Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Priest stabbed during liturgy in Sydney by Muslim


 
Witness heard the assallisnt yelling Allahu akbar. He later smiled while being held for arrival of police.

It’s a war.
Which civilization will win?

Monday, April 22, 2024

Three types of confessors


 

Scripture for today from the Breviarium

… I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them that are evil, and thou hast tried them, who say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

3 And thou hast patience, and hast endured for my name, and hast not fainted.
4 But I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first charity.
5 Be mindful therefore from whence thou art fallen: and do penance, and do the first works. Or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou do penance.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaites, which I also hate.
7 He, that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: To him, that overcometh, I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of my God.

… These things saith the First and the Last, who was dead, and is alive:
9 I know thy tribulation and thy poverty, but thou art rich: and thou art blasphemed by them that say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer. Behold, the devil will cast some of you into prison that you may be tried: and you shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful until death: and I will give thee the crown of life.
11 He, that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: He that shall overcome, shall not be hurt by the second death.

Revelation 2, 2-7; 8-11

Saturday, April 20, 2024

La Tavolozza di Dio








Tutta la natura 

Indossato colla primavera

I colori dovunque 

Cantando dappertutto 

Del Creatore che c’e.

(- Questa ho scritto io.)

Pray for hunility

Pater Noster

Ave Maria:

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.

Heart of Jesus, burning with love for me, inflame my heart with love of Thee.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, today I wish to live in Thee, in Thy grace, in which I desire, at all costs, to persevere.  Keep me from sin and strengthen my will by helping me to keep watch over my senses, my imagination, and my heart.  Help me to correct my faults, which are the source of sin.  I beg of Thee to do this, O Jesus, through Mary, Thy Immaculate Mother.  Amen.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Backfiring:

 Cardinal Burke, who regularly celebrates the Latin Mass, said that congregations at traditional liturgies ‘are getting bigger and bigger,’ with ‘people of all ages,’ including young families with many children.

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ROME (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Raymond Burke has noted that despite Pope Francis’ restrictions on the traditional liturgy, attendance at the Old Rite is “getting bigger and bigger” as the rite is “integral to the life of the Church.”

“This form of the Roman rite has been an extraordinary blessing through so many centuries,” said the American cardinal about the traditional liturgy, otherwise known as the Latin Mass or Usus Antiquior

Read the rest: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-pope-francis-latin-mass-opposite/

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Seek First the Kingdom


 

UPDATE: Archbishop Lori’s letter to the faithful / Primatial see in total collapse: city down to 21 parishes

Cancelling what works and turning off the lights here:



N.B. No mention here of saving souls. Or of the insanity of requiring some people to “transition” on a geographical basis to the Novus Ordo and others not. The complete violation of pastoral solicitude is incredible.

Meanwhile:

The new springtime for the Church we’ve all been promised has now arrived: only 2,000 still attend Sunday Mass weekly in Baltimore.

The two parishes that offer the traditional Latin Mass and
 the Anglican use rite account, according to one source, for 41% of those still showing up in church.

“The blind lead the blind and both fall into a pit.”
Source:
Proposal would radically reshape Catholic Baltimore, cut parishes by 66%
(Paywall)

Dignitas Infinita: “The dignity is infinite, not the person”?

We’ve lost all the tools of philosophy, or never had them to begin with, if we can posit, or attribute, an infinite quality to a finite being.

People tap-dancing their way around the impossible on Twitter/X are responding to critiques of Dignitas Infinita, the latest sophomoric foray out of Rome, with arguments like the above: “the dignity is infinite, not the person”.

Just more of the same nonsense we got as a result of that other documental disaster “Fiducia Supplicans” with defenders claiming “we are blessing the persons, not the relationship”.

This is all simply a sustained rant against reality. 

A post in comments under Kennedy Hall’s account on Twitter/X:

The only Being with any infinite qualities, to include that of dignity, is God.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Tucho's Infinite Dignity Is "Sheer Balderdash"


Philosophers and journalists comment on social media on Tucho Fernàndez’ latest production entitled "Infinite Dignity" and its first line: “Every human person [allegedly] possesses an infinite dignity.”

Edward Feser: "No, as the Catholic faith has always taught, only a single human being possesses that – Christ, and only because He is God, not because He is human. God alone has infinite dignity."

Peter Kwasniewski: "No creature has an infinite dignity. That’s sheer balderdash. Only God has, or rather is, infinite dignity; and those who participate in Christ share, finitely, in his dignity as Son of God. Those who rebel against God lose the dignity."

And: "That which is ‘infinite’ is literally that which has no limits or definitio or end outside itself (that’s why God is rightly called infinite). But man’s dignity is very much tied to his nature and his end. If his dignity were truly infinite, then he would stand in no need of God or of redemption/salvation."

And: „Roma locuta, causa infinita est.”

Michael Hichborn: "Cardinal Fernández doesn’t even define 'dignity' at any point of the document."

And: "He is changing the nature of sin as offence to God into a violation of human dignity. This has no meaning."

Thomas Aquinas (+1274): "By sinning man departs from the order of reason, and consequently falls away from the dignity of his manhood, in so far as he is naturally free, and exists for himself, and he falls into the slavish state of the beasts" (Summa Theologiae, Secunda Secundae, Q. 64, A. 2).

Kennedy Hall: “This new infinite dignity document from Rome is quite literally Satanic. It conflates Man with God - only God or ‘a god’ could claim to be infinite in the absolute sense.”

Damian Thompson: "Remember: unless there’s something radically new (Tucho’s gay blessings) no one in the outside world reads this stuff or is even interested."

And: "ChatGPT would produce something just as coherent and better written. Gender ideology condemnation plus human rights waffle."

Picture: Vatican Media 

Rectory flora

 


Happily Spring is in full swing here at the parish. May your garden of the soul always bloom thus with the graces of prayer and gratitude.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Damning indictment of Francis by Benedict's biographer. Francis the Fork Tongued

Seewald contradicts Francis: Benedict was not a “transitional pope”

Was Benedict XVI. just a “transitional pope”? His successor Francis recently expressed this assessment. Now Benedict's biographer Peter Seewald contradicts the Pontiff and accuses him of "double-tracking" in his dealings with his predecessor.



The author Peter Seewald has assessed Pope Benedict XVI. (2005-2013) as “transitional pope” was contradicted by his successor Francis. Benedict XVI In the almost eight years of his pontificate, he set “decisive course” and made history as pope, said Seewald, who wrote a biography of Benedict XVI in 2020. published on Monday in an interview with the “Catholic Sunday newspaper for the Diocese of Regensburg” (this week’s edition).

“Many of the reforms that made Pope Francis popular were actually initiated by Benedict XVI,” Seewald continued. Examples he cited included the introduction of open synods of bishops and the restructuring of the Vatican's finances. "In addition, he is considered the greatest theologian who ever sat on the chair of Peter and as the modern doctor of the church." Benedict XVI made sure that the ship of Peter stayed on course. "Last but not least, his resignation, the first of a truly ruling pontiff, has changed the papacy in a way that it has never been changed in modern times. A 'transitional pope'? Well," explained Seewald.

Francis: After John Paul II, no change was initially possible

In a recently published book of interviews with the Vatican correspondent of the Spanish newspaper "ABC", Javier Martinez-Broca, Francis said with regard to the 2005 conclave that after the upheavals under John Paul II (1978-2005), who as Pope was dynamic, needed a Pope "who maintains a healthy balance, a transitional Pope". Against this background, Joseph Ratzinger was the only one “who could be Pope at that time.” According to Francis, if he had already been elected pope at the time, he himself would not have been able to achieve anything. At that time, no change in the Church was possible.

With regard to Francis' statements, Seewald said that he "always has two tracks." At one point he praises Benedict and even calls him a “great pope,” then again he belittles him, calling him a grandfather, a fatherly friend or even a “transitional pope.” This duality can be explained by the fact that Francis wanted to break “from the continuity of the popes” and cause chaos from the beginning. "He demonstratively showed who was the master of the house by removing the access to the Old Mass that Benedict had liberalized. The Pope Emeritus had to find out about this from the newspaper. This was due to the supposedly 'warm relationship' between the two," continued Seewald.

Source

Cathcon: Pope Francis thinks he is so powerful that he can revise the facts of history.  He does speak self-serving nonsense 

Friday, April 12, 2024

The Eclipse of God?

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Today the West lives as if God did not exist . . . This estrangement from God is not caused by reasoning but by a will to be detached from him. The atheistic orientation of a life is almost always a decision by the will. Man no longer wishes to reflect on his relationship to God because he himself intends to become God. 

 

Cardinal Robert Sarah offered this stark analysis of the present crisis of the West in his 2015 book God or Nothing, in which he zeroes in on the nature of the contemporary loss of faith. It is, he says, the result of the choice to replace the worship of God and obedience to his law with self-worship and the anarchy-producing rejection of any limits upon one’s actions.

Of course, when man tries to become God, he always fails. No one can make himself into the Supreme Being and Creator. But he can attempt to give the impression of omnipotence by disregarding God’s law and daring anyone to stop him. Thus, people exempt themselves from the Seventh Commandment as they pile into duffle bags items they are stealing from CVS or Walmart. Crime and social anarchy are the predictable outcome when people are emboldened to decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong.

Cardinal Sarah observes that “the eclipse of God leads toward practical materialism, disorderly or abusive consumption, and the creation of false moral norms. Material well-being and immediate satisfaction become the only reason for living. At the end of this process, it is no longer even about fighting God; Christ and the Father are ignored.”

Read the rest: https://humanlifereview.com/the-eclipse-of-god/ 

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Watch your language

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were “piss poor.” But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot; they “didn’t have a pot to piss in” & were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands & complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s. Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. Since they were starting to smell, however, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women, and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it … hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the Bath water!” Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof, resulting in the idiom, “It’s raining cats and dogs.” There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed, therefore, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, leading folks to coin the phrase “dirt poor.” The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way, subsequently creating a “thresh hold.” In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while, and thus the rhyme, “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.” Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, “bring home the bacon.” They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and “chew the fat.” Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous. Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the “upper crust.” Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up, creating the custom of holding a wake.


Source: PAMsLOvE on Twitter/X

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

God bless Mike McConnell


 

Human dignity is not “infinite”: only God is

God has “infinite dignity”. We don’t. 

God’s infinity dignity is shared with us by means of sanctifying grace. We can participate in God’s infinite attributes through Jesus Christ by means of the sacramental life. This much is true. But infinitude for humans is participatory, such inheres in God only.

The first non-Catholic pope? How else to put a strenuously twisted positive spin on the Vatican melt-down we are witnessing?

Beginning with the title of the latest strained effort to change Catholic teaching by changing practice, “Dignitas Infinita” is flawed.

Affirming human dignity will not stop the raids of the rainbow warriors, Trans Visibility Day on Easter, two gay pride months, or Drag Queen Story Hours for children. The only thing with a chance of rolling back these destructive threats to human dignity is a Church in a much more militant stance.”

From:

A Dignity Still to be Determined

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Reading the Declaration on Human Dignity (“Infinite Dignity”), issued by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) yesterday, reminds me of an old teacher-student story. A student submits an assigned essay, and the teacher returns it with the comment, “What you’ve written here is both good and new. Unfortunately, what’s good in it is not new, and what’s new is not. . .” But let’s break off the story there. And following the Christian rule of charity in all things, say of the Declaration, what’s new in it is . . . yet to be determined.

Because in roughly the first half of its sixty-six paragraphs, the document seeks to situate itself in line with recent popes and classical Catholic teaching. It cites Paul VI, JPII, Benedict, Francis (about half the citations, of course). And in a footnote even reaches back to Leo XIII, Piuses XI & XII, and the Vatican II documents Dignitatis humanae and Gaudium et spes. At the press conference introducing the Declaration, Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, head of the DDF, made a point of opening with the observation that the very title of the text came from a 1980 speech St. John Paul gave to a handicapped group in Osnabrück, Germany. Indeed, said the Cardinal, it’s not by chance that the document is even officially dated April 2, the 19th anniversary of JPII’s death.

All of this cannot help but make the alert reader think that the drafters – and those who approved the final text – wanted to frontload ample exculpatory evidence against any objections that might follow.

And inevitably, objections will. Because in several respects this apotheosis of human dignity raises more questions than it settles. (“Infinite” human dignity in JPII’s hands was one thing; now, it may mean something very different.)

It’s good to have a document, however, that affirms two fundamental Biblical notions “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him.” Hence, “infinite” dignity. And propers to Cardinal Fernández that he emphasized during the presentation “male and female he created them.”

Read the rest: https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2024/04/09/a-dignity-still-to-be-determined/



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