Friday, August 18, 2017

Cardinal Burke Outlines Formal Correction of Pope

This Cardinal is like a St. Athinasius.

In a new interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke has said it is “now necessary” that a declaration be issued on key areas of Church doctrine that are “not clear” in Pope Francis’ teachings.

The Holy Father will then be “obliged to respond” in order to bring clarification to those teachings, he said.
The cardinal told The Wanderer newspaper Aug. 14 that such a formal act of correction has not been invoked “for several centuries” and until now it has never been used “in a doctrinal way.”

But he said it would be “quite simple” and involve presenting on the one hand the “clear teaching of the Church” and on the other “what is actually being taught by the Roman Pontiff.” The teaching in question in particular relates to doctrinal matters published in the Pope's 2016 apostolic exhortation, Amoris laetitia. 

“If there is a contradiction, the Roman Pontiff is called to conform his own teaching in obedience to Christ and the Magisterium of the Church,” the cardinal explained, adding that a “formal declaration” would be submitted to the Holy Father to which he would be “obliged to respond.”

I'm not familiar with canonical law in this situation, so I'm not sure what he means by 'obliged' and what will happen next if he does not respond. Let's face it. The Holy Father is 'obliged' to teach and preserve the Deposit of Faith and he certainly is not doing it.

The only response thus far has been passive-aggressive homilies implying Catholics asking him to correct the confusion he has imposed upon people we love are scum. After this article, I'll be watching Rome this weekend for another round of homilies loaded with insults. Bloggers ought to have plenty of material by Monday morning.

“These are the points that are not clear in the current teachings of the Roman Pontiff; therefore, this situation must be corrected. The correction would then direct itself principally to those doctrinal points,” he said. 

The cardinal, a former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Church’s highest court, did not give a timeframe for the correction, but hinted at its urgency by stressing that the Church is “being torn asunder right now by confusion and division” and that unity is at stake.

“The Holy Father must be called on to exercise his office to put an end to this,” he said.

Let's keep this in our prayers!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.

Seems I am always trying to discern God's call with something every time today's Gospel comes in sequence. And the bad part is, each time I realize I'm not listening. I want God to want what I want. My prayer life is mostly pitching Him my thoughts on why I think this or that outcome is desirable.

I was tossing a few life situations back and forth in my mind yesterday and felt the desire to go to adoration. I talked myself out of it by convincing myself I needed to continue with chores. I got the chores done but didn't come to any conclusion about which trajectory to take in the various situations.

Two things always jump out at me from this event in the Life of Christ.

First, even Christ needed silence to communicate with and hear His Father!

After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
and precede him to the other side,
while he dismissed the crowds.
After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
When it was evening he was there alone.

and the need for trust and faith:

Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter,
and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.

"You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

We are so blessed to have Christ's Body and Blood in Repose. The place where St. Basil described angels standing around the altar with their heads bowed, their faces covered, their hands crossed and their whole body inclined as to express the deepest sense of their own unworthiness. Our place to hear our Lord, draw the answers.

Come and I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb. So in the Spirit he carried me away to a great high mountain and showed me the holy city of Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God; it had the radiance of some priceless jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great high wall with twelve gates at which were twelve angels; and on the gates were inscribed the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates to the east, three to the north, three to the south and three to the west....I saw no temple in the city; for its temple was the sovereign Lord God and the Lamb. And the city had no need of sun or moon to shine upon it; for the glory of God gave it light and the lamp was the Lamb. By its light shall the nations walk, and the kings of the earth shall bring into it all their splendor. The gates of the city shall never be shut by day - and there will be no night...He who gives the testimony speaks; Yes, I am coming soon! Amen. Come Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Apocalyse

More theology to explore for Dave Armstrong?

Atkins Diet in the Bible? "You may eat meat whenever you want." -Deut. 12.20

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fr. Rutler's advice to young priests.

I am blown away by the differences in the Archdiocese of Boston and Fall River. The Liturgies are said to call people to holiness. Homilies give you tools to manage everyday life. They teach and speak candidly about the challenges to holiness we've had to talk about on the internet. The music is prayerful. It's Catholic. Many of the priests are deeply involved in Opus Dei, which I assume groomed the priests.

The Archdiocese of Boston is more like an archdiocesan entertainment competition. There are numerous exceptions but they are treated like excluded members of a fraternity, as are Catholic members of those parishes. There is an undertow of resentment towards Catholics who go to Church to draw the Properties in the Divinity of Christ and keep their soul free of mortal sin. Similar to the climate this Holy Father is introducing with his endless psychobabble.

You learn to live with it, mostly by ignoring it, unless or until they say or do something heretical or just plain dumb. When a new priest or pastor comes and tries to get traction, we start a fatwa. First on the parish level and if he doesn't back down, we drag the bishops into it. They usually surrender after a few rounds.

Now that I've settled into a parish that is rich in Catholicism, I regret all the years I settled for religious entertainment with hostility towards Catholicism. With a pope hostile to Catholicism and practicing Catholics, I can't stress enough the importance of (at least!) finding a parish that teaches and practices Catholicism. Even if you have to drive an hour every week. We've got to think in terms of preservation and the future.

Loved this article with advice to new priests written by Fr. Rutler:

I was the very youngest in my college class and, in my Anglican years, at twenty-six I was the youngest parish rector in the nation. So defensive was I about this, that at my installation I had a friend, who eventually became a United States senator, read for the first lesson: “Let no man despise thy youth… (1 Tim. 4:12).” That was in the days of Beatle haircuts and my self-assurance was not affirmed when one lady remarked upon seeing me in an elaborate cope at Evensong, that I looked like the Infant of Prague.

He has such a great sense of humor, but his candor and wisdom is such a gift to Christ's Church.

This is more important than being amiable, and indeed it is the very opposite of false amiability. The “jolly good guy” kind of pastor can be an irritant. Such a caricature of agape recalls the indelible image of the happy clown on the circus midway, who is all confusion underneath. It is prudent not to equate the dignity of sacramental office with the way a man exercises it, and it is wise indeed to be especially careful not to think that Christian joy is the same as the self-conscious jollity and even buffoonery with which some clerics camouflage their discomfort with the Truth of Christ. Ministers of the Gospel are not used car salesmen whose heartiness is a mile wide and an inch deep. A bemused layman told me that a bishop joked with him, but turned away like a startled deer when asked an important question. The Lord himself was betrayed with a cold kiss, and stared back with unfathomable eyes.

And here he echoes the importance of the Sacrament of Confession and a Holy Mass:

The Holy Mass is the heart of the Christian life, but to be that, it must proceed from the Sacrament of Confession. With exquisite subtlety the Risen Christ prompted Peter to confess before he sent him out to offer the Eucharist to the heart of the empire. The parish priest should not let a day pass without some time in the confessional, and if no one shows up, that time can be one of prayer, and eventually the people will come. Weekly confession should be the goal for the priest himself. Often the Anti-Christ will tempt the priest to absent the confessional for one reason or another just before a seriously burdened penitent is about to ask to be heard. Humble confessions heard in the sacred tribunal often inspire the priest beyond anything the penitent could understand.

and the wiles of the ever-present devil:

The Discourager is never Christ but always the Anti-Christ. As he is haunted by God, he lurks in the holiest places in the holiest moments. I used to be rattled when he caused distractions, sometimes lurid ones, at Mass. It is permissible to curse him privately in such moments. Better yet, mock him, for mockery poisons the pride of which he is the prince.

the diocesan culture I speak about above:

It may not take long for the newly ordained priest to perceive that in some clerical quarters, honesty is not the instinctive culture. This is more than a defect: it is a blasphemy among those consecrated to Christ whose “word is truth” (John 17:17). I allude to this gingerly as a delicate matter, for mentioning it without qualifications risks calumny, but long experience has accustomed me to being told by churchmen of high rank, things that “do not conform to the truth.” That is ecclesiastical jargon for simple lying. Sometimes it is pious dishonesty in the form of falling silent when asked a direct question. A forthright cardinal told me that lying was the normal policy among those on his staff and they simply stared at the floor when challenged. Attached to this dishonesty is the infection of gossip and envy. Brothers in Christ should nurture and promote the various talents of their fellows for the prosperity of the Gospel. Such is not an untutored habit among all of the brethren. Insecurity prefers mediocrity over excellence.

There is a lot of work ahead of us!

May your continual pity, O Lord, cleanse and defend Your Church; and, because without you she cannot endure in safety, may she ever be governed by Your bounty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Our magnificent Cardinal Burke warns against 'idolotry of the papacy'

To treat every word uttered by the Pope as if it were official Church teaching would be to fall into an “idolatry of the papacy,” said Cardinal Raymond Burke in a recent address at a Catholic conference in Kentucky. 

Ok, but we'd love to get to the point where he utters one or two official teachings of the Church.

Throw us a bone.

This is pretty profound:

Burke said that Catholics must be diligent not to be led astray by false teaching.
“The faithful are not free to follow theological opinions which contradict the doctrine contained in the Holy Scriptures and Sacred Tradition, and confirmed by the ordinary Magisterium, even if these opinions are finding a wide hearing in the Church and are not being corrected by the Church’s pastors as the pastors are obliged to do,” he said.

God Bless Cardinal Burke!

Can somebody explain this Dave Armstrong article to me?

Between the title of his article and the citations from the Bible, one is left with the impression Armstrong is suggesting that Scripture shows Christ embraced the concept of a schmorgasboard of religions to call and convert His own.

That would be the complete opposite of the lucid conclusions one comes to after reading the Bible.

Dave asks:

Did St. Paul apply “Vatican II-like” approaches to evangelism, by making his message more accessible?

The guy crucified upside down?

Just a little reminder of what St. Paul was teaching when he was kibbitizing with the people he was trying to convert:

Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Did Jesus deal kindly with the Samaritan woman at the well?

The woman He sat down with to persuade her to stop sleeping around?

Drivel alert:

Did St. Peter say that those of any nation could possibly attain acceptance with God and salvation?

Acts 10:34-35 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: [35] But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

This comes across to me like an attempt to cherry-pick citations from Scripture to make the case that a schmorgasboard of religions are salvific. If so, the editors need to be a little more heavy-handed about errant theology being published at the National Catholic Register.

Yes, God Incarnated as a Jew to convert the Jews but spent His Life and every drop of His Blood leading them away from Judaism and into the New Covenant. The one and only religion belonging to God.


I received notification of the below comment at NCR. I'm betting it's a TTC reader!

The title of this article is "A Biblical Approach to Other Religions", yet
IT PROVIDES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING OF THE KIND, for the same reason that Matthew
21:31 does not provide "A Biblical Approach to Prostitution". Jesus was
accepting of prostitutes, but they had to leave their prostitution behind;
St. Paul was accepting of idol worshipers, but they likewise had to leave
their idolatry behind. The relationship of Christianity to, for example,
Islam, is the relationship between truth and error; that is an entirely
different thing than the relationship between a baptized Catholic and a
lifelong Muslim. You really, really, really need to keep straight the
difference between ideas and people.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Big Row over New KofC Uniforms

Some Knights members are awfully upset over losing their capes and swords.

That tells you everything you need to know about what was wrong with the costumes!

The Knights is a business that sells insurance. Their silence was deafening during the 50 year assault upon the Church and family. They need swords, capes and a hat with a feather in it like they need a stuffed purple unicorn sewn to the seat of their pants.

Give me a break.

They should donate the capes and swords to Catholic women who teach CCD for decades and quit the whining.

Monday, July 31, 2017

My Cousin Vinny is Out!

That was fast!

Scaramucci's infamous screed is a must read:…/anthony-scaramucci-called-me-to-…

The best part of the article was Steve Bannon having 'no comment' to Scaramucci's shockingly obscene political anecdote on Bannon's tenure.

There is some difference of opinion as to who the "paranoid schizophrenic, paranoiac" was in the West Wing. I'd also add 'vulgar lunatic' to his dramatic list of personality flaws.

I would also say that anyone who gets a message from his wife that their newborn son is in the NICU and responds with a text saying 'congrats, i'll keep our son in my prayers' and then goes right back to political photo ops for four days is a jerk

John Kelly couldn't blow his stink out of the White House fast enough.

Is Aletia the new "Patheos"?

I have a hard time keeping up with websites for uncatechized Catholic converts/reverts.

Every once in a while Frank Walker will link to something that finds me saying 'What the what is this?!'

Here's a story he linked to telling people not to be 'afraid' to go to 'therapy'.

Here is the danger with Catholics deferring to 'therapy' in a struggle with grief, relationships, etc.:

It's a distraction from the cure in the Sacraments. There's a desperate need to teach Catholics how to recognize when something spiritual is causing some kind of unrest. Teaching people to turn to a therapist thrusts them into the habit of bypassing spiritual instincts and introspection, examination of conscience and turning to the Sacraments.

It's training them to rely on mortals rather than the peace which surpasses all understanding.

If a situation arises that you truly can't find solace in the Sacraments, Saints and Catholic resources, family, friends, you've got a lot of work to do. Catholics should network to find a Catholic therapist trained in spiritual warfare (in addition to medical training). A good Catholic therapist is going to figure out why you don't use these resources and teach you how to turn to them.

And that's the way it is.