Tuesday, 22 July 2014

"Judas, sit down and shut your proto-Marxist piehole. THWAP!" John 12:7-8 - The Gospel of Judas Iscariot

Patrick Lawler (abridged and adapted by Graham Moorhouse)

Welcome to the next instalment of “Tales of CCRS” [CCRS stands for Catholic Catechism Rigidly Suppressed - I jest - it's supposed to stand for Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies - it is a course designed by our bishops to destroy Catholic education, and it has been very effective in so doing - Ed].

One of the main ‘teachers’ on the Westminster CCRS course is a certain Deacon; let’s call him Deacon ‘Nice’.  Now, Deacon ‘Nice’ is your archetype post-Conciliar Modernist, the living, breathing embodiment of absolutely everything you would associate with the egregious “Spirit of Vatican II”; he is your liberal’s liberal, your progressive’s progressive, your left-wing's left-winger, and like all his type, he is a man reeking with sanctimonious concern for “The Poor”, “The Disenfranchised” and “The Marginalised” (Yea, verily, twill be capitalised in thought, word and deed!).  Also typical of his genre, Deacon 'Nice' sermonizes endlessly about tolerance, whilst intolerance oozes out of every pore.

Deacon 'Nice'. Like the rest of his kind, has a profound devotion to the seven Golden Calves of post-Conciliar modernism: tolerance, dialogue, encounter, acceptance, inter-faith outreach, multiculturalism and that Golden Calf of Golden Calves … white liberal guilt.  As for genuine Catholic concerns - the salvation of souls; individual responsibility; faithful observance of the Magisterium; the Four Last Things; absolute truth; objective morality; evangelisation and conversion to the One True Faith – well not so much that you would notice.

Quite early on in the course (the second teaching day, in fact), Deacon ‘Nice’ - dismissively indicating to a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church - announced: “Being a Christian is not about following every single thing in there.”  Now, the instant he said it, I thought, “Oh, really!  And which parts of the Catechism should we feel free to ignore or disregard, pray tell?”  I am ashamed to say, I did not speak up.  In fact, I felt like such a lousy coward for the rest of that day and afterwards that I resolved not to remain silent the next time any of the course teachers made some smart aleck comment disparaging the Catholic faith. 

I did not have to wait long for Deacon ‘Nice’ was always especially accommodating in his modernist, progressive, Spirit-of-Vatican II worshipping, apostasy-friendly outlook.  One such (totally in character) gem was when he announced: “Taking care of the poor is the heart of Christianity.”  Please note, there is no “at” in that sentence; he did not say, “Taking care of the poor is at the heart of Christianity.”  Indeed, I was most insistent at the time that I did not misquote him, neither adding nor subtracting from what he had said.  “Taking care of the poor is the heart of Christianity” is exactly what he said.  I raised my hand and the following exchange ensued:

HIM: “Yes?”
ME:  “Did you just say, “Taking care of the poor is the heart of Christianity?”
HIM: “Yes”
ME:  “Well, it isn’t”
HIM: “What do you mean?”
ME:  “I mean taking care of the poor isn’t the heart of Christianity.”
HIM: “Yes it is!”
ME:  “No, it isn’t. Taking care of those experiencing poverty and hardship is certainly important and can justifiably be described as one’s Christian duty but it isn’t THEheart of Christianity.
HIM: “Of course it is”
ME:  “No, it really isn’t! The heart of Christianity is the reality of Our Blessed Lord’s sacrifice on the cross and the salvific grace made available to those who faithfully receive the blessed sacraments of the One, True, Holy and Apostolic Roman Catholic Church.  It’s about saving the souls of individual sinners like me and trying to make sure we spend eternity with God in Heaven rather than with Satan in Hell!  Our Lord didn’t come to Earth to live as one of us and die an agonising death on the cross just so we could open a soup kitchen!”

There was a bit more liberal spluttering from Deacon ‘Nice’ but, before too long, he did (with exceptionally bad grace) have to admit that, “Well, if you’re going to be rigidly theologically accurate….” then alright, that sacrifice-on-the-cross-and-saving-souls-stuff is, I suppose, sort of, the heart of Christianity.

This is a clear example of what I call “The Gospel of Judas Iscariot”; I didn’t come up with that title myself and it certainly doesn't refer to the dodgy Gnostic text of the same name that had a certain amount of notoriety a few years ago [Why the media at the time insisted on calling it the Gospel of Judas was always something of a mystery, as it wasn't written by Judas and it wasn't a Gospel - Ed].

Judas was a liar, a thief and a traitor and he was so, primarily, because he did not believe in the Truth, Our Blessed Lord.  His ‘concern’ was purely for the things of this world; fame, worldly regard, wealth and comfort and we see his ‘concerns’ writ large in the post-Conciliar Church on all sides. The “social justice” crowd are following in his footsteps and taking many well-meaning but woefully un-catechised souls with them to their final destination and judgement, while, along the way, propagating an emasculated, feminised, communistic and de-sacralised fake theology, elevating “The Poor” to saintly victimhood simply by ‘virtue’ of being poor (whether in relative or absolute terms).

I simply cannot say it in a clearer and more engaging way than the formidable Ann Barnhardt in her excellent essay, “Jesus Christ: Economist”, enjoy!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Fruitful Shall Inherit the Earth

Already (mostly young) French Catholic can put a million
boots on the street to oppose homosexual adoption
Some very exciting and encouraging forecasts have come out of a recent study of ordinations in France. The study looked not only at the number of traditional priests as against Novus Ordo priests being ordained, but at the current total numbers of each group and their average ages.

The really significant fact is that the average age of a Novus Ordo priest in France is 75! Put simply this means that the Novus Ordo church in France is standing on the edge of a very steep precipice. The study concludes that by 2038, a mere twenty-five years from now, the majority of priests in France will be traditionalists.

However, I believe we can be even more hopeful than this report suggest, because the report has only graphed the growth of the traditional orders, groups such as the SSPX, the FSSP, the Institute of the Good Shepherd etc. But there is another story, what about the young men coming out of Novus Order seminaries who are also traditional minded, and what about those Novus Order priests who are returning to tradition - the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate being just one example? Add in the further fact that traditional Catholics, unlike their Novus Ordo brothers and sisters, and secularists in general, are not busy contraception themselves out of existence, and I believe the future could be very bright indeed for the Church in France.

I suspect that I am too old to see the new dawn, but my children could well live to see France as a vibrate Catholic country once again and ready to reclaim its role as the eldest daughter of the Church. And where France goes, who knows, other countries may not be too far behind. It won't happen overnight, but I suspect we could be talking about decades rather than centuries.

Surly we are witnessing another thread being woven into that beautiful prophesy of our Lady at Fatima, "My Immaculate Heart will eventually triumph." Maybe we can begin to dare hope that the day will come when popes who have sold their souls to the Zeitgeist, like Pope Humble 1st, and scandalous prelates like Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Dolan et al will be just historical footnotes, mere painful memories of an older generation.

There could of course be other clouds on the horizon: Islam and militant secularism two obvious examples, but the Novus Ordo sect, in France at least, is now very clearly and firmly lodged on death row.

I prophesied fifty years ago that this day would come, but was denounced for not being "open to the Spirit". I inquired at the time whether they were talking about the Spirit that had been around for the last 2000 years or the one that had just turned up - no response forthcoming at the time, as far as I recall.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Marriage victory in Finland! Parliamentary committee votes down "gay marriage." Help from MassResistance.

POSTED: July 3, 2014

A coalition of religious activists in Finland using MassResistance materials has blocked a “gay marriage” move in the Finnish Parliament, overcoming a well-funded and well-organized push by the homofascist lobby.

Finland isn't as easy to conquer as the homofascist movement expected!

On June 25 the Finnish Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee voted 10-6 to reject the "gay marriage" bill. The vote followed lobbying by coalition members and the distribution of MassResistance materials to all members of Parliament.  In addition, the MassResistance video “What 'gay marriage' did to Massachusetts” was broadcast on national TV in May.  MORE

Monday, 30 June 2014

British Bishop Talks Out of Both Sides of His Mouth at Once - No surprises There Then.

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark has clarified that a plea by the bishops for the rights of Catholics in polygamous civil unions should not be interpreted as a shift in the Church's position on the subject.

Archbishop Smith's intervention came after a bishops' conference statement was taken as being an endorsement of polygamous civil unions.

The bishops' statement, a submission to a government consultation, said existing polygamous civil unions should not be abolished or merged into polygamous marriages.

The bishops said: "Some polygamous Catholics do not wish to enter into civil polygamous marriages because of their deeply held belief that marriage is between two people only, but still wish to enjoy the legal rights that are contained in their polygamous civil unions. The removal of the option for polygamous people to enter into polygamous civil unions would cause great harm to polygamous Catholics and others."

The statement was signed by Archbishop Smith, the bishops' chairman of the department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship.

Archbishop Smith said that the statement "should not be misinterpreted as a wider commentary on polygamous civil unions in general".

There you have it: I bet you are all dead clear now on what the Church teaches about polygamous "marriages". The above is of course a spoof, what the bishop was really talking about was two men addicted to the unhealthy, unnatural depravity of using one another's lower bowel as a sex organ being given some sort of legal recognition. It is apparently now part of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship to assist those committed to a life of grave sin on their way to hell. Apparently, the idea that Christian Responsibility involved calling those so committed to repentance went down the tubes with Vat2. How about the rights of necrophiliacs to keep a licensed corpse in their house, or the rights of coprophiliacs to have access to the sewers? Why is it that only some sexual deviants have rights - our lefty bishops are not that inclusive it turns out after all?

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

To Believe a Lie

Fr Teilhard de Chardin SJ
Written by  Susan Claire Potts
Ideo mittit illis Deus operationem erroris ut credant mendacio
There is a shadow over the world. It darkens societies and snuffs the candles in the sanctuary. It creeps around corners and billows over houses. Good people see it, but they don’t know what to do. How do you fight a shadow?  How do you crush a phantasm? There’s no substance there, nothing to push or shove. Nothing works.
So what is this strange amorphous thing, this Mystery of Iniquity? How can we understand it?
Sometimes, the most complex, inexplicable things are not so hard to understand once the blinders are off. I’m a counseling psychologist—no theologian or scientist—but, like all who hold the Catholic Faith, I have eyes to see. After nearly forty years of studying the human mind, analyzing the root of emotional conflict, moral perversions, and intellectual error, this is how it looks to me:
Quite simply, the darkness is the result of a thought process disorder. Masquerading as philosophy and science, the disorientation has spread through the Church from top to bottom, corrupting minds and shaking the intellectual and philosophical foundations of Western civilization.
A new religion has the world in its grip.
The closest thing to it was the fourth-century Arian crisis, when the whole world groaned and found itself Arian. But at least then people knew what the argument was. The point of debate was clear. It was one thing or the other: Was Christ the co-eternal Son of the Father or not?
But this Shadow is more than heresy. It is the reinterpretation of Truth—which is no interpretation at all, but a denial and repudiation. People say it is Modernism, but horrid as that synthesis of all heresies, is, the nebulous New Religion is worse because it’s not a heresy. Rather, it is systemic apostasy, a total renunciation of the Deposit of Faith, a “standing off” from Revelation. It is the substitution of a lie for the Truth. Like all evil things, it has no life of its own, but it has attached itself like a blood-sucking leech to the Mystical Body of Christ.