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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Apologies to Readers

I was using my mobile app of the blog to read and publish comments and they all got deleted. I am so sorry. I shall try not to use the mobile app, as this is the second time this has happened.

I have no idea why this is happening.


Bird-Watching in Sussex

I kept a bird diary for about 36 years, involving several states and countries. I gave it up years ago, but still love the hobby.

A friend of mine just gave me a copy of the RSPB Handbook of British Birds. I am so pleased.

Many I know how to identify already. And, I owe it to my dad (HFD again) for this hobby.

Today's bird--Red-Legged Partridge.

If one memorizes the songs or chirps and knows the habitat, identification is much easier. I need to see another one, as I do not consider a bird seen by me unless I am absolutely sure...thanks to wiki for photo.

One of the most beautiful passages in Scripture-Today's Gospel

Luke 7:
 36 - 50

36One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house, and took his place at table.
37And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment,
38and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner."
40And Jesus answering said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he answered, "What is it, Teacher?"
41"A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
42When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?"
43Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more." And he said to him, "You have judged rightly."
44Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
45You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet.
46You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.
47Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little."
48And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
49Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, "Who is this, who even forgives sins?"
50And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

Homophobia Sniffer Dogs....rofl

Any smart medical men read this blog?

Can one develop allergies? I have been most of my adult life allergic, seriously so, to the Cucurbitaceae family of plants, but recently, as in the past year, I have developed a strong allergy to vinegar, including balsamic vinegar, and most recently, chocolate of all kinds.

I think God is simplifying my diet, but these allergies will definitely keep me out of another monastery. Sniff....

Are Your Late for Dad's Day: Check Out This Great List of Stuff on V for Victory!

These would make great Father's Day Gifts, if you are late!

Recommended Books for Those Confused about Freemasonry

A Freemasonry Bible by C. Stauffacher and Charles P. Roney

Nolan Committee 1995 Great Britain

Independent Newspaper March 4th 1988

Minutes of the Birmingham City Council, March 1985

Moral and Dogmas of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Albert Pike reprint 1966

The Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Albert J. Mackey, 1921

The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, Manley P. Hall

The Brotherhood, Stephen Knight

Inside the Brotherhood, Martin Short

The Craft and the Cross, Ian Gordon

Freemasonry, A Christian Perspective, John Lawrence

Christ, the Christian and Freemasonry-Jim McCormick

Some of these are not pro-Catholic, btw, but these are still good to use for personal research. A few anti-Catholic bits get thrown in, but the other bits are illuminating and fairly consistent.

I thank an anonymous Evangelical Christian for leading me to this information. God bless you!

Repeat Posting for Today

The Cradle of Modernist Heresies

In 1983, Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, who was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, now Pope Benedict XVI, issued a document under the name of the Declaration on Masonic Associations.  The link is on the name.

In that document, the long history of the condemnation of Freemasonry by the Church, since 1738, was reiterated and clearly defined. The original condemnation of Clement XII, In eminenti apostolatus specula  was upheld.

Since that time, I have had many Catholics, in the United States and in Europe claim that the Church had removed the automatic excommunication on a Catholic who joined the Masons. This is not and has never been so. One has to understand that the Church's condemnation of Masonry is based not merely on the fact that it is a secret organization, but that it upholds several Modernist heresies. Firstly, Cardinal Ratizinger wrote that:

Therefore the Church’s negative judgment in regard to Masonic association remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden. The faithful who enrol in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.
He went on to state that no bishop had any right to change this. It is interesting that the SSPX press, Angelus Press, has one of the best books on the evils and pitfalls of Masonry. One can find ithere. However, I want to concentrate on a few of the Modernist heresies found in Freemasonry.
The first is indifferentism. This heresy proclaims that all religions are the same and that religion has no place in the public life of a nation or people.Mirari Vos  On Liberalism and Religious Indifferentism written in 1832 by Gregory XVI is a forgotten document of the Church.
Indifferentism leads to a relativism about religion, stating that all are either the same, or so subjective as to mean only what a person sincerely believes. This pluralism leads to another aspect that because all religions are relative and the same, these beliefs have no role in the public life, cannot affect politics, or governmental decisions. Of course, as the Catholic Church is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, this heresy is condemned as contrary to both Revelation and Tradition. Indifferentism leads to a denial of the supernatural, as if all beliefs are equal or subjective, there is no hierarchy, no Revelation from God. Also denied in this heresy would be dogma, for the same reasons. It is interesting that in the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1907, itself peppered with some Modernist heresies, that this statement from Newman is quoted in the section on indifferentism
No truth, however sacred, can stand against it (the Catholic Church) in the long run; and hence it is that in the Pagan world, when our Lord came, the last traces of the religious knowledge of former times were all but disappearing from those portions of the world in which the intellect had been active and had a career" (Apologia, chap. v). 

The second heresy of many in Masonry is eirenism.This is what I call the forgotten heresy. 

The condemnation of eirenism is found in Pope Pius XII's encyclical, Humani Generis. This great work condemns existentialism, historicism (Gramsci watch), immanentism and other isms. The point of eirenism is, in the words of the Pope: setting aside the questions which divide men, they aim not only at joining forces to repel the attacks of atheism, but also at reconciling things opposed to one another in the field of dogma. And as in former times some questioned whether the traditional apologetics That branch of the science of theology which explains the reasons for the Church's existence and doctrine of the Church did not constitute an obstacle rather than a help to the winning of souls for Christ, so today some are presumptuous enough to question seriously whether theology and theological methods, such as with the approval of ecclesiastical authority are found in our schools, should not only be perfected, but also completely reformed, in order to promote the more efficacious propagation throughout the world among men of every culture and religious opinion.

This heresy clearly seeks after a type of syncretism, a religion of unity, wherein divisions vanish and people come together to worship some sort of agreed upon god. I would venture to say that eirenism leads directly to Worship of the State.

This is the atmosphere of religion and philosophy in the United States at this very moment. The State declares that there is no religious right to conscience, thereby setting up its own standards for so-called moral or ethical behavior. To use an example, abortion is ok because a Supreme Court decision determined it was so, and because further legislation supports it. The State has substituted itself for the Church in matters of conscience. 

Wake up, American Catholics. So, the heresies sleeping in Masonry have awakened and taken over the mind-set of the nation's leaders. Simple and neat.

What is happening and has happened in Catholic education, wherein schools are rebelling against the Teaching Magisterium (look here in California today, this minute) is a direct result of the concepts of eirenism. Schools and other facilities play down differences for the sake of community unity to the detriment of Catholic Teaching. 

It is too late to change this huge momentum, hidden in Masonry by choice, and held in some minds by lethargy and laziness. To take the easiest way out, to placate, to be politically correct is eirenism

The greatest heresy in Masonry is immanentism, which destroys the Revelation of God as Trinity, replacing Him with a vague, abstract presence found in the world. Pope Pius X condemned this in  Pascendi Dominici Gregis.

As Catholics, we do not have much time to read all of these documents, but what is happening today in America, with the attack on the Church from the present administration concerning freedom of religion and freedom on conscience is an attack prophesied by all the documents above. If Church leaders knew their own teaching, they would have seen this coming, or even better, stopped these idealistic heresies from fomenting in the people in the pews. And, as laymen, we only have ourselves to blame if we find ourselves marginalize, persecuted, imprisoned, martyred. See my post below on the stages of persecution and the ideologies which push these heresies. The one I have left for this posting is Freemasonry, which seems to hold many of the Modernist heresies and is able to produce these in the market place as goods.

As one can tell, I taught a history of ideas, history of encyclicals, history of heresies. Nothing has changed in 2012 which was not there in 1732 or earlier. Sadly, the revisionist historians within the Catholic Church look like they have won the day. I honestly feel that we are in the times of Arianism, the greatest heresy which rocked and split the Church. However, the Church prevailed, and will, as Christ promised until the end of time. But, the Lord did not assure us it would be a large, powerful, or influential Church. Perhaps the words of one of the Desert Fathers are applicable. I think, but I am not sure, it was Abba Pambo.

"When asked by a young monk if they were of the greatest generation because they saw and cast out devils, and prayed, fasted, and converted  and healed people, the Abba answered. 'No, we are not the greatest generation. We have obvious power. The next generation will see Christ establish His Kingdom among the Nations, and there will be unity for awhile. But, the greatest generation is the one, which under great persecution, will survive. They are the greatest and the last.'"

Update: Because some Evangelicals claim the Catholic Church was slow to condemn freemasonry, I am putting the entire document of Clement XIII here: Also, I met some Catholics in other countries who think being a Mason is ok. It is not ok.




April 28, 1738

CLEMENT, BISHOP, Servant of the Servants of God to all the faithful, Salutation, and Apostolic Benediction.

Since the divine clemency has placed Us, Whose merits are not equal to the task, in the high watch-tower of the Apostolate with the duty of pastoral care confided to Us, We have turned Our attention, as far as it has been granted Us from on high, with unceasing care to those things through which the integrity of Orthodox Religion is kept from errors and vices by preventing their entry, and by which the dangers of disturbance in the most troubled times are repelled from the whole Catholic World.

Now it has come to Our ears, and common gossip has made clear, that certain Societies, Companies, Assemblies, Meetings, Congregations or Conventicles called in the popular tongue Liberi Muratori or Francs Massons or by other names according to the various languages, are spreading far and wide and daily growing in strength; and men of any Religion or sect, satisfied with the appearance of natural probity, are joined together, according to their laws and the statutes laid down for them, by a strict and unbreakable bond which obliges them, both by an oath upon the Holy Bible and by a host of grievous punishment, to an inviolable silence about all that they do in secret together. But it is in the nature of crime to betray itself and to show itself by its attendant clamor. Thus these aforesaid Societies or Conventicles have caused in the minds of the faithful the greatest suspicion, and all prudent and upright men have passed the same judgment on them as being depraved and perverted. For if they were not doing evil they would not have so great a hatred of the light. Indeed, this rumor has grown to such proportions that in several countries these societies have been forbidden by the civil authorities as being against the public security, and for some time past have appeared to be prudently eliminated.

Therefore, bearing in mind the great harm which is often caused by such Societies or Conventicles not only to the peace of the temporal state but also to the well-being of souls, and realizing that they do not hold by either civil or canonical sanctions; and since We are taught by the divine word that it is the part of faithful servant and of the master of the Lord's household to watch day and night lest such men as these break into the household like thieves, and like foxes seek to destroy the vineyard; in fact, to prevent the hearts of the simple being perverted, and the innocent secretly wounded by their arrows, and to block that broad road which could be opened to the uncorrected commission of sin and for the other just and reasonable motives known to Us; We therefore, having taken counsel of some of Our Venerable Brothers among the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, and also of Our own accord and with certain knowledge and mature deliberations, with the plenitude of the Apostolic power do hereby determine and have decreed that these same Societies, Companies, Assemblies, Meetings, Congregations, or Conventicles of Liberi Muratori or Francs Massons, or whatever other name they may go by, are to be condemned and prohibited, and by Our present Constitution, valid for ever, We do condemn and prohibit them.

Wherefore We command most strictly and in virtue of holy obedience, all the faithful of whatever state, grade, condition, order, dignity or pre-eminence, whether clerical or lay, secular or regular, even those who are entitled to specific and individual mention, that none, under any pretext or for any reason, shall dare or presume to enter, propagate or support these aforesaid societies of Liberi Muratori or Francs Massons, or however else they are called, or to receive them in their houses or  dwellings or to hide them, be enrolled among them, joined to them, be present with them, give power or permission for them to meet elsewhere, to help them in any way, to give them in any way advice, encouragement or support either openly or in secret, directly or indirectly, on their own or through others; nor are they to urge others or tell them, incite or persuade them to be enrolled in such societies or to be counted among their number, or to be present or to assist them in any way; but they must stay completely clear of such Societies, Companies, Assemblies, Meetings, Congregations or Conventicles, under pain of excommunication for all the above mentioned people, which is incurred by the very deed without any declaration being required, and from which no one can obtain the benefit of absolution, other than at the hour of death, except through Ourselves or the Roman Pontiff of the time.

Moreover, We desire and command that both Bishops and prelates, and other local ordinaries, as well as inquisitors for heresy, shall investigate and proceed against transgressors of whatever state, grade, condition, order dignity or pre-eminence they may be; and they are to pursue and punish them with condign penalties as being most suspect of heresy.  To each and all of these We give and grant the free faculty of calling upon the aid of the secular arm, should the need arise, for investigating and proceeding against those same transgressors and for pursuing and punishing them with condign penalties.

Given at Rome, at Saint Mary Mayor, in the year 1738 of Our Lord.

As it is Father's Day,

I have to post a photo of a fish. Cards with fish were all the thing when I was growing up; ubiquitous on Father's Day cards...are they still? I sent my dad one with a squirrel on a jet-ski. He likes it. I post one of those ilk, but not as cute...

Fashion Identity and Other Identities

I was reading an article on how New York City was losing its fashion identity. Hmmm. Places like Paris, London, Milan, Rome, Florence, and Tokyo are the fashion centres of the world, the world which buys up-market clothes.

In these cities, the trend has been towards skirts and even dresses. Two leading designers have modest wear which is trendy for younger women. Two of these outfits I would wear.


So, why is there NOT an American city on the top five list of fashion centers?

It has to do with the dumbing down of art, architecture, entertainment, literature and culture in the States.

I grew up with "kulchur"-- we went to plays, concerts, had classical music in the home and all of us were and are "creative".

This type of milieu was normal for me and part of the identity of being Catholic.

Catholics have always patronized the arts.

So, could it be that the moral and political barbarians at the gate have also brought down culture?

Yes, they have.

Still, I hear this old criticism of the Church being too rich and needing to sell all the property and give it to the poor . Only socialists and communists, who really know the value of symbolism believe that.

Plus, from where I stand and look, the Church is very poor. Very.

Back to Milan vs. New York.

Fashion is set by kings, queens, leaders. Who wants to look like ......?

Somone I know sad the space industry in America was immoral and all that money should be given to the poor. This comment reveals both anti-intellectualism and a misunderstanding of human nature. We are created in the Image and Likeness of God and He is The Creator.

He is the One Who Creates out of nothing. We created in imitation. Poesis/Mimesis

I am all for creativity of all kinds, as long as it is such and not either stupid, pastiche, or blasphemous.

I honestly expect NYC never to be a leader in anything in the near and most likely far future.

Without religion, there can be no real spirit of creativity in a culture. If we identify ourselves as Catholics, we can identify with Beauty Who is God. Without an identity of beauty,we become beasts...

Happy Father's Day

To my dad, who is ninety, and to all dads, plus all holy priests.

God bless you all, today.