Traditional Roman Catholic Thoughts

Traditional Roman Catholic Thoughts

Reintroducing Logic and Reason to the Age of Sentimentalism

A Verbally and Mentally Abusive Father

Imagine a father who lives in the picturesque suburbs. He has a good job, a loving wife, and several beautiful children of various ages. Many people look up to this man as an exemplary model within the community. Most say he is on his way to sainthood.

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As an outsider, this is only a part of the full picture. Now imagine if this same father spends more time playing with the other children in the neighborhood than he does his own children. When his children ask why their father would rather play with the other children and not his own, he in turn starts teasing them, making fun of them, and insisting that they are being whiny brats, instead of getting a loving answer in regards to why he is neglecting their emotional health.

Additionally, his children are victim to several bullies in the neighborhood, tormenters who are relentless and look for any flaw in these children in order to persecute them. The father’s words and actions give these bullies ammunition to use against his children. Then the aggressors pounce upon the children and use the father’s own words against them.

When some of the children get rightfully upset and complain about their father supporting the bullies more than themselves, their siblings yell at them and force their ideas into submission. “You can’t criticize Dad! He’s our father! You have to be obedient and submissive to his will, after all, he knows better than you do.” With this, the family has become more divided than before. Not only is the father allowing the world to abuse his children the same way he does, but some of the children viciously defend his abusive actions.

You are likely in agreement with me that the above father is not a good father at all. While he appears to be a great example to the community, in reality he is a deviant. Yet this is the same attitude in which Pope Francis, the Holy Father, operates his Papacy.

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Whether in the Vatican or abroad, there have been numerous times he was scheduled to meet with Bishops or Cardinals only to cancel at the last minute. While it is understandable, as he is in poor health, instead of taking time off to rest, he has spent time with Evangelicals, Lutherans, or even Buddhists, as he did during his trip to Sri Lanka. If spending time with non-Catholics is how he chooses to relax, doesn’t it beg the question: why? His purpose is not to evangelize; at no time does he discuss with them the need to become Catholic, but rather he endorses their views and discusses solidarity.

While he takes his trips abroad, he holds press interviews aboard the papal plane. “Who am I to judge” has become the go to line for non-Catholics to beat the faithful into submission for upholding Catholic teaching. Pope Francis has given the enemies another great line. “Some people think — excuse me for saying this — that to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits.” Additionally, he even told the world how he reprimanded a faithful mother for getting pregnant again. He accused her of “tempting God” and faulted her for “irresponsible parenting”.

These comments about rabbits and irresponsible parenthood have left some Catholics with the desire to defend the Holy Father’s statements to their dying breath. They accuse Catholics who take issue with the Pope’s choice of words as “taking them out of context”. They admonish their upset brethren for not trusting in God and accuse them of causing division within the Church. “If you just looked at context, you would agree with him!” While in context we agree with Pope Francis, his poor choice of words, especially when being given to newspaper reporters who will actively search for opportunities to take his words out of context and demonize our religion, are what we find fault in. He knew what he was saying, because he prefaced it with “excuse me for saying this”. He gives ammunition to the bullies who in turn use it on his children, who he is supposed to defend and build up into saints.

When a normal father partakes in this destructive behavior against his own children, he is looked upon not as a hero, but a deviant and abusive father. Likewise, if the Holy Father engages in the same acts, he is not being a good father to his children. He engages in the sins of calumny and detraction, and without a public apology for his statements we are left to assume the worst.

Jeff January 21, 2015 34 Comments Permalink

Pope Francis Met With “Interreligious Faith Leaders”

During his visit to Sri Lanka, Pope Francis met with leaders of various religions to discuss the need for peace between all religions.

A few key quotes and images:

“For the sake of peace, religious beliefs must never be allowed to be abused in the cause of violence and war, We must be clear and unequivocal in challenging our communities to live fully the tenets of peace and coexistence found in each religion, and to denounce acts of violence when they are committed.”

“Islam has no relationship with regard to such practices and evil conduct and deeds,” he said, adding that terrorists and extremists “have used many religions as a shelter” for their evil deeds throughout the years.”

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It appears there was no mention of the importance of becoming Catholic (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus) and accepting Jesus Christ, the only Prince of Peace. The errors condemned by Pope Pius IX are as follows.

15. Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true. — Allocution “Maxima quidem,” June 9, 1862; Damnatio “Multiplices inter,” June 10, 1851.

16. Man may, in the observance of any religion whatever, find the way of eternal salvation, and arrive at eternal salvation. — Encyclical “Qui pluribus,” Nov. 9, 1846.

17. Good hope at least is to be entertained of the eternal salvation of all those who are not at all in the true Church of Christ. — Encyclical “Quanto conficiamur,” Aug. 10, 1863, etc.

18. Protestantism is nothing more than another form of the same true Christian religion, in which form it is given to please God equally as in the Catholic Church. — Encyclical “Noscitis,” Dec. 8, 1849.

Jeff January 15, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

St. Pius X on the Wretched Clergy

Modernism is the synthesis of all heresies. It is a disease which has infiltrated the Church. Seeing Modernism for the evil it was, Pope St. Pius X wrote the encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis (On Modernism).

This is must read material for any Catholic who wishes to adhere to the dogmas, doctrines, and truths of Catholicism. The encyclical can be read on Papal Encyclicals. If you are looking for a good synopsis, I suggest reading The Old Evangelization’s excellent series on the subject.

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Another excellent work is Rev. J.B. Lemius, O.M.I.’s Catechism of Modernism, in which he asks questions about Modernism and uses Pope St. Pius X’s encyclical to respond. In it, a question is asked about Modernism within the clergy:

Q. Holy Father, are these hidden enemies, who cause anxiety to your paternal heart, to be found among Catholics? Are they found in the ranks of the priesthood?

A. Yes. Many belong to the Catholic laity; nay, and this is far more lamentable, many belong to the ranks of the priesthood itself, who, feigning a love for the Church, lacking the firm protection of philosophy and theology, nay more, thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught by the enemies of the Church, and lost to all sense of modesty, vaunt themselves as reformers of the Church.

These prophetic words ring true during this time. Many clergy could care less about the salvation of souls and in turn present themselves as caring by presenting a false gospel about being good and merciful to those around you.

They have become careerists by being promoted within the hierarchy of the Church, by being appointed Bishops, and even Cardinals.

They are willing to deny Christ, Our Risen Lord, and present a Christ who is a mere man. Hiding behind a curtain of ‘mercy’, they take cheap shots at any faithful Catholic who dare to defend Christ.

These rotten men who don’t deserve any of the pomp which stems from their office, lead numerous souls away from Christ and His Church, by giving them a false Christ.

We saw the evil of Modernism unfold with last year’s Synod on the Family with a botched attempt to rewrite Church law in regards to giving communion to adulterers, re-married, and those engaged in the sin of sodomy.

These wicked men have laid the ground work for their comrades throughout the Church to begin the further destruction from within. Buckle your seat belts, we are in for a bumpy ride with this year’s Synod, and the aftermath caused by both.

Jeff January 12, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

TradSpeak Episode 2

On the second episode of TradSpeak, I talk with Rachel Claire, one half of the YouTube show Your Face Is Catholic! We discuss Catholic Identity, specifically in regards to veiling from a woman’s perspective, kneeling to receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and we even discuss Friday abstinence.

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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!

Jeff January 6, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

My 2015 Predictions

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As we ring in the New Year, I would like to make my predictions for 2015.

  1. The Synod on the Family will be a complete and utter disaster. It will be so poor and awful, 2014′s Synod will appear as child’s play.
  2. Pope Francis will make several poor bishop appointments in the US which will promote liberals.
  3. The FFI will be further persecuted. Their case will either be left in limbo, or they will be accused of “heresy”.
  4. Catholicism will further be suppressed from within and outside the Church. Tradition will be suppressed in all corners as much as possible.
  5. The Traditional Latin Mass will grow in some areas, and will be hindered in others.
  6. Novelty will continue to be embraced as ” the only way to grow the Church”.
  7. I will blog more than The Old Evangelization.
  8. Pope Francis will no longer be Pope.

This year, I hope my predictions are wrong on all accounts.

Jeff January 1, 2015 3 Comments Permalink

My 2014 Predictions…How’d I Do?

With the year 2014 come and almost gone, it is time for me to review how well my predictions were for the year.

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Here are my predictions from last year, with my comments in bold.

  1. Our Lady of Medjugorje will be denounced by Rome as being an invalid apparition, however, Rome will still declare that Medjugorje is a good pilgrimage site. (There was no denouncement from Rome in regards to Medjugorje, as we are still waiting for the results from their investigation. Seeing as the secondary prediction required the first, I rule this as not happening.) FAIL
  2. There will be a very public, and violent attack against Christians and faithful Catholics in the United States. (There was the beheading of the Christian woman by the Muslim in Oklahoma City back in September. There have also been a number of Satanic black masses and idols to go up this year. I’d say this one passes.) PASS
  3. Catholic employers will be arrested for refusing to provide contraception to their employees. (There have been zero arrests that I know of.) FAIL
  4. The Mainstream Media will turn on Pope Francis because he refuses to accept their false views on women’s ordination and homosexuality. (The Mainstream Media continues to love Pope Francis, and with the Synod of October, it appears he may be okay with homosexuality.) FAIL
  5. Because of this Pope Francis’ popularity will begin to become low. What will attribute to this is his already apparent disapproval of faithful Catholics. (Pope Francis still acts and appears to be a rock star.) FAIL
  6. Pope Francis will announce the canonization of Pope Paul VI, without the second needed miracle. (No announcement was made in regards to Pope Paul VI’s canonization, though he was beatified.) FAIL
  7. I will post more often than The Old Evangelization(I did! Knowing him, he would argue quality is better than quantity, but I believe I’ve had some rather quality posts this year as well.) PASS
  8. I will finalize my Mortal Sin Series to better help you all understand what sins are mortal and why. (I wrote more on mortal sins, in fact I wrote a few posts in regards to the Fifth Commandment, though I only wrote those.) FAIL

Overall, I did about a 2/8 for a whopping 25%. Check back shortly for what I believe will happen in 2015, and trust me, these predictions will not be your typical ones.

UPDATE: January 1, 2015 3:22pm
I have released my predictions for 2015.

Jeff December 30, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

Pope Francis Clarifies In Recent Interview His Statements Are Clear and Part of His Magisterium

Many Catholics have argued when it comes to some of the odd statements Pope Francis has made over the last 21 months, it isn’t part of the Magisterium or Church teaching. They have also made arguments calling out the media for misrepresenting the Pope.

Pope Francis did another interview, this time with La Nacion, an Argentinian newspaper. Here is an excerpt (emphasis mine):

Q. As a Pope you are different because you speak with utmost clarity, you are completely straightforward, you don´t use euphemisms and don´t beat about the bush, the course of your papacy is extremely clear. Why do you think some sectors are disoriented, why do they say the ship is without a rudder, especially after the latest extraordinary synod of bishops on the challenges posed by the family?

A. Those expressions strike me as odd. I am not aware of anybody using them. The media quote them. However, until I can ask the people involved “have you said this?” I will have brotherly doubts. In general people don´t read about what is going on. Somebody did say to me once, “Of course, of course. Insight is so good for us but we need clearer things”. And I answered, “Look, I wrote an encyclical, true enough, it was a big job, and an Apostolic Exhortation, I´m permanently making statements, giving homilies; that´s teaching. That´s what I think, not what the media say that I think. Check it out, it´s very clear. Evangelii Gaudium is very clear”.

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Pat Archbold, writing for the National Catholic Register, brings up a very excellent and valid point:

This interview makes clear that Pope Francis does intend that his statements and homilies are to be considered part of his personal magisterium. He also insists that this teaching is very clear.

Pope Francis has effectively denounced all of those who have argued two things.

1. The media is misrepresenting him. We hear it from Pope Francis himself, “that’s what I think, not what the media says I think. Check it out, it’s very clear.” Pope Francis knows what the media is saying about him, and agrees with it. These words he has spoke are what he said.

If you’ve been sitting around waiting for him to offer any further clarification, you shouldn’t. “It is very clear.” We can no longer use this excuse, nor any derivation of it. No more “translation issues”. No more “taken out of context”. The interviews, the news articles, the incorrect homilies are all what he said. Deal with it.

2. This isn’t part of the teaching of the Church. Pope Francis says he is constantly teaching and considers it part of his teachings and his magisterium. He is not offering his opinion, but what he thinks is actual teaching to be included in what he has to offer to the Church.

Pope Francis clarifies he is “permanently making statements, giving homilies; that’s teaching”. Everything he says, no matter how true or erroneous, is part of the teaching he wants to give to you. For those who have defended him using this excuse, you have done so in vain. You are incorrect, because Pope Francis says it is.

If Pope Francis truly believes his off-the-cuff statements are in fact teaching, then perhaps it is time we go back and reassess his entire papacy and every interview, homily, and off-the-cuff comment he has ever given. Let’s start calling a spade a spade.

Jeff December 15, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

A Small Catechism For Catholics a Must Have

I recently received a copy of “A Small Catechism For Catholics” originally written by St. Peter Canisius and translated from the original Latin by Ryan Grant. This is published by Mediatrix Press.

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This is an absolutely fascinating translation of a fascinating Catechism. This Catechism is written with precision and clarity. In a question and answer format, it allows for simple questions to be answered quickly and concisely, and encourages memorization of its passages. It is a must have for every single Catholic. At 65 pages in length, it is a very quick read of no longer than an hour. It has not been tainted with modernism, thus we know it holds true to the teachings of the Church. St. Peter Canisius is also a Doctor of the Church.

I would suggest you purchase it. You can do so through Amazon. It appears the new version of the book includes a special Foreword by Fr. Chad Ripperger.

To demonstrate how this book is aligned with the traditions and teachings of the Church, I would like to include this excerpt which discusses who are outside of the Church and  who are heretics. (pgs 13-15)

Who are altogether foreign to the Church?

In the first place, Jews and all unbelievers and also apostates from the faith; thereafter heretics, those who, of course, were baptized, but pertinaciously uphold error against the Catholic faith. Besides these, schismatics, those who separate themselves from the peace and Catholic unity itself; and last of all, those who are legitimately excluded from the communion of Saints, from the participation of the Sacraments and the aid of the Church and from divine offices, throughout Ecclesiastical power, wherefore they are called “the excommunicated”.
All those who are separated and foreign to the body of Christ, which is the Church, and hence remain outside of the spiritual life and salvation, unless they should recover their senses, are guilty and merit eternal death, that is Satan. Moreover, while all these are to be avoided by Catholics, more particularly, heretics and schismatic should be detested and avoided no less than some deadly plague.

At length, what might be a simple, short and upright rule of faith, by which Catholics are distinguished from heretics?

It is this, they confess the faith of Christ and the full authority of the Church; and it behooves them to hold that as certain and fixed, which the Shepherds and Teachers of the Catholic Church have defined must be believed. The others, who do not listen to the Church, should be to you, as Christ himself said “As a heathen and a tax-collector.” (Matthew 18:17) Indeed he who refuses to have the Church as a mother, will not have God as Father.

Yes, this is 100% accurate and Catholic. If you’re Catechism doesn’t include this, it does not cut it.

Jeff December 10, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Catholic Church Founded in 1963, Historians Find

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Vatican City – Historians uncovered shocking documentation Thursday of the Catholic Church’s founding being in 1963, rather than the year 33 as was once thought and believed.

This comes as wonderful news to some. Father Gregory O’Hannity, Pastor of Our Lady of the Small Pond Out Back said “If you think about it, there isn’t any documentation prior to 1963 which supports this claim. Once the Second Vatican Council was called to order, the Holy Spirit descended upon those holy men present and founded the Church upon their faith.”

Zechariah Smith, a Catholic who attends the neighboring FSSP parish argued, “This is outrageous! Another example of anti-Catholics trying to discredit Christ and His Church”. “The Church was founded by Christ in 33 A.D. upon St. Peter and there exists mountains of documents and doctrinal evidence prior to 1963 to prove it” he stated while holding up his copies of Denzinger and Ott.

Vatican Spokesman Fr. Frederico Lombardi, S.J. stated, “I really don’t know what to believe anymore. Just give us a couple of days and we’ll iron it all out.” He then rushed out of the press conference to the nearest bar. Barfly Tim O’Hannigan stated he was unsure of what Father had ordered but knew it was a double and to keep them coming.

This is satire.

Jeff December 10, 2014 3 Comments Permalink

Rorate Caeli Mass and Missa Cantata Evening Mass

This Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7am, Father John Gallas will be offering a Rorate Caeli (Extraordinary Form) Mass at the parish of St. Thomas the Apostle in Corcoran, MN.

For those who do not know, the Rorate Caeli Mass is a special Mass in honor of our Mother, Mary. It is a candlelit Mass due to it being so early in the morning. For more information on the Rorate Caeli Mass, check out One Peter Five’s article.

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Also, I was informed at 6pm on Saturday, December 13, Father John Paul Erickson will be offering a Missa Cantata (Extraordinay Form) at the St. John Vianney Seminary Chapel in St. Paul, MN.

If you can make one or the other, you will be in for a beautiful Mass.

Jeff December 8, 2014 1 Comment Permalink