July 21, 2019

The End of An Epochal Event...

(I felt that a final commentary was in order...Ed.)

The Holy Family

This past May my youngest child graduated from high school, so ending a travesty that started over 10 years ago. I have, overall, fared better than most I suppose. Primarily, I have managed to keep my Catholic Faith, though not without the temptation to just chuck it in the early stages of coping with divorce. That I didn't remains a testament to Christ's mercy and to the constant pleading of my Blessed Mother before Him on my behalf, unbeknownst to me most likely. If I lived as long as Methuselah, I still will not have lived long enough to pay back this debt to such a loving Mother. 

Beyond that, divorce remains nothing that I would wish upon anyone - whether friend or enemy - and is especially heinous when children are involved. Divorce serves no useful purpose; it never has and ever will it remain so. Even Ronald Reagan "admitted it was the biggest mistake of his political life" so I am in good company. Divorce sucks. Divorce stinks. Divorce reeks of sulphur, as it should being the tool of the devil used solely to destroy families. Divorce has been "tolerated" for so long by the Catholic Church that it is almost a surety that no Catholic Marriage is truly secure and, within a marriage tribunal, will never be adequately defended by the cleric charged to do so. Annulment following divorce has become as easy as heading to the McDonald's drive thru, made more so because now the cost is apparently free to all comers.

My personal opinion still remains that any Catholic who actively pursues divorce should be excommunicated, mainly for kicking one of the seven Sacraments to the curb with malice aforethought. Additionally, there is also the harm they will have inflicted upon their own flesh and blood, innocents all, and who are simply incapable of understanding the repercussions about to hit them full force. A select few children might come through more or less intact, but all will be affected to a degree nonetheless. 

Now be honest and ask yourselves: In a divorce, who really gains the least? Who truly loses the most? Who will carry the scars the longest? The answers: Your children. 

Are you sure you want to do that???

Live abortions of children are done not only in abortuariams...they are done in civil divorce courts and Catholic marriage tribunals each and every day, with nary a peep from our brave little bishops (or "swishops" as one Catholic website calls them, and not without some truth). Catholic marriages in trouble have very few friends within the Church hierarchy, despite Retrouvaille. How many priests or Bishops would actually tell one or both spouses they will cause grave harm to themselves, their family and their Faith should they actively pursue divorce? How many priests will inform one or both spouses that they cannot seek divorce without their Bishop's permission per Canon Law? How many priests or bishops fail to understand or even acknowledge their grave responsibility in this regard? Most would not, unfortunately. 

This intentional bleeding of Catholic families will hopefully cease the day that Holy Mother Church consigns Vatican II to the trash heap of Church history. Akin to the adage "everything old will become new again", when the day comes that the Extraordinary becomes the Ordinary; when Incense envelops the tambourines and guitars; when the organ and Gregorian chant drowns out the piano and the Trembling Trio...this will certainly be the sign of the final end of the New Springtime. 

More importantly, however, it will also signal the beginning of the restoration of Catholic marriages and families to the exalted positions they once held.

Please God...let it be soon.

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July 6, 2019

Death. Judgement. Heaven. Hell.

All Catholics should know the seriousness of The Four Last Things, their having been taught to us from about second grade and only ending after high school - or so it was in the more sane years prior to Vatican II. I don't know if the doctrine is even taught nowadays...for all I know, it has dropped off the radar of most modern Catholics. If your great-grandfather still believed in the four last things in the early VII era, your grandfather likely did even less as VII grew into its teen years and your father may not have even heard of them at all as he - and VII - grew into adulthood. Out of sight...out of mind, as they say. Today, I doubt that very, very few post-Vatican II Catholics believe fully in Judgement or Hell, let alone Death. Everyone thinks they'll wind up in Heaven as long as they say "JEESSSUUUSSS!" as they breathe their last coarse, raspy, rattling breath. Sadly, any sane Catholic (read: those who hold fast to the Traditional pre-VII Church teachings) will know otherwise...

I have no empirical data to prove the above statements; all I have are my own observations of the last 4 or 5 decades. From those observations, I have a firm belief that most present-day modern Catholics have only a limited belief in The Last Four Things, and especially so of Judgement and Hell. I put the blame for this lack of belief where it belongs: at the feet of Vatican II and Ecumenism (i.e. Protestantism, Episcopalianism or any of the other false religion -ism's out there.) When the Catholic Church embraced ecumenism, it watered down many aspects of prior Catholic Teaching, chief among them being the The Last Four Things. Now, it seems that all dogs do go to Heaven, or, at the least, they don't even reach Hell.

And that particular point is so readily apparent today, for example: Pope Francis's alleged comments about the Soul being annihilated at death and Bishop Robert Barron's comments about Hell being unpopulated. Both pretty much bleed dry the seriousness of the Four Last Things, living your earthly life as Christ lived His and especially the hope of Final Perseverance. If, as Bishop Barron writes, all peoples - including the damned - eventually get to Heaven, then of what value is Confession, Holy Communion, or even making earthly Reparations for our sins? Of what value are prayers and supplications to Our Lady as Mediatrix before the Throne of Our Lord Jesus Christ? Of what value was Our Lord's Passion? Only symbolic gestures all? 

Origen of Alexandria

I will posit that some Catholics seemingly believe in some form of Origen's  Apocatastasis.  And I will also posit that Pope Francis and a vast majority of his Cardinals and Bishops don't believe in the Four Last Things at all. Promotion of homosexuality, promotion of adultery, promotion of heretical doctrines, promotion of false religions...can any Pope, Cardinal or Bishop who actively promote any of the above truly believe in The Four Last Things? 

And if they do not, how can any modern-day Catholic be expected to??

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