Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Saturday, May 7, 2022
I was in high school in 1973 when the Supreme Court legalized abortion for the entire country. Almost 50 years later, I still remembering looking at the headline in the newspaper in disbelief. How could we legalize the murder of babies? I sat down and cried.
I have gone through many political identities in the ensuing half century, from very liberal to ultra conservative to rejection of both. But one constant belief through it all has always been that abortion is evil.
Now that it is almost certain that Roe v. Wade is about to be overturned, I should be thrilled. It is something I have wanted since 1973.
But being a lot older and a little wiser, I now realize that the pro life movement has always been wrong. No, it has not been wrong that abortion is evil. The pro life movement was wrong in their approach to abortion. They have not just labeled abortion as evil. They have vilified the people who support abortion, calling them evil and even satanic. As a movement, they have never shown compassion or understanding for those who support abortion.
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Sunday, August 1, 2021
As I have written before, Summorum Pontificum had basically gifted the Traditional Latin Mass to the Traditionalists, in effect giving the Trads authority over the bishops. If someone wanted a Latin Mass, they merely had to go to the pastor of a church, who was obligated to accommodate them. The only time a bishop got involved is if the pastor denied the request. The bishop was then required to accommodate the Trads, and if he couldn't or wouldn't, the matter would go to Ecclesia Dei.
From Summorum Pontificum:
Art. 5, §1 In parishes where a group of the faithful attached to the previous liturgical tradition stably exists, the parish priest should willingly accede to their requests to celebrate Holy Mass according to the rite of the 1962 Roman Missal. He should ensure that the good of these members of the faithful is harmonized with the ordinary pastoral care of the parish, under the governance of the bishop in accordance with Canon 392, avoiding discord and favouring the unity of the whole Church.
Art. 7. If a group of the lay faithful, as mentioned in Art. 5, §1, has not been granted its requests by the parish priest, it should inform the diocesan bishop. The bishop is earnestly requested to satisfy their desire. If he does not wish to provide for such celebration, the matter should be referred to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.
Art. 8. A bishop who wishes to provide for such requests of the lay faithful, but is prevented by various reasons from doing so, can refer the matter to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which will offer him counsel and assistance.
Pope Benedict XVI's actions were really unprecedented. I don't think you will ever find an instance in all the 2000 years of Church history where priests and bishops were so completely sidelined and stripped of their authority and the laity was allowed to make unilateral decisions apart from the rest of the Church. Pope Benedict, in effect, turned the authority of the Church upside down. The Traditionalists were put in charge with no supervision whatsoever.
Instead of being grateful and humble, the Trads felt emboldened. They felt invincible. They believed that they are divinely entitled to the freedom given to them by Pope Benedict, and no one, not even a Pope, has the authority to deprive them of that right.
Not only were the Trads given carte blanche with the Mass, they were allowed to use the older form of all seven sacraments. Entire churches were taken over by traditional orders as they traveled back in time to the 1950's. The post conciliar Catholic Church had no relevance in their world.
Monday, July 26, 2021
I have to say, I kinda feel sorry for the Traditionalists in the Catholic Church.
They were going along so sure of themselves, secure in the belief that they were the only real Catholics in the world. They were confident that they were going to get rid of heretical Pope Francis, confident that the dreaded Novus Ordo Mass would be stamped out of existence for the travesty it is and that the Traditional Latin Mass would reign supreme as the Mass of the Roman Rite. They believed with all their hearts that Vatican II would be exposed for the sham Council it was, and that the Church would be returned to the glory days of the 1950's.
And then came Traditionis Custodes. They were traveling down the highway at 60 mph and with little warning, a wall popped up in front of them and slowed them down to a crawl. Suddenly things didn't look so rosy anymore. This looked like it might be the end of the line for them.
Monday, July 19, 2021
Catholic Traditionalists live in a world of lies, and they hang on to these lies with all their strength. These lies constitute the foundation on which they have built their spiritual lives. That foundation, which has been cracked and falling apart for years, is finally giving out. Like the horrible tragedy of the collapsed building in Surfside, Florida, the world of the Traditionalists is crumbling beneath their feet, and soon they will be surrounded only by a pile of rubble.
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Traditionalists are always accusing the rest of the Catholic world of picking and choosing what they want to believe and throwing out the rest. Certainly that is true for a certain number of Catholics. Pope Francis himself has warned us of this trap, saying that such people have one foot out the door.
But no "Novus Ordo" Catholic can hold a candle to the Traditionalists when it comes to picking and choosing what they will believe. Traditionalists by nature reject everything that doesn't meet their own exacting standards, and that includes almost everything in the Church post-Vatican II.
They reject the Second Vatican Council pretty much in its entirety, believing that even if there were good things from the Council, the good is far outweighed by the bad and therefore everything must be rejected.
Traditionalists believe no one can be truly Catholic unless they love and attend the Traditional Latin Mass.
They have rejected every post conciliar pope to one extent or another, and of course, they have completely rejected Pope Francis as a heretic who needs to be condemned and removed from the papacy.
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Pope Francis released a Motu Proprio entitled TRADITIONIS CUSTODES ("Guardians of Tradition") (and accompanying letter) on July 16, 2021 which has, for all intents and purposes, nuked the Traditionalist movement within the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has identified a cancer in the Church and he is taking drastic measures to excise it.
Pope Francis has completely abrogated Summorum Pontificum released by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007, as can be seen in the above quote. SP established two forms of the Mass: Ordinary Form (the Mass promulgated by Pope St. Paul VI in 1970) and Extraordinary Form (given to the Church by Pope St. Pius X at the time of the Reformation and revised by Pope St. John XXIII in 1962). Pope Francis has now decreed that there in only one form of the Mass. The Traditional Latin Mass is no longer considered a form of the Roman Rite:
Art. I. The liturgical books promulgated by Saint Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, in conformity with the decrees of Vatican Council II, are the unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Msgr. Charles Pope, along with his fellow trads/conservatives, has railed against the COVID-19 restrictions, and has even condemned those who have not immediately returned to Mass of being "lukewarm Catholics."
Msgr. Pope now has the opportunity to put his money where his mouth has been because he has just tested positive for COVID-19.
Interestingly, although the secular news media has reported extensively on Msgr. Pope ("A pastor who told congregants not to be afraid of the coronavirus was hospitalized with COVID-19"), the only Catholic blogs I have seen report it are John Zuhlsdorf and Deacon Greg Kandra. Per usual, if the news does not fit into the radical right's version of reality - which, more often than not, does not correspond to actual reality - they just pretend it doesn't exist.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
I John 4:20-21
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.I John 4:7-8:
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because GOD IS LOVE.Seems there are not a whole lot of people who know or love God today.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
To conserve means basically to protect the status quo, to defend against change. The dictionary defines Conservative as "holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion." In our political world today, Conservatives vehemently oppose change and denounce any questioning of conservative traditions and authority as evil.
Many American Conservatives, unlike their liberal counterparts, also self identify as Christians, meaning they claim to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. However, one has to wonder if any of these Conservative Christians have actually read the New Testament, because the Gospel stories make it very clear that if He walked the earth today, Jesus Christ, as I will show, would completely disavow all political movements and parties, including the Conservative movement.
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Monday, May 25, 2020
The dictionary definition of a conservative is: "a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in relation to politics."
A conservative is someone who wants to preserve the status quo. New or innovative ways and beliefs are evil and must be resisted. Conservatives live their lives by looking in the rear view mirror. A Conservative's goal in life is to preserve his way of life at all costs, no matter the effect upon others.
Conservatives never doubt themselves or their beliefs. They know they are on the side of everything good and sacred and therefore, anyone who disagrees with them is not only wrong but evil. Since they "know" their opponents are evil, they have no problem doing whatever is necessary to silence dissenting voices.
In religious circles, conservatives are called fundamentalists. Fundamentalists are motivated by the belief that they have a direct line to God, and therefore to disagree with them is to disagree with God Himself. And because they are so close to God, they believe they have not only a right but a duty to resist and fight against their enemies.
Conservatives view their world with rose colored glasses. They see everything in their world as perfect, in no need of change or correction. The only correction that needs to be made is to those who disagree. As GK Chesterton said:
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.Conservatives also live their lives in fear and anger. They are fearful of anyone and anything that challenges their world. Because of their inability to do any introspective thinking, they lash out with hatred and scorn at those who threaten to upset their worlds.
Nothing has made this more apparent than the reaction of conservatives to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of reacting to the great suffering and death caused by this pandemic with compassion and empathy, we have seen only anger and hate. But it is not the disease that has upset them. Conservatives don't blame the disease, which many claim is a hoax. They blame those trying to control the disease.
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Did you ever wonder why obedience to lawful human authority is so important to God? Certainly we understand that obedience to Our Lord is of paramount importance, but why is it so important to obey our human leaders? They are sinful human beings just like us. Why must we submit our will to other sinners? They can be and often are wrong in their beliefs and motivations.
Yet, we find verses such as these in the Written Word of God:
Titus 3:1 Remind believers to willingly place themselves under the authority of government officials. Believers should obey them and be ready to help them with every good thing they do.
Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Romans 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.God gave us minds so that we are able to think for ourselves. Why must we submit to human authority, especially when we know, in our great wisdom, that those human authorities are absolutely wrong?
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
We live in completely unprecedented times. A microscopic virus that cannot be seen, heard, touched, tasted or smelled, has brought the entirety of humanity to its knees. It is as if the Angel of Death depicted in the Biblical book of Exodus has been unleashed upon the whole world. And 21st Century man, with all of his advances in technology and abilities, is completely powerless against it.
But many people do not believe this. They believe that we should have handled COVID-19 the same way we do with any flu. These people believe that the lockdown, which has caused so much economic hardship, was completely unnecessary.
Those who make such arguments are showing their complete ignorance of the threat we are facing.