Follow the logic . . . if you can

 

This morning, I discarded the article scheduled for today. More on that later. Early this morning I read Diane Montagna’s interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider regarding his recent meeting with Pope Francis. The link is here.

You may be interested in the portion where Montagna reads the controversial passage of the Pope’s Abu Dhabi agreement:

“The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings.”

Bishop Schneider responded that when he asked Pope Francis to clarify the pope agreed that

  • The diversity of religions is only the permissive will of God and
  • The diversity of sexes is NOT a matter of God’s permissive will. (Edit: it is His positive will.)
  • However, although the pope “acknowledged that, with this direct comparison, the sentence can be understood erroneously”, his recommendation was “you can say this, too, that the diversity of religions is the permissive will of God.”

Readers, you see yet another proof that Pope Francis intends to maintain his studied ambiguity, refusing Christ’s command to Peter to “confirm thy brethren”. (Luke 22, 32). But that is not news, for we expect nothing less from this marxist pope than the ongoing dialectical dance to destruction of the dogma of the faith.(Pardon the alliteration; we all cope as we can.)

The following portion had more interest for me. Concerning the Vatican’s recent “Summit”, Montagna asked Bishop Schneider what explains the repeated refusal to address the issue of homosexuality at the summit. She mentioned two possible causes: a desire to protect homosexual networks within the hierarchy and the fear of repercussions from the states if the bishops criticized homosexuality.

Bishop Schneider responded that, “The first argument does not have considerable weight in the context of the summit. There are homosexual groups, but in this summit it was not decisive, in my opinion.”

So, to Bishop Schneider the bishops’s refusal to address homosexuality was not due to the Bishops desire to protect homosexual networks. Well, what then? Bishops Schneider stated:

“There  are mighty clerical clans among bishops and cardinals who want to promote and change in the Church the divine moral law on the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts and of the homosexual lifestyle. They want to make homosexuality acceptable as a legitimate variant of sexual life. In my view, this is the deepest and perhaps the decisive reason why they were silent and failed to address this.”

Well, I confess I have some difficulty following the logic here. By their refusal to address homosexuality in the clergy, the bishops were not trying to protect homosexual networks in the hierarchy, the cause instead was that “there are mighty clerical clans among bishops and cardinals  who want to change the Church’s law on homosexual acts and lifestyle and make it an acceptable lifestyle choice.”

Taken at face value it is almost as though Bishop Schneider is implying that the bishops at the summit were not trying to protect the homo network in the hierarchy, they are the homosexual network, “a mighty clerical clan” who furthermore is determined to make homosexual actions and lifestyles accepted in the life of the church.

So “homosexual network” vs. “mighty clerical clan” determined to make homosexuality acceptable. All right then. All clear now?

And now for the most important, at least for me. The post I had intended for today was another of my heartfelt pleas to heed the message of Fatima and obey Our Lady’s requests. For so many years now, I have been explaining to any and all who pass within my reach that :

Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima’s requested actions have not been fulfilled, and time is running out.

The necessary Consecration of Russia by the Pope and Bishops of the Church cannot be done until they obtain the grace to do so.

Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that all faithful Catholics, that is laity and priests and any bishops who are able to, establish First Saturdays of Reparation and public Rosary campaigns to establish the rosary in churches, homes and public places in a spirit of reparation and begging for the hierarchy to repent and return to the faith through obeying the full message of Fatima.

The First Saturdays of Reparation are an urgent necessity. Once established in a few parishes and dioceses, graces will follow and that means conversions.

Until the First Saturdays and the true traditional rosary are firmly established, nothing else avails.

And so, it saddened me greatly to see Bishop Schneider urging as his solution to the crisis yet another Credo. Bishop Schneider, return to Fatima. Until you proclaim Our Lady’s message, you are merely shouting into the tempest and your words are lost in the diabolical blast.

Once more, with feeling:

The Church will only be cleansed and restored when the necessary reparation is made. Our Lady asked for the Church to establish the First Saturdays of reparation. She asked for the Rosary to be prayed daily. She preserved from harm many places where there was established reparation, consecration to her Immaculate Heart and of course the Rosary.

In time, it will be done, we have Our Lord’s word on this. But until we do the part assigned to us, and not do other things which are good in themselves but not what we are commanded to do, there will continue to be shock after shock as we descend ever deeper into the special realms of hell reserved for the most intransigent sinners. The material chastisement will catch people’s attention at last, but by then, most will be so hardened that they will only curse God the more and be damned.

And now, I must rest a while –

†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

Pray the Rosary, souls depend on it!

Pondering…

According to a recent article in Rorate, Bishop Athanasius Schneider is publicly announcing that he has urged Bishop Fellay to accept Rome’s offer. Quotes:
“I have asked Msgr. Fellay not to delay his acceptance any longer, and I trust in Providence, though it is not possible to have 100% certainty”
“It is my great wish that the SSPX might be recognized and established within the regular structure of the Church as soon as possible, and this will be for the benefit of all, for them and for us. Actually it will be a new force in this great battle for the purity of the Faith”
“I have told Msgr. Fellay: “Monsignor, we need your presence to join together with all of the good forces in the Church to achieve this union.”

Since reading this, I have been wondering why Bishop Schneider would publicly address this issue, which really only needs to be discussed by the parties concerned, that is, by the Pope, his representatives and Bishop Fellay and his team.

It is easy to understand why Bp. Schneider would speak privately with Bp. Fellay about accepting an offer, but why is Bp Schneider  pushing his point in the public forum?

What do you think? It’s almost as if he thinks that the Society’s negotiations with Rome should be settled in the court of public opinion. And yet we know this cannot be so. The Church is not a democracy. It is not as if the various newspapers and blogs will take a vote on the matter. Oh wait, didn’t some blog actually take a vote on whether the Society should accept an offer from Rome?

Poll open for 7 days: – If Francis offers a Prelature to Society of St Pius X (SSPX), should they accept it? (7 Sept 2016)

When I do a quick search online, I cannot for the life of me find where Bishop Schneider has been calling for Catholics to support the Society of Saint Pius X in their new Rosary and Reparation Crusade in which they also call for the essential First Saturdays. It’s probably just an oversight on my part.

Bishop Fellay and the priests of the Society are preaching and also they are practicing, the prayer and penance called for by Our Lady of Fatima for the Church. In this, they are following the example left to them by their founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. The Society thus demonstrates that they are aware that Our Lady is the one to whom the future of the Church is entrusted in this crisis.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if Bishop Athanasius Schneider would publicly join with the Society of St. Pius X in promoting the Rosary Crusade and in fact, the entire message of Our Lady of Fatima!

That would actually be something worth taking into the public forum, wouldn’t it!

Let’s pray for his Excellency to do just that.

But let’s not take a vote on it!

For another post equally out of sync with the prevailing mindset:
Someone else who has a much better way of expressing himself than I do on this subject is Tradicat, check it out.
Remember, pray the Rosary and confound satan and all his works and pomps!
~ by evensong for love of the Immaculata
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!
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Bishop Athanasius Schneider to Speak in Pennsylvania

From the Knights of Columbus, Woodlawn Council 2161, we received this notice:

Bishop Athanasius Schneider will celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass on Tuesday, 18 October this year and will speak at their Ninth Annual Battle of Lepanto Dinner.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C.
Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C.

Mass will be held at  6:00 PM (Note the Time) with Holy Rosary & Confessions beginning at 5:30 PM at St. Titus Church, 952 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA 15001.

Dinner will follow Mass at the Church Hall. Further details will be found at the Knights’ web page: Knights of Columbus Latin Mass.

Bishop Schneider, O.R.C. (Order of the Holy Cross) is Auxiliary Bishop of Maria Santissima in Astana, Kazakhstan and has written several notable books, among them, “Dominus Est: It Is the Lord!” and “Corpus Christi: Holy Communion and the Renewal of the Church” in defense of the most Holy Eucharist.

The Message of Fatima for the post-synodal church

To understand what is expected of us in the post-synodal church, we must return to the true message of Fatima. Now, when the Church is being assaulted by those within its highest ranks. we look to Our Lady of Fatima, Star of the stormy sea.

On June 13, 1929, during her accustomed Holy Hour, Sister Lucia of Fatima received what was perhaps the most significant vision of the Most Holy Trinity and Blessed Virgin ever recorded in the history of the faith.

Last Vision of Fatima

Sister Lucia described the vision:

Suddenly the whole chapel became bright with a supernatural light and above the altar appeared a luminous cross that extended to the ceiling. In an even brighter light appeared above the cross the face of a Man with His body down to the waist. In front of His chest was a Dove, also made entirely of light, and nailed to the cross was the Body of another Man. A little below His hips appeared a chalice floating in the air and a large host, upon which fell the drops of blood that streamed from the face of the Crucified, and from His wounded side. They flowed down upon the host, and from there they fell into the chalice.

Beneath the cross and to the right was Our Lady with her Immaculate Heart in her hand (it was Our Lady of Fatima with her Immaculate Heart, which she held in her left hand, without a sword or roses, but rather, surrounded with a crown of thorns and all aflame).

Beneath the cross on the left appeared large letters, as though made of crystal-clear water, that flowed from the hand of the Crucified down upon the altar and formed the following words, Grace and Mercy.

I understood that the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity was being shown to me, …”

Continue reading “The Message of Fatima for the post-synodal church”

An Athanasius for Today

Bishop Athanasius Schneider has quite a name to live up to, His baptismal name was Anton, but when he joined the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross of Coimbra, he took the name of St. Athanasius. It makes you wonder if he had a premonition of the battle he was to face in these times. He is now an important part of the Catholic Resistance which is forming to resist the aggressive heresy threatening the Church, joining Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke (here) and Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga (here) and Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Poland (here).

Bishop Schneider is scheduled to make an address in Washington DC this Saturday, but has also recently given an interview with OnePeterFive.com. In answer to Steve Skojec’s request for guidance to the faithful on resisting the errors coming from the highest levels of the Church, Bishop Schneider gave some profound counsel. For the full interview, see Here . Here are a couple of brief excerpts:

We must, at this dangerous time, be courageous in illuminating the truly Gnostic and revolutionary character of the “Kasper agenda,” demonstrating the continuity of the Divine doctrine on marriage and its practice throughout the two thousand years of the history of our Church. We should inspire the faithful with examples of holy husbands, families, children, and teenagers. We should demonstrate, on the one side, the real beauty of a marital, family, or single life in chastity and fidelity. On the other side, we must point to the demonstrated ugliness, unhappiness, and schizophrenia of a life against the divinely-established order.

Bishop Schneider proposed a few practical steps including:

  • Create groups of true Catholics especially of “Catholic families, of ‘domestic churches’, to witness, defend and spread the integral faith and the teaching on family, marriage, and the order of nature”. [Note: this implies that we must be assiduous to know our faith!]
  • Embrace the new media, “take our message to the Internet, publish it on websites, blogs, and social media.”
  • We must “write to the pope, to the bishops, and to the competent dicasteries of the Roman Curia, notifying them of heretical, semi-heretical, or Gnostic pronouncements of ecclesiastical persons or events with such an agenda which are being promoted though ecclesiastical persons or groups”.

Then Bishop Schneider recommends the most important action of all, which is spiritual. A good, solid prayer life is essential for anyone who intends to be effective in this battle. His Excellency reminds us, “the battle we are fighting is against more than ignorance. It is against principalities and powers. It cannot succeed unless we organize a great national and international net of prayer through Eucharistic adoration, pilgrimages, solemn Masses, intercessional and penitential processions with themes such as “The Holiness of Family and Marriage,” “The Call to Chastity,” “The Beauty and Happiness of a Chaste Life,” “The Imitation of Christ in Family Life,” and “Expiation for the Sins Against Family and Marriage.” For the full article, please see OnePeterFive here. [I would add that the daily family rosary is essential, as well.]

Now that the mask is off and Pope Francis and his merry wrecking crew are out in the open with their intentions, the resistance is beginning. At this stage of the Passion of Christ’s Mystical Body we approach  Golgotha. Who will stand with Burke, Schneider, Lenga and Hoser?At a minimum, all those who are devoted to the Sacred Heart,Our Lady of Fatima, and all traditional Catholics will figure out a way to rally behind these brave prelates and form networks to educate and organize a grassroots resistance. We have less than 8 months left until the great “Nod to Sin” in October.

Remember: Pray the Rosary and confound the devil.

~ evensong ~

Motus in fine velocior

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the subsequent papacy of Francis has resulted in a train of events comparable to an avalanche or tsunami causing upheaval and confusion in its wake. In a post nearly a year ago, I quoted Dr. Roberto de Mattei regarding this phenomenon:

The events succeed one another more quickly. The latin ‘motus in fine velocior’ is commonly used to indicate the faster passing of the time at the end of an historical period. The multiplication of events, in fact, shortens the course of time, which in itself does not exist outside of the things that flow. Time, says Aristotle, is the measure of movement (Physics, IV, 219 b). More precisely we define it as the duration of changeable things. God is eternal precisely because He is immutable: every moment has its cause in Him, but nothing in Him changes. The more one distances himself from God the more chaos, produced by the change, increases.

February 11 marked the start of an acceleration of time, which is the consequence of a movement which is becoming vertiginous. We are living through an historical hour which is not necessarily the end of times, but certainly the end of a civilization and the termination of an epoch in the life of the Church. If at the end of this epoch, the clergy and lay Catholics do not take their responsibility very seriously, there will inevitably be realised that fate which the visionary of Fatima saw unveiled before her own eyes:

“And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father.’ Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious were going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.”

Professor de Mattei’s reference to a prophecy of Fatima is significant, and we will return to it later. In the above quote, Dr. de Mattei observed, “The more one distances himself from God the more chaos, produced by the change, increases.” Then consider for a moment, the chaotic rapidity of the events since last February, when that remark was made. In just the past few weeks, we have seen Cardinals closest to Pope Francis reveal that he (Francis) was behind the agenda of last October’s Synod on Marriage and the Family, (see here), that he intends to change the Catholic Church “irreversibly” (see here), and that dogma can and should change (see here). In a recent article, John Vennari quotes from a pro-Francis book by Paul Valelly, speaking of Pope Francis’ policy of giving Holy Communion to people who are living in adulterous relations, “Bergoglio never altered his doctrinal orthodoxy on such matters but he did not allow dogma to overrule the priority of pastoral concern.” Vallely then quotes Buenos Aires ‘slum’ priest Father Juan Isasmendi, who said “He [Bergoglio] was never rigid about the small and stupid stuff, (sic)  because he was interested in something deeper.” And so, to Pope bergoglio, dogma is “small and stupid”? Really?

The rapidity of events initiated by Pope Francis and his faction (Kasper, Marx, Baldisseri, Maradiaga) calls forth a response from the few faithful prelates who are attempting to stand firm in defense of the dogma of the faith. Cardinal Burke appears to be leading the resistance but there are also a few others, among them, most recently is the brave voice of his Excellency Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga, bishop emeritus of the diocese of Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Rotate (here) reports on the good Archbishop’s recent Open Letter in which he writes:

“the voice of my conscience will not allow me to remain silent, while the work of God is being slandered.  … Some Nuncios have become propagators of liberalism and modernism. …However, during the reign of the last holy Popes one could observe in the Church the greatest disorder concerning the purity of the doctrine and the sacredness of the liturgy, in which Jesus Christ is not paid the visible honour which he is due. In not a few Bishop’s Conferences the best bishops are “persona non grata”. Where are apologists of our days, who would announce to men in a clear and comprehensible manner the threat of the risk of loss of faith and salvation?”

“It will not be superfluous to remind my brothers in the episcopacy of an affirmation made by an Italian masonic lodge (see here) from the year 1820: “Our work is a work of a hundred years. Let us leave the elder people and let us go to the youth. The seminarians will become priests with our liberal ideas. …  liberal bishops, who will work in the entourage of the Pope, will propose to him in the task of governing the Church such thoughts and ideas which are advantageous for us and the Pope will implement them into life”. This intention of the Freemasons is being implemented more and more openly, …  with the connivance of false witnesses who occupy some high hierarchical office in the Church. It is not without reason that Blessed Paul VI said: “The spirit of Satan penetrated through a crack inside the Church”. I think that this crack has become in our days quite wide and the devil uses all forces in order to subvert the Church of Christ. To avoid this, it is necessary to return to the precise and clear proclamation of the Gospel on all levels of ecclesiastical ministry, for the Church possesses all power and grace which Christ gave to her …  The Church cannot adapt herself to the spirit of this world, but must transform the world to the spirit of Christ.”

Another good Archbishop who has been outspoken in defense of the perennial teaching of the Faith is Bishop Athanasius Schneider, also of Kazakhstan, who is to give a talk in Washington D.C. soon. Let us pray for them all, for it becomes more and more likely that we may be participating in the closing of the 2,000 year-long era of the Faith. Perhaps, we may yet see, the unfolding of a prophecy described in a little known apparition (see here) of Sister Lucia of Fatima, as revealed by Antonio Socci:

At around 4 p.m. on January 3, 1944, in the chapel of the convent, before the Tabernacle, Lucia asked Jesus to make known His will: ‘I then felt a friendly hand, maternal and affectionate, touch my shoulder.’

Sister Lucia of Fatima
Sister Lucia of Fatima

And the Mother of God said to her: ‘be at peace, and write what I have commanded you, but not, however, that which has been given to you to understand its meaning’, intending to allude to the meaning of the vision which the Virgin herself had revealed.

Immediately afterward, said Sister Lucia, ‘I felt my spirit inundated by a mystery of light that is God and in Him I saw and heard: the point of a lance like a flame that is detached, touches the axis of the earth, and it trembles: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, the rivers, the clouds, exceed their boundaries, inundating and dragging with them, in a vortex, houses and people in a number that cannot be counted. It is the purification of the world from the sin in which it is immersed. Hatred, ambition, provoke the destructive war. After I felt my racing heart, in my spirit a soft voice said: ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. In eternity, Heaven!’ This word ‘Heaven’ filled my heart with peace and happiness in such a way that, almost without being aware of it, I kept repeating to myself for a long time: Heaven, Heaven.”

The vision clearly points to a coming purification of the world and confirms earlier visions in which it is foretold that in the course of the chastisement, entire nations will be destroyed. This deeply mystical vision confirms the need for us to observe all things which have been commanded to us, in devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Christ our King. Stand firm in the Faith, and pray the Rosary, offering reparation always. Watch and pray, be ready for the Bridegroom.

†  Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil and all who serve him.

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

†  Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

†  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!

†  St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families, protect our priests!

†  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

~  by evensong, for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!