26. November, 2014Blog Post35 comments
I recently returned home from Portland, OR where I had the great pleasure of speaking at an event commemorating Pope St. Pius X, hosted by Fr. Jonathan Loop, FSSPX, and the parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima Church.
My talk largely focused on the undeniably stark contrast that exists between Pope St. Pius X and Pope Francis, and to illustrate the point we juxtaposed the Apostolic Letter Notre Charge Apostolique of the former with Evangelii Gaudium of the latter.
In so doing, we discovered that the primary point of distinction between these two Roman Pontiffs lies in their disparate views on the duties incumbent upon the Successors of St. Peter, and predictably, therefore, their respective agendas.
In Notre Charge Apostolique, we find Pope St. Pius X warning against the activities of a socio-political movement in France called the Sillon, the errors of which bear a close resemblance, in their essence, to certain currents running through the Church, most notably during the pontificate of Pope Francis.
Among the condemnations issued by the Holy Father that seem to fit the current situation in Rome rather well is the following:
Pope Francis’ well-established disdain for those who “observe certain rules” and have an affinity for “a supposed soundness of doctrine or discipline” (cf Evangelii Gaudium) has been discussed at length, both on these pages and elsewhere.
As for evidence of the desire to build a “One-World Church” wherein all manner of false religions are invited to act in solidarity for the alleged good of society (as was the desire of the Sillonists), one need look no further than the recently concluded, Vatican sponsored, Humanum Colloquium.
Invited to participate in the Colloquium, wherein a “New Affirmation on Marriage” was formulated, was a wide assortment of heathens and heretics representing Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Mormonism, just to name a few of the 14 religions there present.
One can barely imagine how outraged and saddened Pope St. Pius X would have been at the thought of our sacred hierarchs, with the approval of a future pope, lowering themselves to collaborate with the gurus of false religion, and this under the pretense that humankind will benefit from churchmen behaving as if the Holy Catholic Church is but one voice among many relative to the duty to teach the divinely revealed truth about the sacrament of marriage.
Such, however, is the wretched state of affairs in the Rome of today, as the diabolical disorientation of which Our Lady of Fatima forewarned runs rampant through the upper levels of the Church.
Of course, not all would agree with my assessment.
Indeed, there are any number of so-called “conservative” Catholics who would dismiss the allegation that the Humanum Colloquium gives the false impression that the Church is in some way lacking as it concerns the wherewithal to teach and defend the truth about marriage.
For instance, Dr. Helen Alvare, Media Director of the Colloquium, suggested that the interreligious event was essentially ordered toward “surfacing new language” in defense of marriage.
Sounds harmless enough, I suppose; at least until such time as one considers the words of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, one of the co-sponsors of the event.
In his address to the Colloquium, this Prince of Holy Church saw fit to quote by name the United Nations’ Universal Declaration on Human Rights, saying, “the family represents the true foundations of society.”
There can be little doubt that this manner of speaking rings musical for the santo subito crowd; after all, the Council itself saw fit to label marriage “the foundation of society.”
Pope St. Pius X – the last Roman Pontiff to be formally sainted before the Post-Conciliar Lifetime Achievement Award unceremoniously replaced what used to be known as canonization – would likely argue, however, that Jesus Christ is the true foundation of society; the same Jesus Christ who commissioned His Mystical Body and Bride, the Catholic Church, to teach the truth about marriage (and everything else He commanded) in His name.
Speaking to the Bishops of France, Pope St. Pius X said:
While claiming recourse to the humanist U.N., as if it were an authoritative source, was just a hint that Cardinal Tauran imagines that the Catholic Church is inadequately equipped to treat of the topic at hand, he eventually went on to remove all doubt as he plainly declared, “Even in the field of marriage and family, no one religion is an island!”
Cardinal Tauran would have done just as well to serenade the assembly with a heartfelt rendition of that sappy 1990’s love song, I need you now, more than words can say, I need you now…
As for the expression, “no religion is an island,” Cardinal Tauran wasn’t just waxing poetic, no indeed; he was actually tipping his zucchetto to Rabbi Abraham Heschel, the late influential Council “observer” whose essay by that same name is revered as “holy writ” by the most fervent of ecumenists.
In truth, the very notion of a Humanum Colloquium finds its inspiration in the aforementioned “Gospel according to Heschel,” the passages of which are littered with all manner of affronts that are aimed directly at the Holy Catholic Church. For example:
And what has the Humanum Colloquium to show for its sellout to Heschel’s anti-Catholic manifesto?
Six sentimental, multilingual videos, the most “viral” of which has been viewed by its global target audience a whopping 31,296 times as of this writing.
Dr. Alvare, for her part, called the videos an “unmitigated success.”
Oh, and then there’s the Colloquium’s crown jewel, “A New Affirmation on Marriage,” which is little more than a saccharine ode to humanity wherein Almighty God, He who established marriage, merited exactly no mention whatsoever.
The bottom line in all of this is at once simple and tragic:
The preponderance of our sacred hierarchs, under the headship of Pope Francis, no longer believe that the Holy Catholic Church is that “perfect society, founded by Christ, with the task committed to her by God of teaching, ruling, and guiding mankind to eternal bliss.” (cf Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas)
Likewise, they no longer believe that this “perfect society, far excelling every other, is enjoined by her Founder that for the salvation of mankind she is to contend ‘as an army drawn up in battle array.’” (cf Pope Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christianae)
As such, they seek only to build a One-World Church, the church-of-man, in conjunction with those who, like themselves, believe neither the truth about Jesus Christ nor the one true Church that He established.
19. November, 2014Blog Post68 comments
Fr. Harrison is a staunch defender of Vatican II, particularly as it relates to the Council’s treatment of religious liberty. In fact, I think it’s fair to say that when it comes to arguments in favor of the alleged doctrinal continuity of Dignitatis Humanae, his are perhaps the best that the so-called “conservatives” have to offer.
Not long ago, Fr. Harrison shared with me his lecture notes for an address that he delivered at an event hosted by Credo St. Louis entitled, “Is Christ still King?” wherein he argues against the allegation put forth by Archbishop Lefebvre, “They have uncrowned Him.”
Upon request, Fr. Harrison has kindly granted me permission to quote one of the central points from his lecture here:
So… the Social Kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ hasn’t been formally denied; the doctrine is simply being placed on the “back burner.” That’s it. This is perhaps the most credible defense that the “hermeneutic of continuity” movement can muster on the subject.
Now, that said, let’s be clear… Vatican Council II did not literally uncrown and dethrone Christ; no one can do that. Even so, these figures of speech do adequately describe how our churchmen, including the popes, have been behaving over these last fifty years.
In reality, the Kingship of Christ was never ours to give, nor is it ours to take away. Christ is King. He does have a social reign. It is only for us to avoid preaching the Social Kingship of Christ at our own peril, and that is precisely what we are doing.
As such, I agree with Fr. Harrison; the Council did indeed make a deliberate decision to place the immutable doctrine of Our Lord’s social reign on the back burner. Where Fr. Harrison and I may part company, however, is in our assessment of that decision.
In my view, by placing the Social Kingship of Christ on the back burner, our sacred hierarchs effectively abandoned the mission of the Church.
Scripture itself seems to indicate that it is not truly possible for the Church to carry out her mission apart from proclaiming loudly and clearly that Jesus Christ is King, and that He does indeed reign over society and all of its constituent parts.
In the audio excerpt below, taken from my presentation at the Catholic Identity Conference, I briefly make the case that Sacred Scripture itself attests to the inextricable link between the mission of the Church and the Kingship of Christ, and furthermore, the Church is obligated to preach said Kingship if she has any hope of effectively carrying out that mission.
As something of an excuse (or at least a mitigating factor) in support of those who found it expedient to “back burner” this doctrine, Fr. Harrison suggests that the Church was perhaps blindsided, with the Council Fathers having made this decision “before secularized post-Christian Western nations began rejecting even the natural moral law.”
It is reasonable, however, to consider that it was precisely the Church’s failure to preach the Social Kingship of Christ that brought about the widespread rejection of the natural law in the first place.
In any case, one would be hard pressed to deny that our prelates’ silence on this doctrine, and therefore their failure to proclaim that the empire of Our Lord “includes not only Catholic nations, not only baptized persons, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith; so that truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Jesus Christ” (cf Pope Leo XIII, Annum Sacrum), at the very least accelerated society’s decline.
Whatever the cause may be, Fr. Harrison does indeed recognize that secular élites have largely grown hostile in their approach to the Church and even the natural law, and as such, he points out, “the magisterium has begun reaffirming the need for the light of Christian faith in the public square.”
This is all well and good, but it raises an important question: Is it truly possible for the Church “to reaffirm the need for the light of Christian faith in the public square” without once again proclaiming the Social Kingship of Christ?
Clearly, at least in my mind, the answer is no.
And yet, I do not think that Fr. Harrison, or any other reasonable person for that matter, would argue that any of the post-conciliar popes have even tip toed in this water over the last fifty years.
In fact, each and every one of them, from John XXIII all the way up to Francis, have treated the magnificent encyclical of Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas, as if it were a dead letter.
In the book, They Have Uncrowned Him, Archbishop Lefebvre recounts a conversation that took place between himself and Bishop Ambrogio Marchioni (Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland, 1967 – 1984) as follows:
Archbishop: “But the social Reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ, what are you doing about this?”
Nuncio: “You know, that is impossible now; perhaps in the distant future?… Right now, this Reign is in individuals; we have to open ourselves up to the masses.”
Archbishop: “But the encyclical Quas Primas, what do you do with that?”
Nuncio: “Oh… the Pope would not write that any more, now!”
One may reasonably ask, with the secular world’s hostility to the natural law now plain for all to see, why does the magisterium still steadfastly refuse to proclaim Our Lord’s sovereign rights over society?
The answer, it would seem, is no more complicated than the fact that our popes appear hell bent and determined to sing from the conciliar song sheet no matter how hostile the secular world becomes.
Given the anthropocentric orientation of the Council as a whole, there simply is no room for the Social Kingship of Christ among such men, and even the crumbling visible structures of the Holy Catholic Church, with the numbers of abandoned parishes growing on a near daily basis, isn’t enough to make them reconsider.
In response to my request to quote from his lecture, and having shared with him the excerpt from my Catholic Identity Conference presentation, Fr. Harrison suggested that “in fairness to Vatican Council II,” I should “point out that Dignitatis Humanae #13 … specifically references in footnote 33 those words you appeal to from the end of Matthew’s Gospel (as well as Mark 16: 15 and Pius XII’s 1939 Encyclical Summi Pontificatus), in order to back up the Church’s claim of a unique right granted by Christ vis-a-vis all temporal rulers.”
The Council’s words are strong and forthright here, implicitly asserting the sovereignty of Christ over all nations, but we now seldom hear them quoted:
“In human society and in the face of any public power whatsoever, the Church claims liberty for herself in her capacity as the spiritual authority established by Christ the Lord, charged by divine mandate with the duty of going into all the world and preaching the Gospel to every creature.”
It seems clear that any government recognizing the validity of the above claim would ipso facto be recognizing the Kingship of Christ.
I’m not entirely sure which governments Father has in mind here, but suffice to say that I reject the suggestion that a State that simply affords the Catholic Church the freedom that is hers by divine right is necessarily “recognizing the validity of the above claim.” Much less can one say that a State that also grants the very same right to the Church’s enemies “would ipso facto be recognizing the Kingship of Christ.”
Besides, an “ipso facto” expression of subjugation to the King is a pathetic substitute for the teaching put forth in Quas Primas which states that “not only private individuals but also rulers and princes are bound to give public honor and obedience to Christ.”
Surely, a government that truly recognizes the Kingship of Christ would not grant, as the Council demands, a civil right to religious freedom to those who reject Jesus Christ and oppose His reign. This would be like a government defending the right of rebels to overthrow it!
Sure, a government that recognizes the Kingship of Christ, and therefore the Holy Catholic Church as the one true faith, might find it necessary to tolerate such false religions in order to avoid a greater evil (as the traditional doctrine states), but never would such a government relinquish its right, and at times its duty, to suppress them even beyond simply attempting to maintain a secular notion of “public order.” (In other words, such a State would not relinquish its duty to safeguard its citizens from spiritual threats at the hands of false religionists.)
In any event, pay close attention to the Council’s words above quoted. In claiming that the Church is “charged by divine mandate with the duty of going into all the world and preaching the Gospel to every creature,” the architects of this document are presenting in this place but a truncated version of her mission.
In spite of giving mention to her mission of “teaching” and “baptizing” in other paragraphs, the takeaway from Dignitatis Humanae is evident enough given the witness of the last fifty years.
The conciliar and post-conciliar popes and the bishops in union with them ask for no more of the State than the right to “preach the Gospel” as if she is called to compete in the marketplace of religious ideas as but one among equals with the many false religions of the world. As as result, our prelates have been content to see the voice of Christ the King treated as if His is just another opinion that deserves a fair hearing; the implication being that the doctrines of the Holy Catholic Church are of arguably no more service to the common good than that of any other religion or public interest group.
It is interesting that Fr. Harrison not only acknowledges, but even appears perhaps to lament, that those parts of Dignitatis Humanae that merely hint at the Social Kingship of Christ are now seldom quoted, and this in the face of a secular world that is growing increasingly hostile to the eternal law.
As such, I wonder if I might reasonably hope that Fr. Harrison will join me in calling on the Holy Father to proclaim anew the totality of Quas Primas, reaffirming the Sovereign Rights of Christ the King over society such as they were so eloquently articulated by his esteemed predecessor?
13. November, 2014Blog Post48 comments
For any number of reasons, I’m looking forward to heading to Chicago tomorrow for the Fatima Conference; not the least of which is to spend time with Fr. Gruner and the other speakers who are so knowledgeable about the Fatima message.
I’ve long considered that even a disinterested inquisitor who simply takes the time to review the facts – meaning those not in dispute – examining the public record of comments made by those who read the Third Secret prior to its supposed release in 2000, cannot help but conclude that the truth has not yet been told.
On the Fatima Network’s website, there is a wealth of information for those interested, including a page entitled, The Known Facts. Here’s an excerpt:
This assassination attempt occurred on May 13th – the anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s first appearance to the three young visionaries in Portugal.
Pope John Paul II credited his survival to the direct intervention of Our Lady, after which he presented a bullet from that failed attempt to take his life to the Bishop of Fatima; a bullet that has since been enshrined in the crown of her statue there.
Now, some well-meaning folks who are inclined to accept the Holy See’s “official” interpretation of the Third Secret find confirmation in the connection between this shooting happening on the anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s appearance and her subsequent intervention in saving the pope’s life, but maybe the exact opposite is true.
Do I believe that Our Lady intervened to save the pope’s life?
I don’t know, but let’s just say that she did.
Even so, the question that remains is why did she save his life?
I suppose it’s just a matter of speculation, but something tells me that it wasn’t so he could live long enough to start World Youth Day and the Assisi abominations!
In any case, the reason may very well have been her desire to undermine the attempts of those who might one day seek to mislead the world into believing that the Third Secret concerns that event. You see, in saving the pope’s life that day, she guaranteed that those with eyes to see would immediately recognize that the “bishop in white” of the Third Secret couldn’t possibly be John Paul II.
Had he actually died, the truth would have been much more difficult for many to recognize.
12. November, 2014Blog Post15 comments
First, I want to ask your forgiveness for not posting lately. Between the birth of a precious new grand baby, some other personal concerns and preparing for conferences on consecutive weekends beginning with the Fatima Conference in Chicago on Friday, I haven’t had much time to post.
Below is my conversion story… more properly, reversion story. It has been around on CD for a while, but a number of people have asked that I make it available here.
I don’t particularly like talking about myself, but … as an old spiritual director admonished, I have an obligation to let others know how incredibly good God has been to me. In fact, this isn’t really so much about me as it is about Our Lord and His mother, and how they refuse to let even one lost sheep go without a fight.
It stops short of my awakening to tradition and my awareness of the heist that took place starting at Vatican II wherein our inheritance was stolen. Maybe I’ll add that some other day…
11. November, 2014Blog Post76 comments
As of yesterday, November 10, 2014, Fr. Michael Rodríguez, is no longer the Administrator of Sacred Heart Mission in Shafter, TX. He has been given a six-month sabbatical in order to discern God’s Will for the future. Fr. Rodríguez remains a priest in good-standing of the Diocese of El Paso. He will most likely be looking at options for priestly ministry beyond the Diocese of El Paso. Fr. Rodríguez has been offering the Traditional Latin Mass exclusively for the past three years, and this has led to increasing difficulties for him with the local hierarchy. Fr. Rodríguez asks for your prayers, and he especially asks you to pray for the small group of faithful (about 50) of the Presidio-Shafter area who are heartbroken over the loss of the Traditional Latin Mass and parish life based on the Traditional Latin Mass.
Admittedly, Fr. Rodríguez is in a very difficult situation. On the one hand, he intends to do his best to be obedient to his bishop. On the other hand, Fr. Rodríguez is convinced that God is calling him – through the Church – to dedicate his priesthood and all his energy and strength to promote the Church’s greatest treasures: her timeless liturgy and doctrine. Both Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have acknowledged that the Church is suffering through a terrible crisis of Faith in the post-Vatican II era, and Fr. Rodríguez, as a loyal priest and son of the Church, cannot stand idly by in the face of such widespread disparagement and abandonment of the Catholic Faith.
In making any decisions for the future, Fr. Rodríguez is begging God to purify his motives, so that he may act, first and foremost, out of love and fidelity to Jesus Christ and His holy Church, and for the salvation of souls. As a loyal son of Holy Mother Church, Fr. Rodríguez is 100% committed to following, teaching, promoting, and defending her Traditional Mass (holy liturgy) and her unchangeable truths (holy doctrine), e.g. the sacredness of marriage, the indissolubility of marriage, the grave sin and intrinsic evil of homosexual acts.
In closing, Fr. Rodríguez asks that efforts be redoubled to pray for the Holy Father so that he will consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as requested by Our Lady of Fatima. May the reign of Christ the King come through the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of His Mother!
In a few days a number of us will begin a continuous series of nine-day novenas imploring the intercession of Our Lady and the saints on Fr. Rodríguez’s behalf. I will email more information on that in a few days. Moreover, we will pray a 54-Day Rosary Novena on his behalf from Dec 10 – Feb 1, that is between the Marian feasts of the Immaculate Conception and the Purification of Our Lady, (also the feast of Our Lady of Good Success). We invite all to join us in offering these prayers. Thank you very much for your prayers and support.
Ad Iesum per Mariam,
ps: His sermon from Sunday is now posted at the St. Vincent Ferrer Foundation’s website. “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.” You can hear it at: www.svfonline.org
5. November, 2014Blog Post108 comments
In the video at the bottom of the post, I’m interviewed by John Vennari on the documents of Vatican Council II.
The interview took place at the Fatima Conference in Ontario last month, on which note, there is another Fatima Conference taking place November 14-16 in Chicago. If you’re able, please join us. Otherwise, please spread the word!
4. November, 2014Blog Post116 comments
As you know, on Saturday I posted a video asking what I think is one of the most important questions of our time; namely, is Mortalium Animos still the faith of the Holy Catholic Church?
In that video I invited a number of prominent apologists / theologians to engage in a conversation on this topic, among them Karl Keating, Jimmy Akin, Michael Voris and Marcellino D’Ambrosio and unnamed others with similar apostolates.
The fact is, no one owed me a response, but I’m happy to say that after posting it to Face Book (which I realize all of you don’t dabble in), Jimmy Akin was kind enough to respond, and I do mean kind.
Obviously, there are some things concerning the state of the Church today that he and I see differently, but having had the opportunity to exchange some private emails with him, I can attest that Jimmy Akin is a true gentleman.
I’ve created a new page on this website, The Ecumenical Question, where I will update my exchange with Mr. Akin as it progresses. (I may add a tab for it above later.) It’s up to date now if you care to take a look.
As you’ll see, I’ve decided to close that page to comments so as to leave it simply as a place where our examination of Mortalium Animos and its relevance in the life of the Church today can be read.
This might be a good opportunity for those of you who are interested in offering feedback and commentary on the conversation to make use of the Forum on this site for that purpose. I’ve already created a topic on the Forum for this purpose.
1. November, 2014Blog Post158 comments
Is Mortalium Animos still the faith of the Holy Catholic Church?
See VIDEO of the Holy Father’s latest ecumenical get together.
1. November, 2014Blog Post18 comments
The interview, which appeared in the Spanish Catholic weekly Vida Nueva on Oct. 30th, includes the following direct quote from Cardinal Burke as reported by Religion News Service (linked above):
You know what’s coming next, don’t you?
At some point in the next few days, Cardinal Burke will likely issue a clarification; something along these lines:
I did not say that I consider the Church under Pope Francis to be a rudderless ship. I very specifically said that there is a strong sense among many that this is the case.
Need I say it again? It’s the Roman game; a chess match of subtlety and nuance…
That said, I hope I’m wrong. I much prefer that Cardinal Burke, at most, simply point to the transcript of the interview and leave it at that. He said what he said, and the quotation marks in every account that I’ve read are exactly where they belong. Enough said.
Furthermore, no need to clarify exists for the simple reason that the Church is indeed like a rudderless ship under Pope Francis. In fact, I wrote a post under that exact title, A Rudderless Ship, almost an entire year ago making the point that the Barque of St. Peter has been adrift, not just since 13 March 2013, but from the time of the Council on forward.
30. October, 2014Blog Post85 comments
On October 23, 2014, Catholic Review – the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore – published a thoroughly scandalous article undermining Church teaching on homosexuality that even included a sacrilegious image you won’t believe.
Watch the video below, and then join me in urging Archbishop William E. Lori to defend the Holy Catholic Faith.
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