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This fine Michael Voris video puts at the centre of our attention a very simple concept: some clergymen will not allow a small nuisance like Our Lord to get in the way of their own marketing effort.
This is very evident in the effort of Father Barron to downplay or even deny the existence of hell as a concrete possibility for the likes of you and me – and, very obviously, for the likes of him -.
Voris makes an obvious point: when you start to doubt Hell as a concrete possibility for everyone of us you have undermined the very core of the message of Christ. But then again, there are a lot of clergymen around (and I do not except the Bishop of Rome; most certainly not) who truly seem not to have any idea of what Christianity is about.
One must not agree with Voris’ every word, but it is very difficult to disagree with the message.
Personally, I am more optimistic than he is concerning the chances of salvation of baptised Catholics, following the opinion of Garrigou-Lagrange and his serene confidence God’s efficacious grace irresistibly takes many baptised Christians, and a bigger number of Catholics, out of the worst; but then again, when Garrigou-Lagrange thought of a generic “Christian” or “Catholic” in 1950 he had in mind a much different person from a generic “Catholic” in 2013; a time when, if you observe reality for what it is, not even the Pope gives a damn for orthodoxy.
I doubt Francis is any better than Barron. I truly do. I think the main difference between the two is that Francis is Pope and Barron isn’t, so the former can only clearly hint at what the second feels free to openly state.
The fact is that the Barrons of the world have created a fertile ground for Francis, but Francis’ Papacy in turn creates the conditions for many little Bergoglios (let’s call them the Bergoglini) to go on with their work of destruction undisturbed. Give Francis ten years (Lord: please, please not!) and you will see an astonishing number of Barrons around.
Wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. It seems to me Francis’ and Barron’s way leadeth straight to the wall; or much, much worse.
This piece of senseless liberal waffle comes from the notorious 12,000 words interview. I though I would say a couple of very judgmental words about it.
“If the Christian is a restorationist, a legalist, if he wants everything clear and safe, then he will find nothing. Tradition and memory of the past must help us to have the courage to open up new areas to God. Those who today always look for disciplinarian solutions, those who long for an exaggerated doctrinal ‘security,’ those who stubbornly try to recover a past that no longer exists—they have a static and inward-directed view of things. In this way, faith becomes an ideology among other ideologies.”
Let us leave aside all the peripheral waffle and nonsense (“courage to open new areas to God”; a phrase that every heretic could find extremely useful) and let us concentrate on the two central pearls, the “exaggerated doctrinal security” and the “stubbornly try to recover the past” bits.
As to the first, what is this? Is the doctrinal security of this man shaky? Why is he Pope? How can a Pope, of all people, think that doctrinal security can be had in excess? Are we not supposed to have an indestructible faith not only in God, but in the Truths that He gave us through Holy Mother Church? My doctrinal security is as hard as granite, and whilst I doubt I have a complete grasp of it, my faith in its righteousness and holiness is unshakable. I don't think this bad, at all. I have not the shade of a doubt that the authentic teaching of the Church is absolutely right in absolutely everything. I believe that God can neither deceive nor be deceived, and that I can believe in the complete righteousness of everything the Church authentically teaches me. If Francis thinks otherwise he should resign at once, because he has no business being Pope. If he thinks as he should, then he should leave this waffle aside. Boy, this Francis stinks of moral relativism like the biggest rat in the favela.
As to the second, we have another Grima Wormtongue moment: the jab directed at those who “stubbornly try to recover the past that no longer exist”. Do not kid yourself into thinking this is not an utterly subversive, and at the same time defeatist, statement directed exactly at the way society is changing under our eyes.
Stop complaining “obsessively” about the abominations of modern times, says here Grima. It's too late. The battle is lost. Get over it.
Well, I beg to differ. The battle is never lost as long as there are people ready to give battle, and God's battles are fought with only the ultimate victory in mind. We do not fight a battle because we think we will see victory in our lifetime. We fight it because it is the right thing to do. As to the time, even cataclysmic events like the French Revolution have been largely (alas, not entirely) overcome in just a few years, certainly no thanks to people like Francis. Situations can change rapidly; particularly in the modern democracies, with their fickle electorate. The “global warming” madness seemed planet changing only five years ago, and now it is all but dead in the water; and thirty years ago, an awful lot of people seriously were in favour of sex with children. God helps those who help themselves and are ready to fight the good fight; not the whining, spineless defeatists suggesting you find a modus vivendi with the enemy because hey, you are “stubbornly trying to recover a past that no longer exist”.
Come to that, that past no longer exists because there are too many Francis around, and it will continue to exist as long as they are around. The sooner they go, the better.
This pearl of Grima Wisdom has slipped my attention yesterday. I could not left this unsaid.
Francis is obviously trying to drawn us under a huge wave of Neo-modernism. We must fight every drop of it.
It has happened. Four conspirators, “hypocrites” and “cowards”, have launched an attack to the Holy Father, daring to “judge” and “criticise” him. They criticised him, in fact, rather strongly.
Seriously, these people should take example from Monsignor Ricca, the quiet sodomite who kept his own lover for all the world to see for years, and never, nevah evah dared to judge or criticise anyone! He was living such an un-judgemental and happy life, when the slanderous, cowardly, murderous “gossip” press exposed him, poor girl!
You see? Murder, again!
Back to today’s crime news. The four men who dared to move such an attack have, apparently, a big problem with the Vatican attitude towards the FFI, (this is, of course, because “they lack the strength and the courage to look to their own shortcomings”) about which I have reported. They have, in fact, such a “murderous” inclination to criticism that they consider the ban on TLM by the FFI – a ban which allow for individual authorisation, but is in principle a ban – an open attack not only to Summorum Pontificum, but even to Quo Primum. As the Pop Bishop of Rome clearly carries the responsibility for the measure, I cannot see how this – let us say it again: cowardly and judgmental – criticism may avoid being considered a true first-class act of hypocrisy and (let me look… oh, yes) cowardice.
Let us report, below, some of the most important passages of their intervention (which you find, as always, on Rorate Caeli) in its entirety. Emphases, as always, mine.
But first, let us mention the name of the four “cowards”:
Roberto de Mattei, Mario Palmaro, Andrea Sandri, Giovanni Turco
God bless them.
Yours truly is not, as you might have imagined, a worshipper of Democracy, preferring God by far. Unfortunately, in these disgraceful times many seem to disagree with me, and to consider democratically elected governments the only acceptable way to organise a nation. The thinking is, it seems to me, rather more spread among liberals; who, being largely atheists, must look around for their man-made gods and find in democracy (or pacifism, environmentalism, and inclusiveness) one of the idols they consider suitable for worship.
One of these idol-worshiping atheist Liberals is, of course, The First Fag President, who did not hesitate to throw out of the window the most trustful ally of the West in the Middle East as soon as he thought it might let him look good; and good he certainly felt as he delivered Egypt to the new god. Unfortunately, Arabs in their Countries rarely “do” democracy, as the prompt victory of the Muslim Brotherhood and the following prompt move of Mr Morsi towards autocracy abundantly show. Several turbulences later, we appear to have come back to square one, with an unelected but halfway reasonable military apparatus as the “Kingmaker” and real backbone of power, just like in Mubarak’s time. Yours truly can’t hide from you his hope it will stay this way for a long, long time, and that soon a new Mubarak will emerge from the ranks of the still sane and remedy to the madness of Obama’s kindergarten foreign policy.
The Arab Spring has been followed by a torrid Summer, with militant Muslims either taking or attempting to take power in countries like Egypt, Libya, and Syria, whilst the persecution of Christians is wildly on the increase in the “liberated” Countries. Muslim countries do “persecution of Christians” far better and faster than they do “democracy”, and to look at reality for what it is helps not only the local Christians, but the interest of Western Countries far better than allowing the Muslim foxes to be in charge of the henhouse. Look at Syria, though, and you will see most Western Governments do not want to say in public that Realpolitik has its uses and democracy is no God, with the result that Christians in many Arab Countries keep dying or fleeing, or at the very least look to an uncertain future. This morning, the Foreign Office was still struggling to tell the British voters how much they ohh prefer Egypt is ruled by a ohh democratic ohh government, just in case we should think they are secretly happy at the latest developments; which I am absolutely sure they are.
Bastards as they generally are and were, Arab dictators protected and protect Christian minorities far better than this is the case under the rage unleashed by the new “Spring democracies”. Well then, give me an Assad (or a General Sisi, if he becomes the new strong man behind Mansour) every day of the week, then.
Interestingly, the Egyptian army does not seem very fearful of Obama’s opposition. They have acted without doing things half, with apparently the “entire presidential team” now in detention. After so much rhetoric, Obama will look, methinks, like an idiot. All normal, then.
What, I think, we should take away from the events of the last two years is that Countries dominated by the “religion of peace” cannot be treated as if they were ready for democracy, or even civilised. The best for them is a smart dictator who protects the Christians from the Muslims, the Muslims from themselves, and the West from the antics of brainless terrorists. Let’s hope Egypt is on this path again.
Stuff the Arab spring. I prefer Arab wise men.
Damon and Michael Douglas put in great performances, as does the rest of the (star-studded) cast, who all deserve sincere praise for their commitment to this project, which others in the industry were reportedly too scared to touch. However, whilst both leads put in commendably watchable performances, I am not quite sure how much they were really able to feel some of the emotions they perform.
It is perhaps useful to reflect a bit about the different ways Catholics see hell. This will certainly not be new to any reader, but might be of some use for the non-readers of their acquaintance.
Probably a sizeable minority of baptised Catholics do not believe in hell. They are in most cases not aware that this is contradiction with Christian teaching.
Talking with friends about religious matters one is always astonished at the amount of shallowness and ignorance exhibited by many Catholics. This is the more shocking because these Catholic appear to be, more often than not, in good faith.
As always, one must point out to the tragedy of a Catholic instruction which is so deficient as to lack the very basics; and one can only hope, for the sake of the involved souls, that the priests in charge of instructing their sheep have not…
Here and then one reads an interpretation - much popular in the Vatican, I think - which makes of those Conciliar Fathers who approved and pushed the V II reform a sort of well-intentioned, but vaguely naive churchmen who, persuaded as they were of the virtues of modernity, were just a tad slow in understanding the problems this marriage between Christ and the modern world would engender.
Like the excellent Charles Pope in this blog post (and thank God for a priest saying to us that he "joined the church choir to meet the pretty girls who sang there") I always felt a strong connection between music and God. Not in the sense that I though that there must be a God because I hear beautiful music (I am one of those fortunate being who always had, since childhood, a strong interior feeling of the existence of God; something you can't explain to those who haven't it more than you could explain how it is to be in love to those who never were) , but because in my eyes music must tell even to the atheists that man con achieve summits by which one can, even as an atheist, seriously doubt that this is purely the work of man.
You might not have noticed it, but those who have clicked around to take the temperature of the Catholic blogosphere have become aware of a widespread unease at Pope Francis' latest exploits. Already weeks into his pontificate a good, young priest commented on Rorate Caeli and made no mystery of the fact he was scandalised by the Pope's behaviour; another priest promptly assured him he has the same feeling.
The de facto Commander-in-Chief of the American Catholics today openly apostatised, officially declaring his abandonment of Christian dogma. Now allegedly moved by Mohammed, he went to visit a local Mosque.
Great was the joy of the still cardinal at being finally able to enter a place considered sacred by the followers of a child rapist. “I thank God that this day has arrived”, said the future Muslim cleric, overwhelmed by emotions after so many years of clearly outdated Tabernacles, Blessed Virgin statues, and worship of Christ and the Holy Ghost as God.
Mr Dolan, now slated for a position of high responsibility among New York Muslims, officially announced his abandonment of Christianity, explicitly saying that Muslims and Christians believe in the same God.
After the future Imam’s official betrayal of Christ, commenters are divided among those who think he is a retard and those who think he is simply a prostitute, with the second faction apparently prevailing for the time being. Sudden insanity has been excluded, and the still cardinal was reported to eat with the usual appetite today.
The new Imam has given a short outline of what he thinks leads to salvation: love of marriage and family, or children and babies is what saves. The Truth, the Way and the Life are clearly, to him, past sell-by date.
Coherently, he has called for Muslims not to lose their faith. Otherwise they might – God forbid! – become Christians…
The new Imam, who has declared Christians and Muslims love “the same God”, is on record for thanking the Muslim for letting him feel “part of the family”, and his blatant denial of the divinity of Christ and the Holy Ghost persuaded everyone.
Today, Timothy Dolan denied Christ, and truly became part of the Muslim family.
My recent post about Medjugorje let me reflect about the vast amount of ignorance of basic Christian doctrine that might here and there - instead of the willed rejection of Christian teaching - be present. Whilst only the second would get one a first class seat on the Hell Express, it is necessary for every Christian to be informed of the most elementary truths of Christianity.
Dr. Schuller has been a key figure both in Orange County and around the globe for many years; I wish Crystal Cathedral Ministries success with their reorganized finances.
Tod Brown, 18 November 2011
Beautiful homily yesterday at the daily mass of the Pope at the Casa S. Marta (sigh). News and translation in English of the most relevant part courtesy of Father Z. Emphases from the translation.
“How’s our faith? Is it strong? Or is it sometimes a bit superficial? (all’acqua di rose – “like rose water”, meaning banal, an insufficient substitute, shallow, inadequate)” When difficulties come, “are we courageous like Peter or a little lukewarm?” Peter – he pointed out– didn’t stay silent about the Faith, he din’t descend to compromises, because…