The Chalice My Father Hath Given Me

Jesus therefore said to Peter: Put up thy sword into the scabbard. The chalice which my Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it? (John, 18, 11)

"The chalice which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?"
“The chalice which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”

All you who pass by, look and see, was there ever a sorrow like unto mine?

In his pernicious magisterial Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis has cast aside two thousand years of Church teaching, and essentially countermanded even the words of Jesus Christ Himself regarding marriage. Pope Francis infers that God’s commands are too burdensome for those in the real world, and therefore, sinners are well-advised to remain in their sins, and must be made welcome to be nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ.

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A Subversive Teaching

Amoris Laetitia, a perfect example of two of our Most Humble Pontiff’s most popular phases, “¡Hagan lío!”, and “who am I to judge?”, has garnered much commentary, from the asinine to the precise. There have been several excellent expositions, but today came something wonderful and I’ve included it below, thanks to SSPX.

Amoris Laetitia: a Subversive Teaching

Father Denis Puga, a priest of the Society of St. Pius X, comments on the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia released on April 8, 2016.

 By way of two major decisions in the course of one year—the reform of the process for handling marriage nullity cases last September and the publication of Amoris Laetitia, the post-synodal exhortation on the family this month—Pope Francis has caused a significant breach in the dogmas of the sacraments of marriage and of the Holy Eucharist.
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Cassock and Tonsure

When I made my morning visit to Eponymous Flower, they had very welcome news about the new seminarians for the Society of St. Pius X. The SSPX article explains the significance of the ceremony; it is so encouraging that in all the difficulties of our present crisis, we still have so much evidence of God’s tender care for us, and Our Lady still brings devout young men to follow her beloved Son!  Here is the article, from the Society’s Seminary in Winona, USA:

Taking of the Cassock and Tonsure, Feb. 2, 2016
February 04, 2016 Seminary Winona

On February 2, Feast of the Purification of Our Lady, ten seminarians received the cassock and eight the clerical tonsure. His Excellency Bp. Bernard Fellay gave the cassock and tonsure to these aspirants to the priesthood at the conclusion of his canonical visit of the Seminary.

Conferral of the Cassock and Tonsure

It is the practice of the Society to give the cassock and tonsure on the day when the Church commemorates the presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple. This is because both ceremonies express the giving of one’s life to the service of God. On the day of his presentation in the Temple, the Christ child offered himself to the Father with a generosity that surpasses our understanding, embracing in advance the sufferings and sacrificial death that He knew this offering entailed. In this way our Lord provided an example of magnanimity to be imitated by all who aspire to participate in His priesthood. The very rites of the reception of the cassock and tonsure call for this magnanimity.

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The 1974 Declaration

On November 21, 1974 Archbishop Lefebvre, scandalized by the opinions expressed by the two Apostolic Visitors, drew up for his seminarians “in a spirit of doubtlessly excessive indignation” this famous Declaration as his stand against Modernism. Ten days before, two Apostolic Visitors from Rome arrived at the St. Pius X Seminary in Econe. During their brief stay, they spoke to the seminarians and professors, maintaining scandalous opinions such as, the ordination of married men will soon be a normal thing, truth changes with the times, and the traditional conception of the Resurrection of Our Lord is open to discussion.

'Tradidi enim vobis, in primis quod et accepi" 1 Cor. 15, 3.
‘Tradidi enim vobis, in primis quod et accepi”
1 Cor. 15, 3.
1974 Declaration of Archbishop Lefebvre

We hold fast, with all our heart and with all our soul, to Catholic Rome, Guardian of the Catholic Faith and of the traditions necessary to preserve this faith, to Eternal Rome, Mistress of wisdom and truth. We refuse, on the other hand, and have always refused to follow the Rome of neo-Modernist and neo-Protestant tendencies which were clearly evident in the Second Vatican Council and, after the Council, in all the reforms which issued from it.

All these reforms, indeed, have contributed and are still contributing to the destruction of the Church, to the ruin of the priesthood, to the abolition of the Sacrifice of the Mass and of the sacraments, to the disappearance of religious life, to a naturalist and Teilhardian teaching in universities, seminaries and catechetics; a teaching derived from Liberalism and Protestantism, many times condemned by the solemn Magisterium of the Church.

No authority, not even the highest in the hierarchy, can force us to abandon or diminish our Catholic faith, so clearly expressed and professed by the Church’s Magisterium for nineteen centuries. “But though we,” says St. Paul, “or an angel from heaven preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema” (Gal. 1:8).

Is it not this that the Holy Father is repeating to us today? And if we can discern a certain contradiction in his words and deeds, as well as in those of the dicasteries, well we choose what was always taught and we turn a deaf ear to the novelties destroying the Church.

It is impossible to modify profoundly the lex orandi without modifying the lex credendi. To the Novus Ordo Missae correspond a new catechism, a new priesthood, new seminaries, a charismatic Pentecostal Church—all things opposed to orthodoxy and the perennial teaching of the Church.

This Reformation, born of Liberalism and Modernism, is poisoned through and through; it derives from heresy and ends in heresy, even if all its acts are not formally heretical. It is therefore impossible for any conscientious and faithful Catholic to espouse this Reformation or to submit to it in any way whatsoever. The only attitude of faithfulness to the Church and Catholic doctrine, in view of our salvation, is a categorical refusal to accept this Reformation.

That is why, without any spirit of rebellion, bitterness or resentment, we pursue our work of forming priests, with the timeless Magisterium as our guide. We are persuaded that we can render no greater service to the Holy Catholic Church, to the Sovereign Pontiff and to posterity.

That is why we hold fast to all that has been believed and practiced in the faith, morals, liturgy, teaching of the catechism, formation of the priest and institution of the Church, by the Church of all time; to all these things as codified in those books which saw day before the Modernist influence of the Council. This we shall do until such time that the true light of Tradition dissipates the darkness obscuring the sky of Eternal Rome.

By doing this, with the grace of God and the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and that of St. Joseph and St. Pius X, we are assured of remaining faithful to the Roman Catholic Church and to all the successors of Peter, and of being the fideles dispensatores mysteriorum Domini Nostri Jesu Christi in Spiritu Sancto. Amen.

November 21, 1974

Econe, Switzerland


There has never been a better time to  Pray the Rosary with confidence and joy!

  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.
  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!



A Win-Win for the Humble Pope

In late-breaking news from Gloria TV:

“EXCLUSIVE: An American sedevacantist website has spread the rumor that an agreement between the SSPX and the Vatican is imminent. But Father Franz Schmidberger, the rector of the Society’s seminary in Germany, declared before that an agreement was not in sight. But he confirmed that there exists a Vatican proposal in which – quote – “a lot still needs to be clarified.”

In October we posted on just this situation, in Pope Francis’ Endgame. Here is the relevant portion:

In an earlier post (of Michael Matt’s), A Bishop at the Top of the World, Mr. Matt reported on a visit he had recently with Bishop Fellay, Superior General of the SSPX. Matt described Bishop Fellay as,

“a man at a crossroads who is wrestling not with his conscience, but with the stark reality of his situation and the plight of Holy Mother Church. What does God want him to do?” …

“Is now the right time for some sort of official reunification of the SSPX with the Vatican? God help us, I can’t understand how it could be. Francis and modernist friends seem to risk destroying the entire human element of Christ’s Church with their infernal policies. …

“Is the situation in the Church any better today than it was in 1988? If it is, then Lefebvre himself would counsel Fellay to go to Rome. But if it is not, then how can Bishop Fellay go to Rome without indicting the Archbishop? This is the dilemma that must keep Bishop Fellay awake at night,”

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Pope Francis’ Endgame

With all this heresy coming fast and furious, we have to wonder what our Pontiff’s endgame is. Read on for some possibilities…

Michael Matt at the Remnant has written an excellent, heart-felt analysis: “The Synod on the Family” and the Fate of the Church.  Matt included a lengthy quote from the Vatican about Pope Francis’ homily for October 15 in which the Pontiff spoke on that old Lutheran favorite, Romans Chapter 3, Verses 27-30 (NB: Verse 31, which says that the law of works is not overthrown by faith, but upheld by it, was omitted [by Francis] ).

Then Matt remarked,

In this homily Francis reveals a new theology, one in which “the key of knowledge” is his theory of mercy, a theory which does not seek repentance and penance from sinners. …

"Let us not be fooled by the experts who put limits on this love."
“Let us not be fooled by the experts who put limits on this love.”

Moreover, in this new theology, all are saved regardless of their observation or refusal to observe the Commandments. Thieves, adulterers, murderers, those who pray to false gods— the number of the “saved” knows no limits. Strikingly, all are saved, except those who disagree with this new theology, such as those who point to Jesus’s depictions of Hell in the Bible, and the explicit words of Saint Paul himself on reception of the Eucharist. In this theology Jesus and the Saints themselves are among the few in Hell. How incredible.

At this point, and in retrospect, we must now look back and ask ourselves in all seriousness, “What has happened to the Church?” “What is the ‘Synod on the Family’ really about?” “Can the laity really tolerate this new Franciscan theology, which will most certainly eventually bring homosexual ‘married’ and/or homosexual sexually active priests to the Church?” Add to that list unapologetic adulterers, murderers, thieves and even those who pray to false gods. What a free-for-all religion that would be! One thing is for certain, and that is if this theology of “salvation for all” is allowed to enter the Catholic Church, the laity will flow out from it like blood and water from Christ’s side.  …

The only people who can determine what can be done at this point are the Pope and the bishops, and it does not look as if they agree with each other. …

Matt concludes that the faithful may need to turn to the SSPX for spiritual nourishment,

“especially now that their sacraments have been recognized as valid and licit for the Year of Mercy. Moreover, maybe it has come to pass that even after the Year of Mercy ‘irregular canonical status’ is preferable to open heresy.”

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Thoughts of a dry brain . . .

The Never-ending Springtime of Vatican II
The Never-ending Springtime of Vatican II

A funny thing happened today. Odd how little things can build up and suddenly, boom! Your life has changed irreversibly in just one small moment. For years now, my husband and I have been sneaking down to Mass at the SSPX Chapel an hour and a half drive from us. In heavy traffic, the drive can take twice as long. I say that we sneak, because most Sundays, we have to settle for a TLM at a Novus Ordo Parish we will call St. Nowhere in a city closer to us. The Latin Mass community at that Church has strong antipathy towards the SSPX and I was shunned for nearly a year after merely mentioning that I support them financially.  The priest at St. Nowhere, we’ll call Father X, told members of the TLM Community that the Bishop does not allow parishioners to attend SSPX Mass and inferred that to do so was grounds for excommunication. Now I did not hear him say that because as luck would have it, I was at SSPX Mass that Sunday.  But the same priest asked me once, why I missed Mass the previous Sunday. I am ashamed to say I did my infamous little, “Oh look, there’s a butterfly!” ditsy old lady thing and slipped away from him.

However, today, that viral video of the candlelight procession by the SSPX community in Kansas was sent to me by a prominent member of our local Latin Mass Society. I responded rather more strongly than I should have and just to be honest about things, I copied it to the St. Nowhere priest. After going that far, I was flush with the exuberance one gets from derring-do, and so I decided to forward my response to a couple other Catholics who attend St. Nowhere’s Latin Mass in case they might like to know of my wickedness. I attached an explanatory note to them as well. Since the cat’s out of the bag,  I may as well let you all in on it, in fact, just shout it from the housetops! Here is a merged version of what I wrote in both emails:

Thank you for the video, Marie (Not her real name). I have been a supporter of SSPX for years now and whenever I am well enough to travel, we make the grueling (for us) trip to (-SSPX Chapel_).

I have heard that Father _X_  has said we may not attend Mass there and also heard that the Bishop does not approve. So have tried to keep silent, but can do so no longer.

The neo-modernists of the Bergoglio/Kasper/Danneels faction are using homosexuals and divorcees not for the good of their souls, not for true mercy for these poor people, but solely to attack Our Lord in His Sacrament of Love. What a horrible hoax to play on poor sinners! Not to show them the way to true repentance and the fulness of grace and everlasting happiness in Heaven, but to further damn them to hell by compounding their mortal sins.

The pawns in all this are the sinners, who are being mislead by the very shepherds who should help them.
What kind of “field hospital of the faith” is P. Francis running? It deliberately infects poor sinners, already suffering mortal wounds, with more fatal disease, while denying them the simple cure!

It seems hypocritical for some who call themselves traditional Catholics to keep acting as though the SSPX is evil. I know them and they are genuinely the Remnant of the Faith that will, by their constant reparations and rosaries bring Our Immaculate Mother’s victorious return and restore the Faith.

At SSPX Chapel, there are prayers before every Mass for Pope Francis, they are respectful and I have personally been excoriated by Father _V_ for being uncharitable about the Pope. I am guilty as charged! Father V  urges us to offer penance and prayers for the pope and the hierarchy, as Our Lady of Fatima requested.

I love the Church and that is why I cannot continue to give tacit approval of what I see happening in this papacy. It is difficult to grasp how in the name of mercy, those living in a persistent state of mortal sin are being welcomed into receiving the Blessed Sacrament, yet I am to be cast out, for simply attending a Society Mass? Amazing.

In this farcical Synod, they are discussing institutionalizing Eucharistic sacrilege. To attempt to excommunicate me for attending a reverent Mass when all this sacrilege and desecration of the Blessed Sacrament is being rammed through, is beyond ludicrous. But we will see how it plays out. Meanwhile, we will go on down to (SSPX Chapel) next Sunday. There, we have Rosary before Mass with prayers for the Pope, a reverent Missa Cantata, followed by an hour of Eucharistic adoration with prayers for the Pope and the Synod. The congregation did their own Eucharistic Rosary procession last Sunday for the Synod. These people are praying and offering penances for the Church in this time of trial, so by all means, they should be excommunicated!

By the way, apropos Father Rosica at the Synod Press briefing, where he mentioned polygamy: If they open up to polygamy in Africa, that will destroy the beautiful, faithful African Church, the most vital and fervent ground of the Faith today, which is giving us saints and martyrs for the glory of God and His Church. It is a terrible blow, all in the name of Kasper’s damnable “mercy”. I won’t be a part of it.

Before long, I will be probably unable to travel to (SSPX Chapel)  for Mass. When that happens, Father will come here to offer Mass. If you know of anyone interested in attending, feel free to give them my contact information.

I will hush now. Thank you,


Well, it is now 1 a.m. and time for Matins, yet am still at the computer getting ready to post this. As I think back on the events of the day, I am having second thoughts. Some of our family still go there to the TLM at St. Nowhere’s and they will have to face the disapproval of Father X and the TLM community. Perhaps it was thoughtless of me. Then I wax indignant again. With all the problems facing faithful Catholics in this dysfunctional Church, why does it fall to me to be the stereotypical bad guy?

Wish I could recall that quote from Orwell, you know, the one about how subversive it is to tell the truth in a sick society? But it is late and I am old, and very tired, and my Church is in ruins.

Oh God come to my assistance, O Lord, make haste to help me.


[UPDATE, February 5, 2016: My husband and I are still forbidden to receive Holy Communion at the Diocesan Traditional Latin Mass. Father X has wholeheartedly embraced the new “Mercy Agenda” of Pope Francis. Those who still attend the TLM there never need fear they will hear the intolerant words of Jesus against adultery, for all that is cast aside in favor of the serene theology of Cardinal Kasper and the tender mercies of Pope Francis.]

“In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph!”

Queen of the most Holy Rosary, establish the reign of thy Immaculate Heart in my heart, in the Church, and in the world!

St. Joseph, protector of the Church, protect our priests!

Remember, pray the Rosary and confound Satan!


~ posted by evensong, for love of the Immaculata

Bishop Fellay’s Letter, November, 2014

There is so much discussion about our “Doomsday Pope” as some have called him and the depressing agenda he has set for the Church, that it is refreshing to hear from Bishop Fellay, who is leading the way for authentic Catholic renewal amidst this ongoing crisis. Here from is Bishop Fellay’s Letter to Friends and Benefactors, # 83.

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

Seventeen years ago now, the future Benedict XVI presented his vision of the future of the Church; at the time it seemed very pessimistic. He foresaw that the Mystical Body would be so fragmented that it would be reduced to a collection of small groups that were still lively, though surrounded by general decadence:

Perhaps the time has come to say farewell to the idea of traditionally Catholic cultures. Maybe we are facing a new and different kind of epoch in the Church’s history, where Christianity will again be characterized more by the mustard seed, where it will exist in small, seemingly insignificant groups that nonetheless live an intensive struggle against evil and bring the good into the world….” [1]

The Church… will be less identified with the great societies, more a minority Church; she will live in small, vital circles of really convinced believers who live their faith. But precisely in this way she will, biblically speaking, become the salt of the earth again.” [2]

Disastrous vision of the Church’s future
Is this vision the product of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s personal wisdom, or is it inspired by some other source, such as the Secret of Fatima? He alone can tell us. Whatever the case may be, gradually and especially since the Council we have been witnessing the slow disappearance of the Church as she appeared for at least 1,500 years, in other words, as a society that had profoundly permeated all of human life, the entire social organism, striving to shape a deeply harmonious whole with the temporal realm, even if the secular authorities often tried to encroach on the spiritual authority of the Church.

Since the French Revolution we have observed not only the separation of these two powers, but also an unceasing determination to combat and reduce the Church’s beneficent influence on human society. Since the post-conciliar period, with the bewildering reduction in the number of priestly vocations, with the loss of hundreds of thousands of men and women religious who had given their lives for God and neighbor, the Church’s presence in schools, in hospitals, and in social and political life has almost disappeared. No serious measure has been taken to check this catastrophic disappearance of the Church from society. By now she has practically been relegated to the sacristy. What is worse, in countries where the Church had lavished her good deeds, in the countries that once were called Christian, even the churches and sacristies are empty…. We are no longer very far from the almost prophetic vision of Cardinal Ratzinger.

But these external phenomena are accompanied by others belonging to the internal life of the Church; they are signs of weakness in the face of an enemy who is no longer outside, but now inside. The unity of the Faith and unity of the government of Holy Church are more and more thoroughly dissolving; and liturgical unity, with the “creative” options offered by the New Mass, particularly with the multiplication of Eucharistic Prayers, was long ago shattered. As for morality, the last Synod on the Family tragically demonstrated the proliferation of contradictory opinions that prevail in that area, which the authorities no longer seem capable of stemming, when they are not actively promoting it….

In the midst of this disaster, which has been noted by many observers, no doubt our modest Society seems like “[a] small, seemingly insignificant group that nonetheless lives an intensive struggle against evil and brings the good into the world….” If on the one hand the sight of the disfigured Church deeply grieves us, on the other hand we sing every day the Magnificat for the marvels that the Almighty still enables us to accomplish.

The Catholic family
In these few lines we would like to give you an insight into the current development of the Society, which, despite the hits that it has received on all sides, ceaselessly spreads the Good Lord’s grace and fortifies souls on their difficult, perilous pilgrimage to Heaven. For a long time we have realized that very special attention must be paid to the Christian family, the sacred hearth where children are born who are destined not only for life on this earth but for the life of Heaven. There is something terrifying and diabolical in the refined cruelty that is used to strike at this sanctuary, starting with the life of the unborn child in his mother’s womb.

Considering the number of large families who serenely cultivate virtue and seek the glory of God, without neglecting their duties toward their neighbors and society─quite the contrary!─we can only bless Our Lord and marvel at such mighty workings of grace! Yes, dear families, although Christian life has its demands, God’s help, and grace are unfailing, whatever the circumstances may be that often require of you a certain heroism. By the mere fact of your Christian life and your efforts, you give proof that this life is still possible today, and that those who abandon God’s commandments to seek other ways that cater to the modern world are defeatists who have lost the spirit of faith that ought to animate every Christian.

The Catholic school
This life of faith needs to be protected, and in order to develop, it needs the Catholic school. This has always been a major concern of the Church, so much so that she makes it a serious obligation for parents to watch over the Catholic education of their children, and even today threatens with a sanction those who fail in their duty! [3]

This is a serious, very specific concern: where nowadays are we to find authentically Catholic schools where the teaching of the Faith truly imbues all the subjects that are taught? Where do we find institutions that prepare future fathers and mothers for the battles that must be fought in this world in order to conquer Heaven?

This is why one of our major efforts concerns schools. Throughout the world we dedicate to them most of our resources, both human and material. And in fact a hundred or so schools of different sizes are forming thousand of staunch Christians for tomorrow.

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
Although family and school provide indispensable protection for young people who are being educated, what can be done to support those who leave their parents’ home and go out into the world? We are greatly concerned about the perseverance of these young adults on the path of good and virtue, keeping their souls in a state of grace in the midst of such a perverted world. And so we can find no stronger antidote than the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, which we most assuredly consider as one of the greatest treasures and means of sanctification that has been placed in our hands─just after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Holy Rosary. The Exercises were truly made for our times and are capable of providing the courage, strength and heroism necessary today for all souls of good will. This is why we insistently invite you not to neglect this means that has been placed at your disposal. Without a doubt, we consider the Spiritual Exercises as one of the spearheads of the Society, and the cause of that genuine miracle of grace which Christian life is today.

The priest and the Mass
But the supernatural life would not be possible without the priest, the privileged instrument who is willed and chosen by God to spread that life in the Mystical Body, particularly through the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The close bond that should unite the priest and the Mass is the testament that Archbishop Lefebvre left us. For the Mass is the source of all sanctification, and the priest, before all others, must drink deeply from that source so as then to make the souls entrusted to him benefit from it: “For them do I sanctify myself,” Our Lord said, “that they also may be sanctified in truth.” (Jn 17:19)

This mystery is at the heart of our seminaries. We jealously watch over it, and we carefully provide everything that can serve to beautify the liturgical ceremonies. The beauty of external signs reflects the sublimity of the mysteries by which our Redemption is wrought. Thus these ceremonies, which are grandiose and intimate at the same time, are like a prelude to Heaven.

The Mass is the joy and daily privilege of our approximately 200 seminarians, as well as the 40 or so pre-seminarians in our six seminaries on four continents. In the United States their growing number obliges us to build a new seminary, in Virginia. It should have a roof over it by next spring.

Moreover many churches are being built almost everywhere in the world, which shows the dynamism of the Faith. Yes, indeed, faith can move mountains! I firmly believe that only faith can explain this phenomenon, which surpasses human abilities. Thanks to God, your constant generosity and your ardent zeal make such achievements possible. Please accept our deepest thanks. Be assured of the grateful prayers of the seminarians, the priests, the brothers and sisters religious who each day ask God to reward your good works a hundredfold.

May Our Lady keep you in charity and peace, my dear friends, and may her Immaculate Heart lead you all to eternal happiness.

On the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lady,
November 21, 2014

+Bernard Fellay

Now, the contrast of Bishop Fellay’s  letter and the modernist blather issuing forth from the current “Bishop of Rome” is pretty apparent, isn’t it! The difference is that Bishop Fellay’s focus is Christ-centered, while Bergoglio’s is man-centered. Thus, one is inspiring and one is banal.

Pray, pray always for increased devotion to Our Lady of Fatima and her message. Only she can turn the tide, cast out the evil from the Church and usher in the reign of Christ the King.

Viva Christo Rey!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us and for all poor sinners, now and at the hour of our death.


Doctrinal Revolution

Make a mess!
Make a mess!

From DICI, the best synopsis of the ongoing auto-demolition in the Church, the new “Springtime of Pope Francis, the Pope of Surprises”.

On Monday, October 13, 2014, the Relator General of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdö, Primate of Hungary, made public the Interim Report, which gives an idea of the direction taken by the debates that had been held behind closed doors for a week and were to continue for another week.

What strikes the reader at first is that he finds again in this report the scandalous propositions made by the progressive Cardinal Walter Kasper in an interview with journalist Andrea Tornielli on September 18, almost a month ago. As if everything had already been planned in advance…. Judge for yourself:

Cardinal Kasper, September 11: “Church doctrine is not a closed system: the Second Vatican Council teaches us that there is a development, meaning that it is possible to look into this further. I wonder if a deeper understanding similar to what we saw in ecclesiology, is possible in this case (i.e. that of divorced Catholics who have remarried civilly – Editor’s note): although the Catholic Church is Christ’s true Church, there are elements of ecclesiality beyond the institutional boundaries of the Church too. Couldn’t some elements of sacramental marriage also be recognized in civil marriages in certain cases? For example, the lifelong commitment, mutual love and care, Christian life and a public declaration of commitment that does not exist in common-law marriages.”

Cardinal Erdö, October 13: “[A] significant hermeneutic key comes from the teaching of Vatican Council II, which, although it affirms that “the one Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church,” also declares that “many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible structure … these elements, as gifts belonging to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward Catholic unity” (Lumen Gentium, 8). In this light, the value and consistency of natural marriage must first be emphasized. Some ask whether the sacramental fullness of marriage does not exclude the possibility of recognizing positive elements even the imperfect forms that may be found outside this nuptial situation, which are in any case ordered in relation to it. The doctrine of levels of communion, formulated by Vatican Council II, confirms the vision of a structured way of participating in the Mysterium Ecclesiae by baptized persons. In the same, perspective, that we may describe as inclusive, the Council opens up the horizon for appreciating the positive elements present in other religions (cf. Nostra Aetate, 2) and cultures, despite their limits and their insufficiencies (cf. Redemptoris Missio, 55).” (Interim Report, paragraphs 17-19)

In an interview granted to DICI on October 3 (see DICI no. 302 dated October 10, 2014), Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X, had dismantled the specious reasoning of Cardinal Kasper: “He proposes applying pastorally to marriage the new principles concerning the Church that were spelled out at the Council in the name of ecumenism: there are elements of ecclesiality outside the Church. He moves logically from ecclesial ecumenism to matrimonial ecumenism: thus, in his opinion, there are elements of Christian marriage outside of the sacrament. To look at things concretely, just ask spouses what they would think of ‘ecumenical’ marital fidelity or fidelity in diversity!”

In the March 15, 2014, issue of Il Foglio, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna, had responded in forceful terms to Cardinal Kasper’s proposals about giving communion to the divorced-and-remarried during the Consistory on February 20 of this year: “Therefore [according to this logic] there is such a thing as extramarital human sexuality that the Church considers legitimate. But that negates the central pillar of the Church’s teaching on sexuality. At that point someone might wonder: then why not approve cohabitation? Or relations between homosexuals?”

Cardinal Erdö’s report opens up supposedly “pastoral” perspectives in two directions: “A new dimension of today’s family pastoral consists of understanding the reality of civil marriage and also cohabitation, taking into account the due differences…. Furthermore in such unions [common-law marriages, editor’s note] it is possible to grasp authentic family values or at least the wish for them. Pastoral accompaniment should always start from these positive aspects…. Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?” (Interim Report, paragraphs 36, 38, 50)

These propositions—which purportedly are merely “pastoral” without any doctrinal implication, just like at the Second Vatican Council—were to be debated by the members of the Synod during the second week and in all dioceses during the year 2014-2015, before the meeting of the Ordinary Synod that is to be held in October 2015.

But here and now, as Cardinals Kasper and Erdö themselves admit, we can say that, just as Vatican II introduced ecumenism with its notion of more or less perfection communion, so too the Synod is busy proposing “ecumenical marriage” with varying degrees of indissolubility, in other words, a marriage that is more or less soluble in “pastoral practice”.

On October 3 Bp. Fellay declared: “We blame the Council for making this artificial distinction between doctrine and pastoral practice, because pastoral practice must follow from doctrine. Through multiple pastoral concessions, substantial changes have been introduced in the Church, and her doctrine has been affected. This is what happened during and after the Council, and we denounce the same strategy that is being used today against the morality of marriage.”
(Source: FSSPX/MG – DICI no. 303 dated October 24, 2014)

Now to those who object that the above report only addresses the Midterm Relation, not the final Report, by now you know that our Humble Pope overrode the Synod Fathers who voted to reject the diluted paragraphs discussed above. And so this disgusting battle will continue on for the next year, as the Pope pushes the above agenda.

A friend recently told me that he prefers reading the National Catholic Register and watching EWTN in order to get his Church news. My answer is that when EWTN and NCR offer truly Catholic commentary on the news as the Society of St. Pius X does, I will gladly read them. Until then, I thank God every day for the true Remnant of the Church which thrives in the Society even as it withers within the post-Conciliar Church.

Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

~ evensong ~

Holiness, a Mark of the True Church

The Synod continues and Pope Francis’s revolution continues apace, and so it goes. More than ever before prayer and penance are needed!

As the Synod unfolds, a few things come to mind. On another blog in a discussion on the possibility of Bergoglio changing Church teaching, a commenter remarked :

Can Bergoglio change Church teaching? The following analogy may provide a useful approach to answering this question.

In 1967, the British Parliament decriminalized buggery, but the legislation applied to England and Wales only, not Scotland. In Scotland, meanwhile, the Lord Advocate (roughly equivalent to the Attorney General) had instructed that there should be no prosecutions for buggery. The question is: did the Lord Advocate’s instruction change the law in Scotland – even though it was not legislation?

The answer to this question depends on the definition of “law”, about which there is no universal agreement. If, however, you take legal philosopher John Austin’s definition – “the command of a sovereign, backed by the threat of a sanction” – then the answer would of course be, “Yes”. The Lord Advocate had removed the threat of a sanction.

By removing the threat of a sanction, therefore, Bergoglio would be changing Church teaching, at least on this interpretation.

As a postscript to the above, the Catholic Encyclopedia makes the following remark under “Sanctity (Mark of the Church)”. A mark of the Church, of course, is a means by which the true Church is objectively identified:
“Her vindication of the indissolubility of marriage in the face of a licentious world affords the most conspicuous instance of this. She alone maintains in its integrity her Master’s teaching on marriage.”

When reading that I was so overwhelmed with nostalgia! The above quote about the sanctity of the Church from the Catholic Encyclopedia speaks volumes to what we have lost.

The true Church is Holy, that is how we know that she is the true Church. In today’s confusion, many are disheartened about the perceived lack of holiness in the Church. It distresses them to hear that pope Bergoglio has dismissed homosexuality flippantly, that he has called faithful Catholics pelagians and hardheaded and accused them of “obsessing” over abortion, contraception and sodomy (although he refuses to call it by its correct name).

In refusing to judge homosexuals, Pope Francis is refusing to follow Christ, Whose priest and Vicar he is supposed to be. This is a true lack of charity, because the sinner needs the Gospel preached, needs the truth to be told and needs to have their sins forgiven. The Church’s constant teaching all these years is that sodomy is a sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance. And just think of the actively homosexual priests who are not only engaging in such a horrendous mortal sin, but are also breaking their solemn vow of chastity and to compound matters, they celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass unworthily, blaspheming Our Lord and Savior and scandalizing His flock.

To all those who are confused and disheartened over the state of the Church today, Be of good heart, look for the holiness. That is where our sins are forgiven. That is where our souls are healed. Many Catholics today are misled into thinking that the priests of the Society of St. Pius X are not able to administer the sacraments, that their Masses are not valid and so on. Often, self-styled experts presume to pass judgement on those of us who attend SSPX Chapels, decreeing that we are schismatics. To them I say, look at the signs — where do you find holiness? where do you find fidelity to the unchanging dogma and tradition of the Faith?

Can your sins be forgiven if the only sin your priest believes in is the sin of intolerance? Can you find nourishment and peace for your soul in an environment that places social justice in place of total devotion to Jesus Christ, His Passion, Death and Resurrection? Hell is a reality, Jesus spoke of it often, yet the modernist Church ignores this reality.

It’s a shame that Pope Francis will not honestly and courageously confront the sins that shackle people today – he misses the opportunity to free them of their sins. His modernism blinds him to the needs of sinners and causes him to eschew ‘judgmentalism’. Our Lord’s words, “Be of good heart, son, your sins are forgiven you” is a beautiful encouragement for all of us today. Don’t be confused by the so-called canon law experts, who are like the pharisees of Jesus time. They parse the canon law, ignoring the constant teaching of the Church’s traditional magisterium. They rejected Him then, and they war against the small remnant of the Church that is sustaining the Faith today. Seek out the holiness, seek the priest that will preach — and live! — the true word of God. If he doesn’t preach Jesus crucified, he is not true to the Faith, and not holy either..

It is said that God only gives us the quality of priests we deserve, so we must strive to deserve better. To this end, let’s renew our rosaries and our fasting. If we do this thing right, we may all become lean, mean praying machines! (And spiritual warriors par excellence!)

Our Lady of Fatima pray for us!

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us now and at the hour of our death!

~ posted by evensong ~