Traditional Roman Catholic Thoughts

Traditional Roman Catholic Thoughts

Reintroducing Logic and Reason to the Age of Sentimentalism

Pope Francis, Tradition and Novelty

There are many Catholics who claim Pope Francis is in line with the traditions and orthodoxy of the Catholic Faith. They will defend his unclear idiosyncrasies until they are blue in the face. They will explain Pope Francis is a loyal Pope who is bringing a new breath of fresh air to the Papacy and how he is a defender of tradition. Every time he says something that is clearly a Catholic position they will shout “See! He is a solid conservative!”

Pope Francis the Traditionalist

An assertion exists declaring Pope Francis a continuation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. However, unlike Pope Benedict, Pope Francis is a media darling, who makes headlines constantly. Pope Benedict was harassed, degraded, and persecuted by the same media.

It seems every other article you read about Pope Francis starts with a similar incantation. “In a Papal first”. “Breaking from tradition”. “In a break from his predecessors” appear to be introductions to many of these news articles.

This strikes me as a clear signal that Pope Francis is not a traditionalist as one is lead to believe. Rather, it paints a vivid picture of what Pope Francis believes.

You can not break from tradition and still be a traditionalist. You can not create novel innovations and still be a traditionalist. You can not label those who adhere to traditions as Pharisees, especially when those who adhere to traditions are faithful to Jesus Christ, the giver of these laws.

St. Paul is very clear in his letter to the Romans, we are to avoid those within the Church who make divisions and offenses which differ from what has been handed down through the Magisterium (emphasis mine):

Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark them who make dissensions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them. For they that are such, serve not Christ our Lord, but their own belly; and by pleasing speeches and good words, seduce the hearts of the innocent. For your obedience is published in every place. I rejoice therefore in you. But I would have you to be wise in good, and simple in evil. And the God of peace crush Satan under your feet speedily. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Romans 16:17-20 DR

A good father gives clear guidance to his children so they understand him and his teaching. A good teacher is one who makes sure his students understand the material given to them, so they may have a proper foundation for future education.

Seeing as Pope Francis constantly seeks the approval of not the faithful, but the world through his actions, leaving ambiguity as his hallmark calling card, it demonstrates his reluctance to be a good shepherd.

Our Lord Jesus Christ is crystal clear in His teaching about those who seek the approval of the world:

If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John 15:18-19 DR

Pope Francis is still the Pope. He is in need of prayers just like you and I. Please in your kindness and charity, pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary and a Glory Be for his prompt conversion.

Jeff November 18, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

Teens Faith on Fire After Local Rock Concert

Nearby Rock Concert

Your Nearest Metropolitan – The faith of local teens are on fire, after attending a rock and roll concert this past weekend.

“You can tell the Holy Spirit descended upon these high schoolers during the concert. They started waving their arms in the air, clapping their hands, and singing along.” commented chaperon William Goldberg. “These kids began to praise God in all of His glory by using their bodies as King David did before the Ark. It really is an inspiration to us older folks.”

“This concert was all about getting these kids active and interested in their faith. They don’t like the classic genres of our parent’s generation. We won’t share it with them because they just won’t understand it or get it. It’s too old fashioned and nobody listens to that anymore, not even our parents!” stated Roger Thomas, another chaperon for the concert.

When asked his thoughts on the event, high schooler Greg Olson told us “This was the best day of my life. I’m going to remember the emotions of this event for the rest of my life. Following this band is like a religious experience.”

At press time, Greg had mentioned that he had no intention of bringing about his conversion to all areas of his life, and maybe he would consider going to Mass more often if he felt like it.

Jeff November 11, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

Everyone’s A Dogmatist

Catholics are well known for their dogma, or at least we used to be. But there are still a few of us around who know what the dogma of the faith is and how it is to be applied.

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When those who are faithful to the Church remind those who are not, whether intentionally or unintentionally, about those dogmas, they are often confronted as a dogmatist. “It is rude and wrong to impose your beliefs on me!” the offended person might respond. “Keep your Dogmas to yourself!” they might exclaim.

The individual who attempts to sound enlightened by stating his disbelief in dogma doesn’t effectively state it at all. Rather he affirms his belief in dogma, just not Catholic dogma.

Believing and imposing the view which one can not impose dogma, is an imposition of dogma. The individual, in trying to keep a distance from dogma reaffirms his conviction in his own dogma. By holding fast to certain beliefs and even imposing said beliefs on others, you become a dogmatist.

The secular dogmatist may claim that the Catholic dogmatist is simply repeating thoughts and ideas which were given to him by an ancient book. Meanwhile, the secular dogmatist received his thoughts and ideas from a book written by a college professor, anti-Catholic bigot or even from the nightly news. The secular dogmatist is not thinking for himself, though he may believe it, but rather he is regurgitating the same talking points which were spoon fed to him from his last choice of media consumption.

One might opine, this is all fine and dandy, but Truth reigns supreme on whether a belief is correct in it’s implementation. And seeing as God is the source of all Truth, we can rationally comprehend the dogma of a particular institution which is present on this Earth who is fully capable of establishing dogma we should all believe.

Seeing as the Catholic Church is the only authority on this planet who can determine Truth and error, it is crucial to every single soul to conform their will and their beliefs to that of Christ and His Church.

Jeff November 5, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

The Only Good Thing About the Synod

With all the chaos, destruction, and confusion to come out of the Synod of the Family, there is still one thing which came out of it we can all be grateful for. Even maybe joyful.

It drew a line in the sand. Those who are faithful to Christ and His teachings on one side, and those who detest those teachings on the other.

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There was no waffling back and forth. There was no middle ground. It was one or the other.

We know who is on the side of Christ, the Church and tradition. We know who are our enemies.

The time has come for you to gear up for battle.

  • Frequent confession, no longer than once every two weeks.
  • Daily rosary(ies).
  • Adoration
  • Frequent Mass
  • Recite the Liturgy of the Hours
  • Scripture
  • Study
  • Fast
  • Do Penance

No more excuse making. The time to act is now. Never in the history of the Church has it been made more clear than now. The Church needs you to stand tall and defend her. Will you do that?

Jeff October 22, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

There Is No Middle Road When It Comes To What Jesus Christ Taught

Many people think Jesus always chose the middle ground. Thus if we are given two options, in order to be like Christ, we are to choose the compromise between the two.

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Unfortunately, this is not the case when we look at what Jesus actually told us.

Jesus Christ said He is “the way, the truth, and the life” c.f. John 14:6. He also tells us we should do all He has commanded us to do c.f. Matthew 28:20.

If Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life and we are to follow His commands, this means we are to do what He has revealed to us and given to us. Likewise, we are also to follow what the Church has given us.

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If Jesus Christ commanded and taught that divorce and remarriage are to be condemned and not allowed, there is no middle road. If you love Him, you will keep his commandments, c.f. John 14:15.

The middle ground between truth and error is not truth, but error. The middle ground between two people arguing whether 2+2=4 or 2+2=5 is not 4.5. There is only one answer. It is erratic to claim otherwise.

Likewise, if Jesus Christ Himself gave us the doctrine and dogmas Catholics stick to, and if someone makes the claim “if the law does not bring someone closer to Christ, then they are obsolete” he is not being honest, but deceitful.

Jeff October 20, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

The TradCast Episode 01

On the first episode of the TradCast, I give you a bit of history about me. I discuss my experience at the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Rediscover: Catholic Celebration. What do you do with your orthodox leanings in a progressive parish? And finally, what does it mean to be Catholic and who do we look to in this day when modernism reigns supreme?

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Currently, you can download or listen from SoundCloud. Due to some technical difficulties and lack of foresight on my part, this is the only way you can listen to it. I am working on getting iTunes and self-hosted working soon.

Enjoy and thanks for listening!

One correction, the verse is Romans 16:17-19

Jeff October 14, 2014 3 Comments Permalink

Bishop Cozzens Celebrates Extraordinary Form Confirmation and Solemn Pontifical Mass

Bishop Andrew Cozzens celebrated a Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool in the Extraordinary Form on Saturday October 11th 2014 at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, Minnesota. This is the first time in over 50 years for the Traditional Latin Mass to be celebrated at the Cathedral. Prior to Mass, Bishop Cozzens confirmed about 40 or so teenagers using the Extraordinary Form rubrics. The FSSP was there as well to assist Bishop Cozzens.

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The average age of those in attendance seemed to be somewhere between the ages of 35 to 45. From what I could tell, most of these people still had their natural hair color. The Traditional Latin Mass is a Mass which hasn’t been said for about 50 years. I have to ask: “how come a Mass which wasn’t said when these people grew up is gaining so much traction?” These Catholics are on fire and passionate about their faith. They just don’t go around bragging about it. On top of it, these are the Catholics who are having large families. I couldn’t tell you how many young families were there with young children, not because I couldn’t see any, but because there were so many.

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Last week I went to the Rediscover Catholic Celebration the Archdiocese put on. Throughout the entire conference, it was never really mentioned at all going back to the traditions of Catholicism in order to draw people into the beauty of our faith. Archbishop Coakley did make some mention of it, but it was very subtle and if you were not paying attention you would have easily missed it. Instead, Jeff Cavins kept mentioning the new “Amazing Parish” program which is a “Rebuilt” clone. It takes the emphasis off of the Mass and the Liturgy, as well as the traditions of our faith. It looks to Protestants as models for “attracting” people. The vast majority of those at Rediscover were in their 50s to 60s. The direction we need to go in as a Church, I would argue, is passing on and practicing the traditions we have inherited from our ancestors in the faith. The parishes where the sacred traditions are kept and upheld are the healthiest of parishes, both financially and spiritually. I did not rediscover anything Catholic at last week’s conference, but I rediscovered Catholicism here.

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When the organ began playing during the Te Deum, the entire Cathedral shook. One could sense the Cathedral was beginning to awaken after her 50 year slumber of not having a Latin Mass said within her walls. The sung chant and organ when combined reverberated off of the massive dome of the Cathedral. This Cathedral was built for the Solemn/Pontifical High Mass, and it is heartbreaking to think it could possibly be a number of years before another Mass of this caliber will be celebrated within her walls. By the grace of God, perhaps Bishop Cozzens would be kind enough to celebrate this beautiful Mass more often? Even if not a Solemn or Pontifical High Mass, perhaps a Low or High Mass? Maybe Archbishop Neinstedt and Bishop Piche can celebrate them too?

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People were intrigued! The Cathedral is a tourist destination. I witnessed many people who were stopping in just to see what was going on. After Mass, my friend and I were approached by a woman asking what it was she had just experienced. We told her and she was interested. Non-traditional Catholics tell us the days of tradition are over in the Church because nobody cares for it, or people are turned off, or whatever excuse is popular for the day. As a convert I find these excuses lacking as it was the traditions of the Church that really drew me in. Catholicism celebrated as it has been given by Christ and His Church should draw people in with it’s beauty and pomp. Not with novelty, distractions and noise.

Jeff October 12, 2014 4 Comments Permalink

Now Open: The Store

After a suggestion from a few people. I decided to open up a store. This came after my post Novelty Divides was published. You can get a shirt (many options available) with “Novelty Divides” on the front and the Romans 16:17-19 verse complete on the back.

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I also have created a matching mug. You can also get this in various options. This one has “Novelty Divides Romans 16:17-19″ on the front.

Novelty Divides MugThe Store link is available at the top or here. Happy shopping!

Jeff October 9, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

COMING SOON – The Holy League

I was sent this video by several of my good friends from the Madison area. There is a movement growing around the Holy League. Watch the video here:

It’s incredibly well done and put together well. I’m excited to see what more this movement has to offer.

We need to be constantly in a state of grace. Go to confession as often as you need to. Go monthly at an absolute minimum. Go weekly if you can. Pray the Rosary daily. Stay close to the Scriptures. Visit Jesus in the Eucharist, both at Mass and in Adoration. Most importantly, pray, fast, and do penance.

Looks like an all-out spiritual warfare offensive is brewing. Join forces over at the Holy League on Facebook.

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Jeff October 7, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Extraordinary Form Confirmation and Solemn High Mass at St. Paul Cathedral

It has been brought to my attention that this Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10am, Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul/Minneapolis, will be confirming about 40 children using the Extraordinary Form. After the Confirmations, with the assistance of the FSSP (Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter) a Solemn High Mass will be celebrated.

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This will be held at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota. This is the first time in over 50 years that the Traditional Latin Mass will have been celebrated in the Cathedral.

The faithful are encouraged to attend this historic event. If you live in the Twin Cities, or even possibly near by, I highly recommend you go. The Cathedral of Saint Paul is a beautiful and stunning Cathedral. It was made for the Traditional Mass.

Jeff October 7, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink