September 28, 2014

Concerning the Synod via Ann Barnhardt...

For those that don't read Ann Barnhardt (but should), I'll post an excerpt from a recent post wherein she gives her take on the upcoming Synod:

"2. Just a quick note on the upcoming Synod on the Family called by Pope Francis Bergoglio in October. Let me explain how it is going to play out. The Synod will convene, only the Modernists will be allowed to say anything, the Synod will publish something that goes on and on and says ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, then the Pope will issue a “Post-Synodal Exhortation” which will also go on and on and say ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (but will use to nauseating excess the words “caress”, “tenderness” and “encounter”), and then the green light will be given to every Modernist and unwitting Modernist priest (which is most of them today – let’s be honest) to tell people that divorce and remarriage is no big deal and BY ALL MEANS you should receive Holy Communion. And if you thought that annulment was merely “Catholic divorce” before, just you wait. Annulments will be passed out at “A KENNEDY WANTS TO MARRY THE NANNY” SPEED. Getting an annulment will be like ordering a Quarter Pounder with Cheese Value Meal at the drive-thru window. They’ll have the annulment burgers and fries pre-made and sitting under the proverbial heat lamps. Please pull through.

The reason this is all so easy to anticipate is because it has already happened since the Asteroid (™) hit in the 1960s. In fact, it happened twice. The first was with the promulgation of the New Mass, the Novus Ordo, in ARSH 1968. Did you know that the Novus Ordo is supposed to be offered in Latin, with the priest facing God Almighty – NOT facing the people, and with Gregorian Chant? Yup. All of the abuses that you see today at almost every single Novus Ordo Mass are NOT specifically called for in any Vatican II documents. They are all the result of a strategy of putting nothing down in writing, but instead operating like a Tin Pot Dictatorship and sending toadies to communicate that “anything goes, boys”, and anyone who doesn’t go along with or dares to speak out against the “new program” will be destroyed. This is how the Novus Ordo Mass implementation was executed. And, you know, it worked so darn well, why WOULDN’T they use the same strategy?

The other arena in which this was used to great “success” was in regards to contraception. Paul VI Montini wrote Humanae Vitae, which condemned contraception in no uncertain terms, and then openly supported clerics who flagrantly disobeyed it, and even more egregiously, actively punished clerics and prelates who defended Humanae Vitae and called out their disobedient brother bishops and priests.

Yes. You read that right. Paul VI PUNISHED bishops and priests who defended his own encyclical.

And, as a result, to which my inbox provides a steady stream of testimony, YOU GUYS, now in the autumns and winters of your lives, thwarted the existence of your own children that God desperately wanted to give you, because your priest TOLD YOU THE DIRTY SATANIC LIE AT THE BEHEST AND UNDER THE THREAT OF HIS SUPERIORS that contraception wasn't a sin, and it was okay for you to sterilize yourselves and reduce the marital embrace to an act of masturbation. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. And this tactic was wildly successful.

So shall it be with this Synod. I would also assume that the blind eye of sanction will be turned to all manner of sodomy ratification, including the “blessing of unions” or some hellish abomination like that. But NOTHING will ever be put in writing. Only meaningless, Jesuitical, Modernist, drooling, utterly incoherent gobbledygook nonsense which the pseudo-intellectual neoconservative fanboys and fangirls will lap up like hogs at the slop trough, so pathetically needy and desperate to appear smart and be popular, that they will join in the hen cluck chorus of “oohs” and “aaaaahs” at nod knowingly at all of the big wurdz and run-on sentences. (If I don’t understand what it says, it MUST be true! But I’ll pretend that I do understand it so they think I’m teh smart and like me!)"

You can read her entire post here.

I suppose we'll see which version of whose opinion - and there are myriad ones out there - will prevail at the Synod. The only one we haven't heard from yet is the Holy Ghost. And He isn't talking or given any press releases...

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September 26, 2014

SPERO NEWS: Lay Catholics call on Vatican to protect marriage from no-fault divorce

From SPERO News, a very good article concerning the SYNOD and the defense of the Sacrament of Matrimony:

Lay Catholics call on Vatican to protect marriage from no-fault divorce

Mary’s Advocates, an advocacy group based in Ohio, hopes to have its position represented at the upcoming Extraordinary Synod to be held at the Vatican. According to a release from the organization, dozens of manuscripts were sent to Pope Francis, as well as bishops and cardinals to point out what it calls “discrepancies between pastoral care actually occurring compared to care described in the Canon Law and Catechism.” 
Rev. Chuck Zmudzinski, a canon lawyer, has recommended the observations offered by Mary’s Advocates. He hopes that they succeed in their efforts to find Catholics bishops willing to speak up for the rights of spouses who want to protect their marriages from divorce and uphold the validity of their marriages in nullity proceedings conducted by church tribunals. 
Mary's Advocates quoted FrZmudzinski as pointing out “the possibility that the Church is actually promoting divorce by ignoring the canonical requirement that a spouse obtain the bishop's permission before approaching the civil forum for a decree of separation or divorce.”
In the Observations’ introduction, Bai Macfarlane of Mary’s Advocates writes, “From a layperson’s point of view, there is a notable difference between the pastoral care described in the Catechism and the Canon Law, in contrast to the prevalent pastoral practice in the United States. Simply put, many of the faithful believe that divorce is a morally neutral occurrence, and many diocesan staff personnel seem to agree—separation of spouses, the break-up of marriages, and divorce are things that ‘just happen.’”See Observations here.
Macfarlane also wrote “Chanceries appear to have no system to assist bishops in weighing the special circumstances of a marriage before a spouse files for divorce or separation in the civil forum. This weighing of circumstances is required by canon law as described herein. Numerous faithful do not know or do not care that forcing divorce—outside of specifically limited circumstances—is immoral, contravenes the moral law, and is a grave offense against the natural law.”


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September 25, 2014

Vintage Remnant: The Curious Case of Fr. Paul Nicholson - 2/27/2014

There are some who wish to give no air-time to this cleric. Perhaps it's best we do, to a certain extent, anyway, if for no other reason than to show how silly, unreasonable, uncharitable and subjective his comments are. Besides, if he wants to appear foolish and mar the dignity of his office, I say let him. But that is just me...for an alternate opinion from another blogger, who is a bit more congenial, concise and to-the-point, click here.

This past February, Chris Jackson wrote in the the Remnant all anyone needs to know about this person. I reprint a portion here for starters and ask you to click over to the remnant for "the rest of the story"...

According to his website :
Indeed, Fr. Nicholson has been working vigorously. He is very active on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, his blog, and his website. To his credit, Fr. Paul says the Traditional Mass and has very orthodox Catholic views on important sexual moral issues that are under attack today. On these matters it is safe to say he is doing much good for the Church. However, in other matters this isn’t quite the case. One such matter regards Fr. Nicholson’s multiple recent attacks on the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). As the saying goes, Fr. Nicholson is entitled to his own opinions about the Society, but he is not entitled to his own facts. The Remnant has no affiliation with the SSPX. However, we have often seen fit to publicly correct the record when various “conservative” Catholic apologists have stated inaccuracies about them; inaccuracies which could have been easily prevented by a few simple internet searches.
First, Fr. Nicholson repeatedly and gratuitously refers to the SSPX as being “in schism.” This false claim was has been put to rest at least as early as 2005 when Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei at the time, specifically stated that the SSPX was not in schism . This fact was confirmed again just last year, when the Diocese of Richmond was forced to retract its own previous statement that the SSPX was in schism. In addition, even Catholic Answers apologist Tim Staples, who refers to the SSPX as “radical traditionalists” does not believe the SSPX to currently be in schism.
Second, Fr. Nicholson states, as if it were the official position of the Church, that the priests of the SSPX cannot absolve sins in the confessional .  As conclusive evidence of this amazing claim, Fr. Nicholson cites, not to an official Magisterial document, but to a blog post by Fr. Z. The irony is that Fr. Z argues in his post that SSPX priests cannot absolve sins precisely because they are not schismatic like the Orthodox and thus do not have jurisdiction. The implication is that if the SSPX were schismatic, as Fr. Nicholson believes, they would validly absolve sins. Thus Fr. Nicholson cites to an argument by Fr. Z which actually undercuts his own claim. Nevertheless, the bottom line on this issue is that there is no public official Church document stating that SSPX priests are incapable of absolving sins. Thus, this is the private opinion of Fr. Nicholson, and should not be stated as a fact. Furthermore, there are various compelling reasons to believe SSPX Confessions are valid, which I have already laid out in detail here and here .

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My Response To Fr. Paul Nicholson: SSPX Worse Than Black Mass

This doesn't make for a credible priest:

Any more than this makes for a credible blogger:

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September 24, 2014

Of Daughters, Dads, Airports and Goodbyes

I took Daughter #2 to the airport to see her off on a Southwest flight westward,  to hopefully kick-start a stalled job search campaign. I gave her the Dad Pep-talk - make a list of goals, stick to them, allocate sufficient daily time for job search, confer with Mom, etc, etc... She has my Fathers Blessing, my prayers and my wishes for much success. And the surety of knowing the door back home will never be locked, if things don't pan out. The same goes for all of my children...

There was also, however, the Parental emotions of saying goodbye to one's child  - albeit a 21 year-old - made all the more emotional, for me anyway, as we recently re-connected after an almost 5 year hiatus.  I've enjoyed immensely the past few days, having her and daughter #3 in the house...but as I posted on Google+ earlier:

"Saying goodbye and have a safe flight doesn't get any easier at 61 than it did at 51. Waiting for daughter #2 's flight to depart at KCI. Emotions run deep, even in this old man...hard to keep the tears in check. Epic Fail."

Daughter #2
Oh well...the perils of Parenting never run out, though I am sure many of us would wish they did (at least sometimes.) Am I alone in thinking the eyes are supposed to get drier the older you get... that the emotional well gets so low there's little chance of it ever rising to the top? Silly me...

It's not easy, is it? 

So... to all the Daughters who must leave home to flex their newly-found confidence or who just simply need to kickstart their life, from their Dad's who, like me, would rather keep them under wing but know they have to let them go, no matter how hard it may be, no matter how much a certain muscle rebels:

Drat! now where did I put that Kleenex Box....

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