14 November 2017

No Cupich for You!

USCCB, exercising some welcome spine on the only Catholic issue they have left to them, deny the Chairmanship of the Pro-Life Committee to Bergoglio's soft-on-heresy, seamless-garment henchman, Blaise Cardinal Cupich.  Archbishop Naumann is a known, determined, true pro-life advocate. He should lead this committee.

Now if the Bishops could stand up for ANY doctrine of the Church by like means...

13 November 2017

On Second Thought

That autobiography will likely never be written, alas. My attempts at sustained prose, always frangible in the best of times, now produce only lucubrations. 

I Have Decided on a Title

For my C.S. Lewis-esque, philosophical novelization of my autobiography:

Six Hours at the Cleveland Airport

08 November 2017

If You Remember When Histories Recorded History...

I'm only on page 14 of the 811-page Volume One of the Kindle edition of Shelby Foote's  The Civil War: A Narrative, but I'm ready to declare it a masterpiece. If you like history one iota, get these books. 

07 November 2017

And Still It Goes On

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

--from The Second Coming, by W.B. Yeats

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It is a truism to modern man that change and decay move faster and faster, and unrelentingly so. The destruction of the good in the visible Church since Vatican II is well-documented. All of us have witnessed the destruction, some of us from the beginning. 

The Mass was taken away and now we have the minimally good, and maximally awful, novus ordo missae

The ceremony of innocence is drowned

The seminaries and convents were opened up, its citizens urged to go out into the world to do something better than adore God in the tabernacle, to obey the rule of their founders, and sanctify the world while sanctifying themselves. Well, they went out and didn't come back. The few who remained now front an aging shell of effeminate Episcopalianism-- but I repeat myself.

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold

The catechism was taken away and now we are free to believe any error we choose, to our own ruin.

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world

Surely Christ was near with justice, yes? Surely He would put an end to it? And yet it went on.

These days, the pace of change and destruction is so fast, so brutal, that it numbs our very ability to be outraged, sad, indignant, or even to feel any way at all about it.

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity

Oh-- there was a tiny return by a remnant to the true Mass, with some daring to hope for the temporal solution? Well, it is under attack again, rumored always to be wiped out. Even the novus ordo is too Catholic for this crowd. Do away with accurate translations. Make up a new "ecumenical" "mass". 

Oh-- there was a tiny resurgence in tradition by way of new religious orders? Orders that could remember their reason for existence? That weren't cesspools of sodomy or sodomitical politics, with some daring to hope for the temporal solution? Well, ask the FFI how that is going. And the threat over other orders, all well documented, continues. 

Oh-- there was a tiny attempt to return to real catechesis and apologetics, attracting young people hungry for truth, with some daring to hope for the temporal solution? Well, everyone who actually believes that stuff, to paraphrase Ann Barnhardt, is sacked. From the Curia. From the dicasteries. From the chanceries. From the tribunals. From the seminaries. From the academies. From the rectories. And in their place we get intellectually dishonest, effeminate communists. 

And still it goes on.

1960 passes with the Third Secret unrevealed. 1965 passes, and the council's time bombs are placed. 1969 passes, with the abomination of the novus ordo regime. 1978 passes. 2000 passes. 2013 passes, with the putative abdication of the Holy Father and the new regime of Francis. The papacy works tirelessly to undermine the very faith Peter was charged to protect. The disastrous Synods pass. Disastrous papal documents pass. Outrageous statements from Francis pass like water through a sieve, Seuss-like: on a plane! on a train! at a presser! near his dresser! I do not like your insults, sir, I do not want even one more slur! Signs and wonders in the natural world, portents in our very souls, all pass. Destruction, depression, an erosion of the ability to care. Every day a new outrage, with outrage in all-too-short supply.

And still it goes on.

I sometimes like to reflect on the English Catholics of the time of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. They saw a King, honored by the Pope for his defense of the faith against the Protestant heresy, turn so far around through his own arrogance and lust that he declared himself the head of Christ's Holy Church. They saw religious orders suppressed, their holy places taken. They saw their bishops apostatize, and the few who remained true killed and exiled. They were jailed, tortured, and killed; their lands and property taken; they were abandoned by their former friends, whose apostasy was rewarded.  They must have thought, "Surely this is the end. Our Lord will do something. This must be the Thing that brings it about." Still, it went on. Going to Mass was a crime, then it was impossible. The country, instead of being smitten in God's justice, actually prospered in the temporal sphere. 

I think that those Catholics of that time are some of the most heroic ever, right up there with the martyrs of the Roman persecutions. 

Yet it went on. And it goes on. Back then the Pope was unable to stop the destruction. Now, the pope is a cheering instigator and facilitator of it.

What to do? What do we always do? Wait. Hope. Pray. Keep the faith. What else is there?

As Yeats accurately wrote, putting in writing what Our Lord Himself said and we ourselves feel: 

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Pray for the Church, pray that Mary's Immaculate Heart will triumph. It will. She promised. The Lord will return. He will. He promised. What He says to us He says to all: Watch.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!



02 November 2017

Persecution for Faithful Witness to Christ vs. Calling Good Evil and Evil Good: Both Have Eternal Consequences

When St. Thomas More was asked to accept Henry VIII’s adultery, the pressures that he had from his family, friends and the King himself, could have forced him into invoking the non-imputabilty of his apostasy.  He chose, despite all, like the Christians of the first century, the road to martyrdom. A road the encyclical Veritatis splendor traces with these words: “[…]the martyrs and, in general, all the Church's Saints, light up every period of history by reawakening its moral sense. By witnessing fully to the good, they are a living reproof to those who transgress the law (cf. Wis 2:12), and they make the words of the Prophet echo ever afresh: "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" (Is 5:20). (Veritatis splendor, nn. 91-93).

--Roberto de Mattei at Rorate Caeli

First there is the disputed Chapter 8 of "Amoris Laetitia."  I need not share my own concerns about its content.  Others, not only theologians, but also cardinals and bishops, have already done that.  The main source of concern is the manner of your teaching.  In "Amoris Laetitia," your guidance at times seems intentionally ambiguous, thus inviting both a traditional interpretation of Catholic teaching on marriage and divorce as well as one that might imply a change in that teaching.  As you wisely note, pastors should accompany and encourage persons in irregular marriages; but ambiguity persists about what that "accompaniment" actually means.  To teach with such a seemingly intentional lack of clarity inevitably risks sinning against the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth.  The Holy Spirit is given to the Church, and particularly to yourself, to dispel error, not to foster it.  Moreover, only where there is truth can there be authentic love, for truth is the light that sets women and men free from the blindness of sin, a darkness that kills the life of the soul.  Yet you seem to censor and even mock those who interpret Chapter 8 of "Amoris Laetitia" in accord with Church tradition as Pharisaic stone-throwers who embody a merciless rigorism.   This kind of calumny is alien to the nature of the Petrine ministry.  Some of your advisors regrettably seem to engage in similar actions.  Such behavior gives the impression that your views cannot survive theological scrutiny, and so must be sustained by "ad hominem" arguments.

Second, too often your manner seems to demean the importance of Church doctrine.  Again and again you portray doctrine as dead and bookish, and far from the pastoral concerns of everyday life.  Your critics have been accused, in your own words, of making doctrine an ideology.  But it is precisely Christian doctrine – including the fine distinctions made with regard to central beliefs like the Trinitarian nature of God; the nature and purpose of the Church; the Incarnation; the Redemption; and the sacraments – that frees people from worldly ideologies and assures that they are actually preaching and teaching the authentic, life-giving Gospel.  Those who devalue the doctrines of the Church separate themselves from Jesus, the author of truth.  What they then possess, and can only possess, is an ideology – one that conforms to the world of sin and death.

[…]

I have often asked myself: "Why has Jesus let all of this happen?"   The only answer that comes to mind is that Jesus wants to manifest just how weak is the faith of many within the Church, even among too many of her bishops.  Ironically, your pontificate has given those who hold harmful theological and pastoral views the license and confidence to come into the light and expose their previously hidden darkness.  In recognizing this darkness, the Church will humbly need to renew herself, and so continue to grow in holiness.

Holy Father, I pray for you constantly and will continue to do so.  May the Holy Spirit lead you to the light of truth and the life of love so that you can dispel the darkness that now hides the beauty of Jesus’ Church.


--from the July 31letter of theologian Thomas Wienandy, O.F.M., Cap., to Pope Francis (the letter for which, yesterday, he was sacked by the moral giants of the USCCB).

31 October 2017

Thought for the Day

[Luther] has now been declared a heretic; and so also others, whatever their authority and rank, who have cared nought of their own salvation but publicly and in all men’s eyes become followers of Martin’s pernicious and heretical sect, and given him openly and publicly their help, counsel and favour, encouraging him in their midst in his disobedience and obstinacy, or hindering the publication of our said missive: such men have incurred the punishments set out in that missive, and are to be treated rightfully as heretics and avoided by all faithful Christians, as the Apostle says (Titus iii. 10-11).


Our purpose is that such men should rightfully be ranked with Martin and other accursed heretics and excommunicates, and that even as they have ranged themselves with the obstinacy in sinning of the said Martin, they shall likewise share his punishments and his name, by bearing with them everywhere the title “Lutheran” and the punishments it incurs.

--from Decet Romanum Pontificem, Papal Bull of Excommunication of Martin Luther, Pope Leo X, 1521.

30 October 2017

There Is Only One Way to Commemorate the 'Reformation'

And that is with loathing, contrition, and a firm purpose to defend the true faith, to martyrdom if necessary, from every heresy and accommodation. The shameful 'commemorations' engaged in by the pope and some bishops--and in this Archdiocese--are nothing less than abominations. God have mercy on us. 

If Luther is not roasting in hell, it is only because he repented of his errors before he died. His public and atrocious heresies should not be celebrated, emulated, or "commemorated". 

This is the sentence of the Vicar of Christ on the heresiarch Luther. 

29 October 2017

Feast of Christ the King

I hope you all had a blessed feast day. The preface from today says it all very well:


IT IS truly meet and just, right and profitable, for us, all times, and in all places, to give thanks to Thee, O Lord, the holy One, the Father almighty, the everlasting God: Who didst anoint with the oil of gladness Thine Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, eternal Priest and King of the universe: that, offering Himself as a stainless peace-offering on the altar of the Cross, He might fulfill the pledges of man's redemption; and, having all creatures subject to His power, might deliver to Thy sublime majesty an eternal and universal kingdom, a kingdom of truth and life; a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace. And therefore with the Angels and Archangels, with the Thrones and Dominations, and with all the array of the heavenly host, we sing a hymn to Thy glory, and unceasingly repeat: 

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory. 
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He Who cometh in the name of the Lord. 

Hosanna in the highest. 

27 October 2017

Pray for Spain



And especially for the loyal Catalonians whose existence is quite uncomfortable now. Pray the government can restore order and administer justice.

Viva España!