Christ the King and the Synod of Shame, 2015

Now that this blasphemous farcical Synod is finally over, we need to get back to the faith. I haven’t the heart, at present, to say more. Indeed, my heart is breaking for Our Lord Jesus Christ and His betrayed Bride. Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! The following post is all I have to offer at present, but I hope that it will help us focus on the enduring truths of our faith!

During His Passion, Pilate asked Our Lord Jesus Christ, “Art Thou the King of the Jews?” As St. John relates,

Jesus answered: ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now My kingdom is not from hence.’ Pilate therefore said to Him: Art Thou a king then? Jesus answered: ‘Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth My voice.’

'Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth My voice.'
‘Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth My voice.’

Pilate saith to Him: What is truth? And when he said this, he went out again to the Jews…” (John 18, 33-38)

Notice that Pilate, after asking Jesus, “What is truth?” walked away without attending to His answer. Isn’t that typical of the posturing of the leaders of this world! Here is Jesus telling us that everyone who is of the truth hears His voice and Pilate proves that he is not of the truth by ignoring Christ the King’s voice.

Picture if you will, our King as He must have looked when He said these words, not in front of a cheering crowd, but instead, a jeering mob crying for His crucifixion and death. Not wearing splendid garments but clothed in His bloodied and dirtied robe; not crowned with gold and jewels but with hateful thorns. Thus His appearance affirms His message, that is, that His Kingdom is not of this world. There is enmity between His Kingdom and the false kingdoms of this world. It is a kingdom so sublime that nothing this world can do can impinge upon it, and it will have no end.

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The Gospel of Mercy and the Synod

“We need you to create a more inclusive church; you are our saviours. (…) The Church did the same work with migrants and subsequently society began to change. (…) Now, Pope Francis needs us. He has cast aside the doctrine and has taken up the Gospel of mercy, peace and love. Please help us!” – Bishop Vera López speaking at the so-called LGBT Pre-Synod Conference held October 3.

Today, we merely offer a scattering of excerpts from various blogs:

Zenit:

Fr. Rosica gave some initial observations. First of all the brevity of the interventions has helped foster clarity of expression. “If you can’t say it in three minutes, then you can’t say it. And the three minutes have been very productive. They say what they want to say,” he said. [Funny, how that limitation never applies to Synod manipulators.]

… Regarding the idea of divorced remarried Catholics being able to receive communion, he noted how some assert it would be more difficult to come up with a universal response, but instead makes sense to come up with a regional treatment. He said it may make sense to examine and perhaps treat the situation on a more local, regional, even continental level. [Thus breaking up the unity of the Church still further.]

Certain other issues, he shared, may also make sense to consider locally, such as polygamy. [Makes perfect sense, if your desire is to destroy the faith in Africa, the one place that it is thriving.]

From LifesiteNews, coverage of Synod Day 2 press briefing:

Archbishop Celli told reporters asking about the issue (of admitting re-married divorcees to Holy Communion) that “it is an open question.” Commenting specifically on Erdo’s report, Celli said, “We can’t say everything was closed by the report of yesterday morning.” [What persistence-this, despite 2,000+ years of teaching to the contrary!]

Later, Archbishop Durocher also suggested the question was up for debate when asked if the matter pertained to Church discipline – which could potentially change – or doctrine, which is fixed.

“To be quite honest, there might be differences of opinion on that,” he said. “Let’s be honest. Is that a question of doctrine or is that a question of discipline? I think that’s probably going to be one of the questions that will be debated in the small groups.”

“If you want doctrine, go read Denzinger,” he added. [Now that is mercy in action!]

Hilary White’s Synod Blog:

Father Brian Harrison, citing Rorate Caeii’s Report notes,

If this news is accurate, the Synod is shaping up to be a revolutionary take-over bid, organized in such a way as to impose virtual silence on Fathers who uphold the bimillennial doctrine and discipline reaffirmed by Pope St. John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio, and to turn this three-week gathering into a rubber stamp by which Pope Francis, who has already personally appointed 45 of the Fathers, imposes his will on the Synod under the guise of seeking its advice. Now, this is a Pontiff whose carefully crafted public image is one of humility, ‘listening’, mercy, and open dialogue with all! (Frankly, his style seems more like the iron fist in a velvet glove: it smacks of the populist but authoritarian peronista style of government that the young Jorge Bergoglio observed – and openly admired – in his native Argentina.) [We are beginning to see how FrancisMercy works, on a very practical level.]

Again, from Rorate Caeli:

The other interesting news of the day is that the sole German-language group, the Germanicus, asked to move out of its meeting place, because its windowless place in the first day smelled bad and had “foul air”. Sulfur, we presume?… Indeed, the group includes luminaries of orthodoxy such as Cardinals Kasper and Marx, and Bishop Bode…

Today, they met in the Palace of the Holy Office, hosted by Prefect Cardinal Müller, who provided much needed light and fresh air.

At this point, unless there is a Divine intervention, Pope Francis and his backers, Cardinals Kasper and Danneels, will have successfully pulled off a coup which we have been fearing ever since that black day, March 13, 2013, the irreversible change of the Catholic Faith. i pray that the few remaining good prelates at this Synod of Sin will walk out and refuse to lend credibility to this diabolical farce.

Please, pray the Rosary and confound satan and his minions in the Synod.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please note, bracketed comments in red are my own.  ~evensong ~

for the love of Mary, Immaculate Mother of God.

On Golgotha 2015

Since March 13, 2013, the Passion of Christ’s Mystical Body is right in front of us. As Pope Leo XIII prophesied, the wicked dragon is pouring out,

“as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity.

“These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered. “

The Passion of the Mystical Body of Christ
The Passion of the Mystical Body of Christ

In the holy month of Our Lady’s Rosary last year, Pope Francis committed an offense against God that still cries out to Heaven for vengeance. He called together a Synod of Bishops, ostensibly to address the challenges that face Catholic families. However, it is clear now, the pope and the people who placed him in office were carrying out a malicious agenda. At the close of that last Synod, Pope Francis gained the unique distinction of becoming the first pope in the history of the faith to insist on the inclusion of pro-sodomy language in an official Church document – an unheard of affront to the Holy Bride of Christ.

“Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community”. Followed by a question to the bishops of the whole world: “are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities?“ This is the language of FrancisChurch. It is certainly not, and cannot ever be – the language of the Holy Catholic Church.

And now we shall have the final stage of this farcical Synod, where reports of the conclusions are prepared before the Bishops even have an opportunity to discuss the issues, much less come to conclusions. The Moto Proprios establishing no-fault annulments (“catholic divorce”) have obviated the Synod; and the German Bishops under Marx have already issued their ultimatum establishing the “right” of those living defiantly in persistent mortal sin to add Eucharistic sacrilege to their burden of sins.

The powers behind the Pope, Cardinals Kasper and Danneels are both 82 years old and desperately aware that they are reaching the end of their time. They are in a dead heat to see their vision of the Church foisted on the world. Now, they have a Pope after their own image, the Most Humble and Merciful Pope Evah®, they are becoming impatient and a bit sloppy in their eagerness to push their agenda. Catholics have learned a lot since the previous Synod. They have been alerted by the excellent reporting of many vatican watchers and this Synod will not slip under the radar.

The faithful were blindsided at the 2014 Synod; no one expected the Pope would override his own Bishops. Last time around, no one expected that the Bergoglio/Kasper/Danneels faction would arrogantly prepare a mid term report of the proceedings (relatio) before the Bishops had even discussed the items. No one expected the Pope would retain the controversial and rejected paragraphs in the final report in violation of the Synod’s own rules. But it is different now. Catholics around the world are awakening to the agenda pushed by these vulgar, arrogant men.

All across the world, the Catholic faithful are taking note. Although many Catholics are just beginning to get a glimmer of the true extent of the catastrophe, many of our priests now know what is at stake and have become aware of their ordinaries’ complicity in the erosion of the Faith. Many have made great sacrifices in order to learn and offer the true Mass; they have stood their ground against militant progressive laity, against those who invaded the sanctuaries after Vatican II.

To all the weak and effeminate Bishops, know this: the faithful are watching you, and this time they will not be cowed by demands to obey prelates who themselves are disobedient to God’s clear teachings on marriage and the sacraments. Unlike the Second Vatican Council and the earlier Synod, This is the time for the faithful laity and priests to come to the defense of the Church, by observing and alerting others, and by prayer, and penance.

As so often happens, Rorate just posted a really nice article that goes very well with this one. Here is the link:

“The Mass, Prayer, the Rosary, nothing else can prevail”. From Lord of the World, by Msr. Robert Hugh Benson:

“Holy Father—the mass, prayer, the rosary. These first and last. The world denies their power: it is on their power that Christians must throw all their weight. All things in Jesus Christ—in Jesus Christ, first and last. Nothing else can avail. He must do all, for we can do nothing.”

Knowing that is the beginning of wisdom, no matter what the age we are living in !

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

~ evensong ~

Bishop Fellay Petitions Pope Francis

For those of us who have been awaiting some clear, definitive statement from the Society of St. Pius X regarding the the Bergoglio/Kasper agenda and the impending Synod, here is Bishop Fellay’s elegant and heartfelt response, at last, from SSPX. I don’t know why it took them so long to post this!

15 September, Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, 2015

Most Holy Father,

It is with great anxiety that we observe all around us a persistent degradation of marriage and the family, the origin and foundation of all human society. This decay is rapidly accelerating, particularly because of the legalization of the most immoral and depraved sorts of behavior. Today the law of God, even the simply natural law, is being publicly trampled underfoot; the gravest sins are multiplying in a troubling way and cry out to Heaven for vengeance.

Most Holy Father,

We cannot conceal from you the fact that the first part of the Synod dedicated to “Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization” greatly alarmed us. From ecclesiastical dignitaries we heard and read statements so contrary to the clear and constant doctrine of the Church concerning the sanctity of marriage, that our souls were deeply disturbed. These men claimed to have your support, and their claims met with no public denial. What worries us even more is that certain of your words give the impression that it might be possible for doctrine to evolve in response to new needs of the Christian people. Our disquiet comes from the fact that in his encyclical Pascendi, Saint Pius X condemned an alteration of dogma that would make it conform to so-called requirements of the present time. Both Pius X and you, Most Holy Father, received the fullness of the authority to teach, sanctify, and govern in obedience to Christ, Who is the head and pastor of the flock at all times and in all places, and whose faithful vicar the Pope must be on this earth. That which has been subject to a solemn condemnation cannot, over time, become an approved pastoral practice.

God, the author of nature, established the stable union of a man and a woman for the purpose of perpetuating the human species. Old Testament revelation teaches us, in the most obvious way, that indissoluble marriage between one man and one woman was established directly by God, and that its essential characteristics were not left by Him to the free choice of men, such that marriage remains under a very special divine protection: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.” (Exodus 20:17)

The gospels teach us that Jesus Himself, by virtue of his supreme authority, definitively reestablished marriage in its original purity, which the corruption of men had altered: “What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:6)

Throughout time it has been the glory of the Catholic Church to defend the human and divine reality of marriage against turmoil, despite entreaties, disregarding threats and temptations. Even though corrupt men abandoned her for this reason alone, the Church has always held high the standard of fidelity, purity, and fruitfulness, in short, the standard of genuine conjugal and familial love.

As the second part of this Synod dedicated to the family approaches, in conscience we feel it our duty to express to the Apostolic See the profound anxieties which seize us at the thought of “conclusions” that could be proposed on that occasion, if by some great misfortune there were to be a new attack against the sanctity of marriage and the family, a new weakening of couples and home life. We hope with all our heart that the Synod will on the contrary perform a work of genuine mercy by recalling in its entirety, for the good of souls, the Church’s salutary teaching on the subject of marriage.

We are fully aware, especially in the present context, that people entangled in abnormal marital situations must be welcomed pastorally with compassion, so as to show them the very merciful face of the God of love proclaimed by the Church.

Nevertheless, the law of God, expression of his eternal love for mankind, is in itself the supreme mercy for all periods of history, all persons, and all situations. Therefore we pray that the gospel truth concerning marriage, which the Synod ought to proclaim, may not be skirted in practice by numerous “pastoral exceptions” that would distort its true meaning, or by legislation that would almost unfailingly abolish its real import. On this point we feel obliged to say that, despite reminders concerning the indissolubility of marriage, the canonical changes required by the Moto Proprio Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus facilitating declarations of nullity will de facto open the door to legal proceedings authorizing “Catholic divorce,” even if goes by another name. These modifications acknowledge contemporary morals without attempting to put them in accord with the divine law. Are we then not to be heart stricken by the fate of children born to these marriages annulled in haste and who cannot but be victims of the “culture of waste”.

In the sixteenth century Pope Clement VII refused to accord Henry VIII of England the divorce he was demanding. Despite much pressure and at the risk of an Anglican schism, the Pope upheld the sublime teaching of Christ and his Church concerning the indissolubility of marriage. Will his decision now be repudiated by a “canonical repentance”?

Throughout the world in recent times, many families have courageously rallied against civil laws that undermine the natural and Christian family and publicly encourage scandalous behavior contrary to the most basic morality. Can the Church abandon those who, sometimes to their own detriment, and always subject to mockery and taunts, wage this necessary but very difficult battle? Such a stance would constitute a disastrous counter-witness, and for these persons it would be a source of disgust and discouragement. Churchmen, on the contrary, by virtue of their very mission, should offer them clear support backed up by solid arguments.

Most Holy Father,

For the honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the consolation of the Church and of all faithful Catholics, for the good of society and of all humanity, in this crucial hour we petition you therefore to let your voice resound throughout the world with a word of truth, clarity, and firmness, in defense of Christian and even merely human marriage, in support of its foundation, namely, the difference and complementarity of the sexes, upholding its exclusivity and indissolubility. With filial piety we beg you to let your voice be heard by all, and that it be accompanied by actions too in support of the Catholic family.

We entrust this humble petition to the patronage of Saint John the Baptist, who underwent martyrdom for having publicly defended the sanctity and exclusivity of marriage, even against a scandalous civil authority in a case of “divorced-and-remarried persons.” And we pray the Precursor give Your Holiness the courage to recall before the whole world the true doctrine concerning natural and Christian marriage.

On the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, September 15, 2015

+Bernard Fellay

Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X

Wickedness in High Places

Thank you for your prayers and patience. It’s not at all clear if we can continue posting, but will venture another attempt. It’s more than a bit daunting, to raise one’s voice above the whirlwind, while struggling to avoid being swept away. Yet we must understand what is happening here. We must put the Synod in its proper context. To do that, understanding Fatima’s urgent message is essential, as is a clear grasp of this Pope and his coterie, the people who pushed to put him on the See of Peter and the people he has promoted and gathered around him. There is a solid commonality of interests here.

Look at the images a moment. The reign of Francis the Merciful is indeed sweeping all before it, and like some cheap movie the melodramatic moments continue to flash before us,

Che ... Above All ...
Che … Above All …

Che Guevara looming over yet another of the Pontiff’s sacrilegious Masses. In Havana, it is reported (here) that Francis used the words at Consecration, “For all”, instead of, “For many”. Yet another instance of his disdain for the Mass.

"I had a good day today – I killed a priest!"
“I had a good day today – I killed a priest!”

The iconic photo op with Fidel Castro: Reputable blogs report that Francis himself requested the meeting with Castro. I recall that Fidel Castro famously bragged at one time, “I had a good day today – I killed a priest!”. Reportedly this referred to his having strangled a priest with his hands. Hands this Pope wanted so badly to shake (in admiration?). We don’t know the whole story, Perhaps, in Castro’s defense, the priest was a neo-pelagian pharisee. And now on to America. My heart just sinks.

You would think, a gathering called the World Meeting of Families, which I believe was founded by Pope John Paul II, would be an excellent venue to emphasise the importance of the traditional Catholic family. But you would be naive. Lepanto Institute has the truth about the bunch of pro-abortion, pro-sodomy, liberals running the show. So brace yourself for more iconic pictures like this:

 "World Family Meeting in Philadelphia open to homosexual couples."
“World Family Meeting in Philadelphia open to homosexual couples.”

The jovial visage above belongs to no less than Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, appointed by Francis President of the Pontifical Council on the Family, who wants the world to know the Vatican’s determination to adhere to the agreed-upon agenda that: “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community” and that we must be “capable of … accepting and valuing their sexual orientation”.

The most disheartening factor in all this is not the relentless drive of Pope Francis and his wrecking crew, it is the stunning refusal of most so-called faithful Catholics to even care about it. These people have just hunkered down in the pig sty, comfortable in their protestantized “liturgy”, blithely ignoring the ongoing, ever-expanding “lavenderization” of the clergy. None of the professional Catholic media was alarmed by the news that the one of the Pope’s most intimate friends, Archbishop Fernandez, who helped write Evangelium Gaudium and Laudato Si is noted for writing an erotic book, “Heal me with your mouth, the art of kissing”.

"Heal me with your mouth."
“Heal me with your mouth.”

They all just yawned when Pope Francis appointed Timothy Radcliffe as Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Radcliffe famously stated (see here) about same sex “love”,

The Vatican's Expert on the Eucharistic aspects of sodomy
The Vatican’s Expert on the Eucharistic aspects of sodomy

“We cannot begin with the question of whether it is permitted or forbidden! We must ask what it means, and how far it is Eucharistic. Certainly it can be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual and non-violent. So in many ways, I would think that it can be expressive of Christ’s self-gift.”

The purpose of all these photos is to illustrate as graphically as possible, that our battle is against the “rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.” (Ephesians 6, 12)

How Can We Reach People with the Message of Fatima?

The message of Fatima is a warning against disobeying God, and a call to prayerful repentance, reparation and true restoration of the faith. The Church’s blatant refusal to heed this message has resulted in a darkening of the intellect, a coarsening of the sensibilities and a diabolical disorientation. Look at the pictures and captions above, consider the Novus Ordo liturgies, the ugly and sterile architecture, look again at the pictures above, consider the crass tastes of Pope Francis, i.e., his preference for Patti Smith, his crude slap-down of Catholic mothers’ “breeding like rabbits” etc. Tell me, other than diabolical disorientation, what else would make Cardinal Dolan so comfortable with the perversions of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence”? Pray for them, for they cannot help themselves.

The Message of Fatima is more urgently needed with each fresh assault from the Argentine pontiff. I have failed to call people to Return to Fatima, my time is rapidly passing. So many brave warriors of the faith are gone now. I used to think how ironic that someone as ill-equipped as I would presume to take a public forum and strive for a goal that much greater and more gifted minds had not accomplished.

To those few who read these posts, please do redouble your efforts, both to prayer and penance and to alerting others, if possible. Pope Francis released his infamous Moto Proprio Mitis Iudex on Our Lady’s Birthday and it will take effect on the Feast of her Immaculate Conception. The insult is inescapable. Between these two dates will be the final Synod in the Month of the Holy Rosary. For how long now has Our Lady been warning that she is becoming unable to restrain the wrath of Our Lord? That is why I recently posted on Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora’s prophecy,

” … the Mother of God ceased to ask mercy for the world, and instead requested justice from the Eternal Father. Clothed in His inexorable Justice and full of indignation, He turned to the world…”

How many people saw that post? How many cared? A personal detail, my husband and I are unable to attend the SSPX Chapel which is nearly two hours away, and usually attend the Traditional Latin Mass in a Novus Ordo parish. Of the three priests there, two of them have given homilies of effusive praise for Pope Francis determination to destroy the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. And the local Latin Mass community just yawns.

Regardless of what happens to me, or any of us, the fact remains:

It has been given to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to save the Church in this crisis. It is Our Savior’s will that this crisis will be resolved by recourse to her. Will we be her children and throw our efforts into this heavenly plan, or will we be carried off by the torrent of evil?

Thoughts of a dry brain in a dry season…

My Jesus mercy!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, save your children!

Heresy or Schism?

“The Pope during the Synod will show whose side he is on. If he accepts the statement of those who want to distribute Holy Communion to the divorced, there would be a heresy in the Church, and if he does not accept, there could be a schism in the Church.” Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga.

They have the buildings, we have the faith.
They have the buildings, we have the faith.

With those words, Archbishop Lenga spelled out what is at stake in the final Synod, which begins in a very few weeks now. In preparation for the Synod of Irreversible Change, the Bishop of Rome has  worked tirelessly to set the stage for these changes. On September 8, he issued two Moto Proprios, Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus and Mitis et misericors Iesus, two documents cleverly designed to establish the Bergoglio/Kasper Agenda in the Church irreversibly.

On the same day, L’Osservatore Romano published an article by the head of the Pope’s Commission for “reforming” the matrimonial nullity process, Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto. Pinto is Dean of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. For those seeking to understand the vast implications of this latest effort of our merciful Pontiff, Msgr. Pinto’s article is a good place to start. Thanks once again to Rorate Caeli for bringing this important article to us.

Rorate points out that Msgr. Pinto’s article indicates,

“We are facing not a mere procedural reform but a true revolution regarding the “divorced and remarried” and the Church’s very understanding of justice and mercy. The reforms are bluntly described as coming from Our Lord and from the Holy Spirit, acting through Francis. The ‘divorced and remarried’ are now redefined as forming part of ‘the poor’ for which the Church should have a special solicitude; anyone aware of the heightened place held by ‘the poor’ (e.g . the ‘preferential option for the poor’) in the post-Conciliar Magisterium should be aware of the magnitude of the shift involved here.”

And then Rorate remarks with their usual concision:

“Perhaps this is one reason why this commentary has been ignored by most of the English-language Catholic press and commentariat: it stands in the way of any and all attempts to pretend that it is still business as usual in the Church.”

And now, excerpts from Msgr. Pinto’s article, with my comments in red:

… But there exists an essential novelty that is defining Pope Francis’ actual mission. It is no longer time simply for analyses, it is time for action in order to begin that work of justice and mercy so long awaited – by re-ordering the pastoral practice and canon law, to a large extent in effect for almost three centuries. Francis had already announced this at that the beginning of his pontificate on July 28th 2013, at the conclusion of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.
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So, with this fundamental law, Francis makes a real beginning to his reform: by putting the poor at the center, that is, the divorced and remarried, considered set apart and distant, and asking bishops for a true and proper metànoia. That is to say, a “conversion”, a change of mentality which convinces and sustains them in following the invitation of Christ, present in their brother, the Bishop of Rome, to pass from the restricted number of a few thousand annulments to that immeasurable [number] of unfortunates who might have a declaration of nullity — because of evident absence of faith as a bridge to knowledge and thus to the free will [necessary] to give sacramental consent — but are left on the outside by the current system.

Thus, Francis expects of the Bishops: “a change of mentality” in order to follow, not just the Bishop of Rome, but “the invitation of Christ” which he states is “present in their brother, the Bishop of Rome”. Thus, Pope Francis is claiming unequivocally that these changes are demanded by Christ who is speaking through him. No explanation is given for this change of mentality ordered by Christ speaking through His humble servant Francis, which contradicts over two thousand years of teaching.

And what does he claim as the result of this demanded obedience? It is, “to pass from the restricted number of a few thousand annulments to that immeasurable [number] of unfortunates who might have a declaration of nullity –“. So, that is, to vastly increase i.e., “immeasurable” the number of annulments. 

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In the two motu proprios – placed by the Pope under the protection of the Mother of God – the diocesan bishop, or the eparch, is the anima (soul) of the so-called short process, which will be implemented in accordance with the strict conditions set out: the evident nullity [found] in the incontestable facts (already outlined above), the agreement of the parties (or at least the declared absence of the Respondent in the process), the immediate affirmative sentence, considering with gravity the writings [testimony or declarations] of the parties and the Defender of the Bond; or referring [the case] back to the ordinary process, if [the bishop or eparch], always assisted by the instructor and the Assessor, is unable to reach moral certainty for the declaration of nullity.

Here, it states that the Pope is placing these changes “under the protection of the Mother of God”. Sister Lucia spoke of precisely this sort of thing, “Let us remember that Jesus Christ is a very good Son and that He does not permit that we offend and despise His Most Holy Mother. We have recorded through many centuries of Church history the obvious testimony which demonstrates by the terrible chastisements which have befallen those who have attacked the honor of His Most Holy Mother, how Our Lord Jesus Christ has always defended the honor of His Mother.”

But how will the bishops or eparchs, most of all in large dioceses, be able to guarantee, at least in part and as a sign, their role as shepherds and judges? What is important is that the spirit of collegiality and communion among bishops under obedience to the Pontiff, begins to permeate the hearts and minds of the shepherds. The faithful are waiting with eagerness and love for such a metànoia and will nonetheless be patient in the Lord when faced with the good faith of their shepherds. The Jubilee Year of Mercy expects this sign of humble obedience (on the part of the Churches’ shepherds) to the Spirit who speaks to them through Francis.

Note the emphasis on the importance of “obedience to the Pontiff” which must “permeate the hearts and minds of the shepherds”. Repeated emphasis demanding obedience of the Bishops in this important matter.

The recent formation course of the Roman Rota in Mexico City offers high hopes, with the participation of around four hundred priests and laypeople, men and women from all the Central American Nations, sent by their shepherds and enthusiastic about serving the poor in their Churches, by assisting the judiciary ministry of their bishops. Francis sent a letter expressing his confidence that such courses can be multiplied as “a service of the Pope and particular Churches, remembering the first “Peter” according to the testimony of “his third successor, Pope Clement I, who, in his letter to the Corinthians intervenes by regulating the matters distinct (peculiar) to that local community”.

Note here the reference to historical precedent from Pope Clement I. A bit of historical precedent never hurts when you are obliterating two thousand years of doctrine and practice. 

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In the case of evident nullity of marriage, the process is short – terms like “brief” and “administrative” need to be avoided – and here the judge is the bishop, who has two assessors with whom he discusses the moral certitude of the facts accepted for the marriage annulment. If the bishop reaches this certitude, he pronounces his decision, otherwise he defers the case to the ordinary process.

Note that it is stated that the preferred term is “short”, but not “brief”. Surpassingly odd don’t you think? ….

In the short process, appeal is rare, since the parties are in agreement and the facts about the nullity evident; and in the presence of elements that induce belief that the appeal is merely dilatory and specious, this might be rejected for lack of juridical conditions.

The ordinary process, on the other hand, may last a year at most, the double conforming sentence is abolished and in short, the non-appealed affirmative sentence ipso facto becomes (is) enforced. If an appeal is made after an affirmative sentence, this may be rejected in the case of the evident lack of arguments; for example, in the case of a specious appeal to harm the opposite party.

The reform holds in consideration the main reason for the request of the (declaration of) matrimonial nullity: this is requested for reasons of conscience, for example: to receive the Sacraments of the Church or to improve a new stable, happy bond (relationship), different from that of the first.

Note the stated purpose: the main reason given for the declaration of nullity is to receive the Sacraments of the Church or to improve a new, stable, happy bond different from the first.

In plain language then, the purpose of the declaration of nullity is affirmed to be to allow the couple who have broken their matrimonial vows to both receive our Lord Jesus Christ in Holy Communion and present the fact of their adulterous union to the community of the faithful as a valid marriage simply based on their desire to have it so.

We repeat:

“The Pope during the Synod will show whose side he is on. If he accepts the statement of those who want to distribute Holy Communion to the divorced, there would be a heresy in the Church, and if he does not accept, there could be a schism in the Church.” Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga.

And now, we must renew our prayers to Our Lady of the Rosary, Immaculate Queen of Heaven, Mother of the Church to purge the Church from error and defend the honor of the Bride of Christ so brutally betrayed by those claiming to be in charge.

UPDATE 17 September, 2015:  For an excellent summary, see Antonio Socci on Rorate Caeli here. An excerpt from Socci is helpful to understand the gravity of this situation:
“Sister Lucia, the Fatima visionary, one day said to Cardinal Caffarra: “Father, there will come a time when Satan’s decisive battle with Christ will be over marriage and the family”.
This is it.
If this is the hour of “the bishop dressed in white” there will be sufferings for everyone (remember the vision of the city in ruins?).

Sweet Heart of Mary be our salvation!
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!
Remember, pray the Rosary and confound satan!

~  evensong ~

Thoughts on the Synod of Shame

DICI is a news agency that lays claim to Catholicism. For this reason it is with extreme reluctance that DICI addresses topics that St. Paul told Christians not even to mention:

Be ye therefore followers of God, as most dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odor of sweetness. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints.” (Ephesians 5:1-3)

The great Apostle was forming his disciples into alter Christis, and he could not tolerate that any should remain slaves to fleshly passions and to the spirit of covetousness:

For know you this and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean, or covetous person (which is a serving of idols), hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” (Ibid. 5:5)

Nonetheless the world of today has long since revived the most degrading perversions, forgetting the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.[2] Homosexuality, bestiality and numerous other sexual perversions are spreading throughout modern society while modesty, fidelity, continence and all the virtues that temper concupiscence are on the wane.

Against natural and divine law

Faced with the attack on Christian marriage, and now on natural marriage (the stable union of one man and one woman in a family for the procreation and education of children) the Catholic Church unwearyingly repeats the truth of the morality taught by the Gospels:

Nor the effeminate, nor liars with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:10)

The sin of homosexuality is a grave disorder and acting on it is classed by Holy Scripture among the sins that “cry out to heaven,” along with murder and the oppression of widows and orphans. The sins that cry out to heaven for vengeance are those whose malice, and especially whose disturbance of the social order, call for a just vengeance from God even on this earth.[3]

Such is the gravity of sins of homosexuality, banal though they have become, even promoted by all sorts of organizations and all types of propaganda. Think of all the LGTB groups, movies, fashion shows, and “gay pride” parades that flood the streets of the world’s metropolises annually.

The Catholic Church has not escaped the pressure from the depraved world and its corrupt morals. Until now, it has recalled the ignominy and the unnatural character of this type of sin. The 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church still wrote, under no. 2357:

Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,[4] tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.'[5] They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”

Serious divisions among the synodal Fathers

The preparation of the Synod on the Family has paradoxically provided an opportunity for promoters and supporters of the banalization of homosexuality. On October 13, 2014, the general relator of the Synod, Hungarian cardinal Peter Erdo showed this in a document released before 200 journalists. Under the title Relatio post disceptationem, he spoke of the appreciation for the “gifts and qualities” that homosexual persons had “to offer the Christian community” (Relatio, no. 50).

While the synod opposed any assimilation of homosexual partnerships to marriage between a man and a woman, as well as international lobbying in favor of gender theory (ibid. no. 51), it notes “that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners”! (no. 52).

At this same press conference, Archbishop Bruno Forte, special secretary to the synod and apparently author of the scandalous paragraphs, stated,

I think that this document seeks positive aspects where these elements can be found in such partnerships. It is easy to reject a thing, but to recognize and value what is positive, even amid these experiences, is a matter of intellectual honesty and spiritual charity.”

Thus, for the first time in history, the Church in an official venue is promoting the welcome of homosexual persons as such. The challenge is no longer to convert, to call for repentance and to combat such disordered and sinful tendencies, but rather that “of welcoming these people and guaranteeing them a fraternal space in our communities,” while, actively and publicly, they pursue a lifestyle of vice.

The scandal was immense and an outcry at this intermediary report was not long in coming. Interviewed on Radio Vatican, October 13th, Bishop Stanislas Gadecki, archbishop of Poznan and president of the Polish bishops’ conference, was not afraid to state, “This document is unacceptable.”

The African bishops also expressed their profound disagreement on Twitter; Cardinal William Fox Napier, archbishop of Durban, took a position of firm opposition to the articles on homosexuality, to which Cardinal Walter Kasper replied, in an interview with journalists, that African bishops “should not tell us what to do.”

A few months later Cardinal Napier fell once again under the condescending scorn of Cardinal Kasper, who thinks

“African archbishops are too obedient to taboos and too reticent to face the questions of polygamy and same-sex marriage…”

On October 18th, the final report of the Synod attempted to put out the fire with the art of compromise. It was learned that the paragraph on unnatural perversion was subjected to vote and received 118 votes in favor and 62 against. Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican Press Office, wished to emphasize that even if these paragraphs “did not obtain the required two-thirds majority, they were approved by a majority.” So Pope Francis himself had chosen that the rejected paragraphs should also be published, “in order to prolong the debate.”

Even if this text, according to Fr. Lombardi, “is neither a magisterial nor a disciplinary document,” the problem remains unaltered. How could behavior that is against nature and intrinsically disordered be presented in such a positive light? How has a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance become a “sexual orientation” able to contribute “gifts and qualities” (what gifts and qualities?!) to the Christian community? What does the poorly disguised praise of the sense of sacrifice between homosexual persons mean? Do the authors intend to go so far as to compare this “precious support in the life of the partners” to the fidelity and support of husband and wife in marriage?

This would be one of the “blasphemous comparisons” between the Gospel and the revolution that St. Pius X denounced over a century ago.[6] How can men of God find positive values or matter for edification in such vices, which are so many situations of sin?

Bishop Huonder’s colleagues turn on him

On July 31, 2015, a Swiss bishop courageously recalled the moral teaching of the Church on these matters during a conference called “Marriage: gift, sacrament and mission.” Bishop Vitus Huonder of Coire was speaking in Fulda, Germany, at the Forum Deutscher Katholiken. Because he was foolish enough to quote Holy Scripture, (Leviticus 18:22, and especially Leviticus 20:13: “If any one lie with a man as with a woman, both have committed an abomination, let them be put to death: their blood be upon them”) the bishop of Coire was assaulted by a media firestorm, a lobbying campaign organized by several pro-homosexual groups supported by the media and several public figures.

Bishop Huonder tried to smooth things over, stating that he had quoted another ten passages from Scripture taken from both the Old and the New Testament, that he had only summarized the Catechism’s teaching on the matter and that he was obviously not calling for the murder of homosexuals, but it would not do. The president of the Christian Democrat party, Christophe Darbellay, called his words “unacceptable”.

Worse yet, the Swiss Bishops’ Conference promptly turned on their confrere in the episcopate, who by now had several court cases lodged against him and received death threats. The president of this conference, Bishop Markus Buchel of St. Gall, stated that he rejoiced “in every relationship where partners accept each other mutually as beloved children of God (sic).” He added,

Our current knowledge on homosexuality as an emotional investment and a sexual orientation that are not freely chosen was not understood in biblical times.”

So that today the Church has the duty to accompany homosexual persons along the course of their lives:

A pathway in which they can integrate their particular form of relationships and their sexuality as a gift of God in their lives.” (sic)

There could be no better preparation for the recognition and the blessing of this type of union. Particularly since the president of the Bishops Conference added that the Church must “find a new language that is appropriate to situations and persons.”[7]

Lastly, Bishop Charles Morerod of Geneva, Fribourg and Lausanne told newspaper Le Temps of August 12, 2015, that “the fact of being homosexual, especially without any personal choice, is neither a crime nor a sin.” He continued on to say that the majority of homosexual persons discovered this aspect of themselves without deliberately intending it and thus without any moral responsibility!

History will note that it was only in the 21st century that men of the Church attempted to justify the most ignominious behavior using theology. Bishop Morerod states that Christian morality can only be practiced integrally by those who have the Faith, but he forgets to point out that even without the Faith all men can judge of the rectitude of their inclinations. What has become of the natural law? Does not the virtue of chastity, part of the cardinal virtue of temperance, bind all men capable of reason?

What will happen at the coming synod?

Under the influence of fear or cowardice, encouraged also—unfortunately—by the words of Pope Francis calling for welcome and mercy to be shown to homosexuals (“If a person is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”[8]), enthralled by the “spirit of the Council” that would proclaim a new humanism founded on the cult of man and the person[9], the men of the Church no longer know the duties proper to their responsibilities. They seem to have forgotten the existence of the most basic natural morality, as if as long as the Faith is not accepted by our contemporaries, it were useless to preach good morals.

Further, as St. Paul teaches the Romans, without faith in Jesus Christ, all men are in sin and under the shadow of divine punishment. The world we know, which has rejected its Savior, His law of love and His commandments, has relapsed into the most shameful paganism, which the Apostle to the nations was not afraid to describe, speaking of

“shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.” (Romans 1:24-27)[10]

But if those who commit these things are guilty, guiltier yet are those “that consent to them that do them.” (Ibid. 1:32) For “woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness!” (Isaias 5:20) May the next synod, under the authority of the Sovereign Pontiff, dissipate the smoke of Satan that obscures the light of faith and reason. It is primarily to the shepherds of the flock that Christ said,

“You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house.” (Matt. 5:14-15)

Fr. Christian Thouvenot

Footnotes

1 Romans 1:26 (in the picture: statue of St. Paul, St. Peter’s Square in Rome).

2 The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is described in the book of Genesis, chapters 18-19.

3 Fr. Dominique Prummer, O.P., Manuel de theologie morale [Manual of Moral Theology], Herder 1961, vol. 1, no. 360.

4 See Genesis 19:1–29; Romans 1:24–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; 1 Timothy 1:10.

5 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Persona humana,” Dec. 29, 1975, no. 8.

6 Letter on the Sillon, Aug. 25, 1910.

7 Catholic Church—APIC, Aug. 9, 2015.

8 Press conference of July 28, 2013.

9 See Paul VI, closing address of Vatican II, Dec. 7, 1965:

The religion of God made man has encountered the religion (for that is what it is) of man-made God. […] Recognize at least this merit of the Church, you, modern humanists who deny the transcendence of supreme things, and learn to recognize our new humanism: we too, we more than anyone, we have the cult of man.”

10 The Catechism of St. Pius X also condemns the malice of impurity:

“It is a most grave and abominable sin in the sight of God and man; it lowers man to the condition of the brute; it drags him into many other sins and vices; and it provokes the most terrible chastisements both in this world and in the next.” (Catechism of St. Pius X, The Commandments of God. Published in English under the title A Compendium of Catechetical Instruction, Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Hagan, ed.)

(Source: SSPX/MG—DICI no.320, September 11, 2015)

 

 

St. Catherine of Siena – Advice for the Synod

From the Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena, a Doctor of the Church, we read excellent advice for those who set the agenda and manipulate the Synod on the Family. In the following, the Eternal Father speaks to St. Catherine of His good and holy prelates and contrasts them with those who would serve the world instead. It is excellent advice for the Bishop of Rome’s field hospital.

"I have no other desire in this life save to see the honor of God, your peace, and the reformation of Holy Church, and to see the life of grace in every creature that hath reason in itself."
“I have no other desire in this life save to see the honor of God, your peace, and the reformation of Holy Church, and to see the life of grace in every creature that hath reason in itself.”

“And I would that you know that more darkness and division have come into the world amongst seculars and religious and the clergy and pastors of the holy Church, through the lack of the light of justice, and the advent of the darkness of injustice, than from any other causes.

“Neither the civil law, nor the divine law, can be kept in any degree without holy justice, because he who is not corrected, and does not correct others, becomes like a limb which putrefies, and corrupts the whole body, because the bad physician, when it had already begun to corrupt, placed ointment immediately upon it, without having first burnt the wound. So, were the prelate, or any other lord having subjects, on seeing one putrefying from the corruption of mortal sin, to apply to him the ointment of soft words of encouragement alone, without reproof, he would never cure him, but the putrefaction would rather spread to the other members, who, with him, form one body under the same pastor.

But if he were a physician, good and true to those souls, as were those glorious pastors of old, he would not give salving ointment without the fire of reproof. And, were the member still to remain obstinate in his evil doing, he would cut him off from the congregation in order that he corrupt not the other members with the putrefaction of mortal sin. But they act not so today, but, in cases of evil doing, they even pretend not to see. And do you know why? The root of self-love is alive in them, wherefore they bear perverted and servile fear. Because they fear to lose their position or their temporal goods, or their prelacy, they do not correct, but act like blind ones, in that they see not the real way by which their position is to be kept. If they would only see that it is by holy justice they would be able to maintain it; but they do not, because they are deprived of light.”

Pray for the Pope, pray for our prelates, pray above all for our holy priests, for they are bearing the brunt of this crisis.

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, intercede for us, heal the Church!
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

A New Twist on the Synod

Among the useful links in our sidebar, is the excellent resource, The Voice of the Family. Their analysis of the Instrumentum Laboris is the best resource available for understanding the Bergoglio/Kasper agenda, and in a recent article, they featured a report on a new ebook by Edward Pentin, The Rigging of a Synod?: An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family” .

The Rigging of a Vatican Synod by Edward Pentin
The Rigging of a Vatican Synod by Edward Pentin

The whole article is available at Voice of the Family here.

A new book, The Rigging of a Vatican Synod?: An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, will shed much light on allegations that the Extraordinary Synod, held in Rome last October, was subject to manipulation. The book has been written by highly respected Vatican journalist Edward Pentin and carries the endorsement of Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier, Archbishop of Durban. Cardinal Napier is one of the fifteen members of the permanent council of cardinals and bishops overseeing the Synod of Bishops, he attended the Extraordinary Synod and was a member of the committee that drafted the final relatio synodi of that Synod.

In this brief review we would like to draw attention to a few of the key examples of the manipulation that is alleged to have taken place at the Extraordinary Synod. We encourage readers to consult the book itself to make themselves aware of the full extent of the concerns raised and of the serious questions that now need to be asked in light of the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family. …

The Synod Secretariat is managed by the General Secretary of the Synod, Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri. The organisation of the both Synods on the Family has been the responsibility of Cardinal Baldisseri, though the cardinal has stressed the close involvement of Pope Francis at every stage of the process. In an interview given in January 2015 he said:

“Pay attention, as this is something one really should know. The pope is the president of the synod of bishops. I am the secretary general, but I don’t have anyone else above me, such as a prefect of a congregation or a president of a council. I don’t have anyone else above me, only the pope. The pope presided over all of the council meetings of the secretariat. He presides. I am the secretary. And so the documents were all seen and approved by the pope, with the approval of his presence. Even the documents during the synod, such as the Relatio ante disceptationem, the Relatio post disceptationem, and the Relatio synodi were seen by him before they were published.”

Continue reading “A New Twist on the Synod”

The Transfiguration

Today, August 6th, the Church recalls to us the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which is also the subject for the Second Sunday in Lent. However, now in the heat of August, there is a slight difference. Today’s epistle is from St. Peter, the first Vicar of Christ. Despite his deep flaws, Our Lord chose him to lead His fledgling Church. What does St. Peter tell us in today’s epistle?

“Dearly beloved, we have not followed artificial fables, when we made known to you the power and presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ; but having been made eyewitnesses of His greatness. For He received from God the Father honour and glory; this voice coming down to Him from the excellent glory: ‘This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased, Hear ye Him.’ And this voice we heard brought from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mount. And we have the more firm prophetical word, whereunto you do well to attend, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star rise in your hearts.” (II Peter, 1, 16-19)

Thus, today’s epistle reminds us that the Word of God is no fantastic fable, it is a true history of actual historical occurrences. As our first Pontiff reminds us, we “do well to attend, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn and the day-star rise in (our) hearts.”

And so, we move to the glorious moment of the Transfiguration itself. Jesus took Peter, James and John up on Mount Tabor and revealed to them the very slightest bit of His infinite glory for a few brief moments in order to confirm their faith; knowing as He did, that the events of His passion were to shake their faith utterly.

“His face did shine as the sun and His garments became white as snow.” (Matthew 17, 2) In this vision the Apostles saw Moses and Elias speaking with Jesus. St. Luke tells us that, “they spoke of His decease that He should accomplish in Jerusalem”. (Luke 9, 31) By placing the Transfiguration narrative in this timeframe, the Church wishes to illustrate the close connection between the Transfiguration and the Passion and Death of Jesus. By revealing this brief glimpse of His glory, Jesus was showing His Apostles that it was impossible for Him as well as for them to reach the full glory of the Transfiguration without passing through suffering. After the Resurrection, He would confirm that lesson as He met them at Emmaus, “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and so to enter into His glory?” (Luke 24, 26).

Peter, ever the impetuous one, became so caught up in the rapture of the moment, that he cried out, “It is good for us to be here!”. And then he offered to make three tabernacles, one each for Jesus, Moses and Elias, but as he was speaking the Lord God interrupted him peremptorily, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye Him!”

There is much to learn from this gospel. Peter was understandably impressed with the splendor of the moment and strongly desired to remain right there, in such a spiritually satisfying place. But that would have been to miss the whole point of it, which was to prepare them for the immense scandal of the Passion, the terrible spectacle of their Master humbled even to the lowest imaginable specter of a common criminal, mocked and spit upon, stripped of all dignity and nailed to a cross to die in ignominy.

And so, God by His reply told Peter in no uncertain terms to listen to Jesus and follow Him. if Peter was to lead the Church, he must learn to follow Christ all the way to Golgotha, up to the place of the skull. In time, he must even follow Him to his own crucifixion. Father Gabriel in his meditations on the Transfiguration assures us, “God does not console us for our entertainment but rather for our encouragement, for our strengthening, for the increase in our generosity in suffering for love of Him.” (Divine Intimacy)

Abruptly, the glorious vision ended, “And they lifting up their eyes saw no one but only Jesus.” In the Vulgate, “Levantes autem oculos suos, neminem viderunt, nisi solum Jesum.” (Matthew 17, 8). Nisi solum Jesum, with Jesus alone, they came down from the mountain. Nisi solum Jesum, Jesus alone is sufficient for us. Everything else, even friends, family, encouragement, approval, may be stripped away; yet Jesus alone remains. If He in His wisdom withdraws all else, yet He abides with us, even when we “know Him not”. And we must affirm this, even though He choose for us to follow Him through His suffering, being faithful even unto the awful moment when we cry out in our soul’s desolation, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”

Not as the world gives, does Jesus give. When it seems to the soul that He has withdrawn His love, withdrawn all consolation, it is only so that we follow Him with love and absolute trust as He endures the darkness of His Passion in order that He may bring about the glory of His true and lasting Transfiguration and share His glory with us eternally. This is as true for the Church as it is for us personally.

We are now less than two months away from the final Synod Against the Family and the Eucharist. We know that no matter what the media, even the supposedly traditional Catholic media report, the Bergoglio/Kasper agenda for the Synod is hell-bent on achieving irreversible change in the practice of the faith. But we know without a doubt that Our Lord Jesus Christ has reassured us that He will not forsake His Church. Let us hold firm to the faith, “the light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star rise in our hearts.”

Just as the Transfiguration was only a momentary glimpse of His glory, so too the passion and death of Our Lord in His Mystical Body the Church, are destined to pass and yield to His glorious Resurrection. Let us keep our perspective then, even in these chaotic times, and abide “with Jesus alone”, accepting all that is given to us from His wounded hands, trusting in Jesus alone.

Viva Cristo Rey!
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!