25 August 2017

Feast of St. Louis IX, King of France

Someone to pray to in these days of simply awful government.

The statue above is the iconic representation of saint and city, called Apotheosis of Saint Louis, dating back to the 1904 World's Fair. If any mob ever tries to tear this down, I hope the police have orders to shoot at will. The city's politics are so bad, we need our patron saint's intercession more than ever.

Saint Louis, pray for us!

24 August 2017

Let Me See If I Understand Francis' Remarks on the Irreversibility of Liturgical Reform Correctly

So Francis just said some stuff today, which, as is often the case, seems self-contradictory. This time it involves the liturgy, a subject on which much depends and on which his track record is, shall we say, poor to dismal:

But “it is not enough to reform the liturgical books; the mentality of the people must be reformed as well.” The reformation of the liturgical books was the first step in a process, he said, “that requires time, faithful reception, practical obedience, wise implementation”.

“After this magisterial, and after this long journey, we can assert with certainty and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible.”

OK, let me see if I can understand this correctly.  "We" can assert with certainty and "magisterial authority" that the "liturgical reform is irreversible"?  Is Francis using the royal "we" to be "magisterial"? Or perhaps he is indicating the whole people of God are speaking magisterially? Is this new doctrine, or is he employing the logical fallacy of argumentum ad populum-- of appealling to large numbers?

And magisterial? Please. Consider this passage from an actually promulgated Papal Bull, Quo Primum, which mandated the use of the so-called Tridentine Mass as the normative Roman Rite (my own emphases in bold):

Let all everywhere adopt and observe what has been handed down by the Holy Roman Church, the Mother and Teacher of the other churches, and let Masses not be sung or read according to any other formula than that of this Missal published by Us. This ordinance applies henceforth, now, and forever, throughout all the provinces of the Christian world, to all patriarchs, cathedral churches, collegiate and parish churches, be they secular or religious, both of men and of women – even of military orders – and of churches or chapels without a specific congregation in which conventual Masses are sung aloud in choir or read privately in accord with the rites and customs of the Roman Church. This Missal is to be used by all churches, even by those which in their authorization are made exempt, whether by Apostolic indult, custom, or privilege, or even if by oath or official confirmation of the Holy See, or have their rights and faculties guaranteed to them by any other manner whatsoever.

This new rite alone is to be used unless approval of the practice of saying Mass differently was given at the very time of the institution and confirmation of the church by Apostolic See at least 200 years ago, or unless there has prevailed a custom of a similar kind which has been continuously followed for a period of not less than 200 years, in which most cases We in no wise rescind their above-mentioned prerogative or custom. However, if this Missal, which we have seen fit to publish, be more agreeable to these latter, We grant them permission to celebrate Mass according to its rite, provided they have the consent of their bishop or prelate or of their whole Chapter, everything else to the contrary notwithstanding.

All other of the churches referred to above, however, are hereby denied the use of other missals, which are to be discontinued entirely and absolutely; whereas, by this present Constitution, which will be valid henceforth, now, and forever, We order and enjoin that nothing must be added to Our recently published Missal, nothing omitted from it, nor anything whatsoever be changed within it under the penalty of Our displeasure.

[...] Furthermore, by these presents [this law], in virtue of Our Apostolic authority, We grant and concede in perpetuity that, for the chanting or reading of the Mass in any church whatsoever, this Missal is hereafter to be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment, or censure, and may freely and lawfully be used. Nor are superiors, administrators, canons, chaplains, and other secular priests, or religious, of whatever title designated, obliged to celebrate the Mass otherwise than as enjoined by Us. We likewise declare and ordain that no one whosoever is forced or coerced to alter this Missal, and that this present document cannot be revoked or modified, but remain always valid and retain its full force notwithstanding the previous constitutions and decrees of the Holy See, as well as any general or special constitutions or edicts of provincial or synodal councils, and notwithstanding the practice and custom of the aforesaid churches, established by long and immemorial prescription – except, however, if more than two hundred years’ standing.

Pardon me, but THAT sounds magisterial to me. And I'll just boil down the sense of Francis' remarks today, considering the above, and our knowledge of the history of the Church for the last 450-- or even 50-- years:

"Attention, plebes: the bastardized liturgy foisted on the Church 48 years ago can never be done away with, even though that bastardized liturgy replaced a liturgy of antiquity, made mandatory by Papal Bull 447 years ago, because my personal whims and the whims of like-minded modernists constitute a super magisterium way better than any 1500+ year immemorial custom or 447 year old specific Papal prohibiton on said whims."

Doesn't sound so convincing to me. But don't worry. That's where the most ominous of Francis' words today stand out:

"it is not enough to reform the liturgical books; the mentality of the people must be reformed as well.” ... “that requires ... practical obedience...

That sounds a lot like, "We are going to make you do it, so shut up." 

I find this argument somewhat unpersuasive.

21 August 2017

Well, I Have to Say That It Was Impressive

The crickets chirping was a bit of a surprise, as was just how bright the day was until juuuust before totality.

I can see why the ancients would freak.  Maybe we should freak more, if it changed our behavior.

Signum magnum apparuit in caelo: mulier amicta sole, et luna sub pedibus ejus, et in capite ejus corona stellarum duodecim.

Cantate Domino canticum novum: quia mirabília fecit. Gloria Patri, etc.


And...food for thought from Laramie Hirsch.

15 August 2017

"We owe it to each other to take care of gentle souls like this.": The Man on the Overpass

STLToday has a very moving story about Raynard Nebbitt, whom you may not know by name. On the other hand, if you travel I-44 at all regularly, you know him by sight. He is the man who travels every day to the overpass on Rock Hill Rd., flagging down trucks to honk their horns. He has a mental disability, and this overpass is his daily routine, his daily task-- or, if you will, his daily apostolate. Since it seems I have a contractual obligation to drive to the Dance Center of Kirkwood 14 times a week, I simply refer to him as "Maddie's friend".

Anyhoo, it seems that due to a recent physical disability of his sister (who had been able to work and support them both), he was forced to move to the city, where his daily bike ride now takes over an hour each way.

The quote in the above headline comes from a commenter at the STLToday story. It is a very worthy read.

Signum Magnum Apparuit in Caelo

A very blessed Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady to all of you. If you have forgotten your obligation so far, there is still time to make 6:30 pm Mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory.

In Case Any Modern-Day Stalinists Read This Blog

Robert E. Lee was better than you. Yes. He was.

07 August 2017

What Stands in the Way of the Global Secular Order? Look at Whom Francis Targets

The Church Militant-- the Bride of Christ, the Church on earth, governed by a vigorous, orthodox Pope and Bishops united with him, teaching what she has always taught.

The United States of America-- no, not that shining city on a hill, Puritan thing. Merely this, an independent nation-state, Western and Christian in its general ethos, supporting independence, powerful enough to resist the globalists.

Russia-- Christian Russia. An independent nation-state, Eastern and Christian in its general ethos, supporting independence (especially Christian), powerful enough to resist the globalists.

What do these groups have in common these days? 1. Belief in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world. 2. The need for a role in society of the Church and the State (though they disagree on some boundaries thereto). 3. The necessary integrity of the nation-state as the primary actor of international law. As a corollary to this, consider that these groups are all that are left in opposition to invasion-by-immigration by Mohammedans to the West. 4. This last trait is most tenuous in what is left of the U.S., but support of the traditional family, right to life, marriage, subsidiarity, etc.

Francis has threatened with excommunication (whatever he means by this term) all of the above. Some directly, some by public attack designed to ostracize them.

It goes without saying that all of these institutions are weakened from the height of their power and are greatly under attack by the diabolical forces so freely at work today 

Of the three, only Russia seems to be getting stronger from its low point. I submit that this is precisely because it has embraced Christianity in at least some sense after the displacement of the communist government. Russia supports Christians in the Middle East and at home. It supports traditional families and marriage. It opposes the sexual perversion policy of the West and the Mohammedan invastion. That is why the global secular elites want it destroyed.

The United States and the Church are both on their knees, attacked so successfully from within. Trump's victory, whatever he does or doesn't actually accomplish, stands for the things for which America used to stand. He got through the guardians of the system, proving they don't have everything their own way yet. They must destroy him, and with him, they imagine, the last chance of America being America again.

I don't think any reader of this blog needs me to prove that Francis has nearly completed the work of destruction of the visible Church that was planted fifty years ago or more, and which worked, worked, rotting the foundations, until he could push over the rotten superstructure. And yet, the Church cannot really be killed. There are always faithful Catholics, lay and clergy. These he will attack, openly or not, until he can get rid of us at last (spoiler alert: he can't).

Anyway, a rambling post, but one I wanted to go on record to say. Just as I knew I wanted to support Trump in 2016 based merely on his enemies list, so now, thanks to this open war between the elites and civilization--inside the Church and out-- you can see who are the forces for sanity based on the same enemies list.

Whenever Trump and Putin are "dealt with", we are left at last defenseless; that is to say, we will have no earthly protection left. I pray daily that Our Lord and Lady will act decisively despite our unworthiness.

Come Lord Jesus! Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!


As an aside, in its own little sphere, the Mafia has earned its own FrancisScorn.  What? The mafia? Aren't they scumbags? Well, perhaps, but consider their function only as it relates to governance of peoples. They step in when the state and/or Church fails (even if they contribute to that failure), and provide services, structure, governance, and its own form of "criminal justice". And consider the vigor with which Francis goes after them.  A vigor, I might add, he saves only for hectoring and belittling traditional Catholics. Why? I think, mostly, that these days they stand as a force against Mohammedan invasion of Sicily and Italy. And they have a type of "family and country" patriotism, within the obvious limits of a criminal enterprise.

01 August 2017

Commemoration of the Holy Machabees

Luke 12: 1-8

[1] And when great multitudes stood about him, so that they trod one upon another, he began to say to his disciples: Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
[2] For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed: nor hidden, that shall not be known.
[3] For whatsoever things you have spoken in darkness, shall be published in the light: and that which you have spoken in the ear in the chambers, shall be preached on the housetops.
[4] And I say to you, my friends: Be not afraid of them who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
[5] But I will shew you whom you shall fear: fear ye him, who after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you, fear him.

[6] Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
[7] Yea, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows.
[8] And I say to you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God.