Monday, 27 October 2014

It Just Doesn't Matter Anymore

Written by  Megaera Erinyes
Dear Miss Erinyes
I'm just wondering what your opinion is. Do you think that Francis really is pope? I cannot imagine the real pope doing and saying the things that Francis is doing and saying. Do you think that it is possible that the last conclave was rigged, making Francis' election illegitimate? - Fr. M
Dear Father, 
The truth is that I have no idea. I am not a canonist; I have no training in theology or Church history and have no special ability to discern between the various arguments now being commonly bruited about the internet. I can see that we have a very large problem, one in the person of Francis that seems to equal the horrifying problems in the world. He seems to me to be, indeed, an intrinsic part of those external problems, a product of them, one might even say.
Unfortunately, I also have no special knowledge, other than what can be found out on the internet, about what happened in the Vatican in the last 2 years. I know what I have seen, and what I have heard, and it is obviously going to go down in Church history (if there is going to be anyone to write such things down in what is left of our future) as one of our most dangerous and inexplicable periods. Other than that, I know what anyone knows; rumours and counter rumours. 

What I can see as a simple observer is that we are in a situation, with the Church and the world as a whole, that is apparently totally unprecedented in our long history. I hope you will forgive a long answer, since your question, as simple as it seems, encompasses quite a lot. 

I suppose it is possible, and has probably happened in the past, that a pope has been brought out of illicit elections who really is pope, and has gone on to do his duty as perfectly as any pope. I don't think that the nature of the election process is so crucial, though given our situation I can see why it is an attractive answer. We have a serious problem with Bergoglio, and it is one that an irregular election would solve, if it could be proved. What a relief it would be to simply shrug off his strange speeches by saying, “Oh, just more anti-pope talk.”  Tempting indeed. 

But I think there is a more generally useful answer that can be taken on board by any Catholic who still believes: If the pope is not a Catholic, and is pursuing goals contrary to those of Christ, does it matter if he is canonically an anti-pope? Does it matter if the election process was violated in this or that way? 

Since the Ascension of Our Lord, we Christians have been charged with the conversion of the whole world. I do not find it surprising that it has taken us 2000 years to accomplish this, particularly since at the time the charge was given we still had much of the world left to discover and were dependent upon others to invent things like sailing ships and oceanic navigational tools. Given distractions like the human love of making war and the Black Death, I find a time frame of two millennia to be fairly reasonable. But in the end, by the end of the 19th century or thereabouts, I think we have done as well as we could be expected to do.


Monday, 20 October 2014

Francis and Kasper: The Modern Pharisees

Written by  Brian M. McCall

The dispute between the Pharisees and Our Lord is being misrepresented. It was the Pharisees through their technical distortion of the meaning of the words of the law that were advocating a minimalist compliance with the natural and divine law. In fact, Our Lord came to demand a more rigorous application of the Law and the Prophets.

Perhaps you have experienced a similar ad hominem attack as I have when simply stating or defending the very simple dogma on marriage that has been held by Catholics everywhere and always (at least before the gnostic oracle of Cardinal Kasper came on the scene). Marriage is the union between one man and one woman which bond is broken only by the death of one of the spouses. Our grandparents would have considered inconceivable that such a simple and basic statement could become the source of ridicule and persecution by fellow Catholics. Yet, utter this truth today and you are likely to be confronted with something like the following: “You are being like the Pharisees. Christ came to bring mercy and the Pharisees stubbornly held on to the letter of the law rather than embracing Christ’s new spirit of mercy. Like the Pharisees of old you obstinately are refusing the law of mercy Pope Francis seeks to promote.”

In reaction to the shocking mid-Synod report, Maria Madise, coordinator of Voice of the Family notes the same line of attack: “The Synod’s mid-way report will increase the incidence of faithful Catholics being labelled as ‘Pharisees’, simply for upholding Catholic teaching on sexual purity.” Like much of the pseudo-historical drivel being doctored up to support the jettisoning of natural and divine law (See Roberto de Mattei’s article on the abuse of the Council of Trent for an example here), such an attack completely misrepresents the real dispute between Our Lord and the Pharisees. This dispute was not between an overly rigid literalist interpretation of the law by the Pharisees and a lenient merciful more up-to-date spirit of the law interpretation by Our Savior. Rather, it was the exact opposite.

Inaccurately the dispute between the Pharisees and Our Lord is being misrepresented as a dispute between the rigid, legalistic, close-minded Pharisees clinging to the letter of the law whereas the merciful Savior liberally went beyond the letter of the law. Thus, those repeating the perennial proposition that a spouse engaging in marital acts with another person while his or her spouse still lives are objectively committing adultery (regardless of what human civil law calls it) and therefore cannot be admitted to a Sacrament of the Living, Holy Communion, are merely “Pharisees applying the strict letter of the law.”

“Francis and Kasper seek simply to extend the hand of mercy.” If we examine the testimony of Sacred Scripture (as confirmed by the Tradition of the Church) we find reality to be the exact opposite. It was in fact Our Lord who came to demand a more rigorous, not lax, application of the Law and the Prophets. It was the Pharisees through their technical distortion of the meaning of the words of the law that were advocating a minimalist compliance with the natural and divine law. As long as the letter of the law was fulfilled, they argued, we were justified. On the contrary our Lord came to call all Men to a more rigorous and perfect obedience to the law. We will examine the incident as reported by St. Matthew in which Our Lord clearly distinguishes His demand for rigor from the practice of the Pharisees.

Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. . . . For I tell you, that unless your justice abound more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5:17-20)


Friday, 17 October 2014

A superb take on the increasingly shambolic state of the Church under Pope Humble the 1st, the Merciful.

Catholics really have their backs to the wall at the moment.  Murdered and driven from our homes abroad by Muslims; persecuted at home by secularists and homofascists; our Church rotting from the inside by Modernists, radical feminist, predatory sodomites and other assorted dissenters, add to this we have Pope Humble the 1st, the Merciful, treating the Church like his personal fiefdom and all the barmy news coming out of Rome.

Listen to Michael Matt's (the editor of the Remnant) superb take on the increasingly shambolic state of the Church under Pope Humble the 1st, the Merciful.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Removed From His See by Pope Humble the 1st The Merciful (many believe because he was too orthodox) Bishop Livieres Still Speaks Out!

There has been increasing disquiet and accusations of injustice over the forced removal of a Paraguayan bishop, ostensibly because of his “difficult” relations with other bishops and priests.
The Vatican is not responding to calls for more detailed reasons why the bishop was removed, but the faithful, the bishop's supporters say, have a right to know. And if the reasons are valid and just, they argue, why not share them?

Bishop Rogelio Livieres:
“At the opening Mass of the extraordinary Synod on the family Pope Francisco called for bishops to collaborate with God’s plan and thus form a holy people. I offer these reflections with the desire to serve the Pope in the best way that I can.
“The Church, founded on the rock of Peter, expects from the Synod the promotion of the Christian family. But what the Bible calls “the world” has a very different expectation: the media scream every day for the Church to be brought “up to date”- a euphemism for demanding that she bless, and not condemn the everyday more and more frequent moral deviations – due to, among other reasons, the systematic encouragement from the press and the entertainment industry.
“The Church was, however, not established to sanction what the world seeks, but to teach us what God wants from us and to accompany us on the path of Holiness. Because it is in the will of God, who knows all, and cannot be deceived nor deceive us, where we find true peace and happiness. Neither the doctrine of the faith nor pastoral practice —  consequence of this doctrine — are the result of a consensus of priests, whether Cardinals or bishops.

Monday, 13 October 2014

EWTN has done a great service to the truth

I cannot recommend high enough to every reader of this blog, and to the whole Catholic world, this interview of Cardinal Burke by EWTN's Raymond Arroyo:

Arroyo's conduct of the interview brilliantly frames the debate between Kasper and the Pope who praises him on the one hand, and the teaching of Our Lord, and the Church's discipline in obedience to Christ, on the other.  EWTN has done a great service to the truth.

This is an example of how EWTN could be a force for true renewal in the Church.  Let us hope this trend at the network continues and that it becomes a vehicle for principled opposition to the post-Conciliar revolution that has reached a new level of insanity under the pontificate of Pope Humble the 1st, with its demagogic invocation of a false mercy and its funky divide between doctrine and practice.  Click on image above to order your copy of Remaining in the Truth of Christ