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That didn’t last 48 hours. Vatican now throws Kim Davis under the bus October 2, 2015

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I strongly suspected the reports from Kim Davis’ circle of her positive meeting and support from Pope Francis would not last long. The Vatican is now backing off claims that she had an “audience,” but instead says that she was just one of many people greeted that day:

In an official statement this morning, Fr. Federico Lombardi, head of the Vatican press office downplayed Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis.

“Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City,” said Lombardi. “Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness and availability.” [That does not mean he did not meet with Davis one on one.  This is spin, it’s not a lie but it’s not the truth, either]

“The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family,” Fr. Lombardi added.  [So now we’re down to parsing what a “real” audience is?]

The Vatican explained that the “brief” meeting between the Pope and Davis has “continued to provoke comments and discussion” and thus offered his explanation “in order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired.” [We’re trying desperately to placate harsh criticism in the US media and probably among the gay lobby in the Vatican.  So now the media knows that a little pressure works in rolling this Pope, as if they didn’t know before.  And don’t tell me this is the Vatican press office going off like a loose cannon.  In this most authoritarian of pontificates, nothing “just happens.”]

Fr. Lombardi said, “The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.” [Complex?!?  She thinks sodomite marriage an offense against God and nature. She will have no part in it.  Not hard to understand]

News that the pope had secretly met with Davis during his trip to the U.S. broke on Tuesday evening, after her lawyer made the meeting public. Davis said that Francis had told her to “stay strong,” giving both her and her husband a rosary. “Please pray for me,” he requested………

………In a new statement today, Davis’ lawyer, Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, disputed reports circulating in light of the Vatican’s newest statement suggesting that Davis had simply met the pope as one in a line of people.

“There were no other people in the room,” he said. “This was a private meeting between Pope Francis and Kim and Joe Davis. This was not a meeting with other people in which Kim and Joe Davis were a part, but rather a private meeting with no other people in the room except Vatican security and personnel.”

Staver acknowledged that the pope “was not weighing in on particular facts of a legal case,” but added that “his statements about religious freedom and his encouragement to Kim Davis to ‘stray strong’ during a private meeting reaffirm the human right to conscientious objection. This is a right for everyone.”

Staver also said that the meeting was initiated by the Vatican, an apparent response to speculation that the meeting with the pope may have been arranged by a conservative bishop in the U.S., perhaps without the full knowledge of the Vatican or the pope about Davis’ case…….

…….[And now we get the spin of uber-weasel Fr. Tom Rosica]However, English-language spokesman for the Vatican, Fr. Thomas Rosica, placed the responsibility for the meeting in the hands of U.S. papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

“Who brought her in? The nuncio,” Father Rosica told the New York Times. “The Nunciature was able to bring in donors, benefactors.”

Fr. Rosica added: ““I would simply say: Her case is a very complex case. It’s got all kinds of intricacies. Was there an opportunity to brief the pope on this beforehand? I don’t think so. A list is given — these are the people you are going to meet.”

Rosica responded to a question about whether the Vatican press office had been unaware of the pope’s meeting with Davis, saying: “No, but I think we may not have been aware of the full impact of the meeting. It is very difficult sometimes when you are looking at things in America from here.” [How about let your yes be yes and your no be no, Fr. Tom?]

The force is strong in the sodomite mafia.  Whether the pressure came from a US media gone over full bore into advocacy for perversion, or from the still extant sodomite lobby in the Vatican (or both), the Vatican has changed its tune.  They are throwing Kim Davis under the bus.  The Davis camp clearly refutes the Vatican allegations. I hope someone recorded the visit.  This could get ugly before it’s over.

Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive!   But whatever the reason for this meeting with Davis, the Synod will make all quite clear.

Is the report that the world financial system force PBXVI’s abdication real, or hyperbole? October 1, 2015

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I instantly saw the report come out on Tuesday from a French source alleging that the evil American globalist financial power had somehow forced Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication by freezing assets at the Vatican bank.  Here is the report below, translated by Google:

“Few know what SWIFT (the acronym stands for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) is: in theory, is a global “clearing house”, uniting 10,500 banks in 215 countries. In fact, is the most occult and sole center of American-globalist financial power, a bastion of blackmail on which the hegemony of the dollar, the most powerful means of political and economic espionage (to the detriment especially for us Europeans) and the means by which the most feared global finance breaks the legs of states that do not obey. …

“‘When a bank or territory is excluded from the system, as it did in the case of the Vatican in the days before the resignation of Benedict XVI in February 2013, all transactions are blocked. Without waiting for the election of Pope Bergoglio, the Swift system has been unlocked the announcement of the resignation of Benedict XVI.

“‘There was a blackmail come from who knows where, through SWIFT, exercised on Benedict XVI. The underlying reasons for this story have not been clarified, but it is clear that SWIFT has intervened directly in the management of affairs of the Church.’

This explains and justifies the unprecedented resignation of Ratzinger, that many of us have been able to exchange for an act of cowardice; the Church was treated as a state ‘terrorist’, but worse — because note that the dozen banks falling into the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ‘are not excluded from SWIFT’ and continue to be able to make international transactions — and the Vatican finances could no longer pay the nunciature, to convey transport missions — in fact, the same ATM of Vatican City had been blocked.

The Church of Benedict could not ‘neither sell nor buy’; its own economic life was counted in hours.”


So my initial inclination was to think this was all a bit histrionic, especially the typically European hyperbole over (often European-dominated) international institutions like SWIFT and of course the cruel hand of the American Dollar.

HOWEVER, I started looking through some dates on these matters, and things lined up shockingly well.  The Vatican Bank lost access to all electronic monetary transfers on Jan. 1, 2013, ostensibly due to failure to implement Euro-mandated reforms regarding protections against money laundering.  For years, PBXVI had been trying to reform the Vatican Bank, or “IOR,” without total success.  As 2012 melted into 2013, his reform process came to a standstill with the forcing out of IOR head Gotto Tedeschi, the man hand-picked by Benedict to reform the bank.  Tedeschi seems to have been nothing but a fall guy, facing a number of false allegations after his dismissal and beating them all in court (even Italian court, which is really saying something).  It appears his force out was part of the broader struggle to undermine and foil every attempt PBXVI made at reform at every level.  Tedeschi was simply an early casualty in the war against Pope Benedict and Cardinal Bertone.

SO, the day after Pope Benedict announces his abdication, voila!, the ban on electronic monetary transfers/credit card transactions is suddenly lifted!  That seems an enormous coincidence, but who am I to judge?

Anyway, I see Louie Verrecchio has written a long piece on this subject with far more detail than I can give, so if you really want to dig deep into it, you can read his post.  I really tend to think the Vatileaks scandal, the 300 page dossier on sodomite clergy in the Diocese of Rome/Vatican (how quickly that has been forgotten), and the constant machinations of the modernist cardinals like Daneels, Kasper, McCarrick, et. al., were probably more significant factors, but this may have been the icing on the cake to convince Pope Benedict to realize that his pontificate was being ground to a halt, with ongoing damage to the Church (though not so much damage as since!).  I still think there is a missing link, which Rorate Caeli has referred to, regarding a certain turncoat cardinal, ostensibly an ally/protege of Benedict, who convinced him that abdication was a safe course as a friendly, like-minded successor was assured.

I do think the many revelations we’ve seen in the past 12-18 months do make clear (to this writer, anyway) that Pope Benedict abdicated under duress. That is to say, the stated reason (health) was perhaps only one part of a very complex picture, featuring attacks on his pontificate from every possible angle.


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Well folks, it seems the dread day has finally arrived.  It is being widely reported that a secret parallel synod comprising Jesuits and Argentines has been stood up to draft the post-synodal documents that will implement whatever Pope Francis and his sponsors, like the immoral Cardinal Daneels and the radical episcopalian Cardinal Kasper, want.  Marco Tossati reports, along with more info from Edward Pentin.  All below from Rorate Caeli:

Italian journalist Marco Tosatti reveals that A SECRET PARALLEL SYNOD has been established in Rome, a cabal composed almost exclusively by Jesuits, with the occasional Argentinian presence (easy to guess who), to draft the necessary post-synodal documents to implement whatever the Pope wants to implement. And they will implement it, no matter what, as the secret committee to draft the Annulment reforms has shown; what everyone supposed was true in fact is true: the Synodal process is a sham.

Because since, as Edward Pentin revealed in detail, the 2014 Synod was rigged, [and yet still did not quite achieve the desired result]the 2015 will be rigged beyond all measure, as Pentin himself reported on September 29 at the National Catholic Register, on procedural changes to be announced tomorrow (Friday) that will make any control over the outcome impossible by Synod Fathers who realize they are being cheated (as happened last year – the manipulators learned their lesson):

At last year’s meeting, the interim document, properly called a relatio post-disceptationem, caused controversy after it was sent out to the media before the synod fathers had read it. Critics said the document lacked references to Scripture and tradition, and most controversially, appeared to imply the Church was considering giving tacit acceptance of same-sex relationships — an issue that was hardly discussed during the meeting’s first week. [The 2014 Synod was greatly manipulated by papal-appointees assigned to lead and govern the Synod, all in order to promote a modernist-progressive message as morally acceptable]
The probable decision not to have an interim report may be an effort to avoid last year’s controversy from recurring. But some fear it will lead to less transparency, and worry the timing could be intentional in order to facilitate the advancement of controversial proposals as time runs out for discussion.
Another rumored change is that the rule on propositions having to pass by a two-thirds majority might be eliminated and a simple majority take its place.
This would favor a controversial proposal, such as Cardinal Kasper’s, because his thesis only received a simple majority at the last synod……..
Tosatti adds his own exclusive information, which is quite explosive, considering that the last time a secret papal commission met, what we got was the most authoritarian canon law reforms in the history of the Church, in violation of all understanding of the proper boundaries of papal power and establishing de facto Catholic divorce under the guise of easy acccess to “annulments”[Because left-liberal paeans to “fairness” and “equality” and “democracy” are really just a pile of manure, nothing but cover for “I will.”  I will that sodomites should be “regularized” in the Church, I will that adulterers receive the Blessed Sacrament, I will that Catholic divorce be permitted, etc.  It’s the most authoritarian papacy of the past 200 years, if not a lot longer than that.  We now see very clearly, as if we did not before, that “collegiality” and “dialogue” and all the other things are just means to their ends, when convenient, and instantly chucked overboard when they are not.  A more faithful/traditional pope in future would do well to remember that.]


In this context [that is, of the procedural changes mentioned by Edward Pentin], news has arrived to us for about twelve days that around thirty people, almost all of them Jesuits, with the occasional Argentinian, are working on the themes on the Synod, in a very reserved way, under the coordinatin of Father Antonio Spadaro, the director of Civiltà Cattolica [the official journal of the Holy See], who spends a long time in Santa Marta, in consultation with the Pope.
The discretion in the works extends also to the Jesuits of the same House, the villa of Civiltà Cattolica, Villa Malta, on the Pincio [Hill], where part of the work is done. One possibility is that the “task force” works to provide the Pope the instruments for an eventual post-synodal document on the theme of the Eucharist to the remarried divorced, on cohabiting [couples], and same-sex couples.

Patrick Archbold feels this revelation irrevocably nails the intent behind the Synod, which is not to canvass the opinions of a small subset of the world’s bishops, but to arrive at predetermined ideological conclusions, the very conclusions we’ve seen referenced by Cardinal Daneels, Cardinal McCarrick, and many others: a “modernized” church, “finishing the work of Vatican II,” and firmly and irrevocably instituting the modernist program into formal Church legislation:

They will get their way NO. MATTER. WHAT.

Because of their PR setbacks last year when their nefarious deeds became public, they are changing the rules. Just like the Pope circumvented all traditional process to implement his annulment reforms, they are changing all the rules of the synod this time around to keep that from happening again. The persistent rumors will likely become fact tomorrow after a press conference on the subject.

But that is just the beginning. Like the first time around when the tragic, horrible, and disgusting interim relatio was written before a single conversation, the fix is in…….

They will get their way and they are depending on the Pope to make it happen.

This is where we are now.  Time to face it.

And there is nary a handful of Bishops standing up to this thuggery in any meaningful way.

There is NO resistance but us. None. Time we start acting like it.

I think a lot of us are trying.  I’m not entirely certain what we do at this point.

I will say this: these guys are messing with primal supernatural forces.  They may unleash something well beyond their expectation, and it may have shocking results.  The only thing I know is, God will not be mocked.  This will not stand.  Even if it takes the black flag of Jihad flying over St. Peter’s, this will not stand.

May God have mercy on His Church.  What terrible days we live in.


President of Ghana’s Bishop’s Conference: “Homosexuals go to hell” September 30, 2015

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Well, we’re seeing a few examples of Christians willing to call a spade a spade today. First it was the Russian Orthodox Church calling the war against ISIS a holy war, and now the President of the Ghanian Catholic Bishop’s Conference says that practicing, unrepentant sodomites will go to hell:

Bishop Joseph Osei Bonsu of Konongo-Mampong in Ghana disagreed with the notion that aberrosexuals [German site Katholisches’ term for sodomites/those of perverse inclinations] could go to heaven. The President of the Ghanaian Bishops’ Conference, who is descended from the ancient royal family of the Ashanti, is of a quite different opinion.

Homosexuality, said Bishop Osei Bonsu  was “not natural.”  The assertion  that some could already be born as homosexuals, was placed  by the Ghanaian prelate in the realm of “political myth-making”. They had been invented to agitate for “gay rights” and to justify one’s actions. [Absolutely correct. To date, there is absolutely zero evidence for a genetic component to perverse proclivities, but the lie has been repeated often enough that the vast majority of the soft-headed people today accept it unquestioningly, as an article of faith.  In fact, there is actually much more evidence that these inclinations stem almost entirely from environment, with poor relationships with their fathers being almost the constant factor in these afflicted souls]

“The Bible tells us in the Letter to the Romans, chapter one, clearly, that those who practice homosexuality and those who  support gay marriage political, religious or not, will be guilty before God.” 

“Gays, lesbians, liars and child molesters and others do not get into heaven, and the Bible says that very clearly. There is not a man who says, and not a bishop, that they do not go to heaven, but the Bible. It is the Holy Scriptures that says that they do not go to heaven,” said Msgr. Osei-Bonsu [Thus, the authority of this determination does not rest with men, but with God, who through inspired and inerrant Scripture hath revealed this unto us]

Just what does Romans 1 have to say about sodomy?  It could hardly be more clear, and even more, seems to forecast a day when men, rejecting God’s law, would pretend that this perversion was actually normal and acceptable:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they did not glorify him as God, or give thanks: but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened:

22 For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

23 *And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God, into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man, and of birds, and of four-footed beasts, and of creeping things.

24 Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, *to uncleanness: to dishonour their own bodies among themselves.

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie: and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature.

27 And, in like manner the men also, leaving the natural use of the woman, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. [St. Paul is referring directly to the Canaanites and their perverse practices in support of their satanic religion, but he is also speaking of all of those who give themselves over to such unnatural lusts]

28 And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge; God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient,

29 Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers,

30 Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy.

32 Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they, who do such things, are worthy of death: and not only they who do them, but they also who consent to them that do them.

It is frightening the degree to which St. Paul describes our culture today.  “They liked not to have God in their knowledge; [so] God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient [or natural]”……..”They, who do such things, are worthy of death: and not only they who do them, but they also who consent to them that do them.”

There’s a lot of folks in a lot of trouble, spiritually, and the truly frightening thing is, there is almost no one to tell them what danger their souls are in.

I just want to say one more brief thing: good for Bishop Bonsu for teaching the Truth with charity.  But really, that’s not heroic virtue, that’s his minimum duty as a prelate in Holy Mother Church.  The only reason it seems heroic is because so very few of his brother bishops are willing to stick their necks out and proclaim the truth in that manner. That is, so many other manifestly fail in their duties, it seems heroic when a bishop actually fulfills it. So pray like mad for our bishops, which I know so many of you already do.  But apparently there is still much to be done.

IMPORTANT: Adopt a Synod Father! September 30, 2015

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Someone has set up a website that will, upon request, assign anyone who requests it a Synod father to pray for.  With the Ordinary Synod on the Family starting this Sunday, time is of the essence.  The way it works is that you will go to the website and click on a link that launches an e-mail for you to request a father to pray for.  They then send you the name and you can offer a Novena or whatever prayer you feel is appropriate for the circumstance.

I hope they send me Cardinal Kasper or Daneels.  They won’t know what hit them!

Look, this whole crisis afflicting the Church certainly has its human element and we spend a lot of time dealing with that, but our main battle remains with the principalities and powers that have influenced the minds of many in the Church in a most horrifying way.  In terms of human influence or natural means to change the direction the leadership of the Church has taken since March 2013, I don’t think we laity have many effective means of intervention.  But in the spiritual realm we can exercise great power.  I have been trying to ramp up my own efforts in that regard with perpetual Novenas and other prayers to change the hearts and minds of so many of our leaders, or, failing that, to at least prevent them by some supernatural means from doing something irretrievably destructive.

So!  I pray you will consider praying for one Synod father in particular. It’s the best response we have at this point.  Perhaps we can move the God of surprises to really shock the revolutionaries in the Church!

Again, you can sign up here.

IT’S V-G DAY! Pope Francis proclaims it’s ok for government employees to say no to pseudo-sodo-marriages! September 29, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, Society, scandals, foolishness, silliness, sadness, Papa, episcopate, Virtue, Tradition, persecution, pr stunts, different religion.

A little late, one might think.  While he had numerous golden opportunities and the most high-profile platforms available, Pope Francis said little or nothing about pseudo-sodo-marriage or the rising persecution in this country, save for some bland, nebulous statements regarding religious liberty (which could have been the erroneous secular understanding of same, for all we know).  But on the flight back from North America to Rome sweet Rome, Pope Francis finally gave a sterling, powerful, full-throated defense of those who, in conscience, simply cannot go along with the sexular pagan agenda and specifically, perform government functions that require them to pretend that two people of the same sex can be married.  Hallelujah!  We’re saved:

On the flight back to Rome, he was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who refuse to abide by some laws, such as issuing marriage licenses to gays.

“Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right,” Francis said…..

“I can’t have in mind all cases that can exist about conscientious objection but, yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right,” he said, speaking in Italian.

“And if someone does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right,” he added.

Francis said conscientious objection had to be respected in legal structures. “Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying: ‘This right has merit, this one does not.'”

WOW!  Couldn’t be clearer, could it?!?  In fact, I’m quite certain this is the first whopping step that will see the steady roll back – nay, complete crushing – of the forces of sodomy in the world at large!  I mean what possible rejoinder could there be to “Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure” and “And if someone does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right.”  I understand ARCUS and New Ways Ministry are considering shutting down after this clear, unequivocal condemnation of sodomy and bold assertion of the Truth and rights of the Church as revealed by God Almighty.  Heck, they’ve probably closed up shop already.

The Pope just utterly blew away the moral relativism of the satanic left by pointing it out to them in the last sentence. I’m sure they are even now in sackcloth and ashes, bewailing the fact that their “might makes right” modus operandi has now been exposed for all the world to see.

OK……I’m being a bit smart.  But sorry, this is way too little and way too late.  Instead of pointing to conscientious objection, Pope Francis could have just as easily, and much more powerfully, said that objection to pseudo-sodo-marriage and all the rest is an absolute right because it is founded in the Truth, while this fake marriage and all the other atrocities are evil and morally wrong.  But instead he basically begged permission for some to be excused from the sexular pagan zeitgeist.  It is rather nice that he at least recognizes that what the sexular left proposes is a structure entirely based on marxist power dynamics (power = right/morality), but his language is again so nebulous and weak that a) the point evades most people and b) it fails to condemn it in the stark terms demanded by the severity of the situation.

Context also comes into play.  The same words said in front of Congress would have had a lot more impact than on the flight home to Rome, almost while running away, as it were.  Throughout the 10 day visit to both the US and Cuba, Pope Francis had any number of golden opportunities to really strike blows in favor of the Church, the Truth, and the good of souls, but, a few relatively innocuous exceptions aside, singularly failed to do so.  He seemed much more interested in stressing his political program (which happens to align with the desires of the self-anointed, false* elite in both countries) and in not making any serious waves against the global powers that be.  It was  quite the opposite of visits from PBXVI and PSJPII, both of whom, at least periodically, would afflict the powerful of the world.  But I don’t think too many are surprised by this at this point.

And, if you really didn’t get it V-G = Victory over Gay, like V-J for Victory over Japan

* – I have no animus against an elite in any society, properly understood and construed.  I wouldn’t say I’m a monarchist or a devotee of an aristocratic system, per se’, but I do believe there is a proper role for an elite in any society, be it the Church, a locality, a nation, or the world. But such elites must be dedicated, and this is critical, to the assertion of the common good, which can only be rightly done in concert with revealed Truth, that is, the Doctrine of the Faith.  The vast majority of self-anointed elites today – and they do anoint themselves, whether it be by riches, media presence, media stardom, or academic credentials – not only do very little for the common good (their self-promoting PR stunts aside), but work for the positive derangement of the moral order and the promotion of what is best for souls. They are, by and large, thoroughgoing promoters of the lies of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and are not at all deserving of our respect or admiration, nor their self-anointed roles as society’s “betters” and arbiters of cultural standards.

“Papalotry” finding strange new converts September 29, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, different religion, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, history, Papa, Revolution, secularism, self-serving, SOD, the struggle for the Church.

Cardinal Daneels, Msgr. Pinto, Cardinal Kasper, and others who so stridently opposed the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, even at times rejecting his Magisterial statements (or at least casting doubt on them), are suddenly emerging as great proponents of total, absolute obedience to the Holy See.  Father John Hunwicke notes the dichotomy and, even more, the estrangement of hyper-montanism from the right practice of the Faith:

One Pinto, Dean of the Roman Rota, has apparently claimed that “The Jubilee Year of Mercy expects this sign of humble obedience (on the part of the Church’s shepherds) to the Spirit who speaks to them through Francis”. 

Oh dear. Here we go again. That dreadful old 1860s and 1960s-style maximalising view of the Papacy once more … against which both Newman and Ratzinger in turn, in their respective contexts,  wrote so sensibly……..

I find it hard to reconcile Pinto’s idiotic teaching with the wise words of the First Vatican Council, which so admirably limited the role of the Roman Pontiff thus: “The Holy Spirit was not promised to the Successors of Peter so that by His revelation they might make new teaching public, but so that, by His assistence, they might devoutly guard and faithfully set forth the revelation handed down through the Apostles; i.e. the Deposit of Faith”.

Believe it or not, I first formally subscribed the dogmas of Vatican I half a century ago, when I was an uppity little fellow in my mid-teens, barely out of short trousers. I have no intention of abandoning those sound teachings now, and least of all at the behest of some canonist of whom (happily) I know nothing. Indeed, a life-time of living with this subject has left me never more convinced of the correctness of Pastor aeternus than I am now. What a shame that it is now so unfashionable in the upper echelons of the Vatican itself.

Vox Cantoris has more:

Why do people continue to ascribe more power to the Pope and more authority than he has?……

The First Vatican Council prescribed the Infallibility of the Pope. We can’t tell Protestants what to think but for heaven’s sake, can Catholics at least come to understand that the Infallibility of the Pope is a control on his power not an absolute grant of it?

The Pope is not an absolute monarch whose thoughts and desires are law. On the contrary: the Pope’s ministry is a guarantee of obedience to Christ and to his Word. He must not proclaim his own ideas, but rather constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to God’s Word, in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it down, and every form of opportunism.”

Our dear Benedict XVI said the above during his homily as he took the Chair at the Lateran as Bishop of Rome. He also said in response on Bavarian television that the Holy Spirit picks the Pope:

I would not say so, in the sense that the Holy Spirit picks out the Pope. … I would say that the Spirit does not exactly take control of the affair, but rather like a good educator, as it were, leaves us much space, much freedom, without entirely abandoning us. Thus the Spirit’s role should be understood in a much more elastic sense, not that he dictates the candidate for whom one must vote. Probably the only assurance he offers is that the thing cannot be totally ruined. There are too many contrary instances of popes the Holy Spirit obviously would not have picked!

Indeed, if the Holy Spirit “picks” the Pope, then free will is something that can be conditionally lifted?  I think a knowledge of the history of the papacy is the strongest argument against both the idea that the Holy Spirit somehow invades the minds and souls of the cardinal-electors and guides their hands to arrive at a certain, pre-determined choice.  I think the above can occur, if there happens to be a particularly holy group of cardinals who cooperate with grace, but God doesn’t force their hand.  Sometimes, there can be extraordinary interventions, such as that by Emperor Franz Josef of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the conclave of 1903 that resulted in the election of Pope St. Pius X that could be interpreted as acts of God, too.  But again, just because something can happen, doesn’t mean it always does.

I was kind of shocked in the wake of the election of Pope Francis when a traditional priest or two opined that his election was a clear expression of the Holy Ghost and we had better just go along with this revelation.  I actually asked one of them whether and how free will gets trumped in such cases and I got no response.

I personally think – and I hope this isn’t some latent protestantism talking – that the tendency towards ultramontanism run amok is one of the most serious problems that has faced the Church in the past century-plus.  I think it’s unbalanced the Church and led to these wild swings from one pontificate to the next.  But the danger in that is arrogating to ourselves who meets sufficient standard of adherence to that Doctrine.  Even though I recognize the danger, I feel compelled to judge a pontiff’s actions by that standard, and pray fervently that I am doing so not in accordance with my own will, but in accord with revelation as I best  understand it.

Of course, the signal achievement of the modernists is the mass experience of exactly this kind of mass confusion and division.  The devil works in the gray areas, and all of that.

Breaking: Cardinal Burke brought back into Curia by Pope Francis September 29, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

Not many details, yet, only that Cardinal Burke has been appointed to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, along with Cardinal Carlo Caffara, another of the more faithful princes of the Church:

The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, metropolitan archbishop of Bologna, and Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, as members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Maybe giving Cardinal Burke a bunch of free time was found to not be such a good thing after all?  Did his removal from the Roman Rota have anything to do with the “reform” of the annulment process?  Is this all part of some Machiavellian plot, or is it now certain proof that every critic of Pope Francis has been horribly uncharitable and wrong, wrong, wrong?  Is this an answer to prayers, or could it be a response to increasing “conservative” concern/criticism of this pontificate?

I guess the main question is whether this act is truly significant or just part of the regular shuffling of curial cardinals?  Do you think it has some broader meaning?

I’m just glad to see Cardinal Burke “back,” as it were.  I pray his presence in a non-ceremonial office can exert substantial positive influence on his brother cardinals and the Vatican bureaucracy, at large.

UPDATE:  Grr.  First update lost.  A bit more information – or perhaps it is opinion – from the German site Katholisches via Eponymous Flower:

Congregation is not the same as Congregation. Each has its tasks, which have some weighty influence on the management of world church than others. The reassignment from one congregation to another, as in the case of Cardinal Burke, can therefore be seen as diesempowering, while maintaining integration.

I think that’s true.  Congregation for the Causes of the Saints is a sure step up from the Order of Malta but it is not an organization involved much in the day to day administration of the Church.  It’s important, to be sure, but not nearly so influential as the Apostolic Signatura (Burke’s former post), the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith or the Congregation for Divine Worship.  It’s nice to see, to be sure, but will keep Burke out of the main decision-making avenues of Church administration.  He’s still very much sidelined.

Could this be a case of keeping one’s enemies relatively close?

The man is back

The man is back

Mercy is the Perfection of Justice September 28, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Interior Life, Papa, scandals, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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We hear so much about mercy these days, but is the proper sense of mercy being conveyed?  Mercy detached from justice is just false sentimentality.  It is not redolent of true Christian charity, but represents a false charity that is poisonous for souls in that in leaves them mired in error and sin.  This false mercy is in fact the inversion of true mercy, which is predicated on justice and, thus, conversion (or at least serious repentance).  That is why all these “openings” to the world that have been tried in the past several decades have failed to produce the result that is publicly claimed for them: the “bringing back” of fallen away, discomfited souls, or the winning of great numbers of converts to the Church.  They have failed because they are founded on a false premise and they are not in concert with the means of the working of Grace.

Bishop Sheen expands on the topic below, via the Catholic Gentleman:

As the world grows soft, it uses more and more the word mercy. This could be a praiseworthy characteristic if mercy were understood right. But too often by mercy is meant letting anyone who breaks the natural or the Divine law, or who betrays his country, simply get away with such acts with impunity. Such mercy is an emotion, not a virtue, when it justifies the killing by a son of his father because he is “too old.” To avoid any imputation of guilt, what is actually a murder is called euthanasia.  [or in the case of baby killing, abortion]

Forgotten in all such mercy pleas is the principle that mercy is the perfection of justice. Mercy does not come first, and then justice; but rather justice first, then mercy. The divorce of mercy and justice is sentimentality, as the divorce of justice from mercy is severity. Mercy is not love when it is divorced from justice. He who loves anything must resist that which would destroy the object of his love. The power to become righteously indignant is not an evidence of the want of mercy and love, but rather a proof of it. [YES!  Thank you!  And yet we are told today that those who are indignant over the state of the Church and the many errors promoted as truth are “divisive” or even “disobedient.”  There may come a time when even many of us, comfortable though we may be in our current situations, may have to choose between “obedience” and truth.  Are we prepared?]

There are some crimes the tolerance of which is equivalent to consent to their wrong. Those who ask for the release of murderers, traitors, and the like, on the grounds that we must be “merciful, as Jesus was merciful,” forget that that same Merciful Saviour also said that He came not to bring peace, but the sword.

As a mother proves that she loves her child by hating the physical disease which would ravage the child’s body, so Our Lord proves he loved Goodness by hating evil, which would ravage the souls of his creatures. For a doctor to be merciful to a typhoid germs or polio in a patient, or for a judge to be tolerant of rape, would be in a lower category of evil than for Our Lord to be indifferent to sin. A mind that is never stern or indignant is either without love, or else is dead to the distinction between right and wrong. [So rage on, you rad trads! oops. Left a little zinger in here. Took it out]

Love can be stern, forceful, or even fierce, as was the love of the Savior……..When a gentle hint to a woman at the well did no good, He went to the point ruthlessly and reminded her that she had five divorces.

When so-called righteous men would put Him out of the way, He tore the mask off their hypocrisy and called them a “brood of vipers.” When He heard of the shedding of the blood of the Galileans, it was with formidable harshness that He said: “You will all perish as they did, if you do not repent.” Equally stern was He to those would offend the little ones with an education that was progressive in evil: “If anyone hurts the conscience of one of these little ones that believes in me, he had better been drowned in the depths of the sea with a mill-stone tied around his neck.”

If mercy meant the forgiveness of all faults without retribution and without justice, it would end in a multiplication of wrongs. Mercy is for those who will not abuse it, and no man will abuse it who already started to make the wrong right, as justice demands. What some today call mercy is not mercy at all, but a feather-bed for those who fall from justice; and thus they multiply guilt and evil by supplying such mattresses.

Need I say anymore?  Sheen is on rock-solid moral ground here, and his catechesis is as excellent as it is thorough and to the point.

The notion of mercy being spread abroad from scandalous sources has been shredded.  What next?

Hopeful sign – traditional priests from different backgrounds come together at major traditional Conference September 28, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, manhood, Papa, persecution, SSPX, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I was sent this by two people, and I, too, am very gratified to see this:

Something you just don’t see every day. As the situation in the Church goes from really bad to much worse, it is hardly difficult to predict a gradual coming together of traditional Catholics the world over in the days to come.

At the Catholic Identity Conference in Weirton, WV, this weekend priests from all the major traditional Catholic fraternities and priestly societies came together to encourage the faithful to keep the old Faith and be not discouraged. Here we have two diocesan priests (who offer the old Mass only), one priest of the Fraternity of St Peter, one priest of the Society of St Pius X, and one priest of the Institute of Christ the King.

False compromise? NONE! There are still strategic differences between these priests, and they do not pretend otherwise. But recognizing the severity of the crisis at hand and the necessity of confirming the faithful at this critical moment in history, these priests have reached out as faithful fathers to scattered and fearful sheep, urging us to pray, take hold of Tradition and never let go, and keep the Faith.

God bless and keep these courageous priests and their powerful example of true Christian charity. May God continue to bless His Church with good and holy priests.

The priests are not identified, and that’s sadly necessary in this time of ramped up attacks between priests of the various traditional communities.  I know some folks are turned off by the “can’t we all just get along” approach but I think it vitally necessary at this time.  So while various elements within or in the orbit of these groups try to continue to stoke the fires of division (and even more, much more at times, than that), it is most heartening for me to see a certain grass-roots appreciation for the paramount need to come together in unity in the face of the truly unprecedented threats facing the Church and souls right now.  Certainly we all have our differences and concerns about the hated other, but at this time when literal insanity has gripped the highest echelons of Church authority (or the insanity already extant has taken a decided turn for the worse), Mr. Matt, myself, and many others feel it is absolutely critical to set aside our differences, however legitimate they may be, and all work together for the defense of Holy Mother Church.
May God bless those priests concerned.  One of them in particular has certainly had a most heavy cross to bear in his steadfast adherence to the Faith of our fathers, but I’m certain they’ve all had to share in those difficult but glorious sufferings.
May God sustain all those who strive to accept and practice the Faith whole and entire in these most trying times.  May He protect any of us from falling away or failing in our duty.

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