Monthly Archives: June 2016

The “Woosi-fication” of our Catholic Faith by Vatican II

By Allan Gillis

I found this basic schedule of pre-V2 liturgical discipline this morning as a blog discussion on Rorate Caeli spoke of the First Friday/Feast of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ presenting a dilemma posed when one is “twixt & between” the two calendars – the Novus Ordo and the 1962 liturgical calendar – mind you; the latter has NOT been suppressed.  This was when Catholic men were men.  Our Roman Catholic faith meant more because it called upon us to sacrifice more and deny ourselves – mortifying the flesh, thereby quietly – without “charismatic”, ostentatious display – cultivating a sanctified life “in the spirit”. The REAL Holy Spirit.

With all this talk today among the Nouveau-Catholics about life “in the spirit”, I am convinced that the fervor is often an acquired affectation. I used to be one of those “chandelier-swinging”, guitar and tambourine-banging, “slayed-in-the-spirit” born-again firebrands.  I know the type well. Back in the sixties and seventies, we traded real religion (with its concomitant reverence and sacrifice) for drama and feel-good emotional highs. Presented below is a reminder of how real Catholics lived within the spiritual regimen of Christian discipline and devotion – a way of life that surrounded the globe and expanded our faith for nearly two thousand years – creating REAL saints and furthering the Kingship of Jesus Christ.

The Discipline of 1962  

Laws of Days of Abstinence

Applies on one’s 7th birthday.

Complete Abstinence: all Fridays of the year, Ash Wednesday, Holy Saturday, and the Vigil of Christmas.

Partial Abstinence (meat and soup or gravy from meat permitted once a day at the principal meal): all the days of Lent, the Ember Days of Wednesday and Saturday, and the Vigils of Pentecost and the Assumption.

Abstinence from meat is dispensed on Holy Days of Obligation.

Laws of Fast

Applies for those aged 21 to 59, inclusive. [N.B. post-’62 law lowers this to 18.]

Days of Lent from Ash Wednesday inclusive, Ember Days, and Vigils of Christmas, Pentecost, and the Assumption.

One full meal permitted and two other meals may be taken which, when combined, are less than a full meal.

The Law of the Eucharistic Fast
The complete fast from all food and drink (except water or medicine) for three hours before the reception of Holy Communion. Those who are able to maintain the midnight fast, which was the previous discipline, are still encouraged to do so.
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This was when Roman Pontiffs had a REAL “loving response”!    Giuseppe Sarto.    Now there was a real man!

Pope Saint Pius X – PRAY FOR US!

Commentary on the Brexit Vote

I see the Brexit (British Exit) as a fearful response to a tidal wave of change in the world. Like every similar event in the past (and there have been many), we lose perspective when we see this through a singular lens. There are many forces in play.

It is absolutely true that globalism has had a weakening impact on dominant (first world) countries. The think tank elites who saw financial interdependence as a deterrent to global destabilization and communism did not think it through. They did not recognize that tossing the manufacturing sector to the lowest global bidder would tear at the fabric of the American and European middle classes and create a vast transfer of wealth on one hand, while increasing human trafficking and slavery elsewhere. Millions of people who once had jobs have lost them, while corrupt countries accept slave driven, sweat shop labor to provide cheap goods and high profits to the people at the top.

These changes, along with many other natural and political disasters have impacted an already weakening global situation and populations have been pushed to move. We now have the highest number of refugees since the end of World War 2. Vast movements of people cause fear in populations and they react.

The Brexit vote has been immediately followed by a significant number of racist attacks in the UK. As I read the news, I was surprised to learn that I would no longer be welcome in Britain, since the primary focus of immigrant violence in the UK is against Polish immigrants who have been coming in large numbers over the years. When my oldest son lived in the UK, he was called a “f**king Pole” on the street in London, because he looks Polish. Apparently, we are all minorities somewhere…

So now we are on the verge of a social phenomenon that should not be surprising, since we have been part of this before.

I recently watched a great show on PBS about Neanderthals who were assimilated into a massive wave of immigration by our ancient ancestors. At first, the newcomers had to assimilate to their new environment, but as our early ancestors increased in number, the assimilation began to flow in the other direction and immigration became invasion. This is not a singular occurrence. In fact, our early ancestors dominated the world in a relatively short period of time and then began a process of dominating each other that has continued, unabated ever since.

In school, I learned how our Early American ancestors came to America to escape persecution and practice their religion. Years later, I started to understand the Native American viewpoint that saw European immigration expand to invasion. Their early efforts to stop the wave of immigration were overthrown by shear numbers as Europeans moved in waves to take the land and push whoever was there out of the way. The term I learned for this, was “Manifest Destiny”. 

I fear that vast movements of invasion are our common destiny. As a species, we are very good at pushing others out of the way to get what we want. In this case, Brexit is simply fear of history repeating itself in a country that has experienced multiple mass immigrations from the Romans, to the Saxons to the Norse to the Norman conquest. They’ve seen this before and always failed to hold back the tide. 

I’m Delighted! – Sounds To Me Like the SSPX is Remaining Focused!

IMPORTANT: SSPX Communiqué after meeting of all Superiors (on Canonical recognition)

From Rorate Caeli:

At the conclusion of the meeting of the major superiors of the Society of Saint Pius X that was held in Switzerland, from June 25 to 28, 2016, the Superior General addressed the following communiqué:

The purpose of the Society of Saint Pius X is chiefly the formation of priests, the essential condition for the renewal of the Church and for the restoration of society.

In the great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church, the proclamation of Catholic doctrine requires the denunciation of errors that have made their way into it and are unfortunately encouraged by a large number of pastors, including the Pope himself.

The Society of Saint Pius X, in the present state of grave necessity which gives it the right and duty to administer spiritual aid to the souls that turn to it, does not seek primarily a canonical recognition, to which it has a right as a Catholic work. It has only one desire: faithfully to bring the light of the bi-millennial Tradition which shows the only route to follow in this age of darkness in which the cult of man replaces the worship of God, in society as in the Church.

The “restoration of all things in Christ” intended by Saint Pius X, following Saint Paul (cf. Ep.h 1:10), cannot happen without the support of a Pope who concretely favors the return to Sacred Tradition. While waiting for that blessed day, the Society of Saint Pius X intends to redouble its efforts to establish and to spread, with the means that Divine Providence gives to it, the social reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Society of Saint Pius X prays and does penance for the Pope, that he might have the strength to proclaim Catholic faith and morals in their entirety. In this way he will hasten the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary that we earnestly desire as we approach the centennial of the apparitions in Fatima.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X

Ecône, June 29, 2016

The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

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The Church Must Do What?!!???

By Allan Gillis

I think if my deceased grandparents were alive today – they’d probably think the world was near it’s end!    We’re sort of like frogs that are being slowly boiled in the pan of ever-warming water!

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Is FRANKIE really, I mean – is he really serious???

In our own most orthodox and politically-neutral (I’m gagging as I write)  catholic [small “c” intended] journal from Archidioecesis Bostoniensis today we find a report that Frankie-The-Hippie-Pope has spoken “off the cuff” again  –  on a continuing thread in his new authoritative form of magisterial teaching: AIRPLANE INTERVIEWS WITH JOURNALISTS!!!

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The Boston Pilot reports on Frankie’s loquacious fumblings:

“Pope Francis says Church must accompany gays, not discriminate”

I am curious – why, in the Catholic world – why all the attention focused on sexual perverts these days?  I don’t get it.   They represent less than 2% of the frickin’ population nationally!  Gallup even published a story just a year ago about how “Americans are greatly over-estimating the percentage of gays and lesbians in the U.S.”.   I mean, what gives here?

How ’bout this Frankie…   try it – just once.  Try telling the world – no, try warning the world; that homosexual acts are sins that cry from Heaven for vengeance.  THAT is the compassionate thing to do Your Holiness!

I sometimes wonder – is Frankie just continuing his quest for  “The Most Hippest, Coolest Pope Evah”  Award?

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The Brexit vote

The British people have voted to leave the European Union. Older voters outside of the major metropolitan areas voted overwhelmingly to leave. This victory for the leave vote occurred DESPITE the intense effort by international neoliberal elites to squash it. The vote is a victory for Christendom in my opinion as a major motivator for the leave vote was immigration of Muslims into the EU countries. Neoliberal elites who head the European Union (and exemplified by people like Angela Merkel of Germany) just could not understand why average people all across Europe would reject the importation of huge numbers of Muslims into their countries. I do not think that people who want to restrict immigration from Muslim countries are racist or xenophobic. They simply realize that if you import huge numbers of Muslims you will eventually get varying degrees of sharia law ruling their lives. Under even the most mild or liberal interpretations of sharia law, Christians and Jews are dhimmis or second class citizens in the Islamic polity. Members of yet other religions like Hindus and Buddhists are given even fewer rights under sharia law. It is entirely reasonable that Christians not open their borders to people who will seek to subjugate them.

Now some amount of controlled immigration from Muslim countries I believe is OK, particularly in cases where the Muslims are fleeing wars and chaos the West, itself, had a hand in creating. It would be the height of moral hypocrisy and very non-Christian to militarily shatter a society like the West did in Iraq and then refuse to help the victims of our misdeeds and the cataclysm that followed. But there is a difference between a reasoned response to our past deeds and providing carte blanche to  a flood of religious refugees whose holy book tells them to subjugate all peoples unless they convert to Islam.

Back to the EU…Just one or two weeks ago a EU commission on human rights ordered Ireland to relax its anti-abortion laws. It threatened Ireland with huge economic sanctions if it did not allow unrestricted access to abortions within its borders. This is precisely the kind of thing that ordinary people all around Europe find disgusting. The EU was captured by neoliberal leftist social justice warriors bent on destroying what remained of the Christian ethos in Europe. The EU was forcing its member countries to commit cultural suicide by importing huge numbers of peoples who despise Christianity and the West. That kind of insanity needed to end and the Brexit vote is a a first step to ending it.

Fox News Demands Pope’s Resignation

By Allan Gillis

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I’d like to see Jorge ride off into the sunset too… but a frickin’ news organization making this kind of public decree?!   Who the hell are they?  Fox News has gone too far.  This Adam Shaw guy –  a politics reporter for Fox News has gone too far.

I understand many Roman Catholics being upset and confused when Frankie says:

Abortion “is an evil in and of itself, but it is not a religious evil at its root, no? It’s a human evil,” “On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil. In certain cases, as in this one (Zika), such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear.”

Many other decent and reliable sources of journalistic excellence are cited.  Matthew Schmitz, editor at the conservative First Things Catholic magazine, called the Pope “wrong and irresponsible.”  Edward Peters, a U.S. canon lawyer who has been an adviser to the Vatican, wrote that the Pope’s words in this latest kerfuffle about most marriages being null  were “very bad” because they could spur couples in difficult marriages to “give up now” instead of trying to overcome problems. Peters wrote Friday that the pope’s comments were the equivalent of a “nuclear winter” because they suggest that most people have failed at “the most natural” of human efforts.   He goes on further ; “But beyond the arresting scope of the claim that nullity is rampant, there is the debilitating effect that such a view can and doubtless will have on couples in difficult marriage situations. After all, if ‘the great majority’ of Christian marriages are, as alleged by Francis, already null, then couples struggling in difficult marriages and looking for the bread of spiritual and sacramental encouragement may instead be offered stones of despair — ‘your marriage is most likely null, so give up now and save everyone a lot of time and trouble,’ ” Peters wrote.

The Catholic Church teaches that a marriage can be ended only by death or an annulment  which is essentially a Church ruling that the marriage was not valid in the first place because it lacked prerequisites such as free-will and psychological maturity.

Here’s the text from yesterday’s story by Shaw at Fox News:

Pope Francis’s three-year-old papacy, marred by controversy from the beginning, has hit a new low.

After Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to succeed Pope Benedict XVI in 2013, he quickly justified his reputation as an unconventional character who put himself on both sides of an argument with vaguely worded pronouncements.

From his “Who am I to judge?” statement on gay people that seemed to offer a hint at a change in church teaching, to his fumbles on contraception, to his recent claim that Donald Trump is not Christian, his off-the-cuff remarks cause headlines across the globe, often followed by some sort of “clarification” from the Holy See Press Office.

His papacy has been a litany of confusing statements for the faithful on the most sensitive and delicate topics. While clear on political topics dear to his heart, but where Catholics can legitimately hold differing opinions, such as immigration, economics and climate change, on matters of doctrine, Francis muddied the waters to an extent that many well-meaning Catholics feel they no longer know where the Church stands on issues of faith.

Most recently, in his latest off-the-cuff ramble on Thursday, he was asked about marriage. He said:

“It’s provisional, and because of this the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null. Because they say ‘yes, for the rest of my life!’ but they don’t know what they are saying. Because they have a different culture. They say it, they have good will, but they don’t know.”

To say that the “great majority” of Catholic marriages are null, or invalid, is a statement that is neither true, wise, nor fair. The Vatican has since toned down his remarks in the written transcript to say “a part of our sacramental marriages are null,” in apparent recognition of the damage Francis’s statement might cause.

For a “pope of the people” he certainly doesn’t give Catholics much credit. For a Catholic marriage to be valid all that is needed is the freedom to marry, consent from both parties, and the intention to marry for life and be open to children. That’s it.

Over the years, some clerics have used an interpretation of canon law to suggest “emotional immaturity” can be a reason for not understanding the responsibilities of marriage, and therefore as invalid and open to annulment. But marriage is not hard to understand, and the Catholic rite of marriage, as well as the preparation couples go through beforehand, makes clear what marriage involves.

For Pope Francis to say the great majority of marriages are null implies that the great majority of Catholic are ignorant fools who cannot understand the responsibilities of a bedrock of society that has existed for thousands of years.

It also suggests severe doubt in the mercy and grace of God. The rule of thumb when the validity of sacraments, whether it be marriage, the Eucharist or the priesthood, is concerned, is to assume validity unless something clearly contradicts that. So just like a priest doubting his faith as he is ordained is still a priest, a bride with jitters is still validly married — God makes up for our frailties.

Francis’ words put the devil’s doubt into the hearts and minds of good Catholic couples who may be going through a rough time, and who instead of saying “We’re Catholic, we’re married, this is until death parts us,” may now say, “Well, the pope says most marriages aren’t valid anyway…maybe ours isn’t either” and give up.

Francis’ statement demonstrates a lack of faith in the Church and its ability to vet couples seeking marriage, to teach them about what marriage is, and to administer the sacraments effectively. If most marriages are invalid because couples don’t understand a life-long commitment, does that mean most priestly ordinations are invalid too? If so, are most masses invalid? Most confessions?

The Church’s authority rests, in part, on its claim to be able to communicate the sacraments and the teachings of Christ. Francis has cast doubt on the former, has done a poor job of the latter, and by doing so has brought the Church’s legitimacy into question.

His comments come after he dealt more confusion to Catholic marriages by allowing the liberal Cardinal Walter Kasper to take control of last year’s Synod of the Family — who turned the whole thing into a referendum on gay people and communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.

Francis made things worse this year with his vague document on the family — Amoris Laetitia — in which he buried the hot topic of divorced and remarried Catholics in a footnote, and muddied the waters some more by saying that such couples could receive sacraments “in certain cases.”  When asked to clarify he said “I don’t remember the footnote.” Wonderful.

Once upon a time Catholics would have been stuck with a bad pope, but since Pope Emeritus Benedict opened the door for a pope resigning when he can no longer do his job, it is time for the faithful to look at Francis and ask — “is this man able to lead the Holy Catholic Church?”

At this point it is clear, Bergoglio has repeatedly proven himself unable to lead, and is doing incalculable damage to the Church that will take decades to heal.

Pope Francis should resign, and Catholics should demand it, so the Church can begin recovering from the havoc his ill-advised and arrogant papacy has wrought.

whoa!     and some of you thought I was tough on Frankie!

Happy Father’s Day

By Allan Gillis

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Yes, one may refer to today as just another “Hallmark Holiday”…   but remember brothers – we celebrate fatherhood today and fatherhood is the very heart of God.  Taking responsibility, embracing sacrifice, providing, guiding, protecting, teaching, loving and always being mindful of the example we set.  We do battle – hand-to-hand combat with the devil for the souls of our charges.  Let us continue to point to God and pray our beloved into Heaven!   Happy Father’s Day gentlemen and may God bless you and keep you dutiful! Again, fatherhood is the heart of God.

The Orlando massacre

By Augustinus

Last week almost 50 homosexual and lesbian persons were murdered by a man claiming to act in the name of Islam once again. I have seen no rational debates about this tragedy since then. The left has focused on the tragedy as a hate crime against homosexuals and called for greater controls on hate speech and hate crimes and so on. The liberals have focused on gun control. They apparently see the massacre as just another mass shooting in America’s long history of mass shooting by deranged loners. The right has focused on the shooters claims that he acted on behalf of Isis and Islam more generally. Presidential candidate Trump asked why president Obama could not use the term “radical Islam” to characterize the source of the tragedy given the shooter’s claim that he acted on behalf of radical Islam. President Obama responded with outrage asking what good would it do to place the blame at the foot of radical Islam. And there the debate has remained with no-one in America offering anything of substance on the tragedy.

To me a common sense response would be to 1) further restrict Muslim immigration (even though the shooter was American born his parents were immigrants); 2) improve FBI methods in keeping an eye on suspected radical Islamists; 3) place further restrictions on automatic weapons and 4) grant that the murders were both an act of terrorism and an act of hate.

Most importantly it seems to me is to realize that we are in a war with radical Islam and that there is a real clash of civilizations happening here. That does not mean we have to stigmatize or hate or violate the civil liberties of muslims. We can say to America Muslims: We understand why you want to keep open the immigration gates but we need to do this slowly and carefully so that assimilation of incoming immigrants can occur without violence.”

In this civliizational war the first duty of Christians is to convert Muslims to the true faith. The American churches need to revitalize their missionary efforts and actively seek to convert muslims. We are hampered in doing so by the false teaching that all religions are true. So we need clarity regarding the Vatican II inspired reassessment of other religions even as evangelization efforts take off.