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Satanists Are In Need of Prayers…And A Beating

A happy and blessed Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you. Normally, today would be a Holy Day of Obligation, but because today is Monday and everyone just went to Mass yesterday, the Bishops have decided that it would be too difficult to go to Mass, *gasp* two days in a row! But that’s a discussion for another post. Today, I want to talk about the disgusting and vileness of Satanists and one way we should handle them.

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Satanists in Oklahoma will be blaspheming Our Lady with one of their disgusting “ceremonies” today. I won’t go into the detail of what these Satanists are going to do, as I don’t want to give them the satisfaction that innocent minds and souls will be exposed to their putrid displays of hatred for the Truth. The amazing thing about this is that from what I can tell, there have been no statements made by bishops within this country calling for prayer and/or fasting against this demonic attack against our faith and our Blessed Mother. But, don’t worry, if Donald Trump says something mean they will call a press conference immediately to let you know how upset they are.

Satanists are possibly the saddest and most pathetic souls to walk this vale of tears. In some regard, Satanists are stronger believers than many Catholics. Most Catholics believe in the Real Presence of the Eucharist; Satanists don’t believe it. They know it to be true.

Satanists blasphemy Our Lord by desecrating the Eucharist during their black masses. They know the Eucharist to be the Physical Manifestation of Jesus Christ, and instead of bowing down to worship Our Lord, they stamp upon Him, they trample Him, and they do many vile things to Him.

They do the same thing to Our Blessed Mother, except they are even viler.

We should pray for these poor souls, as that is the charitable and Catholic response. But in all seriousness. Why are we not beating the living Hell out of these people?

After all, St. John Chrysostom said that one should sanctify their hand by striking the mouth of a blasphemer who refuses to recant their error. Not only do these perverts refuse to renounce their erroneous and diabolical beliefs, but they get off on them…literally.

Why is it that Catholics are so timid to do anything but pray? If a rapist was to announce publicly that he was going to rape someone at a specific location, would we just sit outside that location and pray for his conversion, all along allowing the victim to be raped? Here we are, our victim being Our Blessed Mother and the best that we see is that there will be a prayer rally outside.

At one time, Catholics would have rushed in to interrupt these vile displays and would even bring priests along to sprinkle exorcised water. But today, we see that only prayers will be offered.

Now, I know what you are thinking. “Wow! This is some super violent behavior, so not Catholic!” Let us recall the time that Jesus went into the temple and made a whip of cords and literally beat the snot out of those who were desecrating what was Holy, that being the House of the Lord.

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If Jesus went so far as to beat these people for exchanging money and selling items within the temple, how much more deserving of a beating of someone who is desecrating the Holy of Holies of Our Blessed Lord or His Mother? Is Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior that much more Holy than a Temple? Is His Mother, who was conceived without sin, pure throughout her entire life, died a beautiful and holy death and then assumed into Heaven, both body and soul, not more Holy than a Temple?

It is not violent to ask these questions as desecration of the Holy should make your blood boil. It is not “non-Catholic” to ask these questions either, despite the amount of effort put forth to make Catholic men act, behave, and think like women. And that isn’t a slight at women, as men and women have differing duties in the realm of the physical and the spiritual.

But I know there are some of you out there who are thinking that I am not being a “good Catholic” because I write this article. And that’s completely fine, you’re entitled to your opinion, even if it’s wrong. And while you sit there thinking how much better you are because you don’t think this way, I’ll say a couple of things. First, you’re a coward because you do not love Our Lord enough to defend Him with your life. Second, your pride is showing.

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For those who can’t be there, continue to offer up prayers, as they are powerful. For those who are actually in the area, do something. Deus Vult!

Jeff August 15, 2016 4 Comments Permalink

The Bar Has Been Set So Low That It Is Lying On The Ground

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Did you hear the great news?

Pope Francis spoke out against transgenderism and even said that we need to “think about what Pope Benedict XVI” said!

Yes, this is breaking news in the Catholic world in 2016. The bar has been set low in this papacy that a simple statement pointing back to Pope Benedict is somehow picture proof of how Orthodox Pope Francis is.

Living in a homosexual relationship? That’s okay. Can’t live with the spouse you married and want to live with another? Sure, why not! Love is complicated and such! Transgender? No, that’s the annihilation of man (which is entirely 100% correct). No, the issue is that with a 3 1/2 year papacy, this statement, the statement denouncing transgenderism, is the mark that sets Pope Francis as a stalwart defender of the faith.

Sure, Pope Francis has said that youth unemployment and loneliness of the elderly are two of the greatest evils and has stated that we can’t always talk about abortion, gay marriage, and contraception all the time.

Forget that this man blasphemes God and His Most Blessed Mother every other chance he gets.

No. Pope Francis spoke out against transgenderism.

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Best. Catholic Ever.

Santo Subito.

Jeff August 8, 2016 Leave A Comment Permalink

Get Your Bingo Cards!

In preparation for World Youth Day, I thought I’d draw your attention to a fun site that is keeping track of all of the various excuses that people give for things Pope Francis says and does.

Over at www.PopeFrancisBingo.com, you can manage your very own Pope Francis Bingo card. The card itself doesn’t save, but you can open up as many browser tabs as you like and each card is randomly generated! You can click on the squares whenever you hear the excuse, and you’ll find a very special marker. You can print out the card if you want to play on the go (there is no mobile version).

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There is even a handy little form where you can submit any excuses that you haven’t seen within the cards.

Remember, whenever Pope Francis goes on a trip outside of the Vatican, crazy things start happening! Make sure you have your cards ready to go!

Jeff July 21, 2016 1 Comment Permalink

Pokemon Go and Evangelization

Pokemon Go! is currently sweeping the United States and soon, the world. If you don’t know much about this game, I’ll fill you in.

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Pokemon Go! is a GPS location-based game, meaning that you download the app to your phone, turn on your GPS, and walk around until a Pokemon pops up on your screen. Many are playing this game and are congregating at important landmarks called “Pokestops.” These Pokestops can be found in parks, cemeteries, statues, famous or odd landmarks and most importantly, churches. Pokestops are also not one time events either, but rather they are constant, meaning that if your church or chapel is already a Pokestop, it will continue to be so.

I know a bit about this because Pokemon Go is built off of another game made by Google called “Ingress,” in which you capture and defend these same landmarks from competing players on the opposite team. In Ingress, players on either the Blue or Green team go around and capture portals and try to defend them from the opposing team, making them stronger by linking them to other portals of the same color. Over the course of three years, Ingress players have submitted hundreds of thousands of landmarks to Ingress to add them as portals within the game.

Ingress, while prevalent in many urban areas and even suburban areas, never took off to achieve the same popularity that Pokemon Go has achieved in as little as 12 days. Everyone of all ages seems to be playing it. In fact, just going around town on my bike the other night, I must have bumped into at least two dozen people playing it, and I admit, I was too.

Is it a silly game? Yes. But it is an interesting concept, especially to those of us who played Pokemon as kids. I know I wanted to be a “real life Pokemon trainer” and go around and catch Pokemon, and now I can. It’s also amazing to see how many of my co-workers are playing and has encouraged us to spend time away from our desks for some good old fashioned camaraderie.

But going back to Pokestops, I think that we have to admit that Catholics have been given an opportunity that we haven’t had before. People are coming back to churches. No, not to pray, but to play. They stop outside the Church to visit the Pokestop and get some gear to continue playing the game. These Pokestops have a 5-minute window where the player must wait before activating it again. We need to realize that while yes, from all outside perspective we are dealing with something rather silly, but at the same time, people are no longer afraid to step near a church anymore. So what are we going to do about it?

We need to consider approaching these kids, teens, young or older adults and invite them into the Church. Protestants will take advantage of this game and invite these players to their church for worship or prayer or what have you. Heck, they may even play with them! But what are we going to do? Are we going to give them glares and tell them to get off of Church property (mind you they don’t have to be on the property, just within the 30-yard range) or are we going to give them something to fill that void? Are we going to bring them closer to Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and help guide them into the Catholic Church (or back to the Church for those who have left)?

There is a very real possibility that this might be our only chance to approach them and teach them about Jesus and salvation on our steps. I can tell you that I have already seen three teenagers outside of my local Catholic Church playing. I was running late for confession, so I did not stop to chat with them, and they had left by the time I had confessed, but they sat on the steps of the Church. We shouldn’t be afraid of messing up evangelization either, as we can at the very least strike up a friendly conversation with them. Invite them to come in and pray. Invite them to Mass. Offer to show them what Catholics believe and why. Each and every person is different, and thus there is no “right” way, as what may work to bring one person into the Church might not work on another. And Jesus never said that we had to convert them, but to plant the seed.

This game has made people far more comfortable with the churches than ever before, and we better get the most out of it, because Jesus wanted us to become fishers of men, and He wants to catch them all.

Image courtesy of Catholic Memes

Image courtesy of Catholic Memes

Catholics Embracing Protestantism

Many within the Catholic Church seem to embrace an idea that the Church should adopt Protestant practices. She should adopt these practice to entice Protestants or fallen away Catholics to come into the Catholic Church.

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But does this make sense? After all, the term Protestant means to protest the Catholic Church.

So the Catholic Church adopting Protestant practices to appeal to these fallen away Catholics and Protestants make about as much sense as the Republican party adopting the ideals of the Democrat party to draw in Democrats or Republicans who have left the party. Or about as much sense as the Church proclaiming the Protestant Reformation to being a good thing.

Oh, wait a minute.

Jeff June 12, 2016 5 Comments Permalink

The Sacrament of Marriage and Its Primary Purpose

A trend that is growing within the Catholic Church is the idea that a majority of Catholic teachings given before the Second Vatican Council are no longer necessary. More alarmingly, many Catholics appear only interested in what the current Pope teaches and declare his teaching as the Catholic position, whether it is in clear contradiction with his predecessors or not. There has been a drastic change in what is taught within the Church today, compared to what the Church taught only a short half century ago. To give an example, we are going to talk about sex and marriage.

Matrimony, The Seven Sacraments, Rogier van der Weyden, c. 1445

Matrimony, The Seven Sacraments, Rogier van der Weyden, c. 1445

For well around the portion of 1950 years, Catholics were taught, and knew, that there were two purposes of the marital act; 1. to bring forth children and 2. to unite the husband and wife together. The order of this matters because the first is the primary purpose and the second is the secondary purpose. The unitive aspect of sex is ordered to the primary purpose; that is to bring forth children.

Does this order of primacy sound strange to you? If so, it’s because you were probably taught that the unitive aspect of marriage is the primary purpose and that being open to children is the secondary purpose. At least this is what many priests, bishops, cardinals, laity, and even the Pope himself teach.

To better understand how this order has switched, it is important that we learn what the Church has said in regards to this teaching, and more importantly, when this teaching suddenly changed. In the Catechism of the Council of Trent (1566) we read that there are three motives and ends of marriage:

We have now to explain why man and woman should be joined in marriage. First of all, nature itself by an instinct implanted in both sexes impels them to such companionship, and this is further encouraged by the hope of mutual assistance in bearing more easily the discomforts of life and the infirmities of old age.

 

A second reason for marriage is the desire of family, not so much, however, with a view to leave after us heirs to inherit our property and fortune, as to bring up children in the true faith and in the service of God. That such was the principal object of the holy Patriarchs when they married is clear from Scripture. Hence the Angel, when informing Tobias of the means of repelling the violent assaults of the evil demon, says: I will show thee who they are over whom the devil can prevail; for they who in such manner receive matrimony as to shut out God from themselves and from their mind, and to give themselves to their lust, as the horse and mule which have not understanding, over them the devil hath power. He then adds: Thou shalt take the virgin with the fear of the Lord, moved rather for love of children than for lust, that in the seed of Abraham thou mayest obtain a blessing in children. It was also for this reason that God instituted marriage from the beginning; and therefore married persons who, to prevent conception or procure abortion, have recourse to medicine, are guilty of a most heinous crime nothing less than wicked conspiracy to commit murder.

 

A third reason has been added, as a consequence of the fall of our first parents. On account of the loss of original innocence the passions began to rise in rebellion against right reason; and man, conscious of his own frailty and unwilling to fight the battles of the flesh, is supplied by marriage with an antidote by which to avoid sins of lust. For fear of fornication, says the Apostle, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband; and a little after, having recommended to married persons a temporary abstinence from the marriage debt, to give themselves to prayer, he adds: Return together again, lest Satan tempt you for your incontinency.

The Catechism of the Council of Trent declares that the purpose of marriage is ordered and that bearing children is a higher purpose than that of sexual intimacy. What is raised to a higher purpose is that marriage allows for a man and a woman to assist each other in this earthly life to obtain their reward in the next life.

Jumping ahead to the 20th century, in 1930, Pope Pius XI penned his encyclical Casti Connubii on Christian Marriage. He writes:

Thus amongst the blessings of marriage, the child holds the first place. And indeed the Creator of the human race Himself, Who in His goodness wishes to use men as His helpers in the propagation of life, taught this when, instituting marriage in Paradise, He said to our first parents, and through them to all future spouses: “Increase and multiply, and fill the earth.” As St. Augustine admirably deduces from the words of the holy Apostle Saint Paul to Timothy when he says: “The Apostle himself is therefore a witness that marriage is for the sake of generation: ‘I wish,’ he says, ‘young girls to marry.’ And, as if someone said to him, ‘Why?,’ he immediately adds: ‘To bear children, to be mothers of families’.” – Paragraph 11

 

The second blessing of matrimony which We said was mentioned by St. Augustine, is the blessing of conjugal honor which consists in the mutual fidelity of the spouses in fulfilling the marriage contract, so that what belongs to one of the parties by reason of this contract sanctioned by divine law, may not be denied to him or permitted to any third person; nor may there be conceded to one of the parties anything which, being contrary to the rights and laws of God and entirely opposed to matrimonial faith, can never be conceded. – Paragraph 19

Pope Pius XI further reiterates the teachings of the Council of Trent in highlighting the purpose of marriage, in that children are the primary purpose and intimacy is the secondary. If you have never read this encyclical, I encourage you to do so, as it is full of beautiful teachings on how to live a good, holy, Catholic marriage.

Pope Pius XI penned this encyclical as a response to the rising demand of birth control that was beginning to take place in secular society and starting to creep into the mindset of many within the Church. In fact, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, felt that this encyclical was a personal attack against her as she was fighting tooth and nail to make birth control legal within the United States. Unfortunately, this encyclical did not stop many from writing books and articles that tried to provide confusion amongst the faithful.

In a decree declared by the Holy Office on April 1, 1944, we read:

Certain publications concerning the purposes of matrimony, and their interrelationship and order, have come forth within these last years which either assert that the primary purpose of matrimony is not the generation of offspring, or that the secondary purposes are not subordinate to the primary purpose, but are independent of it.

 

In these works different primary purposes of marriage are designated by other writers, as for example: the complement and personal perfection of the spouses through a complete mutual participation in life and action; mutual love and union of spouses to be nurtured and perfected by the psychic and bodily surrender of one’s own person; and many other such things.

 

In the same writings a sense is sometimes attributed to words in the current documents of the Church (as for example, primary, secondary purpose), which does not agree with these words according to the common usage by theologians.

 

This revolutionary way of thinking and speaking aims to foster errors and uncertainties, to avoid which the Most Eminent and Very Reverend Fathers of this supreme Sacred Congregation, charged with the guarding of matters of faith and morals, in a plenary session, on Wednesday, the 28th of March, 1944, when the question was proposed to them “Whether the opinion of certain recent persons can be admitted, who either deny that the primary purpose of matrimony is the generation and raising of offspring, or teach that the secondary purposes are not essentially subordinate to the primary purpose, but are equally first and independent,” have decreed that the answer must be: In the negative.

We see that there is a good track record within the Church as to what marriage is, the primary and secondary purpose of marriage, as well as the holiness of the Sacrament if practiced by loving our spouse as Christ loved His Church. But after the Second Vatican Council, we see this has changed to some extent.

Jump ahead to today. Pope Francis recently released his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia and had this to say in regards to the unitive aspect of marriage:

We need a healthy dose of self-criticism. Then too, we often present marriage in such a way that its unitive meaning, its call to grow in love and its ideal of mutual assistance are overshadowed by an almost exclusive insistence on the duty of procreation. Nor have we always provided solid guidance to young married couples, understanding their timetables, their way of thinking and their concrete concerns. At times we have also proposed a far too abstract and almost artificial theological ideal of marriage, far removed from the concrete situations and practical possibilities of real families. This excessive idealization, especially when we have failed to inspire trust in God’s grace, has not helped to make marriage more desirable and attractive, but quite the opposite. – Paragraph 36

Pope Francis argues at best that the two are equal, or at worse that the unitive aspect is greater than the procreative aspect. One could give the benefit of the doubt, but knowing what we have seen from both the Synod on the Family and Amoris Laetitia it would be hard to assume that Pope Francis doesn’t believe that the purpose of bringing a couple together is for unity.

To further demonstrate that this teaching has changed, we can look no further than the Church’s laws in the Code of Canon Law.

From the 1917 Code of Canon Law #1013:

1) The primary end of marriage is the procreation and education of children. It’s secondary end is mutual help and the allaying of concupiscense. 2) The essential properties of marriage are unity and indissolubility, which acquire a particular fitness in Christian marriage by reason of its sacramental character.

As opposed to the 1983 Code of Canon Law #1055:

The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman establish themselves a partnership of their whole life, and which of its own very nature is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and the procreation and upbringing of children, has, between baptized, been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.

The evidence is clear. We can see something has changed. From the beginning of the Church up until the Second Vatican Council, the Church was clear and concise in her teaching stating that the primary purpose of marriage was the rearing and bringing up of children, with a secondary purpose ordered to the first of the unity of husband and wife. Then, in 1983, it was codified that the primary purpose of marriage was the uniting of husband and wife, and then the secondary purpose of marriage was from this uniting, if it was God’s will, that a child would come forth, but not necessarily.

If the doctrine of marriage and its purpose are allowed to be changed ever so slowly to the point where we see an inversion has occurred, then we must ask the hard question of what other teachings can change over time? Contraception? Abortion? Reception of communion by those in second marriages? And if the doctrine was wrong before, then how do we know it is right now? And if the Church was wrong before, then how can we be confident that the Church can even proclaim the Church if it is fallible?

Jeff June 1, 2016 4 Comments Permalink

Fatima and the Third Secret

Our Lady of Fatima was instrumental in bringing me into the Catholic Church. I honestly don’t know if I’d be Catholic today if it weren’t for her. Of course, I certainly hope I would have eventually come into the Church, but it was after reading about Fatima and having a minor miracle happen that pushed me into diving head first into Catholic thought.

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It’s intriguing to me that after having come into the Church via a rather traditional path I ended up down the road of Modernistic thinking. Over time, I became your typical neo-Catholic who thought that Vatican Two was the greatest thing to happen to the Church and how all the popes since then were de facto saints. After all, I was a convert, what did I know about Catholicism?

Having no Catholic foundation when I read about Fatima, I didn’t understand everything I was reading. What I did know was that the message of Fatima, praying for the conversion of the world to prevent souls from going to Hell was a vastly different message than what most Christians were teachings me. The Jesus of Fatima wasn’t the happy, happy, joy, joy Jesus, but a serious Jesus, who died for our sins and demanded that we follow Him and His teachings.

I never went back to review Fatima until relatively recently as a good friend asked me about what I thought about the Third Secret. I had thought it was a done deal. The consecration was “accepted by Heaven”. Russia stopped their communistic ways. The Third Secret was revealed by the Vatican headed by Cardinal Ratzinger. I figured it was a closed chapter.

However, in the last week, two important stories have broken from One Peter Five in regards to the Third Secret of Fatima.

The first story came Thursday where Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand revealed that she had been told by Cardinal Luigi Ciappi (1909-1996) of the true Third Secret, which revealed: “that a great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top.”

The second story broke Sunday and tells how Pope Benedict XVI confided in a close priest friend, Fr. Ingo Dollinger, about how “there is more than what we published.” Specifically, the part of the secret which was unpublished discusses “a bad council and a bad Mass” which was to happen shortly.

This secret was given by Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 to Sr. Lucia. It speaks volumes as to why Pope John XXIII did not reveal the 3rd Secret in 1960 like he was requested and passed it on to one of his successors stating that the Third Secret “does not concern my pontificate.” If the Third Secret reveals that apostasy would “begin at the top” and would allow for a “bad council and a bad Mass,” then it explains that the Second Vatican Council and the Novus Ordo is not pleasing to God, despite being told the opposite these last 50 years.

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Fatima. It is important that we take heed of her warnings. Go to confession, pray the Rosary daily, pray for the conversion of the world. Pray for the Pope that he consecrates Russia like he and his predecessors were asked to do. The world is in spiritual shambles around us, and Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother have given us a special role in rebuilding it.

Jeff May 17, 2016 3 Comments Permalink

Only The Last 50 Years of Catholicism Matters

For some time now, I have argued that the majority of Catholics view the Church as only being relevant since the Second Vatican Council. So much so, I wrote a parody article explaining how the Church was founded in 1963 when the Holy Spirit descended upon those present at Vatican 2.

We can see evidence of this when we analyze the footnotes of documents that mainstream Catholic authors, as well as the Vatican, has released over the last couple of decades. The number of citations we see to only post-conciliar popes and Vatican 2, in comparison with the number of citations before Vatican 2 demonstrates that many prelates are only looking for examples that go as far back as 1963. Yes, some of these citations do include references to Sacred Scripture, as well as to some saints such as St. Thomas Aquinas.

Lest we forget, St. Thomas Aquinas lived from 1225-1274 and is a Doctor of the Church. His masterpiece The Summa Theologica is considered to be the go-to book on all things theology and Catholic thought. St. Thomas Aquinas’ work has been so influential that his process for thinking out issues was named “Thomistic”, and many Popes declared that his work is the prime example of how Catholics should approach their education.

To better illustrate my point, Donald Cardinal Wuerl released a graphic the other day in which he discusses the number of citations Pope Francis uses in Amoris Laetitia that point back to the pontificates of previous popes.

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Based on Cardinal Wuerl’s graphic, we see that there is a total of 107 citations. Of those 107 citations, only 14 or 13% of them are to St. Thomas Aquinas. 87% of the citations are from the last 50 years of a 2,000-year-old religion. If we are to believe Cardinal Wuerl, then 87% of Pope Francis’ citations are from the last 2.5% of Catholicism’s life-span. Surely there weren’t a few more points that couldn’t have been taken from the vast majority of our faith? You would be hard-pressed to find any document written in the last 50 years that would have even a 50:50 ratio of pre-Vatican 2 to post-Vatican 2 citations (excluding the documents of the Second Vatican Council, of course).

Even more alarming is how the majority of the quotes which are obtained from Pope St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio are taken severely out of context. The same can be said about the quotations taken from St. Thomas Aquinas. Both LMSChairman and the Remnant published articles detailing how Pope Francis misrepresented both of these saints in Amoris Laetitia.

When prelates use only a subset of the Magisterium of the Church while formulating documents, it certainly lends credit to the common misconception that the Church’s teachings were changed (Spoiler: some of them were) during the Second Vatican Council. For the Hermeneutic of Continuity to be true, you would expect that all of the unchanging teachings of the Church be used, not just those that further the agenda of the enemies who have put themselves into prominent positions.

Jeff May 1, 2016 2 Comments Permalink

The Crisis of the Church: Who’s At Fault?

There seems to be this attitude within the Catholic Church that the crisis we are experiencing today can be blamed solely on the laity. There is a graphic of Bishop Robert Barron floating around social media with some text on it taken from a speech he gave sometime last year. This graphic and Bishop Barron’s quotation reinforces this idea that the laity are the problem.

I am unsure where the graphic originated, but I have seen it before. It didn’t seem worth talking about the first time around, but since it is picking up life again, I thought it would be worth sharing a few words on it.

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If you can’t see the above image, the text reads:

“People say to me there is a crisis in the priesthood. I say there is an even greater crisis in the laity. 75% of all Catholics do not attend Mass. THAT is the problem.”

Bishop Barron does raise a valid point, which when 75% of the 1.2 billion Catholics in the world don’t attend Mass, we do have a problem. But this is only one part of the crisis, a part which we can trace its roots. Where I disagree with Bishop Barron is that it isn’t solely the responsibility of the laity to ensure the success of the Catholic Church. I also find it intellectually dishonest that he completely ignores the problem of the priests and shifts attention to that of the laity.

The laity gets its formation first and foremost from their parents. If their parents are not building them up in the faith, then they are getting their formation from their pastors every Sunday at Mass in the pews. They are also getting further formation from their bishops or cardinals who are these days writing articles for major publications and giving interviews for mainstream media.

Since the Second Vatican Council, we have seen many pastors completely drop the ball in regards to forming their flocks to be examples of truly Christian life. Most pastors have encouraged their flocks that God loves them just the way they are. They have encouraged family and friends of the deceased that they are now “in a better place” and “watching football with Jesus”, without acknowledging whether they lived a life worthy of Heaven. Even now, we see a complete misunderstanding of the teaching of mercy, assuming that God is merciful no matter what, and you can live a life of sin and still be admitted entrance to Heaven upon death.

Indeed, we see a crisis in the Church and the laity is an evident and glaring example of this crisis, but most of that can be traced back to the priests. Today, many priests are too busy looking to Protestants to figure out how the Catholic Church can encourage fallen away Catholics to come back. Of course, looking to those who protest the teachings of Catholicism shouldn’t be seen as the goal.

Instead, we should listen to what the Saints taught, after all, they lived a life worthy of Heaven and are now in perpetual adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We should also return to traditional worship, that is, the Tridentine Latin Mass. There have only been a few Saints who celebrated the Novus Ordo, and even those few grew up with the TLM.

It’s time to admit that the laity is not at fault for what Bishop Athanasius Schneider has termed the Fourth Greatest Crisis of the Church. Until the clergy returns to teaching what the Catholic Church has taught for the last 2,000 years, and stands up and fights the greatest evils of our day, we will continue seeing fewer and fewer lay people in the pews, and in turn fewer priests and fewer parishes.

Jeff April 21, 2016 3 Comments Permalink

Amoris Laetitia, Heresy, and All Sorts of Juicy Error

I take a couple of weeks off from blogging, and it seems that all Hell has broken lose.

Now, I took a break because priorities in life had shifted a bit. We welcomed the birth of my daughter just a couple of weeks ago, so I have been busy. She was baptized a couple of days after her birth in the Traditional Rite.

It surprises me how much I have forgotten in just the short year and a half since my son was born. The immense innocence that they possess, not knowing anything really, completely dependent upon their mother and father for all of their needs. My son is already doing a lot on his own and beginning to get himself into trouble, though I admit he is unaware of it.

Having taken this time off from blogging has allowed me to think more of the direction I want to take this blog, and no, I won’t be blogging less, though who knows. Late last summer I was committed to publishing three articles a week, and for a while, I was able to do that. After some time, I got worn out, mostly because I always waited until the last minute and felt that I had to have something.

In my mind, the quality of my posts began to diminish some. They were rushed, they were sloppy, and a lot of times they weren’t properly thought out. That’s not to say all of them were that way, and maybe I’m too hard on myself.

I plan on continuing my writing and analysis on issues that are affecting the Church, including articles on combatting various heresies of our day, differing devotions and how they can help you live a holier life, and other articles meant to proclaim the goodness of Catholicism. I will continue to focus on the antics of Pope Francis, as every single day he does something contrary to Catholic teaching. And since the media stays focused on him, his antics are affecting billions of people. Many will argue to the contrary, but there are already many converts we have lost because they don’t see the need of being Catholic. We observe this with a lot of liberals who claim to “love Pope Francis” but wouldn’t dare become Catholic.

Image courtesy of L'Observa

Image courtesy of L’Osservatore Romano

In the last week alone, we’ve witnessed a disastrous Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, or a letter, which is composed of nearly 60,000 words. I don’t know about you, but if someone wrote me a 230 some odd page letter, I probably wouldn’t read it. This massive document opens up the door for the divorced, remarried, and homosexual to receive the Holy Eucharist. This is blasphemous.

Many Catholic pundits are arguing that Amoris Laetitia doesn’t open up the door in the slightest, which is why bishops such as Archbishop Cupich and the German Cardinals are praising it for being groundbreaking. Either these prelates had a massive conversion, or the document is error-ridden. I’ll place my bets on the latter.

Pope Francis has also sympathized with Judas, claimed that “persecution is the daily bread of the Church“, and scolded those who adhere to tradition, labeling them as Pharisees, because that horse hasn’t been beaten to death enough.

And just today, on his papal presser aboard the “Papal Interviews on a Papal Plane Aren’t Magisterial” plane, Pope Francis admits that the document opens up the door. Then proceeded to say that it isn’t a big deal. Because spending more than two years, two Synods, and writing a 60,000-word letter isn’t a “big deal.”

Pope Francis Papal Presser-AP

Image courtesy of AP

He also accepted 12 Muslim migrants who will be staying at the Vatican. Apparently there were four Christians who were “late with their paperwork”. Right. He accepted the Muslims because they are “children of God,” which any Catholic with a 3rd-grade catechesis knows is heretical because only those who are baptized are Children of God, c.f. Galatians 3:26.

We are living in unprecedented times, times in which we have an openly heretical Pope and not a single priest, bishop, or cardinal who is willing to do a damn thing about it. No, not even Cardinal Burke is going to do anything about it, as he has already given suppressing fire for Amoris Laetitia. I do hope I’m wrong, but he won’t save us.

During this time, we need to stay close to the confessional. We need to be in the state of grace. In the last week, many earthquakes have been reported around the globe, much more than normal. God is not happy with what is going on with His Church.

Continue to pray for the Pope, the Church, your family, and friends. Live a good, holy life, pleasing to the Lord. If you have not done so, I encourage you to consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary, using St. Louis de Montfort’s method (not Fr. Gaitley’s watered down, wishy-washy method in which he barely discusses what it means to be consecrated).

Most importantly, learn the faith and defend it with your very life. It is getting rough out there, and there’s a good chance your home parish won’t even have your back when push comes to shove.

Jeff April 16, 2016 2 Comments Permalink