September 28, 2014

Concerning the Synod via Ann Barnhardt...

For those that don't read Ann Barnhardt (but should), I'll post an excerpt from a recent post wherein she gives her take on the upcoming Synod:


"2. Just a quick note on the upcoming Synod on the Family called by Pope Francis Bergoglio in October. Let me explain how it is going to play out. The Synod will convene, only the Modernists will be allowed to say anything, the Synod will publish something that goes on and on and says ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, then the Pope will issue a “Post-Synodal Exhortation” which will also go on and on and say ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (but will use to nauseating excess the words “caress”, “tenderness” and “encounter”), and then the green light will be given to every Modernist and unwitting Modernist priest (which is most of them today – let’s be honest) to tell people that divorce and remarriage is no big deal and BY ALL MEANS you should receive Holy Communion. And if you thought that annulment was merely “Catholic divorce” before, just you wait. Annulments will be passed out at “A KENNEDY WANTS TO MARRY THE NANNY” SPEED. Getting an annulment will be like ordering a Quarter Pounder with Cheese Value Meal at the drive-thru window. They’ll have the annulment burgers and fries pre-made and sitting under the proverbial heat lamps. Please pull through.

The reason this is all so easy to anticipate is because it has already happened since the Asteroid (™) hit in the 1960s. In fact, it happened twice. The first was with the promulgation of the New Mass, the Novus Ordo, in ARSH 1968. Did you know that the Novus Ordo is supposed to be offered in Latin, with the priest facing God Almighty – NOT facing the people, and with Gregorian Chant? Yup. All of the abuses that you see today at almost every single Novus Ordo Mass are NOT specifically called for in any Vatican II documents. They are all the result of a strategy of putting nothing down in writing, but instead operating like a Tin Pot Dictatorship and sending toadies to communicate that “anything goes, boys”, and anyone who doesn’t go along with or dares to speak out against the “new program” will be destroyed. This is how the Novus Ordo Mass implementation was executed. And, you know, it worked so darn well, why WOULDN’T they use the same strategy?

The other arena in which this was used to great “success” was in regards to contraception. Paul VI Montini wrote Humanae Vitae, which condemned contraception in no uncertain terms, and then openly supported clerics who flagrantly disobeyed it, and even more egregiously, actively punished clerics and prelates who defended Humanae Vitae and called out their disobedient brother bishops and priests.

Yes. You read that right. Paul VI PUNISHED bishops and priests who defended his own encyclical.

And, as a result, to which my inbox provides a steady stream of testimony, YOU GUYS, now in the autumns and winters of your lives, thwarted the existence of your own children that God desperately wanted to give you, because your priest TOLD YOU THE DIRTY SATANIC LIE AT THE BEHEST AND UNDER THE THREAT OF HIS SUPERIORS that contraception wasn't a sin, and it was okay for you to sterilize yourselves and reduce the marital embrace to an act of masturbation. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. And this tactic was wildly successful.

So shall it be with this Synod. I would also assume that the blind eye of sanction will be turned to all manner of sodomy ratification, including the “blessing of unions” or some hellish abomination like that. But NOTHING will ever be put in writing. Only meaningless, Jesuitical, Modernist, drooling, utterly incoherent gobbledygook nonsense which the pseudo-intellectual neoconservative fanboys and fangirls will lap up like hogs at the slop trough, so pathetically needy and desperate to appear smart and be popular, that they will join in the hen cluck chorus of “oohs” and “aaaaahs” at nod knowingly at all of the big wurdz and run-on sentences. (If I don’t understand what it says, it MUST be true! But I’ll pretend that I do understand it so they think I’m teh smart and like me!)"


You can read her entire post here.

I suppose we'll see which version of whose opinion - and there are myriad ones out there - will prevail at the Synod. The only one we haven't heard from yet is the Holy Ghost. And He isn't talking or given any press releases...




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September 26, 2014

SPERO NEWS: Lay Catholics call on Vatican to protect marriage from no-fault divorce

From SPERO News, a very good article concerning the SYNOD and the defense of the Sacrament of Matrimony:


Lay Catholics call on Vatican to protect marriage from no-fault divorce

Mary’s Advocates, an advocacy group based in Ohio, hopes to have its position represented at the upcoming Extraordinary Synod to be held at the Vatican. According to a release from the organization, dozens of manuscripts were sent to Pope Francis, as well as bishops and cardinals to point out what it calls “discrepancies between pastoral care actually occurring compared to care described in the Canon Law and Catechism.” 
 
Rev. Chuck Zmudzinski, a canon lawyer, has recommended the observations offered by Mary’s Advocates. He hopes that they succeed in their efforts to find Catholics bishops willing to speak up for the rights of spouses who want to protect their marriages from divorce and uphold the validity of their marriages in nullity proceedings conducted by church tribunals. 
 
Mary's Advocates quoted FrZmudzinski as pointing out “the possibility that the Church is actually promoting divorce by ignoring the canonical requirement that a spouse obtain the bishop's permission before approaching the civil forum for a decree of separation or divorce.”
 
In the Observations’ introduction, Bai Macfarlane of Mary’s Advocates writes, “From a layperson’s point of view, there is a notable difference between the pastoral care described in the Catechism and the Canon Law, in contrast to the prevalent pastoral practice in the United States. Simply put, many of the faithful believe that divorce is a morally neutral occurrence, and many diocesan staff personnel seem to agree—separation of spouses, the break-up of marriages, and divorce are things that ‘just happen.’”See Observations here.
 
Macfarlane also wrote “Chanceries appear to have no system to assist bishops in weighing the special circumstances of a marriage before a spouse files for divorce or separation in the civil forum. This weighing of circumstances is required by canon law as described herein. Numerous faithful do not know or do not care that forcing divorce—outside of specifically limited circumstances—is immoral, contravenes the moral law, and is a grave offense against the natural law.”

READ THE REST HERE AT SPERO NEWS:


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September 25, 2014

Vintage Remnant: The Curious Case of Fr. Paul Nicholson - 2/27/2014

There are some who wish to give no air-time to this cleric. Perhaps it's best we do, to a certain extent, anyway, if for no other reason than to show how silly, unreasonable, uncharitable and subjective his comments are. Besides, if he wants to appear foolish and mar the dignity of his office, I say let him. But that is just me...for an alternate opinion from another blogger, who is a bit more congenial, concise and to-the-point, click here.

This past February, Chris Jackson wrote in the the Remnant all anyone needs to know about this person. I reprint a portion here for starters and ask you to click over to the remnant for "the rest of the story"...


According to his website :
Indeed, Fr. Nicholson has been working vigorously. He is very active on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, his blog, and his website. To his credit, Fr. Paul says the Traditional Mass and has very orthodox Catholic views on important sexual moral issues that are under attack today. On these matters it is safe to say he is doing much good for the Church. However, in other matters this isn’t quite the case. One such matter regards Fr. Nicholson’s multiple recent attacks on the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). As the saying goes, Fr. Nicholson is entitled to his own opinions about the Society, but he is not entitled to his own facts. The Remnant has no affiliation with the SSPX. However, we have often seen fit to publicly correct the record when various “conservative” Catholic apologists have stated inaccuracies about them; inaccuracies which could have been easily prevented by a few simple internet searches.
First, Fr. Nicholson repeatedly and gratuitously refers to the SSPX as being “in schism.” This false claim was has been put to rest at least as early as 2005 when Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei at the time, specifically stated that the SSPX was not in schism . This fact was confirmed again just last year, when the Diocese of Richmond was forced to retract its own previous statement that the SSPX was in schism. In addition, even Catholic Answers apologist Tim Staples, who refers to the SSPX as “radical traditionalists” does not believe the SSPX to currently be in schism.
Second, Fr. Nicholson states, as if it were the official position of the Church, that the priests of the SSPX cannot absolve sins in the confessional .  As conclusive evidence of this amazing claim, Fr. Nicholson cites, not to an official Magisterial document, but to a blog post by Fr. Z. The irony is that Fr. Z argues in his post that SSPX priests cannot absolve sins precisely because they are not schismatic like the Orthodox and thus do not have jurisdiction. The implication is that if the SSPX were schismatic, as Fr. Nicholson believes, they would validly absolve sins. Thus Fr. Nicholson cites to an argument by Fr. Z which actually undercuts his own claim. Nevertheless, the bottom line on this issue is that there is no public official Church document stating that SSPX priests are incapable of absolving sins. Thus, this is the private opinion of Fr. Nicholson, and should not be stated as a fact. Furthermore, there are various compelling reasons to believe SSPX Confessions are valid, which I have already laid out in detail here and here .


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My Response To Fr. Paul Nicholson: SSPX Worse Than Black Mass

This doesn't make for a credible priest:



Any more than this makes for a credible blogger:

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September 24, 2014

Of Daughters, Dads, Airports and Goodbyes

I took Daughter #2 to the airport to see her off on a Southwest flight westward,  to hopefully kick-start a stalled job search campaign. I gave her the Dad Pep-talk - make a list of goals, stick to them, allocate sufficient daily time for job search, confer with Mom, etc, etc... She has my Fathers Blessing, my prayers and my wishes for much success. And the surety of knowing the door back home will never be locked, if things don't pan out. The same goes for all of my children...

There was also, however, the Parental emotions of saying goodbye to one's child  - albeit a 21 year-old - made all the more emotional, for me anyway, as we recently re-connected after an almost 5 year hiatus.  I've enjoyed immensely the past few days, having her and daughter #3 in the house...but as I posted on Google+ earlier:

"Saying goodbye and have a safe flight doesn't get any easier at 61 than it did at 51. Waiting for daughter #2 's flight to depart at KCI. Emotions run deep, even in this old man...hard to keep the tears in check. Epic Fail."

Daughter #2
Oh well...the perils of Parenting never run out, though I am sure many of us would wish they did (at least sometimes.) Am I alone in thinking the eyes are supposed to get drier the older you get... that the emotional well gets so low there's little chance of it ever rising to the top? Silly me...

It's not easy, is it? 

So... to all the Daughters who must leave home to flex their newly-found confidence or who just simply need to kickstart their life, from their Dad's who, like me, would rather keep them under wing but know they have to let them go, no matter how hard it may be, no matter how much a certain muscle rebels:





Drat! now where did I put that Kleenex Box....


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UPDATE: SSPX: A response to the Oklahoma City Black Mass with Video

UPDATE: Brain McCall has an excellent commentary over at Catholic Family News: Click the link below:

The Battle of the Civic Center: SSPX Public Reparation to Black Mass in Oklahoma City, Sept. 21, 2014


I was unable to attend the OKC Mass of Reparation because of family obligations, but did manage to attend the Parish Holy Hour at 7 PM Sunday evening. The below video and article is courtesy of the SSPX USA District website.

A response to the Oklahoma City Black Mass...

Oklahoma City reparation Mass (pics)...








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September 18, 2014

DIVORCE: WHOM DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR SIDE?

                                 
When you make the decision to divorce, you also make the decision to throw away one of the Greatest Gifts Christ bestowed – His Selfless Love, willingly given from His Cross and the same Love you vowed to your Spouse on your Wedding Day. Once given there can be no turning back, just as there was no turning back for Our Lord once his Fiat was spoken – “…but yet not My Will, but Thine be done.” You have given your personal Fiat at your Nuptial Mass; you have vowed to your Spouse and to Christ your surrender; you have promised Fidelity and Permanency. You have accepted the yoke of Marriage, whether it turns out be a rock-strewn field in which you labor ingloriously to make fertile or one filled with sweet clover that yields acre after acre of blissful harvests. You won’t know of either until after the wedding, but regardless, you have willingly consented to make it work. In the words of Fr. John J. Hardon S.J.:  “Christian marriage is a strict mystery… rationally inconceivable before revelation and rationally incomprehensible even after revelation. Don’t try to figure out the mystery of marriage…”  I might add that it would take an almost lifetime to fully understand a spouse. I never really understood mine until shortly after her divorce, was more or less complete by the time of her annulment and reached its apogee shortly after her re-marriage. Now it’s simply in maintenance mode. Mystery doesn’t even begin to describe it. But I digress…

If you continue to persist in the matter of divorce, you must also by extension persist:

- in compromising your vows to each other and to God.
- in destroying the safety and security of your children.
- in using the courage and strength of your children to shore up your own deficiencies.
- in destroying the financial security of one or both spouses for years or even decades.

In order to see your desires through to their bitter end, the above are just four of the myriad and harsh realities you will have to embrace on the road to the “fulfillment” of your marital “happiness”. In addition, there are also a few core Catholic principles you must first check at the door before you even sit down at the courtroom table:

Charity: You won't be able to maintain what was begun, nor hope to accomplish all that is wanted, unless this particular Theological Virtue is discarded. Of the three virtues, the weight of this One alone should be enough to stop what you are attempting to do. Especially as it regards any children, you must completely dismiss Our Lord's own words:


 Or this admonition:


Do you not already see the danger here? Or more importantly, do you not hear the pleading of Our Savior Himself, to lay aside your own desires in favor of the greater good of your children? Assuming there has been no abuse, what defense can be offered in continuing this travesty - to yourselves, to your children or to the Sacrament of Matrimony? “He doesn’t listen.” “She doesn’t love me like before.” “He’s a cold fish, to me and to the children.” “I’ve worked on her for 20 years and nuthin! NUTHIN! I want out!” Oh, really? You want out?? Did you sign a prenuptial agreement limiting your responsibilities and vocation? (Unless something has changed the past 40-50 years, pre-nuptials weren’t an integral – or valid - part of the Sacrament of Matrimony.) When did you stop praying for your spouse but more importantly, when did you stop sanctifying your spouse and why? Oh yes…St. Monica stopped praying for St. Augustine’s conversion long before he converted to the True Faith, she just knew it was hopeless. Wait! What??

Reason: You can't discard Charity without doing the same with Reason. They are mutually inclusive in my opinion and cannot be separated, if for no other reason than you have children to consider. It will be required that at least one of you, if not both, will need to discard any notion of reasonableness, for it is unreasonable for one or both parents to force upon the children a desire to separate when so very little has been done to help themselves out their own mess. Except, that is, to bring any children into your marital woes to help you to cope. How does it feel to sap the strength, courage and joy from the very lives you helped to bring into this world? How does it feel to violate the very fabric of your respective vocations and yet with clear Conscience, continue down the path that will forever mark your children as statistics? How can you – with all due sincerity - say to your children “I Love you as never before, but Dad and I no longer love each other as spouses.” How can you say that? If you no longer love the spouse who helped create new life – a new Soul for Christ – how can you admit that you still “Love” your children with the same intensity as before your split? Who are you trying to kid: yourselves, your children or Christ?

Selflessness:  I have no doubt the meaning of selflessness is understood, as most couples live it while dating and trying to discern their vocation. When doubts have persisted or some temporal matter concerning a future engagement seemed overwhelming, most would do the only thing possible - give themselves and their prospective spouse back to God and pray that He help sort it out. And He does obviously, for both returned to each other as the answers slowly dawned and then were vocalized at the Nuptial Mass. The selflessness shown in giving up the other; the selflessness offered in complete and Trustful surrender to Divine Providence; the selflessness in relinquishing control over your "pearl of great price" (whether that “pearl” be male or female)... has all that been suddenly “lost” because “something” died? Or was it lost intentionally? Is it really a possibility that fervent prayers were answered then, and that now – 5, 10 or 20 years later – it all was somehow a mistake? That God Himself made - or even could have made - a mistake? That two Catholic individuals permanently bound to each other were, in fact, truly meant for someone else? You must be more than naive if you now think such is a possibility. God makes no mistakes, but He does allow them to happen. God does not destroy marriages He previously blessed, but Spouses can choose to destroy a Blessed Marriage for specious excuses. Do you think it will be all smooth and amicable and everyone will be “just fine”? Do you believe everyone will be able to just “move on”? Do you believe the children will magically meld into a blended family like flies on honey? Do you believe children will be able to give due honor and respect to a step parent that they won’t give to a biological one because of a contentious divorce? Do you believe yours to be the “magical” one where all is wine and Roses? Please…naïveté doesn’t wear so well on an adult, mature Catholic spouse.

Many Catholics know that divorce is not the correct way to solve marital woes. Most probably many of your friends know it as well.  And certainly the Catholic Church knows it is not right (read your Catechism #2382 - #2385), as does any priest worth his weight and vocation. And if you should ask your children, I have no doubt of the answer they would give.  So then…how can you - with such impunity, such certainty and such naïveté - continue down this path so nonchalantly and still sleep peacefully, knowing what lies ahead not only for your children, but for yourself? Exactly whom do you have on your side that gives you such peace of mind?

Certainly not me…

Certainly not Christ in Matthew, Chapter 19

Certainly not your children, for when they become adults and gain their own life experiences, they will come to know and to understand your follies - and how you robbed them of what you were more than willing to give up (Safety, Security, and Parental Love) to satisfy singular desires.

Certainly not Canon Law (#1141, #1151)

Certainly not any Bishop, as Canon Law (#1446) states he must try to get spouses to reconcile.

Certainly not a Tribunal Judge, as he also is as bound by Canon Law (#1676, #1695) as the Bishop.

Certainly not the Catechism of the Catholic Church, for it says:

 "It belongs to the perfection of the moral or human good that the passions be governed by reason." (#1767

 "Divorce is immoral also because it introduces disorder into the family and into society. This disorder brings grave harm to the deserted spouse, to children traumatized by the separation of their parents and often torn between them, and because of its contagious effect which makes it truly a plague on society.” (#2385)

"...charity always proceeds by way of respect for one's neighbor and his conscience: "Thus sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience . . . you sin against Christ. Therefore "it is right not to . . . do anything that makes your brother stumble.” (#1789)

"Ignorance of Christ and his Gospel, bad example given by others, enslavement to one's passions, assertion of a mistaken notion of autonomy of conscience, rejection of the Church's authority and her teaching, lack of conversion and of charity: these can be at the source of errors of judgment in moral conduct." (#1792)

My Dear Friends, I ask again: Whom do you truly have on your side?



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September 14, 2014

God of Mercy and Compassion

On this Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the recessional hymn at Mass this morning and one of my personal favorites...






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"I Love You, And For This Love I Help You"

Via Whispers In the Loggia, there is in the below excerpt something we all could agree with. The homily is from the Pope, but these words are, to me anyway, clearly at odds with all the pre-Synodal leaks in that the commentary promotes in no uncertain terms the necessity of bearing each others burdens, praying for help, sanctifying each other, etc. Basically, relying on the Grace of the Sacrament to see a marriage thru difficult times.

Clearly at odds with the "divorce & annulment cures all marital woes" practices that have been in play these past 40+ years and what some would like to see codified into Church Law (and by extension, streamline the annulment process to make it more obtainable, for as we all know from the past 40+ years,  "deserved happiness" is the only criteria that makes for successful marriages, Catholic or otherwise.)

(Emphasis below is all mine)

"I Love You, And For This Love I Help You" – At Vatican Mass Wedding


"The cure which God offers the people applies also, in a particular way, to spouses who "have become impatient on the way" and who succumb to the dangerous temptation of discouragement, infidelity, weakness, abandonment… To them too, God the Father gives his Son Jesus, not to condemn them, but to save them: if they entrust themselves to him, he will bring them healing by the merciful love which pours forth from the Cross, with the strength of his grace that renews and sets married couples and families once again on the right path.

The love of Christ, which has blessed and sanctified the union of husband and wife, is able to sustain their love and to renew it when, humanly speaking, it becomes lost, wounded or worn out. The love of Christ can restore to spouses the joy of journeying together. This is what marriage is all about: man and woman walking together, wherein the husband helps his wife to become ever more a woman, and wherein the woman has the task of helping her husband to become ever more a man. This is the task that you both share. "I love you, and for this love I help you to become ever more a woman"; "I love you, and for this love I help you to become ever more a man". Here we see the reciprocity of differences. The path is not always a smooth one, free of disagreements, otherwise it would not be human. It is a demanding journey, at times difficult, and at times turbulent, but such is life! Within this theology which the word of God offers us concerning the people on a journey, spouses on a journey, I would like to give you some advice. It is normal for husband and wife to argue: it’s normal. It always happens. But my advice is this: never let the day end without having first made peace. Never! A small gesture is sufficient. Thus the journey may continue. Marriage is a symbol of life, real life: it is not "fiction"! It is the Sacrament of the love of Christ and the Church, a love which finds its proof and guarantee in the Cross. My desire for you is that you have a good journey, a fruitful one, growing in love. I wish you happiness. There will be crosses! But the Lord is always there to help us move forward. May the Lord bless you!"



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September 10, 2014

I haven't been having a laugh with Cardinal Dolan and a Prez whose inherent ideologies are the antithesis of everything Catholic:





Nor have I been glad-handing politicians who who openly support abortion and same-sex marriage:





I've just been doing a Dad thing helping out his Daughters:

Where To Buy

Which is why the:



The past few days.




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September 4, 2014

A Respondent Father's Poem and Prayer

PHOTO CREDIT
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray thee, Lord that my Children's Souls you'll keep.

For its been a while since they and I have spoken
Separated as we've been by this uncharitable token,

Of modernist thought to cure marital woes,
That in reality has brought my family nigh unto its death throes.

My children do not know of the Love that's been sustained
Regardless of the thoughts they have, so full of disdain...

For their Father on Earth, yet I plead to Thee for their Understanding
That someday soon they'll know of my everlasting...

Love, that like yours, is never ending,
And hope that Your Truth will someday be...winning.

I pray also this most uncharitable action be shortly corrected,
Lest the Souls of my children be forever directed,

To that place so full of misery and woe, 
Yet I hope, Lord, You will stop them, so...

They may be granted, through their Most Blessed Mother,
The help they require that corrects another, 

Of the human frailties that lead to this matter.
And now, Dear Lord, I pray that rather,

Should I die this night and before I awake,
Please let my children know that, willingly, I take,

My Love for them with me unto Thee
There, forever and together, to live in Eternity.

And there I shall wait in boundless anticipation
For our much needed, much wanted and much desired...Reconciliation.

Amen. 


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