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Is There a PR Campaign Against Traditionalists…….. May 25, 2017

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…….or is there a resurgence in stereotypical “bad Trad” behavior in parishes that offer the TLM?

Dear reader SB, who I value so much in real life as a great sounding board to bounce ideas off, since SB has been around the TLM since ’91 (two decades more than me), sent me a link to this post at Unam Sanctam Catholicam some time ago.  I had been meaning to get to it, but then a few days ago another reader, MFG, sent me links to two other similar postings (here and here).  MFG wondered if this was perhaps part of some campaign to either give TLMers a bad name or to put them in a box, the suspicion being that perhaps this effort had something to do with the looming SSPX “reconciliation.”

Now, about these posts and the posters.  Of the three, I have total respect for Unam Sanctam Catholicam and know he’s a straight shooter duly reporting what he’s been told.  I also know there is no “agenda” there save perhaps for genuine concern about the health of TLM communities and the continued availability of the ancient Mass.  We all know Father Z and you can draw your own conclusions.  As for the final link above, it’s from the progressive-modernist Commonweal and I would treat any report by them with great skepticism.

Tying all this together for me personally was two sermons given by our pastor lately basically also imploring the faithful not to be “bad trads” by making others feel bad or engaging in much, if any, fraternal correction save in obvious or dire situations.

I won’t get into any of the particular posts but I’ll just share my own experience and my take on this sudden rash of posts seeming to say very much the same thing.  But before I do that I should share a bit about me.  Perhaps you’ve noticed but I really don’t give two shakes what anybody thinks about me.  That’s not entirely true – I’m extremely concerned what my wife, children, and other family and close friends think of me – but generally I’m not out to get people’s approval.  If they like me, fine, if they think I’m an asshole, bully for you and move on along.  I’ve also got a fairly thick skin and don’t mind sharing my opinion (obviously) nor hearing those of others, especially from those I have learned through experience to respect.  I’m generally reserved in real life but if people ask my opinion or I get drawn into a conversation then I don’t mind sharing it.  Having said that, save for close friends and family directly seeking counsel, I virtually never “correct” anyone in their behavior even if I have an issue with it.  However, I’m also perfectly willing to hear correction or exhortations to do better from others and I gladly received just such an exhortation as recently as last week.  Much depends on the source and how it is conveyed, of course.

That being said, the report I take the most seriously is the one from Unam Sanctam Catholicam (USC).  As I said, I trust the source implicitly but I’ve got to say I have rarely heard or seen any evidence of the type of behavior he’s describing – the typical trads complaining because the maniple is tied wrong or the Latin pronunciation is inexact.  I’ll take USCs word for it that he heard that from certain priests but I’m a bit skeptical that the priests were really receiving hyper-critical comments with any regularity.  There could also be a phenomenon at work where a priest going out on a limb expects a lot of praise and adulation from those he’s taking a risk for – and offering the TLM in most dioceses is hardly career enhancing and often career-threatening, so I certainly understand the expectation of praise from the faithful – which might cause even occasional negative comments to be blown out of proportion.  Now really I don’t know anything about the situation or the priests involved so I really shouldn’t comment but I’ll simply state this kind of hyper-critical behavior is, in my experience, quite rare.  It’s also so stereotypical of the “bad trad” behavior that was repeated uncritically in the conservativish Catholic press for a quarter century or more that it sort of sets off alarm bells in the back of my mind.  That’s all I’ll say about that.

Moving onto the subject of the local sermons, an exhortation to be very careful when applying fraternal correction, I thought the priest might have gone a bit far in some of his examples/verbiage but the overall point was certainly fine and well-taken.  I am certain this sermon was a reaction to reports/complaints the priest has received.  Now whether those episodes of correction that led to complaints were really malicious or simply misplaced zeal – or even people trying to assuage their own consciences that they are doing right, finding strength in number or whatever – I tend to imagine it is the latter far more than the former.

I also realize not everyone is like me.  Whereas I might hear someone extolling me to lead my family more in communal prayer as a well-meaning concern for my soul and the souls of my family, some people find this kind of talk threatening or as some kind of rebuke.  Perhaps it’s just my jerky nature but when someone goes to pieces because another person extolled the virtues of homeschooling to them (assuming decent tact and decorum) and they’re not homeschooling, well, toughen up buttercup.  That’s no reason to have a 30 minute crying jag in Father’s office.  Again, much would depend on the nature of the relationship between the people involved and what exactly was said, but I’m extremely skeptical that there is much in the way of malicious put-downs or hyper-critical correction going on – at least in the limited TLM communities I’ve been exposed to.

More often than not it’s probably just someone a little bit too on fire for a certain subject that comes on a bit strong.  I don’t see that as “bad Trad” behavior at all.  It’s probably just an error of judgment or a mild personality defect.

Really though outside relatively close personal relationships or directly-sought counsel we lay people probably don’t need to be doing a great deal of direct correcting of each other.  If you see something amiss repeatedly with someone who should no better, probably the best course of action is to quietly bring it to the attention of the competent priest and let them deal with it.  In my experience, they will generally follow through (and do a better job than we would), though it may not happen instantly as we would like.  (or am I being squishy here?  Is the crisis in the Faith so dire the times demand broad sweeping intervention into other’s business?)

At the same time I also think priests and laity should not be so delicate as to get upset about perceived correction (which may be simply a misinterpreted general exhortation).  The priests related by USC, especially, I think did not have the right reasons for offering the TLM.  Certainly there is a pastoral side to making the TLM available, but the real reason for offering ANY Mass is to render worthy honor and glory to God.  The Mass is the ONLY efficacious Sacrifice that is pleasing to God.  Since the TLM is so demonstrably superior in both form and effect every priest should be eager to offer the TLM at every possible alternative, and should not get discouraged if the faithful are not as appreciative and uncritical as he would like.  That’s probably expecting too much from frail human nature but nevertheless I think priests who stop offering the TLM because the laity are not docile enough or appreciative enough for his taste is, I think, pretty weak tea.

As to whether this is an anti-TLM PR campaign I think probably not, it’s probably just coincidence, but you know the old Hardy Boy’s formula: once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, thrice is CONSPIRACY!!  I think in this internet age, however, where people are hard up for content and want to attract attention, that formula probably needs some modification.

What do you think, or what is your experience?  Is there still a problem of mean ‘ol judgy trads wagging their fingers in innocent faces and driving people away from the TLM?  The way our local parish is growing, I’d have to say their failing if their intent is to keep people away.  Is there a problem with maybe a bit too zealous, perhaps a bit brittle and damaged trads getting too much into other’s business?  I still think my answer would be generally no (SB says she used to see this as a big problem, but not so much anymore).

Or perhaps are Trads and Trad priests maybe so set in their ways and so sure of being right they can’t take correction even when it’s well placed and deserved?

Gavin McInnes’ Twenty Reasons Why School, uh……Stinks May 24, 2017

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He uses a harder word, and this is McInnes, so you are forewarned that foul language will be profuse throughout this video, but he’s a recent Catholic convert – probably still trapped (unknowingly) in a standard banal Novus Ordo parish.  So maybe cut him some slack on the language and pray for his growth in virtue.

At the same time, he’s very entertaining, and unabashed critic of modern culture and especially the sexular pagan left, and he makes some great points in the video below critiquing the modern educational system in the West, and particularly in the United States.  Right off the bat in reason 2 of his twenty against the leftist domination in the vast majority of schools and colleges, public or private, he notes the intentional (and always leftist) politicization that is a fundamental part of the educational establishment.

Public schools have rarely in this country, or at least not since the nationalization of schools with the Department of Education, been about truly educating youths to think, to ground them in the classics, to give them a framework to learn throughout their life.  Even before the Department of Ed, many schools were too influenced by the Prussian model and too dedicated to turning out good factory workers, good obedient subjects of the government, etc.

But in the past few decades the Left has come to completely penetrate and dominate the educational establishment at all levels, often chucking even the pretense of education as the primary goal and instead making clear that what they seek to instill in the children parents hand over to their ministrations is a thoroughgoing Leftist ideology that the kids will be possessed with for life.  In the rising “millennial” generation, there plan seems to be coming to fruition, as this generation is by far the most propagandized and politicized – in an unthinking, uncritical way – we’ve seen at least since the 60s, and quite possibly ever:

However, I think there is some good news on this front.  While social media is often poison for forming a thinking, conscious mind, there are exceptions. When I’m working in the  yard or garage on the weekends, I listen to a lot of Youtube videos, and one of the fastest growing genres I’ve seen  (heard) of late is the 20-something millennial getting “red pilled” by watching videos from conservative/libertarian content producers.  At the very least, they are questioning the indoctrination they’ve received, and some are openly switching sides.

There aren’t nearly enough of these, of course, but the content produced by the likes of McInnes, Jordan Peterson, Black Pigeon Speaks, Sargon of Akkad, Jeffrey Rubin, Rebel Media, and many, many others does seem to be having some kind of positive impact.  No none of these people are explicitly Catholic or understand (and convey) the concept of leading a virtuous life in a Catholic sense, but many are on the right track and some, like McInnes, are even converting – pray God they don’t get scandalized out of the Faith by what they find, as many do (which was a point I missed from Matt’s video I posted  yesterday, a protestant who wants to convert but is being scandalized by Francis into possibly ignoring this call from God – this is an unspeakable tragedy and something for which I fear God’s judgment will be quite harsh).

Well, as if you  needed twenty more reasons to do all you possibly can to homeschool your kid(s) or send ’em to a rare good Christian private school, or an even rarer public school (perhaps way out in the country somewhere) where the insanity has not sunk in too deep.  But I really cannot emphasize the benefits of homeschooling enough, not only for the kids but for the parents as well.  Not that it’s a panacea, but it’s the best overall alternative we have now.

But mostly I just found the video fun, like almost all of Gavin’s are.

Francis at Fatima: “I am the bishop in white” May 23, 2017

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Well, I guess that’s settled now:

Lots of good stuff from Matt, including expressions of grave doubt against the growing drumbeat towards war with Syria – yet another Mideast country where the US apparently has a grave national interest in seeing the ancient Catholic communities wiped out.

I must also agree with Matt that the very watered-down canonization process that has been implemented in the past 35 years – because the most substantial changes happened well after the Council and were in fact put in place by Pope Saint John Paul II (who wound up, in a certain sense, being a beneficiary of the changes, at least as far as his public cultus goes) – has helped contribute to a “meh, whatever” sense regarding the many canonizations to which we are now exposed.  The dilution of the requirement for miracles from 3 to 1 (or none?), the deletion of the role of the devil’s advocate – these things have I think helped trivialize the process and decrease the general affection souls have towards the Church Triumphant in Heaven.

 

Francis also expresses what must be assumed to be disbelief of several recent – and Church-approved – Marian apparitions, accosting those who believe that Mary’s intercession stays her Son’s wrathful arm as basically an invention of the mind of  some of the faithful.  Mary referred to staying her Son’s arm not only at La Sallete but also Akita.  Apparently Francis takes a dim view of those revelations.  As for imposing one’s own beliefs on the Church – project much, Francis?

There is much more, it’s well worth watching.  The video does close with some good news that the school principal who insulted, cussed at, and threatened some home schooled evangelical kids who were witnessing against abortion outside the public school he serves at has been suspended.  Whether that is with or without pay is not stated.  If it were a Catholic cussing out and threatening some little pagans arguing in favor of abortion, does anyone doubt he would have been fired on the spot?  But that’s what the Left wants, the full measure of the law or social rules (rules they invent) for you, but special kid glove treatment for themselves.  Of course they deserve that, because every leftist knows, they are just better than everyone else.

If this double standard continues, it will be the end of this country.  People will not stand to be treated as second class citizens.  Or will they?  For now, I think, a majority answers no, as the election of Trump, I think, proves.  I think these kinds of social-interaction issues played a huge role in Trump’s election.

Dr. Jordan Peterson Destroys SJW Arguments on Sex/Gender in Canadian Senate Hearing…… May 23, 2017

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……..proving, in the process, the efficacy, even the desirability, of so-called “gay conversion” therapy, using the SJW’s own arguments to make his point.  The hearing is long but well worth listening to in its entirety.  The portion that is the subject of this post, however, begins at 54:38 and starts with a long-winded and patronizing question from a French-Canadian senator, which Peterson obliterates effortlessly (57:45).  If gender is changing and contextual and can be altered on a whim, then what on earth is wrong with the Christian-based psychological treatment of those with an inclination towards sodomy to avoid such behaviors – so-called gay conversion therapy – that leftists have been busy declaring illegal through legislation wherever they hold sway over the past few years?

In reality, Peterson should have dropped the mic and walked away right after just obliterating the left’s always so-self-satisfied claims.

He had several moments where he just shredded the “trap” questions the leftist pols tried to put to him.  They were reduced, towards the end (but before the clip above) to making insinuated threats against his tenured faculty position at University of Toronto.  So shameful was this the committee chair interrupted the questioner and they were partially expunged from the video, and the chair is a hardcore lib.

At any rate, Peterson is a religious modernist but he started out an atheist/agnostic and may be walking his way (back?) to God through the studies and argumentation he’s engaged in.  Nevertheless, on a great many pressing moral questions of the day, and especially the Left’s constant arrogation to itself of the moral high ground, there is no one going into these nests of academic and political vipers and just crushing them, over and over again, than this guy.  So hats off to him for that.

And this is some great work – what Peterson showed, in one of those brilliant 2 second questions that just eviscerate the other side, is that the Left has nothing in its bag but appeal to authority – we get the pseudo-academics in the humanities and the co-opted social sciences, the media, and then the pols of the “right” party to say that a thing is, no matter how ridiculous, and you will go along with it.  Showing that the emperor has no clothes, that the visions of gender/sexual identity being pushed by the Left today are as fantastical and unscientific as they are destructive of both individual souls and society at large, in such a direct and irrefutable way – this is very powerful.

Also extremely effective is pointing out the manifest contradictions between present leftist sexular pagan orthodoxy and reality- “gays” are born that way but gender is fleeting, ephemeral, and can change on a whim.  Women giving their sacred virtue away for a tawdry meaningless hook up is “empowering” but women are such victims lacking agency they can decide it’s “rape” 3 years later and ruin a guy’s life.  Getting an abortion is the ultimate fulfillment of a woman’s nature, rather than being a betrayal of everything a woman should be.  Carbon emissions are destroying the planet but the climate change zealots live as if they have no impact at all.  I could go on and on.

Very few people of note have had the will, the intestinal fortitude, the cajones, to stand up to the neo-Victorian shaming tactics of the sexular pagan left.  Peterson is one that has not only endured numerous such attacks, but he has taken the fight right into the enemy’s strongholds.  In doing so, he has garnered a huge following and has garnered sympathy from millions.  There is actually some danger here because too many people are unable to separate the good from the bad with him, and develop a sort of messianic attitude regarding not just Peterson but many other countercultural thought-leaders in the emerging anti-Left reaction, but that, I think, is not a significant problem for this particular audience.

Actually this brings up an important point, and that is the huge innate bias a huge proportion of people, especially young online-denizen types, have against religion and religious-based arguments.  This would actually be a good post on its own so I think I’ll just touch on it for now, but Peterson isn’t saying anything particularly new, but because he’s seen as a scientist and part of the “rational thinking community,” and not a weirdo Bible-thumping Christian with bad hair and a worse fake southern accent, he is automatically imbued with prestige, authority, and granted deference whereas a Catholic making the same statements would in many people be viewed with suspicion, doubt, and even outright hostility.  That’s actually an interesting sociological phenomenon and I think points up the Church’s utter failure of catechesis over the past 50 years, since many of these people turning to the likes of Peterson for direction in life (and people are literally doing this, using his “self-authoring program” to improve their lives) are probably former Catholics or even CINOs who assist at Mass perhaps once a year or so but never get anything out of it.

But yeah that would take a long time to flesh out so I’ll just leave it at that.

The Destructiveness of Female Promiscuity – The Message is Finally Getting Out May 15, 2017

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Great to see from a secular source, Lauren Southern’s video below strongly endorses what I have argued numerous times on this blog: that women, by their God-given nature, are uniquely (and deleteriously) affected by sexual promiscuity, and the wounds so received by this behavior are so severe as to render them virtually unsuitable for stable marriage.  There is extensive scientific data to support this claim, though it never breaks through to the mainstream propaganda press.  The video is very worth a watch, though, by its nature, it is not at all suitable for children or those with sensitive consciences/strong temptations against purity:

I really like how Southern notes the major impetus behind all this “tolerance” and virtue signalling – good feelings on the part of those involved.  It feels better to tell people pretty lies than to tell them the painful truth, no matter how destructive those lies may be (and in this case, they seem, collectively, to be poised to destroy the greatest civilization to ever grace the Earth).

On a deep psychological level, sexual intimacy affects women in ways far different from men.  The divorce rate for women with 3 lifetime sexual partners is about 30 times that of women with only one.

Women with ten or more lifetime sexual partners are, statistically speaking, practically certain to get divorced.  They have become unsuitable for marriage, absent a miracle of grace.

Women with numerous partners are far more prone to severe psychological problems and highly negative life outcomes like addiction, self-injury, serious mental problems, and even suicide.  This has naught to do with any “learned social roles” or some kind of hidden bias – it appears to be related to core elements of female personae and constant across societies.

This is why I’ve said in the past that the modern amoral sexual pagan culture is literally driving women, especially young women leading a tortured existence on the present-day hookup-culture college campus, insane.  The young men are also being driven insane, but in different ways, ways that may or may not be easier to recover from.

At any rate, it is very refreshing to see another young woman acknowledge this fact, and implore others not to fall into the cultural trap of selling their most cherished possession, God’s gift of innocence/purity, at fire sale prices.

Put another way, perhaps all those stringent standards that have existed in so many successful/moral cultures across time and location going back millennia were not accidental, not the result of a cruel patriarchy, but are in fact a manifestation of God’s Law.  In fact there is no perhaps about it, that is exactly the case but we humans love to have to learn things the hardest, most painful way possible.

Dallas Diocese Opposes Texas “Anti-Sanctuary” Law……. May 15, 2017

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……..apparently endorsing lawlessness and law-breaking on the part of municipalities and others. Or, probably more accurately, but even more pernicious, a double standard when it comes to the law: the leftist coalition that provides (bribes) the Church to the tune of about $100 million per year for ostensible services for immigrants, legal and otherwise gets special rights and privileges, while others get the full force of the law.

At any rate, I was very sad to see one local priest I have always thought highly of strongly endorsing this diocesan effort to oppose a very fair and common-sense law.  I should also add that the Diocese of Dallas has stepped up its efforts in support of illegal immigration of late, lending support for a recent mass march in downtown Dallas in favor of immigrants rights (that only drew 3000 people, far, far less than the 100,000 predicted by its organizers):

Their message was direct: Break silence, speak out.

Their target: The impact of a new law that expands local law enforcement power over immigration matters and is billed as “anti-sanctuary.”

Senate Bill 4 was signed into law on Sunday by Gov. Greg Abbott and goes into effect Sept. 1.

“This law does not make Texas more safe,” said the Rev. Rudy Garcia, the Catholic rector at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. “In fact, it makes all of us less safe as it discourages people from reporting crime and wrongdoing to local authorities, who now have to act like ICE agents.” [No, it is intended to avoid things like the recent case in Boston, where a legal immigrant green card holder was deliberately given a 364 day sentence by liberal prosecutors there, because green card holders who serve more than 1 year in prison can be deported.  That is, can be, not automatically or always are.  This was the prison term given for TWO armed robberies.  The same man turned around and murdered two people not long after getting out of jail.  They were unavailable for comment on the Diocese’s reflexive immigration endorsement.]

Garcia quoted from another pastor at a news conference Thursday at the Latino Center for Leadership Development in downtown Dallas, attended by more than a dozen clergy members, lawyers and social activists justice warriors.

It was the now-deceased Martin Niemoller who was an outspoken foe of Adolf Hitler. The lines attributed to him begin: “First, they went after the socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist.” [Got that, Trumpistas? You’re all fascists, just like Adolf Hitler.]

………In a tearful exchange at the news conference, Dinorah Sierra introduced herself as an immigrant mother who was “indocumentada,” without legal immigration status. [She is here illegally.  She has broken federal laws, laws that are far more strict and far more rigorously enforced in Mexico and most lands from which the vast majority of illegals hail.  She is demanding, in reality, special rights and privileges for herself at the expense of those native born.]   She said she didn’t want to leave her home to attend the event. “But it gives me strength to see so many organizations united fighting for our rights,” Sierra said.

“Many of the buildings downtown have been made by Hispanic hands,” she said with her voice trembling.  ”The vegetables have been picked from the dirt by Hispanic hands, even though they don’t want us.” [Note the clever switch, from the issue of immigration to the issue of race.  The not-so-subtle implication is that if you oppose measures to curb illegal immigration and deport those here, you only do so from a standpoint of racism.  This entire press conference appears to have been conducted deplorably, relying on character assassination and reflexive appeals to emotion rather than logic or even rational analysis on the level of virtue.  I imagine that is because there is so little rational argument on the pro-illegal immigration side.]

About that, continued mass immigration, especially illegal but also legal, can often be, and in the case of the US I think manifestly is, unjust to the poorest of US citizens because this mass immigration artificially depresses wages, especially among the poorest and least skilled.  The Church is in this case helping keep wages depressed and tens of millions of US citizens out of work.

Throughout Catholic moral theology, it is an established precept that one’s duty in virtue applies first to those closest, and then radiating in a sort of concentric circles to expanding groups of people from the neighborhood, perhaps then to the parish, then to the city, the state, the region, the country, etc.

Thus Catholics have a higher moral duty to their fellow citizens than they do to those of other nations.

But for what to many appear to be selfish reasons, the Church has chosen to subordinate the rights of those who have a higher moral claim to those who have a much lower one.  So much lower, in fact, that on the matters involved – citizenship, access to social services, access to jobs, etc – it is quite arguable that citizens of those other countries have almost no claim at all, at least not when those claims put them in direct competition with natives of this country.

And I have left out entirely two enormously important factors that almost never get mentioned: the destruction of the family that frequently occurs with illegal immigration, with spouses and children often abandoned in the native land and bigamous marriages conducted here (and entirely as a matter of choice), and the fact that from the Church’s perspective, nearly half of this flood of Hispanic immigrants will leave the Church for the sects within 20 years, and an even larger proportion of their children will do the same, whereas the percentage of Catholics in Mexico (from which a huge majority proportion of the illegal immigrants come) has been relatively stable over the past 20 years, which means support for illegal immigration is support for a clear and present danger to the Faith, and, hence, the eternal destination of millions of souls.

Of course, the super with-it “church of accompaniment” established in 1965 cares little for such minutiae.  As I was told over and over again in San Antonio last week, All Dogs Go to Heaven, and concepts like hell and purgatory are just hoary old obsolete ideas that have no place in the new church, with a new pentecost, established in the sainted Sixties.

We Are in Opposition to the Person of the Pope Out of Loyalty to the Sublime Office of the Papacy May 9, 2017

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From Miter and Crook by Bryan Houghton, a mythical tale of an English bishop consecrated in 1965, just as the human element in control of the Church launched the revolution against her very nature, who “rebels” against authority and re-institutes the Traditional Latin Mass and many other traditional practices of the faith in 1977 after a decade of experience had shown him that the ethos of Vatican II was wholly destructive.  The book follows the repercussions of this most pastoral of decisions and the sufferings and persecutions the good, if fictional, bishop endures.

The book is a bit odd in format, being a compendium of correspondence this sadly unreal bishop (would that we had far more like him!) engaged in from the time he launched his program of restoration until the inevitable conclusion (which I will not spoil).  The excerpt I quote below is between the good bishop and a hostile confrere, one who judged the good bishop rebellious to authority and disloyal to the Holy See for committing the horrific crime of Catholicism.  I copy and paste from various sections, but draw from pages 31-35.  I thought some of the fictional bishop’s commentary highly insightful, and also quite apropos of our present time, when Rome has once again descended into soul-destroying selfishness.  I indulge myself with comments along the way:

I have my own private view of history.  I accept that it is a struggle – even a constant state of revolution.  It started straight away in the Garden of Eden.  I also admit that the revolution always succeeds.  But what is so puzzling is that the moment the revolution succeeds it is obliged to start all over again from scratch.  It always triumphs but never conquers.  The USSR today is a living example of what I mean. [Thank God not so living today, at least not in a physical form, though its spirit lives and has colonized much of the former Christendom]   After sixty years of straining away at the most ruthless and continuous revolution in history it is no further advanced than in October 1917.  It has massacred untold millions of people, all of whom appear to have resurrected again.  In fact it has taken 60 years for it to beget its most astonishing and least desired product, Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Strange, isn’t it? [Quite insightful. Indeed, the revolution never ends.  Not only does it devour its own, but in the end it devours itself.  The revolution against the Church is of a part with the revolution of October 1917, and that of May 1968, but more fundamentally it is an inescapable part of the original rebellion of Adam and Eve, as noted above. The Church is the only enduring construct of the counter-revolution]

This seems to me to be the process [by which revolution is carried out].  Neat, logical little men, often lawyers, are forever attempting to reduce God’s magnificent, incomprehensible, chaotic creation to the neatness and logic of their own beastly little minds. [This is a tremendously meaningful sentence.  Think about it.  Not only have all revolutions stemmed from such little minds, and every heresy, but the entire modern conception of science (as a pseudoreligion) has as well.  Evolution, global warming, and Big Bang are what comes from men who try to reduce God’s greatness down to their own level of understanding.] Of course they succeed in a way, rationalizing everything around them until it stops working altogether.  They can rationalize the egg industry so as to guarantee equality of egglessness for all but they cannot pass a law requiring all hens to lay an extra egg a day.  If they do – and it happens – the hens are unlikely to play ball, or, in the present case, eggs……Hence the endless and heroic fight of the revolutionary.  I suppose that Robespierre will forever remain the ideal type; such a nice little lawyer, as neat and tidy in his mind as in his pale blue frock-coat, and so full of “virtue” and so “incorruptible” that only he could organize the Terror.

Anyway, my point is that the revolutionary process is the eternal attempt of man to impose his order, his law on God’s creation. And this is exactly what is happening in the Church. Until this post-conciliar period, God’s Church appeared almost as magnificent, incomprehensible, and chaotic as His creation. It was cluttered up indiscriminately with tiaras, cardinal’s hats, miters, birettas, rosaries, prie-dieus, saints and sinners, Friday fish, indulgences……and all the rest.  yes, cluttered up it was, as is the universe.  But it all worked incredibly smoothly………

……After Vatican II the neat, logical little fellows were given their head.  Obviously, the first thing to do was to clear the decks.  A clean sweep has been made of absolutely everything.  Not only was the tiara flogged but even the Pieta got chipped.  Then they must produce a neat, logical little liturgy: unpretentious, comprehensible, as dull as themselves.  The laity promptly participated by walking out.  That is the process all along the line.

Now, am I acting as you say “clean against the trend of history?” [You’ve surely heard this argument, haven’t you?  That Catholics – “traditional” Catholics – are contrary to the times?  That the Church “isn’t going in that direction anymore?”  That Latin is “not where the Church is headed?”]  Yes, if you regard the revolutionary process as the constitutive element of history.  No, if you think of me as the dull, elemental matter of God’s creation popping up inevitably from the very nature of things.  That I personally shall be ground to dust [by the Church hierarchy lashing out against this most unspeakable of rebellions, non-acceptance of the revolution they have imposed] is not unlikely; but the reality I stand for will still pop up when the neat, logical little men find themselves holding a handful of dust.

Quite logically, you accuse me of fighting for a lost cause……[This] is among the greatest compliments you can pay me. Perhaps my only inveterate sin is my contempt for those who jump on bandwagons.  Surely lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for?  Why don battle dress for a victory parade?  And surely you do not believe what is lost by men is lost to God? [I appreciate this hopeful segment]

……Colomba was a Dominican nun who lived in Perugia.  She suffered from almost every type of mystical phenomenon – ecstasy, levitation, and the rest.  The Master of the Dominicans felt uncertain about whether her spirit was from God or from the devil.  This was about 1490, when people still believed in both.  In consequence he would have the girl examined by the Holy Father himself who was on a visit……This was duly arranged.  In the great hall of Perugia…..there sat enthroned the Sovereign Pontiff, Alexander VI…..and the Papal Court around.  Colomba was introduced. Upon sight of the Vicar of Christ, she immediately went into ecstasy, as should all good nuns……….She levitated and railed at the pope from somewhere near the ceiling. “You who are the Vicar of Christ and act as the Vicar of Satan! You who hold the Keys of the Kingdom but only unlock the doors of brothels!  You who are captain of the Ark of Salvation and have a girl in every port!  You who…….”  After twenty minutes of this, the Papal Court felt rather anxious for poor Colomba’s safety.  How do you get girls out of ecstasy?  However, Alexander Borgia turned to the Master of the Dominicans: “Have no fear, my son: her spirit is certainly from God since everything she says is true.”

I sometimes wish that I were an ecstatic Dominican nun.  I could keep going for well over twenty minutes.  What i doubt is whether the sixth Paul has the humility of the sixth Alexander.  Admittedly, it is far more difficult to be humble if one sins between the ears than if one sins between the sheets.  Anyway, the point is perfectly clear: Colomba was in opposition to the person of the Pope precisely out of loyalty to the institution of the Papacy[Yes!  That’s it!  And the same is the case today, and dare I say, has been the case with most critics of the leadership of the Church, including the Pope, since the human element of the Church rebelled against the Church’s very nature and being.]

What I find astonishing in our days is that the situation is exactly reversed.  People can attack the Papacy to their heart’s content provided they do not breathe a word against the person of the Pope [the particular pope then reigning]. Our own ecumenists see the Pope as a Constitutional Monarch with plenty of whiskers but no teeth.  Hans Kung is even against the whiskers.  Dom Bernard Bresnet thinks that the papacy should be a committe with, get this, a lady chairman.  Professor Delumeau would prefer the pope to be the quinquennially elected President of the World Council of Churches.  All these – and I could name many others – are in keeping with the present regime, and Delumeau can even expect a gift in his stocking at Christmas from the pope himself.  On the other hand, that benign old gentleman, Archbishop Lefebvre, gets into endless trouble for maintaining that the personal administration of the present Pontiff is an unmitigated disaster[Because he refused to take part in the mutual suicide pact that is the post-conciliar Church]

…...What I am getting at is perfectly clear.  You should think twice before you start talking about loyalty.  It is certainly you who are disloyal downwards. [meaning, to the laity under his charge, by leaving them to the ravening wolves of error and heresy while blithely declaring his “loyalty” by introducing the endlessly destructive conciliar revolution] It is also possible that you are disloyal upwards to the divine institution of the Papacy precisely by toadying to its temporary administrator.

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Indeed.  Excellent, excellent summation.

I haven’t got much to add to that, except that it is amazing how little has changed in the past 40 years.  If anything, it’s gotten worse, even acknowledging young priests of relative orthodoxy (few of whom have any idea how much they do not know, nor the volume of what has been lost, some hopeful religious orders, Summorum Pontificum, and other positive developments.

Many hoped that JPII and then Benedict indicated that the tide had been turned, or a nadir reached from which we could hope for steady improvement.  Others, perhaps wiser, believed that the conservativish pontificates following Paul VI were simply a period of entrenchment and solidification. Either way, Francis has shattered many illusions that the Church was on the cusp of renewal.

I do believe there is great truth in the above, wherein the bishop states that no matter how hard they try to kill Catholicism, it will keep popping back up, both because at least a tiny fraction of people recognize its unalterable truthfulness and want it, and also because God is ultimately in charge of all.  God has a penchant for working phenomenal turnarounds, as this series of sermons indicates.

I could say more, but must cut this off now.  I did not want to go an entire week with no posts.  Hopefully you think this post makes some kind of sense. In lieu of reading here, watch one of those five videos on God’s turnarounds a day until I get back.

Thank you for your prayers and well-wishes.  The power of prayer – or at least yours –  is unbelievable. Every day with my boy is a testament to that.  I am in debt to you all.  Thank you again. I pray for you.

 

 

Sodo-Self Loathing Revealed in Hate Crime Hoaxes? May 5, 2017

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Oh dear, another day, another fake hate crime exposed.  Or rather, I should say, another fake hate crime against one of the Left’s favored sects exposed, while a real hate crime was committed against conservatives and morally upright people.

A very troubled young man and “gay activist,” who also serves as an organist at an episcopal church in Indiana (a “progressive” and “welcoming” church, meaning believing Christians are not welcome there), has been charged with defacing his own church building, spraying graffiti with ostensible fascist and Nazi messages on them.  I think, however, that little kernel of Truth that virtually no amount of sin and error can ever completely drive from a soul, manifesting as a sort of self-loathing, may have been unintentionally revealed by the perpetrator of this cowardly and deranged act.

See if you agree:

After St. David’s Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, Indiana, was vandalized, many suspected they were targeted by KKK members or a Nazi group. [Even though such groups hardly exist anymore, especially the former] Members of the church urged police to investigate the incident as a hate crime, WTHR Channel 13 reported.

But after an investigation, the Brown County prosecuting attorney’s office shocked the congregation by charging the church’s own organist, 26-year-old George Nathaniel Stang of Bloomington.

It was Stang who first reported the vandalism to police last November only days after last year’s presidential election. [Timing more suited to a bit of catharsis-seeking live action role playing on the part of a leftist than anything else. Leftists increasingly love to act out their fantasies of oppression]

It was immediately thought to be a hate crime because the small Episcopal Church is a progressive congregation that welcomes gays. The graffiti spray painted on the church walls read “Heil Trump” and “Fag Church.” [Interesting choice of words.  More later]

But during their inquiries police quickly came to feel that the vandalism was done by someone familiar with the church and began looking at the crime as an inside job. After an investigation, police arrested Stang.

The church organist allegedly admitted to the crime telling police he did it because he wanted to “mobilize a movement after being disappointed in and fearful of the outcome of the national election.” [Uh huh. Either that, or he’s simply an unhinged, unwell soul, like so many of his cohort]

“Fag church.”  Fag church.  Very interesting.  Almost as if he is saying something about the church to which he belongs.  Almost as if he longs for real correction and the truth of Jesus Christ but, because of his sins, can’t quite bring himself to accept either.  Still, might this not reveal that at least a part of him knows the truth, that the church to which he belongs is, far from helping him find Christ and live a life of virtue, is actually keeping him trapped in his sins with a horrific outcome awaiting him at the end of his life?

I’m not going to go any further than that, but a very interesting, and potentially revealing, choice of words, indeed.  Real shocker he goes to an episcopal church, huh?

Has the “Church of Darkness” Eclipsed the True Church? May 5, 2017

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Interesting commentary from Father Albert of the traditional Dominican community of the Holy Rosary in Belgium.  I do not think he quite answers the question posed to him definitively, which posited that the Church in Rome, that is to say, the curia and the institutional hierarchy, are becoming so estranged from the Catholic Faith as to become “the seat of antichrist” (boy, won’t prots have a field day with that), but he notes that while the Church has not quite reached the point that the antichrist is literally reigning in it, much of the institutional hierarchy is preparing the way for that terrible eventuality.

Most troubling, the Church has, since Vatican II, and to a greater and greater extent as the years pass, lost those four distinguishing marks that reveal her to be the True Church and Bride of Jesus Christ, those being: holiness, unity, catholicity, and apostolicity.  Such is Father Albert’s surmise, at any rate:

Do you agree with his assessment, and in what way?  Is the compromised, even fallen Church forewarned by Our Lady at La Sallete, Fatima, and Akita coming to pass, or is it already in full bloom?  Has the true Church been “eclipsed?”  These are very difficult questions.

You can catch Father’s brief Q&A sessions most days on The Fatima Center channel on Youtube.

Awesome to see the tonsure, btw.  Much appreciated.

Hurrah for KC Archbishop Naumann – He Banned the Girl Scouts! May 3, 2017

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Now complete the task and also sever ties with the morally lost, transgender-accepting Boy Skirts of America.

Kansas City, Kansas Archbishop Joseph Naumann issued a statement earlier this week severing the Archdiocese’s decades-long association with the Girl Scouts in favor of Christian-based scouting organizations.  I praise the Archbishop for doing so, while noting it is well past time for such moves, and praying that far more diocesan ordinaries will have the faith, zeal, and concern for souls (IOW, the stones) to do the same:

Saying that Girl Scouts is “no longer a compatible partner in helping us form young women with the virtues and values of the Gospel,” the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is severing ties with the organization and switching its support to a Christian-based scouting program.

“I have asked the pastors of the Archdiocese to begin the process of transitioning away from the hosting of parish Girl Scout troops and toward the chartering of American Heritage Girls troops,” Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann said in a statement released Monday. [American Heritage Girls are not without their problems.  They have a strong evangelical protestant bent, and I have heard of efforts to convert Catholics who join.  But it is far superior to the Girl Scouts.  What we need is a Catholic alternative like the Troops of St. George for boys.]

“Pastors were given the choice of making this transition quickly, or to, over the next several years, ‘graduate’ the scouts currently in the program. Regardless of whether they chose the immediate or phased transition, parishes should be in the process of forming American Heritage Girl troops, at least for their kindergartners, this fall.” [I would prefer a quick clean break, but probably this is the more politic approach]

American Heritage Girls, founded in 1995, has become an option for those who say Girl Scouts has become too liberal and has relationships with organizations that support abortion rights and do not share traditional family values — allegations the Girl Scouts deny. [They can deny all they want, but numerous exposes and investigations have proved that the Girl Scouts has wandered far into sexular paganism and has expansive ties with Planned Barrenhood and similar organizations]

Naumann also called for an end to Girl Scout cookie sales in the archdiocese.

“No Girl Scout cookie sales should occur in Catholic Schools or on parish property after the 2016-2017 school year,” he said in a letter to priests in January.

The action has angered some Girl Scout leaders and parents in the archdiocese, who say Girl Scouts is a respected program that helps raise strong girls who become good stewards. They call the move punitive and unfair and say it treats girls in their troops like second-class citizens. [Oh for crying out loud, it does nothing of the sort.  It is not as if there is no alternative being offered.  And the very recourse to this kind of emotional appeal is redolent of progressivism.]

“This is frustrating; parents are very irritated,” said Maria Walters, a former Girl Scout leader in the archdiocese and mother of two Girl Scouts. “I feel we should all be together as one in the community. This does nothing but divide us……….[IOW, any opposition to the progressive cause is divisive.  Gotcha.]

……….Some Girl Scout leaders disagreed, saying they were never consulted about the decision and that some of their girls had been bullied because they were involved in Scouts. [B as in B, S as in…….let me translate this into reality: some girls may have faced questions as to why they belonged to a radical feminist organization, or had their feelings hurt when told “no” by someone who doesn’t want to support such an organization when they tried to sell their overpriced cookies.  That is not bullying.  Anything contrary to your super special snowflake’s every wish and whim is not an offense against God and nature, nor is it violence or bullying.]

………..Naumann said Girl Scouts contributes more than a million dollars each year to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which he called “an organization tied to International Planned Parenthood and its advocacy for legislation that includes both contraception and abortion as preventive health care for women.” [Those connections have been amply proved. For example: this, and this, and this.  Under increasing pressure from organizations like the Catholic Church, the Girl Scouts USA did replace their former rabidly pro-abort president with a more moderate one in 2016. But the institutional rot remains, as do myriad problems with state and regional councils, some of which really do use pornographic sex-ed materials from Planned Parenthood and without parental supervision.]

He also said that many of those who have been cited as role models by Girl Scouts “not only do not reflect our Catholic worldview but stand in stark opposition to what we believe.”

The Girl Scouts, which has 1.9 million girl members and 800,000 adult members nationwide, does not take a position or develop materials on human sexuality, birth control or abortion, according to its website. And despite what critics say, the organization says, it does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood. [This is a vague and misleading statement, and is also another case of the media turning news into opinion.  It might be possible to say the national organization has very recently severed former ties with Planned Barrenhood, or that some state or regional councils have, but not that “there is no relationship.”] 

“Parents or guardians make all decisions regarding program participation that may be of a sensitive nature,” it says.

Again, this is countered by a mass of contrary data.  Any search on Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood will return thousands of hits.

The overall tone of the piece was hostile towards the archdiocese’s decision, which is hardly a surprise, given that reporter/opinionator Judy Thomas is the same one who ran Bishop Finn out on a rail.

This makes two dioceses in the Missouri area that have terminated their relationship with Girl Scouts.  The Archdiocese of St. Louis did the same last year.  May more bishops avail themselves of God’s grace to do the same.