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    Since the Council, an idea has been spreading that Judaism is not superseded by the New Covenant of Jesus Christ; that Jews still have available to them the Covenant of the old Law, by which they can be saved. It is therefore unnecessary for them to turn to Christ; unnecessary for anybody to convert them to faith in Christ. Indeed, attempting to do so is an act of aggression not dissimilar to theFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com11
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    S Paul loved his fellow Jews, his 'kinsmen' and believed "the gifts and call of God are irrevocable". He believed that at the End, those among them who had rejected Christ would be brought in to the chosen people. He believed that they were like olive branches which had been cut off so that the Gentiles, wild olive branches, could be grafted in. But, when the fulness of the Gentiles had entered Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com3
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    Lex orandi lex credendi. I have been examining the Two Covenant Dogma: the fashionable error that God's First Covenant, with the Jews, is still fully and salvifically valid, so that the call to saving faith in Christ Jesus is not made to them. The 'New' Covenant, it is claimed, is now only for Gentiles. I want to draw attention at this point to the witness of the post-Conciliar Magisterium of theFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com13
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    We have seen that the Two Covenant Theory, the idea that Jewry alone is guaranteed Salvation without any need to convert to Christ, is repugnant to Scripture, to the Fathers, even to the post-Conciliar liturgy of the Catholic Church. It is also subversive of the basic grammar of the relationship between the Old and the New Testaments. Throughout  two millennia, in Scripture, in Liturgy, in her Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com7
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    The sort of people who would violently reject the points I am making are the sort of people who would not be impressed by the the Council of Florence. So I am going to confine myself to the Magisterium from the time of Pius XII ... since it is increasingly coming to be realised that the continuum of processes which we associate with the Conciliar and post-Conciliar period was already in operationFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com0
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    In 1980, addressing a Jewish gathering in Germany, B John Paul II said (I extract this from a long sentence): " ... dialogue; that is, the meeting between the people of the Old Covenant (never revoked by God, cf Romans 11:29) and that of the New Covenant, is at the same time ..." In 2013, Pope Francis, in the course of his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, also referred to the Old Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com10
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    Continues ...  I should add that Jesse Billett gives critical editions of three unregarded liturgical fragments, relegated to 'Appendix' status but all of them important and with each detail treated with scrupulous attention. I have not checked through the tables which are a prominent feature of the book and which make it easier to follow his discussion, but, in what I have looked at, I have not Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com2
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    I popped into the Cathedral the other day to warm my hands at what Mgr R A Kox and his chums in the SSPP would have advertised as a "Latimer and Ridley Pricket Stand". It is propped up against a modern and rather nasty statue of our Lady. Frankly, I think the flickering candles (none of that electrical technology here; modern Anglicans find Mystic Flicker more attractive) would be better placed Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com0
  9. Site: RT - News
    40 min 1 sec ago
    Author: RT
    The recapture of Mosul is an achievement of the Iraqi people while the US is trying to highjack it and claims it was them who "led that war," Iraq's Vice President Nouri al-Maliki has told the RIA Novosti news agency.
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  10. Site: The Catholic Thing
    49 min 37 sec ago
    Author: Mary Eberstadt

    This morning, the funeral Mass for a priest named Fr. Arne Panula will be offered by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and others at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in downtown Washington, D.C. A former head of Opus Dei, U.S.A. who died of cancer earlier this week, and long one of the most influential spiritual figures inside the nation’s capital and out, this “Fr. Arne,” as he’s been known to many friends and admirers, was a priest in full. His is not – yet – a household name. But it would shock no one who knew him if that relative obscurity were someday to change.

    There is, for starters, his extraordinary life story, including the fact that seeming paradoxes of his life resolved one by one in favor of beauty and holiness. A math and science wunderkind, he nevertheless graduated from college an English major with a lifelong devotion to Shakespeare and Keats; the resulting sharp feel for language would prove to be one of the surgical tools in his conversion kit. Educated at Harvard and other secular venues, and surrounded by worldly friends, he nonetheless and cheerily threw his life at God, being ordained in 1973. Strikingly handsome, and bearing an uncanny resemblance to the young Karol Wojltyla, he would go on to witness to many people – especially young people – that their souls depended on what was beautiful inside, not out.

    Or consider Fr. Arne’s missionary work in what might seem to be one of the least promising spiritual territories on earth: the nation’s capital. There, in a business district packed with lawyers and lobbyists, he presided with infectious elan over the blandly named Catholic Information Center – a social, spiritual, and intellectual powerhouse like no other, set squarely on DC’s notoriously louche K Street.

    Like his predecessor Fr. C.J. McCloskey, and with the aid of a dedicated team led by Mitchell Boersma, Fr. Arne saw to it that pilgrims of every kind would migrate to the place: Senators and Supreme Court Justices, tourists and browsers of books, young professionals, troubled spirits in search of help, and other wanderers. Some are drawn in by the CIC’s chapel, the closest tabernacle to the White House. Some come for fellowship, including the convivial social scene. Others seek out the CIC’s intellectual comforts: the outstanding collection of books; the Leonine Forum fellowship for studying the classics of Catholic social thought; the lifetime reading series; the evening speaking programs featuring authors from around the world.

    Father Arne Panula

    Whatever their individual stories, this blended family of converts, reverts, cradle Catholics, non-Catholics – and even a few anti-Catholics – amount to living proof of an audacious spiritual fact in a time marked by secularization: piece by fortified piece, a packed Trojan horse for the new evangelization has been rolled into the city’s most fabled power corridor – one that will continue its deep countercultural work under Fr. Arne’s successor, Fr. Charles Trullols.

    One must also reckon with another rarity: the grace with which Fr. Arne handled life as the sands ran out. Following months during which he continued work at the CIC, the doctors finally dispatched him home with hospice care in winter 2017 – right before Lent. Then Providence threw another curveball. Contrary to forecasts, Fr. Arne ended up living not days or weeks, but months longer than medical algorithms predicted.

    Just as his failing to succumb on schedule seemed to defy explanation, so did his vigor. “I’m dying,” he laughed a few weeks ago, “And I’m enjoying some of the best hours of my life.” Until the fifty-ninth minute of the eleventh hour, he radiated a vitality hard to square with the knowledge that death cells had detonated all over inside. “He’s teaching us all how to die,” one friend observed. “He’s acting like a saint,” said others.

    Such unsettling effects on bystanders – in a good way – kept reverberating. A few months before he entered hospice care, some friends commissioned a portrait of Fr. Arne from master artist Igor Babailov. One of the world’s leading portraitists, Babailov has rendered many influential figures, among them industry titans, heads of state, and three popes. It was characteristic of Fr. Arne’s humility that he would only assent to a charcoal portrait; any rendition in color, he said, might have appeared immodest.

    Igor Babailov has said that this priest’s sitting was one of the two most emotional experiences he’s had ever had of a subject (the other, he said, was the experience of painting Pope John Paul II). Simultaneously, while the artist was working on this piece, his wife Mary told friends another story that soon made the rounds. “I always go to the studio, to see whatever Igor’s up to,” she said. “There’s one portrait he’s creating now that I can’t stop staring at. I’ve never known that D.C. priest he’s drawing. But I cannot shake the feeling I have every time I see it: This must be a truly holy man.”

    It’s a thought on the minds of other people now bidding goodbye. A few weeks ago, I asked Fr. Arne to share his recollections of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, whom he’d known in Spain before becoming a priest. “All my friends and others wanted to know the same thing when Josemaria was canonized,” Fr. Arne said casually. “Everyone asked the exact same question of me: ‘Did you ever think you’d known a saint?’”

    Witnessing just some of the unexplained facts of the matter – the parade of converts, the unmistakable joy of a dying man all the way to the finish line, the contagious faith in a God who provides whatever his unknowing children need, and other earthly oddities – one can understand why at least some of us left down here are now asking the same thing.

    The post “Did You Ever Think You’d Known a Saint?” appeared first on The Catholic Thing.

  11. Site: Biblical False Prophet : Cardinal Bergoglio - "Pope Francis"
    1 hour 33 min ago
    Author: remnantclergy
    Jesuit Head Fr. Sosa is the First Superior General to “Baptize Himself a Buddhist” Getting farther along on that one-world …
  12. Site: Biblical False Prophet : Cardinal Bergoglio - "Pope Francis"
    1 hour 54 min ago
    Author: remnantclergy
    Soros Organizations and Modernist Prelates Turning Up the Heat on Laudato Si Now that the heresy of Amoris Laetitia is …
  13. Site: RT - News
    2 hours 33 min ago
    Author: RT
    The Australian military has reported sighting a high-tech Chinese surveillance ship off the coast of Queensland during a series of military training activities with US forces.
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  14. Site: GalliaWatch
    2 hours 37 min ago

    In my recent post on Emmanuel Macron’s busy week, I spoke of a rift between himself and the army chief of staff, Pierre de Villiers (brother of Philippe de Villiers about whom I have written so often). It began with promises made by Macron and promises broken by Macron, followed by an outburst of anger from Pierre de Villiers, followed in turn by a summons from Macron to meet with him on July 21, followed by the resignation of the general who refused to be cashiered by an arrogant president.

    Macron had pledged during his campaign to increase gradually the woefully inadequate defense budget to the point where it would be 2% of the GNP. Then shortly before Bastille Day, on July 11, he announced he would slash the existing budget by 850 million euros sending the chief of staff into a state of shock. The next day, Pierre de Villiers spoke before the Defense commission of the National Assembly. The new deputies discovered the general’s frankness as he replied to their questions: “France is at war. The means at our disposal are not adequate…” He deplored the age of some of the equipment and shot back: “I’m not going to let the Finance ministry screw me up.” (Note: His words were a bit more graphic than that.) He also said in a communiqué: “I feel I am no longer in a position to ensure the survival of the type of army I believe in to guarantee the protection of France and the French people.”

    He was still certain the president would retract the announced budget cuts. Although the meeting was behind closed doors, it wasn’t long before his words were leaked to the world.

    Macron’s advisers did not appreciate what Villiers had said: “Villiers is an extraordinary guy, but he thought he was the commander in chief. The president is the chief. Many people in the government suffered budget cuts without making a big deal about it.” For Macron, Villiers’ criticisms are sending a bad signal as he tries to return to a vertical form of governing. Said one minister: “If Macron does not discipline Villiers, he will appear to be a hostage of the general, and all his authority as president will collapse.”

    Note: A “vertical” form of governing must refer to a hierarchy. Macron apparently feels that previous presidents were not authoritative enough.

    The photo above quotes Pierre de Villiers as saying: 

    "I will not be able to face my boys knowing our means will again be reduced."

    The following information is based on Le Figaro:

    On July 13, Emmanuel Macron did not mince words. In the gardens of the Hotel de Brienne, that houses the ministry of Defense, almost 2000 people gathered for the annual meeting of the Defense personnel. Macron’s reprimand was violent. He said to Villiers: “It isn’t dignified to expose certain discussions in public. I have made commitments. I am your chief. The commitments I make before our fellow citizens and before the armed services will be kept.” The chief of staff was flabbergasted. And wounded. The speech ended with scant applause.

    Note: The commitments he is speaking of are, apparently, those that he made as candidate: to have a defense budget that is 2% of the GNP. If that is the case, why did he decide to slash the budget, and how can he reconcile the promise with the slashing?

    During the July 14 parade the president royally ignored the five-star general. Not a word was exchanged as they went up the Champs-Elysées. Even more humiliating was the fact that Macron introduced at length the military governor of Paris to Donald Trump without a gesture or a glance in the direction of Villiers. On Sunday July 16 he said to a weekly news magazine that if there is a disagreement between the chief of staff and the president, the chief of staff changes. “That a man who has not done his military service explains to a man who risked his life in Kosovo and Afghanistan what the meaning of duty is, that is really going too far,” a friend of Villiers said angrily. Enough is enough. The general threw in the sponge and presented his resignation on Monday.

    “Give us 48 hours more,” asked Emmanuel Macron, hoping to calm things down. Pierre de Villiers would not change his mind.

    What has happened since then? As you would expect, a flood of commentary, most of it favorable to the general, much of it expressing serious concern for the future of the French armed services. As you would expect, Marine Le Pen and other patriots support the general.

    What has Macron done to restore his authority? First, he had to replace Villiers. He chose a 55-year old two-star general, François Lecointre (below), a graduate of Saint-Cyr military academy, who has been the head of the military cabinets of three recent Prime ministers: Manuel Valls, Bernard Cazeneuve and currently Edouard Philippe. (Before the election Philippe had been critical of Macron saying he “promises everything but takes responsibility for nothing.”)

    François Lecointre has participated in several overseas operations:  the Gulf War, Somali Civil War, Rwandan Civil War, the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ivory Coast Civil War and the war in Mali. He has been elevated to the rank of Général d’armée (general of the army).  He is a practicing Catholic, married, with four daughters. (Source: Le Parisien)

    Though most Frenchmen support Villiers, some are anti-military because they feel the military is ruled by incompetents. For example, Pierre de Villiers is not universally praised as a general, because, after all, he caused the deaths of innocent people in wars; François Lecointre is likewise considered just another “vassal” of the EU-IMF-NATO complex that sends submissive soldiers on disruptive and futile missions; a few readers' comments I've seen indicate disdain for the French military who participate to any extent in foreign wars that have nothing to do with France, etc… and that take innocent lives. In short, there are those who hold a cynical view of this major military upheaval that they regard as another step toward the demise of the country, as it melds into the larger NWO, taking orders from Washington or Brussels. Whether Villiers or Lecointre is chief of staff matters little to people opposed, on principle, to military intervention in foreign countries, especially under the aegis of the UN or NATO. 

    But French soldiers have their orders, their missions, as all soldiers do. Intervention and non-intervention are variables and cannot be supported or opposed 100%. The situation varies from one intervention to another. Soldiers cannot be blamed for a president’s ignorance or treachery. Unless you want to say they should desert. But they don't want to desert. They want a better commander.

    If something concrete has been learned it is that Emmanuel Macron undeniably made an error - the error of lying during the campaign. Had he not lied, Villiers would not have agreed to stay on as chief of staff, and the whole uproar would have been prevented. Candidate Macron should have openly admitted he intended to cut defense spending because he needed the money for more important things. What is more important than defending one’s country? Nothing. But Macron (and Sarkozy and Hollande before him) find military matters tedious and prefer to concentrate on bringing in and housing millions of hostile immigrants and on passing harmful social legislation. He lied during his campaign exactly as Sarkozy lied when he said he would never push France into the European Union.

    Macron is now vulnerable. He got caught in the consequences of campaign dishonesty and no doubt had a few uneasy moments. He has to prove he meant what he said about increasing the defense budget. How does he intend to do that? According to another article in Le Figaro he may try to unlock defense ministry funds that are "frozen", i.e., defense credits that cannot be touched without permission from the prime minister, credits that amount to 1.9 billion euros! With this money he could cover the extra expenses incurred in France's overseas operations - 650 million are needed. Another 200 million are supposed to pay for bonuses due soldiers in foreign wars. There's the 850 million that he slashed...

    But this does not take care of the military equipment that urgently needs to be upgraded. So far, I have no indication that these funds will be unlocked, but when the prime minister's permission is needed, and the president needs the money, who wins? No doubt, Macron will get what he wants again, by hook and by crook.

    Le Figaro points out that Emmanuel Macron gave priority to his European commitments at the expense of national security:

    Incomprehensible decisions, as France is still in a state of emergency, and intensively engaged in several foreign operations, notably in Mali and Iraq, as well as in the Sentinelle operation at home. Consequences: more equipment is requested and the means have been reduced.

    Note: Opération Sentinelle was put into effect after the Islamic terrorist attacks of January 2015. These included Charlie Hebdo and the Kosher grocery attacks. The goal is to increase security for the citizens. The participants are from the Army, the Air Force, the Navy, and the Gendarmes.

    Below, a sinister-looking Macron faces Pierre de Villiers, but the photo is from July 4, before the scandal erupted.

    Below, Macron and the new chief of staff General Lecointre, along with Florence Parly, the "secretary of the armies", the new designation of minister of Defense, traveled to the army base at Istres in an effort to reassure the military personnel that their needs were his priority. The reception was cool. Florence Parly, widely regarded as a poor choice to make decisions affecting the military, comes from the world of finance. She was junior budget director in the government of socialist Lionel Jospin, she has worked for Air France and for the National Rail. Besides which, Macron reduced the importance of the Defense ministry by creating a "secretary of the armies" to replace the traditional minister of Defense.

    Below, the day Pierre de Villiers left the Defense ministry he was warmly greeted by dozens of military personnel who came to show their support:

  15. Site: The Eponymous Flower
    3 hours 39 sec ago

    [Katholisches] "Every Catholic, especially every bishop and every cardinal, has a positive and constructive relationship with the Pope. But this is anything but courtly manners and the groveling of subordinates, against which Pope Francis always spoke."

    "That means that not everything he does and says is, from the outset, already perfect and unquestionable."

    "There should be no personal cult and a pope-touching tourism."

    Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Roman Congregation for the Congregation of the Doctrine and the Faith, no longer in office, on Pope Franziskus, report of the German Press Agency (DPA), quoted from Der Spiegel v. July 19, 2017.

    Trans: Tancred vekrong99@hotmail.com



  16. Site: The Thinking Housewife
    3 hours 12 min ago
    Author: Laura Wood
  17. Site: RT - News
    3 hours 56 min ago
    Author: RT
    Syria wants the US and its allies to pay for the destruction of Syrian infrastructure and to bear legal responsibility for "illegitimately" bombing civilian targets, Damascus has told the UN, demanding that the American-led coalition strikes stop.
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  18. Site: ChurchPOP
    4 hours 5 min ago
    Author: ChurchPOP Editor

    Prepare to be blown away! The Facebook page for Norwich Cathedral in England just posted an amazing video tour of the historic

    The post Is This the Best Video Tour Ever Made of a Cathedral? appeared first on ChurchPOP.

  19. Site: Biblical False Prophet : Cardinal Bergoglio - "Pope Francis"
    4 hours 19 min ago
    Author: remnantclergy
    “All those who criticize [Fr. Spadaro’s] views—have been blocked [on Twitter]” Yes, so much for dialogue! Like any tyrannical liberal, …
  20. Site: The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network
    4 hours 24 min ago
    Author: Matthew Eppinette, CBC Executive Director

    Many bioethics stories cross our inboxes and screens each day. Some we write about here and in other venues, and others we simply blurb or write a short comment on via our social media outlets. Of course, not everyone is on social media or follows us there, so I thought I’d collect a few items from the past couple of weeks to make sure as many people as possible do see them.

    Of course, if you are on social media and not following us, you should. We’re particularly active on Facebook and Twitter. If there’s a social network you’re active on and think we should be to, send an email to cbcnetwork@cbc-network.org and we’ll evaluate it.

    On to the bioethics items:

    Good News out of DC on Assisted Suicide

    This doesn’t seem to have gotten much coverage in the press, but Yahoo! News reports: “Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., who is a physician, proposed an amendment to the current House Appropriations bill that would void the D.C. [assisted suicide] law completely.” We are watching this closely and will post updates as we have them.

    Dear Donor

    A young man who was conceived using donor sperm penned a letter to his anonymous donor.

    Have you ever wondered about me? I hope so, because you’re not ‘just a sperm donor’ to me. You’re not some guy; you’re a man — one specific person who is probably still alive, walking around with half of my face.

    This first came across our screens because of the community that has formed on Facebook around our film Anonymous Father’s Day, and which is maintained by a tireless volunteer (thank you Karen!). Be sure to follow the Anonymous Father’s Day Facebook Page!

    Important Questions about Brain-Computer Interfaces

    Gizmodo asks “How Will We Stop Hackers From Invading Our Brains Once We’re Cyborgs?”

    Although we still don’t fully understand how the brain works, we are moving closer to being able to reliably decode certain brain signals. We shouldn’t be complacent about what this could mean for society

    Indeed, one of the reasons we’ve worked so hard in bringing the Paul Ramsey Institute to life is so that we can begin preparing tomorrow’s ethicists, thought leaders, and physicians to proactively confront such questions rather than complacently waiting for these profound changes to wash over us all.

    Heartbreaking but Common

    Our friends at Stop Surrogacy Now (another Facebook page you should be following) highlighted an article from Canada that alternates between simply ignoring the problems of surrogacy, and recasting the use of other people as empowering them to help him out. Such attitudes and perspectives are both heartbreaking and all to common when it comes to thinking about third-party reproductive arrangements.

    Thank You

    While we were in South Dakota working on our new film, we shot a quick thank you to all those who make our work possible.

    The post In Case You Missed It appeared first on The Center for Bioethics and Culture.

  21. Site: Biblical False Prophet : Cardinal Bergoglio - "Pope Francis"
    4 hours 25 min ago
    Author: remnantclergy
    Francis and Female Priests Make no mistake, in the one-world religion of Francis there will be “women priests.” It’s only …
  22. Site: Biblical False Prophet : Cardinal Bergoglio - "Pope Francis"
    4 hours 28 min ago
    Author: remnantclergy
    Ultrabergoglians want Pope Benedict XVI Silenced After Cdl. Meisner Requiem No, Bergoglio and his cronies do not want the truth …
  23. Site: Biblical False Prophet : Cardinal Bergoglio - "Pope Francis"
    4 hours 33 min ago
    Author: remnantclergy
    Pontifical Academy for Life Appoints Le Blanc who Promotes Abortion and Abortifacients More progress by the one-world religion being established …
  24. Site: Regina Magazine
    4 hours 41 min ago
    Author: Beverly Stevens

    By Bill Riccio, Jr   With the title quote from the Rev. Richard C. Cipolla, this writer began a sojourn across country to the wilds of Portland, Oregon, to be the master of ceremonies for a Pontifical Mass at Holy Rosary Church. The date of the Mass was June 29, 2007, and yours truly was going to have to do something he had never done in his heretofore 54 years – take an airplane.   Yup. With Fr. Cipolla’s words concerning the “cause” of the Traditional Mass, he knew he had me right where he wanted me, and he wanted me on a plane to Portland.   Have Cassock, Will Travel   Up to this point, my motto had been “Have cassock, will travel.” I had made trips up and down the Northeast corridor, done training sessions in New York City, Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts, and towns and hamlets in between. This was the first time I’d been asked to go cross-country to do a Mass, and it was a bit of a mystery as to how my name – or my reputation –had come up, but not for long.   The invitation was issued on a dreary New England Spring ...

    The post Well, Bill, it IS for the cause appeared first on Regina Magazine.

  25. Site: The Eponymous Flower
    4 hours 41 min ago

    (Regensburg) "What a coincidence," wrote Vaticanist Marco Tossatti regarding the investigation of abuses in the Regensburg Domspatzen, after his acquaintance with the final report. He did not believe in "coincidences," said Tosatti, if they were to happen in "a country so precise and above every suspicion as Germany." This thought came to the attention of the Vatican, when he had to read yesterday that the "final" report on abuse was published at the Regensburg Cathedral.

    The ORF and numerous other media yesterday headlined, "547 Children at Regensburger Domspatzen Abused." The verb "abused" makes you cringe and think of sexual abuse of minors. A rogue might think, with the ORF one would not have exactly intended that. A glance at the article shows that almost 90 per cent of the cases were physical chastisement, which was one of the most common methods of education in the period under investigation since the end of the war. The example demonstrates the enjoyment with which the "quality media" are currently, vehemently presenting themselves as the defenders of journalism against the spread of "fake news," in the event of resentment, in this case against the Church. The same year, the same ORF had used the verb "abuse" in connection with the Regensburger Domspatzen, as Der Spiegel did yesterday. In this case the "crux" is, as is often the case, in the large press agencies. They specify line and words that are taken over by the other media. Suspiciously, Tosatti, who does not mention the ORF report, is interested in the fact that the latter, in order to remain an example, comes from the "religion" section. At the latest, we can see that the issue is also about Church policy.

    The "final" report presented on Monday speaks of 547 cases in the period of half a century, of which "thankfully, or thank God," only "concern 67 sexual abuse cases," says Tosatti. The rest are from educational methods, which at the time had been disapproved of by at best only a few parents.

    More serious is sexual abuse. "The German Church did well to work it out with an investigation by a person responsible to someone external to the institution." 48 Victims were found. The two chief perpetrators have been dead for about 30 years, which is why prosecution is impossible. It would no longer be possible due to statute of limitations anyway. The victims will receive compensation of 20,000 euros each.

    Case Ratzinger

    "At this point, coincidences begin," says Tosatti. As "fate" would have it, Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Joseph Ratzinger, had been the musical director of the Regensburg Dompatzen for 30 years appeared in the final report. Seven years ago he said in an interview that he had also handed out a few Ohrfeigen [boxing the ears] for his first few years in his role at that time. Those who were young at that time know from their own experience or at least the observation that head smacking [Kopfüsse] and Ohrfeigen were not a rarity in the fifties and early sixties. "If I had known something about the abuse, I would have done something," Georg Ratzinger said at the time. And also "I apologize to the victims." He also did it because of the pain that the good reputation of "his" Dompatzen was defiled by the deeds of others.

    At the press conference on the presentation of the final report, however, the lawyer, Weber weighed in heavily. He gave Georg Ratzinger the responsibility of "closing his eyes" and not doing anything. Is Georg Ratzinger, who is not accused in the report of being himself involved in ill-treatment or even abuse, only a substitute accused because the real perpetrators are long dead? Or is he given the responsibility because he is called Ratzinger, and because his more famous brother was the head of the Catholic Church, and is still somehow so for a few Catholics? Was the side swipe only for media attention, which was promptly granted, or once again broke into that deep German anti-Ratzinger reflex?

    Tosatti does not believe in any "coincidence" because of its timed occurrence with Benedict XVI's message for the funeral of Cardinal Joachim Meisner. This message was read as a criticism of the state of the Church and of the shepherds who did not fight against the dictatorship of the Zeitgeist under which the German church groans.

    Case Müller

    "Then there is Cardinal Gerhard Müller," said Tosatti, who is also mentioned in the final report. Before his appointment as Prefect of the Congregation for Doctrine and the Faith, Müller was the Bishop of Regensburg. The report criticizes how he had handled the "case" of the Regensburg Dompatzen. Above all, he is accused of a lack of dialogue with the alleged victims. To this Tosatti wrote:

    "Poor Müller! It was not enough to step through the pope, and after the first stomach pain (see the interview with the Passau Neue Presse ), he had to pretend that nothing had happened, and that the Pope wanted him nothing but good. Now this sympathetic trifle came through his native Germany, where, as is well known, he is very popular among his countrymen."
    The loser is the one who's mocked, says a German proverb. In the case of Cardinal Müller, it is evident that there is no lack of countrymen within and out of the Church, who are eager to show their disapproval. And whenever someone is down, it is particularly easy. In some cases, some seem to be interested in the fact that the Cardinal will never get up again. Yet he will not give them such satisfaction, which he will do even if he is weakened in his power.

    At the same time as the presentation of the final report, the appointment of the new secretary of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith was announced in Rome . To this Tosatti wrote:

    "The one who was appointed was not, as expected, the Assistant Secretary, Archbishop Agostino DiNoia, but the under-secretary, Monsignor Giacomo Morandi, the man who was placed in the Ratzinger and Muller Congregation a year and a half ago. A pretty quick career. He is really born under a lucky star, like that of Beniamino, the Prefect of the Clerical Congregation and the great director of the pope's court. All just coincidences."
    Text: Giuseppe Nardi

    Photo: ORF (Screenshot)

    Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com

  26. Site: Regina Magazine
    4 hours 51 min ago
    Author: Beverly Stevens

    This year is the 100th year anniversary of the renowned apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three peasant children in a remote Portuguese village. The events are being commemorated with Fatima processions large and small, a seemingly unlikely development even a few years ago, after decades-long neglect on the part of the larger Church.  But now, there’s something in the air. For example, in Chicago, where REGINA sat down with Fr Joshua Caswell of St John Cantius church and Craig Johnson, an organizer of the impressive procession there on 13 May 2017.  Photos by William Benjamin Fr JOSHUA CASWELL: The evening started with a presentation by Fr. James Presta, professor of Mariology in the Archdiocese of Chicago, about the first apparition of Our Lady. The procession assembled outside after the conclusion of Fr. Presta's talk, about7:45pm. Candles were lit and participants began walking and praying the rosary through the streets of Chicago. The mile-long procession concluded at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church with the statue of Our Lady being brought inside the church at8:30pm. Fr JOSHUA CASWELL: We are estimating between 1,500 and 2,000 people participated in this peaceful procession. I would say only about half of the participants were from ...

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  27. Site: Regina Magazine
    5 hours 30 min ago
    Author: Beverly Stevens

    When Catholic Bishops Refuse to Ask the Right Questions About Why Their Seminaries Are Empty   By Daniel Attard   We are witnessing a time of great scandal in the Church, and many speculate as to why this is. I have long believed that priests and religious who fall into grave scandal do so as a result of the abandonment of the external witness to the faith – that is, by ceasing to wear their priestly clericals/habit.   At the dusk of the Second Vatican Council, priests in their droves discarded their clericals and hid amongst the faithful, resulting in a downward spiral still bearing rotten fruit today. Many priests stopped acting like priests when they ceased living like priests; they ceased living like priests when they stopped praying like priests. And they stopped praying like priests when they stopped dressing like priests.   Recently, I came across several instances where seminaries around the world were partaking in the centuries-old tradition often referred to as the taking of the cassock and tonsure. Without going into finer detail, this milestone on the road to priesthood predominantly occurs for seminarians commencing their second and third years of formation, though this can vary. ...

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  28. Site: Regina Magazine
    5 hours 47 min ago
    Author: Beverly Stevens

    By Robert Beaurivage Catholics in Sanford, a small town in Maine, honor the 100th anniversary of Fatima. May 13, 2017   The ceremony commemorating the Hundredth Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima began with a procession of a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima, and was sponsored by the Springvale Fatima Group.   The members of the Traditional Latin Mass Choir of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Maine, attended as well and many traveled quite a distance to attend.   The author spoke a few words about the Message of Our Lady of Fatima and its prophetic significance in our time. Central to this message are the concepts of Consecration and Reparation. St. Louis de Montfort speaks of that need for Consecration, of ourselves, our nation, and ultimately the nation of Russia.     “The Blessed Virgin Mary purifies [our girts to God] of all the stain of self-love, and of that imperceptible attachment to created things…As soon as [we place those] in her most pure and fruitful hands…(s)he embellishes our works, adorning them with her own merits and virtues…” (St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary: 147) The Consecration of the Nation ...

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  29. Site: Regina Magazine
    5 hours 50 min ago
    Author: Beverly Stevens

    A Survivor Speaks Up   By Maria Albers It’s a conversation-stopper. What happens, your pro-choice friend says, when a girl becomes pregnant because of rape or sexual abuse? Why should she be ‘forced’ to bear that child?   It’s a question most of us have never had to face. Statistically, such situations are rare.   But what does a woman say who has had this happen to her – when she was twelve, because she was victimized be a pedophile ring, which included her own father?   Isabel (not her real name) recently sat down with REGINA’s Maria Albers and agreed to share her experience, and her point of view. Be forewarned; it’s not a view you will hear very often.   REGINA: What compelled you to share your story? ISABEL: I want to help prove to the world that abortion is not the answer. If I can become pro-life, anyone can. Pro-choice people always make the argument that rape and incest should surely be reasonable grounds to have an abortion but whilst I would have agreed with that once, I know from experience it only makes matters worse.   REGINA: How do you feel about these ‘pro-choice’ people presuming ...

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  30. Site: Regina Magazine
    5 hours 56 min ago
    Author: Harry Stevens

    If you believe the media, Mary Schleich doesn’t actually exist. She is a Millennial, a professional model, living near London. But, she is also a South Dakota Catholic with outspoken, orthodox values, and recently she married the man of her dreams. (All this without cohabiting with him and without even taking him for a ‘test drive’ first.) How did this seeming miracle happen? What can be her secret of attaining a romantic, successful life which many find so elusive? Mary recently sat down with REGINA to tell us her story. REGINA: How old are you? MARY: I'm 32. I kept my eye out for a husband since starting college, but more seriously as time went on, after graduating. I also considered being a nun as a vocation.  REGINA: Did you “date”? MARY: Overall I would say I dated on a friendship/getting to know someone level. Some were Catholic. Some were critical of my orthodox Catholic values, as is society.  Early on I knew that I didn't want a “boyfriend” just to have one, with no certain and clear logical end to marriage. I knew I wanted my serious investment of self to go to my husband.  REGINA: Do you think ...

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  31. Site: Fr. Z's Blog
    6 hours 7 min ago
    Author: frz@wdtprs.com (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)

    I’ve been busy with the Challenge Coin project.  More have gone out to friends and donors, two yesterday, a couple more today.

    It’s been awhile since we heard about the doings of Tracer Bullet, Private Eye.  I think the last update was HERE.  Our frequent commentator “Semper Gumby” posts on Tracer from time to time.

    Come to think of it, SG also opined about the design of my challenge coin:

    But I’m still partial to a coin with Fr. Z in Braveheart blueface, biretta, night vision goggles, and aspergillum. Ah well.

    Well, SG isn’t the only one with word from Tracer, sent by Father Z to investigate the The Mysterious Case of the Hallow’s Missing Maniple.

    Here’s my account, which I quickly typed out on my old Underwood.


    The smell of stale beer and cigar smoke mixed in the dark low ceilinged bar like trench filled with poison gas. The slowly drifting fumes drifted languidly to the tune from the jukebox. Maybe it was his imagination, but to him the dust motes hanging in the flickers of the dying neon sign over the bottles by the dull cracked mirror spelt something. “Danger… danger….”

    “Stubby” described both the bartender’s height and his face. He paced the length, seeing to refills and watching for trouble.

    “What’ll it be, Faddah? The usual?”

    The trial-worn priest sloughed of his rain dampened greca and romano, hanging them on the rack that stood like a sentinel near the door.

    “The usual?”  He paused, tilting his ear toward the jukebox.  “The Sky Is Cryin'”.  It’s like the star were lining up.

    “Not tonight, Stubs. I’ll have that one you made the other day for… well, you know who.”

    The barkeep went very still and, after a few breaths, said quietly, just audible over the moaning blues guitar.

    “Yah, sure ‘ting, Faddah. One of doz’ … doz’ Inky Montanas. Right?”

    “That’s right, Stubs, one of those ‘Inky Montanas’.”

    Stubby turned to his potions, but his sad eyes fixed on the priest a beat too long.

    A couple minutes passed before he neared the cleric’s place again, alone at the middle of the brass-railed bar, shining with the neon and the low-watt bulbs.   He set the drink down.

    “Jus’ like da…”.

    There was a sudden change in the air.  The barkeep froze, eyes widening as he peered beyond the cleric toward the door.

    The priest’s old, sharply-honed senses tightened around him like the grip of an angry Swedish masseuse as the figure entered from the rain swept, street-light glittering darkness.  He had the newcomer in the mirror.  The in the reflections off the cash register, And finally in Stubby’s horn-rimmed glasses. The smell of old wet trenchcoat and spent gunpower all preceded him with the squeak of leather soles before the man sat heavily on the stool beside the priest, still dripping fedora pulled forward.

    Beat… beat… beat…

    “Tracer”, the ecclesiastic nodded.

    “Z”, he returned, a little too informally.

    The jukebox started to ratchet in a new tune.  The priest didn’t move.

    The private eye took off his hat. But as he set it down, his grip loosened an instant too soon. It dropped, spilling the priest’s untouched drink, which bled out over the flat surface finding his folded copy of the The Wanderer.

    “Sorry, Z”, he mumbled, little too nonchalantly, tense.

    Beat… beat… beat…

    “Tracer?”, the priest said quietly.

    There was a pause.

    The long smoky room slowly quieted but for the sound of the neon buzz and “Lucille”.

    “My drink is no longer in my glass, Tracer.”

    The Private Dick licked his lips and slowly stood back up.



    “My drink.”

    The bartender stirred into action. “No problem, Faddah, I’ll jus…”

    With the slightest raise of the cleric’s hand from the counter top, he stopped.

    “There’s time for that in a moment, Stubs.”

    Tracer Bullet stood by the bar stool in the haze of the long, dark smoky-laden watering hole, hands hanging at his side.

    Father Z rose, cassock falling into place, hands at his sides.


    “Yes, Z.”

    Beat… beat… beat….

    “My name is Father. You killed my Inigo Montoya. Prepare to die.”

    Beat… beat… beat….

    The house erupted in howls of mirth and everyone jolted back into motion.

    “So, how do we settled this… little problem?, he said, “The usual way?”

    Tracer’s shoulder visibly relaxed.

    “Yes, Father.”

    After a second’s pause, eyes locked, their hands flew to their pockets at the same moment. The black-clad divine filled his hand with smooth cold metal and drew, shooting his arm toward his opponent. Tracer was still fumbling, checking one pocket after another… trousers, jacket, trench coat.


    The worn challenge coin glinted in the priest’s palm with the flickers of the dying neon sign by the cracked mirror.

    “Tracer, you don’t have your coin.”

    “No, Father.”

    “You know what that means, right?”

    “Yes, Father.”

    “Stubbs! Set ’em up. Tonight the drinks are on our friend Mr. Bullet, here.”

    Cheers went up from the shadowy length of the caliginous bar and someone by the jukebox punched up the B.B. King.

    “So,” Father Z said reclaiming his barstool, “I take it that you saw my old friends at MI-6.  What did you find out in London?  Tell me everything, omitting nothing….”

    The priest twisted his head sidelong and looked at the weary detective like a black cobra at mongoose having really bad day.

    “If you do… I’ll know.”

    The detective extracted a holy card from the breast pocket of his sharp-lapelled pinstripe and placed it on the counter which the hovering Stubby had just wiped down.

    “Southworth”, said the priest, without moving his eyes from the investigator’s worn face.

    “Southworth”, he replied.  “And Moneypence sends her regards.”

    The silent bespectacled bartender, nodded with a distant smile and went to clear some tables.

    “Okay, Tracer, get to it or I’ll start on you with the Maledictory Psalms.”

    “Okay, padre, keep your fascia on.  It’s like this….


    For those of you who don’t know… there is a cocktail called an “Inigo Montoya”, a movie character who utters a famous phrase echoed in the account above.  The drink is quite similar to the Moscow Mule, which is growing in popularity, though it substitutes the vodka with tequilla.  The ginger beer and lime remain, obviously, though a dash of cardamon is added.

    Something to lighten up a Friday.

  32. Site: Community in Mission
    6 hours 48 min ago
    Author: Msgr. Charles Pope

    The commercial below from 1949 seems astonishing to us today. We often look back on the days when just about everyone smoked and wonder how we could have been so foolish as to fill our lungs with smoke. That a commercial should actually feature doctors smoking and report that they prefer a particular brand of cigarette (filter-less at that) seems unbelievable.

    It took decades to dispel the image of cigarette smoking as glamorous. It took just as long to put to the lie the notion that filling our lungs with toxic smoke wasn’t as unhealthy as, deep down, we suspected it to be.

    Am I wrong to hope that we will one day look back on abortion and contraception in this way? Perhaps we will wonder how women could ever have been convinced to swallow pills that would drastically alter their endocrine system, that we ever thought there would be no ill health effects from such a measure.

    Even more, I hope for the day when we will be utterly dumbfounded that the legal murder of babies in the womb was ever considered “good,” or a “right,” or labeled “healthcare.”

    Call me a dreamer, but I will continue to hope and work for the day when we will be even more astonished at our hardness and obtuseness with respect to abortion and contraception than we are by this old commercial promoting smoking.

    The post Dreaming of the Day, as Demonstrated by an Old Commercial appeared first on Community in Mission.

  33. Site: Creative Minority Report
    7 hours 7 min ago
    Author: noreply@blogger.com (matthew archbold)
    Since being spoiled for a few decades by the Nazis, eugenics is becoming all the rage again.

    The most recent example is a new program in White County, Tennessee, which offers inmates the option of having time removed from their jail sentence if they agree to undergo a vasectomy or a birth control implant.

    General Sessions Court Judge Sam Benningfield said that when he signed the order he had the best interest of the inmates in mind. “I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility and give them a chance, when they do get out, to not to be burdened with children. This gives them a chance to get on their feet and make something of themselves,” Benningfield reportedly said. “I understand it won’t be entirely successful but if you reach two or three people, maybe that’s two or three kids not being born under the influence of drugs. I see it as a win, win.”

    Don't you just love it, when government officials are looking out for you?

    Male inmates can undergo a vasectomy while women can agree to be given a contraceptive implant. If they agree to it they will have 30 days taken off their jail time. According to news reports, 32 women have thus far received the implant and 38 men are awaiting the scary scissors.

    I'm horrified by this. But I kind of just figured that this was some wacky judge who came up with a crazy idea. I was therefore a bit disturbed to see that it seems pretty popular. In perusing comments on news stories, there seems to be a number of arguments in support of this no good horrible very bad idea.

    Please continue reading at The National Catholic Register>>>

    *subhead*History is back.*subhead*
  34. Site: OnePeterFive
    7 hours 14 min ago
    Author: Steve Skojec
    Elliott Erwitt: Confessional, Poland, 1964 

    I have a love-hate relationship with confession.

    I hate it because it’s never very comfortable to admit the stupid, shameful, ridiculous things I do. I wait in the line with a head full of exaggeration, thinking of myself like a man on death row, waiting for the needle. In my desire to make a good confession, I rehearse what I have to say, how I should say it to be concise but thorough, going over it and over it in my head until I think I’ve got it just right, then herding the stray smaller sins that have scattered away from my attention as my mind has been focused on the main problem areas. Each time the door opens and the next person goes in, I feel both an increase in nervous anticipation and relief. I take a step closer. “I just wanna get this over with,” I think.

    I love Confession because the truth is, no priest I’ve encountered has ever been unduly harsh, even if some of the more pious ones have expressed legitimate concern at my failings. Certainly, I’ve never experienced a “torture chamber” in the confessional — I do all the torturing to myself. I also love it because unburdening myself of my sins is cathartic and calming, and because without the graces provided by the sacrament I’m afraid I’d be on a continuous bender of self-indulgence, following my wants and whims on a daily journey away from eternal salvation. Confession not only cleanses, it strengthens. It prunes my selfish accretions back, giving room for my heart to be open to His greatness. And it has the truly incredible benefit of offering a clean slate, every time.

    My last visit was no different, the war within me raging as I tried patiently to wait my turn. After several failed attempts to get to confession over the previous week and a half, I had finally made it. As I waited in the back of the line, a wedding party was just finishing up with their last photos. The photographer finally made his way back to the last pew, right next to me, and as he started gathering up his equipment, he suddenly said, “It’s a wonderful sacrament.”

    I looked up at him, giving a polite acknowledgment but figuring he was talking about the marriage he had just witnessed.

    “Confession,” he said, perhaps sensing my question. “I just went last week.”

    He fitted his camera into a compartment inside a large case, and said more quietly without looking up, “To be forgiven…” His tone was wistful, almost incredulous.

    He had a point. What a seriously amazing thing it is!

    Who Are You to Judge?  

    There are times, in my various discussions and debates over the topics du jour in the Church — most notably an idea of mercy that requires no repentance or change of life — when I find myself wondering if those on the other side of the issue really think I’m just a cruel, heartless jerk. A sanctimonious and smug monster who somehow thinks I have attained a level of holiness that gives me the right to judge those who do not conform from within the purity of my sinless ivory tower.

    I assure you, nothing could be further from the truth.

    If you had to have a passport to enter a confessional, mine would be filled with countless stamps. I drag myself there, time and again, embarrassed at how little time has passed since my last visit, chastising myself for bringing with me a litany of the same offenses I always do. The words of St. Peter often echo in my mind, “Depart from me Lord, for I am a sinful man.” And then, just as quickly, another thought follows, “No! Don’t! Without You, Lord, I have no hope…”

    After absolution, I kneel there before the Blessed Sacrament, not infrequently with tears in my eyes, ever with the same plea: “Well, Lord, here I am again. I hope you’ll help me to stop doing this same stupid stuff. Maybe this time’s the charm?”

    The prayer of St. Augustine perhaps most eloquently expresses this lament:

    BEFORE Thine eyes, O Lord, we bring our sins, and we compare them with the stripes we have received.
    If we examine the evil we have wrought, what we suffer is little, what we deserve is great.
    What we have committed is very grievous, what we have suffered is very slight.
    We feel the punishment of sin, yet withdraw not from the obstinacy of sinning.
    Under Thy lash our inconstancy is visited, but our sinfulness is not changed.
    Our suffering soul is tormented, but our neck is not bent.
    Our life groans under sorrow, yet amends not in deed.
    If Thou spare us, we correct not our ways: if Thou punish, we cannot endure it.
    In time of correction we confess our wrongdoing: after Thy visitation we forget that we have wept.
    If Thou stretchest forth Thy hand, we promise amendment; if Thou withholdest the sword, we keep not our promise.
    If Thou strikest, we cry out for mercy; if Thou sparest, we again provoke Thee to strike
    Here we are before Thee, O Lord, confessedly guilty; we know that unless Thou pardon we shall deservedly perish.
    Grant then, O almighty Father, without our deserving it, the pardon we ask; Thou Who madest out of nothing those Who ask Thee. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
    V. Deal not with us, O Lord, according to our sins.
    R. Neither reward us according to our iniquities.

    Let us pray.—O God, Who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy suppliant people, and turn away the scourges of Thy wrath, which we deserve for our sins.

    Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

    Dead Man Walking

    There was a time, when I was young, when I thought I was doing pretty well. I was a scrupulous kid, I stayed away from most bad influences, I often spent my free time hanging around churches or with priests, and the Internet hadn’t yet arrived with it’s overflowing cornucopia of temptations. I rarely if ever had mortal sins to bring into the confessional, and I even remember at one point in time thinking, “How is it possible that this petty stuff I do was enough of a reason that You had to die for it, Lord? I just don’t see it.” Maybe I asked Him to help me understand. I probably did. That part’s hazy, but it’s stupid enough that it sounds like something I would have asked.

    And He did. He pulled back and let me trip and stumble and fall flat on my face, over and over and over again. He let me struggle to stay in a state of grace, or to even care to. He let me come close to losing my faith altogether.

    Later, to my shame, the only thing I could say was, “I don’t remember the last time I didn’t bring a mortal sin to confession.”

    If you’ve been there, if you know that feeling in your gut, in your soul, the one that changes when you cross that line and do that thing — whatever it is — that you’re just not supposed to do, and you don’t care, you know what I mean when I say it feels like you’re a “dead man walking.”

    It’s an emtpy feeling. Dark. Angry. Disconnected. Like only the slightest temptation will push you right back over the edge into another big sin because your resistance is totally shot. You don’t want to pray. You don’t want to change. You become withdrawn and irritable. You vacillate between guilt and apathy as you attempt to grab hold of whatever grace God is giving you outside of the sanctifying grace that is the life of your soul. Because let’s face it, if He isn’t calling you back to the confessional, you’re not ever going to go. Once you’re gone, you’re fair game to demons on the prowl. Only His protection, His invitation, is going to keep you safe and bring you home.

    If you’ve ever felt this feeling, you know. If you don’t come back soon, you’re going to drift further and further away. You’re going to dig a deeper and deeper hole for yourself. You’re going to get to a point where you’re too far gone to care, or make yourself so miserable you can’t bear to live with it.

    You’ve got to come back to the land of the living. Nothing else is worth it.

    Years ago, when I was on the verge of giving up, He reeled me back in. I was allowed to see the spiritual warfare I was engaged in for what it was, and then, I had something to fight.

    But He still lets me fall. Still lets me remember I am nothing without Him, and that I can’t fight this battle on my own. In the midst of this work I’m trying to do for Him, for His Church, He doesn’t afford me the opportunity to be convinced that I’m anything great, but rather, to be chastened by my own weakness — a weakness that repeatedly knocks the foolish pride right out of my head before it can take root. I think here of the words of St. Paul, in 2 Corinthians 12:

    For though I should have a mind to glory, I shall not be foolish; for I will say the truth. But I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth in me, or any thing he heareth from me.

    And lest the greatness of the revelations should exalt me, there was given me a sting of my flesh, an angel of Satan, to buffet me.

    For which thing thrice I besought the Lord, that it might depart from me.

    And he said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee; for power is made perfect in infirmity. Gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

    For which cause I please myself in my infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ. For when I am weak, then am I powerful.

    See, the irony of me ever feeling like I’m on death row in the confessional line is that it’s precisely the opposite. It’s life row. For anyone standing in that line in mortal sin, you’re already dead — forever — and you just happen to be lucky enough to still be walking around. You make it to the end of that line, and you’ve been raised from the dead, just as surely as Lazarus was.


    Love Demands Repentance

    I was never a legendary sinner, but a dead soul is a dead soul. It only takes the guilt of one mortal sin to send you to Hell for eternity. There is no way back from the darkness I’ve just described without repentance. You’ve got to want to stop doing the thing that’s killing you. And if you can’t manage that, you’ve got to want to want it. There are no more excuses. There’s no more, “Well, I already messed up so it doesn’t matter if I give in to temptation again.” There is only that long march to the confessional, where you enter as a dead man, and emerge alive.

    For the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone would want to deprive another soul of this rebirth. This cleansing and binding of wounds. For the priest in the confessional is, just as the Good Samaritan did, dressing and binding and curing what ails us. He is healing in the most profound sense of the word.

    How could anyone ever tell a person who is living in sin, “You don’t need to stop doing that! God is merciful! He understands the complexities of your life”?

    How could anyone ever say, “You might not be able to stop committing that sin, because by doing so, you might commit other ones”?

    Why would anyone who loves a soul not see the danger it is in and say, as St. Maria Goretti did, “It’s a sin! God does not want it!”?

    Or, perhaps worst of all, how could anyone tell a person living in sin with no intention to change, “You should receive the Eucharist, which is not a prize for the perfect, but medicine for the weak” — knowing that to do so is a sacrilege, another mortal wound on the soul of someone in need of conversion, healing, and Divine Grace? Even if you suspect the person is not fully culpable, the path to Our Eucharistic Lord is through absolution, not indifference. We already know what God wants from us. We return again to Corinthians (1 Cor. 11:27-31):

    Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.

    But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice.

    For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.

    Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep.

    But if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

    Even this piece of divine wisdom has been excised from Catholic life. Not once does this admonishment not to eat and drink the body and blood of the Lord unworthily appear in the three year cycle of readings in the “ordinary form” of the liturgy — the Mass that the vast majority of Catholics around the world attend.

    Why are we hiding this truth from the faithful? Why are we convincing ourselves that it is merciful to be their accomplices in sin? Why are we content to speak with the tongue of the serpent, who, when Eve told him that the punishment for eating from the forbidden tree was death, responded, “No, you shall not die the death”? (Gen 3:4)

    We do not fight against the bizarre provisions of Amoris Laetitia because we are rigid and Pharisaical! We do so out of love — for the souls of those being led deeper into sin, and for Our Lord, who deserves never to have His sacramental presence profaned.

    As I reflected on those feelings brought about by the loss of the life of grace in the soul, I was moved to pity for those prelates of the Church leading God’s little ones astray. How can they bear the loss? How can they be so indifferent to their separation from the fires of Divine Love that they not only do not care for their own souls, but wish to lead others away from Jesus? How can they be complacent in their perversions and deceits? We have become so accustomed to opposing them, to calling them to account, even to rebuking them. But we should also weep for them, because we do not hate them; they, like all of us, were made in His image and likeness and created to be with Him forever in Heaven, and they have turned away. And He has already warned them, so the fate they will suffer is terrifying to contemplate.

    “But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Mt. 18:6)

    May God have mercy on their souls, and on His holy Church!

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  35. Site: St. Corbinian's Bear
    8 hours 14 min ago
    Your enemy and the Bear's. The enemy of the truth. Let's talk about respect.

    The Bear Has Been Very Mean to Pope Francis & Others
    Looking back on the Bear's many articles about the mischief of those running the Roman Catholic Church, the Bear notes that he has been very Bearish. He has roared and rent, growled and glowered, prowling the peripheries of the Woodlands to keep the inhabitants safe from wolves. Of course, the Woodland creatures fear wolves, but not sheep. The Bear has therefore worried about the wolves in sheep's clothing.

    He has even insulted the Holy Father himself in the most undignified language at his disposal. Parody, invective, agitprop and just plain rudeness were added to cold facts and analysis.

    A Tale of Two Witnesses: the Mistaken and the Liar
    As you all know, the Bear was a trial lawyer who made a modest name for himself in the land of Lincoln. He knows his way around a courtroom. This has formed his way of thinking about much, including the two different classes of bad witnesses. There has always been a method to his Bear madness.

    Anyone may be honestly mistaken on one or a few issues. This is the first type of witness the Bear wishes to discuss, and the most common.

    The "don't worry, we've had bad popes before" chorus likes to sing about some pope - Bear doesn't remember who and it's not important - who taught the heresy that the blessed dead do not enjoy the Beatific Vision immediately upon judgment after they die.

    The Bear - if he knew enough to combat that particular heresy, which he doesn't - would never have treated that pope badly. He was like a witness whose credibility a trial lawyer must challenge on cross-examination with respect to just one piece of evidence. The focus of such a contest is very narrow and the tactics mild.

    For example, a witness may testify that she saw the defendant near a murder victim's home at seven p.m. She remembers because the Trailer Park Jeopardy program had just come on. She's a nice little old lady. A Sunday school teacher. She has no apparent reason to make up anything about this case. The Bear, back in the day, would not have gotten up on his hind legs and roared at her, and called her a senile old bat.

    Instead, he would have nicely committed her to her testimony about the television program (cutting off any avenue of escape, as Bears do) then challenged her on the fact that Trailer Park Jeopardy aired on the day before the murder. She was mistaken, that's all. It happens.

    In this example, she is like a pope who happens to have worked out some theological matter and gotten the wrong result. The weapons are facts and logic and the approach is sympathetic and respectful.

    Then there is the other type of witness.

    This witness may be heavily invested in a case. At any rate, his lack of truthfulness is not based on an isolated mistake. Yes, they are untruthful in particulars, and those must be dealt with, but something very different is happening compared to the first example.

    Here we are dealing with a person of bad character. Someone who believes a particular outcome justifies lying and cheating. This sort of witness is not entitled to kid gloves, but there is more to it than that. Of course, courtroom decorum prohibits the freewheeling rhetoric the Bear has employed in this ephemeris, but the objective is the very same.

    The "more to it than that" is this:

    It is not enough to pick at particulars. The lying witness must be exposed and his credibility utterly destroyed. You want the jurors to be disgusted with him. You want them to glare at him and shake their heads when he leaves the witness stand and makes the walk of shame from the courtroom, revealed to one and all as a filthy liar not fit to enjoy the company of decent folk.

    Truth demands no less.

    The first witness is like a salmon that has a bad spot that can be trimmed off and make a wholesome meal. The second witness is like a rotten fish that is good for nothing, but stinks so bad from the kitchen garbage can it ruins even a a good dinner.

    The Bear's Incessant and Savage Mauling of Francis: the Reason Revealed
    It is inconsistent with the legitimate aims of truth-defending to treat a liar and a cheat and a man of low character with any respect whatsoever. Why? Because with that sort of witness, you do not want him to be respected. You do not want the jury confused by watching you demolish a no-good dirty lying rat while treating him with the same respect you showed the little old lady who was just mistaken.

    When the Bear determined after much observation that Pope Francis saw himself as the avatar of a new religion, rather than a Pope promoting the Faith in his age, he ceased to show him the respect due to a normal pope, even a mistaken normal pope. Not out of any personal animosity or desire to be clever, but for a very sound forensic purpose.

    The Bear does not want anyone to respect Pope Francis. He is rotten from head to tail. The Bear does not want anyone to buy what he is selling. It is a bill of goods. The sooner we are rid of him, the better off the Church may be.

    Pope Francis is using the respect and trust normally due to a pope as the most insidious kind of cover for accomplishing the very opposite of what that trust and respect is supposed to promote. He is a wolf in sheep's clothing and operates by sneakiness and prevarication and bullying. We have been warned of his kind.

    He must be personally attacked in his office because he is a bad person who hurts every part of the Church he touches. He is not just a person with a few bad ideas. He is a bad tree that cannot bear good fruit. You do not stand beneath such a tree and pick every apple, saying, "well, this apple's bad; that one's not very good either; oh dear, here's another one - I'll be here all day!" You tell people, "This is a bad tree. It cannot bear good fruit. Don't eat anything that drops from its branches."

    Stripping the Wolf of its Sheep's Clothing
    Pope Francis' sheep's clothing is the respect, indeed superstitious dread, with which many, if not most Catholics afford him. The Bear has never hesitated to tear the sheep's clothing from him to reveal the wolf beneath. The Bear has no patience with pious objections like "oh, no, one must never criticize the Pope," or even, "well, of course one may criticize the Pope, if absolutely necessary, but must be very respectful."

    The reason the Bear has been vicious to Francis is because one must be most vicious toward those whose methods rely upon everyone being too awed to question them. Between the Catholic Faith and Francis, the Bear knows wherein lies the truth. To join the promotion of error and destruction of the Church by respecting persons more than the truth makes no sense. Indeed, the Bear considers it to be the sin of adulation.

    Objections: "Christian Charity" & "Respect for the Office"
    The Catechism of the Catholic Church has quite a bit to say about the truth. It is the case that under normal circumstances and between private persons, the right to speak the truth is not unconditional. The Bear has always drawn a distinction between private persons and churchmen speaking on behalf of Christ's Church. (If he has ever failed to observe that distinction, he has been wrong.)

    For example, there are bloggers with whom the Bear does not agree. His approach to them has been far more circumspect because they are private persons expressing their own opinions, not the Pope, whose words and actions differ not in degree, but in kind. He presumes anyone going to the significant bother of blogging is sincere and the Bear is not so sure of everything as to insist on his answers.

    For many, it will be sufficient rebuttal to say, "Christian charity" and tsk tsk the Bear. As in all things, sound judgment under the circumstances is necessary. If Jorge Bergoglio were just some guy in Argentina, the Bear would not have anything to say about anything he believed. The Bear has never been motivated by a dislike for Jorge Bergoglio, or desired to hurt him personally. If he resigned today, the Bear would suddenly (and gratefully) lose all interest in the man.

    Yet, as Pope, he is using his "Popeness" in the most destructive ways imaginable. It is only because of his "Popeness" that anybody knows about him or his novel ideas at all. Therefore, it is his "Popeness," or at any rate the regard everyone has for his particular "Popeness," that is the necessary point of attack - the schwerpunkt, to use the great old German military term the Bear recalls from his service with the Kaiser's staff officers during the Great War, during which he won both the Iron Cross Second Class and the Hero of the Bolshevik Revolution.

    Does this threaten to diminish respect for the papacy in general? Perhaps. The blame then lies with whoever has made such considered application of the sharper rhetorical tools necessary. Francis himself is a walking, talking diminishing of respect for the papacy and indeed the Christian religion.

    The Bear will never buy the argument that respect for a person or even an office can ever trump the truth. Only One is "the Truth" Himself. It is not like a bunch of bloggers decided to invent some new dogmas, after all. We are not the new Lutherans, self-appointed "reformers." The discrepancy between well-established truths of the Faith and Pope Francis' ceaseless promotion of some bizarre religion of his own invention could not be clearer.

    So there you have the reasons the Bear has attacked the credibility of Francis. It is not the Bear that has stolen anything from him, neither his credibility nor his good reputation. Francis himself decided to throw all that away at some point in his career as a churchman. He is not like the witness whose problems are just poor memory or failing eyesight. He is like the bad witness who raised his hand to tell the truth and then substituted lies to advance the interests of himself and his friends to the destruction of the truth, because he is a liar whose father we have always known.
  36. Site: RT - News
    8 hours 45 min ago
    Author: RT
    Three Israelis have been killed and one wounded in a stabbing attack at the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank late Friday, rescue services report.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  37. Site: RT - News
    9 hours 36 min ago
    Author: RT
    The Palestine Authority is freezing all contacts with Israel over the Jerusalem holy site dispute and the violence which broke out in the past days, president of the authority Mahmoud Abbas has announced.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  38. Site: Fr. Ray Blake's blog
    9 hours 39 min ago

    Some argue it is not possible for us to be free, it is the argument that 1970’s Jesuits put forward to argue that mortal sin was impossible.  The argument would run that an adulterer was not entirely free because of an inner compulsion, or because “she tempted me”, when he committed adultery. 
    Another example would be to say a woman was not “free” when she made a decision to abort her baby because she couldn’t cope financially or couldn’t have time out from her career or she simply had a dislike of baby poo or didn’t want her figure spoilt. I am sure that most women have stronger reasons than these for making such a terrible decision but a catholic would argue that these reasons mitigated her culpability but could not say that she did not make a free decision to have the child in her womb killed, even if the alternative was her own death.
    The same situation would exist behind the decision of someone whose wife and children were being tortured until he rejected Christ and accepted some Satanic or pagan cult. The Church would still judge him to be free. Our faith indeed sets us free, “for freedom, Christ has set us free” Gal 5:1 because for us freedom is always orientated towards God, even for unbelievers it is orientated to God via the natural law, we know by our nature what is right or wrong and are orientated, despite the external pressures, to act accordingly.
    I am still contending with the “2+2=5” sedevacantist. He argues as many of his kind do that: Canon 332§2: If it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the res2ignation is made freely and properly manifested but not that it is accepted by anyone, would suggest that Pope Benedict's resignation was not free and therefore not valid.
    He has a very uncatholic understanding of “freely”. It does not mean there is no pressure, that rarely happens with any human decision, it means simply that the decision is made “freely” that is in Christ.

    One could argue that Pius XII’s resignation letter, that he wrote to come into effect if he was taken prisoner by Germans, would not have been a ‘free’ decision but this was of a very different character to Benedict XVI’s resignation, Pius’ hand was forced by the threat of his capture, possible drugging and manipulation. Benedict’s decision was made, as he himself has said and repeated frequently, freely, in conformity with Canon 332§2.
    What is worrying here is a self appointed judge of Popes, should be so lacking in basic Catholic principles, which a few decades ago a child making his First Confession would be expected to understand.
  39. Site: Roman Catholic Man
    9 hours 43 min ago
    Author: Fr Richard Heilman

    What Does it Mean? Is God trying to get our attention?

    I begin with the Feast of All Saints, November 1, 2013, when Fr. Michael Gaitley came to speak in Madison, WI about Marian Consecration. We were told the crowd who came to hear him speak was a record number. People were hungry for the message Fr. Gaitley was about to give.

    A few of us had some time to meet with him beforehand. It was a vibrant discussion about this “sense that something is coming.” Fr. Gaitley, wholeheartedly, agreed. He would tell this small group, later, that he went backstage before his talk, that night, and completely changed what he planned to speak about. The Lord had set on his heart that he needed to focus upon something very important. That focus was on St. Maximilian Kolbe and “something is coming.”

    On October 16, 1917, just 3 days after the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, St. Maximilian Kolbe (oblivious to what had happened three days prior in Portugal), founded the confraternity known as “The Militia of the Immaculata,” a movement whose purpose is “to convert sinners, heretics, and especially Masons, and to sanctify all under the patronage and through the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary.”

    To better “win the world for the Immaculata,” he and his fellow friars utilized the most modern printing and administrative techniques. This enabled them to publish countless catechetical and devotional tracts, a daily newspaper with a circulation of 230,000 and a monthly magazine with a circulation of over one million. Maximilian started a shortwave radio station and planned to build a motion picture studio–he was a true “apostle of the mass media.” St. Maximilian Kolbe was the master of new media in his times. Because of this, hundreds of thousands of people were consecrated to Jesus through Mary!

    “While St. Maximilian Kolbe’s push for consecration was the largest,” according to Father Gaitley, “the one going on right now is the second-largest ever, and the largest since St. Maximilian Kolbe’s.” Father Gaitley went on to say now is the “perfect time” to consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary. He said the “culture of death is strangling our country right now.” He added that Our Lady is trying to “bring Christ back there,” saying she comes when things look hopeless. There’s a “historical reason” for the new push to consecration. Fr. Gaitley said. “there’s something happening, something moving, something ahead,” while no one knows specifically what is coming. “Our Lady wants to be embracing all of us,” he added.

    Could this centennial year of Fatima be the time when “something is coming?”

    In February of last year, I wrote an article that was a compilation of historical pieces to a puzzle. The title of the article was, Our Lady of Fatima, 1917-2017 – Why 100 Years Matters. It is the most shared article I have ever written, at over 61,000 shares. I did my best to piece together what I had noticed about significant events preceding and leading up to this centennial year of 2017. But, what about this centennial year?

    My good friend, Emmett O’Regan, has spent years seeking to unveil scripture, prophesies, apparitions of the Blessed Mother, etc.. In fact, he wrote a book on all of this entitled, Unveiling the Apocalypse. While Emmett’s amazing book goes into mind-boggling details, I want to highlight some of the events we are about to experience during this centennial year of Fatima, many of which Emmett O’Regan has brought to my attention.

    I’ve only recently become aware of St. Michael’s Lent, thanks to Emmett O’Regan. St. Francis of Assisi was especially devoted to Saint Michael and would fast for from the Feast of the Assumption (August 15) to Saint Michael’s Feast Day on September 29. In fact, St. Francis of Assisi received the stigmata while he was praying and fasting during St. Michael’s Lent. Some Franciscan communities continue to observe the period from August 15 to September 29 as “St. Michael’s Lent”, a time of fasting and prayer.

    Shortly after the beginning of this year’s St. Michael’s Lent, August 21, 2017, on the Feast of Our Lady of Knock, there will be a Total Solar Eclipse that cuts across the heart of America.

    While St. Michael’s Lent is actually more than 40 days (August 15 to September 29), it is astounding to see that the period from the Total Solar Eclipse (August 21, Feast of Our Lady of Knock to September 29, Feast of St. Michael) is exactly 40 days. Also, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) “happens” to fall, this year, on the Feast of St. Michael (September 29). Emmett O’Regan writes:

    We have already noted how the 2017 solar eclipse occurs 40 days before the Jewish feast of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), on 29th/30th September, 2017. According to Jewish tradition, the month of Elul marks a 40-day period of repentance before the feast of Yom Kippur, and was the time during which Moses spent 40 days on Mount Sinai after the incident of the Golden Calf, in order to prepare for the reception of the second set of tablets containing the Decalogue.


    Given the fact that the date of Yom Kippur this year falls on the feast of St. Michael and the Archangels (Michaelmas), there is yet another disparate period of 40 days of repentance coming into play around the time of the solar eclipse, this time rooted in a long-standing Catholic tradition. Although it is not widely celebrated today, there is a custom in Catholicism dating back to the Middle Ages known as St. Michael’s Lent, which was a 40-day period of fasting in preparation for the feast of Michaelmas, lasting from the Solemnity of the Assumption on 15th August to Michaelmas on 29th September. We should note that while the period of St. Michael’s Lent actually extends to 45 days, it is still held to be a symbolic 40-day fast in keeping with Lent itself. If we are to count 40 days back from Yom Kippur/Michaelmas on 29th-30th September this year, we arrive at the date of the solar eclipse itself on the Feast of Our Lady of Knock, 21st August, 2017, rather than the Solemnity of the Assumption.

    Like St. Francis of Assisi, it was also during St. Michael’s Lent (September 20, 1918) that St. Padre Pio had his first occurrence of the stigmata: bodily marks, pain, and bleeding in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. This phenomenon continued for fifty years, until the end of his life. Padre Pio died on September 23, 1968. Of course, 1968 was the year Pope Paul VI published his encyclical, Humanae Vitae, which re-affirms the teaching of the Catholic Church regarding married love, responsible parenthood, and the continued rejection of artificial contraception. Many believe that contraception may have been the fissure through which the “smoke of Satan” entered, as contraception (while now known to be a class one carcinogen) has led to the explosion of the sexual revolution and much of the spiritual illnesses today, including fornication, adultery, divorce, sodomy, abortion, etc. … as well as the advent of the notion that one’s conscience supersedes the will of God, not just in the case of contraception, but is now applied to all of what the Church teaches.

    What is most fascinating is that September 23, 2017, the Feast of St. Padre Pio, also marks the day we will see another phenomenal astrological event. Patrick Archbold wrote about this on October 29, 2015 …

    What if God gave us a sign, would we even notice it? What if God, like He has done before, gave us a heavenly sign, a portent of great and terrible events? Would we even take notice? Are we, like so many that have come before us, so busy in our day-to-day lives that we never bother to even look up anymore? What if God gave us a heavenly sign today, would we notice? And if we did notice, would we care or just ignore it as some superstitious nonsense?


    What if I told you that there is a forthcoming astronomical event that closely mirrors a sign from the Book of Revelation, stunning in its precision, context, and timing? Would you look up?


    Revelation 12:1-5


    “And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars:


    And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.


    And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems:


    And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son.


    And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up to God, and to his throne. “

    Patrick Archbold went on to write …

    On November 20, 2016, an astronomical event begins that will last nine and a half months, culminating in startling concurrence with the vision of Revelation 12. While I am not an astronomer, all my research indicates that this astronomical event, in all its particulars, is unique in the history of man.


    On November 20, 2016, Jupiter (the King planet) enters into the body (womb) of the constellation Virgo (the virgin). Jupiter, due its retrograde motion, will spend the next 9 ½ months within the womb of Virgo. This length of time corresponds with gestation period of a normal late-term baby.


    After 9 ½ months, Jupiter exits out of the womb of Virgo. Upon Jupiter’s exit (birth), on September 23, 2017, we see the constellation Virgo with the sun rise directly behind it (the woman clothed with the sun). At the feet of Virgo, we find the moon. And upon her head we find a crown of twelve stars, formed by the usual nine stars of the constellation Leo with the addition of the planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars.


    That is a truly remarkable and, as far as I can determine, unique series of event with a startling degree of concurrence with the vision of Revelation 12.


    So what does it mean, if anything? The obvious and truthful answer is that we simply do not know. That said, we are not entirely without possible context.


    It just so happens that these events transpire during the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of “the woman clothed in the sun,” Our Lady at Fatima in 1917. The culmination of these astronomical events occurs just 3 weeks before the 100th anniversary of the great miracle of Fatima, in which the sun “danced” (another heavenly sign), an event that was witnessed by many thousands.


    … I must also note that the date the astronomical event begins, November 20, 2016, is the very day that Pope Francis’ declared “Year of Mercy” comes to an end. The very same day is the Feast of Christ the King.



    Novena for Our Nation – Join Today!!

    Last year, as we approached the centennial year of Fatima and during a contentious Presidential election season, we asked Americans to join together in prayer, as we called out to the Mother of God to heal our nation. Over 15,000 signed up for daily emails of reflections and prayers, and it is believed that tens of thousands more participated by going, daily, to the novenaforournation.com website.

    Now, here we are, in the “womb” of the centennial year just as the Revelations 12 celestial sign sees the King (Jupiter, the king planet) in the womb of the woman clothed with the sun. Does anyone else have the feeling that “something is coming?”

    Why is the Total Solar Eclipse traveling directly though the heart of America, just as it traveled directly though Nineveh at the turn of the 20th century? As Patrick Archbold wrote, at this point “we simply do not know.”

    I don’t know about you, but I *do* know this is a time for prayer and penance. America has become the New Babylon, and God cannot be none too happy. We must pray for conversion!! Conversion, first, for ourselves.

    This year, we are concluding our 54 Day Rosary Novena for Our Nation with St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Marian Consecration. We will be encouraging folks to join the Militia Immaculata. And, we are also encouraging the enrollment and wearing of the Brown Scapular (or Scapular Medal). So, Rosary, Scapular and Consecration … we want to do precisely what Mary asks.

    Go to the website – novenaforournation.com – and sign up, TODAY!!

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  40. Site: Fr. Z's Blog
    10 hours 37 min ago
    Author: frz@wdtprs.com (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)

    I mentioned the firehose effect of onrushing news in another post.  There are strong debates going on over many important issues right now.  One of those which most interests me has been stoked by the 10th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s monumentally important Summorum Pontificum.  I called it the “Emancipation Proclamation”, and have dubbed it a foundation block of his “Marshall Plan” for the revitalization of our Catholic identity and a bulwark against the dictatorship of relativism.

    For the 1oth anniversary, the great Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, wrote an article for the French magazine La Nef.  The text was hard to find (I have it now).  I was also sent a good English translation which I read as a PODCAzT.

    I didn’t agree with everything the Cardinal suggested about the future path of Benedict’s desired “mutual enrichment” of the two “forms” of the Roman Rite.  However, I have prayerfully engaged them.

    Fr. Raymond de Souza (he’s been busy lately), not an enemy of traditional expressions of worship but not a strong supporter, wrote an endorsement of Card. Sarah’s suggestions at the UK’s best Catholic weekly (for which I also write) The Catholic Herald: “Cardinal Sarah’s challenge to traditionalists“.  HERE  De Souza:

    Sarah proposes that efforts be made to have a shared calendar and a shared lectionary, so that both the EF and OF would celebrate more feasts together and have the same Scripture readings at Mass.  [Additions of saints to the traditional calendar is not terribly problematic.  The addition of a new lectionary would introduce the serious problems of coherence that the Novus Ordo experiences, at least on Sundays. Also, I am not entirely sure that everyone would agree that the new Lectionary has been 100% successful.  That said, yes, it would be easier for priests to have the same readings in both forms, especially when they – as I frequently do – say both forms on a Sunday.  But easy isn’t a good objective in worship.]

    That poses a twofold challenge. First, it requires the EF community to acknowledge that some aspects of the OF, particularly its reformed calendar and its lectionary – which includes far more Scripture than the EF one – are actual improvements and possible enrichments for the EF.  [That isn’t apparent.]

    There are certainly some in the EF community who are happy to acknowledge this and would be pleased to see a shared calendar and lectionary. [Again, these are two different issues.] But others, not an insignificant part, consider the entire OF to be an impoverishment with little, if anything, enriching to offer. [It would be good to put together the bullet points of what riches the OF would bring to the EF.  That could be a helpful starting point for discussion.] In the background, of course, is the Society of St Pius X, which would be deeply suspicious of any talk of changing the EF Roman Missal, 1962 edition.


    Moving towards Cardinal Sarah’s vision begins, though, not with practicalities but with a change of heart. That is likely why he chose the term “reconciliation”. Reconciliation requires a change of heart, a willingness to see the good in the other, and an openness to make things different in order to accommodate that good.  [A change of heart…]

    I think we all can agree that at the heart of most instances of reconciliation, especially in the life of the Church, all parties need a “change of heart”.

    However, I must of observe that, for decades, many of the traditional leaning, have experienced their hearts being torn from their breasts and stomped on by the other side, as it were.  Their hearts have again and again been bruised and riven.  If a change of heart is at the heart of reconciliation, then so are apologies.  So is a time for healing.   Talking about a change of heart is easy.

    That brings me to another reaction to Card. Sarah’s 10th anniversary article, in dialogue with Fr. de Souza, by Prof. Joseph Shaw of Oxford and of the Latin Mass Society.

    Prof. Shaw wrote a piece called “Why Cardinal Sarah’s liturgical ‘reconciliation’ plan won’t work“.  HERE

    Firstly, Shaw recaps what Card. Sarah suggested for the mutual enrichment of the two forms.  For example, Sarah proposes introduction – no – re-introduction into the OF: reception of Communion on the tongue while kneeling (which should be the norm anyway), the reintroduction of the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, options for using the old Offertory prayers, quiet canon, and the so-called ‘canonical digits’.  Into the EF he would see not so much re-introductions but rather a wholesale change to the traditional Rite, that is, adoption of the Novus Ordo Lectionary (as Fr. de Souza praised) and what I consider a less problematic closer alignment of the calendars, so long as this is restricted to the addition of modern saints, etc.

    Shaw tackles the issue of the Lectionary:

    The new lectionary is sometimes held up as obviously superior to the old, but not everyone committed to the reformed Mass agrees. The Toronto Oratorian Fr Jonathan Robinson wrote (The Mass and Modernity, 2005, p332):

    I think the diversity, rather than enriching people, tends to confuse them… This may be because the selections, as has been noted by others, were drawn up more to satisfy the sensibilities of liturgical scholars than on traditional liturgical principles.  [My old boss at “Ecclesia Dei” remarked that the addition of a third reading on Sundays lent an undesirable element of “didacticism” to Mass.  And if there is greater variety of Scripture readings in the Novus Ordo, the yearly repetition of the same readings on Sunday and Feasts ensured that the faithful came to know them well.  Today, ask people what the readings were as they walk out of Mass.]

    However, another question is raised by Cardinal Sarah’s proposal: can the lectionaries of the two Forms simply by swapped over?

    The short answer is ‘no’. To take the most obvious problem, the 1969 Lectionary has no readings for the season of Septuagesima, because that season does not exist in the 1969 calendar. Were the ‘Ordinary Time’ cycle simply extended to this period of three Sundays before Lent, its penitential orations would conflict with readings which can be used after Pentecost as well as before Lent.  [How about the reintroduction of the pre-Lent to the Ordinay Form?  How’s that as the step to mutual enrichment?]

    Variations on this problem arise throughout the Church’s year. Many of the EF’s proper texts of feast days, and a good many Sundays, refer to the readings. The choice of readings in the Ordinary Form is so different from those in the Extraordinary Form that the discordance would be particularly jarring.  [Moreover, there is often a strong resonance between the readings and the antiphons in Mass formularies that would be disrupted, as it has been in the Novus Ordo with it’s three year Sunday cycle.]


    Shaw has more on the issue of the Lectionary.

    Then, however, Shaw make a strong argument, which I endorse.

    Above all I would like to suggest that the Church has nothing to fear from a varied liturgical landscape: a landscape becoming more varied as Eastern Rite Catholics flee to the West. Vatican II reassured us on this point (Unitatis redintegratio 17):

    …from time to time one tradition has come nearer to a full appreciation of some aspects of a mystery of revelation than the other, or has expressed it to better advantage. In such cases, these various theological expressions are to be considered often as mutually complementary rather than conflicting.

    This, surely, is the direction from which ‘liturgical reconciliation’ should come.


    The Church even in the West has had a varied and rich liturgical tradition of Rites.  Pius V acknowledge and supported this by “grandfathering” in regional Rites to exist along side the Roman Rite which became the universal Rite for the Latin Church.  Over time, the Roman Rite became stronger even in those places which had its own Rite… over time.  With the sudden and brutal imposition of an artifically crafted Novus Ordo Missae in 1969, came the heart-breaking suppression of what was “sacred and great”.

    I have argued for decades, ever since an article in Catholic World Report in 1992 (I think), that we have nothing to fear from side by side celebrations of Holy Mass in the traditional form and in the Novus Ordo.  Card. Ratzinger wanted that contact to help jump start the organic development of liturgy which, as the freezing of mustum halts its fermentation into wine, interrupted the centuries long evolution of our liturgical prayer.

    Sound liturgical changes take time… a lot of time.   Impatience and imprudent imposition broke hearts and ruptured our Catholic identity, so enervating the Church that we are now experiencing crises in virtually every sphere of her global mission.

    Back in the early 90’s I was already arguing that we shouldn’t be afraid of side by side Missals.  Over time, we would see the results. Eventually, however, there would emerge a tertium quid – as I was used to call it then – from the dialogue between the rites.  This I got straight from Card. Ratzinger in chats and from reading his work.

    One thing that the Extraordinary Form has already benefited from comes mainly from the ars celebrandi of priests who have had an experience of the Novus Ordo: there is a greater awareness of the presence of and role of the congregation now than ever before. I think that factor alone, if nothing else, has already produced great benefits for the EF.  That’s not a change to the Rite itself.  That’s a change within the mind and the heart of the priest celebrant.  Benedict XVI spoke eloquently of a priest’s ars celebrandi in his Sacramentum caritatis 38 ff., as the best way to foster the (properly understood) “active participation” of the congregation in the way that the Council Fathers hoped for in Sacrosanctum Concilium.  

    Who says that we can’t have unity in diversity?  In this Shaw agrees with another great churchman on another 10th annversary.

    Back in 26 October 1998, St John Paul II, addressed members of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter who had come to Rome for the 10th anniversary of the his Motu Proprio “Ecclesia Dei adflicta” (which was superseded… or rather brought to fruition… by Summorum Pontificum).  John Paul said:

    In order to safeguard the treasure which Jesus has entrusted to her, and resolutely turned towards the future, it is the Church’s duty to reflect constantly on her link with the Tradition that comes to us from the Lord through the Apostles, as it has been built up throughout history. According to the spirit of conversion in the Apostolic Letter Tertio millennio adveniente (nn. 14, 32, 34, 50), [to which Card. Sarah could appeal] I urge all Catholics to perform acts of unity and to renew their loyalty to the Church, so that their legitimate diversity and different sensitivities, which deserve respect, will not divide them but spur them to proclaim the Gospel together; thus, moved by the Spirit who makes all charisms work towards unity, they can all glorify the Lord, and salvation will be proclaimed to all nations.

    There is true unity in legitimate diversity.

    I say, we need a long period of stability of the two forms side by side.

    We must work to establish more and more celebrations of the older, traditional form so that there is a greater opportunity for, not only mutual enrichment, but also the healing of a deeply wounded Church.

    We are our rites.

    The rupture of our rites made the wound in our identity.

    It was the abrupt tinkering with our rites that made the wound in the first place.

    Moreover, there is so much illegitimate diversity in the way that the Novus Ordo is celebrated, with odd variations and liturgical abuses, that a great deal of work is needed on that side of the Roman Rite before the reconciliation and mutual enrichment desired by everyone can get off the ground and pick up speed!

    Let’s learn from our mistakes.

    We must take the prudent path of growth and stability for the Extraordinary Form and of first stabilizing the Ordinary Form and then letting it be what it is according to the desires of the principles enunciated by the Council Fathers.

    Meanwhile, to further Card. Sarah’s call for reconciliation, keep in mind the old but true chestnut, often but wrongly attributed to St. Augustine:

    In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas.

    Let us have unity in necessary things, liberty in doubtful things, and in all things charity.

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  44. Site: Novus Motus Liturgicus
    12 hours 22 min ago
    At the kind invitation of Dom Mark Kirby, O.S.B., I delivered a lecture this past Tuesday, July 18, at Silverstream Priory in Ireland, entitled "Liturgical Obedience, the Imitation of Christ, and the Seductions of Autonomy." The full audio with Q&A may be found here (the lecture is about 45 minutes, and the Q&A 17 minutes).

    Some excerpts from the as-yet unpublished manuscript:       Given what I have said about liturgy as inherently hierarchical, otherworldly, ecstatic, and absolute in its demands over us, it is entirely in keeping with the devil’s strategy to destabilize, democratize, secularize, and relativize the liturgy here on earth. He seeks to loosen our bond with a fixed and efficacious tradition. He seeks to smudge in our perceptions, and, eventually, to obliterate in our minds, the distinction between sacred and profane, formal and informal, fitting and unfitting.  He seeks to darken or blot out the manifestation of the heavenly hierarchy in the earthly distinctions of sacred ministers and their complementary but non-interchangeable roles.  He seeks to persuade us — particularly the clergy — that the liturgy is not the font and apex of the Christian life, but only one means among many for advancing a “Christian agenda.”
           The devil knows he cannot prevent some advancement of the Christian faith, but he is well aware that nothing comes close to the liturgy’s power for hallowing the Name of God and establishing His kingdom in our midst, giving us our daily nourishment, and moving us to the forgiveness of sins and the avoidance of sins. In truth, liturgy is an end in itself because it is God’s peculiar possession and makes us His peculiar possession. If the devil can convince us that liturgy is not an end in itself, but rather, that it is a helpful tool we should manipulate for ulterior ends, then he has already won half the battle for souls. He has shaken our fundamental orientation to the heavenly Jerusalem and the kingdom that will have no end.        One of the great strengths of the traditional Latin liturgy is that it leaves nothing to the will or imagination of the priest (and the same may be said of every minister in the sanctuary). It choreographs his moves, dictates his words, shapes his mind and heart to itself, to make it utterly clear that it is Christ who is acting in and through him.  In the words of the Psalmist: “Know ye that the Lord he is God: he made us, and not we ourselves. We are his people and the sheep of his pasture” (Psa 99:3). Sheep are to follow the lead of their shepherd. The clergy is not and will never be the first principle of the liturgy; as St. Thomas Aquinas says with sobering humility, the priest or other cleric is an “animate instrument” of the Eternal High Priest: “Holy orders does not constitute a principal agent, but a minister and a certain instrument of divine operation.” Ministers are like rational hammers or chisels or saws, by which a greater artisan will accomplish His work of sanctification, while conferring on them the immense dignity of resting in His hand and partaking of His action.
           [...] The clergy are privileged tools, to be sure, but they are still tools; and the liturgy remains the work of Christ, the High Craftsman, the carpenter of the ark of the covenant, the architect of the heavenly Jerusalem, the New Song and its cantor. In its external form, in text and music and ceremonial, the liturgy should luminously proclaim that it is the work of Christ and His Church, not the product of a charismatic individual or a grassroots community.       [S]ince free choice is antithetical to liturgy as a fixed ritual received from our forebears and handed down faithfully to our successors, choice tends rather to be a principle of distraction, dilution, or dissolution in the liturgy than of its well-being. The same critique may be given of all of the ways in which the new liturgy permits the celebrant an indeterminate freedom of speech, bodily bearing, and movement. Such voluntarism strikes at the very essence of liturgy, which is a public, objective, formal, solemn, and common prayer, in which all Christians are equally participants, even when they are performing irreducibly distinct acts. The prayer of Christians belongs to everyone in common, which means it cannot belong to anyone in particular. The moment a priest invents something that is not common, he sets himself up as a clerical overlord vis-à-vis the people, who must now submit not to a rule of Christ and the Church, but to the arbitrary rule of this individual. Go to this link to listen to or download the audio of the entire lecture.

    (Photo courtesy of Silverstream Priory.)
  45. Site: Novus Motus Liturgicus
    12 hours 31 min ago
    Card. Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, recently had an article in the French magazine La Nef; in it, he discusses among other things the mutual enrichment of the two Forms of the Roman Rite which Pope Benedict proposed in the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum. The text has not yet been made available on their website, but someone provided Fr Zuhlsdorf with an English translation, which he reads (with an introduction) in a podcast posted here.

    Yesterday, the Catholic Herald published a commentary on the La Nef article by Fr Raymond de Souza, “Cardinal Sarah’s challenge to traditionalists.”
    (Quoting the Cardinal) “ ‘Reform of the reform’ has become synonymous with dominance of one clan over the other, … This expression may then become inappropriate, so I prefer to speak of liturgical reconciliation. In the Church, the Christian has no opponent!”Reconciliation means movement from both “clans”, as it were. That is likely to encounter opposition from some, perhaps many, traditionalist quarters.Sarah proposes that efforts be made to have a shared calendar and a shared lectionary, so that both the EF and OF would celebrate more feasts together and have the same Scripture readings at Mass.That poses a twofold challenge. First, it requires the EF community to acknowledge that some aspects of the OF, particularly its reformed calendar and its lectionary – which includes far more Scripture than the EF one – are actual improvements and possible enrichments for the EF.But others, not an insignificant part, consider the entire OF to be an impoverishment with little, if anything, enriching to offer. …For example, EF devotees often speak about the simplified OF calendar as being too banal – “Ordinary Time” instead of Sundays after Pentecost – and consider it a mistake to have abandoned Passiontide and the octave of Pentecost. They are right about that, but thinning out the number of feast days of obscure saints and incorporating the more recently canonised is more controversial.A shared lectionary would require a shared Sunday calendar at least, which could not be achieved without significant changes in both the current EF and OF calendars. And while there is wide consensus that the OF lectionary is superior, it is not universal, and any move towards it would encounter stiff opposition. Sarah knows of such positions, and warns us against treating the EF as a “museum object” locked forever in 1962.The gist of this, therefore, is that the much of the discussion of “mutual enrichment” has really been about unilateral enrichment, the idea that the customs of the EF can obviously enrich the OF in a variety of ways, (he specifically cites ad orientem celebration, greater use of Latin, and more silence, a subject near and dear to His Eminence’s heart) but that the OF brings little or nothing to the table for enrichment of the EF. The challenge to traditionalists would therefore be to accept certain aspects of the OF that can indeed enrich the EF.

    Today, Joseph Shaw of the Latin Mass Society published, also on the Catholic Herald, a reply, “Why Cardinal Sarah’s liturgical ‘reconciliation’ plan won’t work.” Painful as this is to write, I cannot help but agree with Shaw when he says:
    (Card. Sarah’s) reasons are confusing, but his proposals are unworkable. … (he) explains: ‘ “Reform of the reform” has become synonymous with dominance of one clan over the other.’ He prefers the phrase ‘liturgical reconciliation’.The ‘Reform of the Reform’ is a movement among practitioners of the Ordinary Form, who argue over Latin, chant, the direction of worship, altar girls, and so on. It is one of the advantages of the Extraordinary Form that we don’t have to get into these battles. Cardinal Sarah, however, seems to want to solve the endless squabbling by bringing the older Mass into the equation as well.I would to add some observations of my own to what Dr Shaw goes on to say about the very real practical difficulties of “reconciling” the two features to which His Eminence and Fr de Souza refer. First, I must add that I wholeheartedly concur with him when he concludes by saying that “(a)bove all I would like to suggest that the Church has nothing to fear from a varied liturgical landscape ... Vatican II reassured us on this point (Unitatis redintegratio 17): ‘…from time to time one tradition has come nearer to a full appreciation of some aspects of a mystery of revelation than the other, or has expressed it to better advantage. In such cases, these various theological expressions are to be considered often as mutually complementary rather than conflicting.’ ”

    In consideration of the calendar, an important distinction must first be made, one which Fr de Souza blurs in talking about the octave of Pentecost and “obscure Saints” at the same time. Both Forms of the Roman Rite have within them two calendars, the Temporal and the Sanctoral. The difference between the two calendars of Saints is far less important than the difference between the two Temporal cycles. The Church has always had varying calendars of the Saints; as I noted in this article from 2011, after Pope St Pius X’s Breviary reform, which also affected local calendars in many regards, St Peter’s Basilica still kept almost sixty feasts which were not on the General Calendar of the Roman Rite.

    The Temporal cycle, on the other hand, was one of the stablest parts of the Roman Rite throughout its long and varied history. There are few notable differences between the features of it attested in the oldest Roman lectionaries and sacramentaries in the seventh and eighth centuries, and that of the Missal of St Pius V; those which do exist consist almost entirely of the addition of feasts such as Corpus Christi. It hardly needs repeating that the fathers of Vatican II did not in any way ask for or envision the drastic mutilation of the Temporal perpetrated by the post-Conciliar reformers.

    This brings us to the second point, regarding the lectionary. Since very few feasts are allowed precedence over a Sunday, the average Sunday Mass goer encounters the Temporal part of it much more than the Sanctoral part. Joseph Shaw is also absolutely correct to note that because the two lectionaries are based on two different Temporal cycles, and are therefore incompatible. The integration of either one into the other is simply impossible without damaging it beyond repair; I cannot imagine that those who truly love either Form of the Roman Rite want that to happen. (This does not even begin to address the equally important questions of the number of readings and the three-year vs. one-year cycle.)

    I also cannot imagine why Fr de Souza writes that “there is wide consensus that the OF lectionary is superior,” when almost every feature of it has been argued against and contested from every point of view. The new lectionary’s creators were thoroughly convinced that they were restoring an ancient custom of the Roman Rite when they introduced the three-reading system for Sundays and solemnities; this is now known to be completely untenable. Many years ago, I attended a lecture by the grand doyen of liberal Biblical scholars, Fr Raymond Brown, on the Epistles of St Paul. He pointed out that in Ordinary Time, the first reading is chosen in relation to the Gospel, while the Epistles run between them in broadly canonical order, and are not chosen in reference to them; the new lectionary therefore almost guarantees that priests will rarely preach on the writings of St Paul.

    Even if one regards the new calendar and lectionary as unmitigated triumphs in every way, we simply cannot dismiss as mere partisanship the question of why the phrase “Reform of the Reform” came into existence in the first place. Pope Benedict XVI himself famously described the current state of the liturgy as a “sad ruin,” compared both to what it had been before the Council, and what the most recent ecumenical Council wanted it to be. A great deal of progress has been made to improving the liturgy, but much of it by way of eliminating abuses which ought never to have been inflicted on the faithful in the first place, much less tolerated for a single day. Exemplary celebrations of the OF Mass, such as those of St Agnes in Minneapolis-St Paul or the London Oratory, are extremely rare. It is pointless to deny that many bishops and religious superiors would not tolerate attempts by their clergy to emulate the practices of such churches. Whole nations remain untouched by this progress; model celebrations of the Ordinary Form of the Mass remain vanishingly rare in Italy, for example.

    Fortunately, when Pope Benedict called for “mutual enrichment” of the two Forms, he established no criteria for determining the conditions under which it might take place. I hazard to suggest two such conditions. One would be to put the OF house in order by purging out its many scholarly falsehoods, and deleterious practices like allowing the celebrant to choose the Eucharistic prayer. The other would be to clock in couple of a centuries in which even a substantial minority of the faithful can attend a Mass celebrated according to the mind of the Fathers of Vatican II.
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  47. Site: Fr. Z's Blog
    12 hours 52 min ago
    Author: frz@wdtprs.com (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)

    It is a great FEAST today.

    Today, 21 July, in the year of grace 1773, Pope Clement XIV of happy memory, issued his Bull by which he suppressed the Jesuits.

    I have all sorts of Papa Ganganelli gear which you can order and proudly display.


    There are mugs and shirts.


    Note the cute little beard and hair.  He could almost be a Jesuit.

    I put the salient text from the Bull, Dominus ac Redemptor, on the back

  48. Site: Fr. Z's Blog
    12 hours 54 min ago
    Author: frz@wdtprs.com (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)

    Over the last few days it feels like the news is coming in at firehose volume and force.

    And, from the onset, I’ll just say now that the moderation queue is ON.

    A lot of the firehose sensation has to do with fallout following the malicious anti-American, anti-conservative attack piece in the Vatican sponsored and reviewed Inciviltà cattolica by Jesuit Antonio “2+2=5″Spadaro, who is so focused on the life and works of Italian homosexual writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli that he created his own website about him (HERE), and Marcelo Figueroa, an Argentinian Presbyterian.

    Of recent note is Rusty Reno’s scathing review of the Spadaro attack article.  Reno is editor of First Things, though this appears in the National Catholic Register.  Spadaro smeared the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, the founder of First Things, with the tarry brush of hate-filled integralist ecumenism.

    Prof. Chad Pecknold, in a Tweet, made a wry observation about the Fishwrap’s Michael Sean Winters, the Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left.  This gets convoluted, but Wile E. Winters rose from his fainting couch to issue a full-throated endorsement of “2+2=5” Spadaro with celebratory chicken dance.  Fr. Raymond de Souza wrote a critique of the Spadaro Attack.  In a spectacular 1830 word display of lefty logorrhea the Coyote barked back at Fr. de Souza.  Pecknold, reading Coyote v de Souza, opined: “Michael Sean Winters condemns @ewtn and the @NCRegister as [being] opposed to the pope. I mean, come on. Is this satire? https://t.co/JFc5Wcctdv”  Once upon a time, Fr. Neuhaus quipped that the Anglican Church existed to make irony redundant.  The Anglicans need to move over.

    Frankly, Fishwrap‘s MSW Coyote’s ire was probably fueled by a separate but related issue.  Thus, MSW:

    Fr. de Souza writes regularly for one of the journals, the National Catholic Register, that advances the conservative Catholic and evangelical alliance rooted in the politics of abortion and gay marriage among other items. I just went to their website yesterday and there are four articles hostile to the LGBT community on the homepage, three of them attacking Jesuit Fr. Jim Martin, for daring to suggest that Catholics should reach out to the LGBT community.

    Wile E. rode another ACME rocket today, against Archbp. Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.  HERE   Again, I think we see what really bothers the Coyote.

    First, [Chaput] is wrong on the facts. Does the archbishop not recall Anita Bryant and her crusade against efforts to bar discrimination against gays? Does he not recall Proposition 6 in California, the 1978 ballot referendum that would have barred gay men and women from teaching, a form of bigotry so obvious that Ronald Reagan opposed it? Second, see how he immediately sees this, and seemingly every issue, as us versus them, the Christians versus the lions.

    Moving on…

    One this is clear from this ongoing skirmish.

    Spadaro et al., in a few strategic slashes, have done more to promote division and animosity in the Church than anyone else I can think of over the years since… since…  Annibale Bugnini?

    Meanwhile, yesterday I posted about a glaring, and telling, strategic omission by Spadaro: he didn’t accuse Ronald Reagan of the “Manichaenism” which he leveled at George Bush and President Trump.  HERE

    In a similar vein, Fr. Martin Fox, at his blog Bonfire of the Vanities, notes another omission: the Knights of Columbus.  Fr. Fox observes that the former editor of the ultra-liberal The Tablet, Austen Ivereigh compared the KC’s to ISIS.  Yes… really.

    “Frankly, it’s a narrative that’s very close to that of ISIS.”

    Get that? When you and I seek to oppose the secular push to remake society, to impose a new vision of human nature (which is what the redefinition of marriage and “gender theory” is all about), we are “very close to…ISIS” — ISIS being those folks who throw gay people off the tops of buildings and give 30 lashes to schoolboys for playing soccer and sell girls into slavery.

    Fr. Fox also observes that Spadaro doesn’t openly attack the KofC’s because the KofC’s pay a lot of the Vatican’s bills.

    Spadaro, et al., aren’t really interested in truth.  They have an agenda.

    Just like George Soros.

    We know for whom Soros is carrying water.


    For whom are Spadaro, et al., really working?

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