Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
So my mom went to the movie theater last weekend. As a form of entertainment, I don’t generally recommend it, but you know parents these days, they just refuse to listen.
After the movie, my mom availed herself of the women’s restroom, as you tend to do, and encountered in there a 6′ man – dressed entirely as a male, with not even an attempt to appear female – standing, urinating in a stall with the door wide open. Now, my mom is a 4’11” Norwegian woman, and my 6′ 3″ dad was not around. My mom stood outside the entrance, while another woman went in, and then came right back out.
“Is that a man in the lady’s room?”, she asked? “Yes, I think it is.”
An usher was around and they told him of the situation, and the teenager looked as if his worst nightmare had just come true. But before he had to figure out what to do, the man came out – apologized, for some reason – and then went on his way.
You can imagine how eager I am to take my 6 daughters to the movies at this point.
What can I say? This is what a satanic culture looks like. That man, generally speaking, has the weight of the law on his side. If someone took severe exception to his presence in the woman’s room when, say, his wife was in there, it would be the invading man who the law would probably tend to support. That’s arguable perhaps at present, but if Obama and the sexular pagans have their way, it won’t be for long.
Which, speaking of, a lawsuit has been filed by doctors and several states against the Obama Administration for its demand that doctors perform sex reassignment surgery genital mutilation whether they think it is medically called for, or not. Basically, if a sick and wounded soul desires to have their bodies permanently mutilated and their reproductive capacity destroyed, the Obama admin says doctors have to do it, no matter how counterindicated such irreversible procedures may be, because transgender bathroom something something. No, seriously:
Five states and a group of religiously-affiliated hospitals and physicians are suing the Obama administration over a federal mandate that forces doctors to perform gender transition procedures on adults and children against their medical judgment.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a Texas federal court, attempts to roll back a rule imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services in May that expanded the interpretation of “sex” under the Affordable Care Act to include “gender identity.”
In doing so, the Obama administration added transgender people to the list of protected classes under the Affordable Care Act, which states that individuals can’t be denied certain federally-funded health benefits because of their “race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.”
The move was part of a broader push by President Barack Obama to
further transgender rights in the U.S. [pander to an unbelievably small minority that has equally unbelievably become one of the most powerful special interest groups in the country over the past 18 months].
The implications of the HHS mandate are broad. By its own estimates,HHS said the rule would “likely cover almost all licensed physicians because they accept federal financial assistance.”…….
………The lawsuit challenging the HHS mandate was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, which is the same court thattemporarily blocked the Obama administration’s bathroom mandate on Sunday. In putting a halt to the policy that mandates public schools must open their restrooms, locker rooms, and showers to transgender students based on their gender identity instead of their biological sex, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor argued the administration overstepped its authority.
When HHS issued the new gender identity rule on May 18, the agency cited as authority the Obama administration’s bathroom mandate, whose legitimacy is now in question.
That’s circular logic if I’ve ever seen it – issue an unprecedented, unconstitutional, unpopular rule – which has the effect of a law, but never passed Congress, nor was even debated – and then cite that rule in expanding the unpopular policy further and further. The idea that doctors must perform totally voluntary, irreversible and incredibly destructive procedures against their will and medical judgment is incredibly offensive, and would never be tolerated – if it weren’t for the fact that the procedures in question are parts of the sexular pagan agenda and thus amount to a literal religious belief that can never be questioned or opposed. This is part and parcel for the sexular pagan left, which has similarly elevated other medical acts – provision of contraception (even to celibate religious), abortion, sterilization, etc – to the level of sacred shibboleth.
Note the mechanism by which doctors are forced to perform these procedures is their acceptance of federal funds, I guess through remittances for Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare. No wonder more and more doctors are refusing to accept patients covered by government-sponsored health plans.
Enjoy your brave new trans-world. Leftists may laugh, but how long before refusing the advances of a sodomite or transsexual is taken as prima facie evidence of bigotry and is persecuted by the Leviathan state?
I would not argue it could never happen.
Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, catachesis, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, martyrdom, mortification, persecution, reading, Saints, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
If you’ve read many of the lives of the Saints, especially those involved in martyrdom, you may have wondered as I have, at the amazing ability of these Saints to keep their faith through all manner of unimaginable tortures: being cooked alive on a grill, flayed alive, crushed to death, torn limb from limb by wild animals, etc.
While Grace is the most obvious source of their success, Saint Alphonsus notes that God gives more Grace to those who cooperate with it, and that the martyrs had certain behaviors that helped them become Saints where others failed. And it’s important to note that many put to the trial of a blood martyrdom HAVE failed, they have fallen away, and sometimes in great numbers.
That is the subject of Saint Alphonsus’ guidance on the characteristics of successful martyrs I quote today, part of a series of characteristics that I hope to cover over the next several days. All of the above comes from The Victories of the Martyrs, pp. 38-9:
The examples of the martyrs teach us also to have immediate recourse to the assistance of God, by earnest supplication, when we feel ourselves disconsolate or weak under affliction. Thus did the holy martyrs. As their torture increased, they multiplied their prayers and secured the victory. St. Theodore, after a long endurance of his tortures, was stretched upon burning tiles; feeling the pain penetrating to his very heart, he besought the Lord to mitigate the torture, and persevered to the end. There have, on the contrary, been examples of Christians, who, failing to invoke the assistance of the Almighty, have fallen off from the confession of the Faith, and forfeited the glorious crown. An example is found in the acts of the martyrs of Japan. An aged man, having the torture for a considerable time, but failing to invoke heavenly aid, denied his faith a few moments before he expired – a startling warning to all, that perseverance in prayer, in times of temptation and distress, is that which alone can insure us the victory.
But the most important lesson which we learn from the martyrs in the necessity of the love of God: He who loveth not abideth in death (1 Jn iii:14). We cannot manifest our love of God so well by a multitude of actions performed for his glory, as by a willingness to suffer for his sake. St. Gordianus replied to the tyrant, who threatened to put him to death if he did not deny the name of Jesus: “You threaten death! but my greatest regret is, that I can die but once for Jesus Christ.” In a similar manner, St. Procopius exclaimed to the tyrant, who was directing further tortures: “Torment as much as thou wilt, but know that to one who truly loves Jesus Christ, nothing is dearer than to suffer for his sake.” “And did the Saints speak thus,” says St. Bernard, “because they were insensible to torments? No.” continues the holy Doctor, “they were neither frantic nor insensible, but their love of Jesus Christ caused them to esteem it all joy to suffer and to die for his glory.” This ardent love of God is certainly the greatest spiritual advantage to be derived from the perusal of the acts of the martyrs; the recollection of their conduct will make us ashamed to repine under the tribulations which divine Providence sends us, and will strengthen us to receive them with resignation.
I add that death, which is the tribute that everyone must pay, is the greatest of all our tribulations, and that makes not only sinners but the just tremble. Our Savior Himself as man wished to show the fear that He felt in the face of death, so that He began to pray to His Father to free Him from it. But at the same time He teaches us to accept death according to the good pleasure of God by saying: Nevertheless not My will, but Thine be done (Matt xxvi:39). The following is the way in which we acquire the glory of martyrdom: It is by accepting death to please God and conform to His will.……
Incredible though it may have seemed a few short years ago, Catholics in this country have reasonable cause to start preparing themselves for martyrdom, even to the point of blood. No, there is no particular, imminent threat of this, but the general societal trends all point in this direction: the rise of militant atheism, rank indifference and even apostasy among the ranks of self-professed Catholics, a government on acquiring unlimited power and brooking no competition, and a sexular pagan ethos that is increasingly becoming a sort of litmus test to be accepted into a whole range of activities necessary to life.
I pray this meditation on the elements of a successful martyr will be useful to you. Above all, stay as close as possible to Our Lord and Lady at the Foot of the Cross.
Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, manhood, persecution, priests, Restoration, Saints, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
From this blog’s favorite priest, too! Some very good points below, and it only lasts about 4 minutes, so you have NO excuse not to watch it.
Just a few excerpts from some of the good Saint’s sermons:
“If people would do for God what they do for the world, my dear people, what a great number of Christians would go to Heaven.”
So very, very true. And yet today, not even bishops speak of Heaven, or what it takes to get there, with any regularity. Heck, ever at all.
It’s been a busy week at work, sorry if posting was short and/or lame.
Have a blessed weekend and especially Sunday!
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, episcopate, error, Francis, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, unbelievable BS.
Cardinal Zen in Hong Kong has, through the Cardinal Kung Foundation in the US, been shouting from the housetops that the Vatican, under Francis, is about to make a poisonous deal with the ChiCom party and throw the underground Church in China, which has suffered for so many decades, under the bus.
Now, Sandro Magister all but confirms the same, saying a secret deal – worked to deliberately avoid Zen’s opposition – which will confirm the heretical and schismatic Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association in place, and allow schismatic and heretical bishops to be recognized by Rome with no conversion, no repentance, and no reconciliation. In addition, the greatest opponent to this deal in China, aside from Zen, has been exiled to Guam, per Francis’ preferred modus operandi.
Magister (my emphasis and comments, throughout):
In Appointing Bishops, the Pope Leans Toward Beijing
He is preparing, that is, to grant the communist authorities the privilege of selecting candidates. And he is exiling to an island in the Pacific the highest ranking Chinese archbishop in the curia, contrary to the agreement. But in China, Cardinal Zen has already taken the lead in the rebellion…….
………..fellow countryman bishop and friend Savio Hon Taifai – he too a Salesian like the cardinal – called by Benedict XVI from Hong Kong to Rome in 2011 as secretary of the congregation for the evangelization of peoples, but now dispatched by Francis to an island of the Pacific Ocean, as apostolic administrator of Guam, with an unexpected appointment last June 6. [From a major player in both Rome and China to Guam? That’s an Francis Urquhart if I’ve ever seen one]
……..In China, among the one hundred and nine Catholic bishops there are eight who have been consecrated at the behest of the communist authorities and who have never received the pope’s approval, thereby incurring excommunication, a couple of them with children and lovers.
But for none other than these eight, by the end of this summer or at the latest before the end of the jubilee Francis is ready to perform a spectacular gesture: a pardon. [So heretical schismatics and pawns of the evil, corrupt Chinese Communist party will simply be instated as bishops with no change of behavior, belief, or allegiance.]
Francis missed another stunning gesture by just a hair’s breadth last September 26, during his journey to Cuba and the United States.
That day, his touchdown in New York on his way to Philadelphia coincided with the landing of Chinese president Xi Jinping, who was expected at the United Nations. Everything had been calculated for the two to cross paths “accidentally” at the airport and exchange a greeting. Xi was aware of this ardent desire of the pope, but in the end he let it drop and the meeting did not take place. [Thus establishing his dominance?]
From that moment on, however, the secret contacts between the Vatican and Beijing underwent an acceleration. [According to Zen, because the Vatican simply started kow-towing to Chinese demands]
…..Since it has been in power, in fact, the Chinese communist party has wanted to equip itself with a submissive Church separate from Rome, with bishops of its own appointment ordained without the pope’s approval, beholden to a Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association that Benedict XVI called “irreconcilable” with Catholic doctrine.
A Church of the regime, therefore, on the verge of schism with its eight excommunicated bishops, contrasted with an “underground” Church with about thirty bishops earnestly faithful to the pope, which however pays all the costs of clandestinity – oppression, surveillance, arrest, abduction.
And in the middle the vast gray zone of the remaining dozens of bishops who were ordained illegitimately but then were more or less reconciled with Rome, or were ordained with the parallel recognition of Rome and Beijing but must still remain under the iron control of the communist authorities.
The bishop of Shanghai, Thaddeus Ma Daqin, ordained in 2007 with the twofold approval of the pope and the government, has been under house arrest for four years for the simple offense of having resigned from the Patriotic Association. Two months ago he retracted, but he is still deprived of his liberty. The eighty-five-year-old Joseph Zen Zekiun (in the photo), who has more freedom of speech in Hong Kong, has called “inevitable” the suspicion that this retraction was also desired by the Vatican, just to reach an agreement at any price. [Can you imagine, requiring a bishop that had suffered due to his fealty to Rome, to abjure, violating his conscience, in order to work a wicked deal with corrupt worldly authority?]
That an agreement has already been reached was confirmed in recent days by Zen’s successor in the diocese of Hong Kong, Cardinal John Tong, with an open letter released in Chinese, English, and Italian that bears all the marks of wanting to prepare the faithful to make the best of a bad lot…
Steve Skojec added the following thoughts:
For his part, Cardinal Zen has reported — and not for the first time — that he is being kept ignorant of the process. He laments that even as one of only two living cardinals in China and as a member of the Vatican’s advisory committee for China, he is “barred from knowing anything about how [in the secretariat of state]they are negotiating the affair of the Church in China.” [He has also remarked this is the deliberate policy of Francis, who wants to keep the outspoken Zen from gumming up his great diplomatic triumph of surrendering to the Chinese]
……..I keep coming back to this thought, to Francis various comments favorable toward Marxists and against free markets, to his gracious acceptance of the blasphemous hammer and sickle “crucifix” (and accompanying medal bearing the same image) given to him by the Marxist president of Bolivia last year, and I find myself unable to shake the suspicion that Francis would almost rather deal with the communists in Beijing than the suffering underground Church throughout China.
“Almost?” I don’t think there’s any almost to it.
If this comes to pass, I cannot imagine how heartbreaking it will be for the millions of Chinese Catholics who have remained faithful to Rome under the harshest possible persecution, only to see Rome turn around and sell them out.
As a salve to that unthinkable spiritual pain and heartbreak, you could adopt a relatively faithful Catholic priest or religious in the underground Church through the Cardinal Kung Foundation. These poor souls who refuse to go along with what they know to be a false and heretical sect, the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, will in all likelihood now have to contend not only with the persecution of the state but also that of the Church. Lord have mercy, what a burden. May they be kept strong.
As for the creme de la creme, via Skojec:
Zhou Enlai was directly responsible for the implementation of policies that killed millions of Chinese. Can you imagine the reaction if Benedict had said: “I remember reading in Mein Kampf…….”? What kind of man can quote him from memory? Did Francis ever scream and wave a Little Red Book?
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.
Wouldn’t you call allowing one of the most immoral politicians in the state to speak and canvas for votes at a Catholic parish giving support? That’s exactly what the Diocese of Fort Worth has done, giving Representative Marc Veasey (Leftist – TX) – who coincidentally happens to be my representative, thanks to rampant gerrymandering – permission to speak, in the sense of promoting himself for re-election, at All Saint’s Catholic Church.
Marc Veasey is a pro-abort’s pro-abort. He staunchly supports abortion through all nine months of pregnancy and is as solid a supporter of Banned Parenthood as you can find:
Not only that, but I received the following reply from Rep. Veasey regarding the USNS Harvey Milk imbroglio. He had this to say about his general position with regard to the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah:
As your member of Congress and a staunch supporter of LGBT issues………
He (his staff) apparently completely misread my communique, because it then goes on to tell me how I can further “work with him” to lobby on behalf of LGBTQRSTUV “rights.” As if error has rights, amiright?
It is also certain that Veasey holds any number of other grave errors and immoral beliefs: contraception, divorce on demand, fornication, government repression of the Church, a completely secularized society, etc. As I said, he is one of the most reliably left-wing members of Congress, who only holds office as the result of a court-ordered gerrymandered district. For instance, the streets on either side of mine are not in Veasey’s district, while mine is.
But but bu- the Diocese of Fort Worth says, “seamless garment!!” Look at all the good things Rep. Veasey supports, and, also,
Francis more or less commands we vote for him! The Affordable Care Act and unlimited immigration are pretty much new Dogmas of the Faith, according to FW communications director Pat Svacina, who apparently approved this event. Thus, we have so much we “agree with” – including, apparently, agreeing that murdering perfect innocents in their millions is somehow forgivable, or at least ignorable, if one supports providing high-cost, really crappy insurance to a tiny segment of the population.
It is amazing how fast the deplorable, completely discredited “seamless garment” has come roaring back to vitality in chanceries around the land under this pontificate. Of course, it never really went away, those same progressives who have always filled the chanceries since VII were simply more circumspect under preceding pontificates.
For what it’s worth, you can contact the FW diocesan communications director, the individual most responsible for putting this event on, at the below:
If you are one of those who like to believe that all kinds of highly politically charged stuff goes on at various Dioceses without the knowledge of the Bishop (I, for one, am not one of those), you could also try to make Bishop Olson aware of this situation, assuming your communique even gets to him, and is not shunted into some unread folder or filtered out by a secretary or other interloper, you could make use of the below:
If you do decide to contact Bishop Michael Olson, I do recommend you be brief, to the point, and polite. No cussy words or accusations of sin, they tend to obliterate the point you are trying to make, as well as your credibility.
For my money, the idea that the Bishop would not know that a Congressman is coming to speak at one of his parishes is incredible. Of course he knows, and of course he approved. The only reasons I can think of for such approval are worldly – it would be bad to offend a Congressman, he has power to help/hurt the material condition of the Church, etc. While the reasons which most militate against his speaking are all spiritual in nature, cutting to the heart of the Church, the truth, and her identity.
But such considerations as the latter, so important for so many centuries, even to the point of countless souls enduring unspeakable hardships to defend them, have gotten decidedly short shrift in the past 50 years of the new, “open,” post-conciliar Church.
UPDATE: Another excuse given by the Communications Director of the Diocese of Fort Worth for hosting this event is that of “hearing all sides.” But can you imagine this director giving the OK to have Donald Trump speak at a Catholic parish, and can you imagine the howls of protest from many priests and chancery bureaucrats should such an invitation be extended?
This is all about holding certain (liberal) opinions individuals with influence in the Church share.
Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, different religion, episcopate, error, Francis, General Catholic, persecution, Restoration, Revolution, scandals, SSPX, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
An interesting addendum to the already widely reported interview of Archbishop Pozzo of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei; after previously opining that a breakthrough with the SSPX is perhaps tantalizingly close, he also made some very revealing comments regarding Vatican II, arguing that some or even most of the documents are not-doctrinal or non-dogmatic in nature and are not binding on conscience.
Of course, many, many Catholics, most all attached to the traditional Mass, have argued this for years. There are entire books on the subject (see Msgr. Brunero Gharardini’s books) In fact, even Paul VI at least once described Vatican II as a strictly pastoral council. Of course, where Vatican II repeats dogma already solemnly defined, it is dogmatic in that sense. But in the novelties – which is of course where the crisis has always laid (lain?) – its binding authority on conscience has always been at least highly debatable, if not non-existent.
Archbishop Pozzo seems to argue for the latter, relevant excerpts from One Peter Five below, I add some comments:
There is a section in the interview that is especially worth noting, inasmuch as it may facilitate proper doctrinal discourse among a wide range of conservative and traditional Catholics. In it, Archbishop Pozzo explains why it may be possible for the SSPX to be fully integrated into the structures of the Catholic Church without their previously accepting some of the documents of Vatican II, namely Nostra Aetate, about interreligious dialogue; the decree Unitatis Redintegratio, on ecumenism; the Declaration Dignitatis Humanae, on religious liberty; and, finally, other texts relating to the question of the relationship between Christianity and Modernity. [Such as, say, Guadium Et Spes, especially #12] While saying that “the Council is not a pastoral superdogma, but part of the completeness [sic]of tradition and the continuous Magisterium,” Pozzo makes clear that there are some texts of the Council that are not doctrinal and are thus not binding on the Catholic conscience. Pozzo stresses that “the Church’s tradition is developing, but never in the sense of a novelty – which stands in contrast to the previous teaching – but which is a deeper understanding of the Depositum fidei, the authentic deposit of the Faith.” Pozzo continues, by saying that
In this [same] sense, all [the] Church’s documents have to be understood, also those of the Council. These preconditions, together with the obligation to affirm the Creed, the recognition of the Sacraments and of the papal primacy are the basis for the magisterial declaration which the Fraternity has been given to sign. These are the preconditions for a Catholic, in order to be in full communion with the Catholic Church……….
…..With regard to the earlier-mentioned documents above – Nostra Aetate about interreligious dialogue; the decree Unitatis Redintegratio on ecumenism; and the Declaration Dignitatis Humanae on religious liberty – Pozzo explicitly says:
They are not about doctrines or definitive statements, but, rather, about instructions and orienting guides for pastoral practice. One can [thus legitimately] continue to discuss these pastoral aspects after the [proposed] canonical approval [of the SSPX], in order to lead us to further [and acceptable] clarifications.
When asked by the journalist as to whether the Vatican has now come to the idea that the varied Council documents have different dogmatic weights, Pozzo very importantly states:
This is certainly not a [later] conclusion on our part, but it was already clear at the time of the Council. The General Secretary of the Council, Cardinal Pericle Felici, declared on 16 November 1964: “This holy synod defines only that as being binding for the Church what it declares explicitly to be such with regard to Faith and Morals.” Only those texts assessed by the Council Fathers as being binding are to be accepted as such. That has not been [later] invented by “the Vatican,” but it is written in the official files themselves. [In point of fact, numerous histories present this – and I fully believe the facts bear this out – as being a critical selling point in gaining approval for documents like Nostra Aetate and Dignitatis Humanae, even with the other shenanigans that went on, like losing the 400-odd petitions submitted on time to further amend DH in order to get the document approved as it was. Paul VI put very heavy pressure on the Council Fathers to gain those near unanimous approvals he so coveted, but, to do so, he had to confirm on various occasions the pastoral nature of these documents. That the liberals would turn even pastoral documents into all-conquering super-dogmas should perhaps have been foreseen, but it’s easy to say that in hindsight.]
In response to a possible critique that important Council declarations such as Nostra Aetate could thus be more fully and openly denied, Pozzo declares:
The secretary for the Unity of Christians said on 18 November 1964 in the Council Hall about Nostra Aetate: “As to the character of the declaration, the secretariat does not want to write a dogmatic declaration on non-Christian religions, but, rather, practical and pastoral norms.” Nostrae Aetate does not have any dogmatic authority, and thus one cannot demand from anyone to recognize this declaration as being dogmatic. [This is the key. And I would certainly agree. Unfortunately, most of the hierarchy does not, and continues to treat every document of Vatican II as a super-dogma trumping everything that came before. There remains bitter division among cardinals, bishops, etc., as to what degree of authority these documents have.] This declaration can only be understood in the light of tradition and of the continuous Magisterium. For example, there exists today, unfortunately, the view – contrary to the Catholic Faith – that there is a salvific path independent of Christ and His Church. That has also been officially confirmed last of all by the Congregation for the Faith itself in its declaration, Dominus Jesus. Therefore, any interpretation of Nostrae Aetate which goes into this [unfortunate and erroneous] direction is fully unfounded and has to be rejected. [my emphasis added]
Well, tragically, tell that to Cardinals Koch, Marx, Maradiaga, Schoenborn, and many others, all of which have tried to pretend that Jews still have a valid covenant and path to salvation outside of Jesus Christ.
As gratified as I am to see Archbishop Pozzo’s comments, and certainly agree with them, the fact remains, they remain in the distinct minority in the Church today. Most high-ranking prelates and local ordinaries hold strongly to the belief that every document – every jot and tittle, so to speak – of Vatican II is not only dogmatic, but supersedes and replaces all that came before.
The ONLY way this matter will ever be settled, as a good local priest said recently, is for a future pope or pope/council to settle it. That’s the only way to overcome the division and endless argument that has been the status quo for 50+ years.
Even then, it will be a bitter struggle to overcome the deeply entrenched, deeply erroneous views held by so many in the Church today, from the “lowest” lay person to the most powerful cardinal. It will require a pontiff who is a truly great Saint, a Pius V or someone similar, with the enormous depth of faith and clarity of vision to overcome the resistance that will surely develop.
But, in human terms, we seem light years from that at present. In fact, we seem headed away from Restoration fast, and deeper into the endless darkening maze of Revolution. God does have a way of working tremendous surprises and unprecedented comebacks, however. Prayer and penance remain our most important weapons in this struggle.
h/t reader TT. Many thanks for all the good leads.
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, rank stupidity, Revolution, sadness, scandals, secularism, shocking, sickness, Society.
In fact, with regard to the latter, they raze scores a year, at last count. Fairly convenient and easy for the government to do, given that it owns all Church property, since it was seized in the terrible law of 1905.
With respect to one particular Paris parish (say that three times fast), however, the end was a little more ugly than most, which end more with a whimper and the chomping of backhoes than with the anguished cries of broken-hearted parishioners. But Sainte Rita parish had been used by the Institute of the Good Shepherd, a growing Ecclesia Dei community located in France, and still had many souls attached to the Mass and other Sacraments offered there. That is to say, it was a parish more alive and vibrant than most of the French churches being torn down at an awful rate in these days of no faith, who have few, if any, to mourn over them. All to make room for a parking lot, which the new owners of the property judged to be more profitable and useful in Paris in the Year of Our Lord 2016 than a Catholic church. So, Sainte Rita, too, had to go, in spite of its usefulness to souls.
It was a scene of ugliness and brutality. The faithful made what meager defense they could against the mighty power of the state and its armored security forces, stacking pews near the door, standing and kneeling in prayer at the last TLM offered and Rosary prayed in the church. Priests were dragged away, altar boys hustled out, and pious souls, some of them quite elderly, were tossed about like ragdolls. All to make room for a parking lot.
It was a scene we may see repeated all too frequently in the near future, an unbelievably tone-deaf act mere days after a priest had his throat slit by muslims (the “radical” being needlessly repetitive).
The sacking of the church, and the reasons for it, are explained in depth here, but I assume many are already familiar with the situation. I’ll repeat a bit of the backstory and coverage from Mahound for those who may not be:
It was a scene with which all who attend the traditional Latin Mass are perfectly familiar – except, perhaps, for the fact that most of the parishioners were standing. They were standing because the pews had been removed in order to form a barricade at the entrance to the church. A group of police in riot gear and armed with truncheons and tear gas was outside preparing to storm the building. St. Rita has been slated for demolition since October 2015.
As the police began ripping the pews away from the entrance, the faithful, arms locked, broke out in song. The priest continued reciting the ancient prayers. The altar boy remained at his side. A second priest led a small group kneeling beside the sanctuary in the recitation of the Rosary. Some of the faithful prepared handkerchiefs for covering their noses in the case that the police decided to put their canisters of tear gas to use.
As the police stormed the church, the faithful quickly retreated to the sanctuary, encircling the steps to the altar, using their bodies to protect the priest and the altar boy, who were still celebrating Holy Mass. One by one, they were forcefully torn away. The priest who had been praying the Rosary was thrown to the floor and dragged from the sanctuary and out of the church. Fr. Guillaume de Tanoüarn, still engrossed in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, was pulled from the altar by his vestments and forced outside………
…….And this, precisely one week after another Mass had been invaded, ending with an 86-year-old priest having his throat slit at the altar.
On the sheet metal fence that had been erected outside the Church, someone had sprayed in large letters:
In France, we kill priests and raze churches.
And then next to it, the Greek words of the traditional liturgy, “Kyrie Eleison!”
Lord have mercy on us!
Well, the sexular pagan state gonna be sexular pagans. Their god is the almighty dollar or euro, and a 115 year old church means nothing compared to $3.6 million.
Better even than Mahound’s coverage, some of it originally from One Peter Five, are the scenes captured from the raid in photo and video. They convey better than thousands of words just what went down at Sainte Rita’s:
Sainte Rita Fence
Pews as Barricades
Dangerous Old Folks
Sainte Rita, Ready for the Assault
Dragging Priest Away
Mass is over for You
You can see the whole sordid affair, from the breaching of the steel fence originally intended to keep Catholics out (turned into a defense), to the tearing open of the doors, to the removal of the pew barricades, to the violent dragging away of the faithful and even a priest below. The video was shot with a phone or tablet and of course jerks and bounces, but it does reveal the entire affair from start to finish:
The reasons may vary in future, but I doubt this is the last such scene we’ll see enacted in a Catholic parish in the relatively near-term. Heck, they’ve probably played out numerous times in parishes in Iraq and Syria, there just wasn’t a plethora of recording media present, or the recordings were not permitted to survive.
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
Anthony Kennedy peered into his magic 8 ball again, and this time came up maybe kinda sorta Catholic. Or at least, not anti-Catholic. For now. Both he, and liberal stalwart Stephen Breyer, voted to overturn a lower court ruling – judging Obama’s imposition of regulations (not a law!, regulation!) requiring all schools receiving federal funds in the US to allow kids of either sex to use any bathroom they want – to be constitutional.
The matter will almost certainly be reconsidered by the full court again, after the presidential election and the nomination of a replacement justice for Antonin Scalia, rest his soul.
Transgender teens – all one or two thousand of them (maybe -tops) – were of course displeased, because the world must not only revolve around their whims, but we must all go along with their fantasies:
A Virginia school board may temporarily block a student who was born a girl from using the boys’ bathroom while a legal fight over transgender rights proceeds on appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court said on Wednesday.
The case is the first time the fight over transgender bathroom rights has reached the Supreme Court. The subject arrived in the heat of a U.S. presidential election in which the makeup of the court is a central issue.
In a brief order, the country’s highest court put on hold an order from a lower court that had permitted the high school student to use the bathroom of his choice.
Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of Gavin Grimm, 17, to challenge the Gloucester County School Board’s bathroom policy, which requires transgender students to use alternative restroom facilities.
A lawyer for Grimm, Joshua Block, said he and his client were disappointed by the order and “disappointed that Gavin is going to have to begin another school year being stigmatized and separated from his peers as a result of this policy.”
Never mentioned, of course, is the stigma and upset boys may feel in having a husky woman enter their restroom. Even more offensive is the assault on reason, and the left’s increasing demands that all of us share in their dementia. I’m beyond sick of it.
Heck, even Clint Eastwood is sick of it. He just gave an interview strongly lambasting this nature and the cultural marxism that is steadily eating away at its marrow at a rate faster than bone cancer. I can’t recommend you read it, as Clint threw out quite a bit of profanity in his disgust, but I can relate very much to the sentiments he conveyed. We have become a nation of pansies, of crybaby children who can’t stand to hear a mean word said against us, let alone an honest and thoroughgoing criticism. No, that’s not all of us, but a large and increasing number, and it bodes very ill for the future.
This decision, of course, has nothing to do with Target or other private entities and their rules regarding who can use which restroom. That insanity still continues.
So, yes, another issue that puts the 2016 presidential election in stark terms. Unfortunately, those trying to uphold the moral order don’t have the blanket assurance demonrats have, that any justices appointed to the Supreme Court will vote in lockstep liberal orthodoxy on all important matters. Trump, if elected, will hopefully nominate solid conservatives, who will hopefully survive the senate, who will hopefully turn out to not be secret liberals on at least some issues, like Sandra Day O’Connor, David Souter, Anthony Kennedy, John Roberts, etc., etc.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, paganism, persecution, scandals, Society, the struggle for the Church.
I do not hold the US Constitution as an unassailable paragon of truth and ideal governance. There are many legitimate criticisms to make about this nation and the document upon which its government was founded. But those criticisms stem from a Catholic perspective, primarily, or perhaps a protestant perspective in those cases where protestants have not deviated from the Deposit of Faith. Criticisms from, say, an islamic perspective, are not only false, they are dangerous given the aggressive nature of islam and the command inherent in that false religion to impose the “law of Allah” – sharia – wherever muslims go.
Khizr Khan has made great waves in the presidential election of late from his exchanges with Donald Trump. I think it’s a huge mistake for Trump to stoop down to the level of engaging in tete a tete’s with democrat plants, but I also find the notion that because a man lost a son in service of this country a dozen years ago he is above criticism ludicrous. However, since Khan has chosen to make himself such a public figure in the service of electing Hillary Clinton, his background and beliefs are open to scrutiny. And my goodness, what that scrutiny has revealed.
It’s been a while, but 33 years ago, at least, Khan was a serious advocate of imposing sharia over established national laws in the West, finding all other forms of jurisprudence faulty with regard to what muslims perceive as God’s command:
Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim-American soldier killed in Iraq in 2004 — who lampooned Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention last week while holding a copy of the U.S. Constitution — has a history of supporting the notion that Islamic Sharia law takes precedence over the Constitution.
Khan attacked Trump for his proposed Muslim immigration ban and questioned whether the nominee had even read the Constitution. Several papers published by Khan, first discovered by Breitbart, found that Khan has a long history of supporting Sharia law over “man-made” Western law…….
……..”The invariable and basic rules of Islamic law are only those prescribed in the Shari’ah,” Khan wrote. “All other juridical works … must always be subordinated to the Shari’ah.”
Khan also praised two infamous Muslim Brotherhood members as sources in his works: Muhammad Hamidullah and Said Ramadan.
Look, pretty much any honest muslim (however many there are, considering taqqiyah) of strong devotion pretty much has to default to this belief. The belief in the ascendancy of sharia over other forms of government/rule of law is so deeply ingrained in islam that only the weakest muslims reject it. In Britain, a majority of muslims now favor the sharia, marking a steady increase in this belief over the past decade or so, which tells us something else: muslims will be more circumspect regarding their true beliefs when they feel weak and surrounded in a given nation/culture, but become more bold as they feel themselves gaining influence.
Which, again, duh. That so many in the West cannot figure this out is not due to any mystery surrounding islam, or its true nature as an aggressive, expansionist religion of conquest, but it is due to the massive loss of faith in the West, and especially in the Church, where few if any have such a strong faith as to actually believe that, say, Catholic Doctrine should form the basis for the orientation of government and a culture’s moral order. I mean, that’s just crazy talk! Religion is something for old people and fearful spinsters to do on Sundays (for now, while they’re allowed), it’s never something to be taken seriously!
The root of the crisis between islam and the West is the West’s crisis of faith. The crisis of faith has created the conditions for the expansion of islam into the West, and indeed made that expansion appear to be something of an imperative to the powers that be. Of course Angela Merkel wants to import a few million more military age males into Germany and the rest of Europe – Europeans aren’t having babies and those Volkswagens aren’t going to build themsevles (yet). The vast majority of Westerners are hard-pressed to develop a strong resistance to this creeping invasion because they lack the strength of conviction to do so, a conviction that must be founded on the True Religion that created Christendom, or the West, in the first place. But that is the one option both the elites, and the great masses of Western people, steadfastly refuse to countenance.
Trying to fight back islam, or even slow its advance, with paeans to liberalism – the western pseudo-religion of the day – is simply doomed to fail. Islam is a false religion, but it’s more true that liberalism, and is thus stronger. Islam proposes a transcendent belief set that sexular paganism cannot hope to match, which explains why disaffected Western youth make up more than a few of ISIS’s military forces. That belief set may be false and even diabolical, but it still rings more true to Western ears who have never learned anything substantive of Christianity than the decadent perversion of present-day liberalism.
I’ve said it many times before, but the Church is being crushed between the immovable object of islam and the irresistible force of secular liberalism. Incredibly, even many in the Church seem unable to comprehend islam’s inherently aggressive nature, acting as useful idiots for its steady penetration deeper and deeper into the inmost fabric of the West. From a worldly standpoint, things look bleak, but, of course, we know that no matter how bad things look, our Blessed Lord will triumph in the end. In fact, His triumph will be all the more impressive for the direness of the situation to be overcome, and the strength of the forces currently ranged against the Camp of the Faithful.
May it please God for that day to come very soon.
In the meantime, I think staunch opposition to continued muslim immigration to this country is one of Donald Trump’s strongest selling points, and one of his sanest policy prescriptions. The muslim scorpion, like Khizr Khan, cannot help but to sting its host, even to death. It’s in its nature.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, disaster, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, persecution, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
While avoiding speaking ill of the dead, especially those martyred, I am overwhelmed with a sense of irony, and a sense that the Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways.
Father Jacques Hamel, murdered by crazed islamists (is there any other kind, I ask only somewhat in jest?), ostensibly in retribution for something that happened nearly 1,000 years ago (the Crusades – muslims will never, ever forget the time Christians came in and forcibly pried loose a small part of formerly Christian lands from the islamic death grip – that is such a grave offense to their sense of the “ummah,” and that what “allah” has granted to islam, shall always be a part of it), had donated some land so that a mosque (another one) could be built near his parish. This can certainly be filed under no good deed shall go unpunished, but I wonder if there isn’t a more important message being conveyed by Him Who is infinitely Just. Not that God would be the author of evil, but………..I’m sure you can discern what I am driving at.
While trying to maintain charity for this poor departed soul, who desperately needs prayers, as do all un-canonized souls, I will say that Father Hamel certainly appears to be a man of his generation, the generation that found Vatican II and the “new pentecost” so intoxicating:
Father Jacques Hamel, the 86-year-old assistant priest at the church in St Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Normandy, met his Creator last Tuesday when two Muslim men armed with knives slit his throat while chanting the Islamic takbir. The killers claimed they were sacrificing blood to avenge the 11th century Crusades. It turns out that Fr Hamel was actually a dear friend to Islam. According to his fellow members of clergy, Fr Hamel helped put aside a plot of land near the church, where he would ultimately be murdered by Islamic jihadists, for the purposes of building a mosque to serve the Muslim community in the area.
“Church authorities facilitated the giving of land beside his church to local Muslims to build a mosque, and they were given use of the parish hall and other facilities during Ramadan,” stated Father Mark Ephrem Nolan, Prior of the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross. [Was this true charity, with the eternal end of souls always in mind, or was this more worldly sentiment?]
Despite the ongoing wave of Islamic terrorism, Christians in the Rouen community where Fr Hamel was killed have made an earnest effort to welcome Muslims with open arms and open hearts.
“Efforts have been made by the Christian community to be welcoming to Muslims,” saidFr Nolan. “The Sisters even give reading lessons to Muslim kids in tower blocks.”
Both parishioners and clergy alike all attest to the fact that Fr Hamel was a humble man who put his life’s work in building personal relationships. “He led a pure, simple life, with an emphasis on building friendships,” added Fr Nolan. [Did he also instill a powerful sense the Doctrine of the Faith, especially the extreme dubiousness of salvation outside formal communion with the Church?]
…….. In the final pastoral letter to his parish before his unexpected death, Fr Hamel reminded the Christian congregation to “accept each other as they are,” without judgment or ridicule. [Even souls bound for hell? Is that how Saint John Vianney preached, or practically any other Saint one might care to name?]
And still, Islamic terrorists took his life in a fit of hatred and rage.
Well, of course they did. Expecting otherwise requires willful ignorance, or obstinance, in the face of 1400 years of unequivocal testimony to the nature of islam. Only a West totally denuded of Faith, aside from a few souls here or there, and so blinded by a false and damnable ideology of “religious tolerance” (a tolerance originally dreamed up to drive the Church from the public square, and assert a permanent ascendancy of the secular state over Her), could think otherwise.
And yet, even in the face of this diabolical act of evil, even as muslims throughout the West throw down the gauntlet of challenge, openly advocating that they will force Europe, and, if possible, the entire West, to submit to their false, demonic cult of violence and cruel repression, Church leaders in France and in the Vatican STILL refuse to see the truth in front of their face. The secular leaders of the West are, if anything, even more blind. Of course, for partisans of sexular paganism, which is pretty much all elites everywhere, their true enemy has always been orthodox, believing Catholicism. They are quite happy to submit to the man-made religion of islam if it means seeing their archenemy vanquished.
I fear – or perhaps I should say, the evidence strongly indicates – that applies equally if they wear a red- or pink-piped cassock, or a Saville Row suit.
Lord, have mercy on Your Church. We are in desperate need of it.