jump to navigation

Cardinal Burke Headlining Fatima Conference in Dallas, Irving October 6-7 August 10, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, fightback, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Our Lady, Restoration, the struggle for the Church, true leadership, Virtue.
8 comments

Just in time for the 100th anniversary. Most excellent.  Details below.  There are a number of speakers at the event, mostly drawn from the Catholic Answers crowd:

I learned a lot from Fr. John Trigilio during my initial conversion.  That show Web of Faith he hosted on EWTN was really good for me.  It was my favorite Catholic program for a time.

I also like John Henry Westen.  The guy is a rock, and has faced a lot of persecution for this efforts defending Holy Mother Church and the sanctity of life.

Cardinal Burke is to offer Mass.  No word on whether it will be a TLM or Novus Ordo, but my money would be on the latter, sadly.  The Friday Mass at St. Monica will definitely be Novus Ordo.

The website for the event is here.  The event costs $137 per individual if you buy tickets before Aug 31, after that, $159.

Schedule below:

I’d love to go, but this is too high for us.  Also I will be out of town that weekend at a family reunion in beautiful downtown Harper, Texas.

Great New Father Rodriguez “Sermon” on Our Lady and God’s Supreme Dominion August 9, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Father Rodriguez, fightback, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, manhood, Our Lady, persecution, priests, Restoration, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
2 comments

I said in a previous post what a wonderful collaboration I could imagine between Father Rodriguez and The Fatima Center.  It seems such a collaboration may be flowering, The Fatima Center Youtube channel has uploaded another bit of catechesis from Father, and it’s a very good one:

A few choice quotes/summations: Quoting Pope St. Pius X: Apostasy from God is destroying society (in particular Western Civilization).  All artifice and effort is used to destroy the memory and the knowledge of God, rejecting, most of all, the idea of God’s supreme dominion over man and all creation, because, to the God-hating revolutionaries in and out of the Church, man must be his own God.  Read Guadium Et Spes and see if you don’t pick up a huge whiff of humanist triumphalism .  If St. Pius X’s claims were true 114 years ago, and they demonstrably were, how much more true are they today?  Goodness even questioning the prevailing sexular pagan orthodoxy in measured and scientific tones, with abundance of supporting data, will get you fired from a hugely influential corporation like Google.  What would they do to someone who preached the Truth of Jesus Christ to them -a firing squad?

But what was the Miracle of the Sun really about, but a testimony to God’s Supreme Dominion?  Thus the manifest errors of the world – so much less 100 years ago than they are today! – brought about the greatest, most well documented public miracle in the history of humankind (leaving aside the miracles of God Incarnate).  But how few souls have been moved to change their ways even by such a fantastic demonstration of God’s Holy Dominion over all of the universe.

“We are guilty.  God is truth, and our present world is filled with heresy.  God is holy, and our present world blasphemes and desecrates over and over again.  God is pure, and our present world is filthier than filth with impurity and putrid sins of the flesh, including the abomination of sodomy.”

Our Lady’s answer to the terrible sins of the world, and, yes, even the Church (today), is bipartite: prayer, and penance.  “Penance, penance, penance” she counseled.  She urges us to believe, adore, and hope in God, and always to love him.  Prayer and penance are the most concrete means at our disposal to both demonstrate this love for God and to offset the hatred for God evidenced in so many other souls.

“In order to be happy, we need God.  We need to adore God, honor God, respect God, and obey God.  All the evil darkness and sin in the world can be reduced to two basic ways in which God rejects God: modern man is rejecting God by the outright denial of God’s existence (atheism, at the root of communism, and also secular materialism), and by refusing to believe in God as God has revealed himself – simply put, by rejecting the Catholic religion.  This is one of the root causes of ALL the evil in the world……..It is a terrible sin of our times to think that each one is free to determine how to believe in God (the root error of protestantism).”

“Repeat to yourself often – God is the one who reveals Himself.  I accept and obey, I believe.  That’s what faith means -to believe in God, as He has revealed Himself. ”

“There is only one true religion.  All other religions are false.”  YAY FATHER GOD BLESS YOU for having the fortitude to preach this uncomfortable, often unpopular truth.

Our Lady came to Fatima to warn against the heresy of modernism. In the post-conciliar period, there has unfolded a particularly sinister and diabolical way has been rejected – not outright, and not by individual disobedience – but by disobedience at the highest levels of the Church. There have been ongoing and repeated attempts, ongoing even to this day, to try to change the Catholic religion, dilute it, and shift the focus from the supernatural to the natural, so that it still appears to be Catholic, but in actuality is not.  The purpose of the Catholic religion is not to end world poverty and fight against climate change.  The purpose is to lead souls to know and adore the one true God and so gain the happiness of Heaven. In the post-conciliar period the Catholic religion has been horribly corrupted by attempts to adapt it to the increasingly secular and materialistic culture.  We must conform to the Truth. Our culture must change, and be converted and conform to the Truth.  We cannot alter or dilute the Truth in order to justify how we live.

Well, I’d better leave some for you to watch!  Suffice it to say, this sermon has all the high quality and good for souls one would expect from Father Michael Rodriguez.  God bless him and those other priests, so few in number and often so made to suffer for their love of God and adherence to the Truth He reveals.  Please pray for Father.  His situation remains difficult but he continues to do as much good as he can under the circumstances -and that good is not inconsiderable.

Fr. Albert on Admonishing the Sinner August 7, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, religious, Restoration, sanctity, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
comments closed

Some interesting thoughts below.  Fr. Albert, a traditional Dominican in Belgium working with The Fatima Center declares admonishing the sinner is a moral duty and failing to do so can be sinful on our part, but then states that the situations wherein we have a positive duty to act are quite rare.  I haven’t a great deal of time to flesh this out today, but this is one of those matters that is very dear to many Catholic hearts and one that does cause quite a bit of division.  See what you make of it:

Do you feel Father Albert “wimps out” towards the end in stating that these admonishments may cause more harm than good and thus the situations where they are required are quite rare?  Or is this necessary prudence.

This matter comes up with some regularity at the local Fraternity parish, where we have had instances of people evidencing great hurt at being corrected by other lay people, and the priests have basically cautioned against such admonishments, asking matters like fraternal correction over immodest dress or how to raise and educate children be left to the priests (with some room for action if the matter is dire or pressing).  Some people very much agree with this stance, while others feel that doing so could lead to rapidly falling standards since priests won’t often have time to make such one-on-one corrections.

I covered this topic in a post a few months ago, so I don’t want to retread that ground all over again, but one thought that has occurred to me in the intervening months is that one’s approach to this matter depends very much on how one views their local traditional community as a whole, and how newcomers and those who err publicly fit into it.  Some hold the view that pretty much everyone who is bothering to come to a traditional Catholic parish is already extremely dedicated, generally trying hard to do their best, and should be given a lot of latitude to “come up to standard” with things like dress or homeschooling or using NFP or whatever hot-button topic.  These same people view the community as quite resilient and able to stand some problematic public displays in the interest of being accommodating and helping the community grow.

Then there are souls who are very concerned about standards, who well know the threats to the traditional practice of the Faith both inside and outside the Church, and who feel that those souls who are failing in certain, quite public, ways pose a threat to the integrity of the community.  They may even have direct experience of communities softening standards and inevitably sliding into mediocrity or worse, total collapse to the culture.  Many of these folks have been traumatized, in a sense, by experiences in Novus Ordo world or the culture generally, and place a high premium on protecting the integrity of the community/parish.  These people are also naturally zealous for the Faith and see its defense as a primary duty, recognizing rightly that a reverent, faithful Catholic parish is an incredibly precious thing, maybe even a vulnerable thing, and very much worthy of protection.

The thing is, neither of these outlooks is wrong.  Thus the tension that exists in many traditional parishes over how to handle matters like fraternal correction.  My natural disposition is much more towards the latter, and I will admit to being a bit suspect of the motives of those who have been in traditional communities a long time and  yet seem to take a certain joy in being non-conformist in various regards, without going into specifics.  I am also one who tries to take correction in the best light, instead of getting instantly offended and hurt and storming out of the place – not that I have not at times disagreed with someone’s well-meaning recommendations.

But, I also don’t want to see rigid communal standards emerge that exclude all but the most zealous, the most rigorous.  Those types of situations have a long history and almost universally end in extremes of opinion and action and communities dividing into hostile camps that eventually disintegrate.  There have been several attempts at utopian Catholic enclaves in the past 200 years and they have all ended badly.

I think prudence is the key.  If you see a lady in a short skirt and stilletos, but wearing a veil, and you’ve never seen her before, maybe cut her a break.  Don’t say anything.  But pray for that person.  If they keep coming and you get to know them a bit, perhaps that relationship will be a grounds to make a very charitable comment some weeks or months down the road if the person does not self-correct.  You and I may think homeschooling is practically the only way to raise a child in this moral sewer but you don’t have to unload that opinion on every soul you encounter.  Prying questions into one’s background and purity tests are not a good way to make an acquaintance.  The examples could go on endlessly, but I assume you get the point.

I would close by saying, if you fall more to one side or the other – the welcoming souls willing to look the other way at times, or the militant defenders of the sanctity of the community – also try to have some charity for those who feel differently from yourself.  If someone thinks it’s better to be more accommodating and less rigorous, that doesn’t make them a bad Catholic.  And those with strong personalities who feel standards should be enforced at all times and who do not shy away from correcting others, they are not necessarily the stereotypical bad rad-trad.

Yes this is another “can’t we all get along” post.  But maybe that’s not such a bad thing, for a group that is already surrounded on all sides and hopelessly outnumbered.  I’ve been reading about some of the failed Crusades to stop the spread of islam of late, and it is heart-breaking the degree to which Catholic division and in-fighting aided the spread of the demonic religion of Mohammad.  Different groups of Catholics refused to aid one another in the Fall of Acre in 1289.

Related.  End trad-Cath circular firing squads!

Briefest Reminder Posts – Assumption and Kolbe Novenas August 7, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, Our Lady, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
comments closed

The Assumption Novena properly started yesterday, but you can start today and finish on the feast.  The Novena for Maximilian Kolbe started Saturday but better late than never.

Brief Assumption Novena below:

Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, Thou hast at last been taken to the throne
prepared for Thee in heaven by the Holy Trinity.

Lift my heart with Thee in the glory of Thy Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate
through which I shall pass to Thy Son, and that someday my body shall rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of heaven.

From this earth, over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to Thee for help. I ask for this favor:

(State your intention here…)

When my hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of my God for all eternity together with Thee.

Novena to St. Maximilian Kolbe:

O St. Maximilian Kolbe,

faithful follower of St. Francis,

inflamed by the love of God

you dedicated your life to the practice of virtue

and to works of the apostolate.

Look down with favor upon us

who devoutly confide in your intercession, especially for:

(here mention your special requests)

 

Having consecrated yourself to the Immaculate Virgin Mary,

you inspired countless souls to a holy life

and various forms of the apostolate

in order to do good to others

and to spread the kingdom of God.

Obtain for us the grace by our lives and labors

to draw many souls to Christ.

 

In your close conformity to our Divine Savior

you reached such an intense degree of love

that you offered your life to save a fellow prisoner.

Implore God that we,

inflamed by such ardent charity,

may through our living faith and our apostolic works

witness Christ to others,

and thus merit to join you in the blessed vision of God.

Amen.

Praying as a family has such enormous spiritual efficacy!  Perhaps you could have as an intention for your Novena the conversion of this nation and our fallen world – or maybe better yet the conversion of the leadership of the Church and the restoration of the Church’s human element.

Whatever your intention, Novenas as a beautiful aspect of Catholic Tradition!

Catholic Tradition in Prayer: Saint Patrick’s Breastplate August 3, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, Interior Life, Saints, sanctity, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
comments closed

According to tradition, St. Patrick wrote this hymn in AD 433 for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish king Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism to Christianity.  The breastplate of course references Ephesians vi:12-18, wherein St. Paul describes the various armaments we must take on (those of prayer and virtue) in order to do battle with the principalities and powers of this world.  So the name is quite apropos for the combat the great Saint of Ireland engaged in in converting a violent pagan country to the sweet yoke of Jesus Christ.

Some dispute whether the prayer really is that ancient, but at any rate it is beautiful, and since I had never come across it before reading The Gentle Traditionalist, I figured you may not be familiar with it, either.  Or maybe it’s widely known, I really don’t know.  At any rate, here it is:

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.

I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.

I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul;
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

———-End Quote————

It’s rather pretty and, I would say, quite lyrically Irish, is it not? I like it quite a bit. I hope to add this regularly to my prayer rotation.  God willing.

Perhaps this prayer might be invoked with the great evangelist Saint Patrick that the Church might be gifted with men of similar faith, devotion, and willingness to speak the truth in our own age.  The Church desperately needs some new Saints to reinvigorate the remaining faithful and begin converting the fallen away masses.

PS there are shorter versions of this prayer.  They basically are limited to the last half of the above.

Father Rodriguez on Mary’s Immaculate Heart July 27, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, mortification, Our Lady, priests, sanctity, thanksgiving, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
comments closed

Good Father Rodriguez with a brief rumination on Fatima and devotion to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.  From that Immaculate Heart we can especially learn virtues vital to salvation, especially purity, which in this day is so rarely maintained and so easily (and almost always irrevocably) lost.

Father shares how to practice devotion to the Immaculate heart, according to St. John Eudes: “keep in our heart the feelings which are in the heart of Mary the Mother of Jesus.”  The principle feelings in her heart are four: horror and abomination for sin, hatred and scorn for this corrupt world and everything pertaining to it, the lowest possible esteem for self, and profound esteem, respect, and love for all the things of God and His Church.  What excellent advice and direction for all seeking to grow in the interior life and the practice of virtue – and, I might add, how contrary to the “direction” we hear from Rome and most of the powerful episcopal leaders of the Church, including the exalted Cardinal Farrell, who I can assure you hasn’t spent 3 seconds in his life reading Eudes or any similar Saint of the interior life.

I won’t say anymore so I don’t steal all of Father’s thunder:

It would seem very natural and poetic to me should Fr. Rodriguez in some ways fulfill the legacy of Fr. Nicolas Gruner (RIP).  At any rate I pray his collaboration with the Fatima Center grows and grows.

End Catholic circular firing squads!

Saint Alphonsus Liguori on How to Perform Our Actions Well      July 19, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, mortification, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
comments closed

In performing our actions well, the Saint means in the manner most pleasing to God.  This excerpt is from The True Spouse of Jesus Christ, a book originally intended for religious, but this section in particular has great relevance for all souls, not only those specifically consecrated to God in religious life (pp. 187-9).

Many times, we may get bogged down with the seemingly dull routine of life. We might find our job less than satisfying. We may be tempted to find as many distractions to get us through the day as possible (like, say, blogging).  We might find raising and educating kids very tiresome after 5 or 10 or even 2 years.  We might find it a lot more appealing to spend the afternoon on Facebook rather than do the laundry and check the kid’s math homework.

Even though our daily actions may not seem glamorous, even though they may eventually come to seem to be a tiresome routine, these constitute (for laity) the duties of our vocation in life and the means God has given us to grow in Grace and virtue.  We should not only perform these duties with great diligence, but we should even thank God for these means  He gives us to draw nearer to Him in this life.

Begin excerpt:

The following are the means to perform our actions well:

The first means is to preserve during the discharge of our duties a lively sense of the presence of God, that thus every act may be worthy of His divine eyes.

The second means is, to perform every work as if it were the only duty you had to fulfill. When at prayer, let your sole care be to pray well; when you say the Divine Office [which is not enjoined as precept on laity, but which is an extremely beneficial devotion], direct all your attention to the devout recitation of it; when engaged in any employment, your soul concern should be to discharge it well.  Think of nothing but the duty in which you are occupied. To examine, during the time of prayer, how you will direct a certain work, or to reflect on the mans of performing some other duty, is a temptation of the enemy.  “When,” says Saint John of Avila, “any unseasonable thought enters your mind, say: God does not will that I think at this moment on such a subject; and therefore it is not useful for me to reflect upon it: when He commands  me, I shall attend to it.”

The third means is, to perform every action as if it were the last of your life.  St. Anthony frequently recommended this means to his disciples. “In every work,” says St. Bernard, “let each one say to himself: If I were about to die, would I do this?”  Would I it in in this manner? Were this the last Mass that I should hear, with what devotion would I be present at it?………Were this my last Communion or my last meditation, with what fervor would I perform it?  When, says St. Basil, you discharge the duties of the morning, imagine that you shall not live till evening; when night approaches, think that you shall not see morning……….

Four, to think each day only on the labors of the day, is another means which greatly assists weak souls to discharge their duties with fervor.  The apprehension of the pains to be endured, in living till death with so much exactness, and in continually resisting self-love, is one of the causes which make many lose courage in the way of God.  The best means of conquering this temptation is to imagine each morning that you have but one day to live.  Whoever represents to himself that only one day of life remains, will certainly perform all the actions of that day with great perfection.  This means is very profitable for weak souls, but strong and perfect Christians do not require to conceal from themselves the labors necessary for the attainment of sanctity; they rejoice in suffering, and pant for opportunities of pleasing God.

Fifth, and finally, to those beginning to walk in the way of perfection it will be very useful to consider that what is in itself difficult and painful will by habit soon become easy and agreeableI will, says the Holy Ghost, lead thee by the paths of equity; which, when thou shalt have entered, shall not be straightened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not meet a stumbling block (Prov iv:11-12).  I will, says the Lord, first conduct  you into the narrow paths of virtue; but you shall soon walk through a broad and pleasing way, and there you shall run without difficulties or obstacles. “At first,” says St. Bernard, writing to Pope Eugenius, “some duty will seem intolerable; if you accustom yourself to it, in process of time it will not appear so difficult; afterwards you shall not feel it; and in the end you will delight in it.” Behold with your eyes, says Ecclesiasticus, how I have labored a little, and have found much rest to myself (Eccl li:35).

———-End Quote———–

Do you find it difficult to present to yourself each day or night as your last? This is something I – I’m not sure struggle with is the right phrase – I have not developed the habit of or accustomed myself to.   It seems something very much worth trying, for both embracing some of my more prosaic duties and overcoming some attachments I have so far been unable to separate myself from.  If you have experience with these methods, please share, or if you try them, let me know how they work out.

Please Pray for Reader Entering Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles July 11, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, religious, Restoration, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
comments closed

A young lady I have tremendous concern for, and for whom I have prayed for several years, is entering the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Missouri this weekend.  This reader had a previous experience with the Carmelites in Valparaiso, NE that, in God’s good will, did not work out.  This vocation means everything to her, she has felt a firm calling to the religious life for many years.  I know I ask you for so many prayers, but the growth of traditional religious life is just as vital as the growth of the priestly religious orders. In some senses, the growth of traditional religious orders, particularly women’s religious orders, may be even more important.  I know a number of traditional priests who attribute their own vocations to the prayers of these holy, traditional nuns.

Please pray that it be God’s will that this vocation be her true calling and that she find great happiness and holiness among this wonderful group of nuns.  I have prayed and will continue to pray every day for her.  May Our glorious Lady intercede for this young lady.

Thank you and God bless you.

Good News – FSSP Sets Record for Most Ordinations in a Year July 11, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, manhood, priests, Restoration, sanctity, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Victory.
comments closed

For a long time, one of my chief daily prayers has been for the growth of traditional priestly orders.  I do not discriminate in this regard, and I am ambitious – I implore the Lord that the FSSP, SSPX, ICK, etc., individually and collectively, will grow by an order of magnitude in the next 20-25 years, and then another order of magnitude after that. I realize that would mean orders with tens of thousands of priests in less than a lifetime, but there have been orders that large in the past, which grew even faster at times.  I think the Cistercians went from none to over 1000 priests in less than 20 years.

If all these orders which exist today, which collectively have maybe 1200 priests, were to grow by an order of magnitude, there would be 12,000 traditional priests.  One can start to imagine a restoration of the entire Church with such numbers.

The 19 ordinations the FSSP has had so far this year won’t increase the order exponentially in 20 years, but it’s a very happy occasion and a solid basis for future growth.  And note, this is not a record for any traditional order – the SSPX has ordained more, but I’m not certain what its record is – it applies only to the FSSP.

There are photos and videos of the first “canonically regular” traditional priestly ordination in England in many years here and here.

I pray all the traditional priestly orders experience ever more rapid growth, but a rapidity tempered by no lessening of standards, but, on the contrary, always increasing piety, devotion, orthodoxy, love for Holy Mother Church.

Congratulations to all the ordinands, and to all the young seminarians, may God watch over you and keep you on your path to this vital and exalted office!  Please pray for KB, son of frequent readers and good friends of this blog.  He is a seminarian at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska.

Also pray for Fr. Caleb Kick, who has spent some time with our family and was ordained on May 26.

May God have mercy on His afflicted Church and send us more seminarians and ordained priests!

Father Michael Rodriguez’ Novel Suggestion for Unity Among Traditional Catholics           July 11, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Father Rodriguez, fightback, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, priests, Restoration, scandals, self-serving, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
comments closed

As I posted yesterday, I had a wonderful opportunity to spend some time with Father Michael Rodriguez of El Paso on the 4th of July.  Much of the discussion centered around the views Father and I share regarding the different groups within the larger community of traditional Catholicism.  I’ve posted on this subject numerous times before, but I will briefly restate them: most traditional Catholics have a particular group, be it the SSPX, FSSP, ICK, IBP, etc., within which they feel the most comfort and towards which the most affinity.  I have no problem with that.  Certainly there are advantages and disadvantages to each group, and especially between the SSPX and the Ecclesia Dei communities.  All of this is fine and can certainly be discussed within proper limits of prudence and charity.

Where both Father and I have serious reservations is with proponents of each group basically making dogmatic definitions regarding the “other,” whichever that may be.  And this is not strictly an SSPX vs. Ecclesia Dei matter.  I have also heard proponents of the Institute of Christ the King make starkly derogatory comments regarding the FSSP, and vice versa.  Oftentimes, it seems as if the various partisans of particular groups within traditional Catholicism spend far more time and effort attacking each other than they do opposing the true threat to the Faith in this age, the modernist Left within the Church.  Or perhaps I should say “within.”

This is all so fruitless for so many reasons.  Certainly, one can, with charity, expound on why one prefers one group versus another, or problems they perceive in certain canonical situations.  But when it comes to arguing, definitively, that group X is protestant and schismatic or group Y has sold out and accommodated itself to the modernist zeitgeist, the arguments are as endless as they are unhelpful.  Yes one can pile up great piles of quotes from Scripture, Doctors, Saints, Fathers, etc., on each side of whatever issue one wants to choose.  But the other side in the major question dividing traditional Catholics – the canonical status of the SSPX –can do the same, and does, with grim determination.  So the arguments go on forever, everyone becomes more and more settled in their own predetermined position, and nothing ever changes.

It also seems very silly when one realizes what a teeny, tiny fraction of the Church traditional Catholics constitute.  Traditional Catholics might make up 1,000,000 ± 500,000 Catholics. As such, we are not even 1/10 of 1% of the nominal reported population of the Church as a whole.

With all the confusion in the Church today, where the Bishop of Rome seems to be doing all he can to demonstrate his manifest heresy, if not worse, can any of us be so certain that we are so perfectly right, and the other guy so perfectly wrong?  Should we be focusing our efforts on judging that others conclusions are so much inferior to our own?

Father Rodriguez plea is that we stop all this endless internecine warfare and get down to the business of dealing with the primary threat not only to the future of the Church but also to the very souls of millions of other nominal Catholics out there, most of whom have never even heard of traditional Catholicism nor are aware that an alternative (and far more authentic) practice of the Faith exists.

But this is not just another “can’t we all get along” post.  Father made a suggestion for a way for the traditional communities to both come together and be far more effective in fighting against the modernist dominance and deformation of the Faith.

The suggestion is this: for the various traditional communities to start holding at least semi-regular conferences amongst all the various groups, as a means to establish more peace and concord between the various communities AND for the development of strategies to fight for the restoration of our sadly tattered Holy Mother Church.   Some aspects of these conferences would be public, while others would of necessity be private.

Father sees many potential advantages in doing this, as do I.  For one thing, the modernist powers in the Church have long used the differing canonical status of the various groups against those groups, basically using the different factions as clubs against the others.  In fact, there is a rumor going around now that if the SSPX is “regularized,” the Ecclesia Dei communities will be dissolved and Summorum Pontificum abrogated, leaving the SSPX as the sole provider of traditional Sacraments.  Whether that is true or not is not the point, what is the point is that what has been used as a weapon by the modernists against the traditional communities could very easily be turned around and used by the communities themselves against  the modernists. One could easily imagine numerous plays on the “good cop bad cop” routine that could be developed using the SSPX and Ecclesia Dei communities to wring concessions from the powers that be, or to at least gain great benefits from mutual concerted action.

While there are some pan-traditional meetings like the Catholic Identity conference and things of that sort, they are primarily lay-led and not really oriented towards specific strategizing among the priests of the various traditional communities themselves. But to my knowledge, no pan-traditional meetings of clergy oriented towards unity of action have ever been held.

Frankly, once Father made the suggestion I was shocked at its simplicity and obviousness, wondering why such an effort hadn’t come into being years ago.  That’s a testimony to the really powerful feelings of resentment and disassociation among the various factions, I guess.  Or perhaps it takes a seeming outsider to notice the obvious.

I love this idea.  I’m a lone lay blogger, and not a terribly imaginative one at that, but I have to think that getting several dozen of the brightest minds within the SSPX, FSSP, ICK, IBP, SSJV, etc., could come up with all manner of strategies for achieving greater concord among traditional Catholics, greater effectiveness in response to threats, more concerted promotion of the traditional Catholic movement, and achieve an overall far stronger and healthier traditional Catholicism.

It’s all about souls, and doing what is best for the good of the Church.  We can all still believe our particular situation is the best, that our current level of understanding of the Faith is darn near perfect, but let us do so in a more low key, less parochial manner.  And let us work towards finding ways to bring concerted action between traditional communities about, while we still have the chance.  Francis is moving fast, and he certainly intends that his pontificate not be a weird standout, but the beginning of an entirely new church of man.  The modernists will not long tolerate the existence of traditional Catholicism. They cannot, we are an existential threat to them.

Let’s work together, and show them just what a threat we can be.