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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Some discussion about the SSPX and Voris

As I talk more with the wife and try to figure out where the SSPX sits in our lives, I've come across the following articles and more.  I like Fr. Z's the best so far (as of this evening).

-SSPX not in schism
-Context for the Vortex SSPX-Fest

Fascinating stuff, this.  Again, I'm leaving other stuff out.  But I've had a hard day, and not much time for posting.  




Sunday, September 27, 2015

Our First Attendance at a SSPX Chapel


Well, the family and I went to our first Mass held by the Society. The wife said it was nice, and "it was just like the diocesan TLM that we were consistently attending months ago."  I got to meet "traddie" (his name on Te Deum), and the wife got to meet some Traditional Catholic filipinas for the first time. Usually, when filipinas come to America, they become protestantized. So, she was happy to see some of her countrymen who were like-minded for a change.

The "parish" didn't seem to have much, but what they did have carried a lot of meaning for everyone. And that was really something to see. When I go to the cathedral downtown, the parish has so much--and yet, everyone takes their Catholicism for granted. I told the wife afterwards that it felt like we were English Recusants.

Still, though. I'm not fully 100% on board with the Society. There's a few things that I'm just way too uncertain about accepting. I'm unsure about being totally on board with the idea of just avoiding Novus Ordo Mass altogether. And, I'm uncertain about going to confession with a Society priest. And probably, there's a whole host of other things I'm uncertain about.

And that's basically how things have been for us in terms of our Catholic lives lately. The "Mass situation" of the past few months, the banal spirit of the Novus Ordo Mass we've been witnessing since the spring, a current Facebook barrage from Protestant colleagues about what a jerk I am for not liking Pope Francis--and let's not forget the fact that I'm really freaked out that Pope Francis could be THE non-canonically elected pope of prophecy, and everything that brings--it's all kind of emotionally traumatic.

We're just wanting to do the right thing and worship God in the way He wants us to. But now, we just don't know what's going on. And I really think it'll be that way for us for months, if not years. We're trapped in a sort of a state of flux. And I have a feeling that, should the schism that people have talked about come in the next 1-5 years, there's going to be a WHOLE LOT of Catholics who will be stepping into the waters I'm in right now.

I know it is okay for us to fulfill our Sunday obligation at a Society parish. But ought we? Well, we'd be stealing energy from the diocesan community by removing ourselves from them. On the other hand...wheels are turning in that community to purge itself of, well, Catholicism. And ought clergy be doing that? I think not. As Fleur (at the Te Deum forum) said in so many words, we're freaked out.

I don't know. But that's where I am. I'm in a world of "I don't know." So, we'll see. I got a lot on my plate in life right now, so conclusions on something like this will probably only manifest slowly for me.



Friday, September 25, 2015

Antipope Francis

Antipope - An antipope (Latin: antipapa) is a person who, in opposition to the one who is generally seen as the legitimately elected Pope, makes a significantly accepted competing claim to be the Pope,[1] the Bishop of Rome and leader of the Roman Catholic Church. At times between the 3rd and mid-15th century, antipopes were supported by a fairly significant faction of religious cardinals and secular kings and kingdoms.*

...so...

I cannot believe I am saying this. But I am quite sure that Pope Francis is an antipope.

Cardinal Danneels Admits to Being Part of 'Mafia' Club Opposed to Benedict XVI

Cardinal Danneels of Belgium, who was part of a "Mafia Club" called "San Gallo," admits in his latest book and on video that he worked against Pope Benedict XVI, and that he also worked to help install Cardinal Bergoglio as pope. 

We all suspected this.  But now, evidence is emerging, courtesy of Cardinal Danneels' narcissistic desire for public approbation.  

The prophecy of the two popes may very well be happening.  Right now.  
I saw also the relationship between two popes … I saw how baleful would be the consequences of this false church. I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the city of Rome. The local clergy grew lukewarm, and I saw a great darkness…I had another vision of the great tribulation. It seems to me that a concession was demanded from the clergy which could not be granted. I saw many older priests, especially one, who wept bitterly. A few younger ones were also weeping. But others, and the lukewarm among them, readily did what was demanded. It was as if people were splitting into two camps.

I saw that many pastors allowed themselves to be taken up with ideas that were dangerous to the Church. They were building a great, strange, and extravagant Church. Everyone was to be admitted in it in order to be united and have equal rights: Evangelicals, Catholics, sects of every description. Such was to be the new Church …


Prepare your souls, Ladies and Gentlemen!


*From Wikipedia


Unpersuaded, We're Going to a Society Chapel

I think that, at the moment, I have no scruples with taking the family to an SSPX chapel. I'm still very confused. I might start asking particular questions later on--like, this winter, after I'm done with my registry exam. But for now, let it be enough that Voris hasn't SCARED me from going. His documentary seemed to dance around and never admit the fact that the SSPX Mass will satisfy my family's Sunday obligation.

So, in three days, me and mine are going to take a peek at what it's all about, I suppose.

I'll be sharpening my opinion on the SSPX in the year(s) to come. It's a guarantee, since I'll be attending a chapel (for a while, at least). For now, I'm not sure I buy everything the Society says. For example, I probably will be careful to go to confession at a diocesan parish. I would go to a Society priest during the "Year of Mercy," however I now may believe Pope Francis is an antipope. Furthermore, I do not know if I like the idea of the Society telling us to not go to Novus Ordo Mass and to just stay home.

But this will all get flushed out later, provided the world holds together.

This means that I'll finally be meeting christulsa, from FE and SD. So, that should be cool. For the first time, I will finally get to meet someone else from the Catholic forums.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Reporting in: Voris' Assault

Tonight, I have finished watching ChurchMilitantTV's special, SSPX: Catholi-schism.  This was the documentary from CMTV that I've been waiting over a year for. 

Objectively speaking, I can find nothing I disagree with in the presentation.  It seems like a plain and simple presentation of Church history.

But, as I have said to other Traditional Catholics who dislike Voris' stance, I am not fully educated and vested in this subject.  I am still on the outside.  I do not rule out the possibility that someone will come along and refute Voris' points.  This fight is not over yet, and I acknowledge this.

Pope Francis likens the Church to a triage tent in a war.  But if it ends up that me and mine are stuck going to irreverent Novus Ordo Masses, it will more like taking my family into a battlefield, rather than a hospital tent.  I will be forced to become an activist parishioner. 

I do not yet know what to do or what to think.

Bad Timing, Coming Into the SSPX, Hearing Them Out

To begin with, I wish to convey a special thanks to Terry Carroll and ChurchMilitantTV (CMTV) for finally producing the arguments, videos, and the documentary about the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX, or the Society) that I was told they would eventually produce.  At last, a necessary battle--in my opinion--is being allowed to take place.  Two camps on opposite sides of a debate are finally having it out, and thus, allowing yours truly to gather a large amount of facts and arguments.

I hope that The Remnant, Catholic Family News, Louie Verrecchio, and many others will dissect every statement that Voris has made, countering with their position and facts.  Likewise, I am hoping that CMTV will hear each and every single argument from these sources, and meticulously address the rebuttals, rather than just blowing them off.

Never before have I had to come to a conclusion about the SSPX.  But due to my real-life circumstances, a position on the Society is now necessary.  I must determine if going to a Society chapel is an option.  What shall I do?  Force my wife and young children to endure odious and irreverent consecrations of the Eucharist that are highly irregular when compared to the Masses of the past two millenia?  Or do I take my family to a Mass that reinforces the entire Catholic Faith in every aspect, yet is technically considered irregular by canon lawyers?


How I got to this point

-In 2001 I converted to the Catholic Church in a most awkward fashion by a liberal priest.  I had never even heard of the SSPX.  But I came into the Church knowing that there was a pedophile priest scandal at the time, and that the beginning of the Church's rot started sometime in the late 60s with some sort of Council.

-In 2009, after years of having no consistent friendships (save my sponsor) or associations with other Catholics--due largely to the impersonal get-in-get-out culture of Novus Ordo Mass culture--I finally discovered the online Traditional Catholic community at the forum known as Fisheaters.

-By 2014, I developed an awareness of the SSPX, but I never supported the Society.  I knew of its existence since 2009, but never cared much.  I did not fully understand their history, how legal they were, the rightness of their cause, or if they were even necessary.  I had the luxury at that time of attending diocesan Tridentine Latin Mass (TLM), so it seemed there was no need to bother with the topic.

-By early winter of 2014, having already formed an opinion about Sedevacantism (I disagree with it very much), I struggled to understand the SSPX.  Different people would occasionally ask my opinion on the Society, and the Society kept popping up in the news.  I had a brief correspondence with Terry Carroll.  He was telling me many things against the Society.  I was often on the fence on the matter.  Carroll did his best to explain his side of the story.  To this day, I am grateful to Carroll for taking the time to write such extensive replies to my questions, and in the next week or two, I will likely review what he recommended once more.  It was at this time that Carroll had promised an extensive CMTV special about the SSPX that winter.  I was looking forward to it, as I wanted to have some kind of a solidified opinion on the matter once and for all.

-In February of 2015, I had actually thought I disagreed with the SSPX for a week or perhaps a day.  I cannot remember, exactly.  My understanding was shallow, truth be told.  This was around the time that a CMTV program called Mic'd Up came out and targeted different Traditionalist Catholic news sources.  I thought it was a very exciting show that ginned up a lot of important conversation.  But still, since I still had my diocesan TLM, I did not have to put too much thought into the SSPX.  I was still disappointed that there was still no documentary.  Carroll said that the documentary would be released at the end of March, after the revamping of their website.  I had returned to being on the fence on the matter, and I wanted to hear the criticisms their documentary had to offer.  

-By mid-August 2015, I had seen many instances where it seemed that CMTV had snubbed different people on their website.  I found it to be very disingenuous.  An up-and-coming blogger had complained:
"Church Militant consists of a bunch of moral cowards unable to handle any debate in a forum they don't control. Good Lord I'm sick of their nonsense, and of the string-pullers behind the scenes. May God grant them all the success they deserve."
This was becoming a very common complaint about CMTV.  Many Catholics were complaining about being snubbed and cut out of discussion from CMTV's comment boxes.  Yours truly was even scrubbed out of a conversation because I sincerely asked what the Abomination of Desolation would look like, and I asked for someone to explain the prophecy of St. Francis of Assisi.  CMTV glibly touted to everyone that "Many are called, but few are chosen!" when it came to snuffing out comments on their com boxes.  I found it to be a snarky, degrading, and effeminate mockery.  At this time, I was upset with CMTV, and I was upset with Terry Carroll because the fabled documentary had never seen the light of day.

-By September 6th, a terrible reality for the family had settled in.  I am trapped working on the third shift, with no end in sight.  Due to the fact that all of the Latin Masses were in the mornings, we were stuck with a Novus Ordo Mass at our city's cathedral in the evenings.  It was irreverent.  Our family went to that Mass for a few months because the 1pm diocesan Latin Mass was moved to 10:30.  We needed a TLM in the late afternoon or evening.  The wife and I had been growing out of touch with the good Traditional Catholic families of our town because of the TLM Mass cutoff.  There seemed to be absolutely no importance on confession at the parish, and we've been in a state of mortal sin for weeks.  For us, Catholicism has been simply a thing experienced irreverently for an hour on Sunday.  I realized that if my children grew up with this kind of a Mass, they would grow up indifferent and lose the Faith.  I had told a friend the following:
Returning to Novus Ordo really sucks. I can absolutely see how people are DRIVEN to SSPX Mass, now. Having experienced something meaningful, and then returning to something so bland and disregarding of important things...it's like being a highschool sophmore, and returning to the 5th grade.  I honestly entertain the SSPX idea lately. Heck, Pope Francis even gave them permission--for a limited time only!!!--to hear confessions. (Get your absolutions while they last, folks.) If that isn't a sign that the Vatican likes to keep the Society on a chain, I don't know what is. I really entered the Church in a weird way. It'd only make sense if I were to continue in It in a weird irregular way as well. Besides, these days, I often say to myself that the SSPX Latin Mass is no more irregular than the NO Mass.
-By September 11th, the end of the week, I decided I would take the family to an SSPX Mass.  It wouldn't be until the 4th week of the month (so we haven't gone yet).  I had not really thought much about the Society before, but it seemed like an option at that point.  The time for learning more about the Society had finally come.  Terry Carroll never produced that documentary he promised, and just a few weeks earlier, Pope Francis said that SSPX priests could hear confessions during the Year of Mercy.  It seemed legit.  I shared this news with my remaining friends in the online Traditional Catholic community:


-On Sunday, September 13th, we fulfilled our Sunday obligation once more at the Novus Ordo Mass at the cathedral downtown.  On two forums, I described it as follows:
As we walked into the church, a woman with a high skirt and a "fish net" shirt revealing her bra underneath entered through the doors in front of us. During the Gloria, the tune was that of the My Little Pony theme song. Only the African priest and the music director was singing the Gloria, and even then, the music director was only halfway singing it. I looked out during the singing of the Gloria, and all 200 parishioners were just standing there bearing it, waiting for it to end, and no one participating in the feely-good Gloria song. They had 2nd and 3rd grade children stuttering through the readings as they stood on a stepstool behind the lectern in the sanctuary area. [Hardly anyone] stayed after the Mass to pray, and yet everyone went up for some juice and crackers except us (since we're still in a state of mortal sin and going to Hell, presently; no thanks to the shriveled emphasis on confession).  I want to get off of this night shift once and for all. I cannot, our finances will not allow it. If my children continue to grow up in this kind of a "screw it" atmosphere, they'll abandon the Church when they're adults, and they won't give a damn about anything.
Going to a Society chapel seemed like the right thing to do.  The only thing critics seemed to offer was glibness and cutting off people in an attempted debate.  I was becoming excited.  My family would be able to attend the Latin Mass again.  I posted the following:


- September 14th, Monday.  CMTV came out with a video about the Society: The Vortex--SSPX Sadness.  I was shocked.  They announced a week-long series about the topic, promising a special by Friday.  I was very upset.  They marched onto the scene A DAY AFTER my wife and I were just SURE we were going to do the right thing.  

-September 15th, Tuesday.  I was very frustrated and confused after seeing CMTV's second video: The Vortex--Schismatics before God.  I posted this:


Perhaps I was wrong?  I could not tell.  I am a simple layman.  A radiographer.  Canon law is beyond my station.  I do not know how to argue for or against any of this.  I was angry.  How could CMTV have such terrible timing?  And to come out with this series before that awful Synod is about to happen?  It just seems like a very awful time to stir this up.  

- Wednesday, Sept 16th.  CMTV's third video came out: The Vortex—Offensive to God.  The video utilized some very strong language, and it seemed aimed at Society priests.  I doubted my decision.  But then, that afternoon, The Remnant started addressing Michael Voris' statments point-for-point in this article by Chris Jackson:


And Louie Verrecchio was addressing Voris' points in this article:


These arguments made sense to me.  At first, it seemed as if CMTV scared me back onto the fence.  But then, how could I argue against what Jackson and Verrecchio said?  I was comfortable with the Society by the end of the night.  

- Thursday, September 17th.  CMTV released a video using strong language once more, this time aimed at laity who attended Society chapels: The Vortex—SSPX Sunday Mass.  I have been, perhaps, despairing.  What was I supposed to do?  I've been getting frustrated with the entire mess that is the Catholic Church, wanting to throw my hands up and say "just forget it."  CMTV further put out three more articles: 


I asked CMTV and their community through Disqus the following question:
So, what am I to do? Continue taking my wife and children to the modernist dull Mass we are stuck with, where they sing the Gloria to the tune of "My Little Pony?"  If no SSPX, and if we are not in a state of emergency, then what. am. I. supposed. to. do?  My children are going to grow up not giving a crap about the Catholic Church if their formation at Mass continues in this fashion.  I am asking sincerely.
Fortunately, they have not considered my question to be troublemaking or inconvenient, and it has not been scrubbed from their comment box.  In fact, I've received many replies, for which I am grateful. 
Also, however, there have been some point-by-point replies by the Remnant again, as well as discussions about the Society's position in general:



There are other pro-Society sources out there who are countering what CMTV is stating--including, of all people, Karl Keating of Catholic Answers.  Bishop Morlino apologized just last week to the Society for a ghostwritten letter telling people to stay away from the SSPX--that he never felt that way about the Society.  And then, I found this today as well:



- Friday, September 18th, is the composition of this blog post.  I am sympathetic, once more with the SSPX after reading the latter three linked articles.  They tackle Voris point-by-point.  I am sure that others will be coming to do further in-depth analysis and rebuttals of what CMTV has produced this week.  Their grand-daddy of a documentary, FBI—CATHOLI-SCHISM, has just been released this morning.  It is as glib and snarky as ever.  The tone of this title is more akin to something I'd hear from a snotty atheist making fun of the Church.  I have yet to view it.  But I will.  Because I don't know what I am supposed to think.  All I know how to do is to hear all sides in this matter.  I don't know how else to handle this.  I will be awaiting rebuttals from the sources I've mentioned.  And I will be curious to see if CMTV will match those rebuttals.  I want this fight.  At this point--for the sake of my family--I need to these two sides to prove themselves in debate.

So far, the allies of ChurchMilitantTV do not look too Christlike.  Not only do we have Voris' uppety tone, the cocky titles, the effeminate snubbing on the CMTV com boxes, but here is Fr. Paul Nicholson's latest jab at the Society.  That is the same Fr. Nicholson who thinks that SSPX Mass, since it's schismatic, is worse than a black mass.  I wonder if he thinks the same of the schismatic Eastern Orthodox.   

Fr. Paul Nicholson also bashed Fr. Nicholas Gruner on the day of the latter's death.


As you can see from the picture that Fr. Paul Nicholson has posted, he appears to be snarkily rejoicing in the idea that Archbishop Lefebvre is roasting in Hell as an excommunicated priest.  Some people, following that posted picture, stated that hopefully, perhaps on his deathbed, the Archbishop reconciled.  But Fr. Paul Nicholson was all too happy to stomp on that idea, proclaiming: "He did not reconcile. He died excommunicated. Only the Pope can lift his excommunication. He died unrepentant. Kyrie Eleison. What a frightening thing!"

Contain those thrills, Father.  Not even I take as much delight in people potentially roasting in Hell--to the point of brandishing a poster about it.

So, there's been a lot of nasty bad form coming from CMTV's corner.  Objectively speaking, their words confuse and give me pause.  But their actions and behavior really makes me think they are in the wrong.  

Finally, Michael Matt has informed readers that this attack on the SSPX is coming on the heels of an attempt by the Southern Poverty Law Center to place the Society on government agency lists of hate groups.
In attempting to isolate the SSPX as a “radical” fringe group that is “outside the Catholic Church” he becomes a star witness for the SPLC, and thus ultimately aids those who threaten the freedom and well-being of large families, hundreds of priests who adhere to the old teachings on marriage and homosexuality, tens of thousands of children, and so many good and faithful Catholics whose only "crime" is to seek refuge in the SSPX and try to save the souls of their children during the worst revolution in history.
It really, truly seems this morning like CMTV is not serving Catholics, but that the organization is some sort of a perversion of Catholicism or even a trojan horse for Catholics.  If CMTV wants to go after schismatics so much, I have no idea why they do not #1 adopt the cheerful ecumenical attitude of the Second Vatican Council and be nice to "schismatics," and #2 go after other schismatics, like those evil satanic Eastern Orthodox people, who's gatherings--surely!--must be worse than black masses!

The more I think of these latter points, the more I return to being angry with CMTV.  That is where I stand this morning. 



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

ChurchMilitantTV: Late to the Party

Damnit.  Voris' latest video, the impending series he promises, and the FBI special that CMTV intends to show this Friday--they all are directly speaking to my family's situation.  It is as though CMTV is speaking in real time.




Just when I was resolved to take me and mine over to an SSPX chapel next Sunday for the first time.  Currently, I am still on the side of the SSPX as of last week.  I am no longer on the fence.  But I am capable of changing my mind and leading my entire family to follow.

It is frustrating to no end that this series had to come out now, and not weeks or months earlier when I thought it would be released.  It was only just last week that I stated the following:
I've often wanted for ChurchMilitantTV to attack the SSPX with some sort of sweeping documentary--simply to hear their case. Carroll told me they would have such a documentary about the SSPX as far back as November of 2014, and shortly after, I posted this. I was told the documentary would come in that late winter or sometime in the next spring. Yet, their documentary never came, and I've only heard affirmations from cardinals and this latest move by Pope Francis.

And now?  Now is the time to have this thing put together?  After I've already made a decision?

Forgive me, but I'm frustrated this evening.  This timing is...really something.

I still intend to visit a chapel with the family.  I also intend to see everything that the CMTV has to say on the matter.  I have an open mind on this matter.  However, I WILL await responses from those who side with the Society--responses that will directly address each point that CMTV brings up.  I will also await what CMTV says in reply to the Society's allies.  Furthermore, I will be measuring the attitude and actions of CMTV.  If ChurchMilitantTV continues to mock, ridicule, or snub their fellow Catholics in this matter--as they have demonstrated in the past--it will not look good on their part, to be sure.

I'm sure that my confusion will only frustrate my Society ally friends.  But this is a weighty matter, and I will hear what everyone has to say about it.  I am no theologian, nor any kind of authority on this matter, and I will not pretend to be.  I've always been just a regular guy.  CMTV had BETTER put forth something substantial.  And the SSPX had BETTER respond in kind.  This is a battle that needs to happen--a subject that MUST be tested and proved.  For my family's sake.

# # #

Oh!  And by the way!  Here's Dan Schutte’s “Mass of Christ the Savior” (2010) version of the Gloria.  This inappropriate piece of ridicule was sung by only the priest and the music director this past Sunday at the Novus Ordo Mass.  When I stared at the rest of the parishioners, they were quiet and waiting for it to end.

http://www.ccwatershed.org/media/audio/14/08/26/23-51-24_0.mp3



Sunday, September 13, 2015

I could be on a bandwagon

As I said yesterday, Pope Francis, by toying with the Society of St. Pius X when he "allowed" absolution for a year (get 'em while they're hot), has enabled myself and many others "to recognize more than ever that the SSPX is a real deal, and modernists are acting as complete dishonest adversaries."

Let's consider something that Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin stated in a letter last month. He said:
 "[A]ll is not well with the SSPX, and my advice, my plea to the traditionally-minded faithful of the diocese is to have nothing to do with them."
This month? Looks like he's apologizing to the SSPX on Raymond Arroyo's show, The World Over.  He sincerely stated how he was not happy with his wording, publicly, in front of millions.  I am willing to bet we will begin to see even more of this kind of openness to the Society.

As it begins to become clear that there are two camps of cardinals fighting each other, those who support Christ's Church will begin to recognize that the SSPX is a legitimate ally in this Culture War within Catholicism.  Perhaps the time is coming when Catholics will stop pretending that there is good, evil, and the third category.

If I am to recognize the good that the SSPX has done for Catholicism, then I could very well call them our cultural shock troops.  Clearly, they've been on the edge of our battalion and right up against the enemy--Modernism--in this war against Freemasonic secular humanism.  

And yet, time and time again, different Catholic groups, organizations, and individuals have demonstrated a disdain for effective soldiers in this culture war.

  "How can you identify a moderate? 
He is the man who only shoots at his own side, never the enemy."


Again, I defer to Vox Day, who has led several successful charges against the liberal goblins of our day.  He states:
"[M]oderates are always more focused on firing on their own side than on the enemy. They are also always more open to negotiation and dialogue with the enemy than with their own extremists.  This is one of the reasons why moderates never accomplish anything. Ideally, moderates would stay out of the way, let the extremists lead the charge, and then show up after the victory is won and handle the negotiations using the extremists as leverage."

As far as I can tell, the SSPX has been putting up a good fight.  I recommend that instead of throwing them under the bus, more clergy and apostolates step out of the way and let the Society win more battles.




Saturday, September 12, 2015

"You can have a warm fire...if you burn your pews."

Fitting, it is, that I come around on the idea of the Society of St. Pius X around September 11th.

After all, it was right around the time of September 11th in 2001 that I came into the Catholic Church.  I was a younger man, largely ignorant of a few things that better catechesis could have taught me.  My instruction as I was coming into the Church seemed slow, basic, and elementary.  (My conversion had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks on the United States; that timing was coincidental.)  I was a well-developed Protestant with a stronger knowledge of the Bible than many Baptists, and I had an appetite for answers to questions--holes that were in my faith that Protestantism could not answer.

As a result, I went to a priest in another town who was happy to confirm me into the Catholic Church himself.  I was not brought in after a long drawn out RCIA fiasco, and confirmed at an Easter Vigil Mass in the presence of Bishop Slattery.  Instead, I was brought in by a lone priest who I think may have been rather liberal, looking back.

My coming into the Catholic Church was irregular, to be sure.  The SSPX's services are "irregular."  My work schedule is irregular.  Our society is irregular.  And His Holiness--most definitely--acts irregular these days.

As I stated to Matthew over at Cathinfo the other day, I immediately recognized Pope Francis' allowing the Society to grant absolution...to be a revelation that the pope and the liberals in the Vatican are playing a Marxist-styled shell game.  Pope Francis is keeping the SSPX on a leash, once again.



The fact that the Pope is doing this betrays his his hand. We see the cards he is playing. By toying with the Society in this manner, it has enabled me--and I'm sure many others--to recognize more than ever that the SSPX is a real deal, and modernists are acting as complete dishonest adversaries.

I can completely understand what French priest, Fr. de la Rocque, was referring to in a recent sermon about Pope Francis' recent maneuver:
We're here face a truly revolutionary tactics, well-known Marxists. When the revolution can achieve the principles of the man he considered his enemy, he tries to make him take concrete acts by which it puts parentheses principles.

For example, read the book of Mrs. Hue, "In China's prisons." She tells how, being hungry, we denied him any food until Friday when we came to bring him meat, that it renounces its principles of Catholic life. In pure theory, she could eat; she was starving, there was a serious circumstance ... But she understood very well that we wanted to prejudice his Catholic principles. And she refused. It was she who was right.

We still reports how, still in the Communist China to nullify a deeply Catholic parish, Communist troops sought to compel the faithful to just get out of their church benches to burn. It was not an act directly sacrilege. It was not undermining the Blessed Sacrament. These Catholics, with their lively faith, of course, refused. They were right.

I believe that for us today, is exactly, although at a different scale, the same situations...

(Not the best translation.  I might update this post if a better translation comes along.)

I find myself to be on board with The Remnant's take on the Vatican's fight with the Society.  I am in complete agreement with the latest Remnant discussion between Michael Matt and Chris Ferrara.  The Vatican is playing smoke and mirrors, in a true Marxist fashion, in order to imply illegitimacy to legitimate priests who are on the right side of history when it comes to modernist heresy.



To put it simply, this "favor" that Pope Francis appears to be doing for the Society is actually a hidden knife, in that it implies the SSPX was never a legitimate or safe movement.  It'll only be legitimate if Pope Francis and his liberals say it is.  

"You can have a warm fire...if you burn your pews."  "You can nourish yourself on Friday...if you eat this meat we're providing you."

 Now, more than before, it seems to me that the prophecy of St. Francis of Assisi applies to the Society in this, our time. What prophecy am I talking about?  I'll post it again:
"Act bravely, my Brethren; take courage, and trust in the Lord. The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, will abound; the charity of many will grow cold, and the malice of the wicked will increase.
"The devils will have unusual power, the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity. At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death.
"Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it.

"There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God.

"Then our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us. Those who are found faithful will receive the crown of life; but woe to those who, trusting solely in their Order, shall fall into tepidity, for they will not be able to support the temptations permitted for the proving of the elect.

"Those who preserve their fervour and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and, persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth. But the Lord will be the refuge of the afflicted, and will save all who trust in Him. And in order to be like their Head [Jesus Christ], these, the elect, will act with confidence, and by their death will purchase for themselves eternal life; choosing to obey God rather than man, they will fear nothing, and they will prefer to perish [physically] rather than consent to falsehood and perfidy.
"Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor, but a destroyer."

(Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis Of Assisi, [London: R. Washbourne, 1882], pp. 248-250;
It's piss poor pitiful that CMTV ran from my honest question about the latter point when I asked them about it.  Had any one of the ChurchMilitantTV staff responded honestly to my inquiry, they might have successfully led me on even longer in my hesitation to sympathize with the SSPX.

What happened, you ask?  

Well, in a piece titled: The Vortex--Thin Slice of Catholicism, Voris was proceeding with his typical attack on the SSPX--one of many this year that have greatly stirred up Traditional Catholics against Terry Carroll's ChurchMilitantTV.  (It is unthinkable and dishonest to witness Michael Voris do such a 180-degree turn against the Society, given his sympathy for it just a handful of years ago.  What duplicity.  That's what happens, I guess, when you let a man with an agenda buy your studio for you.)

My questions at the end of the article were honest and sincere.  CMTV's snub took place only 4 weeks ago.  And, again, I was not as far in to the SSPX camp as I am today.  What a difference a month can make.

I asked CMTV:
Honest questions here. I have been attending a diocesan Tridentine Latin Mass. So, it's not even FSSP. I've never really advocated SSPX, and I've often spoken out against Sedevacantism.

1. If, as Scriptures tells us, there will one day be a time when there seems to be a Counter Church--an Abomination of Desolation--then wouldn't what we are witnessing in Rome be how that ultimate end comes about?

2. St. Francis is said to have announced this following prophecy about a time of an odious mass, a non-canonically elected pope, a time when the Franciscan order is under attack, and when a group of true Catholics will be holding the Faith together, though they will be considered schismatics. Forgive the length, but I've found the entire passage compelling. If anyone has answers, particularly CMTV staff, I am eager to hear what you have to say:

"Act bravely, my Brethren; take courage, and trust in the Lord..."
[I wrote out the prophecy here.]
What was their response?  They deleted my comment.  To add insult to injury, they closed the comments and posted this statement:
To judge an Ecumenical Council of the Church to be a violation of the 8th Commandment, and the Church Herself to have ceased to be the Anchor of Truth, is to forfeit one's posting privileges here. This is a forum for faithful Catholics, not apostates.
This forum exists as an extension of the mission of our apostolate. That means we must and do censor, and we do so without apologies. If you don't like how we go about it, post somewhere else. This isn't the place for you.
Every post deleted (and, depending on the topic, there are often quite a few) either a) advocated for or defended "bad things," or b) showed hostility towards "good things," or c) showed potential for provoking discussions that would lead to a) or b).
"Bad things" include schism, heresy, dissent from Church teachings or judgements, and unapproved apparitions / private revelations. "Good things" include the Church, the Holy Father, Church teaching, and this apostolate and staff. Criticism is permitted. Hostility is not. "Pope Francis should discipline heterodox bishops" is permitted. "Pope Francis is a heretic and the Antichrist" is not. "I disagree with your comment moderation policies" is permitted. "The moderator is a fascist" is not.
We will not allow our platform to be used to lead people away from what is good or towards what is evil. We will delete posts that, in our judgement, do that or risk that.
Anyone may post here, but you must earn your right to continue. Our regular and most frequent posters actually appreciate this approach. If you don't, you don't! Many are called, few are chosen!
What arrogance.  Few are chosen, indeed, to be the disciples of the benevolent Terry Carroll ChurchMilitantTV.

What a dishonest retreat from people.  Traditional Catholics have been bringing up good points.  Yes, there are a lot of people bringing up a lot of points, but shutting down and insulting everyone is not how you handle that.  What an antagonistic and uncharitable swipe at people who are just trying to work this out in their heads--and who are looking for "dialogue" to find some sort of direction.

I am sure that CMTV will go on to do good things as they cover the next Synod on the Family discussions this Fall.  However, it is the antagonism, dismissal, haughtiness, and shell games of ChurchMilitantTV, liberal clergy, and others that have convinced me that they are wrong on the matter in regards to the SSPX.

In this world, Christ was always persecuted.  When I found the Catholic Church, and I saw that it was the most persecuted Institution on Earth--and yet it survives--I knew that it was of Christ.  And I see the nature of persecution that the SSPX is enduring, and I am convinced that the Society is not in the wrong when it comes to dealing with the Modernist Heresy.

Those who preserve their fervor and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth suffer injuries and persecutions as rebels and schismatics.  Persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, say they themselves are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth. But the Lord is the refuge of the afflicted, and He will save all who trust in Him.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

What Laramie's been up to...

Well, folks, a lot of stuff goin' on.  Seems the Traditional Catholic forums I no longer frequent have been experiencing their problems.  Either they've kicked out most of their normal folks who dare to question anything, or the moderators are out to lunch, and things are going haywire.  I do tend to hear things from time to time, and I do have the ability to check in to these places if inclined.  But why stir the pot any more than need be?  I've no friendship with the places in any case.  (I'm not talking about the forum members, of course.)

If you're checking in just to see what ol' Laramie's been up to, I'll start by thankin' ya for droppin' by.  I took a break from the online Traditional Catholic community over a month ago, delved into some spiritual reading, and I'm now studying to become registered in a new radiographic field.  For that reason and others, it's best I don't bother with forums for now.  I'm needing the time to study.  Not to mention the fact that the wife could use my help with the kids.

Sadly for our family, the diocesan Latin Mass switched to a morning time slot.  This is bad, because I work the night shift.  And now, basically, every kind of "church-approved" Latin Mass is out of our reach because they are in the mornings when I cannot wake up.

What have we done about it?

We've started attending Novus Ordo Mass in the evenings in the city's main cathedral.  If I could make an analogy, I would say that it is like going from the 10th grade back to the 5th grade.  There is so much apathy in the service, that it is very depressing to the soul.  I know it is not my job as a layperson to really be focused on fellow parishioners at a Mass...but one cannot help but notice such things.

Homilies are...tame?  Uninspiring?  Forgettable?  I cannot even remember what they are about.  Something that I feel I've heard a thousand times before.  I often just try to focus on praying to God in sorrow that the Mass is trivialized in such a lackluster manner.

And, sadly, the indifference is contagious.  We yearn for a priest who at least appears to care about what he is saying, we yearn for a congregation that is reverent and wants to work hard to be the best followers of Christ they can be.  Am I judging on outward appearances?  Who knows, maybe.  Perhaps all of these people retreat to some sort of hippy camp where they've renounced all possessions, and they struggle every single day to give away every penny they earn.  Perhaps the homilies are the best that the priest can offer.

Call me judgmental if you want.  It is easy for me to forget that when I was new in the Church, I attended these services with zeal, and I wanted to grow in my faith.  But that growth did not come from such a parish experience.  Instead, I found inspiration from a good Catholic friend of mine, and my eventual discovery (8 years later) of the Fisheaters--when a lot of us Catholics were still all gathered over there.

At the diocesan TLM, the confession line continued throughout the Mass, and it was a long line.  People wanted to confess their sins and gain absolution.  At the evening Novus Ordo Mass, the confession line is promptly shut down five minutes before service.  If you're as unfortunate as we are to not get there early enough, then you get the dishonor of being out of a state of grace...oh, unless you schedule a confession time with the priest.  That way, you can look him right in the eye as you sit in a chair across from him.  Confessions are heard around the city on Saturday afternoons.  Unfortunately I work then, too.

So, we've basically become stranded from the families and the priests of our parish home, and we are on the outside of the city walls.  This comes on the heels of being kicked out of a few online Traditional Catholic communities in the last two years.  Ordinarily, I'd seek advice or prayers from online colleagues in those communities.

So, that is where me and mine are in terms of spiritual matters.  Out of grace in a field of modernism...which, I'd swear, seems to encourage a life of gracelessness.

The good and ironic news is that Pope Francis has basically said that the SSPX priests are legitimate enough to be allowed to hear confession for a year.  This lends credence to their services.  Though an irregular sort, the Society's Mass is acceptable, as will be their absolutions.  I'm in an irregular work schedule.  The SSPX Mass is an irregular Mass.  If you ever hear me tell you how I converted, you'll hear that I converted in an irregular manner.  It seems to me that me and my clan will be headed over to the SSPX chapel every other Sunday on late afternoons.

I never thought I would give the SSPX much thought.  But I never felt like I'd be taking a step back to being more of a Southern Baptist again, either.  I've been on the fence about the SSPX for a few years, and several conversations with Terry Carroll have kept me on that fence.  I've often wanted for ChurchMilitantTV to attack the SSPX with some sort of sweeping documentary--simply to hear their case.  Carroll told me they would have such a documentary about the SSPX  as far back as November of 2014, and shortly after, I posted this.  I was told the documentary would come in that late winter or sometime in the next spring.  Yet, their documentary never came, and I've only heard affirmations from cardinals and this latest move by Pope Francis.  So, I am not as hesitant to approach the SSPX as I was before.  

We shall see.  We are not getting any kind of spiritual encouragement from the current evening Mass situation (except for, of course, the supernatural graces that flow from the Eucharist), and I'm out of touch with any of the Catholics I used to chat with.  I still check in to Te Deum or CathInfo from time to time.  Maybe I'll post more in those places in the future.  Who knows?




Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Unprofessional Patrick N. Hayden

Nothing like having you and your wife insulted at your potential awards ceremony.

http://www.scifiwright.com/2015/08/in-memoriam/

For shame. Senior Editor and Manager of Sci-Fi at Tor Books, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, has got to be the most unprofessional man in the writing world.