There is a beautiful and instructive article of Patrick Archbold on the Remnant about the purpose of prophecy in the life of a Christian. I suggest you follow the link and read it there.
I would also like to add a couple of reflections. Nothing new to my affectionate readers, but again repetita iuvant.
In the sixty or sixty-five generations of Christians which have preceded us, there has never been scarcity of those who predicted that the end is near. Every time of war, famine, drought, pestilence, or relaxation of customs (that is, basically: every time) has brought about a great number of believers in the Imminent End. Our time is no exception.
Most lose – or do not have – the historical perspective. The Great Plague and the Thirty Years War (just to mention the first two examples that came to my mind) brought suffering over great part of Europe sheer unimaginable to modern sensitivities, acutely suffering for the plight of the Panda. The world did not end then, and it did not end during WWI, or the French Revolution, or the Russian one.
Every age has its own challenges. Every age has its own way in which we are asked to remain faithful. Our generation has remained untouched by all-out war, pestilence, and famine, but it is marked by a level of godlessness and heresy even within the Church that is, indeed, a test of faith of its own kind. I suspect that the heresy within the church – and the abandonment of the sheep by their own shepherds – is about to bring an age of outright persecution: the wolves are now ready to attack an unprotected flock, even as the shepherds ask us to welcome the wolves instead of fighting against them.
It astonishes me when a man of low intellect like Francis; a lewd, hypocritical old man, stupid even in his way of being evil, is believed the False Prophet or even the Antichrist. Boy, they have set the bar low! Francis couldn’t deceive a thirteen years old boy who has reflected seriously about the faith. He does not look like the False Prophet – much less the Antichrist – to me.
The lesson I learn from the time we are living is this: nihil sub sole novi. Heretical Popes have plagues the Church before, and one is doing exactly that now. Persecutions have come and gone before, and the next one may be coming now. Challenges have come and gone, substituted by new ones. We live in our time, and we have our own mark of heresy, our own type of challenge, our own way to resist the devil and remain faithful.
We do not know when the world will end. The worry is largely academical as our own end can happen anytime anyway, and is vastly, vastly more probable that it will precede the end of the world. Therefore, I prefer to worry that when the world ends for me, I am prepared. Prophecies, and the way I put them in their own proper historical context, help me in that; but I do not going around saying to you what sixty-five generations of “world-enders” have said before, being wrong all of them.
Let your focus be your own end, instead of the world’s.
Methinks, it will profit you much more.
Pope Francis has given the usual third-worldist interview, criticising the West for trying to “impose” their own model to “different cultures”. Again, third-worldist fluff, and therefore no link. It is also unconscionable that after the West tries to bring a modicum of civilisation to savage Mohammedans, with abundant loss of life and money in the process, this is seen as bad, rather than a good intent almost bordering on philanthropy.
But in the end analysis, M must say he agrees with F.
Enough with trying to civilise the uncivil. Muslims don't “do” democracy. With them, every attempt to create a prosperous democracy ends up producing a bloody, savage fundamentalist regime.
Therefore, M agrees with F that this waste of lives and resources has to stop.
Bomb the hell out of the savages until you get your own son of a bitch in power. Then say to the man that he will have money and power until he complies with the minimum requirements: allow the Christians to live in peace and security, and kill enough savages to keep the others quiet; and tell him also that he will most assuredly die and be replaced by the next SOB – eager to have the money, the power, and the women, and ready to do what it takes to keep all of it – if he doesn't. Very efficient, fairly cheap, and undoubtedly culturally sensitive.
Violence is a language savages understand very well. Saddam remained in power a quarter of a century with it. Hey, he gassed a couple of hundred thousand, I am told; but it wasn't this that put an end to his regime. Actually, the savages got the message loud and clear, then they “do” genocide like no other, and react to it with a meekness unknown when dealing with civilised Europeans. Besides, Francis would not want us to interfere with typical Arab ruler/subject interaction, would he now?
No, F is right here. We have been too good. We have put too much hope in the intrinsic goodness of people, forgetting that their religion is so evil that it does not allow whatever goodness is there to develop. Enough with trying to civilise the savage. Install a bastard able and willing to keep them under his heel. This is the cultural interaction they understand, and to which they respond. Not for us to civilise them. Not for us to have “human rights” problems they do not have themselves. Not for us to tell SOB how to keep his savages in check. He knows better, for sure.
Putin, smart as ever, understands this. He understands the need to support a local bitch, who will know how to deal with the mob. No, he won't be gentle. But hey, different cultures, and all that.
In the end… who are we to judge?
Poland is trying to forbid abortion altogether. No more “rape” rubbish, and the like. As if anyone could say to an unborn baby: “sorry, young chap, we would normally protect you; but you see, you weren't conceived in the right circumstances. Therefore, you will have to die”. Apart from this, I always thought this is the kind of thinking literally encouraging a certain type of woman (the type who aborts) to cry “rape!”.
Let us take some distance here, and observe the development of this country's legislation. Free abortion for all during Communism; then a law that left the door factually open in some cases, whilst accepting the principle of protection of the unborn. Decades later, as the old Commies die in greater number, the old Catholic soul of the Country tries to emerge, and to set things right.
There is, in this, a lesson for us.
In Western Europe and North America, Catholic thinking must be tirelessly promoted also, actually exactly, when it is in the minority, and ostracised by most. One generation sows, another will reap. The battle for one Country's soul is not won in ten or twenty years: it takes an inter generational effort.
The revival of sound Catholic thinking must start now; and even in that case, no fast victory is to be expected. We will die in the minority, the once strong grip of Catholicism over entire Countries now squandered for at least one generation to come by the madness of V II. But if we start the work now, we will hopefully die one day knowing that the once tender plant is growing strong, and has set root among good souls.
If you had said to an average Pole in 1976 that in forty years, Communism long destroyed, Poland would be veering toward a total abortion ban, the man would have considered you a nice dreamer. But he would not have laughed at you. Many, many brave Catholics had taken care that it is not so, even in the midst of a Communist regime!
2016 appears to be our own 1976 of sort. We must plant the seeds that might allow Europe to radically change course, and be it that in 2056, or later. We will never see our plan come to fruition, but this does not matter because our plan is bigger than us.
We will never see victory. Others will and, with God's grace, will fight for a return to Christian and Catholic sanity in 2056, when we are long six feet under and, hopefully, in a much better place.
Poland shows the way.
We must now learn to play catch-up.
Fat Wiccans are “feeling the Bernie”. Hat tip to CMR
It is **not** a parody! They really *are* so stupid.
At some point there is a dude dressed in drags. I think without him the fat Wiccans would not have wanted the camera. The dogs is invited to walk in circle with them, and he might well be the most intelligent of the bunch.
The song is so atrocious even the dog must be suffering.
Boy, these people must have a shitty life.
Nothing, however, compared to what expects them if they die unrepentant.
What has happened?
Pope Francis was talking with a group of “women religious” (normally known as “rabid lesbian feminists”) and upon their request, he told them that he would “accept” their suggestion to create a “commission” to “study the question of women deacon”.
Just like that?
Just like that. “Hey, let’s create a commission!”. Do you remember when you were in third grade and played “office”? That’s what Francis is doing now.
When will this commission meet, and to decide what exactly?
Great questions. It will probably never meet, as Francis was giving some air to his teeth and telling people what they want to hear (Remember? “Soon, soon!”). It is also not clear what they would decide exactly, as the matter is historically certain and theologically settled. The exercise has already been made in 2002, just in order to hammer facts into the heads of those hard of understanding.
Why are there no “deaconesses”?
Because a Deacon is ordained. Women cannot be ordained. Therefore, women cannot be deacons.
What were, then, the old “women deacon”?
They were helpers. They helped by the baptism of women. In those times baptism involved a lot of water, so there was the necessity of avoiding nudity and caring for dressing, undressing, dry clothes, etc.
Is that all?
Yep. That is all.
Why all the ruckus, then?
Feminism and outright stupidity. Evil dykes will always look for any excuse to promote their agenda. Invent some rubbish with the “First Christians”, and the gullible will follow you.
Is Francis, then, gullible?
Francis is evil. As a Jesuit, however badly instructed, he must know all there is to know about the matter. As a rector of a seminary, he must have cared for the issue. As a bishop, he must have touched the matter infinite times. He cannot say he was just “conned” into his statement.
Why did Francis, then, “accept” such a “proposal”?
Because he is evil. Truth is nothing to him. If he can please the dykes, he will. He will do and say whatever appears fine at the moment to let him appear “progressive”. Catholicism is, as always, irrelevant to him.
But does the Church really teach infallibly that only men can be ordained?
‘course she does. I do not even accept to begin the discussion on this. Don’t insult your intelligence.
Does that mean that the Church could one day revise this part of its teaching and allow women to be ordained to the diaconate?
Don’t be silly.
Infallible teaching is just that, infallible. Settled truth.
Only men can be ordained. That’s it.
What happened then?
The press echoed this all over the world, exactly as Francis had intended. Father Lombardi had to admit the Pope was talking out of his own backside. Francis let it be known he was “surprised” at all the noise.
Was he really surprised?
Of course not. He did it on purpose. That’s what he always does.
First the Papal Fart. Then the mess. Then the “surprise”. This is how he confuses Catholics. He does it all the time.
When will this end?
Barring Francis’ conversion to Catholicism, only when he is deposed or dies or resigns.
Are those three desirable outcomes?
They are very desirable outcomes.
Should we pray for it?
We should most certainly pray for it.
Pope Francis has, once again, showed his embarrassing ignorance of everything Catholic. Seriously, a child of seven knows much more of Catholicism than he does. He is not just evil. He is profoundly, embarrassing ignorant.
Asked about it, Father Lombardi could not avoid answering along the lines of: “I think the Pope was talking out of his backside”. The original wording, which is slightly different, is here.
The problem here is that at this point no one, not even Lombardi, is able to distinguish Francis' backside from his face. Therefore, no one – not even Lombardi – ever knows out of which body part the man has spoken.
Hilarious blog post over at “Vox Cantoris”, where an entirely shameful priest is still smarting for having been forced to abandon his policy of shameless bullying and disgusting lawfare against a simple blogger.
Rosica’s text is entirely childish. Vox Cantoris‘ comments are, besides being truthful and very much to the point, entirely hilarious.
Visit the blog and have a laugh. Oh, vanity of vanities! Priests going around begging for acknowledgments, and using this miserable platform to show all of us what miserable people they are! Rosica looks like a little girl having a crisis of hysteria. Pathetic.
By the way, I cannot say I know any other Catholic blogger personally, but the idea that a successful blogger would grab the keyboard because he or she has “no pulpit” in his or her daily life is worse than stupid. He who is competent and articulate on his blog is competent and articulate in life, and there’s no way Rosica can persuade even himself – much less others – of this. Actually, these people will often start writing a blog exactly because they know they have an audience in life.
Let me assure Father Rosica that when I open my mouth, people stop and listen. I am sure it is exactly the same for every successful blogger out there, obviously including Vox Cantoris. Rosica is not only being spiteful and revengeful. He is being stupid at it, too.
Say a prayer for the poor, wounded girl. We wish salvation even to the likes of him.
Only hours after noticing the site of the Traditional Catholic Priest I have become aware that Fr Dickson had to retire due to health reasons. This used to be (actually, still is) one of the favourite blogs of mine; but as it always happens with me with blogs whose posts become more rare, it had fallen a bit outside of the radar screen in the last months.
You can do much worse than visit Father’s site and let him have your words of appreciation and encouragement, and assurance of your prayers. If you don’t know him and his work believe me on my word: this is a great priest, and a great blog.
The priest will remain, albeit without a parish ministry. The blog will, I hope, remain too.
Best wishes to Father Dickson, and again prayers assured.
Blog posts until the end of February.
Then one post at the end of March.
Please join me today in giving your rosary to Father Carota.
May each one of us go to his judgment one day with half the merits of this good man of God.
And it came to pass rumours began to circulate that Bruce Jenner realised he can fill himself with hormones, dress like a pathetic old queen and even amputate himself, but he will always be a Bruce. He would, therefore, be thinking about (in his mind) re-Brucing himself again. How this should be possible I frankly don't know, but I suspect the details are too gruesome for me to stomach. By the by, Fox News loses this link and the relevant page clicks because their page isn't appropriate for a Catholic blog.
You would think the man is starting to recover some sanity, but I suggest you wait a bit for that. The man is allegedly still oh so happy he has encouraged in others the same madness he has practiced on himself. Therefore, this one is still one for the devil, who is now clearly trying to drive him to suicide; his most probable destination anyway unless he repents and, as they say, “gets religion”.
By the way, I'd love to know if taxpayer money was involved in the Original Madness, and whether in that case more taxpayer money would be spent on this Reverse Madness. Improbable, but you never know.
If it depended on me, the thing with the bed one made would be mentioned. And no, I have no sympathy whatsoever for the man. He isn't becoming one of us. He still support the flip-flopping of one's “gender”. This is just a “flop” after the “flip”.
What stupid times we live in. This arrogant, perverted cretin belongs in the madhouse. He is made a hero instead.
Over 100 pro-life and pro-family leaders from all over the world leapt to their feet in applause at a meeting in Rome on Saturday after hearing a call for Pope Francis to withdraw his controversial exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
LifeSiteNews reports (please read the rest following the link). Yours truly comments.
It is indicative of our times that not one bishop, not one had the guts to ask for the Apostolic Excrementation to be withdrawn. The strongest words we had from one (1) Bishop asking for it to be rewritten. But this here is the right attitude: Amoris Laetitia is wrong in its deep roots, in the very foundations of its thinking. It must go down the drain.
Once again (as in the case, already reported, of the Veri Catholici conference) the call for orthodoxy comes from the laity whilst the clergy is silent. May the angels look on them, and ask the Lord that they be punished is a fitting way unless they repent.
I receive occasionally links about this or that Cardinal opening his mouth for orthodoxy when it’s comfortable to do so, or when the audience agrees with what he says. Far too easy. Truth cannot be defending only in season. These whitened sepulchres do not impress us. They are silent in the bigger issues, they will not get away with talking in the lesser ones. They are sluts in red or purple, preaching virginity to girls even as they go very publicly publicly fooling around every day. Traitors. Hypocrites. Whitened sepulchres.
The silence of the clergy is deafening. It is up to us, the laity, to defend Truth after the treason of our shepherds.
The laity is acting. Catholics will not be fooled. Those who will be fooled aren’t Catholics, have not deserved to be Catholics, and have no excuses.
I invite all bloggers to publicise all events against Amoris Laetitiae. I also invite them to never mention a supposed “orthodox” interview of some supposed “faithful” Bishop or Cardinal without making clear that this very Bishop or Cardinal has chosen to be silent when he had to speak, and continues to be silent when he has to speak; and that, therefore, no one of them is faithful, not one, but Bishop Schneider.
The clergy has deserted. It is up to us.