Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Our History-Making Pope





CNN PAGE ON THE POPE'S RESIGNATION

It occurred to me a while ago that the Pope is a very old man isolated amongst a savage pride of lions: powerful, ambitious and corrupt men.

Telling no one, he planned a public announcement: he will resign.
As of Feb. 11, 2013, 67 of the 118 cardinal electors were appointed by Benedict. The rest were appointed by John Paul II. 

From: "Papal Transition" America Magazine  The vast majority of these Cardinals are under 80 years of age.   Because we are weeks from the date of resignation, all Cardinals have time to make their way to Rome by the resignation date so that the Conclave can begin at once.   All, we assume, will call upon the Pope before he retires.  All, I hope, will know the preference of the Pope for his successor.  Today, Vatican news announced the Pope will have a "farewell gathering" with the Cardinals on February 28th.

This Pope wants someone in place before Easter, and the Cardinals are already going to be winging their way to Vatican City.  What was most interesting in the story, was this:

Also during the course of the question and answer session following the briefing proper, Fr. Lombardi reaffirmed that Pope Benedict will be returning to live a life of prayer and reflection in the Vatican... 
I'll bet. It's like a clockwork, a well-thought plan to shepherd us through the coming tribulations, executed at speed and under the time demands of the Lenten season to get a Pope in place long before Easter.  .

In a recent address (which I'm having trouble finding a link to) Pope Benedict XVI said that the Church had plenty of structure, what the Church lacks is enough spirituality.  With his comments on the importance of the novissimi as he interpreted the 3rd secret of Fatima, I'm wondering when someone will trust us enough to let us in on the actual Secret and finally, over 50 years later, tell us what Mary wanted us to know.

It's going to be an interesting 8 weeks.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Banned from Catholic Answers...AGAIN!! (oops)




I can't say I thought I was disregarding what Mr. Casey said, but I was pretty sure that a different post I made might be skating on thin ice so I reported my own post. I was kinda surprised I got banned for this one.  But whatever, not my forum and if he felt I ignored him, well, I'm pretty sure even if I had thought it was wrong I was asking the question, anyway.  So, I cannot complain. Here's the thread, BTW: http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=743968

What's always too bad is they take out the post and the response.  I had to ask Mr "Lines and Numbers" (numealinesimpet) the question twice before he'd answer it.

His answer was: "OH, YES, OF COURSE, AND I'D BE WILLING TO DIE BEFORE I DENIED IT."

(That's a paraphrase and he didn't use all caps but it did have an eye-rolling amount of drama.)

So why would I push the question even if I had known it would get me a ban?  Because he is posting with this huge agenda, pushing the ideas of the SSPX, attacking Papal authority over the Church, trying to undermine it pretty much completely and reduce the Pope to some guy who makes "Faith and morals" pronouncements and everyone else can pretty much ignore him and do as they please.

As the poster presents himself as an SSPX "insider" who knows all the major players personally and has the inside scoop on what's going on, I took him at face-value and wanted to know just what game the SSPX is playing. And if I had to fall on my sword to do it (or, well, maybe stub my toe a little) it was worth it, as far as I'm concerned.  That thread has almost 800 posts, but it has about 24,400 views.  That's a ratio of over 30-1,  far in excess of the 8-1 lurker to poster that is standard for forum threads. And knowing the SSPX agenda is critical to good discernment by so many interested parties. 

It's fairly diabolical, IMO, and while we can use that phrase in the vernacular, I am using it in Saint Paul's sense of the Devil disguised as an angel of light - by which he meant people will claim, and may believe, they are preaching the Truth of Christ when they are just speaking Satan's lies.

2 Cor 11:13-15 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, who masquerade as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light.  So it is not strange that his ministers also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

The SSPX is walking a thin line, but a line of demarcation well-understood: as long as they acknowledge the Pope is the Pope, they stay in the Church, even though they have completely ignored every single one of his orders.  Every.  One.  The SSPX also knows it is not the practice of the Vatican to take a fight to the public.  They have no publicity spinners.  But the SSPX have made it their bread and butter, to tell "their side:" and to convince a lot of people too arrogant to admit their own ignorance that somehow, the Pope and all his true Magisterium are just, well, too dumb to know how the Church works.  

(If anyone wants to discuss this in-depth, please go here: ANSWERING CAF: THE SSPX REDUX THREAD )

I am absolutely sure the man (and most of the laity who are loyal to the SSPX) is very earnest and has allowed himself to be convinced that he is a soldier in the Church Militant fighting to protect the Faith from evil influence.  sigh  And God will appreciate his efforts if not his outcome, and be merciful, I am sure.  Hey, he's probably fighting harder than I am even if he is under the influence of a dangerous schismatic cult.

Yup, I said the words: SCHISMATIC CULT.

After he made his "die for the Pope" speech, the poster could hardly wait to launch into the story of where the SSPX is going next.

The SSPX is going to take over American Samoa.  

No, I'm not joking.  The whole place is one big Diocese and apparently they "converted" the Bishop who has ordered everyone to receive the Eucharist on the tongue and kneeling.  (I have no idea if this is true, I am just reporting what he said.) Since about 90% of the population is Catholic, I guess Michael Voris will finally get his  Catholic Dictatorship, as soon as the SSPX moves there and starts telling everyone who to vote for and what books to read and movies to watch.

The problem is Fatima.  The SSPX loves to toss around the Fatima prophecies as if the Blessed Mother supports their position.  Here's the problem with that.  She said that in Portugal the dogma of the Faith would always be preserved.

I don't recall Sister Lucy reporting Our Lady saying a single thing about American Samoa.

Nice looking place, though.  I hope our Irish SSPX fan has much SPF 800 in his suitcase.

And watches out for sharks.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The "Smaller Church" Takes Shape



Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI), from his book Faith and the Future

Then Cardinal Ratzinger wrote this in 1971.  Today (Oct 18th, 2012) over 40 years later, this article appeared: Vienna archdiocese to cut parishes by 75 per cent  which was referenced in a CAF thread of the same name.  Notice this is happening in Vienna, in the country of the Pope's birth and greatest influence.  Here's an excerpt:
The archdiocese’s 660 parishes will be merged over the next decade into around 150 larger parishes, each served by three to five priests and offering regular Masses.

Mr Prüller told the American Catholic News Service that falling numbers of clergy and laity had made the changes necessary. He said smaller affiliated communities within the parishes will be run by lay volunteers authorised to conduct the Liturgy of the Word. 
Prüller said archdiocesan bishops would draft the new parish boundaries and steps for implementing the reorganisation by January 1.

“The Church’s mission of apostolate and evangelisation isn’t just the responsibility of parish priests, but of the whole community of baptised and confirmed. If this reorganisation creates more vibrant Christian communities, praying, celebrating Mass, conducting mission and helping the needy together, then it could offer a model for Church reforms throughout Europe.”

“This is about a new cooperation between priests and laity from their common Christian vocation,” the cardinal told the news conference, which was reported by Austria’s Kathpress news agency. 
“We have to free ourselves of the traditional image that the Church is present only where there’s a priest and stress the common priesthood of all baptised,” he said.
The operative word is "if." Sounds good. Sounds like something I'd like.  But people who want to run things are usually the last people you want to run things and the lay people who show up are going to not necessarily be anyone we'd want leading us. The average parishioner will just be glad those Communion services are so short and still won't know any theology. 

Who's really going to end up in charge?

Threat Assessment


"In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. ... akita 


 ...it should be sufficient for all Christians to know this: if there is a message in which it is written that the oceans will flood whole areas of the earth, and that from one moment to the next millions of people will perish... Pope John Paul II on why the 3rd Secret of Fatima has not been revealed






Then-Cardinal Ratzinger in a 1984 interview in Jesus magazine, about the 3rd Secret of Fatima:


"Cardinal Ratzinger, have you read what is called the Third Secret of Fatima: i.e., the one that Sister Lucia had sent to Pope John XXIII and which the latter did not wish to make known and consigned to the Vatican archives?" 




"Yes, I have read it." 



"Why has it not been revealed?" 



"Because, according to the judgement of the Popes, it adds nothing new to what a Christian must know concerning what derives from Revelation: i.e., a radical call for conversion; the absolute importance of history; the dangers threatening the faith and the life of the Christian, and therefore of the world. And then the importance of the novissimi.  If it is not made public - at least for the time being - it is in order to prevent religious prophecy from being mistaken for a quest for the sensationalism. But the things contained in this Third Secret correspond to what has been announced in Scripture and has been said again and again in many other Marian apparitions, first of all that of Fatima in what is already known of what its message contains: conversion and penitence are the essential conditions for salvation."

So, here's the threat assessment:

Something big and bad is coming.  John Paul II characterized it correctly: millions will die very suddenly. So, I have a question: HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FOR YOU OR I THAN WHAT WILL HAPPEN, ANYWAY?

If we are not among the dead, times will indeed be very hard and we may envy the dead very much.  But the fact is, your death or mine can come at any moment.  So all this sudden death is really not the point,  JPII is correct:
 "Here is the remedy against this evil.  Pray, pray, and ask for nothing more.  Leave everything else to the Mother of God." 
Or, yanno, her Son: 
198 On one occasion the Lord said to me, 
My daughter, your confidence and love restrain My justice, 
and I cannot inflict punishment because you hinder Me from doing so. 
Oh, how great is the power of a soul filled with confidence!  
-the Diary of Saint Faustina

Do you only pray when there is a problem?  Aren't we called to prayer in all cases, all days and times? If no one knows the day or hour, the world can end before I finish typing this line.  

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Who is the Enemy? (Part 2)




I wonder how many people even remember Pogo, anymore?  I agree with Kreeft when he says the enemy is the devil and his minions, I really do.  But I think  Kreeft gets off-track in Winning Strategy, he seems to think we have to be Mother Teresa to be warriors.  In fact, his whole quasi-military concept seems to me to be exacerbating the problem. The very last thing American Catholics need is to have their adrenaline pumped. 
I don’t mean merely that Western civilization will die. That’s a piece of trivia. I mean eternal souls will die. Billions of Ramons and Vladamirs and Janes and Tiffanies will go to Hell. That’s what’s at stake in this war: not just whether America will become a banana republic, or whether we’ll forget Shakespeare, or even whether some nuclear terrorist will incinerate half of humanity, but whether our children and our children’s children will see God forever. That’s what’s at stake in “Hollywood versus America.” That’s why we must wake up and smell the rotting souls. Knowing we are at war is the first requirement for winning it.
"...wake up and smell the rotting souls..." was my favorite bit.  Okay, so now Kreeft has us all juiced.  What's the answer?
And thus we have our third Necessary Thing: the weapon that will win the war and defeat our enemy.All it takes is saints.Can you imagine what twelve more Mother Teresas would do for the world? Can you imagine what would happen if just twelve readers of this article offered Christ 100% of their hearts and held back nothing, absolutely nothing?
I vote Kreeft becomes the first of the twelve.  Notice that in the previously cited section, Kreeft has already written off western civilization and America, specifically.  Becoming a "banana republic" is inevitable.   
What is the price? The answer is simple. T.S. Eliot defines the Christian life as: “A condition of complete simplicity/Costing not less than/Everything.”
Uh-HUH.  So, the decline and fall of everything is inevitable and the only answer against the devil is giving up everything.  This is a sure recipe for spreading despair: everything is going to go to hell and I am not good enough or willing enough or something enough to do thing one about it because my only option is becoming a living saint.  And I just have to get new brakes and help my daughter not flunk 6th grade.... 

But the article makes you wonder why bother at all?  What good are your few  prayers and attempts at a decent life?  Might as well sleep in on Sunday.

Kreeft, who do you work for?   

(next: threat assessment)