Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Alfredo Ottaviani, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Catholic church, Catholic religious state, Catholic values, Joseph Trabbic, Vatican II
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
Filed under: Books and Movies, Culture and Catholicism, Vatican II | Tags: Angelus Press, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Catholic tradition, Catholic values, fiction, Flannery O'Connor, Revelation, SSPX, Teilhard de Chardin, traditional mass, Vatican II
Pius X wrote Pascendi in 1907 to warn us of a special danger: modernist heretics fight dirty. Unlike the heretics of the past, they conceal their true agenda and don’t even leave the Church. And they employ a special rhetorical device, confusion. They decline, Pius X wrote, to lay out their thought coherently, but spread it out in a confused or puzzling way so that the full meaning is not immediately apparent, or bury it in bits in otherwise orthodox material which the unorthodox fragments contradict but very quietly. (And you thought it was you!)
It is not that modernists don’t wish to be understood, but rather from experience (advertising, for one) know they can trust that the whole meaning will reassemble itself in the reader’s psyche later, carried there past security by the shell of orthodoxy. They’re sidestepping a fair fight, to get into the heart. Think virus.
Their cynical tactic proves to be successful. They can even target niche audiences, it would seem. Consider, for example, that, judging from copious online reports, tenth graders ‘get’ Flannery O’Connor, while traditional Catholic school administrators apparently don’t. Continue reading
Filed under: Culture and Catholicism, Green Catholics, Uncategorized, Vatican II | Tags: abortion, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Benedict XVI, Catholic values, Christ the King, Christianity, demographics, Feast of the Epiphany, marriage, morality, Occupy movement and Catholicism, religious freedom, religious state, secularism, solemnity of the epiphany, SSPX, Vatican, Vatican II, Wall Street
At midday on the solemnity of the Epiphany, the Holy Father spoke to the faithful assembled outside his windows to pray the Angelus.
…. Western society,” the Holy Father said, “seems to have lost direction and is feeling its way forward. The Church, thanks to the word of God, see beyond the shadows. She does not possess technical solutions but she has her gaze turned to the final destination offering the light of the gospel to all men and women of goodwill, of whatever nation or culture.”
Dearest Holy Father, what do you mean, no technical solutions! We have apps!
Filed under: Culture and Catholicism, Uncategorized | Tags: Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Bishop Tissier de Mallerais', Catholic values, distributism, economics, John Rao, John Vennari, Quas Primas, religious freedom, SSPX
As it turns out, SSPX politics, expressed at the October Kansas City conference featuring Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, matches its theology. In religion, SSPX teaches us to reject Vatican II’s modernist compromises with the sects, called ecumenism. In politics, SSPX, in line with traditional Catholicism, teaches us to reject compromises with secularism, because its ‘solutions’ are only natural and deny the necessity of Christ being the King, the real King, not only in the spiritual realm, but in the temporal realm too. Or put another way, SSPX rejects the modernist theological notion of ‘religious liberty,’ and rejects correspondingly the political expression of that notion, the secular state. Pursue instead, they taught us in Kansas City, the straight path, the Restoration of Christ the King in our market places and courtrooms, schools and voting booths. Give us back our heritage! Give us a religious state!
They made one hell of an argument. Continue reading
Filed under: Books and Movies, Culture and Catholicism, Vatican II | Tags: Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Benedict XVI, Carli, Catholic, collegiality, Father Ralph Wiltgen, Siguad, SSPX, The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber, Vatican II