Daily Archives: March 16, 2012
The news here
Alas, I think in order to see the SSPX in full communion we will have to wait the death of the VII generation.
I am glad the SSPX decided not to compromise. Whilst we will possibly never know the details as the famous preambolo dottrinale‘s text was never published, I think most will agree the public comments and interpretations given by the SSPX clearly indicated the SSPX was required to either officially accept V II with all its baggage of mistakes and wrong formulations, or at the very least accept to be institutionalised and lose its function of whistle-blower about the still too many bad influences within the Church.
The Vatican has asked Fellay to clarify his clarification, which would indicate the door is not officially closed. But at this point I do not see how what could not be cleared in years of discussions could be cleared with the next round of letters exchange.
My conclusion is that the Vatican is still dealing with the V II toxins and at this point it will take time, and at least a new pontificate, to heal the wounds. A pity, but it is what it is.
The great consolation in all this is that the SSPX was, in a way, tempted with an easy exit and chose not to yield to the lure of a “reconciliation” that would have gone against the spirit of his founder, and would have betrayed th every reason why it exists. If you don’t believe Williamson in this, I am sure you’ll believe Fellay.
We will, no doubt, read in the next days the position of the SSPX and many other comments.
At the risk of appearing sugary, I’d say prayers for all parties involved are in order.
I have read on another blog a suggestion to pray the Rosary every day during Lent for the end of the SSPX-Vatican controversy.
Brilliant idea, but I think I have an even better one: to pray the Rosary every day for the sake of your soul.
I have written about it here and will therefore not repeat myself. What I would like to point out today is that Lent seems to me an ideal moment to take that momentum which could carry one praying the rosary every day after the end of Lent.
As always, the most difficult phase is the start, and this is where we often need a special incentive, a kick of some sort, a special propeller. Whilst for many this can be a particular difficult period, for others it might simply be the desire to make a special effort during Lent.
You will soon notice that, as always in life, once the habit starts to kick in everything comes easier, and soon the Rosary will be part of your daily routine; a non entirely pleasant perhaps at the beginning, something lived like a penance rather than a joy; but in time, you will see this habit will become more and more dear to you, a daily companion in the midst of life’s troubles, and a welcome place of quiet serenity in the happier days.
I have starting praying the Rosary every day now several years ago, and have not skipped one single day since. As the years go by, I have a growing awareness that together with Mass attendance, the daily Rosary is the single biggest contribution I bring toward my (hoped for) salvation.
I do not suggest you start “light”, for example with two rosaries a week. In my simple opinion, th eonly effective way to form a habit is to do something every day, and to decide there will be no day without it. As I started this, I decided I had no right to sleep until I had finished praying a proper rosary. It is much easier to get the right mindset at the start than to try to stick to a half-formed resolution.
A good recited rosary will take anywhere between, say, 17 and 20 minutes. By sixteen waking hours a day, this is a maximum of 2% of your waking time. Even taking away work, this is still 4% of your non-working time.
A Rosary doesn’t have to be prayed all at once, which means you do not have to find a 20 minutes spot. You can pray it a decade at a time, and the introduction (the one with the Creed) is even shorter. The train, the walk to the train station, the walk to the office, the walk from the office, are all precious occasions for a rosary. You won’t be run over by a car and if it truly has to happen, hey, then I prefer to be run over whilst praying the Rosary, please… 😉
But really, the key to your motivation should be the Rosary promises I have discussed in the blog post mentioned above. Who would want to risk compromising his chances for the sake of 4% of his waking time?
Courtesy of the tireless Father Z, I echo his video of Glenn Beck, and would like to add some comments of mine.
First of all, take him with five or six pinches of salt, as you should every time an apostate (though, I assume, with the extenuating circumstance of a ridiculously bad instruction) talks about Catholicism. Much of the talk is, as you will see, rather superficial.
What makes the speech interesting, is the clearly acquired consciousness Catholicism is – in the US at least – rapidly becoming the rallying point of Conservatives of all denominations (and of no Christian denomination, like the Mormon Beck).
“We are all Catholics now” is the clear rallying cry here (though in the end he waters it down, to please the masses). It is followed by a passionate appeal not only to strengthen but (beautifully) to challenge one’s own priest or rabbi or pastor. Crucially, he sees this will cause divisions and contrasts, and asks everyone to take sides.
I think Glenn Beck is not the creator, but a symptom of a movement that is getting more and more momentum: as the Church puts Herself at the head of this movement, the other denominations naturally rally around her like the chicken around the hen, or like the torpedo boats around the aircraft carrier. As a result, the torpedo boats not only enjoy the protection afforded by the air shield, but at the same time protect the aircraft carrier and make it more dangerous. My impression is that here a rather impressive flotilla is rallying, and this flotilla will get down on Washington with devastating force.
Add, please, to the HHS Mandate effect the wonderful run Santorum is having and you will see that never in recent history Catholicism was so closely identified with social conservatism, with a call to the return to a clean thinking that has been lost – alas, even within the Church – for too long.
As the Church acquires a more marked socially conservative profile, more and more conservative pundits will be, I think, attracted to her. Look at Gingrich, wearing Catholicism like a good suit, and I can’t imagine anyone can say his clear conservative profile was damaged by his conversion, or is at odds with it.
“We are all Catholics now” is a rallying cry that will serve to mobilise people today, and – by the grace of God – convert the one or the other tomorrow.
Be it as it may, the Catholic Church in the US is very much in the spotlight, and for all the right reasons.
Those among you who read me with a certainly regularity will know that I am not exactly a friend of Communism. If you ask me about Cuba, I’ll tell you things you probably don’t want to hear. If you ask me about the Castro brothers, I will tell you things no lady should ever hear.
With all this, I find it utterly despicable that some Cubans would play “Occupy” at the expense of sacred buildings, with a Tabernacle inside them.
This happened in Cuba in the last days, and in various degrees in more than one location. You can read the details here. The Holy Father is visiting in September, but no political grievance – no matter how justified – can be taken as an excuse for not only disrupting church life, but taking sacred buildings as hostages of one’s own grievances.
Truly, it seems that the mentality of modern times – that as long as I have some grievance I can feel authorised to do whatever I please – is not halting even in front of the altar.
Praised as his most lucid yet.
Farewell, and good riddance…..
Tha Catholic News Agency reports about the first secular, for-profit organisation to file a lawsuit against the HHS Mandate.
The company is run by a Catholic, and if you click the link you will see his argument is full of common sense and a sincere approach to life.
Manion [the lawyer ] said that the mandate would require business people such as O’Brien to abandon their religious beliefs in order to continue running their companies.
O’Brien says that his Catholic faith serves as a foundation for the operation of his business and his company’s website explains that its mission is “to make our labor a pleasing offering to the Lord while enriching our families and society.”
The business owner has instituted multiple programs to help his employees in purchasing homes, paying for their children’s college education and saving for retirement.
Manion explained that O’Brien is not trying to prevent his employees from accessing contraception, which is already widely available at low cost, but simply objects to paying for it against his beliefs.
Whilst the company owner is clearly a Catholic, this lawsuit makes very clear people cannot be requested to forget their religious duty – and to sacrifice their religious freedom – when they enter the office.
This is the internet site informing US citizens about the rally (multiple locations) planned for te 23 of March.
It also gathers the war cries of those non-Catholics who rightly perceive the issue is one of religious freedom, and impinges on their own freedom directly and dramatically, if not immediately.