28 May 2014


I. (BELATED) HAPPY CLAPPY NEW YEAR. It's safe to conclude that Anno Domini 2013 was an Annus Terribilis for the Catholic Church. We are now well into 2014, the vexing Bergoglio papacy continues with its parade of perplexities, gallivanting along its Peronist path, and the secular world is still rejoicing. "Person of the Year", said TIME magazine last year. Esquire named Pope Francis Best Dressed Man of 2013. The Holy Father made the covers of Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and LIFE magazines - all in dignified, positively portrayed cover presentations, quite unlike various magazine covers for Pope Benedict. This rejoicing is happening on the outside. On the inside, our Neo-Catholic friends, seemingly inspirited by a kind of irrational exuberance, are performing every imaginable feat to rationalize the non-stop stream of Francis', shall we diplomatically say, unCatholic  pronouncements and gestures. Really, it's just a continuing rearrangement of deck chairs on their sinking vessel, the SS Cognitive Dissonance. Captained by a certain someone stubbornly unwilling to accept the end of the Wojtyla period and its attending superstadium glories; also unwilling to acknowledge the failed Protestant experiment of Deistic Democracy and its French (Revolution) Connection. Full steam ahead! Disregard that iceberg. The normally stormy waters of the North Atlantic are presently calm. It's a clear and starry night. A recent dispatch from bizarroland comes from Dr. Zmirak. Ruminate on this Americanism-inspired jaw dropper:
We ought to be deeply thankful for the heritage of the Enlightenment - because the American anti-Catholics of the 19th and 20th century were dead right about one thing: Catholicism minus the Enlightenment equals the Inquisition.[1]
Merci beaucoup, Fr. Courtney Murray. Your legacy continues.

II. As for the more endarkened Modernists, "Pope Frankie" has - minus media spin - affirmed their cherished assortment of heresies, now perfectly synthesized, thus emboldening them. It's as if they are in a time warp to the era of muscle cars and lime green leisure suits, gleefully firing up spliffs, inhaling deeply, Pong and mood rings and pet rocks, boogying under light-shimmering disco balls, from San Francisco to Berlin to Wagga Wagga, partying like its 1789, not 1978. A last hurrah before Mr. G. Reaper comes a knocking? Excitement, giddiness, joie de vivre, grandiosity, utopian anticipations, frenetic hedonism, distractions of every kind, sport and recreation as religion fillers, always are at their utmost intensities when upheaval is proximate. That is, at a civilization's twilight, just before God ordains a specific, world-altering judgement upon humanity. To analogize, think of the debauched cultural atmosphere during the Weimar Republic and what followed. But who is God to judge? Sounds like Self-Absorbed Promethean Neo-Pelagianism to me. Hey, don't get mad at me for saying this stuff. Regular readers should know by now that I'm just a "querulous and disillusioned pessimist", a "sourpuss".[2]

III. STORM ON THE HORIZON. Pope Benedict tried to apply the brakes, but it's too late. Attachment to Vatican II tenets is evidently too robust, otherwise Modernism in the Church might have been counteracted to a larger extent. The "hermeneutic of continuity" balancing act, admirable in intention, has produced no fruit, it has failed. Opposing Modernist forces are seemingly too resilient. Praxis has overtaken doctrine. The exact reason for his abdication still remains a mystery, now more so compounded in that respected Italian journalist Antonio Socci is throwing out the plausibility of a canonical invalidity in the abdication.[3] Causing further presentiment is that our emeritus pope, who still dresses in white, has "come out of retirement".[4] Regardless, the Revolution is back on track. It would not be unreasonable to suppose God decreed Benedict's short-run papacy partly to deprogram scores of Catholics previously under the Neo-Cat spellcast, by introducing them to heretofore straight-jacketed Traditional Catholics (i.e. Catholics), their convincing criticisms of Vatican II ambiguities, including the plight of the SSPX. Relatedly, and more crucially, to liberate the Mass of All Ages (via Summorum Pontificum) from its unjustified, decadal abrogation by the contemporary plague of soft-spoken bishops, yet who are hard and fast when it comes to the suppression of it. The actual degree of the TLM liberation is now an open question given Benedict's abdication and Francis' lately commenced offensive against the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. So, presently the crisis in affaires catholiques has escalated, gone cosmic, I contend. The Catholic Church has been deconstructed to an unprecedented nadir. Given the vast populace of apostate bishops, matters are arguably worse than the Arian crisis of the Fourth Century. At the same time, all of this is mysterious, mesmerizing to the distant, uninvolved onlooker, who is effectively helpless to ameliorate, save recourse to the Two Hearts, Sacred and Immaculate.

IV. Presently, this subject too overwhelming for this blogger to broach in detail. In the meantime, readers are directed to a superb article on Pope Francis by Christopher Ferrara. I concur with the following declaration therein:
...this circus has gone far enough. I hereby exercise my God-given right to protest the Pope's abuse of his office, which reopens wounds that were slowly healing - thanks to Pope Benedict - reignites the very divisions Francis professes to deplore... and degrades the Church's image, to the world's delight, with the spectacle of a Pope publicly hectoring and humiliating his own sheep for nothing more than their fidelity to Tradition.[5]
This blogger will now formally confess that, since March 13, 2013, nearly every word and act of Pope Francis since that date has left me alienated, again speaking diplomatically. As I see it, the Bishop of Rome is a material Modernist. The barrage of pot shots and innuendos, not only a disturbing sign in itself, have become so commonplace that one blogger has compiled "The Pope Francis Little Book of Insults". Not annoyed anymore, I'm just bored with that gallery of Catholic media types defending or embellishing any one of Francis' deprecations and "off the cuff" remarks. Pray for the pope, surely we must, fidelity to him there is, inclusion of him in your Rosary goes without saying. But I also deem him to be an instrument of God's punishment. I also believe an unspoken, inward knowingness is developing amongst The Remnant - now in a state of exhausted vigilance - informing them that, before the Restoration comes - and it will come, a temporary withdrawal of sorts is necessary. To hunker down, to take refuge in little, discreet enclaves (i.e. "creative minorities"). That is, to fortify in whatever way, preparing to engage mainly in localized battles, readying for the imminent storm of persecution. Not just from Mohammedan berserkers and the constantly encroaching tentacles of the democratic/totalitarian State. Also, from cooperative and compliant enemies inside the Church and its numerous institutions, clerical and lay. Particularly, those smiley face types, with their incessant denials of the obvious, tolerations of manifest evils, sins of omission, lukewarmness, cowardice, tepidity, perfidies, careerism, moneyed interests, administrative preoccupations, celebrity seeking, debonair heresy advancement - all of these interconnected, a gigantic hypnotic swirl, forming the "silent apostasy".[6]
"Bravo!", said the Cardinal.
St. John Eudes:
The most evident mark of God's anger, and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world, is manifest when He permits His people to fall into the hands of a clergy who are more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than the charity and affection of devoted shepherds. They abandon the things of God to devote themselves to the things of the world and, in their saintly calling of holiness, they spend their time in profane and worldly pursuits. When God permits such things, it is a very positive proof that He is thoroughly angry with His people and is visiting His most dreadful wrath upon them.
V. It's quite a mess, unmanageable at a purely human level. Resolution can only arrive via divine intervention under the light and leadership of Our Lady. There is no other way from escaping this downslide to all-out Nihilistic Paganism. This is not meant to preclude works from prayer and continual interior conversion, otherwise we become Protestants. The withdrawal mentioned above means not appeasement nor hibernation nor Quietism. Rome-focussed observation and analysis of Vatican/Curial machinations are still necessary. But given the present pope's fixation for placating the Spirit of the World - let alone his humility flaunting, the romanticization of the gutter, plus a noticeable thrill at having international celebrity status, with nods of approval coming from Planned Parenthood to Barry Obama, even with conciliatory messages from the Freemasons - nothing is going to change at the Vatican until the current pontificate ends. That is, assuming the Holy Spirit doesn't give the Bishop of Rome a wake-up call. Some reminders: Francis considers those who pray many Rosaries for him as numeromaniacs; pro-lifers must not be "obsessed" with abortion; the Latin Mass is a "fashion" to which one should not be "addicted", and the latest being a grovelling before a priest notorious for his pro-homosexual activism[7] - all these playing right into the hands of the enemies of the Church, those without and within. Subsequent exercises at damage control in certain American quarters have been laughable (hello Jimmy). Moreover, I am flummoxed that many have succumbed to this ridiculous, increasingly popularized notion that the Holy Father is pushing us beyond our "comfort zones"? What precisely does that mean? For goodness sake, to be a devout Catholic, or to endeavour to be so, is as such to think, speak and act outside one's "comfort zone" as anchored in Original Sin. This has been the situation for two-thousand years. It's called Catholicism.

VI. FRANCIS AUTOCEPHALOUS. So, then, the withdrawal means, rather, more of a critical focus on heretics/apostates conspiring in national/regional domains. This is stated because the Vatican II aspiration of "Collegiality" (i.e. "decentralization", democracy) as preponderant in Church governance is rapidly trending toward actualization already in the preliminary stages of Francis' pontificate. His Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium is the clarion call [my emphasis]:
The papacy and the central structures of the universal Church also need to hear the call to pastoral conversion... juridical status of episcopal conferences which would see them as subjects of specific attributions, including genuine doctrinal authority, has not yet been sufficiently elaborated.[8]
What this translates to is a delegation of more power/authority to national bishop's conferences. Meaning, an attempted formalization of "Collegiality". This is not just vacuous "big talk" typified by whomever Latin American dictator from whatever banana republic. This is a clearly enunciated goal by Christ's representative on Earth. Travelling back in time to 1871 at Vatican I, a dogmatic Council, we read:
For the Holy Spirit was not promised to the successors of Peter, that by His revelation they might make known new doctrine, but that by His assistance they might inviolably keep and faithfully expound the revelation or deposit of faith delivered through the Apostles.[9]
An intention to bestow "juridical status... genuine doctrinal authority" to episcopal conferences is, then, at least, a very suspicious challenge to the Magisterium. More recently, in the mid-1980s, then Cardinal Ratzinger pinpointed the crux of this matter: "We must not forget that the episcopal conferences have no theological basis, they do not belong to the structure of the Church, as willed by Christ, that cannot be eliminated".[10]

VII. Episcopal Conferences in the West have been at the forefront of decimating the Faith over the last five decades. This was not much known pre-2000, given that Modernist-dominating publishers and chancery-run diocesan newspapers were managing the valve of information flow. It's been 50 years of duplicitous editors filtering out the seamy artifices of the neo-Arians who presently "control the buildings". Today, pick up any one of these sheets and, if disregarding regularized, nonchalant endorsements of heretics - and so subtly I might add, you mainly read fluff, innocuousness, about self-congratulatory careerist award presentations, about Nu-Church vacuities, about aimless and unproductive "interreligious dialogue", nothing. Today, however, nefarious deeds committed by enemies well entrenched within the Catholic Church are less hidden, becoming common knowledge to that shunned community of enquiring minds. Thanks going to reporters from independently-operated news websites and researchers/investigators in unapproved Catholic media, having no affiliation with, or sanction from, the Establishment Church.

VIII. MAGIC CIRCLE REDUX. In Canada, any probative Catholic with just minimal internet savvy quickly comes to a realization of the incestuous relationship existent between members of CanChurch. Be it the heretical Nu-Church tracts disseminated by Novalis Publishers, or be it the neo-Modernist wolf heading up the Salt+Light Media Foundation, or be it the self-aggrandizing salesmen columnists at the Catholic Register; or be it so-called "orthodox" bishops cavorting with Modernist theologians from supposedly Catholic universities, or mingling with supposedly Catholic school trustees who've got the hots for pro-abort Justin Trudeau, or this...
I'm okay, you're okay - wink wink, nudge nudge.

...Toronto's Cardinal-Archbishop blessing a defiant lesbian Premier, publicly affirming her anti-Catholic machinations.[11] I am God's good servant, but Kathleen's first. Yes, all these people know one another, interact with one another, cite one another, defend one another, even when their manifest errors are identified by outsiders who, unfortunately, are unprivileged to swing with the hotshots at the Casbah. And don't be fooled as to whether they have personas or reputations for being "conservative" or "liberal". No difference when it comes down to the crunch of pay cheques, speaking engagements, TV appearances, gala invites, "pastoral plan" involvement, shout-outs and - note well - remaining silent on, or actively concealing, corruption in the Church, therefore facilitating it. The same names keeping popping up, the money keeps circulating back and forth between them, that torpor-inducing stream of "pastoral plans" keeps on flowing and, when annual transfer time comes around, good orthodox priests - who are a tad too traditional and effectual for the luvvies downtown - are exiled to the hinterlands. As always, Joe Pewsitter, making a concerted effort to live the Faith authentically, is all the while wondering what is really going on inside CanChurch. The nexus of this backslapping game show, as previously featured in my post Ominous Signs, is the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops - a menagerie of personages and agendas with a penchant for spitting in the face of Jesus Christ.

There is still much housecleaning to do nationally, even in relatively unimportant Catholic Canada. So, this blog continues...

1. J. Zmirak, "Illiberal Catholicism", Aleteia, December 31, 2013.

2. Evangelii Gaudium, ch. 2, sec. II, para. 85.

3. C.A. Ferrara, "Latest from Socci: The Papal Games", The Remnant, February 18, 2014.

4. E. Tanquintic-Misa, "Benedict XVI Will Come Out of Retirement and Rejoin Church Life - Pope Francis", International Business Times, March 6, 2014.

5. C.A. Ferrara, "Quo Vadis, Francisce?", The Remnant, December 16, 2013.

6. Pope John Paul II, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Ecclesia In Europa, 1, I, 9.

7. H. White, "Pope kisses the hand of, concelebrates mass with pro-homosexual activist priest", LifeSite News, May 23, 2014.

8. Evangelii Gaudium, ch. 1, sec. II, para. 32. Cf. A. Tornielli, "Francis decentralizes the Church: More power to Bishops' Conferences", La Stampa, November 25, 2013.

9. First Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of Christ, ch. 4, para. 6. Session 4, July 18, 1870.

10. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger with Vittorio Messori, The Ratzinger Report, An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1985), p. 59.

11. M. Swan, "Collins reminds MPPs of Catholic schools' 'gift' to Ontario", Catholic Register, April 2, 2014.



marylise said...

One difficulty faced as a result of the current pontificate is that of increased resistance on the part of lapsed Catholics to the possibility of conversion. Many lapsed Catholics are products of the sexual revolution. In certain cases, they have devoted their life to fornication and continue to do so well into what will likely be their last decade or two on earth. Rightly or wrongly, they have interpreted the present pontificate as a release from any need to renounce sexual sins. They believe the pope himself is telling them not to worry about purity as long as they are nice and help the poor. Thus, at the age of 60 or 70, they become entrenched in common-law shack-ups and other defilements (teaching their children and grandchildren to do the same) just when it might have been possible for them to reconsider in light of the Final Judgement. Faithful Catholic family members who have been trying to persuade them to repent are faced with the bizarre assertion that the pope does not believe sexual morality is important. This is a real conversation stopper.

M G said...

Initially, I wanted to give Pope Francis the benefit of the doubt. I wanted to believe that the media was wildly distorting his statements and misinterpreting them according to their bias. But then I started reading rumors of tacit approval of communion for those actively committing adultery (divorced, remarried, no annulment) and other things, and I realized that maybe this pontificate is more problematic than I initially thought. Then I felt scared.

TH2 said...

"One difficulty faced as a result of the current pontificate is that of
increased resistance on the part of lapsed Catholics to the possibility
of conversion"
- I noticed this within about a month of the start of this pontificate. A few persons I know, whom I have been "working on" for a while (so to speak) - with some progress - just a little, have gone back to "resisting" again, more intensely so. Since last July, the comebacks received usually start with "Who are you to judge?..."

Back to the drawing board. I'm now thinking Iron Maiden, but perhaps that's a tad too Inquisition like.

TH2 said...

MG, it is good that you recognize media distortion is not really at play. But there is no need to be scared in your realization that something is amiss in all of what is going on. As such, you have a more objective perspective on the situation. It's not pleasant, but it's real - and that's what matters most.

Dejected in Toronto said...

It's amazing how Cardinal Collins can go from the mass in the legislature to "Pontificating" at a mass in the EF. Is it all just a mere theatrical performance for him? Sound and fury, signifying nothing? I suppose if he can't find a copy of the episcopal ceremonies propping up a table somewhere in the Cathedral, he could just substitute for it a copy of the Toronto diocesan survival guide for priests: written by one N. Machiavelli.

M G said...

Cardinal Collins is confusing to me. He writes an open letter to Justin Trudeau about blocking pro-life candidates from the Liberal party, but likes to play nicey-nice with Kathleen Wynne (also a Liberal, living in open, unrepentant sin). I wish that Church leaders would not be so frightened of public scorn, such that they would proclaim the Faith CLEARLY (not hiding in vague statements that allow the public to embrace the illusion that sin is okay) and call out politicians who live double lives (one private, where they think they can be "Catholic", and one public, where they support causes that are anything but).

It's exhausting trying to hope for orthodoxy these days.

Brian said...

Our bishops, by and large, are a "monkey see..monkey do" lot. They will only say and do what is safe. The letter to Justin Trudeau, is about as far as it is going to go. There are few bishops today who have the "mettle" to endure martyrdom at the hands of the secular and "Catholic" press. If this was the fourth century most of today's bishops would have, in a heart beat, hopped on the Arian bandwagon. They continue to drink the snake oil, that is the Spirit of Vatican II, and ride the carousel of conciliar Catholicism.

marylise said...

Priests who hear confessions say they are repeatedly astonished at the addictive nature of sexual sins. Even people who want to repent find it such an uphill battle that they feel it is never going to happen, they are always going to be in bondage, and all their effort is in vain. They are very much like smokers whose bodies have become used to daily doses of nicotine and whose minds are dependent on the external rituals associated with smoking. To live without these things -- especially if the addiction has gone on for 40 years -- is for them a kind of torture. Thus, the motivation has to be huge if there is going to be any hope of success. So if you add to the mix a perception that the Supreme Pontiff has endorsed sexual sin or at least declared it to be unimportant, the chances of liberation, which were already small, are suddenly reduced to practically nothing. Some of our lapsed Catholic relatives are going to need a miracle to get back into the state of grace.

Patrick Button said...

Someone should have a talk with Zmirak and set him straight. He writes a lot of good stuff but is overly attached to enlightenment liberalism. I think that much of what we might find most attractive about enlightenment thought is really just the restatement of Medieval and Classical ideas and that the rest is mostly pernicious modernism. Aquinas wrote on the importance of conscience long before anyone in the 18th century.

Patrick Button said...

I would add that some of the people Zmirak criticizes in his piece really are loony, such as the priest who celebrated the Communist crackdown at Tienanmen Square or the folks who think that Thanksgiving is evil because it was originally celebrated by Puritans. I think he is reacting too strongly against legitimate error and going too far in the other direction.

plc53 said...

Lol. Maybe if the priests who are hearing confessions were to, even occasionally, remind "penitents" that mortal sin leads a soul down the wide road to hell, and that confessions aren't valid unless there is a firm purpose of amendment, then breaking the addictions might move along somewhat more readily.

But when was the last time you heard a priest teaching faithfully and comprehensively about the four last things? Or teaching in the same manner concerning actions that objectively place a soul in danger of eternal damnation?

No, we don't really ever hear anything, or are taught anything, concerning these basic tenets of the faith. And if we did, there would be so much gnawing and gnashing of teeth emerging from the proud and "pastoral" pew-sitters, while we wallow in our dopey, drowsy state of contraceptive, divorce-riddled, sexually-licensed, mind-numbing nirvana, that one might think that such a faithful, loving priest had gone right off his rocker.

And all of this at a time when nothing has been more needed than such faithful, loving, and completely and truly counter-culture bravery coming from our so-called shepherds.

Our Lady to the children at Fatima .... "More souls go to hell for sins of the flesh than for any other reason."

Those sins can truly become so mind-numbing and addictive. And there are times, in very many cases, when the realization that slavery to those sins is going to leave my soul in the eternal torture of hell, is the only thing strong enough to jolt a person into the early stages of remorse and making a good confession, with a true and firm purpose of amendment.

Of course, how is anyone in such slavery ever to be opened to that epiphany when our shepherds and catholic teachers are too timid, too out and out cowardly and selfish, to tell the truth?

The plague of Winnipeg '68 has, nearly 50 years later, left us in such slavery — a generation of mutant, disfigured souls, individually known as "yer average Canadian Catholic", and collectively proving to be the most addicted, hedonistic, demon-riddled, proud sophists to ever smear the holy Church with such dissent, heresy, and outright apostasy.

When the CCCB comes out, and repents, and admits to all what they so very unfaithfully have done; or at the very least, is replaced by bishops who are not afraid to renounce that nefarious past, and lead once again into the light of Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life, then it will indeed take miracles, Holy Mother Mary grace-filled miracles, to set souls free from their current slavery and misery.

In the meantime, we have more heartache, more destruction of souls and lives, and more demon-driven counterfeit-catholicism spreading more of its plague and contagion.

Dear Lord, we are so sorry for our sins. Please forgive us and grant to us some true and faithful, courageous and steadfast shepherds to lead us back to the one true faith.

"More souls go to hell for sins of the flesh than for any other reason."

Send us some shepherds who will truly entrust themselves to the protection of Our Lady and begin the process of purifying and reclaiming the One Holy and Apostolic

plc53 said...

Hey, if you are looking for some healing from all of this nastiness and filth, or if you want to strengthen yourself against this plague-like contagion and collapse of moral truth and purity, here's a great teaching for us:


Listen to this, to all of it. It's something many already know to be true, but maybe don't remember this truth regularly, or put it into practice as much as we know we should, could, and very much need to.

Holy Mother Mary grace-filled miracles, for your body, for your brain, for your heart, for your soul, for your beautiful Catholic faith and life in Jesus through Mary. Heal, strengthen, and purify. Have a listen. Take it all in.

Ave Maria.

Veritas81 said...

I am currently doing academic research on the Fourth Century Arian crisis for my thesis, and as bad as the current situation might be, it is nowhere near as bad as it was back then. Sorry, but it's not.

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