No matter what occurs in these horrid times, our Divine Master has triumphed, and will vindicate His cause and His flock.
Christus surrexit! Marana tha!
No matter what occurs in these horrid times, our Divine Master has triumphed, and will vindicate His cause and His flock.
Christus surrexit! Marana tha!
The canard that Vatican II and the Novus Ordo are mere coincidences, and not in fact the intentional causes of the collapse of the institutional Church and the faith of untold millions, is no longer tenable. This is the one positive outcome of the Bergoglian Papacy.
The “hermeneutic of continuity” was the last effort to front for the logical proposition that the last 55 years have been anything but a rupture with the unchanging teaching and concomitant praxis of the Church. Sensing their hour was at hand, and that they could achieve the last of their goals, the evil men responsible for ousting Benedict and replacing him with Bergoglio have removed the last thin veneer preventing people from recognizing reality.
The train wreck is in full view.
Leaving aside those who actively embraced this evil for what it is, I feel sorrow for those of us who wanted to be Catholic, and still want to be Catholic, but who were not given the fulness of that faith to hold on to, and to pass down to our progeny.
Ladies and gentlemen, these are two different religions.
The image above is taken from a must-read article by Brian Williams at The Liturgy Guy blog. Seeking to test what most undoubtedly suspected through anecdotal evidence, Fr. Donald Kloster, Mr. Williams, and others conducted nationwide polling exactly mirroring previously published research on the Church as a whole, in effect comparing the responses of attendees of the Traditional Latin Mass with the Church at large, which of course overwhelmingly attends the N.O.
The results are self-evidently in favor of the TLM as a vehicle to transmit and retain the faith, to promote Catholic teachings, and to encourage regular recourse to the sacraments. But of course, this is by design.
Read it, and weep.
Rorate Caeli yesterday posted this beautiful essay by Roberto de Mattei, included in which are these excerpts:
In the climate of silence and downright “omerta” which is reigning in the Church, once more Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s voice has resonated. Replying to Cardinal Marc Ouellet he reiterated that the McCarrick scandal is merely the point of an immense iceberg represented by the dominance of a powerful homosexual lobby inside the Church.
I don’t want to dwell on this tragic reality. It seems to me instead, that it is important to stress a point illuminating the supernatural light of Monsignor Viganò’s testimony: the reference to the responsibilities that each one of us will have on the Day of Judgment. Turning to his brother bishops and priests, the Archbishop writes: “You too are faced with a choice. You can choose to withdraw from the battle, to prop up the conspiracy of silence and avert your eyes from the spreading of corruption. You can make excuses, compromises and justification that put off the day of reckoning. You can console yourselves with the falsehood and the delusion that it will be easier to tell the truth tomorrow, and then the following day, and so on. On the other hand, you can choose to speak. You can trust Him who told us, “the truth will set you free.” I do not say it will be easy to decide between silence and speaking. I urge you to consider which choice– on your deathbed, and then before the just Judge — you will not regret having made.”
The words of the courageous Archbishop are a public reproach to the Shepherds who are silent. May God show them that silence is not an inescapable choice. To speak up is possible, and at times it is a duty. Yet the testimony of Monsignor Viganò is also a call to every Catholic to reflect on their future destiny. The hour of judgment that awaits us all is known to God alone. Hence Jesus says: “Take ye heed, watch and pray. For ye know not when the time is. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch. ” (Mark 13, 33,37).
My turn comes at last. I kneel in the sour darkness of the box, which smells of sweat and pullman curtain.
The little door slides back. There is Father Smith, close as close, cheek propped on three fingers, trying to keep awake. He’s cross-eyed from twelve hours of fire-watching. A hundred brushfires flicker across his retina. These days people, convinced of world-conspiracies against them, go out and set the woods afire to get even.
“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned,” I say and fall silent, forgetting everything.
“When was your last confession?” asks the priest patiently.
“Eleven years ago.”
Another groan escapes the priest. Again he peers at his watch. Must he listen to an eleven-year catalogue of dreary fornications and such? Well, he’ll do it.
“Father, I can make my confession in one sentence.”
“Good,” says the priest, cheering up.
“I do not recall the number of occasions, Father, but I accuse myself of drunkenness, lusts, envies, fornication, delight in the misfortunes of others, and loving myself better than God and other men.”
“I see,” says the priest, who surprises me by not looking surprised. Perhaps he’s just sleepy. “Do you have contrition and a firm purpose of amendment?”
“I don’t know.”
“You don’t know? You don’t feel sorry for your sins?”
“I don’t feel much of anything.”
“Let me understand you.”
“You have not lost your faith?”
“You believe in the Catholic faith as the Church proposes it?”
“And you believe that your sins will be forgiven here and now if you confess them, are sorry for them, and resolve to sin no more?”
“Yet you say you do not feel sorry.”
“That is correct.”
“You are aware of your sins, you confess them, but you are not sorry for them?”
“That is correct.”
“I couldn’t say.”
“For not being sorry.”
The priest sighs. “Will you pray that God will give you a true knowledge of your sins and a true contrition?”
“Yes, I’ll do that.”
“You are a doctor and it is your business to help people, not harm them.”
“That is true.”
“You are also a husband and father and it is your duty to love and cherish your family.”
“Yes, but that does not prevent me from desiring other women and even contriving plans to commit fornication and adultery.”
“Yes,” says the priest absently. “That’s the nature of the beast.” Damn, why doesn’t he wake up and pay attention?
“But you haven’t recently,” says the priest.
“Actually committed adultery and fornication.”
“No,” I say irritably. “But—”
“Hm. You know, Tom, maybe it’s not so much a question at our age of committing in the imagination these horrendous sins of the flesh as of worrying whether one still can. In the firetower on such occasions I find it useful to imagine the brushfires as the outer circle of hell, not too hot really, where these sad sins are punished, and my toes toasting in the flames. Along comes Our Lady who spies me and says: ‘Oh, for heaven’s sake, you here? This is ridiculous.’”
Damn, where does he come off patronizing me with his stock priestly tricks—I can tell they’re his usual tricks because he reels ’em off without even listening. I can smell the seminary and whole libraries of books “for the layman” with little priest-jokes. How can he lump the two of us together, him a gray ghost of a cleric and me the spirit of the musical-erotic?
“For your drinking you might find it helpful, at least it is in my case, to cast your lot with other drunks. Then, knowing how much trouble you’re going to put your friends to if you take a drink, you’re less apt to—though it doesn’t always work.”
“Thank you,” I say coldly.
“Now let’s see.” He’s nodding again, drifting off into smoke and brushfires. “Very well. You’re sorry for your sins.”
“That’s too bad. Ah me. Well—” He steals a glance at his watch. “In any case, continue to pray for knowledge of your sins. God is good. He will give you what you ask. Ask for sorrow. Pray for me.”
“Meanwhile, forgive me but there are other things we must think about: like doing our jobs, you being a better doctor, I being a better priest, showing a bit of ordinary kindness to people, particularly our own families—unkindness to those close to us is such a pitiful thing—doing what we can for our poor unhappy country—things which, please forgive me, sometimes seem more important than dwelling on a few middle-aged daydreams.”
“You’re right. I’m sorry,” I say instantly, scalded.
“You’re sorry for your sins?”
“Yes. Ashamed rather.”
“That will do. Now say the act of contrition and for your penance I’m going to give you this.”
Through the little window he hands me two articles, an envelope containing ashes and a sackcloth, which is a kind of sleeveless sweater made of black burlap. John XXIV recently revived public penance, a practice of the early Church.
While he absolves me, I say an act of contrition and pull the sackcloth over my sports coat.
“Go in peace. I’ll offer my mass for you tonight.”
“Thank you,” I say, dumping the ashes in my hair.
After hearing confessions, the priest gets ready to say mass. The pious black seminarian, who looks like Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, who never entertained a dirty thought, assists him.
Some of the Protestants stay, including Leroy Ledbetter and Victor Charles and his wife.
There is a flick of eyes as people notice my sackcloth. Ellen’s cheek radiates complex rays of approval-disapproval. Approval that I will now “do right,” be a better husband, cultivate respectable patients, remain abstemious, etcetera. What she disapproves is not that I am doing public penance. No, what bothers her is an ancient Presbyterian mistrust of things, things getting mixed up in religion. The black sweater and the ashes scandalize her. Her eyelid lowers—she almost winks. What have these things, articles, to do with doing right? For she mistrusts the Old Church’s traffic in things, sacraments, articles, bread, wine, salt, oil, water, ashes. Watch out! You know what happened before when you Catholics mucked it up with all your things, medals, scapulars, candles, blood statues! when it came finally to crossing palms for indulgences. Watch out!
I will. We will.
Father Smith says mass. I eat Christ, drink his blood.
At the end the people say aloud a prayer confessing the sins of the Church and asking for the reunion of Christians and of the United States.
Outside the children of some love couples and my own little Thomas More, a rowdy but likable lot, shoot off firecrackers.
“Hurray for Jesus Christ!” they cry. “Hurrah for the United States!”
— Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins
Today is the Feast of that most beautiful soul in God’s garden, St. Thérèse of Lisieux. As she is a patroness of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, her feast was also celebrated as an external solemnity on Sunday. Canon Aaron Huberfeld of the Institute’s Wausau apostolate was kind enough to give permission to publish his excellent sermon for the feast.
Sermon for the External Solemnity of St. Therese of Lisieux
St. Francis de Sales Oratory, St. Louis
September 30, 2018
The feast of glorious Michael the Archangel inaugurates the novena to the feast of Our Lady of Victory, known in our time as the feast of the Most Holy Rosary. During these nine days we are greeted three times with the same Gospel. The Gospel the deacon sings for the Prince of the Heavenly Host begins with precisely the same words we hear a few days later for the Guardian Angels, and for little St. Therese: unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 18:3). As we make our way to the roses, to “Mary’s garden of delight”, as Therese would say, the only path presented to us is that Little Way of childlike humility.
Yet this is the way which so many of us are tempted to abandon at this moment. For this way entails a childlike trust that our Father will be there to catch us when we fall. Today, it is rather the lamentation of the prophet that comes to mind:
How hath the Lord covered with obscurity the daughter of Sion in his wrath! How hath he cast down from heaven to the earth the glorious one of Israel, and hath not remembered his footstool in the day of his anger! The Lord hath cast down headlong, and hath not spared, all that was beautiful in Jacob: he hath destroyed in his wrath the strongholds of the virgin of Juda, and brought them down to the ground: he hath made the kingdom unclean, and the princes thereof. (Lam. 2:1-2)
We know our faith. We profess that the Church is and always will be One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. Her divine constitution is indefectible. But how much more of this can we take? In the spirit of a child we ask, Lord, how long? We cry out with the psalmist: Arise, Lord, and judge thy cause! (Ps. 73:22)
We cannot fathom the Lord’s ways. But, if we are angry and discouraged by the state of the Church today, we can well begin to imagine how glorious will be her resurgence tomorrow. The Bride of Christ, now laid so low, will rise again, and the shame she endures today will serve only to make her shine more resplendently in the day of her deliverance. The Lion of Judah is on the move. The Church Militant will come roaring back. A purified hierarchy, united under their visible head, the Vicar of Christ on earth, will reaffirm to the ends of the earth the truths that have been always, everywhere, and by everyone:
That there is one true God in Three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and we live in a world created by him;
That the Divine Son became Man and died for our sins, and that he will come to judge the living and the dead;
That this same Lord and Savior Jesus Christ founded one Church of the faithful, outside of which there is no salvation;
That hell truly does exist, and we might go there, for eternal separation from God is a radical possibility of human freedom;
That true love for our fellow men supposes delivering them from the deceits of the devil, so that they may realize the perdition into which they are rushing headlong, and embrace the joy of the Gospel;
That this joy can never be ours if we set our hearts on false loves, for neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God. (1 Cor 6:9-10)
Yes, the Church Militant will come roaring back! The Mass of All Ages will once again be celebrated everywhere, and priests everywhere will have their joy in wearing the cassock and being a sign of contradiction to an unbelieving world.
In these days I never tire of saying to all young men thinking about the priesthood: do not be discouraged. The real men are still here, and we’re waiting for you. Join the true army of Christ the King. For our King is, at this very moment, sounding the call to victory.
May Our Lady of Victory, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, St. Michael and all the Angelic Host, and St. Therese, Patroness of the Missions, intercede for us, and obtain for us the deliverance which we know our loving Father has prepared. Amen.
Thanks to Frank Walker at Canon 212, I have the opportunity to highlight an open letter to his brother priests by a Fr. Marc Vernoy, a priest of the SSPX in Florida. I find it particularly fitting on this “feast” of Paul VI, whose canonization is putatively to take place next month (the day before which, with gallows humor, I have speculated may be the end of the world). The letter is a beautiful ode to the call of the Church and her priests, and lamentation of the evils caused by the evil men who have had their way with her for many decades now.
I just want to highlight a few quotes, and encourage you to read the rest:
As our Lord suffered His terrible Passion, so His Mystical Body, holy Mother the Church is atrociously suffering today through so many victims, children and young adults and in her immaculate and divine dignity. Some of her beloved sons, consecrated in the Priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ, have appallingly betrayed her and have sorely defiled their persons with horrible crimes. Their unnatural depravation is so evil that Holy Scripture places it among the four sins that cry to heaven for vengeance. In their sacrilegious abuses, they crucify the whole Church, they desecrate their holy Unction and even give up their fatherhood and their human dignity, as there is no dignity anymore when you depart so sinfully from God, our Creator and Redeemer.
As poor sinners, we all know that human nature is weak and wounded, always ready to fall into sin. Thus, our Lord Jesus Christ is alerting us, “watch ye, and pray that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak”. He constantly admonishes us against the perils of the world, whose Prince is Satan, and has no positive or “optimistic attitude” towards them. “The world does hate me, because I denounce it for its evil doings.” “If you belonged to the world, the world would know you for its own and love you; it is because you do not belong to the world, because I have singled you out from the midst of the world, that the world hates you.” “Have you never been told that the world’s friendship means enmity with God, and the man who would have the world for his friend makes himself God’s enemy?”
However, after the Second Vatican Council and through the liturgical reform as well, these evangelical exhortations have been silenced in the Church. In the General Audience of July 3, 1974, Pope Paul VI explained this change as follows: “We have certainly heard of the severity of the saints for the evils of the world. Many are still familiar with the books of asceticism, which have a generally negative judgment on earthly corruption. But it is also certain that we live in a different spiritual climate, being invited, especially by the recent council, to take an optimistic look at the modern world, its values, its conquests.” He then continues his speech praising modern materialism, comfort and technology and gave this advice: “We must maintain a line of demarcation between Christian life and secular life. Between the spiritual and the temporal there cannot exist this communion – or rather this confusion – of interests and ways of life that the old unitary conception of Christianity made easier and more habitual.”
The consequences have been devastating, as anyone with any sense of honesty must admit:
Paul VI concluded the Second Vatican Council with these words: “Indeed, an immense love for men profoundly permeated it. Human needs examined and considered in detail… have absorbed the attention of our Synod. You worshipers of humanity (cultores humanitatis) who renounce transcendental truths ought to pay tribute to the Council for at least this and acknowledge our new Humanism. For we also, and we more than anyone, are worshipers of man.”
This new horizontal attitude, worldly and man-centered, forgetting the primal and preliminary vertical attitude towards God Almighty altered completely the meaning of Christian life and had enormous effects on Catholic doctrine and liturgy.
Nevertheless, the Apostle admonished the Romans regarding this very attitude leading to all perversions and abuses. “For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man… Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness, to dishonor their own bodies among themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, that prompts them to disgraceful acts. They are versed in every kind of injustice, knavery, impurity, avarice, and ill-will; spiteful, murderous, contentious, deceitful, depraved, backbiters, slanderers, God’s enemies; insolent, haughty, vainglorious; inventive in wickedness, disobedient to their parents; without prudence, without honor, without love, without loyalty, without pity. Yet, with the just decree of God before their minds, they never grasped the truth that those who so live are deserving of death; not only those who commit such acts, but they also that consent to them that do them.”
And what of the Holy Father? The author rightly notes that a fish rots from the head down– but that the Pope is Peter, and the solution must come from him. We have a right to expect it, and we must have confidence and pray for him. But at the moment…
However, in his Letter to the People of God, Pope Francis unfortunately avoids the deep causes of so many heartbreaking scandals. Three key words are missing: “homosexual”, “bishop” and “sacrilege”. We do not hear Peter warning us and taking any concrete measure against the liberal and homosexual subculture, corrupting from the highest prelates to the simple assistant priest. We know for years that many in the hierarchy are covering up for and even promoting this evil subculture, liberal in its theory and confusing and perverting in its latest practical consequences. We unfortunately know today that Peter is apparently tainted with this subcultural influence. In the Letter to the People of God Pope Francis gives no concrete direction. Being accountable and responsible for whatever happens under their authority to the flock, Pope Francis is not asking his brother bishops to investigate, to inquire, to thoroughly and canonically visit their diocese. Where is the sense of Fatherhood? Though, “no man can serve two masters!” and we expect our Holy Father to set a clear example, as the Vicar of our Lord and to act as a true Father in order to confirm His Brothers under the authority our only Master, Christ our Lord.
Background checks are a cosmetic measure. We need the help of God the Father, we need to beg the Holy Ghost for the grace to keep the Faith, the grace to persevere in His Charity and Love, the grace to be led by His Hope and to live in His Peace. This requires remaining in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. The very minimum we must do is to pray faithfully our Breviary, our Rosary, to reserve a quiet time of contemplation, another to savor Holy Scripture, to entertain a deep love for the sacrament of Penance and its frequent use and finally a supreme devotion for the holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the summit of our lives and reminds us who we are. We must also ask for prayers. Traditionally, first Thursdays are dedicated to pray for priests, at masses, adoration, holy hour, etc. Our brother priests need our presence and comfort to avoid the curse of loneliness that affects many, which is a deadly danger and for some a foretaste of Hell. “Woe to him that is alone, for when he falls, he has none to lift him up.”
And he ends this letter well:
We, priests and sinners, united with the Passion and Crucifixion of our Redeemer, alter Christus, must fulfil our duty of reparation and expiation for the sin of the world, the sin of our fallen brothers and set a good example for this purpose. In these troubled and confused times, we have the great duty to remind ourselves and the faithful about the evil of the practice of homosexuality and seriously fight against its unnatural contamination.
We pray to Mary Immaculate, who prophesized this crisis at Akita, Fatima, La Salette, Quito, etc. We pray to her for the Church and for you my dear brother priest, who are expected, after our necessary and certainly sorrowful purification, to be a key instrument in the absolutely needed conversion and reformation to return to the Love of Christ.
I just wanted to highlight this post over at Ann Barnhardt’s blog about why one would remain Catholic in times like these. I trust we all have our answer, but it is edifying to read her in-depth and beautiful explanation.
I hope this works.
If you can see that creepy, 666 spinning sperm wheel and voluntarily remain in that place, you almost certainly are NOT CATHOLIC.
Today is the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25 falling in Passiontide, marking the end of the reign of sin in the world.
Today is also the Anniversary of the surrender of Robert E. Lee, marking the end of constitutional government in North America.
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