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?
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: Uncategorized | Tags: abortion, birth rate, Blase Cupich, Catholic, Catholic political party, Catholic values, FIDESZ, Hungarian Constitution, Hungary, liturgy, Quadragesimo anno, Quas Primas, religious liberty, religious state, Rorate Caeli blog, SSPX, subsidiarity, Tea Party, Vatican II
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.
Filed under: abortion, Books and Movies, Culture and Catholicism, depopulation, Vatican II | Tags: abortion, Catholic values, demographics, economics, Hungarian Constitution, Hungary, Jonathan Last, Planned Parenthood, secularism, student housing, third party, university cost, Vatican II, Wall Street, What to Expect when No One's Expecting
The Spanish have a saying, Pan para hoy, hambre para mañana, or Bread for today, hunger for tomorrow, and that just about nails down the economic implications of the rush for homosexual marriage. Businesses filed Friend of the Court briefs in huge numbers before the Supreme Court decision, and Marriott summed it up in their celebratory statement as reported by NPR: gays have more disposable income than families with kids, and we want that dough. Mars bars, Apple, Starbucks, Amazon, New York Life and Levi Strauss, 278 in all were eager to throw marriage under the bus for a cut of the action.
That bread dough has a shelf-life, of course. It expires with the next generation–oops, what generation? And then we shall know the hunger. 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: carbohydrates, Catholic, Catholic values, culture, Gary Taubes, malnutrition, morality, obesity, Vatican II, war on Christianity, weight loss
Gary Taubes is fighting the power. His books Good Carbs Bad Carbs and Why We Get Fat stand up to a powerful industry of misinformation and corruption. They can afford the hired guns, hackers and snoops capable at least of ruining Taubes’ reputation and making his life miserable. Perhaps worse. Perhaps he thinks of Erin Brockovich when a car pulls up behind him on a lonely road at night. But he probably doesn’t. Instead of following the money, Taubes blames–the Church! Continue reading
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Benedict XVI, Catholic, Catholic values, Hungarian Constitution, morality, religious freedom, religious liberty, Sateed Warsi, secularism, SSPX, Vatican Insider, Viktor Orband
The world is finally beginning to realize the full import of the doctrinal changes made in the Catholic church by Vatican 2, because now we can see in practical terms rather than philosophical how the liberal doctrine, especially so-called religious liberty promoted by the Council, affects society. Hungary has recently formally rejected secularism, one of the Council’ s novelties, by raising the modest call to promote and celebrate the Christianity at the core of their society. Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, was interviewed by a Polish Catholic weekly, in which he called for the Church to step up to the crisis. If the Church were stronger, he argued, our country would be stronger. It was a plea on the ground, from the heart, because Hungary is in the fight of its life, literally to survive, after years of socialist corruption and moral degeneration that has left the country enormous debt and a dangerously falling birth rate.
Now the call for a stronger church has come from another surprising voice–a woman, a Baroness, and a Muslim. Continue reading