July 31, 2018

Of Hemorrhages, Homsexuality and Men-Gods



The Roman Catholic Church is in a shambles and hemorrhaging daily, and that in seemingly exponential numbers too large to quantify. One has only to look at the headlines from Canon 212, Pewsitter, or Gloria TV to understand the gravity. From homosexuality running rampant in the seminaries to enabling bishops who promote predator priests to complicit Cardinals hiding their own sins of omission to...a Pope who turns a blind eye to everything that is not emotionally self-filling unto himself. Like I said, a shambles. 

However bad it may get (and I doubt the worst is over as of this writing...I fear there is still too much yet to be heard from this Titanic-esque iceberg) it remains a truth that the Roman Catholic Church is Indefectible and can never be defeated or die, no matter how badly its earthly governance gets. The strings and life of the Roman Catholic Church are still firmly tied to the fingers of Our Lord, and no movement occurs without his express Will or Permission. That there is an end to this mess is a given; when it will end is not for us to know. 

The Catholic Faith as handed down from Our Lord Jesus Christ does not and cannot change. If God Himself destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of rampant homosexuality and mass immoral behaviour, how can such a perverse way of life suddenly find itself all good and holy today? How can two men (or women, for that matter) actively sodomizing one another lead both to Heaven, when the act itself was punished so severely in the Old Testament by God?

Consider what some well known saints have said concerning homosexuality in general and priests in particular:

Saint Peter Damian: "This vice strives to destroy the walls of one’s heavenly motherland and rebuild those of devastated Sodom. Indeed, it violates temperance, kills purity, stifles chastity and annihilates virginity ... with the sword of a most infamous union. It infects, stains and pollutes everything; it leaves nothing pure, there is nothing but filth ...

This vice expels one from the choir of the ecclesiastical host and obliges one to join the energumens and those who work in league with the devil; it separates the soul from God and links it with the demons. This most pestiferous queen of the Sodomites [which is homosexuality] makes those who obey her tyrannical laws repugnant to men and hateful to God ... It humiliates at church, condemns at court, defiles in secret, dishonors in public, gnaws at the person’s conscience like a worm and burns his flesh like fire...

Thus, as soon as someone has fallen into this chasm of extreme perdition, he is exiled from the heavenly motherland, separated from the Body of Christ, confounded by the authority of the whole Church, condemned by the judgment of all the Holy Fathers, despised by men on earth, and reproved by the society of heavenly citizens. He creates for himself an earth of iron and a sky of bronze ... He cannot be happy while he lives nor have hope when he dies, because in life he is obliged to suffer the ignominy of men’s derision and later, the torment of eternal condemnation”
(Liber Gomorrhianus, in PL 145, col. 159-178)

Saint Basil of Caesarea: “The cleric or monk who molests youths or boys or is caught kissing or committing some turpitude, let him be whipped in public, deprived of his crown [tonsure] and, after having his head shaved, let his face be covered with spittle; and [let him be] bound in iron chains, condemned to six months in prison, reduced to eating rye bread once a day in the evening three times per week.After these six months living in a separate cell under the custody of a wise elder with great spiritual experience, let him be subjected to prayers, vigils and manual work, always under the guard of two spiritual brothers, without being allowed to have any relationship … with young people.” (St. Basil of Caesarea, in St. Peter Damien, Liber Gomorrhianus, op. cit. cols. 174f.)

Saint Thomas Aquinas: “However, they are called passions of ignominy because they are not worthy of being named, according to that passage in Ephesians (5:12): ‘For the things that are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of.’


For if the sins of the flesh are commonly censurable because they lead man to that which is bestial in him, much more so is the sin against nature, by which man debases himself lower than even his animal nature.”
(St. Thomas Aquinas, Super Epistulas Sancti Pauli Ad Romanum I, 26, pp. 27f)

Fr. John Hollowell has a recent post (here) on the homosexuality that he encountered in the seminary and the damage that it caused to some seminarians. While he preserved his vocation, others were not so successful and left the seminary (and who is to know the great and holy deeds these young men might have done for Holy Mother Church, now known but to God). I applaud Father for staying the course, staying true to his vocation and to Our Lord Jesus Christ. It could not have been that easy for him to rise above the permissiveness ensconced in the seminary that he attended.

It is a fact that homosexual behavior has been morally reprehensible from the earliest moments of the Church - and even before its founding by Our Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, homosexuality has now become fashionable, laudable, and acceptable in the Roman Catholic Church, even to the point of Catholic (read: orthodox) priests being castigated by parishioners and/or thrown under the bus by their bishops when they try to uphold Catholic Teaching on the subject. How did we devolve from Sodom and Gomorrah and the above great Saints to Fr. James Martin, SJ and (now) Archbishop Theodore McCarrick? Indeed, as I've written before, how can the 6th and 9th Commandments be validly neutered to make good and holy that which was once morally reprehensible, both by God and the Roman Catholic Church. 



Saint Michael the Archangel

The short answer is that it cannot. Why? Because, on the one hand God Himself said so regarding homosexuality, and on the other, Our Lord said so on marriage. Those who say otherwise might well remember the battle cry of Saint Michael the Archangel to LuciferQuis ut Deus? 


In other words, has the current Pope and his Sycophant Cardinals and Bishops made of themselves man-gods, capable of abrogating Divine law? Seemingly so...to me, anyway. But others more Theologically trained than myself will have to make that determination.  I'm just going off of what the Creator and His Son have said. In the meantime, the Pope and his ilk - along with Holy Mother Church - remain in my prayers. 

Oh how I long for the day when everything old in the Catholic Church becomes new again, especially the Tridentine Mass. And for that day that everything new - the Nous Ordo Mass and most of Vatican II and its novelties -  gets thrown into the trash heap of known failures. 

But what really tantalizes and excites my Catholic thought processes is the day that a fully Orthodox and Roman Catholic Pope is elected - and those same modernist Cardinals, Bishops and Priests who give no-questions-asked allegiance to the current Pope must give likewise to the next fully Orthodox and Roman Catholic one . 

Please, God...let it be so.


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July 8, 2018

Wolves, False Prophets and Bad Fruits




During the Gospel readings for today's Mass, I was again pondering my lack of understanding on why so many of my fellow Catholics follow blindly everything that emanates from Pope Francis, more than a few of his Cardinals, quite a few of his Bishops and even some of their priests, that undeniably and unequivocally DO NOT follow the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ (let alone the bimillennial Teachings and Traditions of the Church and previous Popes). It seems that all has been wrong and/or misunderstood these past millenia, and we are just now coming into the "New Springtime" (where have I heard that before) of understanding and can now all move confidently forward to our assured Salvation by blindly accepting that adultery, sodomy and sacrilege is what Our Lord really and truly meant to approve (had he lived in our more enlightened times).

The trouble, however, is that Our Lord was and always will be "...the way, and the truth, and the life.". He cannot error. Period. There is not - and can never be - any subset of circumstances that neuter His original words. There were not any #6a, #6b, #6c, #6d Commandments handed down by God along with the original #6. If you think otherwise, perhaps you should read this.

Now, more than ever before, we all should be on continual watch for the wolves in sheeps clothing. The false prophets. The bad fruits. Unfortunately, the modern Church is full of all three. Now is the time to "be Catholic and soldier on", even if that involves becoming persona non grata at the Chancery as you continually (albeit respectfully) correct the bishop, or, by cutting your weekly stipend in half as you fight the new politicized Church in which we find ourselves. Remember that no one has the right to command you to sin and, no, "the Bishop made me do it" is not a get out of jail free card that you can flash at your particular judgement.  



Courtesy of SanctaMissa.org, the below excerpts are from Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's The Church's Year, "INSTRUCTION ON THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST". Pay close attention to the sections on false prophets and good/bad fruits. But... pay closer attention to how you will be called to answer at your own particular judgement and prepare yourself accordingly.  


GOSPEL (Matt. VII. 15-21.) At that time, Jesus said to his disciples: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves: by their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them. Not every one that saith to me: Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. 

Who are the false Prophets? 

Those seducers who under an appearance of virtue and honesty lure innocent, simple souls from the right path, and lead them to vice and shame; who by sweet words, such as: "God , is full of love, and will not be severe on sin, He does not require so very much of us, He knows we are weak, and if a person sins, he can be converted," seek to steal from souls all modesty and fear, of God. Guard against such hypocrites, for they have the poison of vipers on their tongues. By the false prophets are also understood those who propagate error, who by superficial words fade the true faith, who speak always of love and liberty, and who under the pretence of making people free and happy bring many a soul to doubt and error, depriving it of true faith and peace of heart. 

How can we know the false prophets? 

By their works; for evil, corrupted men can produce only bad fruit. If we look into their life we will find that at heart they are immoral hypocrites who observe external propriety only that they may the more easily spread their poison. The false teachers and messengers of error may be known by their lives, but especially by their intentions, Which are to subvert all divine order, and to put the unrestrained lust of the flesh and tyranny in its place. 

Who else are understood by the false prophets? 

Those who under pretence of making men happy and rich, induce the credulous to make use of superstition, of wicked arts, deceit, and injustice; especially those who under he deceiving appearance of liberty and equality, independence and public good, incite them to open or secret revolt against civil and ecclesiastical authority. Be not deceived by these so-called public benefactors who look always to their own advantage, but trust in God, support yourself honestly, live like a Christian, and you will find true liberty and happiness here and hereafter. 

Why does Christ say: "Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire?" 

He warns us that faith without good works is not sufficient for salvation; and he therefore adds; Not every one that saith: Lord, Lord (who outwardly professes himself my servant, but is not really such) shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who, (by the fulfilment of the duties of his state of life and by the practice `of good works), does the will of my Father, merits heaven. Strive then, Christian soul, to fulfil God's will in all things, perform your daily duties with a good intention, and you will certainly obtain the kingdom of heaven. 


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July 4, 2018

A Greater Good Alternative for Those Less Fortunate...

I'm not going to celebrate anything anymore until all liberals can acquire the same common sense and high IQ that I enjoy. I mean, I can't help it that I was born with a silver spoon and all, but...Hey...isn't it time the Federal Government dug deep into their pockets and gave out some FREE common sense and FREE IQ to those less fortunate? The liberals can't help themselves, so it's high time the FEDGOV ponied up some more FREE STUFF and help out my fellow humans. They really are in desperate need!!

I say let's forget about building a wall and start a greater humanitarian effort in handing out some common sense and IQ.

I almost come to tears whenever I think of those poor souls struggling like they are.


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July 1, 2018

Dear Maxine...

                                
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Dear Maxine,

If God is on your side, then let's put Him and you to work, shall we? I beseech you, on behalf of all marginalized and oppressed peoples of the world, to remove all the locks from YOUR doors, allow unfettered and open access to YOUR home for all undocumented migrants, and even the homeless. Please allow them open access to YOUR money and to YOUR food. YOU pay for their medical care. Let's have YOU show the world how YOU are living what YOU believe. Please allow all the media to document YOUR sincere beliefs and all merciful heart putting into practice what YOUR mouth obviously preaches, thereby showing the world that YOU are truly doing God's work. Please, please, please...show the undocumented migrants and the homeless that YOU are quite willing to TRUST to their good will in taking proper care of YOUR home and property. And as proof of this TRUST in their good intentions, that YOU will be dropping all barriers to their participating in the fabulous and very wealthy country of The Waters Estate.

However, I am compelled to make you aware - assuming that you are not already - that should you do not do this, then you are obviously gaming the system for personal and political gain; disrespecting the human rights of people who have less than you and, more importantly, thumbing your nose at the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 which states:

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood." (My emphasis was applied to the quote, Maxine...)

Where is YOUR spirit of brotherhood, Ms Waters? Where is YOUR belief in the basic human right of all peoples to have a chance at a better life by YOU giving them FREE STUFF so that they may continue TO LIVE DECENTLY AND WITH DIGNITY? Isn't that what you want? Isn't that what you are preaching?

What about Jesus's words "Knock and it shall be opened to you"? He IS on your side, right?? If He is, then WHY WORRY of any repercussions that might emanate from your largesse, Hmmm? Aren't you seeing ghosts where none are? DON'T YOU TRUST God and Jesus? DON'T YOU TRUST your own words? DON'T YOU TRUST the undocumented migrants and the homeless will treat your largess with the dignity and respect it deserves? DON'T YOU TRUST they all will very much appreciate what you are trying to do for them and, to show their appreciation, will give back more than they have been given?

OR..... 

- Will you put limiters on how, who, when and for how long you will support the free access to your little country, large home and wealthy largesse? 

- Will you deport them back outside your property lines and have your security forces prevent their return when they have unlawfully entered your borders? 

- Will you build a wall to enforce the laws of the sovereign country of The Waters Estate???

Yes or No?

If your answer is Yes to the above three questions: then please stop telling President Trump and the common-sense citizens of the USA that they should be doing what you obviously will not - and most likely will never - do yourself.


Respectfully,


A Concerned Kansan




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