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Trick-or-Treat

22. August, 2014Blog Post5 comments

communion_in_the_handAs presumably readers are by now well aware, news of another “Black Mass” has been making the rounds for the last several weeks; this one scheduled for September 21st at the Oklahoma City Civic Center where a consecrated host is allegedly going to be desecrated.

On August 19th, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit against the organizers of the event.

“Our contention is that they are in possession of stolen property,” Archbishop Coakley told the National Catholic Register. “We are asking the court to order them to return it immediately to me. We hope this is a way that we can prevent the desecration of the Eucharist from taking place…”

Well, apparently the threat of legal action was enough to force Adam Daniels, the organizer of the satanic event, to reconsider. Yesterday, he returned the host to the archbishop through his attorney.

Adams denies, however, that the host was stolen.

The Oklahoman reports:

He said he acquired the host from a Catholic priest in Turkey who consecrated it and mailed it to him. Daniels said the priest, whom he refused to name, was killed recently by Muslims in Turkey because of his satanic beliefs.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this disciple of the father of lies is probably telling tales.

I’m also going roll the dice here and say that Archbishop Coakley’s desire to protect the Blessed Sacrament from desecration, while perhaps realized in the present case, is very difficult to reconcile with the way in which Holy Communion is distributed throughout his diocese.

Consider, for example, how Holy Communion is given at Christ the King parish in Oklahoma City (in the video below); a parish that by all indications appears to be a model of “neo-conservative” Catholicism:

While there doesn’t appear to be any theft of the Blessed Sacrament taking place in this video, anyone paying attention cannot help but notice just how easy it would be if one was so inclined. Just look at the number of people who take the Eucharist in their hands and then briskly walk away; neither the priest, nor the “Extraordinary Laywoman” have any clue what is happening next.

There’s no telling how many times Our Blessed Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist has been pocketed, only to be desecrated by some spiritually dead moron like Adam Daniels.

Needless to say, this isn’t a problem in Oklahoma City alone, and Daniels is just one of God only knows how many depraved souls who are involved in satanic activity. Is anyone really so naïve as to think that every time such people plan a “Black Mass” they also necessarily rent a public facility and advertise their wicked intent?

Sure, it is conceivable that a person could take communion on the tongue only to remove it from their mouth shortly thereafter, but let’s not pretend that the risk of profanation in both cases is equal. Even Pope Paul VI – the great destroyer of the sacred liturgy and soon-to-be saint of newchurch – knew better.

Look, it’s all well and good that so many in the Catholic world were moved to pray and fast as the spectacle of the Black Mass in Oklahoma City approached, and I’m pleased to see that the host has reportedly been returned, but until we cease handing out the Most Holy Eucharist like Halloween candy to every Tom, Dick and Harry that sticks out his unconsecrated hand like so many Trick-or-Treaters, please spare me the victory dance.

Devil in the conciliar details

21. August, 2014Blog Post43 comments

Vatican LightningIn case you missed it, last month Fr. Paul McDonald had a Guest Op-Ed at Rorate Caeli, entitled, “The Council Opened the Church to the Prince of this World.” It’s well worth a read.

Quoting from the document Dominum et Vivificantem of Pope John Paul II, Fr. McDonald calls attention to the Holy Father’s rather casual suggestion that it is necessary to discern in the conciliar text between that which is a gift from the Holy Spirit, and “that [which] may instead come originally from the ‘prince of this world.’”

A sober minded Catholic cannot but be stunned!

Among other excellent observations, Fr. McDonald very astutely points out that JPII seems to imagine that allowing the Enemy to sow his poisonous fruit in the conciliar text was an acceptable risk in the  conciliar work of renewal; as if it is sometimes necessary for a mother to mix garbage with good food in order to foster growth in her children.

Is it not the case that the Church Militant, when she is authentically guided by the Spirit, is led ever more intimately into all truth? If this be so, and we know that it is, does this not mean that in order to remain true to her mission, the Church must continually purge from among her ranks those things that “may come from the Prince of this world,” as it is he who threatens to kill the souls of her members?

How is it ever acceptable to imagine otherwise?

In any event, all of this rather clearly points to the degree to which the mission of the Holy Catholic Church as given by Christ has been supplanted by mere human ideas and earthbound efforts.

One wild ass Biblical prophecy

20. August, 2014Blog Post63 comments

mohammed-with-swordAre current events in the Middle East the stuff of Biblical precedent, and perhaps even Biblical prophecy?

Duh! One may as well ask, Is the pope a fervent defender of Catholic doctrine?

On second thought, never mind, poor analogy. At any rate, consider…

Esau, who despised his birthright, married from among the Ishmaelites as an act of rebellion against his father, Isaac.

The reason for the prohibition against marrying from among the Canaanites is pretty simple; when the sons of God marry the daughters of men, the influence of the latter’s false religion eventually leads men away from the one true God. Scripture attests to this rather clearly.

Now, back to Esau…

The family of Herod descended from among the Edomites; the tribe of Esau, and therefore also from among the Ishmaelites.

Herod Antipas, who married his sister-in-law (Herodias, also of the family of Herod by birth) in violation of God’s law, imprisoned John the Baptist for daring to call him to account for his offense.

It was this same Herod who succumbed to the request of the daughter of Herodias for the head of John the Baptist, the cousin of Our Blessed Lord and the prophet who pointed to the long awaited Messiah saying, “Behold the Lamb of God.”

Fast forward to today…

The world is in turmoil in many ways indeed, but one of the most noteworthy is the terror being wrought by the hands of those descended from the Ishmaelites; the Muslims, who are causing havoc, not just in the Middle East, but all over the globe.

Daily we see news reports from Iraq detailing how those who are faithful to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, are being beheaded for the very same reason John the Baptist was beheaded; for arousing the demonic anger of those in the line of the Ishmaelites by daring to profess the Truth.

Surely there’s nothing new under the sun; the righteous have ever been slaughtered by the seeds of the serpent from the time of Cain and Abel.

Even so, something more is at play as it relates to the Muslims, the descendants of Ishmael of whom God said:

He shall be a wild ass of a man, his hand against every man and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen. (Gen 16:12)

What else did God have to say of this wild ass of a man who will be a menace to humanity?

And God heard the voice of the boy [Ishmael]: and an angel of God called to Agar from heaven, saying: What art thou doing, Agar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the boy, from the place wherein he is. Arise, take up the boy, and hold him by the hand, for I will make him a great nation. (Gen 21:17-18)

Notice that God does not say, “I will make of him a great religion;” rather, he promises to make of him a great “nation.”

As for the “greatness” of nations insofar as Scripture attests, this does not necessarily mean great in virtue; rather, it may refer to the greatness of its evil deeds.

Thus says the LORD: “Behold, a people is coming from the north country, a great nation is stirring from the farthest parts of the earth. They lay hold on bow and spear, they are cruel and have no mercy, the sound of them is like the roaring sea; they ride upon horses, set in array as a man for battle, against you, O daughter of Zion!” (Jeremiah 6: 22-23)

The “great nation” of which the Lord warns through the prophet Jeremiah is none other than Babylon.

And where is modern day Babylon?

Iraq, where those in the line of that wild ass who was born of a slave woman, having drunk deeply from the demonic influence of the false prophet Muhammad, are at war with the sons of the free woman who profess Christ Jesus.

Nah… nothing of Biblical proportions happening here.

Catholic Identity Conference

19. August, 2014Blog PostNo comments

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I – the least of these – will be delivering a presentation on the mission of the Church relative to the Kingship of Christ. I’m not sure what I’m looking forward to the most; speaking or listening.

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In-Flight Entertainment

19. August, 2014Blog Post26 comments

pope-francis-koreaAttention passengers: In preparation for takeoff, please secure all tray tables in the upright and locked position. Our in-flight entertainment this afternoon will be Francis the Talking Pope.

On the return flight back to Rome from Korea, Pope Francis held another casual press conference wherein he fielded questions from reporters. The Italian text is available on the website of the Holy See; an English translation is provided by Andrea Tornielli at La Stampa.

First, let’s start with the surreal.

When asked about his planned encyclical on the protection of creation, Pope Francis said:

“I asked Cardinal Turkson to collect together all the material that has been sent in. He gave me the first draft before the trip. It’s this big (he said widening his arms, Ed.); it’s one third thicker than the “Evangelii Gaudium.”

Can you imagine, longer than Evangelii Gaudium! As I’ve observed previously, the Faith of the Church, being that it is the Faith that comes to us from the Apostles and is ever the same, rarely requires volumes from a given pope to convey in an encyclical, even when it’s being applied to relatively unique circumstances.

Novelties, on the other hand, often require copious explanation as they are built on mere human constructs.

As for the upcoming encyclical? I suppose we’ll just have to set aside several days to read it before judging it on its own merits, but let’s just say with the bar already set at Evangelii Gaudium, I’m not expecting much.

With regard to the persecution of Christians in Iraq at the hands of ISIS, Pope Francis said:

After World War Two, the idea of the United Nations came about; this is where discussion needs to take place, asking: is this an unjust aggressor? It seems so, so how do we stop him? Nothing more than this.

I beg to differ with the suggestion that the terrorist group known as ISIS need only be stopped. The movement must be defeated and the diabolical perpetrators of violence must be punished justly, which to the Catholic mind means via the death penalty. Of course, a truly Catholic understanding of capital punishment is hard to find in Rome nowadays.

The Holy Father continued:

Secondly there are the minorities. Thank you for using this term. Because people talk to me about Christians, about the suffering, about martyrs. And yes, there are many martyrs. But here there are men and women, religious minorities; not all of them are Christians but all of them are equal in God’s eyes.

It is unfortunate, and frankly downright disgusting, that Pope Francis feels the need to downplay the fact that people are being killed simply because they profess a belief in Christ. Then again, this is not surprising coming from a pope who is determined to avoid giving anyone the idea that the Holy Catholic Church is in any way superior to the many false religions of the world.

Lastly, on the topic of ISIS the Holy Father offered:

Stopping the unjust aggressor is humanity’s right but it is also the aggressor’s right to be stopped so he does not cause any harm.

The aggressor has a right to be stopped from doing evil? Really? Perhaps someone smarter than I can explain this manner of thinking. In any event, it would seem that in this pope’s mind everyone has rights, other than Christ the King, of course, but more on that in a moment.

When asked about the possibility of visiting the Iraq war zone, the pope said:

I am prepared to do it! It would not the best thing to do at the moment but I am prepared to do it.

It isn’t immediately clear what good Pope Francis thinks might come from a personal visit to Iraq, so one wonders…

Would it be his intention to meet with the leaders of ISIS to personally negotiate peace? Does he plan to invite the terrorists back to the Vatican to plant a tree, you know… since the Pentecost stunt worked so very well?

Then again, perhaps he simply plans to kiss their babies and wash their filthy Muslim feet, I really can’t say, but one thing seems entirely certain barring Divine intervention; this pope isn’t going to proclaim the faith of the Holy Catholic Church in Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, come Hell or high water.

And herein lies the problem, not just with this interview, but with this entire pontificate; it is squarely focused, not on Christ, but on man.

In the Italian text provided by the Holy See, Pope Francis invoked humanity more than a dozen times in the relatively brief in-flight press conference. By contrast, he found it expedient to mention Jesus by name just once.

On those rare occasions when God was invoked in a more general way, even then he managed to do so in a way that was convoluted and confusing.

When asked to comment on the relative success of the Pentecost prayer meeting at the Vatican wherein Mahmoud Abbas, Shimon Peres and he planted a tree, and … oh yea… a Muslim cleric chanted a Qur’anic (AKA demonic) verse calling for victory over those who don’t buy into Muhammad’s perverted daydreams, Pope Francis said:

The peace prayer meeting was absolutely not a failure … Peace is a gift from God which we earn through hard work, but it is a gift.

An earned gift… Is that like credit card points? That’s a new one for me.

In any case, as for faith in Christ Jesus, the King of kings to whom all authority in Heaven and on earth belongs?

Well, apparently that’s optional.

Our Churchmen’s deficient response to Muslim violence

13. August, 2014Blog Post131 comments

As violence against Christians in Iraq escalates, most of us welcome the fact that Pope Francis and other churchmen are beginning to speaking out in their defense.

And yet, all of us recognize that something crucial is missing from their rhetoric; namely, the truth about Christ the King and His Holy Catholic Church.

To Iraqi Christians: Embrace martyrdom with joy!

11. August, 2014Blog Post41 comments

Persecuted Iraqi ChristiansIn his Angelus Address on Sunday, August 10th, Pope Francis decried the violence being leveled against Iraqi Christians saying:

The news reports coming from Iraq leave us in dismay and disbelief: thousands of people, including many Christians, driven from their homes in a brutal manner; children dying of thirst and hunger in their flight; women taken and carried off; people massacred; violence every kind; destruction of historical, cultural and religious patrimonies. All this gravely offends God and humanity. Hatred is not to be carried in the name of God! War is not to be waged in the name of God!

The Holy Father went on to “thank those who, with courage, are bringing succor to these brothers and sisters,” and he concluded by expressing his confidence “that an effective political solution on both the international and the local levels may be found to stop these crimes and re-establish the [rule of] law.”

At times such as these, when the spiritual battle that ever rages beyond the veil is made manifest in the here-and-now, it is right for Catholics, and indeed all peoples, to look to the Holy Father for wisdom and guidance.

With the eyes of the world so fixed on Peter’s Successor, imagine what would happen if, in addition to calling for an end to the persecution, Pope Francis were to repeat the encouragement once offered by St. Boniface as recounted in the Encyclical of Pope Pius XII, Ecclesiae Fastos.

After [St. Boniface] had arrived in the northern regions of Friesland and was about to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to a large number of newly baptized converts, a furious mob of pagans suddenly attacked and threatened to kill them with deadly spears and swords. Then the holy prelate serenely advanced and “forbade his followers to resist, saying, ‘Cease fighting, my children, for we are truly taught by Scripture not to return evil for evil, but rather good. The day we have long desired is now at hand; the hour of our death has come of its own accord. Take strength in the Lord, . . . be courageous and do not be afraid of those who kill the body, for they cannot slay an immortal soul. Rejoice in the Lord, fix the anchor of hope in God, Who will immediately give you an eternal reward and a place in the heavenly court with the angelic choirs’.”

(Pope Pius XII is here quoting from the biography Vita S. Bonifatii, auct. Willibaldo, ed. Levison)

No doubt, if the Holy Father were to invoke such words in order to strengthen the resolve of the persecuted Iraqi Christians unto martyrdom, many throughout the world, including no small number of Catholics, would either be outraged or simply discount his commentary as mere foolishness.

And yet, such would perhaps be the most meaningful, most praiseworthy, and most eminently Catholic encouragement a pope could ever offer such a people.

It goes without say that this is exceedingly unlikely to happen, but even if by some extraordinary operation of grace Pope Francis was moved to so speak, he would largely have himself to blame for whatever negative reactions his words may invite, especially among Catholics.

How so?

The unfortunate truth is that Pope Francis has relinquished, and voluntarily so, the moral authority to preach after the manner of St. Paul who said:

For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

(2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

The situation in the Church today is not unlike that of a household wherein the father is so irresponsible, so permissive, and so entirely determined to be popular among all that he even goes so far as to get high with his kids and their degenerate friends.

Imagine how the children of the house would react if one day dad suddenly proclaimed, “Just say no to drugs!”

How many would think to themselves, “Gee, maybe the old man has a point worth considering…”

And so it is in the Household of God under the present pontificate, with a Bishop of Rome who appears preoccupied with matters almost entirely earthbound, and whose commitment to universalism is so unbridled as to actively encourage Muslims to cling to their false religion.

Sure, I suppose Pope Francis could, in theory, by a miracle on the order of the raising of Lazurus, suddenly go from the secular media darling in white who couldn’t find room for Our Blessed Lord on his “Top 10 Secrets to Happiness” to a Holy Roman Pontiff who exhorts persecuted Christians to hold fast to the promise of eternal glory in Christ Jesus, even unto martyrdom, but let’s be honest; if he did, could you really blame anyone who failed to take him seriously?

In any event, for whatever it may be worth…

To my Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq, who tremble with fear for themselves and their loved ones as the Muslim agents of Lucifer press upon their doorsteps, I offer the following intention after the example of St. Boniface:

That you may remain in the state of grace.

That at the moment of testing, you may be courageous, taking strength from the Lord, fearing not those who can kill the body but cannot slay the immortal soul.

That you may, by grace, embrace martyrdom with joy if and when it may come your way, confident in the belief that the Lord will grant unto you an eternal reward and a place in the heavenly court.

This, for you, is my prayer.

Requiem Mass for a heretic

11. August, 2014Blog Post28 comments

Tony and JorgeThere is a much talk in recent days about the Requiem Mass offered at at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church for Tony Palmer, the Pentecostal leader whom Pope Francis addressed as “my brother bishop.”

John Vennari has posted an excellent article on the situation at Catholic Family News in which he provides important information about the faith of the Church regarding “Christian unity,” aptly demonstrating how far we have fallen in recent decades. It’s well worth a read if you’ve not already done so.

The flashpoint of the story is the following account offered by Michael Daly, CJ, a member of the “non-denominational Franciscan” group called the Companions of Jesus, based in the UK, who was present at the funeral:

“Father David told us that because Tony [Palmer] was not a Roman Catholic he had to ask his bishop’s permission to celebrate the requiem and though Tony’s wife and children are Roman Catholics, permission still had to be given for the requiem. The bishop agreed but said that Tony could not be buried as a bishop as he was not a Roman Catholic bishop. However, Pope Francis said he should and could be buried as a bishop, and so that put an end to that little bit of ecclesiastical nonsense!”

I must confess some ignorance here as even after some effort I still can’t quite figure out what it means to be “buried as a bishop.”

Bishops, as I understand, are buried in their liturgical vestments, but I couldn’t find any other information about how the rite itself differs from the Requiem Mass of a layman. Perhaps an informed reader can provide some more information.

In any case, what appears to me to be most noteworthy is the treatment found in the 1983 Code of Canon Law:

Can. 1184 §1 Church funeral rites are to be denied to the following, unless they gave some signs of repentance before death:

1° notorious apostates, heretics and schismatics;

2° those who for anti-christian motives chose that their bodies be cremated;

3° other manifest sinners to whom a Church funeral could not be granted without public scandal to the faithful.

§2 If any doubt occurs, the local Ordinary is to be consulted and his judgment followed.

Can. 1185 Any form of funeral Mass is also to be denied to a person who has been excluded from a Church funeral.

By all appearances it would seem that Tony Palmer should have been denied “any form of funeral Mass,” period. Recourse to the judgment of the local ordinary applies only when “doubt occurs.”

In the present situation, can there be any doubt that Tony Palmer, a layman posing as a bishop, was a notorious heretic? As for the public scandal accompanying the funeral that he was eventually granted, nothing could be more clearly evident.

So, where exactly is the doubt that opened the door in this case? (Not that the current crop of hierarchs are prone to adhering to the law, mind you, but let’s just overlook that unsavory fact for the present moment.)

If indeed the account offered by Michael Daly is accurate, could the “doubt” in this case be more accurately described as Pope Francis’ certainty; specifically, his firsthand knowledge that Palmer did indeed express a desire to enter the Catholic Church but was counseled to do otherwise by his mentor Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio?

Did Cardinal Bergoglio tell Tony Palmer not to convert?

8. August, 2014Blog Post173 comments

Bishop-Tony-PalmerIn a tribute to Pope Francis’ “brother bishop” Tony Palmer that ran in the Boston Globe yesterday, it is reported that Cardinal Bergoglio advised him against conversion to the Catholic faith.

Palmer and Bergoglio had intense discussions about Christian separation, using the analogy of apartheid in South Africa. They found common ground in believing that institutional separation breeds fear and misunderstanding. Bergoglio, whom Palmer called “Father Mario,” acted as a spiritual father to the Protestant cleric, calming him (“he wanted to make me a reformer, not a rebel,” Palmer told me) and encouraging him in his mission to Christian unity.

At one point, when Palmer was tired of living on the frontier and wanted to become Catholic, Bergoglio advised him against conversion for the sake of the mission.

“We need to have bridge-builders”, the cardinal told him.

Sounds about right based on all that we know of the man. Of course, no one other than Pope Francis himself can verify whether or not this is true.

As I write, Pope Francis is about one hour away from doing an unscripted live radio interview with an outlet in Argentina. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the pope were asked about this report?

His answer, no matter what it is, would only serve to instruct.

Which leads me to wonder… If Pope Francis were to confirm the accuracy of this account (something that would hardly surprise me), how would the papal defenders react to what amounts to a pope who rejects the mission of the Catholic Church?

I don’t expect the question to be raised, but given the Holy Father’s love for media interviews, the opportunity will arise, and for the love of God someone in the media with access to the pope needs to ask it.