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Check Out This Site Dedicated Towards Counter-Revolution…… August 14, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in catachesis, Christendom, cultural marxism, fightback, General Catholic, Restoration, Revolution, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership.
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………and monarchy.  The latter seems so “extreme” and “anti-American” to many that merely proposing the concept is enough to get one branded a crazy – which goes to show just how thorough the cultural dominance of the revolutionary rhetoric of the “Enlightenment” and the left-libertine ethos it encourages has been.

The current left-liberal socio-political paradigm is, to a very great extent, built, and I increasingly believe deliberately so, upon ignorance of history.  Here I’ve lived in Texas my entire life, have been a Catholic for nearly 20 years, yet I had never heard of the Cristiada or the 100+ year war by the various totalitarian Mexican governments against the Church until 2009 or so.  I had no idea there was a mass popular reaction against repressive, authoritarian “liberal” government in a huge nation that borders  on my native state, and with a huge population of expatriates living right there among us.  Many Mexicans themselves are wholly ignorant of the Cristiada or its justifications.

And that is hardly the only example of Catholic reaction to the left-liberal or sexular pagan zeitgeist.  The Austrian government under Dolfuss and, to a lesser extent, Schuschnigg, Francoist Spain and to a lesser extent again the Estado Novo of Salazar’s Portugal,  the Carlist uprisings in Spain against creeping leftism in the 19th century, the War in the Vendee in France, the ……..these are but a few of the better known (and that isn’t very well) examples.

Unfortunately, to date, none of these reactions have been outwardly successful in permanently forestalling the advance of the “enlightenment” ethos.  There are current movements in Hungary and Poland, and possibly some other European states, that are reactions to this ethos and which have a religious (Catholic) flavor, but they have not yet come sufficiently to fruition to dominate the direction of their respective nations.

The endarkenment – my pithy term for the left-liberal/sexular pagan ethos – almost requires this environment.  It insists, and in effect requires all opposition to be presented as “extreme,” the abode of crazies and malcontents of one stripe or another.  This is probably the most valuable and well demonstrated point proven in The Gentle Traditionalist.  This definition causes the endarkenment values to present themselves both as the only reasonable alternative and as inevitable, the practical result of a “scientific society” that has finally pulled itself out of the dark ages of religion and superstition.

Of course, this left-liberal society also contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction.  Critics of the dominant left-liberal culture have noted this for 200 years – unfortunately, most of those critics were even more erroneous, even more extreme in their programs to overcome and ultimately displace the liberal democratic state.

But since that destruction seems to loom before us more and more every day, becoming ever more likely to come to fruition in a cataclysm perhaps even worse than the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, it behooves thinking souls to consider what may come after the crash – or how the crash may be averted if, by some miracle, society can be brought to its senses.

This is a long introduction to a website recommended by good reader MFG comes to mind, a site dedicated towards counter-revolution – for the “enlightenment” has always been first a foremost a revolution, a revolution especially dedicated towards unseating God and His Church.  I haven’t perused all the site  yet, and am not giving an endorsement of all the content therein, but there is at the least some edifying historical content (such as on the Carlist counter-revolutions of Spain), and some serious food for thought on monarchy and the role Tradition must play in shaping a rightly ordered Catholic society.  I am not quite as willing to endorse the denunciations of capitalism and embrace of agrarianism on the site, unless the authors make clear what they are proposing – a basically mid-19th century existence, with most people engaged in exhausting manual toil out in the fields.  Materialism has been a great evil in the world, it is a primary vice of the endarkenment, but I am still dubious of  policies that condemn the vast majority of souls to lives of endless, exhausting manual labor.  On a practical level, it’s an impossible sell.  That is why distributists virtually never get into specifics about what the world would look like should their economic views be put into practice.  It sounds nice to say “well, each village would be self-supporting, with farmers growing food and blacksmiths making tools and tailors sewing dresses, etc…….”  But few are willing to admit there would be few or no cars or trucks, little or no electricity, likely no trains or planes, no computers, little communication with the outside world, little if any medicine (antibiotics failing to grow on trees), much less variety of food and a strong likelihood of periodic want if not outright starvation, etc. – everything that was common in the late 18th century.

I’m being a bit harsh, there are some ways some of this could be avoided on a semi-distributist model, but overall it would mean mass sacrifice in standard of living (and life expectancy) for virtually all but the most elite in the monarchist/nobility driven society.  Which, if that’s your program, if you are really convinced that returning to a Catholic moral and social order requires abandoning “capitalism” (whatever one means by that term, capitalism at its essence to me is the free exchange of goods and services at mutually agreed rates) and a return to an agrarian 18th/early 19th century level of existence, fine, but be honest about what this will mean in practical terms, and don’t sell it as a no-cost (or even superior, in material terms) alternative.

But who knows what may come if this massive but fragile beast that is the interconnected socio-political-economic structure of the world today collapses?  Distributism may arise of itself naturally in that case.

In any event, the website does have some good content and I am happy to engage with and be supportive towards any effort aimed at the institution or restoration of a Catholic moral and social order  It also invites you to join the counter-revolution if you are so moved.  The site claims joining may enable you to engage with other like minded individuals. I joined and I will see what results.  I do not know if this website or group has any relation to Tradition, Family, and Property.  Some concerns over TFP were expressed to me recently, and they are not the first I have heard, but I have not really seen these concerns substantiated to any serious degree, as of yet.  Perhaps I will soon enough.

At any rate I have spent far too much time on this today!  Check out the site if you are interested in learning some aspects of little-known Catholic history, and/or are looking for alternatives to the “inevitable” left-liberal materialist ethos.

 

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

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, fightback, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Our Lady, Restoration, the struggle for the Church, true leadership, Virtue.
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Just in time for the 100th anniversary. Most excellent.  Details below.  There are a number of speakers at the event, mostly drawn from the Catholic Answers crowd:

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

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

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

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

Schedule below:

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

Fallen Culture: TLM Parish Encounters Supporters, Haters in Rural Kentucky Town August 10, 2017

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Nice find by reader D.  This is a long article about a newish TLM parish in Park Hills, KY, a town of about 3000 people.  The TLMers have found quiet supporters and loud opponents, which opposition seems quite detached from any real-world concerns, but fall into “I don’t like them sortsa people” category.

Reader D speaks highly of the Missionaries of St. John the Baptist, who run this TLM community with 5(!!) priests.  And that for a parish with maybe 150 souls.  Shoot I wish we had five here in Irving!  We could sure use ’em!  I know only a little about the Missionaries of St. John, but good on all they seem to be doing, especially Eucharistic processions on public streets which seem to have weirded the local freakshow out.

Various excerpts from this long article:

In Park Hills, a beautiful spot on the Kentucky side of the river, a group of traditional Catholic newcomers wants to build a grotto, like the one in Lourdes, France, where miracles are said to have happened.

But the preparation for such a miracle is drawing fire from those who worry about the traffic that would come, the changes that would be required of the town of 3,000 and the more narrow mindset that many say is coming with it.

“Everyone is entitled to believe what they want,” said resident Gretchen Stephenson. “I have a problem when those beliefs cross into our secular government.” [I’m not sure how building a grotto on private land somehow compromises secular government.  Basically what the article reveals is a deep hostility towards believing Christians, and anything those Christians want to do]

……….A year ago, Our Lady of Lourdes Church opened.

Not many in the community took note when, in June 2016, Covington Bishop Roger Foys issued a decree consecrating the 80-year-old church building. A year earlier, the nondenominational Christian Faith Church moved out.

Our Lady of Lourdes is now the only diocesan-recognized church in the Cincinnati area devoted solely to the old Latin Mass………[Follows an interesting but common discussion of what separates the TLM from what passes for Catholicism in most locales over the past 50 years, including conversions/reversions because of the reverence and plain efficacy of the TLM]

[One thing I like about this parish is how public their displays of faith are.  We locals need to start entering floats in the Irving parades]……They participated in the town’s Memorial Day Parade with a float. A church member dressed as the Virgin Mary struck a prayerful pose on a float made to look like a grotto.

But they are clashing with the community.

They’re planning a grotto, like the one that made the peasant girl into St. Bernadette, and the cave into a destination for millions of pilgrims over the past 150 years. (Every year, 350,000 pilgrims continue to bathe in the waters of the spring in the grotto, which believers have attributed miraculous healings.) [Yes, but that’s Lourdes.  There are hundreds of Marian and even Lourdes grottoes around the country and few draw more than a few dozen a week over and above regular parishioners]

So intent are the members of Park Hills church on achieving this goal that they are raising $300,000 to $400,000 to have a grotto by 2019, according to the church newsletter.

To some residents, the image of thousands of pilgrims clogging their narrow streets has struck fear in their hearts. [Oh please.  Pure self-interested BS]

……….the church, in a statement, estimated the grotto will attract 50 people a day. The statue of Mary would be just under five feet.

“Anyone who cares to visit this little cave will find this a peaceful place,” said Father Sean Kopczynski, one of the priests at Our Lady of Lourdes, during a presentation to the Park Hills City Council……..

……The whole idea took Park Hills by surprise when it came to light in February. Those shocked included Mayor Matt Mattone who became mayor in 2015, his first public office.

“It’s surreal to me,” Mattone said. “It is kinda like a Twilight Zone I’ve inherited. All this is happening beneath the scenes that no one knew about and suddenly it’s coming to fruition.” [Good Lord these things are built on Catholic parishes every year!  It doesn’t harm the community, they should be grateful for the potential income from tourism and other sources.  Comparing a parish grotto to Lourdes is like comparing this tiny little parish of a couple hundred souls to St. Peter’s.  

The more you talk to residents and church members, the more the issue goes beyond the church and the grotto. Some neighbors feel the church has attracted an intolerant group of people to the city.The church members feel that they’re under attack from a city that doesn’t know or care about them. [And so we come to the point, a small town in KY serving as a microcosm of fallen post-Christian America, where there are sodomite couples just itching to take on the pretense of persecution so they can get their victimhood bucks]

………..An anti-gay bumper stickeron a car parked in a specific spot in this progressive town has raised her ire.

“We bought a gay pride flag,” Froelich said. “This is ridiculous. That kind of intolerance is not acceptable.” [No, what you mean is, I have deeply held religious beliefs, and Christian beliefs contradict my own, and I don’t want to countenance that.  Note parishioners claim the bumper sticker issue has been the source of progressive lies, which, given things like how the recent Google memo was utterly misrepresented by the press and progressives, but I repeat myself, go figure]

Bob Ford noticed the bumper sticker while working in his garden this February. It was affixed to a gray sedan parked in front of the house he and his husband, Steve Crites, have owned for the past nine years.

Cars often don’t park in front of their home due to the narrow streets.

Church members and residents differ on what the bumper sticker said.

Ford and Crites said the sticker had the phrase “It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” implying homosexuality is heretical. Ford and Crites don’t think it was accidental that the car with that bumper sticker ended up parked in front of their home for more than a week.

“No, this does not need to happen here,” Ford said were his first thoughts. “Can you believe this?”

The sticker had been slapped on over an anti-abortion sticker that had been on the car. Those in the neighborhood said it belonged to church members at the end of the street. Church members said the bumper sticker read: “Male and Female He created Them -Genesis 1:27.”

“Obviously with the Catholic Church and the Ten Commandments, which everyone used to believe, there’s a whole tension in a society that’s very divided,” church pastor Collins said.

Some residents rushed to the church’s defense. They see the church as the victim of hate.

It’s everyone else that’s intolerant, said one woman, identified only as Maureen, at a February council meeting.

………[City Councilwoman and parish supporter Pam] Spoor has recused herself from any votes about the church. She believes church members have been the target of undue scrutiny and harassment from the rest of the city[Indeed.  Small additions like this grotto rarely attract any political attention.  They happen all the time. Goodness a smaller one was built at our local parish last year with nary a peep.  There is bigotry and intolerance here, as noted below, but it’s not coming from the Catholics.]

“I don’t like to hear that from my city,” Spoor said. “I’ve lived in my city for 39 years. All the intolerance and bigotry, there is no room for that in any city.”

There is much more, and more revealing, at the link, but I’ve taken probably more than I should have. You should definitely read the rest.

It goes on to discuss how the parish held a procession on public streets  (good for them!), and how that really ignored the intolerant progressives in the nearby neighborhood.  So several of them camped out in front of the parish for hours one Sunday with phones in hand ready to record this horrible assault on their progressive sensibilities.  Unfortunately, the bullying may have worked, or perhaps prudence was at play, but the community just lapped around the parish property instead of giving public witness as they have in the past.

As reader D noted, what a commentary on both our Church and our times.  Now the few faithful Catholics are the oddballs, the trouble makers, the targets of persecution, while the leadership of the Church almost universally prostrates itself before a culture that will always, always hate them, not for what they do, but for Whom they represent.

Get ready for tough times ahead.  But such times make martyrdom, and God loves best those who cooperate with the trials and mortifications He sends, or allows.

I pray this parish gets their grotto, and that they witness our glorious Faith as boldly and fervently and as publicly as humanly possible.

The comments on the article are typical – Church haters and defenders of Tradition.  One interesting point noted in the comments is that the area already has 3 Catholic grottoes of various types, and they haven’t caused the flood of traffic so dreaded by opponents of the parish.  This is about antipathy toward authentic Catholicism, pure and simple.

I would say briefly, in conclusion – imagine opposing a shrine to the Holy Mother of God.  What a sick, perverse, and most of all pathetically small-minded time we live in.

Yeah, it’d be terrible to have this in my town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fr. Albert on Admonishing the Sinner August 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related.  End trad-Cath circular firing squads!

Trump Emphasizes Christians in Refugee Admission August 3, 2017

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Some really good news out of the Trump Administration.  Not only has Trump switched focus on refugee admissions from Middle Eastern countries disastrous US policies have left ravaged from muslims (radically preferred under Obama) to Christians, the rate of change is growing rapidly – while Christian refugees were a slight minority in March (from being a huge minority a year ago), they are now the solid and growing majority:

The first six months-plus of the Trump administration have brought a discernible shift in the religious affiliation breakdown of refugees admitted into the United States, with a larger proportion of Christians to Muslims among those resettled.

Most of those who have arrived since President Trump’s inauguration would have begun the application process long before – it can take 18-24 months – but the change is nonetheless striking: More than half of those admitted under Trump (51.2 percent) are Christians, compared to 43.3 percent of those who arrived during the same period one year earlier under President Obama. [While the process may take a long time, policy swings can quickly result in huge shifts in terms of who gets admitted.  The Obama admin had long favored muslim “refugees” (re: economic migrants?) to a marked degree. Note I have seen much different data from what CNS is reporting at the link.  In the past I had seen data that declared the vast majority of Syrian refugees admitted to the US were muslim, with Christians virtually unable to get admittance. The data at CNS is worldwide, which I think makes up much of the difference]

Some graphs that put things in perspective quickly:

This is entirely right and just, not only are these Christians far more suited to assimilation in this country, they have also been the victims of a concerted genocide (or attempted one) by jihadi muslims, who seek to wholly depopulate Christians from their ancient ancestral home (where they predated muslims by 5-6 centuries, depending on the locale).  Plus, we as a nation put these sorely afflicted nations, or most of them – Iraq, Syria, Egypt, etc – on their path of endless internecine conflict and religious persecution.  We owe these people a very great deal.  The aggressors in this campaign of cultural and religious extinction should be looked at with a much more callous eye, at least so far as their admittance to this nation as so called refugees is concerned (bear in mind the European example, 80-90% or more of those refugees are just economic blood suckers looking for generous welfare benefits).

So good on Trump. While his legislative agenda is being killed by the Grand Ol’ Party of 2/3 leftist hacks pretending to be conservatives, at least on the executive side he is doing a great deal of good.  Now hopefully he’ll be able to make another Supreme Court appointment or two, and provided they are good, I’d be quite satisfied with him as a president.  At the very least, he’s not Hillary Clinton.

A word about this Russia act being put on by the Left, which again includes essentially every elected democrat and probably half to 2/3 or more of Repubniks at the federal level – of course it’s utter crap, but it’s also a display of brilliance on two fronts.  First of all its a brilliant display of the Leftist tendency to always project their own evils onto others – there is far, far more evidence of collusion between democrats and the Russian government (re: the Clintons) on an illegal basis (such as those revelations last week, of course swept under the rug by the media, of this Fusion GPS outlet being both the primary source of all this Russia material in the press and being a front for Russian gov’t intelligence work) than the tiny hints of impropriety pointed at Trump, that the media steadfastly works into a constant frenzy.  But at the same time, it is a brilliant tactical move, because when the evidence eventually comes out, and it will, that it is the democrats who were colluding with the Russians far more than Trump or any Republicans, and it is the democrats who routinely rely on vote manipulation/fraud to win elections, the dems can simply shout that the revelations are all political, that it’s all cover for Trump, that it doesn’t matter, etc., etc, knowing the leftist media will carry water for them 24/7.

In the Gospel for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost our Blessed Lord tells us that the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light.  We’re seeing this displayed on a daily basis.

Oh, and Mueller is a corrupt statist hack who is BFFs with disgraced Clinton protector and former FBI head James Comey.  Mueller has now convened a grand jury to continually harass Trump as part of the statist campaign to kneecap his administration before it even starts.  We are learning a very great deal about both the real beliefs of many players in DC (including the self-anointed “conservative” commentariat and political class) and the way the game is rigged, and it is absolutely shocking how correct “conspiracy theorists” like Alex Jones and others have been all along.  I do not see how this is going to have a happy ending.  Things are not settling down, they are building to a crescendo.  I cannot prognosticate what that will look like, but I don’t think it’s going to be Ozzie and Harriet.

What do we do with a Republican party so corrupt and so unwilling to even pretend to govern according to the will of the people?  We are always told third parties don’t work but the Republicans and Democrats have not always and forever been the two choices. There have been third parties that have held vast influence up to and including the presidency (the Whigs, for one).  But what has to form, and very quickly and adroitly, is a mass movement away from the existing party structure and into a new one.  I don’t know if this is possible, and there is always the risk that a split in the right will lead to Lefitst “ascendance” through power gained after winning a plurality, a la Spain in 1931 and Chile in 1970.

It’s beyond me what to do.  I haven’t had the time to think about it.  Perhaps you have some good suggestions.  As confirmation of my claim that the Republican party, at least at the federal level, is still dominated by statists/secret leftists/friends of Leviathan, you can be sure that this Congress will fail miserably in funding legislation to build a southern border wall, which was the primary reason people elected Trump.  You can tell just how effective walls are by the opposition that exists among the powers that be to allow one to be built.

Traditional Book Review: The Gentle Traditionalist by Roger Buck July 27, 2017

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Kind reader skeinster, who I know and value so much in real life for her perspectives as a longtime trad and observer of trads, gave me a copy of Roger Buck’s The Gentle Traditionalist to read.  Bucks two books – The Gentle Traditionalist and Cor Jesu Sacratissimum – have attracted rave reviews from the likes of Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Charles Coulombe, and Joseph Shaw.  Both books have received almost unanimous 5 star reviews on Amazon.  A few people gave it 4 stars.

I would probably have to fall into this latter camp as well, for while I appreciate the work – especially the first half – and find its lighthearted approach refreshing in a traditional Catholic tome, I felt the author missed the point on two key subjects – the “evils” of capitalism and the pernicious influence of the United States –  and glossed over the liturgical revolution in the Church and its effects a bit much.  I am no longer entirely certain that “the Mass is the Mass is the Mass” irrespective of how disordered, abusive, or downright heretical it is.  Having said that, I also know there are much more beautiful, uplifting, and reverent means of offering the Novus Ordo.  Call me a bit agnostic on this subject.

First, the good parts.  The author very skillfully exposes that the ultimate struggle ongoing in the West (and, through the Anglosphere’s overpowering influence, the world) is not one of politics, not even one of culture, but one of religion.  He adroitly reveals what has been obvious to this blog for years, but which took me other years to discover on my own – the modern left-libertine cultural-political-social agenda movement is not, as it likes to present itself, simply the natural product of a scientific inquiry and rationalist thought, but is in fact a highly organized, tightly controlled religion, and one that is inveterately hostile to it’s longtime nemesis and competitor, the Catholic Christian Faith.  Even more, the author notes that this religion – which he calls the New Secular Religion, and I, more clumsily, refer to as sexular paganism, creates enormous power and room to maneuver for itself by steadfastly denying its religious basis, even though we see the religious nature of sexular paganism exposed more and more everyday, with heresies declared, anathemas issued, and (un)holy wars proclaimed.  As author Buck notes, because it is the religion of the shapers of mass popular culture – the media, academia, virtually all corporate titans, and the vast majority of politicians – secularism literally gets away with murder.  And mass murder at that, given the ongoing genocide of abortion and the rising genocide of the old and infirm in so-called euthanasia.

All this is brilliantly conveyed and powerfully argued – but in a folksy, approachable way missing in many books related to the traditional Catholic – or, I should say, Catholic – critique of both the culture and the Church.  In fact, I found myself wishing at times this book had been available in, say, 2010 or so – it would have saved me 3 years or more of figuring this out for myself!

There author also touches on elements of Catholic history that have been deliberately glossed over, if not ignored entirely, in the propaganda machines cum education-industrial complexes in the West, and in particular in the Anglosphere.  When For Greater Glory came out in 2012, I was shocked to find how few Catholics had ever heard of the Cristiada or know that there had been a violent, bloody persecution of Catholics persist for decades literally right next door to the US.  Similar elements of Catholic reaction to the ongoing sexular pagan revolution – the Carlists, the Spanish Civil War, the War in the Vendee, various Irish uprisings against protestant English rule – receive mention.

I also found absolutely fantastic the distinction the author makes between being gentle, and being “nice.” I would be remiss in not mentioning this detail – the spiritual adviser, the “gentle traditionalist” of the book, is very much just that. I do appreciate his gentleness and think this is a great example of how to do evangelization, even proselytization, in a way that is probably very well suited to this era of easily hurt feelings and mass emasculation.  Nevertheless, Buck notes that very much of what is wrong with the culture, especially with regard to decaying moral (and ecclesiastical) norms stems from a fear of not being “nice,” which means, ever causing anyone to feel uncomfortable or have their feelings hurt.  The Gentle Traditionalist would be a terror on today’s college campuses among generation snowflake.  The author also, at least tacitly, exposed much of what is wrong within the Church herself these past several decades: the triumph of the feminized “Church of Nice” over the Church of the Apostles, Fathers, and Doctors.

Even more importantly, the author rightly notes that the original source of the New Secular Religion, as he calls it, is the protestant heresy and revolt.  How the author can then turn around and declare that protestantism merely represents an “imperfect confession” of the Faith was a bit puzzling, for protestantism is the seed bed of literally everything sexular paganism represents – rejection of authority, exaltation of human “reason” above God’s revealed Truth, tolerance (and eventual promotion of) sexual license, a wholly distorted understanding of virtue and the the nature of right piety and devotion, etc., etc.  I felt there was some unfortunate influence of the post-VII ecumenical movement, here.  But, in truth, this was a brief and unfortunate departure from the book’s fairly comprehensive attack on protestantism as the ultimate root of the assault on Christendom by the New Secular Religion (I will say, however, that I think the author also glosses over grave problems in the Orthodox Churches, as well, and the growing number of heresies stemming from those bodies, but, given what’s been emanating from Rom in the past few years and decades, who am I to judge?).

More systemic problems throughout the book are the author’s obvious lack of understanding of the United States and its people, and his wholesale attacks on capitalism.  Now, we all have baggage from our past. I quite frequently wonder the degree to which my lifelong conservatism/right wing nuttiness may be influencing my conception of the Church and Church belief.  It is probable I color various understandings on these weighty matters with my own preferences.

The author was a longtime liberal, even, it seems, a devoted member of the unchurch of sexular paganism himself.  He is also a Britisher, and seems to derive much of his understanding of both (what is represented as) capitalism and the United States from incredibly biased British media coverage (the author also seems to believe that climate change is real, caused by humans, and is largely the fault of what he calls capitalism.  But ever seen the environmental record of communist/hard socialist states?).  His numerous snide comments regarding the United States and our supposed embrace of “capitalism run riot” aside  (I really don’t think the author has much experience of the United States or Americans, and fails to note hugely important distinctions, such as the massive socialist welfare state that has existed in the US for decades, or the fact that Americans on average, and Christian Americans in particular, are far, far more generous in giving to charity than any European populace, which points up a hugely important distinction: the fact that the US has a relatively smaller welfare state than most Eurozone countries does not mean that the US is a hard-hearted, un-Christian place.  It means that many Americans would rather do their charity themselves, rather than have the government do it for them, all the while keeping a huge proportion for itself and gravely injuring civil liberties given by God in the process), the main weakness with his arguments, to me, are his constant denunciations of capitalism, or what he believes capitalism is.

Now, again, taking into account differing life experiences and preferences, when I repeatedly encounter phrases like “wage slavery,” lifted directly from Das Kapital, I take a bit of exception.

Without going into too much detail, or becoming overly critical, I would simply say that the author shares a very prevalent bias, one that is even more common in Europe in the United States, when it comes to understanding capitalism.  Capitalism is simply, at its essence, the free exchange of goods and services among private individuals at agreed upon rates.  Capitalism was not invented by Adam Smith.  It is the default economic system that has virtually always arisen among groups of men at all stages of history, whether it be based on barter, gold coins, or paper dollars.  This system has sometimes, naturally, had elements of collectivism, and at other times and places, been much more individualistic.

What we have today in the United States, and even more so in Europe (and have had for decades, even a century or more in some nations) is a capitalist-socialist hybrid, highly influenced and controlled by government, with government often picking winners and losers.  Those winners tend to be established players who already have great wealth and influence, and who, almost unanimously, adhere to the New Secular Religion.  The distortion of the free market, and government’s almost total dominance over it in many nations, is a huge factor both in the spread of the New Secular Religion and in the inability to fight back against it. In fact, many Americans, at least, view a free market as being a vital means to resist the spread of the New Secular Religion, just as many other Americans view socialistic policies as being vital to its continuing spread.  In brief, I think the historical evidence and that from the present day both strongly indicate that the New Secular Religion, as Buck calls it, is inseparable from the socialist state, and the more socialist the state, the more secularist it is, at least in the West.  (I won’t even go into the numerous mentions of the US’ lack of a government-forced single payer health care scheme, which is presently causing thousands of murders a  year in Holland and has moved Britain to ration health care to a draconian decree – no heart surgery for you if you are fat or smoke too much!  I doubt the author has any idea how terribly health services have declined, and costs increased, even with the semi-single payer Obamacare.  It’s been an unmitigated disaster for the vast majority of Americans who constitute the middle class).

At any rate, suffice it to say that we disagree on this rather substantial point.  I would also say that, politically, the New Secular Religion has always been primarily promoted by the political and economic Left, and that it is no accident that both the communist governments that have taken root, and the more socialist governments of the world, have all been profoundly anti-Christian and especially anti-Catholic. Meanwhile, capitalism happily coexisted with Catholicism from its founding up until about 150 years ago.  Distributism, which the author seems to promote (but doesn’t really flesh out to any degree), is a nice dream, but I have grave concerns that it is not simply another economic utopian fantasy that would wind up getting a whole lot of people dead, of necessity, in order to implement it.  But I won’t rehash those arguments now.

I would simply rebut with this: no economic system has lifted more people out of poverty more quickly than capitalism, even in its limited, distorted, and government-dominated form of today.  Professor Jordan Peterson claims that more people (300 million) have been lifted out of poverty in the last decade than at any time in human history, and the rate is actually increasing, with 35-40 million growing out of poverty every year now.

All of this is not unimportant.  As I noted, to me, there is far, far greater correlation between the rise of totalitarianism, religious persecution, and the advance of the “New Secular Religion” or sexular paganism,  with socialism/Leftism than there is between these terrible features of the modern world and capitalism.

Not that there are not serious problems with both capitalism and the United States. There are, and I have discussed them at length, especially regarding the latter.  Modern capitalism, with government encouragement, too often descends into usury. And the US – along with every other similar nation – is fundamentally disordered in not having Jesus Christ as its visible Head and the Catholic Faith as its state religion.

I should regroup here, and say that even with these points of disagreement, I still liked the book, I recommend it (with some caution regarding the points above), and would give it 3 1/2 to 4 stars out of 5. [On reconsideration, I would say more like 3 stars.  The anti-capitalist rants are really quite extensive and actually form a key part of the book’s argumentation, while socialism/Leftism as economic factors in the decline of Christendom (and inextricably linked with the rise of the New Secular Religion) are passed by virtually without comment. I have a serious problem with that] I will almost certainly purchase the author’s other book Cor Iesu Sacratisissimum, since it it much longer and, I believe, is supposed to explain his understanding of ecclesiology, theology, and related matters in much greater depth.

I did particularly enjoy the excerpt from The Deer’s Cry, or St. Patrick’s Breastplate, the author included.  This is an ancient Irish prayer attributed to St. Patrick, and I found it quite moving and beautiful.  I hope to find time to post that tomorrow or sometime soon.

Overall, there is much more good in the book than anything I can find fault with.  Many other readers, apparently, did not find nearly so much to be concerned over as I did, or they were willing to let those things pass by.  That’s fine.  I’m interested to know if any of you have read the book, and, if so, what you thought of it.  I went on at length in some of my criticisms, but that’s really more an indication of my inability to unpack and criticique thoughts efficiently, than it is of the amount of book that is devoted to the subjects I find less perfectly cogitated.  Really, the vast majority of the book is quite solid, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Whew, longest post I’ve done in a while.  If you’re still here, you deserve a beer or a cigarette or a gold star…..something.  How about a nice glass of Skittlebrau?

Kind of an inside joke if you haven’t read the book.

 

Trump Does Good – Bans “Transgender” from US Military July 26, 2017

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Even at the somewhat Trump-friendly New York Post, the commentary (in a supposed news article) is extremely negative.  Trump has had his gaffes and failures – often caused by Republicrat intransigence in Congress – but he continues to infuriate all the right people.  This transgender canard was just another showcase for the Left to flex its muscles, to continue to force conservatives and especially Christians into a smaller and smaller box, imposing self-censorship and using the power of the federal government to advance the most radical of social agendas.

Historically, the number of genuine “transgender” types in the military has been numbered in the scores to hundreds, even when the “peacetime” military numbered over 3 million.  Today, that number is claimed to have jumped into the thousands, even tens of thousands (which I sorely doubt), as sexular pagan cultural influence and a desire by weak, troubled, unscrupulous, and/or perverse souls to place themselves atop Mount Victimhood is causing a reported huge spike in the number of souls judging themselves to be somehow unsure of their sex (how serious many of these people are, how many of them there really are, and how much the ruin already inflicted on mostly young souls who have bought into the sexular pagan paradigm of wanton promiscuity and seedy deviance is at work here are all almost impossible to quantify).

This pushback may be small and narrowly focused, but it’s one of the few areas of successful pushback against the sexular pagan cultural juggernaut we’ve witnessed in the past decade or more.  So good on Trump:

President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that “transgender individuals” should not be allowed to serve in “any capacity” in the US military.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow​ …,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming …​”​

He finished up by writing: “victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”……

……….Transgender people already in the military would be allowed to continue​ serving, but no new transgender recruits would be able to join during the review.

​A Rand Corp. study​ ​ found there are between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service members in the active-duty military.

All of reasons in favor of this common-sense ban are demonstrably true.  If there is a spike in supposed gender confused souls in the military, how much of that spike was due to hopes of getting very expensive hormone injections and body-mutilation done on the taxpayer dime?  This move is also politically smart.  Let the democrats try to sell their support for this most extreme and troubling of their coalition of the aggrieved and perverse to the majority of Americans.  It won’t.

Already the rules the military was having to define to deal with Obama’s permission for these very troubled souls to serve in the military was highly destructive of morale and would likely have led to many good people being driving from the ranks, unable to live in intimate environs with members of the opposite sex pretending to be their own.  The rules for showering and other such private acts put virtually all the burden on conforming on the vast majority who are not “trans.” Unfortunately Trump’s move will allow those “transgendered” people already acknowledged by the military to continue to serve, but their numbers are relatively limited.

I don’t trust the study from Rand, they used to be great, when they were funded by USAF and were called RAND, but like virtually every other NGO, academic, or “research” institution, they have been penetrated and co-opted by the Left.  Their status as dispassionate analysts and finders of fact is severely diminished, along with other formerly great entities like the Hudson Institute and Brookings (which was always liberal, but used to do fair work).

Even if their numbers are correct, however, it means that only 0.15 – 0.4% of the military is transgender.  That  is probably a factor of ten greater than the historical average, which is why I am dubious of the numbers, but who knows in this insane age?

At any rate, good for Trump. Now build the dang wall, and gut the federal administrative bureaucracy working so very hard to undermine and destroy his presidency.  I’d say a 70% cut in staff would be a great place to start.

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

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

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

Thank you and God bless you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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