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Third Secret of Fatima and the failure to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart March 2, 2015

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Many faithful Catholics feel – for many reasons, and it’s certainly a strong point of contention – that Our Lady’s command to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart has never been properly fulfilled.  Yes, there have been consecrations, but they did not follow the formula or include all the elements Our Lady expressed at Fatima.Louis_XIV_(Mignard)

I use that comment as an introduction to another, strikingly similar situation, which is Our Lord’s communication to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque that the sovereign of France – at that time, Louis XIV – must explicitly consecrate France to His Sacred Heart and take other certain steps as evidence of that consecration (such as building a national basilica explicitly dedicated to the Sacred Heart, seeking permission for a national Feast to the Sacred Heart, etc).  Saint Margaret Mary inveighed upon her superiors in the Order of the Visitation to contact Louis XIV to inform him of this command, and the evidence strongly suggests this contact was made, repeatedly.  But Louis XIV never acted.  For whatever reason, whether want of faith, concern over the prudence of the matter, belief that the time was not yet “ripe” since the apparitions had at that point not been formally endorsed by the Church…….the consecration never occurred.  It never occurred during Louis XV’s time, either.download (8)

So, over 100 years passed, and the fearful vengeance of Our Blessed Lord then fell upon France and the monarchy in the form of the French Revolution.  The Church was persecuted as never before in a Catholic country.  Satanic acts were everywhere, the faithful suffered horribly, and the plight endured by priests and religious was unspeakable.  Our Lord had informed Saint Margaret Mary that things would not go well for France if His command was not obeyed. There was a special inference to the destruction of the monarchy, should those given such awesome power and privilege by the Hand of God would not be obedient to His demand.  And even on a strictly human level, the fact that the Faith had grown so distorted under generations of Gallicanism and the baleful influence of Jansenism, where a cold, sterile, and crushing legalism sucked the lifeblood of the Church (charity) away, without a visible commitment to re-center the Church in the living seat of Our Lord’s loving Heart, the mass practice of the Faith in France was in a perilous state, anyway.  More and more souls developed a resentment towards the hard, unyielding demands of Jansenist priests and bishops, and in their ardor, turned away from the very Church Herself.  All that was needed was a spark to start a conflagration that would threaten to consume the execlouisentire Church in France, and very nearly did.

The third heir of this command from Our Lord, King Louis XVI, was of course swept along by events.  Far from a great king, he was also far from a bad man.  Languishing in prison awaiting his inevitable execution, Louis XVI poured out his heart to Our Lord in the form of a promissory note, wherein Louis took the solemn vow to finally consecrate France to Our Lord’s Sacred Heart should he be restored as sovereign of France.  This note promised satisfaction of all Our Lord’s demands, including the formal consecration in union with bishops and Pope, the establishment of a national feast to the Sacred Heart on the First Friday after the Octave of the Blessed Sacrament, public processions imploring forgiveness of the Sacred Heart, the repudiation and removal of all the terribly repressive acts taken against the Church by the revolutionary government, annual renewal of the consecration, the construction of a basilica to the Sacred Heart, etc.  In short, every detail of Our Lord’s revelation to St. Margaret Mary was to be satisfied.

Sadly, it was too late.  100 years to the day had been given to satisfy this “request,” and it had not occurred. On June 17, 1789, the all-powerful monarchy ruling France was terminated, forever.  Louis XVI promised to make a consecration in 1791 while imprisoned, but he had no power to put that promise into effect.  So he died, as did so many others, and the Revolution continued on its course until it consumed its own and was replaced with a tyranny – a tyranny that then not only afflicted France, but almost all of Europe, and spread France’s errors around the world.

Since that time, Saint Margaret Mary has been canonized, a national basilica to the Sacred Heart constructed, but still, there has been – to my Sacred Heart-1knowledge – no consecration.  Of course, there is no longer to perform such an act, but even the various democratic (and not) governments which have ruled France since the Revolution have not taken such an act in the name of the people.  The closest this came to occurring was when a small subset of the National Assembly informally embraced the Sacred Heart at a major pilgrimage to Paray, the location of the convent where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque lived and where her relics remain today.  That act seems to have been incomplete.

It struck me when reading about this in The Life of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque that this failure to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart represents, in microcosm (as a quite literal type), the situation surrounding Our Lady’s command that Russian be consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart.  In both cases, in spite of continuing arguments, it seems that this direct command has not been obeyed, or not observed in all its critical details, and that the disasters promised to come in the wake of a failure to obey have indeed happened.  The Church in France, after enjoying a brief resurgence in the 1800s, is as secularized and moribund as any in the world today, especially in its institutions.  A pretty strong argument could ThirdSecretbe constructed that what happened to France is now occurring to the Church throughout the world, as the “errors of Russia” (shorthand for leftism generally) spread and even inculcate themselves in the Church, as we see the Church suffering more and more egregious persecutions and as more and more souls grow cold, disinterested, and even fall away from the Faith.  Our Lady has repeatedly warned of a diabolical disorientation in the Church’s hierarchy and grave disasters that will afflict the world if the Church does not take some great leap of Faith, if Her leadership does not turn away from worldly considerations and plainly, simply obey Her command.

The price of failure in both consecrations was prophesied to be mass suffering on a natural and supernatural level, suffering unprecedented in the life of the Church.

Such has already occurred in France. Must it occur in the world at large, as well?

Some fascinating (and frightening) details on the above:

At Rianjo, Spain in August 1931, Our Lord communicated to Sister Lucy His dissatisfaction with the Pope’s and the Catholic bishops’ failure to obey His command to consecrate Russia. He said:

Make it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My requests, they will follow him into misfortune. It is never too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.

The reference by Jesus to the King of France’s disobedience and punishment is as follows:

On June 17, 1689 the Sacred Heart of Jesus manifested to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque His command to the King of France that the King was to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart. For 100 years to the day the Kings of France delayed, and did not obey.

So on June 17, 1789 the King of France was stripped of his legislative authority by the upstart Third Estate, and four years later the soldiers of the French Revolution executed the King of France as if he were a criminal.

In 1793 France sent its King, Louis XVI, to the guillotine. He and his predecessors had failed to obey Our Lord’s request that France be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and thus misfortune had befallen both the King and his country.

Exorcist claims women preferred targets for demonic infiltration February 25, 2015

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My wife saw this and sent it to me.  A prominent Italian exorcist has claimed that women are special targets for satan and his minions when it comes to demonic possession. This is not due to any particular fault in women, but due to satan’s special hatred for them as being of the same sex as Our Blessed Mother, who we know has, does, and will continue to crush satan under her foot.  See what you think of this:

There really is something about Mary – and all other women – and the devil does not like it.

“I am quite familiar with Satan’s hatred toward Mary and therefore, toward women in general on account of Mary,” said Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, a Rome-based theologian and exorcist who has assisted the legendary Fr. Gabriel Amorth, former chief exorcist of Rome.

Fr. Iannuzzi explained how Satan is humiliated by the Blessed Virgin because she – someone so humble and pure  — is the one assigned by God to defeat him.

Quoting Fr. Amorth, he said, women are more “easily exposed to the danger of the devil” and that statistics show, more women are possessed by evil spirits than men. [I think this statistic is correct.  But what do you think of the explanation?]

Fr. Iannuzzi testified to personally encountering numerous cases where women were forced to prostitute themselves because of demonic possession.

He said, the devil particularly likes preying on women who are “young and pleasing in appearance.” [Unfortunately for all involved, Fr. Euteneur may have run afoul of that tendency, if it be one]

Other seemingly progressive developments like supposed women’s rights seem to trace their roots to something hardly human.

Since it is the devil’s plan to “ape God, to mock God,” according to Fr. Iannuzzi, he also “employs the woman in the destruction, the breakdown of the family nucleus.” [An interesting claim, and I can see some reason behind it]

According to Filipinos for Life president AJ Perez, abortion, for example, is the antithesis of the Eucharist.

“In the Eucharist, God said, ‘This is my body, which will be given up for the salvation of all.’ [Well, He actually said for many, because will refuse the Gift, but……..] In abortion, it’s opposite. The woman says, ‘This is my body, I alone have the right to it, I will not make that sacrifice, therefore someone has to die,” Perez explained. [I certainly believe abortion is a demonic inversion of both the act of creation and of the Eucharist.  I think women are specially targeted due to that aspect alone]

While explaining that he is not putting the blame fair and square on women because of some intrinsic flaw, Fr. Iannuzzi said, these findings point to a diabolical loathing by substitution.

[Satan] is like a mad man. He can’t get to Mary; she’s confirmed in grace, she defeated him. So he looks for other women,” said the priest, who was talking to more than a thousand at the Marian auditorium in Miriam College last Saturday.

Fr. Iannuzzi described demonic possessions of women as Satan “avenging himself” because of Mary’s role as described in the Protoevangelium or the first announcement of the Gospel.

As I said, it’s an intriguing claim. And I believe the statistics are right, both anecdotal and formal data does point to women being more likely to fall into demonic obsession/oppression/possession than men.  I think that has many causes, including psychological, but I think it quite possible satan does have a special ire for women and a special desire to avenge his humiliation on them.  And, satan likely knows that in many cases, by corrupting a woman, many other souls can be led into sin or at least have their faith lives made weak and deficient, in other words, perfect targets for him.

But this is the kind of topic that I enjoy hearing from others on, so fire away.  Do you think this claim makes much sense, or is it just another episode of the hideous misogyny that runs rampant through the burly Bunyon-esque male-dominated (hah!) Catholic Church?

Still more Catholic awesomeness – pilgrimage to Quito, Ecuador February 24, 2015

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Sadly, many Catholics today are not familiar with the awesome apparitions of Our Lady in Quito, Ecuador which took place 400 years ago.  This apparition led to the devotion to Our Lady of Good Success, and also contained prophesies which trouble many Catholics today, so well do they seem to describe the current crisis in the Church.

A very good traditional priest led a pilgrimage to Quito some weeks ago, and the excellent JMJHF Productions, which produces so many great videos, went along to capture events.  They have posted photos from the first day of the pilgrimage – which included a fair number of readers of this blog! – with much more to come.  From just the first day’s photos, it looks like it was one jam packed pilgrimage!  How edifying!

Thanks to the good reader who alerted me to the photos. You can see much more at the link.

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Basilica of the National Vow, largest neo-gothic baslica in the Americas

Conceptionist monastery housing the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Good Success

Conceptionist monastery housing the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Good Success

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Miraculous statue of Our Lady of Good Success.  It is available for veneration only three times a year.

Miraculous statue of Our Lady of Good Success. It is available for veneration only three times a year.

Side altars at Conceptionist church. Incredible.

Side altars at Conceptionist church. Incredible.

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Glorious.  Churches like this speak of  great faith.

Glorious. Churches like this speak of great faith.

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I really appreciate JMJHF productions taking the time to take these photos. There will be much more to come (and there is much more at the link).  I know how difficult it can be at times to try to both exercise one’s devotion in a situation like this, but also document events for others to share.  You want to be engrossed in devotion, but know how much others would benefit from sharing things like this, and you also don’t want to disturb others in an environment such as this most holy site.  So I am really thankful that JMJHF took time out from this pilgrimage to take these well done photos so many others – so that I – could share in the experience.

Who knows, if the priest is able to continue leading pilgrimages like this, maybe these photos will encourage me more to attend?

 

More Catholic Glory – Solemn Professions of Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles February 24, 2015

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Well a reader and friend very dear to my heart sent me a link to a page showing photos from the recent solemn profession of vows made by three sisters of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles on February 2, Candlemas.  Bishop Finn, as usual, presided, with assistance from a large number of traditional Catholic priests. See how many you recognize!  I peaked out at 5, I believe.  Photos of this most auspicious, wonderful event below.

If you receive the Benedictines of Mary’s newsletter, and have followed them for some time, you know how close Bishop Finn is to this community of devout, traditional nuns.  To me, this fact argues very strongly against all the calumnies and smear campaigns against Bishop Finn that have run rampant ever since his consecration as ordinary of Kansas City-St. Joseph.  While Bishop Finn is surely far from perfect (as are we all, in our own particular ways), the opposition he has faced since his installation has had more to do with his relative orthodoxy and attachment to Tradition as it has to any alleged failings in specific instances of judgment.  That is to say, he has had enemies from the start, who seized on his handling of a (in the grand scheme of things) relatively minor abuse case in order to discredit him.  Unfortunately, that campaign has had at least some success, as Bishop Finn, incredibly when compared to the much more grievous sins of modernist prelates like Mahony and Lynch, is the only bishop in this country to receive a criminal conviction and now faces potential sacking.

Sorry to mix in some downer with such a joyous event, but I feel Bishop Finn has been unfairly maligned for years and deserves a strong defense.  He is being persecuted much more for his beliefs than his alleged actions.

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Surely such a man needs a good sacking!

Surely such a man needs a good sacking!

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Such beauty, such hope, such fervor.  Truly, these young ladies were ready for the Bridegroom’s call.

Congratulations to these solemnly professed nuns.  What a glory for them and our Holy Mother Church.  May there be many more like them!  I do not think we can fathom in this life the immense spiritual power of young women like these, whose influence on the Church will be out of all proportion to their still-too-small numbers.  Deo Gratias!

And so now we know why we had no Candlemas this year!

PS – Please keep the Benedictines of Mary in your prayers.  Regular readers know why, but for those who may not, while Bishop Finn has given them all the canonical “assurances” he can, if he is dismissed as bishop and replaced by a bishop less friendly to the traditional practice of religious life, the Benedictines could face a difficult future.  The longer he remains as bishop, the better for the Benedictines of Mary, really (and humanly speaking).

Local priest leads public Rosary walk throughout Lent February 24, 2015

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Fr. Jason Cargo, pastor of Immaculate Conception parish in Corsicana, TX, has been leading a Rosary walk throughout the city of Corsicana since Lent began.  He has led it come rain or shine, and has attracted growing crowds.  The walks start in different locations every day, so please check his Facebook page if you’d like to join.  These walks are taking place on public streets and are a tremendous form of witness to our glorious Faith.  I have known Fr. Cargo since he was a freshly ordained priest serving at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Plano and he is, as they say, one of the good ones.  While Fr. Cargo is not overtly traditional in the sense most readers would understand the term, he is really a very good young priest who gives much hope for the future.

We also have to understand the limitations under which priests in this diocese operate, and the great pressures on them.

Again, since the walks have different start points, if you want to join, please check Fr. Cargo’s Facebook page for a given day’s location.  If we have time, we hope to join one of these walks.  I think this is a really great idea, incorporating key elements of Lenten practice (prayer, penance) while also making the timeless practice of our Faith more public, which is itself another spiritual work of mercy.  The plan is to expose most all of Corsicana to this witness to the Faith over the course of Lent.

God bless Fr. Cargo, and I pray his example may encourage other priests in the Diocese of Dallas to make similar efforts!

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Start Novena for Our Lady of Lourdes now! February 3, 2015

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It should have started yesterday.  As so often, I’m a day late and a pound of grace short:

Place your petitions at the Lourdes Grotto in France.

Short Novena below:

Our Lady of Lourdes
Feast Day February 11

 O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfort to the Afflicted,

you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it  a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. 

 I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain,  O loving Mother, the granting of my requests.  (mention your intentions here)

Through gratitude for favors, I will endeavor to imitate your virtues that I may one day share your glory.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. Amen.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.)

Another nice accompanying prayer:

Two prayers to prepare the universal celebration of Our Lady of Lourdes, on February 11

Mary, you showed yourself to BernadetteLOURDESMARY_BERNA4inchcopy1
in the crevice of the rock.
In the cold and grey of winter,
you brought the warmth, light and beauty
of your presence,

In the often obscure depths of our lives,
in the depth of the world where evil is so powerful,
bring hope,
return our confidence!

You are the Immaculate Conception,
come to our aid, sinners that we are.474718093_70c533b5f9
Give us the humility to have a change of heart,
the courage to do penance.
Teach us to pray for all people.

Guide us to the source of true life.
Make us pilgrims going forward with your Church,
whet our appetite for the Eucharist,
the bread for the journey, the bread of life.

The Spirit brought about wonders in you, O Mary :
by his power, he has placed you near the Father,
in the glory of your eternal Son.
Look with kindness
on our miserable bodies and hearts.
Shine forth for us, like a gentle light,
at the hour of our death.

Together with Bernadette, we pray to you, O Mary,
as your poor children.glory4
May we enter, like her, into the spirit of the Beatitudes.
Then, we will be able, here below,
begin to know the joy of the Kingdom of Heaven
and sing together with you :
Magnificent !

Glory to you, Virgin Mary,
blessed servant of the Lord,
Mother of God,
dwelling place of the Holy Spirit!

Amen.

A post of thanks January 28, 2015

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A group of pilgrims is in Ecuador right now, visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Quito.  I have such a devotion to Our Lady, and Her apparitions at Quito have incredible relevance to our time.  Thank you so much for the prayers and for remembering my family.

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I am also thankful for the, apparently, hundreds of thousands (I have seen estimates of anywhere from 200-500,000) at the March for Life.  I like the sign at 0:50:

The only way abortion will be made illegal and unwanted is for the younger generations to stop contracepting and to lead moral lives.  I am gratified to see so many young people and pray the conduct of their lives matches their pro-life stand in all respects.

Interesting video below.  Pro-aborts apparently tried to stop the March for Life and engaged in their usual left-wing tactics of using megaphones to shout people down, drawing on diabolical influence to cow their opposition, and generally bullying those anyone opposed to them.  A small number apparently blocked the March for a short time:

Another interesting March for Life video, pro-lifers responding to the news that the Republicans in the House had spiked the bill banning abortion after 20 weeks. I was actually surprised at how low key the responses were.  Good thing they didn’t interview me.

I like the statement the woman makes: if we don’t stop abortion, we are going to lose our country.

Over forty years on, it may already be too late.

The Madonna of the rabbits January 21, 2015

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Our Lady goes by many monikers.  She is, variably, Our Lady of the Cenacle, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Our Lady of the Snows, Our Lady of Quito, and many, many more. The glorious, ahem, 21st century has gifted her with a new one:

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Our Lady of the Rabbits?  Take this Child from me, I’m hunting wabbits!

 

This was just too much fun.  Thanks D, sometimes, we need a laugh.

And good heavens I was productive today!  I managed 5 posts and you have no idea of the crisis I managed at work.  With a little help from above.  There were some prayers said today!  Thank you ATS for having stock when I really needed it.

Muslims in Italy smash and urinate on Virgin Mary Statue January 19, 2015

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Oh, they’re only “immigrants” in the press, but they were certainly muslims as reported by numerous eyewitnesses.  The leader of ISIS has said that they will xmadonna-statue-broken-575x329.jpg.pagespeed.ic.s3Rz8wYG_jsBSXKjlY65not quit until they have conquered Rome, turned St. Peters into a stable and turned all the Christian women into sexual slaves for the islamist fighters.  These guys are not joking:

A man was kneeling in prayer before the statue of the revered Madonna, with the photograph of a loved one in hand, in the small chapel of St. Barnabas in Perugia (Italy), when he was attacked by five “immigrants.”

The first thing they did was rip the photo from his hands.

Next they unleashed their hatred against the image of the Virgin Mary. They broke the statue to pieces and then urinated on it. [If this doesn’t make your blood boil……]

Don Scarda, pastor of St. Barnabas, said the event was led by five “foreigners.”  [So even the pastor cannot name them!] By the time police arrived at the chapel, the unidentified attackers had already fled.

The incident has caused a stir among locals. Some have lambasted Pope Francis who is accused of appeasing immigrants—mostly Muslims—to wild extremes.   Earlier he had said that “Migrants, through their own humanity, cultural values, expand the sense of human brotherhood.”

Although the Diocese condemned the act of sacrilege against the Madonna statue, it also followed the Pope’s lead by absolving Islam of any responsibility for what happened.  In the words of Monsignor Paolo Giulietti, the auxiliary bishop of Città della Pieve, near Perugia:

For Islam, the figure of Mary is very important: she is the mother of the Prophet Jesus conceived in virginity, and the Blessed Virgin is the most holy woman.  Muslims pray at the Marian shrines in the Middle East. We cannot see in this act of vandalism—which as I said is wrong in every way—an episode of religious hatred. It is important not to feed mutual suspicion, especially at this time. [Yeah, yeah, just keep on telling us how all this violence and persecution is not the real islam. We keep waiting to see the real islam, while, meanwhile, the jihadis tell us they are the real islam, and I sure don’t see many muslims contradicting them.  And this reverence for the Blessed Virgin is being overstated, as is their ostensible reverence for Jesus.  Yes in a generic sense muslims have some regard for both, but when it comes to contact with Christians they hate them both because they believe Christians place them above “allah.”  And, muslims are nothing if not profoundly iconoclastic and will attack Catholic art at every turn.  So this diocesan apologia for islam is particularly disgusting and sad.  The faith of men who will issue apologias like this to islam even in the wake of such hideous atrocities will not stand the test. I fully expect to see bishops and cardinals convert to islam in my lifetime]

Meanwhile, Pope Francis has called on Catholics and Western people in general to refrain from insulting other religions—namely Islam: “It’s normal, it’s normal [violence]. One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith.”

He made these statements on January 16, apparently in reference to the Charlie Hebdo massacre, when armed Muslims killed a dozen non-Muslims working for a satirical magazine that had mocked Islamic prophet Muhammad.

One wonders if the Pope would call it “normal” if members of his own flock were to murder those who urinated on the Virgin statue?

I think we know the answer to that.

In light of the above my first response is, I’m going to pray some extra Rosaries in atonement for this horrid blasphemy directed against the Mother of God.

Secondly, I think Ibrahim right that Pope Francis’ strangely contradictory words regarding violence always being wrong for Christians, but then seeming to excuse some religious violence, was actually about giving islam a pass in this regard. I would have to say, Pope Saint JP II aside, Pope Francis is the most islamist-friendly pope in history.  I’m sure Pope St. Pius V is pleased.

Thirdly……this is not going to end well.  I’ve said it before, but the Church is being crushed between the irresistible force of islam on one side, and the immovable object of secularism on the other.  Our Lord will absolutely triumph in the end.  But He also said, “When the Son of Man come again, will he find faith on the earth?”  (Lk XVIII:18).  I pray He will, but so little bodes well for the Faith right now.

As for Our Lady, her glory cannot be dampened by the atrocious acts committed against a statue of her likeness.  I pray that her intercession may soften the hearts of the blasphemers who committed those unspeakable acts and results in their conversion and salvation.

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Don’t be shocked when it happens: it’s just about certain Communion will be granted to divorced/remarried Catholics December 18, 2014

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That is the point made by Dale Price in this post at Dyspeptic Mutterings.  I am going to take more of the post than I should, because Price covers several items I have not addressed on this blog, most notably Pope Francis’ interview in the radical Argentine journal La Nacion last week.

I have to say, I briefly felt some elation and relief and the seeming “failure” of the progressives at the first half of the Synod to get their radical program enacted.  It has to be said, Pope Francis has indicated in myriad ways his support for this program.  But after some weeks of reflection, I have come to feel that whatever “defeat” was suffered towards the end of the October Synod proceedings was minor, at best, and that the progressive forces will continue driving towards the conclusion they want until they get it.  That brings me to the other item I have not covered on this blog: the “lineamenta” or survey of questions for the bishop’s conferences for the second half of the Synod (have things changed much in a year since the last survey?!?) is much more full of progressive bias and loaded, leading questions than even the previous one.  This lineamenta was produced by the Pope’s hand-picked secretary, and contains like this one below:

38. With regard to the divorced and remarried, pastoral practice concerning the sacraments needs to be further studied, including assessment of the Orthodox practice and taking into account “the distinction between an objective sinful situation and extenuating circumstances” (n. 52). What are the prospects in such a case? What is possible? What suggestions can be offered to resolve forms of undue or unnecessary impediments?

Sorry folks from the declaration at the beginning to the way the questions are worded to what is left out, this is an answer begging for a question, or, even more, a diktat to its recipients: get on board, boys, if you want a future in the Church.

Price quotes the following from yet another episode of the Magisterium of left-wing newspaper interviews:

[Q:] In the case of divorcees who have remarried, we posed the question, what do we do with them? What door can we allow them to open? This was a pastoral concern: will we allow them to go to Communion?

[A:] Communion alone is no solution. The solution is integration. They have not been excommunicated, true. But they cannot be godfathers to any child being baptized, mass readings are not for divorcees, they cannot give communion, they cannot teach Sunday school, there are about seven things that they cannot do, I have the list over there. Come on! If I disclose any of this it will seem that they have been excommunicated in fact! [I mean, really, they only persist in a manifest state of mortal sin, they have very likely gravely damaged the lives of their children and quite possibly their former spouse, massive divorce is incredibly harmful to society at large, but how can they not be godfathers or EMHCs?  I mean, everybody should be able to casually handle the Lord and Master of the Universe, right?]
Thus, let us open the doors a bit more. Why cant they be godfathers and godmothers? “No, no, no, what testimony will they be giving their godson?” The testimony of a man and a woman saying “my dear, I made a mistake, I was wrong here, but I believe our Lord loves me, I want to follow God, I was not defeated by sin, I want to move on.” [Now, to me, a mistake might be getting drunk one night, or getting into a fight.  Divorce is quite a bit more than just a mistake. But the much more significant problem is this: such people living as concubines with someone not their spouse are in an ongoing state of grave sin and give ongoing scandal. According to the inspired and inerrant word of God in Sacred Scripture, doing such constitutes the gravest sacrilege. Regularizing divorce in this manner goes directly against the Word of God spoken directly by Himself. There is no mention at all of that reality by Kasper or in the text above]
Anything more Christian than that? And what if one of the political crooks among us, corrupt people, are chosen to be somebody´s godfather. If they are properly wedded by the Church, would we accept them? What kind of testimony will they give to their godson? A testimony of corruption? [Ugggh. This is a really weak argument.  It’s special pleading and scapegoating]
Things need to change, our standards need to change.

That’s the point. That’s the entire point, and it represents evidence of a progressive mindset. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, when arguing in favor of some special treatment for themselves, or for some progressive pet social project “hey, come on, it’s the 90s now.  It’s not the 50s anymore!” Or “it’s 2014, not 1920!”

You get the point.  Progressives have an unshakable faith that society must progress, change, and move forward, and that each progressive advance leaves society better than the last.  This is as fundamental a part of progressive belief as their focus on sexual libertinism.  And that is the only real argument put forward by Pope Francis above: times change, society must advance, and this “liberalizing” of Communion for those in a state of grave sin, even public sin, is a required advance for a more “just” (meaning equal, meaning lowest common denominator) treatment of these people.  Tolerance is the highest, and just about only, virtue.

Price closes really well with this:

Those of you who are Anglicans will have seen this movie before: dialogue does not end until the proper result is reached. Then it becomes the Laws of the Medes and Persians, hater. [Dang right. As I showed in the post on Marquette U, once the progressive achieves his goal, further argument becomes illicit and one must simply accept the progressive advance. In that sense, the first half of the Synod was a rousing success, as the progressives got their radical views out in public, with most people now either believing that the Church has “changed its teaching” or that it is at the very least strongly considering doing so.  These people never move backwards. They take what they can, regroup, and attack again]

Given what the Vatican just issued, the most recent interview shows the Pontiff’s mind quite clearly (not that it was particularly opaque before). Throw that in with the papal power-invoking rhetoric in the wildly-overpraised speech he gave at the conclusion of the 2014 Synod (reinforced by more explicit authority to depose), and I think it’s more likely than not that he forces through some variation on the Kasper proposal in 2015.

As do I.  Naturally speaking, I’d say it’s a lead pipe cinch.

But let us pray that may not happen.  Prayer can work great miracles, and perhaps prayer helped galvanize what opposition there was in 2014.  Things are very far from over, yet.  With God, all things are possible.

And as Noah said in response to my previous post, I’m afraid we are going to have to get used to taking up our cross and enduring some difficult trials for the foreseeable future.