar postings (here and here).  MFG wondered if this was perhaps part of some campaign to either give TLMers a bad name or to put them in a box, the suspicion being that perhaps this effort had something to do with the looming SSPX “reconciliation.”

Now, about these posts and the posters.  Of the three, I have total respect for Unam Sanctam Catholicam and know he’s a straight shooter duly reporting what he’s been told.  I also know there is no “agenda” there save perhaps for genuine concern about the health of TLM communities and the continued availability of the ancient Mass.  We all know Father Z and you can draw your own conclusions.  As for the final link above, it’s from the progressive-modernist Commonweal and I would treat any report by them with great skepticism.

Tying all this together for me personally was two sermons given by our pastor lately basically also imploring the faithful not to be “bad trads” by making others feel bad or engaging in much, if any, fraternal correction save in obvious or dire situations.

I won’t get into any of the particular posts but I’ll just share my own experience and my take on this sudden rash of posts seeming to say very much the same thing.  But before I do that I should share a bit about me.  Perhaps you’ve noticed but I really don’t give two shakes what anybody thinks about me.  That’s not entirely true – I’m extremely concerned what my wife, children, and other family and close friends think of me – but generally I’m not out to get people’s approval.  If they like me, fine, if they think I’m an asshole, bully for you and move on along.  I’ve also got a fairly thick skin and don’t mind sharing my opinion (obviously) nor hearing those of others, especially from those I have learned through experience to respect.  I’m generally reserved in real life but if people ask my opinion or I get drawn into a conversation then I don’t mind sharing it.  Having said that, save for close friends and family directly seeking counsel, I virtually never “correct” anyone in their behavior even if I have an issue with it.  However, I’m also perfectly willing to hear correction or exhortations to do better from others and I gladly received just such an exhortation as recently as last week.  Much depends on the source and how it is conveyed, of course.

That being said, the report I take the most seriously is the one from Unam Sanctam Catholicam (USC).  As I said, I trust the source implicitly but I’ve got to say I have rarely heard or seen any evidence of the type of behavior he’s describing – the typical trads complaining because the maniple is tied wrong or the Latin pronunciation is inexact.  I’ll take USCs word for it that he heard that from certain priests but I’m a bit skeptical that the priests were really receiving hyper-critical comments with any regularity.  There could also be a phenomenon at work where a priest going out on a limb expects a lot of praise and adulation from those he’s taking a risk for – and offering the TLM in most dioceses is hardly career enhancing and often career-threatening, so I certainly understand the expectation of praise from the faithful – which might cause even occasional negative comments to be blown out of proportion.  Now really I don’t know anything about the situation or the priests involved so I really shouldn’t comment but I’ll simply state this kind of hyper-critical behavior is, in my experience, quite rare.  It’s also so stereotypical of the “bad trad” behavior that was repeated uncritically in the conservativish Catholic press for a quarter century or more that it sort of sets off alarm bells in the back of my mind.  That’s all I’ll say about that.

Moving onto the subject of the local sermons, an exhortation to be very careful when applying fraternal correction, I thought the priest might have gone a bit far in some of his examples/verbiage but the overall point was certainly fine and well-taken.  I am certain this sermon was a reaction to reports/complaints the priest has received.  Now whether those episodes of correction that led to complaints were really malicious or simply misplaced zeal – or even people trying to assuage their own consciences that they are doing right, finding strength in number or whatever – I tend to imagine it is the latter far more than the former.

I also realize not everyone is like me.  Whereas I might hear someone extolling me to lead my family more in communal prayer as a well-meaning concern for my soul and the souls of my family, some people find this kind of talk threatening or as some kind of rebuke.  Perhaps it’s just my jerky nature but when someone goes to pieces because another person extolled the virtues of homeschooling to them (assuming decent tact and decorum) and they’re not homeschooling, well, toughen up buttercup.  That’s no reason to have a 30 minute crying jag in Father’s office.  Again, much would depend on the nature of the relationship between the people involved and what exactly was said, but I’m extremely skeptical that there is much in the way of malicious put-downs or hyper-critical correction going on – at least in the limited TLM communities I’ve been exposed to.

More often than not it’s probably just someone a little bit too on fire for a certain subject that comes on a bit strong.  I don’t see that as “bad Trad” behavior at all.  It’s probably just an error of judgment or a mild personality defect.

Really though outside relatively close personal relationships or directly-sought counsel we lay people probably don’t need to be doing a great deal of direct correcting of each other.  If you see something amiss repeatedly with someone who should no better, probably the best course of action is to quietly bring it to the attention of the competent priest and let them deal with it.  In my experience, they will generally follow through (and do a better job than we would), though it may not happen instantly as we would like.  (or am I being squishy here?  Is the crisis in the Faith so dire the times demand broad sweeping intervention into other’s business?)

At the same time I also think priests and laity should not be so delicate as to get upset about perceived correction (which may be simply a misinterpreted general exhortation).  The priests related by USC, especially, I think did not have the right reasons for offering the TLM.  Certainly there is a pastoral side to making the TLM available, but the real reason for offering ANY Mass is to render worthy honor and glory to God.  The Mass is the ONLY efficacious Sacrifice that is pleasing to God.  Since the TLM is so demonstrably superior in both form and effect every priest should be eager to offer the TLM at every possible alternative, and should not get discouraged if the faithful are not as appreciative and uncritical as he would like.  That’s probably expecting too much from frail human nature but nevertheless I think priests who stop offering the TLM because the laity are not docile enough or appreciative enough for his taste is, I think, pretty weak tea.

As to whether this is an anti-TLM PR campaign I think probably not, it’s probably just coincidence, but you know the old Hardy Boy’s formula: once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, thrice is CONSPIRACY!!  I think in this internet age, however, where people are hard up for content and want to attract attention, that formula probably needs some modification.

What do you think, or what is your experience?  Is there still a problem of mean ‘ol judgy trads wagging their fingers in innocent faces and driving people away from the TLM?  The way our local parish is growing, I’d have to say their failing if their intent is to keep people away.  Is there a problem with maybe a bit too zealous, perhaps a bit brittle and damaged trads getting too much into other’s business?  I still think my answer would be generally no (SB says she used to see this as a big problem, but not so much anymore).

Or perhaps are Trads and Trad priests maybe so set in their ways and so sure of being right they can’t take correction even when it’s well placed and deserved?

Gavin McInnes’ Twenty Reasons Why School, uh……Stinks May 24, 2017

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He uses a harder word, and this is McInnes, so you are forewarned that foul language will be profuse throughout this video, but he’s a recent Catholic convert – probably still trapped (unknowingly) in a standard banal Novus Ordo parish.  So maybe cut him some slack on the language and pray for his growth in virtue.

At the same time, he’s very entertaining, and unabashed critic of modern culture and especially the sexular pagan left, and he makes some great points in the video below critiquing the modern educational system in the West, and particularly in the United States.  Right off the bat in reason 2 of his twenty against the leftist domination in the vast majority of schools and colleges, public or private, he notes the intentional (and always leftist) politicization that is a fundamental part of the educational establishment.

Public schools have rarely in this country, or at least not since the nationalization of schools with the Department of Education, been about truly educating youths to think, to ground them in the classics, to give them a framework to learn throughout their life.  Even before the Department of Ed, many schools were too influenced by the Prussian model and too dedicated to turning out good factory workers, good obedient subjects of the government, etc.

But in the past few decades the Left has come to completely penetrate and dominate the educational establishment at all levels, often chucking even the pretense of education as the primary goal and instead making clear that what they seek to instill in the children parents hand over to their ministrations is a thoroughgoing Leftist ideology that the kids will be possessed with for life.  In the rising “millennial” generation, there plan seems to be coming to fruition, as this generation is by far the most propagandized and politicized – in an unthinking, uncritical way – we’ve seen at least since the 60s, and quite possibly ever:

However, I think there is some good news on this front.  While social media is often poison for forming a thinking, conscious mind, there are exceptions. When I’m working in the  yard or garage on the weekends, I listen to a lot of Youtube videos, and one of the fastest growing genres I’ve seen  (heard) of late is the 20-something millennial getting “red pilled” by watching videos from conservative/libertarian content producers.  At the very least, they are questioning the indoctrination they’ve received, and some are openly switching sides.

There aren’t nearly enough of these, of course, but the content produced by the likes of McInnes, Jordan Peterson, Black Pigeon Speaks, Sargon of Akkad, Jeffrey Rubin, Rebel Media, and many, many others does seem to be having some kind of positive impact.  No none of these people are explicitly Catholic or understand (and convey) the concept of leading a virtuous life in a Catholic sense, but many are on the right track and some, like McInnes, are even converting – pray God they don’t get scandalized out of the Faith by what they find, as many do (which was a point I missed from Matt’s video I posted  yesterday, a protestant who wants to convert but is being scandalized by Francis into possibly ignoring this call from God – this is an unspeakable tragedy and something for which I fear God’s judgment will be quite harsh).

Well, as if you  needed twenty more reasons to do all you possibly can to homeschool your kid(s) or send ’em to a rare good Christian private school, or an even rarer public school (perhaps way out in the country somewhere) where the insanity has not sunk in too deep.  But I really cannot emphasize the benefits of homeschooling enough, not only for the kids but for the parents as well.  Not that it’s a panacea, but it’s the best overall alternative we have now.

But mostly I just found the video fun, like almost all of Gavin’s are.

The “Other” Miracle at Fatima after the Sun Danced May 24, 2017

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Reader TE sent this to me this past week, it’s not a huge miracle but it’s an interesting follow-up to what was the most widely seen miracle in the history of the Church – at least since Pentecost or when our Blessed Lord walked this earth:

Several years ago Carl Malburg had the privilege of speaking with a woman who was present in Fatima at the Miracle of the Sun. But what she really wanted to tell him about was the second miracle she witnessed there at Fatima shortly after she and everyone saw the sun dancing in the sky, hurling toward earth, then returning to its place in the heavens.

…….While following the usual pattern of going to a diocese then traveling through parishes, hospitals, and nursing homes with that Pilgrim Virgin statue, Malburg happened to be in San Diego in 1997. There, a woman told him her mother was in Fatima and saw the miracle.  [So this was a little more than several years go.  It was more like 20.]

Malburg picks up the story. “The woman said my mother has always wished to be interviewed because she’s always wanted to tell the story. She is still living, 92 years old now. She insists Our Lady is keeping her mind sharp until someone interviews her.” 

The custodian told this daughter he didn’t know Portuguese but would get someone he knew to translate. He chuckled at this point because the woman answered him, “My mother’s lived in America since 1942. She lost all her Portuguese years ago.”

Since this was the first-ever person at the Miracle of the Sun that Malburg encountered, he asked John Haffert to go with him to talk to her. But Haffert told him to go by himself.

“I found out why she thought why she should be interviewed,” he well remembers from when he got there. “She said she was 12, and that she and the other girls — four of them — walked all the way up from the coast to Fatima.”

Malburg continued with the story as the elderly woman told it. “We were children, and we pushed our way through the crowd. We came really close to the center where the apparitions would be there, and we climbed on some rocks and blocked the view of people behind. We could look down and see [everything]. The three children [Lucia, Jacinta, Francisco] would never have gotten there unless carried on the shoulders of some big men who pushed their way through the crowds.”

Malburg didn’t go into detail about what the woman, whose name has disappeared in the annals of time and travels, said about the sun, but that “she wanted to tell me something else. She moved on because there was another miracle not in the books,” he says. [So a woman reveals a heretofore unknown, and quite significant, set of details regarding the unprecedented apparitions and miracles at Fatima, and you don’t bother to get a name?!?  Dude.]

She told him, “A lot of people picked the twigs and leaves of the bushes to take” because they smelled so good, so aromatic. Those went quickly. “But we picked up some pebbles around the bush [by where Our Lady appeared] because they would smell good too.” Malburg was amazed that here it was 80 years later and she told him she had those pebbles in her furniture draw, making her clothes smell fresh even then.

The woman continued her miracle story. “People put their rosaries on the ground. They knew what way the Blessed Mother would face, and they put their rosaries out there in front of the place. [The pile of] rosaries were shaped like a cross. [After the apparition] There were so many that when everybody went to get their rosaries, they were all tangled up. And they were trying to find the right rosary.

“The men had the three children up on their shoulders again,” she said. Malburg adds, “Otherwise they would be buffeted and smothered — I knew that for a fact.” The woman told him about the girl’s new dresses and people pulling pieces of the lace around them. Malburg also knew about that.

“It was all adding up except the rosaries,” he says. “Then she said, One of the children saw the people had the rosaries all tangled. Then the children slid down from the shoulders, took a handful of [the tangled] rosaries and just passed them out. None were tangled! And everybody got the right rosary! We watched that happen!” she told Malburg, still in amazement.

The woman had waited to tell someone who someday in her lifetime was going to interview her that story about what she and her friends witnessed with the pile of tangled rosaries miraculously untangled, and each one immediately given to the right owner without the seer knowing who in that crowd owned which one.

“My wife and I got goosebumps listening to that,” Malburg recalls.

He immediately asked Haffert, “Are you aware people laid their rosaries in the mud hoping to get a blessing on them?” No one ever told him that, he answered.

“This lady told me a lot of rosaries were laid around the bush,” Malburg repeated, and she said “rosaries were all tangled up. She insisted they [she and her friends] were standing on the rocks, and saw the children pick the rosaries up and hand them out blindly, and everyone got their right rosary.”

Haffert answered him, “Why would you doubt it?”

About 10 years later Malburg came across a magazine article in Portugal that verified this miracle. “This truly was one of the highlights,” he says of the story of the second, little-known miracle at Fatima right after the sun danced in the sky. 

As I said, not exactly a huge miracle, but interesting.  Have you ever heard of this before?

Eucharistic Devotion of the Saints May 24, 2017

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From Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Carroll Cruz, some thoughts by great Saints on the nature and benefits of the Eucharist.  More specifically, this excerpt and the quotes contain therein highlight once again the enormous, wholly unearned and amazingly generous Gift Christ makes of the Eucharist.  What really struck me is how careful we should be in receiving the Blessed Sacrament.  Not in a Jansenist sense where an 18th century French Jansenist priest bragged there were zero sacrilegious communions at his parish that Christmas because there were NO communions at his parish!  But we’re in the opposite extreme in the Church now, where it is metaphysical certitude that people persisting in a manifest state of mortal sin are receiving Communion – literally re-crucifying Christ in a mystical way.  And not just a few people, but millions, likely tens or even hundreds of millions every day.

So if you fall into a sin make sure you make a good Confession before receiving!   There is a union there we cannot really even comprehend in this life, but we will in the next, God willing.  It is so sublime and generous on God’s part we can only dimly perceive its outer edges.  But it is not something we should ever trifle with, take advantage of, or assume we have “earned” or is our due.  It is always the most incomprehensible Gift imaginable and we should do all we can to be as little unworthy – as inoffensive, as our own “worthiness” will never happen –  as possible:

Devotion to the Holy Eucharist has been expressed in one way or another by all the Saints of the Church.  This is a statement that cannot be contradicted.  Since Our Lord instituted this holy Sacrament to unite Himself with us, to nourish our souls, and as a means of retaining His presence among us in tabernacles throughout the world, the saints have embraced this treasure with faith and love…….

Saint Alphonsus de Liguori expressed his heartfelt appreciation for the Blessed Sacrament in this way:

Our most loving Redeemer, on the last night of His Life, knowing that the much-longed-for time had arrived on which He should die for the love of man, had not the heart to leave us alone in this valley of tears; but in order that He might not be separated form us even by death, He would leave us His whole self as food in the Sacrament of the Altar; giving us to understand by this that, having given us this gift of infinite worth, He could give us nothing further to prove to us his infinite love. 

This same thought is also expressed by St. Peter of Alcantara, who wrote in one of his meditations:

No tongue is able to express the greatness of the love which Jesus bears to every soul.  Hence that His absence might not be an occasion of forgetting Him, He left to His spouse the Church, before His departure from this world, this most holy Sacrament in which He Himself remained, wishing that between them there should be no other pledge than Himself to keep alive the remembrance of Him.

St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi expresses her faith and love for the Sacrament by praying:

O Lord, You are as truly present under the sacramental species as You are in Heaven at the right hand of the Father.  Because I have and possess this great wonder, I do not long for, want, or desire any other. 

St. Teresa of Avila had the following consideration:

I cannot doubt at all at Your Real Presence in the Eucharist.  You have given me such a lively faith that when I hear others say they wish they had been living when You were on earth, I laugh to myself, for I know that I possess You as truly in the Blessed Sacrament as people did then, and I wonder what more anyone could possibly want.

St. Teresa of Avila gives us cause to consider the great wisdom and kindness of Our Savior in veiling Himself under the appearance of bread.  She prays:

How could I, a poor sinner, who have so often offended You, dare to approach You, O Lord, if I beheld You in all Your majesty?  Under the appearance of bread, however, it is easy to approach You, for if a king disguises himself, it seems as if we do not have to talk to him with so much circumspection and ceremony.  If You were not hidden, O Lord, who would dare to approach You with such coldness, so unworthily, and with so many imperfections?

Saint Bernard calls the Sacrament of the Altar “The Love of loves,” while St. Thomas Aquinas said that the Holy Eucharist is “a Sacrament of love and a to ken of the greatest love that a God could give us.”

Saint Lawrence Justinian tell us, “We have seen the All-Wise made foolish by an excess of love” – to which the Cure of Ars, St. Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney, adds, “I tis the destiny of every consecrated Host to melt with love in a human heart.”

It is said of St. Francis of Assisi that “every fiber of his heart was kindled into love for the Sacrament of Christ’s Body,” and he constantly urged his brothers to bring others to know and love Christ living in the Blessed Sacrament.  From this love sprang  St. Francis deep reverence for priests.  He declared that if confronted  with an angel and  an unworthy priest, he would kiss the hand that had touched the Body of Christ before saluting the angel.  One day someone pointed out a priest living in notorious sin. Francis instantly knelt before him, kissing his hands and saying, “These hands have touched my Lord, and out of love for Him I honor His vicar.  For himself he may be bad; but for me he is good.”  Even before his conversion, St. Francis honored Our Lord in the Eucharist by sending costly and beautiful gifts to adorn poor churches.  He felt nothing was good enough for the dwelling place of Christ. [Contrast that with  the brutalist bathhouse design of most parishes today and of the past 70 years]

Our Lord’s words, “Take ye and eat, this is My Body……” inspired St. John Chrysostom to remark, “It is as if He had said, ‘Eat me, that the highest union may take place.’” The Saint further remarked, “To that Lord on whom the angels even dare not fix their eyes, to Him we unite ourselves, and we are made one body, one flesh.” Of this union St. Cyril of Alexandria observed that “as two pieces of melted wax unite together, so a soul that communicates is so thoroughly united to Jesus that Jesus remains in it, and it in Jesus.”

St. Francis de Sales concludes:

In no action does our Savior show Himself more loving or more tender than in this one, in which, as it were, He annihilates Himself and reduces Himself to food in order to penetrate our souls and unite Himself to the hearts of His faithful ones.

———End Quote———-

Francis at Fatima: “I am the bishop in white” May 23, 2017

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Well, I guess that’s settled now:

Lots of good stuff from Matt, including expressions of grave doubt against the growing drumbeat towards war with Syria – yet another Mideast country where the US apparently has a grave national interest in seeing the ancient Catholic communities wiped out.

I must also agree with Matt that the very watered-down canonization process that has been implemented in the past 35 years – because the most substantial changes happened well after the Council and were in fact put in place by Pope Saint John Paul II (who wound up, in a certain sense, being a beneficiary of the changes, at least as far as his public cultus goes) – has helped contribute to a “meh, whatever” sense regarding the many canonizations to which we are now exposed.  The dilution of the requirement for miracles from 3 to 1 (or none?), the deletion of the role of the devil’s advocate – these things have I think helped trivialize the process and decrease the general affection souls have towards the Church Triumphant in Heaven.

 

Francis also expresses what must be assumed to be disbelief of several recent – and Church-approved – Marian apparitions, accosting those who believe that Mary’s intercession stays her Son’s wrathful arm as basically an invention of the mind of  some of the faithful.  Mary referred to staying her Son’s arm not only at La Sallete but also Akita.  Apparently Francis takes a dim view of those revelations.  As for imposing one’s own beliefs on the Church – project much, Francis?

There is much more, it’s well worth watching.  The video does close with some good news that the school principal who insulted, cussed at, and threatened some home schooled evangelical kids who were witnessing against abortion outside the public school he serves at has been suspended.  Whether that is with or without pay is not stated.  If it were a Catholic cussing out and threatening some little pagans arguing in favor of abortion, does anyone doubt he would have been fired on the spot?  But that’s what the Left wants, the full measure of the law or social rules (rules they invent) for you, but special kid glove treatment for themselves.  Of course they deserve that, because every leftist knows, they are just better than everyone else.

If this double standard continues, it will be the end of this country.  People will not stand to be treated as second class citizens.  Or will they?  For now, I think, a majority answers no, as the election of Trump, I think, proves.  I think these kinds of social-interaction issues played a huge role in Trump’s election.

Dr. Jordan Peterson Destroys SJW Arguments on Sex/Gender in Canadian Senate Hearing…… May 23, 2017

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……..proving, in the process, the efficacy, even the desirability, of so-called “gay conversion” therapy, using the SJW’s own arguments to make his point.  The hearing is long but well worth listening to in its entirety.  The portion that is the subject of this post, however, begins at 54:38 and starts with a long-winded and patronizing question from a French-Canadian senator, which Peterson obliterates effortlessly (57:45).  If gender is changing and contextual and can be altered on a whim, then what on earth is wrong with the Christian-based psychological treatment of those with an inclination towards sodomy to avoid such behaviors – so-called gay conversion therapy – that leftists have been busy declaring illegal through legislation wherever they hold sway over the past few years?

In reality, Peterson should have dropped the mic and walked away right after just obliterating the left’s always so-self-satisfied claims.

He had several moments where he just shredded the “trap” questions the leftist pols tried to put to him.  They were reduced, towards the end (but before the clip above) to making insinuated threats against his tenured faculty position at University of Toronto.  So shameful was this the committee chair interrupted the questioner and they were partially expunged from the video, and the chair is a hardcore lib.

At any rate, Peterson is a religious modernist but he started out an atheist/agnostic and may be walking his way (back?) to God through the studies and argumentation he’s engaged in.  Nevertheless, on a great many pressing moral questions of the day, and especially the Left’s constant arrogation to itself of the moral high ground, there is no one going into these nests of academic and political vipers and just crushing them, over and over again, than this guy.  So hats off to him for that.

And this is some great work – what Peterson showed, in one of those brilliant 2 second questions that just eviscerate the other side, is that the Left has nothing in its bag but appeal to authority – we get the pseudo-academics in the humanities and the co-opted social sciences, the media, and then the pols of the “right” party to say that a thing is, no matter how ridiculous, and you will go along with it.  Showing that the emperor has no clothes, that the visions of gender/sexual identity being pushed by the Left today are as fantastical and unscientific as they are destructive of both individual souls and society at large, in such a direct and irrefutable way – this is very powerful.

Also extremely effective is pointing out the manifest contradictions between present leftist sexular pagan orthodoxy and reality- “gays” are born that way but gender is fleeting, ephemeral, and can change on a whim.  Women giving their sacred virtue away for a tawdry meaningless hook up is “empowering” but women are such victims lacking agency they can decide it’s “rape” 3 years later and ruin a guy’s life.  Getting an abortion is the ultimate fulfillment of a woman’s nature, rather than being a betrayal of everything a woman should be.  Carbon emissions are destroying the planet but the climate change zealots live as if they have no impact at all.  I could go on and on.

Very few people of note have had the will, the intestinal fortitude, the cajones, to stand up to the neo-Victorian shaming tactics of the sexular pagan left.  Peterson is one that has not only endured numerous such attacks, but he has taken the fight right into the enemy’s strongholds.  In doing so, he has garnered a huge following and has garnered sympathy from millions.  There is actually some danger here because too many people are unable to separate the good from the bad with him, and develop a sort of messianic attitude regarding not just Peterson but many other countercultural thought-leaders in the emerging anti-Left reaction, but that, I think, is not a significant problem for this particular audience.

Actually this brings up an important point, and that is the huge innate bias a huge proportion of people, especially young online-denizen types, have against religion and religious-based arguments.  This would actually be a good post on its own so I think I’ll just touch on it for now, but Peterson isn’t saying anything particularly new, but because he’s seen as a scientist and part of the “rational thinking community,” and not a weirdo Bible-thumping Christian with bad hair and a worse fake southern accent, he is automatically imbued with prestige, authority, and granted deference whereas a Catholic making the same statements would in many people be viewed with suspicion, doubt, and even outright hostility.  That’s actually an interesting sociological phenomenon and I think points up the Church’s utter failure of catechesis over the past 50 years, since many of these people turning to the likes of Peterson for direction in life (and people are literally doing this, using his “self-authoring program” to improve their lives) are probably former Catholics or even CINOs who assist at Mass perhaps once a year or so but never get anything out of it.

But yeah that would take a long time to flesh out so I’ll just leave it at that.

Francis is the Antifa Pope May 23, 2017

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I had not had time to check out Catholic blogs or even most secular news sites for weeks, but I took some time late Friday night to do so to try and catch up.  I came across several articles or posts on Francis, and in reading them I was struck with the sense that, to a very large degree, he could be described as the Antifa (supposedly anti-fascist hardcore communists) Pope.  Just a few ways in which he mirrors this hopelessly silly and pointless but still manifestly destructive group (and I’m not saying the analogy holds in every respect, but I think there is enough overlap for the descriptor to apply):

  • Completely beholden to a wholly disproved and outmoded ideology (constantly living in 1968)
  • Refusal to accept the historic and contemporary crimes of communism/socialism (as in Venezuela) while constantly attacking “evil” capitalism, liberalism, (authentic) Catholicism, etc.
  • Tilting at windmills that probably never existed, or at any rate certainly haven’t in decades (“rigorism in the Church,” severe confessors, hyper-judgmental parishes where people with common moral failings are literally chased away)
  • Using unjust, even fascistic practices in the name of fighting ostensible fascism or revanchism in the Church – which are the labels constantly applied, by default, to any perceived ideological opponent

It would be laughable if so much damage were not being done.

At any rate, a few excerpts of some articles from just one week of Francis’ folly:

Francis condemns Catholic “fanatics” about doctrinal clarity:

But there were always those people who, without any commission, go about disturbing the Christian community with speeches that upset souls: “Eh, no, someone who says that is a heretic, you can’t say this, or that; this is the doctrine of the Church.’ And they are fanatics about things that are not clear, such as these fanatics who go about there, sowing discord in order to divide the Christian community. And this is the problem: when the doctrine of the Church, that which comes from the Gospel, that which the Holy Spirit inspires – because Jesus said, ‘He will teach us and remind you of all that I have taught’ –  that doctrine becomes an ideology. And this is the great error of these people.” [Said perhaps the most doctrinaire pope in Church history]
“We must not be frightened when we hear of the opinions of the ideologues of doctrine. The Church has its own Magisterium, the Magisterium of the Pope, of the Bishops, of the Councils, and we must go along the path that comes from the preaching of Jesus, and from the teaching and assistance of the Holy Spirit, it is always open, always free… this is the freedom of the Spirit, but in doctrine… doctrine unites, the councils always unite the Christian community… ideology divides… for them ideology is more important than doctrine: they leave aside the Holy Spirit.”
“Today it falls to me to call for the grace of mature obedience to the Magisterium of the Church, that obedience to what the Church has always taught and continues to teach us…….[Even as I go about, practically daily, dismantling the Magisterium, or, at the very least, proposing contradictions against it as a counter-Magisterium I pretend is the real one.  He is truly a conciliar Jesuit.  It will be well when this order dies a natural death, if it is not suppressed along the way]

Note that Franci’s speech was surely a rebuttal of the speeches given the same day of two of the most ardent defenders of the Faith in these times of horrible trial, Cardinals Burke and Caffara.  As always, Francis snipes from the side, making snide comments (not always on point) and insinuations without the decency, the moral fortitude to address those who call out his heretical “propositions” straight on.

Meanwhile, as Venezuela burns, more and more Latin Americans are asking, “¿Donde esta Jorge?”:

One institution which has remained free of the regime’s control is the Catholic Church. For years, Venezuela’s Catholic bishops have bravely underscored the abuses of the government first led by the man whose personality and socialist policies lit the fuse for the current conflagration—the late Hugo Chávez—and now by his successor Nicolás Maduro.

Venezuela’s left-populist regime has always recognized the Church as a major support for anyone—Catholic, non-Catholic, believer, non-believer—who opposes what Venezuela’s Catholic bishops called in a remarkably clear and tough-minded January 2017 pastoral exhortation a “totalitarian political system” that seeks to impose its “21stCentury Socialism” upon the country. This is despite the “utter failure,” the bishops added, of “socialism in every country in which this regime has been installed.”

Chávez’s response to similar criticism was to publicly insult Catholic bishops while proclaiming, in near-blasphemous terms, that “Jesus was the first socialist.” Maduro has upped the ante. Chávista thugs regularly attack Catholic priests in churches and Catholic university students in the streets. In April this year, they interrupted the Chrism Mass of the Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa, during Holy Week—which included roughing up the cardinal.

There is, however, one question being consistently asked—with greater frequency and visibly growing impatience—throughout Latin America whenever Venezuela comes up in conversation. And that is: “Where is Pope Francis?”

In fact, as the article goes on to reveal, Francis continues to provide aid and comfort to the murderous Maduro regime by running interference for them and placing onerous demands on the regime’s critics.

Like antifa, he has to pretend Venezuela does not exist, or practically so, as it is too fatal a rebuke to the ideological shibboleths held by both.

And finally, in what amounts to yet another howler of such stupendous proportions one kind of wonders whether or not Francis is all there mentally – or perhaps caught in a reverie of ’65 he can’t get out of? – Francis spoke of an invasion of libertarianism, of all things, into the academy, where daily proof of total Marxist dominance grows more and more insurmountable.

I forget which book I was, but it was a very sad tale of marxist revolutionaries in later life.  These were primarily ex-Soviet revolutionaries, the few alums of 1917 that managed to survive the Stalinist purges that killed the original revolutionary cadres almost to a man.  It was an immensely depressing tale.  All these revolutionaries, even after being betrayed by Stalin (and, some of them, Lenin), actually beat their own breasts for their failure to accord to the Marxist ideal (this is a subject upon which Solzhenitsyn expounds at length, the idiot commies betrayed by the commie system who continue to love and remain loyal to it, so brainwashed are they).  All they could do was relive their youth when they felt they were in the revolutionary vanguard, just at Bergoglio continues to seem to continually be stuck in his 50s heyday of leftist Peronists desperately seeking to return to power, constantly surrounded by “neoliberal” and traditionalist enemies – enemies to be crushed.
Meh, may be going a bit far there at the end, but the evidence that this guy somehow persists in some late-50s to early 70s fantasyland is, I think, beyond dispute.
And the man most imbued in casuistry imaginable constantly finds it in others.  But there you go.
Perhaps less the Antifa pope, he’s Don Jorge de la Mancha.

May 23, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Our Lady, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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A few photos I took from the May Crowning held this past weekend at the local FSSP parish.

I like the biretta worn during the sermon:

I also like this other crown they put on the statue that is always on the Mary altar:

I’m sure there will be many more on the Mater Dei Facebook page.  Or the website.

But these are the ones I took, for whatever that’s worth.  I wanted to thank the folks who helped bring this beautiful Procession and crowning about, I saw just a little bit of the tremendous amount of work that went into pulling this off and it was substantial, as it has been in years past, as well.  Thank you ladies and gents for making this year’s May Crowning such a success.

 

Prayer Request and Anyone Familiar with GoFundMe? May 23, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, mortification, sadness, Virtue.
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My wife has a niece who has now had two children (the oldest is maybe 2, or close to) diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a condition that leaves otherwise healthy children unable to walk and can progress to even greater impairments.  It is considered as being within the spectrum of Muscular Dystrophy diseases.  The two children are Ivy and Cody K., Cody being a practical new-born, Ivy a very cute and precocious little girl.

There are some treatments out there that might help both children a great deal but insurance is not wanting to pay for these.  Thus I have explored with the family the idea of setting up a GoFundMe page, but I’ve never set one up and thought I’d query folks here to see if they had any knowledge of the best way to go about setting up such a page and then getting word out for it.  I’d greatly appreciate your help.  Sometimes things I post on this blog just tend to sort of peter out, not really spreading beyond the immediate regular readers.  Also these things seem to be driven mostly by social media, which I ain’t on.  So perhaps I should find someone who is on social media to set up a site?

What the family needs and requests more than anything right now, however, are your prayers.  I can only imagine what pain the young parents are experiencing, knowing that both of their children have been afflicted with a congenital disease.  That’s got to be an extremely painful cross to bear, as is the knowledge that the likelihood of future children being similarly afflicted is quite high.  Please pray that God may have mercy on this family and deign to work miraculous healings if such be His will.  May He also guide the parents in remaining faithful to His will for them in spite of the crosses this may bring.

Thank you and God bless you!

PS – The niece in question was the flower girl at my wife and I’s wedding in 1994.

Hundreds of Thousands of Pilgrims Fill Fatima to Overflowing…… May 18, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, episcopate, fightback, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Our Lady, sanctity, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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……..but the ongoing wreckovation that has affected even this most sacred of locales caused many thousands to be forced to stand outside the large outdoor sanctuary which was built to attract the great number of souls who have a powerful devotion to Our Lady and the apparitions at Fatima.  About 1/3 of the former area for pilgrims to worship has been dedicated to a modernist monstrosity designed in typically post-conciliar brutalist style:

All the above from The Fatima Center.

Finally a very interesting video from Bishop Fulton Sheen’s show Life is Worth Living.  He ties together the Russian Revolution with Fatima and and the consecration of Eugenio Pacelli, the future Ven. Pope Pius XII, who was nothing if not an ardent anti-communist (who saw much of his work done by perhaps the least anti-communist, or pro-hard left, pope to ever reign – at least till now – Paul VI).  I wish I could say more but time prohibits, but trust me, it’s a powerful tale and well told.  Did you know a communist tried to assassinate then Archbishop Pacelli? Enjoy!