31 October 2014

The Hit Job on Cardinal Burke in the Press is Ongoing

Hello all, back in the States at last. After a great trip with my lovely wife, back to the grind. As we finally made it past customs in the country formerly known as land of the free, I remarked to my wife that I felt like Gandalf being welcomed into Orthanc and hearing a click as the door closed.

But, to the point of the post: certainly the hit job on his Eminence isn't news to you. But, the duplicity of the "religious" press is especially nasty. Headlines are saying things Cardinal Burke didn't say. The headline at this article is particularly odious, and dangerously misleading:

Cardinal says church under Pope Francis is a ‘rudderless ship’

Now, it doesn't matter that the actual subject of the headline is accurate. We are like a rudderless ship. Or it seems so to actual Catholics. I think, on the contrary, that there is a strong hand on the rudder. And this hand is seemingly steering us over the falls.

But Cardinal Burke didn't say this. They are positioning Burke as a flagrant malcontent who is defying the humble Pope. That is not Cardinal Burke. He is a gentle and holy man who loves the Church and is trying to shepherd so many confused Catholics in the midst of constant attacks on the faith. These attacks are being made from low to high and inside and out.

But wait, you say! That's what the media does to Pope Francis, and you don't defend him. Well, Mark Shea, that is exactly wrong. It is certainly ironic that modernists are doing to Burke what the shills and water carriers of the neocatholics say is happening to the Pope. But saying ain't doing.

Francis is being reported accurately, more or less, as the press usually performs. The odd misquote perhaps, but accurate in sum. The attack on Burke is intentional. He is demonized, demoted, attacked, smeared-- with tactics no true Catholic should condone. He already had to explain the misquote about 'the Pope' having 'done a lot of damage.'

What does it matter whether Cardinal Burke said this or that, or whether there is a tone, context, or nuance he utilized instead? Well, all the difference in the world. His Eminence isn't some blogger or Church media wag, with the liberties of style and informality. He is a Cardinal, a Prince of the Church, a close advisor to the Successor to Peter. He is loyal to the Pope, and would not seek to embarrass him. It's a big deal. He knows his place. Only faithfulness to Christ is making him as outspoken as he has been in opposition to Francis' agenda.

Francis is allowing this. Think about that for a minute. Don't waste time wondering if he is behind it, or ordering it. He could stop it in a minute. One of those daily press conferences or speeches-- "Leave Cardinal Burke alone, I need him." Or "I am not demoting Cardinal Burke." Or maybe praise his serene theology. He could stop it instantly.

Things are bad, worldly-speaking, for the Cardinal.

But don't worry, there is surely worse in store for this hero of the faith.

They are lately trying to equate Burke with Lefebvre. They think that's an obviously bad thing. Not true, of course, but if it has a degree of truth, it's not exactly bad, is it? He is a stalwart, but there is no controversial, 'schismatic act' to cloud the waters. He has been praised for years for his faithfulness, promoted by the Pope. Gentle, loyal. Now he's evil?

Trying to stretch his promotion of the truth into rebellion against the Church is a bridge too far. There is no selling that dog. Yes, they did that with Lefebvre, before the Internet and before forty years' more destruction in the Church. And importantly, the understandable but wrong episcopal consecrations-- after twenty years of persecution-- don't figure into this calculus.

And I think the lessons of the past will help Cardinal Burke and us.

We shall see. As I said, above it all, there is a strong hand on the rudder. But above that hand is a stronger, unstoppable Hand.

Where are we headed and when will it end?

27 October 2014

St. Louis in St. Louis, St. Louis in France

I apologize for the light blogging, but sometimes fun gets in the way. My wife and I are blessed enough to be able to anticipate our 25th wedding anniversary by visiting our eldest daughter in France, and spending some time in Spain before returning to normal life in these most abnormal times.

I've been checking in on the news when I can. I suppose you could already guess my general take on it, if you've ever read here for at least seven seconds. But I might do a roundup about all that late this week.

That being said, it seems that the presence of Saint Louis surrounds our journey both before and during. I posted earlier on the very beautiful procession and vespers with benediction at the Oratory. Well, I wanted to link to a really nice article by Jennifer Brinker at the St. Louis Review covering the same. At the link is a beautiful slideshow of the occasion, too.


The celebration of St. Louis last weekend at St. Francis de Sales Oratory was certainly fit for a king.

Nearly 250 people in their Sunday finest — many young families, with women in dresses and lace veils and men in crisp suits — processed the streets surrounding the south St. Louis Oratory Oct. 19 with a relic of St. Louis IX, King of France. The procession was followed by a sermon from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, evening prayer sung in Latin and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.


According Canon Wiener, it's "permissible and profitable" to venerate the relics of the saints. "The bodies of the saints were living members of Christ and Temples of the Holy Ghost. They will again be awakened and glorified, and through them God bestows many benefits on mankind," he said.

In his sermon, Archbishop Carlson described the city's patron saint as "a husband, a father, a man of justice and faith." St. Louis once said that the day of his baptism was far more important than being crowned King of France in 1234.

"St. Louis served his subjects with kindness, building hospitals and homes for those in need as well as serving food to the poor," the archbishop said.

St. Louis serves as a great example in making our city a better place.

"There are challenges in our city — poverty, violence, injustice and a lack of respect for human life, to name a few," he said. "With courage may we dare to dream how we can help. God is influencing every good thing we do."

As the procession proceeded around the oratory, neighbors on nearby Iowa Avenue came out of their homes to see what was going on. Esmeralda Herrejon and her family from O'Fallon were visiting friends when they heard the sharp blasts of a bagpipe. Herrejon, who attends Immaculate Conception Parish in Dardenne Prairie, said she had never seen an outdoor procession like this.

"I see it as a public display of faith," she said. "It's good to see people are still believers."

Here in France, there has been a surprising (to me, in such a secular country) amount of attention paid to the 800th Anniversary of the birth of Saint Louis. Sharon and I hit a sizable temporary exhibit on the saint at the Conciergerie in Paris. That seemed ironic to me, as the Conciergerie was in some sense the anteroom of the guillotine, at least for Marie Antoinette (I remarked to my wife that the Conciergerie is infamous for briefly detaining me-- and Marie Antoinette). The exhibit was very well done, and held some remarkable surprises, including the shirt in which he died, his cilice (discipline) and hair shirt, as well as his seal, and the charter of Saint-Chapelle. There were also reliquaries, containing his relics, and a thorn from the Crown of Thorns which of course he built Saint-Chapelle to house. Speaking of, there were some of the remains of the original statuary of Sainte-Chapelle, sacked courtesy of the Revolutionaries whose ideological descendants will kill us and sack our remaining churches soon. Finally, his personal Bible and Missal, and much, much more, as they say.

We also toured Sainte-Chapelle itself, which speaks of the personal piety and integrity of the great man in a form so beautiful it cannot be described.

Still in Paris, we visited the Cluny Museum (Museum of the Middle Ages), which puts into context the political, artistic and spiritual milieu of his day. If you ever get to Paris, this museum should not be missed, and particularly so for Catholics. The sheer number and quality of the items preserved are astounding. Among its treasures are a number of items from Sainte-Chapelle, and the reclaimed heads of the Kings of Judah that used to reside atop their bodies on the façade of Notre Dame-- sacked courtesy of the Revolutionaries whose ideological descendants will kill us and sack our remaining churches soon.

After Paris, we traveled to Angers, where the castle built by Blanche of Castile, Louis' mother, still sits majestically overlooking the Maine River. Saint Louis spent considerable time there in his youth. As great as this 12th century chateau is, and it is, the highlight of the place is the set of magnificent Apocalypse Tapestries, 66 huge panels depicting in great and moving beauty, pathos, and terror, the events recorded in the Apocalypse. Just the thing for my late mood.

As I posted yesterday, we were fortunate to come back to Paris for the Feast of Christ the King, assisting at the same Mass at which Saint Louis assisted, in the common language of our Church. Many different nationalities were represented there, but one common tongue, worshipping God as the Church has handed down. After Mass, the organ intoned the Salve Regina, in the arrangement known so well. As we all sang that hymn to Our Queen, in unison, together in song and in heart, it moved me to tears.

The restoration will come-- or something better. Be ready.

Just as the Apocalypse relates, and the tapestry so beautifully portrays, Christ, already victorious, will come to vindicate Himself, and us, at the end. The faith of Saint Louis is in the same God-Man in whom we believe. Our triumph will be in common if we hold true. May Saint Louis pray for us, may he ask blessings for our safe journey home and more so to our heavenly home.

26 October 2014

Feast of Christ the King

Wherever you are on this great feast day of Our Lord and King, I wish you Christ's blessings.

Unless Christ reigns as King we will never have peace, either in this world or the next. 

Christus vincit!  Christus regnat! Christus imperat!

20 October 2014

A Glorious Evening with St. Louis IX

The above photos capture (poorly) my view in the procession last night, where Archbishop Carlson and Canon Wiener, with a relic of the great King of France, led about 300 of us through the streets of the city that relies on his patronage.

Neighborhood residents came to view the scene, police blocked the streets for the procession, and local media had cameras rolling. I reflected at the time that this was such a better occasion for citizens, police and media to converge than what we've endured lately.

This is the everyday Catholic life that influences the culture and informs it-- or rather, it should be.

The procession was followed by a sermon by His Grace on the merits of our saint, a glorious Solemn Vespers and Benediction. Sublimely beautiful.

We should be grateful for events like these while we have them. Pray to St. Louis for his powerful intercession for our city and Church!

STLToday's Lily Fowler had a nice write-up of events:

On a clear Sunday afternoon, about 300 Roman Catholic faithful led a procession in a south St. Louis neighborhood.

They were there to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Louis IX, king of France, and the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Louis, and they took something special with them.

As they marched up and down the streets surrounding St. Francis de Sales Oratory — the neo-Gothic church known for practicing the Latin liturgy and for its soaring, 300-foot steeple — they carried a relic of St. Louis IX, a piece of bone thought to be hundreds of years old. The relic is kept in a Vatican-sealed glass case; the church is unsure exactly which bone it is.

Archbishop Robert Carlson, as well as the Rev. Michael K. Wiener, St. Francis de Sales’ rector, led the crowd as bagpipes played.

Parishioners gathered inside the church after the procession to listen to Carlson speak about the patron and namesake of the city of St. Louis.

Carlson described St. Louis IX as a “husband, a father, a man of justice and faith, a saint who said the day of his baptism ... was far more important than the day he was crowned king of France.”

“As we celebrate 250 years of faith and thank God for our Catholic heritage we ask St. Louis to intercede for us and ask God to keep us strong in faith and give us hearts that desire to serve,” Carlson said, noting St. Louis IX’s humanitarian work, such as building hospitals and serving food to the poor.

The Rev. Anthony Ochoa of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, a predominately Hispanic parish, invited his parishioners to the liturgy so they could become better acquainted with the city.

It’s a “nice way to connect to the community,” Ochoa said.

Chantel Deneus, 56, who is temporarily in St. Louis visiting her son who attends St. Louis University, called the liturgy “extraordinary.”

“It was beautiful. I don’t have the words to describe how I felt,” Deneus said.

The procession follows a weekend of Roman Catholic celebrations in August that were attended by Prince Louis de Bourbon, a direct descendant of St. Louis, as well as numerous bishops and archbishops from around the country.

18 October 2014

At the Oratory Sunday: Archbishop Carlson Leads Procession with Relic of St. Louis IX

From The St. Louis Review

Archbishop Carlson to lead procession with relic of King St. Louis IX

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will lead a procession with a relic of King St. Louis IX, patron and namesake of the City of St. Louis, on Sunday, October 19. The solemn event will begin at St. Francis de Sales Oratory (2653 Ohio Ave.) at 5 p.m. Archbishop Carlson will give a homily about King St. Louis IX after the procession. A reception will follow in the church basement.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been an active participant in the STL250 celebrations commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Louis. Additionally, the year 2014 marks the 800th anniversary of King St. Louis IX's birth. The procession this Sunday follows a weekend of celebrations in August that were attended by Prince Louis de Bourbon, a direct descendant of St. Louis, as well as numerous bishops and archbishops from around the country. Collectively these events are affectionately referred to as "CatholicSTL250." :

17 October 2014

Prayer Request

Please, of your charity, could you say a prayer for a special intention of mine, that it be granted if it is God's will?  Thank you.

Psalm 67 Unto the end, a psalm of a canticle for David himself.
Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered: and let them that hate him flee from before his face.
As smoke vanisheth, so let them vanish away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
And let the just feast, and rejoice before God: and be delighted with gladness.
Sing ye to God, sing a psalm to his name, make a way for him who ascendeth upon the west: the Lord is his name. Rejoice ye before him: but the wicked shall be troubled at his presence,
Who is the father of orphans, and the judge of widows. God in his holy place:
God who maketh men of one manner to dwell in a house: Who bringeth out them that were bound in strength; in like manner them that provoke, that dwell in sepulchres.
O God, when thou didst go forth in the sight of thy people, when thou didst pass through the desert:
The earth was moved, and the heavens dropped at the presence of the God of Sina, at the presence of the God of Israel.
10 Thou shalt set aside for thy inheritance a free rain, O God: and it was weakened, but thou hast made it perfect.
11 In it shall thy animals dwell; in thy sweetness, O God, thou hast provided for the poor.
12 The Lord shall give the word to them that preach good tidings with great power.
13 The king of powers is of the beloved, of the beloved; and the beauty of the house shall divide spoils.
14 If you sleep among the midst of lots, you shall be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and the hinder parts of her back with the paleness of gold.
15 When he that is in heaven appointeth kings over her, they shall be whited with snow in Selmon.
16 The mountain of God is a fat mountain. A curdled mountain, a fat mountain.
17 Why suspect, ye curdled mountains? A mountain in which God is well pleased to dwell: for there the Lord shall dwell unto the end.
18 The chariot of God is attended by ten thousands; thousands of them that rejoice: the Lord is among them in Sina, in the holy place.
19 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive; thou hast received gifts in men. Yea for those also that do not believe, the dwelling of the Lord God.
20 Blessed be the Lord day by day: the God of our salvation will make our journey prosperous to us.
21 Our God is the God of salvation: and of the Lord, of the Lord are the issues from death.
22 But God shall break the heads of his enemies: the hairy crown of them that walk on in their sins.
23 The Lord said: I will turn them from Basan, I will turn them into the depth of the sea:
24 That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thy enemies; the tongue of thy dogs be red with the same.
25 They have seen thy goings, O God, the goings of my God: of my king who is in his sanctuary.
26 Princes went before joined with singers, in the midst of young damsels playing on timbrels.
27 In the churches bless ye God the Lord, from the fountains of Israel.
28 There is Benjamin a youth, in ecstasy of mind. The princes of Juda are their leaders: the princes of Zabulon, the princes of Nephthali.
29 Command thy strength, O God: confirm, O God, what thou hast wrought in us.
30 From thy temple in Jerusalem, kings shall offer presents to thee.
31 Rebuke the wild beasts of the reeds, the congregation of bulls with the kine of the people; who seek to exclude them who are tried with silver. Scatter thou the nations that delight in wars:
32 Ambassadors shall come out of Egypt: Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God.
33 Sing to God, ye kingdoms of the earth: sing ye to the Lord: Sing ye to God,
34 Who mounteth above the heaven of heavens, to the east. Behold he will give to his voice the voice of power:
35 Give ye glory to God for Israel, his magnificence, and his power is in the clouds.
36 God is wonderful in his saints: the God of Israel is he who will give power and strength to his people. Blessed be God.

Sad News at NLM; Prayer Request

New Liturgical Movement posted this yesterday:

RIP Jacques and Simone Wach, Parents of the Prior General of the ICK


Via the blogs Notions Romaines and Sancta Trinitas Unus Deus, I learned today that the parents of Msgr. Gilles Wach, Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King, both passed away very recently, Mrs Simone Wach on September 7th, and Mr Jacques Wach on Monday. Please be so good as to pray for the repose of their souls, and for the peace and consolation of their family members and friends.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


I knew of the death of Monsignor Wach's mother, but the death of his father so close in time must be so difficult for him. Please pray for Monsignor Wach, the founder and Prior General of the Institute, who has done so much good for the Church.

16 October 2014

Cardinal Burke to Those Who Do Not Link the Morals Crisis with the Liturgical Crisis

Cardinal Burke, in the interview in Il Foglio I linked in my previous post, has this to say about the link between liturgy and morals.  When we understand this truth, restoration is possible. 

Q:  Do you not think that the crisis in morals is deeply involved with the crisis in liturgy?
A:  Certainly.  In the post-conciliar period a collapse of the life of faith and of ecclesiastical discipline has taken place, seen especially in the liturgical crisis.  The liturgy has become an anthropocentric activity. It has ended up by being a reflection of the idea of man instead of the right of God to be adored as He himself asks.  From here, in the moral sphere attention is focused almost exclusively on the needs and wants of men, instead of on what the Creator has written in the hearts of his creatures.  The lex orandi is always bound to the lex credendi.  If someone does not pray well, then he does not believe well and therefore he does not behave well.  When I go to celebrate the Traditional Mass, for example, I see so many beautiful young families with so many children.  I do not believe that these families do not have problems, but it is evident that they have more strength to confront them.  This has to say something.  The liturgy is the most perfect and most complete expression of our life in Christ, and when all of this is lessened or is betrayed every aspect of the life of the faithful is harmed.

Everyone Else Can Post It So Why Not Me?

No, not the newest Cranberries release, but the in-depth interview of the great Cardinal Burke at Il Foglio, thanks to Rorate as usual. Must read stuff.

15 October 2014

An Excellent Prayer for a Most Appropriate Time

“O God, who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son to be the eternal High Priest for the glory of Thy Majesty and the salvation of mankind; grant that they whom He hath chosen to be His ministers and the stewards of His mysteries, may be found faithful in the fulfillment of the ministry which they have received. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.”
And here's why, as stated by Roberto de Mattei (translated at Rorate Caeli):
The bishops and cardinals, even more than the ordinary faithful, find themselves faced with a terrible drama of conscience, very much graver than the one the English martyrs had to face in the XVI century. Then, in fact it was about disobeying the highest civil authority, King Henry VIII, who, because of his divorce, opened a schism with the Roman Church. Today however, the resistance goes against the highest religious authority should they deviate from the perennial teaching of the Church.  And the ones who are called to resist are not disobedient Catholics or dissenters, but actually those that most profoundly venerate the Papal institution. At the time of Henry VIII, the ones who resisted were consigned to the secular arm, which destined them for decapitation or dismemberment. The modern secular arm applies moral lynching, through psychological pressure from the mass-media on public opinion.  The outcome is often the psychological and physical collapse  of the victims, a crisis of identity, the loss of a vocation and the faith - unless one is able to exercise the heroic virtue of fortitude with the help of grace. 

14 October 2014

Archbishop Carlson to Celebrate Anniversary of St. Louis at St. Francis de Sales Oratory on October 19

October 19, 2014

800 Years King St. Louis IX-----250 years city of St. Louis

Visit of Archbishop Carlson

On Sunday, October 19, Archbishop Carlson will come to the Oratory as we add our contribution to the city-wide celebration of the 800th birth anniversary of King St. Louis (Louis IX of France) and the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Louis that bears the holy saint’s name.

The program will begin at 5:00 PM, starting with honoring King Saint Louis with his holy relic in a solemn procession. The entire program, including a sermon pronounced by the guest of honor, His Grace, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, is as follows:

Procession of Relic of St. Louis
Sermonpronounced by His Grace, Archbishop Carlson
Solemn Vespers
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Reception in the Oratory Hall

Throughout this year, many civic as well as Catholic events have been organized in St. Louis to highlight the history, development, and accomplishments of our great city. Please join us as the Oratory marks this special anniversary year with the Church’s joyful and solemn liturgy.

The Church Has at Least One Champion

Of course there are others, we can only pray that there are many others.  But I just have to write in gratitude for the leading stalwart of the faith, operating under attack by those within and without the highest levels of the hierarchy, and whose defense of the faith never waivers. 

Of course, the man is His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect (for now) of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.  From what I know of the man, even from the small acquaintance I have with him, it wouldn't matter if he were head of the Holy Office or the Holy Office Janitor, he would stand firm for the faith.  Otherwise, I might opine that the impending demotion from the Signatura, already made public before the fact, has liberated him even more to stand up to those modernists who would destroy the Church if they could.

Catholic World Report has an article today covering His Eminence's response to the Synod's midterm Relatio, about which you will have read already.  His Eminence states it well, and plainly (my emphases):

CWR: In what way is information about what is happening in the Synod being either manipulated or only partially reported and made public?

Cardinal Burke: The interventions of the individual Synod Fathers are not made available to the public, as has been the case in the past. All of the information regarding the Synod is controlled by the General Secretariat of the Synod which clearly has favored from the beginning the positions expressed in the Relatio post disceptationem of yesterday morning.

While the individual interventions of the Synod Fathers are not published, yesterday’s Relatio, which is merely a discussion document, was published immediately and, I am told, even broadcast live.
You do not have to be a rocket scientist to see the approach at work, which is certainly not of the Church. 
CWR: How is that reflected in the Synod's midterm document, released yesterday, which is being criticised by many for its appeal to a so-called "law of graduality”?

Cardinal Burke: While the document in question (Relatio post disceptationem) purports to report only the discussion which took place among the Synod Fathers, it, in fact,
advances positions which many Synod Fathers do not accept and, I would say, as faithful shepherds of the flock cannot accept. Clearly, the response to the document in the discussion which immediately followed its presentation manifested that a great number of the Synod Fathers found it objectionable.
The document lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium. In a matter on which the Church has a very rich and clear teaching, it gives the impression of inventing a totally new, what one Synod Father called “revolutionary”, teaching on marriage and the family. It invokes repeatedly and in a confused manner principles which are not defined, for example, the law of graduality.
CWR: How important is it, do you think, that Pope Francis make a statement soon in order to address the growing sense—among many in the media and in the pews—that the Church is on the cusp of changing her teaching on various essential points regarding marriage, “remarriage,” reception of Communion, and even the place of “unions” among homosexuals?

Cardinal Burke: In my judgment, such a statement is long overdue. The debate on these questions has been going forward now for almost nine months, especially in the secular media but also through the speeches and interviews of Cardinal Walter Kasper and others who support his position.

The faithful and their good shepherds are looking to the Vicar of Christ for the confirmation of the Catholic faith and practice regarding marriage which is the first cell of the life of the Church.

God bless Cardinal Burke!  I hope that his guardian angel looks out for him.  And I pray he looks both ways before crossing the street these days.  We need him, and will need him more in the future.

13 October 2014

Words Are Not Adequate, but Here They Are

You will read many takes by Catholic bloggers on the relatio post disceptationem issued today by the Synod against on the Family.  No doubt others will have better points of view, and will write their positions more effectively.  But since this is my blog, this is my take.  I feel compelled in conscience to write it, though I wish I didn’t.

First, the good news can be stated in its entirety as follows: the document is not binding upon the faithful.  That is it.  That is all of the good news in it, read it as often as you will.

The bad news is very bad.  This document encourages the enemies of the Church; it tends to confirm persons in objectively gravely immoral relationships to continue in them.  It notes positive aspects of sodomites, adulterers and fornicators living gravely immoral relationships.  This problem is of the very text itself.

Of course, the "tone" of the thing is far worse than that.  Ladies and gentlemen, says the Synod, "anything goes".  Keep sinning, Jesus is merciful.  If you can just try, maybe, to commit sodomy or adultery a little less often, maybe you can quit in 10 or 20 years.  Don't be so hard on yourself.

I say this.  IF this document were issued in such a way as to call for religious submission on the part of the faithful in any normative way, we are faced with an ontological and eschatological choice:  Am I Catholic or not?  Is the Church the Church Christ founded or not?  Can any Pope or those behind whom he hides say that Christ didn't mean what he said?

Fear not the Chastisement.  It is already upon us. 

The modernist heresy within the Church is so close to triumphing that were it not for the promise of Our Lord that the gates of hell would not prevail against her, that triumph would be all but certain.  Dear readers, these cowards and heretics within the bosom of the Church don't fear reprisal.  The Chastisement is here. 

That doesn't mean it can't get any worse.  Short of Divine intervention, it certainly will.

You already know the paid shills for the status quo will publish their reassurances that this is no big deal-- it's great, actually!-- and anyone who is upset by this Synod is just a Pharisee who thinks he is better than everyone else.  But beyond that obviousness, look to your family and friends.  Catholic family and friends.  There is a sorting going on, and if you are brave enough, or stupid enough, take your pick, to proclaim your disagreement with the new watered-down gospel of Low Expectations, you can expect a new level of ostracization you never before have experienced.

I would like to take on certain sections of this document-- a document that I have a hard time describing in any way other than putrid-- a document that the USCCB could not have dreamt possible even when they published the "Always Our Children" farce back in the 1990s.  And though your favorite neo-Catholic blogger might have criticized that document, don't look for that treatment here.

I apologize if this goes long, but certain sections beg for comment, and I would like to draw a couple of analogies to make sense of the disaster.

In the first part of the document giving its statement of the problem the Synod is trying to address, the relatio discusses the "relevance of emotional life", and says this: 

Faced with the social framework outlined above, a greater need is encountered among individuals to take care of themselves, to know their inner being, and to live in greater harmony with their emotions and sentiments, seeking a relational quality in emotional life. (paragraph 9)

Just imagine St. Pius X ever saying anything like that!  People just need to get in touch with their inner child!  Excuse me, but "to live in greater harmony with their emotions and sentiments" is just a really poor way of saying that people should just do whatever they want because they want to, morality be damned.  And if you can stomach it, this type of psychobabble is to be found throughout.

Then, after paying some lip service to the teachings from Christ's own words and an unbroken two millennia of Church teaching on marriage and procreation, the Synod gets down to the business of destroying it all.

In so doing, the Synod has done the Church one favor, a favor so huge that it may be the key to truly restoring the Church in all her beauty and indefectibility:

The Synod explicitly ties this notion of abandoning the faith to the "hermeneutic key" of the Second Vatican Council.  It makes the link explicit, and acknowledges it in a way that no SSPXer, crazy trad or progressive nut job has yet been able to do.  And this link, I believe, if we are spared to see the day, will cause the Council's documents to receive the weight that the Council itself gave them.

The key paragraph:

17.  In considering the principle of gradualness in the divine salvific plan, one asks what possibilities are given to married couples who experience the failure of their marriage, or rather how it is possible to offer them Christ’s help through the ministry of the Church. In this respect, a significant hermeneutic key comes from the teaching of Vatican Council II, which, while it affirms that “although many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible structure ... these elements, as gifts belonging to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward Catholic unity” (Lumen Gentium, 8).

Let me extend this analogy.  Just as the fullness of the Faith “subsists” in the Catholic Church, so must the fullness of marriage “subsist” in sacramental (i.e., real) marriage.  But just as we value those truths found in false religions, so we should value the truths in immoral relationships.  You’re gay, great!  Bravo!  Good on you.  You like to sleep around, but manage to make serial monogamy a priority?  Fantastic.  You are not far from the kingdom, my friend.

Remember when Christ told the woman caught in adultery to try to limit herself to just a few trysts per month?  Me neither.

The Synod then gives a catalogue of the problems rampant in the world, due to the failure of the Church’s pastors and laymen to teach and live the faith for the last half-century.  Following that, the document sets up what is going to follow, once the initial shock has passed.  The tent is lifted up, and the camel’s nose is placed:

47.        As regards the possibility of partaking of the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist, some argued in favor of the present regulations because of their theological foundation, others were in favor of a greater opening on very precise conditions when dealing with situations that cannot be resolved without creating new injustices and suffering. For some, partaking of the sacraments might occur were it preceded by a penitential path – under the responsibility of the diocesan bishop –, and with a clear undertaking in favor of the children. This would not be a general possibility, but the fruit of a discernment applied on a case-by-case basis, according to a law of gradualness, that takes into consideration the distinction between state of sin, state of grace and the attenuating circumstances.

I highlight the phrases above that are designed to soothe your conscience. The necessity of denying Holy Communion to those living in adultery is labelled “present regulations”, as though you change them like you change your socks.  The abuse of Holy Communion will not be “general”, but “case-by-case”, as though that makes it better.  And of course, it is a lie, as the “case-by-case” abuse of Communion in the hand shows us.

Regarding those inclined to the sin of sodomy, the Synod throws off all pretenses to Catholicism:

50.        Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?

     52.        Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners. Furthermore, the Church pays special attention to the children who live with couples of the same sex, emphasizing that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority.

These two paragraphs make me wonder why we have not been obliterated by lightning falling from the sky.  Obviously, God is merciful, but are we not begging for destruction?  Valuing a sin that cries to heaven for vengeance?  God forbid!

Do you remember the Pope “excommunicating” members of the mafia some months back?  Well, let me apply the regime of fake mercy instead:

Truly, organized crime families are not the same as the natural family, but we must acknowledge the many good elements in them.  Loyalty, code of conduct, industry, mental and physical toughness, and a place of welcoming that walks with gangsters where they are.  It is important not to judge mafiosos, but to walk with them, experiencing the smell of the sheep, as it were.  Will we welcome these criminals into the Church, accepting and valuing their inclination to violent crime, or will we, Pharisee-like, condemn the murders, bribery and racketeering that may sometimes occur?

I’ll stop there.  It is bad enough, and this post long enough, already.  We need to pray and prepare.  Mary, come to our aid!

11 October 2014

Franciscan Glasnost Only Goes so Far

It appears that the Synod fathers don't favor the Kasper destruction; among others, they elected (in a secret ballot) Cardinals Burke, Robles Ortega, Leonard, Sarah and Bagnasco to draft the Synodial recommendations.

Pope Francis humbly added six known Kasperites of his own choosing to the committee.

Collegiality only goes so far when ideology is impacted.

You can laugh or cry, but the rig is in. Rorate Caeli has the post, as usual.

10 October 2014

Two Good Reads on the Synod

I am happy to pass along two excellent posts on the Synod, from two very good writers:

1. The Bear talks about naughty Aussies.

2. Pat Archbold on calling it what it is.

Friday Poetry Corner

Hello, dear readers!  It seems to me that my posts have been somewhat in the Debbie Downer category lately.  Therefore, I am going to institute a weekly measure of culture.

Welcome to the first Friday Poetry Corner!

The Second Coming
by W.B. Yeats
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Let's See If I Can Sum This up... Lucky Charms-wise

As I've posted before, my brother has a lens through which he views the state of the Church: "How do my Lucky Charms taste?"*

He first used the term about nine months ago when he was wondering aloud why he seemed to feel out of sorts in a wide range of areas. My response was somewhat flippant but fairly immediate:

"It's this pope, man. He's ruining everything!"

"That's so true! Ever since Benedict resigned, even my Lucky Charms don't taste right."

And so, from then on, we've had the Lucky Charms-o-Meter. (tm)

Kicking things around today, we tried to sum it up this way:

We've got areas of St. Louis where you literally can't go, where the streets are blocked off with regular presence of police in riot gear and angry mobs. Now in the Shaw neighborhood police can't protect themselves even when fired upon. We've got Ebola and enterovirus running around, with porous borders seemingly designed to cause it to spread. Speaking of porous borders, we are letting in waves of people who can't be quickly assimilated. The economy is propped up by printing money and hiding the reality of real inflation and unemployment numbers, with nearly half of everyone dependent on government hand outs. The whole thing could collapse anytime. The homosexual agenda can't be stopped, and pretty soon it will be a crime to act like you're a Catholic. Our own bishops, and the pope, too, are meeting for some reason to undermine Catholic teaching and cut the legs out from under our efforts to defend the family, marriage and the Eucharist. The entire abdication and election events are surrounded by enough weirdness to make it plausible to wonder what's going on, whether everything is actually as it seems. And we have Francis going around insulting faithful Catholics for doing what Catholics have always done, and believing what Catholics have always believed. He has no problem with any heretic or degenerate, but faithful Catholics seemed to irritate him greatly. The press and the world just loooove him. It seems like there might be ten to twenty bishops in the whole world who are standing firm for the faith, and every one of them is in the crosshairs for demotion and ridicule. All the while heterodox bishops are ascendant. Oh, and we're getting close to a hundred years after Fatima, the US is picking fights with Russia (and everyone else), China menaces, ISIS is taking over regions and Christians are everywhere in retreat, and Europe is dechristanized. Oh, and we have two bishops in white living in Rome like it's no big deal.

It's getting so you can't choke down your Lucky Charms.

How do yours taste these days?

*Yes, this strongly implies that a grown man eats Lucky Charms.

09 October 2014

"Let us compromise on everything."-- The Synod at Its Core

Let us call this Synod
what it is: a secretive, manipulated, progressive-dominated cabal, led by
septuagenarian and octogenarian diehards of the conciliar “renewal,” who are
rushing to finish their “work”—so rudely interrupted by Pope Benedict—lest
death release the Church from their clutches before they are quite done.

This article by Christopher Ferrara at The Remnant may be the last thing that needs to be posted on the
Synod against on the Family until and unless the recommendations and apostolic
exhortation are released.  It is indeed
bracing, but we are past the time when we can be dainty in treating with the
modernist cabal seeking to destroy the sacrament of marriage, the integrity of
Eucharistic belief, and the authority of the Church.  The article should be read in full; extensive
excerpts below:

The Secret Synod Freak Show, Brought to You by Pope Francis

by Christopher Ferrara

WARNING: Mordant Commentary. Reader Discretion Advised.

A shockingly blunt title indeed. But as entirely predictable
events unfold in the New Synod Hall—wherein, we are told, all things will be
made new—why should we bother with nuance? After all, we have a Pope who is no
friend of nuance and whose intentions could not have been more crudely
expressed over the past eighteen months of astonishing insults and denigration
of practically all the elements of apostolic and ecclesiastical tradition.
Francis has clearly been preparing for this moment since the day of his
election, if not before, and now it has arrived in all its inglorious splendor.


Beneath all the bishops’ and cardinals’ blather about
“mercy,” “graduality,” “new ways of accompaniment,” and their newly discovered
imaginary divide between the doctrinal and the pastoral, beneath the Pope’s own
blather about perceiving the “rhythm of our time and the scent of the men of
today”—when has a Roman Pontiff ever uttered such nonsense?—we will find the
real theme of the Secret Synod as expounded by its leaders. And the theme could
not be simpler: Let us compromise on everything. Everything, that is, on which
they have not already compromised.

The survivors of the post-conciliar revolutionary cadre who
now dominate the Synod propose the Ultimate Reform of Vatican II: the
abandonment of doctrine through a radical change of “pastoral practice” by
which doctrine is affirmed at the same time it is taken out of commission. The
plan is being hatched in a series of secret interventions stacked in favor of a
pre-determined outcome to which Francis, now recognized by the entire world as
the First Merciful and Humble Pope, will allow only token conservative
opposition. “Everyone has something to contribute,” says Francis, patting the
conservatives on the head. “It gives me pleasure to have debates with
conservative bishops when the arguments are intellectually well-formed.”

Stranger to nuance that he is, Francis has revealed, with
supreme condescension, the ideological essence of the Secret Synod: that the
Pope and the Modernist cabal he has handpicked are adversaries of the few
remaining conservative bishops, who have been allowed to speak (but only in
presentations submitted in advance) because it “pleases” Francis to allow this
“debate,” which will not, of course, deter him from doing whatever he plans to
do—in all humility.

On and on the Secret Synod drones, led by the Pope, his
German progressivist shock troops, and reliably liberal prelates from
throughout the vast realm of post-conciliar apostasy. Take Cardinal Wuerl, for
example. Speaking outside the Synod Hall, he now calls openly for a
“graduality” that would allow all manner of objective mortal sinners to receive
Holy Communion while they think about whether they might, someday, obey the
Church’s teaching on marriage and procreation (as if the generality of clergy
even bother to mention it any longer).

“The reception of Communion is not a doctrine or position,
it’s a pastoral application of the doctrine of the Church,” says Wuerl in
soothingly pastoral tones. The old smoothie is trying to deceive us. The
requirement that one conscious of mortal sin abstain from the Blessed Sacrament
is no mere “pastoral application” of doctrine, but rather a revealed truth at
the foundation of our religion: “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 (1
Cor. 11:27-29).”

But then Wuerl’s deception merely exemplifies the deception
that is the Secret Synod itself. It is impossible to take seriously “pastoral
reflections on the family” by a group of Modernist subversives who have either
failed to uphold or openly undermined the Church’s moral teaching, including
that protector of priestly predators of altar boys, Cardinal Daneels,
outrageously appointed a “Synod Father” by the will of Francis, and that
infamous ecclesiastical termite, Cardinal Kasper, suddenly elevated to high
prominence at age 80 by none other than Francis. We are asked to believe the
ludicrous cover story that the Secret Synod was urgently needed to address
“pastoral challenges” that did not exist a mere 33 years ago, when John Paul II
insisted upon the Church’s perennial discipline, required by the revealed truth
on the indissolubility of marriage:

[T]he Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon
Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons
who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that
their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love
between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist.

Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: if
these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into
error and confusion regarding the Church's teaching about the indissolubility
of marriage. (Familaris consortio, n. 84).

“The faithful would be led into error and confusion” if the
divorced and “remarried” were admitted to Holy Communion. Thus taught the very
Pope that Francis has canonized. Yet that very teaching is now under attack at
the Secret Synod by a cabal that appears determined precisely to lead the faithful
into error and confusion, while leaving those who have already apostatized in
their darkness. The aim of the Secret Synod is nothing less than a “pastoral”
institutionalization of mortal sin in the Church. What else could its aim be,
given its declared refusal to repeat and reaffirm what the Church has always
taught about adultery and other sins of impurity? Why would the members of the
Secret Synod (the conservative minority aside) meet for any purpose other than
to affirm their own longstanding defection in practice from the moral teaching
they will mendaciously affirm in principle?

Of course the Secret Synod is not so secret when its leaders
wish the media to know of the most recent progressivist intervention in the
Synod Hall, pregnant with the promise of radical change. Hence, for example,
the worldwide media were delighted to convey the address of a laughably
oversexed septuagenarian couple, unencumbered by any sense of shame, who
boasted of their 57-year-long sex life, including “the telephone calls and love
notes, the… outward expressions of our longing to be intimate with each other,”
because “marriage is a sexual sacrament with its fullest expression in sexual
intercourse.”  Marriage is a sexual
sacrament? Such is the product of John Paul II’s impenetrable “theology of the
body,” which he left assorted lay commentators to “unpack” like a suitcase full
of naughty lingerie.

The same pair of kooks lauded the example of another family
in welcoming their “gay” son and his “gay partner” to the family’s Christmas
celebration, exposing their own grandchildren to the scandal of their son’s
perversion: “They fully believed in the church’s teachings and they knew their
grandchildren would see them welcome the son and his partner into the family.
Their response could be summed up in three words: ‘He’s our son.’” Cardinal
Nichols told the press “the synod gave them a round of applause.” No doubt
there were tears in a considerable number of episcopal eyes.

Cheap sentiment must trump morality and reason. That is the
“pastoral” leit motif of the Secret Synod. In vain did the London-based Society
for the Protection of Unborn Children protest that “The homosexual agenda is
forcing its way into schools, universities, workplaces and sports clubs. The
last thing families and parishes need is for church leaders to tell them to
welcome homosexual couples.” But the Society for the Protection of Unborn
Children was not invited to the Secret Synod, which according to Francis was
convened to hear “the cry of the people”—but only certain people, whose “cries”
were rehearsed and approved in advance in the manner of all revolutionary

Then there was Cardinal Nichols’s call for what is
essentially the abandonment of the vocabulary of sin: “synod participants heard
today of a wish to tone down the use of terms such as ‘living in sin,’
‘contraceptive mentality’ and ‘intrinsically disordered.’ The suggestion
appeared to have been warmly received.” No doubt the great majority of the
Secret Synod did warmly receive Nichols’s intervention. For the very purpose of
the Secret Synod is to receive the good news of the Death of All Condemnation
in the area of sexual morality and the advent of the Time of Mercy inaugurated
by the First Merciful Pope. Or so the media-assisted narrative goes.

As Francis himself declared the day before the Secret Synod
began, the participants would “search for that which today the Lord asks of His
Church,” so that “we will know how to propose the good news of the family with
credibility.” In other words, the Church’s teaching on marriage and procreation
lacked all credibility before the Secret Synod because she had failed to
consult Our Lord for the latest update. It is long past time for a new


Traditionalists saw all this coming from a mile away: the
Secret Synod would declare itself the quasi-gnostic Revelator of a new “spirit”
that would dictate yet another round of revolution in the Church via a
low-budget scale model of Vatican III that will finish what Vatican II started.
After secret interventions by 70 “Synod Fathers” on October 7, Father Lombardi
summarized the tenor of the proceedings: “From many quarters, however, there
has emerged the need to adapt the language of the Church, so that doctrine on
the family, life and sexuality is understood correctly: it is necessary to
enter into dialogue with the world, looking to the example offered by the Vatican


Whatever Francis’s subjective intention may be, let us not
shrink from recognizing the “door” he has opened for what it is: a portal into
the pit of Hell. In the interview with the liberal Jesuit magazine America, the
liberal Jesuit Francis delighted the world when he declared: “We have to find a
new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall
like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” As
the moral edifice of the Church threatens to fall like a house of cards under
the Secret Synod’s onslaught, we are reminded of how often Francis’s
accusations against others apply precisely to him.

A challenge to our neo-Catholic critics as catastrophe
looms: If the Secret Synod recommends radical changes, including abandonment of
the perennial discipline of the Church—affirmed by the neo-Catholics’ greatest
hero, John Paul II, only 33 years ago—what will they say and what will they do
then? Will they accept even this in silence, as they have every other
“officially approved” ruinous innovation of the Church since 1965? Will they
reveal that they are willing to accept whatever authority decrees in order to
hang on to their comfortable niches in the Novus Ordo establishment, or will they
stand up for the objective and unalterable revealed truths of our religion and
the practices that have embodied those truths for two millennia—no matter what
it costs them and even if the minority of cardinals who have thus far opposed
the Synod’s direction all capitulate? Will they, in short, recognize at long
last the unprecedented crisis in the Church whose origin was described in two
words by Sister Lucia in light of the Third Secret of Fatima, to which Pope
Benedict so tellingly alluded before his mysterious abdication: diabolical

It was Chesterton who wrote: “The Catholic Church is the
only thing which saves a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his
age.”  But now the very Vicar of Christ
presides over a Synod he explicitly declares will be guided by “the rhythm of
our time and the scent of the men of today.” We have clearly reached the final
extremity of the post-conciliar debacle, and it should now be obvious to every
Catholic of good will that we live in times like those of the Arian crisis. As
Cardinal Newman famously observed, during that crisis—the greatest in Church
history until now—the Faith was preserved not “by the unswerving firmness of
the Holy See, Councils or Bishops, but … by the consensus fidelium [consent of
the faithful].” Then, as now, “there was a temporary suspense of the functions
of the Ecclesia docens [the teaching church]. The body of the Bishops failed in
their confession of the faith. … There were untrustworthy Councils, unfaithful
Bishops; there was weakness, fear of consequences, misguidance, delusion,
hallucination, endless, hopeless, extending itself into nearly every corner of
the Catholic church.”

Yet in this seemingly hopeless situation lies our very hope.
As history teaches, and as the promises of Christ guarantee, the faithful need
only hold fast to the traditions they have been taught (2 Thess. 2:15) by the
authentic Magisterium until the storm ends and the men who unleashed it upon
the Church have passed into history, along with all the bishops and even the
Pope (Liberius) who persecuted Saint Athanasius and a remnant of the faithful
who defended the divinity of Christ in the 4th century.

Barring divine intervention, the members of the Secret Synod
may well have their day. But in the end that is all they will have. Meanwhile,
no matter what, we must keep the Faith. And by the grace of God, we will.

And on the Other Hand, Cardinal Burke in the Role of Athanasius

Post at OnePeter5

Kasper and the Majority of German Bishops to Catholics with Troubled Marriages: Go to Hell

I mean, really, isn't that the substance of their message of 'mercy'?

1 Corinthians 11:23-29

[23] For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread. [24] And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me. [25] In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me.

[26] For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. [27] 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. [28] But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. [29] For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.

07 October 2014

Pope Francis Names New Vatican Dicastery

It's called the Ministry of Truth, or "Minitrue", in the Newspeak of Catholic "graduality".

You can bet that Trent will go down the memory hole. And the Gosoels will be edited in light of Newspeak. But don't worry, we have always been at war with Eurasia tolerated sodomitical relations.

"It's time to pick a side."-- Johnston Green


Of course, whose hypocrisy? And which servants? A popular radical tactic is to inoculate against criticism by labeling your enemies with the bad traits that could be pointed out against yourself. Is there nothing to stop the heresy-in-the-name-of-mercy zeitgeist?

Pope to Synod on the Family: God’s dream always clashes with the hypocrisy of some of his servants

The 'Kasper' Position: Anathematized for Your Convenience

This excellent and timely piece by the great Roberto de Mattei, translated at Rorate Caeli, inspired me to post these two canons from the 24th session of the Council of Trent:


The first parent of the human race, under the influence of the divine Spirit, pronounced the bond of matrimony perpetual and indissoluble, when he said; This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh. But, that by this bond two only are united and joined together, our Lord taught more plainly, when rehearsing those last words as having been uttered by God, He said, therefore now they are not two, but one flesh; and straightway confirmed the firmness of that tie, proclaimed so long before by Adam, by these words; What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. But, the grace which might perfect that natural love, and confirm that indissoluble union, and sanctify the married, Christ Himself, the institutor and perfecter of the venerable sacraments, merited for us by His passion; as the Apostle Paul intimates, saying: Husbands love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church, and delivered himself up for it; adding shortly after, This is a great sacrament, but I speak in Christ and in the Church. Whereas therefore matrimony, in the evangelical law, excels in grace, through Christ, the ancient marriages; with reason have our holy Fathers, the Councils, and the tradition of the universal Church, always taught, that it is to be numbered amongst the sacraments of the new law; against which, impious men of this age raging, have not only had false notions touching this venerable sacrament, but, introducing according to their wont, under the pretext of the Gospel, a carnal liberty, they have by word and writing asserted, not without great injury to the faithful of Christ, many things alien from the sentiment of the Catholic Church, and from the usage approved of since the times of the apostles; the holy and universal Synod wishing to meet the rashness of these men, has thought it proper, lest their pernicious contagion may draw more after it, that the more remarkable heresies and errors of the above-named schismatics be exterminated, by decreeing against the said heretics and their errors the following anathemas.

CANON V.-If any one saith, that on account of heresy, or irksome cohabitation, or the affected absence of one of the parties, the bond of matrimony may be dissolved; let him be anathema.

CANON VlI.-If any one saith, that the Church has erred, in that she hath taught, and doth teach, in accordance with the evangelical and apostolical doctrine, that the bond of matrimony cannot be dissolved on account of the adultery of one of the married parties; and that both, or even the innocent one who gave not occasion to the adultery, cannot contract another marriage, during the life-time of the other; and, that he is guilty of adultery, who, having put away the adulteress, shall take another wife, as also she, who, having put away the adulterer, shall take another husband; let him be anathema.

I checked and checked, but there was no expiration date on these anathemas. The truths of the faith are not so many dented cans of beans on a convenience store shelf-- they don't go bad, they don't expire, they are never out of date.

Whether a Cardinal or other very high ranking prelate, or anyone else, however humble, were to hold these positions, the Church says let him be anathema.

06 October 2014

A Great Idea for the Feast of St. Bruno

St. Bruno founded the first house of the Carthusian order in 1084 and later, under Pope Urban II, helped the real pope against the efforts of an antipope who made alliance with the worldly.

Why not today, on his feast, raise a glass of the best (not merely spiritual) thing the Carthusians gave civilization? 

Then, again, why not raise two glasses of Chartreuse?

04 October 2014

Cardinal Kasper Considers the Words of Jesus Christ Insulting and Offensive

Mark 10: 2-12
[2] And the Pharisees coming to him asked him: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. [3] But he answering, saith to them: What did Moses command you? [4] Who said: Moses permitted to write a bill of divorce, and to put her away. [5] To whom Jesus answering, said: Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you that precept.

[6] But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. [7] For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife. [8] And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. [9] What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. [10] And in the house again his disciples asked him concerning the same thing.

[11] And he saith to them: Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committeth adultery against her. [12] And if the wife shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2014 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In recent interviews, German Cardinal Walter Kasper suggested that while Church doctrine cannot change, it can be adapted and interpreted in different ways, and language can be softened when it is deemed offensive.

If an individual divorces their spouse and enters a new civil marriage without an annulment, the second union is “not a sacramental one,” Cardinal Kasper acknowledged.

“That’s clear. It’s not of the same level as the first one,” he said in a video interview with Catholic News Service, released Oct. 2.

However, he continued, it is still “a new situation of marriage” in which a couple is living together and “There is love, there is commitment, there is exclusivity, it is forever.”

He urged against using the language of adultery, generally drawn from the words of Jesus that one who divorces his wife and marriages another commits adultery.

Cardinal Kasper said that “to tell them that’s adultery, permanent adultery, I think they would feel insulted and offended.”

“Such a sexual relationship within a couple has also its positive values, it’s not only its negative values,” he said, rejecting the idea “that every sexual act is sinful” in such situations...

Article at CNA