Daily Archives: December 5, 2011

When The Church Had Courage: Cardinal Siri

The picture says it all. Cardinal Giuseppe Siri

Read here the Notification Concerning men’s Dress Worn by Women, from Giuseppe Cardinal Siri.

Cardinal Siri was the Archbishop of Genua for more than 40 years. He was a staunchly conservative prelate, one you could have well imagined in the same room with Ottaviani and Lefebvre. He wasn’t the one to say it half. I wonder how many we have nowadays who would have the sheer guts to talk that way.

Some flowers carefully picked for you:

The wearing of men’s dress by women affects firstly the woman herself, by changing the feminine psychology proper to women; secondly it affects the woman as wife of her husband, by tending to vitiate relationships between the sexes; thirdly it affects the woman as mother of her children by harming her dignity in her children’s eyes.

The motive impelling women to wear men’s dress is always that of imitating, nay, of competing with, the man who is considered stronger, less tied down, more independent.  This motivation shows clearly that male dress is the visible aid to bringing about a mental attitude of being “like a man.”5  Secondly, ever since men have been men, the clothing a person wears, demands, imposes and modifies that person’s gestures, attitudes and behavior, such that from merely being worn outside, clothing comes to impose a particular frame of mind inside.

Then let us add that woman wearing man’s dress always more or less indicates her reacting to her femininity as though it is inferiority when in fact it is only diversity. The perversion of her psychology is clear to be seen.

This man is so politically incorrect, you would want to make him a monument. He is so on target, you are at a loss to understand how can a prelate dare to talk in such a plain, strong language. And he is so different from most Archbishops of today, you wonder whether the latter haven’t come out from a convent for schoolgirls.

You also wonder what a man like this would think of knowing that colleagues of him approve of “civil partnerships”….. truly, what an insensitive and non inclusive chap….

What do our archbishops dish the faithful today? When they are not openly heretical like our wannabe Christian, parody-Archbishop, walking joke Vincent “Quisling” Nichols (just type his name in the “search” bar of this blog, or click under “bad shepherds”; and I have spared you the last exploit…..), they are suavely whispering wimps who spend their time telling us how “green” Pope Benedict is, how oh so connected the Church is with modern issues, and how so very worldly the Church has become. Yes, there will be some very slight warning about that chap, Jesus. But only if it really, really can’t be avoided, and always in a way meant not to excite or upset anyone.  When was it last time you heard your Bishop mention Jesus – unless it was to link him to some popular cause, which doesn’t count – ? If you exclude a handful of brave men, when was last time you heard an Archbishop expressing himself with one fifth of the guts of the late Cardinal Siri?

Alas, this generation will not experience many of Siri’s courage  and energy, but possibly many of Nichols’ cowardice and utter betrayal of Catholic – nay, Christian – values. Still, we are called to love the Church and be faithful to her irrespective of how many Nichols come our way. Be assured, they will have their reward.

In the meantime, I suggest you read the linked piece in its entirety. And cry.

Fifty years of V II and of relentless quest for popularity have made the Church a ghost of her old self. No doubt, sanity will unavoidably prevail one day, and we already see signs of improvement here and there. But make no mistake, decay and stench of modernism are everywhere not only at the peripheral level, but in the Curia, where still too many see the SSPX as if it were the work of the Devil – or should I say, of the angels – and have no problem at all when an archbishop says he is fine with “civil partnerships”.

Siri was made Cardinal by Pope Pius XII.

I do not doubt Nichols will be made Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI.

We must pray.


Life begins at… what?

Lots of Newt Fanciers nowadays.....

One day I might write a post about the US Presidential election as seen from a European. It might be a bit off topic, though.

For the moment, I will be content with commenting about some rather strange remarks from Newt Gingrich: the man who, after a rather sleepy start – and one which let me and others think he was not really serious about the race – has now risen to become the most serious contender of Adolf Hussein Obama, The Nazi Menace.

Well, our (rather) newly converted candidate had surprised pretty much everyone by saying that he thinks life begins at… implantation. “Are we in front of a mini-Pelosi?” I was already thinking. In the end, Gingrich looks like he is peloso (=hairy) enough as it is…

Thankfully, the Catholic candidate has now issued a clarification and unambiguously made clear that life begins at conception.  No ifs, no buts, no hairy things.

The statements of the candidate are a joy to read:

As I have stated many times throughout the course of my public life, I believe that human life begins at conception

I believe that every unborn life is precious, no matter how conceived. I also believe that we should work for the day when there will be no abortions for any reason, and that every unborn child will be welcomed into life and protected by law.

That is why I have supported, and will continue to support, pro-life legislation that not only limits, but also reduces, the total number of abortions, with a view to the eventual legal protection of all unborn human life.

This is very, very good news and I think it very wise from Gingrich not to be cowed by his advisers and strategist into a “mainstream” position and water down not only what he believes, but what clearly mobilises a growing number of – often, young – American voters.

Always from LifeSite news, I notice that Gingrich has signed the Pro-Life Pledge, and Mitt Romney hasn’t. Shall I, now, add a passing remark about Mormons and Christians? Or shall I leave it at that?

One of the many beauties of Catholicism is that, if properly intended, it doesn’t leave much room for self-made theology. A Protestant can immerse himself in the Bible until he finds something vaguely resembling what he wants to find, and chances are the “church” with the corresponding creed is not so very far away. A Catholic will know what is right, and will not have anywhere to hide. Unless of course he is, how should I put it….. hairy.

Kudos to Newt Gingrich for his clear positioning in matter of abortion, then.


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