October 2, 2017

SSPX / BURKE FAKE NEWS

WHY??

That is the first question that pops into my mind with the"schism" re-re-re-re-pronouncement by Raymond Cardinal Burke. Why has it all of a sudden become necessary to once again re-re-re-re-hash the scism /no schism argument in the Catholic world? Of what value is it? What is the ulterior motive? Where is the official statement from Pope Francis that the SSPX is now once more in schism, all talks are now verboten and Cardinal Burke is just reminding all Catholics of what the Pope has pronounced. Or...

Is Cardinal Burke the Catholic answer to John McCain?

The question has been asked and answered; re-asked and re-answered ad infinitum/ad nauseum over the years. To my remembrance, only once has the "schism" label against SSPX been OFFICIALLY promulgated, and then OFFICIALLY lifted by a succeeding Pope years later. And that decree was for five bishops only, not the whole of the Society. 

Officially is the key word here, IMHO. It doesn't matter what an individual bishop or cardinal thinks, says or writes about the SSPX /Schism meme. Unless the charge emanates from a Papal document and is signed by a reigning Pope, the charge becomes nothing more than one man's opinion. 

True, if that man firmly believes what he preaches and firmly believes his priests and laity are in moral and/or mortal danger from anything-SSPX and orders his priests and laity to steer clear or face catching the "schism pox", then I suppose that man has every Catholic right to say what he will and his flock must obey.

But I doubt that has been or is the case here. 

Where are the Cardinal's facts? What Papal document does he source to back up his claim? Why, then, is there still ongoing dialogue between Rome and the SSPX if they are in "schism"? More higher placed Cardinals than Burke have pronounced them not in schism over the years - despite their lack of "canonical" standing in the church, as Benedict/Ratzinger said. So why is this pronouncement all of a sudden in the news again? Why did the question even come up and more importantly, why did Burke answer it as he did? Is this another attempt to derail any reconciliation talks that might be thisclose to succeeding? 

Hell...I don't know.

Cardinal Burke has lost any credibility with me over his lack of movement concerning the Amoris Laetitiae debacle, and this matter has not helped to change my mind any. His fellow Cardinalate supporters have been cut in half; AL is now enshrined in Catholic law and - much like Obamacare - is here to stay, at least until a future Pope is elected, shows his Catholic moxy and confines it to the trash bin. We have men (or kittens, as Mundabor calls them) like Burke to thank for that.

Cardinal Burke, please go quietly into the Signatura and stop granting interviews. Live out your life in the comfort of your Roman dicastery and leave the SSPX unencumbered to continue their reconciliation talks with Rome.

Please!! 


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September 27, 2017

The Protesters Anthem

Since 20-some percent of the NFL "Professional" (and I use the term loosely) athletes, a smattering of other similar "Professional" sportsmen(?), along with some of their handlers/coaches and owners/masters, clearly have no love of this country, its flag, its music, its opportunities (which include their ever-swelling personal bank accounts) - and probably not even of God Himself - I thought I would write for them their own "national anthem" to sing while they doth protest on bended knee while they are taking the liberty of scalping their fans (no longer am I one) on Sunday afternoons. 

With much regret to Samuel Francis Smith, his My Country Tis of Thee and to England, I now present to you "The Protester's Anthem" (sung to the tune of God Save the Queen):


MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE,
A SOUR LAND FIT ONLY FOR BENDED KNEE,
OF THEE I CONTINUALLY DING.

LAND WHERE MY FATHERS DIED!
ONLY FOR THE ELITISTS PRIDE!
FROM EVERY RIOT SITE,
LET PROTESTS RING!

MY SLAVE-BUILT COUNTRY, THEE,
LAND FULL OF ELITIST GLEE,
THY NAME I WILL NOT LOVE.

I HATE THY ROCKS AND RILLS,
THY MIDDLE CLASS, THOSE LOWER STILL,
MY HEART IS HARD AND I'M SO THRILLED,
FOR ALL THAT ABOVE.

LET RIOTS SWELL THE BREEZE, AND, 
PROTESTS RING FROM ALL THE TREES;
LET'S SCREECH OUR SONG.

LET ALL MORTAL TOUNGUE'S AWAKE;
LET ALL THAT BREATHE PARTAKE;
LET OUR ROCKS THEIR SILENCE BREAK;
HEAR THE GLASS FALL ALL DAY LONG.

OUR NEW GOD IS TO THEE,
AUTHOR OF ANARCHY,
TO THEE WE SING.

LONG MAY OUR LAND BE BRIGHT,
WITH RIOTS HOLY FIRE-LIGHTS;
PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO FIGHT!
GREAT SATAN OUR KING!



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September 26, 2017

A Few Thoughts On the Filial Correction

I have written before that if Rome and certain of her henchmen (an apt description for most) that wear red, purple and black - or white, for that matter - cassocks, and who want every last one of the Catholic Faithful to march in willing lock-step to their new brand of Catholicism, they first have to remove all of the pre-concilliar documents that faithfully and forcefully contradict all of their new paradigms. Otherwise, they can only keep the cover on for so long and only pull the wool over the eyes of the faithful not much longer (time means nothing to God, except as it works to complete His Providence.)

Chief among those set-in-stone pre-concilliar documents - and the most blatant example of just how ineffective, weak and powerless they are - is the Sixth Commandment. The best they could ever hope for was to modify #6 into sub-categories that would allow for open and unrepentant adultery, and to further sub-categorize those exceptions under the headings of "mercy" and "for the children". In this they achieved their goal by taking the politician's playbook and baptising it into the Catholic Church. Politicians that already use those terms to get emotion-based voters to smilingly vote their money and freedoms away now have had their religious counterparts doing the same thing for decades: getting the emotions-based Catholic pew-sitters to willingly and sheepishly acquiesce to teachings, ideas and documents that are in direct contradiction to their Catholic Faith. 

The trouble is - and why it was doomed to fail from the start - is they left intact and unlocked the rooms where all the ammunition that was needed by the more Faithful of the clergy and laymen (both male "laymen" and female "laymen", in a nod to PC-correctness) to use against them remained for the taking. And use it they are now doing - privately and finally publically. And I believe that the pressure will continue unabated for this Pontiff to correct his obvious errors, or face the just as obvious consequences.  Now that the the wheels of God's justice (and mercy) have finally turned with an ear-splitting groan, more names will surely follow those of the original 62 signatories. 

So what did change? Why now? Why did it take so long? 

Louie Verrecchio plainly points out (here) what he believes is the reason (my emphasis):

"...it certainly wasn’t the objective sense of the text of Amoris Laetitia, much less was it the dogmatic teachings of the Holy Catholic faith that are contradicted therein; rather, what changed, apparently, is that God’s grace has begun to open the eyes of those who were previously blind."

And I concur, for what it is worth. 

God's time is not necessarily our time; He works to His Providence, not ours. Now is His right time; now is His right place. The sifting of the wheat from the chaff has its beginning and we must wait until the wind stops blowing to see what - or who - is left. 

Let us continue to pray for the Holy Father, Pope Francis, that he returns to the Faith and to the patrimony he was elected to serve. To sustain the old, not usher in the new. To continue to proclaim the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The One True Church of Christ, outside of which no one - NO ONE- can be saved. 

Oratio pro Summo Pontifice (Prayer for the Pope)

V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco.

R. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.

Oremus.

Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector,

famulum tuum Franciscum, quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen.


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September 24, 2017

Reprise...




My children were all Consecrated to Our Lady at their baptisms, so I have no doubt that their inevitable Salvation is therefore assured. Whatever wrongs or errors they may presently hold - all are adults, with the youngest one becoming so this January - that keeps high the wall between us, Our Lady does not long leave Her children in that state and will come to their aid, and this repeatedly so. And oftentimes without being asked. There will be for each of them a "comes the dawn" moment to drive home this Truth, and they will wonder how they could have been so stupid for so long. They will still struggle to be sure, but they will struggle with a renewed sense of their eventual Salvation by their Blessed Mother. 

That being said, I sometimes still fear that at least two of my children may never fully drop the wall, despite the reasons for its erection having long since been disproved. Too much time may have elapsed; too little urging to talk out the hurt. Too many parental mistakes made at the beginning. There has been too little of "me" into their lives over the last few years to any longer retain hope that I can have any real positive influence. In large part because they moved 600 miles away and I simply could not afford the bi-weekly travel expenses, even to a halfway point, to keep alive the parent-child relationship.

I have become a stranger to these children. 

I have become only a "biological" Father in some photograph.

I have become just someone they used to know.

The saving Grace in all of this is that I have been granted over the intervening years a thawing and/or repairing of parent-child relationships. I have been privileged to once again being a residential parent, this made all the more striking as the request came from the estranged children themselves to live with me (they wanted to finish high school with their friends, but still unthinkable in the early stages.) Granted, it wasn't all lovey-dovey amongst us, but it did afford some opportunities for discussions, which should have been ongoing since day one anyway. But the lines of communication have remained open with most even after graduations. And now, once more, another has come home to jumpstart their career in more familiar - and missed - surroundings. 

Is not all this the work of a Most Blessed Mother, trying to correct errant children - whether Parent or Child? 

It doesn't take a Theologian to tell me to nod my head "Yes". 

All it takes is my Heart, my Faith and my Love.


AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.


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September 19, 2017

Prayer Request - Daniel McDonald 1999-2017

In your charity, please remember the Soul of young Daniel McDonald, who died in a multi-vehicle auto accident this past weekend. I did not know him or his family personally, but he was employed by the same Catholic company that I work for. A fine young man with a bright earthly future that was interrupted by God's Providence for his Heavenly one.

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Ut animam suam, et omnes animas omnium fidelium defunctorum per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. Amen.




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July 10, 2017

The End of the Line

I have decided to permanently close this blog. I find it difficult to make any substantive posts lately, and I have many incomplete drafts setting idle to make that point. I will keep the lights on for a couple of weeks or so, then turn them off and unscrew the bulbs.

Time. Work. Energy. Inspiration. All have been lacking of late. In addition, there are some important personal factors entering in the mix as well. It's time to quit. 

Thank you to all who have read this small blog, especially those who kept coming back. It was much appreciated and I hope what was written helped you in some small way. I am most grateful. 

God Bless to all. 



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June 3, 2017

Dead Man Walking...




Brown said, “Well immediate reaction is this is a crazy decision. It is against the facts. It is against science. It is against reality itself. We know we have to decarbonize our future. If we don’t, it is a horror. People will die. Habitat will be destroyed. Seas will rise. Insects will spread in areas they never have before. 

Let me take this opportunity to say goodbye and to thank anyone and everyone who has ever stopped by my blog. It has been great knowing all of you - and that includes you, Jerry (although I am sure you do not know me or my blog, I certainly know you). I really thought I had a longer tenure on this earth, but apparently that has been robbed of me and I am slated to die...it could be today, tomorrow or even before I finish this blog post. Somehow I thought God Himself had the power of life and death over me, but apparently I have been mistaken all these years and it is really - Donald J. Trump! Like Obama had apparently been my "Savior" by surrendering me to the Paris Eco-Gaia crowd, DJT is my "Satan" and has forever condemned me to an early and untimely death, all the while he sits gleefully and maniacally on his red-hot throne, plotting his next move against - Hillary? Nancy? Mother Earth? George Soros? "Oh, the inhumanity of it all", seems apropos, does it not? My oh my...he is a despicable despot, is he not? 




Oh well, I suppose I should get my affairs in order now...

- go to Confession one last time and free myself of any leftover grievous sins against earth and nature (you know, all those wanton acts of evil perpetrated on those creepy crawly bugs by my feet, and let's not forget about all that Ozone burning I did during my career as an HVAC Technician).

 - contact my Estate attorney and get that Will updated to include my wife and kids (oh, wait! If I am slated to immently die because DJT pulled out of Paris, won't they cease to exist right along with me - and with The Jerry noted above? Here now; gone a nano-instant later. ZUT!!

- contact all those 1% corporate elites I owe money to from my free-wheeling days as a credit card user and laugh in their face that they aren't going to get paid! HA! HA! The jokes on you guys! No more Monaco vacations on my dime, Mr. Soros! HA!



So, it's goodbye, folks! Don't expect any wake or service as I don't think anyone will be alive to come anyway, as DJT has accelerated the time-clocks imbedded into our palms and they are set to go RED any moment now!!

Just.get.ready. NOW!

The saving grace of all this is that I won't have to listen any longer to the blather-and-blah-blah-blah of the likes of Jerry Brown, anyone with a Hollywood address, any Democratic "Catholic" politician or the liberal-left-progressive MSM, as they will vaporize and burn right along with me because of the lack of ozone layers. Or will we all get asphyxiated because of all the CO? Or is CO2? H2O, maybe? ZUT! I can't remember which one is our enemy any longer...ZUT!



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May 29, 2017

The Hoosiers-Avengers-Rome Thingy



Part of the storyline in the movie Hoosiers is that of the relationship between a Father and his son, a key player on the high school basketball team. A former basketball star himself, the Dad is now an alcoholic - and an embarrassment to his son. The son for his part acknowledges the drunk as his Dad, despite the embarrassment over his Dad's frailties. There is redemption near the conclusion, as both acknowledge a truth - a son's love for his Father and the Father's acknowledgment of his alcoholism (as depicted by him in the hospital, presumably "drying out".)

Such is where I find myself with the current Chair of St. Peter. He is an embarrassment to me (and to not just a few other Catholics.) I truly cannot stomach looking at his ever-present media photos, some of which are - intentionally or not - not very flattering. Even as I continue to pray for him and his good intentions, I cringe at the headlines I see each morning coming from Rome (and elsewhere in the Catholic World) that bespeak of an institution spiraling out of control, as headline after headline churns my insides so as to make even my Keurig 2.0 coffee taste bitter:

Pope Francis: many young people in the Church have fallen into the ‘temptation of rigidity’ 

Rigid as compared to what, Holy Father? Following the 2,000 year old Traditions of the Church founded by Christ, as opposed to following the 50 year old Vatican II New Evangelization, now into its what? 15th reiteration? And where in Italy is the Mt. Sinai where God gave you the additions to His 6th Commandment of "Thou shalt not commit adultery"? Seems to me God the Father was a bit presumptuous in wanting to chastise most severely all those revelers at the Mount, was He not? He probably regrets that now, I would think, don't you? Most assuredly, HE was too rigid too as well, do you not agree?

I can't wait to hear more good news for modern man from the newest Book of the Bible: The Ongoing Acts of  the Francis.

I truly am heartless (I have no time for anyone attempting to defend an emotional-based position.) A cruel bastard (I don't care about all the troubles you have in living a life polar-opposite to most natural and moral laws.) An unloving twerp (a woman's right?!?! to choose? How about a baby's right to choose you being his/her Mom?) A rigid olden-times Catholic hell-bent on sending my rigid and neo-palgeanistic (is this even a word??) soul to the Dark Side of the Force. A baby-boomer who gets high on smelling the incense wafting throughout the aisles of church, and rides a wave of ecstasy as the schola chants the propers. I revel in the swift justice of God to the rebelliousness found in the Old Testament - remember Onan's seed? I still marvel at the ultimate act of Forgiveness of Christ on Calvary, as well as His swift justice and righteous anger in driving the moneychangers from the temple.

I keep hoping I will wake up some morning and find that Francis' God-of-surprises has whacked him up the side of the head with the nearest-at-hand copy of St. Jerome's Vulgate, and maybe even followed that with a whack on the other side of the head with The Catechism of Pope Pius X for good measure.

Much like when Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow whacked
Clint Barton/Hawkeye to snap him out of his cult-ish following of Loki in The Avengers:





But as I set here and ponder the Objective Truth that is Our Lord Jesus Christ and that it is His hands to which are tied the marionette strings of this world and all its happenings, I know that I must - simply put - do what St. Paul says:"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."

Until the current Pope (or hs successor) decides to do what he is supposed to do by direct commands of both Our Lord and Our Lady (no...no links. You already know what the commands are), all that any of us can do is to continue to fight the good fights and to keep ourselves strong in the One True Faith as it was handed down from Christ and His Apostles; to fight against the enemies of Christ and His Church according to our station in life; be ready to suffer all for His sake, even unto death as the martyrs of old have done. 

"And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell." [Matthew 10:28]


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