The White Lily Blog

Loveless is About Abortion, and More


Andrei Zvyagintsev’s new film Loveless is talking to the world-wide pro-life movement. In fact, it is screaming: support for life must be broader than current initiatives! Pro-life political demands are limited to a call for an end to legal abortion and sometimes, more faintly, for ‘support’ of women who choose not to kill their unborn infants. Loveless argues that ending abortion only results, all other things being equal, in the at least equally painful victimization of those infants who survive abortion and make it to birth.

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May 19, 2017, 9:54 am
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To start with something positive, always recommended, the authors of a recent post by ever fecund Mercatornet do really understand how special the family is. They call it the nuclear family, doubtless playing on the negative associations with the word nuclear, but it is the Christian family of which they speak, and yes, it is very very special. And they say it must be completely destroyed because it makes marriage too special. Continue reading

Holy War, or Secular War?
July 31, 2016, 12:20 pm
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France Hostage Taking


Was the horrific death of Father Jacques Hamel in a rural parish in Rouen, France, a martyrdom, or a murder?

It is more than an intellectual distinction both to Father Hamel–as a Get-Out-of-Purgatory-Free Card due to all bona fide martyrs–and to us. The conditions for martyrdom link to major issues: is the Church we see the True Faith? Is SSPX still strong in its opposition to Vatican II?

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Sarah Says Turn and Face Your God


I am reading Zola’s work on Lourdes. It focuses on that most extreme contradiction between our Faith and modernism, when the doctors have given up on certain hard cases, and in desperation the suffering people bring their awful pain to Our Lady at Lourdes and ask for a miracle.

A miracle. God intervening in our behalf to reverse nature and to cure us. Continue reading

Trabbic: ‘Vatican II does not Contradict Ottaviani on the Matter of Church and State.’ No, Really!


So said Crisis magazine when it published a Vatican II apologia by Dr. Joseph Trabbic, “Vatican II Does Not Contradict Ottaviani on the Matter of Church and State” (his doctorate is from Fordham, 2008). Nothing to see here, folks, just move on! This is the tiresome refrain from those who have accommodated themselves to the post-council Church. A lot of the time they’re making their living from it. Continue reading

Shepherds Run, Advise Flock To Fight the Wolves

Former pope Benedict XVI and present pope Francis are not opposites, and Joseph Ratzinger is not a friend to tradition, in spite of the enthusiastic assertions  to the contrary resurrected by the synod on the family, where we euphorically applauded bishops who voted no to the most extreme modernist positions but kept Ratzinger’s language on the subject, his still-standing prohibition against ‘discrimination’ directed at homosexual behavior. This is a position only slightly less liberal than the Synod’s rejected paragraphs, and was the potent seed, the legal door,  for the two decades past of the homosexual marriage movement, who seized their chance in this chink in the Catholic defense against sodomy. To make us unable to discriminate against them on pain of sin is all they needed to win everything they wanted, an inability to discriminate against them on pain of law: no discrimination in jobs, in housing, in the military,  in ‘marriage,’ and there is no leeway in the prohibition to deny them communion in the near future. With that single potent legal phrase, Ratzinger enabled the Democratic party to pursue its sex socialist agenda.  Trad hero?

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Tea Party, or Sex Socialism? You Decide!

A post on Italian blog Cordialiter  was re-posted recently with commentary on Rorate Caeli.  Cordialiter says Catholics must not get trapped in the box the media has prepared for it, a false choice between Tea Party traditionalism or Socialist-flavored modernism. The blog says on the contrary, traditionalists must be ‘”True friends of the poor” and proceeds not exactly to say how to do that, but very definitely how not to do so: by accepting the perks of middle class existence, ignoring the social issues and focusing on worthy liturgy. That would be wrong, in Cordialiter’s thinking.

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