November 28, 2016

The Catholic Thing: Silence of the Lions

"What is the use of bishops?"

"By no means can we say that bishops always fail us; nor even when they fall silent are we necessarily left to fend for ourselves. God finds others who step forward to give the example. Too, it should be said that we ourselves are entitled, by the grace of our baptism, to step forward – to vindicate the good and the true; to condemn their opposites. But such acts are uncommon."

And so...David Warren writes the above in a recent article posted at The Catholic Thing this past weekend. Indeed, where are all the Bishops, united as one voice against the subversive, quasi-heretical (or even heretical, as in the pages of Amoris Laetitia) teachings, interviews, etc coming out of Rome. When there is glaring conflict between what has always been taught and what is now being promulgated - when there is glaring conflict between what has always been said by Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and Pope Francis (or Cardinals Kasper, Marx and Schönborn LLC), it has been left to the Sheep - many of whom are, in effect, Shepardless in their own diocese with only a BINO* for moral support - to sound the Moral trumpets that will, instead of tumbling down Jericho's walls, actually reinforce them. Michael Matt, Louis Verrecchio, John Vennari, Mundabor- these are just a sampling the sheep who are constantly warning - and many times even prophetically so - the Faithful of those dangers to the Faith that swirl and eddy around us almost constantly nowadays.

And so, David Warren rightly asks: "What is the use of Bishops?" It is more or less the same question I have asked many times before (here, here, here, here), but I have yet to discover the answer. Nor has Mr. Warren, apparently, but he, like many other Catholic writers and bloggers, does ask the right question. 

Click on the quotes above or the link below and read for yourself and see if you don't agree: "What is the use of Bishops?"

Silence of the Lions



*Bishop In Name Only


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November 27, 2016

Cardinal Dolan's Edifying Example of Leadership

From Gloria TV News:




Here are 5 takeaways from this photo, from the perspective of a common, ordinary pewsitter:

1. Cardinal Dolan is immune from the potentiality of placing oneself in a near occasion of sin.
    
     1a. Cardinal Dolan is smelling the sheep, but obviously not trying to proselytize, ala Pope Francis.

2. Cardinal Dolan is immune from the effects of immodestly dressed women upon his trap-door conscience.

    2a.Cardinal Dolan is taking lessons from professional dancers for his upcoming appearance on DWTS (Dancing With the Stars).

3. Cardinal Dolan is being a good shephard and showing by example just how far he we men can go (notice the hand; how his eyes are facing straight forward; mouth contorted; pectoral cross prominently displayed) in remaining pure and chaste, without compromising one's Conscience.      

     3a. Cardinal Dolan is concerned he missed a key dance move that might eliminate him in Round 2 of DWTS.

4. Cardinal Dolan is leading by example and showing his priests (and fellow Cardinals) just how far he they can go without giving scandal and risk being sent off into forced labor as chaplain to a diocesan elder care facility (or some out-of-the-limelight posting to, say...Malta).

    4a. Cardinal Dolan is not really all that good a Dancer and the DWTS judges will soon find this out. 

5. Cardinal Dolan is a scandal to his Priests and Faithful. 

    5a. Cardinal Dolan doesn't give a crap what others think of him as the leader of 2.8 million Catholics.


Or, am I being to judgemental? Rigid? Insecure? 


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November 21, 2016

G.K. Chesterton, Love and Channeling Pope Francis

(11/21: Updated to correct some grammatical errors-Ed.)

      "To love means loving the unlovable."


We now find ourselves in a crisis of Faith, namely:
  • the direct assaults upon the 6th and 9th Commandments that are explicitly and/or tacitly approved by most of the worlds Bishops; 
  • the near idolization of the current man-in-white-with-black-shoes-who-lives-in-luxury-while-extolling-others-to-smell-like-sheep; 
  • the simple ignoring (or ignorance?) of the above individual who likes to be thought of as just a simple bishop, but actually rules with an iron hand, and a diffusive, divisive and destructive mind;
  • a man who claims to follow a spirit to justify his actions, when even the most mediocre pew-sitting Catholic can judge the fruit and know it is not the True Holy Spirit in action that the former claims his to be...
And the above quote, though erroneously attributed to G.K. Chesterton (see here) nonetheless has a certain Truth to it that cannot be ignored. Regardless of whether Chesterton actually said it or not, I believe it speaks with a great deal of Truth relative to this particular moment in Catholic history. 

The current occupant of the Throne of St. Peter is certainly "lovable" by all those who hold to his ideology and he is most certainly "unloveable" by the far more numerous Catholics who hold fast to Tradition, whether it be in the actual liturgy or more simply, in living the traditional Faith as our forefathers did. The trick is how to reconcile both while one watches the foundation of Catholicism being chipped away, exponentially, day-by-day. 

How can one "love" someone whose sole ambition is the remolding of something that is not even malleable, because its Creator made it so? How can one "love" a father who continually belittles and derides his very own children and yet still expect them to give due reverence and follow his every whim and wish, and that unquestioningly? How can one "love" the person who has been handed the Keys to the Kingdom here on earth for safekeeping, and then have to watch helplessly as that same person unlocks the door that, though always reserved for all, is still only guaranteed to a few...and then throws away the keys in a Papal fiat (no, not the car).

Is the current Pope "unloveable" enough to "love" him? Sure he is...but he doesn't need my "love".

 He needs my prayers. 

I confess I do not like the man. I respect the office the man holds, and therefore pray for him daily and at each Mass. But I will never like the man, let alone "love" him. He doesn't need it. 

But he does need my prayers. 

He doesn't need me to follow his every word-at-30,000 feet as being pure, unadulterated Catholicism; he needs me to hold fast to all that has been taught by him, but only to those teachings that are aligned with what previous Popes, Saints and Our Lord have taught before him. 

And he needs my prayers. 

Pope Francis doesn't need to lecture me about being unstable and rigid and insecure simply because I follow exclusively the Traditional Latin Mass, a Mass that was unjustly suppressed by his predecessors. And of whom I can rightly say were unstable and rigid and insecure in their own right because of their fear of the Mass codified by Pope St. Pius V. 

He does, however, need my prayers.

So, No...I don't have to "love the unloveable", at least not in the way as stated above, whether it was said by Chesterton or some other as-yet unknown poet. What the phrase in its truest sense should read, at least in the context of this post and this particular moment in Catholic History, is:

"To love means loving praying for the unlovable."

Please pray that this Pope, who is Christ's Vicar on earth (that same Christ that even Pope Francis should fear because of His "excessive rigidity" in His moral absolutes) soon realizes comprehends understands has a conversion of heart, mind and Soul and re-orients the Barque of St. Peter back to its True North position.


Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis!


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November 12, 2016

Of Sadness and Stark Reality

"For example, I always try to understand what is behind those individuals who are too young to have lived the pre-Conciliar liturgy, and who want it nonetheless. I have at times found myself in front of people who are too rigid, an attitude of rigidity. And I ask myself: how come so much rigidity? You dig, you dig, this rigidity always hides something: insecurity, at times perhaps something else... [sic] The rigidity is defensive. True love is not rigid... There is a Traditionalism that is a rigid fundamentalism: it is not good." (Pope Francis, in an interview with Civiltà Cattolica) [emphasis mine-dah.]

And with that statement, whatever respect; whatever credibility; whatever naive and idealistic notion that I retained that this man had even an ounce of Charity, of compassion, even of true Catholicism, was blown away. Much like how the liberal Democrats must have felt in the early wee hours of Wednesday, November 9th, such was my Soul shaken to its inner core when I got home from work Friday evening and clicked on the news on my laptop. There it was, straight from the lips of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. I won't here speak of the desolation and sadness that engulfed me, though I continued on about my business of making supper for my son and myself. But it was there nevertheless and could not be disavowed, no matter how hard I tried. The hard truth suddenly revealed itself to me and I had to acknowledge the basic, stark reality:

Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ on earth, just disenfranchised and marginalized that core group of Faithful Catholics who practice their faith - including the unwavering allegiance to Rome and to himself - as it was instituted and promulgated by Christ, His Apostles, and every Pope before Francis.

In a Church gone mad; in a Church that sees (and has seen) declines across the board in just about every statistical category that is tracked; in a Church that continues with the auto-destruction of the 6th and 9th Commandments through Papal fiat; in a Church that has seen (and will continue to see) yearly growth in only two sectors - Traditional Catholicism and the Tridentine Mass, the person charged and entrusted with its guardianship has thumbed his nose at Traditional Catholics and all they hold fast to. He has effectively said that he doesn't give a rats-ass about them; definitely stated that they must change and leave behind 2,000 years of Tradition in favor of his visonary idealistic brand of catholicism or they ain't worth diddly squat; assuredly believes that Traditional Catholics are "out of full communion". 

Sadness doesn't even begin to describe it. Abandoned is the more accurate word, He has abandoned probably the largest of his flock; left them to the wolves; left them to continue to wander around to find the Immemorial Mass, the only Mass that fills the void in a Soul left soulless by the Faith-wrecking policies and ideologies of Vatican II. They are now left to continue to rebuild on their own the Faith of their Fathers, Mothers, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents. They can expect no help from Rome and its current CEO. 

SSPX beware! ICK beware! FSSP beware! 

It should now be apparent to all Traditional Catholics that no priest, bishop or cardinal - and especially not this pope - that ascribes to the fullness of the "new dawn" of Vatican II will ever think of them as anything but a bastard child, needing to be  nurtured only to keep them from starving to death. Hence, a little crumb of a once-monthly Tridentine Mass "community" here; the use of a fallen-into-disrepair church there. I know there are diocese worldwide - and especially so in the USA - whose Bishops actively promote the return of the Traditional Rite in their diocese - the EF and the OF on equal footing. But nor am I afraid to state that they are just that - exceptions. If it is not the exception, then both forms would be taught in every seminary worldwide, and every seminarian would be bound to say both forms after their Ordination. But they are not, though I am open to correction on this if I am wrong. Until then, I stand by the statement. 

No...I am not going rogue Catholic. Not turning sedevacantist. Not naming myself Pope, as some have done. Francis is still the valid Pope to whom I am conscience bound to support, obey and pray for. But relative to the support and obey factors, only when he follows what Our Lord, the previous 265 Popes and the Church, including Vatican II (when itself follows the former) have taught. When he promotes such as Amoris Laetitia, I am not bound by anything that departs from perennial Church teaching. In prayers for him, however, I am conscience-bound to do so and will never depart from that...he will always have my prayers at every Rosary and Mass.

But it doesn't mean I have to like him, his policies, his face or his constant berating of Faithful Catholics, whether lay or cleric. He alienates anything and everyone that doesn't follow his warped brand of Catholicism and has mishandled the Guardianship of the Body of Christ handed down to him. He doesn't have to be "my Pope", but he does have to be Christ's Pope - and right now he is neither. Nor apparently will he ever, judging by his past actions and words. His picture will remain prominently displayed on this blog as long as he has breath left in his body and prayers for his Soul will be asked for on these pages after his death. But it might now be harder to escape from the thoughts that he is deserving of neither, though please pray for me that they remain only that - passing thoughts and not an actual wilful desire. And pray especially so for Pope Francis, for the strength, courage and fortitude that he needs in governing Christ's Church on Earth.

Mary, help of Christians:Pray for us!

Oratio pro Summo Pontifice Prayer for the Pope



V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco. 

R. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. 

Oremus.

Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector,
famulum tuum Franciscum, quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen.


V. Let us pray for our Pontiff Francis.

R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. 

Let us pray.
O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful, look mercifully upon Thy servant Francis, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church: grant him, we beseech Thee, that, by word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, he may attain everlasting life. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


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November 7, 2016

The Bottom Line Of the USA 2016 Election - Fr. George Rutler

One final comment on tomorrows election, courtesy of Fr. Rutler, that bears demands wide dissemination, even at this late hour:

From the Rorate Caeli blog, the clearness of Fr. Rutler speaks (emphasis mine): 

"It is incorrect to say that the coming election poses a choice between two evils. For ethical and aesthetic reasons, there may be some bad in certain candidates, but badness consists in doing bad things. Evil is different: it is the deliberate destruction of truth, virtue and holiness.

While one may pragmatically vote for a flawed candidate, one may not vote for anyone who advocates and enables unmitigatedly evil acts, and that includes abortion. “In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it'” (Evangelium Vitae, 73).

At one party’s convention, the name of God was excluded from its platform and a woman who boasted of having aborted her child was applauded. It is a grave sin, requiring sacramental confession and penance, to become an accomplice in objective evil by voting for anyone who encourages it, for that imperils the nation and destroys the soul.

It is also the duty of the clergy to make this clear and not to shrink, under the pretense of charity, from explaining the Church’s censures. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are dangerous, but worse are wolves in shepherd’s clothing. While the evils foreseen eight years ago were realized, worse would come if those affronts to human dignity were endorsed again. In the most adverse prospect, God forbid, there might not be another free election, and soon Catholics would arrive at shuttered churches and vacant altars. The illusion of indifference cannot long be perpetuated by lame jokes and synthetic laughter at banquets, for there is handwriting on the wall."


Listen to this priest, dear US readers! This is what being Catholic means - defending your Faith, even if it is only by voting for a flawed candidate. Do not listen to those who tell you otherwise: To vote for the Clinton-Kaine ticket is a direct acceptance and promotion of the continued attacks upon the very core of the moral principles of Catholicism and Christianity. It is co-operating in sin, something which no Catholic can morally do.


I tell you again: DO. NOT. VOTE. FOR. CLINTON-KAINE! Do not enable this evil any longer! If you value what freedoms you have - both civil and religious - put away your damnable emotions and use your God-given and Catholic right reason to make the right choice - for yourself, your country and, ultimately but indirectly, your Faith!


VIVA CRISTO REY!


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November 6, 2016

SSPX - SPECIAL REPORT: Video, Photos and Report from Seminary Blessing


REPORT FROM NEW SEMINARY BLESSING IN VIRGINIA
More than one thousand faithful gathered at the new home of St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary on Friday, November 4th, to celebrate the blessing of the recently built house of formation. With the Superior General, Bishop Fellay, several district superiors, and dozens of priests, this joyous today for Tradition in America began, as is fitting, with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
In the sermon, His Excellency explained how a building this noble and grand helps the formation of the future priests. By reflecting the attributes of the eternal and majestic God, the architecture leads to an interior silence and reminds souls that their vocation is not a normal one!
After a catered lunch, Fr. Yves le Roux, the Rector, thanked those who made such a work possible: the  benefactors, the workers, the volunteers, and all those who have prayed and sacrificed to make this work possible. 







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November 5, 2016

Of Trumppence and Choices

In reality, I claim no particular party, though admittedly I am a registered Republican. I generally self-identify as an independent democratic republican, with liberal tendencies that lean conservative. That way I don't get into trouble when talking politics with others, as I can truly "feel" what they are saying and "get" what they mean. It makes for a friendly debate (I don't do well in a confrontational environment, a by-product of my being disenfranchised and marginalized as a youth due to my short stature, ya know. Or so I remember from Psych 101 in college, anyway.)

I tend to vote for the "man" (generically speaking...no offense intended or implied to women, young adults, ethnic citizens, geriatrics, people of shortened height, people of color, people of no color, people who identify as (fill-in-the-blank), people who hate cats, people who hate other people...whew! did I leave anyone out??) and not the party, so much. That particular "man" must uphold certain Catholic ideals and teachings, even if that "man" be not Catholic. Automatically excluded is anyone who claims to be, or is registered as, a Democrat, for nothing in the Democratic platform approaches, even remotely, the upholding of anything Catholic. And any Catholic who claims allegiance to the Democratic Party has, in my not-so-humble opinion, placed themselves, materially speaking, outside the Catholic fold. (You can't be mad at me for saying this, as we are still within the Year of Mercy, so...shutup.)

That all being said...

I am voting for Donald Trump! 

There. I said it. I admit it openly. I am coming out of the political closet. ("Thank you; oh, Thank you! I was so-o-o-o worried you wouldn't be supportive of me. What a load off my mind!")

Seriously, folks...as a Catholic, it really is a no brainer. Only if DJT was espousing all that the Democrats hold dear while still campaigning as a Republican would I not vote for him. I would, in fact, probably have to sit this election out (or write in my own name.) But he does not and whatever else his egregious faults were in the past, he at least has sincerely admitted to a change of heart in the things that matter the most, especially as regards abortion. Michael Matt over at The Remnant had a recent article that enunciates things quite well for Catholics still in angst over DJT, and which follows my own line of sensus catholicus objective reasoning concerning the man. And Raymond Arroyo over at EWTN did a recent interview with DJT which should force any still-undecided and angst-ridden Catholics other foot over the line - and into the Trump line at their local polling station.

Don't allow others to tell you who to vote for. Don't allow the MSM to tell you who to vote for. In some cases, don't even allow your local bishop or priest to tell you who to vote for, for their opinions are just as varied as the man-on-the-streets. In truth every Catholic Bishop and every Catholic priest should all be telling you the same thing, and that is: vote for the candidates that uphold the closest the Roman Catholic ideals that are the core of each and every one of us. And I will say what they are not - at present anyway - able to do: those candidates are not Hillary Rodham Clinton or Timothy Michael Kaine.

It is, in this election anyway, Donald John Trump and Michael Richard Pence.







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