Monday, June 27, 2016

Pope Francis is apologizing. Line up.

I was going to have a lot of fun with this but when I read the transcript, I thought to myself 'this is better than the usual mess - we are making progress!'

He's got some flight of thought going on, but at least he referenced the Catechism and made clear Church teaching doesn't require an apology but if people offended gays, then they should receive an apology -- right along with a generic list of wounded souls, and how about gays try some forgiveness for a change.

Don'g get me wrong, there's a screwball sentence or two (and not insignificant, like theology is a useless measurement tool but offenses against the political handbook are out of line) but overall, it's a little better.

He even lost his temper when women deacons were suggested.

“They said: 'The Church opens the door to deaconesses.' Really? I am a bit angry because this is not telling the truth of things.”

This I can live with!

Fr. Z comments here.

I love our Bear's headline!
and Julie's is really fun too!

I'm sure we could all come up with a list to keep him apologizing right up to retirement. If we hadnt moved on and forgotten!

I was thinking about the plane rides. Why cant we plant some solid journalists to jury-rig him into affirming Church teaching?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Pope Francis incredulous remark that priests who concern themselves with sickness of the soul are 'animals'.

From Monsignor Pope:

I would like to make, as a parish priest in trenches, a few remarks concerning the Pope’s recent statements in Rome at a gathering of priests and seminarians. Others have admirably remarked on his troubling remarks on marriage and cohabitation. I will not add to those. But I would like to focus on two other reported remarks the Pope made about priests to the effect that some of us are cruel, are putting our noses into people’s moral life and possibly that he even called some of us animals.

Permit me to state my utter bewilderment at such a notion. As a priest, and especially as a confessor and spiritual director this is my duty! It is true that I am not to unnecessarily pry into the private lives of parishioners. But surely there is a requirement that as a confessor and a pastor I have some sense of the moral life of those to whom I minister.

Yes indeed.

Since putting noses into people's moral life is the role of the royal priesthood, such a statement reveals gross an advanced spiritual depravity, doesn't it.

But it is beyond lamentable that the Pope, as initially reported, should have called priests (or any human being for that matter) “animals.” Such a word should never have come out of his mouth, and I would hope for an apology for this offensive characterization, not merely a Vatican “clarification.” I certainly have some differences with brother priests, I would call my differences with dissenting priests significant. But this does not permit me to call them animals, and the Pope, who seems to have done so, has no business doing it either. Admittedly the recorded comments are hard to follow, but the cleansed Vatican transcript is more in the mode of “Let’s pretend this was never said as recorded” rather than a clear denial—“The Pope wants to say he not consider priest animals, even though he thinks some are too hard-lined on this matter.”

As I've mentioned before, though my youngest was born four years after my marriage, when I sought the Sacrament of Baptism, the pastor did not recognize me and asked if I was practicing my faith. When my answers made clear to him that I had wandered from the Church and Sanctifying Grace, he expressed his reservation to Baptize my daughter. He reminded me of the promises made when parents seek Baptism and straightforward asked if it was my intention to live up to the promises.

These questions opened up the door to my conversion of the heart.

Even in my own rebellion with teaching on contraception, I made a promise to God which I intended to keep and in the fulfillment of the promise to teach my own child the truth convincingly, I rediscovered it myself.

The Holy Father's latest glimpse into the practice of his vocation is actually diagnostic.

These same questions are mandatory when seeking the Sacrament of Marriage to ascertain whether the parties know what they are doing at the time they are doing it.

These are the mandatory questions asked by the priest to determine whether the Sacrament of Marriage would be valid.

If we are to believe the Holy Father's latest 'pastoral' witness, when the uncatechized souls present themselves before him, he thinks the opportunity and process to catechize the soul is, astoundingly, spiritual malpractice. It's as screwed up as it gets. He leaves them in their ignorance and proceeded to perform an invalid Sacrament.

When he sees 'the majority' of Sacramental marriages all around him to be invalid, he need look no further than the mirror for the cause.

What gets to practicing Catholics is, he's trying to institute the perpetuation of simulating the Sacrament of marriage as the pastoral norm.

I pray that never again will we hear reported such a rude and unnecessary remark from this pope or any pope. No human person should be called an animal by a pope or any anyone, for that matter. Metaphors and similes have their place in human discourse, but to univocally call a fellow human being and animal is out of line.

But let’s consider the post hoc assessment of the remark wherein some prefer to say he apparently intended to say that some priests treat children (or possibly their unwed mothers) as “animals.”

Well, count me as less than relieved by this explanation. Again let me note that delaying a baptism merely due to the parents being unwed is rare in my experience (and hence a strawman argument). But it remains highly disrespectful to say that priests who delay baptism (usually for a number of reasons) are treating others as animals and are cruel.

Thus even the “spun” remarks are unhelpful at best and divisive at worst.

Please, Holy Father: Enough of these ad hoc, off-the-cuff, impromptu sessions, whether at thirty thousand feet or at ground level. Much harm through confusion has been caused by these latest remarks on marriage, cohabitation, baptism, confession, and pastoral practice. Simply cleaning the record in the official transcript is not enough; this is an era of instant reportage and lots of recording devices, tweets, and Instagrams.

I have little hope the Holy Father will practice reticence of the constant pounding of heresy and insanity from his papacy and hand-picked lackeys which echo his theology in the public square.

There's something more than sour-pussed belligerence that is delivering diabolical disorientation ad nauseum. I don't think rational sound faithful families, priests, bishops and Cardinals explaining the consequences will have any bearing on slowing him from full-throttle.

Much prayer and fasting!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Tips for Praying Out Loud

Six Tips for Praying Out Loud.

My very, very, very favorite: Singing prayer when I'm walking with headphones. The best!

If there are any Christian Hospital Administrators in Illinois with testicles, this would be the time to use them.

An Illinois bill mandating Christian Hospitals to promote killing babies is sitting on the governor's desk waiting for signature.

Are you people serious?

What are you all waiting for him to sign the bill?

You can't do it.

You're all done.

You absolutely, 100%, cannot put a hospital full of healthcare workers into the position of killing people for their paycheck. It's too much of a temptation.

Jockey the governer into the position of a unanimous shut down of Christian Hospitals the nanosecond he puts his signature on the bill.

Inform him he'll be sent a daily roster of admitted patients and surgical schedules and ask him to come up with the plan on what hospitals he'd like you to drop them off.

Pray for the virtue of fortitude and do what you have to do.

Are we all supposed to get married again?

I'm just throwing this out there:

If none of us are married, shouldn't we all call our parish and say "Pope Francis said I'm not married and I'd like to book a Wedding please".

Why are they letting us all go on living in a perpetual state of mortal sin?

I know they are tripping all over themselves trying figure out how to apologize to gays for 2000 years of teaching prohibitions on the sin of adultery, but don't you find it curious they haven't apologized for letting us all go on thinking we were married and telling us what to do next?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What's the Crisis in the "Francis Effect"?

I call your attention to this post at 1P5 about Catholic thinkers remarks on the latest from Pope Francis.

Steve references both Peters and Dougherty's articles and points out the general observation in Christendom that that the reign of Pope Francis is damaging Church teaching on marriage and more importantly the Sacrament of Marriage has been put into crisis.

This observation is irrefutable but I want to keep pointing out that the crisis is much more complex and catastrophic.

What Pope Francis is saying and doing is altering the moral compass in the intellects of the people we love.

It's a crisis of the soul and salvation in the family.

The tool is Church teaching but spiritual abuse is being practiced upon people.

At the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis kept his theology and intentions a mystery.

He deployed the same tired tactics. Appointing heretics. Pretending he had nothing to do with outcome. Failing to stop the nonsense when Catholics reported consequences to family members. Putting energy into firing salvos towards those who practice of living every day in a state of Grace. Moral theology was muddled and corrections were never issued. Inventing himself as the cool cat whose come to help us all out by giving the nudge and wink to adultery, contraception and sacramental chaos. Demoralizing Church teaching to make the 'church appealing'.

Laying out the same traps the heretics have been laying before our families for decades but always keeping it arms length to give the appearance it is possible he has nothing to do with it.

We will never know intentions, but we can make a judgment that the outcome of using heretics and apostates to catechize the flock and mocking those who teach the practice of our religion deprives them of right judgment.

If you want people drive drunk, you hire teachers that tell them it's hip and ok while caricaturing people who don't as antiquated sourpussed sticks in the mud.

When you're in the highest position on earth to calibrate judgment, there's a purpose behind those you put into position and hand them tools.

There's a consistent pattern to appointments and tools in this pontificate.

His theology is now out in the open and we feel deceived.

It's a crisis of honesty and trust.

Yes, he has imposed chaos by suggesting adultery is more salvific than the Sacrament of Marriage. But, I think we are doing a disservice to Christ to caricature the situation as a doctrinal war.

We are in the middle of the grand larceny of salvation of the people we love and care about and for generations to come.

That is the crisis.

I don't wish the man ill-will. I leave his fate in the Hands of God.

What I'm not going to do is sit in the peanut gallery and observe him in silence.

I'm too much in debt to Christ to return that kind of cowardice and too much in love with the people around me.

Monday, June 20, 2016

You know things are bad when Phil Lawler writes about the damage Pope Francis is doing.

During an address to a diocesan congress in Rome yesterday, Pope Francis was quoted as saying:

that some priests are “animals,”
that pastors should not be “putting our noses into the moral life of other people,” and
that the “great majority” of Catholic marriages today are invalid.

All of these shocking statements were attributed to the Holy Father by reliable journalists: experienced reporters who take pains to get things right, and usually do. Below I’ll address the important question of whether or not the quotes were accurate. But first let’s assess the damage done by the statements as they were reported.

In the 1st quote the Pope appears intemperate and uncharitable. He may disagree with priests who refuse to baptize the children of unwed mothers, but name-calling is ugly, and certainly beneath the dignity of the Petrine office.

In the 2nd quote the Holy Father seems thoroughly illogical, and/or dismissive of the entire Catholic moral tradition. Confessors and spiritual directors always “put their noses” into the moral lives of their people; good pastors and preachers do, too, albeit somewhat less directly. If the Church does not wish to be involved in our moral lives, why have any moral teaching at all?

With the 3rd quote, the Pope throws into question the validity of millions of marriages, and insults the Christian married couples who are working to fulfill their vocations. More than that—as Edward Peters explains—he suggests that there has been some fundamental change in human nature, since by nature any rational person is capable of entering into a valid (if not necessarily sacramental) marriage.

Who does this leave operating the spin machines?

George Weigel and Robbie George?

This article was on the top of my Pope Francis news feed. While the author sounds like a wounded and alienated soul, he's got some pretty astute observations.

This was a pretty big blunder. Maybe he'll give it a rest for a few days. LOL.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

More from Ed Peters on the Disturbing Trajectory of Pope Francis Statements

The pope’s most recent statements on marriage were not slips akin to getting the date of a meeting wrong, they are not hearsay shared by a prelate known for a flexible attitude toward accuracy or stories shared by relatives from Argentina, and they are not hints of his views left ambiguous by some obvious omission. Instead these latest assertions were calmly offered by the pope before a large and sympathetic audience, with expert advisors readily at hand, in an extended manner, all of which factors point, I think, in a consistent if disturbing direction.

When you really start thinking the consequences of his theology through, we may need six months of fast.


Fr. Rutler on Moral Corruption

As usual, it slays the dragons and there is little mystery about to whom it refers.

June 19, 2016
by Fr. George W. Rutler

Saint Anthony, whose feast we recently celebrated, was an Augustinian canon in Portugal who joined the new Franciscan order in 1220, having been moved by the martyrdom of five Franciscans who had been beheaded by Muslims in Morocco. The year before, during the Fifth Crusade, Saint Francis of Assisi narrowly escaped execution when he preached the Gospel to Egyptian Muslims who had killed about five thousand Christians a few days before in Damietta. Anthony went to Morocco but became gravely ill, worked his way home via Sicily, and spent the rest of his 36 years preaching a combination of loving patience and mercy with bold insistence on Christ’s truth and stern reproof of lax clerics.

This is to be remembered when many voices today equate doctrinal orthodoxy with “rigidity” and portray the moral demands of Christ as distant ideals, if not impractical encumbrances. Saint Anthony preached against the fanatical Albigensian heretics in southern France whose misunderstanding of creation denigrated marriage and family life while promoting abortion, sodomy and assisted suicide. They considered themselves more “spiritual” than Catholic “doctors of the law” and took Pharisaic pride in boasting that they were not Pharisees. Bold St. Anthony was not an “Albigensian-phobe,” and reasonable people now are not phobic when they tell the truth about mental illness dressed as “transgenderism,” borders open to illegal immigrants excused as hospitality, and denial of religious freedom adjudicated as social pragmatism.

The first Christians knew well the degrading course of systemic moral corruption (c.f.: 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1 Timothy 1:8-11). They would not have been surprised at how the Canadian High Court has modified certain strictures against bestiality, the government of Massachusetts no longer identifies femaleness and maleness as biological categories, people weep when a gorilla is shot to save the life of a human child, and a student in a major university is given a light slap on the wrist for violating a young woman while being complimented for his athletic ability. But they would have been astonished at the politically correct reluctance to identify the religious motivation of terrorists who massacre people. In 1951, General Douglas MacArthur said, “History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”

A cartoon some years back showed a Lilliputian looking at Gulliver and saying, “Either he’s very big or we are very small.” In the instance of Christ, it is not either/or: he is very big, and we are very small. But we need not remain small if by a spiritual awakening we “attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).

Saturday, June 18, 2016

When Priests Console by Saying Heresy is Not Being Taught from The Chair of Peter (or Church Teaching didn't change)

On this post yesterday, I admired Fr. Zs serenity while we are all discussing the almost daily assaults upon the holy family and the Sacraments coming from the Chair of Peter.

My post received this response from a reader:

Yes, Fr. Z is indeed a 'cool cucumber', but the way I see it, whether or not he is 'teaching from the Chair', he is still 'teaching'...

I completely agree.

This is probably going to sound sexist, but I think the reason why ordained men without children do not comprehend the unprecedented disaster of a pope who publicly contradicts Church teaching and instructs others to do so is, their intimacy is the Church and ours is our family members.

To a man married to the Church, his vocation finds consolation in the perpetual outcome of teaching - which we all know is preserved. They tend to see things as a soul count in a wider community in the context of perpetuity.

I don't exactly see eye-to-eye with his rosy outlook for vocations. The coup working in Rome will significantly change how priests are changed to practice theology and the Sacraments in seminaries. As this cancer matures and grows, bishops make it difficult for priests to teach and practice our religion. As he well knows.

IMO, the damage being done to the priesthood by Pope Francis, intentional or unintentional, is catastrophic.

For those of us who chose the vocation of marriage, of course the perpetual outcome of Church teaching is important to us, but the Holy Father is persuading people in our home to practice contradiction to Church teaching when making judgments.

This has two consequences:

In the holy family it's causing great harm to the people in our homes, families, friends and community.

Our vocation thinks in terms of the people right in front of us.

If the people right in front of us get lured into practicing contradiction to Church teaching, we have lost our own unborn descendants in perpetuity. Our children, children's children and so on.

For this reason, laity is much more distraught about what the Holy Father is doing to the people we love and the inheritance he is robbing from our unborn descendants.

The reader also said:

For the life of me, I cannot understand why NO ONE in the hierarchy of the Church is solidly confronting him with his nonsensical yet devastatingly damaging off the cuff remarks.

We know, with absolute certainty, he has been told.

He is not a stupid man and he understands that teaching requires oversight of how your audience understood what you were trying to convey. He has the duty to observe this himself, without others having to tell him.

On top of this duty, there is public knowledge that Cardinals and Bishops have articulated what he already can see and hear.

In some cases, this places him into the position of being forced to dial something back - such as the case of changing the 'majority of Catholic Marriages are living in a perpetual state of adultery' to 'some'.

We further have the confessions of Cardinal Kasper who has reported his confidential discussions with Pope Francis to the press and some direct confessions from the Pope himself. While I don't have the quote in front of me, the Holy Father said something like We know what we are doing will receive opposition and it will not deter us from proceeding.

As he continues to do it ad nauseum, it is impossible to believe it's unintentional.

His credo is 'make a mess' and as one Bishop said, mission accomplished.

Off the cuff remarks are very difficult to manage. This is why 2000 years of Pope's before Pope Francis did not engage in off the cuff remarks. He obviously believes the wisdom of 2000 years of his predecessors inferior to his intellect.

John Henry Weston suggested fasting for the Pope yesterday, saying 'the hour is late'. It is a message I constantly need to hear. I was reminded of the time in Christ's ministry when somebody was acting up and the Apostles asked Christ why He wasn't responding to it. He told them some demons can only be driven out with fasting.

The daily ridiculousness tends to keep us focused on the catastrophic consequences in our families and the righteous anger of being robbed blind.

It doesn't have to be a complete fast from food. Even fasting from daily pleasures can be fruitful when coupled with prayer. Tea, coffee, sugar. I love, love, love my morning tea.

I'm going to do a 30 day fast from these pleasures starting July 1 for the intention of spiritual protection for our Holy Father and the people being affected by it.

A driving the demons out fast.

It doesn't have to be that dramatic. It could be as simple as fasting from one thing when you he says something off of the reservation. God knows we have plenty of reminders in that realm.

Some food for thought.