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CNS: Shamefully misrepresenting tradition

16. April, 2014Blog Post16 comments

The Tradwriter responds to a recent video from Catholic News Service glorifying the Second Vatican Council’s treatment of Religious Liberty in the only way such a thing can be done; namely, by grossly misrepresenting Catholic tradition.

For further reference:

CNS Video:
Catholicism and the Challenge of Liberty

Louie Verrecchio presentation at Catholic Family News Conference:
John Courtney Murray – Broker of the Post-Conciliar Apostolic Cease Fire

Redefining the common good

15. April, 2014Blog Post21 comments

Even after studying and writing and speaking about the conciliar text for more than a decade, I still manage to find in them previously unrecognized subtleties that serve to undermine the Faith in remarkably profound ways; in the present case, in the Declaration on Religious Freedom, Dignitatis Humanae.

One of the distinguishing features of this document that I’ve noted in the past is the degree to which the Council’s focus has shifted away from man’s spiritual end toward what appears to be an overriding concern for matters merely temporal. Needless to say, the former is the Church’s primary concern, and her view of matters temporal is always cast in that light.

Keeping man’s spiritual ends in plain sight is necessary for defining the “common good.” The only good that is truly common to all is the destiny for which all were created; to live with God forever in eternity. Temporal affairs must be regulated in such way as to further, or at the very least not impede, man’s journey to that ultimate end and fulfillment.

In Dignitatis Humanae, the Council employs the phrase “common good” while subtly divorcing it from concern for man’s spiritual end.

Finally, government is to see to it that equality of citizens before the law, which is itself an element of the common good, is never violated, whether openly or covertly, for religious reasons. Nor is there to be discrimination among citizens. DH 6

To urge concern for the “common good,” while also directing the State to remove “religious reasons” from consideration in its regulation of public affairs, is an egregious contradiction that is utterly incompatible with authentic Catholic thought as expressed so very clearly by the pre-conciliar popes. It is tantamount to redefining the common good.

This redefinition of the common good forms one of the building blocks upon which the Council constructed its unsustainable case for a so-called “right to religious freedom” regardless of one’s relationship to truth.

And we wonder why atheists, humanists and assorted other enemies of the Church so often invoke it this way…


15. April, 2014Blog Post2 comments

I want to take a moment to express my gratitude on a number of fronts:

First, thanks to all who registered and for taking the time to contribute with comments. That includes those who don’t have the same view that I, and most other regular commenters here, have.

That brings me to this: I really appreciate the civility on all sides as that makes this space so much more than just a place to do battle. I want this to be a place where Catholics can learn the Faith. Thanks for making that happen.

Last but not least, I want to say thanks to those of you who kindly sent a donation. A number of you expressed in private notes a recognition of how costly it is to have web design work done. True enough, but my hope is that all of us will realize great spiritual dividends in return. I’m especially hopeful that the Forum will grow into a good place for that to happen. (Please make use of it, and invite others to join in!)

On the matter of expenses, I’m investigating the possibility of placing suitable ads on the site to help sustain this effort. There will be some trial and error involved if and when I go that route. We’ll see how it goes. I just want to give you a heads up.

Thanks again to all!

The Fr. Ray Kelly Concert Tour

12. April, 2014Blog Post70 comments

Ray Kelly LiveIt is telling commentary on the deplorable state of the Church to witness so-called “conservative” Catholics gushing with admiration for Fr. Ray Kelly’s performance. One fairly well known commentator (who in charity I won’t name) even suggested that our liturgies need more of this sappy sentimentalism!

I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that the vast majority of Catholic have lost almost entirely, or never really had, a sense of the sacred.

So… just in case there are any such persons reading this blog, I’ll give a quick snapshot of what makes Father’s “gift” to the happy couple so regrettable.

Whether or not this took place before or after the Mass had ended isn’t the point; as though all bets are off unless we’re technically speaking of the liturgy proper. That some even feel compelled to split those hairs is a sign of their poor condition.

The Rites of Holy Mass and Holy Matrimony are, of course, sacred, but so too is the space in which they take place; the same that we occupy before and after the actual rite. In any event, one thing should be clear to all, the sanctuary isn’t Fr. Kelly’s or anyone’s personal stage. The altar isn’t his music stand. The assembly isn’t his audience.

It would be sacrilegious to have any kind of a performance in a Church before the Blessed Sacrament. Most people seem to know that even if just intuitively.

Now, even considering in charity that Fr. Kelly means well and is simply a product of a deplorable formation, consider the impact of his showmanship.

We live in an age wherein marriage is viewed as a purely human construct; a contract between two individuals who are motivated, be it by what one might reasonably call love all the way to what is more properly considered mutual lust, to validate their relationship in the eyes of others. “Marriage” as popularly conceived is all about us, in other words, so much so that the abominable concept of “gay marriage” is considered by many, including self-identified Catholics, as possible and even laudable.

Fr. Kelly’s little moment in the spotlight only managed to solidify that erroneous view. He turned the sacred mystery of sacramental union among spouses in Christ in the Rite of Holy Matrimony by grace into an earthbound stage act fueled by fleeting emotions.

The people in that wretched video are victims. They don’t know any better. Neither does Fr. Kelly in all likelihood. He is obviously a product of newchurch wherein practically every aspect of our faith has taken on a decidedly humanist slant at the hands of those who chose to make the comfort level of protestants a “pastoral priority.”

BTW – The Fr. Ray Kelly Concert Tour has been wowing audiences for years and was made possible in a large part thanks to the virtue, heroically exercised, of His Holiness Pope Paul VI who gifted to the world the Novus Ordo Missae. Remember that as his cause takes off like a rocket (or is that a scud missal) immediately following the proposed mockery canonizations on April 27th. (May God in His mercy forbid them!)

What’s it to you?

11. April, 2014Blog Post21 comments

A traditional (sorta) reaction to YouTube sensation Fr. Ray Kelly, Ireland’s singing priest…

BIG Announcement

10. April, 2014Blog PostNo comments

HTF ForumI’m really pleased to announce the Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II Forum! (Also accessible via the menu above.)

It’s not fancy, and I’m sure we’ll end up tweaking and improving it as it grows, but I’m excited about this.

Some time ago it occurred to me that the comment section on the blog was serving as a meeting place for traditional minded Catholics to discuss all manner of important things. Clearly there is a need and my hope is that the Forum meets it well.

Once you register on the site, your username and password will work for both the comment section on the blog and the Forum.

Please, jump right in and enjoy exploring, discussing and defending Catholic tradition.

Instaurare omnia in Christo!

The gravity of the canonizations (God forbid!)

9. April, 2014Blog Post11 comments

JPII Wailing WallA recent article by Cindy Wooden of Catholic News Service on the upcoming canonizations (May God in His mercy forbid them!) aptly describes what the Masons and other assorted enemies of the Church would have considered an unattainable Utopian ideal just sixty short years ago.

Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II left lasting marks on the way the Catholic Church understands other religions and the way it interacts with believers of other faith communities.

Ya think?

While most readers, traditional and otherwise, may feel compelled to breeze right past this apparent understatement of the century, one must be very careful to note that what Wooden appropriates to “the Catholic Church” is really nothing more than the flawed “understanding” (or more properly, misunderstanding) of sinful men who have departed from the Faith in word and deed.

The Catholic Church, the Mystical Body of Christ that is the Divinely endowed bulwark of truth, can never fail to recognize “other religions” as necessarily false, and their adherents as being in desperate need of conversion to the one true Faith, and therefore to interact with each accordingly.

Individual Catholics, even popes, by contrast, can sometimes falter in such matters, as in the cases of John XXIII and John Paul II; all of which underscores the sheer magnitude of their proposed canonizations (May God in His mercy forbid them!) and the ramifications such would promise for the Church and for the world.

While the gravity of the situation appears to be lost on many Catholics, that certainly doesn’t appear to be the case for those outside the Church.

Case in point, Wooden offered a number of quotes from Rabbi David Rosen, director of interreligious relations for the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Among his observations:

- “In Jewish eyes, there is a total logic to these two being canonized together; in fact, many Jews probably think it’s because of the Jews that they’re being canonized together.”

- John XXIII holds “the copyright” for the modern Catholic Church’s respectful approach to other religions.

- “John XXIII’s recognition that the church had to reassess its whole relationship with the Jewish people, which was the inspiration for ‘Nostra Aetate’ was what led the church to begin to look at its relationship with all other religions.”

- The Catholic Church “came to a more universal approach to dialogue out of its ‘rehabilitation,’ if you like, of its relationship with Judaism and the Jewish people.”

- John XXIII “is the revolutionary,” the rabbi said, and everything later popes did built on his groundbreaking moves.

- “I think it’s quite striking: John XXIII starts the process and John Paul II takes it to new heights.”

Just in case you’re not ready to vomit just yet, consider that Rosen represents a people who, in the AJC’s own words, “often disagree vigorously over the interpretation of tradition,” and who differ over such “fundamental issues” as “who is a Jew, what does it mean to be a Jew, the meaning of a Jewish state, and the future agenda of the Jewish people.”

And yet, if one were to identify the solitary point of doctrinal unity that practically every self-proclaimed Jew readily affirms as endemic to his or her identity, it is the rejection of Jesus Christ, their long-awaited Messiah who said, “He who rejects me rejects Him who sent me.”

If nothing else, Rabbi Rosen’s reaction to the upcoming canonizations (May God in His mercy forbid them!) hammers the point home that John XXIII and John Paul II, more than anything else, represent the neo-modernist’s own rejection of Jesus Christ as evidenced in their utter failure to embrace the mission that He gave to His Church.

In addition to adding glowing praise for John Paul II from a Muslim theologian who teaches at Rome’s Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (and why such a thing even exists is beyond me), Wooden offers:

Blessed John began the process that led to the Second Vatican Council’s recognition that the seeds of truth and even God’s presence could be seen at work in other religions; Blessed John Paul showed the world how seriously the church believes that by inviting representatives of all the world’s major religions – and several local indigenous religions – to Assisi, Italy, in 1986 to pray for peace.

Based on the behavior of these popes, they apparently believed that the “seeds” are as good as the tree, and the Divine presence is such in these false religions as to render the call to conversion to the Catholic faith entirely unnecessary; a shameful deviation from the Divine mandate that has been carried on by every pope in between and since right up to Pope Francis.

No wonder those who reject Christ are so delighted with the prospect of the upcoming canonizations (May God in His mercy forbid them!) as such will deceive a great many innocents into believing that this is the “new normal.”

Make no mistake, it is not, and the Lord in His thirst for souls will endure the deception for only so long.

We are back!

9. April, 2014Blog Post15 comments

OK… It looks like we’re good to go for comments.

You will need to register with a user name and valid email address in order to comment. I really appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing this community come back to life.

Many readers here never comment, and that’s fine, but I would urge you to register just the same. If we’ve learned one thing recently, it’s that the enemies of tradition will stop short of nothing to shut the blog down. Registering will give me a way to share news directly with readers no mater what.

BTW – I’ve reported the hacker who created this mess to the appropriate authorities. I have to say that I am surprised how seriously these kinds of things are taken. I really expected it to be dismissed with “That’s too bad.” As it is, he or she may have to answer for their malfeasance.

No system fool proof, but we’re better off now than before. In any case, you know the difference between a troll and someone who just hasn’t yet had their eyes opened to the crisis in the Church. Ignore the former and they’ll usually go away. Be kind to the latter and they will eventually come to rediscover their stolen inheritance.

Lastly, I will have some exciting news to share tomorrow about some of the upgrades recently made to the site.

Thanks again for your patience. All indications are traffic here didn’t drop at all and I appreciate it.


9. April, 2014Blog PostNo comments

Good news… almost.

After a lot of work it looks like we’ll be able to reactivate the comments very soon; likely at some point today. I’ll post when all is ready to go, we’re working out a few final details on a new registration system.

It’s going to be necessary for me to wipe out any registered users so we start fresh, so if you managed to register, you’ll have to repeat the process.

Thanks for your patience! Please stay tuned.