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Filial Corrections and the Refusal of Clarity

After a much-needed hiatus, the lack of writing in my life has left me feeling guilty. It’s not that I don’t have anything to write about, rather, there is almost too much to write about and not enough time to even make a dent into it. Between my interests of highlighting what is occurring in the world of Church politics as well as combating the errors both minor and major that are promulgated by clergy within the Church, there is just too much to write about and not enough time.

That said, I don’t think I can sit by much longer. With the 100-year anniversary of Fatima looming ever closer, the Pope receiving a Filial correction which hasn’t occurred since the papacy of Pope John XXII, and the rise of heretical Jesuit priests (the Jesuits need to be suppressed), idly sitting by is no longer an option.

While I obviously can’t comment on all things, nor can I write every single article that needs to be written in the blink of an eye, I can at least make a small dent. In the grand scheme of things, I can write the amount that I am supposed to write, and that is all that I can do.

For those who are unaware, a document has been made public over the weekend, signed by 62 Catholics consisting of both theologians and clergy, offering a correction to Pope Francis’ document Amoris Laetitia. I’ve seen some Catholics dismiss this simply because one of the signatories is Bishop Fellay of the SSPX and using this document to further the fallacious arguments that the SSPX is in schism.

The SSPX is not in schism; they are in a canonical irregular status with valid sacraments of baptism, confession, and Mass. If they were truly in schism, none of their sacraments would be valid. They have only proclaimed Catholicism as it has always been preached. Meanwhile, you have uber-liberal and heretical priests like Fr. James Martin, S.J. who receives promotions within the hierarchy.

Going back to the discussion at hand, I don’t think that much will happen from Rome with regards to this correction. Pope Francis received this correction six weeks ago and had yet to respond to it, much like many of the other corrections which have crossed his desk. The only reason this document has been made public is due to Pope Francis’ refusal to respond to it in private, again, much like the other correction and Dubia he has already received.

The Pope will continue, much as he has during the entirety of his pontificate, lambasting those who adhere to Catholicism and promoting the heretics and schismatics who refuse to leave our Church. Pope Francis will eventually cause a schism within the Church, though he will be leading the wrong side. Many will continue to follow him because he will refuse to step down and by all outward appearances, the schismatics will appear to be the Catholics, and the Catholics will seem to be schismatics.

If the Pope promotes heresy, is formally condemned, and refuses to recant his heresy then he will cease to be the Pope and thus not worthy to be followed, even if by all outward appearances he is considered the Pope by many, which he will.

We haven’t seen heresy infect the Church this bad since Arianism, in which many within the Church followed that awful heresy. Thankfully, there were some who had the gall to stand against this heresy and continue to preach the faith, including St. Nicholas and St. Athanasius. Let us pray to these wonderful saints and ask them to assist us during this time. Remember to stay close to the sacraments and to always live according to the eternal Truth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jeff September 26, 2017 1 Comment Permalink

Novus Ordo Logic: Heaven Is For Everyone

A common trend within Novus Ordoism is the idea that those outside the Church can go to Heaven, while those who adhere to Catholicism as taught for 2,000 years can’t.

We see this attitude most clearly when we look at how Novus Ordoism perceives those who adhere to the SSPX or Sedevacantism.

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Members of the SSPX reject the Second Vatican Council, accept the Pope, accept God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, accept Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and accept Catholicism. They are viewed as divisive and treated as if they were schismatic, which they aren’t. The general attitude is that they are in danger of going to Hell if they do not accept the Second Vatican Council.

Sedevacantists reject the Second Vatican Council, reject the Pope, accept God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, accept Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and accept Catholicism. They too are viewed as divisive and treated as schismatic, simply because they do not follow the Pope.

On the contrary, more tenderness and mercy is expressed the father *away* one walks from Catholicism.

Protestants reject the Second Vatican Council, reject the Pope, accept God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, reject Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and reject Catholicism. They are seen as Heaven bound because of their supposed faith in Jesus Christ, even though this faith rejects the Church He founded.

Jews reject the Second Vatican Council, reject the Pope, accept God the Father, reject the Son and the Holy Ghost, reject Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and reject Catholicism. They are seen as Heaven bound because of their supposed faith in the Father despite Jesus’ warnings that no one comes to the Father but through Him.

Muslims reject everything and have a flawed view of God the Father, yet they are seen as Heaven bound because of this misunderstood understanding of who God the Father is and their faith in this view, no matter how flawed it is.

And the farther away someone walks from Catholicism, the more excuses Novus Ordoism makes for why it is okay.

In Novus Ordoism, when it comes to Catholics who truly believe in the Catholic faith and are willing to stand by it, they are treated as the oddballs, especially by their brothers and sisters in the faith. Meanwhile, those who have chosen not to be part of the Catholic Church receive love and consolation for their choice. It’s as if Novus Ordoism is proud to be Catholic, but not too Catholic, lest they are viewed as weird.

Sedevacantists *need* to rejoin the Catholic Church to achieve salvation. However, they are more Catholic and closer to the Truth than any other person who is *outside* the Church.

This attitude that those who adhere to the rules of the Church and Jesus are somehow “bad Catholics” needs to stop from all Catholics, including the insults perpetrated by Pope Francis.

There is but one way to salvation, and that is through Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one gets to the Father but through Him.

Novus Ordo Logic: The Latin Mass is Eh, the Novus Ordo is Great!

In this first of a new series, I’d like to explore a particular phenomenon that you may witness in many Catholic parishes these days which I’d like to dub “Novus Ordo Logic.”

Novus Ordo Logic is how modern Catholics apply illogical conclusions to post-conciliar and pre-conciliar Catholicism or the excuses they make for the inconsistencies between the two.

Tridentine Mass

One common difference comes when comparing those who prefer the Traditional Latin Mass to the Novus Ordo Mass. Whenever a Catholic who prefers the Novus Ordo talks about how they don’t like the Traditional Latin Mass and try to avoid it at all costs, they receive words of consolation confirming them that they are okay for having this opinion.

In contrast, whenever a Catholic who prefers only the Traditional Latin Mass expresses his preference and unwillingness to go to the Novus Ordo, they are reproached for being “schismatic,” “holier than thou,” “pharisaical,” or some other offense from the litany of insults.

Novus Ordo Vs Traditional Latin Mass

It is interesting to see the complete difference in attitudes. Both the Novus Ordo preferring Catholic and the Latin Mass preferring Catholic have the same stance, yet one is received with generosity and love, the other with hostility and hate. Even more intriguing, the one who prefers the Mass which many of our Catholic Saints had celebrated during their time here on Earth and is about 17 centuries old, is the one who receives attacks.

Novus Ordo Catholicism doesn’t like traditional Catholicism, as Novus Ordoism perceives tradition as old, stale, difficult, and the Truth. The anger, hatred, and eagerness to discredit the Traditional Latin Mass and those who attend it is a concerning trend within the Church today. According to Novus Ordo Logic, you can dislike the TLM and discuss how great the NO is, but when you dislike the NO and discuss how great the TLM is, you are treated worse than an actual enemy of the Church.

Jeff May 9, 2017 1 Comment Permalink

Four Years of a Disastrous, If Not, the Worst Papacy

Much ink has been spilled these last four years writing about Pope Francis. Since his elevation to the Papacy, Jorge Bergoglio has given reason to spill ink on an almost daily basis.

Pope Francis Rolling Stone Cover

He has given many interviews in which he provides ammunition to the enemies of Christ and her Church. He has surrounded himself with Cardinals who were, for the most part, considered radically liberal and had been pushed to the wayside. He continues to undermine the pontificates of his predecessors, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II, by his attacks on the family, the Liturgy, tradition, and everything Catholic. He undermines Jesus Christ by creating new teachings that are contrary to what Our Lord has given us in the Gospel relating to divorce and remarriage.

It gets tiring.

His latest assault on the Church is against the priesthood. He suggests that Catholic men who have been married may potentially be able to become priests, a practice which hasn’t existed in the Roman Rite for close to 1900 years (except converts from Anglicanism or Orthodoxy).

But this shouldn’t surprise us, after all, Pope Francis is a follower of “the god of surprises.”

Pope Francis must sense that something is afoot and that his time as the Pope is coming to an end. His novel teachings of blatant disregard to Catholic teaching are becoming more accelerated, quicker, and more frequent. Four years ago it was every few weeks in which he said or did something scandalous; now it is a daily occurrence. Perhaps the thought of the canonical penalties of refusing to respond to a dubia are weighing on him?

To say that the conservatives and traditionalists are unopen to the Holy Ghost is, quite possibly, one of the saddest excuses I’ve heard to defend this man. A Pope can’t change teachings of the Church which have excommunications on them. A Pope can’t change the teachings of Jesus Christ. This Pope attempts to and receives praise for it.

Clergy who argued with Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II about the need to change Church teaching are strengthened by Pope Francis. These clergymen continue to wreck havoc with their false mercy allowing those who are unrepentant to receive access to the sacrament while ridiculing the repentant as being too rigid.

No other Pope has been as popular by secular culture as Pope Francis is. Jesus Christ was crucified by the society in which He lived, for our sins; Pope Francis is set on a pedestal and praised for his inclusiveness and mercy. Meanwhile, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II were regularly mocked by the media and society in general.

Pope Francis will likely go down in history as one of, if not the worst Pope in the entire history of the Catholic Church, putting to shame the horrendous papacies of the 1000s and Borgia Popes of the 1500s. While those Popes lived disgusting, vile, and sinful lives, they at least taught the Catholic faith as it had been given to them. Pope Francis, on the other hand, teaches a doctrine contrary to what has been given to him and lives a life that matches that heretical doctrine.

Pope Francis Loggia

It has been four years of this pontificate, and I will not bore you with anymore (at least in this post). For those who follow this blog regularly, you know where I stand. May the Lord spare us any more of this non-sense.

Jeff March 12, 2017 Leave A Comment Permalink

What Are the World Mission Mysteries of the Rosary and Should We Pray Them?

Some time ago, I received a “World Mission Rosary” in the mail from the Rosary Shrine of St. Jude, along with a pamphlet describing a new set of mysteries, the “Mission Mysteries.” Being an avid promoter of the Rosary, these mysteries piqued my interest. I thought about writing up an article then, but decided against it, as I hadn’t seen anything else talking about these mysteries and put the idea on the back burner.

World Mission Rosary

But a couple of weeks ago, I received a second World Mission Rosary in the mail from a different religious order, the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church.

What is the Mission Rosary?

The Mission Rosary was envisioned by the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen in 1951. At the time, he was the national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. During one of his radio programs, Archbishop Sheen requested that his listeners “embrace the world in prayer.”

This Rosary is to honor the work of missions, our call to be missioners, and world unity and peace.

This particular Rosary consists of five different colored beads on each decade. Each decade represents a different area of the world that the Church is currently leading missions. The colors are as follows:

1. Green – for the forests and grasslands of Africa.
2. Red – calling to mind the fire of faith that brought missioners to the Americas.
3. White – symbolizing Europe, the home of the Holy Father.
4. Blue – for the ocean surrounding the Islands of the Pacific.
5. Yellow – symbolizing the morning light of the East and the “beginning of civilization” for Asia/Middle East.

World Mission Decades

The World Mission Rosary is to be prayed just like you would any other Rosary, except with one caveat.

The World Mission “Mysteries”

There are five new mysteries given to us with the World Mission Rosary. These mysteries are:

1. The visit of the Magi, the first missioner.
2. Jesus talks with the Samaritan woman, crossing borders/breaking down boundaries.
3. Jesus cures the centurion’s servant, acts of healing and service.
4. The conversion of St. Paul, expanding the faith of the Gentiles, the “other” and thus the world.
5. Jesus sends out His disciples, we’re all called to mission.

World Mission Mysteries

While Archbishop Sheen gave us the concept of the Mission Rosary, it appears that the Maryknoll’s gave these mysteries to us, not Archbishop Sheen.

Several Problems With These Mysteries

While the mysteries may seem harmless at first, I’d like to point out a few issues I see with them that weaken arguments for the Rosary, instead of strengthening them.

The first problem I see is that Our Lady gave us the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious mysteries. Our Lady appeared to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan and handed the Rosary, along with these mysteries, to them. Our Blessed Mother has reappeared throughout history in varying apparitions begging and pleading us to pray the Rosary. This Rosary she asks us to pray is not a man-made set of mysteries, but the same mysteries that she has given us. With the number of times she has appeared to men and women requesting we pray her Rosary, she has not at any time given any new mysteries.

Our Blessed Mother is perfect, just as is her son, Jesus Christ. If she wanted us to meditate upon new mysteries, wouldn’t it make sense for her to give them to us herself like she did the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious mysteries?

The second problem I see is that these mysteries don’t look at Jesus through Mary’s eyes like the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious mysteries do. One of the biggest arguments that Catholics use when discussing the Rosary to Protestants is that when we pray the Rosary, we are looking at Jesus through the eyes of Mary. When we look at the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious mysteries, we can say that this is true, as Mary was present at each mystery.

We can not say the same for all of the Mission Mysteries. When Jesus talks with the Samaritan woman, Mary was not there. When Jesus cured the centurion’s servant, it is debatable if Mary was present. We can say with certainty that Mary was not present at the conversion of St. Paul. It is also debatable if Mary was present when Jesus sends out his disciples. The only mystery where we know for certainty if Mary was there or not would be the Visit of the Magi.

Furthermore, the conversion of St. Paul doesn’t even focus on Jesus, but on St. Paul. When we pray the Rosary, we are meditating upon the life of Christ, as seen through the eyes of Mary. This mystery takes the aim off of Jesus and places it on a Saint, which is not the intention of the Rosary.

The third problem I see is it gives the impression that anybody can create whatever mysteries they want when that isn’t the case. As stated above and is part of Catholic teaching, Mary gave the Rosary to St. Dominic. It is not up to us, whether we are ordained, religious, or laity, to alter a devotion that is not ours to alter.

The Rosary is not weakened if we dedicate each decade to one of these intentions and do not mediate upon new mysteries. Likewise, the Rosary is not strengthened if we are meditating upon these new mysteries while offering up our decades for particular intentions.

Finally, to squelch an argument before it is raised, these mysteries do not form a more “complete life of Christ” as some proponents may argue like they do with the Luminous Mysteries.

Our Blessed Mother is perfect. To state that the Mission Mysteries or even the Luminous Mysteries paint a more “complete life of Christ” goes against the belief that Mary is perfect, by suggesting that she gave us an incomplete Rosary. Mary is the Mediatrix of all Grace and has a will perfectly in line with that of God’s. This argument also suggests that God’s will is imperfect and needs correction later down the line, which simply can not be.

Conclusion

The idea of offering up each decade for a particular intention is a noble and just gesture. The issue with this Rosary is not the intentions, but specifically, with the man-made “Mission Mysteries.” If you want to pray the Rosary and offer up each decade for the intentions of the Mission Rosary, that is fine and even just. If you pray the Rosary with man-made mysteries that aren’t given to us by Our Lady, then you are not strengthening your prayer, but weakening it.

Pray the Rosary every day, but pray it as Our Blessed and Holy Mother gave it to us.

Jeff February 28, 2017 4 Comments Permalink