07 July 2015

I Would Be Remiss If I Did Not Mark the Day...

...The day that Pope Benedict XVI promulgated the greatest papal document of the last 54 years, the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.  

It recognized--it did not create-- the right of every Catholic to the traditional Mass. 

It is a beacon of Hope and a true fountain of Mercy in the darkest time in Church history.  Yes, I said the darkest time in Church history.

God bless Pope Benedict XVI for this act of justice, and may the Mass be restored throughout the West. It is a necessary part of any restoration of the faith.

At Some Point, This Will Be Very Serious Indeed

I have been trying to write this post for weeks.  Heaven knows there have been many incidents to spark it.  In fact, there is one nearly every day.

I know that this will be too much for some of you, and too "duh" for others.  Forgive me, but I need to say it anyway.

At a certain point, what Francis is doing and saying may cross a line that no rationalization can rationalize away. And we will be forced to make decisions based upon them, in a way that calls our Catholicity, or his, into question.  

If that day occurs, it won't be nice.  

Pray I'm wrong.  I am not predicting anything.  Call it a horrible feeling.

We all know the principles:  there is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.  Peter and his successors are the visible heads of this visible Church.  Where Peter is, there is the Church.  Easy. Except sometimes it isn't.

After the Great Western Schism was ended, and everyone agreed on just who the actual Pope was (of a group that included at one time three claimants), it became easy to understand that there really wasn't a schism at all, in the strict sense.  Because all Catholics adhered to the Pope-- the person they believed to be Pope.  Hence, it really was a mistake of fact.  There were canonized Saints who adhered to one or the other of the claimants, some Saints actually following an anti-pope, through no fault of their own and in good faith.

I mean, we can read now in history books just who the rightful Pope was during that time, and it seems nice and clinical.  But it was a horrible mess at the time.

Is the Synod in October the line that can't be crossed and yet rationalized?  We must pray not. But stories like this from CNS are just as discouraging as can be, and it isn't the only one: 



Families need prayers, mercy, courage, including from synod, pope says
 

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (CNS) -- Even if a pastoral proposal for helping a Catholic family with problems seems scandalous at first, it is possible God could use that proposal to bring healing and holiness, Pope Francis said.

Encouraging and celebrating family life during a Mass July 6 in Guayaquil, Pope Francis asked people to pray for the October Synod of Bishops on the family, and he tied the synod to the Jubilee of Mercy, a yearlong celebration that will begin in December.

The synod will be a time for the church to "deepen her spiritual discernment and consider concrete solutions to the many difficult and significant challenges facing families in our time," the pope said.

Celebrating Mass with as many as 1 million people gathered under the hot sun in Los Samanes Park, Pope Francis asked them "to pray fervently for this intention, so that Christ can take even what might seem to us impure, scandalous or threatening, and turn it -- by making it part of his 'hour' -- into a miracle. Families today need this miracle!"

[...]


As with the guests at the Cana wedding, who were offered the finest wine at the end of the celebration, Pope Francis insisted, so, too, for families today "the richest, deepest and most beautiful things are yet to come."



"The time is coming when we will taste love daily, when our children will come to appreciate the home we share and our elderly will be present each day in the joys of life," he said. "The finest of wines will come for every person who stakes everything on love."



Pope Francis said he knows "all the variables and statistics which say otherwise," but "the best wine is yet to come for those who today feel hopelessly lost."[...]

With all respect, if this does not refer to the Kasper proposal to sanction public adultery, wink at sodomy and encourage sacrilegious communion, to what can it refer?  

This type of speech is so typical as to numb the senses.  I am at a loss. Prayer is all that I can think of.

02 July 2015

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today is the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is one of the beautiful feasts of Our Lady, and Mary as usual gives us the example of discipleship.

The Gospel of St. Luke recounts how Mary, who had just learned that she was to be the Mother of Christ, did not merely dwell upon her own blessedness, but instead went with haste to Elizabeth, about whom the angel told informed Mary that she, too, was with child:

Luke 1:39-45

39 And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda. 40 And she entered into the house of Zachary and saluted Elizabeth. 41 And it came to pass that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. 42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said: Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43 And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord. 46 And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
The Lesson from the Canticle of Canticles describes the beauty of Mary and the Love God has for her:
Canticle 2: 8-14:
       8 The voice of my beloved, behold he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping over the hills.  9 My beloved is like a roe, or a young hart. Behold he standeth behind our wall, looking through the windows, looking through the lattices.  10 Behold my beloved speaketh to me: Arise, make haste, my love, my dove, my beautiful one, and come.  11 For winter is now past, the rain is over and gone.  12 The flowers have appeared in our land, the time of pruning is come: the voice of the turtle is heard in our land:  13 The fig tree hath put forth her green figs: the vines in flower yield their sweet smell. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come:  14 My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hollow places of the wall, shew me thy face, let thy voice sound in my ears: for thy voice is sweet, and thy face comely.
Sharing in the glory of this great feast are Saints Processus and Martinian, whose commemoration is today.  These early Christian Martyrs were guards of Saints Peter and Paul in the Mamertine Prison, and were converted by the Apostles after a miraculous spring appeared in the prison.  They were baptized by the Apostles in this miraculous water. They paid the ultimate price for their love of Christ and His Apostles and are buried in St. Peter's Basilica. 
May our lives, either before or during our imprisonment for the faith, be such a spur for the conversion of our persecutors.
Holy Mother of God, Our Lady of the Visitation, pray for us!
Saints Processus and Martinian, pray for us!

01 July 2015

Carmelite Novena and Holy Hour of Reparation

A reader belonging to the Secular Carmelites has asked me to post some news of upcoming events, and I am happy to do so.  First the annual Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is coming up, beginning July 11 and ending on July 19.  The speaker at the first event is Fr. Fadi Auro.

Secondly, members of the OCDS community along with some friends will be meeting at the Chapel of the Precious Blood at the Monastery (this Saturday, July 4th for a Holy Hour of Reparation in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament over the recent fiasco at the Supreme Court. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Both events are at the Carmel of St. Joseph, on Clayton Road in Ladue.  Map here.

The Secular Carmelite Facebook page is here.

Tax-Exempt Mailbag

I said "mailbag", even though it is just one email.  But it is topical, so I reprint it here, with names removed to protect the innocent.  The email:

To: saintlouiscatholic@hotmail.com



I know you are an attorney and I have a question for you.



The news is now full of articles about gay rights advocates calling for the revocation of tax exempt status for churches.



I thought tax exempt status of churches could only be revoked for endorsing specific candidates under current law. Is that not right?


Is there currently a legal means by which they could revoke tax exempt status of churches? Would they not have to enact new laws at the very least to do this?



If you know the answer, I'd appreciate it.



Thanks,

________________

My response:

From: saintlouiscatholic@hotmail.com




 

This article shows the campaign has already begun.  The money section:



In the 1983 Bob Jones University case, the court ruled that a school could lose tax-exempt status if its policies violated “fundamental national public policy.” So far, the Bob Jones reasoning hasn’t been extended to other kinds of discrimination, but someday it could be.



If sodomy equals race, then discrimination on grounds of sodomy equals discrimination on account of race.



Ipso fatso! ;-)



So, yes, they're coming.  The best case scenario for us is that priests will not be compelled to perform them and that they can speak as they like inside the Church and her liturgical and religious functions.  If we are given that much space, then we have access the sacraments.



Lots of lawsuits until the Supreme Oracle speaks on that one.  Remember the second amendment case was only 5-4, and that is as black and white as the Constitution gets.



Best,

thetimman



30 June 2015

Pope to Visit Western Hemisphere's Last Communist Holdout

Apparently, His Holiness will also visit Cuba.

Red Flag Taki Trio: History is an Inconvient Truth That Must be Flushed and Its Memory Sanitized

In all of the brouhaha over the Confederate Battle Flag-- its further vilification in light of the Charleston shooting, its ability to make politicians unite, its utter horribleness, its memory-hole trajectory-- is it not easy to notice yet again that we are played for suckers?

To highlight this, I am going to excerpt three articles from three different authors within the conservative/Christian/libertarian spectrum (which, despite some problems, remains the only spectrum of American political thought worthy of the term "thought") that all appear on the spunky and funky Taki's Magazine site.  A warning to you, dear modern readers: you might find some parts of the articles of one or the other of these men offensive, especially if you are the product of public education.

First, from the Paleo's Paleo Pat Buchanan:


“Take Down a Symbol of Hatred,” rails The New York Times.

But the battle flag is not so much a symbol of hatred as it is an object of hatred, a target of hatred. It evokes a hatred of the visceral sort that we see manifest in Jenkins’ equating of the South of Washington, Jefferson, John Calhoun, Andrew Jackson and Lee with Hitler’s Third Reich.

What the flag symbolizes for the millions who revere, cherish or love it, however, is the heroism of those who fought and died under it. That flag flew over battlefields, not over slave quarters.

Hence, who are the real haters here?

Can the Times really believe that all those coffee cups and baseball caps and T-shirts and sweaters and flag decals on car and truck bumpers are declarations that the owners hate black people? Does the Times believe Southern folks fly the battle flag in their yards because they want slavery back?

The Times’ editorialists cannot be such fools.

Vilification of that battle flag and the Confederacy is part of the cultural revolution in America that flowered half a century ago. Among its goals was the demoralization of the American people by demonizing their past and poisoning their belief in their own history.

The world is turned upside down. The new dogma of the cultural Marxists: Columbus was a genocidal racist. Three of our Founding Fathers—Washington, Jefferson, Madison—were slaveowners. Andrew Jackson was an ethnic cleanser of Indians. The great Confederate generals—- Lee, Jackson, Forrest—fought to preserve an evil institution. You have nothing to be proud of and much to be ashamed of if your ancestors fought for the South. And, oh yes, your battle flag is the moral equivalent of a Nazi swastika.

And how is the Republican Party standing up to this cultural lynch mob? Retreating and running as fast as possible.

If we are to preserve our republic, future generations are going to need what that battle flag truly stands for: pride in our history and defiance in the face of the arrogance of power.


Next, from Southern man Jim Goad:


Would it be “racist” of me to suspect that ever since the War Between the States, every political move designed to protect the “oppressed” was also designed to enhance federal power? Is it paranoid to ponder whether under all the nonsense we hear about civil rights and hate crimes and terrorism are convenient covers for what is essentially a bald----, butt-naked power grab?

[…]

Dylann Roof should be tried for murder, and that’s it. Any attempts to criminalize his thought processes during the course of the alleged murders are by their very nature totalitarian.

But apparently nine counts of murder aren’t enough for some people. And apparently even a “hate crime” enhancement—which isn’t a separate charge, merely a recommendation for a longer sentence if “hate” was somehow involved in the crime—isn’t sufficient for them. They’re clamoring for the feds to take it to the hoop and also charge Roof with domestic terrorism.

[…]

I wrote long ago that I suspected all rhetoric and laws against “hate speech” and “hate crimes” were designed to ultimately block all criticism of the government. Nothing has happened in the interim to dissuade me from this suspicion.

I don’t generally like to make predictions, but I sense a gradual phasing out of the term “hate crime” in favor of “domestic terrorism.” Any criticism of nonwhites OR the government, no matter how intrinsically nonthreatening, will eventually all be lumped together as terrorist threats. The very idea of domestic terrorism provides huge growth opportunities for the federal government—opportunities it’d be foolish not to seize. And the feds are no fools, at least not like the rest of us are.


Finally, from uber-hipster Gavin McInnes:



The American flag is a symbol of Native American genocide. We need to take it down. While you’re at it, take down the Union Jack. It symbolizes 700 years of war against Scotland. The Kiss logo has an SS that looks like Hitler’s SS. That’s offensive to all the Holocaust survivors in the audience. The Young Turks is offensive to the 1.5 Armenian Christians they murdered. They need to #ChangeTheName. I’m offended when rednecks call themselves rednecks because the term comes from Scotch-Irish slaves who couldn’t handle the Southern heat. That word should be as illegal as “kaffir” is in South Africa. White people themselves are a symbol of hatred and oppression, which is why I’ve begun a social media campaign called #TakeUsDown where white people post pictures of themselves facedown on the pavement. Anything that anyone deems offensive should be taken down immediately. Except, of course, for depictions of Mao or Stalin. They may have collectively killed more than 100 million people, but they did it for the greater good so it’s cool. Also, if a massacre killed rich people, it’s funny.

Just kidding. Going back over history and taking out the naughty bits is about as un-American as it gets. Yet here we are. South Carolina may be taking down the Confederate flag from its “perch in front of the State House” at the end of the month. Alabama removed the Confederate flag from capitol grounds on Wednesday. Mississippi is talking about removing the Confederate emblem from its flag, while Virginia and Maryland will be taking it off their license plates. Apple is removing App Store games with the Confederate flag. Walmart, eBay, Sears, Target, Etsy, and Amazon have banned it too (rumor has it Amazon was instructed by the government to do so). All this because a lunatic shot up a church.