Monday, September 22, 2014

Why I Believe Cupich's Appointment To Chicago Bodes Ill For The Church

As most people know by now, Pope Francis has appointed Spokane's Bishop Blase Cupich as Archbishop of Chicago to succeed the ailing Cardinal George.  This appointment, particularly on the heels of the de facto sacking of Cardinal Burke to the hinterlands, causes much consternation to faithful Catholics.

It was exactly three years ago when Cupich forbade his Spokane priests to participate in the 40 Days for Life Campaign.  I wrote rather extensively about that disgrace.  Moreover, when the Messiah Most Miserable polluted the once-holy grounds of Notre Dame University, he did not join the protests of other US bishops against that debacle.

My friend at Les Femmes reported on what some progressive rags are saying about Cupich.  They are ecstatic.  Given what I wrote above, their glee (from their perspective) has basis.  Now we read how the gay rag, the Advocate, chortles over this appointment.  Ladies and gentlemen, they advocate mortal sin to the detriment of their immortal souls.  Why do you think they gloat?  Because they believe that they have in Cupich someone who won't trouble their consciences with the truth!

There also seems to have been some considerable - how do I say it? - political maneuverings within the Vatican to secure this appointment.  Rorate Caeli believes that Cardinal Oullet and the Congregation for Bishops were sidestepped by Pope Francis at the suggestion of the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.   Missing from the Congregation of Bishops, of course, is Cardinal Burke - removed by the Pope and replaced by Cardinal Wuerl.  Rocco Palmo of Whispers in the Loggia has key points to ponder (his post is long, but work your way through it).  He seems to think that Cardinal O'Malley and Cardinal Wuerl gave support to Cupich's nomination (I can see them also lobbying to keep Cardinal Burke away from that see).

There have been way too many ominous signs from the Vatican to ignore.  The enemy lies within and his minions wear clerical garb.  While we know that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, in this struggle the forces of hell can wreak much havoc and cause the eternal damnation of countless souls.  Pray your Rosaries and beg God's mercy on His wounded Church.

SSPX Priests Lead The Public Witness Against Yesterday's Black Mass

I congratulate the SSPX (Society of St Pius X) and the hundreds of Catholics who traveled from all areas of the country to offer reparation for the horrible blasphemy of the black mass in Oklahoma City.  I hope we all offered extra prayer yesterday, from wherever we happened to be at that hour.  By the way - from "church of nice" parishes, did you hear one exhortation to pray a Rosary in reparation for this blasphemy?  In my church I heard - crickets.  The "church of nice" is in deep denial about the true nature of the spiritual warfare.  Pray for them and challenge them.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fulfillment Of The Akita Apparitions?

In Facebook I found this quote from the late Dietrich von Hildebrand:

"One of the most horrifying and widespread diseases in the Church today is the lethargy of the guardians of the Faith of the Church ... who make no use whatever of their authority when it comes to intervening against heretical theologians or priests, or against blasphemous performances of public worship ... but assume a rigorously authoritarian attitude towards those believers who are fighting for orthodoxy, and who are thus doing what the bishops ought to be doing themselves! ... They want to silence the faithful believers who take up the cause of orthodoxy, the very people who should by all rights be the joy of the bishops' hearts, their consolation, a source of strength for overcoming their own lethargy. Instead, these people are regarded as disturbers of the peace. ..." ~Dietrich von Hildebrand, "The Devastated Vineyard"

No one can doubt this is happening today.  He might well be speaking of Cardinals Dolan and Wuerl, or perhaps the new archbishop of Chicago.  Those are only three; the modern church is replete with examples.

I'll now link to an EWTN synopsis of Our Lady's apparitions at Akita.  Bear in mind as you read this that the apparitions happened 40 years ago.  Given what's going on at the Vatican right now (and all over the world) one could imagine that the predictions are unfolding right before their eyes.  They are.

My colleague at Les Femmes highlights how today's situation reflects another series of apparitions of Our Lady of Good Success - these having occurred 400 years ago.

Pray for our clergy and raise our voices against misdeeds.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Complete Video Of Mother Angelica's Rebuke Of The Church Of Nice

During the World Youth Day of 1993, with Pope Saint John Paul II in attendance, some mime performers portrayed the Stations of the Cross.  The mime who portrayed Jesus was obviously a woman.  I agree with Mother Angelica and others that this portrayal was blasphemous and another symptom of the progressive poison that is killing the faith of so many Catholics.

Michael Voris on his Vortex series has been analyzing her rebuke.  However, he only used excerpts of her talk in his own shows.  Therefore I am delighted that I found Mother's entire address on video (thanks to Rorate Caeli) and present it now to you.

It's worth noting that after this talk, liberal bishops throughout the country aimed their long knives at her.  Sadly they succeeded and she no longer directs EWTN - that she founded.  Now she is gravely ill.  It must be a cross to her to see how EWTN has degraded into a milquetoast mouthpiece of the Church of Nice.   A few days ago we witnessed something similar with Cardinal Burke.  After the release of his book that defends Christian marriage and Church laws, he too has been relieved of positions of influence.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Vortex Dismantles Dolan's Lame Excuses For Celebrating Mortal Sin

First, read what Cardinal Dolan had to say about the matter - straight from the blog of the Archdioces of New York.  There's much I could say, but a good deal has already been said by today's Vortex episode.  Please watch.  Towards the end, Voris asks that Cardinal Dolan to interview with him.  To echo the invitation, contact the Cardinal here.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

More On The Disgraceful Treatment Of Cardinal Burke

I truly suspect the book on which Cardinal Burke collaborated, called Remaining in the Truth of Christ, had much to do with the de facto removal of Cardinal Burke from a position of influence at the Vatican.  Read what Rorate Caeli says on the matter.  As you read it, take note of the book and its publisher in case you want to procure your own copy.  I plan to do so.

I'd also recommend a look at what Pat Archibald says in his EWTN piece "The Humiliation of Cardinal Burke (No Spin Zone)".  What's in parenthesis is key.  So many of these incidents are piling up (I've documented just a few) that one simply can no longer put a "happy face" and play "three monkeys" regarding the proceeds from the Vatican and still maintain intellectual and yes, spiritual honesty.

We need to hold the Holy Father in prayer.  However, we must also be honest and not be afraid to articulate what we see.  Else, our prayers will be greatly reduced in efficacy.

Cardinal Dolan Just Loves Parades, Doesn't He?

Yep!  Especially when they have progressive flavors to them!  On the New York Archdiocesan blog, he is urging a strong Catholic presence in the (drums and trumpets, please!)

PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH!

Oh joy, oh joy!  What a way to waste a Sunday afternoon!  Let's take a look at People's Climate March's website.  A decent indication of the mess that this is can be found in the "partners" subpage.  Therein we see "the usual gang of suspects".
  • Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York
  • Progressive Democrats of America
  • SEIU (several chapters)
  • Code Pink
  • MoveOn.org
  • NAACP
  • Communist Party USA
  • National Islamic Committee on Scouting (did they participate in the Muslim Day Parade?)
  • AFL-CIO (several chapters)
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Dignity/New York
  • Socialist Party  USA
  • Leadership Conference of Catholic Religious (several progressive nun orders are listed)
  • Pagan Cluster
  • Pax Christi
So now you can see that this escapade is simply another venue to shill for more governmental encroachment and more acceptance of atheistic and socialistic ideas and general brainlessness - all to create "a world safe from the ravages of climate change".  

For an example of sheer stupidity, get a load of this "event" - "Living Without Fossil Fuels".  Now consider how most of these attendees will have arrived at this event - with some utilization of fossil fuels.

That Cardinal Dolan would pollute a Catholic site with this nonsense is - not at all surprising.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Catholic Relief Services - Proud To Be Ashamed Of The Gospel

Over the years I have had too many occasions to write about the scandals of Catholic Relief Services.  Some of their actions have been outright murderous, as several of their workers in Africa have been caught dispensing abortifacients.

Therefore, it surprises me not in the least to hear that Bill O'Keefe, CRS's vice president for government relations and advocacy, told CNN that "..we do not attempt to engage in discussions of faith.  We're proud of that..."   Father Shenan Boquet, president of Human Life International, chided CRS for not sharing the Gospel while praising them for "serving the poor and marginalized".  I believe Father was being way too generous to CRS; whatever else "serving the poor" may mean, it does not mean inducing them to practice contraception.

Now notice this lovely statement came from their vp for government relations.  Most telling!  When one considers that CRS receives over 60% of its funding from USAID, we can see how O'Keefe might have wanted to keep his sugar-daddies happy.  Considering how little of the Faith CRS knows or believes, it might be just as well they keep their yaps shut, lest they spew forth all manners of heresies.

Catholic Relief Services, like its parent organization, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is beyond repair.  It's time to dismantle the whole sorry mess.

Why Is Cardinal Burke Being Demoted?

The news is all over the internet that Cardinal Raymond Burke, current head of the Apostolic Signatura, is to be relieved of that post and to be relegated to "patron of the Order of Malta".  See LifeSiteNews, Chiesa, Remnant, Breitbart.  Some time ago, the Cardinal was removed from his post at the Congregation for Bishops.  It seems that he was deemed to still have too much voice and influence at the Vatican, so off he has to go!

As head of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Burke was slated to attend the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.  He has always been a defender of the practice of withholding Holy Communion from those Catholics who are divorced and civilly remarried. It is said that he collaborated with Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller and three other cardinals in writing a book that will be released October 1, warning the Synod not to relax nor change Church teachings regarding Communion to divorced and civilly remarried people.

That this demotion - and the 20-couple wedding extravaganza - occurs just before the Synod, is much more than mere coincidence.  I must agree with Rorate Caeli that this move against Burke is a direct insult and punishment for Burke's fidelity and courage in standing for the Tradition and teachings of the Church.

The "Patron of the Order of Malta" is merely a symbolic position, reserved for those prelates at or beyond retirement age.  But Cardinal Burke is only 66 years old.  That one of the few faithful prelates is being so degraded does, quite frankly, reflect badly on the judgment of Pope Francis.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Multi-Marriage Ceremony - Obfuscation Of The Issue Of Sacrilege

Yesterday Catholic News Agency posted a piece by Kevin Jones and Ann Schneible entitled "No Scandal Here: How The 20 Couples Married By Pope Francis Were Legit".  Right there in the title can be seen a hint of the problem.  In all the reading I've done on this matter, I don't recall anyone casting doubt on the canonical legitimacy of what happened this past Sunday at St. Peter's Bascilica.

Possible sacrilege is another matter - one that is receiving too little attention.  The Sacrament of Matrimony, being a sacrament of the living, must be received in a state of sanctifying grace.  Else sacrilege will occur.  All reports indicate that at least a few couples were "CURRENTLY cohabitating": not "WERE cohabitating" but "CURRENTLY".

Now bear in mind these couples were selected by the Vatican for this Sunday ceremony.  Why were "CURRENTLY cohabitating" couples selected?  I asked a number of questions in a post Friday that I won't rehash here; please read the post and "Leon's" comment.  That comment is most telling in terms of marriage preparation in US parishes at least.  In a post on Saturday, I tried to reply to Leon as well as rehearse the preparation for my own First Confession.  I used those Baltimore Catechism questions to illustrate concerns as to whether those 20 couples were given ample time and teaching to avail themselves of that Sacrament, and to understand why fornication is mortally sinful.

Let's move back to the CNA article.  John Grabowski, a theology professor at Catholic University of America, had this to say about the Holy Father's approach: "What he wants to do is simply put the Church’s focus on mercy, on an encounter with Christ as the heart of its life."

"Put the Church's focus on mercy"??!?!  Odd!  Since when has the Church not focused on mercy?  No need to put focus on something if that focus is already there (and has been for two thousand years).  I will now link to an excellent piece written by Msgr Charles Pope (ht LifeSiteNews) regarding the mortal sin of fornication, which would have been the sin of those cohabitating.  One sentence is key, with this "focus on mercy".  It is "Mercy is accessed only by repentance".  It's toward the end of the article but the rest is very worthwhile.  If we're really going to "focus on mercy" there must be focus on the Sacrament of Confession, for only therein is forgiveness for mortal sin.

As I said in one of the previous posts, I know priests who make plain in their bulletins that any couples seeking marriage in their churches while living together will be required to separate.  Will the efforts of these good priests now be undermined by what happened Sunday?  While I hope not, I think so.