August 31, 2015

The OF and EF Sacrament of Penance?

You can blame Fr. Carota for what was needed to complete this post. He wrote a very good one himself that all of the Cardinals in the upcoming SYNOD aught to read, before they vote on whether or not to negate 1/3 of the marriage bona. Fr. Carota reminds us all of our struggles with Original Sin and concupiscence (that's what the marriage debate is really all about, isn't it? Once the wine is tasted, its hard to refrain once it's taken away, so many Catholics don't even try) and the already-in-place-remedy of the Sacrament of Confession. Apparently Kasper & Marx LLC believe the Sacrament of Confession too hard for the average sinful Catholic to aspire to with any degree of hope for the Salvation of their Soul, so they will bring the Sacrament down to their level and... VOILA! Salvation secured! [Yippee! Hey, Lord! How Ya doin? Say now...this bein' catholic ain't so bad now, is it? Turns out we 21st century sinners don't really have to go through all the pain and suffering you did, after all. But, Hey! Thanks for redeeming me anyway. Too bad you thought you had to go through all that pain and suffering for little ole me, though. Oh well...see ya, Lord. The Skins and Pats game starts at Noon, and my concubine er...spouse, and I have a box seat.]

Along with the article, Father had this graphic embedded within:

It shows us the path we all have to take to recover what our sinful nature and concupiscence allowed to be lost. It is the same path that a gazillion Catholics have taken in past generations - the path of humbling ourselves before the Alter Christus and regains our Peace of Soul and Friendship with Christ, our Savior.

However, the below graphic is what Kasper & Marx LLC and the soon-to-be-loosed Missionaries of Mercy propose to be done for those who have been accepting of their sin, are comfortable living at odds with Our Lord and who now expect - nee WANT - Our Blessed Savior to condone them in their sin:

Instead of the already-in-place method of regaining one's desire to receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord worthily, we will soon have an alternate confession path that may still require steps 1, 4 and 5 but will excuse us from steps 2 and 3. I can only assume that both forms of confession will now be taught in Religious Education classes, once the merciful missionaries have shown it works. Once it has been established that this method of confession is capable of gaining new $oul$, it stands to reason the former Rite will be abrogated. 

Or will we have the Ordinary Form of Confession and the Extra-Ordinary Form of Confession? One form for the post-VII crowd and one form for pre-concilliar Traditionalist crowd? 

Confusing, no? 

But as the old theatrical adage goes: How will it play in Peoria?(read:Heaven)

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August 23, 2015

A Commentary On The SSPX

Recently, the Catholic world found itself amid another of the 24-hour-news-cycles concerning the SSPX, creating a mini-whirlwind of sorts. <yawn> <yawn>.  While around us the Church Militant (not the TV branch) seems to be sinking into the cesspool of the "good-news-for-modern-man" meme, the SSPXometer has once again swung wildly, from dial-left  (" the schismatic existence of the SSPX...") to dial-right ("there are no weighty deny...the SSPX...official canonical recognition") to dial-center ("...the situation of separation came about, even if it was not a formal schism.")

Is there any wonder there is so much confusion over the SSPX "can you/can't you" question? 

There's no confusion, really. Rome has already spoken on the matter numerous times. Simply stated in its most current form: it is permissible to attend Tridentine Masses offered by SSPX priests and your Sunday obligation is fulfilled. The Faithful cannot, however, hold a sedevacantist attitude (which the SSPX most certainly does not.) Regardless, they still recommend that everyone stay away, as their concern is the possibility that one may become a sedevacantist if they frequent an SSPX chapel too much. How much is too much? Don't ask me....I've been at it for 30 years and still pray for my local diocesan bishop and current Pope. Personally, I've never met anyone at a SSPX chapel that held a sedevacantist view, anymore than I have at the Novus Ordo Masses I have attended with my sons. I guess in both instances, they keep themselves well hidden while still waiting for THE ONE to show up and set the Catholic world aright, as they have been since the late 50's, give or take a few years. 

Which leads me to wonder: does anyone know how many Catholics may have become protestant-ized by frequenting the Novus Ordo Missae, because they eventually came to disbelieve in the True Presence? Just asking, though you can watch this video and understand why I posed the question.

Rome has explicitly said that SSPX Masses are valid as are the ordinations of the priests, though they also say they remain illicit, though I cannot understand why. Yes, I know a priest must have faculties approved by the Bishop, but Rome herself does so much and allows so much that can be seen to be illicit: the Religious gatherings at Assisi; the promotion and the reception of Holy Communion to adulterers; priests promoting heresy, etc. Is something only illicit when it hasn't previously been confirmed by Rome? And if Bishops can ignore 7 Canon Laws that mandate the reconciliation of separated spouses, can they not also ignore the one that mandates priestly faculties as well? What's the difference? Why unjustly enforce the one while also unjustly ignoring the seven??

Regardless, why does everyone keep bringing up the schism charge? Why do they insist on ignoring what Rome has repeatedly said? Why do they insist on putting unfounded fear and misplaced scruples in front of Catholic Faithful? If a Catholic truly wants to attend a Mass offered at a SSPX chapel and Rome has said they can, why put the fear of a non-existent schism in front of them? Aren't we all going to Heaven anyway via Universal Salvation? If Protestants are now our separated brethren worthy of Heaven without conversion; if they are getting to heaven anyway despite being sunk above their heads in heresy; if attending religious functions that promote heresy (Assisi) is all good and holy - then why does a Catholic assisting at a Tridentine Mass said by a validly ordained SSPX priest, or, sending their children to a SSPX school (EGAD!), or, going to confession or getting married before a SSPX priest (HORROR!!) so very, very wrong? Just because they resist certain errors in Vatican II documents (ecumenism) that go against Our Lord's own words? Just because they won't sign a preamble that forces them to compromise their Catholic Faith of the last 2,000 years? 

Someone please explain this to me. But while you attempt the impossible, remember that Rome herself is so very fluffly-wuffly about what is/is not allowed; what Canon Laws are/are not enforced; about which is/is not the One True Religion. It's going to be hard to convince anyone - let alone me - that the SSPX is in error, when all they are doing is what was done before Vatican II. And someone tell me which document(s) of Vatican II abrogated all teaching and thinking of preconcillar times and put it all on some forbidden index list anyway? And most importantly, which document(s) of Vatican II mandated that all Catholics must adhere to all thinking, thought and doctrine emanating therefrom, without question!, even though some go against all that was taught by Our Lord and preconcillar teaching? 

When did we Catholics become mindless robots and/or borgs loyal only to a Collective, and not to Our Lord Jesus Christ? When did we loose our ability for reasoned, Catholic thought? If we reason that a modern teaching most definitely goes against the very words of Our Lord or the 2,000 years of preconcillar teaching, why accept it benignly, without a fight, without a resistance?

No...I am not advocating that Rome has lost the Faith and no longer need be followed. Far from it. But she has, perhaps, lost the ability to think clearly and Catholic. And perhaps by doing so, put many Souls in jeopardy if such a Soul now believes all religions are as good as the Catholic religion; that practicing Sodomites can achieve Heaven without abstinence, confession and reparation; or that an adulterous marriage can somehow be made good and holy. And if this is what the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church is now promoting - or about to, anyway - then as I said above, why does anyone need to remain Catholic in order to save their Soul and dwell in Paradise with Our Lord for all eternity? By current standards, even the apostate Martin Luther is now in Heaven (or soon will be in 2017, anyway).

The always excellent Mundabor's Blog has an equally excellent post today that offers a far better explanation of things SSPX and places it all in a particular Catholic historical perspective. I recommend you follow the link to the article (patronize frequently his blog as well.) He admittedly is not an attendee of SSPX Masses, which makes his posts concerning them all the more insightful and invaluable to Catholics world-wide. He also offers no better reminder of what is needed for the proper Catholic frame of mind in this matter than this quote posted on every page of his blog:

"What Catholics once were, we are. If we are wrong, then Catholics through the ages have been wrong.

We are what you once were. We believe what you once believed.

We worship as you once worshipped. If we are wrong now, you were wrong then. If you were right then, we are right now". (Robert DePiante)

Lest anyone has failed to understand from reading this pea-in-the-Pacific of Catholic blogs, I attend Tridentine Masses offered by SSPX priests and have been for almost 30 years. I was married before an SSPX priest and my children all attended schools staffed by SSPX Priests and nuns - and I'd do it all again in a heartbeat, were it possible. 

Robert DePiante also wrote,  in Vol. 12, No.2 of his Catholic Voice newspaper, a fitting end to this post. Though not explicitly said within the below quote, I believe he was referring to the SSPX (whom he had referenced earlier in his article):

"Oddly enough, the traditional churches and chapels are operated by priests whom the local modernist bishop will label as "disobedient" and/or "schismatic." Yet, these priests are men who, after long prayer and reflection, have chosen to obey God and the vows made to Him at ordination rather than follow his brother priests and bishops into error. The charge of disobedience does not apply here according to the Scripture principle: "We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts of the Apostles 5:29).

Yes, there is a greater awareness of the basic faith that comes to us from the Tridentine Latin Mass. Clergy and faithful alike are finding peace of soul and satisfaction of heart through the traditional Mass, and we can be sure that there are more where they came from. Let us pray that increasing numbers will join us in this cause for the return of the Tridentine Mass and that they will refuse to give it up, even if it means attending this Mass under less than ideal situations. In the end, God will see us through."

Indeed, God - and Catholic Reason - will see us through. What is now, will eventually return to what was. 

Instaurare Omnia in Christo...

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August 22, 2015

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odour: and my flowers are the fruit of honour and riches.  I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope.  In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue.

Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits. For my spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above honey and the honeycomb.  My memory is unto everlasting generations.  They that eat me, shall yet hunger: and they that drink me, shall yet thirst.  He that hearkeneth to me, shall not be confounded: and they that work by me, shall not sin.

They that explain me shall have life everlasting.
  [Ecclesiasticus, 24. 23-31]

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August 15, 2015

Of Darkness and Light...Of Frustration and What's Right

I know I said the lights were going out, but there is so much going on in the Catholic Church. Can I write and still give due diligence to family and self? Can any sane Catholic with a modicum of intelligence really stand idle and let it all go unanswered? 

Anyway, while I ponder answers to the above, allow me to post vent a bit with some comments on marriage, the Family Synod, the embracing of sodomy as good and holy, the profanation of the Holy Eucharist, et al.

1. You people (read: Bishops and Cardinals) already implicitly approve of divorce for Catholics, as one is required before approaching your tribunal for an annulment. You use as justification that since a civil divorce is in hand, the marriage is irremediably broken. [HAH! And how would you know? Did you ever speak to the other spouse?] Did you ever stop to think that it may be in hand only because you required it in the first place??? 

It doesn't seem to matter that marriage is the first Sacrament instituted by Christ and that it has the favor of Law [cough-cough], you still ignore the various Canons that mandate the reconciliation of separated spouses. There are 7 such Canons, in case you have forgotten...the same number as the Sacraments, the first of which some of you most assuredly want to neuter during your October 2015 "surprise" [its not really a surprise, though, is it?] Your intentions are so, so you really think we Catholics are just ignorant toddlers who don't see clearly, can't think coherently, and have no understanding of your actions?

2. You (read: Bishops and Cardinals) don't really care about children of divorce, only about the one disaffected spouse (See, I have my civil divorce! This means I had an unhappy marriage and am deserving of a second, more happier one. See!!!) You have no more concern for the innocent children than you do for the Holy Eucharist that you want to let be profaned come October. If you truly cared about the children, you would enforce the Reconciliation Canons...if you truly cared about the Holy Eucharist - the True Body and Blood of Christ (remember Transubstantiation?) - you would enforce Canon 915. You do neither, so - and this is a very explicit "so" - you loudly proclaim to all that you do not care about either children or the Holy Eucharist.

3. Do you remember what Sodomy is? No? Let me explain via a simple Google search:

sod·om·y,ˈsädəmē/ noun: sexual intercourse involving anal or oral copulation. other words:

"one mans bodily appendage that is generally used for emptying out liquid waste, being forced into another man or womans bodily cavity that is generally used for emptying out solid waste."

Clear? Good...

Now then, please tell me how God and/or Christ could ever - EVER - approve of either of the above modern definitions of "Lurv". And what do you find so loving, warm, sincere, compassionate - and Catholic -  about practicing sodomites who claim to be practicing Catholics but who are in violation of God's laws? Do you even attempt to save such Souls by counseling them they run the risk of condemning themselves to Hell if they die unrepentant of this most grievous sin, or do you simply confirm them in their sin under the (dis)guise of human compassion? Remember the words of St. Paul to the Hebrews: Marriage honourable in all, and the bed undefiled. For fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Or does every cleric ascribe to the "we don't know if hell exists" meme? 

4. Why do Sodomites and the-divorced-and-remarried-outside-the-Church-of-their-own-FREE-WILL need special handling anyway...what's so special about them as compared to other sinners? Where is the special handling for those who defraud the laborer of their wages? Aren't they special too? Don't they also have inordinate passions - lust and greed - that need lots of "pastoral care" ? Huh? Why stop with those two? Why not just go ahead and re-write the whole "Sins That Cry to Heaven for Vengeance" thingy and get it updated to the 21st century / Vatican II enlightened thinking? 

Do you remember Sodom and Gomorrah? Do you remember Lot's wife? Do you remember Moses and Mt. Siani?  "But, wait!" says you. "That was all the Old Testament stuffy-fluff. It no longer applies since the mid-to-late 60's Renewal...that stretched into the happy (or was it hippy?) 70's only to be further enlightened by the Re-re-evangelation of the 80's...and then apparently stagnated with the re-re-re-re-renewal of the 90's only to be re-born again into the double-aughts as ????


When will all this nonsense ever - EVER! - be done with? Just how many re-iterations does Vatican II have to go through before the reality hits home? How much explaining on how it's supposed to work does it take? How many Popes will have to be elected before there is one that may "get it right"?

5. Finally, why the hell are you (read: Bishops and Cardinals) hitching your wagon to the climate change, immigration, nuclear proliferation, and other social - and secular - issues, and forgetting entirely the reason for your very existence - THE SALVATION OF SOULS AND CONVERSION OF ONE AND ALL TO THE ONE TRUE FAITH??

And you people (read: Bishops and Cardinals) wonder why you have problems...Sheesh.

As a parent, I understand that teen children can sometimes be obstinate and are many times unreasonable, but despite those traits, they can at least see reason when it stares them in the face. 

What I can't understand is: Why can't you??

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