Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

For all of you that take the time out of your day to come here and read my thoughts, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. 

I chose, as my post today, to offer you something I hope you heard today.

O Holy Night 
 

Oh holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angels' voices!
 

Oh night divine, Oh night when Christ was born;
Oh night divine, Oh night, Oh night Divine.


Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger, 

Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Behold your King.


Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,

His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A Call to Arms - Part 1

There are many things that are required of us as faithful Catholics.  As the Church devolves further, as our leadership abrogate their responsibilities, it will be up to us to take up the slack until this period of punishment is over.  That is why I added "part 1" into the title of this blogpost -- because there are many levels of action that will be required of us over the years and decades. 

For part 1, I will ape something I posted on a recent article about a priest in the diocese of Charlotte who is facing a liberal rebellion at his parish, St. John the Evangelist, in Waynesville, NC.  Several of the disruptive laypeople have written the bishop as well as the Papal Nuncio in order to have him removed for, along with other reasons, violating the "spirit of Vatican II".  I do have some faith, since the bishop is fairly conservative, that this will come to not.  I do suggest finding the parish website and writing words of encouragement for this priest in the face of this hissy fit. 

But in my post on the article, I noted that this was a tremendous opportunity for the traditional members of the parish to involve themselves in the life of the parish if the liberal members won't participate with this priest.  I think all of us have noticed that those who volunteer, donate time and money, and achieve various roles (like "extraordinary" ministers) are usually of the liberal persuasion.  I personally have always been amazed that those same "extraordinary" ministers always use to orantes posture during the Our Father and show relatively low levels of reverence for that same Body of Christ that they are, somehow, allowed to touch with unconsecrated hands.  But they also are cooking food, collecting toys for children, and decorating for various times of the year.  This must change.

So, my first call of arms to all of you...

1. TAKE BACK YOUR PARISH

Many of us find it all to easy to simply sit back and bitch about what's going on in our parishes and liturgies instead of making our fellow liberal parishners and our priests feel our presence.  Get some stake in the game so that your opinions will have weight.  Form a latin mass community within the parish. Volunteer to participate in some group within the parish.  Offer to start a parish guild to help take care of the parish. 

Our parishes have been taken over, in a very Machiavellian way, by those members of the Church who are either confused about the Faith or systematically want to change the Faith. 

Purifying the Church publicly begins in our parishes.  As I wrote yesterday about the value of things, priority one is Christ, the Trinity and the Sacraments.  This action is the first priority of the public life of our faith - restore your parish.

Please, post comments about your experiences and efforts.  Help others to be successful in taking back their parishes.  We cannot just sit back and let them continue to take the Church further away from the moorings, especially under the cover of Francis's dubious faith. 


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Value of Things, Part 2

Number of rosaries done in reparation for the desecration of the Eucharist:30

Number of people signed up for daily rosaries for this intention: 1

On November 28th, I posted about the value of things in order to present a perspective on life, human events, and the Church that could be enlightening.

I want to continue this topic because for those of us who believe, it is crucial for us to understand how we prioritize our lives as well as evaluate how others prioritize theirs.  Though our lives shouldn't be spent focusing on others, it is important for us to understand how our leaders orient their priorities and what they choose to tell us and teach us.

I focused on one speech from Pope Francis to show that he really doesn't prioritize supernatural Faith or the divinity of Christ.  His priorities square with the humanism of liberation theology and he is guiding the Church based upon that set of values.  His attacks on traditional, orthodox Catholics, equating them with the fundamentalists of other religions, clearly show his contempt for the orthodox view of Christ and the Church.  That he says it so often suggests that it is a high priority for him to eliminate these Catholics from the fold while simultaneously welcoming everyone else in.

Pope Francis and his bishops like Cupich, Wenski, Maradiaga, et. al repeat the same arguments and comments, showing that they value the same things.  Based upon their comments, it is clear that they are:

1. Arians - they NEVER talk about Christ, God but only of Christ, man.

2. Pelagians - Francis's odd talk about the magical nature of his "mercy gates" suggest that the actions we take secure our souls in heaven forever.  There is never talk of Confession, Penance, or Repentance.  This only makes sense if you don't feel that you need true belief and God's mercy.  If true belief was important, wouldn't they focus on teaching the Faith correctly?

3. Humanists - they focus on efforts that we, as men, take in the world in order to save the world (Laudato Si, becoming subservient to the Globalist movement by embracing global warming.)  They never talk about the presence of God, His Will, and His mercy as a change agent in the world.

Hopefully, the thoughts above at least get some of you thinking about what kind of leadership we have in the Church right now.  But what about us, the truly faithful?

Our highest priority has to be Christ.  We have to believe the Creed completely and totally.  We have to understand Christ as all God and all man.  We have to believe that there is nothing that we can do to secure our eternity if we don't believe that Christ is God. We must take the responsibility to educate ourselves through the writings of the Saints and previous Church documents (pre 20th century).

In short, we MUST have supernatural Faith in Christ as our highest priority.

Then we need to go where that supernatural faith takes us -- to the sacraments.  We must honor, protect and serve the sacraments.  But this has several levels.  First, we must demand from our pastors the proper execution of these sacraments.  And that's where it gets complicated.

In the changes that were inspired by the "spirit of Vatican II", all of the rubrics, prayers and orientations of the sacraments have changed.  Have any of us questioned whether the sacraments are being executed properly?  Has anyone ever gone to a TLM mass and reading through the Latin/English missal, began questioning where did all these prayers go when they created the Novus Ordo Mass?

Many of the protection prayers during baptism have been removed.  Has anyone questioned why?  Has anyone questioned the intention of the priest during the execution of the sacraments and whether that has an effect on their efficacy?  In this last statement, I am not intending to delve into the realm of Donatism.  There is a difference between holiness and belief and intention.  I am not claiming that the priest has to be living saint for the sacraments to be legitimate.  But I do believe it is worthy of discussion about whether honest belief in Christ and faithful execution of the proper intention of the sacrament might effect the efficacy of the sacrament.

From that point, what else should we value?  Here is a non-exhaustive list of things to consider:

1. Properly run parishes and a revitalized parish life
2. Holy Priests and a revitalized Deaconate
3. Service to the poor
4. Properly run institutions (hospitals, orphanages, hospice care, food banks, etc.)
5. Liturgical beauty and holiness (proper rubrics, proper music, proper architecture of our churches)
6. Regular devotions (Eucharistic adoration, rosaries before mass, prayer groups. etc.)
7. Assistance to Catholic refugees and Catholics in 3rd world countries in need
8. Evangelization to the rest of the world
9. Public expression of the Faith (Corpus Christi processions, etc.)


There are many, many other things that could and should be listed for discussion as to where they stand as Catholic priorities.  But in this time of war, when the heirs to the Apostles have abandoned us, it is up to us, the individual Catholic and the Catholic family to take responsibility for our individual supernatural faith and, I fear, the Faith itself.

And that begins with Christ, the Trinity and the Sacraments.  If we are not clear about this, we are lost and the Church will be in ruin.  It cannot, by definition, be destroyed.  But that doesn't mean it can't sustain severe damage with millions of souls heading straight to Hell to empower and embolden that wretched beast.

Believe in the Trinity.

Profess the Creed.

Adore, protect, and receive the Eucharist reverently, professing the Real Presence of Christ in It.

Pray and fast.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Force and Supernatural Faith

On this blog, I have emphasized as a major point, the necessity of the presence of "supernatural faith" to be a real Christian.  And I have argued that for the vast majority of our clergy, they are sorely lacking in this "supernatural faith" that is essential for the Christian life.  And if they don't believe, how does that affect the sacraments they exercise for our benefit?  How does that affect the Mass that they conduct and what they allow during the liturgy? 

To me, this is of the highest priority for the current and future of the Church.

But I want to reference something that I think everyone can appreciate -- Star Wars. 

As a Gen Xer, I grew up with Star Wars and I have been a big fan my whole life.  And I obviously saw the latest movie on opening day a few days ago and thought that they did a good job, post-GL (George Lucas).  But if we take a look at that universe, the characters and the movement of the plot, I think it will be good illustration of my position.

There are only a few Jedi and a few Sith - the only significant users of the Force in this galaxy.  They have direct knowledge of the Force and never challenge the presence of it, what it can do and the necessity of using it.  Likewise, you never hear from anyone how angels and demons question whether God exists.  They know from their creation that God exists and what they have been endowed with by that God. 

Then you have some in the galaxy who know Jedi or Sith and have respect for something that they can't really know or explain.  But they accept that it is there and that there is some intelligence behind it.

And then you have those who completely ignore its presence.  Think back to Han Solo at the beginning of the first movie in 1977.  He eventually comes around, but when we first meet him, he has no faith in the Force. 

In our world, the first group are the angels, demons, saints (and to a lesser degree satanists.)  They all agree that God exists, that He is 3 equal parts in 1, that He is present in the Eucharist and that he has established certain rules that govern the universe.

The second group, hopefully, is composed mostly of people like me and you.  We believe that God is all those things listed above, but we have to take it on faith.  We can't KNOW these things like the first group can. 

And the last group is, unfortunately, the vast majority of the world.  They don't know, they don't have faith, and they don't care.

Now look at the events of the 7 movies in the Star Wars universe. The ones that make a difference, that move the plot along, that changed the course of history, are the ones that either KNEW the Truth or those that had FAITH in the Truth.  The rest fall back into their own imaginations and self-centered lives.  But for Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, Padme Amidala, Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku, Leia Organa, and Han Solo their knowledge of faith of the Truth led them to actions that changed the course of the galaxy one way or another.

In the post-Vatican II years, for many Generation Xers, we looked elsewhere for supernatural understanding because the Church abandoned its divine right.  One place we went to was science fiction/fantasy.  Things like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings replaced the catechism in helping us understand that there was something greater than us that it is in our lives constantly.  For the lucky ones, we looked for and found the elements of that supernatural faith in the Church and came back and are ardent believers.  But many of us have been lost because of what the Church decided to do.

But even here, in the story of Anakin Skywalker, there is a lesson. 

Even those who are lost can be found again.

The Sound of Music


Number of rosaries done in reparation for the desecration of the Eucharist:28

Number of people signed up for daily rosaries for this intention: 1


In the USA, on ABC tonight they are showing the 1960s movie "The Sound of Music" about the Von Trapp family in Austria right around the time of the Anschluss with Germany in 1938.  I mention it only because it is a distinctly Catholic movie.  The rites and rituals, the cloistered nuns in their abbey singing in Latin, are all reminiscent of the Church that so many of us have been robbed of.

In no way does it show that all the Austrians at the time were devout followers in some idealized version of the past.  But they show the that the Truths of the Faith were accepted and followed.  Rather than showing nuns only "on a bus", they show nuns faithfully following the rules of their order with complete devotion to their vows in service to God while wearing the habits of their order.  It is a quite remarkable and beautiful thing to watch.  And the presentation of the interior of the Cathedral during the wedding is remarkable and moving.

Beyond the presentation of the Faith and the Church in this movie, the presentation of European civilization, whether in the folk songs, the food and desserts, or even in the Imperial title that Captain Von Trapp possesses as an honour from the Austrian Emperor (that as of 1938 had been removed from his throne for almost 20 years) gives us a presentation of a counter argument that we have heard for decades -- that which was alive and well, which was believed and assumed, is dead and gone.  Good riddance.

This movie shows the old Faith and old Europe.  As with the presence of the Nazis, it is not idealized.  But we need to get to the place where we no longer apologize for who we are, what are ancestors were and what the Faith is.

Others will destroy the 3 dimensional aspects of our Faith if we do not show confidence in our Faith and in our heritage.  Churches can be destroyed.  Priests, nuns and monks can be killed and martyred. Crosses can be abolished and declared "Verboten!"  But the Faith will continue.

A perpetual reminder on this blog: The Church can never be destroyed and I will not longer accept the premise that it can.  It cannot.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The War -- Preface...and a reminder.


Number of rosaries done in reparation for the desecration of the Eucharist:23

Number of people signed up for daily rosaries for this intention: 1

As I have established earlier, World War III is here and the battlefield is worldwide.  We, as the Church Militant and as the heirs of Christendom are leaderless.  The Pope is suppose to guide us spiritually and advise us morally.  He is suppose to advise us on how to live our lives and what is acceptable and unacceptable as we fight this war to defend ourselves, our families, our communities, our Church and Christendom.

But since Pope Francis is the CEO of an NGO where the male employees dress in robes and the female employees wear suits, we are left abandoned.  At least in the days of the early Church martyrs, as apostles, saints, and popes were regularly tortured and martyred, we could say that they were leading and setting example for us that we will not compromise our Faith even in the face of death.  But with this Pope and these Bishops, who are more concerned with taking their notes from world government advocates who are promoting abortion, euthanasia, birth control, and the "limitation" of freedom than spiritually nourishing the Faithful and defending the Eucharist, we are left confused and doubting how to move forward.  For some, that means moving further toward the periphery of Catholicism, trying to find the Truth in this sea of sacrilege and heresy.  For others, its going along with the mainstream that quietly leads you to hell.

At the same time, we lack the secular, political leaders who could rally and lead us to act to defend our homes, towns, cities, nations and Christendom.  As I have said before, none of us live in Christian countries anymore.  The secular governments that have emerged as the natural follow-through of the Reformation, the Enlightenment, Modernism and the global governance movement bear little resemblance to the nation-states of old that at least gave prominence to the Faith and lip service to serving Our Lord.  All of us must be suspicious of EVERY single act that our governments are doing because we simply cannot trust them.  They see us as the enemy, more so than outsiders from distinctly different cultures, moral and value systems.

So where does that lead us?

We could pray to the Holy Ghost that the Church Militant will be blessed with the leaders we need so that we have a fighting chance in this dangerous world.

This we should always do.  None of us have enough presence of the Holy Ghost in our lives.

But what to do beyond that?

In my service to all of you, to the Church, to the West and to Christendom, I will attempt to lay out exactly what the battlefield looks like.  This will likely take multiple posts and I encourage commentary from all of you because we all need to be involved.  But the first step in figuring out how to win is figuring out what is the currently situation and that is what I will lay out next.

But I want to make one very clear declaration to everyone on Earth -- the Church can NEVER be destroyed.  There are those with much greater prominence who tacitly accept that the Church can be destroyed and have set up that straw man to tear down with their own ideas.  But I refuse to accept that premise.  It is contrary to everything we know about the Faith.

There is NO force in creation that can destroy the Church.  The Church will always go on.


Monday, December 14, 2015

"Abrahamaic Faiths"


Number of rosaries done in reparation for the desecration of the Eucharist:22

Number of people signed up for daily rosaries for this intention: 1

This will be a short post, as I will be working on addressing Dr. Ed Peters curious attention toward Archbishop Blase Cupich.  As those who have read previous posts know, I have called for Pope Francis to either force Cupich to recant or remove him from his position.  That Dr. Peters has, for some reason, decided to address this topic, is very, very curious and I must comment in full.

There has been, over the past few months, a repetitive psychosis amongst many Catholic clerics to show solidarity with muslims and the Islamic faith in general.  Clerics have used the recent Islamic attacks as well as comments by western politicians to argue this solidarity of faith, claiming consistently that Islam is one of the "Abrahamaic faiths" along with Christianity and Judaism.  They say that all 3 faiths pray to the same God the father, even if the other two don't recognize the Son or the Holy Ghost. 

As we all know, Our Lord incarnated as a Jew and the prophets of the Old Testament, all being Jewish, were writing prophesying about a future Jewish Messiah.  So the connection between Judaism and Christianity is clear and not debatable.  But Islam's introduction into this tradition is odd to say the least.

Nostra Aetate, from Vatican II, started this ridiculous theological analysis and now it has gone from being just annoying and incorrect to being potentially dangerous as our own clerics are using there position to tell Catholics not worry about muslims and are using our Faith to justify this suicidal position.  Just to be clear:

1. "Allah" isn't God the Father.

2. Islam doesn't recognize Christ as the Son of God, that He died on the Cross, and was resurrected on Easter Sunday.

3. Their moral code doesn't resemble Christian moral doctrine on ANY level.

4. Islamic sharia law doesn't reflect western law systems, all influenced by the western intellectual tradition and the Church, in any way.

Islam has been the major enemy of Christendom since the 7th century.  That Islam continues to be an adversary of Christendom cannot be debatable.  As Christians, we cannot be confused by dissident, confused, and diabolical clerics who through their words, actions and proclamations are encouraging a position that will lead to death and chaos for Christians.

Please don't be fooled -- the Islamic faith is all encompassing and addresses every aspect of life.  Their "god" is not our God.  All the saints recognized their faith as demonically inspired - we should recognize clearly the same position.


Friday, December 11, 2015

The Jews

I want to make a short post here at this time because this issue is timely precisely because of this pontificate, Nostra Aetate, and how the current Vatican views Our Lord.

First, I want to state that the situation of the Jews, vis a vis, the Church is certainly above my pay grade.  Though I consider myself smart, this is a very complicated issue that requires genius, faith, prayer and deep thought in order to begin to approach this relationship.  Though many saints of the Church have addressed this topic before, I feel like the Church has succumbed to one of the great heresies of our age -- the idea that the current crop of humans are smarter than all the other humans who have ever lived.

With that said, the Jews, as their current theology demands, do not believe the Jesus Christ is the son of God and the 2nd part of the trinity.  This is a problem since we as Catholics obviously believe this.  They fundamentally reject the incarnation of God made man who is both God and man.  As Catholics and believers, we MUST have a problem with this.  Likewise, if we believe that Jesus is the 2nd part of the trinity and that to reject Christ is to reject God, we have to pray and hope that the Jews will recognize this error in belief and come to the fullness of understanding of God.  Anything less than this, and for all nonbelievers by the way, is a defilement of Our Lord and a betrayal of our creed and Faith.  How can we be Catholics if we don't actively want AND ACT for those who don't believe to one day believe?

I consider this latest statement by the Vatican, which has this nebulous definition of not being official Church teaching but is still being propagated as it is (kind of like Ad Populum becoming the de facto position of the priest during Mass though there is nothing de jure to justify that.), a disgrace.  Not because it is "respectful" to the Jews but because it is disrespectful of Our Lord.

How many times must our Church leadership and other public Catholics attack and disrespect Our Lord before faithful Catholics respond?  How much is enough?  How many masses need to be held by disbelieving priests where the Eucharist is desecrated AGAIN AND AGAIN without rebuke?

This statement about the conversion of the Jews isn't about the Jews.  It's about our leadership and what we believe about Our Lord.

At what point does our Catholic leadership excommunicate themselves from the Church they say they lead? 

Commentary on Kristina Keneally

Number of rosaries done in reparation for the desecration of the Eucharist: 19

Number of people signed up for daily rosaries for this intention: 1

I came across this person from a tweet from someone I follow on Twitter (my handle @jamesTScorpio) and read her recent article on "Christian feminism".  Apparently, this has been how she designates herself since she was 9.  Her tweets are ridiculous and I intend to go over her recent article (at the Guardian ((Aussie)), funny enough) as I think it is a perfect example of a recent topic of mine -- how we value things.

 She begins her article with a story of her at a young age with her grandmother and ready to call into a phone interview with her Bishop, the Bishop of Toledo.  She was able to get on the phone and ask a question of the bishop -- why can't girls be altar servers?  In her words,

"He mumbled something about Church tradition and the importance of serving at Mass as a first step towards (the) priesthood - where, again, one obviously had to be male - and moved on to the next caller."

Now, analyzing this article from the metric I mentioned above, this sentence reflects some very clear attitudes of Ms. Kenneally:  Tradition is not something to be respected and considered.

She goes on...

"38 years later, I'm still a Catholic and a feminist.  I've got a degree in religious studies, specializing in feminist theology, and while girls can be altar servers now (take that Bishop Donovan), we've still got a long way to go, baby.

Judging by her chosen fields of study, she seems very interested in "religious" matters and "feminist" matters.  She also shows a certain uncharitable glee that girls can be altar servers now but isn't satisfied with that.  Clearly, that we have a significant shortage of qualified priests suggests that the traditional position wasn't wrong, but to people like Ms. Kenneally, it was inconveniently in the way of a liberalization of the priesthood that feminists would want. The clear value she places on feminism seems at the apogee of her worldview.

"The idea that one can't be a Catholic and a feminist usually starts with a misunderstanding of what it is to be Catholic.  In strict technical terms, a Catholic is someone who believes...in the Apostle's Creed and the Nicene Creed...No mention in our creeds of artificial contraception, an all-male priesthood, denying communion to divorced people or excluding homosexuals."

 Wow, lots here.  She starts off good, she can't claim ignorance.  But then she makes a list of topics that clearly, by listing them, are important to her.  These are topics that she values greatly and invests great energy in transforming the Church toward her position. Unfortunately, despite the fact that she has a degree in religious studies and is a Catholic in good standing (presumably), her ignorance of the reason WHY the Church holds the positions it holds seems not believable.  There seems to be more willful disregard than ignorance.  All educated Catholics know the reasons why the Church teaches that birth control is immoral, why there are only male priests, why the Eucharist must be guarded against desecration and why the homosexual activity is inherently disordered, unnatural and sinful.

But based upon the "value paradigm", it seems that she values birth control, female priests, desecration of the Eucharist (which then leads to all sorts of questions regarding her "Catholicism") and homosexual sex.

" Because men fairly exclusively ran the world until very recently, it has been fairly exclusively men in the Catholic church who’ve done the interpreting and applying. Not overly surprising, then, that the result is a set of teachings and rules that exclude and oppress women."

I reread this passage again and again and the circular "logic" made me dizzy.  From her point of view, men are INHERENTLY unfair to women, even Saints.  They seek to exclude and oppress women at every term -- even those who are recognized in heaven, determined worthy to be in the presence of the Lord.  Think about that for a second, because it has huge ramifications for her and women who think like her.  She indirectly said that men who are worthy in the eyes of God to be in his presence and serve Him sought to exclude and oppress women.   Therefore, God approves of men excluding and oppressing women.  God is inherently unfair and biased in favor of men.

So how would she counter my analysis?  Probably by saying that people have evolved and what once was considered "saintly" isn't considered saintly now.  We have evolved and become enlightened as we "discovered" greater aspects of humanity (probably including those thing mentioned in the passage previous to this).

My counter to the counter?  If miracles were the result of intercessory prayers of these men when invoked, then they are in heaven and God saw them as worthy.  Therefore, either God is what I said earlier by the ramifications of this kind of thinking or you are wrong and you are projected modernist thinking and values onto the Church.

Secondly, a Catholic has an obligation to follow her fully-formed conscience, even if it brings her into conflict with church teaching. A fully-formed conscience consults not only scripture and church teaching but also the sciences and human experience.

Conscience is a crucially important aspect of Catholic teaching and was given great emphasis in Vatican II, the reforming and modernising council that took place between 1962-65. Conservative popes – such as John Paul II – have sought to redefine conscience in order to discourage debate and dissent, but the role of a fully-formed conscience in the life of Catholics is significant and cannot be extinguished.

 Does this sound familiar to anyone?  The supremacy of conscience?  Sounds like Ms. Keneally knows Archbishop Blase and likes that kind of man.  First, how can a fully-formed conscience bring you into conflict with divinely-inspired Church teaching?  If a Catholic is properly formed, with the Holy Spirit acting upon them, how would that Catholic have positions that would be in conflict with that same Holy Spirit working through the Church.  Mind you, we aren't talking about the conflicts that many of us have with Pope Francis because we are simply adhering to Church teaching.  Our fully formed consciences tell us that desecration of the Eucharist is completely abhorrent and diabolical.  She is proclaiming that a fully formed conscience may or should bring you into conflict with Church teaching because of the evolving nature of things like science and human experience.

And that last few words from this quote.  Sounds a lot like original sin, huh?

It’s not easy being a Catholic feminist – sometimes it is downright infuriating – but I love the sacraments and the liturgy of the Catholic church, and I love the value it places on scripture and tradition. Why should I abandon my expression of faith to the all-male hierarchy? Why not stay and advocate for a more inclusive church, better theology, and teachings more reflective of the lived experience of women?

Interesting.  In one sentence, she claims to love everything that traditional Catholics believe.  Yet, in the next sentence she talks about "my expression of faith", presumably different from the very same things she loves in the sentence before.  Then she goes on to want a more inclusive church(?), better theology (?) and teachings that reflect the reality of women's experience (?).  Here is where I think her heart truly lies - with the 3 things mentioned last.  If you love the traditional things, how can you ask for the things listed in the last sentence?  How can you love a church that clearly you believe is exclusionary?  What exactly does she mean by a better theology?  And if the Church teaches the Truth, which is what all traditional Catholics believe, how can the Truth be improved?

Overall, I see an article littered with modernist, feminist thought and little Catholic thought.  I wasn't surprised by this when I came across it.  But I think articles by "Catholics" like this are what need to be challenged.  I don't know how you can love Christ and his Bride and come to this worldview unless it has been infected and contaminated by ideas that are, at best, supremely humanist.

The ultimate problem with humanism is that ultimately, the human views themselves and the human being as superior to God.  Christian humanism, in many ways like Christian feminism, is oxymoron at it's most basic level.  Humans, and by that extension women, were created by God in his image and likeness.  But they were made to serve God, not be served by Him.  They are the creation and the creation can never be greater than the Creator.

To read the referenced article, see link below.  All direct quotes come from that article and are the ownership of the writer and that publication.

Referenced article


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Civilization, explained - part 1

Number of rosaries done in reparation for the desecration of the Eucharist: 18

Number of people signed up for daily rosaries for this intention: 1


Almost a month ago, after the sneak attack by Muslims on Paris, I wrote about the betrayal of humanity.  I specifically referenced the Church's responsibility in informing and guiding the faithful, from a spiritual POV, in this new war.  I also specifically said that they seem remarkably per-occupied with a false definition of mercy when the next world war is active and on our doorstep.  Obviously, nothing has changed.  But I want to go into further depth because I consider this to be, on the secular level, the most important subject that I can address on this blog.

Players in the Game


We Catholics are easily confused that the countries that we live in, particularly in the West, are as part of us as the Church.  In essence, we continue to act as if we live in the Christendom of the Medieval world.  We seem to think that the cultures we live in reflect our spiritual values and that the governments that lead these cultures are cohesive to our values and lives.  We are hearing, particularly in America with the recent immigration position by Donald Trump, that his position is not consistent with American "values".  But what does that mean?  Does it mean what we think it means?  And are those values our values?

Previous generations would never ask these questions because despite the fact that the governments were distinctly secular, the were comprised of people who we knew shared our values.  Even in a country like America, where it is predominantly Protestant with a Catholic minority, there were things that the Protestants didn't reject that were present in our culture, like the sanctity of Sunday for example.  And we could assume that the actions of the government reflected our Christian values and were comfortable living in those countries.

The secular revolution of the last 50 years (funny how that number keeps coming up) has dramatically changed this situation to the point where, I believe, we are aliens in our own countries.  We are increasingly told about "western values" that have no logical or rational basis and have been "invented" over this time period.  In fact, many of them are explicitly contrary to our values.  But because it is coming from our country and government, many Catholics and Christians overall are assuming that these "western values" are our values.  That would be a false assumption.

We need to get to the point where we accept that as faithful Catholics, our current experience is far more akin to Pre-Constantine Rome than 14th century France.  The countries that we live in, which were once explicitly Christian (whatever denomination) are now explicitly secular.  In essence, our Christian values have been weighed, measured and found wanting.  Our Christian worldview has been deemed by others to be insufficient to the modern world and those who continue to hold to those opinions are backward, archaic and, possibly, dangerous.

Across the West, from America to Europe to Australia, what are standard Christian values and perspectives are now considered racist, bigoted, sexist, homophobic and superstitious.  Science and reason are thrown in our face, as if our Faith and values weren't based upon the logic and reason that God has given us combined with our supernatural faith in order for us to discern the Truth as well as how to properly live our lives.

Another thing needs to be understood about this secular world.  To many of them, the reason why there are backward elements in western civilization is because of Christianity.  Christians are the final roadblocks to their new secular world order, banishing us, our Faith and Our Lord to the dustbin of history as just another "philosophy" that didn't work in the end.  The historian Francis Fukuyama wrote about the "end of history" after the fall of the Soviet Union and the eternal dominance of liberal democracy across the world.  What that "liberal democracy" entailed was far more than the good ol' American way of life -- it has let to a full frontal attack on attitudes that we considered givens in our world.

We MUST understand this critical and bothersome fact: the countries that we live in our NOT Christian and view us and our Faith as anathema to their long term goals.  We must live and think as Christians did in 200 A.D., not as Frenchmen, 1380 AD.  We are not loyal patriots in our countries but a minority group whose beliefs are against their agenda.  They are not on our side nor on Christ's side.

I fear a situation emerging, specifically in Europe (though it could be anywhere in the West), where the validly elected politicians in the EU will favor the immigrants over the native population.  Germany is already a witness to this.  Merkel has professed a position that the vast majority of Germans do not agree with and don't support and she has used the threat of average Germans being called "Nazis" for not welcoming a foreign culture into their towns and homes with a warm embrace.  Merkel has leveraged that possible international condemnation into allowing in 1 million illegals from a foreign culture into Germany.

Along with the millions of Turks in Germany, how many more Muslims will have to be in Germany before they start talking about stopping the production of all the wursts in Germany? Or the wine? How many native German girls in Bavaria will no longer where dirndls or walk alone with their hair flowing in the wind because they fear being gang raped in their home town?

Several politicians in Germany have already publicly stated to the native population -- if you don't like this policy, leave!  This secular order has already stated the preference -- we prefer the muslims to you, the native Indo-European (and from a Christian background and raised on a Christian POV) peoples.  This preference has been a soft, passive-aggressive preference for decades.  But with the recent invasion, it now is coming to a head.  How about the systematic sexual abuse of native girls in cities throughout England by "asian gangs" (which is code name for muslim)?  What has been done about it?  Why was nothing done about it?

As members of the body of Christ, and for those of us in the West, we need to accept the cold fact -- the countries we live in have no allegiance or love for us.  We are nomads in this world because no country on Earth right now can clearly be stated to be a Christian country.

In a future post, I will delve further into this secular worldview.  But I will state one element of it -- "climate change" as an opportunity to implement totalitarian controls on the public.  And our bishops are fully on board...

The Ancient Enemy


The other player in this global game for world domination (Risk, indeed) is the Islamic culture.

One thing that our secular rulers are refusing to tell us is the truth about Islam and muslims.  Any facts will be construed as bigoted, racist, etc.  But that is under the rhetorical rules of the Secular Order, one that I argue above, isn't aligned with our interests and would gladly be rid of us if possible.  So their intentions are not in league with ours.

Up until 50 years ago (again!), the Islamic Faith was clearly understood by all Westerners and Christians.  For 1300 years, they have systematically attacked our Faith, our families and our civilization.  Some of the greatest battles in Western history are battles between Islam and Christianity.  Yet who is telling us that they are just like us?  The Secular Order.  Why?

Well, first, they view all "faiths" with contempt.  But beyond that, as I stated above, they view Christianity with scorn and revulsion and they know an ignorant, weak Christianity can be overrun.

But back to the question at hand; what is Islam and how do we handle it?

Islam is a heresy. A derivation of Arianism with a sprinkling of Jewish mysticism and Arab superstition with Arab tribal habits.  There is NO element of God in this faith and no well-educated Catholic can see it otherwise.  ALL of the saints since Mohamed viewed Islam in this manner and that it was a threat of the highest level to Christians everywhere.

Their worldview is simple -- the whole world must be Islamic.  Those lands that are currently Islamic must adhere to sharia law.  Those lands that are in the hands of the infidels is the land of war and must be fought to be won.  At that point, the defeated parties have 3 options -- convert Islam, accept 2nd class status and be substantially taxed, or die.  Every muslim believes this and is actively working toward this in their own way given the conditions that they are living in right now.

In fighting against the infidels, they are allowed by their god, to engage in all sorts of styles of warfare in order to be victorious.  These efforts can include lying, engaging in behavior that would otherwise be "sinful" and organizing with other muslims for collective action.

In short, their culture and worldview aren't western in ANY way.  Their culture isn't compatible with western culture and certainly not with Christendom.  Their assumptions of human rights and warfare are different from ours and different from the Secular Order.  In short, muslims in the West is like mixing oil with water -- not possible.

Diplomacy is the act of discussing important issues with people whom you disagree with.  We can engage in diplomacy with muslims and muslim-controlled countries.  But to suggest that they are "like us", "share our values","part of the human family', etc. is profoundly obfuscating the truth that has been born out of 1400 years of warfare, violence, heresy, and death.

Islam is not our friend, nor our they a comrade in the fight against atheistic secular progressivism.  Two religions anathema to one another cannot unite against a godless entity in order to defeat it.

World War III


The current war that we are fighting right now is with 2 major forces that could destroy us -- Islam and the Secular Order.  Both want our destruction and the destruction of everything that we love.  Some of them live next door to us while others live thousands of miles away.  But it is crucial that all Christians understand right now that the target is on our back.

Step one is to acknowledge the enemy.  Step two is to begin to figure out what to do about it. What is saddening to me is that the Church should be the rallying point for us. But literally as I write this, our Pope and Bishops are actively plotting with one or both of these parties for our destruction.  As I wrote a month ago, I suspect that when this war is over, we will be left standing to help clean up and reorder things again.  But I also suspect that the official clergy of the Church, the Bishops and Pope at that time, will have NO influence on the new order precisely because of what they are doing now.

They have betrayed humanity.  But more importantly, the have betrayed Our Lord and His bride, the Church.  Where they should be standing shoulder to shoulder with the great secular leaders that eventually will emerge, like future reflections of Constantine, Charles Martel and Charlemagne, there will be empty space.

One thing we all need to recognize is that we are judged by what are actions are and what they will lead to in the future.  Our current Pope and Bishops will be judged not just by their disbelief now, but what their actions will lead to in the future.  It will take decades and decades of faithful service and many, many saints for the Church to recover from their rebellion.

The war is here.  Are we ready to join?

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Indiana Jones on this first day of "mercy"

Number of rosaries done in reparation for the desecration of the Eucharist: 16

Number of people signed up for daily rosaries for this intention: 1

As Pope Francis begins his "year of mercy", symbolically opening the doors in Rome today and with rhetoric filled with his usual Yoda-like word construction, I was thinking about what this blog has written about for weeks.  My views are suitably cautious about Pope Francis, though I believe the bishops need to be held to a high standard.  That is why I have called for Pope Francis to publicly address the problematic positions of Archbishop Cupich.  Unfortunately, Guardian is not someone who's opinion matters to those in the Vatican.

With all this talk about God's mercy, I want to discuss one specific perspective on what Francis declares as "mercy".

False Mercy


I think back to the movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and to the scene where Jones as well as two Nazi sympathizers have reached where the Grail Knight has guarded the Holy Grail and one of those Nazis seeks to pick the true Grail.  The Grail Knight clarifies the test:

You must choose.  But choose wisely.  For as the true Grail will give life, the false Grail will take it from you.

In a movie produced by a methodist and directed by a Jew, you have in dialogue a greater understanding of God's Mercy than anything introduced by Pope Francis and his bishops.  In this line of dialogue from the Grail Knight, you have the traditional, standard understanding of God's Mercy.

You must choose.  But choose wisely.

God gave us free will.  He cannot, by His own rules, have His mercy thrust upon us.  Just like absolution does not come to us without our action.  We have to ask for absolution for our sins - it does not come from from our mere existence.  We have to choose to approach Him and to know the Truth.  That is the requirement that comes with free will.  But unfortunately, how many Catholics or even people in general don't have a proper formation about free will?  How often does our Church emphasize those responsibilities that come with God's gift of free will?  How important is a proper understanding of free will to a proper formation of Catholic identity and belief?

For as the true Grail will give life, the false Grail will take it from you.

Aye, there's the rub.

Here, in this line (and seen in action a minute later in the movie) is the real ramifications of a false understanding of God's Mercy, along with a false understanding of the Real Presence in the Eucharist and a false understanding of the nature of Christ.  A false belief will lead to your eternal condemnation.  This is a spiritual law that is throughout the New Testament as well as in Church tradition and teaching.  It is not cruel to state what God's rules are for the universe so that all may know and understand them.  We proclaim these truths not to condemn, but to save from condemnation.  But instead we are told by the Vatican and the Catholic media that we are showing the coldness of our hearts.

However, given the facts above, what exactly is Pope Francis doing with this year of mercy, at least spiritually?

I fear that what you must conclude is that Francis is actively assisting in the condemnation of millions of souls to, at best, a dubious eternal status.  Though we, as mortals, don't want to presume God's will and actions, what we know to be true of God leads us to at least entertain this statement.

A false understanding of God puts your soul at risk, which is why heresy was so dramatically fought for millennia in the Church.

False belief has eternal consequences.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Guardian's POV Clarfication

Number of rosaries said in reparation for the desecration of the Eucharist: 13

Number of people signed up for rosaries: 1 


I received a comment from Aquinas_54 on one of my posts and I want to use his comments for further clarification of this blog's POV as well as a jumping off point to make another point.

First, I want to commend Aquinas_54 for his work as an RCIA catechist at his parish.  I received my RCIA education late in life so that I could receive my Confirmation before getting married in the Church.  I appreciate the RCIA process since I went through it as an adult and I believe that much of the battle at the parish level is here, with those who are trying to enter the Church and want to know what the Church is, believes, stands for, and practices.

I also believe that the parish level is an area that traditional Catholics have shunned and in the process we have allowed rebels in the Church to take over vital lay positions in our parishes and have given dissident priests cover to institute borderline sanctimonious practices and support dubious projects.  We, as traditional Catholics, allowed a vacuum to be created at the local level and it was filled.  All of us have seen the lay faithful who are "active" in the parish.  They are usually "extraordinary" ministers, ushers, altar servers.  They have close, "working" relationships with the priests and deacons (if there are any).  They are the music directors who "unburden" the priest by selecting the hymns and musical arrangements for the masses each week.  All of this they have done, and combined with modernist priests, have destroyed parish life in the Church.

All of us have seen the pictures of our parents and grandparents and all they did for their parishes.  We have heard the stories of participation in the CYO, playing for sports teams with Father or a deacon as a coach (good luck with that now that every priest is a potential predator).  I won't even discuss the Mass, since that is a primary topic here and elsewhere.

My point is this -- if we want the Church to be what we remember it to be, what it is suppose to be, we have to begin to organize at the parish level.  If has been far too easy for us traditional Catholics to sit back and complain, whether in the pew or online, knowing the Catechism and rubrics for Mass and noting whenever they are violated.  But this does nothing.  In fact, we are culpable in the overall sin of the current Church by not doing something about it.  It is borderline confessable what we have NOT done to protect our patrimony.

So I am making a call and I encourage everyone who considers themselves a traditional Catholic to either share what they do at the parish level or to get involved at the parish level.  The rebels and modernists can ignore us because they control all the positions of power.  Since the majority of positions at the parish level or voluntary, they can't stop us from volunteering and making our presence known.  If you are involved, share what has worked at your parish so that others can replicate what you have done.  But we must take back our parishes.  If our presence is known.  If our faith and reverence is observed, it WILL have an effect.

With our presence clear and present, our priests will have to listen to our suggestions and comments.  They will no longer be able to do what they want and flaunt N.O. rubrics (however irreverent they are) and in the process we will be able to bring along our fellow Catholics.

One thing that those of us who know and read history is that Totalitarianism never works to turn hearts.  You can enslave people.  You can kill people.  But you can't truly convert them without the Truth.  If we want the whole Church on board, if we want Christendom to return, we need all who are Catholic.  We need to convert those who will hear the Truth to the Church.  We have to move them to see and accept the Truth.  Abolishing Vatican II and returning to all the previous practices will not automatically bring non-traditional Catholics with it and all we will get is more Protestants.

More will be said on this in the future.  But no longer can we just complain.  We need to take action and this is one way that we can.

NOTE:  I also want to make something very clear and this also a reflection of what Aquinas_54 commented to me (positively I might add).  I have very clear opinions of the N.O. mass, especially after experiencing many TLM Masses.  But in no way will I say that the Sacraments, as they are currently exercised, are illegitimate.  As we know, if the form is followed, the Sacrament is valid.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Mocking of Christ

Number of rosaries said in reparation for the desecration of the Eucharist: 10

Number of people signed up to say rosaries: 1

Gospel of Mark, Chapter 15:15-41


15 So Pilate, anxious to placate the crowd, released Barabbas for them and, after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.16 The soldiers led Him away to the inner part of the palace, that is, the Praetorium, and called the whole cohort together.17 They dressed Him up in purple, twisted some thorns into a crown and put it on Him.18 And they began saluting Him, 'Hail, king of the Jews!' 19 They struck his head with a reed and spat on Him; and they went down on their knees to do Him homage.20 And when they had finished making fun of Him, they took off the purple and dressed Him in His own clothes. They led Him out to crucify him.21 They enlisted a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, father of Alexander and Rufus, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross. 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, which means the place of the skull.23 They offered Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He refused it.24 Then they crucified Him, and shared out His clothing, casting lots to decide what each should get.25 It was the third hour when they crucified Him.
26 The inscription giving the charge against Him read, 'The King of the Jews'.27 And they crucified two bandits with Him, one on His right and one on His left.2829 The passers-by jeered at Him; they shook their heads and said, 'Aha! So you would destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days!30 Then save yourself; come down from the cross!'31 The chief priests and the scribes mocked Him among themselves in the same way with the words, 'He saved others, He cannot save Himself.32 Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross now, for us to see it and believe.' Even those who were crucified with Him taunted Him.33 When the sixth hour came there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani?' which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'35 When some of those who stood by heard this, they said, 'Listen, He is calling on Elijah.'36 Someone ran and soaked a sponge in vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it to Him to drink saying, 'Wait! And see if Elijah will come to take Him down.'37 But Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed His last.38 And the veil of the Sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.39 The centurion, who was standing in front of him, had seen how He had died, and He said, 'In truth this man was Son of God.'
40 There were some women watching from a distance. Among them were Mary of Magdala, Mary who was the mother of James the younger and Joset, and Salome.41 These used to follow him and look after Him when He was in Galilee. And many other women were there who had come up to Jerusalem with him.

Gospel of Luke Chapter 23: 25-49 

[25] And he released unto them him who for murder and sedition, had been cast into prison, whom they had desired; but Jesus He delivered up to their will.[26] And as they led Him away, they laid hold of one Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country; and they laid the cross on him to carry after Jesus. [27] And there followed Him a great multitude of people, and of women, who bewailed and lamented Him. [28] But Jesus turning to them, said: Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children. [29] For behold, the days shall come, wherein they will say: Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the paps that have not given suck. [30] Then shall they begin to say to the mountains: Fall upon us; and to the hills: Cover us.[31] For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry? [32] And there were also two other malefactors led with Him to be put to death. [33] And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, they crucified Him there; and the robbers, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. [34] And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. But they, dividing His garments, cast lots. [35] And the people stood beholding, and the rulers with them derided Him, saying: He saved others; let Him save himself, if He be Christ, the elect of God.[36] And the soldiers also mocked Him, coming to Him, and offering Him vinegar, [37] And saying: If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. [38] And there was also a superscription written over Him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. [39] And one of those robbers who were hanged, blasphemed him, saying: If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. [40] But the other answering, rebuked him, saying: Neither dost thou fear God, seeing thou art condemned under the same condemnation?[41] And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man hath done no evil. [42] And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into thy kingdom. [43] And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise. [44] And it was almost the sixth hour; and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. [45] And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.[46] And Jesus crying out with a loud voice, said: Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. And saying this, He gave up the ghost. [47] Now the centurion, seeing what was done, glorified God, saying: Indeed this was a just man. [48] And all the multitude of them that were come together to that sight, and saw the things that were done, returned striking their breasts. [49] And all his acquaintance, and the women that had followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.

The Current State of the Church

 

I provided these 2 Gospel passages because I was thinking about something (if this analysis has ANY validity, I give full credit to the Holy Spirit for inspiration) after looking at various pieces of religious art, I came across of 19th century copy of an earlier work with the topic - The Mocking of Christ.  I looked at this piece, which was well done, and I began to really think about the topic and the scene that I was looking at. Then my mind wandered to various topics that I have been writing about here and worked out a thesis that I would like to share.

On the Cross, Our Lord was mocked by Roman soldiers, Pharisees, residents of Jerusalem and others.  He was challenged to save Himself, to prove the He was the Messiah or that He was the Son of God. From a certain pov, they didn't believe in Him and challenged Him to prove otherwise.  I connect that attitude to what I have been writing about recently regarding what so many, and specifically Pope Francis, seems to value in the Church and what they don't.  I came to the conclusion that they have no supernatural faith.  Could not the same be said of those who mocked Christ on the Cross?  And isn't Christ always on the Cross, engaging in the truly ultimate sacrifice for our sins?

Also, Christ is on Earth right now in every tabernacle in every Catholic Church in the world.  The Eucharist is the living presence of God on Earth just as he was when we has crucified.  The current state of our desecration of the Eucharist is at least equal to the mocking of Christ that He experienced on the Cross, is it not?  Do we not, by receiving Him improperly in the hand, without due deference (on our knees) and by unconsecrated hands ("extraordinary ministers") just mocking His Divinity like those in 33AD did on Golgotha?  

So for those of us who cannot receive Him in anything but the proper way, who are we in this scene?  Well, what has Pope Francis recently called us - "fundamentalists", right?  Are we not being called out by Pope Francis and other clerics and Catholics who think like him as the problem instead of the solution?  And aren't we all sinners and don't we admit it without qualification?

I would suggest that we, the ones faithful to Christ, who recognize His Divinity and pray that He will look kindly upon us and are attacked by those in power for actively defending Christ and His Will, are the good thief crucified alongside Our Lord who sees Christ for who He is and asks to be accepted into Heaven.  The Church Militant is being crucified alongside Our Lord by those who don't believe in Him.  I would also suggest that those of us who pray unceasingly, engaging in spiritual battle with the forces of darkness covering the Earth currently are the women who see the crucifixion from a distance and come upon the Lord dead on the Cross.  

I have very strong feelings regarding the desecration of the Eucharist and I subscribe to the belief that the only way you can desecrate the Eucharist is through non-belief, either through ignorance or willfulness.  Given the extreme presence of this desecration, I personally conclude that very few people in the world recognize the Lord in the Eucharist and offer due deference.  Only supernatural faith can bring you to the conclusion that Our Lord is present in the Eucharist.

This is what the Church is lacking now.  This is what our current batch of clerics is encouraging in the Church.  This is our challenge: to defend His Divinity, before, now and forever.   


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Value of Things - Examples from Pope Francis

Number of rosaries said as reparation for the desecration of the Eucharist: 9

Along with an extended discussion and focus on the Real Presence, it's importance and promulgating a greater acceptance of its Truth, I am also going to continue on this theme of the value we place in ideas, objects, practices, and people.  For this post, I am going to focus on a few words from Pope Francis that he said on the plane ride back from his African trip (all taken from the National Catholic Reporter - link below)

No God in Absolute Truth





 
Fundamentalism is a sickness that exists in all religions. We Catholics have some, not just some, so many, who believe they have the absolute truth and they move forward with calumnies, with defamation and they hurt (people), they hurt. And, I say this because it’s my Church, also us, all of us. It must be combatted. Religious fundamentalism isn’t religious. Why? Because God is lacking. It’s idolatrous

Based upon this direct quote (as all quotes here are), and then looking at the highlighted parts, my critical thinking skills suggest the following about Pope Francis's values: he doesn't value the knowledge of Absolute Truth as a good thing because, to him, it lacks God rather than being the link to God.  This is fundamentally anathema to the Catholic worldview, but explains why he is so perplexing to so many Catholics - He doesn't view the world through a Catholic POV.  It is also why he hates Catholics that have a Catholic POV.


Secular Values


The problem is bigger ... this question makes me think of one they once asked Jesus: “Tell me, teacher, is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath? Is it obligatory to heal?” This question, “is doing this lawful,” … but malnutrition, the development of the person, slave labor, the lack of drinking water, these are the problems. Let’s not talk about if one can use this type of patch or that for a small wound, the serious wound is social injustice, environmental injustice, injustice that ... I don’t like to go down to reflections on such case studies when people die due to a lack of water, hunger, environment ... when all are cured, when there aren’t these illnesses, tragedies, that man makes, whether for social injustice or to earn more money, I think of the trafficking of arms, when these problems are no longer there, I think we can ask the question “is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” Because, if the trafficking of arms continues, wars are the biggest cause of mortality ... I would say not to think about whether it’s lawful or not to heal on the Sabbath, I would say to humanity: “make justice,” and when all are cured, when there is no more injustice, we can talk about the Sabbath.

This was an answer to a question about birth control to stop the spread of AIDS in Africa.  But if you look at the highlighted texts, he views various types of "injustice" as the problems that plaque the world and these are the problems that MUST be dealt with for the world to be what God wants it to be.  But here is another example of how Francis doesn't have a Catholic POV.  Rather than see the world as Christ saw the world -- distanced from Him because of sin and the need to create a road for fallen creatures such as us to come back to Him -- Francis sees the effects of sin as the real problem.  There is no significant interest by him in bringing people to Christ in that way the Church has always understood it.

Muslim/Catholic Commonality?



Wars don’t come from God. God is a God of peace. God made the world.

They have virtues, many virtues and these virtues are constructive. I also have the experience of friendship — it’s a strong word, friendship — with a Muslim, a world leader, we can talk, and he had his beliefs and I had mine, he prayed and I prayed. (There are) many values, prayer for example, fasting, religious values. Also other virtues ... We can’t cancel out a religious because there are some, or even many fundamentalist groups at a certain point in history. It’s true, wars between religions have always been there throughout history, always. We also need to ask for forgiveness, Catherine de’Medici was no saint, and that 30 years war, that night of St. Bartholomew, we must also ask for forgiveness from the fundamentalist extremists in the religious wars. But they have virtues, one can dialogue with them. Today I was at a mosque, an Imam prayed with me, he wanted to go around the small stadium with me in the popemobile, where there were many who couldn’t enter, and in the popemobile there was the Pope and an Imam. It was possible to speak. As everywhere, there are people with religious values, there are people who don’t ... how many wars, not only religious, wars we Christians have made. It wasn’t the Muslims who did the Sack of Rome. They have virtues.
 I think Francis connects the word "Christian" with the word "Fundamentalist" which he then connects causing major problems in the world.  This also explains why he goes out of his way to say that Muslims have the same values that we do, like prayer and fasting.  Because to Francis, values do not come from your knowledge (or confusion) about God, but if you have the right "secular" values.  Becoming a better Catholic doesn't mean anything to Francis if those changes aren't reflected in better secular values.  It is, again, a 180 degree adjustment from what any normal Catholic would think. 
That's also helpful to explain something that has always bothered me about Francis and his bishops - why he sounds like secular leaders from around the world rather than a spiritual leader.  And it's also why those same secular leaders love him so much -- he's one of them.

But for our purposes, as part of the Church Militant, the more important thing is his complete disregard to value anything SUPERNATURAL.  Ultimately, the Church is a supernatural entity.  The Sacraments are supernatural.  The Grace received from God is supernatural.  Prayers are supernatural.  If you can't see existence in this manner; if you can't pray the Mass in this manner or conduct Mass in this manner, you essentially can't be Catholic.

This is the great divide in the Church now -- do we value the supernatural or not?  If we do, there is still hope for us.  If not, we will die.

And the belief in the supernatural begins with the Creed and the Real Presence in the Eucharist.  You must believe these supernatural things to know the Truth and be guided by the Truth.  

How many of our Church leaders right now value and believe the Creed and the Real Presence?

How many of us believe in the supernatural?