September 30, 2015

REPOST: After the SYNOD: More Changes That Will Be Necessary

[A re-posting of another article I wrote last October during the last Family Synod. The post may be offensive to some, but as the media increasingly reports more and more possible pre-Synod 
skulduggery (that is anti-first marriage and pro-infidelity), I think this post bears a further hearing. Note especially the quotes at the end. The only changes from the original are the added photo below and a font color change. Ed.]


Photo Credit

Assuming all lays out as it appears to be doing - and from all the media reports, respected blog sites, the Vatican, etc. it very well may be - when the Synodal changes come (and are implemented by a cadre of clerics at breakneck speed before too many ordinary pew-sitters have time to think) the Synod will also, by extension (at least in my opinion) need to change a few of those other pesky, nasty and judgmental laws that currently encumber the One True Church and prevent untold millions from embracing the One True Faith (I know, I know...but that's the meme a lot of liberal clerics/Bishops/Cardinals would have us believe...) 

At the expense of running afoul of theologians and/or Canon Lawyers, I nonetheless state the following must also occur before full realization of any Synodal changes concerning the Sacrament of Matrimony and the new "Springtime" of the Family can occur (any emphasis below mine):

1. The removal or modification of particular sections of the current Catechism of the Catholic Church:


#133 must remove all wording indicating bullying and be modified to: The Church "forcefully and specifically exhorts asks and respectfully requests that all the Christian faithful. . . to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.

#1735 must be modified to read: Imputability and responsibility for an action can be diminished or even nullified by ignorance, inadvertence, duress, fear, habit, inordinate attachments, and other psychological or social factors or by a Synod of Bishops or Cardinals.

#1767 must be modified to read: "It belongs to the perfection of the moral or human good that REASON be governed by ​THE PASSIONS.

​​#1792 currently reads: "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".  This one 
will have to be struck in its entirety, as it will now be in direct conflict with #1767 above.

#2384: Divorce is a grave offense against the natural law. It claims to break the contract, to which the spouses freely consented, to live with each other till death. Divorce does injury to the covenant of salvation, of which sacramental marriage is the sign. Contracting a new union, even if it is recognized by civil law, adds to the gravity of the rupture: the remarried spouse is then in a situation of public and permanent adultery. 

#2385: 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.

The two above just have to go... for, ya know, as long as you are divorced and remarried but in a happy and stable relationship and "luv" one another, it will no longer be immoral to lie to and cheat on your spouse and/or to steal anothers spouse.

2. The removal or modification ( to exclude any reference to or about adulterers) to the first 10 verses of Matthew 19


"And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery." 

Our Lord Jesus Christ (AKA: the SON of GOD!) is certainly NOT VERY NICE! You might even call him a meanie and a bully for using such strong language!

3.​ The removal or modification of certain sections of the Code of Canon Law:


#1446,S:2 - Whenever the judge perceives some hope of a favorable outcome at the start of litigation or even at any other time, the judge is not to neglect to encourage and assist the parties to collaborate in seeking an equitable solution to the controversy and to indicate to them suitable means to this end, even by using reputable persons for mediation.


#1676 - Before accepting a case and whenever there is hope of a favorable outcome, a judge is to use pastoral means to induce the spouses if possible to convalidate the marriage and restore conjugal living.  
  
 #1695 - Before accepting the case and whenever there is hope of a favorable outcome, the judge is to use pastoral means to reconcile the spouses and persuade them to restore conjugal living.

As a marriage is already de facto "irremediably broken" by virtue of having a civil divorce (as I was told by my Bishop concerning mine without even having an audience with him to discuss the matter) the above Canons are superfluous. Has any Bishop ever enforced them anyway?

4. Catholic Marriage Ceremonies:

Upon the anticipated effective date of any changes​, it will also become unnecessary to have a Catholic Nuptial Mass or even to be married in the presence of a priest (Ecumenism...Hell-lo-oh??  If one religion is as good as the other, why the need for a Catholic priest to make a wedding "catholic" and canonically valid? This could actually now make all SSPX marriages valid in the eyes of the Modern Church!) Besides, two-thirds of the marriage bona - Fidelity and Permanency - will have been already neutered by the Synod. The third - Procreation - has already been neutered due to Catholics using contraception for five decades. The devil/Karl Marx triumvirate victory is/will now be complete!

Sadly, it's damn hard for any sane Catholic not to believe such changes as above are not/will not be forthcoming. But then again, we have been foretold of all that is now upon us:

Our Lady of Akita:

"As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests."

"The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres...churches and altars sackedthe Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. [Aren't we seeing this one now: Burke vs Kasper, the FFI, Iraqi Catholic Churches desecrated, Orthodox priests punished by their Bishop for upholding moral laws, etc...? ed.]

"The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them"


And ​from the late Dietrich von Hildebrand:

"One of the most horrifying and widespread diseases in the Church today is the lethargy of the guardians of the Faith of the Church ... who make no use whatever of their authority when it comes to intervening against heretical theologians or priests, or against blasphemous performances of public worship ... but assume a rigorously authoritarian attitude towards those believers who are fighting for orthodoxy, and who are thus doing what the bishops ought to be doing themselves! ... They want to silence the faithful believers who take up the cause of orthodoxy, the very people who should by all rights be the joy of the bishops' hearts, their consolation, a source of strength for overcoming their own lethargy. Instead, these people are regarded as disturbers of the peace. ..." ("The Devastated Vineyard")​

Is the Synod's raison d'être just the tip of the iceberg and some/many/all of the above prognostications truly possible? Who's to know, of course, but Our Lord Jesus Christ. 


Is this is the first salvo in a one world religion being established? It's a scary thought. But then, so is what's happening now!! 

Let us pray that The Holy Ghost will send a tsunami of Grace that will drown the liberal thoughts and ideas emanating from this Synod and will leave the Immutable Truth of Our Faith shining brightly in the new "Springtime" sun the Synod is so desirous to see. 


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray. O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


Veni, Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium: et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.

V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.

Oremus. Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere; et de eius semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.

Amen.



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September 28, 2015

Fr. Peter Carota - Prayers for His Health

I  am just linking to two posts by Father Peter Carota, who writes the Traditional Catholic Priest blog, that detail his current health issues. Please pray for this priest and the recovery of his health, that he may soon return to his parish and apostolate.

http://www.traditionalcatholicpriest.com/2015/09/26/california/

http://www.traditionalcatholicpriest.com/2015/09/27/california-2/


PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

O Almighty Eternal God, look upon the face of thy Christ, and for love of Him who is the eternal High Priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop's hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray Thee for Thy faithful and fervent priests; for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests; for Thy priests labouring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for Thy tempted priests; for Thy lonely and desolate priests; for Thy young priests; for Thy aged priests; for Thy sick priests; for Thy dying priests; for the souls of Thy priests in purgatory.

But above all I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me: the priest who baptised me; the priests who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me or helped me and encouraged me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly N.N. O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.

O Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us and send us many and holy priests. (Three times.)



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September 27, 2015

A Short Commentary on One Small Excerpt From Pope Francis' Congressional Speech

"In particular, I would like to call attention to those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young. For many of them, a future filled with countless possibilities beckons, yet so many others seem disoriented and aimless, trapped in a hopeless maze of violence, abuse and despair. Their problems are our problems. We cannot avoid them. We need to face them together, to talk about them and to seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions. At the risk of oversimplifying, we might say that we live in a culture which pressures young people not to start a family, because they lack possibilities for the future. Yet this same culture presents others with so many options that they too are dissuaded from starting a family. (Full Catholic Lane article here.)

And with those words, Pope Francis declares his unwavering support for preserving the first Sacramental marriage, rather than fast-tracking it into that void between an actual and imagined putative marriage. After all, why else would he explicitly state for us "...to call attention to those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young"? Does he finally recognize that it is indeed the young - the innocent; the children; the lambs playing at the feet of Christ - who are in need of help from Holy Mother Church? That it is indeed the children - and not those who willfully violate their vows of permanency and fidelity? And who now seek to have the Catholic Church validate their adultery under the guise of mercy? Will Pope Francis, now, turn all the attention to its rightful owners - the children of broken homes, of shattered dreams, of shuffleboard parenting?

He said well that "...Their problems are our problems. We cannot avoid them. We need to face them together, to talk about them".  So why, then, within the components of this 2015 Family Synod, is the main emphasis on validating illicit, immoral and adulterous second marriages - willfully contracted by both parties against Church discipline, the Catechism and Our Lord's teaching - and not on the one item that would "...seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions"? Namely, the preservation of first marriages? 

I am not so naive as to believe that there are not Catholic marriages where one or both spouses simply cannot continue to co-habitat with one another, as a recent commenter on one of my blog posts attests.  Verbal and/or physical abuse of one or both spouses, constant fighting in front of the children, no outward signs of affection...how can any of this ever be good for children to experience? It obviously is not and in such cases, it is a given that it is far better to separate - assuming other methods of preserving the nuclear family have been attempted and been unsuccessful - for the sake of the children (and each other.) The above commenter wrote that his children now know far more love with the parents living apart, than before. Even the other spouse has apparently changed for the better. And he states explicitly, that this is an arrangement of separation (which I hopefully assume may also mean divorce has not occurred.) This couple certainly did sacrifice themselves for the greater good - their children. And it shows what this sacrifice of the parents obtained - a more stable and loving environment for their children. But more importantly it maintained, in so far as possible, the nuclear family and the first marriage. 

And this is what it all should be about - preserving first marriages, the nuclear family, the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony. It - the Synod - should be defending the Permanency and Fidelity of the marriage vows, not figuring out a way to circumvent both. To even attempt to admit that one can willfully violate two Commandments (6 & 9) of God the Father Himself - without performing the full purgative requirements for this willful action to regain His Friendship (see a companion post on this here) - is, in my opinion, pure anarchy against the first Sacrament established by God the Son - Matrimony. 

The 2015 Family Synod runs a risk in trying to implement practices (or is it praxis?) aimed at pleasing Man. In so doing, they run the greater risk of displeasing the Creator of all Mankind and His Son, the Creator of the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony. 

Personally, I could care less about Mankind. But should the Synod succeed in ramrodding through the Kasperite changes, it won't take a Pope or even the most learned Theologian to come to the immediate conclusion that it will rent anew the temple curtain - and as well, the Sacrament of Matrimony.  



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September 23, 2015

REPOST: Of Doctrine and Discipline; Of Justice and Mercy

A RE-POST FROM THIS PAST JANUARY, BECAUSE IT NEEDS TO BE SAID AGAIN...AND AGAIN...AND AGAIN...[Ed.]

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It is not the Catholic Church that needs to change its doctrines or disciplines to suit the Faithful. It is the Faithful that need to change to the doctrines and disciplines of the Church.


PHOTO CREDIT

The hot-button topic of divorced and remarried sans annulment has, in the past and more recently, been the subject of vast emotional, secular and theological debate. Unbeknownst to the vast majority of Catholics worldwide, there must be hundreds of thousands of Catholics (why else the emphasis on the matter?) who have been marginalized and ostracized and therefore are in need of radical help in combating this seeming injustice. These individual Catholics sit within or without the Church waiting for the day they can once again walk down the aisle to receive Holy Communion like everyone else. But is it really an injustice that presently keeps them away? Is it truly the Catholic Church’s fault they are prevented from receiving the one – and the only one, apparently - Sacrament they desire a return to? Where does the culpability lie – with the individual or the Catholic Church? Who is in need of change of mind and heart – the individual or the Catholic Church? Whose rule or way of life is in need of change - the individual or the Catholic Church?

If it’s required to be stated at all, those who marry without benefit of annulment have - of their own volition - chosen to sin against the 6th and 9th Commandments of God, subsequently placing themselves outside full communion with the Catholic Church. The need to find their personal “happy place” via a second marriage really doesn't even enter into the picture; it is an emotional argument, at best, as a reason for their return to full communion.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “… that passions be governed by reason.” Therefore, was a second marriage while still morally bound to the first - knowing full well the Laws of God and the Catholic Church would be violated – a reasonable decision? Or a decision base purely upon the passions?

It is readily apparent that for some, passions did indeed rule the day. They have willingly chosen the wider gate, rather than the narrower one, ignoring the words of Christ in Matthew 7: “Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.” The narrow gate being God’s Law, the hopeful assurance of our salvation and eternal Happiness. 





The correction, then, is an amazingly simple one, the solution of which has been in effect for centuries: to return to the Sacraments, to return to full communion, fix the sin! If an annulment cannot be granted for the first marriage, then live as brother & sister within the second; if you can't live as brother and sister, then separate for the sake of your Soul. Is it not better to submit to Truth than to error; better to be concerned for the Soul in Eternity than the Body on earth? Is this not the reasonable and prudent course to take as a Catholic? It also goes without saying that guidance from a trusted priest is needed before any course of action should be decided upon. But one must be ready to make hard decisions, regardless.

All of the talk about the “pastoral care” that is needed for those who voluntarily chose the path of sin is, to me, incredulous, when there is such deafening silence for the “pastoral care” of abandoned spouses and children. Since when do the needs of the one trump the needs of the many? Since when does the spiritual care of abandoning spouses trump the spiritual care of the innocent ones? Are not both equally in need? Why does the Catholic Church suddenly feel the need to lower Christ's standards to ensure the "feel-good" emotional state of a select few, while chopping the legs from under others who have chosen to remain Faithful to Christ’s teachings and their first and only marriages? Where does true mercy lie? Where does true justice lie? It certainly does not lie with the focus on loving the sin and the sinner, but on hating the sin, loving the sinner and converting the sinner to save their Soul.

Hymn: God of Mercy and Compassion

The divorced and remarried sans annulment want full communion and don't want to feel badly because they are restricted – by their own decision - from receiving the Body and Blood of Our Lord. All, right then… all that is required of them is to correct the sin by Confession, Repentance and Absolution, and restitution to the offended insofar as it is possible. Everyone else in the Catholic Church has to do the same to gain Heaven, without changing the rules. The divorced and remarried are no exception, so why are they - and the Catholic Church – seemingly trying to make them one? The solution has never been hidden; has never been abrogated; has never been out of their reach. But you would think all three have been, would you not, from all the fuss and commotion?


If the Catholic Church had as much pastoral concern for marriages pre-divorce as they do post-divorce, it is not a far reach to say that many more marriages would be saved. The Catholic Church and her Bishops should begin to work more diligently to assist Catholic spouses in preserving their Sacramental marriages by (1) stopping the implicit assent to first marriages being irremediably broken simply because a civil divorce has been granted, (2) enforcing and applying the Canon Laws that concern reconciliation, and (3) remind couples in Pre-Cana conferences the serious nature of and what is meant by Fidelity, Permanency and "till death we do part". By so doing, they may correct many of the problems currently being experienced in Catholic marriages and which remains the raison d'être of the Synod. If assistance in repairing the foundation of the marriage can be done at the earliest stages of cracking, rather than simply abandoning it, much of the need for a solution for the divorced and remarried would be moot and perhaps more fervent and vibrant Catholic marriages would be the result.



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September 19, 2015

I have a disease...

... and you know what? I glad. I am so very damn glad that I do. Ecstatic. Overjoyed. Pleased. Teeming with smiles. Waaa-hooo-ooo! 

What is this disease I am so very damn happy that I've got? It's called the:

"Frankly, My Dear... I Don't Give a Damn" Disease

I just got through sifting through another expose by Michael Voris on the SSPX (nope, not linking to it...go find it yourself. I'm done with the man. I just may delete all references to him on this little spit of a blog.) 

I am tired of his FBI Files, his Vortex, his exposes' of pretty much a non-issue with most Traditional Catholics. Does he really think a mass exodus of the Faithful that attends the SSPX Masses is about to happen because he exposed some never-before-known-quasi-schismatic-bent of the SSPX that is going to rupture the Heart and Soul of the Roman Catholic Church if he - Michael Voris - doesn't bring it to light and damn fast at that? Does he not YET understand the reason the SSPX is so full and continues to grow? 

Frankly, I'm sick of hearing about it, and him, and all the rest. Yes, Yes, I know...I attend SSPX Masses and will continue to support them, so I'm completely biased. Sue me.  I've also attended the Novus Ordo and the FSSP Masses. I'm still sick and tired of him and his - what? (I refuse to call it news, Catholic or otherwise.) Vendetta? 

And no...I personally don't give a damn about all the Canon Laws everyone keeps spouting the SSPX are supposedly breaking. How many other Canon Laws are ignored or simply not enforced. How about all the Canons that mandate seeking the reconciliation of separated spouses? How about getting some Canon Lawyer on the program and dissect that one?!!? How about discussing the reasons Bishops simply ignore Canon Law! Where is the Vortex episode exposing the lies and falsehoods of annulments, and the ignoring of Canon Laws that just might possibly preserve a marriage in trouble, rather than working to end it. Where is the Vortex episode exposing how a Bishop can pronounce a Catholic and Sacramental Marriage "irreparably broken" by a civil court and then just let it go on and be annulled without so much of a conference between the two spouses whose lives and families are about to be destroyed? For the sake of what? Oh, yeah...someone is unhappy. Big friggin' woop.

And what about Canon 915? And all the politicians who openly support an institution that is murdering babies. And then selling their body parts. For a profit. Where is the damn Vortex episode on why the Bishops - every last one of them - are not camping on the door step of every Planned Parenthood office in the country?

The programs on the SSPX have devolved into a farce, in my opinion. They have - every last one of them - outlived far outlived their usefulness. 

For the Faithfull who still believe the SSPX in schism, the programs are simply meaningless.

 For the Faithful who continue to attend the SSPX Masses and receive the Sacraments and get married before an SSPX priest, they are simply meaningless.

 Who then - is he trying to convert? The few dozen on the border who are now so scared of even breathing the name "SSPX" and are all probably in deathly fear of being in "schism" themselves just by going to any Traditional Mass so they just stay where they are in the Novus Ordo?

Good Lord, Mr. Voris. 

Give. It. Up. 

Not that it probably matters to you, but I'm giving you up...and that's a pretty bold step on my part. Hell, I haven't even given up on my former wife yet, after 5-1/2 years of her divorce and annulment. 

Yes...I have a disease. And I'm glad of it... 


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September 18, 2015

The Divorce Vacuum, Michael Voris and the SSPX




Michael Voris has been sucked into the "divorce-vacuum" experienced by so many Catholic divorce petitioners. What is the "divorce vacuum"? It is simply the vacuum in which a Catholic petitioner/spouse finds them self in after filing an "irreconcilable differences" divorce. As I've written before, the first - and the most important - Catholic virtue to fly out the now wide-open door of divorce is Charity, just from the act itself (because of the children involved... and please don't ever use the term "it's for the children" around me! You're simply "using" your own children to further your own ends, if you do.) This is followed by the breaking of the vow of Permanency, which is followed by defiantly ignoring the other Virtues of Diligence, Patience, Kindness and Humility. Get the picture? A petitioner who once starts down the path of breaking vows, convictions, and virtues, can't seem to stop themselves even if they wanted to. To justify their actions, certain Catholic "things" must continue to be left behind - hence, the "divorce vacuum" keeps sucking the Catholic life right out of you. (And now, certain members of the Catholic Church Hierarchy want to "remedy" this by circumventing the Forgiveness process established eons ago, but I digress...)

I fear that Mr. Voris is fast approaching his own "Divorce vacuum". I think he's in over his head now, and his fixation has taken on a life of its own that he cannot stop, even if he tried. To wit: the Church has not declared the Society of St. Pius X in official Schism - but Michael Voris has. Various high ranking Cardinals in the Church have said the SSPX is not in Schism. But Michael Voris has. The PCED has said Catholics can validly assist at SSPX Masses. Michael Voris says they cannot. The Church,  highly placed Cardinals and an official office of the Vatican are on one side of the "are they/aren't they" line and Michael Voris has placed himself squarely on the other. And Michael Voris wants you to all come over to his side because, well...he says he is right. He apparently knows more better than all those previously named. He knows Canon Law more better. He knows God more better.

Uh...nope. Sorry.

Chris Jackson, writing in the latest issue of the Remnant, actually says it all so much cleaner and crisper than I am able.  His conclusions are the same as any other reasonable Catholic's should be: Michael Voris is wrong, and wrong on many points. As Jackson wrote, even Karl Keating found cause to correct Voris' latest statements. Though he (Keating) only wrote of one - the "Schism" meme - he also mentioned there were more that he wasn't going to write of in his Face Book posting (I don't do Face Book, but you can click the link in Chris Jackson's article.) It appears that only Michael himself and certain CMTV staff (and perhaps some of CMTV's Premium subscribers) are the only ones who believe the SSPX are rabid, schismatic dogs worthy of a quick euthanization. Clearly, Pope Francis, Cardinals Hoyos and Cassidy, the PCED - and the latest one, Bishop Morlino of the Madison, WI diocese - do not think the SSPX needs to be euthanized. But Michael Voris apparently knows more better.

So I suppose it simply boils down to one question: Is Michael Voris more Catholic than the Church? and Pope Francis? and Cardinals Hoyos and Cassidy? and Bishop Morlino? (OK...so it's more than one question...)

Michael Voris just needs to walk quietly away from his witch-hunt, before the flames ignited by him are blown back by the prevailing winds. There are bigger fish to fry and he can convert more Catholics to his way of thinking by continuing to expose "...the lies and falsehoods" associated with the likes of Kasper & Marx LLC, The Nuns On the Bus INC, and other promoters of the God-Is-Love-In-All-Forms (your county's name here) World Catholic Church.




The Society of Saint Pius the X, Mr. Voris,  IS. NOT. YOUR. ENEMY. Nor an enemy of Holy Mother Church.

Your true enemies are those who continue to usurp the Roman Catholic Faith as handed down from Christ and His Apostles. This is what certain clerics of the Modernist Church are doing. They are your enemies.

Usurping the Roman Catholic Faith is what the SSPX is not doing. They are not your enemy.

How can the SSPX, or any SSPX priest, be an enemy of Catholicism when all they are doing is what was done in the centuries before Vatican Council II? Including praying for and recognizing the authority of the current Pope and local Bishops?

Would Mr. Voris even now be singing the praises of the SSPX for upholding the Traditional Catholic Faith, Doctrine and Teachings had they but just signed off on the Preamble accepting all of Vatican II as in line with Tradition? Is a signature on a document all it would take to turn his vinegar into wine, and for him to then become an ardent supporter of the SSPX?

Is the Pope Catholic?

Leave the SSPX alone, please, Mr. Voris. Your continued assault upon them serves no useful purpose...to you, your apostolate, the SSPX or to Holy Mother Church.

Go back to exposing the lies and falsehoods of the real enemies of the Catholic Faith.




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September 14, 2015

"War Is Upon You..." Part Deux and a Bishop's Apology to the SSPX

Theoden: "I will not risk open war."




Aragorn: "Open war is upon you whether you would risk it or not."

And so, it seems, the above is becoming more and more
possible - nee probable  - if the events unfolding re: the Synod continue to explode upon the Catholic World. The latest salvo to hit the airwaves and expose the Synod's agenda was Edward Pentin's recent article/excerpt from his book in the National Catholic Register. There are, however, many such articles to publish the past few days to know we are enmeshed in a war to defend our Catholic Faith against the wolves-in-sheep's-clothing: from promoting heresy by a diocese to openly condoning sin for profit via fast-track cafeteria (c)atholicism. 





The Mother-of-All-Wars is here and now Dear Friends. If there remains any Catholic unsure, he needs but to read the Catholic headlines on Pewsitter. You don't even need to read the articles...just reading the headlines are enough to make you weep, as did the the women at the Foot of the Cross, over our continually re-crucified Bride of Christ.

I wrote the below comment about a year ago to this article over at New Sherwood. At the time, I noted that it "...is a comment I should just cut-and-paste to each and every bloggers post on the latest (what do you call it?) coming from the gathering of those who call themselves Shepherds...":

"It's becoming more hard by the day to give the honor, respect and obedience due the Hierarchy - including the Pope - when every day you see/read/hear of them rejecting the traditional "good order and discipline" of the Catholic "family". Every day they more and more tell us black is now grey, and yes is now maybe, and mortal sin is now not so bad and Our Lord is just oh-so-merciful and he won't condemn us for receiving HIM unworthily. It is difficult not to run screaming from the house.

But where else is there to go? Nowhere. So you stay and just remain a part of the family, but you resist, you disobey, you challenge... everything that goes against "the good order and discipline" of the family and that is detrimental to your and your families Salvation - and continue to pray like hell. Especially the Rosary, the only weapon that can stop this madness."



Michael Matt has another excellent commentary on his Remnant Video about The War that is now upon us. It comes towards the end of the episode which, primarily, is of Bishop Morlino's apology to the SSPX to his recent letter

The Remnant already sees the coming war...how can anyone not?




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September 13, 2015

RE-POST: Divorced and Remarried Catholics

BELOW THE FOLD, FROM THE NOVEMBER 2013 ARCHIVES, A RE-POST RELEVANT TO THE CURRENT CONTINUING ONSLAUGHT UPON THE HOLY SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY.

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I posted the following comment to a recent article (here)  about divorced and remarried Catholics:

"Those who marry without benefit of annulment have voluntarily chosen to sin for the sake of self. They have chosen the wide gate, rather than the narrow one. They have chosen self over God. The correction is simple - to return to the Sacraments, fix the sin. If you can't get an annulment, then live as brother & sister, if you can't do that, then separate for the sake of your Soul and those of any children.


All the hoopla about the pastoral care of those who voluntarily chose the path of sin is incredulous, while all the silence for the pastoral care of the abandoned spouse and children is quite deafening. Since when do the needs of the one trump the needs of the many? Since when does the spiritual care of abandoners trump the spiritual care of the spouses who choose to remain faithful to their first vows? Why does the Church feel the need to lower Christ's standards to ensure the "feel-good" emotional state of inveterate sinners, while chopping the legs from under the spouses who have chosen to remain Faithful to Christs teachings and their first and only marriage? Where does true mercy lie? Where does true justice lie? It certainly does not lie with the focus on loving the sin and the sinner, but on hating the sin, loving the sinner and converting the sinner from their sin to Save their Soul.


If the divorced and remarried-without-annulment want full communion and don't want to feel bad while sitting in the pew with tears streaming down their face because they are restricted - BY THEIR OWN CHOICE - from receiving the Body and Blood of Our Lord, then correct the sin by Confession, Absolution, Repentance and Repair of the damage caused by the sin. Everyone else in the Catholic Church has to do the same thing to gain Heaven, without changing the rules...the divorced and remarried are no exception, so why is the Church trying to make them so?"

If the Church - especially here in the USA - had as much "pastoral concern" for marriages pre-divorce as they do post-divorce, it is not a far reach to say that many more marriages - and Souls - would be saved.


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September 12, 2015

A Fast-Track Commentary on Fast-Track Annullments

The Separation of the Plates of Fidelity and Marriage by the Magma of Modernist Clergy

I've written often on this blog (and prior to this tectonic shift in annulments) that were the liberals granted their push for communion for the divorced and remarried that there would be no need for a Catholic marriage any longer. They will have succeeded in finally neutering the last of the three marriage bona left standing - Fidelity. Having this last bonum already weakened by No Fault Divorce's onslaught, it now appears that Marriage's death knell has come not at the hands of the un-catholic Synod's Minions, but at the ever-merciful hands of Gru himself.

So, can it now effectively be marriage ala carte at whatever religious conviction suits you? Maybe, as it appears the "it's all good because we must be happy in our wedded life" is the new norm. Gone is the requirement pray for each other. Gone is the privelege to sanctify each other through the patient acceptance of the respective marital crosses.  Besides which, aren't we all good little minions anyway and will reach Heaven despite ourselves? (After all, we're not really sure there is a more than a smidgen of a populated Hell anyway, according to this article. Or is there?)

So now, imagine this scenario: "Fr. Mike" speaking to "Mr. and Mrs. Marriage-in-Trouble": "SO...you're unhappy in your catholic marriage? Well then... try our new fast-track annulment process and move on! Once your free of  this most un-catholic of burdens, I recommend you go ahead and try the Lutheran wedding service and see how that one wears on you. You needn't worry, though...if that one doesn't work out, just wait it out 'til we canonize Martin Luther in 2017 and then petition the Lutheran's for an annulment...I'm pretty sure that once St. Martin Luther's elevated to Sainthood, our respective laws will be merged and you'll be eligible for another fast-track annulment. I would then recommend the Southern Baptist sect...they seem to all be happy in their marriages."

Far-fetched? Irreverent? Naive? Mockery? Well, if you believe the above imagining of Fr. Mike's conversation is all those, then you must apply the same to what is currently going on with the unrelenting assault upon Catholic Marriage.

There is no one left to compare Pope Francis to except Barrack Hussein Obama, in so far as "never has so much damage, been done to so many, in so short of time, by one man". The trouble is, the masses of supporters for each man keep smiling and supporting their bulls**t, all the while refusing the reality of the damage strewn behind their (i.e. the mass populace's) puckered butts, or more importantly, their (i.e. the mass populace's) weakened Souls. [ Ed. note: my harsh critique of this Pontiff is mild compared to that of other bloggers, so don't squirm as you read it. It doesn't detract from his position as Head of the Church on Earth nor of my allegiance and prayers for him as such, any more than does my former wife's divorce and annulment for her.] [UPDATE: The underlined parentheses above clarifies who I meant by the pronoun "their"...lest anyone think I was referring to the POTUS or the Pontiff, which I wasn't. Even I was confused after reading it a few hours later, hence, the needed clarification.]

Vatican II - while not entirely full of error - is full of enough critical errors as to make it entirely culpable for what has just occurred. The streamlining of annulments is just the continuation of the streamlining of Catholicism started in 1962. And it may not be over with yet...

As the sayings go: "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" and its corollary: "the floor of Hell is paved with the skulls of Bishops."

God help us...


[Ed. note: the foundation for this article is rooted in a comment I made to this post: Who Is The Pharisee Now?  I am indebted to its author for stimulating my ever-aging thought processes...I think.]

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September 6, 2015

The Holy Ghost, The Pope and The SSPX

What few words I write here concerning the Holy Father's approval of the SSPX (and that is, in essence, what it was) aren't apt to be weighty enough to change anyone's opinion one way or the other. More competent bloggers and writers have already done that - and likely succeeded with a few readers, I am sure. These words of mine are more just the thought processes of a Faithful Catholic, not trained in Theology, Doctrine or Canon Law, who never did learn the Ave Maria in Latin but still remembers The Prayer Before a Crucifix (in English, mind) learned in the 6th grade. So I am more than qualified to offer the following:

SSPX ARE TOO SIZ-MA-TIK!!!!! 

If you held a harsh "schismatic forever!" type of view of the SSPX before the recent Papal mercy-pronouncement (see here and here), your opinion likely isn't going to change, no matter what. If you held the moderate opinion that they are a good bunch of priests, who truly Love the Church and work tirelessly to save Souls, you will, nevertheless, still caveat everything (see here) with "but, you see" and "this is what the Pope's words in context really mean" because, well... they still are not in full communion with Rome, whatever that means (example: are the views of Cardinals Marx & Kasper and The Nun's On The Bus in "full communion" with Rome?) Finally, if you currently attend SSPX Masses and actively support their apostolate, you probably just said a quick "Thank You, Lord!" and simply went about your business (which is pretty much what I did.)

I don't know why some are trying to parse what Pope Francis has said concerning the SSPX and their participation in the Year of Mercy. Most modern Catholics pretty much take him at his word most all the other times and rush and jump on the latest Papal bandwagon to get his words turned into direct action for us (or is it "we"?) Catholics. No.Questions.Asked. So why, then, all the "buts" and "why's" and "wherefores" over this latest pronouncement? Why aren't they all jumping on the Papal Bandwagon concerning the SSPX? I don't understand...perhaps if it had been titled "Laudato Si of the SSPX In This Year of Mercy 2015" it would be more palatable and agreeable to those who reside inside the head of Pope Francis?

From the first moments of the announcement, my first thought was "...this is the Holy Ghost at work, pure and simple." There was no other explanation possible, or none that would make any sense, anyway. The "God of Surprises" had struck again and there is, now, no turning back. At the end of the Mercy year - as others elsewhere have pointed out - there is no way the SSPX will be told they must revert to their former "not valid confessional" status. It just won't happen. It would destroy any remaining validity and credibility this Papacy will have, for such a pronouncement would necessarily have to come from the very hand that gave them their freedom in the first place. Nope, the chink in the armor is now visible; the hole in the dike will be forever widening over the next year or so. There is no other direction for the Pope and the SSPX to go but forward to full Canonical status. The Holy Ghost has made straight the road that for so many years had been crooked. He has taken the lopsided and fluffly-wuffly words and actions of the current Vicar of Christ and made them a clear and concise foundation. Yes, Dear Faithful, the Holy Ghost was - and continues to be - in charge of His Church. Gives one a certain sense of comfort concerning the 2015 Synod, doesn't it?

And for those who would cite the Canon Law requiring priests to have the local Bishop's permission to hear confessions and officiate at marriages: So what? That particular Canon isn't really enforceable anyway, is it? After all, when taken in the light of the non-enforced and ignored Canons 1152.1, 1153.2, 1155, 1446.2, 1676, 1695, 1713 which require that the Bishop seek the reconciliation of separated spouses, why hold Canon 969.1 over the head of the SSPX? What Canon Law gives the Bishop permission to pick and choose what Canon Law(s) are/are not ignored in their diocese? And, by extension, what Canon Law(s) do they cite that absolves them of the injustice associated with this selective process. Isn't "Lex iniusta non est lex" in play here?

As a corollary to the above, what of the non-enforced and ignored Canon 916? Where is the Canon Law that gives Bishops permission for that one to be ignored?

The Pope, the PCED and the Bishop's really haven't a leg to stand on in continuing to deny the SSPX the right to "Full Communion", mainly because they have been so inconsistent with applying the rules of Canon Law concerning them (and other weighty matters as noted above). The SSPX doesn't deny the Papacy, Transubstantiation or the validity of Vatican II in general (only those texts in obvious error), so where is the continued justification for their exclusion from "Full Communion", absent the unjustly enforced Canon Law(s)?

So... everyone should just stop with all the clarifications of Pope Francis's letter and motives and get on with your Catholic lives and enjoy - and stand in awe of - the manifestation of the power of the Holy Ghost over his Church this past September 1, in the Year of Our Lord, 2015.

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