Catechism of the Catholic Church (675)

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church (675)

Monday, 20 October 2014

God of Surprises

An unfortunate salute

“And since it is a journey of human beings, with the consolations there were also moments of desolation, of tensions and temptations, of which a few possibilities could be mentioned: 
One, a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises, (the spirit); within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve.  
From the time of Christ, it is the temptation of the zealous, of the scrupulous, of the solicitous and of the so-called – today – “traditionalists” and also of the intellectuals.”

In his speech at the close of the Synod it is true that Francis talked of other temptations, but it is noteworthy that 'traditionalists' were first in the line of fire. So I guess that before the 'liberals and progressives' (Cardinals Kasper, Madriaga, Schoenborn etc) are punished, we can assume Cardinals Mueller and Napier as well as the already demoted Burke will be first for the chop.

The various temptations put forward by Pope Francis aside from one set, have always been temptations for the Church. It is only in the reign of Francis that to hold fast to the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church, to defend with one's speech the Church's teaching, as Cardinal Burke has done, on the Sacrament of Marriage and the institution of the family, that it has been posited, by the Pope himself, that to do so is a 'temptation'. The Church, in her teachings and her law has never been 'flexible' with sin. It has always shown leniency to repentant sinners.

In his condemnation of the 'temptation' to uphold marriage, the moral law, and the sanctity of marriage, presumably Pope Francis is also rather annoyed with Jesus Christ Who said, "Anyone who puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery" and Who said to the woman caught in adultery, "Go and sin no more." O Lord Jesus Christ! Such a rigorist! I don't know how You cope in Francis's Church, Lord! I really don't!

If you read the Gospels. you will notice the Pharisees didn't 
like Our Lord's message on marriage either.
Presumably, once Francis has purged the episcopate and Roman Curia of liberals, progressives and traditionalists, and the other tempted persons, he will be there, all alone, because he alone can embody the Holy Faith of Christ! Nobody else gets it but him! Yet from the current occupant of the Chair of Peter has been not one word - no, not one - defending the Church's discipline, law and total silence on preserving the Blessed Sacrament from sacrilege.

That said, even His Holiness would have been shocked by the 'God of Surprises', Who inspired a revolt against his 'cunning plan' to dismantle the teaching and discipline of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church in one season. Watch out, Your Holiness, for while this is no threat from me, there are more surprises in store for anyone who thinks he knows better than Jesus Christ our Lord and God and certainly for anyone who thinks the Church's teaching can be destroyed by human hands!

I do apologise in advance for what will seem offensive words against the Vicar of Christ on Earth, but where, exactly where, is the apology that is owed to Catholic priests, bishops, cardinals, laity, families who feel betrayed that Pope Francis so obviously sided with and endeavoured to orchestrate the success of, those 'tempted' to dump Christ's teaching in the nearest refuse bin in Vatican City? What astonishing 'cleircalism'! How on Earth can someone who constantly complains about the vice of 'clericalism' issue diatribes against bishops and priests concerning this vice, against those who saw or at least perceived that he, the Pope, believed himself fit to impose his subjective will, contrary to the law of Christ, upon the entire Church around the entire globe? Exactly what kind of shrewd, manipulative and bullying clericalism is it that attempts to withhold from ordinary Catholics in the pews those exchanges which took place in the Synod?

It is not 'Francis Vs the Church'


A Daily Telegraph article - and there will be many like this - attempts to pit Pope Francis against the Catholic Church. In these analyses, Francis is the great 'enlightened one', the great 'moderniser' (think Tony Blair, the Labour Party and Clause 4 or David Cameron, the Tories and 'gay marriage') and the Church is out-dated, unfair, unenlightened, even evil. Even Catholics - perhaps even Cardinals and Popes - continue to believe the Church is a political entity or Party.

It is not. Let's be clear about this. If Pope Francis desires to tamper with, dilute, modify, edit or remove the doctrine of the Church for the sake of 'pastoral necessity', or even wishes to ignore the Church's teachings then the situation is not merely one of Francis Vs Church. The Church and Christ are one. If Francis is attempting to do any of the above then he isn't 'taking on' merely the Church as an institution, but is seeking confrontation with - rather than the imitation of - Christ Himself. The Pope is called to stand 'in the place of' Christ on Earth, not to 'stand in his way'.

The Church offers the 'True Image' of Christ: The Church teaches 

the fullness of truth.
If Francis wishes to take an axe to the Catechism of the Church - if Francis wants a battle with the Deposit of Faith he is charged with the duty to defend, he isn't seeking a confrontation with his brother Cardinals and Bishops, priests or the laity. He is seeking a confrontation with He Whose Vicar we are led to believe he is.

If Pope Francis really believes he is more 'merciful' than Jesus Christ, more 'pastoral' than Jesus Christ, more 'humble and compassionate' than Jesus Christ to the point that the teachings of Christ, even those teachings recorded in Holy Scripture concerning adultery, are no longer 'relevant' or can be dismissed as 'obsolete', then he is seeking emnity with Our Lord Jesus Christ - God Himself.

Of course, we're not certain that this is the case because as Cardinal Burke noted, a statement defending the timeless - yes, timeless (read: true in any age, including this one and all to come) - teachings of the Church is "long overdue". The suspicion has been aroused however, that Pope Francis is permitting everything to be discussed in the manner that it has because nothing (heresy, blasphemy, error) can offend him, even if Our Lord is offended. Suspicion has been aroused that the Synod didn't go according to plan because the resulting votes were not liberal enough!

The suspicion has been aroused that it was not Peter's faith which was firm and rock-like, but that of the Bishops and Cardinals who said no to the (renaissance?) Prince of Princes orchestrating things behind the scenes to go the way of Cardinal Kasper - the way of those who think that Christ's teachings are no longer important for the Church.

So let's just be clear on this: He who is against the teachings of the Church has, for 2,000 years, been against Christ and His Church - against the Church and its Lord and God - that is anti-Christ. That has been true for lay persons, priests, nuns, monks, friars, canons, bishops, cardinals and popes. Why this perception should change that you can be anti-Church and pro-Christ in 2014 is mysterious indeed.

You cannot be anti-Church teachings and pro-Christ. You can only be anti-Church teachings and anti-Christ. You can say that the Church is full of wicked sinners. You can say bishops and Cardinals are corrupt and depraved. You can say priests are often terrible priests. You can say that the laity are lukewarm and adulterous. You can say the whole of the Church is seemingly black, but you cannot say She is not beautiful. She is beautiful because she is the Bride of Christ and in Her teachings she can never err, not yesterday, not nearly 2,000 years ago, not nearly 1,000 years ago, not today, not now, not ever. She was always intended to stand in contradiction to, not in agreement with, the World.

The Church is sanctified by Christ, nourished by Christ. It is Christ's Church. It is not the possession of the Pope. If in the Church at the present time there were only a thousand Saints and the rest of the Church were dreadful sinners the Church would still be Holy. If in the Church there one Saint and the rest of the Church were dreadful sinners the Church would still be Holy. If there were no Saints in the Church today on Earth the Church would still be Holy and inerrant in Her teaching because the Holy Spirit has been given to the Church to vouchsafe Her and stamp the words '100% TRUE' on all Her Teachings, even those which did not come from the mouth of the Son of God while He walked the Earth.

If a layman cannot sign, 'I agree' at the end of the Catechism of the Catholic Church he places himself at emnity, not in friendship, with Jesus Christ. If a bishop or even the Bishop of Rome cannot do the same, according to the Faith of the Church, he too, like the layman, ceases to be a Catholic. Yes, in this sense, in the Catholic Church, we have always had equality. If a Pope contradicts the Teachings of the Church, or places himself at emnity with the words of Jesus Christ, he can be as heretical as a lay man who does the same and the fact that he is a Pope and is placed in great authority over the Church makes no difference to this truth. Not. One. Bit.

So if ever a Pope arrives who teaches in such manner that he thinks he knows better than Jesus Christ what to teach the children of God, then remember that if in conscience you wouldn't accept these same words from me, or Austen Ivereigh, because we are lay men, that you don't have to accept them from the Pope either because nobody - not even the Pope - knows better than Almighty God Who has vouchsafed to grant to the Catholic Church the fullness of Truth. Each Pope is servant of the Truth, not master of it. That was true of Blessed Paul VI, Saint John Paul II and Benedict XVI. We hope and pray that Francis will adopt their humble attitude towards Jesus Christ and the Church from which He can never be separated, since the Bride and the Bridegroom can never be divorced, for what God has joined together, let no man put asunder!

Cardinal Vincent Nichols Orders Anti-Gay Security Guards to be Removed from Entrance to all Churches

The end of an era: Many Church bouncers will be made redundant
London's Catholic Churches are already undergoing a revolutionary change in the life of the Church in the era of Pope Francis. The long awaited message of mercy has filtered from Rome down to the pews.

Anti-gay security guards - a hitherto common sight outside Catholic Churches in London have today been told that their services will no longer be needed, as the Church in England and Wales takes on the new message of 'welcoming' and accepting people with same-sex attraction.

For the past two thousand years, anti-gay security guards have been employed by the Church in order to filter out from congregations anyone who may have homosexual tendencies or inclinations. In a revolutionary move, today Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Peter Smith made it known that henceforth, the security guards will be placed inside the Churches in order to defend homosexuals from the lethal and unpredictable stoning and/or beating that has often taken place against homosexuals during Mass and times of quiet prayer and reflection.

One homosexual man, speaking outside of London's Oratory said, "I am so pleased that these anti-gay security guards will from now on no longer be placed outside the Oratory. It was so degrading during the time of St John Paul II and Benedict XVI, when these guards would ask me things like, 'Are you queer? You look like a queer to me! On your bike, you dirty faggot and don't bring your nancy boy ways around here! If I catch you around here again, you can expect a black eye! Now, sling your hook gay boy!' It is such a relief in the time of Pope Francis to be able to walk freely into a Church."

From now on, security guards will monitor anti-gay activity
"Now", he continued, "in the time of Pope Francis, in an era of mercy, the unthinkable has happened. I can walk into any Catholic Church I like, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion in a State of Grace, pray like any other Catholic, adore the Blessed Sacrament, take part in processions and in general live a normal Catholic life. This was impossible in the bad old days of Benedict XVI. I was never welcomed!"

"Thank you, Pope Francis, for finally making the Church a welcoming place for me after all those years of beatings and bullying. I'm glad I stuck with the Catholic Faith. It just goes to show how much attitudes have changed in this new pontificate. Thank you, Cardinal Vincent Nichols. and Archbishop Peter Smith. I now know I can walk into the Brompton Oratory without harassment, intimidation, bullying and violence taking place against my person. Praise and thanks be to God!"

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Let the Great Masonic Pope Francis Body Double Conspiracy Theories Begin!

Conspiracy theorists believe the real Pope Francis is holed up in a Vatican basement, chained by Freemasons

Vatican City: Internet conspiracy theorists are today alleging - in the wake of an explosive Synod - that the real Pope Francis who stepped onto the balcony in St Peter's Square was hurried away in the same week as his election and remains imprisoned in the Vatican basements by Freemasons.

The Pope Francis we now see is more corpulent, repressive to traditional orders, incessantly breaking down Catholic doctrine, and is thorughly opposed to the liturgical, moral and spiritual vision of his beloved predecessor, who was admired by the real Pope Francis. The man elected wanted to continue the 'reform of the reform' of Benedict XVI in an effort to bring law, order and the restoration of the sacred to the Sanctuaries of the Church. The real Pope Francis, the day after his election, having paid his hotel bill was arrested and enchained because he was overheard by the inner sanctum of masonic infiltrators of the Vatican saying...

"Right, what a glorious day on which to offer the Most Holy Sacrifice in thanksgiving to our great God. I think this calls for a Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Find me some of those Franciscans of the Immaculate. I'm in the mood for a Sung High Mass. Get me a Deacon and a Sub-Deacon and pronto! Afterwards, I want to see that Kasper character. I'm going to put a stop to his toxic, heretical interviews this very day!"

The new 'body double' Pope Francis is believed to have undergone extensive plastic surgery to make him look facially like the real one, in the guise of a modernist liberal 'reforming Pope' whose Machiavellian engineering of the Synod was only hampered by the grace of God working in a large proportion of bishops and Cardinals present at the Synod thanks in no small part to the devout prayers of the lay faithful as well as his Heavenly predecessors of blessed memory.

In what appears to be a complete re-run of the conspiracy theory concerning Pope Paul VI, conspiracy theorists cite the figure of "Jorge Bergoglio" as nothing like the real Jorge Bergoglio of only a year and a half ago, as well as the authoritarian and almost political manner in which the 'new Pope Francis' governs the Church, in contrast to the affable Pope who emerged on the night of his election to say 'Evenin' all' to the expectant crowd below, in a most humble and approachable manner.

Fr Frederico Lombardi distanced himself from the reports and no other Vatican spokesperson was available.

Michael Voris Confirms that Cardinal Raymond Burke has Confirmed What We Already Knew

Friday, 17 October 2014

Prayers for Richard Collins


This evening I served at a Requiem for the soul of Richard Collins in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Please continue to pray for the repose of Richard's soul and for his family and friends.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Vacant Diocese in Angola



News just in: a Diocese in Angola has just become vacant. 

Rumour has it that the Pope is considering Cardinal Kasper for the exciting post.

Oh, he could learn so much.

Real news from Fr Z: The uprising has begun.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

It would have made for a 'beautiful gesture'...

He was probably not expecting an invite to the Synod. It would have made for a beautiful gesture from Pope Francis, because we know that Francis appreciates Benedict's 'wisdom'.

His would have been a very interesting voice to hear at the Synod, not that we are honoured enough by the organisers to actually hear the views presented therein.

An opportunity missed perhaps for Francis to show the continuity that exists between him and his predecessor now that the carnival is over and the Vatican State circus has begun. Then again, if one of the chief protagonists in this Synod is someone who does not want the views of those representing an then entire continent, why would the views of a great Church theologian and former Supreme Pontiff be considered helpful?

Cardinal Kasper and 'Third World Countries'

African American Jessy Owens wins the 100 metres at the 1936 Olympics under the watchful eyes of Adolph Hitler
Oh dear!

The car crash Synod has just produced a car crash interview.
 
There must be a feeling somewhere in Rome that if Pope Francis 'stands by his man' then it might be something of a car crash for His Holiness as well. 'Who am I to judge?' I'm not sure that will pass this time!

Africans, eh? They're good at the Olympics but they're don't quite have the enlightened 'serene theology' necessary for the 21st century do they, Cardinal Kasper?

The Africans obviously haven't been 'civilized' by the West enough yet. While our suicidal birth rates, family and marital breakdown and encouragement of the 'gay community' in the West suggest the implosion of an entire culture, apparently it is the Africans who need 're-educating'. Their faith and experience has nothing to contribute to the Synod, apparently. What cheek!



What exactly is the difference between Kasper's view on the African bishops and the prevailing Western imposition of population control on Africa because even though they haven't asked for population control, the Western nations think they know what is best for them?

Do they have Racial Justice Sunday in Rome, or is that just a collection in England and Wales

Obviously, when Cardinal Kasper describes himself in terms of a mouthpiece for the Pope, we can safely say that on this occasion Pope Francis and Cardinal Kasper do not see eye to eye. Otherwise on the one hand we would be 'helping migrants' while at the same time treating their opinions with contempt. Whatever that is, that's not exactly the Second Vatican Council's vision of 'mission'.

Pope Francis values the contributions of Africans to the Church.

It's just Cardinal Kasper, I would hope, who doesn't want to listen to their thoughts 
on the family, marriage, the Sacraments and the protection of human life.

In terms of courting the World this Papacy has been 'successful' in terms of PR, but there is no accounting for what will happen when the prelate who called the UK a 'third world country' is taking interviews...




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