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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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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?

Rorate Caeli’s translation of Ratzinger’s first public statement following his resignation proves the point.   Continue reading



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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Why the Doctrine Matters: Christopher Caldwell on the Church, the Council, and the Crisis in Europe

Christopher Caldwell’s Reflections on the Revolution in Europe makes many startling assertions and observations regarding developments in Europe in the past fifty years, but to those of us following the unfolding drama of revisionist Rome against tradition, none so interesting as this one: Vatican II disarmed Europe.  Caldwell is no theologian, he is on the contrary most often a financial writer. But that makes his thesis the more compelling. Continue reading



Liberians Call for Christian State

Liberian citizens have very recently called for a ‘Christian religious state’  demonstrating religious tolerance for other faiths, but not ‘religious liberty’ when defined exactly as we define it in the United States.  They specifically reject that. It is one of the most interesting political moves in centuries. Continue reading



Ruby Turpin is the Church Triumphant, and Flannery Takes Her Down

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



Another Plea for a Strong Church–from a Muslim Baroness!

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