26 July 2016

Captain Obvious on the Martyrdom of Fr. Hamel

I suppose it goes without saying that the reaction of Mohammedans, should Catholics ever storm one of their infernal mosques and murder some so-called imam, would be a little more, shall we say, forceful than ours has been?

Can I further suppose that the media and secular governments that ensure our downfall would demand substantive action against Catholics for doing such a thing?

I get that there are many powerful people trying to force some kind of religious, or racial, or class warfare. I get it.  And one of the many, many reasons why Catholics are right is that we don't do that sort of thing.  But man, can we wake up and at least defend ourselves when they come for us?

Whatever the means, there is definitely a war between civilization and barbarism.  It isn't just that barbarism is winning; it is that civilization doesn't even believe in itself enough to fight.

Meatless Friday Tuesday Has No Feel Edition: Does Ya Know?

Old Coot remembers. Pepperidge Farm remembers.  Do you remember?

Bernie Sanders Gives What Appears to Be Nazi Salute at Convention

Showing that pro-Nazi symbolism transcends party affiliation and religious identity.

Abbe Jacques Hamel, Requiescat in Pace

Father was martyred while saying Mass today in St-Etienne-du-Rouvray, by a follower of Mahomet.

May he intercede for France and all the tattered remains of the West!

25 July 2016

A Partir de un Peregrino Frustrados Orar por Paciencia y Perseverancia

Last year a sign, this year an excerpt from Dom Gueranger's The Liturgical Year: 

Nearly eight centuries, which to the heavenly citizens are but as a day, had passed over that tomb in the north of Spain, where two disciples had secretly laid the apostle's body. During that time the land of his inheritance, which he had so rapidly traversed, had been overrun first by Roman idolaters, then by Arian barbarians, and when the day of hope seemed about to dawn, a deeper night was ushered in by the Crescent. One day lights were seen glimmering over the briars that covered the monument; attention was drawn to the spot, which henceforth went by the name of the field of stars. But what are those sudden shouts coming down from the mountains, and echoing through the valleys? Who is this unknown chief rallying against an immense army the little worn-out troop whose heroic valour could not yesterday save it from defeat? Swift as lightning, and bearing in one hand a white standard with a red cross, he rushes with drawn sword upon the panic-stricken foe, and dyes the feet of his charger in the blood of 70,000 slain. Hail to the chief of the holy war, of which this Liturgical Year has so often made mention! St. James! St. James! Forward, Spain! It is the reappearance of the Galilean fisherman, whom the Man-God once called from the bark where he was mending his nets; of the elder son of thunder, now free to hurl the thunderbolt upon these new Samaritans, who pretend to honour the unity of God by making Christ no more than a prophet. Henceforth James shall be to Christian Spain the firebrand which the prophet saw, devouring all the people round about, to the right hand and to the left, until Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place in Jerusalem.

And when, after six centuries and a half of struggle, his standard bearers, the Catholic kings, had succeeded in driving the infidel hordes beyond the seas, the valiant leader of the Spanish armies laid aside his bright armour, and the slayer of Moors became once more a messenger of the faith. As fisher of men, he entered his bark, and gathering around it the gallant fleets of Christopher Columbus, Vasco de Gama, Albuquerque, he led them over unknown seas to lands that had never yet heard the name of the Lord. For his contribution to the labours of the twelve, James drew ashore his well-filled nets, from west and east and south, from new worlds, renewing Peter's astonishment at the sight of such captures. He, whose apostolate seemed at the time of Herod III to have been crushed in the bud before bearing any fruit, may say with St. Paul: I have no way come short of them that are above measure apostles, for by the grace of God, I have laboured more abundantly than all they. 

Today all Catholic hearts must invariably turn to Spain on this glorious feast day of St. James the Greater. Today let all of us, wherever we are, be spiritually united in the Sacred Heart in Santiago de Compostela.

Let our prayers be offered for, and in union with, the peregrinos arriving at the Cathedral today. And may our Saint be especially invoked in these days of Mohammedan attack in the West.

Happy feast day!

22 July 2016

Trump Revisited

N.B. Disclaimer below*

Four months ago, I publicly declared my support, whatever that means, for the candidacy of Donald Trump. If you are interested enough to read today's post, you may want to reread that linked above.  Upon reflection, after listening to Trump's acceptance speech last night, it remains essentially true. As I wrote in March:

Trump's candidacy stands for the proposition of national sovereignty in foreign and domestic affairs, peace, a return to individual liberties that have been practically crushed by taxation and the tyranny of a P.C. outlawing of incorrect opinions. Though he is not the classic Henry-Hyde-gold-standard-pro-lifer, he states he opposes public funding for abortion and that he would appoint justices like Scalia.

Also, he has opened the acceptable range of free speech and debate on issues that the leftist establishment, aided and abetted by cowardly "conservatives" in government, has decided Are. Not. Allowed. To. Be. Held.  We are a short distance indeed from Catholic teaching on many issues being considered criminal behaviors and hate crimes.

Last night's speech was powerful and I'm still trying to come to terms with it. It was very good-- just not in the way to which I'm used. I used to be much more politically engaged in my youth and early middle age, and even on a semi-professional level.  So, I'm used to convention speeches.

Ronald Reagan truly had a gift. The man could reassure, embolden and inspire. He made you feel heroic and virtuous. He so set the standard of speechmaking in the television era that wittingly or unwittingly every candidate after him has tried to bottle the formula. No one else has ever succeeded like Reagan. Of course some are better than others.

But Trump's speech didn't use that mold. He presented essentially two modes, problem identification and promises and/or plans to solve them. At times he inspired, but mostly he took great pains to (in my opinion) accurately identify just how bad things are. And friends, it is bad. You know it is-- if you love your faith and the rule of law. 

When a doctor tells you that you have cancer, it isn't pleasant, but it might save your life. Telling you that you are fine will end up killing you.  The press jumped all over the "dark" tone of the speech.  Waaahh!

In a text exchange with my brother, I wrote this:

I liked it. Very realistic portrayal of what's wrong. I thought it a sign of how far gone we are that certain passages made me uncomfortable. I think the press will skewer him. He's 100% right about 80% of his beliefs. He will do what he says if he can. I don't remember anyone, even Reagan, thanking religious people for support. The homosexual stuff shows we're far gone-- he seeks the classic "liberty" angle, which is better than we have now but ultimately illusory. He will win in a landslide.

This morning, I would not walk one thing back.

Remembering the disclaimer below, and that elections are possibly meaningless exercises, I say this: if you don't wish to vote because the thing is rigged or useless, I get that.  But if you think that elections matter, or count, or whatever, and choose the Hamletesque delicacy of abstaining because Trump isn't somehow pure enough, I think that is a bit nuts.  But hey, brother, its your life. Again, from March:

I can hear you saying, "You can't be serious.  He doesn't mean any of this. He will say anything to get elected!"  To which I respond, "Then he can be no worse than any Republican elected since at least 1980."

And you know what?  He might actually mean it. And that scares a lot of powerful people a whole lot-- people that I am 100% certain don't have my best interests at heart.

My own take on the Trump-Clinton matchup I posted on that most worthless of social media platforms, Facebook. After acknowledging the he may-or-may-not-come-through angle, I wrote this about his opponent:

Hillary, on the other hand, will not do anything good and will do a lot of bad. She hates the Church, hates families, heck, if she knew me she'd hate me. She is an unqualified, doctrinaire Communist.

Easy choice.

Anyway, since some of you asked, that is how I feel about the whole deal after hearing the speech last night.


* The above assumes arguendo that any of this matters.

** FYI, Chris Jackson at The Remnant has written a Catholic apologia for Trump and has a Catholics for Trump website if that sort of thing interests you.

19 July 2016

My Two Cents on the Cardinal Sarah Affair: the Ultimate Result of the Fracas is Very Good Indeed

I don't apologize for having a real job, I guess, though it makes timely commentary sometimes impossible.  On the other hand, a busy schedule stops my normal impulse of spouting off right away before the dust settles. At times, many times maybe, a blessing for us all.

But I did want to chime in on the call by the head of the CDW, Cardinal Sarah, for ad orientem worship in the novus ordo, and the aftermath, with what I have long believed is an absolute requirement for fixing the mess in the Church using the tools God gave us.

To recap: Robert Cardinal Sarah, whose dicastery has responsibility for the celebration of the sacraments, including of course Holy Mass, very gently--too gently, methinks-- asked priests to implement (slowly, very slowly) ad orientem worship in the ordinary parish setting. If you are not familiar with the term, ad orientem means "toward the East"-- in practical terms, the priest and the congregation facing the same direction during the Mass, towards God, and not facing each other down in the banal, off-Broadway cooking show musical that most Catholics know. 

I never want to badmouth any attempt at reverence in the liturgy, or trying to improve the novus ordo if one has to endure it. So my first inclination was to think, "Well, that's nice, doesn't mean much because no one will pay attention, and also because that ship sailed about forty years ago."  Part of the now dead-as-a-door-nail reform of the reform movement.  I thought of the Titanic (another blogger, I can't remember whom, has already written something like what follows, so I'll note that because I don't want to be accused of stealing ideas): "Sure, first officer of the Titanic, the ship is sinking fast, but yes, rearranging these deck chairs so we all face the same direction would marginally improve the experience."

But, like I said, a good notion as far as it went.

However that may be, the real education came with the overwhelming condemnation of this modest appeal by the Vatican and its now-familiar propaganda arms. Cardinal Nichols of Westminster took pains to explain to his priests that none of them should consider such a cheeky move. Even the Bishop of Podunk, Arkansas (if I remember the see correctly) wrote a dramatic and snippy letter to his priests that he would be most displeased if any of his priests should even consider such a thing. I don't know where a bishop in Podunk could reassign a disobedient priest as a punishment, but there it is.

Furthermore, the late, great Fr. Lombardi, who explains away every papal malfeasance, put the kibosh on the Sarah appeal by typically distorting the relevant conciliar and rubrical instructions. You see, the rubrics of the novus ordo itself assume that the priest celebrates ad orientem and at times during the Mass it instructs the priest to turn and face the people.  Look it up.

The situation in which we find ourselves these days boggles the mind. They can't discipline heretics; they can't uphold marriage; they can't stop liturgical dancing.  But oh boy! they can stop ad orientem worship. And they can kill it even when it is called for--expected, in the liturgical law itself.

So ends the affair. But, does it really? Is there any good news here? 

I maintain there is good news: the mask is all the way off.  The curtain is all the way down. There stands the Great Oz, the humbug, for all to see.

The Reform of the Reform is dead. Long live the true Mass!

I have many friends who assist at the novus ordo, and I speak now to them. You are not bad Catholics. You are not second-class citizens. I claim no exalted status by the accident (or blessing, if you will)  of having found the traditional Mass. 

I say: You have not let the Church down, but her leaders have let you down. You deserve so much better. You deserve the Mass that has been handed down for more than 1,500 years. You deserve the Mass that has formed our greatest saints. 

Do not prop up this travesty anymore. Come out of her! 

For not only do you deserve better, but in an infinitely greater amount, God deserves better. He deserves our best and highest worship. Can we not give Him that?

The novus ordo regime has decimated the Church and must be stopped. Nothing is going to be fixed until it is GONE.

There are only two choices now, taking each side to its logical conclusion: full liberty for every individual to do and act as they please and call it Catholicism, or else we accept and embrace the whole and entire Catholic faith established by Christ and handed down from the apostles.

The whole and entire faith includes, requires, and presumes the whole and entire Mass.

Cardinal Sarah and his enemies, albeit unwittingly, have given us the gift of clarity. Let us make use of this gift and act accordingly.

18 July 2016

"They are written for our correction, upon whom the ends of the world are come."

Another great reflection for these troubled times, from the epistle for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost:

(I Cor. X. 6-13.) Brethren, Let us not covet evil things, as they also coveted. Neither become ye idolaters, as some of them: as it is written: The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed fornication, and there fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them tempted, and perished by the serpents. Neither do you murmur, as some of them murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them in figure, and they are written for our correction, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore he that thinketh himself to stand, let him take heed lest he fall. Let no temptation take hold on you, but such as is human: and God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able but will make also with temptation issue that you may be able to bear it.

14 July 2016


Christ will not fail us. No matter what. Let us not fail Him.

The West. The structure of the church. The heavens and the earth. All may pass, but He will triumph.

Let us be men.

13 July 2016

Corrected Headline

As part of my ongoing public service apostolate, here is a more accurate headline to a story on Cardinal Sarah's efforts to introduce a modicum of liturgical order into the mess of the novus ordo: