Daily Archives: April 17, 2012
On the usual Rorate Caeli page, the anticipation from “La Stampa”‘s Andrea Tornielli Fellay has signed the preambolo dottrinale. The official announcement is now to follow in a matter of hours.
As to the details, no dramas, which means: historic vindication (or should I say: victory? Or is this indelicate?) for the SSPX.
From what transpires, the SSPX accepts the Pope and Bishops must be given “religious submission of will and intellect”, “when they exercise their authentic Magisterium”, which to me is so banal as to be a tautology. Whilst this does include what is not dogmatically declared, it does exclude what is not in harmony with authentic Magisterium.
Thinking out loud, this means the SSPX doesn’t say they obey the Pope only when he speaks ex cathedra (this would be absurd, and extremely un-Catholic), but it means they obey the Pope exactly as they have obeyed the Pope until now, that is: as long as the Pope is in line with the Church.
Unless I am making a big mistake, this means the SSPX hasn’t given an inch on her condemnation of Vatican II; better, of whatever is wrong in Vatican II.
This is a day that will be remembered in history; the day in 50 or 100 years will be remember as the beginning of the end of Vatican II. The day the lie of “NuChurch” is exposed, and condemned to the well-deserved ridicule; if not tomorrow, certainly in the decades to come.
I am tired from all the vain clicking today, and probably should go to sleep now and wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow we will have ( I think) official press releases, and a clearer idea.
But I think it will be a sweet night.
My prayers, today more than ever, to Archbishop Lefebvre.
What a great, great man.
My experience in Bruges is one of the most appalling Catholic events I have ever witnessed ( I assume here the Mass had sacramental validity, though I can’t be certain) and if you read that blog post (or this other one) you will certainly understand the Church in Belgium is in deep… trouble, and a local Church in deep trouble is almost certain to have very bad bishops.
We have now further confirmation of this, from an interview given from Bishop Bonny (you will remember him, perhaps, from this post).
Bonny seems to have two fixed ideas: 1) ordination of married man, and 2) letting you know he likes to flirt with the idea of priestesses.In the old post, he insisted on letting us know the idea of “priestesses” is “difficult” (You don’t say? Are you really sure?) . Today, he insists in letting us know Catholics in Belgium “might accept it”.
In doing so,Bishop Bonny lets us know ut I doubt he is aware of the real nature of his message.
He probably merely wants to let us know that whilst his sheep are so modern, inclusive and open-minded, those poor primitive Catholics from Africa and elsewhere are not so advanced, and we must pay attention not to offend those poor, simple, unenlightened people.
May God have mercy on this man’s soul, but don’t bet your pint.
Bishop Bonny is an appointment of Pope Benedict XVI.
Interesting video from Michael Voris, and as it has been a while since I have commented this most worthy defender of Catholic orthodoxy, it might be useful to add to his words a couple of personal considerations.
1) Voris is surprised people outside of the United States are so interested in American matters; the fact is, many Americans do not perceive how keenly American matters are followed all over the world, just because they cannot have a direct perception of how people all over the world understand American matters have a direct reflection on their own country, and on their own life. In November, TV senders from all over Europe will report on the election live, all night, with the most prestigious journalists and commentators, and people from all European countries will spend either the entire night, or a part of it (some prefer to be early risers; others late sleepers) in front of the TV following the event. Very simply, what happens in the US affects us in Europe or elsewhere, whether it is cold war or “environmentalist” policy or the invasion of a Middle-Eastern country or a conflict with the local Church.
2) Voris seems not to make any secret of the fact that to him the American Generalissimo is not Dolan, but Burke. Actually, by explicitly praising Burke’s orthodoxy in pre-HHS mandate times he seems to stress the fact Dolan’s fighting spirit seems to be a rather recent event, his past being better known for the homo masses he still continues to allow in his own courtyard.
3) It is, though, not to be denied this confrontation is putting Dolan very much on the centre stage, providing him with a worldwide audience and a chance to write history, with all this implies when, well, the current Pope is 85… I do not want to say or hint this is part of Dolan’s calculation; I simply notice this as a matter of fact.
4) Voris mentions Cardinal Burke’s very strong intervention – and certainly very atypical in a man of the Curia – about which I have also written. At times I have the impression Burke & Co. not only want to strenghten Dolan’s shoulders, but also make it more difficult – or impossible – for him to try to reach some compromise the more conservative part of the Curia would not look at with favour. Burke’s insistence not only that a) there will be no compromises, but that b) in doing so Dolan & Co. are doing nothing more than their duty seems to me to at least open the door to this interpretation.
Yes, the next Pope might well be American; and in that case, there’s no doubt as to whom Voris would prefer.
I must say I share his feelings.
Can’t remember last time I read such beautiful words from a Bishop.
The first part, about Christ’s resurrection, is beautiful enough. But this part, I had read and heard already.
What I was not prepared for, is the barrage of the most orthodox, and most uncompromising Catholic cannons against the evil forces of our time, led by “Mr. Change” himself.
If I think that only some months ago many US bishops were timorous of speaking about matters which might have construed as “political” (that is: pretty much everything besides the need of being nice to the neighbour’s dog), the shift in attitude is nothing less than astonishing. May it be that Bishop Jenky was rather blunt in times past, this is still a sign of things to come.
Bishop Jenky is saying very plainly that the Church is now at war with the Obama administration and the enemies of Christ, and every good Catholic must be part of this war.
Truly, Obama is in trouble. Six months of this will tear him to pieces if he doesn’t backpedal, sharpish.
If you don’t believe me, try this (hat tip to Father Z):
For 2,000 years the enemies of Christ have certainly tried their best. But think about it. The Church survived and even flourished during centuries of terrible persecution, during the days of the Roman Empire.
The Church survived barbarian invasions. The Church survived wave after wave of Jihads. The Church survived the age of revolution. The Church survived Nazism and Communism.
And in the power of the resurrection, the Church will survive the hatred of Hollywood, the malice of the media, and the mendacious wickedness of the abortion industry.
The Church will survive the entrenched corruption and sheer incompetence of our Illinois state government, and even the calculated disdain of the President of the United States, his appointed bureaucrats in HHS, and of the current majority of the federal Senate.
May God have mercy on the souls of those politicians who pretend to be Catholic in church, but in their public lives, rather like Judas Iscariot, betray Jesus Christ by how they vote and how they willingly cooperate with intrinsic evil.
As Christians we must love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, but as Christians we must also stand up for what we believe and always be ready to fight for the Faith. The days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead be Catholics by conviction.
In our own families, in our parishes, where we live and where we work – like that very first apostolic generation – we must be bold witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We must be a fearless army of Catholic men, ready to give everything we have for the Lord, who gave everything for our salvation.
Remember that in past history other governments have tried to force Christians to huddle and hide only within the confines of their churches like the first disciples locked up in the Upper Room.
In the late 19th century, Bismark waged his “Kulturkampf,” a Culture War, against the Roman Catholic Church, closing down every Catholic school and hospital, convent and monastery in Imperial Germany.
Clemenceau, nicknamed “the priest eater,” tried the same thing in France in the first decade of the 20th Century.
Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care.
In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama – with his radical, pro abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.
Now things have come to such a pass in America that this is a battle that we could lose, but before the awesome judgement seat of Almighty God this is not a war where any believing Catholic may remain neutral.
This fall, every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries — only excepting our church buildings – could easily be shut down. Because no Catholic institution, under any circumstance, can ever cooperate with the intrinsic evil of killing innocent human life in the womb.
What shall I say more. Bishop Jenky said it all, so beautifully.
I don’t know you, but I can’t stand this anymore.
Even at work, I click on the Pius.info website to see whether something has happened. Then, in my desperation, on the Rorate Caeli website to see whether something escaped the attention of the German SSPX site; which is, if I understand correctly, the one who is going to announce whether there is an agreement.
I continue to think what a day it would be.
Possibly the most important since the end of Vatican II.
The beginning of the end of V II.
Summorum Pontificum on steroids.
I know, I know… I shouldn’t do it.
Patience, and all that.
Still, it is hard…
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