I never had a rock band. But if I did, I would definitely call it Prophets of Gloom.

I have a forthcoming post on Bishop Olmsted’s recent column on Amoris Laetitia. It isn’t pretty. As I unite my prayers to his as he mourns the death of his father yesterday, I’m delaying that post.

On a lighter note…

From yesterday’s FrancisHomily, where he was catechising catechists, I offer what he truly, surely, reading Francis through Jesus, meant to say:

Jesus truly loves you, just as you are.

Jesus hates your sins. He wants you to amend your life and turn away from sin. He wants you to stop worshipping false idols and instead place Him at the center. He is constantly inviting you to gaze upon His broken body on the Cross and not remain JUST AS YOU ARE, but rather to unite your sufferings with His and resolve to keep the commandments, the commandments being the way He has shown us how to love Him.

It is by loving that the God-who-is-Love is proclaimed to the world: not by the power of convincing, never by imposing the truth, no less by growing fixated on some religious or moral obligation.  God is proclaimed through the encounter between persons, with care for their history and their journey…by listening and welcoming, with joy which radiates outward.

There is no love without truth. Shielding someone from the truth in the name of false ‘encounter’ is the heart of indifference. Do we all recall that the opposite of love is not hate, the opposite of love is indifference? It’s a word Francis has been using with ferocious deceit the past few weeks.  ‘Welcoming’ someone on their ‘journey’ by telling them they are fine ‘just as they are’ is about as diabolically indifferent as you can get. Doing it with a heaping dose of false humility in the pursuit of perpetual popularity makes it even more so.

Today’s callousness causes chasms to be dug that can never be crossed.  And we have fallen, at this time, into the sickness of indifference, selfishness and worldliness.

The chasm is caused by sin, not callousness. Callousness is when we know the truth, but fail to proclaim it to our fellow man out of indifference, selfishness, worldliness, because nuChrich is the Church of Nice.  The idol is niceness.

We are not prophets of gloom who take delight in unearthing dangers or deviations; we are not people who become ensconced in our own surroundings, handing out bitter judgments on our society, on the Church, on everything and everyone, polluting the world with our negativity.  Pitiful scepticism does not belong to whoever is close to the word of God.

You know how at some parishes, the weekly bulletin has a list on the front cover of all directors of the various “ministries” offered by the “lay ministers”?  Now we have a few more, and I can’t wait to sign up.

Prophets of Gloom. Danger Delighters. Bitter Judgers. Negative World Polluters (NWP). Pitiful Sceptics.

But mostly I want a leather jacket with Prophets of Gloom on the back.

 

Take heart, faithful Catholic writers, Francis reads your blogs

From Francis’ address to Italian journalists, 22 Sept 2016, as reported HERE:

Respect for human dignity…is particularly necessary in journalism, because behind the reporting of events lie emotions and concrete lives. Recalling his description of gossip as terrorism  — because people can kill with their tongues — the Pope said this was even more true in journalism because it can reach many people, “and this is a powerful weapon”. An article published today or tomorrow will be immediately replaced, Francis went on, “but the life of a person unjustly defamed could be destroyed for ever”. Journalism can and must be critical, but never become a “weapon of destruction” against individuals or entire peoples — nor stoke fears over social changes or phenomena such as migration made necessary by hunger and war. He went to call for journalism to be “a means of building up…that rejects the temptation to encourage conflict with language that blows on the fire of divisions, but rather favours the culture of encounter”.

And this, from a couple days ago:

“Prayer and concrete acts of cooperation help us to break free from the logic of conflict and to reject the rebellious attitudes of those who know only how to protest and be angry. Prayer and the desire to work together are directed towards a true peace that is not illusory…it is not the virtual approach of one who judges everything and everyone using a computer keyboard, without opening his eyes to the needs of his brothers and sisters, and dirtying his hands for those in need…Peace means Welcome, openness to dialogue, the overcoming of closed-mindedness, which is not a strategy for safety, but rather a bridge over an empty space.”

Francis in Assisi for the World Day of Prayer for Peace, 20 Sept 2016

Friends, we were never destined for Peace nor Unity in this vale of tears. It’s not that God doesn’t desire it, of course. His will is indeed for peace and unity. But man cannot abide; the world will always be at war with the truth.  We are supposed to be on the side of truth, not the side of the world.

Have you noticed the name of this blog? It comes from the lips of our Lord.

“I CAME NOT TO SEND PEACE”.

I’ll explain in my next post.

Francis amends The Great Commission

 

And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. Matt 28:18-20

 

My proposal for the papal homily at the canonization of St. Martin Luther, 30 Oct 2016

Venerable Brethren, it is clear why this Apostolic See has never allowed its subjects to take part in the assemblies of non-Catholics: for the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it, for in the past they have unhappily left it. To the one true Church of Christ, we say, which is visible to all, and which is to remain, according to the will of its Author, exactly the same as He instituted it. During the lapse of centuries, the mystical Spouse of Christ has never been contaminated, nor can she ever in the future be contaminated… For since the mystical body of Christ, in the same manner as His physical body, is one, compacted and fitly joined together, it were foolish and out of place to say that the mystical body is made up of members which are disunited and scattered abroad: whosoever therefore is not united with the body is no member of it, neither is he in communion with Christ its head.

Furthermore, in this one Church of Christ no man can be or remain who does not accept, recognize and obey the authority and supremacy of Peter and his legitimate successors… Let them therefore return to their common Father, who, forgetting the insults previously heaped on the Apostolic See, will receive them in the most loving fashion. For if, as they continually state, they long to be united with Us and ours, why do they not hasten to enter the Church, “the Mother and mistress of all Christ’s faithful”? Let them hear Lactantius crying out: “The Catholic Church is alone in keeping the true worship. This is the fount of truth, this the house of Faith, this the temple of God: if any man enter not here, or if any man go forth from it, he is a stranger to the hope of life and salvation. Let none delude himself with obstinate wrangling. For life and salvation are here concerned, which will be lost and entirely destroyed, unless their interests are carefully and assiduously kept in mind.”

Let, therefore, the separated children draw nigh to the Apostolic See, set up in the City which Peter and Paul, the Princes of the Apostles, consecrated by their blood; to that See, We repeat, which is “the root and womb whence the Church of God springs,” not with the intention and the hope that “the Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” will cast aside the integrity of the faith and tolerate their errors, but, on the contrary, that they themselves submit to its teaching and government. Would that it were Our happy lot to do that which so many of Our predecessors could not, to embrace with fatherly affection those children, whose unhappy separation from Us We now bewail. Would that God our Savior, “Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth,” would hear us when We humbly beg that He would deign to recall all who stray to the unity of the Church! In this most important undertaking We ask and wish that others should ask the prayers of Blessed Mary the Virgin, Mother of divine grace, victorious over all heresies and Help of Christians, that She may implore for Us the speedy coming of the much hoped-for day, when all men shall hear the voice of Her divine Son, and shall be “careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

You, Venerable Brethren, understand how much this question is in Our mind, and We desire that Our children should also know, not only those who belong to the Catholic community, but also those who are separated from Us: if these latter humbly beg light from heaven, there is no doubt but that they will recognize the one true Church of Jesus Christ and will, at last, enter it, being united with us in perfect charity. While awaiting this event, and as a pledge of Our paternal good will, We impart most lovingly to you, Venerable Brethren, and to your clergy and people, the apostolic benediction.

Pius XI, MORTALIUM ANIMOS, 6 Jan 1928 

Francis lashes out, while laying the groundwork for Lund

At least that’s what it sounds like to me. From Monday’s homily on 1 Cor 11:17-28, 33.

“I ask you to do everything possible to not destroy the Church with divisions…keep the founts, the very roots of the unity of the Church, which is the Body of Christ; which we, every day, celebrate [in] His sacrifice in the Eucharist. Paul could say this to all of us today, to the Church of today. ‘Brothers, in this I cannot praise you, because you are gathered together not for the better, but for the worse!’ But the Church gathers everyone together — for the worse, for divisions: for the worse! To soil the Body of Christ in the Eucharistic celebration! And the same Paul tells us, in another passage: ‘He who eats and drinks the Body and the Blood of Christ unworthily, eats and drinks his own condemnation.’ Let us ask the Lord for the unity of the Church, that there may not be divisions. And for unity also in the root of the Church, which is precisely the sacrifice of Christ, which we celebrate every day.”

So.

  1. The people holding fast to actual Catholicism are destroying the Church with divisions
  2. Francis may actually believe in the Real Presence (“Body of Christ”) after all, or it may be purely symbolic to him. Since he genuflects to wheelchairs and the feet of Muslim, but not after the Consecration, I’d say the jury is still out.
  3. “The Body of Christ” might be referring to the Church, not the Eucharist.  Read it closely.
  4. “The Body of Christ” might be referring to the church, not to the Eucharist.  Read it closely.
  5. Divisions soil the Body of Christ in Eucharistic celebration.
  6. The Church gathers everyone together.
  7. Let us pray for unity precisely in the sacrifice of Christ which we celebrate every day.

 

Wouldn’t 30 Oct 2016 be a great day for unity?

Down goes Hillary

She didn’t stumble. It’s not pollen, it’s not the heat, it’s not pneumonia.

Grandma does NOT go visit her grandbaby when grandma has pneumonia. Nope.

Pneumonia isn’t cured in two hours, so you can get back on the streets, hugging children.

Whatever her true ailment, Hillary collapsed in the arms of her handlers and had to be DRAGGED into the vanbulance.  Apparently, Dr. Feelgood can fix it temporarily with some combination of saline, Narcan, and Addy. She was back at it in no time.

Did you notice how casually the entourage coordinated the propping/dragging? Obviously not their first rodeo.  They all knew their roles and executed the escape with precision and economy of motion.

The spin from MSM is predictably hilarious. ‘Today’ on NBC showed the video, and then cut to the studio with their two puppets sitting in front of four huge glowing smiling pics of Her Palpatiness as they went into an in depth analysis of….. Trump’s tax returns.

Pravda wears Prada.

Folks, all the signs point toward this election not happening.  What are the odds of it really being Clinton vs Trump on November 8th?  What else is going to happen in the next eight weeks? Are you prepared for civil unrest in the wake of some major event that now is totally foreseeable?  If Clinton is forced out, you know they will tap Biden and he will readily step in. That might already be the plan. Do you see the violence and hatred directed toward Trump?  Is it not foreseeable that he tweets some monstrous gaffe that results in actual widespread rioting, if not direct physical harm to himself?

It’s weird and getting weirder. Be prepared.

Francis confirms: Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia commands sacrilege. “There are no other interpretations.”

VOX pretty much sums it up. A group of Argentine bishops issued written guidelines on the implementation of AL, specifically around the notorious Chapter VIII and the obvious plan to open the sacraments to those who persist in a state of unrepentant mortal sin. There are links to side by side translations over at Vox. Here is a taste:

“When the concrete circumstances of a couple make it feasible…it is possible to propose that they make the effort of living in continence…In other, more complex circumstances, and when it is not possible to obtain a declaration of nullity, the aforementioned option may not, in fact, be feasible. Nonetheless, it is equally possible to undertake a journey of discernment. If one arrives at the recognition that, in a particular case, there are limitations that diminish responsibility and culpability (cf. 301-302), particularly when a person judges that he would fall into a subsequent fault by damaging the children of the new union, Amoris Laetitia opens up the possibility of access to the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist (cf. notes 336 and 351).”

So if you can’t obtain a declaration of nullity, because your first marriage was indeed valid, you can discern your way out of that by fornicating with your adulteress and then using the children to gain access to the Eucharist. Got it?

If you need a refresher on the troublesome paragraphs in Chapter VIII and the OBVIOUS intent to change doctrine via diabolical footnotes which are absolute lies, start HERE and HERE and HERE.

Back to the instruction of the Argentine bishops.  Francis then issued a letter in response, which has also been made public.  Vox has the link. Here’s all you need to know:

“The document is very good and completely explains the meaning of chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia. There are no other interpretations.”

Not a mistranslation, not taken out of context, not ambiguous, not possible to be reconciled with traditional Church teaching. You wanted clarity, right?

This is a battle for the very survival of the Church. Priests will be faced with forced sacrilege in the name of false mercy. The Body of Christ will be commingled with mortal sin by command of His Bride.

What will it be like when the Eucharist is profaned in every hour of every day, all over the world?

I think it will be rather like this:

When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand. Matt  24:15

…and the wicked shall deal wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand, but the learned shall understand. And from the time when the continual sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination unto desolation shall be set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred ninety days. Dan 12:10-11