Catholic academics and pastors appeal to the College of Cardinals over Amoris Laetitia

From Rorate Caeli:

Press Release

7/9/16

A group of Catholic academics and pastors has submitted an appeal to Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals in Rome, requesting that the Cardinals and Eastern Catholic Patriarchs petition His Holiness, Pope Francis, to repudiate a list of erroneous propositions that can be drawn from a natural reading of the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia. During the coming weeks this submission will be sent in various languages to every one of the Cardinals and Patriarchs, of whom there are 218 living at present.

Describing the exhortation as containing “a number of statements that can be understood in a sense that is contrary to Catholic faith and morals,” the signatories submitted, along with their appeal, a documented list of applicable theological censures specifying “the nature and degree of the errors that could be attributed to Amoris laetitia.”

Among the 45 signatories are Catholic prelates, scholars, professors, authors, and clergy from various pontifical universities, seminaries, colleges, theological institutes, religious orders, and dioceses around the world. They have asked the College of Cardinals, in their capacity as the Pope’s official advisers, to approach the Holy Father with a request that he repudiate “the errors listed in the document in a definitive and final manner, and to authoritatively state that Amoris laetitia does not require any of them to be believed or considered as possibly true.”

“We are not accusing the pope of heresy,” said a spokesman for the authors, “but we consider that numerous propositions in Amoris laetitia can be construed as heretical upon a natural reading of the text. Additional statements would fall under other established theological censures, such as scandalous, erroneous in faith, and ambiguous, among others.”

The 1983 Code of Canon Law states that “According to the knowledge, competence, and expertise which they possess, they [the Christian faithful] have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful” (CIC, can. 212 §3).

The thirteen-page document quotes nineteen passages in the exhortation which seem to conflict with Catholic doctrines. These doctrines include the real possibility with the grace of God of obeying all the commandments, the fact that certain kinds of act are wrong in all circumstances, the headship of the husband, the superiority of consecrated virginity over the married life, and the legitimacy of capital punishment under certain circumstances.  The document also argues that the exhortation undermines the Church’s teaching that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who have made no commitment to continence cannot be admitted to the sacraments while they remain in that state.

The spokesman said, “It is our hope that by seeking from our Holy Father a definitive repudiation of these errors we can help to allay the confusion already brought about by Amoris laetitia among pastors and the lay faithful.  For that confusion can be dispelled effectively only by an unambiguous affirmation of authentic Catholic teaching by the Successor of Peter.”

Dr Joseph Shaw, an Oxford academic and a signatory to the appeal, is acting as spokesman for this group of Catholic scholars and pastors. The group has set up the email address appealtocardinals@gmail.com to answer press enquiries about the appeal.

Dr Shaw’s personal details can at the following link.

capacity.http://casuistrycentral.blogspot.co.uk/p/about-me.html

His role as signatory and spokesman for the group is as a private person, concerned Catholic, and philosopher, and should not be construed as representative of the institutions for which he serves in an official capacity.

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Thirteen thousand people attend Tamil pilgrimage at Walsingham

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An Open Letter to Cardinal Vincent Nichols Regarding the European Union.

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20th June 2016

Your Eminence,

I am writing to you not only in my capacity as a politician, but as a fellow member of the Church; that communion of believers in the True Faith which together make up the Mystical Body of Christ.
Politicians of faith often find themselves conflicted between the interests of what St. Augustine describes as ‘The Earthly’ and ‘The Heavenly’ Cities; that is to say, our professional lives require a daily balance between attempting to implement what we know to be right according to Divine Will and the interests of the material and temporal. Saint Augustine describes it best when he takes the symbol of the fish, The ikhthýs, as a symbol of Christ moving through the waters which symbolise this world. The ikhthýs was used thus by early Christians as a secret symbol of themselves as the faithful moving through the deep of persecution in a pagan world. As Christianity once again faces persecution throughout the world today, Roman Catholics in public positions find themselves as fish swimming through extremely muddy waters; doing our best to remain faithful whilst facing criticisms of our beliefs and attacks for stating them.
It is at this point I must respond to a point you made in your speech on the day of the Launch of the Official Referendum Campaign:

‘There’s a long tradition in Christianity and in Catholicism in particular of believing in holding things together. There’s a strong tradition in the Catholic vision of life that to start down the path of division almost inevitably leads to further division… So the Catholic instinct is to look for the whole – that’s exactly what the word means. And therefore the Catholic stance towards an effort such as the EU is largely supportive.’

Whilst I agree our faith believes in holding things together, we must first question as Catholics whether that ‘whole’ is congruous with the teachings of Christ and the doctrine and traditions of His Church. Furthermore, I question whether it is right to say the EU has not caused division. Like the fish, we must be careful not to be polluted by the glamour of this ‘whole’ and instead seek the truth.

Rerum Novarum
“Let the working man and the employer make free agreements, and in particular let them agree freely as to the wages; nevertheless, there underlies a dictate of natural justice more imperious and ancient than any bargain between man and man, namely, that wages ought not to be insufficient to support a frugal and well-behaved wage-earner. If through necessity or fear of a worse evil the workman accept harder conditions because an employer or contractor will afford him no better, he is made the victim of force and injustice.” -Rerum Novrum

As Your Eminence will know, Rerum Novarum was a Papal Encyclical by Pope Leo XIII addressing the conditions of the working classes. It has formed the central text and main reference for the Catholic Social Teaching movement, a movement which has grown in strength in recent years as corporate interests once again threaten the conditions of working people.

Protection of the less well-off is a fundamental Catholic position. I can only assume your support of the EU is because it is argued that is has enshrined rights for workers. Whilst this is true in some instances, I do not believe it is necessary for these rights and regulations to come via diktat from Brussels. Indeed, I believe it is right for these decisions to be taken at a National level by a democratically elected parliament and the UK has an enviable history of introducing such rights, most of which are better than the EU’s. I also believe any protection offered by the EU is completely overshadowed by the EU’s inherent interest in protecting big business at the expense of small businesses and workers, a view which has been recently shared by ASLEF, BFAWU and RMT trade unions. Those unions in the same statement also stated their concern for the lack of democracy and the alienation of working people from the decision making process of the EU.

There is another aspect of the EU which has a devastating impact on the dignity of workers in the EU. I draw Your Eminence’s attention to the following excerpt from the same Encyclical:
‘…the labour of the working class—the exercise of their skill, and the employment of their strength, in the cultivation of the land, and in the workshops of trade—is especially responsible and quite indispensable.
Indeed, … it may be truly said that it is only by the labour of working men that States grow rich.’

The EU is the cause of less labour for fewer working people. Unemployment in Eurozone countries is at excruciating levels, especially for the young (49% youth unemployment in Greece; 41% Spain; 39% Italy). Much of this could have been alleviated for the common good of countries with various solutions, and in the case of Greece, by leaving the EU and the Euro. However, such options are callously denied by Eurozone leaders for the sake of preserving The Project – the ‘whole’ which you described in your speech.

The suffering of workers across the continent is something as Catholics we should display great charity and concern for. But we must also remember the working poor in the UK. Again, in Rerum Novarum:

‘To defraud any one of wages that are his due is a great crime which cries to the avenging anger of Heaven. “Behold, the hire of the labourers … which by fraud has been kept back by you, crieth; and the cry of them hath entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.” Lastly, the rich must religiously refrain from cutting down the workmen’s earnings, whether by force, by fraud, or by usurious dealing; and with all the greater reason because the labouring man is, as a rule, weak and unprotected, and because his slender means should in proportion to their scantiness be accounted sacred.’

While we must, as Catholics, be welcoming to newcomers, we must use good judgement and wisdom in the matter of wage compression. It has been established both by leaders of the IN campaign such as Lord Rose, by economic research by the OECD, EU and indeed a recent working paper of the Bank of England that mass immigration from the EU into Britain has lowered the wages of those in the lowest paid trades and professions. I fear our good intentions and compassion as Christians towards the Stranger are currently being manipulated by the ill-willed and unscrupulous to artificially lower the wages of the British Working Classes for their own interests; to defraud the poorest worker of his means is against the teachings of the Church. Indeed, the Church upholds it as a mortal sin.
I believe the EU’s current policies therefore are an attack on the worker; its cold-hearted dismissing of the pleas of the poor and the withdrawal from their lives of the dignity of labour for the sake of false absolutes and idolatry of the European Project are in contravention of Catholic Social Teaching and the love Christ demands of us for the poor.

Read the rest of the original letter here.

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Fatima visionary predicted ‘final battle’ would be over marriage, family

Our Lady of Fatima.

Our Lady of Fatima.

Mexico City, Mexico, Jul 8, 2016 / 03:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima, died in 2005. But before her death, she predicted that the final battle between Christ and Satan would be over marriage and the family.

So says Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, who reports that the visionary sent him a letter with this prediction when he was Archbishop of Bologna, Italy.

This reported statement by Sister Lucia, expressed during the pontificate of Saint John Paul II, was recently revisited by the Desde la Fe (From the Faith) weekly of the Archdiocese of Mexico, in the midst of the debate generated by President Enrqiue Pena Nieto, who announced his intention to promote gay marriage in this country.

The Mexican weekly recalled the statements that Cardinal Caffarra made to the Italian press in 2008, three years after the death of Sister Lucia.

On February 16, 2008, the Italian cardinal had celebrated a Mass at the tomb of Padre Pio, after which he gave an interview with Tele Radio Padre Pio. He was asked about the prophecy of Sister Lucia dos Santos that speaks about “the final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan.”

Cardinal Caffarra explained that Saint John Paul II had commissioned him to plan and establish the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. At the beginning of this work, the cardinal wrote a letter to Sister Lucia of Fatima through her bishop, since he could not do it directly.

“Inexplicably, since I did not expect a reply, seeing as I had only asked for her prayers, I received a long letter with her signature, which is now in the archives of the Institute,” the Italian cardinal said.

“In that letter we find written: ‘The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about Marriage and the Family.’ Don’t be afraid, she added, because whoever works for the sanctity of Marriage and the Family will always be fought against and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. Then she concluded: ‘nevertheless, Our Lady has already crushed his head’.”

Cardinal Caffarra added that “speaking again with John Paul II, you could feel that the family was the core, since it has to do with the supporting pillar of creation, the truth of the relationship between man and woman, between the generations. If the foundational pillar is damaged, the entire building collapses and we’re seeing this now, because we are right at this point and we know it.”

“And I am moved when I read the best biographies of Padre Pio,” the cardinal concluded, “about how this man was so attentive to the sanctity of marriage and the holiness of the spouses, even with justifiable rigor at times.”

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Pornography and the Prophet: Islam, Feminism & the Myth of the “Willing Whore”

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By Matthew Karmel on 1P5

The United States is, by far, the world’s largest producer of online pornography, accounting for nearly 25% of all such material. Rounding out the list of the top five porn-producing countries are the United Kingdom (5.5%), Germany (4.9%), Brazil (4.8%) and France (4%). Of the top 15, a dozen are western countries, the three outliers being Japan (3.8%), India (3.2%) and Turkey (1.8%). In total, more than 60% of all online pornography features western performers.

One might think that, given the western provenance of most of this material, it is also being consumed by a predominantly western audience. This, however, is not the case. Some of the world’s top consumers of online pornographic material are, in fact, to be found in Muslim countries. According to Google – by far the most popular search engine used by consumers of online pornography (83.5%) – Pakistan tops the list of countries whose citizens perform pornography-related searches. Of the top 8 such countries, 6 of them are predominantly Muslim states, including Egypt, Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. While many of these countries have strict laws prohibiting the production and consumption of pornographic material, the advent of the smartphone has made controlling porn-related internet traffic virtually impossible – something an increasing number of Muslim men regularly exploit.

Muslims in Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates also search for beastiality porn more than any other demographic worldwide, with particular interest in donkeys, dogs, horses, cows, goats, snakes, monkeys, elephants and – yes – bears. The deeper one digs into the Google data, the worse it gets: the search term “child porn” is the second most popular porn-related search in Turkey, being topped only by Pakistan, which leads the world in searching for the terms “children sex”, “sexy child”, “sexy children” and, unsurprisingly, “rape”. Other disturbing terms searched in connection with porn include “father daughter” and “bother sister” – ranked numbers 4 and 5 in Syria; “mom” appears in Egypt’s top 10 porn-related search terms. Equally revealing is the finding that the second most common language used to search for homosexual pornography is Arabic, with the terms “gay man”, “gay sex”, “gay girl” and “homo sex” topping the list. In fact, “homo sex” is the top porn-related search term in Indonesia, home to more than 200 million Muslims.

Obviously, pornography is a universal problem. In fairness, depraved Muslims would not be consuming so much pornographic material if depraved westerners were not producing so much of it. Like the Arab sayf ḏū ḥadayn, however, that argument cuts both ways: if Muslim men were not so ready to click links to pornographic sites, increasing their revenue, there would be less such material produced in the West. The simple truth is that no modern culture or society can claim to be spotless when it comes to the scourge of pornography. Some are producers, some are consumers, most want nothing to do with it, but everyone is affected by it in one way or another.

This problem would perhaps remain a largely moral one were it not for the fact that Europe is currently being flooded by men of predominantly Muslim background whose only knowledge of western women is what they have learned by watching internet porn. Khaled Diab of The Guardian reports that porn is largely responsible for the mischaracterization, common among Arab Muslims, of western women as “oversexed, promiscuous and having revolving doors in their knickers.” He states:

In fact, many Arab men, particularly those with little contact with the West, have this fantasy of western women that comes straight out of Playboy magazine or the grainy images of pirate pornos.”

He quotes an Arab friend as saying:

A typical Egyptian male is a firm believer that any western woman is an easy catch and would not mind at all having sex with complete strangers.”

Not wanting to single out Egyptians, Diab reveals that similar views are held all over the Arab Muslim world. One Portuguese colleague told him:

“From my personal experience, the worst Arab men I found were the ones from Saudi Arabia. They think that all foreign women are prostitutes and they try to treat them like that.”

Given that this is the mentality of some – and perhaps many – of the Muslim men currently entering Europe in droves, incidents like the one which took place in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve 2015 – where more than 1,000 women were sexually assaulted and/or harassed by groups of immigrants of African and Arab descent – should surprise no one. While shocking in its extent, the incident is by no means isolated. Wherever Muslim immigration has increased, reports of sexual assault and rape have increased dramatically. Sweden, for example, which has prided itself since the 1970’s on having one of the most immigrant-friendly policies in Europe, is now widely acknowledged to be the rape capital of the West. The Muslim child sexual exploitation rings in Great Britain, in which well over 1,000 young, predominantly western girls were abused as sex slaves by groups of Muslim, predominantly Pakistani men, is but another shocking example of the same phenomenon.

What is perhaps most troubling, however, is the reaction of western political and cultural elites to this growing problem. Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker responded to the New Year’s incident by suggesting that the victims were at least partially to blame for what happened, going so far as to call for guidelines on how western women must change their behavior if they are to avoid such treatment in the future. Professor of Anthropology Dr. Unni Wikan suggested that the sharp increase in cases of rape in her native Sweden was largely due to the provocative manner in which Swedish women dress themselves, saying “Norwegian women must take their share of responsibility for these rapes,” and “realise that we live in a multicultural society and adapt themselves to it.” To the shame of Great Britain, it has been widely acknowledged that investigators regularly ignored reports made by the victims of the Rotherham child prostitution ring because they worried about the possibility of appearing racist and/or xenophobic toward Pakistani Muslims.

In the rare event of a public figure venturing forward to acknowledge some modicum of responsibility, that acknowledgement invariably takes the form of a collective mea culpa on the part of the West. It is our general failure to be “welcoming” and “open to the other” which is at root of the cultural conflicts currently threatening to tear Europe apart. Even prominent men in the Church have taken up the cause of limitless Muslim immigration, using the humanitarian good will of the European peoples against themselves as the means of their own cultural demise. As German Cardinal Rainer Woelki said while celebrating Mass over a carefully staged seven-meter-long refugee boat perched on the steps of the Cologne Cathedral – mere meters aways from where hundreds of women were sexually assaulted by Muslim immigrants only a few months prior: “Someone who lets people drown in the Mediterranean also drowns God.” Obviously, the Germans have lost nothing of their skill in crafting powerful slogans meant to browbeat the populace into submission.

In a way unforeseen by any of the members of the global financial and political elite, however, the peoples of Europe have begun to push back. One very powerful signal in this regard was the recent vote by 52% of the British electorate to leave the European Union – largely over the issues of border control and immigration policy. Financial independence and national sovereignty, while grand ideals, leave the common man largely untouched. It is when he recognizes an imminent threat to his wife and children that he is compelled to act. The tired self-accusatory excuses of the western liberal left are no longer effective in pacifying the populace in the face of an invading culture of sexual assault and rape.

Inspecting New Arrivals – Giulio Rosati (c. 1900)

Inspecting New Arrivals – Giulio Rosati (c. 1900)

Blame is to be placed – first and foremost – on the Muslim religion itself. […]

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Tribute from a friend. In Memoriam: Fr. Peter Carota

This beautiful tribute from Father David Nix was posted on Father Peter Carota’s blog, Traditional Catholic Priest:

IMG_0413Fr. Peter Carota would be the first to gently correct me for canonizing him, for he could preach the saints’ descriptions of the terrible moment of judgment (double for priests) as well as the subsequent pains of purgatory for most of the elect.

Thus, I don’t want to answer to God for diverting any of his readers from the supreme spiritual work of mercy, namely, praying for the faithful departed.

But Fr. Carota was just that: faithful. So, for the upbuilding of the Church, I must describe more of this man to you. Many of you knew him to be an intractable champion of orthodoxy and tradition, but I want to highlight some lesser-known virtues of this priest of God who brought truth and light during a time of darkness.

First, Fr. Carota wasn’t just a “champion of the right,” or a “mighty whitey” priest of traditionalism. When I first walked into his low Mass on a hot weekday in a poor segment of Phoenix, I could not believe my eyes: I saw from 50 to 100 Mexicans listening to him preach in Spanish. This was a Thursday afternoon, not a Sunday morning! Many priests today talk about social justice, but still want the finest parish. Fr. Carota spent his very last years bringing the fullness of Jesus Christ and His Church to the poor by day, and you readers by night. The Mexicans (with or without papers) responded in droves to his charity and his truth.

Fr. Carota was unafraid to point out that bad leadership in the Church would lose many souls, but he never doubted the very words of the living Son of God: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against Her.”—Matthew 16:18. He loved the Church. He believed in Her. I personally believe he died for Her, perhaps to pave a smoother path for younger, more arrogant traditional priests like myself—that we may begin to live not only truth—but holiness and humbleness and love.

You see, I met Fr. Carota two years ago when we were both wandering the desert in semi-exile from our respective dioceses (literally the Sedona desert, as seen in the above picture.) That very day I took the above picture, he convinced me of the power of forgiveness. Oh yes, many people had told me in one cerebral way or another that I needed to forgive the priests that had rejected me. But Fr. Carota quickly gained a two-fold authority in my life:

1) He had been hurt by brother priests in similar circumstances but the difference is that he had actually forgiven them. So, when he told me that I must forgive, it was not an academic exercise. He had lived it.

2) He did not abandon me when others did, so it cost him something to walk the heat of the Black Canyon, helping a younger brother priest who was spiritually starving.

So, for me, Fr. Carota’s authority was not his website, but the weight of charity and priestly-loyalty. In some sense, Fr. Carota saved my priesthood in the desert when others left me to silently wander. I hope I do not write for his website to be harsh about tradition.  One reason I write for his website is because truth and charity have met in Fr. Peter Carota.  He walked the desert with only the manna from heaven.  May he now enjoy the Promised Land, where Christ has promised to wipe away every tear (Apocalypse 21:4.)

It was a Thursday morning this year, 26 May 2016, when I last texted Fr. Carota that I had offered my Corpus Christ Mass for him. Five hours later he texted me: “I love you.” At first, I thought this was the delirium of his bodily demise. Of course, with all the scandals these days, perhaps I shouldn’t even share that text with you, but I realized that “to the pure, all things are pure,” (Titus 1:15). The reason I include that text in this post is because it was the last text I ever got from Fr. Carota. “I love you” was a fitting last text from the very priest who may have saved my priesthood. Truth and charity met in this man who also showed thousands of his readers how to live non-compromise to God, but compromise to our daily human wills when faced with the option of sacrificial, fraternal love.

There is no flowery terminology to say this next sentence:  Fr. Peter Carota starved to death today. This past year, I would frequently check in with him, and it was always the same story without any complaint:  He could not eat.  His body simply could not assimilate food.  The saints often live a redemptive suffering that is reflective of the century in which they live and die. Did he die “with” the 3 million children who starve to death every year in the world? Or was his physical starvation a reflection and reparation for the spiritualstarvation of Catholics and non-Christians across the globe? I don’t know. Perhaps it was a just a long, painful death in reparation for his own sins. This is why the Mass I offer in honor of Our Lady tomorrow will be for the repose of the soul of Fr. Peter Carota, and I ask you to join your prayers to mine.  I will lift up all your prayers on the patten of the offertory tomorrow.

But if comparison to the lives of the saints means anything, then this priest of God finished the course; he kept the faith and he died on a Friday like His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the only high priest. May He rest in Mary’s arms the next day, a Saturday of Our Lady whom he loved as purely as any man I’ve met.

—Fr. David Nix

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Resquiescat in pace, Father Peter Carota (Traditional Catholic Priest)

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I have just read this breaking news on The Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco:

“We have received the sad news that this morning (July 8, 2016), Fr. Peter Carota, is no longer with us. Please pray for the repose of the soul of this great priest. We will post funeral details when it becomes available.”

This is indeed very sad news. Fr Peter Carota had been suffering from a long, mysterious illness that caused him much suffering, and an inability to either eat or drink. This good and holy priest, strong promoter of the Traditional Latin Mass and traditional Catholic piety, will be sadly missed by many, not only those from his parish who loved him dearly, but from the thousands who drew strength, hope and comfort from the wonderful articles he published daily on his blog, Traditional Catholoc Priest. In the past we often re-blogged some of his excellent posts on CP&S. (A friend of his had been keeping the blog running once Father became too ill to continue.)

Please pray for the repose of the soul of this holy priest, that through our prayers we may help him on his final journey home to Heaven.

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REPENT AMERICA!

Comment: To commemorate the 4th July, Fr Richard Heilman wrote this outstanding article on his blog, ROMAN CATHOLIC MAN, which we now re-print below. No self-congratulatory pats on the back for America’s noble past victories and achievements, no lofty dreams and proposals heralding an even greater future, but instead a serious down-to-earth analysis of the current disastrous moral state of this (once ?) great nation, and the only true way to fix it.

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“Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.” -Arnold Joseph Toynbee

Before time runs out, we simply must recognize what is happening to our beloved America, and call upon God to heal our nation. We must repent!

CURRENT CONDITION

We know that Sacred Scripture teaches that whole nations can be overrun by a demonic spirit (Rev. 16:13-15; Acts 13:6-9). This can come through any or all of the ruling class, whether that is the ruling political powers that be or through any number of sources of power and influence.

In 2011, Jeffrey Kuhner wrote in the Wasnigton Times:

“For the past 50 years, every major institution has been captured by the radical secular left. The media, Hollywood, TV, universities, public schools, theater, the arts, literature — they relentlessly promote the false gods of sexual hedonism and radical individualism. Conservatives have ceded the culture to the enemy. Tens of millions of unborn babies have been slaughtered; illegitimacy rates have soared; divorce has skyrocketed; pornography is rampant; drug use has exploded; sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS have killed millions; birth control is a way of life; sex outside of wedlock has become the norm; countless children have been permanently damaged — their innocence lost forever — because of the proliferation of broken homes; and sodomy and homosexuality are celebrated openly. America has become the new Babylon” (Jeffrey T. Kuhner, Washington Times, January 20, 2011).

Even as Mr. Kuhner wrote this article, our nation still believed marriage was reserved for a man and woman for the procreation of children. In that very short period of five years, our nation has surrendered to this “ruling class” who continues to advance their narrative. Moreover, we have just witnessed our nation’s judicial system sanction the ability of men to enter into little girl’s restrooms.

ROOTS OF CONDITION

As quickly as things seem to be deteriorating, many believe the “weakening of the West” has been 700 years in the making.

Shortly after WWII, Richard Weaver published the book, “Ideas Have Consequences.” Weaver’s book traces the deterioration of the West back to the 14th century when, as he says, Western man made an “evil decision.” Influenced by William of Occam’s philosophy of nominalism, the West began it’s spiral downward, having abandoned its belief in transcendent universals:

“The denial of universals carries with it the denial of everything transcending experience. The denial of everything transcending experience means inevitably…the denial of truth. With the denial of objective truth there is no escape from the relativism of ‘man is the measure of all things” (Richard Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences).

No longer “tethered to the transcendent,” we are left to our own ideas of truth. In fact, we end up in the company of such great cynics as Pontius Pilate who retorted, “What is truth?”

By 1951, this “man worshipping” modernism had already contaminated America’s Supreme Court. In “Dennis et al. vs. U.S.” Chief Justice Fred A. Vinson observed:

Nothing is more certain in modern society than the principle that there are no absolutes ….all concepts are relative.”

Around the same time, Anthony Harrigan pointed to the fierce and subtle movement of the ruling class:

“Modernists are determined to force the acceptance of pornography as medical science, filth as artistic realism, and abnormality as a mere difference of opinion…Though the life of the country is basically decent, Americans are in the hands of a cultural ruling class which…is conducting us to ruin.” The amoral ruling class seeks to raise up a “liberal-bred barbarian” motivated by a destructive impulse” and unchecked by “traditional values and restraints,” in order to destroy America from within, noted Harrigan” (George H. Nash, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America)

Dennis Prager points to the Music industry in its mission to produce “liberal-bred barbarians:”

“The music industry, from producers to artists, is largely populated by people who regard social and cultural norms as stifling. Their professional lives are dedicated to lowering that which is elevated, destroying that which uplifts, and to profaning that which is held sacred.”

The liberal-bred barbarianism, described by Prager, is not limited to the music industry. As Jeffrey Kuhner pointed out, it is replete throughout the “ruling class” or, what he refers to as, the major institutions of the “radical secular left.”

COUNTRY CLASS BEWARE!

Some refer to us as the “Country Class.” We are the ones who, by and large, have kept America’s founding Judao-Christian philosophical worldview. We still hold that men are created in the spiritual likeness of God the Father and that all men are therefore subject to His laws. But, that is deteriorating at an alarming rate.

There are two movements spreading like wildfire throughout the Western world. Robert Enright warns:

“There are two over-simplified and very dangerous ideas emerging:

1) There is no personal responsibility because of brain activity which determines how we behave, rendering free will impossible;

2) Social forces of poverty and oppression determine how we behave, rendering free will impossible.

Beware of these over-simplifications of humanity.

Do you see the implication….no really….do you see it? If there is no personal responsibility, then there are no moral offenses…..rendering forgiveness impossible. Why? How can you forgive those who just couldn’t help it?” –Robert Enright

This “relieving anyone of moral responsibility” is the coup de grâce – the “kill punch” – of the ruling class’ modernist movement. Once we accept that we were not created by God in his image – and cease to spend our lives striving to be as perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect – we are left to stand as a soulless human ape who is subject to or “a victim of” his circumstances. Weaver dubbed this way of thinking the “spoiled-child psychology” of modern man, who had “not been made to see the relationship between reward and effort.”

I called this the coup de grâce, because “now” we are in the very place the “ruling class” wants us to be … completely dependent upon them. If we are “just” soulless barbarians, we “can’t help ourselves” … we have “no power” to chase perfection and catch excellence. The ruling class then claims all of the power to “control” us based on our willingness to heed their dictates.

Have we completely lost our drive to strive to the heights of our humanity as children of God? Where is “Honor” any longer?

JEZEBEL SPIRIT IN AMERICA

It is uncanny how much this moment in history resembles the conflict between Elijah and Jezebel; between the power of God and the satanic lie of Baal. Are we under the demonic influence of Jezebel?

Jezebel first appears in 1 Kings 16, when she marries Ahab, king of Israel. Jezebel was the daughter of Ethbaal, the king and high priest of the Baal worshipping Sidonians. Baal worship was closely associated with obsessive sensuality and often involved sex acts. Jezebel, as a daughter of this perverse kingdom, was raised in an atmosphere where sex was a path to power and influence (sounding familiar yet?).

Ahab, King of Israel, was completely subdued and dominated by Jezebel (a type of modern man?). Jezebel then introduced the worship of Ashtoroth to Israel. This god/goddess was a power-hungry goddess of love and sensuality. Priestess-prostitutes filled her shrines and serviced her worshippers. The lure of these legal, readily available erotic encounters was more than the men of Israel would resist. By Jezebel’s influence, most Israelites, the northern kingdom, left the worship of God for Baal and Ashtoroth. The prophet Elijah laments that only 7000 men in the entire nation were not swayed by her control (How many men have left God – exchanged the power of supernatural grace for sensual pleasure – by simply clicking on to easy access porn sites? How many men have either abandoned their family or refuse to get married at all?).

The Jezebel spirit is born of rebellion (1960s? Now?). The Spirit of Jezebel is basically a controlling spirit working through the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (The counter forces to these are poverty, chastity and obedience).

Other ways a Jezebel spirit can gain power of a nation …

  • Puts power and politics ahead of people
  • Baal worshippers would propagate child sacrifice (today’s abortion)
  • Operates through fear and intimidation (Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals)
  • Intolerant of Word of God (Banish God from public sphere, loss of religious freedom)
  • Allows seduction to prevail
  • Twists truth; Lies
  • Usurps the law
  • Propagates sorcery; Black magic (New Age, Reiki, crystals, horoscopes, ouija boards, luck charms, etc.)

Is any of this sounding familiar? It should. This almost perfectly describes the Motus Operandi of most of the liberal secular ruling class in power today.

What are our altars to Baal? When we work, not to live, but live to work so that we can buy more material things, we are building an altar to a false god. When we desire popularity or notoriety and pledge to do anything to get that attention, we are building that altar. When we allow drugs, alcohol, pornography or any other addiction to rule our lives, we are putting another brick in the altar that resides within our hearts. When we put others on a pedestal, such as famous athletes, movies stars, or even someone we know personally, we are building an altar to worship someone other than God. When we are constantly worried about how we look, how we are perceived, or how much others like us, we build an altar to ourselves; we become Baal.

ELIJAH’S TACTIC

Among prophets of ancient Israel, Elijah stands out, impelled by God to bring the people to conversion. His name means “the Lord is my God”, and his life develops in accordance with this name, entirely dedicated to kindling in the people gratitude to the Lord as the one God.

Now, when most of Israel was captivated by the seduction of idolatry, and deluding themselves into believing they can serve two masters, Elijah proposes a challenge to Jezebel and the her Baal worshippers to “put up or shut up.”

On Mt. Carmel, both he and the prophets of Baal were to prepare a sacrifice and pray and the true God would reveal himself, responding with fire that would burn the offering. After all kinds of antics by the prophets of Baal, including cutting themselves, no fire came from heaven to burn their sacrifice.

Elijah then prepares his sacrifice on the altar and cries out to God, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” And this is what happened: “then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, ‘The Lord he is God; the Lord, he is God.’”

On Mt. Carmel, Elijah calls upon and trusts in the supernatural power of God, and the people “Repented” of the error of their ways and turned back to God. This is the Gift of the Holy Spirit usually called the Gift of Awe and Wonder. I wrote about this necessary “trigger gift” HERE. We simply must believe in, call upon and lead people to the supernatural power of God if we ever hope for the salvation for our nation!

St. Dominic (1170-1221) – Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Dominic, “One Day through the Rosary and Scapular I will save the World”- These words would not be spoken by the Blessed Virgin Mary unless her Son was not readily available in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Lady would confirm this warning at Fatima (1917) by appearing as Our Lady of the Rosary and ending these apparitions as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel wearing the brown habit of the Carmelites and holding the Brown Scapular.

We must repent! We must pray the rosary, wear the scapular and go “often” to Confession!!

THE REST OF THE STORY

After Elijah reveals the supernatural power of God and embarrasses Jezebel and the Baal worshippers, Jezebel threatens Elijah’s life. He flees to the Mountain of Horeb where God appears to him, not in the wind or the earthquake or the fire, but in the whistling of gentle air. In that moment, Elijah is in silent adoration.

I have heard countless stories of people who had that “deep conversion” when they came to meet the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration. Our nation simply MUST see a movement of the restoration of Eucharistic Adoration in every parish!

We must come to meet God in Awe and Wonder! We must pray silently in Eucharistic Adoration!!

The following video simply shows those who are awakened to the lies of the ruling class whose objective is to keep them “down” and “dependent.”

 

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More from Cardinal Sarah: Priests should start saying Mass ‘ad orientem’ at Advent

Posted on  by Fr John Zuhlsdorf on his blog:

If as a Church we want to effect something good and lasting, it has to be rooted in our sacred liturgical worship of God.  That’s our source.  That’s our summit.   This is where our identity is most deeply shaped.  We need a revitalization of our worship.

From the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald, we have some news from the Sacra Liturgia conference underway. I soooo wanted to go to that.  My emphases and comments.

Cardinal Sarah asks priests to start celebrating Mass facing east this Advent

The Vatican’s liturgy chief said priests should view the proposed change as ‘something good for the Church, something good for our people’  [Like I said.]

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Vatican’s liturgy chief, has asked priests to begin celebrating Mass ad orientem, that is, facing east rather than towards the congregation.

The proposed reform is arguably the biggest liturgical announcement since Benedict XVI’s 2007 motu proprio Summorum Pontificum gave greater freedom for priests to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass.  [The great liturgical scholar Klaus Gamber said that the reversal of our altars was the most damaging (uncalled for) innovation after Vatican II.]

Speaking at the Sacra Liturgia conference in London on Wednesday, the Guinean cardinal, who is Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, addressed priests who were present, saying: “It is very important that we return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction – eastwards or at least towards the apse – to the Lord who comes”.

The cardinal continued: “I ask you to implement this practice wherever possible.”  [It is possible in very many places.]

16_07_05_Sarah_CordileoneHe said that “prudence” and catechesis would be necessary, but told pastors to have “confidence that this is something good for the Church, something good for our people”.

“Your own pastoral judgement will determine how and when this is possible, but perhaps beginning this on the first Sunday of Advent this year, when we attend ‘the Lord who will come’ and ‘who will not delay’.”

These words were met with prolonged applause in the conference hall.

Cardinal Sarah had spoken on previous occasions about the merits of ad orientem worship, saying that from the Offertory onwards it was “essential that the priest and faithful look together towards the east”.

But his specifying of the first Sunday of Advent – which falls this year on November 27 – gives a new urgency to his calls for this form of worship.

Speaking after Cardinal Sarah, Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon said that, although he was “only one bishop of one diocese”, he would celebrate Mass ad orientem at his cathedral, and would address a letter to his diocese encouraging his priests to do the same.

In his talk, Cardinal Sarah also said that Pope Francis had asked him to begin a study of “the reform of the reform”, that is of adapting the liturgical reforms that followed the Second Vatican Council. The cardinal said the study would seek “to enrich the two forms of the Roman rite”. [Hmmmm.]

Cardinal Sarah said that much liturgical study had suggested that some post-conciliar reforms “may have been put together according to the spirit of the times” and “gone beyond” of the Fathers of Vatican II, in Sacrosanctum Concilium, the constitution on the liturgy.  [Buginicare.  Not to mention the mistranslation of 299 of the GIRM.]

He said that some “very serious misinterpretations of the liturgy” had crept in, thanks to an attitude to the liturgy which placed man rather than God at the centre[yep] 

“The liturgy is not about you and I,” Cardinal Sarah told the conference. “It is not where we celebrate our own identity or achievements or exalt or promote our own culture and local religious customs. The liturgy is first and foremost about God and what He has done for us.”

The Cardinal quoted Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger: “Forgetting about God is the most imminent danger of our age.”

Cardinal Sarah emphasised a “hermeneutic of continuity”, saying that it was necessary to implement Sacrosanctum Concilium fully: “The Fathers did not intend a revolution, but an evolution.”

He made some specific observations, praising the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham as an example of how the Church could be enriched by other traditions.

In remarks which he did not have time to deliver, but which were later published on Sacra Liturgia’s Facebook page, the cardinal also encouraged kneeling at the consecration and for the reception of Communion. “Where kneeling and genuflection have disappeared from the liturgy, they need to be restored, in particular for our reception of our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion.”  [Kneeling for Communion!  And let’s all receive on the tongue!]

Do I hear an “Amen!”?

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Cardinal Sarah: “Those who want to eradicate poverty make Christ a liar – they are mistaken and lying”

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Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, enters the hall at the Synod on the Family in October 2015.

July 1, 2016, Steve Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews

This is my second article of excerpts from Cardinal Sarah’s book because of the excellent teachings for our times that it contains.  These are MUST READS as far as I am concerned and provide clear guidance at this time of confusion and distortions of truth.

Poverty is a Christian value

Clearly Cardinal Sarah’s comments here address the very misguided, heavily politicized and ideological efforts of many Catholic international aid agencies as well as government and other agencies that tend to emphasis elimination of the poor through contraception and destroying family cultures.

He says:

p.140 I remember being disgusted when I heard the advertising slogan of a Catholic charitable organization, which was almost insulting to the poor: ”Let us fight for zero poverty” .… not one saint – and God alone knows the tremendous number of saints of charity the church has brought forth in two thousand years – ever dared to speak that way about poverty and poor people.

– Jesus himself had no pretension of the sort. The slogan respects neither the gospel nor Christ. Ever since the Old Testament, God has been with the poor; and Sacred Scripture unceasingly claims “the poor of Yahweh”. A poor person feels dependent on God; this bond is the foundation of spirituality.

– Yes, poverty is a Christian value. The poor person is someone who knows that, by himself, he cannot live. He needs God and other people in order to be, flourish, and grow. On the contrary, rich people expect nothing of anyone. They can provide for their needs without calling either on their neighbors or on God. In this sense, wealth can lead to great sadness and true human loneliness or just terrible spiritual poverty. If in order to eat and care for himself, a man must turn to someone else, this necessarily results in a great enlargement of his heart. This is why the poor are closest to God and live great solidarity with one another;

p.141 The church must not fight against poverty but, rather, wage a battle against destitution, especially material and spiritual destitution. It is critical to make a commitment so that all men might have the minimum they require in order to live. “The spirit of poverty and charity is the glory and witness of the Church of Christ”

– But we do not have the right to confuse destitution and poverty, because in doing so we would seriously be going against the gospel. Recall what Christ told us: “The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me” (Jn 12:8) Those who want to eradicate poverty make the son of God a liar. They are mistaken and lying.

p.142 The language of the UN and of its agencies, who want to suppress poverty, which they confuse with destitution, is not that of the church of Christ. The Son of God did not come to speak to the poor in ideological slogans! The Church must banish these slogans from our language. For they stupefied and destroyed peoples who were trying to remain free in conscience

Truth is charity

Below he addresses the many influential or small-minded critics who insist that we must just pray and remain silent about the damaging programs and statements we see and hear and not speak out in order to protect life, family, faith and truth.

p.143 It is a lack of charity to shut one’s eyes. It is a lack of charity to remain silent in the face of confusing words and slogans!

The atheistic West is endangering the whole world

Cardinal Sarah is aware of the great dangers to the entire world of today’s situation in especially the European Union, the United States and Canada.

p.146 I think that the immense economic, military, technological, and media influence of a godless West could be a disaster for the world. If the West does not convert to Christ, it could end up making the whole world pagan; the philosophy of unbelief feverishly seeks followers in new parts of the globe. In this sense, we are facing an atheism that is proselytizing more and more. The pagan culture is determined to extend the domain of its struggle against God. In order to bring about their rebirth, the former countries of the old Christian tradition need to re-energize by embarking on a new evangelization.

P.148 Following Benedict XVI, I am convinced that one of the most important tasks of the church is to make the West rediscover the radiant face of Jesus. If the Old Continent cuts itself off from its roots definitively, I fear that it will cause a major crisis for all mankind, and I see some beginnings of it here and there.

The absolute need to defend the traditions and doctrines of Catholicism

p.147 we have an urgent obligation, says St. Athanasius, to study “the ancient tradition, teaching and faith of the Catholic Church, which was revealed by the Lord, proclaimed by the apostles, and guarded by the Fathers. For upon this faith the church is built, and if anyone were to lapse from it, he would no longer be a Christian either in fact or name.”

Prayer is the tool to reform the world

p.150 Prayer is the greatest need of the contemporary world; it remains the tool with which to reform the world.

p.153 The start of the reform must concentrate on Catholic schools and seminaries.

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Cardinal Sarah: ambiguities on doctrine can lead to dangerous opinions

June 28, 2016, Steve Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews

This is a good news report in that it presents some clear, wise, and extremely well-informed teaching excerpts from a book interview with a holy Cardinal of the Catholic Church. The comments are especially timely considering all that has happened as a result of the massive confusion that has come out of the two synods on the family.

Cardinal Robert Sarah came from the very simple life in one of the smallest villages in Guinea, Africa, endured great hardships and the persecutions and violence of a Marxist dictatorship, was appointed as a bishop of the Catholic Church at the age of 34, and rose to be an influential and yet still genuinely humble and intensely spiritual-focused Cardinal in the Vatican.

Sarah’s early years of formation left him especially disposed to understand corruption and manipulations, the importance of a deep spiritual life, and the need to courageously speak necessary truth with simplicity.

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In the midst of the swirling storm of confusion shaking the Church in 2015, Sarah’s book, God or Nothing, A Conversation on Faith, was released. The 284-page published interview with the cardinal, currently Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and formerly the head of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which oversaw all the Church’s aid agencies in the world, is a treasure trove of wisdom, and unambiguous teaching on faith-related issues of the day – it is a pleasure to read. He does not avoid addressing even the most controversial issues.

I have been reading the book for the past few weeks and have been so impressed that I am including below some notable excerpts for the benefit of LifeSite readers. I believe you will appreciate the excerpts. Better still, buy the book.

During the 2014 Synod on the family, Cardinal Walter Kasper made demeaning remarks about the African cardinals who were frustrating his and others’ efforts to impose their modernist, relativist changes to the Church’s core moral teachings.

Kasper was recorded telling a Zenit News Agency reporter that African cardinals “should not tell us too much what we have to do” and that they are “very different, especially about gays.” That translated in many minds into, “they are still faithful, whereas we more advanced Europeans don’t believe all that morality stuff anymore.” Kasper went on a bit more to indicate he believed the Africans to be out-of-date simpletons.

God or Nothing reveals that Cardinal Robert Sarah, one of those African bishops who actively opposed Kasper’s proposals, is a highly aware, soft-spoken, intelligent and learned prince of the Church. This man, whose humble demeanor seems similar to that of the brilliant and holy Pope Benedict, understands well the machinations of the world, but also, unlike Kasper, he strives to maintain a constant spiritual link to His Lord to guide his every action and word.

After reading God or Nothing, one cannot help but conclude how very wrong Cardinal Kasper is about the intelligence and wisdom of the African cardinals such as Sarah.

I start first with a series of excerpts of Sarah’s answer to an initial question from his interviewer, Nicolas Diat: What are the most worrisome signs today, and your opinion, for the future of the church? Quotes following that are related to other questions that were not necessary to re-print.

As head of Cor Unum, Cardinal Sarah witnessed the scandalous leftist ideological and political emphases of most Western bishops’ conferences’ international aid agencies, such as Canada’s Development and Peace and the US Bishops’ Catholic Relief Services. But there were many more as well, such as the German bishops’ agency, that were every bit as distant from their mandate to be in the service of the Gospel. Sarah, together with Pope Benedict, undertook major reforms to attempt to redirect the agencies back to their Catholic mission.

Cardinal Sarah (book page of each quote section is noted):

p. 112 – There is a missionary trend that emphasizes political involvement or struggle and social-economic development; This approach offers a diluted interpretation of the gospel and of the proclamation of Jesus.

p. 114 – A priest who has interiorized his priestly life is careful to communicate his encounter with God in a comprehensible way. He will be capable of speaking simply. Some have intellectualized and complicated the Christian message so much that a great number of people are no longer touched by or interested in the teaching of the church.

p. 115 – Fathers of the church knew how to express themselves in a moving way and succeeded in converting whole populations to Christ. Through vivid expressions and beautiful images, they merely communicated their own spiritual experiences.

– One of the major difficulties at present is found in ambiguities or personal statements about important doctrinal points, which can lead to erroneous and dangerous opinions. These bad habits disorient many of the faithful. Sometimes contradictory answers to very serious questions are given by the clergy and the theologians. How can the people of God help but be disturbed by such behaviour? How can the baptized be certain of what is good or bad? Confusion about the right direction to take is the worst malady of our era.

– Contrary to the surrounding subjectivism, the church must know how to tell the truth, with humility, respect, and clarity.

– God did not ask us to create personal projects to transmit the faith. Men of God are conveyors, not interpreters; they are faithful messengers and stewards of the Christian mysteries. Much will be demanded of those who received much.

p. 116 – The first missionaries never separated the proclamation of the word of God, the celebration of the sacraments, and charitable service. Today, we have the tendency to emphasize socio-political involvement and economic development, while excluding evangelization.

– We are misusing the social doctrine of the church without understanding it correctly. It becomes a tool for political action.

p. 117 – The Church would betray Jesus by becoming actively involved in political life.

p. 130- Ideologies coarsen, crush, and destroy men.

– The ideological spirit is the opposite of the Gospel spirit. That is why priests who choose to follow or to propagate political ideas are necessarily on the wrong path, since they make sacred something that is not supposed to be. Ideology is by nature disconnected from reality, and it is necessarily a source of division, since you cannot win the lasting allegiances of people who are still anchored in reality, in good times and bad.

On Gender ideology (same page continued)

– Today [the Church] must address gender ideology, which John Paul II did not hesitate to describe as a “new ideology of evil”. Moreover gender, the product of  reflection by American structuralists, is a deformed child of Marxist thinking. In his last book, Memory and Identity, John Paul II had already written: “I am thinking…of the strong pressure from the European Parliament to recognize homosexual unions as an alternative type of family, the right to adopt children. It is legitimate, even necessary to ask whether this is not the work of another ideology of evil, more subtle and hidden, perhaps, intent upon exploiting human rights themselves against man and against the family.”

– Gender ideology conveys a crude lie, since the reality of the human being as man and woman is denied. The lobbies and the feminist movement promote it with violence. It has rapidly been transformed into a battle against the social order and its values. Its objective does not just stop at the deconstruction of the [human] subject; It is interested above all in the deconstruction of the social order. It is about sowing discord over the legitimacy of social norms and introducing a suspicion over the model of heterosexuality; for [proponents of] gender [theory], it is necessary to abolish Christian civilization and construct a new world.

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The Brisbane Oratory in Formation

 

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Church of Mary Immaculate, Annerley, Queensland, Australia

And now for something slightly different.

Some may be surprised that the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri never made it to the Botany Bay penal settlement ever since that day when Captain (later Governor, later Admiral) Arthur Phillip first came ashore in 1788 very shortly before Jean François de Galaup, Comte de Lapérouse of the French Royal Navy did exactly the same thing. Well, that’s all changed now.

Since 2011 efforts have been made by a small group of secular clergy to establish an oratory in Australia and there is one such in formation now in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. They have the required four members to establish an oratory and there are also four young men in the St Philip Neri Seminary of the Toronto Oratory (not all that far from johnhenry’s stately pile in Ontario, I fully suspect). Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Queensland, did the needful and welcomed these secular clergy, who were mostly from outside the Brisbane archdiocese. (So far so good.)

The Toronto Oratory itself is not all that ancient (established 1979 after transferring from Montreal) and the story of its foundation mirrors that of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation. Which we’re all about to see the story of:

Archbishop Coleridge has given the fathers care of the Church of Mary Immaculate in Annerley, on the Ipswich Road a few miles south of the old city of Brisbane across the river and not all that far from the Gabba, which any cricket enthusiasts here would know about. It is therefore an old area, more working class than not historically, but now apparently on the sure path to “gentrification”. This is probably a result of all those young people moving in. You know, the ones the Bishop of Rome on youtube says have “restlessness” as their defining feature? (A condition, I suggest, more likely due to their maxed-out credit cards, Holy Father. Ahem.)

At Mary Immaculate the fathers seem to be quite focused on the Extraordinary Form (this story is getting better!). However, in two other neighbouring parishes also committed to their care they are acutely sensitive to the NO needs of Christ’s faithful there (excellent, couldn’t get any better than this!).

Our sincere prayers for God our Father’s abundant blessings on the  Oratorian aspirants in Brisbane, that the fathers and brothers will obtain the years of stability required for their oratory to be pontifically fully recognised.

 

 

 

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Ecumenism, Pope Pius XI, and “Spiritual Drabness”

CP&S Comment: We often hear the complaint that the world has become so dull, grey and barren since Pope Francis came to the Chair of Peter. The life and the colour are being drained away by listless conformism to spiritual drabness, where once upon a time our glorious Catholic faith spirituality enriched and sanctified souls. One of the latest headaches is Pope Francis’ invitation to young people to a potpourri ecumenical gathering on July 16 that will not help them to  either further understand their Catholic Faith, or the unchangeable teaching from Christ that “outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation.” God help us all.

‘Pope Francis Personally Invites Youth To Ecumenical Event On The National Mall’ (in Washington DC), according to Zenit. But would pre-Vatican popes have approved this event, or others like it celebrated in recent times? What did Pope Pius XI have to say about the dangers of ecumenical meetings?

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ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XI
ON RELIGIOUS UNITY

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3. But some are more easily deceived by the outward appearance of good when there is question of fostering unity among all Christians.

4. Is it not right, it is often repeated, indeed, even consonant with duty, that all who invoke the name of Christ should abstain from mutual reproaches and at long last be united in mutual charity? Who would dare to say that he loved Christ, unless he worked with all his might to carry out the desires of Him, Who asked His Father that His disciples might be “one.”[1] And did not the same Christ will that His disciples should be marked out and distinguished from others by this characteristic, namely that they loved one another: “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another”?[2] All Christians, they add, should be as “one”: for then they would be much more powerful in driving out the pest of irreligion, which like a serpent daily creeps further and becomes more widely spread, and prepares to rob the Gospel of its strength. These things and others that class of men who are known as pan-Christians continually repeat and amplify; and these men, so far from being quite few and scattered, have increased to the dimensions of an entire class, and have grouped themselves into widely spread societies, most of which are directed by non-Catholics, although they are imbued with varying doctrines concerning the things of faith. This undertaking is so actively promoted as in many places to win for itself the adhesion of a number of citizens, and it even takes possession of the minds of very many Catholics and allures them with the hope of bringing about such a union as would be agreeable to the desires of Holy Mother Church, who has indeed nothing more at heart than to recall her erring sons and to lead them back to her bosom. But in reality beneath these enticing words and blandishments lies hid a most grave error, by which the foundations of the Catholic faith are completely destroyed.

5. Admonished, therefore, by the consciousness of Our Apostolic office that We should not permit the flock of the Lord to be cheated by dangerous fallacies, We invoke, Venerable Brethren, your zeal in avoiding this evil; for We are confident that by the writings and words of each one of you the people will more easily get to know and understand those principles and arguments which We are about to set forth, and from which Catholics will learn how they are to think and act when there is question of those undertakings which have for their end the union in one body, whatsoever be the manner, of all who call themselves Christians.

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7. And here it seems opportune to expound and to refute a certain false opinion, on which this whole question, as well as that complex movement by which non-Catholics seek to bring about the union of the Christian churches depends. For authors who favor this view are accustomed, times almost without number, to bring forward these words of Christ: “That they all may be one…. And there shall be one fold and one shepherd,”[14] with this signification however: that Christ Jesus merely expressed a desire and prayer, which still lacks its fulfillment. For they are of the opinion that the unity of faith and government, which is a note of the one true Church of Christ, has hardly up to the present time existed, and does not to-day exist. They consider that this unity may indeed be desired and that it may even be one day attained through the instrumentality of wills directed to a common end, but that meanwhile it can only be regarded as mere ideal. They add that the Church in itself, or of its nature, is divided into sections; that is to say, that it is made up of several churches or distinct communities, which still remain separate, and although having certain articles of doctrine in common, nevertheless disagree concerning the remainder; that these all enjoy the same rights; and that the Church was one and unique from, at the most, the apostolic age until the first Ecumenical Councils. Controversies therefore, they say, and longstanding differences of opinion which keep asunder till the present day the members of the Christian family, must be entirely put aside, and from the remaining doctrines a common form of faith drawn up and proposed for belief, and in the profession of which all may not only know but feel that they are brothers. The manifold churches or communities, if united in some kind of universal federation, would then be in a position to oppose strongly and with success the progress of irreligion. This, Venerable Brethren, is what is commonly said. There are some, indeed, who recognize and affirm that Protestantism, as they call it, has rejected, with a great lack of consideration, certain articles of faith and some external ceremonies, which are, in fact, pleasing and useful, and which the Roman Church still retains. They soon, however, go on to say that that Church also has erred, and corrupted the original religion by adding and proposing for belief certain doctrines which are not only alien to the Gospel, but even repugnant to it. Among the chief of these they number that which concerns the primacy of jurisdiction, which was granted to Peter and to his successors in the See of Rome. Among them there indeed are some, though few, who grant to the Roman Pontiff a primacy of honor or even a certain jurisdiction or power, but this, however, they consider not to arise from the divine law but from the consent of the faithful. Others again, even go so far as to wish the Pontiff Himself to preside over their motley, so to say, assemblies. But, all the same, although many non-Catholics may be found who loudly preach fraternal communion in Christ Jesus, yet you will find none at all to whom it ever occurs to submit to and obey the Vicar of Jesus Christ either in His capacity as a teacher or as a governor. Meanwhile they affirm that they would willingly treat with the Church of Rome, but on equal terms, that is as equals with an equal: but even if they could so act. it does not seem open to doubt that any pact into which they might enter would not compel them to turn from those opinions which are still the reason why they err and stray from the one fold of Christ.

8. This being so, it is clear that the Apostolic See cannot on any terms take part in their assemblies, nor is it anyway lawful for Catholics either to support or to work for such enterprises; for if they do so they will be giving countenance to a false Christianity, quite alien to the one Church of Christ. […]

http://w2.vatican.va/content/pius-xi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xi_enc_19280106_mortalium-animos.html

Now take a look at this “invitation” to the youth from Pope Francis, who appears not to have read the encyclical of his predecessor, or if he has done so, has choosen to disregard it.

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Does this make any sense? (Four pro-life memes)

From National Pro-Life Alliance

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What was that you were saying about “choice”?

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100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme – and the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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Today is the 100th anniversary of the bloodiest day in British military history, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, a battle that was to last almost four and a half months. For many people, the Battle of the Somme was the battle that symbolised the horrors of warfare in World War One; this one battle had a marked effect on overall casualty figures and seemed to epitomise the futility of trench warfare. By the time it petered out in the rain and snow of the following November 2016, more than one million soldiers from both sides had died without making any appreciable alteration in the opening position.

We may wonder how many of the young men who went over the top on the Somme that Saturday morning in July knew that it was the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. Too few perhaps: but those who gave their lives for Christian civilisation, however poorly understood, made a sacrifice which He surely did not spurn. Every tiny drop of that Most Precious Blood is worth the salvation of the souls of everyone who has ever lived. If there are any souls of those who died on either side in that battle still in Purgatory, may they rest at last in peace.

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From the ‘Saint Andrew Daily Missal’:

Let us do homage to the precious Blood of our Redeemer which the priest offers to God on the altar.

Introit:

Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy blood, out of every tribe and tongue, and people and nation, and hast made us to our God a kingdom. The mercies of the Lord I will sing for ever: I will show forth Thy truth with my mouth to generation and generation.
(Apoc. 5:9-10 and Psalm 88:2)

Collect:

O almighty and everlasting God, who didst appoint Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and hast willed to be appeased by His blood; grant unto us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate with solemn worship the price of our redemption, and by its power be so defended against the evils of this life, that we may enjoy the fruit thereof for evermore in heaven. Through the same our Lord.

Gradual:

This is He that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. * There are three who give testimony in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one. And there are three that give testimony on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three are one.
Alleluia, alleluia. * If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater. Alleluia.
(1 John 5:6-8 and Alleluia ibid. 9)

Gospel:

At that time, Jesus, when He had taken the vinegar, said: It is consummated. And bowing His head, He gave up the ghost. Then the Jews (because it was the Parasceve), that the bodies might not remain upon the cross on the sabbath-day (for that was a great sabbath-day), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. The soldiers, therefore, came: and they broke the legs of the first and of the other that was crucified with Him. But after they were come to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers with a spear opened His side, and immediately there came out blood and water. And he that saw it hath given testimony, and his testimony is true.
(St John 19:30-35)

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