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And do not forget to read the first two of the day...and thanks to my friends C and P for encouraging me today. Lots of posts this week and last week to be read...take your time and go back. More tomorrow. Also, thanks to A who keeps me in books and other things, and S for newsy notes.

C is a new convert who inspires me and P is a mentor. A and S are regular readers.

Thanks a million for your moral support and that of all my readers. As the battles get worse, your support is even more appreciated.

What we see, what we do not see and a reminder because of Bishop Athanasius' Interview

We cannot judge intentions. We can only judge, and are allowed to do so, actions.

We cannot judge the state of the soul of a person, but we can judge their actions as good or as evil.

We can judge any writings or statements as well, by comparing these with the teachings of the Church and with natural law.

This ability of judgment constitutes part of the virtue of prudence and the gift of knowledge.

What we cannot judge are people's motivations or intentions, unless they speak or write of those.

As awful as the situation is from Rome, we cannot judge interior motives. But, we can and must judge actions.

Judgment is part of the gift from God which is our rational ability. We can think, we can reflect.

We can objectively judge sin.

We cannot judge subjective motives. which is what too many people in the traditional press are doing.

Be careful.

Do you think you lack discernment?

Read these older posts. I am having a repost day today.

Saturday, 1 December 2012


The Liberalism of the Pharisees and Sadducees

When liberals criticize the traditionals in the Church, and I do not like to use terms like right or left, but when the left criticizes the right, they call them "Pharisees and Sadducees". The left calls the right hypocrites.

It is the direct opposite.

The liberals are the Neo-Legalists.

Let me explain, and it is really very simple.

If  persons merely go by the law, either the Ten Commandments or Canon Law in the Church, they are following a pattern of thinking which allows for casuistry  that is, the loosest interpretation of these laws. Those who are liberal point to laws and say, "Oh, we merely need to do this, but not this..." And, what is the not this?

The not this is the total giving of one's life to God. To go by the rules is not only minimalist, but dangerous.

One does not necessarily get into heaven by the easiest route, which is merely following the law.

That is what Christ meant went he said this:










Matthew 23

Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition 
23 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples,
Saying: The scribes and the Pharisees have sitten on the chair of Moses.
All things therefore whatsoever they shall say to you, observe and do: but according to their works do ye not; for they say, and do not.
For they bind heavy and insupportable burdens, and lay them on men's shoulders; but with a finger of their own they will not move them.
And all their works they do for to be seen of men. For they make their phylacteries broad, and enlarge their fringes.
And they love the first places at feasts, and the first chairs in the synagogues,
And salutations in the market place, and to be called by men, Rabbi.
But be not you called Rabbi. For one is your master; and all you are brethren.
And call none your father upon earth; for one is your father, who is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called masters; for one is you master, Christ.
11 He that is the greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled: and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
The liberals follow the laws: they go to Church on Sunday but not during the week. They fast exactly one hour before Communion, but not more. They learn all the ways in Confession to avoid looking at the root cause of their sins by sticking with the bare minimum of the laws. They may even tithe, but not follow the corporal or spiritual works of mercy.

The liberals interpret the laws to find the loopholes. They say they are Catholics, but they are materialists. Like the Moslems, the Pharisees and Sadducees based their holiness on a reward and punishment basis; and on following exact performances without engaging the spirit. They tried to find the easiest way to get to heaven-by the law.
Example: the real traditional Catholic knows that Canon Law no longer covers women's head coverings, but follows an older custom because of a movement of the heart to honour God. The liberal, the Pharisee, will say it is no longer a rule, so one doesn't have to do it. They will say that one only has to go to Confession once a year as that is the law, and so on. They look for the exact interpretation and live by that and nothing more.
The Neo-Legalist ignores the soul, the spiritual world, and most importantly, the most important thing about religion-a relationship with God.
This is why the men of the law wanted to kill Christ. He pierced their hypocrisy with Love. They lost their way to heaven because if they had to love, they would be forced to do more than the law; they would have to repent and change; they would have to love their neighbour as themselves not in the minimum but in the maximum manner. The mantra of the Neo-Legalist comes from a view of spirituality based on modernism and psychology, instead of holiness.

Legalism is minimalism.

When St. Augustine states "Once for all, then, a short precept is given you: Love, and do what you will: whether you hold your peace, through love hold your peace; whether you cry out, through love cry out; whether you correct, through love correct; whether you spare, through love do you spare: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good."

He then goes on in this sermon to speak of the Beatitudes, which a real liberal will not understand. One cannot give one's entire mind, heart, soul to God and remain a liberal. That self-denial brings one into conformity with the Holy Trinity, the Mind of Christ and the Mind of the Church.

One ceases to be a Neo-Legalist is one is in love with God and lives, and moves and has one's being in God. Love destroys legalism and makes one more traditional, as one becomes one with the Trinity is all things. This is the position of the truly humble person.

The prideful man thinks that following the law without engaging his spirit in a deep communion with God is enough. That is why these Sadducees and Pharisees wanted to kill God. He intruded into their calm and sure way to get to heaven. He demanded their entire souls, not merely the minimum.

This was Christ's message to Nicodemus:

Nicodemus saith to him: How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter a second time into his mother's womb, and be born again? Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:4-5 DR


This scares the liberals, as it demands the total surrender to God. A traditionalist at the TLM knows what this means by the very obedience to the most beautiful thing under heaven. The humility of the TLM brings new life and the new man. Holiness is a question of BEING and not merely DOING. If one does the minimum, one will not become perfect. One will not see God.






Repost and a reminder in Bishop Athansius' Interview

Saturday, 1 December 2012


The LIberalism of the Pharisees and Sadducees

When liberals criticize the traditionals in the Church, and I do not like to use terms like right or left, but when the left criticizes the right, they call them "Pharisees and Sadducees". The left calls the right hypocrites.

It is the direct opposite.

The liberals are the Neo-Legalists.

Let me explain, and it is really very simple.

If  persons merely go by the law, either the Ten Commandments or Canon Law in the Church, they are following a pattern of thinking which allows for casuistry  that is, the loosest interpretation of these laws. Those who are liberal point to laws and say, "Oh, we merely need to do this, but not this..." And, what is the not this?

The not this is the total giving of one's life to God. To go by the rules is not only minimalist, but dangerous.

One does not necessarily get into heaven by the easiest route, which is merely following the law.

That is what Christ meant went he said this:









Matthew 23

Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition 
23 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples,
Saying: The scribes and the Pharisees have sitten on the chair of Moses.
All things therefore whatsoever they shall say to you, observe and do: but according to their works do ye not; for they say, and do not.
For they bind heavy and insupportable burdens, and lay them on men's shoulders; but with a finger of their own they will not move them.
And all their works they do for to be seen of men. For they make their phylacteries broad, and enlarge their fringes.
And they love the first places at feasts, and the first chairs in the synagogues,
And salutations in the market place, and to be called by men, Rabbi.
But be not you called Rabbi. For one is your master; and all you are brethren.
And call none your father upon earth; for one is your father, who is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called masters; for one is you master, Christ.
11 He that is the greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled: and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
The liberals follow the laws: they go to Church on Sunday but not during the week. They fast exactly one hour before Communion, but not more. They learn all the ways in Confession to avoid looking at the root cause of their sins by sticking with the bare minimum of the laws. They may even tithe, but not follow the corporal or spiritual works of mercy.

The liberals interpret the laws to find the loopholes. They say they are Catholics, but they are materialists. Like the Moslems, the Pharisees and Sadducees based their holiness on a reward and punishment basis; and on following exact performances without engaging the spirit. They tried to find the easiest way to get to heaven-by the law.
Example: the real traditional Catholic knows that Canon Law no longer covers women's head coverings, but follows an older custom because of a movement of the heart to honour God. The liberal, the Pharisee, will say it is no longer a rule, so one doesn't have to do it. They will say that one only has to go to Confession once a year as that is the law, and so on. They look for the exact interpretation and live by that and nothing more.
The Neo-Legalist ignores the soul, the spiritual world, and most importantly, the most important thing about religion-a relationship with God.
This is why the men of the law wanted to kill Christ. He pierced their hypocrisy with Love. They lost their way to heaven because if they had to love, they would be forced to do more than the law; they would have to repent and change; they would have to love their neighbour as themselves not in the minimum but in the maximum manner. The mantra of the Neo-Legalist comes from a view of spirituality based on modernism and psychology, instead of holiness.

Legalism is minimalism.

When St. Augustine states "Once for all, then, a short precept is given you: Love, and do what you will: whether you hold your peace, through love hold your peace; whether you cry out, through love cry out; whether you correct, through love correct; whether you spare, through love do you spare: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good."

He then goes on in this sermon to speak of the Beatitudes, which a real liberal will not understand. One cannot give one's entire mind, heart, soul to God and remain a liberal. That self-denial brings one into conformity with the Holy Trinity, the Mind of Christ and the Mind of the Church.

One ceases to be a Neo-Legalist is one is in love with God and lives, and moves and has one's being in God. Love destroys legalism and makes one more traditional, as one becomes one with the Trinity is all things. This is the position of the truly humble person.

The prideful man thinks that following the law without engaging his spirit in a deep communion with God is enough. That is why these Sadducees and Pharisees wanted to kill God. He intruded into their calm and sure way to get to heaven. He demanded their entire souls, not merely the minimum.

This was Christ's message to Nicodemus:

Nicodemus saith to him: How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter a second time into his mother's womb, and be born again? Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:4-5 DR

This scares the liberals, as it demands the total surrender to God. A traditionalist at the TLM knows what this means by the very obedience to the most beautiful thing under heaven. The humility of the TLM brings new life and the new man. Holiness is a question of BEING and not merely DOING. If one does the minimum, one will not become perfect. One will not see God.

Sad, but where are the vocations?

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2014/11/04/archdiocese-of-new-york-to-merge-more-than-100-parishes/

I was going to post this tomorrow but it is being discussed so you must read it now. Not rising, dying and will so more...the remnant will be very small.

  • Thursday, 30 January 2014

    How small is the remnant? Perfection II:viii

    The Babylonian Captivity
    The question of community and remnant go together in people's conversation.

    The idea of community connects with the idea that a remnant would need support in order to survive.

    This is true. But, for a moment, let me write about what a remnant really is.

    And, how big is a remnant?

    First of all, two New Testament passages refer to the remnant. In the second passage, the "seed" is the remnant.

    Second, the remnant is saved by grace, by election, that is chosen by God, and are those who have kept the Ten Commandments and have the testimony of Jesus Christ, which is baptism.

    Third, the remnant is those who persevere. And, are purified. Remember, that purification begins with orthodoxy.

    Fourth, the remnant is the Church Militant, not the Church Mushy.

    Fifth, the remnant has always really been small, contrary to romantic history of the Church.

    Sixth, the one, true Faith is the faith of the remnant.

    Seventh, the remnant may or may not have the sacraments or priests, therefore, the habit of prayer and holiness must be part of the members' daily lives.

    Eighth, the remnant will be separated and not in great groups. Think about this. The remnant will be surrounded by pagans.

    Ninth, the remnant will be and is now, responsible for passing down the Faith to the next generation.

    Tenth, the remnant will be mostly hidden.



    Romans 11:5

    Douay-Rheims 
    Even so then at this present time also, there is a remnant saved according to the election of grace.


    Revelation 12:17

    Douay-Rheims 
    17 And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

    Some people have been thinking out loud that few as 5,000 people in the future in Europe could be practicing, faithful Catholics. Does this shock you? This is not prophesy, but an idea which is extrapolated from numbers, events, observations. Be Catholic, be part of the remnant.


    Wow from Bishop Schneider a Real Hero Bishop

    http://torontocatholicwitness.blogspot.de/2014/11/breaking-news-bishop-schneider-speaks.html?spref=tw&m=1

    Against Pharisees

    Data publikacji: 2014-11-05 07:00
    Data aktualizacji: 2014-11-04 11:22:00

    Bp Atanazy Schneider w Poznaniu. Fot. Piotr Łysakowski


    The Church and the world do urgently need intrepid and candid witnesses of the whole truth of the commandment and of the will of God, of the whole truth of Christ’s words on marriage. Modern clerical Pharisees and Scribes, those bishops and cardinals who throw grains of incense to the neo-pagan idols of gender ideology and concubinage, will not convince anyone to either believe in Christ or to be ready to offer their lives for Christ - said + Athanasius Schneider Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan in interview with Izabella Parowicz. 

    Your Excellency, what is Your Excellency’s opinion about the Synod? What is its message to families?

    During the Synod there had been moments of obvious manipulation on the part of some clerics who held key positions in the editorial and governing structure of the Synod. The interim report (Relatio post disceptationem) was clearly a prefabricated text with no reference to the actual statements of the Synod fathers. In the sections on homosexuality, sexuality and “divorced and remarried” with their admittance to the sacraments the text represents a radical neo-pagan ideology. This is the first time in Church history that such a heterodox text was actually published as a document of an official meeting of Catholic bishops under the guidance of a pope, even though the text only had a preliminary character. Thanks be to God and to the prayers of the faithful all over the world that a consistent number of Synod fathers resolutely rejected such an agenda; this agenda reflects the corrupt and pagan main stream morality of our time, which is being imposed globally by means of political pressure and through the almost all-powerful official mass media, which are loyal to the principles of the world gender ideology party. Such a synod document, even if only preliminary, is a real shame and an indication to the extent the spirit of the anti-Christian world has already penetrated such important levels of the life of the Church. This document will remain for the future generations and for the historians a black mark which has stained the honour of the Apostolic See. Fortunately the Message of the Synod Fathers is a real Catholic document which outlines the Divine truth on family without being silent about the deeper roots of the problems, i.e. about the reality of sin. It gives real courage and consolation to Catholic families. Some quotations: “We think of the burden imposed by life in the suffering that can arise with a child with special needs, with grave illness, in deterioration of old age, or in the death of a loved one. We admire the fidelity of so many families who endure these trials with courage, faith, and love. They see them not as a burden inflicted on them, but as something in which they themselves give, seeing the suffering Christ in the weakness of the flesh. … Conjugal love, which is unique and indissoluble, endures despite many difficulties. It is one of the most beautiful of all miracles and the most common. This love spreads through fertility and generativity, which involves not only the procreation of children but also the gift of divine life in baptism, their catechesis, and their education. … The presence of the family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their modest home hovers over you”.

    Those groups of people who had been expecting a change in the Church’s teaching with regard to the moral issues (e.g. allowing divorced and remarried people to receive Holy Communion or granting any form of approval for homosexual unions) were probably disappointed by the content of the final Relatio. Isn’t there, however, a danger that questioning and discussing issues that are fundamental for the Church’s teaching may itself open doors for serious abuses and for similar attempts to revise this teaching in the future?

    In fact a Divine commandment, in our case the sixth commandment, the absolute indissolubility of the sacramental marriage, a Divinely established rule, means those in a state of grave sin cannot be admitted to Holy Communion. This is taught by Saint Paul in his letter inspired by the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 11, 27-30, this cannot be put to the vote, just as the Divinity of Christ would never be put to a vote. A person who still has the indissoluble sacramental marriage bond and who in spite of this lives in a stable marital cohabitation with another person, by Divine law cannot be admitted to Holy Communion. To do so would be a public statement by the Church nefariously legitimizing a denial of the indissolubility of the Christian marriage and at the same time repealing the sixth commandment of God: “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. No human institution not even the Pope or an Ecumenical Council has the authority and the competency to invalidate even in the slightest or indirect manner one of the ten Divine commandments or the Divine words of Christ: “What therefore God has joined together, let man not separate (Math 19:6)”. Regardless of this lucid truth which was taught constantly and unchangingly - because unchangeable - through all the ages by the Magisterium of the Church up to our days as for instance in “Familiaris consortio” of Saint John Paul II, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and by Pope Benedict XVI, the issue of the admissibility to Holy Communion of the so called “divorced and remarried” has been put to the vote in the Synod. This fact is in itself grievous and represents an attitude of clerical arrogance towards the Divine truth of the Word of God. The attempt to put the Divine truth and the Divine Word to a vote is unworthy of those who as representatives of the Magisterium have to hand over zealously as good and faithful rules (cf. Math 24, 45) the Divine deposit. By admitting the “divorced and remarried” to Holy Communion those bishops establish a new tradition on their own volition and transgressing thereby the commandment of God, as Christ once rebuked the Pharisees and Scribes (cf. Math 15: 3). And what is still aggravating, is the fact that such bishops try to legitimize their infidelity to Christ’s word by means of arguments such as “pastoral need”, “mercy”, “openness to the Holy Spirit”. Moreover they have no fear and no scruples to pervert in a Gnostic manner the real meaning of these words labeling at the same time those who oppose them and defend the immutable Divine commandment and the true non-human tradition as rigid, scrupulous or traditionalist. During the great Arian crisis in the IV century the defenders of the Divinity of the Son of God were labeled “intransigent” and “traditionalist” as well. Saint Athanasius was even excommunicated by Pope Liberius and the Pope justified this with the argument that Athanasius was not in communion with the Oriental bishops who were mostly heretics or semi-heretics. Saint Basil the Great stated in that situation the following: “Only one sin is nowadays severely punished: the attentive observance of the traditions of our Fathers. For that reason the good ones are thrown out of their places and brought to the desert” (Ep. 243).

    In fact the bishops who support Holy Communion for “divorced remarried” are the new Pharisees and Scribes because they neglect the commandment of God, contributing to the fact that out of the body and of the heart of the “divorced remarried” continue to “proceed adulteries” (Math 15: 19), because they want an exteriorly “clean” solution and to appear “clean” as well in the eyes of those who have power (the social media, public opinion). However when they eventually appear at the tribunal of Christ, they will surely hear to their dismay these words of Christ: “Why are you declaring my statutes and taking my covenant in your mouth? Seeing you hate instruction, and cast my words behind you, … when you have been partaker with adulterers” (Ps 50 (49): 16-18).

    The final Relatio of the Synod also unfortunately contains the paragraph with the vote on the issue of Holy Communion for “divorced remarried”. Even though it has not achieved the required two third of the votes, there remains nevertheless the worrying and astonishing fact that the absolute majority of the present bishops voted in favor of Holy Communion for the “divorced and remarried”,  a sad reflection on the spiritual quality of the catholic episcopacy in our days. It is moreover sad, that this paragraph which hasn’t got the required approval of the qualitative majority, remains nevertheless in the final text of the Relatio and will be sent to all dioceses for further discussion. It will surely only increase the doctrinal confusion among the priests and the faithful, being in the air, that Divine commandments and Divine words of Christ and those of the apostle Paul are put at the disposal of human decision making groups. One Cardinal who openly and strongly supported the issue of Holy Communion for “divorced and remarried” and even the shameful statements on homosexual “couples” in the preliminary Relatio, was dissatisfied with the final Relatio, and declared impudently: “The glass is half-full”, and analogously he said that one has to work that next year at the Synod it will be full. We must believe firmly that God will dissipate the plans of dishonesty, infidelity and betrayal. Christ holds infallibly the rudder of the boat of His Church in midst of such a big storm. We believe and trust in the very ruler of the Church, in Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the truth.

    We are currently experiencing a culmination of aggression against the family; this aggression is accompanied by a tremendous confusion in the area of science about human and human identity. Unfortunately, there are certain members of Church hierarchy who, while discussing these matters, express opinions that contradict the teaching of Our Lord. How should we talk with those people who become victims of this confusion in order to strengthen their faith and to help them towards salvation?

    In this extraordinarily difficult time Christ is purifying our Catholic faith so that through this trial the Church will shine brighter and be really light and salt for the insipid neo-pagan world thanks to the fidelity and the pure and simple faith firstly of the faithful, of the little ones in the Church, of the “ecclesia docta” (the learning church), which in our days will strengthen the “ecclesia docens” (the teaching Church, i.e. the Magisterium), in a similar way as it was in the great crisis of the faith in the IV century as Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman stated: “This is a very remarkable fact: but there is a moral in it. Perhaps it was permitted, in order to impress upon the Church at that very time passing out of her state of persecution the great evangelical lesson, that, not the wise and powerful, but the obscure, the unlearned, and the weak constitute her real strength. It was mainly by the faithful people that Paganism was overthrown; it was by the faithful people, under the lead of Athanasius and the Egyptian bishops, and in some places supported by their Bishops or priests, that the worst of heresies was withstood and stamped out of the sacred territory. … In that time of immense confusion the divine dogma of our Lord's divinity was proclaimed, enforced, maintained, and (humanly speaking) preserved, far more by the "Ecclesia docta" than by the "Ecclesia docens;" that the body of the Episcopate was unfaithful to its commission, while the body of the laity was faithful to its baptism; that at one time the pope, at other times a patriarchal, metropolitan, or other great see, at other times general councils, said what they should not have said, or did what obscured and compromised revealed truth; while, on the other hand, it was the Christian people, who, under Providence, were the ecclesiastical strength of Athanasius, Hilary, Eusebius of Vercellæ, and other great solitary confessors, who would have failed without them” (Arians of the Fourth Century, pp. 446, 466).

    We have to encourage ordinary Catholics to be faithful to the Catechism they have learned, to be faithful to the clear words of Christ in the Gospel, to be faithful to the faith their fathers and forefathers handed over to them. We have to organize circles of studies and conferences about the perennial teaching of the Church on the issue of marriage and chastity, inviting especially young people and married couples. We have to show the very beauty of a life in chastity, the very beauty of the Christian marriage and family, the great value of the Cross and of the sacrifice in our lives. We have to present ever more the examples of the Saints and of exemplary persons who demonstrated that in spite of the fact that they suffered the same temptations of the flesh, the same hostility and derision of the pagan world, they nevertheless with the grace of Christ led a happy life in chastity, in a Christian marriage and in family. The faith, the pure and integral Catholic and Apostolic faith will overcome the world (cf. 1 John 5: 4).

    We have to found and promote youth groups of pure hearts, family groups, groups of Catholic spouses, who will be committed to the fidelity of their marriage vows. We have to organize groups which will help morally and materially broken families, single mothers, groups who will assist with prayer and with good counsel separated couples, groups and persons who will help “divorced and remarried” people to start a process of serious conversion, i.e. recognizing with humility their sinful situation and abandoning with the grace of God the sins which violate the commandment of God and the sanctity of the sacrament of marriage. We have to create groups who will carefully help persons with homosexual tendencies to enter the path of Christian conversion, the happy and beautiful path of a chaste life and to offer them eventually in a discrete manner a psychological cure. We have to show and preach to our contemporaries in the neo-pagan world the liberating Good News of the teaching of Christ: that the commandment of God, and even the sixth commandment is wise, is beauty: “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes” (Ps 19(18): 7-8).

    During the Synod, Archbishop Gądecki from Poznań and some other distinguished prelates were publicly expressing their disagreement with the fact that the results of the discussions departed from the perennial teaching of the Church. Is there a hope that, amid this confusion, there will be an awakening of members of clergy and those faithful who were so far unaware of the fact that, in the very Church’s bosom, there are people who undermine the teaching of Our Lord?

    It is certainly an honor for Polish Catholicism that the President of the Catholic episcopate, His Excellency Archbishop Gądecki, defended with clarity and courage the truth of Christ about marriage and human sexuality, thus revealing himself to be a true spiritual son of Saint John Paul II. Cardinal George Pell characterized the liberal sexual agenda and the alleged merciful and pastoral support of Holy Communion for “divorced remarried” during the Synod very aptly, saying that this is only the tip of the iceberg and a kind of a Trojan horse in the Church.

    That in the very bosom of the Church, there are people who undermine the teaching of Our Lord became an obvious fact and one for the whole world to see thanks to the internet and the work of some Catholic journalists who were not indifferent to what was happening to the Catholic faith which they consider to be the treasure of Christ. I was pleased to see that some Catholic journalists and internet bloggers behaved as good soldiers of Christ and drew attention to this clerical agenda of undermining the perennial teaching of Our Lord. Cardinals, bishops, priests, Catholic families, Catholic young people have to say to themselves: I refuse to conform to the neo-pagan spirit of this world, even when this spirit is spread by some bishops and cardinals; I will not accept their fallacious and perverse use of holy Divine mercy and of “new Pentecost”; I refuse to throw grains of incense before the statue of the idol of the gender ideology, before the idol of second marriages, of concubinage, even if my bishop would do so, I will not do so; with the grace of God I will choose to suffer rather than betray the whole truth of Christ on human sexuality and on marriage.

    The witnesses will convince the world, not the teachers, said Blessed Paul VI in “Evangelii nuntiandi”. The Church and the world do urgently need intrepid and candid witnesses of the whole truth of the commandment and of the will of God, of the whole truth of Christ’s words on marriage. Modern clerical Pharisees and Scribes, those bishops and cardinals who throw grains of incense to the neo-pagan idols of gender ideology and concubinage, will not convince anyone to either believe in Christ or to be ready to offer their lives for Christ. Indeed “veritas Domini manet in aeternum” (Ps 116: the truth of the Lord remains forever) and “Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebr 13: 8) and “the truth will set you free” (John 8: 32). This last phrase was one of the favorite biblical phrases of Saint John Paul II, the pope of the family.  We can add: the revealed and unchangeably transmitted Divine truth about human sexuality and marriage will bring true freedom to the souls inside and outside the Church. In midst of the crisis of the Church and the bad moral and doctrinal example of some bishops of his time Saint Augustine comforted the simple faithful with these words: “Whatsoever we bishops may be, you are safe, who have God for your Father and His Church for your mother“ (Contra litteras Petiliani III, 9, 10).


    + Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan.


    Read more: http://www.pch24.pl/against-pharisees,31907,i.html#ixzz3IDhY2ctn

    Very Interesting Slam Dunk

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/11/05/republicans-now-have-every-congressional-seat-for-arkansas-for-the-first-time-in-141-years/

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/222889-rand-paul-hillary-clinton-soundly-rejected

    Again, my prediction for next Dem presidential nominee would be Elizabeth Warren.

    Good News Here on The Legionaries

    http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/11/01/holy_see_approves_new_constitutions_for_legionaries_of_chris/1109924

    New Rules Re: Bishops

    http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/11/05/holy_see_changes_laws_governing_episcopal_resignations/1110206

    Interesting, especially #5.


    Repeat Post Just Because....

    Sunday, 26 January 2014

    The Vocation of The Priest's Wife and The Three Marys


    Because for many months, I was close to some Ordinariate priests and met and talked with some of the wives when I was in England, even briefly, I observed a key to the mystery of the married Ordinariate priest which I would like to share. I have also met other women in the role of  "priest wives".

    The Catholic people on the whole are not accustomed to the vicar's wife. Indeed, when we lived in Petersfield years ago, it took the parish several months to accept a married ex-Anglican, now Catholic priest for a pastor. The objections were all based on ignorance and prejudice and in the end, the priest and his wife were not only happily accepted, but greatly loved.

    The problem with the normal person in the pew is that these Catholics do not understand that if the husband, who is a Catholic priest has a vocation, his wife has a vocation as well. I understand this vocation of the priest's wife, which is more than being the wife of a man who happens to be a priest, and a mother to his children.

    The vocation of the priest's wife consists of the greatest sacrifice a woman can give to the Church, her husband to take on another Bride, the Bride of Christ, which is the Church

    The priest's wife is not the first woman in the priest's life She is the third woman in the priest's life, and yet, a great support to his ministry, a point to which I shall return.

    The First Woman in the heart of the married priest is the Bride of Christ, the one, true, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. He is her protector, her guide, her spouse as he is alter Christus.

    The Second Woman in the heart of the married priest is the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Theotokos, the Mother of us all. The priest takes her guidance and love and honors her above all women.

    The Third Woman is his wife. And, this wife is the servant of the servant. If she is a stay-at-home mom, she organizes the life of the priest so that he can maximize his day of service to the Church. She is not first, ever, and must be scheduled, and disciplined.

    If the Third Woman has a job out of necessity, in order to help support the priest and family, as so many now must after losing their pensions, houses, and other goods by converting to the Catholic Church, even having to go back to work to make ends meet, this job is the gift she gives to not only the family, but to the Church, easing the financial burden of a diocese or the Ordinariate.

    If the Third Woman is called to be active in the daily workings of the Church, especially if the children are grown and gone, her relationship with the parish will demand her time and gifts, and she will support the work of her husband as he sees fit. I know one priest's wife who does so many things that she is just as busy as he is.

    A priest's wife has been called by God to give her husband to the Church, and to the world. She knows that she is called to serve, and to sacrifice the normal comforts of married life.

    She will not be rich, or have the normal aspirations of a married woman in the world of the laity, because even though she is lay, she has a vocation to be in the world, and not of the world in a direct manner.

    Her world is one like the women who served Christ and His apostles, so that they could live out the vocation of the apostolic call.

    I greatly honor the wives of the priests of the Ordinariate and other priest's wives who have come in via different manners into the Catholic Church. May we honor them as we would honor those women at the foot of the Cross.

    Like the married women, a mother of a priest sacrifices the time and attention of a son, grandchildren and all the protection and love a son would give to a mother is he were not married to the Bride of Christ. Mothers of priests should understand priest's wives from the perspective of giving up a natural relationship for a supernatural one, as these sons and these husbands do not belong to us, but to God.

     "Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary [the wife] of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene." We call these women, Mary Salome, Mary wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene, the Three Marys, or the Three Maries. Mary Salome, wife of  Zebedee and mother of the "Sons of Thunder," James and John, aided Christ and His apostles and stood watching the horror of the Passion and Death of Our Lord. Like Mary the Mother of God, she is one of my models


    These women ministered to Christ, set aside their own status, their own resources, their own lives for the sake of the Gospel.


    So, too, do our sisters who are the wives of our Catholic priests.

    More good articles...

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/5/hurt-america-faces-most-dangerous-two-years-150-ye/

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/specials/election-2014/

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/5/mia-love-makes-history-winning-house-seat-utah/

    Good article...good mag

    http://www.crisismagazine.com/2014/latest-targets-sexual-radicalism

    EEIIUU


    I picked up and read a copy of The Tablet (September 27th issue), the first time I have done this in almost a year.

    The magazine only creates either anger because of lies or laughs because of stupidity.

    In this issue, a professor emeritus from Yale Divinity School supports gay marriage as a good. Needless to say, her arguments center on personal covenants and "love", after she dismisses the purpose of marriage as child-bearing.

    What I find so sad reading this is the level of writing is the complete lack of understanding as to definitions. One cannot argue with fluid, personal, subjective definitions. The art of argument rests on shared definitions. If one wants to have a completely different discussion, rather than one about Catholic marriage, fine, but do not expect serious Catholics to accept spurious definitions.

    Why should we?

    The author, Margaret Farley, obviously does not believe in the direct words of Christ concerning marriage, and she continues to play the "culture game" of how marriage has changed in time and in cultures. She ignores 2,000 plus years of Tradition and Scripture handed down by the Church.

    She also separates the sacrament of marriage from the Church by putting it in the context of daily commitments. She dismisses Humanae Vitae referring to it in a devious manner.

    She does not understand grace.

    She assumes there is grace in "committed love". There is not. She has put the cart before the horse.

    The actual sacrament of matrimony gives the grace so that we can, we are able to have, to give committed love.

    Sigh. Margaret Farley is a Sister of Mercy and her book, Just Love (2006), was condemned by the CDF, but of course, the LCWR support her and it. Her theology is weak, compromising and just plain heretical. You have heard of her before, I am sure.

    The Tablet staff reminds me of those teens who must take any stance against their parents just for the heck of it. So, if the Church says something, they state the opposite. Grow up time. And, how sad that people read and leave this rag at the back of the church, sharing it. But, then, I am almost the youngest one in the congregation at daily Mass.

    May these old liberal, hippy Catholics have an epiphany before they die. 

    The mag is now in my cylindrical file. I have better things to do with my time today than read anymore of this dead periodical.


    Sign The Thank Cardinal Burke Petition

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/petitions/thank-you-cardinal-burke-for-your-vatican-service

    Pass the link around...let us get millions of signatures.

    Pray for Christians

    http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/153870

    Cool Very Cool VERY VERY Cool

    http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/1b825a572d654b77a59b08d786bb0632/SC--Senate-South-Carolina-Election-Scott

    http://whotv.com/2014/11/04/joni-ernst-wins-election-first-woman-to-represent-iowa-in-us-senate/

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/11/04/MSNBC-IL-Gov-Race-Real-Blow-to-President-Obama

    Quinn is the supposed Catholic, the bad Catholic who supports ssm.

    The Sin of Incredulity Part Two

    An irony exists concerning the sin of incredulity. We all saw first-hand this sin of not believing in the Teaching Magisterium of the Church among some cardinals at the Synod.

    However, many laity, precisely, have fallen into the same sin in the way they are criticizing or judging the Synod events.

    To follow a false seer, because of the incredulity of some of the hierarchy, is to fall into the exact same deceitful mind-set.

    Those demons of the air in charge of the sins connected to incredulity, heresy and apostasy, seem to be working overtime.

    One sin can lead to another without prudence.

    Heretics in Hell-Dante's Inferno
    Obedience is the greatest virtue one needs to stay away from the sin of incredulity.

    Obedience follows humility.

    Thankfully, I learned this and passed this on to my son, who expressed the other day that the primary virtue needed now is obedience, not the seeking of false security. I asked him how he had learned this, (although he had expressed it at age twelve, by telling me then, when I corrected him and said he had to be obedient to me, "Mum, I know I have to be obedient. Obedience underlines all the virtues.") On Monday, he noted that he had learned this by being the son of a strict single mum. Parents, take heed of the great importance of asking your children to obey you.

    Virtue formation starts earlier and if we miss out of that, we must catch up.

    That is our duty as adult Catholics, to learn the Faith and live it. 

    We all have discernment with the gift of knowledge given to us in Confirmation. Some choose freely to go against this gift.

    All one needs to do is to study the teachings of the Church and learn how to think like a Catholic and not like a protestant.

    If one is confused, pray.

    Doctrine informs the spiritual life. Without a grounding in doctrine, one will fall prey to false seers.

    Ignore most private revelations. People are losing their Catholic Faith through these seers, which is the entire reason they are speaking-satan's ploy.




    Some of the following heresies in this lost list of attacks on Catholic Teaching, are held by the supposed holy seers. 

    I taught an "Isms" class way back in 2002 and the students learned to spot these heresies, all of them, in today's culture.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_heresies


    And, again from the CCC:

    678 Following in the steps of the prophets and John the Baptist, Jesus announced the judgment of the Last Day in his preaching.582 Then will the conduct of each one and the secrets of hearts be brought to light.583 Then will the culpable unbelief that counted the offer of God's grace as nothing be condemned.584 Our attitude to our neighbor will disclose acceptance or refusal of grace and divine love.585 On the Last Day Jesus will say: "Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me."586

    1851 It is precisely in the Passion, when the mercy of Christ is about to vanquish it, that sin most clearly manifests its violence and its many forms: unbelief, murderous hatred, shunning and mockery by the leaders and the people, Pilate's cowardice and the cruelty of the soldiers, Judas' betrayal - so bitter to Jesus, Peter's denial and the disciples' flight. However, at the very hour of darkness, the hour of the prince of this world,126 the sacrifice of Christ secretly becomes the source from which the forgiveness of our sins will pour forth inexhaustibly.


    1860 Unintentional ignorance can diminish or even remove the imputability of a grave offense. But no one is deemed to be ignorant of the principles of the moral law, which are written in the conscience of every man. The promptings of feelings and passions can also diminish the voluntary and free character of the offense, as can external pressures or pathological disorders. Sin committed through malice, by deliberate choice of evil, is the gravest.

    apologies for the bold gremlin in the works this morning...